There are various ways of defining yourself as an anime fan, but one magical girl is making it a lifestyle. Today’s Magical Girl Gang Feature is of Eunice, the founder of the popular Black Girls Anime community. If you find yourself wondering who this is, look her up and get to following because this interview was an anime adventure you’ll want to have in your life.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
“A twenty-three-year-old anime fanatic.” From the early days of Sailor Moon, Eunice found that she could escape from the torture of bullying in her life and find safety within the stories in anime. “For me, it’s something that I’m in love with, because for me personally, it brings me joy.”
Eunice feels the anime community was stronger in New York, where she was raised, but that doesn’t stop her from creating her own community all the way in Minnesota. She said, “I’m trying to work on opening up, people come to me, and I give advice, but when it comes to myself I don’t.”
She realized a part of this came from growing up in an African (Nigerian) Household. There’s an expectation to be strong, and there’s little room to grow up “weak.” The idea that opening up to people could allow them to use that against you when you’re mad stuck with her growing up. It created a mentality that she should stick to herself, but her life changed thanks to her page, “Black Girls Anime”. Now, she finds herself opening up and sharing with her community of fellow anime fanatics. “They know my personality now, and they know I joke a lot, and its why people don’t mind going toe to toe with me on anime topics,” she said joyfully.
Anime has been a healthy coping mechanism for Eunice since she founded Black Girls Anime at the lowest point in her life. Little did she know this humble beginning would be a successful global platform. While coming up with the name she chuckled as she recalled the random spark that inspired the name “Black Girls Anime.”
What inspires you to be magical?
“People always tell me I’m magical, but I don’t necessarily see myself as such.” People might view it [Black girls loving anime] as “against the norm” she mused, but she views her magic as “Living her truth.” She’s someone who loves anime and is finally sharing it with the world. As an “anime loving weirdo” she’s living the life she wants wholeheartedly. In this instance, you can feel that Eunice redefined magic for herself and became a magical girl for anime fans everywhere.
What are you currently geeking over?
One of the reasons Eunice came to love the show dearly, is because Asta is someone without magical talent making his way in the world and still going after his dream. He isn’t mean, bitter, or complains about his lack of magical ability, and Eunice remarked “He never cried once” as she explained the trial of his story. He’s a pure-hearted character that Eunice took a strong liking to because of that strength. She has some Black Clover cosplays in the works and plans to showcase her “best boy” to the fullest. After seeing a Black Clover cosplayer at Anime NYC she’s all for it! She even has an Asta backpack and has plans for a tattoo of him.
If your life was an anime what would it look like?
Eunice described the best version of a dream anime life. She started by saying, “It would be the best black anime.” In her mind’s eye, she would be a magical rich girl who had equally wealthy magical diverse friends. They would live a magical life of being “bad bitches and good witches”. If her anime had a romantic turn, she imagined she’d have a black boyfriend, modeled after Yusuke, who would humble her wild child aesthetic down. Once her magic turned good, she’d have new magic and a cute pig companion like in Seven Deadly Sins. She added in, “my magic and witch inspirations would come from African Gods,”. Are you in love with this dream anime life?
What do you love about Adorned by Chi?
“Oh my god, where do I start, I love Jacque, and I love what she stands for” Eunice began, and she continued to appreciate how Adorned by Chi allows for all types of black women to have confidence in themselves. She loves that with Adorned by Chi you can be soft, hard, and break the mold of stereotypes. “We can be all types of women, we can be soft and fragile, and I love that about her brand.” Eunice passionately stated how important it was that this brand showed that black women can be soft and fragile, and not always hard. She chuckled as she remembered her first time interacting with Adorned by Chi and how intrigued she was with Jacque and later delighted to learn of her Nigerian heritage. It was a kinship that further linked her journey alongside Adorned by Chi.
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