Weekly Check-in 5/30/2020

Today I am going to be discussing my weekly check-in. I read a lot this week with finishing 5 manga, I watched one mini series, and I started a rewatch of a series. I also played a lot of one video game this week which was an interesting experience. To be honest, this week was a lot involving with my boyfriend since a lot of my time was hanging out with him before we both get back to work. Anyhow, onto the media.

He’s awesome as a fellow fan and supports me in everything I do

Video Games

Games are something I have always been fascinated with especially watching people play them plus the graphics with certain games are so cool and amazing. Anyhow, this past week, I played Wii Sports with my boyfriend and their family and I can see the hype of it. It embraces your physical body and after playing several games you can feel your sweat all over. My family also has a Wii but we have not played with it yet but playing this game encourages me to set up ours.

There are several sports that you can play with this game left or right handed
I have to say though bowling is my favorite since I used to play competitively in high school. It also definitely helps me practice my aiming when I can’t go to the alley to play. Side note: this is my highest score ever.

Mini-Series

My dad and I finished the Middlemarch series this week. However, I felt very unsatisfied with the ending especially when it comes to the female characters. Nevertheless, I was able to feel the same emotions that I feel during watching my period pieces and I am definitely in the mood for them now when I haven’t for months. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

The actors were very profound and fascinating for a 1994 mini-series

Manga

I read a lot of manga this week. There was a stormy afternoon/night where all I could do was read which was awesome because I had a ton of library manga to read. Half were series continuations and a couple were series starters.

Series Continuations

Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter

To me, the female characters in this manga series are what I was lacking in Middlemarch. Of course they were created in different countries as well as different time periods but it is definitely interesting for me to continue on in the series. However, be mindful that this particular volume can be dense at times. Because of these points, I would like to see more people reading this but I understand why people can find it boring.

I wish my library had through volume 5 to catch up with everyone else but for now I will be satisfied with at least one more volume.

Mixed Vegetables

This is so adorable plus the food art!! *chef’s kiss*

This is a foodie manga that reminds me so much of the anime Yumeiro Patisserie except without the magic aspect of things. I am not sure if its obvious based on what I read or watch but I am fan of reading and watching how people create things and believing that they can accomplish it despite the odds. Plus I think its a way of learning something new while having fun. This especially has pastry creation as well as sushi creation with some added angsty romance.

MeruPuri

The boys/men are so gorgeous I just wish they were semi interesting

I’ll be honest this series is very strange to me. Its even difficult to describe because there is so much involved and so much convenient plot lines ehhhhh. And the male characters strut themselves randomly to annoy the character and its not even funny anymore 😒. Yet I want to know how it ends. I know its so confusing how I feel about this but if you want the same feels check this out.

Series Starters

My Brother’s Husband

This is a very hyped manga among adult readers but also I would say for adults this would be a great first manga for them as well.

This is a very profound manga that I definitely recommend for adult readers. The way that you are able to learn about how people in Japan feel about others being LGBTQIA+ etc. as adults as well as children is a new perspective for me. It was also fascinating learning about different family dynamics in Japan among themselves and with foreigners. I hope to finish this series next week with the second volume being the concluding one so there will be a more in-depth review soon.

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy

Now like with Mixed Vegetables the concept of this manga was fascinating to me. It reminded me a lot of Skip Beat except with a high school academy feel to it. I think I would enjoy this a bit better with a anime though because it specifically talks about voice acting. However, I did enjoy this first volume and I am excited to see more from this series.

TV Show/Anime

TV Show: Avatar the Last Airbender

I hope to eventually read the stories in between the tv series and Legend of Korra but I think rewatching this with my boyfriend while he’s travelling is going to be fun.

Yes I am getting on the hype train. This will be a rewatch for me because I watched it a few years ago but this time I will be watching it with my boyfriend who can quote it word for word. I enjoyed this series when I watched it but I think in order to become a true fan I need to consume everything involved. This will be exciting for sure and I am thrilled to continue this series again.

