Twin Tail Day- 2/2

The Japanese government has officially designated February 2nd as twin-tail day. I want to share some of my favorite anime themed characters with twin-tails! I say themed because some of my favorite artwork may not be from any specific anime but they may be from video games or even Vocaloid characters which are drawn in anime style.

My list is in no particular order and may also have some characters which don’t always have twin-tails or may not have full twin-tails but partial, but in my mind they still count. =^_^=

Let’s do this!

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  1. Usagi Tsukino/ Serena Tsukino from the Sailor Moon Series
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    Usagi Tsukino not only was the first character with twin-tails that I had ever seen but she was also the heroine in the first anime that I had ever seen. However, I started off with the original North American airing of Sailor Moon by DiC not the original Japanese or the new Sailor Moon Crystal. Either way though, I still really enjoyed the series as well as the character.

  2. Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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    Now, I understand that Homura doesn’t really have twin-tails in some of the timelines but one of my favorite versions of her was when she had the twin-tail braids =^_^= I feel that for her reasoning and resolve in regards to the wish she made to become a magical girl, the moe look suits her very well.

  3. Hatsune Miku Virtual Diva
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    Hatsune Miku is not from any anime, however, there are many manga featuring her now as well as plenty of illustrations and figures depicting her in an anime style. She’s super adorable and I really love the music that people create with her voicebank 😀

  4. Hiiragi Kagami from Lucky Star
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    Because who doesn’t enjoy a tsundere with twin-tails with a secret passion for yaoi manga!

  5. Primula from Shuffle!
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    She is one of my favorite characters from Shuffle! She’s just so darn adorable!

  6. Shizuku Mizutani from My Little Monster
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    My Little Monster is by far one of my favorite anime and Shizuku is easily one of my top anime characters. I really enjoyed watching her grow and watching her attitude change.

  7. Callie from the Wii U game Splatoon 
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    It counts!

  8. Rise Kujikawa from the Persona 4 games
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    Rise was easily my second favorite female character from Persona 4 Golden. I really wish she’d been playable in battle though. She will be who I decide to have a relationship with in my second play through in the game. My first choice was Yukiko Amagi :3

  9. Sasami from the Tenchi Muyo series
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    Sasami is another one of my first favorite anime characters =^_^= She’s just extremely adorable

  10. Tiara from Shamanic Princess
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    This series always amazed me with it’s artwork as well as its music and even though there aren’t many characters, Tiara really stood out. It wasn’t just her hair or her outfit though, it was her personality. This is a series I really need to go back and watch!

There it is! My top 10 anime themed characters with twin tails! I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!

 

Persona5 The Animation- THE DAY BREAKERS- Episode 0

When I first saw that there would be a Persona 5 animation released before the game, I stayed away from it, fearing spoilers. I later read that it would contain no story line spoilers for the game at all.

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10 Anime Inspired Cakes

Hi, hi! How about some anime inspired cakes for your Friday! ^_^

None of these were made by me. They were all found online and credited to the creator or the pages they were found on.

(Yes, I know some are from games, but those games have anime series’ too ^.^)

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From Rebloggy
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From Halboor
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From Deviantart
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From Mattyeatscakes
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From Cherylthepiglady
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From Deliciously Yummy Sydney
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LootAnime- School Life Unboxing

Okay, so I’ve had quite a few Loot Crate subscription boxes before. The first one was okay so I kept getting them hoping that they would get better.

They got worse.

I became increasingly disappointed at the arrangement of items that was put into each box for the money I was spending. Eventually, I ended my subscription and only ordered one more when there was one that I knew would have an X-Files T-shirt in it.

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The anime ones, however, always looked really exciting to me. When I saw that this months was going to have Danganronpa and Persona 3 items, both of which I am currently playing, as well as Fruits Basket which I’ve read and seen and Digimon (Oh nostalgia!) items, I had to get it.

I will say I had my hopes up for a Danganronpa shirt and was let down. However, The rest of the items were awesome! Even the Danganronpa item was pretty neat!

If you are awaiting your LootAnime crate and have not yet received it and want your items to be a surprise do not read further as I will be posting the items below.

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I have yet to see Revolutionary Girl Utena, but it’s on my list! This bento box for it is adorable though and I was so amazed that it actually came with its own chopsticks! I’m also super happy that it’s two tiered and that it comes with a divider! 😄

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When I saw the Danganronpa item was a tie, I really hoped for a bow tie because I received a bow tie in another crate and use it as a hair bow, but I’m sure I can figure out how to use this one in my hair as well! (Still kinda bummed that it wasn’t a shirt though. )

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The back to school phone charm was a nice addition because it has attachments to loop it through those holes on some phones as well as a normal clasp and a headphone jack attachment.

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The Fruits Basket key chains are just absolutely adorable! I loved Fruits Basket so much and to have little chibi Fruits Basket characters of my own makes it even more awesome. However, I do not think that I will be using them as charms or key chains for anything because I’m afraid they might be a little too fragile to be banged around. 20160829_130041

I have not seen Assassination Classroom yet but I do really like the magnetic marker board that I got because I really needed something like that to help keep me organized! Plus, having it around will force me to watch it because I refuse to hang something up or to wear anything that has characters from something I haven’t seen haha!

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I haven’t finished Persona 3 Portable yet (that’s the Persona 3 game I decided to start with), so I probably won’t read the manga until I’m finished so I can avoid any spoilers for myself but it was so awesome to get a manga in my loot crate! That will also prompt me to finish the game more quickly so that I can sit down and read the manga!

