Anime and Gender Norms

What I’ve noticed throughout the few months of being into the anime scene is that it is highly judgmental if you’re male or female when watching certain anime.

Although, I do love that anime has recently become more gender neutral over the past few months as I have gotten deeper into the fandoms.

Attack on Titan, for example, showcases situations that females would normally be the “damsel in distress” but they put everyone at risk for death, not just females. Noragami also caters to a gender neutral audience. It’s just when you get into the anime’s that feature women with abnormally large busts, yaoi and yuri that are obviously catered to a specific audience in mind.

What I would like to see in the future is less about the gender of the viewer and more of why that person decides to watch a certain anime. I watched Attack on Titan and Noragami because of the recommendation of my roommate but I only kept watching it because I was interested in the content presented.

Being Obsessed with Anime: is it bad?

A lot of my non-anime friends have recently asked me if I was okay. Am I sick? Am I going through a rough time? Maybe. But the reason they were asking me this is because of my recent liking to anime. Today, I will answer some common statements I get from people.

“Oh my goodness how are you into that?” 

“Why do you like Attack on Titan so much, it’s all you talk about.”

I have to admit, I am becoming more and more into the anime scene and it has to do because of my liking to Attack on Titan. But I don’t see it as a bad thing like others do.

Anime has helped my panic attacks become less and less, especially with the introduction of fan fiction and RP’s lately. It helps me become sleepy and tired to guide me straight into sleep or sometimes I end up falling asleep with my phone in my face

Anime, specifically Attack on Titan, has also led me to a new group of online friends who understand what I go through in day to day life, like my panic attacks.

“But everyone out there is a creepy 44-year-old man pedophile person.”

No, they are not. these select few people and I have been in group chats with other people where we have seen each other’s faces  to put with our Tumblr pages. These people get me through the day and vice versa. Some are slightly older than me, some are younger, but what we all have in common is what matters.

“But it will make you believe in crazy things like magic and violence.”

The same can be said about me watching Harry Potter and playing Call of Duty. Just because I watch Harry Potter doesn’t make me think magic is real and playing Call of Duty does not make me want to be violent.

“I’m not into anime, I don’t know how you like that stuff. It’s boring”

Oh sweetie. I’ve been saying the same thing for over four years and all it took was one exceptional anime to for this to happen to me. My reasoning over this is because I like action with a good plot and Attack on Titan brings that to the table.

 

That’s how being obsessed with anime is not a bad thing for me. Do you think anime could be considered a bad thing at some point?

Role-Playing and Anime

Role-Playing, Or RP’s, is a popular activity for anime fans across all fandoms. Role-Playing is the act of impersonating your favorite character from an anime series with another person as another character and to talk to back and forth as those characters.

Most RP’s are of someone’s OTP (One True Pairing) or a couple they ship together. I am currently in a RP with someone with the ship JeanMarco from Attack on Titan.

The girl I am in the RP in with is Marco Bodt while I am Jean Kirschtein and we get together on Skype chat to talk to each other as those characters. The characters choose the plot of the story and there is no set end or plans for plot unless spoken and agreed upon OOC (Out Of Character: as ourselves).

Marco Bodt

Marco Bodt from Attack on Titan

I was really scared at first to try it. What if I wasn’t good enough? What if they got angry with me when I was trying to learn how to do this? I was really fortunate to have paired up with someone on Omegle one day who was patient with me from the start and the RP we have going is so great, I am writing a fan fiction based off of it.

Another great thing about role-playing is that you can become the character and feel what they are feeling in the RP and you can channel what they are presented as in the anime and bring that in as well.

Jean Kirschtein

Jean Kirschtein from Attack on Titan

When role-playing Jean, you have to channel his arrogance, anger, sadness, and selfishness all at once, since he changes in the anime after Marco dies and loses the only person who believed in him. Jean also happens to be in my Top 3 males from SNK that I like and to role play him almost comes second nature. It might also have to do with me having the same amount of patience as Jean, which is in the negative. I can honestly say, when I am Jean, I get all giddy with feelings because I ship JeanMarco like peanut butter and jelly and admit it, I am Jean Kirschtein from Trost *wink wink*. 

