[OWLS Blog Tour] Losing Sight

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Archi-Anime’s stop on the March edition of the OWLS blog tour.

Wow. It’s certainly been a hot minute since I’ve posted here. As you’ve noticed, things have also changed around here in terms of layout. I recently downgraded my site due to inactivity. I’m going to try to change that by kicking off again with an OWLS blog tour. If you’re not familiar with our group: we are a group of otaku bloggers who promote acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability.

We emphasize the importance of respect, kindness, and tolerance to every human being. Even though we come from all walks of life, each and every one of our amazing members are dedicated to our cause.

This month we’ll be talking about “Devotion.”

When we talked about fandoms, we show our appreciation and support by buying merchandise, cosplaying, writing fanfiction and etc. In fact, our appreciation can end up looking like a sign of religious worship. For this month, we will be talking about how certain characters express devotion to others, objects, and values. We will also be discussing how devotion can turn into an unhealthy form of passion and obsession and the implications of that.

It should be of no surprise, but if we’ve interacted during the last year and prior, the reason I took a bit of hiatus was because I got very deeply involved in the My Hero Academia series and it’s fandom. And, you know, maybe it’s time I started writing more about the series again on my blog, but time is always a heck of a factor.

But, the moment I saw March’s prompt, I had to jump onto it, because while I have my own level of devotion (read as obsession) to this series; more specifically to it’s main character Izuku Midoriya and the most current antagonist of the current season Overhaul, these two both express their devotion to their values.

Kai and Izuku are two sides of the same coin. They ultimately devote themselves to ideals they believe are for the benefit to themselves and to their community. However, while they both have good intentions, one is considered heroic while the other is villainous.

Izuku Midoriya & All Might

Izuku is a hero fanatic, but nothing beats his fanaticism with All Might. All Might is his inspiration to be a hero since he was a child, and the one person that gave him the motivation and reassurance that he too could be a hero.

Izuku’s not able to yield One for All at 100%, his body is not yet equipped to handle it as is, and due to his time limitations to get a feel and own it, he’s pushed into it and do his best with what he can use.

The thing about idolization is the need to be like that person, to emulate them and mimic them. Because it was given from All Might, not only did he feel the need to emulate him, but to carry on All Might’s legacy, and in order to do that he felt the need to mimic his fighting style completely. Yes, some of his moves also came from studying Katsuki, but that was mostly maneuvering than fighting.

For Izuku, inheriting All Might’s power and having studied him so obsessively made him narrow minded in what he could do with the ability of One for All, he even copies the names of all of All Might’s moves, and inevitably it only does damage to Izuku’s arms, to the point he could loose function of them if he continues to put strain on them.

Which brings us to the Provisional License arc, in which Izuku had to develop a special attack as his own, and finally came to the realization that he doesn’t have to copy All Might, and develops his own style using Shoot-style which inevitably becomes Izuku’s new fighting style.

Overhaul & The Yakuza

Overhaul, or, Chisaki Kai, was not a bad guy from day one. It was something he morphed into before taking on the moniker ‘Overhaul’.

Kai was an orphan when ‘The Boss’ adopted him and raised him. At the beginning too, we can see that Kai wasn’t adverse to physical touch, as he welcomed ‘The Boss’ giving him a head pat as a child. This later on changes as Kai hates being touched and develops mysophobia. Kai also views quirks as a disease that needs to be eradicated.

But, as time passed and the rising of heroes and villains with quirks, the Yakuza took a hit and essentially faded into obscurity. His entire life Kai has always felt thankful for having been brought in and a sense of pride for ‘the family’.

In an effort to bring the Yakuza back up to their original position of power, Kai schemes ways for them to earn money and establish their role as formidable adversaries.

When Eri comes into the picture, he sees her as the opportunity to bring the Yakuza out of obscurity. However, ‘the Boss’ shoots down the idea, saying going down this route will be the end of his humanity. Kai fully believes in his idea and that this is the key to help the yakuza out. Because ‘the Boss’ doesn’t want Kai to pursue this and is completely against it, Kai is convinced he is right and that he will prove it, so he uses his quirk on ‘the boss’ which puts him in a coma.

Unfortunately, this is when Kai develops the persona Overhaul, to be more menacing and intimidating. He becomes heartless and cruel in his misguided mission to not only bring the Yakuza back up but to erase quirks.

In the end, Overhaul’s devotion to his cause doesn’t bring glory back to the Yakuza like he had hoped, inevitably losing to Izuku in their battle.

Conclusion

Kai had good intentions, but the ends did not justify the means. His devotion became skewed and he became a deplorable chracter at the end.

Izuku, on the other hand, took him awhile to accept that he didn’t have to follow All Might’s footsteps to a Tee. Izuku now thrives after breaking from the shackles he put on himself in emulating All Might. He’s making the quirk his own, by creating his own style and adjusting every time he ups his power level.

We can see through both characters how devotion can bring upon your utter downfall, but if you can break from and realize how blind you are to it, you can work past it and thrive.

What did you guys think of Izuku and Overhaul’s levels of devotion, whether in manga or in the anime? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to read Matt’s post  found here.

And don’t forget to check out Nyan’s post tomorrow also found here.

