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!!

Weekly Check-in 06/04/2022-06/11/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! I consumed a ton of media these past two weeks due to being on a long road trip along with the start of summer.

Manga

Series Starters

Our Not So Lonely Planet Travel Guide

This manga is definitely one I can see reading over and over again on a road trip. I love how the main characters have met some nice people on their trip so far but some suspicious ones to feel realistic. I liked the addition of facts that occur with each  country plus the food!!! If you’re a foodie who’s adventurous check this manga series out. There’s also the aspect on how people feel about lbgtqia+ couples in various countries for me also was interesting. Overall, I am curious how this series will continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love

I have to say for me personally, this is definitely a series for people who love High School Debut and My Love Story. This is because the character dynamic is very similar but also some of the plot is too. However, there are a lot of differences with the male characters and how popular the characters are etc. Overall, I truly enjoyed this first volume and am excited to see what happens next. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Cheeky Brat

This manga series gives me the feels of Maid-sama and Abe-kun’s got me now combined. I appreciate the character dynamic along with the sports team aspects because of how unique it brings. However, I wanted more than 6 chapters (is that me being selfish maybe) because I need more flushed out story. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Living Room Matsunaga san Volumes 3 & 4

This manga series has definitely become a comfort series for me this year. I love the character dynamics, there are moral lessons presented, but overall, its just a real fun time. Because of these points, I have to give these volumes a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

This manga series is always very comforting to me. It could be because of the romance or because of the characters I don’t know. My main question though, is what is going to happen next, there’s some conflict but not a lot. That’s the only aspect of the series I don’t like. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Slip

Thank you to Netgalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

This graphic novel is definitely fantastic if you are looking for an artist’s perspective on how they can use emotions to express themselves in a piece. I loved also the added addition of the pieces coming to life and helping the artist learn the important lessons of life especially when it comes to love and friendship. I think my only issue with this graphic novel is that there were moments that the plot was choppy and not very cohesive. Otherwise, though I appreciated the characters and the artstyle. I also would recommend it to my high school art teacher friends who may use this to help their students. Because of these points, I have to give this graphic novel a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Then There Was You

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harlequin Romance for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book is not one you should take lightly. There are a lot of items that it covers such as loss of a child, school shootings and racial slurs. There are also a ton of medical discussions that have graphic detail so if that doesn’t interest you, you can skim them. Anyway. As far the rest of the content, I appreciated the research and detail that the author presented as far as Indian cultural events and the native language. In addition, I loved all of the detail that went into the characters’ careers especially the medical chopper side of things.I also thought that the journeys of both main characters was realistic and made the story better. Overall though, if you’re looking for a deep contemporary romance that has something to learn from it, I highly recommend this one. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Beauty and the Baller

Thank you to Montlake and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was a pleasant surprise for me to read. It is one of those though that if you are not interested in play sex or football or even Star Wars references this isn’t for you. To me it personally felt like the show/movie Friday Night Lights with the characters and drama and grief in more ways than one. I really enjoyed how much depth the characters presented, and I was pleasantly surprised by the autistic representation. Overall, I enjoyed this romance and Ilsa Madden-Mills is a new author both my mother and I will be keeping an eye on. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Sydney A.Frankel’s Summer Mix up

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lerner Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book

This is one of those books that I would personally recommend for students transitioning from Elementary to Middle School but also if you’re looking for a summer book for your kids. Especially for one who needs assistance for standing for themselves and treating others with kindness. The only issue I had was that the end seemed unfinished. Overall this is fantastic. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

The Sign for Home

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

Ooof this book is so good but also not one everyone will like (unfortunately its realistic soooo). I appreciate the writing style that the author presented of both of perspectives of the interpreter and the DeafBlind main character. I read the author’s note too and its amazing that she is an interpreter as well so I loved learning the jargon appropriately. I also thought that the religious aspect was a fantastic addition (even though not everyone is going to like it) because it presents the internal struggle between letting someone advocate for you or being afraid to try. The only issue I had was that yes I got closure for the ending, however I wanted more information (this is though me being nitpicky and not a reflection on the book) I wanted more detail on what happened at the end. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Pearls of Yesterday

So, this book was not what I was expecting. This is because it is a lot more pretentious than I was expecting. This is because there is a ton of privilege discussion along with how to maintain images. There is also parental grief and a huge love triangle so if that doesn’t interest you, don’t read this book. Otherwise, to me if you like gossip girl/rich people drama, disability representation along with diverse representation, and how being a debutante works check this book out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

The Frock Up

This novella was definitely a lot cuter than I was expecting. I also loved that the conflicts were defused realistically and quickly. The sex was also very entertaining as well. Overall, a ton of fun and I recommend this author if you need a sexy cute novella to read. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

