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Unboxing: June KawaiiBox

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Until this box arrived, I had entirely forgotten that I’d bought a KawaiiBox subscription for June. This was my first KawaiiBox, and the theme was ‘Kawaii Summer Picnic’! I was a little apprehensive when it arrived, as the box was quite small – but, the best things come in small packages as they say, and I was proven wrong to be so concerned! When I opened it, I was immediately happy as it was presented really nicely (it doesn’t take much to impress me, it turns out), with tissue paper and a cute pamphlet.

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My first item was this super cute bento box! I’m getting quite the collection of bento boxes now, but they’re always handy. In normal times I use them to take breakfast, lunch and snacks to work, but at the moment they’re just in the cupboard waiting to be used!

 

 

Next up was these chopsticks in my signature colour, pink! Luckily, I’m pretty adept with chopsticks these days, so I’ll be using them to show off when I have takeout!

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Keeping on the food theme, in the box there was also these Little Twin Stars onigiri covers. I’ve not made any Japanese food at home before, but getting these has inspired me to try!

 

 

 

There was also some cute stationary in the box! Some paper sticky tabs, which I’m sure will come in handy at some point, these sorts of things always do! The stickers I’m going to save for when I make my next scrapbook, whenever that will be! I’m thinking of taking a leaf out of Chelsie’s (scrap)book and making one for my next holiday, whenever that will be! The next item was a pen, with a cute moon on the end! It’s a really cool pen, and nice to write with, so that’s a bonus!

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We got sweeties in our boxes too! These were peach flavour, which is one of my favourite flavours, but unfortunately, I couldn’t eat them as they contained gelatine, so I gave them to my parents to share. Their verdict was “weird”, I think in so far as the texture, rather than the flavour.

 

 

Finally, the loot box Gods smiled on me, and I got a plushie of my favourite Sanrio character, Pompompurin! He’s so cute and fluffy!

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I was really happy with my KawaiiBox! For a purchase I’d totally forgotten about, there were a lot of really cool items which I’m happy to own! Especially the Pompompurin plushie!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 22 – 25

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I don’t even have a medical emergency I can blame the delay in posts on, I’m just lazy.

Day 22: Your favourite classic movie

I haven’t seen many classic movies, so this one is a little bit tricky, but I’ll say It’s A Wonderful Life, for those Christmas feels.

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Day 23: Movie with the best soundtrack

Who would have predicted me talking about Popstar yet again, but the soundtrack to it is incredible. Every song is gold, and if you like The Lonely Island as much as I do, then you’ll obviously love it.

Day 24: Your least favourite movie

In recent years, it’s mother!. I sat in the cinema for that film and I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time, and frankly, it just gave me a headache.

Day 25: Your guilty pleasure movie

I’ve spoken a lot about not feeling guilty about liking things, and I stand by that, but what does make me feel guilty is when I rewatch something a lot rather than watching something new or something in my collection that hasn’t been watched yet.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 21

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Day 21: A movie no-one would expect you to love

Before sports anime came into my life, there was a sports movie I was pretty into; Moneyball. I couldn’t tell you much about it now, other than Brad Pitt manages a baseball team and Jonah Hill is there, but at the time I was super into Moneyball. I even tried reading the book, but it turns out when you know nothing about baseball, it’s much easier to get the gist from a film rather than a super in depth book about it.

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 16 – 20

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Due to some health issues and some problems with technology, I’ve missed out on 30 Days Of a few times this week, so here’s this catch up post.

Day 16: Who is your favourite actor?

I’ll have to go with Paul Rudd for this one. He’s exceptionally versatile, and a lot of his movies are some of my favourites. He can obviously do comedy really well, but he’s also a really great dramatic actor too!

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Day 17: Who is your favourite actress?

For as long as I can remember I have loved Keira Knightly. I don’t particularly have any strong feelings for period dramas, but I will watch them if she’s in them. I don’t even know why I love her so much, I just do.

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Day 18: What is the most overrated movie?

