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!

 

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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!

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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