Hobby Corner: September ANIME Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Hobby Corner, a monthly edition I introduced to talk about my hobbies and interests other than reading. It’s always important to not forget these things, so here I am to talk about some of mine.

This month’s topic: anime!

I’m pretty sure most people are familiar with anime and have seen at least one episode in their lifetime of some form of it. Whether that be Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, or something else entirely, you’ve probably seen an anime once in your life.

I find anime to be a really fun and fascinating thing because 1) it provides entertainment, and 2) I love most of the art styles.

Recently I got into anime again after a long stretch of not being into anime or manga (which will be another topic for another day), and I forgot just how entertaining it can be! So today I’m going to talk about my recent favorites and shows I’ve watched.

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If you’ve seen my review for the manga, then you know just how much I love this series. The anime follows the manga to a T and I just absolutely love it! It’s about a girl named Naho who receives a letter from herself in the future, telling her of events that involve the new transfer student, Kakeru, and how it asks Naho to save him. It’s a story about friendship, loss, suicide, depression, and love.

This anime is so amazing. Because I’ve already read the manga I know what will happen and stuff, but it follows the story line so perfectly and I find that I fell in love with the characters all over again watching this. As of right now it’s ongoing, to eleven episodes and you can watch them on Crunchyroll.

The characters are each amazing and have distinct personalities, the plot is easy to follow between past and future and what is going on with the letters involved, and the animation style is more realistic in a sense, but still has that fun touch to it that makes it unique. I highly recommend you check out this anime!

Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

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WATCH THIS ANIME. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT NOW. This anime is soooo funny and soooo cute and oh my God, I can’t recommend it enough!

It’s about a high school freshman, Takedo, who isn’t your average high schooler because he’s huge, buff, and also the sweetest and purest guy you’ll ever meet. It follows him through his time meeting Rinko Yamato, a high school freshman who goes to an all girls’ school and who is also very pure and innocent. The two of them, along with Takedo’s best friend, Makato Sunakawa, develop a great friendship, and Rinko and Takedo form a beautiful relationship.

I laughed out loud SO MUCH when I watched this series! The entire series is up on Crunchyroll, so I highly suggest you check it out, for sure. 10/10 stars. Adorable story, awesome art, hilarious content, so many cliche things that are too funny, and just an overall good time.

Haikyuu!!

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Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be into a sports anime. BUT OH MY WAS I WRONG. This anime is about volleyball and a boy’s determination to become the best ace (spiker) he can be. But because of his height, he’s often looked at as unfit to play the part, but he shows everyone up with his awesome skills!

This anime has a lot of friendship, teamwork, getting to know yourself, and hilarity. I’ve laughed a lot at the this anime just because so much of it is just sooo funny! But I also love how INTENSE some of these episodes are because OMG. I can’t. Some of the tournament episodes literally have me on the edge of my seat, staring at the screen, chanting, “Come on come on come on…”

I highly recommend this anime even if you’re not into sports because it’s sooooo good! The art style was different and it took me a few episodes to get used to, but the action scenes are flawless and intense, the dialogue is great, and the rivalries that spawn between teammates and opponents can be felt through the screen. Definitely check it out!


Okay, I think that’s good for now. I really suggest you guys check out these anime because they are all so amazing and so fun. Definitely worth checking out each one of them!

The next time I’ll do a throwback and talk about older anime that I was wicked into as a kid (and maybe even now as an adult).

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some recent anime shows you’ve watched and would recommend to me? What do you gravitate more towards? I love shoujo anime as it has a lot of tropes that revolve around romance, but I also like the funny ones, too. Share with me all the things!

Hobby Corner: August ART Edition

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Hey peeps, so I wanted to do something a little different and talk about hobbies other than reading. I KNOW, it’s weird, right? Well, when I think about what my other hobbies are, I seem to always to defer to the usual: writing, drawing/art, and playing video games. Each have been a huge part of my life almost my entire life, and I can’t see myself without any of them in my life at all.

How is it going to work? Well, I’m going to be introducing a bit of different things to the blog once a month that will include artwork, poetry, writing (which I’ve already introduced), video games, anime, etc. Whatever my hobbies are, that’s what I’m going to talk about that month! It’ll become more detail and focused on certain topics and other things after the initial introductions are out of the way, but for now, I’m just going to talk about why each of these hobbies are so loved by me.

So, for this month I’m going to talk about ART!

Now, for those who don’t know, I love to draw. I always have, so I can’t really pinpoint a time where it really began, BUT I can tell you that my love for drawing grew after my introduction to manga in sixth grade, around the age of eleven or twelve. I loved manga and anime styles, and my friends who introduced me were also very much into them.

