[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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A Silent Voice: Movie or Manga?

A Silent Voice: Movie or Manga?

I had the pleasure of seeing the A Silent Voice movie at a theater near my house on October 23rd. Now, I’ve read the manga twice, and I’ve written two posts based around the manga. Is it surprising you there’s a third post now?

The question here is whether the movie or manga experience is better. So, here’s my opinion on that. If you don’t know anything about A Silent Voice, I’d suggest you read my first post on it, where I describe the premise of the story.

Let’s start with the movie, and I’ll compare differences with the manga. Obviously, there are bits of story left out of the movie since it’s a bit hard to smash seven manga volumes into a two-hour movie. It’s impossible, actually. If they were to include every detail, it’d either be paced horribly or would be an insanely long movie. So, if you need to know the whole story, your best option is the manga, clearly.

But there are benefits of watching the movie. There were scenes and symbols I didn’t catch in either time reading the manga, but when it was right in front of me in the movie, it all made sense. And the ending of the movie took place in the middle of the last manga, since they couldn’t use the real ending in the movie. They took out one part that spanned over most of the manga, and was part of the ending there. But I definitely like the way the manga ended much better, as it felt more complete.

The movie also is stunningly gorgeous. The manga did not have bad art by any means, but the movie did things that just couldn’t be shown in black and white images. The sign language is the biggest thing, I think. It was easier to understand what Shoko was conveying when her signing was animated, since there are no subtitles of what she was saying in either version. It had such a different, fuller feel to it visually.

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“Can we be friends?”

And the music, ugh, was just so pretty. It was mostly piano, and became intense when it needed to be. I think I need the soundtrack like right now. When I saw this movie in theater, I swear I almost cried just from hearing the background music.

I think it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie.

The manga, however, gives the full picture. It is more satisfying, I think. And it clarifies a lot of things that could be confusing in the movie. I watched the movie with my dad, and afterwards, I had to answer quite a few questions for him, since I read the manga and he didn’t.

The manga also fleshes out the characters a lot more. There were some characters who were in the movie, but didn’t have much of a solid purpose. Some scenes felt a bit rushed, or glossed over, when in the manga they last two or three chapters. But I feel the things they took out were the right ones.

Like I said in the beginning, this all depends on if you want the meaning of the story, but don’t care much about the specific details, or if you are dedicated enough to read the whole thing. If you just want a simple, two-hour experience, the movie is perfect.

I’m not sure if this really gives much of an answer, but I really just wanted to gush about A Silent Voice again. I have one more post I want to do on this, but I should be finished after that. Just need to express all of my feelings about this series/movie. They’re too great to express in a measly two posts.

A few extra things I just want to say about my movie experience. I had to drag my dad along with me to see this movie, since the theater was almost an hour from my house and it was a school night. And to my surprise, he thoroughly enjoyed it. My dad was really into anime and manga was he was in high school and his early twenties, but hasn’t watched or read any for a while. So I was a bit hesitant to share this with him. He knew very little about it, but he said it was an interesting topic before we went. I was worried he’d think it was too melodramatic or something, but he told me he thought it was deep. We discussed the movie a bit in the car on the way home, and I was beyond ecstatic to see my dad actively talk to me about one of my favorite things. This also really shows that anyone can get something out of it. I genuinely feel that EVERYBODY should experience A Silent Voice at some point, somehow. The topics at hand are relevant now and always will be relevant. Disability, bullying, depression, suicide, friendship, growing up; they’re all heavy topics throughout the movie and manga, and everyone will have to deal with these things one way or another.

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They really nailed this scene, sent shivers up my spine seeing it on the big screen.

The other thing, I mentioned on my Twitter. The minute I walked out of the theater, there were two people, signing to each other. And I was just in awe. What kind of insane coincidence is that? I’ve seen people use sign language before, but really not all that often. So to see that after coming out of a movie so heavy in the deaf community, I nearly cried. And, my favorite thing about seeing the movie was watching Shoko and Shoya talking in sign language. It was a totally different experience from reading the manga, where only still images of the motions were shown. It was really the reason I had to see the movie.

