Tea Party Talks: My Opinion on Yaoi

Yaoi.  Also known as: Boys Love(BL), Shounen-Ai, gay porn, and useless crap.  Then again, I think you can describe all anime with that last one.

Okay, well, there goes the few followers I had.

However, in all seriousness, I do have to admit that I am a yaoi fan fairy — or fujoshi — myself.  Call me a pervert, sinner, or an untrue anime fan if you must, but I honestly do not think that liking yaoi should be a thing that you are ashamed to admit.  Yaoi is just another genre in anime; just like how shoujo is a genre.  Furthermore, to like a certain genre shouldn’t make you any less of a fan of the media art form as any other fan.  As much as we — refering to the anime community as a whole — tries to shun out the yaoi, yuri, and eiichi fans in our community, they still exist, and we will always exist.

While the anime community is slowly growing and becoming more excepted in western culture, we are still a minority in everyday life.  What do I mean by this?  I mean that even though our presence on the internet is large, respected, and noticable, we are still vastly outnumbered by the “jocks”, “populars”, and “cheerleaders” encountered in our day to day lives.  Heck, just the other day some random stranger called out “NERDS” as they drove past me and my friends while we were walking to our local anime convention.  At least we think that’s what they said; all we heard was “RRDS”.  Man, if you are going to insult us, at least do it right!  However, I digress.  My point is that while our community as a whole has been becoming more excepted, we are still a minority, and with so many spiteful people out there that decide to attack our little safe haven, we shouldn’t be making our safe haven a hateful place by holding prejudice against those who like a certain genre.

To make things easier I have split this blog post up into two parts; one discussing the fans of yaoi, and the second discussing my opinion on the genre itself.  This is all done based on my own opinion — obviously — and I in no way represent the yaoi community or anime community as a whole.  I also don’t mean for this blog post to pursuade you to watch or read yaoi if you don’t want to.  If anything, I hope that this post helps to ease out the tensions in the anime community towards yaoi and its community.

Part 1) The Fans


Before I go any further I would like to make it clear that I am not saying that we yaoi fan fairies are perfectly innocent; we are to blame as well.  A lot of hate towards the anime community does stem from the bad attitudes that a small minority of us have.  However, that can also be said about that same minority of general anime fans who start wars with other fandoms as well.  What I mean is, there will always be a small minority of “bad” fans in any fandom or community no matter the genre or medium.  However, those fans are exactly that, a minority.  Not every single yaoi fan is a rabid fangirl that fetishizes gay men, and not every anime fan uses random Japanese in everyday speech and hates anyone who doesn’t like anime.  Just because the more annoying people in the fandom are more vocal and prominent doesn’t mean that everyone in the fandom is like that.

However, like I said we yaoi fan fairies are not completely innocent.  I do admit to shipping certain things that really don’t make sense — Norway x Denmark anyone?  Additionally, I am not denying the existence of the several badly written yaoi fanfictions that exist nor the totally irrational internet wars we have either started are participated in.  Furthermore, it would be a blatant lie to say that yaoi has not turned me into a pervert and made me really kinky.  However, I would say that the previous version of myself was about a thousand times worse, but that is a story for another time.  Moreover, there are nonsensical straight ships too — Lucy x any male character in Fairy Taill for example.  There are also many badly written anime fanfictions in general and the anime fandom is kind of known for internet wars.  So really, we are really no different from normal anime fans.

While the things you like are a minor part of your personality, for the most part, they really don’t effect your personality traits much.  I have met so many sweet, kind, and shy yaoi fans through interaction with the community.  We are all individuals and that means that we are all different.  At the end of the day, we are all severally different people who all just so happen to enjoy gay romance.

