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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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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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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! 

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Spiritpact – Review

I have a slight secret to admit to the world; I personally don’t prefer yaoi. Contrary to jokes and other instances where a yaoi is actually good, I feel like most the yaoi I’m watching was made to be fetishized by women. As a queer woman who understands how that feels when the opposite occurs, I’m not really big on watching it unless it seems remotely realistic. Let’s be honest, there’s a ton of random yaoi out there that makes no sense. This is one of those yaois.

Spiritpact is about a guy named You who dies and ends up making a pact, as a spirit, with this white-haired dude you see before you. The two of them begin on this amazing journey being exorcists together, cursing the evil spirits of the land and as a surprising romance blossoms between the two. A relationship of dedication and loyalty comes to light as a series of random events, a result of a poor story line, lures victims into a trap.

Every season, I try to pick at least one anime to really rip into and my friends, this is that anime. It almost beat Charlotte in how much I despise the writing in Spirit Pact. I saw that some people liked it, but… I really feel like at this point some people will like any strange yaoi thrown their way. With that in mind, let’s get to the review.

The Good:

I really… Don’t even want a ‘The Good’ section to exist when it comes to this anime… We could go down a few avenues about how it was useful for friendship or had some decent characters, but that was just it. There were so many continuity errors that I couldn’t even keep track of who had a character mold or not. They switched their dynamics too often to keep track. What I will say is some of the women looked like they could have been serious characters, had their outline ever been fleshed out.

Alas, that did not happen. So we can only imagine what could be. I would say this is just a really bad yaoi version of Yu Yu Hakoshu… And even then, I feel like I’m insulting an anime I loved growing up. But I suppose if you love a yaoi, no matter how bad it is, you’ll watch it no matter what I say now. Ignore the review and go forth. Find a love that was not only one sided but also made no sense what so ever.

The Bad:

Here we go boys, girls and other. This is were I get into THE DANGER ZONE.

In all my years of watching anime, I have never, not even once, seen something so all over the place. If I’m being honest, Elliot and I watched all ten episodes and not even he can give you an accurate summary of what this show is about. It seemed as though it changed the story line every episode. If I had to guess, I would say that the writers started with a concept but did not flesh out exactly what kind of back story they wanted. Towards the end we were still being introduced to new characters whose overall influence had no purpose in the total arch.

Not only were some of them new, but ones we’d seen from the very first episode were being changed as time went on, and no it wasn’t like a change of heart or character development. I could not, for the life of me, tell you who the antagonist was in this show. I have this odd feeling that everyone who wasn’t You and his angry boy toy was, in some way, a villain. You know what wait, even You was a villain. Never mind, everyone in this anime was at one point or another some kind of antagonist.

Which is great and all (sarcasm) but what exactly am I do think of this story? There were so many changes in the ultimate goal that I’m still not sure what I was supposed to be watching. Really the biggest issue with this show was simply the continuity of it. It didn’t know what it wanted to be, and honestly? I really hated that it had some potential with the female characters (whether they be antagonists or antagonists) and it never tapped into that.

It felt like no one really grew as a character and by the end the writers tried to push it off like they’d been building through this whole journey. I call bull on that by the greatest power vested in me, but whatever floats your boat.

 

I can’t… I would have given it the sad Elliot emoji for how many tears of just agony I spilled over having to watch this anime. I literally watched the timer more than I was reading the subtitles. I could not, for the life of me, find any good in this forced yaoi that really had no business being… Whatever it was trying to be. But okay.

It was just so frustrating to watch and the more I watched, the more I felt like I was wasting my time when there were other shows I needed to get through this winter. So, without going on for too long, what is the over all consensus on this anime and would you personally enjoy it? If you’re a masochist with a death wish and a bunch of free time on your hands, go ahead. I almost didn’t want to even rate this anime. I was filled with hopelessness from the first five minutes and it continued for a full ten episodes.

Good luck, my dearest friends.

What’s an anime you guys personally find frustrating? What about it makes it so uncomfortable to watch? 

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Let’s Talk: Body Shape/Size

Anime has always been known for it’s specific art style and the various artists with their own take on it. But what we don’t often think about is how that style can sometimes be portraying real stereotypes we find within out own society. The squad here on Ashley’s Anime, Adam Barba, Becca Davila and Allison Wolch, discussed what being body positive in anime really means and what it does for its audience.

I’ve seen this happen a lot in anime, but after last season I sort of saw the need to host a podcast discussion about body positivity in anime. The recent show Kiss Him, Not Me was an anime that really did plus sized women no favors in the portray of Kae, the main character who’s a large woman that loses weight and gains the attention from several of her peers. Now, sometimes when people lose weight, it can change a person’s attitude in a positive way and that brings more people around. But that’s not really the case with this anime. Kae stays consistent in her personality and thinks very little about her size and figure; the attraction is purely physical.

