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That One Girl in Gamers!

We need to talk, dear readers. We didn’t get a chance to talk about it last week, but this week we should talk about it.

We need to talk about this girl. This girl, and why she is important.

There’s a few reasons why I want to focus on her today. The biggest one, however, should be fairly obvious.

Konoha Hoshinomori is definitely a queer girl. Not only does Konoha clearly like women from the get go, but there’s also evidence that she also still likes men.

I should start shouting, “ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!” But I know what the biggest argument to this is going to be.

You may be asking, “But Ashley, doesn’t she also sexualize women? Is she not a part of the problem?”

While I can see that point of view, I surprisingly disagree. In most of our deepest attractions we can find some pretty problematic stuff. No matter the gender your attractions are aimed at, there’s always the influence of traditional and problematic media and societal ideas.

So the only thing we can do is translate to what it means underneath that. If you notice, Gamers! has been pretty good about not over sexualizing its female characters. Even when there’s fan service scenes, it’s not going crazy like some of those other anime (looking at you My First Girlfriend is a Gal). 

I think what’s important about Konoha is that she’s really in tune with her sexuality. Guys. I can’t express. How important this is. There are far too many girls who are just super shy and do the stereotypical “anime girl” trope or there’s the girls that just throw themselves all over the place. It’s like anime can’t seem to be in the middle.

But Konoha is. Sure, when we see her in her most private moments, she seems like a lot. But I’m sure most people are. That’s the whole point of having a private life. I think Konoha shows a side of all women (queer or not) that we don’t see enough. She’s not overly sexualized herself but she is a sexual being and owns up to it on her own terms.

That, my friends, is why she’s so important.

What do you think about Konoha? 

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Introducing Gerald-Sempai

Good evening one and all! This summer has certainly been going by slowly with a ton of work on my end so tonight I will be giving you all a bit of an update.

Of course, Ashley’s Anime has released what anime Elliot and I will be reviewing this summer, but we will also be maintaining some new posts for your pleasure! First, here’s a little bit about what’s going on in my life and what it will mean for the site:

This year, I will be incredibly busy. Usually, between journalism and Black Moor, I have enough on my hands. Starting this school year, I also will have the awesome opportunity to work as an intern for a local publication here in Vegas while also maintaining a part-time job. Yes, yes I am a little insane.

Oh yeah, and this is happening! I’m publishing a book!

Honestly, publishing a book is really a whole new ball game for me, but I’m so ready for it I can’t even wait. It’s been a dream for so long and I hope it will help Black Moor reach new heights. To have been running Black Moor for over a year now while also managing this… It’s so incredible and I can’t thank my team enough.

That being said, I’ve been given some amazing opportunities and I cannot wait to get to work. I’m extremely grateful for the chance to even be  this busy. But this does take a toll on my flexibility and certainly with what I’m able to do on this site.

Do not fear, Ashley’s Anime isn’t going anywhere! Me and my fur baby are staying right here. However, we are going to bring on another new friend to the team. While our Admiral gets ready to set sale, Gerald-sempai is going to be taking over some new perspectives this blog hasn’t been able to delve into before.

Gerald will be managing topics such as “anime you should’ve already watched” and popular series such as One Piece or My Hero Academia. I usually write on these topics for other sites. So this will be a great opportunity for the blog to be more inclusive and diverse; I’m sure we’ll all love Gerald-sempai’s posts. He’s going to be posting every Tuesday so come back to check him out!

In fact, you can read his first one here! So go do that!

Thank you all for being loyal readers. Running this site has been a dream and I’m happy to have friends here to help with content and posting. I look forward to our future!

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Why One Piece is the best of the Big 3

In the world of modern anime, three anime have stood above the rest; I am of course referring to One Piece, Naruto, and Dragon Ball Z. Each of these anime have been mainstays in conversation, each showcasing over two hundred episodes of content. While, One Piece is the last of the big three anime I have watched, it is by far the most entertaining and these are my reasons why.

Playing the Long Game

The greatest decision of One Piece’s creator Eiichiro Oda was establishing a power ceiling for late story villains with the creation of Hawkeye Mihawk. Mihawk shows up considerably early in the series and absolutely dominates Zoro, defeating him with just a small knife. Mihawk is already established as the greatest swordsman in the One Piece world, which means it is reasonable to say he is one of the strongest characters in the story.

