What the Fudge Anime!

thumbnail_06675a80-228b-47ca-914d-56573c827bfbI like anime as much as the next anime fan. Don’t get me up wrong. Watching anime has improved my existence, in just a chaotic and unjust world greatly (Glob, I sound like the King of Cheese). There just those moments while watching anime, that can only be described as WTF.
(F for Fudge, let’s keep this clean. There will be a lot of fudging in this post).
I hate to say it, but anime has a lot of WTF moments. Usually involving great shock, extremely confusion or incredible annoyance. We’ve all had these moments with anime, so why not share my own WTF moments with all of you.

No season 2- Fudge, this is annoying. You buy into a story, get left hanging at the end of season 1, with a ship ton of unanswered questions and the studio doesn’t bother making a season 2 (WTF). To rub salt in the wound, the same studio starts releasing new but dirt-poor anime series. Like that doesn’t ever make good business sense. What on earth are these studios at?

Lightning speed Subs- I don’t want to cause a sub vs. dub war here. Personally, I enjoy both. Which one I choose to do, really depends on the anime and my mood. Sometimes I even do both, at the same time (I wish that was a bad joke, but it’s not. Watch a dub on Netflix, with subs and it hilarious. So much swearing and randomness. Whoever writes those subs, really gets carried away). But occasionally when watching with subs, those subs go so fast it’s impossible to read. This is extremely annoying, especially if there’s no dub version. You’re left confused, not having a clue what’s happening. If it’s a really good anime, that you’re really into this can be devastating. You pretty much sit watching moving pictures, wishing you knew Japanese or considering making your own dub version of the anime.

thumbnail_e99b0847-fa2e-4207-9bed-011abd4bd3fdClose up creepy bug eyes scenes – Death note is filled with these scenes, but so are a lot of other anime. They usually involve someone on their knees, begging for their life, looking like their eyes are about to pop out of their head. These scenes are so disturbing and creepy, I really can’t say much else than WTF. The only this worse, is scenes were characters don’t even have eyes. It’s terrifying.

The original intentions for Sebastian in Black Butler- Maybe I was too innocent to see this, first time I watched Black Butler. I literally just thought, Sebastian seen Ciel as food and that’s why he was acting a bit strange and creepy towards Ciel. Kind of like, how a hungry person looks at a sandwich. But I was so wrong and found out the creator had a completely different relationship for Sebastian and Ciel in mind. Luckily someone pointed out, that it was an extreme bad idea and the creator changed this, to produce the Black Butler we know today. However, knowing this I can’t help but see Sebastian as a serious creep and this has kind of spoiled Black Butler for me. For anyone with a Sebastian crush, this information will probably kill it. Therefore, I did not come out straight and said it, but I think it’s pretty obvious what I’m on about.

Brutality- Glob, anime can be so brutal at times. They rarely let up. No one can ever just die peacefully in anime. They’re always horrible disembowelled, torn to pieces, eaten or killed by a loved one, in incredibly dramatic act. Weirdly they always spitting up blood, just before they die. Anime deaths are always really heart-breaking too. They literally choose the most lovable character and murder them, in the most awful way possible. There just some anime deaths that never leave you (Wolf’s rain and zero eating his twin). On top of this, they give characters the most tragic background stories. Making anime pretty depressing to watch at times. I’m not even going to touch on the amount of blood spilled and limbs cut off in fight scenes.

Bath Buddies- I can’t think of anything more eye rolling, than anime character deciding to jump in the shower/bath together. At this point, it’s turned into a real cliché. They could at least come up with something a little more original.

