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.

 

 

 

 

 

Pinky’s Perspective – Mystic Messenger Updates

Everyone seems to be bitching about this these days, so I’m just going to jump on the bitch-wagon. See what I did there?

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

Even though I’ve finished the game, I decided to re-download Mystic Messenger on my phone to check out the new updates.

What I Liked

I thought the little chibi characters on the original download screen were cute. Then I saw this:

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Yeah, that’s fucking adorable.

*Since development, the Load feature was originally planned to be a charged featured to prevent any game abuse by farming hourglasses and hearts through repeated save and loads.

They’re not adding that in? THANK GOD. Otherwise, half of us wouldn’t even be able to open the game, with our broke selves.

* A UFO sailing in outer space toward the Honey Buddha chip has been added in version 1.5.1.
You can now peek into each character’s thoughts by tapping on the UFO. Once the UFO reaches the chips, hourglasses or hearts will be rewarded.

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This makes it easier for cheap people like me to get money without spending money. Definitely a thumbs up.

*Banning Rules
The following are reasons why users may be banned.

– Changing time to see previously missed chatrooms.
– Abusive actions exercised to “farm” hourglasses and hearts multiple times from the same chatroom

Yup. For you time-travelers out there, Cheritz is not going to put up with your timelord shenanigans. And if you didn’t get that reference just now, you must live a sad sad life.

What I Didn’t Like

*Free trial for the Max Speed/Save Slot Load Feature will end from v.1.5.3
-VIPs can still use Max speed for free.

-If you are not a VIP user; you can still receive the Max Speed feature for free by unlocking all character’s After Endings and Secret endings 1 & 2 by November 7th.

Look, no one wants to reread a chat that they have seen a million (actually 5) times. What exactly was the point of putting a Max Speed button for everyone to use if you’re just going to make it Premium?  Thanks, Cheritz. Now we actually have to pay attention to the turtle-pace movement of the chatroom texts.

And about the VIP thing. It says that you can use Max Speed for free, huh?

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Last time I checked, 79 dollars wasn’t free. But then again, I’m terrible at math, so my opinion isn’t really valid.

*The 707 Spaceship CG is available as a purchasable good. 

So, they’re selling CGs now, huh? I guess nothing’s sacred anymore.

Final Thoughts

So yeah. The updates are kinda sucky in some areas, but Cheritz definitely keeping up their quota of giving sweet solutions for us female gamers.

What did you guys think about the new updates? Any pros or cons?

 

 

 

Pinky’s Perspective – My Issues with Kirito and Asuna’s Relationship

So, this is technically a birthday post, because Kirito’s birthday is today, and Asuna’s was a week ago. However, I’m really in a ranting mood at the moment, so we’ll just put it under Pinky’s Perspective.

Anyway, let’s begin.

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

To celebrate the birthdays of what may possibly be my least favorite couple in anime, I’ve decided to rant all about how much I dislike their relationship. Just to warn you, I might also stray off topic and rant a bit about SAO itself, because I also dislike the anime. Don’t believe me? Check out the posts here and here.

Okay. Now to start things off:

Kirito and Asuna.

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Believe it or not, I actually ship these two together. And for once, a pairing that I like is actually canon.

In the first arc of SAO, I saw these two as a badass couple who had their ups and downs but continued to fight for each other and their future. I do think that their relationship moved a bit too fast, though. I mean, they were already married and with a kid (not biological) by episode 8!

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But I still rooted for these two. The whole show is about them fighting to escape the game and return to their normal lives. Obviously, some characters needed to be sacrificed in order to reach this goal.

So when Asuna died to protect Kirito, I was heartbroken, but I also respected that ending. Thinking back now, I think the show would’ve been better off it had just ended right then and there. Right after the first arc.

But no. The creators decided to make another arc. Before watching the second arc, I was so excited. Asuna was going to come back to life and my favorite couple (at the time) would be reunited again.

Boy, was I in for a surprise.

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Asuna came back as a damsel in distress who couldn’t do anything to help herself. And guess who her hero was supposed to be. Yup that’s right, the ever-so-arrogant Kirito. And he didn’t even get close to saving her until the 3rd to last episode of the season. Really?!

