Thoughts on Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Episode 1

Yashahime can be found on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Youtube

Happy October 3rd, Yashahime release day!

Spoilers for Inuyasha and Yashahime episode 1

Back when this sequel was announced in May, I made a post about it, basically detailing my waffling on how I felt about it. Since that post, I’ve come to mostly look forward to it. So I’ve been counting down the days, lemme tell you. So here are my thoughts, now that I’ve watched episode one:

Weirdly, the biggest emotions I’m feeling right now are dread mixed with sadness. The first episode isn’t sad at all, mind you. On the contrary, it’s got some good comedy in it and I really liked it, but I just have a feeling something bad is going to happen.

So this episode opens on Towa sitting in a feudal lord’s castle, being grilled about where she came from. It flashes from there back and forth to shortly after Kagome returns to the feudal era. A lot of the episode is actually spent there, and we see them fighting the Root Head demon from the trailer. It was really nice to see all the characters again – the whole main cast pretty much. It’s immediately noticeable that everyone has grown and matured. Things that would have been a dramatic argument in the original show were discussed calmly three years later in this sequel. It was just so nice to see the character growth.

I was expecting this episode to set up the main plot for the series, but I suppose it’ll take more than twenty minutes of show time to do that: other than flashing forward to Towa, Setsuna and Moroha together, it hasn’t (yet) explained how it got to that point. That is why I feel so much dread.

From the trailer to the movie posters, there are two people in particular who haven’t made an appearance while Towa, Setsuna and Moroha are doing their thing: Kagome and Rin. Both of them, while in the episode during the fight with the Root Head demon, haven’t been hinted at at all during the later time setting. It’s… unsettling.

Mind you, we only saw the three girls during the later time period, so it’s not guaranteed any of the other characters will be later in the show, but the lack of them being featured on the posters and images and stuff makes me worry.

So the Root Head demon – it’s obvious while ‘defeated’ in the first episode isn’t actually so. And honestly, the set up for how it got there was pretty nice. It wasn’t just ‘it showed up one day’, but actually had a reason that made sense why it was there and why it was in Kaede’s village in particular. So as said, this Root Head demon I don’t think is quite done, and I feel like it’s going to be the catalyst for… whatever happens for all the characters.

I don’t like it. It makes me feel so nervous, augh.

As mentioned earlier, this episode has some good comedy. Moroha is definitely Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter, to put it plainly. She’s such a great combination of them that it’s hilarious just to see her being herself. Setsuna you can tell is a bit stoic like her father, which is also funny in its own way. Towa’s interactions with the feudal lord are pretty funny. Towa, unlike Kagome in the original series, is actually concerned about preserving the timeline. Her facial expressions when being confronted with a book brought back from modern time is great, and so is the one when she sees Kagome’s old bicycle seat, which was found in a river.

That part honestly made me gasp a bit, and lends to my worry about Kagome: why was her bike seat in a river? It looked old, and like it had been there for a while. It showed that clip, and I went ‘oh no. Oh no, this is gonna make me sad, isn’t it’.

We don’t get to find out what happened in episode one though, they’re gonna make us wait. It’s gonna be tortuous and it’s gonna make me cry. It’s gonna, it’s gonna.

So overall: I really enjoyed this episode. They set up some good hooks for future plot points, and I really liked the back-and-forth setting way of telling what’s happened so far. The episode was definitely worth the wait, and I am excited (I also dread) to see more.

If you watched this, do tell me your thoughts. As far as I know, none of my friends are watching so I have nobody to talk about it with.

 

Inuyasha is getting a sequel and I don’t know how I feel about it

 

Obligatory spoilers for Inuyasha

The other day it was announced that a sequel to Inuyasha, an anime/manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, was in the works. Titled ‘Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon’ it follows the daughters of the brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru on a new adventure.

Inuyasha has been one of my favorite manga/anime for… about half my life, since I was 14 or 15 years old. It was my first fandom, the first show I got really nerdy about. It’s the first one that drove me to read and write fanfiction. It led me to meet some of my best friends online (that I still have to this day and have crossed the world to visit!), and it was definitely a gateway anime that just threw me neck-deep into the world of all things Japanese animation. And as an almost-30-year old, I’m still there. And I know that if I wouldn’t have discovered this show when I was a teen, I wouldn’t be the same kind of anime fan I am today (who knows if I’d be one at all?).

