Road Lakes to Winter Wonderland

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Mini road lakes. They’re usually a lot bigger than this.

The weather took a bit of a wintry turn this weekend and went from your usual wet miserable road lake weather, to winter wonderland.
But let’s not complain about it. The snow looks a hell of a lot more beautiful, then the dull and soggy appearance, the landscapes usually has.

thumbnail_20171208_110740Ireland doesn’t get much snow (only a day or two a year, if you’re lucky), so I did what every excitable Gobshite, with no sense does and investigated.

thumbnail_20171208_121526First step in this investigation, inspect the snow to make 100% sure it is snow and not a nuclear winter- Yeah, very white and powdery. Pretty sure this is snow and not ash. I think its safe to continue this investigation.

thumbnail_20171208_122045Step two, look for signs of life (got to check that everything hasn’t frozen to death)- Found little bird footprints, so at least the birds are still alive. Not sure about the other humans though, I didn’t see any signs of them. Hopefully, they’re just hiding from the cold and not turned into ice sculptures.

thumbnail_20171208_122517Step three, draw a creepy face on a car to boost morale, in this investigation.

thumbnail_20171208_123436Step four, see how far the snow stretches across the landscape and think about transport- Yeah, stretches pretty far, only a crazy person would drive in that. The buses will be running so late.
Then decide this step was a bit boring, so end it by serenading your neighbours, with your own beautifully sung version of Jingle Bells. 

thumbnail_20171208_124729Step five, stare at the sky and use your inner wisdom to predict if more snow will fall from the sky- I correctly predicted yes. I truly have the inner snow predicting wisdom.

Investigation over and bones well frozen, I retreated back inside to find a nice warm place to hibernate, until the snow has melted.

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Camping with Animals

Last weekend I discovered something very cute and very fun. Something I haven’t played since my early teens, something I’m sure a few of you may remember playing. Animal Crossing, to be precise I discovered Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and all I can say is I’m overcome with nostalgia. So much in fact, that I really wanted to draw people as Animal Crossing Villagers. But, sadly no one would let me draw them and I had to resort to drawing myself as a villager (not as much fun as drawing other people). Nevertheless, I give to you, myself as a little Animal Crossing Bear (holding a cup of coffee).

thumbnail_20171204_170726I chose a bear because I have bear body proportions and occasionally, eat loads and go into hibernation (Bear like in behaviour and appearance).

Since I was only able to create one villager, I thought I’d do this properly and make a short little character sheet. Not sure exactly what goes into one, but not to worry, I’ll try my best to make it entertaining (as always).

Name: Nel Bear

Age: 3076 (exactly how old I feel, when I wake up every morning)

Sex: Female

Species: Grizzly Bear

Personality: Curious and playful, but also very skittish.

Appearance: Honey Brown and Brown.  Always seen holding a cup of coffee, looking a bit frightened and confused.

Outfit: Lilac and Blue dress

Catchphrase: Oh Glob

Home Request: Blanket Cave

Food: Basically, lives of chocolate and coffee, but also has liking to lasagne

Favourite Season: Summer (Despises the cold)

Additional Info: Can be found in a portable blanket cocoon, during winter.

The Unique Blogger Award

unique-blogger-awardI think I may have finally caught up with my blog nominations. I feel bad for taking so long, but it truly couldn’t be helped and I apologise.

I was very touched to be nominated for the unique blogger award. I always try hard to be original and come up with post ideas, that I’ve never seen done before. I thought it was really sweet and kind, that two fellow bloggers would nominate me for this award. So, for that I’d like to thank them individually and of course answer their brilliant questions.

The Rules:

1: Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nomination you.

2: Answer the Questions.

3: In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4: Ask them three questions.

Rodrovich, thanks so much for thinking of me and giving me nomination. I really appreciate it. Your blog is awesome and I would highly recommend everyone go check it out.

Right, time to answer Rodrovich questions.

1- Which place would you most like to visit and why?

I’d love to visit North Canada, because I really want to see the northern lights. They look so magical in photos and it would be amazing to see in person.
Canada also seems really beautiful, so I’d love to explore it, for myself.

thumbnail_38536b92-2b96-405b-babb-1042774c68e62- How would you explain anime to one who has never seen any before?

