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Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid – Review

So guys they finally made the best anime ever. If anime were to die with this anime, I would die along with it happily. This was the best show of the 2017 winter and I will gladly stake my life on that statement. If it were not only for its growth in popularity, specifically that Luca cosplay, I would love this anime no matter what. It’s gay dragon maids guys. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.

Torhu is a dragon, found wounded by Miss Koboyashi who decides to take her in one drunken night. Her obsession of maids worn off on Torhu, the dragon tries to be the perfect maid for her new master. But as we see, the every day life of these two grows more and more complex (or perhaps even simpler) with each episode. A feel good anime, even if it does have its strange moments.

Without further ado, let me tell you exactly why this anime was perfect in every aspect.

The Good:

I don’t even know where to begin, everything was so great. The animation was fantastic, the music is always playing in my head and the story itself makes you’ve wrapped yourself in a warm mental hug. The characters made this show really come to life with the variety of amazing personalities and colorful dialogue.

The relationships felt almost realistic, in terms of anime, and what I loved was how you saw beyond the inherit silliness towards real issues each of them was facing. In fact, I think that’s my favorite part about this anime is that even though it clearly has silly moments and even a silly premise, it actually surprised me to see there was a balance in the seriousness of the characters and their goal. Really, it was an innocent and pure goal that to me, made everything feel relatable; the want to have a normal life.

Toru is a dragon and a maid; two of my favorite things. But even better, she is this amazing character who grows into this loving personality while she’s with Koboyashi. Koboyashi, on the other hand, goes through this entire lifestyle change from a workoholic to this more family environment. And while they’re never completely stated as a couple, they do treat each other as such and Toru does come out as more attracted to women in the very beginning of the series; the kind of representation I’ve been waiting for.

The Bad:

Now I can see the flaws in this anime very clearly. One of the biggest issues is that it does go over the top and plays off of some very generic anime tropes we see all the time. That being said, I don’t feel that’s always a bad thing when done right. For me personally, this show did it in a fun, humorous manner. But it might not be for everyone. The big boobs thing can get tiring after a while, I get it.

The one thing I can say I had an issue is that, yet again, another queer “couple” was never explicitly stated. Toru and Koboyashi never really say that they’re together. While Toru clearly loves Koboyashi and, we see towards the end, that those feelings are fairly mutual, we’re not given enough to really stake them permanently. Sure, you don’t always need to say it, but it can get frustrating when you’ve been waiting for certain representation and feel as though you’re not getting it.

Kitty Rating:

Elliot and I are giving this anime a full five Elliot Emojis. I was in tears over how much I loved this anime and I feel like it was so well done. Even though some may argue it was just a generic or silly anime, I have to argue that it brought something fresh to the table with an idea that must have been hard to pitch at the table.

I really feel like this was what I was personally waiting for. I felt like there was a couple I could relate to and a story that was just downright entertaining. There’s really nothing more I can say on the subject other than the fact this whole thing was so fantastic. I may be over shooting it, but if you’re looking for something that makes you feel a little normal when the world is so out of place, please watch this anime.

Did you like the representation in this anime? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Cheap Ways to Love Anime

Our love for anime can be tricky to show off, and there’s a good reason why:

Merch is expensive as hell.

Which is reasonable enough. Figures, shirts, keychains and everything in between is taxed like crazy when it comes to shipping to America. Even beyond that, some items are extremely well crafted and deserve to be of the high price range. I’m never surprised with the cost of my nendos, let me put it that way.

But as a broke college student, and I’m sure many of different ages and socioeconomic statuses can agree, purchasing things from your fandom can be extremely tough! Especially if food for you and your cat (cough, cough, Elliot) is burning a hole in your pocket. So here is a list of ways I’ve kept the price low when it comes to my expenditures to show off my fandom!

Cosplay: 

It’s no lie that we all love cosplay. Whether it’s wearing it or just taking pictures at cons, we all love seeing the work and effort that goes into a good cosplay. But if you’re the one wearing a cosplay, the price can wreak havoc on your wallet. As someone who makes most of her cosplays and has only ever bought one, I can tell you now, buying a cosplay alone is quite the expensive endeavor! So how do we fix it?

