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For those of you who have watched the Attack on Titan anime, or read the manga you can agree with me that the series in its entirety is a masterpiece from start to finish. The show addresses many of the darker themes and aspects of life which are applicable in our world today such as war, bigotry, pain, suffering and other forms of hatred and injustices that are ever-present throughout the story’s continually evolving plot. Although the plot of Attack on Titan may encompass all of these different issues they are all intertwined, and the one crucial similarity among all of these different themes is the perception of reality, and how it shapes our perspective and our view of the world around us as well as what we perceive to be true and just. Initially the story of Attack on Titan is told through the perspective of the young, and idealistic protagonist Eren Jaegar whose main objective is to save humanity from what he believes to be the brink of extinction from Titans who for some unknown reason wish to entirely eradicate humanity. As he continues to travel and work alongside the Scouts, the expedition team tasked with uncovering the secrets of the Titans and saving humanity, he eventually comes to learn along with his partners that they have been incorrect and misinformed concerning the state of world affairs which has consequently led to them being isolated from the rest of the world on Paradis Island. This revelation is so crucial because it forces Eren, the Scouts, and the rest of humanity on Paradis to question who the real enemy they have been fighting all this time truly is as their main issue is no longer defending themselves against the threat of Titans, but now striving for peace and acceptance in society while bearing the scorn of a modern world that despises them as a result of their people’s history and because of their ethnic differences. The circumstances of those from other nations of the world are similar to those on Paradis in the sense that they have been indoctrinated with propaganda about the inhabitants of the island, and believe that their fears and feelings of superiority because of their race provide them with a justifiable excuse to commit genocide against them. Eventually during the story’s conclusion the world as a whole begins to move toward building peaceful relations with one another as well as understanding after coming to realize their fears were irrational and that regardless of differences they are all human beings. The inability to understand and respect differences between people is what sows confusion and hatred in the minds of others, and it is an issue that is especially present in our world today. This lack of understanding only creates tensions, and perpetuates unending cycles of fear and hatred which can lead to conflict and result in nothing pain, sorrow, and unnecessary bloodshed, which I believe is one of the key underlying messages Isayama was trying to get across to his viewers through the series. Overall this series is very enjoyable and I was enthralled from the moment I began it, and I would highly recommend adding it to your watchlist if you have had reservations about getting into it.
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Welcome back to confirmation biases. Last time, I explained that to avoid confirmation bias, you'd have to view a perspective on both sides. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do.
So, what did I mean by viewing a perspective on both sides?
Well, simply put, I meant what I said. You find both proving and disproving evidence of a topic. Well, how do you do this?
Think of it this way - "Does this evidence give clear evidence that this might be right? If not, is there any counter evidence?"
If the answer to this is yes, congratulations - You've found sound evidence that does not confirm that your belief is 100% right. At the most, you've most likely only confirmed a very small portion of your claim.
If the answer to this is no, however, you then look for counter evidence. Counter evidence to see if your not-clear evidence is incorrect.
Let's use an example, again.
You're investigating a murder. You have solid evidence that the murderer is a 15-year old child from... I don't know, Kentucky. However, you know that this one piece of evidence doesn't confirm it, and therefore, look for counter-evidence.
Then, you do find counter-evidence. You find counter-evidence that they're not from Kentucky, and that they're actually from New Jersey. So, you put both of these aside and begin battling out which seems more likely.
If, however, you can't find a conclusion, then set them aside for later until you find more evidence/counter-evidence. Once you have enough, argue with yourself, then make your case.
This has been Week One of Logic Lessons with L, stay tuned for Week Two, which we'll be discussing about planning and unplanned executions of... anything.
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Naruto is know for it's large cast of lovable characters but as of episode 112 of the original series I can definitively say that Rock Lee is easily my favourite character in the series.
Everything from his positive demeanor, to his underdog background is so very beautifully shounen, he's so very cheesy with his background of fighting back against those who didn't believe in him, finding comfort in Might Guy and rising to become a splendid ninja. But what I think makes him special is just how genuinely sympathetic, yet still endearingly passionate in the face of absolute failure and misfortune he can be.
An example of what I've expressed comes from his legendary fight against Gaara in the preliminaries before the finals of the Chunin Exams. When he is defeated by Gaara we learn that he will never be able to return to being a shinobi due to the severity of his injuries, this causes Lee to question his future and everything up until this point becuase of his ethos being to never give up and that with hard work even he can become a splendid ninja but in spite of it all he keeps a positive outlook and whole heartedly believes he will one day recover with perseverance.
Eventually Naruto finds the legendary healer Sanin Tsunade who is famous for her healing capabilities, however she urges Lee to quit being a shinobi due to his only option being life threatening surgery, at this point, desperate for an answer he asks Might Guy what to do, in a highly emotional climax both Lee and Might Guy decide that in order to coninue his dream he must never give up as that is his nindo, his ninja way.
