Attack on Titan

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.


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.

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.

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?

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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