Sunday Salutations | [OP]: Spell

Good Afternoon everyone! I hope everyone had another great week.  It was a bit of a warm week for us here in the Bay Area this weekend. I’m melting from the heat!

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Okay as you know, last week’s check in was a mini-rant about how worried I was about the Golden State Warriors winning the championship this year. Could they repeat another win? Would the be at the mercy of becoming another internet meme for blowing another 3-1 lead?

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[OP]: Reclimb | Sunday Salutations

Good Afternoon ani-bloggers and friends! Another week has come and gone, and seriously time is flying. How is it already June?! As most of you know, I’m a huge NBA fan, more specifically a fan of the Golden State Warriors. Right now, GSW (a.k.a. The Dubs) are making their third appearance in the NBA Finals. More about how I feel about that and more after the break!

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Sunday Salutations | [ED]: Fantastic Tune

Hey guys! Welcome back to Archi-Anime’s Sunday Salutation| Op/Ed of the week! I’ve finally made it back to the blogging world.

So a bit about why I’ve been MIA. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts I was really tired and exhausted around the time of my OWLS post near the beginning of May. Following that my weekends became a bit packed. My cousin got married Friday the 19th, I had a bday dinner with some friends on the 20th and a family party the 21st. Then FanimeCon was upon me the following weekend. I’ll have a special post regarding that since I took the time to attend cosplay gatherings and take some photos. I didn’t take as many as I wanted since I’m shy to ask cosplayers for photos – but I’m getting better at it. This is my first free weekend finally.

Anyways, hanging out at the Con with my otome bestie and some other friends I’ve decided the next con I would try my hand at cosplaying. If anything I’ll start this coming Halloween. I’m mostly interested because I want to create female versions of male characters (i.e. Midorima Shintaro – KnB, Rei Ryugazaki – Free! for starters) from the many sports anime’s I’m obsessed with.

Title: “Fantastic Tune” | Artist: Kensho Ono | Show: Kuroko No Basket – Season 2

Continuing with this sports obsession is the Ending song from Season 2 of Kuroko no Basket. The protagonist of the series, Kuroko, is actually singing the ED, and the song basically encompasses the main character’s will to fight against all odds that are stacked against him.

I’ve got a ton of blog-stalking to do to catch up. I hope you all have been well! I’d love to hear what everyone’s been up to the last few weeks. Any memorable events occur for anyone else? See any new movies? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

[ED]: “Trust Me”|Sunday Salutations

Good afternoon! I’m back with another ED for you guys! And I think I’m going to call these check-in “Sunday Salutaions” for the time being…sounds a lot cooler than “weekly check-in”…..

This week I’m going back to an anime I really enjoyed but have yet to finish follow-up seasons.  I started Durarara when season 1 was on Netflix and when Season 2 was finally released, it was only available Dubbed. I don’t really have anything against Dubbed, it’s just I had already started the season in it’s subbed form…but anyways! I love all the characters in Durarara the storyline is really interested and love the fact they’re all intertwined and overlap with one another despite the randomness of some of the characters. I also really liked the show because Ikebukero was basically my stomping grounds when I lived in Tokyo!

Title: “Trust Me” | Artist: Yuya Matsushita | Show: Durarara!!

The weeks seem to be passing faster and faster. Where has the time gone for 2017?? Last week flew by before I knew it.  I’ve been pretty productive at work (for the most part) since I started carpooling with my co-worker. She’d been driving me around off and on because I was car-less for awhile. Although I was able to use my parents car, she has constantly insisted that she drive me around since I was on the way; we even started making time to grab coffee at 85 degrees before we head off to work. Unfortunately the first day I drove solo in weeks I was almost late. Why, you ask? Because my co-worker left for her Bachelorette party in Hawaii, so I had no carpool to keep me accountable – that sounds horrible I know. The weekend was a bit busy; I made some time to spend some quality time with my Mom on Saturday and helped clean up the living room of the house – I’ve been assigned to clean the living room once a week (it’s a huge space though; it’s a daunting task) and we’re cleaning up the yard today. Our “summer” kick-off party is coming relatively fast. May marks my Aunt’s birthday month, and she’s huge on throwing parties especially big parties in our backyard. I call it our “summer” parties, even though my Mom doesn’t quite buy it, because we basically have a ton of parties from her birthday all the way till the end of summer. June marks her husbands birthday, July is my birthday month, and August is a huge birthday month for family as well! She’s semi-convinced since I said we essentially have 1 party a month till we can no longer host outdoor events.

