Category Archives: Arria Says

Arria Cross in 3 Anime Characters (Twitter Tag Challenge)

Hello, folks! Inspired by the lovely Katrina Sade (Grimm Girl) in her post “Three Anime Characters That Describe GrimmGirl”, I also decided to expand on my answer to Twitter’s tagging challenge: “Describe yourself in 3 fictional characters”.

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Redefining the Rotten Fandom of the Rotten Yaoi Genre

Hello, folks! Can you believe that Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS) is now on our sixth blog tour? Wow! For this month, our Chief Creative Officer LynLyn gave us the topic titled “Team”. Three members have kick-started this tour already, and I’m honoured to follow after our President Katrina Sade (Grimm Girl) with her perceptive post “When We Fetish Yaoi”. Please make sure to read it.

“Team” Blog Tour Topic

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.

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

Hello, folks! Today is finally my tour stop for OWLS’ April blog tour. Please check out Rai’s tour post about “The Colorful World of Avatar”. She did a great job. For this month, our Chief Creative Officer LynLyn assigned us yet another awesome and meaningful topic: “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 of stereotyping bi-racial characters, and the importance of “inclusion”.


The majority of the characters in Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 / Shingeki no Kyojin) are white, presumably European. Based on the surnames, many of them are of German origin like the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. Mikasa is the only known surviving character so far who is of Asian descent. She is bi-racial: her mother Asian and her father white.

Asianwashing?

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Yes, Real Men Cry (Masculinity in ONE PIECE)

Good day, folks! How are you all doing? Today, I would like to share my recent guest post I wrote for our friend Brandon on his website Anime Mode Universe. The title of my guest post is “Yes, Real Men Cry (Masculinity in ONE PIECE)”.

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

Happy February, my dear folks! I’m super excited to kick off this month’s OWLS Blog Tour. For the full schedule of tour stops by all the participating members, click here. I hope you enjoy my tour post. Thank you.

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Yuri on Ice “Flight” Blog Tour

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 that Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

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