Friendship as a Sanctuary in Fairy Tail {OWLS BLOG TOUR}

This month’s OWLS Blog Tour is coming to and end, so here’s my post! I hope you all enjoyed everyone’s posts, and I really think everyone did a fantastic job this month.

If you didn’t catch all of the posts on this tour, here’s the schedule!

1: Shay (Anime Reviewer Girl)

3: LitaKino (LitaKino Anime Corner)

6: Matthew Castillo (Matt-in-the-Hat)

8: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

10: Naja (Nice Breaking It, Hero)

13: Rai (Rai’s Anime Blog)

15: Arria Cross (Fujinsei)

17: crimson613 (Crimson Blogs)

18: Stephanie Clarke (Anime Girls NYC)

20: LynLyn (Just Something About LynLyn)

21: Venus (Japanime Talks)

22: Erendira (Sakura Daisuki)

24: Hazelyn (Archi-Anime)

27: Nick Burkhalter (Chasing Japan)

29: Katrina Sade (Grimm Girl)

Enjoy!

 

A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.

For this month’s theme, I’ve chosen Fairy Tail, an anime where friendship is the best sanctuary there is. Although the guild itself is a perfect home, I’d like to take a look at the bonds of friendship within Fairy Tail and how they affect a few select members of the guild. I guess you could call it a sanctuary within a sanctuary!

 

The Queen of Fairies

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“Even if I can’t see. Even if I can’t hear. I have light inside me. The path I walked with my friends, is bringing light to my future. I don’t fear anything! This isn’t even worthy of being called pain! The worst pain is.. The pain of losing your light.”

Discarded by her mother as a newborn, Erza grew up in a village with other orphaned children where they were later enslaved by a cult. There, she met Jellal Fernandes, who, gave her the last name “Scarlet” and became her family.

After the revolt against their captors and the chaos involved with the Tower of Heaven, Erza was left alone with a missing eye, emotional baggage, and plenty of tears.

Then she joined Fairy Tail.

Once she was there, Erza was given an artificial eye. Now she was free to shed her tears.

But this time, they were tears of joy.

 

The Rain Woman

“Juvia has truly come to love Fairy Tail …it seem so friendly .. so fun…so warm…as though even if it’s raining outside in the guild the sun is always shining…”

Always shunned for being too “gloomy”  due  to the constant rain around her, Juvia  Lockser had a lonely childhood. When she joined the dark Phantom Lord guild, Juvia felt at home because it was the first time that anyone had accepted her.

Then she met Gray Fullbuster.

For Juvia, it was love at first sight. But because they were enemies, she reluctantly battled him and lost. The shock of losing against Gray brought the constant rain around Juvia to an end and allowed her to see the bright blue sky for the first time in her life.

After the defeatof her former guild, Juvia is welcomed into the ever-so-cheerful Fairy Tail where she can always be near her friends and beloved Gray-sama.

She has finally found a place where she belongs, a place where the sun will always shine.

 

The Demon

“I’m no longer that piece of iron junk you once knew! I don’t know if I’m living with meaning like you wanted me to… but… there are people before me I want to protect! No… that I will protect! That’s my meaning to live!”

Let’s face it, Gajeel used to be a pretty bad guy. He still has his faults, but overall, he’s a much better person than he was when he was first introduced. Why? Because joing Fairy Tail gave him a home.

Due to his past actions and affiliation with the Phanton Lord guild, Gajeel wasn’t liked much by the members of Fairy Tail at first. Some even went out of their way to antagonize and isolate him. But it was the kindness and forgiving hearts of members Levy Mcgarden and Makarov Dreyar who brought this “beast” out of his shell. They gave him a reason to keep living and something to protect.

And even if he must die in order to do so, Gajeel is ready to pay the price as long as those he cares for are safe.

The Salamander

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“Maybe we can’t help feeling scared alone! But we’re all right here, together! We’ve got out friends close by!
Now there’s nothing to fear because we are not alone!”

After being “abandoned” by his adoptive father Igneel (a dragon),  a young Natsu Dragneel was left wandering alone with neither friends nor family to keep him company. Since then, he spent his days relentlessly seaching for Igneel. Until he was found by Fairy Tail master Makarov Dreyar, that is.

Makarov took Natsu back to Fairy Tail where the lost child was welcomed with open arms. There, he was able to stop wandering and create friendships (and rivalries) that would last a lifetime.

Fairy Tail became his home, and its members became his family.

