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Weekly Check-In 01/28/2023-02/04/2023

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! I spent time this week focusing on media I needed to review but also just picked and chose through what was pending.

I watched two movies, two anime, and one tv show. I also read two volumes of manga and one novel. I even listened to one podcast. Onto the media~!

Movie

Battle of Jangsari

This was truly a profound story. As far as the movie watching experience, if you are not comfortable with mostly foreign language in your films, I would not recommend it, but if you do not mind, and you are curious about the South Korean perspective on the Korean War, I would highly recommend this film. It is profoundly sad, and you will have emotions all throughout, but there are some funny moments too like American War films. The only aspect I honestly wasn’t a fan of was the choppiness of the American aspects of the event. Because of these points, I have to give this film a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond

I wasn’t disappointed by this but at the same time the plot was very predictable even for someone who hadn’t watched the series beforehand (I had one of my dear friends go with me and he predicted everything even though he had never watched this series before). Its the usual items that are involved in the series but at the same time, it seemed like there wasn’t a lot of character development except for the guest characters and the bad guys. But in order to know certain characteristics of the series, you need to watch both seasons of the anime. Overall, though if you are interested in the movie, try it, but I would take it or leave it. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Aggretsuko

I finished up the latest season of this these past two weeks, and I will be completely honest, I was very disappointed by the characters. There was a lot of miscommunications and there were times things were very choppy feeling especially the plot. I am hoping the next season is better and funnier. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Blue Period

I inhaled this series!!!!! Definitely better than I expected for sure. how they handled the (I might be mistaken so don’t crucify me) trans character was awesome (although there are some verbal and physical abuse points so be aware). I loved learning about the different kinds of art that people create and what it takes to become a painter/professional artist. I also appreciated seeing more unique characters with a variety of ambition and mental health discussion. I was also able to look back on my journey with art inhaling this show and if that is something you are interested in plus art, I highly recommend this. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The Practice

These episodes had a ton of relationship dynamic conflicts, a ton of racial and appearance bias, and tremendous lawyering. It can be very intense and annoying at the same time, but I am still enjoying learning about what it is like to have a law firm. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms

Thank you so much to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga

This has a ton of unnecessary fanservice involved and I think the concept is okay however, there were way too many miscommunication moments and the guy just needs to tell her his reasoning for not talking to her properly!!! I was getting a little frustrated with the leading girl so much. I am though curious how things will continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Futari Escape

This is a manga that I have heard mixed reviews about, however, if you need a quick lunch break read, I will highly recommend this. Its an episodic slice of life about people spending the day with each other avoiding their obligations and escaping. The art is gorgeous and the characters are funny, however, there isn’t much happening in a sense of plot. I had more questions than answers and wanted more character development. Because of these points, I would have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Wild

Thank you so much for the author and Valentine_PR for the opportunity to read and review this book

I truly enjoyed this book, but I can definitely understand why people do not. The banter is definitely giving me the vibes of Desperately Seeking Roommate from this author but also it was deeper than I expected. I loved the music aspect (although I wished there was more with the music production aspect when it comes to the female leading lady) I also enjoyed the character dynamics between the friends and the couple as well. One thing that I have a feeling not a lot of people are going to like is a lot of the crude language that a lot of the characters do. However, I think if it’s possible to skip over it, some of the beautiful quotes that are in here make it worth it. I also think and maybe it’s because I haven’t read a lot of longer books lately, there were some scenes that could have been cut. I did appreciate most of them though. Overall, I am curious to see how this series will continue and I am really glad I read another book by this author. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

These past two weeks, I have gotten into a slump with what to listen to while I am driving. Because of this, I listened to a ton of Vol 1 reviews from Dad Needs to Talk. I appreciate his conciseness, detailed descriptions and his personal opinion on specific series. My only issue now is that I am running out of episodes lol! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead, I truly enjoyed what I did these past two weeks, so because of that I would like to continue my momentum to read and watch all I can. What about you guys? What did you read, watch, or listen to these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!!

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Tips and Tricks for Video Game “Noobs” A collab with a Video Game Expert

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Hey guys how’s it going? Today I wanted to talk about video games. I am what people would consider a Noob/Newbie, so I don’t have a ton of knowledge about it. Because of that I have enlisted assistance of my dear friend 2ndtolastunicorn a Twitch Video Game Streamer and her husband to assist me and my fellow Newbies on some tips and tricks to get started.

Bios

2ndtolastunicorn: I grew up playing video games with my family. My first game I completed was the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 and then the GameCube version of Animal Crossing!

Where does a β€œNoob” start when it comes to consoles? Do we pick what’s popular? Do we pick something that is easiest for our motor skills? Etc.

2ndtolastunicorn: Honestly, I’d take a look around and see which controller works the best for your hands. I prefer the Switch Pro controllers or a PlayStation controller personally!

Now Games, I know you have some favorites that you enjoy, but in your opinion what kinds of games would you suggest being the first place to start (I am sure this will probably depend on the console) however, maybe the opposite would happen.

2ndtolastunicorn: If you’re wanting cozy gaming I’d start with something like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing, easy to understand and very fun to create. If you want something like a simple RPG (role playing game) I’d suggest a Mario, Zelda or Kingdom Hearts. Shining Force or Chrono Trigger for a more tactical RPG.

Okay we have the game we have the console now; Now are we ready to play. How does a Noob make as much time as you to play video games (without going extreme)?

2ndtolastunicorn: I play whenever I have a spare moment. One nice thing about the Switches is that they are the easiest to carry around and don’t need to be attached to a TV to play πŸ₯°

I know also, being someone who is obsessed with video games, it can also be expensive. Any tips on how to be a video game lover on a budget??

2ndtolastunicorn: Watch for sales! Around Black Friday there tends to be some good ones. If you want the biggest bang for your buck check out the memberships for the consoles! Switch Online is awesome and PlayStation Plus has great pros to it too!

Any Additional comments for any noobs and plug your social media. Thank you so much for assisting me on this blog post, I truly appreciate ya’ll.

2ndtolastunicorn: Honestly, all gaming is to be FUN! So, if it doesn’t bring joy to YOU, then don’t do it hahaha and don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot play. And once you master any of the games, there are SO MANY communities of gamers that will help you get better and even if you want a challenge there are challenge runs and speed runs. But that’s another blog post for another day! 🀣🀣

Thank you SO much 2ndtolastunicorn for this opportunity to learn!!! Please check out Her and Her Husband’s Twitch Channels if you haven’t already!! I hope this was helpful for you I know for a fact it helped me!

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Weekly Check-in 01/21/2023

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I was watching more than I was reading but I was also working a ton.

Because of this, I watched three TV shows and one Anime. I also read one manga and novella. Onto the media!!!

TV Show

Will Trent

I watched this two part premiere this week and I appreciate the dyslexic representation and the character dynamics, however I think this will be one that could be trying too hard to be like a more arrogant Monk and an on again off again relationship. Overall, I appreciate that there’s a new show out there but I think its going to be a miss from me. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

ER

My gosh these past few episodes were so emotional that they were hard to watch. The relationship shifts are also amazing right now. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi πŸ£πŸ£πŸ£πŸ£.

The Practice

My dad had watched quite a few episodes ahead of me while I was at work, so I watched the gaps. I appreciate the explanation of how the system works and the various cases that are presented. However, I think with these set of episodes, there was a lot of morally grey aspects that made me feel for the characters but of course others made me uncomfortable especially for the time this was airing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

I have just reached the Wano arc, and I am living for it!!! I will be honest; I think I really wanted to watch One Piece last year because of the animations I saw of the Wano arc, and I was enthralled by it. Now that I have gotten to that point, I am very invested, I love the world and I am excited for more to come. My only issue though with this arc so far (other than FUNimation being weird with the dub) was that some of the fights have been too long. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Having an Idol-Loving Boyfriend is the Best

Thank you to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga

If I had to combine two different manga that I would personally use to describe this would be My Girlfriend is a Geek (except the leading lady is much nicer) and Wotakoi because of fan references and the slow burn romance. I truly enjoyed this because of the fan culture, the great character dynamics and the adventures that the characters go on. I also appreciated the unique artstyle as well. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Snowed in with the Billionaire

Thank you to Netgalley and Relay Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novella.

As someone who has recently had some difficulty reading, this was definitely something that I needed to read. If you are looking for a Christmas novella romance with two protagonists having vastly different family life and a small fame trope with some witty banter this is for you. Content warning for verbal abuse and virginal sex. My only issue with this one is that I was not a fan of how the perspectives shifted with the characters as far as writing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I will be honest, the week ahead I would like to read more and review some things I have procrastinated on. I would also like to watch maybe some new series or movies, but we shall see. What about you guys? What did you guys read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 01/07/2023-01/14/2023

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-In Time where I was productive yet all over the place.