Repetition and Unoriginality- Same story or same characters, done over and over again. It just gets boring and predictable. Maybe this is just my dislike of repetition showing here, but the amount of repetition in anime is getting ridiculous. It’s gotten that bad, that now character even look the same and you find anime doppelgangers. Although there is a lot of anime with original and unique storylines and characters, there’s probably twice that amount, that are just outrageously similar and pretty much mirror images of each other.

thumbnail_d4e62167-c503-42a7-828a-5f82153230eaWeird anime crushes and other weird stuff- Yeah, we can’t completely blame anime for this one, we have a hand to play in this too. However, anime can really turn a person into a creep. It just has a way of making you discover very weird things about yourself. Nothing really shocks me anymore, when it comes to people and their anime creepiness. From developing a liking to cat and bunny people, to thoroughly enjoying tentacles. I’ve heard it all and I won’t and can’t judge. I too, will admit I’m quite possibly an anime creep and at times, I’ve had weird crushes on the most bizarre anime characters.
But so that, no one feels like I’m picking on their anime creepiness, I will confess my weirdest anime crush. Grell from Black Butler. I know WTF. Even weirder, I’ve discovered that every character I have a liking to, is either dressed in red or seen with a red backdrop. Anime has essentially given me weird colour association (WTF). I feel so manipulated by anime.

Blinding Light- There just nothing like watching a battle or magic scene and having the eyes burn out of your head, feeling like you might fit. I really wish the creators, Netflix and other anime providers, put flash warning on their anime. If I knew about the bright or flashing light, I could put a coloured filter on the screen and fix this problem. But nope they don’t and my poor eyes must suffer.   

The creepy side of regular anime- This is the biggest reason I have to watch anime in private, with head phones in and the door closed. Due to toplessness, perverted characters, giant breasts, weird angles and casual nudity, being common in regular anime (at least common in the anime I watch), you can’t really watch it, around people that aren’t uses to anime’s creepy side. They pretty much assume you’re watching porn and let’s just say awkward as fudge.
Forget that the person isn’t uses to anime’s creepy side, ask if they want to join you and this situation get a whole lot more awkward. Also, now you seem like a creep. Trying to explain that it’s normal anime, just digs a hole for yourself. Best just to confuse them and calmly ask them, if they prefer Yuri or Yaoi. If they go red or know what these terms mean, you’re in the clear. If not, they’re confused now and you’ve just fixed the awkwardness.
On a serious note, I wish anime didn’t do this. It has given anime a bad name and is why non-anime fans mix up regular anime with Hentai. From the outside looking in, you can see why they make this mistake, when characters are groping each other and have ridiculous large breasts. If the anime and story’s good enough, it doesn’t need nudity and perversions to be entertaining and gain viewers.

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I was in a rose mood and had to make one for my favourite made-up characters.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Hopefully I’ve not rattled any anime cages.

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No! Ghibli. No!

thumbnail_d4bdefa1-cd12-47f5-89d4-457357c6c909Someone mentioned, I should create a top 9 non-Ghibli anime films, from the movies I didn’t use, in my last list post. So, I did. It was an awesome idea and I thank that person for sharing, just a great idea.

However, my number paranoia, made a list of 9, seem very weird, uneven and slightly stressful, so I throw one more movie into the mix, to make a nice round even 10. (A far better number. I really dislike the number 9.)

This turned out to be, a real mix bag of styles and genres, but I think I’ve done a pretty decent job of ordering them. So, without rambling on further, I give you: My Top 10 Favourite Non-Ghibli Anime Films:

10.Night on the Galactic Railroad- A little cat and his best friend, go on a journey through the stars, in a mysterious night train. This film seems really innocent at first, but keep watching and you realise it’s quite dark. I don’t want to spoil this film, so I can’t say much more.
If you ignore the sudden religious turn near the end, it’s a rather interesting watch. It’s very slow pace, but is incredibly relaxing and so easy to watch. However, the ending is really sad and may bring a tear to your eye.

