Spring 2016 Wrap-up!

Trying to restart with this monthly feature. Since I didn’t keep track of things I did in the last couple of months, I was thinking of waiting July for the next wrap-up. But then I realized that, since my last wrap-up was in March, a general Spring Wrap-up would be perfect! So here I am tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k

~Books~
Since March I’ve read a total of 12 books.


1Q84 Book 3 by Murakami Haruki 5/5 stars
I started this saga last year but it took a while for me to get into it. However, the third book is so fascinating, much more than the first two books, because all starts to make sense. I love those kind of conclusive books, which also make me appreciate more the beginning of the story.

Misery by Stephen King 5/5 stars
This book was recommended to me by my mother. I should totally ask her for suggestions more. Last year she suggested me to read Roots, which I loved, and Misery was not less. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Stephen King even though I’ve wanted to read his works for a long time. I really like his style of writing and the story was totally fascinating.

Books 2

Harry Potter #3 #4, #5, #6, #7 by J.K. Rowling 5/5 stars all of them
I finished re-reading the series. This month I also re-watched all the movies. I LOVE Harry Potter, so I was basically playing safe. Two of them (#4 and #5) were also the books I managed to read during the Dewey’s 24 hours readathon. I was supposed to write a wrap-up post about that but in the end I didn’t. However I kept my Twitter updated, so it was an half-success I think?

Books 1

Il mio angelo segreto & Un amore di angelo by Federica Bosco both 4/5 stars
I also finished this italian series. The first book in the series made my cry hard and now I don’t remember if I broke in tears again but it’s likely. The story was good, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for the writing style. The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of punctuation. Ugh.

Overbite by Meg Cabot 4/5 stars
It seems this was the seasons of series conclusion. I read the first book of this duology last year. I like reading vampire novels (there was a period of my life where I was autobuying everything that had vampires in it – and no, this wasn’t because of Twilight, but I read Twilight because of this), so I was pretty happy with these books. Overbite was a good book overall, but I think I liked it less than the first one. And I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I mean, it’s good, but I would have preferred a different one.

The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
I think you know it by now. I still like Goosebumps. I grew up with them and the bond I have with this series is beyond the fact that those book are meant to be for children. As for this book, I saw the TV version before I read the story. I thought it was good and so I decided to give the book a try. I only hope I had read all those books when I was younger. I’m sure they would have been all masterpieces for my younger self. Apart from aliens stories. I don’t like aliens.

The Grove by John Rector 2/5 stars
This was a bit of a disappointment. I picked this book up at the book shop because of the beautiful cover (you can see it above) and the blurb. I didn’t even give a peek at the inside. Maybe I should have done so, because apart from the cover it was an absolute mess. The font was too big for the page, so the margins were really tiny and ugly. Even crooked. But this wouldn’t have been important if the story was amazing. Well, it was completely different from what I was expecting. Idk. Maybe it would have been good if it were written differently. Because the idea is nice, even if it wasn’t what I was searching for. But it didn’t hook me like, let’s say, Misery. It was confusing, rushed and weird. However, I did read some positive reviews of it, so maybe you would be able to appreciate it even though I didn’t.

Currently (re)reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

~Anime~
I’m pretty slow at completing anime. I start a lot of them but then I stop watching them half-way through. In the end I usually complete all of them, but it takes a long time.

Date a Live

I started this anime only because of the character design. I didn’t know what to expect and at first I was like WHAT? But then I got a bit into it. It evolved pretty quickly to a harem / slice of life kind of anime, with some action here and there. I was getting hyped up near the last episodes but unfortunately the ending wasn’t really good. I think – I hope – this is because there is also a second series, so maybe the real ending is there. I think I will give it a try even though the first series was not amazing. Seriously, the ending disappointment had caused this anime to drop two ranks (from 8/10 to 6/10).

Currently watching: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (9/12 eps seen)
Mayoiga (3/12 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~
A big result for a slow-watcher like me.