So whenever someone (may it be dragons, dark guilds, or evil sorcerers) tries to mess with his family and the guild he loves, Natsu is always ready to bring on the flames.

As long as his friends are ready to fight right alongside him.

 

 

And that’s it, folks! Hope you liked my OWLS post!

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE SANCTUARY POSTS IN THIS BLOG TOUR (schedule above)!

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JANUARY’S ANIME RECOMMENDATION – Princess Jellyfish Review

I’m a bit late with this, but here it is! Last month, I put up a poll for Josei anime reccomendations, and this one came in first. So, without further ado, here’s my review of Princess Jellyfish!

PLOT

Kurashita Tsukimi loves jellyfish to the point of obsession, which is why she can’t bear to see a jellyfish being mistreated in a local pet store. When the socially awkward Tsukimi fails to speak up for the jellyfish, a beautiful woman steps in, sparking the beginning of an extremely unlikely friendship.

Tsukimi and her nerdy friends (who are also her roommates) are swept off their feet by this newcomer in their lives. She’s everything they’re not: effortlessly stylish, incredibly confident, and a part of a social circle the girls only dream of joining. She might also not be quite what she seems to be…

With the help of her new friend, Tsukimi becomes confident enough to take on the world, protect her home from destruction, and attempt to achieve her life-long dream of becoming a designer. This little Kuragehime is on her way to becoming a queen.

No issues with the plot. I loved how it was mostly focused on developing Tsukimi as a person and helping her achieve her dreams.

 

CHARACTERS

I LOVED how the main character wasn’t just some generic shoujo/josei heroine. Watching Tsukimi deal with everyday life reminded me of myself. A LOT. All off the members of the Sisterhood kept me laughing throughout the whole anime. Honestly, there wasn’t a character that I didn’t like.

Favorite Character:

Kuranosuke Koibuchi

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Although I loved everyone, Kuranosuke captivated me at first sight. His different personalities and styles really made my day. And when he started having feelings for Tsukimi, his denial and jealousy was soooo cute! Overall, he’s a really solid character. Plus, he looks fabulous in drag.

WRITING

AWESOME. I do wish that we got a better ending though.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

Ehhhhh. There were quite a few moments where the graphics looked kind of odd to me. Compared to the cover art, the actual animation was a huge dissapointment.

However, the facial expressions definitely deserve an A+.

MOE

I felt like Tsukimi was a cute little catterpillar who needed to be nurtured and guided so she could turn into a butterfly.

ORIGINALITY

Unlike most anime, the herione wasn’t drop dead beautiful. Plus, the whole jellyfish this was definitely unique.

FANSERVICE

I don’t remember seeing much fanservice.

OST

Loved the opening and the ending themes! I feel like both really captured the awkwardness and ridiculous humor of the anime.

 

BISHIES

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Kuranosuke was beautiful at all times.

HUMOR

OH MY GOSH. This anime had me rolling on the floor in laughter. The situations Tsukimi gets herself into are a certified recipe for laughter.

FEELS

I wanted Tsukimi and Kuranosuke to kiss SOOOO bad. As a result, seeing her with his brother pissed me off quite a bit.

UGH, AND THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN TSUKIMI AND KURANOSUKE.

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PURE BADASSERY

Kuranosuke’s absolute diva-ness was totally badass.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m really glad that you guys reccommended this to me. Hand me the manga, because I need more!

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This was a great anime to binge-watch and snort at. Honestly, I died of laughter while watching it. So if you’re looking for a ridiculous slice-of-life show that will make you laugh, Princess Jellyfish is a must-watch.

If you liked January’s Monthly Recommendation Review, check out the poll in my sidebar and vote on this month’s anime!

The Flight of a Russian Fairy – A Character Analysis of Yuri Plisetsky {OWLS BLOG TOUR}

 

It’s that time again! YES. Another OWLS blog tour has embarked and we’re all very excited to share our posts with you guys.

For this month, the anime we will be writing about is Yuri on Ice.

Here’s our schedule:

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3: Arria Cross (Fujinsei)

6: Remy Fool (The Lily Garden)

8: Rai (Rai’s Anime Blog)

10: Steph (Two Happy Cats)

13: Pink (Pinky’s Palace)

15: Katrina Sade (Grimmgirl)

17: Venus (Japanime Talks)

20: Naja B. (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)

22: Stephanie Clarke (Anime Girls NYC)

24: Hazelyn (Archi-Anime)

27: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

 

And without further ado, I present my post…

An individual takes flight when there is a goal, a dream, or an ambition that he or she wants to achieve. However, for this blog post, we are going to look at “flight” in different lenses: the underdog’s dream, the possibilities that Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

I’ve decided to emphasize this month’s theme in a character analysis of our precious Yurio. Enjoy!