Because of this, I watched a TV show, a movie, and two anime. I listened to a podcast and read three books and one volume of manga. Onto the media!

TV Show

ER

My gosh these past few episodes were so emotional that they were hard to watch. I do though still continue to watch it. I am also curious to see what happens next. Plus, there are a ton of guest stars that I know from other shows. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

Rescued by Ruby

This was one of those movies that if you want to learn about someone plus an adorable puppy become a K9 US state trooper, you definitely need to watch this movie. I also enjoyed    how encouraging everyone in the movie was to an extent. There was also a nod to the flash which was hilarious. However, some of the plot was a little choppy and it felt like the script kept regurgitating itself with the same lines over and over. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi   🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

A Chef’s Kiss

This was a book that I discovered from a booktuber and I am so glad I did as my first novel for 2023. It was a fantastic discussion about a second chance romance because of career opportunities. I also enjoyed the main characters’ romantic moments. The atmosphere and the food was also very clear. My only issue with this book was that I felt like there were too many characters all over the place that I couldn’t remember and some petty moments but overall, I enjoyed my time with this book and would recommend this to people who love foodie romances like me. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Chitose is in a Ramen Bottle

This manga is very pretentious especially when it comes to how cliques work and how the popular hierarchy work. It sometimes has way too many exposition points and I hated most of the characters unfortunately. If you are a teen who wants to know more about how high school socializing works, I would recommend it, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣

Anime

Aggretsuko

OOOOf the angst along with humor in this show. I truly appreciate the realistic approaches to office settings and relationships. However, I also think once you binge the episodes, you’re not sure what you just watched so overall I enjoy it, but it can be forgettable. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

One Piece

There was a ton of recaps in this group of episodes, but I am glad we got some extra crumbs for the future. However, this english dub release schedule is wayyyyy too slow for me. I want more now please and thank you. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Picture Book

Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie

This is a picture book that I have read to my students because of the silliness of it but also because it shows a ton of speech errors and as a speech therapist, it helps students to know that they are not alone with that but also to see all of the absurd things that people think that they hear but it’s not what the speaker meant if that makes any sense at all. Anyway, I am definitely glad that I have this series on my radar, and I am excited to read more books from them 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Dinosaur who Discovered Hamburgers

This is an adorable picture book about how a hamburger is made but also a way to help with food vocabulary and procedures to go on an adventure and cook.  I also love the artstyle that the book has especially when it comes to the food and nature. I think my only issue with it is that it can seem a little too long for the students. Other than that, I highly recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

This podcast still continues to be my favorite because of the host’s attention to detail and the realism of his personality. These past two weeks, I listened to a ton of podcasts but his are what I come back to especially when it comes to first impression reviews of manga volume ones. He even convinced me to read some that I needed a push to put on my list. Because of these points, I have to give this podcast a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I think I like my pace of media consumption this year, however, I think I want to read some more. What about you guys? What did you read, watch or even listen to the start of the new year? Let’s talk about it!!

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It’s That Time of Year Again: Reflections of 2022 and 2023 Goals

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to reflect on my 2022 goals and write my 2023 goals. Now, I will tell you this, I am not quite sure what next year will bring for me anymore as of a few months ago so, because of that, I don’t know how I will be able to accomplish these goals. I do though still want to try especially since this past year has gone so well.

Recap!!

2022 Goals Personally

  • Budget!!!❌
  • Take Appropriate Breaks and Socialize Outside the Internet!! βœ”οΈ
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Go on an Adventure βœ”οΈ
  • Balance My Food Intake and Exercising More ❌
  • Last but Certainly Not Least, Don’t Be Afraid to Be Myself βœ”οΈ

2022 Goals Professionally

  • Be Bolder and Adventurous When it Comes to My Photography βŒβœ”οΈ
  • Consume Whatever Media I Want No Matter What It is. βœ”οΈ
  • Keep Learning and Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New When It Comes to My Careerβœ”οΈ
  • Plan Better When It Comes to My Overall Schedule ❌
  • Last but Most Certainly Not Least, do not Lose Sight of Myself in my Career or Hobby βœ”

As you can see by the emojis, overall, I do not think I did too badly on accomplishing these goals this past year. However, the main ones that involved money I still did not accomplish well, or I didn’t put the effort into my health as I should have. I also did not do very well with planning considering a new schedule change halfway through the year. Also, I think with my photography I did go a little bit bolder and adventurous this year, but it was not enough for me to think that I accomplished that.

Here are the Goals that I want to accomplish in 2023 and three of them are going to be ones that I have repeated because I still haven’t accomplished them. Those are:

Budgets, Planning, and Nutrition/Exercise Equalization

I am going to take a different approach to these and have a better idea when it comes to accomplish these, and I am going to need some assistance. Because of this, any assistance is welcome and helpful.

New Goals

Professional

1. Keep Asking for Help from other Professionals

Over the years, asking for help is something that I have difficulty doing especially when it comes to my professional life. Next year though, I would like to ask more questions for more professional growth and personal as well.

2.Keep My Car and Office Areas Clean and Tidy

Yes, I need this as a goal because of all of the travelling I do for work plus the different places I work at need to be tidy. I need to be able to find all the supplies for work and the last few months I slacked on my organization big time so next year I hope I can make things better.

3.Be Picky about Opportunities that are Presented to me (Don’t do everything for Hobby/Job)

Ever since I started my book Instagram, I took absolutely any opportunity I could for free books or merch, and this blog also gave me the opportunity to attend comic conventions with minimal cost this year. However, I spent a lot of money outside of those things that were opportunities that I loved but at the same time, I need to be picky. I do not need to attend all of the comic conventions, I don’t need to buy or request all of the media to consume, and I don’t need to be that person who has to be everywhere in order to have a huge following (I have to be picky, so I am not overwhelmed or broke).

4.Be More Adventurous with my Ideas Professionally

Now this is something I did a ton this past year, but at the same time I feel like I didn’t take many risks when it comes to my photography, blog and therapy techniques because I think I attempted but I didn’t do enough. I hope that everyone enjoys the risks I take, but if they don’t that’s ok.

5.Dress More Appropriately Everywhere

This is one my mother recommended I put on here because I will be honest, I am still adjusting to professional attire but also comfort attire as well. I need to be more appropriate when it comes to colors and my age. Hopefully I can accomplish this.

Personal

1.Give Myself Time to Rest

Honestly, I need to do more resting when it comes to working multiple hours and days on my hobbies and my professional time outside of work hours. I need to make time to rest sometimes, and because of that there may be times I don’t post or don’t necessarily work on things that I cannot control. I think I need this in order to become a better person.

2. Give Myself Something Fun to do Once a Week/Once a Month

This is also something I would like to do with more balanced lifestyle. I want to be able to do something fun with my friends or go on an adventure but not do it excessively. Go to a movie, dinner with a friend etc. I need that work-life balance and even do things by myself if I have to.

3. Consume Media that I have, DO NOT BUY MORE

This is probably the goal I need to accomplish the most. I don’t need to consume every bit of media out there; I don’t need to buy every sale book out there. Instead of buying them to consume, add them to my wish list. Don’t buy another streaming service, consume the media I already have access to etc. This will probably be the goal that will make the biggest difference between my budgeting for sure.

What About You Guys? How Were Your 2022 Goals? Are You Making Your Own 2023 Goals? Let’s Talk About It!

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Weekly Check-In 12/24/2022-12/31/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I was sick but also celebrating the holidays.

Because of this, I watched three TV shows and one Anime show along with two Anime Movies. I read a Novella and a Picture book along with listened to a podcast these past two weeks. Onto the Media!!!

