Winter Anime 2015: A Relatively ‘Calmer’ Season

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I was going to put together all the shows I recommend but yeah, please excuse my lazy self! ><

I had difficulties coming up with the title. I mean, what word should I use to describe this season?

Disappointing? Not entirely right. Less exciting? Wrong as well.

I finally decided to go with calmer. The reason is because I didn’t watch as many shows as I tried to do in the previous seasons. In addition, the majority shows I watched were fall leftovers so there were only so few of Winter’s originals that I genuinely enjoyed.  Continue reading Winter Anime 2015: A Relatively ‘Calmer’ Season

Looking Back on 2014

Reading-wise, 2014 wasn’t a good year. I was aiming for 70 books because I was able to read around 60 last year. I started out pretty great in the beginning, even managing to be a few books ahead at some point. However, the slumps I had to experience were one after another — you can blame those school assignments, but hey, it’s mainly because I’ve gone back to watching a lot of anime shows like I used to do.

But that’s enough of regret! Now, let’s talk about the highlights of the year 😀

Went to my first anime convention ever. It was Anicult and the event was held back then in early July. I ended up buying so many merchandises LOL. (SNK, Kurobasu, Free!! and Haikyuu!!)

Discovered so many good anime shows and manga series, particularly the sports ones. Who would have thought? I mean, I’m one of the laziest people and I suck pretty bad at sports. BUT YOU GUYS. THE FEELS. THE FRIENDSHIP. HOW MUCH EFFORT THE CHARACTERS PUT. WINNING. LOSING. ASGHGDGFHFJDHJHD *clutches fave characters tightly*

Contemporary is officially one of my favorite genres. Half of my favorite books I read this year are, in fact, from this genre. Three years ago, I wouldn’t give any contemporaries a chance but look at me right now, so many that I would like to read.

Received my first physical review copy. I was at school when the packaged arrived but thank goodness my grandmother was home to receive it. I was so happy when I first saw it!! <3

Met so many new amazing bloggers. It was nice getting to know you guys! It’s kinda shocking that I know more people from the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, etc than fellow Indonesians but international friends are just as awesome! ^^

Lovely classmates. Have I ever told you how much I love my new class? This is probably by far the best that I’ve ever had, mainly because the atmosphere is warm and everyone gets along well. 11th grade has been AMAAAAZING so far, and it’s mainly because of them. I think I’ve gotten much more talkative as well.

Two years of blogging. 28th December was actually my second blogoversary but silly me, I forgot about it haha. So happy belated blogoversary to Chapteriosity!! More blogging years to come ;D Thanks for everyone who are still sticking up with me even though my posts are so very inconsistent 🙂

And of course, with the year ending really soon I gotta share the best books I read this year! I only managed to read 40 this time *shakes head* but there are seven books that really stood out for me! (The majority of them are back list books though.) In no particular order:

Pivot Point (#1) by Kasie West | ASGHFDGHSJKDHGFD SO FLUFFY!!!! Trevor is the sweetest guy I’ve ever known and gawddddd the romance is so swoony! This is probably the books that I pushed to people the most. So far everyone whom I lent the book ended up loving it as well. 😛

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West | As good as its predecessor <3 Laila and Connor are sosososo adorable! Kasie West is definitely on my auto-buy list for next year and the year after that!

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Mellina Marchetta | I really liked how the social issues are handled here. Poverty, famine, government oppression… The author successfully delivered the message and I was left in tears. Family relationships are portrayed well  and it touched me deeply how much everyone’s willing to go to such length for their family.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa | Completely defied all vampire books stereotypes with its kick-ass protagonist and action-packed story. On top of that, the author’s excellent writing made it easier to devour this book.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han | Biggest surprise of the year…in a good way, of course! I previously read Han’s Burn for Burn series and I didn’t enjoy them at all. But this book was different and I was just so absorbed with the story. It was a quick and light read yet meaningful as well.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger | Definitely an emotional read. I really liked Whitley’s sassy voice and the love interest Nathan. He is sporty and nerdy at the same time! <3

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo | PERFECTION. I couldn’t ask for more in this series conclusion. I was so attached to all of the characters, especially my beloved Sturmhond aka Nikolai Lantsov <33

Honorable mention(s): 

  • Mortal Gods (The Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake
  • Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

It is also no secret that most of my spare time this year was spent on reading manga and watching anime. Therefore, it is only right if I also share my favorites this year *winks* (This is your cue to start taking notes and give them a try!^^) In no particular order:

