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?”
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.