12/31/15

Hi, I'm Danni :)

Hello all! I'm Danni and I'm the new guest author! We've sat down and discussed a few topic ideas for this first post of mine. However, I thought that it may be a good idea for a small introduction.

Now, bear with me; I've never written a blog before. I've been a victim of severe writer's block for a long time now and the hope is that this blog will be able to help with that. That being said, any topic ideas are welcomed!

On another note, I love feedback! I love to know what YOU think is working or not working, or if there's something that you just don't agree with or would maybe like to see more of. Let me know what's going on in your head! You'll see everything going on in mine right here, so feel free to help me out with the direction of those thoughts!

Well, I do believe that's all for now guys. I'm sorry that the first from me is such a short post, but stay tuned ladies and gentlemen! And of course, thanks for reading!!

12/30/15

Spotlight Review Wednesday: Anime 12~30~2015

Spotlight Review




(Kuroko's Basketball, The Basketball Kuroko plays)

Synopsis

The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was another player who all of them respected... A legendary 6th player. An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn't good at basketball, in fact, he's bad! And he's so plain that he's impossible to see. But Kuroko's plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he's none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation. Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools. A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!



Now for my review!!!


I decided to watch this anime on Crunchyroll... here is what they had to say about it...


About the Show

An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn't good at basketball, in fact, he's bad! And he's so plain that he's impossible to see. But Kuroko's plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he's none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation.

As you can see it's basically the same... So I started watching it and it was reallly good... I was hooked after just 3 episodes!!! So hooked in fact that I went and watched all three seasons on crunchyroll!!! Here is a link to them!


Yup! 75 Episodes and all I can say is "Are we going to get to see the next years worth of basketball games too???" I usually don't like sports Anime but I couldn't believe how thought out this was. And the emotion was real! I sware! I used to play a little basketball (never on a team) and I know how they felt when they made a hard shot or how it hurt when they lost!

The fact that our light and shadow team from Seirin... 

Kagami is the redhead and Kuroko is the other

had to go up against the teams which had "those" players one it... Yup they had to face the "Generation of Miracles"!!! Not just that but one of the players who was known as part of Generation of Miracles has the ability to copy the abilities of all players... even the other generation players...

Hello there Mr. Monster Player!!!

Wow right... It's intimidating even in just a picture!!!  Kise is sooo intense! He's the one in the middle by the way... The rest are his aura since he can use their talents and when he does it's like facing off agents those people!

Though he is intense he is not as strong as the others when it comes to their individual talents... If he had to be them and face them then there would be no question.... The real thing would be stronger!

Just as a treat before I officially rate this... Here is our beloved Kagami facing off against one of the other generation players... not the whole face-off but enough to show how exciting it is!


Yup Lightning from the eyes means they are in "The Zone" but to figure out exactly what that means for the characters you are going to have to watch the show!


Now the fun part... Time to rate it!!!
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On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being a "Perfect-Must-See" rating I give this... 
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10

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This Anime was long since one years worth of games spanned three seasons but it gave me everything I wanted... Which is really hard to do when it's a genre I don't really like! I feel like it even hinted at romance in some places... Not outright... Just overtones... But that was something I didn't expect either. To find out more about this Anime I hope you will watch it! I would say it is SOOOO worth the time!

Well... This was the last review of the year! I hope it was a good one!

As always... Thanx for taking the time to read it and don't forget to give me an idea for the next ones!!!!!

Have a great day!!!

12/23/15

Spotlight Review Wednesday: Manga 12~23~2015

Spotlight Review


Diabolik Lovers

Manga

Synopsis

Yui Komori used to see dead people. But as troubling as past glimpses of spirits, poltergeists, and psychic phenomena may have been, they pale into insignificance compared to what she's about to discover once she's forced to transfer to a new school. Because it turns out that her own history is very different from what she thought it was, and she has a very different kind of family waiting for her.

