My 2016 So Far

Kirin Toudou

 

Happy New Year everyone.^^/

 

2016 has been good to me. I already like it more than 2015. I have lots of exciting things planned and I’m currently in the midst of doing those exciting things too.

 

My Story

My ultimate goal this year is to publish my story on Kindle. I’ve been reading a few children’s stories recently as part of my research and it has helped me a lot. I’ve completed many drafts but now it’s nearly finished. I’m nervous but excited about the prospect of self-publishing my very own story. =)

 

I also have a fantasy story in the pipeline but that is a humongous project and I won’t complete it anytime soon. I’m especially excited about that.

 

My Art

I’m continuing to upload my works on Deviant Art but I recently created an account at Pixiv.net. Pixiv, as far as I can tell, is like Japan’s version of Deviant Art but it seems that all the art on there is anime and manga orientated, where Deviant Art is all styles of art.

 

I’ve joined Pixiv around the New Year and so far my art has been very well received. I’ve been getting plenty of nice and encouraging ratings, bookmarks and even sticker comments. I’ve gained 5 followers in the process too. It makes me happy knowing that people like what I draw. =)

 

Speaking of drawing, I have a few drawing ideas. I’m planning to draw and create my own avatar/profile picture and/or a banner/wallpaper for my profiles for my Twitter page[1], my DeviantArt[2], my Pixiv[3], my MyAnimeList[4] and potentially for my Instagram[5].

 

I have a Tumblr too but I’m considering of deactivating that account as I’ve never really been on it.

 

I’m planning on drawing a simple face portrait of Alice Nakiri from Food Wars! for my Avatars. I can’t decide if I should use Alice Nakiri for all of my Social Media Avatars or if I should use just use it for a selected.

 

For my banner I’m planning on including a few characters; Cerea from Monster Musume, the four girls from Non Non Biyori, Ouka Ohtori from Anti-Magic Academy 35th Test Platoon, Mai Kawakami from Myriad Colors Phantom World and Kyouka Kagamin from Dragons Rioting. I have a good idea how the picture will look.

 

I recently practiced sketching Mai Kawakami so I can get used to drawing her. It took me a day but it was worth it as drawing her was a lot of fun. You can find the link just below if you’re interested to have a look. =)

 

Mai Kawakami Practice Inking

 

Yoga / Pilates

My first Yoga session this year was with a lady called Becky. It was the first time that I participated in her yoga class but I very much enjoyed it. I usually struggle with sudden new faces but I really enjoyed it as the session was calm and relaxing.

 

I tried Pilates for the first time the other week after hearing that it’s very similar to Yoga. The Pilates class that I attended was not really enjoyable. There were lots of people around and the atmosphere was energetic, which I didn’t like. I was in agony a few days after the class to the point where it hurt to move. Haha.

 

I think after practising Yoga for many years I’ve come to appreciate the philosophy behind Yoga. I now prefer the quiet relaxing atmosphere and the calming of the mind rather than fast determined workouts. I can’t say that I’ve disliked Pilates as I’ve only tried it once, but I will try another class next week and see how I feel about it afterwards.

 

I may even try Rock Climbing, but I will see how I feel!

 

Kitacon 2016

I have bought a VIP ticket to attend Kitacon 2016. =) Kitacon 2015 was one of the biggest experiences in my life and I think this year’s Kitacon will be just as important.

 

I’m a bit nervous about it as it will mean spending time away from home again and potentially socialising with people who I’ve never met before in a very big building. I do have experience what it’s like and there will be things that I will do and won’t do again.

 

I intend to take lots of photos of Cosplayers as last year’s Cosplayers were awesome. I have no doubt they will be just as awesome this year. I even have plans of cosplaying as a certain person that went down well with a group of friends last year. Can you guess who I’m considering dressing up as? 🙂

 

I will worry and get anxious about this so the best thing for me to do right now is to not think about it and deal with it when April comes.

 

Anime Winter 2016

There was plenty of Anime for me to look forward to in 2015 but at this moment in time there hasn’t really been an Anime this year that has captured my interest.

I am watching two anime from this season’s line-up.

