a short plug

Wanted to give a plug to http://concon.tictail.com for these amazing acrylic keychains featuring characters from the Fate universe!

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Each side has a slightly different face. This is most obvious with Sakura Saber, who I did not order :) The creator has said she may design new ones in the future. Currently, you can get OG Saber, Red Saber (from Fate/Extra), Saber Alter, Saber Lily, Sakura Saber, Saber of Red (from Fate/Apocrypha), and Jeanne Alter.

imgur album with some closeups:

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I’ve had go-live command center support for the past 2 and a half weeks, so it’s been hard finding time to post anything here, but packages are always fun!

Since I typically wait for publisher sales on RightStuf to order, I am catching up this time on Sacred Beasts, Haikyu, and Twin Star Exorcists, with new volumes of Food Wars, Yona, and One Punch Man that are higher on my list. I don’t particularly have any exciting commentary on these volumes, so I suppose I’ll chat about other things.

I am almost caught up on the Index novels that have been released in English, except one just came out this week so I’ll have to get it with my next Yen Press order D: after I’m caught up there, I’m not sure if I want to start reading Re:Zero or Accel World next. Re:Zero has the advantage of only being a couple volumes to be caught up, but Accel World I’ve owned for far longer so I should really read it haha. Alternatively, I also have a bunch of western books to read, like The Way of Kings, Newt’s Emerald, the Rithmatist, and Unseemly Science. I also have a bunch of video games I need to play, first and foremost Final Fantasy XV.

Granblue Fantasy’s 3rd anniversary, titled “3rd Birthday,” began a few days ago. It features a free daily 10-pull, and it’s even during a legfest! Unfortunately, my main account has gotten absolutely nothing aside from a light carbuncle, while a bunch of my alts have gotten neat things like Orchid and dark Zeta and Shiva. Blargh. I also accidentally sold 4 Yggdrasil Crystal Blades today >_< should really have switched the language back to English instead of assuming I knew what all the buttons meant. The funny thing is I actually do know the characters for "sell," I was just going quick and not reading lol.

The Spring 2017 anime season starts in a month too! There hasn't been any single standout show this season, but a lot of solid ones. Blue Exorcist is great, having backtracked to adapt the manga more closely. Kobayashi's Dragon Main and KonoSuba season 2 are awesome as well. However, I'm looking forward to the Granblue anime, and I'll have to start looking into what all is airing next season.

manga delivery!

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Got a couple packages while I was in Houston for work!

What’s new with me… I finished all the light novels for series I was actively waiting on new books, so I’ve finally started wading through the Index novels. I actually read a bunch of them scanlated a number of years back, but it’s been long enough that I don’t really remember the specifics of the novels (as opposed to the anime), so it’s been fun to read them again and rediscover what was left out of the anime.

My mobile games these days are (still) Granblue Fantasy, and I’ve also been getting into Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, though that’s mostly because I randomly roll a bunch of good characters in the summon – Lightning, Luneth, and Noctis, who are like the top 3 attackers in the game haha. I still keep up with Fate/Grand Order, but don’t really play it at all, just when there are interesting events going on.

Agents of SHIELD came back on last week and the current storyline is pretty good, though not as good as Ghost Rider from the first half. Definitely hoping Brett Dalton comes back in some capacity – sucks to get rid of him, he was a really good villain. The DC/CW shows start up this coming week, and we’ve gotten some news about the Supergirl/Flash musical crossover! Apparently the villain really will be the Music Meister from the cartoon, but no word on whether Neil Patrick Harris will be playing him… fingers crossed!

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December 2016 new arrivals

I’d been a bit remiss in keeping up with my manga and LNs, so my package (that actually arrived on Tuesday but I’ve been in Houston all week) was a biggun.

This is a bit too much to comment on individually (read: I’m too lazy to), so I’m just going to point out a few.

On the LN side, Isolator 3 and SAO:Progressive 4 are both high on my list. Isolator has been a very interesting series so far; you can definitely feel that Reki has structured the world much more thoughtfully than SAO and AW, so I’m excited to see where it goes next. Progressive 3 was a real slog, but 1 and 2 were both excellent, so I’m hoping 4 returns to form. Sword Oratoria is a spinoff of the main DanMachi series starring Aiz, which should be a fun read as well.

Among the manga, most of it is just collecting more of what has come before. Re:Monster is a really amusing diary-type series about a guy (with some ridiculous backstory that has mostly nothing to do with the main story) who is reborn into a RPG-like world, but as a goblin. It’s pretty funny, but also just very thoroughly done, which makes it interesting to read.

