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My Birthday, 1230+ Followers Thank You!! & a little life update

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You might have noticed that I disappeared from my blog (and my social media) since the end of April. Or you may have not, since I wasn’t that consistent at posting during the entirety of April. I haven’t even started writing my April Wrap Up, that shows you just how behind on things I am. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the flow of things this week!

Me disappearing wasn’t a conscious decision. I just didn’t work on my blog? And I didn’t check my twitter? I seriously have no idea what was going on with me during this time. Especially since my mental health was rather good. My April, on the other hand, wasn’t the best for my mental health (I’ll write more about that in my April Wrap Up). So I might have needed a break? And then I took one without really planning? 


What happened in my life during the time I was away?

  • I drove to my hometown, or rather I took the bus since I can’t drive. (The ride took around 9 hours, so there was that.)
  • I celebrated my birthday, which was on the 3rd of May. I’m officially 24 years old. I had a wonderful day, which I spent with some of the most important people in my life.
  • I spent a lot of time with my mom. I have seriously missed spending time with her. My mom is simply amazing!
  • I had two sleepovers with my best friend. I loved hanging out with her again, as it has been ages since we last saw each other in person. We watched two movies and a tv show.

Basically I had an amazing time! May has been a wonderful month for me so far and I couldn’t be happier about it.


Thank you for the 1230+ followers!

I know that that is a random number, but it’s been a while since I have thanked all of you for following my little blog. When I started my blog I didn’t think anyone would be interested in following me. Blogging was just something that I wanted to do for myself, to record my thoughts on the books I read. I never expected that so many people would have been interested in my blog. Thank you everyone!

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How has your May been so far? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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read-a-thon

Tome Topple Round 8 || Wrap Up

Tome Topple Read-A-ThonAs you may know, I participated in this round of Tome Topple. If you are interested in more information in this read-a-thon (and any future rounds of it), there is an official twitter account and an official goodreads group that you can check out.

Tome Topple Round 8 || My TBR


I’m so happy that I finally had the time to participated in this read-a-thon. (After wanting to do it for ages.) How much have I read during these two weeks?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 522 pages
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – 530 pages
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – 366 pages

In total I read 1418 pages!

I’m very pleased that I finished two books and read a good chunk of a third one. I did plan to read more than that, but my mental health wasn’t the best during this time (or the majority of April, to be more specific). A book that was on my TBR that I didn’t get to at all was American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which is too bad as I at least wanted to start it. But I’m still very happy with the amount I read! Especially considering that I was dealing with my mental health at the same time as well.


Did you take part in Tome Topple? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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book review

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers || Book Review

The long way to a small angry planetTitle: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

            ( Wayfarers #1 )

Author: Becky Chambers

Published: 13. August 2015

Edition: Hodder & Stoughton

                Paperback, 404 pages

Genre: Science Fiction | Space Opera

Summary:

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Trigger warnings: murder, death, violence, themes surrounding war, depiction of PTSD
(the trigger warnings are written in white)

This is one of the first science-fiction novels, that are set in space, that I have read. The other science-fiction stories that I have read are either dystopians or about people with superpowers (since that is considered science-fiction as far as I’m aware). This book was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m very pleased that I decided to pick it up when I did.

THE WORLD AND STORY:

The world that Becky Chambers created in this book is vast and fascinating. There are many cultures and species woven into the narrative of this story. The story is more focused on the characters and their relationships to one another, than the action. Which also means that this story is slower paced. That should be kept in mind when reading The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet.

The slower pacing didn’t bother me at all, as I do tend to enjoy character driven stories. I was also aware of this fact beforehand, so I read this book at the perfect time when I was in the mood for a slower read. As the story focused more on the characters, there was a lot of time to develop the different cultures of the different species that we encountered in the story. It was fascinating learning more about them. It was also very thought provoking, as many of the issues that exist between the different species can be applied in some way to our current society.

I did find this book to be a bit too info-dumpy during some moments. While I did enjoy learning about the world of this book, sometimes it just felt like too much information. I think this is more of a it’s me and not the book situation. I just didn’t expect to get that amount of information, which can be attributed to my previous reading of science-fiction (as mentioned in the beginning).

