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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 9

Only three weeks to go. Four anime still going.

  1. Gabriel DropOut
  2. Kuzu no Honkai
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Little Witch Academia
  5. Onihei

Bye bye, Onihei.

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Best pic of the year

I was mildy excited for this anime. There wasn’t much info around, I only knew it was a seinen with an historical setting. The story is about a Heizou Hasegawa, known as Devil Heizou, the chief officer of the safety department. This show has an episodic format; each one focuses on a different story, with lots of flashbacks involved. The action scenes aren’t the most important part of the story. It focuses a lot more on the characters and their relationship with each other, which is nice.Some of the episodes were really entertaining and that’s how it managed to be at this point in the tournament. The graphic quality isn’t amazing, actually it’s quite poor, but it’s effective since this show focuses more on the plot than on the art.

Do I recommend it? If you’re a fan of the genre, then yes. If you don’t like historical dramas, then, this anime might not be for you.

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 8

Establishing a ranking is getting more and more difficult with each passing week. I’m going to regret each anime that gets eliminated at this point.

I don’t really know which anime I liked the least, actually. Each one was pretty good in its own ways, but there needs to be a decision.

Here’s the ranking:

  1. Gabriel DropOut
  2. Little Witch Academia
  3. Kuzu no Honkai
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Onihei
  6. Fuuka

Bye bye, Fuuka.

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A generic screenshot for a generic show

Haruna Yuu, the main character of this anime, is an introverted boy who spends a lot of time on Twitter. One day, he meets Akitsuki Fuuka, who is your typical bright cheerful girl. Fuuka loves to sing and pushes Yuu and other people to form a band with her. Fuuka is a big fan of Hinashi Koyuki, who happens to (conveniently) be Yuu’s childhood friend.

Predictably, an awkward love triangle develops. Perhaps not even that, since it seems that Koyuki is the only one conscious of her own feelings. The show was pretty interesting at the beginning, but the lack of character development made it quite boring already. At the end of episode eight we are left with a cliffhanger: maybe something is starting to develop… but I had enough.

Basing on the previous episodes, I fear that whichever cue won’t be developped as well as I wish it to be, and the anime that are still in the game are all quite good, so there is a certain level to keep  by now.

Do I recommend it? Actually, yes. It’s by no means a bad show; don’t set your expectation too high and it should be a good anime to spend your free time with.

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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.

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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?

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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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Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 1

I know I’ve already published this, but I wasn’t satisfied with the old format of this post, so I modified some things and published it again. Sorry for the inconvenience tumblr_inline_mto62sIH831qid2nw

Morning Musume ’15
Morning Musume has been on a roller coaster this year. Starting only with a decent single, much more disappointing because of the long gap between it and its predecessor than because of the quality of the single itself, the group greeted summer with a well-rounded single and… surprise! Rotating centers! Things seemed to go smoothly, until Sayashi Riho graduation announcement and the big 60th single release, which left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. However, we had pretty good songs throughout the year and I feel satisfied.

58th single – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara [2015.04.15]
In my opinion, their weakest single of the year, though quite good overall. Seishun Kozou was definitely a grower, while I loved Yuugure from the first listen. Ima Koko Kara was a nice change from the current style.

Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru
Song: I was not too fond of this at first, but after a few listens I started to really like it. At the very first listen, I was like “what’s this mess supposed to be?” but listening to the studio ver along with the MV gave everything a sense tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg  8/10

Dance: I like the choreography, I found this formation dance quite impressive. I particularly like the dance break, it’s really cool tumblr_inline_mg16egIXKr1qdlkyg 8.5/10 (gifs by nako-minnadetabeta)

Regular MV: nothing special with this, but I like it because the girls are shining! I love the scenes with fans and umbrellas, they are really charming. If I have to mention a thing that bothered me a bit is that BIG feature of Karin. I mean, I like her and, although a bit disappointing, it’s not a problem she got close-ups as well. But more than regular members? (and in particular 12ki since it was their debut single? Poor Miki) 7.5/10

