Growing Up and Houkago Tea Time

K-on was quite literally one of the first seasonal anime I watched. I remember spring of 2009 eagerly making a checklist of what was new that season. I started making friends both in the virtual world and in school that shared the same interest. While people were quick to pass on shows like Saki and the second season of Haruhi (if you know you know), K-on was a hit.

Week after week everyone took different things away from the slice of life show, though I can’t say it was near and dear to my heart. I liked Mugi but I wasn’t crazy about any of the girls in the show, nor did I identify as much as my friends did with any of the characters.

There was something about this show that brought everyone together, something I wouldn’t catch until my rewatch eleven years later.

K-on fills me with an inexplicable coziness. It’s something you don’t realize until it’s too late, when you’ve seen people come and go. You’ve moved on yourself- hopefully to a better place, away from the mundane school days and outings with friends you won’t realize are gone until years later.

Moe On My Mind — K-ON! Official Art
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Rumors floated around in my friend circle about this show for a long time. SAO Alternative is different. It’s better than the original. I finally decided to give it a go.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online follows Llenn (known as Karen Kohiruimaki in the real world) on her journey playing the titular game Gun Gale Online. Karen has a complex about being six feet tall in real life so she makes Llenn extremely short in game to cope. Not only does this help her deal with her issues, it gives Llenn a HUGE advantage in the game by having a tiny hitbox and above average agility. Karen begins her journey to get good at GGO and the rest is history.

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The truth is, I’m really here for Llenn’s character design. An all pink outfit and a hat with rabbit ears? Sign me up for GGO.

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