I guess what I’m saying is, Inuyasha has been one of my all-time favorite shows throughout my life. I’ve rewatched it more times than I can count, I’ve read hours and hours and millions of words of fanfiction about it, I’ve collected merch from it, and just thinking about it, just hearing the music from it sends me back to 2004-2006 when a bunch of my childhood friends and I would stay up late on Saturdays to watch the new episode. It takes me back to my childhood. It’s nostalgic.

So hearing it had a sequel gave me so many mixed feelings.

It was announced by Viz here, and so far, this is what has been released so far of the plot:

The series focuses on twin demons Towa and Setsuna, the daughters of Inuyasha’s brother Sesshomaru.

The twins are separated from each other during a forest fire, and Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that takes her to present-day Japan. Towa is then raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother Sota. Ten years later, Towa reunites with Setsuna, who has no memories of her sister and has become a demon slayer. The two are joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. They travel between past and present to unravel the mystery of why the tunnel has reopened, while Towa and Setsuna struggle to reconnect.

So basically, Sesshomaru has twins with… mother not revealed. And Inuyasha and Kagome have at least one kid. The latter is kind of expected but Sesshomaru having kids?? This is blowing my mind.

And apparently it’s blowing the internet’s mind too because what does the internet do when something happens?? They make memes. And there are a lot about this sequel already. And that’s how I’m gonna explain my feelings here too. Here are some of my faves:

These two in particular really grasp how it feels to be an Inuyasha fan right now. It’s something that nobody has really talked about in over a decade and then suddenly WE’RE EVERYWHERE and it’s wonderful. I’m excited and scared but I’m totally here for it.

So the internet (and me) like I said is really going wild about who the potential mom of Sesshomaru’s twins is. Long story short for those who don’t actually watch the show and are reading this for funsies, Sesshomaru is basically an ice king. He shows zero interest in anything aside from achieving power the entire show. Romance doesn’t seem like something he’s even capable of. So the fact that he’s a father – and becomes one quickly enough that his and Inuyasha’s kids can be close in age is mind-boggling. Part way through the show though, he takes in an orphaned human girl named Rin (character development!), about who’s eight years old. She is the primary suspect to a lot of fans right now – that’s where the second meme comes from.

Demons age far more slowly than humans. Sesshomaru himself during the time of Inuyasha is supposedly roughly around five hundred years old. Inuyasha is about 150 or 200ish. And the main characters Inuyasha and Kagome – who is 15 throughout most of the series and 18 at the end – have a kid. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume Sesshomaru and Rin – who could age ten years into an adult and Sesshomaru age absolutely nothing – could also have a kid (or two, rather).

Whoever it turns out to be though, it’s gonna make the fandom explode, just you wait. We’re all gnawing at the bit to know who it is.


But as the title suggests, I don’t know how I feel about this sequel. I am excited for it, on one hand. On the other, it scares me. Inuyasha has been done and settled for a decade now. The Inuyasha fandom had become this thing that had the show… and then a million headcanons. Basically we’ve all already decided what happened next in our heads because hey, the show ended a decade ago.

So many fanfictions have been written about essentially this stage of life for the characters – what happened after the end of the show, who ends up with who, who has kids, who ends up just continuing their show-poodle ways… and this sequel basically blows all that out of the water.

And I get that my main complaint is ‘now it discounts all the fan-made stuff’, but… I feel like after having only that stuff to go on for a decade, that’s a legitimate reason to feel unease about this. It’s like breaking a Piaget schema in my head that I’ve held as true for a long time and having to reconstruct it to something new. I’ll do it, but I’m almost(?!?) grumpy about having to.

But I’m also excited, because now I get more time in the Inuyasha universe, which is something I didn’t realize I’ve been pining for, but now that I have it, I know I totally am, and was for years.

So time for more memes, these ones to show my excitement:

And that last one really, really explains it. When I was fifteen, that was me. I was obsessed. And then I kept that obsession locked inside me for the past ten or fifteen years – it was still there, as I’ve re-watched the show countless times like I said, but now it can BLOSSOM AGAIN.

I think the best thing that’s gonna come out of this (aside from more Inuyasha of course) is the merch. It’s basically impossible to find Inuyasha figures or whatnot that don’t cost $300 right now, because nobody’s making it! All the pieces on sale are old collector pieces, and while I like collecting merch, I’m not at that level…. yet. But with this new series, I’m hoping Inuyasha merch will make a come-back and I’ll finally be able to get figures of all the characters for my manga shelf.


