Twittering Birds: Doumeki & Yashiro

Sooo, this was bound to happen– My first legitimate BL post. This time I’m not just featuring a character, but the couple themselves. I’m still a semi-novice to the BL scene, and I still have a lot to learn about the different kinds out there. While there is the cute and fluffy type love (Shounen AI) there’s also the more sex-driven side (Yaoi). I actually enjoy the broad spectrum that BL has to offer, and have recognized the pro’s and con’s of this genre. While a lot of it can be disturbing (with the themes and tones of violence and rape) there’s also the feel good kinds of love.

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I had intended this to be a list of my favorite canon couples; but decided, I really just want to write about my favorite couple: Yashiro & Doumeki. I think most people I talk to daily (Naja and Mel) would confirm that I’m utterly obsessed with this one. Saezuru Tori Wa Habatakanai, also known as Twittering Birds Never Fly is a Boys Love manga from Koneda You. It’s also one of the manga’s I own physical copies of and I’m so obsessed that I’ve read these multiple times over and over trying to glean more into the complicated relationship that is evolving between the duo. The manga follows Yashiro, a member of the Yakuza, and is very much a promiscuous masochist, and his subordinate Doumeki, an impotent ex-cop that landed in the Yakuza because he needed a job and also because of an ulterior motive: Yashiro. These two are incompatible, but it works! So, what makes me a fan of this particular pair?

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5 Male Gunslingers that Have Their Target in Sight

Happy Monday! I love my fair share of action anime’s and of course the flashiness of a gun fight are really exciting to watch! With that being said, this week I bring you my top 5 Gunslinging men!

5. Emiya Kiritsugu (Fate/Zero)

Kiritsugu is the main protagonist of Fate/Zero and has a minor role in Fate/Stay Night as Shirou Emiya’s adoptive Father. He’s known as The Magus Killer as he hunted down heretical magi around the world. He was trained in assassination, tracking and is proficient with all types of weaponry.

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The Wild Architecture of Nanbaka

Greetings and welcome back to Fantasy Friday! As you saw last week, I’m trying to revive this series and have a bit more fun with it. So I figured, what better way than to kick it off with one of the more crazier pieces of architecture that I’ve seen so far, and that comes from the anime Nanbaka. 

If you have no idea what Nanbaka is:

Four men are assigned to Nanba, the world’s most formidable prison. Jyugo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rock, a man who likes to get into fights; and Nico, a man who likes anime. A super exciting action comedy about the daily lives of the prison’s inmates and guards 

-Crunchyroll

 

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There are 13 buildings that create this massive complex, and there was actually an episode that helped lay that out. It’s also relatively big enough that it has it’s own tram system to get prison guards around easily. Needless to say, the Japanese temple motif is used quite heavily in all the the architecture represented in this particular anime. I couldn’t extract any particular reason for them to rely so heavily on using this style except to poke fun at the traditional architecture by using all kinds of crazy colors and also exaggerating the size and details or ornamentation on each of them.

 

Images of the interior are few and far in between, but I was able to snag a few screenshots of the warden’s office, hidden interior garden, and their coliseum.

Nanbaka is full of color: whether it be in their architecture or in their character design.  It’s just got such wildly exaggerated aesthetics that I can’t help but love what an absolute mess it is.


Hope you guys enjoyed the revival post of the series! What do you think of the architecture of Nanbaka? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

[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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Saionji hitting Anthy

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.

[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! 🙂

[FIRST IMPRESSIONS]: Yowamushi Pedal

I started this on a whim on Monday night. I didn’t want to start catching up with Kuzu no Honkai and Rakugo because I didn’t want to be emotionally invested nor did I want to think too much. I just wanted something light and fun – I usually find the sports genre to be pretty carefree and chock-full of entertainment. I noticed I’m lacking in the series’ review department outside of the attempt to do a weekly episodic recap. So I thought I’d start doing these more often.

So, I know one of my readers out there had suggested this to me, but I can’t remember who exactly. I just remember them telling me to watch it so that we can fangirl together. So please, if it was you please say something because I have give you a big big hug for recommending this one to me. So let’s get started!

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Yowamushi Pedal is a sport genre anime centered around competitive Road Cycling.

