August 11, 2017

Anime --> English Style

Japanese animation is well loved all over the world. Most of us, usually think that it is more popular in the country of France than anywhere else in the world. The French are addicted to anime tropes and J-animation and are highly attuned to trends in anime, manga, video games, and otaku culture. 

The truth in style is quite different. The way anime culture is centered around introspective, expression, truth, and openness betrays to another European locale, the United Kingdom. Anime in style and them may actually have their basis on English culture, as in based off of British culture. Everywhere you may find in anime and manga themes, allegories, and allusion to more popular ideas or even loanwords, that are rather British than French.

Gundam 00 and XXXholic 
Both have references to English tea time in the afternoon. Tea time in the United Kingdom, especially Great Britain is followed and well-liked by all British people.

Rurouni Kenshin and Revolutionary Girl Utena
Sword sport fencing is played seriously and competitively in both. Fencing is similar also to jousting, but the former being played while not piloting a horse.

Ouran Host Club 
The main character eventually falls in love with the "prince" of the Ouran Host Club. Though, you would watch the entire short series to figure out what happens in it.

Eden of the East and C: Soul and Possibility Control
 There is an obvious allusion to a paper note that kind of possibly looks like it may have the Queen's silhouette on the face of it. So, that is actually a reference to the UK and not any other country (that one being France) that might heart anime also...

There are more general themes, TV tropes, and archetypes NOT specifically mentioned here. We're just trying to give you some food for thought about why people like anime! Keep an open mind and just feel the emotions that the anime represents. It's not a big deal if the French are more vocal about their anime style but the English love anime too! Thanks for reading!

August 8, 2017

This Month --> Insider Anime Memes

There's more anime in your memes than ever before. Since anime conventions are almost over stateside and there are so many anime fans everywhere, its easy to miss a few anime references to real life or memes just for anime fans. Anyway here they are... How many do you already know?ナツ-natsu

 (SAO's Legend

July 31, 2017

Eevee #133 Evolution Feature

Eevee  #1 3 3 

Eevee has an unstable genetic makeup that suddenly mutates due to the environment in which it lives. Radiation from various stones causes this Pokémon to evolve.

June 30, 2017

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic screening (Dubbed)

When Funimation announced special screenings of Book of the Atlantic, a Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) movie, I wasn't interested at first. A few weeks before the screening, I figured why not? 

We got tickets to see the dub as it was showing on my usual day off and got to the theater early so we could get good seats. There were cosplayers and fans of all ages, though most seemed to be teenage girls. 

The movie itself was pretty good. Undertaker has a pretty big role in it which is awesome as he's my favorite character, plus his face is shown a lot. Best scene by far is Grell and new reaper Ronald re-enact that one scene from Titanic. To be honest, this is pretty much what the movie is...
Black Butler + Titanic + Zombies = Book of the Atlantic. 
Only thing I wish I had done before watching this movie was to watch Book of Circus as there's a character or three from that arc. 

I think the most surprising part about it was Lizzy. I always thought she was annoying and couldn't do anything for herself, but her true character was revealed. She isn't as helpless as she lets on in the first season and ends up being a one of the best fighters in the whole series. 

*heart eyes*
I didn't really think anything of it before the movie, but...if their was any type of fanservice scenes or something slightly funny, the auditorium would be full of screams that only fangirls (and boys) could make. I'm pretty sure the people walking down the theater hall and in the auditoriums next door thought the viewers were either really scared or being killed. Unfortunately, due to the screams, we missed a good third of the movie's dialogue. 

The audience for Book of the Atlantic seemed more immature than the crowds who showed up for the Evangelion 3.0 movie, Yu-Gi-Oh Dark Side of Dimensions and DBZ Resurrection F showings COMBINED. 

It's okay to be a fangirl/boy, but when going to screenings like these, please be considerate of the movies showing next door and to the chaperones who have no idea what they are getting themselves into. It's alright to scream, but not so loud or long that the person 10 rows behind can't hear anything for the next 3 minutes.

I'd rewatch Book of the Atlantic, but in a quieter setting...and to see Undertaker's and Lizzy's amazing scenes again.



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