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30 Days Of: Anime, Days 5 and 6

Day 5: An anime you’re ashamed you enjoy

Sorry to be super boring, but there’s nothing I’m really ashamed about. I made it a point to not be ashamed about anything I enjoy after spending much of my teenage years feeling the same.

Day 6: Character you would like to cosplay

Oh boy…. that’s kind of a loaded question. I have so many cosplay plans from anime. I want to cosplay from every Ghibli movie, for a start. So far I’ve only done Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, so I’ve got a long way to go on that.

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Other cosplans that I had for this year were Pixie-Bob from Boku No Hero Academia, Ray from The Promised Neverland, and Izumi from Love Stage, but who knows if I’m going to be able to leave the house this year to be able to do them!

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 4

Day 4: Which character(s) would you want as a best friend?

After much deliberation, my chosen anime bestie is Tachibana Makoto from Free!. Makoto proves time and time again over the course of all Free! series that he’s the sweetest, kindest, and most genuinely caring out of all of the Free! boys, and in fact probably in any anime I’ve watched. He clearly loves his friends, and as the designated mum friend is always making sure Haru remains a semi-normal functioning human.

He’s also got backstroke for days.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 3

Day 3: Favourite Anime OP

I was wracking my brain over this one and even enlisted the help of Chelsie (whose blog you should check out here!), and somehow this theme completed evaded us until it came to me in a flash of inspiration, and it was so obvious once I thought of it.

The answer for the greatest anime OP of all time is of course the Ouran High School Host Club OP. Ouran is actually one of the few anime I’ve watched the dub of, so I’ve gone for the dubbed OP, but the Japanese version slaps too!

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Review: My Hero One’s Justice 2

My Hero One’s Justice 2 is the second fighting game based on My Hero Academia, arguably one of the most popular anime in the world. As its title suggests, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is the follow-up to 2018’s equally awkwardly titled My Hero One’s Justice — and it’s every bit as bland as its predecessor.

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My Hero One’s Justice 2 boasts a lot of different modes, each of which is enjoyable in its own right, if not a bit repetitive at times. Story mode focuses on retelling recent events from the anime, centring on the Provisional Hero License Exam and Shie Hassaikai arcs. This does feel somewhat like a double-edged sword; on the one hand it’s really cool to be reliving those moments and taking part in some truly iconic battles, but on the other hand, it all feels so recent — it would have been nice to experience some original content. Story mode does offer this to an extent, giving the option to replay it as a villain to get another perspective on the story, but still, it all feels like you’re retreading very familiar ground.

Read the rest of my review on Push Square.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 2

When’s the perfect time to revive a dead feature? Social isolation! In an ideal world I’d kick back off on the second day of the month so each new theme starts in a brand new month, but if I keep thinking like that, I’ll never get these posted! I think I might try and double up on some posts and make that a goal for the start of April!

Day 2: Most recent completed anime

As is customary for the start of any new anime season, at the start of the winter season, I took on far too many seasonal shows. I’ve ended up dropping a fair few (and one was put on indefinite hiatus, boo!), but a few have remained. The first to finish was Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It. 

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The premise of the show is that two ‘science types’ confess their love for each other, but then set about proving their love by completing a series of experiments. It’s a really funny show, and really light-hearted. I’ll try and get a proper review up soon, but to cut the mystery, I gave it a 7 on MAL, which is pretty decent!

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February purchases

Considering in February I was doing my best to curb my spending for my upcoming Japan trip (more on that later…), I was surprised at how much stuff there was for this post!

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I was very kindly given the light novel of I Want To Eat Your Pancreas for Christmas, but after discussing with a few people, I’ve held off on reading it until I could watch the film. Happily, I haven’t had to wait too long as the film was released on DVD and blu-ray in February, though I’ve still not watched it. I have a feeling the cover is deceptive, as everyone I know who has seen it has told me I’m definitely going to cry, and to make sure I have tissues at the ready.