House M.D. – Season 8
Okay, I finished this months ago. I was crying desperately in the end and I’m still bitter there isn’t hope for a season 9. But I enjoyed watching this series so much! I love House ♡


Princess Prosecutor
So, in May I had my Korean exam and I felt like I needed a miracle to pass it. So I spent the days before the exam watching a lot of K-drama, hoping to learn some vocabulary and exercise my comprehension skill. And it worked! But back on this drama. This is one of my absolute favorite drama. I’m in love with Park Shi Hoo and I picked this show only for him. And it was so beautiful!! I can’t explain how I was feeling while watching it. I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole time.


Oh My Venus
Second for-learning-purposes drama. This was pretty good too! I really liked it and I got attached to the characters. Unfortunately I don’t really like the main actress visually speaking and since she was supposed to be extremely beautiful it was a bit of a let-down for me. I mean, she’s pretty, but I prefer the fat “ugly” version over the skinny one. Another thing I didn’t like was the development of the love story. I thought it was a bit out of the blue, but enjoyable and relatable nevertheless.
Honorable mentions: the secretary was totally the best character of the show XDD


She was Pretty
Last for-learning-purposes drama. It was really good, funny blah blah. BUT. [MILD KIND-OF-SPOILER ALERT] My Kim Shin Hyuk *cries desperately* everything was totally unfair!!! He was so lovable and funny and caring and cute and…WHY? The other guy was a d*** basically for half the show, switching personality as soon as he was with who she believed to be Kim Hye Jin. And then towards the end he magically became the kindest and clumsiest man of the world! Like, seriously? I even thought that he had multiple personalities. [END OF SPOILER] Besides my little rant, Koh Joon Hee (Min Ha Ri in the show) is one of the most beautiful actress I’ve ever seen. tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg

Currently watching: The Heirs (3/20 eps seen)

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

top ten JUN

~Currently into~
Bullet journaling!
I started my first bullet journal in June. I love it! I’m not an artistic kind of person, so I thought it would be hard for me to keep up with a system where you have to design everything, but it isn’t like that at all! I really enjoy spending my time organizing my bujo! I’m still searching for the layout that works the best for me, so I think I will experiment a bit during the next weeks. However I like changing, so it doesn’t bother me at all! I think that prevent it from becoming boring 😛 I should totally upload some pic of it when I have more pages to show.

Knitting
I’ve started knitting like… six days ago. My grandmother helped me start and now I’m just practicing. My goal is making a warm scarf for the winter by myself – I have plenty of time to practice until then! And then… we’ll see!

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February and March 2016 Wrap-up!

Here I am again after almost two months. In February, I decided not to write a wrap-up post because of lack of time and… lack of news! February was an awful month for me and I did literally NOTHING, aside from going to university and studying. So, I decided to combine two wrap-ups in one. Let’s start!

~Books~
In February, I read a total of 1 book. Which is actually a re-read. I entered in a terrible reading slump and I’m not completely out of it yet.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 5/5 stars
I consider this book my favorite book of all times. I decided to re-read it because of Valentine’s day, but in the end I got sick and I finished it in late-February. Compared to the first time I read it, this time, since I grew up and all, I noticed much more the social analysis and the innovation this book contains.

In March, I read a total of 0 books. I need to get out from this reading slump ASAP!

Currently reading: Tales of Mistery and Terror by E.A. Poe
1Q84 Book 3 by Murakami Haruki

~Anime~
In March I completed a total of 1 anime. I focused more on TV series and dramas I think.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

What can I say? I think this is the masterpiece of this season. Well, I cannot actually say that, since I didn’t watch anything else, but this is a very good anime with a lot of good qualities and it would rank for sure in a top five. I won’t give any comments on the plot to avoid spoilers, I suggest you to see the first episodes before reading any summaries too.

