children of summer

Best Indie Movies

- Electrick Children (2012)

- 500 Days of Summer (2009)

- Palo Alto (2013)

- Lymelife (2008)

- Adult World (2013)

- The Art of Getting By (2011)

- It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

- High Fidelity (2000)

- Almost Famous (2000)

- Nightcrawler (2014)

- Adventureland (2009)

- American Ultra (2015)

- White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

  • Normal Person: School is over and this summer I'll go out with my friends all the time.
  • Me: Go out? No way! I have to read all the books on my endless tbr.
Summer Anime 2017

As the temperature rises and students finish up the school year, it is time to say goodbye to spring and hello to summer! After picking up my badge for this year’s Anime Expo (AX), I feel that it’s appropriate to reflect back on this past anime season. Spring season has given me a variety of great shows to watch, such as Tsuki ga Kirei, Eromanga-sensei, Attack on Titan 2, etc., while also surprising me with the amazing show known as Boku no Hero Academia. Now with the anticipation of AX hanging over my shoulders, I am more than ready to start the SUMMER ANIME SEASON!!!

Here are the shows that I am planning on watching:

- Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

AHHHH I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SINCE IT WAS ANNOUNCED! LETS GO!

- Ballroom e Youkoso

An anime on ballroom dancing…as a dancer it’d be a crime to not watch it!!!

- DIVE!!! 

What can I say…I’m sports anime trash.

- Koi to Uso

The premise of this show seemed interesting and Kana Hanazawa is one of the main characters!

- Netsuzou TRap

I’m probably cursing myself by watching a Shoujo Ai anime for the first time…but I’m curious hehehhehe

- Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

A sports anime with a clean-freak protagonist naturally poked my interest.

- Tsurezure Children

Each episode is only 15 minutes, but COME ON the characters are adorable!

- Fate/Apocrypha

There’s a lot of hype for this and it’s connected to the Fate franchise! WOOO!

- Konbini Kareshi

I actually have no excuse why I’m watching this…LOL XD

- Hitorijime My Hero

YAOI YAOI YAOI YAOI

Leftovers:

- Boku no Hero Academia 2

I picked this show up on a whim and I can say that I now understand the hype for this anime. I never expected to love the show and it’s characters so much to the point that I’m begging all of my anime friends to watch it so that they can geek over it with me. Consider me a part of this fandom from now on!

I’m super, super excited to start watching these shows! This summer season is even more special since I am starting it by attending all 4 days of AX. I am cosplaying as Yuuri Katsuki from…you guessed it, Yuri!!! on ICE. Plus, I have a chance to meet Kubo-sensei and Yamamoto-sensei! In the words of Yuuri, “I’m still in denial that this is actually happening!”

I’m praying to the anime gods that I will be able to get autographs from both of these lovely ladies and attend their panel. While I wait in line in the ungodly hours of the morning, I will be waiting to start this great line-up of anime. Thanks for reading!

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PERSONAL ANIME MILESTONE

Reached a milestone
Finally filled up my first anime shelf
I’ll need to build a new one before I get any more.

What I’ve got:

The girl who leapt though time
Summer wars
Wolf children
The boy and the beast
Nausicaä of the valley of the wind
The cat returns
Porco Rosso
Kiki’s delivery service
Laputa castle in the sky
Princess Mononoke
My neighbour Totoro
Spirited away
Ponyo
Arrietty
From up on poppy hill
The tale of princess Kagua
When Marnie was there
The castle of Cagliostro
Evangelion 1.11 you are (not) alone
Evangelion 2.22 you can (not) advance
Evangelion 3.33 you can (not) redo
Ghost in the shell (1995)
Ghost in the 2 innocence
Ghost in the shell solid state society
FLCL
Panty and stocking with garter belt
Kill la kill
Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann childhoods end
Gurren Lagann the lights in the sky are stars
Madoka magica
Madoka magica the movie rebellion
Perfect blue
Paprika
Lupin the third the woman called Fujiko Mine
Fate zero
Space Dandy
Cowboy bebop
Cowboy bebop the movie
High school of the dead
Afro Samurai
First squad
Eden of the east
Black lagoon Roberta’s blood trail
Akira
Nadia the secret of blue water
Blue exorcist
Attack on Titan
Berserk (1998)
Full metal alchemist brotherhood
Metropolis
Elfen Lied

If you have any recommendations for what I should have on the new shelf feel free to mention some titles.

Update : https://comicfan44.tumblr.com/post/162286887991/my-current-animation-blu-ray-collection
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I love you, Alec.
       I love you too.

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“Animation is drawings. I don’t think of animation as an extension of live-action; it’s an extension of the arc of art history.”

