My 同人誌 Collection So Far

Howdy everyone!

Apparently classes don’t end until Friday. -___- But before I pull an all study day for my final exam tomorrow, I wanted to make a quick post on the doujinshi I own. As I’m sure most of you know, doujinshi is something I’ve particularly enjoyed this year and the number I own has accumulated quite a bit so I wanted to share what I have with you all.

 

薄い本

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To start things off, this is the 薄い本/usui hon or porn doujinshi I have. In other words, this is stuff I wouldn’t share with my niece, or my mom, or my dad, or anyone really. Now you’re probably judging me based on my questionable taste and material, but besides reading I don’t do anything with them. I swear! One of them is covered because they’re nude on the cover and you don’t need to see that.

 

りこまき

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These were pretty cool. These doujinshi are by someone who goes by the screename ながれぼし, which translates into “shooting star”. Besides having a nice name, the anime series this is based off of (Love Live and its spin-off Sunshine) take place in the same universe. I’m not really sure what Maki and Riko have in common besides being pianists (that’s always a fun word to say) and the main composer of their respective idol groups. In this doujinshi series, Maki is in her third (and final) year and during this time she meets and gets a “kohai” in the form of Riko. µ’s (the school idol group Maki was a part of) disbanded by this time. It seems as though she has went to the way she was beforehand, playing the piano as a refuge from the tough times of living the life her parents planned out for her. Maki and Riko form a friendly bond and as you can tell by the covers, it turns into something more as they get to know each other. I don’t think I can spoil you though ’cause it’s not likely you’ll be buying these if you don’t read Japanese, right?

 

ようよし

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If you didn’t know by now, I’m a shipper. I enjoy this ship, despite their limited social interactions. You have the energetic and positive You with her contagious catchphrase (ヨーソロー!) and the socially awkward, but bright Yoshiko Yohane. These ようよし doujinshi are done by different people. The top four are all done by the same person though. It’s harder to get doujinshi revolving around these two, but then again it’s not like they interacted with each other a lot compared to other characters in the anime so that’s probably why. I still like what the writers/illustrators did though, so I hope to see more in the future.

 

のぞにこ

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My OTP and I think I have all of them now. These doujishi are done by a talented woman by the name of 上林眞/Kanbayashi Makoto. She’s as good at writing as she is at drawing, in other words, she’s really, really good! The characterizations are amazing and the art looks just like Nozomi and Nico. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought this was a spin-off series or something. It started with a handshake and a willingness to help and moved to friendship to maybe something more. But how does one handle their feelings when it gradually grows stronger? How do you let them know? Should you let them know? Or perhaps your actions already said more than enough? …Anyway, I love this artist’s work. It makes my 心/kokoro all happy y’know.

 

Illustration books

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And random illustration books ’cause why not? As the name implies, they’re doujnishi that simply have illustrations. These tend to be the thinnest/shortest for some reason. The art is wonderful to look at though so it’s great to see illustrators from Pixiv release something tangible.

 

 

And that’s my doujinshi stash so far! I’ll probably have more as time goes on and my Japanese reading skills get better. Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day ahead. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cry whilst studying for my final exam.

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Life Lesson #13: Be a Doer

Dear Reiina,

 

Sometimes people will say things like: “I’m going to write a story”, “I’m going to start a vlog”, “I’m going to start going to the gym,” or “I’m going to learn a new language”. And then never follow through. Sometimes we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about our ideas, dreams, and aspirations, but never get around to manifesting them into the universe. Just do it. In fact, you don’t even have to tell anyone you’re going to do it. The trick to getting something done is to get started.

Your other uncle is the walking embodiment of a doer. I’ve gotten better at being one myself. But I’ve never known Manny say he was going to do something and not see it through. Like getting accepted to UF. Or learning to drive. Or become a music artist. He’s a doer and if he doesn’t plan to do it, then he doesn’t say he will.

I was watching a YouTube video when Kid Cudi was on TED talk and what he said at the end really resonated with me. “If you believe, and if you want it, and if you want to work hard enough for it, it can be so”. The only person who can stop you from achieving what you want in life is you. You’re either going to be making progress or making excuses. So practice playing piano, write a book, run a 5k, become a mathematician, learn how to speak Japanese (I can definitely help you with that one). Whatever it is you want to do, do it! Set your alarm, and get out of bed, you need nothing more than motivation, ambition, and a willingness to work hard. Be determined with your doing, even if it seems crazy or big, give it a try anyway. It’s better to live life trying, than to live life being scared of failing (and therefore not trying). And if you need any help or support, then that’s what we’re here for!

My advice is start today, not tomorrow. Some people will wait for the “perfect time” to arrive, but you know what? That “perfect time” will never come so you have to make it happen yourself. Even doing five minutes of whatever it is you want to do today is better than spending five seconds saying you’ll do it tomorrow. And getting started is always the hardest part! But like I said, getting started is how you’ll get it done.

Quick Update

Hey everyone!

 

How’s everyone doing? I hope you’re all doing well. I noticed I haven’t been posting or partaking much on WordPress recently. I’ve just been having the time to post life lessons for my niece. I’ve mostly been (badly) studying for my Physics class. Thankfully classes end on the 22nd, so it won’t be long until I again have the free time to do the stuff I actually want to do. I can’t wait to see my niece again! And draw, and blog, and read this textbook on genetics.

