Thoughts on Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Episode 1

Yashahime can be found on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Youtube

Happy October 3rd, Yashahime release day!

Spoilers for Inuyasha and Yashahime episode 1

Back when this sequel was announced in May, I made a post about it, basically detailing my waffling on how I felt about it. Since that post, I’ve come to mostly look forward to it. So I’ve been counting down the days, lemme tell you. So here are my thoughts, now that I’ve watched episode one:

Weirdly, the biggest emotions I’m feeling right now are dread mixed with sadness. The first episode isn’t sad at all, mind you. On the contrary, it’s got some good comedy in it and I really liked it, but I just have a feeling something bad is going to happen.

So this episode opens on Towa sitting in a feudal lord’s castle, being grilled about where she came from. It flashes from there back and forth to shortly after Kagome returns to the feudal era. A lot of the episode is actually spent there, and we see them fighting the Root Head demon from the trailer. It was really nice to see all the characters again – the whole main cast pretty much. It’s immediately noticeable that everyone has grown and matured. Things that would have been a dramatic argument in the original show were discussed calmly three years later in this sequel. It was just so nice to see the character growth.

I was expecting this episode to set up the main plot for the series, but I suppose it’ll take more than twenty minutes of show time to do that: other than flashing forward to Towa, Setsuna and Moroha together, it hasn’t (yet) explained how it got to that point. That is why I feel so much dread.

From the trailer to the movie posters, there are two people in particular who haven’t made an appearance while Towa, Setsuna and Moroha are doing their thing: Kagome and Rin. Both of them, while in the episode during the fight with the Root Head demon, haven’t been hinted at at all during the later time setting. It’s… unsettling.

Mind you, we only saw the three girls during the later time period, so it’s not guaranteed any of the other characters will be later in the show, but the lack of them being featured on the posters and images and stuff makes me worry.

So the Root Head demon – it’s obvious while ‘defeated’ in the first episode isn’t actually so. And honestly, the set up for how it got there was pretty nice. It wasn’t just ‘it showed up one day’, but actually had a reason that made sense why it was there and why it was in Kaede’s village in particular. So as said, this Root Head demon I don’t think is quite done, and I feel like it’s going to be the catalyst for… whatever happens for all the characters.

I don’t like it. It makes me feel so nervous, augh.

As mentioned earlier, this episode has some good comedy. Moroha is definitely Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter, to put it plainly. She’s such a great combination of them that it’s hilarious just to see her being herself. Setsuna you can tell is a bit stoic like her father, which is also funny in its own way. Towa’s interactions with the feudal lord are pretty funny. Towa, unlike Kagome in the original series, is actually concerned about preserving the timeline. Her facial expressions when being confronted with a book brought back from modern time is great, and so is the one when she sees Kagome’s old bicycle seat, which was found in a river.

That part honestly made me gasp a bit, and lends to my worry about Kagome: why was her bike seat in a river? It looked old, and like it had been there for a while. It showed that clip, and I went ‘oh no. Oh no, this is gonna make me sad, isn’t it’.

We don’t get to find out what happened in episode one though, they’re gonna make us wait. It’s gonna be tortuous and it’s gonna make me cry. It’s gonna, it’s gonna.

So overall: I really enjoyed this episode. They set up some good hooks for future plot points, and I really liked the back-and-forth setting way of telling what’s happened so far. The episode was definitely worth the wait, and I am excited (I also dread) to see more.

If you watched this, do tell me your thoughts. As far as I know, none of my friends are watching so I have nobody to talk about it with.

 

Top 5 songs that remind me of books!

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Top 5 Wednesday is back!!!

Today’s topic is songs that remind me of books! If you’d like to do T5W, you can find the list of topics here!

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5 – The Lay of Thrym by Tyr

This song I associate with Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. I must have been listening to it or something when I originally read the first book, because now whenever I hear this, the characters pop in my head!

4 – Iron by Within Temptation

This song doesn’t remind me of a single book in particular, but it reminds me of the kind of book where the main protagonist has to overcome some obstacle and inevitably has one of those ‘don’t give up, never surrender’ moments.

3 – Don’t Stop by Innerpartysystem

This one and the remaining songs on this list will be technically cheating, because they are related to the book. This song – Don’t Stop by Innerpartysystem – is related to Death Note because it’s on this AMV I have linked. It’s pretty well edited too so I suggest checking it out

2 – Hollow by Submersed

Again technically cheating because I relate this song to Fullmetal Alchemist because of this AMV. it’s pretty great though!

1 – Hand of Sorrow by Within Temptation

I just learned the other day that this song was written about Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, so how could I not include it?!?! I’ve known this song for like a decade but it never clicked that it was about him until I saw it on the internet and now I feel like a ding dong for not seeing it earlier! It’s totally about him, man.


And that’s it! Lemme know if you listened to or liked any of these songs! Happy reading!

Inuyasha is getting a sequel and I don’t know how I feel about it

 

Obligatory spoilers for Inuyasha

The other day it was announced that a sequel to Inuyasha, an anime/manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, was in the works. Titled ‘Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon’ it follows the daughters of the brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru on a new adventure.

Inuyasha has been one of my favorite manga/anime for… about half my life, since I was 14 or 15 years old. It was my first fandom, the first show I got really nerdy about. It’s the first one that drove me to read and write fanfiction. It led me to meet some of my best friends online (that I still have to this day and have crossed the world to visit!), and it was definitely a gateway anime that just threw me neck-deep into the world of all things Japanese animation. And as an almost-30-year old, I’m still there. And I know that if I wouldn’t have discovered this show when I was a teen, I wouldn’t be the same kind of anime fan I am today (who knows if I’d be one at all?).

I guess what I’m saying is, Inuyasha has been one of my all-time favorite shows throughout my life. I’ve rewatched it more times than I can count, I’ve read hours and hours and millions of words of fanfiction about it, I’ve collected merch from it, and just thinking about it, just hearing the music from it sends me back to 2004-2006 when a bunch of my childhood friends and I would stay up late on Saturdays to watch the new episode. It takes me back to my childhood. It’s nostalgic.

So hearing it had a sequel gave me so many mixed feelings.

It was announced by Viz here, and so far, this is what has been released so far of the plot:

The series focuses on twin demons Towa and Setsuna, the daughters of Inuyasha’s brother Sesshomaru.

The twins are separated from each other during a forest fire, and Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that takes her to present-day Japan. Towa is then raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother Sota. Ten years later, Towa reunites with Setsuna, who has no memories of her sister and has become a demon slayer. The two are joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. They travel between past and present to unravel the mystery of why the tunnel has reopened, while Towa and Setsuna struggle to reconnect.

So basically, Sesshomaru has twins with… mother not revealed. And Inuyasha and Kagome have at least one kid. The latter is kind of expected but Sesshomaru having kids?? This is blowing my mind.

And apparently it’s blowing the internet’s mind too because what does the internet do when something happens?? They make memes. And there are a lot about this sequel already. And that’s how I’m gonna explain my feelings here too. Here are some of my faves:

These two in particular really grasp how it feels to be an Inuyasha fan right now. It’s something that nobody has really talked about in over a decade and then suddenly WE’RE EVERYWHERE and it’s wonderful. I’m excited and scared but I’m totally here for it.

So the internet (and me) like I said is really going wild about who the potential mom of Sesshomaru’s twins is. Long story short for those who don’t actually watch the show and are reading this for funsies, Sesshomaru is basically an ice king. He shows zero interest in anything aside from achieving power the entire show. Romance doesn’t seem like something he’s even capable of. So the fact that he’s a father – and becomes one quickly enough that his and Inuyasha’s kids can be close in age is mind-boggling. Part way through the show though, he takes in an orphaned human girl named Rin (character development!), about who’s eight years old. She is the primary suspect to a lot of fans right now – that’s where the second meme comes from.

