“My favorite things,” –Shipper Edition

Shipping just girls with boys? Who are you kidding?

Boys who love boys are a thing (We stan ZhanYing!)

But HaraChi under sakura in spring:

it is still one of my favorite things.


Cannon romances with chemistry stronger,

or love straight created by fan-fiction authors:

all kinds of pairings are supported here

But still no SebCiel; he’s just a teen!


AMVs featuring good looking protagonists

wrapped in the arms of certified badasses

holding in feelings of love because ANGST

Oh how I feel the ship’s second-hand sting!


When the man dies,

when the girl cries,

when I’m feeling sad,

I simply find fix-it fics on Ao3,

and my shipping heart grows glad.

Or, you know, I find even more angsty fics because I’m a glutton for hurt/comfort.

I’m finally back, and even I don’t know what this is, guys. I could have been writing about Terror in Resonance, but hey, this is good, too, right? If you like this, check out “To Ship or Not to Ship.” Also, from one shipper to another, if you hunt out any good Hakuouki/FMAB/MDSZ/BNHA/No.6 fics, do share, won’t you? 🙂

Love, peace, geese:

Shoujo ❤

Yuri On Ice: The Musical!?!? (fan-made)

Excuse me while I die a little bit, guys.

A huge cast and crew came together to make this fan-musical, and I’m loving it. It’s so funny, and the singing is great. And the voice they got for Victor… yes. The production uses re-written songs from the movie “Grease,” which in my honest opinion makes it that much better/more funny due to the familiarity of the melodies…

“Oh, Yuri…”

*meep*

And when Victor goes to eat all the wasabi at once??

Too funny.

I am rolling watching the “You’re the One that I Want/Take me To Skate” number!!!!!

Watch and be amazed! If you like what you see, run to YouTube and give them a like, won’t you?


Dance with Devils: Fortuna (movie)

Announced in January 2017 and slated for a Fall 2017 release in Japan…

…it’s time once more to Dance with Devils.

[For the general plot of the Dance with Devils 2015 anime, please click here.]

In what, according to a rough translation of the movie’s website, is a re-imagining of the original anime complete with alternate ending, Ritsuka finds herself submerged in a deadly game of cat and mouse as demons and vampires vie for the hidden Grimoire she holds within.

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The voice cast sang at the announcement event.

Tickets have gone on pre-sale for the Japanese release as of July 3rd, but there is no news on a US theatrical release or even dubbed version. Funimation, the company responsible for dubbing the 2015 series, has yet to make an announcement.

Seriously Rejet, even just give the DVD English subs and I will buy it!


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Signing off,

Shoujo

 

 

 

Dance with Devils, the Musical! <3

“ダ・レ・ニ・モ・イ・エ・ナ・イ・ヒ・ミ・ツ・ダ・ヨ”

“It’s a secret that only you and I will know…”

 

Or perhaps not! The Dance with Devils (anime description at link) musical opened in 2016 with a cast that seems at a glance perfectly fitting for their respective roles! (I am GEEKING OUT over that promo video above.) I seriously know nothing about these people other than the brief clips I’ve seen of their performances online, which are hard to come by, but how about I get you about as caught up to speed as I am? *shouts off into the distance* Hey, can we get some head shots over here of our main-est of main cast!?

Kaminaga Keisuke –Ren

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Hiramaki Jin –Lindo 

(I am happily married, but can we all agree that he’s bae? He’s bae, right??)

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Sakiyama Tsubasa –Urie

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Yoshioka Yu –Mage

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Yasukawa Junpei –Shiki

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Naito Taiki –Roen

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Daiki Ise

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The play ran in Tokyo from March 3-13, 2016 and held a total of 14 performances, portions of which are hard to find online (at least for me). In any case, I’ve included the few clips that I was able to dig up below. (^^)

 

 

 

Apparently, there were a few new characters added to the cast in the form of Misters Noel and Holland. Who they are to the plot, I couldn’t tell you. It’s times like these that I wish I could read/ speak Japanese and/or buy subtitled DVDs of stage plays.

