The sound of the bow

Sometimes you look forward to something so much that you are disappointed when you finally see it.

Well in my mind Tsurune delivered on my expectations.

First off I know this may seem a bit silly but I’m writing a ya fantasy right now and the main weapon is a long bow like the one they use in Tsurune. So now I can double my research for my blog and my book. WIN!

Second I’ve become a full blow sports anime fan and when I see interesting characters and a sport that I don’t know much about I really now am interested.

I want to learn about sports.

Whoa…

Who am I?

Sports anime really has a way to make even the smallest rule exciting. I guess they need to make and anime about going to the dentist or something.

What really made me excited is the start of a conflict from the very beginning between Minato and Takehaya. You get the impression that they were friends at one point. Minato isn’t openly hostile but you can tell that he really doesn’t want to talk to his old friend.

They meet on the opening day of their new high school and right away they are recruiting to revive the school archery club. This premise really isn’t new in sports anime but honestly it is the characters that really always sell it to me.

They are all different and from the start their personalities really shine.

You know and can relate to what Minato is going through. I think when you have suffered trauma it is always the things we love that struggle. Through this we want to see him be successful with something he loves and I’m looking forward to watching him grow and hopefully overcome his pain.

My favorite character so far is the guy with the sour face Kaito.

I really relate to him on a personal level.

And I really never say this in any of my blogs because it sometimes just adds to the emotion and I never think of it but the music… It was stunning. The simple notes played out while Minato when home and was alone. While he road his bike… I can’t really do it justice but I really am a fan of the score so far.

And…

Look what I found…

Mhmm Beautiful draw there…

The owl is judging me.

In the end I’m really excited about this show and I hope it continues with making the characters and their personal conflicts engaging. This has topped my list so far with new anime this fall and I hope you give it a chance!

Happy Watching!

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Still Creeped out from Puppets? Check.

I don’t really watch scary shows. But what someone else finds scary and I what I find scary will differ. If it will keep me up at night I give it a wide birth. I tend to stay away from things that involve ghosts or spirits. Also in anime I have always found dolls to be super creepy (I blame Another). So it is really wise for me to watch a show that is full of puppets…

They really creep me out.

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There is something about the dead eyes and how they walk in jerky movements. So this first episode of Karakuri Circus had enough to creep me out and I don’t even know if I’m supposed to be scared.

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Sorry grandson you will be forever alone. But you’ll have a puppet room…

Apparently all men in Saiga house have a room like that ^^. That is a clear sign for a lady to make a run for it. “Sorry I don’t date men with a creepy puppet room. Bye.” (let’s play a game and see how many times I use the word creepy. How else do you describe puppets?)

Despite me rambling on about creepiness this is an interesting show. It has a lot of things going for it despite a super confusing first episode.

This may be where the manga readers get mad at me for not understanding something. I think the main problem is they are trying to make us care but we really have no set up to why we should care.

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It starts out with a bunch of people getting killed. We don’t really know why. Then cut to a man in a bear suit trying to get people to go to the circus.

Okay so we’ve moved on from the murders I guess. I don’t know if these were in the future or the past of the show.

A young boy Masaru approaches the man in the bear suit and wonders if he will take him to the circus.

I mean… Kids don’t go up to strangers…

Now suddenly bear guy(Narumi) is trying to protect Masaru from a hoard of creepy puppets. Talk about getting yourself in too deep for a complete strange child.

My main problem is why is this guy suddenly facing death to save a boy? I mean we really don’t know anything about his character but that seems a bit intense to try and risk your life for this kid. I guess if I was ever in trouble I would want to meet him on the street.

Narumi finds out from the kid that he needs to get Shirogane. He has not clue where she is at but she is at a circus. Could be any circus.

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This was information shared to him by his grandpa in the creepy puppet room. They are going to find this person and you would assume once that happens Narumi would go back to his life.

Nope.

