Belated Otaku Day!

Ohayou Minna~

This has been such a long week! As I was on the subway going home, I was looking through wordpress posts, and I saw that it was otaku day! I started freaking out (in my head though because I was still on the train haha) due to how unprepared I was. I still feel very unprepared, and I do not feel like a celebrated otaku day properly, but there’s an extent to how long I should take to write this, and it can’t be too late.

So I’ll start of with why I love anime and manga. Haha… Well… You see, I have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of bad luck and, to be pretty frank, I’m the most socially awkward person ever. On top of that I’m bad at keeping up with friends and horrible at maintaining long friendships. I just do not understand how this whole socializing thing works, and I probably never will. However, when I started watching anime all my stress from friends, parents, and other personal stuff was all forgotten. When I see characters I can relate to do something fierce, I’m always filled with hope!

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Sometimes I’m really glad I can relate to character like Tsukimi, but other times I relate to the most annoying characters in the world. I feel like Usopp a lot, especially when I’m in huge groups. I start to wonder how they tolerate me. Unlike Usopp I don’t have awesome friends like Luffy or Nami that support me no matter how annoying I get, but watching Usopp with his friends makes me think some day I will. Furthermore proving how much hope anime gives, the main reason I like it so much.

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Another reason I love anime is because it motivates me. As I said previously I have loads of bad luck! My life pretty much sucks, not as much as others, but still. A lot of times I feel like the universe is out to get me. Everything bad that’s happened to me has happened in New York. I’m not saying New York is a horrible place, but for me sometimes it is. Because of anime, though, I’ve become aware of Japan from an early age, and I know that there’s absolutely nothing that will remind me of New York there. That’s why one day I want to go there and never look back. So I have to work hard constantly to reach my goal to get there, that’s when characters like Shizuku come in and inspire me to do so. Characters like Shizuku always motivate me to work harder.

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There’s about a million more reasons I can think of for why I absolutely love anime and manga, but I’ll just list one more to make this brief. I love anime because it’s an escape. In fact, anime/manga is my escapism because life is overwhelming and it’s not all flowers and attractive boys in real life…

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Except for when I watch anime then it is. My point is, once one joins a fandom they aren’t too focused on something from school or person stuff, but mainly that anime or if a new manga chapter that has been translated. Bad things tend to matter less when you have distraction as awesome as anime! Or at least, that’s how it is for me.

In conclusion, I love anime sooooooooo much! That’s really all this post comes down to. I’m appreciative to live in a world where anime exists. As I previously stated the main reasons why I love anime is because it gives me hope, motivates me, and is my escapism, which is why I never take anime for granted. This probably one of the most cliche things I’ve said, but anime has truly gotten me through a lot. I can proudly call myself an otaku for these reasons, though.

Why do you love anime? Feel free to comment! ❤️

~Bye bye friends!

 

Yuri!!! on Pork? :O

Anime: Yuri!!! on Ice

Creator: Mitsuro Kubo and Tadashi Hiramatsu

My Rate: 7/10

Genre: (arguably) Shounen Ai, Sports

We’ve already established that I’m huge shoujo fan, so it may seem a bit unlike me to watch a boy x boy anime. I complete support these kind of things, of course, and I have read and watched boy x boy (or rather yaoi) manga and anime before and have enjoyed it… because, well, who am I kidding? Romance is still romance! So obviously, I would eventually watch Yuri!!! on Ice. Nonetheless, there have been many debates I’ve read and seen on social media where fans have tried to categorize Yuri On Ice!!!, I honestly don’t think the genre really matters. In fact, I’m sure most of us can agree this anime has a funny, romantic, and yet still sporty story line to it. Does the categorization really matter any more than that?

Yuri!!! on Ice is about a male named Yuri Katsuki, who lost a couple ice skating competitions which had lowered his self esteem. Going back to his home town, a Russian ice skating champ, Viktor Nikiforov, offers to coach Yuri. Along the story line, Yuri also makes a semi-friend/rival, who has the same first name, Yuri (usually called Yurio) Plisetsky, that also wants Viktor to coach him. The sports element in this anime is the ice skating matches, which viewers get to witness in almost each episode and the romance element is added with Viktor and Yuri’s relationship.