Another ver. MV: I totally LOVED this one. I wasn’t expecting something like this. It’s so refreshing and different from usual! I like when there are various symbols spread in the video, so that you can give a personal interpretation. And the scenes on the train… simply brilliant! Definitely a 10/10

Outfits: on the regular ver, they are so shiny tumblr_inline_mpl4o4sFS61qz4rgp I’m not too fond of the studs and the “v-neck”, but in general, I like them! As for the alternat ver, we have the outfits used for GMML (nice to see them again, also because I love them!) and some cute school uniforms tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 8/10

Overall: 8.4/10

Shining member(s): everyone tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg

Special feature(s): Duu’s kabedon tumblr_inline_mto62vrnv41qid2nw

 

Yuugure wa Ameagari
Song: so beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg I love this genre of songs. The piano intro is really beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9/10

Dance: I love this dance tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k  It’s smooth and reminds me of classical ballet. Their harmonious movements make me think of young branches shaken softly by the wind tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9/10 (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)

MV: The girls are so beautiful, but I hate the setting. It’s too simple for my tastes. A different, less plain background with some nice lighting effects would have been good. I like the group shots, but I’m not a fan of those, generally speaking. 7/10

Outfits: Nice concept, but they seem sooo cheap. The outfits they used for the Gradation tour were much better, IMO. 12ki version is slightly better. 6.5/10

Overall: 7.8/10

Shining member(s): Sato Masaki and Ishida Ayumi (it’s a shame she got so few close-ups) (gif by passwordishp)

Special feature(s): Maachan hand gestures during the piano intro and her soothing line right after the dance break. (gif by Hamachin)

 

Ima Koko Kara
Song: it’s cute and uplifting~ really anime-ish. Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of song that I keep on listening again and again: after a few times, it becomes a bit boring. 8/10

Dance: I like it because it’s cute and easy tumblr_m8jytkduwY1r75lkl 8.5/10

MV: The MV is beautiful, but the anime inserts turn me down a bit. The children dancing with the girls at the end are sooo cute tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k I like the lighting effects, they go well with the anime theme. The members’ shots are all really beautiful. 8/10

Outfits: Again, I like them. They fit with the theme and overall are the best outfits of this single. I like that each gen has a peculiar version. My favorite version is Sakura’s one, since 10ki style is my favorite one, but I prefer red over green tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 9/10

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Overall: 8.3/10

Shining member(s): Oda Sakura, Makino Maria, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka! (gifs by BOOM! Hello!Project, vplpro and haru beautiful everyday )

Special feauture(s): I love how Oda was able to shine in this song!

Single overall: 8.1/10

 

59th single – Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki [2015.08.19]

My favorite Momusu single of the year. Oh my wish! is a favorite of mine for obvious reasons *coughDuucough*, I loved Sukatto My Heart from the first listen and Imasugu is my overall favorite song of the year (although at first I didn’t like it at all tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg) together with Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi.

Oh my wish!
Song: not my favorite at first listen, but it grew on me amazingly! In particular, I like the lines just before the chorus starts, because Duu and Zukki sound really soothing. 9/10

Dance: the dance team made an amazing job! The choreography isn’t a favorite of mine, but the girls are too good to be real tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg 9.5/10 (gifs by sasayacchan)

MV: I like the setting and the camera work. As I said, I’m not a fan of group shots, but they are fine, I guess. I don’t like the two-shots of Zukki and Duu dancing alone, I think they are a bit off. However, I think the MV suits the theme of the song. The way the dance shots are inserted within the rest is pretty good. I like the solo dance parts too!  9/10

Outfits: I love the white ones~ The style and the looks. It’s something I would wear as well if they weren’t totally white tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg However, for a single outfit, they are really good! As for the silver ones, I like them but I’m not fond of the pattern. The gowns are pretty, though. 9/10

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Overall: 9.1/10

Shining member(s): Suzuki Kanon (gifs by BOOM! Hello!Project)

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Special feature(s): Haruka and Kanon as centers, obviously!

