Hello! Happy Holidays to you from me and from the entire Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS) team. This December marks our 1 year of doing these blog tours. Our topic for this month is “Warmth” to commemorate the holiday season. If you haven’t done so yet, please check out Mel’s tour post “After the Rain Comes the Sun, Smiles That Warmth Everyone’s Heart” on her blog Mel in Anime Land.
“Warmth” December Blog Tour
It’s the season of joy, thankfulness, and love. This month’s topic is “Warmth.” Whether it is spending time with family members during the holiday season or with that special someone during New Year’s, we will discuss moments in anime and pop culture media that convey a feeling of happiness in our hearts. During times of struggles, we look towards the things that matter to us as a source of strength, hope, and happiness. We hope you enjoy this round of posts and that you will have a wonderful holiday season!
Continue reading Thank you for the Warmth of Your Support During My Cold Despair (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.
Continue reading 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 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?”
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.”
Continue reading He’s No Dreamer, The Lost Boy in “Silver Spoon”
Hello! Arria here for my turn in this month’s blog tour. Thank you so much for supporting our monthly OWLS blog tours. For this September, we are keeping the conversation alive about the serious issues of mental illness, depression, and suicide. Don’t forget to check out “Themes of PTSD and Psychosis in School-Live!” by Rai (Rai’s Anime Blog).
There are moments in our lives where we lose our sense of self-worth and value and as a result, we find ourselves deep in darkness or drowning in the ocean. However, every person in this world is a treasure—we treasure ourselves or we are treasured by others—and at times, we may need to be reminded of that.
For this month’s topic, we will be exploring pop culture characters who have suffered from mental illnesses, depression, and/or suicide. We will be discussing how these individuals cope with these issues, the reasons for their emotions, and how they handled the situations they are in.
Continue reading Breaking Free From One’s Dark Side With Love in “Kare Kano”
Hello, folks! Can you believe that we, the Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect (OWLS), are already on our 7th blog tour? We’re now officially at the latter half of the year, and we are growing stronger by the month. Thank you very much for your support! This July, our topic is “Mirrors”. Please make sure to check out Shay’s take on this topic with a Youtube video on Anime Reviewer Girl.
“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 appearances, social expectations on gender, and the importance of self-confidence.
Continue reading Beauty Within the Monster in “The Ancient Magus’ Bride”