5 Reasons Why I Love Anime

Right off the bat, I want to set one thing straight. If you’re one of those people who thinks that ‘anime’ is just another word for ‘cartoons’ or thinks that anime are ‘childish’, then this is not the post for you. Stop reading right now, and click away to something else, because this post is going to be (yet another) fangirl session for me.

#sorrynotsorry

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1. Japanese Culture

Maybe it’s just me, but nothing has ever quite fascinated me as much, or captured me quite as quickly and completely as the Japanese culture has. It’s language and history captivate me to be honest, so what’s not to love about anime? I’ve learnt quite a bit of Japanese just from watching the oodles of anime that I do, and I get so excited by the prospect of visiting the Land of The Rising Sun (I’m going there next summer) that I can barely sit still as I think about it.

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2. The Characters

Whether it’s because they’re adorable with their big eyes and endearing hairdos or because of how relate-able some of the them (their personalities, feelings and situations) are, I absolutely and unconditionally LOVE anime characters. There are so many of them I get introduced to in each new anime I watch and they’re like my (HUGE) second family.

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3. The presentation

I don’t know how the Japanese producers seem to so seamlessly pull this off, but the world of anime is so real and at the same time so not. Let me explain. The way that the most absurd and unrealistic anime (like Naruto, Sword Art Online, One Piece, Bakugon, Pokemon) where things like that would be totally impossible in the real world are presented so that you feel that you’re the unrealistic intruder in their very real world is just mind-blowing. When I watch anime, I feel so entranced in their little worlds, realistic or otherwise. The ‘real world’ fails to exist. Its that good.

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4. The Otaku World

Once you become a fan of anime, you become part of a very elite group of amazingly creative and smart people. Most of these anime fans/otakus are such great people and they’re so great to have fangirling sessions and talks with. Some of the fan art my otaku friends from across the world create are just breathtaking. Like seriously, the Otaku world is an alternate reality I could live in forever with no regrets.

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5. The Unending Variety

The great thing you find while hunting for anime is that there is no dearth of options. I mean seriously. Each story line, each plot is so different from its predecessor that you couldn’t possibly be bored. From comedy, romance, adventure, sports and mystery to slice-of-life, shojo, school, shonen, action, josei and parody – you have a plethora of options from which to choose. Theres probably literally an anime for every mood.

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And it doesn’t just end there. There’s manga, cosplay and chibi too!

So if you’re an otaku reading this, please tell me what you think are some of the reasons you think I missed. Oh and don’t forget to send me some love!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

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♡ My Bittersweet Relationship With Nicholas Sparks ♡

OK, confession time – unlike most peoples’ (and teenage girls’) opinions about this beloved writer of our generation, I have strongly mixed feelings about where I stand on the issue of ‘OMG How much do you love Nicholas Sparks?’ Now calm down, don’t get your panties in a twist, I didn’t say I hate him (yet), and I haven’t said otherwise either (yet). I’m just here to tell you about my love-hate relationship with our darling N.S. and hope you end up as confused as I feel.

(Yes, raining on your romance-squeal parade just might make my day, so what, don’t judge me. Oops, sorry not sorry.)

Raising the Bar a little too high there, Sparky boy

All your lovey-dovey unrealistic shit and basic lack of new plots is making me sick Sparks, so stop it. Just freaking don’t. That stuff is too damn cute even though it’s all kind of similar and it’s not fair that I’ll never get a kiss or a romance like that if I live a thousand lives. Ruining peoples’ lives ain’t funny business and it’s not good to make people doubt there’s something wrong with the way they get their flirt on and get relationships to work. Why would you do that to someone, that’s just mean, plain and simple! I’ll see you in hell, Sparks. In. Hell.

2. But We Love It

Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit that my oh-so-soft-and-romantic heart sighed and cried 4 times the first time I read ‘The Notebook“. So what? Don’t pretend you didn’t tear up. We hate his guts for making our relationship status at an all-time ‘single’ but god damn, we want that shit. We want to read about that beautiful, impossibly tragic love and how those broken hearts made it work against all odds. We live for that. We. Want. That. Shit.

3. Stuff like that JUST doesn’t happen in real life

Yeah, sure. Like even after losing your wife to 9/11, finding new love and loving her after her she gets cancer would ever happen (not to us anyway). What, Nicholas Sparks characters don’t get bogged down by pressurizing parents, social status and leukemia? Bullshit. And unrealistic. So unrealistic.

You should be kissed everyday, every hour, every minute.

Yeah, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Or that anybody’s got the time for that sappy line. I mean Come. On.

