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It’s a Blogging Anniversary….but not mine!!

We all know that blogging is hard. And if you don’t yet, you only have to read this week’s absolutely amazing post about that subject by the wonderful Arthifis to see what I mean. (Just press on the link…come on you know you want to). I have been blogging for almost two years now (Yes time does fly when you are having fun), and I have seen many new bloggers come, but sadly also go. Blogging takes commitment, it takes time, and it takes energy. But the rewards…oh the rewards they are so amazing, I can’t even describe them.  And one of the best rewards, if not the best award is meeting all kinds of wonderful people on this journey. But sometimes, just sometimes…you meet someone in this community that has something special, that is just even more extraordinary than everyone else (and trust me there are many individuals like that here). But….today…I want this post to be about someone that I not only think is an amazing blogger, but also someone that should begin to realise by now that she is a person that inspires people here. It’s also someone who today celebrates her blogging anniversary of one year. I’m talking of course about *drumroll please* ….the wonderful Irina.

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Oh come on Irina, you knew  I would do something like this right??

Now….the first thing you might notice right now is the fact that this post is published at the exact moment the clock strikes midnight in Irina’s country. In other words the exact moment when sunday starts for her, and the day her blog turns one year old. (That is I hope I did my research correctly, no pressure……). But that is just a technicality. Irina, this is my way to show how much I look up to you, but most importantly how greatly I value your friendship. When I was on my hiatus I at times was feeling very down and sad. But the thing that always brought a smile to me, was just a small word of encouragement from you on Twitter saying something like happy sunday, or just checking in on how I was doing. See my point? That is the kind of person Irina is, always there for others, and always helping out. Today though: we should be there for her: let’s all band together here and show her how much we appreciate her. Leave a comment on this post to wish her well, congratulate her or whatever else you want to say. And not only that: let’s all head over to her blog, leave likes, and in short let us all totally explode her blog stats to give her the best day ever!

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No need to start blushing, everything I said here is true!

On the small chance that you might not have yet discovered her blog, go there now, and see what I am talking about. It’s good isn’t it? Of course it is..so go ahead and follow! Irina on a personal note I truly want to thank you for all that you have done for me, and for being such an amazing friend. The blog you have is something to be enormously proud of and I pretty much know right now that next year by this time: you will have reached 2000 followers. Don’t believe me? Want to place a small bet on it? Seriously though: I hope you will continue to have as much fun writing all those great posts, as I have when reading them. I was really worried I would not be able to complete this post as since friday evening I had enormous WordPress issues that eventually turned out to be Ipad issues. Luckily though I was able to come back just in time. I hope you are going to enjoy this day, because you really should. Be proud of all that you have achieved. I know I am totally proud of you! To close this off: this is me taking a deep bow and saying: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

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CALLING ALL ANIME BLOGGERS AND FANS! WE WANT YOU!

I love collab posts, but you would probably be very surprised that I haven’t done many of them. Weird isn’t it? But….no worries, now that I am finally back from my hiatus, I’m working on some pretty cool ones. This one though, takes things to a new level and I am very excited about it to say the least. I was having a very interesting discussion with Ayano from KawaiPaperpandas and as a result well….I will let Ayano do the talking here, as she can explain it even better than I can. In fact she already has, just click on the post below to see what this is all about. So….I can’t wait to see how this is all going to work out: but in short: This is going to be so much fun!! Hopefully you are all as excited about it as both Ayano and I am 😊 And please spread the word as much as you can if you would be so kind. It is very much appreciated 😀

 

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Gooood morning my pandas! It is currently 11:00 am in the lovely state of Oregon and I am ready to go!!!

Y’all are probably wondering what the heck I’m up to huh? Well I’ll tell you! Raistlin and I were having a little chat the other day and we came up with a pretty extensive project…but we need YOUR help! As most of you guys in the blogging community know the Crunchyroll Anime Awards for 2017 were pretty fucking garbage. To say I was disappointed by the results is an understatement.

Some time ago Raistlin and I thought, “Hey…why not make an awards panel of our own?” We played around with the idea for a bit after the results for the Crunchyroll Awards made an appearance but I didn’t think anything of it…UNTIL NOW.

