Here are some titles that I feel deserve more love than they get!
From the New World - This anime was a masterpiece. Paced and well-planned, the show entangles you without you knowing until its too late. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to sink their teeth into a psychological fantasy that leave you with a strange mix of innocence and uneasiness.
PrincessJellyfish - A love story between a confident and fashionable crossdresser and an awkward, introverted girl. This is golden!
Welcome to the NKH! - Just the right amount of humor and psychological torment to keep every viewer enthralled. Is it a conspiracy?
Monster - What happens when a promising young doctor saves the life of a boy who was fated to die? A gripping thriller of justice and revenge!
Bokurano - A group of kids become the chosen pilots of a robot faced with saving the planet, a beyond awesome experience for them!…or so they think. They sign the binding contract and now each one of them must pay the price.
Wolf’s Rain - As legend has it, wolves will open the gate to Paradise in a dying world. This anime is a gripping, heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely pack of wolves searching for promised Paradise. Out of any of the shows on this list, Wolf’s Rain is worth watching. It is a legend it its own right.
Samurai Champloo - THE MUSIC. The music alone should be enough to draw you into this epic tale, but in case you need more persuasion, know that this show revolves around the two most badass fighters in town and their quest to help a girl they are indebted to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Ugh its so gooooood.
Mawaru Penguindrum - Weird and comical sum up this anime pretty nicely! It is a fun watch that you will find hard not to binge on once you start. Stay with me people: An alien penguin-hat grants a girl her life back in exchange for her two bothers’ help in acquiring the Penguindrum (whatever that is). I know what you are thinking, but please give it a try! You won’t regret it!
Eden of the East - “This nation faces a great crisis. One among you must save us. I cannot tell you how. I cannot tell you why. Should you fail, you will be eliminated.” 12 people have been chosen to save Japan, each given a phone with 10 billion yen on it and the simple instruction to save Japan–their lives are on the line. Despite this harsh description, the actual show also has an element of humor, so don’t be afraid to jump in! Noblesse Oblige.
Steins;Gate - Many of you have probably heard of this and thought that is was too stuffy or complicated for you, but I’m here to tell you that you will watch this show, make it to episode 22, and then thank me. YOUR WELCOME. Sure, this show takes some getting into, but once you delve deeper into the plot, you will find things falling into place. It has unconventional characters, a really great romance stuck in there, and a pretty refreshing, sciency tone. Enjoy.
Nodame Cantabile - To think that so many people have not seen this gift to humanity sickens me. Nodame is most assuredly the most interesting and unique anime character to walk this little anime earth. There is music! There is romance! There is SO MUCH HUMOR! There are 3 seasons!!! You can’t really pass up this opportunity to watch a legend.
Hunter X Hunter (2011) - This is the only long-running shonen series I will ever watch. This is a series for those of you who like action but not fight scenes that span multiple episodes and like actual character development and good animation consistently throughout the show (I swear its perfect the whole way). Gon wants to be a Hunter just like his father and he meets Killua, the boy-assassin (an resident cinnamon roll), Kurapika, the last of the Kurta clan hell-bent on revenge, and Leorio, a guy who wants to strike it rich. Follow these four on a journey you won’t forget!
Here are some fabulous shojo romance choices to keep you warm and cuddly! Enjoy! (No particular order)
Haru No Ride
Reason to read: The struggles the characters face are real. Futaba struggles with her identity, and Kou with his family and self-worth. We get to see these two characters fall in love and get many satisfying romantic moments!
Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Reason to read: At first, I wasn’t a fan of this one, but I am glad I gave it a second chance because this manga is freaking fantastic. The dynamic between the two has a rocky start but romance and reciprocated feelings soon ensure. Another great thing is that this manga actually mentions (and may in the future show) sex, unlike many shojo that tend to pretend that it does not exist.
Ouran High School Host Club
Reason to read: If you haven’t seen the fabulous anime, then go watch it and come back and read it. Your welcome. If you have seen it, then we all know what that final scene was missing. Do not fret! For this manga continues the antics and the romance! Everything from the characters to the plot are perfect in this manga and I can say with complete confidence that this manga has the most satisfying, heart-warming ending of any manga I have ever read.