TV Show Rewatch

Ghosts

Lately I’ve needed to watch something mindless, funny but also with some profound moments at the same time and because of that, I decided to rewatch this show. I will be honest some of these episodes were a little too silly and some of the jokes didn’t land as much as last time but overall, I am glad I am watching this again and will continue on when it comes back again. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show is continuing to intrigue me in the sense of office politics along with the new characters that are being presented. I also am enjoying the psych aspects this set of episodes. I think my only issue is that there were too many social justice aspects with one particular storyline but otherwise I am still enjoying it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Practice

I think my favorite aspect of this show is that it explains certain procedures depending on which case that is being tried. My only issue with these episodes is that some of the people are very whiny and superficial. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Movies

One Piece: Strong World and Z

I lumped these movies together because honestly I am still waiting for the new dub and I wanted to be in this world again. I have to say I liked Z better than Strong World because of the plot and character development but both were great πŸ‘. As far as where these movies fit into the timeline Strong World fits into the story by pre Fishman Island arc and Z is pre Dressrosa post Punk Hazard arc if that makes any sense at all. But overall if you are wanting more One Piece like I did I recommend these movies. 4 out of 5 stars for Strong World and 4.5 out of 5 stars for Z and both are 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Show

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale

This is an anime I had seen on Tiktok but also one of my dear friends recommended me to watch it and I am so glad I did.  This takes place during the Taisho Era of Japan which was interesting because of the fashion but also because of the cultural aspects. I loved the wholesomeness of the romance, the way that several people in the show found their purposes in life, and overall I enjoyed my time and loved it. I think though because of how much I loved it, I wanted more I wanted more plot in the best way. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Picture Book

The Gingerbread Twins

This is a picture book I read with my students and if you are looking for an updated version of the Gingerbread Man story (which I remember my grandmother reading to us so much as a kid), this story definitely is one to be fitting the bill. It discusses a fox trying to create the perfect recipe for the gingerbread mainly and shenanigans ensue. I think my only issue was that there wasn’t much closure for the gingerbread, and I wasn’t a fan of that. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Mingle All the Way

This is an office fake dating holiday romance with an online dating component that I was truly surprised and appreciated all at the same time. Its one of those stories that I could definitely see hallmark eating up. Now I had two issues. One, there were a few plot holes that could have been cleared up by a couple of sentences. Two, its one that I think I know I read but its not one that I’ll shout through the rooftops for everyone to read. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣. If you need something for the holiday season and haven’t read it yet do so.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

There is a definite reason that this podcast is my number one. I love learning about all the different media that is out there and the different guests he brings on. I really wish there were more episodes to listen to but he is only human. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week/Year Ahead

In the year ahead, I am going to focus on my back log of media and few new releases so we will see what happens. What about you guys? What did you read,watch or listen this holiday season? let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 12/10/2022-12/17/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Where I was productive but also feeling sickly. 🀒

Because of this, I watched a movie and two tv shows. I also read a novel, a volume of manga, a picture book, and a comic. Onto the media!

Anime Movie

Quintessential Quintuplets Movie

I will give a caveat with this movie that its essentially the third/last part of this series so please watch the anime episodes first! After the last season, I was worried that the anime was going to deviate from the source material. However, they did not, and it was so good!! There was a ton of character development, romance, and hilarious lines for the win. I think the only issue for me, and it was minor was that it was moving a little slow towards the end. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

My gosh these past few episodes were so emotional that they were hard to watch. I do though still continue to watch it. I am also curious to see what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Practice

Oh another Lawyer show??? Don’t mind if I do. I think my dad is truly just reliving some of the shows he liked when I was young, I remember the opening music and maybe some of the main actors but thats it. I like in this particular show though, the explanation on procedure depending on the case and the watcher actually get the opportunity to see the sequential steps in some aspects. The only issue I had was that, it just felt like to me that I was just dropped into the story in the middle of something with no background anything. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Novel

The Holiday Switch

Thank you so much to my instagram followers for voting on this holiday read

This is a book that I loved because of the atmosphere, the romance, but also the internal conflict of trying to navigate their career path. Its bookish in the sense of the leading lady is a book blogger and their goal is to read and review holiday reads. I loved how detailed the reviews are although sometimes I just wanted things to move forward. I also wanted more from the friendship aspect of the characters and wanted more depth in the background at times. Overall though, I am excited to read more from this author and I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a holiday read. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

Cheeky Brat

My Instagram followers picked this manga out for me to read and I am glad they helped me continue this series

I am still continuing to enjoy this series. Upon reading it, it is reminding me of Maidsama but with Kurokos Basketball angst. I think my only issue with this volume in particular is that I had difficulty with reading some of the bubbles thinking its one person but its another. I am excited to continue on but I honestly am not sure where its going except to finish the basketball season. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Comic

Teen Titans:Raven

Thank you so much to my followers for picking this title for me to read

I honestly really loved how this plot was built. I also appreciated the diversity of magic that was presented as well. I think my only issue with it is that I felt the ending was very lackluster plus one of the characters looked too similar to Beast Boy. Because of these points, I have to give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣 and I am excited to continue on.

Picture Book

Holly Holiday and the Christmas Forest

Thank you to Netgalley and the Green Books Group for the opportunity to read and review this book

I read this several times with my speech students for the Christmas season and for me personally, I believe it was perfect for them. The plot was simple, the artstyle is beautiful to see and understand what is happening, and there was only one vocabulary word that I taught the students and that was it. There’s also an added cookie recipe and a sequence page to show how to plant a tree that was perfect for my students who need to create step by step directions. Overall, if you’re looking for a different picture book for the holidays, I would highly recommend this one 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead, the holidays will be in full swing, so I don’t know how I will be consuming in the future. However, I do have a buddy read this week with some of my dear friends and I also have some other ideas as well. How about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 12/03/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! I honestly went into a very productive mode with my media consumption. I consumed a ton of different things.

I watched two anime and two TV shows. I also read two volumes of manga, one graphic novel and one novel. Onto the Media!!!!

Anime

One Piece

I still continue to enjoy this series. I think my only issue is that this particular arc took a long time to wrap up especially since the dub took too long to finish πŸ™ƒ. But overall, I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Dragon Goes House Hunting

This was an anime series that I have wanted to watch because I enjoyed the concept of the manga, but the formatting was bothering me. However, I think it does work very well as an anime with the episodic format and the dialogue. It also is an anime that is very mindless so if you have a minor sickness like I did this week, Its perfect for you to watch. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Baked Inn Love

Thank you to the Author and Social Butterfly PR for the opportunity to read and review this book

This was a book that if you are one that enjoy Hallmark stories along with a road trip, this is definitely for you. I loved the banter, both characters’ perspective on things and the overall atmosphere and story. I think for me personally though, I think there were too many ties to the previous book that I wanted to know more about that couple just as much as the one in this story.  So, for me personally, I would recommend reading this book after the first one. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Falling Drowning

Thank you so much to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga πŸ’—

This was an intriguing story with a love triangle and mysterious element. I love the art and the premise is very unique as far as that mystery. However, I really think if you’re not a fan of love triangles, you’re not going to like this because that is all that it presented to the readers. I think it could have been better with more flushed out development and plot… but I am intrigued by the story. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3-3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Doing His Best to Confess

Thank you to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga

This is a manga series that I think if you want a male perspective of a shoujo like Otomen, I would recommend this one. I loved how adorable he found the leading lady and the shenanigans that they come up with. However, this volume just randomly ended and I wanted a ton more from this. I will definitely be checking this out in the future to see if he ever gets to confess. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Scout is Not a Band Kid

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children’s Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

Honestly, I believe this is a graphic novel that I would add to my collection of ones that middle school aged children need to read for the lessons of working hard to get what you dream about but also discussing fandom and true friendship. Some of the humor was not my favorite but thankfully it didn’t deter me from the story too much plus I loveeeed the art!!! I also would recommend this graphic novel if you love the Webtoon Brass and Sass. Overall, I don’t think this will be for every middle schooler out there, but I still think they could benefit from it. Solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This group of episodes has a lot of legal difficulties along with administrative changes and I think it is very tough for people who do not want to see several children be hurt all at once.  I think also things are going to spiral fast and I am going to be emotional. Because of these points, I have to give this group of episodes a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Harry’s Law

Maybe it’s because I didn’t watch this from the beginning, I don’t know but, I think what this show lacks are more steps involved with certain cases because some are a slam dunk and others have several intense steps that cause trials to last for weeks even months. I wish we saw more of that. I also enjoy the new characters and their dynamics with everyone. Overall, I enjoy this particular lawyer show and I am excited to watch more. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead I would like to keep this momentum going of consuming and reviewing media (especially my required ones from Netgalley etc.) I also am really excited about consuming the holiday media!! What about you guys? What media did you consume this past week? Let’s talk about it!!!

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Weekly Check-in 11/26/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! Where I watched but not read a lot.

Because of this, I watched an anime,two TV shows, and a movie. I also read one volume of manga. Onto the media!!

TV Show

ER

The show is starting to get into some unethical conflicts when it comes to doctor/doctor relationships but also doctor/patient ethics as well. However, I am still continuing to enjoy the show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Harry’s Law

This show is one that I wish I could have watched from the very beginning to see some of the context that some of the character dynamics have. However, I still continue to enjoy the show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Noragami

This is definitely one of those stories that I definitely wasn’t sure I would love but definitely would highly recommend if you love mythological stories but worry about trying to figure out the world-building. I would also recommend it if you loved the humor in Devil is a Parttimer and the emotions of Black Clover and Edens Zero (I teared up a few times during this anime surprisingly). I am glad to read and watch more. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

My Dress-up Darling Vol 4

This manga/anime is so awesome yet adorable all at once

I continue to enjoy this series and I am excited to continue more but since I inhaled the anime I am taking my time with the manga. I love the exposition on how cosplay can be created plus how the characters fangirl over the various fandoms out there. I do wish that this volume was longer though. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

The Christmas House

This is a movie that is definitely more unique than previous ones I have watched because of the leading character being male as opposed to the normal female lead. I also appreciated that the problems they had were realistic. However, there was a ton of choppiness and some lame writing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, well that is an excellent question ha-ha! I have a few books that I am attempting to finish but also there is a lot of other things I want to read and watch as well. What about you guys? What media have you consumed this week? Christmas media?? Let’s talk about it!!

