[Take Two!] April 16-22


Hey guys! Welcome back to this week’s Take Two! I’ll be re-capping and sharing some new stuff! So, let’s get to it!

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I…didn’t write much last week. I’m gonna blame that on Persona 5….lol…but last week’s posts included:

  • OP: No Need For Promises | Check-in Time!: I finished up Vision of Escaflowne a few days ago. So I remember posting this OP because I knew I would be finishing up the series! Expect some sort of review/collab on it some time soon.
  • [OWLS Blog Tour]: Fetishization of the “Rose Bride” and Asian Women: This took majority of my energy for blogging. It was a heavy topic I wanted to discuss but it was well worth it! I examine Asian stereotypes and the parallel of mail order brides in my analysis of Anthy in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Top 10 Chocolate Haired Men : I countdown my favorite bishies that are of the chocolaty brown spectrum of the colors.
  • Townsperson B: Hitoka Yachi: Last week’s WCW was a bit on the more light hearted side, since my analysis of Anthy was heavy in content a few days earlier. I was going to do another character analysis of Hitoka, but realized that her character is someone we’ve all been at one point in our lives. So I list out 5 life lessons presented in the introduction of Hitoka’s character in Haikyuu!!

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I’m going to do something a bit different here. I won’t just link anime related posts. I’m opening this up to gaming, architecture, art, anything I’ve found worthwhile on the internet!

  • Spring 2017 Anime First Impressions – Fresh Hot Fantasy Series for $5: Scott’s First Impressions are pretty much like my own, since we’re both watching a few of the same series.
  • Manga Challenge 2017: Andrealinia post that they were going to start up the Manga Challenge. I’ve seen the concept on MAL, and used to try to complete the Anime Challenge as a personal challenge, but they changed up the concept with Bingo Cards this year. Take a look!
  • [Full Game Review] English Otome- Cinderella Phenomenon: The Otome Queen, Naja, is back with a full review on this game.  She’s always writing awesome reviews so don’t forget to check her out! She’s already dragged me into Otome Hell and I love her for it. LOL. At some point, I’ll be reviewing games on here too! But Naja is a senpai when it comes to otome and reviews!
  • Ep 13 – Love’s Sorrow: The award for making me cry this week goes to Weekend Otaku and the re-watch of Your Lie in April. I absolutely love this anime-there really are no words to describe how much this anime really hits a chord with me. I’m picking this particular episode because it’s a pivotal point in Kousei Arima’s growth as a musician.

 

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OWLS POSTS:

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We are a group of otaku bloggers who promotes acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability. We emphasize the importance of respect, kindness, and tolerance to every human being.

Our March theme looks at the theme of “Colors”The prompt is as follows:

“We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.”

Last week’s posts featured:

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NENDOROID NEWS:

This section needs a bit of a facelift, but I’ll get around to it at some point. But so far! These are the releases for this week:

These guys are up for pre-order on goodsmile and on otakumode! I know I already picked up yams!

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That just about covers my Take Two topics and other related news this week! Thanks for reading! Have you seen other posts, pieces of news that I’d be interested? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 And as always, thanks for reading!

Top 5 Blue Haired Males!

Good day everyone! MCM is here to combat your Monday Blues with my top 5 favorite blue haired males.

5. NINO (ACCA: 13 TERRITORY INSPECTION DEPT.)

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Nino, as we know, is Jean Otus’ best friend and also behind the scenes been watching over Jean since he was born. He’s also a photographer, so really, how could I not include him in this list.

4. CIEL PHANTOMHIVE (BLACK BUTLER)

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Ciel!! ❤ It’s been awhile since I really watched Black Butler, but Ciel has been a great character when it comes to being arrogant, shrewd, noted attributes of a nobleman. Also, Mel reminded me that they showed a scene of Ciel all grown up in the second season. So, we all know he would’ve grown up to be one fine gentleman.

