Art Projects

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I’m really enjoying my art as of late and I feel as though I’m getting better with each picture that I produce. Recently, I drew a picture of Freya from Danmachi and I’m very happy with how it ended up. It turned out really well because I chose to go back to the basics with my approach to both the colouring and shading styles. I feel that because I went back to the basics, it ended up being much more effective than I anticipated.

 

Subconsciously I think I put myself under unnecessary pressure to finish my illustrations as quickly as I can and that did take away some of the enjoying from the artistic journey.  I took a step back upon my Freya picture and realised this so I told myself to slow down and when the pictures are ready to be complete, they will be complete.

 

Lately I’ve been doing these artistic projects where I’m drawing characters and sceneries for my family members. I’m enjoying doing projects for other people as it makes a nice change of pace but I don’t think I’m up for doing commissions for people that I don’t know just yet. Will my requested art meet their expectations? Will I be on a time limit? Anxious thoughts entered my head, especially regarding the time issue, so I always end up declining to avoid those self-pressure situations.

 

I think if I’m reassured that I can take my time with a project than I can probably do it and do it well. So, if anyone has a suggestion or if they have a picture that they’d like to see, just give me a shout. =)

 

Here is the list of My 8 Current Art in the Works

  • Claire Harvey (Hundred) – I’m attempting a 3D-ish type of colouring of Claire. Nothing really inspired me to give this a go, I just fancied a go. =D
  • Mi-Chan (High School Fleet) – I started this picture around the same time as Freya so the colouring and shading style will be more or less the same but with a background. =)
  • Saitama and Fubuki (One Punch Man) – I’m in the midst of doing a funny but affectionate dating scene between Saitama and Fubuki. I keep on laughing every time I focus on drawing this. XD
  • Atago (KanColle) – Atago at the beach. Originally I was going to use Galko-Chan in this summer scene but I saw this as an opportunity to draw Atago as I always wanted to draw her. =)
  • Fubuki (KanColle), Renge (Non Non Biyori) and Stera and Lotte (Atelier Shallie) – I’m doing a crossover to celebrate the fact that I earned my first ever Platinum Trophy on the PlayStation network. =D
  • Ikumi Mito (Food Wars!) – I really like Ikumi and it’s always fun to draw her, especially when she blushes.
  • Arnice and Lillysse (Nights of Azure) – I’m really enjoying playing the Nights of Azure game and I suddenly had the urge to draw these two girls. =)
  • Hotaru (Non Non Biyori), Wiz (KonoSuba) and Kirin (The Asterisk War) – A night scene with the girls and fireflies. I’m very excited about this one. =)

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Non Non Biyori Repeat Anime Review

Non Non Biyori Repeat Anime

  1. REVIEW

If you have been following my blogs you will know how much I like Non Non Biyori. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times that I have re-watched the first series and I have been eagerly waiting for the second season to air. I’m not really sure why the second season is called ‘Repeat.’ I see it as like it’s repeating the four seasons inside the world of Non Non Biyori.

 

I would be lying if I said that this was exciting and had a strong plot but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t interesting. The diversity and quirks of the characters are great and even though they are different all the girls share a beautiful friendship. It’s especially intriguing to see how Hotaru, a girl transferred from Tokyo, adapts to the countryside.

 

To me the second season had everything. It has beautiful scenery that has instantly captured my interest but I find that it’s the music that draws you into the art of the show as well as the simplicity of the story. However, I find that it’s the characters that make me enjoy it much more.

 

You have Natsumi who is probably the female equivalent of Bart Simpson, Komari who wants to play the big sister role but really is actually childish, Renge who is eccentric but very cute and Hotaru who is shy and polite. Some of the activities and adventures that they get up to are interesting and very amusing. We occasionally get a flash back of when Renge was a baby and that is definitely worth a watch.

 

Even though the story might be easy-going, it did tuck at my heartstring at times at the beautiful friendship that the girls share with other, especially the bond between Renge and Kaede (aka, Candy Store.) It truly is wonderful how all the girls get on with each other despite being different, especially the new girl from Tokyo, Hotaru. It goes to show that even a city girl can adapt to the countryside.

 

I’m not really sure what else to say except that I think this is the perfect follow up to the first series. This is definitely one of my favourite anime of all time and I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strongly about a show since Thomas the Tank Engine. For those who may not know, Thomas was a pinnacle part of my life when I was growing up. This show literally cheers me up if ever I’m down and I always get Goosebumps whenever I listen to the songs.

 

There’s not much to this anime but I feel that the philosophy “less is more” sums up Non Non Biyori perfectly. =)

  1. RATING

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

THANKS FOR READING

Non Non Biyori Repeat Collage

I know this is the review for Non Non Biyori Repeat but I feel that my thoughts also apply to the first series as it’s no different story and setting wise. The only down side is that 12 weeks have gone very, very fast. However, the upside, I can watch them all back to back without having to wait. =)

 

I also drew a Renge picture as a Mother’s Day card as Renge is her favourite character. You can find the link below.

Renge

 

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

Non Non Biyori Volume One Review

Non Non Biyori Manga Volume One

 

  1. REVIEW

I think I enjoyed reading the Non Non Biyori manga as much as I enjoyed watching the TV series. Non Non Biyori is one of my all-time favourite anime.

 

As I was reading this book I kept on picturing the soundtrack in my head as well as the characters voices. I’m really pleased that I watched the anime first as I found that reading the Non Non book made it all the more enjoyable. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

 

I really do like how simple this story is. There’s no drama or major plot it’s just a fun and relaxing story about four girls living in the countryside, or as Renge likes to call it, “the boonies.” Haha.

