Hello again blog-o-sphere viewers! It is once again, time for the staple feature of my blog, my monthly round-up! It’s the best of the best, and me briefly talking about myself as well. Hey, you guys know the drill by now.
As for me, not much going on. Still thankful my region isn’t impacted greatly by the current events of the world. Made sure to get my vote it, keep my mask on, and keep it pushing carefully and consistently. I’ve been busy winterizing my humble abode for the coming months, and pulling a few different schedule changes at my real person job. Nothing terrible, nothing dramatic, just the usual stuff. Oh! and the critter above is a serow, relatives to deer and goats, in Japan called Kamoshika. They’re so ugly they’re cute in my opinion and I ended up seeing more then usual this month so here you go.
First up, I do have a video recommendation. Sometimes the Youtube algorithm works out for the better. Below is A Monstress Comes of Age: Girlhood & Horror, by Youtuber Yhara zayd. I’m not someone who watches a lot of horror content directly, but I do enjoy the commentary and explanations of themes, troupes, character types, etc. This particular video tied together two ideas that I genuinely never anticipated having connecting factors but after watching this video; it completely makes sense. So it might be just in time for some of you to get some last-minute spooky content, without the jump scares.
From Biblionyan, we have “Iwa Kakeru! – Sport Climbing Girls – First Impressions: A Charming Yet Conventional Anime about Competitive Rock-Wall Climbing (Fall 2020)“. It’s a series that I’ve checked out myself, and left my thoughts on! Be sure to give it a read, and let them know your thoughts if you’ve checked it out too!
I try not to double feature, but I mean… it’s Ghost in the Shell. Of course it would be Scott with both “#OshiiOct Ghost in the Shell (1995): Blue Transcendence” and “#OshiiOct Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence – Makings of Humans“. You guys already know how I feel, but be sure to let Scott know too.
From THE VISUALIST’S VERANDA have given us “Thoughts On Houkago Teibou Nisshi“, a series that I enjoyed. I always recommend reading a variety of reviews, so here you go! Be sure to check it out!
“The Worst/Best Anime you (might) not have seen yet: Volume 3“, by raistlin0903 is a series near and dear to my heart; Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens. Somehow it did not get the hype it deserved back in 2018, from your truly as well, so this post is here to rectify that, maybe? The title got you curious, so go click it already!
“Love on the Other Side Manga Review” is from Bloom Reviews, talking about author Nagabe’s short story collection. It’s just the right balance of spooky because of the creatures involved, but approuchable as Nagabe’s art always makes them out to be.
JDramas and JMovies
First up, and a first time to this blog, is Nightmare on Film Street with “[Stoner’s Corner] Get High On Horror With Japanese Sensory Overload Hausu“. Of course, do certain activities with discretion but it’s a fun blog post about a rather under-viewed Japanese horror film. Be sure to give it a read, and a watch!
From Unbothered Unnies, we have “Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: May I Blackmail You?“. It’s a short and sweet piece, that summarizes well the good, bad and if this drama might be for you too!
“A Scene at the Sea (1991) [Film Review]” from Watching Asia Film Reviews, just really makes me want to watch this film ASAP. I’ve been intrigued before by screenshots and the Takeshi Kitano directoral tag. Reading this review just makes me want to jump this particular title to the top of my list… once I finish some other projects of mine.
A first timer to the round-up is Only Living Fanboy with, “Album Review: PINK CRES. – Soleil“. A lot of really good insight to not only PINK CRES. (check them out!), but the influences of their most recent album. Be sure to give this a read, and the album a spin!
“Song Review: Fantastics – High Fever“, by the Bias List. It’s a song I’ve throughly enjoyed since the MV dropped, and even before that with the snippets on Instagram. So here are some additional thoughts, aside from just my personal bias and praise.
From The Mainichi in Japan, the English article is all about one of my favorite franchises Ghost in the Shell. In “Manga ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ Noh merged through VR technology“, is pretty dope. I hope I’m able to view this somehow!
From FLOOD Magazine, we have, “In Conversation: Gen Hoshino’s Magical Multiplicity“. It’s really in-depth and incredibly interesting for all of Gen’s latest works!
So that about wraps it up for this month’s favorites! I’ll leave you with Fantastic’s latest MV for High Fever, and see you next month!