Representation of Chinese Characters in Anime

First, I’ll give some examples.

1. Tao Ren from Shaman King (Chinese)


VS. Yoh from Shaman King (Japanese)


2. Shampoo from Ranma 1/2 (Chinese)


VS. Akane Tendo from Ranma 1/2 (Japanese)


3. Chinese Team from Beyblade Metal Masters


VS. Jingka from Beyblade Metal Masters (Japanese)


As you can see, the Chinese characters in these anime are wearing traditional clothing like qipao and the girls have buns in their hair. These anime take place in the modern day so not everyone is dressed in traditional clothing. Meanwhile, the Japanese protagonists are wearing headphones and are wearing modern clothing.

When I went to China, I did not see anyone wear a qipao. What are everyone’s thoughts about the Chinese characters looking distinct from everyone else, even though the setting does not take place during a traditional era? It seems to me that the Chinese character designs are stereotyped.


The King’s Avatar is a Chinese show that portrays a realistic representation of how Chinese characters should look in a modern day setting (in terms of clothing). It features Chinese people in China.



Similarities Between Inuyashiki and Ikiru

Inuyashiki is about a father who develops stomach cancer and has three months left to live. Spoilers: He becomes a robot, which sets off the story in the manga. Before he became a robot, he is on a swing and sings a song. This is after he finds out he has cancer. His family do not have respect for him, so he is unable to tell them the news.


Ikiru (To Live) is a black and white Japanese film from 1952 by Akira Kurosawa. It’s about a father who also has stomach cancer. He has less than a year to live, and is unable to tell his son because his son cares more about his money than him. In the rest of the film, the main character tries to find meaning in his life, similar to Inuyashiki. At 1:39, the main character’s facial expression looks like Inuyashiki whenever he is trembling. Later on at 2:53, he is sitting on a swing and sings a song. Both characters in Inuyashiki and Ikiru are singing the same song! Do you think Oku watched Ikiru and was inspired by this scene?

The biggest difference is that Ikiru is more realistic and there are no robotic elements to it. After all, this is a movie from the 1950s and it has real actors. However, their journey towards finding meaning in life is similar. What do you think? Has anyone else seen Ikiru before?

Tea Time with: Rose

Check out my first blog collaboration with The Pantless Anime Blogger!! >< We talked about my favourite arc in my favourite anime, One Piece. ^^

The Pantless Anime Blogger

A lot of bloggers featured in the Tea Time series would be people I regularly follow. Since I know their work, I just really want to get to know them better. I know that I’ll get a good conversation out of these interesting bloggers, so I really just boldly approached them. For this month, I’ll be talking to Rose, a cosplayer/blogger down at WretchedandDivine

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Anime I’ve Dropped

These aren’t in any particular order. I actually rarely drop shows.

Note: If you disagree with me, know that I probably won’t debate with you. I will most likely agree with your points, but it won’t really change my thoughts.

1. Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil)


LOOK at this manga vs anime comparison. I don’t like the art in the anime. I guess it looks realistic but it doesn’t at the same time. It’s uncanny and it makes me uncomfortable. I didn’t really like the manga/plot either.

2. Blend S


Slice of life does not interest me. I feel like I don’t learn anything by watching this and the plot is very flat. I don’t find the scenes funny. My sense of humour died a long time ago, I think. I KNOW that a lot of people enjoyed this series and I can understand that.

3. Hikaru no Go


I actually got somewhat far into the show until I realized that I was not really interested in Go. I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I can watch 75 episodes of this.

4. Kill La Kill


I’ve heard nothing but great things about this show. However, the weirdness of it created distance with me. Also, the outfits are ridiculous. Fan service? Maybe, probably. I’m not interested in girls fan service… at all.

5. Legendz: Yomigaeru Ryuuou Densetsu


I’ve seen a lot of episodes of this show… then I realized it was stupid. I think the problem was that I was too old when I watched it. The manga was cool and I wished the anime was similar to the manga. Compare this to the manga…


6. Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars!)


Hear me out on this one. I think Food Wars! is really good, and I really like Souma. The food looks delicious and the plot is good. The main problem is… well I’m sure you can guess. I… can’t deal with it. (Yes, I’m talking about the weird sounds they make when their clothes are torn off because the food is that good.) I have to cover my eyes LOL. I know that it’s a metaphor but that doesn’t change the fact that I still feel uncomfortable.

