Tag: Fairy Tail

Today is My Friday

And so it’s Wednesday again. I’m actually excited about it this time because tonight is my last work night of the week. I put in for a nice, long four day weekend because ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes out tomorrow night and I will be there to see it the first showing available. I’ve had my tickets for well over a month now. There may be an extra post this week specifically fangirling over that movie (or sobbing over how they destroyed it, depending on how it goes, I guess) so keep an eye out. If not before, that will likely be the topic of ‘Random Sunday’ this week.

Anyway, on to the updates! (The part probably no one reads, but hey, it’s fun to keep track of.)

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’ currently episode 108. Look, I made some progress! I’m almost  halfway there! This weekend, I plan to push past that halfway mark. It’s my birthday Sunday and since I’m saving my funds for MomoCon, why not spend it relaxing and watching anime?

I’m currently in quite a state of distress because it seems as though some characters I love dearly are dead. However, if there’s one thing I learned about this show, it’s that it is incredibly difficult to kill a member of Fairy Tail. Even when you think one of them is dead, even if you see the body, it’s no guarantee they’re gone.

 

Reading: ‘The Choosing’ by Rachelle Dekker. I was really excited about this series. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors and since Rachelle is his daughter, I figured the apple couldn’t fall very far from the tree. It is a good book, don’t get me wrong. However, it touches on one of my personal biggest pet peeves and that’s making it incredibly difficult to get through. I started it last Friday and I just reached the halfway mark yesterday. That’s painfully slow progress in my case. Considering the fact that they’re due back to the library Monday and I’m only on book one out of three, I doubt I’ll make it through the entire series even with four days off. At this point, I’d much rather focus on my anime list.

Important note: The fact that this book isn’t my cup of tea DOES NOT mean I do not recommend it. In fact, I would highly recommend it, because she’s a new author and very talented. It simply touches on my pet peeve of a girl believing she’s nothing without a man, or being a wife and feeling she has no other place in the world. I know a change of heart is coming (at least I hope it is), it’s just a long road getting there, apparently. And I also know the main character’s reaction is completely realistic with how she was raised, it just grates on my nerves. THE BOOK IS STILL GOOD, OKAY? Read it and let us discuss.

 

Cosplaying: Might as well throw this in here, right? I’m super excited because I have all of the pieces I need for my Winry cosplay, minus the wig. That was shipped yesterday and should be here within two weeks, so the email says. I cannot wait to put it all together! I’m honestly more excited for this than I was for the ‘Attack on Titan’ cosplay I did. Wish me luck!

 

That’s all for this week. Time to get back to work and adulting and all that ‘fun’ stuff us nerds try to avoid. Until next time, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

Another Week, Another Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! That means it’s time for another (almost pointless…) update! Once again, it’s been a busy week and once again the only real progress I’ve made in the fictional realm is from reading, and most of that has been done on breaks at work. But progress is progress, right?

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’, currently on episode 98. There were three whole days in which I was too busy to even work in one episode while eating, like I usually do. Most of what I watched was done Sunday night after I finally gave up adulting and just decided to relax. It helped, let me tell you.

I think this show is getting more and more interesting as I go along. I was starting to get bored with it again and then along comes a plot twist. Now I’m hooked once again. Only 179 episodes to go… right? Someday, I’ll be able to manage a full review of this show. Someday.

 

Reading: ‘Game Over’ by Andrew Klavan. I’m nearing completion of this series and let me tell you, this has been one wild, amazing ride. When I read the summary of it I was thinking it would be much more like Sword Art Online. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that while it has the whole virtual realm similarity, that’s about where it all ends. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of SAO, but I’m very glad that this book series took a much different, almost more realistic turn.

The building in this novel has been great and the character development perfect. The main character, Rick Dial, has come so far from what he began as, but he didn’t progress too fast. His reactions were realistic and there haven’t been any ‘plot holes’ so to speak, at least that I’ve noticed. The development of the other characters has been great as well and I’m thoroughly satisfied with how everything has gone. I am at that part of the book where I’m sitting on pins and needles to figure out what’s next. After all this poor guy has gone through, I’m honestly unsure how he’ll get himself out of the situation he’s found himself in now. But I’m sure he will. He’ll be fine. (She said to herself fearfully…)

 

That’s about it for this week! I haven’t started on any Attack on Titan videos yet, or any other videos, but maybe by next week I’ll have some progress done on one to share with you guys.

Finish the week strong, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

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!

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?

The Beginning of Weekly Update Wednesday!

My first ‘Weekly Update Wednesday’ and I’m pretty late in the day doing it. But that’s okay, because nobody’s even reading yet, right? Right. (If someone is reading this, HI!)

As a short introduction, Weekly Update Wednesday is pretty much how it sounds. I update on what I’m watching, reading, ect. and talk a bit about it. Nothing fancy, nothing really awesome and eye catching but if you want a suggestion of what to read or watch, this could be a place to get ideas.

 

What am I watching?

Fairy Tail (Currently episode 65)

I swear, I am never in a million years going to make it through this show. I found this on Netflix a while back (when it was actually still on Netflix) and all they had available was 48 episodes. I thought that was a tolerable amount and it looked like a great show, so I took the bite. The good news: It is a great show. The bad news: I found out fairly quickly that there are not, in fact, 48 episodes. More like 277. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like long-winded series, unless I jump on at the beginning and can keep up with it. However, I was already into the storyline so I signed up for a Funimation account and after finishing a few other shorter animes, I started Fairy Tail from the beginning again and here I am now, about to begin episode 66. Still a long way to go, but I do really enjoy this show. Just when I start to get ‘bored’, something comes along and snaps me right back to attention.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes both a challenge and a good anime.

 

What am I reading?

Black Butler Volume 16

Yes, a manga. That’s almost all I’ve been reading lately, but in my defense I just found out that my library actually has manga. I have a lot of catching up to do.

So far, I’m really loving the Black Butler manga and I actually prefer it to the anime. I do find it funny how they did something similar to the Titanic and now we’re in almost a Harry Potter setting. The only thing that makes me nervous about this is that it’s still ongoing. Meaning, these cliffhangers are going to be the end of me once I get to that point. I hate starting an unfinished series/manga, but I made the exception with this one because I was completely curious about how things ended off with season 2 of the anime. I am so glad that things diverged along the way. I can actually go back and watch season 3 now! (You know, if I ever finish ‘Fairy Tail’.)

This is also something that I would highly recommend, as long as you’re okay with a darker storyline. Ciel’s background alone is incredibly dark in theme, when you understand what exactly was done to him, and it doesn’t get much better as things go along. It is very well done, however, and there’s enough humor (albeit, dark humor) to keep things from being overwhelming.

 

Really, that’s about all for now. By this time next week, I expect I’ll be done with the ‘Black Butler’ manga and hope to be much farther in to ‘Fairy Tail’. I may have to take a sidetrack with anime, however, because I just found out today that ‘Blue Exorcist’ season 2 is already out, up to episode six. How did I miss that?! I knew it was going to get a season 2 this year, but I had no idea it would be so soon. Last time I looked I couldn’t even find a premiere date and now there’s six episodes for me to catch up on. I guess I know what I’m doing this weekend, even though I usually prefer the dubs over subs. My impatience won’t let me wait on this one.

Until the next post, awesome peoples!