Recap: Anime Expo 2016

So, earlier this month I went to Anime Expo. I’ve been planning it for almost a year, and I ended up getting the four day pass for my birthday. I wasn’t really on spending much, but I think I got some deals and I mostly went for the experience. My recommendation is to buy the four day pass only when it’s Black Friday since it is the best deal. Anyways, here are pics from my four days. 🙂

Meet Miles Jai

Miles Jai

I knew he was going to Anime Expo, but I never imagined running into him on my last day too!!! Luckily, I took a picture!! 🙂

The Cosplayers

  • Botan & Kuwabara (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Snorlax (Pokémon)
  • Yona & Hak (Akatsuki no Yona)
  • Kagome (Inuyasha)
  • Spongebob & Patrick Caveman (Spongebob)
  • Atsushi & Dazai (Bungo Stray Dogs)
  • Shinpachi, Gintoki, & Kagura (Gintama)
  • Captain America
  • Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
  • Emporio Ivankov (One Piece)
  • Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, & Sailor Saturn (Sailor Moon)
  • Sailor Uranus (Sailor Moon)
  • Robin & Nami (One Piece)
  • Zoro & Luffy (One Piece)

Rilakkuma Exhibition

(Part of Japan LA)

One Piece

  • One Piece Cutouts (mostly selfies)
  • Bandai One Piece Figures
  • One Piece Film: Gold (Artwork)

Sailor Moon

  • Moon Panel: Official Viz Sailor Moon panel with English Dub Cast.

    Merchandise

    As you can see, mostly Sailor Moon items. I’m a hardcore fan of Sailor Moon since I’ve been a little girl. The large poster came from the Moon Panel. The other small posters came from the Viz Booth. I got a couple fans, a One Piece print, a Dragonball Z print, Princess Shirahoshi notebook, a Hijikata keychain, and a Sailor Moon water bottle from a scavenger hunt.

Thoughts

I can’t wait for next year’s Anime Expo. I will buy my ticket ahead of time and I will most likely book a hotel reservation. Why? Well, I wanted to stay out longer, but I don’t want to drive tired. Also, having a hotel nearby means that I can drop off merchandise without having to carry it all day, and also rest without needing to worry about leaving early. Lastly, I will definitely invest in a portable charger since my phone kept dying. This year’s AX was great, and I hope next year’s will be even better.

It’s Been A While…

Hey guys! It feels a little weird to be writing since I haven’t been writing at all. Nothing. I haven’t had time to write reviews nor read as much. Last month, I hardly put any effort in my blog. I just disappeared without really mentioning a “vacation” post or anything. For that, I apologize.

I promised myself to overcome any reading slumps, but I’m in a reading slump at the moment. It doesn’t help that I have several arcs to read. I’ve been mostly working, watching anime, and wedding planning which is such a “joy”. I’ve fallen behind on several things like buying my wedding dress, looking for sponsors, and I haven’t sent my save the dates…I’ve been stressed and I haven’t had time to read. I miss reading at my own comfort, but life catches up on you. I miss the book community. 😦

Again, I feel bad for not interacting with anyone. I’m trying to be much more active for this month since I have been gone. Tomorrow will be a better day. I have a new notebook and I have already jotted down a couple posts for this month.

As for my reading slump, watching anime helps me out. A lot. But, I won’t give up on the book. At the moment, I’m reading Summer Days & Summer Nights and I’m going to try to finish it before next Wednesday. Sorry for rambling on and on, but I hope everyone is having a great day.

Quote of the day:

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Heart To Heart: Life Changes

Hey everyone! I usually don’t post my personal thoughts as much I would love to. I mostly blog about what books I’m reading, what anime I’m currently watching, and what foreign movie I’ve seen. Last time I wrote personal post was probably two years ago when I first started my blog.

Well, today I want to share my good news with you! I occasionally mention my boyfriend in some of my posts. I’ve been dating him for almost four years. I’m really happy with the way my relationship is going. I’ve experienced so much with him. I consider him to be my best friend. And I know it may sound cheesy, but I’m so comfortable to be myself whenever I’m with him!