Black Clover

Movie Rewatch

Coyote Ugly

This is one of those movies that definitely is one that is fun to watch if you want to see how someone follows their dreams of becoming a song writer in the music business in New York City and how difficult it can be. However, to some people, it can be too dated to be enjoyable. I also love the music and humor that this movie has as well. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

News of the World

Man! This movie was intriguing yet confusing at the same time.  I enjoyed the scenery and the acting. However, the screenwriting and plot was very confusing. I mean I understood what was happening but the cinematography was choppy and I didn’t understand the point. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Beat Bobby Flay

This show wasn’t the worst show ever, but it also wasn’t the best either. The concept is first two people compete like a regular food network show, then they have to beat Bobby Flay at their best dish. Thankfully the episodes we watched it was one beat one defeat but, it seems like its a bit biased to me. Overall though, if there’s nothing else on, I’d watch this again. Because of those points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Podcast

Wandering Bryaxis

The Week Ahead

Weekly Check-in 05/21/2022-05/28/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time where I wrapped up my school year and started summer vacation.

Because of this, I listened to two podcasts, watched an anime and movie, and read a novella and volume of manga. Onto the media!!!

Movie

A Perfect Pairing

I was worried when I sat down to watch this movie with my dad especially because of Victoria Justice being one of the modern contemporary actresses that is intense with cheesy dialogue but also nice singing. However, as I was watching this movie, it had a lot more realistic relationships than I was expecting plus no girl hate. I also love how realistic the setting was when it came to working on a station in Australia. The only issue I had was that there was one moment where it just randomly put a song into the story, and it just felt like it was just put into there just because Victoria Justice was in the movie. Overall, though, if you were interested in this movie, I highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Black Clover

I am addicted to this show tenfold! Every night I have watched several episodes of this and enjoy every one of them. I can understand how this is not for everyone however, because of the obsession with the main character and how his actions seem to reflect literally everyone close to him. However, I love the character dynamics, dialogue, and unique world-building. The only issue I have is my personal preference as a binger of anime that the recaps are absolutely annoying and putting them into the story just so that it seems like you can’t skip it because its new material, nevertheless, it isn’t. I know I know it seems like that’s a bit nitpicky, be that as it may it’s a fun show and I am glad I started it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dub Talk

I have missed listening to this podcast so much the last few months. Of course, I had to listen to their black clover episode (which I appreciated their in-depth analysis on the show as a whole by the way) But I also listened to an analysis of a series that I had never heard of before and although I am not sure if I will watch it anytime soon, its one that because I heard them talk about it, I will at least try it. Its a show I love listening to when I need a long in-depth analysis and find new anime recommendations. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Little Bit Weebish

Man, this is another podcast I have missed for the last month, I truly enjoy the discussions that the hosts have especially with guests on their podcast. I will be honest if I was obsessed with Attack on Titan or another anime that they intensely fangirled over, then I would listen to their podcast more. But I especially loved the Japan tips and tricks episode and the 90s anime episode. Because of these points, I have to give this podcast a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Thick Cut

This was definitely a fantastic palate cleanser to get back into reading again. I appreciate the realism through most of the characters. There are some racial comments and intense sex scenes so if those things make you uncomfortable, please don’t read this. However, for me personally it gave the characters a lot of depth and it made me appreciate the story more. Overall, it’s a great novella to read and no you don’t have to read issue one to understand this one. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Love After World Domination

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

This manga is one that I am confused about but at the same time I am curious about at the same time. This is because the romance is swoony adorable plus its forbidden similar to Boarding School Juliet (so if you guys enjoy that series, I highly recommend this one). My problem though, is that I am confused on the world. I can tell there’s two sides to these people but what kind of jobs are the people doing? Are they superheroes and supervillains? or they are secret agents like Kim Possible??? I am not sure, but I am hoping as the series goes on, I understand more. Overall, though, I am rooting for this couple and excited to see how this series turns out. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I will be going on a road trip with the family so I have a feeling I will be reading more than anything. We shall see though. What about you guys? What have you guys read watched or even listened these past two week??? Lets talk about it!

Weekly Check-In 05/07/2022-05/14/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! I decided to try some new things but also catch up on others.

Because of this, I watched two animes, two movies, one miniseries, and one TV show. I listened to a podcast and read a manga. Onto the media!!!

