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MyAnimeList 2018 Anime Challenge: Entires 1-3

Posted in 2018 MAL Anime Challenge, and animation

Oh dear.

One of my over-the-top (I never learn, do I?) New Years Resolutions was to complete MyAnimeList’s Annual Anime and Manga challenges on the hardest difficulty. Last year, this meant completing 49 entries for both anime and manga. This year, I make a plan, pace myself, log in… and find the requirements for the hardest mode have been doubled to a whopping 100 for each! That’s 2 series a week!

Pixar Isn’t PIXAR Anymore

Posted in animation, and fandom

In 2008, there was a trailer for what turned out to be – in my not-so-humble (I WILL FIGHT YOU AND EVERYONE YOU LOVE ) opinion – the best animated  film of all time. The trailer told us next to nothing about the film itself. Other than a couple quick shots of a robot collecting trash (which were shockingly realistic for the state of animation at the time, mind you) the entire trailer focussed on the fact that Pixar was the studio making the film. Callbacks to several of Pixar’s other films were thrown into the mix. The message was…

Manga Review | Try! Try! Try!

Posted in 2017 MAL manga challenge, and books

The one-shot: the “pilot” for a manga series, is always interesting to look back on once the series it spawned has been around for a while.

Dark Island Part 3 (Finally!)

Posted in animation, books, and fandom

With Ninjago: Hands of Time finally right around the corner (although I think I’m in the minority, not having watched any subtitled leaks, as the season aired in non-English speaking countries starting in January) I finally managed to get my hands on the third and final final part of the Dark Island graphic novel trilogy at the local library.

For reasons unknown, the volume has been stupidly hard to find, not even officially being stocked by Amazon. (In fact, another Ninjago graphic novel released around the same time is also only available via third party sellers? What the heck happened? Maybe taking the Ninjago comics license away from Papercutz to public in-house wasn’t the best idea.)

Thoughts, reactions, and predictions for the next two seasons after the break. Also, spoilers for everything up through Day of the Departed. 

Manga Review | Sono Me, Kuchi hodo ni.

Posted in 2017 MAL manga challenge, and books

Sono Me, Kuchi hodo ni. is one of those So-Okay-It’s-Average one-shot collections that…. doesn’t even really seem to follow a theme…?

Manga Review | “Suki” to Ienai

Posted in 2017 MAL manga challenge, and books

Shiina has a crush on her brother.

Well, okay, not really. Not her actual blood-related brother, anyway. Kiri, the guy Shiina is angsting over, is adopted and doesn’t know it. However, thanks to a mishap, Shiina stumbled upon the truth about her brother some time ago, and has been in love with him ever sense.

Book Review | Sin Titulo

Posted in books

Sin TituloSin Titulo by Cameron Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sin Titulo is quoted – lauded – by many critics as a surrealist masterpiece. Call me a killjoy, but I think there’s a fine line between “surreal” and “I have no idea what’s going on anymore.”

Brief Book Reviews | MOONCOP, Ninjago, Adult ADHD, Etc

Posted in books

Goodreads added the ability to embed reviews onto blogs! So I have a bunch of short reviews from last year to catch up on:

What Happened with the 2017 Annies?

Posted in animation

How embarrassing! It’s my first year with a blog entirely my own, I posted my predictions for the winners of the 2017 Annie Awards, and they turned out to be very, very off. One of the hosts themselves called this year’s event weird on stage, and a variety of titles put out by studios that aren’t often mentioned took home a superb number of awards.

But I’m not here to make excuses – I’m here to figure out exactly why me, and so many of my friends who screamed in a chat along with me during our streaming party, were so far off the mark.

Anime Review | Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

Posted in animation

It’s been a long time since I have been as dumbfounded about the hype over a show as I am after sampling Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World.