Feat. a Character with the Best Quotes (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 12)

I was kidnapped yesterday, my friend Ginger bought a wedding dress, I’m eating onigiri over my lunch break, and this challenge post is late.

I blame Attack on Titan. But wait, you say. I finished AoT two days ago? Yes, you’re right, but it is what it is. Allow me to explain, dear readers. I beg clemency.

I did indeed finish AoT two days ago.

Levi~~~ so kakkoii.

However, the subsequent exhaustion from my utter lack of sleep (#NoRegrets) left me knackered.

I like to keep my challenge posts written just a bit ahead of time to help manage unforeseen circumstances like abduction, but I couldn’t pull myself away from AoT for those three days, leading my small cushion of posts to deplete rapidly. Thus, I was not behind, but I had reached the point of writing my challenge poss daily without room for error.

Perforce, I had planned to write this post yesterday evening, but I was abducted after work by my dear Ginger, who informed me in no uncertain terms and at the shortest possible notice that she was buying a wedding dress, and was I coming or not, woman?

Thus, off we went.

Ginger (I almost just typed her real name!) is getting married in April, and one highly emotional decision later, we were eating dinner at the Chinese restaurant that we used to frequent some time and space ago. By the time we finished catching up, it had gotten to be firmly evening, and I still had to go home and finish up a few things. Suddenly, I was exhausted. At about twenty until nine, Husband and I hunkered down on the couch for a bit, but whereas he got up (and covered me up and kindly put my almost-untouched-minus-two-sips wine glass in the fridge), I did not, falling quickly into dream land to be woken when he found himself ready for bed several hours later.

I then moved to the bed and passed out again. (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ

So, clearly Attack on Titan has it out for my 30 Day Character Challenge. But now on to the feature at hand.


It’s after work and I’m home now! Let’s get to the topic at hand!

I could have easily picked Tohru Honda (Fruba), but I write about her a lot. I thought it would prove a great deal more fun to compile a handfull of great one-off anime quotes instead. So, without further ado…

 

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This quote is from FMA:B, not FMA.

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When does Roy Mustang say “Can you really hold the woman you love with your blood-stained hands?” Is it in FMA? I must know this…

Until next time (read: a few hours from now),

Shoujo ❤

 

 

*title image simply uploaded to Pintrest by “user”

Feat. a Character Who Looks Like You (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 3)

Well, this one was pretty easy. She was going to be my cosplay, after all!

Enter Tohru Honda!

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Aside from her penchant for bows, braids, and pigtails (!!YES!!), she also sports my same eye (only in the anime) and hair color, and we wear our hair quite long. Tohru’s (Fruits Basket) demeanor also appears similarly to mine, as she apologizes a lot (I USED TO DO THIS ALL THE TIME, EVEN TO INANIMATE OBJECTS!) and gives great big smiles from the heart without worrying about looking silly. We both may or may not also have a clumsy streak…  (*^^*) We also both prefer to wear skirts, dresses, and other such girly fare. Similar looks, similar demeanor, and similar fashion sense? Yes, I think this cosplay would go over quite well!

I mean, the girl also loves CATS. (But then again, how could someone not love cats? <3)

Getting into Tohru’s character, she is a sweet girl whose heart just might be big enough to break the Shouma family curse. However, with sweeps and surprises at every turn, you never know what next lies in store! If you remember, I featured Tohru in my 30 Day Anime Challenge as a favorite female character, so I shan’t elaborate too much more on her here.

The anime ran two seasons of incredible (SHEEPY SHEEP, GUYS! WHY HAVEN’T I REVIEWED THIS YET!?). but the manga includes much more content if one finds oneself smitten!

Have you seen Fruits Basket? Have you read the manga? What do you think of the differences? What do you think of Tohru?

Until day 3,

Shoujo Honda

I apologize for coughing into the mic… – a “Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings” podcast (5)

I’m sick and honestly exhausted. My brain is lagging a little, and you can totally tell, but things are about to get busy here at the end of the Lenten season, so I recorded this when I knew I had the time. ❤ Please bear with me. *hugs*

I tired not to cough into the microphone. ❤ I did not always succeed.

And I popped some of my words into the mic.

