Fumetsu no anata e (To your eternity); first impressions and humanity of something inhuman

{I’ve done a lot of manga reviews in the last few posts due to me being in a sort of anime slump lately, hope you enjoy this one too; spoilers for chapter 1}

To your eternity, also known as To you, the immortal, is a manga that has been lurking in the back of my reading list for a while, don’t worry Oyasumi Punpun is keeping it company. However, today is the day I decided to give it a try after marveling at the cover once more.

The name Yoshitoki Oima should be familiar to anyone familiar with A silent voice, and it might come to most as a surprise that she is the one to create To your eternity as well. This time, however, the story shifts from a now regular and almost ordinary high school setting to something more supernatural and legend like. The main character is a mysterious immortal being which changes its shape into those that have a strong impetus (the force or energy with which a body moves). At first it’s merely a sphere that the “author” decided to throw into this world in order to observe it. At first it took the form of a rock, but later on, as a dying wolf approached it, it first took the form of an animal.

From the very start, we are introduced to its immense regeneration powers

Soon enough it encountered a boy, who’s the actual owner of the wolf. He’s overjoyed at “Johann” returning to him after being missing for two whole months. While he notices it being unusually quiet, he quickly brushes it off, and so, their new daily life begins. Everything seems unfamiliar to the main character, the sights, the smells, but it becomes enchanted and continues to follow the nameless boy living alone in the middle of an abandoned village. Through the boy talking to the main character we learn that other people and members of his family left 5 years ago in search of food and people, leaving him behind to take care of his grandparents.

The main character learns basic things eating through following the boy’s example. The bond between them grows and the boy even expresses the want to go out explore the unknown himself, in order to gain new experiences.

The two set out on a journey, grabbing whatever they can from home, heading south towards a mountain that the boy’s uncle described as a wall beyond which is paradise. They even find a sign on a rock with directions and the boy believes it’s from people who search for the same paradise. They find even more signs, the farther they go, until one day the boy gets injured from the broken ice as he falls into the water. He refuses to turn back even after the main character expresses or the boy perceives its worry.

He can’t accept spending the rest of his life in that rotting house, in his words it’s be like rotting away with it and he has nothing else to do but follow in the footsteps of his family. He even finds excuses for why his family has not returned; the paradise is too fascinating, with all sorts of fascinating foods and fascinating people to meet…

What he finds is rows of graves, he tries his best to stay optimistic and convince the wolf, or rather, himself that they can still make it. For sure, the way ahead of them leads to the mountains. He breaks down soon after that. Expressing how he was talking to himself the whole time but apologizing later nevertheless. They somehow manage to return to the house, but the boy’s wound is getting worse. He promises that they’ll try again once his leg heals.

After all, it’s embarrassing if his family finds him sleeping when they return. He asks the wolf (Johann) to never forget him as he breathes his last breath, still waiting for his family to return for him and imagining Johann greeting him with the rest of his family and other people outside. He won’t be alone anymore, he’ll do his best. “It’s nice to meet you, my name is – “

With a somewhat grotesque scene and flooded with memories of the boy and his excitement for adventure, the main character takes his form and sets out to meet all sorts of people and have all kinds of experiences, just as the boy wished, in search for an even stronger impetus.

Can something inhuman be human? Stories like Houseki no kuni or Eve no jikan come to mind. What even is humanity? Is it empathy for another? If so, “it” expressed it quite clearly at the sight of the boy dying. While it wasn’t the wolf that the boy had lost, but it became his last companion. The first chapter of this manga is strong and expresses a strong characterization of the boy who becomes the main character’s motivation, in a sense it becomes and starts to form its own impetus, adding to the reason to move and search for a stronger and better one. It creates a reason for us to become invested and creates a strong emotional response from the audience. Tissues will be a must for future chapters.

Right from the start, the journey for the main character is clear. What he will find at the end is a mystery, however, the experiences and people he faces will be the gift for us readers.

What are your thoughts on To your eternity? What similar manga or anime do you know? Let me know in the comments below!

Blue period; what lies beneath the canvas

{Spoilers for all of chapter 1}

The problem of identity and self image is not a new one, especially not in anime or manga. Plenty of protagonists have searched for means to express themselves and to realize that expression. From Comic girls’ Kaoruko to Hidamari sketch’s Yuno. In that case, what makes Blue period so different and so special?

Blue period follows Yaguchi Yataro, a delinquent who’s studious, cheerful and uncharacteristically (to a typical delinquent at least) likable. He’s also completely apathetic to everything he does.

