more manga/anime recs that I forgot to mention before
Love Lab: this series is so. absolutely. funny. It’s about a prestigious all-girls middle school, where the showy main character, Riko, gets roped into helping the student council president, Maki, simulate fake dating scenes. Maki, who gives off a very proper, lady-like vibe, is secretly obsessive, boy-crazy, and WEIRD; meanwhile Riko, who gives off a “cool girl” vibe and likes to boast to keep up that image, is actually incredibly naive. While this series does make fun of a lot of tropes in the yuri genre, it doesn’t mock them either. I’d say it’s actually more genre-savvy than anything else. And mild spoilers, but the ending of the anime culminates in the two main characters confessing feelings for each other after mild jealousy and awkwardness over boys. Whether or not it’s romantic or platonic, their relationship and honest feelings for each other are very genuine and has good development despite being a comedy series up until the ending. I’ve never read the manga so I don’t know if it’s as good, but I will say the cartoon animates the skits and gags really well and had me rolling on the floor from laughter.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Eng: Monthly GIrls’ Nozaki-kun): I know this is already really popular, but here’s another amazingly hilarious series. Despite it being a comedy anime, this series might have my favorite straight ships. It’s about a high school girl who falls in love with a handsome but really weird manga artist, learning about his job, and all the odd people who are involved with helping him produce manga. The dynamics between all the characters are so hilarious, and the gags in this are also very relatable to artists. They have a character named Kashima, who’s this thick-headed prince-type girl (potentially non-binary/demigirl?) who doesn’t fall into the shitty typical “I want to be treated as my REAL gender~” trope used in so many anime that invalidates androgynous and gender non-conforming people. Again, there’s a comic too, but I’ve never read it. I hear the anime is a very accurate adaptation though!
Paradise Kiss: high fashion and high drama! This is an older series by Ai Yazawa that I’ve always loved, about a girl who gets pulled into the world of fashion modeling and starts a passionate affair with the mysterious designer, George. The main girl, Yukari, is actually my favorite character, as she has some incredible character growth that takes her through inspiration and excitement and also ugly parts of her own personality. The ending is very bittersweet but realistic, and I personally came out of it really enjoying Yukari’s self awareness. I really love the relationships Yukari develops with the other female characters too. While yes, there are jealous feelings typical of romance stories, she has a very close and healthy friendship with one of the other main girls.
There is a trans girl in this story too, who is wonderful but sadly only gets a chapter (at most) dedicated to her.
Warnings for one of the side stories, which has very abusive and manipulative undertones. Even though it has a resolution, it always made me uncomfortable. Some of the issues in this series can be chalked up to being a product of its time, but please tread with caution!
Collectors: by Nishi Uko, is about two women in a relationship, but unfortunately have clashing interests. Shinobu, a teacher, is an avid reader with an apartment overflowing with classic and contemporary literature. Takako, a businesswoman, is a stylish fashionista who always has to buy the latest trends. Needless to say, their lifestyles don’t always mix well, and they bicker like an old married couple. The framework of the series is short 4-panel comics with very subtle humor, but despite the bickering, they have a good relationship. I really like this series for the humor, sense of realism in their mundane lives, and also the occasional touching moments between the two of them. There are also a pair of fun side characters that add some good diversity to the humor!
I’ll Send Her Home On the Last Train: a collection of short
stories by Amagakure Gido. Super cute and a little bittersweet,
with very memorable characters. It leads with a two-chapter story that doesn’t chalk up the characters’ romance to “platonic feelings,” they legit have a kiss and confess to each other and just overall have a really cute relationship. There’s another story that is kind of vague, but ends with a general polyamorous vibe that I really loved. This author tends to pack a lot of subtle but layered emotion into her stories, so you might have to read through it multiple times to get everything. but the stories all have a really great feeling around them. A lot of these stories revolve around high school girls and their experiences, but the author has done another one-shot yuri story (not found in this collection) called “I’m a Fool” that’s about adults, if that’s more your cup of tea!