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3. DAIKI AOMINE (KUROKO NO BASKET)

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1 of 2 of my blue haired favorite’s are from the sports genre, surprise, surprise. But they’re both from the same anime! It was tough choosing just 1; so I ended up creating the list! Daiki in season 1 is seen as the bad guy. He’s arrogant, stuck up, and of course he’s the best of the best from the Generation of Miracles.  But this guy warmed up to me in season 3 the most, especially when he …had a moment….I almost cried tears of joy over that scene. It proved he was a big softie after all!

2. TETSUYA KUROKO (KUROKO NO BASKET)

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The sixth man from the Generation of Miracles! This icy-blue haired boy is kind of deadpan in the way he speaks and holds no facial expressions until he gets serious on the court. He believes that a team effort is the best way to win and struggles to prove to the rest of his more talented teammates that his way of thinking should be acknowledged.

1. JELLAL FERNANDES (FAIRY TAIL)

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Jellal has been through alot over the course of the series of Fairy Tail, but as a reformed evil person he turns out to not be so bad after all. However, I wish he’d stop punishing himself over his sins as a way to keep himself away from Erza; even though he knows deep down he loves her more than anything.  You can read more about my thoughts on their relationship here.


That rounds up my Top 5 blue haired boys. Who would be on your list?

Weekend Update, a Song and a Question!

Hey everyone! Your friendly neighborhood spider-man Hazel (hmm, that doesn’t quite work does it?)here to say hello and to kick off the week with you guys with another OP! I’ve chosen this for a reason, see further below!

Title: “Sakamichi no Melody” | Artist: Yuki | Show: Kids on the Slope

So, I had a pretty eventful weekend. Minus Sunday, since Sunday is my absolutely chill please don’t make me do anything while I blog day. Saturday was spent all day in San Francisco to hang with my guy bestie. He missed the original screening of SAO:Ordinal Scale and he was legit upset he missed it. Luckily the Dubbed version was announced shortly after that, so he made me promise I would go with him to see it -that was essentially what we did yesterday. Dubbed version was just as great; and honestly I was able to watch and enjoy the action scenes since I didn’t have to read subtitles.

Anyways, we grabbed lunch in Japantown; had a bottle of sake. Went to Kinokuniya where my bestie had to unfortunately watch me spiral into fangirl mode over the sight of all the merchandise of my Touken Ranbu crush Mikazuki Munechika, and over the B-Project OST among other merchandise as well as Hakuoki blind boxes. We later even got to try this ‘”culinary phenomenon” or hipster stuff called Dragon’s Breath that I had recently seen on facebook:

It’s basically Trix cereal bathed in liquid nitrogen. It was really cool at first; but after awhile your mouth starts to get tired. But it looks cool; and a ton of people will ask you where you got it. Great conversation starter!

That pretty wraps up my weekend. I’m about to finish Vision of Escaflowne today, and actually have a proposition to my followers. As most of us are already involved in weekend otaku’s Your Lie in April Re-Watch Event; I couldn’t help but be inspired to ask who would be interested in doing a Watch-a-long with me? It would be very similar to WeekendOtaku’s format; except it’s not a re-watch but an anime I haven’t seen.

Recently I stumbled across a clip to Kids on the Slope; and bookmarked it based on this one scene along. I also showed it to my bestie yesterday since he is a HUGE Jazz fan. Hence why I chose the OP for the show as this week’s feature. The performance I had seen floored me and got me to look into the show. I’m going to start watching this series soon, and wondered if anyone would be interested in participating alongside me?  Let me know in the comments below!

Other than that, I hope you all had a great weekend! I love these weekly check-ins to see how everyone’s doing!  What kind of (non)-mischief did everyone get into? If you could rank them, what would be the best thing that happened this weekend?

Townsperson B: Hitoka Yachi

WCW is back!! I may start doing this post bi-weekly since I like to spend time really analyzing these women; I still haven’t decided quite yet. But today’s Crush is a bit on the more softer cuter lighter side of cool ass females; just because my OWLS post the other day was really heavy in content.

Hitoka Yachi was introduced in the second season of the sports anime Haikyuu!! She became Karasuno’s manager after Kiyoko Shimizu, the third year manager, recruited her looking for a replacement for when she graduates. Although she’s a first year like Hinata and Kageyama and mostly a side character, or as she would call it “Townsperson B”; there’s actually a few life lessons to learn in the very few episodes where she’s the center of attention!

5. Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover

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Very early on in her introduction she’s shown to quickly judge people by their appearances. For example, she judges Hinata, assuming that he was a manager due to his height; until Hinata corrects her and she sees him in action. She also makes a similar mistake when she meets Coach Ukai, she thinks he’s a delinquent that’s stalking Kiyoko based on his blonde hair, ear piercings, and flip flops and is completely embarrassed when she finds out that he’s actually the Coach of the team.

4. Don’t Let Negative Thoughts Cloud Your Decision

There will always be one person that will play devil’s advocate to anything you show interest in. They’ll question your motives, and whether it would be a good fit for you or not. Yachi’s Mom questions her motives which already causes her to doubt whether she’s fit to be a club manager and question why she would want to do it in the first place. It’s okay to listen to what these people have to say, even if it is coming from your own parents. But take it with a grain of salt, and let that help you make the decision rather than to deter you from a decision. If anything, it should strengthen your resolve.

3. It Pays to be Obsessive

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In Yachi’s case, she’s obsessive about details since her Mom is a graphic designer. I relate to this a lot, especially after seeing her share her notes with Hinata. I’m an obsessive note taker and actually do color code quite a bit in my planner and notebooks. It helps to be obsessive about habits because they’ll eventually help later on.  In her case, her obsessive note taking will help her become a better manager as it allows her to comprehend volleyball more and allows her to analyze the opposing team and maybe even come up with her own plays for when she takes over the managerial position.

2. Don’t Underestimate Your Skills/ Self-Worth | Be More Confident

Yachi is shown to be kind of shy, and timid, and clearly believes she has nothing to offer. She’s easily swayed by what her Mom thinks, but having someone as supportive as Hinata pushes her to realize that she should stand up for what she really wants.

When she overhears that Coach Ukai and Takeda Sensei discussion the teams lack of funds, she realizes there is something she can do; she enlists Kageyama and Hinata’s help. Having been exposed to her Mom’s graphic designer background she knows that a poster will be the best way to fundraise the necessary funds that the team needs. Once her Mother sees her passion in it; not only is she proud but starts to help her make a more efficient design. The poster gets the reaction she had hoped for drawing in the funds.

Due to her growing relationship with Hinata and by extension Kageyama, she’s the only one that seems to have the ability to reign in the two, which she doesn’t seem to realize but everyone else on the team acknowledges that due to her connection with them she’d be perfect to be the next manager. She needs to just be more positive about what she has to offer.

1.  It’s Perfectly Fine to Dive into the Unknown!

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Yachi has never been one to explore something on her own, been needed or expressed a huge interest in something hence why she refers to herself as “Townsperson B”. She see’s herself as a background character, a tag-a-long. She knows nothing about the sport, and her Mom makes sure to point it out that she can’t half-ass being a manager if she’s not serious about it and is doing it on a whim, saying that it wouldn’t be fair to those on the team that are completely serious about what their doing.

Her Mom may be right in some sense, but we all start from zero. You don’t know the results without at least trying; a little curiosity goes a long way. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something completely new will either be lead to success or to failure. But you’ll never know till you try!


That wraps up this week’s WCW! What do you guys think of Hitoka-chan?

Take Two! April 9-15


Hey guys! I’m trying to get back into the groove of things. I’m actually taking a break from Persona 5 and making some time to blog tonight before I burn out on the game. It’s really addicting because it’s got so many layers. I would write a first impressions review; but if I did that I’d probably stop playing the game after I post it. So I’ve decided to write my first full game review once I finish it. LOL thats why I’ve devoted so much of my time to it. Also, I didn’t forget I have a study schedule; so that’s still also ongoing! Anyways let’s get to it!

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Since I’ve been gone for about 3 weeks on this post I’ll be recapping the last few of my March posts that never made it to a take two:

 

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I’m going to do something a bit different here. I won’t just link anime related posts. I’m opening this up to gaming, architecture, art, anything I’ve found worthwhile on the internet!