Oops, I rambled a bit…but…I digress. How was everyone’s week? Did you have any big deadlines at work? Or exciting plans for the weekend? Read anything interesting? I seriously love these check-ins to see how all of you guys are doing! 🙂

[ED]: Altair | weekly check-in

hey hey everyone! I hope you guys are ready to kick off another (hopefully) great week!

The past week went by in a flash. I got to watch Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress movies 1 & 2 due to the Anime Movie Night’s that Crunchyroll has rolled out. I have some thoughts on the films coming up sometime soon! So look forward to it, or not…if you’re not a fan of the series. Other than that work has been a been a bit of a mixed bag. Friday was my Dad’s birthday, so we had a small family thing and today I’m taking him and mom out to celebrate. If anything I spent a lot of time this weekend playing Code:Realize and managed to finish Frankenstein’s route, and it made me tear up a little bit here and there. There was only one other otome route that’s made me cry was Saito in Hakuoki.

Title: “Altair” | Artist: Motohiro Hata meets Sakamichi no Apollon
 Show: Kids on the Slope

As you all know, I’ve started the Kids on the Slope Watch-Along on Friday. I’ve decided to go with every other day to give me some time to digest the episodes and think about it a bit. But first episode so far was pretty good in terms of grabbing my attention and the animation is different yet beautiful.

But I digress! How have you guys been? What anime’s are you watching this season? Any scenes stick out to you in particular? I, for one was happy to see Ymir and Historia’s promise finally animated! I wrote about Ymir in a past WCW, that means I can write about Historia next!

Till next time! 😀

Weekend Update, a Song and a Question!

Hey everyone! Your friendly neighborhood spider-man Hazel (hmm, that doesn’t quite work does it?)here to say hello and to kick off the week with you guys with another OP! I’ve chosen this for a reason, see further below!

Title: “Sakamichi no Melody” | Artist: Yuki | Show: Kids on the Slope

So, I had a pretty eventful weekend. Minus Sunday, since Sunday is my absolutely chill please don’t make me do anything while I blog day. Saturday was spent all day in San Francisco to hang with my guy bestie. He missed the original screening of SAO:Ordinal Scale and he was legit upset he missed it. Luckily the Dubbed version was announced shortly after that, so he made me promise I would go with him to see it -that was essentially what we did yesterday. Dubbed version was just as great; and honestly I was able to watch and enjoy the action scenes since I didn’t have to read subtitles.

Anyways, we grabbed lunch in Japantown; had a bottle of sake. Went to Kinokuniya where my bestie had to unfortunately watch me spiral into fangirl mode over the sight of all the merchandise of my Touken Ranbu crush Mikazuki Munechika, and over the B-Project OST among other merchandise as well as Hakuoki blind boxes. We later even got to try this ‘”culinary phenomenon” or hipster stuff called Dragon’s Breath that I had recently seen on facebook:

It’s basically Trix cereal bathed in liquid nitrogen. It was really cool at first; but after awhile your mouth starts to get tired. But it looks cool; and a ton of people will ask you where you got it. Great conversation starter!

That pretty wraps up my weekend. I’m about to finish Vision of Escaflowne today, and actually have a proposition to my followers. As most of us are already involved in weekend otaku’s Your Lie in April Re-Watch Event; I couldn’t help but be inspired to ask who would be interested in doing a Watch-a-long with me? It would be very similar to WeekendOtaku’s format; except it’s not a re-watch but an anime I haven’t seen.

Recently I stumbled across a clip to Kids on the Slope; and bookmarked it based on this one scene along. I also showed it to my bestie yesterday since he is a HUGE Jazz fan. Hence why I chose the OP for the show as this week’s feature. The performance I had seen floored me and got me to look into the show. I’m going to start watching this series soon, and wondered if anyone would be interested in participating alongside me?  Let me know in the comments below!

Other than that, I hope you all had a great weekend! I love these weekly check-ins to see how everyone’s doing!  What kind of (non)-mischief did everyone get into? If you could rank them, what would be the best thing that happened this weekend?

OP: No Need For Promises | Check-in Time!

Happy Easter everyone!! I hope you all had a splendid weekend! I have to say mine was half-unexpected. I was planning to do a majority of my blogging this weekend but alas, that was thwarted by the urget to bake Madeleines of several flavors: plain, chocolate and matcha green tea. They were actually pretty yummy and fast to make. Unfortunately I did not really get to take any photos of the process! Other than that, I’m still stuck in Persona 5 hell.

This weeks’ OP/ED is from Vision of Escaflowne. GUYS, I’m absolutely in love with this anime!! ❤ I’m halfway done with it!

Title: No Need for Promises| Artist: Maaya Sakamoto | Show: Vision of Escaflowne

So as per my weekly op/ed post, I’d like to check in with everyone! How was everyone’s week? Can you name at least 3 good things that happened to you? What are you guys looking forward to this week?