(…Wait…Can I? *off to the official website* …Can’t find the official website…)

Anyway, here’s hoping that things like this production eventually make their way west…in English…. Yeah, sure, I’m delusional, I know. 😛


Well, I’m off to do homework, as hard as it is to stop geeking out about all things Dance with Devils! Until next time!
-Shoujo<3

 

Come, it’s time to “Dance with Devils” — Recommended (Dub/Sub)

Bias Disclaimer:

Anime openings are often used as indicators of a title’s quality. The interest sparked by said openings in animation, music, and depiction throughout is used to gauge whether or not a show is worth viewing.

In high school, my best friend, Ginger–remember her from the Ouran Watch Alongs?– and I had silly nicknames for each other based on our personalities (Somehow it just happened?); strong, independent, competent, feminist, take-no-prisoners Ginger was known as “MegaWoman,” and innocent, girly, weak at the knees for bad boys, highly emotional Shoujo was considered (I kid you not) “Princess of Darkness.”

Yep, my best friend christened me “PoD.”

Why am I telling you this? I want you to consider the latter nickname above as you watch the (ABSOLUTELY SO COOL) anime OP below; consider, knowing this smallest little tidbit about me, why I’d be absolutely enamored with a title such as “Dance with Devils,” a musical about an innocent girl swept away into a world of vampires and demons. I’m laying out my bias and weakness for mystical, misunderstood, bad boy bad@$$es right now, so if this type of character/ relationship dynamic doesn’t appeal to you, you’re probably not going to find a favorite title in “DwD.”

Unless you really like musicals for the own sake.

Oh, my gosh, but I love it so much. ❤  .・゚゚・(/ω\)・゚゚・.

 

Now, on to the review!

 


As the song Mademoiselle states, “Now, soon, dance with devils.” 

Welcome to the “Labyrinth of Depravity.”

[Yes, Shiki just sang, “Poor little lamb, I’ll break you gently.” So, we’ve found our sadist. Pain… excites him.]

[Oh, my gosh. They are the forbidden flower garden. Oh, my gosh. Okay. Calm down, girl. Don’t ship anyone yet. You need to be writing a review.]

It’s time to traverse the world that a friend once laughingly called “Dark Ouran” after watching the clip above!

Ritsuka Tachibana is a normal 18-year-old attending a private academy with a secret. What is that secret? Why, it’s the (poorly justified in their long-term placement) Student Council of the 3rd Library! And her brother! And her mother! And her best friend! And her whole life! Well, those last few bits aren’t school-related, but the point is made. Sarcasm aside, Ritsuka’s very existence has always been something distinctly “other” than her peers, and it takes the introduction of a few demons and the revelation of a vampire relation to bring everything Ritsuka’s family has been hiding into the light.

I am not about to lie to you and call this anime a pinnacle of its genre plot-wise or even in execution, but it does something unique in its musicality. It’s not an idol anime, but it incorporates frequent musical numbers into its retinue and, even without dubbing the songs, transitions seamlessly into its numbers. In example, one might take “Checkmate” (below)*. Each main character has their own solo character song in addition to the show’s frequent group numbers, and it’s well worth a watch for this reason alone. The voice actors sing beautifully.

 

Dance until the hour of your doom.

 

*I discuss the song “Checkmate”

and Ren’s bad@$$ery in posts of their own.

You can find them at the click through links.

Additionally (Gah! I keep scrolling back up to watch the OP and freaking out about how cool it is. Please forgive.), the show features moments of absolutely-unintentional-but-no-less-funny hilarity to balance out its darker premise! I mean, I know I keep linking you YouTube clips, but I need you to click play on the link below and then close your eyes, simply listening. Don’t watch it; just listen. The song is intense, so beautifully sung. It’s sweeping choral introduction and pop transition are stirring. After you finish listening, open your eyes, press play again, and watch the video that goes along with that beautiful number.

 

Yep. That’s right. A glorious Pomeranian choir. You’re welcome. Day made, right?

 

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Moments like this are scattered throughout, and I love it so much! I mean, when the only English lyrics in a song turn out to be “EMO LIAR,” you know you’re getting into something hilariously good.

However, these moments of true joviality should not take away from the honestly talented voice actor’s performances (both in dub and sub), and neither should the plot holes detract from what I consider a showboat of reverse-harem character typing. Solidily upper level two-lower level three bishies in the house, you know? We have:

the big brother type, Lindo…
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the leader, Ren…

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the romantic one (I mean, is he not this title’s Jinguji Ren?), Urie… 

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the sadist/masochist/psycho, Shiki…

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and the jock, Mage…

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as well as the beautiful brown noser (and/or subservient one, depending on how you want to view him), Roen…

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And we also can’t forget the sexy/sleek gothic bad boy, Jek!