Part 2) The Genre



It’s not for children.  Let’s just make this clear, most — if not all — yaoi is basically just gay porn with plot and I don’t think anyone is going to argue that point with you.  At the same time however, there are many heartfelt and sweet scenes in yaoi.  The way I think about it is that shounen-ais — pure gay romance with no sex — are like shoujos — romances for young girls — while yaois are like joseis — romances for older teens and young women.  It can be argued that yaois are more closely related to eiichis, but I feel that that only accounts for certain works.  An example of a said work I feel is more like an eiichi is Koisuru Boukun — pictured above — because this manga has way more sex than some other works and also has noncon — nonconsensual sex.

Speaking of noncon, why don’t we discuss the morality of some yaois!

The morality seen in the yaoi genre is one of the most highly debated topics in the anime community.  I will not deny that many yaoi works contain rape, molestation, pedophilia, and incest.  However, this only accounts for a fraction of the works in the yaoi genre.  There are several beautiful romances in the yaoi genre that I simply adore with no immoral actions at all.  Furthermore, there is a lot of sweet romantic fluff in yaoi.  Despite popular belief, not all yaois only have sex scene after sex scene after sex scene.  One work that I think is a perfect example of this, and is one of my favorite works, is Hana to Usagi — pictured below.


This romance story is filled to the brim with cute and funny scenes that just made my heart swell.  I simply adore all of the characters and the main couple is nothing less than adorable.  No noncon, no incest, no molestation, no pedophilia, just straight up sweet romance between two guys who love each other.

However, there is also the issue of pushing a gay romance into the mold of a heterosexual romance.  I being a cisgendered female with no romance experience at all am not the best person to dicuss real life romance with.  As a result, I don’t think I can say whether the romance in any yaois are accurate or not.  Yet, I, nor any other [non] self-respecting yaoi fan, really and truly believe that any real gay romance is like the ones we read.  I know that makes us sound like hypocrites and perverts who fetishize gay romance, but hear me out.  Do you honestly go in reading a shoujo manga thinking that real life romance is like that?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t, and neither does my friend who is the self proclaimed, “Queen of Shoujo”.  Romance is meant to fantasy.  I get that misrepresentation is something totally different than that, and that saying this may sound like I am calling real gay romance “fantasy”, but if we are talking about how realistic a story that is meant to be complete fiction is, then I really don’t think that’s fair.  I do however believe that we do need to normalize homosexual relationships more across the board, but that is not what yaoi is about.  I actually hope that one day we can have an action anime with a homosexual relationship and no one will even bat an eye, but that’s not what yaoi is nor what it was meant to be.

Maybe yaois are about fetishizing gay men.  I honestly have no idea, but know that even if you think that and even if that’s what yaoi is meant to be, us fans of it do not see it like that; at least not the majority of us do.  To us, yaois and shounen-ais are just cute relationships between two guys that love each other.

If you’re really asking for my opinion, I belive that at the end of the day, yaoi is just a genre and us yaoi fan fairies are just plain ol’ anime fan fairies.


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Otome Amino Challenge: My Type

We all have a “type”.  As much as we try to deny it, we all have a certain type of personality that we are romantically attracted to.  May it be cheerfulness, dominant leadership qualities, or a certain shyness, all of us have a set of characteristics we think of when imagining our dream partner.  Here, I will be sharing what qualities I look for in a partner.

As an otome game player and fangirl fairy myself, I can say that when I play otome games I natrually gravitate towards guys that exhibit qualities that I find attractive.  It’s much easier for me to get attached to a character that’s my type, and that in turn makes it easier for me to appreciate the game.  I am a person that has a tendancy to prefer characters over plot which, obviously, directly effects what I enjoy; whether it be anime or otome.

The idea for this blog post was inspired by 레 몬 .  Her blog post was very well done and she is an amazing writer.  I sincerely hope you enjoy reading this and hopefully learn something about me or maybe even about yourself as you read this.

