ANIME: AN UNDER-APPRECIATED ART
By Brittney Corum
Some people have sports, comedies, dramas, and fantasy. Others have their books with their multitude of genres including mystery, romance and suspense. When you add all of theses things together, you get the wonderful, addicting world of anime and manga.
Anime is a style of animation, created in Japan, that uses colorful images, strong characters and stories that have a lot of action. Manga is a Japanese comic book or graphic novel, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
What I love about the anime and manga world is that it has a good base material that hardly ever gets changed. You have the manga, which is the book base of all anime, and unlike other adaptations to film, which have problems making sure the characters look the way they’re described, as well as their mannerisms; you don’t have that problem with anime. It is all laid out before you take it to the animator to make the magic happen.
If you are asking why you should even start watching anime or reading manga, there are a few reasons. First off, there are some great introduction anime that a first-timer can watch to get into the genre. You can start by watching the short anime series called “Hetalia,” or some of the more popular series of anime that everyone seems to know, like “Yu-Gi-Oh” or “Sailor Moon.”
Also there are the welcoming fandoms of each manga and anime series for new members. There are also conventions that you can go to and see those die-hard fans of certain anime dress up as their favorite character, plus you can get into different rooms and talk to voice actors and directors.
Also, there’s the ever-popular fan art and fan-fictions based on the manga and anime. Some of them are amazing and interesting, some are bad and some are just plain weird—so weird that you’re wondering why a person would do this.
It’s a fun thing to do if you’re a big fan like me.
THE JOYFUL STRESS OF SPORTS
By Ashley Steeb
Amidst my Herculean attempts to keep my head above water with my school work, it’s actually a very exciting time in my life.
The Cleveland Indians played the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. I don’t like either team, but the Indians had to win because the Cubs beat my San Francisco Giants earlier in the post season.
Denny Hamlin, my absolute favorite athlete, just barely made it to the next round of NASCAR’s post season. I literally had a mini panic attack last Sunday when it took Hamlin the entire race to confirm his spot in the post season’s next round.
And let’s not forget, college basketball season is just around the corner. The Butler Bulldogs will hopefully win the championship this time around.
If you haven’t guessed already, sports are really important to me. In a way, my love for sports is almost inevitable. I took a Myers-Briggs personality quiz once and the results said, “Your personality type tends to enjoy watching sports.”
Sports were also the only thing on the TV at my house, and I grew accustomed to watching them.
I can’t explain it, but for some reason the stress of watching one of my favorite teams makes me ridiculously happy.
No doubt about it, if one of my favorite sports came on during one of the shows I don’t mind watching, I will always choose the game over the show any day.
FANDOM LOVE: YOU COULD SAY ITS SUPERNATURAL
By Christina Ramey
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fangirl of the show Supernatural. I’m the administer of a fan account on Instagram with 14.1k followers. I watch Supernatural every Thursday, and I even attended a Supernatural convention in September. Being a part of the Supernatural fandom is a huge part of my life.
Fandoms for TV shows get a bad reputation when you compare them to sports fandoms. People see fans in TV show fandoms as crazy, teen girls obsessed with middle-aged celebrities. Of course, you could change the wording to fit a sports fandom, but I’m not here to shame people who enjoy sports.
If you look at them closely, sports fandoms and TV show fandoms are not as different as you may think. Both consist of a large group of people who share a common interest or love for something that, to them, is very enjoyable to watch. Sports teams have their fantasy football leagues, talk shows and ESPN to satisfy them. Fandoms have fan-run Instagram accounts, fan art, fan fiction and conventions to satisfy them.
Conventions can be the best part about being in a fandom. Not every TV show has conventions, but a lot of popular ones do, such as The Vampire Dairies, Supernatural and The Walking Dead to name a few.
At conventions, people get the chance to sit in on panels and ask their favorite stars questions about the show, or even what their favorite noodle is. You can get a professional photo taken with the celebrities get to take photos with the celebrities, along with their autograph. You can even talk to them.
One of the best parts, though, is being surrounded by so many people who enjoy the show and are there for the very same reason as you.
Maybe this is the way sports fans feel when they’re at a game.