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As I always my fellow Owls are killing it again with their July Tour. The theme for this tour is “Mirrors”.

“Magic mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all?”

When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves or someone we don’t want to be? For this month’s theme, we will be exploring some of our favorite anime and other pop culture media that redefine individual beauty – inside and out. Some topics we may explore are physical appearance, social expectations on gender, and the importance of self-confidence.

So take a look at the July tours is haven’t already. They a eat all pretty awesome.

Anime Reviewer Girl


Beauty Within the Monster in “The Ancient Magus’ Bride”

Matt in the Hat

Let’s Talk Anime

Archi- Anime

LitaKino Anime Corner

Nice Job Breaking it, Hero

Rai’s Anime Corner

Elfen Lied- Accepting Every Part Of Yourself, Good and Bad (Owls July Blog Tour)

Takuto’s Anime Cafe

Pop Culture Literary

All Andrealinia

Just Something about LynLyn

OWLS: “A Mirror Image Of Me”β€”Catcalling & Physical Beauty In Kiss Him, Not Me


Grimm Girl

OWLS July Tour: You, The Mirror, and Haruhi Fujioka

Random Garage

If you will like to learn more about the Owls and would like to join, please check us out below. We are always recruiting new members to help spread the word of caring, diversity, liberty and self respect.



I’m happy to be doing this Owl blog Tour for the month of June. It’s Gay Pride Month and I am closing it out with a bang. Hahah

June is known as “Pride Month” within the LGBT & Queer communities in honor of the Stonewall riots that occurred at the end of June in 1969. At Owls, we strongly support individuals who are part of the LGBT & Queer communities as well as individuals who are struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Team” functions in two ways: 1) allows individuals to show their support to the LGBT & Queer communities and 2) allows LGBT & Queer communities to express their love to whoever they want.

So for the “Team” topic, we will be discussing our favorite LGBT & Queer characters in anime and other pop culture related media, the impact of the yaoi and yuri genre within LGBT & Queer communities, our personal stories involving gender/sexual orientation, and etc.

The reason I was super happy about this topic and month is because I myself am a Lesbian Female (bisexual only for Japanese, Korean and anime men) hahaha yeah weird.

I fully came out in college. When I mean fully in high school some friends of mine knew I was gay. My parents and sister knew I was gay and were fully supportive. But I just didn’t shout it out to the world. I think at that time I was still trying to understand it myself. But when I came to understand myself and my community I was in college and usually your college experience can change your life altogether.

I will say being a Lesbian I haven’t had any bad experiences but info get annoyed by guys saying “oh what guy did you wrong” to “you haven’t had the right guy yet”. Ugh all the stupid comments. Another I get from male and female is “oh I didn’t know you were gay, you don’t look gay”. Not all lesbians like to dress like a guy. I like to dress like a girl and the business I am in I have to dress fashion forward. No I don’t like flannel shirts or cargo pants. Hahah so much ignorance.

Back to the Owls June tour. This was a perfect topic for me because one anime that I’ve watched and kind of related to a life experience I had was Akuma no Riddle (Riddle Story of Devil). This anime is considered to be part of the Yuri Genre (female like female).



Myoujou Academy is a private girls’ boarding school. Class Black has 13 transferred students who are all assassins with one target… Haru Ichinose. If they are successful with assassinating Haru they are granted any wish they desire. All these assassins are all equipped with special skills they’ve learned in the academy. There is one particular assassin Tokaku Azuma who is top of her class. She begins to develop feelings for Haru and begins to protect her from the other assassins on her own.



Tokaku is no 1 in Class Black. She is a very skilled assassin but is also a cold and distance person. One of her special skills is fighting with knives. She comes from the Azuma family which are infamous assassins. Even though she is tough and seems distant she is very easily manipulated and cares what people think about her. During the series we learn she has never killed before. Even though she is put into deadly situations she can never kill. When Tokaku enters Class Black she becomes Haru’s protector even though she was also sent to kill her as well. She gains feelings for Haru and feels obligated to protect her.