The first thing you notice when opening up even the very first chapter is the distinct art style. It’s not something completely original as for example the uniqueness of Made in Abyss or Houseki no kuni, but its details and use of shading is what makes it pop.

And I’m talking detail

Another big part of both the appeal and the manga itself if Yaguchi, the main character. He hangs out with his friends, watches sports matches, smokes just cause his friends do so and skips or sleeps through lessons. He studies hard and doesn’t feel anything towards it, he has no motivation and resorts to doing what his parents or friends expect from him. Not only does the art student Yuka notice and call him out for this, but so does the art teacher, saying that she wants to see what kind of scenery he wants to paint for the class assignment for others to see.

He expresses open confusion by being lectured by those he sees different from him, “the starving artists who are content with just drawing”, as much as his teacher may have talked about them being closer to money hungry businessmen or art schools being extremely expensive. He doesn’t get why someone would want to do something you can’t even make a living out of just cause you’re passionate about it. He just wants to play it safe, both with his career life and social life.

When watching the final match he feels something close to guilt. Honesty just makes it impossible to survive. He doesn’t want to be lectured by those who just fool around with their natural talent and know nothing about him, only what they think they do. Why is he shouting so hard over something he didn’t even do? What part did he play, this isn’t about him. Who’s feelings are these?

He tries to find his reasons, to explain his behavior somehow, but the words of Yuka and the teacher just ring in his head. After all, he goes about doing things the only way he know how – telling them things they want to hear and making their story more interesting than his. They become the star. He does something uncharacteristic for once, commenting on how pretty the morning view of Shibuya looks, only to get laughed at being poetic and brush it off. He’s getting good results after all, nothing to worry about. The words from one of Yuka’s friends and the author of the previously shown painting take him by surprise:

And she even explains it pretty well to Yaguchi too, even inspiring him in the process. When something is written off to just “natural talent” it makes it sound as if the person did nothing at all to contribute to their own work. Yaguchi used it to sound nice, but Senpai carefully explained her feelings about that phrase to him, all while resonating with his own subconscious thoughts.

Yaguchi decided to take on the task of painting his favorite scenery seriously this time. He uses the technique Senpai talked about and tries to overlap different colors, to get the sleepy feeling he desires to portray. The faint glowing of the building, the stillness, a fresh day’s start…

He expresses his true feelings and opinion through the piece, choosing to accept the possible negative parts of it as pieces of the scenery. He likes everything about it, both good and bad and states it boldly, as scary as it feels.

His effort wasn’t in vain. He gets his own kind of reward. Even Yuka notices and unwillingly praises it for mixing two different colors in that technique. More importantly, his friends accept that part of him. While they remember the original story Yaguchi made up of hearing a friend say it, they talk about Yaguchi capturing the atmosphere and asking whether he sees it like this. To his own embarrassment he tears up, but his friends don’t make fun of him, they resort to light teasing.

The real key lies in what he learned from this experience. Art can be fun and can be a language with no words. It was his first lesson in opening up and communicating with others for real. While he’s still skeptical about doing something just for fun, and has no plans for instantly becoming an artist and applying to an arts school all of a sudden, he begins to grasp the value of honesty in communication and his true passion.

What lies beneath the canvas is the honest self of Yataro Yaguchi.

Forming opinions; why you don’t have to agree with everything and love/hate a series

Anime/Manga and other types of similar media, are often quite difficult to discuss. It’s a form of entertainment that’s multilayered and has a lot of different aspects, that in turn attract a lot of different people. While there can be and are similarities, no one group or individual anime fans are the same. There will always be differences in opinions and especially in tastes; likes, dislikes and the comments surrounding them.
For the most part, people seem to get along well enough, either tolerating and learning something from each other or by shrugging it off; liking/disliking the object of discussion, arguments being not strong or concrete enough to change one’s mind, but remaining respectful nevertheless. However, a radical type of opinion is often popularized.

The most popular opinion to have is to hate or absolutely love a certain series or a certain type of series or say someone has “bad taste” otherwise. Here’s some examples:

  • SAO/Tokyo ghoul/Insert any popular big hit anime is the best/worst anime ever and if you disagree, you just don’t understand it well enough.
  • Neon genesis evangelion is a classic, up there with Cowboy bebop and if you dislike it, you’re just not smart enough for the complex themes of the show.
  • All shounen anime are formulaic tournament arcs and hype battles with fanservice and no plot.
  • Moe blob and slice of life anime are thoughtless and empty, you forget them after finishing the series/ Slice of life is the best genre ever and you just don’t get the subtlety of it all.
Are you noticing a theme?

