[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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[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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Kicking off the Week with some Slow Rock

Good afternoon ladies and gents! I’m back with another song for the week!  This week I’m going to go with one of my top ten favorite animes of all time. This particular anime was one of the first Slice of Life’s and I ended up absolutely loving this anime.

Title: “Innocence″ | Artist: NoisyCell | Show: Barakamon

How was everyone’s weekend? Do anything fun? It’s storming out here in the bay area, so I didn’t exactly do too much. Luckily for me we have Monday off (Holiday!) so I can blog to my heart’s content tomorrow! Also, I’m looking forward to the week because I’m technically only working 3 days! Friday, I’ll be at the California College of the Arts‘ Career Fair out in San Francisco! If you’re at the school definitely look for me! 🙂

Hope you guys have a fantastic week!