Currently watching: Date a Live (5/12 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~


House M.D. – Seasons 5, 6 and 7
I almost finished this entire TV series. I will miss it.


Cheongdam-dong Alice
I totally fell in love with the male protagonist. He’s so cute and his smile is fascinating. I started another drama only to see him again. As for the drama itself, it’s pretty good. A typical korean drama, actually, but I really enjoyed it.


Budoukan
Starring Juice=Juice, one of my favorite idol groups! I wasn’t expecting a big deal from this drama, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. Actually, I think it’s well-made and it deals with some interesting topics about idols’ life and problems behind the scenes. I was a bit disappointed with the final episodes because I think it was a bit rushed (there are only 8 episodes), but overall I feel satisfied.

Currently watching: House M.D. – Season 8 (3/23 eps seen)
Oh My Venus (1/16 eps seen)
Princess Prosecutor (1/16 eps seen)

~Idolish Releases~

February:
03/02 || Next is you / Karada dake ga Otona ni nattan ja nai – Juice=Juice 7th single
A solid single coming from NEXT U / Juice=Juice! In fact, the first A-side is by NEXT U, the fictional idol group Juice=Juice personify in the drama “Budoukan”! I really like this single, much more than the previous one to be honest.

17/02 || Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii – Kobushi Factory 2nd single
A second strike from Kobushi Factory! This single is pretty amazing. I love how Kobushi Factory are developing and I cannot wait to hear more from them!

March:
09/03 || Boogie Woogie Love / Koi wa Magnet / Ran Ra Run ~ Anata ni Muchuu ~ – Country Girls 3rd single
I love this single! This helped me to fall in love again with this group after the departure of Uta. I wasn’t particularly fond of their second single, so I’m so happy they released an amazing single like this!

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

February:top ten FEB

March:top ten MAR

~Added to my wishlist~
Harukaze – Kudo Haruka 3rd photobook: I can’t afford it right now, but I will have it sooner or later!

~Currently into~
Papa’s games: I have a kind of addictions when it comes to management games, restaurant games or cooking games. These are a perfect mix of all of them. I’m currently playing to 6 of them at the same time (I don’t like easy things, LOL)

~My works~
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January 2016 Wrap-up!

Hello everybody! I’m trying to start a new monthly feature on my blog, making a brief recap for each of my passions. I hope you enjoy it!

~Books~
This month I read a total of seven books:

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Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley 5/5 stars
This was related to my 2015 reading challenge; I’m so glad of having read this book, because it’s really good and it has a good pace. I love historical settings and big families; it was a nice change from the books I usually read. It basically tells the story of a whole genealogy, starting from Kunta Kinte, born in Africa and later brought in America as a slave around late 1700. The story was fascinating; I think this is the first book I read which deals with slavery as the focus point. I totally recommend it!

Bad Hare Day (Goosebumps #41) by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
I love Goosebumps and I’m so happy of having read more of this series. This one has an intriguing plot: the main character likes magic and he’d like to become a great magician. This is interesting, because when you read Goosebumps you never really know where reality ends and magic starts.

Brain Juice (Goosebumps 2000 #12) by R.L. Stine 5/5 stars
Another Goosebumps! I find this one less horror-ish than usual, more on the science fiction side. Some bits are quite funny tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg This time, the main characters are described as complete idiots and for this reason you may read some pretty funny dialogues, which make you totally enjoy the book.

Cry of the Cat (Goosebumps 2000 #1) by R.L. Stine 5/5 stars
Third Goosebumps of the month. This one was a bit frightening in the beginning, with the immortal cat and the girl in the house similar to a ghost, but I was disappointed with the ending. I was expecting something more suspenseful and horrorish tumblr_inline_mpl4ntsuZO1qz4rgp

Monster Blood (Goosebumps #3) by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
Last Goosebumps for this month. I liked the plot, even though it was practically not frightening at all tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I’ve already read Monster Blood III in the past and I was curious to see how all started. As always, the characters were really interesting and I was glad to meet again some characters I loved as a child.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth 4/5 stars
Oh, I hate Tris so so so much. Everything she did during this book was so stupid and childish. Tobias wasn’t that better either. Overall, I like how the plot developed. I’m not going to talk much about it to avoid spoilers, but in the end I had Hunger Games flashbacks and then I understood right away who was going to do the right thing. I hate not being able to read Allegiant right away, because I’m really curious to understand what’s happening.