So, since it came out, I really don’t see the hype behind The Dark Knight. I think it’s okay, sure, but is it the best movie in the Nolan Batman trilogy? No, that’s Batman Begins. People get so agitated when I say I don’t like it that much, but I just think it’s pretty alright.

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Day 19: What is the most underrated movie? 

I really don’t see enough appreciation for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It’s genuinely a hilarious film, and the soundtrack is amazing. I have a few close friends who love it, but outside of them I haven’t really heard of anyone else having seen it, which is a shame because it’s one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen.

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Day 20: Who is your favourite character from a movie?

Oh wow, this is a tough question. In a general ‘this character is really fun’ way, it’s probably Marty McFly. The Back to the Future films probably aren’t deep enough to have any properly meaningful character development, but Marty is a really fun character anyway!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 14 and 15

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Day 14: Your favourite animated movie

Guess which dumb-dumb got the prompts for day 13 and 14 mixed up? Yes, me.

Anyway. Favourite animated movie is a hard question for someone like me who likes to watch a lot of animated movies! I’ll pick my favourite Western animated movie as I think I’ll be here all day if I have to deliberate between my favourite anime movies.

My pick for my favourite animated film goes to Kubo And The Two Strings, a film which I am extremely fond of. It’s stop motion, but… that counts, right? If you haven’t seen it I would urge you to do so, it’s so wonderful and has a great story.

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Day 15: The best movie you saw last year

Chelsie and I went to Scotland Loves Anime, an anime film festival, in October last year. It was there that I saw my favourite film of the year, Ride Your Wave. I cannot wait to see it again, but to me it was the perfect mix of drama, comedy and action, and was just perfect. The characters were great, and I really like the art style.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 13

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Day 13: The first movie you saw at the cinema

I’ve mentioned my childhood obsession with dinosaurs, and that led to me wanting to see Jurassic Park in the cinema, and for some reason, even though I was only 4 at the time, my mother took me. I don’t remember being scared, so it’s probably the bravest I’ve ever been, as we all know I’m a huge wimp now.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 12

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Day 12: Your favourite movie when you were a teenager

I had absolutely shocking taste when I was a teenager, so unfortunately, my favourite movie would probably be something like The Hot Chick, which is as good as the picture below makes it seem.

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I also, for some reason, really loved all those parody movies that were really popular, so something like Not Another Teen Movie would also have been really high up on my list of favourite films.

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May Purchases

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I know I said March was sad-time spending month, but honestly, it had nothing on May. Even sitting down to take the photos for this post, I couldn’t quite believe how much stuff there was. I guess I’m really seeing the benefit of not going out or having to pay for my commute to work in an increase in expendable income.

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I’ll start with the cutest of my purchases this month – three omanjuu of Akaashi, Bokuto and Yamaguchi from Haikyuu!!, and a small Bokuto plushie. I’ve banged on enough times about how much I love Haikyuu!!, and Bokuto and Akaashi are my two favourite characters, and I’ve mentioned previously that Yamaguchi is the character I most relate to in Haikyuu!!. I got these cuties from a shop called YYKawaii, which is where I get the majority of my anime merchandise from and I cannot recommend highly enough. They have really amazing customer service, and though they do sell through their website, their instagram is where most sales happen, so check that out if you want legitimate imported goodies from Japan.

Next up, I bought some books that aren’t manga! I really, really love The Hunger Games, so when this new novel came out, I had to get it. I’ve yet to read it, but I really like the concept of a prequel to find out about life in other districts before Katniss’ story, so hopefully it’s enjoyable. Off the back of the Percy Jackson Disney + series announcement, a lot of people were talking about how great the books are, and though they’ve always been on my radar, I’ve never got round to reading them. I found a great deal online, so I bought the full series to read (hopefully) before the series comes out!

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Surprise surprise, I also bought a bunch of blu-rays for my anime collection. Pictured here are the films I bought; My Neighbours The Yamadas and Ocean Waves for my Studio Ghibli collection, and Napping Princess just because!