My Personality:


Quiet:

Not unlike most people, I tend to be rather quiet when I first meet people.  If I don’t know you very well and I am not purposefully trying to put up a “I am polite and nice” face, I would rather not initiate a conversation.  The only exception is if I find you to be an interesting person and I want to learn more about you, but otherwise, I would rather stay in my own little bubble.  Furthermore, I don’t enjoy small talk and find it pretty awkward.  Awkward conversation plus an already awkward me is not a good combination.  However, if someone else is the initiator I would be glad to talk!

Cheerful:

You know the 😆 emoji?  Yea, that describes my personality majority of the time when around people I am comfortable with.  I like making cheesy, terrible jokes and hearing about funny stories.  I like fun, playful humor that usual counts as being cheesy enough to make over a hundred orders of extra cheesy nachos.  To those who know me well, I almost always seem to be on a constant sugar high.  Though, it wouldn’t be wrong.

Moody:

As nice and cheerful I can be, I am actually quite moody with intense and sudden mood swings.  I find my mind set and opinions of things to totally flip upside-down in a matter of minutes, and sometimes my actions and thoughts don’t always match up.  At all.  I can also easily be set off by small things.  For instance, the other day I ended up stabbing a wall with a fork because I ran into it.  I have a hole-y wall now.  Great.

Confident/Prideful:

As someone who is one hundred percent Asian and has grown up in a society where if you have even the slightest shred of self-confidence you are branded as arrogant, it is somewhat odd to be as almost totally uncaring about others opinions — about me — as I am.  Don’t get me wrong, if I am given good critisim then I will take it to heart, and I do enjoy praise, however, if someone chooses to dislike or hate me for being me then that’s something that I couldn’t care less about.  If you don’t like me for being me, then sweetheart, that’s a you problem.  Unless it’s an actual problem that is causing harm to either other people or myself, then I’m real sorry, but I actually really like me the way I am and if you don’t, well, that’s not my problem.  However, this also leads to some problems since my pride leaves me unable to simply backdown in a debate.  Furthermore, my pride also causes me to hide things from others with thoughts that I can fix it myself.  Huh…  Maybe I am arrogant.

Dominant/Flirty:

To me, seeing my partner blush is the cutest thing in the world, and I am not beyond using “dirty” methods to see such a sight.  I like to coddle my partner just as much as I like to flirt and tease them.  I personally prefer to be the one protecting than being protected.  In other words, I would rather be the prince than the princess.

My Dream Partner:


A Daydreamer/Mysterious:

I like people who have an air of mystery around them.  People who hold an air of detachment from this world are interesting to me and this opens up windows for me to come out my bubble a bit and talk.  Daydreamers also bring up interesting ideas and thoughts that open up a whole new type of conversation.  I would much prefer only a couple deep and meaningful conversations with my lover over a hundred meaningless conversations, and a mysterious daydreamer can easily provide that.

Patient/Understanding/Observant:

As I have already addressed, I am a rather… difficult person to be around — to put it lightly — so to have someone who is willing to be patient with me is a big thing I look for in a partner.  As much as my pride wants me to appear as anything but a “damsel in distress”, I am also human and sometimes need to be saved as well.  Having someone who is observant enough to be able to tell when I’m lying is also a huge plus because then I would be caught before I truly fell off the edge and swallowed alive by lies.

Passionate:

People who have something that they are extremely passionate about are extremely attractive to me.  Listening to someone I like talk so passionately about something they love — even if I don’t really care for the subject — makes my heart swell.

Shy/Innocent:

As I have already addressed, I enjoy coddling my partner, and seeing the shy, cute blush on their face is the thing I live for.  I admit to being a complete tease and a true flirt, so I think a shyer person would be the best fit for me.

My Type:

Bunta Kurimaki:


Bunta is an absolute sweetheart that really represents all that I look for in a partner.  He is always trying to care for you in any way he can even though he is sweet, little cinnamon bun that is new to love.  He also has a knack for being able to tell whenever you are lying from paying endless attention to you.  Furthermore, his childish nature and passion for photography are truly adorable and extremely attractive to me.

