Finding A Tasty Adventure in The Snack World

I’ve been enjoying watching The Snack World recently. It’s a show made for children which ties in with Level-5’s (makers of Yokai Watch) latest franchise for Japan. It’s not been licensed by anyone for an English-speaking market, and I don’t believe that there are any plans to do so at present. This is the sort of series I enjoy and so I was watching without subtitles. It has recently been picked up by a fansub group though, and at the time of writing, there are subs for 2 episodes. As it’s now available to a larger audience, I thought I may give a bit of an overview of the series. Continue reading

Thoughts on Kemono Friends Comic Anthology: Japari Bun Collection

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Kinokuniya store in central Sydney while I was visiting my sister. For my fellow Aussie bloggers in the area, it’s absolutely worth a visit for their huge collection of manga (and their books in general). I was specifically looking for something which I could read in Japanese as I’ve been working hard enough on my studies that I wanted something to try out in the Japanese language, as drills will only go so far. Kinokuniya has heaps of untranslated manga (and also plenty of Japanese books in general, ranging from children’s books to novels), their 日本語 collection is actually bigger than their English manga collection. You can of course order online, but I think that browsing a bookshop can be quite enjoyable and help you spot things you may not have otherwise looked at.

KemonoFriendsJapariCoverI got a few things, but the first which I’ve had a chance to try out is けものフレンズこっみこあんそろじーじゃぱりまん編 (Kemono Friends Comic Anthology: Japari Bun Collection). Continue reading

10 Anime I Most Enjoyed

I think that there’s something really special about discussing the things that you like. While I do not find that I always agree with people’s favourites when it comes to anime or other media, there’s something enjoyable about seeing people’s passion when it comes to the things they love. Positivity is such a fantastic force! For some time I found it really difficult to decide on things which I liked the most. Perhaps I felt that by naming something as ‘more enjoyable’ or ‘better’ that I was locked into that decision. I know that there’s other bloggers who have expressed their difficulties in this regard. Still, as I’ve grown to enjoy seeing others share their enthusiasm, I thought I’d share a little of mine regarding the things I like. Continue reading

The Return of Pasta?

This is a quick post to say hello to my readers after my long absence. I suffer from an as yet undiagnosed chronic illness (I affectionately refer to it as ‘mystery chronic illness’ owing to lack of a better name, although I can tell you a number of things which I do not have) which flared up to the point where I was unable to read any quantity of text from a backlit screen without feeling extremely dizzy for a few weeks. Having my energy levels return to normal (for me) seems to be a pretty slow process, but I’m gradually feeling a bit better and trying to get back into the schedule of things I do regularly to create routine.

One small positive of all this very quiet downtime is I have watched a lot of anime! A lot of anime! I’m excited to be able to hopefully write about some of the series I have seen and and thoughts I have had while lying quietly on the lounge. Content may come out fairly slowly though as I recognise the need to take things easy and not put too much pressure on myself to put content out on a regular basis.

Owing to wanting to take things easy, I’ve decided to stop doing episodic posts for the time being. I enjoy reading other people’s episodic posts (particularly of shows which I know that I won’t care to watch myself but have some level of interest as to how they play out), but owing to the time pressure, or at least the perceived time pressure of needing to have an episodic post out in a timely fashion, I don’t feel that it’s realistic for me to commit to posting. I’d rather use my blogging time to write analytical posts or reviews, both of which I’d been finding more fun to write leading up to my break. I’m still very much feeling things out and trying new things in order to see what works and what doesn’t work for me, so this may be subject to change later on.

Coming up, I’m hoping to do a season preview of the Spring anime season and highlight some shows I’m excited about which are coming up, share a few reviews, hopefully write something about the amazing Kemono Friends, but overall, I’ll just be trying to take things easy. I probably won’t do the crazy thing I did at the end of last season where I tried to push out reviews for all the series I’d watched in the couple of weeks following their conclusion. I have watched a number of shows this season (including a whole pile of shorts), and I do hope to share my thoughts about them on the blog at some point in the future!

I’m planning to spend a bit of time trying to catch up on what other people have been writing, but I feel that getting up to date with everything would be somewhat insurmountable. So, if you saw something which was really good (or you wrote something cool yourself), if you post it in the comments I’d be happy to check it out! I’m hoping to take things slowly but be a bit more on top of everything in the coming weeks.lucy02

Anime Tracking Site Comparison

Recently, a number of people I know were interested in trying out some different anime tracking sites, and I was surprised to find that there wasn’t any readily available information comparing the different sites you can use in order to keep track of the anime which you have watched. I could find some discussions of what people used, but no real comparisons. This post aims to give a comparison of the different sites available, and look at some of their key features. I’m certain that it won’t be comprehensive, and of course if the sites have any major changes, the information may become outdated, but I’m hoping it will be a somewhat useful resource. Aside from MAL which I have been using for some years, I am a new user to all these sites and while I have done my best to test out the different basic features, I may still have missed out on some available functionality. This in itself is perhaps telling because I was unable to find the information as a new user. If I’ve missed something important, please let me know! I’ll do my best to try and have accurate information regarding each site, although I may not update this post indefinitely.

For each site I have looked at the ease of importing existing information, how you can score your shows, the options for tracking your titles (e.g. ability to create custom lists or filters), ability to customise your list design, the site UI, ways of interacting with other users (contacting or befriending them), what sort of details may be available in the database for a particular title, and the forum or community aspects of the site. Different people look for different things when it comes to tracking anime, but hopefully these are some of the important key features. I’ve linked to my profile on each site so you can see how it looks live. Continue reading

Series Review – Miss Bernard Said.

Miss Bernard Said. (Bernard-jou Iwaku.) is a series of shorts (3 minute episodes) which focus on Mochida Sawako who wishes to be perceived as well-read, and her friends who are genuinely interested in reading.

I think particularly in this day and age with sources of information so readily at our fingertips, there’s plenty of people out there who give off the air of being knowledgeable about a particular subject without having an in-depth knowledge of said subject. There’s a natural desire to want to fit in with those around us, and if our friends or acquaintances are passionate about a particular area of interest, I can understand the desire to feel informed about this area so that you can feel included. Miss Bernard pokes fun at both those who want to absorb the culture of a particular interest without being involved in the interest, and also those who think that only serious fans are true fans of a subject. Continue reading