 

 

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Finally, to cap off the month, I also bought some series on blu-ray. I’ve come to realise it’s important to watch things on streaming services when they are available, before they get taken off. Soul Eater and Seraph of the End were both on Netflix, and have now been taken off, so this was the only way for me to watch legally. I’m happy to own both as a lot of people have told me how great Soul Eater is, and these Seraph collectors editions are the nicest collectors editions I have ever seen, so make for great additions.

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Though I’ve watched it, Terror in Resonance also falls under the same category of no longer on Netflix. I loved the anime so much, I just had to buy it.

I also sprung for Rascal Dose Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. It’s not one I’ve watched before, but I’ve heard good things and wanted to treat myself!

 

That wraps up the post for this month! I am determined to have a much more frugal June than I did May, so we’ll see how that goes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My time with Animal Crossing

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When Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched back on March 20th 2020, the world was in the throes of a crisis. I’m sure I don’t need to relay the facts to you, but for context, here in the UK we went into government sanctioned lockdown on March 23rd – due to health implications, my own lockdown began on March 17th.

I had no intentions of buying ACNH, but a combination of getting caught up in the hype and wanting something to fill my lockdown time really appealed, so I bought it. My current play time sits at around 160 hours, and with the game having been out for 75 days (at time of writing). Whilst it sounds a lot, that actually only equates to an average of just over 2 hours per day, nothing in comparison to some players I’m sure.

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Initially, I really enjoyed playing ACNH. I loved meeting new villagers, building up my library, extending my house, all the things that are exciting and fresh once you start playing. Online there have been some people saying that ACNH doesn’t have enough to sustain it. Back over Easter, there was a lot said about the eggs that could be found throughout the game being too frequent and getting in the way of normal play. All of this is a stark reminder that the lockdown changed things. This isn’t a game that was designed to be played for 8 hours a day, we were supposed to be a lot more casual in our playing. I think now, some 75 days on, this is where I’m at with ACNH. I’m finally putting in the 1-2 hours a day playtime that the game developers probably had in mind when they made it. 

Once I’d met the goal of having KK Slider perform on my island, terraforming brought with it it’s own anxieties. Where the game had been reasonably relaxing knowing I had no control over the environment other than decoration, being given carte blanche to tear down cliffs and stick water wherever I wanted was pretty overwhelming.

There’s been a lot of discourse on Twitter about not comparing yourself to other players, but in an age where everything is easily shared, it’s hard not to. I’ll admit I got myself trapped in a cycle of seeing things online and realising I would never come up with anything that creative for my own island, and found that any joy I’d got from ACNH had left, replaced by fear. What I was scared of I couldn’t exactly say, but I think part of it was having an image in my head that I couldn’t recreate. 

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Whilst my playtime on ACNH has reduced of late, I’m still playing a bit each day. I’ve found it helps with my daily routine. The daily ACNH tasks; collect fossils and have them assessed, check for recipes on the beach and in villager houses, all of these things keep some structure in my life which as been missing since coronavirus hit. 

I have a few areas on my island I’m looking to develop, and that I have some ideas for, but after they are done I do wonder what the game will hold for me. I feel like I’ve definitely got my money out of ACNH, 160+ hours into any game is more than reasonable, but I also feel like the end of my time with ACNH is probably in sight. 

When I started writing this piece, it was centred around how playing ACNH helped me cope with depression and anxiety during lockdown, and whilst it has, I can definitely tell that the end of the cycle is in sight. I’ll still play it, but it’ll be less of a coping mechanism for me now. 

 

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 11

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Day 11: Your favourite movie as a child

I’ve mentioned previously a love of Jurassic Park and Oliver! as a child, and really I think that those two films are synonymous of my childhood, and certainly the ones I associate with being a child the most.

Like most children, I also loved Disney movies, but I never liked the princess ones much and instead leaned more towards the action type films. My two favourites as a child were The Sword in the Stone and Robin Hood, which I have really fond memories of. One time I can remember really vividly is refusing to leave the house for a birthday party because The Sword in the Stone was on, and then hiding under the dining table crying when the ‘squirrel bit’ happened.