At the end he is decided to help out this kid. Again, I don’t get his character or motivation. Honestly if he wasn’t in the first episode it would have made it a lot better. I know since he seems to be a main character he can’t just be cut. I really want to know what kind of life he has that he can just get up, drop everything,  and go to protect a stranger.

Who can just drop everything like that? I guess he dressed up as a bear for a living so there isn’t a career he’s missing out on. (I’m sorry if that is your occupation I don’t mean to say that what you do isn’t important.)

The things I ended up liking about this anime are… the creepy puppets haha. Oh irony.

The show started to pick up for me when Shirogane used the puppet Arlequin to fight off the men in black puppets.

The used of the strings and the fight were pretty interesting and honestly it was enough to make me stick around for episode two.

I’m hoping that this is just a case of trying to shove too much into one episode. Where they couldn’t properly set up any motivation for the side characters. You really don’t want the last five minutes to be the only good part of a first episode. I have a feeling they would lose a lot of watchers.

Because I want to care about the kid and the bear man but I really don’t. I do find the “magic” interesting and that is the only reason I will watch another episode.

This one is honestly closest to my drop list at this point but maybe things will get fleshed out in another episode.

And don’t worry that totally isn’t a puppet standing behind you in a dark room. Oh sleep…

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Happy watching!

 

Run like the butterfly

We all know it is bad to manipulate someone into doing something they don’t want to do. Well at least we should know. What you do in your personal time is up to you…

I feel a bit bad that I’m finding these poor characters pain a bit funny?

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I mean I really relate to them on a personal level since I myself have been trying to be healthy and I did a heated Pilates challenge this summer. I myself was passed out on the floor more times that I can mention. I can feel their pain but I was the one who put myself through it. These guys got stuck or bribed into physical activity.

I mean at this point I don’t feel as sorry for them, but I relate on a personal level with book guy/prince.

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Watching him run as a butterfly out paces him really cracked me up. I’m sorry prince, you need to find a new home for all your books since I’m starting to worry that you might die…

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I mean we’ve all been there right? Face challenges that were put in front of us that we had no control over. I get that what Haiji is doing is pretty sh**** but as the prince is forced out of his comfort zone he is doing his best and not giving up.

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We don’t know why this poor boy was added to the team. He is in the worse shape and there is no way that he will help his team win in any way. Although Haiji seems strangely confident in the prince. I want to see what is hidden inside and see the prince grow past this challenge.

As long as he is still alive in the end.

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Like I said I can really relate to his struggle. Maybe I’m taking this sports anime too personal but I want prince to succeed with running. I want him to accomplish something that he never thought was possible. I mean isn’t that what life is? Meeting the challenge and coming out on top?

You got this Prince! I will be right behind you!

Happy watching!

When you find home

In a relationship there is something beautiful when two people can find comfort with each other.

It can tend to be something that is still filled with pain but it is from the pathways that they were forced to take.

In watching Banana Fish it really does leave an ache in my heart from week to week. I want to see the small child that lives in Ash feel safe and rested for once. He is trained to survive and he is brilliant. All his traits from his brain to his looks were honed to be used by a man that sees people a mere play things.

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You see his want for something normal and safe but also his desire for revenge leads him down a darker path.

So when Eiji, who really does seem to be a bit boring, comes into his life, as a viewer you have to wonder… How does someone who is as dynamic as Ash find anything interesting in the quiet stable Eiji?

Maybe that question does answer itself. Eiji is the complete opposite of Ash. He doesn’t have the past trauma of rape, abuse, and being involved in the mafia. Ash needs someone who is from the outside. Someone who sees who he really is on the inside.

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Then the fragility of finding someone who you feel safe with. Someone you can feel like your age with. Then the fear of having them see what you have become. Ash begins to cling and push Eiji away from him.

He does this saying that he wants to keep Eiji safe. He is decided himself what is best for Eiji even though on many occasions Eiji chooses to stay by Ash’s side.

