K-On! for Life!!

K-On!

To put it mildly, K-On! brings joy to my soul. It will forever resonate with me and hold a special place in my heart no matter how old I get. I’ve recently been rewatching K-On! for what has to literally be the 25th time. Watching any of the episodes never fail to put me in a good mood.

 

Unlike another anime I hold dear, K-On! doesn’t even have a complex or intricate storyline. Seriously, the story revolves around five young girls as they live out their daily lives within their high school music club which results in shenanigans and fun throughout their years. Like I said, there’s no serious story or deep message, just good comedy and adorable girls interacting with each other. Even though I’m someone who enjoys a well-written story, I’m someone who also enjoys developed and interesting characters. I would like to take the time to introduce each of the members of Ho-kago Tea Time because they are all exactly that. 

 

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From left to right: Mugi, Azusa, Ritsu, Yui & Mio.

Yui Hirasawa – is the first character introduced in the series. The story starts with her misunderstanding the meaning of “light music” thinking it was synonymous with “easy music”. Yui joins the light music club and becomes the guitarist and lead vocalist. She’s definitely the autodidactic kind of character since she learns to play the guitar with no experience. She has a soft spot for cute things and is easily distracted by them and good food. She is the epitome of “brilliant but lazy” as her grades are always on the verge of failing (except for fine arts). She shows though when she properly applies herself she can do anything and this is seen when she retakes a test for a class. Goofy, air-headed, kindhearted and optimistic are all adjectives that accurately describe Yui. She has a younger and more responsible sister named Ui and their parents usually go on trips so she and her sister tend to have the house to themselves.

Mio Akiyama – the shy, no-nonsense, introverted, easily frightened, but mature bassist. She originally intended to join the literary club, but was exhorted into the light music club by her childhood friend and the club’s president/drummer, Ritsu. Because of her shyness, she chose the bass over the guitar because according to her it’s not the center of attention. Speaking of being the center of attention, she doesn’t like being in it and the thought of it is enough to make her feel faint. Despite being the main composer of the band, she tries to avoid being the lead vocalist, only singing if Yui is unable to. She’s a scaredy-cat and gets paralyzed with fear concerning anything involving pain, blood, gore, ghosts, haunted houses or when other topics she finds disturbing are brought up.

Ritsu Tainaka – is my favorite character in the show, mostly because she reminds me so much of myself during my senior year in high school. She’s the rambunctious and cheerful president and drummer of the light music club. She might have the title of president, but she’s not the most attentive regarding important club activities and announcements. Despite her selective amnesia, she is one of the more enterprising characters since she is the one brainstorming ideas that earn money for the club. Ritsu exudes confidence, fun and jocundity, often making jokes, puns or pranks and being sarcastic most of the time. She likes to tease and annoy the others, mostly Mio who in return usually whacks her on the head. Her favorite band is The Who and her favorite drummer is Keith Moon. She says she picked the drums because they were “cool” but later admits it’s because she has trouble playing instruments which involve dexterity like the guitar, bass and keyboard. She has a younger brother named Satoshi.

Tsumugi Kotobuki – is the beautiful cinnamon roll too good for this world, too pure. And if you disagree please comment with your address so we can settle this like grown-ups. Often simply called “Mugi”, she is the big-eyebrowed, gentle, sweet, wealthy keyboardist of the group. She originally intended to join the choir club, but joins the light music club instead after receiving an invitation and encouragement from both Mio and Ritsu. Considered a piano prodigy in her youth, she has been playing the piano since she was four and has won various piano contests. Her parents are very rich and own several villas in various parts of Japan and one in Finland. Her father also owns a maid cafe so she often brings snacks and sweets to the club room, and makes tea with a tea set which is kept in their club room. Mugi is enamored by seeing two girls interacting close together, if she’s not a lesbian, she sure does seem to like the thought of girl on girl action. It’s implied she has a crush on their teacher, Sawako Yamanaka (and I can’t really blame her. Hm, maybe I relate more to Mugi than Ritsu, haha).

Azusa Nakano – The light music club’s first new member after Yui, who joins in her first year of high school (the rest of the girls in the club are second years). She’s in the same year and class as Yui’s sister, Ui. Despite her modest nature and being younger than the other four, she is actually more talented and superior to her senior Yui in guitar playing and conveys a more mature levelheadedness. Funny thing is she doesn’t appear until the middle of season one, but an argument can be made that she’s the most important character in the anime with many episodes told from her perspective. She became bewildered and disappointed when she expected the light music club to be a serious club with serious members. It got to the point she considered leaving the club to join others, but Mio talked her out of it. She’s the more serious and naggy member but nothing she says is offensive or hurtful. She eventually gets acclimated to the club’s laid-back vibes, much to her surprise since she likes to practice.