*hugs hugs hugs*

I just wanna go to sleep now, but I gotta go drive. ❤

Mentioned bloggers’ works this week:

Arria- 10 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Yuri On Ice (Part 1)

Hazelyn- Top Ten Raven Haired Men

Karandi-  Tuesday’s Top 5: Visually Appealing Anime Titles

Scott- The Advantages of Longer Series

 

 

Post-Edit Note (4/13) — Clearly it was a good idea not to put this recording off, because my cold got significantly worse instead of better, but hey, as least I could make the Ciel Phantomhive voice for Arria Cross… Lol

(I know that I am farrr~~ to proud of this. I even showed my husband. lol)

 

Post-Edit Note (4/15) — Arria has part 2 of her “You’ve been watching too much YOI, haven’t you, you little katsudons?” post out now. 🙂

Shoujo goes Conference Crazy! (Anime Expo 2017)

I suppose I should begin by saying that I bought the tickets.

Well, we bought the tickets, but I booked our hotel accommodations with my AAA discount, and now it’s up to [SCREEN NAME TBD–He’s deciding as he’ll be mentioned quite a bit!] to book our two-way flight. Yes, my dear anime compatriots, we’re going.

Anime Expo 2017 is calling our names. (AX2017!! AX2017!! Oh, Andrew Love, won’t you please be there??)

Hehe.

In the beginning, when my friend said that he would go with me, I was shocked. It’s an expensive trip as well as somewhat of a logistical nightmare, and I wasn’t sure–to be honest–that it would work out with his current situation. I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong, and we’re California bound in exactly 84 days.

On top of that, I will also be cosplaying as the ever-adorable Tohru Year-of-the-Cat-Fan-Club Honda!! *does happy dance and sparkles fly all over the room* Another of my friends has informed me that we look quite similar (if I were, in fact, an anime character), so my bias has been confirmed, and I’ll hold no need for wigs or contact lenses… Also, her personality is easier than most for me to emulate, as she was one of my choices during the “describe yourself in three characters” fad. If I’m doing this, I’m going all out, cosplay included.

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For a long time, I was interested in the idea of going to Comic Con. Superheros, the Twilight Cast (ah, yes, many moons ago), and a road trip with my high school girl friends: how fun an imagined scenario. But it never happened, and I quite forgot over the last few years before my interests shifted. This year I discovered the astounding Anime Expo and my enthusiasm renewed itself with application toward this endeavor. To be honest, I just can’t believe this is really happening. This isn’t a very Shoujo thing to do.

So, it’s one small leap for Shoujo… No, who am I kidding? This is a HUGE leap for Shoujo personally and for her anime journey!

I won’t pretend that I’m not a little bit frightened. Or, okay, maybe a lot frightened. I’ve never been to the west coast, I don’t particularly like cities, and situations that sometimes arise in crowds have in fact sent me into a panic attack once before (thankfully after the fact, and it’s quite difficult an instigating situation to explain, so I shan’t attempt). Hotel rooms make me germaphobic, I can’t really use public restrooms without fear, and oh, yeah, I’m also moderately afraid of flying if I consider it too greatly.

My husband, rock that he is, will be several days of driving or several hours of flying away at all times. If the rest weren’t enough, this fact alone makes me nervous, as I don’t like sleeping away from him, and I’ve never been on a trip (other than a school function) without him or my parents beside me.

In fact, please don’t laugh, but since we’ve been married, we’ve never been apart for more than…two days?… honestly. We like to sleep together. For him, I’m pretty sure it’s a time of being close; for me, it’s this along with an added layer of…emotional security?… that is difficult to explain but ever present.

Anyway, I am going with one of my very closest friends, and whereas my husband doesn’t trust that I’d be safe going all on my own, with this friend in tow we’re confident that everything will go right as rain. I just need to keep telling myself that and we’ll be fine. Yes, we’ll be fine. Yes. Okay. Good.

Now that I’ve thoroughly freaked myself out, it’s time to get back to the good stuff, so here it is:

I’ve got some MASSIVE decisions to make!!

Obviously, this adventure will be blogged (and probably vlogged) about, because how could I not?! What I must determine is whether or not to continue hiding my face.

I love, love, LOVE the anonymity of the internet for multiple reasons, including the protection it affords me with my workplace, and my face would be make me easier to find, so I’m left with posting cosplay pictures from the neck down or giving up on that entirely and forsaking the safety of being anonymous. Right now I’m heavily leaning toward maintaining anonymity, but if I change my mind, you’ll hear it here some time before June 30th. ❤ If my cosplay is just too boss, then I might have to reconsider. (^_−)☆

[SCREEN NAME TBD] mentioned that we might even meet people and like, you know, carpool with them and stuff. That is parts awesome AND terrifying, so, you know, there’s that. I wonder if any of my fellow anibloggers will be in attendance, and if I’ll be brave enough to meet them if it means someone seeing my face…

Annnnyway, time to celebrate with Starish, Heavens, and Quartet Night! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

Oh, my gosh. What if there is an UtaPri booth or something? I might die.