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[Fanfiction] My Hero Academia | What He Left Behind

[Title]: What He Left Behind
[Author]: Ive_Ben_Writing
[Category]: General
[Rating]:  Teen & Up
[Fandom]: My Hero Academia | Boku no Hero Academia
[Characters]: Bakugou Katsuki + Class 1-A
[Status]: Completed 

[Synopsis]:
Two weeks after Midoriya “Deku” Izuku defeated the dreadful successor of All for One and disappeared, the Hero Class of 1A tries their best to cope with their sudden loss. And just when the weight of their grief proved to be too much, they discovered that Deku lives on in a manner they didn’t expect.


Angst, angst angst. So. Much. Angst.

Ive_Ben_Writing writes a 7 chapter story on how everyone copes with the loss of Deku in their lives. They’re all still students in this fanfic, and if you’re not caught up with the manga, there’s a slight spoiler as there’s a character that is new and they’re a prominent figure who is deeply affected by Deku’s death and does not cope well.

We all know that Deku and Kacchan have known each other since they were kids, and we all know that Deku believes in Kacchan. They have a special bond, but their layers of miscommunication and misunderstandings have left their relationship in tatters. We also know that they’re trying to rectify the chasm between them and trying to restore some kind of relationship. These things are evident in the show and the manga.

What He Left Behind is a heart wrenching story that literally had me crying in every chapter. This story mostly comes from Katsuki’s point of view, and how he copes and deals with his newfound role in the wake of Deku’s death.

We see the effect that Deku had on each of their classmates, and how each of them are coping with the loss of their friend. They use his death as self-reflection and as a source of inspiration. The fact that he is able to move each of his classmates souls in a way no one else could post-mortem, is really mind blowing, and god, this just really pulls on your heartstings. And for those who aren’t coping or grieving as they should, well, you can only guess who’s there helping them along the way, because at the end of the day, what would Deku do?

This fic is such a ride, especially with Kacchan as the lead. Tasked with being the support, because a certain nerd believes in him, was the most emotional part for me. How he deals with being there for his “friends” and classmates, and as a stand-in for Deku is a great exploration of his character.

I seriously hope you guys give this one a read. It’s fic’s like this that make me understand and love Kacchan’s character and the potential that he has.

[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.

[Zel’s Anime Breakdown] Summer 2018: Volume 1

Hi guys! Welcome to the re-vamped [This Week in Anime] series. I felt that my original title was too rigid, too newslike of a title for my intent for this series. I’ve become more casual in my anime viewing, since I’ve come to realize and accept that I sometimes fall off the wagon of watching shows consistently, I wanted a more fitting title, hence Zel’s Anime Breakdown, ‘cuz I at least watch a few things a week.

I tend to pick-up on certain things in scenes and that also varies in how invested I am in the series. So…yeah…, that being said this will definitely won’t be your typical “weekly” anime review.

Scene-Stealer*:

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Platelets! HOW FREAKING CUTE ARE THESE MUNCHKINS. This entire scene was just pure cuteness, little platelets doing construction work. HAHA.

*something different that I want to do is highlight a scene that stood out to me each week. 

Character Spotlight**:

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DEKU!!!!!

Okay, this segment might not be the best idea for a “weekly” re-cap. I mean, I’m completely obsessed with this precious little hero so it might be a bit hard to be unbiased.

Deku’s constantly evolving his quirk with All Might trying to teach him without giving him direct answers. Deku finally reaches his answer and my gosh, I felt so much pride for Deku, a moment for him to stun Aizawa & Bakugou with his new style. The fond knowing smile that shows up on All Might’s face just shows how much he has believed in Deku finding his answer with the right push. He knows Deku goes above and beyond All Might’s expectations every single time. It’s a knowing smile of how far Deku has come.

**on top of scene, I want to pick a character that stood out to me that week. Both are a way to break out of the whole “review” thing and look at things on another level. And this will probably help me in the long run for my end of year Anime Awards!

Episode Breakdown***

Boku no Hero Academia

Season 3, Episode 52

The gang is back in school, and they’re gearing up for their provisional license exams. Can I tell you, how PSYCHED I am for this arc. Some major character development is on the horizon; feelings are exposed, and self-doubt and self-reflection occur for a few of our favorite hero’s.

Now, I’m up to date with the manga for BnHA, and I may point out some of the slight differences in this section in the future. I’m doing it because I’m starting to feel that the anime is glossing over some of the more important interactions in the manga that are specifically THERE for development albeit it’s really subtle.

***Episode breakdown will pretty much be analyzing or pointing out some nuances I picked up on while watching said episode. But next week will be more in-depth.

General Thoughts

Banana Fish

Episode 1 & 2

What a great kick-off to the series!  I went into this series completely blind. Well, that’s not entirely true, since I’ve read Naja’s OWLS post on this awhile ago. I knew it had dark themes, but I was pleasantly surprised to see just how dark we were going, the depths of gangs and drugs.

The animation and it’s content is a breath of fresh air, especially since I’ve been bogged down in shounen shows like BNHA and Attack on Titan.

Ash, is likely to be another blonde to add to my ever-growing list of favorites. He’s smart, spunky and overall an intriguing main character. When I told Naja this, she figuratively and literally rolled her eyes for all the ladies jumping on the Ash bandwagon.  Apparently that sparked a special project for Naja, I’m patiently awaiting said project and am going to definitely link it when it comes out!

