Dragon Ball Season 1 Revisited: Well That Surprised Me

Hey Grimms,

I recently got my husband to watch Dragon Ball with me! It’s the first anime he’s ever watched all the way through. I was able to get him to watch a Dragonball movie and it sparked his interest so we decided to start watching the series together.

It has been so long since I have last seen  Dragon Ball! Honestly it’s kind of like watching it for the first time for me. I mean I remember most of the big stuff but I’ve kind of forgotten how things came about. There were also a few things that really through me off that I had completely forgotten about, but we’ll get to that later.

“Dragon Ball follows the adventures of an extrodinarily strong boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. Along the way he makes new friends, and enemies, and he trains to become the strongest fighter in the world.” -IMDb 

First Reaction: Flow of Show

The above is a fairly good summary of the show but I would warn anyone starting this show not to be surprised that the dragon balls do take a bit of a back seat in this season. Don’t get me wrong they do look for dragon balls but I feel like that starts to become a secondary thing as we start to learn more about Goku. Not to mention as we watch Goku become more dedicated to training.

Reaction Two: Gotta Love the Potty Humor

Oh my goodness everyone I seriously forgot about all of the toilet jokes! You should’ve seen Adam’s (my husband’s) face the first time Goku whipped out his penis like it was nothing. First episode by the way! I have to say I was laughing myself. Seriously Goku is basically a nudist in season one.

On top of that there’s the pooping, peeing, stinky, and everything else type joke running rampant. You can’t get through an episode without hearing about diareah. One thing is clear in the Dragon Ball universe… everybody poops.

Reaction Three: WHOA RAPE CULTURE! I’m going to need you to tone it down.

Before watching this I told Adam that Master Roshi was a pervert but I had really forgotten the extent. I didn’t even remember Oolong! My young brain must of blocked it out because that character is the worst! Adam was incredibly disturbed by him right along with me.

Spoiler Alert!

At one point Oolong literally date rape drugs both Goku and Bulma so that he can grope and look at Bulma without interupption. Luckily his plan doesn’t quite work out but still, what the hell! That’s not okay. I hate when we as a society act like stuff like this is funny because it’s not. It’s so scary!

Oolong basically spends the entire series doing stuff like that and it is completely cringe worthy. To be honest if you have experienced any sort of trauma in your life you might want to proceed with caution if you decide to watch this season.

Master Roshi isn’t that much better. I remember him being this perverted man who liked to look at dirty magazines and got nosebleeds when girls looked at him. I feel like that’s what he becomes later on in the series but in this first season he’s pretty bad.

He’s not drugging anyone like Oolong but he’s certainly pressing his advantage. Which is horrifying. Bulma takes the brunt of his attacks and I just want to remind everyone that she’s still just a kid! I mean she’s only 15 or 16 so Master Roshi making passes at her is unacceptable.

He’s constantly asking to put his face in her boobs/touch them or trying to get her to trade things by her flashing her panties for him. Can we just take a moment to realize how unfunny this stuff is? She’s a young girl and he is a full grown man who is using his age to take advantage of her sexually.

This type of relationship happens a lot in real life. I remember when I was in high school going to the prom and we stopped at a bowling alley beforehand. When we went to leave this group of really old men stopped us and one of them was telling me how pretty I was. Then he basically pulled me on to his lap and said, “Now don’t you worry I’m just an old man but you’re so pretty I wish I was younger. Who’s your date? You better treat this pretty one right tonight. I know I would.” Then him and all of his old friends laughed.

I was so humiliated! I didn’t know what to do though and neither did my friends. I mean these were elderly men that we were all taught to respect. So I just giggled along and we all said we really needed to go and then left as quick as possible.

It wasn’t funny at all. Sadly this wasn’t the first time an elderly man had made me uncomfortable like that and it wouldn’t be the last. Talk to some of your friends around you. You’ll hear some stories. Not just from women either. This happens with men too. 

Needless to say those instances in Dragon Ball were really awful for me and I really hate seeing stuff like that!

