Month: February 2014

My Top 5 Attack on Titan Fan Fiction Recs

Fan Fiction has become an essential part of my life lately and I feel like I should recommend a few of my favorites to those who might want to start reading. These will be in the order my favorite to the least favorite, although, they have all equally gained my approval for quality. I also judge update consistency in the order. They will be of the Attack On Titan fandom only and the stories will be linked as well if you want to read them. These are not all of my favorites, but simply the ones I recently enjoyed.

** = NSFW (Not Safe For Work/sexual material)
♦ = Fluff (cute things, cuddling, ect)

Main Paring: Ereri (Eren x Levi)

1. The Intern by Lutte (**, not complete) :

I love this fic. The plot is very well thought out and the characters are representations of their canon counterparts in a way. The author updates every Thursday and is very consistent with the story flow: not moving too fast nor too slow. I am pleased with the overall story and I look forward to Thursdays for the updates. The author also incorporates names and places into the story from the series that makes it more credible as an Attack on Titan fan fic.

2. In This Life by TheArtOfWar (♦, not complete):

This is the best reincarnation fic I have read for this fandom. The characters are basically set in the modern world but remember their past lives as people who fought titans. Most of them have the same names in their new life as well and they try to live as normally as possible, considering they didn’t have a normal life in the past one. This was one of those stories that I found when I wasn’t looking for it and I’m glad I did. It also has Fem!Levi (Levi got reincarnated into a girl) and it give this fic that dash of something different!

3. Help Me Stand by Ichigoangel (**,self-harm, complete):
This fic made me cry at points. This is about Eren and Levi both going through tough times and life and having to deal with addictions  and self-harm because of traumatic events that occurred to them. It’s a story of how each other is their lifeline and being able to eventually overcome hardship in life.

4. Blind Date by Daktasanity (**, not complete):
This fic is for those who don’t mind a fast pace into the relationship. This was also another one of those “found while not looking for” fics and I can say with the newer chapters, Levi’s sweet side has been coming out in which I personally like. Levi is not much of an emotional person in the anime so I love reading Levi being a sappy romantic at some point.

5. The Hand That Saves by Aeronightstructures (angst, not complete):
This would have been higher on my list if it wasn’t for the lack of updates this seems to have, I would really like to see what continues to happen. This fic is in canon verse and is set 10 years in the future from where the manga currently is. I love seeing this as a “what if” to the series.

*Note: You can skip the NSFW scenes in these fics without losing much plot. It’s understandable that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Please don’t let this hinder you from reading these fics.


My Daily Dose of Fan Fiction

My mornings consist of me doing several things: checking my email, brushing my teeth, and making coffee.  Now why would I check my email first?

My alarm went off at 7 am this morning, two hours before the start of my first class. When I checked my mailbox, these types emails wake me up faster than any cup of coffee ever could. Fanfic Notification

I’m not looking to see if a restaurant sent me a coupon. I am also not looking to see if my significant other sent me a cute message (we have texting for that now anyway). What I am looking for is to see if one of the 50 fan fictions I follow updated while I was sleeping.

Fan fiction is a work of fiction from a fandom usually written by unpublished, non-professional authors (the fans!). They host these stories on sites such as Archive of Our Own (AO3) for people to read and indulge in fantasies that is not present in the actual series. Most stories focus on couple pairings in AU’s (Alternate Universe) but also have canon verse, which is a universe that is the same as the series, but a different story line takes place. I read stories from the Attack on Titan fandom exclusively and sites such as AO3 give you advance search options to sort through fandoms, pairings, ratings, and much more.

Fan Fic NotificationOne of my favorites that I am reading right now is called “The Intern” by Lutte. It is a multi-chapter story that hosts the Attack on Titan characters in a modern AU and the main pairing is Ereri (Eren Jaeger and Levi; it’s also the most popular pairing in the series). It’s about Eren having an internship at “The Survey Corporation” and how one ride in the elevator of his apartment complex changed his life forever. Most AU’s have important names and places from the series uniquely worked in each story.

Do you read fan fiction? What is your favorite at the moment?

Mechacon X: My First Con!

I am so excited tonight guys.

Tonight I secured my hotel room for Mechacon X, the anime convention that takes place in New Orleans, LA every August. This is the 10th year Mechacon holds the annual convention in southern Louisiana; the 4th year of it being held in New Orleans.

This con started off pretty rocky, with its opening weekend in August 2005 in Lafayette, LA, closing mere hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast.  Mechacon bounced back and averaged 11,300 (turnstile attendees) for Mechacon IX in August 2013.

