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Special Features Presents: Animecon 2018, part 2

And welcome back to the second part of my report from this year’s Animecon. If you missed the first part, you can find it again by pressing on the link right here. So, it will probably not come as a huge surprise that since the convention is called Animecon you are able to watch a lot of anime there (No really? That’s astounding! Never would have guessed that!). Okay, let’s quit with the joking and check out what I saw at this year’s con.

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Otaku no Video (1991)

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This was the opening film of Animecon and a classic that I had not yet seen myself. At the time of it’s release it spurred quite a bit of controversy as it portrayed fans (Otakus) as people who were ashamed at themselves for being fans, and included live action excerpts of a documentary. This version though, must have edited these segments out, as I saw not a single one of these. What remained though was a comedy about a young man named Ken Hubo who gets invited by a former friend to a group of anime and manga enthusiasts. Eventually Ken sets out to become the Otaking and take over the entire world making everyone a Otaku. It was a completely over the top and at times quite hilarious anime film. Part of it’s charm was the old school animation style and music, and a lot of older animes like Gunbuster and Macross were also featured in this film. It was an okay film, nothing more, nothing less.

Garo: Vanishing line Episodes 1-5 (2018)

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Ahh, now this was more like it. This was shown late at night and rightfully so, as it was quite brutal and scary, but definitely highly enjoyable. Garo: Vanishing Line takes place in the future where a conspiracy is taking place in a dark city. A man named Sword is trying to get to the bottom of it all, his only clue a word: El Dorado. What I really liked about this anime were the fight sequences. Sword drives around on a big and quite frankly spectacular motorcycle, fighting against all kinds of monsters that some of the citizens are turning into. It also featured quite a bit of fan service, but mostly this served as a kind of comic relief, and luckily did not become the focus of the series like for instance Highschool of the Dead. The first five episodes were shown, and I am definitely going to finish this series soon, as it left me thirsting for more. You can expect a full review for this series somewhere in the future.

Your Name (2017)

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This was the only movie that was shown on all three days of the convention. Most of you that watch anime will probably already have seen this film. It’s been hyped and gotten rave reviews all over…..and that usually let’s warning signs go off in my head. This was for me the first time that I watched it, and I have to honestly admit that it did not live up to the, admittedly, high expectations that I had of it. Does that mean that I did not like the movie? No certainly not. A movie this big though, deserves a proper review and synopsis, and that’s why I am not going to eloborate any further but save it for an upcoming review of this film later this month. I will also watch it a second time before I am going to write it, just to let it sink in better and maybe even change my final verdict for it.

Comic Girls Episodes 1-5 (4) (2018)

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On the last day I had to wait a bit to kill some time, so I decided to give Comic Girls a chance, the first animeseries that was shown on sunday. Well, you know how much I am a fan of comedy series (erm NOT!) and this was a full on comedy, not two ways about it. In Comic Girls we follow a bunch of cute girls as they aspire to become manga designers. Sounds interesting? Well…I have to be honest, this was just not for me. If you love magical girls/comedy series you will probably love this. I did laugh a couple of times but eventually the high pitched voices of the girls and the slapstick antics started grating on my nerves. I made it to four episodes, and with only one more to go I left the theatre not looking back. Sorry Comic Girls, my sincere apologies.

Revolutionary Girl Utena the movie (1999)

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This last movie was a surprise. Not in the sense that it was a surprisingly good film, but more that it was kept secret until the last second, something that they do every year. With this film the convention also came to an end. And wow, talk about your seriously weird animes, this one should probably rank at the top of your list. Apparently (I did some research after seeing this), this movie isn’t supposed to make much sense if you haven’t seen the animeseries it self. Strangely though this is a retelling of the original tale and stands on it’s own. I would be hardpressed to tell you what this film is about. It deals with magical girls, lesbian sexual tension, swordfights and girls that turn into cars for some strange reason. It was very hard to follow it all, and at times it felt like I had taken some kind of weird psychedelic drugs or something like that. Either way, and that’s the even stranger part, I still enjoyed it. Oh well, maybe we all were under some kind of spell when watching this.