 

Love,

Shoujo

 

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I will also celebrate with this because it is sooo~~~~~ cute and I haven’t been able to stop playing it on repeat for days.

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I got the 1st volume of Your Lie in April from an Anime LootCrate, as well as a light up leek, a lanyard, and some bishie headphones. This has been a very epic—abet “real world” quiet—day.

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Quote from Any Anime Character (30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 28)

Much like when I was prompted to pick my favorite male anime character, there is no way that I am picking a singular favorite, so I’ll just start listing again. Some quotes that I like are moving or profound. Others are simply bad@$$ or cute, etc. Some I connect with more than others, and so many of my favorite quotes come from Fruits Baskets.

Some lines speak for themselves, and with others I will include a brief explanation.

I can’t guarantee I’ll get to them all, but I will be able to hit a few. In no particular order, here we go!


1.

“If I am to choose a rose in this garden of romance, maybe we can take this chance; maybe you’re my love.”

– Op. of Ouran High School Host Club, song: Sakura Kiss

There is something special about this line because a) Ouran sparked my journey into anime and will always hold a special place for me, and b) come one, it’s a rose in a garden of romance. The composition is so fitting. I love that!

2.

“The name fury that belongs to those fakes is no match for your life and the way you’ve chosen to live it. You have transcended, and you are already a devil. And, as such, you deserve a devil’s name. You are… Hakuouki.”

– Kazama, Hakuouki: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky

This is the line from which the title of the franchise is derived. The scene in which it’s found compounds all of Hijikata’s struggles and trials. This is his moment of ultimate recognition, the validation of his tribulation. He has truly transcended.

3.

“But you know, there’s something I believe. I want to try and live my life carrying all my memories with me. And even if those memories are painful, even if they do nothing but hurt me, I want to keep them, even those memories I sometimes wish I could forget. As long as I carry them with me, as long as I can keep holding on, then someday, someday I’ll be strong enough that those memories don’t hurt me anymore, and I’ll be glad that I have them. That’s what I believe, with all my heart.”

– Momiji, Fruits Basket, ep. 15

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4.

“Next door are the screams of my naked heart. Next door: where does it lead? (to the next paradise)”

– Otoya and Eiichi, Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Legend Star, song: Next Door

This line seems more simple at first glance than truly it is. Otoya has finally confronted some painful memories and allusions. This line implies something much darker than is usually touched upon in a show such as UtaPri. It reflects a tortured state of being. Without getting into too many spoilers, Otoya blames himself. He believes he will ultimately loose everyone he loves. “Next door” is the placement of his pain. It’s a place specifically “other,” a place close but not within; Otoya has pushed the agony from himself for so long, and yet it lingers. He cannot escape it once the floodgates have been opened. He asks himself what will happen now that he feels that pain, exposes the hurt that Eiichi has pulled from his very core. Where will it lead? Consider the dark implications of the “next paradise.” Without risking a potentially audience-alienating change in genre, I don’t see how the implication could be made any clearer. Otoya is struggling.

5.

“As we sit and wait on our throne, we only acknowledge those who come to us.”

– Quartet Night, Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Legend Star, song: God’s Star

There is such confidence in this line. Quartet Night are Starish and Heavens’ senpais in the music business; they’ve been around the block a few times, have finely honed their skills, and they set the standard to which others thrive. Hoping to be legendary? Pppfftt. Quartet Night is aiming for god status, and this song is a celebration of them. My favorite band in the series, these young adults are MEN, not boys, and they’re going to show you up. Bow, peasants. ❤

6.

“My point is that it takes just as much training to get along with people, although training by yourself in the mountains won’t do you any good. You need to surround yourself with others. If you get to know them of course you take the chance that you’ll end up hurting them, or they’ll end up hurting you, and those things might very well happen. That’s the only way we learn… about others… and about ourselves.”

-Shigure, Fruits Basket, ep. 3

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7.