Anyway, this post has gone on long enough. Kyoto Animation did a fantastic job with adapting the manga, no doubt about that. But I think the only true experience you can get is from reading the manga.

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Pretty anime tears for a beautiful film

Hope you enjoyed yet another A Silent Voice post! I meant for this to go up Wednesday and have another post today but I was just having a weird week. So I think you’ll get a bonus post on Monday or Tuesday when I come back from Youmacon!

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

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

Hello! I’m back for another OWLS blog tour! This month, we’re covering the topic of depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses, so if that’s something that bothers you, be wary. I will be discussing how the characters in this manga grew past it, but I also discuss the dark reality of the things they faced. The topic is “Treasures,” talking about the people in our lives that tell us we are worth something, and that we are something to be treasured.

For those of you unaware, OWLS is a wonderful group accepting all people regardless of age, gender, religion, sexuality, etc. We try to show everyone that they are beautiful and loved no matter what, through different anime and pop culture. If you’re interested in joining, feel free to go to our website and fill out a form! We’re always accepting new members!

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Onto the topic at hand.

If you’ve been reading my posts since the beginning, you may remember my post Best Manga I’ve Ever Read. In that post, I discuss the manga, A Silent Voice. Even though I wrote that nearly a year ago, I still believe it is my favorite manga/comic ever. Unfortunately, I still have been unable to watch the movie adaptation, but will when the Blu Ray comes out in America.

In that manga, there are so many rough topics covered. So that’s why when given this topic, I immediately thought of it.

The story is majorly in the perspective of Shoya Ishida, a third year boy in high school. But much of the focus of the actual story is on a girl, Shoko Nishimiya, who is deaf. Both of these characters are constantly dealing with self-doubt, for different reasons.

So I don’t get a bunch of angry people after me, there WILL BE SPOILERS in this post. If you have not read the manga or watched the movie, I recommend you go and do that before reading this. I must talk about a lot of vital points in order to do this topic justice.

The Deaf Girl and Her Bully

Shoya was a bully in elementary school. He pushed Shoko around, taking advantage of the fact she was deaf. Day after day, he picked on her. He thought that doing this would make him popular, and be accepted by others. And he thought it was working. He stole her hearing aids, and destroyed them. He grabbed the notebook she communicated with and tossed it in a fountain.

Shoko just smiled. She didn’t fight with him, she just pretended like it didn’t phase her. Of course she was mad. But she’s never been good at showing her true emotions. Only once did she lash out at him, right before she transferred to a different school.

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When Shoko left, Shoya realized that all of the things he did was not helping him gain popularity. When Shoko left, he saw nasty words scrawled on his desk. They all blamed him wholly for what happened to her. He now became the bullied. He now knew how Shoko felt, and started distancing himself from the kids in his class.

The Past is in the Past

Five years pass, and it’s the time the rest of manga will take place. Both Shoya and Shoko are now in their final year of high school.

Shoko still doesn’t have many friends, but attends a sign language regularly, and feeds the fish in the river on Tuesdays.

Shoya has been suffering from his past ever since Shoko left their school. He never tried to mend the wounds he’d caused in other people. They see him and can only remember the bully he was, or they never get to talk to him in the first place. This distance causes him to still hate himself after all these years. He is so harsh on his past self, and won’t let that go to live his last year of high school in happiness. He’s once quoted as saying, “I wish I could kill him,” referring to himself as a sixth-grader. This self-hatred becomes so toxic, brewing inside him for so many years, he completely gives up.

He decides that as his final moment on the earth, he’ll apologize to Shoko for what he’d done. And then he would leave for good. He finds out about her meetings at the bridge on Tuesdays, and talks to her. Well, signs to her, as he’d learned sign language during those five years of not seeing her.

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To his surprise, she instantly accepts his apology, and they decide they can become friends. All of his previous plans are completely shot. He finds the new meaning to his life, to focus on being friends with Shoko and mending the broken bond between them.

The Present is a Demon

Shoko, however, moves past what happened back then easily. That’s not her problem. After all those years, people still insult her deafness. Or they just don’t know how to get around it.