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Well, one thing you definitely need when you go to a con is money. Unless you are a sadist and want to torture yourself with looking at all the stuff that you can’t buy. This year’s Animecon just had way too much stuff that was a serious health hazard for my wallet. Needless to say I bough way too much, that’s for sure. I made a slideshow of all the best items, and I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Yesterday I mentioned something that was for me the highlight of the convention. It wasn’t anime, it also wasn’t a movie, nor was it all the delicious food. No…it was a performance by the band Necronomidol. I discovered this band about a month ago and was both surprised and delighted to hear that they were going to be performing at Animecon. Their music is very hard to describe as it is a mix of dark wave, black metal, hardrock and even small dance influences. The show began about twenty minutes too late, but boy was it worth the wait. The energy they brought to the stage was infectious and they truly managed to urge the crowd to go completely nuts. The set lasted well over an hour, and was incredible and one of the best concerts that I ever attended. They even spoke to the crowd in a few Dutch words, which was absolutely delightful. After this show, even though I already like their music, I became an instant fan, and managed to buy a few nice merchandise items as well (see the picture below). You could even meet the girls in person later on the day, but as there were a few things more I wanted to check out, I declined. (Honestly I probably would have been to shy to say a single word anyway, lol). If you want to find out more about the band, you can find them on Spotify. (I highly recommend listening to the song Skulls in the Stars, which is absolutely amazing).

 

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And with that this year’s report from animecon draws to a close. But what is that ominous note above mean? A call to arms? Are we all going to go to war? Erm no…but I had a crazy idea. How cool would it be if we could all go to Animecon together next year? In 2019 Animecon is going to be held in the city of Rotterdam (yes they are going to change cities), and will start on the 14th of June to close it’s doors on the 16th of June. If any of you ever had plans to visit Holland in the first place and love anime how incredibly awesome would it be if we could all meet up. Hell, I will even buy the first round of bubble tea. Seriously though, it’s a crazy idea, I know, but it would be really cool  if we could somehow realise it. We all talk here every day, and it would be incredible if we could meet up on an event that is this cool and share our love for all things Asian. Well, just a thought. Interested? Let me know in the comments section.

Anyway, that’s it for this post! I had an incredible time at this con, and after all the crap of the past few weeks it was pretty much what I needed. Tomorrow Raistlin0903 is going to be back in business as usual. That means I’m finally going to be performing my normal blogging routine, which means reading your posts, placing comments and of course sharing new reviews about all things geek! Thanks all for reading, and your patience in letting me come back. Have a great day!

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Special Features presents: Anime Con 2018, part 1

Hello everyone! I just came back from an exhausting, but incredibly fun, three day weekend extravaganza called Animecon 2018. This annual event took place in the city of The Hague, and is a convention centered around all things Asian. This means there is a lot of anime, manga, workshops, food, games, in short all the good stuff. In order to not make a post that is so long you will get bored by it, I decided to split it up into two different parts, where I will talk about all the things I have seen and done in this fun filled weekend. So, let’s get started!

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Just like last year I stayed at a castle  hotel. It was conveniently about a 3 minute walk from the convention itself. Which means that after buying some loot (more on that in part 2) you could drop it off at your hotelroom and get ready for buying more loot….erm, yes, moving on. As you can see from the pictures below, the hotel was pretty luxurious and a nice way to spent some time resting after running around all day at the con. Especially as my room had a very nice view. They also provided a terrificic breakfast in the morning with enough food on offer to cater to everyone’s needs.

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Now that we are on the subject of food, let’s talk about that for a bit. Oh, and you will get hungry after this, so you have been warned. What is a convention without food? No idea really, but there was certainly plenty to eat and drink here, and everything was just absolutely delicious. I ate a lot of cup ramen in all kinds of flavors, all of them very tasty. But the highlight certainly was the Japanese version of a Dutch dish called “poffertjes” (hey I never said or language was easy). Best way to describe poffertjes is a kind of mini pancakes, that are very sweet. However this variant was totally different and more of a salty snack. I also very much enjoyed the melon bubble tea which tasted soooo good, as well as the Japanese Crepes and Dango. All in all there was so much food there, that you had to be careful not to spend all your money on all these mouthwatering dishes.

