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A Month In Review: September 2016

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Well, school is back. So things have been very busy for the last month. I haven’t had as much time for art recently, but I still got several pieces done that I’m really happy with. I did some palette requests on Tumblr, which was fun, and I got all the Blue Team redesigns done and redrew the height chart! I also started an Ask Blog for the characters so I can work on character development/consistency. You can find it here and leave questions if you like!

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We watched several things this month. My sister’s friend came round fairly early in the month and as usual she brought her Studio Ghibli collection. This time we watched Laputa: Castle in the Sky. It was good, with a lot of cool animation and stuff. Not my one of my favourite Ghibli films, but still a lot of fun and worth watching.

We borrowed Batman Begins from our neighbors and watched that. I’ve never watched a Batman film before so that was fun. It was good, and quite Batman-y.

My sister got Iron Man for her birthday, so we finally watched that! It was great.

We also started watching the tv series, Victoria, which is about Queen Victoria (if that wasn’t obvious). It’s very interesting and well made.

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This section isn’t going to be a permanent fixture, but I played enough games this month I thought it was worth giving it it’s own section. After drawing fan art I succumbed to playing Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, since we own it and there was a free save slot. I haven’t played strategy games in a while so that was pretty fun. It’s pretty hard too though.

I got a new phone this month! And I can play games on it 😀 (what do you mean that’s not very important). Most importantly Pokemon Go. Woo! It’s fun. And also makes walking fun. So that’s good. Yay for exercise (and Pokemon)

I also got the Love Live School Idol Festival game. It’s a lot of fun. My sister has it too so we can nerd over it together.

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I finished the Ascendance Trilogy, which I started a long while ago. It was good!

I also finally got round to reading The Hidden Oracle, (which I finished literally like a week before book two was released :P). It was a lot of fun. Lots of good Rick Riordan-ishness.

I didn’t write any blog posts this month.

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Fandom Stuff:

We got some more episodes of Steven Universe. Then it went on hiatus again. But at least we have some shorts to look forwards to!

Moana got yet another trailer.

RWBY got a character short! It’s amazing. So much hype for season 4

Other Internet Stuff:

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Wow, there is so much stuff I’m hyped for in October!

RWBY Volume 4 begins on the 22nd! The character short released recently has me super excited for that!

Haikyuu!! Season 3 Begins!

The final Ruby Redfort book comes out! Hopefully it’ll be good!

There’s Halloween as well of course.

My Little Pony Season 6 ends! I haven’t been all that impressed with this season so far, but from what people have said about the leaked first part the finale will be amazing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in September! Have you watched, read or played any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in October? Hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: March 2016

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I had been planning on posting this yesterday, but then I decided posting anything on April Fool’s Day might not be such a great idea. So here we are. Once again, I didn’t blog at all this month. But I am determined not to let that happen again in April!

Happy Easter every one, by the way! (It totally still counts as being Easter) Hope you all had a nice time whether you celebrate or not. Now! On to what I’ve been up to this month!

I went to my first con this month! 😀 I went to Raicon in Glasgow with my dad and my sister. It was a relatively small anime con, and wow it was fantastic. My older brother came for part of the time too which was awesome. There were a ton of epic cosplays, and I got some absolutely gorgeous Studio Ghibli prints from Crafty Marten. I hope we can go again next year 😀

We also have Easter holidays now, which has been fun.

I did a ton of art this month, including a really big piece which was really fun.

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Things I Watched

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I discovered Miraculous Ladybug this month. It’s absolutely fantastic and certainly deserves the hype it’s been getting all over the internet. I also met quite a lot of new people through it, which was nice.

I watched Patema Inverted with my siblings on a whim, after seeing cool gifs on the internet. (that’s literally what happened). Holy mother of cheese, that movie was incredible. Super confusing, but incredible and thought provoking and absolutely gorgeous. Just go watch it already.

On Monday we went to see Zootopia in the cinema, and it was even better than I thought it would be. Disney’s animated movies just seem to be getting better and better. Another one you should watch as soon as possible.