Kuroko no Basket by Fujimaki Tadatoshi | I never thought I could be so obsessed with a sports anime…until I watched this show. The matches were super tense and I have way too many favorite characters in it. The whole Generation of Miracles, Kagami, Takao, Kasamatsu, ughhhh….even I’m able to relive the feels by recalling the story asdfghjkl;klkjhg. Season 3 airs in January and I can’t wait to see Rakuzan in action! My emperor <33 Meanwhile, there’s a sequel to the manga (which ended a few months ago) about Teikou babies playing together again (UGHHHH YASSSS KISE, TEACH THOSE ASSHOLES WHO DARED TO SPIT ON SENPAI’S GLORIOUS HAND) 

Haikyuu!! by Furudate Haruichi | I started the anime after I saw Kurobasu and wow, I was once again mind-blown by a sports anime!! The manga and anime are just as good, though I kinda prefer the manga more. Hard work and teamwork are the main themes for this series so there’s a great deal of character development and every member of the team is considered important — proven by how the mangaka isn’t afraid to shift the spotlight to the overshadowed players. I loooooove everyone in this series! Be it the main team Karasuno players, or even their competitors like the whole Aoba Jousai players (BOW DOWN TO OIKAWA-SAN PEOPLE), Datekou (Aone and Futakuchi <3 Koganegawa is just so adorable!), the comical duo Kuroo and Bokuto, gigantic toddler Lev and shy Kenma — the list is ENDLESS. Hopefully season 2 airs soon enough cause I’m impatient to see the summer training camp 😀

Shingeki no Kyoujin by Isayama Hajime | I just HAD to include the series that started it all, okay? The anime is a nice place to start because admittedly, the manga art isn’t that good. But I guarantee, the anime doesn’t disappoint! It’s totally action-packed, and it comes with Levi-heichou EPIC spinning move! <3

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida | Probably one of the most talked about series this year. But guys, Tokyo Ghoul totally deserves the hype! I would recommend reading the manga because well, the anime left out a lot. The manga story is dark and gory and very very complex (in a good way). It has excellent character development and those twists will keep you on your toes. I really like the character design — I think they all have their own uniqueness that makes each of them stands out.

Honorable mention(s): 

  • Free!!
  • Yowamushi Pedal
  • Psycho Pass
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  • Shokugeki no Souma

That is the end of the wrap-up post! There are many things that I wish I could have achieved (like read and blog more for example) but I’m not gonna let my regrets overshadow those positive things that has happened in my life this year. 2014 has been amazing, and I’m looking forward to enjoy the last remaining day.

Now tell me, what do you think of 2014? Have you read or watched any of those? Or did I miss any of your favorites? 🙂

Status Update: End of test week and a big haul!

The title of this post is pretty explanatory. My tests were over so I now have much more spare time! Even if we’re in class, most of the periods are free time and we can do basically whatever we want as long as we don’t break any of the school rules haha. Let me savor this moment as much as I can before teachers start choking us with preparation for finals…
(AKA a recap)
Earlier this week, the books I ordered last month finally arrived and now take a look at my new babies!!
Sorry for that crappy pic! I got that Periplus Tote Bag for free! Maybe because I purchased a lot of books ><
Ahh… I’m SO pumped to read them! Especially The Distance Between Us and A Midsummer’s Nightmare! Both are contemporaries and not too thick compared to the others, so I guess I will start with them since I haven’t read for a few weeks. I might need to warm up with a quick read so I won’t ditch the book halfway like what I did to The School for Good and Evil…
I was lucky to receive the ARC for Antigoddess last year and I loved it! It’s about time I own a physical copy.
Anyway, these might be the last books I bought this year. 2014 is ending in one and a half months and I’m not sure that with my current reading pace I will be able to devour them quickly. (Who knows, though?)
Other than books, I also bought some anime merchandises (again) and they arrived last month! I know I’m supposed to be saving money but I just can’t help myself! One of the artists I stalk finally opened a pre-order and I couldn’t afford to miss it 😛
AHHH SO CUTE RIGHT?
My favorites of all!
Reading wise, I didn’t read anything this week. Or last week. Instead, I picked a manga called Shokugeki no Souma and it was very enjoyable! I even managed to read a few chapters a day after studying for my tests. I heard there’s gonna be an anime coming out next year and I’m so ready! The downside is that you end up wanting to eat impossibly delicious food you can never get.
BUT I did go to the cinema and I saw Big Hero 6. IT WAS AMAZING. LIKE AMAAAAZING. The best movie I’ve seen in the past few months. I can always count on animated movies to make me so emotional. I’m especially delighted to see that the main character in this movie is Japanese 😛 AND THERE’S THIS CUTE HUGE FLUFFY ROBOT. Basically, a movie you don’t want to miss!!
Aaand the last big news: today I received my first ever review copy. Thank you so much Quercus Books for the opportunity! <3
(AKA the future)
  • Get some reading done — I’ll start with the thin ones!
  • Marathon some manga series. Probably Hirunaka no Ryuusei, Silver Spoon or Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. If you have some recommendations feel free to tell me!
  • Watch Fall anime I’m currently following.
  • IDK WHAT ELSE.