Final Thoughts

It was fun rewatching this season (minus the rape culture) and I got a kick out of seeing all the young characters. I have to admit that I kind of forgot that there was a time Krillin wasn’t sooo far behind Goku! 

As immature as it is a still laugh at all of the toilet humor. It’s so silly that I can’t help myself! 

I do wish that first season had a more compelling bad guy though. There’s nobody that really gives the characters a good run for their money. Makes you really miss Freezer that’s for sure.

Enjoy the rest of your day Grimms! If you’ve seen the first season oif Dragon Ball comment below with your thoughts for other readers to consider. You all got my perspective but there are so many more 🙂 If you’ve never seen this season before what do you think after reading this? Do you think you’ll give it a try?

Let me know ❤

Three Anime Characters That Describe GrimmGirl

Hi Grimms,

I hope you all were able to catch yesterday’s livestream! Today I thought I’d post something a little fun. It’s been a while since I posted on a Sunday so why not do something a little out of the ordinary, am I right?

I actually got this idea from Twitter! Recently I was tagged by the fabulous Lita Kino in a post that read “Explain yourself in three characters and tag 10 other people” so I of course followed through. Things like that are always pretty fun to me and I enjoy seeing what characters everyone else choses. It’s always really interesting to see!

That’s when this post idea came to me! I decided to take this Twitter challenge and turn it into a post by explaining why I choose the three characters that I did. I hope you all enjoy my choices!

 

One: Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon

Describe Yourself Usagi

I mentioned this before in my 30 Day Anime Challenge Post but Usagi and I are remarkable similar. We love to eat, read manga/play video games, and we can’t be on time for anything to save our lives. Your first impression of Usagi would probably be your first impression of me! I’m sure at first glance I seem a little unreliable and a bit of a bun head so to speak.

That’s just at first glance though! Much like Usagi I feel like I get it right when it matters most! I may not always be the bravest person in the room when it comes to myself but when it comes to others I have no problem telling you exactly what I think. I will defend other people until my last breath.

Much like Usagi I make mistakes… A lot of them, but I try my best! I try to think of others and to look at things from a different perspective. The fact that Usagi can be a completely goofball and totally serious and vulnerable at the same time is exactly why I can relate to her. She may seem like a ditz at first glance but the girl is a wealth of emotions. I find often times that is the people that are so focused on making sure that those around us are happy that cry the hardest, like Usagi’s character they don’t want others to feel sadness and it hurts when they do. It’s for reasons like this that she’s my favorite character in the series.

 

Two: Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail

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Gah! When people say they find Lucy annoying it’s like stabbing me in the heart and wrenching it about I swear! I completely get her character because I can relate to her. On the outside she looks carefree and seems to always have a smile on her face, but throughout the show you realize that this hasn’t always been the case.

She has suffered through a lot of hardships and even though initially you may think that she has nothing to complain about and leads a perfect life as her story unfolds you realize that this is not the case. What I like best about Lucy is it takes time for the people around her to see all of the different parts about her. I find that to be realistic. As she grows trust in her friends around her she is able to open up more with them and rely on them.

Another thing I can relate to is the fact that she decides to create her own family and home in a sense. She grows up feeling like she doesn’t belong but instead of giving up she decides to find/build a place where she does. The guild is what she found but her friendships with the other members she built on her own. I find that inspiring and reflective of some of the choices I’ve made in my own life.

 

Three: Naruto Uzamaki from Naruto/Naruto Shippuden

Describe Yourself Naruto

I’ve got to give my last spot on the list to Naruto! First off I fricken love both of these shows and I cannot hear a word against them. I understand that we all have our own tastes buuuutttt how can anyone not like this show?!

Sigh, moving on!

Much like the above to characters I can relate a lot to the fact that Naruto didn’t become a badass right out of the gate. He wasn’t born a natural prodigy. He had to work really hard to get others to recognize him and to become the man he is today. Quite frankly not a lot of people thought that he was going to make it but he did!

Even though it was hard and grueling he kept at it. I can relate to that a lot. We can’t go back and change our pasts and we can’t control how people interact with us. When however chose how we respond to these situations and how we plan on moving forward. I feel like Naruto and I share that ability to do these things. Again, just like me there’s room for growth and we both make mistakes all of the time but isn’t that part of being human?

