Weekly Check-in 03/13/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Wow you guys I was all over the place this week.

It truly was.

Because of me being everywhere before spring break, I watched two TV shows, one anime, six volumes of manga, and three novels.(phew!) Onto the media!

TV Show

Harley Quinn

Deciding to continue this series this week was a tad difficult. I am not a fan of the language, plus some of the stuff that’s happening is a bit weird, however I am now feeling more sympathetic towards Poison Ivy and Harley a ton. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Ink Master

I think I remember watching this in college before it came onto Netflix recently

Totally out of left field right?? I know it does not seem something I’d be interested in. However, if you know me well, I am fascinated by what people create and their process. Unfortunately with reality shows there are moments of drama that can be excessive and whoever you want to win doesn’t win but overall it was a fascinating show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Rewatch

Chihayafuru

Rewatching this week pretty much all the second and third seasons, made me appreciate the characters a lot more especially the adults rather than the high schoolers. Overall, I need the third season dubbed (I know with the current times there is going to be delays). I would also like the manga or another season to find out what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Machi Maho

This is a manga that is really geared towards adult guys but I think some adult women may like it too

This manga isn’t for everyone….but it was very fun??? There was some things that I could have taken out but since I am not the primary audience for this I get why it was put in there. The art is very dark and moments are text-heavy and confusing, however it is so entertaining and interesting taking turns that I didn’t expect. There are so many triggers in this that I just recommend if it doesn’t look like something you’d be interested in, don’t pick it up. If you like dark twisty things and magical girl feels in a negative light, check this out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi🍣🍣🍣  because of all the excess unnecessary triggers.

Donuts Under a Crescent Moon

This was a blind preorder and I am so glad I got it!!

This manga was one I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it but I was pleasantly surprised. First the one trigger warning I have is that there is a lot of negative self-talk when it comes to one of the main characters. I loved this because it is an adult self-discovery mixed with a newfound female relationship.

I fell in love with both of the main characters but frankly I felt like I most related to Uno-chan to some extent because of her journey. I love the donut connection along with the steps to becoming a happier person. I am curious to see what the series has to hold. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Aoba-Kun’s Confessions

Ok this was a cover buy I mean wow physical copies of this would look really nice!

This was a manga that was very unexpected for me. I was thinking initially oh this is someone that works in radio at the high school. Nope there’s basketball, a wallflower, and a unique relationship. I loved the artstyle and the characters are very interesting (except Aoba who is a tad mean in my opinion). But I am curious where it goes because the leading girl is trying to help Aoba and in turn help herself become more confident. We shall see but overall this one may be one I take one volume at a time 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

A Condition Called Love

This needs a physical copy now!!

Awwwwwwwwwwww this is a high school romance that is definitely perfect for someone who is dating for the first time (although I can tell you there are some moments of exaggerated expression of love that I wouldn’t recommend) I really liked that there was a lot of little lessons that help people understand what love looks and feels like especially when it comes to the Christmas theme. Theres also a big mystery element when it comes to the male character which if it goes the wrong way, I am worried about how its going to go although I still am going to continue on the series. Overall, I really loved this and I hope it is even better as the series moves on. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Bring it On!

A total blind cover buy maybe because of the costume on the cover???

This was a blind manga buy but it is very intriguing. The artstyle is gorgeous very representative of the time it was published. There are a lot of moments of violence, cursing including the r-word, and overall bullying. However, there are some moments that I appreciated what was happening and want to continue, but its one that the text was too all over the place. Because of that, at moments its still difficult to understand what is going on.  Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Days on Fes

I found this recommendation on YouTube and blindly preordered it so fast… haha

This was not what I was expecting but I wasn’t mad about it? It discusses how different people can experience music festivals plus the different kinds of festivals that are out there in Japan. This really brought me back in the time of my life where I researched a lot about music festivals (never went to any like this unfortunately) so I could definitely relate to the females in this manga. But at the same time at the age I am now, I can relate to the males also. There is also a lot of education that is presented that involves what to bring to a festival, what usually happens there, etc. which is helpful for new people and for veterans wanting to find something new. The plot also took place from two different festivals which was awesome. I am really excited for the next volume because it is going to show both sets of characters at one festival which will be awesome too. There isn’t romance in this but I didn’t mind that. Overall, I am really curious what the series is going to bring, and if you are looking for music fans in a manga check this manga out. My one complaint was the perspective jumping was a bit choppy for me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Novel

Just the Two of Us

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Poppy Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This book is one that I feel could translate into a drama very well. Its definitely something I just got invested in no matter what occurred with the characters. I also appreciated all the education I received through all of the cooking and hospital protocols that were presented. Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, blunt language, death, surgery, and familial distress due to pediatric disease. This is a duology so keep that in mind when you read the book because its just going to end at a random point in time. Definitely a slow-burn on every aspect of this book including character development. My only issue I had was with the writing style being so jumbled in perspective and could at moments be dense. However, I think if you’re invested, you will finish excited for the next book. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

My Epic Spring Break-Up

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Underlined publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book

I needed some fluff after reading a tough book and this did it for me. A quintessential high school romance with someone trying to get out of their comfort zone for an epic spring break. There’s a love triangle involved, New York, computer coding, there’s a ton of social media both from a consumer point of view and a creator point of view which was very interesting, but a ton of Taylor Swift too. I think its the perfect read for high school girls who want to follow their dreams in STEM particularly in computer science. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out in April if you’re interested.

Rosie Loves Jack

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

This is a very dark book.   This is not for everyone in the sense that there is a lot of prejudices involved with teenagers with special needs whether that is Downs Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury (I think, it is unclear). This book also presents how much a person with Downs Syndrome can be taken advantage of if they are not taught more independence or only have one-track minds. There are also instances of kidnapping, abuse, homelessness, and thievery in this book also.  I got very emotional when it comes to the events that this book has but also the love that is presented also. I also appreciated the author’s note that was presented before the book started that made me feel that this book was coming from someone that had a unique perspective. My only complaint was I wanted to receive the endings of the people that helped the main character get through this journey.  Overall though, this is a book that is not for everyone, however I truly think if it is something you can handle, please read it.  4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is Spring Break so all bets are off this week as far as what I am reading and watching. We will see what happens. What did you guys read or watch? Lets talk about it!

Published by Sushirainbow

Obsessed with books, anime, manga, and helping others. This Blog will consist of Reviews, Recommendations and Overall Thoughts. I also have an Instagram with the same name.

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