The early introduction of Mihawk defined a power goal for our heroes while simultaneously giving the viewer an understanding of how powerful the big baddies of the One Piece world are (without revealing their specific abilities or powers). With this ceiling established and no sense of urgency to reach it. The writers gave themselves limitless opportunities to improve the Straw Hat Crew throughout the series. In comparison, an anime like Dragon Ball Z or Naruto establishes a new power ceiling each time a new villain appears. This exponential growth in power levels is what made the supporting casts (like Yamcha or Sakura) fall behind.

Blackbeard

From my viewpoint as a fan, I think Blackbeard is criminally unappreciated with his impact on the story line. The greatest strength of Blackbeard is his growth as an antagonist. When introduced to Blackbeard, he is still a very small time pirate with a crew smaller than Luffy’s and like the Straw Hat Crew, each character is defined and unique.

There is no cannon fodder for Luffy to Gomu Gomu- Gatling like in every other villain’s crew. Why? Because the Blackbeard pirates is a direct parallel to the Straw Hat Crew. The crews contrast each other as yin and yang, with both rising to the top for a grand stand clash at the end of the series. Even Luffy and Teach are not that different in terms of personality, the only true difference is in their motifs, Luffy chases freedom while Teach chases power. This is what Sasuke should have been to Naruto and what Vegata should have been to Goku. Growing and relatable antagonists instead of reluctant heroes.

One Grand Story Arc

While One Piece follows the standard arc setup that most animes follow, there is one structural difference. Each story arc the Straw Hats go through are all contributing to one grand final arc. This was touched upon in Naruto Shippuden with the ninja war, but it did not quite feel like each arc contributed to the war. It was more, Naruto and crew defeats a villain and somewhere else Orochimaru or the Akatsuki are planning something bigger. While in One Piece, the Straw Hat Crew defeats a villain, and the defeat of this villain opens up new possibilities and further unwinds this larger grand story arc. It’s a crescendo that is growing and building anticipation to the final resounding bang.

In Conclusion

One Piece is an anime about adventure, comradery, and growing. At its core, One Piece is not about flashy fights or powerful characters. It is about an entire world, a world that is living and breathing. There is even merit in the filler arcs which are interesting and feels like part of the story. I for one am excited to see where it leads and I hope you will chose to enjoy the story with me.

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A Theme I’ve Noticed – Summer 2017 is a Queer Summer

This summer’s anime has been fairly interesting thus far. As with all simulcasts, it falls into a similar category that all eventually find themselves doing; some shows continue to pander to an older running theme, such as the monster girl theme we’ve seen run for several seasons now, or produce several shows at once that all seem to be very similar, such as the “other world” theme a lot of anime have been following this simulcast.

But there’s one theme I’ve noticed and I think it’s beneficial to talk about it. Lately I’ve seen a lot of anime produced in the yuri genre or be more inclusive of same-sex couples in their shows. Of course, it hasn’t been anything like when Yuri on Ice came out, but it’s certainly been something I’ve noticed.

A lot of this has been seen in shows this very blog will be reviewing at the end of the season, but even before hand I saw there was a trend going through each season. We had Izetta the Last Witch then Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid and now we have a whole simulcast with multiple LGBTQ+ shows and characters.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- was the first anime I’d heard about. And while it certainly has its issues, I think it’s actually a very beneficial anime to have upfront. From what I’ve seen of the anime so far, it has tried to make its theme revolve around the idea of identity; discovering who you are and figuring out your sexuality. And whether or not it was the intent of the writers, I also see a huge theme with abusive queer relationships. This is a topic we often avoid when it comes to queer media and I think that’s a shame. We put way too much stress on same-sex couples to be perfect and stay together, but just like our heterosexual counterparts, we too can get in abusive or toxic relationships. Having this kind of media can be beneficial, but I have to reserve judgement until the end of the season.

Netsuzou may have a direct theme specifically centered around queer woman, but I’ve noticed that other shows are also including queer people into their general story lines. A Centaur’s Life did this with their same-sex couple Mitsuyo Akechi and her girlfriend Inukai. The two play an important role in their friend’s lives, despite not being the center point. They often show up in episodes and help shift the story in significant ways like any other character.