9. Origin: Spirits of the Past- A girl (Toola) is awoken from her 300 year slumber and finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world. Having the key to restore the world, to how it was in her time, she must decide whether to accept the world, as it is now or destroy this world, to bring back hers. This movie has quite an interesting concept and will have you wondering, what you would do if you were Toola. It gives a fascinating view of how civilisation, would look and cope after an apocalyptic event. There’s also some really beautiful scenes of the forest, making it really nice to watch.

thumbnail_19aa90b7-1c91-4704-9cda-7cd6c5b275508. Angel’s Egg- Okay, I can see a bit of a trend forming here. Another post-apocalyptic film. I’ve never realised, but I must have some weird fascination, with what the world would be like, after it is gets destroyed. I’m not sure, how I should feel about that, but we’ll put it down to my curious nature.
Angel’s egg is about a little girl, left alone in a post-apocalyptic world, with no memory. She finds an egg and believes if she keeps it warm, a bird will hatch from it. She wanders around this empty dark world with her egg, in search of food and water. While wandering, she runs into a mysterious stranger, that shows an unusual interest in her egg. The stranger then begins to stalk the girl.
This film has a bit of a weird feel, but I really like it. There’s very little vocal dialogue and is more observational, but is very captivating. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and will leave a lot of people thinking “what the hell am I watching”, but if you like shows, that throw you into deep thought, then you’ll probably enjoy this film. The art style is very dark and unusual, but sets the film’s tone very well. It also gets weirdly religious at one point, but this just adds to the films mystery.

7. The House of Small Cubes- This is a short film, about a little old man who lives by himself, in a world engulfed, in ever rising water. I can’t say much more, without giving away the whole film, but it’s essentially about, the wee cute old man reminiscing, about his life. It’s not your stereotypical style of anime, but is still very cute and enjoyable. I love short films and this is a very sweet, but slightly sad, one. There’s no talking at all, but is very simple to follow. Great for those days, when you’re sick of hearing, the sound of people squawking and just want to relax and watch something quiet. It’s only around 12 minutes long and is available on Netflix, so is worth clicking out. I like it so much, I had to give the old man a name (not sure, if he already has a name). I named him, Frank the little old cute man.

6. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind- I was kind of reluctant, to include this in my list. This anime is usually gets grouped into studio Ghibli collections, but from my understanding, it’s not truly studio Ghibli. If I’m correct, it was made before studio Ghibli.
Another post-apocalyptic anime, about a jungle filled with plants, that produce toxic spores, capable of killing any nearby human, without some type of breathing mask. This leaves the remaining humans, living on pockets of land, where the spores don’t reach. But then, giant bugs come to kill everyone and Nausicaä must stop them.
There’s a lot going on in this movie and that was as simple as I could explain it, without spoiling the film. This definitely is not a movie for anyone with bug phobias. There’s a lot of giant creepy looking bugs, that will act as nightmare fuel, for anyone scared of bugs. This film is nice to watch. It has very nice art work and some bizarre methods of transport. Its storyline is hard to explain, but is interesting and very sweet at times.

thumbnail_075b9343-0e2f-4d49-8993-d9a1417a86315. Children who Chase Lost Voices- A young girl travels to a mysterious land, where it is said you can bring back the dead. This is a very sweet movie. It explores death and grief, in an interesting and magical way, without being too heavy or sad. For a movie based around death and loneliness, it should be a lot gloomier. Weirdly it’s not, its more magical and sweet. Its story is very interesting and based on mythology and creatures from the underworld. There’s also few wise words, throughout this film, that are very thought-provoking. My favourite being: “Everyone set out, on each of their journeys, as a cry for help. If only someone was able to stop them.”

4. The Garden of Words- A high school boy, meets a lady in the park and spends every rainy day, skipping school and talking to this interesting stranger, in the park. I know, that sound very dodgy, but it’s a really beautiful film. The storyline is a little bit sad, but very lovely to watch unfold. The animation and art work in this film is amazing. It’s so beautiful. It makes rain look like something truly wonderful, instead of wet, cold and miserable. It kind of rekindled my love, of going for walks in the rain. Really makes you view rain, in another light.

