[OP] Odd Future | Sunday Salutations

OMG, a post from Zel! Yay! I’m sure that’s what you’re all thinking! (At least, I hope that’s what’s happening)

I’d like to say I’m back from my hiatus for the time being. Vacation is over, and I’m slowly adjusting back to real life. I miss Japan, and I can’t wait to plan my next trip over! But for the time being, I do have some posts planned that I’d love to get out to you about my adventures. As much as I was there for the Cherry Blossom season, it was also very much an anime trip. I’m lucky my parents were pretty supportive of the blatant spending I did in their presence; but hey I saved up the last few years for this! I deserved it! XD

Kicking off my return, I’m featuring My Hero Academia’s Season 3 OP for this week’s song. MHA is one of my most anticipated ones for the Spring Season, I even got to catch the premiere and the second episode while abroad (not that I fully understood it or anything).  I’m excited to see what the new season is going to bring us.  I haven’t really had a chance to look at the rest of the Spring line-up; and I may or may not post anything regarding spring season because I’m still playing catch up with winter season.

Title: Odd Future | Artist: UVERworld | Anime: Boku no Hero Academia S3

Aside from the training camp, and the development of the story, what are you looking forward to the most from this coming season? Personally, I’m invested in Todoroki so I’d like to see what kind of development he has, especially when they’re working with their quirks at camp. On another note, due to some of the spoilers from the manga I’ve seen, I’m looking forward to see more of the supporting cast’s story develop (Kacchan & Kirishima just to name a few).

Also, have you guys seen the MHA x Marvel Crossover stuff? Pretty fun. Deku, Uraraka, Iida, Todoroki, Bakugo, Iida & All Might introduce some of the characters; if anything I think they pick ones they loosely relate to.

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You can find the videos here: Hypebeast: ‘My Hero Academia’ & The Avengers Team up for ‘Infinity War’ Crossover Videos

That just about wraps up this Sunday’s post. 🙂 Thoughts, comments? Let me know in the section below. Have a great week everyone!

[ED] Datte Atashi no Hero | Sunday Salutations

Good evening everyone. It’s been awhile since I had a Sunday Salutation/ED of the week.

Posts have been scarce, and unfortunately it may continue this way for a little bit longer. But more on that in a little bit. First, let’s talk about my ED of the week.

With the spring season around the corner, and the highly anticipated Season 3 of My Hero Academia (and with the help of Mel) it was fitting to feature an ED from one of shows I’m looking most forward to this coming Spring. I haven’t done one of those “What I’ll be watching this season” type posts in awhile, and I think I’m okay with that.

This week’s ED comes from the second season of My Hero Academia, and is the second ending featured in episodes 14-24. The literal translation of Datte Atashi no Hero is “After all, You’re my Hero.” It seems to be set in a fantasy AU, with Deku posing as the protagonist traveler running into a few people on the way that help him in his quest.

Okay, let me just say, I literally picked this because, how can you NOT love everyone in these AU costumes? Especially wheny ou have a princely Todoroki who is riding on a white horse. I mean, how much more fantasy fairy tale can you get? Also his cute smirk, and the deadpan look on his face when his horse runs away from him.  Also, most of you know I’m just a die hard Todoroki fangirl, but there’s someone surprisingly slowly climbing up that list, and has ALREADY surpassed Bakugo. But I’ll save that for another day. Speaking of Kacchan, he’s looking pretty fierce as a dragon rider with a tattoo sprawling on his left arm. Forgive me for fangirling over his manliness. But yes, I’m leaving you with this ED.

Title: Datte Atashi no Hero | Artist: LiSA | Anime: Boku no Hero Academia S2

So, okay, there’s another reason as to why I’ve chosen this song. After listening to the lyrics, I just.. *sigh*. I’ll cut to the chase. This song makes me think of you guys, after having looked at the translation of the lyrics.

“I can’t imagine you ever giving up,
Though I’m sure even you have empty, miserable days.
If you think you might be facing any number of monumental efforts—
The kind that come only once in a lifetime—I wanna be there to see it!”

So many of you guys have been really great friends to me, whether it being regular visitors that engage with me in the comment section, fangirling with me on twitter/line/discord, or collaborating with me on posts, OWLS and the iNAP podcast. I’ve been so thankful for everyone’s kindness as I try to struggle on my path to architectural licensure and the never ending support from all of you has been nothing short of phenomenal. That being said, many of you guys have said similar things to me to the quote to the right (I’m looking at you Mel, and my iNAP podcasters), you’re all cheering for me and rooting for me to get through my exams. And I hope that when I do,  you’re all around to celebrate. 🙂

“Our many tales of failure… versions of ourselves we couldn’t love… if we can just embrace them, we’ll be unstoppable!”

It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell you, that I did not pass my exam a few weeks ago. I’m not gonna lie, I could’ve studied harder, but with work projects ramping up and tons of overtime, I struggled to find time to study. It’s hard to sit at a desk again when I get home after a long day of work, much less sit a desk on the weekend to study. I’m just mentally drained. I’m trying not to make any excuses for my failure, but this fail won’t deter me from continuing to pursue my goal. I’ve found some helpful study guides and post-vacation I’ll be back in studying mode pursuing the next exam date.

