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Rebranding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anime Hero of the Month – Suigintou

I love Rozen Maiden.

You don’t understand.

love Rozen Maiden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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. 

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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. 

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5 Strong Women in Anime

(Amazing fanart above by pearsfears)

I don’t think it’s an unknown fact that I, Ashley Glenn, am a huge women’s rights activist. I mean, one of my majors is Gender and Sexuality, it’s the most cliche thing I can do. So I’m sure you were assuming that this article would be about how women are misrepresented in anime and how horrible anime is for drawing girls as sex objects with unrealistic figures. While I can agree with some of those statements to an extent, I figured it was time to showcase some of the anime women that have really done it right!

There are plenty of women in anime who haven’t played self conscious school girls or fought to win over affections. So, in honor of Women’s History Month and in no particular order, here are my top five strong women in anime.

1. Olivier Mira Armstrong from Full Metal Alchemist 

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#goals (Image from myanimelist)

Seriously, “strong” is literally her name. Who doesn’t love Olivier? Every time I think of a strong woman, I think of her. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Ashley, why do you think of an anime woman before other historical icons in women’s history?” and to that I say, “Eh.” and shrug with no emotion. Olivier is tough and the way she handles situations and just gets things done has always been a quality I admire a lot. I mean even her buff brother is terrified of her and the amount of respect she gains is just… Whew. I wanna be that chick! She’s constantly being herself and not afraid to take matters into her own hands or even step back when necessary . The thing about Olivier is that she isn’t trying to be a likable character. She has qualities about her that our society often condemns about women, but you can tell she’s not there to make friends. She’s there to do her job and ultimately save lives; as long as everyone under her command respects her, she could care less. I can’t describe the sort of crush I have on Olivier, but I can assure you it’s a major one.

2. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail

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#bae (Image from Wikia)

Erza is something else altogether and there are very serious reasons I like her. Joking aside, the reality Erza faced during her childhood and the emotional trauma she’s had to overcome is a testament to variety in anime characters. I like that she has a very dark past and still struggles with fears while being one of the toughest girls in the guild. And while she’s often put in roles of leadership or given the task of saving her guild mate’s hides, at the end of the day Erza still sees herself as just a normal member with no extra baggage. Sure, she wants to protect the people she loves and she often demonstrates her strength, but when she does this there’s never any additional weight to her words. She simply does what any other member in the guild would do. I don’t know how someone couldn’t admire Erza. I believe what the kids would call her these days is referred to as, ehem, “bae”.

3. Madoka Kaname from Magi Madoka

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You guys had to see this one coming, I mean… The amount of love I have for Magi Madoka is borderline obsession. But there’s something I like about Madoka that we don’t really talk about in the anime community (or even just the community in general) as much as we should, in my humble opinion. You see, lil Kaname isn’t your typical thought when you think of  a “tough” or “strong” girl. She’s so young, soft-spoken and kind. I think we often refer to women like Olivier or Erza who have a certain edge to them. But that doesn’t always make you strong, just like being considered “feminine” or “gentle” makes you weak! In fact, it’s these silly terms that can make a strong woman. Madoka is a very selfless person who makes sacrifices for the people she loves and is willing to do whatever it takes to resolve conflict (no wonder Homura wants to wife her). I think it’s these qualities that I admire most about her character and I think should be celebrated more as a sign of strength.

4. Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins

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#bodypositive (Image from hugenerdproblems)

Oh goodness, I cannot wait to write my thoughts on The Seven Deadly Sins, but for now let’s just talk about this gorgeous giant with a hammer. Diane reflects what I think a lot of women feel about themselves; they want the same thing that every girl does even if it’s unrealistic. For those of you who don’t know, Diane is a giant. With a major crush on the captain of their group, we often see Diane question if he isn’t attracted to her because of her size. I really do believe Diane embodies the insecurities modern girls feel about themselves, even if that wasn’t her intent. She overcomes things, and it’s not really ever for the guy she likes either, despite her major crush on the captain. Usually she just does it because she wants to. And eventually, I think we see that she really comes around to see her size will never be an issue and, in fact, it’s an awesome advantage. Even though she’s very overly affectionate and jealous (hence her sin) I love that she can have these “flaws” and still be an independent person when it comes down to it. Her spirit is really what gets me.