So overall, my feelings: Mostly excited, very curious, partly annoyed for dumb reasons.

Will I watch and/or read it? Definitely. Will I like it? Probably. Will I be annoyed every time I see one of my headcanons bite the dust? Yes.

Tell me what you think. I wanna nerd about this a bit more.

 

Inuyasha: The Final Act | Anime Blabber

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Today I’m doing a post of a different flavor: an anime blabber. I had stated a few months ago that I was going to start breaking out of the mold a bit concerning what I post about, and this is the first attempt at that.

Inuyasha: The Final Act

  • 26 episodes
  • Continuation of anime series Inuyasha (167 episodes)
  • Historical/Portal Fantasy
  • Rated T+
  • Originally aired in 2009
  • Watched April-May 2018, English dub

Spoil-free blabber
(Though spoilery if you’ve never seen the original Inuyasha)

MyAnimeList Synopsis: InuYasha: The Final Act is a continuation of the anime Inuyasha, which follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her into a cursed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome ends up 500 years in the past during Japan’s violent Sengoku period with the demon’s true target, a wish-granting jewel called the Shikon Jewel, reborn inside of her. After a battle with a revived demon accidentally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, Kagome enlists the help of a young hybrid dog-demon/human named Inuyasha to help her collect the shards and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Joining Kagome and Inuyasha on their quest are the orphan fox-demon Shippo, the intelligent monk Miroku, and the lethal demon slayer Sango. Together, they must set aside their differences and work together to find the power granting shards spread across feudal Japan and deal with the threats that arise.

Both The Final Act and the original Inuyasha series are based on the manga of the same name. The original series, which spans 167 episodes, ends prematurely, not finishing out the plot of the manga. The Final Act picks up where the original left off and continues the manga plot until the end.

Inuyasha was one of my gateway animes, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I first started watching it when I was 15 years old, back when it was first debuting on Adult Swim back in 2005. It had begun airing originally in 2002 in the US and finished in 2006, so I caught on a bit late but was able to see the finale as it was released. As stated above, it followed a fifteen year old girl and as I was fifteen at the time, I totally loved it.

After the series finished up and I realized it wasn’t going to actually finish out the plot, I hunted down the manga and read the ending of it that way. After that, I never actually went back to watch The Final Act when it aired. So when I watched it now at 27, obviously I needed to buzz through the original seven seasons and four movies of Inuyasha first in preparation. It was totally worth it. It slowed down my reading of books, but it was time very well spent in my opinion.

The Final Act in my opinion had a different feel to it than the original series did. It wasn’t a huge difference, but it was there. It didn’t feel as involved, if that makes sense, but very rushed instead. I know that the manga that it was covering per episode was a lot more than the original series had done, so it definitely skimmed over or skipped things in the name of plot progression. Personally, I think it could have done with another large series to finished out the manga – there was enough plot left for sure to do it.

It did cover all the major bases though from what I remember, so overall it was rather enjoyable. Watching it was being a teenager again, minus the whole one episode per week at midnight on Saturdays, thing. I was able to watch it at my own pace whenever convenient, which was nice. The discs themselves (I bought the DVD set) were pretty good quality and had nice art on the front of each. Every time I switched to the next disc though I got a bit sadder, since I knew the end of the series was coming closer.

One of the major things I noticed watching this time around was my opinion of the characters – I was definitely a Kagome fan when I first watched it but this time around, not so much. I didn’t dislike her by any means but a lot of the drama she had to endure was kind of her own doing. She had the romantic rival Kikyo (who I disliked originally but seriously liked this time around) and the whole time I’m shaking my head like ‘why are you doing this to yourself. You can totally just walk away’. So I was a lot less sympathetic towards her romantic endeavors and hang ups. Inuyasha as well irritated me, but at the same time, I could better understand his emotional ties to Kikyo and his difficulty in severing them.

But I have to say… watching this as an adult and having been through a series of relationships, seeing all the romantic relationship dynamics in this show just screamed unhealthy to me. There was obvious border-line cheating via flirtation (which is or isn’t, depending on a couples’ boundaries but obviously half the party involved wasn’t a huge fan in the show), there was a lot of yelling and name calling, and the ‘sit’ commands that Kagome gives Inuyasha, while funny to me as a teen I couldn’t help but see as abusive now, especially when Kagome would give a command out of anger. Occasionally she’d do it to pull Inuyasha out of the way of getting injured… but most of the time she was just pissed at him. Wasn’t a great message and I couldn’t really ignore how uncomfortable it made me. Sooo… can’t say I was really a fan of aaaany of the relationships in the series. I feel like all four of the characters involved in their respective situations needed to do a lot of maturing… except maybe Sango. She seemed pretty good most of the time.