Also, for the record, as I have been properly educated by Naja, that it would be a disservice to this manga adaptation to label this as a BL/Yaoi, because it’s definitely much more than that. Granted, it’s easy to be quick to assume and label this as something akin to Yuri!! on Ice but we really shouldn’t be so quick to assume things because of this story. I was definitely in that group, but I’m going to keep an open mind and not just mindlessly group it into something it’s not.

Cell’s at Work (Hataraka Saibo)

Episode 1

I think this is the cute comedy of the summer. The anthropomorphism of cells working inside the human body like everyday professionals is kind of weird in concept, but it works so well! The characterization of each of the cells and their job types just fit them so perfectly. It’s such a creative twist for a series. But how much can you do without appearing to be gimmicky?

It kind of reminds me of The Magic School Bus, but instead of shrinking people and going in to explore the body, we’re literally seeing how the cells move and work inside the body. It’s actually pretty educational, but I’m curious as to just how accurate it is.

Hanebado

Episode 1 & 2

I’m a self-proclaimed sports anime fanatic. Granted, I haven’t ventured to watch many of the more classical sports ones. I’ll get there eventually.

I’ve realized I haven’t watched a lot of female-centric shows, as I feel there’s been a lot of “cute girls doing cute things”and that’s not really my jam, and there’s nothing wrong with those that do! Once in awhile I venture into the genre though. However, getting back to the topic. Hanebado, is wonderfully animated, very sharp and precise and it’s really one of the biggest draw-in’s for me. The melodrama is as expected, but the vague history of Hanesaki is rather intriguing.


Also, I know you guys are probably like, wait a second, she’s missing her most important review! I’m doing a Free! collab with my dear friend Lita over a Lita Kino’s Anime Corner, and we’ll be alternating the posts between her blog and mine so be on the look out for those!

Harem High Jinks

It’s the beginning of a new era. I’m actually responding to a post I was tagged in!

Okay, to be fair, I just couldn’t pass this particular subject up. We’re talking about Harem’s here, and not to mention the very lovely Scott decided to nominate me! So check out his post here.

So before we get started, let’s get some logistics out of the way. Quick shout-out to Anime Q & A for starting this tag and here are the following ground rules:

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The ‘Build A Harem’ Tag Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post on Anime QandA so they can check out everyone’s picks!
  2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.
  3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!
  4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).
  5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)
  6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!

 

Now, if you’ve been following Archi-Anime for awhile, you should know a few things about me. One, there’s quite a few men I’ve featured on the blog via MCM or other character analysis posts, but let’s be honest, I just love 2D men in general! Second, I have a weakness for Blondes. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out who my top two are honestly. That being said, aside from the harem character types we have to choose from, I’ll be creating my very own blonde reverse harem. But wait, there’s more!

Not just any blonde reverse harem, but a harem with a twist!!

 *Coming soon to your gaming platform of choice: 
Battle of the Blonde Angels on Planet Gunsmoke (localized title)
Enkō Sentō Jinbutsu! (Angel Battle Characters) (Japanese title)

Synopsis: 

Zel’s transported to another world. A western dystopia wherein blondes reside on planet Gunsmoke. Where the future battles with the past. Swords, guns and superpowers reign supreme in the battle for survival.  In the race against time to get back to her own world, our heroine crosses paths with battle angels fighting for the same thing: love and peace.

That’s right! You guessed it! A visual novel, an otome, featuring all types of blondes! My personal otome game.

Choose your Battle Angel!

Childhood Friend/The Boy Next Door – Armin Arlert

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The Dandere – Kunihiro Yamanbagiri 

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Silent but deadly, Yamanbagiri made the cut because…anthropomorphic sword! If you’ve seen Hanamaru, then you know he’s just the cutest thing in the world! I really like his stoic attitude, but his character design was what really won me over, that tied in with his personality of being somewhat shy, bashful and insecure because of his origins. However that’s just how he’s portrayed in his character in Hanamaru. In the ufotable version he’s much more authoritative.

The Yandere – Toma (Amnesia) 

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Toma broke my heart, and shattered my completely in Amnesia, how could this sweet looking boy be the way he is T_T. I really wanted to love him! But for those who have played the game know, that Toma just can’t be trusted. But I had to include him in my harem to be well-rounded, right? Right.

The Tsundere – Katsuki Bakugou

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Kacchan is the latest addition to my running list of favorite blondes. This particular explosive blonde is just so complex that I can’t help but want to know and learn more about his abrasive tendencies and his lack of sensitivity, because underneath it all, this kid is just insecure and really needs a true friend.

The Deredere/ Ace/ School Idol – Ryota Kise

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Last but not least is one of my ultimate favorite blondes! Kise is an adorable sweet puppy and just too cute for words. For those that know, I usually feature Kise in my fanfics because I find him so much fun and easy to write for. Also, Kise’s a force to be reckoned with on the court, as he can perfectly copy all of the GoM, add that to the zone and he’d be unbeatable.

BONUS!

*hidden* character to be unlocked after finishing all Good Endings of each character: 

The Ultimate Ace/Deredere: Vash the Stampede!