Haru is no 13 in Class Black. She is the Target in Class Black that all of the other assassins are supposed to kill. She is opposite of Tokaku, very out going and cheerful. Her body is covered in many scars that she is embarrassed of. She possesses an ability from her clan called “Queen bee” which attracts, controls and can manipulate people. Similar to the insect. Due to this ability Class Black was created to see if Haru has the ability to control the class. Tokaku becomes her protector throughout this series. You see the love one has for the other.


Tokaku’s love and protection she had for Haru was everything. She fought as hard as she can for the safety of Haru against top female assassins. Tokaku had the opportunity to get any wish she wanted but decided to sacrifice that to save Haru. But I guess love conquers all.

The reason I was very fond of this anime was that in my senior year in highschool I had a secret relationship with a girl (no name for protection). She was not out at all because her family and many of her friends were not accepting of the gay community. Plus her family was very religious. So it was very hard for her to accept herself as well. But her and I had a great connection. We can talk for hours and just relate to each other on many levels. Plus she liked anime πŸ˜€. She once told me she wished she had friends and family like mine that were accepting and supportive. But she didn’t have that support system and I was her only support system.

One day she got the courage to tell her family and some of her friends that she was gay. And oh God it did not go well. Her friends pretty much abandoned her except 3. Then her family were saying the devil is in her and she is falling for his temptation. Let’s just say it was a shit show.

After her coming out she became my Haru and I her Tokaku. I became her protector, because on a few incidents in school 2 of her old friends told other students about her coming out. Some idiots would say some really rude and crude stuff to her and my crazy ass stepped in and cursed their asses out. Their has been a few occasions where I had gotten into physical fights to protect her. No one ever bothered me because I was too confident to let them get to me but because she was a timid person they knew they can taunt her and it would hurt. Since I was friends with so many people and everyone knew me as the fun and cool person in school many of them started to step in and help out with the situation. Things finally calmed down after they saw many of my friends started stepping in and doing something about it as well.

So back to Akuma no Riddle, I really watched this anime and thought OMG those idiotic Students in my school were the assassins, and her and I was Tokaku and Haru. The assassins were doing any and everything just to get to Haru just to kill her for their own gain. Like the students in my school who harassed her to feel better about themselves without realizing they were really the insecure ones. My love for her to protect her from those idiotic students was similar to Tokaku’s love for Haru.

This is why I really liked this anime so much because it just felt like my life written in a different storyline. I also like the crazy characters as well and seeing tough chicks helped out too.

But my friend and I split after high school because she went to college at Florida State and I stayed in New York but we still remained very close friends. She is living a much better life and she is in Miami now that we are older and the gay community down there is just as cool as NY.

So this is exactly why I am happy I joined the Owls because I always love to support people who feel different and not accepted whether gay or straight or a nerd or geek haha we all are unique in our own ways and we all should embrace and accept everyone for who they are.

Hope you enjoyed my life experience and the Owls’ tours for the month of June. Check out Crimson613 post that was just before mine.

Late to the Game but Better Late Than Never [OWLS June Posts]

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As always my fellow Owls are still going strong and hard with their tour posts. The month of May’s Theme was strength.

Strength: “Your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength”

In anime, characters struggle with inner demons or physical weakness that make them feel insecure and prevent them from achieving goals. Yet when these characters overcome their adversity, they can finally be able to express who they are or in other words, “Free to be Me.”

For this tour, we will be exploring anime characters that have overcome adversity due to a personal insecurity or physical weakness. It is these type of characters that many anime fans may identify as role models because fans are able to feel empathetic towards these characters’ struggles and insecurities.

Definitely check out these awesome posts.

Matt in the Hat

Chasing Japan

My fujoshi Life



Two Happy Cats

Rai’s Anime Blog


Litakino Anime Corner

Takuto’s Anime Cafe

Nice Breaking it, Hero

Just Something about Lynlyn

If you will like to learn more about the Owls and would like to join, please check us out below. We are always recruiting new members to help spread the word of caring, diversity, liberty and self respect.



This month was an awesome month for the Owls. I’m so happy to be a part of a great group. This month’s theme topic was “colors”.

Colors: We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering are the dangers stereotyping bi-racial characters, and the importance of “inclusion”.