Myriad Colors Phantom World: I’m enjoying this so far. I think it’s funny and entertaining. All the girls are cute and have cool abilities. I especially like it how Reina eats up the rogue spirit people and how the battles conclude. The limbo challenge was fun to watch but it also shows that you don’t need to beat people up to win a battle. I thought that was rather cool and I will definitely watch this on a weekly basis. =)

Dagashi Kashi: What I liked about this show is that the background art and atmosphere reminds me a lot of Non Non Biyori, especially as Coconuts own a Candy Shop. =D I find it to be very eccentric and funny, especially Hotaru’s antics. Dagashi Kashi is completely different than Non Non Biyori plot wise, but like Non Non I think it will be very easy to watch and I think I will grow to like it. =)

 

THANKS FOR READING

I’ve been really enjoying myself so far and I’m especially proud as I’ve recently completed the illustration of Kirin Toudou, which you can see right at the top of the page. I feel that it’s definitely one of my best recent ones as it’s vibrant and colourful. I think I’m getting better at drawing as times goes by. For now, I will take a somewhat rest from drawing. It won’t be a long rest though. =)

 

I will now take it easy as unfortunately I caught a bug again after recovering after Christmas. I feel a bit dizzy and I have been coughing quite a lot but I’m not feeling sorry for myself as I am just watching Non Non Biyori and other anime that I’m catching up on. =)

 

I hope 2016 has been treating you all kindly.^^/

Ryan.

[1] My Twitter Page

[2] My DeviantArt Page

[3] My Pixiv Page

[4] My MyAnimeList Page

[5] My Instagram Page

Monster Musume Volume Six Review

Monster Musume Volume 6 Cover

I really like the anime character designs for Miia, Cerea and Papi. I think they look really cute and I actually spent the entire day illustrating Miia. Every time I read MonMusu[1]  or any other of my favourite manga, I get a big urge to draw a character or two. At this moment, I spent some time drawing Miia and I’m really pleased with its progress so far. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

The Hunter has become the Helpless! After Kimihito helped out the self-proclaim Grim Reaper it came to light that she descended upon this “realm” for one goal in mind. Her goal is Kimihito’s life.

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[2]
  • Fantasy
  • Harem[3]
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • Seinen[4]
  • Slice of Life[5]
  • Supernatural
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

The Technicolour side-story was awesome. It’s really fun to see the liminals taking part in Rachnera’s bondage play, albeit, against their will. I didn’t think it was physically possible to bind Miia’s whole body, but I was proven wrong. Of course Mero enjoyed it as she’s a masochist. It makes sense that Suu couldn’t be held in a web bind. At this moment in time I can’t see a weakness in Suu. Well, that’s not quite true, if she falls into a huge lake or water, she dies. So, that’s probably her one and only weakness.

Back on subject.

In those dialogue panels where it was narrating the action, I sort of pictured David Attenborough’s[6] voice. It’s his sort of niche so I can see him going all the way to Japan and commentate for a BBC documentary. Haha. In all seriousness though, I think David would be among the first people in the world to welcome and accept the liminals with arms open wide… not before me though!

I was really excited when the Dullahan lady made her appearance. I’ve been waiting for a Dullahan to appear for a very long time. I began to wonder what sort of character she was going to be. Was she going to be scary? Serious yet sensitive? It took me a while to figure out the things that she was saying. It was like she was speaking in modern poetry. Her speech actually added to her menacing yet beautiful appearance.

I did enjoy the comedy and bondage moments but I found that I was more focused and gripped with the whole Dullahan character. I personally think that Lala, the Dullahan, splits personality when the head is detached from the rest of the body. I think the head is the main personality and when it leaves the body the body becomes meek and defenceless. Literally.

Poor Miia. I should start a faint count. It was pretty funny when all the liminals were questioning the existence of Dullahans whether they’re real or belong in a fantasy. I don’t think any of the monster girls should question the existence of other monster girls. Haha.

It got more intense and exciting after that. Lala is going to reap Kimihito’s soul and all the monster girls were determined to save him. However… they are the ones who are causing him to be on the brink of death all the time. I burst out laughing at the part where Cerea proclaimed that she will protect Kimihito…only to punch him accidentally. That was really funny. It was also funny when Cerea was dragging him along the street whilst she was running. She was too caught up in her own thoughts to notice. Haha.

