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Super Lovers – Review

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I clearly was insane when I said that I would watch this anime for review. To be very honest, while I tried to keep an open mind, I still felt very uncomfortable watching this show start to finish. Although, it probably isn’t for the reasons any of you will think. I tried to push aside some of my personal feelings and take the series at face value, but it continuously threw a lot of issues in my face that I really couldn’t ignore.

Super Lovers is basically about a guy, Haru, and his younger brother, Ren, and their growth as a couple. No, you didn’t read that wrong. Ren and Haru are not related, the younger being adopted into the family (which, by the way, has some weird dynamic I didn’t even fully understand) so this theme is constantly played out for the entirety of the series to make the relationship seem okay. But Haru has also known Ren since he was a very smol child. So… There’s that.

Let’s just… Get this over with…

The Good:

So I before I get into some of the disturbances this anime consistently brings up, I will tell you about some of the things I took from the story itself verses it’s presentation. As a love story, and one that I think catered more towards yaoi fan girls than anyone else, I think it didn’t do bad in it’s dynamic in terms of personalities.

super-lovers-1I don’t mind love stories, despite my demeanor. In fact, I like watching sappy love anime in my free time. But I also find that in anime, obvious tropes are always played off of. This actually was the same story, just with some different plot lines. It was the same dynamic (almost exactly) played out in Say “I Love You”, Ouran Host Club, Aoharu x Machinegun, not to mention it’s a very basic one in same-sex love anime as well. These ones were just off the top of my head.

It’s always the dashing and loving lead who’s charismatic and sometimes childish with the more reasonable, if not slightly awkward, partner who tends to take the submissive role in the relationship. Granted, Ren takes this to a whole other level, but at it’s basic value, this love story wasn’t actually awful. If I could I look past certain things, I might have actually liked it.

super-lovers-4I guess, what I can say in totality, was that it made me laugh. I usually laughed when they blamed Ren’s social awkward tendnacies on the fact that he’d spent his childhood in the mountains of Canada. I have family up there, and let me tell you… This is not a Canadian thing… At all… But hey, Haruko was like, the best character ever. Literally. I would marry her if I could. I want a show just for her, no one else. Just Haruko.

The Bad:

Here we go. The reason I even thought to review this anime was actually a tweet from Lauren Orsini that I’d seen after the first episode had aired. She discussed that what had bothered her about the show was that it felt as though Ren was being groomed as a romantic partner right from the start. After watching the show in it’s entirety of the first season, I have to agree.

super-lovers-3I understand that this is a certain type of anime that, for some reason, a lot of women in particular are attracted to. But it disturbed me a lot in the fact that, not only did I get the sense that Ren had been somewhat primed as a love interest, but Haru actually admits to this more and more towards the end of the season.

And throughout the entire show, multiple characters were also concerned for the closeness of Haru and Ren, but at some point just decided everything was SUPER COOL and overlooked it. Granted, I recognize that these two aren’t actually related by blood and that the way they see each other isn’t actually in the same familial sense that siblings do (at least that wasn’t how I viewed it).

super-lovers-5I actually don’t mind age differences so long as everyone is legal, and as a queer writer and lover of anime, I wish that there were more shows tailored to my community. However, I had to consider what consent actually looked like in this relationship and I felt that the whole thing was just… Wrong… I wish I could have had more jokes to say about this anime, but really… I just felt too uncomfortable. And when it wasn’t the story line, it was the awkward placing and timing of every scene… Sometimes it felt like it just wanted to add drama just for drama’s sake. Other times it felt like it just wanted to fast forward time, but really that just made it hard to invest in any relationship or character… It was all just bad.

Recommendation:

Eh, if you’re into the brother soft yaoi thing, I mean… I won’t judge. To your face at least. It was bad, but I can see that a lot of people like this sort of thing so… If it’s your kink, I guess that’s okay? I don’t know?

Me personally, I could have gone without. I actually just feel sort of slimy for watching it. I could have gone deeper into more details as to why I don’t like this show but I have a feeling that it would be an entire essay and wouldn’t be worth some ten episode anime that didn’t get much attention.

What kind of yaoi do you watch? Was it better than this? Tell me in the comment section below! 

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Why Making Cosplay Weapons With Your Grandma is a Good Idea

Before last month, I’d never made a cosplay weapon in my life. Cosplay for me has always been a looming project that I just felt I could never do because of how much effort went into it and, to be honest, I wasn’t motivated at all. I knew if I started the project, the chances I would even finish it would be low. So building a weapon? Forget it!

And then I found simple instructions online for a cosplay I was desperate to make. For those of you familiar with the webcomic Homestuck, I decided to cosplay John Egbert as a female. I’d already bought my god tier hood, I already wear rectangular glasses, I have blue eyes and black hair (not to mention my overbite) so what more could I possibly need?