–  Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, Boy and the Beast

Amazon Associates link for ‘The Girl Who Leapt…’: http://amzn.to/2uyY9t7

Amazon Associates link for ‘Summer Wars’: http://amzn.to/2tcbbJg

Amazon Associates link for ‘Wolf Children’: http://amzn.to/2uEw9VF

Amazon Associates link for ‘Boy and the Beast’: http://amzn.to/2tClI01

LEARN SPANISH WATCHING TV SERIES (FROM SPAIN)

As you all may know, watching TV in your target language helps improving the vocabulary, listening comprehension, and knowledge of it in general. This is why I decided to create a masterpost with some of the most well-known TV series in Spain. The titles are clickable, and they redirect to a trailer or some short clip of the show. 

(Not following any particular order)

  • Las chicas del cable: Netflix’s first Spanish original series. It’s set in 1928, and it tells the story of a group of girls working for a telecommunications company. It has this Great Gastby feeling, highly recommended! 
  • Física o química: I’d say this is a low-budget, Spanish version of Skam or Skins, but a bit outdated since it’s from some years ago. But basically same story, the struggles of some high school kids.
  • Cuéntame cómo pasó: it narrates the daily life of a Spanish family of the second half of the twentieth century, so of course it has some historic episodes going on. It started back in 2001, based in 1968, and it’s still on air, narrating the year 1986.
  • Aquí no hay quién viva: sitcom which depicts the problems of the neighbours of an apartment building. It stopped being broadcast in 2006, but a new series with basically the same argument and actors emerged, called La que se avecina.
  • Los hombres de Paco: drama comedy which tells the story of some policemen.
  • Farmacia de guardia: apparently this is the most watched Spanish TV series ever. It’s a sitcom about a pharmaceutic and her life.
  • Los Serrano: drama comedy about a family and their struggles.
  • Vis a vis: a Spanish remake of Orange is the new black, basically.
  • El ministerio del tiempo: fantasy TV series about a ministry that travels in time.
  • Velvet: story of love between a heir and a seamstress in the 50s. Miguel Ángel Silvestre (who also appears on Sense8) plays the lead role here.
  • Sin tetas no hay paraíso: a love story between a posh girl and a troubled guy. Miguel Ángel Silvestre also plays a role here.
  • El príncipe: drama series of a relationship between a Christian policeman and a Muslim woman.
  • Aída: sitcom about a poor-ish, low class family and their neighbours.
  • Águila roja: about a masked hero, set during the 17th century.
  • La señora: set in the 20s, about a love story between people of two different social classes.
  • Amar en tiempos revueltos: soap opera depicting the life in the Spanish civil war.
  • Gran hotel: drama series set in 1905 about a family who own a hotel.
  • El internado: thriller which focuses on the lives of students living in a boarding room.
  • Médico de familia: a bit old, tells the story of a doctor and his family.
  • Hospital central: drama about the lives of some hospital workers.
  • Verano azul: from 1989, one of the most iconic Spanish TV series. It tells the story of some children and their summer vacation.

If you want to watch any of them and aren’t able to find them (or if you have any doubts), drop me a message and I’ll be glad to help. Happy learning!


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Beginning Thoughts of the Summer Anime Season 2017. . .

Summer Season of Anime is already among us, and I’m so glad it’s here.   With Spring being so incredibly weak, I find myself enjoying the fact that the Summer Season is already this good and it’s only the better.  Regardless, here are my thoughts on the beginning shows I’m watching.  Please keep in mind that these are based solely on the first episode or two, and are purely just my opinion.  So please, if yours differs, I’d love to here it.

Kakegurui:  Studio MAPPA

Hi, I’m one of the contenders for best show of Summer Season.  Gambling.  Finally something different.  There aren’t as many series about Gambling as there is with so many others, much less done in this high school setting.  Regardless, I love the art style of this series, especially when it gets to be those truly disturbing scenes.  I can say without a doubt that this is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this season.  

Hajimete no Gal:  Studio NAZ

Originally posted by kingdom-of-animes

Would you hate me if I said this is one of my favorites so far?  Yeah, I’m trash, and this is trash, but I don’t care.  It’s an ecchi series that isn’t making me hate everything around me so far, so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts.   DO NOT WATCH THIS WITHOUT HEADPHONES.  

Koi to Uso: LIDENFILMS

This show is a perfect example of a series where the plot is good enough to save the series.  The art style is very generic, granted, it’s higher quality generic, but generic and bland nonetheless.  I would love this series so much more if it was done in more of a March Comes in Like a Lion, or even a Scum’s Wish Art Style, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case here.  However, I am loving the plot thus far.  Who honestly isn’t interested in this concept of Forbidden Love.  I honestly can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.  