I haven’t been focusing on my blog as much as I would like! I’ve been really busy and my life is going to change real soon. Why is that, you may be wondering. I’ll tell you: I’m engaged!!! See my generic ring picture below:

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My boyfriend proposed on Tuesday and I was not expecting it at all! It really took me by surprise. Honestly, we’ve discussed marriage and our future together, but I really thought he was going to proposed in the far future. Words cannot describe how incredibly happy I feel.

As of lately, I’ve been busy looking at Pinterest for wedding inspiration and a couple bridal magazines. I might not be as active because planning a wedding is tough. We already discussed when we want to get married and even started looking into venues. Let me tell you, having a wedding in Los Angeles is not cheap. I really can’t believe this is happening!!! Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great day!!

This song fits the mood, and it happens to be one of my favorites 💖:

Events I Will Be Attending This Year!

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Hello! I thought it would be interesting to write about the major events I will be attending this year!

The first event that is coming up soon is Yallwest! I went to Yallwest last year and I loved my experience! I met some of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait for this year. I ended up buying tickets to see Rainbow Rowell’s AM Keynote! I will bring a larger backpack for this year because last year I was mostly carrying my books!

Yallwest 2016 Santa Monica, April 30th and May 1st

The second event that I am looking forward to is Anime Expo! My mom bought my four day pass because it was my birthday present. I am really looking forward to this year! I did attend Anime Expo last year and it was my first time ever. Sadly, I only went for a day because I bought a one day pass. I’m hoping to buy more anime merchandise this time around. Possibly cosplay, and overall I just want to have fun!

Anime Expo 2016 Los Angeles, July 1st-July 4th

The last event I will be attending this year is Long Beach Comic Con! My boyfriend loves comic and it’s a great event to take picture with cosplayers and buy comic merchandise! Luckily, I don’t have to travel far because this event will be taking place at my home town! I will be on the look out for Captain America cosplayers!

Long Beach Comic Con, September 17th-September 18th

I am really looking forward to attending these events! So far, these are the ones I know that I will for sure attend!!

Day Four: My Christmas Story

Check out StephJ blog since she is the one who created this fun challenge!!

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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My Christmas Story

When I was a preteen, I still believed in Santa Claus. Now, this was a time before I had internet and I was a bit more naive and innocent. I wrote letters to the North Pole and believed with my whole heart in him. I was the only one from my group of friends that had faith in Santa Claus. When I turned 13, one of my friends told me he didn’t exist. It was one of my first heartbreaks in life, knowing that Santa Claus was not real. I slowly lost my faith in him when I didn’t get the items I wanted on my wish list. Eventually, I stopped believing in him and stopped writing letters to him. Even though I don’t believe anymore, I still think that the idea of a Father Christmas is interesting. I think the stories I’ve read about him are sweet. Though he is not real, I love taking pictures with Santa Claus.

Nominees

Claire

Deanna

Lucía

Day One: List Your Favorite Things About Christmas

I was nominated by Kristine to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! Go check out both of their blogs! I love the month of December and one of my favorite seasons is Winter! And Christmas is just as amazing!

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging

My Favorite Things:

  1.  My family! Christmas is the perfect holiday to bring relatives closer together. I really enjoy celebrating Christmas at my house and I love seeing my baby cousins. I love taking goofy pictures with my sisters and cracking jokes with the adults.
  2. Decorating the Christmas tree! Each year we add new ornaments to our usual Christmas tree. My sisters and I spend most of the time shopping for new ornaments this time of year. We like making our tree stand out.
  3. Holiday drinks. I go to Starbucks and Coffee Bean a lot more now that they have holiday drinks!
  4. I love wearing ugly christmas sweaters, but I find it fun to create your own design! This was me a couple years ago:DIY Christmas Sweater
  5. Gifts! Who doesn’t like a good present? I really like shopping for gifts for my relatives, and buying myself an occasional gift.
  6. Christmas music!!! The pandora jazz holiday station is one of my favorites. I feel upbeat and merry when I sing along. Daphne Love Derby’s cover is one of my favorites:

Nominees

Claire

Deanna

Lucía

 

Blog Update: 200 Followers?!

