Sleeping Dazai

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Osamu Dazai from Bungou Stray Dogs. Fun fact: The anime character is named after the one of Japan’s most famous authors.

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Thoughts and food.

I’m starting to read Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and the famous line, “Et tu, Brute?” has me shaken.

The theme of betrayal happens all the time in literature and in anime too. Take the song Vogel im Käfig from Attack on Titan, for example. When I listen to the song, I feel anger, betrayal, sadness, disbelief and acceptance. The song plays during my favourite scene in the anime, the betrayal.

Quotes pop up on the loading screen of a game I’m playing. This quote in particular was very interesting. It was cool seeing a quote from a novel I own.

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” – George Orwell, 1984

 

Don’t worry, my life is mundane. Every time I write about a serious topic like this, there are always a couple of people who ask me if I’m okay, or if there’s anything wrong. I do appreciate the concern, but you have to understand that I think a lot. I’m not blindly consuming content and not thinking about it afterwards! No, I think about the things I read and watch.

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P.S. I’m learning how to skateboard. Balancing is not an issue but I need to practice turning.

Seasonal Anime Impressions: Fall 2017/Winter 2018/Spring 2018

It is late, but I didn’t have time to write this post when I had school. I don’t actually watch that many seasonal shows because 1) I had school, 2) I watch a lot of older shows and 3) I am extremely selective about the shows I watch. I watch shows I know I will be interested in. I do my research first by reading your blog posts. 😉

I have seen a lot more seasonal shows, but I’m only going to write about shows I have seen more than a couple episodes of. I don’t think I can talk about shows in this post if I only watched one episode.

Fall 2017

Net-juu no Susume – Completed (highly recommend)

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I binged this one! Everything about it was good. It was very cute.  Although, I wish there were more romantic scenes. I get that it was realistic but please… progress faster.

Ah, there was controversy regarding the director of the anime. His anti-Semitism views are awful but one person’s views should not reflect a TEAM. I will continue to like the show because Dir. Kazuyoshi Yaginuma does not make up the whole show. Net-juu no Susume is more than him.

Blend S – Dropped

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I talked about this in my Anime I’ve Dropped post. I knew five minutes in the show that I wouldn’t like it but I watched it at my school’s anime club.

Winter 2018

Citrus – Dropped

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I’ve read the manga and dropped it before it got an anime adaptation. I watched the anime because I was curious but I knew I wasn’t going to continue it.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni – Completed (recommend)

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It started off great but it drifted into a completely different plot. I still liked the new theme on friendships but it was misleading! If you’re going to make the show about friendships instead of romance, start it off at that way. I felt deceived. I still enjoyed the show a lot because the theme on friendships was great. The visuals were breathtaking and the music was amazing. I really love the ending song.

I still feel deceived though. -.-

Miira no Kaikata (recommend)

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It’s so cute! I normally don’t watch shows like this because I like shows with more serious topics. I didn’t learn anything from this show but it was worth watching because it was so cute.

Spring 2018

My Hero Academia 3rd Season – Currently Watching (recommend)

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I keep seeing My Hero Academia EVERYWHERE. It’s all over my Twitter and Instagram accounts and you know that feeling when you see something again and again? You start feeling annoyed by it and I think all the excitement over it has made me drop it to ‘recommend’ instead of ‘highly recommend.’ Nonetheless, I will finish it to the end.

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii – Currently Watching (highly recommend)

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It’s about a fujoshi dating a gamer. They’re both otaku and it’s about their daily life. They are friends with another otaku couple and the girl is a cosplayer. It’s nice to see otaku having fun LOL.

I would say that 90% of my IRL friends do not watch anime. Everyone knows I like anime but everyone is super supportive and accepting of me which is why it’s not an issue. It’s cute when people talk to me about anime even though they are not a big fan of it. They know I like it and it’s the effort that counts. Talking about non-anime things is perfectly fine with me. It’s flipped for online friends. 90% of my online friends are anime bloggers. So why am I talking about this? Well, Wotakoi shows a life that I do not have. It’s nice to see. 🙂

P.S. The opening song is growing on me. I LOVE it, hahaha.

