That Spring Time Lineup

As the winter season disappears with each new morning sun, we welcome the new spring 2019 animes. Do you think there will be jaw-dropping animes that will be released within the next month?

From what I’ve seen, there are just continuations from popular animes. Here’s a list to name a few:

  1. Fairy Tail Final Season
  2. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  3. Black Clover

I’m sure no one needs me to tell them this though. If you’re a fan of these series, then look forward to it come Spring time. There are probably a ton more – so comment below if you know more!

However, for new animes to come the only one we’re aware of is The Island of Giant Insects. We’re following the Crunchyroll updates to look out for what’s interesting to watch this season. So let’s hope we get more to fangirl over!

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The Island of Giant Insects

So there’s going to be an anime focusing on giant insects and the heroine is a woman? This could be interesting.

It’s being adapted from the manga. Basically, a bunch of students get stranded on an island after their plane crashes. The students are then required to fend for their lives when they realize the island is inhabited by big ass bugs. Talk about a real-life nightmare!

The teaser shows several characters being killed off. The premise seems to be very basic and surface-level. I haven’t read the manga so I don’t know how it’ll end – so I’m interested to see how it’ll play out and what other dynamics they’ll throw in. It’s gruesome, graphic and wild. People are saying this is the “Goblin Slayer” of Spring 2019.

It’ll be really interesting to see if the anime gets as much attention as Goblin Slayer when it first came out.

Have you read the manga? Are you excited about this adaptation? Comment below!

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Top 3 Qualities in Quintessential Quintuplets

So, I’ve been seeing a lot of this chart all over Twitter for the past few weeks.

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Some of the responses the tweets got where funny – but I felt like I was missing out on the joke. (Clearly I’m late to the party – lame I know.) But the constant anime I kept seeing appear on my timeline was The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotoubun no Hanayome).

At first, I kept ignoring it because it looked like an annoying anime. I thought it was the typical harem – cutesy girls, charming man and the perfect recipe for a cheesy love story. Except they’re all siblings – quintuplets to be exact.

But it was all over my timeline. I couldn’t avoid it – so I caved and watched.

Here are my top 3 reasons for liking the anime: 

  1. The sisters (Itsuki, Miku, Ichika, Nino and Yotsuba) have their quirks. They appear to be very different from one another, but all have a common interest in Fuutarou (the boy). I haven’t watched far enough yet to fully see the sisters character development, but here’s to hoping they continue to be strong stand-alone characters.
  2. It’s funny. Overall, I found myself laughing while watching. Maybe because I find a lot of things funny. However, some of it was a little cliché. (Maybe that’s why I liked it…)
  3. I liked the idea that five sisters have no interest in school. I’m used to seeing female characters be typical school girls. So it was a little refreshing to see their apathy towards their education. However, girls that need tutoring – that was cliché – BUT five sisters that need tutoring was not cliché. So that was cool.

I think I’ve found an anime I’m willing to binge with high hopes that Fuutarou will fall in love with one of the sisters and that the character development is strong enough for me to continue watching.

Only time will tell – so follow me on twitter @HomegirlOtaku for my updates about this anime!

Anime Girls for International Women’s Day

There are many female anime characters we dream about. Anime has seen a wide range of memorable female anime characters over the past year. We’ve seen the cutesy girl, the high-tech badass, the love-interest, the “robots” and even the bunny girls.

There are two animes that I’ve grown so fond of that portray women in such differing light:  

  1. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

  2. Violet Evergarden 

The animes are so different from one another. We have Violet Evergarden with a more mature and Bunny Girl Senpai is more light-hearted – but the issues and challenges the women face to find themselves are what I love the most.

Mai Sakurakima: 

She faces adolescent syndrome but is such a cutesy girl! She’s literally dressed in a bunny girl suit but she’s more complex than that. She’s cynical but has a compassionate side that I find so compelling about her. TBH, I think I just like her because she reminds me of myself – to an extent. I also think she’s outrageously beautiful – even in her bunny girl suit.

Violet Evergarden: 

She lacks human emotions but is a ghost-writer for people’s thoughts and feelings. It’s her one way to rediscover herself and feel a connection. She is a more serious character and harder to relate to – but her character development and background story make her interesting. While she isn’t cutesy, she makes up for it in her growing human interactions.

Anime lovers fascinate about anime girls all day long. I can’t enjoy anime without a strong female character. So, I’m glad I found Mai and Violet. They’re deep. They’re relatable. They’re pretty. What’s not to love? 

Comment below with your favourite anime girl and why!

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The Anime Scene in Canada

mikanmaru24 is a Vancouver-based DJ and instrumentalist. A lot of his sets include j-pop, k-pop, and anisongs.

To be frank, I’ve never encountered a DJ that focused on that kind of genre before. I think it’s cool and respectable. There’s a whole market out there and can totally vibe to your set, and you basically control how they feel through the song choice.

But how does one get into DJ-ing and focusing on using anisongs.

“Well, this all starts with my love of music – as aside from Anime, music was my outlet in coping with my struggles and my way to express a lot of my feelings and emotions,” says mikanmaru24.

“Through DJing, I found that it was much easier to express my feelings and thoughts through the music I spun, mixed, and played around with. And then secondly – I was exposed to a taste of Winnipeg’s Idol/Anime dance culture, through a live dance concert ran by Dwarf No Cachette. This was an important event for me, as it exposed me to how idol culture was quickly sweeping anime communities across Canada – and from my perspective, significantly being established as the premiere entertainment pieces in many cons and anime events.”