Now I am reaching out to you my pandas! We are holding a so called…

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No comment…..

And….this is going to be a very short post. If you wondered today why I did not leave a comment on a particular post but only a like it’s because wordpress is once again deleting my comments and sending them to spam filters. Yes…the issue that has plagued me in the past is back. So incredibly wonderful…NOT!!

Mind you, I did not comment on every post today, but I did leave a comment on quite a few, so it will probably be lurking somewhere in your spamfilters. Ughh…so annoying. Anyways I thought I would let you know by this small post. Hope everything will be back to normal tomorrow, which is what usually happens. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great evening…I’m now going to be smashing some computers…..

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Build a Harem tag!

There are certain times in my life when I feel like a total noob (erm what am I saying, there are a lot of times when I feel like this). In the world of anime people are probably surprised to learn how many different genres there are within that fantastic medium. And this inspires a lot of anime bloggers out there to create some awesome tags. Take the wonderful Cactus Matt from Anime Q and A for instance. He created the “Build a Harem” tag. Now what the heck is that I can hear you ask. Erm…yes…erm…that was my question as well. And it got worse when I also got nominated for it by LinaMerlin and Arthifis. Really? I smell a conspiracy here. And just after I published this, I found out that I had been nominated 40 minutes earlier by The Otaku Judge  as well so yeah conspiracy 🙂 But I truly thank you guys and girl, for nominating me (erm…I think). I have to my knowledge never seen an Harem anime, so I really had to do some research to find out what this all meant.

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Just let the man explain already!!!

It turns out to be rather straightforward actually. A central character is surrounded by three or more male or female characters that are usually romantically attracted to that  character (really why doesn’t something like that happen in real life? Ahem…moving on). With that out of the way, now I had to do some research on the type of characters that are featured in these (wow, this almost feels like homework now lol). But I guess, I figured it out…well…at least I think I have (Naw…You are just seeing things, I’m totally not sweating here). So….as always: here are the:

Rules:

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Why are there always rules?? So boring!!
  1. Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!
  2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.
  3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!
  4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).
  5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)
  6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!

1. The childhood friend-Naho Takamiya from Orange

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Me??? Really???

So many people hated this character. Mainly because of the fact that she seemed to really make stupid choices or what seemed very odd reactions to the guy she was in love with. I didn’t hate her at all though. In fact I could totally relate to her, because she was the female version of me. When I am in love I tend to do stupid things, and totally freeze up when I get to talk to the girl I love (or in other words I am always afraid to let my true feelings out). So yeah…childhood friend for sure, as I think we would get along very well.

2. The Tomboy Girl-Motoki Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell

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How dare you call me a tomboy!!

Hmm, this was a tough one. And the Major (still my alltime favorite anime character, and she probably will be right up until I die) might even seem an odd choice for this category. When you look up the definition of a tomboy on Google (and Lina did this research as well, she is always very determined), there are so many definitions for that exact word. Still I think Motoko Kusanagi could definitely fill this slot. The way she acts, and the things she does more than qualify as masculine, even though she is still a hot as hell woman. So…yeah…I’m sticking with the Major for this one.

3. The Tsundure-Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online

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Is it hot in here? Or is that just me?

This one I really had to look up, as I had never heard of this word. Tsundure is apparently a character who is initially very cold, or hostile towards someone, until eventually warming up. For this I had only one choice: Asuna. When she first met Kirito, I think she redefined the word cold. And we all know of course how that eventually ended. I would truly dread meeting her when she was first like this, and would probably either run away, or try to grovel before her. (Probably the last, because really…just look at her). So for that last reason alone…she just had to be in my harem.

4. The Kuudure-Touka Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul

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Yes…I’m giving you ” the stare”…….

So…ofcourse I totally knew what this one meant. You believe me right? Erm….not that convincing am I? Okay I guess you all knew it but apparently this is a character that seems very cold and indifferent, but actually is very caring. Having watched the first two seasons of Tokyo Ghoul (wait…what? You did that? Why on Earth did you not review it Raistlin??!!!), I can only think of Touka for this one. I instantly fell in love with her when she first shows up. I loved her cool demeanor, total badassery, but also the depth she had. She just had to be added….obviously.

