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Seasonal Anime: Getting back in the game

It’s been just under a year since I broke my routine of watching seasonal in an attempt to make more time for studying for school. In the end I just ended up spending more time picking up many more other hobbies. Heck, I even built a computer for the first time while I was at it.

Now with all the time in the world over the summer holidays, I thought I would catch up with all the anime I missed while getting my teeth into this season’s rather enticing offerings.

Already at week 8, and with less than a fortnight until the start of term, I can safely say that I probably watched more anime during my exams. To put it into perspective, there are 14 shows that I’ve marked as currently watching on MAL but in reality, I’ve only been watching about 4 of them.

I have a newfound respect for my younger self’s determination to watch each new episode the moment it became available on its respective streaming site. Right now I can barely even remember which day they air on, let alone be bothered to follow 20 shows.

At least now I understand why people tend to just focus on binge watching…

I may as well say what I’ve been watching, though:

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I’m still alive, but…

As the title reads, I’m still alive and so is this blog. However, I probably won’t be posting for a while since my exams are starting in less than a week.

I did have a Ghost in the Shell review scheduled for a couple weeks ago, but, after 45 minutes in an empty screen and an angry chat with the cinema’s manager, I still haven’t  had the chance to see it. I was also going to talk about Persona 5 at some point, but only 2 hours into my play-through, I don’t think I’ve experienced enough of the game to say something worth anything.

I might get some time to post something short towards the end of exam season, but for now, don’t expect a post from this blog in the next six weeks or so…


I’ll still be on Twitter occasionally, though (when I’m not cramming equations and vocab).

Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Matthew from Matt-in-the-Hat for nominating me! Also thanks the creator (Enigma from Okoto Engima’s Blog).

Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me:

  1.  Despite being a total sucker for shoujo/jousei manga and rom-coms, my friends seem to think that I only ever watch action movies.
  2.  Even though I’m technically grade 4 in piano and violin, I can’t read music score for the life of me.
  3. Even though I’m always seen in the morning with a cup of Costa in my hand, I actually don’t like hot drinks that much.

 Matthew’s 5 questions

1. If you were in a story, would you like to be a good guy or bad guy (or good girl or bad)

Probably the bad guy, since it’s much more fun to mess with someone that be the one being messed with.

2. Are you night owl or early bird?

Well I like to go to bed in the afternoon and wake up at around midnight. Does that count as both?

3. What is one movie you feel is a guilty pleasure?

Well, apparently, I’m not allowed to like High School Musical anymore…

4. What’s your favorite superhero?

I’m really tempted to say Aquaman purely because of this web series I saw a while back, but then again I’m not really a big enough fan of superheroes to have a favourite.

5. What would you rather have, wings and fly anywhere or the power to rewind time?

I feel like the power to rewind time would actually be much more useful. I mean, think of all that lottery money I could win and the number of time I could get full marks in exams…

My 5 Questions

  1. What’s the one trope/cliché you can’t stand?
  2.  Would you rather live the rest of your life without sweet food or meat products?
  3. What genre would your life be?
  4.  Do you prefer tea or coffee?
  5. What’s your favourite food that isn’t native to your country?

My Nominations (in no particular order)

 

My Obsession With Secondary Ships

This is actually the answer I promised on Day 16 of my 30 Day Anime Challenge where I actually couldn’t tell you my ultimate, one and only,  One True Pairing. Since then I have thought about this at great length and after hundreds of shredded post-it notes and intense arguments with myself, I have finally decided upon a winner…

ban-and-elaine

Ban and Elaine (from The Seven Deadly Sins) have one of the most tragic yet beautiful stories I have ever known. I’m no a fan of tragedy, but I still love this ship more than even the likes of Royai and Shinkane. I don’t know what it is that I love so much about these two, but I do know that without them, I probably wouldn’t have continued watching the Seven Deadly Sins to the end and even be excited about the next season (I still haven’t gotten round to getting up to date with the manga but I’ve heard that something good happens).

But all that thinking also made me come to a (slightly unrelated) conclusion about my OTP preferences…


 

Shirayuki and Zen are probably sweet enough to give you diabetes, but it’s not my main OTP for the series.

I know, shocking.

shirazenFor some reason, I always find myself rooting for those two supporting characters more than the main ones. Especially if you’ve read the most recent chapters of Akagami no Shirayukihime, you’ll know that at this point, there’s no disputing the Kiki x Mitsuhide ship but I’ve been shipping them since before the anime even came out.
mitsuhide-kiki

It isn’t just with Akagami no Shirayukihime but almost anything with secondary ships or where romance isn’t even a man focus of the plot. It’s almost creepy that I care so much more about some characters that don’t get anywhere near as much screen time as the main characters.

Heck, I’m still reading this josei manga about a creepy obsessive monk (seriously mate, just leave her alone) just because I really like the dynamic between two of the heroine’s coworkers in a subplot that gets about one page of development every 10 years.

I don’t know if other people do this but I still think it’s kind of weird…

 

Day 11: Favourite Villain

It has to be L (from Death Note). Unlike other villains I can sympathise with, I could just never  bring myself to hate him. I guess it’s because of the nature of Death Note itself since L is more of an anti-villain. If L was the main character, I don’t think the audience  would have even vaguely been able to support Light’s inital ideas as much as most of us did. But, anyway, I digress.

Day 8: Guiltiest Pleasure

See my full 30 Day Anime Challenge here.

UtaPri (Uta no Prince-Sama) isn’t just some anime I watched to pass the time. I didn’t sleep or even do any of my homework just so that I could marathon the entire second season in one night. I don’t even understand why I like it, and yet I wanted to watch that trashy reverse-harem more than sleep on a school night (but I guess by the time I made the call to stay up all night, it was 3 am and I was already sleep deprived from the night before, but still…)