Clover: another collection of short stories, this time by Otsu Hiyori. This collection revolves around four sisters and their different relationships with other girls. The relationships range from platonic to romantic, one of them even lasting beyond high school and into college/adult life with talks of marriage. In general, Otsu Hiyori’s work has a light and carefree feeling to it, but somehow subdued in delivery. They have a mature air about them despite sometimes the characters being very immature, and always have interesting relationships. Clover is my favorite work from her, but I suggest peeking at her other work too!
In this post I will try to show you (as clearly as possible) how I mask on Photoshop. Remember that it is just how I do it, and how I find it the easiest. However, there might be easier ways to do it… You just have to find the one you prefer! We will be cutting this screencap of Noora :
and here is the result (will do the icon in another tut) :
A/N: This is for @draconismalfoi , the person who shares the same birthday with me. Happy birthday again by the way! I also hope you had a nice day with lots of presents and love. ( It’s me phonni, btw) And I also hope that your birthday isn’t over yet! Mine will be in several minutes lol
Summary: It’s your birthday and George has picked a nice present for you. But even though it was already really great; Fred manages to top it even more.
u know that video of that dude who gets a kid to come with him by telling them he’s got a puppy in his car?? my mom was watching it & she was like “[my brother’s name] remember not to talk to strangers!!! if someone tries to kidnap you what do you do?” and she was expecting him to say idk ‘call dad’, ‘try to to fight back’
but without missing a beat he went “i’d call grazia so they’d become the ones who will never be found”
(English subs not out yet, but I’m impatient so this is translated from the Chinese subs. Likely to not be that accurate.)
Woohyun: (You’re) Specially wearing earrings today. Hoya: Yeah, I’m wearing earrings today. Sungjong lent them to me. Woohyun: That’s rare? (Referring to Hoya wearing earrings probably) Hoya: Sungjong gave me these earrings and asked me to wear them. Woohyun: They suit you well. Hoya: Thank you.
I've always wondered, in your opinion what's the best dynasty warriors game you've played? In terms of story and characters! BTW I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I've been a fan of DW since I was a kid.
First: thanks! I’m never good at compliments, so I’m going to just leave it at that.
My favorite DW game was definitely DW4. It handled the story very well (though not accurately). I liked having factional stories where I could play as my favorite characters as much as I wanted - especially with the option to add your own and play with them in the story mode. When you add in little stories for the Other factions (Yuan Shao, the Turbans, the Nanman) and hidden stages in the main story, you’ve got a lot going for you. I also loved the duels and being able to customize my bodyguards. It was a great game.
I also liked DW7. I think it had the strongest storytelling in the franchise, and the introduction of the Jin faction was a much-needed shot-in-the-arm for the series.
I’ve typically been very fond of the Empires games as well (less so when they stopped being in English).
LOOK WHAT I GOT IN THE MAIL!!!! THANKS @ribellenm IT MADE IT FROM ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE EARTH SO FAST!!! It’s soooo beautiful, the actual thing’s even prettier than my photos taken with my shaking hands while howling loudly at my ceiling
I had a lot of fun drawing her! she has so much detail and I LOVE her character design. Its not a very accurate drawing though because I didn’t use a reference. (Please excuse my messy painting skills…)
First I want to say I'm a huge fan of your blog and second, I was wondering if you've seen Netflix's Marco Polo and what you thought of Khutulun's portrayal on the show?
Haven’t seen it yet! Had spotty internet for weeks (service at my parents’ house comes courtesy of an iPad with one bar of connection -everything goes out if a cloud goes overhead). From what I hear, it’s not very accurate, though - the actress is kind of a thin gal, and she ends up hooking up with Marco Polo? In his books, he only ever sees her wrestling at a distance and describes her as a stout woman. If he even had a conversation with her, he didn’t mention it specifically.
My impression from reading his work was that he was a excitable, kind of dorky guy, so I didn’t have huge expectations based off of the ads. I didn’t read a ton of it, though, so my impression could have easily been led astray.
You can read exactly what he said here - she is named Aijaruc in his telling. Fun fact: according to the footnotes in that translation, the story of Khutulun may be a direct predecessor of the tale of the Filipina warrior princess Urduja, who got her own Tagalog-language animated movie a couple years ago.
And if you’re looking for my writeup on Khutulun, you can find that here.