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FAN ART SUBMISSION

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Hello Anime Lovers,

I am looking for artist who draw fan art. This will be for Anime Girls NYC’s Fan art Friday. This is one of my favorite themes and I need more artist.

If you are an artist or know an artist please submit your art work. Information is below.

1. Pictures must be yours
2. Must be anime, manga or vocaloid
3. Email animegirlsnyc@gmail.com
4. Subject line must say FAN ART
5. Please Include your name and age

Thanks for your help and have a great Friday!!!

DURARARA – THE CITY LIFE! NOT SO EXCITING?! OWLS OCTOBER BLOG TOUR “DREAMERS”

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Let me start by saying I’m super proud and happy to be part of an amazing group Owls. I appreciate that there are fellow anime lovers out their looking to support people who are discriminated against or bullied for being different. I say it’s good to be different. If we all were the same then this would be a boring world. Every month we have a topic we must take an anime and relate it to that topic. This month’s topic is “dreamers”.

“What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore–

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over–

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?”

Langston Hughes
Due to recent events that happened in September, this month’s OWLS topic will be on “Dreamers.” Every individual has a goal or ambition that they devote their whole life to with passion and courage—whether it’s landing your dream job, traveling, or finding the love of your life. However, there are those who spent their whole life working towards a dream but it was cut short due to an unexpected occurrence. Those people are left only to dream and wonder about the possibility.

This month’s topic will be dedicated to these characters in pop culture entertainment. We are not going to focus on the individuals that achieved their aspirations but instead, we will focus weon characters that weren’t able to. We will explore what happens to characters who had their wings forcefully cut off as well as those who gave up before they even started their journey. We will also discuss what it means for “a dream to be deferred.”

Once I saw this topic I had so many ideas of characters that came to mind but one character stood out the most to me. That is Mikado Ryuugamine from Durarara. He comes from a small town in Japan named Saitama which is very uneventful. After hearing stories from his childhood friend Masaomi about Ikebukuro he decides to move there. What was supposed to be a good life in the city turns out to be more than what Mikado can handle.

BACK STORY OF DURARARA AND THE CITY OF IKEBUKURO

Durarara follows many characters who lives throughout the series Intersect each other. Each of their interactions play a major role in each other lives. Ikebukuro is a district in Tokyo that has many interesting characters from Izaya Orihara the information broker who is sneaky and manipulative. Shizuo Heiwajima who has super human strength and is usually seen attacking Izaya throughout the series. Then you have Celty Sturluson an Irish Dullahan (in Irish means no head and its an Unseelie Fairy) that is known as the “Black Rider” who rides a motorcycle that sometimes looks like a horse. She is rumored to have no head underneath her helmet and is in search for her stolen head. Plus many more characters that each of their interactions creates a bigger plots in the series.

MIKADO RUUGAMINE

Mikado Ryuugamine, is a 16 years old boy from a small town called Saitama in Japan. He longed to live in the big city of Ikebukuro after hearing so many stories from his childhood friend Masaomi Kida. While in Saitama he and a few online friends created a fake online group called “Dollars” as a prank to play on others. The group begins to gain momentum and many of its followers are based in Ikebukuro. Mikado decides to move to Ikebukuro to reunite with his friend Masaomi and to attend Raira Academy. The beginning of the series Mikado is a quiet and timid character. Later in the series we begin to see a more colder and darker side to him.

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DOLLARS

The group Dollars was founded by Mikado and a few online friends as a prank to play on others. Anyone can join the group through email invites. The group begin to gain momentum as more and more people begin to join. It started as an online group but became known as a colorless gang in the streets of Ikebukuro.

The original members that created this group with Mikado decided to leave due to the violence. The dollars expanded and became more known as a gang committing crimes. Mikado decides to email all the Dollars’ members to start doing good for the city to show that the group is not a gang.

Throughout the series the Dollars become more and more dangerous. They get involved in gang fights and start committing more and more crimes.

