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How Cosplay Helps Me

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So for those of you who don’t know, I suffer from some serious anxiety and self-acceptance. Usually, these two things are not mutually exclusive… It can be tough to say the least. It’s taken me a long time to accept a lot of personal things about myself that have fed those two awful attributes. But what I’ve learned is that the more I accept, the happier I am with myself. My body has been an ongoing struggle that I’m in between accepting and not accepting.

13418696_10153618193805205_8568140868122434649_nThere are a lot of articles about how cosplay has helped people learn to love their bodies. In fact, my interview with miss Becca Davila was all about that! In our podcast together, she talked about how cosplay made her feel and the positivity that came with it.

So this year for Vegas’s Sabakon, I got three actual, legitimate cosplays together for all three days. And I think it was probably the best time of my life if I’m being honest.

I’ve been to Sabakon before, in fact it was the first anime convention I’d ever been to, but there is a difference to the con experience when you’re in a cosplay and everyone is calling your character’s name.

It was so awesome to have people think my cosplays were good and ask me to take photos. Of course, my Zillyhoo is never to be taken lightly and most the Homestuck fans that attended thought it looked nice. But my Undyne cosplay really killed that Saturday and King was so comfortable to wear, I think I could sleep in his outfit.

A lot of it had to do with the feeling that my hard work paid off. That people genuinely liked my cosplay. And the other part was something that I’ve been trying to be more and more open about which is showing off my body more.

img_46731.jpgI was so worried that my body would make the costumes and outfits look out of place or that my face wouldn’t fit right and everything would be off. But when people come up and ask to take a photo with you, or when they just tell you that you look great… The feeling of approval feels worth it.

And I get that sometimes it can be nerve wracking to go up and ask someone for a photo or even just to tell them you like their cosplay. I know that for the entire weekend there were a lot of cosplay crushes I had that I just wanted to go up and tell them “Hey! You! You look like a golden unicorn standing on a cliff during a burning sunset watching two whales sing love songs to each other as their day ends!” but, alas, I was way too shy.

I guess there are two things to take away from this. One, if you want to cosplay, do whatever it takes to make it happen. The way it’ll make you feel… Trust me, it’s worth it. This isn’t to say that other people’s opinion or approval matters, because it doesn’t, but there will always be people at conventions who will support you. It’s nice to be able to meet those people, you know? And two, if you’re at a con and you really like a person’s cosplay, tell them! They put in a lot of work and I’m sure it will mean the world to them.

If you guys have the time, I did actually get published for covering Sabakon 2016, so check out the article on Las Vegas Informertumblr_m9gcy6mxn61qzckow.gif Or, if you want to check out my personal cosplay endeavors, check out my Instagram at ashleysanime!

Have fun fellow cosplayers, see you out there!

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What do you cosplay? Tell me in the comment section below! 

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Anime Hero of the Month – Hestia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anime, Manga, Uncategorized 0 comments on Why Did I Watch This Anime? Say “I Love You”.

Why Did I Watch This Anime? Say “I Love You”.

Why did I watch this anime? ‘Cause it looked popular enough and I was looking for an excuse. Here’s where things get sappy. Surprisingly, this is not the roast you probably thought it would be. I did like this anime quite a bit. But maybe that’s bias, since I did read most of the manga…

Look, I’ll be honest, I actually do have a soft spot for romance in any of its forms. However, I have no problem calling it like it is. The same goes for this anime. As much as I love it, I know where to dig my claws in and give it an honest review. Because just like our very souls, it isn’t perfect. And what really is perfection? Well, I can’t answer that age old question, but I can tell you that there’s no way on God’s green earth you’ll find it in an anime.

So what is this romance about? Is it where a young, innocent girl meets a broken delinquent and changes his life for the better because deep down inside she knows he’s a better person than he lets on? Because she sees the good in everyone and is willing to accept his flaws no matter how bad and demeaning they are? Close; you’re getting warmer.

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I am literally both, you’ll need to be specific.

Say “I Love You” is about a young girl named Mei Tachibana who’s known nothing but pain all her life. Being bullied for most of her life, Mei has grown antisocial and untrusting of most people. It isn’t until she meets the most popular boy in school that she begins to change as a human being for the better. I can tell you now that in all of my romance experience I have not once had a partner where I felt like I changed for the better. All that changed was how frequently I wore sweatpants. Anyone else? No? Just me? You jest!