Demons age far more slowly than humans. Sesshomaru himself during the time of Inuyasha is supposedly roughly around five hundred years old. Inuyasha is about 150 or 200ish. And the main characters Inuyasha and Kagome – who is 15 throughout most of the series and 18 at the end – have a kid. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume Sesshomaru and Rin – who could age ten years into an adult and Sesshomaru age absolutely nothing – could also have a kid (or two, rather).

Whoever it turns out to be though, it’s gonna make the fandom explode, just you wait. We’re all gnawing at the bit to know who it is.


But as the title suggests, I don’t know how I feel about this sequel. I am excited for it, on one hand. On the other, it scares me. Inuyasha has been done and settled for a decade now. The Inuyasha fandom had become this thing that had the show… and then a million headcanons. Basically we’ve all already decided what happened next in our heads because hey, the show ended a decade ago.

So many fanfictions have been written about essentially this stage of life for the characters – what happened after the end of the show, who ends up with who, who has kids, who ends up just continuing their show-poodle ways… and this sequel basically blows all that out of the water.

And I get that my main complaint is ‘now it discounts all the fan-made stuff’, but… I feel like after having only that stuff to go on for a decade, that’s a legitimate reason to feel unease about this. It’s like breaking a Piaget schema in my head that I’ve held as true for a long time and having to reconstruct it to something new. I’ll do it, but I’m almost(?!?) grumpy about having to.

But I’m also excited, because now I get more time in the Inuyasha universe, which is something I didn’t realize I’ve been pining for, but now that I have it, I know I totally am, and was for years.

So time for more memes, these ones to show my excitement:

And that last one really, really explains it. When I was fifteen, that was me. I was obsessed. And then I kept that obsession locked inside me for the past ten or fifteen years – it was still there, as I’ve re-watched the show countless times like I said, but now it can BLOSSOM AGAIN.

I think the best thing that’s gonna come out of this (aside from more Inuyasha of course) is the merch. It’s basically impossible to find Inuyasha figures or whatnot that don’t cost $300 right now, because nobody’s making it! All the pieces on sale are old collector pieces, and while I like collecting merch, I’m not at that level…. yet. But with this new series, I’m hoping Inuyasha merch will make a come-back and I’ll finally be able to get figures of all the characters for my manga shelf.


So overall, my feelings: Mostly excited, very curious, partly annoyed for dumb reasons.

Will I watch and/or read it? Definitely. Will I like it? Probably. Will I be annoyed every time I see one of my headcanons bite the dust? Yes.

Tell me what you think. I wanna nerd about this a bit more.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read next

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Hi! Today’s post is books on my spring TBR, but I tend to not really do TBRs, so… I’m editing this a bit to ‘books I want to read next‘. Whether or not I actually read them remains to be seen, because as I said, I don’t really follow TBRs. But at the point of writing this, these are the books that I look at and go ‘yeah I’m totally in the mood for that’.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

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Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This series is by the same author who wrote Saiyuki, which I bring up every so often and rather adore. This one’s a more mature series and I remember reading it in high school and loving it. So I’ve picked up the first three volumes recently and plan to jump into it.

Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo – This is a neat series I started recently (hence me posting a pic of volume 2) about a student who falls down the stairs on his final day of high school and wakes up to find he’s been sent back to his first day. It’s pretty interesting so far!

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makota Shinkai – This one I’ve heard a lot of good things about. It’s actually based off an animated movie of the same name, which people seem to love so I’m rather excited for it.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This one is one the list for two reasons: One is I recently finished collecting it – I have all 23 volumes of the original series and all 3 volumes of the sequel, which means I can binge the whoooooole thiiiiiiing. The other is that season 2 of the anime reboot is premiering April 6th and I’m getting all pumped for it!

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – If I’m being honest I’m always in the mood for Inuyasha. I tend to rewatch the anime every few months or so. It’s been a while since I reread the manga though. I still need to finish collecting it, too.

