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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.

I’m lying. We’re really strange. But that’s not the point.tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow

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! 

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Check This Out!

This month, I found some pretty crazy stuff, but it was actually all things you could buy! School is just around the corner people, so I think it’s time to get your otaku school shopping done. Click any of the lovely links to find amazing items made with you in mind!

  • First of all, I was surfing that gorgeous thing called Etsy. Now I know with the last links I gave you, I directed you to this lovely site, but I was surfing through and decided to send you links to a wardrobe specifically made for an otaku such as yourself! This lovely necklace that says you’re ready to take on the day, this shirt that tells others you’re a people person, and if it’s getting cold outside? This sweater will do you good!
  • But that’s not all we have from Etsy! Did you like Clannad? Do you want to relive all the awful memories while you sleep at night? Do the voices still tell you to watch that anime until you are numb from lack of emotion? Have no fear! Dango plushies are a great way to really squeeze out your feelings without having to watch the anime all over again!
  • I actually cried when I saw this, but Dazai is going to have his own nendoroid and it’s up for pre-order on Amazon. I don’t even have anything to say about it other than I want to cry… It’s so beautiful…tumblr_me96wn0j2Q1qdlkyg.gif
  • Speaking of Amazon and Tokyo Ghoul (we were talking about Tokyo Ghoul right?) I actually found Kaneki’s mask for a relatively cheap price! And with Prime! If you guys like that and want a mask, go get it here!
  • Are we done with the school shopping? I think not. I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “But Ashley, don’t we need a backpack, maybe a binder… Pencils?” Wrong friendo. What you need is a Pokemon Power Bank. It’s just a portable charger for your phone that looks like a poke ball. With the Pokemon Go hype in full swing, you’ll be the coolest kid in school if you have one of these. I’m worried about your social life. Please go get one.

Well, that’s it for now kiddos. I hope you have a great time getting back to school (which starts… When?) but in the meantime, spend your hard earned money on something with value that only a true geek, such as yourself, could understand.

 

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Why Did I Watch This Anime? The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

7ds4A little later than I would have expected, but I had promised to write my thoughts on The Seven Deadly Sins anime. I think after my Anime Hero of the Month on King, and the fact I also cosplay him, it would have been very apparent to my followers exactly how I feel towards this anime. So without further ado, I will tell you exactly why I watched this beautiful orchestra for the eyes!

7ds2The Seven Deadly Sins is about a chick, who is a princess but dresses like she’s going to a kink fest/call-me–daddy con, who goes in search of a group of knights to help her do some stuff. I don’t know. Like grocery shopping er… Something. Just kidding! Elizabeth, the princess, needs the Seven Deadly Sins to reunite and help her reclaim her kingdom. The issue is, this group of elite knights disbanded after thought to have tried to overthrow the kingdom of Liones. The anime thus far has shown Elizabeth’s trials to get the group back together as well as trying to take back her kingdom.

What I noticed about this anime, right off the bat, was the art style. It was a little different then what I had been used to. In fact, I’d actually discussed this anime with a few other friends and some of them were adamant about not watching because it looked a little too cartoonish. I think in this respect, it sort of reminded me of Soul Eater and that might have been part of the reason why I like it. It wasn’t an important quality to me, really, but I think if that’s the reason you didn’t watch it, you’re missing out!

7ds5The character’s were what really got to me the most. I absolutely loved the layout for each and every one of them. I don’t think there was a single character that I could fully despise. They were interesting, colorful and it felt like each of them had a full story. Usually when an anime has so many characters, it can be difficult to give each one a proper background, but I thought this one did a good job in that department.

It wasn’t like Fairy Tail season one where most of the people in the background didn’t even move or have faces, lets put it that way. It felt like anyone who was going to be relevant was given a proper introduction and something to do in order to fulfill their purpose.

7ds3Also, the love dynamics were awesome. Sue me, I’m a sucker for love. It was great to see King’s crush for Diane and how much he cares for her, but her love for the captain and his love for Elizabeth, but there’s this whole thing with him and she clearly digs him too and- you know what. Run on sentences need to chill. You get my point though, there was so much going on in terms of the relationships (even non-romantic ones) that it really did feel like each character had a deeply rooted connection to the other.

So why did I watch this anime? Because overall, the whole thing was just great. I don’t think this blog post could do this series justice. My words can only hold so much detail and talent, but this anime is now one of my absolute favorites. I adore it. The comedy components, the characters, the drama it held… All of it just went really well together. Really, if you’re looking for a series to binge on, this is probably the one. Believe me, you will leave Netflix wanting to marry this anime.

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Have an anime you think I should watch? Submit a title to me and tell me why your Inyasha fetish has gone out of hand in recent years. No other requirements necessary: it can be old or new, good or bad, my cat or your lack of personality!  

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Summer Anime 2016!

Summer anime… It’s what you do when you have no life or the life you currently have is kicking you right where it hurts. I’ll let your vivid imaginations guess which one my situation is. Oh, and neither is mutually exclusive.

So what will I be reviewing once the entire season is over? Let’s take a look at the four I’ve taken fancy in recently.

Mob 1.gifMob Psycho 100: This was going to be an obvious choice. It’s from the same people who brought us One Punch Man, how could I not take interest in it? We’re going to have to get down to business to defeat the huns on this one. I have seriously high hopes for it. After watching episode one I can tell it’s going to be something I’m interested in. I actually have a thing for anime with interesting art styles, like Soul Eater or… Er… One Punch man… So this should be great.