Here’s the synopsis: “In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.” I think that’s all I needed to know to watch this for the first time.

Anime: Fruits Basket Season 2

This is also a show I am buddy-watching although this is with one of my dear friends who loves Fruits Basket just as much as me if not more so. We are watching the dub and Wow!!! This has been interesting because I haven’t finished the manga yet so I am following along for the first time. In addition, I enjoyed the original anime that was airing in 2001 but I felt it had something missing unfulfilling in my opinion but the first season + what’s airing now is fulfilling that for me so I am intrigued with this.

I have to say this anime’s soundtrack is getting better and better I love this opening!!!

The Week Ahead

I know for sure I am going to be continuing watching the shows I am loving, I might be expanding my video game knowledge not necessarily with the Wii but I would at least like to try, and finally read as much as I can.

Weekly Check-In 5/16/2020-5/23/2020

Hello, due to my moving plus getting a lot of things settling in I am combining my weekly check ins of last week to this week. I read a lot of manga, one novel and watched a lot of TV with anime and a mini series. I also unfortunately only posted reviews for my Instagram so no creative posts there to discuss but that’s ok.

Anime

So with anime I watched a few with finishing up Chihayafuru, Uta no prince-sama season 3 Revolutions and starting Uta no prince-sama season 4 Legend Star.

Chihayafuru

Watching this after watching other sports animes casually, I felt that this one has the best balance of competition plus romance that I have seen in awhile. I also appreciated that there is an opening for season four if the opportunity presents itself. I watched all of this on HIDIVE in both Dub and Sub. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4.5 out of 5 sushis 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

This opening ah!!! I love it so. Most of the music in this anime is top notch.




Uta No Prince-sama

I know its probably random of me to say I watched season 3 of this anime and season 4 of this. But I have currently watched this for about 10 years ever since it started airing because I am obsessed with listening to music. Watching this show, I have a love-hate relationship with it because although most of the music I enjoy in it and the characters are mostly interesting (there are some weirdos), the plots could go a bit better in my personal opinion. Also to me its a good show to present that working hard can present rewards (although in a happy-go-lucky way). Season 3 is a 3.0 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

According to the IMDb website the synopsis of season 1 of this anime is as follows:

“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. If successful there, she’ll be able to join the Shining Agency after graduation. However, it won’t be so easy when Haruka is already surrounded by potential idols and composers. On top of that, her homeroom teacher is a current idol, the headmaster was a record-breaking singer, and the academy itself is an eccentric place where anything could possibly happen. In the end, right at the graduation, two students are to be teamed up by the choice, one will take the role of the idol and the other should be the composer. After being paired up, they will sing a song that was both composed, written and sung by them. If successful, they will join and take the spot as the new Shining Agency debut artists. In addition, romance is strictly prohibited at their school. So which prince of song will be paired with Haruka?

Sorry to say this but this is my favorite season thus far.
This is also my favorite song from this anime

Mini Series

When I was younger, I watched a lot of historical fiction/classic mini serials with my parents. Now that I am home with them my dad and I started watching this series called Middlemarch based on the source material by George Eliot.

My Dad picked this out and there are several actors that I know of but also this came out in 1994; I wasn’t even born yet.

This has fulfilled my mood of a period/classic watching piece and as I have grown older I understand more of what the characters are doing plus watching it with my dad (who has drilled history in my mind all my life), I am able to ask about certain history aspects of the show that I may not have known otherwise.

The synopsis of this series according to IMDb is as follows:

“This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles, and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted from the George Eliot classic of the same name, the plot centers on the socially conscious, but naive Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey), whose disastrous match to the pedantic Reverend Edward Casaubon (Patrick Malahide) sets in motion a chain of events that will change the face of Middlemarch forever. The efforts of the dashing young physician, Tertius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge), to modernize the medical practices at the new hospital causes quite a stir, both in the political power structure, headed by the evil Mr. Nicholas Bulstrode (Peter Jeffrey), and the heart of sweet Rosamund Vincy (Trevyn McDowell), the town beauty. Smaller plots interweave the action and lead to reconciliation, resignation, remuneration, and resolution.”