THE CHARACTERS:

I adore all the characters on the Wayfarer. They were definitely the highlight of this book! (As you should expect from a character focused story.) All of the characters on the Wayfarer were interesting and I loved learning more about them, and their pasts, as the story progressed. I loved seeing Rosemary form bonds with her crew-mates. Plus seeing the already established relationships on the ship was amazing as well. The characters were very complex and flawed. I cared about all of them a lot, even the ones that I was unsure about in the beginning.

Along the journey of this book we meet many different side characters, that are in some way connected to the Wayfarer crew. I found them to be interesting as well, especially since many of them were from different species and we got to learn more about their culture and way of life. This is one of the first times that I don’t have a definite favourite character. I enjoyed each member of the Wayfarer crew for different reasons. Together, as a team, they were even better! I just loved reading about them.

The characters in this book are very diverse. There are different representations of race, species, gender identity and sexuality. There were also very interesting discussions about artificial intelligence. In general this book brings forth many different discussion points. The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet manages to be both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

OVERALL:

I enjoyed The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet a lot, as you can see by my review. I’m so happy to have read this book! Becky Chambers has managed to create a fascinating and intricate world, lovable characters and amazing relationships (both platonic and romantic) in this book. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!


Have you read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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top five wednesday

Rainy Day Reads || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


First of all, yes I’m aware that it is Thursday and not Wednesday. I actually planned for this post to go up yesterday, but that didn’t work out. My internet sucked yesterday. I still wanted to share my rainy day reads recommendation, so that is why I have decided to post this (even though it’s not on the proper day). Anyway, I’m someone who enjoys reading classics on a rainy day. This fits perfectly for this weeks topic, as it’s been a while since I have mentioned any classics on my blog.

Lets get into my rainy day reads!

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5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.


The Picture of Dorian Gray

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray is a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian’s own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.


Pride and Prejudice

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love


Jane Eyre

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?


Sherlock Holmes

1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes’s brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love. (summary for A Study in Scarlet)


What books do you consider to be rainy day reads? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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read-a-thon

Tome Topple Round 8 || My TBR

Tome Topple Read-A-ThonTome Topple is a two week long readathon where the goal is to read books over 500 pages.

Tome Topple was created by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes and there are other various guest hosts, who help her run the event. There is an official twitter and an official goodreads group for this readathon, if you are interested in more information.

Round 8 of Tome Topple is going to take place from
13. April until 26. April (in your time zone).

If you want more information and details, be sure to check out Sam’s video where she announces this round of the readathon! There are also some reading suggestions (not challenges), that could help you build your TBR.


This is my first time taking part in this readathon, even thought I have wanted to participate in it for ages (but I never had the time, or I was in a reading slump at the time). As someone who primarily reads fantasy I have many books on my TBR that are over 500 pages long. That is why this readathon has intrigued me ever since I found out about it. I’m very happy that I’ll be able to take part in this round of it!

My TBR:

I have four books that I would like to get to. The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my favourite books, but it’s been years since I have read it. I really want to continue reading the Gentlemen’s Bastards series by Scott Lynch so I plan on rereading The Lies of Locke Lamora and then continuing to Red Seas Under Red Skies. (I don’t know if I’ll finish the second book during these two weeks, but I at least want to start it.) Carry On is a recent addition to my TBR. After reading snippets about Simon and Baz, in Fangirl last month, I knew that I needed this book in my life. American Gods is a book that I have wanted to read for years (and I literary mean years). During this readathon I at least want to start it, since it’s the book that intimidates me the most on my physical TBR.


Are you going to take part in Tome Topple? What do you plan on reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

Spring is FINALLY here!! || March 2019 Wrap Up

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How in the world is it already April?! March passed by waaaay too fast for me. I honestly have no idea where all the time went. To be fair, I was very busy during this month. That is most likely why it felt like no time at all. But still, I have no idea what happened to this month. I actually don’t have much to add to this. Nothing particularly special happened this month, aside from me working at an art exhibition – which was both a lot of fun and very tiring. (It’s over now, as that exhibition lasts for only two weeks.)

Spring is finally here!! ❤ The weather has been a lot sunnier and warmer towards the end of the month and I couldn’t be happier. Spring is my favourite season and I’m just so happy that it has finally arrived! I have grown tired of the gloomy weather, plus it’s also nice that the days are longer now. Basically I’m just really loving the weather right now!