 

Sukatto My Heart
Song: I love it, so catchy~~ I found it summerish and… refreshing! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I always ended up humming the chorus after listening to it… 9/10

Dance: …and I always end up dancing together with them! tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg Again, I find this dance summerish as well! I remember when I was a child and during summer I always kept doing those kind of dances. 9/10 (gifs by ?)


MV: Nice. I don’t particularly like the setting, but there are some pretty shots. For example, the solo shots among the… light fog? I don’t know how to call it haha however, I really liked those shots since every girl was beautiful and charming. The solo shots are good as well, maybe they just follow one another too quickly. 8/10

Outfits: I LOVE THEM tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg They surely are the best Morning Musume outfit of the year! With ImaSugu’s ones being a close second. Moreover, I have a thing for sailor themed outfits, so I was sooo delighted when I saw them! 10/10

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Overall: 9/10

Shining member(s): everyone!

Special feature(s): Eripon’s cartwheel! Even more amazing in concerts! (gif by Mini*Wheat)

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Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki
Song: I didn’t like it at all, and then.. I fell in love all of a sudden listening to the studio version together with the MV tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg I love this genre of music because is uplifting and relaxing. I love the bridge! 10/10

Dance: I like it. The formations at the very beginning are amazing! 8/10 (gifs by angelandz)


MV: everyone is shining so much! I love everything about this MV. The lighting, the setting… the blue shots in the fog are breathtaking. And the shots in the cubes are lovely. Sometimes, simple things are the best tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k 10/10 (gifs by veevee-8)


Outfits: so beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg I love everything about them as well. The style is so idolish and girly, and the color and the pattern are enchanting. 10/10

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Overall: 9.5/10

Shining member(s): Sato Masaki tumblr_inline_mpl4o4sFS61qz4rgp but actually everyone is shining! (gif by veevee-8)

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Special feature(s): Maachan and Miki as centers!

Single overall: 9.2/10

 

60th single – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only [2015.12.29]

The last single of the year and Riho’s graduation single. I love Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi from the bottom of my heart tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg ENDLESS SKY has yet to grow on me, but I find it beautiful as well. One and Only is so catchy, you cannot get it off your head!

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Song: instant love tumblr_inline_mto62vrnv41qid2nw It got me right in the kokoro tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I even made a cover of it~ 10/10

Dance: Riho is too much for my eyes. There are some parts I don’t particularly like but in the end… who cares tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg Give me Riho dancing and I’m perfectly fine. 10/10 (gifs by haru beautiful everyday and helloprojectgifs)


MV: simple, yet beautiful. The girls are so beautiful and the settings suits the song well. Everyone seem an angel tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9.5/10

Outfits: I love the black outfits Riho wears. In particular the dress with red inserts. I like the white outfits as well, but I find some of them quite unflattering. 8/10

Overall: 9.3/10

Shining member(s): Sayashi Riho. Everyone else is beautiful as well. (gifs by helloprojectgifs and haru beautiful everyday)

Special feature(s): RihoRiho everywhere tumblr_inline_mjs1ks9CPX1qdlkyg

 

ENDLESS SKY
Song: I’m not impressed by this song by now. And it’s quite painful too, because, besides my crying Haruka (tumblr_m7gk4gyuEK1r86b3d), it brings memories of Riho’s graduation and everyone crying on stage… tumblr_m8jyt4iqGC1r75lkl Ah… I cannot handle it… How is it supposed to be an uplifting song in such conditions? However, it’s not like I hate it and I don’t think it’s an ugly song as well. That autotune on Sakura though… 8/10

Dance: I’m not particularly fond of this one. I find it quite messy, simple and maybe rushed. 6/10 (gif by fyeah-haropro)

