Top 10 Male Anime Characters

I did a top 10 of female characters a while back with the full intention of doing this post immediately after, but I guess I forgot about it. Well, here it is now. I’ll have to say this list was much easier to compile than Top 10 Female Anime Characters, for reasons I’m somewhat ashamed of. I’ve realized that when I become attached to a male character, they tend to have one or more of the following traits: short stature, short temper, and blond hair. Which almost every character on this list falls into.

As with many of these lists, this is not in any specific order. I just can’t bring myself to rate these guys at all. I love them all, okay?

I’m gonna try to keep my fangirling to a minimum since all of these characters are ones I love for so many reasons, and one tends to be their, ah, character design.

Yukine (Noragami)

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There are many lovable characters in Noragami, but Yukine was the one that I grew fond of. His past is a mystery to everyone, because as a regalia, his memory from his previous life had been wiped. But it’s clear he had a rough past, and since he’s only fourteen, the way he handles things is a bit rash. He tends to go through rebellious phases, which hurt Yato severely, so they have to work together to get Yukine through whatever it is that’s bothering him. He’s far from a perfect character, he has a ton of emotional problems, but isn’t that what makes an interesting character?

Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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Kyo is another emotionally unstable one, though he tends to be more consistent with how he feels. I talked a lot about Kyo in my recent OWLS post, which you can read here. But, I probably should explain why I like him so much anyway. He has pretty bad anger issues, due to his zodiac animal. Being the cat means he’s left out of things. He’s ignored, called nasty names, and generally is treated less than human. Really, I feel bad for him. But in the manga, he learns that there are still people who can accept him for who he is, and he should ignore those who don’t. He’s a character who grew in both the anime and manga, and because of that, I love him a lot.

Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! On Ice)

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Oh boy, I’m gonna have a hard time staying calm for this one. I’m still so absorbed in this show and it’s been like six months now. But, anyway, of the three main characters, I became the most attached to Yurio. Not because I relate to him, really, but more just he kinda impresses me. His skill is insane for his age, and his determination is so intense, it’s hard to not admire. I’m only two years older than him and I feel I’ve done nothing with my time when watching what he can do. I shouldn’t be comparing myself to an anime character, I know that. He’s just so impressive.

Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

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And now this idiot. Gosh, I became obsessed with this show three years ago and I still bring myself back to this character. He seems like just a pretty face on the surface, but his heart is so kind. He’s so open to everybody, it doesn’t matter who you are. He flirted with Haruhi, whom he thought was a guy for one thing, and knew was poor. But he still felt he was obligated to make her happy in any way he could. He was open to learning about the way people like Haruhi lived, which is not something most rich people do. Tamaki honestly is someone who people should strive to be like: open-minded and accepting of all people.

Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Ah yes, another angry short blond. Well, more of the original angry short blond but anyway. I know you’ve all probably seen a million things about Ed considering how popular this show is and how long it’s been around, but again, I just kind of attached myself to him. I even have a hoodie that looks like his coat. I don’t think I need to go into detail about him here.

Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

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And the cute little hero that has stolen all of our hearts. This show shocked me so much, since it looked like a lame shonen, but in reality is such a beautiful story about believing in yourself. Izuku is honestly so determined and open-minded that he can set his mind to something and never lose sight of it. When the kids bullied him for not having powers, he showed them that even people without powers can be heroes too. He’s such an inspirational character, showing that even people who do not fit into the norm can do amazing, honorable things. We all could learn a thing or two from him.

Shoya Ishida (A Silent Voice)

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Now, I didn’t really think about adding him initially, but I’ve been rereading the manga so I can watch the movie and compare. And I realized how amazing Shoya is. Yes, he was a terrible bully and did some awful things, but he has learned from those mistakes. Every time someone brings it up again, he regrets it all over again. He’s the definition of a troubled character. He was close to giving up everything, but continued on and began fixing all of the wrongs he did. It’s a common saying that either “people change” or “people never change.” This manga/movie show both, and Shoya proves that when you are conscious of your problems, you really can change.

Soul Evans (Soul Eater)

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This seems like an obvious choice, considering my clear love of Soul Eater. Now, at first I wasn’t sure if I should put Soul or Death the Kid on here, but it seems like Soul tends to not get enough love. So, here’s Soul. I never realized how great of a character he was until I began making my Maka cosplay last year and was watching the show to get references. Soul is the greatest partner Maka could ever ask for. He is so willing to take the punches she would be taking if he weren’t there to protect her. Though she never seems grateful for the protection he provides, he knows that it’s what he should do, so he does it without question. He looks out for her, as any good friend and partner should.

Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom)

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Were you expecting Karma? I know he’s the fan favorite, and don’t get me wrong I love him too, but Nagisa beats him by a little bit. Kinda because of the whole thing where I like short characters. But there’s more than just physical appearance, I’m not that shallow. I’ve noticed many people think Nagisa is a flat, boring character, which I can see, and you’re entitled to think whatever you want. But really, I think he learned a lot by the end of the show. He began having no self-confidence whatsoever, being stuck in the class of delinquents and slackers. But by learning his abilities with the help of Koro-sensei, he finally sees his potential. A bit of a spoiler, but it’s not all that big, he ends up pursuing a teaching career. Nobody with a lack of self-confidence would be able to do this. He knows his skills enough to improve on them until he can teach others. Kind of ranted about this one, but as someone who wants to teach as well, this character hits a bit close to home.

Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

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I’ve never actually watched this anime, but I’m on the eighth manga, and I don’t know if I’m just not far enough yet, but I prefer Kaneki with his black hair. Is this just me? I had to search “Kaneki black hair” to get this picture because there was only the white hair. Okay, enough about that. I really can’t say a ton about him, considering I’m on roughly episode two of season two. I’ve got a bit to go, so I’m unsure of everything that happens. But I just, accidentally, grew attached to him. Which I kind of wish I hadn’t because geez, my feelings were hurt reading the manga. He’s so sweet, why would you hurt him? And he’s adorable too.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this list, it was fun to put together. I feel I went a bit more in depth in this one than in my female character one, and I’m not sure why. I expected to talk a lot about how cute all of these guys are, which is true, but I delved a bit deeper.

I love doing these character posts, and I can promise more in the future.

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Top 10 Female Anime Characters

I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.

I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.

Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Many may know how I feel about this show. As it was my first anime, I will always hold it dear to my heart, and Haruhi was the first character I ever cosplayed as. And although I’ve broadened my anime spectrum, I always fall back to this show. Haruhi is a very strong character, and has dealt with many things going wrong in her life. The loss of her mother at a young age, going to a school knowing nobody, and being practically thrown into a club she had no intention of joining were all things she dealt with, but didn’t let ruin her life. She overcame these obstacles, and made the best of it. Plus she’s very outspoken and doesn’t let other people take advantage of her.

Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket was one of my very first animes, and I watched most of it at a sleepover with my friends around four years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to it and rewatched it one or two times, along with reading all of the manga (which is so much better I highly recommend it). Tohru Honda is such a sweet character, it’s hard to not like her. She’s caring and looks out for others even if they don’t ask her to. But the thing that impresses me the most about her is the fact she stays positive no matter what circumstance she’s in. Her father died when she was about two years old, and her mother died about six month before the show takes place, but she continues to see the good in everything, a trait I wish I had.

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

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As many know, I cosplayed as Maka last fall, so that already can tell you how I feel about this character. Before I watched this show, I had many friends who watched it, and they said I was a lot like Maka. They said this because at the time, I was straight-A student, and I loved reading. That’s all I knew about her before I watched it. After watching it, I saw that Maka is much more than a bookworm, but is caring, strong, and determined. She is constantly worried about Soul, since he would take any hit in place of her. She wishes he would let her take care of herself, so he doesn’t get hurt in place of her. She wants to increase her skills so she doesn’t have to rely on him for protection. She always wants to learn more, and to do better than she already is. I’ve heard some people find these things about her annoying, but I think she’s just looking out for her partner.

Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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This show doesn’t get enough recognition. As well as the main character, Shirayuki, who is supposed to be a form of Snow White. There are similar traits between Snow White and Shirayuki, but not many. The main one I see is they both are loved by many people. Shirayuki is hard-working, and kind to everyone she meets. She gives people second-chances and believes they can change their ways to make themselves better people. I love how accepting and open-minded she is, as well as being so determined to commit to something, she does everything she can to achieve it.

Celty Sturluson (Durarara!)