Plot summary:

Sakamichi Onoda is a cheerful otaku looking to join his new school’s anime club, eager to finally make some friends. Unfortunately, the club has been disbanded and he takes it upon himself to revive it by finding students who are willing to join. Without much luck, Onoda decides to make a round trip to Akihabara on his old, bulky city bicycle, a weekly 90-kilometer ride he has been completing since fourth grade.

This is when he meets fellow first year student, Shunsuke Imaizumi, a determined cyclist who is using the school’s steep incline for practice. Surprised by Onoda’s ability to climb the hill with his specific type of bicycle, Imaizumi challenges him to a race, with the proposition of joining the anime club should Onoda win. And thus begins the young boy’s first foray into the world of high school bicycle racing! – MAL

I’m more of the mountain biking type; but I can still relate to this show nevertheless. I just need to start a tennis anime to round out the sports I’ve personally played. I’m not sure if it’s been shown (enough), but I am a sports fanatic in real life. I follow all San Francisco Bay Area sports teams. I fell into the Sports Genre of Anime by accident. I always wondered, why would I watch an anime about sports when I watch the real thing? Thank you Kuroko No Basket for dragging me into sports anime hell! I was so wrong to judge the sports genre like that. Also, it’s probably good to note here that I’ve developed a sports anime bias. It’s an ongoing condition that I can’t seem to get rid of, so I just embrace it.

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The struggle of the uphill climb, the thrill of going fast in flat stretches; the burning in your lungs and legs as you climb higher and higher.  Learning to set a pace or “cadence,” as you pedal trying not to tire out before you can reach the top! You start to give yourself pep talks, telling yourself not to give up, to keep going, don’t let your feet touch the ground.  That moment of bliss you feel when you’ve reached the peak, but you don’t stop there. You coast for a few seconds, catching your breath, mentally patting yourself on the back for making it to the top non-stop. It’s like a moment of clarity as you take in the sights and re-adjust as you start to approach the icing on the cake of the uphill climb: the descent. Feeling the wind against your skin as you fly down the hill, your legs can finally take a break! There’s no need to pedal anymore, the hardest part is already behind you, now you just have to enjoy the ride down!

Ah, I got such a thrill from the duo’s first race uphill!

If you couldn’t tell, I’m already on board the yowamushi pedal hype train. As I’ve said, I have a sports bias, I love sports. I may not play them often but I watch them enough in real life. In terms of anime, Haikyuu!! has been my “standard,” so to speak, in terms of what I look for in a great sports anime; plot, and characters and how the sport is integrated are done really well in it.

Again, I’m biased because of my enjoyment of such series but yes, I do realize a lot of the sports anime’s out there are fairly generic and formulaic. You have the inexperienced character that just happens to be a natural at the sport, paired up with the character that envies the other’s natural God-given talent when they’ve worked hard for themselves. A conflict appears as baggage for one of the characters and that spurs on the entire plot of teamwork and togetherness.

So what do I think of Yowamushi in regards to my standard? So far so good!  I’m four episodes in and I think they’ve done fairly well in the first few episodes conveying the type of thrill you get from cycling, alongside setting up the story. The characters are all pretty adorable in their own right; but I’ll discuss that more in a little bit. What I especially love though, is the integration of cycling itself. We learn about the sport as we continue to watch the story unfold; granted some of it might be common knowledge; but we learn about it in the context of competitive cycling, and that alone scores major points on my anime watching scale (if I even really had one).

Okay, so there are not a lot of bishies in this one so far, I guess it’s still too early to say that. The art style is a bit different for me in terms of character design; but let’s be real I’ve already found one to claim as my favorite but hmm, he seems familiar…I think I’ve seen him somewhere?

His name is Nanase Haruka I mean, Kageyama Tobio. No! still wrong, Fujiwara Takeru.  No, no it’s Imaizumi Shunsuke. LOL I’m sorry, I couldn’t help doing that, because just look at this meme! and you’ll understand why I can laugh at this:

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I get it, he’s that ONE character in every sports anime. The handsome, dark haired, blue-eyed, stoic, unsmiling bishounen that’s clinically obsessed with their sport! Now, now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it’s pretty clear that this is a staple character needed in every sports anime.