Movie

Hotel Transylvania:Transformania

This movie series is one that I have watched over the years that definitely has a ton of humor, paranormal feels, and how to understand that change can be a good thing. I am sure there’s more to it than that, but this particular installment of this series mainly discusses changing to satisfy someone else and how looking on the bright side of things can make life better. I understand that at least two voice actors were changed, and I didn’t notice at first, but I think that if you didn’t know that ahead of time, you will not notice. Overall, this movie was a lot of fun and if you love this series, I highly recommend it! 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Secrets of Dumbledore

This movie was fantastic!!! I was worried going into this movie that it was going to be huge disappointment. I loved the action, the twists and turns, and the new Hogwarts history that was presented. I am curious to see what is presented next but it is something that I feel ended well but also could be expanded upon. Because of this, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

These last couple of weeks, I am enjoying listening to this podcast. Listening to how many different kinds of media that the host consumes plus he brings guests in who truly know what they’re talking about. If you haven’t listened or watched this YouTube channel, check it out. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Miniseries

North and South

This series is continuing to be interesting especially when it comes to the events prior to the Civil War, however these last few episodes that the family and I have watched, some of the acting is so cheesy it’s ridiculous. that could be because of the age though, not because of the content of the miniseries. Because of this, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Zombieland Saga

The way this anime left was just whoa.  But I really enjoyed the music and the characters in this anime. I am excited to see what happens next. Is this my favorite idol anime?? I am not sure yet but I am obsessed nonetheless. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you haven’t checked out this series already and you like supernatural as well as music media, I say do it!!

Black Clover

Now this! ok one of my friends has been begging me to try this anime and I am really glad I did. Essentially to me, this fantasy world is intriguing with its system of magic plus the characters are a lot of fun. I like the aspect of trying very hard and persevering for your dream but also that there are a lot of different puzzle pieces to unravel. If you are looking for something to try that’s fantasy based that feels like My Hero Academia mixed with Fairy Tail check it out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

For Rent

This is one of those shows that was randomly playing in a waiting room I was in recently and I learned a lot from it on how to utilize a small space to the fullest, but also on what to look for and do for renting the best apartment you can. I think my only issue was I needed more varying locations. Because of this, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

When Will Ayumu Make His Move

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

This is a combination of the anime Chihayafuru and the manga Our Precious Conversations with a 4koma panel style. Because of the style, it can seem to be too episodic at times so if that bothers you, do not read this. Otherwise if you love high school characters falling in love one being very stoic and one being more bubbly check it out. Definitely perfect for fans of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun. Overall, this is a fantastic manga series to start and I have to give this volume a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

What I want to do for the next week is continue on with series that I started. Also do some review reading if I can. What about you guys? What did you read, listen, or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

Weekly Check-in 04/30/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! Where I am catching up on media but also trying some new things as well.

Because of this, I watched one miniseries and one anime. I listened to one podcast and read a book. Onto the media!!!

Miniseries

North & South

This miniseries is based off a book series by John Jakes (according to my parents) and it truly is very interesting (although Patrick Swayze can be very distracting). There is a ton of action, romance, and moral lessons about pre-civil war times. The political maneuvering is also interesting as well. Overall, I am intrigued to see how this mini-series continues on and this is definitely great for you US history buffs out there. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Zombieland Saga

I think this week I needed some fluff but at the same time wanted to finish this show. If you love music, comedy, zombies and girls building up friendship, this show is for you. I appreciated how this season goes into more depth on the characters we don’t know much about plus make them have more serious aspects. Overall, if you have been sleeping on this series I highly recommend. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

I still really enjoy this podcast!! I enjoy the weekly updates and the opinions of all of the different media he consumes. I also appreciate the interviews that he has especially the one with Core Reviews recently. Overall, it’s a lot of fun listening to him in the car on the way back and forth to work. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Dating Dr.Dil

This book took me way too long to read (about two weeks I believe). But that’s because I believe when I am learning a lot about different cultures especially in an adult romance, I go slower. But this is my second book by this author, and I liked it better than the previous and this is why. I liked how both characters were flushed out taking their time to figure out themselves before the relationship. I also enjoyed the side characters because of how much they brought to the table (especially the friends). However, there was way too much pushing/pressuring on the woman more than the man (this could be more of a culture issue than a book issue so I’m not docking the book a star for that). Nevertheless, I had moments where I wanted to yell at the characters to just quit beating around the bush or in some of Prem’s case why are you stalking her?? Anyhow though, I will continue reading from this author again, and I recommend it for someone looking for a decent southern Asian adult romance. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I would like to continue on as far as finishing things I have started especially with summer coming up. Another part I would like to do too is find another big series to invest in because I think what I have done previously is a lot of fun. We will see though. What about you guys? What have you watched, listened, or read this week? Let’s talk about it!!

If I could Cosplay as Anyone, who would I be…..