I wonder how Lala was able to catch up to Cerea so quickly. A teleport ability? I’m not sure what to make of Mero… She wanted to breed with Kimihito and have his baby before he died. That’s a bit steep. Even if it is funny. Like everyone else she was too caught up in the moment.

I did get touched when Miia offered her own life to Lala so she could be with Kimihito when he gets reaped… turns out; it was all an act on Lala’s part. Kimihito somehow recognised this and just played along with it. He related strongly to Lala’s playful attitude as he liked to dress up and play a character of his own back when he was in middle school. I wonder how serious he was when he suggested to Miia that they should get married if they “make it out alive.”

I really did enjoy the food shopping chapter. I sort of learned that a centaur’s taste buds are more sensitive than a human’s, whilst a carnivore’s taste buds, like Miia, are less sensitive. Sensitive is probably the wrong word to describe taste buds but I know what I mean and that’s all that matters. Haha. It was amusing how the story was describing Miia’s cooking problem.

I do wonder about Mero’s background. She emits a humongous aura of royalty no matter where she goes. It was very considerate of those market people to pack up their stock so they don’t offend the liminals. Mero and Papi wouldn’t really care since their cannibals and eat chickens and fish. Haha. Cerea wouldn’t eat anything flesh since she a vegetable lover. I didn’t think you could eat horse meat though, but apparently Japan sometimes sells them at market stores.

It was a really sweet gesture on Suu’s part to try and take the strain from Kimihito. However, since she is part of his family Kimihito is not prepared to give Suu any less. It was really humorous when she started to be blunt and rude after she consumed poison. I was bit surprised at first since being rude is very out of character. I didn’t expect Draco to make an appearance like that. It was a good job that Suu was by Kimihito’s side. I wonder how long Draco will have to serve her probation.

It’s great to see the M.O.N squad. I didn’t think I would see them in this volume. It was pretty comical when Kimihito shoved his face in Suu’s body. I wasn’t sure if it was out of annoyance or out of disbelief. Kimihito could have been reimbursed plenty of times but Ms Smith, being unreliable as ever, never told him this. They went to the Okayado restaurant and got banned for life after dining for a couple of days… That was pretty amusing. =D

I think Rachnera is mentally strong. When I think about it she’s probably the most mature and street wise out of all the liminal guests that live under Kimihito’s roof. She’s the most cunning too which is probably why she is able to catch Miia and co in her webs so easily. I thought that Ren girl wanted Rachnera back out of guilt, but really it seemed like she wanted her back as she feels like it’s her responsibility. She took all these “trials” she set herself whilst unintentionally insulting all the residents. Haha. In all seriousness she was treating Rachnera more like a nuisance than a house guest. She was handling the whole situation wrong. Kimihito played it very cool.

I nearly forgot that Miia, Papi and Cerea all received letters at the same time as Rachnee. I always wanted to see what their Mums were like in personality and appearance. I’m now twiddling my thumbs in anticipation. =D

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Miia and Papi

The moment I picked this book up I read the whole volume in one swoop. I even went so far as to stay up half the night. So much for an early night, haha! I even re-read the whole book this evening.  The Omake Musume at the end with the sofa was great, as was the information about Lala the Dullahan. Lala’s a great addition to the MonMusu story. Volume 7 can’t come soon enough.^^/

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] MonMusu is the abbreviation for Monster Musume.

[2] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[3] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[4] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

[5] Every day mundane life.

[6] David Attenborough is a famous English broadcaster and naturalist.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Three Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

This episode had everything. I thought it was both heart-warming and exciting. This episode covers the whole of chapter six from the first Light Novel of DanMachi.[1] I was really pleased with how this whole scenario was animated. I felt it was all completely spot on.

Did anyone else enjoy the way that Bell was carrying Hestia? I know I certainly did. It’s just like Hestia to forget the bigger picture. Haha.

Before I go on I need to ask myself… Is it me or did Aiz just smile? I thought there was dust in my eye but it turns out that what I saw wasn’t dust but Aiz’s smile. I think her smile is sweet and genuine. I didn’t picture her to be a smiling type, and I certainly don’t recall her smiling in the first LN[2] book. I thought she was going to be like Saber and Ayaka Kagari in which we would never see her smile. Yet, I can happily say that I have witnessed it in this episode.