So far it is very intriguing and I am excited to see how it ends.

Manga

I’ll be honest this is probably what I have done the most other than watching TV/Anime these past couple of weeks with some more I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, Phantom Thief Jeanne vol 1, Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter vol 1, and Story of Saiunkoku vol 6.

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I will be honest I know this has been on both of my previous check-ins but I am still enjoying it although I am only 48% of the way through (I think I just need some fluff at the moment) but I think its going to turn into my on the go manga until I finish it.

The art in here is stunning though

Phantom Thief Jeanne

This first volume of this series, I was nervous about it because the previous series was not my favorite. However, this was really fun with 90s magical girl/sailor moon feels but especially more exciting and interesting. I am also definitely going to continue on with this series if possible.

This creator also created Full Moon wo sagashite and Sakura Hime (Loved the one not a fan of the other)






Accomplishments of The Duke’s Daughter

Before watching Middlemarch with my dad, I read this manga on recommendation from Amanda over at A COURT OF BOOKS AND LOVE (link here if you want to check her blog out) which was fantastic in the sense that like I said earlier, I love period pieces and having that mood in manga form its nice especially with the twist of it being an otome game(which for people who don’t know means that is a story-based video game that has a main plot goal and romance between a main girl and several male characters) We will see what happens with this one but so far I am enjoying the slowburnness.

Thank you Amanda for the Recommendation

Story of Saiunkoku

Now this series is actually the one that got me into reading manga. I watched the anime years ago and remembered that it was hard to find to watch again (turns out the manga volume 5 is also difficult to find) so after finding the digital copy of volume 5 at my library I found Volume 6 and inhaled it. There are some minor differences in this one but not nearly as much as other volumes. I also appreciated that there were a lot of girl power references in it such as using makeup as war paint etc.

I think one of the reasons I love this series is that the main character doesn’t pull any punches and when the other characters help her its not because she asked its because they believe that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

Novel

Unfortunately, I have only read one novel this week and it’s an Advanced Reader’s copy of a romance novel called Experimental Marine Biology by Susannah Nix book 5 in her Chemistry Lessons series (no you do not need to read them in order). But I’m excited for everyone to read it on June 15th.

This is especially great for people you love romance + STEM main characters

The Week Ahead

I will be honest, my consuming of media has been all over the place. But I know for sure, I want to be consuming as much as I can but also create some non-review Instagram posts (this past week has had no shop/creative posts which I hope to rectify soon).

What about you? What have you been consuming these last couple of weeks? I hope it was as fun as mine has been. Let’s talk about it!

K-Pop: Just another Genre or a Lifestyle?

With all of my favorite bands having comebacks lately, plus this past year diving deep into the K-Pop universe, I thought that this would be a fantastic topic to write about. I will be talking about my overall journey and then discuss how it can be a lifestyle.

My Personal K-Pop Journey

First, let me begin this post with the discussion of my particular K-Pop journey.

The first considered “K-Pop” artist I kept up with back in 2008 was the Artist BoA which was because of the ending song of “Every Heart” from the Inuyasha anime.

BoA as of 2019. She is considered Queen of K-Pop
At this particular time, I was only interested in anime opening and endings but I ended up listening to BoA’s entire backlog on the daily for awhile.

After I relaxed on BoA and Alan (J-pop singer), I stopped listening to this type of music for awhile especially when I was not able to listen to them outside of the computer. Then about 2016-2017, I was introduced to K-pop yet again by my best college friend to Super Junior in particular their “Mamacita” song.

This is Super Junior’s 7th Album with a fascinating concept.

After this group was introduced to me, I still was not quite sold with male K-Pop groups especially since I only liked (at least at this point in time) only a couple of songs from this group; “Mamacita” and “Magic”.