People still hate her simply for having a disability. One girl in particular, who was part of the group of students who bullied her along with Shoya when they were younger, is the main one who targets her. Her name is Naoka, and she is a major factor in Shoko’s later attempted suicide. This wasn’t purely Naoka’s doing, as the problems had been happening to Shoko for years.

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Naoka practically forces herself into the group of friends that forms throughout the manga. She confronts Shoya, and tells him that they are so similar, but that is not the case at all, and she wiggles her way into the group.

Things Naoka has done include: slapping Shoko, pulling at her hair violently, calling her “a blight” and “self-absorbed,” telling her she hates her, yelling in her face, etc. Shoko, being who she is, says nothing about the abuse Naoka puts her through. She smiles through all of it, acting as though nothing was wrong. As she does any time there is something bothering her. She actually reaches out to Naoka a few times, attempting to be friends even after what Naoka has done.

The event that puts her in the worst state of mind, though, is when the group gets into an argument discussing the past events of elementary school. Some blame Shoya for what had happened, and he retaliates with being so blunt with each of them, it hurts them. There is yelling, and Shoya physically sits away from the others.

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Because Shoko sees all of this, she is concerned for her friends. She doesn’t know what happened, since nobody was translating into sign language for her. She was completely confused, and walks away from the scene frazzled.

Yuzuru, her sister, later tells her the entire scene.

The group stays away from each other for the summer, but Shoya and Shoko continue to meet for much of the break. During the meetings, Shoko becomes even more unsettled due to Shoya’s strange behavior. He’s been thinking of what the others said about him, and makes him reconsider things.

Then comes the dreadful moment. During a fireworks display, Shoko leaves early to “study.” Her sister sees through her excuse and sends Shoya after her. He finds her seconds away from plummeting over the edge of their apartment building. He barely saves her, landing himself in the river below in place of her.

For about a week, Shoya was in a coma after this event. Blames were passed around. Who was really responsible for him falling? Answer: Nobody in particular. He did it to save his closest friend from dying.

The Future is what you Make it

The traumatic events of this manga are hard to swallow. I had a hard time reading it at moments, but it is so important to make it to the end. What happens to Shoya and Shoko could very well happen to anyone. Bullying and disabilities are something we must live with as a society. And, accepting them and addressing them is the most important part. Both of these things led to the main characters suffering with some sort of mental disorder, most likely a form of depression or anxiety, but I’m not one to diagnose.

Shoya’s fear over opening up to others crippled him socially. He was unable to accept himself, and believed that others wouldn’t either. He had to learn how to move on from the past that was weighing him down, and not let others get under his skin. He did this through confiding in Shoko and the others, and ignoring the harsh words others said.

Shoko felt like she was responsible for the others fighting. When she learned of what happened, she decided to jump, because she felt she was only causing them problems. Shoya worked hard to heal the relationships they used to have, so when things went badly, she felt she broke what he had built. The group had been working on a movie, but when the topic of bullying Shoko came up, they dismissed the project. She took that as being a nuisance, and the sole reason why they left. She felt this same way back when she was in elementary school. She was hated by people, and she took it all as there being something wrong with her. Even back then, she told Yuzuru that she wanted to die.

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I think the most important takeaway from this is to never drown in your emotions. Confide in others. Tell them what’s on your mind. Chances are, if they truly care, they’ll do everything in their power to help you back on your feet. If Shoko were to have told Shoya how she felt about the topic, things would have gone differently. He had no idea. Yuzuru was aware of how Shoko felt, and tried helping by taking pictures of dead things. Strange, but, she figured that if Shoko saw how ugly it was to be gone from the world, she’d never commit suicide. Unfortunately, this didn’t work, but it did keep her from doing it earlier.

The ending of the manga was a breath of fresh air compared to the bulk of it. Everything is calm. Shoko reveals her dream to move to Tokyo to Shoya, who reacts negatively. He doesn’t want her to leave him, since he would no longer be able to keep an eye on her to keep her safe. He’d dedicated the life she saved to living for her. He does let her go, but is wary of it still. The others are also pursuing their dreams, many of them also moving to Tokyo.