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Fall 2017, I fell in love with Sakurai from Net-juu no Susume. In the winter season I fell in love with Tazuki from Miira no Kaikata. Now I’m majorly in love with Hirotaka from Wotaku ni Koi wa MuzukashiiI swear I watch anime for the plot.

My Favourite Anime

Many people ask me what anime I like. I’m not a big fan of shojo anime anymore.

Death Note (2006 – 2007) – 37 episodes

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This was my favourite anime for many, many years. Now it’s my second favourite anime. It’s about a high school genius called Light Yagami who picks up a notebook from the ground. The notebook is called ‘Death Note’ and if you write a person’s name in it, they will die. You can also write down the time and cause of death. Light decides to become the “god of the world” and purge all criminals. The public knows Light as ‘Kira.’

It’s super interesting because it’s like a game of cat and mouse between Light and the greatest detective, L. L wants to catch Kira and you get to see two opposing sides of justice. I used to ask people who they support more and the answers were pretty mixed. Is Light a bad guy?

I love all the tricks and the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in anime. It is popular all around the world. Some elementary schools have banned Death Note and there have been copycat crimes. There was an American Netflix adaptation. I watched it and they made heavy changes to the characters. It is definitely not on the same level of greatness as Death Note, the manga or anime, so I definitely encourage you to watch the anime or read the manga. You will see how Light changes after possessing the Death Note.

Inuyashiki (2017) – 11 episodes

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One night at a park, an explosion takes place and two people are killed. The extraterrestrial beings that caused the explosion repair their bodies but turn the two people into robots. The two people are Inuyashiki, a 50 year old man who looks like a grandpa, and a teenager named Hiro. With their robot bodies, they are able to do a lot of things that humans cannot do, such as cure diseases, heal people, kill people, control technology, and fly into space. Inuyashiki uses his powers to do good and heal people. Hiro, on the other hand, uses his powers to mass murder people.

It’s very interesting to see how people react differently to new powers. I was interested from the start, but I wasn’t hooked until I watched episode 6. That’s when things really picked up. The ending made sense to me because I’m not sure how they would end it otherwise. It was kind of expected. The last episode showed President Trump and their depiction of him.

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 Attack on Titan (2013 – present) – 37 episodes & ongoing

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Titans are huge creatures that eat people. Because of this, all the humans are forced to live within these walls and the anime follows a guy named Eren who becomes a member of the Survey Corps. The Survey Corps go outside of the walls and investigate and learn more about Titans. Later on, we learn that Eren is able to transform into a Titan and the humans decide to keep Eren alive because he can help them.

A lot of people die in every episode and it might be scary for young viewers. My favourite female anime character is in this anime and her name is Mikasa. She’s one of the best at killing Titans and is not afraid to kill traitors. One thing that makes the anime interesting is that there are a lot of traitors. The first episode is really good.

Tokyo Ghoul (2015) – 12 episodes

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There is also Tokyo Ghoul √A and the ongoing season, Tokyo Ghoul:re. I haven’t caught up on the anime yet so I can’t talk about them.

Tokyo Ghoul was kind of slow for me. It wasn’t until the very last episode when I decided the whole thing was worth it. I talk about this in a lot more depth in my response post. It is spoiler-heavy so you might not want to read that yet.

Mainstream, I know. Well, things are popular for a reason. I actually read and watch just about everything. I’m not a big fan of slice of life though. Obviously these are not all the shows I like. I might do a part 2 if people are interested. Of course, I can’t not talk about One Piece.

One Piece (1999 – present) – 828 episodes & ongoing

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Death Note was bumped to second place because of One Piece. To be honest, I didn’t like One Piece in elementary school. I loved Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho and Shaman King in the Shonen Jump magazines but I didn’t like One Piece because of the art style. It was also hard to follow. I became invested in One Piece when I was in second year university. I do believe that you need a certain kind of maturity to get into it. I loved the anime in the beginning but now I think I prefer the manga. Anime episodes get dragged on for a very long time. I’ve spent the past few days watching a backstory and the fighting has not started yet… I do both so I am far more ahead in the manga.

