Welcome. New Year, New Domain!

If you’re reading this, you have probably been redirected here from my Blogger site. I figured it was time for a change this year.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging lately. I was simply, uninspired. And that’s because I have been going through a bit of anime burnout. And you know, when you’re tired of something, you have no energy to see it, let alone write about it. So I spent some time away from blogging and moderated the amount of anime that I watched. Over time, I watched less and less animation and turned my attention to other things, until I slowly began to regain the energy that made me miss anime once more. And writing. However, returning to Blogger, I noticed various inconsistencies within the format that it became harder and harder to properly edit my theme. Certain features would disappear and I believe it had to do with the numerous amount of tweaking I would do to my theme. And because I refused to deal with all that, I turned to WordPress. Even though WP themes are a lot more limited when it comes to editing, they are a lot crisper and fresh. I’m not looking for an ultra fancy theme or anything like that. For now, I’m happy with my current theme. My only complaint would be the shorter width of the sidebar, since I tried to personalize it to look the same as my last blog. But other than that, the format is great. Plus, it has rotating banners. :)

Can’t wait to start posting from here on out. Thanks for stopping by!

Quick Update!

Hello there! I would just like to explain a few changes to my blog. Instead of keeping you wondering, I thought it would be best to clear any assumptions you may have.

On the sidebar to your right you may have noticed that I narrowed down my categories and replaced them with new features. I chose the three most popular categories. Everything else, you can find under tags. I also added a Google+ followers feature and removed my MAL link, but you can find that link and any further links in my about page. As for any other thing that seems to be missing, it has probably been moved to the bottom. I rearranged a couple of things down there and removed my RSS feed. You can locate another link to my RSS in the sidebar to your right.

Lastly, the biggest change was removing my “current series” page. Trying to keep it up to date was a honing process for me(html-wise), so I removed it. Once again, my MAL link will be in my about page. Plus, I started that page to help my episodic blogging that I don’t do anymore, so there’s that. And if it’s not too much trouble, would you give me some feedback on the video player in the sidebar to your right? Is it too small? Does the video play for you? If not, so I can dedicate the time to fixing it. I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

12 New Year Resolutions

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With 2012 coming to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you guys a few of my wishes for the upcoming new year. Let’s approach this year with happy thoughts and feelings!

I don’t know about you guys but, in my family, during the remaining 12 seconds of the new year countdown, we eat one grape every second, while making a wish with each one. It is a Spanish tradition. But they are new year resolutions, no less. Although, I have no idea why it is 12 and not 10. Maybe one wish represents each month of the year? Idk. This year, I have decided to approach my new year a little differently and have chosen to include something that is now big in my life: Anime.
Four wishes will be dedicated to my anime life. Another four wishes will be dedicated to my blogging life. And the last remaining four wishes will be dedicated to my personal life.
Anime Life: I wish . . .
  1. To only watch what I want to watch and not feel pressured.
  2. To support the anime industry and put in my share of dough.
  3. To buy my first nendoroid^^ Preferably a Hatsune Miku one. They are so expensive orz.
  4. To attend AX this summer 2013~! Again :)
Blogging Life:
  1. To be more active in the aniblogsphere community. (Posting comments, Twitter, Google+, etc.)
  2. To publish more [full] anime reviews in my blog – something I could do more of.
  3. To blog for myself and for my love for anime over everything else.
  4. To clear my backlog XD.
Personal Life:
  1. For health – for me, for my family, my friends, and all anime fans. ;)
  2. To better manage my time. College is my top priority and there is always room for improvement.
  3. To become less dependent and more independent.
  4. To become more sociable/outgoing. It wouldn’t hurt. Wouldn’t hurt at all.
Yes, those are my wishes for the upcoming new year. I would love to hear your resolutions, if you have any. I can only hope that they all come true and hopefully by putting them out there, you will feel more inclined to accomplish them. (Darn. I just thought about a podcast and how I would love to participate in one. I guess that can be a part of my number 1 for blogging life).
Before bidding farewell, I would like to give you guys a little update of what to expect in the next few days because I will be putting blogging “on-hold” during the new year celebrations. After that, I will continue with my weekly blogging schedule starting with my final impressions on Jormungand and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – so sad that they ended, Bleach manga posts – I have 3 chapters to cover, and Shinsekai yori – I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with that one, but I’ll just summarize all of my thoughts into one post. Oh, and my Madoka movies post. Yes, that too. Plus a new about page. This one is getting old. :P But how about I leave you with some Shinsekai yori news today >> link here.
Have a happy new year!

Shinsekai yori 08: ALL THE SHIPS :O

Is this what they refer to as the purest form of love?

After an unfortunate accident on my part, my original organized thoughts on Shinsekai yori episode 08 were erased from my blogger drafts. My heart stopped, pillows were thrown, tears were shed, and agonizing tweets were sent . . . you could imagine how I felt. So, after two days of mourning for my baby, I got my shit together and tried to remember as much as I could from my prior draft. Here is my second attempt at Shinsekai yori episode 08. Not as great as I remember it, but getting through the main points is what’s important. I hope you bloggers learn from my mistake. Remember, Microsoft Word is your best friend. Fuck, Notepad is cool too. Just remember to save your shit elsewhere because it sucks this feeling.

