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

HAREM_BIOS_ArminArmin’s usually saving people’s asses when in a pinch (namely Eren). He’s witty, cunning and wise. His tactician side is really what appeals to me, because apparently to some of my friends I’m like Armin. I thought he’d be a great character to start off with for this post.

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? 😀

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]: Love Sniper | Mini-Review: Kenka Banchou Otome

Good Afternoon everyone! How was everyone’s week been? Anything good happen? Go somewhere specific over the weekend? Anything out of the mundane happen?

As for me, since my boss went on vacation, it was a relatively chill week, yet still productive. The highlight of my week was that my work bestie got married on Friday. So those of you who I usually talk to on a daily basis probably noticed I was a bit MIA!  Continue reading “[OP]: Love Sniper | Mini-Review: Kenka Banchou Otome”

Top 10 Chocolate Haired Men 

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all trying to combat your Monday Blues! I’m back with another list for MCM! Today I’ll be counting down my top 10 chocolate brown haired men. Hopefully some of these will bring a smile to your face 🙂

Oh, and it’s pretty clear this list is definitely filled with sports bias. Sorry, not sorry.

10.HEATH HASEKURA (PRINCE OF STRIDE: ALTERNATIVE)

Kicking off the list we have Heath from Prince of Stride. He’s the third year captain and a runner in Honan’s stride club. Heath is dependable kinda guy who’s got a bit of a manly spirit. He’s half British and half Japanese. One of his sister’s owns an international fashion company and has modeled a few times against his will, and modeled as a requirement for the company only to gain sponsorship for his stride team. Another dependable big brother type!

Continue reading “Top 10 Chocolate Haired Men “

Take Two! February 5 -11

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

  • “99” | Mob Psycho 100: Last week’s song was Mob Psycho 100’s OP to get me kicked off for the long work week ahead of me. I had been looking to a relaxing weekend – but alas relaxation has evaded me yet again!
  • No Longer Human: Osamu Dazai: Looked at one of my favorite supernatural anime characters; that being Osamu Dazai from Bungou Stray Dogs. I look at his character’s journey and what his cause to become apart of the Armed Detective Agency.
  • Daimidaler: I didn’t get to watch a ton of anime since I was working, but I did watch have something on while I worked; that being Daimidaler. An anime so bad I can’t tell if it’s bad on purpose.
  • [Guest Blogger] My Best Friend Became a Courtesan: Men of Yoshiwara- Hayabusa Main Story Review: Naja and I had been working on this collaborative post for awhile now, and we were finally able to get it together and get it done! It was my first otome and first collaborative post. I had so much that I’m looking forward to writing more about my Otome adventures!

This week was a bit short, but once my work deadline is done I’m going to try to get back on schedule and bring more content to the blog!

THIS WEEKS’ INTERESTING READS:


That just about wraps up this week’s Take Two! Have you guys read these? What were your thoughts?  Did you run across any articles that may catch my ever-growing interest in the anime/manga/gaming world? Send me a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out! 

[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!

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

Take Two! Jan. 29 – Feb 4

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

I missed last week’s Fantasy Friday, I was completely wiped out from work and overtime.

THIS WEEKS’ INTERESTING READS:

  • (Animesque Review) Voltron: Legendary Defenders Part 2: Mechanical Reviews looks at Voltron’s Second Season on Netflix. As someone that has been trying to get around to seeing season 2, I was glad it got a positive review from him!
  • Top 5 Anime of 2016: Over at Scoopious, Tasha Night runs down her top 5 from last year. I’m sharing it because there’s actually a few on here that I haven’t seen, but have heard great things about!
  • KPOP in Anime: Mel looks at music form KPOP artists that are feature in Anime OPs/EDs. A well thought out and put together list!
  • Friday Funny: Matt compiles a list of images to celebrate Final Fantasy’s 30th year as a game franchise! Check it out for a good laugh!
  • 200th Blog Post and Sailor Moon’s 25th Anniversary: Over at Good Morning Otaku, they celebrated their 200th post by also celebrating Sailor Moon’s Anniversary! As a huge Sailor Moon fan, I just had to share this one with you all!
  • The Stubborn Prince: Joshua Lieben: Naja celebrates Joshua’s birthday by reviewing his route and re-living the feels of one of her favorite characters in the otome world! Give it a look, I know I’ll be playing this route sometime soon!!

That just about does it for Take Two! this week. Did you guys encounter these posts? What were your thoughts? Have other links you’d love to share with me? Leave me a comment below!

Thanks for tuning in on this week’s Take Two!