It was only when an author friend of mine used Vixx’s “Fantasy” in their book series playlist, I fell into a Vixx/K-pop hole.

This album came out in 2016
To this day, I appreciate Vixx for helping me appreciate harmonious K-Pop music. (Although no Bias at this point)

Around this point in time, BTS and TxT (Tomorrow x Together) were coming onto a lot of people’s radar and I was shown “Dionsysus” and “Lights” by BTS as well as “Crown” and “Our Summer” by TxT. I thought: “These guys are awesome, but do I have a favorite?” or better yet: “Is there more?” Little did I know, I was hitting the tip of the iceberg with both male and female groups.

Tomorrow x Together

This was the first song I heard from TxT: the harmony is what struck me.
When I heard these guys after Vixx and BTS, I appreciated that they had the pros of both and love most of their songs to this day!!


This is my favorite song of all time from TxT acoustic version all the way perfect for this time of year

BTS

These lyric videos are a way I learned my favorite songs along with determining a bias for some of my favorite groups
Because of “Dionsysus” and buying this album as my first K-pop purchase ever, I consider this concept my fave to date.
I remember when this video came out, I listened to it for weeks!






Rocket Punch

I found this group from a K-Pop Youtuber and I enjoyed the album package really cool so I listened to the song they recommended and Bam new group!
No Bias yet but I have to say this group is easily in my top fave girl groups.
I am so biased to when artists sing about Fireworks and this definitely works for a summer song

Dreamcatcher

This was the song that made me fall in love with Dreamcatcher I saw it on someone’s Instagram one day and I was sold
I love Dreamcatcher’s concepts because they seem to create the most unique ones (especially since they aren’t always so fluffy

One of the other reasons I love Dreamcatcher is that they post videos of solo covers often and this video was the reason Siyeon became my Dreamcatcher Bias

Is listening to K-Pop a lifestyle?

Now that my personal journey of K-Pop is presented in this post, the greater question is whether this genre can become a lifestyle or it is a part of someone’s overall musical knowledge.

For me personally, I am in the between camp; this means listening to K-Pop is not the only music genre I obsess over or have favorite artists from. Plus there are a ton of artists that I enjoy their music from but I cannot keep up with all of their comebacks/ other news stories (for instance TxT came out with their latest comeback a few days ago and I had absolutely no idea).

It can be a lifestyle for some people

For some people, they can keep up with entire groups by collecting every photocard that comes in every version of album merch etc. They also can buy DVDs of the concerts, wearables and something called slogans to have during a concert if they so choose along with mascot merch with some groups. There are so many different options out there for this to become a lifestyle for some people like any fandom for that matter. I am sure all of the K-pop groups out there appreciate those fans dearly.

There are plenty of casual fans out there as well

Because of BTS making such a difference worldwide, I am sure K-Pop has become more mainstream than it used to be. Because of this, there are a lot of people who only listen to BTS than anyone else in the K-Pop world along with other artists out there for example Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Those fans are still valid though because they still listen to the music; the music is what matters here. I know at the start, as you can see from my journey, I turned from a casual fan to one that is not fully invested but with an expansion of more K-Pop than just the most famous.

Conclusion

K-Pop has become a part of my lifestyle, I have to admit that but no more than anything else for me. I still love reading, watching anime, and of course helping others. The best thing K-Pop has done for me though, is expand my music knowledge for the better and if you have not tried it at least a little, please do so.

What about you guys do you think a genre of music can become a lifestyle? Let’s talk about it!

Weekly Check-in 5/9/2020

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I’m going to summarize what I posted on Instagram recently, What I am currently watching, and What I am currently reading.

Instagram Posts

This post was actually to commemorate the creation of this blog. These pins/buttons represent who I am as a person and what I hope to bring to the table with this blog and my life in general.