Reason to read: I do not play an instrument and have never listened to classical music, but this manga gave me a profound appreciation for that world. Nodame is by far the most unique and interesting heroine I have come across in manga, and her relationship with Chiaki is great because the love takes a while to blossom, but that makes it a lot sweeter. There is a 3 season long anime series that I watched and enjoyed and I actually do believe that watching it might be a better option because this show does involve music, but the manga has a lot of spicy details that are fun to come back to after watching!
Reason to read: This manga is not everyone’s cup of tea, but those who like it LOVE it! The reason this manga polarizes people is because both protagonists are extremely quiet and shy, so we get a lot of glimpses into their thoughts and wishes, but not a lot of actual dialogue. The reason everyone should give it a try is because it really is an accurate depiction of the struggles of shy love and is really well drawn and cute.
Reason to read: Nanami proves that a cute face and dainty demeanor does not define her level of strength. Tomoe and her relationship grow so naturally and the special circumstances they are in makes the reader really want to root for them.
Reason to read: Hori and Miyamura show each other sides of themselves that no one knows and they become essential parts of each others lives. They are so freaking cute together!
Your Lie in April
Reason to read: First of all, I REALLY recommend watching the anime first. Our protagonists are musicians so if you actually want to hear their music, the anime is the best option. I would recommend reading the manga after watching the anime if you want to relive the pain good feelings. The strange thing about this show/manga is that technically, it is categorized as a “shonen” which automatically makes me think of lots of boobs and butts, but this show is an innocent and lovely choice for any reader! WARNING: sadness inside.
Kaichou wa Maid Sama!
Reason to read: Misaki is one of the most kick-ass girl characters. She juggles being the student council president with great grades and a job at a maid cafe all while her home life crumbles. Usui and Misaki are one of my favorite manga couples because they truly deserve each other!
Akagami no Shirayukihime
Reason to read: Shirayuki may look like a weakling, but she is actually mentally strong and incredibly brave. I have not read too much of this manga yet, but so far I like what I see, and since I always spoil stuff for myself, I know for a fact that love is around the river bend!
Cherry Boy, That Girl
Reason to Read: First of all, this is a Korean manhwa, not a manga, so you read it left to right. This freaking work of art…I love this manhwa. It has it all, twists, turns, love, deceit, tricks, and treats galore, all wrapped up in fully colored chapters!
Reason to read: OMGGGGG. It all started when Kujou knocked Yanagi off of his high-horse by beating him in almost everything: school, sports, and the like. Yanagai was one of those boys who has talent, but mostly gets what he wants because he is rich. Then Kujou comes out of nowhere and with her ordinary, plain-jane looks steals his pride without really trying at all. From that moment, Yanagi has followed Kujou to high school and now college to try to win the Last Game. Yanagi is the true gem of this manga because unlike in many shojo romances, it is actually told from the boy’s perspective and the boy falls in love first.
Reason to read: This is literally the epitome of the classic “competition –> love” scenario…and I love it. The charm of this manga is all of the different love stories that blossom between all of the other characters. There is a good anime for this show, but the manga is a tad better.
6 insane things to do that prove Indonesia is the most epic holiday hotspot to visit
From beautiful beaches to delicious street food, Indonesia has it all. You’re almost never short on places to go and activities to do. But if you’re looking for a something more unusual to experience, you’d be surprised at the trove of undiscovered sights and scenes this archipelago paradise has hidden.
1. Feel like a kid again at the Rainbow Village (Kampung Pelangi) in Semarang
Who would’ve thought a fresh splash of paint would turn this former slum district into an overnight sensation?! The vibrant new facelift was the community project to rejuvenate the dull hill-side village and re-instil a sense of belonging to the locals.
The result is a multi-coloured kaleidoscope of rainbow roofs, fruit-striped railings and polka-dot panels, perfect for posting on Instagram.
2. Find solace at the Broken Beach (Pasih Uug) in Bali
Just what exactly is ‘broken’ about it you ask? Well the iconic stone arch used to be a cave before it collapsed to form the geological phenomenon we see today. The damaged beach combines the green hills above with the blue seas below which creates a peaceful and tranquil landscape due to the remoteness of its location.
If you’re looking to step away from Bali’s bustling tourist scene, a visit to this exclusive coastal cliff might just be the perfect escape.
3. Get front row seats to the Ram Fights in Bandung
Believe it or not, the age-old tradition of ram fighting is deeply rooted in Sudanese culture and has been around for hundreds of years. Fights usually take place once a week on the outskirts of town and come complete with live traditional music, loud drums and blaring announcements from the commentators.
