[OWLS October Blog Tour] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Perfectionists always Grotesque masks

Grotesque

In honor of Halloween, we will explore what we find vile and ugly in pop culture.  For this month’s topic, OWLS bloggers will be exploring characters or aspects of the grotesque in a piece of media and how it is a metaphor or allegory for society, human nature, or some other philosophical or humane idea.

* Warning: May contain spoilers to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood

Please be sure to read the previous post of the month from Heyitszel.

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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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[OWLS August Blog Tour] Naruto – Jiraiya’s Biographical Life Journey

Journey

We have all heard this saying in some shape or form: “Life is a journey.” We travel down a path in hope that we reach a goal or destination, but the travel in getting there isn’t always easy. Along the way, we encounter some personal struggles. It is in those moments where we must overcome an adversity to complete our journey or take a different route or path instead. In this month’s OWLS post, we will be discussing the personal journeys of pop culture creators, icons, and characters. We will explore the journeys that these characters went through, discuss the process and experiences they had on their journeys, what they discover about themselves, or share our own personal journeys.

*This blog tour post will have spoilers to the Naruto (classic/Shippuden) anime!

Also, please read Takuto’s blog tour at his site Takuto Anime Cafe.

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[OWLS July Blog Tour] Yu-Gi-Oh!: Atem, the King of Mentors

Mentor

Throughout our lives, we might have encountered someone that we admired as a role model or has guided us in some life dilemma. This mentor could be a teacher at school, a coach, a boss or team leader at work, or a family friend. Whoever it is that person impacted your life in a positive manner. For this month’s OWLS topic, we will be writing about mentors or mentorships in anime and other pop culture media. Some topics we will be exploring include how a mentorship impacted a main character’s life, the types of mentor relationships a person could have, and/or personal stories about mentors or mentorships.

(Might contain spoilers to the classic version of Yu-Gi-Oh! and I am going to be using the English Dub translations instead of the Japanese)

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PSA – AnimeNewsClub.com uses stolen posts from OWLS and Rai! Don’t Support them!

This is important news in the anime community that all writers should be informed.

It has come to my attention that someone is stealing posts by copying and pasting them as their own work for an anime website called AnimeNewsClub.com. Revealed on Twitter, a writer named @MrXenodude noticed that one of his own posts was linked to the site AnimeNewsClub. The link revealed that the writer who goes by the name Wiired is stealing posts.

That’s right, this person stealing work from the OWLS (Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect). Specifically, the most notable posts that was taken was from fellow member Rai from Rai’s Anime Blog. What I heard from the team, the owner of AnimeNewsClub is also getting PAID from their site in which they are getting monetize from content they took.

The team member Lynlynsays already wrote to the writer and requesting to remove these posts as it shows that this is not how you support the OWLS and it’s considered stealing.

MrXenodude got a response from the writer and the writer mentioned they did not intend to do anything malicious.

Even if the writer stated they didn’t intend to plagiarize, we must not let our guards down. There’s a huge difference between supporting something and stealing. I have a friend who loves the OWLS and she even showed her support by using examples from our works and CITING/SOURCING the authors.

This is a good example of citing people’s work

This is not supporting. This is stealing.

AnimeNewsClub did not cite anyone’s work and they just copied everything and pasted them to get attention. The way the writer posted these posts shows that they did not read them since some of them mention hiatus posts and it doesn’t make sense to post about taking a hiatus and then writing a new post about a different topic.

To leave this in a final note I have some words to say to everyone including to the owner of the site.

To whom it may concern,

I noticed from my team that you have stolen works from my fellow writers from the OWLS without giving them credit. I heavily request you to remove these posts if don’t plan on citing them. We do not tolerate anyone stealing works from others for ones benefits. Stealing work is a serious matter and we don’t appreciate having our stuff taken. We as writers work very hard to provide content for our readers and it pains us to see it plagiarize by someone who won’t write their own site.

Sincerely, Matthew

To the readers and supporters of OWLS,

Thank you taking the time to read this PSA post. I wanted to warn you guys that we take pride on our works and we don’t appreciate it when someone steals. If you would like to support the OWLS for your blog, PLEASE cite our works. It makes us happy to see our works and ownership being used properly. As OWLS, we do our best to show importance of respect and we do our best to bring fans together who enjoy anime. We don’t like causing division among each others.

