Day 5: An Anime I’m Ashamed I Enjoyed

An anime I’m ashamed I enjoyed was something I finished recently. It’s Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes doesn’t Exist. I remember a friend talking about it one time and I stumbled upon it when I was watching a video on Funimation’s YouTube channel. It looked amusing and intriguing, so I thought, “why not watch it?”. I’ll explain what it’s about.

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For 10 years, dirty jokes, pornography and anything considered indecent has been banned in Japan. There are police officers known as the Decency Squad, who arrest those who violate this important law. The story follows Tanukichi, son of a well-known pervert who was arrested and average schoolboy. He strives to be pure, like his role model, student council president, Anna Nishkinomiya. Tanukichi comes across a woman named Blue Snow, who wears underwear on her face and dons a white sheet. She distributes pornographic photos and other lewd material. She wants to educate Japanese high school students about sex and why it’s a good thing.

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Tanukichi becomes involved with Blue Snow’s mission and becomes a “sexual terrorist” himself. The high school students are extremely repressed and don’t know anything about sex. Though outlandish at times (every episode!) it was really, really funny. I watched the censored version and it made things even more amusing. Blue Snow (Ayame) would use some pretty colorful words.

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There’s also the yandere, Anna. She starts out as a pure-hearted, innocent girl who wants to maintain decency at her school. Then, after accidentally kissing Tanukichi, sexual desires awaken inside of her. So, in nearly episode, she’s always trying to have sex with him against Tanukichi’s will. There’s also the infamous “love nectar” scene where she bakes some rather interesting cookies…I’ll go ahead and leave some videos with some scenes from the show for you to watch. Proceed at your own risk.

Day 4: Favorite Female Anime Character

I’m done with the first season of Code Geass and I’m completely obsessed with Princess Euphemia li Britannia (Euphie). She’s beautiful and I really love her long pink hair with her signature double buns. As a princess, she wears elegant dresses and attire on a regular basis. She’s a selfless person and is always looking out for her sister, Cornelia, as well as Suzaku and the rest of Britannia/Area 11. Euphie can be a bit impulsive but that quality makes her especially lovable. Euphemia wants to make everyone happy but isn’t always able to. Note: SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Plus, she’s not a racist Britannian like Nina Einstein… She realizes that Elevens are real people who have real feelings and wants to live in peace with them. Plus, she falls in love with Suzaku Kururugi, who is Japanese. In a world full of fighting and peril, Euphie doesn’t want to fight. She wants to be a peaceful leader as sub-viceroy. She frequently complains about how violent their world is.

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She has a really fun sense of humor too which you wouldn’t expect in a Britannian princess. Euphemia can be prim and proper when she needs to but also has a goofy side to her. I wish she wasn’t just a supporting character; I’d love to hear more about her and learn about her past fully. I also haven’t gotten to season 2 yet, so I don’t know her full story quite yet.

It’s amazing how someone can have such an optimistic outlook on life during such depressing and violent circumstances. Not a lot of people would have the willpower to do that. I hope I can cosplay her someday (when I have enough $$$). Being a princess doesn’t come cheap. In honor of Princess Euphemia, here are some of my favorite moments of her. Have a great day! 🙂

Day 3: Favorite Male Anime Character

After much consideration, I came to realize that my favorite male anime character is Kenji Harima from School Rumble. I watched the show back in high school and I have fond memories of Harima specifically. He’s goofy, badass and can never seem to get Tenma’s attention. He also has some serious moments where he offers words of wisdom to other characters. Harima is one of the most relatable characters that I’ve come across. Also, who doesn’t like a guy in a black leather jacket who wears sunglasses? The long hair helps him come across like a delinquent.

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Harima either goes big or goes home. He doesn’t take anything lightly. If someone pisses him off, he beats them up. When he falls in love with Tenma, he falls hard. He’s got an interesting outlook on life. It’s interesting to see him involved in such a complicated love triangle with Karasuma and Tenma. One of my favorite quotes from Harima, “Yeah, time for the badass to get the girl, let’s go to school!!!”. I respect Harima’s determination to be in the same class as his crush, Tenma. Everyone is afraid of him but Harima actually has a big heart.

