In an anime like Fruits Basket where pretty much every character is fleshed out with a memorable and emotional backstory, it’s hard to pick one single character as your favorite.

However, there was a certain character who through the series, intrigued me every time she appeared. And when we got not just one, but two episodes focused on her, I knew that if I had to pick a favorite Fruits Basket character, it would be her.

I’m talking, ofcourse, about the one and only, Saki Hanajima. So what exactly makes her so special?

Obviously, the wave powers. If I’m not mistaken, Saki’s powers make her the only character outside the Sohma family with some kind of supernatural aspect to them. Please forgive me if I’m wrong, cause I’m an anime-only watcher of Fruits Basket.

This fact alone makes Saki stand out. But the way her powers have been portrayed in the anime before her backstory episode tricked many people, me included. I never really thought too much about the wave powers. I kind of thought it wasn’t really a serious thing. And since Saki seemed like a character interested in the occult stuff, I thought at best that it was something she learned as a hobby, perhaps?

Until THAT episode happened and I realized – it was real. Very real. And it impacted her life quite a lot.

I know what it’s like to be bullied. Middle school was a dark time for me. But I still cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Saki. What she has been through, at such a young age too, is honestly horrifying. And yet when the suffering has gone too far to the point that her powers almost did something terrible, she knew it was wrong. If someone less kindhearted had those powers, who knows what they would start doing with them. Saki was given the worst possible treatment, and yet she knew that returning the favor wouldn’t be the right thing to do. I’m proud of her for enduring such a tough time, and also thankful for her loving and supportive family.

The maturity of her brother, Megumi, is also incredibly admirable. His words during his prayer have been extremely powerful.

There’s no way that there’s not a single person out there who will care about you. So, whoever you are, please come meet her. If you’re in a faraway country, take a plane. Quickly…come to Saki as soon as possible. Please…

Megumi to Saki

Thankfully, someone who cared really did enter Saki’s life. Arisa and Tohru were considered weird but they didn’t care, instead they seemed to embrace that.

You really are weird

Everybody says that

I loved this scene so much. Being “weird” and proud. I need a friend like Arisa and Tohru (and Saki ofcourse) in my life too.

Even if someday you three go your own separate ways, it doesn’t mean anyone’s being fickle, and you don’t need to feel lonely. Some part of that relationship will always stay with you. I’m sure of it.

Kyoko Honda to Saki

More impactful words from Tohru’s mother. This quote really makes me cherish the connections I had with people in my life. Even those that ended abruptly, with people I considered “best friends”. Right now, for whatever reason, those connections ended, but at the time, they did make my life better. And they did leave an impact on my life. If one of them ever reads this it would be insanely awkward, but one of those people is the very person that got me into watching anime. So you could say they changed my life quite a lot actually.

For Saki, Tohru and Arisa showed her a different side of life. The fun, colorful side, where she is accepted the way she is. I really love the bond these three characters have.

Soooo, I was talking about what makes Saki so special, right? Well other than the way her wave powers have been portrayed, and just the entirety of her backstory, it’s also her personality.

Have I mentioned she is kindhearted? Even after everything she’s been through, she still occasionally feels bad for wanting friends like Tohru and Arisa to come into her life.

Saki makes every single one of her appearances memorable in some way. Whether it’s her dominating everyone in poker, her getting exhausted after H U G E amounts of running, or her reminding Yuki and Kyo that Tohru must be lonely for New Year, she shines in every moment she has screentime.

We could already see in Episode 8 just how strong her powers are…

I love Saki’s straightforwardness and how she won’t deal with any nonsense. I love her fantastic voice actress, Satomi Sato. And finally, I love Saki’s style and appearance, I certainly don’t care if it’s all black cause anything else would feel wrong.

And that concludes my essay on why I love Saki Hanajima. Now let me continue crying because her backstory is just that strong, and Fruits Basket has just one more episode left.

Yahallo! Notice anything different about this site? That’s right, an entire new look. I had the same theme since the start, which was some 10 months ago. I thought it worked quite well, but feedback from a few people made me think it’s something I could look into changing. I had it in my mind for a while now and now that I did the change, I’m very happy with the new look. I hope you feel the same way about it!

If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is about. I haven’t made a lot of blog posts in the last, well months now, and it’s all for a reason. What started as a break for the summer exam period, became an extended break to reflect and focus more on other things. Those other things are video editing ofcourse.

And I think it’s gonna remain the focus. In the next few weeks I’m again busy due to the exam chaos, I still haven’t passed the difficult electrical engineering, and I’m planning to also work once again in the next days. But once those things end, I’m going to be dedicating most of the time to video stuff once again.

This blog is here to stay. But there won’t be 10 posts monthly as it used to be. I’m sorry for that. But what I will post, I hope to make it as enjoyable as possible. A more “liberal” posting schedule has less of that “it has to be done” pressure anyway.