With great pain (only joking, I’ll be serious).
I think the only way to explain anime, would be to sit the person down and show them some anime. Anime is too complex, to be explained in mere words.
But if I had to explain it in words, I’d probably start of by saying, anime is a very beautiful and unique style of animation, that can be a lot of fun. It can also be a very emotional experience. Having you laughing one minute and crying your little heart out, the next. (I wouldn’t mention Japan, to prevent bias).
I would then use one of my rubbish examples, to explain the feeling of watching good quality anime. That example being, “Watching a good anime is like, being given a box of super cute puppies. You’ll be super excited and just want to play with the puppies all day and never leave them.”

3- What are some of your favorite (or influential) albums?

Oh Glob, all my music is stored on electronic devices, so I don’t have a clue what you call my favourite albums. I just tap a picture and scroll down the playlist, until I see something I like.
I know, that’s so bad and doesn’t answer the question. So, instead I’ll give you a short list of my favourite artists and hopefully, it’ll give a feel of the music I’m into:
Sia, Hozier, Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Meat Loaf, Queen (those last three are really old, but have aged very well), My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Adele and a little bit of Johnny Cash.

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Irina thanks so much for the nomination. Your blog is so much fun and I love your drinking games. I would also highly recommend everyone go check Irina’s blog out.

Right, question time.

1-I had a lot of fun with the FMK question (you can tell from all the whining). I use to adore this feature over on D talks anime. Which is your favorite blog feature/tag? Alternatively, tell us about one you’d like to start!

My favourite was the Five Flaming Hotties Tag. It was so much fun and I had a whale of a time, reading all of those.
But, what I liked most about that tag, was how everyone really got into it and nearly everyone participated. It was amazing and everyone work so hard on those post. Which just goes to show, how much fun that tag really was.

thumbnail_4e3f056a-d974-4e5a-8c41-22257dd7b9882- What do you want for Christmas? I’m just asking for a friend.

My weight in chocolate would be nice.
I’m a little fatty at Christmas and pretty much, spend the whole Christmas period thinking about food. Receiving my weight in chocolate would be a dream come true. I don’t really have a preference for the type of chocolate. Just as long as it isn’t Thornton’s (hate that chocolates. It just doesn’t taste right).
Don’t worry, if I do somehow receive my weight in chocolate, I’d share my chocolatey wealth.

3- What unusual IP would you like to see get adapted into anime?

The last question has really got me in the Christmas mood and now I really want to A Christmas Carol, adapted into an anime movie (if this already exist, please let me know. That would be so awesome).
This may be the Christmas spirit talking, but A Ghibli Christmas Carol just sounds spectacular. It would be so interesting, to see an anime version of Scrooge. I’d imagine they’d portray him, as a Howl (from Howl’s moving castle) type character and really exaggerate his meanness. The three spirits, would probably also get one hell of a makeover and look like the regular spirits on acid.
An Anime Christmas Carol would be amazing and because it’s anime, it could be made so much more magical and creative. I’d just love to see what an anime studio, would with this Christmas classic. They’d definitely give the muppets a run for their money anyway.

Nominations:

This is the scary part for me, choosing bloggers to nominate and hoping I don’t annoy anyone. Anywho, the Unique Blogger I’d like to nominate are:

The Otaku Judge

Pop Culture Literary

The Pantless Anime Blogger (TPAB)

Raistlin0903

Foodzesty

The Spooky Red Head

Mr. Bobinsky

924COLLECTIVE

My 3 Questions:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  2. What is your all-time favourite movie?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve put on a pizza? (I’m kind of hungry for pizza, at the minute)

They’re a bit random, but I hope they’re as fun as the questions I answered.

Please, don’t feel any pressure to do this award. I completely understand, if you prefer not to do these sorts of things.

If you’d like to answer any of these questions in the comments, go for it and fill your boots. I’d love to hear your answers.

District 9

thumbnail_83643c4b-a6e6-40f8-b991-bf8e716d2d7cI’ve been asked so many times if I’ve seen District 9, that I finally became curious enough to check it out for myself. Usually films about giant bug aliens, is a no go for me. Normal little bugs make my skin crawl, so the thought of giant intelligent bugs, horrifies me to my very soul. Movies like Alien and District 9, really makes me want to sleep with a rolled-up newspaper under my pillow and a can of bug spray on my nightstand.

Curiosity got the better of me this time and I am now reviewing a film, that quite frankly made me dry-heave, a few times. But not to worry, what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger (if insomnia, nightmares and night sweats, are the equivalent to stronger).