And Sesshomaru was still…. Sesshomaru, haha. Though he was a lot more talkative in this series than he was in the last. It almost felt out of character for him, honestly. But it made a lot of the fanfiction I read as a teen more believable, I suppose. He was in the series a lot more, too – I think he was in 22 or 23 of the 26 total episodes. And as he was and still is my favorite character, I wasn’t complaining. He and Rin being he and Rin was adorable and I lived for any scenes with the two of them together. I feel like those two are one of my favorite non-romantic dynamics I’ve come across. They’re always so cute. Jaken too I took a shine to – though I noticed that literally nobody is nice to him except Rin, which is kinda sad. No wonder the poor little thing is irritable a lot of the time. I feel like Jaken and I could be bros.

The plot in this, while rushed, as pretty good. I feel like Naraku just needed a hug though, honestly. I feel like sooo much could have been avoided if someone had just been like ‘no it’s okay gimme hug come here’. Naraku is probably one of my favorite characters too, but he was almost comically villainous at times, it was amusing. And seeing the plot finalize in the anime like it did in the manga was just so satisfying to see after being a fan of the show for over a decade. I feel like I got closure.

So overall, I enjoyed watching this series, and the time I spent rewatching the original to watch this one too was quite enjoyable.

4/5 stars

Top 5 Problematic Characters

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GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS.

Every Wednesday at work, I just send this camel to my coworkers all day. ALL DAY. I’m a walking meme and I’m okay with that being my work persona. It’s neato. One day I’ll develop a sense of professionalism. One day.

Today’s topic is problematic characters – ones that are honestly pretty awful people but you can’t help but like. Hoo boy do I have a few. My brain says ‘No they’re terrible!’ but my heart says ‘ba-bump’.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


5. The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedThis character is such a weird character and if I met him in real life I feel like I’d make a point to avoid him. There are so many things wrong with this guy. He steals away a young girl from towns every so often, he makes them work, he’s a jackass to the main character, he’s arrogant. So many issues, so many things that would make real-life be go ‘nope’.

But in the book he was one of my favorite characters. sigh.

 

4. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

Image result for narakuThis character is probematic in the sense that he was in love with a woman fifty years ago but since she was a priestess and turned him down, he allowed demons to infiltrate his body and transform him into some evil creature to subtly sabotage what romance she does manage to have and then continue his vengence 50 years later when the dead priestess is brought back to life.

OBSESSED MUCH?!

I love Naraku. He’s such a butt. And his theme music is always ‘dung dung dung duuuuung’. because he’s dung. 😀

3. Levi from Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 14Levi is one of the lead characters in the surveys corps. He’s an ass. He’s obsessive-compulsive when it comes to making his team clean, he’s ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He’s willing to proceed with plans that could potentially risk more lives than necessary. He’ll punch whoever in the face without hesitation.

But at the same time, he had a strong sense of right and wrong and everything he does that is wrong has an underlying end goal of something that is right. So I guess… not? so? awful? Maybe?

2. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)I feel like anyone who reads YA likely will at least consider this character if he’s not on their list already.

The Darkling is one of those characters that while he’s awful, vindictive, manipulative, and all-around slimy, I stilllll shipped him with the main character. Still wanted it to happen. Buh.

But if met in real life, I have a feeling that this character would just rub me the wrong way. Would not be a fan.

1. Hakkai from Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 4Hakkai is by far my favorite person on this list. He’s a youkai made, one of the few that retained his sanity when the minus when spread throughout the land, driving the rest of the youkai crazy.

The best part about his problems are that looking at him, you have no idea that they’re there. He’s not a jerk like the others on this list. He’s not inconsiderate. He’s not ruthless. On the contrary, he’s the most well-mannered of the bunch of main characters, the most likely to make friends with those they’re staying with, or make accommodations for others.

But his back story, man. Yikes. This guy is messed up.

But at the same time, even with his back story, you read it and find yourself feeling sorry for the guy amidst your disgust. Like your view of him changes forever but you still want him to end up happy.

Buh. I need to reread this series again. <33

 

Character Dating Profile | Bout of Books 19

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My self-summary:

I, Sesshoumaru, require a mate.