I do wonder if they could have shown Freya in more scenes. In the book it showed her more sadistic side and how twisted her mind was. I especially would have liked to see that side of her but so far we’ve only seen glimpses of what she’s really like as a person, well, Goddess. It’s not too much of a big deal as I enjoyed this episode very much.

Bell’s growth is pretty cool, and I’m not just talking about his fighting abilities. Whilst he still lacks some confidence he didn’t just run away from that silverback, he sort of lured him away from Hestia so she could be safe. He probably did give up a little bit too easily but I just bear in mind that he’s only 15. Realistically most lads of that age would be cowardly in that situation.

I like the mechanics behind his new blade, the Hestia Knife. I think Hestia had to basically write her own symbols and attach pieces of her hair into that knife in order to make the knife work for Bell. If I recall correctly, they’re called hieroglyphs.

There were parts of the epilogue of the first LN book that were animated. They were shown in still picture frames and when Bell met Hestia for the first time. I really do hope we get an OVA or a special episode which concentrates on the epilogue because I really like it. =) I didn’t know that his Granddad was killed by an unidentified monster but I did get the impression by what Bell said to Hestia that his Granddad was dead.

The fight between Bell and that silverback was cool but I especially liked the ending part of the episode. I did gasp when Hestia fainted but I secretly knew it was because she was tired, so I probably wasn’t as worried as I should have been.

It was sweet when Syr whispered to Bell that she fell in love when he beat that monster and he heard that very clearly. I think Bell, unlike most blokes, does process those little hints but he probably doesn’t over-think them. Like the part from episode one when Hestia mentioned that she wouldn’t mind living alone with Bell. I think Bell took that on board but he probably didn’t read into what she said.

Then we have the part where Bell goes into Hestia’s room and has a nice one-to-one time. He got teary and hugged her. That was a really nice moment. I especially liked it when Hestia said that she loved him. That could have been interpreted either way. However I interpret it is irrelevant as Bell’s bond with Hestia is endearing.^^/

Hestia looked good in that alternative maid outfit. Does this mean that she’s going to work for Hephaistos now? Or, was she just playing dress up? I wonder who that “supporter” was. I recognise her but I don’t know who she is yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll find out more about her in the next episode. =)

OFF-TOPIC: MONSTER MUSUME NEWS

 Monster Musume TV

The voice cast has been announced for the Monster Musume anime. Judging by the current line-up so far, it looks like they’re going with a young cast.

Sora Amamiya is going to voice Miia. Her more well-known roles probably include Akame from Akame ga Kill, Kaori Fujimiya from One Week Friends and Elizabeth Liones from The Seven Deadly Sins. I heard her briefly voicing Kaori and she sounds like she has a sweet yet clear voice. Her singing vocals sound lovely too. I wish her great luck. =D

Ari Ozawa is going to play Papi. I’m particular excited about this role as Ari played Chiyo Sakura from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun as well as Millicas Gremory from High School DxD BorN. She portrayed Sakura as very sweet who can be very sensitive from time to time. She actually comes close to how I picture Papi’s voice to sound. I think she will be great. =)

Natsuki Aikawa is going to play the role of Cerea. She voiced Petra Ral from Attack on Titan. I quite liked Petra, she sounded like a good leader, brave, sincere and caring. I’m looking forward to hearing Natsuki voicing Cerea. =)

The producers will be Lerche and TOHO animation. I’m neutral about the staff announcements but I’m pleased that manzo is going to get involved in the music side. He was part of the music staff in the anime Is This a Zombie? and performed a duet for the ending song with Rie Yamaguchi. She performs the role as Taeko Hiramatsu in that same show.

THANKS FOR READING

Bell and Aiz Artwork Endcard

Up until now I knew everything that was going to happen based on what I read from the Light Novel book one. I won’t have a clue what’s going to happen from episode four onwards.

However, my copy of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? volume 2 should come within the next couple of days. If it comes before episode 4 airs then I could read the whole book two so I can keep on top. That and I just can’t wait to get my own copy. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] DanMachi is the abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

[2] LN is the abbreviation of Light Novel.