[OWLS Blog Tour] A Calligrapher’s Renaissance: Barakamon

Hey hey hey fellow ani-lovers and ani-friends!! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn to contribute to  the OWLS January blog tour. 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 reflect this message of tolerance and self-acceptance, through various analysis of the anime medium; although it is not limited to anime.

January’s theme is “Revival”:

A new year implies “new beginnings.” Yet, rather than discussing the “new,” we will be discussing the “revival.” “Revival”  has multiple definitions, but the meaning we will be focusing on is the improvement, development, or refinement of something. Our posts will be about characters that undergo a positive or negative transformation and what we can learn from them.

The life of an artist is a precarious path, and the same could go for us content creators. We all start from zero. We start with the basics and once we’re comfortable with that we start to add our own view, our own flourishes to make our content our own. Some people are born with natural talent while others have to work really hard. We’re inspired by others and strive to be like them so in a sense we also start to mimic those as well. We’ve all at some point hit a wall, a plateau, that hinders us from creating, this is usually the time we have to start changing things up and find new inspiration.

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In the case of Barakamon, Handa Sei is a naturally talented calligraphy artist bound for glory in the same steps as his father, another renowned Calligrapher.  Handa is quite proud of his work, it’s perfection in it’s subtlety, and its grounded in the foundation it was built on, the influence of his father and the basics he’s known all his life. He’s comfortable in thinking he’s the best, until one fateful competition that breaks him. What happens afterwards revitalizes him via his own renaissance and a better understanding of himself.

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Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

Good Evening everyone! I’m totally going off tangent today with something totally random. BUT, its still (somewhat) anime related!

During my short break, I’ve been doing some self-reflecting on the past year or so, and I’ve realized I need a better balance of a lot of things in life.  Honestly, 2017 went by in a blink of an eye. I don’t want to say I regret anything, which is why progress slowly but surely is better than standing still. Work has not made it very easy for me, to say the least, and on top of that I can be really, really, realllyyy lazy if I want to be. I’m also not one to really make resolutions because more often than not, I’m more prone to break them. So, instead I shall call them my yearly goals.

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[OP]: Heart Signal| Sunday Salutations

Hi everyone! Gosh, it’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve been posting regularly. I’ve been in a bit of a lazy mode, and have been taking time off due to the holidays. Work gave us about 11 days off so I spent a lot of time reading fanfics and watching anime, but mostly in fanfic world.

Anyways, this week I’m leaving you with the opening of a BL anime that aired over the summer. It’s one of the ones I’m trying to catch up on. And what I’ve really enjoyed this is that unlike a lot of BL anime’s I’ve seen that have the protagonist being coerced into feeling a certain way. The MC of this show has always looked up to and admired his crush for helping him straighten out his life. But those are my first impressions so far, I’ll update with a full review at some point.  Continue reading

[A Year in Anime] 2017 Archi-Anime Awards

2017 has come to a close! And that means another year of blogging has been completed. I will probably do a 2017 review of what the blog has been up to as well as announce some awesome stuff this week! Sorry I’ve been MIA over the holidays, work shut-down for the week and I have found myself enjoying reading and watching, and inadvertently took a small break from blogging. But, I digress. Let’s get down to what I’ve found to be the best of the year!

A few of the rules:

  • It had to have aired in the year of 2017.
  • I have finished watching these shows 100%.
  • I’ve split this up into categories, much like last year’s and again I modeled it after the Oscars and ripped Leth’s (for the most part)
  • There may or may not be runner-up’s/close-calls for every category.

Here we go!

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[Collaboration]: KnB’s Most Decisive Moments

When I started to fully investing a lot of my free time into this blog around this time last year, I came across another blogger that also seemed to be getting started. I started to become a frequent visitor of her blog as she and I had a lot of similar tastes in terms of anime’s we watched and it was apparent we both had a love for hot anime boyz.

What I didn’t know was that she’d become someone I’d become close to, to the point we talk regularly on the daily. All day, everyday (unless one of us is really busy). She’s become my blog bestie who I can rant and rave (read: fangirl) with about anime, manga, hot boys, and also every day life.

We’ve been talking about writing this collab post for quite some time, but when I first brought it up I was in exam mode, and after exam mode was the KnB Challenge, and we just never sat down to figure this out. And now that we finally have, it’s come to my attention that we started talking exactly around this time last year, so with that being said, Happy Friend-versary Mel!

To mark our friend-versary, we’ve chosen our Top 3 Kuroko no Basket moments, to feature on each other’s page and discuss why they’re stand-outs. Oh and also, today was chosen for a very specific reason as well. Today is the birthday of the captain of the Generation of Miracles (and also one of my personal favorites) Akashi Seijuro! Happy Birthday Akashi!!!

So, without further ado!

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The Fluffy Cotton Candy Haired Prince: Kisumi Shigino

If there was ever an award for underrated fluffy character, Kisumi would win it. Kisumi Shigino is a minor character in the “sports” (read: slice of life) animes: Free! ~Iwatobi Swim Club and Free! Eternal Summer. His character first debuted in the light novel High Speed and is also featured in the prequel movie: High Speed Starting Days.

 

Kisumi’s character is very bright and bubbly much like his hair color: bubblegum pink. Although, there isn’t much for us to go on, but from what we know, he’s a charming prince-type boy who has 3 notable characteristics. Continue reading

Zero Gravity Hero: Uravity!

I got into My Hero Academia a bit late in the game, as I started watching Season 1 midway through mid-season 2 was airing. And yes, I caught up real fast. There’s no doubt that all the females on this show are ambitious women striving to be hero’s at UA. But there’s one that stands out to me the most.

I’ve been a bit obsessed with since she graced my screen in the first season, and even more of a stand out character in season 2. That’s right, none other than our Zero Gravity Hero: Uravity. Real Name, Ochako Uraraka.  Also, she’s best girl.

Uraraka, stood out to me because of her sweet bubbly personality, and her overwhelmingly positive attitude. And if you’re new to who Uraraka is, she’s one of the supporting female leads, whose super power is ‘Zero Gravity’ a quick that allows her to manipulate gravity through touch. Her positive attitude bit resonates with me a lot, because no matter how bleak a situation may appear, I’m always striving to the something positive from it. And, if you’ve been following me on twitter, then you would have seen that I actually cosplayed as Uraraka for Halloween.

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