Random Kanji Knowledge: Kizuna

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 絆, which is read as kizuna (key-zoo-na). 絆 means “bonds” (as in bonds that are emotional, relationship-driven and otherwise.)

絆 is a word you hear the Japanese say a lot. It’s important to talk about the “bonds” you have with others and what it means to you.

Source.
The stroke order for 絆 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Koibito

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 恋人, which is read as koibito (ko-ee-bee-toe).

恋 is the symbol for “love/romance.”

人 means “person.”

Put two and two together, and 恋人 turns into “lover/sweetheart.” 恋人 is often used in reference to one’s boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other.

The stroke order for 恋人 is shown below.
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Silky Heart


Title:  
    “Silky Heart”
Artist:     Yui Horie
Anime:   Toradora! (とらドラ!)

Lyrics:   Jefferz
Vocals:  Spiral
Mixing:  Jefferz

Mp3:    https://app.box.com/s/zcwl8e6bsxnqnunbauye
Video:  http://www.putlocker.com/file/E991724030C958E1

:::Lyrics:::
My silky love
Oh every single hour of the day
My silky love
I’m always thinking ‘bout the things you say
My silky love
These feelings trapped within this heart of mine
My silky love
Will soon burst out of my chest and fly

If I could bring myself to just say that I love you
All of my worries would soon disappear
But each time I see you I push you for my doubting heart just interferes

Whenever in the past there were things holding me back
I’d go on and live out who I should be
But when it comes to us there’s this great wall that’s separating you and me

There are these feelings inside that I want you to know
They’re on the tip of my tongue, “How I do love you so”
With all the courage I have I will walk up to you
And with my heart I will tell you the truth

From the day that we met I’ve had this pure silky heart
But it’s quite delicate and it may all fall apart
How I’m always clumsy fumbling my words, maybe I’m in love

The heartaches of the past that almost faded away
The pain and hurting should our love go astray
Oh one day I’ll let my guard down and show you myself
And I’ll tell you all the hidden feelings in my heart I’ve felt

Random Kanji Knowledge: Todoke

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 届け, which is read as todoke (toe-doh-kay).

届け can mean a lot of things, but it is often the meaning for “to send to/reaching (something.)”

For instance, a famous shoujo anime is Kimi ni Todoke. This anime’s title is often translated along the lines of “Reaching You.”

Also, Kimi ni Todoke is awesome. It’s one of the most respected shoujos out there.

Happy Haiku: Christmas Eve

Happy Haiku!

Haiku
お家族と
クリスマスイヴ
家族愛

Romaji
O kazoku to
Kurisumasu ivu
Kazoku ai

English Translation
With the family
Christmas Eve
Family love

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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Hey There, Sailor Scout

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.

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Anime Recommendation: Love Lab

It’s Good to Try New Things
Love Lab” is an interesting take on the “cute girls doing cute things” genre in the anime realm. Believe it or not, lots of anime titles out there exist where a bunch of characters just hang out in a club room, and this is literally the entire premise of these kinds of shows. The characters can talk about literally anything, which often entails a lot of goofing off and random gags. And, as expected, the semblance of a “plot” can be elusive.

Then again, “Love Lab” at least tries to string together some sort of a story.

Synopsis: The Fujisaki Girls Academy is known for their school body being composed of very proper students. The most prominent one of them is Maki, the student president who is admired by her classmates for her calm and polite demeanor. On the other hand, Kurahashi Riko is also admired but for having a very forward and boyish personality. Riko accidentally walks into Maki while she’s practicing kissing with a pillow and learns that she isn’t what everyone thinks she is. Riko is forced into keeping Maki’s secret and join her in practicing all aspects of romance like holding hands and more.

Basically, “Love Lab” is about a club of young girls who attempt to “experiment” with the notions of love, at least in the realm of what middle school-aged girls think. And of course, the comedic elements stem from the girls’ warped/childish sense of romance, such as in the scene below.

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Anime Recommendation: Zero no Tsukaima

From Zero to Hero?
I just finished the first season of “Zero no Tsukaima” (The Familiar of Zero), and I really enjoyed it.

Synopsis: Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy, dubbed with the nickname “Zero Louise” due to her inability to effectively use her magic properly, resulting in zero successes. An upcoming test at her academy requires her to summon a familiar, a servant and partner to support her as a magician. Despite desiring a familiar that would be superior to her constantly mocking classmates, Louise ends up summoning Hiraga Saito, your average Japanese boy. Even with Louise and Saito both unwilling to accept each other, they have no choice. Louise cannot attempt another summoning and Saito cannot return to Japan, and so their life together begins. Based on the novel by Noboru Yamaguchi.

I was actually looking for a romantic, shoujo anime to watch, and then I came across “Zero no Tsukaima” on a random list on a forum. It turns out this anime was basically a harem instead of a romantic shoujo, but I still liked it regardless. I found the characters really fun, and I am going to give this anime extra props for actually having an Asian male who hooks up with a non-Asian girl(s) (take that, society).

So yeah, this “shounen” anime is one I will consider watching further (it has three more seasons). I just found Louise and Saito so sweet together as a pair.