Bringing The Anime and BL with Me to University

Hey guys! So it’s sort of old news but I am now living on campus and I thought I’d share 1) my side of the room’s look and 2) some of my recent purchases (and by this I mean stuff I bought in the last 3 months). One of the things I struggled with when I was choosing what to bring with me was the idea of space. How much of my things would be able to fit? Were there shelves and if so how many books should I take? Would I fill the whole shelf?!

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In the end, I sort of made a compromise with myself. I would only bring a little bit, see what was left to decorate and then bring some more stuff later on. Continue reading “Bringing The Anime and BL with Me to University”

[Review] Sick by Kurahashi Tomo

Back so soon? Yes well, I couldn’t stay away from the yaoi once I started reading SO as I said in yesterday’s post…I went ahead and checked out more of Kurahashi Tomo’s works.

uhoshi_sick001_001.jpgWhile I saw that five stories were listed under her name on MAL, I was unfortunately, only able to find one other and that is Sick. Sick will be used to fulfill the prompt “read a manga that has a main character of gender opposite to the demographic.” Since this is a yaoi manga I figured it fit the prompt 🙂

Kishi has always been a quiet kid and as the years passed he became more withdrawn. So much that just talking to people sends him into a panic. It’s this trait that has also made him the target of bullying. Now in University, Kishi still can’t break away from his shell and one of his classmates takes notice of this.

Sudou comes from a rich family, is popular among his peers, and has never been rejected in his life!…or at least it’d be never if a mysterious girl from his past hadn’t completely turned him down. Unfortunately for Kishi, he happens to resemble that past crush and Sudou can’t help but want to bully him.

This story was so adorable! I really enjoyed it though I was initially skeptical about starting it, what with a title like Sick. Was it a normal sick like when someone gets a cold? Or was it something darker and more menacing? Still, I decided to try it out because Tomodachi Ijou no Koto, Shitai was a really nice story. Continue reading “[Review] Sick by Kurahashi Tomo”

[LN Review] Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Book 1

Recently I haven’t really been reading novels and I thought I’d change that by adding light novels to the mix (my thinking is that since it’s anime related then it must be interesting, haha)!

So this week’s read was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa! Apparently, there are 11 volumes out but I’ve only just read the first. Also, I’ve yet to read the manga (I probably won’t the art isn’t to my liking) or the anime (I’m debating, part of me says yes another says no and no is kind of winning)

But what is this book about?

When Kyon starts high school he’s finally let go of childish thoughts of aliens, time travelers, ghosts, and demons being real and decides to live a normal life. Unfortunately, a single person has decided to make this impossible – Haruhi Suzumiya, the school weirdo that has no interest in humans and only wishes to meet supernatural beings such as aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers. And thus, Kyon’s ‘normal life’ becomes a hectic one when Haruhi forms the SOS (Spreading Excitement all Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya) Brigade, a club intent on finding supernatural phenomena, and appoints him the second official member!

I would rate this book a 2.5/5 ☆ because it was an interesting read, and considering it was anime-related I didn’t really expect the scientific jargon I found. It really made me think about the universe and how we (as humans) place ourselves in that universe. However, it did have its down times and the characters weren’t that great so I had to subtract points for that (it should not have taken me 3 days to finish a 200-page book, at most it should have been 1.5 days but I kept falling asleep).

While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, I will say it’s an interesting read. If you’re not fond of scientific talk (mostly astronomy), nonsense, and a predictable plot, then this probably isn’t for you.

I also wouldn’t reread this book. Could be passed up.

Our main cast, Haruhi in the middle

In terms of characters, I thought the cast was interesting (if you consider their true identities) but the way they were portrayed didn’t leave positive (or lasting) impressions.

We have the main character Kyon (this is actually a nickname and I have no idea what his actual name is) who is like your typical otaku who wishes for something extraordinary to happen but also knows that it’s pretty much impossible because the laws of the universe won’t allow it. The book is actually narrated by this guy and at times I thought the format of the book was interesting because we could hear everything his inner-voice would say and then there’d be a smaller sentence where we see what actually was said (of course, this could be confusing at times).

Then there’s Haruhi, your class weirdo who, regardless of what the universe dictates, is positive there’s something else out there and vows to find it. Out of all the characters, she’s the one with the most impact, though not exactly positive (in my eyes). What I didn’t like about Haruhi was how she was initially presented as really anti-human, but I thought, well whatever that’s fine. But then she turned into a harasser and I was just done. I completely disliked her for more than half the book and even at the end, I couldn’t really say I liked her.

  • The ‘borrowing/gifting’ of a computer from the tech-club was totally not cool and I feel so bad for the guy who was victimized.
  • The way that Haruhi treats their ‘club mascot’ (Asahina) especially grated on my nerves. Her reasoning was terrible (moe effect, big boobs) and I was just like, no!!

There’re also other main characters like Asahina (cute airhead), Yuki (blank face book lover), and Koizumi (smiley transfer student) but I can’t really say much about them without giving up some of the plot…enough to say none of them really stood out (Asahina kind of did but only because she was the one who was usually harassed by Haruhi).

In terms of plot, I’m crossing my fingers for some kind of plot twist but it doesn’t seem to be going there…The idea is interesting however I’m not sure what I think about its execution. Like, it feels too simple and straightforward (´・_・`) The pacing seems decent (it’s not bad), even when you have different people suddenly confessing things to Kyon. I guess this takes away some of that surprise element and things start to get predictable.

cccccccccccccccI do have to wonder what about this could possibly be spanned into 11 books.


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