Now she'll be sharing her living space with six very attractive young men, though not a single one is human. And while her new dorm mates may be brothers, and their attraction to her involves her bloodline, "brotherly" is the last word to describe their intentions. In moving from her father's church to becoming the object of six blood lusting young vampires' affections, Yui will undergo the most shocking, soul ripping and draining experience any teenage girl could imagine in her wildest fantasies... or most salacious nightmares.



Now for my review!!!


The Manga this week was read on Batoto and gave me quite a shock! I had to look up the whole thing on Wikipedia (link right to Diabolik Lovers page) to figure out what one came first... There are 5 listed on Batoto! I'm still not sure what came first though and I have to admit the site doesn't really mention a Manga... Just games and TV/Anime adaptions. So for the purpose of this review I have decided to use the Anthology....

Diabolik Lovers: Anthology

That is Batoto's link so you can find it easy!

Now that we have that out of the way.... Lets meet our main leading lady...


Hello there Yui!!! Isn't she cute!!! I am not sure if she has good or bad luck at this point... I didn't read every one of the Manga after all... And it gets confusing in them if she is happy or upset about the whole situation. All the Manga are ongoing (maybe only in translation??) and some are in a different language than one I know... So I had a hard time figuring it out. There are times she seems happy and times she seems like she wishes she didn't have to deal with all their crap.

Oh ya... By "their" I'm talking about the amazingly beautiful  Sakamaki Vampire Brothers she now lives with. (I found the last name somewhere... Maybe on the wiki but I don't remember)
Lets meet them shall we!


What hotties lol... But each is twisted in their own special way...
I guess that's the price of being a vampire!

Now to rate it

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being a "perfect-must-read" rating I give this...
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This manga got such a low rating because each of the chapters was disconnected completely from the others... If it wasn't for the fact Yui was in them all I wouldn't have known they were connected!!!

Don't get me wrong... Each chapter was drawn and written out wonderfully but for me I'd like them to be a bit more connected even if the manga is just made from a game.

I'd still recommend it though... If you're looking for quick stories that is...

With that being said I'm going to end this here.

As always... Thanx for taking the time to read this!

Have a wonderful day!!!

12/21/15

Seeing the world...

Seeing the world through rose colored glasses or through a cloud of fog... Viewing friendships as special or as something that is just a part of life... Dealing with anger and sadness VS. happiness and joy... The world around us is a mysterious place and how we deal with it varies from person to  person. Here are some examples of how I deal with the world and people around me...

I have to be the biggest wimp when it comes to getting people I care about mad at me.

I mean it!!! I just can't handle it!

I don't like conflict in any way... For me, when someone is mad at me, I get such bad anxiety! It doesn't matter if you are a friend I have known for a long time or someone I barely talk to... Even someone I have just met or talked to a few time can cause this if they are an important person to me. And not talking to me is just as bad as yelling at me.

Yes I know this sounds a bit crazy... And there are times I think it's crazy too... The plus side of this is that if I don't know you or you're not important to me, then you can say or do almost anything and it won't phase me at all.  Friendships and Family are extremity important to me!

I live by the theory that to be happy I need to keep the negativity to a minimum!

This goes for anger and sadness too... I know I will get angry and people will get angry with me... It's a part of life and so to deal with it I will usually try to figure out the cause of the anger and fix or explain it as best I can to try to get rid of the anger. I always apologize when I've made people sad... And if someone has made me sad I try to explain why I'm sad the best I can.

I feel like it's better this way... That if I do these things it will be ok. Everything has the potential to be vibrant and bright! If it becomes gloomy then I feel there is always a way to fix it.

I guess this means I see the world through rose colored glasses... 

It's like looking through an eye that sees the world one way when everyone else looks through normal eyes! If I could show you a picture then this would be what my eyes are like...


The eternal optimist

This is such a cool pic too lol.... And a lot of people see through eyes like this...

Neutral 

Then there is the other end of the spectrum too... They see through eyes like this...

The Eternal Pessimist

I fit under the first eye because I feel I see things differently but I'm ok with that... And I know I feel emotions too deeply sometimes... But I'd Rather be like this and have no true enemies than have hate or aggravation cloud my life and make me miserable! After all who really ever wants to be miserable?!?!?!

