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Ken is trying to deal with the Aogiri Tree with some turf war stuff as well as trying to track down the doctor who gave him Rize's organs. At the same time, The Commission of Counter Ghouls is getting close to locating Ken and learning what he really is.

This volume brings back the action in the second half after more talking from the investigators in the first half. Seeing Ken focus so much on his training and using his abilities really hammered home to me how much he has changed from the first volume. This bookish, self conscious quiet boy is now a badass, cynical, hardened fighter.

We also learn some of the truth about Rize, the doctor, and a bit of what may be happening with her but there's plenty more to explain from here on out. This volume gets a 4 out of 5.

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This is one of those classic horror movies that just sorta flew under my radar until I started my little Finally Watched It list. If you don't know the story, it's about a newlywed couple who moves into a house that's haunted.

I wouldn't call this movie subtle by any means but it is more subtle than the remake. If I had to pick between the two, I would pick the older one because I personally feel the atmosphere is better here; especially with the father character who is slowly being driven mad. Neither version is bad, I just feel the older one had more charm to it. It was more menacing than outright scary and I think horror can do with more of that than jump scares and gore. I'm glad I was able to cross this off my list.

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An orphaned teen Makoto Yuuki returns to his home town and transfers to Gekkoukan High where he is attacked by creatures known as Shadows who feed on the minds of their victims. He finds other kids at the school not only know of these creatures, they can summon Personas to fight the Shadows. He joins them and signs a contract with a creepy child to acquire his own Persona and fight Shadows too.

This is an interesting concept even though at times the art style can make the action and combat scenes a little confusing. The volume was a little short to really get into but based on what I've seen, I think I would rather watch the anime for the story so I can see this in action. It looks pretty awesome; especially the idea that Makoto shoots himself to summon his Persona. A little emo but hey, his parents just die. He's entitled.

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This was one of the manga I got from a Loot Anime crate that I finally cracked open.

After the sea level rises, a fleet of ships dubbed the Fleet of Fog took control over the seas, keeping humanity from traveling between continents or islands. A weapon has been developed to fight them and the crew of the sub I-401 is tasked with getting the prototype from Japan to America but the route takes them right through the Fleet of Fog.

So, there's this motley crew, secret weapon, and of course the ships have a humanoid avatar that's a cute girl. I had to trudge through this because it felt like a diluted Outlaw Star/Blue Sub Six mashup that made me wish I was watching those instead. I can't even give it a proper rating because I didn't finish it. I won't be reading any more of this series and I gave away the volume I had.

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Since these were available in my library system I decided to check them out. No pun intended...

As these three characters continue to practice cooking together, it was sweet to watch them discover new foods and learn how to cool. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of things, it's easy to forget there's a warmth and magic in the simple act of making and sharing a meal with people you care about. However, it can get repetitive and I wish they would have done more with Kouhei finding his late wife's cookbook. It would have been cute to see him and his daughter try to make them.

This is a good slice of life story that I'm glad I read but won't be continuing. There's not enough here to make me want to read the next volumes. 3.5 out of 5.

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Widower and single dad Kouhei Inuzuka is crap at cooking so he and his daughter Tsumugi eat mostly pre-prepared meals.While at a cherry blossom viewing, he meets Kotori Iida, daughter of a woman who runs a restaurant. Kotori is also hoping to become better at cooking so the three of them agree to meet up and try cooking various dishes.

As a slice-of-life manga, this is pretty cute. Kouhei is a nice guy, Tsumugi is adorable, and Kotori is genuinely sweet but there was this creepy crush thing thrown in at the end and I wish the relationship could have stayed platonic. Just because you have a guy and a girl doesn't mean you have to mash them together. Especially since Kotori is Kouhei's student.

I give this a 3.5 for not being very memorable but it sure made me hungry...

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted at Otakus and Geeks.

When I was poking around and saw this book was written by co-creator of the animated shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, I clicked it immediately, not even realizing it was a YA book meant for kids 8-12 years old. But much like those shows, this book can absolutely be enjoyed by adults.

They story centers around Giacomo, a young orphan who lives in a world where artists have entities much like familiars called a Genius which can not only inspire them but turn their art into magic. A tyrant named Nerezza has hunted down all the artists she could find and appointed herself Supreme Creator. After an accident, Giacomo finds himself with his own Genius and is discovered by other children who have been hiding from Nerezza's threat. They embark on a journey to find these artifacts called The Creators Tools what may help them overthrow Nerezza and bring art back to the ruined nation.

I love how there are sketches in the book and the way they are included, it's implied Giacomo is the one drawing them. It added extra charm to an already fascinating story. It's also worth noting that even though this story is labeled YA, it doesn't shy away from some pretty dark stuff. There's a real sense of danger and urgency to the mission and you do wonder if all the characters will make it or even succeed at all. But towards the end after the big twist, it got into some predictable plot points but hey, I'm a voracious consumer of fiction so it's not a major drawback to the story overall. I'm just much more likely to catch tropes, however, I can see it surprising a kid who's reading this.

You can absolutely feel the creative energy and love from the Avatar series in this book. The concept of art manifesting as physical magic is compelling, the adventure is tense and action-packed, and the characters are unique and fun. I am super curious to find out what happens next in what could very well be a rollercoaster of a series. 4.5 out of 5.

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6th-Jan-2017 09:00 am - Finally Watched It: "Superheroes"
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This documentary is about real people who dress up and fight crime in the US. Of course, it starts with Stan Lee and is peppered with actual law enforcement saying that this is probably not a good idea for civilians to be doing this. But to be totally honest, the people in this seem to genuinely want to help people. Not all of them are abject crime fighters, some simply help the homeless with little kits, water, blankets, or simply asking them if they have a safe place to sleep that night. Sometimes the way it's edited you can tell the film is trying to make fun of them. Despite this, I finished this film feeling inspired. Not that I'll be squeezing my ass into a costume and roaming the streets at night but I was sitting there wondering in what way I could make a difference in the world. And for that? I say check this out.

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Harada has dropped all pretense and declares himself the only person who can possibly lead humanity the right way. The Renegades are split up, Kris has been arrested, and Peter spends his time in a drugged up stupor. People opposed to Harada are desperately trying to find Peter so Harada can finally be defeated.

We also learn the origins of The Bleeding Monk, who I hope makes a return when this story picks up in the series Imperium. All the story threads are NOT wrapped up in this final volume of Harbinger as it ends with Kris still in jail, Harada thinking himself a god, and Peter refusing to do anything other than pop pills. Overall, a great series; very close to a 5 out of 5.

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4th-Jan-2017 11:34 am - December Kal-Elle Fan Box: Deadpool
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  • Deadpool necklace

  • Deadpool scarf

  • Grenade earrings

  • Unicorn bracelet

  • Deadpool magnet

  • 4x6 art print

  • Deadpool lip balm

  • Do I even need to say how cool this is!? Because, wow, this stuff is awesome. At this point, I am really thinking that this subscription box is more fun than what I get from Loot Crate. If I had one complaint, the magnets I get in these boxes are not very strong. I put them up to hold a photo and it's not strong enough to stay. Heck, I'm not even a fan of flavored lip balm but I love this one; it really is just the weak magnet.

    What is also cool about this box is getting to know some Etsy sellers I wouldn't have found on my own. I dunno if I'll run and go shop there (because I'm broke) but there's some pretty awesome stuff out there and I get to see it. I can't wait to see what they send me next.

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