I know I’m going to make mistakes but like Naruto I can do my best to learn from them!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post ❤

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and be sure to comment below with three characters you feel describe you and why. I would love to learn more about everyone!

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OWLS Blog Tour: Finding The Strength to Move Forward

Hello my lovely Grimms ❤

I also hope you have a chance to read Crimson’s OWLS article on strength that she posted on the 10th and in the future look forward to Hazelyn’s post featuring Kuroko no Basket on the 15th.

It’s that magical time once again where I grace this blog with some OWLS love. This month’s tour topic is “Strength” and the talented Lyn from LynLynSays once again wrote the prompt.

“Your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength.”

In anime, characters struggle with inner demons or physical weaknesses that make them feel insecure and prevent them from achieving goals. Yet when these characters overcome their adversity, they can finally be able to express who they are or in other words, “Free to be Me.”

For this tour, we will be exploring anime characters that have overcome adversity due to a personal insecurity or physical weakness. It is these types of characters that many anime fans may identify as role models because fans are able to feel empathetic towards these characters’ struggles and insecurities. –LynLynSays

Today I will be viewing this prompt through the eyes of Clannad and Clannad: After Story. If you are unaware of this anime you might want to skip this post because in order to do it justice I will be revealing some serious spoilers. So if spoilers aren’t you thing I will catch you after you have watched the show!

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Okazaki Tomoya 

“You shouldn’t stop like that. If you can move forward, then you should.” – Nagisa Furukawa

I have mentioned before that during high school I struggled with depression and anxiety. It was very serious. In February during my junior year of high school after my Mom was able to stop my suicide attempt I was hospitalized in the Psych Ward on a 72 hour hold.

Like Tomoya I felt very hopeless.

Tomoya meets Nagisa and this has a profound effect on how he sees the world. I was fortunate enough to find someone like that in my life as well, Adam Daniel Luing.

Much like Nagisa did for Tomoya in Clannad he provided me with hope. It was scary at times to be around someone who was so good. Who thought I was worthy of anything when I felt so unworthy of everything.

Adam was there for me everyday no questions asked. When I came back from the hospital he didn’t make me feel guilty or ashamed about it. He hugged me and told me, “I love you and I’m glad you are here today.”

That’s it.

From that point on he would tell me he loved me everyday and I would say it back. No matter what there he was waiting. I feel like Tomoya and Nagisa formed a very similar bond. Tomoya was directionless before he met Nagisa much like myself. I had no idea what I was going to do after high school to be honest because I wasn’t sure I would live to see graduation.

Adam did so much for me just by existing. I wanted to be there for him to. I wanted to help his dreams to become successful even if I wasn’t really sure what mine were.

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We will all face times of joy and pain. This life requires that we push forward through both.

Tomoya develops similar feelings for Nagisa. It begins with him doing all that he can for her play to be a success but develops further after they get married and she decides she wants a child.

He wants to make those things happen for her because he loves her. The sense of strength Nagisa provides Tomoya may seem insignificant on the outside but it means everything to Tomoya. I feel very similar when I think of Adam. As I began my road to recovery I felt this ember inside of me. I wanted to be there for Adam in the same way he was there for me.

Just knowing Nagisa was waiting to greet him gave Tomoya the strength to walk out of the front door. I can relate to that in my relationship to Adam. No we never dated but he was my friend and we meant the world to each other, that I have always been sure of.

In After Story the unthinkable happens.

Nagisa dies during childbirth and no matter how much Tomoya wants to help her he can’t. After her death we watch Tomoya try to find the strength to move forward after the loss of Nagisa. Just facing each day is a struggle and I can relate to that.

On top of that Tomoya feels and added sense of guilt. Nagisa dies trying to give birth to their child. If he had never agreed to have a child with her maybe Nagisa would still be alive. Survivor’s guilt is a terrible thing. On the outside we can understand that death is natural. If it was Nagisa’s time then it was Nagisa’s time. If it wasn’t childbirth it would be something else.

