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WATAMOTE “SANCTUARY” OWLS BLOG TOUR

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Wow, it’s my second Owls blog tour. This month’s theme is Sanctuary and we are interpreting it through different anime.

Sanctuary – 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.

I guess when I think of sanctuary its a place where you feel comfortable with yourself. Where you can be yourself and not put up a front. Just like the anime I will interpret for this topic Called Watamote.

Watamote also known as “No Matter How I Look at it, It’s You Guys Fault I’m not Popular” follows a girl named Tomoko Kuroki. She is 15 and about to enter high school. She was never popular growing up. Now that she will be entering high school, she decides to change her social status and try to become popular. You watch her many awkward encounters with people and her anti social ways.

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TOMOKO KUROKI

Tomoko is a 15 year girl who is a loner and spends her whole days playing Otome Games and browsing the web. She has social anxiety and many of her encounters with people are very awkward. She is about to enter high school and decides she will change her unpopular status to being popular.

TOMOKO’S EMBARRASSING MOMENTS

Tomoko suffers from social anxiety. She can not speak to anyone without freaking out. We see her at Wcdonald (Fake McDonald) ordering food. The clerk takes her order and Tomoko could barely speak. The clerk couldn’t hear and asked her to repeat her reject and Tomoko freaks out.

One embarrassing moment Tomoko had was when she lost her underwear and didn’t know where it was placed. She was in class thinking about where should could have lost it. She realizes it’s super hot in the classroom and takes a cloth to wipe her face and to fan herself. A male student comes to her and realizes she is actually fanning her underwear around and they both freak out.

One day Tomoko was home and she was playing one of her Otome games and her mom walks in. Tomoko has the volume so loud on her headphones that her mother can hear the conversation with the male lovers from the game seducing Tomoko. Talk about embarrassing. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

One of the saddest and yet funniest scene is when she tried to dress up and look sexy and cute. It pretty much failed because she looked so bad. Even her brother didn’t speak to her when he saw her in public. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ข

Throughout this series it was back to back awkward and embarrassing moments for Tomoko. Talk about bad luck for one person.

TOMOKO’S SANCTUARY #1

The only times you will see Tomoko be comfortable and be herself is when she is speaking with her brother Tomoki. He is her sanctuary.

TOMOKI KUROKI

Tomoki is Tomoko’s younger brother. Unlike his sister, he has friends, is popular and a talented soccer player. He gets annoyed with his sister because she is always in his room asking for advice or just rambling. You usually see them two getting into fights.

As much as Tomoki gets annoyed with his sister, he would still be there for her to vent and release all her tension. She would blab about nonsense majority of the time and he would look at his sister like she is crazy, But you actually get to see Tomoko comfortably speaking with no problems. She knew she can speak with her brother and not be scared. Her anxiety never kicks in.

These times when she is being annoying to her brother when he wants to be left alone is when you see her at her best.

There are some people in life that are more comfortable speaking to certain people. Many people do not know how to interact with others. They are either too worried what others may think, too worried of trying to be something they don’t want to be. There are so many factors played into this. Tomoko like many others have someone or someones that they can have a really comfortable conversation with then with others.

I had a guy in my class that passed out once when a girl spoke to him. He always freaked out when any girl spoke to him. He could barely ever look me in my eyes when I spoke to him. I’ve known him for a year now and he still can not feel comfortable. But when I see him talking to the guys in my Japanese school he is very comfortable and very open. But hey it happens.

TOMOKO’S SANCTUARY #2

When she is playing her Otome games this was her Sanctuary because she can escape the crazy world she was scared to face.

OTOME GAMES

Otome games are usually geared toward females players. The goal of the game is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player and the many male characters in the game.

She played these games everyday. This was another sanctuary for Tomoko. She couldn’t talk to boys in real life so she took to the games to feel like she was in a real relationship. These games made her feel like she was actually speaking with real guys. She felt special when the characters spoke to her. She just felt wanted.

I met a girl at Comic Com who had on an awesome Ciel Cosplay (Black Butler) I went over to tell her how awesome her costume was but all she did was look at me like she saw a ghost. She was with her sister and the sister said sorry she is a weirdo.

Many people in life teens, young adults and older adults can find their sanctuary in Anime, Manga, books, gaming, tv shows or series and movies. It is something that can take them away from the real world they do not like to face and be in a place they feel most comfortable.

Then what doesn’t help is when you have others teasing these socially awkward people. Some people just need to be more caring and understand that not everyone can handle society the same way. Some just rather not deal with society and escape to something that can make them happy and comfortable.

