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Weekly Check-in 08/13/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! This week I was preparing for my new job but also sorting out my new kindle tablet so again no reading happened this week.

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Because of this I watched two anime and two tv shows. I also listened to two podcasts. Onto the Media!!!

Anime

Devil is a Part-Timer

After 10 years, Devil is a part-timer got a second season and since I loved the English dub I had to wait until that came for me to watch it and of course I watched it this week!! Other than the drastic animation change (it happens sometimes), I realized how much that I forgot about the first season but also how seamless the two seasons timeline wise. I love the humor and much it has improved since the first season. However, I think if you’re a romance person, you may be apprehensive of this anime in general because although they are having more romance in this season that is not the whole story. Overall, I am so excited to continue watching this series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

One Piece

I unexpectedly found out that the English dub of more One Piece and ooof this made me had a ton of emotions both happy, sad, and a little frightened at the same time. As far as a series similar to Fairy Tail, it’s very close to that but with more solo arcs in my personal opinion. As far as becoming one of my favorite series hmmmm Jury is still out but so far, it’s up there. Highly recommend if you haven’t tried it already. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Zoey 101

I think this week was a bit about nostalgia because I wanted to start and binge part of this series again. I really enjoyed it because I could just put it on while I was organizing my room and not have to worry about missing a plot point or that it wasn’t so dumb that I felt like I lost brain cells while watching it (I am sorry some of the newer Disney Channel shows make me feel like this). My only issue with this show is that there are some plot points in it that seem too good to be true but also a sense of entitlement along with them (especially since in the time of creation this didn’t happen). Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

ER

This week’s set of episodes from ER I think show the more negative aspects of how doctors and nurses feel about changes in bureaucracy plus the stuff outside of treating patients. I appreciate it. However, there are some aspects that I got very annoyed with it, but I am excited to continue on with the show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Good Witch

Ahh my parents sucked me in this show again!! Thankfully this week there was a lot more drama and less platitudes as well as more magic. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

A Very Bookish Podcast

You guys you know I am not one of those people that likes nor wants to post negatively about something, but unfortunately, I have to do that with some aspects of this podcast. At first, I liked listening to this podcast because it felt like just two girls just chatting with some authors on occasion. However, this week, one of the podcasters irks me so much with her phrases of entitlement and braggart personality with their connections and view counts. I’ll be honest, I am mainly listening to the podcast for the other podcaster and the authors they interview because they have fantastic romance authors. I also appreciate the other podcaster’s creativity with their Etsy shop as well. Because of these points, I have to give this podcast a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Dad Needs to Talk

Now this podcast I appreciate its genuine personality and straightforward information as well as opinions. I also appreciate the underrated recommendations he has as well. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be one that I know for sure that I will be making up on my backlist on podcasts but also read and watch other media as well though it may be more sporadic than this week. What about you guys? What did you read, watch, or listen to this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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Lets go to an anime convention: My Experience going to Anime Matsuri 2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I would like to write about my personal experience at Anime Matsuri Houston that happened recently. This post will be a play by play of my adventures with some photos to correspond.

First, before I explain what I did, I want to thank the Anime Matsuri Press Coordinator for the opportunity to attend this convention as press because although I have attended some conventions before, they are very small so attending this one with a variety of guests, exhibitors, and fans of all kinds of life was a blast. Now onto the adventure!

Travel/Accommodations

First, my best friend @clubzipadee went with me to the convention and for us personally Anime Matsuri is about 30 minutes away from us. Because of that, we were able to drive to the convention and only attend Saturday and Sunday (work was in the way for the rest of the convention but next time we want to attend all four days). We also spent the night at the Marquis Marriot Houston so that we were able to maximize the days that we were there and as far as our personal agenda for the convention, it was the best place for us. 