5. The Yandere-Lum from Urusei Yatsura

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Aww….she is so cute….just wait till you get to know her though.

Aww….last one already?? Yup…and I decided to go with the Yandere type. I got you covered: it’s a character that is totally romantically obsessed by someone to the point of using violent means to get them in their arms. And that is Lum all over. This tigerstriped bikini clad beauty is probably not known by many of you as she is featured in an anime series that ran in the 80’s. She looks gorgeous doesn’t she? Don’t let this alien princess fool you though…she will use any means necessary to get her darling (that is what she calls the poor boy that is the object of her affection), even using electrocution. Oh well…I would not mind being chased by her…not at all….

I choose…..you!!!

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Honestly this tag has gotten so big, that I have kind of lost track who has already been tagged, so if you already got nominated for this one, feel free to ignore it. And if you haven’t and don’t want to do this one, I totally understand as well. My nominees are….

1. Shokamoka (Well I know that you have already been nominated, but I just want to let you know in this way that I miss seeing you here)

2. Flowangelic (Yup, this just had to be done)

3.Lynlynsays (Seeing as you recently featured a post on a reverse harem and I simply love your blog)

4. Cain.S.Latrani (Well…do I really need to explain? I just think you are awesome, and I know for a fact that you would probably make a seriously funny post for this one)

5. Pete Davison (Because I think this tag has you written all over it, and your blog is incredible and more people need to discover it)

Have fun with it! And as I said no pressure at all to this. Now I leave you all with the Major….because, really…why not?

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Sigh….he really is obsessed with me……

 

 

 

 

My Reasons Why

I don’t know how many blogs are currently a part of WordPress, but I would not be very surprised if that number is somewhere above a million in total. I think we all come across new blogs every day that look interesting, have topics that you like or just look pretty damn awesome. But, no matter which way you look at it, you can’t follow everyone. I have a dayjob that keeps me pretty occupied throughout the day, and as such I have about 5-6 hours of free time on weekdays. I love reading other people’s posts, and commenting on them, but I have currently reached my limit at the number of people I can follow. But, sometimes, you want to give yourself a slap on the forehead (or punch yourself in the face whatever works best for you), when you find out that you are not yet following a blog that you thought you were. For me that happened just before I headed of to Animecon. I was just checking through some older comments that I had missed during my hiatus, and found out that I had been tagged by Irina. (Don’t worry I will get to you after this). Reading through the post, I found out that the tag was created by Kimchisama.

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This is me: trust me you will understand when you read the next paragraph.

She is someone who I have seen making regular comments and giving likes on my posts, as well as following me on Twitter. But…I wasn’t yet following her. Sigh…needless to say, after I found out I punched myself in the face (and ended up with a bloody nose), and finally hit that follow button on her blog. So, if you are reading this post now please accept my humble apologies for not following you sooner. And if you are someone who also had yet to discover/follow her blog do the same as me (that is hit the follow button, not the punching in the face part). So…what about Irina huh? What can I say about her that hasn’t already been said? How awesome she is? Well, you all already know that right? How supportive and incredibly strong a person she is? Naw, that’s also common knowledge. Maybe her being one of the most important people in the anime blogging community? Sigh…I give up. Everything has been said already. Suffice it to say Irina is totally bad ass, and although she will probably deny everything I said here, she knows in her heart that I am right. So, in the small chance you are not following her either yet, also hit that follow button. Right…so…on with the tag!. What this all about?

Rules

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Why are there always rules?

1. Mention the person who nominated you

Now Irina asked to mention Kimchisama

2. List 13 reasons why you keep going/living (This is borrowed from the book but I’m taking it the opposite direction).

Well, see below if I managed to make it to 13 reasons.

3. Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.

Whew…10 huh? Well…I will give it a try.

4. Use the picture that I created in your post. I’m sorry that I’m a bit bad a making these things… But I tried 🙂

Done.

Now then, on to the most important part of this tag, here are my 13 reasons to get up every morning, and go on with this crazy thing we call life:

1. My parents. 

I am an only child, and come from a very small family. In fact it’s so small, that it’s just me and my folks. I could not have been blessed with better parents then the ones I have. Always supportive, caring, and giving, they are a very constant factor in my life.