All I can say is Tomoko is a great character that was written for many. As I said before there are so many people in real life that is like her. She had her sanctuary which was her brother and the Otome games. I know my sanctuary is hmmm I have so many but my main ones are my home, anime and partying. Hahah

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed.

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Also, don’t forget to check out the other March blog Tours.

Takuto
https://animecafehost.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/evangelions-misato-provides-a-home-for-the-lonely-owls-sanctuary/

Rai https://raianimeblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/chuunibyou-a-disease-or-sanctuary-owls-march-blog-tour/

Anime review girl https://animereviewergirl.com/2017/03/01/sanctuary-according-to-ouran-high-school-host-club/

 

Matt in a hat https://matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/owls-blog-tour-sword-art-online-finding-sanctuary-in-gaming/

Lita Kino
https://litakinoanimecorner.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/kenshins-divided-conviction-march-owls-blog-tour/

Nice job breaking it, Hero
https://bakphoontyphoon.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/owls-blog-tour-were-all-on-the-same-team-finding-sanctuary-on-the-volleyball-court/

Arria
Sanctuary in ONE PIECE: Status VS. Nakama (OWLS Blog Tour)

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Here is the future schedule for March

March 20th Lyn
March 22nd Eren
March 24th Hazelyn
March 25th Two Happy Cats
March 27th Nick
March 29th Katrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

YURI ON ICE – OWLS FEBRUARY BLOG TOUR WRAP-UP

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Anime: Yuri On Ice Genre: Sports, Ice Skating Rating: 9.5/10

February was a great month for the Owls’blog tour.

The topic was “flight” and we interpreted it with the very popular anime Yuri on Ice.

Flight: 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 tour, we are going to look at “flight” in different lenses: the underdog’s dream, the possibilities Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

Check out below everyone that has posted on their different perspectives on YOI. ENJOY!!!

Arria Cross – Fujinsei

A Yuri on Ice Dream: Love is Love, Gay or Not (OWLS Blog Tour)

Remy Fool – The Lily Garden

https://remyfool.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/a-lack-of-communication-and-its-implications-as-seen-in-yuri-on-ice-owls-feburary-blog-tour-flight/

Rai – Rai’s Anime Blog

https://raianimeblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/would-yuri-and-viktors-relationship-be-accepted-in-their-own-countries-homosexuality-in-japan-and-russia-owls-february-blog-tour/

Steph – Two Happy Cats

https://kurosamareviews.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/yuri-on-ice-love-and-life/

Pinky – Pinky’s Palace

https://pinkyspalaceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-flight-of-a-russian-fairy-a-character-analysis-of-yuri-plisetsky-owls-blog-tour/

Katrina Sade – Grimmgirl

Diversity and the Normalization of the LGBTQ Community Brought To You By Yuri On Ice

Venus – Japanime Talks

https://japanimetalks.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/otabek-altins-flight-from-inferiority/

Naja B. – Nice Job Breaking It, Hero

https://bakphoontyphoon.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/owls-blog-tour-were-all-pork-cutlet-bowls-the-relatability-of-the-underdogs-dream-in-yuri-on-ice/

Stephanie Clarke- Anime Girls NYC

https://animegirlsnyc.com/2017/02/22/yuri-on-ice-individuality-owls-blog-tour/

Hazelyn – Archi-Anime

https://heyitszel.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/viktors-leap-of-faith-owls-blog-tour/

Takuto – Takuto’s Anime Cafe

https://animecafehost.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/yuri-on-ice-goes-the-distance-for-life-love-owls-flight/

If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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YURI ON ICE – INDIVIDUALITY – OWLS BLOG TOUR

 

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My turn for the Owl’s Blog Tour. This month the topic is “flight” and we are interpreting it with the very popular anime Yuri on Ice.

Flight: 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 tour, we are going to look at “flight” in different lenses: the underdog’s dream, the possibilities Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

Naja B. – Nice Job Breaking it, Hero just posted before me, please check that out.

https://bakphoontyphoon.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/owls-blog-tour-were-all-pork-cutlet-bowls-the-relatability-of-the-underdogs-dream-in-yuri-on-ice/

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Anime: Yuri On Ice Genre: Sports, Ice Skating Rating: 9.5/10

Now my approach to Yuri on Ice will be Individuality.

Individuality: the quality or character of a particular person or being that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked.

I’ve chosen individuality because in YOI there were many characters competing in the Grand Prix Final but they all needed something special to stand out. This can be related to real life situations, from school, to work and to life itself. What can you do that can help you stand out and help identify your own individuality.

We will look at some of my favorite skaters and see what set them apart from the others.