What I’m doing with my life:

Seeking to destroy Naraku, Inuyasha and any other bastard who dares cross me. Also, constant traveling.

I’m really good at:

Cross-country hiking, seeking revenge on my enemies, killing, throwing rocks at small demons

Favorite books, movies, shows, musics and food: 

I, Sesshoumaru, do not have knowledge of ‘movies’, and I, Sesshoumaru, do not eat human food.

The six things I could never do without:

Tokijin, acid claws, acid whip, transformation abilities, thirst for revenge…. and Tenseiga, I, Sesshoumaru, suppose.

I spend a lot of time thinking about:

The deaths of my enemies, where to get long-lasting shoes for walking.

On a typical Friday night I am: 

In the woods, on a trail, or killing something.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit:

I, Sesshomaru, owe nobody explanation.

I’m looking for:

A mate for mating purposes.

You should message me if:

You are a powerful female who doesn’t mind amputees, kids or pets and has a thirst for power.


Bout of Books

And that’s it. I modelled the profile off OkCupid’s profile setup, so that’s where the section headers came from. And if you don’t know the person I wrote about, it’s Sesshoumaru – Inuyasha’s half-brother from the manga Inuyasha. I tried to keep him semi-in-character but I couldn’t help but throw a couple OOC things in there, hawhaw. This challenge was seriously fun – I might make it a semi-regular occurrence on this blog, honestly.

Happy reading!

Rip It or Ship It Book Tag

A tag today! I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian, so thank you!

For this tag, you gather names of characters from a bunch of different books and pull two randomly – then you decide if you’d ship or rip the pairing! So here it goes!

Most of these character will be from manga, since I’ve seen a lot of Harry Potter, etc. Gonna try to get some fresh pairings!


1. Light Yagami and Kagome Higurashi

No. This pairing is awful. Light is from Death Note and is just a moral awful person. Kagome is rather the opposite (though she has her ‘I’m a teenage girl, so there’ moments here and there). I just don’t think this would work out well. xD

Rip it.

2. Saito Hajime and Kagura

I think this one could actually work out well. Saito is from Rurouni Kenshin and Kagura is from Inuyasha. They’re both relatively not-completely-bad-but-definitely-not-nice characters, and I feel like they could relate on a weird level.

Ship it.

3. Inuyasha and Ryuk

(Inuyasha and Death Note) Hah. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHA. I’d love to see this. It’s so absurd that I’m going to go with it.

Ship it.

4. Alphonse Elric and Sango

(Fullmetal Alchemist and Inuyasha) This is a weird one. I feel like they could work out personality- wise, but I’m so attached to the Sang0-Miroku ship that I can’t fathom it.

Rip it.

5. Sesshoumaru and Roy Mustang

(Inuyasha and Fullmetal Alchemist) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Totally shipping it. I need to see this happen.

6. Kaoru and Winry

(Rurouni Kenshin and Fullmetal Alchemist) I feel like they would get along. Romantically? Not sure. I don’t know. I feel like it’d be interesting to read something about this, but I don’t know how well it would go – I’ll say yes though, because I’m curious.

Ship it.

7. Misa Misa and Miroku

(Death Note and Inuyasha) Hahaha. No, thank you. I feel like that would be a disaster. xD

Rip it.

8. Riza Hawkeye and Naraku

(Fullmetal Alchemist and Inuyasha). No, I think this would be bad. I feel like Hawkeye could beat Naraku into submission though, so that would be good at least. Huge villain, defeated by a gun. xD

Rip it.


I rather enjoyed this one! I hope that everyone is at least somewhat familiar with these series so they can at least partially-enjoy this as much as I did, haha.

Until next time, happy reading!

 

Book Fangirling Blog Award!

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Hello! It’s Sunday the 6th and I’m on spring break! I’ve slowly been accumulating tags and posts that I’ve been meaning to do and now is my chance to bang them all out on my keyboard! So if you’ve tagged me in anything recently, please remind me! My memory is horrid. I might just make a new page on my blog called ‘Stuff Emily was tagged in but hasn’t posted yet because she’s a ding dong’ to help me keep track of everything.

Anyways, I was nominated for the Book Fangirling Award by Orang-utan Librarian. Thank you! :”D Reading through this one, it looks like tons of fun. (And I know you’ve since tagged me in one other thing. Just one, right? I’m not forgetting anything?! @@) So anyways, onto the award!