As for me, my top 3 good things that happened were: 1. getting my OWLS post topic nailed down and finished for tomorrow 2. Spending quality time with the family by watching Moana. 3. Making steady progress in Persona 5. LOL.

I’m looking forward to seeing my closest guy friend on Saturday. He’s literally like the brother I never had! He is a big fan of SAO; so we’re catching the English Dub thats only showing Saturday in San Francisco. LOL. I know, I’ve seen it already, but he said he’d only go see it if I went.  He was supposed to go to the original subbed date over a month ago, but he chickened out because he didn’t want to go alone. So he made me promise the next time a huge anime film came out we’d go together.

And as always, I hope you have a great week! Let’s catch up again next week! 😀

Annnd, I’m back. Hiatus done! Adulting Success!

Hello ani-blogging community! My two week hiatus is just about done. I’ve adulted quite successfully. *steeped fingers* *sinister voice* “The plan went according to plan.” (does that suffice shoujothoughts?!) I was starting to have blog withdrawals to be honest, but I did try to keep up with everyone’s posts! It was a much needed break; but I have a renewed vigor for both blogging and studying now that I have a set study schedule that I can try to adhere to! Btw the key to my madness is: a planner, notebooks, colored post-it’s and a multitude of colored pens. Clearly that just mean’s I’m going to be a really busy bee the next few years.  LOL I’ll just have to show you a filled out week/month from my beloved planner.  Honestly, I should write a review on my planner – just because it’s the best thing I’ve ever invested in this particular planner!

So for those of you that don’t know, I’m currently a designer at an Architecture firm, and have been working full-time the last three years at the same firm. When I turned 30, I made a promise to myself that I would be licensed by the time I turned 35. I had started the exam process last year; I took my first one and failed my first one.  I have about 3.5 years left to accomplish this goal ((>_<) I just gave away my age!!!) On top of that personal goal, I made a promise to my firm at my last performance review that I would aim to take 3 (out of 7) exams this year.

Unfortunately the exams are in a weird transition stage. I started in the ARE (Architect Registration Examination) 4.0’s, and last year the ARE’s launched 5.0. The newest version is supposedly more streamlined and condensed into 6 exams instead of 7 (not including the California state exam) on top of a more user friendly practical test. I could’ve waited to start in 5.0, but here’s the thing. 5.0 is brand-spanking new. There are no study guides out there yet; which is a disadvantage I wouldn’t know where to begin where to study. I took an exam in 4.0 to lock myself into a tried and true system that had plenty of reviewers and material to gather from. But wait! There’s more! Exams I pass in 4.0 will transition to the 5.0 model. A reason why you’d want to start in 4.0 and THEN transition to 5.0 is actually pretty cool: If I pass the three exams I’m hoping to pass this year and then transition to 5.0 I will only be taking 5 exams instead of 4.0’s 7 and 5.0’s 6.

I probably confused you, but thanks for bearing with me and thank you guys so much for the continued support in both my professional life and blogging life! I’ll be back to my scheduled programming!

This week’s OP is comes from Attack on Titan Season 2, because-FINALLY. We’re finally given our long awaited Season 2, and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds in animated form!! Probably the most highly anticipated for me this season. I haven’t really established what else I’ll be watching the rest of the season. I’ll try to get that list down at some point.

Title: Shinzou wo Sasageyo! | Artist: Linked Horizon | Show: Attack on Titan S2

By the way, is anyone else annoyed that Amazon’s picked up a ton of anime under ANOTHER anime provider. I mean- I pay for Prime, Crunchyroll and Funimation. I don’t to add another one! I’ll also have to look into if transitioning into VRV will be worthwhile.

Did you guys have a great weekend? What did you do? See any movies, go on any dates?Check out new restaurants? I’d love to see what you guys have been up to on the weekends. Let me live vicariously through you LOL!

Have a great week guys!

Starting Days! | Weekend in LA 

OMG where did the weekend go?! I’m currently blogging here in LA. I’m supposed to be leaving for home already, but! We’re stuck for a little bit longer!

Some great news I found out to get me excited is: I found out Free! is coming out with 3 movies this year! And I’m super excited! So this week’s OP/ED is going to be from High Speed: Free! Starting Days. 

Title: Aching Horns | Artist: OLDCODEX | Movie: High Speed: Free! Starting Days 

ahhh and I just found out the lead singer of OLDCODEX is the voice actor of my favorite Makoto Tachibana!!

How was everyone’s weekends? I hope you guys had a good one! It’s nice and sunny here in LA!