How My Younger Son Watches Anime

AKA: What my son has been watching this summer.

My 11 (12 tomorrow) year old watches a lot of anime. And a lot that I watch, I am “vetting” to make sure that it doesn’t have any content that I deem inappropriate (or that I think his mother will object to).

That being said: he is always after me to check out shows to see if he can watch them, but I don’t have all the time in the world. I work. I socialize. I even watch non-anime related shows.

Luckily he does find titles he can watch. And watch he does….He’s a binge watcher. He can sit and watch a show all day. And then re-watch it again. I cannot do this. I rarely binge watch. A few episodes, yes. Watching for 4 hours, no.

But he found some things to keep him entertained that are good for his age with not much objectionable content. I have not watched many of these except seeing some of them while I was in the room.

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Toriko

A gourmet hunter on the search for more food to complete his ultimate meal. Fighting impossible beasts and eating the most absurd things. This is very much a Shonen anime in the vein of One Piece (there are a couple of crossover episodes in fact). I had started to watch this and set it aside and my son has now finished the series of his summer break. Much of it I didn’t watch, but I did see the Durian Bomb episode which was hilarious.

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Love Live! School Idol Project

My son started watching this one because of his older brother. As some readers will know his older brother is a Utaite (or You-Taite) who does English covers anime theme songs. Well, my older son was covering a song from this show and thus his younger brother liked the song and started watching the show. I have not seen any of it, but know it has a loyal following. It wasn’t surprising to me that he got into it as he was a huge fan of AKB0048. I think he has completed all seasons of this anime.

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Stella Women’s Academy High School Division Class C3

Another in the vein of “cute girls doing cute things”. This time it’s survival games where girls at an all girls rich school are hunting each other with pellet guns in simulated war games. He had bugged me about this show and I think I watched one episode and figured it was harmless enough. Being that he was a huge fan of Girls Und Panzer, I guessed this would be up his alley. And it was. I, however, have no idea if it’s any good (it looks mostly harmless at any rate).

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Waganaria!! (Working!!)

Now I have actually seen most of the first season of this. It is a funny show, absolutely hilarious at times. One could argue at times that some parts may be inappropriate. There are drunken sisters, a lazy boss that has a girl in love with her, and the main character could be seen as potentially creepy with his obsession with young, cute things and/or people. However, it’s mostly harmless and he loves the show.

Luckily he can find shows that he can find shows that are okay to watch and then binge-watch because I can’t keep up with his anime consumption….maybe I should’ve sent him to camp.

Music For Your Consideration

My biggest love (besides family) is my love for music.

Whenever I get exposed to something new I want to share it with others So today, dear reader, I share these bands with you.

I have mentioned all of these guys in my Anime Midwest posting, but I thought I’d give them a separate post.

Mega Ran (aka Random)

A former teacher turned nerdcore (or chiptune) rapper, Mega Ran has some great music. I caught his show by mistake at Anime Midwest, but am really happy I did. He is amazing live. So, I got a couple of his albums and he got a new fan.

Check out his website:

http://megaran.com/

Ytcracker

Also at Anime Midwest, I did not actually catch his show, but did see him on a couple of songs during Mega Ran’s set. A former hacker and early nerdcore rapper, ytcracker has some really good music as well. I got two of his releases and have enjoyed them quite a bit, especially the thought provoking “Cognitive Dissonance”.

Visit his site:

http://www.ytcracker.com/v2015/

Face Time Police

A couple of brothers delivering what they term as “pop macchiato” put out some unique and catchy tunes. I caught their small acoustic set with my 11 year old and bought their CD. We have been enjoying them since.

Visit them as well:

http://www.facetimepolice.com/

I hope you enjoy these bands and if the convention you go to feature some smaller, unknown (to you) bands/ artisits: Go and check them out! You never know what you’ll find.

Food Porn! I mean… Wars!

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If there were two standouts from the spring season for me it would be Ore Monogatari and Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars).