Although Kirito stated many times that his main goal was to find and save Asuna,  he spent the majority of the arc dealing with his own personal baggage and lusting after his cousin (and a couple of other women). Some boyfriend, right?

Well, it gets even worse.

Asuna, helpless and chained, gets molested by her creepy captor in front of Kirito. This really pissed me off. In order to give Kirito enough balls to man up and defeat his enemy, his girlfriend had to be reduced to some sex toy. Seriously?!

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And after that, both of them make it back into the real world, and Kirito races to the hospital to save Asuna….again.

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Ugh, remember Aincrad Asuna? You know, the fearless and strong-willed heroine who didn’t need no man?

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Yeah, she’s basically just a teenage housewife now. And another addition to Kirito’s harem of helpless heroines.

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But wait! She gets her own arc!

Sike! It’s just a girly dramatic sob story about her losing a dear friend.

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And while all this is happening, Kirito is going on more adventures and finding more buxom females to add to his never-ending harem.

How romantic.

Do I even need to explain why these two aren’t my favorite couple anymore? You know what, I won’t even bother.

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Pinky’s Perspective – YURI

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

This week, I’ve decided to blog about yuri. For those of you who don’t know what yuri is, here’s a short definition:

Yuri  Term for lesbian content or girl love. In Japan, the term denotes a broad spectrum of attraction between women. It is also used for sexually explicit content outside Japan. It is used like the term “yaoi” for men

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It’s basically girl-on-girl action. Now, before I start ranting, let me further explain the topic at hand.

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What is Yuri?

I’ve already given you guys a definition. Now, I’m going to go much deeper.

Types of Yuri

From what I’ve learned, there are four main sub-genres of yuri. I’ve tried to name them as accurately as possible.

Yuri for Dudes

“seinen yuri”, emphasizes sweetness, femininity, girlishness, innocence, purity, and moe generally. This is the ecchi or fanservice-filled kind of yuri. It’s directed towards males.

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Yuri for Chicks

This is called “shoujo yuri” and is usually of the pure type that is directed towards younger audiences. You know those crossdressing or genderbending yuri anime/manga where one of the girls involved is slightly manlier than her significant other? This would be it.

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Kaiou Michiru and Tenou Haruka from Sailor Moon are perfect examples of this yuri trope. When they’re not busy being “cousins” that is.

Yuri for Slightly-Older Chicks and/or Lesbians

Also known as “josei yuri”. This type of yuri is usually less stereotyped and fairly realistic, like most fiction aimed at adults. Because this trope usually made by/for lesbians, it deals more with the realistic struggles of being  a part of the LGBTQ community.

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Sweet Guilty Love Bites is an example of a manga that includes this trope.

Low-Key Yuri

This kind of yuri is mostly popular in Japan only. Another term for it is “background yuri”. These manga portray female protagonists is long-term lesbian relationships, while not actually making the relationships an important part of the plot.

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Mari and Moe are side characters from the anime Samurai Flamenco. Although it is barely shown in the anime, these two are in a relationship.

 

And the Rant Begins…

I don’t mind watching yuri, but whenever I do watch it, there is usually a serious lacking in the plot department.

I guess this is because most of today’s mainstream yuri is directed towards males. Because guys are apparently only interested in cutesy, ecchi, and fanservice-filled anime, those standards are now leaking into the yuri genre of anime.

Yuri is supposed to be about the romantic issues, relationships, and lives of female couples.

Now, whenever I watch yuri, it’s full of this:

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And this.

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Also, this.

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I mean, come on. That’s what studios come up with?! What happened to yuri anime with actual plot? What happened to shows like Revolutionary Girl Utena?

I’m all for fanservice, but this is just ridiculous. You know, some of us actually like having plot in an anime. But no, I guess today’s ingredients for a good yuri anime is moe added in with a whole bunch of lewd schoolgirls. You know I’m right.

Honestly, the only way I can have quality yuri is by reading manga.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing ALL yuri. I haven’t seen all the yuri anime ever created, and I know that there are quality yuri anime out there. Some examples include Akuma no Riddle, Sasameki Koto, Aoi Hana, and Simoun.

Not all yuri is plotless, I’m just ranting about the ones that are. I’m also not saying that all yuri that are full of fanservice are terrible.

After all,

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