Please make sure to check out everyone’s post and their take on colors.

Matt in the Hat

Japanime Talks

Nice Job Breaking it, Hero

Rai’s Anime blog


Racewashing in “Attack on Titan” Films & Other Adaptations (OWLS Blog Tour)

The Lily Garden


OWLS Blog Tour “Colors”: Bleach, Diversity, and Celebrating Color

Lita Kino Anime Corner

Archi Anime

Just something about LynLyn

OWLS: Crossing Racial Boundaries in Abu Dhabi Romance

Anime Girls NYC

Takuto’s Anime Cafe

Sakura Daisuki

My Fujoshi life

Two Happy Cats

If you will like to learn more about the Owls and would like to join, please check us out below. We are always recruiting new members to help spread the word of caring, diversity, liberty and self respect.



Well the Owls are kicking ass and this is our 4th month of tours. I am super happy I am part of this group. Well it’s my turn again for the Blog Tour. The theme this month is Colors.

Colors: We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering are the dangers stereotyping bi-racial characters, and the importance of “inclusion”.

We are all interpreting colors through different anime and our own unique take on it.

I actually want to talk about color in anime as in race. Just like the definition says I’m going to talk about race plus about the characters of color in Twin Star Exorcists.

TWIN STAR EXORCISTS (Sōsei no Onmyōji)

The story is about a 14 year old boy Rokuro who has many dreams, but one of them is not becoming an exorcist. He grew up in a house with many exorcists including his best friend Ryogo. They all believe he can be a great exorcist one day, but Rokuro just does not have that goal in life.

One day while he is out he runs into a mysterious girl the same age as him named Benio. He soon finds out that she is an exorcist when they transport into Magano which is a realm of Kegare (evil spirit monsters).

After their encounter, Rokuro and Benio both soon find out that they are The Twin Star Exorcists and are suited to marry. They are fated to have the prophesied child who will be the most powerful exorcist ever. Benio and Rokuro are both against this fate. Especially Rokuro because he has other goals in mind especially not to marry Benio or to become an exorcist.

I like this anime a lot because it is your basic Shounen anime. Rokuro is funny and had a goal to become the best exorcist when he was younger. But due to a tragic situation as a kid he stirred away from his dream. After he meets Benio and they become more connected as exorcists his whole attitude changes where he wants to become a great exorcist again.


Now back to the theme topic of this month, since I am a black female, I always love to see characters of color in anime. It is not a common thing because it is not part of the Japanese culture to have characters of color in their series. But when they do I am excited and happy.

I did a post last year that was based on characters of color in anime. It became really popular last year to see so many diverse characters in many series. Plus there were other series that I like a lot that had some diversity as well. Series like Black Lagoon with Dutch, Bleach with Yoruichi, Michiko and Hatchin almost the whole cast, Black Butler with Prince Sōma and Agni, Dimension W with Salva and Food Wars with my Husband Akira Hayama just to name a few.

Twin Star Exorcists was one of the series I’ve watched that had a diverse group with characters of color. Now, the thing is this, when I actually really paid attention to the characters of color in Twin Star Exorcists I began to realize they were all the antagonists of the series called Basara.

Basara: is an evolved and humanoid impurity that has absorbed the powers from exorcists by killing them. When they absorbed enough, they turn into a Basara regaining human form and the human speech.

In twin star exorcists, Rokuro and Benio fight the Basara in the Magano world. They are the most powerful demons compared to the Kegare. They have special powers plus Intelligence that they can operate in a different manner compared to the mindless Kegare. The Basara are the human form of the demons compared to the Kegare who are monster and creature forms. But one thing I began to notice about these antagonist characters is that they are all of darker complexion. (Refer to images above)

I admire these characters because they have great characteristics behind them, they are extremely strong and they add great content to the story. But to have your antagonist all be of a darker complexion made me think hmmm are they persuaded by media of how they portray darker people.


Let’s face it, in the media people of color are usually portrayed in a negative way. In many movies, television series and the News. Showing them as being from the urban neighborhoods to the arrests made on tv and etc. The last two years in America we had a huge protest for Black Lives matters because cops were killing innocent people of color.