Please spread the word and inform others to stop plagiarisim.

Sincerely, Matthew.

[OWLS June Blog Tour] Black Clover: The blessing and curse of Pride

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Pride

In honor of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word, “Pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

*May contain minor spoilers!

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Happy 24th Birthday Celebration! – My Top 5 favorite written OWLS posts

You might be wondering on Twitter, what does the numbers and pictures mean whenever I am online, this was a countdown to this amazing post and I am ready to share!

Happy Birthday to me!

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Besides the music and dancing, I want to let people know that today is my birthday and I turn 24 this year. Goodbye 23 and hello 24! For my birthday from my family, I got movies Justice League and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. My birthday is on March 28th. For this special occasion, I want to do a special top 5 posts on my favorite OWLS posts I have written for the OWLS. If you don’t know, I am part of the OWLS, a special blogger group where promote self-respect and acceptance on others. We use our writings and videos and we talk about topics using media such as anime, video games or other things to help talk about awareness and importance of respecting others in real-life. As a member I take pride on doing my hardest to write out a post for a topic in hopes I can help the team. I may not do videos, but I hope I can speak out with words on papers (in a essence). So without a further ado, here are my 5 posts in which I am proud of recently. This doesn’t mean I don’t like my other writing, but I am choosing the ones that stood out the most.

5. OWLS Blog Tour: Samurai Jack – The 50 Year Treasure Hunt

This is something I thought about since this something I came up with the idea, but the Chief Creative Officer Lyn from Something from LynLyn wrote out the prompt and title which is called “treasures”. I mentioned to the group we should talk about something in regards to suicide and/or any mental illness like depression after finding out the lead singer Chester Bennington from Linkin Park committed suicide. Taking in considerations, this was approved and we all talked about in September about the importance of treasuring something important and what happens if something goes awry. Instead of anime, I talked a cartoon called Samurai Jack and focusing on the series finale of season 5. In this season, I talked about the hero Samurai Jack going through 50 years of suffering in a dark future and trying to find his way back home. I mentioned that while going through the challenges, he has thoughts and temptations of killing himself to find peace. Suicide is a serious topic because it can happen to anyone and it’s the least expected people. It’s important to be there for others and treasure something that holds us important and gives us the reason to live.

4. OWLS Blog Tour: One Piece – A man’s source of strength is a warm heart

As a way to end 2017, we did a tour about having warm feelings and how it is important to share love. I used another anime favorite called One Piece. I talked about the main character Monkey D. Luffy is a caring young man who is willing to pick fight to help a friend. Regardless to history or appearances, Luffy will fight because he cares about friends and not afraid to die trying. I mentioned that us Christians, we need to love one another regardless of appearances and it brings us close to understanding.

3. OWLS Discussion: Bleach – A “Disruptor” in the anime and real world

This is the first OWLS post I did when we first started the OWLS blog tour in January 2017. In this one, we talked about “disruptors” and how can disrupting something can actually be good. I used the anime/manga series Bleach and talked how Ichigo disrupted ideas and order. I briefly mentioned how someone like Ichigo went against the justice of the Soul Society and then reformed them and made some friendly allies with them. I was the first person to volunteer myself to start the tour.

2. [OWLS March Blog Tour] Sword Art Online: Kirito the One Man Squad

Recently made this year, for the topic of Squad and discussing what it means to have good friends, I choose Sword Art Online the second time. The first time was in March 2017 and the topic of Sanctuary. In this post, I talked about Kirito how he ended up choosing to be alone while trapped in the game Sword Art Online. I mentioned how he went through isolation and pain and briefly mentioned that he finally found someone who cares about him in the end. I also briefly mentioned about myself how I deal with being alone and then later meeting my friend Allie from Visionaries.