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Celty is by far my favorite character from Durarara! She’s so unique, and her design was very creative. She initially comes off as being the mysterious dark character, but in the end is very kind and wary of her impact on others. She knows that she can be the cause of trouble at times, and does her best to reduce it. So many people are interested in her (being an Irish fairy without a head and all) but she hates having so much attention on her and wishes to live a peaceful life. It’s cool to see someone who is so different from others still manage to live as a normal person, and it’s very impressive.

Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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I’ve already done a post about Winry, but it was my first one and I doubt anyone has read it. So, I’ll explain myself here instead. Winry is a great character, due to her profession, caring nature, and determination. She’s a mechanic, which at the time period of the show was rare. While it has a World War 2 vibe about it, there are still few women shown with a profession that requires physical strength. Majority of the military were men, and all of the other mechanics excluding her grandmother were also men. Her talent is insane for her age as well, and her determination to make a better piece every time she updates Ed’s automail is admirable. She also is incredibly caring toward the brothers, worrying about them as they leave her behind. Overall, Winry is a sweet mechanic who deserves love.

Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

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I’ve seen Uraraka at the very bottom of people’s favorite My Hero Academia character lists, and I’ve never understood why. Sure, there are many other characters that are shown more throughout the show, but I’ve always been fond of Uraraka from the moment she came on the screen. She’s supportive of Izuku always, and will sacrifice herself so others can succeed. She always puts others first, even though she wants to be a hero just as badly as the others. Plus, she’s just a cute, bubbly girl, and who can hate that?

Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)

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Another character that I’ve always been fond of. Though, there was a moment I doubted her, but I won’t get into that for those of you who haven’t watched season two. Kayano was the first one to approach Nagisa during the new school year, and was very open to him. She’s friendly, and makes a good effort to help the others in their goals, even if her ideas fall flat. Though there’s another side to her (which again I won’t get into), I love her all the same. She learns from her mistakes and grows further as a person.

San (Princess Mononoke)

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I just cosplayed as San on Saturday for Motor City Con in Detroit, so it’s pretty clear that I admire her. Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, as I explained in Top 5 Studio Ghibli Films, and though San is technically not the main character and is absent for much of the beginning, her screen time was not wasted. She is firm in her beliefs, and nobody can shake her from them. She lives among wolves, which has made her strong and fierce. Also, results in her hatred for humans, but love for nature. She knows the forest spirits by name, and protects them with her life. I think of her as the Japanese version of Disney’s Pocahontas, but much cooler.

Hiyori Iki (Noragami)

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I’m also working on a cosplay for Hiyori, though it won’t be ready until the fall. I feel that in the Noragami fandom, Hiyori is often overlooked. Everyone’s favorite tends to be Yato, which I can understand as he is the face of the show. But, Hiyori is really the main character, and much more amazing than most people realize. In her first encounter with a phantom, she didn’t hesitate to attack it before being told that she could be killed easily. And even after that, she still thrust herself in the heat of battle. All while in her school uniform. Her parents are also rich, being doctors and all, but this is easily forgettable because she breaks the rich girl stereotypes.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

I hope you liked my list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. If you think there were others who should have made it on my list, feel free to leave me a comment, I love seeing other people’s opinions.

Again, I apologize for my hiatus. It was never intentional, it just happened. But, I should be back for good, and another post should be up this Friday, the 26th. School was bogging me down, and now that my college classes are over, I have much more free time. Also, I have joined OWLS, which will mean I can participate in the blog tours! I should have one for June’s tour, so look for me.

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See you guys later!

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

I am obsessed with the anime style. That’s the main reason why I watch these shows. It’s not because they’re Japanese, or that’s it’s cool or whatever. It’s because for the most part, the art is good, and they have themes that are for older audiences. If it weren’t for anime I’d be stuck watching Disney movies and cartoons from my childhood and the present. Which most don’t have huge fanbases. I love that these shows have such a huge fanbase that I can be a part of while admiring great art styles.

This started out as a top five list, but I just couldn’t help adding more, and then after that I felt bad I left some others out. There’s really too many to appreciate, and I’d have to say this was the hardest list to compile.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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When I drew anime fanart I based my style off of this one, and I still love the way they did a lot of the scenery and coloring of the characters. I have a comic artist for a father, so trust me, I watch out for things that make a style stand out. The one thing that I love it that they don’t use black to outline characters. They use a slightly darker shade of the color the outline is touching, which is a technique my dad has used and I absolutely love seeing.

