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A Month In Review: August 2016

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Wow, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a whole month since I last wrote one of these. Yet here we are. So, the Summer holidays have ended. A lot of stuff happened this month. I went to Sweden with two of my siblings towards the end of the month, which was a lot of fun. When we got back my best friend came up to visit, which was even more fun. We mostly fangirled over Akagami no Shirayukihime and analysed anime OPs (which is tons of fun btw). She also got me a Naruto poster and some other stuff I’ll talk about later.

I worked more with Clip Studio paint and I’m really used to it now. It’s a fantastic program. I feel like I really got a lot better at shading, and practiced drawing comic pages. I also livestreamed my art for the first time! A bunch of people came and it was a lot of fun. You can follow me on Picarto if you want to get notified every time I do that again. I also opened Commissions! Only for DeviantArt points at the moment but I hope to do it for real money eventually. You can find more details about that here. Best of my art this month:

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Things I Watched

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We watched quite a few movies this month! First my whole family went to see Finding Dory in the cinema. It was a lot of fun and quite a bit of a tear jerker.

Then we watched Spider Man, which I somehow have not seen before now. It was fantastic. Very Spider Man. (who’s one of my favourite superheroes)

While we were in Sweden we rented The Peanuts Movie and watched that. It’s a really lovely movie. I think it really captures the feel of the comics in a very fun, heartwarming way.

Just like last year, my friend brought up the latest Mission Impossible movie, which this year was Rogue Nation. It was good. I don’t really have all that much specific to say about it, but it was a good action movie.

I also rewatched Voltron: Legendary Defender (with my brother), and Patema Inverted (with my friend and sister)

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I read all of two books this month. I know. It’s amazing. But anyway. The first was The Scorpio Races, which I’d read the first few pages of a few dozen times in the library before finally deciding to borrow it. It was great. Man eating water horses are cool. So that was cool.

The second book I read was The Screaming Staircase, which was a creepy ghost hunting thing. I’d kinda got the impression it was going to be a Victorian themed thing? Which it wasn’t? But that was okay. It was good and creepy. It’s fun to read creepy things once in a while.

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I did an appearance themed Beautiful People with all of Blue Team. Because I couldn’t choose just one character.

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The Steven Universe Summer event came to an end. It was incredible. And wonderfully, it hasn’t gone on hiatus! And we’re actually getting weekly episodes for a while. Yay.

Miraculous Ladybug will return next year, with two whole back to back seasons with weekly episodes (so that’s 52 episodes! Wow). It’s also apparently getting a live action movie, which I have mixed feelings about.

It looks like Naruto Shippuden is finally actually coming towards it’s end, so I should really catch up on that.

Haikyu!! is confirmed to be getting it’s third season this October! Season 3 will only be ten episodes long, which I assume will be just long enough to cover the Shiratorizawa match. Some people have been complaining about this but honestly I get why it is and I’m fine with it.

Lastly, the  Bleach manga finally ended and it was terrible. Like honestly I can hardly think of a worse way to end a series. Seriously. On the plus side, this means the fandom for the most part skipped the idiotic shipping wars that would have happened no matter how it ended. Instead everyone went on to uniting over how truly terrible the ending was and picking and choosing between their personal headcanons of how it should have ended and ignoring canon. So in a way the terrible, horrible, disastrous ending was almost a blessing.

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Well, school is back, of course. I can’t think of all that much important happening in September. It kinda feels like an in-betweeny month before a whole ton of stuff happens in October. (which I’m really, really looking forwards to!)

So that’s what I got up to in the Summer holidays. How was your August? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in September? I hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: July 2016

Month In Review - Jul. 2016

This is very late because we were away camping, but here we go! I didn’t do one of these for June since not much happened so a couple of things from then will be included here.

I have Summer Holidays now! Which is nice. I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year with one of my friends, which was fun. I got a lot of planning for Blue Team done. I also got headshots done of the main cast. Hopefully I’ll be doing an updated height chart soon.

I also got Clip Studio Paint! It’s amazing.

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Things I Watched

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I watched Love Live! School Icol Project because my sister said to and the spin-off was coming out soon. It made me way more emotional than I thought it would.

Then I started watching said spin-off/sequel, Love Live! Sunshine! which is more or less the same premise but set in a small seaside town instead of Tokyo. The characters are lovely so far. I think my favourite is Yoshiko/Yohane, she’s hilarious.

We bought Kung Fu Panda 3 and watched that with our cousin. It was a lot of fun, but the second film is still my favourite.

Lastly I watched Voltron: Legendary Defender because literally everyone on the internet abruptly became obsessed with it. I’m not into giant-mechas-in-space myself, but it was still very enjoyable. The characters and plot are great and it gives me lots of feelings, which makes an automatic winner for me. It’s also surprisingly funny.

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Behold, the Universe’s last hope. Just, go watch this show already.

