Hey hey hey Owlets!! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn for the September 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.
September’s theme is “Treasure”:
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.
This month’s theme is a rather difficult topic to tackle, as it’s not easy to talk about in general. But it needs to be discussed, mental health is incredibly important. I considered skipping it due to the heavy nature of the topic, but I thought it’d be a good time to go outside of my comfort zone to discuss this especially in light of what happened to one of my favorite singers in July, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. His death sparked the discussion in OWLS and thus September’s blog tour was born.
As I was brainstorming as to what I wanted to go with this post, I had picked the anime Orange right off the bat, but I still contemplated…where there other anime’s that dealt with this topic that I’d seen? So I asked one of my best friends, and he reminded me of the route I had JUST finished in a video game.
In July, a video game called Collar X Malice was released on the PSVita, and I’ve been completely engrossed in playing through it. It’s an otome that’s got some pretty dark themes of terrorism, murder, death, etc. In light of what happened with Chester and upon learning one of my close friends had lost her Father to suicide, one of the pursuable characters for the heroine in the game felt a little too real. Due to my other friend reminding me of the quasi-traumatization I received from his route, I thought this character served the perfect example of the theme “treasure.”
WARNING: Triggers of self-harm and suicide are prevalent in this post as are HEAVY SPOILERS for the game as this serves as character analysis. Continue reading