This last one is a post that involves my wall décor and quotes that have got me through these last few months. It will be sucky to take it down when I move but once I get into a permanent place, I will have to put it up along with everything else. (Maybe I will post about it in the future 😉 )

Currently Watching

This past week, I have finished and started quite a few anime. They were a couple of blind ones I found on HIDIVE and a rewatch from a long time ago.

Rewatch: Angelic Layer

If you read last week’s post, I provided the synopsis for this anime/manga and will provide an in-depth review in the future but overall, I still enjoyed watching this again so much so that I wanted to read the manga as its source material. If you’re looking for a wholesome show with electronic dolls battling to be the best in Japan, check this out!

Blind Anime That I Completed: Just Because

This is an anime I found on Amazon Prime that was one I was intrigued by. Definitely nice for this time of year for high school seniors. There was also a romance hexagon involved.

The synopsis that the Anime News Network has is as follows:

“For a group of high school seniors, a chance reunion with a transfer student will change the course of their final year. Eita Izumi has come back to his hometown after four years and encounters some unlikely acquaintances: Haruto Soma, Eita’s childhood friend; Ena Komiya, the photography student who witnesses Eita and Haruto’s reunion; Mio Natsume, whose feelings for her middle school crush still linger; and Hazuki Morikawa, a girl who seems uninterested in romantic relationships. When the paths of these five cross, their fates turn in a way none of them could have seen coming. This original anime came out in 2017. It was a fantastic ride and would definitely recommend if you want some drama and senior reminiscing.

Blind Anime that I am Currently Watching: Chihayafuru

I just started this anime on Thursday. Probably because of all the Crunchyroll ads about it lol 🤣. But also because of the intriguing sport that it presents. There is also a love triangle involved that is interesting to say the least.

The synopsis is this:  

“Chihaya Ayase is a frank and ebullient girl who becomes fascinated by the obscure world of competitive karuta, a card game based on Japanese poetry. Introduced to the aggressive style of the game by a quiet and thoughtful elementary school classmate named Arata Wataya, the two quickly become close friends. They start playing as a group with Taichi Mashima, Chihaya’s smart and athletic childhood friend, until they have to part ways during their middle school years due to several circumstances. As their high school life begins, they meet once again.” The first season came out in 2011 with two subsequent seasons in 2013 and 2019 with its source material coming out in 2007 by Yuki Suetsugu licensed by Kodansha Comics.

I know this one might be a longer one than the previous one but I am curious how its going to turn out nonetheless.

Currently Reading

Manga

I am about 45% of the way through this manga at the moment; I think I am savoring it because I do not own the movie right now. So far so good though.

Graphic Novels

To be honest, I have been reading a lot more graphic novels than regular novels this week. I think its because with everything going on its just easier to read graphic novels plus they are a palate cleanser from the DNFs in my last post.

Here are the ones I have read so far.

I read this after not reading superhero comics in awhile definitely did not have to worry about being overwhelmed.
I ended up reading two volumes of this this week it was nice but at the same time I know it is one I don’t mind waiting to read more.
Last one I read was this one: definitely not for children but it was a fun read nonetheless. If you are looking for something similar to the Once Upon a Time television show, this is totally up your alley.

The Week Ahead

I will be honest, I am not sure how next week is going to turn out as far as my watching of anime goes. I am probably going to try and watch more of Chihayafuru and try to finish as much as I can.

As far as reading goes, I will probably try to read some more graphic novels, manga, and one very anticipated sequel. That is at least the plan of action but who knows.

How was everyone’s week? What did you watch or read? Let’s talk about it!

Anime Review Rewind: Angelic Layer

Hey Guys today is Anime Review Rewind time! This is where I review Anime that I watched when I was a teen and see how well they hold up for me as an adult.

Today’s anime is called Angelic Layer.

Information

This anime came out in 2001 in Japan with its source material coming out in Japan in 1999.