Contrary to the brutality of this event, no bloodshed is involved. Ram owners take great pride in training and grooming their sheep for battle—much like professional athletes! If there was a chance that a ram might be hurt, the fight would be stopped immediately.
4. Descent into the dark depths of Jomblang Cave in Yogyakarta
Visitors can put their courage to the test as they make their dramatic descent down the vertical cliff.
The height of the cave ranges from 40 to 80 metres from the roof to the cave floor. A thick ancient forest also resides within the cave itself, as well as the famous ‘heavenly light‘ which shines in from the cave’s entrance above. Those brave enough to dangle above the rocky cavern below is in for an experience of a lifetime.
5. Trek to the Abandoned Chicken Church of Central Java, Yogyakarta
Don’t be alarmed if you stumble upon this towering bird-like structure while trekking through the Magelang forest. The gigantic chicken chapel was built as a place of worship during the 1990s, but was later vacated when construction costs became too high. Although it was never finished, the building remains a hit with many unconventional explorers looking gain entry into the now eerie-looking church for a dramatic 360-degree selfie atop the fowl’s soaring head.
6. Visit the birthplace of Ayam Penyet in Indonesia
Anyone who’s ever had a plate of this delectable chicken dish in Singapore can only imagine how it would taste like right from the source! $2.50 SGD gets you a succulent fried chicken thigh, smashed with a mortar and covered in crunchy chicken flakes, served alongside a bowl of burning hot sambal belacan, fried tahu and tempeh. Killer.
Semarang also has its very own special version of Popiah as well as one of the best Mee Gorengs in the world. #nojoke
I know where’s my next holiday destination, do you? Start saving and find affordable fares at Airasia so you’ll have more money for the amazing activities and many plates of Ayam Penyets!
170216 Why BTS' 'Spring Day' Is the Perfect Move for the K-Pop Boy Band -- Both Artistically & Professionally
If there’s a K-pop act that is navigating the global music scene best, BTS is arguably the top choice. Since their 2013 debut, the boy band has broken records on the Billboard 200 – becoming the Korean act to land the most albums on the chart and net the biggest first-week opening – in addition to being a constant presence on charts like Billboard’s Social 50, World Albums and World Digital Song Sales tallies. Yet, it’s only with their latest release “Spring Day” that a BTS single seems most likely to break the group into new chart territory and that’s thanks to smart artistic and professional decisions.
Undoubtedly, BTS has found the major enthusiasm for their LPs thanks to the deeper social and personal topics the band discusses with past album tracks touching on bullying, mental health and the dark sides of adolescence. Meanwhile, past singles like “Run” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and their accompanying videos stood out for exploring deep devotion, but ultimately only explored that one topic. “Spring Day” takes things a step farther by getting more into the journey one takes during a tough time or break up.
On the single, the members sing and rap about an internal winter inside them due to missing someone and, at first, there does not seem to be an end to the heartache – likely a commentary on depression and mental health, topics the band had discussed in past album tracks and mixtapes. Yet by the end of “Spring Day,” there is a change and the boys describe how there is a light and warmness that inevitably comes with Jungkook declaring, “No darkness, no season, is forever.”
The guys are still pining for their lost love, but they aren’t staying in a one-track mindset. Instead, they use the weather and seasonal metaphors to describe how things get better – a lesson many of their young fans can find comfort in when dealing with relationships, or school, friends, family, their careers or beyond. While it’s all done over hard-hitting beats, buttery vocals and punchy rap verses – as one would expect from any BTS release – it’s this newfound maturity and enlightenment that makes the single stand out so much.
Not only was “Spring Day” a smart artistic move, but it was extremely savvy for BTS and their Korean label BigHit Entertainment to focus on one single for the repackaged deluxe version of their hit album Wings titled You Never Walk Alone.
Wings already broke – and continues to break – multiple chart records, including when it became the first K-pop album to spend multiple weeks on the Billboard 200 and also as it celebrates a remarkable 18th week on World Albums this week. By leading a re-ignited excitement over You Never Walk Alone with one single, fans are more than ever collectively focused on this one song.
That focus was seen when “Spring Day” flew into the the Top 10 of the Top Overall Songs chart on U.S. iTunes after its release on Sunday and remained high even as tracks from the 2017 Grammys began racing up the rankings. No K-pop group has sent a song as high on the iTunes singles chart, with only PSY being the other Korean act to land a song as high when “Gangnam Style” topped the ranking in 2012. A tweet from BigHit’s CEO Bang Sihyuk even commented on the accomplishment on Twitter.