You could say that everyone is entitled to their opinion, they have to express their own and to disagree with yours and vice versa. It becomes a problem when someone goes into it with the mentality of “If they’re not with me, they’re against me”. They defend their opinion with all they have and that is often turning to insults (most of which target the person or question their intelligence). Where do these feelings come from?

Usually, when forming an opinion one bases it on:

A) Own previous experience, what you liked/disliked before
(in the series itself, what you’ve watched previously etc);

B) On the opinions that the people you look up to/like express;

Both of which are naturally quite personal. Getting criticized on your own opinion often feels like a baseless personal attack. How dare they attack this thing I like and relate to? How can they not see how good and worth the watch it really is? The opposite is more than possible, how naive can they be in believing this trashy show is worthy of something? Why do they waste time and push their trashy shows and opinions?

You might even be able to see both flaws and good qualities of a series and still appreciate it nevertheless. Then why is this important?

People easily get influence into baseless mob hate and adoration, all at the same time. What I mean by this, many haters or lovers of a certain anime may actually be just following a trend; “Oh X is totally the worst/best anime ever”; just cause a lot of people are repeating it and not bother to actually think for themselves.

My closing thoughts for this still very open problem might seem simplistic. Like what you like, but research and try different media/anime/manga etc. Opinions aren’t always as stable as concrete, they often change, in varying degrees and into varying sides. The real important thing is to remember to be open to new ideas; that anime might be not so perfect, while the other one might have its own merits. There is no requirement to either love or hate something, after all, sometimes, the middle is the best between two extremes.

Teppuu; the problem of talent

{Yay another manga review and yet another love letter from me to a piece of entertainment that I hold very dear}

Natsuo Ishidou is a girl who is stuck in a state of constant boredom, that is the price she pays for her talent.

What she lacks in technicalities, she makes up in raw strength and just instinctively knowing what to do. So much so, that Natsuo starts to think that this is the natural way of being and even questions others who can’t achieve the same. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that with such talent comes boredom and loneliness.

Teppuu is a sports drama manga with a protagonist that is quite rare. Aside from the perfect Sakamoto, Saiki Kusuo or Kurokami Medaka, whose extreme talents or abilities are usually played for laughs; the struggles that may come with talent are often brushed off, even replaced with the protagonist who works hard to become talented and powerful, from the underdog position that he/she starts at.

We get the first step into the real meat and strength of the manga as Natsuo overhears a transfer student from Brazil, Yuzuko Mawatori, invite students (even Natsuo as she approaches her) to join the Martial arts club. While initially she plays it off, as she is part of another club, she is annoyed and irritated at the cheerful Yuzuko and continues to think her words “It’s a lot of fun!” over and over. She goes out of her way to challenge her in order to crush Yuzuko’s confidence hidden beneath a reserved face. She came here just to kill time and tomorrow will be like always…

Natsuo doesn’t win by default

Their match gets interrupted by Sawamura Sanae, the president of the karate club who seems to have bad blood with Natsuo and knows her, but it’s not the last time she and Yuzuko butt heads.

She can be brutally honest to a hilarious level too

Natsuo isn’t a morally perfect protagonist, however, at the same time she’s not a cliche mustache twirling villain either. She comes to hate (and in a way be jealous of) the cheerful and happy-go-lucky girl for seemingly no real reason and goes as far as to dislike a friend of hers just for “having the same atmosphere”, but that’s what makes her stand out, be interesting and more human at the same time.

For a brief moment Natsuo becomes interested again. Yet again she feels like she’s starting something and not just doing whatever her instincts tell her. She feels like trying, even if she is prepared to lose.

It all comes crashing down as she feels helpless and can’t do a thing against Yuzuko’s pinning moves. Frustration build to the breaking point, as Natsuo once again refuses to join her club, but still feels bad. She doesn’t like this and feels like she’s grasping at something she has yet to understand. Probably for the first time in her life, Natsuo chooses to try her hardest, as if her life depended on it, just to get her revenge and win against Yuzuko.

This is a manga that takes a simple premise and goes all out with it. Every up and down, we get to experience it and follow Natsuo’s journey til the end. It balances both its drama, technical explanations, which might push you to become interested in MMA yourself, and its comedy to a masterful degree. The interesting characterization and slow but steady change of Natsuo just adds to it.