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Personally, I am obsessed with Viktor’s appearance he has an older yet young look that I am quite drawn to. Nevertheless, I can relate to Yurio’s feelings most of the time. He always seems a bit envious of Yuri achieving things and keeping Viktor as a coach, when Yurio works just as hard at everything. Similar to Yurio, I feel like I’m always watching someone get all the praise relating to something I also did, haha. I guess I can also relate to Yuri’s insecurities when I get a bad grade on something. However, these negative feelings I find relatable may sound bad, but throughout the series I got to (and still do) see the characters shine the most under harsh conditions. This may sound cliche or/and weird, but that kind of gives me hope.

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I’m rating this a 7/10 instead of like a 9/10 because I’m not really into sports anime, which most episodes consisted of more than romance. Still, the fact that I’m rating this a 7/10 says a lot because I really am not that fond of sports but I managed to really enjoy watching this anime.

My favorite part of Yuri!!! on Ice *Spoiler Alert* is when Yuri was freaking out and asked for Viktor’s support. I like this moment because I feel like Yuri’s facade was coming off in that episode, he kept acting calm, but here he expresses himself, which must’ve taken a lot of courage because he isn’t the type to put his needs first. I didn’t really like Viktor too much in this episode, though, because he was a bit clueless and weak. He should’ve been a stronger coach and partner before it got to the point where Yuri broke down. Still this conflict was resolved resolved soon enough and quite comedically by Yuri calling Viktor a “baka” haha. *Spoiler Over*

As for who I ship… it should be obvious: Vikturi all the way! Although I’m not the biggest fan of Viktor (even though I do find him attractive haha), I like Viktor with Yuri. Viktor is confident almost always, actually, Viktor has so much confidence it’s enough to make up for the confidence Yuri lacks. Although, in the beginning of this anime, I was sure this was going to be a one sided love from Viktor to Yuri because Yuri loved pork cutlet bowls so much. Unlike many who probably expected this ship to be canon, I didn’t I thought the anime should’ve been titled Yuri On Pork!!!, to be frank. I also did not expect them to *Spoiler alert* kiss! *Spoiler Over* Then again, this anime has guided me through many surprises (episode 10), so I think I’m better off just waiting to see what happens next instead of trying to predict these things.

As of right now, only 10 episodes have been released, so I may do another review on the rest of YOI later. These are just my thoughts so far haha. I wonder if my opinion will change a lot later on in the anime. Hmmm. What do you think of YOI? Do you like it so far? Feel free to comment!

~Here’s a little meme for your own satisfaction haha (arguably has potential spoilers, so maybe don’t look:)

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Bye bye :3

 

 

Shoujo Addiction…

Anime: Blue Spring Ride

Mangaka: Sakisaka Io

Genre: Shoujo, school life, romance

My Rate: 9.99/10

The first step to recovery is admitting you have an addiction. Although, I have acknowledged my addiction to shoujo manga for a while now, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being addicted to shoujo. Especially my addiction to Blue Spring ride (Ao Haru Ride).

A lot of shoujo fans will often say they like shoujo that has a strong female lead and those fans are often too busy grouping heroines into two groups; “weak heroine” or “strong heroine.” Blue Spring Ride isn’t about if someone is strong or weak, though, it’s about… well… love.

More specifically, it’s about Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Mabuchi who knew each other in junior high when she was quite popular by the opposite sex, but the females in her school hated her. All she cared about was Kou, however, who she shared memories with. After middle school she never sees him again till high school, where she has transformed herself into an unattractive girl to make friends. Of course, those friends aren’t real, as Kou points out, which eventually leads her to make better friends (Murao, Makitta, and Kominato).

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What I like the most about this anime was Futaba’s character. She was able to grow into a person with lots of friends even though she had negative friendships in the past. I think it takes a lot of bravery to make friends when someone has been through a lot of negative experiences. Along with Futaba being my favorite character, Kou is my dream husbando! Even when he was being annoying he was perfect. Kou and Futaba are my ultimate ship in this anime besides Kominato and Murao!

