365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 151/365 Kohaku

Day 151/365

Kohaku

From the anime Wish, Kohaku is a kind hearted angel that went to earth one day to find her mentor. In her search she gets attacked by a crow and stuck in a tree, fortunately Shuichirou, a young doctor was around to save her and now she feels she must repay his kind deed.

Why I like her: Completely adorably and very cute. Technically she has no gender because of her angel status, but most refer to her as a girl anyway since she is so feminine in her behaviour.

Why I hate her: So clumsy and rather innocent to the point of being annoyingly clueless.

Overall: This is a wonderful official music video from CLAMP's manga Wish. I really think it needs more than just a music video turned into an anime.

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365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 150/365 Simon

Day 150/365

Simon

From the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon starts off as a young boy who lost his parents in an earthquake so he decides to become a great digger. One day a man named Kamina comes to Giha Village where Simon lives and works, Kamina then recruits Simon to be part of the "Team Gurren". Simon finds a Core Drill while digging one day that starts up a mecha, which Kamina names the "Lagann". With this new power they go on an adventure to the surface of the world. As years go by, Simon basically turns into a ruler and has to deal with making big decisions while protecting everyone too.

Why I like him: I really enjoyed the relationship he had with Kamina. They really did seem like brothers and sure acted like it too. I like that he grew up during the series, and while he did keep a few timidness to him he grew a nice set of balls and knew how to use them.

Why I hate him: Typical wishy washy moments were rather annoying throughout the show.

Overall: Simon starts off as a  typical cliche boy character with no real will of his own and after meeting Kamina he instantly blooms. TTGL is a great show about growing up and maturing from a boy to a man.

Simon's mecha forms

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365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 149/365 Ichiro Irabu

Day 149/365

Ichiro Irabu

From the anime Kuuchuu Buranko, Ichiro Irabu is a doctor who specialist in psychotherapy. He is a very eccentric doctor and does things that most other doctors would never dream of doing in his own strange ways. He has a nurse, Mayumi, that helps him out with his practice at the clinic.

Why I like him: He was interesting even though he made me feel awfully uncomfortable pretty much all the time. I liked that he could somehow change his shape. Nothing says intriguing like a little child or a green bear serving patients.

Why I hate him: His love of needles freaked me out. He was always getting his hot nurse Mayumi to inject patients with them even if he didn't know what was wrong with them. Since he is a doctor that is instantly a dislike of mine because I have a

Overall: I just really don't like doctors... Especially really strange ones no matter how interesting they are suppose to be. I do suggest checking the show out if you like psychological and very abstract shows.

Nurse Mayumi

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365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 148/365 Jinnosuke

Day 148/365

Jinnosuke AKA Kuma

Jinnosuke AKA Kuma

From the anime Afro Samurai, Jinnosuke AKA Kuma meaning bear, is a swordsman who wears a cybernetic teddy bear mask. He was good friends with Afro but once Afro killed their master for the Number Two headband, Kuma vowed vengeance against him.

Why I like him: Wearing a teddy bear head while fighting it quite interesting and it is hilarious to watch a man in a bear suit fight. I enjoy cyborg people as well.

Why I hate him: There wasn't much else to him other than the bear suit. There was some interesting drama but rather annoying and cliche at the same time.

Overall: Strange characters mixed with entertaining action. Don't look for a deep plot here but do plan to enjoy yourself.

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Inspired and Effected by Anime: Growing up with Sailor Moon

Inspired and Effected by Anime is a series that is going to be random stories about how these particular anime series have effected my life and even inspired change to the way I do things. There are no spoilers in this post. But in all honesty does anyone really care about a Sailor Moon spoilers at this point? XD

I remember getting up early every morning just to watch some Sailor Moon with my sister before we wandered off to school. After school of course was Dragon Ball before we even knew about Sailor Moon, among plenty of others added to the watching list as the years rolled by. But Sailor Moon was special.

Oh noes! Late waking up to watch Sailor Moon!