3. Perfect Blue- A pop idol becomes an actress, but the stresses of acting life, take their toll and she seemingly has a mental break. Meanwhile, a creepy guy, that’s obsessed with her, becomes her stalker. This film is a little crazy and sort of hard to keep up with, at times. I had to watch it a few times, to fully grasp its twistedness, but oh my glob, this is one hell of a movies. It’s a fantastic psychological anime, that will have you questioning everything you see. It will shock, amaze and confuse you, all at the same time. Being a lover of anything, involving wonder and confusion, this is right up my alley.
The animation is creepy as hell, which really suits the story and craziness of this anime. The stalker guy, looks terrifying and I surely hope, there is no one on this earth, that looks like him. Being of a nervous disposition, if there is and I was left alone in a room with him, I think one of two things would happen. I’d either freeze on the spot or cry on the inside (possible the outside too). He could be the nicest person, to grace this earth, but I still wouldn’t want to be left alone with him. However, I find most people scary looking, so you should probably check this guy out for yourself.

thumbnail_f034783d-3511-4819-93e4-2fa0391881d72. 5 Centimetres per Second- This follows the life of a boy, from sometime in middle school, until early adulthood. Its split into 3 parts and directly and indirectly, follows the boy’s story. This is one of the most realistic anime films, I’ve ever seen and I’m not talking about the animation. The storyline is really sad and kind of depressing, but fring do they capture the struggles and harsh realities of life, very accurately. Especially, the early adulthood stage and the depression many fall into. To be honest, the whole film is about depression and how its manifests in different forms. It captures these emotions and mindsets beautifully. Despite being based on just a sad and difficult subject, its story and art work is very beautiful. It is sort of depressing, but is still a very enjoyable emotive film.

1. Hal– To help cope with the death of her beloved Hal, Kurumi is given a robot, that looks identical to Hal, to take care of her. The two, start to fall in love with each other, but things are, not as they seem.
I usually don’t like love stories, but this is one of my few exceptions. It has a real mystery to it and the answer to this mystery, pretty much, hits you in the face, at the end of the film (unless you’re, super observant). Throughout the movie, you’re left in suspense, waiting to find out, what truly happened between Kurumi and Hal, in the run up to the plane crash (Also, about what’s on those Rubik’s cube). You’re left wondering, if Kurumi blames herself for Hal’s death and about Hal’s character and childhood. Your heart really feels, for both of them. I love this movie. It’s one of the very few films, that does death, love and mystery well. On paper, this film should have you crying like a baby, but strangely it manages to remain, somewhat positive and hopeful. It’s actually kind of heart-warming. However, the story is still very bitter-sweet, so I can’t guarantee you won’t cry.

Studio Ghibli

thumbnail_c162f3fd-75f4-446a-9cf7-fdb17cfc46ffI was going to review, my favourite anime film this week, but I didn’t know where to start. It was just so difficult, to choose only one. So, I decided to write a list of my favourite anime films and try to, choose a favourite from it. I had a pretty nice list, until I realised, most of these movies on my list, were Studio Ghibli films.

Out of a list of 20, 11 were Studio Ghibli, so I thought to myself “Screw it, this is an impossible task. There is no way I could choose just one and be completely satisfied, with my choice. Most of these are Studio Ghibli, so we can actually make something, rather nice from this list”.

I think at this point, most of us have seen a Studio Ghibli film (or two… or three… or more) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure, you’ll also have your own favourite, that you absolutely love. So, I bring to you: My Top 10 Favourite Studio Ghibli Films.

10. Castle in the Sky– Pretty self-explanatory. It’s about a castle in the sky and the adventure of two children’s, searching for this castle and its secrets. I know, this is sort of an old one and is actually older than myself. I still really like this film and its age, hasn’t affected my enjoyment. What made me fall in love with it, was the idea of a mysterious magical castle hidden among the clouds. It amazed me. It has a really magical and very sweet story, that touches your heart and give you that warm feeling inside.