2. My friends

Who can live without friends? People who say that they can are lying through their teeth. Everyone needs friends in his or her life, no matter how hard you might deny that fact. I don’t have a huge group of friends, but the ones I do have (and you pretty much know who you all are), are the best ones you can ask for. Always there for me when I go through a rough time (and vice versa), I have never taken them for granted in any way.

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You can never have enough friends right??

3. My blogging friends

Ever since I started this blog I have met people that have become an enormous and very important part of my life. Why mention these friends seperately? Because we might never meet in real life, but all the same they are just as wonderful as my normal friends (as far as we are all normal that is lol). Again, you all know who you are, but wow give yourself a big hug and a pat on the back, for the amount of kindness and love you have shown me is nothing short of amazing.

4. Movies

You probably did not see that one coming right? Seriously though, movies are very, very important to me. There is nothing better than to drift away for an hour or two in a different world in a movie theatre and forget all your troubles for a while. Movies, especially the good ones, can manage to lift my spirits when I am feeling down, or reach me on an emotional level in a way that almost nothing else can.

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Just like you can never have enough friends, there is also no such such thing as too much anime.

5. Anime

I started my blog a little over two years ago. At that point I did not really know what I was doing and I just posted randomly not even really following any blogs. But then I came across Karandi’s blog, (and seriously if you don’t know who she is, where have you been all these years), and I loved everything about it. Moreover through her writing she managed to rekindle my love for anime, something I had stopped watching for almost 5-6 years. Right now anime is another big part of my life, and someting I can’t stop watching anymore.

6. My blog

Well, this one is very obvious isn’t it? During my unfortunate, but necessary hiatus, I really felt a weird emptiness in me. Blogging had become a routine and it was very strange not reading posts, placing comments, and writing new posts. I have always said this: blogging is a huge part of my life, and I can’t see a future where I would stop blogging altogether. It’s great to be back and speak to everyone again.

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No these aren’t my books…it comes close though 😅😅

7.Books

Just like movies, books especially the well written ones, allow you to escape for a while into another reality. It’s great to dive into a book that will have you on the edge of your seat, especially after a tough day.

8. My job

Having a job in this day and age is not as obvious as one might think. Finding a job that you enjoy is even tougher. Even though my job is always very busy, and there are certain days that I could live without it (last friday being one of them), I certainly don’t hate my job. As you spent a big chunk of your life in the workplace, it’s definitely important to have something that you can sink your teeth in and offers a challenge.

9. Winter season

Yes, everyone is gearing up for summer now, and relieved to finally see the cold weather being a thing of the past. But…I am not one of them. I love the winterseason. The dark, cold days where you come home, crank up the heat or curl up in bed whatever suits you best, and watch a nice movie or read a good book. Everything about that season is just very cosy, and that’s why I love it so much.

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One day I will conquer my fear of flying and vist an Asian country.

10. Asian culture

As most of you that have been following my blog for a while now pretty much know, is that I simply love Asian culture. It’s a love that started for me when I was a child and continues to this day. Movies, anime, Korean dramas, it’s rich history, it’s customs: all those things have my interest and for me make it a culture that I highly respect and have a great fascination for.

11. Love

Well, I am still single. And have been for a long, long time (please don’t cry or pity me, absolutely not necessary). But I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Though I feel the clock ticking as I become older, I have not yet given up total hope in finding miss right. It might even be the biggest cliche, but it’s so true: love usually does bring happyness. (Though admittedly it has also brought me a lot of sadness, but that last thing only makes you feel more alive doesn’t it?)

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Naw…this is totally not making me hungry…at all!

12. Desserts

The best thing about a meal? Desserts! I can’t get enough them. A meal for me is not complete when I don’t get some kind of dessert to close it off. Even at lunch I try to get a cup of tasty yogurt or pudding when I get a chance to. Really, what’s not to love about desserts right?

13. Games

I have always loved playing games. I don’t even care if I win (though of course that usually is even more fun if you manage to achieve a win), but playing the game is for me what’s most important. Whether it’s playing a solo game, or with some friends, the experience of a great boardgame is what always manages to put a smile on my face.

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Who says you can’t have fun at boardgames??

And….over to you.

