Playfulness in Anime

Introduction

Playfulness is a wonderful thing. It allows us to act out of character at times in order to surprise or confuse our friends. Timing and setting are key factors which can determine the success of jokes. I think it’s best shown in the anime Nichijou. Sometimes the nature of our favorite characters can perplex us, but it gives them more dimension and helps us relate to them on a deeper level.

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A sign of deep friendship

In the anime Comic Girls after Kaos accidently defeats Tsukasa, we’re given a playful remark. Although we’ve never seen Kaos try to stir up conflict, her action is still believable. Not only is it funny and cute, it’s a great indicator of the growing bond between the two friends.

The difference with bullying

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Suzukaze Aoba from New Game!! is known by fans to be subtle joker. She melts snowmen on purpose, makes fun of Nenechi for looking like a middle school student (although she looks like one herself) and even asks Yun, if she’s a person who goes on diets in secret.

Conclusion

Either joking with your friends or not, just try to remember to use common sense. We don’t want to go beyond boundaries or actually hurt our friends for the sake of a joke. I think the reason we love anime girls playing around with each other is because no one actually gets hurt in the process. Even though I think it’s super cute to see anime girls sulking.

 

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Demi-Chan wa Kataritai: The tale of two sisters

Himari Takanashi

Himari is an ordinary human who is twins with Hikari Takanashi. Himari is a conservative, studious and hard working individual. But at times can be hot tempered due to her sister’s personality. Aside from the many disputes between them, Himari cares deeply about her sister.

Relationship with her sister

Himari is the responsible younger sister between the two. She helps Hikari with her hair in the mornings, which has gotten her repeatedly late. She lends her textbooks at school. And she disciplines Hikari by not approving of her negligence, however this is usually futile.

When explaining to Takahashi Sensei how she doesn’t approve of her sister’s irresponsible behavior, he asks if Hikari is able to see herself in the mirror. Upon hearing this, Himari quickly rushes to to find her sister and apologize. Of course in the end we learn that the reason for Hikari’s need for help in the morning is due to her laziness.

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Personality

Himari’s life isn’t 100% devoted to school. She attends festivals with her school friends, enjoys pudding(which Hikari steals at times) and spending time with her sister. She and her father purposefully lighten their hair due to Hikari’s hair color, in order to quell any questions on her relations to the family.

She’s suspicious of strangers trying to take advantage of her sister. This can make her appear as cold. However, she quickly apologizes when she jumps to conclusions.

We can notice more of Himari’s carefree and childlike personality when she is alone with her friends. She chooses not to wear a yukata to the festival knowing her friends wouldn’t be wearing one. It’s a running gag for her friends to compare Himari to her sister’s when she becomes extremely excited.

Himari seems to not like it when others try to take her time, especially in her leisure. She becomes annoyed when some local boys ask her and her friends to view the festival together. However, she feels obligated once they give her and her friends cotton candy.

 

Conclusion

Many people may see Himari as the reason why Hikari can live a carefree life. She’s responsible and quick to forgive others. Although she doesn’t openly admit it, she loves her sister. She wants Hikari to grow up to become more independent and less intrusive onto other people, especially on herself.

 

Elma and her Improvement

Introduction

Joui Elma is a dragon introduced later in the show, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. At first she is seen to be clumsy, clueless and high strung. She’s part of the harmony faction in the dragon world. Meaning her group is geared more towards cooperation, synergy and compromise. Although when she first enters into the human world, she causes a bit of disruption.

 

After learning that she isn’t able to easily go back to the dragon world, she finds work at Miss Kobayashi’s company. She soon learns that humans have to perform difficult tasks in order to survive on a daily basis. Because she’s never seen a computer, she has no idea how to type or even turn it on. The things she notices about the human world can be quite funny. Such as when she acts out how certain salesman beg on the floor. Or when she holds up a line at a restaurant due to the her difficulty with choice.elma 10

Willing to learn

Elma is curious and willing to learn new things. She’s willing to help others such as taking Kanna, Shouta and Riko fishing. And taking charge as the director of the Christmas play. She does have the ability to lead and take things seriously even though she may appear useless in the beginning. She becomes annoyed when the people in the the Christmas play don’t follow her instructions. But as it goes on, she accepts the input of those around her. She considers their view points and implements them. Although seemingly chaotic, everything works out and their presentation becomes a success.