2. Assassination Classroom

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I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to this one, possibly the bright colors in the comedic, lighthearted scenes, and the darker ones in the more serious, sinister scenes. It just suits the content of the show so well, I guess, not much else to say besides I love it.

3. Soul Eater

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The one thing I love about this one is the way it isn’t consistent. You take two random characters, look at their facial expressions, structure, and eyes, and you’ll be sure to not find a match. The only characters that have similarities to each other are related characters, like Maka and Spirit, and Liz and Patty. I think that this is what gives the show that bizarre feel to it that makes it so lovable.

4. Noragami

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The opening is what wins me over with the art for this one. And Yato’s eyes, my gosh, they’re beautiful. Really, the eyes in this show have always been something I’ve noticed, but the rest of the art is well done as well. The fight scenes are great and the monsters are done in a different style from the rest that makes them look more creepy, which I give applause to.

5. Divine Gate

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You’re probably panicking right now, saying I have no taste in anime. Putting this show on a positive list. Well, you can rest easy because this show was absolute garbage. The art style was just really pretty, okay? It was unique and I think it was my only drive to finish the show. If the writing was as good as the art it would’ve been a pretty great show.

6. Yuri!!! On ICE

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PSSHT! You thought I was done talking about the animation in this one, did you? Well, I’ve still got more to say! Some say the animation sucked but I thought it was nicely done, especially with the opening. And the fact that skating is such a fast sport makes it more difficult to animate, with the character zipping and jumping all over the place. They managed to make it still beautiful. Agh, I can’t get enough of this show!

7. Attack on Titan

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This one is truly unique, it’s realistic enough that it’s immersive, but still anime enough to make it not creepy. I think it was a good option for the type of show it is, and again, fighting was well done. I drew Armin once in the art style, and it’s honestly one of my favorite drawings.

8. Baka and Test

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Eh, don’t make fun of me for watching this one. It was a guilty pleasure type of deal. But I watched it twice, which I kind of regret. It has an interesting art style because it labels character’s importance by the level of detail. Main characters had a full face, minor characters had no eyes, and background characters had no expression at all. And each main character had a color, which would appear as their shadow in dots on the ground. It was weird but something memorable.

9. My Hero Academia

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There’s so much spiky hair in this show, but hey, that’s something I like about it. It’s about teenage SUPERHEROES of course it’s going to have spiky hair. But anyway, I love the way expressions are done in this one, and fight scenes are done well too.

10. Death Parade

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Lastly, a show that ripped my heart into pieces. Another style that suited the show very well, It had a shade of dark to it, but it still looked lighthearted at times. The eyes are cool, and they have a purpose as well, as you’d know if you’ve watched it.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, and I finally did! I’ve been working on this since before  My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12. It took a while to narrow it down to 10 animes, since so many have such cool artwork. I chose the ones with the most unique and recognizable art, but know that there are so many more I wanted to put on here, such as Angel Beats!, Guilty Crown, and Durarara!

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Pictures:

FMA:

Assassination Classroom:

Soul Eater:

Noragami:

Divine Gate:

Yuri!!! On ICE

Attack on Titan:

Baka and Test

My Hero Academia

Death Parade

 

FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

For those of you who have not watched all of either of these, I will leave the beginning portion spoiler-free.  I will warn you on any major spoilers, so I am not held accountable for your frustration.  Now that we have that covered, I will explain myself.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that I enjoyed both of these shows.  But, I do have a favorite, after a year of contemplating it.  You probably have a good guess of which one it is, but I’ll explain why I like each one before getting to that.

Let’s start with the  beginning of the 2003 version.

This one starts the same as the Brotherhood version, but veers off in different directions pretty quickly.  I enjoyed the “filler” episodes that were in the beginning, because it let me get to know the characters before they dove into anything too serious.  By the time things really start to happen, I have a good idea as to how they’ll react.  I could understand the characters feelings and I knew them more personally than the beginning of Brotherhood.

Things don’t start to really kick off until around episode 20, and we all know the devastating loss around episode 25.  It was this time that it became different from Brotherhood.  Although Brotherhood splits off at about episode 11.  The original gave more time for explanation and added some adventure to the beginning, where Brotherhood wasted no time getting to the problem.