In the end he displays something so beautifully simple, that passion and perseverance will always pay off and that even in the worst of times we can continue to be better for ourselves and for those we love. Rock Lee is my favourite because he's corny and goofy and simple and so emblematic of what I love about shounen anime.
The story is about a woman who discovers that she has supernatural abilities after kids in her city begin to go missing and must locate a book called The Ruthisian Codex to gain mastery over her powers and find the people responsible for the kidnappings.
The lead character's name is Phia and the first chapter explores her seemingly normal life as a budding caterer. Throughout the book, I will describe certain dishes that she makes in detail and include the recipes at the back of the book. I may also include pictures but I'm not 100% certain yet. I'm also considering starting a Discord & hosting monthly virtual brunches where people can create their favorite foods from the book & we can all show our creations & hang out for a few hours. Making recipe videos for YouTube or live streaming myself preparing the dishes is also another idea I have.
Phia's abilities and back story all center around Ancient Egyptian mythology and religion. Her love of cooking, her romantic interests, and some of her other hobbies are all tied into the Egyptian deities that she identifies with the most.
Hello everyone. Today I just wanted to throw in a random review about a show I watched called DearS. It’s not one I’m going to weekly review, and it’s CERTAINLY not (very) popular. I just had so many emotions about it I knew I had to review it. So here we go.
Warning: watch this one ALONE!!! Also warning: THIS IS THE MOST CRINGE-WORTHY HENTAI I SWEAR...
We’ve all been there. You’re bored, but none of the anime you’re currently watching seem interesting. So, you look for something new. Today, I felt that way, and as I was scrolling through RetroCrush I accidentally clicked on a show. Since I was having a hard time finding anything that sparked my interest, I decided to watch it anyway. And wow, I think this is the exact opposite of what I normally watch. 0~0
The premise: it’s modern times Japan, and it’s a year after a space-ship crashed full of submissive sexy/sex-loving aliens. They’re now part of society, (kind of; there’s only 150 of them on Earth) and we call them DearS. Why capital s? No idea. Anyway, this kid works at a game shop, and he just snuck out one of those Japanese hentai games for his pervy friends. (honestly, how could I have been SO bored I watched the whole episode? I have no idea...) He got a scar on his cheek after the game store owner found out what he was doing and beat him up. One of the friends mentions he heard a DearS is moving into their neighborhood. Game-store-worker boy (I forgot all the names in this, okay?) apparently thinks these DearS‘s are too good to be true. He doesn’t believe that they could be so smart and hot and whatever.
Later, after attending class with his creepy, horny teacher, he walks home alone until he spots a girl with a ragged blanket and blue hair huddling in some bushes and shaking like she’s crying. Wow. He walks up to her and he’s like “are you okay? Why are you shaking so much?” She seems just a really shy girl or something, until, after our protagonist bends down to talk to her, she jumps out from the bag fully naked (oh dear lord why did I watch this hentai? Why am I reviewing it?) and then she starts glowing and a tiny bikini with absolutely no coverage pops up on her and then she kisses protagonist boy. He gets all surprised, and then she pulls back to cup his head in her hand.
Remember the bandage? She puts her hand right on that place and when she takes it away, the band-aid falls off and *BOOM* the cut disappears. He basically goes “what the frick.” And then he walks away, but she follows him. So he just gives up and takes her to his apartment where he gives her some clothes he has and shows her how the shower works. And then he walks away and goes to bed.
When he wakes up, in classic anime style, he thinks it was all a weird dream. He goes back to sleep for about 1 second, to wake up again and realize that the DearS he found is still naked, and is sleeping next to him. He jumps about 4 feet in the air. Then they eat some bread. Honestly I forgot what order stuff happened in, writing this takes way more time than it does to watch a 24 minute episode. But anyway, after a bit of trouble since she can’t speak Japanese, he finds out her name. Here, I googled it. It’s: Ren Ren Ren Nagusaran Rensia Roroonren Nakora. Yup. He thinks it’s pretty stupid, so he just calls her Ren.
Then his 6 alarm clocks start going off, and the landlord’s daughter comes upstairs to wake up Takeya Ikuhara (yes I finally remembered his name) like she usually does. He shoves Ren in a closet, but the landlord’s daughter can pretty obviously tell something is off. Anyway, at school he keeps asking the landlord’s daughter stuff about DearS. And that’s about all I remember of this retro hentai horror (at least, the first episode)
Because I suck at describing anime, here’s what Fandom has to say:
One year prior to the beginning of the story, mankind made its first contact with an alien species, when a malfunctioning alien spacecraft made an impromptu crash-landing in Tokyo Bay. The aliens on board the UFO are human-like and remarkably beautiful, and are soon affectionately nicknamed "DearS" by their human hosts, which means "Dear friends from outer space"; as extraordinarily kind and gentle as they are lovely, the DearS are a slave race in actuality, seeming to thrive as individuals and as a species by making others happy; as they are unable to return home, the small community of DearS attempts to integrate themselves into human society, concealing their status as a slave race from the public due to concern over the fact that humanity does not agree with slavery.