Hurray! Hurray! You have a talent for making me say it again and again!
So keep standing your ground. I’m getting my courage from you.”

So yeah, these are snippets of the translated lyrics of the songs. I just want to reiterate how thankful I am for all of you guys that continue to support me as I balance my career/studying and the blog. I won’t be giving up this blog any time soon it’s a great hobby. Because of everyone’s support I can keep a brave face and keep moving. So yes, I get all my courage from every single one of you that have impacted me in terms of friendships. I never thought I’d find such a great support system via an anime blog, yet here we are. I love all of you guys.

I’ll be going on vacation at the end of this week and I’ll be away for about two weeks. I may or may not update the blog outside of a few scheduled posts. I’ll be on twitter updating, and IG posting. I’ll still have the interwebz so I’m sure a lot of you will still be hearing from me.

When I come back, I’ll be making a few adjustments to the blog. My posting schedule is still TBD as I try to get some reviews out that have been sitting for awhile. May will also be an exciting month as I’m planning something with a couple of other bloggers. And well, I’m prepping to do something special as well in July for….obvious reasons to you, maybe they’re obvious maybe they’re not. You’ll have to wait and see.

If I’m not writing on the blog, I’ve actually been writing a lot of short story fanfictions based on a few of the otome’s I’ve been playing. I also have been writing fanfiction. But only so very few people have been reading it. I’m shy about it.


Also, I’ve gone and created a Ko-Fi account to help me out with the site. Hopefully you guys will buy me a few coffee’s when I make a full return to the blogging realm post-vacation and get quality content out.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead of you. Speaking of vacations, is anyone planning on going anywhere anytime soon? Have any fun anecdotes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

[OP] Ash Like Snow | Sunday Salutations

Good evening guys! This post is late – I’m going to have to apologize for the lack of activity. I just have a lot going on, between work and studying  (well at least trying to) and getting ready for my trip,  my mind’s been really cluttered and not really sure how to go about writing anything at the moment. That being said, I may be off and on the blog, but you can still find me on twitter, line, discord and of course e-mail. I’m on a bit of a hiatus I suppose, sorry about that. So you may only be seeing my Sunday posts for the time being as they’re the easiest. I’ll get back into the swing of things eventually!

This week’s OP comes as a follow up to last week’s Daybreak’s Bell. I’ve been on a real Gundam 00 kick since I restarted the series a few weeks ago. Carrying over into the mecha world, I also binge-watched Season 4 of Voltron: Legendary Defender over the weekend.  I couldn’t find a youtube version, so please enjoy the Soundcloud version (and hopefully you can listen to it! :D)

 

Title: Ash Like Snow
Artist: The Brilliant Green
Anime: Gundam 00 Season 1

It’s a really great song, that I think really captures what’s really going on in the second arc of the story. All the character’s are forcing to face some part of themselves amidst the reality of the war they’re living. Here’s the last bit of the lyrics in English that I found.

Every scar that I have and every time the shattered pieces sting
Closing up my heart and who can doubt what I chose
I only wanted to be stronger in my regret
And I’ve come this far now


Anyways, I hope you all had a great weekend. (At least better than mine!) What did you guys get up to? Any future plans coming up? 😀 Let me know in the comments below 🙂

[OP] Daybreak’s Bell | Sunday Salutations

Good afternoon ani-friends! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of February. Time is just flying by so fast! That being said, how was the first two months of 2018 been for everyone? For me, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, seriously. Work is just having us in constant overtime! I want to go back to normal work hours.

Due to all this overtime I haven’t been able to do much with my evenings when I get home. I’m lucky if I’m able to watch a bit of anime before I turn in. And lately, I’m in a state of flux between reading books and wanting to watch anime.  I started some architecture books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I have to start studying. I didn’t realize how fast my scheduled exam was!  Meaning, I may or may not be MIA from here. I may have to suspend my weekly posts to ramp up studying time, and continue working on my backlog of posts (because half of those would be really good)

But, if I’m not reading, or catching up with my seasonal anime, I’m currently hooked onto Gundam 00, oh and Sword Ar Online: Fatal Bullet came out Friday, so there’s that for you to interpret what I’ve also been doing this weekend. So, naturally I’d be featuring the OP of Gundam 00 this week.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0XNZCLQCh
Title: Daybreak’s Bell | Artist: L’arc~en~Ciel | Anime: Gundam 00 Season 1


How was everyone’s week? Is there anything you’re looking forward to this coming week? Did anyone catch Black Panther yet?  Let me know anything in the comments below!

[OP] Goya no Machiawase | Sunday Salutations

Good Evening! Today’s post is a bit late. Due to the three-day weekend, I’ve resigned myself to be lazy and binge watch as much anime as I can.  This post will also be fairly short, as I’m continuing to cross off “on-hold’s” from my list.

That being said, one of the anime’s I finished this weekend happens to be from Noragami. I won’t say much other than I really loved it. I’m seriously thinking about how I want to go about writing about the anime.  So of course, the opening song would naturally show up as my OP/ED of the week.