 

In chapter 35, Kobayashi and Takiya notice some well written computer code. After asking around, Elma replies that the code was made by herself. Elma explains that she had studied the material given to her. This comes as a surprise since it was believed that Elma had already solidified her place at the office as the unofficial tea server. Soon after, Kobayashi presents Elma with her true share of work.

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Falling in love with the Human World

Just like Tohru in the begining, she viewed humans as inferior and ignorant. But Elma soon realizes the many pleasures of daily life such as food choices, product choices and holidays. She comes to respect humans for having the ability to choose between many options. From her perspective, the difficulty of choice comes when every option is seemingly perfect.

Although not as popular as Kobayashi at work, she is given chocolate during valentines day . When wondering why Kobayashi receives more chocolate than anyone, Takiya explains that the people around the office are simply showing their gratitude.

Later in the manga,  she even becomes more involved at work. She even creates a union and leads speeches in order to change certain practices. Although in the end it was food related, this shows her passion and ability to harmonize with those around her.

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Conclusion

Elma learns to enjoy the human world as well as work with them. she enjoys the many pleasures of man and develops close bonds with her friends. She’s dependable yet clumsy, she’s passionate but sometimes misdirected. Willing to always learn, Elma continually improves herself and allows others to contribute. She’s definitely a dragon from the harmony faction. She is similar to Tohru in many ways because of her interest in living among humans. They both come from different backgrounds, yet they both yearn to improve themselves and are willing to learn new things.

 

K-on! Origins of Musicianship

Introduction

The members of After School Tea Time are fantastic musicians. Their music isn’t just cute and fluffy, it can be fast and aggressive at times as well. But even these girls were beginners at one point in their lives. And even after forming the club, they still had to develop their skills together.

Akiyama Mio
The bass player of the group. Although it’s noted that she can play the guitar at a decent level, she chooses to play bass because it doesn’t attract as much attention. She’s able to teach guitar to Yui in the begining of the series. Going over things such as chords and techniques.
She most likely started playing the bass guitar a little bit before Ritsu began learning how to play drums. Mio is quite knowledgeable about classic rock musicans, which we can see when asking Yui about her favorite guitarists. She’s able to compose music and write lyrics as well.
She utilizes advanced techniques such as slap/pop and bass walking.

 

Tainaka Ritsu
As you an imagine, the most energetic member of the group plays the drums. After watching a performance of, “The Who”. Ritsu becomes obsessed with the high energy drumming of Keith Moon. Begging Mio to form a band with her, she saves up enough money to buy a used Jazz drumset.
Much of her intricate drumming comes from styles such as jazz and rock n roll. Most likely due to Keith Moon’s influences being Tony Meehan and Gene Krupa.

 

Kotobuki Tsumugi
Being from a rich family, it makes sense for her to play something like the piano. She’s won a few competitions and started playing at the age of 4. Although she mainly played classical piano before joining the club, due to her willingness to learn new things, she was able to play more in the style of rock and pop.
She later incorporates things such as synth effects and piano rolls into her playing as the band develops. Mugi has the ability to gain influences from anywhere. When Ritsu plays with her keyboard, Mugi gets inspired to create her own song.
She mainly uses sound pads such as: Square lead and rock organ.

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Nakano Azusa
Azusa comes from a musical family. She states that both her parents play in a jazz band, which make her almost join the jazz club at school. But later decides not to join, stating that it wasn’t the style of jazz she was accustomed to.
Like Mugi, Azusa most likely started playing from a very young age. She owns several guitars and is able to size the skill of other’s very quickly.
She’s a very serious musician and expects those around her to be just as serious. She’s able to play many advanced techniques, beyond Yui’s ability. But she is humble at her craft and feels she still has much more to learn.
She primarly plays the harmony and solos of the club’s songs.