 

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Sawako Yamanaka – I wanted to mention one more character because if you’re like me who’s had teachers who changed your life then you’ll know that’s how Sawako was for the girls. Besides being a fine specimen of an anime woman, Sawako is the wind instruments club adviser, who was eventually blackmailed by Ritsu into also becoming the light music club adviser. An alumna of the school and a former member of the light music club, she was part of a heavy metal band called Death Devil as the lead vocalist and guitarist. She’d prefer if people didn’t know about it because she has a reputation of being nice and not as wild as she once was. Obviously, she’s the adult figure in the anime and was the one who came up with the club’s band name after the members took too long deciding one. Underneath her friendly demeanor is a wild, lazy and funny individual who enjoys dressing up the light music club in (sometimes embarrassing) cosplay costumes, much to the chagrin of Mio and Azusa. She wasn’t just a teacher, she was a mentor, educator, and friend.

 

Storywise, there may not be a lot going on, but contentwise there is so much to enjoy. This anime is truly a character driven one. You got 5 young ladies with very different lifestyles, personalities, and backgrounds coming together to become close and inseparable friends. Anyone who’s had friends they love when they were in high school will be able to find this watching experience to be a personal one.

Also, I would like to take the time to say the girls are one of my fashion icons. For real, do you see how they dress?

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Musically, K-On! is no featherweight. The songs are all performed by the voice actors behind each character, and while they certainly aren’t going to be as beautiful as Bohemian Rhapsody or Purple Rain, they complement perfectly with the tone of the anime and with the musical talent of the girls. The OPs, EDs, and character image songs are all on rotation on my Android phone. I should note the cast consists of high school girls so it’s not like they’re professional recording music artists being paid to make organized sound. They practice and play for fun which makes their upbeat, silly songs much more fitting. The background music might be simplistic, but it fits so well with each and every scene.

The visual aspects, in my opinion, are stellar. Everything and everyone moves so fluidly and it’s all detailed it feels lifelike. Not only will the characters be moving, but their hair will also flow along. It’s even better during the music scenes, when they play music the animation is crisp and beautifully animated and I think it’s something even my brother would be able to appreciate (he doesn’t like these kind of anime). It’s an eyegasmic anime to look at and I have to applaud the work and effort the anime studio put into the series.

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An example of what I mean by the animation.

 

I’d say the biggest appeal of K-On! for me is how much it reminds me of not only my own high school days and graduation with The Kliq, but my favorite and graduation song In This Diary” by The Ataris. Of course I must take the time to say RIP to my favorite teacher who introduced me to the song. You are missed! The most prominent theme within the series is that of growing up. This theme hits the hardest during two poignant scenes: when the girls perform in front of the school for the last time and realizing this after it’s all said and done, and a final scene where the four girls graduate and play an emotional farewell song in the club room for a teary-eyed Azusa.

“Being grown up isn’t half as fun as growing up. These are the best day of our lives. The only thing that matters is just following your heart and eventually you’ll finally get it right”.

You can’t tell me those lyrics and the whole song in general don’t apply to the girls of K-On! (and me too). There are times when I relate so much to them even though I’m a grown man now. It’s been five years since I graduated high school, yet watching a series that embraces its silliness, I still get reminded of those jovial days with those irreplaceable people. Days that are over and will never return. Now, I’m not one for nostalgia, but it’s funny… sometimes I do want to experience it all over again, but I realize it’s not possible. Those years make me happy and sad in my reminiscences, while making me happy and sad with affection.

It goes to show life goes on, even in anime. Just like them, I knew I wouldn’t be in high school my entire life, and I too had to be aware of the ineluctable future. All good things invariably come to an end. The girls talked about it before, and as seniors they were content in ignoring the inevitable as they spent time together, laughed together, ate cake together, practiced together, drunk tea together… I enjoyed the fact that despite the possibilities of drama in a high school graduation, I saw that even for these girls there is no need for tearful farewells. While it’s not another day in school for them because it was their last, they still intended to make the most out of it. If there’s anything I remember about my high school graduation, it’s when I teared up like a kid telling my friends how much I love them and am going to miss them. Graduation is a solemn ceremony no matter what anyone thinks. It’s a big event both for those who are going to leave and for those who are to be left behind.

 

K-On! shows the best of what anime has to offer. It is an exemplary title not only in the anime medium, but I’d say in entertainment as a whole. It’s amazing something so simple like K-On! struck an emotional chord with me. Everything about it has aged so well. By the way, anyone know where I can get these shirts? I have the Yui and Mio version, but I’m missing Ritsu, Mugi and Azusa, that’s no good! I’ve been trying to find the remaining shirts for a while, haha. Also, can the world have a season 3? I mean, it’s 2017. It’s time.

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Note: These are all my personal thoughts, feelings, beliefs and opinions. If something were to happen to me, I don’t want there to be any questions on how I felt about anything. I want everyone to have the real story. I feel this blog post/open letter is a whole lot of nothing whilst being a whole lot of something.

 

Being a very happy, optimistic, idealistic person with a dash of sadness is a strange combination. Recently, I’ve been happy and sad at the same time all the time. When there is talk of someone being sad, most people assume there’s something weighing them down. Sadness, like other emotions, are a natural part of life.