The main plot follows the story of Takeya Ikuhara, an average high school student in the fictitious Koharu prefecture, and how his life is turned on its head, due to the appearance of a beautiful and apparently defective DearS he calls "Ren", who, after Takeya saves her life and nurses her back to health and teaching her the ways of the human society, promptly becomes attached to him and moves into the closet of his apartment, declaring herself his slave and him her master. As the story progresses, Takeya finds himself becoming surrounded by several more DearS along with his near-constant companion Ren.
Okay, if you want to watch this, (why would you) I’ll stop giving you spoilers. Anyway, hope you “enjoyed” this, see you at the next anime review. Also, sorry if you’re now reaching for some eye-bleach.
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I was reading a blog post from a blog I like, The Drunken Anime Blog, when I had an idea. “I haven’t even started to watch some popular anime’s like Attack On Titan and Fruits Basket yet, what if I reviewed them like she does?” I usually just use a status update, but I think more people will see if I make blog posts.
Good idea, right? Right. Let’s do this. But then I realized a problem. Two, actually. Number one: “Thoughts from a sad, anime-loving lump” doesn’t exactly sound like a reviews blog. It sounds like a blog about my life. Which, it is. Number two: this is my complaints about life blog. So, I decided to start a new blog. Please comment what I should call it, because I have no ideas. Anyway,
Love and UwUs,
Garbage in garbage out.
This is a saying in technology that basically means, poor input will always lead to poor output. That a computer only gives out what you put in. But I find this applies to humans too. Especially in terms of creativity.
Creators are consumers, but not all consumers are creators.
Before you make something you need ideas. So how do you get ideas? The easiest way is to consume media.
If you want to make anime but have no ideas whatsoever, watch anime. If you want to make a game but have no ideas, play games. Eventually inspiration will strike and the ideas will come. Creators are fans too. We are just fans who love something so much we decided to make our own. While most fans are happy being consumers.
And so the saying, garbage in garbage out comes to play. If you consume crappy stuff you will make crappy stuff.
I am a big believer in not watching bad anime, playing bad games, watching bad movies, etc. As a creator it will make you a bad one. As a consumer it will lower your standards.
That is why I started reading/playing Steins; Gate. Said to be the best visual novel of all time.
And right away I already learned something.
Compared to my visual novel (Super Detectives), Steins; Gate had more dialogue. It had deeper writing.
This will probably be the first and last visual novel I will consume. At least it was a very good one.
So I like to take the time to talk about reading manga/comics. This entry isn't so much about something specific I am currently reading but more about reading apps on my phone. I'll be quite honest I have a few (10 to be exact). That might be excessive or for some not enough. I started with one from an ad on facebook or instagram not sure and it spiraled out. I will divulge i mostly read romance and bl on the sites. I have the following: webcomics, mangatoon, tapas, patreon, torycomics, tappytoon, manga renta, webtoon, coolmic(XXX), webnovel(not a good one but i can't find the comic im currently reading anywhere else).
Webcomics, mangatoon have a point system along with buying coins to read. Some comics need money to read I'll be honest but the free coins do help
Patreon is really good if you want to help artist in my opinion by directly funding and in doing so you do get perks. Also to can also read uncensored versions.
My 3 favorites though thus far are tapas, tappytoon, and webtoon all are which are paying types. Though I have to say its worth it especially tappytoon. The stories and graphics are on point. There really isn't bad translations that you get from other sites. They don't have a big collection but what they do have is great well in my opinion.
One of my favorites on Tappytoon is Light and Shadow was such a good story so much I would really love a hard copy. The Knight and Her Emperor is also quite excellent.
That's all I have to say for now. As I am intrupted by a nasty thunderstorm so I'm going to get going if you have any questions about today's blog please feel free to ask.
The pics attached are screen shots of app icons on my phone, the 2 in the middle are tappytoon, and the last one is webtoon
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I was bored so i just drew a picture or two , so here i am , sharing them
and heres the second one : a picture of a cute nurse girl
stay safe everyone , plus i'd like to hear your opinions of these pictures , thank you
I'm kind of, fascinated with old stuff. REALLY old stuff. And while I've never found anything particularly outstanding to other people maybe, i always treasure what i do find.
and today, i wasn't really expecting to find anything! i was just out in my backyard garden, picking through stones from the freshly cultivated soil, because i do find a lot of gemstones in my garden after hoeing it, and i think they're pretty. i kind of have a little of collection of them.
but then i saw something that caught my eye, a bright red rock with something sticking out of it. and at first i thought it was just like, another type of rock mixed in with the red rock, but when i picked it up and looked closer, i knew what i was seeing was the back end of a fully-intact shell. and i was like, wow! i have to break this thing open. Sure I could've kept it the way it was, but i knew inside were probably layers of more shell fragments that were more interesting to look at to add to my collection. So I grabbed a hammer, and split the thing in half, and this is what i found.