The Punk

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“Yuri Plisetsky had the unforgettable eyes of a soldier.”

At the beginning of the series, Yuri Plisetsky is portrayed as the foul-mouthed and overconfident rival of Yuri Katsuki. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win, including threats and intimidation.

Then we get a little background info about him and have the chance to see the little kitten behind the tiger.

Our little punk reveals his softer side to characters such as Yuuri and Otabek in an attempt to take flight.

Because his appearance may suggest that he is weak, Yuri feels that he has no choice but to put on an intimidating facade. So to achieve his goal to never be underestimated, Yuri projects an unbreakable air of confidence which usually comes off as arrogance.

But in reality, he’s just an insecure little kitten who wants to prove to everyone that he has exactly what it takes to make it in the skating world.

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The Dream

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“If you don’t have any inspiration left, you’re as good as dead.

Much like the other characters in the show, Yuri has idolized Viktor Nikiforov since he was a small child. His desire to impress and beat Viktor drives him forward in his ultimate ambition of winning. But why is winning so important to him?

Let’s take a look.

From the information that the show has provided, I can infer that Yuri has definitely experienced some sort of tragic loss during his childhood.

Because he was forced to provide for his family at a young age, Yuri turns to skating as a way to help support those he loves. Therefore, he’s convinced that he MUST win. After all, if winning is the key to solving everything, then winning must be everything, right?

Wrong.

Winning isn’t everything. The will to win is much more important. After all, what’s the point of winning if you don’t have something to win for?

Viktor realizes this and gives Yuri the “agape” theme so that the young teen can find his true ambition for skating. And when he does find it, Yuri is able to soar higher than he ever imagined.

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The Fairy

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“People shine brightest when they seek to understand what kind of love sustains them.”

He’s found his goal and knows exactly why he wants to win. It’s simple, really.

Yuri Plisetsky wants to fly.

At first, it was all for his family. But now, he has a much different goal in mind. The friendships and camaraderie that he has formed with other skaters and the people around him give him the motivation to become a fairy.

Yuri!!! On Ice

And no, not in the magical sense.

I have not labeled him with the term “fairy” all because of his appearance or ability to skate. It has more to do with the topic of this post – flight. Because Yuri Plisetsky uses his past, the people presently around him, and his goal for a victorious future to push himself off of the ground, he is a fine demonstration of character development and flight.

And nothing flies higher than a fairy.

 

And that’s it, folks! Hope you liked my OWLS post!

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Pinky’s Perspective – How Yuri on Ice Fangirls Dominated the Anime Awards

Hey guys, it’s Pink! I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this is a topic that lots of people (including myself) have been arguing about.

The Fucking Anime Awards.

For some reason, I feel like this post is gonna piss quite a few people off. Whatevs

For those of you who don’t know, Crunchyroll gave the anime community the opportunity to vote for the best anime represented in each category.

Here were the results:

Hero of the Year

Winner – Izuku “Deku” Midoriya (32% of total votes)
Runner Up – Satoru Fujinuma (28% of total votes)
Most Popular “Other” – Josuke Higashikata (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)

 

 

Villain of the Year

Winner – Gaku Yashiro (33.01% of total votes)
Runner Up – Yoshikage Kira (32.95% of total votes)
Most Popular “Other” – Betelgeuse (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

 
Best Boy

Winner – Yuri Katsuki (58%)
Runner Up – Arataka Reigen (17%)
Most Popular “Other” – Josuke Higashikata (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)

 
Best Girl

Winner – Rem (60%)
Runner Up – Ochako Uraraka (15%)
Most Popular “Other” – Megumin (KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!)

