5 Tips for Making Friends in Other Fandoms

Sora and ShiroHey guys how are you all?

Today I wanted to do Light Otaku Living post that features five friendly tips for making friends in other fandoms because I remember my middle school and high school self being really apprehensive in making friends. I just wasn’t social at all because I felt so content and comfortable in my personal fandom bubble. In fact, later in life I realized it’s much more fun to engage in fandoms such as anime, kpop, comics, movies and the like when you’re surrounded by people as passionate for the medium as you are. This post was inspired by my best guy friend who’s a little bit anxious about making new friends because he’s transferring programs to a new university in the Fall. Like a lot of anime fans, he’s a bit awkward when it comes to meeting new people. So I hope you guys will find today’s tips helpful and encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone to try something new.

KALMIA Illya1) Don’t Hate – It’s not weird, it’s just different from what you’re used to. Just because you don’t understand a fandom or its fangirls and fanboys, doesn’t mean you should immediately hate on it. Some fandoms are definitely overhyped and others are under-hyped, so take the time to be patient with people you meet and try to get past the mindless squealing and excited fangirling to really hear someone out and understand what they’re fangirling about when you realize their fandom is different from yours.

 2) Ask Questions – You know how you spent about forty hours memorizing random facts on your favourite anime voice actor or all the music show dates for your favourite Kpop groups? Chances are someone else is as obsessed with information hoarding as you. If you hear them mention a name you don’t know or a show you’ve never heard of, ask them to elaborate and chat up the conversation in that way. I don’t know about you but any conversation that lets me show off all my knowledge on all my favourite things is a conversation I’d like to keep going.

Renge3) Be Observant – This one is actually one of my most useful tips. Whether you’re at a club, an event, in class or at a convention, being observant is one of the most important things to keep in mind. When I first met one of my best fangirl friends, we were both attending a screening hosted by my university campus anime club. I noticed two keychains hanging from her purse from one of my all-time favourite anime series. I struck up a conversation with her and this year, she’s my new housemate. You never know where you could find and make new friends for life.

4) Don’t make Assumptions – It’s my understanding that there is a stereotype over all fandom Geeks and otaku. A lot of us fangirls and fanboys have been horribly caricatured as shut-ins who can’t have functioning lifestyles and proper conversations. Don’t assume fangirls or fanboys in your fandom are better than fans of another fandom. Similar to tip number one, keep on open mind and get to know each person as an individual rather than simply judging them based on what fandom they obsess in.

Nagi no Asukara5) Relax – Approaching people is hard, but take a deep breath, roll back your shoulders and stride confidently up to that person. You may surprise them and yourself when you find the courage to speak up. Don’t be afraid to bring up your fandom in introductory conversations when someone asks you about your hobbies. It’s not mandatory to immediately put forth the fact that you’re into so and so fandom but it also shouldn’t be something you intentionally try to hide. Like it or not, your fandom is a part of you, and really if you’re spending over twelve hours a day watching anime, listening to kpop, googling facts and engaging in this fandom, I hope you’d be proud of it and let it shine into your everyday self.

So I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found something relatable. These tips are based purely on my personal experience engaging in different kinds of fandoms from different cultures, not only in anime or Kpop but also various genres of music, dance, literature, photography and other topics. Yeah, I’m an obsessive person.

Haganai Yozora and SenaThe bulk of these tips are also inspired by what I believe is a healthy way to engage in fandom culture while balancing it with a perfectly social and healthy lifestyle. I didn’t include this in the list but you can also make new friends online now over MMO games and forums that engage with individuals all over the world as well as on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other similar sites. If you’re really nervous about face to face conversations, start with a simple reply to someone on Twitter or just shoot someone a message. Interactions don’t seem as daunting over the screen and you can slowly build up your confidence to approach other fangirls and fanboys in conventions or clubs when you feel ready.

Thank you guys so much for reading!! I hope some of these tips were useful for you guys and if you did, you could always reblog on WordPress or share this on Twitter and Facebook ^^ If you have any tips of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for dropping into my blog and I will talk to you all very soon 🙂

– Cloudy

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Summer Anime Favourites (2015) + POLL!!!

Just here to update you folks on the blog about my new video on key summer favourite anime I’ll be looking forward to. As well, I wanted to present the summer season poll so you guys can vote for what … Continue reading

Cloudy’s Summer Anime 2015 Line-Up

Ahhhh~ This will be the third summer of anime I will be covering since I started Little Cloud Curiosity. Usually summer holds some of my most anticipated anime but it seems like most of my hype ended with the conclusion of previous spring season series such as Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works and Nisekoi Season 2. I am however excited for a few new shows coming up this summer as well eagerly awaiting more episode from already established franchises. Now then, most you know my general taste judging from my previous reviews – a lot of fantasy, slice of life, romantic, action, epic… not too much gore, not too much blood and so on.  Now without further ado, allow me to introduce to you all the run-down of my anime line up this month…

KALMIAFate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!! (プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ ヘルツ!) – AHHHHHH This is my most anticipated series for the summer!! I reviewed the first two season in previous seasons and I AM SO EXCITED FOR MORE ILYA. With the appearance of Kuro in 2wei, there are still so many unanswered questions to Ilya’s family story (ufufufu) and Miyu’s back story which is one of the most interesting parts of the series. Seriously this is one of the most fun and best spin-off worlds to come from the Fate world and I enjoy it immensely because it combines all the great elements of the Nasuverse with cutesy and enjoyable aspects of the magic girl genre.