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One of the floors of the convention was turned into a true video arcade. But instead of paying for these games like you normally would, you could play them all for free. With classics like Time Crisis, Monkey Ball and Tetris to name but a few, you could relive the golden age of videogames. Besides the arcade machines, you could also play games on a great variety of different consoles with both modern games as well as golden oldies, enough to satisfy your gaming addiction. If you would like to play oldschool, you could also spent time playing an amount of boardgames at the boardgamenights (which I didn’t attend myself). Many games were anime oriented, like the Attack on Titan Deckbuilding Game, but you could also play classic Asian boardgames like Go. I did play one round of Go, but as it was my first time playing that game (yeah I like to make up excuses) I lost miserably (but still had fun playing it anyway).

 

 

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Just like last year, besides anime there were also a great number of Asian movies to be seen. I ended up seeing two of them, back to back and both were very much worth it.

Going the Distance (Japan, 2016)

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Going the distance is a movie about friendship and how much you would give to maintain that friendship. Asahi is a boxing trainer in Tokyo who is about to get married to the girl of his dreams Kaori. When his childhood friend Hiroto shows up asking him for help, he is torn between his soon to be wife and his friend. Time is running out for Kaori as she wants to get married before her ailing grandmother who suffers from dementia, forgets who she is. Things soon spiral out of control though, and Asahi finds himself in increasingly more trouble. This drama was very unique in the way that there was absolutely no music that accompanied it. It was an immensely beautiful film, that once again proves how precious true friendship really is, as well as the hard fact that you can’t always get what you want in life.

Her love boils bathwater (Japan 2016)

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This beautiful and heartwarming drama was sent in for a contender as the best
foreign language film at the Oscars of 2017. Sadly it did not make the cut and one has to wonder why. The film tells the story of the woman Futuba who has just been diagnosed with cancer and hears she only has a few more months left to live. Instead of giving up, she is determined to finish a few things before she dies. One is finding back her missing husband and get him to resume the family bath house. Another no less important thing is getting her daughter Azumi, who is being bullied at school, to stand up for herself. With time running out, will she be able to accomplish these and other goals? A movie like this could become an enormous tearjerker. While I won’t deny that you won’t shed a few tears it is mainly a film that fills you with hope and an incredible feel good feeling. I was especially astonished by the high level of acting in this movie. In particular by lead actresses Rie Miyazawa who plays the terminally ill Futuba and Hana Sugisaki who played her daughter Azumi. Both were absolutely amazing in their admittedly very difficult roles. This was a powerful film that stayed in my head long after I finished it.

Well, that’s it for part one. Tomorrow I will bring you part 2, which will feature the anime that I watched, as well as all the stuff that I bought. And, last but not least I will also tell you what was the highlight of the convention for me, and suprisingly that wasn’t any anime or a movie. But more on that tomorrow, as I have to keep some suspense up right? Thank you all for reading, and now I am going to try and make up for some lost sleep lol!

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 very hard and difficult post…….

Hello everyone. I am going to warn you in advance: this is not going to be a very happy post. In fact, I don’t think ever since I started blogging that I have had to write a more difficult post than this one. Last week I announced that my blogging hiatus would end this week and I would finally return again to provide you with new posts and my usual comments on your own posts. I am now very sad to inform you of the fact that this will not be the case. And it gets worse….I will not be returning to blogging until at least the end of April. In this post I want to explain to you why I had to make this honestly very hard decision to (at least for a while) stop doing something that I love with every fiber of my being.

Currently things are very busy at my work. When I arrive back at home, I am pretty much exhausted and I simply lack the energy to go write posts, answer comments or provide comments of my own on posts of your blogs. But this is not the main reason for me to make this decision, as not every day is like that. I am an only child, and have a very small family. It’s just me, my mother and my father. No other family whatsoever. As such my parents are at times very dependant on me, especially when there are moments when things are a bit tougher than usual. This is one of those moments. My father might have to undergo a surgery for his back in April. It is nothing lifethreatening, but two years ago my father also had a surgery for something else, and he came out of it in a very bad way. He had a very low, and quite honestly very worrisome blood pressure. In the end it luckily stabilized, and he made it, but it’s something that put the scare in both me and my mother.