 
Best Fight Scene

Winner – Shigeo vs. Koyama (40%)
Runner Up – Deku vs. Kacchan (25%)
Most Popular “Other” – Naruto vs. Sasuke (Naruto Shippuden)

 
Best Animation

Winner – Yuri!!! On ICE (49%)
Runner Up – Mob Psycho 100 (28%)
Most Popular “Other” – Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

 
Most Heartwarming Scene

Winner – The Kiss (55%)
Runner Up – Kayo’s first homecooked meal (31%)
Most Popular “Other” – Rem’s confession (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

 
Best Drama

Winner – ERASED (51%)
Runner Up – Kiznaiver (22%)
Most Popular “Other” – Orange

 
Best Couple

Winner – Yuri & Victor (69%)
Runner Up – Satoru & Kayo (14%)
Most Popular “Other” – Subaru & Rem (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

 
Best Comedy

Winner – Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! (36%)
Runner Up – KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! (33%)
Most Popular “Other” – Nanbaka

 
Best Action

Winner – Mob Psycho 100 (36%)
Runner Up – My Hero Academia (25%)
Most Popular “Other” – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

 
Best Opening

Winner – Yuri!!! On ICE (57%)
Runner Up – Mob Psycho 100 (23%)
Most Popular “Other” – ERASED

 
Best Ending

Winner – Yuri!!! On ICE (56%)
Runner Up – Mob Psycho 100 (19%)
Most Popular “Other” – Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

 

Now, if you happened to see an abundance of a certain ice skating anime, I assure you, it was not a mistake.  Yuri on Ice somehow managed to skate it’s way to the top of almost every category. Is this result due to the ambitions of yaoi-driven fangirls? Probably.

And thus, I begin my rant.

 

This is Pinky’s Perspective, an extremely biased post where I rant all about anime-related stuff. 

 

Okay, so I’ll admit that Yuri on Ice was a great anime. I myself am a self-proclaimed fangirl of gay skating and whatever the hell else happened in that anime. Despite my status as a Viktuuri shipper, even I can see that something was not right with the results of this year’s Anime Awards.

Now, I understand why Yuri on Ice would win certain categories like “Best Couple” and “Best Boy”. Anything other than that is kind of a stretch.

Best Boy

Yuri Katsuki is my cute little katsudon and I love him. Many Yoi fangirls across the world obviously felt the same way and decided to vote for hm because of that. That’s totally fine, because it’s the “Best Boy” section and Yuri was a popular candidate.

Best Couple

Yes, even I have to admit that Victuuri is one mighty fine couple. No problems with this one either.

 

However, I do have some issues with the following categories….

Best Animation

Obviously, a lot of people don’t know what superb animation is, so I’ll give you a definition.

“Great animation inspires, delights and surprises its audience.  It shows them something they’ve never seen, and makes them think of something they’ve never imagined.”

 

Don’t get me wrong, the animation of Yuri on Ice was great, but is it really something we haven’t all seen before?

Yes, the skating scenes were beautiful. But you know what else was breathtaking?

This.

 

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And this.

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Also this

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But no. Give the fans a few tears, gay kisses, and twirls, and anything else gets blown of out the water. Because in the end, fanservice always wins.

Bravo, everyone.

Most Heartwarming Scene

Once again, we see the effect that the yaoi fanbase has on votes. Sure, that was a cute kiss, but once again, I think a few of you need to get your definitions straight.

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Ah, yes. An inspirational and uplifting scene…

Now, I won’t judge if that scene warmed some other parts of your bodies. Doesn’t make it heartwarming, though.

Best Opening and Ending

This past year gave us a lot of epic anime openings and endings. In my opinion, Yuri on Ice was NOT one of them.

Okay, I’ll admit that Dean Fujioka did a kickass job with the opening theme song. But was it really the best theme we’ve seen all year? I don’t think so.

As for the animation….

The opening was full of skating bishies and the ending was full of those same bishies getting wet together. Oh, and there was the ending with the stripping scene.

If fanservice equals a great opening, then the anime community must be really twisted.

 

And the award we’ve all been waiting for….

Best Anime

Hmmm. An anime about a hot and whiny figure skater with major self-esteem issues who also happens to be somewhat gay manages to win Anime of the Year.

Mob Psycho 100

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This year the creator from One-Punch Man graced our screens with another off-beat humor, Mob Psycho 100. The series follows a Kageyama Shigeo a.k.a. Mob, who has telekinetic powers and explodes in stressful situations. And while the exploding graphics contributed to the series success it left much to be desired when it came to Mob’s powers. Perhaps fans will learn more of Shigeo’s abilities in season two.

