30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Ten

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I was very close to forgetting to do this, but luckily it dawned on me that I still needed to do this today. I’m pushing to actually make it every day! And I’ve made it a third of the way through, so it’s looking good for me.

I have to twist this prompt quite a bit:

Favorite Fighter Anime

When I saw today’s prompt I was like “So what the heck counts as a fighter anime” and I looked it up. And I determined that I’ve probably never watched a fighter anime. But I knew I still had to do today’s post, so I decided to do this prompt instead.

Anime with the Best Fight Scenes

Because I can actually answer this. And my answer is Noragami. I freaking love every fight scene in that show. Sure, there are plenty of other shounens I’ve watched that have amazing fight scenes, but this one stands out a lot to me. Mainly it’s the music, and the difference of the colors between the regalia and the god’s perspective, and the fluidity of everything.

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This anime has always kind of stuck in my mind, and I think this is the main reason why. I generally end up getting lost during fight scenes, but these intrigued me a lot. Plus I’m in love with Noragami’s animation style (like every anime that BONES has done).

I’m going to stop writing now, as I have a headache and a final paper due tomorrow that I need to work on, but I will be back tomorrow with Day Eleven’s post. Another one where I know I’ll have to twist it, but I am excited about it still.

Yesterday’s post: Day Nine

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30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Nine

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Hello again! It’s been so strange for me to post every day, but it makes me feel productive, so that’s cool. I don’t regret doing this challenge at all. I know that the 12 days of anime challenge is going on now too and people seem to be stressing over that. I thought this would be hard, but it’s not too bad at all.

Today’s prompt:

Your Favorite Anime Villain

My mind immediately goes to Soul Eater when given this prompt. I’ve always thought the bad guys in that show were cool. And even though they are the villains, I had some sort of respect for how well thought out their plans were.

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In this, I specifically think of Medusa. She’s incredibly dedicated to her cause. She’s smart, and she has everything planned out, every person working for her having a specific job to complete her final plan. And she’s hard to defeat. Even their teacher couldn’t defeat her fully. And even when they do, there are plenty of other people who are for Medusa’s cause, and they come at the DWMA kids with full force. It’s terrifying.

Most people when posed this question would choose a villain who’s really strong, or large, or intimidating in brawn. But Medusa’s wits are what makes her one of the most terrifying villains. She’s sneaky, and thinks everything through. She doesn’t make last-minute decisions.


 

This one was short, I’m sorry. I’m writing this before I go to work, and I didn’t want to post it after since it’d be like 9:30 pm my time when I’d get it complete.

Yesterday’s post: Day Eight

30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Eight

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Wow, this week has been a lot for me. But I’ve done everything I wanted to do, and I’m pretty proud of that.

Today’s prompt is

Your Favorite Anime Couple

Now, hold on, there’s no way I’d be able to pick one single couple to be my favorite. And would we be talking only canon or just any pairing I like?

So, again, I’m going to bend this a bit. And I’m not picking just one, alright? I’m going to pick a few canon and a few non-canon that I like to make it easier on me. I’ve gained at least ten ships I love to pieces within the last couple months so this is very hard for me to pick favorites. And before I start listing, I’ll just say that this is my own personal opinion, and if you don’t like the ones I’ve chosen, that’s totally cool. I’m very easy-going when it comes to this topic, as long as you don’t push anything on me, I’ll be very respectful of your opinion as well.

Canon

(I realized while writing this part that like the only shows that contain canon couples are romantic shoujos and I haven’t watched those in forever, so here we are)

Victor & Yuri (Yuri!!! on Ice)

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Hmm, you probably could see that coming. And I know people still argue that it’s not canon, but I could make a powerpoint presentation to prove how that’s wrong. Honestly, every time I see fanart of these two my heart swells and it just makes me so happy. I could rant for hours about how much I love these two.

Zen & Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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I almost forgot about these two, but they’re just so sweet. I love this show a lot too, because it only partially focuses on their relationship, so everything else that happens is just as important. Plus there are cool sword fight scenes which is cool. And the progression of their relationship isn’t too slow, but it isn’t too fast either.

Tamaki & Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Before you say anything, they actually are canon in the manga. So, I apologize for spoiling it, but I was at a loss for canon couples I still like a lot. I’ve loved these two for about four years now, and I still think they have one of the best relationships I’ve ever seen, regarding the manga. I won’t go into detail, since I’ve kind of spoiled this already for you, and I want you to go read the manga.

