Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shows I'm Currently Watching: My Hero Academia, Fukumenkei Noise, The King's Avatar, Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Sherlock

Normally, I'm the type of person who watches anime after the season is already completed, but somehow, I've gotten into watching four anime this season and have been keeping up with them every week for the past month or so. All I know is that it all started with me wanting to watch My Hero Academia every week since I had already read the manga months ago. Then I kept on getting interested in other anime as they came out, and here I am, keeping up with four different series every week while binge watching completed series in between them all.

CURRENTLY WATCHING:


It's as good as the manga that's for sure. This anime is really good at building up the tension and then ending on an epic cliffhanger that makes you burn in anticipation for the next episode. Now I remember how I sped through the first season so quickly--those cliffhangers killed me! I had to immediately go to the next episode! Lol, I feel like I am I even more impatient for the next episode since I already know what's going to happen next.


The main character definitely has a one-tracked mind, which doesn't maker her as likeable because she's so focused on finding her long-lost friend that she basically becomes insensitive to the people around her most of the time. That, and it messes with her emotions so bad that she creates bad situations for the people around her. I'm not super into this anime and am a few episodes behind, but I still want to continue it to see what happens, lol.


This is actually a Chinese MMORPG based anime that my bro told me about. It's a little confusing because there's so many characters introduced in most episodes, but the fight scenes are cool, and I like how unflappable the main character is. The anime's based off of a light novel series with the same name, which gives a lot more info about the plot compared to the anime. I think there's only one or two more episodes left of the season, so I might start reading the online translations of the novels after the anime is over.


This is an 8-minute episode anime that's based off of a dating game with the same name that was probably made to promote the international release of the game. It has gender bender and martial arts/fighting, which grabbed my attention, lol. Overall, it's pretty entertaining for such short episodes. I just wished that the episodes were longer.


The newest season was finally added onto Netflix, so I started watching it. The ending of the first episode shocked me so much that I haven't brought myself to watch the last episode yet, lol. That, and I haven't had much time for myself to basically watch a movie, lol.

FINISHED WATCHING:


One of the protagonists is a badass deaf samurai. Enough said. It's violent and interesting and heartbreaking learning about people's histories, and the soundtrack is awesome! Definitely give it a watch.


This is more of a who-did-it mystery set in a fantasy adventure setting. I liked the art and character designs for the most part, which initially grabbed my attention. It was also fun trying to figure out who the traitor was, but that ending killed me. Like, wtf?! This anime is also based on a light novel series, with the anime based off of the first book. A lot of people who read the books said that the second novel is better, so I'm tempted to read the series now and figure out what is going on, lol.


I think the English translation for this is called Full Time Magister. This is a Chinese anime that I started watching mainly because I really liked The King's Avatar and was curious about what other Chinese anime was like. Unfortunately, this anime was pretty subpar, especially in comparison to The King's Avatar and Japanese anime in general. Even though this anime only came out last year, the difference in quality was astounding. In general, the anime reminded me of early '90s anime in terms of exposition, voice acting, comedic humor, and action scenes. Man, the action scenes were pretty disappointing; they were slow, the animation didn't make it look exciting, and I felt like the amount of time it took for the characters to talk lessoned the tension. Also, I felt like everything was too convenient for the protagonist, which made everything less interesting.

But, I did watch the entire season, even though it was only 10 episodes long, so what does that say about me? Lol.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly Haul (95)

I bought a bunch of books this month, and it's all pretty random, lol. Lots of poetry books, graphic novels, a manga, a light novel that my sis and bro-in-law got me, a YA book, and a book for one of my classes.


Gifted: 
Overlord, vol. 2: The Dark Warrior by Kugane Maruyama

Bought:
Giant Days vol.1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
One-Punch Man by ONE & Yusuke Murata
Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson
Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage
Uncaged Wildflower by Jennae Cecilia

Friday, June 2, 2017

Books I Want to Read This Month

Last month was kind of a reading fail since I only read manga online... I've started summer classes already, but I do want to try to make time to read something this month!
  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  4. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  5. A Midsummer Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  6. Seraph of the End vol. 1 by Takaya Kagami & Yamato Yamamoto
  7. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  9. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  10. Never Fade by Alexandria Bracken
  11. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  12. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  13. Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  14. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  15. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May in Retrospect

For some reason, I started getting into a yaoi manga mood, so I read a whole bunch of them towards the end of this month, lol. There goes my plans on reading actual physical novels this summer. However, I think that I've been feeling obligated to read books, which is making me not want to read them recently...

