These things spark joy!
The last time I did a spark joy post was in March 2019. Click here to see it.
Last April, my marimo reproduced and created a little baby. They all look rounder now, and the baby is bigger.
I know that most of my anime blogger friends dislike this adaptation; some even strongly dislike it. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Since the episodes are short, I binge-watched this pretty quickly.
I have read a bit of the manga and was looking forward to the Netflix adaptation.
The animation was bad. Yeah, I don’t disagree with what people are saying at all about that. However, I got used to it quickly. After an initial reaction, the animation didn’t affect my enjoyment of the show at all.
It’s a good comedy anime. The premise is interesting, the episodes are funny, and the main character is likable. I watched it with subtitles and thought the Japanese voice actor for Tatsu was perfect. In a way, the animation made some parts even funnier.
It’s a lighthearted and fun watch. If you can get past the animation, it’s really not that bad. I recommend checking it out. Of course, there’s always the manga to fall back to.
I will definitely be watching the second part of the series!
I thought I would try out a new format with bullet points.
Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The Promised Neverland Season 2
Cells at Work BLACK
Wonder Egg Priority
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars
Jujutsu Kaisen (Continuing)
Mo Dao Zu Shi Q (Continuing)
Of the airing shows, my favourites are Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan: Final Season, and The Promised Neverland Season 2. Let me know if there’s a Winter 2021 anime you recommend~
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Here are my favourite posts of 2020.
I wrote this review after I watched it in the theatres. I think Weathering With You was the last movie I watched with friends, so I’m really glad I went that day.
I went to Bowen Island with my friends for healing because I was super stressed at the time. I don’t think any of us really expected a pandemic to happen back then, so I feel lucky that I was able to spend quality time with my friends.
In this post, I wrote about the good things that happened to me during quarantine. I found it helpful to look at the good moments.
Part 2 here.
This is one of my best posts in terms of views. I was super passionate about this Chinese survival show.
I had a ton of fun collaborating with Elle. It was super cool chatting with her about something we both love: The Untamed. & I think the post reflects that.
Click here for Part 2.
Rather than the actual content, I want to highlight the post’s comment section. There are wonderful conversations and I was happy that so many of you guys engaged with the post. Thank you.
This is a post I wrote in response to Moya’s #Controversed Week 4 prompts on managing blogging criticism.
This is a personal post I wrote about my motivations for blogging, and I want to share it again.
Many people told me that they were able to relate my post. Reflection is good, especially for 2020.
Anime X-Change was an event hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews. I was recommended Time of Eve; here’s my review.
Now, my hair accessory collection. Hahaha. I’ve got a lot more hair accessories, but these are my favourites.
I’m in a ribbon club~ looking at Nabe, Shoujo, Elle, and Moya
I also have accessories from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and probably a few other anime. They would stand out too much out of cosplay.
Tokyo Ghoul / Darling in the Franxx / Bakemonogatari
I like the egg and devil hair clips the most.
I got these from Amazon. The pearl clips are flimsy but the non-pearl ones are my favourites.
Bonus: I don’t have this mantou hair clip anymore but I liked it when I got it in 2017.
Obviously, I haven’t listened to every OP and ED of 2020. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
My Favourite Openings
忘言歌 Song of Words Unsaid by 赵磊 Zhao Lei (Chuan Shu Zijiu Zhinan / The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System)
This is a Chinese song. I’m a huge fan of the series (novel and donghua). I also really like the singer.
No Separation by Jeff Chang (Heaven Official’s Blessing)
This is the series I am currently obsessed with! It’s a Chinese series by the same creator of Scumbag System (above) and Mo Dao Zu Shi. I think this opening has the best art.
Chiisana Hibi by flumpool (Kakushigoto)
I am a huge fan of flumpool.
Great Pretender OP by Yutaka Yamada (Great Pretender)
Dying Wish by 畠中 祐 (Moriarty the Patriot)
This song grew on me. I didn’t have a strong opinion of it at first but now I love it. Moriarty the Patriot was an amazing anime.
