I’ve been tagged again! This one is a poetry tag, where you write tankas (Japanese Haikus?) for anime. I feel like I’ve done a lot of tag posts recently, but that’s what we do here on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog. We do tag posts. Even if they are poetry related.
Poetry isn’t exactly my thing, but I’ll remind you that we do tag posts here on this blog. So here are the rules for this one:
Rules of the tag:
- Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
- Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag.
- Make sure to mention the person who introduced the tag to you!
- Pick 1-3
of your favoriteanime.
- Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
- Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing.
Ok so let’s get some of those rules out of the way. We follow the rules here on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog. And as you can see, my title and the “tanka” tag are all done. That’s one rule down.
The original post and tag idea are the brainchild of Luminous Mongoose – check it out, he explains how the Japanese poetry is written and has some great tankas of his own.
Thanks for the tag Luminous Mongoose!
I was nominated by Arsene_Lucifer. You can find his post here.
Thanks for the nomination!
So it was implied in my nomination that I should write about a certain anime that I am currently watching. It’s not my favourite anime by a longshot. But lucky for me the rules just say “Pick 1-3 anime”, so it should be all right. We follow the rules here after all.
And with that, enjoy these fine works of literary genius!
So first off we have Divine Gate.
Here are some pictures that I used as inspiration for this tanka:
The boy knows that at times, the moon is blue
That the blue moon shines on him
That night, the blue was moon
That is why the boy was able to sink into the night
That blue, dark, sinful night…
How’s this? As you can see, I was a little liberal with the use of syllables. Plus I think I made an error in writing “the blue was moon”, it probably should be “the moon was blue” right? Anyways, I can feel my creative muscles really flowing after that one. This is tougher than it looks!
Ok jokes aside, let’s get to it now. Some real original poetry.
All right then. Divine Gate tanka take two. Quick disclosure that I did take some inspiration from the following pictures:
Pitter, patter, the rain starts to drop.
While the water may fill up the holes on the road,
It will never fill up the hole of one’s heart.
The droplet trickling down his cheek flows into the boy’s heart,
And while that may create a ripple, it will never become his tears.
Maybe I need to re-read how to write a tanka. Wasn’t it something like, 5 and 7 syllables? I got a little too carried away this time. Content was good, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t a tanka anymore. Guess I’ll go back and re-read how these are done.
Ok I couldn’t help myself, these are just too good. How am I supposed to compete with material like this?
This time for REAL. Get ready for some original Yomu specialty tanka poetry. No more taking inspiration from the D Gate narrator.
No jokes this time, this is the real thing. The rules said I have to write my own poetry, and we follow the rules here on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog.
This time, I used this picture as inspiration:
The boy felt trapped.
Trapped by his dark past…
It was time to leave
But he knew there was no escape,
from the hole in his heart.
What can I say. Please hold your applause till the end. I really wanted to mention the rain at some point, but I just couldn’t fit it in there. Even so, I think this one turned out pretty good.
The first two didn’t count, so there are still two more Yomu tanka masterpieces to come!
Now that I killed it with that last tanka, I decided to write another one on Divine Gate. Inspiration for this one is the following picture:
the boy joined Friend Log.
He met a robot girl
But in the end,
she could not fill the hole in his heart.
Hmm.. I don’t think this one has as much pizazz as the first one, but I’m going to leave it as is. Friend Log is the social media they use in D Gate, just so you understand that line a little better. I feel like the first half of this tanka is weak, but the second half is excellent so I don’t want to mess with it anymore.
This will be my final original specialty tanka. I felt like there was some room for improvement on the last tanka, so I decided to go with Divine Gate for this one. Picture inspiration:
They looked at the boy,
His sadness apparent.
They wished they could help him
but they could not fill
the hole in his heart.
I feel like this one had some good flow to it. I ended up having some extra syllables too. Maybe I chose the wrong subject to major in back in university. I’m seriously getting good at this.
Good enough that I think I’ll retire while I’m ahead. It’s hard work being a tanka master, so I think I’ll pass the title on to someone else. In particular I am interested in seeing if any of the following candidates would be interested in taking up the tanka master title for themselves:
- EdgyAnimeTeen – You knew this was coming right? Bonus points if you also write at least one tanka about D Gate also.
- Alex Prange – I know you have what it takes Alex!
- Plyasm – It’s been a while since your last post! How about some poetry?
- WeeaBroDerek – Honestly I just want to see what you come up with haha.
- Average Joe Reviews – Maybe you could write a Godzilla inspired tanka? 🙂
The only thing more fun than having to write your own poetry is pushing it onto others. I’m looking forward to reading your poetry, should you decide to take up the challenge. You’re welcome everyone.
And with that I believe I have followed all of the rules, which is what we do here.
Thanks again to Luminous Mongoose and Arsene_Lucifer!
Until next time!
Thanks for reading.