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Weekly Check-in 09/24/2022

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

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

TV Show

ER

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

Novella

Blind date with a Book Boyfriend

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

Her Donut Shifters

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

Manga

Series Starters

Phantom of the Idol

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

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

Series Finale

My Boss’s Kitten vol 5-7

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

Podcast

Smart Women Read Romance

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

Dad Needs to Talk Podcast

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk Podcast

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

TV Show

ER

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

Manga

Series Starters

Anyway…I’m falling in love with you

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

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

Graphic Novel

The Prince and the Dressmaker

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

Novella

Fall into You

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 08/27/2022-09/03/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! I have to say I think I got back to the media consumption groove.

Because of this, I read three novellas and one volume of manga. I also watched two anime, two movies, and four TV shows. Onto the Media!!!

Novella

Ear Candy

If you are looking for a boss assistant romance and also audiobook narrator and reader romance this novella is for you. There are some smutty moments to note but!! I loved this the most for the worshipping/making the heroine feeling loved and adored. That was my absolute favorite part. However, I wanted the ending to be flushed out more. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. 

Smash and Grab

This is a novella series that I found from Smart Women Read Romance and I had a ton of fun reading this. I loved the characters and their dynamic, the plot is intriguing plus the facts about dinosaurs was a lot of fun as well for me personally. The only note that I want to give for people is that there are some moments that has some crude humor. Other than that though, I loved this and I am truly excited to read more from this series. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Getting Schooled

Now this is a story I have seen all over romance social media and disability representation lists. I will be honest at the start of reading this, I was not sure how the story was going to go (maybe because I have read a ton of sexy novellas lately who knows). However, once I continued on, I really enjoyed it I enjoyed how realistic it felt, I loved how it was written like it could be a movie with an all-African American cast. I could definitely also appreciate the mental as well as the physical health representation (although for me personally I wanted an inch more about the physical). Overall, though, I really enjoyed this and am definitely also adding this author to my list. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over

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

This manga was not what I was expecting in the best way. I thought it would be more of a romance story. However, it is a beautiful friendship story that discusses when a fan meets their idol and how they can positively as well as negatively react. I do warn you there is a ton of girl hate at the start of this manga. Other than that, though, I would highly recommend this to teens to help people learn about what being a fan or a proper photographer 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Devil is a Part Timer

This anime is getting better and better when it comes to its humor and character development. But, its one of those I can put on and binge all day. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Edens Zero

So, as someone who is a diehard and I mean a diehard fan of Fairy Tail, I was unsure how I would react to Edens Zero. But I have to say it exceeds my expectations and it’s a fascinating story but its no fairy tail. (if you want a more in-depth comparison of the two let me know) Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Movie

Gleason

Honestly, this movie wasn’t what I expected. I was very unfulfilled when it came to the story. However, I was very intrigued when it came to learning how creating the first variety show worked. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Love Accidently

If you are looking for a modern short version of an office rom com this is certainly it.  I did though, have some complaints. The story was moments very convoluted, it felt like the guy was the only one doing any work, it is definitely dating itself to the extreme and it was very obviously a low budget movie even worse than Hallmark. It is not too cringey though and I and my family were able to watch it all the way through. I would recommend it to someone who wants to watch something short and sweet but don’t need to be fully invested. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The Boys

This show totally is not what I expected at all.  Its essentially everything that could go wrong in a superhero show does go wrong in it and all of the trigger warnings and all of the content warnings as well need to be said here. However, I am intrigued by it. I binged most of season 1 and about half of season two in two days.  Its one of those that if it is considered a train wreck that I can’t stop watching (like in the dark) but worse!!! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 due to the profanity.

ER

OOF! There is a ton of drama heating up on this show, but not what you would expect. I think though now, it is changing into what the modern medical shows are around this point. However, it is accomplishing it better??? At least to me. Overall, though, I am excited to see what the next seasons bring. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Good Witch

My family finally finished this series (after my dad surprisingly binged most of it on his own). And overall, I think it’s good if you are wanting a spooky cozy mystery version of Gilmore Girls to binge. However, it’s not one I would recommend you binge entirely all at once. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. It is definitely one I would like to revisit when I have time in the future.

