Otome: Finding a Good One

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Finding a good otome game can be likened to finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles.

Both extremely hard and excruciatingly painful.

Trust me fellow fairies, I have been there, and am still there.  And as a self proclaimed veteran in the otome game community, I am here to assure you that it only gets worse.  However, fear not you bright-eyed, newborn otome fairy, Beijing is here to, hopefully, ease your suffering.

I have complied a short list of the major things that I personally look out for when trying to find a good otome game.  Of course, this is all from my personal opinion and viewpoint, but I have tried to keep this list broad so that it can be applicable to a wide range of people regardless of personal tastes.  That being said however, my own tastes and opinions do come into play so please take everything here with a grain of salt and remember that I am only writing from what I know.

Now that all that stuff if out of the way, let’s get to the list!

1) A Clear and Understandable Description

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MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DESCRIPTION!

Ok, you would think that this is an obvious fact.  However, this was not the case when I first started to play otome games.  Perhaps this is obvious to all of you because you have, you know, a brain, but it wasn’t to me!

I remember wasting so much time (thankfully not money) playing games where I was totally lost while playing them.  I always downloaded the game thinking “Oh, I’ll understand it after playing the prologue”.  But that never happened!  And soon, I found myself having played a whole route and still being confused!

My advice, if you don’t understand the description, don’t play it.  You probably won’t understand the game either.

2) Read the Reviews

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If they’re bad, don’t waste your time.

This is another simple concept that I couldn’t get through my young mind when I started playing.  Reviews are there for a reason!  Read them!

While there are a few strange outliers where people give one star ratings for stupid things, for the most part, reviews are really helpful and important when making the decision on whether to spend your time on a game or not.

3) Look for Nice Artwork

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Does this make me sound like a snob?  Probably.

Do I care?  Kinda.

Oh well.

As snobbish and rude as this sounds, I mean it.  Yes, I do know how much effort it takes to create an otome game.  I’ve tried just storyboarding an idea I had for one and I was already feeling the soul crushing weight of it.  However, there is no denying the fact that good, clean artwork is a sign of professional work.

On that same note, professional work usually means that there are several people working on this project together.  And because there are more people to bounce ideas off of, the end product is a ton better than the work that is produced by a single person.  Yes, there are a few exceptions, however, this is the general rule of thumb for any product really.

I am not saying that amateur work, or work done by smaller groups that do not have the money to hire more or any artists should just be automatically labeled as trash.  However, if you are a person who is new to otome games, then I do recommend that you try out the stuff made by the powerhouse companies such as Chertiz and Voltage Inc. first.

And that just about wraps up all the main points.  I sincerely hope that this was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.  Hopefully this will make that stack of needles less intimidating.

Haha, who am I kidding.

Either way, I still hope you at least enjoyed reading this!  From one otome fairy to another, I wish you luck in finding your perfect otome bae.

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Otome: Finding a Good One

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Finding a good otome game can be likened to finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles.

Both extremely hard and excruciatingly painful.

Trust me fellow fairies, I have been there, and am still there.  And as a self proclaimed veteran in the otome game community, I am here to assure you that it only gets worse.  However, fear not you bright-eyed, newborn otome fairy, Beijing is here to, hopefully, ease your suffering.

I have complied a short list of the major things that I personally look out for when trying to find a good otome game.  Of course, this is all from my personal opinion and viewpoint, but I have tried to keep this list broad so that it can be applicable to a wide range of people regardless of personal tastes.  That being said however, my own tastes and opinions do come into play so please take everything here with a grain of salt and remember that I am only writing from what I know.

Now that all that stuff if out of the way, let’s get to the list!

1) A Clear and Understandable Description

What to look for blog1.jpg

MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DESCRIPTION!

Ok, you would think that this is an obvious fact.  However, this was not the case when I first started to play otome games.  Perhaps this is obvious to all of you because you have, you know, a brain, but it wasn’t to me!