On the one hand, this sadness is quite enveloping, it can be as potent of a force as my happiness. It can make me think irrationally, and there are times I start tearing up for no logical explanation. But it’s possible to be a happy person with sadness. I am a happy person. This didn’t happen by accident though, I had to work for mine. However, no matter how much fun I may be having or how happy I feel, there seems to be a tint of sadness lingering in the back of my mind. I’ve learned to live with it.

I know I’m alive since I can experience the most joyful and elated feelings while feeling the saddest and most messed up ones. I appreciate what is around me even more, and I can empathize more with others who are in pain. I’m happy, I’m positive, I’m optimistic, and I’m sad. But I live with it. The world is both beautiful and frightening. The world is both amazing and terrifying. It’s a world where my niece can be born surrounded by loved ones while another baby dies because someone threw them against a wall. This world is so broken, yet so beautiful. A broken beautiful world. And we have no choice but to accept that, right?

I’ve come to terms with the fact I will never have the same type of childlike and innocent bliss I once did when I was a kid. I’m older now and have a better understanding of the world. It’s only a tiny grasp in the grand scheme of things, but I feel I will always know too much, feel too much and hurt too much. I know I liken myself to Miles “Tails” Prower and Ayamine Kei, and it’s because like the latter, I usually have a stoic disposition. But just like Ayamine Kei, I still feel acute happiness and intense optimism. I am in a good mood a lot of the time like Tails. And just like him, even if I’m not, I’m able to get myself there eventually.

Speaking of being a child, my childhood dream is to make the world a better place. When Reiina was born, I added just a few more words to my dream. Now, my dream is to make the world a better place for my niece to live in. I feel I need to do everything I say I’m going to do, so that I can get to where I need to be to do such a thing, and that’s in every aspect of my life, whether it’s my career, relationships, responsibilities and all. It’s up to me to set an example or else I’m part of the problem. That’s one of the many reasons why I’m a StarCHaser.

I miss my grandma. I know it’s been 12 years since she died, but I still miss her terribly. She was the kind of woman who lived a simple life. It didn’t take much to make her happy – a phone call, a visit or a hug and kiss from her grandchildren. We were the most important people in the world to her. She lived to make our lives better and was proud of each of us. So seeing how she was always smiling to going to the reduced state she was in when she was in the hospital still feels so surreal to me. I was hoping she would be alright in the end. Then one day I heard my sister crying and telling us she died. “She was supposed to see us grow up!” she said. At the time, I never knew how strong those words would be to me now. And then when I saw my mom crying over her casket, it was then I realized the only thing promised in life is death. It’s not the same without her, it will never be, but I’m happy I had a chance to know her, love her, and spend time with her while she was here. After all, not too many people have had the privilege of knowing someone as remarkable as her.

Speaking of people who died, I miss my favorite teacher. He was someone who believed in me before I started believing in myself. So when my best friend told me he died, it really hurt. I still get sad when I think about it. On a somewhat related note, I remember during my senior year of high school I wrote a letter of appreciation for my US history teacher (with a Tails drawing) and one for my math teacher. Anyway, I know he knew I appreciated him, but I felt there were other students whose lives he could have changed for the better. Dammit, people dying and my own mortality are enough of a reminder to make sure I let the people who have made a positive impression on me know I love them.

My brother once thanked me for saving his life. He told me the blog post I wrote about him is what prevented him from committing suicide. It makes me all the more glad I posted it when I did. I just thought I was saying what was from my heart, but I now know the words I say to others can have such a profound effect on them. It’s amazing for me to think about. I never would have thought I, the same person who was close to taking his own life would end up saving the lives of others. Seriously, what the actual hell? When all of those thoughts hit me I started to cry tears of joy.

One thing I took from my depression is how important it is to love myself. Loving myself is the most important key to life. If I can’t love myself, and accept my flaws for what they are and grow from them, then I’ll be holding myself back. What I believe is everything and if I can’t believe in myself, I’m not going to go anywhere in life. It is the base of everything that I can do in life. It is my confidence, it is my belief, and my future is dependent on both of them. I feel like I can fly high. And I don’t care who or what tries to keep me down, I’m always going to fly high!

2Pac explains what I mean in the above video.

 

I strongly believe becoming a Christian Humanist was one of the best decisions of my life. I am alive, and I want to have a life that is marked by happiness, satisfaction, self-realization, improvement, accomplishment, etc. I am a creature with emotions, including love, and I want those whom I love — family, friends, etc. to likewise live lives that are marked by happiness, satisfaction, self-realization, improvement, accomplishment, etc. It is, in my opinion, the best moral/ethical/philosophical system for me. I feel that God endowed me with a brain, with reasoning powers, and that mankind therefore has both the right and the responsibility to determine questions of morality on our own. I have a strong conviction that humankind has a fundamental responsibility to determine morality based on rational reasoning and that morality should be founded on principles of equality, freedom, democracy, and critical thinking.

