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That One Girl in Gamers!

We need to talk, dear readers. We didn’t get a chance to talk about it last week, but this week we should talk about it.

We need to talk about this girl. This girl, and why she is important.

There’s a few reasons why I want to focus on her today. The biggest one, however, should be fairly obvious.

Konoha Hoshinomori is definitely a queer girl. Not only does Konoha clearly like women from the get go, but there’s also evidence that she also still likes men.

I should start shouting, “ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!” But I know what the biggest argument to this is going to be.

You may be asking, “But Ashley, doesn’t she also sexualize women? Is she not a part of the problem?”

While I can see that point of view, I surprisingly disagree. In most of our deepest attractions we can find some pretty problematic stuff. No matter the gender your attractions are aimed at, there’s always the influence of traditional and problematic media and societal ideas.

So the only thing we can do is translate to what it means underneath that. If you notice, Gamers! has been pretty good about not over sexualizing its female characters. Even when there’s fan service scenes, it’s not going crazy like some of those other anime (looking at you My First Girlfriend is a Gal). 

I think what’s important about Konoha is that she’s really in tune with her sexuality. Guys. I can’t express. How important this is. There are far too many girls who are just super shy and do the stereotypical “anime girl” trope or there’s the girls that just throw themselves all over the place. It’s like anime can’t seem to be in the middle.

But Konoha is. Sure, when we see her in her most private moments, she seems like a lot. But I’m sure most people are. That’s the whole point of having a private life. I think Konoha shows a side of all women (queer or not) that we don’t see enough. She’s not overly sexualized herself but she is a sexual being and owns up to it on her own terms.

That, my friends, is why she’s so important.

What do you think about Konoha? 

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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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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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Body Positive Anime Segments!

Welcome back anime lovers! In an earlier post, I’d mentioned that we would be making a body positive series here on the blog! I’m here to announce that this will be a reality. But each episode will be a little different, so I’m going to tell you who’s currently going to be on the podcast for each of these episodes and how we are breaking them up!

The categories are:

  • Body Shape/Size: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Adam Barba
  • Disability: Dylan Wickersham
  • Gender: Dylan Wickersham & Adam Barba
  • Skin Tone: Becca Davila & Clover Grayson
  • Body Parts: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Dylan Wickersham

Some of these lovely people you may know from previous work done at Black Moor, which is where we host our own podcast as well. Becca has been on Ashley’s Anime before (granted, it was known as Geekery Gears back then) but she also voices Hattie on Bosh & Brave. Clover Grayson also voices Paige Hopkinson and Adam voices captain Alex Stranwood. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, you can check them out here!

Dylan and Allison also work with Black Moor, but on projects that are not out yet. Until then you’ll get to hear their awesome comments in this new series we’re producing. We honestly look forward to it as these topics are something we’re genuinely passionate about. We can’t wait for you guys to join us and listen in! As with last time, there will be an article component to each podcast but you should definitely take a listen!

Also, fair warning, with scheduling issues and other mishaps, this list is likely to change as we begin producing the series. So please stay tuned! Subjects may be added, dropped/fused with other and people may have to back out. Regardless, we will try to hit everything we can within this series. And if we don’t, it only means there’s room for next time!

See you then cuties!

If we missed something and there’s a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, leave it in the comment section below! 

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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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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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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