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I mean, J. Michael Tatum even makes an appearance as the reoccurring role of Lord Nesta, ruler of the vampires, so Tatum-ites unite?

Stay tuned for the touching moments of backstory and subtle indications that the story is far from over in gearing up for the new movie to be released this year (and on which I’ll be writing soon), “Dance with Devils: Fortuna.” A well executed movie has the potential to boost our plot and bishies to level three status, but I’ll be happily watching this season one sequel no matter what!! ❤

I highly suggest that interested parties give this title a chance! Viewers with preferences similar to my own won’t regret it!!

AND THERE’S A STAGE MUSICAL. GONNA HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THAT, TOO.

*fangirl dies*

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Until next time,

Shoujothoughts

Most Bad@$$ Scene From Any Anime Character (30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 27)

Blogger’s Note: This post became much more of a discussion on what makes a moment bad@$$ than I had originally intended, rather than being a description of a single incident. Also, you may get tired of me writing the word as “bad@$$,” but I don’t say it excessively (especially after a point), so I think we’ll be alright.


I am going to choose to believe that bad@$$ doesn’t need to mean visually stunning so that I don’t end up writing about Hakuouki AGAIN (because you know I would, dear readers, you know I would). In selecting a scene, I have to ask myself, “in what way should I digest the prompt?” What does it truly mean to be bad@$$, and in which cases should I validate one character’s bad@$$ery as more intense than that of another? Sebastian (of Black Butler notoriety) killing the mob responsible for kidnapping Ciel by using the family dinning silver is bad@$$. The same can be said of when he literally SPITS OUT BULLETS and then THROWS THEM AT HIS WOULD-BE ASSASSINS with enough speed to KILL THEM OUTRIGHT. Like…what is that??

Other such incidents of bad@$$ery are less physical and more verbal. (DON’T DO IT SELF, DON’T DO IT.) In Hakuouki (YOU DID IT.), Okita Souji (NO, STOP IT. STOP IT.)…

Okay, I stopped myself. Anyway, some bad@$$ery is more verbal. It’s isn’t based in anime, but there was a character in an otome game that I played who said, “Roast in the flames of perdition,” as his vigilante catch phrase, and I maintain that the aforementioned line is one of the most bad@$$ lines every spoken in an otome, the end-good day-that’s all.

In my opinion, to be considered bad@$$ rather than intense, a scene must have little other pull than the “cool” factor. Impressed must be the primary emotion, rather than respectful, heartbroken, or in stitches. There is no room for being conflicted while witnessing a bad@$$ moment. When Saito (I’M USING HAKUOUKI AGAIN FOR A MOMENT BUT I WON’T RAMBLE, I PROMISE) drinks the water of life in Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky, I feel a cornucopia of emotions. Thus, even though his next actions are physically impressive, this is much more than a bad@$$ moment. When Ren (Dance with Devils) breaks into song while murdering (i.e.-defending himself and Ritsuka) a hoard of vampires in a deserted house’s well-kept kitchen, I feel only that “cool” factor stemming primarily from Ren’s confidence (as manifested in his actions, words, and appearance). Thus, this IS one such moment. 

In fact, though there are a few moments that readily come to mind, I think that this is the one that I shall pick for today.

Without reveling spoilers (seriously, guys, it’s a dark, romantic, unintentionally comedic, bad@$$ musical with an epic and seamless DUB and you should WATCH IT), Ren Arlond, basically the heir of Hell, takes out cronies of the vampire faction with skill, ease, and unassailable confidence. And those lyrics! And those blue flames! That doll and marionette imagery!

Learn your lesson well.

Dance until the hour of your doom.


Thoughts? Bet you didn’t expect me to pick a scene from a musical. (^_~) ♪♬

And perhaps musicals aren’t your thing. Tell me, what anime scene do you find the most bad@$$? Do you agree with my qualifications assessment?

Bye for now!

Shoujothoughts

 

♬ Hark, my name is Ren Arlond:

the prince of despair to whom even the darkness grovels!