Things I Read

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I didn’t get many books read this month. However I did manage to read the entire Bleach manga within a few weeks, because I’m insane. It’s very addictive (as you can probably tell), and pretty dang good. I do think there are too many fights? Like I know it’s a shonen so fights are pretty much a given but we end up having fights between random secondary characters we’ve only known for a few chapters and jump between like ten fights at a time, so it gets a little tedious. Still, there were a lot of good characters and it did succeed in making me cry several times, so it still qualifies as a good manga I’d love to watch the anime for.

I also read Twinepathy, which I started reading as it was serialized on the internet and decided to buy so I could read the finished thing. It was great! There were a lot of creative super powers, which is one of my soft spots so I was bound to like it. Also I need Blaze’s backstory immediately, please and thank you. Looks like the second book’s going to be centered more around him so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.

On the Blog

I did character interviews with both Adelle and Elliot over the last two months, as well as doing Beautiful People with Cass.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Steven Universe is back with the Summer of Steven, new episodes every weekday for four weeks! Some serious stuff went down, including new fusions, backstory, and friendships, as well as boatloads of angst. It’s wonderful.

My Little Pony also returned, though I haven’t had time to watch the new episodes yet.

Love Live Sunshine started, and like I said it’s been lovely so far.

San Diego Comic Con was a thing, so lots of fandoms got new information, including a confirmed second season for Voltron and teases for new characters, kwamis, and episode plots for Miraculous Ladybug

Moana got several new trailers and I’m super excited for it!

Next Month

I’ll be going to Sweden towards the end of the month with two of my siblings! Which will be exciting.

There’s also the Olympics, so that’s fun.

So that’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of months. Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? Planning anything fun next month? I hope you all have a fantastic Summer!

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A Month in Review: May 2016

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Well, May is finished! It’s been a fairly busy month. It was my birthday on the twelfth! I was slightly ill at the time so that was annoying. It wasn’t too bad though. I got Thor and Captain America 2 on blu-ray (it still feels weird to me that we can actually use blu-ray now), and a cool t-shirt.

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This one, in fact.

We also went to a circus, which was cool, and rode a steam boat around a lake. I went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Rheged. There were a lot of fantastic photos there.

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This was my favourite one. It’s so confusing to look at.

I got a ton of art done, mostly requests and birthday presents. A Fairy Tail Reversed!AU (where everything’s the same but the roles are switched, so Lucy brought Natsu to Fairy Tail, Erza turned evil instead of Jellals, etc.) popped up on Tumblr, so I also did some fan art for that, which was a lot of fun. I also worked some more on my Naruto OCs.

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Things I Watched

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We watched Captain America: Civil War in the cinema! It was great. Go watch it if you haven’t already.

I’ve also been rewatching Gravity Falls with my dad. It’s really interesting spotting all the tiny pieces of foreshadowing.

Things I Read

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I got lots more reading done this month than I have in a while. I continued reading the Naruto manga, and I’ve gotten up to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. Some things are much better done than in the anime, but I think some parts are actually better in the anime.

I also finished the Fruits Basket manga! It was great. I also started reading the sequel, Fruits Basket Another. Yuki’s son is so fabulous it’s ridiculous.

Lastly I read the entire Harry Potter series within just over a week. It was good, but I’m slightly unsatisfied with the ending. (I have so many questionssssssss)

On the Blog

I didn’t have time to do Adelle’s character interview what with being ill and busy, but I did do Beautiful People for the first time in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to do the interview in June.

I also made a guest appearance at Stori Tori’s Blog in a post about writing characters from England and Scotland

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

My Little Pony Season 6 continues with a couple of very cleverly done episodes, including a Christmas Special in May.

The Beauty and the Beast live action movie got a teaser trailer

Steven Universe is finally back! We ended up seeing some of the soon-to-come episodes early. They’re fantastic. Peridot and Lapis Lazuli are the Best Thing.

Naruto Shippuden finally returned to the plot, with an extended version of Kaguya’s backstory, which has been very interesting.

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

Go Teen Writers is holding another 100 for 100 challenge which starts on the 1st of June!

And I’ll be collecting questions for Adelle’s character interview.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. How was your May? Have you seen, read or done that I have, and is there anything you think I should try? Looking forwards to anything in June? I hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: April 2016

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Wow April feels like it just flew by. So I guess it’s time to do one of these posts again.

I don’t think we did all that much this month. My brother bought a game cube though, so we’ve had some fun with that.

I got a fair bit of art done, including birthday presents for friends, art for Miracusona Week and designing some Naruto OCs. Miracusona Week was a lot of fun, though my sister didn’t join in in the end and I had to skip day 3. While I was working on my Naruto OCs I met quite a lot of new people who are into Naruto. (also I discovered that fan made clans are a thing. An awesome thing.)

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I only watched two new things this month. My sister convinced us to watch Hotarubi no Mori e and it was very sweet, incredibly beautiful and utterly heartwrenching.

We also watched Belle, which was very interesting, well made and thought provoking.

I also watched the Akagami no Shirayuki-hime season 1 dub and re watch Haikyuu!! with my dad though (Haikyuu!!’s become one of my favourite anime ever now).

Things I Read

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I read hardly anything either. I finished the Rave Master manga. It was awesome.