I read:
  • Seven Days vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai & Venio Tachibana
  • Seven Days vol. 2 by Rihito Takarai & Venio Tachibana
  • No Touching At All by Kou Yoneda
  • Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly by Kou Yoneda
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 1 by Youko Fujitani
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 2 by Youko Fujitani
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 3 by Youko Fujitani

I watched:
  • B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • 13 Assassins (2010)
  • Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1 (2016)
  • Your Name (2016)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Unhaul (3)

After I finish a semester, I always end up cleaning my room, getting rid of old stuff that I don't use anymore and donating clothes and books that I don't want anymore. There were quite a few books that I felt like I wouldn't read any time soon because I lost interest in them, so I decided to donate all of these books to the library recently. However, there were a couple of that I donated that I had already read but decided to donate because I didn't want to keep them anymore; I felt no desire to want to keep them anymore since I did not want to reread them in the future.

  • Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
  • Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  • Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
  • Wildefire by Karsten Knight
  • Truancy by Isamu Fukui
  • Truancy Origins by Isamu Fukui
  • The Way of the Dragon by Chris Bradford
  • Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  • The Way of the Sword by Chris Bradford
  • The Way of the Samurai by Chris Bradford

  • The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
  • The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch by Ashland Menshouse
  • Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
  • Split by Swati Avasthi
  • Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson
  • I Am J by Cris Beam
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A relaxing past few weeks

It's been a relaxing past couple of weeks just chilling at home or hanging out with friends that I keep on forgetting to blog about it.

David, Alec, and I went to go watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the Monday after it came out. It was so good! Less humor but more plot this time, and I was not prepared to get so many feels at the end with all of the character development, lol. However, the best part was baby Groot, lol. He was so cute and angry, lol.

Later that week, Mikey and I helped Alec make homemade gnocchi at his house as part of the dinner we were going to have later at Harrison's apartment, where we were going to swim and grill chicken and vegetables at the grills near the pool. We ran a little late making the gnocchi and grilling in general, so the sun was already setting by the time we finished eating, which made swimming pretty cold. As such, Mikey, David, Jerry and I just sat around the pool while Alec, Harrison, and Kim swam and goofed around in the pool. Lol, Mikey had Harrison do a bunch of different dives into the pool, most of which looked really painful, all so he could put it on his Snapchat.


I walked during my graduation two weeks ago and had a graduation party the next day. It was a long event, lol. Graduation involved a lot of sitting and waiting, and the party was fun but exhausting because we essentially had a mini party in the afternoon and a full-sized party at night. I had to take a lot of pictures with everyone wearing my cap and gown, hood, tassels, and medal, which was super hot after the first five minutes, lol.

I got mad at David twice last week, which kind of accumulated to the point where I kept on wondering if maybe it was time to breakup since he kept on making the same mistakes and I just kept on getting angrier and angrier every time it happened. I talked about it with my friends though and realized that we really don't have a bad relationship and that sometimes you get in a slump in your relationship, and that it's just something that you go through.

But yeah, we ended up having a Wine Night with Shanice and Meethu, since Shanice was heading back in town last Friday. We ended up talking about relationship problems for a while along with job oddities and just catching up in general. It was really nice since I hadn't had a chance to really talk with them for a couple of months now.

This past Sunday, Victoria completely forgot that we were working out that day and slept in, so while we were waiting for her for 30 minutes, we made plans to go to IHOP for breakfast instead, lol. She messaged us to tell us about how she never even set an alarm the night before when we were almost done with our meals an hour later, lol. Afterwards, we made plans to meet up at one to hangout some more later after we showered and stuff.

We planned on kidnapping Kim and teaching her how to drive since she really needed to practice. But before that, we ended up watching how food was made while waiting for Jerry to show up, since he was still napping by the time we all met up. We drove over to the old mall in town that was bought out by the hospital nearby, since the parking lot was empty and easy to navigate for a new driver. We spent the next hour and a half--I think--teaching Kim the basics of the driving test and had her do all of the drills with Alec as her main teacher, since he's always the one explaining things in our friend group.

After that, we went back to Harrison's apartment to figure out where to go eat for dinner. We decided to go to Sushi Thai again since all of the other places we were interested in going to had already closed for the day or was closed on Sundays in general. -__-" We finally had Josh as our waiter, who has been trying to be our waiter and friend for a while now, lol. He ran into David a few weeks ago and asked for his number to try to be hangout with our friend group, but he's only been able to go to one of our workouts so far.