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is one that was inspired by one of my students’ asking me “If you could cosplay as someone, who would you be?” I told them at the time, I haven’t cosplayed before but that was because I haven’t found the right character yet. Thinking about it though, over the years, I have thought about cosplaying a ton of characters in media, however, I have been scared because of my body, age, or not doing the character justice. Nevertheless, these would be who I would try to cosplay if I didn’t have my insecurities and which outfits I would choose. Let’s introduce you to them!

Anime/Manga

Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail

Now this character is one that, when I first found out what cosplay is, I thought Lucy would be the best character for me to cosplay. Fairy Tail is my favorite anime of all time plus I appreciate Lucy’s Celestial Magic. How I would cosplay her would be in this outfit or her older blue and white outfit. All of her other outfits for me personally, are a bit too risquΓ©. But she is amazing being a writer and a celestial wizard. If you haven’t read or watched Fairy Tail please do.

Marin Kitigawa from My Dress-up Darling

This anime/manga truly made me want to take cosplaying more seriously than I already did but in a good way. I appreciate the dedication that Marin goes through to show Gojo the characters that she wants to cosplay. Personally, although, I am not a fan of any of the people Marin cosplays as of now, I would cosplay Marin either in her school uniform or her summer outfit in the anime. This series is not for everyone, but if you love wholesome romance/friendship and fangirling about cosplay, check this series out!

Comics

Gwenpool from Gwenpool and West Coast Avengers

An underrated superhero/anti-hero. Gwenpool reminds me of me as far as being a fangirl for the Marvel World(I am not a fangirl of Marvel as big as Gwenpool but I am of other things) Anyhow, Gwenpool is realistic although crude at times, but I admire her personality when it comes to meeting her idols. As far as her cosplay, I would either do her hero outfit that seems easy to wear or her regular outfit when she is not in her hero outfit. (Either of them would work great. If you haven’t read this comic yet you can start on one of the Howard the Duck comics or her first trade volume 1. Check her out!

Spider Gwen from Spider Gwen and Marvel Rising

To me, I think if I cosplayed a well-known superheroine, I have to say Spider Gwen would be who I would pick. This is because she seems like she has the snarkiest lines, and her costume seems the easiest as well as the most form fitting to put on. If you haven’t read the Spider Gwen comics, start at trade number 0 where you can get the most context.

Books

Stacey from the Well Met Series by Jen Deluca

Now this character is one that is the oldest character on this list. She has a sweet personality and also is confident in herself. In this story as well, we view Stacey as she is trying to decide what she wants to do for the rest of her life for herself and her decision made me love her even more. I think Stacey’s outfits would be a perfect for both cosplaying at a convention and a renaissance festival. She is also plus sized like myself so it would be pretty accurate in my personal opinion. I would choose the cover outfit, or she has a green outfit that sounds like it would be nice as well. If you haven’t checked out this book series, start with Well Met if you like renaissance festivals and contemporary romance.

Hanne from the Berserker series by Emmy Laybourne

Norse Mythology + Westerns?? That is essentially what this book feels like. The main character of Hanne protects her family by eating their enemies?? Yeah, it is a strange pick but it’s also one that I enjoyed the characters especially Hanne and the atmosphere. The outfit I would pick would be a frontier women’s outfit, with some fake blood on me to signify after a kill. If you have not read this book, its not for everyone, but if it sounds interesting to you, check it out.

TV Shows

Sabrina Spellman from Sabrina the Teenage Witch 90s Live Action

When I was young, this was the first time I experienced a supernatural live action television show on our TV. As I got older, and once I rewatched all of the episodes from start to finish on streaming, I thought it would be so fun to cosplay Sabrina especially in her college days/adult outfits at the newspaper. This show is definitely one that could be dated in its humor and some outfits, however if you enjoy witches and humor and slice of life, check this show out!

Lizzie McGuire from Lizzie McGuire

Ok, for me personally, Lizzie McGuire was my main role model when I was a kid. I also love Lizzie’s fashion sense and her love of shoes. Because of that though, I would love to cosplay Lizzie either from her concert outfit from the end of the movie or her edgiest outfit when she was trying to be a rockstar. If you haven’t watched this show, I would recommend it especially the moral lessons that were presented.

Movie

Charlotte From Bandslam

This is my favorite movie of all time, so of course I have always wanted to cosplay Charlotte (the blonde one if you haven’t seen this movie). This is because, this character is the extrovert I have always wanted to be, plus she has fascinating character development throughout the movie also. I would want to cosplay this outfit from her but also, I think it would be cool to wear her Jim’s outfit as well. If you haven’t watched this movie, do it please and thank you.

