My Anime Preferences ≠ Wholesome?

Some people seem to think that I like wholesome shows or shows from the shojo genre. My university’s anime club held a shojo trivia game and I wasn’t very helpful… Sure, I’ve watched shows from every genre but I didn’t know the majority of the answers.

So then… what kind of shows do I like? Well… I wouldn’t exactly classify them as ‘wholesome.’

Steam Community :: :: Parasyte GIF
Death Note - Eating An Apple GIF by Neawia | Gfycat
Pin on Tokyo Ghoul
Gambling Apocalypse - My Top 5 Kaiji Gambles | Anime Amino
Zankyou No Terror + Explosions GIF | Gfycat

From top to bottom: Parasyte, Death Note, Attack on Titan, Kaiji, and Zankyou no Terror. I also like Attack on Titan and Inuyashiki.


So what does this all mean? What do my anime preferences say about me as a person?

Absolutely nothing at all, except for the fact that I like interesting anime. Hahaha.

Can Rewatching A Show Make You Dislike It?

I seldom rewatch shows. I usually remember what happened. Of course, there is the entertainment factor in rewatching a show. I’m actually very hesitant about this. Why?

To tell you the truth, I’m a little worried that rewatching a show will change my perception of that show… in a negative way. I am more likely to pick at its flaws the second time around. I might come to a realization that the show wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be.

Maybe I’m overthinking this. I have experienced this though. I’ll explain.

When I was in elementary school, I really liked the anime, Fruits Basket. I admired Tohru Honda and wanted to be like her.

In 2019, the anime got a remake. Technically, I didn’t “rewatch” the show because I watched the remake. However, the remake was true to the manga and it was well-done. When I watched it, I realized I didn’t really like Tohru Honda. I didn’t like that she didn’t ask for help when she wanted it. I didn’t like how she was always rescued by others.

Then, my perception of Fruits Basket changed.


So… Can rewatching a show make you dislike it? I think that it’s possible. I know it won’t happen every time, but do I really want to take that risk? I think I would rather be able to look back to a show with fond memories.

Do you rewatch shows? Has this ever happened to you?

Cosplays: No Face & Casual Conan

My version of No Face, based on a drawing I drew in January:

Casual Conan cosplay from Detective Conan:

Anime Recommendations: Calming Shows

I hope everyone is doing well.

A little update: Starting today, I will be staying at home. The university has instructed us to stop going to our practicum sites and to do the work at home. The class will also be done remotely. This was after Justin Trudeau’s announcement, in which he recommended that everyone stay at home.

I’m not sure if I ever wrote this, but I have a number of jobs. Most of them are done from home to begin with, so I’m used to it. Still, I wonder what these next few weeks will look like… O_O


During these uncertain moments, sometimes we just want to escape from reality for a little while and watch something to distract ourselves. I’m not in the mood to watch something twisted because it reminds me of society too much (hahaha) so these are shows that will help calm you down! In my last blog post, I wrote about songs that inspire hope during this challenging time.

Mushi-shi

Mushi-shi is perfect for when you need to unwind. It makes you feel so calm. The opening song, Shiver by Lucy Rose, is in English and it is such a beautiful song. The colours of the show are so calming to look at. Every episode is its own short story with new characters. I highly recommend this anime.

If you like Mushi-shi, you’ll also like Natsume’s Book of Friends (and vice versa).

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard

This is an anime from this season. It is not BL and I don’t think it’s fujo bait either. This show is pretty interesting because you learn about different gemstones. For example, I didn’t know that there was a fascinating stone called the Cat’s Eye until I watched the show.

My Roommate is a Cat

In this anime, Subaru Mikazuki, an introverted writer, changes in small ways. Haru is such an adorable cat. The latter half of the episodes are retold from Haru’s point of view.

I’ve reviewed this anime. You can read it here.

After the Rain

After the Rain has so much beautiful imagery. Akira Tachibana’s eyes are drawn so beautifully and the backgrounds are so pretty. This anime is about loss, innocent love, and new beginnings.

I’ve reviewed this anime. You can read it here.

Super Happy Love Blog Award

Thanks for the nomination, Yomu. Yomu explicitly wrote in his post that he expects a response from me, so I guess I have no choice.

RULES

  1. Thank the one who tagged you and if at all please tag the original post as well. This is my first blog tag and a bit of a passion project so I would like to see where it spreads! Oh and use Super-Happy-Love as a tag!
  2. Display the Super Happy Love Logo in your post. Share the rules!
  3. Choose a minimum of 2 out of these 6 prompts (see this original post for prompts) to answer in this blog! More is always allowed!
  4. You are actively encouraged not to bring negativity into this tag.
  5. Tag 6 bloggers you love so they can take on this challenge as well. 
  6. Everyone who comments something lovely about your post ALSO gets nominated. (Should they so choose).

WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT A FANDOM OR FRANCHISE YOU LOVE.

I like The Untamed/Mo Dao Zu Shi fandom. It’s nice to see people cosplay in hanfu. It’s also nice to listen to covers of the songs played by traditional Chinese instruments.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT A CHARACTER YOU LOVE.

I love Tanjiro from Demon Slayer. I wrote about how he inspires me (you can read about that here). He’s kind to everyone, including demons, and he never gives up.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT A PIECE OF MUSIC YOU LOVE.

My favourite anime opening is the first Tokyo Ghoul opening. It’s Unravel by TK from Ling tosite Sigure. It’s perfect. It’s everything I have ever wanted in a song. It suits my tastes in music perfectly.

WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF YOU LOVE!

I think that I have good taste in shows. Okay, that sounds biased but other people tell me that I give good recommendations. It makes me feel like I am doing a good job at reviewing anime and doing my part of introducing good shows to people, especially underrated ones. It’s a shame when good anime goes unnoticed.

I think I’m also good at getting people to watch the shows I like. I’ve gotten my classmates, anime club friends, and blogger friends to watch Kaiji and many more shows.

NOMINATIONS

Once again, I’m opening this up to anyone who wants to do this.

Just a heads up

When drawing Tanjiro fan art or creating Tanjiro’s earrings from Kimestu no Yaiba, please be mindful of how you draw the earrings.

I bought a Tanjiro keychain and later realized that the earrings were drawn with red lines… That’s the Rising Sun flag. It is an extremely offensive flag with a lot of history behind it (you can Google it). I’m not writing this to put anyone on blast because I believe this was an honest mistake, but please be careful.

Now in the manga, the earrings have black lines with a red outline. I do not think that the creator had bad intentions. I believe the creator went for a flower card design but it happened to look like the flag. Even with the black lines, some people may still perceive it as a racist and offensive symbol. The studio made the conscious decision to change the design and that is awesome. This is a really important topic and it should not be downplayed.

The creator of My Hero Academia received a lot of backlash from Chinese and Korean fans recently due to something similar. Some fans even burned their MHA manga. The creator said he was unaware, which kind of shows the lack of history taught in Japan’s educational system.

Anime Cosplays: Mirai Nikki & Kimi no Na Wa

Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki/My Future Diary

Mitsuha from Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name

I’ve cosplayed as Mitsuha before. Click here to see the post.