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Why Fanfiction is Useful

Fanfiction is a beautiful, wonderful ball of cookie dough that you could eat over and over again. It’s a simple thing and it doesn’t matter who makes it, you’ll still consume it with the same eagerness that you would anything else. That being said, fanfiction is sort of a phenomenon when you think about it. It’s technically the knock-off of the original story, so why do fans love it so much? Well, I have some theories as to why. So without further ado, here is where we talk about one of the geek community’s favorite thing; fanfiction! Why do we love it?

#1 It Gives Fans An Alternative

The other day I was in my methodologies class where one of the girls discussed her research project and how she was looking into fanfiction as a viable source of information. She was researching a specific series and the fans’ response to it; she found that those who were upset with certain outcomes would turn to fanfiction to help give them the alternate ending they desired.

What I liked about this definition is that it is exactly why fanfiction people produce and consume this material. Not only that, but this is the one and only area that a fan gets to really interact with their series, other than just being told a story. Joseph Fink, one of the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, once discussed the idea of a space for fans that creators had no business being involved with. He was referring to the fact that his audience would come up with what they thought the characters of the show looked like (since it is strictly audio with no character descriptions) and that he would never clarify them.

This is important because fanfiction, whether it be written, art or other, is the space where fans get to be creative with their favorite series. It’s not just a place for weird porn people! And while there’s plenty of that to go around, what’s important to take away from this is that fans are creating places and communities to share their work with their peers. It’s a place where posting on a certain website or adding a specific hashtag can connect a person with dozens of readers and an entire community of people who enjoy the same thing.

Pretty nifty stuff right there, I’d say!

#2 It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect 

Look, I will admit, I write a ton of fanfiction when I’m not working. I love posting on FanFiction.net and watching my stats go up as reader after reader strolls by my work and finds true love. Which is surprising because my work is completely PG so I’m not sure what’s attracting people, but it must be good. My longest fanfiction, and growing close to my most popular, is actually a World of Warcraft fanfic with original characters. I know right; why would you ever read that?

I bring this up because I know that I am constantly making mistakes in that story. Especially when it comes to canon factors and plots that are in the game. But I keep writing it anyways. And when I get weird comments or people look down on me because it isn’t exactly right, my response is always, “That’s why it’s a fanfic!” Because it’s purely a person’s fictional take on a story, no writer of any series or genre ever has to feel pressured into doing something simply because it’s canon.

Isn’t that the whole friggen’ point of writing fanfiction? You get to bend the rules and do what you want with a pre-made story line and characters you’ve already emotionally invested in! Nothing beats that! Except for maybe snuggling Elliot; let’s be honest, that cat is the best.

#3 It’s Relaxing To Write and Read

When I was in high school, and even now, only two things kept me calm; playing WoW and writing fanfiction. At the time I didn’t have the discipline to write as much as I do now (and even that’s questionable) but writing a fanfic about a game or anime that I liked a lot would do just the trick. I could calm my anxiety down and feel ready to go the next day.

Now I’m not sure how many other writers have this experience when they’re creating a fanfiction, or even their own personal work, but this was how it was for me. Fanfiction doesn’t need to have an acceptable length, so you can do whatever you want with it; two chapters to a whole novel. And while a lot of people write amazing stories half way through and then stopped for five years (you’re the devil by the way), you don’t really have the responsibility to come back to it. It’s there for your pleasure to write/draw/create. And if you’re not writing it, the work of other writers is there for your consumption.

You might find that one fanfic that has the alternate reality you’ve desperately been searching for. And when you do it feels like the series just got better and you’ve made progression in your feelings towards certain characters. But most of all, you probably feel both excited and satisfied. I am a strong believer that the right fanfiction can make you feel bliss.tumblr_m9gcttgdyf1qzckow

#4 It Helps Writers Practice 

This is not only my final point, but also my most important. Fanfiction can be a great strategy to help writers grow. When I hit writer’s block while doing original work such as Bosh & Brave, any of my untitled novels or even news articles, I always find it’s best to go back to the basics. Doing something I’m familiar with, even if it’s not original. Fanfiction provides a way for people to practice the art of telling stories without needing in depth planning ahead of time.

Writing original work can take a long time. Trust me, it took us months to even begin to start Bosh and we’re still constantly editing and working on it. But because a team of writers has already built an entire world and story for you to follow, most the work is already done. All that’s left to do is to take the story down the avenue you want. Simple as that.

The way I see it, it’s a great exercise and it can help jog your other writing. Personally, when I write fanfiction it’s more than the views. Sure, it feels nice to see people liking my work or my take on a story, but really at the end of the day, the practice is more important to me.