Non-Canon

(I have way too many of these, but I’ll narrow it down to just three)

Soul & Maka (Soul Eater)

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It still shocks me that this isn’t canon. And I always seem to forget it isn’t. It just seems like it would be so obvious, since Soul’s entire purpose of being Maka’s partner is to look after her and is completely willing to die to protect her. I think it’s beyond the point of “because that’s my job as a weapon” and it’s voluntary now.

Todoroki & Izuku (My Hero Academia)

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This ship has been killing me slowly. I started writing a fanfiction about them last week, and I’ve looked at way too much fanart by now. I didn’t even realize I liked it until I saw some fanart on tumblr one day and it just made sense to me once it was shown to me. Before then, I had pretty much no MHA pairings I liked. But this one stuck for some reason.

Oikawa & Iwaizumi (Haikyuu!!)

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I couldn’t talk non-canon couples without bringing up Haikyu, it’s not even possible. There are so MANY it’s absolutely ridiculous. And there almost none I hate. But this one is my favorite of all of them. It took me a bit to determine what my top one was, but I think it’s this one.


I’m sorry this one was so long, but it would’ve been even longer if I actually poured out all of my feelings about each pair. I also considered whether half of the pairs should be gay, but I decided why the heck not. So, there.

This was almost as long as a normal post, so I’ll stop here.

Yesterday’s post: Day Seven

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[OWLS Blog Tour: Warmth] Those Idiots Mean the World to Her (OHSHC)

[OWLS Blog Tour: Warmth] Those Idiots Mean the World to Her (OHSHC)

Ever since I joined OWLS, I’ve been waiting for the right topic to talk about Ouran High School Host Club. It’s the anime I hold the closest to my heart. It was the first one I ever completed, and I’ve watched every episode so many times, I practically have it memorized. But it never gets old to me.

Even in writing for this post, I ended up smiling like an idiot, and laughing so hard rewatching some of the episodes to find images. I don’t know what it is about this show.

It was also the first manga series I ever collected. And I read those a million times as well.

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So, I felt it was perfect to talk about during this month’s topic, warmth. We’re focusing on the happy, heartfelt moments in anime that always bring a smile to our faces. The interactions between characters that make our heart flutter and what makes the characters feel happy. When I saw the prompt, I knew this would be the anime perfect for it.

I’m going to set this up similarly to my July post, where I’ll take certain episodes to discuss. I have four episodes chosen, and a small part from the manga. Mainly, this post will be kind of like my favorite moments of OHSHC.

Episode 8: The Sun, the Sea, and the Host Club

The scene I really want to talk about here is super short, and if you’ve seen this show, is probably not a shock that I’m talking about it.

For much of this episode, the club is trying to figure out what Haruhi’s fear is, since they say there’s no way she can be a “fearless heroine.” They’re at a beach, which they dragged her along to, even though she didn’t want to go really. But, they like spending time with her. And they like learning more about her. She’s not prone to telling them a lot about herself, so oftentimes, they have to figure out ways to learn more.

When the club seems to have failed in figuring it out, they go inside of one of Kyoya’s family’s vacation houses, and there’s tension between Haruhi and Tamaki.

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Then, a storm hits, and Tamaki watches as Haruhi freezes up, hiding in a wardrobe to block out the sounds of thunder rumbling.

She hides instead of telling the others about her fears and letting them help her out with them. She’s used to doing this, much of the time at home when she was younger, she was alone while her dad was at work. She’s closed off because she had to learn to fend for herself at a young age.

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Then she sees that Tamaki is there for her. And the rest of the club is there for her too. She can reach to them if she needs it, and she never has to be alone again. She can find warmth in the presence of her friends, if only she can open up to them.

Episode 10: A Day in the Life of the Fujioka Family

This is my favorite episode of this series, and I think it’ll show when I talk about it here.

The club visits Haruhi’s house during a weekend, but they don’t ask her if they can come over. They just show up, and when she comes back from grocery shopping, they convince her to let them come inside her house and spend the afternoon with her.

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At first, she’s very annoyed. Yeah, it wasn’t the most polite thing to just show up uninvited, but they were so excited to see how she lived and where she lived that she allowed it. And, they’re very conscious about not offending her, since her style of living is so vastly different from theirs. I think it’s the sweetest thing how passionate the club is about learning about common people. They’re open to acquainting themselves with someone of a lower class than them, and I think that’s something rare in media.

And they value every minute they spend with her. They value the simple things she does. She makes them tea and they eat dessert together and it’s the greatest thing to them. She sees it as so average and mundane, but to them it’s like a blessing.