Anime wise, loads of the series we’ve been watching finished this month. Prince of Stride came to a slightly rushed yet satisfying conclusion. Season two of Akagami no Shirayuki-hime ended and there was so. much. cuteness. Fairy Tail 2014 came to an end after two episodes of the Avatar arc after Fairy Tail Zero. The ending was so perfect it made me cry. Lastly, season two of Haikyuu!! ended rather openly. I’m looking forwards to season 3, which comes out some time this Autumn. That anime makes me so happy 😀

Things I Read

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Once again I didn’t read much this month. I really need some suggestions for books to try. I continued reading Rave Master, which continues to be interesting and enjoyable. I’m almost finished reading the Sherlock Holmes series. It’s a bit of a pain trying to find the last book. I also read the third Heist Society book, Perfect Scoundrels. It was pretty different from the first two, and I’m not quite sure whether it’s the last book or not.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

The Fairy Tail anime came to an end (again). It’s been announced that they’re working on a new project headed by Mashima himself, but nothing’s been announced about exactly what the project is.

Season 6 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic began with a relatively underwhelming two part opener.

Next Month

Captain America: Civil War comes out in the UK! Super excited for that.

Camp NaNoWriMo begins. I won’t be joining in but I hope those of you who are have a great time.

Akumasona/Miracusona Week One will be happening from the 20th to the 25th. Both me and my sister will be participating.

I’m hoping to start doing character interviews here! Basically all you lovely people (and probably some people from other sites as well) ask my characters questions and they answer them in an interview style post. Let me know if that’s something you would be interested in seeing.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to! How was your March? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month, and is there anything you think I should try? Have you ever been to a con? And would you be interested in seeing character interviews? I hope you all have a great April!

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A Month In Review: February 2016

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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: 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

Books read Nov. 2015

(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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NaNoWriMo: End of Week One and Writing Music

Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo is over! My current word count is 10,737 words, so I have 39,263 words left. It’s been going much better than last year, but I still have a long way to go! I’ve done my first ever word crawl this year. (a Legend Of Korra themed one, which you can find here) You can find my NaNoWriMo profile here if you’re interested. But the main thing I’m posting about today is Writing Music. You may remember I did a post about this back in January. I listen to almost any kind of music, preferably without lyrics since they distract me, while I’m writing, and here are some of my favourites (this is going to be relatively brief because I don’t have a ton of time):

Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis is a violinist, a little like Lindsey Stirling in my last post, though she does have a different style. Her music is epic, and I especially like her anime covers.

Marvel Soundtracks

Pretty much every Marvel movie I’ve seen has had a fantastic soundtrack, and they’re really great for writing. (so epic and inspirational) Some of my favourites are the soundtracks for The Winter Soldier, Thor The Dark World and X-Men First Class.

Anime Music

Anime often have seriously epic soundtracks, and the battle soundtracks are usually great for writing. Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online have some especially good soundtracks, and there’s one piece from Noragami I can’t get enough of for some reason. Probably because of the memories of epicness that come with it (see above – it’s the piece that plays during the final battle and that scene was amazing)

RWBY Score

I guess this kind of goes in the Anime section, but some people would argue it’s not technically an anime, and besides it’s so awesome I wanted to give it it’s own section. RWBY’s soundtrack is as good as it’s fight scenes (read: crazy awesome), and again it’s really great to write to. (just to warn you, there are some minor spoilers for volume two in the video above if you watch it. Just listening to it is fine though)

Honorable Mentions:

Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra; Pirates of the Caribbean; the Narnia soundtracks; and the Sherlock Holmes movie soundtracks.

I’ve taken the time to compile a playlist of all my favourite pieces from the above mentioned soundtracks and many more for NaNoWriMo, which you can find here. I also have a playlist of the full versions of many of my favourite soundtracks here.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how has it been going for you? Is any of your favourite writing music here? Any music you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: October 2015

A Month in Review - Oct. 2015

I didn’t really blog at all in October. I had been planning on a couple of posts but I ended up being too busy. So what have I been doing this month? Well let’s see.

We went down to Surrey for Halloween like we usually do. I ended up spending most of that time reading manga for various reasons. During the drive down we discovered that Studio Ghibli films are fantastic for spending long car journeys.

