Hello, everyone 🙂
I’m so sorry for the break in posting! Life has gotten a little crazy, but that’s something I should save for a “life update” post–Which I assure you, that is coming soon. In the past month I haven’t had a lot of extra time to be watching or reading or playing anything…but I’ll at least talk about some of the things I’ve started!
Currently Playing: Pokemon Moon
I’m SO in love with it already! I’m only about two to three hours into gameplay so far, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. The characters are all really cool (or cute, that too) and I love the island theme! The music is lovely, and the battles are more exciting than ever. I’ve worked really hard not to spoil anything for myself (SUPER hard when you work in a Pokemon card shop, by the way) and I’m excited to see where the story takes me. I love all of the cut scenes with Lillie in them!
I only have Moon, I missed out on Sun–but that’s because I’m stubbornly waiting for the Ultra versions to come out, since I pre-ordered the collector’s editions of them. Knowing me though, as a collector I’ll probably end up with the original anyways….
All the new Pokemon are SO cute. I of course started out with Rowlett as my first Pokemon! I’ve always been partial to grass types as starters, since they seem to get the most flack from the fandom–but they can be just as strong as the others!
Who is your favorite starter?
Currently Watching: Beyond the Boundary
Or should I say, re-watching! I saw this sometime last year, & absolutely loved it. A coworker of mine recently asked for a list of anime recommendations; after including this, I thought it would be a good to rehash the experience 🙂 The English translation of the movie released in the States sometime last week I think, so I definitely want to check that out as well.
I’m only a few episodes in right now, but I can remember exactly why I was so drawn to it–the music and the animation are stunning on their own. The premise is dark and intriguing, centered around our heroine who is the pariah of the spirit hunting world simply because of her lineage.
If you like Noragami, or other spirit-related content, this show is right up your alley. It centers on the living vs. the dead, and other ominous things that go bump into the night. The male lead, Akihito, is an intriguing character himself as well, and perfectly fits along the theme that you can’t always win the fight and that even your best intentions can go horribly wrong. There is so much more than what is shown on the surface, between the characters and the story itself. A lot of it has to do with well-placed dialogue and foreshadowing that is so subtle, you don’t realize it’s happened until after the fact. Brilliant writing!
After I watched it through the first time, I heard through the grapevine that this show was one that people really loved, or absolutely hated. Though I myself loved it, I can see why some didn’t; the humor is a little off-kilter at times, especially with the timing and occasional fan-service. Now, fan-service isn’t something that bothers me too much, but I do agree it was placed irresponsibly into the story. However, in my eyes the characterization along with the music, story, and scenery more than made up for it. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who asks–just make sure to wade through some of the awkward parts, okay? It’s worth-it, I promise.
Currently Reading: Black Rose Alice
I have had little to no time to read this month, so lately I’ve just been picking up whatever manga I can find to read in one sitting! There’s lots of pictures and the stories are always super interesting, so it definitely fills the gap for me 🙂 I go through phases where I only read manga for months at a time; or visa versa, where I only read books for months at a time…anyways!
Black Rose Alice came as a pleasant (and delightfully creepy) surprise to me! If you love Buffy, or Anne Rice, I would definitely recommend this to you. I could almost even compare the vibe to Del Toro’s Crimson Peak (If you haven’t seen it, do so!)
The story begins with a tragedy that happened in 1800’s Vienna, with lust, jealousy and of course, tragedy. It sorts of goes back and forth in time to present day in this volume, keeping the reader interested in how the stories correlate. As I sort of spoiled in the aforementioned statement, this book involves vampires–but a twist on vampires you see. They’re presented as paralytic insects that infect a body and essentially destroy it so that the host is “dead”…but still walking. Disgusting and wonderful, all the same time. (Be warned, there’s some bug-eating imagery in there that’s not all pleasant.)
I went into this expecting campy romance, and came out of the other side with my mind blown. There are more adult themes in here than anything, with mature storytelling and intricate plot lines. I can’t wait to pick up the next volume!
That’s about all I’ve had time for this month folks. I hope you get some good recommendations out of this, and please feel free to shoot me some recs as well! I’m falling further behind on my media, so I need all the help I can get.
Thanks for reading,