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They’re crying over getting to eat her cooking

Then Haruhi’s dad gets to meet the boys from the club, and that’s quite a scene. He’s happy that they care so much for his daughter, but at the same time, they’re taking his responsibility from him. To make her happy and care for her. Without them, she’d be lonely and stressed from studying so hard. And her dad is so busy working, he’d never be able to relieve that stress.

Episode 13: Haruhi in Wonderland

There’s just one teeny scene I want to talk about here. This episode is really weird, I’ll admit, but there’s a scene where Tamaki, Haruhi, Honey, and Mori are all sitting at a table, and Haruhi and Tamaki have a conversation I hold close to me.

Tamaki asks Haruhi why she wanted to come to Ouran, and she answers along the lines of wanting to study so she can get into a good university so she can pursue her dream. And after that, Tamaki says something about a dream being useless unless you live a little. If you don’t take advantage of the time you have in high school to have fun and talk to friends and experience more than work, you’ve wasted your time. What’s the point of pursuing something if it’s going to be more work that will make you stressed and unhappy? Living outside of work is important too.

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“What about having a good time?”

And I keep that thought in my head all the time. I used to be so dead focused on school that I would spend all time after school working on homework and studying, but now I have this blog where I get to talk to people and I see my friends at the mall.

Episode 16: Operation Haruhi and Hikaru’s First Date

This episode doesn’t focus as much on Haruhi, but Hikaru. We learn that since the twins never had friends previous to the host club, they don’t really know how to have friends.

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They were asked to come over to talk, but Hikaru is too salty

Haruhi’s friend from middle school arrives at the pension Haruhi is working at over summer break, and the rest of the club is there as well. But I guess Hikaru didn’t like the idea of Haruhi having other friends besides them, so he gets angry at her old friend. He acts like a huge jerk to everyone because he’s jealous of Haruhi having other friends.

So later, Kaoru sets them up on a date to see if Hikaru can handle making Haruhi happy. And it goes well for a while, but when Haruhi notices a storm coming and decides to go home, her old middle school friend volunteers to take them back to the pension. This sets Hikaru off again and he leaves Haruhi alone.

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“What kind of jerk would leave a girl out in a thunderstorm like this by herself?”

Tamaki finds out that Hikaru abandoned Haruhi, and yells at him for being such a crappy date. He tells Hikaru that he better go find Haruhi and apologize, since he knows her deathly fear of thunderstorms and Hikaru does not.

When Hikaru finds Haruhi and apologizes, Haruhi forgives him immediately. Hikaru comforts her through the storm, and learns the importance of treating your friends right and how dangerous it is to be jealous of other friends.

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I’ll insert a little of myself here. I used to have a friend in middle school who was overbearingly protective of me. I’d been friends with her since about second grade, so the behavior didn’t strike me as odd at first. I thought she just valued the fact we’d known each other for so long. But it became concerning when she told my other friends, who she told me were also her friends, that she hated them. And when I hung out with another friend for a weekend, my other friend got sent a bunch of nasty messages calling her names and making my other friend feel like garbage.

I understand Haruhi’s perspective in this ordeal, and Hikaru’s actions were horrible. Jealousy is an awful thing to have. I’m glad that in the end, Hikaru sees where he went wrong, and knows that in the future, he should be more accepting of people having relationships outside of just him.

This relates to warmth in the sense of Hikaru learning that his warmth of being friends with Haruhi can be shared and he can’t have her all to himself.

The Manga

I love this anime, but the manga is absolutely incredible. I love it so much. And there’s a part I want to mention that the manga deals with that fits with the idea of warmth. Like I said at the beginning, I’ll keep it vague so I’m not spoiling.

  • The family dynamic

Something a lot of people like about this anime is that the characters act like a family. Well, in the manga, this is dug into deeper. A lot of secrets about Tamaki’s past are revealed, and to keep it simple, he didn’t grow up in a stable or happy family atmosphere. All he ever wanted was for his family to come together and have a nice meal together once. So he finds solace in the tight-knit host club. He can always have tea with them, and it makes him happy. That’s where Tamaki finds warmth.

Wrap-up

I titled this post around Haruhi, because I think we generally overlook how much Haruhi actually loves the host club. She acts like she hates being a part of it, when they drag her to the beach and show up at her house suddenly, but it’s the thing she holds on so she can live a little bit. Outside of school and housework, she doesn’t do a whole lot. The host club is someplace she can interact and experience things she wouldn’t be able to. And she really does love all the guys she’s in the club with. And they love her too.