The synopsis that the Anime News Network has is as follows:

“12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara has just gotten involved in Angelic Layer, a battling game using electronic dolls called angels. Even as a newbie, Misaki shows advanced skills as she meets new friends and enters Angelic Layer tournaments to fight the greatest Angelic Layer champions of the nation.”

This only has one season and is available on HIDIVE where I watched it along with home video.

Review

This was the first anime that I had discovered that was actually fun for me to watch as far as a game battle tournament arc story. At the time I first watched this, I was fascinated by dolls that could move freely with your mind and enhanced my fascination with Artificial Intelligence/Robotics. With this rewatch, I was in awe how much was involved with the dolls and tournaments.

When it comes to the characters and their friendships and relationships with others, I was surprised by how silly it was, but at the same time how wholesome yet serious it could be. Because of this, I can definitely recommend that teens of both genders can watch this.

When it comes to the adult characters though, some of the scenes that involved them made me feel like the children were a lot smarter. I think though that is how the authors tend to write those characters, and not the story itself.

When it comes to the subject matter, it brings the right amount of mech and contemporary feels together without feeling too overwhelming. Also as far as the little bit of romance that is presented it is more like an afterthought than consuming the story. Family though is a huge theme so if that interests you check this out.

Rewatching this show, it brought me back to my childhood for sure and I have to say for modern audiences , I think it would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s anime collection. Especially if you enjoy contemporary along with robotic stories. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4.5 sushis 🍣🍣🍣🍣1/2. I am definitely going to read the source material for sure.

DNFS: When to finish a series/standalone or not?

Today I’m going to talk about DNFing or Did Not Finish. I will also be featuring a couple of books I did not finish because of specific reasons I will discuss later. Let’s first say that I’m one of those people that attempts as much as I can to read the stories I either buy or check out from the library or receive review copies of. Most of the time, I do soft DNFs: this means that I am intrigued by the story but at the moment, I just do not want to read it right away, or it goes in a direction I do not expect and I need to prepare for it, or I am not in the mood for what its about. When it comes to hard DNFs: this is when I need to stop reading it completely, get rid of it, and pretend it doesn’t exist.

My DNF System

Like I said earlier, not finishing a story or book is not something I typically do often or if I do its not something I tend to talk about. Recently though, with events going on, I have been not finishing books left and right for reasons such as:

  • With the library, I have been experimenting with audiobooks so because of this, I am very particular of the playback speed and the narration so I tend to not finish those and wait to find them in e-book or physical form to read them later.
  • Starting a book or manga, lately I am feeling that I want to read to escape the current situation and absorb the story I am consuming. If the story is not able to do that, I may not be able to finish it.
  • When it comes to content that may make me uncomfortable, I am not opposed to reading uncomfortable topics; however, if theres a lot at once I really cannot handle it and I have to put it down.
  • When it comes to series especially manga/anime I may not be in the right headspace to watch or read it or I understand that there is a particular topic matter and I may need to prepare myself before reading/watching it again.
  • Another reason it could be too predictable or just plain boring. Sometimes I don’t mind that or I don’t mind rereading or watching something again that’s predictable but sometimes it can be really dull for me and I can’t finish that.
  • Lastly, I do not finish if I try so hard and read it and I just can’t get hooked or the writing style just does not land for me. Writing style usually does not affect me as much as it could for some people but if it does can cause a not finish for me.

Now I’m going to put a few of my most recent examples that I have DNFed and why.

Manga Series

Komi Can’t Communicate

With this particular series, I was worried how the mangaka as well as the translator was going to handle the concept of social communication disorders. This is because to me personally communication and having a communication disorder has such a spectrum of meanings that I was not sure about what I would find especially between the cultures of the United States and Japan. Upon reading this, though at least in this particular volume, the side characters in this were really unlikable with personalities although I appreciated that there were a variety of character representation. The leading lady is the only character is the only one I enjoy and can relate to.

