3 months ago
Hey all, long time no talk. (I know, I always say that but it's always always true.) Lately I've just posted "art" and such so this time I thought I'd just do a little bit of rambling for those of you who are interested enough to hear it. It's 4 am, I need something to do anyway >.>
So, those of you on here who have been friends with me for years know that I've always been interested in anime. Or, at least, you know that I tend to (try) to draw in that style. Truthfully, I've liked anime ever since I saw my first proper one, Rurouni Kenshin, when I was young.
Granted I never drew then. It wasn't until I signed up here that I started drawing really seriously, and not until recently that I drew every week, at least.
I suppose, yes, I've always liked it. Though, I don't think it was until about half a year ago that I realized my appreciation and love for the genre was much deeper than that. Call it a struggle with identity.
I think most people struggle with identity in some way or another. I guess mine was deciding to embrace my extreme tendency to gravitate towards nerd culture. I shunned that part of me for a long time. Like most people, I wanted to be cool, I wanted to make a lot of friends, because, and I honestly thought this; I thought it would make me happy.
The stereotype is real here, people.
I thought it would make me happy, yes. Though I've always had this nasty little habit of self destructing my personal relationships. Friendships, romances, family, whatever. I can't explain why I do that, I really can't. The best I can come up with is that because maintaining personal relationships exhausts me, but I suppose that's another topic entirely.
I've struggled with that forever; trying to be someone everyone would like and say good things about. In some way, I still do. Though, about six months to a year ago, my brother begged me to watch Clannad (FUCK, THE FEELS). After I saw that, it clicked. It wasn't being around other people or family that made me truly happy, it was computers. It was games. It was anime. It was being able to experience a new world and the promise of thousands of other new worlds for me to discover.
Suddenly, the reclusive tenancies I fought suddenly made sense to me.
I was, am, an otaku. Now, for those of you who don't know what this is;
plural noun: otaku
- (in Japan) a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.
Japanese, literally ‘your house,’ alluding to the reluctance of such young people to leave the house.
I remember reading this for the first time and thinking, "Fuck. Hit the nail on the head." Normally you hear this term used to describe anime or computer obsessed teens, but I've found there is a large community of adults that use this word to describe themselves. Funny how a culture on the other side of the world has a word for you but your own culture fails do be able to do so, eh?
I've changed a lot in the past year, and even more in the past six months. For the better, I think. I a lot of people would say it's unhealthy; getting rid of your friends and family for cartoons and games. Though, at the end of it all, I could give a shit if I'm scoffed at for surrounding myself with the things that make me happy. There's a life lesson for ya, folks. Take that one home, it's free.
So, I thought it'd be fun to list some things that otaku living anywhere but Japan might get a kick out, things that I've noticed lately.
- You avoid reading manga in public. Not because you're embarrassed but because you're annoyed by people asking why you are reading that book "backwards". (and someone will always ask.)
- It's difficult to not refer to people as whatsher-chan. Seriously, the struggle is real.
- DON'T show other people anime memes, no matter how funny you think it is. They will just look at you funny.
- Blasting Hatsune Miku music in your car with the windows down provides you with facial expressions you didn't know existed from the general public.
- Realizing the light novels you want aren't translated really makes you want to cry.
- Just forget trying to describe what a chibi is to someone who is looking at your drawing or trying to justify the eyes, hair, and clothing choices.
- The death of on screen characters you love scares you. For life.
- You want to scream every time someone says, "I like anime, too!", but they've only seen Naurto of Bleach.
- Almost every bookstore is a disappointment. They never have a manga section. Except Barnes and Nobles. Thank you!
- WHY YOU NO HAVE POCKY STICKS HERE?!
- Senpai will never notice you.
Okay, some of them would relate to Japanese otaku, but whatever.
FUCK, what a rant. I'm done now since the sun is coming up. Hope you enjoyed that little talking point, and maybe someone else besides me is laughing because they understand the observations.
Till next time, peeps.
7 months ago
Ku ku ku, foolish mortals, how about some Kobato Hasegawa to grace your presence?
Haganai was pretty good, (a little too much ecchi for me) but I really got attached to the characters twoards the end. I've been walking around saying "ku ku ku" to myself for days. Kobato is just contagious, so I had to draw her. Next I'll be referring to myself in the third person and drawing Rikka, I'm sure.
8 months ago
So, I've always watched anime and been a fan, but recently I've started watching anything I can get my hands on. I'm going to compile a list of everything I've watched, in case you might looking for some recommendations. (and for myself, to track what I've seen already.) These aren't in any order, just as they came to me as I typed:
1. Cowboy Bebop ***
3. Ruroni Kenshin (seen everything, just can't remember all the titles. ^.^)
4. Sword Art Online ***
5. Clannad ***
6. Clannad: After Story *** (you WILL cry during this.)
7. Myself; Yourself
8. Say "I love you"
10. Unbreakable Machine Doll
11. Spice and Wolf *** (best female lead character of all time)
12. Toradora! ***
13. Eureka Seven
14. My High School Romance ~SNAFU
15. Ghost in the Shell
16. Full Metal Panic!
17. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
18. Full Mental Panic! The Second Raid (I love Tessa ^.^)
19. Durarara!!! ***
20. Lovely Complex
21. Watamote ***
22. Attack on Titan ***
24. Elfen Lied ***
25. Paranoia Agent
26. Death Note
27. The Familiar of Zero
28. The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons
29. The Familiar of Zero: Rondo of the Princess
30. The Familiar of Zero: F
31. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions ***
32. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-
33. Shakugan No Shana
34. Shakugan No Shana: Season 2
35. Big O
37. High School of the Dead
36. Foolie Coolie
37. Ef: A Tale of Memories ***
38. Ef: A Tale of Melodies ***
39. My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering With My High School Romantic Comedy ( a little bit of ecchi here, but it was funny and well placed for the most part.)
40. My Little Monster
41. Golden Time
42. Angel Beats!
Of course, I've also seen Pokemon, a lot of Gundam series, Dragon Ball, ect. There are too many of those to list, though.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but I'll fix it if I remember. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me! I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy. (Don't tell me Naruto or Bleach. I will cut you.)
Anything with asterisks comes highly recommended from me. So if you haven't watched any of those, and like Anime, you should! Anything in bold is in English Subs only, as far as I know. So if you don't like that you know what to avoid.