Unique Blogger Award

unique blogger badgeThank you polyphonic v0x for nominating me for The Unique Blogger Award! This was very sweet of you! I’ve been enjoying your awesome content as well! Keep up the good work! ^ ^

Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

polyphonic v0x’s questions:

  1. What are some of the animated shows you’re nostalgic for?
  2. Is there a topic you’ve been itching to blog about but haven’t gotten to yet?
  3. Who is your favorite singer/band and why do you enjoy their music?

 

What are some of the animated shows you’re nostalgic for?

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Manga Reading Wrap-Up | Feb 2018

Here’s everything I read in the month of February… with commentary!


★★★★ 5 Star Reads:

Dolis by Maki Kusumoto. Multilayered. Complicated. Twisted. Beautiful. Compelling. Begs to be Re-read.

The Park Bench by Chabouté. Wordless and wonderful! The poignant story of an object, illustrated in stark black/white contrast. Gorgeous book! Continue reading

Project Learn Japanese | Update no.2 | Feb 2018

I’m FINALLY getting into the self-study that I had talked about earlier. It’s taken me a bit longer to finally get “to it.” I’ve had so many other competing priorities this year and a lot of external pressures, so it’s been difficult to fit this in. But, I’ve squirreled away a little dedicated study space in my house (my kitchen table), and am now getting down to business! […to defeat… the huns…]

03.03 messy studying

I’m saving the vocab review for April. Until then, I’m going through all of the chapters in my two volumes of Minna no Nihongo. I’ve got the accompanying grammar and notes book, which I’m using to fill a blank notebook. It’s laid out really well for my needs. (but overall I don’t actually recommend this book unless you’re using it as a class text)

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Manga Challenge Winners!

Ack! I’m racing to post this. Unfortunately didn’t have time to write a corresponding blog post to the video that just went up!

If you entered my giveaway to win some of my “doubles”, you’ll want to watch the following video to see if you should be expecting any manga in the mail! Congratulations to all 3 winners! I had a lot of fun doing this.

If you participated but didn’t win anything this time, don’t fret! I’ll definitely be holding more giveaways in the future!

TBR Unwrapping #2

I’d written a previous post where I talked about wrapping up my books in wrapping paper, and selecting titles randomly to read over the year. I had originally planned on making this a video series, but have since decided not to. I may talk about my prose reading on my YouTube some time in the future, but I don’t think this will be part of it… at least not this year.

But, I am still going forward with this project.

In September I wrapped up 35 books (mostly novels) in wrapping paper. In January I unwrapped 6 of them:

I’ve since read:

The goal is to keep unwrapping 6 books every other month, and to read at least 3 of the books before moving on to the next unwrapping.

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Gaming Manga #MangaMonday Recommendations

Today’s topic is “Playing Games in Manga.” It’s a popular and frequent topic in manga. Not only that, it is also a popular hobby for many manga readers.

I grew up playing games. And though, I wouldn’t call myself a gamer, I still end up playing games with friends and family on an almost weekly basis. As for video games, I think my first experience was when my father bought me my own game for the Atari 2600. Which game? Only the Best game ever!!

Okay, so maybe this is a good example of when games are better left inside the pages of comic books… [I still like it though]

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Manga TBR Shelf #3

Every month (or so) I randomly choose a bookshelf from my manga room to read the manga from. There are only about 2 shelves out of around 60 that I’ve read every single volume of manga on. I read a lot of manga, but you’d be surprised by how much a person can own without reading it. In Japanese it’s called “tsundoku!”

This project has been forcing me to revisit some of these books that have sitting the longest on my shelves – it’s been great visiting some old forgotten gems.

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Real Neat Blog Award

Thanks to Tiny Ugly Animal for the award! I’m still just getting myself set-up here, so it’s nice to hear someone appreciates the effort.

The rules:real-neat-award-1

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them 7 questions.

Tiny Ugly Animal’s questions:

So, what are your thoughts on…

  1. potatoes?
  2. shoes?
  3. the color purple?
  4. flying pigs?
  5. Tom Hiddleston?
  6. big hands?
  7. gasoline?

Now, I’ll admit, I was debating whether I should participate in this or not. My blog is essentially about my reading life (and its closely associated hobbies) and these questions seem a bit off topic for me. But, then again, just because I was asked about “potatoes” doesn’t mean I can’t also find a way to keep it on topic…or, try to, anyways.

So, here are my answers!

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Valentine’s Day Manga #MangaMonday Recommendations

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

This week’s #MangaMonday Recommendations topic is about Valentine’s day, I of course could do nothing else but recommend *shōjo manga. I’m following up from last week where I recommended short shōnen manga, by including short shōjo series in this post!

Besides being extra short, these series also feature the cutest pure-love-type boy-girl relationships. Whether you’re in love, or not, these series are sure to make your heart go doki doki!

Several of these titles are out of print, so might be a bit harder to locate. But, since they are short, shouldn’t take much to complete!

 

The Heiress and the Chauffeur, volume 1-2 by Keiko Ishihara

Set in Taisho era Japan, an heiress and her servant must never cross the boundaries of their station in life. They can never touch. And they certainly can never fall in love! Continue reading

Light Novel Review : Genshiken : Return of the Otaku / by Iida Kazutoshi & Kio Shimoku

genshikenGenshiken : Return of the Otaku / by Iida Kazutoshi & Kio Shimoku

Based on the manga by Kio Shimoku

Translated from the Japanese by Katy Bridges, 2010.

Del Rey Manga/Kodansha Trade Paperback Edition, 2010

Originally published in Japan as Genshiken : Hairu Ranto no Yabo~Return of the Otaku, 2008

223 pages

978-0345516275

Stars: ★ / 5


From GoodReads:

The deafening whack-whack-whack of a helicopter above campus is the first indication that the balmy tranquility of the Genshiken Club is about to be disturbed. The chopper brings handsome Ranto Hairu: transfer student, scion of a powerful Japanese conglomerate, and newly named chairman of the on-campus club organization committee.

Hairu has strong ideas about the kind of clubs that deserve to survive (earnest, industrious) and the kind that don’t (arty, frivolous), and he’s a big fan of brute force. For Madarame, Kousaka, Ohno, and the others, the idea of losing their cherished club is the ultimate nightmare—but it’s only the first of many.
 
Fortunately, the Genshiken boys and girls have a few tricks of their own, including a certain swordfighter summoned from ancient times who could prove very handy Continue reading