Dried Fish

I feel personally attacked! And like I found my anime soul sister…so…

This was one of the first animes I watched, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart (along with Maid Sama, Special A, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Kamisama Kiss, and Noragami). I’m watching on Hulu.

While I relate to Umaru in many ways, I’d like to think I’m not a brat.

At least I hope not.

Meanwhile her big brother is always patient, thoughtful, and kind. And he spends time with her.

He plays video games with her, they enjoy meals and conversation, and even shop for groceries together. I’m curious about the background of the Doma family and how she came to live with her older brother. But he’s definitely a hard worker and a good parent figure. He never seems bitter about taking care of her or like his quality of life is less with her around. He’d appreciate her taking better care of things and being more considerate and responsible, but he genuinely seems happy. Although they do have tiffs like all siblings do.

Umaru is top of her class, excels in piano, sports, and is doing great at school. So it’s difficult to scold her when she’s laying around at home. In her free time she’s playing video games (if not watching anime, reading manga, scrolling online, snacking, or napping). While her brother has little, to no free time, and is not great at video games.

Blood Lad

***SPOILER ALERT***

I just started Blood Lad, and I am enjoying it; the humor, the characters, and the story. The main character, Staz-san, is a vampire and he is the Territory Boss. He is the leader of that part the demon world.

You’d think as a Territory Boss, and vampire, Staz would be a terrifying presence. While he is incredibly powerful and strong, he’ll only fight when he absolutely has to. Staz is an otaku, obsessed with the human world, video games, manga, anime, and figures. He’s pretty content staying at home and enjoying his collection.

Some elements of the Staz character reminds me of Yato from Noragami. They both come off as slackers but their strength of character is very evident when they are engaged with the world around them.

A human girl stumbles into the demon world, specifically Staz’s territory. Since he is in charge, one of his lackeys Deku, calls to tell him about the human and follows the orders to bring her to Staz’s place (of course Staz first asks where is his DVD). Staz is a nervous mess coming up with topics of conversation and deciding what to wear.

It’s love at first sight. At least on Staz’s end.

Sir, please calm down! We just met! You don’t even know my name yet! You’re too intense!

Of course he’s asking her questions about video games (I’m guessing it was Final Fantasy?)

Unfortunately (or fortunately, because Staz was giving off some major “about to be a stalker vibes”) she gets eaten by a plant.

Now she is a ghost, and she is stuck with Staz (never mind, being alive was the better option). He vows to bring her back to life. He’s not sure how, but he’s adamant about doing it.

He’s polishing her bones, so they’ll be ready for her resurrection. But she doesn’t like that he wants to store them by his game console.

Fuyumi (the human girl/ghost) tells Staz about the portal she accidentally entered from the human world. After confirming the portal’s location (and because Staz needed shampoo), he takes her to a restaurant so she can get a medical clearance. The owners, Saty and Mamejirou, are able to see all with their third eye. Since his dream girl is a ghost now, Staz wants to make sure she can make the trip.

Meanwhile, Fuyumi is enamored with the cuteness of Mamejirou.

Staz really wants to visit the human world. Earlier he did not want to go because of the sun and leaving his otaku collection, but his vow to Fuyumi and his desire to grow his otaku collection prevailed.

Just where does the portal lead exactly? And how did Fuyumi accidentally enter it? Oh because it’s in her room, her closet to be specific. And it looks like her room is about to be judged…

While in her town Staz enjoys the sights and is a total tourist, taking photos of everything. He’s fascinated by everything in the human world. He was only…a little embarrassing?

Fuyumi is understandably distraught being back at school knowing she’s no longer alive. Plus Staz sprayed everyone (including her dad!) with his spit (diluted in water since it lets him control people), so they all think they saw Fuyumi at school yesterday when she was actually in demon world. And no one thinks it’s weird that she is a ghost, or didn’t bring her books to class today. Fuyumi is forlorn and wants to disappear. As she is becoming more and more translucent, and despondent, Staz feeds her some of his blood to stop her from fading away.

When Fuyumi became a ghost, Staz thought he wasn’t attracted to her. But maybe his initial feelings were more than physical attraction. Later in the hall, he wonders why he was compassionate towards her, then has a realization.