Well, I guess it’s official, my standards are way too high.
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Beijing’s Picks: Anime and Manga Edition

Anime is a medium of story telling that holds a wide range of content.  Ranging from cute romances filled with fluff, to absolutely horrifying tales of death and despair, there is really something for everyone.  Being an advid fan of anime and manga for many years, I would like to say that I have seen my fair share of animes and mangas.  In that sea of madness, I have found a couple of gems that I would like to share.

Here I will presenting to you my top three favorite animes/mangas.

I have had the pleasure to have these wonderful stories enter into my life and touch my life in an unimaginable way.  As I have stated in my blog post “Mainstream Animes: Why I Don’t Watch Them”, I put a lot of weight on what I personally can take away from an anime or manga after I experience it.  To me, the true mark of an amazing story is how the viewer feels after they experience the story and overall, if they learn something from the story.  All of the amazing stories I will be sharing with you are memorable stories that I believe, truly changed my life for the better.

However, be warned, spoilers lie ahead, so proceed with the upmost caution.  That being said, I hope you enjoy this list!

3) Nanatsu no Taizai/The Seven Deadly Sins


This is an anime/manga that I have already addressed in my previous blog post, “Mainstream Animes: Why I Don’t Watch Them”, and there I stated that this is the only Shounen anime/manga that I have watched and enjoyed.  Why exactly?  Well the simple answer is because of how well each and every character is crafted.

I do admit that the anime was rather… subpar in the way that it was ended with so many loose ends — thankfully a second season is being released soon.  However, the manga is honestly one of the best things I have ever read.  Here, I will focus on the manga.

Nakaba-sensei does an amazing job of revealing the backstories and motives behind all of his characters.  Every character — even the seemingly insignificant ones — holds a heart wrenching backstory.  You can tell that everything has been put into all of the characters.  I find myself ridiculously attached to all the characters, and this includes the antagonists.  There are no “throw-away” characters that just are there to be there, and all of them have their own distinct personality.  The personalities of each character are consistent and defined while still being layered and deep.

2) Puella Magi Madoka Magica


This anime.  I could honestly go on about it forever.  If you have been in the anime community for at least a decent amount of time, you have probably heard of this anime.  Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the most well known dark magical girl anime and is the one that all other dark magical girl animes are — sadly — compared to.  This anime is also one that has a rather bad reputation for being “overrated”.  I do agree that this anime is not perfect, but what anime is?  However, I have a more… personal reason for liking this anime so much.

Madoka Magica was the anime that I believe saved my life, if I am being totally honest.  At the time that I watched Madoka Magica I was going through a very hard time in my life to say the least.  However, as I watched this anime and saw all the tragedy and pain these girls went through, I began to think.  I thought about the messages and underlying themes behind this anime and even to this day, I still turn to those lessons when in hard times.  There are several things that I learned from this anime, but I think the most important one is about moving forward.

You probably thought I was going to say hope, right?  After all, the message of hope is the most prominent one that this anime tells, and even in my takeaway, hope is a big part of my main one.  However, for me, I was going through a time of intense self-pity and self-loathing.  I honestly despised myself and my life, and I was always dwelling on the past.  As I saw Homura, one of the main characters, continuously try to go back and change the past, only to make it worse, I saw a lot of myself.  Homura almost fell into despair because of her constant efforts to change the past, and that was honestly the big slap to the face that I needed at the time.  It took forever, but it finally clicked in my mind that if I choose to dwell on the past and try to change it instead of moving forwards, I will always remain in a state of self-pity and self-loathing until I eventually fall into despair.  After that, I feel like I have become a more optimistic and generally happy person, and this anime was what caused that change.

See, anime is not useless!

1) Akatsuki no Yona/Yona of the Dawn


This is the anime that I hold almost anything and everything to as a standard.  The manga is the holy grail in my eyes and Mizuho-sensei is a goddess.  Everything from art style, the romance, the characters, the plot, the action scenes, just everything is incredible.  It is, of course, with it’s faults, but this manga, is just the best thing I have ever seen.  I can honestly go on and write an entire article about all the characters in this anime, but I’ll try to make this brief.  I’ll only discuss two characters; these two being the two major reasons for my complete and adoration of this manga.