  • Melanin Monday: I’m Black, I Like Anime, and Other Nerdy Things… So What: Naja’s Melanin Monday is an ongoing series I personally love, so I’m glad to see it make it’s April appearance!
  • [Doujinshi] Planet in Love: As we all know, KageHina is probably one of my OTP’s in the realm of ‘shipping. So I was so excited to see Mel feature this DJ! 😀
  • Akira, Japanese (Animated) movie (1988): It’s probably blasphemy to say this, but I haven’t seen Akira, and I probably should see this ASAP. This was a great review for anyone interested!
  • Lethargic Ramble: Why I Don’t Watch Seasonal Anime: Leth always has really great posts, and this one resonated with me a lot just because lately I’ve been struggling with keeping up with waiting week to week. I like to watch anime in chunks or even binge. It was apparent to me that I couldn’t even write episodic reviews because the context sometimes wasn’t enough..or maybe I’m just struggling with how to write episodic reviews…Anyways, this was a great piece! Look it up!!
  • Persona 5 and cultural localization: As someone that’s currently playing Persona 5 and as someone that read the original Kotaku article this was a great response, because I felt indifferent to Kotaku’s take on this, and Tim does a great job of breaking down and helping me understand what the issue that Kotaku was trying to convey but…failed.

 

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OWLS POSTS:

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We are a group of otaku bloggers who promotes acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability. We emphasize the importance of respect, kindness, and tolerance to every human being.

Our March theme looks at the theme of “Colors”The prompt is as follows:

“We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.”

Last week’s posts feature:

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NENDOROID NEWS:

This section needs a bit of a facelift, but I’ll get around to it at some point. But so far! These are the releases for April:

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Personally, I’m looking forward to the Disney nendoroid line that’s releasing this year!!

 

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That just about covers my Take Two topics and other related news this week! Thanks for reading! Have you seen other posts, pieces of news that I’d be interested? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 And as always, thanks for reading!

[OWLS Blog Tour]: Fetishization of the “Rose Bride” and Asian Women

Hey hey fellow ani-bloggers! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn for the April tour stop on the OWLS blog tour. Just a friendly reminded that OWLS: Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group that hopes to spread the important message of respect and kindness to every human being. Our monthly blog tours that reflect this message of tolerance and self-acceptance, through various analysis of the anime medium; although it is not limited to anime.white-background-2

This month’s topic is Colors:

We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.

An anime that stuck out to me for this prompt was Anthy and her brother Akio from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Their race/ethnicity is never exactly stated, and the more I delved into it and thought about it, the more this became a look at the symbolism of skin color and what Anthy symbolizes as a whole. I have personally found that skin color is often romanticized, and that Anthy is representative of a lot of stereotypes associated with Asian women.

Anthy and Akio are the only two characters of color in this anime. Does it hold a significance? Maybe. My analysis and interpretation will focus on Anthy’s role and is solely an opinion based on what I’ve seen on the show and some interesting parallel’s that I’ve found in my own experience and research.

Anthy’s Role

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Anthy Himemiya is a student at Othori Academy, and is also the sister of Akio.  She’s also the “Rose Bride” whom is engaged to the winner of duels that take place within the student council as she produces the sword from within her for the winners to use.

Overall she’s a mysterious girl who is often said to have no thoughts or desires of her own. She only supports whatever her “master”, or whom she’s betrothed to, desires. She doesn’t stand up for herself at all, she lets the winner of the duel walk all over her, and treat her the way they want to. In the anime you can easily see that she’s a “doormat”, she’s meek, quiet, and submissive. She’s basically a puppet that repeats what you say, or says what you want to hear.

Perpetuating the Stereotype

I find the choice of skin color rather interesting for what Anthy represents on the show. She and her brother are the only people of color depicted on this show and for the most part their race is pretty ambiguous. On the Utena Wikia, it’s also stated that Anthy appears to be an Asian Indian, and wears a bindi mark or jewel. It’s fairly apparent that the show is euro-centric just based on the architecture of the school alone. Also, in the manga’s prologue of Utena shows that Utena moves to Germany on account of her aunt’s job; another key point to note.