Firstly, if you feel you are craft impaired and cannot possibly make your own cosplay items, perhaps investing in one really good pre-made cosplay is the best option. You don’t want to waste money on items that you feel you’re not using right. However, building your own can be very easy if you take the right steps! Here are a few ways to put together your own, cheaply.

  • Chose a character that wears simple clothing you can buy or modify if need be. Think of a character that might be in a school uniform, for example, or one that wears generic clothing. Always remember: wigs can be as cheap as 10$ on Amazon. Also, keep in mind that the more generic a character might look, the less likely you might be recognized at cons or gatherings.
  • If you are going to attempt at creating weapons and armor, take a pro tip from your friendly neighborhood cat lady; FOAM IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! And cereal box. A little cutting, some glue and spray paint will do wonders to create awesome armor and weapons. Let me direct you to my new best friend on YouTube: epicfantasy. Storm the Castle is a great site for finding patterns and even learning how to make some video game weapons out of affordable material. The YouTube videos have helped me out so much when it comes to creating cosplay stuff and I like using the patterns I find to help me size stuff and build off it.
  • Speaking of patterns ALWAYS LOOK FOR THEM! I cannot stress this enough. Sure there are always people selling patterns for certain weapons, but there are also good dudes who make free patterns. Try to find a free version first to print out. Even if it is not exact, you can always modify it to create the look you want.

If you’re not too certain about your cosplay making skills, have no fear! We all have to start somewhere and what better time then yesterday? Get to work and don’t be afraid of the glue gun! (But please don’t burn yourself, I don’t wanna get sued).

Figures: 

There will never be a good way to really save money when it comes to anime figures. And to be honest, the amount of time and effort along with the incredible detail that goes into figures, you can really never go wrong with a fine purchase. Now, I would say that if you don’t care about the quality of the figure, or the manufacturer, you could always buy a fake. HOWEVER, you really shouldn’t buy fake anything!

Buying fake goods does real damage to the sellers who manufacture these goods in the first place. And take it from someone who’s accidentally bought a few fakes; the real ones are way better. I once purchased an L nendo that I thought might be fake because it was cheaper, and while I will always love him, he does fall apart easily and it is so obvious he wasn’t an official nendo. I’m scared his big head will break my class case. So to avoid fakes and still get good with cash, here are some other options!

  •  Make sure the figure you’re buying is real and is high quality. Don’t go wasting money on figures that won’t look good in your case in the fist place is what I always say. Here’s a good tutorial on how to spot some of them! Do some additional research on how to spot fakes to get egg salad (excellent) results!
  • Always look at pricing options on stores like Amazon that might give you other deals for used items. It’s a gamble, but at the very least you can save a few dollars by buying used.
  • BE CAUTIOUS WHEN PURCHASING AT CONVENTIONS AND SPEND WISELY! Convention vendors may unknowingly (or knowingly) sell you fakes and they may also be full price! I’ve also noticed that items I’ve found online can be way cheaper than they are at cons. While I fully want to endorse vendors, and I do end up buying some goods that I can’t find anywhere else, I’m certainly more careful these days when I arrive at the con for a good time. I get really swept up with the dealer’s room and all the fun stuff, but my wallet knows that some of these things I could find cheaper somewhere else.

Clothing and Other Goods:

This is sort of my last, broad topic, but it is certainly one worth noting! If you are tired of buying cheap, overpriced clothing at stores like Hot Topic to get your fandom fix, try a few of these tips to help you save a few bucks!

  • You can always look online for whatever you’re looking for to see if it is offered at a lower price (as I suggested with the figures above).
  • You can also support a local artist (or an online one you know) by purchasing fandom-made clothing items, posters, art and keychains you can personalize your life with. I always love the art dealers I see at cons and other small gatherings, but it’s also just as exciting to find their online stores and purchase from them. ART IS BY NO MEANS FREE AND DESERVES TO BE A PAID PROFESSION, but sometimes you might find the artists are much cheaper than other vendors depending on what they sell! I’ve seen a lot of great deals on keychains I adored from artists who were much more cost effective for my wallet and even cuter than the others I’d seen in a dealer’s room.