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We all know, that Vash is my ultimate of ultimates. We’ve seen his silly side and his serious side, and that’s exactly why he’s my favorite. He’s anti-violence and is truly the symbol of love and peace. 🙂



Your turn:

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I’ll only be nominating shoujo since I’m sure tons of my blogger friends have already done this challenge. LOL.




*Author’s note: Keep in mind this is a parody on the idea of an Otome!

**Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters! This was all in good fun!

This conclude’s Zel’s reverse harem. Thoughts? Comments?  What did you think of my personal otome game? Let me know in the comments below!

Now, who would be in your harem? 😀

[OWLS Blog Tour] Pride Goeth Before a Fall: Katsuki Bakugo

Hey hey hey owlets! Welcome to Archi-Anime’s stop on this month’s blog tour. As you know, I’m still kind of on a semi-hiatus. But I had to participate in this month’s tour! Especially when I’ve been completely engrossed in the Boku no Hero Academia universe; I had the perfect character for this month’s theme.

June’s theme is Pride”:

In honor of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word, “Pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

This character choice was a no brainer. The level of pride he exudes has irked me from the get go. For as many times I’ve watched the series; the numerous discussions I’ve had with people about him.  I still struggle for the life of me to understand him; but I’m definitely trying my hardest to. Also, light spoilers, but nothing incredibly revealing to the plot overall.

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Katsuki Bakugo of Boku no Hero Academia is a character I struggle to get behind. I’ll be honest, I’ve disliked Bakugo very heavily because of his violent personality, his haughtiness and most glaringly his inflated ego. How does a character become so full of himself?

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Katsuki’s pride is a byproduct of his upbringing. In the very early flashbacks of his childhood we see that he and Izuku had been really good friends, and spent quite a lot of time together. Through Ikuzu’s eyes we witness the “greatness” of Katsuki. He’s a natural born leader – he led around the neighborhood kids.  He’s smart – he was one of the first in his group of friends to start reading. He’s charismatic – he’s literally the coolest kid on the block  Katsuki is just so naturally GOOD at everything that you’re drawn to him. Classmates are constantly barraging him with praise him for being talented and cool.

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His personality begins to warp with the introduction of his quirk; and it appears he’s the first in his kindergarten class to get one. Both peers AND adults alike start to shower him with relentless priase in pre-school. He starts to notice the stark contrast between Izuku and himself.  Why can’t Deku do this or that?  Why doesn’t Deku have a quirk? And being a 4-year old what other explanation can you give yourself but “Ah, of course! I’m just the best! Better than everyone here!” Hence, the bullying of Izuku begins.

The praise and admiration he receives goes unchecked by anyone, something his parents have realized, especially his Mother. She realizes her lack of teaching Katsuki how to be humble and how actions affect others has caused Katsuki’s pride to balloon to the point of no return. She only hopes that UA can help him where she failed and could not.

Katsuki not only exudes an alarming amount of pride which is considered to be the original and most serious of the deadly sins and yet, his pride is the culmination of a few other deadly sins: wrath, envy and greed.

These “sins” serve as the foundation of Katsuki’s pride. I wanted to look at the other sins and how they’ve built and affected Katsuki’s overwhelming prideful demeanor. In some cases a lot of these sins can be pointed to a source: Izuku. The feelings/emotions that these two feel towards one another are so complicated that they’ve lost the ability to communicate with one another.

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Greed

“An inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs.”

Katsuki has several types of greed. In the beginning of the series, the most apparent greed for wealth is apparent as he proclaims he’ll be the richest hero to his middle school class. Aside from the obvious materialism that is associated with Greed, Katsuki is also greedy for power (strength). Whenever he see him fight or watch All Might, he always makes a comment about how strong he is, how powerful he is; especially in the final exam in which he’s unwillingly paired up with Izuku. He idolizes All Might, so of course he want’s to be like All Might, so there’s a definite Greed to be better, to need more power, more strength. Lastly, Katsuki has a strong desire to be the best, to be the indisputable number one, so much so that he’s often seen as maniacal. Take the Sports Festival for example. He’s hell-bent on being number one, but an indisputable, unquestionable number one.

Greed is often associated with selfishness, and the need to take, take, take. Katsuki’s greed has come from the amount of positive praise he’s received over the years that inflated his ego into making him believe that he’s just the most amazing person in the world.

Envy

“a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.”

A lot of Katsuki’s complicated feelings are centered around his childhood friend and envy is one of the traits that is brought out by Izuku. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m associating Envy with someone like Katsuki. This might be more of an interpretation of Katsuki, but let’s take a look back to the day of the sludge villain attack. Despite all the capable licensed heroes, Izuku was the only one to rush in to try to save him before All Might ultimately rushed in to save the day. From that day forward Katsuki never bullied Izuku again, even Izuku was quick to make not of it.  I think that Katsuki had realized that Izuku had a true sense of heroism, which is something that Katsuki himself lacks. Later on in the series, envy will become more apparent, but for the sake of this post I don’t want to post spoilers. But you bet you’ll see more Hero Academia posts around my blog that will most likely touch on Katsuki again.

Also, last but not least, let’s not forget that he despite being strong he envies All Might’s strength. He knows that’s the pinnacle of strength and what he needs to be. He envies that strength because that’s what it means to be number one.

