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30 Day Haikyu!! Challenge: Day Twenty-six — 04/09/2018

30 Day Haikyu!! Challenge: Day Twenty-six

Scene You Enjoyed the Most

This one is really hard, but I do have an answer. I love a lot of scenes in this show, exactly the reason why I’ve rewatched some of it already.

The one scene that always makes me happy is the barbeque scene with Karasuno, Nekoma, and Fukurodani. This didn’t shock me at all that this was my pick, since my favorite scene in Yuri!!! on Ice was in episode 10 when all of the finalists had dinner together. Though these people are competitors, there’s no reason they can’t get along and be friends.

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30 Day Haikyu!! Challenge: Day Twenty-five — 04/08/2018

30 Day Haikyu!! Challenge: Day Twenty-five

Scene that Hurt You the Most

Why? Why does this have to be a prompt? I knew exactly what scene I’d need to talk about for this, but I had to go back and find exactly what the context was to really write about it. It hurt so bad to watch it again.

Season 2: Episode 5 (Greed), near the end of the episode, around the 17-minute mark.

Hinata asks Kageyama to toss to him, so they can strengthen their freak quick again. After losing to Seijoh during the tournament, their quick had never gone back to normal. They each blamed themselves for the losing point, and in turn, it ruined the partnership they’d built up until this point. Hinata screwed up during a practice match and nearly hurt himself and Asahi in the process. He becomes determined to hit that quick again. But when Kageyama tries to toss to him, he’s not even close to hitting the ball every time.

Kageyama tells him to stop, and to start practicing something smaller and easier to handle. It’d be easier to practice a basic quick and get that down first before going onto something harder again. Hinata isn’t hearing any of it, and is sure if he just keeps going he’ll eventually get it.

This leads to a fight. The worst fight I’ve ever seen them have. Worse than anything they’d experienced even when they were sworn rivals. Yachi witnesses it and tried to break it up, but they just keep going. Kageyama throws Hinata twice, Hinata grabs at Kageyama’s face and screams at him. It’s awful.

Tanaka has to interfere to really break it up, and the aftermath of this lasts for quite a while after.

This scene was the one that nearly brought me to tears. I had become so fond of the trust and friendship Kageyama and Hinata had built up in season one, but that loss shattered everything. It takes a while for it to heal, I think it’s until about midway through season two. This one fight doesn’t even just affect them, but also the team’s performance throughout the whole training arc. The team isn’t as strong without their freak duo, and it really shows.

Even before I knew all of this, this scene was something that really hit me. To get that physical because of a disagreement is awful. Yeah, these two are known to argue, but it’s generally just teasing. Nothing worse than a few prodding words. This could have ended in injury if it went on longer. Their friendship is something I really love seeing evolve throughout the series. To have it derailed so quickly was heartbreaking.

My Haikyu challenge may be a little screwy this week, with 2 standardized tests and orientation for a new job. I’ll try to get them out every day, but I can’t make promises. I apologize in advance if it does end up that way.

My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 3 — 03/13/2018

My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 3

…Oh my god, I’ve gotten myself in trouble from watching this show. I delved into the fandom head-first way back in season one, and now that I’ve finished this show, I think I’ll be depending on it even more. And when I finished it, I didn’t really know what to do with myself anymore. It’s the longest series I’ve finished in a long time, which seems a bit strange since it’s not horribly long. But, with the way I watch anime now, I don’t watch more than two or three episodes of a show at once, so it takes me forever just to get through a 24 or 25 episode series that’s been completed.

Along with it being 60 episodes, much longer than I generally dedicate myself to, it’s also about a sport. One that I’ve never in my life had any interest in, and the one time I played it for PE class in sixth grade, all I did was serve and watch everyone else play. I didn’t think I would find much enjoyment in this show, since the sport didn’t appeal to me, but this show is a lot more than just boys playing volleyball. It’s about teamwork, friendship, and achieving your dreams. And I love every second of it.

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[OWLS Blog Tour: “Squad”] Friendship through the Eyes of an Introvert: Hyouka — 03/09/2018

[OWLS Blog Tour: “Squad”] Friendship through the Eyes of an Introvert: Hyouka

I happened to already have the intention of rewatching this show before I saw what this month’s topic was going to be. And then as I was thinking about possible anime to cover, I thought, “Oh, actually that’s perfect.” and now had a reason to be rewatching the show. Not like I wouldn’t anyway because I love and missed this show a whole lot! It was within my first fifteen or so anime that I watched, and gosh it was great to visit something I haven’t touched in three years.

If you aren’t aware, this post is of a tour for the lovely group, OWLS, which I’ve been writing for since June of last year! We are a group of loving anime fans who want to spread positivity through pop culture and anime! We are non-discriminant against anyone regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, etc.

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And, for the prompt of this month:

Although some people may like to be alone at times, we all have that one special friend or a squad of friends who we kick it and have some good laughs and fun with. However, there are friendships that don’t last a lifetime and usually, they end due to a falling out or a misunderstanding. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring some of the best friendships in anime and pop culture as well as the friendships that ended suddenly. We will talk about what a true friendship means to us, what we learned about ourselves and others through broken friendships, and our definitions of a “good friend.”

Thank you Lyn for the wonderful topic for this month!

There are not any explicit spoilers in this post, only vague events. None of the mysteries are spoiled in the slightest. So, if you’ve never watched this show, it is safe to read!

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[OWLS Blog Tour: Treasure] Accepting Yourself Is Not Easy (A Silent Voice) — 09/08/2017

[OWLS Blog Tour: Treasure] Accepting Yourself Is Not Easy (A Silent Voice)

Hello! I’m back for another OWLS blog tour! This month, we’re covering the topic of depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses, so if that’s something that bothers you, be wary. I will be discussing how the characters in this manga grew past it, but I also discuss the dark reality of the things they faced. The topic is “Treasures,” talking about the people in our lives that tell us we are worth something, and that we are something to be treasured.

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