[March 2020 OWLS Blog Tour] Crisis Core – Devote the honor in the sword

Topic: Devotion

When we talked about fandoms, we show our appreciation and support by buying merchandise, cosplaying, writing fanfiction and etc. In fact, our appreciation can end up looking like a sign of religious worship. For this month, we will be talking about how certain characters express devotion to others, objects, and values. We will also be discussing how devotion can turn into an unhealthy form of passion and obsession and the implications of that.

*Spoilers for anyone new to Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, but I will try to spoil the entire story.

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[Jan 2020 OWLS Blog Tour] Spider-Verse: A clear vision requires a leap of faith

January 2020

Vision

Happy New Year! Since it is a new year, it’s a new you! This month we will be talking about various pop culture mediums that focus on envisioning “the future.” What type of future do we want for ourselves, our communities, and the world? Also, we will be sharing our goals and plans for the new year. Once again, happy new year!

*minor spoilers if you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Also go check out Megan’s post about A Silent Voice for this month’s tour.

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[OWLS Nov 2019 Blog Tour] Bleach – Failed defeats leads to successful triumphs

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11th Monthly Topic: “Failure”

Lita’s Request

One of the best ways we can learn is through failure. This month we will be talking about the failures of our favorite characters in pop culture media and what we can learn from them. We will also reflect on our own mistakes and failures and how those experiences have allowed us to grow as human beings.

Examples:

Pokemon

Naruto

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[OWLS Oct 2019 Blog Tour] Kingdom Hearts – There’s no boundaries in fantasy

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Fantasy

In the month of October, we will be exploring the world of fantasy in pop culture. The genre of fantasy focuses on telling stories about our external and internal environments. There are many ways we can interpret the word, fantasy. For example, we can talk about how a fantastical place could glorify what reality should be or the dangers of ideal expectations. Fantasy could also be seen as taking a “wild journey” or a “hallucination” and how that can affect our psyche and well-being. Fantasy can also focus on our personal dreams and expectations and how those expectations do not align with our reality. Overall, our posts will reflect on how we view the fantasy genre and what we can learn about these pop culture mediums.

Examples:

Harry Potter

Norn 9

Ancient Magnus Bride

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[June 2019 OWLS] Sword Art Online/Alternative – Digital faces for the vulnerable

Vulnerability

In the month of June, we will be discussing what it means to be vulnerable. To some individuals, being vulnerable could be seen as a sign of weakness, but in fact, vulnerability is actually a sign of strength. In this month’s posts, we will explore what it means to be vulnerable and how certain characters in pop culture glamorize vulnerability. When do we show our vulnerability? How do we express vulnerability? Why should we show vulnerability? These are questions that we will be discussing in our posts featuring characters that show vulnerability and/or sensitivity and what we can learn from them or even our own personal stories

*May contain spoilers to the anime Sword Art Online

Also please check out Ange’s post on vulnerable in the anime The Rose of Versailles.

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[May 2019 Blog Tour] Anime/Manga – Seeking Your Inner Happiness

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May 1, 2019

5th Monthly Topic: “Happiness”

Happiness is subjective. We all have different definitions of what happiness means to us and we also feel happiness in varying degrees. This month we will be exploring several questions describing our happiness in our fandoms, communities, and hobbies. Why do we find enjoyment watching anime or reading manga? Why did we decide to join the anime or pop culture communities? Why do we blog about our hobbies or cosplay as our favorite characters? This topic is all about the passions we have for our interests and why they are important to us.

Examples:

Cosplaying

Anime blogging community

Massive otaku collections

Fanfiction junkie

 

Please be sure to read BeckNaja’s post on Happiness!

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[April 2019 OWLS Blog Tour] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Masculinity within the Joestars

Masculinity

Last month, we explored the meanings behind the terms, “feminine” and “feminism.” This month the OWLS bloggers will explore the concept of masculinity. We each have our own definition of what it means to be masculine and we will explore our definitions using “masculine” characters from various pop culture fandoms. We will discuss how these characters are “masculine” or show signs of a masculine persona. We will also share our personal stories about the amazing men that supported us in our lives as well as sharing some of our experiences growing up as a man or knowing men who struggled with the masculine identity.

*Spoilers ahead!

Please check out OWLS blogger Crimson from Read at Night for her post on April 15th.

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[January 2019 OWLS Blog Tour] One Piece – Luffy’s Painful Metaphosis Journey

Metamorphosis

A brand new year means new beginnings and opportunities. We have a tendency to embrace the new year because it’s a time when we can start fresh. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring our favorite dynamic characters who undergo changes for better or for worse. We will analyze these characters’ transformations and how these transformations benefited or minimized these characters’ potential in becoming “great people/beings.” We will also use these characters as a way for us to reflect on our own lives and who we want to become. Lastly, we would like to say “Happy New Year, everyone!”

Check out Aria’s blog here.

*Will contain spoilers for One Piece!

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[OWLS September Blog Tour] Spider-Man: Revenge on the world is not Self-Care!

Self-Care

In favor of positivity and good mental health, we will be exploring the importance of self-care. Sometimes, we are lost in our thoughts and emotions that it can cause a negative impact on our lifestyle and our relationships. For this month’s topic, the OWLS bloggers will be exploring the mental health of pop culture characters and how their mental health affects their environments. We will explore the dangers of mental health illnesses and how it might lead to self-destruction and/or how one has the power to overcome their demons. In addition, we will share our personal stories and struggles about mental health and discuss positive ways in handling mental health issues.

*Will contain spoilers to the Sam Raimi movies of Spider-Man

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