There were scenes in this that I understand are supposed to be I guess “filler” or “bonus” content but they felt unnecessarily uncomfortable to me especially with the scene of making the lead character a god…. in addition, I felt that there were way too many times throughout the volume that were recaps in my opinion. I mean it is not like this is an omnibus combining several volumes at once right? When it comes to the communication disorder aspect of things, as someone who has communication skills difficulties myself, there were a lot of aspects I could relate to. However, there were moments I was angry at some of the situations that occurred; so many instances could have been better or if it wasn’t then there could have been more lessons involved to help improve the communication skills.
Overall, this really disappointed me, I wish this was better than it was but I love the leading lady. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3 out of 5 stars and may not continue with the series because of those points.

Sakura Hime

 This volume was a start of a manga series I wanted to try because the same mangaka/author also wrote one/created one of my favorite animes of all time Full moon wo sagashite. Although this was enjoyable, I feel that it has not aged well with time and this is why.

First off the world and art are beautiful and amazing and I loved it alot. However, there were moments where although the art was gorgeous, it was unclear to me what was happening especially towards the end.

Second off, it’s a very trope heavy. Japanese fantasy manga/anime is one of my many sweet spots but with this particular case they decided to add the “magical girl” trope on top of it. In this particular case, it just doesn’t work in my opinion. It’s one thing to build it effectively but adding just as a joke to me is annoying. On top of this, there is a Yona of the dawnesque feeling to it (this was written before that but you understand my point). It seemed like the leading man was just goading the leading lady towards the end which just wasn’t as effective to me to continue on.

Standalone Novels

Crazy Cupid Love

I thought I was going love this book because of the concept but after buddy reading it with a friend and DNFing it to try again at a later date, reading at a later date and then DNFing again alone along with reading the ending to see if I’d be curious about the journey… nope. It was one of those that the concept was just poorly executed and thought I would love it more with time.

Private Lessons

 This last one…….. it made me feel so emotional in the worse way. Trigger warnings for rape, death of a parent, Catholicism disdain, cancer, depression, anxiety, girl hate the whole shebang thank you to my friend for allowing me to read an early copy of this it was on my Wishlist but I just can’t anymore. I think the main issue with not finishing this one though was just the emotional backlash I was not needing to feel at this current moment.

Overall, This is my Did Not Finish system and four prime examples of recent DNFs. Do you guys have a system like this or have trouble even not finishing things? Let’s talk about it!!

Anime Review Rewind K-On!

Hey Guys! Today I am going to do what is called an Anime Review Rewind. This is where I review Anime that I watched when I was a teen and see how well they hold up for me as an adult. The first one I actually reviewed on my Instagram, but I wanted to expand on it using this platform.

Information

The first anime I have done this with is called K-On! This anime came out in 2009 with its source material by Kakifly originally coming out in Japan in 2007.

The Synopsis that Anime News Network of the first season is as follows:

“It’s Yui Hirasawa’s first year in high school, and she’s eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bassist, are desperately trying to save the school’s light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy…”

There is a second season along with a movie that are also really fun and exciting. I was also able to watch it all through Netflix USA at this current time but they’re also available on home video.

Review

K-on was the first anime I watched that was contemporary music based and because of that it’s made me fall in love with the genre.

I realized while watching it this time there was a lot that I had forgotten little tidbits that had happened in the plot and how little music was in it as compared to others I have watched since. I guess because at the time I thought it was just a musical anime and that is it but no it is considered a slice of life; this means that essentially we are following the daily lives of the main characters with not necessarily any supernatural elements although there are some anime/manga that are slices of life that have supernatural elements.

I loved the friendship that was created through this. I remember the first time I watched this I wished for as much as I could to have a girl friendship like this. With going to a restaurant, having tea at school or someone’s house, with a training camp on the beach with a sleepover attached or being able to travel somewhere with your friends doing something you love. It is definitely one of those shows that teens are going to love in that sense.

I also appreciated that the anime itself showed the audience all through the high school experience in this particular school and I remember when I first watched this as a middle schooler that I truly looked forward to high school because of that concept. Watching it now, I could definitely relate more to the feelings of wanting to be remembered and having fun with my classmates in school.