So now I have a question for you... How do you see the world??? Which eyes best fits you???

I'll end this post here since I really want to know your answers... 
Leave them in the comment section for this post if you want to share!

As always... Thanx for reading what I've written!

Have an amazing day!!!

12/16/15

Spotlight Review Wednesday: Anime 12~16~2015


Spotlight Review







Synopsis

For the sake of parents' business plans, Hidaka Sana moved to Tokyo. Five years later, he has become a high school student, and returned to his hometown, Sakuranomori. He feels uneasy because the streets of his hometown and his old friend he meets again have changed a lot since five years ago. The most changed thing is his childhood friend, Yatsushiro Nanaka. She used to smile sweetly with innocent eyes, but now she has withdrawn herself and is gloomy. (Source: AnimeNfo)

Now for my review!!!

This anime can be found on AnimeSeasons.com which I will provide a direct link to in a few minutes. First here is what they had to say about the Anime...

Summary

Hikada Sana returns to his hometown after 5 years away living in Tokyo. Although there are some changes to the town, most has remained the same. On a detour to his apartments, he notices a girl in a shrine maiden outfit watching him when he visits the shrine. He finds out, the next day at school, that this girl is actually Yatsushiro Nanaka , his old childhood friend whom he gave a bracelet to before he left, that she still wears, even to this day.

And here is the link I promised you... AnimeSeasons.com: Myself ; Yourself.

I should probably start with telling you there are 13 episodes in the series. They are not too long, but not too short either... So it's a good length that doesn't leave you upset at the end of each episode and doesn't give the feeling it ended too soon. 
Now let me show ya'll the most important people in the Anime...


I'm not going to go into detail about the characters but I will tell you who they are from left to right...


Yuzuki Fujimura Homeroom teacher - supporting Character

Hinako Mochida Friend - Supporting Character

Aoi Oribe Friend - Main Character

Nanaka Yatsushiro Friend - Main Character

Sana Hidaka Person the story follows - Main Character

Shuusuke Wakatsuki Friend - Main Character

Shuri Wakatsuki Friend - Main Character

Asami Hoshino Friend - Main Character


Now... Everyone other than Yuzuki, Hinako, and Asami grew up together.... Here is a picture of them as kids too.... 


They look soooo cute!!!

Upon Sana's return we start learning about their past and about what happened while they were away from each other... We also get to know about them as they are right now. During this discovery process we meet the three new people who join the 5 original friends. The group goes through a lot and in the end there is an unexpected split up! Watch to find out what happens because telling you would spoil it!!!

Now the hard part... Time to rate it!!!
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On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being a "Perfect-Must-See" rating I give this... 
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This Anime was one I could have shut off and not picked back up but also one I could watch for a long time and not get bored. Basically it was catchy enough I would recommend it but not one I would really say was truly a must see. All in all it was a good Anime though.

Well that's it for this Spotlight Review!

As always... Thanx for taking the time to read my review!!!

Have a great day!!!

12/9/15

Spotlight Review Wednesday: Manga 12~9~2015

Spotlight Review


Kamisama Hajimemashita

(Kamisama Kiss)

Manga

Synopsis

Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!

Nanami has all kinds of new responsibilities she doesn't understand, dangers she's unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who's... actually pretty hot. What's a new-fledged godling to do?




Now for my review!!!


The Manga this week was read on MangaHere... This is a link to all the chapters they have.


Here is what they have to say about it!

Momozono Nanami’s dad, a man with a penchant for gambling, disappeared after accumulating a huge amount of debt. Thus, she was chased out of her house by the debt collectors. When she met a timid guy being chased by a dog, he told her that he’d give her his house. She believed his persuasive talk, but when she went to his house… it turned out to be a shrine. Moreover, a guy with fox ears appeared, which made Nanami even more confused. What will become of homeless and confused Nanami?


So for this Manga it is easy to see that these two explanations give us quite a bit of info... So I thought it would be good to introduce Nanami and Tomoe...

Here is Nanami...


No she isn't always this plain... Here is her dancing preforming a gods duties!