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If Shoko and Shoya never met, I doubt they would still be alive. Definitely not pursuing their dreams. The connection they created through their suffering was what gave them new meaning. As I stated before, it’s important to have someone to lift you up when handling tough situations.

My Experiences

Shortly after I read this manga about two and a half years ago, I began having these strange panic attacks before bed (the attacks weren’t due to the manga, they just so happened to start after I read it, no worries). They went on for a good long while before I could figure out what it was. It was when I had one during the day that my mom figured it out.

For the most part, I kept these hidden from others. I was fearful of what people would say if I told them. They could tell me it was fake, or I was overreacting, or I’ll get over it. Instead, my mom told me I may need to see a therapist or be prescribed medication. This was worse than anything other people could say. When I was told this, I thought there was something horribly wrong with me. It was strange I thought this, since for years my brother had been taking medication for his ADHD, and I never thought much of that.

Since then, I’ve been able to adapt to it, and accept it as part of my life. I know my brain functions in a way that is not the same as others, and I’m okay with that now. I still haven’t gone to a therapist as my mom suggested, though I know I should. Things have died down a lot since that first attack, and I haven’t had a random one in about a year. I still have problems with calling people on the phone, or approaching a stranger in public to ask a question, or calming myself down when my friends don’t answer my texts right away.

I found that telling my friends and family about it did help, since the attacks became fewer and further in between once I told people.

My experience is nowhere near the severity of what occurs in this manga, but I can understand where the mangaka was coming from writing her characters the way she did. Neither felt the need to burden others with their problems, and in the end, it hurt them more than if they would have spoken up.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post! I absolutely adore this manga with all my heart, and felt it needed a mention again. I had to reread most of it again to be able to write this, which I’m totally fine with. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. Even though I spoiled much of the plot in this post, it’s not the same as experiencing what happens. It’s so memorable, and I feel that every person should be able to read it at some point in their life. If you’re not fond of reading backwards comics, the movie should be released in America soon, and hopefully to other parts of the world soon as well. From what I’ve heard, it does a decent job of highlighting the important topics discussed in the manga, and the artwork is just stunning.

Make sure to check out the other OWLS posts this month! Matt-in-the-Hat’s post was before mine, and new member, Miandro’s Side is after me.

Also, OWLS is doing a giveaway! You’d be entering to win a copy of Lighter than my Shadow by Katie Green, a book that highlights some of the disorders focused on in our blog tour this month.  All you have to do is comment on one of the tour posts! To enter, use this link.

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Black Butler Season One: Review

Black Butler Season One: Review

I’m a little late on this anime, I know. I just finished it a bit ago, and overall, I enjoyed it. I only began watching it because I had met Sebastian’s English voice actor at Youmacon last November. For some reason, I felt obligated to watch the show he is most known for, and I don’t regret my choice. In fact, I just got the DVD of season one in the mail a couple weeks ago. And I got to see Book of the Atlantic last week which was super weird and awesome.

It’s unique, definitely. It’s such a strange concept, and I honestly didn’t think I would like it. I’ve known of the show for years, but I’d always thought it was not for me. I got the first manga for Christmas and enjoyed reading it, so I continued to the show.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the show, it’s been quite popular for a while. But, I guess if you’re not aware of the concept, I’ll give a brief summary.

The main protagonist is Ciel Phantomhive, a twelve-year-old earl to the Phantomhive family and owner of the Funtum toy company. This is due to a tragedy that happened roughly two years before the beginning of the show. Someone set fire to his family’s estate, purposefully killing his parents. He is then tortured by a strange group of hooded people, forcing him to become vengeful and furious. He wishes to kill the people who killed his parents, but the problem is he’s only a child, and he needs extra help for this task. He forms a pact with a demon, whom he calls Sebastian. Sebastian becomes his butler, and will do anything Ciel commands him to do. When the people guilty of killing his parents is dead, Sebastian may have Ciel’s soul.

6Though this show seems dark and violent, it’s very lighthearted for the majority of the show. Nearing the end it becomes much darker and serious.

