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Halloween is coming up! And you know what time it is, trick or treat!
Halloween started around 2000 years ago, where the Celtic people would light bonfires and dress up to ward off ghosts. Then around the 9th Century, the influence of Christianity spread into the Celtic lands, and they tried to replace the day into where they would honour the deceased, which was something that was more related to Christianity, thus making it a church-sanctioned day for them. Then, they would dress up as saints, angles and devil, while the bonfire tradition is still on.
Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mould Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighbourly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. And slowly, over time, we now see this day as a little dress up nightmare before Christmas! And in the past, when people (especially children) went out trick or treating, they would ask for treats at other people's homes, and if they refused to treat, they would wreak havoc out side their house (but of course, it's pretty much illegal to do that now).
On Halloween, we can dress up as our favourite anime characters (coz we be weebs), and it can be Halloween themed (such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Soul Eater, Demon Slayer...etc.). Do send pictures of you in a cosplay, and we can share our thoughts about it!
But all in all, happy Halloween! And for those who don't celebrate Halloween like me, happy holidays and I wish you a merry Christmas!
There is always one anime that really stands out to you, that really makes a difference to you. There's always one show that you want everybody to watch and love just as much as you do (if not more). That show for me is Steins;Gate.
I remember a few years ago, when i first watched it i was mesmerized by the show. It dragged me in and completely hooked me from episode 1.
Since then, I have watched this show countless and countless of times, it never losing its appeal. It still makes me want to cry, gives me goosebumps, and puts me on the edge of my seat. I catch new things I missed in previous watchings almost every time I rewatch it.
I feel that Steins;Gate is so underappreciated and not nearly as popular as it should be. There must've been so much thought and time put into creating such a complete masterpiece. It really delves deep into topics not usually presented in anime and takes it above and beyond what I would have expected.
Steins;Gate is originally a visual novel game that was later adapted into an anime. I didn't play the actual visual novel till years later after I had already rewatched the show a few times. The visual novel, obviously, is much more complex and explains things in a much deeper way.
OKAY, so, you are all probably wondering.. "What is it even about Rini?" Well, don't worry! I will explain that now!!
Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara, Japan following the story of main character Okabe Rintaro (whom likes to be called "Hououin Kyouma!"). Okabe is a self proclaimed 'mad scientist' who runs his own lab with two friends Mayuri and Daru. There he creates tons of mostly useless experiments. One day, however, he accidentally steps into territory that should not be stepped in. He accidentally creates a time machine. Given the opportunity to stop research or continue, he continues.
This glorious anime sheds light as to what the horrors of time travel would be and what it could lead to. It makes use of the Butterfly Effect, separate world lines, etc. As you follow Okabe through this intense story-line, you watch as he descends into TRUE madness (not his self proclaimed madness). I cannot stress enough how incredible of a show this is. It can be a tad slow at the start, but it really sets off around episode 12 or so and it's nonstop from that point on.
I want more people to give this show the chance it deserves, as its just entirely underrated. will put links below for more info