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  • Gin’s Take On: Haruka

    Haruka

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Haruka

    The main character of the anime that is filled with only the best ‘plot’ that fangirls love! Presenting the water loving, stripping, dolphin communicating, fangirls shipping with all the characters, Mr Haruka-kun!

     

    Gin’s Take

    Haruka

    Before the anime aired, there had been many teaser trailers mentioning this upcoming anime called Free. Gin was really looking forward to this anime! I thought to myself, “A new sports anime! Fabulous!’ I had been going through a sports anime/manga phase and the idea of a swimming anime really interested me. When I first saw Haru on the trailer, my thoughts were ‘Squee! So fit!’

    I thought I would be watching an anime that not only had great sport competitions, but beautiful boys. So you could expect my disappointment when watching the first few episodes. It was so great, but quickly turned into the worst thing ever.

    Haruka was exactly what girls wanted, tall, gorgeous, and athletic. The storyline and yoai ships completely destroy this image. There were many added features to his character that just did not quite fit with the genre of a sports anime. I agree, the characters should have a love for their sports, but they made Haru so obsessed with water it is actually weird. Similarly, what does stripping have to do with anything?! Haru is a special kid.

    His character is so quiet. It does give him a very mysterious aura, but as part of the audience I found it hard to understand or empathize with his character. His lack of dialogue actually made me see the lack in his character.

    As I watch a sports anime, one of the best parts I enjoy is seeing a character develop and overcome competitive characters. Yet Haru did not strike me as an admirable protagonist. His lack of personality bored me. There were some good points when he showed emotions and ‘comradership’ to Makoto. It was interesting to see their bond.

     

    The Fandom of Haruka

    Haruka

    I have not talked much about fandom in my previous blogs. I think this one deserves a section. The fangirls are interesting. As much as I respect their love for Rin and Haru or Makoto and Haru, it does get tedious. I can only deal with so much yoai on my newsfeed. When Free was reaching its third episode, I felt like there were ships coming from every direction.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Haruka

    Haruka

    Haruka is a unique character and one I have not encountered before. This was fascinating to me. I do not particularly hate Haru as a character, but more the anime. For those of us who were expecting a sports anime, we instead received a subtle yoai between sexually tense boys. Can someone please explain the dolphin associated with him?! And someone really needs to find a partner for Haru that is as obsessed with water as he is. Then they can both go water-gazing.

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    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
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  • Portrayal of Female Characters: Reverse Harems

    Reverse Harems and the Female Character

    diabolik lovers

    Reverse Harems, the source of overexcited fangirls mooning over the beauty of the male body and admit to it myself, we are all guilty of it. Call me a feminist or whatever you like, my beliefs on the portrayal of women in anime and specifically this case Reverse Harems are moderately strong.

    But feminism is based on the idea that Women=Men, no more and no less, what our bodies are should not dictate how we are treated and if some of you lovely people have watched Emma Watson’s speech at the UN. She states that:’ If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, […] It’s about freedom.’

    But I’m not here to spout some political views or just perhaps overbearing beliefs haha, so what is the link to Anime you may ask? I am getting there, but I hope the above gave you a brief introduction as to what I am getting at. Because at the end of the day we all inhabit the same planet and go through the same 24 hours of the day. If you read on longer, you’ll actually realize I begin to diverge from this kind of view, I fluctuate on opinions a lot, what can I say…

     

    Diabolik Lovers – Pros and Cons

    Diabolik Lovers

    Well I was going to focus on Diabolik Lovers specifically for this blog, so I apologize in advance if any fans will find this offensive. However, I will attempt to keep this to a bare minimum of neutrality… If I can. The show simply shows a girl called Yui being sent to a old house by her father, unbeknownst to her, this house is filled with vampires who are all ‘brothers’. So let me bring my complete and utterly honest opinion of this anime, it is the biggest waste of time I have ever spent on a anime, and was such a f-ing disappointment that I cannot even describe my intense feelings, nevertheless I shall try.

    What remained poignant in my mind was the portrayal of Yui as the main heroine, her inability to strike out and escape despite being given the chance. But more so was the weakness that she showed as a main character and as a female. Being left in a house full of vampires is not a good situation fair enough, and at first I disregarded Yui’s character as I expected the plot to pick up as the anime went along, but upon reaching the 6 or 7th episodes my patience was running out. After all how many times can a character be bitten and sucked at in each episode, similarly I am not sure if it were just me  ur there were underlying themes of explicit sadism and masochistic themes, the first few episodes already exploited the female characters’ weakness. Paralleling this train of thought, could these subtle or should I say obvious hints suggest there are intentional themes of suggestive rape?

    Anime is ultimately produced for the enjoyment of the audience which is apparently supposed to be 15+, likeliness of that being the general case perhaps not so much. And then there will be the general negative opinions that claim that calling Yui, bitch chan conveys a derogatory version of women. Furthermore, is Diabolik Lovers romanticizing the idea of abusive relationships through this media form.

    Diabolik Lovers

    Flipping the coin to the other side, many of us will actually propose that they cannot source where the anime is trying to get ate, and the plot seems rather thin and cluttered, there does not seem to be an immensely clear train of thought as to where the the storyline is going, and perhaps this is indicating that there is less emphasis on the plot and more about the overall theme. If we simplify the anime, to just involving the cold hard truth of how the ‘vampires’ treat Yui perhaps we will actually begin to see a greater depth.

    Haha, it seems I’m being dogged by gothic beginnings lately, can’t escape it, I study it at school, watched documentaries on this matter and just recently visited a exhibition on gothic and terror literature no less than 2 days ago. If we cast our minds back to ‘The Vampyre’ written by Polidori, said to be based on Byron, a famous poet that was very much a ‘sex icon’ in history and his period of time (19th Century). Some claim that Polidori was responsible for transforming vampires as a folklore to the embodiment of a creature of elegance that preys on the weaker human race. Since the 19th century vampires have been seen as supernatural creatures that are both alluring and dangerous at the same time, feelings are not an aspect that is associated with them and this is rightly so. Linking this idea with the attitudes of the vampires of Diabolik Lovers, could it then be justified?

    See, most of us see the surface meaning that Yui is a stupid little girl who has no will to fight back, but perhaps her meekness represents the meekness of a sheep, I don’t know, she reminds me of a sheep, and so is also a representation of prey, and vampires are more than the bane of humans, they’re intelligent and the ‘teasing’ seen on the anime is their form of playing with food. So could it all the sadistic themes just hint back to the cold reality of gothicism? Who knows? Because right down to the end, it all relies on intepretation. Either way, despite probably looking into the anime deeper, I am still unable to say that I am a fan, and I do partly blame the lack of storyline/plot because it was originally a otome game.

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  • Gin’s Take On: Gin

    Gin

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Gin

    Today I will be talking about a silver perm haired, lazy, strawberry milk moving, soon to be a diabetic, Mr Sakata Gintoki.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Gin

    Gintoki Sakata is the main protagonist in Gintama. A widely popular anime/manga in Japan. Gin’s character as an MC differs to the normal shonen hero we see in our mainstream anime/mangas. Lazy, trickster, selfish occasionally, succumbs to bribery, obsesses over hair, sugar freak… Al the typical main character of shonen.

    Gintoki is such a funny character. His mannerisms ad personality is so unique that it would be hard to come across any other. Similarly his crazy personality fits the anime perfectly. Especially when it comes to the genre. Despite what the mangaka, Hideaki Sorachi, says about him, I believe that Gin’s character is very well crafted. His facial expressions are down right amazing.

    Gin’s flaws, as a stereotypical shonen hero, may be large but I feel like I can empathise with his character. No to mention his stupid comments make me laugh. His connections with other characters are also a great selling point. His bond with Kagura and Shinpaichi is one that flows well despite each of their own different personality traits. For me, Gintoki is one of the best gag characters in the industry at this current moment.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Gin

    Gin

    If you do manage to get a decent picture of Gin without a stupid expression, you would easily believe that he’s the stereotypical silver haired, cookie cutter samurai. What makes him unique is the fact that he is just the opposite.

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    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
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  • Shounen Cliches

    Those Hated (And Liked) Shounen Cliches

    So what is  a cliche?

    A cliche is a phrase or popular and common idea or opinion is constantly reused and recycled to the point where it is no longer original.
    This blog mainly points a finger at the mainstream anime’s although you may find some elements that reoccur in many other story lines.

