A Short Break 

Hello friends and ani-bloggers. Due to being sick among some other personal things; I’ll be taking a short break to get my life re-organized.

I’ve put some real life stuff off for too long and need to take a week or two at most to get my priorities re-aligned.
Please bear with me! I know I’d been on a roll since the beginning of the year, but this break is needed for my career path.

I’ll still be active on twitter and on comments, but for the most part I won’t be posting content. But don’t despair, that just means more awesome content is just around the corner!

So in the meantime I leave you with two of my fave gifs of Mako-chan and Vash in hopes to cheer you up in my absence. See you in a week!

WHEN YOUR DREAMS DISSOLVE INTO A BARREN WASTELAND [OWLS BLOG TOUR]

Hello everyone! Today’s a special day at Archi-Anime, as it’s my March tour stop on the OWLS blog tour. Just a friendly reminded that OWLS: Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group that hope 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.

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This month’s topic is Sanctuary:

A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.

At first, I didn’t think I was going to participate in this month’s tour, I was kind of fresh out of ideas. Until a member asked if it had to be a physical place; that triggered my memory of this anime.

As our prompts suggest a “sanctuary” represents a home, a safe haven of sorts.  A place you can return to when things get rough. A place to come to sort yourself out. It’s original meaning is a sacred place, like a shrine, for example.

But what if your “sanctuary” represented something more than something ‘safe’. What if your sanctuary served as a place to remind yourself of your ideals and dreams; not just dreams, but your failed attempts at following your ideals and dreams. A shrine dedicated to a constant reminder of your dreams dissolving to dust. You’re probably asking me how in the world is that a sanctuary? How does that help an individual grow?

For this month’s tour I’m looking at Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. Now, this is probably going to be a huge spoiler to those who have not seen it. So, if you care or don’t, that’s up to you to decide.

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Blondes Have More Fun

Good afternoon! MCM is a tad bit behind schedule today due to my spontaneous weekend! Things will be a bit behind schedule this week, I apologize!

As most of you know aside from my sports anime bias, I have a soft spot for blondes in anime. I can’t really explain it, is it something about their golden locks? Is it because of who my ultimate anime crush that spurned on my love for these blondes? Or is just just because all of these guys have a surprisingly silly side to them even when they look so serious?  I could easily pinpoint my number one favorite blonde, but I figured I’d continue with the list format and eventually go back to posting regularly about individuals! So! Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Blondes!

5. DOPPO KUNIKIDA (BUNGOU STRAY DOGS)

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Kunikida is a blonde megane. I struggled whether to put him on the Megane list or on the Blonde list, I opted for the blonde because his hair was one of the most striking features for me. His other “feature” would be the fact that he carries around a notebook and pen for his ideals. Ah, everytime he brought out that notebook I couldn’t help but laugh, because in that sense I am Kunikida. Go through my purse and you’ll find a notebook and a planner! I’m always writing in one or the other whenever something comes to mind.

4. GENOS (ONE PUNCH MAN)

Genos is probably one of the most badass (male) cyborg’s there is. He’s a little too serious for his own good, and watching him study Saitama made me laugh so hard, because much like Kunikida he carries around a notepad and pen; and if you’ve seen all my Nonsense Nendoroid posts, you’ll know I’ve been using Genos as my resident reporter!

3. KISE, RYOUTA (KUROKO NO BASKET)

*sigh* Kise. He embodies the two things that I love most in anime. Blondes and Sports. Kise plays the Small Forward position, and is considered the ace for Kaijo high. It’s been noted that Kise’s attitude in the anime is much different than in the manga according to mangaka Tadatoshi Fujimaki. He’s not the good-boy that the anime has portrayed him to be, and is actually a much colder person in the manga (I’ll probably create a post dedicated to Kise based on what I’ve found). I love Kise’s personality on KnB; he’s easily one of my  favorites character on the show. He’s serious about the sport; but if he respects you he’s almost got a puppy dog like personality, especially with Kuroko.

2. SUOU TAMAKI (OURAN HIGHSCHOOL HOST CLUB)

The “prince” type, whose real name is Rene Tamaki Richard Grantaine and is the founder and president of the Host Club. I find Tamaki-senpai to be charming, innocent, caring and kind-hearted. Of course he’s got a narcisistic side of him that allows him to use his charm to make girls swoon for him. Like the majority of my list (Top 3 specifically) have dual personalities that they express. While Tamaki is flamboyant, egotistical and dramatic, he’s actually a dedicated person to both his duties as a host and to his friends.