I want to point out that I love Revolutionary Girl Utena because I always find something new to analyze about this show. But I couldn’t help but notice that by depicting Anthy as an Asian in this proved to perpetuate several stereotypes that are associated with Asian women.

Here are a few of the stereotypes of East Asian women:

  • The Dragon Lady: women who are strong, deceitful, domineering, or mysterious.
  • The “China Doll”: Submissive, docile, obedient, reverential.
  • Model Minority: Asians as a whole are seen as hardworking, politically inactive, studious, intelligent, productive, and inoffensive people who have elevated their social standing through merit and diligence.
  • Asian Women: No Joy, No Luck: Asian women in golden era Hollywood film were represented as sexually passive and compliant. Good Asian women are portrayed as being childlike, submissive, silent, and eager for sex
  • The Tiger Mom: A stereotype of Chinese parenting in America. Americans perceive tiger moms to be highly controlling, strict, and severe almost to the point of abuse.

I want to talk mostly about the “China Doll” stereotype. This stereotype has a 200 year old long history. For 200 years East Asian women have been depicted as super feminine to boost the masculinity of the male in the West. Not just boost the west’s masculinity but to express their power, their dominance over the East. This was especially pronounced during the war.

If you look at the context of Revolutionary Girl Utena in the context of the China doll stereotype. Anthy is the perfect example of the fetishization of East Asian women in the Western world: submissive, coy, obedient, meek and shy. Anthy being the literal East Asian woman and the western world represented by Othori Academy (as stated the Manga says they’re in Germany) On top of that you have several males that fight in duels to lay claim to her; possibly representative of the major powers in the world that fought in the world wars trying to claim dominance over Asian countries. Clearly the duels are to express who is the most powerful over whom. Another example of “Orientalism” which is the persistent exoticizing and feminization of images of the east in order to, by contrast masculinize and project power of the West, as suggested by culture critic and theorist Edward Said.

What’s really unfortunate is that this stereotype is still something a lot of Asian women have to deal with presently. It’s hard to break a stereotype that’s been so long ingrained in our history, or rather, in hegemonic history.

“The Bride”

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Anthy as stated before, is The Rose Bride. She is treated as an object; a symbol of power to the student council duelist winners. I can’t help but see the further parallel of the idea of the winner taking Anthy as a “bride” and that of an Asian Mail-Order bride.

The Mail-Order bride also has long-standing history stemming from the 1800’s; and falls in the gray area of human trafficking.  I find both the history of Orientalism and the history of the mail-order bride to go hand in hand. I did a lot of heavy research for a paper (although, it was years ago) on mail-order brides from the Philippines and found that Western men often wanted Asian wives because of the perpetuated stereotype. Underneath the fetishism of wanting a submissive wife, the women more often than not felt becoming a mail order bride was the only way out.

Most women that become apart of the mail-order service are looking for a way out of their economic situation, especially coming from a third world country. The Philippines is famous for mail-order brides. Poverty and the lack of employment in the Philippines have forced millions of Filipinos to find work abroad and some to seek marriage with foreigners. For those coming from the Philippines, these women hoped to find a husband abroad that would be able to help sponsor the family back home for immigration. In 1990, the Philippines passed the “Anti-Mail Order Bride Law” as a result of stories in the local media about Filipinas being abused by their foreign husbands.

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In the photo above is the unpleasant truth that is often found behind the relationship of mail-order brides: abuse. Being treated like an object versus cared for and cherished. Saionji is basically the scum of the earth in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and is the classic example of a mysoginistic male. He treats Anthy as his property and sees what he does to her as no one else’s’ business but his own, and can do whatever he wants to her. Unfortunately a lot of  women who join an agency that helps find husbands often hope to escape a rough life are often faced with an even harsher reality of a violent husband. A lot of the men looking for a bride abroad aren’t necessarily for love. There have been reports of certain types of twisted men that go to mail-order bride services that allow him to find a woman who will not be as hard to get as the women he’s usually surrounded by; allowing that mail order bride to then become a victim.