At the Convention

Exhibition Hall

These are from the vendor Gallery Panda BEAUTIFUL artwork if you need a statement piece for your home

After going through the preorder/will call registration line (Honestly if you guys don’t know if you want to go for one day or not or need to pick up your ticket ahead of time, have everything ready, the line moves fast but it takes time. Pick up your ticket day of the line is smaller) We explored the exhibition hall and to be honest this is where I spent most of my time. There is a ton to see and find, and so many different people to meet as well. I was also suggested by my friend Kidc_ex (he’s well-seasoned in conventions) to not buy anything the first time I walked the hall. I definitely agree with that advice, however with how crowded it was, I would recommend it to be the first thing too but more in the morning we came in the early afternoon before lunch.

Food Truck

For Lunch, we decided to walk the Food Truck row outside of the convention center and I will be honest, I wished there was more variety than what was out there, but I was pleasantly surprised who was out there for food including the Teahouse for Bubble Tea (unfortunately the line was too long for us plus we were hungry). Personally, we got OH MY GOGI for their fries etc. They were fine and it tasted good, the only issue I had personally was the owner that was in the truck was more biased toward people that had more items and my order almost got skipped. Because of that, it took way too much time for me to get my food and I almost missed the next event. Thankfully I was able to eat it quick.

Cosplay Contest

This one was my personal favorite to be honest.

This was my first cosplay contest I have ever gone to, so I was not sure what to expect. However, I think for me personally, I enjoyed it, but I think the Emcee was a bit meh. When it came to the camaraderie of the audience with the music and other questions, I had a ton of fun. Nevertheless, it seemed like there were too many pauses and too much stalling to prolong the contest despite there being a ton of contestants.  I am definitely going to keep the contest on my list of events though.

Artist Alley

After the cosplay contest, I met up with ClubZipadee and we visited the Artist Alley briefly and I will be honest, I enjoyed my time there, but I was a bit annoyed that some of the people who would be in the artist alley were considered exhibitor instead (this is just me being picky though because my prior experience with conventions have them combined). I also will have a separate blog post discussing Artist Alley and a few small businesses that I want to help. I hope you guys check it out too.

Break in Between Events… Food and Hotel View

After going to Artist Alley, we took a break and had dinner brought into the room since we were connected to the Saltgrass at the convention center. I know for us personally we needed at least a little break throughout the weekend and the Marriot and Saltgrass was perfect for it. However, with it being an intense weekend, I would recommend ordering it online and picking it up rather than ordering and waiting. I loved the view we had plus the room was nearly perfect (I wanted a microwave, but you know that’s again me being nitpicky) but overall, this was perfect for the evening.

Self Defense Panel

After dinner, I had a difficult time deciding which panel I wanted to watch, and ultimately, I chose the panel from Detroit Urban Survival Training about basic self-defense skills especially ones that not many people know. I also loved that there was personal one-on-one attention between all of the participants especially when there were questions on different situations and movements. Overall, this was very informative, and I highly recommend.

K-pop Love….Dreamcatcher!!

The last part of my adventure at Anime Matsuri was that I visited the Dreamcatcher booth without anyone being around on Sunday morning. As someone who dove down the k-pop rabbit hole and not being able to attend the concert, being able to do this plus write out a personal message to them on their fan wall by myself was just amazing. I highly recommend if you are a big fan of a certain fandom and they have a huge booth, to visit it that way if you can.

Haul

Loungefly Backpack and Wallet

This Loungefly Backpack and wallet were items that I bought from the 3knuckleheads vendor (fantastic vendor with a variety of fandom accessories). This was my biggest splurge but highly recommend their company. However, please be careful with other vendors when it comes to Loungefly. They price guage a ton so please do your research. Luckily for me I had done some research already plus had a friend to help.

Merch from Mimopuffs

I got a ton from Mimopuffs especially since they have a ton of different merch and fandoms. For me personally, I’ve been following this shop for a long time, and this was my first purchase. It was absolutely worth it, and they had a ton of deals. Highly recommend.

Enamel Pins from Fantasychibipins

This is a shop I have also been following a long time and because of that I have a ton of merch from them. However, these were mostly Con exclusives and pins I did not have. Highly recommend fantasychibipins and her merch. They also had a ton of deals as well.

Posters & Fairy Tail Display Box


I got all of these posters and Fairy Tail box from one booth (I unfortunately did not get their name or business card) But I loved their booth because of the variety of animes that were in there plus their posters were on a great deal. The posters are also in clear sleeves so perfect for storage. Highly recommend this shop!