 

It can probably be argued that there is no real plot in this story, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t interesting. I like how diverse and quirky the girls are and I think it’s interesting to see how they live their lives in the “boonies.” It’s equally as intriguing to see how Hotaru, a girl who moved from Tokyo, adapts to the countryside.

 

I think it’s incredibly quirky to find a school that has a mixture of elementary students and junior high students. I’ve never known a school like it. However, I did go to an SEN school[1] with the age range of 2 years to 19 years. In my school’s last year I think there were less than 30 pupils in the whole school. That still doesn’t compare to the likes of the Asashigaoka Branch School though!

 

Some of the things that the girls say and do can be very humorous. Kazuho and the big brother are funny in their own right. Suguru doesn’t need to say anything to be funny and Kazuho’s irresponsibility makes me wonder how she is able to become teacher in the first place. Above everything else I like the relationship, the friendship and the affection that all the girls show to each other. It’s nice to see them all getting along.

 

There’s nothing for me to say really except that I really, really enjoyed this manga. There’s not much to this story but I feel that the philosophy “less is more” sums up Non Non Biyori perfectly. =)

  1. RATING

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Manga Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

Thanks for Reading, =)

Ryan.

 

Ps, It’s also interesting to note that Non Non Biyori was based on the one shot story, Toko Toko. I never knew that until I read this book.

[1] SEN means Special Educational Needs. It’s basically a school that caters the needs of students who have ASD, physical disability, or generally have additional needs.

Anime I’m Watching This Season

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I have plenty of anime that I’m watching this season. What are you watching? Is there any you would recommend?

There were certain anime that I enjoyed in the previous season like Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? High School DxD BorN and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. There were more that I watched but those three are the ones in particular that I especially liked. However, I found that once I started to review them I was subconsciously analysing my thoughts and feelings as, in my head, I was going to annotate my thoughts.

I wasn’t planning to speak about every episode, it just sort of happened. In a way, that probably did take away some of the enjoyment of watching anime, especially Dungeon Girls. I find that I’m actually enjoying Dungeon Girls ten times more since it stopped airing. Why? Because I can sit back and enjoy it and not concern myself of blogging about each episode.

That’s where this anime summer season comes in. So far, I’m really excited and impressed. I genuinely believe that this is going to be my favourite anime season of all time.

Summer Season List 2015

Street Fighter Food Wars Parody

Bikini Warriors: It’s Not a Bikini If It’s Armour

Bikini Warriors anime

Initial Thoughts: When it came up with that sequence of majestic music and the girls displaying their fighting style I thought that was going to be the opening theme. As soon as it finished I was like “Is that it? Seriously?” Haha.

This is going to be a fun and light-hearted anime. The girls are wearing special armour in the form of bikinis. Haha. I didn’t realise that this was only a five minute episode.

I don’t really know what’s going to happen but I’m more than happy to spend five minutes of my time watching this weekly. =)

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was very confused at first. Why was Renge re-joining the school? Did she move up a year? What happened to Hotaru? Why was Hikage still in the country? I was left very puzzled for the first ten minutes until Hikage got on the train to Tokyo. This is a flashback showing what happened when Renge enrolled into the school. Then it showed Hotaru right at the end moving in. I could then relax and enjoy everything.

It was funny but very unfortunate when Hikage left her mobile phone behind! Haha.

Everything from the characters, the scenery, the music, it’s all as I expected it to be. Relaxing and tranquil. I really like that march that the four girls do in the opening song. I think so far I prefer the opening and ending songs from the first season but I think it’s the case of letting the new songs grow on me. I have no doubt that they will. =)

MONSTER MUSUME EVERYDAY LIFE WITH MONSTER GIRLS

Monster Musume anime

Initial Thoughts: As a Monster Musume fan I was very concerned on how this was going to be adapted. But those concerns completely left me the moment I started to watch this.

It’s much, much better than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t burst out laughing as I normally do with the books but I think that’s because I knew what was coming. However, I still let out light chuckles. I’m really pleased that they kept the charm and have the eyes of the main guy all plain white as that’s how they are portrayed in the manga.

I find this anime really cute and in some ways touching. It’s more than just comedy but there is little to no drama in it and quite frankly that’s my kind of story. I kept almost welling up as I felt touched at Miia’s happiness.

It’s a shame that I had to watch this as soon as it was released, as now I have to wait for next week. I can tell that I’m really going to enjoy watching this show. I can’t wait. =D

Rokka –Braves of the Six Flowers-

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve never heard of this show before but I really did enjoy the first episode. The girl with the bunny ears is really cute. I sort of guessed straightaway that she was going to be an outdoors type of Princess. Haha. It’s going to be worth watching this just to watch her bunny ears bounce. =)

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Shimoneta Anime

Initial Thoughts: This is incredibly daft, eccentric but very funny. The style of humour and quick pace does remind me of D-Frag. I never thought I would see the day where a perverted girl would walk around wearing a pair of knickers on her head. Haha. It’s a clash of impure thoughts verses pure thoughts. Who will come out triumphant? I can tell already that this show isn’t going to take itself seriously and I’m certainly going to enjoy watching this.

THANKS FOR READING

Miia

Normally I would probably review the first episodes of Non Non Biyori Repeat and Monster Musume straightaway, but I have decided that I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m just going to sit back and bask in each episode as they come. I won’t rule out anime reviews but I will just see how I feel. I will probably continue reviewing Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma weekly. It’s partly because I’ve made a commitment but mostly because I want to. In any case I’ll just see how it goes. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan