First Impressions (Manga): Dungeon Meshi

On the spur of a moment and urging from a friend, I decided to start reading a (what I thought is a) chill, laid-back, comedic series that’s been on my ever-growing-to-read-list for awhile now. I first saw it at Kinokuniya and the cover looked cute the image just stuck in my mind… And then later it found out it was nominated for the 9th Manga Taisho award in 2016. WELL… yeah, of course I was gonna try it out!

Manga: Dungeon Meshi「ダンジョン飯」Delicious in Dungeon

Vol 1 Cover

A brief introduction of Dungeon Meshi by Kui Ryoko:
The series is set in a fantasy world of dungeon exploration, where guilds and parties go on expeditions to raid dungeons. After getting his sister eaten by a dragon, Laios and his party (of now 5) are down on luck, losing 2 more members to other parties and completely broke. For Laios (human swordsman), Chilchack (halfling locksmith) and Marcille (elven spellcaster) to continue their dungeon exploration and save Farin (Laios’s sister) from digestion, they resort to eating monsters as food, meeting Senshi, a dwarf who introduces them to the world of dungeon meshi: Delicious cuisines made from ingredients like screaming mandrakes, giant bats and walking mushrooms.

Warning: Dungeon Meshi is categorised as a Seinen and after reading much further ahead, I definitely understand why. Violence, blood and some gore (What do you expect from killing and cooking monsters?!), thievery and lots of other questionable themes, situations and revelations.

To be honest, when I first started reading it, I didn’t know or realise it was a Seinen series. It didn’t even cross my mind to think about it until I reached a specific point in the story when it suddenly hit me that Dungeon Meshi really isn’t… ‘innocent’—I guess that might be one way to put it?— at all.

But that’s much more for another time. This First Impressions post is just my thoughts up to about… the end of volume 1, chapter 7 and extra 7.5.

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One Lovely Blog Award Nomination (Matthew)

Oh… Come to think of it… I’m pretty sure I still have, like, 5 blogger award nominations (from last year) on top of this recent one to complete… AHAHAHAHAHA, well crap! They had totally slipped my mind until now. Ah… I’ll get to those sometime! Eventually.

As many of you guys already know, I don’t pay attention to the blogging community and just do whatever I want on this blog, so it being nominated for any sort of Blogger Award is always a surprise. Thank you so much Matthew!! His posts every few days range between news and reviews anime/games/cartoons with lots of jokes and memes in between 🙂 Check out his One Lovely Blog Award Nomination post here!

Here are the Rules for this award:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate at most 15 people
  4. Tell your nominees the good news! 

7 facts about myself: 
Pretty sure you guys aren’t interested in my non-otaku-private life so will keep that to a minimum again.

  • Currently playing Persona Q 🙂
  • The last anime movie I watched was When Marnie was There with a friend.
  • I currently own 5 Good Smile Nendoroids and a shit ton of other figurines but not as many as some of my friends.
  • I like sending snail mail.
  • My race is Chinese but don’t let that fool you, my Mandarin absolutely sucks.
  • Out of all the sports series I’ve read/watched thus far, Karasuno is my favourite sports team.
  • I love fried rice.

Please do check them out!

Done. Thank you again for the nomination, Matthew!

Event: Doujima 2017 – Day 2

Ahahaha crap, didn’t manage to get this out before leaving on trip, but it’s back to reality and the blog backlog XD

Singapore definitely has no shortage of conventions and events for the otaku and geek community, but a majority of them usually happen in the 2nd half of the year. There were one (or two?) much smaller events that I didn’t go for in the first 4 months of 2017, but it’s been 5 months since a relatively more popular con happened, the last one I went for being EOY 2016. This is just a little of my experience on Doujima, that happened 3 weeks ago.

Doujin Market – Doujima was held on 6 and 7 (Sat and Sun) May at the Suntec City Convention Centre, Level 3, The Concourse. Because I had work on Saturday, I couldn’t make it down on the first day of the event, but there was no way I was gonna miss going down on Sunday!

As can be seen from the words on the setup in the photo above, Doujima is Singapore’s largest annual doujin art fair convention. Unlike other events where there’re stage programs and other stuff going on including official and artist booths, a majority of Doujima is dedicated to artists and creators, with a whopping 170 booths showcased at the venue!
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FCBD 2017 – Just the loot

Was originally thinking of combining this post with another event post from last weekend, but couldn’t format the flow of paragraphs and get what I wanted to say just right. Going to split them up instead.

Last Saturday (6 May) was Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)! If you’re not familiar with the geek date, the first May of every year is a day where… well… the comic community celebrates and free comic books are given out at participating stores!

In some countries, cosplayers can be seen about and other cool panels and guest appearances etc. happens, but it’s not as a big a thing in Singapore so a few stores just give out free comics in addition to other small things going on. Probably the biggest participating store in this tiny-ass country would be Kinokuniya at its main store, but the FCBD Singapore FB page would be the best info on that.

I’m not a huge comic fan, but I have a pretty big soft spot for comics in general, seeing as I grew up on popular heroes like batman and spiderman, then fell deep into manga. Being able to sample a few series is a total bonus XD

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Update after Japan: Still sick.

It’s been a week and a half since I’ve been back from Japan, and I am STILL SICK OTL

Man, this is pretty horrible. Fell ill about halfway through my time in Northern Kyushu with a cold and had to go around with a mask for a number of days. About 2 weeks since then and I’ve still got and itchy throat and some phlegm stuck in me. It’s not so bad when I’m totally silent, but when I open my mouth to talk or laugh — or breathe, which is a lot — the whoosh of air irritates my throat and there goes the coughing, sometimes mild wheezing. Doesn’t really help that my work requires me to talk and every time I meet friends I end up laughing, ahahaha, crap. Been spending a lot of time lying in bed reading or sleeping because I couldn’t muster up the effort to do much else. It hasn’t been that good. I haven’t been the weight I am now since I was a mid-teen, which is mildly disturbing /o\ Hope I get better as soon as possible.

I really need to get better because tomorrow night, I’ll be leaving for USA with my family. HAHA.

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First Impressions (Anime): ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

This was a series I mentioned in my Winter 2016-2017 anime interest list. Now that the Winter anime season has finished airing and the Spring season has started, it’s time to watch those completed series I’ve had my eyes on!

Anime: ACCE 13-ku Kansatsu-ka「ACCA 13区監察課」ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department

As mentioned in my previous Winter interest list, the ACCA manga series is by a mangaka that I’ve read works of previously, Ono Natsume-sensei. Her Yaois were relaxing reads — mature slice-of-life with really laid-back atmospheres, plus her art style was extremely distinctive and stayed in my mind. Unfortunately, the ACCA manga hasn’t been scanlated, so I really wanted to check this anime adaptation of it out. Not to mention, I was also totally looking forward to seeing and hearing the beautiful characters and seiyuu cast in action XD

ACCA is a really hard series to explain. I’ve had friends ask a fellow ACCA-watcher and I what it’s about, but we both had lots of trouble coming up with words. To sum it up in a nutshell, I guess it can be described as a ‘political drama based in a fictional country that centers around investigation officer, Jean Otis.’, at least that’s how I described it.

Just finished episode 2 and thought I should get this quick first impressions out of the way before continuing.

WARNING: Nothing much I guess? At least not from what I’ve watched so far.

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