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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Unusual Tales of Friendship: Nakama no Suto ri

How'd you meet your best friend? How did you meet your closest friends? Did you make a friend application and fill it out with your info? Nah, I don't think people do that to make friends. Most of our friends, we met by random coincidence and/or chance(s). 

All it takes is to take a chance on someone to be their friend.

A weak person usually has less friends right? 
That's not true. 
A person has friends like themselves. And no one is truly weak.

What about anime? Well I learned from anime that friendship takes more of a chance than in real life, if the storylines were real life. I know you've all thought, what if anime was real? But I guess some of us want it to be... 

That's not the point. 
Like in One Piece, remember Zoro? 

Luffy had to practically beg him and vow to him that he'd help him escape just for him to consider joining his no-pirate-yet crew. But Luffy didn't lose hope... I hope that's not a spoiler, if it is you should really watch One Piece at some time in the future.

After that it seemed easier for Luffy to make Nakama/friends. Luffy passed the "first step" that they say is the hardest or most difficult. After that Luffy was way more confident in being himself and being a pirate! But his journey is still continuing, as the anime is still running and the manga is still being printed. 

Ok, enough One Piece...!
Then on the brighter, lighter side of life (slice of life/drama) anime you've got Ouran Host Club. 

Haruhi was a new student and she was pretty much all alone at her new school. Those are the hardest days for everyone, the first day of school. She made a mistake and suddenly she found herself with new "friends" at the school's male host club. It took her a long time to actually be friends with everone there which is part of why the anime is so good! It's a good watch for sentimental people and anyone who hasn't seen it before.

I think I'll stop with the examples, you're all seasoned Otaku, right? Sometimes it just seems difficult making a new friend in the real world but anime makes it seem possible. It's possible for anyone!

*RPGhero signing out!*

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tropes: Face Your Fears!

Cradle Them Gently?

It's Scare or Be Scared from Here on Out!

It's all about how you grab your fears?
The normal way we act in the face of fear is to get scared. It seems like some of the great heroes of anime cartoons have found a way around getting scared by... Becoming Scary!
The monster motif was started by Bugs Bunny when he played a Bunny Monster with Marvin Martian in the Looney Toons cartoons of the 60's and 70's. Bugs was kind of different as Bunny Monster, losing his normal roundabout wise alec humor and gaining a pure brutal humor. That's kind of different from Luffy who when he received a lot of ghost energy, became Nightmare Luffy and kept his own thoughts. The only difference was that his body was pretty horrorsome and he lost his gum gum power. Did anyone catch that? It didn't scare Luffy to lose his rubberman powers and gain his Thriller Bark powers. He went along with it and stayed the same old Luffy inside.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jaguar's Dream

Everyone has a dream, a vision, a message, a hope......

Something that they would tell you if the world was ending.....

To make things right again.....

To make the world a better place....

This article is an homage to...

Jaguar D. Saul

 Img Credit: four-emperors.tumblr.com
One Piece is a story of pirates, powers, training, and the danger of the open sea! For every honorable warrior of the sea, there are tens, even hundreds of bad fights that brave the seas of this anime. The main character of One Piece is Monkey D. Luffy, who starts off as a 17 year old who ventures out to the open sea to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors but most notably the pirate Red Hair Shanks who gave up his arm to save Luffy from a shark when Luffy was about 7 years old. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hot Food RE-Deux!!! The Infamous Japanese Cup Ramen

Take a moment to think about cup ramen. Chances are, if you are an otaku, there are many fond memories of cup ramen. If you are a college student, then there are also many wondrous memories of cup ramen. Regardless of who you are, you've probably eaten cup ramen at some point in the past. It's the perfect food for a rainy day, or just whenever you don't feel like shopping.
Cup ramen has made appearances in many anime shows. You most likely recall Naruto when you think of anime cup ramen lovers. And while Naruto is a big fan of ramen, it has been featured in many other places...

You will learn when cup ramen was invented!
You will become an otaku!
You'll see some funny commercials about cup ramen!

More after the jump! ^^

What is a Diesel Moment?

A DIESEL moment is not a sad moment it's a moment where a character STAKES their future against their past and CHANGE happens, usually for the better, no matter the COST. And may or may not be in a fight with a Bad Guy.

*Diesel is a term RPGHero coined, most likely watching One Piece.