Why do I do good? I do things because they are the right thing to do. Stealing from someone is wrong, I don’t want my hard earned things stolen, so to me, it is reasonable to NOT steal from others. I have murdered and raped exactly as much as I wanted to be, which is ZERO. I try not to do evil or bad things because I don’t want to. I like having a wonderful life, full of people I care about. I act in a way that seeks to make the world the way I want it to be. I want people to be treated with respect. I don’t do it to be good. I do it because it’s the way I want to be and the way I want others to be.

Every day is a blessing and a new opportunity. I can choose what I do with my days. I always feel like a Sim with the Plumbob above my head. But that’s how it is for everyone. Like my brother said, “When you’re living your life, someone else is living theirs”. We’re all on this planet trying to survive. And just like in The Sims, I’m making choices every day. I know I have the ability to be kind, but on the flipside I have the ability to be evil. However, I know it takes less energy and effort to make someone’s day than it does to destroy it. I believe we all can do things to make this universe a better place for us all to live in. I should note with this all this writing I’ve been doing I’m not trying to come off as some wholesome kind of guy because I know I’ve done things I look back at with the utmost disgust. But there’s enough negativity in this world already, why would I want to add more to it?

“Have you supported your friends today?”. I’d give credit to the person who said it, but I don’t know who did. If the person is reading this, I want to thank you so much for giving me something I’m applying to my life on a daily basis. I’m grateful I live in a time where technology and science is at the stage it’s at. Even though my best friend lives in Germany, I am able to talk to him every day. I love and miss him, but I know it will be only a matter of time before we see each other again.

 

I discovered the above video when I started attending university. I’ve watched it daily ever since. I don’t know Dr. Thomas personally, but he is someone who has become a positive influence in my life. I’m going to meet that man one day! It’s pretty cool being in a different place in my life now, I’m glad I was patient and did what I had to do to get here, and I will keep pushing forward, and whenever I can, look back and see how far I’ve come. I have the tools, I am THAT person, just gotta put myself in that place. I’m only attending university for one reason, and it was because I have a promise I want and need to fulfill. I pride myself in being a man of my word. I don’t know if I’m ever going to utilize my degree and honestly, I don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, university has been a lot of fun, but these won’t be the best four years of my life. Why? Because I’m always trying to outdo myself with every passing year. I’m not getting older, I’m getting better. If everything goes well, I’ll be graduating in late 2018. And when I get my degree, I’ll be able to say “Grandma, this is what you wanted right? This is the promise I kept for you”.

Nothing is more important to me than being an uncle. I now have a unique and important role to play in life. I hope to bring varied influence into her life. If I know my niece is having trouble with something in her life, I want to be someone whom she can reach out to so I can dispense some friendly suggestions. I want my niece to think I’m one of the coolest guys alive (maybe not as cool as The Rock, but somewhere up there). I will do my best to provide a positive male role model for her. I’ll do this by showing her how a good man behaves and comports himself. I would despise myself if I did anything that would let her down. As an uncle, I have the power in the molding of my niece, so I should do it for the better. I’m hoping and praying I can watch her grow up into the accomplished, talented and beautiful young woman she’s destined to be.

I think I said it before, but I’ll say it again… things are changing. One day everything that I’m doing right now on this laptop is just going to be a memory, and one day I might not even remember it. This dorm room, by the end of 2018 I won’t be living in it. These anime clothes… naw, I’ll still be wearing them, lol. The most beautiful person I know, my mom, one day she’s going to be gone and I might get married one day or at the very least live with a dog in a house or condo. All of my family now, a lot of them won’t be here, my dogs will be gone one day too. I know I’ll be gone one day as well. I may have almost died on three different occasions, but there is going to be a day when the Grim Reaper stops being a tease and is serious. I probably shouldn’t be alive right now, but I am and I’m thankful for it. The thing is, I told my brother no one I love and care about has permission to die before I do. Honestly at this point, I just need to live long enough to see my niece grow up. I have to make sure to appreciate each moment while I can. My surroundings, my happiness, my sadness, my laughs, my pain, being young, and all the people around me. Because one day all of these things aren’t going to be here anymore and neither will I.

I have the best family, friends and teachers in the world, and I will fight anyone who says I don’t (no one would). I’m only where I am today because of everyone in my life up until this point. I am the product of a lot of beautiful people who had an impact on my life. The love, friendship, respect, time you all spent with me have made each of you important and irreplaceable supporting characters in this movie I call my life. To EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. YOU… I can never ever thank you enough, and I will remember all of you for the rest of my life. Once it’s my time to die, I will have known I spent the currency of life (time) with the best people this world had to offer. I will be able to die fulfilled and happy, and I blame you all for that! :’-)

While I’m on the subject of my death, I might as well take the time to talk about how I would want to die. I don’t really care how I die as long as it’s not in my sleep or instantaneous, I want to know when it’s the end. I want my life to flash before my eyes. With the following memories coming back to my mind: my mom changing my diaper, my grandma dying, meeting my best friend for the first time, going to Paris, my failed suicide attempt, high school graduation, getting accepted to my dream university, my niece’s birth, and the last thing I want to see is my grandma smiling. Then, I want my last words to be “That’s enough” not only as a reference to the ending of “Death of Wolverine“, but because those words would sum up my life. Of course, as I gain more life experience there are more events I want to remember. I want to have a space burial, I’ve told my brother this. The Voyager service to be precise, this is where the Celestis spacecraft carrying my cremated remains or DNA go on a permanent celestial journey, into deep space. Even in death I’ll be a StarCHaser!

