Jump to content

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 01/20/2020 in Blog Entries

  1. 2 points
    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!
  2. 2 points
    well if you're reading this imma tell you a story of my life about my friends when i was in middle school I have a lot of friends , i can list my friends in each year and it changes a lot In 6th grade my friends were , Morgan ,kennedy , Jael, Jennifer, Eshal , Alexandra and Queen But it's not like that seventh grade ... Jael got homeschooled so left us, Jennifer got put in another class and stopped interacting with us , and i made a lot of new friends too such as , Summayya, Dijla ,Kaniz,Rewale and Khadijah . They were precious to me and so , i hang out with them Now for eighth grade my friends were about the same but My Bff morgan and kennedy moved ....... i missed them a lot but we stayed in contract ,and i also made new friends ,Sena , Shena, Allison , Anneh , and Malaika. They're good friend of mine , plus i met most of them because we all went to orchestra. Also just saying , tell your friends you're grateful for them now cause they might be gone next minute and you're regret it , that's why i don't want to lose any of my friends. Also because of my friends they got me to likke anime and drawing just lie me . They encourage me and tell me positive words, so i'll do more for them too
  3. 1 point
    Valentines day suppose to be fun ? what do you think ? I like valentine's day a lot since i get a lot of gifts from my friends ,that's always the best part for me , last year , i got bunch of candy and a necklace . It was from my BFF . This is for everyone whos reads this A friend is like a Valentine, Heartwarming, bringing pleasure, Connected to good feelings, With memories to treasure. Seeing a special Valentine Brings happiness to stay, And that is what you do, friend, You brighten every day! I hope you have a WONDERFUL valentines day and ..... about valentines day , whats your favorite part ? ,chocolate? , spending time with your sweetheart? or flowers and love?
  4. 1 point
    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!
  5. 1 point
    Hey everyone, sorry for such a long wait for the next blog post. Between mostly working a lot and this past week being sick I haven't posted anything so I better stay on top of it more. That being said it's review time. Also like always I'll try to not spoil the show but sorry if I do. If you don't know this about me I watch anime or read manga every free chance I get and in doing so I watch a lot of shows at one time. I'm always on the look out for something new or if a favorite gets another season I am all over it. I watch a few different internet sites like crunchyroll or on netflix. Recently I binged watched an Netflix original called Levius (pronounced Lay-ve-us). It's also the main characters name. This anime although may be classified as sporting since it revolves around a sport called metal boxing I would have to say it's a bit more of a drama type. The aesthetics of the world surrounding them is like 1940'ish with a steampunk vibe. They have mecha advancements and such. Metal boxing is boxing with arms that basically are replaced with mecha like structures. The world is a bit different as when in you get a short history of the mechanism that drives metal boxing. Something called Agatha water has a unique ability to interact with human blood producing steam. However the steam that's created can be manipulated by the user (blood donor) in other words. The first episode starts off with him already in the ring fighting an opponent like a quick glimpse of things to come. By the end of the episode and the next one is really how it all starts. A young boy from a war torn town. You learn of his background and how he got to where he is now. It's a bit sad but you also find out why there was conflict in his town which you might have guessed from what is written above. Greenbridge the town Levius lived in had this unique water source and well they lived on it and it may have changed them internally being exposed to the water all the time. So naturally a conflict arose wanting the rights to this water. A company called Amethyst supposedly swept in to help and stop the conflict but the rumors say it had underlying evil intentions as in kidnapping orphaned children and do experiments on. Levius finds himself has a young boy who was trying to rescue his mother but ends up losing an arm and being saved by his mother. As a young boy who already lost his father during the war and mother who is in a coma he is shipped to his Uncle who used to be a boxer back in his day. There is another main character sorta of in all this a young girl from the same town he couldn't save that later turns up in the ring. Levius stumbles onto the metal boxing and well the rest is history. This story is so great. Fighting to find something you feel is missing. The opponents you fight bring something to your understanding. Levius is innocent but not naive, simple and straightforward. I real genius in the ring. He ends up helping the other fighters through the fighting. The supporting cast gets little backstories that make not end up hating them. The accumlation comes to head as you learn AJ a fighter being manipulated by an evil guy who is the owner of Amethyst. The sad truth of a lot of things come to light and Levius tries to save AJ. Everyone comes to back up Levius on this even though it becomes very dangerous. I really would recommend this anime. Even if you don't like sport or boxing the story and plot is very excellent. It really draws you in.

Anime Forums

A unique community of fans from around the world, who gather to share their fandom and love of anime, manga, gaming, fanart and at the cornerstone of it all, Japanese culture!

Take a moment to join us today and you'll have access to our member clubs and events too. Come join in the fun and become a part of our community.
insta-1

twit
×
×
  • Create New...