It can be really hard to save a few bucks when it comes to being a part of the anime fandom, but it’s certainly worth it to learn restraint and wise purchasing. As someone saving up for Elliot’s college fund, I can tell you now that a few dollars makes all the difference!

What other tips do you guys like using to save a few dollars when it comes to your fandom fix? 

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Let’s Talk: Body Shape/Size

Anime has always been known for it’s specific art style and the various artists with their own take on it. But what we don’t often think about is how that style can sometimes be portraying real stereotypes we find within out own society. The squad here on Ashley’s Anime, Adam Barba, Becca Davila and Allison Wolch, discussed what being body positive in anime really means and what it does for its audience.

I’ve seen this happen a lot in anime, but after last season I sort of saw the need to host a podcast discussion about body positivity in anime. The recent show Kiss Him, Not Me was an anime that really did plus sized women no favors in the portray of Kae, the main character who’s a large woman that loses weight and gains the attention from several of her peers. Now, sometimes when people lose weight, it can change a person’s attitude in a positive way and that brings more people around. But that’s not really the case with this anime. Kae stays consistent in her personality and thinks very little about her size and figure; the attraction is purely physical.

I’ve heard a few arguments in defense of Kiss Him, Not Me. It usually revolves around how some of the characters realize how they like Kae regardless of her size, even though there are a few characters who already liked her no matter her size. But that doesn’t really stop some of the unnecessary attributes that are given to Kae; her voice is a perfect example of this. As a plus sized woman, I can confirm that I too always sound like I have inverted hamster cheeks (this is sarcasm for those in the audience who are not mature to view this blog).

But Kiss Him, Not Me is only one anime amongst the many that give poor portrayals of plus sized people, not just women. As you’ll hear in the podcast, the squad had some pretty interesting points to bring up about the issue at hand, but we all came to the agreement that this issue can be seen in almost every anime show, especially one’s that have plus sized characters. It’s a trope you can find happening often, and one that makes me feel like a I just ate a tub of acidic slime.

For anime that doesn’t portray any plus sized characters, the narrative still plays off of an ideal image that men and women “need” to conform to. Men are always extremely muscular (sometimes to a ridiculous size) and women are always big in areas like breasts, but skinny in their waist. This isn’t just a part of an art style; the look is too much like the stereotype and it still causes the same damages.

We might not think that an animation can cause any sort of damage to people’s mentality, but it very much can. It still perpetuates and idea amongst the populous that people need to fit a certain size in order to be desirable. And if that wasn’t enough, just look at how it effects the cosplay community. Plus sized cosplayers can be met with scorn for not looking like a character because of their weight.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By criticizing and calling out anime that pedals certain ideas of plus sized people, we can start to critically think about how we chose to consume anime and what sort of bottom line messages it’s trying to tell us.

For more on the podcast, listen to it here! And to read more into what I thought about Kiss Him Not Me, read the official review here! And also be sure to check out Becca’s cosplay page on Facebook!

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Happy Holidays!

While me and the bum (Elliot) celebrated Christmas today, we wanted to take a moment to wish all our readers a happy holidays regardless of what everyone’s celebrating this time of year! And even if you’re not celebrating, we hope you have a lovely day!

The festivities were really awesome, though due to work I was unable to do any holiday anime fun, but next year I might be able to! In the meantime, we just wanted to thank everyone who has stuck with this blog so far.

It has been an honor to run this site and have you guys like the work we do here. Well, by we I mean me because Elliot just watches the anime, but you get what I mean. It’s been a lot of fun and even after major re-branding and a lot of other mishaps, it has still been a very fun year for Elliot and I in terms of running this blog. So for all of you supporting us, thank you.

We look forward to making a bunch of new content for you soon and all of the fun for the new year!

Happy Holidays,

Ashley and Ellibum!

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Check This Out

Midterms left me with very little time to blog and do the things that are important to me! But alas, with the love of the mighty Elliot, I pulled through and returned from war to my sweet, sweet lovers; my readers!