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Let’s Go To Another Anime Convention: My Experience Going to Oni-Con 2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is going to be my experience at Oni-Con 2022. This will be my play-by-play of my experience with some photos to correspond.

First, I want to thank the Oni-Con Press Coordinator for the opportunity to attend the convention as press. I truly appreciated this opportunity as someone who is local to see what this convention had to offer.

Travel/Accommodations

I was able to travel after work on Friday (the venue was near where my work was). I also stayed at the Holiday Inn with my dear friend nearby on Saturday and that was a good place to go to although the walls are super thin. We also had difficulty getting some television going so we ended up watching YouTube (Dope or Nope most of the time). Overall, though, would recommend staying there. if you could not get the nearest hotel next to the Venue.

At the Convention

At the start of the convention, it seemed to be very disorganized when it came to registration and programming. Things were not labelled, and essentially the entrance of the convention was Artist Alley and not registration. It was very chaotic to say the least. I waited about 20 minutes in order to receive my badge but that could have been because it was the first day. I also was a little disappointed in the One-day pass being a wristband rather than a laminated badge. There was also an aspect I wasn’t a fan of that you had to be in a certain club to participate in that took up most of the Con space and I never understood why it was a part of it or what made it so cool.

Exhibition Hall/Artist Alley

I don’t know which shop this is, but this was the first shop next to Registration

This is probably the part of the con that I visited the most and probably the one I loved the most. There were a variety of artists and vendors that I was able to visit and take photos for an upcoming blog post and everyone was very kind as far as talking to me and making me feel like I was not bothering them at all. I think my only issue that I had with them was that there was not a lot of fandom choices personally. I mean don’t get me wrong there was a ton of items there and tons of beautiful art and vendors, it just felt like there should have been more fandoms represented for me personally.

Food

Lunch

Rainforest Cafe

Because of the lack of non-snack food that the convention provided, we decided to eat out both meals. First was Lunch at the Rainforest Cafe nearby. The timing of the food was fine, and the atmosphere was standard for the cafe for a Saturday afternoon. I picked out The Creole Mac & Cheese and I liked it, but I think there was personally too much spice for what I wanted so my mouth was feeling funky afterwards. My friend also got the new Meatloaf and they said that there was way too much meat in it for their liking as well.

Dinner

Joe’s Crab Shack

For Dinner, we went to Joe’s Crab Shack and truly was a 180 experience from Lunch. It could have been the timing; it could have been the waitress who knows? But the point was that dinner was fantastic with the simple shrimp platter. My friend got the variety platter, and they enjoyed it as well.

Overall, I truly wished that the convention provided a variety of food other than snacks but, the restaurant experiences we had weren’t bad per say but I wanted more from them both.

Fashion Show/Concert

Now looking at the schedule that was provided and advertised on the Oni-con website, this was the panel I was looking forward to especially since one of the models was a Jpop singer from Scandal the artist that did Shuken Sentimental from Full Metal Alchemist. Honestly, I loved the Fashion Show it was fun it was unique and comfortable and took only 10 minutes to complete. The Concert with the Scandal artist was where it took a nosedive. The acoustics provided for her stunk and made her sound like there was feedback all over the place and after two songs, we had to leave because it was so painful. I wished they had made things easier, and sound checked first.

Trying out Snacks After The Convention

At the end of the day, my friend and I checked into the hotel and just chilled out. There was nothing more to do. However, we definitely wanted to try out some Japanese snacks that a couple of the Exhibition Hall booths had and at least according to us, the mochi was ok, the ramune was ok (that particular flavor anyway), and the chips were interestingly delicious haha. It was though very fun to try all of this out with a friend so if you see a food booth at a convention, I challenge you to try some unique snacks with a friend.

Haul

Perler Bead Sculpture from Hooked and Beyond

I remember Perler Bead art being around for years and years, but I never found anything as unique as this piece. Kiki’s Delivery Service was a movie I saw the trailer so many times before I knew what Anime was and definitely having this piece makes me want to rewatch and read the story. Wonderful quality plus a great price. Check out the shop they also do crochet work.

Faerie Earrings from Tradeship Odessa

The booth that I received these earrings from was definitely the most unique one with terrariums and overall whimsy. They had a variety of Faerie earrings and ultimately because of the outfit I was wearing the day I bought them, I picked this pair. They also were a fantastic price for being handmade. Highly recommend them.

Lore Olympus Print from OSC Studios

Honestly this artist found me in the vendor hall and wanted my friend and I to check them out. They had this piece and a Spider Gwen one that I wanted, but ultimately, I chose the Lore Olympus one because it was the only Lore Olympus item, I saw there plus I love this pose. The artist also explained to me how he created the pieces digitally and I was intrigued. Check them out if you’re interested.

My Dress-Up Darling Pillows from No Shrinking Violet

Last but most certainly not least I bought these pillows from an artist and honestly at first, I just wanted Marin because when I fangirl, I feel like I make the face that Marin does all the time. But after looking and thinking about Gojo as well and how beautiful both of the pillows are, I had to get them both. They had a variety of fandoms and kawaii art on pillows and other handmade goods that were so soft and high quality, that I had to get them. Check them out if you are interested.

Wrap-up/Reflections

Overall, I have had a lot of time to think about this convention while writing this post, and I did not hate the convention, but I was largely disappointed based on the panels, the lack of certain aspects of a well-rounded anime convention, and the locale of the convention as far as room to maneuver everywhere. Would I visit this convention again? Honestly, if I do, it would be either as a press person or a very cheap ticket because this was definitely not worth 45 dollars to attend. I enjoyed my time seeing new vendors and making some minor connections and seeing (although very little) unique fandom items around the convention. But I wanted more from it especially for showing my friend an anime convention for the first time.

Have you guys been to a Convention? What did you guys think of posts like this? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 11/12/2022-11/19/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I have been busier and more productive than consuming media!

Because of this, I watched an anime, two tv shows, and one YouTube channel. I also read one Manwha and three picture books with my students. Onto the media!!

Anime

My Senpai is Annoying

I’ll be honest after reading the manga, I thought the anime would be better as far as flow and relationships etc. It was and it wasn’t and here’s why:

It had a fantastic flow rather than the manga, but the jokes were the same over and over again.  It felt like there was one couple that got most of the screen time that was not the main couple and I enjoyed them but at the same time I wanted more about them other than their stereotypes. I also did not like the age gap romance because it seemed unnecessary to the story. The gray-haired character also didn’t need to be there either. Overall, I think if you love love the story from the manga and want an inch more, watch the anime but otherwise, I think either choice is valid. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

The show is turning more political and more angsty when it comes to the relationships currently and there are moments that I love the series and when I don’t. However, I still continue to watch it and am curious to see what happens next. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Harry’s Law

This is a show my parents loved watching back in the day and I watched it too and my dad is rewatching it again. The episodes I watched were intriguing and intense all at once, but I think I need to watch the show from the beginning because I think I would love the character development more. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

YouTube Channel

DOPE OR NOPE

I know I don’t normally post about my YouTube video binges (if I even do any), but one of the weekends, with my dear friend we binged like four or five episodes of this channel, and it is very intriguing to me. I like how they try different websites to create things and that they buy unique things in order to make content. Some of their jokes are a bit blergh but overall, I am really enjoying this channel. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manwha

Series Starters

The Abandoned Empress

I can tell you this by the first volume, that this story is not going to be for everyone. Its not one you can read through quickly. The art is gorgeous but if you are not sure what’s going on, it can’t save you. I think if you’re like me and like series that have some political but also in depth world building with characters that for the moment have some surface level depth with the potential to go deeper, you’ll find this to be an interesting read. But, if you’re not a fan of those things and need fluff, this isn’t it. Personally though with this first volume I wanted more introduction and more understanding of the world, but I have a feeling there will be more later. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Picture Book

Can You Spot the Leopard?

Β I have to thank the Green Leaf book group and the author for the opportunity to read and review this picture book with my speech students.