Stickers

The other vendor I spent a ton of time at was a vendor called JS anime (no business card unfortunately) But their goal is definitely to have something for everyone in their booth. For me and my friend, this was definitely the case for us, and I went nuts with their stickers especially because some of the anime they had were not at any other booth. They also had items non anime related that were also amazing such as plushies and dungeons and dragons’ dice. They only do conventions though, so if you see them, please get something from them!

Acrylic Stands

A lot of people pick up figures at anime conventions and although I am someone who loves those, lately I have loved getting acrylic stands because of how beautiful they look (and how 3D they are). I got these two from separate stores one MDZS or Heaven’s official Blessing (they all look the same to me right now, but I love their aesthetic) from Fantasychibipins and the other is from JS Anime with Carole and Tuesday with the two main girls on them. They both look great and perfect for the shelves without too many pieces (but be careful with their clear backing). They also are quite a bit cheaper than figures.

T-shirts

Last but certainly not least, I bought three t-shirts during this con two of them are from Anime Matsuri themselves with their jersey style shirts which feel amazing and unique from any shirt I have. The other is from Apocalyss Art which was an artist alley vendor that I discovered Sunday Morning. Her Friend who was manning the booth at Anime Matsuri and I had a long conversation about the art and how close we lived (maybe we could hang out sometime who knows) but I loved all of the art from her as well so highly recommend them as well.

Wrap-up and Reflections

Overall, I had a really fun time and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to the Anime Matsuri press team for the opportunity to attend this convention. I have wanted to go to an anime convention for a long time and with all of the stars aligning this time plus not wanting to go by myself for something so huge. I also appreciate my friends and fellow content creators who encouraged me to apply for a press pass. Going to my first Anime Matsuri was a fantastic experience and my friend and I would love to extend our time next time we go. I would highly recommend attending this convention if you can and I hope you have a fantastic experience like I did.

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 07/30/2022-08/06/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I go on a ton of adventures but also did not read anything :/

I watched one anime movie, one anime show, two tv shows and listened to a podcast! Onto the media!!!

Anime Movie

One Piece: Gold

This movie was better than I thought it would be. There was emotion, extra history, and also a ton of One Piece shenanigans as usual. If you want to know where in this series this movie goes, it goes between the Dressrosa arc and the Whole Cake arc. This is because there are a ton of references to the Dressrosa arc and before especially Enies Lobby. I think my only issue and this is a minor nitpick that I have with the English dub is that one of my favorite characters had a dub change for this movie and it sounded so wrong to me :/. Other than that though, I really enjoyed my movie experience and am excited to watch more of One Piece 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Show

Sk8 the Infinity

I can definitely see why a ton of people love this series and the character dynamics. They are to me very fantastic. However, there were moments when I did not understand why there was a detective in the story it just seemed like a tertiary plot device to make the villain worse than he is (which he really was already). I also enjoyed learning a ton about skateboarding and how they can be made plus snowboarding as well. The main two characters were also awesome and not what I expected to watch. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show definitely pulls its hospital punches and drama for sure. I appreciate that the show explains a lot about the some of the procedures of how being a med student works, how a resident works, how an attending works, physician’s assistants, and nurses. I also appreciated the ethics aspect that was presented. I think my only issue with it right now is that there are certain plot points that I just skim past as I watch and some of the other plot points are not flushed out yet. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Good Witch

Ugh ok there is a reason why I haven’t discussed that I watch this show. I am going up and down with this series especially since I watch like one episode with my family every few weeks. These two weeks we watched a ton and honestly, I am burnt out of the platitudes and the happy-go-luckiness and the lack of magic!! The magic is of suggestion not actual spells and the history and mysteries are meh. If you are in the mood for the kind of thing or of Hallmark stuff in general, I do recommend it, However, it’s not a binge for me I have learned. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

I always enjoy listening to this podcast because of how realistic Rob speaks about his life and convention experience. With me personally these weeks, I was glad Rob posted about his Dream Con convention experience because it helped me to prepare and be excited for the convention I was attending. I also appreciate that he discusses a variety of anime and manga because I like trying new things. Overall, I enjoyed my podcast experience and am excited for more from him.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to have a ton of changes for the months going forward. Because of that, my media consumption is going to be very sporadic and different. What about you guys? What did you read, listen, or watch these last couple of weeks? Let’s talk about it!!