My sister adored the show way before I even got into it. My best friend and I would make fun of her to no end about watching it and we even came up with a hilarious spoof song for the intro. I wish I could remember it today because it would make my sister so mad when we would sing it at her. My friend and I were kinda bullies sometimes but never really bad ones. Especially since we were older than my sister. You know how older siblings are when they have friends around to show off in front of. 😛

Anyway at that point we had only sat through the intro and like most intro's seem to be when changed into English, it was terrible. So how could the show be any good? We wondered, so one day we actually sat down and watched an episode. I couldn't even tell you which episode was my first but I know it was somewhere in the later half of the first series. You know the one with Queen  Beryl and when all the sailor scouts were found. Which ever episode it was, it left a very favourable taste in our mouths and we needed to see more.

Ah the good old days

These days I would never watch a series like that. Basically starting at the end and then going back to see how it all started. It bothered me a little at the time but well, when you are a kid, sometimes order doesn't really matter. Just how entertaining it is. Sailor Moon isn't all that complicated anyway being a magical girl show and all. Girl gets powers, must fight evil, and win the love of the guy she has a crush on. Oh and go to school too cause that's important to having no one find out you have super powers! That is what I assumed anyway even though they looked basically the same when transformed... lol

I remember taping (yeah you know VHS tapes!) almost every episode just so I could re-watch the series any time I wanted too. There would be tonnes of sleepovers that consisted of watching tape after tape of Sailor Moon all weekend, among some other shows for many years after it was finished airing. I started taping the newer episodes as well. This is hilarious to me because one of the sole reasons for the tapes was so I could pause on certain scenes and draw out what I saw. My best friend was WAY better at drawing than I was and could do it all from memory and even make up her own poses, where I of course needed the real thing right there in front of me. My sister too so I didn't feel all that bad. I really liked drawing Sailor Mercury since she is my favourite. If I had a scanner I'd post some of the better ones so everyone could laugh at them but I don't so you'll just have to imagine how "interesting" they turned out. I can't believe I still have those. At least I have SOMETHING from back then that didn't get tossed out.

Pictures above drawn by Tetiel. Very awesome and super cute!

I think out of all the Sailor Moon stuff there is we enjoyed watching Sailor Moon R the most. That's the one with the Black Moon Clan. A lot of my favourite characters along with some of the best scenes in the entire franchise come from this arc as well. Something always draws me to the baddies in anime I suppose. Especially when they are being super awesome in their rolls. Since we enjoyed this season so much we started to mock play with it. This was done between my sister and I. Sometimes my friend would be involved but not often. I remember spending hours making little transformation wands and learning the exact lines and movements for each transformation scenes and using their power scenes. We would spend hours upon hours in our basement playing around, making up new stories and adventures that the scouts and the Black Moon Clan would encounter. Again I wish I still had those wands but parents being parents threw them away.


Let the battle begin!

It was nice when we were at the cottage to play around with this because there was so much more space and we could run around and climb trees. We were so energetic and close back then. Eventually we moved off of Sailor Moon and went at mock play with Mortal Kombat when the movie came out. LOL! After all, martial arts is a little more fun to run around and pretend you are doing than dancing up some magical girl pose. Not to mention playing with bamboo sticks pretending they are swords and staffs! Sometimes I wonder where that part of us went but then I remember, oh yeah, we grew up and moved away from each other. Looking back at times like this makes me happy that I had a sister that was so close in age to me because we could play together and not feel "uncool" about it. At least we still say stupid stuff and laugh at one another when we think back to this Sailor Moon time of our lives.

Talking cats Luna and Artemis

Like a lot of other anime fans out there, I have Sailor Moon to thank for helping me get more into anime. Sailor Moon was a great gateway anime to get me started with baby steps. Much like Dragon Ball was too. Sometimes I wonder why we didn't do the same kind of thing with Dragon Ball, but I suppose it could be that we are of course girls. Even if we were pretty tomboyish girls when we were young, there was still enough girlishness to us that drew us to Sailor Moon for play instead. Thank you Sailor Moon and thank you for helping me bond further with my sister too. We are magical girls at heart always. Good times!

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