One item that I found strange and didn’t realize the first time I watched was that there pretty much was only a couple of male characters in this story. Because of that, there came some interesting directions that went over my head the first time I watched it and now find not weird just different?? Without spoilers, I guess as an adult it was not as subtle as it was the first time I watched it (either that or I have more knowledge). either way it did not hinder my enjoyment.

To that previous item, I actually was doing my research on the source material from this anime and it is advertised as a Seinen(geared for adult men) most likely because it was serialized in that type of magazine in Japan. This allows the different items to make more sense now but it still surprised me nonetheless.

Conclusion

Overall though, it still holds up to me as an adult. Is it sad though, that I want to know all about their college experience now?? Most of the manga/source material is available only digitally through Amazon so I’m at least going to get the college manga (once I get enough digital credits that is 😉)

Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars aka 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I think my only gripe with this other than the weird items I missed when I was younger was that there was not more of it. I would highly recommend this to people who love music, slice of life/contemporary coming of age stories, and female friendships.

Have any of you guys read or watched this? Do you want to now?? Let’s talk about it!

Introduction Post/Weekly Check in 5/2/2020

Hello, My name is Sushirainbow. I am a person who likes a variety of things; books, anime, manga, music, unique items, beautiful art, and helping people as much as I can. This post is going to summarize what I posted on Instagram recently, What I am currently watching, and What I am currently reading.

Instagram Post

Today on my Instagram I posted a photo about my Caramel Frappuccino and Bibliophileprints’ Art print about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and it made me think of Fall. Living in a place where it is typically warm, I get cool drinks every moment I can to make myself think of fall https://www.bibliophileprints.com/?sca_ref=73221.4qz30FKG4e <—- use this link if you are interested in this print and more from this shop.

Currently Watching

Lately, I am currently rewatching anime that I watched when I was in middle school (over ten years ago that is all I will say) and trying to see whether they hold up for me or not. So far its been an interesting week. Currently though I am watching Angelic Layer.https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=400

The synopsis that the Anime News Network has is as follows:

“12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara has just gotten involved in Angelic Layer, a battling game using electronic dolls called angels. Even as a newbie, Misaki shows advanced skills as she meets new friends and enters Angelic Layer tournaments to fight the greatest Angelic Layer champions of the nation.” This anime came out in 2001 with its source material from the author CLAMP originally coming out in Japan in 1999. So far so good but we shall see when I finish.

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Currently Reading

Manga

I started reading the manga called I want to eat your Pancreas story by Yoru Sumino and art by Idumi Kirihara. The title sounds weird right? I know that is why no one I know wanted to see the movie with me. I picked up this manga because I wanted to revisit this movie and I heard there are discrepancies between the manga and light novel respectively. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LGG9H2Q/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Here’s the synopsis:

“In this deeply moving first-person story, an introverted high school boy finds his classmate’s diary — and learns her biggest secret. Yamauchi Sakura is dying from a pancreatic disease and now he is the only one person outside her family to know the truth. The last thing the boy wants is to be her friend, but Sakura’s cheerful demeanor and their shared secret draw them together in this heartrending tale of friendship and mortality.”

I am not that far into it yet but its exactly what I remember from the movie so far.

Novel

Today’s novel I am currently reading is called Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

This is an ARC or Advanced Reader’s Copy I received from a dear friend of mine because it involves music and hard-hitting topics.

Here is the synopsis: “After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father’s death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness — and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul’s approval, let alone his affection.”

It is not something that I typically read but I am curious about it nonetheless.

Upcoming Posts

On this blog and my Instagram, I am going to review anime and manga on top of my books. In addition, I may expand on some topics that I post extra on my Instagram or just how I am feeling that day. I hope that this blog is something that can be used to practice my writing and expand my creativity. I hope that everyone enjoys and thank you for reading.