I’m not really sure what part of the show I enjoyed the most. I enjoy the comedy, historical setting, supernatural creatures, and action that it offers. There are many aspects of this show that are unique to itself, and that’s what makes it stand out so much. I can say for sure this is the only anime I’ve watched set in Victorian England, and has the youngest main character from what I can recall. The fight scenes are very interesting, due to the unconventional techniques Sebastian uses when fighting. It’s quite something to watch a butler throw butter knives into people’s heads.

The premise is weird, I will admit. There are also a slew of bizarre characters. Obviously, we have the revenge-driven twelve-year-old who runs an entire company, and a demon acting as a butler. But the other characters that work for the Phantomhive manor are Mey-Rin, a clumsy maid with terrible eyesight, Finnigan, a gardener with superhuman 1strength, Baldroy, a chef who burns anything he touches, and Tanaka, a butler who doesn’t do much but sit and drink tea. I think these characters are what keeps the show from being too much of a downer. Sebastian constantly has to pay close attention to their antics, and often must fix anything they fail at, which is almost every task they are assigned.

Other characters are Elizabeth, Ciel’s fiancee, Grell, a flamboyant reaper, The Undertaker, a not-so-serious grim reaper, Pluto, a werewolf (sort of), and yet many more. I wouldn’t say this show is heavy on character development, since for the most part, they all remain static throughout the show. Though, there are some themes that are thought-provoking.

Considering the entire end goal is revenge, there are a lot of branches of this topic that can be explored. If Ciel were to change his mind about avenging his parents, he would still be stuck due to the pact he made. It’s clear that this is not the best solution for his grief, but he is still a child, and to him, that was his only option. Throughout the show he is told that this may not be a good idea. He knows that going through with it will lead to his death, and he’s told he will be missed, but he doesn’t think he will be. He feels he won’t be happy living without his parents, or with the person responsible for their deaths to be living. He often says, “I forgot how to smile,” which is a strange thing for a child to say. He thinks he will never feel happiness again. It makes me feel bad for him until I realize how much of a jerk he is.

This brings me to my next point about the show: it’s hard to tell who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy. Yes, Ciel and Sebastian are the main characters, but when you look at their characters, they’re kind of terrible. Obviously, Sebastian is a demon, which automatically puts him on the bad side, and though Ciel seems like an innocent child, 4he’s far from it. He could be nice if he wanted to be, but instead, he chooses to boss those who work for him around more than he should. Practically to the point where he doesn’t end up lifting a finger. Yes, they agreed to work for him, but he doesn’t hardly give anyone a break. He’s constantly unhappy with their work, no matter how hard they try. He never seems to give a thank you or a chance for them to relax. I don’t exactly hate Ciel, since all people and characters have their flaws, but I do wish he was a bit more lenient. And, due to his past and age, it makes sense he would take advantage of them.

On to Sebastian. He’s a pretty cool dude, I’ll have to say, but this would be due to his immortality and demon powers. He is shown to be able to do practically anything, and when he gets hurt, he heals almost immediately. He has an extreme amount of patience 2for what Ciel makes him put up with. This is most likely due to being a demon, but it’s still somewhat impressive. Ciel is a nightmare to handle, along with the other servants of the Phantomhive manor. He basically has to run the place himself at some times. I ended up feeling sympathy for him, though he’s a demon.

One thing I want to say about Book of the Atlantic (don’t worry it’s not that much of a spoiler): at the end, after everything that had happened and Sebastian had saved the day (as he always does), Ciel tells him to take a break. Which is probably the most kind thing he’s ever said to Sebastian. I was honestly shocked when I heard it. This never happens in the show. Actually, Ciel is a lot more kind in the movie now that I think about it. I won’t say much more than that for those of you wanting to watch it in the future.

And, something about this fandom as well: I know a ton of people ship Ciel and Sebastian, but even if I completely ignore the wrongness of it, I still can’t understand 5where that makes sense. I feel they have an understanding of each other, but there’s nothing intimate about it. This doesn’t make me angry with the people who do ship them, but I just don’t understand it.