Let’s just start off with Yona, the heroine.  Yona is my favorite female character of all time; no exceptions.  The way that she has developed so much from a selfish and bratty princess and into a strong, kind, and brave warrior is astonishing.  Her character developement is the best that I have ever seen, and the pacing of her developement is well done.  It doesn’t happen over night; it takes time for her to move forward after the death of her father and to become strong, and it takes even more time for her to get over her feelings for her long time childhood crush that completely betrayed her.  Yona is amazing and a very independent and capable young woman that I look up to a lot.

Furthermore, I am completely head over heels for the main antagonist of this story, Soo-won.  Yes, I said antagonist.  In this artfully written story the main antagonist is Yona’s childhood friend, cousin, and previous crush who kills her father in order to take the throne and as revenge for him supposedly killing his father.  However, there is much more to Soo-won than what meets the eye.  Soo-won is probably the most dynamic and layered character I have ever seen.  He benevolent, logical, a person who puts his people first, thoughtful, shy, cheerful, nice, brave, and above all else, a person that is both capable and willing to put his own emotions aside for the greater good.

What is especially interesting to me about this manga is that the protagonist and the antagonist have the same goal; to better the Kingdom of Kouka.  However, while Yona leads with her heart, Soo-won leads with his mind, and the constant push and pull between these two dynamic characters is absolutely beautiful and completely enthralling.

Anime and manga have a lot to share with us and as the loyal fans we are, these many stories will forever touch our lives in unimaginable ways.  I honestly encourage you to think about all of these lovely stories and to allow them to touch your lives as well, because stories are the most important thing we have in this world.

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Mainstream Animes: Why I Don’t Watch Them


Yes, the “mainstream animes”. These are animes like Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and One Piece. The things that non-anime fans first think of when they hear the word “anime”.

There is nothing wrong with these animes, just I don’t like them nor watch them. Nothing really more to it than that they really aren’t to my personal taste. I guess what I’m saying is that if you like the more “mainstream” titles of anime then that’s completely fine and I am in no way saying that there is something wrong with that; all I am going to address here are my personal reasons for not liking the more “mainstream” titles.

Usually, I wouldn’t post content that addresses something that I don’t like since I don’t really like stirring up more negativity than there already is, but in case you don’t follow my Twitter — which you should do since that’s where I post updates — I am traveling right now. What does this have to do with anything? Well recently I went into I guess an “Asian Gift Shop” where they sold various good from the general Far East; one of the things they sold were “mainstream” anime merchandise. As I looked around at the items I couldn’t help thinking to myself “ugh, I wish I was more into the mainstream animes so it would be easier for me to find merchandise”. Then I began thinking, why don’t I like “mainstream” anime? As a result, I have come up with these two main reasons.

Keep in mind that this is all based on my own personal opinion and my own likes and dislikes. This blog post is in no way hating on “mainstream” animes, but just explaining my reasoning for why I personally do not enjoy them.

1) They are LONG

You are probably thinking “oh but Beijing, what’s wrong with an anime being long?” Well there isn’t anything innately wrong with an anime being long; after all, a longer series means more content, right?  One of my very few problems with long animes is that they are almost impossible to catch up on if you start them when the series is already pretty far in. Me being a student, I just don’t have the time to get through fifty-plus episodes of anime.

Furthermore, I find that most animes when they run on the longer side, they easily become repetitive and boring; at least to me. The usual formula is, meet new people, gain new power or go to new place, conflict arises, fight — or have confrontation with — people, fight — or have confrontation with– more people, win, rinse, wash, and repeat. I get that the situation is different every time and that it’s all steps to reach the main goal, but after the third or fourth time, it gets really boring.

