Might as Well Call it Song Suggestion SUNDAY

I honestly can’t even blame being away from home today being the cause of this late post. I can blame the fact that I worked several hours from home, but I don’t think that’s a very good excuse. At any rate, at least I remembered before I went to bed, even though this just became ‘Song Suggestion Sunday’ once again. Maybe next weekend will be better timing-wise.

My song suggestion this week is: ‘Ghost Town’ by Egypt Central.

I’ve been in a strange musical mood this week. It’s ranged from K-Pop, to Fall Out Boy, to… well, this song I’m suggesting. If you actually give it a listen (which I highly recommend you do), you’ll realize how wide of a spectrum that is.

This is one of those really intense songs that just seems like it belongs in an action movie. It’s a perfect work out song as well, if working out is something you’re into. It gets you pumped up and maybe not feeling good, but it’s been my go to grunge song this week.

Caution: Do not listen to this song while driving unless you’re paying close attention to your speedometer. Trust me.

Sorry this post is so short guys, but I’ll try to make it up with my ‘Random Sunday’ post! Check out the song, kick back, and enjoy the weekend!

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In Which Life is Crazy

What’s up, everyone? Boy, has it been a crazy week. This ‘Weekly Update Wednesday’ is going to be a pretty big fail, because there really isn’t much to actually update on. I didn’t have any time to watch anime this weekend, though I was able to make a trip to the library which is always a treat. There’s not much on the agenda for this weekend (except work), so hopefully I can get further through my ‘to-watch’ list before next Wednesday rolls around.

 

Watching: Fairy Tail episode 91. That’s right, I only made it about five episodes in one week. I’m a horrible anime fan. It’s been relative torture, too, because I’m right in the middle of one of the big plot lines. Once this issue is resolved, I may take a break to watch ‘Black Butler’ season 3, or something else just for a time. My list is still so incredibly long that I feel maybe watching the whole 277 in chunks might be the better idea for my sanity. I really need to get on these anime boats before they take off and reach 100+ episodes.

 

Reading: ‘Mindwar’ by Andrew Klavan. I just started this Saturday and, despite how little time I’ve had to do anything, I’m over halfway through. This is slow progress for me, but break times at work help tremendously. This is an incredibly good book and I hope that it will only continue to get better. It’s very ‘Sword Art Online’-esque in that the main character ends up going into this virtual reality in which if he dies in the ‘game’, he dies in real life as well. It’s a bit more complicated than that, and there’s so many other things going on, but that’s a good part of it. The main character development has been pretty phenomenal. He almost seems to develop too fast at first, but under the situation he finds himself in, I think it’s actually pretty realistic for him to react the way he does. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and action novels. There’s been very little in the way of romance yet, but I’m sure it’s coming. It’s YA fiction. Romance is almost guaranteed.

 

Oh! In the midst of all of this, I’m also trying to plan out going to my first full weekend anime convention! I went to Kami-Con for one day back in January because I didn’t have the money for the whole weekend and I absolutely loved it. I’m now hooked and eager for my next convention. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any friends who would be willing to drive one state over to attend a Con, which means I’d be going solo. Not the safest thing for a young woman in a big city. So I’m looking to go safely and cheaply. Wish me luck! And if anyone can tell me where to find Winry Rockbell’s (Fullmetal Alchemist) black cropped jacket, please do let me know. I want to cosplay her so bad.

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

Black Butler Review

I was going to save this review for just a random post during the week, but since I finished the ‘Black Butler’ manga three days ago, I figured I might as well go ahead and throw it out there. Also, I could not think of any other theme for this post aside from another list. It’s been a long, crazy week and an even longer and crazier weekend, though not necessarily in a bad way. I just haven’t had much time and am, quite literally, just now sitting down to take a breath. Hopefully I can have this up before midnight strikes.