Ranko from My First Girlfriend is a Gal is also queer-identified. -Spoiler Alert- She clearly states that she is in love with Yukana and is incredibly aggressive and protective around her. While her methods are certainly unhealthy, the fact that she is considered a legitimate love rival is important; though I could personally do without her sexualization. Of course, if you’ve seen this anime, you would know the whole point revolves around sex.

Sure, this theme has been around before, but not like this. We’ve all seen girl love portrayed in anime, but for once we’re seeing it in a more normal lighting more frequently. While some of these anime are certainly problematic in their own way, I definitely hold a certain amount of respect for the direction we’re suddenly heading in.

We have queer women in anime suddenly and their love isn’t considered this sexualized or a focal point for discussion. For example, while Ranko is sexualized, she isn’t for the fact she loves Yukana. There’s no point where Jun feels the need to invite her to a threesome (though in a few episodes he certainly did have the thought). And Akechi and Inukai are never looked at or treated differently than their peers, even though some of them are unable to describe same-sex love to their younger counterparts in certain episodes. In fact, something I was proud of was the fact that Akechi took time to be a teacher and show the younger girls that it was okay to be with another girl. They were normalized.

Whether or not you like Netsuzou, and I can agree that it is a little disturbing, it is certainly an anime that is showing light of a lot of very real issues queer women face. While we wait for its conclusion, I’m going to try to keep an open mind and continue to analyze its episodes for what it gives us.

I could start digging this trend and I really hope we start to grow off it. Of course the content and representation can always improve. For example, I think we could certainly use some new male same-sex characters who aren’t pure yaoi for once. And I think this trend is a start and one that’s certainly working. When you have characters who aren’t the main focus but bring importance to the story or even teachable moments to the real world, you’re onto something.

What do you guys think about this season’s portrayal of queer people? Is it doing something different and how can it improve? 

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Summer Anime 2017!

Another summer is here to greet us! In Las Vegas this means it’s time for the heat to boil our faces off and Elliot to shed more fur than I thought possible. Of course, not all is lost! We always have anime! And so, here is the list of new anime that your favorite kitty and I will be doing this summer.

A Centaur’s Life

You just couldn’t let it die could you? You just had to keep begging and begging for more like a bunch of dogs at the dinner table. And now look where we are. Look at what you’ve done. Look at what you’ve cursed us all with.

I suppose I’m going against popular opinion since it seems like everyone finds this anime to be adorable. And I suppose I can see the appeal. Hey man, neko girls are dead right? We’ve evolved as a species to get to this point. Horse girls is where its at now for the cool kids.

Well you’re lucky I care about my readers otherwise I wouldn’t give this anime the light of day. I will watch this anime diligently and, much to my dismay, there will be a review of it up on this blog. I guess anything will do after Spiritpact, but still… We should have just stopped at the first fifty monster girl anime guys, come on.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal

I… Don’t know what I think about this anime upon my first initial reaction. To be honest, I don’t know if I should even touch it. So far it has some pretty risky humor, which I actually don’t mind, but it does it in a way that I’m not entirely sure I like just yet.

Still, I do see an odd charm to it. Romcoms are fairly entertaining and I can’t really see myself having too bad a time based off the first episode. Again, I’ll have to see where it goes with its choice of humor and how it’s utilized, but thus far I think I can stomach this.

Tsuredure Children 

‘Tis the summer for all the awkward love stories, my dears! If there’s any major theme I’ve seen with this particular season it’s that there are a lot of anime about people dying and traveling to other worlds and awkward, funny romances abundant.

This is the one that definitely takes the cake when it comes to any kind of romantic comedies. The entire thing is literally a compilation of a various relationships. So far? I love it. It’s been humorous, wholesome and adorable and that’s just the first episode alone. I’m so ready for it. Let’s do it.

GAMERS! 

I was surprised to find that I really like the first episode for this. I don’t know what vibe I originally got, but I was worried it was just going to be another harem about a nerdy guy that finds himself in a weird situation. I wasn’t ready for that redundancy. But boy was I wrong!

