i’ve realized that i’m not really cut out for blogging

Thor Ragnarok: Slaves

Well, it’s been a month since my last extremely short post. What has happened in between? Let’s take a look into my boring life.

As usual, I’m still playing Fate/Grand Order, both the JP and EN versions. JP recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary, so there were some neat collectible Craft Essences you could get. You can see pictures of them all here. We found out that the new summer Servants will be Jeanne d’Arc, Ibaraki-Douji, and Ushiwakamaru, but still no word on exactly when the new summer event will be starting. Meanwhile in EN, the first summer event is about 10 days in, and I’ve finished clearing out the shop, so just waiting for part 2 to begin (in 7.5 hours) so I can roll for Artoria Archer :v

I got a bunch of books a couple weeks ago, so I’ve been working through those as well. I was very happy with Didn’t I Say to Make my Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, though Seven Seas could really use a better proofreader since I caught at least 2 instances of the wrong name being used when an action or line clearly should have been attributed to someone else. Accel World 14 turned out to be another cliffhanger, so now I have to wait for the next book to finish this plotline -.- Kumoko 3 was good, though not much to report on it, just eager to read the next part.

In other LN news, J-Novel Club announced yesterday that they’re picking up Bakarina! The full Japanese title is Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta…, or “I reincarnated into an otome game villainess who only gets destruction flags.” This series I super adore, since it’s just completely hilarious but also very heartwarming. The fan translation ended halfway through volume 4, so I’m very happy we’re getting this officially, and JNC’s releases should catch up very quickly!

Anime this season is pretty meh. Planet With, Mizukami Satoshi’s pet project, is super great, and How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is surprisingly done well, but I’m not really excited about any other series. There are some that I’ve heard are quite good but I just personally haven’t given a shot yet, like HanebadoHarukana Receive, and Grand Blue Dreaming, as well as Cells At Work.

I started rewatching Orphan Black since I was showing it to a friend and got back into it :) I still haven’t watched season 5, so this is a good way to refresh myself on the entire mystery before bidding the series farewell.

Finally, I am hoping to try devoting myself to learning Japanese again and maybe picking up a web novel to translate for practice. Or I might try writing again in general. Or both! Main problem is I spend so much time in front of the computer that I’m starting to really think I should find other hobbies haha.

Anyway, this has been your August 2018 update! I should stop swearing to be better about my blog, since I know I just won’t place that much importance on it haha.

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status update: april 2018

Nekopara

It’s been a while since I posted, so figured I’d write something up!

I kinda burned myself out on Monster Hunter World, so that’s been kind of set to the side while I wait for new content to come out and/or more friends to get the game. In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of LN/WN reading, and the new anime season just started last week.

Hinamatsuri is my pick for this season so far. Isekai Izayaka “Nobu” is also great, it’s a 10-minute short followed by some real life sequences, which is pretty nice since I can pick up some cooking tips :P Golden Kamui would have been amazing if it didn’t have such outrageously bad CGI. Maybe the second episode will be better, but as is it’s merely watchable. I’m actually quite taken by Uma Musume; it could have been just another cute girls/idol anime, but the production values are quite good, they really downplay the idol stuff right now, and overall it just seems like they tried to put together a really interesting anime rather than just capitalize on the market trends.

Life’s been whatever. I work from home, so I kind of feel like every day is the same since I barely interact with any other people face-to-face. I’m looking into picking up martial arts again; I kind of tried a few times to find a place over the last few years, but nothing ever really looked promising to me. We’ll see how this time goes! My book collection is starting to really get out of hand, since I’m running out of shelf space and just building stacks on the floor, haha.

Still playing Fate/GO, just finished the Da Vinci event (picked up a NP2 Jeanne Alter), now we have a few days “off” until the Fate/Zero Accel collab event begins. I do like redoing these events in English, it feels like I get a lot more since I can both understand the story and also apply my previous knowledge to optimize getting through the events and picking up items I need and stuff. Looking forward to the summer and Prisma Ilya events coming later this year!

In other media, I’m super pumped for Avengers and Westworld coming really soon! I’ll want to do another Westworld rewatch, but not sure if I can manage it since…

This is still in early stages, but I started doing some actual translation! It’s a Japanese web novel with almost 200 chapters out, I’m hoping to get somewhere between 50-100 done before I post anything. It’s been a lot of fun so far. I’m still relying quite heavily on the combination of Google Translate, Jisho, and Thesaurus.com, but there are a lot of words I’m starting to recognize now, and this is also improving my writing skills as I find ways to express things that don’t translate directly into English very well.

I did 4 chapters in about a week, but one of them was super short. I’m hoping to get through 5 chapters a week once I get used to it, pending other events like Dominaria prerelease and relatives visiting, but that means I might have stuff to post in a few months.

Thanks for reading!