There’s also been college, though only a few hours a week. Not much to report on that front. What’s really been keeping me busy is art and getting ready for NaNoWriMo.

So art wise, this month there’s been a thing on Tumblr called OC October, where you draw one of your OCs every day in October and post them online, which I’ve been doing. You can find all my posts here. I came third place in a fan art contest held by Looji on DeviantArt, and as a prize she drew Gwen for me:

My favourite artist on DeviantArt drew one of my OCs! I think I almost died fangirling 😀

Speaking of Looji, she’s founded a group where people can make ocs for her world, Gelea, so I made a character for that and it was a lot of fun.

I also made a height chart for some of my characters from one of my projects (not a book exactly – I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I’d love to turn it into a webcomic some time but I’ve got a lot of work to do before I’m ready for something that big) As usual, here’s the best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo, which didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I feel much more prepared than last year.

Things I Watched

First we continued the Marvel movie spree with The Amazing Spider-Man, which was really good. I haven’t seen the original trilogy, so I have no idea how it compares to those movies XD Then at the end of the month we watched the sequel, which was also good, though I feel like there was slightly too much going on at the end. (only one more movie to go before I’m completely ready for Civil War!)

Then, while we were down in Surrey we watched Jurassic World. Again, I haven’t seen the original trilogy, and I feel like there were a few ‘nerd moments’ as my dad calls them that I missed out on because of that. Nevertheless, it was pretty good.

Anime wise, I managed to watch no less than five different anime this month, as well as the new episodes of Fairy Tail and RWBY and a bit more Naruto. First I watched my first contemporary anime since OHSHC, Toradora!, and it was fantastic and adorable. I’ll definitely be re-watching it several times.

Then I watched Noragami, and wow. That was probably the best anime I have seen so far. It was darker than I thought it would be, and it can be fairly bloody at times, but it was truly fantastic. I actually watched it twice, once by myself and again with my sister, who also loved it. Also that finale. I think I watched it like three times altogether XD The sequel series started this month and it’s been fantastic too so far (maybe even better than the first season).

A Certain Scientific Railgun was the first anime I discovered myself, rather than have a friend or my sister suggest it. It’s actually a spin off series of another anime, A Certain Magical Index, which I haven’t seen because I can only find it in terrible quality, but you don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this one. (there are a fair amount of references to the original though, as well as having some of the same characters) It’s a fun, creative and interesting science fantasy with, which I’d recommend. (if you do watch it, skip episode two. It’s pretty much completely pointless and considerably more inappropriate than anything else in the series)

Sword Art Online was another one my sister recommended. It’s really good, though I liked the first half a lot more than the second half.

Lastly I watched Your Lie in April, and it was wonderful. It’s about music, but also about living life to the fullest and how the way you live your life can effect the lives of others. It also gave me all the emotions, which I always love. You probably want to have some tissues handy if you watch it.

Things I Read

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This month I only read one new book, Champion. To be honest I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two books in the seires. I think it was an interesting and original way to end the series, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

I am, however, re reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series in preparation for Winter coming out next month. I’ve read the first three (chronologically speaking) and it’s just Cress to go.

I also started reading the Fairy Tail Manga because I can. The anime sticks very closely to the manga so there isn’t much difference plot wise, but it’s really interesting to get the same story in a different medium. I’ve also been reading the Fruits Basket manga because the anime only has the first half or so.

Nothing happened on the blog this month, though I’ve apparently had visitors from Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei so that’s interesting, and apparently the search term ‘anime girl books’ frequently leads to my blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

There’s been more My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and we’ve had some exciting stuff going on, including the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally getting their cutie marks after four and a half seasons of crusading, and the official reveal that Shining Armor and Cadence will in fact be having a baby.

Steven Univese had some more Peridot episodes, then went on hiatus with the rest of Cartoon Network for the rest of the year.

In Gravity Falls we just had the literal apocalypse, and it looks like the show might be coming to an end soon.

RWBY began Volume Three, and despite people’s concerns, it hasn’t dropped in quality and in fact has even risen in quality in some respects (most noticeably the animation).

