Anime Rewind #2

Hey peeps! It’s time for another Anime Rewind! This is a new feature where I talk about the anime I’ve been watching lately, my thoughts, how many episodes I’ve watched, and more. I’ve watched a decent amount of anime since my last Rewind, so let’s jump into it!

First, let’s recap anime that I mentioned in my last Anime Rewind.

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – I’ve watched episodes 6-12 and I find that the season is progressing slowly and really focusing on the arc of the Ghost. I mean, it’s fine, the arc is interesting and I have a lot of questions, but I wish it was a little more fast paced? Like, I want to see more of them training and becoming ninja, but maybe that’s just my bias from my Naruto days, haha! I do really like how Boruto is developing as a character and how he really differs from his dad, and I like how he’s forming friendships and how they all work together for a common goal and don’t look down on him. There’s opposites to the original Naruto series than to this one, and I think it’s going to get better from here on out.
  • Tsukigakirei – I’ve watched episodes 6-11 (one episode was a recap and it’s like…why? It wasn’t needed.), and OMG the visuals are still spectacular in this anime! The animators really outdid themselves, especially during the festival episodes (those wind chimes, tho!). I have to say, the cuteness level? IT’S OVER 9000!!! *ahem* I seriously squee almost every episode and episodes 9 and 10? Ahhhhhhhhh! Too much cuteness, it was so good. I also like how they’ve introduced a lot of shorts at the ends of episodes and how we get to see other characters that the show doesn’t focus on and their relationships. Too much cuteness. Go watch it if you haven’t!
  • The Royal Tutor – I watched episodes 6-12, which was the season finale, and I HAVE ALL THE EMOTIONS! I love this show so much and though I thought that a couple episodes were kind of flat in the way of plot, I still enjoyed them because the characters always bring life to the situations around them. It was nice to see a slow progression of plot and how it built up to the last episode (where I almost cried omg), and I really really REALLY hope there will be a second season because I think there’s so much potential for a lot more comedy and a bit more darkness to come. 5/5 show. Go watch it!
  • My Hero Academia – I’ve watched episodes 2-8 of season one since the last time I updated and I. Am. HOOKED. This show has so much more depth than I was expecting, so much comedy, so much character development in the works… I don’t even know how to describe it, but I can tell you that I for sure love it and I need to keep binge watching it. Seriously.
  • Kanka Bancho Otome -Girl Beats Boys- – I’ve watched episodes 5-11 and WHY. MUST. THESE. EPISODES. BE. SO. SHORT!? It’s such an addicting and good series, but the episodes are only 8 minutes long and ahhhh I need to know what happens next! But pretty much I’ve been enjoying how the story’s been progressing and introducing different characters and situations and there’s a lot more depth than what was originally shown. It’s also very good at leaving off on cliffhangers, which drives me crazy. But it’s still really good!
  • Brothers Conflict – I finished off the first season, which was super addicting, and I’m SO SAD but I won’t spoil why I am sad. I just hope that there will be a season two because I really need more from this show! I thought that the main character could’ve used more personality, which she started to show more toward the end of the season, but I hope that with a new season we’ll see more of her. I give this season 4/5 stars.
  • Tokyo Ghoul – I’ve only watched episodes 3 and 4 since the last time I talked about it, and I can tell you that it differs from the manga a bit, which distracted me, and it’s super bloody and stuff, but that’s to be expected from a series like this. I do plan on continuing, just… I didn’t realize how much the blood and stuff was going to bother me, haha.

Alright, that’s it for ones I’ve continued to watch this past month that I talked about last month. Now let’s move on to ones I’ve started watching this past month that are new!

Shows

anohana

Anohana – episodes 1 & 2, ongoing – This anime is about a boy being haunted by the ghost of a girl he was friends with a child and how it’s pretty much his mission to get all of those friends from back then back together again and so far it’s good. I’ve only watched two episodes, so I haven’t really gotten a feel for it, but I can tell I’m really going to enjoy it when I do keep going. I just keep putting it off to watch other things, really.

kiznaiver

Kiznaiver – episodes 1-5, ongoing – OMG I LOVE THIS ANIME. The anime style is so cool and so fascinating to watch, and the story is unique! I haven’t really heard or read or seen anything like it, but it’s the concept of sharing pain among others and how these unlikely individuals have to get to know one another and go through tasks together without getting each other killed pretty much. It’s really good and you can ship everyone with everyone and omg I need to keep watching, why haven’t I finished it yet?

roommate

Rommate – episodes 1-6, ongoing – Now this isn’t the greatest anime out there but it’s so hilarious in a cheesy way that I can’t help but watch it. Plus each episode is 3 minutes long, so that helps. It’s just one of those guilty pleasure anime to watch to pass the time. Not a lot of character depth or plot as it’s in first person, which makes it interesting as YOU are the protagonist, but uh, it’s entertaining nonetheless.