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Another quote I like from him is, “YOU VIBE KILLER!” from the first episode. I like his melodramatic monologues each episode. He’s quite an amusing guy. I personally like him because Harima’s super hilarious and doesn’t even realize it. He’s also a big softie and has constant fantasies of Tenma falling in love with him. I wish Harima was real, so he could be in my class. He would keep things real for everyone.

If you haven’t seen School Rumble, I would recommend it. It’s a great slice-of-life comedy with a wacky bunch of characters. You can enjoy Kenji Harima for yourself if you haven’t already!

Day 2: My Favorite Anime so Far

I’ve watched my fair share of anime titles over the years, so it was difficult for me to pick my favorite anime so far. I could probably pick multiple ones. The one that stands out in my mind is Wedding Peach. I have box sets for both seasons, including OVAs. I’ve also watched the series over and over again. It was my first introduction to the Magical Girl (Mahou Shojo) genre. Sure, it’s a bit cheesy and has older ’90s animation, but it’s definitely worth watching.

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Wedding Peach follows the adventures of Momoko Hanasaki and her two friends Hinagaku Tamano and Yuri Tanima. They’re in middle school and end up becoming magical girls to fight against evil devils who are trying to take over the world. Momoko Hanasaki turns into Wedding Peach, the leader of the group. Momoko is a lot like Usagi from Sailor Moon; she’s a bit below average, makes terrible grades but is compassionate and caring towards others.

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One of my favorite parts of this anime is the romance. There are a few different storylines related to this area. Momoko meets a soccer back-up goalie named Yosuke Fuma. Yosuke is constantly teasing and insulting Momoko and her friends calling her Momopi. Slowly but surely, they grow closer and end up becoming a couple later on in the series. Their first kiss is one of the best anime kiss scenes. It’s so adorable and innocent. There’s also Yuri and Yanagiba along with Hinagiku and Takuro. I can blame my high standards for romance on Wedding Peach.

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It also has a great message about friendship. Friendship is important because it helps you get through tough times. It’s nice to have the support of others. They all have a lot of stress throughout the show and help each other. Friends will always have your back, no matter what. The girls are more successful when they work together. If you like Sailor Moon, you’ll probably like Wedding Peach. They’re similar in a lot of ways. I would recommend it if you want to learn more about the magical girl genre.

Day 1: The Very First Anime You Watched

The very first anime I watched is very near and dear to my heart. This special anime is Pokemon: Indigo League. I remember watching it with my older brother when it came on Cartoon Network. Pokemon had everything I could want in an anime: silly villains who always failed, cute animated creatures, a lack of responsible adult characters and fun adventures. I remember being 10 and telling my Mom I wanted to go out and search for Pokemon. While everyone wanted to be a Pokemon trainer like Ash, I wanted to be more like Brock and be a Pokemon Breeder. I wanted to be the very best like no one ever was.

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I also loved Misty – she was so cool! I mean, she was 15 or 16, so I can see why I liked her so much. I hope I can cosplay her in the future! Pikachu is so cute and precious; I wanted a Pokemon of my own. As of right now, I have a very cute Eevee plushie that I received as a gift. I also have a weird love for Pidgies. I still like to call pigeons “pidgies”. Also, who could forget Team Rocket? I just love how dimwitted Jessie and James are. They’re not exactly model villains. They also had a variety of disguises which were always easy to see through. Their motto was perfect. Here it is in video format on YouTube for those who don’t remember it:

Also, the Pokemon opening was THE BEST! I still know all of the lyrics to it today. My favorite pokemon is Clefairy. Ever since I saw Clefairy and the Moon Stone, I was intrigued by them. I also enjoy Eevee, Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Togepi. Who didn’t love the PokeRap at the end of every episode? I was getting good at naming all 150 pokemon. I can remember a good majority of them to this day. I associate this anime with a lot of happy memories. It was my first introduction to anime on cable TV. That led me to discover so many more titles. I didn’t fully become an anime fan until I was in 7th grade but Pokemon was my first mainstream introduction to the genre.