This also will be my first anime convention since entering the world of anime last September. I will be staying with my college roommate and 2 other friends at the hotel so we won’t have to worry about driving to and from the convention (plus it means we can buy things and just drop it off in the room, which is great!) The features of Mechacon include cosplayers (people dressing up as anime characters), vendors selling anime merchandise, panels (usually voice actors, sometimes authors) and much more. The con even includes a rave on the 2nd night of the convention.

Have any of you been to a con before? Maybe some of you are Mechacon attendees? If you have any tips or advice about getting the most out of anime conventions, please feel free to share some tips in a comment!


The Reality of Being Obsessed With Anime

Okay, so maybe It should be “an anime”

This weekend is the weekend of my grandmother’s funeral. Now, before you throw out all the “I’m sorry for your loss” lines, let me tell you why I am dealing with situation better than how I handled my grandfather’s passing. The answer is simple: Attack on Titan.

Attack On Titan character posterNow most of you may or may not have heard about the most popular new anime of 2013, but if you haven’t, let me give you a quick synopsis of what this anime is like. Shingeki No Kyojin, or in English, Attack on Titan, is a Japanese manga written and drawn by Hajime Isayama. It’s set in world where humans live in cities surrounded by 50 meter (approximately 164 ft)  walls to protect them from titans, which are giant human-like creatures who consume humans for no obvious reason. The story follows 15-year-olds Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, Armin Arlert and a host of other teenagers who join the military in effort to defeat the titans and protect the citizens, depending on what branch each cadet chooses.

The story line is deeper than just that, but I would hate to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it (in which I highly recommend, but my full review of the anime will be at a later date)

Now how can a violent, bloody, and adrenaline rush filled anime bring comfort to me at a time like this? The answer to that is in the characters. They experience human loss at an alarming rate. They don’t have time to mourn, but when they do, they turn it into motivation to do better; to be a better person in honor of fallen comrades. That’s what I’m doing with this situation. I may have a few days to mourn, but school isn’t going to wait for me forever for me to get over it. I’m using this as motivation to make my grandmother proud of me in everything I do in honor of her.

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Anime: Not Your Typical American Cartoon

Being a 90’s kid, I grew up watching cartoons like any normal child. I watched Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows throughout the day and grew up with Spongebob Squarepants, The Rugrats, plus more.

Then there was Pokemon and Sailor Moon. To be honest, I thought these were cartoons made here in the United States. I was wrong.

It was in fact anime, which is defined as “Japanese movie and television animation, often having a science fiction theme and sometimes including violent or explicitly sexual material.”  Although in Japan, anime refers to anything that is animated. Here in the United States, we relate the word anime to a show featuring colorful characters with vibrant colors such as Pokemon and Sailor Moon.

I’ve noticed several things about anime thoughout the years of watching anime that the Japanese tend to hide underlying morals in their plot lines.  Granted, I haven’t watched all anime out there, but from the ones I have watched such as Pokemon and Sailor Moon, there is always a goal to be achieved. The main protagonist usually always has obstacles in the way of their goal.

2In Pokemon, Ash Ketchum leaves home at the age of 10 to become a Pokemon Master. It is customary for children in that world to leave their home and start their journey to catch all Pokemon in the world. Pokemon are animal-like creatures who have powers to fight Pokemon gym leaders and earn badges. Once one can defeat all 12 gym leaders, they can call themselves a Pokemon master. Ash is however forced to overcome obstacles in his journey especially from the group Team Rocket, who is the main antagonist in the story. Jesse and James with their Pokemon Meowth (this particular Pokemon is the only one in the series who speaks human words, all others can only say their name) with the sole purpose of stealing Ash’s Pikachu for their boss. The message relayed in this series can be interpreted as although obstacles stand in our way, if we fight the good fight, our dreams can become reality.

A similar situation is present in Sailor Moon. Serena (known as Usagi in the Japanese version) is a junior high student who is a regular girl to most, but when needed can change into Sailor Moon, who protects the world from 2athe evil group called the Dark Kingdom, who is the main antagonist in this series. She also has to deal her insecurities and fears while fighting as well, relaying out the message that with our challenges in life, all we have to do is believe in ourselves to overcome anything. Serena is also slowly introduced to other girls who has the same powers as her as the story goes on such as Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Venus. The newer series reveals more characters that follow the same names after the planets in our Solar System.

Anime can be a relief from reality for many people. It takes you into a world where you can relate to fictional people who face the same obstacles as you do while not being judged for anything, therefore, anime is not only entertainment, anime can be a major part of someone’s life. Unlike the cartoons that I watched on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, people can relate to the characters in anime, it’s almost as if they are real people who go through the similar problems. Anime, to me, has become a part of my life that I have no intentions of letting go of. It is a means of stress relief and even as a mechanism to cope with my mild depression I have sometimes. To put simply, anime can be a way of knowing that we are not alone in the reality we call life.

My question to you is why do you like anime? Does it affect you the same way?