I remember wasting so much time (thankfully not money) playing games where I was totally lost while playing them.  I always downloaded the game thinking “Oh, I’ll understand it after playing the prologue”.  But that never happened!  And soon, I found myself having played a whole route and still being confused!

My advice, if you don’t understand the description, don’t play it.  You probably won’t understand the game either.

2) Read the Reviews

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If they’re bad, don’t waste your time.

This is another simple concept that I couldn’t get through my young mind when I started playing.  Reviews are there for a reason!  Read them!

While there are a few strange outliers where people give one star ratings for stupid things, for the most part, reviews are really helpful and important when making the decision on whether to spend your time on a game or not.

3) Look for Nice Artwork

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Does this make me sound like a snob?  Probably.

Do I care?  Kinda.

Oh well.

As snobbish and rude as this sounds, I mean it.  Yes, I do know how much effort it takes to create an otome game.  I’ve tried just storyboarding an idea I had for one and I was already feeling the soul crushing weight of it.  However, there is no denying the fact that good, clean artwork is a sign of professional work.

On that same note, professional work usually means that there are several people working on this project together.  And because there are more people to bounce ideas off of, the end product is a ton better than the work that is produced by a single person.  Yes, there are a few exceptions, however, this is the general rule of thumb for any product really.

I am not saying that amateur work, or work done by smaller groups that do not have the money to hire more or any artists should just be automatically labeled as trash.  However, if you are a person who is new to otome games, then I do recommend that you try out the stuff made by the powerhouse companies such as Chertiz and Voltage Inc. first.

And that just about wraps up all the main points.  I sincerely hope that this was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.  Hopefully this will make that stack of needles less intimidating.

Haha, who am I kidding.

Either way, I still hope you at least enjoyed reading this!  From one otome fairy to another, I wish you luck in finding your perfect otome bae.

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Beijing’s Picks: Canon Homosexual Couples Edition

Look who’s risen from the dead~!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Beijing’s Picks!  This has been a post that I have been wanting to do for a while now, and what better time to get around to it than for LGBTQ+ Pride Month?  With all the supportive and fantastic content I have seen this month I am so happy that I am able to contribute to it in my own way.

As I have already stated in some of my previous content, I am a huge yaoi fan.  However, what you don’t know, is that I’m also super into yuri couples as well!  I know that these works of fiction are not the best representations of homosexual relationships, but shoujos aren’t exactly the best representations of heterosexual relationships either, now are they?  At least that’s how I see it.  “But Beijing!  It’s not the same thing!” No kidding.  But that doesn’t mean all are bad.  Sure there are a few yuri’s and yaoi’s that do make some serious mistakes, these are usually the popular ones for some reason, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are bad.  In fact, there are several animes and mangas that have wonderful homosexual relationships that I completely adore.  And here, I will show you that.

However, there are a few rules that you have to keep in mind when reading this list.

The first rule: None of these couples will be from an anime or manga that is catogorized as a yaoi, shounen-ai, yuri, or shoujo-ai.  If not that would just be unfair and this is meant to highlight homosexual relationships that shine in a predominantly heterosexual world.

Second rule: The relationship must be canon.  As much as I love my non-canon (not calling it fanon, sorry) ships (freaking White Rose for the win!) it wouldn’t really make much sense for me to put them on a post for Pride Month.  However, a list of those ships is on my agenda for future a post.

Now, without further delay, let’s get right into it!

(WARNING!  WILD SPOILERS AHEAD! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!)

3) Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon


Did I watch the whole series through?  No.

Did I have to to know that these two are adorable together?  No.

Anyone who even has the slightest idea of what anime is knows who Haruka and Michiru are.  They are kinda the face of homosexual relationships in anime.  Just saying.

Personally, I completely adore the dynamic between these two.  Michiru’s refined and traditionally lady-like personality perfectly balances out Haruka’s more tomboyish and teasing one.  Not only that but neither one is the obvious “leader”.  Neither one just drags the other through life.  They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and they make up for each other’s faults.  This, to me, is amazingly beautiful.