Ring 5/5 stars
This is the first japanese horror novel I read and I’m totally amazed. I had high expectations for this book and I’m glad I’m not disappointed at all. This novel has everything a good novel needs: good characters, good storyline, plot twists. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen the movie, so I cannot make any comparison with it tumblr_inline_mg16go8gBg1qdlkyg However, I like to read japanese books because they have totally different feels from western ones, I don’t really know why.

Currently reading: Tales of Mistery and Terror by E.A. Poe (I have this edition in which there is the complete collection of tales)

~Anime~

Perfect Blue

I read a recommendation on the Internet and I watched it right away. As you probably know by now, I’m really into idols, so I was totally intrigued by the plot. This movie is seriously amazing, the psychological side is well handled and the story is fast paced and breathtaking. I don’t want to talk about it to avoid spoilers, but if you try it out I’m sure you’ll be total caught up by it.

Paranoia Agent

I started this one as a consequence of seeing Perfect Blue. I wanted to see more psychological anime and I wasn’t disappointed with my choice. Paranoia Agent showcases how the human psyche really can have an influence on what happens around us. The episodes are well-structured and there are tons of interesting characters and stories to follow. How does the human psyche work? For sure, an anime isn’t enough to explain that, but I think it gives you a good view on some intriguing aspects.

Currently watching: Shugo Chara (5/51 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~


House, M.D. – Season 4
So, Netflix arrived in Italy and I got caught again with this series tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I watched some episodes of it when I was little, but I decided to watch it all over again! I loved the old team, so I was a bit disappointed with the change. However, I have a soft spot for Thirteen and I was actually waiting for her to come tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Currently watching: House, M.D. – Season 5 (5/24 eps seen)
Cheongdam-dong Alice (4/16 eps seen)

~Idolish releases~
Here I will put the MVs of the music releases of the groups I follow.

01/01 || Moso Invitation – Moso Calibration 2nd album

I love their songs as they’re always so funny and upbeat. I’m seriously amazed by this MV, which is so entertaining to watch! The girls are really cute and the songs on the album are nice. They surely put you in a good mood!

20/01 || Mai Jene! – Yumemiru Adolescence 7th single

This is one of the first groups outside H!P I got interested into. I didn’t listen to this single as much as the previous, so this song has yet to grow on me, but I find it pretty good. The MV is nice as well and the girls are so cute I cannot help but melt ❤

27/01 || Doushiyou, Watashi / Ichigo Ichie – Ciao Bella Cinquetti 11th single

Doushiyou, Watashi was an instant favorite of mine. I love the music and in particular I love the lyrics, which are written by my lovely Kanyon ❤ Ichigo Ichie has yet to grow on me, but I like it. This single made me like this group and I want to follow them more closely than before. I still hope for another name change though…

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

top ten JAN

~Added to my wishlist~
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I cannot wait for this book to be published in Italy. I read Red Queen almost as soon as it was published here and I hate waiting for sequels!

~Currently into~
House, M.D.: as I said before, as soon as Netflix arrived in Italy, I got obsessed with this series. I’m going to watch it until the last episode and then cry desperately from the House loss tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg

Baking cookies: my parents gave me a lovely recipe book as a present which has like 600+ cookies recipes. I love cookies and I also love baking them, so I’m so excited of trying out some recipes I’ve never tried before!

~My works~

Unpopular opinions ANIME tag!