 

 

So if you or anyone wants to try Role-Playing anime characters or ships I recommend few things:

1. Choose a ship/pairing that you ship and make sure the character is someone you like: You won’t be interested if it’s a character you don’t like or understand.

2. Don’t stress over it, everything is improvised: You think of lines and plot as it goes on. It doesn’t have to be a long , on-going story.

3. Get to know your RP partner OOC. It helps you feel comfortable being in a RP with them in the long-run if you plan on doing it for more than one round or story line.

4. Have fun: This is your chance to act as your favorite character with someone else. Have fun and enjoy being a fictional character for a while.

Testing New Waters: Watching a New Anime

If you’re someone like me who is afraid to try new things, then you might know where I’m coming from with this post.

I am a junior in college and I haven’t even so much as passed a glance at anime since high school when my roommate showed me Attack on Titan in August. I was skeptical, of course. Every anime I was shown since 2010 only kept my interest until the end of the first episode.

Since entering the Attack on Titan fandom, I have been afraid of trying out a new anime. Am I replacing Attack on Titan as my favorite anime? Will I compare a completely different anime to Attack on Titan? Is it even possible to like another anime as much as I like Attack on Titan?

It’s been on my mind for a while now. I have, however, chosen to at least sit through, at minimum, the 1st three episodes of Noragami. I chose this anime because of my roommate’s recommendation and also because Levi and Eren’s Voice actors are in it, so I can have comfort having something from Attack on Titan in there.

My consensus? I’m already on episode 5 and I can’t stop watching it. I may have discovered a new fandom to belong to. I realized that i’m not  replacing Attack on Titan like I thought I would. I’m still scared to try anything that my roommate wont recommend, but I am glad I decided to watch this anime

Bryce Papenbrook Announced as Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan Dub

Bryce Papenbrooke Facebook cover photo

Bryce Papenbrook changes his Facebook cover photo to Eren’s eyes after the announcement at Anime Boston on March 22, 2014

The news numerous Attack on Titan fans have been impatiently waiting for since Funimation released the English cast of the series has finally been announced. Bryce Papenbrook, known for his role in Blue Exorcist as Rin Okumura and Red from Pokemon Origins, has been revealed at Anime Boston today as Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan.

As the main protagonist of the series, Bryce will be leading the way into the dubbed version of the series. Click here to see the official trailer of Attack On Titan dub and hear a clip of Bryce Papenbrook as Eren!

What do you think of Funimation’s choice for Eren?

Final Round of Attack On Titan dub voice actors revealed

630xAlas, We have reached the final day of voice actor releases. Yesterday the voice actor for Mikasa Ackerman was released along with Mina Carolina. Today, the voices of Armin Arlert, Reiner Braun, and Annie Leonhardt was also released. This leaves Eren’s reveal for Anime Boston and I have a feeling most of us can guess who it is and I am not happy about it.

Here you go guys, the last reveal list for Attack on Titan English dub voices. Click here for a clip of Mikasa and the group and click here for a clip of Armin, Marco, Reiner, and Annie

Also check out bertl-bear-the-titan on tumblr. He is the one posting all the clips and releases and go to Funimation’s website for up-to-date information about the series.

* Mikasa Ackerman – Trina Nishimura
* Reiner Braun – Robert McCollum
* Annie Leonhardt – Lauren Landa
* Armin Arlert– Josh Grelle
* Mina Carolina – Alexis Tipton
* Thomas Wagner – Duncan Brannan
Hugo – Tyson Rinehart
Ian – Scott Freeman
Milieus – Joel McDonald
Mitabi – Kyle Hebert
Mobb – Matthew Ham
Samuel – Dave Trosko
Tom – Tyler Walker
Wald – Barry Yandell
Woerman – Christopher Sabat

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Second and Third Round of Attack on Titan Dub Voice Actors Released

Guys, I’m just so excited because the guy that voices Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 is Levi. (Please excuse me while I go fangirl in the corner!!)

Okay guys I’m back! WOW! I am so excited with all these released names. I’ve heard snippets of the voice actors of Jean, Sasha, and Connie and I couldn’t be more excited. I think Connie’s voice actor is just perfect for the role. As an Attack on Space fan, I am used to Jonah Scott as Jean, but I think Mike’s voice will grow on me. Without further ado, here is the next two waves of characters and voice actors! You can also click here for the Jean/Connie/Sasha voice snippet and click here for the Levi/Petra/Hanji snippet!