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Anyway, with all of that being said lets get into the 7 books that I read in March!

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Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2 out of 5 stars

I just didn’t click with this book. I didn’t completely hate The Raven Boys or anything like that, I found it to be very underwhelming. Especially after I heard so many wonderful things about it from everyone else. I didn’t like any of the characters, to be honest I was annoyed with them throughout the whole story. The story didn’t capture me either. I guess this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. Though I must say that I did enjoy the writing style.

No, I don’t plan on writing a longer review for this book. Why? Because I don’t have much more to say about this book. I just didn’t like it. (Plus it’s very popular and beloved and I don’t feel like explaining my unpopular opinion further.)


Patrick NessAnd The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai (illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

This was such a fascinating book. The whole book is told from the perspective of a whale. The whole book is also beautifully illustrated and the illustration brought the story even more to life. The whole time I was reading this book I was fascinated by the way it was told. I believe that it’s loosely based on Moby Dick, I have heard that from someone though I can’t confirm it as I haven’t actually read that classic.

I would definitely recommend this book! Though, it’s definitely not a book for everyone, as this book focuses on whales – so if that doesn’t interest you at all, this book might not be for you. Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors, I just love the way he tells stories (I can’t wait to read more books by him).


Victoria SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

5 out of 5 stars

A Conjuring of Light was a fantastic finale! It’s also one of my all time favourite series finales, as it wrapped up everything very nicely. All the things that were built up during the first two books (especially in A Gathering of Shadows) came to an epic conclusion in this book. A Conjuring of Light is my favourite book in this series and I wanted to start reading it again immediately after I was done with it. That just shows how much I enjoyed this book!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts on A Conjuring of Light, I have written a full review for this book. I’m very exited for the next series that is going to be set in this world, even though I have no idea when it’s going to come out.


Neil GaimanFragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman

3 out of 5 stars

As with most short story collections there were stories that I completely adored and stories that I didn’t care about. This is completely normal, as it is a collection of different works. (I have no idea why I felt the need to clarify it like that, but here we are.) Actually this book is a collection of short stories and poetry, which I didn’t know before going into this book. Not that it’s a complain or anything, as I enjoyed reading a bit of Gaiman’s poetry.

My favourite story was A Study in Emerald, which was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu mythos. If you know me, then you know that I adore the Sherlock Holmes books and I have always been fascinated with the Cthulhu mythos. So you can see why this story ended up being my favourite!


FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

4.5 out of 5 stars

Fangirl was an amazing book! It was cute and fluffy, exactly what I needed in this moment (I should probably start reading more contemporary). I adore so many characters in this story, especially Cath and Levi!

After reading this book, I can see why so many people adore it and why so many of my friends recommended it to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Carry On, as I adored the snippets that we got in Fangirl(hopefully I’ll be able to get it soon)Yes, I obviously recommend this book to everyone!


The long way to a small angry planetThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting book! It’s one of the first science-fiction books that I have read that is set in space. (The other science-fiction books that I have read were dystopians or something along those lines.) I really enjoyed learning more about all the different species and cultures. I completely fell in love with the characters aboard the Wayfarer, they were all so interesting to me!

I plan on writing a full review for this book, as I many thoughts that I need to share. I need to pick up the next book in this series, I just need more stories about these wonderful characters in my life! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands A Closed and Common Orbit soon.


Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Tim Stevens (illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

I felt the need to reread this book this month, so that is what I did. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my all time favourite books and it was wonderful reading it again. ❤

I don’t really have much to add to that, as I talk about this book often on my blog. I adore the characters in this book so much! The animated movie for Howl’s Moving Castle is wonderful as well and I would recommend it! Anyway, I adore the way Diana Wynne Jones writes, there is just something so cozy about her writing style. I seriously need to pick up more of her books in the future!


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How was your March? Did anything exiting happen? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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anime wrap up

Sooo…It’s been a while! || Anime Wrap Up [#13]

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It’s been a while since I have done an Anime Wrap Up on my blog. Since November of 2018 to be more precise. I did watch anime in the months between my last wrap up and this one, but apparently I haven’t been finishing enough of them to write a whole post (thought that has obviously changed now). It’s about time that I do another one of these wrap ups, to be honest I have missed them quite a bit.