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Confidential Confessions by Reiko Momochi – This is a recent buy, and again one I read back when I was in high school. It deals with serious topics and is not a happy manga. But I think I’m in the mood for that kind of thing.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This manga I’ve recently become hooked to. I bought and read the first three volumes this month, so I’m listing showing volume four as the pic because now I need that one. This is a period drama fantasy paranormal comedy manga and it’s hilarious and I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One of the few books on my list. I haven’t stopped thinking about reading this since I picked it up, man. I wannnnnnaaaaaaa.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Sometimes I just get on YA kicks, man. And I feel myself at the brink of one with wanting to pick this up.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one is pretty far outside my typical genres but it’s just calling to me. I feel like I’d fly through it, too!


And that’s it! If you couldn’t tell, I’m on a manga kick right now. Out of all the 30-something books I’ve read this year so far, about 75% of them have been manga. I’m sure I’ll hover towards another genre at some point but right now man, I want pictures.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d follow on social media

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This week’s topic, characters I’d follow on social media, is really neat and it took me a good while to actually come up with the answers. I couldn’t just go with characters I find cool, or that I like but… ones I think would actually be interesting online if that makes sense. There are a lot of characters I thought of and ultimately decided against because I felt like they wouldn’t actually be active online. Their schemes and motives are canonically secret, so why would they post them? I picked the character I feel like would actually give us some entertainment.

Some of my picks will be from manga or books that have anime, tv or movie adaptions, so gifs of the characters will be used where applicable.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!


10. Mark Watney from The Martian

 

If you’ve read or watched The Martian, I’m sure you realize why I picked this guy. He’s number ten because to me, he’s the most obvious choice. And you know he’d definitely share literally everything, because in the book he does, even if other people can’t see it right away.

9. Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist

She’s the one on the right, if you haven’t seen or read this series. I knew I wanted to pick someone from this series, but I couldn’t figure out who. Ed and Al and all the alchemists didn’t exactly strike me as the type to spill what they’re doing at any given moment. Then I thought of Winry: She has her own interests, so she’d be posting all sorts of automail and Rush Valley related things, and then she’d be posting snippets of the Elrics’ lives too when she saw them. I figured she’d be a good time to follow.

8. Hagrid from Harry Potter

Really, can you imagine all the cool stuff he’d be posting? Especially after the third book, when he got the teaching position and got to hang out with all the neato animals. His account would be so wholesome, I just know it.

7. Misao Makimachi from Rurouni Kenshin

Misao is introduced seven or eight volumes in the manga, and I feel like she’d be one of the few characters to actually keep up a social media account, assuming they were around when she was alive in the late 1800s. Misao is part of the Oniwaban group, a guild of assassins during the Meiji Era. She’s high spirited and fiesty, and is constantly involved in adventures and forces her way into situations that honestly she has no business in. So I figured she’d be entertaining.

6. Shigure from Fruits Basket

I picked Shigure mostly because of his sense of humor. He’s the one ‘adult’ in the house where all the main characters live, and provides a comic, if not slightly wry, relief throughout the series. I say adult in quotes because honestly half the time you wouldn’t think so. I imagine his social media would be full of witticisms that the other characters in the series would groan at and I think it’d be hilarious.

5. Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is a recent obsession of mine and I admit, I haven’t read the manga, I’ve only watched the anime. But still: Hisoka is one fascinating character. He’s.. well, he’s messed up in more ways than one. He’s definitely not a protagonist… but I don’t think I’d consider him an antagonist either? He’s like, the most perfect portrayal of Chaotic Neutral that I’ve ever seen. Hisoka is Hisoka and I feel like he’d be interesting online. He’d post all sorts of weird shit.

4. Kip from The Black Prism

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Particularly in the later books, I feel like Kip would be interesting to follow. This character is the bastard son of The Prism, the most powerful magic user in the country, and Kip, well, he doesn’t really stand up to that. In the beginning, he’s overweight, untrained, uneducated, but despite all that, he’s hilarious. Kip uses humor at first as a coping mechanism for his own short comings but soon is able to use it just as it is: humor. I feel he’d be so entertaining to follow.