The first episode was definitely eye-catching enough to make me want to stick to the anime. Although, I will say, with all of these funny love stories this season I have to wonder if I’m going to get bored. There is by far already too many romances on this list but they all seemed pretty good thus far.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- 

So this… Anime…

I’m sure we all thought that I would be super excited about it. To be fair, I was when I was first notified about its existence… But to be very honest after the first episode I am a little worried. Thus far, I sort of get a fetish vibe about it, and I really don’t jive with that kind of anime.

However, I think this is exactly the kind of anime I need to watch. Is it going to be one of my favorites? I doubt it. What I will say is that so far the relationship between the two girls almost seems to be abusive and as hard as that may be to watch, it’s not bad representation. In fact, we need some representation when it comes to abuse in same-sex relationships. I can’t completely condemn it just yet, but I do not have a good feeling about it. Be ready for blood.

Knight’s & Magic

I’m excited for this one! If you know anything about me, you know I love fantasy. It’s the other half of my career. So when anime and fantasy combine, it usually amounts to the stuff of dreams for me. Fantasy-themed anime is probably my favorite thing in the world. I’m ready.

I liked this first episode, though I will say I was a little disappointed with the origin story. It reminded me a lot of GATE and I couldn’t get through that one because of how… Stale it was. I get really bored with the “otaku becomes a bad ass and leads a new life of adventure where his absurd skills suddenly apply” trope. It feels a little silly to me. Once I got beyond that, I thought it was pretty okay. Still, I will save my final opinion for the review!

Well, my lovely fair readers, that is the list for the summer season of 2017! I’m so excited for all of the new shows coming out as well as the awesome stuff Ashley’s Anime is looking to bring to you. Elliot and I will see you soon!

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Interviews With Monster Girls – Review

It has finally made its way to our screens everyone. Monster Musume came back with a vengeance, only this time it’s younger girls in short school girl uniforms. Yes, ladies, gentlemen and others, Interviews With Monster Girls feels like an exact replica only with a fresh story and some new perspective. Realistically, the demand for monster girls is pretty popular and I can get it. Monster Musume kicked off a lot of love for new and interesting waifus. The only problem is, I didn’t ask for these waifus. Let me tell you a bit about this anime.

Interviews With Monster Girls revolves around a teacher, Takahashi, who is interested in monster girls, otherwise known as “demis”. With four demis at his school, Takahashi decides to try and interview each of the girls in hopes of gaining new information about their lives as well as proving some of his own theories. Along the way, friendships are built and crushes on the oh-so-buff teacher with a bored expression grow.

The Good:

I suppose the show was cute. No one can deny that the girls and their uniqueness really brought to life something that I found both informative and interesting. Really what surprised me was how much thought was put into the design for each individual “monster”; for example, how dullahans eat or why vampires are living more comfortable lives. Really, this was fairly thought out. I can’t rag on something original and creative in that sense.

The girls were sweet and I admired the issues they decided to personally overcome. I’m also really glad, as perhaps some of you might be, that towards the end of this series (spoiler) the teacher clarifies to Sakki that he’d never be interested in his students because they are children. That set my heart a little at ease, despite the premise of the story being a little creepy and certain interactions that kind of counteracted that.

The Bad:

Um. Hm. Where do I start? So despite the girls being cute (in an innocent way), I found the whole show to be a little uncomfortable. Machi and Yuki were honestly annoying, in my humble opinion. I just felt like they were very similar and their interactions with their teacher bothered me quite a bit. Hikari, surprisingly, was my favorite and she was supposed to be a little annoying; extremely loud, a failing student but quirky and cute. I suppose I’m always a fan of characters who put for an honest front and are aggressive at what they want. Perhaps this is a bias, but none the less, it did impact how I watched the show.

I’ll come out and say it: I’m not a fan of the “hot for teacher” theme. In any kind of media, be it a live TV show, an anime or a book, I find these relationships to be an extremely dangerous trope. I don’t mean to get dark, but I seriously feel uncomfortable with storylines that revolve around this. I was curious to see how a harem anime would be able to get away with it. Sure, he doesn’t choose a girl, but that doesn’t mean his interactions with them are innocent or not. His clarification to Sakki at the end didn’t really make up for all of the previous interactions.