9. The secret world of Arrietty- This is like an anime take on the borrowers story. However, instead of being set in the city, it’s set in the countryside and Peagreen is missing from the story. I like this version better, then the 1997 borrowers films. It has a much better storyline and is a lot easier to watch. It’s an exciting, but heart-warming film, that gives you a much better view and understanding of life as a borrower, then the 1997 film did. There’s some really beautiful art work in the film.

thumbnail_ca65bb06-b218-4cf9-b3e1-2e030b653f96_18. Kiki’s Delivery Service– As part of her training as a witch, 13-year-old Kiki is made spend a year alone, fending for herself, in a seaside town. It is there, she setup a delivery service. Kiki being a complete disaster, reminded me of myself and I think that’s why, I enjoy this film so much. I can really relate to Kiki and her plight. A lot of people, didn’t seem it like this film and it got quite a lot of negative reviews. I really didn’t think it was that bad. It doesn’t have the same feel, as other Studio Ghibli film, but I still thought it was good and was quite a nice little story.

7. Pom Poko– A group of shape-shifting raccoons, fight to save their home from the developers. This film is hilarious. Those raccoons, really got up to some amount of mischief, stopping the developers. I haven’t watched this film in years, but if memory serves me right, it has a really sad ending and some of the raccoons, end up dead. However, its sure comical value, has elevated it to spot 7 on my list.

6. The Cat Returns- Haru saves the life of a cat and as a reward, is taken to the Cat Kingdom, where nothing is as it seems. She quickly runs into trouble and begins turning into a cat, herself. This film gets very weird at times. I think the weirdest point has to be, when the overweight cat gets murdered, in a giant vase of jelly. Even his death pose was bizarre. In saying that, it’s quirkiness, is why I enjoyed it so much. I also loved the secret evil plots and the nothing is, as it first seems, aspect of this film. It’s very exciting and leave you in suspense.

5. Tales From Earthsea– There’s a lot going on, with this movies storyline. It’s very hard to explain in just a sentence or two, so I’ll describe it as, a magical mysterious tales about restoring the balance between good and evil. I find this movie so beautiful. It does have that disturbing, no eyes scene near the end, that creeps the hell out of me, but is still a very beautiful story. It has that mysterious factor, that leaves you in wonder and draws you in. It really keeps you questioning, what’s going on and this makes it, a rather interesting watch. It does feel a bit prolonged at times, but stick with it and its worth it. The ending is quite amazing.

4. Ponyo- A little magic fish girl (Ponyo), escapes her home in the ocean, and befriends a little human boy. This leads to a huge storm, that floods the boy’s hometown and separates him from his mother. The boy, with the help of Ponyo, goes in search of his mother. This is a very cute film, but has a bit of a dark side, that goes over the head of younger viewers. I love that little fish girl. She reminds of my niece, because she looks and acts like her. The cuteness and hidden meaning, behind some of the films themes and art work, is why I love this film so much.

thumbnail_184c3d23-de8a-4bb6-8ce0-9aa381315ed8_13. Howl’s Moving Castle– A young girl (Sophie), is turned into an old lady, by an envious witch. Sophie then goes on a journey, to regain her youth and finds herself, taking shelter inside Howl’s moving castle. She ends up becoming Howl’s house keeper, which leads to her magical adventure with the mysterious Howl, in his magic castle. Writing that, makes me want to go, watch it again. This is one of those love story’s, that really touches your heart. It teaches, there’s more to love than, just a person’s outwards appearance. I fell in love with this film and its scarecrow, after the first 30-45 minutes. If you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend watching it. It’s one of my favourites.

2. Spirited Away– I think at this point, we have all seen this movie, so I’ll save you the torture of reading my description. This was the first anime I watch, that I actually knew was an anime. I had seen Princess Mononoke before Spirited away, but I didn’t have a clue, it was anime. I was 9 or 10 years old and really naïve, so I think I could be forgiven for that. I was never told about anime, before this point, so I had no way of knowing, otherwise. You can’t know, what you’ve never learnt. This is where my anime journey became. It’s pretty easy to see why, this film is rated so high in my list. What I loved about this film, was that there was no other movie like it, when I first seen it. It left me in wonder and awe. It was truly a magical experience.

