Thrifty Finds

I went a thrift store after a friend said I might find anime related goods or materials for cosplay. Unfortunately, it was not my lucky day but it was still worth checking out because I picked up a couple of cool things!

I love the thrift store. They carry so much cool stuff.

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After I bought the tote bag, I used it as my shopping bag hahaha. It was $1.99.

I have read all of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but this book contains The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as well. I have read a few stories from it but I’m rereading all the stories. Okay so it was $4.99 so I told the cashier I didn’t want it anymore because I already read most of the book already… then the cashier changed it to $2.99. O__O So nice!

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I like buying my own books because I write in them and highlight certain parts. The book was not written in at all when I got it.

I usually write my shopping lists on sticky notes, and once I’m done with them I use them as bookmarks HAHAHA. It won’t fall out because it’s sticky. I fold the sticky note over the top of a page so it is super secure. It doesn’t stick out, but it’s still easy to find the page.

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***My thrift store walkthrough***

Thankfully this thrift store was clean. I’m allergic to dust so I don’t go to thrift stores often at all. When I do, I always go to the book section for novels and manga. Then I check out the figurines because a worker told me they sometimes get nendoroids! They’re probably knock-offs but if it looks decent and costs very little, it’s not bad. (Pro tip: Value Village sells foam heads around Halloween. It’s an essential item for any cosplayer – used to style, cut wigs or for storage purposes.) Then I go to the plush section. I did see a Tuxedo Mask plush for $1.99 (from Sailor Moon) but didn’t buy it. Then I check out bags but I’m extremely picky so I usually just buy one or two things in total every time. If I’m looking for cosplay materials, I look at clothes and shoes! Thrift stores are life-savers for last minute cosplays. 

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Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name Cosplay

I cosplayed as Mitsuha from Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name for a short time at the Summer Festival. A wig would be too hot in this weather, so I didn’t wear one. I didn’t spend any money on this cosplay!

Click here if you want to see old cosplay photos of Mitsuha in a navy skirt.

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Just random pics from earlier this week

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now my desk is covered with Pokemon figures and Funko Pop lol

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I went to Summer Festival again this year and bought Durarara!! pins for my future ita bag. It will be DRRR themed with a focus on Izaya. I would make it all Izaya, but that would be a little difficult… unless I order everything online, which IS a possibility. Moya had a booth and sold buttons! She actually pressed the middle four buttons for me and gave one to me for free. ❤

The keychain is Gumshoe from Ace Attorney. I also bought a brown wig.

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Listening to: Aimer – Last Stardust & TK from Ling tosite sigure – fu re te fu re ru

Thanks Tenshi and Rayz for the song recommendations. You guys know my music taste hahaha

Standout Panels – Death Note Manga Vol. 1

Most manga posts talk about the plot and characters. Panels, gutter, speech bubbles, sound effects, font, motion lines, and overall page layout are sometimes overlooked when in fact, the impact of these definitely make a contribution to the work.

Spoilers ahead.

1. Context

Light picked up the Death Note, which grants the user the ability to kill a person provided that they know the name and face of the person they wish to kill. He has just finished reading the rules of the Death Note.

Thoughts

The bottom panel is all black. This foreshadows that Light will use the Death Note. Although in an earlier panel he says that it’s stupid, there is a contradiction between what he is saying and what the panel shows us.

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2. Context

Light tested the Death Note in person. He wrote ‘traffic accident’ as cause of death, and a traffic accident happened right in front of him.

Thoughts

This death confirmed that the Death Note is real. The entire page is dedicated to this one panel. One, the death is shocking to Light and shocking to us as well. Two, we can bet that things will only get more interesting from here on in.

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3. Context

At a G8 Summit, officials representing countries from around the world are arguing over Kira. Kira is the name given to the killer of the criminals. As we know, Light is Kira and he has been mass-killing criminals in order to create a “better world.”

Thoughts

I am focusing on the last panel of this page, but the entire page works as a whole because the rest of the panels emphasize the importance of the text in the last panel. This page is cluttered! There’s a lot of people and bickering, represented by the spiky speech bubbles. Then there’s the last panel, and the background is white. The text silences everyone. From this, we know that L is a very important person.

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4. Context

The top half is a flashback, while the bottom half is present day. In the flashback, L talks about a direct confrontation with Kira. In the present day, the Japanese police are watching the public broadcast for the direct confrontation.

Thoughts

Instead of focusing on the panels this time, I am focusing on the gutter. The gutter is the space between the panels. Normally it is all white. However, because we have a flashback, the gutter is black. We can tell that it is a flashback because of the gutter. Then, the gutter gradually transitions from black to white. This signifies that we are brought back to the present.

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5. Context

A man by the name of Lind L. Tailor claims to be L on TV, and says that Kira is evil. This riles up Light, and he writes down the man’s name in the Death Note.

Thoughts

Light usually writes the names on the lines but here, he writes Lind L. Tailor’s in huge letters. The first letter of the name takes up the space of over five lines! Light’s writing is not straight and you can tell that he wrote this quickly. Just by looking at his writing, you know how Light was feeling. He was pissed!

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6. Context

So it turns out that Lind L. Tailor is not the real L. Now the real L is talking to Kira through the same public broadcast. L managed to dupe Light by proving that Kira exists, that Kira is able to kill without being present, and that Kira is located in the Kanto region of Japan.

Thoughts

Look at those motion lines! Motion lines are usually done when there’s an action, but we have a television screen in this panel. The scene is dramatic and it shows how amazing L is.