One Piece is about a young pirate named Monkey D. Luffy who has a dream of being the Pirate King. He forms a crew and each member has a backstory and Luffy helps them fight the people/thing they are struggling with. Brook didn’t officially join the Straw Hat Pirates until episode 381. Everyone in the crew has their own goals and ambitions. Their friendship is very strong and it’s one of the things that drew me in. The crew travels to different islands and they are usually faced with a conflict. Although pirates are typically seen as menacing, the Straw Hats are mostly good people and they have saved entire villages. The fact that they are pirates is very important to me because I like seeing how they live their lives. They all have Wanted posters and are seen as criminals by the Navy.

It is a commitment and the thing I hear the most is the fear of starting it because it is so long. That’s understandable, but you are definitely missing out. You can always read the manga instead. It’s never too late to start One Piece. Look at me, I started a couple of years ago.

My Top 5 Spring 2018 Anime Opening Songs

The anime club at my university did a poll thing where members rate each opening song from this season’s anime. The goal was to compile a list of the best to worst opening songs. It inspired me to write this post! Hm, according to the statistics I liked some of the lower ranked songs more than average and liked some of the higher ranked songs less than average. Lol.

When I rated the songs, I only rated them based on the actual song. I didn’t take the opening visuals or anime into consideration.

5. Black Clover – Opening 3

I admit that I was one of the people who didn’t like Asta’s Japanese voice but I feel kind of bad about it now. I don’t think we should let one person’s voice affect our view of a show that a team of people worked hard on too much.

Anyways, I like the song’s chorus. It’s really catchy.

4. Grancrest Senki – Opening 2 (watch on YouTube)

I love the first 30 seconds the most! The singer’s voice is so nice.

3. Steins;Gate 0

The singer has a powerful voice!

2. Kakuriyo No Yadomeshi (watch on YouTube)

I love the background music because of the instrument choice. It’s a very addicting song.

1. Tokyo Ghoul:Re

It’s not as good as Unravel but nothing can beat Unravel for me. Unravel is my number one opening song of all time. I’ve always liked Tokyo Ghoul music so this was not surprising for me. I just like this type of music. I really like the singer’s voice.

What are your best (or worst) opening songs from this season’s anime?

Juuzou Suzuya fan art

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Juuzou Suzuya is probably my favourite character in the anime, Tokyo Ghoul. The feathers are from my older drawing of Misa Amane from Death Note.

Fun fact: I thought about drawing hanging dead bodies but I thought that would be just a little too graphic… Fyi, ‘four’ in Chinese sounds like the word ‘death’ in Chinese. That’s why there are four feathers.

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My reasons for drawing make more sense to me now. I started to draw this because I was in a bad mood and once I finished sketching Suzuya, I wasn’t angry anymore. It’s as if I poured my anger, negativity and frustrations into this very quick drawing. That’s why I felt like I didn’t need to colour or do anything fancy with this. Well, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day. ^^

I’m sure you all know I like to watch TV.

People always ask me if I have plans for the summer. My plans are watching TV. I currently love watching shonen anime, Asian dramas and any video with Hua Chenyu in it.

I’m a little surprised by how often people ask me to hang out, even though I am kind of weird and I love TV so much. Thank you for liking me! Hahaha. I do admit that one of my flaws is that I normally don’t ask people to hang out. Maybe because I am busy watching TV.

I also love to read. I love reading Korean and Chinese webtoons, manga and novels that were written a long time ago.

It’s starting to feel overwhelming. If you’re an anime fan, you probably have a Plan to Watch list but there are new shows coming out every season so the list gets bigger. If I don’t read webtoons for a few days, new ones come out and I start falling behind. It’s a never-ending struggle. It’s impossible to consume everything **I want to consume** because new content is always being created. (I am not stupid enough to attempt to consume even 1% of everything in the world.)

Plus, I want to rewatch some shows and re-experience those good moments. I loved the anime, Durarara!! I do own the light novel though so I can experience it in another way? LOL. At the same time, I want to watch new shows.

By the way, the side column on my blog that shows the series I’ve recently completed/currently watching isn’t actually accurate. That’s just the information I feel like sharing with everyone.

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P.S. Isn’t this amazing? It’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai (1829–1833). We’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Someone could easily write a thousand-word essay about this piece.

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