The Rules

  • Create a post to accept your award
  • Add the blog award button into your post (just save the picture to your computer and upload it) and put it on the side of your blog as a widget
  • Link to the creator in the post so they know who has given you the award
  • Answer the questions I have set below
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think deserve this award
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees
  • Link them to this post so that they know the rules

Orang-utan Librarian’s questions to me

What’s your favourite fandom?

Definitely the Inuyasha fandom. I haven’t really participated too much in it since I was a teenager, but that’s where I met a lot of my now closest friends online. Inuyasha at this point makes me feel really nostalgic. It was my favorite show/manga when I was in my mid to late teens and therefore I consider it part of my ‘becoming an individual’ years, I guess. Whenever I see it on TV, I watch it and sit there and remember all the people around me and everything that happened when I was younger. I’m feeling nostalgic just thinking of it now, actually. xD I still collect the manga. I think the series has completed, but I only have up through the early 20s in volumes. Long way to go, haha.

What book/series/character etc do you fangirl over the most?

My first ‘fangirling’ occurred when I was sixteen and was watching, you guessed it, Inuyasha. In the series, the main character has a brother named Sesshoumaru, who I became a tad obsessed with. I read fanfiction about the guy, I went out and bought the little plush version of him, yada yada. I liked him so much because he was such a strong and calm cool collected character that you’d think he was an ice block, but at the same time, he obviously had a softer maybe even humorous side that you didn’t get the see in the series but was alluded to heavily, if that makes sense. It made for a lot of really good fanfiction, let me tell ya.

What book series has a massive fanbase, but you couldn’t get on board with it?

That would be the Twilight series. I’m actually one of ‘those people’. The ones that read the series, decided it wasn’t awful, but then came to hate it when it took off and became really popular. Why? The fans. (If you’re a fan, don’t take this personally). A few of my friends became die hard fans and just the amount they talked about it and tried to force shippings down my throat and got angry at me, angry, when I didn’t agree or didn’t feel as strongly got really annoying really quickly. So I dissociated myself from the series. Decided to just call myself someone who disliked it instead of ‘small fan’ just so I didn’t get people saying ‘well you should like it MORE‘. Saying I disliked it was a good deterrent, haha. Like I said, nothing against the series or the people who like it in a normal, healthy manner. Just those around me went a tad crazy and it made me associate it with arguments, so. There you go. xD

Do you have any fandom merch? Please share photos!

I do! I have two anime plushies (Sesshomaru from Inuyasha and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin), and various anime keychains, T-shirts and action figures, but they’re all at my parents’ place in storage, so I can’t take a picture. 😦 I also have a wallet with Jake’s face on it from Adventure Time and the pocket watch from Fullmetal Alchemist! And I actually have a picture of that one! I’m sure I have a few other things here and there, but like I said, a lot of it is in storage. I’m moving in a couple weeks though, so I’ll have to go home and go through it all – maybe I’ll make a dedicated post to merch. xD

The pocket watch (It even says ‘Don’t forget on the inside! I about died when I saw it):

What’s the best name for any fandom you’ve ever heard? (Whether or not you’re a part of it)

That would be the Cumberbitches, fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, who if you don’t know plays Sherlock in BBC’s Sherlock. And a name even better I think, is the one he came up with himself. When he heard his fans were calling themselves Cumberbitches, he was all ‘You shouldn’t call yourself a bad name. You can all be the Cumbercookies! That way when you come together, you’re a Cumberbatch!’. GET IT?! GET IT?! I like that guy, he’s good.


My nominations

Ace @allboutthembooksandstuff
Panda @pandasbooks
Analee @booksnacksblog
Shivii @browneyedmusings
Amanda @ladycorvinous
Nora @readingexperienceswithnora

My questions for you

  1. How many fandoms would you call yourself an ‘active participant’ in and what are they?
  2. Do you read fanfiction in your fandoms? If so, share your favorite one!
  3. (Stealing Orang-utan Librarian’s question) Do you have any merch? If so, take a picture!
  4. Is there a character/series/show that you would like to become a fan of but don’t know where to start?
  5. Have you made any friends purely from being a member of a fandom? Are you still friend with these people? If they’re internet friends, have you met up with any in real life? Do you plan to?

And that’s it! This award made me feel really nostalgic, man. I need to go rewatch Inuyasha now, thank you. And when I was writing this, I was tagged in one of those ‘you never forget the kids you grew up with’ posts on facebook. What are the odds. xD They’re all the ones I watched Inuyasha with, haha.

Happy reading!