1. Princess Mononoke– The first anime film I ever seen. I really had no clue, this was anime. I just thought, it was an amazingly draw cartoon film, with a really unusual story. Despite this, I instantly fell in love with it. The art work in this film, left me breathless. I literally, sat as close to the tv as I could get, trying to take it all in, before someone would get irate with me, for blocking their view and beat me away from the tv (my older siblings were lovely to me). I was completely dazzled by this film. I remember thinking “this is the weirdest thing I’ve even seen, but it’s so awesome”. As a child, I didn’t really understand, half of things in this film or what they represented (amusingly, I thought the little forest spirits, were wobbly head babies). Now, as an adult I have a complete different perspective and understand of this film, which has added to my love of this film.

If anyone wondering, which Studio Ghibli film didn’t make it into my list. It was, From up on Poppy Hill.

Things Anime Has Taught Us

d72b0eda-8505-4740-b48f-fd55e0c175a6The other day, I was thinking about a world without anime and it was god awful. We’d all sit around, watching YouTube or something, depressed and unamused. We’d all, draw god knows what, uninspired and bored. We may still have manga, but it wouldn’t be as big because anime, wouldn’t have set of that sequence of events, that made Japanese culture seem so interesting, in other countries.

Then it hit me. We would never learn, all those great things, anime has taught us. It would be a sad and daunting world, without anime. So, in appreciation of anime, I made a list of the awesome things anime has taught us:

1. Empathy. I don’t mean just sympathising slightly with a character, I mean full blown empathy. To the point, when they succeed, we also feel awesome and when they die, we cry like babies and it ruins our day. We literally feel what the characters feels. We really come to understand these characters and see their point of view and why they are, the way they are. We can truly put ourselves in their shoes. My best sample of this, is Wolf’s Rain. If you aren’t crying or feeling miserable, by the end of that anime, then you have a heart of ice. I’m still raw about Toboe and Pops.

2. Never piss off a girl/woman. She’ll punch you half way to Jupiter and you’ll be seriously injured or temporarily paralysed. Something about really pissing off us females, gives us super human strength and a thirst for violence. But don’t worry, we usually put all our strength and anger into that one punch, so you rarely go for a second. In contrast, piss off a guy and flames will suddenly manifest behind him.

3af2875b-cdad-4e51-80f7-1e15a6b9b7403. Silver heads are awesome. I think it’s safe to say, whenever a character, has a head full of silver or white hair, we can assume they’re going to be overwhelmingly kick ass and one of the best fighters, in that anime. For example, Zero (Vampires Knight), Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul) and Ban (7 Deadly Sins), all have silver or white hair, all have crazy combat abilities and usually wipe the floor, with their component.

4. Tokyo is kind of scary. Although a lot of people see Tokyo and Japan in general, as a magical place, filled with weird and wonderful things, anime actually makes at seem kind of terrifying. With all those ghouls and alien parasites, running around, eating people, how does anyone ever survive. On a serious note, anime does suggest that Tokyo, may have a bit of a gang and crime problem and that you could be, very easily kidnapped. However, this should probably be take that with a pinch of salt. All big cities, have those sort of problems, so Tokyo probably is just as scary and dangerous, as any other big city on earth.

5. The best fight moves. You can fight talk all you want, but land a punch just right and you can send your component flying through the air. The best weapon, magic and the abilities to take a near death beating, before destroying your component. If anime has taught us anything, about having the best fight moves, it’s that we need 3 things. 1. The ability to fly throw the air, 2. The best fight talk and 3. Plot armour.

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 Yeah, so that happened. I draw a Butler, removing his gloves, in a questionable manner. We’ll call him, The Questionable Butler.                   

6. We might be borderline creeps. Even if you won’t admit it, we’ve all been watching anime and thought to yourself, “hmmm that anime character is pretty hot” or something along those lines. As weird and creepy, as it may seem to those, who have never watched anime in their life, we occasionally find yourselves attracted to anime characters. Whether it is weird and creeping, is a matter of opinion. Personally, I find it very understandable. The characters are drawn with the perfect body, good looks, amazing hair and are given unreal personalities, so what do people expect. Even I must admit, I’ve been attracted to anime characters, at times. Creepily, ones 10 or 20 years my senior. When you look at, male anime characters around my age like, Izaya Orihara (Durarara), Braz Blood and Goyle (Blood lad), this becomes less creepy. They all look, a hell of a lot younger than they are.

