Looking back at my previous posts, this seems to be the majority of what I’ve been writing on here–I promise my inspiration will return one of these days, when I’m not working 60+ hours a week! Until then, mini reviews and gushing about the media I’ve been taking in (Which, to be honest, is not much lately) is a very nice reprieve. As always, this post was inspired by my girl Flavia, check out her blog for more wonderful content! I hope you guys enjoy, and I look forward to keeping up with writing in the next year! (I imagine an end-of-the-year post will be coming before then, I hope.) Without further ado….
Currently Watching: Recovery of an MMO Junkie
I figured this would be another immersion anime in which you see very little of the characters outside of the fantasy world–but I was wrong for it, and so glad to be. This story presents a healthy balance of both the character as they appear in the game, and who they are outside of that as real-life working adults. (“working” is a relative term…)
For those of you who haven’t heard about the show, here’s a small synopsis:
Moriko Morioka is a 30-year old elite businesswoman-turned-NEET, after feeling unfulfilled in her professional life. (Her reasoning is revealed throughout the run of the show, which shall remain unsaid here.) She joins and MMO called Fruits de Mer, & thus “starts over” with a new persona AND a new gender! That’s right, she effectively makes her own new beginning by moonlighting as a male character named Hayashi, who is quickly invited to join a guild called @home. There, (s)he meets friends to play with and begins to feel more fulfilled in her
fantasy life. (s)he also meets another player named Lilli, your typical mild-mannered healer who is kind, and shy, on only wants the best for those around her (?). It’s fun to see the characters both in and out of the game, and watch as they are all slowly drawn together in both worlds!
I’m only about five episodes in, but so far I’ve found that I really enjoy it–it presents a nice slice-of-life situation and I feel it accurately describes what it feels like to be directionless/unable to move forward; it is a gentle reminder that no failure is permanent or, at the very least, that we are not as bad as we think we are. It presents a nice “study” of gender roles, and flips expectations on their head (Something I will never not enjoy.) I don’t know how quickly I’ll be able to finish it, but I’m excited to keep going on this journey!
Currently Playing: Kingdom Hearts-Final Mix
I picked up the new PS4 release for Kingdom Hearts earlier in the year, but haven’t messed with it too much until now. (Have I finished any of the other games I’ve started this year yet?
No whoops (: ). I only ever had the first three games available to me when I was younger, because I only owned a PS2 & a Gameboy Advance–needless to say, I am thrilled that I get to experience the magic all over again, and to complete the series before the third installment finally hits shelves! I love the soundtrack and of course the characters. I remember loving these games so much, and I’m grateful to have this opportunity again. If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy & Disney alike, then I urge you to please pick this up! It is so worth it. I hope that the third one will be released while I’m still at least in my twenties……
As an added bonus, I was able to purchase this game WITHOUT using a credit card, and that made my day all the more. For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been on a journey the last few months to eliminate as much debt from my life as humanly possible, and that’s why I have two jobs. It was a huge sense of accomplishment to purchase this without worry of having to pay anything back 🙂 Baby steps, but it all works out in the end.
I have one day off this month, and that’s New Year’s Day–you better believe I’m going to spend it as a human potato, playing as much of this game as I possibly can before I walk into the office again!
I….I’ve got nothing for you guys here…it’s so sad! I DO have a huge TBR list though, and you can check out what I’ve been lusting after here.
Since I’m currently lacking in one department, I thought I’d make a little bonus round for you guys (& it’s not because I have another obsession that I want to gush about AT ALL….)
Currently Listening: Lights, Skin & Earth
Lights is my GIRL. I love her so much, and I’m so pleased with her latest creative endeavor! I love all of her previous work, but she really blew me out of the water with this one. If you haven’t heard anything by Lights, you should definitely check her out! She’s generally got a Synth-pop-rock vibe going on, and each of her albums reflects a different theme or time in her life. She’s big into video games and comic book culture, and she’s really good at creating her own story through her music.
With this one, she’s taken it a step further and actually written her own comic book! (Excuse me, written AND DREW. This is all her own original artwork, how cool is that?)
It’s very post-modern and apocalyptic, and this is a rare exception to my general dislike of the post-modern genre. She totally kills it, and I’m all in for this ride.
That’s about all I’ve had time for this month, unfortunately! I know the 60 hour work weeks won’t last, so I’m grateful to just keep adding to my library when I can, to catch up on later. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going with all of these wonderful things I started this month!
I hope you’ve all been enjoying your holidays 🙂