Wrath

“an intense emotional response usually involving agitation, malice, or retribution. It is an emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat.”

Katsuki has a bristling personality, there’s no question about that. He’s really rough around the edges, and exhibits a ton of agitation specifically towards Izuku.  He takes out a lot of his aggression on Izuku and what he represents as stated previously in ‘envy’. It should be noted that due to Katsuki’s physical nature, it can be inferred that this is the only way he can express himself rather than communication and words. 

His wrath is a reaction of his inferiority superiority complex. Meaning, he’s covering up his glaring insecurities by acting brashly towards Izuku by putting him down, mentally and physically, while exuding an air of confidence and praising himself. As Katsuki watches Izuku learn to control and use his quirk at alarming rate, I’d say it’s clear that his insecurities of being the best are being threatened, especially when those around him start to recognize Izuku as strong and start to look at him as the worthy rival versus him.

Another important point to note as part of Katsuki’s wrath (this is the part I struggle with) is that he’s so blinded by it, he doesn’t realize that Izuku has ALWAYS admired him and looked up to him as his hero next to All Might, if anything Katsuki is the closest he could emulate and look up to. He takes Izuku’s concern to be disdain and ridicule, because how could someone as strong as Katsuki ever need the help of someone weak and quirkless, so he reacts by bullying him. He’s also so blinded by his wrath, he doesn’t listen to All Might’s advice and concern during the Final Exam because he’s too focused on his anger towards having to work with Izuku and anger that he’s not strong enough to beat All Might.

Izuku was once the weak and the poor defenseless friend that trailed behind Katsuki all the time. But now that “friend” is slowly but surely closing the gap between them with each conflict that arises. Katsuki is afraid of Izuku passing him up and being the one left behind, and that makes him feel nothing but rage, because he’s supposed to be the strongest and the best between the two of them.

Cracked Armor

Hairline fractures are slowly starting to form in Katsuki’s pride the moment he starts classes at UA. First he loses in the mock battle against Izuku because he was so blinded by his wrath to think coherently. Then he starts to realize that he’s not as amazing as he thinks. He takes note how stupid his strategy was, and how strong Shouto Todoroki and the rest of his classmates are as well. He’s starting to realize not the special kid he thought he was.

But the biggest crack in his armor is Izuku. Izuku is a double-edged sword for Katsuki and I’m pretty certain of that. Izuku’s weaknesses had bolstered his pride, because they were so drastically different from one another; they were at opposite ends of the spectrum. Yet, coming into UA they’ve switched roles. Izuku is well received, popular, and everyone seems to take inspiration from him. Izuku is acknowledged by others for his strength and pure-hearted heroism and reluctance to give up. They recognize him as a worthy rival, overlooking Katsuki.

However, Katsuki doesn’t realize is that he has everything needed to make a great hero. Everyone has acknowledged his natural combat skill, his intelligence and his drive, but his prideful personality holds him back from becoming someone likeable, relateable and inspirational.

These fractures have slowly been building since the day that Izuku came to save him from the sludge villain. His pride continues to grow and it grew exponentially worse in the Sports Festival Arc leading into the Final Exam. His pride is hitting its maximum level and the small fractures are on the verge of breaking him completely open.

But what will happen to Katsuki after the fall? Can he change for the better? How will he change? Or better yet, WILL he change? Can he truly acknowledge his faults and become the true hero that he’s meant to be?

Final Thoughts

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Katsuki, is a character I dislike because of his treatment of Izuku. But, I won’t give up on him. I’m not turning my back on this character. Just like Deku, I won’t give up on Kacchan. I know he’s bound for greatness, he HAS to be. He and Izuku have a pretty good idea of how the other works, it’s almost innate because of how long they’ve known each other. Honestly, when Katsuki does express emotion it really is only in front of Izuku, and to me that speaks volumes about their relationship. Only Izuku has seen Katsuki be vulnerable. For the life of me, I want them to patch things up. I want Katsuki to apologize to Izuku, and for them to repair and rebuild what was lost. Can Katsuki find redemption?

The answer is…. maybe? I’m teetering the edge of love and hate for Katsuki Bakugo, but I’m leaning towards yes.  If he can learn to humble himself and learn to take responsibility for his actions, which he slowly but surely is in the manga, he has the makings of a real hero, and paired with Izuku, they could definitely be The Wonder Duo

Katsuki will have to hit rock bottom and address the sins that plague him. In order for that to happen, his pride will have to fall.


Thanks for stopping by Archi-Anime and checking out my post on pride! I am completely enamored with BNHA, so much so that I am planning to make a series of posts related to this series/fandom and Katsuki again.

That just about wraps up this month’s tour here at Archi-Anime. Thoughts on Katsuki? Comments? Questions? Feel free to leave any in the comments!

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Where in the World is Zel?

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering. It almost feels like I dropped off the face of the planet with the blog. Especially when I was hyped up about my trip to Japan and was prepping to write about it and share all the fun things I got to experience. But alas, I disappeared. So again, I’m sure it’s been a question that’s been on your mind (haha I hope so anyways). So, what the heck happened to Zel?