 

Like Tomoya the unthinkable happened to me.

On April 17, 2007 Adam died during our track practice. He had an undetected enlarged heart and on that day it finally stopped. His heart was literally too big.

I too felt a sense of guilt. Adam did sports year round but he only did track because of me. He had played baseball throughout childhood but I talked him into running track. I thought it would be something fun we could do together. It’s not rational but like I said before Survivor’s Guilt is a terrible thing. I couldn’t help but think if he had been playing baseball this wouldn’t have happened.

On that day I saw a look on his face that I had never seen before. For the first time in all of the years we had know each other he looked at me for help and even though I wanted nothing more than to help him I couldn’t.

He wanted life and I couldn’t give that to him.

He died and I couldn’t bring him back.

Even if I tried I could never explain to you how this lost felt. It was awful. Everything just seemed… pointless.

Tomoya finds strength though and so did I.

 

This life is what Adam wanted. Ushio was what Nagisa wanted. How could I throw away this life that Adam wanted so desperately? How could Tomoya ignore the daughter that brought Nagisa so much happiness? In the end both Tomoya and I only had only one choice to repay the kindness that our loved ones had brought to us.

To live.

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Nagisa wanted Tomoya to live and move forward. I know that this is what Adam wants for me as well.

Even in my darkest and most illogical moments I am able to remember that Adam wanted this life. He wanted it and I couldn’t give it to him. The only thing I can do is live. So everyday I experience things that Adam hoped for but will never have. He wasn’t able to graduate, go to college, get married, have children, or anything like this but I can.

This has given me strength and propelled me forward. Like Tomoya it is the love of the people in our lives whether alive or passed that gives us the ability to take that next step, even if it is painful. We look up to the stars and know that we can continue. They are our greatest source of strength.

I hope you all found meaning in this post. I would like to take this moment to say that if you have ever felt suicidal please speak to someone about it. In death there are no second chances so please talk to someone about what you are going through.

Lots of Love ❤

 

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PSA: Pokeninja90, Lita Kino, and I Are Getting Ready For the OWLS April Livestream!

Hola Grimms and welcome back to GrimmGirl!

Today’s post is all about me upcoming livestream with Lita Kino from  Lita Kino Anime Corner and Pokeninja90 (Code Name: Naja) from Nice Job Breaking It Hero. If you are new to my neck of the wood you might not realize it but at the end of every month us three like to get together and recap the blog posts of that month’s blog tour.

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For the month of April we did a Colors Tour:

“We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.” 

Many OWLS members took up the challenge for this month’s tour and brought up some really amazing points using some of our favorite anime, and in one case this month a webtoon! Not only will Lita, Pokeninja90, and I be discussing our reactions to the different blog posts this month but so will other anime fans!

The great thing about joining us for the livestream LIVE is you get a chance to talk with other people through chat. It’s a pretty fun time! If you are unable to make during our actual livestream have no fear, the video will be up on our official OWLS YouTube channel where you can view whenever you want!

While you wont be able to ask any questions to us live you can always chat in the comment section below the video and we’ll be sure to get back to you in good time!

This month’s livestream will be on April 29, 2017 and will begin at 8pm Central/9pm EST. Don’t worry Lita is officially in charge of livestreams now so it will start on time!

I can’t wait to see you all on the 29th and maybe this livestream will answer some of our previously unanswered questions like… Will we ever find out more about Lita’s previous identity as Scarlet? Will Naja still give her stamp of approval for my novel of a post? Will my Granny Tech Skills every improve?!

All answers may be revealed this Saturday ❤ So we’ll see you there!

P.S.

If you haven’t already subscribe to our official OWLS YouTube Channel by clicking on the name or make sure to follow my Twitter @Kat13Sade for the link at stream time!

Peace and Love Grimms ❤

P.P.S.

If you missed out on the last livestream here it is!

 

Okay… Seriously bye Grimms!!!