District 9, begins with an alien spaceship breaking down within the earth’s atmosphere. Being the friendly hospitable creatures, we are, the humans blow a hole in the side of the spaceship, to have a peep inside.

Inside the spaceship, a race of harmless giant grasshopper aliens, are found. (Later named the prawns, because no one knew what a prawn actually looked like and mistook grasshoppers for prawns. A very sad error to make, if cooking prawn rice). Being awesomely kind-hearted the human governments, decide to give the poor prawns somewhere to stay on earth. Allowing them to build a shanty town, ran by human warlords and for safety’s sake, surround it with a high spiky fence.

After 30 years, the shanty town becomes lawless and a threat, due to warlords exploiting the prawns cat food addictions. Promising the prawns cat food in exchange alien weapons. To eliminate this threat, the Multi-National United (MNU) aims to destroy the shanty town and move the prawns to a new tent town.

While giving the prawns eviction notices, MNU officer Wikus finds a strange piece of alien technology, which he unintentionally activates. Leading to him infecting himself, with an alien virus which causes him to slowly to transform into a prawn. The MNU then take Wikus away to experiment on him. However, he escapes and becomes a fugitive and must hide from the MNU, while finding a cure for the alien virus.

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What an actual giant friendly prawn alien would look like.

Glob, I feel like a crazy lady just writing that description and that’s only the first 20 minutes of the film. District 9 has a lot happening and from my description, you can probably tell, what this film is hinting at. Considering how sensitive of subject it is, I’ll save you from a lengthy interpretation of this film and just say, there’s a slight hidden meaning to its beginning.

My honest opinion of District 9, is that I could take or leave it. It makes a big flashy statement at the start, but doesn’t follow through. It’s as if the creators put all their efforts into making the beginning great, but just got a film irony template from Disney, for the rest of the film (I joke not, it the same formula used in films, like Freaky Friend or The Princess and the Frog). This didn’t completely ruin the film, it just seemed a bit strange. But I suppose the beginning of a film is important, and if a film formula works, why not use it.

What spoiled this film for me, was the main character Wikus, he just wasn’t likeable. He was a complete and utter tool (jerk) and very moronic, making him incredibly annoying. I also think they went a bit far with the grossness, in District 9. I really could have done without seeing a lady munching on a putrefied prawn arm. It just turned my stomach and made me want to turn the film off.

Despite its shortcomings, District 9 did have a few good things going for it. Mainly the design of the prawn aliens. They looked very cool, with their creepy grasshopper anatomy and were very bug like. I can really see why the prawns are so appealing, to fans of these sort of movies.

Distract 9 also plays around with some very interesting alien concepts, like alien reproduction, weapons, technology and how aliens would view the human race. This aspect of the film, was fascinating and for me, is what really saves this movie from becoming a complete loss.

To conclude on District 9, I feel it’s just another okay movie. It really didn’t excite me much. Although it had an under tone of meaning at the beginning, it didn’t follow through with this level of meaning and became rather typical of any other irony/ “don’t be a jerk or you’ll be punished” movie. It did have cool creepy aliens and some interesting concepts, but this didn’t fully make up for its irritating main character. In a nutshell, I wasn’t overly fussed on this movie and I could take or leave it. For that reason, I would rate it middle of the road.

Rating 2.5/5

Five Flaming Hotties Tag

image63Life got a bit crazy there for a while, but I’m finally getting around to replying to some posts I was nominated in.

The Five Flaming Hotties Tag, is one of the more entertaining tags I’ve come across. Which is why I was thrilled to be tagged twice. So, before I going any further I’d like to thank those that tagged me.

Raistlin0903 Thank you for the tag. Your blog is awesome. I would highly recommend everyone check his reviews out. They’re very entertaining and Raistlin0903 himself is one of the friendliest people you’ll come across on WordPress.

Rodrovich Thank you also for the tag. I love your blog. If you’re into anime, I would also highly recommend checking out Rodrovich blog. They’ve got a lot of interesting and cool stuff over there.

The rules:

  1. Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game Realweegiemidget Reviewsand Thoughts All Sorts to all blogs involved and including the picture above (Top of Post).
  2. List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
  3. Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
  4. Add some appealing pictures.
  5. Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties.
  6. Post the rules.

thumbnail_45b39658-f03f-4824-9af0-7a8b820b503dI’m just going to jump right into this list and hopefully not sound like a complete sleaze ball. I’ve decided to pick five anime hotties, because personally I think these lists are so much more fun, when anime is involved. But, let’s just face it, anime guys are designed to be unbelievably beautiful. So, to really win a gal over, I feel the character has to have heart and a personality as well. Being kind and cuddly are very attractive qualities in my book at least.