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, obviously. After the trip, I got overloaded with work. Like 50-60 hour weeks + coming in on weekends. So yeah, having to deal with that right after coming back from my vacation was just draining. It was like I couldn’t breathe let alone relax and recuperate. I’ve also started to notice this gnawing feeling of anxiety in the pit of my stomach about stuff – but I won’t get into that too much. But for some reason it’s left we feeling weirdly insecure about my writing for no good reason.

April was maelstrom of events, and feelings. It was just completely overwhelming, and now I’m dealing with the aftermath with a bit of self-care.

I couldn’t find it in myself to write anything for the last few weeks. Was it writer’s block? Maybe. Maybe it was because I’m surrounded by so many talented writers via the Podcast and the OWLS group, that me stepping away meant that I could no longer keep up with those that I consider my friends. I’m not one for competition, but the more amazing content people came up with the more I started to doubt my own self-worth and resentment started to build. Like I said, I got wildly insecure for absolutely no reason, it’s like all confidence went out the window.  How does that happen in a span of two weeks? Hell if I know. Next thing I know, that pressure kept building and building and that led to some anxiety, and the more I dreaded to look at my blog. Honestly, I’m still feeling some type of way, but it’s getting better.

I decided that I should just let it be. Forget the pressure of those weekly posts I was doing and just really relax. Just take my time and do whatever the heck I wanted. The blog will be there, it will always be there. I just needed some time and space to clear my head. And when I was ready to come back, I’d come back. Simple as that.

It’s so easy to forget I started this for fun. The pressure I was putting on myself to produce consistently, and the pressure to compare myself was really no one’s fault but my own. So, I’ll be abandoning the “schedule” thing for the time being and just go with the flow, until I feel better about myself and writing.

But, fear not. The comeback is on the rise. Lately, I’ve been inspired to start writing again. While I was on hiatus, I found renewed inspiration for writing because I got hooked into a few things that just gave me the itch to write.

Boku no Hero Academia

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I’ve already been a huge fan of the series. But ever since I came back from Japan and decided to step away from the blog, I’ve been 100% engrossed and immersed in every aspect that is Boku no Hero Academia. I’ve watched Seasons 1 & 2 repeatedly the last month, with the weekly updates of Season 3 sprinkled in (honestly, I don’t think I’ve watched anything outside of BnHA the last few weeks).  I’ve read every single chapter of the manga, and have gone over a few arcs several times. I’ve listened to the OST tons over the course of the day sporadically.  Now, I’ve gone over to the dark side and have been completely submerged in fan fiction territory and have been stuck here ever since. I also may have started my own fanfic in this time frame.

It’s literally an obsession as of right now. I think it might be a sickness. How can someone be completely submerged in everything that a series has to offer? All day, everyday no less? For an entire month? The only time I’ve ever felt like this was with Free! but even then it wasn’t to this level of involvement; not to this drastic extent. My obsession cycles in phases that only lasts a few days or a few weeks (okay, that might change once season three of Free! starts, but we’ll see).  Do I have a problem? Maybe…? It’s not necessarily a bad thing (I hope). I don’t know what kind of funk has left me stuck in the world of Heroes, but I don’t see myself snapping out of this anytime soon. I can’t turn away.

There’s something great here in BnHA, and I’ll try my damnedest to hopefully express the amount of joy this series has given me; whether that be in character studies, or writing reviews. Heck, I don’t know, but I’ll start somewhere, and by somewhere, I mean this quick little blurb of just talking about it.

This series has given me everything I needed on hiatus: laughter, drama, and angst. It’s given me hope, and given me despair but most importantly it’s given me inspiration. There are quite a few episodes I can’t make it through without shedding a damn tear, or being overwhelmed with raw emotion. Am I over-hyping the series? Possibly.  But I’m speaking from the heart and how Hero Academia has personally affected me during this anxiety filled phase.

(I actually wrote a lot more about BnHA, but have since redacted this post in favor of a spin-off post to talk about my obsession before I get too carried away and go off tangent on this update.)

 

Hakuoki

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For those of you that don’t know, I do tend to dabble in writing fan fiction. I have one piece up on Archive of Our Own under another name, which surprisingly has done fairly well since it went up. But I digress.

What about Hakuouki has helped me during this time?

I love otome. I love romance. I love a good story. I love angst. I love history. I love fantasy. I love crying over mopey shit. I guess I am a masochist for loving a good cry over anything that could be so emotionally touching. Otome in general gets my maiden heart going, it gives me that release I need emotionally.

I’ve played Hakuouki before, on my iPad. It was the second otome I played from IdeaFactory/Otomate (first being Amnesia). But having it on my PSVita, it became a whole new ballgame. With all the new routes, I was excited to dive in again.

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I started with Kyoto Winds, the first half of the Hakuoki PSVita game. I chose Susumu Yamazaki because he was a new character, and he had definitely caught my eye, but wasn’t completely invested in his character in terms of anticipation. I wanted to go with Shinpachi Nagakura at first, but because he was one of the first guys I thought deserved a route from the original Hakuoki; I had to contain my hype. I didn’t want to blow through his route out of sheer excitement. So I opted for Yamazaki first, I thought his route would be harmless, and boy was I ever wrong.

Yamazaki’s route was such a great route for me to break into Kyoto Winds with. I got so attached to him, and was fully immersed in his story. I ended his game feeling a bit melancholic. Those feelings I had for this route were so utterly strong, I had to write. I needed to write.  The urge to write about a route had never been like this. Of all the otome games I’ve played, and been immersed with, Yamazaki for some reason struck me to my core.