YURI KATSUKI 23 – JAPAN

Yuri started skating at a very young age. He was not a prodigy but was a really good skater due to his rigorous training. Yuri was faced with defeat when he lost his first Grand Prix. He always succumbs to pressure which causes him to mess up at important points of his routine.
After his leave of absence from skating he is brought back into skating because of his idol Victor Nikiforov. Victor sees a video online of Yuri almost perfectly replicating one of his winning routines. He decides to coach him.

After some time with Victor and training to get in shape again for skating, Victor creates a routine for Yuri called Eros. This routine was about being sexy. Yuri knew he was not the sexy kind of guy so he had to step out his comfort zone and make this routine his own. After acing this routine Yuri decided he was going to win the Grand Prix with Love.

INDIVIDUALITY

Love was Yuri’s way for him to try and win the Grand Prix. He created something he knew that will set him apart from the other skaters. We watched Yuri embrace his routine and felt the love as he gracefully skated across the ice. The love really showed whether it was because of the love he felt from the crowd or the love he and Victor had. But you knew it was there.


YURI PLISETSKY 15 – RUSSIA

Yuri P is a 15 year old skating prodigy. He and Victor are rink mates. After competing against Yuri K for Victor to be his coach and lost, Yuri P decided to take things into his own hands and work extra hard to beat Yuri K in the Grand Prix and make Victor regret not picking him.

INDIVIDUALITY

Yuri’s style of skating was probably the most graceful of them all. When he skates you get lost in his gracefulness. It’s as if he is hypnotizing you. Being known as the Russian punk because of his bad ass attitude he completely transforms into dancing fairy on the ice. That is why he is ranks high with scoring.

JEAN- JACQUES LEROY (JJ) 19 – CANADA

JJ comes from a family of skaters. His parents were ice dance champions and now they are his coaches. He is very skilled and vey technical at his skating. He tends to place high in many championships. He can come off very narcissistic at times. But yet he is still a lovable person.

INDIVIDUALITY

JJ definitely stands out with his cheesy gimmicks and outrageous personality. His style is definitely technical and he lands a lot of his jumps. But he definitely adds his cockiness into his performances. But let’s not forget he also skates for his family and the fans from Canada.

CHRISTOPHE GIACOMETTI 25 – SWITZERLAND

Chris always admired Victor ever since he was young. When he became older he begin competing against Victor. He comes in second place to him in the World Championships with a Victor winning his 5th gold medal. When Victor retires he feels there is an empty void there because he won’t have anyone to compete against that is as good as Victor. But his thoughts change once Yuri K starts competing again.

INDIVIDUALITY

Chris is known for his sex appeal and his sexy way of skating. His whole aurora was sex from the movement of his hips to the movement of his arms. The ladies in the audience couldn’t help but scream their heads off. It goes to say sex sells. So you knew when Chris hit that ice it was his time to hypnotize you.

GEORGI POPOVICH 27 – RUSSIA

Now that Victor is retired, Georgi is now considered the best skater in Russia. He is a dedicated student and very efficient.

INDIVIDUALITY

Georgi was dumped by his ice skating girlfriend Anya and he still feels the pain and wants her back. When he skates he gets lost in ย his thoughts and dreams of hoping to win Anya back with his skating. He pours his heart into his choreography. In once scene you see him cry. Out of all the skaters he is the most emotional skater and you feel his emotions.

LEO DE LA IGLESIAS 19 – USA

Leo is an Mexian American skater who is super sweet, energetic, and a considerate person. He choreographs his own routines.

INDIVIDUALITY

Leo loves music and with the love of music he creates his own choreopahy. All of his routines are full of originality which stands out from the other skaters. Knowing what fits for him and performing it is probably the best thing about his individuality.


PHICHIT CHULANONT 20 – THAILAND

Phichit was Yuri’s rink mate and college roommate when they stayed in Detroit. Phichit returns to Thailand and trains in the Imperial World ice Rink in Bangkok. Yuri and him finally meet back up at the Grand Prix Final.

INDIVIDUALITY

Phichit is known for his flair. Inspired by the movie ” The King and the Skater” he used the music from the soundtrack and created a fun and energetic performance. Everytime he hit the ice you knew he was going to show you something fun and exciting. He is the most energetic skater of them all.

 

These skaters stood out the most to me due to their unique styles and with their ways to approach the skating world with their own creativity. Answering that question, what makes me stand out from the others? They may not have won the competition but they stuck with what they believed made them stand out.

I will say I can relate to Leo a lot, even though he wasn’t a major character but that he took his own skating and choreographed it himself. He knew what he wanted and was ready to show to the world.