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Octopath Traveler was one of the reasons I wanted a Nintendo Switch in the first place. I was really drawn in by the art style of the game, and I heard so many great things about it so when I got my Switch for Christmas, I was frantically searching for a decently priced copy. What is up with Nintendo game prices never dropping?! I eventually saw that a mutual on Instagram was selling their copy for a reasonable price, so I snapped it right up! I’ve not got round to playing it yet – RIP backlog – but I’m really happy to own it!

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These Witches Don’t Burn has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while, so as a payday treat I bought it for myself. I can’t even remember what drew me to it but I’m very much a book cover person, and I liked the art style of the images on the cover, so it’s probably that. I’ve not started it yet, so I can’t tell you what it’s about!

 

 

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A month can’t go by without me buying BL, and so I bought volume 2 of Candy Color Paradox. It’s a really enjoyable story, about a journalist who has to work with a photographer he doesn’t like. It’s somewhat predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless!

 

 

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Yet more manga, this time Go For It, Nakamura! This manga is about a high school boy, Nakamura, who is in love with one of his male classmates. It’s really cute, and Nakamura is such a funny character who just can’t seem to get it together to talk to his crush. I really recommend it if you’re looking for something funny!

 

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I played and enjoyed the first Ni No Kuni game when it was out on PS3, but I got stuck at a particular bit and then never went back to it. After falling completely in love with Ni No Kuni 2, I decided to get the remastered PS4 version of the first game, so I can go back and finally finish it!

 

 

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I also bought the final volume of Our Dreams at Dusk, a really lovely LGBTQ+ manga. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I thoroughly recommed this manga, it’s really beautiful and well-done.

 

 

 

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Rounding off my March purchases with yet more manga, I bought the latest two volumes of Haikyu!! (though I’ve stupidly photographed them so you can barely see one, trust me, it’s there!). Haikyu! is my all-time favourite, so it’s nice to have an uptodate collection!

 

 

 

 

There’s not as much variety in items this month, and it seems like there’s a lot of books and games in comparison to January’s purchases, but I was holding off on buying anime merchandise because I was going to Japan. Unsurprisingly with the COVID-19 situation the way it is, we have very sadly had to cancel our trip. We’re both obviously devastated, but we will get to go another time. I had a little irrational spending spree to make myself feel better, which sort of worked, so March’s post will probably be quite lengthy!

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2020 Challenges: February Recap

Where January was a relatively poor month for the challenges, I feel like February was surprisingly productive for a (slightly) shorter month. House moving and new job stress had subsided, and we were in full decorating swing, but even so, I managed to get a dent in almost all of my challenge areas.

Watch 40 anime

February end total: 4

I actually only managed to get one show finished in February; Bungo Stray Dogs’ third season. I have been watching a lot of seasonal shows, so once they all finish, this figure is going to jump right up.

Watch 40 movies in the cinema

February end total: 5

I had a day where I saw three movies in the cinema; Sonic the Hedgehog, Birds of Prey, and Parasite. I then saw 1917 the next day. It’s hard for me to get to the cinema in the week, but this method of having a day just dedicated to the cinema seemed to work for me, and I’ll probably do it again.

I also saw My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was awesome! I’m going to try and review some of the films I saw, even though we’re a bit past the point now.

Platinum 20 games

February end total: 1

There is a platinum review forthcoming for this, but in February I got it in to my head that I wanted to clear up some games, and I sat and forced my way to the platinum for The Sims 4. It has well and truly sucked any joy I still had for the series, and I would quite happily never play another Sims game again, but I did it!

Read 15 books

February end total: 0

I still haven’t unpacked all of my books from moving, so this total is pretty poor (but kind of justifiable!). I have read a lot of manga, but I’m not counting those!

Finish 100 best movies

February end total: 2

Technically, my total for this is 2, but that’s only because I had watched them last year. Like my books, my DVDs are still packed (as is the poster!), so I’m going to work through them once I’m fully unpacked!