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Imaizumi is pretty identical to Kageyama (of Haikyuu!) in this meme in terms of personality. Haru stands alone I think because…Haru is Haru, he exists to swim and eat mackerel. Imaizumi’s similar to Takeru but not quite, maybe the obsession with legs? Anyways, he’s very much like Kags because Imaizumi’s a cycling “idiot” that only thinks in terms of bikes and anything related. He’s experienced the bitter loss of coming in second and wanting to fight to be the best on his own; but eventually he’ll learn to trust their teammates and rely on a group effort. Sounds about right, right?

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The other character, our protagonist Onoda Sakamichi, O.M.G. I mean, this character to me has to be the most adorkable adorably oblivious Otaku in the world. He had me in stitches the entire time. He may be over the top in terms of his love for anime; but my gosh was he accurate. The one thing I kind of regret while I lived in Tokyo was not going to Akihabara every weekend, so thanks Onoda for rubbing that in my face a bit. He’s also another staple character, an accidental genius at a sport. He has the potential to be even greater, he just needs the proper training; Hinata, is that you?

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Our third character, Shoukichi Naruko. Ah, another loveable character! The overly excited character that will drag you into his pace. He’s outgoing, and a cycling expert who wants to teach Onoda. He’s a senpai, but not really a senpai. He sees the potential in Onoda in a chance encounter in Akihabara and encourages him and inspires the interest in cycling! Seriously, Nishinoya is that you?

yowamushi_duoyowamushi_pedalThe scene above is probably my favorite from episode 1. Imaizumi caught up to Onoda on an uphill climb and was laughing at how slow he was; all of a sudden Onada breaks into song and the scene cuts to this angle; I could NOT stop laughing. I think it captures the personality of these two pretty well so far; as well as the gif above. They both love to bike but for incredibly different reasons. They both have no friends; therefore they’ll be each other friends through the love of sport. They’re polar opposites of one another. One’s silly and one’s super serious; one’s carefree while one’s too focused. I think you can tell who is who.

I’m only 4 episodes in, but man I’m hooked on this anime so far. I feel like this first impression came off as bit ranty and sarcastic due to the predictable characters and predictable plot. I swear sports anime’s follow a formula! But I DO like this show, a lot! How else can I emphasize that I do enjoy this despite it’s flaws?! I find it entertaining and a blast to watch so far. The characters all have their distinct personalities. It may be formulaic but it still has it’s own story! Either way, it’s off to a strong start, so let’s see what happens as we go on. I may check-in mid-way or maybe just do an overall series review of season 1. Thankfully, Crunchyroll has just about everything related to Yowamushi so I can really immerse myself in this cycling world!


Have you seen Yowamushi Pedal? What did you think of it? Would you want to see me continue with more periodic reviews of my journey into Yowamushi Pedal? Let me know in the comments below!

[Guest Blogger] My Best Friend Became a Courtesan: Men of Yoshiwara- Hayabusa Main Story Review

Today marks an exceptionally special day as today we have a special guest post from Naja at Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! We’ve been working on this post for awhile and it has finally come to fruition! This is a first for me in a few ways. My first otome review and the first collab, so I was really excited when Naja approached me with the idea! So without further ado, here’s Naja’s post!

Hello, Heroes and Travelers, I’m Pokeninja90 from the gaming blog Nice Job Breaking It, Hero and Hazel and I have been cooking up something special for you guys… *drumroll* A super special collaboration game review for the otome game, Men of Yoshiwara-Kikuya!!

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So the background, I absolutely love otome games and since I started my blog a little over two years ago, I have made it my mission to spread the gospel of otoge to anyone and everyone I come into contact with. So when I met Hazel a few months ago, I of course gave her the whole otome pitch, okay who am I kidding, I mostly spammed her with 2D Bishies on Line, but miraculously all of my efforts paid off! Hazel took the bait, and I have been slowly corrupting her ever since… ah, a friendship born from a love of 2D men, there’s nothing purer! *wipes tear from eye* Anyhow, so I asked Hazel if she was interested in doing an otome themed collaboration post where we each play a game/route, afterwards we’d each write review about it which we would then post on each other’s blogs. And since this was her first ever otome game review, I let her pick the game and route… she chose childhood friend turned courtesan, Hayabusa!