I’m not saying that Brotherhood did anything poorly as for the beginning, but I just appreciate the time the creators put into adding character development in the beginning, since there isn’t nearly as much as in Brotherhood.

Now, we know the main goal the two brothers have is returning their bodies back to normal by means of Philosopher’s Stone, but in both versions, there is another goal in mind as well.  In the 2003 version, Scar and Dante were huge villains and the two were after them for most of the second half of the show.  In Brotherhood, the homunculi and the Father were the main villains.  Although the original DOES focus on the homunculi a lot, it just isn’t as much as Brotherhood.

Alright from here on, there WILL be spoilers for both shows.  So exit out if you aren’t to the end of both.

 

 

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My Top 5 Animes (cont.)

*waves* Hello again, welcome back to my top 5 animes!

I’m sorry I split it up, but I just don’t think you want to read a ton of rambling at once.

Well, let’s see, we left off on number two: Fullmetal Alchemist.

This shouldn’t surprise anybody that this anime made my list.  Even though this is only my second post, and you hardly know me, it’s safe to say most anime fans have watched at least one of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. And since it’s so insanelyFMA popular, I won’t include a summary.  You can find one easily just by searching the title.  Heck, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the number one anime on myanimelist.net (at the time I wrote this).  That’s INSANE.  I mean, when I first started watching anime, I had no interest in either Fullmetal Alchemist animes. They didn’t appeal to me.  Fortunately, I came to my senses and started watching the original one.  I fell in love with it immediately.  I remember watching the first two episodes in the living room two years ago (I got into anime around this time).  Then the next day I watched the next six without stopping.  It was one of my first animes, and I have very fond memories of watching it.

Now, I know what you’re saying, “But the original SUCKS.”  Well, I still kinda like it.  It may be because it was the first one I watched, but I’ll tell you, it only sucks when you get to the end.  The rest of the story is pretty solid, but once you get to the last couple episodes, it kind of gets confusing, and downright frustrating.  I won’t get into details in case you haven’t watched it, but the last ten minutes of the show make you want to throw something across the room.

Brotherhood, on the other hand, has a satisfying ending.  I found myself watching the last episode over and over again once I finished it.  It made me so happy, and I didn’t feel that emptiness like I did when I finished the original (if you watched it, you know exactly what I’m talking about).  Brotherhood did a lot of things better than the original, but there were still a few details I liked about the original more.  Some things were explained better, or just made more sense.

I didn’t mean to debate the two series, sorry about that.  In the end, I think the idea is awesome, and the characters are just amazing.  And, yes, Edward is my favorite.  Cliche, yes, but he’s just so endearing and realistic.  And freaking tough.  Winry is awesome as well (see why in my last post), though most people don’t pay as much attention to her.  And I think her and Ed are just adorable (I won’t get into that right now).  Alphonse is so sweet and I want to be his friend so badly.  I also want to give him a giant hug, since I feel he kind of needs it.

Sorry again for getting off-track.  Bottom-line: Fullmetal Alchemist is amazing.  Now, onto my number one!

Alright.  So, Ouran High School Host Club. The reason I did this list backwards is because I knew this would be longer than the rest of the animes.  I saved the best for last.

This was my very first anime I ever completed.  Me and my friends would watch a few episodes every OHSHCtime we saw each other about three years ago.  I finished the show probably half a year after this.  I have no idea why I became so attached to this show and its characters, I mean, honestly, it’s the most out-there concept for a shoujo ever.  But I’ve watched every episode at least three times.  And I’ve read every single manga, and I own them all.  I have too much merchandise and I own the Ouran male uniform.  It’s scary, trust me, I know.  I’m told this constantly, but I love it so much.

It’s so quirky and stupid, and it will make me smile even on my worst days.  I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to EVERYONE, but most people who watch the whole thing end up loving it.  Basically, it’s either you love the show or you hate the show, there’s no in between.  It’s so out-there, but you can still manage to understand six rich guys and a cross-dressing girl (for those who haven’t seen it try guessing which one is the girl, shouldn’t be too hard, honestly).

