Well, it’s a new year, and I have a new laptop! It’s wonderful. The year’s been pretty good so far. So let’s see what’s been going on.
I’ve been fiddling around with a bunch of new techniques and so on art wise, which has been fun and super helpful (finally I know how to do gradients in Sai) So while I haven’t gotten all that much art done, what I have done I’m really happy with.
I watched more contemporary anime this month. First I watched Kimi Ni Todoke (which I actually started in December), and it’s very sweet.
Fairy Tail Zero began at the beginning of the month! It’s absolutely fantastic. I loved that spin off in the manga and the anime version captures it perfectly. (also the theme song is my favourite Fairy Tail opening yet)
I started watching Haikyuu!! with my younger brother. It’s about volleyball mostly, which is actually something I know next to nothing about, but it’s good anyway.
I also started watching a new anime, Prince of Stride, which is also about sports, though this one being about something that’s basically parkour relays (which is cool. Although apparently it’s not a real sport.) While it’s not technically particularly original, I love the characters so I’m watching it anyway. (Riku is just. the best thing.)
Movies wise, we watched Insurgent. It was good. Not nearly as fantastic as Mockingjay, but still good.
I also finally got to watch Inception, which I’ve been wanting to watch for like a few years but never got to till now (which is weird since we actually own it), with my dad. We’ve actually only watched about a third of it so far but I wanted to include it anyway. It’s been freaking amazing so far.
I got a fair bit of reading done this month. I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and some of the old Naruto manga.
I also started reading the Rave Master manga, which is what Mashima wrote before he did Fairy Tail. It’s actually really good, and less cliche than I thought it would be.
I read some comic books for the first time, including an old Spider man comic, which wasn’t particularly good; and much newer Batgirl comic, which was considerably better.
Non-comics wise, I read:
- Darkness Reigns, the first part in Jill Williamson’s new fantasy series, which was good and very unique, if a little darker than my usual reading.
- Castle in the Air, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which was quite different from the first book and quite good.
- The latest Ruby Redfort book, which was considerably better than Book Four but perhaps not as good as the first three books.
- Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Norse-Mythology-Based series, which was good. I don’t know nearly as much Norse mythology as I do Greek (which is weird considering I’m actually Scandinavian), but it was still fun.
I posted about my Top Ten Anime I watched in 2015. No prizes for guessing what came first.
As mentioned,the Fairy Tail Zero anime began, and it’s been fantastic so far. In the Fairy Tail manga, the fandom angst continues.
The second season of Akagami No Shirayuki-Hime also began, as well as the above mentioned anime Prince of Stride.
My Little Pony is confirmed to be returning some time in Spring, and we got a teaser clip.
Steven Universe had another Steven Bomb, which was amazing as usual, and then disappeared again.
RWBY continues, and the season is getting considerably darker and more depressing than any of the previous seasons.
Marissa Meyer’s next book, Heartless, got a cover reveal and excerpt
The final book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Stars Above, comes out tomorrow!
The Gravity Falls finale airs on the 15th, after a full series marathon and a bonus feature thing.
So that’s what I’ve been up to so far this year. How’s your year been so far? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month, and is there anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in February?