2) Yuuri and Victor from Yuri!!! On Ice


We were born to ship Victuri~!

How could I make a canon homosexual couples ship list without including Victor and Yuuri?  These two are the newest poster children for gay male couples in non-yaoi animes.  I seriously don’t know how you walk into the anime community at this point and not know about these two cuties.

It goes without saying what I completely adore about these two, but I’ll say it anyway.  These two not only are adorable together but also have such a natural and loving relationship.  Which is something that has become increasingly difficult to find in anime across the board.  Not only that, but I also really like the way Victor always helps and is there for Yuuri when he is anxious.  It’s so sweet and it fills me with warm fuzzy feelings.

1) Touya and Yukito from CLAMP


The beautiful soul pair.  The destined star children of CLAMP.

I adore these two beyond what should be humanly possible.  They’re cute, sweet, and are perfect for each other in every way possible.  Both of them care more about the other than themselves which is so sweet and heartwarming to see.  Touya was even willing to give up his only way to see his dead mother and really connect and be able to protect his younger sister for him.  That’s trust right there.  Furthermore, their compatibility is unbelievable.  Yukito is sweet and naive while Touya is playful and protective.  I find is so cute when Yukito is eating so much and Touya playfully teases him about it.  It’s so adorable!

So many cute relationships!  This is great!

I hope that from this blog post you have learned, if you didn’t already know, to appreciate the lovely homosexual relationships found in anime and manga, and have been able to see that these relationships can be just as, if not more, cute as heterosexual relationships.  Homosexual relationships in anime and manga tend to get a pretty bad reputation, so I hope this also showed you that there are many great homosexual relationships in anime and manga.  Not all of them are badly written smut with a whole lot of noncon and kink.

And with that, I wish you all a great Pride Month.  Gay, straight, bi, pan, ace, poly, demi, trans, anything, I spread my love to you all.  Love, understanding, and positivity.  There is enough violence and hate, we don’t need more of it.

Happy 2017 Pride Month!

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RWBY: It IS an Anime

Anime.  What is it?  And what is it not?  Don’t ask me because I don’t know.  And neither does a good majority of the anime community.

Let’s be real here, as much time as we all spend watching anime, not many of us really know what defines an anime as an anime.  Sure, we know that an animated series or movie created in Japan is anime.  That’s a no brainer.  But, when we are confronted with shows that look like they’re anime, but not made in Japan, or shows that have elements of an anime, but again, are not made in Japan, the lines become heavily blurred.  This is where conflict arises.

It really depends on who you ask in the anime community whether a show is an anime or not.  Some specifically restrict the heavenly title of “anime” to series and films only made in Japan.  However, you can ask someone else and they will tell you that as long as it’s in the style of anime — big eyes, over exagerated expressions, ect — then yes, it is an anime.  Then there are people who will shrug and say that they don’t know and move on with their day.  Normally, I am that last person.  However, that doesn’t exactly make for a good blog post does it?

If you ask me, it really doesn’t matter whether these questionable shows are anime or not.  A show is a show and as long as it’s good and I like the art style then I really don’t think it matters.  I’ll watch what I want to watch; end of story.  If you don’t agree then that’s completely fine as well.  As long as you don’t create a superiority complex around that, or begin picking on people because they either are a “nerd” for watching an “anime” or accusing them of not being a “true anime fan” because they watch something that’s a questionable anime, then you do you.  My point is to just be nice to other people.

However, I digress, despite my heavily neutral standpoint on this issue, I would like to put my two cents in on this argument.  I personally lean towards the side of “if it’s in the style of anime, then it’s an anime”.  This is because I feel that it’s slightly exclusionary to put labels on these shows that fall into a grey area just because they are not made in Japan.  Furthermore, there are a couple of points that support these questionable shows.  Here, I will be addressing them while using RWBY as an example.

