“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
- Abraham Lincoln
“I never got to the point when I felt like running away from it all.”
- Jamie Redknapp
“Glamor is about feeling good in your own skin.”
- Zoe Saldana
Technically speaking, my very first shoujo anime was “Sailor Moon.”
Granted, it was probably everyone’s first shoujo anime series back in the day (it came out in the states when I was around the second or third grade). I remember watching the show randomly in the morning before school.
I guess you could have called it a guilty pleasure of sorts before I even knew what that was. It was “different” in the sense that it was definitely geared for girls, and it was one of those anime things. Oh gosh, remember when anime used to be super niche? As in, no one but only a very select group of the population knew of its existence?
As a boy, it entailed me liking cartoons with giant robots, cool weapons and fancy explosions. Conversely, “Sailor Moon” had a bunch of female characters who fight evil by transforming into pretty warriors donning sailor uniforms. In particular, romantic love is often a main catalyst for the plots throughout the show.
Nonetheless, “Sailor Moon” was awesome to me, as girly as it was.
Heck, even the original opening in Japanese is super catchy.
What’s Your Type?
My transition from being a play-setter to a playmaker in “League of Legends” continues. I am certainly learning a lot as I try to improve as a player.
A quick recap of what I mean by the terms:
Play-setter: A player who complements their teammates to make them look better. Play-setters enhance good plays and generally provide support to their allies, plus they are generally overshadowed by playmakers who do the “heavy duty” stuff (i.e. getting kills).
Playmaker: A player who is capable of pulling off the exciting plays that lead to big, in-game impact. These players can and will carry their allies to victory, assuming they have the appropriate supporting cast to make it all possible.
And again, I will emphasize that both player types are not mutually exclusive to each other. Anyone can be a play-setter or a playmaker, and some are naturally a mix of both types.
But yeah, for so long, I was only just a play-setter and nothing more. Even back when I played Defense of the Ancients (DotA), I proudly proclaimed myself to be a support-focused person. I often struggled with winning games on “my own,” relying heavily on my teammates to make victory possible while I did my part to contribute toward a win.
And honestly, I have been very content with being a play-setter up to this point, but the urge to become a true playmaker is calling out to me. Continue reading
After watching a lot of anime over the years, it gets to the point where one can start to pick up on what I call “anime buzzwords.”
Basically, these are words you are going to hear throughout various anime shows, regardless of the genre or intended audience.
Now, of course, please keep in mind this is just my personal list that is in no particular order of significance.
1. 許せない (yuresenai) /// Unforgivable/I cannot forgive you!
As a friend points out to me, 許せない is probably one of the closest equivalents to a “f**k you” in Japanese when you are mad at someone. But of course, Japanese as a language doesn’t really have many “swear words” per se, but shouting out an “unforgivable” proves to be potent enough.
Did someone do something really mean and despicable to you? 許せない!