[Man Crush Monday]: Megane Day 2018!

Wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve done a man crush monday post.

As you know, my dearest friend and fellow blogger Mel, wrote about Megane Day in a special post you can find here. And, since it’s on a Monday, what the heck, why not participate.

Just a quick apology here: I’ve not been active on here much, and I’ll probably do an update soon about what I’ve been up to, but hey, lets get on with the celebration of Megane Day!


So far this year, I’ve had three favorite megane’s. I’m sure one will come as no surprise, but the other two are from series that I’ve recently completed.

Tenya Iida, My Hero Academia

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Yeah, seriously no surprise. My Hero Academia has quickly become a beloved series of mine. The entire class is full of lovable characters, and Tenya is especially one of them.

The class rep is known to be a stickler for the rules, but heck yenno, he’s really great at rounding the class up and leading them when they need some guidance. So much so, he can almost be selfless, opting to get tagged in the provisional license exam in order for his classmates (like Aoyama) to pass.

Off the bat, I wasn’t too fond of Tenya, to be honest. Especially when he was so eager to write Izuku off so quickly in the beginning of the series. But, he realized his mistake and eventually becomes one of Izuku’s best friends, and often follows Izuku’s lead but also keeps him in check. They have a great camaraderie.

Hirotaka Nifuji, Wotakoi

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Hirotaka is me. He’s all of us. Hirotaka is from Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku. And while he’s a stoic monotone personality, there was just so much of him that was relatable.

If you’ve seen the series, you’ll see he’s a gamer otaku. Always on a handheld console, at any free time he gets. And I get it. I get you Hirotaka, because I am you.

I laughed so hard when he was gaming at lunch at work, and his supervisor says, “Are you seriously playing a game at work?” and his response is to look at the clock and says, “but it’s lunch time.” It made me laugh because, I’ve been him. When Collar x Malice came out on PSP, you can get your a** I was on my PSVita any chance I got, and yes, that included my lunch break at work. I would eat and play the game.

He was an endearing character on Wotakoi, which was easily one of my favorites if not the only RomCom I’ve watching this year so far.

Murasaki, Hamatora

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I realize this is an older series, but I happened to watch it this year. And once I started Hamatora, I couldn’t stop watching it. I rather enjoyed it, and I’m still in the midst of starting season 2.

Murasaki was probably my favorite of the series, and that might be because he’s more pragmatic of the two main minimum holders of the series. I also found him to be one of the prettier boys of the series. It’s funny that I would include him, just because his minimum is only activated when he takes OFF his glasses.


That wraps up this week/years Megane Day!

Who’s your favorite megane character? Let me know in the comments below, and please check out Mel’s post on megane’s! She’ll be doing a round-up post that includes everyone that’s participated.

Prince Noctis Lucius Caelum

Last but not least of the FFXV boyband  crew features is the crown prince Noctis Lucius Caelum.

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Noctis is the main protagonist and the playable character in Final Fantasy XV. Noctis seemed broody to me at first, an emo-kid, but you know what. He has his reasons, and I was a bit brash in thinking it was some brat. Again, you can find out more about the prince in the Brotherhood FFXV OVA series available on Crunchyroll.

Emotional Baggage

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Yes, I said he was broody, emotional and kind of a brat. But given his circumstances it makes sense. Noctis lost his Mother at a young age, and his Father had to rule the kingdom, he was left alone for long periods of time. So naturally, he’s bottled up a lot of these emotions, struggling to express and articulate how he feels about his situation or situations in general. You can find out more about what happens specifically in the last episode of the OVA series titled: The Warmth of Light

But aside from his emotional struggles, the prince is a witty character full of sarcastic comebacks should the need for one arise. He’s actually quite kind to those around him (see below). And although he can be hot headed. However, he is stuck in the rut of internalizing things and learning to deal with things himself versus reaching for help even through his friends.

Family over Duty

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Despite his royal lineage, Noctis treats his traveling companions as equals. He values them for more than their duties to him as the crown prince. He grew up with these guys, and has treated them more like family than subjects or as mere guardsmen meant to serve him.

Royal Arms

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Noctis wasn’t the strongest when growing up and is physically weak, which is when Gladio steps in and helps him train to become stronger. Since he is the heir to the throne, he naturally possesses incredible abilities. I’m referring to his ability to use the Armiger, in which he can materialize one of 13 special weapons. It’s a side-quest to find all the weapons, and I’m half-way there! It can take a toll on him to use such weapons, so use it wisely.

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What do you guys think of Prince Noctis? Did you have bad first impressions of the crown prince too? Let me know in the comments below.

Crownsguard Shield: Gladiolus Amicitia

Hey everyone, I’m back in business for some blogging for the time being. To get back in the swing of things I’ll be continuing my FFXV man features with Gladio.

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Gladio, is one of the character I haven’t really connected with in the game.  He’s one of the companions of Prince Noctis, but he’s also known to be the tank, the shield of the Prince Noctis, and also grew up with the prince. He treats the King as if he were his own kid brother.

There’s only a few things that really stand out to me about Gladio that I admire, so here goes! Also, like mentioned in my previous MCM posts, Gladio had his own episode on Brotherhood: FFXV titled: Episode 3 – Sword & Shield which can be found on Crunchyroll.

Runs in the Family

Gladio’s pretty family oriented. Which is clearly one of the traits in characters I really love, just because I can relate to it. However, Gladio has a little sister that he looks after, unfortunately I don’t have any siblings so I can’t quite relate on that level. But like him family usually comes first.