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The Digimon Adventure Tri prints were a fantastic addition as well. I love having any kind of nice professional anime artwork around. I can’t wait to frame them and hang them up!

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Finally, within the loot crate there was a ginormous poster! It’s super cute but sadly I don’t think the folds in it will come out so I don’t think it will look super awesome hung up. 😢

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Overall, I’m so  glad that I decided to get this one! I was not disappointed at all! I will absolutely be getting more of the LootAnime crates in the future! ^_^

And if you guys want to check out the next LootAnime or any other Loot Crates you can sign up with my link here! You’ll get $5 off just for using the link!

 

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?/Is The Order a Rabbit? S1

ItoarIf you like super adorable, moe-blob, slice of life anime then Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka (also known as GochiUsa and Is the Order a Rabbit?) is for you!

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The Wind Rises

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****Spoilers Ahead****

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My love of anime started with Sailor Moon, but shortly after that I discovered Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. My first Ghibli film was Kiki’s Delivery Service but I quickly expanded and watched whatever I could find. I have yet to see all of these works and am slowly enjoying them, I was able to recently sit down and watch The Wind Rises.

As I remember Miyazaki’s works, I always think of something sort of supernatural or magical. For instance, in Kiki’s Delivery Service there are witches, in Howl’s Moving Castle there are wizards, spells, portals and all sorts of magical instances, etc. I also remember that in every Miyazaki film that I had seen prior to The Wind Rises, the main protagonist was always a female. So, when I sat down to watch this movie I was shocked to learn that the main protagonist was instead, a male. It was a nice change for sure.

The Wind Rises really captivated me with its non-magical story about Jiro Horikoshi, a young boy who dreamed of becoming an aeronautical engineer after realizing that his eyesight would prevent him from becoming a pilot and being encouraged by Caproni in a dream. 


The Wind Rises is set during the years after World War I and up into World War II. Jiro, on his way to university, is traveling via train when the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 strikes. There he meets a young girl named Naoko and her maid. Jiro quickly provides aid when the maid has broken her leg. After providing aid, Jiro quickly leaves without giving the two his name.

In 1927, Jiro and his friend Kiro Honjo graduate together and move on to a job together at Mitsubishi. They are assigned to design a fighter plane, known as The Falcon, for the Imperial Army. After the testing for this plane fails, the two are sent to Germany to do technical research on German fighter planes.

In 1932, Jiro gets promoted to chief designer for a fighter plane to compete again for their plane to have a spot with the Imperial Army. After failing again, Jiro takes a summer vacation and meets Naoko again. The two become engaged and eventually, are married.

Naoko becomes a serious inspiration for Jiro, even though she is very ill with tuberculosis, encouraging him to work hard and telling him he will be successful.

Jiro leaves to the test flight of his successful aircraft.. While the testing is happening, Jiro gets a sense from the wind that Naoko is no longer with him.

In 1945, after Japan has lost the war, Naoko and Jiro’s inspiration for plane building, Caproni, come to Jiro in a dream telling him that he did a great job. Naoko then tells Jiro  it’s his time to be happy.

The story telling in this particular movie was excellent. While there were many fictional elements of this movie there were also a few historical truths as well.

Jiro Horikoshi did exist and did create planes, some of which were used in the war. The real Jiro was opposed to the war and the fighting. His friend Kiro, was also a real person who created planes for Mitsubishi. The time line is also accurate as well. The earthquake did happen as well as the war and the damage caused by the war.

The art was classic Miyazaki. Simplistic eyes and hair. Not like what you see in modern anime. There are no unrealistic highlights in the hair and the eyes aren’t huge. (Don’t get me wrong, I love modern anime style. However, I also enjoy the style of Miyazaki where things are kept simple. Especially in a movie like this where there is so much sadness and destruction.)

One of the things I love about Miyazaki’s art style is the dullness of the hair. I’m not saying everyone has dull hair, but you definitely cannot see shiny highlights of our hair in the dark. I also think the simplistic color schemes used help keep viewers focused on the heart of the story.

This film actually caused some controversy in Japan. It received criticism from the political left and right and from an anti-smoking group. Liberals in Japan were frustrated that it was a warplane engineer that was the protagonist. They wondered why Miyazaki would make a film that seemed to be flattering the man. I, however, think that this film simply portrayed what happened in history. In the movie, Jiro never really specifically is shown to be for or against the war.  As for the actual Jiro, he was against the fighting so I believe these arguments really hold no validity.

The score for this movie was composed and conducted by Joe Hisaishi who is known for many other Miyazaki works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Howl’s Moving Castle. He is also known for scores from Mobile Suit Gundam Movie II: Soldiers of Sorrow, Mobile Suit Gundam Movie II: Encounters in Space, and the video game: Ni no Kuni.

The score was performed by the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Overall, I felt that this movie was great. I loved the historical truths behind it as well as the added love story. I enjoyed that lack of magic and the fact that it was real. The music was perfect and kept me captivated. (I’m not a music critic! I can’t play or read music so I can’t say a whole lot there.)

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The Wind Rises

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Produced by: Toshio Suzuki

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki

Based on: Kaze Tachinu by Hayo Miyazaki

Produced by: Studio Ghibli

–All un-credited screenshots were taken and edited by me