I read House of Many Ways, the last book in the Howl series. Like the other two books it was a lot of fun.

I also finally continued reading the Fruits Basket manga. It’s actually pretty dark.

On the Blog

For once I actually have a section for this! I did my first ever Character Interview with Marianne! It was a lot of fun and I hope to do one each month if I can.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Haikyuu!! Season Three is confirmed to be coming out this Autumn!

My Little Pony continues, with episodes ranging from okay to good. Highlights include a Spike Episode that was Actually Good (this almost never happens), and another reappearance from Trixie (who I don’t love as much as the fandom does, but it was still a really good episode)

Miraculous Ladybug seasons 2 and 3 are also confirmed, though as far as I know no air date as been announced.

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

We’ll be watching Captain America: Civil War in the cinema next weekend, hopefully. X-Men Apocalypse also comes out

It’s my birthday on the 12th!

I’ll be making a guest appearance on Stori Tori’s blog in a post about writing characters from England and Scotland.

Steven Universe finally returns with a four-week long event.

I’ll be doing a character interview with Adelle next, so I’ll be collecting questions for that soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to take part in Beautiful People this month as well. 😀

So that’s what I’ve been up to, even if it’s not much. How was your April? Is there anything you think I should try watching or reading? Looking forwards to anything in May? I hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: February 2016

Month In Review - Feb. 2016

Wow I didn’t really blog at all this month. Oops. Hopefully I’ll get some done in March. Anyway! On with the post!

There’s been more college this month. Now I’m doing Mondays as well. We went down to Surrey for a community retreat (again), which was actually pretty fun for once since the more… annoying… people weren’t there. My sister somehow managed to convince people to watch Attack on Titan with her. That was unexpected.

I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff for the two webcomics I’m planning (One being a fairly short MLP fan comic and the other being Blue Team)

Art wise, I’ve been working on developing my own art style more, which has been really fun. I’ve also gotten better at shading, and worked out how to do colour changes and use stroke stabilizers in Sai. I did a bunch of art I’m really happy with.

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Things I Watched

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I watched a ton of stuff this month.

Movies wise, I finished Inception with my dad. Wow that movie’s amazing people. Go watch it if you haven’t already.

My sister’s friend came over for a sleepover and brought every Studio Ghibli film ever with her, so obviously we watched some of those. First we watched The Cat Returns, which was a fun movie. It had quite a different style from the other Ghibli films we’ve seen, which was interesting. We also watched Kiki’s Delivery Service, which was also pretty fun, and in the more classic Ghibli style.

Then at the retreat we watched Source Code, which is another one of those Confusing Sci-Fi Movies. It was really good, other than the… rather odd ending.

I also watched a whole bunch of anime. First up was Akatsuki No Yona, and wow. That anime was amazing. Definitely one of my favourites. Go watch it already. (also don’t get put off by the abrupt bloodiness in the first episode. It’s way worse than anything else in the rest of the anime)

Next I watched Shirobako, which is an anime about, well, anime. As in it’s about making anime. It was a lot of fun, and also really interesting.

Then my sister finally got me to watch Chihayafuru, which is about a competitive card game, but is structured like a Sports Anime. It was actually surprisingly good.

I also watched the Fairy Tail Movie. It was pretty bad to be honest, but then anime movies are pretty much never good.

I literally only watched Sword Art Online II because I needed something action-y in between the calm, slow-moving episodes of Chihayafuru. And wow. It was actually way better than the first one (the first story-arc, anyway. After the first 14 episodes or so it seems to lapse into a bunch of less interesting mini-arcs). Still not amazing, and there were a few things I didn’t really like, but not something I regret watching.

RWBY Volume 3 ended on Valentine’s Day, and wow. It hurts so much. And not in a fun, this-hurts-and-it’s-amazing-can’t-wait-for-more way. No, just exhausting, emotional, agonizing pain. Let me just, cry in a corner for a few hours.

I also re-watched Ocean’s Eleven at the retreat, and started watching Noragami with my brother, who hadn’t seen it yet.

Things I Read

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I hardly read anything this month. I continued reading the Rave Master manga. It’s hilarious spotting all the things that are referenced or reused in Fairy Tail.

I won Heartless in a giveaway, and man I’m so freaking confused. I didn’t really understand anything that happened in that book and it annoys me. Please, someone explain.

My friend gave me Scorpion Mountain, so I finally got to read that. It was good. Not sure whether it’s supposed to be the last book in the series or not, but I’m happy either way.

Nothing really happened on the blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Gravity Falls came to a satisfying conclusion. Kinda sad that it’s over though.

Volme 3 of RWBY ended, and like I said it was painful. The fandom is coping with puns and fan art of dead people.

My brother and I caught up in Haikyuu! and… stuff happened.

Zeref made his appearance in Fairy Tail Zero (which I think is almost over), Akagami No Shirayuki-hime killed me with cuteness, the painfully long and pointless filler arc in Naruto Shippuden finally came to an end, and Prince of Stride continues with a whole lot of hilarity and angst.