I only write this post because I notice that the anime community is really big on fanfiction. Whether it’s Attack on Titan fan art or Tokyo Ghoul short stories, I see it all over the place. It’s a subject I find fascinating when looking at our small community. But fanfiction does get a bad reputation, and that probably has to do with the large quantities of fan-made porn (which isn’t bad, do yo thang), but I argue that it does have value to its existence.

So go out there, write/read a lot of fanfiction and support fellow writers!

What’s your favorite fanfic? I wanna know! Tell me in the comment section! tumblr_m9gclhodl61qzckow

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Fall Anime 2016!

It’s that time again kitty-lovers! Time for me to pick out what anime I will be watching for the season of cold morning and cornucopias amounts of homework and exams! It’s fall, and that means there will be rushed blog posts and Elliot will most definitely be getting “fluffier” (guys, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner are just gonna do it for him) but fear not! We will be doing our job to provide you with the best reviews and content for the blog!

So what will the bum and I be watching this fall? tumblr_me96whp1xs1qdlkyg

izettaIzetta: The Last Witch: 

Is it finally happening? Am I finally going to find a lesbian couple that doesn’t pander to a male audience via anime? Because the last time I saw that happen it was Magi Madoka and even then, I’m not so sure they ever really made it canon. I’m not entirely sure that that’s the direction this anime is going to go in, but boy howdy, I sure hope it does! Listen guys, every yuri or girl love thing I see in anime is always really young girls or its really not meant for queer women. With that in mind, I’ve always wondered if I was ever going to find a healthy, adult relationship between two women without it being fetishistic. I’m not sure if this will be that anime in terms of shipping, but regardless of the “romantic” aspect I love the story so far. Episode one really drew me in and even if the two don’t end up together the story will still be worth the watch. Needless to say, I have high hopes for this anime.

kaiju-girlsKAIJU GIRLS:

This. Is. The. Cutest. Thing. Ever. I know that this means I will have to review another very short anime, but I have no issues with this. In fact, I’ve been so busy lately that this might be a blessing in disguise. I really love the art for this, it’s so chibi and adorable and it makes me want nendos. If I don’t get nendos for this anime, I might cry. Regardless, I watched the first two episodes for this short anime series and it looks like it’s going to be a good way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Nothing heavy or serious, in fact it’s mostly humor, but I do think that it’s going to be a great “time waster” for lack of a better term.

kiss-him-not-meKiss Him, Not Me:

I have a problem with this anime. I have a problem with this anime to the point that now me and the crew are going to be doing a podcast series discussing this issue. Right away, within the first few minutes of this anime, I just knew I was going to have an issue with everything that followed. What is this mysterious issue, you may ask? Fat. Anime. Character. Tropes. “She said whaaaat?” You heard me. And the sad thing is, when I saw the gifs from this anime I thought that it was going to be a really great, funny anime. But instead they placed the lead female in this position where her weight was a deciding factor in her attractiveness. This may not seem like a problem until you realize that none of this story would have happened if she’d remained plus-sized. I will have to dig into this much more when the season is completely finished, but for now I will leave you with a scowl and some bitterness; I am really tired of seeing this trope. It needs to stop. In the meantime, I will try my best to just watch the anime.

magical-girlMagical Girl Raising Project: 

This series. I don’t know where to start with this series, if I’m being honest. For the record, the only reason that I would be even remotely harsh on this new show is because I’m a serious Magi Madoka fan. And while these two series are respectfully different, I still saw some similarities between the two shows and it made me feel slightly defensive. Like a house cat and it’s food (I mean Elliot). Magi Madoka is my sealed can of goodness and when I see the bag of kibble I kind of just turn my nose at it. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the potential to be good though! I pushed my bias aside as much as I could because I found that I actually liked the art style and animation for this show. It looks like it will be good, so if I can relive my Madoka days vicariously through this, I will.

And that’s it for the fall season! I think it’ll definitely be a good one and I’m looking forward to watching all of these series and reviewing them for you like the piece of anime trash I am. This will definitely be a great way to procrastinate on the large amount of work I need to do to stay alive (note: this is a lie, if I stop working I die, so therefore I will not be procrastinating, but rather, working diligently at all times). Elliot and I will be dutiful to our reporting for you, the readers, as always!

What series will you be watching while you wait for Santa/Krampus to come? Tell me in the comment section! tumblr_m9gclhodl61qzckow

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Back From the Dead!

Welcome back to the relaunch of Ashley’s Anime! For those of you who’re just joining us and are slightly confused, let me explain what happened.

