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Orange – Review

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Yes I do, it’s called cuddling Elliot!

After watching this anime I decided that I no longer needed feelings or a heart for that matter. I ripped it out of my chest then I set the pot to a low boil so I could cook it for Elliot to eat. Trust me, serve it with some caramelized onions and you have a delicious meal right there. I like to call it My Will to Live, which is exactly what this anime took away from me. Have no fear, I will now explain why.

Orange is a feel-good anime about a young girl, Naho Takamiya, who receives a series of letters from herself in the future. The letters contain instructions on saving a dear friend and love interest, Kakeru Naruse, from his own despair. As the series goes on, we see how Naho and her group of friends grow stronger together to combat a common cause.

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The one look every anime girl does at some point.

The Good: 

Okay, this anime was really amazing. I had some problems with it, but overall it was a really warm-feeling anime. I liked it enough that I watched the whole thing and I honestly don’t regret it. I don’t feel it was as appreciated as it could have been, but that may be because there’s anime out there that has hefty themes and hits home for a lot of people, similar to this one. That being said, I don’t feel it’s an excuse to overlook Orange.

I like to compare Orange to your grandma’s cookies. But like, if your grandmother was already dead. The cookies are warm, freshly baked and still somewhat gooey. You take a bite out of it. You feel everything from love to utter loss within one bite. That’s all it takes. Just one. As you pull away, you look at your ghost-ma and ask, “Why do you still haunt me?” Well, in this very relatable example, Orange brings up a lot of feelings. To get serious for a second, I will have to say for anyone with depression, this anime may cause some triggers to go off. But I advise you to watch it. As someone who’s struggled with some of the themes in this anime, it really did put some things into perspective. I’m really glad to see an anime focus on themes like mental illness.

The Bad: 

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UGH the greatest heartthrob ever!

Orange really was great; everything from art to story really made it enjoyable to watch all the way through. But I did have some serious issues watching it. Firstly, without giving much away, there were some explanations that just didn’t make sense. If you’ve already watched the anime, you probably know what I’m talking about. The ending tried to explain why things were happening and I just felt that it didn’t have very good reasons. The Bermuda Triangle? Hm… Maybe if I throw myself in there I can stop myself from existing by meeting my mom. Stay safe kids!

The other thing I will say is that this anime mixed a lot of romance into a mental health/depression theme which I feel is a bad mix. Now while I liked everything the anime did and I also don’t think that they ever really crossed the line where romance “fixes” mental health, I did feel it was a little too close for comfort. I also was NOT OKAY with Suwa. OH NO. I squeezed Elliot and cried way too many times over that boy. He was my favorite character next to Azusa (whom I deeply ship with Hagita to the point that it’s religion). I guess I just felt that some of these “ships” were a little unhealthy all around. I just felt that certain things were lost in this anime and, to say the least, I had some disappointments.

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Just a couple of pals!

Kitty Rating: 

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Overall, we liked it! I just have to give it that “unamused” emoji for that ending and it’s reasoning. Really, I just felt that it didn’t need it. It could have gone on unexplained because, as my mother always said, “If you’re going to explain it, at least make sense. And stop wearing leggings as pants; they’re not pants.” (Note: For the record, I have never stopped wearing leggings as pants, they are way too comfortable). And of course, crying and tears of joy Elliot emojis should explain exactly how I feel towards the entire anime overall. It was by no means bad, but it was definitely a splash zone. So with that, I recommend that if you have the heart and mindset to do it, because I certainly did not, watch this anime.

What anime made you a sobbing mess? Tell me in the comment section below! tumblr_m9gcvqtoxy1qzckow

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The High School Life of a Fudanshi – Review

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When you start watching anime.

If ever were a show that described my otaku fanfiction experience, it was probably this one. Think I’m lying? Try me. The High School Life of a Fudanshi may have been short, but it didn’t need to say much in order for your soul to resonate with it. While I wanted to watch this anime to bash it, as is customary of me, I don’t think I have it in me to really do it with this one. It was just too real.

This anime follows the everyday life of Ryou Sakaguchi who likes boy-love anime/manga fics. Often thought to be gay, Ryou constantly has to explain that he doesn’t swing that way, he just likes the stories. Because of fear and stigma, we see Ryou’s everyday struggles as a fudanshi; and the results are pretty relatable.

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Me too buddy.

The Good: 

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Pretty much Tumblr in a nutshell…

If it wasn’t already obvious, the humor in this anime really got to me. If you’re an otaku, or you like any kind of yoai or fundashi stuff, you’d probably relate to this series too. The jokes made throughout the show weren’t ever really meant to bash on us but rather just acknowledge that we’re all a little strange. A little.

I’m lying. We’re really strange. But that’s not the point.tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow

If it wasn’t the humor that made me happy, it was definitely the fact that I felt like this wasn’t entirely catered to women. Some might argue with me, (and I have to agree that to an extent it still felt like the audience may have been primarily female) but I still really liked the fact that it showed it was okay for guys to like this stuff too. There is definitely a stigma around otaku culture and especially when it comes to the genders. So even if it did have some female pandering, I really thought it was a step up from what I usually see.

It wasn’t Super Lovers, thank our lord and savior Elliot.

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Every con, every time.

The Bad: 

I’m not sure what the trend is with extremely short anime, but this was definitely one, each episode no longer than five minutes. I didn’t really mind this, but I felt that it had the potential to be a full scale anime with at least 15-20 minute episodes. That’s just my opinion, however.

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No caption needed.

