January purchases

As part of my blog focus for 2020, I thought it would be fun to show y’all what I waste my money on each month! I’m talking the interesting, fun stuff I buy, not my everyday boring life necessities!

So, here’s a glance at what I bought this month!

IMG_6416

For Christmas, I was bought I Hear The Sunspot: Limit 1. What I hadn’t realised when I put it on my Amazon wishlist was that it was the third volume in the I Hear The Sunspot series, and I hadn’t got the second. Naturally, I then had to buy I Hear The Sunspot: Happiness, and once I had read those two, I had to buy I Hear The Sunspot: Limit 2, obviously. It’s no secret that I’m losing my hearing, and when I bought the very first copy of this manga, I’d just found that out which is probably why I Hear The Sunspot is special to me, with one of the main characters being hearing impaired, and a lot of focus on the hearing impaired and deaf community; it just came at the right time in my life, a time when it seems I myself might be in the same boat in a matter of time. The manga is so lovely, and quite bittersweet at times, and I can’t wait for the next volume to be released.

IMG_6418

 

At the same time, I also bought The Way of the Househusband vol. 1. I’d heard it was really funny, so I thought I’d give it a go, and I do really like it. It’s about a yakuza-turned-househusband, and the manga follows him as he navigates his new life with his normal wife. It is a really good manga, and it really made me laugh, so I’ll definitely continue to buy it.

Those who know me, and have the misfortune to follow me on Twitter, know one of my absolute favourite characters in anime is Shigaraki from My Hero Academia. My Shigaraki ita-bag is coming along really nicely, so I couldn’t resist buying this Shigaraki omanjuu to eventually put in there. Sticking on theme, I also got this Shigaraki figure, and the level of detail is insane. It’s easily one of the most detailed figures I own.

IMG_6412

 

I also bought these cute items from a friend who no longer had need of them. We have here a little Ponyo plushie, and a soot sprite, which has a sucker to fix to a window or mirror. There is also a strap of Phichit from Yuri On Ice! (which I can’t find at present due to moving rooms, boo!),who is one of my favourite characters in the series (and one that I’ve cosplayed previously!).

 

IMG_6417

 

I was very lucky at Christmas, and my parents bought me a Nintendo Switch, so this month I treated myself to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which was one of the games that made me want to get a Switch in the first place. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement, any free time I have is funnelled straight into playing. I chose the Blue Lions for my first route, and I already have a few cosplay plans added!

 

Perhaps the most exciting thing I bought in January, or perhaps ever, was my dream holiday. In March, my best friend and I will be going to Japan! Excited doesn’t even begin to cover how I’m feeling, and the fact I don’t even have to wait that long is really putting the icing on the cake. At time of writing (because I’m obviously way behind with this post), it’s a little over 5 weeks until I go!

So, how did you like my first monthly purchases post? Let me know what your favourite thing in my small haul was!

2020 Challenges: January Recap

January has been a super busy month for me. I started a new job, I moved house, and subsequently since, I’ve been on decorating duty. As a result, I haven’t really made any decent headway with the challenges (I only just made a new graphic for it), and clearly things still haven’t settled down hence me only just getting to write this post.

Having said that, I did finish three anime series in January; Oresuki, Food Wars! The Fourth Plate, and Gakuen Heaven (reviews pending!), so that’s not a completely terrible start to the year. That is where my progress begings and ends, sadly, but February is already looking much better in terms of progress!

2020 Challenges: The Beginning

Here we are at the start of a new year, and a new decade, which means it’s time for me to set myself some challenges I’ll inevitably forget about and end up panicking over come mid-July.

I’ve learnt nothing from 2018 or 2019’s attempts, so here are my rather lofty goals for next year:

  • Watch 40 anime
  • Watch 40 movies in the cinema
  • Platinum 20 games
  • Read 15 books
  • Finish ‘100 best movies’ (currently I’m sitting at 2 completed…)
  • Finish Naruto

As always, you can follow my progress on Twitter, where I’ll be using this year’s hashtag – #cs2020challenges.

If you think there’s a challenge I should be doing, feel free to suggest some!

2019 Best Boys (and Girls)

Whilst tracking my completed anime this year, I also kept a log of who my best boys (and sometimes girls) were in each series. Y’know… for science.

1. Zack – Angels of Death

D0k5l-KWwAASH5I

2. Ray – The Promised Neverland

D3lEYtAW0AA4r5M

3. Miku – Quintessential Quintuplets

D3lFM4CX4AIiac1

4. Greedling – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

D_CI0KiXkAAT2FG

5. Levi – Attack on Titan

D_HX_RKW4AA3Efn

6. n/a – One Punch Man

7. Suzui – Kakeguruixx

EArUvsrVAAAPBk4

8. L’Arc – The Rising of the Shield Hero

EBXsL_BXsAEjZqH.jpeg

9. Mikorin – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

EBxWTLaXsAYoPcb

10. Kousei – Your Lie In April

ECW1-eJXkAEop6Z.jpeg

11. Ryouma – Love Stage

ED5iDLGXYAAzTjR.jpeg

12. Isshiki Satoshi – Food Wars!

ED9zq7ZXUAIkix4

13. Hiro – Junjou Romantica

EEhexnGX4Acmudz

14. Mafuyu – given

EE3QqcDXsAAvbPR

15. B-Cell – Cells at Work

EFy2xVcXkAEz14b.jpeg

16. Kyo – Fruits Basket

EF3_jy7WwAEvrpW

17. Rampo-san and Akutagawa – Bungo Stray Dogs

EIed1QcXUAABC6-EIed1QpXUAAsvKs

18. Kyouka – Bungo Stray Dogs

EIed2kXW4AAVxz6

19. Ayato – Diabolik Lovers AND Diabolik Lovers: More Blood

EMe7vXGXUAEcHSq

2019 Challenges: Year in Recap

As we sit on the precipice of a new year and a new decade, let’s take a look back at 2019 and see how terribly I did on my challenges.

Watch 50 anime series

Perhaps 50 was a lofty goal, and therefore I have got nowhere near this. I managed to hit 20 series, which is pretty poor – not even one every two weeks.

Platinum 25 games

This year was the year I got really into Trails of Cold Steel, and as such spent 300 hours on the series. This meant I did not have a lot of time for platinum trophies. I did manage to platinum the first Trails of Cold Steel game, back in July, which was the last platinum trophy I got this year, bringing my total to a paltry 7 platinum trophies.

Read 12 books

I got started on this challenge fairly late on in the year, so considering that, I’m actually pretty pleased with my progress. I made it to 7 books, so just over halfway. I’m definitely in the habit of reading more now, so I’ll be setting myself another reading-based challenge for 2020.

Watch 100 films

If you’ll recall, this was to watch 100 “must see movies” as dictated by a poster that was bought for me. This is my worst challenge yet; I managed two.

Watch 25 films in the cinema

Finally, something I’ve done. I managed 31 films in the cinema this year, helped massively by Scotland Loves Anime, a film festival I attended. Anyway, hooray me!

Finish Naruto

Hahahahahahahaha. I did not do this.

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.

max-5.jpg

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.

30doa