3. Starling from Assassin’s Quest

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Again, this was a case of ‘I know I want someone from this series but who?!’ If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve seen my sing the praises of Hobb’s Elderling series over and over, so I wanted to include a character that I feel like would actually talk about all the events that happen over the course of the books. And that would be Starling. Starling meets up with Fitz, the main character, I believe in the second book. She’s essentially a bard, and is hungrily pursuing Fitz, hoping to create her livelihood from a song she’d write about his life. She follows him endlessly, waiting and waiting for him to do something song worthy, and getting more and more involved in the plot and frustrated about everything in the process. Yeah, her twitter would be entertaining.

2. Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha

For those who haven’t seen or read Inuyasha, it follows Kagome, a teenager who falls down a well and is transported 500 years into the past, right into the middle of the Japan of myth: demons and spirits and all sorts of things are all over, and Kagome finds herself in the middle of a mission against evil. Whenever she’d actually pop back into the present (which she does), her social media would probably have all sorts of interesting photos. …I’m not even gonna touch paradoxes and time travel here. We’re just gonna leave it.

1. Bartimaeus from The Amulet of Samarkand

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This is it: this is the number one guy. Bartimaeus is a 5000 year old djinni with a habit of interjecting humor and sarcasm into every aspect of his life. He’s probably the most entertaining character I’ve come across. These books are partly narrated by him, and throughout there are footnotes on the content of the book, also written by him, and they make clear his exact thoughts on the situation. I remember laughing out loud multiple times during this book and its sequels. Bartimaeus I think would be great on Twitter.


And that’s it! I must stress again how much I loved this topic. It was so much fun to make this list.

Happy reading!

Katsucon and February Book Haul!

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Hi! Two weekends ago, I posted about going to Katsucon, and this past week, I went! I had put myself on a mini-ban for about a month beforehand, knowing full well I’d go a bit nutso over manga while there and shocker, I did.

So this is everything – books and more – I got at Katsu, and then also the other books I’ve purchased this month on top of that!

I’ve jumped into figure collecting, and this is my first one, if you don’t count the Aizawa Pop I have… So second one, I guess. It’s a slippery slope and I can already feel myself being pulled in.

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I also got an Inuyasha mug, but the video’s being difficult, so I’ma link to my twitter post of it instead, which’ll actually show the damned thing if you’re curious to see it:

And finally, the manga:

There are so many manga here, so I’m not going to go into them individually. But some of the ones I’m most excited for are the Girl From the Other Side volumes and the Wild Adapter ones. A lot of these are series I read back in high school, have since gone out of print, and then have been on the outside of my peripherals for a decade. Almost all of these were two bucks a pop at the con, so how could I resist? There are 37 volumes here, and I think I might have spent 90 bucks on them. For all 37. Really, where else are you gonna find that.

I also got two books this month: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, which I’m currently reading, and Highfire by Eoin Colfer, which just sounds like a blast. I loved Artemis Fowl growing up so seeing a new work by this author is just neat.


And that’s it! I have a few more manga on the way in the mail, which will be in next month’s haul if they show up in time, so pumped about that, too.

Happy reading!

I’m going to Katsucon!

This coming Thursday, I’ll be piling into a car with a couple of buddies and we’ll be going to Katuscon in Maryland!

This’ll be my second anime con ever, the first being Otakon, which I attended this past August.

I’m very excited for this one. Currently I’m on a self-imposed book buying ban that will be over, you guessed it, on Day 1 of Katsucon… and then I’m gonna go nuts getting manga. I’m so excited!

If you’re in the area and are going and if we’ve spoken a few times already now, lemme know!

Happy conning!

Seasonal Favorites aka the best time of the year | #1

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Hello! Today is part one of a three part series I’m going to do. Basically ‘monthly favorites’ but focusing on fall, because, as the title says, it’s the best time of the year. Fight me on it.

So there will be one now, one in November, and one in December. Each will talk about the things I’m currently hooked on, fall-related and otherwise. So if this is the type of thing you think will float your boat, read on, homeslice.

Food

Starbucks’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews – I’ve been getting at least one of these a week, sometimes two or three. I’ve basically been getting nothing else from them for the last month or two. They’re so damn good.