2) Most of Them are Shounen Titles


I’m probably going to get killed for this, but, I don’t like — most — Shounen or Shoujo titles. I’m sorry but I find most of these quite boring. I like animes that make you think of deeper meaning and pull out curve balls, and I don’t mean “rabbit-out-of-a-hat” tricks like defeating the enemy with “nakama” power. I of course like cute fluff but I personally prefer reading a Yuri or Yaoi manga if that’s what I’m looking for. Sorry, but that is just my preference.


The only Shounen anime that I really enjoyed was Nanatsu no Taizai, or The Seven Deadly Sins. This anime was wonderfully done, and the manga is even better. Why is it that this is the one Shounen anime that I enjoyed? Nanatsu no Taizai does a wonderful job of blurring the lines of “good” and “evil”. It makes you think about who really is right and who is wrong. This idea is one that I entertain frequently and to see it presented in the way Nakaba sensei has is interesting, thought-provoking, and extremely engaging.  I highly recommend the manga and if you are not able to read it, watch the anime.

Where am I going with this you ask? Most Shounen titles focus more on the team work and friendship aspect or simply showing death. There is nothing wrong with these themes, but for me personally, they do not capture my attention as much as theories on morality.

If you enjoy “mainstream” animes then that’s perfectly fine, and in fact, that’s great actually; you get to have an easy time finding merchandise. I envy you honestly.

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Ship Wars: Why They Have to Stop

The feared ship war.  Ship wars are the scary and sometimes downright terrible side of shipping.  They create unessecary drama, tears, and blood shed, and if you think I am over exaggerating you have not seen a real ship war before.  Depending on the fandom the simple disagreement of a ship could be the tiny spark that sets off the giant explosion.  Ranging from cussing to outright cyber bullying, ship wars are no doubt the source of a lot of sentiment in the anime community.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fangirl with several ships of her own, and I don’t think that there is anything wrong with having a fun little debate here and there about those ships.  However, when death threats and messages telling another to “kill themself” because of something they ship begin to get thrown around, that is where the line must be drawn.  There is a difference between a debate and a war, and I do not feel that that line is addressed enough.

Shipping is supposed to be fun, and honestly, shipping wars take all the fun out and replace it with negativity.  A person shouldn’t be afraid to announce what their favorite ship is on the internet because they fear the angry mobs of fans that will hunt them down for it.  Ships are not politics people; take a chill pill.  Honestly, this shouldn’t even be a thing that needs to be addressed, but the internet being the place that it is, I guess it sadly does.  I get that the internet is not a “happy, happy, fun-time, la la land” but if we can’t agree that cyber bullying someone for a ship is wrong and bad, then I genuinely fear what kinds of negativty will get thrown at people who disagree about bigger issues.  Shipping itself is supposed to be a stress relief, not something to create more stress.

Here I will be discussing my top reasons as to why I think shipping wars should stop.  Keep in mind however, this is all based on my personal experience and opinion, and I in no way, shape, or form represent the opinion of all anime fans or anyone else for that matter.  Now with that out of the way, let’s begin!

1) They are Opinion Based


No matter how canon one ship may be, there will always be people who ship the unpopular ship, and this perfectly ok. You can argue that a ship is based on the facts of the canon material, and if you are one to ship the canon only things, that is completely fine.  However, what shipping really boils down to is what the fan in question believes to be the cutest combination of characters.

Of course, if you are a person who is shipping something that clearly is not going to become canon (for example, Natsu X Lissanna in Fairy Tail) then don’t be shouting and complaining when it doesn’t become canon, but that’s not my point.  

You know how in Elementary School we all learn about the difference between a fact and an opinion?  Well ship wars just throw all that knowledge into the dumpster when people begin to think that a ship is a fact, not an opinion.  By participating in ship wars you are basically telling the person you are attacking that their opinion is wrong.  It is literally like someone telling you that your favorite color is orange when it’s actually blue.