I’ve heard a few arguments in defense of Kiss Him, Not Me. It usually revolves around how some of the characters realize how they like Kae regardless of her size, even though there are a few characters who already liked her no matter her size. But that doesn’t really stop some of the unnecessary attributes that are given to Kae; her voice is a perfect example of this. As a plus sized woman, I can confirm that I too always sound like I have inverted hamster cheeks (this is sarcasm for those in the audience who are not mature to view this blog).

But Kiss Him, Not Me is only one anime amongst the many that give poor portrayals of plus sized people, not just women. As you’ll hear in the podcast, the squad had some pretty interesting points to bring up about the issue at hand, but we all came to the agreement that this issue can be seen in almost every anime show, especially one’s that have plus sized characters. It’s a trope you can find happening often, and one that makes me feel like a I just ate a tub of acidic slime.

For anime that doesn’t portray any plus sized characters, the narrative still plays off of an ideal image that men and women “need” to conform to. Men are always extremely muscular (sometimes to a ridiculous size) and women are always big in areas like breasts, but skinny in their waist. This isn’t just a part of an art style; the look is too much like the stereotype and it still causes the same damages.

We might not think that an animation can cause any sort of damage to people’s mentality, but it very much can. It still perpetuates and idea amongst the populous that people need to fit a certain size in order to be desirable. And if that wasn’t enough, just look at how it effects the cosplay community. Plus sized cosplayers can be met with scorn for not looking like a character because of their weight.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By criticizing and calling out anime that pedals certain ideas of plus sized people, we can start to critically think about how we chose to consume anime and what sort of bottom line messages it’s trying to tell us.

For more on the podcast, listen to it here! And to read more into what I thought about Kiss Him Not Me, read the official review here! And also be sure to check out Becca’s cosplay page on Facebook!

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Elliot’s Five Favorite Cat Anime

It’s been quite a busy week! February is going to be an extremely busy month for me, so there’s a lot of prep that’s going to need to go into it. If you’re wondering what Elliot and I are up to, you can always check us out on Twitter and Instagram! Lots of cosplay building as we get ready for balls, upcoming cons and more!

In the meantime, I was watching anime with Elliot the other day and thought about how I like watching all the cat-themed anime specifically when he’s in the room. That really goes for any of my cats, but it’s always fun to have a cat to pet when you’re watching anime about the very creature. So, that being said, I composed a list of Elliot’s favorite cat anime in no particular order! [Note: Nyanko Days is still pending since we’re going to be reviewing it at the end of the season!]

Number One: Chi’s Sweet Home.  

Not only does Elliot look like Chi, but he also acts like her! He can be just as loud and destructive while simultaneously being the cutest creature ever created in the history of the universe. Seriously, it can’t get any better than that. I think this anime was the first short anime I’d ever seen, but I spent hours watching each and every episode because I loved it so much. Fast forward a few years later, and here I am with an anime blog centered around my own little bum who looks just like Chi! Plus, what I (and Elliot) love most about this anime is it accurately depicts the stress of being a cat owner. I think every situation that family went through owning Chi (other than the moving situation) was just my family channeled into an anime.

Number Two: Bananya 

 

You. Can’t. Deny. This. Show. Literally, this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen before. Clover Grayson actually bought me one of the plushies at Otakon Vegas and I just about cried. I cuddle that think so hard I think the stuffing might actually pop out. Thank the almighty bum it’s not the actual Bananya cat because we would just have a mess of banana guts all over the place. Graphic and gorey, but true. Sure, there’s no real plot to this show other than cute cats stuffed into banana casings, but who needs plot when you’re watching anime with your cat at three in the morning?

Number Three: Ki Ki’s Delivery Service 

 

Not exactly centered around a cat, but still has one of the best cats ever! Jiji is absolutely adorable and no one can convince me otherwise. Plus I think this is a classic film that should be included purely off of how spectacular it is. I secretly wish Elliot could talk like Jiji does… But let’s be honest? He’d probably just yell at me that I don’t feed him enough or that he doesn’t want to watch anime any more. “Heck, merm!”

Number Four: Everything Flows; She and Her Cat 

 

Who else likes crying there eyes out and never being able to feel again? I sure do! I was surprised that this show didn’t have as many episodes, but when you actually watched it, you knew you didn’t need anymore. I don’t think my heart could have taken another season or episode of this anime. To hear all the horrible things that were happening through the cat’s perspective really made me wonder what my cat’s think is going on. And being the cat owner of a 20-year-old cat made me relate just a little too much.

Number Five: Nyanbo! 

I suppose these little guys count as… Cats? I mean, technically they are aliens, but I don’t think it totally matters because their still adorable. When we first watched this anime, I rushed to find figures for it and they were way too expensive for my taste! But hey! It’s still a cute anime to watch in your free time! And I think Elliot silently wished that he could get in a spaceship to escape my room and find exotic cat foods from all over the world… There was a longing gleam in his eyes.

What are some of your favorite cat anime?