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Hirasawa Yui
Out of all the members, Yui learns how to play music the latest. She has no musical background other than playing the castanets in Kindergarten. Before the training camp, she was only able to memorize chords and play 3 note songs. Yui also had to have her sister Ui, decipher reading chord charts and basic TABs.
Yui has perfect pitch, which means she is able to distinguish and remember the names of tones without a musical reference. When tuning her guitar, she corrects the strings without using a tuner. She is also able to memorize certain complex musical phrases, but has a hard time with technique.
However, much of her skill in music comes from practice and the occasional lesson from Azusa and Sawako Sensei. She at first struggles learning certain parts in songs. But is able to learn them when told to slow down and break down sections.

 

Conclusion

The members of After School Tea Time are great musicians, but they weren’t always like that. Just like everyone else, they had to learn their craft. But what makes them even more amazing is when they put together their skills and play as one band.

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Blend S: Hinata Kaho character overview

Introduction

Hinata Kaho is an energetic, friendly, cheerful and….healthy waitress at the Cafe Stile. She is a fan favorite for many reasons. She plays the tsundere archetype at work, although at times she drops character. Kaho is a hardcore gamer who frequents arcades, plays games on her phone and reads manga. She prioritizes playing her games over studying and finances, which cause her too suffer later down the road. Her happy aura helps make new members feel welcome and is a valuable worker at the cafe, going along with any crazy idea the manager may have.

Interests

Kaho is interested in a lot of gaming culture. She plays DDR and other rhythm games at the arcade, which usually draws large crowds. The money she receives from working is put back into buying new games and anime merchandise. Although she’s very outgoing and full of energy, she’s quite introverted. When the crew decides to have an outdoor BBQ in the mountains, she along with a couple of Stile workers are seen focusing on their hand held games. Her personality is able to find the fun in anything however, as we see her get excited about eating grilled meat outdoors.

When her funds become low, she worries about not being able to buy more merchandise. Sometimes her thinking becomes clouded and defies common sense. When she becomes too focused on her games with Akizuki, the two don’t even notice the lights being turned off. When they later find out that they are locked in the cafe, Kaho worries about her phone running out of power to play games, instead of using it to call for help. She’s a bit irrational when it comes to the consequences of her gaming passion. A lot of people probably can relate to her because sometimes our passions prevent us from even thinking about the future.

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Friends

Akizuki is probably Kaho’s most closest friend and potential love interest. When Kaho becomes saddened by being locked out of her gaming profile, Akizuki tries to cheer her up with a parfait. However, because of Kaho’s ability to change moods quickly, he’s unable to present it to her out of embarrassment. When the two get locked in at the cafe, Kaho clings onto Akizuki as punishment for scaring her.

He’s able to hit Kaho on the head when she makes dumb remarks or is unwilling to act for the better good. The two are most likely very close due to them both starting their jobs at the same time and having to interact. Because prior to their meeting they had very little interaction with the opposite gender. In the flash back, they are both seen as being extremely shy and polite. Their views on what characters in their games are the best, cause them to have arguments but regardless still get along very well.

Seeing Kaho in despair, Mafuyu offers to tutor her in math. As the sessions progress, Kaho begins to respect Mafuyu more as a senpai. Mafuyu tends to also punish Kaho for her irresponsibility, gaming addiction and her…curiosity. Towards the end of their study sessions, Kaho becomes saddened due to the possibility of not being able to meet Mafuyu outside of work. However, she is able to work up the courage to ask if Mafuyu would want to meet together just as friends in the future.

When Maika begins working at the cafe. Kaho makes it her job to welcome and to teach her the ins and outs of the restaurant. She enjoys teasing Maika but can also get scared of her intense glare. Regardless, the two are very playful with each other and develop a closer bond.

Conclusion

Being the opposite of an actual tsundere, she openly shares her true feelings to those around her. She is your bright and cheerful high school girl. She can be a little rash at times due to her inability to consider the future. But she makes it her job to make everyone feel welcome. She brings out the best in people and can find the fun in any situation. Her open personality helps everyone around her, comfortably express their feelings without holding back.