I didn’t want to just write. I wanted to write with the same feeling, the same sentiment that I felt when playing this route. The original intent had been to write a review of his route, but thankfully it evolved into something more. I ended up writing a short fan fiction based on the events of Kyoto Winds. I wanted to experiment with my writing style. I wanted to try my hand at flowery language. I wanted to express my attachment to his route the way that Chizuru (the heroine) felt. Yamazaki’s route had inspired me to be a different writer, to be more creative. So I did.

I wrote brief snippets about Yamazaki, and in the end I’ve created a story based on those snippets. I now have a running document called Hakuouki Vignettes, which are a collection of short stories, in the heroines Point of View (or Chizuru) and her leading man. It started with Yamazaki, but it grows as I complete each route of Kyoto Winds. 

Which leads me to my latest project.  In the midst of my writing crisis, anxiety and self-doubt, I went out on a limb and decided to sign-up for this project called otogehanami. A website that hosts a collaborative project for fans of otoge to come together and express their love in either art or written form. And with some encouragement from eversodearest shoujothoughts, I decided to put myself out there and submit a piece, and who better to submit than Yamazaki, the man who started this all.

Granted though,  the piece I had started in my vignettes cannot be submitted to otogehanami, so I’m in the process of crafting something else, and hopefully it’ll be strong since I’ve completed his route 100% in both Kyoto Winds and the second half in Edo Blossoms. 

Recovery?

Am I making a full recovery back to the blog? Yes and No. As stated earlier, I think I’m going to lay off the whole weekly bit thing for a while. I want to craft my posts and writing a bit more. I’ve said it before, in my OWLS post about Barakamon and in my Milestone post: “Through trial and error, we find ourselves and our passions. Through trial and error we find what works and what doesn’t work.”

Am I going through another Renaissance of sorts? Nah, not that extreme. But I am experimenting with my writing right now. I want to write more reviews, but with my own spin on it. I want to write about the things I love without feeling the backlash of the ‘unpopular opinion’.

The blog is supposed to be my outlet from my stressful work life, but I often felt like running the blog was just as stressful as my job. Coming up with content consistently, and keeping up with weekly themes pretty much overran the purpose of the blog. Honestly, I just want to go back to having fun.

Anyways, thanks for reading. The tone of the post seems daunting if not depressive, but I assure you it’s just a slight bump in the road. Yes, I’m struggling, but I’m working through it.

I’ve been feeling more like myself lately. So thank you everyone for your continued patience and your support. Especially you Mel, for having stuck by my side and consistently talking to me daily, it really helped my mood, more than you know.

But if any of you need to find me, you can find me stuck in Boku no Hero Academia Abyss, and Hakuoki Hell, for the time being. lol. ❤

~Zel

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[OP] Odd Future | Sunday Salutations

OMG, a post from Zel! Yay! I’m sure that’s what you’re all thinking! (At least, I hope that’s what’s happening)

I’d like to say I’m back from my hiatus for the time being. Vacation is over, and I’m slowly adjusting back to real life. I miss Japan, and I can’t wait to plan my next trip over! But for the time being, I do have some posts planned that I’d love to get out to you about my adventures. As much as I was there for the Cherry Blossom season, it was also very much an anime trip. I’m lucky my parents were pretty supportive of the blatant spending I did in their presence; but hey I saved up the last few years for this! I deserved it! XD

Kicking off my return, I’m featuring My Hero Academia’s Season 3 OP for this week’s song. MHA is one of my most anticipated ones for the Spring Season, I even got to catch the premiere and the second episode while abroad (not that I fully understood it or anything).  I’m excited to see what the new season is going to bring us.  I haven’t really had a chance to look at the rest of the Spring line-up; and I may or may not post anything regarding spring season because I’m still playing catch up with winter season.

Title: Odd Future | Artist: UVERworld | Anime: Boku no Hero Academia S3

Aside from the training camp, and the development of the story, what are you looking forward to the most from this coming season? Personally, I’m invested in Todoroki so I’d like to see what kind of development he has, especially when they’re working with their quirks at camp. On another note, due to some of the spoilers from the manga I’ve seen, I’m looking forward to see more of the supporting cast’s story develop (Kacchan & Kirishima just to name a few).

Also, have you guys seen the MHA x Marvel Crossover stuff? Pretty fun. Deku, Uraraka, Iida, Todoroki, Bakugo, Iida & All Might introduce some of the characters; if anything I think they pick ones they loosely relate to.

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You can find the videos here: Hypebeast: ‘My Hero Academia’ & The Avengers Team up for ‘Infinity War’ Crossover Videos

That just about wraps up this Sunday’s post. 🙂 Thoughts, comments? Let me know in the section below. Have a great week everyone!

[ED] Datte Atashi no Hero | Sunday Salutations

Good evening everyone. It’s been awhile since I had a Sunday Salutation/ED of the week.

Posts have been scarce, and unfortunately it may continue this way for a little bit longer. But more on that in a little bit. First, let’s talk about my ED of the week.