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Media that has the Feel of France

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Inspiration

Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin

Thank you so much to HarperTeen and Turn the Page Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book early for this blog post. GENRES: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Synopsis:

Decadent, thrilling, and romantic, this Black Mirror-esque retelling of the reign of one Marie Antoinette is perfect for fans of THE BELLES and AMERICAN ROYALS.
The year is 3070, and Marie Antoinette has just arrived at the glittering, thrilling palace of Versailles to marry the shy, soft-spoken Louis-Auguste.
But beneath the luxurious world lies a sinister underbelly and an uncompromising elite who want to keep Marie and Louis pawns in a deadly game.
Will history repeat itself? Or will these doomed lovers outwit their enemies and escape their grisly fate?
Cake Eater will take readers to a dazzling world full of breathless luxuries, deadly secrets, and a thrilling romance that attempts to rewrite history itself.  

Review:

This book was truly one of those that I was sucked into from the first page. The atmosphere was intriguing plus the characters were a ton of fun to read about. Highly recommend!

This comes out on August 9th 2022 so check it out if you are interested!! The links below can help it be quick and easy.

PURCHASE LINKS:

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cake-eater-allyson-dahlin/1140495879

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cake-Eater-Allyson-Dahlin/dp/0063096773/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1658610872&sr=8-1

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/cake-eater/9780063096776

Novel/Movie

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame takes place in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI. Its description of the Cathedral Notre Dame is immaculate but also the class system during this time with how impactful the Catholic Church is on the controlling of the government. There’s also a romantic subplot although that is minimal. The Gargoyles are a nice added addition in the Disney movie and more thoroughly aspects of the Court of Miracles are a nice added addition to the novel. It is a sad story but still would highly recommend.

Novel and Movie

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

This is a movie that was definitely an entertaining watch discussing an everyday English woman traveling to Paris in post-World War II Europe society at Christian Dior designs. There are a ton of places that the main character goes that show all of the different classes and is truly atmospheric. If you want to learn about some Parisian Fashion history check this out.

Novel and Musical

Les MisΓ©rables

This takes place starting in 1815 and continues on through the start of French Revolution. This story has 4 perspectives with varying classes with a more emphasis of the poor. Its a profound story that has some beautiful music (although personally I would recommend reading the novel before watching the musical). Definitely has the feel of historical France.

Manga/ Anime

Yumeiro Patisserie

This one is more with the feel of French Food. This anime shows a ton about how French baking works and in the second season of the anime there are more discussions about what the students learn from training in France. Highly recommend if you need a soft version of Food Wars.

Smile Down the Runway

This one is more of the feel of French Fashion where both of the main characters’ goal is to work in France as a famous designer or model. The manga also shows the characters in modern France researching and gathering inspiration. Highly recommend if that interests you.

Novel

Rewind Series by Rowan Shaw

This is a series if you are looking for the feel of modern France with how people view disabilities and LGBTQIA+ representation. There are descriptions of Pride, Night Clubs, and beautiful sites that showed me if I could visit France as soon as possible, reading these books would help. There’s also more smexy moments as the series goes on so if that doesn’t interest you, don’t read these. Highly recommend.

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Weekly Check-in 07/16/2022-07/23/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Where I have honestly gotten in a slump when it comes to reading.

Because of this, I watched three movies and two TV Shows. Onto to the Media!!