* Jean Kirschtein – Mike McFarland
* Sasha Braus – Ashly Burch
* Connie Springer– Clifford Chapin
* Christa Lenz – Bryn Apprill
* Ymir – Elizabeth Maxwell
* Levi – Matthew Mercer
* Petra Ral – Caitlin Glass
* Hanji Zoe – Jessica Calvello
Bertholdt Fubar – David Matranga
Rico Brzenska – Morgan Garrett
Dot Pixis – R. Bruce Elliot
Hanna – Tia Ballard
Franz – James Chandler
Anka Rheinberger  – Jamie Marchi
Gustav – Keith Kubal
Daz – Brad Venable
Nack Tius – Will Short

First Round of Attack On Titan Dub Voice Actors Released

Exciting News! Today, Funimation released the the first batch of voice actors for the dubbed series of Attack On Titan. Today’s reveal included the following characters with their voice actors, respectively:

* Erwin Smith: J. Michael Tatum
* Marco Bodt: Austin Tindle
Keith Shadis: Patrick Seitz
Carla Jaeger: Jessica Cavanagh
Grisha Jaeger: Chris Hury
Hannes: David Wald
Moses: Jeff Johnson

I realized that they did not reveal any of the main characters or fan favorites today. I won’t be surprised if they wait until either the last day of their reveal series or the day of Anime Boston in two weeks for those. Those who attend Anime Boston will also have the privilege of watching the full first episode of Attack on Titan in English before anyone else.

I am honestly scared and excited to learn the rest of the names. I dislike one voice actor in particular that Funimation loves to use for every anime and I am hoping he is not in it. Otherwise, I am please so far with the cast.

This is Real, This is Me: The Troubles of an Overweight cosplayer

As I made my way back to school on Wednesday after my break, my roommate and I were talking about the upcoming con we are both going to and who we plan to cosplay as for the weekend. The number one issue we both noticed concerning our cosplay ideas? Body image.

I spoke about doing a “sexy” version (one which requires a push up bra) of an Attack on Titan character for one day, while she spoke of doing a cosplay involving a bathing suit cut bottom. We are both hesitant simply because of what society tells us what we should look like as women and we definitely don’t fit that “norm.” Some might say we are doing it for the attention, in which we are not, but we want to do it because that’s who we like most and we just want to be our favorite character for a day.

The two categories or groups that cosplayers tend to receive the most negative feedback are African Americans and overweight people. I fall into that overweight category.

resizeeeWhen my roommate had her 19th birthday party, it was a costume party so I made a casual cosplay of my favorite Attack on Titan character and I had a blast that night. Being able to be someone who, even though is fictional, inspires me to be me is one of the best feelings one can have. I haven’t been into anime for long, but it’s something that I want to do without worrying about people judging me simply because I am not a size 4.

Why can’t we just let people cosplay who they want and not judge them if they aren’t the same skin color or weight? We are talking about fictional, 2D animated characters. No one will look exactly like who they cosplay.

Cosplaying is supposed to be fun and exciting for everyone and most people don’t know how much money and time goes into most of them. My only wish is that one day we can let go of what society wants us to look like once we step into the convention doors and just have fun.

Anime, Mardi Gras, and Sleep, Oh My!

Today is my first full day of Mardi Gras break from school. I keep getting asked by my friends who don’t live here in Southern Louisiana if I’m going to parades and which ones I’m going to. I simply tell them no and every response I get is “are you crazy? why?”

My answer is this.

I am not a large crowd type of person. I am in constant fear that I will be the one who gets mugged, pickpocketed, and so on. I am also the person, who for the past several years, just stayed home and done nothing. If i did go to a parade, I was with friends at all times and it was always a small parade.

Obviously, now that I am into anime, my options for entertainment have increased, but I just don’t see the big spectacle in pushing people for plastic beads that I already have a lot of.

So what will I do with 5 days off? Of course I have some work to get a head start on for school, but i’m not stressing myself over it. Instead I’ll read fan fiction, sleep, and spend time with my mom. There’s no better way I could imagine spending my break.

I know it’s different for people who are not from around here, I get that! I love experiencing new things in different places. But for me, this is what Mardi Gras is to me. Time to have some relaxation and peace.