Now, on the 10th of April we are going to know for sure if his surgery has to go through. So it’s now the long wait, and if he has to undergo his operation, it will be a very anxious time for both me and my parents. This, combined with the work situation just doesn’t put me in the right mind to work on blogging. I want to be there as much as I can for my folks, as well as find some time to relax too when I get home. And that’s why I decided to put a stop to my blogging activities, at least for the moment that is. I really want to apologise to you as well. If there is one thing that I have grown to love, it’s all the interaction with each and every one of you. You have all given me enormous support and have really made me feel welcome, and in a way it just feels I am letting you all down now. So, that’s why I just wanted to write this post, and let you all know what’s going on, but also apologise.

A request for help….

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There is one other question that I have. And that is a request. In April I was supposed to be the host for the next month of Jon Spencer’s Creator Showcase. I won’t be able to make this happen now, and that’s why I am asking for help. Is there anyone who is going to host in future months that wants to trade places with me? As this is not the end of my blog and I ofcourse totally plan on coming back, I still want to be the host for an upcoming month. As Jon’s project is very dear to me, as you can see here I really don’t want to give this up, but I just can’t do it in April. I feel really guilty in asking this, but I unfortunately have no other choice. If anyone wants to trade his spot with me, it would really be a very big help. Please let me know in the comments section below.

The future….

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Now I want to really make it clear to you that this is not a farewell post. Even though I find it very hard to write this (I am not kidding here, this entire post fills me with sadness), I take comfort in the fact that I will return. I have seen a lot of new followers make an appearance and that’s why I also feel a bit guilty about the fact that one of the first new posts you read from me is me announcing the fact that I am going to be putting a stop to my writing for a while. I hope you will still be here when I return. I really appreciate the follow and am looking forward to getting to know you better when I come back. To all of the people that I have know for longer I want to say a very heartfelt thank you. This entire community is one that is such a warm and welcoming place, that it really feels as if I am leaving a very big part of myself behind. And in a way I suppose that I am. Your friendship, love, laughter, and everything else has continued to put a smile on my face. Rest assured I will return, that I promise. I will try to stay in touch as best I can, and ofcourse if anyone wants to reach me you can find me on twitter at @online_raistlin, or by sending an email to me at mvanderweide28@gmail.com. Thank you for reading, and for now…this is goodbye. Take care everyone.

The 0903: Birthday Party, Competion Results & Blog Update

Let me start this post with a small apology on my part. As you know I announced a Short Blogging Hiatus, that I thought would only last for one week. But, unfortunately I won’t be back this week either, which means it is taking a bit longer than expected. But….it is my birthday today, and you know what I promised you when I announced the competition. Today, finally after a long wait, you can find the winners in each category below. Because really what better way is there to celebrate a birthday by giving away some presents! Congratulation to each winner! If you didn’t win, please don’t despair. There will be another competion somewhere in the future, so don’t give up. For everyone that entered, thank you for participating and for all the support that you have shown my blog. It is very much appreciated.

The Winners:

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There were 16 people that entered in this category. In the end it was J (yes that really is one letter, no typo on my part) that got selected by the random numbers generator and won the coveted Mikasa Figure. Congratulations J!

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The Book Category proved to be the most popular. I guess a lot of people were eager to find out who Raistlin is. But there can only be one winner and that is Biblionyan! Congratulations to you as well!

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It was the movie category that ultimately proved to be the least popular (which is strange as I absolutely love that Back to the Future book), with only 12 people entering it. In this final category the random number generator selected Karandi to take home the prize! Congratulations!

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A note to the three winners…

Well now the only thing left is for me to sent the prizes to you. And ofcourse I have to know your address for that so please sent an email to the following email address: mvanderweide28@gmail.com (you can also use the contact form on my about page) listing your address, or where I can sent the prize too. As soon as I have received your email I will head to the post office to start shipping your prizes.

Blog update: I’ll be back!