Then, Kim and I had to rush back to her house because I was supposed to go to pick their sister up from Macon with David 20 minutes ago, since Steph needed David drive her and her friend to Atlanta to one of her friend's apartments because they were all going on a trip to Costa Rica early the next morning. Basically, they couldn't park Steph's car at her friend's apartment, so David had to drive the car back home after Steph drove us up to Atlanta. Since we were near GA Tech, we decided to stop by Sublime and get some donuts, because I really love their fresh strawberry and cream donuts. :D


The next day, I hungout with Cam and Jessica until midnight because Cam's boyfriend decided to leave him while he was gone on vacation for a week with his family, so Jessica and I came over to cheer him up. Man, I love hanging out with them because it's basically endless hilarious story after story, and if it isn't hilarious, it's some type of crazy that's vastly entertaining, lol. Crazy stuff happens to them all of the time, and we don't hangout enough to catch up with each other like we should, so everything builds up in between hangout sessions, lol.

But yeah, that's basically all that's happened for these past few weeks. I hungout with David a lot in between everything, and we talked about a lot about our relationship and seemed like we were on the verge of breaking up once or twice, but I think we're working things out.

I also regret not reading any books these past few weeks when I actually had the time to crack open a book. Instead, I watched a lot of anime and read manga. I feel really guilty about not reading any of my bajillion books when I actually have the time to do so, but I think that's actually what's holding me back from reading them; I feel obligated to read them, which makes me not want to read them. -__-"

I start summer classes tomorrow. I'm not excited at all. I actually forgot to order my textbook until last week, but even then, I didn't have my mom's card to order it until today. I'm just really waiting for these next eight weeks to pass, because I really don't want to go to school anymore. I'm really to find a job and move out and start being an adult, lol. I'm tired of classes and homework and tests and all of the stress that comes with it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Weekly Haul (94)

These are all of the books that I bought in the past two months. It's a pretty random haul, but I've been wanting to read all of these books for a while. That and because they were all on sale at one point or another lol.


Bought: 
Overlord, vol. 1: The Undead King by Kugane Maruyama & So-Bin
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Monday, May 8, 2017

The semester is over!

I finished my last final for the semester last Friday, and I have been enjoying being stress-free for the past couple of days, lol. Actually, I've been hanging out with a lot of people for the past week or two in between stressing out about possibly failing my accounting class. -__-"

I worried for nothing. I had a low C average in the class before the final, so I was really worried about failing the final, since the final also included past topics that the class as a whole did poorly on in previous tests. So not only did I need to study the new material, I also needed to figure out what I did wrong in the past tests. However, I ended up with a B in the class because he made it so that he either dropped your lower grade or averaged the two grades together for the topics that were from previous tests. Because I made a higher grade on most of the previous topics on my final, my average went up!

Two weeks ago, when I just finished my first final and was about to start stressing about my accounting final, I found out that my friend from high school, Tyler, was actually in town and has been for a while now. He's been in the navy for the past couple of years, so I never knew where he was, so it was a surprise to find out that we've been in the same town for the past couple of months, lol. We hungout for a while, ordering pizza and watching Dave Chappell and Kevin Hart's new shows on Netflix and just catching up with each other.

The Friday before the last, I hungout with David and one of his friends. We went to Cheddar's for lunch and then went to Ice Queen, a new rolled ice cream place in Macon, afterwards for dessert. David and I have been wanting to try it out for the past few months since it opened, so that day was a good opportunity, lol. I got this matcha with real strawberries flavor, which I really liked.

Last Tuesday was Carina's birthday, so she threw a little bonfire party in her backyard that we went to. It was fun to catch up with her and make s'mores and just generally be pyromaniacs, lol. We literally made flaming hot cheeto puffs by throwing them into the bonfire, lol. Alec brought sprinklers as well, so we had fun lighting those up, too. It was also nice just laying around outside on soft blankets because it was a little cold, but the fire kept us warm, and the company was good.

Then, last Friday, I got to hangout with Cam and Jessica before I had to take my final. Jessica was in town for an internship with Geico, and Cam didn't have any finals that day, so we went to get lunch and dessert at Ice Queen because Jessica wanted to try it. We went to this Mediterranean place next to Ice Queen, which was pretty good and ended up talking for two hours there, because we all had so much to catch up on, lol.

Later that night, to celebrate finals being over for David and me, we went out to buy alcohol with Alec and had a drink at my place. Alec's last final was the next day, but he already had plans that night, so we celebrated it on Friday, lol. It was definitely interesting. We're always trying different beers when we're with Alec. I'm never totally sure if I like most of them, lol.

Today, the three of us went to go watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie, which was so good. I didn't like the soundtrack as much as I liked it in the first movie, but the movie was hilarious like I expected, and Groot was so cute! God, he was so adorable! Definitely stay until the end of the movie, because there are at least 4 scenes during the credits.

But yeah, things have been busy, but I'm not complaining. :)