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Why Fanfiction is Useful

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

#1 It Gives Fans An Alternative

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

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

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

Pretty nifty stuff right there, I’d say!

#2 It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect 

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

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

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

#3 It’s Relaxing To Write and Read

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

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

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

#4 It Helps Writers Practice 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fall Anime 2016!

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

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

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

kaiju-girlsKAIJU GIRLS:

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

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

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

magical-girlMagical Girl Raising Project: 

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

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

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

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Back From the Dead!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Piece Rating

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Super Lovers Rating

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

Charlotte Rating

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Cory in the House

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

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

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

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

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

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Taboo Tattoo – Review

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But I so wish this anime had…

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

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

The Good: 

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This girl should run for president.

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

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

The Bad:

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Just grabbin’ girls… K Donald.

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

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

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

Kitty Rating:

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

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

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Mob Psycho 100 – Review

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Me to Elliot when he’s being a brat.

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

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

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PROTECT HIM!

The Good: 

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

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

The Bad: 

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No, don’t save Shadow the Edgehog…

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

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

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I most definitely am!

Kitty Rating: 

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

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

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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

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The High School Life of a Fudanshi – Review

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When you start watching anime.

If ever were a show that described my otaku fanfiction experience, it was probably this one. Think I’m lying? Try me. The High School Life of a Fudanshi may have been short, but it didn’t need to say much in order for your soul to resonate with it. While I wanted to watch this anime to bash it, as is customary of me, I don’t think I have it in me to really do it with this one. It was just too real.

This anime follows the everyday life of Ryou Sakaguchi who likes boy-love anime/manga fics. Often thought to be gay, Ryou constantly has to explain that he doesn’t swing that way, he just likes the stories. Because of fear and stigma, we see Ryou’s everyday struggles as a fudanshi; and the results are pretty relatable.

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Me too buddy.

The Good: 

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Pretty much Tumblr in a nutshell…

If it wasn’t already obvious, the humor in this anime really got to me. If you’re an otaku, or you like any kind of yoai or fundashi stuff, you’d probably relate to this series too. The jokes made throughout the show weren’t ever really meant to bash on us but rather just acknowledge that we’re all a little strange. A little.

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If it wasn’t the humor that made me happy, it was definitely the fact that I felt like this wasn’t entirely catered to women. Some might argue with me, (and I have to agree that to an extent it still felt like the audience may have been primarily female) but I still really liked the fact that it showed it was okay for guys to like this stuff too. There is definitely a stigma around otaku culture and especially when it comes to the genders. So even if it did have some female pandering, I really thought it was a step up from what I usually see.

It wasn’t Super Lovers, thank our lord and savior Elliot.

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Every con, every time.

The Bad: 

I’m not sure what the trend is with extremely short anime, but this was definitely one, each episode no longer than five minutes. I didn’t really mind this, but I felt that it had the potential to be a full scale anime with at least 15-20 minute episodes. That’s just my opinion, however.

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No caption needed.

On the other hand, some episodes really proved that it was just a series of funny moments that happen to your everyday otaku/shipper. And if the characters had more drama going on or more depth to their overall layout, then yes, it did carry the potential to be longer. But some episodes made you feel like you were just watching just to watch.

And there were only so many ships I could do, man. Not as many as I thought there would be for an anime about a fudanshi… It was somewhat disappointing for someone who strongly identified with Rumi.tumblr_me96xanykh1qdlkyg

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Me ft. my crush.

Kitty Rating:

 

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As you can see, Elliot and I clearly loved this anime for what it was. And I think, if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it as well. While it was short and essentially a way to waste time, it really did have the makings of a fine anime. It’s humorous, not to mention light hearted, and if you’re an otaku, you probably see a lot of yourself in each episode. Elliot sure does; just look at that face. But alas, I could not give this a full five kitties. I think it’d have to be a much larger anime for me to do that. Regardless, it did a great job of drawing in it’s targeting audience and doing what otakus do best; ship.

So other than being an otaku, what are you guilty pleasures? Tell us in the comment section below! 

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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!