As the title states, this is going to be a ‘Black Butler’ review, specifically for volume 1-23 of the manga and season 1 and 2 of the anime. There will be spoilers, so if you have not seen or read either, I wouldn’t recommend reading on. I will be somewhat comparing the two. If you have not read the manga or seen the anime, before you click away, I will say that I recommend them to most anyway, of an older age. This is definitely not an anime for kids, but few rarely are now. It is on the dark side, so take that into consideration before you watch and/or read. It is enjoyable, though, with enough humor to make it worth it, as well as an intriguing plotline.

Now, onto the spoilers!

It’s been a few weeks since I watched it, so stay with me and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. The story centers around the young Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his butler, Sebastian. On the surface, the young twelve year old seems to be simply a boy who lost his mother and father in a tragic fire, inheriting the family business. However, there is more to the story. After the fire, Ciel was taken by a menacing group and subjected to great horrors. It is there that he calls on a demon, who responds to the summons. The two make a quick pact in which Ciel agrees that his soul can be devoured by the demon after the demon has helped him get his revenge. Ciel is branded with the mark of their agreement on his left eye and the demon, now named Sebastian, takes out the men tormenting Ciel. The revenge does not end there, however. The two continue on for some time searching down the culprits of the murder of Ciel’s parents.

Fairly early on, around episode six, the anime diverges from the manga. Having watched the anime first, I don’t mind the changes as much, though I did prefer the manga for the most part. To be more specific, I’ll include some of the things I liked and disliked about each. Please note, this is not a full list by any means. I’m just picking two things of each with a brief explanation.

 

Things I liked in the anime:

  • Alois Trancy. He was a complete brat, not to mention a psychopath, but I still loved him. I hated how things turned out for him, though I do feel he deserved it for the things he had done. Honestly, he got a fairly good end, if you consider the fact that he somewhat got his ‘brother’ back.
  • The more in-depth look on the three other servants of the house. I loved all three of those goofs (and Tanaka, of course!) so getting more of their backgrounds was really nice. I really only remember Finny getting more of the spotlight in the manga.

 

Things I disliked in the anime:

  • The Queen. I really don’t like what they did with her story arc. It was just strange and relatively disgusting, once you find out what the angel did to her.
  • The fact that Sebastian was actually going to eat Ciel’s soul at the end of season one. I don’t know why, but I kind of have it set in my head that Sebastian cares enough about Ciel at this point that he’s almost putting off eating his soul. Deep down, I know that’s not true, but it’s still a hope I hold on to and the end of season one ruined that.

 

Things I liked in the manga:

  • How the story went farther. I was starting to get a little bored by the end of volume 23, mainly because of the freaky boy band thing, but I still loved how there was more to it than the anime. I loved all of the extra stories and the mystery and how it all tied together in the end.
  • Elizabeth Freaking Midford. Holy crap, this girl is insane. I kept seeing on Pinterest how awesome she was but I just couldn’t believe it. You never get that peak of her in the anime. And then all of a sudden, POW. She breaks out into the most unexpected epic warrioress fighting skills I’ve ever seen. I like to personally believe that’s where Ciel truly falls in love with her, but what do I know?

 

Things I disliked in the manga:

  • The lack of Alois Trancy. Honestly, I kept hoping to see him, and even though I know the manga was well past adding that sort of storyline at the time season two came out. I still wish they could find a way to squeeze him in somehow.
  • The boy band. Seriously, the Shining Stars thing just got on my absolute nerves. I read through the ‘song’, but with a grimace on my face. I’m sure it will have some meaning, but I’m in no hurry to read the next volume after that.

 

And I think that’s about it. I know, this isn’t a very in-depth review, but I really did watch the anime and read the manga too far apart. I hardly remember anything from the anime, at least in the order it needs to be remembered. Meanwhile, the manga is still too fresh in my head to process the newer stuff. Still, this is a very good show and manga series, so I would highly recommend either.

If you like ‘Black Butler’ or any shows like it, let me know in a comment! I’ll be glad to respond and check it out!

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

Why am I Always Late?

So, I’m pushing the line here to hit the deadline on this as a ‘Song Suggestion SATURDAY’, but in my defense, I haven’t been home all day. I do apologize for that. Pretty sure no one will miss this post too much, but in the event that anyone has: Sorry!