The hype for “Spring Day” is particularly high in America as the band gears up for three arena concerts in America, a major indication of the fans ready to support, buy, stream and watch the music video for this single and not be as distracted by a full-length album’s worth of material. (Though, one should not disregard the new tracks including ultra-fierce “Not Today,” the long-awaited thumper “Outro: Wings,” or the introspective “A Supplemental Story: You Never Walk Alone.”)
There are hurdles BTS will need to jump over to have their single be a chart hit in America, including releasing the song two days after the charting period started on Friday and major competition from songs associated with the Grammys. But if the numbers end up in BTS’ favor and they chart a single on the Billboard Hot 100 – or even the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which counts the 25 singles just below the top 100 – it will be a major accomplishment, but not one unearned. By continuing to progress as artists, the band’s business- and chart-savvy moves only make their releases able to be that much more celebrated.
Anon asked: “I get all these plot ideas in my head, but I really struggle
with writing them down in words, to sit down and actually write, partly because
I usually think too much whenever I try to write (like how the grammar is and
how it sounds etc) and I always think it all sounds so slow and boring when I
write my ideas down… which leads me to just “write” the story in my
head instead of actually writing it :/. Do you’ve any advice on how to stop
doing that? Because it’s really frustrating!”
Originally a question for It’s a Writer Thing, but it was decided that answering it on this
blog would be better for the less technical answer and the more actionable
This answer will cover
two reasons why my suggestion works,
and one alternative if you don’t like the first piece of advice.
to Stop Caring So Much
Your main problem is you’re overthinking things, which is
natural, because you want this scene to be perfect. As perfect as it was in
your head, and every moment it doesn’t do that, you become more frustrated and
your creativity is more stifled.
Those grammar and word choices worries aren’t about grammar
or word choice – it’s your mind battling with the cosmic issue of scientists
not getting off their butts and creating a device that projects thoughts onto
paper yet. There’s nothing wrong
with your writing. You have created an impeccable scene in your head, and the
more impeccable it is, the more dissatisfied you’ll be with writing it.
So, the solution:
Drink wine. No, seriously. Carve out an evening to yourself, put on some music that inspires you to write or that serves as the
background music of a scene you want, get
a glass of wine (or three), and sit
Drink the first glass of wine.
Play the music and start brainstorming the scene. Let it
play out in your head. Let yourself get a little crazy in the details because
you’re not writing yet, you’re brainstorming.
If you smoke, have a cigarette, and start on the second
glass of wine.
Wine takes the edge off. Stronger alcohol can work too,
because it’s called liquid courage for a reason. It makes you stop CARING so
much if it’s perfect, so that your mind can relax enough to actually write the
scene as good as it can be. If you drink too much, then you’ll have problems
with the keys, so know your own limit and drink just until you just have that
nice buzz that makes you not so upset if this draft turns out less than
Trust me, when you look at it later, it will be 80% better than you thought it’d be.
Off Evening Itself Does Wonders
Knowing that you are just messing around with the scene
for the next few hours – that it doesn’t have to be perfect; that it doesn’t
have to be really anything, since you’re just having an enjoyable writing
session – will take half the edge off.
You’re not here to do miracles – you’re here to chill out
with a nice glass of wine and enjoy yourself! Even if you just brainstorm it in
your head and write down notes to fill out later, that’s for later! You
accomplished something. Good for you.
- If You
That’s fine. I’m not telling anyone to start drinking if
they don’t like it, or encouraging alcoholics to fall off the bandwagon for the
sake of a scene. … unless it’s a really good scene.
The key is to chill
out. So whatever makes you relax, calm down, and cast off the more anxious
side of yourself, do it.
If you smoke,
have a cigarette. Or five.
If you like a warm
bath, get a notebook and try your best to keep it dry, or if you have
nerves of steel, take your chances with the laptop.
If chocolate eases
your nerves, get a bag of Hersey’s Kisses and go for it.
Just remember that you have to not only kill that usual
tension that life brings, but you have to go one step further to make your
inner critic decide to quiet down for the night.
The key is to calm down. Then calm down some more. Calm down
clear to the point where your “give a damn” function is disabled for the night.
You can accomplish some pretty amazing
things when you don’t care so much. Then the scene at least has words on it
– and you can always work with a bad scene, but never a nonexistent scene.