So, without further rambling, I give to you my Five Flaming Hotties:

f2Ban Fox Sin of Greed (7 Deadly Sin)- This is an obvious one. I’ve expressed my fondness of the character Ban, so many times. It would be safe to assume, he would make it onto this list. Being the sin of greed, you would expect him to be selfish and of course greedy. But weirdly he’s the complete opposite. He even try to sacrifice himself and his dream of being immortal and forever young, to save the woman he loved.
The picture I chose, sums up Ban’s personality very well and it’s this scene (Ban and Meliodas reunion), that made me develop a huge soft spot for this character. He’s like an excitable puppy most of the time and shows real passion. But in addition to this, he also has a very deep serious side, hidden under that beautiful smile. He is kind of silly at times (like not understanding how clothes works), but I like that side of him. Also he’s an excellent cook.

f3Uta (Tokyo Ghoul)- Glob, I love Uta’s tattoos and piercings. I have my ear cartilage pierced several times, so I especially love his ear piercings. But enough with the creepy piercing comparing and back to the list.
What I like about Uta, is his sense of humour and relaxed demeanour. That whole hiding under a sheet thing, is something stupid I do for a laugh. It’s childish I know, but it’s the kind of silly cheesy thing I’d find hilarious. Uta also seems so comfortable with himself and very relaxed most of time. Qualities I would love to have myself, but sadly don’t. He does give of a dark dangerous aura, but he is a man-eating ghoul after all, so that’s not surprising.

f1Shuichi Aizawa (Death Note)- An extremely underrated character, but that doesn’t detract from the fact he’s a cutie. Apart for looking adorable, Shuichi Aizawa has a lot of balls (heads out of the gutter, not those sort a balls). Time and time again, he shows an immense bravery and puts his life on the line, for what he believes is the greater good.
He’s also no idiot. He seen through Light’s falsities and smelled a rat. He knew something was not quite right with Light and risked death, to follow his gut feeling to discover the true nature of Light Yagami. That was some impressive interpersonal intelligences, if you ask me.

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Love Levi in his little cleaning outfit

Levi (Attack on Titan)- All those short person jokes and I’m still considerably shorter than Levi. On the bright side, being able to look a guy in the eyes would be nice. All that looking up, really strains the neck and at least if I hugged a guy Levi’s height, I wouldn’t get a face full of man boob (it’s so awkward).
Other than being perfectly sized, Levi is pretty kick ass and very strong-willed. He does seem grumpy and cold, but in my opinion, that’s probably a defence mechanism. There’s just been times, he has shown real heart and genuinely cold people don’t do that. Deep down Levi is actually kind-hearted. Something I always look for in people. (Visually, I find it hard to tell the difference between Levi and Eren)

f4Grell (Black Butler)- I thought I’d end this list with a fiery red hair. Grell is probably one of my more unusual anime crushes. I just love Grell’s way of going on and the fact he doesn’t take things too serious. Grell might be the ultimate stalker fan girl sort, but Glob is he passionate. He seems to never be afraid of expressing his emotions. Something I like a lot.
Although, he is a bit of a psychopath with that chainsaw, he’s also rather sweet and funny. I just love Grell’s playful nature and cheerfulness. Some may find it rather annoying but for me, Grell’s antics always bring a little smile to my face.

 

I wanted to tag/nominate bloggers, that haven’t been tagged yet. But at this point, that’s very hard to do. I think I’ve managed to find at least a few blogs, that haven’t been tagged. If not, my apologies for tagging you again.            

ne’ senpai (a spoil from nesha.)

Kira Scribbled

jiraiyan (Otaku Orbit)

Oishi (AnimeAndFandomLife)

Anime Girls NYC

Rose (Wretched and Divine)

LightningEllen

If I’ve tagged you, don’t feel any pressure to do this tag. I completely understand, if you don’t do tags.

thumbnail_c42681c2-806d-4f69-9a19-dcd26972ae84Now, if you would excuse me. I’ve a bit of a nosebleed to attend to.

A Sense of Humour Always Helps

thumbnail_20171115_155713I don’t really like posting drawings without some type written interaction. It seems a bit cold and distant. So, I’ll write something to explain, what on earth I’ve drawn.