Here you go: the ten people that I nominate for this tag:

1. Kwenzqoatl

2. Karandi

3. The Things I’ve Seen

4. Biblionyan

5. Ya Boy Jack

6. Pete Davison

7. Scott

8. Kim

9. Dani

10. Didi

This is not a tag that’s for everyone, so really don’t feel any pressure or need to write a post for this one. Nor is there any rush (Lord knows I am really running behind on tag posts/award nominations).

Thanks for reading as always: see you at the next post!

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Am I cursed???

Well…..remember how this guy called Raistlin said he would be back and begin stalking all your posts, overwhelming them with his comments? Remember how he said there would be new posts from him making an appearance as well? Yeah….pretty cool huh? So…where were they the past week? Where were those creepy and borderline stalky (yeah I know that’s not a word) comments? And those promised posts? Or even worse…I can hear you thinking “Why did I even take the time to bother commenting on his previous reviews? The guy didn’t even respond back!” I am trying to turn this into a bit of a funny post for you all, but quite honestly I am not laughing. Which brings me to the headline: Am I cursed??? After the wonderful time I had at Anime Con 2018 this year, I was all fired up to get back to blogging and interacting with every one again. But then I of course I had to get hit by an incredibly annoying flu bug which once again drained me of energy to write, and left me sick in bed for the entire weekend. Except for a small message at Twitter, I failed to inform everyone of you here. The rest of the week I have been trying to get rid of it, but that did not really happen as fast as I wanted it. And this is seriously starting to piss me off (sorry for the foulmouthed language).

I’m sorry

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So, I know a lot of you are going to probably say it’s not necessary to apologise but still I am going to do it. At the moment it feels I am letting people down here a lot, and for that I am truly sorry. Luckily the flu bug is being fought back, and I am feeling a little bit better now. With a little being the operative word here. So, I am first going to take some time to write everyone back who took the effort to write a comment on my recent posts. After that I am going to try and read some posts that I missed over the past few days and overwhelm them all with comments. I hope this will now be the final time I am writing a post to announce that I am back and can finally settle back into what I love doing: being a part of this wonderful community again. Thank you all for your patience and continued support. And just in case it wasn’t clear yet: I am back now. For real……!

Solo: A Star Wars Story, American Movie (2018)

When you are fan of a certain franchise, you can be very passionate about it. That can be both a blessing and a curse. Take the Star Wars universe for instance. The release of last year’s The Last Jedi has devided the fan community in a way that no film had ever done previously. For every fan that loved it, there was also someone who hated it. You only have to read my own review for it to see which camp I belonged to. Even though my review was the most controversial post that I have ever written, it also gathered an enormous amount of views and comments, more than any other post that ever appeared on this blog. Why? Because a lot of people love Star Wars and are very passionate about it. But when does passion turn into unfairness? One only has to look at the box office performance of the new Star Wars movie to see what is happening. Before it’s release there were certain fans that deliberately sabotaged the new film simply because of the awfulness of all that was Episode VIII. Admittedly I was very skeptical for the new movie as well. But I gave it a chance any way. And you know what? I am very glad that I did.

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Please let’s not talk about The Last Jedi okay?

Solo a Star Wars movie takes place roughly 15 years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV. It kicks off on the planet Corellia where we get to meet everyone’s favorite scruffy looking nerfherder Han Solo, albeit his younger version. Han, together with his lover Qi’ra are desperately trying to escape from a local criminal gang. Just when it seems that the odds have turned in their favor and they are about to go off planet, Qi’ra gets caught. Han makes his escape but vows to return in order to save the woman he loves. Three years later Han has entered the service of the Imperial army, but it is a job he is not very happy with (or very good at). But then he meets up with the criminal gangleader Beckett and he sees an opportunity arising that may final give him the chance to become something more. However things aren’t always what they seem to be, and what at first seems like an easy job might soon turn into a nightmare. But help sometimes comes from the strangest sources, and in this case in the form of a young Wookie that goes by the name Chewbacca…..

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Wait…hang on, weren’t you on Game of Thrones?