June is Yeezy season. If I had any doubts (I didn’t) that Kanye West had it musically, his eighth album Ye and collaborative album Kids See Ghosts with fellow musical genius Kid Cudi dispelled them. For those that don’t know, Mr. West is one of my creative influences. Out of all the music artists I listen to, he’s the only one who’s never made an album I never liked. I think it’s safe to say that man is unstoppable. One of the biggest things I took from him in my own creative endeavors was to be passionate about what I do. If I can do that, then I can create anything. And if I love what I do and make, then that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

Speaking of creative stuff, I have been listing ideas and topics for my vlog. I have wrote some things down already in my Blog vs. Vlog post, but this list I’ve been doing on my Google Docs is a bit more focused. I even have been daydreaming about some of the videos I want to make. Some of the posts I’ve made on here will be converted and presented in video format too. There isn’t any date on when the vlog will be up and running, but my first video will be embedded on here so you all will be the first to know (outside of YouTube, of course, lol). If you like my blog, I think you’ll like what my vlog will be about too. I’m sure some of you already know what I look like, but you’ve never heard my voice so yay, my voice will be heard! My goal is to become a quadruple threat in creativity: writing/blogging, vlogging, drawing and music producing. I think I’ve said it before, but it’s always nice to remind myself.

Oh yeah, my new, recent interest this summer has been anime art/illustration books. I’ve only bought two so far, but I really enjoy looking at the pictures and how other artists, whether it be the manga illustrator(s) or the anime staff interpret the characters of a show. Of course just looking at the pretty pictures isn’t the only reason I buy them, they’ll make for great references whenever I decide to do fanart of my own.

That’s all I have to say for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day ahead and I’ll leave you with a beautiful song and a pic of an equally beautiful anime woman.

 

Saya

Life Lesson #12: Everyone Has Their Own Life Story

Dear Reiina,

 

Imagine that. There are billions of people on this planet, meaning that there are over a billion of life stories out there. I think there’s a word for this kind of thought: sonder. From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Wow, that’s deep. But it’s an often overlooked fact of life. Everyone has a life story, and they’re all worth listening to. Everyone has a unique point of view and a different set of ideas, thoughts and opinions. If you ever think someone’s boring, be more attentive. There will be something to learn somewhere in their story, listen for it, identify it. Think, pinpoint the things you’re curious and interested about, ask questions. It never hurts to ask and no one is boring. No one.

Sometimes, people want and need to be listened to, sometimes they just need an ear to hear their story. Make sure to pay attention. Being a good talker is an admirable trait to have, but being a good listener is just as important.

You can learn something from every single person on the planet (you most likely won’t have time to, but if you had infinite time, you could.) Like Bill Nye once said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t”. Enjoy learning from the people you’ll come across through all the stages of your life. And enjoy sharing your stories with those around you, because you also will know things that we don’t know.

Life Lesson #11: Sharing

Dear Reiina,

 

“Sharing is caring” is something I remember hearing a lot during my middle school days. But I think it still has relevance to this day. Allow me to explain…

Share your video games with your friends, and they may teach you how to beat the level.

Share your drinks with your friends, and you’ll be less hungover the next morning.

Share your thoughts, ideas and stories with your family, we’ll always be willing to hear what you have to say.

Share your time with those who need it, it’s the limited currency of life.

Share your help and kindness when you can. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Share your dreams with those you trust, they may help you to build them up, to expand and grow them so they become realities.

Throughout my life, I’ve noticed sharing leads to greater things, better things than those you had before. All I’m saying is give sharing a chance.

Happy Pride Month!

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For zee record, the letter A means lot to me. It’s the first letter to my name, my orientation and also stands for “ally”. I don’t know if there are many things in life I can say “should” about, but supporting the LGBT+ movement is definitely one of them. I’m a staunch supporter of human rights for everyone. There is no good reason to restrict things like marriage equality and acceptance of those with same sex (or both sex) attractions. People have lives, lives that matter. Bigotry and hate never served anyone’s interests.

I don’t really have much else to say, but I wish everyone a happy and safe pride month!

Life Lesson #10: People Aren’t Mind Readers

Dear Reiina,

 

“You know why mind reading is a super power? Because you can’t read minds.” – My brother and your uncle

If someone has done or said something wrong, or has upset you in any way, the best thing to do is tell them. They may not have realized they’ve upset you, there’s nothing worse than dismissing or disregarding someone and not knowing why. By telling them it opens up an opportunity for you both to talk about it. Anyone who takes your feelings in consideration will immediately stop, and probably apologize.

Respect yourself by addressing someone if they have offended or upset you in some way. If you don’t you may find your ire steadily on the rise. Addressing these things can be pretty challenging, I would know! But in the long run it can restore relationships and help everyone involved grow.

This life lesson also applies if you want something, don’t expect people to instantly know what’s going on in your head. Ask for it, that’s all you have to do.

And keep in mind that you’re not a mind reader yourself. Don’t assume what goes on in someone else’s head, you have to ask them so they can tell you. Also, you should never feel bad in situations where someone was expecting something from you, and you didn’t deliver because they didn’t clearly state it.