On to the suggestion! This week my genre selection is none other than K-Pop! Most of my musical taste leans more toward K-Hip hop, but everyone seems to call it K-Pop anyway.

‘DOPE’ by BTS

If you have not heard this song, or anything by BTS, I would highly recommend you look them up right now, at least if you like foreign pop/hip hop music. BTS is one of my favorite K-Pop groups and this was the first song that introduced me to them, so it just sort of settled in as my favorite. Also, I saw an ‘Attack on Titan’ cosplay cover dance to it (look it up on Youtube, it’s AMAZING) and it just made me love the song even more.

In the event that those of you reading this do not know what K-Pop is, it is Korean pop music. It’s just much easier to say ‘K-Pop’.

That’s all for this one. May this musical suggestion light up your day! I promise to try being more on time for my post tomorrow.

In Which I Wish it Was Friday

It’s been a long week! Oh, wait, it’s only Wednesday… drat.

Welcome to my Weekly Update Wednesday! I wish this were Weekly Update Friday, but alas, we’re only halfway there. I’m in the process of trying to sell my home and simultaneously find a new one, so needless to say, there hasn’t been too much time for anime. Or reading. Or anything, really. Most of what I’ve watched since last week was done Sunday night and most of what I’ve read has been done at work. Adulting is hard, guys.

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’, currently on episode 82. I guess I made it a little farther than I thought. At least I’m past the 200 to go’ mark. It still seems like I’ll never actually get through this one, though, as enjoyable as it is.

I got ‘Attack on Titan’ on DVD as well! So I hope to re-watch and start vidding that over the weekend! Not sure what song I’ll use first, but I promise to share it here as soon as I have it done, maybe even some progress videos.

 

Reading: ‘Black Butler’ specifically volume 22. I am very nearly at the end of this one, with only one and a half to go. I’ll probably finish that tonight, actually. So far, I’m still liking the manga more than the anime, but I still need to go back and re-watch season 3. Maybe I’ll sidetrack from ‘Fairy Tail’ this weekend to do just that.

 

Sorry this post was so short, guys! As I said, it’s been a crazy week, so I’ll be able to do more this weekend (I hope)! Maybe I can actually get a full review of something in this Sunday. What do you guys think?

Wish me luck with the whole buying/selling thing! Until next time, nerd-dudes and nerdettes!

My Top Ten Favorite Anime

Compared to others, I’m still relatively new to the world of anime. I grew up incredibly sheltered, so up until a few years ago, I wasn’t allowed to really watch it. I knew nothing of the Japanese culture and really didn’t have any interest in it. Then a friend of mine got me watching ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ and ever since, I’ve been hooked on pretty much all things anime. My ‘have-watched’ list is still depressingly small compared to my ‘to-watch’ list, but I’m steadily making my way through it.

I have, at this point, watched enough to have a favorite top ten. My top five is a no-brainer, though everything from two to five tends to shuffle depending on my mood. Seven through ten I had to really think about, but here we are. My top ten favorite anime. Please keep in mind that I really only watch the English dubbed versions. I can watch subs, but if I can get a dub, I’m happier that way.

A quick heads up, there may be slight spoilers here. Nothing too bad, but I know some people are funny about spoilers.

 

10) Fairy Tail

Honestly, this one would be way higher up on the list if there weren’t so many episodes for me to get through. I normally get bored somewhere around episode 60, so 277 (at least on Funimation) is a bit excessive for me. Still, I’m pushing through it currently and maybe by the time I get finished, the dub of ‘Blue Exorcist’ season 2 will be out!

But seriously, this is a very good anime. There are plenty of things going on and a number of plot twists keep things interesting. The one thing I’m not fond of when it comes to the show is the whole bad guy might be a good guy thing or is the good guy really a bad guy. As much as I love the idea of ‘Jerza’, that whole plot line gave me a headache trying to figure it out. I also find it a little funny how characters can get beat within an inch of their life and there’s still not a sign of blood anywhere. All of the main characters should have been dead as dead can be, but they’re still alive and kicking. I guess being a wizard gives you some seriously tough skin.