 

I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. What I do know is I love this feeling I’ve been experiencing. When I go on my walk around campus I’m going to make sure to yell on the top of my lungs because of how overjoyed and melancholic I am. I’ll just leave you all with two songs that describe my feelings succinctly from good music artists.

 

 

ワイフ: Thoughts on Waifuism

I wanna talk about a touchy subject in the otaku and anime world, waifus. I’m sure anyone who has perused an anime website or is part of an anime group has heard the term “waifu” before. And for the uninitiated, I think Wikitionary defined it best as “A fictional female character from non-live-action visual media (typically an anime, manga or video game) to whom one is attracted and, in some cases, whom one considers a significant other”. Despite the clear cut definition there is still much confusion and debate over what the term actually means.

 

Origin

Starchaser’s (very) rough translation for those who don’t speak Japanese:

Tomo: What the? It’s a picture of a woman.
Ayumu: She’s pretty.
Tomo: Who is she?
Mr. Kimura: My wife.
Everyone: No way!

The consensus (I say this because I have no evidence “waifu” was used before 2002) is “waifu” was first introduced to the world from the 2002 anime Azumanga Daioh. In the scene, the perverted homeroom teacher Mr. Kimura drops a photograph of a woman on the classroom floor. When asked by his students about the woman in the picture, Mr. Kimura replies (in his Engrish) “my wife”. Eventually it caught on in the Western fandom and has since been and continues to be used as a term of endearment to refer to a female character you would want as a girlfriend and also as an ironic term by trolls and internet thugs to belittle weeaboos and otaku alike. For the most part though, the word is used in a more light and playful manner.

 

Waifus today

Today, waifu has grown to mean anything from “the best girl from an anime” to its original meaning. And since all these different meanings and what to do with a waifu was unclear for some time, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) addressing the term was created by the sewage of the internet, 4chan. There is even a word for male characters female anime fans love and it’s called husbando. Heck, waifu is not restricted solely to anime or manga characters anymore, as it has been used with images of cartoon characters and even photographs of real life (usually Japanese) celebrities. The whole concept can be somewhat complex since you have people who only see it as something fun, temporary and go about their daily life while having a waifu. Then there are people who take the concept serious and legitimately go on dates with their waifus and even cook them dinners. Sounds nice, at least waifus don’t talk back. I would say I’m somewhere in the middle: I know my waifu is a fictional character, just moving pictures, but I’m strongly attracted to those moving pictures. My figures, pics on my phone and T-shirt attest to that.

 

Major and defining characteristics of waifuism

While the meaning of waifu might vary depending on whom you ask, there are some common attributes in the community which I list below:

  • People who have a waifu know they are fictional
  • Their feelings are real (well, as real as they can possibly get)
  • Having a waifu does not preclude one from having a 3D romantic and/or sexual relationship
  • Sexual relations with a waifu has been a source of contention
  • Polyamory and polygamy are two concepts in waifuism that is also individual

I’d like to go more in depth about the last two bullet points because I have seen the community divided over them. Two questions which have been asked time after time is “Is it okay to sexualize and/or masturbate to your waifu?” and “Can you have more than one waifu?”. Regarding the former, some who respond in the affirmative view it as a normal thing to do because it’s what couples do. Couples do have live sex celebrations y’know. For others, the thought of doing such a thing is repulsive. Their waifu must be kept pure and wanking to them would defile them. Those who have underaged waifus usually think this way. Some view sex with anyone but their waifu as infidelity, but thankfully they won’t end up on an episode of Cheaters. And there are others who have no qualms having sex with other people or wanking to other anime characters. Answers seem to be all over the place and ultimately it comes down to the individual.

Now, can someone have more than one waifu? Again, it depends on whom you ask. Here’s one answer. But some will say having more than one waifu will ruin your laifu. Makes sense, if someone asks you what your favorite color is you don’t go and list every single one on the color spectrum. Same thing with waifus. If someone asks you who your waifu is you wouldn’t go and respond with “Kurisu Makise, Boa Hancock, Lucy Heartfilia…” would you? NO! You wouldn’t! On a more serious note, there isn’t any rule saying you can’t have more than one waifu. But if one does, isn’t it technically a harem? If you didn’t know, harem is an anime and manga genre where a single guy is liked and followed by bunch of women who are all madly in love with him. The female characters often fight each other to get the guy’s attention. Hooray for shenanigans! If you were to ask me, I’d say just like in real life, I am perfectly fine with adults and fictional characters choosing whatever consensual relationship arrangements suit them.

