[OWLS Blog Tour] The Door That Never Opened: Daiki Aomine

Hey hey hey Owlets!! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn to wrap up the OWLS October 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.

October’s theme is “Dreamers”:

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?”
-Langston Hughes

Due to recent events that happened in September, this month’s OWLS topic will be on “Dreamers.” Every individual has a goal or ambition that they devote their whole life to with passion and courage—whether it’s landing your dream job, traveling, or finding the love of your life. However, there are those who spent their whole life working towards a dream but it was cut short due to an unexpected occurrence. Those people are left only to dream and wonder about the possibility.

This month’s topic will be dedicated to these characters in pop culture entertainment. We are not going to focus on the individuals that achieved their aspirations but instead, we will focus on characters that weren’t able to. We will explore what happens to characters who had their wings forcefully cut off as well as those who gave up before they even started their journey. We will also discuss what it means for “a dream to be deferred.”

More often than not we gravitate to the underdog of a story. We’re inspired by them; the ones that work tirelessly in order to get just one step closer to their dreams. We root for them, we celebrate their victories and we cry with them during their losses. In the case of Kuroko no Basket we followed the main character, Kuroko, and his struggle to becoming the best in Japan. What often gets overlooked is that Kuroko wasn’t the only one with dreams of being the best.

Enter one of our main rival’s of the series, Aomine Daiki. Aomine serves as one of the biggest catalyst’s for the series; especially with Kuroko and Seirin’s growth. His poor attitude, rough personality and general lack of regard for the team and those around him easily gets him labeled as the bad guy. Aomine’s story is one of the more compelling storylines of the series and is also a prime example of what it means to have a dream deferred.

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[OWLS Blog Tour] Reason Living: Kei Okazaki

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.

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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.

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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 “[OWLS Blog Tour] Reason Living: Kei Okazaki”

[OWLS Blog Tour]: Mob Psycho & Being Your Own Worst Enemy

Hey hey fellow ani-bloggers! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn for the July 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.

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July’s theme is “Mirrors”:

“Magic mirror, on the wall—who is the fairest one of all?”

When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves or someone we don’t want to be? For this month’s theme, we will be exploring some of our favorite anime and other pop culture media that redefine individual beauty—inside and out. Some topics we may explore are physical appearances, social expectations on gender, and the importance of self-confidence.

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