Happy New Years to everyone! Thank you to those of you who read my blog last year, and a bigger thanks to those of you who continue to read it despite my lack of new posts! You’re all wonderful! I hope that the coming year will be full of new and exciting things for me to share with you like new music, new anime, new manga….just new and wonderful things! And I hope that it brings all those good things to you and yours! Happy New Years to all!
I just found out that it was the year of the Rat (well, not quite yet but since I’m in the New Year spirit!). So to celebrate, I bring you my favorite rat….Yuki from Fruits Basket! Enjoy!
In part five of my continuing series on what is anime, I’d like to touch on the effects that Japanese anime can have on it’s fans. Anime itself can be quite entertaining. It’s just fun to watch! Regardless of which style is your personal favorite, it will slowly but surely expose you to new aspects of Japanese culture. Learning to love anime will undoubtedly stir one’s curiosity about Japan and it’s people. The lifestyle, the language, the history…anime can open it all up. Try watching InuYasha and not wondering about feudal Japan! The wonderful samurai animes like Ninja Scroll and Samurai Champloo have the same effect! They draw you into the history of Japan.
Try watching Ninja Scroll and not wondering about feudal Japan!
Exploring anime will also expose you to the amazing costumes so common in most animes. They can be anything from the standard Japanese school uniforms and traditional kimonos to the fantastical extremes of the futuristic animes like Ghost In the Shell and Final Fantasy. The fans fascination with such clothing has led to an entire sub-culture of fans who attempt to recreate the fashions of their favorite anime characters in reality. This is cosplay. Cosplay is, quite simply, the practice of dressing up as your favorite anime, manga, game or film character. Usually it’s for a convention or other such genre event. The detail and skill demonstrated by some of the fans is absolutely amazing! And it’s fun. You get to masquerade as beloved characters, take on their personas for a little while and share in the fun.
Cosplay is for everyone!
Vash the Stampede–Wanted Dead or Alive!
Lastly, delving into anime, you’ll discover the merchandising that seems to go hand in hand with all entertainment these days. Anime is no exception. Though, personally, I think the products connect with anime are a lot more fun than your standard fare! The toys and models are like the animes themselves, amazing, colorful and unexpected! The fashion spawned by anime can be as simple as a t-shirt declaring your favorite show or perhaps a bag, my personal favorite! You’ll find something cool for nearly every popular anime out there!
One final thing I’d like to mention…the snacks! Oh, the joy of discovering anime snacks!! I’ve alredy talked about these delicious goodies before on my post Snack Attack and I’m sure I will again. So I just wanted to mention that as you get more into anime, you’ll find yourself longing to try some of the snacks and exotic foods that are so common among all anime. My advice is go for it! The Japanese palate is very different from the American so you’ll be trying things that simply aren’t our standard fare! You can try to resist but the food is everywhere in anime!
Yesterday’s post has gotten me thinking about food, particularly snack food (one of my personal favorites!). So today, I want to talk about anime food. Now, if you’re a fan of anime then you know what I mean. If not, allow me to enlighten you.
Basically anime food is Japanese snack foods. Many of which are frequently seen in different animes or have become part of the Otaku community as favorite snacks to be eaten while watching anime. There are many different kinds of Japanese snack foods/anime snacks but I’m going to focus on my personal favorites or at least the ones that I’ve tried so far! Continue Reading »
“Tell me what you eat,
And I’ll tell you what you are.”
-Brillat-Savarin Iron Chef
It occurred to me tonight that I’m really infatuated with television cooking and food shows. Particularly the cooking contests type shows. My favorites include Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. And don’t even get me started about the Food Network, an entire network devoted to the joys of food and cooking! I love it! But why do I love it all so much? Continue Reading »