1. VASH THE STAMPEDE (TRIGUN)

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I. LOVE. VASH. ( I wonder if I’ve said that enough on this blog??) He’s a complex character. The best gunman on the planet and he hates vilence and the idea of taking a life, and is on the search for Love and Peace. His quote, “The ticket to the future is always blank” resonates with me because despite everything he’s been through Vash is always optimistic and looking forward to the future, which is what I love the most about him.  If you’d like to read a more in-depth character analysis on what I’ve had to say about Vash you can read about him here: Favorite Male Character Ever.

Starting Days! | Weekend in LA 

OMG where did the weekend go?! I’m currently blogging here in LA. I’m supposed to be leaving for home already, but! We’re stuck for a little bit longer!

Some great news I found out to get me excited is: I found out Free! is coming out with 3 movies this year! And I’m super excited! So this week’s OP/ED is going to be from High Speed: Free! Starting Days. 

Title: Aching Horns | Artist: OLDCODEX | Movie: High Speed: Free! Starting Days 

ahhh and I just found out the lead singer of OLDCODEX is the voice actor of my favorite Makoto Tachibana!!

How was everyone’s weekends? I hope you guys had a good one! It’s nice and sunny here in LA!

[DREAM CRATE]: SPORTS ANIME EDITION

Hey guys! I’ve got something a little different to share today.

Recently, a lot of bloggers have been posting about LOOT CRATE and creating their idea of a  “Dream Crate” based on their interests of pop culture, whether it be gaming, anime, comics, etc. So I decided to go ahead and create my own ideal of a “Dream Crate” and I highly suggest others to do it too! Just because it’d be great to see what other people’s themes would be!

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Loot Crate is a monthly subscription and community that delivers crates of epic gear to geeks and gamers!

Last week, I learned about a project being put together by Loot Crate. If you haven’t heard of them before, Loot Crate is a mystery crate subscription that focuses on all different genres of pop culture. Their current project is all about finding out what fans would do if they had the ability to create a Dream Crate based on their own interests.

Hmm, I’m sure the title was a dead giveaway. I’m not shy in expressing my love for the sports genre of anime, the boys are a plus, but I do really enjoy sports in real life. So naturally I’d pick a sports anime themed crate!

  1. To kick off the list, I’d pick my favorite blonde of the sports genre! Kise Ryouta Recently, KnB has teamed up with the NBA in a collab for their new movie, (I have a post regarding that coming soon!) and Kise is wearing  my favorite team to root for, the 2015 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
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    I want this simple keychain of Kise donning the Golden State Warriors Jersey.


  2. It’s also no surprise that I am apart of the Free! fandom. I’ve got quite a collection of free things, and I’ve had my eye on this set for quite some time!
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  3. Heading back to KnB, I’ve always wanted to try Murasakibara’s snacks! So I’d probably ask for a package of Umaibou. Murasakibara eats Maibou – a parody of Umaibou (delicious stick).


  4. This list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of my beloved Haikyuu!! boys! The DVD set would be a great addition for a collector such as myself! 🙂haikyuu_box_set

  5. Since I’m new to Yowamushi I’d probably add the first volume of the mangamanga-Yowamushi-Pedal-1

  6. And last but not least, Prince of Stride. The PSVITA otome game! Even though it’s not localized, I would love to get my hands on this. I had enjoyed the anime, but was surprised to see it was a VN/Otome.prince_of_stride_psvita.jpeg

That just about sums up what I would put in my Sports Themed loot crate! I was able to recruit one other person to join in on creating their dream crate as well, what do you know Mel also assembled a sport anime crate!

Check out her cute little story about her dream crate here: A Nice Little Crate Story.


What would put in your dream crate? I’d love what to hear what would be in yours! Or better yet, create your own post and link it to me here! Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

Who Says Women Can’t Coach: Riko Aida

With Kuroko no Basket: Last Game on the horizon, it made sense to feature one of the very few females that are in a male dominated anime. Why I didn’t feature her sooner is beyond me, but I’m glad I thought of her for this week!

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Riko Aida, is one of two females that are regular characters on KnB. The two girls are exceptional females that can more than hold their own; but Riko stands out more for one simple reason: she’s the COACH of Seirin’s basketball team.  Let that sink in for a little; she’s a third year high school student, and she’s the COACH.

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From left to right:  Eiji Shirogane (Rakuzan coach); Masaaki Nakatani (Shutoku caoch); Genta Takeuchi (Kaijo coach); Kagetora Aida (Aida’s father);  Masako Araki (Yosen Coach; and the only other female coach in the series played on the Women’s Japanese National Team); Katsunori Harasawa (Touou caoch). The male Coaches of KnB were also players on the Japanese National Team alongside Riko’s father. 