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HOW DID THIS ALL START

Mikado was living a boring life in a small town named Saitama. Majority of his time was spent being online in different chat rooms. He would also talk with his childhood friend Masaomi about his life in Ikebukuro which sounded exciting to Mikado. He was looking for something different and exciting. So, Mikado and a few of his online friends created the group “Dollars” as a prank. Whenever a situation happened in the city they would claim the Dollars were responsible in the online chat forums. Anyone was able to join the Dollars through an email invite only. Many people joined the Dollars because the group was designed to have no rules, no commands plus no restrictions. No one knew who the leader was (Mikado) but they never questioned it and kind of liked the mystery.

Mikado finally decides to move to Ikebukuro to reunite with Masaomi and to live his city life. He also wanted to see how the Dollars acted because majority of the members live there. When he arrives he is welcomed by Masaomi at the train station. Now in Ikebukuro, Masaomi explains to him the different people he should stay away from one being Izaya and the other Shizuo.

Mikado enrolls into Raira Academy where Masaomi attends as well. There he meets a lot of new students. One main student that stood out is Anri Sonohara who he gains an interest in. After meeting Anri, Mikado, Masaomi and Anri start hanging a lot as a trio.

Throughout the series we witness Mikado starting his life off well in Ikebukuro to spiraling downhill. The major factor for his troubles was his involvement with The Dollars. His original friends who started the group with him decided to leave due to the reputation the Dollars Were earning. They started to become a street gang and were committing different crimes throughout the city. They were nicknamed “the colorless gang” because they were unidentifiable compared to the street gangs that had colors assigned to them such as the “Yellow Scarves” and the “Blue Squares”.

Due to this negative reputation Mikado went on the Dollars forum and asked the members to do good deeds for the city because he didn’t want to be associated with violence. He was laughed in the beginning but some members went to the streets to show that they are not a bad group.

The Yellow Scarves were now out to start trouble with the Dollars. Especially since they think the Dollars were involved in with the Slasher incidents that were occurring around the city. Since the Dollars were a colorless gang the Yellow scarves were attacking anyone they thought was part of the Dollars or whoever tagged their streets up with the name Dollars. There are many occasions we see Mikado getting beaten up by Yellow Scarves and other crazy characters.

When a dollar member was being harassed the Dollars would send mass messages out to the group to help the fellow Dollars member from the yellow scarves. This kind of made Mikado happy that his group can stick together and help each other.

The violence begin to extremely escalate because more people joined the Dollars and were ready for an all out gang war with the Yellow scarves. The Yellow scarves attacked some key members of the dollars. When the dollars heard the news they were upset that the leader didn’t do anything to handle the situation. So they decided to take it into their owns hands.

As the street wars escalated Mikado and a few of the Dollars were plotting to eliminate any members in the Dollars that were causing all these problems. But they were unsuccessful.

The battle he was in was at the climax where there was no turning back. This is where we start to see Mikado’s sinister side that is his true self. He was getting an excitement from all the things that were happening. He knew this was a bad situation but he was enjoying the life because it was something new and different.

HOW IT ALL ENDS

(Spoilers) One day Mikado is told by the Black Rider (Celty) that Masaomi was the Leader of the yellow scarves and Anri was the Slasher. This hit Mikado hard because these were his very close friends that he was hanging with his whole time in Ikebukuro.

He heads to the Yellow Scarves hide out and see Anri holding a beaten up Masaomi. They escort him to the hospital and there Masaomi decides to leave Ikebukuro.

Now, Mikado is dealing with some new characters from the Blue Squares who want to team up with the Dollars to rid the Yellow Scarves from the streets. Mikado doesn’t trust this group and feel they have an Ulterior motive. He shows his power by stabbing a pen in their leaders hand to let him know he has the power.

As the wars progress we begin to see Mikado’s attitude change because he realizes he can not handle all these problems. He is now regretting becoming the leader of the Dollars and having the gang get to this point.

We witness a scene where Mikado is hysterically crying and ranting because he just can’t handle it anymore. He wants the Dollars back to where they use to be but know it is not capable of going back. He pulls out a gun and tries to kill himself but the bullet is blocked by The black rider (Celty). He is taken to the hospital after this incident to recover. after this incident he shuts down the Dollars forum. But there were still a few active Dollars.

