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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? 

 

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Body Positive Anime Segments!

Welcome back anime lovers! In an earlier post, I’d mentioned that we would be making a body positive series here on the blog! I’m here to announce that this will be a reality. But each episode will be a little different, so I’m going to tell you who’s currently going to be on the podcast for each of these episodes and how we are breaking them up!

The categories are:

  • Body Shape/Size: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Adam Barba
  • Disability: Dylan Wickersham
  • Gender: Dylan Wickersham & Adam Barba
  • Skin Tone: Becca Davila & Clover Grayson
  • Body Parts: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Dylan Wickersham

Some of these lovely people you may know from previous work done at Black Moor, which is where we host our own podcast as well. Becca has been on Ashley’s Anime before (granted, it was known as Geekery Gears back then) but she also voices Hattie on Bosh & Brave. Clover Grayson also voices Paige Hopkinson and Adam voices captain Alex Stranwood. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, you can check them out here!

Dylan and Allison also work with Black Moor, but on projects that are not out yet. Until then you’ll get to hear their awesome comments in this new series we’re producing. We honestly look forward to it as these topics are something we’re genuinely passionate about. We can’t wait for you guys to join us and listen in! As with last time, there will be an article component to each podcast but you should definitely take a listen!

Also, fair warning, with scheduling issues and other mishaps, this list is likely to change as we begin producing the series. So please stay tuned! Subjects may be added, dropped/fused with other and people may have to back out. Regardless, we will try to hit everything we can within this series. And if we don’t, it only means there’s room for next time!

See you then cuties!

If we missed something and there’s a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, leave it in the comment section below! 

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What Makes a Real Anime Fan?

I think it’s a question most of us have thought of, especially when you’re just starting out. I mean, think about it, how do you know when you’re there? When will you be deemed a true fan? Will hooded figures come into your room in the middle of the night, blindfold you and take you down into some dark, unknown area and sacrifice your blood to the gods as a right of passage? What does it take?

Well fret no more, little weebs, because I’m going to tell you all about what it means to be a real, pure-blood anime fan. You think you got what it takes? Well, here’s the kicker:

You probably don’t, according to many of our fellow otakus.

We’ve all been to an anime club, a con or maybe even just out with some anime merch on and ran into the situation that’s going to make us question our loyalty to anime. It’s going to be that one bro who tells you, “You’re not a really anime fan if you’ve never seen [insert some really random anime that probably never got dubbed or subbed and is purely fan service]”. This may not be the exact wording, however the message remains the same. And what a shame right?

This is probably the worst experience of any young otaku’s life. And the more involved you are, not only in anime and the community itself, the thicker your skin becomes to things like this. Believe me, I bash on so many fandoms and often get my own fandoms bashed on; it’s pretty much the law of equivalent exchange. So if you’re new to anime, I welcome you to the basement because that’s where you’re going to be spending most of your time from here on out. It’s cold, wet and you have the option of either being immersed in shade or sitting on salt formations. Your choice.

I may not be the cuddliest mushroom in the cookie jar, but I can tell you now that these are the people, ironically, that are not good fans. They’re still fans, their hearts may be true, but they are not good ones. The answer to what a real anime fan is may just surprise you; it’s a person who likes anime. That’s it. That’s the answer.

People like to really go for the jugular on this one because we like to measure how big of a fan someone is. They will look for anything to take you down. You didn’t watch all of Naruto? Get wrecked, kiddo! Didn’t like S.A.O.? Yeah, well… No one really did, but the point is, it’s always the goal to be one step ahead of the other otaku to those mean fans. And that shouldn’t be how it is! We are a group of people who normally get criticized for even mentioning anime, let alone be super fans about it! We should be building each other up, supporting each other’s crappy shows no matter how much we hated Charlotte because it was jut X-Men in disguise…

Look, I love anime and I love the people. Don’t take this as a bash, but rather, something that really needed to be said. Don’t ever feel bad if someone’s figure collection makes yours look small in comparison (trust me, I have been there). Don’t feel like you’re a worse cosplayer just because the other person made theirs by hand and they are a professional seamstress from Czechoslovakia with diamonds in the fabric and human souls in every stitch. Don’t worry about it! These things, in the long run, don’t account for the way you celebrate your fandom and the way you get your geek on.

I’m gonna do that “basic yoga girl” (what even does that mean?) thing here because I think there’s a phrase that really embodies this well. It went something like, the presence of one person’s beauty is not the absence of your own. Well, same goes for fans. Just because the one bro watched all of Inuyasha does not mean that you aren’t a true fan because you could give less of a cabbage about watching furries with an attitude problem (and furries are fantastic people by the way, no hate will ever fill this blog regarding themnew_piskel__4__by_kyokomagika-d9qfjxa). Even if you don’t buy anime merch, go to cons or stay informed on anime-related happenings also does not mean you aren’t a fan. Being a fan means you enjoy the work the writers, artists, animators and entire studio put into a show. But being a good anime fan? It means helping each other out and being supportive no matter what differences you may find between you and another fan.

How are you a “real anime fan”? Tell me! tumblr_m9gcttgdyf1qzckow

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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! 

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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