One of my favorite scenes and one of the scenes I hate the most happen at the same time. Let’s just say… I wanted to scream… They were so close and they just…

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Yeah…

Anyways, I’ve seen this anime like a million times, wanna know how many times I read the manga? Zero. Blue Spring Ride is on mangafox, mangarock, mangahere, and other online websites or apps, but I don’t want something a website can delete any time they want. I want to keep Ao Haru Ride on my bookshelf forever and ever! Unfortunately, it hasn’t been released in english, so I’m patiently waiting for the release of the manga any day now. I’ve read other manga by Sakisaka Io (the mangaka of Ao Haru ride), but the only manga I really want is Blue Spring Ride. So I can either learn Dutch, German, or Japanese ASAP or forever hold my peace till the manga comes out in English. It’s killing me :’)

It’s undeniable that I love Blue Spring Ride and Kou Mabuchi. Sadly, I can only review the anime for now, which I recommend this anime to all shoujo lovers who haven’t seen this already! Let’s cross our fingers that the manga comes out in English soon. Bye bye! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:✧

Otaku Unite

Place: Kinokuniya

My Rate: 10/10

Location: 1073 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (near 42nd street)

I always try to avoid 42nd street, as a New Yorker and as a person who simply wants to avoid tourists. Common sense. Nevertheless, going to Barnes and Noble almost everyday was great except I needed more. More manga, more figurines, more plushies, and Barnes and Noble just didn’t have it all. I knew of other places, too, that I could buy pretty good manga, but none were big enough. That is when I went out of my way and discovered Kinokuniya!

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My first thoughts were, “Am I in heaven?”

There was a lot of manga and books in Japanese, it wasn’t till my third or fourth visit to Kinokuniya when I realized they had Rilakkuma plushies, stationary products, and Japanese magazines in their basement! Kinokuniya has a large selection of English and Japanese manga, books that are usually related to Japanese culture and language, and plushies. Here is some of the Japanese manga that really stood out to me at Kinokuniya:

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Unfortunately not all the volumes of Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:RE have been released in English, but I was still fangirling inside just by looking at the covers of the manga! These manga where found on the second floor of Kinokuniya. In the back of the second floor of Kinokuniya, there are Jpop CDs, anime DVDs, and towards the stairs to go down there are anime posters, keychains, and there’s also a shelf where they sell figurines such as Hatsune Miku!

Yes, 42nd street may have more tourists than other locations in Manhattan, it’s totally worth going through crowds of tourists to go to Kinokuniya! Besides, living in a huge city like New York it’s pretty inevitable to come across tourists so why let it stop anyone from going to the places they love? I totally recommend that all otaku visit Kinokuniya! Jaa ne!

Living Dining Kitchen

Manga: L-DK

Mangaka: Ayu Watanabe

Genre: Shoujo, School Life, Romance

My Rate: 8/10

L-DK by Ayu Watanabe is a shoujo manga about Aoi Nishimori who witnesses her friend being rejected by Shuusei Kugayama which makes her hate Shuusei at first. However, soon enough she discovers that Shuusei is her next door neighbor in the building she recently moved into, and after destroying his apartment (accidentally) he moves in with her until his apartment is fixed. This makes Aoi slowly fall for Shuusei and see that there’s more to him than it may seem.

I, personally, have never lived with a male my age, so unlike other shoujo manga where I can somewhat relate to the characters insecurities, this manga opened a brand new perspective of how it would be like to live with someone else in general. Aoi and Shuusei come across many obstacles and instead of running away from there problems each time one of them found away to step and face their issues, which I found really inspiring.

Immediately after I finished the first 50 chapters translated and found out the first volume of L-DK came out here in the U.S. I purchased it. Now every time a new volume comes out of L-DK I purchase it to support the mangaka. So if it isn’t obvious I am quite fond of the series. Watanabe never fails to illustrate Shuusei’s character in way that makes my heart flutter. At first, like Aoi, I didn’t like Shuusei so much and there where some moments (like when his brother came about) where I was completely frustrated with Shuusei’s actions, but like Aoi I also fell in love with Shuusei. The series is still ongoing, so I cannot make a final judgement about the ending of the manga. Still with what’s released so far, I would definitely hope for an anime adaptation!

The only thing I would say is questionable is the plot. I, coincidentally, came across a manga that was very similar to L-DK but was released 16 years before. Good Morning Call by Yue Takasuka had a very similar plot where the main characters ended up living together because of real estate fraud. Ignoring the fact that characters from each manga live together there are several other differences to each manga. I will uncover more information about this and shall make another post about this issue, soon so stay tuned! Nevertheless, my opinion on L-DK is still the same because I read it first. I think it is a marvelous manga.

You Like Anime, Too?

“… anime!”

Head turns to the person who said, “anime.” Face brightens. “Wait you like anime, too?”

The person nods and a new friend is made!

As a fellow otaku, this is how most of my friends were/are made (unless they also read the same books as I do then that too). So if anyone else loves anime feel free to enjoy my blog and become my tomodachi! Jaa ne!

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