The most frustrating thing about this show to me really was that he didn’t end up with Sakki, a fellow and adult teacher, nor did he have many romantic interactions with her. The only girl he really should have been with wasn’t even a girl but a full grown woman. Now, this isn’t to mention that the story line itself takes a nosedive towards the end. An episode or two later it decides it’s going to get really deep for no good reason and throws you through a loop; no not in a good way. I feel like it was poor fanfic writing in terms of genre, rather than romcom.

Kitty Review:

So despite literally being a copy of Monster Musume, I just felt like this anime was both frustrating and overall a little inappropriate in terms of content. And I don’t mean inappropriate as in “not safe for kids!” but as in “really shouldn’t be sexualizing kids!”. I know some may consider this an overanalyzing factor, as a lot of anime do have this kind of theme, but I really wouldn’t stand by it.

So me and Elliot gave it some disturbing emojis and a two and a half star rating. I just cannot do it guys, I just cannot do it. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t even let Elliot watch it through all the way. It wasn’t that anything bad happened in the show, but the theme was just… Gross. And frustrating when there was clearly one choice to go with. So. Yeah.

Do you like school girl x teacher anime? Why? Don’t even comment.

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New Stuff From Ashley’s Anime! – The Admiral of the OTP

Hello there lovely followers! As you may or may not have known it has been a pretty hectic few weeks for me and the squad. Between finals and trying to finish up all of my work, we’ve had a couple of intense months but it looks like there will be some clear skies ahead! That being said, some new things are being added to Ashley’s Anime in order to bring all kinds of fun content to read. But first, a few updates.

For those of you who follow our Facebook page, we did go to LVL UP EXPO! Here is my exclusive coverage for Las Vegas Informer that you should check out and read. It was a really fantastic convention, and I have to say it was a seriously huge place to find some of the best cosplays in town.

That being said, the Community Gallery has been updated with photos of cosplayers, so if you got a card from us and know your photo was taken please check it out! If anyone is missing any photos, please let me know and we will correct the issue right away.

We also decided to dedicate an entire page to some of the artists who were at LVL UP EXPO. We’ll be adding to this as we go along for different conventions, but if you’re an artist who would like to be on the page please feel free to fill out one of our contact forms and I will get back to you right away with what we need! Ashley’s Anime is a huge supporter of independent artists, so we want to show our support by showing them off! If you’ve ever wondered where we buy some of our merch… There you go.

So what else are we adding to Ashley’s Anime? Well, for one, new writers. No, this does not mean I’m giving up Ashley’s Anime but I do need some help with the content in order to maintain running it. I currently run the company Black Moor Productions, where our podcast is also hosted, and it is getting a lot bigger than I had anticipated (which isn’t a bad thing by any means!). This does mean, however, that I do have to dedicate more time to it. I will also be opening up a new zine coming very soon so please stay tuned for that!

We will also be adding a new column to Ashley’s Anime!

For those of you familiar with Black Moor, you’ve probably heard of Clover Grayson. Well, Clover also goes by The Admiral of the OTP and she will be starting her own shipping log here on the blog very soon! I’m really excited for what the Admiral will bring to the blog; she is both funny and has a lot of really good points when it comes to your ships.

So pleased stay tuned to Ashley’s Anime, there are so many new and exciting things the blog is going to be trying out in the next few months. I want to thank all of the lovely cosplayers who let us take their photos at LVL UP as well as all of the artists who you should all check out as soon as you can!

Thank you guys, and Elliot and I will write to you soon! 

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LVL UP EXPO! – What to do for Your First Con

In a less than two weeks, LVL UP EXPO will be here in Las Vegas. It will be one of Las Vegas’ largest conventions for gamers and anime lovers in the valley. My team and I will be attending this convention for three days and have been preparing for the long haul for months! It’s not like this for everyone, usually just avid cosplayers, but for those of you who’ve never been to a convention and are planning on going to LVL UP, here are some really easy tips for your first time!