But all that aside, I do still love this anime (as of episode 73, anyway). The characters are great, the plot keeps moving, so I’ll keep watching.

 

9) Sword Art Online (Season 1)

Really, just season one. I’m not entirely sure what happened with season two and I haven’t even tried season three. At some point I do plan to re-watch it all and probably play the video game, too.

This was one of those animes that I found on a weekend at my best friend’s house. We were scrolling through Netflix, found it, and binge watched the first season in no time at all. You can ask her, I nearly beat her to death with fangirl slaps at the Kirito and Asuna kiss. They were then, and still are, one of my biggest OTP’s. A couple that fights together, stays together!

The plot line of being stuck in a video game and at risk of actually being killed was really what caught my attention at first. I love playing video games, so getting stuck in a virtual reality fantasy land? Heck yeah! I wouldn’t last five minutes, probably, but it would still be loads of fun.

 

8) Fate/Stay Night

The premise of this show was what initially drew me in. I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legend, so when I heard ‘Holy Grail War’, I was instantly intrigued. After watching, I was not disappointed in the least. There were a few things that I disliked, or things that confused me, leading to it being farther down this list.

Things I liked: The plot twist. The identity of Archer was one I did not see coming at all. I had no idea who he would be, but I started growing suspicious about an episode or two before the actual reveal. Then I had to go back and look for all of the resemblances (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about). I also loved Saber but Shiro was my absolute favorite. There were a number of other things I liked, but then the list would be way too long.

Things I disliked: I’ll admit, I got a little confused after Archer’s identity comes out and Shiro’s fighting for his ‘ideals’. As much as I loved the plot twist itself, it brought about a number of other questions for me. The whole ‘hero of justice’ thing threw me and I’m not entirely sure why. I guess I didn’t understand why Shiro would base his ideals on someone else’s and why it would lead to… well, what he becomes (I don’t want to spoil it too much). Also, I didn’t like the ending handshake thing. For heaven’s sake, KISS THE GIRL. I didn’t just spend so many episodes shipping you two for a HANDSHAKE. You can ask my parents, I ranted about this for days. Maybe weeks.

But for all the downsides I saw in it, it was still a quality anime and I did really enjoy it. It doesn’t drag things out too much but it does have a prequel (and a sequel, I think…) However, they aren’t dependent on each other. You can watch them really in whatever order you want. I watched Stay Night first, then Zero. I would almost recommend watching Zero first, but that was just how I felt in the aftermath.

 

7) Noragami

It’s almost hard for me to really explain what I love so much about this show. Maybe it’s just the irony of a ‘delivery god’ or maybe it’s the characters themselves. Maybe it’s the adorable Yukine and wanting to know more about what he was before, or maybe it’s seeing how far Hiyori will journey with these two crazy guys. I really can’t say. I just enjoyed the show immensely, even though it has a few darker turns in it, especially in the second season. Yato’s background and what he was before also kept me curious. It was, to put it simply, one of those animes that I binged easily and would gladly binge again.

 

6) K

Just ‘K’. If you’re wondering whether that’s the actual title, it is and it is incredible.

It’s been a while since I watched this one, but I remember it quite well, especially the plot twist. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think anyone who has watched it will know exactly what I’m talking about. I love to try and figure things out but I also love being surprised. I love thinking that I have it right only to be violently thrown a curve ball. This was one of those times. Maybe not everyone is like that and I simply missed the signs, but honestly, I think it was very, very well done. To be perfectly honest, if the first five in my list here did not exist (that’s a terrifying thought…), this would be my absolute favorite. It’s relatively short, it gets to the point, and while I wasn’t overly fond of the not-so-happy ending, it was still incredible. I would highly recommend this one, just as one of my friends highly recommended it to me.

 

5) Blue Exorcist

The son of Satan becomes an exorcist to spite his father. Literally, how do you get any better than that?

