Category Archives: Anime & Manga Ramblings

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

Hello folks! We of the Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS) have reached our 3rd blog tour. How exciting is that? I hope that you enjoyed last month’s Yuri on Ice “Flight” Blog Tour. It was super fun, believe me. This month’s topic is Sanctuary and it’s our busiest blog tour yet, with 3-4 bloggers posting every week. I hope you enjoyed Rai’s tour post this past Monday about “chuunibyou”. She did a great job. Now it’s my turn. Here we go.


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.

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“In The Name of Peace” & What is Moral in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (OWLS Blog Tour)

Hello, my dear folks! I’m ecstatic that it’s finally my turn for our first blog tour together as OWLS. I hope that you enjoyed Venus’ tour stop over at Japanime Talks this past Monday. If you haven’t checked out her post yet, do so now! Thanks and I hope that you enjoy my post for today.


“Disruptors” Blog Tour

“To disrupt” has a negative denotation, but rather than looking at the verb in a negative light, we are going to use the verb in a positive way. It’s like the word “protest” which has positive and negative connotations depending on the perspective of the person.

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

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“Yuri!!! on ICE” Utterly Ruined Me

I don’t typically watch seasonal anime. Waiting for new episodes on a weekly basis frustrates me. I’m a show marathoner, so I prefer waiting for all episodes to be released before watching a show in one go. Exceptions include ONE PIECE (my #1 favourite series), of course, because I’d probably be in a nursing home by the time it finally ends. (*≧▽≦)ノシ)) Another reason why I don’t like watching seasonal anime is the overwhelming hype among fans around the airing period. As a viewer and as a blogger, I try to avoid exposing myself too much to other fans’ opinions as much as possible, especially while a show is still airing. I like forming my own impressions and opinions, which can be difficult when you’re bombarded by hype in all directions.

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What is the Great Treasure in “ONE PIECE”?

The heights that the ONE PIECE series has reached are on another level. Nobody can deny that. A Guinness World Record is certainly more than enough proof of its greatness. It’s also my #1 favourite series. But like so many people, I also wonder what in the world is the great treasure, ONE PIECE, which is the namesake of the series itself.  What is this mysterious treasure said to be of unimaginable value that Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, left for all the world to seek just before he was executed?

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Does “Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei” Promote Suicide?

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (さよなら絶望先生) is a manga series by Kumeta Kouji (久米田 康治).  It spawned 3 anime seasons with a number of OVA’s.

Today’s post is not a topic that I’m enthusiastic in discussing.  But as a fan of SZS, I feel the need to at least defend it from those “critics”—more like ignorant weasels who haven’t even watched the anime, but just saw pictures of Nozomu hanging himself under a tree—who think that it promotes suicide.

I can understand why some may think this way.  After all, the main protagonist, Itoshiki Nozomu, is always attempting to kill himself but ends up failing every single time (Well, he died in an episode but that was like a side-story in an alternate universe).  This happens so often that it is one of the series’ iconic running gags, and of course one of its main themes, as well.

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