  • Firstly, if this is your first con, don’t cosplay. I say this because, unless you go to cosplay events frequently and are used to the attention, you’ll be too distracted by the people wanting to take your photo and having to keep an eye on your costume that you might not experience the con to its fullest. I can’t imagine what my first convention would have been like if I had gone in a cosplay like Undyne; the paint and now the armor? No way! The following points will help you focus more on really enjoying the convention.
  • Look at the schedule ahead of time and plan out what you want to do. See what signings you’re adamant about going to and getting an autograph for and what other events might be happening in town. Here in Vegas, I would definitely recommend going to the kinds of events where everyone gets together to participate in activities. Masquerades and lip singing contests are really popular here in Las Vegas’ conventions, so if you ever see one of those it’s always a good way to make friends and meet new people while being highly entertained!
  • Go with good friends. I went to my first convention with my younger brother and ex. We had a lot of fun, but the atmosphere was definitely different than what it is now when I go with my entire squad. If you can, I advise going with a group of friends. If you have a sizable group, you’re more likely to all get to do what you want or at least most of it. Most likely, someone else in the group wants to see what you want to, so it’s always a good idea. Besides, the more people there, the more everyone can help each other out if someone’s in a jam.
  • Bring a bag. A backpack, a purse, a small cat that can hold your things, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you have some way to hold your stuff and anything you might buy while you’re at the convention. This is usually an issue my group and I face when we cosplay, but it also happened to me when I went to my first convention and didn’t know any better.
  • BRING MONEY AND HAVE A PLAN FOR GETTING HOME! This is my big must for anyone going to a convention. Or even just trips in general. It’s always a good idea to have some kind of backup plan as well. You never know if you’re going to run out of money or your ride will skip. It’s also a good rule of thumb to know your prices and know how to tell real merch from fake merch. As an avid figure collector, I used to drool at the dealer’s alley, but the last few times I’ve gone to a convention, I’ve been careful about what I buy. If I know I can buy the same figure online for much cheaper, and I know it’s real, I’ll hold out. If it’s rare or special, however, I might buy it there for the memory.
  • Speaking of getting home, not everyone going to a convention is from that city. If you’re coming into Las Vegas for LVL UP, for example, you might want to try booking a hotel close to the convention’s venue. It’s always helpful to know you’re close by in case you need to take a break and relax. Even if you’re from town, I know plenty of cosplayers and con-goers who like to rent a room just in case; besides staycations are always fun! Try Vegas.com for bookings and other travel deals if you’ll be in Las Vegas for LVL UP.

Conventions have something magical about them, believe me. I never thought I would fall in love with them the way I did, but when you get a bunch of people together who all love the same thing, there’s always something so special about the air around the venue; and it’s not just the smell of a freshly painted cosplay or plastic figures because that is literally the smell of my room.

I encourage all anime, game and other geek lovers to go and participate in conventions. They’re such a fun way to get involved with your local geek community and have a fun, and maybe even tiring, weekend. So go out there, fall in love and be safe! 

Are any of you going to LVL UP or conventions near you? What are some of your tips? Leave them in the comment section! 

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Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid – Review

So guys they finally made the best anime ever. If anime were to die with this anime, I would die along with it happily. This was the best show of the 2017 winter and I will gladly stake my life on that statement. If it were not only for its growth in popularity, specifically that Luca cosplay, I would love this anime no matter what. It’s gay dragon maids guys. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.

Torhu is a dragon, found wounded by Miss Koboyashi who decides to take her in one drunken night. Her obsession of maids worn off on Torhu, the dragon tries to be the perfect maid for her new master. But as we see, the every day life of these two grows more and more complex (or perhaps even simpler) with each episode. A feel good anime, even if it does have its strange moments.

Without further ado, let me tell you exactly why this anime was perfect in every aspect.

The Good:

I don’t even know where to begin, everything was so great. The animation was fantastic, the music is always playing in my head and the story itself makes you’ve wrapped yourself in a warm mental hug. The characters made this show really come to life with the variety of amazing personalities and colorful dialogue.

The relationships felt almost realistic, in terms of anime, and what I loved was how you saw beyond the inherit silliness towards real issues each of them was facing. In fact, I think that’s my favorite part about this anime is that even though it clearly has silly moments and even a silly premise, it actually surprised me to see there was a balance in the seriousness of the characters and their goal. Really, it was an innocent and pure goal that to me, made everything feel relatable; the want to have a normal life.