91 Days

15 best anime 2016 91 days

Set in the Prohibition Era, the crime anime drama 91 Days centers around Avilio who is seeking revenge against those who murdered his family. Key to his plan is the don’s son, Nero, who he quickly befriends. Even though the series doesn’t compare to other popular mafia anime, such as Gungrave or Baccano, it does, however, give a realistic portrayal of a city without laws.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

15 best anime 2016 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

The 5 minutes per episode series follows Kusuo Saiki who only wants to live a normal life. But, unfortunately for him, he has psychic abilities that prevent him to have this beautiful and peaceful life. On top of that, his abilities attract the attention of somewhat odd characters that make things even worse for him. The Life of Saiki is one of those series that embraces cliches and executes them in brilliant and comedic ways. For example, the character Hairo who is obsessed with tennis or Saiki breaking the fourth wall.

 March Comes in like a Lion

15 best anime 2016 March Comes in like a Lion

Featured on the Fall 2016 Anime list, March Comes in like a Lion follows Rei, a 17-year-old professional chess player whose distance between him and his adopted father grows with every day that passes. However, this hole is soon filled by his neighbors who want him only to be happy with who he is. While the series features some silliness (cat talking), the premise is actually about empathy and how to accept oneself.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

15 best anime 2016 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

Really, haven’t you heard about Sakamoto? The comedy/seinen anime follows this seemingly perfect high school student Sakamoto, which make his classmates and teachers believe that he’s perfect. And while Sakamoto’s perfectionism quickly becomes tiresome, it’s the origin of his abilities is what piques the audience’s interest. Plus, the absurd situations that he encounters and solves are what make Sakamoto one of the best anime of 2016.

Kiznaiver

15 best anime 2016 Kiznaiver

Taking place in the fictional town of Sugomori city, the city itself isn’t what it appears to be. The city is actually a large-scale experiment known as the Kizna System. The reason behind this operation is to create world peace by connecting its citizens through shared pain and suffering, either emotional or physical.

Anime has come a long way these couple of years. Series have evolved from the traditional fighting scenes and moved towards conveying a message. And this happens to be the case with Kiznaiver, whose premise is about how people come to terms with both their feelings and those of the people around them. Thus, Kiznaiver‘s goal is to convey a message of empathy than delivering a compelling plot.

Bungou Stray Dogs

15 best anime 2016 Bungo Stray Dogs

The story of Bungo Stray Dogs centers around a group of individuals with amazing abilities and how they use them for different purposes, from starting a business to carrying out missions for the mafia. With the members of the Armed Detective Agency at its core.

The show’s best feature hands down is its character design. The series does an impressive job with the character’s facial expression, in humorous situations. Furthermore, the series brings a sense of humor to graphic scenes. This combination of themes makes Bungo Stray Dogs one of the best anime of 2016.

ReLIFE

15 best anime 2016 ReLIFE

If only I knew then what I know now my life would be entirely different, comes into mind with ReLIFE. However, things have changed the last couple of years, which your experiences now would render useless if you were a teenager again. Which happens to be the case of Arata Kaizaki, who by taking a pill, reverts to a 17-year-old high school student.

ReLIFE is a rollercoaster ride; the first few episodes are very slow but soon after the climax begins. Even though ReLIFE is Tomo Kosaka directorial debut he adequately pulls off something that many directors struggle with, the balance between drama and comedy. He gives giving both themes the necessary leeway to keep the audience’s attention. And although the series may leave fans with an incomplete feeling, it does leave room for a sequel.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

15 best anime 2016 Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World

A lot of fans thought that Re:ZERO would be similar to SAO; however, the series superseded all expectations. Unknowingly summoned to another world, Subaru Natsuki soon befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl. When they are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and discovers that he has acquired the power of “Return by Death,” giving him the ability to reverse time by dying.

The creators behind Re:ZERO weren’t afraid to take some risks with a somewhat worn out theme. They’ve revamped the MMORPG idea by combining it with fresh new concepts, which resulted in a series that blew many fan’s expectations.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

15 best anime 2016 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Grimgar follows a group of youngsters trying to survive a fantasy world filled with wolves, gremlins and other mythical creatures. To survive this new world they form an adventure group where they fight monsters to earn a living. However, unlike video games, there are no redos or respawns.

While SAO may be the face of MMORPG anime, it’s not the standard of online survival anime. Grimgar gives a caring interpretation to the battle filled fantasy adventure genre by featuring an interesting take on heartache and friendship. On top of that, the watercolor background truly makes the series come alive.