Basically, I was having one of those days, where everyone kept asking me, if I was feeling okay because I looked like death rolled over (I wasn’t hung over, I just looked like sh**. I don’t even drink). Since sitting with a paper bag on my head would be creepy. I thought I’d cheer up, by drawing myself as ridiculously ugly cartoon characters.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (2)Yeah, this is pretty much how I feel every morning before have food and coffee. I’m really not a morning person.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (3)This is probably the ugliest style I’ve ever seen, but Glob I love its ugliness. I had to try it for myself.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (4)I couldn’t really do much drawing semi-realistic, so I just gave myself a fat face and messed around with my colour palette. Also, that’s not a teardrop tattoo. It’s just a white patch, that shows up when I get flustered.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (5)I pretty much thought of the ugliest way possible to draw anime and did that. If it’s not too big-headed, I’d like to said that I nailed it. It doesn’t even have a nose.

Hope you found these drawing as amusing as I did. They certainly cheered me up anyway. I may look like a corpse, but at least I’m a smiling corpse now. Hope they made you smile too.

Gantz:O

thumbnail_f3704dc7-22ba-45ac-afba-cb53f87f1b4eStepping out of my comfort zone again and giving CGI a go. Apparently, a CGI anime, but correct me if I’m wrong about that (Google may have lied to me).

My first impression of this Gantz:O was, why does the title look like it’s in shock? I’m kind of wondering if the :O was intentional. If it is, that’s actually very clever, considering the film has a lot of moments, that will leave you with a shocked look on your face.

In Gantz:O, those who die are brought back to life and forced to participate in the ultimate real life video game. Given high-tech suits and weapons, players must fight an army monsters in order to collect points. Once they collect enough points (100 points), players can unlock bonuses. Including superior (better) weapons, resurrect/revive a died player or gain your freedom from the game. Unfortunately, if a player dies in the game, they die in for good (unless revive by another player, later).

The main character Masaru Kato, is stabbed in a train station and dies. He consequently finds himself in the game and must fight for survival and to earn enough points, to gain his freedom and return home to his orphaned brother.

This is one of the more unusual films I’ve seen and felt more like watching a let’s play than a movie. But in saying that, the film was pretty half decent and fairly enjoyable. The story was what you’d expect from this sort of film. People kill monsters and monsters kill them. Then the boss monster shows up, wipes the floor with everyone and seems unbeatable. It’s pretty straightforward, but still had a few nice twists to keep things interesting.

I must admit, the CGI animation was kind of cool and reminded me a lot of PlayStation. The monster looked remarkably creepy and were very impressive. The players also looked, somewhat realistic and I could definitely see how the female characters would be appealing to the eyes, in their skin-tight suits. Which I must confess, I shook my head a little at. Clearly, someone put a lot of thought into designing those suits and designed them with support in mind. Those suits looked a tad restrictive, but at least there would be little chance of giving yourself black eyes, while kicking monsters butt.

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Bird-Man-Snake: The most disturbing monster I could think of drawing.   

I wish I could say, as much attention was given to the male characters, but they all looked like skinny aliens in their suits. It was very disappointing and very clear who that aspect of the CGI was geared towards.

Although the overall animation was impressive, there was just something off about it. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe to it was just the bad dubbing or extremely expressive body language, putting me off. But I felt, there was just something not quite right, that made it seem slightly weird and off.

As you would expect, Gantz:O is very action focused and has a lot of fight scenes. Considering the players use head exploding guns, these scenes can get very gruesome and involve a lot of blood (Great it you love gore, but not so much if you’re a bit squeamish). Weirdly, the last fight scene has a bit of a terminator feel to it and gets very bright and flashy, giving it that cool futuristic look. However, in contrast with its usual dimly lit scenes, this can be a bit sore on the eyes.

Overall, Gantz:O is a half decent film, with cool visuals. If you can get past the bad dubbing, it’s actually a rather enjoyable and fun film. It does occasionally have weird dialog, but makes up for this with some great spine tingling lines like, “do you feel like you’re in the presence of a god” (deep scary voice). It also has its share of weird, messed up WTF moments, but these just add to the enjoyment of this film.

Gantz:O, has a real video game feel, that not everyone will like. Personally, I thought it looked interesting and kind of cool. Making a nice change from the usual style of films I watch. The only reason I’ve rated Gantz:O as a middle of the road film, is that story wise it was very typical of this sort of film and to me, it doesn’t stand out from movies with a similar storyline.