     

    Mainstream Animes/Mangas:
    Naruto

    Naruto

     

    Bleach

    Bleach

     

    One Piece

    One Piece

     

    Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tale

     

    From here on out some of this may be my opinion but others are based from observation!!

     

    Hated Cliches

    Fairy Tale

    All or one female character has to have the most unrealistic huge boobs!
    That one weak and annoying girl (ie. Lucy from Fairy Tail).
    An annoying rivalry (ie. Gray and Natsu, seriously annoying).
    That moe character who is too stupid to think for themselves.
    Damsel in distress who gets everyone in a frazzle.

     

    Reasonable Cliches

    Naruto

    Always the righteous protagonist, good of humanity.
    Reasonable rivals, like Sasuke and Naruto.
    The occasional female character gets with the protagonist.
    Flashbacks during a battle.
    The ever so loving food addict (ie. Luffy).

     

    Cliches During Fights/Battles

    One Piece

    Evil guy dying changes his morals and blabbers about how wrong he was and how he could change.
    Evil guy dying blabbers all of his info.
    Evil guy dies, but suddenly comes back to life when the character has their life back together.
    Character suddenly gets superhuman power boosts despite being half dead.
    Protagonist suddenly reveals this secret move when he is losing
    When the characters are running away and then one of them falls and for some reason can not get up and is captured.
    Two characters are at least 30 feet away from each other but manage to perfectly reach the middle the same time.

     

    Random Cliches

    Bleach

    When the antagonist postpones the fight.
    Annoying Tsunderes
    Both parents (or one) are dead or they die later on.
    Female character that loves the protagonist but never receives the love back.

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  • Gin’s Take On: Tetsuya Kuroko

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    Young Kuroko has stirred the hearts of many female fans as well as male fans. But why all the hype? Well it is because he is so adorable. This blog will revolve around both the anime and the manga. Intense.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    As one of the main protagonists in Kuroko no Basuke, it is no wonder that Kuroko is so well loved. His entity as a ‘Phantom Player’ is quickl reinforced in the first episode. His existence is ignored due to his lack of ‘person.’ Yet becuase he is a shadow, he makes for the perfect partner for Taiga Kagami. The pair make their story known in the heart of the Seirin Basketball Team. Misdirection plays on the fact taht passing is the most simple or basic technique that is taught as one of the foundations of basketball. Due to this, the audience (or readers) can marvel at the fact that Kuroko is able to take what seems basic to a level that seems extraordinary. All of which adds to his character’s allure.

    Kuroko as a character was very well developed. We see his struggles towards the basketball life which he sought and his connection to each of Generation of Miracles. What I love about his character is how he is often used as comic relief. His dry humour and blunt remarks adds to the lightheartedness of the plot.

    If I go even further into his character, based on observation of physical appearances, Kuroko is based off the color blue.
    Blue can be associated with sadness as well as tranquility. Kuroko’s past is fused with bittersweet memories. To accomplish his goal as a basketball player, he first had to go through obstacles. But true to the symbolism of his color, blue is both loyal and soft. his demeanor is controlled and chilled, and this is conveyed through his outward appearance.

    The emphasis made that Kuroko is there as a shadow to the stronger light, is repeated over and over again whether it merely suggests that Kuroko halps aids from the shadows. It can also symbolize that in every job here requires someone who isn’t well known, but is nonetheless necessary. Just because the light does not shine on them does not make them any less worthy of glory.

     

    Generation of Miracles and Kuroko

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    It would be difficult to talk about Kuroko without the influence of the Generation of Miracles. Kuroko sought out a team that would play in a different style to teh ‘win win’ attitude of his middle school. Yet his very own skill was unlocked by Akashi, and by observing that his ability was unlocked by the Generation of Miracles and would also be their undoing. Starting and ending with the character Akashi, that gave birth to the Kuroko that we all know. Furthermore, Kuroko’s link to the other members of the team convey how each player was able to influence him. For example, Aomine and his passion for basketball was dwindling, but rekindled.

     

    Kagami and Kuroko

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    His new ‘light.’ The two share an unlikely bond, yet it is successful. Kagami is the opposite of Kuroko, the power house that houses all that Kuroko himself lacks. Be it speed, muscles, or scoring capabilities. Yet because of teh difference in their qualities, as all attention is drawn away fromm Kuroko, one could state that Kagami also acts as a diversion or distraction. Allowing both sides to makes use of teh best of each of their abilities.

