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A New Post After a Super Long Time…

My life has been kind of hectic since the end of the school year. A lot has happened to me and I’ve been working a lot of nights at my job, making me so exhausted when I come home and during the day that I can’t bring myself to do anything.

First things first, though, I want to say thank you to all of those who have come across my blog and have taken the time to read it. An even bigger thank you to those who comment and ask me questions. You guys are amazing and help me continue on with this.

Some things that have happened recently is I got all A’s an B’s this semester so I’m super proud of that! Other than that, I have some amazing news!! I’LL BE GOING TO JAPAN THIS SUMMER!

I’m going as a part of the Tomodachi Inouye Scholarship and its at the end of the month! I’m so excited since this is my first time in Japan!

Another thing that’s happened was that my friend and I went to Walker Stalker Con in Boston and I got to meet Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan!

I started reading a manga called Tokyo Ghoul which is also a new summer anime that just came out. There’s only two episodes out so far.  It’s really good and I love it! I’m liking the manga better though. The anime doesn’t do it justice.

I’m starting a cosplay for Lulu of League of Legends. I’ve bought all the things I need just for the hat so far. I’m hoping to start with that first and go from there.

My username on LoL is laelatwilight if you want to find me!

There’s a whole ton of stuff going on in my life right now but it’s giving me more to write about here so it’s coming up soon!

And please excuse this long, unedited post! It’s really late tonight and I’m watching a pretty bad horror movie that’s distracting me xD

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Noragami: Review

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ノラガミ

Tamura Kotaro

Akao Deko

2014 (Japan)

Another Winter 2013/2014 anime release, Noragami is definitely one to notice with a well balanced blend of comedy, action, and drama.

Noragami tells the story of Iki Hiyori and Yato, a god who dreams of having shrines where people can go to pray. Their lives intertwine when Hiyori tries to save Yato from being hit by a car, but instead gets hit herself and becomes a “hanyou,” someone who can easily lose their soul. When they cross paths with a phantom, an evil spirit, Yato finds a uncorrupted spirit naming him Yukine and making him his Regalia, a weapon used in the fight against phantoms.

Yato in his dream of becoming a god people would pray to.
Yato in his dream of becoming a god people would pray to.

This anime is another adaptation from a manga and only has 7 out of 12 episodes out so far. What’s so great about this show is how comedy and drama mix so well together. This is because among the tensions between each of the characters, the writers placed comedic jabs at just the right moments. It doesn’t take away from the show either. They’re able to have the emotional connection between characters and in the scenes, but have those moments where you can take a step back and enjoy the sarcastic interludes.

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This art shows a Nora, a kind of spirit that has a role in the show.

The pacing of the show has been pretty good although right now I don’t feel like 12 episodes is enough to cover the story. Even if they do space out the last few episodes very well, I don’t want the show to end. I really wish it was a ~22 episode anime so that I can keep watching it.

I loved the opening and ending themes for this show! It’s definitely a good feeling when you’re watching a great show that has an opening that makes you want to die from excitement. Throughout the opening video, it highlights the main characters and their relationships between each other and each of the supporting characters.

The name of the opening is “Goya no Michiawase (午夜の待ち合わせ, Overnight Appointment)” by Hello Sleepwalkers, a Japanese rock group.

You can listen to the opening here:

The ending, however, is “Heart Realize (ハートリアライズ)” by Japanese artist TiA.

You can listen to the ending here:

So far, I love this anime! It’s a great show and I can’t wait to find out what happens! I do really like all the characters, but I have to say my favorite is Yukine. I don’t really have a good reason why though. I think I like how complicated his character is and he isn’t just some pure spirit, that behind it all is a delinquent. His voice actor also has a nice voice which adds to the character.

Yukine, Yato's Regalia.
Yukine, Yato’s Regalia.

I’ve decided that I really want to cosplay this character because I love him so much so I’ll be putting that all together for Anime Boston which is coming up next month. I’m really looking forward to this and I think I’ll be posting photos of it after the con~

My Rating:

Out of a scale of 1 – 10, I give this anime (so far) 9 Nora’s!

