Drug Use in Anime

One of the huge differences between western cartoons and anime is the use of drugs. Turn on adult swim on any given night and you’ll be hard pressed to find a show that doesn’t have a drug reference every five minutes. Well, maybe, King of the Hill, but let’s not forget that they had an episode where they used crack cocaine to catch fish. In anime, however, it’s something you hardly ever see.

Now, you might come across the occasional side character that never spends a second without a cigarette in their mouth, but that’s about it. And drinking sake is something they don’t shy away from putting in a anime, either. When it comes to recreational drug use, though, it might as well not exist.

Anime with drug use

While it might be rare, anime is not entirely without its drug references. Though they are mostly obscure and indirect.

Black Lagoon

In Black Lagoon there is a character named Leigharch. In the manga he abuses cocaine, however, in the anime, he’s a heavy marijuana smoker. Like something took straight from the 1936 motion picture script of Reefer Madness, the marijuana causes him to have very inconvenient hallucinations.


One Piece

In the One Piece movie, Strong World, Oda inserts a plain as day reference to smoking marijuana. While it might not be blatant to all, anyone that has ever held a joint can’t un-see it.


Japan’s laws

A lot of this probably stems from the policies surrounding drugs in Japan. In Japan, there is no headshop on every corner like you’ll find in downtown Denver, Colorado. Hell, often times Japan will even deny you entry if you have had a drug offense in another country. Just ask Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, or Paris Hilton — they have all been on the wrong side of this policy.

Even when it comes to prescription drugs their laws are extremely strict. For instance, pills like Adderall — which seem to be forced down kids throats in America — are completely illegal in Japan.

In some states here in America, if you get caught with a little bit of weed you won’t even get so much as a ticket. In Japan, however, even a small amount of cannabis can put you behind bars for five years. With laws like these, you can bet teenagers are looking for other outlets to rebel against their parents than the smoking games of their American counterparts.

There are Japanese citizens like the actress, Saya Takagi , who is running for the Upper House with hopes of leading the nation through marijuana reform. Her goal is to open Japan’s eyes to the medicinal benefits that can that can be achieved through marijuana.

Now, there’s no telling if drug reform will lead to mainstream anime seeing more drug use, however, you can certainly imagine that you won’t be seeing it as long as Japan’s views stay as they are now.

Tattoos in Anime and the Japanese Mafia

How the Yakuza Warped the Way Tattoos are Viewed in Japan

Tattoos in anime are not something that we see every day. Sure, there are pretty iconic anime characters that sport tattoos, but they are very far and few between. A lot of it has to do with the way tattoos are viewed in Japan’s society. Over a century ago tattoos in Japan, took a turn that would lead them down a very different path than that of many other societies around the world. For instance, here in America tattoos have been ingrained in our everyday life; almost everybody has one. In Japan, however, it is an art that has been connected to criminals and was even illegal up until just after World War ll.

When you know a little about the history of tattoos in Japan, their lack of presence in anime make sense. Continue reading “Tattoos in Anime and the Japanese Mafia”

Your Lie in April is Haunting Me

It’s been six days since I finished watching You Lie in April, and it’s haunting me. Let me start off by saying Your Lie in April is the best story I have ever been told through anime.

Since finishing Your Lie in April I have spent as many hours as there are in a day listening to the various renditions of the soundtrack in the background while I work. I find myself reliving moments from the show when I fall asleep at night; it’s be so impactful it’s literally made me change the way I want to live my life. Continue reading “Your Lie in April is Haunting Me”

Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Being a long running series it’s only natural that the gut wrenching scenes in One Piece would start to pile up. Seeing as now there are over 800 chapters, throughout a whopping 80+ volumes, this list really could go on and on, but instead of writing a book about all of the saddest moments in One Piece I have decided to narrow it down to seven. So without further ado here are the 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece (through my eyes of course). Continue reading “Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece”

Overreactions – Week 12 Winter 2016

Now while it is not the last week of the season, ERASED is done and gone. As such this will be the last and final installment in the Overreactions series. Writing about the same show week after week grows to be very tedious, I would much rather spend the limited amount of time I can devote to this anime blog writing about more exciting things; such as the future of the industry or political symbolism in modern anime.

I will briefly say I am looking forward to next season—a fresh start is always good. Now,  I don’t spend a whole lot of time researching shows I plan to watch. In fact, the extent of it is looking at the key visual and if it looks like my style I’ll give it a whirl. Then once polls I readjust the shows I am following accordingly. Not a good strategy I know. I miss out on a lot of gems, but if they are really great then years down the road I read a review that draws me back to the show.

The only show I am really looking forward to as of right now is My Hero Academia. Now while I was spoon fed shounen since the day I was born into this anime life, as I have gotten older I have distanced myself more and more from your typical shounen. Now, that’s not to say I don’t still read the new chapter of One Piece every week. It’s just that I no longer see shounen as the crowned king of anime genres, and instead prefer real drama/slice of life/almost shoujo type stuff. Anyways, my point is I just don’t get very excited over new shounen. My Hero Academia however, looks really promising and done by one of my favorite studios—Bones. So I will definitely be checking it out!


We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!

**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**



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Overreaction – Week 11 Winter 2016

(Weekly Review)


It’s week eleven–second to the last week for most shows–and the season really seems to be winding down. Somehow, by complete accident, I have managed to drop.., well let’s call it get behind because I do want to finish most of the shows, but I have managed to get way behind on all but three of the shows I was watching from this season–and I’m like 20+ episodes back on all of my long running shows!

There’s something about trying to keep up with 8+ new shows, while keeping up with shows I’ve been watch for years, on top of writing 1500+ words a day for various projects, and living life that just seem next to impossible. And it seems once you fall behind an episode or two, the snowball effect sets in, and it becomes too daunting a task to find the time to binge watch a show (let alone 10!) like I could in my youth.


We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!

**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**



Weekly Review:  Once I realized why it was that that Satoru’s mom was working in a grocery store, a ton a questions raced to mind.. How did he not die? Where is his teacher? Where is Airi? And a ton of cliche paths I could see this story taking started to mount up as well… I figured Kayo had been waiting at his side for him to recover… I figured that since he was found drowning in Yashiro’s car that he would be found out or ducked out of town. Surely despite all of Satoru’s efforts and pain Yashiro wouldn’t still be on his original path to becoming a powerful city counselor, killing off people as he saw fit for years.

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Overreactions – Week 10 Winter 2016

(Weekly Review)


  Thanks to my being in vacation this whole week, even something I normally do for fun–writing about anime–seems monotonous. However, I started these weekly reviews as a goal of writing on a scheduled weekly basis, and since there is only 3 weeks left in the winter 2016 anime season it would be silly to toss a self imposed rule to the side in place of a blank mind free of the stresses brought on by the many obligations of my everyday life… Oh dang, I almost just talked myself out of writing this.


We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!

**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**




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