My Overplayed Anime Soundtrack of 2017 (or Possibly of All Time)

We’ve all done it. We bust our most weeaboo anime music in the comfort of our room, the car, or even through the headphones to ease a painstaking hour-long (or more) commute to work or school.

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I’m not shy about listening to anime soundtrack because it honestly helps me concentrate with my papers and gets me pumped during exams and midterms.

Well, without further ado, here’s my OVERPLAYED anime music of 2017:

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Doki Doki Literature Club: Monika Beyond the 2D World of the Game

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The holiday spirit is fast approaching but October spooks creep inside me when I  watched Pewdiepie’s  playthrough of Doki Doki Literature Club. It has been a very long time since I thoroughly enjoyed Pewdiepie’s walkthrough videos and content in general, and boy oh boy I do not regret watching it. The memes were spicy, I tell ya that.

However, I digress. To preface this, I truly believe that the game succeeds in masking the horror behind the cheery and cute characters of the visual novel game and its amazing soundtrack, and by prepping us with cuteness and calmness, we feel more terrified of what’s coming next.

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Black Clover: The Amalgamation of Popular Shounen Manga

If you do not know it already, Black Clover is one of the newest manga that came out of Shonen Jump in 2017 and has gained increasing popularity in both Asian and Western audience. Preceding the end of two of The Big Three of Jump Comics– Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto in November 2014 and Tite Kubo’s Bleach in August 2016– Black Clover shows its promising future to become one of Shonen Jump’s cornerstone, alongside the longest-running manga, One Piece.

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Well, that’s debatable. Let’s examine the manga some more, shall we?

!!! SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT UP-TO-DATE WITH THE MANGA!

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I’m back!

Oh, hello!

I haven’t been writing here in so long because of personal matters. But worry no more! I’m back and I am very excited to begin writing more anime and manga reviews, and also the occasional literary works analyses as well 😉

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A Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Blurb:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Like many other readers out there, I was also lured by the beautiful book cover. Don’t lie. You judge a book by its cover. And my, oh my. The first three chapters is just as beautiful as the cover. I am also taken aback by the fact that this book is also dystopian. Yup. I did not see that coming. I just thought it’ll be a regular, run on the mill teen romance book with sweet, innocent romance scenes. Little do I know, this book is a mix of Hunger games without the blood thirsty characters (more like Prince thirsty *wink wink) and The Bachelor.

I just picked up the box set of this book and let me just tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever return the box set. In just three days, I finished the three books of the series (what’s sleep anyways?) and I just can’t put the darn book down!

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What I’m Learning from Editing My Own Book

The first novel I ever completed took me approximately a year to finish. I am proud to say that I am able to do that in between my bus rides, boring lectures, and in between classes (remembering all the tiny giggles as I write in public makes me red >_<). In some way, writing my book has enabled me to let the creative juice going by constantly writing dramatic plot points and saucy romance (take note: it’s a new adult genre *wink wink*).

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I have come to a decision to edit my book because for one, it’s a first draft. And while first drafts are meant to suck anyway that it makes you want to burn your book and never open it again, I’m glad I am able to at least get into the completion of the first draft because this is an opportunity to improve. It took a lot, and I mean a lot of effort, time, and dedication to finish a ninety-thousand-word novel.

Although I proof-read my work before posting it on Wattpad, sometimes mistakes slip my tired eyes. Now that I am entirely available all summer, I’m ready to give this book my full attention and every ounce of proof-reading knowledge I got (with few cups of coffee and possibly a shot of tequila on the side).

I’m ready to delve into the abyss known as self-editing…

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