Yun Iijima Character overview

Yun Iijima

Yun Iijima is part of the character design team at Eagle Jump. She fulfills the straight man role in the show New Game!! Whenever other characters get a little too obsessive in their otaku antics, she’s usually the one who tries to bring them back down to earth.

Character

Possibly the most overlooked among the main characters in the show, Yun is a vital part of the Eagle Jump design crew. Due to her family circumstances, it seems that she is in charge of taking care of her two younger siblings. She cooks, cleans and takes them to hero shows.

 

Her devotion to family is number one, seeing that she even leaves some of her work unfinished when called to help at home.

She seems to enjoy the hero shows almost as much as her two younger siblings. Although the enthusiasm for the shows are no where near as excited as Hajime.

Her past

Yun tends to be the most vocal towards Hajime, most likely due to them both being such close friends. Before joining Eagle Jump, Yun spent most of her days studying and playing video games. Moving to Tokyo, she decided to change her appearance by dressing more stylishly. As she opens up about her past, Hajime responds by saying, “it takes effort to come out of one’s comfort zone”. Although both come from different backgrounds, perhaps they are a lot more similar than we might have thought.

 

Development and growth

When the company holds a competition for a character design, Aoba and Hajime eagerly sign up. Yun questions Aoba’s decision, even stating that winning is probably not going to happen. But Aoba believes that there’s more to lose if she doesn’t try at all. However, we can see Yun’s true grown up nature when she apologizes to Aoba about how she believed entering the character design contest was a futile effort. And later stating that the fool was herself. Yun finishes the conversation inspired by Aoba to enter in the next competition.

 

Although there is really no need for Yun to apologize for something she feels internally, it helps those around see her weaknesses and appreciation.

Conclusion

Yun Iijima is an essential part of the character design team at Eagle Jump. She accepts her shortcomings and accepts others for theirs as well. She can sometimes be self conscious and afraid to ask for help. But she’s willing to learn and admit her mistakes. She’s an important part of the team and continues to grow along side them.

 

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Episode 2

 

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The episode starts off with both of our heroes waking up in a shallow of water that has the ability to burn. Aladdin for the most part seems to be intrigued by his first dungeon. However, outside the dungeon, a projected villain seems to be looking for him.

Aladdin isn’t like his usual self. He is more reserved and soft spoken. His hunger seems to soften his abilities, perhaps he is more human than we think. It seems that when hungry, Aladdin can’t perform and has less magical energy. He is so weakened in fact, he gives no resistance to be chewed on by a giant dungeon insect.

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The two find themselves in a pit filled with these green insect like creatures, who later combine and shoot fire. Fire seems to be a common trend in this dungeon. Every time the two avoid or defeat a monster, Aladdin noticeably grows more hungry…I mean fatigued.

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As viewers, our curiosity deepens, asking the question of, “what is the true reason Alibaba wanted to enter this dungeon?”. As Aladdin is sleeping, Alibaba promises to explain to him, what his true goals and intentions are.

A bit of time passes when we encounter our red haired friend, who is not surprisingly still in chains. The group she enters with seems to want Aladdin, calling him a Magi. They pick him up to take him away while pushing aside Alibaba.

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With a bit of bribing and sweet talk, our slave Lord allows Alibaba to help them escape the dungeon. It should be of no surprise to see Alibaba working for someone he doesn’t trust, only to secretly help his own agenda.

With the intent to save his friend, Alibaba must risk his life by reading foreign text on the dungeon wall. After solving the puzzle, he helps everyone escape except himself. Aladdin is now left with his captors and begins talking to our red haired friend.

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Aladdin breaks the awkward silence between the two, with comedic facial expressions causing our girl to let out a small laugh. We soon learn that she is from a far off country that is known to be in poverty. With a small description from big sister, we learn that the country is actually full of life and much of what is known is misconception. We also learn that the evil Lord’s name is Jamil.

Suddenly we are relieved to see an unharmed Alibaba appear and fly off into the sky leaving Aladdin’s kidnappers. Our sister’s name is actually Morigana. And perhaps the chains that bound her as a slave aren’t physical and must be first broken in order for her to be free someday.

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