The art in this book is gorgeous plus the writing is very beautiful with its cadence. It also shows the animals in their environments so realistic that it can help my students be able to differentiate habitats and descriptions. However, I don’t think this book will be for every student because of some of the complex words. I am truly excited to read more from this author and publisher and I would definitely recommend this if you were interested. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

A Sari for Ammi

This is definitely a story that can teach students how important being generous can be but also several different middle eastern vocabulary words. The art in this is absolutely amazing and the story is simple and overall enjoyable. I think the only issue for my particular students is that there are several words and terms that will be difficult for them to understand and make them lose interest. But generally, I highly recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Squirrel Who Watched the Stars

The art in this book is gorgeous plus the writing is very beautiful with its cadence. It also shows how the stars are made. I think this book will be for every student because it was easy to read and an adorable story. I am truly excited to read more from this author and publisher and I would definitely recommend this if you were interested. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, with Thanksgiving I am not sure how much I will be consuming. However, I have at least two books/manga I want to read right now. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-In 10/29/2022-11/05/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time. These past two weeks, I was in a major media slump!!!!

However, I was able to read two novellas and a manga volume. I also watched an anime, a TV show, and an anime movie!!! Onto the media!!

TV Show

ER

These episodes showed a new cast member starting as an intern and she reminds me so much of myself when I have walked into a program brand new to everything lol πŸ˜†. There is though a ton more backstabbing than the previous and so many people doing awful things. Overall though, I am still excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Meet Me in Los Feliz

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read and review this novella

I truly truly loved and appreciated this novella. I love the banter, the inclusive representation, I also loved the unique sex scenes (I don’t recommend this if thats not your cup of tea but if you are interested…yeah definitely pick this up). Overall though, I loved the communication between the main characters the most and how they hang out together is something that I love in my romances. I also think this may be a novella ill read again and again for some feels before the holidays. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣 due to some strange lines for me. I highly recommend it.

Big Biker

This was definitely not what I expected it to be in a good way. It definitely shows the Biker being a big teddy bear and saving the leading lady with his P.I skills. I think for me this one as opposed to others that I’ve read from this author was a more solid conclusion. Other than that though, I really enjoyed this story (even though a lot of it was sad because of all the manipulation). And I am excited to continue reading this author’s backlist. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

The Girl with the Sanpaku Eyes

This was a manga volume chosen by my Instagram followers and I am so glad they did. I think I will have them do that more often

This is a manga series that I have wanted to try because of the art but also because of the shy aspect and the “unattractive” leading female character and I LOVED the art in this especially the wardrobe and colors. I also enjoyed the episodicness of the plot, but I wished there was more to the story with the male perspective (maybe it will happen in the future we will see). Overall, though, I enjoyed my time with this manga, and I would love to continue on in the series 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

The episodes in this week’s English dub were bonkers and left everything unfinished in my opinion. We learned more about some of the villains and more about the powers that everyone has. But i feel like everything was off balanced (even though we learned more throughout the plot). Overall though I am excited to continue on and watch more later on to try and make sense of things in the future. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

One Piece Film: Red

This film was better than I thought it would be. If you’ve seen the current English dub you aren’t going to be too spoiled by anything other than maybe some character collaboration and a line or two to indicate the current timeline. There was also too many songs that were put in too many random places. Otherwise, I think its an intriguing story and a fantastic addition to the One Piece story 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

The week ahead I actually have a fun project coming up that may be an extra blog post or two haha. (You guys will have to see). But what about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Interview with Brindi Quinn… Unique Characters/Creatures in Media.

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I have a special guest on the blog today.

The Amazing Brindi Quinn

Brindi is a dear friend of mine who writes very unique worlds and characters. Because of this, I thought it would be a fun idea to have her do a special post with me. I also personally recommend the Lightborne and Enternity duets. I hope you guys enjoy this post!

Bio

Brindi Quinn is a fangirling fantasy author from Minnesota specializing in world-building and romance. She is an advocate of quirky love and firmly believes that banter makes the heart grow fonder. Her main ingredients for a great read are spice, sparkle, and SWOON.
Since 2011, Brindi has written over a dozen young adult and new adult novels beginning with her debut epic fantasy series, Heart of Farellah. Her works often blur the lines between
paranormal romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and her series have been hailed as unique, addictive reads by reviewers. 
Brindi is an IT Project Manager by day and has a bachelor’s in communication-based studies from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in suburban Minnesota where she likes to bike, indulge in video game lore, and spend time with her life partner, Kent, the world’s cutest pup, Burton, and the fluffle of cantankerous rabbits that hop around her house.
Brindi is published through Midnight Tide Publishing and Never & Ever Publishing.

Interview Questions

  1. Brindi, when you first decided you wanted to become an author, why did you pick romance as the genre you wanted to write and to follow up why did you want to expand past contemporary?
    Complex answer is that romance opens the door for a whole spectrum of emotions and human (or non-human) experiencesβ€”lust, desire, longing, pain, sorrow, elation, pleasureβ€”and I find it allows me to create more intimate stories for the reader. Simple (maybe truer) answer is that writing romance is just more fun! Like the reader gets to feel all those stomach-dropping, shivery, swoony moments while reading, I also get to experience them while writing. As far as magical/fantasy/SF elements, similar answer. I write the things I like to read, and I don’t think I could write a book that was straight contemporary because I’d lose interest.
  2. What helps you come up with your ideas I.e., another form of media, research, etc.?
    That’s a bit of a mixed bag. A lot of times it’s just a moment in nature. Standing outside in the quiet and feeling a rush of leaves hit my ankles. Those sorts of little moments transport me, and suddenly, I want to develop an entire scene around them. My books are very emotionally driven, so a lot of time I think about the feeling of a scene before plopping in the world and characters. I have done books based on what-if scenarios that just sort of pop into my head, too.
    Those are some of my dystopian reads like The World Remains or Zillow Stone. Or based around specific creatures, like Come True (genies) or Marley Craw (reapers). I do use inspiration pictures and music to help with my writing process.
  1. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? One of the
    people/creatures you have listed or something completely different?

    Hmm, maybe a fox? Or a raccoon. Something cute and unassuming but also a little sneaky. I
    think as a person I’m both approachable and shrewd, and so are many of my characters. And I love, love, love leaving breadcrumbs for twists that the reader doesn’t notice until after the twist has already hit them.
  2. What was the most surprising thing you learned when creating your books whether it is the publishing process, that you do not write the same for each series etc.
    Before writing, the thought of completing an entire book seemed insurmountable. So many
    pages, so many words, and where does the climax hit? Is the dialog believable? Have the
    characters grown? I think the most surprising thing for me after writing many books is that
    writing, itself, is easy. The actual act of creating stories, people, twists, worldsβ€”that comes easy.
    The hard part is marketing. Convincing people to choose my books out of the multitude of books
    that are out there. I have always worked hard to create vivid imagery, fluid prose, and unique
    plots, but many, many readers continue to want simple writing, dark-haired morally gray love
    interests, and books about vampires and fae, so it’s sometimes hard to stay true to my aesthetic while remaining motivated to seek out the right type of readers for my work.

Thank you so much Brindi for answering these interview questions. Now what Brindi and I are going to do now is pick some of our favorite unique creatures and the media we love them in. Brindi is up first!

Brindi’s Picks

  1. Genies
    Genies are my FAVORITE. I loved I Dream of Jeannie as a kid, and my dream was always
    to write a gender-bent version of it, where the genie is a male and the master is a
    female. And that’s basically the basis for my entire Come True series (although the plots
    are nothing alike). I love the idea of being able to use magic but only for another
    person’s benefit, the proximity/intimacy it forces with their masters, their cool bottles
    where they can hide always all their secrets, and that whole slinky/boho vibe they’ve
    got going on. My genies siphon off the soul in exchange for wishes, and while they can
    use independent, specialized magic (such as ink magic or rage magic), they are always
    most powerful when a master’s wish drives their spells.

2. Leprechauns
This is one of those mythical races you don’t see a lot of and have a huge amount of
potential. In my books, I always love to use essence sharing (desire sharing, thought
sharing, power sharing), and my most recent exploration has been luck sharing via a
cute twenty-something male leprechaun I introduce in my upcoming book, Granted. My
character is an adrenaline junkie, allowing his luck to lead him into dangerous situations
and relishing the close calls it causes. He also has the ability to temporarily bequeath his
luck unto others, which makes for a great plot ingredient.

3. Grim Reapers
These are featured in my Marley Craw book, where a grim reaper falls for the ghost he’s
supposed to be shepherding to the afterlife. The reason I love grim reapers is because
they’re locked into this dark association with death, regardless of their individual
personalities or wants. Having a fate tied to such a morose occupation allows for
complex, conflicted characters that are caught between worlds. My version of a grim
reaper is (of course) hot and says things like, β€œDeath loves life, even if life fears death.
You’re designed to move towards, and at the same time, fear me, as I’m made to crave
you.”