I'd never found anything containing a fossil fully intact before...just the ghostly remnants of an imprint of something no longer there. but look, there it is, that's a fully intact shell.
how cool is that! you can see lots of other bits of imprints of shells that are no long there, too, all over the stone, which is what most of my rocks look like. But holy cow, this shell is still here. And it's not the only one. Theres a couple here and there, sticking out in different ends of the rock.
I like to go out and hunt for stuff like this, because it's fun. But I never expected to find a fossil sitting in my own backyard.
These are the other interesting fossils ive acquired
the imprinted leaves I actually got at a festival in one of those old-fashioned towns, that kind of preserves the way it used to be when it was founded in the 1800s.
The limestone to the right of it is a block of a bunch of shell fragment and coral imprints, theres a fossilized reed in there i found on my grandpas property as a little kid,
and i found this one a couple years ago while camping out in the woods.
anyways, i was SO super stoked about this, i just had to post something.
Also I noticed my blog title was kind of similar to someone elses, so i tried changing it, but im not very creative LOL
I really want to do this art challenge that has been circulating on Instagram. However, my Instagram won't connect to my phone to upload =_= I tried re-dling the app and finally just messaged them.
Anyways, if anyone wants to suggest characters that would be awesome
So, here I sit - after what we've come to know was a near-miss today in my county with Death-Virus 2020. I've been reading a lot of posts and comments on social media the last few days, and just holding my head for most of them. A few voice actors I follow are in full-panic mode "I worry for the future", and "I don't know how long things will be this way, we've never dealt with anything like it before."
I'll be blunt, I quoted Christina Vee and Erika Harlacher for those - and not only are they not leveraged in any sense of reason, they're also not rooted in any sense of fact.
But let me start someplace a little bit brighter for you all.
Things to remember
- There is no reason to fear the future - any future. If you can figure out the present, you are capable of figuring out the future - regardless of how unforeseen it can be.
- Any bad situation can be turned into a good situation if you have the right mindset.
- Optimism is your friend. There are plenty of positives that are around you, much more than the negatives.
- Struggles make you a better person on multiple leaves. It may surprise you that there is a hint of fact in the adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- It is not forever. Nothing ever is, and there is no reason to believe this too will be forever.
Already, we are beginning to hear about fluxes in released/recovered patients being released from hospitals in meaningful numbers in China. That's after they cracked down hard on quarantines and bit the bullet on health services. They are well on the way to recovery, and their numbers do indeed show that. That is to say, there is something on the other side of this virus - life returning to normal once again. That's not to say that things may not get worse for you, or for the rest of us before things finally improve. By no means should you believe this as a means that things "can only get better." But it is to say things can always get worse. That being said, it's up to you on how much you let that worse impact you and your life.
As for the quotes...
"I worry for the future."
Why? Why would you worry for the future? Why worry any more now than you have been? If you don't concern yourself with the future, you aren't paying attention. Suddenly presuming the future is dark based upon a current blip of pressure is easy to do, but it's also self-destructing and rarely-if-ever rooted in truth. If I had a nickle every time I heard someone say "I worry about the future", I'd be rich right now, and almost never have those premonitions of the individual ever culminated in anything beyond a minor and momentary inconvenience. Please don't sensationalize yourself, your future, or the future of others simply because of your immediate sense of dread due to your own misunderstandings and misconceptions.
"We've never seen anything like this before."
Um. You haven't. None of us alive today have. But to say that this is unprecedented is absolutely false. It is true that on a global scale quite of the same caliber it has not happened, but the following things have happened before:
- Economic collapse on a global scale
- Worldwide pandemic of an unknown pathogen
- Worldwide pandemic of a rapidly transmitting pathogen
- Shutdown of Western European commerce and business due to a pathogen
- Shutdown of North American commerce and business due to a pathogen
This is not to say that you should not take things seriously. You absolutely should. But to assume that you are living in the worst possible scenario out of a series of outcomes is incorrect. To assume this has never happened before which makes you inherently knowledgeable on the situation is also false. What's more, almost all of those struck once upon a time, during and just after a massive world war had drained and depleted natural resources, destroyed homes, villages, families, and left thousands upon thousands homeless, living in worse-than-third-world conditions, and worse.
My point here, folks...is that these are interesting times. Take time to learn. Take time to enjoy life. Take time to slow down. Take time to disconnect. Take time. Just be. Learn how to be human again, because what I fear more than the virus, is that this whole thing has revealed that many humans have forgotten how to just be.