I’m talking like this when the only kind of posting routine I had was one post every 3 days. How does it feel then for those hard working bloggers who post daily? I admire those that do that!

Anyway the videos. I already mentioned that Sakura Quest AMV in a previous post but let me do it again. The first of the AMVs I posted in the last month was a Sakura Quest typographic AMV made on the opening song of that anime. Typography in videos is something I really enjoy, and in this case I used it to highlight the english words from the opening.

Next up was a Fire Force character video, dedicated to Maki Oze. The idea was simply to find a few fitting words to describe her, and then freeze a few frames, and make a fancy background that fits the word. I was very happy to see this be my first video to break the 1000 views barrier!

The latest video is a Fruits Basket lyric video. The song is Switzerland’s Eurovision 2011 entry called In love for a while. Out of the three videos, this one I’m most proud with. Making it made the wait for a new Fruits Basket episode much easier, cause, well, it made me go through the anime once again.

That would be all for this, kind of an update, kind of an invitation to take a look at my AMVs kind of post. See you next time, whether it’s on a video or a blog post!

Now more than a month ago, Lynn was kind enough (thank you!) to tag me for “The Sunshine Blogger Award 2019”. It’s the third time I’ve been tagged in such a thing and it always makes me happy to be involved in such things as it makes me feel closer to the community.

So what is The Sunshine Blogger Award thing anyway?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them
  • Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site

Here goes the logo!

And now for the…

(if only question was plural here but you get the point)

What made you want to start a blog?

That feeling when someone genuinely enjoys what you posted, and when they tell you it actually helped them, inspired them, or made their day better in any way. That satisfying feeling after crafting a post you are somewhat satisfied with. The community aspect and new relationships with a bunch of great people…

Is what I’d like to answer. But truth be told, it’s not what made me start. These things I mentioned certainly motivated me to continue (even tho saying that feels awkward as I was just on a huge break) but they weren’t the reason I got into this.

The real reason probably sounds greedy, but the concept of doing what you love and making a living out of it was something that I really wanted to try. That’s what made me start, but the experience made me see that there are a lot more reasons to do this than just that.

Is there a story behind the name of your blog?

Another one that kinda feels awkward because basically… I want to change the name to something that has a bit more of my personality but I have absolutely no good ideas so far.

In any case, I called it tfwanime because I liked using “tfw”, it sounded cool to have the acronym in the name. And since I expected I will often be expressing a lot of “feelings” in the posts, it felt fitting. But now as I write that, I actually wonder what is a blog post without some kinds of “feelings” in them? Just a news article I guess…

Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?

I think it’s likely. Possibly just making a few posts a year but I don’t think I’ll completely stop any time soon.

Is there any other medium you’d like to try?

All such timely questions. YouTube has been on my mind for ages, I have a few AMVs on my channel, with the latest one uploaded just a few days ago.

And I’m not gonna lie. I want to shift most of my focus on video editing. This is why certain changes have been on my mind. I guess when the moment comes when I’ll finally have the full idea ready, you’ll know all about it.

That’s not to say I’ll stop blogging. But with my focus on video editing it’s gonna be extremely hard to keep posting every 3 days like I used to, and be “successful” at university at the same time.

What anime would best describe you?

There is no way I could just pick one. The P.A. Works Working trio has characters who found themselves in similar situations and/or are aiming for basically the same things. Chihayafuru has the main character with a similar complete dedication to their goals. (At least I like to believe that’s how I am and a few people did confirm it.)

Toradora also has main characters who I strongly related to, and then there is Hikigaya Hachiman from Oregairu who also simply wants a genuine connection with someone.

These would be my answers. And that’s without mentioning Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho whose characters all have something I related to as well, so that’s another anime to add to this already too long list.

What was the last anime you dropped?

Blend S. Quite honestly I found myself bored most of the time while watching it and the characters didn’t really do anything for me. The humor style was weird too. Yeah it’s simply not for me…

What anime surprised you, for whatever reason?

Chihayafuru has been surprising because it’s basically a new addition to my all time favorite list but I never really saw it being mentioned as something worth watching.

Bungou Stray Dogs surprised me with four 10/10 episodes at the start of Season 2. Not that the rest of the anime was bad but I rated Season 1 with “only” 8/10.

What is your second favourite anime?

I have no idea how to answer this question since I have some 8 anime that I have on my “all time favorite list” and I just gave up on trying to rank them or anything cause it’s simply too hard…

Do you listen to anime music outside of watching anime? If so, what’s your favourite song?

Well yes even tho my music collection since 2017 has become very increasingly animeish.

But the answer to that question is Nessun Grado di Separazione by Francesca Michielin, an Italian artist.

Have ever admitted to liking anime and got a funny response?

I mostly avoid admitting it but some who do know it find me weird (as they basically even told me…)

Which would be worse, zombie apocalypse or vampire apocalypse?

I don’t have much of an idea how would a vampire apocalypse actually look so I’ll say zombie cause I guess I do have an idea for that from playing Left 4 Dead.