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There is something that lives in Ash that wants to be free. Free to stay and keep Eiji by his side. You see him constantly looking out of windows. He is never flying free and he is always looking out on a world that he wants to be a part of. Ash still feels caged by the mafia and his past. He doesn’t know how to escape it.

So Eiji gets hurt at being pushed away but he keeps coming after Ash.

Ash keeps trying to protect Eiji from what he has become.

Also I think there is a part of Ash that he believes at this point he doesn’t deserve to feel safe with Eiji. He doesn’t deserve to get a home that keeps him rested. Ash at this point in the anime is in full destructive mode and he really doesn’t plan on coming out alive.

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But he can’t die yet. He has a hand that is reaching out to him, time after time. A hand pulling him back telling him that he can be safe.

I don’t know what will happen to these two souls that found each other. At the most I can hope that they find peace with each other. But I don’t know if this story has a happy ending in mind. I guess I just have to keep watching and hoping.

 

 

 

“Do You Wanna Build a Shonen?” – Setting/Worldbuilding – Part 1

The amazing AstralGemini@Thezodiacroom has entrusted me with a part of the world building of a Shonen. I don’t know how I can continue on the awesomeness of having a world on the back of a turtle but hopefully my part won’t stink up the story :D.

General Rules:

  1. Copy the post you were tagged in (From the Rules down, include links to each person’s post. Exclude that person’s personal comments and their tag choice, of course.)
  2. Read the general rules Here (the post will be updated as new rules appear)
  3. According to the rules for the current section, write your piece of the post.
  4. Tag a post of someone who has not yet been tagged. (Give them 3 days or so to accept, if they don’t you can choose someone else to keep the tag moving.)
  5. If you accept a tag, try and get the next piece written within a week, so things keep moving at a decent pace.
  6. Have fun!!!

Rules – Section 1: Setting/Worldbuilding

  1. Use between 100 and 300 words (a little overflow is ok but don’t go too wild), to add a piece to the setting of our Shonen world. Feel free to draw on various types of Shonen tropes, but make sure that your part of the setting follows a certain “Theme.” Themes can be such things as “Magic system”, “Politics”, “Geography”, “Technology”, “Organizations”, etc.
  2. Make sure to label the “Theme” of your piece of the world setting at the top of your section, as demonstrated below.
  3. Try not to duplicate themes.
  4. You can go into as much or as little detail as you want, as long as you stay within the word limit.
  5. Have fun with stuff, but try and make things fit into the pre-existing pieces of the world setting.

 

You can find the first part Creation Theory

So this is still part 1 I think? or part 2 of world building… Am I already messing this up haha.

The start of “magic”

As time pasted on this new world people began to grow, change, and mutate to develop abilities to draw power from their past life. Those who were gifted in the “seeing” were born with a white four pointed star on their forehead. These small few at first would be able to see fantastic visions of worlds unknown to them. Through these visions they were able to build amazing devices and also channel the power of their new world.

These magics were small at first but as time grew there were those who became masters of the power and would build new cities and technology for the world. Then there were those who craved more power and wanted control. The more they delved into the magic the more it started to control them painting the star on their forehead a crimson red.

 

Well I hope I did okay haha!

Now for the tag. Let me know if you are able to keep building the world! If not I can tag someone else 😀

Arthifis I hope you are able to build a shonen with us!

Kimchi makes a Birthday List

I wanted to do something fun for my Birthday. Since I still have to work on my birthday I think I can celebrate in a fun totally not pervy way.

HA j/k this is going to be totally pervy.

I’ve decided to make a list of scenes that made me squee from anime, webtoons, otome games or manga. Hold on to your noses. It’s going to get bloody.

Okay some of the scenes are just sweet okay? So hold off the the tissues.

9. Yuri on Ice

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As much as I like boy love there is nothing better than consensual boy love. Every moment the sweetness of their relationship warmed my heart. I think the world stopped turning on this day. I know most of us didn’t get the blocked “kiss” but there are plenty of images online that will show you :).