Title: Goya no Machiawase | Artist: Hello Sleepwalkers | Anime: Noragami (Season 1)


I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did you guys do anything fun? Accomplish a goal maybe? Let me know in the comments below!

[ED] Dirty Bullet| Sunday Salutations

Good afternoon! Another week is about to end, and I have to say time is flying! How are we already in February!

This week was a bit crazy at work. Was stressed most of the time because of a big presentation one of my Project manager’s was having. I had to create several 3D views of interior spaces so the client could get an idea of what kind of space they’d have and actually the type of furniture we planned on using for their comfort. Sometimes, I think management doesn’t really have an idea how time consuming 3D visuals are and how much time modeling takes. But, thankfully I work fairly well under pressure and delivered the visuals on time. Basic, but clean and simple. Best I could do in that time crunch!

I also had to work Saturday, same project manager just wanted to get some solid footing and progress ahead before any hiccups could arise. Then wrote my OWLS post that was due that day, so please check that out when you get a chance!

Today’s OP comes from one of my seasonal favorites, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. I find it to run along the lines of Durarara! in the sense that everyone’s paths seem to cross one another while there’s something happening in the city they all reside it to tie it all together.

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Title: Dirty Bullet| Artist: TRI4TH | Anime: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

I felt it appropriate considering last week’s OP from Cowboy Bebop was also alongside the jazz genre. I was watching part of the latest episode during my dinner and had to stop abruptly to continue my OWLS post and because NBA Basketball. Speaking of basketball.

I can be a bit of a sneakerhead and well, the NBA player Paul George, had recently announced that he was releasing his latest shoe aptly named the PG2. When I saw the announcement, I got the feeling that I just HAD to have these. As a gamer, and a playstation girl at heart it was a NEED.

Paul George paired up with Nike and PS4 for a collaborative effort for this shoe, because apparently Paul George is a gamer (had no idea). The pricepoint of these shoes were fairly affordable (a low $110 for a signature basketball shoe – it still sounds like a lot, but there are more expensive ones, trust me). Unfortunately though, they were only giving these away via a raffle. I enlisted a few friends to wake up at 7AM to enter the raffle for my sake, and alas I still came up empty handed. I just happened to see it trending on twitter so I decided to check it out, some people posted that they won the raffle and were getting their sneakers, while somehow some users beat the system and were able to score over 10 pairs of the limited edition set (only 2,000 were made in production). People also started posting their winning bids on e-bay, an obvious decision since they will be rare due to the lighting elements and the barcode at the back of the shoe which gets a user a specialized PS4 theme. You wouldn’t believe the mark-up. The last time I looked it up on e-bay the shoes were going for $950.00. Can you believe it!? From $110 top $950 in a span of an hour. Insane.

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PG2 ‘Playstation’ via Nike

I’m just going to hope and pray that they release a shoe to the general public that doesn’t have all the extra’s. I’d still want that colorway though.

Other than that, my weekend is not over, as this post goes live I will probably be visiting my Uncle who just got out of the hospital a few days ago (mild heart attack that required surgery). He’s my Dad’s bro, we’re going to visit to see if he’s recuperating well.

Anyways, I hope you guys have a great start to your week! Do you have any exciting news you’d like to share or celebrate? I’d love to hear from everyone in the comments! Whether bit or small, the little victories count! 🙂 Have a great week everyone!

[OP] Nostalgic Rainfall | Sunday Salutations

Good evening everyone!! Sorry I’m super late with today’s post. I’ve been seriously grinding away in FFXV, so yeah, that’s why I’m lagging in the content.

I hope you all are in good spirits and ready to take on the week! I kinda am, and am not. But, I did manage to squeeze in some anime in between gaming, and recorded Episode 3 for the podcast. Yes, I know Episode 2 isn’t up yet, but we’re trying to get on track with a regular schedule so please bear with us!! Continue reading “[OP] Nostalgic Rainfall | Sunday Salutations”

[OST] Somnus | Sunday Salutations

Good evening everyone! So, today’s song is a bit different.  I didn’t have an OP/ED to feature, and rather have been obsessed with OSTs over the last week or so. I’ve been in OST mode since my awards post, and have been listening to OSTs from Anime and Games the last few weeks. So, if you have any OSTs you’d like to recommend send them my way!

As of late, I’ve also dived back into Final Fantasy XV, which I’ve done a first impressions of when I first started playing it. However, that fell by the wayside and was neglected since that post. Since I finished Tomb Raider, I really wanted to pick something back up. I had picked up Attack on Titan again, but I found it difficult to play, as I’d already finished the main storyline, and other parts of the game would be much better played in the on-line multiplayer mode. So, I went back to what I had in my library, and aside from a few VN’s I have (Steins;Gate 0 & Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness) I realized, I had FFXV and Persona 5 to finish. I decided to go with FFXV because I have two more games from the Final Fantasy franchise lined up, and possibly a third with Dissidia being released in a week.

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[ED] Kyokyo Jitsujitsu| Sunday Salutations

Good Afternoon! I’m back with another ED this week! First and foremost, I want to address the elephant in the room: my lack of posts. I’m still trying to get myself sorted out so please bear with me until I get my usual schedule back.

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