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Tonari no Seki-kun – episodes 1-21, ongoing – This is SUCH a funny series about Seki-kun who is always doing some random thing at his desk during class and of the girl, Yokoi-san, who endures his antics and even gets in on them sometimes. It’s SO FUNNY. Omg. Seriously, go watch it. I can’t even describe it. It’s just a silly anime that has different ways of killing time by Seki-kun. So cute. I ship them.

Movies

thegirlwholeaptthroughtime

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – THIS. MOVIE. WAS. SO. GOOD. I had read comments in the video when I watched it on YouTube about how people weren’t expecting to cry and feel all the feels at the end, and guess what? I CRIED AND FELT ALL THE FEELS. This movie had me on the edge of my seat and not only was it entertaining in that the main girl could go back through time and change things for the better, but it also had depth and showed the consequences of those actions. It had subtle romance, the anime style was simple but still lovely, and the characters were all loveable. Oh man, I want to watch it again now and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you check it out, too! 5/5 stars for sure!

doukyuusei

Doukyuusei – This is a boys love anime movie and it follows this boy, Hikaru (blond), who is in a band, and another boy, Sajou (glasses), who is studious, and how they are in the same choir class at school. Sajou isn’t able to see the notes on the board even with his glasses and so he pretends to be singing during class and Hikaru notices, so he offers to help after class. Well, slowly they kind of fall for each other and there’s light drama and so much cuteness and future happenings and I want them to be together foreverrrrrr~ If you like boys love, then definitely watch this anime. 5/5 stars.

theanthemoftheheart

The Anthem of the Heart – This movie is about a girl who sees something she shouldn’t as a child and an egg (yes, an egg) makes her mute. As a teen she is volunteered to be on the student council for the class with three other students who wouldn’t otherwise come together, and though there is a lot that happens in between, it’s a very sweet story about accepting the past, overcoming fears, true feelings, being honest with yourself and others, and it’s so good. The characters were dynamic and the plot was lovely. And I will say: one of my ships sank, but there was a dingy waiting nearby for another ship, so it’s fine. Also, the music in this? BEAUTIFUL. 5/5 stars.

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Koe no Katachi – Remember when I reviewed the A Silent Voice series a little while ago? Well this is the movie adaptation! It was finally subbed so I was able to watch it and I enjoyed it! They cut out some major parts from the manga that I thought would’ve made the movie better or explained characters better and stuff, but I also understand that it’s hard to fit seven volumes of material into a two hour movie. The animation was beautiful, and the voice acting was well done. They hit many of the major points from the series, but like I said, it could’ve had more. Also, the ending was very different from the way the manga ended, which frustrated me. But if you watch this without having read the manga, I think you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. 4/5 stars.

thegardenofwords

The Garden of Words – This was a bittersweet movie filled with hope and longing and a desire to be saved. It was EXTREMELY visually stunning (like I’ve never seen such beautiful visuals in an anime like this, especially with all the rain), and it was also just very pleasant as a story. It was a sort of romance between a 15 year old boy who wants to be a shoe maker, and a 27 year old woman who is a teacher kind of at the end of her rope. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it at first, but I thought that the subtleness of the romance was great and that the story itself was just… beautiful. 4.5/5 stars.


And that’s all I’ve watched in the last month! I hope you all find something that you’re interested in from my list and check some of these out because they’re all really good in my opinion!

Let’s Chat! ^w^

What have you watched recently? Have you watched any of the ones I’ve listed here? What are your thoughts? Any anime show or movie suggestions for me? Let me know!

Uppercase Box June Unboxing

Hey peeps, I’m here with another Uppercase Box unboxing for you! If you don’t know what Uppercase is, as it says on the website, it’s “a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a recently published YA book and awesome book-related items every month! Plus you’ll access exclusive book content and a one-of-a-kind reading experience to dive deeper into each story.”

I’m soooo excited for this month’s box! It had a book I’ve been really excited about reading and now I don’t have to go out and buy it myself!

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This month’s box included:

Ahhhh, I’m flailing because the tote bag is the cutest thing EVER and the book!? Oh man, a YA historical fiction novel? They’re a rare breed, so I’m very excited to read this book.