1. OWLS Blog Tour: Sword Art Online – Finding Sanctuary in Gaming

I made this post in last year in March 2017 where we talked about Sanctuary and finding inner peace. I used my Sword Art Online as my anime choice for the topic. I used Takuto’s posts from the Anime Cafe Blog about Leafa and incorporated his words and my own words. Using examples like Leafa and Sinon, I mentioned how when life gets hard, whenever these girls go into VRMMORPG, they escape from their problems and become free. I used my own experience with video games how I enjoy being in my own world and feeling empowered. This is a post where I feel close to and it represents how much I love anime and video games and being in peace. This is one post I really enjoyed writing and I wrote it down by heart.

Thank you

I want to thank everyone for supporting me for these years and thank to every member of the OWLS. I am happy to use my gift of writing to help support a cause and bring us together. I am willing to participate in the months where I am available and I will give my time for you guys. The people who read these posts, thank you very much for taking the time to read them and sharing it to others. Together, we can make a difference and form a friendship beyond anyone’s imagination. God bless you all.

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[OWLS March Blog Tour] Sword Art Online: Kirito the One Man Squad

Squad

Although some people may like to be alone at times, we all have that one special friend or a squad of friends who we kick it and have some good laughs and fun with. However, there are friendships that don’t last a lifetime and usually, they end due to a falling out or a misunderstanding. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring some of the best friendships in anime and pop culture as well as the friendships that ended suddenly. We will talk about what a true friendship means to us, what we learned about ourselves and others through broken friendships, and our definitions of a “good friend.”

*Will contain spoilers to the Sword Art Online (season 1) anime

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[OWLS February Blog Tour] Clannad: Competition with today and past life

Competition

In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month topic will focus on the theme, “Competition” because the Olympics is where athletes from all countries join together to compete in sporting events. Through these events, we see how “competition” brings out the grit, the teamwork, and the competitive spirit within athletes. This month, we will be exploring anime and pop culture media that discusses the good and the bad when it comes to competition and what it can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.

(For this topic, I will be talking about Clannad. I might reveal some spoilers to the anime; however, I won’t be talking about the main story that much and I will talk on some minor stuff. I won’t be talking about the ending of the anime as well.)

Please read BeckNaja‘s Competition post in the topic series Ashita no Joe.

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Friday Funny 141: 17 and 18

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome back to another episode of Friday Funny. This is the last episode for 2017 and we approach 2018. It’s been a hectic but exciting year for us but hopefully we all survived. Just thinking about what I have been doing in 2017, it is hasn’t been easy. I recently moved away from old town and into the mountains and I to adjust to mountain living. It’s been fun for my anime and cartoon viewing time. I was able to see the conclusion to Samurai Jack and Hey Arnold. I got to see interesting anime movies like Sword Art Online, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. I didn’t really make any plans for 2018 but if I did, I would say that I want to continue blogging as usual. I want to try and start my business with my blog, stay with the OWLS and hopefully get some spare to catch up on my readings.

I want to say thank you to Rocco B for buying coffee at my Ko-fi page! If you want to show your support for my blog, feel free to follow the link and pay me a visit.

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Let’s end the month with something funny.

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To end this post, instead of something funny, I want to try and support the OWLS. If you guys didn’t know, I am part of the OWLS, Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect. It’s been a year since I joined the team and I am happy to express my feelings for writing important topics and how we can learn from media and apply it to real life. It’s our goal to help change the future for the better for talking about social issues that needs to be addressed. Our goal is spread respect and confidence with the power of anime, manga, cartoons and other experiences. We do talk about specific topics in months. I remember our first topic was Disruptors in January and our last topic of this month is Warmth. To end this year, I am going to share some anime/cartoon openings in according to the months; specifically mine choices and others from the team (I go first lol). If you want to join the cause, you need Twitter and WordPress and it’s optional if you want to use YouTube!

January – Disruptors

Bleach

February – Flight (Yuri on Ice)

Yuri on Ice

March – Sanctuary

Sword Art Online

April – Colors

Rosario + Vampire

May – Strength

Dragon Ball Z

June – Team

Soul Eater

July – Mirrors

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV (fan made op)

August – Bloodlines

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

September – Treasure

Samurai Jack season 5

October – Dreamers

Death Note

November – Diplomacy

Tokyo Ghoul

December – Warmth

One Piece

That’s all! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! Happy New Years!