“No one really starts out kind. All we know how to do at first is want: we want food, we want attention. It’s just natural survival instinct, I guess. But kindness is something we all have to learn as we go. It’s something that grows and develops slowly over time, the same way our bodies do, so kindness can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.”

-Tohru, Fruits Basket, ep. 3

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8.

“True kindness isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something we have to work at. We have to mold it and shape it for ourselves. Not everyone has it, but I think everyone has the potential. Sometimes you just have to look really close before you can tell it’s there.”

-Kyoko, Fruits Basket, ep. 3

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What is your favorite quote from an anime character?

 

-Shoujothoughts

My Favorite Female Anime Character (30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 4)

Identifying favorite female characters in shoujo is quite a bit simpler than identifying favorite male characters because there are many female MCs who, written to be self-inserts, don’t have a lot of screaming personality. Here, I present two characters that don’t struggle with that problem, leaving them ready to take on the top spots (though they do so on specific merit as well)!


Momosino Nanami (“Kamisama Hajimemashita”)

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Nanami is lively. She has a big heart and operates with determination. Look out, Tomoe; you’re not going to be able to walk over this spirited spitball. (I have NO idea why that term popped out of my brain, but there you go, Internet.) She’s feisty and fun; there are a million and one things to like about Nanami, but more than perhaps anything, I love how she handles herself in less-than-idea situations. This quality manifests itself in various ways. She grew into a fine young woman, cares about other with such total abandon, and almost always has a ready smile for someone who needs it; all this is true, even though she lost her greatest role model at such a tender age.

I also greatly admire how she prioritizes what needs to be done that she might maintain her relationships, and does so with such strength. *spoilers ahead* Tomoe doesn’t return her affections right away, but she doesn’t pull that angst-y teen “Lovely Complex” BS in which she just LOOSES HER MIND for like a bazillion episodes and revolves the meaning of her life around him. (I mean, it’s not like I wasn’t a teen once, but I don’t care to relive it, thank you very much—I like my heroines more mature than that.) Instead, she’s understandably upset and down for a few episodes, and then she proceeds to deal with her unrequited feelings like a total boss; she doesn’t let it mess up their master-familiar relationship. It doesn’t ruin their friendship. She keeps on keeping on, neither “giving up” nor forcing herself on him. The best quote to summarize this tendency is when Nanami says with a smile, “But, it’s okay. I get this is one sided. You don’t have the same kind of feelings for me, and that’s totally fine. I won’t freak out on you because I think I can change how you feel, and you don’t have to freak out on me.”

Nanami’s love is unrequited, but she doesn’t let it destroy her happiness. She feels what she feels, and she gets down about it sometimes, but she doesn’t psychologically annihilate herself over loving the tsun tsun yokai. She cares without restraint, and she sees the good in almost everyone. *spoilers over* Nanami’s top spot when it comes to my favorite female characters is well deserved.


Honda Tohru (“Fruits Basket”)

With Tohru I can be brief. I say this not because her character is not wonderful–No, I can be brief because her character is so straight forward. Tohru, in summary, always sees the good. She is selfless, kind, loyal, and brave when she must be. She sees the person inside the physical shell and tries her hardest in every situation. She is innocent, honest, and pure. She’s an amazing role model. She lives her life being grateful of the things that she has; she appreciates others; she holds on to hope. She makes do. She doesn’t judge. She thrives in difficult situations. She isn’t academically gifted, but she’s insightful and grasps the heart of matters. She lives to help others and achieve a mother’s dream for her daughter.

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Who are your favorite female anime characters? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hoping this post finds you well,

Shoujo

Shoujo Updates…

Hey, guys!

SO. TIRED.

Shoujothoughts here with an update because I am just too out of my mind tired to type all that I want to convey when watching the majesty that is Ouran High School Host Club.

I recognize your patience as I prep for the next Watch Along in conjunction with the other fifty million things that are happening in my life right now, and please note that it is appreciated. Please expect our next installment sometime within the next seven days.

I love having a place where I can come share my fangirling anime thoughts, and I know that they are read in this tiny corner of the Internet, so thanks for that.

In other news, I had a chance to watch about an episode and a half of Fruits Basket today. Classy, classy stuff, Fruits Basket.  Jeez. I’m too tired. Why am I putting this on the Internet?

I’ll stop now and get some sleep, but I leave you with the advisement to start watching Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, and prepare for a world of feels.

Peace & Geese,

Shoujothoughts

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P.S.S. I am not “the-host-club,” but I do find this post applicable. 😛