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