7. Don’t let your ego, get carried away. A very important lesson, anime has taught us and can be applied to real life. Having a huge ego in the anime world, never works out well and in real life, it’s pretty much the same. Light Yagami (Death Note) for example, he could have been Kira for a lot longer, without getting caught, if he hadn’t of been so egotistical and wanted everyone to recognise and worship Kira. It’s the same in real life. Have a huge ego and you limit yourself, either by making enemies or by being close minded. Basically, cutting off your nose, to spite your face.

b6d72082-b79e-46ab-838b-2d3097382dda8. What to do, if you find a Death Note. We all have a plan for the death note, even those that haven’t watched the anime. Some would never use it and hide it, where no one would ever find it. Others, have made a list and then there’s the ones, that would follow in Light Yagami’s footsteps. Me, I would just want to play with the Shinigami. I could have a lot of fun, making people believe the place is haunted by a poltergeist.

9. Try not to, come onto a guy too strong or accidentally flash at him. You’ll give him, one hell of a nose bleed. Apparently, get a guy too excited and he’ll have a projectile nose bleed.

10. Stay strong and keep going. If there’s one thing anime has taught us, it’s don’t give up. Just keep going and try with all you got, to be strong. It will pay off in the end. If you fall, pick yourself back up. If you get severely beaten, try to keep fighting, even if it kills you. From experience, this is easier said than done, but it’s still a very important lesson. Positive mindset and determination, is key to making your dreams, a reality.

Top 10 Women’s Clothing Hates

955b828c-d26b-409d-a2d4-385889177093Since I’ve way too much clothes and nowhere to put them, I’ve been forced to clear out my wardrobe. While rummaging through the depths of my wardrobe, finding clothing that probably hadn’t seen the light of day for many years, I noticed something. I buy clothes (thinking they’re nice), wear them once (if even) then take an extreme dislike to them and never wear them again. After having rid my wardrobe of the clothes I hated, I can now see how big of a problem this was and I’m guessing there’s a lot of other people with this problem. So, for this reason, I introduce to you My Top 10 Women’s Clothing Hates:

10.Clothes never look as good as on the mannequin.I fall for this all the time. I go into the shop, see a really nice outfit on the mannequin and decide to buy it. I take it home, put it on, do the big reveal for my sister and nieces, and they’re on the ground laughing at the state of me or looking at me with that “got to pretend she looks nice” face. At this point, I go to the mirror and realise I look like I’m auditioning for clown college or in fancy dress. I try returning these outfits, but as usual I can’t find the receipt, so to the back of the cupboard they go.

9.Pocket Size.This happens a lot with jeans and jeggings. I buy a new pair of jeans or jeggings. I’m walking about feeling all good, enjoying that new jeans feeling and I go to put my phone in my pocket. But oh wait, it doesn’t fit because these pockets are baby sized and my phone is normal size. Now I have to walk around holding my phone and try not to set it down and lose it. As you can tell this one winds me up something awful.

8.Boob gap in shirt buttons. Got to hate when you buy a shirt in a rush, goto put it on and button it up. Then realise it doesn’t fit around your boobs, leaving huge gap between the buttons, revealing what you got under your shirt. I don’t have biggest pair and this happens to me a lot, so I can’t even begin to imagine, how annoying this must be for the larger breasted lady,

7.Badly fitted clothes. It is ridiculously hard to find clothing, fitted for the realistically proportioned person. Usually what happens, is that a top will fits in the stomach but is too tight in the chest. I try a size bigger and it fits in the chest now, but is massive in the stomach. This then leaves me with the choice of either wearing a top that fits my stomach but may pop at the chest at any minute or that fits my chest but looks baggy as hell. Not wanting to spring out of my top, I always go for the latter.

