Top 10 pre-2000 OPs & EDs

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This is a topic loved by many anibloggers, so I’ll take the opportunity to take a look at it, too. My selection is based on the combination of both memorable songs and appealing/ unusual visuals and is divide by decades with the exception of this first installment which covers material until 2000. Note that I’ll always list the titles chronologically as I find it both hard and dumb to choose between favorite children.

This is also a great exercise to get more aware about my tastes but also to pay attention to how animation evolved.  Continue reading

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Cute & Creepy: An Interview with Ayame Shiroi

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Cute: attractive in a pretty or endearing way

Creepy: causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.

Mixing characteristics that, at first sight, seem to be polar opposites has been one of the most effective ways to create interesting, challenging art. Giving something a bright and accessible appearance can be a smart way to draw people into an unexpected darkness. Ayame Shiroi, an illustrator well known for her usage of vivid colors, youthful fashion and spooky themes, is a good example of how to do the mix the right way, emphasizing the values of both cute and creepy. Interviewing her was a temptation we simply couldn’t resist. Continue reading

The impact they had on us

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It’s been awhile since the last blog carnival, which beyond their promotional character (read: circlejerking if you prefer) they also help us get to know more about each other.

Some weeks ago our friends on facebook started making top10 influential lists; it started with metal band albums and spread to video games to manga and anime. So we thought why not? Diary of an Anime Lived focused on anime that echo our real lives; ‘The impact they had on us’ seeks to pinpoint the anime or even manga titles that aren’t just a mirror of us or even our favorites but to highlight these stories that changed the way we viewed the world.

List and talk about 5-10 anime/manga that have influenced your way of thinking and your actions. Let me know if you are interested and I can create a page where every post is collected. Our entries follow. Continue reading

A story of flaming pink and sea blue

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Introduction: A rather arbitrary starting point

There is an old family photo in one of my grandmother’s album’s that was taken when I was still a newborn. It shows my baby-self, my father, grandpa and great-grandfather sitting in the four seats of our automobile. Four generations of the family’s men standing together, ready to take separate paths. I doubt my grandma can even imagine that, for the baby boy in that photo, that path has led him to not see himself as a man.

*This is a long article, full of personal, LGBT-related thoughts. Though we respect freedom of speech, no bigotry is going to be accepted.* Continue reading

IDAHO- Because a ‘deviant’ sexual orientation isn’t a disease

IDAHO- Because a 'deviant' sexual orientation isn't a disease

For those who don’t know what day is today and what make it a special one: IDAHO stands for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Just like today, on May 17th 1990, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of World Health Organization.

This blog supports the rights of all people to love and a healthy sexual life. Because we’ve experienced bullying for one reason or another. Because we know the agony and struggles of not being accepted by people that play a major role in our lives. Because we want to see this world change for the better.

straight or gay, cisgender or transgender love is love

straight or gay, cisgender or transgender love is love

To commemorate this day we share with you personal stories, our opinion on some articles and our thoughts. Acceptance of yourself and the others is a journey. Let your mind open up!  Continue reading

Memories of pretty fighters of justice

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The girls of Sailor Moon are the ones featured on our second template. I can now clearly see the girl power they represent and the fact that they are tied together not so much by obligation rather by true friendship; a friendship persistent in time, a friendship which overcomes obstacles.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon was the anime that got me hooked, introduced me to the anime world, charmed me and gave me plenty of illusions and ideals as a 6 year-old girl, but opened my mind as a teenager…  Continue reading