I loved almost everything about this show. I have always been a huge fangirl of shows with brothers (or sisters!) so this one is clearly a favorite. I never had siblings of my own, so I guess seeing these intense ‘we have to fight for our lives’ scenarios with siblings makes my life feel somehow more epic. Honestly, I prefer sibling relationships to romantic relationships any day, and that’s probably why this is one of my favorites. Rin and Yukio don’t always get along, but they do love each other. Even though Yukio sometimes doesn’t seem to care, closer to the end, you can tell that he absolutely does and always has. These two will always be there for each other and that alone puts this one in my top five. (To be honest, this one battles with the number 4 spot on my favorites list all the time.)

 

4) Free!

It should be pretty clear why I like this one. A bunch of incredibly hunky shirtless guys. What fangirl wouldn’t love this show?

There really is more to it than that, though. I almost got scared off of this show at first. I found ‘Eternal Summer’ on Funimation and two or three episodes in, I just felt like I was missing something. Then I found out it was season two. Clearly, I had already started watching the dubbed version, so I started searching for season one dubbed. The only place I could find it was on CrunchyRoll, for the paid account. Since I knew I could zip through it in no time at all, I signed up for the trial basis and made it through season one. Then I went back and watched season two. It made so much more sense and it made me love it even more.

This was an anime where I whole-heartedly approved of the ending. I’m perfectly okay with knowing there will never be a season three. It ended on a high note and I feel like it left it in a good place for you to imagine that they all had great futures.

I should say this now, since there are some rabid yaoi fangirls, I really don’t have any ships for this show. I’ve never been one for the whole ‘yaoi’ thing. I will argue with you all day that Haru and Makoto are just friends, or that Rin has no interest in Haru, Sosake, or Nitori in any romantic fashion. I will, however, offer that Rei and Nagisa are the closest thing to being ‘official’ in this show. If I did have a gay ship list (which I do, somewhere in that hidden part of me that refuses to come out in case my family decides to disown me), they’d be right up there behind Will and Nico from the ‘Percy Jackson’ series, along with Viktor and Yuri from ‘Yuri!!! On Ice’.

But ships aside, I still love this show, and I would still love it even if it turned out every single character was indeed gay. Except for Makoto. That boy mine.

 

3) Ouran High School Host Club

This is another one of those that is hard to explain what is so addicting about this show. I mean, where do you even start? This show is full of irony and I love it.

Before I had every watched it, my best friend’s little sister was talking about this anime called ‘Ouran’ and how she loved it. I asked her what it was about and her explanation was something along the lines of a high school harem of boys led by a girl, or maybe I just misunderstood her at the time. Either way, I avoided it for a while, until I got bored and decided to give it a try. Now it’s one of my absolute favorites.

Tamaki is one of the strangest characters I’ve ever seen and I love him for that. He’s charming but annoying, brilliant but clueless, a great friend but arrogant. He’s got so many good factors but can then become the complete opposite without being a ‘bad guy’ and I think that it’s because deep down he’s so pure. All he wants is to make people smile and be happy. No matter how annoying he might be or how arrogant he can sometimes become, he still truly just wants people to be happy.

I could spend days talking about each of the characters but since I’m already at a long post as is, I’ll leave it at this: All of the characters have much more to them than meets the eye. They have their quirks and having a ‘host club’ in general is rather strange, but it works. They’re always there for each other and care for each other no matter what. And that’s why this show is so beautiful.

 

2) Attack on Titan

This is one of my more recent anime views. It also happened to be my first cosplay, which was so much fun, but painful. I’ll admit, I’m glad I waited longer to get on this fandom train. I only had to wait a year for the second season. Everyone else had to wait four. I think I win.

Still, that means I missed out on this longer. This show is absolutely incredible. Everything from the music to the animation to the plot line is just so intense and amazing. Some people think it’s ‘over-rated’, but I don’t think this show could ever get the credit it deserves. It seems so simple on the surface. People are trapped in walls against man-eating Titans and are safe for around two hundred years. There is nothing outside the walls but these Titans, everyone knows that. Then, one day, the Colossal Titan appears, breaches the wall, and allows smaller Titans inside. Death and destruction happens. So there’s not much going on other than our main protagonist, Eren Jaeger, killing Titans three years after the main attack, right?  Wrong.

