Living your life as if you were in an anime may sound like fun but it definitely has inadvisable aspects. There’s a decent chance you would quickly get arrested…or killed. However in small doses the practice can be a lot of fun. Borrowing the more mundane bits and pieces of your favourite fiction to spice up your everyday is a harmless way to bring a little joy to your life and keep the dullness at bay!
I have been changing my hair colour on a regular basis since I was pretty young for instance. Unfortunately I could never quite adhesive the lush fullness or gravity defying wonder of true anime hair. Luckily, there are a few other things I can turn to to bring just a dash of animeness to my world.
5) Tie tricks
This one is weird… So I do like to wear a good time on occasion. I’ve always been find of them and am amazed some people find them uncomfortable. Then again I wear very high heels everyday so comfort is a relative thing. Maybe it’s because I’m not a boy and I’ve missed out on all the exciting tie secrets, but I’ve always just worn it the boring way, letting it hang from my neck like a really sad how are something and having it get in the way of bending down to pick up stuff.
I can’t explain how delighted I was (or why) to find out there was a better way. The first time I saw an anime character tuck their tie into their breast pocket it was a revelation! Pure genius. I had never thought of that not have I ever seen anyone do it. Sadly most of my shirts don’t have breast pockets but whenever I wear the few that do I make sure to sling a tie on and find an excuse to tuck it in there at some point.
And even better than that, ties can be headbands to keep annoying hair out if your face after an evening of Heavy business drinking!!! Mind blown!
4) Narrating my life out loud
I’m the first to admit that I’m an oblivious weirdo which can make relating to me a bit of a challenge. But apparently I could just state out loud everything I’m doing and thinking so that people can easily follow along! Life hack!
I’ve always thought it hilarious when Anime characters announce obvious things like how they are going about a task, in great detail. But I have in fact tried to simply and plainly just exposition dump everything during conversations that seem to have stale mated and I was surprised how often it actually helps. I’m not sure what this says about me or my conversation partners but heck, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
3) Gothic Lolita dress
For a long time I thought that these dresses didn’t actually exist. Maybe as super expensive costumes for high budget movies but that was it. I figured anime firm was the only way to capture such lush frilliness. Then I found out there’s a name for it. So I googled it. (Side-note I have to curve my instinct of googling everything I hear about, so many things I can’t understand and unknow… Also going straight for image search is a particularly good way to get traumatized)
Gothic Lolita dresses exist! And are small enough for me!!! And I have half a dozen I can’t wear anywhere because my style is comfortable soft punk… And I’ll buy more soon!!!
2) Red eye shadow
I knew red eye shadow existed without anime telling me! Heck I even had a palette with A red shade I had never even touched. And then I watched Hozuki’s coolheadedness and got captivated by his kabuki inspired makeup. So I stared experimenting with red eye shadow right under iron the corner of my eyes. Eventually Darling and the Franxx came along and I got inspired by zero six.
Now it’s pretty much my go to look whenever I feel ambitious enough to put eye shadow on. And every time I do, I feel a little more fearless and capable.
1) Ice Cream Mochi
By far the most important contribution a piece of art could make to my life is leading me to the discovery of Ice Cream Mochi. Is that hyperbole? Maybe I’m laying it on a bit too thick… But no, I don’t think so.
Sadly, for a long time finding Ice Cream Mochi in the suburbs of Montreal was a daunting quest rarely met with success but I guess I’m not the only one to have discovered them because several brands of Ice Cream mochi have been popping up in grocery stores and my life is just better now!
You need to let them thaw just a little bit. Like a few minutes on the counter, so the ice cream will soften up just a touch. That’s the best way to enjoy them. Ice cream mochi are just the best! It’s the only desserts I’ve had for months now, and it’s winter here! That’s how much I like them!
This post feels more random than usual. I hope I didn’t lose you all along the way. Is there anything you discovered through watching anime that has now snuck into your every day routine? What is it?