Happy feelings

What’s up?

I’ve been busy updating my MAL (My Anime List). I’ve always known about it but felt like it was too much work so I never used the site. Now I see the benefits of having an account so I encourage every anime fan to do the same! ><

I don’t feel comfortable sharing my account because I read too many embarrassing series but I can share a screenshot of my stats if I finish. So far I have over 1000 episodes and 2500 manga chapters on there but I haven’t entered most of the shows/series yet.

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I’ve also been thinking of my cosplans. I still want photos for Gumi Matryoshka, Mitsuha (Kimi no Na Wa), Umaru, and Akashi (Kuroko no Basuke). There is a particular location where I want to take photos for Mitsuha so we shall see.

New characters I want to cosplay as are Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service) and Luka (Just Be Friends).

 

The songs I listen to change every week and this morning I’ve been listening to:

– Noel’s Theme ~ The Shadow Hunter – Final Fantasy XIII OST

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Superstar Spotlight: Bii 畢書盡

Many people know Bii from the Taiwanese drama, Bromance. I was a fan of his music (he is a singer!) before Bromance existed. Bii is one of my favourite singers and he is my number one idol.

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About Bromance (2015):

It is currently on Netflix with English subtitles. Bii plays Wei Qing Yang, the male in the second couple. I recommend the drama because it has an interesting premise. The actor and actress in the main couple are famous for their previous dramas, such as Fated to Love You and Two Fathers. I really appreciate the close-ups of Bii’s beautiful face but watching his scenes make me sad at the same time because the girl is not me LOOL. I love that he sings the opening theme song, along with three other singers in his talent agency. One of the songs I really like is sang by two people from his talent agency. His solo songs play during his scenes, as well as other romantic scenes.

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My story on how I fell in love:

My friend showed me Bii’s music video for I know. I was busy when my friend showed me so I just listened to the song without watching the video. I thought Bii’s voice was really nice… I decided to watch the video and he was so good looking!

A lot of people say that Bii looks like Luhan, one of China’s most popular stars. Luhan is a former member of EXO. Bii is humble and said that Luhan looks prettier than him. ^^

Then I decided to Google him (LOL this is what I do…). I learned that Bii is half Korean and half Taiwanese, but grew up in Korea. He was scouted by SM Talent when he was a teen in Korea but didn’t go for it. I thought it was really impressive that he became fluent in Chinese because he learned the language after he came to Taiwan.  He talks and sings mostly in Chinese, but he does sing some Korean songs.

After that, I decided to watch videos of him on YouTube. He was so kind to his fan and I began to tear up… I was at school at the time and I was feeling unhappy with myself. After watching that one video I decided I wanted to change myself to be a better person who would help other people and become more true to myself. I wanted to be someone I would like…

After that, I started reading his Facebook status updates. (LOL) He wrote in Chinese and it was tough to understand them at first. I live in Canada and although I am a fluent speaker, my reading skills were lacking. Google Translate helped, and gradually I was able to understand more words. ^^ The reason I was working this hard was because his statuses were unlike other celebrities’ statuses.

I don’t follow him as much as I used to, but I remember he wrote statuses for his fans. He would tell us to dress warm so that we would not get sick, and to drink soup because it was cold out. He told us to sleep early so that we have more energy the next day. Bii was so caring and I was really envious of the many girls who had photos of them hugging him, and fans who watched him perform at his concerts.

Several months after I started liking him, I found out that he sang the Korean version of one of my favourite songs, Dui Wang. Dui Wang is the ending song of my favourite Taiwanese drama, My Lucky Star (2007).

Well, I am turning 21 this year and I am not exactly the same person I was a few years ago. I’m not that obsessed with celebrities anymore but Bii is still one of my favourite singers. ^^

My Top 10 Anime Openings

These are my 10 favourite anime opening songs. I’m not saying that these are “the” best anime songs of all time, but my current personal favourites.

10. Fruits Basket Opening – For Fruits Basket by Ritsuko Okazaki

Every time I listen to this song, I get really nostalgic because I watched Fruits Basket when I was in primary school. The anime is very colourful and sweet. The manga is more complete and “darker” in my opinion. I recommend you finish the manga if you haven’t already.

9. Sailor Moon Opening (1-4) – Moonlight Densetsu by DALI 

8. Attack on Titan Opening 1 – Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon

7. One Piece Opening 10 – We Are! by TVXQ

One Piece is my number one favourite anime. It is the best selling manga series in the world and currently has over 700 episodes. Although it is really long and still ongoing, I highly recommend this series for everyone. It’s great for people of all ages. I may be 20 years old, but I am just in love with this show. I learned a lot from One Piece, including the meaning of friendships. It helped me realize that I was in toxic friendships in the past and that things can always be better. The show made me feel every emotion possible, and it brought back my laughter.

6. One Piece Opening 3 – Hikare E by The Babystars

5. Durarara!! Opening 1 – Uragiri No Yuuyake by Theatre Brook

I love just about every opening and ending song in Durarara. I enjoyed the first season more than the second. I thought the second season introduced too many characters too quickly.

4. Naruto Shippuden Opening 3 – Blue Bird by Ikimono-gakari

Naruto and Naruto Shippuden have several opening songs I like. For Shippuden, I turned to the manga because I hated the filler episodes (except the one-episode funny ones). I can’t get into Boruto, the new series about Naruto’s kids, because I don’t like the art style. I also feel that a lot of characters are out of character.