Granted it's just pictures moving but it shows she isn't so plain... Check out the anime to find the whole thing though. It's on FUNimation as far as I know!

And here I'll show you that gorgeous fox who is her familiar...


He has two looks.... this one and the following one...


Personally I like the long hair better... But to each their own I guess!

Anyway... they go through some crazy adventures and even though I read past the 5Th chapter I was hooked after just the 1st one!

I'm not gonna tell you about the rest of the crazy characters she meets either... It would spoil the fun! sooooo... Here it is!

Time to rate it.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being a "perfect-must read" rating I give this..
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It's an 8 only because I haven't finished it and there are still things I'm confused about... However I can't wait to find out how it ends... And then I will be wishing for more... So I because I never want it to end I think it will only ever get a 9... cause ten means it can't get any better!

I'll end this with a link to the first book...

Kamisama Kiss: Volume 1

Hope you all enjoyed this Manga Spotlight Review!!!

Have a great day!!!

Oh... Don't forget to leave me a comment about what Manga or Anime you want me to review next!
I look forward to your input!!!

12/3/15

Random Randomness...

When you have to ascend into the clouds to return home it makes you kinda feel like an angel...

That being said we can now move onto the post... Hello everyone...

Today we are going to be random lol...

Moving Thoughts

I don't know if I ever told y'all about my moving history... We lived in Massachusetts for a long time until in the beginning of 2014 we packed up and moved to Texas...(Yes I picked up some of the habits of speaking like a southerner)... And then we moved back to New England on August 28th 2015 (Yup this year)... Didn't spend too much time there but it's all good!



The snow is something we haven't seen in a while... About a year and a half to be precise!

My girls are looking forward to it sooooo much! Me... Not so much lol. I have to admit I miss the heat and I don't really like the cold because it causes me pain... But... I do want to see them play in the snow while they're still young and I'm looking forward to getting pictures of them sledding for the first time too!!!! So it is worth it for me to be in pain for a little while.

All this moving brings to my mind people... You know... Those ones who were all "I miss you" while you are away but when you're near them it's like you don't exist... Those people... I started thinking about them... And I realized something... There are a lot of them in the world!!!
No I'm not naming names!!! They know who they are... But... I also know sometimes there are good reasons for being like this and it doesn't bother me anymore.

That's it for that... 

NEXT!!! Scheduling!!!

So I am going to have this schedule pic for my blog posts and when I change something then I will re-post the schedule pic! soooo much easier!!!

Each box has a name of First through Fifth... Each month has the potential of having up to 5 of something in a month so I thought it would be better to plan out things by that method. 

So for example... this month has a few "Fifth" days in it... December 29th, 30th, and 31's are the fifth Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the month.... So the things listed in the Fifth's row are what will be put on the blog that day... 

The exception Is if I've put it in the "Last" category. Those things will be put up on the last day of the month no matter if it is the Fourth or the Fifth time that day comes in the month. Since this month has 5 Thursdays the Fifth Thursday will be the "Guest Post" since it is posted the Last Thursday of the month but next month the "Guest Post" will be on the Fourth Thursday. 

This also means things like my "Random Japanese" post will not happen every month since there are not 5 Tuesdays in every month. 

Once you get the hang of reading the boxes as positions in the month and not days of the month it will get easier to look up what is going to be posted that day. I'm making the Pic still so I'm not adding it to this yet... maybe next week. Sorry!

OK... So that is all for today! Hope you enjoyed the randomness!

Have a great day!!!

12/2/15

Spotlight Review Wednesday: Anime 12~2~2015



Spotlight Review






Synopsis

Humanity has successfully colonized all the planets in the Solar System, with intentions to continue into new frontiers. Individuals live stable lives in these colonies, including young high school students living in 4th Tokyo on Mars. Two of these students are Iris Shirazaki and Mizuki Sera. Iris is finishing her last year of high school while studying to be a test pilot while her friend Mizuki also works as a mechanic on the aircraft. Her own brother, Kaito, oversees Mizuki and Iris as their homeroom teacher and program director.

Now for my review!!!