Final Thoughts

Mail-Order brides is still an agency in practice in places all over the world. The US has established some protocol to weed out potential violent men and sex offenders that work with agencies to obtain a wife. The US also provides protection to these women the moment they arrive since the federal court specifically found that he rates of domestic violence against immigrant women are much higher than those of the U.S. population.

Concerning the stereotype of the “china doll”. Unfortunately having to go against 200 years of history of Asian women as solely submissive ultra feminine objects will be a daunting task to undo. Unfortunately media isn’t making as much headway in that regard since they still write them in some stereotypical sense. The fetishization of asian females through some crazy ideals from way back when is clearly prevalent in our present situation, and it’s still something we’re wording towards correcting.

I originally had struggled with what to write about Anthy in terms of the topic “colors” as I had only looked at the literal skin color as an analysis at first but then my brain reminded me of a few classes I had taken awhile ago about History of Consciousness and my Anime class that introduced me to Utena to begin with. The two classes had overlapped and I had the sudden realization mid-last week that Anthy symbolically embodied both the stereotype and the symbol of objectification that’s associated with being a mail-order bride, and I’ve felt these were very important topics to bring up for this month’s topic.

Skin color was used here to differentiate Anthy from the rest of the cast that’s presumably European (the setting again is Germany). I’ve always found that brown skin color has been romanticized by others. Our skin and other features make us look exotic; and because we’re exotic we’re definitely looked at through a different lens. Many Americans wish they could tan to the nice tan browned skin that most of us were born with. Unfortunately, sometimes our skin color is looked down upon in our own culture. Personally speaking, I love my tan skin. My Mom is fair skinned and my Dad is much much darker. They’re both obsessed with being lighter skinned using Papaya soap to whiten their skin. I’m the black sheep because I don’t care to be lighter skinned- I want to embrace my brown skin.  But I’ve found that culturally in the Philippines, whiter skin was usually akin to being of a wealthy family. If you were fair-skinned that meant you didn’t do physical labor. Whereas if you were darker skinned meant you worked in the rice fields. Most of the celebrities there are fair-skinned and endorse skin whitening products. Maybe a part of this is also connected to the Spanish blood that runs in Filipinos. There’s definitely a stigma in the Philippines when it comes to skin color, and I wish it wasn’t necessarily the case, but everyone is just so obsessed with being fair and white – well at least in my family it is.

Again, keep in mind there are many different ways to interpret Utena, it’s such a great anime! I just noticed this parallel but there are different facets of Anthy that can be discussed. This by no mean tries to box her up into one thing; this was only one observation of one of her traits that make her so fascinating!


Well, that just about wraps up my tour! Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Feel free to leave any in the comments!

There are quite a few more posts coming up left from the rest of the OWLS members. Please be on the lookout for LynLyn’s post at her blog lynlynsays.com

And check out these previous posts from other OWLS members this past week:
Lita’s Genetic Hate – Gundam Seed

Kat’s  Bleach, Diversity, and Celebrating Color

Remy’s Social Projecting and Self-Stereotyping in Japanese Media

Also, if you haven’t don’t forget to follow us on facebook as well as our twitter @OWLSbloggers and our official blog.  And if you’re interested in becoming an OWLS member, you can contact us here.

Top 10 Chocolate Haired Men 

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all trying to combat your Monday Blues! I’m back with another list for MCM! Today I’ll be counting down my top 10 chocolate brown haired men. Hopefully some of these will bring a smile to your face 🙂

Oh, and it’s pretty clear this list is definitely filled with sports bias. Sorry, not sorry.

10.HEATH HASEKURA (PRINCE OF STRIDE: ALTERNATIVE)

Kicking off the list we have Heath from Prince of Stride. He’s the third year captain and a runner in Honan’s stride club. Heath is dependable kinda guy who’s got a bit of a manly spirit. He’s half British and half Japanese. One of his sister’s owns an international fashion company and has modeled a few times against his will, and modeled as a requirement for the company only to gain sponsorship for his stride team. Another dependable big brother type!