The Lunar Chronicles are getting Graphic Novels, and Stars Above came out. (I still haven’t managed to obtain a copy, though)

and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is confirmed to be returning in May!

Other Internet Stuff:

  • Imogen @ Gossiping With Dragons described the Elements of a Good Romantic Subplot
  • Stori Tori’s So Your Character is From… series kicked off with a post about Australia!
  • And Leonardo Di Caprio finally won a freaking Oscar.

Next Month

Fairy Tail Zero will probably come to an end, but I’m not sure if we’ll be heading onto the Avatar arc straight away or if there’ll be another filler arc.

I have a feeling I’ve forgotten something important but oh well.

How was your February? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and is there anything you think I should try? Can someone please explain Heartless to me? What are you looking forwards to in March?

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A Month in Review: January 2016

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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.

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Things I Watched

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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.

Things I Read

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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.

On the Blog

I posted about my Top Ten Anime I watched in 2015. No prizes for guessing what came first.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

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

Next Month

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?

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Top Ten Anime I Watched in 2015

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A lot of people have been posting about their top ten books read in 2015, so I thought I’d be weird and post about my top ten anime I watched in 2015 instead. (also I read over a hundred books in 2015 and I really can’t be bothered to narrow it down to just ten)

So! The way I’ll do this, the anime will be listed from least favourite to favourite because it’s more interesting that way. I’ll include a short synopsis in more or less my own words, my thoughts, and then a brief content advisory (because I know from experience it can be hard to find good content advisories for anime). Content advisories will be using more or less the British way of rating films because I don’t know how the American way works. I’ll be counting any sequel series as the same series because otherwise this list would be dominated by sequels. When it comes to titles, I’ll have the original anime title first with the English translation afterwards in brackets if there’s a difference. Now, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this list!

First, some honorary mentions:

Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You), Ouran High School Host Club, and the first half of Sword Art Online

Now for the ones that made the list:

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10. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun)
High school student Sakura Chiyo tries to confess her love to her schoolmate Nozaki Umetarou, but he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph instead. Turns out Nozaki is actually a renowned manga artist, and Sakura ends up becoming his assistant. As they work on his manga they encounter other schoolmates who assist them or serve as inspiration for Nozaki’s characters. An incredibly silly romantic comedy ensues.

I don’t think I’ve laughed at any anime as much as I laughed at GSNK. The characters are all fantastic and delightfully silly, and it’s very entertaining all the way through. The only reason it’s at the bottom of the list is that I wish there was more of it, since several storylines are never quite tied off. All the same I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun that never takes itself too seriously.

Content: nothing particularly unsuitable. There’s some occasional suggestive content and mild slapstick violence. I don’t remember if there was any bad language, but there might be a little.

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9. RWBY (pronounced Ruby)
Fifteen year old Ruby Rose wants to be a Huntress, an elite monster slayer dedicated to protecting the fantasy world of Remnant from the dark creatures of Grim. When she’s moved ahead two years in her training and becomes a member of team RWBY, it looks like her dream is on its way to coming true. But dark characters are beginning to make their moves behind the scenes, and team RWBY might be up against more than they expected.
(Will you believe I couldn’t find anywhere else that had an actual description of what it’s about beyond the absolute basics? So that synopsis was hard to write 😛 )

Some people would argue that RWBY isn’t technically an anime, but since the definition of anime is kind of loose I’m putting this on here anyway (also it’s awesome so who cares). RWBY is an American-made fantasy web series and it’s fantastic. The animation and scripting can be a little awkward at times, but it’s still certainly worth watching. The story and characters are interesting and entertaining, and it has some truly fantastic fight scenes. I mean, look at this stuff:

I’d recommend watching all four trailers (Red, White, Yellow, and Black) beforehand since they include some backstory and other details that are handy to know. You can find the whole thing on the official website, or on youtube.

Content: There’s quite a lot of mild-to-moderate violence, but not really particularly gruesome and not much above PG level. There are a couple of instances of suggestive content I can think of but very clean for the most part. One or two uses of bad language, nothing worse than ‘damn’.

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8: Akagami No Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
When a young herbalist named Shirayuki’s unusual red hair attracts unwanted attention from a selfish prince, she cuts it short and escapes to a neighbouring country. There she meets a boy, Zen, who helps her after she heals his wounds. But the prince doesn’t give up so easily, and Shirayuki’s adventures are far from over. Will she be able to choose her own future? And who is Zen, really?

This was a very sweet and refreshing romance, set in a semi-fantasy world (it’s a completely made up medieval-ish world, but there aren’t really any magical elements). The characters, setting and plot are interesting and enjoyable. A fairly light hearted mixture of adventure and intrigue that’s enjoyable from start to finish. Season two started a couple of days ago, which has also been good so far.

Content: There are quite a few fight scenes with swords, several of them just being sparring. One of the fights has some blood and several people are killed, but there’s nothing too graphic. There’s a bit of suggestive content, especially in the first couple of episodes. In the first episode there’s (spoilers) mentions of a character being made another’s concubine, but nothing happens in the end. (spoilers ended) I think there’s occasional swearing, but again nothing worse than ‘damn’.