4.Huldra
These are probably the first on this list many readers have never heard of. They come
from Scandinavian folklore and are seductive forest women with tails, kind of like the
forest’s version of a sea siren. I use them in my Eternity Duet series to lure the male
party members into danger. Though they’re the bad guys in my books, they don’t have
to be, and I would love to see more stories featuring themβ€”because who doesn’t love a
race of women that can easily defeat their enemies using their feminine power? (Men,
probably.)

5. Sphinxes
This is another one I use in my Eternity Duet series, where the main character is a
quarter-sphinx descendant who is human in appearance but retains some of his
ancestors’ power, such as the ability to make riddle-bound deals and his crafty, golden
eyes that disarm people. In mythology, these have the head of a human, the haunches
of a lion, and the wings of a bird and are known to guard treasure and kill those who
can’t answer their riddles. The main reason I like them is because of they give off a
refined, secretive vibe and attack with wit.

6. Incubi
My Crown Saga series features a variation of incubi called β€˜Spirites’ who draw power
from desire and have the ability to beguile/glamor their victims into submission. The
version in my books used to be predators of the human race but have since evolved out
of those tendencies, and many humans now pay them to experience the feel of their
magic. My FMC teases the MMC about his β€˜sex power,’ but having creatures with desire-
driven power is kind of a romantasy writer’s dream because it opens the door for sexual
tension and lusty moments. I adore them for their struggle to walk the line between
their evolved humanity and their deep-rooted predatorial instincts.

7. Darkness/Shadow Wielders
I may have teased about morally gray characters in an earlier interview question, but
really, I’ve written many of those too, and most of them wield darkness. There’s just
something sexy about a character that can command shadow, and mine are usually able
to transfer that shadow into others to control them, remedy them, hear their thoughts,
or inebriate them. Some of my series show shadow-wielders as descendants of dragons,
as light-bearers that have become corrupted by darkness, or as those that have been
possessed by a goddess of destruction. I love writing scenes with shadow as an element
because of its dark, fluid, seductive nature.

Sushi’s Picks

1.Krakens

Krakens are a new creature that I am interested in media now because of Stalked by the Kraken by Lillian Lark. Lillian Lark made Gideon so intense but also fascinating at the same time. I also wonder what it would be like to have multiple tentacles help with certain things. Also, the ability to love shiny things I think I already am one if that is the case, Haha!!

2.Ayakashi/Yokai

This is probably the creature that I have consumed the most in Asian fantasy media especially anime. I like them because there are a variety but also because each kind has their own story to tell like gods and goddesses. Some of them also look so beautiful as well. But make sure you don’t get tricked by any of them!! Demon Prince of Momochi house is a fantastic entry point and Kakuriyo is also beautiful as well.

3.Dragons

I personally think Dragons are the creatures that kids see the most in their childhood first and not just because of Dragon Tales and How to train your Dragon. Because there are moments that they look majestic and beautiful like horses and unicorns, but they can also be greedy and misers with their treasures as well (man I love the creatures who love shiny stuff huh??). I also back in day pretended to have an imaginary dragon named Dragoon. Obsessed with Dragons.

4.Faeries

Fae, the thieves of the creature world. They can be such tricksters. However, with some of the media they make the environment better with being in charge of the plants and the seasons animals etc. I also love how now they have fairies that take care of technology etc. I love how versatile they can be and be a variety of shapes and sizes. My first media consumption of Fae was Tinkerbell in the Peter Pan play (play not movie), but I love the movies with her world more. I think the other piece of media that makes me enjoy Fae is the original show Winx Club because of the versatility of the Fairy Dust.

5.Witches

I think this is the creature that I most feared when I was young, but I believe they have the most media representation in the supernatural world. Spells, familiars etc. There are a ton of different representations of witchcraft and wizardry out there (I believe something for everyone??). Now that I am older, I love witch stories now and highly recommend them for some people who just want a little whimsy like Sabrina the teenage witch or when you need something spooky and dark in some moments like Hex Next Door by Lou Wilham and the Wicked book/musical.

6. Elves

Elves are still a complete mystery to me because they have a variety of depictions in media that just are so different from each other that I just do not know. At first, I just thought elves were just Santa’s helpers but there are more to it than that especially in the fantasy stories. I just know they have powers and can be small or human sized. I remember watching the Christmas movies with all of the elves running around and then I saw Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s interpretation of elves was so surprising to me especially their majestics. Keeper of the Lost cities by Shannon Messenger is a book series I’d love to read to see their elves alone, but I am intimidated by their sheer size.

7. Mermaids

Mermaids the beauties of the sea. I do not know about you guys but when I was little in the swimming pool, I imagined I was a mermaid in the sea looking through all the fish etc. I love how swift their tails look and how their voices ring out across the seas. Truly beautiful. Everyone movie wise started out with Little Mermaid but book wise I started out with the Tail of Emily Windsnap. My second anime I ever watched too was Mermaid Melody and for that reason alone, I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone enjoyed these unique creature picks! If you guys have any picks that Brindi or I missed, please put them down in our comments. Thank you so much Brindi for the opportunity to interview you and to collaborate on this blog post. Is there anything else you would like to add to the readers and where can they find you on the interwebs?

I’m @brindiful on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. The second book in my Come True series, Granted: A Bomb-Ass Genie Sequel, releases December 14 through Midnight Tide Publishing with this beautiful cover.


and you can find out more about that series and my full catalog of works at http://www.brindiful.com.
Thank you so much for the opportunity. This was so fun to put together!

Thank you SO much Brindi for this opportunity!!! Please Please check out Brindi’s Books if you haven’t already!!

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Weekly Check-in 10/15/2022-10/22/22

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! Where because of work and my blog projects, I consumed very little media these past two weeks.

Because of this, I consumed a novel and two volumes, two anime, a tv show, and a movie. Onto the media!!!

Manga

Series Starters

Lightning and Romance

Thank you to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga

This manga was a pleasant surprise. I love the artstyle, the fashion, and the age gap is interesting?? I think what I am most intrigued by is the mystery of it all whether it is going to be supernatural, yakuza, I am not sure. But! I think if you love a bad boy good girl romance dynamic, you should read this manga. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Hitomi-Chan is Shy With Strangers

I truly enjoyed this first volume. This is because I loved the conversation and sweetness between the characters. I also loved the artstyle. I think my only issue with it was that there was too much unnecessary fanservice with the abs and breasts. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Hex Next Door

Thank you to the Author and Midnight Tide Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was definitely perfect for this season with all the different types of magic, witches, etc. the one content warning with this is that there are a few moments of self-harm due to blood magic so if that does not interest you/triggers you keep that in mind while reading this. There is also a sapphic romance that I enjoyed as well and how that ended for me personally was perfect for the couple, but I know some romance readers will want more from them. My only writing complaint was that personally for me it felt like it was too much in some places and less in other places but that could have been just me. Overall, though, I am curious how the rest of the series will be, and I enjoyed the world. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

OMG so much happened in this group of episodes. Back story, action, and a ton of feels. I still continue to love this series (except the dub ended on a bad spot!!) and I am excited to see what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Devil is a Part-Timer

WHAT!!!!!! I finally finished season two of this series and this is so…. I am still reeling from that ending. At least the ending of the first season had some sort of wrap up in case it got canceled (like we thought 10+ years ago). Now, it feels like there is going to be even more action and more items that we don’t even know what is going to happen next. Overall, though, I would recommend binging this series rather than once a week. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show continues to surprise me when I watch it. I love all of the characters that we are continuing to see, and the plot thickens. I think my only issue is that I had trouble with one of the characters and I wanted to punch him in the face. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

Ticket to Paradise

This movie was actually better than I thought it was. It discusses figuring out what you want to do after you work hard in college, it discusses three different aspects of when the right time for marriage is, and finally, that if you truly love someone with your whole heart and they leave for a while, they’ll come back if it’s meant to be. I loved the culture of Bali being integrated into this story and the cinematography was gorgeous. My only issue I had was that I had some loopholes with the plot, and I fear other than the beauty of the location, I will forget the movie. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I have a big project that I am posting on the blog with a special guest for Halloween (If you are reading this in the future, it is a creature list check it out when it gets posted). As far as media consumption, I have a few ideas/ pending things for review so I will definitely be doing those and anything else I am in the mood for. What about you guys? What did you read, watch, or consume this media these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!!!

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Blog tour!! Collab with Scott Mechanical Reviews Traveling to An Anime World!!

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite anime series that I would love to travel to. This is also a collaboration that I am working with Scott from Mechanical Reviews that is a traveling collaboration blog post so please check out everyone that is collaborating with him along with his website for anime reviews and more.

The prompt is pretty simple. I am a crewmember of the MSN-1702 Mecha Base. One random day while traveling through outer space, the Mecha Base comes into contact with a wormhole.