9.  YUU NISHINOYA (HAIKYUU!)

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Rolling Thunder! The lame catch phrase of Karasuno’s libero/guardian deity Nishinoya. He’s just such a ball of positivity and great energy; there’s just no way any one could hate this adorable little guy! Don’t forget to call him “senpai” he’s the type that would be a sucker for that. It would’ve been blasphemous to not include Noya on this list!

8. TEPPEI KIYOSHI (KUROKO NO BASKET)

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Kiyoshi would be like the older big brother I wish I had. He’s a bit slow sometimes but he’s definitely one of the most warm and kind hearted people you’d find on KnB. He’s just a big loveable teddy bear!

7.  SOUSUKE YAMAZAKI (FREE! ETERNAL SUMMER)

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Sousuke was a stand out character in season 2 for me. If I were Sousuke I’d honestly feel some kind of bitter resentment for the boys on the Iwatobi swim club just because Rin transferred schools just so he could swim with them effectively leaving him, his best friend behind to swim alone. It’s rare to see Sousuke crack a smile like the .gif above but when he does…

6. JEAN KIRSTEIN (ATTACK ON TITAN)

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You’ve probably seen him around the blog before, but Jean is one of my favorite supporting anime characters. He’s very much like Eren Jaeger; which is why they are so keen to butt heads all the time. He may be a cynic; but he stays pretty level-headed in any given situated-making him a natural born leader.  You can see more about what I’ve said about him here.

5. LIGHT YAGAMI (DEATH NOTE)

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This list would not be complete without the Death Note mastermind that is Light Yagami. Incredibly smart with his own sense of justice that gets corrupted over time. Light was someone you loved then hated at some point.

4. SOUJI OKITA (HAKUOKI – GAME)

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t seen Hakuoki the anime, but I have played Okita’s route in the Otome, and he was the first route I ever completed without the use of a guide and I got the best ending possible with him. I was enamored with Okita the entire time and his ending was incredibly bittersweet. I haven’t completed all routes just yet in Hakuoki, but everyone seems to say Harada is best. So far Saito is best for me, with Okita being next. But that ranking may go out the window with Kyoto Winds on the horizon!

3. TOORU OIKAWA (HAIKYUU)

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Daio-sama! One of my favorite volleyball idiots on the show Haikyuu!! Oikawa never let’s on more than he needs to. He’s Seijoh’s ace and someone that Kageyama respects and looks up to despite Oikawa’s treatment of him. Oh and how can forget Ushijima’s obsession with Oikawa! He should’ve just gone to Shiratorizawa. As if Iwa-chan would let that happen. Iwaizumi is the only character that knows the real Oikawa and has been his partner in crime when it comes to trying to beat Ushijima and Kageyama.

 

2. EREN JAEGER (ATTACK ON TITAN)

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Eren is a bit of a hot head; and definitely acts before he thinks. But seriously, the maturation of his character over the manga series has been pretty exceptional considering. He’s grown to be one of my favorite’s on the show even though he can be quite the brat. I can’t wait to see what happens to Eren as the manga and the show continues.

1. MAKOTO TACHIBANA (FREE!)

makoto_tachibanaMakoto should be no surprise to most of you. Makoto closely rivals Vash honestly. I wouldn’t be surprised if he became my number 1 at some point. He’s a kind-hearted gentle giant. He’s a bit of a scaredy-cat and has a bit of an obsession with his BFF; but who can blame him. The two have been through a lot in their lifetime.

But to be honest, aside from Armin (Attack on Titan) being the anime character that’s most like me; Makoto would be right up there as well. I’m a bit of a worry-wart when it comes to the people closest to me; especially my own BFF. She and I are pretty inseperable like Haru and Makoto. I’m usually a little too nice and a bit of a pushover like him as well. So aside from him being my anime crush of present; he’s a mirror image of me sometimes. I wrote about Makoto more in my 30 Day Anime Challenge found here.


That wraps up this weeks MCM! Were any of these guys on your list? If not, I’d love to hear about your favorite Chocolate Haired Men in the comments below!