5. Bellemere from One Piece 

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You should have also seen this one coming! How can I live without something One Piece related in this post? Honestly, I admire all of the women in One Piece as much as I admire all the girls in Magi Madoka, however I think Bellemere takes the cake. She not only was a tough marine, she saved two girls and chose to raise them as a single parent despite living in poverty herself. That my friends is something to admire. Not to mention, raising Nami is enough for any mother to get a gold star in my book (’cause what a handful that was #amiright?). I can’t express how important this character is and I think it’s obvious why. But other than the things she did in her life, Bellemere stood for a lot too. A lot of terrible things happened to her but she never backed down and fought until the very end. That fighting spirit is something we see a lot of in anime, but when I saw Bellemere show just how far a mother goes for her children, I cried. If you don’t see the reason why she’s important… Well… I don’t know what to say to you.

 

There are a lot of women to admire in anime. People always talk about the nervous school girl stereotype with boobs that seem to defy the laws of physics when it comes to women in these shows. But I think the women I’ve talked about today are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the really realistic, female characters we can find in amazing anime that aren’t made purely for fan service. I agree that I think women could be a lot more, don’t get me wrong, but at the end of the day I still love the characters I’ve seen myself or other women I admire in.

Tell me which women you admire in the comment section! Come on, we can make this list longer!

 

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Redo!

I think in all of Geekery Gears’s existence, there have been way too many make overs. I think, now that I’ve been tampering with this blog for a few years, I finally realize that this is partially because I’m still growing as a writer. But that doesn’t exactly excuse me from taking down the previous posts and revamping the site… Again.

I owe, at the very least, an explanation as to why this is happening. Over the summer, I thought I’d finally found a good schedule and a good amount of material to work with to make this blog its best. But really, it was a lot more work than I could handle with my current schedule, as Geekery Gears is not my only project and I have to put completing my two degrees at the top of my list.

As understandable as that is, the biggest reason I was put off the blog’s initial purpose was because I wasn’t happy with the layout of the site and not all of the content I was posting made me feel accomplished as a writer and amateur journalist.  I adored writing reviews for anime even if I thought they were bad. In fact, I was happy to write about anime that I didn’t like because I was able to make the posts more humorous, as is my hopeful signature on this blog. The issue wasn’t really writing reviews so much as it was writing reviews all the time.

Geekery Gears was never intended to be solely a review site. I wanted it to have a combination of different articles and topics, but over the summer I realized that it wasn’t going in that direction. In particular, I realized that I had picked too many anime to review. It didn’t seem like a lot at first, but as I tried to stick to the schedule, I realized just how much time I would have to spend. Don’t get me wrong, for those of you who want to not only blog and report, but want to be good at it, you’ll have to spend a good amount of time working on your blog to produce quality content. And what matters to me most is quality, not quantity. I don’t want to consider doing what I did over the summer by creating posts that I hadn’t spent as much time on and hadn’t put enough heart into.

But we all have limits on how much we can take. Which is why I had to revamp the site, yet again. But look! We have a fancy new logo, courtesy of Make it Weird Entertainment’s owner, and one of my bosses, Adam Barba! And that makes Geekery Gears a little more official huh? A fresh start really should come with a new look!

So what can you expect from the new Geekery Gears since I’m starting completely from scratch? Well, for one I will be keeping my sassy commentary and humor, as is my trade for most the things I do. However, I will be doing less reviews and they will be seasonal; no more episodic ones! I know I won’t make it on time and I can’t lie to my waifus (ya’ll). But does that mean there will be less content? No. I’m going to start posting some fun articles to keep you guys entertained as well as some new segments I think you’ll enjoy. And, here’s the exciting thing, some of those articles are going to have (drum roll please) a podcast component!

Yup, your eyes aren’t tricking you like your mother did; you read that right. You’re going to actually have to listen to my voice! Geekery Gears is going to become a part of Black Moor Productions via podcast. I’m hoping to have a podcast out every other month at the least. No official schedule has been made for this yet, but any changes will be posted on this site.

Anyways, that’s basically the past and present for Geekery Gears, so let’s get to the future! I’m hoping that from here on out it will start working smoother even though there are still a few thing I have to work out.

I hope I still have your loyalty as viewers and thank you for sticking with this site! And for those of you just checking it out, thank you very much for stopping by! I hope you chill with this weird and wonderful anime blog, enjoying all that you see!

Thank you for you support,

Ashley Glenn