The mystery element to this anime, and the manga as well, keeps you in absolute suspense. You want to know where the Titans came from, why they only die if you slice their neck, and what the heck is in that basement? (If you’ve kept up with the manga, you now know what is in the basement!)

While there is a lot of death and plenty of gore, this is still an incredible anime. Armin is my absolute favorite and Levi is a close second. There’s just so much going on with so many layers that you just have to keep watching. And re-watching. And re-watching again, until season two is here! Just a few more weeks, guys, we’re almost there!

 

1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Literally the best of the best. I’m not talking the original, either, because the ending on that one was so disappointing. I almost didn’t even watch ‘Brotherhood’ because of how the original ended, but I’m so glad I did.

The premise remains the same in both. Two young alchemist brothers (again with the brothers! Yay!) try to transmute their dead mother back to life and find out that the whole ‘human transmutation is taboo’ thing was not just a useless warning label. Edward, the elder brother, loses his left leg and Alphonse, the younger brother, loses his entire body. Edward then sacrifices his left arm to attach Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. After a year of painful automail rehabilitation, Edward ends up joining the military to get further access to research on how to get their bodies back. Note: this is an incredibly generic explanation of the show and does not come even close to covering how amazing it is.

The fact that Ed and Al are willing to go to such lengths for each other is just beautiful and one of my favorite things about this show. They would literally give up their lives for each other, if the situation called for it, and it very nearly does on several occasions.

Another one of the things I love about this show is how strong the women are. Riza Hawkeye is one of the best characters I’ve seen anywhere and if I had to pick a favorite for this show, I think it’d be her. Also Roy/Riza is one of the best ships that ever has sailed. Winry is also amazing and I love how she doesn’t sit around waiting for Ed and Al to come back. She takes her future into her own hands and does what she needs to do to help them in the meantime. You also have Lan Fan and Mei Chang who are both incredibly strong girls. There seems to be no end to the women who can kick butt in this show and I love that.

There’s so many things I love about this show that I could never list them all and while there are a few things I dislike, they’re hardly worth mentioning. This show is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 

So that’s my top ten favorite anime! What are yours?

For the Love of Music

Hello and welcome to Song Suggestion Saturday! This will be a relatively short post and I have a feeling it will be pretty useless to most people scrolling past my quiet little blog. After all, this is a nerdy blog, right? Who in their right mind would throw in a musical side track? Me. And I never said I was in my right mind. So ha.

I have very wide musical tastes, so the genre here will vary from week to week. However, if anyone possibly reading out there is at any point interested in these posts and wants a specific genre, please toss it my way in a comment! As long as I do have a suggestion from that genre, I’d be more than happy to base a post on it. Heaven knows I’ll never run out of content for this weekly post.

Enough rambling! It’s time for the suggestion! The big moment of truth! Drum roll please (no pun intended)!

‘For You Only’ by Trading Yesterday

This is such a beautiful song. There are two versions of it (that I’ve found).

The first version that I found digging around on Youtube so many years ago was the piano version. For a long time, I thought that was the only one and I was okay with it. It’s beautiful and haunting and the singer’s voice is something to absolutely die for.

The second version I found on Spotify is a good deal different. It starts out mostly the same but ends up having an intense rock theme after the first chorus hits. To summarize my take on the rock version: I love it.

Both versions are beautiful and I honestly could not pick a favorite if someone forced me to. I love the piano version because of just how beautiful it is. I love the rock version because I’ve always loved rock (that’s what I was raised on) and the intensity of it doesn’t take away from the beauty it possesses.

Since this is a nerdy blog, I feel I should go ahead and state that this song is on my list for an ‘Attack on Titan’ AMV. I hope to have that up in a few weeks, so check out the song now so you can have a good idea of what I’ll be sharing soon!

After giving them a listen, or if you’ve heard them before, which is your favorite? Do you not have a favorite? Are you the strange soulless being who doesn’t like either of them? Let me know in a comment!

Stay nerdy, friends!