Teppuu just grips your interest tight and doesn’t let go up to the very last page

Fans and media

{Yet another late #Animanga festival special yay}

I’ve never given much thought to how important fans really are for the media that they like, or what exactly they impact. However, in this post I will try my best to analyze the positives and negatives of fans and their influence on the media that they consume, as well as fandoms they are a part of.

  • Fanart can help find new stuff

How many times have you stopped to marvel at an amazing fanart on Twitter or on Pinterest? On the other hand, how often do you scroll through countless comments and memes just to find the source of it?
Countless hours on twitter spent aside, I think that a lot of people find new anime either by seeing fans talk about it or from fan art! You see a cool looking image online and naturally wonder about its origin; the same goes for AMVs or just clips on Youtube.

For example, one of the reasons I ever started watching Clannad was because of the amazing fanart that I happened to stumble upon, without even having heard the name of the anime. It’s important to keep your mind and eyes open while browsing almost any site, whether it’s Tumblr, Twitter or Pinterest; you can never know what will lead you to your next favorite!

  • Fan arts, fanfics, fan edits etc showcase the love for and importance of a work

What’s the best way to show your love and appreciation for a show, how touching and impactful it was for you? There is no one answer, but one of the ways is fanart! Without a doubt, most draw because they truly enjoyed the show and connected with it in one way or another. Here’s an ecample:

Dragon ball was created by Akira Toriyama back in 1984, yet you can find fanart from the anime even today, its impact on people is unquestionable and just shows how many people truly love it.

By: chillyfranco
  • Fans influence media and it is often created with the majority’s interests in mind

It’s no secret that anime are usually renewed for a second season if enough fans support it. However, a similar thing is happening with anime trends too. For example, if a lot of people liked an isekai show, it’s likely that a lot of shows will be produced in hopes that they will hit the mark and attract the demographic that it was targeting, resulting in merchandise or light novel/game sales even outside of Japan as well. (Even if anime naturally is mostly based on the likes of Japanese fans, however, I’ll refrain from saying anything else as I want to properly educate myself before making broad assumptions). A basic idea, but fans influence anime a lot more than they might actually be expecting.

The anime Shield hero got really popular and both seasons 2 and 3 were announced fairly quickly (yay!)
  • Fans can create both a positive and a negative look for a fandom and therefore can encourage or deter people from watching the anime/reading the manga or playing the game

I’ve mentioned this before in my Haikyuu!! post, I was hesitant as the fandom gave off a bad impression but nevertheless I ended up loving the anime and finding out that the fandom is quite chill. Some fandoms are hyper, while others are more relaxed. However the opposite is possible too, the majority (or a vocal minority) can be obnoxiously pushing their ideas or straight up attacking if you don’t “100% love the anime and everything about it”. I think that it’s important to remember, whatever they push or argue about, those people do not define the whole fandom.

Also, the opposite is quite possible! There are always civil people to be found that you can calmly discuss with, no matter how out there or with a small following the anime is.

  • Fans create a community

I suppose this one is the most important one! Fandoms are like big families, while you might not love every single “relative”, there are ones you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. You can easily find like-minded people and discuss your thoughts with them or learn something new. Friendships are made, and who knows what amazing and inspiring people you can meet!

Without a doubt, you can find friends for life

What are your opinions on and experiences with fans and fandoms? Let me know in the comments below!

Black fox; my review and the strength of choice

{Spoilers for almost all of the movie}

What if there was an anime superhero movie? Don’t tell me I’m the only one who thought this.
Black fox follows Rikka Isurugi and her story of revenge for the death of her father, fighting a corrupt old friend of his… Okay, let me rephrase that.

Rikka is a girl destined to inherit the leadership of a ninja clan from her grandfather, while what she really wants to do is be a researcher, like her dad, who created 3 distinct animal drones, who are supposed to be companions but not servants of humans, therefore, Rikka’s friends. At her 16th birthday, her home and her dad’s laboratory get attacked by a group sent by an evil organisation along with one of Allen’s (Rikka’s dad’s) old friends and his daughter, who seems to be a puppet and has awesome super dangerous psychic powers.
This leads to her running away with her the help of her animal drone friends, finding a secret weapon stash and to continue seeking out information about those who attacked her home. It all seems to stably progress as she tries to find the leads between work and returning home to her roommate Melissa’s cooking, until one day, near a guarded building, she meets a girl named Mia.

