School Days: The Dark Side of Love [OWLS Blog Tour February 2019 – Adore]

In February, we will be exploring love and romance. The word selected is “adore” because it has two main connotations: to be loved and respected or to feel worshipped. We will analyze characters that give us a feeling of admiration and explain why we love those characters. We will also be exploring different forms of love (familial, friendship, and even self-love) and how those types of love influence our lives.

For most of you reading this blog tour, you have either heard of or watched School Days sometime in your life. In that respect, you probably know where I’m going to go with this post. If you don’t know about School Days, then that’s probably a good thing because the show is quite infamous (and controversial) among most anime fans for various reasons (more on that later). Despite its notoriety, however, I want to look at how School Days turns the high school romance genre on its head and illustrates the darker side of love not really seen in most romance anime (also, spoilers).

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Land of the Rising Queer: Depictions of the Anime Lesbian

[Image via Anime Planet]
[Image via Anime Planet]
So this was an essay I recently wrote for my film seminar on the depiction of lesbian characters in anime in relation to Japan’s view on homosexuality. Aoi Hana was the case study I used in the essay. If you have the time and/or perhaps interested in what I wrote, please give it a read. Let me know in the comments section what you thought about it.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – First Impressions

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Ask any anime fan to name a Mecha anime and chances are the Gundam series will be one of those answers. For a very long time, Gundam has been synonymous with the Mecha genre. The series has expanded its popularity through video games and body kits. In all honesty, this is actually the first Gundam title that I am watching; I’ve heard about the others but never watched them. From what I’ve watched so far, I am getting a sense that this one will be more darker in tone compared to the others, which is a good thing in my opinion.

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Concrete Revolutio – First Impressions

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Going in to this anime I really expected a lot from it: the plot sounded interesting, it’s produced by Bones (one of my favourite studios since Eureka Seven) and the art style was quite fascinating and different. Sadly, Concrete Revolutio failed to deliver in its first episode. The plot was actually quite confusing and the events being played out didn’t make much sense.

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Gakusen Toshi Asterisk – First Impressions

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Futuristic Academy Fighters (yes, I made that up now) seem to be quite a popular choice of genre these days, especially in shounen anime. This one is no different: new/transfer student entering an academy where everyone fights each other to determine who’s the strongest of them all. Main character shows potential to be very strong but we have yet to see his full power. While Gakusen Toshi Asterisk adds nothing new to the genre, it’s quite entertaining so far.

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Danchigai – First Impressions

Danchigai 1                                                                                                                                                                        I’m mostly a sucker when it comes to comedies and slice-of-life anime because I enjoy the genre very much. Danchigai is that type of anime, though its episode length doesn’t allow for much to really happen.

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Liebster Award 3

LiebsterAward1So the lovely people at Funny Anime Pics recently nominated me for another Liebster Award! Thank you very much for the nomination; I truly appreciate the exposure you are giving to my blog.

Rules

  1. Thank and link back to your nominator
  2. Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate other 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  4. Create 11 new questions for your nominees
  5. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs

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Liebster Award 2

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YAY! I can’t believe that I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Thank you very much to FiddleTwix for the nomination. Hopefully you’ll learn something new about me through the questions I answer 🙂

The Rules

1 – Thank and link back to your nominator.

2 – Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator

3 – Nominate 5-11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers

4 – Create 11 new questions for your nominees

5 – Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs

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