Greetings and welcome back! It’s been a while since I’ve joined the OWLS blog tour but this is just because I had no idea what to write for the last two topics. This time is different. I have no idea but I will write about something.
Happiness is subjective. We all have different definitions of what happiness means to us and we also feel happiness in varying degrees. This month we will be exploring several questions describing our happiness in our fandoms, communities, and hobbies. Why do we find enjoyment watching anime or reading manga? Why did we decide to join the anime or pop culture communities? Why do we blog about our hobbies or cosplay as our favorite characters? This topic is all about the passions we have for our interests and why they are important to us.
Happiness, I hope it won’t get messy.. so, first of all:
Non Non Biyori Season 3 confirmed!
This alone made me smile for who knows how long. Seriously, I love this show. I’m a sucker for comfy anime / light novels like this for real. In the last few years I realised that I dropped a lot of story driven shows.. but I never really dropped a fluffy show to fluff up my heart & soul. So yeah, I’m happy that we get more Ren-chon-dono!
But as we all know, there is more than finding enjoyment and happiness in an announcement for a new season of an anime we like. And this is this bittersweet feeling when something ends. Sure, it is kind of sad but when you remember it there is this feeling of happiness. Unless it’s something so depressing that you want to hide under your table and cry (I’m looking at you Narcissu).
Okay, let’s be real here. I do find a lot of happiness in sad stories as well. Be it the full force of grief and sadness in Narcissu, a story where every word counts towards the end and has more meaning than plotlines in longer stories, or the well written scenes in Rokujouma which are sugary sweet portraying the pure happiness of the characters. Before I lose myself in the stories of those two titles I’ll try to make it short. No matter if it is a hilarious comedy, a comfy slice of life, a heart breaking story, or a beautiful scene making you smile and feel warm inside.. at the end of the day, they can make you happy.
Games are also a really good place to find your positive emotions. Be it a single player game that you finished or a difficult bossfight in a MMORPG. I’m a long time World of Warcraft player, even though I’m nothing more than a casual now. But when I was still in a raid guild, it was a blast when the tough boss who stood before us for weeks finally fell down. And this feeling is especially great because you share it with your team mates because you didn’t do it alone. Sometimes I miss being part of a guild and facing the hardest raids in the game, but I also don’t have the motivation to dedicate so much time to the game. I wonder if I should look for a casual guild..
I love it whenever I find a new music band that I never heard before and I get so into their music that I start wondering how I didn’t know them until now. It recently happened with the metal band „Wolfheart“.
But at the end of the day, I often use the word happiness to describe positive emotions that I have while enjoying the things I like. For me, the best way to put it would be something like „The enjoyment I feel when I spend my time on the things I like“. It sounds lame, but hey, it’s just me.
That’s it from me. If you haven’t checked out Aria’s blogpost yet, give it a read!
Next up is Takuto on the 21st!
Seeya next time!