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  • The “Symmetrical” Type

    Death the Kid

    “I’m going to keep fighting until this world is the way it should be. Until the world is balanced.”

    death the kid

    Death the Kid (usually goes by “Kid” on an everyday basis) is a powerful Shinigami that has power over the the Demon Twin Guns, Patty and Liz Thompson. Serving as a second apprentice for his father, Death, he is to inherit the responsibilities of a Shinigami.

     

    Personality

    I call the the symmetrical type because as if you didn’t know, he has OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder). His disorder is so bad that he will stop in the middle of a fight to fix something and can easily get distracted with it. His favorite number is 8 because of its symmetry and its ability to divide out evenly.

    He’s very mature and precise in his own special way. Additionally, he’s also very cool,calm, and collected.

     

    “If you can pick a fight with the God of death, I can not guarantee your soul’s safety.”


  • Inspirational Anime Girls

    Finding Inspiration in Anime

    Many argue that some anime are very sexist and stereotypical towards women. Anime tries to sometimes make girls strong and muscular or sometimes make them almost identical to a male character. Maybe even make them thin asf or make the male protagonist save the women. As a feminist I don’t think that’s way to promote feminism.

    I chose these three female characters on how powerful and special they are in their own ways.

     

    Hinata Hyuga

    Now, I know some people depict her as someone weak and useless. I don’t think so.

    Sure, she’s not strong, but her will to never give up is what makes her so inspiring and powerful. She shows that quiet people can be strong and can save the day once in a while.

    Especially with Naruto, she is willing to go all the way to protect who she cares about.

    Hinata Hyuga breaks all stereotypes, and proves that a strong woman doesn’t have to be masculine or tough.

     

    Super Sonico

    She’s the true figure of feminism. This was probably the first anime I watched where a girl was a little on the chubby side. I loved her immediately. She flaunts off her curves and I have mad respect for people who aren’t insecure about their bodies.

    Like Hinata, Sonico isn’t masculine, and you can even say she’s girly, but she doesn’t let that stop her from achieving her goals.

     

    Honoka Kousaka

    I’ve never seen a person so determined like Honoka. Especially when there’s a lack of support from those around her. She’s very determined to make her dream come true: becoming an idol.

    I’ve learned from Honoka that no matter how impossible your dreams are, never give up and to never let go of your goals.

    Something else is that Honoka isn’t flashy, she’s a normal high school girl.


  • The “Princely” Type

    Tamaki Suoh

    “Handsome men can’t be hurt by water.”

     

    Tamaki Suoh is one of the main protagonists of the popular shoujo anime, Ouran High School Host Club. At Ouran Academy, he is the president of the host club. He’s also the son of Ouran’s Chairman.

     

    Personality

    He’s flamboyant, arrogant, egotistical, and dramatic. He is labeled the princely type by the other hosts because he attracts the most female clients. He’s also very dedicated to his friends, studies, and duties of a host.

    He seems to be very childish in the anime and manga, but he easily ranks second in Class 2-A, right behind his good friend Kyoya. Also he plays the piano very well.

    In The Manga

    This series was a manga first then was soon an anime. I think the manga describes Tamaki’s personality more better than the anime. Plus, it shows more background on his family. He’s slicker than me. Suoh was able to score Haruhi Fujioka (the other main protagonist) as his wife. He also has a mom that he’s forbidden to go meet which was a demand from his grandmother. Read the manga to find out more.

    “When you’re in front of me, my heart beats so quickly it’s as if I am a youth tasting love for the first time. You are the beautiful mermaid who sheds light into my sea of loneliness – the sinful goddess who taught me about the forbidden fruit!”

     

    This is Tamaki’s color rose. Each host has a different color, representing their personality.

    In Japan, this white color signifies innocence or naïveté. In the Mid-West it symbolizes the happiness of love.


  • Japanese McDonald’s Food

    Japanese McDonald’s Food

    I almost choked on McDick’s smoothie, that’s how I got my new blog topic. God bless strawberry banana smoothies.

     

    Burgers/ Sandwiches

    •Cheese Tisakimi Burger

    Sesame seed buns, slices of bacon, fried eggs, aurora sauce (mayonnaise and ketchup), cheddar cheese, chicken patty.