As much as all of us fans like to think that our ship is the “right ship” and all other ships are “wrong”, that is not the case at all.  Everyone is allowed to have an opinion about something, and that opinion belongs to them and only them.  In no way, shape, or form are you at all allowed to decide another’s opinion for them.  You can persuade them if you choose to, but outright telling them that their opinion is wrong then proceeding to push onto them your own opinion is not right.

2) It Accomplishes Nothing


I’m sorry to break it to you all, but no matter how much we cry, plead, or hurt each other, the editors and authors are the only ones that get to have a say in what happens to our beloved characters.

As a writer myself, I can tell you that most authors plan out their writing way in advance, and that includes who the characters end up with.  As for the authors who do not plan their material out all the way through are still the sole person who knows their characters best.  What I’m trying to get at is only the author and those who are directly working with the series really can make one ship canon or not.  Even a million generations worth of shipping wars can’t change that.

Furthermore, if we take a series like Hetalia, where literally anyone can be shipped with anyone and no ship is going to become canon, ship wars are even more useless.  Why do I say this about Hetalia?  Well think about it, Hetalia is funny, random, little series where majority of the “plot” in it comes from the fandom.  Furthermore, the entire “plot” comes from real events in history, because world politics is forever changing, there can really never be a true “canon ship”.

Really, the only thing that ship wars accomplish is making others feel bad, afraid of expressing their opinion, and stressed out.

3) All it Does is Spread Hate


As I have repetitively expressed throughout this blog post I strongly believe that the only thing that ship wars do effectively is spread a whole lot of negativity.

Ship wars justify yelling, insulting, and threatening people with the claim that they done out of good fun and with good intent.  I’m sorry but that all sounds like a whole lot of lies if you ask me.  As I have already stated, there is a clear difference between a debate and a ship war.  It’s a simple switch, just have nice conversations and friendly debate when speaking of ships instead of hating on each other for their honest opinions.

The anime community is meant to be a fun place to escape the harshness of the real world.  There is no need to add more fear, stress, and hate to this world.  So can why don’t we all just take a chill pill and enjoy anime and all of it’s wonderful ships for what it is; fun stories and relationships.
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Otome Games and Anime: Reasons Why They Shouldn’t Mix!

Ah yes, the infamous otome game; otherwise known as the dating simulation.  The mere mention of it’s name can make even the most devoted and accepting fans of anime cringe.  Filled to the brim with “attractive” guys, useless filler scenes of fluff, and the constant reminders that the main girl lacks a brain, the anime adaptation of otome games have become shun worthy material in the anime community.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the vast majority of anime adaptations of otome games are outright bad. Everything from a brainless main character to episodes of plotless fluff that seemingly have zero connection to the rest of the plotless fluff, otome game anime adaptations have all the qualities of what would be considered as a “bad anime”.   At the same time however, these adaptations have widespread popularity amoung (mostly) women….. as guilty pleasures, which really should not be the case.

Otome games are great.  They contain in depth characters and interesting plot lines when handled correctly.  They make you feel warm and fuzzy inside when you play them and sometimes there are even deeper storylines hidden beneath the surface.  However, when companies try to adapt a game where the storyline changes based on the character of your choice, well, the results are obvious.

Here I will explain the reasons why the anime industry should stop making bad adaptations of otome games.

Keep in mind though that this is all based on my own experience and observations that I have made from being in both the otome game and anime communities.

1) They are Looked Down Upon by the Anime Community/They do not Serve their Purpose as Commercials


Let’s just use Diabolik Lovers as an example.  This anime is infamous for being the absolute worst vampire anime in existence.  Why?  Because the heroine is the ultimate Mary-Sue, all the guys are jerks, the plot is confusing, the episodes hardly connect, traditional vampire lore is completely rejected, none of the characters are developed, and that is only the tip of the iceberg!  But wait…. If this anime was so bad, then why does it have such a large following?  Because the game is just about 10000% better than the anime!