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Now, finally how about that blog hiatus huh? I know I said I would only be off for one week, but sometimes things grow a bit beyond your control. It has been crazy busy at my work these past few days, but to top things off, I also had a nasty flu bug that pretty much took most of my energy. In short: I just could not find the time or the proper spirit to write/read posts when I came home and provide you with my usual comments/blog posts. If all goes well though, I will be back again on tuesday. I have a backlog of comments I will first respond to, so I will be spending most of tuesday doing that. But after that I will slowly get back to reading your posts and provide my customary comments again (lol). Of course there will also be new posts from me as well, and to start things off I will provide my first review for the Anime theme month My Hero Accademia, Season 1. (Oh, just so you know…I have become totally addicted to that anime, so by saying this I think you pretty much already know how I feel about that one).

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hmmmmm…..somehow I don’t believe you…….

So, again my apologies for being absent for a while. Next week I will be back, yes this time for real! Now I am off to celebrate me becoming 42 (hmm…is that something I should celebrate though? I wonder 🤔). Have a great weekend everyone, and see you all next week!

 

March Theme: Anime

Yes people, it’s a new month, and it promises to be a very good one at that. There are lots of exciting things that are going to be happening in March. First off, I am absolutely delighted to have the theme for March be anime. Ever since I started blogging, I rediscovered my love for this fantastic medium. But I have to give credit to this by naming one of the most inspiring anime bloggers out there, the wonderful Karandi . I had not watched anime for about 7-8 years before I started my blog. In the early days of my “blogging career” I ran across Karandi’s blog purely by chance and needless to say I absolutely loved it. Because of her I began watching anime again, and now, just like blogging it really has become quite a big part of my life. Just like I did for last month’s theme I asked for your help in what I should review, and you can find the results below. Another thing that will be happening this month is the results of the competition. I know you are looking forward to seeing if you might be one of the winners. Well only 8 more days, and the final results will be revealed…and of course that coincides together with my birthday. Lastly I hope there will be two collab posts coming out as well in this month, but I am not going to reveal any details for that just yet. Gotta keep some secrets right??

My Hero Academia

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Well, before I get into who the two bloggers are that won for My Hero Academia (yes there were two) I want to say another thank you to Stilzel, who has made it possible for me to finally be able to see this anime (I can’t provide a link to a blog, because as far as I know Stilzel isn’t on WordPress (yet), but you can find them on Twitter at @_Stilzel).

Now My Hero Acedemia is a very, very popular anime about a society where 80% of the population has superhero powers. Imagine that! Just like last month I used the random numbers generator to select which reviews I would be taking on, and the funny thing is that this one got selected twice in a row, but with two different bloggers that asked for it, one being Jiraiyan and the other Merlin . As I did want to take on two different animes, I decided to just give both bloggers a shout out for this one when I write the final review, and went on to select a third number.

Baccano!

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The second anime that was chosen by the random numbers generator was requested by Adam and is called Baccano! Weirdly enough this anime was on Netflix and today has all of a sudden disappeared. But I have found another way to watch it anyway, so no worries. Baccano! sounds like a deliciously weird and interesting show, that involves fantasy elements, outlaws and gangsters, and seemingly takes place over several decades.

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Well, that’s it! Don’t like anime? No worries, I have still got you covered. There are going to be some movie reviews, as well as another Korean drama that I am currently watching and am very excited for. So there is still other stuff heading your way this month as well. As mentioned, I am currently on a short blogging hiatus, but I had already finished this post and it was scheduled to go out today. Rest assured though, next week I will be back in full swing, and respond to all the comments you left for me (You already have my thanks for all the kind words and support). I hope all of you are doing well, and look forward to talking with you again next week. Bye for now!

Short Blogging Hiatus

Hello everyone,

Sometimes real life catches up to you, and this is one of those weeks, where unfortunately I will be a little bit less active than usual. This means, except for a pre-scheduled post on the 1st of March, there won’t be any new reviews from me, nor will I be very active on WordPress this week. So I will probably miss reading quite a few posts from you as well. My apologies for that. I hope to be back in action again next week. But I wanted to let you all know, which is why I wrote this short post. I hope everyone will have a good week, and see you all again soon.