General Reception:

It seems that, from what I’ve researched, people who watched the show generally liked it. For those who didn’t watch it, they don’t because they feel it’s just like any other anime that has gods and ghosts. But that’s not the case! It’s a definite much watch so please check it out!

If you’d like to catch this awesome series, you can watch it here:

http://www.anime1.com/watch/noragami/

If you have any questions, comments, things you want to add, please comment below! Just keep in mind about spoilers!

Making Mochi!

Today I went into Boston with one of my friends to a mochi (a Japanese food) making event and I had a lot of fun. It was at Miso Market which is a small market with all sorts of different kinds of foods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a cool fish that they had up as a decoration and I couldn’t help taking a picture of it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what they put the rice in to hammer it and make it into sticky mochi. Below that is a photo of the guy doing it.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen getting the mochi, you could get mochi with vegetable soup or red bean soup. If you didn’t want soup, you could get mochi with kinako or mitarashi toppings (which you can see in the photo below).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the event, we went to Porter Square to the restaurant Bibimbap. It’s an amazing Korean restaurant that has different foods from different countries, not just Korean food.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had the bulgoki (Korean dish) which was awesome! And it was my first time having it too so I’m really glad that I liked it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy friend and her mom had two different kinds of pad thai (Vietnamese dish) which I heard was very good.

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Then I went to a little place to get bubble tea (a Taiwanese drink) which was sooo good! I got strawberry flavor this time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had a lot of fun today and I’m glad I was able to go and see how to make mochi. I hope to be able to go to more events like this in the future!

*I’ll also try and find better links to things in the future.

Be With You

Be With You

Title in original language:

今、会いにゆきます (Ima, Ai Ni Yukimasu)

Takuji Ichikawa

2003 (Japan)

This book is sort of an autobiography of the author who took different experiences of his life and put it together in a fictional story. It’s an amazing book and I recommend it to anyone!

Originally published in Japan (the year listed above is the year of the English translation I read), the book was so popular that a television series, film, and manga were produced.

I again admit that I only picked it up because it was Japanese (I love having a collection of Japanese books) and I’m so glad that I did.

It’s about a woman, Mio, who passes away, leaving her husband, Takkun, and 6 year old son, Yuji, behind.

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Before she passes, she tells her husband that she’d come back in the rainy season to see how they are doing without her and one year later, this becomes true when she comes back from the grave.

This is such a touching story of a second chance at happiness and I wasn’t able to put it down.

It’s an easy read and like I said before I was able to get through it quickly. Takkun and Yuji were very quirky and cute which made me love them immediately and the same for Mio too.

The only tiny little thing that was a problem was with the dialogue. Sometimes there wasn’t anyone listed as the speaker so it was hard to tell who was saying what. It wasn’t bad though so don’t expect it to cause too much trouble.

Overall, it was an amazing book. I loved everything about it and I recommend it to anyone!

My rating:

5!

OUT

OUT

Title in original language:

アウト (Auto)

Natsuo Kirino

1997 (Japan)

This crime novel is one of the best books I’ve read. I’m going to be honest and say that I picked it up just because it was by a Japanese author, but it turned out great!

It took me a long time to read it, but that was only because I had such a hectic schedule this semester, but I finally finished it.

The story is about a Japanese woman who, finally fed up with her husband, murders him by strangling him.

Asking some of her friends for help, they come together to dispose of the body. The plot goes on to describe the wears that this has on each of the women and their friendship, especially in trying to keep this secret.

The good aspects of this book is the detail with descriptions. It’s amazing how much detail was put into each character and what they go through.

This can also be a bad aspect because some people don’t like so much description, but it’s something that I love in books so it’s something I wouldn’t notice.

One thing to watch out for is the gory descriptions. She definitely goes into detail with that so fair warning to be careful of it when you’re reading and if that’s not you’re thing. It’s brief and only happens a couple times (it’s not the main focus of the book) so it’s easy to skip over or just skim it if it makes you queasy.

For me though, this book was definitely a page turner (especially at the end!) and kept me coming back to it. It’s something I definitely recommend to anyone!

My Rating (out of 5):

5