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7. Fruits Basket
16 year old orphan Tohru Honda is invited to stay with her classmate, Yuki Sohma and his cousins. When Tohru accidentally discovers that certain members of the Sohma family are cursed to turn into animals of the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by the opposite gender, a series of adventures ensue as she gets to know everyone in the family better. But it’s not all fun and games, and the curse holds terrible cruelty and heartbreak.

Okay, first of all, don’t get put off by the seemingly ridiculous premise. I was at first, and it wasn’t till someone mentioned how good this anime was that I actually watched it, and let me tell you, it’s wonderful. On the surface it’s very sweet and funny, but there’s a darker undertone just waiting to be uncovered. It made me feel all the emotions, and in my book that’s just about the best thing a piece of fiction can do. The one downside is that one of the major plot lines is never quite tied off in the anime, though the ending is still pretty satisfying. If you’re dying to know the rest of what happened afterwards you can always try the manga.

Content: There are several brief fight scenes and a fair bit of slapstick violence. The antagonist is quite abusive to several characters and it sometimes ends in violence. There’s some occasional blood but never too much. There’s a bit of suggestive content, but it’s mostly pretty clean. There’s occasional swearing, mostly ‘damn’ and ‘hell’.

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6. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Misaka Mikoto, aka ‘Railgun’ is a middle-schooler and one of the strongest ‘espers’ (people with supernatural abilities) in Academy City, a slightly futuristic city made up mostly of students and focused on the development of espers. But something dark is going on behind the scenes in Academy City, and it’s up to Misaka, her roommate Kuroko Shirai, and their friends to stop it.

An intriguing, exciting, and slightly dark science-fantasy, Railgun is not to be missed. The second season got too dark and violent for me (more about that in a bit), but the first season was one of the best mystery-adventures I’ve ever seen. It’s relatively slow moving, but exciting nevertheless. The characters are enjoyable, the plot is interesting and well thought out, and it has some great action scenes. (Also one of my favourite opening songs of all time, but that’s beside the point). It also has a lot of creative abilities and creative uses of abilities, which is always fun. It’s actually a spinoff of another series, To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), but you can watch it by itself without really missing anything other than a few cameos.

Content: (first referring only to the first season/series) Several fight scenes with mild-to-moderate violence, usually with fantasy elements. There are a few instances with blood but not anything too graphic. Mostly PG, perhaps sometimes slipping into a 12. There’s a quite a bit of suggestive content, especially in episode 2 (which I would recommend skipping since it’s not only the most inappropriate episode by far but also almost entirely pointless. My sister skipped it entirely and had no issues following the plot.) One of the girls has a crush on/attraction to Misaka which can get out of hand. This is mostly silly and played for laughs but can occasionally get slightly uncomfortable (especially in the aforementioned second episode). It never really goes anywhere and doesn’t really affect the plot, but some people might find it a little off putting. I think there’s a few instances of swearing, but once again nothing worse than ‘damn’. Concerning Season/Series 2: I only watched three or four episodes in before it got considerably more dark and violent than the first season, with a few bloody scenes, and an incident where a character loses a leg, which was not dealt with tastefully in my opinion. At that point it was too graphic for me so I stopped watching. So if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, I’d suggest not watching season 2 at all. The first season is tied off quite neatly so it’s a pretty satisfying ending as it is.

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5. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uoso (Your Lie in April)
14 year old former piano prodigy Kousei Arima has been unable to play the piano since his mother died. Then he meets Kaori Miyazono, a pretty, free-spirited violinist with an unconventional playing style, and she pushes him to return to the world of music.

This anime is beautiful. It’s about music, but also about dealing with death and how the way you live your life can affect the lives of others. It’s a gorgeous, emotional story with wonderful characters and a beautifully intertwining story line. Just go watch it.

Content: Occasional slapstick violence, sometimes accompanied by a little cartoony blood. Not really anything inappropriate. I don’t think there was any bad language but there may have been a little.

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4. Toradora!
Despite Ryuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent and as a result he has difficulties in making many friends. After a series of unfortunate chance encounters with Taiga Aisaka, whose delicate appearance and tiny stature contrast with her brutal personality, the two form a reluctant friendship to help each other get closer to their respective crushes. Things don’t go exactly as planned.

This has to be my favourite contemporary anime I’ve seen so far. The characters and their relationships with each other are a delight, and the dynamic between Ryuji and Taiga is fantastic. It’s a lot of fun, with all the emotions, and is overall a wonderfully entertaining and unusual story.

Content: a couple of very brief fight scenes and quite a lot of slapstick violence, mostly involving Taiga. One character gets a nosebleed during a fight, but that’s as bad as it gets. There’s some occasional suggestive content, but nothing outright inappropriate. A few innocent kisses towards the end. A fair bit of swearing, mostly damn and b****, both subbed and dubbed.

