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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 26

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It is day 26 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge, and it seems as though I have in fact failed. I was pretty busy recently so that is to be expected. Still, I want to finish it out, so lets get started.

#26: Characters Death I Actually Cheered For

I am very uninteresting. This is probably true for just about everyone, but after watching Lite go from a vaguely good anti-hero to an all out psycho-path over the course of two seasons, it was nice to finally get what was coming to him.


What death did you all cheer for? Let me know in the comments.

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Animated Observations Update #8: “Its Been a While” and Going on Break

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Cmon, don’t look at me like that, life is hard, okay.

But, seriously, I apologize for the lack of serious updates outside of random tweets in the last couple of months. To be honest, for the first couple of months missed, I had thought I already posted updates. In only occurred to me last month that was not the case. So, since there is a little bit more to cover, this one is going to be longer. With that being said, here is what’s been happening.

Starting a Column at my University

Despite being able to write basically whatever I want on this platform, I do miss the days of being able to write for another organization. That is why I decided to join The Daily Beacon, my university’s newspaper, as an anime columnist. So far it has been fun, and I have a few more ideas for things I want to write. Plus, it always feels nice getting someone to edit your work and give feedback. Actually, one of the reason’s I had not joined before is because I did not realize they had open columnist positions. I am looking forward to writing more in the future. Speaking of writing for organizations,

Writing for KawaiiPaperPandas

You guys might have also seen that I have been writing weekly for Ayano’s blog Kawaiipaperpandas. Some of it is a little different from the stuff I have been publishing on here, so I would highly recommend you check it out. My last post on the blog focused on a Ghibli film that many might have forgotten about.

Lack of Motivation and Free Time

If I’m being honest, the main reason I haven’t been able to write a lot is a because of school taking over my life. I am pretty much always working on something and I have had very little time for personal writing.

However, another reason is just a lack of motivation. It has been hard to finish or even start new shows. It’s been a lot easier to just lie in my bed and watch YouTube. This has also lead to a lack of motivation to write anything anime related.

Taking a Break

Because of all of this, I will be taking a break from personal blogging for a little bit. I don’t want to force myself to try and write with no inspiration and burn myself out.

I will still be writing for Kawaiipaperpandas and my column, as well as OWLS, but other than that the blog will mostly be empty. My plan is to finish the challenge I started recently and then go silent for a while. I will still be checking my email and social media regularly, so if you need to get in contact with me than feel free to do so.


What have you all been up to recently? Let me know in the comments.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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OWLS February “Legacy” Post: “March Comes in Like a Lion” and a Guide for Depression

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After taking a month off, I am back with another OWLS post. This month’s theme is “Legacy.”

We have mentors, teachers, coaches, and role models whose stories inspired us in some way. Even when these role models are gone, their stories will live on from generation to generation. For this month, we will be exploring stories that have inspired or taught us some important lessons about life.

After reading this post, be sure to also check out posts from Ange and Crimson.

For this month, I am taking it back to my favorite, “March Comes in Like a Lion,” a show that has helped significantly in the realm of mental health. Please enjoy.


In an era of increased economic and political stability, issues of health care, specifically mental health care, have become much more prominent in mainstream dialogue. Those that were previously ignored, such as those with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are now getting the help that they need. Not only that, increased discussion of these conditions has lead to better representation in popular media, including in anime.

I have talked a number of times, and will continue to do so, about the impact that “March Comes in Like a Lion” has had on me personally, and the way that it helped me coup with my depression and suicidal thoughts. I want to do so again, because its legacy on my own life is an important one.

For those who are unaware, my senior year of high school was the year in which all of my mental fortitude that kept me going in the previous year collapsed. All of my motivation as it related to school and work vanished. I dreaded having to wake up every day, and sometimes wished I could just pass away in my sleep.

However, that same year I stumbled upon “March Comes in Like a Lion,” which ended up being a almost literally a lifesaver. I mentioned it recently in one of my columns on The Daily Beacon, but “March” does an incredible job at displaying and dealing with different aspects of mental health, specifically depression as it relates to Rei.

In the wake of his identity crisis at the beginning of the show, Rei leans on shogi because it is all he has known since being a little kid. Not only is it the only connection he had with his father, despite not enjoying it that much, it also becomes his work. Rei realized the potential he had, and became one of the shogi world’s greatest prodigies, and at the ripe old age of 17, is paying the bills with it.

As Rei continues into the world of shogi, and meets new people like the Kawamoto sisters and Shimada, his perspective begins to change. What was once at best ambivalence towards his profession soon becomes something he loves doing, and works hard at getting better towards.

Watching Rei’s transformation in the story really made me want to achieve something myself. It became the wake-up call that I knew I needed but just couldn’t get from anywhere else, especially since it was hard to talk to anyone about my mental health.