I’ll continue on to favorite characters now.  My favorite is Haruhi, and I cosplayed as her last fall.  If any of you were at Youmacon 2015 (in Detroit, Michigan), you might have seen me.  I was one of about three, not hard to pick out.  I’m not sure why, but I just connect with her so much.  More than Maka even.  One of her biggest problems shown in the show is being able to accept help from the others in the club.  That’s something I struggle with horribly.  If I know I need help, and someone attempts to help me, I immediately shut them down.  It’s awful, I know.  But I never realized I did it until I was at a panel two years ago.  It was an Ouran panel, run by Haruhi’s English voice actor.  She pointed this trait out in her character, and I instantly realized that it was one of my greatest flaws.  Watching the show again, I saw how much it stood out, and I felt a bit angry with myself.  Why did a fictional character have to show me my flaw?  Why couldn’t I figure it out on my own?  But at the same time I felt relieved.  If I could remember that someone in a different country created a character with the same trait as me, maybe I’m not so bad when it comes to that.  Another thing that this show brought to my attention through Haruhi: I’m not open to new experiences.  She’s the same way.  Any time they ask her to come do something new with them, she immediately says no.  She says that she needs to focus on studying and chores.  While studying and chores are important, living life while you are young is also important.  My mom told me this once when I stressed out about a math test last year.  I was struggling on the study guide, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t figure it out.  She told me, “You’re worried too much about school to be able to do new things.  In the future, you need to be a well-rounded person.  Grades are great and all, but experience is much more important in the long-run” (this isn’t exact, just roughly)  At that moment, I looked over her shoulder, and I saw my Haruhi and Tamaki picture hanging on my wall (yes, I have anime pictures plastered all over my walls).  It made me think a bit about what I was doing and I calmed myself down.  Then I’m pretty sure I watched Ouran after that to make me happy again.

This seems pretty stupid, I know, but honestly this show, indirectly, changed the way I think about things.  Since that time, I have been able to open myself up a bit more.  Not much, but just a bit.

I’m sorry that got so personal, but it’s part of my story.  If anyone else has either issue I do, I hope you can see how to get past it.  Anime shouldn’t be the only source of happiness for anyone, and shouldn’t be the only place to find yourself, but sometimes things just click with you while reading or watching something.  Shows use so many real-life problems that it’s easy to relate to them and realize things you would’ve never seen before.

I promise next week won’t be as deep or personal, and I probably won’t write about Ouran at all for those of you who don’t know about it or hate it.  If you have any suggestions on what I should write about next, feel free to leave a comment.  I love any feedback I can get.  Thank you so much for reading and putting up with my rants.  Bye!

**Also, notice I figured out how to add pictures.  I’m really bad at understanding technology, so bear with me that my last post didn’t have any pictures.  I’m learning, so the blog will be evolving a lot from this point on.**

FMA picture from fmaproblems.tumblr.com

Ouran picture from ouran.wikia.com

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome Part 2

This is a continuation of the last post.  I didn’t want to publish all of it at once since it was so long, but here is part two.  Enjoy!

 

  1. She’s freaking STRONG

Yeah, that’s in all-caps.  There’s a reason.  She’s got some superhuman strength going on in her arms.  Think about it, she’s using her arms every day, and what does she carry with her everywhere?  A WRENCH.  Not a purse, or a makeup bag, or any of that.  A wrench.  That in one episode of the original show, she knocked Ed, Al, two other guys, then Ed again on their backs with.  I don’t know how she managed to knock a giant 7 foot tall suit of armor over, but she did it.  Also, in Brotherhood, there is a scene where she picks Ed up by the back of his shirt and carries him all the way across the room and drops him like a doll.  I can’t even pick up a basket of laundry without my arms starting to hurt a bit.  (I’m a wimp, I know)  It’s so funny, because later, (Brotherhood still) Ed has to carry her on his back, and he STRUGGLES.  This dude who has had two limbs ripped from his body and comes face to face to death on a daily basis has a hard time lifting her up.  And she picks him up like he’s NOTHING.  I don’t know about you, but if I was in their world and I accidentally got Winry mad, I’d run out of there like my life depended on it.  I had one more point, but I think you’ve got the just of it.

BONUS: When she, Ed, and Al are in Rush Valley, she doesn’t care about any of the beautiful jewelry.  She wants to examine the craftsmanship of the various metal arms and legs.  And, you know, wrenches.  She’s nothing without her wrench.  I’m not a fan of jewelry myself, and I’ve always appreciated impressively built items.  I’m with her on this one.

  1. She’s a caring person

Despite her superhuman strength, she has a soft side.