Growing up I’ve had to figure out what makes me different from other people. What made me stand out?! I’ve realized that me being the fun, crazy, party goer, caring and yet responsible person helped me. I took my life and put it in my own hands.

A lot of pressure is put on many teens and people in general to fit a certain norm. To be like your parents, friends or what is on the tv or social media. But does that make you happy? Majority of the time no. Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort level and just be yourself or do something different like Yuri K did when he performed Eros. He knew he wasn’t the sexy guy but he took it and made it his own.

Not many can say they understand their individuality. But understanding Yuri on Ice and understanding how many of these skaters embrace their individuality can hopefully help many.

hope you enjoyed and please don’t forget to check out the other tours for the month of February.

Feb 24. Hazelyn – Archi-Anime

Feb 27. Takuto – Takuto’s Anime Cafe

If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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OWLS BLOG TOUR – YURI ON ICE

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This month for the Owls’ Blog tour the topic is Yuri on Ice. Everyone has written different themes based off the anime.

As you all may know, YOI was a huge sensation for the Fall 2016 anime line up. All you saw on social media and blog sites was YOI. Im not going to lie I was obsessed haha.

Check out below everyone that has posted already for their different perspectives on YOI. ENJOY!!!

Arria Cross – Fujinsei

A Yuri on Ice Dream: Love is Love, Gay or Not (OWLS Blog Tour)

Remy Fool – The Lily Garden

https://remyfool.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/a-lack-of-communication-and-its-implications-as-seen-in-yuri-on-ice-owls-feburary-blog-tour-flight/

Rai – Rai’s Anime Blog

https://raianimeblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/would-yuri-and-viktors-relationship-be-accepted-in-their-own-countries-homosexuality-in-japan-and-russia-owls-february-blog-tour/

Steph – Two Happy Cats

https://kurosamareviews.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/yuri-on-ice-love-and-life/

Pinky – Pinky’s Palace

https://pinkyspalaceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-flight-of-a-russian-fairy-a-character-analysis-of-yuri-plisetsky-owls-blog-tour/

Katrina Sade – Grimmgirl

Diversity and the Normalization of the LGBTQ Community Brought To You By Yuri On Ice

Below are are future tours you should def check out. Mine will be on the 22nd. Yayyy

Feb 17.  Venus – Japanime Talks

Feb 20. Naja B. – Nice Job Breaking It, Hero

Feb 22. Stephanie Clarke- Anime Girls NYC

Feb 24. Hazelyn – Archi-Anime

Feb 27. Takuto – Takuto’s Anime Cafe

 

If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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OWLS JANUARY TOURS – DISRUPTOR

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As you may have seen there are many bloggers posting this month who are part of an awesome group called OWLS (OTAKU WARRIORS FOR LIBERTY AND SELF-RESPECT).

The theme for the tour this month is Disruptor.

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

I have already posted two tours. Here are others you should definitely check out if you may have missed them.

Venus – Japanime talks

https://japanimetalks.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/claymore-7-ghosts-of-the-northern-war/

Arria Cross – Fujinsei

โ€œIn The Name of Peaceโ€ & What is Moral in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (OWLS Blog Tour)

Pinky-chan – Pinky’s Palace

https://pinkyspalaceblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/the-disruption-of-the-sibyl-system-in-psycho-pass-owls-blog-tour/

Naja B. – Nice job breaking it hero

https://bakphoontyphoon.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/owls-blog-disruptors-in-cowboy-bebop/

LynLyn – Just Something About LynLyn

https://lynlynsays.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/owls-disrupting-gender-in-ouran-high-school-host-club/

Crimson613 – Crimson Blogs at Night

https://crimsonblogsatnight.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/owls-disruptor-blog-tour-connections-in-erased-and-how-a-single-person-can-make-a-difference/

Here is the schedule for the last two January tours you should check out.

27. Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

30. Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)

If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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OWLS JANUARY TOURS

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This month kicks off the tour for the OWLS (Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect). The theme for this month is Disruptor.

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

You will see a few Owls’ members incorporating an anime that has a Disruptor or Disruptors.

Below are two of my favorite bloggers who have already posted. Please check it out!!!

OWLS Disruptors Blog Tour: Naruto

https://matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/owls-discussion-bleach-a-disruptor-in-the-anime-and-real-world/

Below is the schedule for the rest of the tours for the month of January.

9. Venus (Japanimeย Talks)

13. Arria Cross (Fujinsei)

16. LynLyn (Just something about LynLyn)

20. Crimson613 (Crimson Blogs at Night)

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

25. Pink-chan (Pinky’s Palace)

27. Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

30. Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)

Make sure to check the tours out.

If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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