Rating: 2.5/5

Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

Anime Confessions

thumbnail_02ee777f-bee6-4634-8e90-120a9e6a325bI know I said I wouldn’t do this post, in case it started world war 3 in the comments. But someone pointed out, that WordPress is a much nicer place then the average forum and they’re right. Everyone here is a hell of a lot nicer and probably wouldn’t get nasty, if they disagreed with anything in this post (Unlike those forums, that are scary as hell and filled with trolls). I also really wanted to do another anime post, but couldn’t think of a better idea for a post.

For anyone that doesn’t know what an anime confession is, it’s where you share things you would normally hide about your enjoyment of anime. To make this post a proper confession, I’m including all things related to my love of anime. So, like cosplay, Japan, anime games and things like that.

Without rambling on any longer, I give to you my anime confessions:

True anime preference, is probably a good place to start. I actually like older anime better, usually 80s and 90s anime.  I also prefer anime aimed at guys, it’s a lot more fun and interesting.
To escape being called a tomboy, I’d normally say I preferred psychological, supernatural and Ghibli anime.

My whole teenage years and anime. I did a lot of cringey embarrassing anime related things when I was a teenager, so I’m putting the whole thing on this list. I could probably make another list with those things, but I’ll save you the pain of cringing and give you the top 3- Doing that cringey anime pose for photos, thoroughly researching everything to do with Japan and imitating certain anime characters.

thumbnail_e2984b48-af3d-41c1-8dd3-5251acdc921dWhen I had a pixie haircut, I purposely styled it to look like Ciel Phantomhive’s hair. It looked so awesome. I also cosplayed as Ciel Phantomhive, a lot at that time.

When my hair started growing back, I tried to styling it like spiky anime boy hair. Sadly, gravity would not allow my hair to stay spiky.

I use to be a secret anime fan. Basically, because here anime is mistakenly considered as weird porn. Thankfully now, I’m pretty open about loving anime and learnt to get around being called a creep, by saying I watch anime that’s like Studio Ghibli.

Grave of the fireflies broke me. I can’t watch it or talk about it without becoming a sobbing mess. The sub version is even worse, Setsuko little voice broke my heart. It’s the saddest anime I’ve ever seen, which is why I normally refuse to discuss or watch it with anyone.

I sing along to the opening, even if it’s in Japanese. I know very little Japanese, so Glob knows what I’m actually singing.

There are a couple of anime, I’m a bit obsessed with. Mainly Black Butler, Wolf’s Rain and Death Note. Like most obsessed anime fans, I watch endless amounts YouTube videos about these anime, look at and creating fan art and listening to their soundtracks (a lot).

thumbnail_84161abe-b0df-42e5-8f08-227f7b766219The real reason I disliked Tokyo ghoul (anime) so much, was that I felt it pushed the hate the world mentality, too much. That and watching all that coffee drink, made it depressing as hell. (Also, the manga is so much better).

I have used google translate, to translate my name into Japanese. Didn’t like the results, my name sounds like curry.

Durarara annoyed the hell out of me, when it showed Ireland 20 years ago and made the place look like it was stuck in the 1800s. That was so not cool, we aren’t that backwards for glob sake. Also, not a fan of the pacing in that anime. It’s death march slow.

I use to be really into Nintendo DS. I had a dirt load of games, including most of Professor Layton games (my favourite), Harvest moon, Pokémon games and Animal Crossing. I only stop playing Nintendo, because the 3DS gave my migraines.

thumbnail_69c2772b-407b-47dd-a963-a3e5f7924078Chibi are so darn cute. If I could get away with it, I would decorate my room with Chibi. I love those little chubby anime characters.

I feel so sorry for Grell (Black Butler). I know a lot of people see Grell as a really annoying character, but Sebastian treats her like dirt and talks to her like she’s a mangy flea-bitten dog. Part of me just wants Sebastian to show Grell some love. But then I remember Sebastian is horribly emotionally manipulative and reminds me of a charming sociopath or serial killer. So, I’d much rather see Grell introduce Sebastian to the nastier side of her chainsaw.

My Ban (7 deadly sins) obsession might have gone too far. I’m actually considering getting a huge Ban poster, to go beside my huge poster of the beautiful Daryl (The Walking Dead).