Needless to say, a lot of the coaches from other schools, who are typically older males; doubt her for the obvious reasons. It’s pretty apparent that because she’s a girl a lot of people doubt her coaching abilities. Also, adding insult to injury, how can she possibly be a good coach if she’s just a student? Passerby’s and spectators of Seirin’s games always get confused when they see her; they think she’s the club manager and are mindblown when they realize she’s the one coaching the team. Even the first years that tried out for Seirin’s basketball team assumed that she was the club manager, only to have their jaw drop as they’re proven wrong.

Riko’s Scan Ability

But what makes Aida a capable coach? How versed is she in the sport of basketball? To be honest, she has no experience with the sport. However, she is more than competent as a coach. She’s the daughter of a sports trainer, who was a former basketball player for the Japanese National Basketball Team. As she grew up, her frequent tag-a-longs with her dad to the fitness centers gave her enough training as she watched him train and develop these athletes. By shadowing her Father, and watching him intently, she gained the ability to “scan” players bodies and accurately determine the statistics of the player ranging from: height, weight, strength, speed, and agility. She can also see the faults and weaknesses of each player. It is shown in the manga and anime, that when she looks at a player (particularly when they’re shirtless) she’ll see running numbers tagged to specific muscles. With the information that she gathers from her ability, she is able to tailor specific training regimens based on what’s best per player. On top of that, due to her training under her Father, again, who is a sports trainer; she’s also quick to notice when a player is overexerting themselves as well as injuries and can tape up joints quickly and efficiently. She’s also known to run her regimens by her Dad if she feels stuck; he’s shown to fully support his daughter’s passion for being a sport and never once deters her from doing it. However, he does try to deter her from staying up to late planning workout regimens just because he’s worried for her beauty sleep.

 

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Aida shadowing her Father at fitness centers.

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Planning a training regimen with her worrisome father overlooking her shoulder

What I love about her is that she doesn’t let her gender and sex get in the way of her coaching. Meaning, despite what people assume and how she’s viewed, she’s never once shown that it’s bothered her, and never has anyone on her team doubted her. If anything the team has nothing but respect for her because she clearly knows what she’s doing. She’s definitely depicted as a tomboy, often displaying a lack of femininity by being physical with her basketball team; often hitting them or putting them in wrestling holds (i.e. The Boston Crab) if they’re misbehaving. However, she is a girl through and through. She decides to grow out her hair when they enter the Winter Cup as a good luck charm. She also gets incredibly girly when Tetsu #2, the puppy makes his way onto the scene. Overall Aida Riko is a great female lead in this anime, and another inspirational female to add to list and is refreshing to watch in this male dominated show.


Have you seen KnB? What did you think of Riko? As always, thanks for tuning into this week’s WCW!

Take Two! March 5-11


Take Two! this week will probably look a little different. Since this list has started to expand, I’ve decided to break them up with some graphics and attempts at page jumps! I’ve also added Nendoroid News to this post to talk about releases and pre-order end dates.

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In Case You Missed it | This Week’s Interesting Reads | OWLS Blog Tour | Nendoroid News



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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

It was kind of SAO week last week here at Archi-Anime, due to the Ordinal Scale release in the US. I kind of enjoy doing the series’ themed week’s just because it’s fun to come up with a variety of things architecture and non-architecturally related.

Wow, I’m a bit impressed with myself. I think that’s the most I’ve ever written in a week!
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LAST WEEK’S INTERESTING READS:


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!

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In Case You Missed it This Week’s Interesting Reads | OWLS Blog Tour | Nendoroid News


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 “Sanctuary”The prompt is as follows:

A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.

Last week’s posts included blog posts from:

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NENDOROID NEWS:

Now, this is a super new segment. As many of you know, I have a huge passion for collecting nendoroids. Aside from my Nendoroid Nonsense posts,  I’ll be writing about upcoming release’s, pre-orders and ending pre-orders in this section.  It didn’t make sense to write about this separately so I’ve decided to include it in Take Two!

Note: These release dates and ending pre-order dates are based on the information I’ve read from Good Smile. I typically order from Good Smile and from OtakuMode – I have a post in the works regarding tips on buying and etc!