 Erased

15 best anime 2016 Erased

Fujinuma live leaves a lot to be desired, working as a manga artist he has to take a job as a pizza delivery guy to make end meet. But, Fujima lives is not all that bad, as he has the power to travel back in time which he dubs “Revival.” He uses his power to save people’s lives and to prevent costly mishaps. But, one day, he is the one that needs saving. One day he finds his mother murdered and is subsequently framed for her death. Fleeing from the police he gets transported back to 1988, the same year three girls were mysteriously kidnapped and murdered.

Erased is a gripping mystery and time-traveling anime about trying to change the past to save a loved one. The series’s high point is how it maintains and builds the tension, making the viewers want more and of course find out who is the killer.

My Hero Academia

15 best anime 2016 My Hero Academia

Izuku Midoriya biggest goal in life is to be a hero. However, like 20% of the world he’s an average individual with no powers. This makes Izuku admire and take notes on these superpowered humans, wishing for one day that he can be just like them. Due to his tenacity, he now becomes the successor of the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. After many months of training, Izuku enrolls in UA High – a renowned high school for superheroes – and this year’s first-year students look especially promising. With his talented but equally weird classmates and the impending threat of a criminal organization, Izuku will learn what it means to be a hero.

 Your Name

15 best anime 2016 Your Name

The film centers around Mitsuha, a female high school student living in the countryside and Taki, a male high school student residing in Tokyo. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Taki dreams he is a female student attending high school in a rural Japanese town.

Currently, the body-swapping fantasy film holds the number 4 position on Japan’s all-time box office, surpassing many of Miyazaki films. Shinkai has incorporated many real-life locations into the movie, which now are anime tourist stops. On top of that, the film’s storyline is more than just body-swapping teens, as the movie echoes the sentiments of Japanese citizens living in different areas of Japan. Moreover, Your Name reflects the feelings that many Japanese people, including Shinkai, share — that a disaster could strike at any moment.

 

Seems legit.

Conclusion

Look, I’m not trying to bash people for voting on anime that they loved. However, I do think that people should keep the actual quality of an anime in mind when voting this year. Yes, Yuri on Ice was brilliant and exciting to watch, but please remember that fanservice does NOT equal quality.

 

 

 

 

 

The Disruption of the Sibyl System in Psycho-Pass {OWLS BLOG TOUR}

Hey guys, it’s Pink!

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So, I recently joined a group of anibloggers in their mission to promote acceptance of all individuals. And for our first blog tour, the theme (courtesy of Lyn-sama) is “Disruptors”.

Now hopefully, you may have seen other posts from this blog tour floating around. If you haven’t, here’s a list of the participants and their dates for our January blog tour. Enjoy!

Jan 9 – Venus (Japanime Talks)

Jan 13 – Arria Cross (Fujinsei)

Jan 16 – LynLyn (Just something about LynLyn)

Jan 20 – Crimson613 (Crimson Blogs at Night)

Jan 23 –  Naja B. (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)

Jan 25 – Pink-chan (Pinky’s Palace)

Jan 27 – Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

Jan 30 – Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)

And now, for my post…

“To disrupt” has a negative denotation, but rather than looking at the verb in a negative light, we are going to use the verb in a positive way. It’s like the word, “protests” which has positive and negative connotations depending on the perspective of the person.

Disruptors: An individual or a group disturbing a system or social norms/conventions that they believe is destroying what is morally right.

Although there are countless examples of anime where the characters disrupt or protest to the world around them, I chose one of my personal favorites to deeply examine this month.

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Justice, and the enforcement of it has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty work.

Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.

The anime described here is, of course, Psycho-Pass.

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This beautiful work of art is home to one of the most corrupt and perverse societies in anime. However, I cannot successfully analyze the disruption that takes place in this anime without first explaining the show’s biggest antagonist – the Sibyl System.

The Sibyl System

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“That which needs to be done is carried out by those capable. Such is the grace bestowed upon mankind by Sibyl”

What is the probability of someone committing a crime? The Sibyl System has a definite answer.

In the world of Psycho-Pass, The Sibyl System has complete control over law enforcement and even the future of the city’s citizens. This system analyzes the criminal tendencies of every citizen and harshly judges them.

A person’s crime coefficient is a numerical measure of said person’s probability/propensity to commit a crime. It is one part of a person’s overall psycho-pass. The Public Safety Bureau uses this measurement to determine if a target is a latent criminal or otherwise. It is calculated and determined by the target’s stress level and other biological readings via cymatic scan by the Sibyl System.