7. Super Lovers


Let’s make a few things clear. I like BL so this has nothing to do with the fact that they are both men. I know that they are not blood related so it’s not incest. I have a problem with Ren. He’s a brat and it seems like Haru is doing most of the work in their relationship. If I don’t like the main character, I have to really like the supporting characters. Unfortunately, I don’t have strong opinions on the other brothers. Also, Ren is in high school. I’m fine with age gaps but they both have to be adults for me. You can’t deny that there are romantic hints everywhere.

Series that Changed My Life

These are the series I’ve learned from. It’s important to note that these include tiny changes too! Needless to say, these are some of my favourite anime, manga, and Japanese dramas.

1. One Piece (anime)


I watch the anime and I also read the manga. I’m a lot more ahead in the manga lol but I will go back and watch all the episodes (800+). I’ve said this quite a few times in my blog already – One Piece is my favourite anime series of all time.

It showed me what friendship should look like because the Straw Hat Pirates have such a great dynamic. I’ve observed many of the same qualities in my own crew. ^^

One Piece is ridiculously funny and it brought back my laughter.

2. Liar Game (Japanese drama)


There are two seasons and a few movies. I’ve watched them all lol. There’s also a Korean drama and I’ve seen that too. I’ve also completed the manga. The ending of the manga was pretty disappointing but it’s still worth reading.

Liar Game was one of the things that made me interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology. My university was recently listed at #10 in Psychology, and this is a world ranking. That’s really cool. =D

I used to be super naive. Liar Game (and university) taught me that people tell lies. I think it’s better to know that people are not perfect.

3. Bloody Monday (Japanese drama)


There are two seasons of the Japanese drama, but I like season 1 more because J is the main antagonist. I’ve also read the first and third season of the manga. I think you should read season 1 of the manga first, but I definitely prefer season 3 because of J.

The drama and manga showed me that our problems are so trivial when we look at the world. That is comforting.

4. Durarara!! (anime)


I’m not the biggest fan of the manga, mostly because of the art style. I really like the soundtrack in the anime. Season 2 of the anime was not as good because they introduced too many characters in too little episodes. It seemed forced and rushed. The character design for Izaya looked better in Season 1.

Izaya is one of my favourite anime characters. I have to admit, he is a terrible person. However, his quotes on living in the present and moving on from the past “changed” me because the way I approached life changed. I became more present-oriented and I was able to move on from whatever it was that bothered me in the past. I love living in the present.

“You think you’re special? You’re not. Everyone lies, everyone hides things… Nobody makes it through this life being completely honest.”

“The only way to truly escape the mundane is for you to constantly be evolving. Whether you choose to aim high, or aim low. Enjoy each day for what it is.”

“Your guilt will be your past and that will be your God.”

Izaya Orihara

I think I was too harsh on others in the past. The show taught me that perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of others. After all, there are probably some things that others don’t like about us. We are all dealing with our own conflicts.

5. Hotaru no Hikari (manga)


There is also a Japanese drama and it has two seasons. I used to be unhappy with myself if I was not productive. There were a certain number of tasks I felt I needed to do every day and I don’t agree with that anymore. It’s okay to just relax some days. 🙂

6. Great Teacher Onizuka (Japanese drama)


It’s based on the manga and anime. I like the live-action from 1999 but I’m sure the newer one is good too. I haven’t watched it.

I watched GTO right before I started university and it taught me so many life lessons.

7. Kurosagi (Japanese drama)


There is a movie too but I felt unsatisfied after I watched it. :/ The art style in the manga is not very appealing. I’m caught up on the chapters though hahaha.

The drama doesn’t have such a big influence on me now. When I was high school, I loved Kurosaki so I watched each episode multiple times. He brought out the best person in me because I felt inspired to dress nicer, eat healthier and I even learned to cook some foods. It’s pretty weird that a fictional character can do this.

Superstar Spotlight: Bii 畢書盡

Many people know Bii from the Taiwanese drama, Bromance. I was a fan of his music (he is a singer!) before Bromance existed. Bii is one of my favourite singers and he is my number one idol.


About Bromance (2015):

It is currently on Netflix with English subtitles. Bii plays Wei Qing Yang, the male in the second couple. I recommend the drama because it has an interesting premise. The actor and actress in the main couple are famous for their previous dramas, such as Fated to Love You and Two Fathers. I really appreciate the close-ups of Bii’s beautiful face but watching his scenes make me sad at the same time because the girl is not me LOOL. I love that he sings the opening theme song, along with three other singers in his talent agency. One of the songs I really like is sang by two people from his talent agency. His solo songs play during his scenes, as well as other romantic scenes.