The Outlaws

This show is definitely a mix of orange is the new black but with a more British humor twist. I appreciate the all walks of life aspect, I also enjoy the humor but its definitely one I have to be in the mood for before I watch more. Christopher Walken though, is the only character though that seems to stick out like a sore thumb. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead I want to keep up my momentum and just keep a variety of media going. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 08/20/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! I have consumed a ton of different kinds of media this week along with working.

Because of this, I watched one movie and two TV shows. I also listened to a podcast and read a graphic novel, a manga volume, and novel. Onto the media!!!

Movie Rewatch

Rewatching this movie again, I think I appreciated it better than I did before. Probably because of how much I learned about being Mexican American from primary sources during my college days, but I am not sure. I also had forgotten small details that were in the movie before that made this experience better as well. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I have wanted to start this show for years, but I will be honest I was intimidated by it. Starting it this week though, I can see why people love it, but I feel like for me personally, I agonize over some of the plot holes that got presented throughout the four episodes I watched like I missed something somewhere. Overall, I enjoy the lore and characters so far, but I will take it step by step. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

ER

This set of ER episodes hit me in my heartstrings because of my personal life but the main lesson I have learned from this set is that everyone deserves a voice no matter what. However, this also showed its age a few times because of some of the policies etc. Overall, though, I am still enjoying this series and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Chef’s Kiss

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

I think for me personally getting out of a reading slump, a graphic novel like this was perfect for me. I loved how there was a discussion on how difficult the job market can be for post-undergrad studentsI also loved the indepth visual with the cooking. However, I feel like there were some moments that were unnecessary but others that needed to be flushed out (aka a volume 2 needs to happen please!!!) Overall though, I highly recommend this graphic novel if you haven’t already read it  4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Manga

Series Starters

You’re My Cutie

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

I’ll be honest, the first chapter of this manga at first gave me a bad impression of how this series was to go especially since the dude was being so mean. However, it did get redeemed for me by the end of the manga because of the artstyle and better character interactions. Overall, I am curious to see how this series continues so because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Call Me Maybe

Cara Bastone has been an author that I have thought her romances have had fantastic concepts and definitely can make my mood better. This one was my first one and I definitely was not disappointed. I read this through eBook rather than audio (which was what this series was originally) but personally I could visually/hear what the added audio sound effects would be plus the voices. I enjoyed the mystery aspect, I enjoyed the characters as a whole, but also, I loved the plot because it feels like a modern story that I would recommend to my mom. My mom enjoys wholesome romances that do not have a lot of steam so if you are interested in those check this author out. Overall, though, I love this series and am excited for more 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Wandering Bryaxis

This podcast is one that I wanted The Very Bookish Podcast to be. I love how honest these women are and how versatile their reading taste is. Their banter is also equal along with their details about books. Because of these points, I have to give this podcast a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be still all over the place but I am excited to do more. What about you guys? What did you read, watch, or listen to this week? Lets talk about it!!!

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Artist Alley: Why it is Essential to Every Media Convention with some fantastic Vendor recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to spotlight an integral part of an anime convention the Artist Alley. I also want to explain why they are essential to every media convention and spotlight some vendors that I know and love their work that travel to conventions all over the country. I hope this post is helpful to someone who enjoys helping out people as much as I do plus at your next convention check this area out if you missed it.

Definition

Now I am sure if you have gone to an anime convention, you would know what an artist alley is but if you haven’t been, here is the definition according to the creators of the anime convention, San Japan.

Artist Alley is a place where talented individuals showcase their art and more. You can find unique handmade art, shirt, keychains, pins, etc. Really, there is something for anyone! Artist Alley is a place made up of fans who create for fans. It’s a room full of people who all share a similar love for anime and its culture. Supporting our beloved and creative artists are one of the ways that you can help keep the San Japan growing strong.

