Posted in Anime, Art, Personal

My Starting Point of Anime

Hi guys! It’s Ayaka here with the Childhood Memories update! Sorry it took a while.

Before anime, my life was about cartoons. For those who don’t know, I was born in America, and I went back to China because of my personal family problems. So I lived in China for a while. The only thing I watched is a Chinese cartoon called Xi Yang Yang Yu Hui Tai Lang. The cartoon is about sheeps and a wolf, who miserably fail catching the sheeps.

So how did I get into Anime?                                                                                                         If I never lived with my cousin, anime would never have entered my life (I most likely would have eventually dropped cartoons).

It was simple. One day, I peeked over my cousin’s shoulder, and I saw a girl was saying, “My heart, unlock.” Then before my eyes, the girl transformed into a different character. My eyes sparkled and I was instantly amazed by the anime.

Since I was little, I loved any anime about magical girls. (I also watched Akaitsu after I watched Shugo Chara; It is an idol “transformation” anime).

To be honest, I had a bias to female characters as a child. When I watched anime, all I cared about was that the main heroine needed to be pretty and cute. (Current me: well now, I need it to have at least one handsome male characters. 😉

Unlike Kasumi–whose childhood was filled with Pokemon–my childhood was filled with the magical Shugo Chara. In fact, I didn’t know what Nintendo was until last year 😛

I bet many of you know Shugo Chara. But for those who don’t know what I was talking above, I will give a short summary:

The main character is Amu Hinamori. And in her school, her reputation is being “cool and sexy.” However, that is not her real self. One day, she rolls in her bed and wishes to be her real self before going to sleep. And the next day, surprisingly, there are three eggs on her bed (don’t worry, she didn’t lay those eggs). Those eggs are her “would-be” self, and the eggs transform Amu to have impressive powers.

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The pictures above is the transformed version of Amu. Isn’t she cute?

Basically, Shugo Chara ignited my interest in anime when I was little. There is probably one question you are thinking right now:

How did I understand the anime?

As mentioned in the intro, I watched Xi Yang Yang Yu Hui Tai Lang which is in my native language (Chinese). But a few of you are probably wondering how I understood the Chinese subbed anime even though I couldn’t read the characters yet? (I watched Shugo Chara in China, so it was Chinese subbed not English).

Simply by watching the animation. Somehow, I just understood it by looking at the expressions of the character and the sound effects they made. Honestly, my memory of Shugo Chara is a little blurred because I didn’t quite understand when I was little. However, I was obsessed with Shugo Chara. I watched it EVERYDAY.

My Favorite Characters                                                                                                                Okay, now let me talk about few of my favorite characters.IMG_4012.JPG

Sketch of the artwork
The Sketch of the Drawing
The above work is two of my favorite character. The girl on the right is Amu, and the guy on the right is Ikuto. Ikuto is my favoite character because his shugo chara is Yoru (which is a cat. I am a cat lover lol). Since I love Ikuto so much, the picture below is his transformation:

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I just love his cat ears
What is the rating of this anime? Do I recommend it?

I will definitely recommend this anime if you like an anime with humor and simplistic plot.  However, I find out the anime is considered to be “childish” to many older viewers. Therefore, I will give it an 8/10. Don’t get me wrong, I personally love it when I was little, and the anime was my starting point. But looking back at the anime, the animation is quite not as good as modern anime. Nevertheless, This anime is a good anime to pass time, and the character developments are great.

Final rating of the anime: 8/10

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Next Up:

Kasumi and I might do a Collab of Black Butler. Black Butler is our favorite manga and anime by far.

Thanks for reading! Please follow us if you like our posts!

-Ayaka

Posted in Anime, Games, Reviews

夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様 (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes) – Review

Final Rating: 9.5/10

A lot of you out there claim yourselves as anime lovers. And you are. But with this review, we dive into a new aspect of Japanese anime culture that is not based around TV shows that you (especially shoujo lovers) will easily fall in love with through 夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様.

Or Yume100 for short. First thing’s first, what is this super long title that most anime lovers have probably never heard of?

This is a mobile game by the company GCrest, and one of the few Japanese games available on the American App Store, actually.

Now, this is not just one of those apps made by nobodies who love anime. Proof? This game is full of original characters voiced by actual popular Japanese voice actors (who all have characters in anime that you must have heard of before), beautiful character design, and is getting an anime in 2018.

This game is an official thing, y’all.

Continue reading “夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様 (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes) – Review”

Posted in Notice, Personal

Notice: Topic Change

Sorry for the inconsistency of updates! Aya insisted on finishing her Childhood Memories drawing before the next update, so… >.>

But we both have been kind of busy. And if you haven’t noticed, I’ve recently changed the theme of this blog.

Okay, sorry, now this blog really is about anime. It’s too big of a part of our lives. I’ve also been submitting some of my writing works to literary magazines and they have copyright business, which is why the previous post was deleted.

This blog will now contain reviews (hopefully helpful ones), impressions, and generally our thoughts on aspects of anime culture.

I’m thinking of doing a review (and maybe an explanation/tutorial thing) of a Japanese app that we used to play quite often: 夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様. Yume100 for short.

This blog will still consist of art posts though! We both draw anime often, so it’ll be there.

This is a short post, it’s just a simple notice. Sorry to everyone, and hope y’all understand!

~Kasumi

Posted in Anime, Art, Personal

How Pokémon Took Over My Childhood

“You are challenged by Lass Haruka!”

Let me tell you this: If you didn’t have little plush Pokémon folded into their plastic shells lying around your house as a child, you’re in luck. Your family probably didn’t have a child that liked video games.

My family wasn’t so lucky. And to understand why, there’s some context.

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Posted in Art, Notice

~Welcome~

They say that you’re supposed to use the first blog post to explain your motives for starting a blog and what you’ll write about.

Um.

Hello, welcome to the blog of two teenage girls who are currently fighting tooth and nail through sophomore year. Aya says she’s not too good at writing – I’m sure she’ll learn – so I got the shorter end of the stick and therefore am currently writing the first post.

We’re fine with being called Ayaka and Kasumi, but please note that those aren’t our real names and that we are not, in fact, Japanese ^^;

Okay, so the thing about us is that we really love anime. Really. I originally wanted to make this blog about writing so Ayaka could draw illustrations to go along, but nah, our topics would be too spread out.

So I changed courses, and decided to focus on what we’re really passionate about.

We’ll probably start reviewing some series, highlighting key points and giving impressions. If all goes well, we can start reviewing some games as well. There will also be our general thoughts on anime and other aspects. We’ll still be sharing our own experiences about anime and drawings we’ve done.

There will, of course, be some posts about us and generally about our lives so I hope you all get to know us better!

(And please prepare yourself for some rambles because we are teenage girls.)

Thank you, and please enjoy this blog~

~Kasumi (Admin)