Just had a meeting at work last Thursday mainly on the updates of the Corona Virus and at that specific time only the schools had the potential to be affected. However, steadily it's been getting worse and worse and the U.S. Government is now creating more restrictions and bans making it extremely difficult for most people to even continue working. Apparently the Governor in my state changed our restrictions and bans 15 times within a few short hours today. So far it hasn't effected my job to where I won't be able to work but most of those around me are now without work because everything is closing down. Supposedly there aren't any plans with my job shutting down but honestly, who knows anymore?? Could be tonight, could be tomorrow or it could be next week. So far though we aren't shut down which is a good thing but like I said, now we are all waiting for the when.
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Cosplay has been a part of many peoples lives for some time now. What was once a daft little past-time where high-schoolers would wear a cheap costume-shop wig and a garment hastily put together with hot glue, to these amazing full armour builds and becoming internet famous and even making careers out of it, cosplay surely has gone a long way, hasn't it?
We all seen these amazing fictional characters on our TV screens. Whether it be 2D animation or a character model in a game it is as if we are constantly 'feeling' all kinds of textures with our own eyes. It is amazing how animation works to use clothing and hair to create a sense a realism that blends beautifully within the game's/show's environment.
'Wow, his scarf is floating in the wind.'
Cosplayers can look at a character and compare a character's costume to real life physics. Sometimes the materials are hard and shiny, which is what is typical in armour. Other times there might be stripes or patterns. Maybe its pleated or wavy. You cant physically touch it for yourself but just by looking you can absolutely tell! Its amazing how one can translate something from fiction to real life.
These people can take days, weeks, months, even years, to create a costume. They can also be brought too. Some newcomers might just see costume making as sewing but in reality that is only part of the hobby. Cosplayers make props, they learn makeup, style wigs, create armour, jewellery, accessories and surprisingly many of these people are self-taught.
'But I cant sew...'
That is ok! We all have to start somewhere! No one becomes an expert over night. I have been cosplaying for 12 years and I am still learning. I still make mistakes all the time and there is a lot of sewing jargon I dont understand the definition of. I have been learning as I go along. There are plenty of tutorials online, and maybe you have friends or family that can help. Maybe just buy some clothes from a thrift ship and alter them, like dye or paint them.
Not only there is the joy of the creation process, but also the sense of achievement of completing the costume! It doesnt end here! Consider showing your work off at a convention! The best feeling ever is making people happy because they got to meet their favourite character!
Share the happiness! Its a hobby that makes many people happy!
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The storm brewing outside of the mall was relaxing. Silver clouds beaming with a backdrop of lightning, each flash silent to the chattering food court. I loved the way that the rain pelted away at its large, endless windows. There is a corner I always slip away to during lunch, across the street from where I worked. It's where I often get a head start on material that needed to be brought back home and looked over. It made me sad that this old mall was actually dying and less people come here every day. Around the usual time, a lone man would open up a coffee shop next to where I sat. It's an odd place decorated with a mix of posters from James Dean to the Shape of Water and various anime sorts (must send you a picture sometime, it's quite something to look at). Alternative Rock, videogame, and anime music scores often coil about and slither from the shelf above his head. That day, Lonely in Gorgeous by Tommy February 6 was playing and stayed with me to the end of my shift. I decided to sit the gloomy weekend out and re-examine Paradise Kiss with a bit of lingering deliberation. It had such a positive impact on my teenage youth. I would have disliked to have found out that pure nostalgia was the reason behind my regard towards it in current times.
The show certainly had aged but not necessarily in a bad way. As suspected, there was a hint of nostalgia but that didn't impede on any fresh assessments. In fact, I almost forgot that this show was something my friends and I were inspired by at some point and I ended up enjoying it more for that.
Paradise Kiss is a manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. I had first heard about Ai Yazawa after doing some research into various art styles. Neighborhood Story left a fundamental impression on me from the start. With its creative illustrations that pushed the boundaries of fashionable capacity at the time. It was designed in more realistic tones than other work with similar aesthetics. Especially those in the Magical Girl genres and subgenres. What stood out was how the artwork was able to apply itself whimsically but also complement the central focus in storytelling. That even a visual, upbeat concept like fashion and the general delve into creative vocation had the complexities of failure and struggle.
I recall all the pomp and frivolous trails of romantic sentimentalities and even the conventional daily prospect of life. However, it's recently that I find Yukari Hayasaka (A.K.A Caroline) such an endearing character that my youth had misjudged as whiny and unpleasant. In hindsight, she's actually quite believable and somewhat relatable. Putting aside the tropes of a romantic genre, how often did shows venture into the stages of relationships— with thought provoking mediums and real life consequences?
Yukari is young and still finding herself but it doesn't just stop as an abstraction and concluded through vague symbolism or metaphorical principles. She faces real world decision making and their effects.