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Also, Gladio’s family history has very close ties to the King’s family. His family line has a long history of serving as protectors to the Lucis Royal family. This leads me to the sprawling tattoo we see across his back. It’s not just a mark, or a family crest that he bears. The tattoo serves as a credential as one of the guards.  His family comes from a militaristic background, leaving him the only one in Noctis’ party that has any military training.

Outdoors Man

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If you’ve played FFXV, then you’ll have noticed that most of Gladio’s AP points come from exploring by foot and via camping. It’s said that he’s a huge outdoor aficionado, and if you also picked up on the the marketing of his gear, he’s quite particular to collecting Coleman Camping Equipment.

Well Read

The last thing that I’ll point out, is very minor. But I love the fact that Gladio, this big hulking dude, is a bookworm! Whenever he’s got time to spare whether that be on the roadtrips or camping, he pulls out a book to occupy himself.

Trivia states that the book he’s reading is: Silence of Knowledge by Henruit or so the cover says at least 😛


Anyway’s that wraps up this my first post after my short hiatus. Hopefully, I can stick around for a little bit longer, and a few of my series’ posts may still disappear for the time being while I try to get more content out there.

What did you guys think of Gladio? Did you guys like his character on the show or in game? What were your favorite parts about him? What were his strengths or weaknesses?

The Little Brother: Prompto Argentum

Welcome back to another fantastic Man Crush Monday! As a follow-up to last week’s promise, I am continuing the FFXV features.

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Last we looked at Team Mom: Ignis Scientia. This week I wanted to take a look at the baby of the bunch. The adorkable kid brother: Prompto. I have to say, while Ignis really takes the cake for being such an all-arounder man that can do it all; there are so many endearing qualities of Prompto as well! He’s probably the most grounded, relateable character on FFXV. Uh, and it probably helps that he’s a blonde…? Continue reading “The Little Brother: Prompto Argentum”

Team Mom: Ignis Scientia

This is a confession of a Team Mom. It’s not really fact, but I think one could be found in any group. As someone that’s temporarily taken our lovely Arria’s spot as schedule coordinator for OWLs for the time being, and as a member of the Innominate Anime Podcast Group, I can relate to this week’s MCM. I equate myself to Makoto Tachibana, another team mom, and I absolutely love today’s MCM. My affinity for the team mom type/trope is becoming quite clear.

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I’ve been submersed in playing Final Fantasy XV as of late, you can find all my tweets using the hashtag #ZelsFFXVRoadTrip. All the boys have grown on me over the course of time I’ve spent in-game (I’m at about 40 hours into it). I’m still trying to get through as many of the sidequests as I can before I set sail for Altissia, and I thought what better way to bring back MCM but to spend the next couple of weeks focusing on the boys of FFXV. The order in which they appear is not akin to favoritism necessarily, but I have to kick off this venture with the FFXV Team Mom: Ignis Scientia.

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If you haven’t watched the short anime about the characters of FFXV, you can find Ignis’ episode here: BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV Episode 4 – Bittersweet Memories. It goes into a bit of the background story of Noctis and Ignis prior to the events of the storyline in the FFXV video game.

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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.

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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 “The Fluffy Cotton Candy Haired Prince: Kisumi Shigino”

The Androgynous Villains of Sailor Moon (90’s Edition)

Hey hey hey fellow ani-bloggers and lovers! Today I bring you a bit of a throw-back to the 90’s as this came up in one of my group chats last week. If I remember correctly we were talking about a few of the relationships that we did not quite understand, especially with the translation/localization of the series to the west. And somehow we ended up discussing the villains of the first season.

Yes, I’m talking about Queen Beryl’s henchmen, the Shitennou (the Four Heavenly Kings).  I did not know this, but upon reading up on them I had no idea that they actually served under King Endymion prior to becoming posessed by evil energy and under Queen Beryl’s rule. Maybe I knew, but completely forgot because I haven’t watched it in years, nor have I finished Crystal. But anyways, let’s talk about each of them, from least favorite to favorite.

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Pretty Setter! Akaashi Keiji

Hey hey hey! It’s time for yet another MCM! I haven’t fully worked out how I’ll be approaching my MCM posts from now on (now that I’m without prompt) but! fear not, I come with a very special bishie: Akaashi Keiji.

Now, as you know Haikyuu!! is no stranger to beautiful men (as is most sport anime’s). Especially, the setters (I call them the pretty setter brigade). But I wanted to feature Akaashi today because this beautiful boy’s birthday is tomorrow: December 5th.

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Tanjoubi Omedetou Akaashi-san!

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The Abundant Bishies of Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis

Happy Monday! As per usual, I’m here to chase your Monday Blues away with your weekly dose of Man Crush Monday!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s OP/ED I’ve been into the Shingeki no Bahamut (Rage of Bahamut). Shingeki no Bahamut is a fantasy adventure anime that tells a tale of the relationships  between angels, humans and demons. (I don’t want to say too much because I’m planning a review). I really liked the aesthetics of this show, and that had nothing to do with the men of the series. In fact I was taken aback by the amount of bishies that are in this anime.

Let me just say upfront that, this was truly intentional design choice. Also, I want to thank Leth for the very animated discussion on bishounen’s earlier this morning when I was contemplating about my MCM, and also to Mark who listened to me go on and on about the bishies of Genesis which allowed me to realize that these guys should be my feature on this week’s MCM.

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[Tag Game!] 5 Flaming Hotties

Happy Monday everyone! It’s time for yet another Man Crush Monday. This week’s MCM is a bit different as I was tagged by one of my closest blogger-friends Mel

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