So, if we use that definition, it is essentially art/merch created by fans who enjoy similar anime/fandom that we do right? Yes, but also no. Most of the time people bring fanart to present to their fellow fans but there are also some people who have their own art that they create without fanart that they can present at anime conventions as well, but it has the style and cute/kawaii factor that fits right into the artist alley.

This is not official Merch

The Keyword though, is its ART not official merch most of the time, so if you are wanting official merchandise from let’s say Great Eastern Entertainment for anime merch, the artist alley is not where you can find it. What you can find however are inexpensive alternatives of fan created work that helps out a fellow fan who loves what you love.

Why they are an integral part of an media convention

To me personally, I believe that artist alleys are an integral part of a media convention because of these three reasons.

  1. Brings Extra Exposure to new media to consume
  2. Brings like-minded fans together to create friendly discussion among friends
  3. Creates Networking opportunities for future works/media

Without at least the top two reasons for me personally, I probably would not know about certain media or have amazing people I call my friends in my life. The last is definitely important if you want to be an Artist professionally.

Inspiration: Artist Alley @ Anime Matsuri

Before I discuss a few vendors that I personally recommend. I wanted to acknowledge that recently I was able to attend Anime Matsuri’s version of an Artist Alley as a press passholder and take photos for vendors who granted me permission to do so. I also had some thoughts about it as an attendee.

One, there are some artistic small businesses that were able to be in the exhibition hall and not artist alley. I do not know if that is a regular occurrence or not with this convention, but for me personally, it threw me off. I also was told from several vendors that there was not a personal sign to indicate where Artist Alley was until Saturday (when I took the feature photo) so some attendees couldn’t find the artists they wanted to see. I also was thrown off that the different vendors were on different floors which for space I understand, but the Alley I believe in some respects suffered because of it.

Two, I loved the variety of artists that Anime Matsuri allowed to vend there because there were so many different fandoms presented (even more so than the exhibition hall to be honest). I found some fandoms in some of the stores that I do not typically see plus there are some just beautiful arts and craftmanship that I may not have even seen without the alley. Overall, I enjoyed my time at Artist Alley most recently, and thank you so much to the Anime Matsuri Press corps for the opportunity to attend this convention.

Vendors I Recommend

Fantasy Chibi Pins

Fantasy Chibi Pins is an artist that I have gotten to be a longtime fan of especially when it comes to their pins. I appreciate their variety of fandoms that they present in their shop but also, they have exclusive clubs that if you love some specific fandoms, you can buy some amazing merch. They also have some Con Exclusive designs so if you see her at a Con snatch that merch up. What they currently have in their store is:

Acrylic Keychains

Phone Charms

Acrylic Stands

Enamel Pins

and Ita Bags (Coming soon)

Check Them Out!!!

Mimopuffs

Mimopuffs is an artist that I have loved their social media presence (I also love their mascot its adorable). Because of that, this convention was my chance to buy some of their merch. Some of it can be used in everyday life and there is a variety of fandoms out there (some even more to come I was told). They also have some Con Exclusive deals so if you see them at a Con snatch that merch up. What they currently have in their store is:

Prints

Air Fresheners

Acrylic Keychains

Stickers

and Phone Grips

Check Them Out!!

Apocalyss Art

This Artist was an unexpected find for me at Artist Alley and one of those that I fell in love with when I saw the artwork (that’s mostly original with some small fanart here and there) But one of my favorite parts of this booth was actually talking to the friend of the artist who was manning the booth because they actually lived nearby and were an artist themselves. Now I am definitely going to keep an eye on both of them as artists and hope to buy more from them another time. What they currently have in their store is:

Apparel

Pillowcases

and Mousepads

Check them out!!

I hope you enjoy this Artist Alley post! What about you guys? How do you feel about Artist Alleys at Anime Conventions? Let’s talk about it!!

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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.

Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com

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.

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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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