Wow, I didn’t expect this post to be THAT long and image heavy. Anyway, what have you been up to this week? 🙂 Btw, you really need to watch  Big Hero 6! Don’t forget that ;D

Footnote: Summer anime is AH-MA-ZING

I never watched anime by season before. I usually marathon stuff so I found the whole waiting one episode per week a bit…daunting. Like, this is gonna be just like one book a year all over again… But at the same time I was extremely excited because of ALL. THOSE. PROMISING. ANIME.

Fortunately, these anime(s) sort of gave me something to look forward to each week…A reason to be motivated. It has only been a few weeks yet I am soooo glad to say that most of the shows I watch turned out to be satisfying. I can’t wait until the next episode and the next and the next until the very last! ^^

1. Tokyo Ghoul

This anime was definitely one of the two that I was really anticipating. I was that curious that I read the manga in preparation for the anime. Gory and dark story with a great set of characters…On top of that, pretty art and breathtaking soundtrack. The concept is also incredibly fascinating — this time around we get a main character who is partly a monster (or ghoul in this case) and it’s nice to see things from the monster’s perspective which is often not showed in humanity-vs-monster kind of anime.

Tokyo Ghoul also has simple yet gorgeous opening I wonder how is that even possible. As expected of the singer that sung the opening for Psycho Pass 😉

2. Free! Eternal Summer
HELL YEAH. THIS ANIME.

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The sequel to one of my favorite anime and you all can call me shallow but I just can’t resist pretty animation, friendship based stories and attractive boys D: and Free! has all of them. From the first episode, no scratch that, from the moment the opening played, I couldn’t stop grinning like a fool and flailing my arms everywhere for the awesomeness that was about to come. And is it just me or the opening is getting better?!?!?!??

BUT the highlight of the current episodes so far is this new character Momotarou!!

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He’s such an adorable and enthusiastic person! He always appears energetic and I would LOVE to have a younger brother like him :3

3. Barakamon
This is a show which exceeded my expectation. I don’t usually enjoy slice-of-life but Barakamon is an exception and there’s a cute little kid called Naru 😛 The episodes so far have been really heartwarming and hilarious — especially the latest one (episode 3).

Plus, one of my favorite voice actors — Daisuke Ono — is doing the MC’s voice. It’s good to see him showing different emotions and intonations from the other stoic and calm characters he often portrays.

4. Zankyou no Terror
I was honestly a bit confused during the first episode but the story got better in the second one and AHHHHHHH…..to be honest I don’t have much things to say about this anime but all I know is that I’m really enjoying it and I love the characters. The animation is also gorgeous and I really like how the sceneries look. Additionally, one of the main characters has the same voice actor as Kageyama! (Yes, I admit that I usually watch anime based on its voice actors lol xD)

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I want the next episode NOW!!! Period.

5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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Heck, I never expected to love a romance anime either. But this show is funny I couldn’t stop laughing. It seems easy to win my heart with comedy haha. I hope this series will improve because it is still lacking some parts — I’m not quite sure what it is but I just feel like that. Still, I’m very enjoying Nozaki-kun cause it’s something that can lighten up your day. Same as Barakamon 😀

Others: I’m also watching Akame ga Kill, which is pretty good actually but doesn’t give me as much excitement as the top 5 I have mentioned above. I also decided to watch SAO 2 even though the first season ended in a disappointing way. But Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words said that the arc was stronger than the previous one so I’m hoping it will be better 🙂 Also, since I didn’t like Asuna much I’m also happy to hear that there’s not much of her in the second season haha.

Planning to watch: Book of Circus!! But I first have to re-read or re-watch Kuroshitsuji because I have forgotten a lot of main events ^^; It was ages ago when I saw the first season xD Ao Haru Ride is also on my to-watch list because Production I.G. people?!??!?!

Some of the non-summer anime that I’m still watching are Haikyuu!! In addition, I’m currently marathoning Zetsuen no Tempest and K Project. Hopefully I can finish at least one of the two before my holiday ends 😛

Overall, summer anime(s) have been generally impressive and I’m definitely looking forward to future episode! Have any of you guys seen these anime(s)? Let me hear your thoughts! And if you haven’t, I’m encouraging you to watch some of them, especially Tokyo Ghoul!! 😀 I also recommended other anime(s) some time ago if you prefer to start with them 🙂