     

    Kuroko Yaoi

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    Let us not deny the fact there are some very well animated characters. So well, that they are all bishie-level good. Now when that happens sweeties, you get fangirls. When you get fangirls, you also get yaoi enthusiasts. As a result, we get pairings that go every direction of the rainbow. Add that to the fact that most of the characters are male, you end up with some crazy ships. We are going to need a bigger harbour.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Kuroko

    Tetsuya Kuroko

    While I cannot deny teh fact that Kuroko is adorable, I do not see how yaoi comes in… His chracter is very mysterious and complicated. Yet time and time again, I keep falling back into the rhythm as Kuroko’s determination is so addicting. I have not kept up with season 2 of the anime, but the manga has me in its grips. It is just a shame that most of the chapters end as cliffhangers.

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  • Akihabara: The Electronic City

    Akihabara – Electronic City!

    This will be a new series of blogs in which I will ramble and introduce the many sites and cities in Japan. Akihabara…is probably a very familiar name to our ears, and why? Well, gin, it’s because it’s at the heart of the anime culture duh!!
    Haha, I knew that. Moving on, gin did some work and let’s get right into it shall we? That was not a euphemism!
    Ahem…

    Background Facts/History

    Akihabara is found in the district of Chiyoda in Tokyo. The name Akihabara is actually a shortening of Akibagahara which means the autumn leaf field.

    Why?

    Because in 1869, the area was destroyed by a large fire. Furthermore, the city is named after the shrine, for fire fighting/prevention of future fires. Before the symbol of otaku culture it now symbolizes, the old Akihabara was an area for household goods as well as home to black markets which specialized in selling radio components after WWII.

    Modern Day?

    Now Akihabara is home to the anime culture and the dreamland for anime fans universally. It is also a shopping district for many computer goods.

    Akihabara Sights

    Let’s get more comfortable with Akihabara shall we? After all, it’s such a buzzing city! And you bubbas would probably be more interested in the actual anime influences, si? All around Akihabara you can see many anime characters on adverts and billboards as well as many maids that wander the streets handing out leaflets.

    Yodobashi Akihabara (Electronics Store)

    A giant department store for every type of electronics, with 9 stories of fun!

    Staff are well learned of many of the features in the store.

    Prices for items can sometimes be negotiated, but don’t count on it.

    1st floor: mainstream electronics

    6th floor: figures and collectibles

    7th floor: reflexology salon

    8th floor: restaurants

    9th floor: golf and batting centre

    Mandarake (Collectibles)

    Pronounced Man-da-ra-kei.
    Eight floors of anime, characters, manga, and tv superheroes.
    Mandarske is one of the biggest stores for collectibles, with branches in shibuya and nakano.

    AKB48 and Gundam Cafe

    These two cafés are relatively close

    To each other and are near the Akihabara railway station.

    AKB48 Cafe:

    AKB48, as you probably know is a very jpop girl group and funnily enough has 48 members, but that’s a blog for another time.

    AKB48 has it roots in Akihabara, hence the the AKB. Here customers can indulge in cute food and drinks. The cafe attracts many different age groups, such as young female fans and older boys.

    Gundam Cafe:

    Gundam is an anime and features giant mobile suits piloted by humans. 
    Staff will be dressed in the Gundam uniform, they will also snap a salute occasionally. The food is also Gundam themed.

    The Kanda Myolin Shrine

    Akihabara’s local shrine, it is in close proximity of the city and everyday the shrine is incredibly busy. Busy because many of the related firms or venues come to ask for a blessing and good luck.

    Don Quilote/Donki Hote

    Is a shop that is not only situated in Akihabara but also a chain store that is well known for selling a variety of different items. Similar to the Donki houses, the famous AKB48 theatre has live performances every five days. However, if you aren’t a fan of AKB48, you can still visit as the Donki has a lot of influence over pop culture.

    Japanese Clothing Shops 

    As Alihabara is the anime central, it isn’t a surprise that many shops will sell merchandise for favorite characters.
    Many people in Alihabara will be in anime themed outfits and people won’t be judgemental.
    Quick Activities To Do In Akihabara:

    ✷ eat curry, rice, or curry bread

    ✷ go to an underground jpop concert, where idols will sing
    ✷ visit a weapon store. You can play with the shutikens and katana, but try not to hurt anyone.