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Bloggers in the Spotlight: Volume 2

Wouldn’t you know it? Another month is nearly over. February came, went and conquered as far as I am concerned. And with March fast approaching it’s time for another edition of bloggers in the spotlight. The title is pretty much self explanatory, it’s where I shed some light on bloggers that I think are seriously awesome and who you might be following yourself, or have not yet heard of. Needless to say if the last thing is the case: it’s time to start doing that, as of right now. Unlike last month’s edition where I featured people in three different categories, this month will focus on bloggers that don’t really fall into any category. That sounds kind of cruel when I think of it, but what I mean is that their blog deals with a lot of different topics, and in that way it is hard to classify them. As I have a blog that deals with a lot of topics myself, I thought it would be nice to feature bloggers that do the same this month. So…let’s get started shall we?

KingDylbagblog

imageIf you haven’t yet come across this wonderful blog called KingDylbagblog  yet, it’s probably because he hasn’t yet discover yours. The funny thing is people always say that I comment on pretty much every blogpost I come across. But I don’t know if you might have noticed this but you see The Kings’ (yes, he really is the King no use denying that) lovely Deadpool avatar appear everywhere as well. He has been a very hardworking blogger, and it shows as his follower count is increasing daily. And that really is no big surprise. Not only is he very kind to talk too, and incredibly enthusiastic, but his blog offers a huge amount of varied content. To name everything is almost impossible, but you can find posts on manga, anime, horrormovies amongst many other stuff on his blog. But to not mention the fact that he also features his own truly awesome art there from time to time as well, would be shameful. So…all I can say is head on over to his blog if you are not yet a follower and say: ” Hail to the King, baby!”

Flowangelic

image I have “met” a lot of great bloggers ever since having started my own blog, but never in real life. This is the one exception to the rule, as this wonderful blog is hosted by the girlfriend of one of my best friends. Flowangelic’s blog is still small, but it has been increasing in follower count lately, and one only has to take a look over there to see why that is. (Oh and just in case you are wondering, no she didn’t ask me to do this, I did this promo all on my own). As I know her in real life, I can only say that she is a very kind and gentle soul, which reflects in her writing. Her blog also covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from animated films (her series on the batman animated films has been really enjoyable to read), comic books, and tv series reviews. But this list isn’t complete as there are many more great things awaiting on her blog. But don’t take my word on this alone, just go on over there and see why I am so enthusiastic about this blog. You won’t regret it, and while you are there just hit that shining follow button. I’m sure she will appreciate that!

Anjalisk96

imageWell, what can I say about this great blogger? I’m happy to see that a lot of you have already discovered her terrific blog, but I’m here to make sure that those of you who haven’t yet will press the upcoming link and see how awesome it is. Anjalisk96 is a blog that also covers an amazing range of topics, but before I get into that, is want to first say some things about herself. The one thing that I absolutely love about this amazingly kind blogger is the way she writes her posts. They very often contain something personal, or something that is really relatable. We also have been into what I like to call ” A make each other blush contest” as she always has comments that are very sweet and kind, and make me very shy (which I ofcourse respond to in kind, and so and so forth, hence blushing contest lol). So what can you find on her blog? A lot of awesome reviews for movies, books and tv shows, that cover a huge range of countries including Korean dramas something I can never read enough things about. As mentioned these are not just mere reviews, but are more often than not true works of art that contain really insightful and relatable views about the movie or tv series the post covers. But there is much more to discover on her blog. So head on over there and subscribe already!

Beetleypete

image What can I say about this man? Beetleypete is a terrific blog that is run by the awesome Pete, who is one of the kindest and funniest bloggers that I have so far come across in my adventures on WordPress. So what is it that makes Pete such an awesome guy? One of the things that I have really been enjoying is the exchanging of comments we have been doing over on his posts. He is a very frequent commenter on other people’s blogs, and always has something nice, and often very funny to say. I seriously had a few times where I literally had tears in my eyes after reading some of his comments. To call his blog diverse is probably the understatement of the year. He writes reviews for movies, his own life and his beloved dog Ollie, A-Z lists, music, and even features some fiction of his own to name but a few things. Pete always has a kind reply when you comment on his posts, and his blog is just a blast to read as it offers something cool for almost everyone. I always look forward to seeing a new post from him make an appearance. So really, no time to waste, press that link and head on over there to see what I mean!