Based on the information I got from various waifu communities online and the anime community offline, not everyone who has a waifu is socially awkward/inept/stunted. I have a friend who gets vagina left and right and he has a waifu. Yes like I previously said, there are some who take the concept to the extreme. However, most of the waifu community are fully aware they love a fictional character and aren’t suffering from delusions. The characters are the figment of a Japanese fella’s imagination.

 

Finding the waifu for you

If you’re reading this and may be interested in investing yourself into a waifu, yet do not know how to start, this part of my blog post is written for you. It might be difficult to know where to start because there is so much anime out there. Add to the fact there are new shows coming out every season, so it’s safe to say there are a lot of 2D women to choose from. The best way is to expose yourself to as much of the medium as you can. If you’re after a waifu, try watching more anime, reading manga, and/or playing visual novels. If you already do that, then consider expanding your horizons. What I mean by this is if you’re more of an action or horror cognoscente, try watching a slice of life or romance anime once in a while. It’s possible you could find a character who makes your heart go ドキドキ in the most unexpected of places.

Keep in mind looking for a waifu works virtually the same way as 3D relationships do, albeit it’s more from a one-sided perspective. Lots of weebs say you don’t get a waifu, your waifu finds you. Once you feel a special bond then maybe you’ve got something special going on.

“But wait, Starchaser. What happens if more than one person has the same waifu as me?” I hear you asking. 仕方が無い. You must duel them, and whoever is the loser will be sent to the Shadow Realm where they won’t be able to mess with the winner or their waifu ever again. Extreme? More work than necessary? Perhaps. But that’s what you signed up for when you decided to be in a relationship with your 2D sweetheart.

“Can I break it off with my waifu?” is another question you might have in your mind right now. The answer is “yes”. Unfortunately, most anime women are physically powerful, experts at hand-to-hand combat, adept marksmen and/or possess supernatural powers. The good news is they are 1 dimension short of causing you any harm.

 

My personal thoughts

Y’know writing this blog post makes me sort of miss the days I had a girlfriend, waifu and side chick. I had the best of both dimensions, I was the friggin’ mack! Anyway, I honestly don’t care what the next person is doing so whether you’re the type of person who uses the term ironically, buys a lot of merchandise of a character, wanks to a certain character or has a whole shrine dedicated to your special 2D someone in the back of your closet like Helga does Arnold, it doesn’t perturb me in the slightest. I like people being happy and if you get fulfillment from any of the stuff I mentioned then that is perfectly a-okay. While there are always going to be insecure morons who always gotta make sure someone feels bad, you can’t let people who have no bearing on your life directly or indirectly get to you. For me, waifus, waifuism, and being attracted to fictional characters only becomes an issue when it’s affecting you or someone else in a negative way. And if you were wondering if I currently have a waifu, you can bet I do! In fact, I wrote a blog post on her. And not only is she my waifu, but one of my favorite anime characters of all time.

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Anyway, finding information on this topic was actually a bit trickier than I initially thought. There really isn’t a lot of solid info and I had to base most of what I wrote from various waifu and anime communities on and offline. As anime becomes more mainstream, I can see the concept and idea of waifuism also becoming more of a thing for better or worse (probably worse, lol). If you’re someone who thinks that having a waifu isn’t your thing, that’s perfectly okay as well. After all, whether or not anime fans, weebs and otaku have a waifu or not doesn’t change the fact we all like anime. And at the end of the day, we can at least find fellowship in that.

My Nine Morning Habits That Start My Day off Right

I need this mug!

Here are some of my favorite ways to have a productive day by starting the day with the right habits. I feel the way I start my morning sets the tone for the rest of my day. I can either start my day by hitting the snooze button, rolling out of of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready and then running out the door with an apple in my hand wearing my pink backpack. Or, I can start my day with good morning habits. Decisions, decisions… I’m more inclined to stick with the latter. Below you’ll find the morning habits I implemented in my life over the years.

 

1. Wake up early

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.  ― Benjamin Franklin

Surely I know time is a valuable asset. A number of people say time is money, and while I agree to a certain degree, unlike money, you can’t get more time. I can spend $20 and eventually make $20 again. However, if I spend 20 minutes on something, I won’t be able to get 20 minutes back no matter what I do. Currently, I wake up at around 6:00 am even though my alarm is set at 7:00 am. I want to get down to at least 5:15 am, and one of my influences Eric Thomas says he consistently gets up at 3:00 am. For some people that would be a death sentence, but considering what his career entails it makes sense. The world is a quieter place when the sun hasn’t risen yet and waking up early allows me to practice the habits explained below, which in turn help me start the day in high spirits, ready to tackle anything that life throws at me throughout the day.