Ladies, gentlemen and others! How dare you forget the most important component to this ensemble? The legendary war hammer, the Zillyhoo!

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Now even if you haven’t read Homestuck, I’m sure you can tell by the name alone that this weapon is ridiculous. I’d found simple instructions online for how to build one and I thought, “Well… Seems pretty straight forward! Why not?” But I knew I wouldn’t enjoy doing this project on my own. So I invited the one person I knew could make crafts look like toast making; my grandmother.

I asked my grandmother if she wanted to help me make my Zillyhoo and she instantly said yes. How can you not with a name like that? We started right away!

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Now let me tell you why you should make cosplay weapons with your grandmother if you have no idea what you’re doing (like me). The obvious first is that she probably understands the project better than you already, even if she doesn’t know what the weapon is.

She might even have better and more effective ways to build your weapon. Again, I had no idea going in what I would need to do, but she made some adjustments to the instructions that made the hammer better and even cheaper.

For example, it called for a massive amount of floral styrofoam, but we used regular foam instead. This makes the hammer a little softer and it’s actually less moolah! And when we couldn’t find the plaster we needed, she advised paper mache with bandaging instead. This actually worked out really well in the long run, even if it was quite the mess!

And if, let’s say, a tragedy involving a large, hungry dog ripping your hammer to shreds happens, have no fear! She’ll encourage you to get right back on the horse. Believe me, the amount of distress I felt in the morning when I saw this was like no other. Hell hath no fury like an Ashley when someone has messed with her Zillyhoo…

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But I think the best reason you should work on a cosplay weapon with your grandma is because it’s an awesome time. Okay, well I guess that depends on the grandma (mine is pretty hard to compete with), but if she agreed to build a weapon with you, I would think that puts her on the top of the awesome sauce list!

I had a lot of fun spending time with her while we built the hammer. It took us about a week and I don’t think I’ve gotten a project of this size done in such an amount of time. Like the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun!

Even if you’re a deity in the cosplay department and can make your own weapons out of mud, sticks and the bones of a small animal, if you have a grandma who’s up to it, try this out; even if it’s with another relative.

If they like making stuff, I’m sure something like this will be a really cool challenge for them. But really spending time with each other and seeing what you’re both interested in is the better experience. I had a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll make another cosplay together in the future. I hope you guys have just as good of an experience as I did!13427941_10153618193660205_3731730125394744171_n.jpg

Have any fun experiences you want to share? How do you build your cosplay weapons (please don’t use the bones of a small animal)? Tell me in the comment section below!

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Anime Hero of the Month – Hestia

May was such a beautiful month, so of course it only makes sense to have a beautiful goddess as this month’s hero! As dorky as she may be at times, Hestia has so much to offer. So without further ado, here’s why I consider Hestia a hero.

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Hestia is a goddess, first of all, I think that in it of itself should count for something. And though the anime never really talks about it, according to lore she is the goddess of home and hearth. What I love is that this essence wasn’t lost in her character; throughout the series she sticks to this theme and no matter what she’s always trying to make a home. And I think at the end of the day, Bell knows that and feels it in his heart.

Hestia 1Hestia is not a successful character at first either. She’s poor, living in horrible conditions, and clearly not a popular goddess. And yet, she never loses hope. She perseveres and believes in Bell; she knows he’ll make her proud. She never really complains about how little they have but rather, looks for ways to improve on what’s already there.

Hestia 3I would usually get annoyed with characters that follow the main character around with an almost dependent relationship, but to be honest I could never bring myself to view Hestia that way. I actually find her love for Bell to be admirable and also charming. I think she knows, somewhere deep down, that the two of them will never end up together. But I think she won’t lie to herself and get rid of her feelings either. That’s a hefty burden when you think about it, and I can’t help but to see it as a positive reflection on her personality.

Now, there is a huge issue when it comes to how viewers perceive her character and I think it’s easy to see; fan service. Hestia is most definitely a gorgeous character with many attractive attributes, which sometimes is the only thing people focus on. And if that’s all viewers focus on, they tend to feel the character’s overall presence was merely fan service. But I can’t see Hestia this way.

Hestia 5I think we really see, later on, that Hestia is an extremely strong character that isn’t only there for viewers pleasure. This can be seen when she shows her real power. I think in that moment, you had to respect her. I used to question why she hadn’t shown her strength before, but I think a lot of it had to do with her trying to teach Bell how to be strong on his own. She showed, in this moment, what it really meant to be a goddess.

Hestia is a multifaceted character with a lot of purpose and admirable qualities that extend beyond her physical appearance. Her love, faith and incredible power are amazing pieces to her character and something I’ve always loved about her. So for the month of May, a goddess is crowned a hero here on Geekery Gears.Hestia 6

Who was your anime hero this month? Did they steal your heart? Capture your mind? Take your cabbage back to the patch?