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MV: Haruka made my day. tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg This is my least favorite MV of this single. I don’t like the shots in blankets, even though the girls are beautiful as always and it’s nice to see them giggle togheter. Solo shots are cute though. I like the idea of the feathers! 7/10

Outfits: I like the concept, but I don’t like some versions, in particular those with the sheer fabrics going beyond the hem of the skirt. I think my favorite version is Haruka’s tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 8.5/10

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Overall: 7.3/10

Shining member(s): Ogata Haruna and Kudo Haruka (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)

Special feature(s): Haruka crying tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg

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One and Only
Song: So. Damn. CATCHY. At first listen it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I cannot stop humming it. It’s great to have a song fully in English, I’m so happy about it and I know the girls worked really hard for that! 8.5/10

Dance: I love it tumblr_m8jytkduwY1r75lkl The steps are quite easy, so I like dancing along with them! 8.5/10 (gifs by angelandz)


MV: the background and the lyrics animation are wonderful, there are a lot of great scenes! Watching the girls smiling and having fun is great! 9/10

Outfits: I have a thing for tartan tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k the white outfits are cute as well! 8.5/10 (gif by angelandz)

Overall: 8.6/10

Shining member(s): Sayashi Riho (gif by fukuchans) and Sato Masaki (gif by nichiyobin)

Special feature(s): The song is in English! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Single overall: 8.4/10

 

The next part will feature ANGERME singles! Stay tuned!

Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 2 – ANGERME
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 3 – °C-ute and Country Girls
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 4 – Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory

P.S.: there are still some gifs uncredited. Please make me know if you are the author or if there are any mistakes in crediting.

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Happy birthday Michishige-san!

お誕生日おめでとう!

I miss her so much

Actually, I don’t really want to say anything in particular. It’s just that… I wanted to celebrate her birthday, I guess 

But you should expect a new cover related to her in the near future 

With this post, I also want to announce my official return (?) after my hiatus!

Sayumin, Sayumin everywhere 

I’m very grateful to her, not only because she introduced me to Hello!Project and without it my days would be empty, but also because I believe she helped me to gain a bit of self-esteem. Waking up in the morning, going in front of the mirror and saying: “Mh! Today I’m cute as well!” was a good way, for me, to build up confidence tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

 

I have great respect for her. I have known her for the first time when she was already leader, but then, watching old videos, I realized how much she’s changed and grown up. Even if she was the worst singer, the worst dancer or unpopular she didn’t give up and look what she got in the end. She gifted us with 11 amazing years of hard work.

Happy birthday Sayumin, I wish you all the great things in life and I hope your future will be as special as you are.

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Quick update

Okay, it’s been a long time, an awful amount of time, since I’ve written something here.

I’m in a temporary hiatus until my final exams end (and you say it just now?)

My English today is worse than usual, I’m sorry

I’m just… extremely tired. I spent this week revising from morning ’till night and there is another week (at least) of intensive revising before my exams end.

I’m not really worried though, but well, the last month of school was overwhelming and now I still can’t relax. I’m a bit stressed out.

However, please be patient. I really want to be back writing on here and working on my covers and such!

Before ending this post, I just want to talk about a shocking news from H!P null

On 12th June, it was announced that Shimamura Uta would leave Country Girls and Hello!Project due to a failure in contract negotiations.

At the beginning, I thought it was a joke. Then I realized 

Goodbye Uta-chan, even if for a short time, I loved you! Good luck for your future

Okay, I think I’m done for today

See you soon!

Melacchan

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Tiki Bun

Another cover of mine uploaded on YouTube!

This time, you find it on skynordP channel! Thanks for uploading and mixing as well!

This song was really funny to sing! It’s really catchy, isn’t it? I’m so happy I finally managed to sing a Morning Musume song!

This is actually my second Momusu cover. The first one was Mikaeri Bijin: I sang this one for Michishige’s graduation

However, I’d like to cover more songs from Hello!Project in the future! Some of them are already planned~

Stay tuned!

Melacchan