HOW FAR IS TOO FAR TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM

Now I didn’t want to go into full details of the Durarara story but wanted to give you the situations that caused Mikado to get to the point in his life for him to try and commit suicide to escape it all. A small town boy that wanted excitement and once he was in the city he got the excitement he was looking for. Yet, he didn’t realize the consequences he had to face. It can happen like that in real life as well. You may think things are greener on the other side but sometimes it’s not.

His  goal to turn the Dollars into a group that did good for the city was never reached. The situation became worse and worse. Yet, he was loving the power he was gaining from being the leader of the Dollars. It was something he never had in life. He needed more but couldn’t handle it. He let his dream get the best of him that he was put in danger mentally and physically. Never let your dreams take you to a place where you are in danger mentally or physically like Mikado.

If he noticed from the beginning that this was escalating to a point of no return he should have tried to pull back or shutdown the Dollars forum from the beginning. But since he had the mentality of wanting his life to be exciting he was caught up in trouble that followed him everywhere he went. It’s sad that he started out as a sweet boy and very trust worthy to becoming a darker person and hurting people along the way. He lost himself in the city and forgot where he came from.

How far will you go to achieve your dream? Many people in life have a dream, some put so much effort in to it and many times it can fail. Do you dust yourself off and try again or do you pursue another dream? How can we make a dream a reality? There is no right or wrong answer but there are some people who continue to try and the there are those who decide let’s try another path. I think it’s good for people to dream and have goals. If you don’t reach that goal or dream maybe try another path. Just know we are very lucky that we can dream and have more options on our plates.

 

Hope you enjoyed my tour. Please be sure to check out the  rest of my fellow Owls ‘s tour.

20: Zoe (Let’s Talk Anime)

21: Irina (Drunken Anime Blog)

23: Moonid (Random Garage)

25: Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

27: LynLyn (Just Something About LynLyn)

28: Rai (Rai’s Anime Blog)

30: Hazelyn (Archi-Anime)

Also, be sure to check out Arria Cross from Fujinsei with He’s No Dreamer, The Lost Boy from Silver Spoon. 

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FAVORITE RIVALRY (VERUS TUESDAY)

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Its Tuesday and we have Versus Tuesday. Today is a fun one.

Today we have some infamous rivalries in anime. Goku vs Vegeta, Naruto vs Sasuke, Natsu vs Gray and Shizuo vs Izaya. All of these rivalries are so fun and I love them. But which rivalry is your favorite?

GOKU AND VEGETA

Is it me or do you think this is more one sided. Sometimes Goku to me seems so oblivious to Vegeta’s jealousy. Vegeta is always doing everything he can to try and surpass Goku but never succeeds. Haha but I find it funny how Vegeta always has an attitude towards Kakarot and hopes that Kakarot fails so he can look like the strong one. But in the end they have a bromance.

NARUTO AND SASUKE

also, another one sided rivalry.  Naruto is def jealous of Sasuke because he is always top of the class in Ninja tests plus all the girls loves Sasuke. Even Sakura Naruto’s crush. Sasuke pretty much brushes it off and continues doing what he does. Yet, they have an understanding of each other and have a bromance as well.

NATSU AND GRAY

This one is funny because Natsu and Gray are both crazy and hot heads. They bicker at each other all the time. Over the most stupid and simple stuff but you can’t help but laugh. Haha but as usual they have a bromance as well.

IZAYA AND SHIZUO

Now these two hatred stem from when they were in High school and continued in to their adulthood. Izaya does everything possible to bother Shizuo to make him look like a crazy person. Then Shizuo will do everything possible to harm Izaya with a vending machine or a light pole. Shizuo just doesn’t trust Izaya because he knows he is alway manipulating people and causing trouble in Ikebukuro. In no way is there a bromance here. Haha

My decision, 🤔🤔🤔 I will say my favorite rivalry is Izaya and Shizuo because I find it very funny of how much they really hate each other. I think it’s hilarious that Izaya can be talking to someone in the street and then get hit by a vending machine out of no where. Then to hear Shizuo scream his name is even more hilarious.

So, who is your favorite rivalry?