Basically, that’s it. Mei grows as a person and along the way, she meets new friends and grows to be more open to new experiences, which is primarily focused on her relationship. Ya wanna hold hands sempai? Scandalous! A pretty generic story if you ask me. You probably ran into the arms of this anime expecting some feels, and it has that, but I think it’s a bit lighter than most. This ain’t no Angel Beats!

Here’s the problem; this anime is exactly what you expect. Nothing really new, no real shockers, none of that. It’s all been said and done before and things are pretty straightforward. We have some rival interests at times, we have some characters we just… Hate… But for the most part, it’s going to be exactly what you signed up for.

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Look there’s a cat! See, these are the photos your’re going to want to see!

Let me ask you. Have you ever told your parents you were going to a party, and you went, and you knew it was going to be crazy but you knew just how crazy it was going to get? And then when you got there, stuff was already broken, someone’s handing out those kandi bracelets like party favors and another person just passed out on the only clean couch in the joint? And by clean, I mean it was so filthy you could get some disease by sitting on it but it wasn’t as bad as the other couches? But you knew this was the level at which this party goers paradise would reach? Okay, me neither, but what I mean is, Say I Love You is no party, by any means. It’s extremely predictable. It’s more like going to the beach; there’s some water, some sand and some sun. What you do with it is up to you.

So why did I watch this anime? Because I was looking for an excuse to write about an anime that was adapted from a manga I read (for once). But I noticed it was pretty popular and I just thought, hey why not? It’s a good one, I gotta say. It’s pretty vanilla in all it’s attributes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re looking for something to remind you that you are forever alone, then watch this anime. Basic, straightforward, just… It’s there. It’s sweet and simple, like a chocolate chip cookie. You can’t really hate it but you can’t say it’s the most fascinating culinary dessert ever created.

Oh and everyone is attractive.

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Weebs with literally any anime character.

Also here is a slideshow of Kenji talking about Asami. I love him so much, he just… He deserved this slideshow that represented just how ridiculous his character is.

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Have an anime you think I should watch? Submit a title to me and tell me what makes you a professional fish catcher. No other requirements necessary: it can be old or new, good or bad, a dinosaur or a man just trying to find meaning in his life. 

Anime, Manga, Uncategorized 2 comments on Why Did I Watch This Anime? Say “I Love You”.

Why Did I Watch This Anime? Say “I Love You”.

Why did I watch this anime? ‘Cause it looked popular enough and I was looking for an excuse. Here’s where things get sappy. Surprisingly, this is not the roast you probably thought it would be. I did like this anime quite a bit. But maybe that’s bias, since I did read most of the manga…

Look, I’ll be honest, I actually do have a soft spot for romance in any of its forms. However, I have no problem calling it like it is. The same goes for this anime. As much as I love it, I know where to dig my claws in and give it an honest review. Because just like our very souls, it isn’t perfect. And what really is perfection? Well, I can’t answer that age old question, but I can tell you that there’s no way on God’s green earth you’ll find it in an anime.

So what is this romance about? Is it where a young, innocent girl meets a broken delinquent and changes his life for the better because deep down inside she knows he’s a better person than he lets on? Because she sees the good in everyone and is willing to accept his flaws no matter how bad and demeaning they are? Close; you’re getting warmer.

screenshot_2016-03-20-04-39-51.png
I am literally both, you’ll need to be specific.

Say “I Love You” is about a young girl named Mei Tachibana who’s known nothing but pain all her life. Being bullied for most of her life, Mei has grown antisocial and untrusting of most people. It isn’t until she meets the most popular boy in school that she begins to change as a human being for the better. I can tell you now that in all of my romance experience I have not once had a partner where I felt like I changed for the better. All that changed was how frequently I wore sweatpants. Anyone else? No? Just me? You jest!

Basically, that’s it. Mei grows as a person and along the way, she meets new friends and grows to be more open to new experiences, which is primarily focused on her relationship. Ya wanna hold hands sempai? Scandalous! A pretty generic story if you ask me. You probably ran into the arms of this anime expecting some feels, and it has that, but I think it’s a bit lighter than most. This ain’t no Angel Beats!

Here’s the problem; this anime is exactly what you expect. Nothing really new, no real shockers, none of that. It’s all been said and done before and things are pretty straightforward. We have some rival interests at times, we have some characters we just… Hate… But for the most part, it’s going to be exactly what you signed up for.

screenshot_2016-03-20-04-10-27.png
Look there’s a cat! See, these are the photos your’re going to want to see!