Anyway, enough rambling. Lets get into the anime that I have recently finished!

Boku no Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia

Episodes: 13

Action | Super Powers | School | Shounen

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.

Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!

Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

So, I finally watched the first season of Boku no Hero Academia! I have wanted to watch this anime ever since it first started airing (which was in 2016, so two years ago, wow) but never got around to it. Mostly it was because the anime was sooo hyped, and when something is too hyped I don’t feel like watching/consuming it. What a mistake that was! I’m completely OBSESSED with this anime now! Wow, it was so amazing and I was a fool for waiting so long to watch it. At least there are two more seasons, so I don’t have to wait to watch more. (There is always a positive in any situation.)

First of all I need to say that I have a weakness for stories about people with super powers and stories about superheroes. So basically this anime was perfect for me in that regard. I enjoyed learning more about the world that this story takes place in and the Quirks from the different characters were fascinating, there are sooo many interesting ones. The story was also interesting, though also slow in the beginning. Which was understandable, as it is setting the whole story up for the bigger things that are going to happen in the future. (I just thought I would mention it.)

The characters in this anime are AMAZING so far! There are so many characters that I  already love and many that I’m very curious about. I can’t wait to watch the second and third season of this anime to find out more about them! Midoriya is definitely my favourite so far. He is such an amazing character and he has already grown a lot. I can’t wait to see his growth in the future episodes. Another character that I love is All-Might, he is also amazing and I really want to know more about him. Honestly, I really like all the characters (aside from Bakugou and Mineta, who I both hate) and I can’t wait to see more of them in the future!

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would recommend this anime. As if you couldn’t tell that by the way I already wrote about it. I did end up waiting a long time before actually starting this anime, but it was definitely worth the wait. Boku no Hero Academia is a FANTASTIC anime and I would highly recommend it to everyone! (It did also make me cry, so there is that as well.)

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OverlordOverlord II and Overlord III

Episodes: 13 per season

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Game

My rating:

Overlord II – 7/10 (Good)

Overlord III – 8/10 (Very Good)

The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I watched the second and third season of Overlord one after another. That is why I decided to write about them together in this post and not separate. They just feel like one season to me, as I watched them very closely together. (I literary started the 3rd season the second I finished the 2nd one.)

There is a lot of dialogue in this anime. A lot of strategy and planning. That’s why Overlord can feel rather slow in the beginning, as the anime takes time to build the world, characters and conflict. Also, it has quite a bit of gaming terminology, which is only logical since it’s about someone being trapped in the game. None of these are negative things, I just wanted to point them out. Another thing that I NEED to mention is the names of the characters. The characters in this anime have the most ridiculous and unnecessary long names that I have ever encountered (okay, ever might be exaggerating, but you get my point).

I enjoyed the plot of the third season a lot more than the second season. The story was more compelling and I was very interested in the different sides to the conflict. It was fascinating to watch all the things that happened in the third season. Don’t get me wrong, the second season wasn’t bad but at the same time it wasn’t that special. The third season, however, was amazing! I’m hoping that more of the anime will be adapted, as I’m very interested to see where the story will go from here (though we shall see, as nothing is announced at the time I’m writing this).

What I really enjoy about the whole Overlord series is the question of morality and how we perceive it. Obviously I can’t go into much detail about this, as it could contain spoilers, so I’ll keep it brief. You really don’t know who to root for in this anime. Usually that would be the protagonist, but Momonga isn’t a hero rather he is very morally grey (even villainous at times). It all depends on from whose perspective you look at when it comes to his actions.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend the first season of Overlord. It is a very interesting anime and it’s especially great for those who enjoy games. (As basically the whole plot is a guy being stuck in the game.) I would definitely recommend giving this anime a chance, I find it to be a lot of fun. Plus there is a reason that it’s as popular as it is.

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Free!!Free!: Dive to the Future

Episodes: 12

Sports | School | Comedy | Drama

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (or at least the first season was called that), plus there is a movie that takes place before this season as well. Because of that I won’t be able to get into too much detail about things, as there are many characters and stories and I don’t want to spoil things for people who want to watch this anime (or any of its previous seasons). So I shall keep this brief, or as brief as anything I write is.