With the spring season around the corner, and the highly anticipated Season 3 of My Hero Academia (and with the help of Mel) it was fitting to feature an ED from one of shows I’m looking most forward to this coming Spring. I haven’t done one of those “What I’ll be watching this season” type posts in awhile, and I think I’m okay with that.

This week’s ED comes from the second season of My Hero Academia, and is the second ending featured in episodes 14-24. The literal translation of Datte Atashi no Hero is “After all, You’re my Hero.” It seems to be set in a fantasy AU, with Deku posing as the protagonist traveler running into a few people on the way that help him in his quest.

Okay, let me just say, I literally picked this because, how can you NOT love everyone in these AU costumes? Especially wheny ou have a princely Todoroki who is riding on a white horse. I mean, how much more fantasy fairy tale can you get? Also his cute smirk, and the deadpan look on his face when his horse runs away from him.  Also, most of you know I’m just a die hard Todoroki fangirl, but there’s someone surprisingly slowly climbing up that list, and has ALREADY surpassed Bakugo. But I’ll save that for another day. Speaking of Kacchan, he’s looking pretty fierce as a dragon rider with a tattoo sprawling on his left arm. Forgive me for fangirling over his manliness. But yes, I’m leaving you with this ED.

Title: Datte Atashi no Hero | Artist: LiSA | Anime: Boku no Hero Academia S2

So, okay, there’s another reason as to why I’ve chosen this song. After listening to the lyrics, I just.. *sigh*. I’ll cut to the chase. This song makes me think of you guys, after having looked at the translation of the lyrics.

“I can’t imagine you ever giving up,
Though I’m sure even you have empty, miserable days.
If you think you might be facing any number of monumental efforts—
The kind that come only once in a lifetime—I wanna be there to see it!”

So many of you guys have been really great friends to me, whether it being regular visitors that engage with me in the comment section, fangirling with me on twitter/line/discord, or collaborating with me on posts, OWLS and the iNAP podcast. I’ve been so thankful for everyone’s kindness as I try to struggle on my path to architectural licensure and the never ending support from all of you has been nothing short of phenomenal. That being said, many of you guys have said similar things to me to the quote to the right (I’m looking at you Mel, and my iNAP podcasters), you’re all cheering for me and rooting for me to get through my exams. And I hope that when I do,  you’re all around to celebrate. 🙂

“Our many tales of failure… versions of ourselves we couldn’t love… if we can just embrace them, we’ll be unstoppable!”

It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell you, that I did not pass my exam a few weeks ago. I’m not gonna lie, I could’ve studied harder, but with work projects ramping up and tons of overtime, I struggled to find time to study. It’s hard to sit at a desk again when I get home after a long day of work, much less sit a desk on the weekend to study. I’m just mentally drained. I’m trying not to make any excuses for my failure, but this fail won’t deter me from continuing to pursue my goal. I’ve found some helpful study guides and post-vacation I’ll be back in studying mode pursuing the next exam date.

Hurray! Hurray! You have a talent for making me say it again and again!
So keep standing your ground. I’m getting my courage from you.”

So yeah, these are snippets of the translated lyrics of the songs. I just want to reiterate how thankful I am for all of you guys that continue to support me as I balance my career/studying and the blog. I won’t be giving up this blog any time soon it’s a great hobby. Because of everyone’s support I can keep a brave face and keep moving. So yes, I get all my courage from every single one of you that have impacted me in terms of friendships. I never thought I’d find such a great support system via an anime blog, yet here we are. I love all of you guys.

I’ll be going on vacation at the end of this week and I’ll be away for about two weeks. I may or may not update the blog outside of a few scheduled posts. I’ll be on twitter updating, and IG posting. I’ll still have the interwebz so I’m sure a lot of you will still be hearing from me.

When I come back, I’ll be making a few adjustments to the blog. My posting schedule is still TBD as I try to get some reviews out that have been sitting for awhile. May will also be an exciting month as I’m planning something with a couple of other bloggers. And well, I’m prepping to do something special as well in July for….obvious reasons to you, maybe they’re obvious maybe they’re not. You’ll have to wait and see.

If I’m not writing on the blog, I’ve actually been writing a lot of short story fanfictions based on a few of the otome’s I’ve been playing. I also have been writing fanfiction. But only so very few people have been reading it. I’m shy about it.


Also, I’ve gone and created a Ko-Fi account to help me out with the site. Hopefully you guys will buy me a few coffee’s when I make a full return to the blogging realm post-vacation and get quality content out.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead of you. Speaking of vacations, is anyone planning on going anywhere anytime soon? Have any fun anecdotes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

[A Year in Anime] 2017 Archi-Anime Awards

2017 has come to a close! And that means another year of blogging has been completed. I will probably do a 2017 review of what the blog has been up to as well as announce some awesome stuff this week! Sorry I’ve been MIA over the holidays, work shut-down for the week and I have found myself enjoying reading and watching, and inadvertently took a small break from blogging. But, I digress. Let’s get down to what I’ve found to be the best of the year!

A few of the rules:

  • It had to have aired in the year of 2017.
  • I have finished watching these shows 100%.
  • I’ve split this up into categories, much like last year’s and again I modeled it after the Oscars and ripped Leth’s (for the most part)
  • There may or may not be runner-up’s/close-calls for every category.

Here we go!

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