At the very beginning I was confused, as I didn’t go entirely blind per say, but read glimpses of a few MAL reviews before I watched the movie. A lot of people were talking how predictable and somewhat shallow it was; at first I thought it was building up quite nicely,yet I didn’t have to get halfway through to see the problems. However, Black fox is not a bad movie. It has it’s perks and flaws and I’d like to briefly look through both without retelling the entire story.

What I liked:

  • The opening scene was thrilling, eerie and unexpected
  • The way they showed the bond between Rikka, her father, and her grandfather. It was interesting to see both of their dynamic differences with her, and the conflict of what path should Rikka choose (ninja or researcher), led the way to a nice moment near the end.
  • The supporting cast; while I would’ve liked to see more banter between the animal drones and Rikka, I think that 12 episodes would’ve been too much. At the same time, what we got was quite enjoyable and gave both Rikka and the animals more character
  • The action scenes! The animation was fluid and the choreography flowed well, giving sight to some breathtaking and hype inducing action
  • The art in general is mostly pretty great; I liked the character designs and how they clearly gave a distinct feeling to each character.

What I didn’t like:

  • The predictability; it would’ve been a huge stretch for Rikka to join the bad guys, but oh who could Mia be and oh I wonder will she stay the puppet of her manipulative father
  • The CG; I’m glad to not have received a random CG mob, but this is as positive as I can word it (bad cg is bad cg, because you notice bad cg)
  • Bad guy with the creepy smile is the main villain (wow)
  • Underdeveloped characters and rush of the story in general; that’s what I meant by saying it could’ve used more time, while there seem be some character development, it doesn’t seem finished and in the end it all seems quite rushed

All in all, it’s a good movie with a few flaws, but why am I really talking about it? It’s the portrayal of choice, what really pushed me towards opening a new draft.

The concept of such a problem is nothing new, it has been done before, especially the “mc has to choose between two worlds that both have a person important to them”. However, it struck me nevertheless. Rikka chose her own path and instead merged the two most important parts of her life into one and this was the reason why she was able to defeat the “final boss” in the end.

Just because you have readily available paths or certain expectations from your family, that does not mean you have to follow them and loose yourself or abandon what you also like and you’re interested in. Sometimes things like “destined” aren’t the only choice. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that you should disregard everything that has been taught to you and that future. People have the power to choose and the power to change through the choices that they make. The world is a flux of emotions and events, but the stability of our beliefs and trust in our own choices works like an anchor that keeps us stable.

And so, Rikka takes her second step towards the truth and revenge, with more friends and basically a new self, while we’re kept wondering, what could happen next…

What are your thoughts on Black fox? What did you like and/or didn’t like? Let me know in the comments below!

Loving what you love; a somewhat origin story

{This post is the first in the “series” I have planned, all in celebration and my somewhat participation in the Animanga festival. I saw the subtopics and kind of improvised and went with it. Also, a long overdue controversial origin story}

There is a wide variety of entertainment available to us, it comes in various shapes and genres. Anime is no exception to that, but, even so, there is a divide. Some say, if you like X- you have good taste, or maybe it’s the opposite? If you don’t like X, you’re a casual with no understanding of depth? This causes mainly clickbait-y youtube videos and youtubers beating the same dead horse for the same reason, and with the same tools, all while some people feel bad for loving what they love. Without a doubt, there are anime that are utterly awful, but more often than not this name is attached to shows that are more average than downright “the worst anime ever”.

In the past I used to feel ashamed of the anime I watched when I was starting out and the years following that. I wanted to use the term anime upbringing, but realized that people might get the idea that my parents are hardcore anime fans, which they are not. I suppose they manage to tolerate it and not call it Chinese cartoons after ~12 years? Either way, while my first few anime were the at the time classics like Sailor Moon, Naruto and Dragon ball; I watched them all in a horrendous native dub, grabbed whatever few volumes they sold that were translated of Dragon Ball and later on ventured out to the internet to find at least boring but decent voices or subs. Now my american followers might get confused: what, was it that hard? I still remember the site I found that had anime in my native language, with a wide range of even 9 different anime (most of which were OVAs)!

I was like 7-8 and didn’t realize how many anime were there actually out there, but I was hyper at the thought there are people who like anime in my country too

My first pick was based on the cover picture and the first reaction of “Ooh this looks scary!”. By whatever luck or lack of it, the first anime I officially stumbled upon was Elfen Lied in all of its glory and a rating of 17+ which the site had prescribed it. Of course, little 7-8 year old me clicked on it anyway and watched it in secret during a sick day when my parents were at work.

