It’s been a minute hasn’t it? The hiatus till April is still going strong; the good news is it is almost over! Thank you so much everyone for your patience. As I mentioned before during this hiatus expect nothing but the occasional Flashback Friday and of course my OWLS posts!
New to the scene?
Check out our official OWLS website OwlsBloggers for all the information you could dream. Not to mention if you feel like OWLS is a group you’d like to contribute to going to our website is your first stop in applying ❤
In a nutshell though OWLS (Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect) is an online group founded by Otaku to promote a community accepting of individuals regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or anything else under the sun. We want to create a world where you are judged based on your actions. If you are nice to people what should your race or religion (etc.) matter on how people view you?
To build that world we’re doing what otaku do best! We’re bringing in shows and other otaku related things and using them to help discuss difficult topics. It is only through discussions can we begin to accept each other for who we are.
In January we started off big with our blog tour Disruptors! Lot’s of great posts on the merits of protesting, what it means to disrupt, and why sometimes you have to go against the system to do the right thing so I hope you were able to catch them. I used Naruto in my post OWLS Disruptors Blog Tour: Naruto as an example of changing the world from within your political system.
February was a super fun theme using the anime Yuri On Ice to discuss Flight. I was pumped to use Yuri On Ice to illustrate my hopes for Flight within the LGBTQ community with my post Diversity and the Normalization of the LGBTQ Community Brought to You By Yuri On Ice what a mouthful am I right? Hahaha but I still feel like it was a solid post!
This month OWLS has decided to run with the idea of Sanctuary.
“A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.”
Recently the idea of “home” has been heatedly discussed in my country of America. With the idea of immigration creating huge divides metaphorically and literally the idea of sanctuary has really been laying heavily on my mind. This blog tour caused me to think about how I envision my country. How do I make my home a home for everyone?
To do this I decided to look at the anime Ace of Diamond. You may be wondering how the heck I’m going to relate that to sanctuary and immigration… Well sit back Grimms ❤ Didn’t you know that baseball is considered an American pastime?
If you are unfamiliar with the anime Ace of Diamond please for the love of GOD go watch it. Also I would like to apologize because the falling post will automatically be spoilery.
In Ace of Diamond everyone is meant to function as a team. Many of the members of the baseball team live together and because of this spend almost 24 hours a day with each other. They don’t always get along, see eye-to-eye, or even like each other, but they are all there for the same thing. They want their team to be the best; they want to make it to Nationals.
This isn’t easy. It requires hard work, dedication, but most importantly it requires realism. It requires each player to acknowledge that even though they are a team their biggest competition is each other, not the opposing teams.
It is one thing to be on the team, it is another thing entirely to play in a game. The reality of the situation is that there are over 100 people in their baseball club but only nine members are allowed on the field. Does that mean that the other 91 players are completely worthless?
Through Ace of Diamond we learn that each player regardless of whether or not they take the field help to contribute to the team and make it what it is. Even if they aren’t on the field if the team wins it is their win and when the team loses it is their loss.
We are able to view through each episode that there are many ways that a team is able to become great and that making it to Nationals requires more than just good players. The character Chris is a great example of this. He isn’t able to play do to an injury but that doesn’t stop him from being instrumental in helping his teammates to grow as players, particularly in Sawamura’s case.
We also see that even if a player does start out in the bleachers it doesn’t mean they won’t take the field in the future. We have no way to measure human potential or the ability a person has to better themselves through hard work. We aren’t able to see into the future.
Did anyone on that first day really believe that Sawamura would become as necessary to the team as he is? I feel like there were some characters that recognized a spark of potential but I think very few expected him to start his first year taking the field.
Yes the Seido baseball team is competitive as hell, and yes they don’t always get along, but they are a perfect example of multiple people coming together to form a sanctuary and work towards a common goal.
This is what I would like to see from America when it comes to immigration.
Every immigrant that comes to America isn’t necessarily going to be a star, just like every player that comes to Seido isn’t a star, but that doesn’t mean they don’t belong! It doesn’t mean they cannot make America or Seido their home!
Each thing a person does contributes to the wellbeing of the country because our country is the team. I don’t care if you’re cashier at Kwik Trip or the President. You are equally important because you help our country as a whole function.
If at some point a member of our community where to fall down whether it be through addiction, mental illness, poverty (etc.) are we to abandon them? Of course not! We should extend a hand to help them overcome their difficulties even if it is an inconvenience to us.
Something I thought that was cool about Ace of Diamond is that even though they are competing against each other there isn’t a single member of the team that wants another teammate to suck. When the see another member of the team achieving something they don’t try to knock them down for it because they wanted it. They work harder to better themselves while congratulating their teammate.
When another member faces an obstacle they try to be there for them to provide support. They help each other no matter what. Putting the team’s well being over their individual wants. Most importantly they don’t let themselves become overridden with fear.
My hope is that one day my country is able to look at immigration without all of the negativity. I want to be able to essentially look at it the Seido looks at their team. Every person no matter where they are from or what their skill level is has the potential to make our country better each day just by trying.
I would say that no matter where you are born if you are willing to go to another country and work hard to make a life for yourself and family and by default contribute to the well being of that nation then that should be commended and applauded, not drenched in animosity.
Call me a dreamer but I think that our world would be so much better if we looked at immigration as a chance to build up our team so to speak. A chance to acknowledge that each individual brings something to the table and all of that adds up to something amazing. If you consider a place your home, you love it, you work hard to protect it and to be safe then isn’t that your sanctuary regardless of where you are from or where you were born?
I hope you all enjoyed this post!
Please make sure to check Pink’s post on March 31st and if you missed ChasingJapan’s post from 27th make sure to read it now! Remember I’m just one perspective. Through the Internet we have the ability to see multiple perspectives don’t let that chance pass you by!
With that said don’t forget to comment below with your viewpoints on my post ❤ Let’s build some bridges through discussion people!