And yet, we cannot celebrate just yet. I know, what a shame! Two weeks of silence and I return to give you… What exactly? Another gorgeously composed list of links for you to enjoy! The last time we did this, I reminded you that it was time to get ready for school, but the semester is almost over which means it’s time to celebrate! And while we’re not quite in the Christmas season yet, here are some articles and gifts to treat yo self!

  • Japanator recently celebrated Halloween with some spooky anime series you should watch, even if the holiday is over. Couldn’t agree more with Sword Art Online. Not gonna say much on this one because once you read/watch it, you’ll understand. And I though I was the only meme in the journalist community.
  • I really liked this editorial on fairy tales in anime by Rebecca Silverman on Anime News Network. The article is long, but it is definitely worth the read, trust me. It’s got two things I love; fairy tales and anime. How can you miss on this one? You can’t. Read it.
  • I may be jumping on late, but I recently saw this new anime feminist website called… Er… Anime Feminist! As a GSS major, I highly recommend this blog to anyone who’s both a feminist and an anime lover. So far, I’ve loved the articles written and the discussions it’s had and I think this group of writers is really hitting some major topics. I urge you guys to follow this new site!
  • Before we go, we’ve got some stuff to buy! ‘Cause you know that if I had money I would have a serious problem! First off, I’ve been getting into Touken Ranbu -Online- recently and I gotta say, the figures for it are pretty amazing. I actually want to collect all if its nendos (which if you’ve seen my Instagram, you probably already know I have a problem). Regardless Orange Rouge is coming out with this lovely Monoyoshi Sadamune figure that I think you guys should pre-order!

Well, that’s all for now all you cute kittens! My hope is that, now that midterms are over, I will have a more regular schedule once again!

Have any links you want me to check out? Leave them in the comment section below! tumblr_me96whp1xs1qdlkyg

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Anime Hero of the Month – Hestia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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Anime Hero of the Month- Harlequin (King)

A little late, but here we go for April’s Anime Hero of the Month!

I have to admit, this does feel very grade school-esque, but I like the concept of dedicating a post to an anime hero I admire for that month. And this last month? Oh, well, if you follow me on my other social media I’m sure you won’t find this a surprise. I’ve been changing a ton of backgrounds, profile pictures, etc, to King. Even though I haven’t yet written my thoughts on The Seven Deadly Sins, I just couldn’t wait to “crown” King. Please, don’t unfollow me for that pun.

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I will warn you, this article will contain spoilers, as I do need examples for why I chose this character!

King Gif 1So why King of all people? I’ve talked briefly on my thoughts for why Diane is such an important character for the anime community to have in a previous article, 5 Strong Women in Anime, and I would have to say she’s toe to toe with King in my eyes. And there’s so many great characters to chose from when it comes to this anime; Meliodas, Elizabeth, Gowther and that guy that looks like he really just belongs in Fairy Tail… They’re all amazing. But I feel like King is a character people can really relate to.

King Gif 4King is the sin of Sloth for crying out loud, what anime fan has not committed this sin? Well, I mean, unless you watch anime while working out (which, by the way, is harder than you think). I had expected King to be more lethargic and bored, but really I saw him being the most prepared of the group. At first I wondered if he was just labeled the sin of Sloth because he carried a pillow around and floated, but then we see his background story and it’s such a different story.

King does care, and he cares deeply, but he’s always late. He misses and sometimes it’s only by a hair, and yet he still manages to lose something because of it. King seems to be gone when people need him the most; his forest or Diane for example…

And it makes you feel for him because King doesn’t do this entirely on purpose. He cares about doing the right thing, making sure everyone is taken care of and that they’re prepared for what comes ahead. He puts in more thought than anyone else in the group when it comes to planning and stresses it frequently.

King Gif 2I think we’ve all felt like that at some point, where we were just too late. Not to get dark, but it’s true, I think people can relate to King on a different level. Fans don’t usually enjoy characters labeled deserters, and yet when you get into his background story, you can’t feel that way at all. And I think that’s because we see the humanity in this character (even though he’s a fairy).