But we totally wish it did

I mean, Come. On. Don’t you, though? Sparks has got this way of making us feel warm and fuzzy inside, no matter how many times he throws out similar-looking plots at us. He sets the mood for you, and you better be ready with a big-ass tub to cry yourself a river when you’re done. God, that man will be the death of us all with his old-school romantic gestures and kisses in the rain. Jesus Christ. Who doesn’t love a guy who holds us when we cry and look like shit?

*self-consciously raises hand slowly*

So yeah, that’s how I feel about it. Uh huh. I’m gonna go now, and do something…you know, arm wrestle crocodiles, the usual *tries too hard to act cool*…oh alright you know what I’m going to be doing.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

THINGS I LEARNT FROM NEW GIRL

So yeah. I have found yet another thing I can add to my long, long list of obsessions (surprise, surprise!) and that is this TV series called “New Girl“. So, assuming (as I always do) that you have no idea what I’m talking about, here goes!

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'Jessica Day' played by Zooey Delchanel

‘Jessica Day’ played by Zooey Delchanel

'Nick' played by Jake Johnson

‘Nick’ played by Jake Johnson'Schmidt' played by Max Greenfield‘Schmidt’ played by Max Greenfield

'Winston' played by Lamorne Morris

‘Winston’ played by Lamorne Morris

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So basically, the show is about this teacher (Jessica Day) who moves to L.A. after just breaking up with her boyfriend (who’s a model). She moves in with three men (Nick, Schmidt, and Winston) in their late-twenties (I think? or maybe they’re in their early 30s, I don’t know) after responding to an ad, and so, with the help of her best friend Cece (who is also a model) she sets out to make it in LA. The basic thing I love about it is that Jess is so weird, like, she sings at random times during the day and she always tries (and fails) to help people. This show is positively hilarious and the best thing about it is that they’re still as confused about their love lives and careers as we are! There are some pretty ridiculous habits these roommates have, and I love them.

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 THINGS NEW GIRL TAUGHT ME

1. The Douchebag Jar

OK, so I don’t know what I ever did without this. The Douchebag Jar is a jar by which you (FINALLY) have a way of punishing you friends whenever they make those stupid below-the-belt comments by forcing them to put a ‘dollar’ (or pound or whatever) in the said jar. I am forever grateful for the introduction of this idea.

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2. Honestly, it’s OK to be weird

Because, let’s face it, we’re quite obviously not alone. Everyone has embarrassing friends.

Oh, and if you’re the embarrassing friend…

That’s OK too, you’re not alone either.

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3. We’re not the only ones who think we’ll die alone

And we just might. But you know what, lets be alone together.

Oh and if you’re like me and fall in love with fictional characters or superstars who are blissfully unaware of your existence…

You’re gonna be OK (I think) *sobs silently in the corner*

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4. Everyone has a ‘pogo’

You know how your best friend has this one weird habit you always make fun of her for? Yeah, well now it finally has a name for it! A ‘pogo’ is just that. Welcome to a world where it is now even more socially acceptable to embarrass your best friend. And you know just who to thank…

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5. Everyone has their own problems…It’s OK to suck once in awhile

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And that’s OK. You know what they say about life and it’s exceptional lemon-lending quality. Every once in a while you will get into a tough-spot but that’s OK, everyone has those days.

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6. There are several ways to insult someone…be creative!

When your friends ideas are so bad that you just wanna say…

   

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 That’s all for now guys! I hope I got you guys hooked so you can suffer with me (yes, I’m evil, deal with it).

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

Lies That Everyone Tells

Everyone on the planet tells a white lie from time to time. Its just the way of the world (gosh, that sounds so bad but its true).  Some lies are to save friendships and relationships, some are to get out of trouble or to get others out of trouble. Usually, as long as we’re not breaking the law or something, white lies simply cushion us from ourselves. So without further ado, here are some common lies that everyone tells.

1. I’m fine…

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I don’t know exactly why humans just feel the need to bottle up everything inside and not tell anyone how they are. I mean, I get that you probably don’t want to share what you’re going through with everyone but at least make sure to tell your close friends (what are friends for?) or else you’ll get sick bottling up all those emotions. I mean, you clearly don’t seem fine, that’s we asked how you were in the first place. Its like you’re telling us we’re not worthy of knowing or that we wont understand. But we asked because we actually care and we probably want to help. So don’t go around with that bottled up sass.

2. I didn’t do it…

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OK, this is definitely a lie I sympathize with because I have used this one on countless occasions. I know it’s not right at all, and that you should always take responsibility for your actions, no one wants to get into trouble willingly (especially when no one can find out the culprit) right? I mean, this might not work for everyone but since I’m lucky enough, my rules for trouble have always been to deny everything and, if that doesn’t work, blame my twin!