I could use several other series as an example — Avatar: The Last Airbender for example — but because I am a enormous RWBY fairy, I shall be using this series as an example.  Plus, I haven’t watched any other questionable series — that I know of anyway.  Sorry.

Wow, this is a really long intro.  If you haven’t skipped over it yet, I applaud you!  However, this is getting too much even for me, so let’s begin!

1) It Adheres to the Japanese Meaning of the Word “Anime”


Huh. Uh, well last time I checked, RWBY is an animated series. Can we move on now?

2) It Adheres to the English Definition of the Word “Anime”


Key words, “style of animation originating from Japan” and “a Japanese style”.  Nowhere is it stated that the show must be from Japan.  The requirements for a show to be an anime are very loose, and therefore shows that a lot of the so called “standards” a show must meet in order to be categorized as an anime are very much so made up by the anime community.

Furthermore, the couple of optional things that the definition gives as notes to identify a show as an anime are things that RWBY meets.  Colorful art and characters?  Check.


Futuristic setting or fantastic themes?  Check.  Violence?  Check.


Sexuality?  One word.  Yang.


I think it’s safe to say that RWBY fits the English definition of anime pretty well.

I think that’s that then.  Of course if you don’t agree then that’s completely fine.  This isn’t exactly the debate of the century here.  I do however reccomend you watch RWBY regardless of this topic.  The animation is nice and it gets better and better as the series progresses.  The same can be said about the plot.  If you enjoy video games you will probably enjoy this series as well.

This was a rather silly post, and I don’t think it went anywhere but I still hope you enjoyed reading it all the same.  However, if you are going to take away anything from this post then it should be to just be nice to people, and not harrass others because of silly issues like this.  Just be nice to people.  End of story.

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Beijing’s Picks: Yaoi Edition


I guess this officially makes me a disgrace to the anime community now.

Welcome once again fairies and cheshires to this month’s Beijing’s Picks!  As for this month, we shall be exploring my top three favorite yaoi mangas!  The yaois highlighted in this blog post are exclusive to mangas because that is the predominant media yaoi is seen in.  It is also my personal preference of tending to enjoy manga over anime, but that’s just me.

Despite yaoi being a part anime I do not hold it to the same standards as my overall anime favorites.  I do the same thing for any genre favorite picks.  The reason for my overall picks being overall picks is because of the overall impact that those series left on me after I watched/read them — that’s a lot of “overalls” in one sentence!  With genre picks my criteria is more geared towards character development, plot, and my personal analysis of the characters.  To me there are two types of people: those who put emphasis on plot, and those who put emphasis on characters.  I am the latter of the two.  I of course believe that a good plot is important, but I also belive that a mediocre plot can be upheld by strong characters.  Therefore to me, a story with phenomenal characters is much more important to me than a complex plot — which is probably why I enjoy romance over horror or physiological/deep animes.  Furthermore, because yaoi is a part of the romance genre, I also have picked these based on their romantic qualities such as the character dynamic and developement of the romance.  Yes, yes, all very offical stuffs.

Now that we are clear on the criteria, let us descend into yaoi hell!

3) Love Lesson

“Shall I give you a love lesson?”

A simple phrase is all that it took to send Ayami and Mineyuki down their path of love.

Love Lesson is full of fluffy romance scences between the two protagonists, but still contains healthy doses of smut and angst.  It would be a lie to say that the plot line used in Love Lesson is not over done, but despite the copious amounts of cliché just seeping through the pages, the dynamic of Ayami and Mineyuki’s relationship just continues to pull me in.

Mineyuki is absolutely adorable in his timid way of progressing his relationship with Ayami.  Ayami is his first true love; meaning that while he is experienced in dating others, Ayami has been the first he’s experienced real romantic attraction to, and he’s scared.  Moreover, he  is also afraid of what others will think of their relationship, and rightfully so, with both of them being entertainers.  Mineyuki only wants the best for Ayami and it is shown in the final chapters that he is willing to give up what is most precious to him if it means that Ayami will be safe, prosperous, and happy.  Mineyuki is definately not your typical uke — submissive one in the relationship — who relies on his seme — dominant one in the relationship — to protect him.  If anything, Mineyuki is more of the protector.

