Introduction to the Different Anime Genres

Anime is not just cartoons for kids. In fact, most of its dedicated fanbase are made up of adults, not small children. Sure, there are titles made for a younger audience, but anime in general too big and complicated to be summed up as just moving pictures for the young at heart.

Below is an overview of the genres of anime. Some subgenres are also listed here because they have been redefined over the years.

Slice of Life – This depicts what goes on in everyday life without magic or any superhero ability. One example is Hyouka.

Romance – Perhaps the most popular general category in anime, including its subgenres. This is all about love and friendship. Examples are Fruits Basket and Special A.

Horror – There are several subgenres under this but anything that involves ghosts, gods, monsters, and the supernatural are categorized under horror. Examples are Shiki, Mononoke, and Ghost Hunt.

Action – Series that fall under this category have intense battles scenes and a fast-paced story. Example is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

Adventure – This lead character/s usually has a task that involves traveling to certain places to reach a specific goal. One example is One Piece.

Game – The series is based on a video game. The best example is one of the longest-running series, Pokemon.

Harem and Reverse Harem – Harem means that a lead male character is supported primarily by female characters vying for his affection. An example is High School DxD. Reverse harem is the opposite. One example is Kamigami no Asobi.

Josei – This genre’s target audience are adult females with more grounded themes. Examples are Chihayafuru, Sakamichi no Apollon, and No.6.

Seinen – The target audience for this genre are adult males with more mature themes. Examples are Monster and Berserk.

Historical – Historical anime might be based on one historical event, figure, or period. Examples are Kingdom, Samurai Champloo, and Golden Kamuy.

Mecha – It is the term for robots or mechanical units. They sometimes explore themes of the effects of technology on society. Examples are Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Gurren Lagann.

Music – The series focuses either on singing, playing musical instruments, or dancing. Examples are Nodame Cantabile and Uta no Prince Sama.

Shoujo – The target audience for this genre are young adult females, with stories focusing mostly on growth, friendship, and romance. One example is Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.

Shounen – The series under this category are mostly for young adult males, but the genre has tons of fans from all age groups. Examples are Naruto, One Piece, and My Hero Academia.

Shoujo-ai and Shounen-ai – Some series feature same-sex couples, but the scenes are not as explicit as hentai, yuri, and yaoi. Examples are Citrus and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi.

Sports – Almost all types of sports have been covered by anime and manga. Best examples are Prince of Tennis, Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basket, and Ace of Diamond.

Science Fiction – Anything that showcases technology, space, aliens, and the use of scientific principles can be categorized under this. Examples are Psycho-Pass, Parasyte: The Maxim, and Planetes.

Hentai, Yuri, and Yaoi – These are materials for more mature audience. Hentai depicts nudity and explicit content.

What is an Embolism?

Embolism is an uncommon word for most people, but it’s not an uncommon occurrence, especially among people with cardiovascular diseases. Basically, embolism is when your internal organs get starved of oxygen. To avoid this from happening, you need to know what causes it in the first place.

Overview

To understand the condition, let’s look at some terms related to the condition:

  • Embolus is a particle in the blood vessels that are made up of clotted blood cells.
  • Thrombus is another term for blood clot, while thromboembolus is a name for the blood clot that is moving in the blood vessels.
  • Ischemia is the term for the oxygen starvation of the cells.
  • Embolism is the result of ischemia and is characterized by the death of the cells.

Causes and Risks

Although embolism can be caused by a foreign material in the blood, such as gas/bubbles or fat globule, most blockages in the blood vessels are caused by a blood clot. Certain conditions increase your risk of embolism, including pregnancy, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.

Those with high cholesterol levels for example, have narrower arteries due to the build-up of plaque. If part of the build-up breaks up, the piece can lodge in the blood vessels and prevent proper blood circulation.

Symptoms of Embolism

Pulmonary embolism can cause the following: sharp back or chest pain, lightheadedness, bloody sputum, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Deep vein thrombosis can cause pain or tenderness in one leg, reddish skin, warm skin on the affected area, and swelling.

Stroke causes arm weakness or numbness, drooping face, and slurred speech. All of these are considered an emergency, so if you have a heart disease, make sure to get proper treatment to avoid embolism.

Types of Embolism

There are at least seven types of embolism you should be aware of.

  • Brain embolism is caused by the blood clot in the brain and is also another name for stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism is the formation of an embolus in the leg and is also another name for deep vein thrombosis
  • Septic embolism is the blocking of the blood vessels due to the infection in the bloodstream
  • Retinal embolism affects the back of the eye that can lead to sudden blindness
  • Fat embolism is the blockage of the blood vessels due to the introduction of bone marrow particles or fat into the blood
  • Amniotic embolism is the blockage of the mother’s lungs due to the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus
  • Air embolism is caused by the bubbles in the blood that blocks blood flow and is common among divers.

Treatment and Prevention

A healthy lifestyle prevents most condition that put you at risk of embolism. If you have symptoms of a cardiovascular disease, make sure to get a proper treatment through medication and a change of diet. Regular exercise will also help you reduce weight and keep you active.

Avoid sitting for long periods of time, too, as it prevents your calf muscles from contracting. Deep vein thrombosis can result from lack of movement even if you don’t have a heart disease. Divers can prevent air embolism by following proper guidelines and avoiding spending too much time underwater.

The Real Reasons Why We Crave Sugary and Salty Foods

Cravings are a common problem for many people all over the world, and while many people think that cravings are simply the body responding to lack in certain nutrients, this isn’t the case since they are often tied to unhealthy foods that are rich in salt or sugar.

So why do we experience cravings?