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I hope that by writing this post, everyone will appreciate all the decisions made in manga and ALL comics!

Shounen Ai Recommendations

Shounen ai is the genre for boys love manga and webtoons. It’s different from yaoi because it’s suitable for people under 18 (meaning there’s no sex involved). These are my top 3 shounen ai series.

These are very sweet and cute series. There’s no rape involved at all. I say this because a lot of yaoi series have rape scenes, which is unfortunate. Not only that, but a lot of BL series have poor representation of LGBTQ+. I am referring to older series, so I’m hoping that with time there will be better representation and CONSENT! I’m not saying that those series should not exist because I’m not one to police what people should or shouldn’t read – it would be a good change for sure though.

1. Here U Are – Ongoing, by Chinese author DJun

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Synopsis

Most people think that LiHuan is scary-looking because he is very tall, which is why he does not have many friends. He’s also not very sociable. YuYang enters his life because his job is to welcome the new university students and the two get along quite well.

Thoughts

The art is phenomenal. Every panel is in colour and the way the author DRAWS. FACIAL. EXPRESSIONS. aaaaaaaaa

Every panel is carefully planned. I am a fairly quick reader so I usually zoom through comics but when I read this, I have to slow down to absorb all the details. The faint blush, the way LiHuan looks at YuYang!!

LiHuan treats YuYang extremely well. The pacing is quite slow, but it’s worth the wait.

2. Cherry Blossoms After Winter – Ongoing webtoon, by Korean author Bamwoo

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Synopsis 

Haebom’s parents passed away when he was very little, and he’s been living in his mother’s friend’s house. Taesung is his age and they live under the same roof. Haebom is shy and often gets picked on by others. Taesung, on the other hand, is very popular at school.

Thoughts

I read this before I watched My Hero Academia, but I have to say this. Haebom is so similar to Izuku and Taesung is so similar to Todoroki. If you ship Izuku with Todoroki, then you will like this series! 

I like this series because Taesung never bullies Haebom. In fact, he treats him very well and protects him too.

3. Hidamari ga Kikoeru – Ongoing manga, by FUMINO Yuki

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Synopsis 

Taichi is a college student looking for work, and he meets Kouhei, a student with a severe hearing disability. Despite rumours, Taichi believes that Kouhei is a good person for sharing his lunch, and befriends him. Taichi becomes a note taker for Kouhei, in exchange for bento lunch.

Thoughts

This is one of the more realistic manga I’ve read, which is rare to come across. They become very good friends and their relationship is so pure. There are some sad moments, which adds onto the realistic element of living with a disability.

If you are interested in more shonen ai series, here are more cute ones:

  • Dress Him Up (Korean webtoon)
  • Fools (Korean webtoon)
  • Meeting Him (Korean webtoon)

My Hero Academia – Inko Midoriya Cosplay

Inko Midoriya is the mother of Izuku (Deku), the protagonist of My Hero Academia.

I’ve cosplayed as high school girls (even though I’ve graduated from high school some years ago), as boys, and now I’ve cosplayed as a mother. I’ve even cosplayed as characters I don’t like before!

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Fun fact: I sewed the apron!

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Edit: It was brought to my attention that the wig for my Inko cosplay is not dark green enough. I completely agree, but I also wanted to say that the wig was originally used in an earlier cosplay. I didn’t spend a single cent on this cosplay.

July’s Favourites

We’re only a little over a week in July but these are my favourite things from this month! The last time I did a monthly favourite post was back in December 2017, so I thought it was time to do another one.

1. Photography

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Thanks Carmen for the mug and strawberry matcha

I love taking photos of things I see in my life. I post my favourite photos on this blog, so this blog is my online photo diary. Everyone is welcome to look into a glimpse of my life.

2. Attack on Titan season 3

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The new anime season is coming out this month and I’m excited to watch it. I haven’t watched it yet since it’s not out yet but I’m still putting it on this list LOL.

3. Dr Pepper

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The intellectual drink, for the chosen ones!” – Okabe Rintarou

There’s no doubt that Steins;Gate increased Dr Pepper sales, but I’ve loved Dr Pepper before I watched it hahaha. When Okabe said that, I felt that.

4. Sushi

I like to eat tuna sushi just like my favourite anime character, Izaya Orihara.

5. Blue mophead hydrangea

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I would love to cosplay in front of these flowers one day.

6. Mochi ice cream

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I’ve only had it once and it was so good. I can’t wait to eat this again.

7. …

Piercings

I only have two on each ear, but I love wearing earrings. Piercings are a way for me to express myself and I feel like myself with them. I think I’m done getting piercings for now.

8. TOMS shoes

I LOVED my sparkly black TOMS in 2015 but those were trashed a long time ago. I recently bought plain black TOMS and I wear them all the time! I like them because they feel very light.

9. Watermelon

Watermelons are my second favourite fruits! First favourite fruit would be blueberries. I used to be obsessed with strawberries but people change. I know I’m constantly changing.


Maybe you were expecting skincare or makeup products because that’s what most people do, but these are my favourite things of the month. Hahaha.

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P.S. I KNOW that I talk about myself a lot. However, you must understand that my blog was originally an online diary and it is still an online diary. This blog did not start as an anime blog right off the bat. Anime posts came gradually.

When I write about anime, I often make the post a little personal. However, I think that adding your own experiences are nice because you get a unique perspective.