But let’s not leave out the sweet cinnamon bun Ayami!  Ayami is absolutely clueless about love which leads to him being rather dependent on Mineyuki — in the respect of love at least.  However that does not mean that Mineyuki is the only one putting any effort into their relationship.  While Mineyuki is insecure about his emotions and scared of what the future holds for the two of them, Ayami is confident and acts a pillar of support for Mineyuki to lean on when he doubts both himself or their relationship.  Because Ayami only knows of true, pure love, he has no doubts that his relationship with Mineyuki is real.  Ayami is definitely the ideal boyfriend!

2) Hana to Usagi


“…I can’t see his face, so I don’t get what he’s thinking, but I think… he’s not a bad person.”

The terribly shy bunny and the cheerful and upbeat delivery guy.  It’s the perfect recipe for romance!

I have already meantioned Hana to Usagi in “Tea Party Talks: My Opinion on Yaoi” which explores my personal opinion on both yaoi and it’s fandom.  There, I use Hana to Usagi as an example of yaoi done well, and here, I stand by that opinion.  Not only is Hana to Usagi adorable and funny, but it also gives highlight to the simplicity of pure romance between two people who love each other.  There is no noncon, incest, or complicated angst, just pure love.  That is not to say that this manga is void of conflict, but the conflict that occurs is out of pure love.  Furthermore, the conflict is not unnecessarily drawn out, and the same conflict doesn’t repeat itself.  The characters fix the problem, talk about it, get to the root of the problem, then establish what must be done so it doesn’t happen again.  You know, like mature adults in a healthy relationship.

See!  If a person who is so insecure that they have to wear a bunny head can have a healthy and happy relationship with someone then — almost — anyone should be able to.  Right?

1) Sayonara Note


“I will do anything for the sake of that smile.  I will let go of you so please don’t notice.  I have always liked [you].”

Love, trust, selflessness, and moving forwards.  All of it tied up in a neat little bow.

This manga.  This manga is — and forever will be — the holy grail of yaoi.  Sayonara Note is a one volume manga that packs a real punch.  To the feels.  Filled to the brim with the angst that comes with pure — thought to be — unrequited love, Sayonara Note will forever leave a — good — dent in your little fairy heart.  Not only are the characters lovely, amazing, and all deserve a big hug, the plot is also well paced, and very thought through.  Our two protagonists — Takumasa and Ken — are both lovely little cinnamon buns who honestly care about each other more than should be humanly possible.

Both Takumasa and Ken are willing to give up on their own love for each other if that means the other will be happy.  Due to each of their selflessness, intense love and care for one another, and lack of communication however, their best trait ends up turning against them.  Both think that they are doing the right thing by letting the other go when really they are only hurting both each other and themselves by doing so.  This is why communication is key in any relationship kids.

However, both learn from this experience and by the end of the manga, they have the happy and healthy relationship that they both deserve.

I recommend this manga to anyone who is interested in romance mangas period.  Despite Sayonara Note being classified as a yaoi/shounen-ai, I honestly believe this manga to be an exemplary manga for romance manga across the board.  Sayonara Note highlights on the purity of true love in an amazing way that is both captivating and truly heart-wrenching.  It is a shame that more people do not know about this manga.

If you couldn’t tell by now, I have an obvious bias towards romances with pure, caring love between innocent little cinnamon buns.  I also tend to bias lesser known mangas for some reason.  Perhaps this is a mindset or perhaps I am subconsciously trying to be a “special little snowflake”.  I have honestly no clue.  In any case, if you are already a yaoi fan fairy then yay!  I just pushed you deeper into yaoi hell!  And if you are new here, even better!  I honestly hope you enjoy living amongst us trash!  But in all seriousness, I do hope you enjoy these titles, and remember, love is love, no matter the form it takes.

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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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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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