The Overlord manga adaptation follows the LN pretty close, but I really just like the art. Last, there’s My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, which is just a 4-koma comedy about a world where the author asked “what if dinosaurs existed today as anthropomorphic half-humans with all the habits and mannerisms of dinosaurs?!” It’s pretty great, so I couldn’t not get it :)

i am lazy: confirmed

So yeah, about that PAX post… eh, I got lazy and didn’t find a time when I felt like sitting down to write about it. So I didn’t :X I might just post all the pictures at some point, but I didn’t really have much to talk about on it, so I decided not to do a post.

Anyway, here are new light novels from September!

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First there’s the next volume of Accel World, which is a series in the pile of I’m Going To Read It Eventually, But Not Right Now, And It’s Been X Years Since I Made That Declaration. Other series in the pile: Spice & Wolf, Index, Sword Art Online, Durarara, Baccano! This pile also includes 95% of the video games I’ve bought in the last 8ish years, lol. The light novels are well past the anime material, though, and Accel World is a lot more exciting than the other books in my pile, so I might end up getting to it sooner rather than later.

To the right we have the fourth Strike the Blood novel, the Labyrinth of the Blue Witch. If I remember correctly, this is the last full arc that was animated, since I believe the final anime arc was a short story or side story? I’m not caught up on StB regardless, so I’ll get to it when I get to it.

The meat of this package is definitely Overlord volume 2. Covering the Dark Warrior arc, 2 of 3 from the anime, I’ve already started reading it due to how good the first book was. The anime did a pretty good job with the adaptation, but what’s definitely missing is all the internal monologuing that Ainz does as he struggles to act as a proper dark lord while aware that this new world is changing him and that he constantly has to be an actor. I’m eager to see how his perspective changes as the story progresses, and how this gives insight into events I’ve already seen from the outside.

more stuff from april!

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Got a package today of stuff, mostly new releases from this week!

In light novel land, we have Hataraku Maou-sama 4, which I’m excited to read next. The last volume had a very specific topic in mind, so, while it was good, it was still a fairly major departure from the style of the first 2 volumes, so I’m hoping things return to form.

Continuing my collection of SAO LNs I’m buying for the sake of supporting the series comes my favorite arc from the anime, the Kawahara-approved more-properly-English-titled Mother’s Rosary. Someday I’ll read all the other novels to catch up (I’ve only read 1 so far, but I have read all of Progressive), just so I can read this one :3

DanMachi 5 should cover the last arc in the anime, which was full of action and plot, so I’m looking forward to it in prose form. Some people seem to dislike “re-reading” anime arcs in LN form, but I’ve almost always found interesting information left out from the anime adaptation, and I’m confident that trend won’t be stopping any time soon. I mean, the anime needs to cut content in order to fit everything into time episodes, so it’s understandable, but that’s why LN adaptations are generally perceived as glorified LN commercials, since they’re more produced to get LN sales bumped, not to spin off a new media franchise.

The final volume of Spice & Wolf has arrived as well! Unfortunately, I kind of lost steam after finishing up through the anime’s content, and now I’ve got a small backlog of other series where I’m closer to being caught up, so it might be a while before I read this volume. However, I definitely do not regret owning the entire series, since I very much enjoy it. Someday!

In mangaland, Seven Seas had a recent RightStuf promotion, so I picked up some missing volumes to hit free shipping, specifically Pandora in the Crimson Shell and Nurse Hitomi. They are things I will read at some point, but they’re not purchase priorities for me either. The ones that are, however, are Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa and The Ancient Magus’s Bride. I finished JitsuWa earlier, and it does not disappoint in the least; there’s a reason I was super excited for this manga to be licensed, and that reason is still fully intact, since I laughed my ass off reading it :) Ancient Magus’s Bride is next, and, happily, volume 4 actually topped the NYT best seller’s list! To my recollection, this is the first volume that actually hit #1, though previous volumes have placed.

So RightStuf is also doing a promotion where I can earn a small discount if I post some reviews of things I’ve ordered from them. I should probably post what I write here too, cuz why not, but I do plan on doing that.

What’s up next…? Horimiya volume 3 comes out in a few days, but I’ll probably put off ordering it until I have a bunch of stuff. The Abandoned Sacred Beasts volume 1 is coming in May, which is pretty cool, although I would have preferred Tales of Wedding Rings personally. Either way, nice that Maybe is getting English releases. On the light novel front, Overlord 1 is May, and… I actually haven’t updated my list yet, the batch that arrived today was the last I had marked. I know Re:Zero is coming this year as well, and Bakemonogatari is December. DanMachi: Sword Oratoria is also this year, but I can’t remember what other new titles are coming, and I don’t have dates for ongoing series either. Guess I’ll have something to do tonight!