Where does the ship go?

I am going to the world of Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits!! However, I will not be the bride of the Odanna even though he’s very suave lol

Synopsis of the anime/manga series: Aoi Tsubaki is a college student who has the ability to see Ayakashi, a trait she inherited from her deceased grandfather. One day, when Aoi walks past a torii shrine, she sees an Ayakashi sitting there who announces that it is hungry. However, after giving it food, Aoi is kidnapped by the Ayakashi, an Ogre called Odanna. He takes her to the Hidden Realm, a world where all the Ayakashi live. He tells Aoi that her grandfather owed him a debt, and as compensation, she must marry him. Aoi negotiates with the Ogre instead, asking to work at the ogre’s inn, the Tenjin’ya.

I picked the world of Kakuriyo because of these three things: the world, the characters, and I know if I needed it as I was traveling on the Mecha, the wonderful food that Aoi creates. Let’s talk about it!

The World

Hidden Realm

The hidden realm is the world that has plethora of Ayakashi also called yokai, who live in eight different lands with a variety of customs and cultures. It gives a feel of historical Japan with some beautiful clothing that the characters wear along with architecture and shrubbery.

The Characters

The Employees of Tenjin’ya.

The employees of Tenjin’ya. feel like people you meet every day some good and bad, but they overall have one goal: to make sure that Tenjin’ya is the best inn for ayakashi to stay. Adding the main character into the mix makes most of the character dynamics better. I would love to be an employee of the Moonflower part of Tenjin’ya because hanging out with Aoi would be fun but also learning about making different types of food to satisfy everyone.

The Food!!

First we need to go into the Moonflower eatery for this one because this is where most of the food in the series is eaten.

The food that this world has is traditional Japanese food but with some added spices that only Ayakashi can taste and because of that I would love to learn more about how to make it and eat it correctly. Aoi is a great teacher to the other spirits, and I think between working there and eating there it would be amazing.

What about you guys! If you were a crewmember of the MSN-1702 Mecha Base, where would you want your wormhole to go? Let’s talk about it! Also thank you so much Scott for the opportunity to collab with you on this blog post. Check him out if you haven’t already!

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! “Hi, I am the Friendly Ghost” Ghost Media recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going today I am recommending to you some friendly ghost media for the Halloween season/supernatural times. There is a variety and I hope you find something you’re interested in. Onto the Media!!

Movies

Casper Movies

I think this is where my love of ghosts came from was from the Casper movies. Casper is a very adorable friendly ghost who gets in a bunch of different adventures with a variety of people and mysteries. There is an order to watch these, but it doesn’t make a difference to me as far as plot. If you need some cute ghost family-friendly movies check these out!

TV Show

Ghosts

New fave on this list is a TV show with a variety of ghosts and two people building a Bed and Breakfast. There are some moments when it is crude but truly a perfect thing to put on if you need a show to capture the friendly ghost vibes all year round. (Some adult content though so be careful with kids).

Manga

Phantom of the Idol

This is a manga series that has just come out with the combination of Idol culture mixed with a friendly ghost.  It reminds me most of the anime series Zombieland Saga because of its dry humor and characters in general. Overall, though, it’s fun and if you love idols and ghosts check it out!!

Anime

Ginban Kaleidoscope

This anime is one I was so surprised not many people talk about but also the concept of the ghosts is interesting. It discusses an aspiring figure skater with a ghost who was a stunt pilot. Coming of Age story with a ton of humor. I will warn you this anime is not dubbed to my knowledge. Highly recommend!!

Book

Indie Fave

Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E Smith

A person who hates seeing ghosts, another who wishes they could see ghosts so badly they create a paranormal television show, a beautiful girl who is a fan of the television show and has a ghost in her new house, and finally a teenage skater boy ghost who is the comedic relief and helps with the other ghosts. Who wouldn’t love reading about this friend group? I know I do! The shenanigans, the mysteries, the romance, and the vivid settings that are presented in these books are amazing.  Highly recommend if you’re looking for more of a Ghost Whisperer book.

New Release

A Ghost in Shining Armor

Oh, my goodness this book! It is definitely one I will never forget. Think of an intense contemporary romance with a supernatural element of ghosts and multiverses. Content warning for parental abandonment and people taking advantage of each other in more than one way. There’s also a ton of beautiful romance and self-discovery as well. I also appreciated the ambiguity of the gender of the guardian angel that was also in this story along with the side couple that was presented. I did though, feel like there were more questions than answers at the end of the story and I would like to know more that this author has in its world and also how the afterlife works in this story. Check it out if you are interested in it!!

Do you have any Friendly Ghost Media Recommendations? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 10/08/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! This is the week that I focused alot on specific series that I needed to either catch up on, try before I forgot about it, or finish before I continue onto something else.

Because of this, I watched two television shows and two anime. I also read two novels. Onto the Media!!

TV Show

ER

The last episodes I watched this week themed around choices, what is the best choice for the patient in front of you or as a whole, also how do you feel about things when it comes to personal people in their life because of their health. Overall, I am really excited to see how things continue on especially with the relationships. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Boys

Man, this continues to be a story that is like a trainwreck but with modern superheroes and horror all at once. I really enjoy the morally grey feels along with the history being entwined. It is though very satirical and intense, so I do not recommend this to everyone, but I truly enjoy this series and I am curious to see what happens next. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Ben-To

This anime is one I believe I was recommended a bit ago and I can see why they enjoyed it as I did as well. However, for me personally there were wayyyyy too many perverted moments for no reason. Plus there were two characters that looked the exact same that I couldn’t figure out who was who sometimes. I also thought there would be more plot…. there was but it was more towards the end of the anime. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣

My Hero Academia OVAS

The OVAs for this series are just perfect for people like me that want to be in this world again. I think my only issue is that I wish that there were all of the students in the stories other than two seconds but that’s just me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

5 Rounds

This is a book that honestly took me more time to finish than I expected. This is not because the writing is awful, in fact it was fantastic. I appreciated the details on what it takes to train for an MMA fight/Jujitsu especially for a woman plus how it feels for a woman to work out with a bunch of guys and other women. It was also refreshing to read a perspective about someone who is not happy with their job and settled because they wanted to make decent money rather than doing their dream job. I think the reason that this book took me more time than I expected at the start was the start of the cat and mouse games between the two main characters. I understood why it was there especially since it shows how they start to feel about each other, however, for me personally, I was not a fan of how rough it was at first (especially with the sexual encounters.) Because of that, I exercise caution if that is not something you are a fan of. I do though recommend if you would rather skim through those parts, it is a wonderful enlightening story about two people who supposedly hate each other fall in love with some fitness added in. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

A Ghost in Shining Armor

Thank you to Kensington/Zebra Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

Oh, my goodness this book! It is definitely one I will never forget. Think of an intense contemporary romance with a supernatural element of ghosts and multiverses. Content warning for parental abandonment and people taking advantage of each other in more than one way. There’s also a ton of beautiful romance and self-discovery as well. I think if I had any issues involving this book it would be that it was very ambiguous where it was taking place and there were moments in times where it blatantly said UK but there were not enough moments to make the setting feel UK if that makes any sense. I also appreciated the ambiguity of the gender of the guardian angel that was also in this story along with the side couple that was presented. I did though, feel like there were more questions than answers at the end of the story and I would like to know more that this author has in its world and also how the afterlife works in this story. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I know I will be focusing more on working on my blog projects along with watch and read some more shorter media because the past was truly a lot but worth it. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!!!

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Weekly Check-in 10/01/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I didn’t consume as much as I wanted to……

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However, I did read a volume of manga and a novella. I also watched two tv shows. Onto the media!

TV Show

The Rings of Power

My dad and I caught up with the current episodes of this series and I am loving the tie-ins to the other series out there plus I am loving trying to figure out the theories and what happens next. However, it finally feels like that things are moving as opposed to be stagnant like the previous episodes. Overall, I am intrigued but because of the stagnant bits, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

ER

The last episodes I watched this week themed around choices, what is the best choice for the patient in front of you or as a whole, also how do you feel about things when it comes to personal people in their life because of their health. Overall, I am really excited to see how things continue on especially with the relationships. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Witch’s Printing Office

This is one I have seen so many recommendations for this series but I know its not going to be for everyone. If you are looking for a slice of life fantasy series similar to ascendance of a bookworm and reincarnated as a slime I would definitely recommend it (although less build-up from what I noticed). I also didn’t appreciate the pacing of the chapters but I am hoping the next volume will be better. Overall, I am excited to continue on and when I am in the mood for another fantasy manga I’m picking this up. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Plane Love

This was an author I was recommended to from Booktube going to Wanderlust in San Antonio and I picked this book up because I needed some laughs and this definitely fits the bill on that. I also appreciated the flushed out perspective of the character who was disabled including the sexual perspective. This also discusses greatest fears and how the characters help each other with it and I loved that too. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. Definitely excited to put this author on my list.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I may be speeding things up due to my spooky tbr this next month, and also because I want to truly expand my media consumption with my anime and movies etc. We shall see though; I also have some projects coming up this month that I am really excited to do. What about you guys? What have you guys read or watched this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 09/24/2022

Hey guys how’s it going Weekly Check-in time where I was a lot more productive than I thought it would be.