Orange 1.gifOrange: I can assure you this anime is going to make me cry. I can just feel it in my soul. Episode 1 did a really good job of pulling the audience in and making them interested in the story line. I’ve always asked myself, “If I could give advice to a younger me… Would I do it?” And the answer is always, “Well Ash, look where you are now… Should probably start figuring out time travel now so you can prevent your existence.” So… I just have a feeling this is going to make me get in touch with my inner demons.

Taboo Tattoo 1.gifTaboo Tattoo: This season seems to be filled with great animation and art style, in my opinion. And Taboo Tattoo is no exception to that. I really do think it looks like a great anime that might actually gain a lot of popularity. Really it just looks like it’s worth my time. After watching it’s first episode, I got really pumped. Finally, a lead anime character that has trained to fight and wasn’t just shoved into a situation where they miraculously learned how! Plus, the neko girl scene made me fall in love!new_piskel__4__by_kyokomagika-d9qfjxa.gifLet’s just hope this isn’t another Charlotte… Ew.

Fudanshi 1.gifThe High School Life of a Fudanshi: While I always pick an anime to hate on, and I thought this would be the one for this season, I actually think I’ll end up liking this anime. No one comment that there may be a pattern with Ashley picking anime that may be yaoi… Actually, go ahead. I don’t mind. I just wish there was more yuri for my own personal preference (haha Ash likes girls, what a surprise). tumblr_me96wptli51qdlkyg.gif But anyways. I really hope that this is better than the anime I picked last season. I’m shivering just at the thought of ever having to watch Super Lovers ever again. I’m really hoping this one makes me laugh while also making me fall in love. So far, I’m interested despite the short length in episodes.

Well, that’s about it for this summer! I actually have high hopes for all the anime I picked out this time. While you wait for the seasonal review, I hope your lovely eyes enjoy the other things we will be doing here on the site! Until next time, you gorgeous people! tumblr_m9gcl3DN2F1qzckow.gif

Tell me what you guys are watching this summer in the comments below! Or, I mean, if you’re not busy doing actual things in society… 

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Anime Hero of the Month – Osamu Dazai

 

Alright, and here we go again! Time for another anime hero that has made our hearts soar like a majestic freaking eagle. And who is the amazing character this month? No other than the gorgeous Dazai.

Guys, I’m sure you all saw this one coming. I’ve been hinting, quite viciously, on my twitter just how much I love Bungo Stray Dogs. Dazai is, quite frankly, the love of my life. Everything about him is simply the best. The fact that he embodies everything I feel about my college life has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Absolutely nothing.

Actually, that is a lie. So instead of a typical Anime Hero of the Month, I will instead tell you exactly why Dazai is any college student, ever.

#1: The Want of Death’s Cold Embrace…

Dazai 1.gifIf you’re in college, or maybe even late into your high school years, you’ve probably felt this need too. There’s just so much going on, so many papers to right, work and scholarships breathing down your neck… It’s all just far too much! And with so much life still in us, it’s so unnerving to think of what the future will hold. What’s going to happen tomorrow? Am I going to fail that exam? Will I meet the love of my life? Will there ever really be a second season of Ouran Host Club?

But don’t worry guys, Dazai gets it. His love for death is something I think we all relate to more than we’d like to admit. Because wanting to tango with the dark lady herself isn’t as sad nor as dramatic as everyone likes to make it out to be. Sometimes, we embrace it with a smile and for no real known reason; much like Dazai. I’m not sure why Dazai wants to die, or why it has to be with a beautiful woman at his side, but I’ll have what he’s having!

#2: Bugging Your Bestie!

Dazai 6.gifI relate to this the most. I love to bother my best friends at random times in the day just to make them smile… Or sometimes to beg them to help me with a project… tumblr_m9gckikmxf1qzckow.gif Shout out to my Black Moor crew… But it’s not always the way you make it out to be! Sometimes you just need a friend. And most of the time, you believe in that friend.

Dazai does this a lot. Whether he’s bugging his partner or just showing up to mess around with Atsushi, you always get the sense that he genuinely cares about the person he’s with. I always got the sense that he loved to pester his friends with his quirky personality. If it wasn’t to make them smile, it surely made me!

#3: Handling Things Like an Adult. 

Dazai 4.gifYou know exactly what I mean. When in doubt, we peoples over the age of eighteen know exactly how to handle every difficult situation thrown at us! I’m telling you, there’s just something about reaching that magical age where you just know everything. It’s like the crystal skulls from Indiana Jones… So much knowledge… Your brain just sort of swells inside… Growing…

Ok, I’m lying. I myself cry when even a slightly difficult problem arises in my daily life.tumblr_m9gcvqToXY1qzckow.gif Don’t judge, we all handle things differently! And Dazai proves that quite a bit, actually. I loved anytime Dazai decided he was going to solve something. Especially in the beginning of the series where he and Kunikida played rock, paper, scissors to make a decision. Definitely something one of my friends and I would do together.

#4: Just Not Dealing With It. 

Dazai 2.gifYou know when you’re just done with something? When you’ve beaten the dead horse over and over? And you’re just done? Or maybe you just zone out long enough and when you come back to reality you’re like “oh”? That’s Dazai. Particularly when he disappears and his interactions with most people from the Port Mafia, I just get the feeling that he wasn’t really having it. Like most college students at the end of a semester.

But that doesn’t mean that he ever gives up! Well, other than the constant threats of merry suicide… Dazai always seems to fight on, as I think we all should! Which is what I think we can all take away from this Anime Hero of the Month. I really love this character for more than just his looks or witty humor. I also love the fact that he’s always looking out for his friends and pushing forward to make everyone stronger.

And that is why Dazai is not only a college student, as I hope I’ve proven in my 4 points, but also our Anime Hero of the Month!

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Who was your anime hero this month? Post it in the comment section below or whisper it into your lover’s ear as they sleep!