When this movie was first announced a lot of people (myself included) asked the question: ” Do we really need this film?”. Han Solo is an iconic character, that is loved by a lot of fans and played brilliantly by actor Harisson Ford. When the news came out about a troubled production, a director leaving the film and other news like that, we all got a bad feeling about this. But it seems our fears were misplaced. Solo is a fun film, that I enjoyed very much. Alden Ehrenreich who plays the young scroundel, is pretty convincing as Solo. While he might not have the same charisma as Ford, he has enough charm to pull it off and at certain moments in the film it almost seems like you are really watching the young Harisson. And that of course is a big compliment. But, it has to be said, it is actor Donald Glover in the role of Lando Calrissian that really deserves the most credit. Even though his screen time is limited, all his scenes are a delight to watch. He really is Lando in every sense of the word.

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Something has definitely gone wrong with shaving this morning…

From a storypoint of view we have a tale that was pretty predictable but still had a few surprises in it nonetheless. Especially a nice twist at the end that should come as a big, but very welcome surprise for fans. This basically is a heist movie in space. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else nor does it need to. This being a Star Wars movie we of course have plenty of action, though not on the scale that we are used to in any of the previous installments. Still the special effects and action scenes work where they need to, but the movie does seem a tad bit too long. One of the weaker points of the film is it’s main villain played by actor Paul Bettany. His character just lacks the depth to make him truly menacing and this is the films biggest flaw. We also have a new droid that acts as the comedic relief but most of those “funny” scenes fall flat and fail to really make you laugh.

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Hey! Are those my dragons up there?

Overall though we have a movie that at least for me has managed to wash away the bitter taste that was left after last year’s Episode VIII. Solo is a film that many Star Wars fans (and even non Star Wars fans) will quite enjoy. The fact that the movie unfortunately isn’t performing well at the box office is a real tragedy. And that brings me back to the opening paragraph of this post: fandom can have both it’s positive and negative effects. I think to let a single movie ruin the franchise for you is maybe going at it the wrong way. Yes, I was furious as well last year, but since then I also put things in perspective. Star Wars has been around for a long while, and will probably be here for many more decades to come. Every once in a while there will be a film that you might not like or even downright hate. But that’s something that happens to most franchises or television series. So in other words, give Solo a fair chance and watch it with an open mind. You will, in all likelyhood be very pleasantly surprised by it. I know I was…

I give Solo: A Star Wars story a 8 out of 10 score.

And……I am off…..again!

No, please don’t panic. I’m not announcing a new blogging hiatus. I just came back, and I definitely plan on staying around. So what’s this all about then?? Tomorrow I am taking the train to visit Animecon 2018, a three day convention that focusses on all things Asian, Anime, Manga and loads of other stuff. Besides all those things there is also plenty of nice  food to eat and the hotel I am staying at is certainly also not something that I would soon forget either. Just like last year I plan on writing a post on all my (mis) adventures on the con when I get back. But as I will be busy the upcoming three days with that, I will not be around on WordPress so my apologies in advance for missing out on all your posts. This first week after my blogging hiatus has been an absolute joy, and I want to thank all of you for making me feel so welcome after my abscence. You are all awesome in case you did not already know that yet. As you might have noticed I haven’t been up to my full active self yet, but next week, after I return from the con, I will be back in full swing (in other words: there will be more posts, and more comments from me) Well, that’s it for now. I will talk to you when I get back. I hope you will all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, bye for now!

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The return of…….

…the Jedi??!!! Erm..no sorry to disappoint. It’s just the return of little old me, you know that guy who used to have a blog writing reviews about all kinds of stuff and who went on a Blogging hiatus a few months ago. Yep, after a countdown on twitter this week I am officially returning to the world of blogging starting today, and I thought I would write a post with this announcement (so you can still run away in fear) explaining what my plans are and of course an update on what’s been going on the past few weeks. So let’s get back in the saddle and see if I can still write posts. Hmm…that’s what it was called right? A post…erm…right???

The Past

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Whoops….this is quite the depressing image. But it’s all in the past now…..

When I announced my disappearance from the world of WordPress way back in April I had not expected to be gone for such a long time. But as it turns out things were not up to me and the real world dealt some cards that went beyond my control. The main reason I went off the grid so to speak was the fact that my father had to undergo surgery. It was nothing lifethreatening, but as he came out of a previous surgery in a pretty bad way, we had a tense time in the days counting down to the operation itself. And those days turned to weeks as the date itself was planned a lot later than we expected. Despite a lot of stress I am very happy to report though that the surgery itself went pretty okay. We are of course not completely there yet. The surgery to his back has now been more than two weeks ago, and he is making slow progress. Hopefully through physical therapy things are going to improve, but I will try to keep optimistic about it.