 

*******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT*******

 

Please, please, please, don’t read ahead if you haven’t gotten past season 2 of Brotherhood.  This is a major, major, major spoiler.  It wasn’t in the original, so don’t go off of that please.

 

 

Alright, I’ve warned you.  Now you can’t yell at me.

 

 

So, this is probably one of the saddest moments in Brotherhood, in my opinion.  I almost bawled.  When Winry finds out that Scar was the cause her parents’ death, she wants so badly to kill him, to avenge her parents.  But as she holds the gun pointed toward him, she can’t do it.  When she lowers the gun finally, there’s this super sweet scene between Winry and Ed.  It’s honestly one of my favorite exchanged between them.  I’ve watched the scene so many times I almost have it memorized.

It’s something along the lines of, she couldn’t shoot because she isn’t meant to harm other people.  She’s meant to help.  She makes prosthetic limbs for people all the time.  She saves so many people every day, and she never tries to.  It’s just what she’s always done.  It’s in her nature.  I just love this scene because it isn’t all awkward like a majority of their conversations.  It shows how well they know each other and the trust between them.  (If you haven’t noticed, I kind of ship them a lot.  I will also have a post about why I ship them later on.  It won’t be for a while though)

 

That’s basically all I have to say about Winry.  I’m sure there’s more, but for now, these four reasons are enough.  Thank you so much for reading this.  I hope you return for more content!  If you have anything to add on, please leave me a comment.  I will try really hard to respond to all comments, and I may use something you say in a future post.  Thank you!

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome

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**Before you continue, I will assume that you know who Winry is, and if you don’t, it’s your choice to read ahead.  I will keep the major spoilers for all of my posts saved for the end, and I will warn everyone before I reveal anything.  Thank you!**

My first real post!  I figured that I should do something I feel strongly about, from one of my favorite animes of all time.  Well, two, I guess.  Before I get any questions, I love both the original Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I DO have a favorite, but I will explain that a different time.  It’s already an idea I have.

For this, I will be using mostly examples from Brotherhood, but I will include some from the original.  I got both sides, don’t you worry.  I know there are some very strong feelings against one or the other, but like I said, that’s for another time.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. She is NOT, by any means, a fanservice character

I don’t care how busty she is, that’s not her fault, and she certainly doesn’t try to show it off.  Some may argue that she is because of what she wears while she is working on automail.  Sure, you can see her stomach, but who really cares?  She’s working on metal ALL DAY, don’t you think she’s going to get warm?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing pants and anything other than a tank top.  Anyway, Ed doesn’t seem to care all that much, so why should you criticize her?  If there are no nosebleeds from a male character, I never really consider a female character fanservice.

When she isn’t working on automail, her outfit really isn’t revealing at all.  I mean, her shoulders are showing when she’s wearing her tank top, but again, who cares?  She’s a pretty teenage girl who works on metal all day, I think she’s allowed to wear what she wants.

I know this point really doesn’t have much to do with how she’s awesome, but I was searching for a picture for her on Pinterest for a drawing reference (yes, I draw.  It sucks, but I don’t care), and one of the possible tags was labeled “fanservice.”  I don’t know how often this appears, but I know this bothered me when I saw it.  I had to explain my reasons why at some point.

2. She’s not helpless

I know this is the cliche point made for “strong female characters,” but with Winry it’s different. She’s not afraid to cry for or in front of people she loves.  I think that’s one of the strongest things a person can do.  Though I can’t remember the exact quote, I remember her saying something to Ed about how upset she was that he never cried.  She explained that the reason she cries is for him.  She’s always scared that one day, him and Al won’t return.  It’s a heavy thing for her to carry all the time.  She waits at her house in Resembool, but she’s sitting there, worrying for them.  At multiple moments in Brotherhood, she has said “I hate waiting.”  It’s clear how annoyed she is with not being able to help them more.  But no matter how hard she tries, Ed just won’t let her come.  He’s worried that she will get hurt if she comes.

Despite this, at one point in Brotherhood, she does convince him to let her come on their journey in Briggs.  That was an awesome couple of episodes, I have to say.  For anyone who hasn’t watched Brotherhood, I won’t tell you when or what happens, but it’s definitely one of my favorite parts.  For people who have already watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Part 2 will come the day after tomorrow.  Thank you for reading so far!

**This was my very first real post, so go easy on me.  I had no idea what I was doing**