    Bacon and eggs are only on the breakfast menu in California. And I’m always mad at myself for always waking up at like 1 pm, totally missing out on bacon. So this makes me cry and cuss.

    • California Burger

    Pound patty, red wine sauce, tomato, lettuce, bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, special buns topped off with grated cheese.

    Japan is too kind to California. First things first I’m a realist, I WISH THATS HOW CALIFORNIA BURGERS LOOK LIKE. You know what we got? I’ll show you:

    (My photography skills are on point today. :information_desk_person:🏻)

    The burger is so flat… like my booty.

    • Mega Beef Mac

    Sesame buns, 4 beef patties, pickles, cheese, lettuce, bun in the middle

    Tbh, I’m too lazy to walk to the cashier and order a Big Mac. So I’ll just say that this looks hella fine, finer than Justin Timberlake. So far, California has to step up their game. Shout out to my friend who works at the McDonald’s I’m in right now. U ma hoe :wink::two_hearts:.

    • Ebi Burger

    Fried shrimp patty, lettuce, Thousand Island dressing, sesame buns

    I tried this burger before and it’s delicious… For shrimp lovers. I’m not a fan of shrimp, but I do support shrimp rights. (Because the bible is like “Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is detestable to you.” Shrimps have feelings too.) The visual looks like I can eat the whole thing cuz it’s so beautiful.

     

    Chicken/Fries/Deserts

    • Shaka Shaka Chicken

    Chicken covered in basil and tomato powder.

    AHAHAH. Oh my goodnuss . I showed my friend, Mac, the name of this chicken and he just started shaking his hips.

    “I’m shaka shaka Shakirrrrra” (rolling the r’s like a hispanic he is)

     

    Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup:tm: Song)

    I love this chicken. Its hips don’t lie.

    • Bacon & Potato Pie

    Pie crust, white cream sauce with potato, chopped onions and bacon.

    Is that even a good combination? Imig. It looks like vomit where you drank too much milk to get taller but had to play in a band concert and threw up because the nerves just hit you. (Totally not a personal experience)

    • Great Potato

    So we just got into the car, ready to go to my place.

    I NEEEED THIS IN MY LIFE. I LOVE FRENCH FRIES. I’m seriously eating fries right now. I love potatoes and salt together, such a great combo.

    • Kit Kat & Strawberry Mcflurry

    Grain Kit Kat, strawberry sauce, soft cream.

    Where have you been all my life? I will love you like I do. Then I’m probably gonna give it to Mac (Shakira) when I only ate like 5 spoonfuls of it. I like savory food rather than sweet. I’m gonna get diabeetus if I look at this too much.

    If you want to know where I got these photos and ingredients lists from, you can click here .

  • Nagi No Asukara (Anime) Review

    Nagi No Asukara

    I tried to make this spoiler-free, not lack of detail.

    I honestly found this anime when I finished Anohana and looked at MyAnimeList to find any recommendations. When I saw that Nagi No Asukara was created by the same person who created Anohana, I braced myself for a tear-jerking anime. Though it did make me cry a river, the loss and love that occurred in this anime made it even more beautiful.

     

    Story of Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara is about two types of humans- one that lives on land and one that lives under the sea. Even though each kind thinks they are superior than the other, they were still both humans and both act similarly. (Besides the whole swimming, fishes, and blue fire)

    This story follows a circle of childhood friends who lives in the underwater town called “Shioshishio.” Many several factors played in their middle school under the sea to close down, and so they had to go to school on the surface.

    Adapting on land wasn’t easy for these four since they had to stay wet (insert perverts here) to keep their Ena, a protective shell given to the sea people by the Sea God, which is what enables them to live and breathe underwater in the first place, alive. Throughout the story, you would see the discrimination and tension between the land and sea people start to rise.

    Also, different relationships and backstories start to appear and makes the story a whole lot more interesting.

    Holy crap, Nagi-Asu has the most complicated romance I have ever seen.

    However, don’t worry, Nagi No Asukara is an extraordinary rare case of romance done right.

     

    Characters of Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara
    Unlike 99.9% of romance animes, Nagi-Asu was very unpredictable for ME. (Some people probs be like Sherlock Holmes and guessed all the plot twists)

    For the main character cast, there were many people who I thought were important to the plot.