Flashback Friday With Crimson: OWLS Disruptor Blog Tour: Connections in Erased and How A Single Person CAN Make a Difference

Hola Grimms,

It’s Flashback Friday Time! Before my little break I was reblogging posts from our OWLS Disruptors Tour. This is the first tour that the OWLS group ever did so it’s pretty magical I’d say. I’m going to continue this theme and then switch things up after I’ve gone through everyone for this tour.

Today we shall travel to January 20, 2017 with Crimson from myfujoshilife to take a deeper look at the anime Erased. Sadly this is an anime that I haven’t seen and I truly mean sadly because the picture Crimson paints of this show looks awesome!

For this tour Crimson really dug deep and examined the idea that one person can make a difference. Sometimes the idea of making a difference seems so huge and overwhelming but we need to keep perspective! We can each make a difference and while the difference may seem small at the time it can have huge ramifications for the people involved.

I really enjoyed this post by Crimson and I hope you all do too! Make sure to check out the rest of Crimson’s work on myfujoshilife and enjoy the rest of your Friday!

Peace and Love ❤ Grimms ❤

My Fujoshi Life

Hey guys!

Today we have a special post, as you may have noticed from the OWLS Blog Tour Schedule I posted last week, and it just so happens that 1) I mark the middle of the tour and 2) today was the inauguration

As I was driving home tonight, I heard that Lake Shore Drive was closed because of protestors. I would have been down there as well, if I could have gotten out of work, but alas, I was stuck listening to the Inauguration because my boss is a Trump supporter…but I digress! Why I mention the inauguration is because it fits perfectly with OWLS first blog tour, which is centered around Disruptors. 

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Naruto Revisited Season 5: Connecting Old Words

Grimms,

It has been too long since my last Naruto review post. I’m so sorry to have left you hanging. I’m back now and I just realized that after this post I only have four more seasons to review before we’re on to Naruto Shippuden. I’m so excited about this!

Just a reminder while this review is meant to be spoiler free for season 4 it is written with the idea that you have watched seasons 1-3. Therefore there may be spoilers for seasons 1-3 within this post. If you have never watched Naruto please begin with my first post Naruto Revisited Season 1: Come On!

Recap

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We’ve finally learned more about Itachi and his connection to Sasuke

We have been on a journey when it comes to Naruto! We have been able to watch as the characters grow and become more proficient in their shinobi ways. Their challenges have included working together, completing missions, and protecting the Hidden Leaf village from the foes in the world that wish its downfall.

Through these adventures the characters have grown closer but have also been tested. With the death of their Hokage the Hidden Leaf becomes more vulnerable then ever. Now that the Hokage has been replaced our characters hope for more stability but life is never as easy as that. Orochimaru is still at large and he has not given up on his hope of taking down the Hidden Leaf. On top of that his interest in Sauske has only continued to increase.

Season 5

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What will happen between Naruto and Sasuke this season?

In my opinion this is one of they most pivotal seasons of Naruto and really sets the tone for how the rest of the storyline will progress. At the end of season 4 the characters were left questioning what loyalty, power, and vengeance all meant to them. Each of them has their own views on these topics but all of them are about to be tested.

As Naruto’s skill continues to increase members of the village begin to take notice. Some are excited by his growth but it begins to become very clear that someone close to Naruto isn’t exactly thrilled about his transformation. While Orichimaru is still lurking about a new foe by the name Akatsuki recently took the scene and it brings up a lot of bad memories for Sauske.

This new threat causes Sauske in particular to evaluate his own growth in power. Sauske has always been insistent that there is someone that he intends to take down in his vengeance and now Sauske isn’t sure if he will ever be strong enough to do it. This insecurity has a deep effect on Sauske and his relationship with everyone else, especially Naruto.

This season is so good! The best part has to be all of the different fight scenes and the flashbacks. I feel like we really get to know a lot of different characters better during this season. We also get a lot of history on Sasuke’s character and learn more about Itachi.

This season leaves you a cliffhanger so be prepared for that. That being said I would have to say that this season is really good about not having a zillion filler episodes. Anyone who has watched Naruto knows that the amount of filler episodes in a season can be absolutely insane. During this season however I didn’t find myself grumpily waiting for the story to get back on track. I feel like the flashback scenes we watch are really necessary to understanding the characters and their motivations.