I listened to two podcasts and watched one tv show. I also read four volumes of manga and two novellas. Onto the media!!

TV Show

ER

This show ebbs and flows all the time and these episodes were a ton of relationship dramas plus discrimination thoughts were presented as well. There was also a serial elderly rapist in these episodes and oooof it was difficult to watch. If you are a fan of medical dramas and need a new one check this out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Blind date with a Book Boyfriend

Ok this was so adorable!!! The way the banter went with the characters plus how they took the time to get to know each other plus travel the city. I wasn’t a big fan of the billionaire aspect but I was happy how they handled the conflict. Overall though I wish there was more flushed out aspects (but I saw there was a sequel novella so we shall see if I read that asap or wait). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Her Donut Shifters

This was a fun mindless read, however it was disjointed at points plus felt like I needed to know more about the world that this takes place in before reading this. I also really wanted a more flushed out perspective of the other characters rather than just the female. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Phantom of the Idol

Thank you to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga

I can definitely see why there are people that are not a fan of this. There’s a lot of dry humor involved and moments of disjointedness. However, perhaps because I love learning about idols and ghosts and that there’s a foil to the dry humor like Zombieland saga. I think though it’s going to be one I will be taking my time with because I think if you binge it, you could get tired of everyone and everything. Overall, though, it’s fun and if you love idols and ghosts as well as dry humor, check it out! 3.5-4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Finale

My Boss’s Kitten vol 5-7

I have been looking for some fluff lately and because of this, I finished up this series. I believe the finale was a good one wrapping everything up in a beautiful bow and it was overall a satisfying one. As far as rereading ability, I think it is one I would reread if I needed something quick sensual and sweet all at the same time. Overall I enjoyed this series and recommend it if you’re looking for some fun. Because of these points I have to give this series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Podcast

Smart Women Read Romance

I truly think I needed to listen to this podcast this week because these hosts are part of the reason why I am trying not to shy away from some unique romances. They also present some romances that I may have heard of, but I needed that extra push to read them. This week I listened to their trope recommendation casts and I enjoyed that they talked about some that I barely heard of but also some that I knew. Check them out if you haven’t already. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Dad Needs to Talk Podcast

I always love who Rob has as far as guests on the show plus his variety of fandoms and media is amazing. If you guys haven’t already checked this podcast out already, please do!!! I personally listen on Spotify on my drive back and forth but if you like YouTube videos, this is his channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DadNeedsToTalk 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I want to do more of a balanced media consumption week. We shall see though. What about you guys? What did you read, watch or listen this week? Let’s talk about it

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Weekly Check-in 09/10/2022-09/17/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I spent most of my time being productive with other things instead of consuming media.

Because of this, my media consuming was a bit low these past two weeks with listening to one podcast while I was driving to and from work, watching a tv show with my parents, and reading one manga, graphic novel, and novella to relax at home. Onto the media!

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk Podcast

I always love who Rob has as far as guests on the show plus his variety of fandoms and media is amazing. If you guys haven’t already checked this podcast out already, please do!!! I personally listen on Spotify on my drive back and forth but if you like YouTube videos, this is his channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DadNeedsToTalk 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show is becoming like the more modern shows. Everyone is getting angry, there’s underhandedness at play, and the hospital explodes. I wish the romances were more in the background like they used to be, but I have a feeling it’s just going up from here. Overall, though, I am still enjoying watching it with my dad and am curious to see what happens next 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Anyway…I’m falling in love with you

Thank you to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga

I like how there’s a friendship with the characters right at the start instead of a buildup, I also like that there’s a swim team story thats not FREE. The plot also seems intriguing and fun as well especially with the realistic approach of 2020 and how high schoolers in Japan were handling it. My only only Issue is that all of the dudes  in this manga look the same to me so I don’t know who’s who!!! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. I’m excited to continue on.

Graphic Novel

The Prince and the Dressmaker

There is a reason that this graphic novel is very well-loved and important for young people trying to discover their sexuality. I also loved this graphic novel’s artstyle especially the fashion. I loved the moral lessons this presented and also how the story was pretty straightforward. I think my only issue was that it felt like the seamstress’s story needed to be more flushed out (maybe I am biased though) but overall I loved it and I highly recommend this for teen readers 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Fall into You

This is a novella I have seen around, and I enjoyed it because it shows both the positive and negative aspects of being LGBTQIA+ in a conservative family. I also appreciated that the author put their content warnings at the front of the story. I think my only personal issue with this, was that I wished the love interest had a more flushed out perspective. Other than that, though, I would definitely recommend this. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I will be honest you guys, lately I have had difficulty accomplishing anything “fun” at this point in time. Perhaps it’s because I know there is a lot of other things to do or because I want to do more things to make me not a lose a deadline, I have no idea. But because of that, I am not sure what my media consumption is going to turn out. What about you guys? What did you read, listen or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!!

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My Go-To Items to Find in Anime Exhibit Halls

This is a photo of an exhibition hall/artist alley at Mizuumi Con 2015??? I can’t remember but it was the first time I saw one.

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I would like to discuss Exhibition Halls and what I tend to look for when I am there. Some of the items I look for are not what I always buy, but it’s still cool to see them. Also, these items vary from vendor to vendor as well as from con to con so if you do not find these at yours, that is totally all right.

Inspiration: Exhibition Hall/Artist Alley @Oni-Con

Before I discuss the items, I wanted to acknowledge that recently I was able to attend Oni-Con’s version of an Exhibition Hall as a press passholder and take photos for vendors who granted me permission to do so. I also had some thoughts about it as an attendee in a separate blog post. I still stand by just because Oni-con had some of these items other cons may not and vice versa. Allright now onto my list!!

1. Mystery Bags

So many vendors at anime conventions get mystery boxes or bags to get people who love a variety of fandoms and like a variety of different items (plushes pins etc.). They also range from tiny bags to huge boxes. They can be hit or miss depending on the price point and if you were with a friend at a con, you can trade things with each other. I like seeing which vendors have them and what they have to offer.

2.Unique Snacks

Unique Food/snacks is something I seem to look for wherever I go, but I especially like going to find them in an anime convention because the vendors can either let us know what they recommend or let the consumer look at the snacks and determine for themselves if they want to give it a try. I also think that sometimes for me personally, since I don’t have a ton of places to find these kind of snacks and food, finding these at anime conventions are great!

3.Plushes

I think for me going to an Anime convention showed me for the first time that Anime characters had plushes (which can be a cheaper option than figures). But also, there are entire booths at anime conventions that are devoted to just plushes of all shapes sizes and fandoms. I also recommend looking for them when you can get them inexpensively (other places increase their price because of how rare they can be).

4. Figures

Figures at Anime Conventions are hit or miss especially with the bootleg aspect of things etc. However, if you are ever looking for anime figures for fandoms that are not necessarily popular that the GameStops etc. do not carry at deals, Anime Conventions are definitely a good place to at least look at them displayed.

5. Manga/Art Books

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Manga/Art books are items in Anime Conventions that do not come around often, but when they do its either because they have a ton of rare books/manga or because they have deals. Art Books are also something that not many people can find at a great price so be careful. Also, if you see a Kinokuniya at an Anime Convention, definitely check them out!

6. Prop Replicas

Prop Replicas are not necessarily something I tend to buy at Anime Conventions (Unless they are at a decent price) but I love looking at them especially when they are props from my favorite fandom. Be careful with your wallet though, Booths tend to overprice prop replicas.

7.Cute Jewelry

This is something I do with every kind of convention I go to; I love unique jewelry especially earrings. Some people make polymer clay character studs, other people make dangled beaded pieces, cosplay replicas etc. The possibilities are endless!!

And Last but not Least!!!

8. Unique Items that come from Underrated Fandoms

This is the most important reason why I enjoy going to the exhibition halls in anime conventions. I love supporting people who create/curate unique items along with seeing some fandoms that I don’t always see online to shop. Even if I don’t buy anything at the time, taking the photos to show people and talk about the items I find is so awesome. Its also one of the aspects that keeps Anime Conventions going in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy this Exhibition Hall post! What about you guys? What do you guys look for at one at an Anime Convention? Let’s talk about it!!

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