If you follow my blog you know that I, and my boys, love Ore Monongatari and often watch it together. That, however, is not the case with Shokugeki no Soma. My 11 year old keeps asking to watch it and I keep saying: “No!”. I am a mean dad who never lets his kids watch anything, but I am comfortable with this fact (please read as sarcasm). But I do have my reasons.

Shokugeki no Soma follows Soma Yukihira, a boy who grew up cooking along side his dad (Joichiro) in his dad’s small restaurant. He wants to surpass his dad’s skills and take over the restaurant one day. As Soma is about to start high school, Joichiro shuts down the restaurant to work overseas and enrolls Soma in an elite,and highly competitive culinary school where only a small percentage of the students graduate.

While shocked, Soma adapts and decides to do his best. Of course making enemies of the first day of school by telling everyone that he’ll be better than them.

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I am a bit of a “foodie”. I love to cook. I have worked in the food industry for a long time, so this show hits the spot for me. It is really, in my mind, a cross between a school anime and Iron Chef with a bit of shounen posturing and ecchi-ness thrown in for good measure.

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I wish I had these kinds of knife skills!

The show is often focused around a cooking challenge of some sort designed to test student’s technical skills or creativity under pressure.

Besides being entertaining I find Soma’s determination and confidence while having some humility as an appealing aspect to the show. He likes when he has satisfied a person eating his food and is supportive of his classmates while still striving to be the best he can be.

If that was all there was to it, I’d let my 11 year old watch it. But then there are scenes like these:

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Which perhaps wouldn’t be so bad, but it resulted in this:

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While I find this hilariously absurd, it is something he probably should wait on. The kid is in puberty for god’s sake: How might this mess with his budding development? (I’m kidding).

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Scenes like these aren’t going to help either (especially if I have to explain to his mother what I let him watch).

So I tell him:

“No.”

“Stop asking.” 

“No.”

“You already know the answer. Why are you still asking?”

Attention Parents: This show is ecchi at times. Most of the the show is actually pretty tame, but then they eat and you get scenes like the above and below.

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That being said. I love the show and am glad it was running on into the summer as well!

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Thanks for reading! Hope you liked it!

-I do not own any of the images in this post.

Recent Liebster Award Nominations

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A big thanks to somethingaboutlynlyn at Popculturemecha and One Stop For All Entertainment for the nominations!

 I have not had a lot of time lately to post new content much less read new content so I was very surprised and happy to get the nomination.

The Rules

1) Thank and link back to your nominator.

2) Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator

3) Nominate other 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers

4) Create 11 new questions for your nominees

5) Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs.

Questions from somethingaboutlynlyn

1. If you could take a roadtrip anywhere, where would you go?

I currently want to to go to a dark sky park : The Headland in Michigan, USA. So I can see the night shy unimpeded by light pollution.

2. You have been elected to be the leader of your country.  What is your first action as leader?

Public financing of all elections, kick all lobbyists out of Washington,and push forward renewable energy programs.

3. If you could instantaneously change your appearance to be that of any anime character, who would you want to be able to change into?

Major Alex Louis Armstrong: The mightiest man ever to sparkle!

4.  Answer 1 of the following: name your top 5 worst actors in Hollywood, or your top 5 worst anime characters.

I really don’t have a good answer for this..

5. Rescue an anime character, or be rescued by an anime character.  Which one would you prefer and who would be the anime character?

I always kind of wanted to pull Tomoko from Watamote aside and tell her: relax, it’ll all turn out alright eventually.

6. You take a walk in the park and encounter a bear (yes, a bear).  You reach into your pocket to defend yourself and you pull out…

Keys. Shake em and make lots of noise. Hopefully the bear will run away.

7. If you could make any planet be made completely out of a single food product, which planet would it be and what would the food product be?

There is a really good pecan sticky roll that I love here in my town. I can never seem to have those often enough.

8. Are you my mommy?

Nope. I have enough children. Go ask the cat.

9. Give me an idea of who you would be if you were a character in an anime.

The sparkling Armstrong again…

10. You are part of a classic love triangle.  You encounter the two other members, the item of your affection, and your rival, in an elevator.  You have 3 choices: kiss your darling passionately, uppercut your rival, or leave the elevator.  Wait a second, youhave a fourth choice, which is to…

Loose all control of bodily functions making it unpleasant for everyone.