Movie

We Are Marshall

I remember watching this a long time ago, but I didn’t remember how tragic it was. It is a very profound movie, and I appreciated the accuracy of the events. Otherwise though, I honestly do not have much to say about this movie. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Not Since You

This movie was one that I would recommend to people who just want to watch a movie with several different types of tropes and relationships including friendships. However for me personally, I really only liked 2 out of 3 storylines. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Mrs.Harris Goes to Paris

This is a movie that was definitely an entertaining watch discussing an everyday English woman traveling to Paris in post-World War II Europe society at Christian Dior designs. I loved the characters, and I appreciated the atmosphere of the settings of England and Paris. I also appreciated that there was more to it than meets the eye however, there was a small aspect of it with a couple of characters that I just did not understand the point of them. Otherwise though, I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you appreciate period pieces like me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Umbrella Academy

This season of this show was insane and yet actually wholesome at the same time?? Probably because there was a ton of romance (that wasn’t gross). But if it did get canceled like I have read about, it landed at an okay spot for me (except one of the ships broke :|) Otherwise, it was a fun show to watch, and I highly recommend it if you want a rollercoaster of plot and variety of characters 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

ER

I continue to enjoy this series, however, this particular set of episodes really got me down on the emotional side of things and my favorite male character got pushed over in a bad way (if you know you know). But overall, I am intrigued to see how the journey continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Honestly the week ahead, I want to start reading again, however, I know one thing is that next week will be otaku centric and fun. What about you guys? What did you watch this week?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 07/02/2022-07/09/2022

Hey guys how’s it going?? Weekly Check-in time! Where I celebrated my birthday, and went on my latest flying trip (under sad circumstance).

Because of this, I watched two movies and two TV shows along with one anime and a musical. I also read a ton with three graphic novels, one volume of manga, and five novellas. Onto the media!

Movie

Jerry and Marge Go Large

This was a cuter movie than what I was expecting, and the character dynamic was also intriguing too. I think though some may not be interested in it though because of some of the crude language. Overall, I would highly recommend it if you were looking for a biography themed movie about the lottery 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Weather Girl

This was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. There were too many cringey moments plus a couple of the characters were just one dimensional. I did though, love the Bromance that occurred here. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣 🍣.

TV Show

The Chef Show

This show is actually one I was watching at the nail salon (which was really cool) but I enjoyed watching this show. It ties to the Chef movie really well plus it presented lovely recipes at random small places like Guy’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and overall it was a ton of fun. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

ER

This show definitely was the pioneer when it comes to the dramatic hospital setting and doctor personal lives. I am also still enjoying the aspects of all the levels of doctors and patients and loving that as an adult, I know a ton of the medical terms now. Overall, though, it is really fun, and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

I feel like these episodes of One Piece dove deep into Sanji’s background and childhood trauma and made me fall in love with him as a character. I also loved all of the conniving and twisting of the motivations with the rest of the characters too. It is really awesome and I am excited to watch more. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Musical

Frozen

OMG, I LOVED THIS MUSICAL!!!! I am so glad this musical enhanced the story rather than ruin it. I also loved the acting as well. There was a couple of nitpicky things that I would have personally changed but overall, I loved it so much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Love and War

This has some of the feels of Check Please! and Fence but in a softer way. However, I wish there was more depth and flushed out characteristics. Because of these points , I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Batter Royale

Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet Books for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

This is a really adorable story that has a friendly competition, a small romance, and full of moral lessons for young people following their dreams. The art is adorable, there are also recipes with simple explanations on how to make the featured desserts, the reader can also understand the plot and is sweet. Overall, though, this was a ton of fun, and I would highly recommend it to middle schoolers who love baking. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Tea Dragon Society

This graphic novel is definitely worth the hype it recieves with its beautiful art, representation, and lush world-building. It is perfect for people who love studio ghibli and comics. My only issue was that I wanted more in this story because I loved it that much. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

When She’s Lonely

I am so glad that this was my first glimpse into this author’s work. Its not as intimidating to read as the novels for sure plus with own voices representation of hearing loss I needed to read this asap. This is a very well thought out world and the characters were fun to read about. I think my only issue was that I wanted only one time skip and not several. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Coming in Hot

This novella was definitely one to read during this holiday season. If you love forced proximity, a little bit of law enforcement action and brothers best friend this is for you. It also gives a nice lesson on how to unplug from work and live in the moment with who you love. My only issue was I feel like I needed to know about some of the characters before reading this because of this, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Sweet Summer Nights

