Category Archives: Anime & Manga Ramblings

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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Fight or Be Beaten in Street Fighting Manga “Holy Land” (OWLS Blog Tour)

Hello! Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS) are now on our 11th blog tour. This month, we are discussing a difficult topic “Diplomacy”. If you haven’t done so yet, please check out Lita’s tour post “Some Of Us Are Lovers Not Fighters” on her blog Lita Kino Anime Corner.


“Diplomacy” November Blog Tour

Whenever we have a disagreement with someone, we use our words to express our thoughts and opinions. However, there are those who would rather use fists instead of words, those who forget that being “right” isn’t the most important thing, and those who lose sight of compromising and acknowledging differences in opinion and belief. Diplomacy is an important skill and tactic that not many of us have or are able to utilize properly especially in “social media wars” for sensitive issues and anime discourse—we just express our opinions without really listening. For this month’s prompt, we will be exploring some of the best negotiations scenes in pop culture media and discuss how effective these diplomatic moments are and what we can learn from them. We will also discuss why communication and listening are important traits to have and whether or not there are other means to enforce peace.

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He’s No Dreamer, The Lost Boy in “Silver Spoon”

Hello! Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS) are now on our 10th blog tour. This month, we are discussing the topic “Dreamers”. If you haven’t done so yet, please check out Takuto’s tour post “Death Parade: That’s Just the Name of the Game” on his Anime Cafe.


“Dreamers” October Blog Tour

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 on 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.”

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I Received Anime Posters for my Birthday

Hello! I just want to share something happy that happened to me recently. Last week, my cousin gave me awesome anime posters as presents for my birthday. She’s the sweetest. Made my day extra special.

She gave me ONE PIECE and Yuri!!! on ICE posters. She really knows what I like!

Here’s a poster of the Straw Hat Pirate Crew before Franky & Brook joined them. Love it!

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Get To Know Lejla: An Interview Collab With World of Anime Girl

Hello! I have an exciting post for you today. Let me introduce a fellow aniblogger, Lejla Imširović (World of Anime Girl). The two of us are doing an interview collaboration together. Yay yay! So exciting! Here’s a little background information about Lejla.

Lejla Imširović is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently an undergraduate student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She writes on her own blog at World of Anime Girl. Her absolute favourites are fantasy, action and adventure anime.

This collaboration post lets us know more about Lejla. We provided 5 questions each and answered our combined 10 questions. I’ll post Lejla’s answers here on Fujinsei, while she’ll post my answers on her own blog at World of Anime Girl.

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