On the other hand, some episodes really proved that it was just a series of funny moments that happen to your everyday otaku/shipper. And if the characters had more drama going on or more depth to their overall layout, then yes, it did carry the potential to be longer. But some episodes made you feel like you were just watching just to watch.

And there were only so many ships I could do, man. Not as many as I thought there would be for an anime about a fudanshi… It was somewhat disappointing for someone who strongly identified with Rumi.tumblr_me96xanykh1qdlkyg

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Me ft. my crush.

Kitty Rating:

 

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As you can see, Elliot and I clearly loved this anime for what it was. And I think, if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it as well. While it was short and essentially a way to waste time, it really did have the makings of a fine anime. It’s humorous, not to mention light hearted, and if you’re an otaku, you probably see a lot of yourself in each episode. Elliot sure does; just look at that face. But alas, I could not give this a full five kitties. I think it’d have to be a much larger anime for me to do that. Regardless, it did a great job of drawing in it’s targeting audience and doing what otakus do best; ship.

So other than being an otaku, what are you guilty pleasures? Tell us in the comment section below! 

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Rebranding

What? Surely I jest! But alas, I am not. No, my dear followers, it is time to rebrand.

This is not something that I would suggest for any blog, but I felt that it needed to be done for a few reasons. But first let me tell you exactly what we are rebranding to!

The new name for what was formerly Geekery Gears will now be Ashley’s Anime! Nice name huh?

For those of you who follow me on social media, you probably know that I have had the Twitter and Instagram handle ashleysanime for a year or so now. I figured, since this name hasn’t been taken by anyone else, it’d be a shame not to use it for the blog.

Not only that, but despite liking the name, I feel that Geekery Gears just doesn’t convey the message I want nor does it tell you, the readers, what this blog is all about. If I were covering a variety of fandoms and a variety of things in geek culture, maybe. But even the games and cosplays I follow/review revolve strictly around anime, and therefor I felt that the name and brand should reflect that.

This is a big move and I understand that it’s going to be a little confusing, but I think it will be beneficial to the blog overall. With a lot of advancements in my writing career, I think I could take this blog to the next level.

The blog will be under for just a few weeks, but once we are back up and running with the new logo and name, I will explain exactly how things are going to be ran on Ashley’s Anime!

In the meantime, enjoy the demo logos the lovely Adam Barba made for me! We may edit them a little, but I love them and think we will stick with them for the new brand. Let me know what you think in the comment section below and follow Adam on Instagram and Twitter!

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And if you just can’t stand not to hear from me, don’t forget to also follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you for your continual support of my crazy blogging life, I look forward to seeing you soon!

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Anime Hero of the Month – Suigintou

I love Rozen Maiden.

You don’t understand.

love Rozen Maiden.

It is one of my favorite anime of all time. I love every character, I love the story line and I love the art for it. The question should be, why Suigintou and not Shinku? After all, Suigintou establishes herself as a villain at every twist and turn. So why should she claim the title “hero” for this month?

Well, you could theorize that because I love everything gothic, I see her as a beautiful angel (which I do but that’s not the point), but I actually interpreted her position in Rozen Maiden much differently than what I think the audience was intended to see. So without further ado, let me explain why I see Suigintou as a confused, demented hero for this month!

Suigintou 2.gifFirstly, I’ve never really seen her as a bad guy. I’ve always just sort of seen her as a sister? In a sense, she’s just always given me a vibe that she’s been unwanted and unloved. I think her character design has always been that she is desperate to be loved and, in return, give love. But due to the obvious damage, she can’t exactly give love nor accept it from anyone else but her father (take her and Megu as an example).

The Rozen dolls are always perceived as children, firstly, with each child holding different positions and reactions to things. None of them are alike and none of them approach their issues in the same manner. I think it’s because of this we see Suigintou as sort of a bratty child with no self control, but consider that it may have to do with the fact that she was left unfinished by Rozen. When I saw that scene, a lot of things came into place.

Shinku's_Brooch.gifWhat it told me was that so far in the series, Suigintou had been considered “reckless” and a danger to the other dolls, as well as herself. I won’t deny that the danger part was most definitely true, but the reality is she is probably the most loyal and obedient doll out of them all. Her goal is to become Alice, and that’s exactly what she was built to do. She’s ambitious in doing the work Rozen created her for. Whether or not that’s right (it’s not) is up for debate (it’s still not).

Her temperament and drive really does stem from that insecurity of not being finished and wanting her “father” to love her. #DaddyIssues, sure, but it’s literally how she was built. She didn’t even have a Rozen Mystica, she just loved so passionately that she moved around without even having a torso. It might not always excuse her behavior, but I feel it’s something to consider when analyzing this character.

tumblr_m48ffhupkd1qbvovho1_500More to the point, why is she a hero? Well, I think of the scenes where she is in the hospital with Megu. She could use her so much more, but she doesn’t really. And I noticed, throughout the series, that she was always very considerate towards Megu and her health, regardless of whether or not she was spiteful when she showed it.

Is Suigintou a tsundere on steroids? Probably. But I think she’s a hero because she’s such a great character and she has qualities about her that make her one. Sure, she is unfinished, broken and has a horribly warped version of reality, but I find these to be things done to her versus things she’s done. I think, at the end of the day, she’s trying to be the hero the only way she knows how. Despite normally doing the wrong thing, she still does care, like when it comes to Megu. I think the real villain of Rozen Maiden was really just Rozen. I mean, seriously, who even does that? He’s a sadist. Cannon.

But regardless of my thoughts on Rozen, I still feel that if he won’t give her the love she deserves, this blogger will! And that, my friends, is why Suigintou is our Anime Hero of the Month!

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