This was so adorable!!!! Essentially there was a ton of clumsy moves and small town feels. I loved the characters and I loved the progression of relationship. However, there were way too many romantic gestures for a novella. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Mall American Girl

Thank you to Netgalley and Author Collective 20 for the opportunity to read and review this novella

I truly love this series of mall novellas from Sarah Robinson and I have to say this one is my favorite so far. This is because I love the uniqueness of the characters and their development as events of the plot went on. I think my only issue was part of the plot didn’t feel properly closed. However, I think people will love it as much as I do. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Burn the Ships

There’s a lot to unpack here but also, I need more people to read this romance personally. I think for especially authors who want to be more open minded with their writing of romance should also read this as well. I also would say to put this book with books that fulfill disability representation in a beautiful realistic way. But, Yes Yes there is a But but its not because I disliked it, I wanted more clarity with some of the scene transitions. I felt there were moments I wasn’t sure what was happening as far as the everyday life of the character. That could have been just how tired I was when I read it who knows so I am not docking points for that. I will however say that I wanted some more into the leading man’s head too, it was explained which was appreciated but I wanted more in his head rather than just the heroine. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this novella, and I would love to read more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Don’t Toy with Me Ms.Nagatoro

This manga series is one that people are very polarized by. I can definitely see why it is. However, for me personally, I am curious about the main character’s mind works. I also wonder about the budding romance that could happen. Overall though, I see that this series could not be for everyone but! I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead, I will be honest, I do not think that I will be as productive as I was this past check-in but otherwise, I think that I will at least do a little bit of media consumption in the future. What about you guys? What did you read or watch recently? Let’s talk about it!

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Birthday Book Tag

Video I was inspired by

Prompts

1) Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems clichΓ© but you adore it anyway.

2) Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year.

3) Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

4) “Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.

5) Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

6) Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

7) Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

My Answers

1) Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems clichΓ©, but you adore it anyway.

I have to say this manga because it has the stereotypical high school romance, however I adore the character dynamics of this so much, I need to recommend it to everyone I can.

2) Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year

Maybe it is because this past year I loved this author’s debut or maybe it is because I need to read a soft queer romance that is not in manga, but I am truly excited for this to release to the world.

3) Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

I will be honest, this year I had a ton of surprises because I am trying to expand my comfort zone, however with this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about it, but it was profound and deep with anxiety and queer representation/coming out along with being funny and cheesy fame items of being on a Bachelor like reality show. But I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been interested in it.

4) “Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.

I had to add this manga as one of the most hyped manga in the manga community because I at first thought the manga was going to be too cheesy or the age gap is too nasty. However, to me this is so adorable and has fun humor and so far is one of my favorite age gap romances (and worth the hype).

5) Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

Honestly, this is one of those books that I would have truly loved as a teen especially when it comes transitioning from a child to an adult. I also agree with a lot of the quotes with this novel as well such as

β€œBut when people say you’ve got to love yourself first, they never explain how, exactly, you get past people screaming ‘gross bitch’, how you get past feeling like your best days are your only best days because you’re managing to hide the bad bits, how you feel desirable if no one has ever desired you.”
― Nina Kenwood

and

β€œPeople aren’t all good or all bad. You can learn
from mistakes. Or you can keep making them. You can always become a better person.”
― Nina Kenwood

6) Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

I have reread this book several times and I love it very much. However, when I first read it, at the time I didn’t understand certain elements that were presented plus the rape scene was unclear for me personally at first (although I am sure that was intentional for the audience). I appreciate it even more now that I am older, and I want my teen to read it in the future.

7) Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

Honestly, I would put most of this series on this prompt, however this book came at a time in my life where I was feeling the lowest of the low and this series picked me up especially this couple. Bea and Huxley take care of each other when they were at their lowest and got out of their comfort zone to the max. Highly recommend.

Thank You, guys, for Celebrating My Birthday with Me Today and Do This Tag if You’re Interested

Weekly Check-in 06/25/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week was a ton of watching with mindlessness due to some heartbreaking news.

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Because of this, I watched four movies, one TV show, listened to one podcast and read one manga. Onto the Media!!

