Recommend Me

A new feature!

To keep me constantly writing, and supplying me with plenty of content, and entertainment, I’m opening up this feature; Recommend Me. 

This is exactly what it sounds like. I’ll be taking recommendations for films, TV shows, anime, manga, books and games. I’ll only watch and read things on legal streaming services, or physical copies if I can pick it up cheaply enough! As for gaming, I’ll give anything a go. You don’t have to stick to recent things, you can go historic.

Once I’ve consumed the media, I’ll do a write-up to share my thoughts!

You can send me recommendations however you like, but I’ve set up a posting box if you’d rather do it secretly which you can find here.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 1

Day 1: Very first anime

Way back before I even knew what anime was, back when I was 11 or 12, my first was Pokémon. Pokémon was something I was pretty obsessed with in my youth, and still enjoy playing now. I haven’t watched the anime for a really long time, probably since I was about 13 or so – when I last watched it they were still in the Kanto region. I’m not certain I would watch it now. I feel like it’s a lot of time to invest into something, and Pokémon has already had enough of my time.

As an adult making a conscious decision to watch anime, the first anime I watched was Death Note. Death Note is something I should probably rewatch as I can’t really remember, but it still holds a fond place in my heart. I even cosplayed L a couple of years ago – here’s a photo of that with my friend, Chelsie,as Misa.

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30 Days Of: Anime

Whilst I get my new features off the ground, and get planning new content, I thought I’d ressurect an old feature; 30 Days Of.

If you recall, these were daily (theoretically anyway) blog posts centred around a theme. We kicked off with 30 Days Of: Gaming, and also ended there… Whoops. I do think I might revisit gaming as looking back on some of my answers, things have definitely changed.

For now, I’m going to take a stab at 30 Days Of: Anime using these prompts I found online.

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Update

Do you ever look at your bank statement and see the charges for a domain name you forgot you were paying for and realised it’s been a really long time since you wrote anything? Just me?

Life has been kind of hectic of late; new puppy, new job, moving house, so I have neglected this blog quite a bit.

I’ve also found that a lot of my hobbies are really time consuming, and writing has sort of fallen to the wayside for me a bit, which is not only annoying because I’m paying for this domain name that I’m not using, but frustrating as I do find writing to be very therapeutic and enjoyable, like most of my other creative hobbies.

I have lots of plans for the blog going forward, so it’s time to put those into motion. I’m going to be kicking off October with another 30 Days Of… so stay tuned for that!

Interview with Kondo-san, President of Nihon Falcom

If you know me, even the slightest bit, you’ll know that the Legend of Heroes series has taken over my life in recent months and has become my latest obsession. Thanks to being especially vocal about this on Twitter, and being lucky enough to work with Push Square, I was given the opportunity via Reef Entertainment to interview the president of Nihon Falcom, the series’ developer.

Read my full interview over on Push Square.

2019 Challenges: The beginning

I’m not deterred by my terrible attempt at challenges in 2018, and will be continuing the tradition with a new list for 2019. With the help of some friends, I’ve set some challenges, so here they are:

  • Watch 50 anime series
  • Platinum 25 games
  • Read 12 books
  • Watch 100 films (my parents bought me a scratch out ‘100 must see movies’ poster for Christmas so I’ll make a new post with the films on the list)
  • Watch 25 films in the cinema
  • Finish Naruto

I’ve moved some things relating to cosplay, photography and clearing my gaming backlog  (and actually updating this blog) into my ‘personal challenges’ list, as they aren’t really measurable which is what I want for this purpose.

As always, I’ll be tracking progress on Twitter using the slightly amended hashtag of #cs2019challenges. If you have a game, anime series, book or film to recommend, please let me know!

2018 Challenges: Year in recap

It’s time for that tradition where I look back on my challenges and make excuses for how poorly I’ve done! Let’s go!

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ films

1 film out of 30 is absolutely abysmal, and really sets the tone for the rest of the list, but here we are! Yes, I only watched one film from my list this year, and that was The Pianist. The plan was to also write reviews for each film I watched, but you got it, I didn’t do that either.

Watch all of Naruto

I’m especially mad at myself for this challenge, because I was really enjoying Naruto (well… both episodes I watched anyway), and then I just sort of… gave up. It’s kind of daunting knowing there are so many episodes, but you know… I will do it. I will.

Watch 30 anime series

When I look at this challenge, I’m a bit confused. All I seem to do with my life is watch anime, yet I only managed to watch 18 series. I need to up my game for next year!

Platinum 12 games

A challenge I actually managed! I really got back into the swing of trophy hunting by the end of the year, after a slow start. I ended on 14 platinums for the year, and I’m going to do better next year!

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

I didn’t manage to achieve this aim this year, as I only made one costume (Evan from Ni No Kuni 2). I’m not going to be deterred by this as I really loved it, and I learnt a lot during it. I’m not going to set a cosplay goal for next year as I want to focus on making sure I’m happy with everything I make and continuing to learn new skills.

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each one)

This was an absolutely laughable challenge. I used to go to the cinema so much, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to see three or four films a day at weekends. This year, I’ve only managed 26 movies in the cinema. And also, totally gave up on writing reviews for them. Whoops!