NEWEST RELEASES:

  • As of March so far there have been two releases:
    • Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond):
      With Season 2 on the way, they’ve decided to release Leonardo complete withthree faces plates: standard expression, an expression with his eyes open making use of his powers and a crying expression. His last day for pre-order on Good Smile is March 30, 12pm JST. 
      Optional parts: include his goggles, backpack and camera as well as a hamburger and effect parts for his powers. He also comes with a text plate based on the introduction of his character to display with him, and Sonic Speed Monkey.
    • Nendoroid More: Face Parts Case (Penguin):
      This series of Nendoroids were created as fun little pieces to accompany Nendoroids. It basically holds your face plates in one handy container while using one for display

END OF PRE-ORDERS (THIS WEEK):

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  • MARCH 16, 2017:
    • Link: Breath of the Wild Ver. DX Edition (game: Zelda)

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    • Yuri Katsuki (anime: Yuri!! on Ice)
    • Nagato (online browser game: Kantai Collection KanColle)
    • Hanamaru Kunikida (anime: LoveLive!Sunshine!!)

RELEASE DATES/CHANGES FOR MARCH:

  • Mikazuki Munechika,(anime/game: Touken Ranbu) Co-De is shipping out from Japan March 16
  • Chuya Nakahara (anime: Bungou Stray Dogs):
    • ship date has changed from March 2017 to April 2017.

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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!

EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD BAD GUY

Ah, bad guys, baddies, antagonists, scum of the earth. You can’t help but just love a good bad guy. The worse they are, the more we’re drawn to them, even when they end up dying you can’t help but feel a tiny bit sad they’re gone, but at the same time you’re like yes! They deserved what was coming to them! So here are my Top 5! (To be honest, I wanted to add a FMA character, but *sigh* I wanted to stick to a top 5. I’ll feature an FMA character when I go back to single posts! But! Lists for now!)

5. Zeref, Fairy Tail

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The greatest Antagonist of the Fairy Tail world! He becomes the ultimate bad guy by mastering powerful Dark magic and becoming  the most evil mage in history by creating various demons that have been active and inactive throughout the years. His journey to becoming a n evil mage happened unintentionally as he had started from a good place. Due to the demon’s he’s created, many dark guilds have used him as inspiration in bringing upon evil in the world.

4. Izaya Orihara, Durarara

The information broker. He’s cunning, he’s charming, and hes so twisted to the core. He loves humanity; but for different reasons compared to normal people. He loves inducing chaos into people’s lives to see the unpredictable behaviors it causes humanity just to see their reactions. But since he’s studied human behavior so extensively, he often is able to predict reactions fairly accurately. As much as he loves to create conflict he avoids it as much as possible, and stays out of it. Izaya is also known to carry a switchblade as his weapon, and if he needs to get out of a physical situation, he’s pretty nimble due to his parkour skills. He  is known to be one of the strongest in Ikebukero, alongside Shizou Heiwajima, the one person in humanity he doesn’t love and is his sworn enemy. (LOL, and my fave scene of him is that .gif of him stomping on someone’s phone and laughing manically while doing it)

3. Light Yagami, Death Note

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This list is getting darker and darker per character. Light’s frustration with justice in the world to the point he things it’s “rotten”. When he gets his hands on the death note his personality becomes cold, calculating and emotionless. His main goal is to create a world free of injustice; he even is willing to sacrifice his own family to achieve his goal. He thinks he’s doing the right thing, but clearly becomes corrupted over time.

2. Gilgamesh, Fate/Stay Night: UBW | Fate/Zero

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Blondes have all the fun. Well, maybe not the way Gilgamesh has fun. Gilgamesh made an appearance in this blog back in my 30 Day Challenge found here.  In that post I describe one of his cruelest acts in the Fate/Stay Night series. His disdain for humanity and his feeling of entitlement for all heros and humans alike are what make him one of my favorite villains, other than the fact that he’s a blonde. He’s known the King of Hero’s, a king over all hero’s as he is the oldest hero from which other hero’s originate and are modeled after.

1. Shogo Makishima, Psycho-Pass

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There’s not much I can say about Makishima that I haven’t already said about him in my previous post found here in which I talk about what I really love about him as the best villain ever. He’s cold and calculating, cultured, intelligent and eerily charismatic and he speaks so eloquently that he’s able to manipulate and persuade people with his speech. He’s probably one of the most brilliant antagonists I’ve ever seen.


Who would make your Top 5 Villains? Did any of these make the list? I’d love to see who you guys picked! Thanks for reading!

Glorious Days | KnB

Good Evening ani-bloggers! I’m back with another song for the week. As you know, I’m a huge anime sports fanatic. Kuroko no Basket is at the top of the list, probably 2nd next to Haikyuu!!  I have a feeling this week may be an unofficial Kuroko no Basket week here at archi-anime since I have a few posts planned. Ironically, I won’t feature any Architecture from KnB because I’m saving that for another week.

