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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gin’s Take On: Sakura Haruno

    Sakura Haruno

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

    Sakura Haruna
    Sakura is one of the main female protagonists in Naruto. She is also one of the most hated…

     

    Gin’s Take

    Sakura Haruna

    I actually really like Sakura. She is a medic ninja and that already puts her in my good books! Despite how people say she has no ninjutsu, but does a doctor need to be a soldier? Not to mention she is one of the best medic ninjas at the age of 16! Despite haters saying that Sakura is a useless character, she is in fact a great literary device in the plot. She was able to boost Naruto’s determination to save Sasuke. However, I do agree with people to a certain extent. In the first part of Naruto (before the time lapse) she did get on my nerves. She was all over Sasuke even more than she was in the end. This all emphasized how her character changed. She became stronger and more reliable. Sakura is also Tsunade’s disciple and that puts her as not useless already.

    Sakura has a talent at Chakra control and this is significant as she demonstrates her new strength. Sakura may be weak but not useless. It is only natural that her teammates, Naruto and Sasuke, outshine her. Her character is not an offensive character and that is what people focus on. She is a defence and medic so to compare her to characters like Naruto is wrong. After all, you can’t put an alpaca into an arena of ninja ducks and think that the alpaca will come out unscathed.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Sakura

    Sakura Haruna

    Gin believes that people should probably be kinder to Sakura. At least get to know her character. Every character has their flaws. When someone doesn’t like the character, it spreads like a disease.

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  • Gin’s Take on: Kirito

    Kirito

    Kirito

    This is the first blog of Gin’s Take On Characters. In each of these blogs, I will be giving my personal opinion on certain characters.
    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.
    Kirito is the main character in the popular 2012 anime, Sword Art Online (It also now has a second season called Gun Gale Online). He is a character that seems to have no wrong in the eyes of fangirls/boys.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Kirito

    As the anime started, Episode 1 had a knockout effect on me. I thought, ‘Hey you know what, this anime has promise!’ It was cool and I always liked the idea of a storyline set in a virtual reality world. This was influenced by the Manhua 1/2 Prince.
    Kirito himself seemed like a very confident and self-assured character. I admired his independence after the game went into shut down. Thus started his beginnings as a beater. Throughout his time as a beater, he seemed cool and collected. It was different when he joined the guild and tragedy occurred. Now Kirito seemed more isolated, even more so. However, I saw it as a path that the character would be able to develop. For example, a personal struggle and ultimately Sword Art Online is a story about the struggle for survival.

    So how come it suddenly changed into a giant harem based anime?
    True, the idea of a guy, clad in black, who can fight and survive is attractive. I hated the idea that Kirito became wrapped up in the romance. Personally, it lost the touch that had seemed appealing to me in the beginning.

     

    Alfheim Arc Kirito

    kirito

    As we reached the Alfheim Arc, my opinion of Kirito was dropping rapidly. What started as a lone hero had turned into what seemed to be a character that was a harem king. Kirito seemed to lack the basic foundation of typical shounen hero robustness. He seemed more whiny and just downright annoying. He was often interacting with many female characters, despite being in a relationship with Asuna. It made it seem like a badly written harem.
    Kirito seems to be a flawless main character, but his lack of character depth (along with the supporting characters) cause a black void. Do we ever get properly introduced to any of the characters? The plot is simple and after a while this can get repetitive. Because of the simple plot, the audience can easily relate to the characters.

     

    Verdict on Kirito

    kirito

    Gin believes that Kirito is utterly overrated. He does have many good points. Unfortunately this did not cover for the fact that the quality of the anime dropped after the first few episodes.

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