As the show progresses we see Yukari struggling with school work, exploring an interest that presents her with opportunity and work ethics. Of course, this collides with her youth. School, class peers; the contrast of a normal upbringing with that of early pursuits and callings. The decisions that she makes feel absolutely present.
On one hand, she neglects school to focus on life-experiences that help her grow as a person. This offers her a rare advantage into something she notably has aptitude in. An aptitude she couldn't have discovered without the encounter with the ParaKiss club. Here, her first impressions are stereotypical and misjudging. She spends much of her life as a model student that's focused on study and academic achievement to even be bothered by a group that prioritizes creative interest. Once she establishes the determination and passion they have for their work, she begins to develop in personality and open-mindedness. Eventually, she finds acceptance and understanding and it's this very affirmation in the storytelling that moved me when I was younger. When the company and routine you've always kept can no longer inspire you in life, you grow and gravitate toward something new. There's nothing wrong with looking outside your circle or being curious about doing so. Even when it's uncomfortable at first because change is massive and important and frightening. Which is what I ended up appreciating about this show. In a strange way, Paradise Kiss felt like a long absent companion.
Each character journeys through their own revelations and identities within the club. Where Yukari finds faults and uncertainty in the path she's been taking. Ultimately choosing education to have something to fall back on, as a process that works for her. In opposition of Jōji Koizumi (A.K.A George), where the process of branching out is in full certainty and clarity. It also sets the audience up to find more familiarity between Yukari's inexperience in life or George's exposure to it at an early age. Personally, I found this duality of perspectives an uncommon and fruitful one that I hadn't seen since Whisper of the Heart. I ended up enjoying the evolution of their feelings, flourishing into a mutual respect for one another. So much so, that they took a vital step in the direction of their goals and in educational necessity. The anime also illustrated all the bases of it's primary lesson, so that one could find connection with one or multiple characters. You have Yukari looking for purpose and self-discovery, George that's already well versed in life and introspection and knows what he wants from his future. Miwako, learning to separate herself from her sister's shadow and growing into her own independent character. Miwako's development does a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere of positive shortcomings. She recognizes that she indeed has talent but next to her sister, it's a talent that currently had limitations. In resolve, she's okay with this because she understands her abilities need growth. Arashi, coming to the awareness that his secondary passion was more promising than the current one he had placed all of his confidence and time in. Grasping where his strengths and weaknesses were as a person. As well as tackling communication issues and trust with some of the people in his life. Isabella is by far the most compelling of the party without being preachy or utilized as an intermediary. Isabella is a transgender woman and this information is reserved until it was necessary to bring to the forefront of the story. Giving the character a dignity best articulated in confidence and in a positive form of handling. Isabella isn't the subject of sexual tropes and her femininity is never set to a quip. Additionally, she turns out to be the inspiration for our talented haute couture designer.
I love this group of quirky individuals! A more satisfying Breakfast Club, with tons of social architecture and emotional spheres from fleeting dreams to effective realities. There was a time in my life when everything was an adventure of unearthing. Lapping at my heels with a cool sensation and it's true; diving makes the water deep. Paradise Kiss reminds me of the silly and artless, gutsy and bold, cringe and stubborn, challenging and placid, easy and difficult times as a young adult.
Ai Yazawa herself, with her interesting artwork, guided some of my old friends and myself into bursts of imaginative brainstorming. The same way fashion enthusiasts come across gratifying magazines, we came across her work and more!
When the show had concluded I got a sense of fulfilment for a second time. A reminder that the very chapters in our story that once helped us find our footing, sometimes need a bit of dusting off. This anime will always have a special place in my heart and a special place in a black French-bob with teal tips; age sixteen.
Is there an anime that takes you back? Did it have an impact on you or left any sort of everlasting impression? Let me know!
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Judging on their name, one would assume that a shamblefluff would be something fluffy that shambles... Well, you wouldn't be far from the truth...
So what is a shamblefluff exactly?
Well, let's have a bit of a gander. Shall we?
Full name: Shamblefluffs
Other terms/Local names for the species: Cotton rollers, cotton fairies
Appearance: Shamblefluffs are small, fluffy humanoids that are comprised of a stubby body. They have brown/tanned skin. And a thick layer of fur across their back and arms, which is extremely long and course, similar to that of sheep and cotton, giving them their name. Their eyes tend to be a solid black, and they have a small nose and mouth. Their features apart from this are usually bland, however they tend to adorn themselves with paints, accessories and styles in order to stand out from one another. They tend to travel as one large group, and as such look like a giant mass of shambling fluff (hence their full name)
Locations/Climates they are found in: Thick forestry areas that are subject to intense weather conditions. Such as extreme fluctuations of cold or heat.
Diet: regular Shamblefluffs are omnivores, however other subspecies within the group can either be carnivores or herbivores.