Movie Rewatch

Bandslam

This is still my favorite movie of all time, however upon this rewatch, I realized the stuttering representation is not the best. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

Field of Dreams

So for me, this movie is one I watched once on commercial television and it was too slow for me to continue. This time, I watched with the family and it was a bit better than my first watch but also some of it was too good to be true?? Not the ballplayers but some of the other characters. I digress. Overall, I loved this very much but I only recommend this to adults. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Elvis

This was a fantastic depth full bio pic. I loved the parallels between Elvis and the Colonel and the fact that most of the time, it felt very realistic and immersive all at once. I also loved how I learned a ton more about Elvis than I ever knew before especially the dark parts. The only nitpick I had is that there were two songs that were inserted into the soundtrack that just felt too modern for what the time period was. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Fruits Basket:Prelude

So I will be honest, this movie was powerful like the rest of the show, However, you have to watch all the rest of the show in order to watch it because there are a ton of recap moments. Now I don’t mind recaps to an extent, however if its half the movie, I hate it. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show continues to surprise me with the variety of cases that are presented and how the staff operate. However, I think there needs to be some moments that are more expanded upon and others that need to be nipped in the bud now. Overall, though, I am excited to continue this show and enjoy it very much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Mr.Bride

This is a manga series I wasn’t sure how to react to. However, it is a lot of fun and teaches you a ton about housework. I think my only issue that I had is that some of the humor is at times lame, but otherwise I enjoyed my time and am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad needs to talk

This podcast is truly one I enjoy because of how Rob explains the latest media he consumes plus this past week I listened to his anime convention panel about networking, and I learned so much. Overall, I am going to continue to listen this podcast for a long time and I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead due to last minute travel plans, I will most likely be reading a ton. However, because of this I have no idea what my media consumption will be like. What about you guys? What did you guys read or watch or listen to this week? Let’s talk about it!!

“Songs Should Always be For Everyone’s Sake.” Top 5 Idol Anime that I love

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to discuss my top 5 idol anime that I personally love. Now Idol anime, what exactly does that mean? According to Anime Planet.com it means that this type of anime discusses heavily promoted performers that are adored by the masses and perform at events or concerts. They also examine the pros and cons of the industry with some sort of magical element. There are a variety out there but if you truly love music, you should definitely check these out. Also, these aren’t in any order however, if you have similar taste to me, check these out!

Zombieland Saga

Summary: In the year 2008, high school student Sakura Minamoto is abruptly killed by a truck on the morning she plans to submit an idol application. Ten years later, Sakura, along with six “legendary” girls from various eras of Japan’s history, are brought back as zombies by a man named Kotaro Tatsumi, who seeks to revitalize Saga Prefecture by putting together an all-zombie idol group that would become known as Franchouchou.

Magic Element: Resurrection

Why I personally like it: I like it because it’s hilarious, there’s an aura of mystery surrounding it, plus I enjoy all but one of the characters. The plot is also not as happy-go-lucky as some others.

Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream

Summary:

The series takes place in Yokohama, Japan. Prism Shows, performances that are a combination of singing, dancing, fashion, and ice skating, are popular. The skaters, known as Prism Stars, use Prism Stones to coordinate their outfits and perform Prism Jumps to appeal to their fans.

Aira Harune and Rizumu Amamiya are suddenly scouted to be Prism Stars after Mion Takamine drops out of her debut showcase. Though Aira has no experience in performing, her fashion focus reveals her innate talent as a Prism Star. On the other hand, Rizumu is centered on perfecting “Aurora Rising”, the legendary Prism Jump her mother once performed, in hopes that it may help her find her mother again. After Mion returns and bonds with them, the three girls’ debut as the Prism Star group “MARs.”

Magical Element: Prism Stones

Why I like it: I like it because it is unique performance wise, plus the fashion is gorgeous. I also enjoyed the spinoff of Dear My Future, however nothing past it. It also is a show I would personally recommend to young girls because it is accessible as far as dialogue.