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3. Naruto
In a world of mystical and powerful enemies lurk in every nation, a legendary Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village Konoha, killing many innocent people. In response of a desperate measure from the people, the leader of the village – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his life to defeat the demon fox. By sacrificing his own life, he sealed the demon fox into a very young boy named, Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto has lost his parents during the attack. He grew up in the village and was mistreated badly by everyone in town. With his loud mouth and careless attitude, he is determined to become the greatest ninja, hokage, in his village. Along with friends, and hope, Naruto trains to become a better ninja than expected.
(yeah I just used the official summary since it’s actually pretty good and I have no idea how to sum it up)

Naruto is fantastic. It has a huge cast of interesting, memorable characters, an interesting plot and setting, and brings all the feelings. It’s not without it’s flaws though. The first series can drag on for ages at times, with pointlessly long flashbacks (often in the middle of fight scenes) and a lot of time spent standing around explaining one’s moves instead of actually, you know, fighting. This does get toned down quite a lot in the sequel series, Naruto Shippuden, though. It also has more than it’s fair share of filler episodes to dredge through, though they’ll generally become easy to spot and skip after a while. Even with it’s flaws, it’s one of my favourite anime ever. When it’s not dragging on in filler and flash backs, it’s truly fantastic and certainly worth watching. Of course you can miss out on all the boring bits if you just read the manga, but there is a certain amount of awesomeness that comes with being animated, especially in Shippuden. If you’re up for something really long it’s definitely worth a try. I’d also recommend watching the two canon sequel movies, The Last and the Boruto movie as well. (Unusually I actually prefer the dub to the sub for this one, but that’s more of a personal thing and the sub is fine.)

Content: a lot of mild-to-moderate violence. They don’t hold back on the blood when there should realistically be some, but they don’t go overboard with it either. Characters will die, and there’s occasional loss of limbs and so on, but the worst of it is generally obscured or happens off screen. 12+ at least. Several of the villains and their methods can be pretty icky (human experimentation and so on) but again the worst of it is generally obscured or happens off screen. Occasional suggestive content, mostly PG in that area. A fair bit of swearing, mostly damn and hell. Some translations have the occasional s- or f-word, though the dub does not include them.

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2. Noragami (stray god)
Yato is a minor war deity without a shrine. In an effort to gain recognition he grants wishes for only 5 yen. When Hiyori Iki, a girl from a respectable family, tries to save Yato from getting hit by a bus, she dies temporarily but comes back to life. As a result her spirit starts to involuntarily slip from her body at times, and she offers Yato 5 yen to try and fix her. The two start to form an unlikely friendship, but Yato’s light hearted appearance hides a dark past…

Noragami is an interesting, well thought out, slightly dark fantasy. The characters, story, and world-building are all excellent, and come together to form one of the best fantasy series I’ve seen. There are some awesome fight scenes and other elements. It also brings all the emotions, from laughter to tears, which is always a good thing for me.

Content: this is probably the darkest series on this list that I watched all of. There’s quite a bit of mild to moderate fantasy violence, which can sometimes be quite bloody, especially in the sequel, Noragami: Aragoto. There are a few gruesome deaths, though the worst is always obscured or happens off screen. It can be quite frightening at times. The phantoms can be very creepy, and one of the villains is a bit horrific. There are a couple of instances of suggestive content and innuendos. There’s a bit of bad language, but I don’t think it gets any worse than damn or hell.

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1. Fairy Tail
17 year old Lucy Heartfilia runs away from home to try and join the infamous mage guild, Fairy Tail. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy looking for his foster parent, a dragon called Igneel, with his friend Happy the Cat. After Natsu rescues Lucy from a sticky situation, he offers her membership to Fairy Tail, which he’s a part of. The three of them, along with armoured maiden Erza Scarlet and ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, become a team performing various missions offered to the Fairy Tail guild.

This is my favourite anime ever. I liked it so much that having exhausted the anime I went and read the entire manga, as well as the spin offs. It seems like a pretty silly, random, anime at first, but it gets better and better and better as the series progresses. It has a host of memorable and entertaining characters, and a plot that’s actually far more complex than it seems. It’s a long one, with almost three hundred episodes, but every bit of it’s worth it. (except the Eclipse Celestial Spirits filler arc, which is apparently terrible. Skip it. I did, and had no problems following the plot) It’s completely destroyed me with emotions, but that’s the way I like it.

Content: There’s quite a lot of mild fantasy violence, which gets a little worse as the series progresses. There’s an almost complete lack of blood in the first series (the first 175 episodes), to the point where it’s actually unrealistic. In ‘Fairy Tail 2014’ (episode 176 onwards) there’s blood occasionally when there should be blood, but it’s still pretty subdued and never goes overboard. Some of the arcs, especially the later ones, can get pretty dark, but I wouldn’t say it ever goes over a 12. There are fairly frequent innuendos throughout the entire series. Several characters, especially the women, have a tendency to wear fairly revealing clothing. There’s a fair bit of swearing in the sub (I haven’t seen the dub so I don’t know about that), mostly damn and hell. I think there’s an occasional s*** as well.

