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.
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.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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?“
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!