With that being said, KnB’s film Last Game is premiering it’s Japanese release this week on March 18. I figured this week’s song should be about the featured song from the film:

Title:Glorious Days| Artist: GranRodeo | Movie: Kuroko no Basket: Last Game

The week was a bit slow; work’s slowed down since there have been zero pressing deadlines. Hopefully that’ll change; I hate doing minor pick-up work that doesn’t require a lot of thought. Correcting drawings for graphics can get boring.

I had a semi-eventful weekend. Probably one of the few weekends I’ve actually gone out of the house to do stuff. I treated my cousin and family to lunch on Saturday (hot pot buffet!) and then today I had lunch with a really good friend of mine, we typically try to meet up once a month and we talk about anime, movies and games.  Food and Boba are my favorite things to do. Also, can I just say that I’m a bit annoyed that my internal clock is all messed up with Daylight Savings Time? Ugh, losing an hour on a Sunday is the worst feeling.

How was your guys’ week and weekend? Do anything fun? Have a funny story to share? I’m all ears! 😀

Hope you all have a great start to the week!

Thrymheim Dungeon, Jotunheimer

Finally, I’m trying to breathe back some life into my Architectural posts.

This is the last post concluding my SAO themed week. This week I’m looking at Season 2’s Excalibur Arc for it’s architectural aspects. You might have seen my analysis of ALO’s City of Arun in a previous post. ALO is specifically named after one of the races in Norse Mythology, Alfheim, the race of the light fairies.  Other races found in ALO are not as specific to Norse Mythology.

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After doing some research, I think it’s really interesting how ALO over all is based on Norse Mythology.  I also, like how well it’s been depicted. In the ALO verison of Thrymheim, it is a floating inverted pyramid that is located underneath the base of the world tree, in another world called,Jotunheimer, the land of giants.

Thrymheim_FloorsThrymheim is divided into 4 levels. Each riddled with an array of varying passages and rooms carved out of the ice pyramid. The fourth floor is mostly the boss dungeon.

 

 

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The forming of Thrymheim

 

The mythology of Thrymheim according to ALO:

Once upon a time, the king of the frost giants in Niflheimr, named Thrym, transformed into a wolf and infiltrated Jötunheimr. He then stole the Holy Sword Excalibur, forged by the blacksmith god Völundr, and threw it into Urðr’s Spring at the center of Jötunheimr. The sword severed the thick roots of the World Tree in the spring and, at that moment, Jötunheimr lost the blessings of the World Tree, becoming a desolate world of frost. The water of the Urðr’s Spring froze, as it was pulled up by the shrinking roots, thus forming a bottomless pit, the Great Void, where Urðr’s Spring once was, while the frozen water became a huge mass of ice, with Excalibur stuck at the bottom-most part of the ice mass, and half pierced into the crust of ALfheim.

Thrymheim translates to “Thunder-home,” a castle that was located in the highest mountain peaks of Jotunheim where the snow never melted; it was considered to be one of the few strongholds of the world, and owned by a giant by the name of Thiazi. The castle is the only building in the kingdom of Thrymheim that is made solely out of ice, which is probably why in ALO it’s a crystal pyramid.

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artistic rendering of Thrymheim

From what I’ve read, the entire excalibur arc is based on a particular story found in Norse Mythology. However, SAO has jumbled two stories together and I think this was done purposely in order for the viewers to be able to relate to the content a little more. The story goes as follows:

Story 1:

Thiazi once abducted the goddess Idun, and in Thrymheim, he held her captive, causing the gods to age until her rescue, in turn resulting in the death of Thiazi.

Story 2:

Thrym was king of the jotnar. In one legend, he stole Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer to extort the gods into giving him Freyja as his wife.

Thrym was foiled in his scheme by the gracefulness of Heimdall, the cunning of Loki, and the sheer violence of Thor, who later killed Thrym, his sister, and all of the jotnar kin that had been present at the wedding reception.

In the excalibur arc, we saw that the final boss was Thrym, who was holding Freya captive (like Thiazi to Idun), while also being in possession of Mjolnir. But when Freyja touches Mjolnir, she turns into Thor to kill Thrym. This all happens in Thrymheim, which is not Thrym’s home at all. It’s a bit confusing, but thats the how mixed up the mythologies became!

That about does it. This was relatively short; but don’t worry I’ll be back with even better content! I kind of wanted to just use images for this one.


That concludes unofficial SAO week here at Archi-Anime! As always, thanks for reading! Did you like what you saw? Have any other comments or questions? Also, if you have any think you’d like to me to look into architecturally in an anime I’m more than willing to take suggestions! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!