In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month topic will focus on the theme, “Competition” because the Olympics is where athletes from all countries join together to compete in sporting events. Through these events, we see how “competition” brings out the grit, the teamwork, and the competitive spirit within athletes. This month, we will be exploring anime and pop culture media that discusses the good and the bad when it comes to competition and what it can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.
(For this topic, I will be talking about Clannad. I might reveal some spoilers to the anime; however, I won’t be talking about the main story that much and I will talk on some minor stuff. I won’t be talking about the ending of the anime as well.)
Please read BeckNaja‘s Competition post in the topic series Ashita no Joe.
Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome back to another episode of Friday Funny. This is the last episode for 2017 and we approach 2018. It’s been a hectic but exciting year for us but hopefully we all survived. Just thinking about what I have been doing in 2017, it is hasn’t been easy. I recently moved away from old town and into the mountains and I to adjust to mountain living. It’s been fun for my anime and cartoon viewing time. I was able to see the conclusion to Samurai Jack and Hey Arnold. I got to see interesting anime movies like Sword Art Online, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. I didn’t really make any plans for 2018 but if I did, I would say that I want to continue blogging as usual. I want to try and start my business with my blog, stay with the OWLS and hopefully get some spare to catch up on my readings.
I want to say thank you to Rocco B for buying coffee at my Ko-fi page! If you want to show your support for my blog, feel free to follow the link and pay me a visit.
Let’s end the month with something funny.
To end this post, instead of something funny, I want to try and support the OWLS. If you guys didn’t know, I am part of the OWLS, Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect. It’s been a year since I joined the team and I am happy to express my feelings for writing important topics and how we can learn from media and apply it to real life. It’s our goal to help change the future for the better for talking about social issues that needs to be addressed. Our goal is spread respect and confidence with the power of anime, manga, cartoons and other experiences. We do talk about specific topics in months. I remember our first topic was Disruptors in January and our last topic of this month is Warmth. To end this year, I am going to share some anime/cartoon openings in according to the months; specifically mine choices and others from the team (I go first lol). If you want to join the cause, you need Twitter and WordPress and it’s optional if you want to use YouTube!
January – Disruptors
February – Flight (Yuri on Ice)
Yuri on Ice
March – Sanctuary
Sword Art Online
April – Colors
Rosario + Vampire
May – Strength
Dragon Ball Z
June – Team
July – Mirrors
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV (fan made op)
August – Bloodlines
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
September – Treasure
Samurai Jack season 5
October – Dreamers
November – Diplomacy
December – Warmth
That’s all! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! Happy New Years!
It’s the season of joy, thankfulness, and love. This month’s topic is “Warmth.” Whether it is spending time with family members during the holiday season or with that special someone during New Year’s, we will discuss moments in anime and pop culture media that convey a feeling of happiness in our hearts. During times of struggles, we look towards the things that matter to us as a source of strength, hope, and happiness. We hope you enjoy this round of posts and that you will have a wonderful holiday season!
(May contain spoilers from One Piece)
Whenever we have a disagreement with someone, we use our words to express our thoughts and opinions. However, there are those who would rather use fists instead of words, those who forget that being “right” isn’t the most important thing, and those who lose sight of compromising and acknowledging differences in opinion and belief. Diplomacy is an important skill and tactic that not many of us have or are able to utilize properly especially in “social media wars” for sensitive issues and anime discourse—we just express our opinions without really listening. For this month’s prompt, we will be exploring some of the best negotiations scenes in pop culture media and discuss how effective these diplomatic moments are and what we can learn from them. We will also discuss why communication and listening are important traits to have and whether or not there are other means to enforce peace.
Will contain spoilers to Tokyo Ghoul anime. Also, please support the previous OWLS blog tour post from Moonid.
“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?”
Due to recent events that happened in September, this month’s OWLS topic will be on “Dreamers.” Every individual has a goal or ambition that they devote their whole life to with passion and courage—whether it’s landing your dream job, traveling, or finding the love of your life. However, there are those who spent their whole life working towards a dream but it was cut short due to an unexpected occurrence. Those people are left only to dream and wonder about the possibility.
This month’s topic will be dedicated to these characters in pop culture entertainment. We are not going to focus on the individuals that achieved their aspirations but instead, we will focus on characters that weren’t able to. We will explore what happens to characters who had their wings forcefully cut off as well as those who gave up before they even started their journey. We will also discuss what it means for “a dream to be deferred.”
(Main topic: Death Note. It will contain spoilers to the anime/manga)
There are moments in our lives where we lose our sense of self-worth and value and as a result, we find ourselves deep in darkness or drowning in the ocean. However, every person in this world is a treasure—we treasure ourselves or we are treasured by others—and at times, we may need to be reminded of that. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring pop culture characters who have suffered from mental illnesses, depression, and/or suicide. We will be discussing how these individuals cope with these issues, the reasons for their emotions, and how they handled the situations they are in.
***Mental illness, suicide, and depression are pretty serious topics and we hope that our OWLS post will give you some solace.
(I will keep the spoilers a minimum. If not, it will have spoilers!)
Family means everything (or does it?) This month, we will be discussing the importance of family relationships in anime and pop culture. Family relationships include a child and his/her parents, sibling rivalries, adoptions, and etc. Some questions about family that we will be contemplating on include how one’s family shapes his or her identity? How do we define family? How does a broken household influence a person’s view on family? We will be exploring these questions and types of relationships in this blog tour—so enjoy!
(May contain spoilers from the video game but I will not be planning to spoil the entire movie)
“Magic mirror, on the wall—who is the fairest one of all?”
When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves or someone we don’t want to be? For this month’s theme, we will be exploring some of our favorite anime and other pop culture mediums that redefine individual beauty—inside and out. Some topics we may explore are physical appearances, social expectations on gender, and the importance of self-confidence.
(May contain spoilers but ONLY in the anime and not the video game.)
“Your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength.”
In anime, characters struggle with inner demons or physical weaknesses that make them feel insecure and prevent them from achieving goals. Yet when these characters overcome their adversity, they can finally be able to express who they are or in other words, “Free to be Me.”
To start off this blog tour month, I will be talking about finding strength in weakness by using the knowledge of Dragon Ball Z. Specially, I will be only focusing on one character because the character I have chosen is something that I felt like is worth talking about. It’s not Goku but this character had a bumpy start in the beginning of Dragon Ball Z.
I will try to keep the spoilers a minimum but I will be jumping around in the anime.
A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home”.
In this post, I will be using discuss the importance of a person’s own sanctuary by using the anime Sword Art Online as the model topic.
You might be wondering, “what is sanctuary” and “where do you find it”. You might ask yourself, “how can Sword Art Online relate to our world.” I will explain it all and tell you that even places like a made virtual world can bring peace to this troubled world.