I found this tag while browsing on my reader and I thought it was really nice and I decided to give it a try. Originally this was meant to be done with books; however, since I found that difficult – I don’t really know what is considered popular, since I’m not that into the book community – I thought it would be funny to do it with anime instead!

Unfortunately, I didn’t keep note of the original creator of this tag, so if you know who he is, please let me know so that I can credit him!

 

1. A popular anime that you didn’t like.
Either Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. As for the first one, I quite liked it at the beginning, but I hated it towards the end. As for the second one, I found it pretty boring and confusing. I would like to re-watch both of them to see if my opinions change, though.

2. A popular anime that everyone seems to hate but you love.
Mahou Sensou. I read a lot of negative feedbacks about it, but I quite like it. I haven’t finished it yet, but by now I find it nice!

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3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.
In this case, I’m not talking about an anime, but about a manga: Stardust Wink. I was so disappointed in the end 😦

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4. A popular genre you hardly reach for.
Mecha, sci-fi, futuristic settings.. I can’t stand any of those, with some ecceptions, like Eureka Seven and Psycho Pass.

5. A popular or beloved character that you didn’t like.
Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki. I can’t stand her. Yukki, Yukki, Yukki, Yukki tumblr_m2jtw0EIxi1qdlkyg

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6. A popular mangaka that you don’t seem to get into.
I don’t really know, since I loved their works I read until now. Thus, I didn’t read some overly known manga like Naruto and One Piece, so I cannot answer to this properly.

7. A popular anime trope that you’re tired of seeing.
Cute imouto-chan who always seems more mature than her brother.
A standard guy who is surrounded by beautiful girls.
A plain and unpopular girl who suddenly becomes the object of love of the most popular guy.
A guy who trips and ends up touching breasts by mistake.

8. A popular anime that you have no interest in watching
Naruto. But maybe I’ll give it a chance in the future anyways.

9. What anime adaptation do you prefer rather than the manga?
By now, no one tumblr_mdpjktkDxp1qdlkyg

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Summer 2015 – My anime list

This season I’m finally managing to properly follow some brand new series, for a total of six anime!

Well… They should have been seven… but one series doesn’t have any Italian subs yet, so…

Of course, I could watch it in another language, but I prefer to wait for now. There isn’t any reason in particular

However, the anime I chose are:

– Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
– Joukamachi no Dandelion
– Danchigai
– Million Doll
– Non Non Biyori Repeat
– Gakkou Gurashi!

So, let’s talk about my first impressions!

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
 
Nice anime. It’s good seeing a mystery anime once in a while. I like the characters and the design and the plot is nice as well. Unfortunately, it lacks of something, but I hope it will improve more and more as the episodes go on.

Joukamachi no Dandelion

I really like it! It’s funny and lighthearted, it’s a nice anime to happily spend some time. Moreover, I love big families, so it’s even more appealing for me!

Danchigai

Well, I think it’s a pretty average anime. The episodes are really short; they are cute, but it hasn’t anything that can really grab my interest.

Million Doll

Even though it talks about idols, I find it really boring. Luckily, episodes are short, so I think I’ll manage to see it until the end.

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Second season for this lovely anime. I really liked the first season and I’m liking the second too. It’s really good if you want to watch something relaxing and cute

Gakkou Gurashi!

I was about to skip this anime at the beginning of this season. It would have been a big mistake By now, this is my favorite series of this season. It isn’t amazing, there are a lot of anime better than this, but it’s really appealing and I hope it doesn’t lose its beauty going on

Are you watching any of these series? What do you think about them? Which is your favorite series of this season? If you want, let me know in the comments!

Thanks to animeclick.it for the screenshots~

Melacchan

Short update~

Hi everyone~

February has come! Spring is near!