And I’m going to admit that when I first saw the magnet I thought it was an illuminati symbol. Haha… ha…

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you read MLJ yet? What were your thoughts? Have you ever read an historical YA novel? Also, do you have any cool bookish totes and what do they say/have on them?

 

June & July Book Haul

Since I didn’t actually do a book haul last month, I’m combining June and July together! I don’t think it’s a lot of books, but we’ll see, won’t we?

Physical Books

  • P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han. I’ve already read and reviewed this book, but it’s a cute continuation of the first as it follows Peter and Lara Jean through their attempt at a real relationship after their fake one.
  • The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker. I started reading this book but didn’t get very far before putting it down. It’s about a girl who has the mark of a witch hunter, but one day she is accused of being a witch herself and so she has to run for her life.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve already read and reviewed this book, and it’s about a king who takes a new wife every night, only to kill her before sunrise the next morning. But there is one young woman who volunteers to be his next bride – and she’s determined to live to see the next sunrise, and the ones after that, too.
  • The Heart of Betrayal” by Mary E. Pearson. This is my current read and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s a continuation from the first and how it follows Lia, Rafe, and Kaden during their time in Venda.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters” by Laini Taylor. This is the third book in the trilogy and I’m so excited to read it! Eventually. Once I read the second one…
  • Fangirl: The Collector’s Edition” by Rainbow Rowell. I couldn’t resist and I had to get this pink collector’s edition of one of my favorite books from Target. Totally worth it.
  • The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski. I won this as part of a giveaway that was hosted by Thoughts on Tomes, Kap89x, and TheBookLife on YouTube. Was so excited to win this! Love, slaves, crime. Everything comes with a price.
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns” by Rae Carson. I won this in a giveaway that was hosted by SharleneSays. I gave a bunch of suggestions and ended up winning! I’m excited to read this because all I know about it is that there’s a wide variety of diverse characters, including an overweight main heroine. Yes please.

E-Books

  • A Thousand Pieces of You” by Claudia Gray. I’ve been wanting this book since the first time I saw this cover. There was an e-deal on it so I snatched it for super cheap! I’m so excited to read this story about parallel worlds.

Audiobooks

  • Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson. This is the second massive sequel to this series and though I haven’t finished the first one yet, it is interesting to far so I hope to get to it sometime this century, haha!

I believe those are all of the books I’ve acquired the last two months. I could be missing some, who knows? But yes, not bad for a full two months, if I do say so myself.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts/opinions/feels on them? Interested in reading any on this list? Let me know!

June 2015 Wrap-Up

Another month gone and we’re already half way through the year. Whoa.

This month was an okay month for reading. I only read four books, gave up (kinda) on two, and am still in the process of reading one.

Here are the books I read in June:

I had ups and downs this month in terms of reading. Some books I really enjoyed, others not so much. And there were two I started but am having a hard time getting into the story for one reason: the main character. I’ll come back to them at some point, but for now I’m putting them down.

And the one book I’m continuing to read in between all of these times is “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. I am currently 40% of the way through it, so I’m slowly making progress!

Also during the month I held several discussions, including a blog tour:

  • Blog Tour Interview with a Narrator. This was an interesting interview featuring the narrator for Keira Gillet’s novel, “Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest.”
  • Rayna Recommends: Dystopian. My second installment in my recommends series where I discussed some books and movies that feature a dystopia of some sort.
  • Cataloging Your Books. When you have too many books and you need to write them all down and see your progress (or lack thereof).
  • Over-Hyped Books. We all know they exist, but what about when they live up to their hype? I talk about a few books that did and didn’t for me.
  • Booktubers vs Book Bloggers. This was a big topic floating around and I felt the need to address it. We’re all part of the same community, guys, so let’s act like it.
  • Reading While Away. I was on a weekend getaway and I just wanted to relax and read the whole time. Do you ever feel that when away?
  • The Reading Experience. Sometimes the experiences we have while reading affects the way we actually enjoy the book.

I also did a few read-a-thon related posts:

  • Springtime Readathons Wrap-Up. I participated in three readathons in May and this is my wrap-up of them.
  • Themeathon Announcement. I’m excited to let you know that I’ll be hosting a month long readathon throughout July where each week is a different theme.
  • Themeathon TBR. And here are the books I’m hoping to get to each week! This is also my TBR for next month.

Overall it was a pretty productive month, but there was a lot of down time because I just started a new job and I’m trying to acclimate myself to my new schedule as a full-time teller. So, yeah, I’ve been hella busy, but at least I’m still finding time to read.