 

2. Plan the daily goals

I think the quote on my Rock Clock app says it best, “Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied”. I believe it’s very important to plan out my day. If I don’t take a few minutes of my time to map out the direction of my day, how will I know I’m heading towards the right direction? It doesn’t have to be a totally rigid schedule, but a tentative schedule with time blocks to accomplish certain tasks seems to work best for me. When I have a plan for my day, it helps me get started on my goals and priorities immediately and helps make my day more manageable.

 

3. Smile and think something positive

Right before I brush my teeth in the morning, I smile. Usually the first thing that comes to my mind is my niece which is followed by the thought “I’m so glad I and everyone I love made it to see another day”. Smiling does the following

  • Smiling releases neurotransmitters called dopamine and endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Dopamine is also known as the “motivation molecule”. It is responsible for intrinsic motivation and provides the motivational/internal drive to do things.
  • In addition, smiling boots your immune system. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which helps contribute to good health and a stronger immune system.

According to some more reading I did, even a fake smile has benefits. I don’t usually have trouble smiling ’cause I honestly believe I have a lot to be happy about, but if I ever have trouble smiling in the morning it’s nice to know I can force myself to.

Lastly, I ask myself these two questions:

  • What am I looking forward to today?
  • How am I going to support my friends today?

 

4. Jot down something in my gratitude journal

The Rock Clock app has another quote I like, “Over the years I’ve realized one of the most important things to being happy… is being grateful”. Dang it, why is The Rock so awesome!? Anyway, he is right. One of the key ingredients to my happiness is about appreciating the things that I already have. By enumerating the blessings I have in my life right now, I was able to become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve my outlook in life. Everyday, I write down at least one thing that I’m thankful for. It’s important to count the small victories.

 

5. Brush my teeth

I was someone who used to brush their teeth after I had breakfast. However, I realized it was healthier and better to brush my teeth as soon as I wake up. Plaque builds up in your mouth while you sleep and since I wear a retainer when I’m sleeping and am more prone to getting calculus/tartar,  I should remove the bacteria buildup once I’m on my feet by brushing my teeth.

 

6. Pray & Meditate 

Starting my day off with calmness and stillness helps keep me relaxed. My prayers and meditation sessions are not usually long, but just a few minutes every day allows me to connect my mind, body, and soul in preparation for the day that’s ahead.

 

7. Make my bed 

“No one’s going to see it” and “It’s going to get unmade by tonight so what’s the point?” were usually the two statements I would say when I didn’t want to make my bed. As a child, I never understood why my mom wanted me to make my bed. Now that I’m older, I know excuses are easy to make, but then again, so is making my bed. A fluff of the pillows and tug of the sheets and comforter literally takes seconds, and is the easiest way to make my entire dorm room look better instantaneously. It’s a small accomplishment and gets my day started off right when I head out the door.

Naval Seal Admiral William H. McRaven said the following about making your bed at the University of Texas in his commencement speech

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”.

Below is a pic of what my bed looks like when it’s made if you’re interested.

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Pay no attention to the Love Live Nesoberi plushes.

 

8. Fuel my body with an awesmazing breakfast

Having a healthy breakfast can help keep me feeling energized. You know the adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? It’s an adage because it rings true, it’s even better since I know how to cook. I can avoid excessive sugar in the morning and have some food that will give me more energy, and help me with my focus and concentration. Focus and concentration are exactly what I need in order to get through my classes!

 

9. Create something

Before I read my e-mails or news articles from The New York Times or Washington Post, go to my class, and anything else I do once I leave my dorm room, I make sure to create something. Whether it’s writing a post for my blog, drawing a quick sketch, producing a musical beat, making a poem, or writing a scene for my play, I make sure to jumpstart my creativity.

 

These are some of the things I do to set myself up for a successful, extremely productive day. Thanks to doing them regularly, I’m able to tackle each day proactively, stay productive, and more regularly say, “Today was a good day” just like Ice Cube.

New Theme &++ 4 Year Anniversary

Hello, readers. How are you doing today? Great, I hope.

I’m typing this blog post whilst eating a big bowl of Lucky Charms cereal. “Gross!” you say? Yeah, probably, but attending university has given me an appreciation for it. Anyway, I installed a new theme today. *In Soulja Boy voice* Yasss bish, yasss! It does look cleaner and I can do cool things with it like provide links to my other social media profiles. Speaking of social media, I’m hoping to get a camera by the time the year ends so I can get started on my YouTube and Flickr accounts. There’s a number of stuff I’d like to share with you all regarding myself and my thoughts. I really do need to be more active on here. I see my favorite music artist Charles Hamilton blogs on a daily basis (he has a Blogspot and not a WordPress so boo, I can’t follow him!) and he was one of my inspirations for starting my blog in the first place. I don’t know if I want to blog that often because when I deleted a good chunk of my posts I didn’t think they were all that well-written after reviewing them. I wanted to write better content while giving quick updates like this from time to time. Hm, it’s going to be pretty funny, weird and interesting to see what will happen when I start vlogging since there will be some overlap between my blog and vlog.