Uta No Prince-sama

Summary: With dreams of becoming a composer and someday writing a song for her favorite idol, Haruka Nanami enters the Saotome Academy, a prestigious performing arts school made up of students who are either vying to become anΒ idolΒ or a music producer. Haruka becomes acquainted with six of her classmates, who are all competing to become idols. For her project, she must team up with another student as an idol-producer team, and if they are successful, they will join Shining Agency after graduation. In addition, romance is strictly prohibited at their school.

Magical Element: I am not sure what the magical element is I think it’s just their feelings about performing with others??

Why I personally like it: The guys are hot, the music is a variety (at least to me anyway), the fashion is gorgeous, and the plot is interesting.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Summary: Twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama dreams of becoming a singer to reunite with her first love, Eichi Sakurai. However, she is afflicted withΒ sarcomaΒ (a cancerous tumor in her throat), which affects her ability to breathe well and sing loudly. Her tumor can be cured only through a surgery that could damage her vocal cords. At the same time, her grandmother hates music and is completely against Mitsuki’s wish to audition. Mitsuki’s dreams seem impossible to achieve until she is visited by twoΒ Shinigami, with their assistance, Mitsuki becomes Full Moon to achieve her dream.

Magical Element: Shinigami

Why I personally like it: I personally love this series because of the emotions it brings. There is a romantic element plus the other world aspects were believably built up. I would also like to add that this series is accessible to young girls and beautiful in its fashion choices as well.

Skip Beat

Summary: It is the story of Kyoko Mogami a 16-year-old girl who discovers that her childhood friend and romantic goal, Shotaro Fuwa, only keeps her around to act as a maid and to earn his living expenses, while he works his way to become the top pop idol in Japan. Furious and heartbroken, she vows revenge by beating him in show business.

Magical Element: Pure Determination

Why I personally like it: I love Kyoko as a character, there’s a variety of characters in different aspects of show business, there’s a romance, and the overall plot is hilarious.

These are my Top 5 Idol Anime! What are your Favorites?? Let’s talk about it!!

Weekly Check-in 06/18/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! This week, I started my summer job and prepared for other summer activities.

Because of this, I read two novellas, watched two movies and one TV show. Onto the Media!

Novella

Big Boss

When it comes to novellas like this, I recommend them if someone wants something sexy and a fast read. However, I recommend Cassie Mint in particular (at least so far) because there’s more depth than ones I have read so far. Big Boss is a prime example because both main characters have had three years at least to establish a crush on each other and they knew the consequences if they did. I loved how they handled that plus I love the worshipping hero its one of my favorites. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. P.s this would also be a good winter novella too.

Life’s a Beach

This is a novella that I strictly picked out because of the cover. However, it has depth and a worshipping hero that I was totally not expecting. There’s a lot of beautiful quotes plus some sexy scenes and found family. I wanted some aspects to be flushed out however, its still a beautiful story and if you’re interested in a summer plus sized read, check this out. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

Forsaken

This movie is one of those that is a pretty straightforward western. However, in this particular story, it presents someone that just wanted to live alone after the American Civil War (that was at least my thought of the history) and a tragic accident changed his entire reputation. It was a sad movie, but the actors did a good job. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Lightyear

This movie was definitely a ton of fun, but it also has a ton more depth than what I was expecting. If you enjoy the Interstellar movie but needed it to be more family friendly, check this movie out. Also, it is not related to the Toy Story franchise (there are some nods to it that people who are old enough to know but they’re not obvious). My friend and I think that this movie has been a long time in the making but the inclusion items that were added to make it better were a fantastic addition. The animation and world building were also amazing so I would highly recommend this movie if you were hesitant. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This series is one I have wanted to watch for years because as I grew up, I saw snippets of it, and it made me intrigued by the hospital setting. I also liked that it starts out as a full ensemble rather than all starting as interns. However, starting from the very beginning, it was jarring some of the dated aspects plus some of the significant others of the doctors are sooooo annoying and selfishπŸ˜’. Overall, though, I am curious to see what happens next, and I am excited to watch it with my family. 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 know for sure I will be watching something new, but I am probably going to do some random reading like I have been reading. What about you guys? What are you guys reading and watching? Let’s talk about it!!