3. Death Note Opening 1 – The World by Nightmare

Death Note is one of my favourite anime and I fell in love with it the instant I laid my eyes on the series. I was around eleven years old and I remember my classmates telling me that it was too scary. Lol. There’s a Netflix film adaptation of Death Note. While I won’t judge the film too much without watching it first, Death Note remains a popular series after all these years.

2. Naruto Shippuden Opening 16 – Silhouette by KANA-BOON

1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Opening 1 – Again by Yui

If you only listen to one song in this post, it should be this one. Maybe.

Superstar Spotlight: Kwang-ho Hong

Kwang-ho Hong is one of my favourite singers. He is a musical theatre actor from South Korea. Some of his most famous works include Jekyll & Hyde, The Phantom of the Opera, Notre-Dame de Paris, Miss Saigon, and Death Note. He has starred in numerous other musicals.

A couple of years ago, I was going through a rough time and felt hatred towards all men. I came across a video of Kwang-ho Hong singing “All I Ask of You” from my favourite musical, The Phantom of the Opera (2009). I felt so moved… and decided to open my heart. I think I cried.

I started to search him online and found out that he first played Raoul in POTO. A year later, he played Erik, the Phantom. Kwang-ho Hong was one of the youngest Phantoms in the world!

I also found out that he played Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde. It’s one of my favourite books and “This is the Moment” is one of my favourite songs. He sings it so well. He also played Quasimodo in Notre-Dame de Paris, which is a story I like as well.

As if things were not enough, he also acted as Light Yagami from one of my favourite anime, Death Note (2015). I felt that Kwang-ho Hong and I are super alike in terms of his roles and my interests. I cannot think of any other person who is better suited to play Light.

Kwang-ho Hong is most famous for playing Thuy in Miss Saigon (2014). He went to London and sang in English for West End theatre! West End theatre is huge in the musical theatre industry.

It’s my dream to watch Kwang-ho Hong perform live in a musical. Although I do not understand Korean, I can still appreciate the music. The fact that I do not understand Korean is not too important because I can still feel the emotion he pours into his music.

I hope by doing this post, I can bring more attention to Kwang-ho Hong because he made an impact in my life. He is truly talented at performing live and his accomplishments are impressive. ❤

Superstar Spotlight: Hua Chenyu

Hua Chenyu 华晨宇 is a famous Chinese singer. Most of the information online about him are in Chinese, so I decided to write a post in English for non-Chinese speakers (and for everybody to know about him). He is currently my favourite singer.

Nickname: Hua Hua 花花 (means ‘flower’)

Fans’ name: Huo Xing Ren 火星人 (Martian)

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After he posted photos with the monkey on his Weibo, the toy ran out of stock.

I first learned about him through a Facebook video that was shared on my homepage. It was him performing his song, My Skateboard Shoes 我的滑板鞋. I thought his rapping was impressive. Afterwards I decided to find more music by him and found the song, Ashes from Firework 烟火里的尘埃. He has a very powerful voice, especially when he performs live.

I like that his music is comprised of different genres, such as pop, alternative rock, folk and classical music. The fact that he is capable of singing to this wide range of music shows that he is talented.

My favourite song by him is Quasimodo’s Gift 卡西莫多的礼物. Quasimodo is a fictional character from the novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Everyone calls Quasimodo “hideous” because of his deformities, and as a result he experiences deep loneliness. In the song, Hua Chenyu sings  “Quasimodo’s gift is to enjoy the loneliness” 卡西莫多的礼物 享受孤独. This is my favourite part because he helped me realize that loneliness is not necessarily a bad thing. Often times, we associate ‘lonely’ with negative feelings but to be able to enjoy it is actually quite nice. I can relate to aloneness very well from my personal life, and the moment you begin to enjoy is really an eye-opening experience. Practicing self-love, and finding your own interests and passions are just a couple of reasons why this is important.

Hua Chenyu is someone I consider authentic. Authenticity is something I look for because a lot of artists create content for the sake of being more popular. Hua Chenyu does not care about that (he even has a song called, I Don’t Care 我管你).

Despite being famous, he is an introvert and that’s why his first album was dedicated to the topic of loneliness. He also has some quirks which differentiates from other celebrities. He does not try to hide who he really is. Hua Chenyu promotes the idea of being true to yourself, even if others do not like it.

He loves to watches anime!

EXOPLANET #2 – The EXO’luXion Part 2

in VANCOUVER

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This was when Exo performed MAMA. Mama was my first song by them, back in 2012.

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This was when they performed Miracles in December. This is my favourite song.

Whenever I feel lonely or upset, listening to music helps me feel better. That is why I think that loving idols is not a childish thing to do. Other people may have other ways of coping, but everyone is different. 🙂

EXOPLANET #2 – The EXO’luXion Part 1

in VANCOUVER

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Exo is a Korean pop boy group. I went to their concert! It was their first time in Canada. It rains a lot in Vancouver, but it was sunny yesterday because they were here. 🙂

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I want to thank my friend, Jody, for taking me with her! The concert ended late and I live far from the arena, so I also want to thank my friend, Jenny, for letting me stay at her place for the night.