    ✷ talk to a Lolita in Akihabara

    ✷ dress up in a cod play and then sing in a karaoke
    Akihabara is a very fun place to enjoy and the back streets are also a dream to explore.

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  • Gin’s Take On: Eren

    Eren

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Eren

    Eren is the mainn protagonist of the popular anime series Attack on Titan. You probably knew that though.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Eren

    Eren’s character is first introduced when he is having a nightmare. He awakens with tears rolling down his face. At the beginning of the season, Eren seems young and innocent. This is not the case after teh titans break through the walls. His tears seemed to foreshadow the hurt and emotional upheavals which were to come. We then get introduced to his family and as we witness, his relationship with his mother. This and the developments that occur all add up to emphasise the response Eren would have towards the loss of his mother. In a way, these few scenes teach us a lesson to love and treasure our parents while we can.

    Personally for an anime to actually interest me, it requires some boom at the start. The gore and the blood sure got me! I literally had to shut my eyes when his mother died. Eren then vows to exterminate all titans and this is where it all gets fuzzy. We see flashbacks of his father and him in a forest. There are theories that the injection is what caused Eren to become a titan shifter. Thent eh theory goes further and says that he ate his father to seal teh ritual. It is a little fuzzy in my head!

    Sooner or later, Eren who has always had an infatuation with the Survey Corps and their idea of freedom, joins the Survey Corps to get closer to his goal of revenge. I personally believe that the significance of Eren’s character and his drive for revenge makes him easy to understand. Revenge is a very human emotion. Attack on Titan seems to face the dark themes of sacrifice and the reality of death. This allows Eren’s character to fit perfectly with the storyline. However, certain aspects of his character are so annoying. That impulsive hot-head behaviour, it is like he wants to die sometimes.

     

    Ereri Fandom

    Eren

    It is hard to talk about Eren without bringing up the subject of Ereri. Don’t know what that is? Well if you are a fan of Attack on Titan, or have watched it, you know about the character Levi. there are people who love to place the two characters together as a relationship. As fandom goes, this one is even worse than Free!, but no way near as bad as Fairy Tail. As much as I love the characters, there are times when I see a yaoi picture of Eren and Levi and just think ‘Why?’ As far as I am concerned, Levi does not even like Eren.

    The shipping is literally everywhere. As I scrolled for pictures for Eren, I can safely say that the fandom has some very imaginative minds when it comes to yaoi fanart. Poor Gin is scarred! Scarred I tell you!! Just kidding, I am not that innocent.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Eren

    Eren

    Eren is a character that is half teenage angst and half admirable and brave. Even if it is at a stupidly brave level. his will to carrt out his revenge is interesting to watch. Attack on Titan is one of those animes of which the character popularity gets blown up, but with characters like Eren it is alright. Eren will never be one of my favorite characters, mainly because he isn’t terribly intellectual. The suspense in the anime is certainly appealling.

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  • Bakuman (Manga) Review

    Bakuman Manga Review

    Bakuman

    Its written by the same author as death note, and is literally a manga about manga or mangakas to be precise. Bakuman starts with the reader being introduced to the main protagonist: Moritaka Mashiro, a 14 year old boy that seems to have no dream, and Takagi his soon to be best friend and partner in work. The story follows the journey of these two boy in their dream to be first rate mangakas, as they overcome the hurdles in becoming successful mangakas for shounen jump. There are small elements of romance with Mashiro and Azuki, who promise not to meet each other until Azuki becomes the leading female voice actress of Mashiro and Takagi’s anime adaption of their manga.

     

    Review on Bakuman

    Bakuman

    I find it weird how this manga and anime is not that wildly known, although there have been people who have heard of Bakuman. While reading this, I was greeted by laughter and emotions, its like going on a crazy fast roller coaster ride that just lasts for a second!! It was fast paced and gripping all the way through. Ohba Tsugumi really weaved the story in such detail that you felt what the characters were feeling! This coupled with the fact that the manga was about two people, mangakas really connects with how Tsugumi is also the writer of the Death Note and Bakuman. It works with an illustrator like Mashiro and Takagi. What really struck a chord with me though were the characters!! They were so bright and colourful, branching from extreme to extreme, you would have the crazy mangaka Nizuma Eiji and then the totally lazy, girl crazy Hiramaru!! So please check out this manga!! And the anime heehee!!