Ok, I will admit, when I first found out about this anime I thought it was absolute crap as well, but after doing a bit of research, I actually found that this was an amazingly done otome game.

The entire point of this game was to appeal to an audience that enjoys BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) and more specifically, masochists — or just general subs.  All the guys are purposefully made sadistic, and if you actually play the game, you find that they all have wonderful backstories and do not treat the heroine as a blood bag to just pass around.

By trying to showcase all the routes at once in a 12 episode long anime the plot becomes muddled and a lot of key information is left out.  The guys become presented not only as sadists but as complete and utter jerks, and the brainlessness of the heroine becomes painfully apparent; all things that make anime only fans walk away thinking that otome games and their fans are stupid.

2) They are Marketed as Reverse Harems


You may be thinking “Oh Beijing, what’s wrong with that?  They are essentially reverse harems, right?  So what’s the problem?”  The fact that they are being set up to fail is the problem!

Some of the best and most well known romance animes are reverse harems and by putting these already bad adaptations in with those big fish is nothing but a recipe for disaster!


Let’s just start by comparing Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club, one of the most well known reverse harem animes, to Haruka from Uta no Prince Sama, one of the most well known otome games with an anime adaptation.

Haruhi has a distinct personality that is rather unlike most average girls; she is strong-willed, tomboyish, independent, harsh and blunt at times, a realist, and naive about romance.  She is her own character but is still compatible with all of the other characters in the series.  At the same time she also succeeds at not being a Mary-Sue.

Haruka however is generic, bland, naive about everything, optimistic, “perfect”, and flat out clueless at some points, and that is all on purpose!  Anyone who has played at least 2 traditional otome games can tell you that otome game producing companies make their heroines (MCs in otome game terms) as genetic and bland as possible so any girl can pick up the game and be able to connect to the MC in at least one way.  Furthermore, the MC’s personality changes slightly depending on the route chosen so that she is as compatible as possible to the chosen character.

3) The Plot Becomes Muddled


This is Alice in the Country of Hearts, infamous for being the most confusing anime adaptation in existence.  The sad part? This is my favorite otome game with a plot to die for.  I will try not to give away any spoilers but if you haven’t heard of this game before go check it out; it’s absolutely amazing.  I know there isn’t an english version of the game (sadly) but there is of the manga (someplace, I haven’t found all of the volumes yet) and some very nice people have done english translated walkthroughs.  Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

This otome game actually is very confusing in itself (but what else would you expect from an Alice in Wonderland adaptation?), but it is done well and dare I say, perfectly.  The madness of it all actually enhances the dark and mysterious (but still sweet) plot of the game.  However, the way that the game developers got away with such a thing was by doing a distinct separation of the MC from the rest of the routes depending on who the player picked.  In simpler terms, it would be impossible for all the routes to be showcased at once.  So if that’s true?  Then how was an anime adaptation created?  If the point of an anime adaptation is to showcase all the routes, then how would that be possible with this impossible game?  Well by purposefully making the sequence of events totally jumbled and out of order apparently.

In case you didn’t know there is actually a “legend” surrounding the anime adaptation of Alice in the Country of Hearts.  It’s said that only those who have played all the games and read all the manga volumes can understand the adaptation.

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I’m sorry but I fail to see the logic in that.

I get that by doing that it forces anyone who wants to watch the adaptation to play all the games and read the manga but that is still beyond ridiculous.  The adaption just makes the entire franchise seem stupid to an unknowing viewer.  Honestly, whoever thought that adding more madness to something that had found the perfect equilibrium to madness and sanity has to be fired.

Hopefully one day soon we will see a day when an otome game gets a good anime adaptation, but honestly, I don’t see that coming anytime soon.  For now, all of us otome game fans must just endure the pain of only being able to see our precious games as bad adaptations and suffer through the hours we take out of our days to explain that otome games aren’t that bad to anime only fans.

And to all of you anime only fans.  We are not stupid.



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