As I got older, though, and continued to take art classes every year throughout my schooling, my art began to improve more and more, but I feel like I’ve reached a sort of plateau when it comes to certain styles of drawing – my style – and though I’m okay with that, of course I’d like to improve still. In fact, I love art so much that I took AP Art in high school (and got a 0 for the AP score, but an A for the class, oh well) and I minored in art in college.

The picture above on the left was drawn using only charcoal pastels. I’ve always loved drawing flowers, especially roses, and when I have a model to use it makes it much easier to draw. The picture on the right was drawn free hand, but I did use a little help from online sources for the placement of the hands.

I know my strengths lie in still life, pencil, pastels, and charcoal. My favorite medium is in graphite pencil, with charcoal being a close second. But I also draw digitally.

I love drawing and creating cute chibi characters for people on other websites or just for fun (I did a whole bunch when I was still on Gaia Online, which is where the above pictures were drawn for: people on Gaia). They’re the easiest to me, especially head shots, and I just have a special place in my heart for this style of drawing.

I haven’t drawn much since I graduated college, though. I’ve been in sort of a rut since having to work full time, but when I participated in the Biannual Bibliothon, I did a challenge where I let a character take over my channel and I chose be Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury and paint three paintings.

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And it was marvelous.

The paintings didn’t come out spectacular, but it was the first real kind of art I had done in a long time and it felt amazing. I had a blast! And I’d totally do it again, too.

Being able to touch and hold paints, paintbrushes, markers, colored pencils, sketchbooks, tablet pens, and more just bring a whole other level of happiness into my life and I don’t know why I don’t just do it more.

I think having hobbies that you love and cherish are important, especially when they’ve been so part of your life for as long as art has for me. So pick up that paintbrush, get those colored pencils, and make art!

If you want to check out more of my work, you can visit my deviantART account. I don’t post a lot any more, but I might start doing so if I pick it up more again.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you like to draw or paint or do any kind of art? What’s your favorite style and medium? What are some of your strong points? Are you better at still life or creating from your imagination?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That’ll Make You Laugh

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about books that’ll make you laugh. Now, I’m going to be honest: I don’t laugh when I read books. I mean, don’t get me wrong! I think plenty of books are funny and I’m often laughing in my head, but I don’t always laugh out loud. Some books I have recently, and I think it’s the best feeling, but otherwise I just kind of sit there and smile and think something’s funny.

So this list was really hard for me to make because I only remember a few in which I physically laughed out loud to. But here is my list of books that will get a chuckle out of you, no matter how it comes about:

1 . Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This book will forever be listed among the “cute” and “funny” categories for me and I think that it really deserves this spot. It’s not only full of cute moments, but lots of moments where I found myself laughing out loud (and I’m pretty sure this is the first book that I did so with). So much sass. So many puns. So many oreos.

2. Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – If you love Zuzana and Mik from Daughter of Smoke & Bone then you’re going to love this novella because OMG SO MUCH LAUGHTER WAS HAD. Zuzana is my spirit animal. She is so funny and witty and clever and you just need to read this novella. Go. Now. DO IT.

3. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I just remember Gideon trying so hard to be suave and charming, and he’d say something that would dig him into a deeper hole and in his head he’d chastise himself. Too. Funny.

4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Honestly, Simon is my ultimate book BFF because he just comes out with these awesome lines that make the situation either really awkward or very sarcastic. I love him. Plus Jace and Isabelle and other characters all have their turn at humor and sass and I love them to piecessssss.

5. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester – If you haven’t watched these two YouTubers, I suggest you do so. Dan’s sarcastic humor always makes me laugh and feel so relatable, and then Phil is just a weird goofball. Reading their book, and subsequently listening to the audiobooks, really made my day.

6. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – As I continue into this series more and more I find that there are parts where I’m smiling and laughing on the inside or just getting more of the jokes or whatever because Kate is a really sarcastic person, especially on the inside. I love how she always makes side comments to herself and sometimes it seems like the people around her can read her mind. It’s not a funny series overall, but there are bits of humor throughout to lighten the tension of what’s actually going on.

And that’s all I could think of because I’m literally getting a headache trying to remember the books I’ve laughed at while reading. I just… I can’t remember. In the moment, sure, but now? Oh man.

Oh, and because I can, I’m going to HIGHLY recommend this anime that is a romantic comedy and PURE GOLD.

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Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!) is about:

The story follows Takeo Gōda, a tall and muscular student who doesn’t have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, who is charming and good-looking. This all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl who, above all other expectations, falls in love with Takeo, beginning a unique love story.

You have no clue how much I love this anime. I just finished watching all of the episodes last night and I’m SO SAD because I NEED more.

So I want to ask all of you for recommendations of funny books! Because obviously I need to know some more.

What kinds of books make you laugh? Are you like me and don’t really laugh out loud when it comes to reading? Let me know!