Netsuzou TRap : Creators in Pack

Disappointed.  Nine Minute Series.  Nine Freaking Minutes.  Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Yuri, don’t waste your time.  I happen to really enjoy Yuri, so I’ll keep watching it for a little while.  The manga is a billion times better compared to this.  #StopMakingShittyAdaptations.  

Ballroom e Youkoso: Production I.G. 

Hi, I’m the other top runner for best series of the season.   I really love this series.  It’s amazing.  It’s unique, and I can honestly see this being almost as big as Yuri on Ice.  Check this shit out.   I mean you could also just check it out solely for the purpose of that unique I.G. Art Style; I mean, hello this has Haikyuu written all over it.   

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni:  Production Reed

Originally posted by kami-monogatari

Dropped.  I’m sick of the “another-world-harem-series”  it’s getting old.  Granted, this is a slightly different “another world harem”  by having the main guy getting to keep his smartphone in this other world.  I know right?  God understands our first world struggles.  Also, this art style is bland.  But  who knows, maybe you’ll like it.  

Nana Maru San Batsu:  TMS Entertainment

Originally posted by ufotable

Annd this is going to be dropped.  Calling it now.  I hate the art style.  I also hate the main girl; in fact, I hate her so much I don’t even like her enough to learn her name.  I really liked the concept.  A Quiz Anime.  It’s completely different from everything else, the only thing that truly kills the series for me is the execution.  The execution is absolutely terrible. It had potential, and it’s just really sad to see it wasted.  

Dive!!:  Studio Zero-G

Honestly, this is probably going to get dropped.  As much as I hate to admit it, I find this show just underwhelming.  When I first heard about the show, I had high hopes that it was going to be something, maybe not as awesome as Free!, but at least as eye catching, or entertaining, or hell, even just partially lovable as Free!.  I find myself disappointed, both with how the show is turning out, as well as with how much I expected from it.  Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Sports Anime, don’t bother.  I would also like to point out that everywhere I’ve read about it does have Comedy tagged before Sports, yet I have not found a bit of it even relatively close to “comedy,” so there’s that as well… 

Hitorijime My Hero :  Encourage Films

Watching this.  Why?  Meh, I like BL.  In all honestly though, it’s turning out alright; it is a Shounen Ai, series, so regardless, I always go into them with no expectations, so for now, it’s just meh.  I’ll let you know more when it gets further along.  


Tsurezure Children:  Studio Gokumi

Originally posted by sajou-rihito

I’m actually really enjoying this one.  It’s a cute little time killer that’s pretty funny, and is all about kids with these love problems.  How cute.  The art style is very generic, and the plot isn’t exactly reverting, but it’s entertaining and that’s all that matters.  

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: Studio Lerche

I’m interested.  Very interested.  I went into it thinking that it was just going to be some Assassination Classroom wanna be by the same studio:  Class of Underachievers, given up on by this precious elite school.  I’m honestly glad that it, so far, isn’t turning into that at all.  I’m curious to see where it goes from here.  

Jigoku Shojo:  Studio Deen

Hell Girl!! *Crying*  I missed you so much.  You never realize just how much you miss a show until you get another season and it just makes you so happy.  This is me with Hell Girl.  Thank you.  I needed this.  I needed an excuse to binge the series again, (which I totally did) just to mentally prepare myself for this new season.  

Boku no Hero Academia:  Studio Bones

That second half art style change though!!! Still best show so far.  Best show of the season.  Best Show of Last Season.  Just Best. Show.   WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS?!?!?!

So anyways, that is my first impressions of the series so far that I am watching.  Please keep in mind these are merely my thoughts, and I am not going to be watching everything this season.  If there’s something I’m not watching that you think I should be, please let me know.  Also, let me know what you’re thinking of this season so far!  

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JUSTICE CABAL, FORWARD MARCH!!

new background for my tumblr, actual background practice and also a thing for a secret summer project I’m working on!!! \o/ had this in my wips for a really long time but finally used some free time to finish this off!!! I love these kids so much ;____; forever my babies

Need a gift idea for your niece’s fifth birthday (that you RSVPed for last year)? Or maybe looking at picture books helps you relax? Either way, here are three children’s titles, all out in June, that caught my eye in the mail pile: 

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life offers advice to children from animals – the wild geese, the rabbit in the field  –  who have weathered good times and bad.

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Blue Sky White Stars explores symbols of America, from a sunny baseball game to a spaceship blasting off at Cape Canaveral.

Renato and The Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo

Set in World War II Florence, Italy, Renato and The Lion tells the story of a boy, his favorite piazza and the stone lion statue there that makes him feel safe. His family is forced to flee to America because of the war, but decades later, when he finally makes it back, the statue is still standing.

- Intern Sydnee

Life images courtesy of Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Images; Blue Sky, White Stars images courtesy of Penguin Random House; Renato and The Lion images courtesy of Viking Books for Young Readers.