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Ouran High School Campus

One thing is for certain as I make my list of cool buildings for Fantasy Friday, is that most of the anime’s I’ve watched have incredible school campuses. Ouran High School is just one of the few that really caught my eye.  Ouran is such a classic anime for me. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m completely butt hurt that Netflix decided to remove it from their list of anime. *sigh* But thankfully, Funimation has it up on their site. I actually have a few more posts where architecture and ouran is concerned; I still need to do a bit more research but I’m really excited about those posts! It wouldn’t be considered Fantasy Friday and it wouldn’t be ANI-Reality either.  Those belong to a category of their own and will most likely be published as a Sunday Special where there is no real specialized theme-but more on that at a later date. Without further ado….

“Welcome, we the Ouran Host Club will see you now”welcome_ouran

Ouran_Campus_Inspirations.pngThe Ouran High School Campus looks inspired by mid-ninteenth century Paris, France. The style of Architecture during that time frame was called “Beaux-Arts” or “Fine Arts”. This particular style had a sculptural quality to it, and dealt a lot with symmetry and classical references to Greek and Roman Architecture. There are 3 buildings in which Ouran is inspired by: Romes’ St. Peter’s Basilica, England’s Buckingham Palace, and Paris’ Place de Concorde, as shown in the images above.

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The garden is also an architectural reference to the French Formal Garden of the 18-19th century. A great example of this would be the Gardens of Versailles, found in the Palace of Versailles. The french formal garden consisted of a rigid symmetry of pathways which enforced the idea of imposing order on nature, as shown in Versaille’s plan shown in the middle of the above photo. The french garden’s history stems from that of the Italian Renaissance Garden which is often characterized with: symmetrical patterns, geometric shapes, and the use of fountains and other water features that gave the garden some movement. Often times gardens would be done at different heights and levels, in which all the pathways would cross up and down through the garden. The gardens were meant to express the ideals of the Renaissance and the ideals of Ancient Rome.

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The interiors of the school also carries the theme of the mid-ninteenth centuy motif. Grand staircases, Symmetry, classical architecture (greek/roman), arched windows and it also borrows from the 19th-century Gothic Revival style with the use of the Gothic vault shown in the second photo above. I find a lot of these images to be similar to views shown in the Palace of Versailles as well – which could have very well been another source of inspiration.

I find the use of mid-ninteenth century Parisian aesthetics amusing because what other style best represents the qualities of the rich, wealthy, and extravagant? I also find the parallel between Tamaki’s heritage to that the school’s aesthetic to be interesting as well – but that’s being saved for another post ;). Classical architecture was the launching point for my architecutral interest; especially the gothic revival style. I went to a gothic style cathedral as a kid and was completely blown away by how amazing it was. I was in awe of it’s beauty…of the pointed arches, columns and stained glass, but I was also scared and terrified of the dark spaces and the gargoyles. However, what really drew my interest was the light that filtered in through the dark space I was mindblown by the beauty of it all. I was so inpsired by that feeling …that well..the rest is history so to speak. That one moment lead me to my career and appreciation of theory and analysis of that one moment. Till next time!

“The Ouran Host Club will be waiting for you…
We’ll see you then.” – Ouran High School Host Club

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30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 30

IT’S THE FINAL DAY!! I’ll do a final wrap-up final thoughts post tomorrow as my complete wrap up. But moving on!

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The anime that came to mind for this prompt is Trigun. I’m picking Trigun for a number of reasons. Overall the story was good and the character development of Vash was really good. I wrote about him on Day 3 – Favorite Male Character Ever. But there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding Vash; I get that there isn’t much to say about him overall but there was a connection he had with the “plants” of each city on the planet and he called them his brothers and sisters. We weren’t given much explanation though which has obviously irked me. I felt the second arc of Trigun to be a bit on the rushed side, and felt that maybe it would’ve benefited from a second season. I also would’ve liked to see what the future held for the Vash and Knives after the latter’s defeat in the duel.  How would Vash help Knives at that point? I was always so curious! It’s probably time for me to read the manga to see what happened.

However, even though this series had it’s share of flaws, it had an overwhelmingly positive impact on me as anime viewer. Trigun, to me has withstood the test of time and is one of my absolute favorites, if not a classic, in my library. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Trigun maybe even as a reboot if it were to come around. One that possibly stayed more true to the manga.  I don’t think the anime followed it completely.

Is there any animes you wish had another season? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments below!lovenpeace