Release Date: July 25, 2015

Chaos Dragon- Sekiryuu SenyakuChaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku (ケイオスドラゴン 赤竜戦役)I wasn’t a big fan of the premise because historical fictional action series aren’t usually as stimulating for my taste however the teaser looks so suspenseful and action charged. On top of that the animation is so vibrant and the colours so bold and the script features a pretty strong ensemble of immensely seasoned voice actors such as Unshou Ishizuka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Maaya Uchida and Marina Inoue.

The story focuses on a power conflict between two war-torn countries – Donatia and Kouran. With a plot that boasts the brains of Gen Urobochi, Kinoko Nasu, Iduki Kougyoku, Ryohgo Narita and Simadoriru, this light novel series is definitely hyped up for an action packed release. Anime fans who have been a bit bored from the slice of life and romance series from the Spring season will enjoy a new change in pace.

Release Date: July 2, 2015

Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen HenWooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen Hen (うーさーのその日暮らし 夢幻編) – Ahhh Wooser~~ I have anticipated more of this quirky and fun series since I watched the entire first two seasons in about two hours last summer. Wooser is a rather crass and blunt little mascot dog who gets into a bit of mischief every now and then. The main point of the story telling is on short gags and little skits where Wooser interacts with other characters. Fans of Japanese contemporary trends or anime might catch some of the references from anime series from the same producing company. What’s great about the series is that its dialogue ranges from absolute nonsense to jaded pieces of every day advice. The voice actors are absolutely A+ for this series with popular singer and seiyuu Mamoru Miyano heading the line-up as the beloved Wooser and Hiroshi Kamiya-sama as Darth Wooser.

Release Date: July 3, 2015

Akagami no Shirayuki-HimeAkagami no Shirayuki-Hime (赤髪の白雪姫) – Loosely translated as “Snow White with the Red-Hair” the promo video features a spunky and outgoing girl who, in order to escape marriage with a prince, cuts her hair and runs off to the next country. She goes on… a bit of an adventure and the plot mimics a bit the classical German fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. It seems a bit generic but I’m usually willing to give anything within the fantasy genre a chance. As well, it’s always interesting to see what writers can do with fairy tale spin-off adaptations. The cast of main characters features one of my favourite voice actors ever – Nobuhiko Okamoto (Mikoto from Gekkan Shoujo Noazki-kun, Yoichi from Owari no Seraph and Shouta from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi).

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Charlotte AnimeCharlotte (シャーロット) – Oh P.A. Works we meet again with a new slice of life series named Charlotte. We’ve seen major mishaps with Glasslip but a major pick up since Shirobako in previous season. P.A. Works is probably my favourite company and has a tendency to pick up stories and series that really lean towards my taste as a result I will be checking out Charlotte which incorporates slice of life high school life with supernatural elements in each of the characters. Judging from the promo video, the music seems quite avant-garde off the get go but hits us hard with an emotional ballad towards the end.

Directed by Yoshiyuki Asai, who was also responsible for series such as Angel Beats and my personal favourite, Nagi no Asukara, Charlotte will feature a cast of voices we’ve seen in a ton of recent and popular anime series. Ayane Sakura (Yozora from Haganai, Shimakaze KanColle and Haru from Nisekoi), Maaya Uchida (Futaba from Ao Haru Ride, Rikka from Chuunibyou, Hyori from Noragami), Kouki Uchiyama (Seiya from Amagi Brilliant Park, Dio from Buddy Complex, Raku from Nisekoi), Takahiro Mizushima (Romeo from Romeo x Juliet and Haruki from White Album 2). There seems to be a lot of potential for a fast-paced series despite the slice of life tag. Oh I’m waiting for you to wrench my heart out Charlotte.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Chu Feng BEEChu Feng: BEE-(雛蜂-BEE-) – Coming at you all this season is a new series adapted from a Chinese manhua originally written and drawn by Sun Heng. I’m not usually into ecchi but the story primarily falls into seinen, fantasy, mecha and action categories as well. The story follows a guy named Shun Hao Xuan who lives in a future generation. When he gets caught up in the arms race conflict and taken as hostage, a beautiful girl swoops in and happens to save him while she’s on mission. The girl – Liuli (voiced by the talented and stunning Kana Hanazawa), is the latest generation of the Vanguard, created from new engineering technologies. Her final mission before retirement is to protect the “Son of Eden.”

Sounds like an interesting premise overall. I really hope it gets fluid animation because the mecha aspects are really crucial to the flow of the story and there is a lot of combat so we need really smooth transitions and high quality animation art to get the mood of the futuristic world.