 

 

YAMCHA!!! MY FIRST THOUGHTS ON HIM

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This is a random post because I was just watching a Dragon Ball Super episode and Yamcha was in it.

Now, when I was younger and first saw Yamcha I was like oh he can be Goku’s brother. He look like Goku especially when Goku became older. Then I was like maybe Yamcha is a lost Saiyan they never knew about because he can look like one of them too. He even looked like Raditz Goku’s real brother. I think there is something here we are missing.

Again, Random post but I still look at him the same way now. I think we should just connect him to the Saiyan species and say he was a lost brother or cousin of Goku. Even though Yamcha is kind of pointless in the series. Haha

Did anyone else think the same in the earlier Dragon Ball days?

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ANIME IS FOR KIDS??!!! 😡😡😡

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I was just watching Elegant Yokai Apartment episode 15. In one scene There is an English club that has an event and they decided to translate an anime movie into English. They have a new student who joined the club and she asked “Why anime?” Yadda Yadda Yadda then proceeded to say “Anime is for little kids!” 😱😱😡😡

Now I know many of us have run into this situation where someone says anime is for kids. It does frustrate me every time I hear it. I think people say this because they are not open minded and didn’t give anime a chance. They just see animation and automatically think cartoon.

Now, the shows I like which are Horror and psychological majority of those are NOT and I mean are NOT for kids. I.e Attack on Titan, Elfen Lied, Tokyo Ghoul, Another and especially Corpse Party. I say teens can watch it but little kids omg who knows what kind of trauma they will have. Haha Then there are some series out there that aren’t so bloody and crazy but have adult content and kind of similar to some HBO, Showtime series like Gangsta, Michiko and Hatchin, Berserk, and Black Lagoon.

If the person or people who think anime is for kids try a series that is Similar to what they already watch on tv it may change their mind. They just have to find the genre they are into.

I want to make the whole world into anime lovers. Hahaha

Please tell me of your experience if anyone has ever said this to you?

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SHUU TSUKIYAMA VS GRELL SUTCLIFF! (VERSUS TUESDAY)

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It’s Tuesday. I’m happy I had yesterday off from work. So a three day weekend was worth it.

It’s Versus Tuesday and today we have Shuu Tsukiyama vs Grell Sutcliff. Interesting topic today, which character was the most obsessed with their male obsession??!! Hahahah

well they both had an obsession with someone. Shuu being Kaneki and Grell being Sebastian.

Shuu a.k.a the gourmet ghoul became obsessed with Kaneki because he was a one eyed ghoul who was half human and half ghoul. His blood had a special smell that Shuu became infactuated with. He wanted to eat Kaneki when he first met him. One day Kaneki cuts himself and Shuu has a handkerchief to soak up the blood. He kept that handkerchief and smelled the blood whenever he was alone. Hahah crazy guy.

Grell who is a Grim Reaper was obsessed with Sebastian the demon butler. Everytime he ran into Sebastian, Grell become a fan girl Screaming with Googly eyes. He would Scream Sebas-Chan very flamboyantly. He would take pictures as Sebastian was fighting to protect Ciel. I loved when Grell took selfies with Sebby. He even tried to come on to  him many times and Sebastin would smoothly decline and escape Grells advances.

Out of of these two who is the most obsessed would be probably Shuu. I think the blood on the handkerchief takes the cake. That is almost drug addict addiction haha. But I do have to say I relate to Grell because I would totally be the same way with Sebastian as well. Haha

So, who do you think is the most obsessed character of them both?

DELICIOUS ANIME FOOD 

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Now I will be honest I am not a foodie at all. I’m actually very picky with food. Sometimes I can’t go to dinner with friends because I’m too picky haha.

But when I watch anime and they are cooking food I want to eat everything. It looks so enticing and delicious. Now that season 3 of Food Wars is back on my stomach will be growling again.

I know the food on anime is based off of our food from real life but it doesn’t look as appetizing as the shows. I guess it’s because of the popping color of the show.

I wish I can cook these meals. Maybe I’ll look into it. 😂

Does anyone else feel the same? 😂😂😂

Here are some delicious looking meals. 😋😋😋

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