BAM! Two years have passed and the kids must now undergo all the physical and mental changes that come with it. Teen angst, maturity, and CURIOSITY. ;) Not so different from what we go through now, see? Except in this world, it’s all about making love and not war. Peace is a top priority which eventually led to the removal of homosexual controversy. But is this the future we should be striving for? All that I’ve ever known is that the world will always have its imperfections and this world is definitely no exception.
Episode 08 has turned this series from the anime you want to brag about to your friends(and anthropology teachers XD) for being so bold and daring to go beyond controversial to HOLY SHIT I HOPE MY MOM DOESN’T WALK IN THROUGH THAT DOOR! Oh no wait, that already happened around episode 05. When Satoru and Saki did that thing. You know what I’m talking about. Basically, Shinsekai yori is getting weird, and that’s a good thing. You rarely come across anime where they make two boys french kissing seem so normal and lovely and vice versa. I just feel bad for Mamoru. Saki, you can be a real bitch. 
I guess those tears make up for that.

One of the newly introduced aspects of this world would be mate competition. It is the reason Mamoru can’t get laid because he likes Maria who is with Saki, but Saki is with Maria because she likes Shun who is all horny for Satoru right now. Ha ha, this reminds me of that one movie trailer. Watch it. CHANNING TATUM. Anyway, off topic. This society was implemented with Bonobo characteristics, and with it comes a sudden jump in hormones during puberty, apparently. So why the big emphasis on same sex couples(besides the obvious Bonobo characteristic)? One theory or fact(possible spoiler?), that I got from another source who got from another source is because, in this society, heterosexual relationships are forbidden until the age of eighteen. I guess it’s a good strategy to prevent pregnancy because you know they are like Bonobos now so they will be like horny a lot and stuff will happen. In which case, Mamoru’s situation doesn’t seem so bad now. He may have a better chance at wooing the girl in four years.
But uh-oh! Something really weird is going on with Shun. He is now some kind of PK genius(with awesome hair) who is supposed to inherit some powerful mantra? He also bore a strange creature from an egg that may have even scared the most powerful cantus user ever. I have no idea about this Kaburagi character except that he looks a lot like my sadist of a youkai, Kagerou, from Inu x Boku SS XD. So in that respect, I have no input for you. But that one-eyed creature is a whole different story. I think it has a lot to do with the theory about the Minoshiro and the subconscious. There was even a bit of foreshadowing around episode 06 when Saki dreams of Shun and a Minoshiro rips out of his head, remember?

Fortunately, Saki managed to get some answers from Shun towards the end before he left to “heal” – whatever that means. That’s when he tells her that the adults knew of their naughty days and that they have been spying on them the whole time. But it was pretty obvious that they knew already, no? The question is, why would they postpone their punishment for so long? Can’t expect anything less from the generation of PK scientists, I guess. It wouldn’t surprise me if Saki and the others were nothing more than test subjects to them. I mean, they are probably the first group of children to survive something like a Queerat war, so they could have easily used it as an excuse to study them further. But that’s just what I think. As for what they hope to accomplish with their studies, well, who knows? Maybe they’re looking for a different way to preserve peace, you know, other than killing children all the time. Which brings me to another monkey-related term, infanticide. Look it up.
So it all comes down to this . . . was Shun a failed experiment? Will Saki ever see him again? Will Saki and the others meet the same fate? Oh the suspense!! Yes, I am going for dramatically thought provoking stuff here. But I don’t think it’s working. Nevertheless, I still have my suspicions towards Kiroumaru and the Queerats. No doubt, they will be playing a bigger role later on.
As for Satoru . . . WHY YOU NOT LIKE SAKI!?!! (`Д´)ノ . . . My ship orz.

Funny thing today, before starting this post, I had just come back from the zoo. And as I was sitting there with a camera, observing Chimpanzees groom each other, the thought crossed my mind and I figured that living a blissful/ignorant life wouldn’t be so bad. But then I thought about anime and that all went away. I guess I enjoy the competence and everything else that comes with it.
So yeah, that’s it for my impressions! If you made it this far, comment below I LOVE BANANAS! It will determine who is being truly honest around here. :P Oh, and if you don’t like bananas then YOU SUCK! Thanks for reading! Virtual hugs!<33

P.S. Omg read Shun’s MAL profile and click on the first spoiler(don’t worry, you already know this spoiler if you’re reading this). I thought it was pretty funny.

The Aniblogger Interrogation Game~!

Artist: 柊蒼恋
Hisashiburi~!! I am back from my long trip. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the time to blog for it was hard enough to get my hands on an internet connection just for the sake of watching Kuroko no Basket – which is really good btw. But what better way to warm up my blogging skills than with a carnival post. :) This time, one which was started by Iso from Nabe!!