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2020 OWLS Blog Tour Stops

Welcome to the last page of this document! No, OWLS isn’t going anywhere but we’re getting to that point where the word count for one page is making my computer stutter! But I guess I am lying a bit. While OWLS isn’t going anywhere, it is changing and evolving. Like our beloved sports anime protagonists, our OWLS members have been going through hurdles both personal and as a group. After all, this is the start of our FOURTH year as a group! Many things have happened and are happening. I know we can all get through it so cheers to another successful year of friendship, new friends, and learning~

January’s Theme: Visions

Happy New Year! Since it is a new year, it’s a new you! This month we will be talking about various pop culture mediums that focus on envisioning “the future.” What type of future do we want for ourselves, our communities, and the world? Also, we will be sharing our goals and plans for the new year. Once again, happy new year!

1/9: [OWLS January Blog Tour] Healing From The Past by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

1/11: [Jan 2020 OWLS Blog Tour] Spider-Verse: A clear vision requires a leap of faith by Matt (Matt in the Hat)

1/14: Idolmaster SideM: How Personal Branding Shapes Our Image || OWLS “Visions” by Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

1/16: Visions of a Brighter Future [OWLS Jan. ’20 Blog Tour] by Aria (The AniManga Spellbook)

1/18: Visions for A Better Tomorrow – January 2020 “Visions” OWLS Blog Tour by Naja (BlerdyOtome)

1/21: OWLS: Visions by Fred (Au Naturel)

1/26: [OWLS] The Shadow’s Vision by Crimson

1/27: Akira: A Dystopian Vision of the 21st Century [OWLS Blog Tour 2020: Visions] by Dale (That Baka Blog)

1/28: It’s time to D-D-D-Duel already? OWLS Tour: Visions by Pinkie (Pinkie’s Pokemon)

1/29: [Jan. 2020 OWLS Post] Choosing Your Future Doesn’t Always Require Punching by Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

1/31: OWLS: Utopia? Make It So by Matt Doyle (Matt Doyle Media)

February’s Theme: Legacy

We have mentors, teachers, coaches, and role models whose stories inspired us in some way. Even when these role models are gone, their stories will live on from generation to generation. For this month, we will be exploring stories that have inspired or taught us some important lessons about life.

2/6: [OWLS February Blog Tour] Literature Legacy by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

2/8:   On British Literature & Fate: What it Means to be Remembered || OWLS “Legacy by Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

2/11: Magical Girls, Media and Maturation [OWLS Feb. ’20 Blog Tour]  by Aria (The AniManga Spellbook)

2/16: A Legacy of Revolution by Ange (Just Being Otaku)

2/24:Bold Will to dream The Pet Girl of Sakurasou [February 2020 OWLS Tour] by YumDeku (MyAnime2go)

2/26:OWLS: Legacy Blog Tour by Ashley (The Review Heap)

2/27:  [OWLS Tours] The Underdogs, They Don’t Know What Giving Up Means by Mel (Mel in Animeland)

2/28: Humans Give Meaning | Owls ‘Legacy’ Feb Tour by Lita (Lita Kino Anime Corner)

2/29: [Feb 2020 OWLS Tour] Kamina: Endless Charisma and Stupidity by Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

March’s Theme: Devotion

When we talked about fandoms, we show our appreciation and support by buying merchandise, cosplaying, writing fanfiction and etc. In fact, our appreciation can end up looking like a sign of religious worship. For this month, we will be talking about how certain characters express devotion to others, objects, and values. We will also be discussing how devotion can turn into an unhealthy form of passion and obsession and the implications of that.

3/10: Pledging Devotion in Fate/ and Its Spinoffs [Mar. ’20 OWLS Blog Tour] by Aria (The AniManga Spellbook)

3/12: [OWLS March Blog Tour] I’ll Carry You by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

3/17: [March 2020 OWLS Blog Tour] Crisis Core – Devote the honor in the sword by Matt (Matt in the Hat)

3/20: [OWLS Blog Tour] Losing Sight by Hazel (Archi-Anime)

3/21: OWLS March 2020: Saga & the Incredibly Passionate Portrayal of Choice & Devotion by Neha (Biblionyan)

3/23: OWLS March “Devotion” Post: Hachiman and the Problem of Self-Devotion by Jack (Animated Observations)

3/25: Revy: Devotion To Destruction [OWLS Blog Tour] by Matt Doyle (Matt Doyle Media)

3/26: OWLS Tour: Blinding Devotion by Mel (Mel In Animeland)

3/27: Millennium Actress & Our Obsession with the Chase || OWLS “Devotion By Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

3/30: Building a Healthy Romance in Anime [OWLS Devotion Tour] by Megan (Geeky Gal)

April’s Theme: Hope

We are in the midst of a pandemic which has led people to live in fear and anxiety over the coronavirus. For this month, rather than seeing the dark side of the situation we are living in, we will be exploring anime and other pop culture mediums that bring hope for humanity and why they have such a positive impact on us.