In all, I entirely enjoy this show in all of its silliness and uniqueness. I do suggest it to others, though I would say it’s not for everyone. And, it’s not my absolute favorite but it’s definitely near the top of my list. There’s just something charming about its quirkiness.

I hope you enjoyed this review, and again I’m sorry for not posting more, but for sure there will be a post on Friday, which will be my very first tour post with OWLS! If you don’t know what OWLS is, it’s a group of anime loving, kind people who accept everyone for who they are, what they believe, and what they like. There’s a blog tour every month focused around a theme and bloggers can participate in when they are part of the group. This month’s is TEAM in honor of June being Pride/LGBT+ month and I will be participating this month, along with next month, so look out for those!

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My Favorite Anime Couples

My Favorite Anime Couples

I figured that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would share some of my favorite pairings in anime. I understand that this is a somewhat touchy subject for some, if their favorite isn’t on here, or if I ship a character with someone different that what they feel. But I knew I would talk about it at some point, so why not now? Understand that I will not make fun of any person’s pairing preferences, as long as I don’t get any nasty comments. Thank you, we are all fans of the same fanbase. Be nice! 🙂 Continue reading

My Thoughts On: Tokyo Ghoul Manga

My Thoughts On: Tokyo Ghoul Manga

I’m a scaredy cat, I will admit.  I don’t like horror.  I can’t stand the thought of intentionally being scared.  So, why would I try to read a manga that literally has “horror” as the genre on the back?  My best friend of about twelve years loves it, and yeah, she can handle a whole lot more than I can.  But I was reading it over her shoulder one day, and I decided to give it a try.  As of now, I’m on the 42nd chapter, in Volume 5.  This would be nearing the end of season one, I believe.  And before you ask, no, I don’t plan on watching the anime.  I’ve decided that I can handle black and white still drawings better than colored animations.

So, don’t think I’m ignorant or something as I’m talking about it, since I have absolutely no idea how the show varies from the manga except for season two, but I don’t think I’m that far yet.

First thoughts: I’m probably going to cry a lot reading this thing.  When I began reading, I knew that things got a little insane later on in the series, but I just wasn’t thinking about it.  And now, I’m getting further and further in, and it’s getting pretty intense already.  When I began though, I immediately became attached to the main character, which was not a good idea.  I’ve heard a lot about what comes later, and I’m not looking forward to it.

Also, I forget almost everyone’s name.  Except the main reoccurring characters.  So sometimes I have to sit there and figure out who it is.  tg

But that doesn’t reflect on the story at all.  I love the concept.  It’s so interesting, seeing as you don’t know whose side you should be on.  The humans are portrayed as being evil and violent toward the ghouls, and seeing as almost all of the main cast are ghouls, you aren’t even on the humans’ side for the most part.  It’s a weird feeling.  I find myself thinking, “Ah, the humans were behind this!” or “Oh no, the humans are going to kill them!” It’s strange.  But of course, if you’re familiar with the beginning of the series, the main protagonist isn’t entirely either, so that makes it even weirder.

Overall, it’s a really great story so far.  It’s well-done.  I constantly want to know what happens next, and it keeps me on my toes.  I have a hard time predicting what will happen, which is a good sign.  I just wish I wasn’t such a baby about getting scared, or I would watch the show too.  I already know the order of what happens is different in the manga since I compared it to the episode list.  Episode 4 is WAY after some of the other stuff that happens in the manga.

Also, I’m aware this isn’t really a fleshed-out (haha) post but I just felt like sharing some of my feelings on the story since it’s so popular.

I’ll probably have a different post later on this week about Fullmetal Alchemist, which I meant to do on October 3rd in honor of Fullmetal Alchemist Day, but I forgot about it.  But it will be coming soon.  And then after that, it’ll be something about the movie Your Name.  Not saying what exactly because I’m not even sure yet.

Anyway, just wanted to update on what’s to come after my hiatus that wasn’t planned.  Sorry about that.  Just been busy.

Thanks for reading my ramble!