Let me ask you. Have you ever told your parents you were going to a party, and you went, and you knew it was going to be crazy but you knew just how crazy it was going to get? And then when you got there, stuff was already broken, someone’s handing out those kandi bracelets like party favors and another person just passed out on the only clean couch in the joint? And by clean, I mean it was so filthy you could get some disease by sitting on it but it wasn’t as bad as the other couches? But you knew this was the level at which this party goers paradise would reach? Okay, me neither, but what I mean is, Say I Love You is no party, by any means. It’s extremely predictable. It’s more like going to the beach; there’s some water, some sand and some sun. What you do with it is up to you.

So why did I watch this anime? Because I was looking for an excuse to write about an anime that was adapted from a manga I read (for once). But I noticed it was pretty popular and I just thought, hey why not? It’s a good one, I gotta say. It’s pretty vanilla in all it’s attributes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re looking for something to remind you that you are forever alone, then watch this anime. Basic, straightforward, just… It’s there. It’s sweet and simple, like a chocolate chip cookie. You can’t really hate it but you can’t say it’s the most fascinating culinary dessert ever created.

Oh and everyone is attractive.

screenshot_2016-03-20-04-48-13.png
Weebs with literally any anime character.

Also here is a slideshow of Kenji talking about Asami. I love him so much, he just… He deserved this slideshow that represented just how ridiculous his character is.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Have an anime you think I should watch? Submit a title to me and tell me what makes you a professional fish catcher. No other requirements necessary: it can be old or new, good or bad, a dinosaur or a man just trying to find meaning in his life. 

Anime, Manga 0 comments on Check This Out!

Check This Out!

I promise I have a slew of fantastic, funny articles coming out in the next couple of weeks, but for now, here, have some cool links to articles I think you’ll like! Why do I think you’ll like them? Because I like them. Duh.

  • Japanator had a really nice article on different adaptations that I think you guys will really like. I personally have never been fond of live action adaptations from animes for some reason, but this article may have shown me the light… Okay I may have lied. I probably won’t watch a live action adaptation again for another… Uh… When do the cicadas come out from the ground again? Eighteen years? Okay, maybe around then.
  • Japanator also had yet another article that I totally agree with! In honor of International Women’s day, here’s a reflection of women in anime! I actually have an article similar to this in the freezer just waiting to be cooked, so… Hold up. And again it’s similar so that means the triangle looks alike but it’s not the same size, area or perimeter. Geology people. Learn some.
  • This morning I woke up thinking, “Gosh, I need more One Piece.” I looked at my wallet with Luffy screaming on it, I looked at my phone case which was covered in the crew’s wanted posters, I looked over at my figure stand which has an entire section dedicated to One Piece figures, and I snuggled up with my One Piece pillow, Tony and Sanji stuffies and mumbled, “Yes… More One Piece…” So you can imagine what’s next on Ashley’s list to buy when I saw this on Anime News Network!
  • Wanna take a quiz to prove what a real noob to anime you are? Yeah, well… Anime News Network also provided that this week. I failed, just so you know. Don’t judge, I can hardly recognize my own face in the morning as I stare at my soulless, soulless eyes. There is no Ashley. Only Zuel.
  • Moving on, I have a pretty cool article for you guys from one of my (school girl sigh) idols in journalism. I write nothing like this woman, but I still find her blog to be amazing. Plus, it’s not every day an American weeb such as ourselves gets to travel to the land of yaoi and tentacles galore! Check out Lauren Orsini’s second day in Japan! I’d also advise following this travelogue as she continues onward through the holy land of… Weeb.
  • Last but not least, I found something amazing on Etsy that I think you all can appreciate. I won’t say much about it, because I think you should seriously click on that link, but you can thank me later!

Okay, that’s all the news I felt like reading because I’m traveling and tired. If you want more get a Twitter or look for it yourself; I’m not your mamma bird here to regurgitate anime media into your still developing stomachs (literally the definition of blogs/news in general most of the time). Moving on! Read other people’s writing because my writing is not completely finished yet.

Have other cool news you want me to look at? Too bad. I want to commit the sin of Sloth and not look at news like I’m being taught to do in my media studies class. Go home. (Or post your news in the comments!)