Wow! I am so happy with these news! I never expected to have this many followers! I really can’t believe it’s 200 people!  I just want to say a big thank you! Really, I am grateful and I feel blessed! I started reviewing as a hobby, but I really excited to continue working on my writing and reading! Again, thank you so much!!

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Yallwest 2015!

I went to Yallwest today! I was beyond excited when I first learned about it. I went with my boyfriend and had such a fun time! I got some of my books signed, but sadly not all of them! Anyways, I hope there will be another one next year 😀

Advanced Readers Copies

Pharmacy Tech: Personal Thoughts

I can’t believe that yesterday was my last day of class for the pharmacy technician program at Downey Adult School. I started last September, and now I’m done. I’ve learned so much in those months, and I’ll miss being in the class. Now, I have to start externship and apply for my license!!! Every time I pass by the pharmacy aisle in any retail store, I can recognize most of the medication on display. I am content with my life and I can’t imagine what lies ahead. If I end up liking pharmacy, I’ll even apply for pharmacy in the future, but before that, I still want to get a BA in history since it is still my favorite subject. I can’t wait to start watching more Korean dramas, starting Bravely Default, keeping up with anime, and learning Tagalog. I will go back to community college to get my History AA in the fall. I know that I may be taking small steps, but I’m couldn’t be any happier and it’s never to late to accomplish what you want in life! 🙂

Mairunovich by Sato Zakuri: Personal Thoughts

There are plenty of good shoujo out there, but Mairunovich is by far the worst. I don’t understand why so many people love this manga.

Synopsis: Kinoshita Mairu has a cute name and she’s apologetic for it, because she’s ugly. In fact, she’s apologetic for her very existence because she’s not cute. Classmates call her “Poison Mushroom” behind her back and even her own brother treats her with disdain. However, all of that is about to change with the help of her transgender mentor/neighbor, Fuwari-chan, and the “school king,” Kumada Tenyuu!

Commentary: Where do I even begin? Mairu is one of the worst female protagonist, and I generally tend to like the protagonist. When I first stumbled upon this manga, I thought the art style was beautiful, it reminded me of Hirunaka no Ryuusei (my all time favorite shoujo) and then I saw how many people rated this manga as excellent.

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I gave it a chance, but I did not expect it to be so horrible. I felt sorry for the protagonist in the first chapter, she was the typically ugly girl and she was constantly bullied. Then she decides to have a makeover to have better self esteem, I was all for it. Tenyuu gives her a makeover because he saw her inner beauty. She did look like a completely different character, she no longetr had the mushroom haircut nor her glasses, she was now a beauty. Then somehow, she wants to know what love is, that happens after she breaks up with some random guy who is just as ugly as her. It did move a little fast for me, but I kept reading. Eventually, she gets with Naru, a guy that she has meet at an outing, and she loves him. Though their relationship seems great, Naru has jealously issues and he feels that Mairu is dating Tenyuu instead of him. Naru ends up cheating on her with a coworker, all he did was kiss the girl and Mairu saw everything. They break up, and Mairu turns “ugly” again. Then she decides she needs an upgrade again, and becomes beautiful again. She tries dating again, but she can’t get Naru out of her mind no matter how much she tries. Guess what, she gets back with Naru again, even Mirai was trying to court him. She gives Naru a second chance because a friend told her that Naru “accidentally cheated”. How do you accidentally cheat? How is that possible?  My problem with Mairu is that she is too selfish, needy, and shallow. She turns her back on her friends whenever she has a new boyfriend, and then constantly whines. I have no idea what Tenyuu and Mirai see in her. Seriously.  I really liked Mirai, I just hated how long they dated for (one day). I love Tenyuu too, but I just don’t like Mairu. This manga is still ongoing, and I already have a feeling that she will end up dating more guys until she realizes that Tenyuu is the guy she wants to be with. I have considered dropping this manga, but I already read more than half of the manga so I’ll update this post by the time this manga finishes. Lastly, I hope this manga will not get a anime adaptation.

Rating: 💔💔 (The artwork is beautiful, that’s why I gave this manga a higher rating)