The word NEET also includes non Humans

Introduction

NEET: A person who is, “Not going to school, not employed or in training for a job”. But how come so many non human characters get sucked into the vortex of the NEET life? Man made creations such as video games and the internet seem to take a hold on to demons, dragons and even angels! In this article we are going to discuses three main characters.

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Gabriel Tenma White: The top graduate of angel school in heaven. Her mission was to live life in the human world in order to make it a better place. However, just days within landing on earth, she discovers online social gaming and has never been the same since.

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Fafnir: A dark dragon who protects his treasure above all else. He comes to the human world at first believing the lives of man to be unimportant and worthless. He eventually befriends a human roommate and starts to enjoy the life of an otaku. Playing video games and listening to Japanese pop idols.

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Hanzo Urushihara: A demon from another realm. He is allowed to stay at the Devil’s small apartment, just as long as he takes up little room and eats whatever they can afford. He’s addicted to web surfing, video games and buying things online. He’s also socially inept and causes the group trouble by getting scammed financially.

True Nature

Although it’s hard for me to judge if the true character of Gabriel is actually a lazy computer addicted gamer. The reason is because she was a top student in heaven and started life on earth as a productive and helpful person. At first she is seen cleaning up the neighborhood and even helping normal people.

Some parts of me want to say that the human world corrupted her. And she is simply going through what many people would call addiction. Although she says she doesn’t care about the well being of humans. She seems to still have a lot of her morals intact. In the 2nd OVA of the anime she helps befriend a blind school girl and even breaks the rules of heaven by saving her life when she is struck by a vehicle. Sometimes we aren’t as heartless as we think we are. Although helping others might sometimes seem like an inconvenience, something inside of us makes us go out of our way.

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They bring something into our lives.

Despite their complaining and spoiled attitudes, they make our lives better…at least in anime. Fafnir becomes a friend to Takiya and becomes someone he can come home to. We don’t realize how lonely we are sometimes and although Takiya had Miss Kobayashi as a regular drinking buddy. The bond he has with Fafnir is similar to what brothers might have.

We accept them for who they are

Although Urushihara is somewhat on the bottom of the totem pole in terms of respect rankings for his NEET lifestyle and other troubles he brings, he is still a valuable member of the team. Yes he’s a burden most of the time and if he wasn’t so cute, maybe fans wouldn’t like him. But even so, he’s accepted life and happiness in the human world. Actually we should be grateful that an other dimensional demon finds the human world a nice place.

They make our world seem kinda fun

More on the topic of of non humans choosing the human world as their new home. I think it’s pretty special that they find our customs and behavior to be something they would want to be a part of. They choose to come here to participate in our conventions, festivals and join us in our daily lives. Maybe the thing that makes humans remarkable is the fact that we have the ability to share our lives with non humans.

Life can actually be quite fun when you mix in dragons, demons and angels who want to join in on our party.

Conclusion

I think the NEETs we love in anime are the ones who we share our lives with. They might for the most part, drain our savings and get in the way at times. But I think they give us something that we need…love. If you ever owned a cat or dog, you’ll know that they don’t give you money, advice or fame. But they share your life and love you for who you are. Perhaps we love NEETs in anime for who they are because we want someone to love us for who we are as well.

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Comic Girls: The Mentors 10 years prior

Introduction

This episode primarily focuses on the story of Ririka Hanazono (Dorm mother), Mayu Amisawa (Manga editor) and Miharu Nijino (Kaos’s Teacher). 10 years prior, the 3 were part of a manga circle where their dream was to produce a story from scratch. And although things didn’t turn out as planned for them, they still keep in touch and have a strong connection to making manga. They support the 4 girls in the dormitory in any way that they can.

Meeting up for old times

Ririka calls up the old gang to a meet up after testing season is over. They talk about the 4 girls and are especially concerned about Kaos Chan. Especially Mayu, who believes Kaos has a lot of potential but just hasn’t hit her mark yet.

Looking over some old manga that they created, they begin to reminiscent about that past and talk more later at the dormitory. They talk about how their art and story writing wasn’t as good as they remembered it. But still hold a bit of pride in their old efforts.

Forever fans of manga

Even after all this time, they remain fans of making manga. And are huge fan girls themselves. Nijino Sensei is especially fond of the works of Tsubasa and even tries to take one of her rough sketches during class. Even though Mayu san doesn’t write or draw as much as she used to, she works as an editor and gives constructive criticism to Kaos, although given a bit harsh. Our dorm mother Ririka not only takes cares of the girls living day to day. She continues to draw manga, even though she doesn’t share it with anyone[ep9].

Different Ending Song

This time towards the end of comic girls, the ending is instead a remix of images portraying the younger version of the 3 women. We see the youthful hope and wonder in their eyes and melancholic coloring. The trio are still friends to this day and are going about life happily. Not everything happens according to plan, but that’s no excuse for enjoying the journey right?

Momiji meets Hotaru

Introduction

Momiji Mochizuki is introduced into New Game!! during the second season of the anime. She’s the opposite of Aoba in terms of outward personality. She keeps to herself, is blunt towards those around her and feels she must be better than her peers if she wants to progress. Her dream is much like Aoba’s, as she also wants to be a lead character designer.