I really like the characters of this anime, especially the ones from the first season. And I say especially, since they are the ones that we already got to spend a lot of time with. Also, if I didn’t like the characters would I continue watching all the seasons of this anime? The answer is no, so I have no idea why I felt the need to mention it in the way that I did (I’m a bit scatter-brained today). My favourite character is Matsuoka Rin, in case you were curious about that.

It was interesting seeing all the new characters that got introduced in this season (or rather the movie, but they were small children then so I’m not completely counting it). Though I also feel that I didn’t get to know them as much as I wanted, but there is going to be another season of this anime so they are going to get an opportunity to develop more. The pacing was a bit off with this season. There was nothing happening for a long time and then suddenly things happened and then nothing again. That did bring me out of the story a bit.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! Well, this one too but you would need to watch the first two seasons first, obviously. I just enjoy seeing the friendship between all of the characters and how much they have grown throughout the series. Plus I do have a weakness for sports anime, so there is that as well.

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Natsume Yuujinchou RokuNatsume Yuujinchou Roku

Episodes: 11

Supernatural | Drama | Fantasy | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Takashi Natsume has grown accustomed to his encounters with youkai through the Book of Friends, which contains the names of youkai whom his grandmother, Reiko Natsume, has sealed in contracts. These encounters allow Natsume to better understand the youkai, Reiko, and himself.

The Book of Friends is a powerful tool that can be used to control youkai; it is sought after by both youkai and exorcists alike. Natsume just wants to live out his daily life in peace but is constantly disrupted by these experiences. If he is to end this torment, Natsume must explore more about the book and the world of exorcism, as well as begin to open his heart to those who can help him.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my all time favourite anime ever. I have loved every season of this anime that I have watched, and this one is no exception to that. (This is the sixth season, as I haven’t mentioned that yet.) There is just something so charming about this story and the characters. I completely adore it! ❤ This anime always manages to make me tear up and if that doesn’t prove how attached I’m to it, I don’t know what does.

I can’t talk much about the plot of this anime, mostly because it’s episodic. That means that each episode focuses on another story, starring the same main characters. There is also an over-arching story, but I can’t write about that either since that would contain spoilers. Basically the plot isn’t really something I can go into right now. I can say that I’m really liking the direction the story is going and some exiting things got revealed in this season. I love the world of Natsume Yuujinchou. I love learning about the different youkai and seeing Natsume interact with them is always fascinating.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would highly recommend this anime! (Obviously the firsts season first.) Though I need to say that it is a rather slow one and it focuses more on the characters than the plot. I can’t wait to watch the movie that comes after this season of Natsume Yuujinchou, as I have heard amazing things about it. (Hopefully there are going to be more seasons of this anime in the future as well.)

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Tokyo Ghoul reTokyo Ghoul:re and Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season

Episodes: 12 per season

Psychological | Drama | Horror | Supernatural

Tokyo Ghoul:re – 5/10 (Average)

Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season – 5/10 (Average)

Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organisation Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence.

The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favourite manga out there. The anime on the other hand I have always found lacking in some way. The same can be said about Tokyo Ghoul:re season one and season two. I haven’t read the entirety of Tokyo Ghoul:re yet (the manga, obviously), so I can’t say how well these two seasons were adapted. I do plan on finishing the manga some time in the future. (Though I have no idea when that is going to be.)

My problem with the anime is that it always leaves me wanting more. I know that adaptations can’t be 100% accurate, but there is just something that bothers me when it comes to all of the Tokyo Ghoul adaptations that I have seen. To be completely honest I can’t pinpoint what exactly I’m having problems with without spoiling the entirety of the story, so I shall leave it at this. I must say that it was great seeing some of my favourite scenes animated. (As was the case with the previous seasons as well.)

I don’t have much more to say about this anime. Any of my other thoughts are very spoiler-y, especially if you haven’t seen the first season of Tokyo Ghoul. This is an anime that I find addicting, in the sense that I have to watch it. But at the same time I have problems with it and I don’t enjoy it as much as I hope I would.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. I personally don’t enjoy this anime too much, but I know many other people do. So this might be a case of it’s me not you. I would give this anime a chance (or rather its first season), as you might enjoy it more that I did. The manga is amazing and I would recommend it! Though it’s gory, bloody and violent so be aware of that. (There are many trigger warnings for it as well.)

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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