My otaku roots (wow this is a word I haven’t used in a while) showed themselves and I finished the thing in about two days and still remember crying super hard at the ending. Safe to say, while at first I was scared to watch it, I continued it to the end and later on even read the manga.
Since the site had very little anime, soon enough (when my English got better) I found another one, this time in English and my hunt for new anime begin in the list that at the time seemed amazing.

I seriously need to rewatch Lucky star, cause all I remember is one or two opening scenes. It was years ago, don’t judge me

I watched a ton of shows and shorts, most of which I don’t remember anymore. The other anime I distinctively remember watching was Sora no Otoshimono or Heaven’s lost property. I didn’t like the abundance of ecchi scenes, but after Elfen lied it just seemed different in its own way, but the sci-fi and the funny cast drew me in enough to watch both seasons and even the movie years later. I moved on to admiring the poster of and then finally watching Itsuka tenma no kuro usagi and loved the art style and the romance. Naturally and eventually, I saw the rest of Sailor Moon that was not shown in my country on TV, but the dark and perhaps shameful pattern of the anime I watched so far is getting clearer.

Inevitably, I stumbled upon the genre that I call magic-battle-harems and other similar anime (original name, I know) and binged almost everything that there was of it at that time. Up to this day I can’t answer why I watched all of those ecchi aime when I didn’t care for the ecchi scenes, maybe I was getting tired of the magic I’ve seen so far being just like in Sailor Moon? I’m not saying that all magic girl anime are the same, my opinion was flipped on its head when I saw Madoka back when it was first released, but after rewatching 5 seasons of Sailor Moon, I wanted to see something different.
What I did like were the fight scenes (action anime is one of my favorites now) and surprisingly enough the romance and music! I loved a lot of opening and endings, but my favorite at that time (still kinda is) was Blade dance from Seirei tsukai no Blade dance.

I watched Machine doll wa kizutsukanai, Seikoku no Dragonar, Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin, Date a live and the Monogatari series at that time, just to name a few and enjoyed them all for one thing or the other nevertheless. The fact that I enjoyed Trinity Seven as much as I did, despite watching it a few years later after that whole phase, just shows me slowly accepting it. It probably sounds weird for a girl to admit to liking these shows, but what helped me get over it was the simple ideology of who cares and has enough time to waste to care.

The other genres that I dived completely into were mystery and comedy; I still remember Hyouka, Gosick, Rozen Maiden and Haruhi, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget them or what I liked about them.

That huge anime list on the site that I kept using for like 7 years (the quality was horrendous at 360-480p, how did I even get what was going on in the screen) and my time on the computer were both limited so I could only watch a few anime series and at limited times. In conclusion, I made a lot of questionable decisions and watched a lot of questionable or average anime.

My knowledge of “good” anime was almost non existent. I watched whatever I thought looked cool. If anyone has or had poor taste, it was me, back then when I thought the 2006 Fate adaptation was kinda wonky but still cool.

To summarize, I watched a bunch of awesome and not so awesome shows. I can see and accept the flaws that they have. I grew accustomed to it and even accepted all of the anime weirdness and raunchiness quite fast, while nowadays it would probably be considered traumatic for a child to see anime like this, and the scenes themselves to be problematic. However, as someone who has seen both trashy and amazing anime, I can say I enjoyed both for different reasons and that it’s okay. My taste doesn’t suddenly become bad if I watch “bad” anime, while knowing they aren’t that good, just cause I enjoy them. I think what’s important is admitting the flaws of an anime and understanding why they are bad, while still being able to enjoy them without guilt or pressure.

Mashi dark origin story exposed

Here’s me finally going to the real focus of this post. There are anime that are considered bad or trashy and also the anime that are viewed like untouchable masterpieces. It’s okay to like either, cause liking something doesn’t necessarily mean that you like everything about it, as much as some people might try to convince you otherwise. We all have things we think are weird or feel weird for liking.
Maybe this is one of the reasons why I try to be as open minded as I can?
You can’t please everyone and there will always be people that will find what to criticize in what you like or don’t like in a show. What’s important is to just do what you think is right and watch whatever you want to watch, not paying attention to people screaming about how trashy or an untouchable masterpiece an anime is.

Remember that you’re not alone!