Meeting Hotaru

Hotaru Hoshikawa is a name that starts to interest Momiji. After hearing that Aoba learned a lot about art through her, Momiji sets out on a quest to find Hotaru and learn from her. Although she could easily ask to meet her more formally, Momiji decides to keep it a secret from Aoba and seeks out Hotaru in her own way. She goes to the Houbun College of art with her make shift sign and stands at the entrance.

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Strangely enough, the plan works and Hotaru kindly meets with our pink haired girl. Momiji is stunned to see the level of skill and various mediums of art produced. (Hoshikawa San also draws a little manga!). momiji 13.PNG

Momiji learns a strong lesson in believing in her own art. She is scolded when she calls her own artwork bad.

Further into the manga series, we notice that Momiji is more open to learning new things. Even if she won’t admit it, she respects Aoba’s skill and uses her as a guide in order to help herself improve in art.

Hotaru is a lover of art. And i’ll discuses it even more later on in this website. But for now I can say, her history of being in art club during high school helped shape Aoba become the artist she is today.

Conclusion

As  Momiji returns home. She’s envious of how Aoba was surrounded by so many talented individuals. She feels as if she has a long way to go before making it big as a character designer. I feel as though later in the manga she begins to stop seeing people around her as competition, but rather as valuable mentors to learn from. Momiji is one step at a time (Step by Step), opening up. I hope she and Aoba can become friends as well.

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Keika and her dreams

Introduction

From the Anime, Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Keika Kiyotaki is a 25 year old woman, practicing to become a female shogi professional. She’s the daughter of the famous 9-dan, Kousuke Kiyotaki. Due to her being the oldest in the training group, her confidence tends to struggle. Her father is quietly supportive about her career. He knows not to talk about her performances or results. Although he doesn’t show it, he is concerned about her career.

Style

Keika is a heavy note taker. She researches players and follows the trends deeply. But she isn’t able to create her own style and suffers because of it. When asking Ginko for advice on improvement, she is told that her shogi lacks a core. She has trouble expressing her full potential during games and has a sort of mental block.

 

Putting aside formalities

In Japanese culture, formalities assigned through age or rank are well followed. Knowing that her time in the training groups are coming to a close, she decides to play with confidence and not worry about the age or rank of her opponents.

 

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Sometimes we surprise ourselves

Upon opening an old notebook on her games, Keika is surprised to see games filled with imagination and bravery. Although poorly executed due to her lack of experience, she is still able to see the potential behind the games. Keika 2.PNG

Sometimes we surprise ourselves. We look back at our old ideas or things we’ve said and are astonished. We see potential, hope and perseverance. I think as we get older we tend to wall ourselves by setting up invisible boundaries. We compare ourselves to others, we don’t think we are good enough or are afraid to take on new hurdles.

A letter from the past

Have I become a female pro? Or maybe… Have I attained a title?- Keika Kiyotaki (10)

The person of our past is just a younger version of ourselves. They are unaware of how things change as time passes, what new obstacles one faces or if our original goal is still important to us.

Keika through her play is answering back at her 10 year old self. She wants to make herself proud and to play without any regrets. Even though she feels as if the person writing in her notebooks is a completely different person, she accepts the fact that she at one point had to have written them.

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Conclusion

Upon coming home, Keika tells her father how she will continue playing no matter what. Her father approves and cries due to the maturity of his daughter. He knows how difficult it is to do anything at a high level and is moved by his daughter’s hard work and struggle through the years.

 

A bit on Yoshida From Watamote

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The short 12 episode anime Watamote sadly never introduced some great characters that show up later in the manga. One of them is Yoshida Masaki.

 

Yoshida looks difficult to approach, isn’t afraid to show her anger and can even get violent, especially towards Tomoko.

With Tomoko And Yuri

Although she doesn’t suffer from social anxiety like Tomoko. Yoshida is distant from her classmates and chooses to not associate with them until Yuri Tamura forms the (sort of friend circle) with her and Tomoko.

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Although Yoshida’s bond with the other two girls aren’t yet concrete, she supports them when they are in need and seems to not hate hanging out with them. She admittedly doesn’t join the class’s after party stating that there would be no reason without the other 2 girls. She initially doesn’t believe she needs friends in her class, but later accepts that it would be more fun to spend time with others instead of being by herself.

Yuri acts as the straight man in between conflicts between Tomoko’s unconscious annoyances towards Yoshida. And seems to want to bridge both of them to become closer classmates.

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She likes cute things

Surprisingly, she’s interested in cute things such as theme park characters and crane game prizes. Although people find it shocking at first, Yoshida isn’t afraid to show off her enthusiasm for cute items. Perhaps her persona of being a “delinquent” is from her natural intense glare.

Conclusion

It’s really exciting to see the comedic bond of Tomoko’s new circle of friends. Yoshida is a character who isn’t afraid of what others think. She can be a bit too direct with people, but she’s honest and takes care of those around her. I hope she can teach Tomoko to be more open about her interests and also more expressive with her feelings.

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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.

 

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.