My Favourite Endings
籠の中に鳥 Kago no Naka ni Tori by ユアネス yourness (Sing “Yesterday” for Me)
In a recent post, I shared that this is one of my favourite songs.
SLUMP by Stray Kids (Tower of God)
I prefer the Korean version, maybe because they are a Korean group. I think it’s great that the show used songs from a Kpop group. After all, it is an adaptation of a Korean webtoon.
Lost in Paradise feat. AKLO by ALI (Jujutsu Kaisen)
This song is amazing. It is catchy and chill. I really like the animation here too. I’m really enjoying Jujutsu Kaisen right now. It’s kind of like a mix of Demon Slayer and Parasyte.
Other Side by MIYAVI (ID:Invaded)
ID:Invaded was a good anime. The concept is similar to the game, AI: The Somnium Files.
Do you like any of these songs? What are your favourite openings and endings of 2020?
Anime: Moriarty the Patriot / Yuukoku no Moriarty (2020)
As a fan of the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I became interested in Moriarty the Patriot. The anime is better than I expected. Unlike the books, the main character in this anime is Moriarty. He is a criminal consultant that actively encourages people to commit murder. It is not necessary to know about the original Sherlock Holmes from the books.
From left to right: John Watson, Ms. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes, and Lestrade.
Synopsis: William James Moriarty is a wealthy mathematics professor. He also works as a criminal consultant. In an era where the rich treat the people of lower standing like dirt, Moriarty is the dark hand behind the curtain. He provides murder plans and aids people in killing the rich. Mid-way through the series, detective Sherlock Holmes is introduced. Moriarty tests Holmes; Holmes does the same.
Thoughts: In this anime, the protagonist is the villain. I think this anime does it well. It kind of makes you think, Whose side am I on? Moriarty’s victims are the wealthy who have committed terrible crimes against the poor. Is Moriarty a good guy, after all? And, what am I supposed to feel? Am I supposed to feel “content” or “satisfied” when a “villain” dies?
I think that Moriarty is evil, but other people may disagree.
The characters are a bit different from the books, which is refreshing in some ways. For example, Holmes can be rude to Watson and becomes frustrated more easily.
Moriarty and Holmes make great enemies because of their differences. As explained by Moriarty, Holmes’s method of solving cases involves studying the evidence and going to trial, whereas Moriarty will use psychology and illegal methods to prove his theory.
I recommend this anime! Not only is it interesting, but it also made me think a lot about classism and “good vs. evil” issues.
Slight spoilers for Season 2, which will come out in Spring 2021:
The appearance of Mycroft Holmes!
Finally, a cute screencap of Holmes and Watson:
A lot of bloggers, including myself, are participating in Anime X-Change, an event hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews. The gist of it is: you are assigned a partner –> your partner recommends a show –> you watch it –> you write about it.
My partner is @nobelmonsters on Twitter and I was assigned to watch Time of Eve.
I had never heard of this anime before and knew nothing about it, except that it was a Sci-Fi anime. I was excited to watch Time of Eve because it was different from what I normally watch. Not only did I finish the series in one sitting, but I also enjoyed it enough to watch the movie the next day.
Synopsis: This story takes place in the future. In Time of Eve, it is normal to have an android housekeeper in your home. They look the same as humans; without a halo, one probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The androids are bound by strict rules. While checking his android – Sammy’s – activity log, Rikuo Sakisaka notices a strange activity. Curious, he checks it out with his classmate, Masakazu Masaki. They find themselves in a cafe called Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve). The cafe has one rule: “No discrimination between humans and androids”. Rikuo and Masakazu visit the cafe nearly every day and learn about the stories of the cafe’s regulars.