I have a lot of project for this year! First of all, this is my final year at high school, so it will be a big change in my life  Not at school anymore! Well, there’s university, but it’s different…

Lately, I’ve been reading about reading challenges here on WordPress… so I suddenly remembered that in December I decided to start some challenges either!  I totally forgot for about one month…

The first challenge is about reading! I’m referring to Popsugar 2015 reading challenge! There’s written that you don’t have to read one book for each category, but I decided to try on this way since I like reading A LOT. As a consequence, my Goodreads challenge is set on 52 books in a year! Manga doesn’t count either, apart from the graphic novel the Popsugar challenge asks me.

Unfortunately, on January I only read one book null “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life” by Freud. An easy reading, isn’t it? LOL I enjoyed it because it makes an analysis of common errors, little mistakes everyone (even you!) makes. Having read it, I started searching for a reason behind… everything

Right now, I’m reading “Vanity Fair” by Thackeray. I started it before The Psychopathology, but I had to put it on hold since I needed the second one for school. Now I resumed Vanity Fair and I hope to finish it by next week. I’m sooo behind in my challenge, I need to read as much as possible!

The second challenge is about anime! I decided to watch eight anime, each becoming to a particular category. I think I will do this properly in summer, because during the school term I don’t have any time… As for this challenge, I decided to exclude OAV, movies and so on and count only TV series.

I don’t have much more to say. I’m working on my song covers, as always, and on my voice acting skills. I’ll show you some of my results on Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, I dub in italian, so if you don’t know this language you won’t understand practically anything…

I think that’s all for today. I’m already started thinking on my next post, so I hope to update the blog soon!

Stay tuned~

Melacchan

Anne no Nikki

Yesterday, I found an anime movie based on The Diary of Anne Frank.

It was aired in 1995, so animations and graphics aren’t really suggestive, but I think that scenes are well made and make a good description of the most important parts of the book.

I usually don’t watch an anime as soon as I find it. I look at the pictures, read the plot and then think “okay, I’ll watch this in the future”.. and I always forget to do it. null

This time, I decided to watch it immediately because the 27th of January was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, so I thought it would be nice to watch something concernig the event.

Speaking of the movie itself, it is around 1h45m long. I was surprised, because I expected a shorter movie! null However, while I was watching it I barely noticed the flow of time because the scenes were well balanced, neither too slow, nor too superficial.

The plot follow the original story. I read the book when I was a child, and basing on my memories the movie touched almost all important moments. There were even narrative parts, as Anne was reading her diary. I think they made a good description of the characters, with a deep analysis of each behaviour and manners.

As I said before, graphics and animations weren’t the very best. Here is an example of the drawings:

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Even if in that it isn’t the best, I think you don’t need an amazing graphics to appreciate this work.

The story is full of feelings of any kind: hope, fear, love, understanding. Living in such conditions really change your view on life, and that’s exactly what happens to Anne, who is just a kid when she was forced to abandon her house.

The music was good. Slow-peaced songs, heartbreaking melodies and soft sounds were just the right choice. There are also some songs performed in English, but the pronunciation is really bad… null Well, actually it was pretty good compared to the average pronunciation of Japanese people

One thing I didn’t like at all is the dubbing. It’s one of the most awful japanese dubbing I’ve ever heard  Overall voices were okay, even if I dindn’t appreciate Anne’s one. But the main problems were the flat acting and sync mistakes. A lot of time I noticed a moving mouth without hearing any word. Some voice actors were pretty good, though. Mr and Mrs Van Daan were great! 

I hoped ’til the last moment that the ending would change… but it didn’t happen null so sad…

After the movie I went to bed with a mixed feeling of sadness and anger. null It’s so unfair!  Poor people! I understood once again that remembering is important, in order to not make the same mistakes in the future. If those could be called mistakes…

I want to end up with a little request: please, all of you, always remember. Remember our past and try to change our future, even in the smallest things. Teach your children respect and mutual understanding. Teach them that all are equal. Teach them not to hate because of a different religion, culture, skin or sexual orientation.

Teach them to love.