I feel like a lot of people first were introduced to anime by watching Pokemon. I also enjoyed collecting Pokemon trading cards though I never knew how to play with them. I really liked the holographic ones too. That could be my young preteen self talking. I even got my Mom to watch Pokemon with me since my brother and I enjoyed it so much. I’ll play Pokemon Go from time to time. Comment below or tweet @allthingsannak with the very first anime you watched! I’d love to know what title introduced you to anime.

30 Day Anime Challenge

I’m going to participate in the 30 Day Anime Challenge! I saw this posted on another anime blog, so I thought, why not try it? It’s been around for quite awhile. As someone new to anime blogging, It’ll be a chance for me to introduce myself to you. Plus, I think it’ll be a ton of fun. Are you ready? I know I am.

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I’d love for you to join me in this exciting journey! I don’t think it’ll be 30 days straight for completing this challenge. I plan to post twice a week! Comment below or tweet @allthingsannak if you’ve done this challenge in the past or would like to do it along with me. My first post will be coming soon! 🙂

New Updates & Rebranding!

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on some new and exciting updates for my blog. I plan to shift my focus to anime-related posts. I’ve been trying to figure out a niche for myself that would make writing fun. So, I thought of one of my favorite things, anime. Anime is Japanese animated programs. I’ve written some posts about anime in the past and they were well-received. My site name will stay the same, I’ll just be an anime blogger. It’s new territory for me, so I’m excited to see where it takes me. Also, I’ll post updates on my Twitter page. You can follow me: @allthingsannak.

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I’ll write about a variety of genres and titles. I’m a huge fan of Shojo anime (anime geared towards teenage girls/women), so that theme will come up frequently. Also, feel free to tweet at me or comment below with any suggestions for posts. I’d love to hear them! Also, the two anime titles featured in my header are Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Suzaku and Princess Euphemia) along with the Sailor Senshi from Sailor Moon.

I hope you have a great day! 🙂

Life Lessons from Gilmore Girls

Hi guys! Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite TV shows: Gilmore Girls. After watching the reunion series, I thought about some of the life lessons I’ve learned from Gilmore Girls. Spoilers are ahead, so watch the series before you read the rest of this post.

Lesson #1: Love is right in front of your eyes even if you don’t realize it. Lorelai and Luke come to mind. They’ve known each other for 10 + years but didn’t start dating until later in the show. Lorelai and Luke started out as customer and diner owner, then became friends and ending up as a married couple. I think we overlook the people that are the closest to us. We often date other people but time will eventually bring two people together who are meant to be.

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Lesson #2: As much as I’m team Logan, you should never be someone’s second choice. In the revival show, Logan is engaged to a rich woman because of his family’s demand. While being engaged, he lets Rory stay over at his place in London and they have sex. If Logan really loved Rory, he would make her the #1 priority in his life and ditch his fiancée.

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Lesson #3: Channel your inner Paris Geller and never give up on your dreams. She works hard to get what she wants. Paris started out as a successful student at Chilton and thrived in a competitive environment. She also did additional schooling after graduating from Yale University. Paris is a career-oriented, powerful woman and she doesn’t slow down for anyone.

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Lesson #4: Friends make your life so much better. There are some great friendships in this show: Rory and Lane, Rory and Paris along with Lorelai and Sookie. They help you wallow in ice cream after a breakup, they help you evade your strict Asian parents and will watch movies with you while eating chinese food and pop tarts.

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Lesson #5: Constantly criticizing others get you nowhere. Emily and Lorelai have a challenging mother-daughter relationship. They’re definitely opposites. They both hold grudges and always insult one another. It’s important to take the time to listen to what someone is saying. Think before you act.

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Lesson #6: Appreciate the weird, delightful people who live in your town. There are a lot of interesting characters in Stars Hollow, including Taylor Doose, Babette, Miss Patty and Kirk. They make everything fun and amusing. Remember the time Kirk founded Ooober? Miss Patty always would eat fruit at Doose’s market for free. Taylor always had grandiose ideas that were too big for the small town of Stars Hollow. Babette really loved her cat with all of her heart. Embrace your inner weirdo and shine like the star you are.