Level of Crime Coefficient

  • Under 100 ‒ Suspect is not a target for enforcement action. The trigger of Dominator will be locked.
  • 100 to 299  Suspect is classified as a latent criminal and is a target for enforcement action. Dominator is set to Non-Lethal Paralyzer mode. Suspect can then be knocked out using the Dominator.
  • Over 300 ‒ Suspect poses a serious threat to the society. Lethal force is authorized. Dominator will automatically switch to Lethal Eliminator. Suspect that is hit by Lethal Eliminator will bloat and explode.

Think this system is corrupt? You’re right, it definitely is.

The System and Society

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“In order to have a perfect society, you need perfect people. Unfortunately, perfect people do not exist.” 

The Sibyl System was designed to mold the individuals of society into perfect citizens who are fully dependent on said system. And for those who aren’t perfect? Well, they get punished. The Sybil System ruthlessly executes those with a high enough crime coefficient, regardless of whether they’ve actually committed a crime. How is this right, you ask? Well, it isn’t.

And so, in a society full of people dominated by a system, only a very select few have the courage to rebel.

These are our beloved disruptors.

Disruptors

Akane Tsunemori

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“It’s not the final judgment of “good” and “evil” that’s important. What matters is that you come to that decision yourself. That you agonize over it and eventually accept it.”

When she first starts out as an inspector for the Public Safety Bureau, Akane is portrayed as just another sheep who is dependent on Sibyl. She does not question the system and its decisions, and with her perfect stable life, why should she? Although she doesn’t always agree with Sibyl’s judgment, it has been proven time and time again that Akane has a very strong (and naive) faith in the Sibyl System.

However, there is one thing that sets Akane apart from everyone else.

Yes, she abides by Sibyl’s judgments. But unlike the rest of society, Akane has her own concept of right and wrong – a concept completely separate from her duties to the Sibyl System. And although she shouldn’t, in fear of risking everything, Akane acts on her own judgment by constantly challenging the system’s decisions throughout the anime.

By fearlessly doing what many others have been afraid to, Akane is rightly labeled as a disruptor to a system that she has full faith in.

This faith, however, is tested when Akane finds out who the real brains behind the Sybil System are and is given the the power to bring an end to the corrupt system. And using her own judgment, she chooses the decision that feels most right to her.

Wanna know what that decision is? Well, you’ll just have to watch the anime.

Shougo Makishima

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“If the system possesses the power of life and death over you… you’re no longer a human. You’re livestock. No matter how hard a rancher tries to pretend otherwise, they never recognize their livestock as friends. It’s a mystery to me… How is it that these people, treated as livestock in this boring society, have not tried at all to destroy it?”

Makishima, although the obvious “bad guy” of the first season, disrupts the Sybil System in his own way. Basically, he kills and orchestrates the deaths of lots of people.

Yeah, he’s a horrible person. But his motives aren’t so horrible.

Makishima realizes how perverse and corrupt the Sybil System is and commits equally terrible acts to expose the system’s flaws and hopefully draw out someone who will willingly stand up to Sibyl. Unfortunately, the criminals that he works with are too vain to see the bigger picture and instead kill for selfish reasons. Because none of them show the pure desire and intent to take down Sybil, he eventually sabotages and gets rid of each of them.

He’s kind of like an obsessed fanboy for revolution if you think about it.

Shinya Kogami

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“As long as I’m a detective, I can’t touch him. This case made me aware… that the law can’t protect people.”

Kogami is definitely the most obvious disruptor of the Sibyl System. Although many might not believe this, Kogami isn’t exactly the gallant hero that fans make him out to be.

Yes, he disrupts and rebels against an immoral system. But what is his true motive? I’ll tell you.

Revenge.

That’s right. Almost every rebellious action Kogami does is an act of revenge against a system that has failed him over and over again. He believes that Sibyl is incapable of effectively arbitrating justice and that he must take justice into his own hands.

But is vengeance really the answer?

Conclusion

In a city tyrannized by a corrupt system, the above characters from Psycho-Pass really emphasized the whole “disruptors” theme to me. Although they each had different backgrounds, motives, and intentions, Akane, Kogami, and Makishima can truly be credited for disrupting and protesting against a very immoral system.

And that’s it, folks! Hope you liked my first OWLS post!

Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Disruptors posts from Takuto of Takuto’s Anime Cafe and Lita Kino from Lita Kino Anime Corner!

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