6.Fake Pockets. The only thing that annoys me more than tiny baby pockets, is fake pockets. I’ve been tricked by this numerous times. I buy a jacket or coat, thinking it has pockets and that it’ll solve my baby pocket problem. Get it home and find out the pockets are fake. This has happened me with both really expensive coats and reasonably priced coats, so it can’t just be a “get what you pay for” problem. When I buy a coat that cost over £100 I expect those things posing as pockets, to actually be pockets and not just sewed on bits of material. This only annoys me more, when I realise my jeans have baby pockets, so pretty much still have no functioning pockets. I feel so cheated and betrayed by the clothing industry every time this happens and would really like it to stop. Like why do this, if you aren’t trying to trick people into thinking the clothes has pockets. I my opinion I consider it false advertisement and being misleading.

5.See through clothes.This can be really embarrassing if you don’t notice until you’re out in public or if someone points it out. Also, it kind of forces you to go out and spend more money on under tops if you ever want to wear that top again. I don’t understand why they make clothes like this. I am pretty sure most people don’t want to be walking around with their underwear showing, for all to see. This isn’t just a cheap clothing problem; a lot of designer clothes are see through now too. It leaves me questioning whether manufacturers have gotten so greedy that they’re using material so thin that its see trough, just to save on costs and increase profit. When think about it would make sense. Half the thickness, half the amount of material needed and charge the same price. Twice as much clothes can be made from the material, so double the profit. When people have no other choice but to buy this clothing, it’s really a no brainer.

4.Quality. This usually isn’t noticeable until clothes are washed for the first time. It’s so hard to find clothes that wash well. They either lost their shape, go all bally or shrink. Also, I’ve notice jean material is getting thinner and thinner, so jeans rip a whole lot easier. Basically, what I’m trying to say is clothes quality has gotten god awful and I can only see it getting worse. The stitching in clothes is even becoming completely rubbish. It undoes with barely any pulling or stretching. The other month in was in a shop and I found pyjama bottoms that weren’t stitched properly and had a massive whole in the leg. I showed them to the server at the till and they said they’ll get someone to check the rest of the bottom because it happens all the time. Like what the hell, is there no quality control. This shop is rather pricey so you would expect this to be rare. It seems like no thought has been put into quality at all.

3.Jean leg lengths. Being short, this is one of my biggest pet peeves when buying jeans. A few years ago, a short leg in jeans was 28iches and regular was 30iches, then suddenly most shops changed short leg to 30iches. I have baby legs, so just got away with 28iches, but now with this new sizing, short leg jeans are far too big and my feet get lost in the jeans. Every time I need new jeans, I have to go on a massive search for shops that still use the old leg sizes. It’s so annoying and kind of unfair that short people are no longer catered for by most shops. This problem could easily be fixed if shops started selling extra short legs at 28inches or went back to the old sizes.

2.Sizes. This relates to the previous point, but is more forced on the fact that there is no standardise sizes for women’s clothes. There can be a massive difference in the same clothes size in different shops. Just to make this more of a mind field, the same clothes size in different ranges in the same shop can differ greatly too. This means you have to try on everything and can’t trust the label, making clothes shopping take a lot longer than it has to. It’s so frustrating. Not sure how much of a problem this is for everyone else, but in my wardrobe, I have clothing ranging from UK size 12 to UK to 20. It’s crazy. How can clothing that meant to have just a big difference in size, still fit me equally as well. Completely Bananas.

1.They are not warm. I hate being cold so this is my number one hate. Where I live, it can reach -6oC or lower in winter, so when I buy winter clothes I want them to be warm. Unfortunately, most of the times they are not. Coat that claim to keep you warm, are like wearing nothing. I haven’t had a warm coat in years. This year the temperature dropped to -10oC and I was freezing. I had to run home and find my old coat and wear it under my new coat, just to be not as cold (I was still pretty cold). I find myself having to wear layers and layers of clothes just to stay remotely warm, even then the temperature isn’t below freezing. I don’t know if men clothing is the same, but really wish they made clothes that were truly warm.