Toru is a dragon and a maid; two of my favorite things. But even better, she is this amazing character who grows into this loving personality while she’s with Koboyashi. Koboyashi, on the other hand, goes through this entire lifestyle change from a workoholic to this more family environment. And while they’re never completely stated as a couple, they do treat each other as such and Toru does come out as more attracted to women in the very beginning of the series; the kind of representation I’ve been waiting for.

The Bad:

Now I can see the flaws in this anime very clearly. One of the biggest issues is that it does go over the top and plays off of some very generic anime tropes we see all the time. That being said, I don’t feel that’s always a bad thing when done right. For me personally, this show did it in a fun, humorous manner. But it might not be for everyone. The big boobs thing can get tiring after a while, I get it.

The one thing I can say I had an issue is that, yet again, another queer “couple” was never explicitly stated. Toru and Koboyashi never really say that they’re together. While Toru clearly loves Koboyashi and, we see towards the end, that those feelings are fairly mutual, we’re not given enough to really stake them permanently. Sure, you don’t always need to say it, but it can get frustrating when you’ve been waiting for certain representation and feel as though you’re not getting it.

Kitty Rating:

Elliot and I are giving this anime a full five Elliot Emojis. I was in tears over how much I loved this anime and I feel like it was so well done. Even though some may argue it was just a generic or silly anime, I have to argue that it brought something fresh to the table with an idea that must have been hard to pitch at the table.

I really feel like this was what I was personally waiting for. I felt like there was a couple I could relate to and a story that was just downright entertaining. There’s really nothing more I can say on the subject other than the fact this whole thing was so fantastic. I may be over shooting it, but if you’re looking for something that makes you feel a little normal when the world is so out of place, please watch this anime.

Did you like the representation in this anime? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Nyanko Days – Review

A show made just for Elliot and I! While it is another short anime, I yet again found a lot of enjoyment in the few minutes I was given each day to watch all the little chibi kittens run around and get into trouble with their owner. I’ll admit, this review will be a bit shorter than the rest, but that is purely because there is nothing more to say on how pure the whole exchange was.

Nyanko Days is a simple and sweet story about a girl with her pet cats (no, not She and Her Cat). This one wont make you cry! The cats are presented through little humanoid, chibi neko girls for everyone’s enjoyment. The adorableness overwhelms the audience as we watch our protagonist go through the struggles of being a girl with no friends or people to relate with to growing out of her shell through the love of her cats.

Let’s start with the good vibes!

The Good:

Honestly, the good thing about this anime was just how pure and wholesome the whole thing was. It was like holding Elliot after a long stressful day of watching anime. A comfort given to so few.

In all seriousness, I’m not sure anyone could have hated such a few moments out of their day as they watched this anime. It wasn’t even that it was funny or that it had an innocent story, but rather, it felt like it was just the day in a life of a young girl who struggles to make friends and finds a passion in loving cats. It sounds like my life, and it is, but the point more or less is that it is a pretty sweet and innocent couple of minutes for each episode.

Alongside this, I actually think the character were really well thought out and relatable. I like that the most unapproachable girl in school who was top of her class and really talented had a similar love to the main character, who felt like a total opposite. The friendship was really sweet and the diversity and craziness of the cats is always something to admire.

The Bad:

Again, as with Kaiju Girls, I think shorter anime lack a lot of depth that they could delve into. It’s a shame, though I feel like this isn’t quite a waste of time. Unlike Kaiju Girls, I don’t think I would have wanted to see this be a full length anime. The story isn’t too much that it leaves you wanting more, but it’s brief enough to be sweet.

Would I have loved to see a bunch of cats and made this an anime similar to the beloved Hamtaro? Perhaps. But would it have necessarily been the right thing to do? The world may never know. It’s hard to say what this anime could have been, but I think for any watcher who loves cats, this should be a brief and lovely affair.

Kitty Rating:

For what it was, being a very short anime and all, Elliot and I are going to give it almost the full price! Three and a half isn’t all that bad, in my opinion, especially when they’re all very happy baby bums! I liked this anime and thought it was very sweet, even though I don’t feel it was ever going to be the anime of the season.

That being said, I always try to give credit where credit is due. Certainly, it has become one of Elliot’s favorite anime! If you’re looking for something sweet to watch, please check it out!

What short anime do you think could have been full length? Let me know in the comment section below!