Final Thoughts

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Don’t make that face at me Naruto! You know I loved this season ❤

I really enjoyed this season! There are a lot of things I would love to discuss more of the reasons I am so pumped about this season but that would lead to some massive spoilers. So you will just have to wait for my next review when I recap this season because let me tell you, I have a lot more to say!

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Let me know your favorite character from Naruto so far.

 

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OWLS Blog Tour “Colors”: Bleach, Diversity, and Celebrating Color

Grimms!

The April OWLS Blog Tour is well under way and today is my day to contribute to the tour. If you are unfamiliar with OWLS please check out my post Raise Your Voices For OWLS for all the details your little heart could desire! You can also just comment below with any questions. I promise I won’t bite! I also hope you were all able to check out Remy’s post on stereotypes through the eyes of Little Busters.

April’s blog tour is titled: Colors

“We are all part of one race, the human race. “Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we are considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.”

I knew as soon as I heard this topic the anime I would choose. I had to go with Bleach. I must also take a moment to apologize for the fact that this is only my second post on GrimmGirl discussing Bleach.

(Seriously… What is wrong with my life that I only have two Bleach related posts on here! Memo to self… Must fix this ASAP!)

For this topic I wanted to talk not only about the diversity of Bleach but also a word that I’m afraid all to often is applied to instances where it actually does not relate.

Mukokuseki

If you are unfamiliar with this word breaks down to mean lack of membership/statelessness. In the legal sense it refers to the lack of belonging to any specific country but it also is used in subculture to address anything in which the Japanese culture is hidden. Therefore the product was born/started in Japan but doesn’t make reference to the culture, not just to Japanese culture but also to any culture. In short their race is indefinite.

I find this idea to be simply beautiful but at the same time I see it so often misused.

Anime as a whole does not fall into this category. All of anime/manga is not mukokuseki and that’s okay.

Here’s the thing. While I find the idea of mukokuseki beautiful I also find the idea of culture, ethnicity, and race to be beautiful. When both of these concepts are combined you get a show like Bleach and it is magnificent.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the characters in order to get an idea of what I mean.

Ichigo Kurosaki

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Ichigo is not mukokeseki right off the bat because there are many references to his origins and to his culture. His orange hair be damned the man is Japanese, and guess what? That’s awesome! One of the things I love about watching anime/reading manga is slowly getting a chance to view a different culture.

When a character makes references to holidays celebrated in Japan or different events that are mainstream there I’m always stoked because it is so different then my experiences in my country. In America we don’t hold school festivals, our school system isn’t established the same way as in Japan, we don’t have Shinto shrines or priests, and the list goes on!

So seeing a character with ties to his Japanese culture is a beautiful thing to me because for me it’s a glimpse into a world I don’t get to see everyday. Why wouldn’t I celebrate that? Why would I try to erase the Japanese essence, which Ichigo clearly harbors? I think it should be celebrated!

Yasutora Sado/Chad

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Here we have another character that does not fall into the mukokeseki category but is still totally awesome. The anime/manga explicitly states that Chad is Mexican/Japanese and when I first saw him I cheered my ass off! I personally am biracial (my mom is white, my dad is black) so I get a special type of joy ANYTIME I see any sort of biracial couple or person.

Look growing up I rarely meet anyone who was biracial so seeing a biracial character on anime was a big deal. When’s the last time you saw another character besides Chad that was Japanese/Mexican portrayed in any sort of media?

I bet you can’t think of even one.

I love the references they make to Chad’s heritage and life in Mexico. I love his the diversity he brings to the table. Again I have to ask, why would anyone want to erase or ignore Chad’s race? It should be celebrated!

Members of Gotei 13

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What are the races of the members of Gotei 13? Unknown. Seriously we could look at this character or that character and “assign” a race but it wouldn’t matter in the slightest. There “race” is Shinigami and to be Shinigami requires spiritual power they are unearthly beings.