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Lesson #7: We all mistakes and that makes us human. You’ll be okay in the end. Rory made so many mistakes during the course of this show. She slept with Dean, who was married to Lindsey. She slept with Logan, who was engaged to a woman he wasn’t in love with. She also stole a yacht and had to do community service. Rory and her Mom had a huge blowout and didn’t speak for a long time. Rory also kept forgetting to break up with her boyfriend, Paul and constantly ignored him. Rory’s not a bad person she just made some not so smart choices as a young woman.

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Lesson #8: Mothers have sage advice and are a good shoulder to cry on. Lorelai was the coolest mom ever. She was always there to listen to Rory. They would eat junk food together and complain about the things that were bothering them. The advice about wallowing Lorelai gave to Rory was so helpful and so true.

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Lesson #9: You don’t have to have your life together by a certain age. At age 32, Rory doesn’t have her own place, a consistent career or a husband. It takes time to truly establish yourself and figure out what you want to do in life. Don’t stress; take your time and learn more about yourself along the way.

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Lesson #10: Family comes first, make them a priority. They’ll always be there for you. They have good intentions, but they may not execute it in the best way. Don’t let your grudges get the better of you. Care for them with all of your heart.

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*All images in this post are from Google Images, they are not my own

I hope you have a great day! Comment below with your favorite life lessons from Gilmore Girls. 🙂

Thoughts on Madoka Magica

***SPOILERS BELOW FOR MADOKA MAGICA. FINISH THE SERIES BEFORE READING***

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Hey guys! I just finished watching the anime series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica on Netflix. It gave me a lot of things to think about. It’s about an 8th grader named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki. They live normal, happy lives until meeting Kyubey, a magical animal-like creature. Kyubey offers a chance of a lifetime. It can grant them any wish in exchange for becoming a magical girl. Magical girls are destined to spend their lives fighting against evil witches. That sounds fair, right? I used to think that before episode 3 and 4. Madoka and Sayaka witness the death of their beloved friend, Mami Tomoe, in one of the witches’ labyrinths. It was so shocking, I didn’t expect for a magical girl anime to take such a dark turn. That was only the beginning.

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As the show continues, there are important issues that Kyubey didn’t tell the girls, simply because they didn’t ask. Kyubey is incapable of feeling emotions and doesn’t understand why humans are so emotional. One of the conditions is a device called a “Soul Gem”. Another condition is the fate of death and being reborn as a witch. The other condition mentioned is falling into despair when wishes backfire. For soul gems, Kyubey takes the soul from a girl’s body and puts it into a container. This makes it safe for her to fight and retain massive damage without killing her. Kyubey explains that the human body is just an outer shell that houses their souls.

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I got to thinking, what would I wish for? I don’t even know where to begin, if I was in that situation. It seems like something you’d agree to if you’re on the brink of death or in an accident. I could wish to eat a really delicious cake or to have all of the money in the world. Though, it doesn’t seem like it would be worth it to put your life in danger constantly. I think happiness is something you have to cultivate on your own. Wishes don’t make your reality better. It would be nice to save a loved one from dying, too. That would be a noble wish. Is it really worth it to become a magical girl? Yes and no. Some people are desperate and it’s their only option while others have the luxury of choice. I don’t think I’d want to be a magical girl in this universe. There is so much darkness present in the contracts they make with Kyubey. I don’t see myself as brave enough to face nefarious witches. The labrinyths are so scary and death is a constant possibility. As boring as it is to be normal, I’d rather be safe than put my own life on the line.

This anime made me realize that not every story has a happy ending. Sometimes we get into messes we can’t undo. I wonder what would happen if the characters were older. Would they make different choices for their wishes? Is Kyubey truly evil? His society sees emotions as a mental disorder. Is Kyubey right? Do feelings hold us back that much? Is it better to be logical but cold and calculating? Emotions are what make us human. I can’t imagine being without my emotions. They guide me to where I need to go. Your conscious is your north star.

*Images are not my own, credit goes to Crunchyroll and the studio that created the show

Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on Madoka Magica! I’d love to hear them. Have a great day 🙂