    I don’t think you can really call one person the protagonist of this anime since there were many different problems that occurred in this anime.

    Hikari is usually depicted as the main character since he gets the most screen time, but I think other wise there are multiple. Above all though, if you were to draw up arrows of the characters and their crushes there would be too much XD. When I finished this anime I discovered that there wasn’t any obvious solution to any relationship.

    Anyway, all the love drama aside, the character development in Nagi no Asukara is fantastic. Each and every character feels like he/she actually serves a purpose, and adds something crucial to the bigger picture. This anime also shows how the characters becomes more mature. I guess the best way to explain it is that the supernatural aspects aside, there is a constant sense of realism when it comes to the characterization in Nagi-Asu and it just kept getting better and better the longer it went because of it.

     

    Animation and Sound of Nagi No Asukara

    The openings and endings were extraordinary and verrry majestic. But regrading the soundtrack, Nagi-Asu is mostly pretty silent. As for as voice acting goes, I think every one pretty much lived up to their characters’ role.

    The first thing you see is that the animations are beyond phenomenal. Everything involving the sea in this anime is breathtaking. Absolutely stunning. The underwater world and its submerged town has all kinds of marine creatures swimming around everywhere in perfect detail, and the lighting coming through the ocean surface (which works sort of like the sky in this case) and how it refracts with the water looked almost futuristic at times. P.A. Works really outdid themselves this time around.

    I’m not saying the surface world was any less beautiful, but I gotta say the underwater world really outshines it. I cannot praise it enough.

    – Mer


  • Grave of The Fireflies: A Dissection

    Dissecting Grave of The Fireflies

    Spoilers be everywhere in here.

     

    Kobe, 1945, a young boy wearing tattered clothes is hunched against a train station pillar, alone. His spirit watches over him, red light bounced off of it, he’s wearing a firefighter’s uniform on his sturdy body.

    “September 21st, 1945.

    That was the night I died”

    Isao Takahata’s tragically poetic, Grave of Fireflies is a war film that focuses on the innocent people who lives in war-torn cities, rather than the battles fought.

    The duality of Japan’s wartime history is personified in the boy, Seita, and his little sister, who attempts to survive together during the bombing of Kobe by American forces.

    Setsuko (le sister) is symbolic of innocent victim hood. She giggles and screams while riding on Seita’s back, as they escape the burning city, and is delighted when she can successfully make rice balls out of mud.

    Seita has a military obsession. When he and Setsuko catch fireflies to illuminate a cave, he imagines himself killing all of Japan’s enemies and protecting his nation and family.

    The fireflies have multiple symbols in Takahata’s film. It signifies the fire bombs that rained down on Japan’s cities, the siblings’ faith and joy for survival, and the regeneration of life untouched by war.

    Rather than staying in Kobe and volunteering himself to fight in the war, Seita shuns the community, decides to live in the cave and waits for his father to return victorious in battle.

    By the time, he realizes how horrible his decision is, it’s too late. The war is lost figuratively and literally; Japan has surrendered, and Setsuko is on her way to a slow, starving death.

    Takahata mourns for the innocent victims of war but also condemns those who brings suffering to others. With Grave of the Fireflies, Takahata pierces Japan’s collective repression, exposing with haunting effect the duality of the nation’s role in World War II and its lasting impact on the Japanese people.

     

    The History Behind Graves of Fireflies

    Unfortunately, Graves of Fireflies was based on a true story and the bombing of Kobe did happen.

    Kobe was a much smaller city and not as densely populated than Tokyo or Kyoto, but a week from March, 1945, (a.k.a when Tokyo was bombed) they were struck. Fires raged and destroyed three square miles of Kobe. More than 20% of the city was destroyed. 8,841 people lost their lives to the firestorms.

    The raid targeted 4 key areas: the northwest corner of the city, the area south of the main railroad line, the area northwest of the main railroad station, and the area northeast of the third target.

    On June 15 of the same year, Kobe was bombed again and destroyed 3.8 square miles of the city.

    Grave of Fireflies was a short autobiography book written by Akiyuki Nosaka. It’s based on his experiences before, during, and after the bombing of Kobe in 1945. He wrote this book as a personal apology to his adopted younger sister, Keiko, who died of malnutrition.