Peanut butter banana bread – Made by moi. I had bananas that I forgot to eat and went ‘welp, bread it is’. I found a recipe online, which is here, and it turned out to be the bees knees. I’m definitely going to make this again.

Apricot wheat beer – from the brewery that opened up across the street from me. I won’t say which one because… that’d be doxxing myself, now wouldn’t it. But man, I never knew apricot could flow so seemlessly with beer.

Leinenkugel’s Vanilla Snowdrift Porter – Technically a winter beer, I look forward to this release every year. Man, it’s so gooood.

Wedding Cookie Table Cookies – So I learned a thing recently. Apparently, giant tables full of cookies at weddings isn’t a thing in most places. Where I live, it’s standard. You get married, you have food, you have a cake, and you have a giant eff-off table full of cookies. Like, your entire family makes you cookies for this table when you get hitched. Tiers and tiers of the stuff, enough that you bring take out boxes for all the guests, because they’ll eat 20 each and take 20 home on top of it. The cookie table is the star of the Pittsburgh wedding. The picture above is from the wedding of a friend I went to this past weekend. Hell, I got married two years ago with maybe 40 people, technically wasn’t even a wedding so much as a JP showing up and declaring us married, and we still had a sizeable cookie table.

For example, a quick google:

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Personally I think they should be like… a global thing. Cookie tables, people. Make it happen.

 

Games

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm – I’ve been hooked on the Civilization series for almost a decade now, and this one – Gathering Storm – is the latest expansion released for Civ VI. To the already super-involved gameplay, it adds natural disasters, global warming, and everything like that. So now, on top of you dealing with all the other civilizations in your world, and competing in scientific discovery, warfare, culture and religion, now you have to deal with polar ice caps melting and tornadoes ripping through your capital. It’s. So. Awesome.

Television

My Hero Academia – Above is the season 1 trailer, but season 4 just started streaming on Crunchyroll two weeks ago and MAN WAS I READY FOR IT. My Hero Academia I think is one of the best anime to come out in a while, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, I really suggest doing so. It’s. Amazing. It follows a young man named Midoriya, living in a super-powered world, where most people have abilities called quirks. Because of this, ‘heroes’ have become a thing in society. Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but unfortunately he’s quirkless. This anime tells the story of how he becomes the greatest hero.

Demon Slayer – this one is a recent find for me. I’m only four or five episodes in so far but I am definitely hooked. It follows a young man named Tanjiro, who lives in a world of humans and demons alike, as he strives to save his sister after his family is slain and his sister turned into a demon. I really, really like this one – the visuals are gorgeous, the music is eerie, and weirdly there’s a bit of humor – it’s just perfect.

Music

Recently I’ve fallen into a uh.. rocky-poppy-indy-ish mood. Usually I’m all heavy metal. Who knows what’s goin on. This is what I’m currently hooked on. Definitely recommend giving them a listen:

  • Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) by the Wombats
  • Hunter by Ken Ashcorp
  • Can’t Go to Hell by Sin Shake Sin

There are…. a lot more songs I’ve discovered this month, but those stand out as my faves. Give ’em a listen and lemme know what you think!


And that’s it! For the next two posts, if I come up with more categories, I’ll add’em in, but I figured this was a solid start. If you’d tried or like any of the above, lemme know! If my post inspires you to try them, lemme know that too!

Otakon and NYC trip haul!

Hello! The past two weeks, I’ve been in Washington DC for Otakon and New York City for my anniversary! I got some stuff along the way, and this is it! This won’t include any books or manga picked up – all that will be in my book haul at the end of the month.

It didn’t really occur to me how much I bought myself vs other people on both of these trips until I gathered everything up and went, ‘Wait, this is it? I swear I got more.’ Apparently I’m a gift giver while on trips. I actually purchased probably twice as much as is shown, but none of the rest of it was for me.