4/1: The Selfishness in Weathering With You & in Mankind: My Hope – “If there’s a future, we want it, NOW!” # 6 by Lyn (Just Something About LynLyn)

4/2: [OWLS April Blog Tour] Time That Is Given To Us by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

4/5: Give Ourselves Fighting Hope |Owls ‘Hope’ Blog Tour by Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)

4/11: Shirobako: A Creative’s Guide to Happiness by Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

4/13: Marvel’s Spider-Man – The strongest hope within the smallest web by Matt (Matt in the Hat)

4/18: Planet With: Peace In Our Time by Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

4/22: I Wanna Give Myself a Chance to Believe in Myself Again: How Shizuo Never Gives Up Hope in ‘I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow’ by Naja (BlerdyOtome)

4/23: [OWLS Tour 2020] Beacon of Hope by Mel (Mel In Animeland)

4/27: Hope and the Forest Spirit: A Juxtaposition of Hope’s Weight [OWLS April Blog Tour: Hope] by Carla (Pop Culture Literary)

4/29: Living Life Through Animal Crossing [OWLS Hope Tour] by Megan (Geeky Gal)

May’s Theme: Adapt

Right now, we all have lost something or gained something in return during this dark time. Our lives have been completely altered due to coronavirus. For this month, we will be talking about anime series and other pop culture media where we have characters having to adjust to changes in their environment. Whether it’s adjusting to a new school or heading towards an isekai fantasy world, we will be discussing characters that had to make changes within themselves in order to adapt to the circumstances they are in. This will also give us an opportunity to express our own personal lives as we try to adjust to a “new normal.”

5/12: OWLS May “Adapt” Tour: Rei and the Need to Adapt by Jack (Animated Observations)

5/14: [OWLS May Blog Tour] Don’t Panic by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

5/15: [OWLS May Blog Tour] All Routes Lead To Doom by Hikari (Hikari Otaku Station)

5/16: Adapt don’t change: OWLS May Blog Tour by Pinkie (Pinkie’s Paradise)

5/19: Adapting to Society with Wandering Son [May ’20 OWLS Blog Tour] by Aria (The AniManga Spellbook)

5/23: ID:INVADED & Searching for the Answers || OWLS “Adapt” by Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

5/24: [May 2020 Tour] Jinto Linn: Adaptation in Space by Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

5/26: Creating the Ideal Partner: The Adaptive Nature of Heroines in Otome Games – May 2020 “Adapt” OWLS Blog Tour by Naja (BlerdyOtome)

5/27: RWBY: More mistakes made than any man | OWLS “Adapt” Blog Tour by Miandro (Miandro’s Side)

5/28: [OWLS Tour 2020] Adating to Survive by Mel (Mel in Animeland)

5/29: OWLS May 2020: Great Teacher Onizuka & the Gratification of Mentorship while Adapting to Student Suffering by Nyan (BiblioNyan)

5/30: Strength is Adaptability : Skip Beat (OWLS Blog Tour) by Auri (Manga Toritsukareru Koto)

5/31: [OWLS] Adapting our views to create a better society by Crimson

June’s Theme: Mindfulness

If we don’t take care of our minds and souls, we will always be in pain.

For the past few months, things have been pretty hectic. Everyone’s lives have changed to some degree, and we can’t help but feel anxious, nervous, and overwhelmed. This month we will be focusing on ourselves and keeping a strong peace of mind with our theme, “Mindfulness.” We will be analyzing characters that have crafted and practiced their own philosophy on life and have spread their beliefs to others. We will also be talking about habits, hobbies, and things that are keeping us sane, positive, and peace within our souls.

6/4: [OWLS June Blog Tour] Mind The Crossing by Megan (Nerd Rambles)

6/7: OWLS June “Mindfulness” Tour: Shimada and Loving Shogi by Jack (Animated Observations)

6/10: [June 2020 OWLS] Sonic X – Being Mindful in a Whole New World by Matt (Matt-in-the-Hat)

6/13: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid & Coping With Reality || OWLS “Mindfulness” by Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

6/16: Move the Way You Want [Jun. ’20 OWLS Blog Tour] by Aria (The AniManga Spellbook)

6/26: [OWLS] Mindfulness: Moving Towards New Goals by Crimson (A Nerdy Fujo Cries)

NOTE: As of June 2020, Crimson is no longer part of OWLS. Check out their website for future tours

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