He was at Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019 and shared a lot of videos on his insta stories. It was so cool to see cosplayers dancing and just having a good time. 

It’s interesting to note how he got his sound and found his audience. As a DJ that is based in Vancouver, wouldn’t the vibes be different? Mikanmaru24 shares his influences, inspirations and finding that right fit with the anime crowds.

“I found out that a subculture called “Anikura” (Music events based around Anime/Video Game music) has been sweeping across idol scenes, as WOTA’s gather around and Chant, Call, and do Wotagei dances to Anime and Video Game music. And thus, because of this subculture growing within idol cultures, I found an audience to finally perform and express to others my feelings and thoughts (especially ones that are bottled up) through music.”

“As of recently, however, I have embraced the 90’s Aesthetic as a part of my new look during performances, promotional materials, and performance outfits. The 90’s Aesthetic was definitely a result of my move to Vancouver, the city that I was born in and sparked my love of anime and video games.”

It’s clear that his connection to the anime community is one that is respected and admired. People performed, people danced and people expressed themselves through the culture.

It’s important to note that mikanmaru24 is based in Vancouver. We asked him to highlight different qualities he’s seen between the two regions and what they offer to the anime community here in Canada.

“I kind of find there is a difference between Anime scenes in different Canadian cities. I can speak to both Winnipeg and Vancouver,” says mikanmaru24.

“I find that people in the Anime Scene in Winnipeg are a lot closer in terms of relationships than Vancouver, where a lot of people know each other. I think this is a result of again, a smaller population in Winnipeg, which lets people see familiar faces more frequently during conventions, and quite possibly in non-convention meetups/gatherings. I find that Anime scenes in Winnipeg are also a lot more intimate.”

We think that’s beautiful. As a new anime blog, we’ve gotten a lot of support from many people here in Winnipeg. So we agree with mikanmaru24!

While the world has so much to offer, we’re lucky to have had the opportunity to speak to Winnipeg-locals about their anime experience.

Remember to follow him on Instagram @mikanmaru24_music and check him out!

mikanmaru24 and Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019

Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019 will be graced by mikanmaru24. He’s a Vancouver-based DJ and instrumentalist taking the anime scene by storm. 

We love his efforts to get his Instagram followers involved in picking his line up for his gigs and his fusion of j-pop, k-pop, and anisongs.

He gives us the rundown about what to expect from him and his set on February 23, 2019, at the Ai-Kon Winterfest. Here’s what he had to say:

  • Are you excited for Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019? What are you most excited about?

I‘m very excited to see all my friends back in Winnipeg! I am also excited to DJ – at the first con, I have ever DJ’d at. Ai-Kon Winterfest is definitely where it started for me. I am also looking forwards to a fellow Vancouver act that will be featured at Winterfest – Seishun Youth Academy! (Whom I have watched twice here in Vancouver!). 

  • How do you plan on making an impression at the con?

Well, last year during Winterfest….. I have actually DJ’d for 7 hours straight! There were a lot of circumstances that led to that point, but out of all the gigs I have done, Winterfest 2018 remains to be the longest time I have DJ’d (And don’t forget – this was my first gig at a con!). However, I don’t think I intend on breaking that record this year, but I will probably have like a 30min break while I catch up with friends (For those reading – my mentor Kevin will be covering me!). But, I’ll do this…
When I DJ in front of a crowd, its like a painting – I either prepare music or play music that will allow me to express my emotions and feelings into the social scene I want to create. or sustain. And thus – I do plan on impressing others by drawing people to the dance area through my music and to collaborate and work with different dance groups in creating impromptu performances for all in Ai-Kons front lobby to watch and participate. For example, last year at Winterfest, I have managed to work with the different love live dance groups in doing a very huge Kaguya Dance to end off activities in the Dance Area on a very very high note! 
Next week, we’ll share about his inspirations, his humble beginnings and his journey to how he got to where he is now.

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If you’re at Winnipeg’s Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019 – please let me know! I won’t be able to make it this year and I want to hear ALL about it.

I had the opportunity to interview some cosplayers who will be there this weekend. Send me pictures or comment below to let me know what your favourite part of the con was!

What’s Your Magical Girl Style?

I remember sitting in the family living room and watching anime with my brother. We usually watched InuYasha but I ALWAYS wanted to watch CardCaptors.

Like, come on, how cute yet badass was Sakura? I always wanted to be her. I wanted her outfit, her little sidekick and her crazy powers. But obviously, as I grew up the cutesy fascination went away. I wanted to be a badass.

Yet, I still don’t know what type of magical or superhero I’d be. So, obviously out of pure boredom, I took a quiz to find out what kind of badass magical girl I am.

“When it comes to protecting the world, a magical girl is just the thing—but not all magical girls are created equal! Some are witchy and some are princesses; some are team players and some go it solo. And some, like the Magical Five of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, are downright deadly!”

This was the quiz prompt. Like what a solid hook!

After several questions about technology, wardrobe, sidekicks – basically everything a Magical Girl needs here’s what I got:

Sufficiently-Advanced Tech Girl

Clarke’s Third Law states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic—and that’s what you’re all about! Your skills come from high-tech weaponry and amazing inventions rather than magical powers. Even if no one else knows how many man-hours of work went into making that henshin look smooth, YOU do.

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I mean, it’s not far off from what I am now just without the magic… That’s wild. I guess I was never meant for the cutesy world, but for some high-tech futuristic world.

What kind of Magical Girl would you want to be? Have you taken the quiz before? If not, here’s the link! Comment below and let me know what you got!

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2019/02/13/quiz-whats-your-magical-girl-style