Thoughts: As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed this anime. I liked how the cafe was a safe space for humans and androids to intermingle. I also liked learning about the individual stories of the cafe’s regulars. My favourite episode was the last episode, which was focused on Masakazu and his robot housekeeper, THX. I cried when I watched it, which is strange if you think about it. Robots shouldn’t have feelings, so why did I feel empathic towards THX?
Differences between the series and the film: The movie basically condenses the series. I recommend watching the series over the film. Afterward, you can watch the movie or directly skip to the ending. The main difference is that at the end of the film, you learn more about a certain character.
In the end, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Time of Eve. I feel appreciative towards Anime X-Change because I watched a show that I would have never watched otherwise. I absolutely recommend this anime.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Thank you Minty from Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers for the tag.
Describe a hobby or passion you have through an anime series! For example Shokugeki no Soma if you like cooking or Initial D if you like cars.
I like anime. Himouto! Umaru-chan sums up what I do in my spare time. To quote my Relatable Anime Characters post from 2018, “Pop, snacks, manga, games, comfy clothes and blanket make up my paradise too. ^^”.
Simplify yourself to an Anime Archetype (Tsundere, Dojiko, Shota, Shounen-Protagonist etc) don’t overthink what an archetype is, go with your gut. Name a character that is also that Archetype.
Describe your looks through comparing it with anime characters, you can decide how many!
When I’m at home, I look like Moriko Morioka from Recovery of an MMO Junkie. Messy hair, dark circles under the eyes, and comfy clothes. Just need to add glasses. This is me right now:
When I look more presentable, Airi from Erased.
Describe your romantic bias and or sexuality through anime characters you find attractive. insert the Will Smith meme from at the movies/ ta-da
I recently wrote a post called My Husbandos. My favourite anime character is Izaya Orihara from Durarara!! His looks are kind of plain compared to other anime characters but I take everything into account.
Tell us about your day to day life and what anime that would fit into! You can be creative here!
Now that there’s a pandemic going on, my life has changed completely. I went from going out almost every day to being at home all the time. MMO Junkie because Moriko Morioka stays at home all the time.
I begin my day with a cup of coffee.
After breakfast and coffee, I check my work email. If I have a new task, I do it. If not, I do my other, lesser priority tasks. I can work any time of the day but I prefer to work during the day.
Then, I make lunch. I check Twitter and my blog throughout the day when I feel like it. I watch shows and blog when I feel like it.
A few hours after dinner, I work on my side job. I do that until I feel tired.
Describe your hopes and dreams through an anime character.
One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not a materialistic person. I just want to live comfortably. I want my family to stay healthy and for me to find something meaningful in every day.
Anime: Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2
Scott recently posted his Husbando post and I expect Nabe to do the same soon.
I’ve been told that I have questionable taste in anime boys. The reason is because I like villains.
Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!
In 2018, I wrote a post called, Why I Love Izaya. You can check it out if you want detailed reasons as to why Izaya is my favourite anime character of all time. Izaya is an antagonist. He’s an underground information broker.
Sharing this again:
J from Bloody Monday
Bloody Monday is an amazing manga. The Japanese live-action is great, too. I love J in Bloody Monday: Last Season the most. That’s Bloody Monday 3, but I liked J since the beginning.
No surprise, but J is an antagonist. He loves melon soda, hence my username. He’s a genius and one of the leaders of an evil group.
Other Characters I Love:
I’m picky. Although I love a lot of characters (Click HERE for my 30 Anime Characters – Appreciation Post!) I’m not sure if I could call these characters my husbandos.
Juuzou Suzuya from Tokyo Ghoul
Juuzou is a Special Class Ghoul Investigator, which means he helps humans. I think the lines between good and evil are blurred in Tokyo Ghoul. As humans, are we supposed to view all ghouls as evil?
Xue Yang from Mo Dao Zu Shi / The Untamed
I ship Xue Yang with XXC so that’s why he’s not my husbando. Xue Yang is a villain.
Wow, this post is a lot shorter than I expected. Like I said, I’m picky.