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Learning About "I Love You" with Rem :P
*Spoilers for Re:Zero below!* I'm here today to share what I've heard about the difference between different ways of saying I love you in Japanese! Why? Because in the most recent episode of Re:Zero (SPOILERS PEOPLE, PEOPLE), Rem made a kind of confession to Subaru that can be better understood if you understand a bit of Japanese! Why you ask? Because Rem didn't go the "suki" or "daisuki" route when talking to Subaru. She went full on aishiteimasu!!! Let me explain that a little bit~ [ε₯½γγ§γ™ (suki desu)], [倧ε₯½γγ§γ™ (daisuki desu)], and [愛してる( aishiteru)] are all ways of expressing love...but which one is used makes a difference in the impact! First off is "Suki desu" or ε₯½γγ§γ™ ε₯½γγ§γ™ often gets translated as "I love you", but really, it's more like "I like you" in most cases. This is the phrase used most in confession scenes, and it has a romantic connotation in that sense. The phrase ε₯½γγ§γ™ (suki desu) could also be used by married couples as a means of affirming their love daily, if they did that. It’d be the American-equivalent of a β€œI love you.” Next up is "daisuki desu" or 倧ε₯½γγ§γ™ 倧ε₯½γγ§γ™ often is translated as "I love you," and this would be more correct. It's virtually a more blatant version of "I love you." It nearly always has romantic connotation. Couples might use this, but it’s typically used by particularly young or lovey dovey types. Older couples typically don’t use this phrase that often. And then we come to what Rem used: "愛してる" or aishiteru 愛しています is something that Japanese people may only say a very few times in their life time....it is extremely strong. It definitely means "I love you." A lot a lot. The kind of thing you might say to your husband or wife on their death beds. This is an expression of love so extreme, so ridiculous, that an individual would sooner interpret this as a mocking, comical line, than one to take solemnly. In different anime, you might find this when the childhood friend tries to earn the affection of a not-so-smart MC, you know? And there you have it - Rem has really, really proven that she is too amazing! But, in my opinion, still not the girl for Subaru. Rem is amazing, sure, but I think her and Subaru are better as friends :D
Anime Preview: Cheer Danshi!!
FINALLY. Time to check out this sports anime about male cheerleaders at an all boys school. Yes, I am excited :3 So much potential!!!! Thoughts Before Starting : I used to be a cheerleader (yuppp) so I feel like I might really appreciate some of what they do, though I never went competitive or that intense :P Anime Details: Title: Cheer Danshi!! // Cheer Boys!! Japanese Title: チを男子!! Episodes: 12 Airing Summer 2016 Initial Impressions: Wow, I actually really like this. There's just something so appealing to me about the Sports Anime formula, especially when they're basically starting form having no members who know anything about the sport but somehow work through it XD Anyways, I really love Haru and Kazu's friendship! You can tell they really understand each other & want to help each other in different ways, and that's what's been carrying the show for me so far. There's a character called "Mizo" who is basically a really strict seeming guy, but totally devoted. I don't think he's ever had friends before, but his lines are SO funny & he's really adding to the show! Overall, the show is just really enjoyable. Every character has an interesting, odd characteristic that makes them worth watching, and the dynamics between people have been believable thus far. The sister/ Haru relationship seems very real, as does the way Haru and Kazu keep reminding Mizo that they barely know him so far. It's just great! Overall Episode Impressions: Visuals: 7 Animation: 7 Sound design: 7 Storyboard: 9 World/setting: 7 Character designs: 7 OP + ED: 9 Entertainment: 9 Voice acting: 8 Am I Going to Continue? I really expected to like this and....I did!!! Yay! I was laughing a lot, the vibe was fun, and the characters so far have all been appealing to me. I love that Haru is going to do this for his friend & hopefully find something for himself along the way! Can't wait for the next EP!! Bonus Kazu!!!!!