So, those are my favourite anime I watched last year! Have you seen any of these? Are there any you think you might want to give a try? Any you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

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A Month in Review: December 2015

A Month in Review - Dec. 2015

Happy New Year! I can’t really remember much of what happened this month besides Christmas. Christmas was great, by the way. One of my brothers got Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 so we’ve been playing that a lot. It’s fun.

Art wise I got a fair bit done. I did a silly meme with Blue Team and did some requests for people. The best of my art this month:

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So, let’s see what else went on this month!

Things I Watched

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I watched a fair bit of anime again. First up was Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and it was cute and hilarious.

Next I watched Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, a very sweet and interesting medieval-ish anime (I want to say fantasy but I don’t think there were any magical elements. It’s a different world though so maybe it counts?)

Then I watched Show By Rock!! since a couple of people said it was kinda fun. It’s was pretty cliche and silly but it was fun I guess. The characters were so adorable though.

I also caught up in Naruto Shippuden and then went and read what was left of the plot in the manga. This thing was fantastic people. It’s very long and there’s a lot of filler arcs to dredge through in the anime but I’d still say it’s definitely worth watching.

Movies wise, we saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the cinema earlier this week. There were a couple of things I was a little iffy about but overall it’s really good. Go see it if you haven’t already.

Lastly my brother borrowed Mockingjay Part I from our neighbors so we watched that. It was incredible, and I actually liked it better than the book.

Things I Read

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I caught up in the Fairy Tail manga, as well as reading the Fairy Tail Zero spin-off. This thing is destroying me people. I love it.

I also got Howl’s Moving Castle for Christmas. Just like literally everyone told me, it was quite different from the movie. I loved it at least as much as the movie, possibly even more. (The movie is one of my favourite films, so that’s saying something)

Nothing really happened blog wise in December.

Elsewhere on the Internet

The Fairy Tail fandom was utterly crushed with feelings after a huge amount of massive reveals in recent chapters. The Tartorus arc came to an end in the anime, and Fairy Tail Zero is starting on Saturday.

Noragami Aragoto finished. I assume there’s going to be a third series but I have no idea when it’s expected to come out.

Next Month

School starts again. 😦

On the brighter side of things, Steven Universe will be back with Steven Bomb 4! Fairy Tail Zero starts, as does Akagami no Shirayuki-hime season 2! I expect other cartoons will be back as well.

Happy New Year! Did you have a good December? Looking forwards to anything in the coming year? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: November 2015

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This is pretty late, but oh well. I’ll pretend I’m writing it on the last day of November anyway XD

The main thing that happened this month was NaNoWriMo, which I won for the first time! I reached 50000 words on the absolute last day, but I did it! Because I was so busy writing, I did practically no art this month, so no gallery this time.

Things I Watched

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First we watched X-Men Days of Future Past, which was really good. I think I like First Class better though.

Then we watched Eagle Eye a couple of weeks ago. I actually saw most of it muted a long while ago (for reasons), but it’s freaking amazing.

I finally finished Naruto at the beginning of the month, and moved onto Naruto Shippuden. It’s so much better than the original, unusually. The first series is great, but it was also pretty flawed, and Shippuden fixed most of those flaws. The animation is better, the soundtrack is better, and they don’t waste nearly as much time on replaying scenes and having ridiculously long flash backs over and over and over again. Definitely recommend. (though you really should watch the first series first, at least the actually relevant parts, because I don’t think it’ll have the same emotional resonance if you’re not familiar with the characters)

Things I Read

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(this is actually a relatively small portion of what I read this month. There’s a good 20 more volumes of manga I read XD )

As you can see, my reading this month has been somewhat dominated by one thing. But let’s look at the other things first.

I read the second and third Nine Princess Novellas, Coralina and Heidel. Both of them were good.

I also read Winter! It was fantastic, and a perfect ending to the series, though so incredibly long. There’s still a short story collection to come out before the series is quite finished.

But what I read by far the most of this month was the Fairy Tail Manga. I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with this series. I’d definitely count it as my favorite fandom besides My Little Pony (It’s hard to word that in a way that makes sense 😛 ). I think I read a little less than 40 volumes altogether this month.

On the Blog

I managed to post four times this month, including the October Month in Review, despite NaNo.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Season Five of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end, and what a season it was. Definitely my favourite one so far. The season finale included time travel, multiple apocalyptic timelines, and the first look at actual warfare in Equestria, and it was really fun to see all of that. The ending was pretty rushed, but the sheer creativity of all the alternate timelines has me itching to make fan art.

The Fairy Tail manga got a Christmas special, and I haven’t read it yet but apparently it was completely ridiculous.

The apocalypse continues in Gravity Falls. There’s now only the hour long finale to go before the series ends forever.

RWBY Volume Three continued, though the release schedule has been somewhat sporadic.

Next Month

Next month is December, which of course means Christmas and everything that comes with it!

Both Star Wars Episode VII and The Good Dinosaur come out, at least in the US. I actually have no idea when the UK release dates are. I should probably go find that out.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you do NaNoWriMo this year, and if so how did it go? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and what do you think I should try next? Have anything planned for December? I hope you all have a fantastic month!