Release Date: July 23, 2015

Gate- Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku TatakeriGate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri (ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり) –This series initially caught my eye because of how much one of the characters on the poster reminded me of Sinon from Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online. A-1 Pictures is really bringing their A-game this season. This new anime takes place in a future and alternate Tokyo where a “Gate” opened up in Ginza, heralding mobs of monsters into the city. The attack is met by the Japan Ground-Self Defence force and the story narrows in on a young officer named Youji Itami who leads a team to a number of different places. The plot seems to attempt to balance international political conflict with fantasy aspects while incorporating themes such as knowledge, friendship and perspective when it comes character interactions. Sounds like A LOT going on but at least animation will definitely be on par.

The cast is looking good with its main characters featuring seiyuu such as Risa Taneda (Mirai from Kyoukai no Kanata and Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), Junichi Suwabe (Undertaker from Kuroshitsuji, Archer from Fate/Stay Night and Ren from Uta no Prince-sama), Hisako Kanemoto (Taiga from Fate/Zero and Ami Mizuno from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal) and my new favourite, Nao Touyama (Chitoge from Nisekoi and Himiko from Nobunaga the Fool)

Release Date: July 4, 2015

Makura no DanshiMakura no Danshi (まくらのだんし) – OMG WHY IS THIS GETTING AN ANIME =.=””” IT WAS ORIGINALLY AN APP… and it is SOOO ridiculously as an anime series concept. I can’t see how this could even be an anime. Basically… a cute anime boy stares at you and whispers things to you as you go to sleep. In every episode. I know. The anime industry. Japan. Why…

Release Date: July 14, 2015

 

 

 Rokka no YushaRokka no Yusha (六花の勇者)Adapted from a light novel, I’m quite excited to check out this new fantasy series this season. It’s a relatively new series that’s only been out since 2011, written by Ishio Yamagata with illustrations by Miyagi. The story focuses on a boy named Adlet who was selected among the Heroes of the Six Flowers to be the strongest on Earth. He meets up with a band of other interesting characters, one of which is the enemy…

The series will be brought to you by Studio Passione, featuring a main cast of voices including Soma Saito, Yoko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki, Koki Uchiyama, Ai Kakuma, Rina Sato and Kenichi Suzumura; all in all a fairly stable cast of seiyuu. I virtually know nothing of the series except what I’ve seen in promotional media since I have a tendency to read light novels after their anime adaptations. Hopefully Rokka no Yusha will bring some much needed mystery fantasy elements into our lives this season.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Working!!Working!! (ワーキング!!) – This cute new slice-of-life series by A-1 Pictures caught my eye last minute when I was scrolling through the summer chart releases. The story takes place specifically in Hokkaido, Japan called Wagnaria. A high schooler named Sota Takanashi ends up working part-time at a restaurant with a bunch of quirky and eccentric characters. The promotional video looks TOTALLY DERP but I suppose that’s what gives it its charm in this season’s line-up. The cast has some of the most notable voices in the industry, Daisuke Ono, Hiroshi Kamiya-sama, Jun Fukuyama, Jouji Nakata, Eri Kitamura, Kumiko Watanabe, Kana Asumi and many others.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Junjou Romantica Season 3Junjou Romantica Season 3 (純情ロマンチカ) – AHHHH Yaoi and boys love fans will be thrilled for the latest anime adaptation of Nakamura Shungiku’s popular series, Junjou Romantica. Personally I like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi more because it has more lighthearted back story material versus Junjou Romantica which features more mature emotional content between the characters. However, I am a HUGE fan of Nakamura Shungiku’s art style and writing. Her humour is ON POINT. Junjou Romantica is also great for yaoi fans who want a lighter series for their taste as well as beginner readers who are looking to dip their toes into the genre.

The series follows three different couples but mainly a boy named Misaki Takahashi, who through his brother, ends up living with a famous author named Akihiko Usami (and becoming his lover in the process ahem*). The original cast is back of course with Takahiro Sakurai (as Misaki Takahashi), Hikaru Hanada (as Akihiko Usami), Kentaro Itou (as Hiroki Kamijou), Nobutoshi Canna (as Nowaki, Kusama), Kazuhiko Inoue (as You Miyagi) and Daisuke Kishio (as Shinobu Takatsuki). Studio Deen will be handling the animation.

Release Date: July 9, 2015

Also looking forward to checking out… Sora ga Seiyuu!, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Gangsta, Aoharu x Kikanjuu and Joukamachi no Dandelion

Thank you guys so much for reading, if you have time or feel so inclined, please take a moment to offer your vote in the poll, your opinion and votes really make a difference to which main series I follow on a weekly basis with blog recaps and contribute to the brainstorming process for new anime impression vlogs and series review. First impressions vlogs and blog posts will be coming for most if not all of the series listed above so stay tuned for that. Let me know in the poll suggestions if you have a recommendation for me not listed above or tweet me @CuriousCloudy to tell me what new series you’re most looking forward to and I will talk to you guys very soon ^^/

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Summer Anime Season Picks 2014

Hey guys I am super super excited today to introduce a bunch of new anime and returning anime for the summer season. There are SO many great shows and so much I want to cover. There are just my highlights for … Continue reading