What I’m trying to say is that if they were ever to do a live action Bleach roles could be given for the members of Gotei 13 to every race under the sun and it would be perfect. Isn’t that beautiful?

Take a character like Yoruichi. When I first saw her I thought, “She’s black like me!” but in realty because she is an unearthly being anyone with dark skin could relate to her! I think it’s cool to think that if you are Indian, Lakota, Hispanic, or anything under the sun you could look at Yoruichi and also think, “Look a character like me!”

And you wouldn’t be wrong!

That goes for all of the characters within the Gotei 13. Each of us regardless of race can relate to them because they are stateless in that sense and that is so beautiful because that gives us the chance to create our own diversity. In fact we can as a viewer create endless diversities!

Summary

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We can find and develop friendships and learn from each other

My point is this. Anime is full of diversity and we should celebrate that. We should celebrate the characters that identify as a race and we should celebrate the characters that don’t because each is so beautiful.

Here in America people have tendency to say, “I don’t see color” this is usually in an effort to demonstrate how they do not judge people based on race, but whenever people say that to me I get a little sad. When people say that it feels as if they don’t see me. By erasing my color/my race it feels as if they are erasing all of the beautiful things that I can bring to the table because of my race, it also erases all of the struggles I have to face due to my race.

Remember, in America minorities have only been considered equal by law for the past 53 years. That isn’t that long. For this reason I want to shout at them, “DON’T ERASE ME! SEE ME! PLEASE SEE ME!”

I want people to see color. I want them to see it and realize it is beautiful. There is a difference between seeing color and judging people based on it and seeing color and celebrating the differences.

Unfortunately in American media we do not get a lot of practice in seeing color in the media. Often times when we do see minorities on the screen it is in side roles or stereotypical rolls. Oh you’re black? You can be a thug. You’re Mexican? Be a maid. Muslim? You’re a terrorist. Asian? You’re dorky and smart.

Starring roles that could be played by minorities are often given away, the claim being that other white actors are more bankable and profitable… But if you never cast us how do you know that we wouldn’t be successful?

Does this happen every single time? No. But it happens way more than it doesn’t happen and that’s a problem.

So this is why shows like Bleach mean so much to me. The diversity isn’t shoved under a rug. It’s woven throughout the story. Bleach creates a medium that we can all identify with regardless of our race. Everyone can be included and celebrated.

We all want to have meaning and none of us want to be erased. We want to be celebrated for who we are. While Bleach brings many diverse characters and ideologies to the table they learn to judge each other not on their race but on their merits.

Uryu Ishida at first hates Ichigo and the rest of the Soul Reapers, while the Soul Reapers hold zero trust towards him but they all begin to fight on the same side. They are able to look past each other as “Soul Reaper” or “Quincy” and become comrades.

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck is an Arrancar but that doesn’t stop Ichigo from befriending her and rushing to her aid when she needs help!

Both Ishida and Nel become great allies to Ichigo and all of that would have been lost if Ichigo had judged them first on their diversity. Instead of ignoring their differences he celebrates them and is able to see that it is their differences that make both of them such powerful allies.

The same can be said for each of the characters of Bleach. There is a reason that each zanpakuto is different. They exhibit the difference strengths the characters bring to the table! It’s their love of each other’s diversity that is what makes each of them shine in their own way.

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Be proud of who you are, of who these characters are, of who your friends are! Celebrate those differences!

So let’s start celebrating not only the diversity in our anime but also the diversity in our lives. How beautiful it is that we all have different traditions, views, ethnicities, and races? How wonderful is it that by talking to someone of a different race/ethnicity you can learn all about a different culture/point of view?

It’s time we take a page out of the Bleach handbook and start SEEING color and celebrating it!

Celebrate who you are Grimms because it is your greatest strength, celebrate the diversity in others because it brings us together, and remember that we can make connections with others regardless of color while still taking pride in all of our beautiful colors.

Peace and Love

P.S.

Don’t forget to check out Lita Kino and her OWLS post using Gundam Seed coming to the great InterWeb on the April 15th!

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I believe we shine forever by seeing each other for who we are and embracing each other.

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