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A Month in Review: July 2015

A Month in Review July 2015

Hey look I actually managed to post more than twice this month! Quite a lot happened in July.

The Summer Holidays started about half way into the month. Two of my younger siblings have gone camping this week, and my oldest brother is backpacking across Europe up to Russia (I think it was Russia. No one actually bothered to explain to me, but I heard someone mention Russia).

In the world of art, I’ve been working on my MLP NextGen, and an AU idea I had. I learnt how to do clean lineart in GIMP. Yesterday I got Paint Tool SAI on my laptop, and it is wonderful. I’m still working out how to use it.

Kilala97 on DeviantArt started a thing called Next Gen High School, which is a sort of roleplay/art sharing group thing for My Little Pony Next Generation fan artists, and I met a whole bunch of artists through that.

The best of my art this month, in approximate order of creation:

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You can find the rest of my art on my DeviantArt account.

Writing wise, I’ve decided to scrap the little bit of writing I have now and re work the plot and develop the world and characters a bit more.

Things I Watched

Well, I’ve done another of the things from my list of things I want to do before I’m 18, watch anime! I think we (my three oldest siblings and I) actually started Naruto last month, but we didn’t really get into it till this month. Man that anime is so long! There’s no less than 220 episodes, followed by a sequel series with 421 episodes and counting. Somehow I get the feeling we’re never going to catch up to this one.

Several friends of mine recommended Fairy Tail as a good starting place for fantasy anime, and I finally got round to watching it. It seemed kind of random at first, but it ended up giving me a lot of feelings. I’m about 103 episodes in (there’s a bit more than 300 episodes to this one, I think, which isn’t as long as Naruto but still pretty flipping long), so no spoilers please! 🙂 I’ve been watching this one in Japanese with subs because I can.

My sister found out about Ouran High School Host Club from a friend, and practically forced me to watch it with her. It sounded incredibly stupid the way she explained it, but it turned out to be pretty good. It’s also much shorter than the other two, at just 26 episodes altogether.

I found out about RWBY (pronounced ruby), an american made indie anime, from a blog post (which shall be linked to below), and it was awesome. I’m not quite sure if/when the third volume comes out (volume two made it seem like there was going to be a third volume, but I haven’t heard anything announced about a release date).

I’ve only seen about seven episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, but what I have seen was delightfully ridiculous. There doesn’t really seem to be a coherent story line thus far, but seven episodes isn’t always long enough to tell.

Things I Read

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I read less books than I’d hoped this month, mostly because I kept forgetting to order books in from the library.

I ‘ve wanted to read The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet for a while, so when it was free for a few days I had to get it. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this is the first YA contemporary I’ve read. (Wait… She is Not Invisible was YA, wasn’t it? Although… the writing felt pretty Middle Grade, so maybe not?) Anyway. it was very sweet (pun not intended) and enjoyable. I especially loved the writing bits.

I bought Snow Like Ashes knowing practically nothing about it other than it was high fantasy and every one I know who read it thought it was amazing. And sure enough, it was amazing. Kind of hard to put my thoughts on it into a few sentences.

I’m moving into the end of both the Percy Jackson books/Heroes of Olympus and Gallagher Girls. I remember when I read I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You for the first time and thought the books would be a series of light, fluffy, mostly unrelated stories. I was wrong. Also, the dedication in The House of Hades was hilarious.

I also started reading a web comic called Stand Still, Stay Silent, and it’s unique, Scandinavian (!), somewhat horrific, and over all amazing.

On the Blog

Look, I posted six times this month (the sixth being to announce the winner of the giveaway)! Much better than the usual two or three.

The weirdest search term used to find this blog was:

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Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

San Diego Comic Con happened, and it was a glorious week for fandoms everywhere. (No I did not go because a) it’s too expensive and b) flight tickets to San Diego from England are also too expensive) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic got a new song reveal and a teaser for the season finale. Unfortunately it also went on a mid-season hiatus till September, when the next Equestria Girls movie comes out.

Steven Universe got an extended theme song thing. Later in the month we got Steven Bomb 3 (which is a week with a new episode every day) and it gave me so many feelings.

Gravity Falls started up again with an episode containing so much backstory the fandom probably exploded. (I don’t keep up with the Gravity Falls fandom so I don’t know for sure)

I’m sure the other fandoms did stuff that week too but I wasn’t paying attention so I don’t know what they did.

Ant Man came out, which I haven’t seen yet. Apparently it’s very funny. (this is from the one person I know who’s seen it)

Inside Out was also released in the UK, which I haven’t seen either. According to my one friend who saw it the other day, it’s amazing.

On Other Blogs:

Next Month

I’m going down to Surrey next week, and at the end of the month one of my friends from down South is coming up for a visit 😀

More Gravity Falls coming up on the 3rd, and more Steven Universe on the 6th.

I’m pretty sure my brother comes back from Europe next month.

Phew! That took a long time to write. What did you do in July? Have anything fun planned for August? Have you read/watched any of the things I did this month?

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