As for me, I am still very tired. Work is still the same, and the stress of the past few weeks has been taking it’s toll. I still lack energy and am not yet back to my old self. But….despite that I want to try and get back to something that I really love…and that brings me to…..

The Present

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Hmm….you know what they say right? After rain comes……

I might not be back in full force, but I am coming back. I have missed the world of blogging now for way too long, and most importantly the interaction with everyone, reading other people’s post and the exchange of comments. As it now stands after today I will slowly start to pick up my usual activities here, which means you can expect me to pop up in your comments sections again (yes, you still have time to close them down, no worries) and of course writing my own stuff. It might surprise you to hear that in these past few months I haven’t done much. I read a few novels, watched a couple of movies and seen some anime and tv shows, but less than you might expect. I did become addicted to a small anime style computer game that I might do a review for somewhere along the line. That said I have seen and read some things which means:

The Future

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Naw…I’m not going to build a time machine, sorry to disappoint.

So what will be coming up in the future? Well, I still had an Anime theme month going before I went off, and in that post I promised a few people some reviews. In fact the first one for My Hero Accademia season 1 will be my first real post that is coming up. Keeping in the anime theme style I will be attending Animecon 2018 again this year. Which means I am going to be spending three days in a hotel during the upcoming weekend of the 15th of June enjoying a con that focusses on all things Asian and of course as the name implies a lot of anime. Just like last year I will be writing a report about it and I hope it will be just as much fun as the 2017 edition. For all you non anime lovers out there, no worries I got you covered too. I did see a few movies, most notably The Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Solo amongst some others. Reviews for those films are also going to be popping up when you least expect it. And of course other geek things that are a part of this blog as well.

An apology and a thank you

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I really mean it: THANK YOU!

Before I bring this post to a close I want to say two more things. One is an apology. I realise a lot of people wrote comments on posts or sent emails that I haven’t yet responded too. Please know that this certainly was not because I was ignoring you. It was simply because I lacked the energy to at times write even a simple app to a friend. It’s been a hard couple of weeks and I at times felt so down that it was hard to keep going. But that brings me to my second point: a heartfelt and sincere thank you. I already knew this community was awesome and that there were some wonderful people that I have met along the way. But that only became more clear when I went on my hiatus. There are so many blogging friends that stayed in touch on Twitter or email that it honestly pulled me through some, at times, very hard days. So from the bottom of my heart thank you. It was and still is very much appreciated and know that if there is ever anything I can do to ever return the favor, I am there for you as well.

So before this turns into too much of a ramble (if it has not already) I am going to say goodbye for now. Raistlin is signing off, but no worries…just for today. Thanks for reading and let’s just put it like this even if it is cliche: It’s good to be back!

 

A friend in need……

Hi everyone! Now, just before you all start to jump up and down in excitement, no I am not back (yet). Nor is this going to be a post about me. I do want to say one quick thing though, and that is my thanks to each and every one of you for all of the support you have shown me in one way or another. It’s been overwhelming and it has really put a smile on my face. But, as I said…this isn’t a post about me.

So what is this post about? Well I just had to share this truly heartbreaking post by fellow blogger and my dear friend Dani. For those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, you have probably heard me mention this wonderful woman in one way or another. But for those of you that have yet to discover her, she is one of the kindest, giving and most positive persons that you are ever likely to meet. No matter what is going on in her personal life, she always has an upbeat word or positive note for others. That’s why, when I recently received an email from her explaining her current situation, I just had to come out of my blogging hiatus in order to share this post of hers. If there is that just one person that reads this who might be able to help her out, I am sure she would appreciate it. And if not, maybe if you want, you could share this on your own blogs in order for her story to reach even more people. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this post and hers, and for any help you might give her.

I’m sorry for not being back yet. I hope to give you a short update of my own soon. But sometimes there are stories that touch your heart, and this is one of them. Which is why I just had to share this. Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is doing well. Take care!

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