It’s more than just gaming

image The final blog for this month’s feature is run by the awesome and kind hearted John, and is one of the blogs that I have been following for a very long time now. It’s more than just gaming is a blog that started out as a terrific blog for features, previews and unboxing videos for boardgames. But it has grown into a lot more now. Boardgames are still a big part of his blog (and quite honestly my wallet has a serious problem with that as the games he features are usually too hard to resist in buying). But I can’t ignore those posts as I just have to click on them (yes you could say it’s a kind of compulsive disorder now). He also usually has some cool unboxing videos added to the same post, that make you want to buy the game even more (*curses*).But besides boardgames there are also great stories that can be found on it, tips for writers and a lot more. Not only that, but John is a lot of fun to talk too. Always offering some kind of funny comment or advice, it’s a blogger that you just have to check out. So I guess there is just one last thing to do right? You know the drill already, just click on the link and go and follow his blog (I’m just not responsible for you spending truck loads of money because of him).

The End…..(well for this month that is…)

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So there you have it. Hopefully you will go over and follow these bloggers, as they all publish high quality content that you just have to check out. So what will be up next month? Well…I’m going to be doing a kind of special edition for this series, as it will feature some very well known bloggers (You will probably know all of these already), but I just want to shed some extra light on them anyway. So expect a very mushy post next month (😂😂). For now, this post is a wrap. I hope you will all have a great weekend, and see you at the next one! (Hint…it’s gonna feature some Xenomorphs….😱😱)

The anime blog that you are not following yet….

Do you like anime? Of course you do! Do you like blogs about anime? Well duh! Today over on Irina’s blog (yes you already know her of course, so bear with me here) I came across Cactus Matt who has a very original way of doing reviews. It’s a pretty new blog, so it might be that you haven’t yet seen it. But it’s one you definitely want to check out. So that’s why I’m reblogging one of their post in order for you to discover this highly entertaining and fun blog. Go ahead: check it out, leave a like over there and go and follow! It’s well worth it, as you will soon see! 😊

Anime Q and A

What’s the show? Is The Order A Rabbit?

Huh? I didn’t order anything? No, that’s the name of the show.

Oh, okay, one of those anime show names that makes more sense in Japanese is it? Mmm, I doubt it. Pretty sure it means exactly the same in Japanese.

Right. So what’s it about? *Whispering* Ask me what time it is…

What, why? Ugh, fine whatever ‘what time is it?’ Time for another instalment of ‘cute girls doing cute things!’

Oh good, well what cute things are these girls doing? Running a café!

Rabbit5Well I do admit that does sounds cute… wait they don’t serve rabbit at this café, do they? No! Of course not, just lovingly prepared coffee and the usual accompaniments!

Then what’s the rabbit thing about in the title? The café that our protagonist Cocoa works in is called ‘Rabbit House’ and is run by the too…

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Double feature: The Versatile Blogger Award & The Sunshine Blogger Award

To be nominated for an award is just very humbling. It always really puts a smile on my face every single time. As much as I appreciate them, I honestly have to admit that I don’t always have the time to answer all of them. I am trying to at least play a bit of catch up, and am planning to write a few long over due posts for these later this year. But today I just had to go and thank a blogger who I not only think is very special, but nominated me not once but twice in a row for two awards. I’m talking about the wonderful Anjali. Maybe you have already encountered her blog, but if you haven’t, I urge you very kindly to check it out. She writes amazingly diverse reviews that cover a wide range of topics, but also has other posts that really inspire people. But let me not forget to mention how incredibly kind Anjali is. She is a very gentle soul that always gives amazing comments, and has truly made me blush a couple of times with the support she has shown for me and my blog. So really, thank you Anjali for all your kindness and these awards. This post is for you!

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules

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  • Display award
  • Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Nominate bloggers of your choice

Seven things about myself

Now, more than a year ago, about two months after I started my blog I also got nominated for this award. But seeing as that was such a long time ago, and I have gained a lot of new followers since that time most of you probably won’t know about the 7 things that I am going to be sharing here about myself. But just in case you were here since the beginning, and might find a few of these things sound familiar, my apologies for that. So….here we go:

  1. Wasps. I have an irritional fear of wasps. Even though I have never been stung by one of those dispacable creatures (and I really plan on keeping it that way), I am terrified by them. When one comes near me, I overturn tables, and turn into a complete nutcase in trying to get away from it.
  2. Impulse buyer. I am really not a very good friend to my wallet. When I am at a con, or in one of my favorite stores, I usually buy way too much stuff. And at times it’s stuff that I really don’t need, but just because it looks cool I buy it anyway. It also pretty much explains why I have way too many hobbies.