3. Dinner’s ready in 5 minutes

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Is it just my mum, or everyone’s that lies about how soon dinner’s going to be ready? She’ll go like “Honey, the table will be ready in 5 minutes.” and then I go downstairs 5 minutes later and dinner’s still in the oven. I mean, why even tell that lie mum? I love food but I also love tumblr. If food wasn’t ready yet, I could’ve just read that book/watched that video/finished that game level/texted for a little while longer. Its not nice, giving people false hope.

4. Thank you so much! I love it…

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We all have that one Uncle Bob or Aunt Clair that always gives you rotten birthday/Christmas presents and, well, they’re so sweet and nice to you that you don’t have the heart to tell them that the present you have is the most useless thing you’ve ever seen/would never be seen in public with. Then you’d just seem like an ungrateful brat or an insensitive jerk.

5. I’m sure I texted you…

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Because telling someone that they were low on your priority list or agenda would just be outright mean and rude, no matter how much you dislike that person. It would just make things weird otherwise and hurt your relationship, so you’re probably better off telling this lie and blaming technology for your mistakes.

6. Yeah, I was with Andrea last night…

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Because that just what friends do…they agree and go along with your story first, and ask you questions later. You were probably in a really tight or awkward situation anyway, or you wouldn’t have had to rope someone else in, in your web of lies.

7. Yeah, you look great in that dress…

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OK, so I’ve never personally done this one before (because I don’t particularly understand the necessity to lie about how somebody else looks in a dress, so they get a fake impression and get happy then but end up wasting money and getting embarrassed publicly later) but my sister has done this to me countless times before, where I get hooked on to a silly-looking outfit and she just nods along and agrees and I end up getting humiliated later. Its just not done; its mean, so knock it off, you overtly nice people! I can take a bit of criticism.

8. I did finish my work, I just forgot to bring it to school…

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OK, so I know I cannot be alone in this. I just know it. I mean, me and my friends have gotten out of trouble with this one a million times before. Seriously, no one’s that honest.

Stay beautiful!
Deliya x 🙂

The Rules For Being Human

Hello everyone!
Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since there’s been a lot going on in my life and its all been complicated and mixed up and a complete hot mess.

When you’re 17 or 18 as I am, there’ll be a lot of big life decisions to make and it can be very scary. An all-too-fast, all-too-real train into a misty unknown future thats just overwhelming you and the pressure starts pulling you under.

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So this week I sat down to sort out my thoughts in my little blue notebook and I narrowed everything down to its basics : what I need to remember and reorganise and what I dont. What I need to worry about and what not. The basics of my life, so to speak. So here are some things I personally think everyone needs to remember for life that made me realise there are a lot of things we worry about for no absolute reason that just end up overly complicating our lives. (Shit is about to get real.)

1. Love Yourself

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This one’s been sung over to death but who really follows it? How much simpler our lives would be if we just learned to love ourselves, as we are. How much time would we save each day not worrying excessively about what others will think of what we do, how we do it, when, why and how we look. Love our bodies, love our minds, love our hearts and love our souls. Its the only way we can spread love and joy to others – when we learn to love ourselves first.

2. Life teaches you lessons

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From kings to paupers, life spares no one of lessons – albeit of different kinds. Everyone fights their own battles in life, and its not god to judge others’ or assume they have it easier.  Noone’s life is fair or easy, and you might as well get used to the idea before you’re too disappointed later. Life bitch-slaps you sometimes, just for the heck of it, but everytime you get up, remember that it was just life trying to teach you something and you’re a better person for it.

3. No mistakes, only lessons

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Life never EVER stops teaching you lessons so dont expect it to let up. You WILL make mistakes, theres absolutely no doubt about that, but to learn from them is the true test. Unless and until you do, life will keep throwing the same lessons back to you, harsher and larger each time until you finally get it. So learn your lessons the first time over. Revise your mistakes but don’t relive them.

4. Stop looking outside

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Stop looking for the answers to life and love in the outside world. (I know it sounds cheesy but) the answers are all inside of you, as long as you’re willing to look for them long enough and hard enough. You will find what you’re searching for in the end. Look, listen and trust your insticts, they will guide you.

5. The grass isn’t greener

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The grass isn’t greener on the other side. Its the greenest here and now, where you groom and water it. Even if you do cross over and reach ‘there’ or ‘the other side’ where the grass is supposedly greener, you’ll just end up finding another ‘there’ which is even greener and you’ll never be happy. So be content with what you have and where you are and do your best from there. Make your grass the greenest of all.

I’m going to stop now before I get too emotional over all this, but this is what I feel we must all always remember and incorporate in our lives. Simple things that easier said than done – but make our lives infinitely easier. Hope this helped some of you, the way it helped me.

Stay strong,

Deliya x 🙂