     

    Art of Bakuman

    Bakuman

    I tend to read a manga based on the art, and in Bakuman I loved the detail and expressions of the characters. The art was able to bring out the best of personalities in each character as well as emphasising the feelings or moods in the scenes.

     

    Characters of Bakuman

    Bakuman

    The characters in Bakuman all have their own eccentric personalities ranging from the lazy to just completely ADHD. But it’s the idea that all the characters are linked through their own love of manga and anime that carries on the idea of friendship and camaraderie. As well as teamwork.

     

    It was great to read a manga that was different, and as a shounen, Bakuman, diverged from the action and fantasy that currently exist in popular shounen such as Naruto or One Piece. The idea behind a manga inside a manga was interesting as well as the fact that it was an insight as to how a mangaka would think. It made the reader realize the effort and time that went into the creation of even just one chapter.

     

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    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
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  • Gin’s Take On: Aladdin

    Gin’s Take On: Aladdin

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Aladdin

    Don’t let his size fool you, this little midget is a cornucopia of power. He is one of the five magis in his current era and is known as Solomon’s Proxy. This is due to his role of preventing what occurred at alma thoran.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Aladdin

    Aladdin is the main protagonist of Magi and is first introduced as the owner of the Djinn Ugo. He escapes the room of fortitude and takes a long journey with another. As a magi, Aladdin has the task of choosing the next king, a king that will follow a righteous and beneficial path for his people. As the fifth magi discovered in the era, he symbolizes a new change, as there have never been five magis in each generation. As a results it suggest a upheaval or new era.

    In terms of comic relief, his character is naive, however, in certain points of the story he shows wisdom and insight to dilemmas or problems. It is stated by Alibaba that Aladdin has ‘Manly Interests’ and this may be because the two often visited brothels? That and the fact that Aladdin enjoys groping women with large soft breasts. Gosh he sounds lovely haha.

    What strikes the reader most is the connection to the stories of Ali Baba/Aladdin, a djinn is essentially like a Genie, and as a result able to grant wishes. In Magi, as the room of fortitude slowly collapses Ugo offers Aladdin a wish. Rather than wishing for materialistic desires, Aladdin wishes that Ugo to be his friend. This simple action already defined Aladdin’s character conveying how his mind is pure and selfless even if it is to an extent. Essentially, the beginning of the storyline creates the belief that it is about a young boy who is having his first taste of freedom and adventure, but with a twist, he has a djinn companion. Aladdin later befriends another character who goes by the name Alibaba, this character will then go on to being one of Aladdin’s best friends and pivotal to the storyline. Alibaba is also Aladdin’s choice of King and he has to take part in the competition. Their friendship begins in their first dungeon capture.

    The next main character they meet in the first few chapter is Morgianna, she first highlights one of the defining themes of darkness: slavery.
    Aladdin, despite being selfless and possibly naive at times, is always conscious of his decisions, for example when Sinbad, the king of Sindria, and a very powerful man, an owner of many metal vessels, offered to let Aladdin to stay in Sindria for a bit longer. Aladdin declined. It is suggested that he doesn’t fully trust Sinbad. For good reasons, as the King is powerful and has half white and black rukh.
    Despite being the main protagonist and showing many shōnen cliches such as heavy eating, selflessness and a strong belief in friendship, his small quirks, such as his size and pervy outbursts are perfect for comic relief. Similarly due to being locked up in the room of fortitude for so long, his naivety shows when he enters the wider world.

    As a magi, Aladdin is highly skilled with rukh manipulation but even as a magi he is extremely powerful. A trait that I admire in most characters in their will to improve and to stretch their limits. Aladdin didn’t fail me. In the Magnostadt Arc, he goes undercover to tackle on his own insecurities about his magic, furthermore, I believe his clash with Judar, another Magi, highlighted his inefficiency with magic.
    Aladdin also has the Power of Solomon, the ability to communicate with rukh, living and dead. To many this is know as omniscience, also known as being all-knowing, an ability that is associated with God. This suggests that this technique is like that of a God. As God is seen as the entity of power and peace, this ability of Aladdin suggests that he has mote authority and is closer to the all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving powers of God.