When I visited my friend in South Africa, I met her friend who told me in their media they portray “black people” to be usually aggressive, sometimes unsuccessful and uneducated. Many of the people I work with say the same thing in their country it goes the same way. I do find this to be upsetting and wrong. My family growing up were called the Cosby family because we were well educated and we didn’t grow up in an urban environment. Kids tried to tease me because my upbringing was different than theirs. I use to be called white girl because when I spoke it wasn’t the so called “urban way” like people expect all black people to speak. I feel we type cast people of color and I think it’s wrong.

There are many successful people of color that are in high positions in companies, school systems, and shoot we just had a Black President. If we can promote more of the positive images maybe the other world will not see us in a negative light. I am happy we have shows like Scandal, How to get away with Murder and Blackish that show us in a positive light.

Back in the 80s when The Cosby show came out (before the Bill Cosby scandal) it received a lot of negative attention in the beginning because they were portraying blacks as being very successful. The dad was a doctor and the mom was a lawyer. Many people criticized saying that can never happen why are they doing this. But the show became very successful that it was the most successful show in the 80s.

Then in the 90s we had The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which had a black family “The Banks” that were from a rich neighborhood. They lived in a mansion and they had snobbish ways about them, except for Will of course. But again it was good to see a family that wasn’t the typical stereotype of what the media tries to portray ethnic people.

Things have really changed a lot since the 90s when almost every movie was about ghetto urban school kids who were uneducated needed a white person to come in and help them succeed and become better. Or every movie was about the hood and the violence. Which I did appreciate those because there are a lot of neighborhoods out there like that but let’s have a balance and have equal amount of films where we are also successful.

We need to have more shows and movies that can help put the positive images out there, show the world that people of color can be well educated, not always “ghetto” as they say it and not violent as well.


Now back to Twin Star Exorcists, I wonder what was going through the creative thought process of making the antagonists all of darker complexion. Were they influenced by the media because darker means bad? Or do they find darker complexion to be more aggressive for their antagonist?

There are many factors that could have been played into their creative process. I am not here to bash the series at all because of this choice they made. I just find it kind of interesting on their creative idea. I still watch the series because I find it very entertaining.

Maybe in a positive light, they may have thought the darker complexion was cool with the white and pink hair they have. Which it totally does.

In other anime series the characters of color are usually either good or bad. They have a diverse roles. But to have a whole series where all the bad characters are dark complexion is rather interesting.

I hope, maybe later in the series they may change up their design and start to create new creatures with other ethnic roles or different skin tones. I know they didn’t mean any harm and again I do enjoy the show. But it was something that had to be addressed.


If you will like to learn more about the Owls and would like to join, please check us out below. We are always recruiting new members to help spread the word of caring, diversity, liberty and self respect.

Don’t forget to check out LynLyn’s post

OWLS: Crossing Racial Boundaries in Abu Dhabi Romance

Also look out for the other Owls’s post coming up for this month

April 22nd – Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

April 24th – Erendira (Sakura Daisuki)

April 26th – Crimson613 (My Fujoshi Life)

April 28th – Pinky-Chan (pinky’s palace)

April 29th – Steph (Two Happy Cats)




I’m a bit late for this. Oopsie. But better late than never. Well, the Owls are going strong and we are doing our thang. Yayyy

The month of March was the blog tour for Sanctuary:

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.

We all interpreted sanctuary through different anime and did different takes on what we think sanctuary can be portrayed as.

Please check out all the awesome post below.



Anime review girl

Sanctuary According To Ouran High School Host Club!!!

Matt in a hat

Lita Kino

Nice job breaking it, Hero

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


Anime Girls NYC


OWLS: Amamizukan, The Sanctuary in Princess Jellyfish





OWLS TOUR: Sanctuary, Immigration, and Ace of Diamond

Pinky’s Palace


If you will like to learn more about the Owls and would like to join, please check us out below. We are always recruiting new members to help spread the word of caring, diversity, liberty and self respect.






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.



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 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. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜’

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


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 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.


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 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.


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


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



Anime review girl


Matt in a hat

Lita Kino

Nice job breaking it, Hero

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

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