Now, I want to be perfectly clear. I am not saying that watching anime is instantly going to fix your mental health, if at all. In fact, it didn’t even really fix mine. Still, at a time in my life where I felt numb to almost everything, the story of a teenage kid rediscovering his passion for something he’s known almost half his life was touching, to say the least.


“Legacy” Blog Tour Schedule
(February 2020)

2/6: Megan from Nerd Rambles

2/8: Takuto from Takuto’s Anime Cafe

2/11: Aria from The AniManga Spellbook
2/12: Hikari from Hikari Otaku Station

2/16: Ange from Just Being Otaku

2/17: Ashley from The Review Heap

2/22: Crimson from Cute Boys Central

2/24: YumDeku from MyAnime2go

2/27: Mel from Mel in Animeland

2/28: Lita from Lita Kino Anime Corner

2/29: Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews

What kind of legacy has anime left on you? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 25

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It is day 25 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge

#25: Scene That Always Blows Your Mind

“Redline” is a crazy movie. Released in 2009 by studio Madhouse, the film took around seven years to make, and man was it worth it. It has so many good moments, but undoubtedly one of its best moments comes at the end, where JP and Sonoshee face off against the Machinehead, in the biggest race of the year, Redline. Even without knowing the context of the film, the scene looks and sounds awesome. Definitely give it a watch.


What scene always blows your mind? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 24

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It is day 24 of second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#24: Best Plot Twist

While I do not know if I could say this is the best plot twist overall, at least for me, “The Promised Neverland’s” plot twist hit like a ton of bricks. The way the show spends the entire first episode building, leaving little clues and foreshadowing sprinkled throughout makes it hit so much harder. In fact, writing this out now makes me want to finish writing that script I had for a video. Well, maybe at some point.


What do you all think is the best Plot Twist? Let me know in the comments.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 23

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It is day 23 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#23: Favorite Anime Genre

I have spent many a hour writing about the slice of life genre and why I enjoy it so much. However, the thing that I enjoy most about it is the ability it has to humanize and bring to life specific characters. At least to me, it is incredibly humbling, at least from a story perspective, to spend a day, or multiple days, going through someone’s daily routine, and to see how it affects them. Seeing that process is honestly more fascinating than a lot of high octane shonen battles.


What is your favorite anime genre? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 22

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It is day 22 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge

#22: Anime Series You Refuse to Watch

I would not say that there is any series I truly refuse to watch, but the one I really do not want to is “One Piece.” I tried watch the series a long time ago, and by the time I was ten episodes in, I started to wonder if it was even worth continuing, since it takes over 50 episodes to introduce just the main cast. I am not saying that I would never watch a show as long as “One Piece,” but I do think that the show is not interesting enough to justify its length.


What show do you all refuse to watch? Let me know in the comments below.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 21

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It is day 21 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#21: Anime Everyone’s Seen, But You Haven’t

The most recent fan favorite I have yet to watch is Vinland Saga, which, even from just its promotional art and pv’s has looked incredible. The only reason I have yet to watch is a combination of laziness, busyness and general lack of interest. I will definitely check it out at some point, but as of right now I have a lot of other stuff is I want to watch.


What anime have you all not seen but everyone else has? Let me know in the comments.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 20

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It is day 20 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#20: Anime Series You’ve Seen, But Not Many Have

Ok, so maybe there are a good number of people that know about “Log Horizon,” but not many people talk about it consistently, probably because few have seen it. It came out it the wake of a rising in popularity “Sword Art Online.” Because of that, the people who did see it saw it as lesser than. I talked before about why I think this is not true, but long story short, I you have yet to see “Log Horizon,” watch it.


What anime have you seen that others haven’t? Let me know in the comments.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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If you can’t, or just don’t feel like it, no worries. Thank you all for reading, and goodbye, for now, friends!

30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 19

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It is day 19 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#19: Favorite Anime Soundtrack

There are a lot of soundtracks from anime that I absolutely adore. However, one of my favorite composers is Hiroyuki Sawano, a man who has worked on plenty of anime, including shows like “Attack on Titan.” However, my favorite soundtrack is the one he crafted for “Re:Creators.” The show is about characters from different media coming to life, only find out that the one who brought them to life intends to use their power to destroy the world.

A show with that description sounds like it deserves a hype soundtrack, and indeed Sawano delivers. His usual heavy, electro-rock style is used to full affect, both in moments of constant fighting, as well as in those of sadness and dismay. It is fair to say that Sawano brought his best fro “Re:Creators”


What is your favorite anime soundtrack? Let me know in the comments below.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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If you can’t, or just don’t feel like it, no worries. Thank you all for reading, and goodbye, for now, friends!