For Haruhi, the warmth she yearns is right in front of her, even if she doesn’t realize it. She loves those idiots a lot.


 

Aaah! That was so long! But I love Ouran so so so much, it was hard to keep it short. I wanted to include another episode, but I knew it’d exceed 2,000 words, which is my absolute limit.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and make sure to check out Matt’s post from Matt-in-the-Hat before me, and Mistress of Yaoi’s post from Yaoi Playground after me!

See you tomorrow for Day Nine of the 30 Day Anime Challenge and next year for January’s OWL tour!

Also, that will mean that OWLS has been around for one year! Yay!


 

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30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Seven


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I’ve hit one week of doing this! It’s been hard for me to keep this up since I had a final this week and I had two other large posts to do this week as well, but I’ve done it.

Today’s prompt:

Your Anime Crush

If I were to list them all, you’d be here for hours because I then would have to gush about them.

I didn’t really acknowledge any characters I liked as “crushes” until recently, because in real life that seems like such a distant thing to me. I can count on one hand the number I’ve had and majority were friends of mine.

But, I now know that when my heart swells seeing a character, that means I’ve got a crush on them. So there are a lot. But I’ll just talk about one, my very first one.

I’m sure by the end of this month you’re going to get sick of me talking about Ouran High School Host Club, but I’m going to keep bringing it up anyway. I love every bit of that anime and I always will.

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The very first character I had a crush on was Tamaki Suoh, and while watching the show again for my OWLS post tomorrow, I realized I still very much have a crush on this character.

I love him so much because he seems like he’s just a flirtatious idiot who’s oblivious to everything, which he is, but he’s also one of the kindest hearts ever. He cares so much about the club he runs and he always wants to make sure everyone attending it is happy. His whole goal in life is to make other people happy. Seeing others happy makes him happy and I have to say that’s one of the purest goals in life to have.

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He’s also very pretty, which is always a plus

I like so many other characters, but I think I make that clear in other posts, so I’ll spare you that. Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Yesterday’s post: Day Six

Tomorrow’s post:

 


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100 Followers Special Post!!

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I’ve been on WordPress since May of last year, but I only became active in September and October of last year. After that, my blog fell into a rut for a while until I joined the wonderful team at OWLS, and my blog has been flourishing since! I now have 100 followers, and honestly, I never thought I would get to this point. When I started it, I assumed nobody would ever want to read my nonsense ramblings, but I guess there are a hundred of you.

As recommended by Venus on Twitter, I will be highlighting my most well-received posts as well as my favorite posts I’ve written on this blog. And I think at the end I’ll include some facts about myself that maybe you didn’t know!

I’ll do most popular posts first!

  1. [OWLS Blog Tour: Treasure] Accepting Yourself Is Not Easy (A Silent Voice)

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My top post as of now is the September blog tour post from OWLS, and I believe it fully deserves the spot as number one. I poured a lot of emotion into that post, and every time I read it again, I feel confident in my abilities as a writer. I included a piece of my very personal experiences with mental illness, mainly the panic attacks I had quite frequently starting about two years ago. I related to the characters in the manga I was focusing on due to their experiences with very similar conditions. And I feel that everything discussed in the manga deserves to be focused on. So, this post let me explain the most important concepts in my favorite manga!

2. Unique Blogger Award

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For some reason these award posts get a lot of recognition. But in all honestly, the most time I might spend on one is about two hours. And that’s a stretch. Majority of my posts take me three hours plus. I make sure I include appropriate pictures and pieces of whatever anime or other form of media I’m discussing. I also edit at least twice. These, I just answer a few questions, plop in a couple pictures, maybe scroll through it, and then off it goes. But you guys love them. I want to know why, please let me know if you have a guess!

3. A Silent Voice: Movie or Manga?

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Wow, you guys like A Silent Voice. Not that I’m complaining, I just think it’s kind of funny. It’s my favorite manga, so I have no problem talking about it, and I actually want to do another post on it. But this post I was wary about when I posted it. I had to make sure it was all done before I left for a convention, so I rushed a bit, and I felt like I wanted to rewrite parts of it, but it seems like it was okay. Since I posted it, it’s grown on me.

4. [OWLS Blog Tour: “Dreamers”] Nobody Wants to be Forgotten: Noragami

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Another OWLS post! I love OWLS so much, and every post I do for the group is so satisfying! This one was especially fun, but it probably took me a good five hours to finish. As most OWLS posts do. I consider them deeply before I get very far in writing it. I think about it constantly, and then I start writing it fully. From there, I look through the Internet about that anime and see if any detail catches my eye. Usually this is done while looking for images. But I think something I liked a lot about this post was that I got to dig deep into the real meaning of Yato, something I had never considered before writing the post. I felt I learned a lot just from writing it, and that’s something incredible.