In my previous blog post, I explained that I would be re-branding the former site known as Geekery Gears! If you want to see my reasons for why this happened, just read the post.

In the meantime, I’ll be explaining the new changes to Ashley’s Anime and how to fully experience this site; you can also find these instructions on this page!

Not much has really changed in terms of how this site ran before. Some segments, such as Anime Hero of the Month, may become a yearly thing as it does take up a lot of time and takes away from my focus with this site. But other segments, such as Check This Out, and other regular seasonal anime reviews will continue on a regular basis.

Previously, I’d discussed the podcasting situation to be monthly. That has definitely changed due to scheduling issues! I will try to make podcasts a bimonthly occurrence, but this also depends on who I can get for the show. In the meantime, however, the blog will continue to post on a weekly schedule!

Now the one big thing that will change is how I express my thoughts on reviews; the grading process. How will I do it? Through the very love of my cat. No seriously, that’s how I’m going to start grading anime.

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Oh yeah, just when you thought I couldn’t be anymore of a ridiculous human being, I pulled this out of the magic shoe!

As you can see these adorable emojis already convey a lot of emotions. Most of them can explain how I feel in a stable relationship! But instead of using them for selfish purposes, I’m going to use these emojis the same way we use a star-rating system.

It’ll be out of 5; because just like big balls of gas, they are usually measured out of 5. For example: 3 Elliots out of 5. Whether or not that’s a good reading, I’ll leave up to you. However, the emotions will tell you how I personally felt towards the anime. It’ll look something like this:

One Piece Rating

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Super Lovers Rating

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And this can also apply with half-emojis as well! For example:

Charlotte Rating

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Cory in the House

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Got it memorized? And don’t worry, I will be posting this on the About page as well, so if you do forget you can just look there for instructions!

Pretty simple, as you can see. And it’ll be very easy to use in practice. I figure you’re all tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, so it’s time to freshen up the place with something a little different and adorable.

I also would like to thank Adam Barba for the art work. Really, Ashley’s Anime’s design would have not been a reality without them! They not only made my previous logo for Geekery Gears and my new logo, but they also made all the adorable Elliot emojis you see above! Check them out on Twitter and Instagram, I promise you will not be disappointed. They have serious talent!

New posts and reviews will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy all the obvious hentai you’re looking at when you’re not reading my lovely words!

Let me know what you guys think of the blog’s reboot below! Do you like the kitties? Don’t lie, you like the kitties! tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow

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Taboo Tattoo – Review

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But I so wish this anime had…

I’m sorry if I don’t have the most to say on this anime review, my dear, sweet, loving followers. I just… There’s such a weight on my heart that I can no longer get out of bed in the morning without feeling the heavy regret of ever having watched this anime. It wasn’t so much the anime itself… Okay, I can’t lie, it was the anime itself. It was awful. Elliot threw up a mouse; which means it wasn’t that bad, but bad enough. Let me explain…

Taboo Tattoo is… About… I’m actually not really sure because there were moments the plot seemed to jump around. But basically, it’s about the American government creating these tattoos which are also related to some ancient magic and they pretty much just give you insane powers. One kid in Japan ends up getting this weird tattoo (that looked kind of like an edgy version of one of those fake tattoos you put on with water) and finds himself in a whole world of trouble.

The Good: 

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This girl should run for president.

I will admit, maybe this anime just wasn’t my cup of leaf water. Maybe it was just the way I viewed it. Maybe Elliot was in front of the screen too much and I never really got the full experience. But whatever it was, I did not enjoy this anime. Regardless, I will tell you some of the positive aspects it had to offer. For one, it was very action packed; there was always something going on. The animation for it wasn’t half bad either. So if you like well-done fight scenes, this may be the anime for you.

If this anime were a flavor, I would describe it as spicy. Lots of zest going on in the mix. I liked that part of it. In terms of story, I personally may not have been satisfied but I have to admit that there was always a plot and always a goal. Granted, Charlotte also had a plot and a goal, but that’s another story… Regardless, it did have something going on. Just not sure what that is…

The Bad:

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Just grabbin’ girls… K Donald.

Finally, in my zone and ready to rip. Like Beyblade. Or Elliot with nice furniture. The point is I did not like this anime at all. Really, I felt it lacked in so many areas. And you guys saw my post on how excited I was for summer anime; I really did go in hoping to like this show. I think the only thing somewhat “positive” about this anime was that princess, and let’s be real here, she kind of was like Donald Trump at times. Just grabbing chicks left and right. Seriously.