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Review: Fruits Basket

Review: Fruits Basket

I am genuinely sorry about the long, long wait.  I started working last Wednesday, and everything has been hectic since then.  I may need to cut the updates down to either once a week or once every other week just because of how busy I am and my lack of time.  But hopefully, I’ll have a cool post next week, since over the weekend I’m cosplaying at my local convention.

Just so you are aware, I’m writing this on a time limit.  I have about 45 minutes to complete this before I leave school and then I have a ton of stuff to do at home.

So, let’s see how this goes.

I chose to talk about this anime in particular because I have memories about it.  About 4 years ago, my friends came over to my house for a sleepover.  My friend had just started watching anime, and she knew one that we would enjoy watching.  It was on Netflix at the time, and I was kind of wary, since my parents had no idea that we would be watching anime.

But, we watched about three episodes and then my mom came in the room.  She watched

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Yuki Sohma

an entire episode with us and determined that whoever thought of it was high.  (She still thinks this and I don’t understand why)  Anyway, my dad also came upstairs and his literal words were, “Is this a ‘pretty boy’ anime?”  For those of you who don’t know the characters, Yuki was the one on screen, and here’s what he looks like.  It was a pretty safe guess on my dad’s part.

During that night we watched eight episodes.  And in the morning, we watched more and my brothers were in the room.  They loved it.  At the time, they were probably about 7 and 9 years old.

Not only was this show one of my first animes, but I have a very vivid memory of when I first watched it.

Onto the actually show itself, not my sentimental memories of it.

This show aired in Japan in 2001, and is now considered a classic according to Funimation’s website.  It’s very likely that you’ve never heard of it, I probably never would have if it weren’t for that day 4 years ago.

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Screenshot I took

At this point, I’ve watched every episode around three times, and I’ve read the manga all the way through once, along with reading some chapters multiple times.

Now, you may be asking why I didn’t put this on my My Top 5 Animes list, but I did that based on how often I revisit that show.  I also thought of putting this on my Top 5 Comedy Animes list, but I think there’s a better list for this show.

The show is very funny, but it’s probably equally sad, and character driven.

I’ll give a basic summary, since I’m sure some of you have never seen this show or even heard of it.  But at the time I’m writing this, I have about 15 minutes to complete this post.

Tohru Honda (the girl in the photo), was recently orphaned when her mom died in a car accident.  Since then, she lived with her grandfather, until the house needed work done on it.  She began living in a tent in the woods by herself.  One day, she found a house and was greeted by Yuki Sohma, the prince of her high school.  They walked to school, and she began to talk to him.  Later, as she emerged from her tent, him and his cousin find her and offer to let her stay at their house.  She starts living with them and finds out that their family has a curse placed on them.  She has to swear to never tell anyone else about this, since they are all ashamed by it.

As she lives with them for longer, she meets more members of the Sohma family and she discovers how strange of a family they are, not just because of their curse.

I know this doesn’t give a whole lot of information, but I don’t want to spoil much.  I’d rather you be surprised by what the curse is and everything, though by looking at the banner photo, you might be able to figure it out.

Oh, before I leave this, there’s a new manga the author started recently that picks up probably about 20 years after the manga completed.  Though, don’t read it if you haven’t read the manga, you’d be helplessly lost, there are a lot of new characters in the manga that aren’t in show.

The manga is Fruits Basket: Another, written by Natsuki Takaya, same mangaka as the

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Fruits Basket: Another cover

original Fruits Basket.  I’ve only read the first eight chapters but it’s decent, and makes me pretty happy since I loved the manga more than the show.  I shouldn’t say much more, since even the premise kind of spoils the original manga.  Anyway, just read the original, then the new series.  It’s all great, hope you enjoy it.

I’ve got about 5 minutes now, so I’ll update my new post asap, and I hope you enjoy this one.  Sorry about the entirely too long wait, I promise I’ll say if stuff changes.  For now, enjoy what I’ve put up.  Next post should be cool.  It’ll include pictures of my cosplay making process, plus hopefully some of my full cosplay.  Bye!

*I’m cosplaying as Maka Albarn from Soul Eater in case you didn’t know. :)*