When I get really bored and hungry, I try making food I seen in anime, as well as food from Cooking Mama and Harvest Moon (without using grass, of course). Harvest moon food never turns out right.

My playlist includes 4 versions of Unravel (the original, music box, English and character group version). I don’t like Tokyo Ghoul, but glob I love that opening.

Well, we’ve made it to the end of this list. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list and it hasn’t made you cringe, too much. Feel free to express your own anime confessions in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Crimson Peak

thumbnail_65dfb950-d461-40fd-bde1-449ac3960c70The last review of this little Halloween horror adventure. A horror film about creepy ghosts, a lunatic with a knife and a helpless idiot, that breaks all the rules of surviving a horror movie, seems the perfect way to end this series. Crimson Peak had all this creepiness and alike bit more.

Crimson Peak is about a young woman Edith, who is hunted by the ghost of her dead mother. Her mother returns from the grave to bring her a warning of Crimson Peak. Although terrified by these ghostly visits, Edith decides to ignore the warnings and give it no more thought.

An English baronet named, Sir Thomas Sharpe appears out of the blue one day, at Edith’s father’s business. After only a few day Edith falls deeply in love with Thomas and after the mysterious dead of her father, she agrees to marry Thomas and move to his stately home in England, in a place known as Crimson Peak. Shortly after moving to Crimson Peak, Edith realises things are not as they seem and quickly discovers a horrifying secret about Thomas and the place called Crimson Peak.

With badly decomposed ghost skeletons jumping out from every corner, this movie should by terrifying. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak falls short of this and is more, creepy than scary. This film starts of good and set a scary tone, but sadly this doesn’t last long and is lost, when the film tries to become a psychological thriller. But before I end up ripping completely into this film, I think I should start with, what was good about this film.

The best thing about this film is the ghosts and the stately house. They’re both creepy as fudge and set a really nice tone for a horror film. The ghosts are these horribly mangled figures, that look more skeleton or zombie like then human. The house, you could not pay me to stay overnight in. It just looks like a place you’d meet a horrible bloody end in and screams haunted house. Perfect for a horror film and setting an eerie tone.

thumbnail_8992c439-92a4-4c04-96a3-7911508f1428When the film finally gets going, the storyline is pretty interesting. Before, Edith goes to Crimson Peak the movies a bit boring and not that interesting. However, when she finally arrives at Crimson Peak, things get very interesting and a very nice mystery is unravelled. Along the way, terrifying ghosts appear everywhere. Seemingly with the intent to hurt Edith. But things are not as they seem and the presence of these ghosts deepen the mystery even more.

Although, Crimson Peak has its good points, it unfortunately also has a lot of bad. I could go on and on about what’s wrong with this film, but that would get boring really fast. So, I’ll just touch on the two biggest problems with this movie. Crimson Peak didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. It jumps between horror, murder mystery and twisted romance constantly. If this was meant to be a blend of genres, then they blended the genres very badly. At times it seemed like two different movies. One about a murder mystery with creepy ghosts and the other about jealous twisted love triangle. Making the movies direction seem confused and lost at times.

Also, the main character, Edith was incredibly annoying and a complete idiot. Edith receives numerous warnings from a ghost, but pays no attention. A strange guy and his creepy sister show up from nowhere, looking money. Then Edith’s father dies mysteriously after an argument with this guy. But for some crazy reason, Edith still agrees to marry this guy, despite only knowing him for a few days and the fact her father just died. That whole scenario stinks of black widow. More annoying, Edith even comments on the fact that this guy wants to appear to have money, but clearly doesn’t and you would also think she’d be wary of strangers, after being warned about an unfamiliar place. So, what the fudge was this lady at. She clearly has no sense.

When Edith finally gets to Crimson Peak, she just takes the complete biscuit. From doing ridiculously stupid things that always leads to injury or death in horror movies, to letting herself be treated and talked to, worse than a dog. She was clearly missing a back bone and possibly a brain as well. She had so many warnings and opportunities to escape. It was like was she wanted to be killed.

Overall, Crimson Peak was just Okay. It had an interesting mystery and terrifying ghosts, but seemed to missing that one thing that makes for good horror. It was also very confused about its direction and genre and at times was boring and predictable. However, in saying that, it did have some good going for it.

As a film for a Halloween horror binge watch, I would not recommend this movie. There is just so many other better horror films you could watch, that would more suitable and a lot scarier.

Rating: 2/5