     

    Judar: Aladdin’s Rival

    Judar

    Also viewed as one of Aladdin’s greatest rivals. He is a ‘dark’ magi and used a black rukh. He surrendered to the darkness though. His back story is horrifying yet Judar has come to terms with it and feels no remorse, symbolizing how cold he has become. His past was revealed in his clash with Aladdin. He is shown to be shaken after his experience but moves on, stating it had no effect on him.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Aladdin

    Aladdin

    Aladdin’s selflessness and path for greater good really lures the reader in. For the most part not only is the storyline unique in its own way, but the art suits it perfectly. Aladdin’s character design is marvelous. Making it easier to empathize with his character, Ohtaku Shinobu (author) did a wonderful job in Aladdin’s character development. he keeps him mysterious yet enough to keep the suspense lasting about his past.

    A lovely character and one of my favorites and not only because he’s adorable!

     

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  • That Death, That Response

    Death in Anime

    This is an ever so slightly more morbid blog than I usually do, but hey, Death starts its course as soon as we pop out. Death, however grim and morbid, is also used as dramatic technique to create an emotion or feeling for the viewer, this is usually well received because as Humans this is something that most of us have encountered and as of consequence is easy to relate to.

     

    Shock Factor of Death

    Yes, in this situation the death was not predicted or at least viewers and readers were uncertain or in denial that the death would actually occur. A perfect example of this would be in Death Note, where possibly one of the most well known deaths occurs, the scene was product to a lot outcry and outrage, but to be honest it was well put to use if I had to put forth my opinion.

     

    L’s Death

    L Death Note

    His death was one that made you sit back for a few minutes to actually stomach it in and it also raised questions as to how the plot would then proceed, Light and L were regarded as rivals and balanced in terms of intellectuality, and if this was the case, we get the connotations of the scales, L never found out Light’s true nature and this was the fun of it. If we again refer back to the image of the scales, if L had found out about Light’s true nature then the scales would tip, but as he died, the whole weight of his character disappears, as reader and viewers his whole character is gone, we are left with questions and the what ifs. The scales where L and Light balanced each other are gone, instead there is no weight on one side, and as a result we get a giant climax.
    Furthermore, I personally believe that his death was a shock because of the fact that it allowed the author, Tsugumi Ohba so many more opportunities to develop the story, L’s death was a great technique it had the chance to act as a fabulous turning point. Another reason why I believe that L’s death was able to be such a shock was because it was simply the way that his character was developed.
    Ohba and his co-creator Takashi Ohbata were able to together create a character that was eccentric but yet so memorable and lovable that it makes L one of the most unforgettable anime characters, yes I may be exaggerating, but there is a reason, why Death Note has such a popular audience.

     

    (I have literally just written a memoir for a anime character =.=, huh)

    L Death Note

    To develop this thought slightly further, and sticking to the use of L’s death as an example could the death of L be implying that even the most intellectual and important people are victims of this greater power know as death? I believe so, L, as a classic example of the temptations of human nature. The manipulation that a human or in this case, Light/Kira, could have the ability to end a life with a single sweep, although he wasn’t the direct killer of L, he was certainly the prime causer.
    Analyzing this thought even further, if we look at this on the whole, Death Note is essentially about a book that has the ability to take and kill human lives, disregarding who that individual is. Taking this further, it is common knowledge that by taking any humans life by choice or anything similar is a sin, and an offense, this implies that Kira/Light is essentially playing God, he obviously pays for this later. However this notion detaches him from the norm.
    But it was the tension and rivalry and possibly glimpses of a possible friendship that made it seem as though a story that revolved around the two main characters, was something that could change kira’s personality. And L’s death heralded the great change in Kira, almost conveying that L was the anchor that was still grounding Kira before he went too far.

     

    So yes, I believe shock factor and using the example above, is one that makes you sit back and just try to rethink the scene that just occurred because maybe it was unbelievable, unpredictable or just merely because a character that you never thought would disappear from the plot did so, and as a viewer you have felt over time that the characters were good enough that you as a viewer are compelled to love them.

     

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