Otakon

So, I quickly realized during Otakon, when I was walking around in the Dealer’s Gallery and Artist Alley, that it’s hard for me to justify spending thirty or forty dollars on figurines or whatever that will do nothing other than sit on my shelf. That unfortunately, was most of what was for sale. I mean there were shirts and manga and stuff too (I did buy manga) but you know what I mean, haha. If you’ve seen posts where I detail stuff I have sitting on my shelves, you’ll see that most of it is gifts or inexpensive little trinkets or whatever. I just… I can’t get around the mental block. So I didn’t buy much for myself.

My weakness though is Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, so I pushed myself to get a few things of him. I am really happy with what I got! The art on the left was one of two pieces I art I purchased – the other was for my sister. The art is easier to justify for me because I actually like hanging things on my walls. The plush… impulse purchase. I was literally walking out of the dealer’s gallery when I stopped and backtracked when I saw this out of the corner of my eye. It’s super cute though, so I like it. It… will likely end up just sitting on my shelves. Ahaha

New York City

While in NYC, I saw the Moulin Rouge on Broadway. It’s my favorite movie ever, so the whole reason for the trip was to go see it. The show itself was pretty good! They updated a fair bit of it though, which some of it I liked and some of it I wasn’t thrilled about. But overall it was a really good show and I enjoyed it. I think I’m actually going to rewatch the movie again soon too.

On the right is a photo of our newest Christmas Ornament. Every year, I buy a new ornament, trying to find one with the year on it (or I’ll write it on if I can’t find one with the year). I started doing it the year my husband and I moved in together back when we were dating in 2014. It’s a tradition I picked up from my mom, who has done the same thing since I can remember. At my parents’ house, there are Christmas bulbs dating back to 1987, the year my parents got married. So I’ve kinda adopted it to trips since my husband and I travel a lot – I’ll buy an ornament related to the trip! This one is, well, Santa climbing the Empire State Building. I mean, why not, right?


And that’s it! That’s all I got during Otakon and while in New York, at least non-book-wise. I picked up a fair bit of manga on Otakon, and I purchased myself one book in NYC, so those will show up in my haul in the next week or so.

If you’re interesting in the instagram stories I posted during either of these trips, check out the Otakon pics here and the NYC pics here! (Shameless plug, shhh)

Happy reading!

 

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics by Hiromu Arawaka

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel ComicsFullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics by Hiromu Arakawa

Manga
Read March 15-16th
Fantasy
128 pages
Released in English March 12th, 2019
Spoiler-free blabber

This was so nice.

I had no idea this collection of four panels was coming out until I walked past it in the bookstore – it wasn’t even in the manga section. I froze and picked it up immediately.

This book is a collection of all the Fullmetal Alchemist four-panels – at the back of each of the 27 volumes of manga, there’s a small section of fun comics that the author made. They’re humorous, don’t really play into the plot (but do reference it, so they’ll be spoilery if you haven’t finished the series), and when I read them, I loved them. So that’s what I thought I would be getting when I picked this up.

Turns out, it was way more than that. It started with the manga four-panels – a title at the top would tell which volume it was from. And then after that, there were four-panels that were included in the original FMA anime DVD collection. I didn’t even know they contained four-panels. And then it went into comics from the FMA Brotherhood DVD collection. After that, it threw in all the comics that had appeared in Shonen Jump issues and various other medias, and finally it included a few comics that were never published anywhere.

So… I expected one thing and I got that and so much more. It. Was. Fantastic. I already knew I was going to like rereading all the four-panels – it had been a few years since I read the series so while most of them struck a chord of memory for me, some of them I had forgotten completely. And they’re funny – I laughed out loud multiple times. When I got to the DVD collection comics and beyond, it was a mix of new material and nostalgia. I had never seen the comics before obviously, but the contents of them hovered around the content of the DVDs, so having seen both anime series multiple times, it was very enjoyable to read extra material about them.

So overall, I loved this. I can see myself rereading it multiple times in the future, and I do believe it’s gained a spot in my ‘favorite books’ list. And man, it really, really made me want to reread the series. Maybe that’ll happen this year. It’s been years.

Rating 5/5 stars