Nominations

It’s been an inactive time for me, so I have no idea who already did this or not, sorry if you already did but anyway I’ll tag a few people:

Aaand for my own set of questions…

  1. What is your favorite moment from a Kyoto Animation anime?
  2. Do you watch anime youtubers and if so, do you have any favorites?
  3. Do you watch AMVs and if so, do you have any favorites?
  4. Who are your most relatable anime characters?
  5. Who are your anime crushes?
  6. Does anyone else from your family watches anime?
  7. Do you have any other passions besides anime?
  8. Has an anime ever made you try a sport?
  9. Do you like Japanese food?
  10. Can you speak Japanese?
  11. Do you use sites like myanimelist or anilist?

Hello there! Long time no see, or… read. Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! For me it’s been okay I guess. The exams haven’t all gone perfectly well, meaning I’ll have to try again this fall in Season 2 of “suffering with university exams”. But at least one thing is certain – whatever happens, I won’t be repeating this year of university.

To not go into too many details here, I now have a period where I can put my mind off these things. And I’m using this time to improve my video editing skills, as I really want to pursue that area, especially motion graphics. This also led me to do a lot of thinking on the future of this blog. But for the very near future, things are likely to stay the same.

One last thing before getting into the actual thing this post is about, check out my new video. It’s kind of the result of those attempts to improve my video editing skills. I’m proud of the way this looks.

Sooo, the actual post. Summer 2019 season of anime. I’m checking out this anime season more than 2 weeks later than I usually would. It’s because of being busy with other things but also because I simply couldn’t stop watching Chihayafuru. Now when I finished it, can we just jump onto the Fall 2019 season already now so I can watch season 3?

No?

I guess I have no other choice then but to go through the stuff I’m most likely to watch in this Summer 2019 anime season.

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? (MAL link)

An anime about working out sure sounds like an unusual concept to me. And I would like to check it out, especially since it has cute girls too. Also, in a Croatian anime group (yes, those actually exist), I’ve seen a screenshot from this anime where they actually mentioned Croatia. A reference to my own (terrible) country in an anime? I’m curious!

Kanata no Astra (MAL link)

What mainly got me interested in this was the PV. I love the intense vibe it has given me. I don’t really have much experience with space anime, but I hope it won’t end up as regrettable as the last anime I watched that involved space and teens… (Darling in the Franxx).

Dr. Stone (MAL link)

I’m not gonna lie, the main reason I’m gonna check this out is the hype surrounding it in the community. But watching how the characters will restore a world full of statues does sound interesting.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo (MAL link)

The PV for this did look kind of promising but I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to watch it. Until I saw it being compared to Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho. That’s how easy I am. Just write that it’s a good match with one of my all time favorite anime and chances are I will watch it.

Enen no Shouboutai (MAL link)

It certainly helps that this anime already has a good looking waifu circulating around anime twitter. But it doesn’t seem like that will be the only good thing about this anime. Firefighters fighting against more things than just fire…

Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] (MAL link)

This is likely going to be… trash xD. But the pink haired character looks cute. And that strange llama character reminded me of the giraffe from Revue Starlight. Not that these are even good reasons to start an anime, but who knows, it may be an enjoyable watch.

Machikado Mazoku (MAL link)

This is simply… so cute that I can’t help but watch it. Also reading the synopsis, I kind of got reminded of Gabriel Dropout, which is a good thing.

And these would be my picks for Summer 2019! Am I missing out on something great? Please let me know your thoughts and what you are watching! I’ve seen many people say this is one of the best seasons in a while, and I hope that proves to be the case!

It’s that hectic time once again – the Summer exam period is upon me. This time I thought I would try to post as usual, while preparing for the exams, but I’ve realized its probably the best that I take some time away from blogging stuff once again.

I really need everything to go well this time. The challenge is huge – electrical engineering which I’ve never had experience with before, nor did I really wanted to experience it, but here I am now having to face it. Not passing it on the 19th June will mean I will have to try again during the Fall exam period, and I really don’t want that because I want a Summer where I can basically do whatever I want and not studying. I haven’t had that feeling of being able to do whatever I want since last Summer, and I really need a few days like that again. I also want the time for new projects, be it on the blog or the YouTube channel. And I want to get a job too. Basically I want a lot of things this Summer, but one of those things is not studying.

I won’t exclude the possibility of some more posts this month. But they won’t go up every three days as usual. Basically if I do post something new, don’t expect more 3 days later, at least not till the 3rd July. By that date, if everything goes perfectly well, I should be entirely free from University duties till the start of October. Imagine how beautiful that would be.

I’ll for sure still be on Twitter. Knowing me, I’ll also be on Pinterest and will leave comments on blogs here and there. But I can’t get too distracted with blogging in this period.

Hopefully I’ll be able to update with some good news at the start of next month. Until then, I’m off, and good luck to everyone else who was exams, or anything else that requires some good luck 😉