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Learning Japanese Using Anime! Words of Advice

Learning Japanese isn't really an easy feat. The language has a lot of vocab, there's three forms of writing, and not to mention grammar. So while being an otaku, it's easy to turn to anime as a form of education. Since we watch it all the time, why not pick up a few things from it? However, there's a few things you need to watch out for. Watch Out for "Personalized" Forms of Speaking In the Japanese language, there are many ways to address yourself and others. The common word for talking about ourselves is Watashi. However, there are different ways to do this. Another word commonly heard in anime is Boku. We can use this word when we are male speakers. If we are female speakers, we would use the word atashi. While this isn't limited to these set gender roles, saying boku as a female would give a tomboyish image; atashi as a male would seem feminine. We've also experienced other types of this speech. If you're familiar with Narut

Happy Birthday Konata Izumi!

So today is May 28th, and we're reaching the end of May. Why not finish things out with a bang? Today, I'd like to give my birthday wishes to Konata Izumi from the anime Lucky Star . If you don't know Konata, she's basically the main character and leader of the group. While I've never seen Lucky Star, Konata just seems like a likeable character. Maybe someday I'll get around to it, and work through my watch list of doom. Until then, I'm going to stick with newer anime. If you're interested in watching her anime you can find it officially at this link . There is also a dub version for people who prefer an English take on anime. Again, I haven't seen the anime yet so I can't give any thoughts or opinions on it, but from what I've heard it's pretty good! Well that's all for now! If there's any anime characters that you want to give a birthday shout out, let me know and I'll feature them here. Until next time guys~

Cardfight!! Vanguard's Lessons on True Strength

During my time as a sick person, I started re-watching the first season of Cardfight!! Vanguard . While the anime focuses on card games, there's a good amount of life lessons that are hidden amongst the card-filled action. A few Vanguard spoilers may be ahead, tread carefully. If you've ever played anything that's competitive, you'll surely know that losing hurts. When we try our best and hope to win, it's very disappointing to taste defeat. So what do we do to correct this? We try again. However, if that doesn't work then what would we do? Perhaps, try to become better/stronger/more skilled at what we're doing. Yet, by doing this excessively we tend to lose sight of the real reason we started in the first place. I can say that I've run into this problem a lot before. I started playing fighting games about three or four years ago. When I picked up BlazBlue as a beginner the game felt really fresh and new, and it was fun despite the fact that

Nintendo Wi-Fi Shutdown: Good Memories

Salutations and greetings my readers! Again, apologies for the altered posting schedule these past two weeks, I'm currently recovering from a sickness. Sadly, I wasn't able to spend the last days of Nintendo Wi-Fi playing, but I was able to reminisce of games I greatly enjoyed. For those who don't know; as of May 20th, Wi-Fi support for the old handhelds and consoles is being shutdown . This includes the DS, Wii, and DSi games. While it is easy to be angry at this, it is somewhat understandable. With the launch of the 3DS and the Wii U, Nintendo can only move forward from this point on. Managing the online servers of the old systems would be a waste of resources. Despite my predicament, I was able to enjoy a few races online with Mario Kart. I feel a great sense of sadness knowing that I'll no longer be able to pick up any of my old games and play with the stray few online. As a huge Nintendo junkie, it's easy to understand the effect this has on me and other

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (My Thoughts)

Hello again! First, I'd like to apologize for missing a post on Wednesday. My laptop encountered severe troubles and I was unable to write for you all. It took me around two days, but I was able to work through it and I'm back! Before my laptop unexpectedly went down, I was able to watch another anime film. The selection this time was The Girl Who Leapt Through Time . I heard a lot about this movie and saw a few clips from it, but I never got the chance to sit down and watch it. With it's outstanding time of one hour and forty minutes, it was hard to plan an interrupted sitting. Obviously I managed to find the  time to watch. The plot features a high school girl by the name of Makoto Konno . She can be described as somewhat tomboyish, in appearance and personality. Makoto spends most of her time with her two male friends, Chiaki and Kousuke . Her life is pretty normal, until she discovers a device that allows her to warp through time. When she first discovere

Let's Share: Chikayo Fukuda

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to share with you possibly my favorite composer ever. Her name is Chikayo Fukuda, and she is a Japanese female composer. If you've ever played any of the Naruto Storm series, you'll recognize her work immediately. Not only does she do all the music for the Naruto games, she has also delved into the .Hack series, and retro Saga games. Her style is very unique to me, especially relating to the story of the series. In Storm, the music makes appropriate changes and flows with the battles and events taking place. Each song is beautifully fitting with the atmosphere. When thinking back on the many songs present in the series, I get chills or goosebumps from listening to them. If you're interested please check out her music below!    

Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words) Thoughts

Konbanwa, Minna-san! Since we're nearing the end of the week, my time writing on video games is coming to a close. (For now anyways.) I had fun discussing gaming relationships, RPGs and our lives, as well as Grand Chase. To top it all off, the announcement of Ruby and Sapphire remakes was the icing on the cake. Moving onto new things, I was lucky enough to view the animated short film, Garden of Words by Shinkai Makoto. Unlike many anime, the film depicts the relationship between two central characters, providing little focus on the others. The two main characters come from very different worlds, and have a great gap in age. Akizuki Takao, 15 years old, is a first year student who wishes to become a shoemaker. Yukino Yukari, 27 years old, is a woman who consumes beer and chocolate in the mornings. The two meet for the first time on a rainy morning, and form a friendship. They then continue to meet on rainy days, in the same spot. The story focuses the trials these two

Finally, Ruby and Sapphire Remakes

Pok émon fans have been waiting for this day. We've seen FireRed and LeafGreen. We were hype about HeartGold and SoulSilver. Now it's time for Omega Ruby and Sapphire. If you haven't already been flooded by news updates, you can check out the information on the game from here . A picture of the box art can be seen below. While I wasn't necessarily waiting on these games, I can say that I'm pretty excited. I've been an avid Pok émon player since Yellow, and Ruby/Sapphire hold a special place in my heart. I'm curious to see what other news will follow about the game. Will it be similar to X and Y? Will it offer a more fulfilling post game? Hopefully we will find out soon. Another speculation deals with the aspects of the game. The most unique feature associated with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire was the Battle Frontier. The Frontier was present in later games with a different cast and facilities, but the area started in these games. With a remake, th

Fire Emblem: Awakening's Relationships

Staying on the subject of video games and RPGs, many wish to invoke a feeling of virtual reality. In order to give the game the deep feeling of the role your playing; forming lasting friendships and partnerships with characters is common. While the way we interact with others in real life isn't the same as games, they have their similarities. They may not be identical, but we can learn quite a bit from looking at Fire Emblem: Awakening's marriage system. In many games, relationships usually happen towards the end and don't have much of an impact on the story. When it comes to visual novels,we may not even see relationships at all. The main character (ourselves) usually meets a male or female character. We spend the majority of the game spending time with said character, and then at the climax of the story we end up becoming said character's boyfriend or girlfriend. There's a few events after the story, but game practically ends this way. This leaves us with

Let's Share: Grand Chase

Hello everyone! If you haven't checked out my recent blog update or if you aren't following my twitter, then you probably don't know about my new posting schedule. Before, I would post at completely random times. While this was pretty convenient for me, I can understand the troubles it might cause for my readers. Therefore, creating a consistent schedule is best for you guys! Hopefully you'll tune in the following Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! (Weekends Vary) Anyways, on to the sharing! With college being done for now, I'm involved in gaming again. Currently I'm into MMOs again.(Massively Multiplayer Online Games) As a middle school student I would spend many days playing different games and going on wide adventures. Picking up a laptop was like entering a new world. In a way, you could say this started my interest of anime. I've decided to write this post today, because I wanted to share with you one of my favorites, Grand Chase . While

RPG: A Game of Life

RPGs, also called Role-Playing Games, allow us to escape our lives. We take on the role of a separate character or entity, and face numerous challenges.While many characters live and learn in RPGs, we do the exact same thing in our lives. We gain experience, we face challenges and obstacles, we make friends and form bonds. We can go as far to say that our life is an RPG. Let's think about it a bit more in-depth. When playing one of these games, the characters start off very weak. Usually weak and alone, or sometimes joined by a single party member.When we start our lives, we begin this way. Things progess slowly, and it takes a while for us to learn all the ropes. While this is a common case, for others they are thrown into a fast paced life. Think about the different games you've played and the ways they begin. Some drop you right into the action, others teach you the ropes before you begin. Tales of Graces Fortunately we don't have to take up a sword and battle