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

 

 

I Witnessed That!!!

Restaurant: Wok to Walk

My Rate: 8/10

Location: 42 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003

I hate McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, et cetera. They even smell disgusting, but that’s just my personal opinion. I don’t even know why people bother going to fast food places. Nonetheless, Wok to Walk isn’t like the others. Wok to Walk is different.

Located on Union Square, this noodle place is filed with various ingredients to choose from along with a variety of noodles to accommodate any costumers taste. My personal favorite order is Udon noodles with shrimp made with the Hot Asian sauce. Its sauce is pretty spicy and I’ve never finished eating this without crying once, but it’s totally worth it! They make all their noodles on a wok, which is a type of pan used for frying usually in Chinese cooking, hence the name of the restaurant “Wok to Walk.”

The inside of the restaurant is pretty small, honestly, so I usually like to take the noodles to go. Whilst waiting for my noodles, I have to admit, it’s pretty fun watching people make the noodles, especially when the pan goes on fire… but it’s totally safe I promise. The drinks there aren’t too good, though, which is why I’m rating this place an 8/10. You see, for many spicy dishes they provide it’s almost crucial to have a drink with you, but whenever I bought a drink at Wok to Walk their drinks either room temperature or really warm.

Aside from the beverages provided and the size of the restaurant, I’d say the food’s taste makes up for everything! It’s all so oishi! Haha!

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!