There are a few reasons why these might happen aside from any underlying medical issues:

Stress

Many people tend to crave certain foods for comfort to ease stress, but this comes at the cost of one’s overall health. In fact, this habit has been linked by many studies to even more cravings and weight gain.

Lack of sleep

People who lack or don’t get enough sleep tend to reach for sugary or salty foods to get a quick energy boost, but just like stress, this can result in weight gain as well as other health problems. Many factors can lead to a lack of sleep, such as sleep disorders or busy schedules, but a health professional can offer a clear diagnosis as well as a treatment plan that can help you get the rest you need.

Excessive sweating

Sodium levels decrease when a person sweats, but while any lost fluids can be replenished, you can begin to crave salt when you lose too much sodium along with your sweat. This is the case for those who work in hot environments or exercise a lot.

Boredom

Eating because of boredom is emotional behavior much like stress eating, so it’s helpful to look for certain hunger cues: loud stomach grumbling, and a desire to eat any food that only grows stronger with time. Another way to know if you’re really hungry is to ask yourself if you would like to drink a glass of water. If yes, there’s a good chance you’re just thirsty.

So how do you really keep your body well-nourished?

Keep in mind that the next time that you have cravings due to stress or boredom, having access to healthier options rather than your favorite comfort food is a must. Foods like trail snacks or fruits can not only keep you nourished when you’re stressed or exhausted, but even improve your quality of sleep.

Staying hydrated is another way to keep your cravings at bay. Energy drinks can provide your body with much-needed electrolytes that can keep you going for longer without the crash that many junk foods or sodas often bring.

However, this may not always be the case. If you can’t find the reason for your salt or sugar cravings, it’s always best to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Six Storage Areas in Your HDB Flat You’re Probably Not Using

HDB flats are the cheap housing option in Singapore, but just because a space is a little cozy doesn’t mean you’re using the space as efficiently as you can. In fact, there’s a good chance there are still some spaces you’re missing out on.

Here are the five storage areas in your HDB flat that you’re probably not using enough:

The space above your bed

The space directly above your bed is the most under-utilized space in your entire home, and you want to make a shelf over your head for two reasons: (1) it can be a decorative space for paintings, houseplants, and decorative accessories; and (2) it can be a practical storage space (i.e. books, boxes for other stuff).

Overhead bed shelves can also work for your kids’ rooms, as long as they don’t fall over or bump their heads every time they try to reach for something.

The space under your bed

Under your bed is another useful storage area just waiting for you to use to its fullest advantage. Just because it’s dusty doesn’t mean you can’t use it for stowing stuff away – all you need is a vacuum cleaner and the right storage containers and you’re good to go!

Behind your door

The space behind your door has more utility than simply installing a coat rack. When you build a shelf in this area just the right way, you don’t need to worry about stuff getting knocked over every time it swings open.

Add a clothes rod to your floating shelves

Already have a floating shelf or two installed? Make them even more useful by bolting a clothes rod directly underneath that shelf for easy access for your clothes, including uniforms or your work attire.

Overhead space

Floating shelves and cabinets installed on the upper parts of your walls clear up much more space than a standard shelf. Instead of taking up floor space, they can be bolted to any height you want.

Unlike ordinary shelves and cabinets, floating shelves give you better options in customizing your storage space that emphasize on both aesthetics and functionality.

Consider a Self-Storage Company for Your Storage Needs

If you just don’t have enough space in your home, you have two options to manage your belongings: donate the things you don’t need, or call in the help of a self-storage company to provide a reliable storage option for your belongings.   

Self-storage comes in many different options depending on the space that you need. Some options offer the space of a walk-in closet or a child’s room, while others can be as big as a one-car garage or even a two-car garage.

You are What You Eat

6 Eating Habits That Could Make You Gain Some Weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and you’ve been steering clear from every high-calorie that you see, but you’re still not shedding those extra pounds away. We know it’s frustrating, but before you turn your anger on your weighing scale, you might want to check and re-evaluate some of your eating habits that could be causing you to gain weight.

Failing to Eat Enough Every Meal

It may come as a shocker, but not eating enough actually forces your body to go into starvation mode. This is where your metabolism slows down, making it more difficult for you to burn calories even if you’re eating healthy meals and working out regularly.

Eating Rapidly

If our body has one huge flaw, it would be this: it takes your stomach about 20 minutes to inform your brain that you already ate enough. One study found that slow eater consumed 66 fewer calories each meal, but compared to their fast-eating counterparts, they felt fuller after each meal. Well, what’s 66 calories you ask? It simply means losing more than 20 pounds a year if you eat 66 fewer calories on your meals.

Missing Nutrients That Your Body Needs

Did you know that failing to give your body enough iron, magnesium or vitamin D saps your energy? And if you’re already feeling deflated, you’ll likely end up snacking on sweet, high-carb foods to compensate for the energy that you lost – which in return, causes you gain some weight.

Drinking High-Calorie Drinks

If your diet and exercise aren’t working, then perhaps that because you’re drinking your calories. Remember, juices and sodas are often loaded with hundreds of calories per serving, which could quickly add up to your weight without you noticing.

Being Tricked By Food Labels

Not everything that’s labelled fat-free is good for you. When fat is completely removed from a food, it ends up becoming flavourless, a problem that most food manufacturer remedied by adding tons of salt and sugar to the product.

Focusing Too Much on Your Workout

Here’s a secret: hitting the gym won’t really burn that much calories. According fitness experts, a person weight 155 pounds only burns 112 calories for every 30 minutes of weightlifting exercise – which you can easily counter if you mistakenly drink a soda after working out.

Shedding off some weight isn’t just about exercising regularly, it’s also about cleaning up your eating habits. Because as they say, a well-toned body is often made in the kitchen and not in the gym.

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