My story on how I fell in love:

My friend showed me Bii’s music video for I know. I was busy when my friend showed me so I just listened to the song without watching the video. I thought Bii’s voice was really nice… I decided to watch the video and he was so good looking!

A lot of people say that Bii looks like Luhan, one of China’s most popular stars. Luhan is a former member of EXO. Bii is humble and said that Luhan looks prettier than him. ^^

Then I decided to Google him (LOL this is what I do…). I learned that Bii is half Korean and half Taiwanese, but grew up in Korea. He was scouted by SM Talent when he was a teen in Korea but didn’t go for it. I thought it was really impressive that he became fluent in Chinese because he learned the language after he came to Taiwan.  He talks and sings mostly in Chinese, but he does sing some Korean songs.

After that, I decided to watch videos of him on YouTube. He was so kind to his fan and I began to tear up… I was at school at the time and I was feeling unhappy with myself. After watching that one video I decided I wanted to change myself to be a better person who would help other people and become more true to myself. I wanted to be someone I would like…

After that, I started reading his Facebook status updates. (LOL) He wrote in Chinese and it was tough to understand them at first. I live in Canada and although I am a fluent speaker, my reading skills were lacking. Google Translate helped, and gradually I was able to understand more words. ^^ The reason I was working this hard was because his statuses were unlike other celebrities’ statuses.

I don’t follow him as much as I used to, but I remember he wrote statuses for his fans. He would tell us to dress warm so that we would not get sick, and to drink soup because it was cold out. He told us to sleep early so that we have more energy the next day. Bii was so caring and I was really envious of the many girls who had photos of them hugging him, and fans who watched him perform at his concerts.

Several months after I started liking him, I found out that he sang the Korean version of one of my favourite songs, Dui Wang. Dui Wang is the ending song of my favourite Taiwanese drama, My Lucky Star (2007).

Well, I am turning 21 this year and I am not exactly the same person I was a few years ago. I’m not that obsessed with celebrities anymore but Bii is still one of my favourite singers. ^^

My Dream Anime Con

When I bought my ticket online for Anime Evolution, I used Eventbrite. That was just a few weeks ago. The process went smoothly and I had a good experience with them. By buying my ticket online, I didn’t have to pay at the door. It was nice because I bought my ticket early and got a discounted price. I printed my ticket out and just showed it to the people who organized the event and registered on their site.


Alright, my dream con includes the one and only… EIICHIRO ODA, the creator of One Piece! I would love to meet him… That would be a dream come true.

I would cosplay as a One Piece character (not sure who yet) and I would want to spend the con with all my AniBlogger and AniTwitter friends. (You guys know who you are… ^^) I want all my good friends to be there too. It would be good if it was a private event that only my friends and I can attend so no one has to wait in line… Am I being too selfish? (Well this is a dream so…)

I would also want Hiroshi Kamiya, the voice actor of Izaya Orihara, to be there. I want him to talk in Izaya’s voice for me. I also want to meet the Japanese voice actor of Deidara from Naruto Shippuden. I’ll definitely need English translators there.

More people I want to meet are my favourite cosplayers, like Yuegene Fay. I want to take pictures with everyone. It would be nice to have a photographer who just follows me around and takes a bunch of candid and staged pictures LOL.

In the last two anime events I went to, I did not find a lot of anime merchandise I was interested in. That’s why in my dream con, I want a lot of One Piece and Izaya merchandise. I want cheap prices please… Can the ticket prices be free for everyone too? LOL.

A restaurant or food stalls would be nice. I always buy food nearby when I attend anime events but they’re always outside the convention location. It would be super convenient if there was a restaurant… Not cafe because that’s not filling enough. Real food!

The location should be in… Japan. Then after the convention I can explore Japan with my friends hahaha. I want to go to Ikebukuro and all those anime attractions.

Of course we need music so there should be our favourite bands performing there, the ones who sing anime openings and endings. Flumpool is my favourite Japanese band. I want Ryuta to sing in Chinese for me. ❤


What else… I want props outside and inside the convention building for photo-taking. Stuff like a cool-looking background or the Thousand Sunny (lol) would be good.

Oh! I also want a bunch of prize draws where everyone gets a raffle ticket and there are multiple prizes to be won. Prizes like… authentic nendoroids and One Piece flag, etc. Okay, that’s all I can think of for now.

Hope you liked this post!