Nature (Aggressive, passive, exedra): They tend to be relatively social and rather pleasant, as they prefer to talk and barter with other humanoids (with the exception of the more tribal subspecies, that can sometimes hunt them for sport)
Culture: in general, a group of Shamblefluffs have their own cultural rules, histories and parts per group. However, for the most part, thir groups are commonly made up of individual professions with a single queen at the center. The queen is in charge, and is the soul leading force of the Shamblefluff group. If the queen dies, then the next queen is chosen on popularity and knowledge
Life span: 40-80 years
They tend to vary a hollow, light weight homestead in the centre of the mass, which they use to sleep inside when either night rolls around, or when certain workers need to rest (this home is usually in the form of a wooden log, giant shell, or any natural/handmade source that can be squeezed inside as a home.)
Scout Shamblefluffs tend to be far smaller then the rest, while worries are much larger. This varies depending on group, however.
The smallest tend to be around the size of a human foot, while the largest can stand up to a humans waist
As part of a defensive mechanism, Shamblefluffs will drag an attacker into their bundle, pinning them down in the centre of them. They will then cause the individual to cook to death under the mass of fur, before then either stripping it apart if it was a usable animal or something they could use for food, or throw it away/burry it if it were a humanoid (although some will still use the first option, however it is commonly shunned upon, and is only ever done in times of need to prevent starvation)
Variations within the species:
They tend to vary in appearance based on their role within the shamble. Worries tend to be a bit larger and muscular, while groomers tend to have specialised tusks for parking fur, exedra
List of subspecies:
Appearance: just like ordinary Shamblefluffs, but their fur is a red/dark red/black rather then the standard shade of white, grey and gold. They also have sharper teeth and tusks in some cases
Locations/Climates they are found in: deserts, volcanic regions and forestry areas prone to sporadic climates
Diet: carnivores (the tribal groups are known to hunt and feed on other intelligent life too)
Nature (Aggressive, passive, exedra): aggressive for the most part, with the exception of those living closer to civilization, as they tend to be either friendly to other humanoids or at the very least avoid them. More tribal ones will eat intelligent life, however.
Culture: they tend to prefer hunting as a pack, utilizing small weapons and tusks to hunt and kill prey. Intelligent life in tribal variants tend to be seen as a more spiritual hunt, and thus gives way for warriors to prove themselves in battle.
Life span: 40-60 years
Tribal variants are far more aggressive then those who are around civilization
They tend to enjoy places that are far warmer and more open
Although they travel as a group, they will fight other groups of shamblefluffians, and the winning group will take the losers in and use them as workers, only allowing them to become warriors when they prove themselves
Appearance: similar to Shamblefluffs, with the exception of their fur being more green, dark green and mint in coloration. Their fur also tends to contain thick, sharp thorns, as well as being far heavier and more course
Locations/Climates they are found in: thick forests, jungles and any places filled with crevices and foliage
Diet: herbivores. They tend to enjoy vines and other vine-like plant life and vegetation, such as ivy
Nature (Aggressive, passive, exedra): very defencive. They tend to huddle together when approached, and are overly cautious, even around other humanoids.
Culture: they tend to live in smaller groups, but are always looking out for one another. They will usually consume leaves, vines and other creeper plants until they need to move ,and will do so as a large group. Shamblethorns don't have a queen, and instead work as a services group, working with other groups of shamblethorns when needed, but otherwise sticking in smaller groups.
Life span: 70-88 years
Their fur tends to be Incredibly sharp, accompanied by solid spines in their backs. These can usually cause immense lacerations, killing most species from exsanguination
They tend to work well with other species, oftentimes accepting protection from other humanoids in exchange for them eating pest creeper plants from taking over farmsteads and the like.
Appearance: exactly like normal Shamblefluffs in base appearance, however they can vary drastically due to their introduction In to civilised life. This can include styles of hair; including trimmed variations, colours and even race-okenos (Due to parents being a mix of shamblefluff and any other variation of humanoid species) based on the area they have grown up in throughout life.
Locations/Climates they are found in: Civilised planets (or within civilization on many planets)
Diet: omnivores; tend to eat anything, so long as it fits into a regular humanoid diet.
Nature (Aggressive, passive, exedra): varies depending on upbringing and type of civilization. Brought up within. Varies from individual to individual.
Culture: varies based on civilization brought up in and their own family history.
Life span: average of 70-300 years
Unlike other Shamblefluff species, Cottonfluffs don't travel as a group, and are independent (as such, no queens exist either)
They tend to be far taller then others. And are usually waist height, but this varies from individual to individual
Okeno Cottonfluffs tend to maintain their fur and their eyes, but will usually take in their other special traits, including normal height (but will always be slightly shorter then most, due to their overly short nature)
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There is always one anime that really stands out to you, that really makes a difference to you. There's always one show that you want everybody to watch and love just as much as you do (if not more). That show for me is Steins;Gate.
