First Impressions (Anime): Ballroom e Youkoso

Pretty much been screaming about it everywhere, but I’ve been waiting for an anime adaptation of Ballroom e Youkoso since I started reading it 2 years ago at a friend’s recommendation!! So frigging happy and excited that it’s finally airing!! XD \o/

Anime: Ballroom e Youkoso 「バールルームへようこそ」Welcome to the Ballroom

To sum it up in a simple sentence:
Ballroom e Youkoso follows the story of average, aimless middle-schooler, Fujita Tatara, as he’s introduced to ballroom dancing and the competitive world of Dancesport.

Ballroom had its world premiere at Anime Expo 2017 at the beginning of July, a week before it was scheduled to air in Japan, and then a Twitch premiere 2 days before the scheduled air date. I actually got up early (time difference) to catch the stream of the first episode online, heheh \o/ And then watched the immediate encore again.

WARNING: I don’t think there’s anything that could warrant specific warnings of… unless you’re an absolute stickler for consistently accurate anatomy… But I’ll get to that in a bit.

I’m sure you guys would have figured it out by now, but this First Impressions post is likely to be highly biased due to the fact that I’ve been a huge fan and advocate of the series for awhile now, haha! I also did not expect it to turn out this long… oops.

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Anime Season Interests: Summer 2017

So I actually finished ACCA awhile back and that’s… probably the only anime series I finished within the last few months. Ehehe… Oh wait! Managed to rewatch Baccano with friends too so there’s that 🙂

Other than those 2 series, I guess a bigger part of the past few months was spent on watching various films like In This Corner of the World, Steam Boy, The Empire of Corpses and the Resident Evil CGI films, including the latest, RE: Vendetta… on top of my usual manga-reading. Most of them were really good in different ways, but some were just “meh”. Not sure if I’ll post about them anytime, but if you’d like quick, short updates on my thoughts on what I’m reading/watching at the moment, Dayre would be the way to go 🙂

I’ve just looked through this season’s anime list and… I was right! This season does have more series I’d like to try compared to the last (Spring 2017)! And I haven’t even finished the Berserk 2017 series that just finished airing, haha! Too busy laughing at the horrible animation from about Episode 8 onwards XD
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Live: Live Spectacle Naruto – Song of the Akatsuki –

Ah crap! I’d totally forgotten this’s been in my drafts for the past 2 weeks and was planning to post about it AAARGHHH… Better late than never I guess. I swear everything I post is late -_-

Even though Singapore’s such a small, small country, I’m honestly happy and extremely fortunate to have grown up and continue to live here, especially concerning my hobbies and interests. There’re a lot of reasons I can list, but one of them is definitely how there is no lack of entertainment productions brought in from overseas. In this case, I think we were pretty darn fortunate to have the Naruto Stage play company stop by for a weekend of shows (again)!

The Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands hosted the Live Spectacle Naruto – Song of the Akatsuki – on 10 and 11 June a week and a half ago! A few friends and I went to watch the last show on 11 June (Sun) at 6pm. It was SO AWESOME!!

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My E3 2017 experience

Every year I ask myself why I try to follow E3 news and streams when I don’t even play 99% of the games showcased/talked about… and then watch all the press cons, trailers and gameplay anyway.

Catching up with Microsoft’s stuff while watching Mario+Rabbids gameplay, but couldn’t multitask so well…

(Backpost because I forgot to blog about E3 last month! OTL)

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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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