OP: No Need For Promises | Check-in Time!

Happy Easter everyone!! I hope you all had a splendid weekend! I have to say mine was half-unexpected. I was planning to do a majority of my blogging this weekend but alas, that was thwarted by the urget to bake Madeleines of several flavors: plain, chocolate and matcha green tea. They were actually pretty yummy and fast to make. Unfortunately I did not really get to take any photos of the process! Other than that, I’m still stuck in Persona 5 hell.

This weeks’ OP/ED is from Vision of Escaflowne. GUYS, I’m absolutely in love with this anime!! ❤ I’m halfway done with it!

Title: No Need for Promises| Artist: Maaya Sakamoto | Show: Vision of Escaflowne

So as per my weekly op/ed post, I’d like to check in with everyone! How was everyone’s week? Can you name at least 3 good things that happened to you? What are you guys looking forward to this week?

As for me, my top 3 good things that happened were: 1. getting my OWLS post topic nailed down and finished for tomorrow 2. Spending quality time with the family by watching Moana. 3. Making steady progress in Persona 5. LOL.

I’m looking forward to seeing my closest guy friend on Saturday. He’s literally like the brother I never had! He is a big fan of SAO; so we’re catching the English Dub thats only showing Saturday in San Francisco. LOL. I know, I’ve seen it already, but he said he’d only go see it if I went.  He was supposed to go to the original subbed date over a month ago, but he chickened out because he didn’t want to go alone. So he made me promise the next time a huge anime film came out we’d go together.

And as always, I hope you have a great week! Let’s catch up again next week! 😀

Another Announcement

Good morning everyone! I have a bit of an announcement to make a.k.a. Shameless Self-Promotion. I’m making some moves around here at Archi-Anime. I’ll be adding some stuff to the page as soon as I finally have time to do it.

But, aside from that; as you guys know I’m part of the PR team for the OWLS blog group and run our FB page. Due to my activity on FB and realizing I don’t want my blog to cross with my real life I’ve decided to launch a facebook page of my own!

Archi-Anime’s Facebook Page

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It’d be great if you guys would like and follow me there as well! 🙂 I’ll be posting a lot more anime content that’s not necessarily blog related there. Like links to articles, images, among other things! 🙂

Another outlet for us to connect outside of the blog! 🙂

Anyways, thanks of listening and hopefully I’ll see you on Facebook! ❤

Anime Watch List!

Hey everyone! Today’s update to my “Anime Watch List” is a mixed bag. Due to my short break/hiatus. I’ve barely caught up with anime; a lot of stuff has been pushed onto the backburner for the time being. So this post will basically sum up what I’ve finished, not finished, and currently watching and plan to watch. I’m kind of continuing my format from the Winter Season, but not sure if I’ll be doing weekly posts on a show.

I need to do a bit of housekeeping on this post (graphics, etc), so please bear with me I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things here at Archi-Anime and trying to walk and not run back into the blogging world.

Spring 2017 list

I still haven’t decided what shows of the Spring season I want to watch, but so far:

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  • Attack on Titan 2 (season 2)
  • Clockwork Planet (it horrible so far, but I’m an ani-masochist)
  • Berserk

From Winter 2017 list

5-most-anticipated

  • Acca-13 (completed)
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc (completed)
  • Fuuka (completed)
  • Super Lovers 2 (completed)
  • Nanbaka (completed)
  • Masamune-kun no Revenge
  • Kuzu No Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
  • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

I’ll get around to watching the final 3. I swear! I’ll try to write some final thoughts on these! 🙂

MISCELLANEOUS (BACKLOG)

I’ve moved a few of my incomplete’s into here..*sigh*

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  • Your Lie in April (re-watch)
    I’m following along with WeekendOtaku‘s re-watch party. Your Lie in April is one of my absolute favorites, I’ve dropped a bit in the party but I’ll be more active and spamming with comments soon. lol.

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  • Vision of Escaflowne (in progress)
  • Gravitation (completed) FINALLY
  • Re:Zero
  • March Comes in Like a Lion
  • All Out!!