This anime can be found on Crunchyroll... I'm not sure if it is also on FUNimation. Here is what Crunchyroll had to say about the show...

About the Show

Fourth Tokyo--one of Japan’s new prefectures on Mars. Kirishina City, Fourth Tokyo’s special economic zone, is home to the Kirishina Corporation, an elite corporation renowned for its aerospace business. The company has been expanding its market share in various industries, while also running a private school, the Kirishina Science and Technology Academy High School. That alone would make it unique, but there’s also a high-profile class on campus...

Between this and the synopsis we can figure out who the class is run by... Yup it's this guy...


This is Kaito! He runs this class...


The one in the middle is his sister by the way... Together they have to figure out how to avoid the Crisis... But... telling you what that crisis is would spoil the fun of watching it! What I can say is that it is full of twists and turns... Oh and lets not forget revenge plots!


Now the hard part... Time to rate it!!!

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On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being a "Perfect-Must-See" rating I give this...
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The reason this Anime got a 7 was because it seemed unfinished. I don't know if it was just that I caught it before the rest of the episodes were put up or if it was the end of the season but I just felt like there were too many questions left unanswered when I finished it. Even so I would say it is worth looking into to see if it is something you would want to watch. The episodes I did see were good so I would definitely watch it again!

Well... That's all for this Anime review! Don't forget to leave me a comment with what Anime or Manga you would like to see me rate...

The next one I rate is going to be a Manga.

As always... Thanx for reading and I hope you enjoyed this rating! Have a great day!!!

12/1/15

Work, Study, Play

For those of you who really know me... You can probably guess how much this post is a part of who I am... But it is also a part of you too!

We all do these things.. Maybe not all of them but we do at least one of them. For most that one thing is Work.... Lots of hours of work!

There are lots of jobs out there... Some of them are odd, some not so much. Some Let us live the good life and some bring in no money at all (thank you to all those mama's and papa's out there)!

Lets look at my life as an example...

My job is: Mama, Writer (First book in the making), and Blogger.

You would think my plate was full with that lol... But wait! There is more!

I also study! I study Photography at NYIP also known as New York Institute of Photography. On top of that I study Japanese (Self study, not in a school) and practice by writing to my pen pal in Japan.

As for the last one... I do play. I play EverQuest II and The Sims 3. I also play Skyrim and Minecraft. But the biggest thing I do when I play... Is play games with my kids. It may be part of my job as their mama but it can be considered play since I have fun too!

Now I'm sure you're wondering why this post is about these things and why I used me as an example...

Well... I used me as an example because I know me best! The reason behind this post is because too many people think that if you don't have a traditional 9-5 type job you don't work... That all you do is play. 

I got asked a few days ago (Over Thanksgiving) what I did for work and when I said that I'm a Mama, Writer, and Blogger I was... Yet again... Told that only one of those was a real Job.

I was first told Mama wasn't a job... You should watch this and see if it changes your mind if you feel that it's not a real job too...


This may be an add but it is very true... When you stop and think about it this is what all mothers do! And although this commercial doesn't mention it... There are dads out there that do the same thing! So lets not forget about them k!

As for Blogging... I was told it is just a hobby. I don't get payed for my blog... But I treat it like a job so it is a job. I write 5 days a week and it isn't easy to come up with things to write that people will want to read! I sometimes spend HOURS looking for topics. I work harder on Blogging than I did when I worked as a maid or even when I worked as the pesticide tech at a big company! 

Blogging can be easy at times and yes it can be just a hobby. But if someone tells you it's their Job you really should think about it before you dismiss it as a hobby

The point is that you shouldn't tell people that their job is not a job just because you don't think of it as a job. It could be that doing these things makes them feel like they are working when they can't work (there are many reasons people can't work after all) a traditional job. 
Or it could be they just like to do this better than a traditional job.

Whatever the reason please think before you deny their opinion of what their job is. They would know better than you if it is a job or not for them.

Ok... Sorry for the rant! Thanx for taking the time to read this through to the end!!!

Have a great day and don't forget the Anime Review is tomorrow!