I felt like the story was half baked, mostly. Like so half baked you could still taste the eggs. And those eggs were a no-go my friend. There were certain plots, like love interests, personal relationships and backgrounds (oh wait… That’s the entire story) that made you feel like you’d entered the series half-way through. And just so you know, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a season two because at some point the group does buckle down and get to business. But how they get there just seemed awkward, like a rough transition from an ugly caterpillar to an even uglier butterfly. Also, while I liked some of the character’s blueprints, a lot of them felt like they needed other character’s to complete them or that they depended on them for development and basic existence. No literally, it felt like some of the characters wouldn’t have made sense if another wasn’t there to level them out. It was weird. Like a guy who carries too many pens weird.

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I wish he’d promised this anime would’ve been better.

Kitty Rating:

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Yeah so… We were pretty unamused the whole anime. And I got pretty upset because I felt like I’d watched a filler anime. It just had so very little construction to it’s overall story line and it’s characters made me feel so uncomfortable, if not agitated, with their poor decisions. In fact, the majority of the time I spent watching this made me feel like every character was making one bad choice after the next. And I’ve drank orange juice after brushing my teeth, so I know a thing or two about bad decisions. However, this may just be me. If you like a lot of action and a story story that makes little sense, if it even exists in the first place, then this may just be the anime for you. But if you want to wake up in the morning and feel like you really can make a change in the world, don’t watch it.

What makes it hard for you to wake up in the morning? Tell me in the comment section below! 

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Mob Psycho 100 – Review

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Me to Elliot when he’s being a brat.

The world can finally be at peace now that this anime has come into your dreams and found your most inner desires. Did I love Mob Psycho 100? Let me ask you; is the sky blue? Is the world round? Is One Piece still running? The answer, my dear followers, is yes. This is a fantastic anime and I think everyone should watch it because Mob is precious and we need to protect him.

Mob Psycho 100 is about the most precious kitten of them all, Mob, who has incredible psychic abilities. On the outside he looks like a grass-nibbling bunny, but his powers reach far beyond face value. Throughout the series, we see Mob grow as a person and as a psychic with the help of his mentor, brother and the various friends we meet along the way.

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PROTECT HIM!

The Good: 

Firstly, even if the story wasn’t good (which it was) the characters are so perfect that I feel it couldn’t go wrong no matter what. I loved most of these characters and Elliot couldn’t stop purring every time Mob or Reigen came up on the screen. My love for Reigen knows no bounds. I want to marry that man. Said and done. He is my #1 husbando.tumblr_m9gcy6mxn61qzckow And Mob is such a sweet and innocent unicorn puff that we must ban together and preserve him in a jar. I love him. And that other kid. The blonde one.

But it wasn’t just the characters that were lively. The story itself had so much to offer out of a concept I would have never thought to have been so appealing. I really didn’t think I’d like a psychic themed anime because, despite it sounding cool in theory, I usually get let down with that genre. But Mob did it right. There was a real story there and you could see what was going to drive the plot for each episode. I wouldn’t say it was predictable, but it did give you pleasant hints as to what was going to come next. Like 2016 political scandals. Not only that, but the lessons you learned in this anime were way different than what you thought they were going to be. I felt like while I was expecting something to happen, at times it went in another direction that was actually better. Which is unlike the 2016 political scandals.

The Bad: 

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No, don’t save Shadow the Edgehog…

I kind of didn’t like Mob’s younger brother, but that may just be me. As much as he drove the plot in the right direction, I did get sick of his crud a couple of times. I just felt like he became more bratty than the troubled intellect they tried to make him out to be. I was watching this anime for soft, smol cinnamon buns like Mob and I ended up with Shadow the Edgehog for more of the series than I would have personally preferred.

Other than Linkin Park showing up to help me relive my middle school days, I did also feel that there were some missed opportunities. At times it felt like some of the characters didn’t really get a chance to grow. I felt like certain characters were just given things so that they could move on with the story or that perhaps their own personal growth was rapid so that season one could end on a good note. That being said, this isn’t that uncommon for anime series to do, so I wasn’t that bummed out about it. Believe me guys, I’ve seen worse (Charlotte).

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I most definitely am!

Kitty Rating: 

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A full five! This was the anime of the summer season that really deserved five Elliots! And each one, as you can see, is very satisfied. This anime really made me want to continue watching and gave me something interesting to do with my day. Usually I’m watching trash (anime) but when I watched Mob I was watching high quality trash! I loved this anime and for anyone who’s on the fence about watching it, I urge you to check it out. It really deserves all the good things in life. I’m so in love with Mob it’s crazy; he is the softest of characters. And Reigen is one fine piece of salmon, let me tell you!

How many Elliot emojis did you think Mob Psycho 100 deserved? Let me know in the comment section below!