Rapunzel from Tangled

Now Rapunzel is my favorite Disney Princess. I like most of the princesses, but I love Rapunzel because of her willingness to try new things, has some fantastic humor, plus the animation of this movie is gorgeous!! When I was in high school, for my prom I wore a dress very similar to Rapunzel’s iconic dress with her braid and it was fantastic. However, I think if I wanted to cosplay her legitimately, I would need to make the dress more accurate, and not wear shoes (or clear shoes).

What about you guys? Who would you love to Cosplay?? It can be anything or anyone! Let’s talk about it!!

Weekly Check-in 04/23/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I was checking things out!!!

Because of that this week, I listened to a podcast, I watched a movie and a TV show, I also read a volume of manga and a novel. Onto to the Media!!!

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

This podcast is one that I have recently started that feels the most like how I personally create content. However, the way he does it is a lot better in the sense of order and more detailed information than what I give. I also appreciate how genuine but also fact checks himself as well. If you haven’t check him out please do on YouTube and Spotify. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

The Crimes of Grindelwald

I wanted to watch this movie again because of the new one coming out, but also because there was so much that I forgot especially when watching the trailer of the newest movie. I think it was because with some of the mumbling in this movie, things got confusing in the theater. To the movie itself though, I liked what they did with the plot and the character ties to the original material, however! I think there were a lot of confusing parts involved when it came to the twists and turns. (that was probably the intention but still). Overall though, I am excited to see the new one now, and I am curious to see what they do next. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The American Barbecue Showdown

This show is one of those random shows that I found on Netflix to watch with my dad, and I realized I knew nothing about BBQ. I also don’t know much about meat either. Because of that it is really interesting as far as learning things, but some of the contestants are so annoying πŸ™ƒ. Overall, though, it’s interesting and I will continue on, but contestants and hosts though can be annoying. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

A Lady’s Formula for Love

This is a book I cannot recommend to everyone. However, If you enjoy historical romance, STEM discussion, and mysteries I would highly recommend this book. I loved the beginning and I loved the end of the story, although I would have cut some of the middle of the story because there was too much world-building or set up. Because of that issue, it took me about three weeks to finish this book. Overall though, I think it is a book that is one more people need to read and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Golden Japanesque

This manga is one I have heard so many things about and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The story is also an interesting one as well. However, I feel that for this particular series, its more one that just reading the first volume is not going give the reader a good impression of a like or dislike of the story. This is just because the plot is very interesting when it comes to the setting and the verbal abuse is intense (so if that is something you are not a fan of, please do not read this) but there’s no character development everything feels the same right now. I enjoyed the transformation however, of the main characters’ perception of another character and of her looks. Overall, though, I think I need to read more of this series in order to have a more concise opinion and because of these points, I have to give this first volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I would like to enjoy checking things out like I did this week, however, I still want to finish things that I have started if possible but try new things too. What about you guys? What did you listent, watch, or read this week? Let’s talk about it!!

Weekly Check-in 04/09/2022-04/16/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time!! These last two weeks honestly, I have been in a reading slump!!!

Because of that, I only watched media not read really. I watched 2 TV shows and 2 anime. Onto the media!!!

TV Show

Julia

This is a really intriguing show that truly surprised me. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you would know that I am a fan of the Julie Julia movie. This show definitely goes deeper than the movie did but also it explains the steps that it took to create the first cooking shows in the early 60s-late 50s. I am curious to see how things will continue on and if the Julie Julia movie will clash with this show, that would be even better. Overall, if you are a Julia Child fan, please watch this and even if you aren’t, if you love shows like Ms. Maisel and the Crown, check this out! 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Good Place

This TV show was one that got me through some moments in college and taught me a lot about people and an intriguing perspective on the afterlife especially the implementation of philosophy and ethics. These two weeks I finally watched the last season on this show and I looooved how it ended with the characters, humor, and romance. Overall, though, if you are sleeping on this series watch it! 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

Anime

That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime

I will be honest, I haven’t watched this show in a long time, so I actually needed the recap episode at the first of the season haha. I had forgotten how intricate this world was and how many characters that are presented. I think my only issue is some of the characters that are talked about in passing I need to think more about who’s who. The plot is also complicated as well than it used to be so as long as I have the time to watch it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

One Piece

Well this month’s One Piece episodes brought a lot of depth to a few characters and timeline/ history about others. There are also a lot of cutesy mixed with demented animation so it may be too scary for young ones. Overall, it was a lot of fun and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I think for me personally the week ahead, I want to finish what I start. Otherwise, I am excited to see what I do next. What about you guys? What have you read or watched lately?? Let’s talk about it!