11. And last but not least, who are you?  Please be brief.

I am a a 45 year old dad who watches anime of course.

One Stop For All Entertainment’s Questions

  1. Cats or Dogs? I like both, but dogs if I was to choose.
  2. Most favorite anime opening or ending song. Kimino Shiranai Monogatari by Yanagi Nagi from Bakemonogatari
  3. Swords or Guns? Swords are cooler.
  4. Most annoying and an interesting anime character( Name two anime characters where in one is annoying and the other is interesting)? Annoying: I find the constant yelling of some shounen characters bothersome. Interesting: It’s not officially anime, but I stand by my decision for General Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  5. How were you introduced to anime? Well, I got my boys Dragonball Z and Naruto DVDs when they were younger, but I didn’t get into it until much later when I decided to randomly check out Clannad on Amazon Video.
  6. An anime/manga character you resemble the most. (not physical features ). Not Physical??? Hmmm… Maybe Akio Furukawa. I am kind of a weird dad.
  7. Which genre do you prefer the most? It depends on my mood.
  8. On a range of 1-10 rate on how much you socialize with people. 5?
  9. Have you ever cosplayed? Yes. Twice.
  10. Favorite voice actor? Don’t know if I have one in particular.
  11. Anime you have watched more than twice. Clannad and Clannad After Story.

My Questions

 1. What are you watching now?

2. What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

3. Favorite desert?

4. What do you want to see adapted from a manga?

5. What music do you enjoy?

6. What is important to you?

7. Have you attended any conventions?

8. Favorite authors?

9. Where would you like to travel and why?

10. Is there a deeper level than entertainment in anime for you? In what way?

11. Is there an anime you’d like to see remade?

My Nominees

Liv’s Lair

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Mage In A Barrel

Anime Corps

Thanks again for the kind thoughts in nominating me. Feeling the love….

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Liv’s Lair

Cosplay With Kindness Documentary

Cosplay: Literally “Costume Play.” Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).

Cosplay is often a fun way to express your fandom. It helps show others what you like, escape into a character, and bond with other fans be it characters from sci-fi, comic books, or anime.

I have cosplayed. My sons have as well. I have done Kensei Ma from Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple and Yuugo Tennouji , aka “Mr Braun” (Steins Gate). My son has done Kululu from Sgt. Frog.

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It’s fun. And I have had nothing but good experiences, as has my son. In fact, earlier this year at Anime Milwaukee, my son got invited to participate in the Masquerade (Cosplay competition) where everyone was very welcoming and supportive to him.

This, however, is not everyone’s experience.

I became aware that bullying was a thing in the cosplay community last year at Anime Midwest while attending voice actor, Greg Ayres’s panel: “Why Your Fandom Sucks”. He told a few horror stories where some fans take things too far and ruin the experience for others. It was through Greg Ayres’s Facebook page that I became aware of the documentary: “Cosplay With Kindness”.

The film maker was inspired to do this documentary after attending Greg Ayre’s “It Gets Better” panel at Anime-Zap. It is to address, and hopefully combat, bullying in the cosplay and convention going community.

Please support this project if you are able.

Go like their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CosplayWithKindness

Or help support their gofundme:
http://www.gofundme.com/CosplayDocumentary

And please visit their website to learn more:

http://cosplaywithkindness.org/

Cosplay and conventions should be fun. I remember when I saw the “Why Your Fandom Sucks” panel Greg saying (and I paraphrase): “There is no wrong way to cosplay. If you are not the same size, race, or gender as the character that you are cosplaying as: Who cares? You are being a fan. If your outfit is not professionally perfect: It doesn’t matter. You are being a fan and sharing your love of something with others.”

That struck a chord with me. As a  parent, and as a bit of an outcast myself, I appreciated this message. Support this project.

And more than anything else: Be kind!

-As a side note. It was my experience at Anime Midwest and seeing the Greg Ayres panel in 2014 that inspired me to start this blog.