On another note, I got a notification from WordPress saying I’ve been on here for 4 years now! Goodness, time sure flies by! I remember I started this blog when I was at my community college and now I’m a senior at my university. I wish I could fly all my followers/readers somewhere so we can have a big ass party. Speaking of my followers, I hope you’re all doing great. Yeah, I know I said it in the first sentence of this post, but I’ll say it again. You guys can comment on my posts y’know. Some of you already do and I appreciate it! I’m not lonely or anything, but since WordPress doesn’t have a message function or anything like that, commenting is one of the ways we can communicate with each other. I like meeting new people so it’d be nice if I could have some idea on who some of the people are who read my stuff.

I don’t have much else to say so here’s a gif of Famke Janssen ❤ looking seductive for no reason.

 

That’s Life!

I had two eye-opening conversations recently, one with my sister and the other with my brother. I told my sister what my childhood dream was: to make the world a better place. I’m 23 now and honestly, despite everything I’ve been through (good and bad), my dream has not changed. The only thing I added to it is “for my niece to live in”. When my niece was born, I was truly happy, but at the same time I started to consider my own mortality. “How much longer do I have to live?”. Before my niece was born, I would’ve been content dying any time, not because I was suicidal, but because I felt I lived a wonderful life. Now, I at least would like to live another 18 years. Why 18? Because I’ll be able to see my niece grow up. It’s something my grandma was never able to do with her grandchildren. Also, I’m sure I’ll be able to accomplish everything I want and need to in that amount of time. Of course, I’d like to live for as long as possible, but 41 is the minimum.

I am happy, I cannot stress that enough. When I look in the mirror, I am pleased with what I see. A number of people deep down can’t say the same thing, so it makes me more appreciative I can. At the same time though, I’ve been sad as well. I talk to my best friend every day and I’m glad I have family and friends I love and who love me. But sometimes I think about things such my favorite teacher who’s dead, and the fact I wanted to take my mom to a Prince concert. My brother’s album title says it all, “We Gon’ Die Anyway“, but mayne it doesn’t make it easier when people who left a great impact on my life aren’t with us anymore. I had to learn it the hard way when my grandma died… Life’s too short to be waking up angry, holding grudges, and being bitter. I do my best to make sure the people in my life know I love, appreciate and care about them. Whenever I get the chance to make someone happy, cheer them up… I’ll never pass it up. It’s very fulfilling. I’m totally aware my actions do have an effect on those around me. If I want to be a positive force in the universe, I need to fill it with as much positivity as I can. I hope my niece will understand what I’m trying to accomplish.

My brother told me what his mindset was regarding people in general… He wishes nothing but the best for everyone and hope they find happiness in their lives.

This brings me to something I’d like to say to you, the reader and my followers. To me, life is a gift. We only get one shot at it. This is your life, no one else’s. At the end of the day, it is you who has to be happy with the choices you make, food you eat, things you do, and the goals and dreams you are pursuing right now. Do not let the thoughts, opinions and judgments of others stop you from doing what you feel and know in your heart is right for YOU! Do what gives you inner peace. Eat the food that makes you feel good. Surround yourself with people who make you feel loved, who make you laugh, who support you, who sincerely bring you joy. Go after what you want, and not because your parents or society told you, but because you truly want to!

Tomorrow Is the Day & I’ve Been Slacking

Tomorrow is the day I go back on campus. If everything goes well and I’m able to get the classes I need for the following semesters, this time exactly next year will be my last semester as a collegian. I’m going to miss spending time with my family, of course (especially my niece). If only they could all live in the same city as me then I wouldn’t even need to pay for housing or food y’know? This semester looks to be filled with interesting classes so I’m hoping I will be a smarter version of myself by the time the semester ends than when it began. I hope to develop cordial relationships with my professors and any financial burdens that may arise be resolved in a timely manner.

On another note, I noticed I haven’t posted anything regarding my play “Love Conquers All Sins” since February. That’s pretty damn pitiful and I honestly have no excuse. I will definitely make sure I spend time daily to write once tomorrow starts. Since I like daydreaming a lot, I actually have all the character designs finished in my head. Now all I need to do is draw them, but I’m still practicing. My blog will be the first place I post them (after sharing them with my brother and sister).

 

Here are the things I hope to accomplish by the time the year ends…

  • Finish and post 4 scenes of my story/play
  • Get all A’s in my classes (I’ll accept one B)
  • Buy a birthday present for my mom
  • Complete 4 art pieces
  • Start applying to become an Anatomy and Physiology tutor
  • See Kid Cudi live with my mom and brother
  • Go to WasabiCon
  • Become an early riser (consistently wake up at ~5:00 AM)
  • Write more poetry

 

A lot of stuff has been on my mind lately. Recently, I’ve been really happy and really sad at the same time. Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Until next time!