I remember a few years ago, a friend recommended this show for me to watch. I was still relatively new to watching anime and my taste in shows was, what i would consider now, rather lame. Even then, I was mesmerized by this show. It dragged me in and completely hooked me from episode 1.
Since then, I have watched this show countless and countless of times, it never losing its appeal. It still makes me cry, gives me goosebumps, and puts me on the edge of my seat. I catch new things I missed in previous watchings almost every time I rewatch it.
I feel that Steins;Gate is so underappreciated and not nearly as popular as it should be. There must've been so much thought and time put into creating such a complete masterpiece. It really delves deep into topics not usually presented in anime and takes it above and beyond what I would have expected.
Steins;Gate is originally a visual novel game that was later adapted into an anime. I didn't play the actual visual novel till years later after I had already rewatched the show a few times. The visual novel, obviously, is much more complex and explains things in a much deeper way.
OKAY, so, you are all probably wondering.. "What is it even about Rini?" Well, don't worry! I will explain that now!!
Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara, Japan following the story of main character Okabe Rintaro (whom likes to be called "Hououin Kyouma!"). Okabe is a self proclaimed 'mad scientist' who runs his own lab with two friends Mayuri and Daru. There he creates tons of mostly useless experiments. One day, however, he accidentally steps into territory that should not be stepped in. He accidentally creates a time machine. Given the opportunity to stop research or continue, he continues.
This glorious anime sheds light as to what the horrors of time travel would be and what it could lead to. It makes use of the Butterfly Effect, separate world lines, etc. As you follow Okabe through this intense story-line, you watch as he descends into TRUE madness (not his self proclaimed madness). I cannot stress enough how incredible of a show this is. It can be a tad slow at the start, but it really sets off around episode 12 or so and it's nonstop from that point on.
I want more people to give this show the chance it deserves, as its just entirely underrated.
So I was finally able to stop procrastinating and get stuff done. And here is 30+ seconds of my animated webcomic.
30 seconds is a lot of work for an animator. Although this isn't full animation just limited animation. And to be honest this is the easy part.
It gets harder from here.
It also feels weird as I don't know where to categorize it. It's a motion comic. But it's not Marvel or DC. There are no super heroes here.
It's not a web anime series as it's not 100% animated. It's not a web manga either as it's colored and has some animation.
It's not a webtoon as most webtoons have Asian settings. And focuses mostly on Romance.
But yeah I think I've rambled on long enough. Here is the link to the first 30+ seconds: (Let me know what you think)
Sugar and Spice & Everything nice, that’s what Fall is made of.
When it comes to a favorite fall beverage, do you go on a hunt for the perfect Pumpkin spiced beverage?
Or are you after a hot apple cider?
To me, there’s nothing better than a steaming cup of spiced apple cider to warm you up on a chilly day. It started when I was little, taking a tour of an old historic township, where they displayed old fashioned mills and field games. Once we finished the tour, we lined up for a glass of warm old fashioned cider. The experience was one of a kind, and I find myself wanting to go back to have another taste of that famous cider. Or at least, my hunt for a good cider continues year after year to find a pleasing memory.
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I remember the days when all you had to do was worry about going to school and watching cartoons. Your elementary teachers who gave out hugs as much as they gave out candy and good advice. Maybe you had some homework that you threw off for awhile or it was easy and you got it done right away. Your teen celebrities that you had a crush on growing up. That summer camp you went to as a kid. When the only real issues you had to deal with was offline bullies and chores that you didn't really want to do but you did anyway. Friends you'd make. Or didn't make. Authentic people who truly cared about you and you them.
Now everything has changed so much. The teen idols you grew with are either on drugs, considered obsolete, or dead. Rent and Bills are your indefinite companions. Bullies are now cyber as well as tangible. People seem either fake or unconcerned. Cartoons you grew up with as a child are considered old school. Music now sounds the same with no variety. Losing so much now than you ever have as a child. And now using nostalgia as a way of coping with a horrid future.
I miss the way it was.
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Before my friends and I started watching anime we were just people who would play sports everyday talk and so on we didn't do much in our lives really...
Until one day my friends came back with a happy look one their faces different then most days they told me they watched something called "Anime" they began telling me how it was like how amazing and how amazing it was. Later that night I decided to watch anime for myself so I did I watched Totoro once I finished watching the movie it felt like i changed into a whole new person. The next day I told my friends I watched anime from their we found different new amines together such as
Attack on Titan
My hero Academia
Dragon ball z
Your lie in April
Kimi no na wa
and many more I have to say anime has brought me closer with my friends and has taught me so much like to all ways follow your dreams the life of a human sorrow and much more.
I'm really glad I started watching anime when I did now I know over 100 anime's. I'll continue to watch anime as there is so much more I still haven't watched yet!
Anyway that's all bye