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

NaNoWriMo begins! I will be participating so there won’t be much blog activity, though I do plan to do another writing music post like I did last year, and I have an award I need to do.

Cartoon Network might be on hiatus, but My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and RWBY still have new episodes to look forwards to.

So that’s what I’ve been doing all this time I disappeared from my blog. Did you do anything fun in October, and did you have a good Halloween if you celebrate it? Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and/or do you have anything else planned? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try? I hope you all have a great November! 😀

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A Month in Review: August 2015

A Month in Review - Aug. 2015

Once again, I didn’t get to post half the stuff I wanted to in August. A lot more stuff happened than I’d expected. Hopefully I’ll be posting a lot more this month. So, what have I been doing? Let’s take a look.

We had holidays for the whole month (yay!). The first week we went down to Surrey, which was kind of boring mostly, at least for me who only really had one friend I actually wanted to see. A lot of time was spent watching Fairy Tail when I could get the internet to work.

Our grandparents came to visit for a couple of weeks, the neighbors went away for a while so we looked after their dog, and my siblings had a lot of sleepovers. My best friend came up to visit, which was a lot of fun.

Art wise, I’ve gotten a lot better with Paint Tool SAI, and I’ve nearly finished drawing all the characters for my MLP NextGen. I also designed a new icon for myself on everything, which you can read more about here. I also redesigned Gwen’s appearance almost completely, and made an info sheet for how fairies work in Wolf Cry. You can find all the Wolf Cry related stuff (as well as my pony OCs) here. The best of my art this week:

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Writing wise, I’m nearly ready to start writing again, so hopefully I’ll be able to start some time this September.

Things I Watched

I watched Ocean’s Eleven while we were down in Surrey because it was pretty much the only movie worth watching we could find. It was awesome. I’m starting to think I really like heist-type stuff.

While we were in Surrey we also got to see Inside Out in the cinema and it was both creative and adorable. It seemed to drag on for a bit in the second half though.

My friend brought Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol up with her so we watched that last weekend. It was very good, even without having seen any of the previous films beforehand.

I watched Sherlock Holmes last night, and it was rather dark and very awesome.

(hey look I summed up every film in a couple of sentences instead of rambling this time. Not sure if that counts as good or bad. All of the above are worth watching, by the way)

We also watched bits of a few different animes, and we’ve very nearly caught up to Fairy Tail, which has continued to become even more amazing.

Things I Read

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Once again I kept forgetting to order new books into the library, so I only read three real books altogether in August. I’ve read 51 books altogether this year so far, meaning I’ve completed the reading challenge I set myself! I might extend it to 75 books.

I got A Wish Made of Glass for free in return for an honest review, and I really liked some parts and liked other parts less.

I borrowed Legend from the library on a whim, and it was very good.

I’ve finally reached the end of the Percy Jackson books with The Blood of Olympus. It was a satisfying end to the series, and I’ll probably re read all the books some time. In the mean time I’m looking forwards to the start of a new Riordan series in October, this time featuring Norse Mythology.

On the Blog

As I said, I didn’t post much this month. I did manage to write my first ever review, for A Wish Made of Glass. I also participated in Top Ten Tuesday, this time with the authors I’ve read the most books from.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Steven Universe went on an unexpected month long hiatus, for ‘boring production reasons’ (that’s literally the reason they gave)

Gravity Falls has had a couple of new episodes, and a hint that Bill Cipher will return in the near future.

RWBY volume three is in production! (this actually happened a couple of months ago but I didn’t find out till recently so I’m including it anyway)

On Other Blogs:

Lastly, I’m on Tumblr now, so you can find me here.

Next Month

The Summer Holidays end next week (I think).

both My Little Pony and Steven Universe come back next month, and there’s more Gravity Falls on the way.

Also I think I’m starting College some time in September, but we’re not quite sure when yet.

Hey look I managed to mostly avoid rambling this time! What did you do in August? Are you looking forwards to the coming month, or not so much? Have you read/seen any of the things I did this last 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

books read in July

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:

images of shelf in room to keep teddy and books

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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