5. The Liebster Award

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Oh, look, another award post. I think this one holds more weight. It was the last post I wrote before going into my two month long hiatus. Due to my sudden bout of depression and lack of motivation of any kind. I struggled to finish any sort of assignment or study for that whole time. I read a lot and I slept a lot, but besides that I was just lost. When I finally broke that was when I joined OWLS. I didn’t think a little anime blogging group would save me, but it did. It gave me reason to pursue my passion again. I don’t mean to get dark, but I think all of my readers should know this. I wrote about it on our OWLS About page, but I know not everyone reads that.


Now, for more happy topics! My favorite posts I’ve written that didn’t get a lot of likes. I think I’ll just leave a list for you to go off and read them, since this post is long and I want to get to some more stuff.

Review: No. 6

Youmacon 2017 Cosplay Photos!

LGBT+ Representation in Comics

[OWLS Blog Tour: “TEAM”] Crona Gorgon: Soul Eater

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art


 

Some facts about myself you might not know!

  • I have been vegetarian since I was two years old, have no idea why, but it’s just been something I’ve lived with my whole life. It gives me some problems sometimes, but I’m working it out.
  • I have a bit of an obsession with posters. I bought three at the last con I went to, and I think I have over ten on my walls at the moment. But I have more just sitting around or that have been passed on to my brothers.
  • I’m writing a novel set in medieval times, and I will eventually open a Patreon to fund my writing, both of the novel and a connected modern series of short writings.
  • I’ve lived in the same county in Michigan my whole seventeen years of existence.
  • I want to be an high school teacher, focusing in English and history (more world history than American)
  • I’m asexual, but I’m still working out specifics. Not really worried much about it yet though.
  • My birthday is December 22nd, when I’ll turn 18, and I happen to share my birthday with Lita from Lita Kino Anime Corner!
  • I am obsessed with cats, like I have cat-print pants, socks, and a pillow, and I have three cat plushes, along with an 8 year old cat named Eve I rescued from a shelter when I was in seventh-grade.
  • The number one thing on my bucket list is to see the Northern Lights.

 

Well, now you know my entire life. I hope you enjoyed this 100 follower post! I started writing this before I reached that, but by the time I’m finishing it, I have 104. Little bit late, but I’m still posting it during my 30 Day Anime Challenge, which is insane with my OWLS post coming up too and my finals being this week, and on top of that I’m trying to write my novel and a fanfiction that got more popular than I expected. So I’m just writing like crazy these days!

See you tomorrow for Day Seven of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, and Friday for my OWLS post!

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30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Six

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I’ve almost made it a full week, guys. I’m thoroughly impressed with myself now.

This post is gonna be more like a list, since there’s no way I can stick to one answer for this prompt.

Anime You Want to See but Haven’t Yet

I’ve got quite a list of anime I want to watch. And I’ve got quite a list of anime I slowly picking away at. Currently, I’m watching about ten shows, and I rarely actually watch anime. Mainly because I’m so caught up in reading fanfics, but I’m trying to even my hobbies out a little bit now.

So, my to-watch list has been growing more and more all the time. Right now, here’s my line-up.

  • Blue Exorcist (Season Two)
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Wandering Son
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Flying Witch
  • Silver Spoon
  • Bungou Stray Dogs
  • Usagi Drop
  • Tsuritama
  • Tsuredure Children
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie
  • 91 Days
  • WorldEnd
  • KADO: The Right Answer
  • Tales of Zesteria the X
  • Danganronpa
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Welcome to the Ballroom

And it goes on from there, I’m sure of it. Those were just the ones I had saved in watchlists. Just that list alone is almost half the amount of anime I’ve actually finished, and of course this lists will grow as seasons pass. Same as my to-read book list and my Webtoons subscriptions. I’ll never, ever run out of things to watch and read. But I always go to my fanfics, which also has a growing list that will never be completed.

*Sigh* These are first-world problems.

Hope you enjoyed reading my list of anime I’ll probably never watch, and if I do, it’ll be months from now or even years. Like Danganronpa and Cowboy Bebop have been on my list for at least two years now, no joke. It’s a struggle, man.

Yesterday’s post: Day Five

Tomorrow’s post: Day Seven

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