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    Yup…get ready when you read what I have to say about this film. Feel free to call me crazy.
  3. Titanic. I absolutely loved the movie Titanic. It’s still my number one movie to date. So much so in fact that I have seen it nine times in the theatres back in the day. And guess what? The ship still sank every time at the end of the movie.
  4. Shy. Even though you might not notice it when I am writing to you on this blog, or even when you would meet me in real life, but I am a really shy guy. Over the years I have managed to mask it well. But it’s something that I still struggle with.

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    Yup..this can be me at times.
  5. Insecure. Another thing that you might not notice is that I often lack self confidence and can be very insecure. Just like my shyness I manage to hide it well. But there are times when I severely doubt myself, or at times even get worried I might have said something wrong, when I usually already know that isn’t the case. It can be quite annoying let me assure you of that.
  6. Flying. I am afraid of flying. I have never entered, nor do I ever plan on entering a plane. I know everybody keeps telling me it’s the safest way to travel. You have more risk getting into a car. Blah, blah, blah….you are still not getting me into that plane.

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    Home, sweet home.
  7. Home. I don’t go out much. I am much happier staying at home and enjoying my many hobbies than going outside doing stuff. A nice quiet relaxing day reading a book or watching a movie/anime/tv show, is just me having a good time.

My nominations

Just as always, in no way are you obligated to do a post for this. I just wanted to nominate you for having a cool blog and being awesome.

Kingdylbag13

Lilisblissfulpages

Thebookwormdrinketh

Thequirkybooknerd

Ospreyshire

Talesfromtheneonbeach

Perlem

Flowangelic

Oishi

Aldael

Nesha: e’

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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The rules

As part of this award, I am supposed to:

  • Thank the person who nominated me for this.
  • Answer the questions that has been mentioned in the post
  • Post my set of questions for my nominees to answer
  • Nominate users for ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award

Now this is the question that I got asked by Anjali:

We all dream of what we want to do. What we want to be. There are some crazy dreams (like meeting up with aliens or saving the world like Superman) which we know will never happen but still dream about a lot. Then there are those realistic dreams, like being a writer or a doctor or anything which is “sensible”. I want to know what your “crazy” dream and your “sensible ” dreams are.”

Crazy dream: Well, a few you already know that I can be a little bit crazy at times (no I am not going to be mentioning names here, you already know who you are), so a crazy dream should be easy to come up with right? Erm…..🙄 I guess the craziest dream I can come up with is me being able to build a giant transformable robot with alien technology, that I could pilot like in the anime series Macross that I love so very much. It would be awesome to just show up at work in a thing like that and put it in a parking space (of course crushing a couple of cars along the way).

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Yep that would be me finding a parking spot. Hey, I did not say I would be a good pilot.

Sensible dream: Well, my sensible dream is certainly less exciting. It might even sound a little cheesy to some of you, but nonetheless I will share it anyway. My sensible dream is to one day hopefully find a soulmate. Having been alone for most of my life, is quite frankly beginning to get annoying. Sure, I can handle being alone quite good, especially considering the many hobbies that I have. But, I would not mind having someone around to share those hobbies with. So yes, sorry it wasn’t anything more exciting like maybe bring about worldpeace, but I guess I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Wow, putting myself on the spot here now…suddenly that insecurity is beginning to surface again…moving on I guess 🙈🙈

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Soulmates ❤️

My nominations

Just like the award above no one has to feel obligated to do this post. But I nominated you because I think you definitely bring some sunshine to me every day. As for my question, I quite liked the question that was asked by Anjali, so I will ask it too: What is your crazy dream, and what is your sensible dream?

Fragglerocking

Lina

Dani

Pete

Irina

Kim

Auri

Vinnieh

Didi

Kay

Karandi

Thethingsiveseen

Trang & Lashaan

Remy

The Otaku Judge

Now for a change I decided not to nominate Shokamoka , because really, he has to get a break somewhere along the road right? Doesn’t mean I don’t think he deserves this award though 😊