But most importantly, King moves on. The things he had to do, blaming himself for the death of his people, killing his best friend three times, not being there when Diane almost died; these are all things that make him realize that he is constantly committing his sin. And yet, he always wants to do the right thing whether it’s helping Diane grow up or correcting the wrongs Ban is making. I think when you can go through hell and be flawed as heck but still be a good person, that makes a character all the more worthy of applause.

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So congrats King, you get a shiny gold star from Ashley.

Who was your anime hero of the month? N-not that I care, just post in the comments! 

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Let’s Talk: Cosplay With Juvia!

Cosplay is one of the biggest aspects in not only the anime culture, but the geek culture overall. This week on Geekery Gears, we have a pretty special component being added to the blog. Do you remember what it is? Of course you don’t, baka!

A podcast! This weekend I got to interview a beautiful local cosplayer, Becca Davila, and you can listen to the entire thing on Black Moor Productions (which you better do). But as we all know, the book is different than the magazine so without further ado, I will be telling you guys just what about cosplay is special and how Becca’s experience proves it.

^2C2A540A5D9ED6124118C32B1868DE9F892FECF9CE526CDB66^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrFor about three years now, Vegas conventions have been seeing Becca show her talent as a cosplayer for hours on end; and she’s popular, let me tell you. The last convention we went to, I remember her walking around greeting people she’d met before and being recognized all over the place as “the Juvia cosplayer” (a certain Gray cosplayer was involved in there somewhere I think).

I’ve seen her in action, and it really is incredible. Becca gets into character, playing a perfect Juvia role, and really does bring others into that Fairy Tail fantasy (bad pun). “Of course I still act like myself, but if someone’s talking to me or I talk to someone new, I’m always acting like Juvia…” Becca stated.

Her main cosplay has been Juvia, but she’s also planning to cosplay Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins and Ruby from RWBY. With each of these characters, Becca has identified part of herself. The preparation, time and care Becca has put into these cosplays has paid off well.

Any convention I’ve ever seen her at, I’ve never seen her receive a negative reaction. I can’t count how many times we lost her in a crowd because she’d been stopped to take a photo with someone. But it isn’t all just hard work and applause.

^AE69EF80B32B8ED76B2C9C0E91EE10B9329F35AD5287B46EBF^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrGetting into some of the negative sides of cosplay, Becca described a lot of the experiences she’d had while dressed up. “There are always the few select who are like, ‘Oh, you don’t fit the body type… Or the skin color… Or the gender of this character…’,” Becca said.

However, Becca still has her supporters that encourage her. ” Usually I get a lot of acceptance, especially being a plus-sized person.”

Becca described what it’s like when you don’t see your size, ethnicity or even gender being reflected in the cosplay community. To think that cosplay is only meant for a certain group of people is extremely ridiculous. When you think like that, you limit the countless possibilities for different cosplays as well as diversity in people who experience it.

Becca’s hopes for her cosplay career leads toward more recognition in the community, which I think makes her an inspiration to a community who really needs diversity in cosplayers.

^CFD334812FFAC11FC37F0A370F0EFCAC49DFDB86EE268B4E75^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distr“Don’t let anyone discourage you.” Becca stated. “Find those friends and that community that supports you and you have fun with and always just be yourself.” Her advice to future cosplayers speaks volumes as to what we should all keep in mind and also keep working towards for an anime community. Ms. Davila truly is the cosplay inspiration this generation needs.

But there’s so much more! Listen to the podcast one YouTube, Soundcloud or Itunes! (Note: Itunes is being a butt so it may take a while for this link to work. I will update it when it stops wigging out.)

You can find Becca at: 

Tumblr:

http://beccaboopsyournose.tumblr.com/

http://juvichan.tumblr.com/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/beccaboopsyou/

The next convention Becca will be at is Lvl Up Expo in Las Vegas! Sneak peak, I may also be there doing some coverage so you may want to show up. It’ll be a trip.

What about you? Have a cosplay experience you want to talk about? Have any advice? N-not that I care, but post it in the comment section below!