8. Good Day to be a Dog

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This little gem is from a webtoon that I haven’t had a chance to review yet. I love this moment because it is first off, adorable. What is it with blushing males? Second it is when he starts to realize that he has feelings for someone. I will have a full review of this webtoon later but I found his blushes sweet.

7. Mystic Messenger

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(Spoiler) This is one of the otome games that hit the world by storm and there is nothing like 707’s story. I loved this moment because it is before they go on a raid and he is basically saying goodbye if something happens to him. Also it gets a bit steamy. This otome game doesn’t show sex scenes but I guess you will just have to use your imagination…

6. Let’s Play

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I did a short review on this webtoon and these last weeks have all given me heart palpitations. Link a character who has been very sweet but not as noticeable really came out as top heartthrob. First with the muscles… Then he protects Sam and her dog Bowser. It is such a freaking amazing moment and ships around the world exploded in favor of Link. If you still haven’t read this webtoon you really really  need to.

5. Skip Beat

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Okay I admit I have maybe reread this moment a few hundred times. This is when things are going to steam up a bit… Prepare yourself haha.

In this portion of the manga two actors are acting like siblings. Yeah, I’m not a fan of brother/sister things but since they are not related, this moment is very very forgivable. I love the fact that they are in character and they are both thinking how far this is going to go… haha. Neither of them have told each other how they feel and this moment is both very sexy and funny.

4. Kamisama Kiss

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This is more of a sweet moment but it is one of my top moments. This part he tells Nanami that he wants to “renew” the familiar contract which is a kiss. The first time she basically forced him and this time he is choosing to serve her himself. It is a lovely moment where he starts to realize he may have more feelings for her.

3. Collar X Malice

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This otome game has come out as one of my all time favorites. First off things have a bit more steam and also the main character isn’t a complete potato. All the routes are amazing but she has some wonderful moments with Anjii that are sweet and he is pretty much the best character.

2. Namaikizakari (spoilers)

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This is still an ongoing manga but when these two finally get together… Whew! They have some lovely lovely sex scenes and they are all very sweet and steamy haha. Go ahead and give it a read ;).

1. Yona of the Dawn

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Well this is still my top moment. I think the gif can really speak for itself. I mean honestly nothing can compare to Hak licking honey off of Yona’s hand. Seriously. Also it is just the fact that he loves her but he never says anything he just stands by waiting for her. Sigh. I need a Hak.

Thank you all for celebrating my birthday with me! If you feel so inclined you can post some of your own favorites on Twitter today and please tag me so I can see haha ;). This is kind of for science…

Maybe.

As always Happy Watching!

 

 

 

 

Obsession

It is always good to have healthy obsessions. Right?

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Wait why does this gif keep popping up in my blogs?

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In the second episode of Run With the Wind we are really getting a dose of Haiji’s obsession with making the team commit so they can run.

I think in  episode two you can laugh it off as humorous. Honestly the way he goes about getting these nine guys to commit to running can be funny. Then there is the part of me that does think that his obsession is really going to the extreme… I mean we are also talking about running, like physical movement…

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Wait how cheap is the rent?

I would not feel great if someone would make me run. I’m joining the prince in his pile of books and hiding out.

Part of me is starting to wonder. Is there more to this obsession and selection of guys? Is he just doing it for himself or is he trying to help them too?

My hope is still that he is trying to help the other characters in some way other than giving them great food and physical activity.

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He knows more than he is saying

Just what is his goal? What does he get from all of this? Why are these certain guys needed?

This anime still has me wondering and asking questions. The right kind of questions where I’m getting more invested.

I want to see these characters come together in a way that gives them a supportive community. I want to see that they are chosen not just because they were athletic in someway (except you literature guy sorry man, good luck).

If this show gives me these things this could really be a great payoff.

Also speaking of obsession… I’m working on my birthday post for tomorrow. Stay tuned for some of my healthy *cough* obsessions 😉

Happy Watching!