Good Morning to you all.
My plan for the rest of 2017 consists solely of reading and catching some anime in between books. I am very much looking forward to having a few days of complete relaxation. The holidays are wonderful, but always drain me emotionally and mentally. The final week of the year is always devoted to self-love and getting recharged. So, today I’m going to share my current books, as well as a few of the anime that I will be (slowly) making my way through.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
If any of you follow me on GoodReads, you may have seen that I added this book to my “Currently Reading” shelf a couple of weeks ago. The truth is that I didn’t officially begin reading it until a few days ago. I was completely wrapped up in some manga, and just kept putting it off. Truth be told, I know nothing of what this novel is about (which is how I like to go into SFF). All I know is that it is SUPER hyped and popular, and it’s the first in a trilogy. Oh! It’s also the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award and authored by a black woman. I’m roughly 50 pages into it and I’ve been liking it. The prose is a bit awkward at first and requires some getting used to, but the setting seems fantastic.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Another book I began about five days ago, this one is an #OwnVoices Malay historical fiction novel about a young woman who seeks out the services of a renowned Japanese gardener so that he may build a memorial garden for her deceased sister. Visiting him brings up a lot of psychological trauma she endured in an internment camp set up by the Japanese during World War II. However, as she spends time with this gardener, she learns much about him and their bond deepens. This is a beautiful book. It’s heart-breaking and emotional, but the writing is absolutely stunning, and evocative. I would also like to provide a content warning: since the book is focused on a woman abused by Japanese during a time of war, the way that she (and other people in Malaya) refers to them are offensive and harmful (i.e.: “Japs”). I don’t believe the goal is to be harmful, but to be genuine and authentic to the time period and the people who lived during these eras. Everything is written with respectful care and caution, so do consider that if you plan on picking it up.
Inuyasha Season 2
This is my second time going through and watching this series. I will confess that I have much more respect and appreciation for Inuyasha since my re-watch. They really don’t make anime like this any more and it breaks my heart. This is a shōnen, adventure-fantasy that is the anime adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Rumiko Takahashi. It’s about a 15-year-old girl named Kagome Higurashi who’s transported to the Sengoku, or “Warring States,” era in Japan after falling into a well. There she meets a half-demon named Inuyasha. When a monster from the era tries to retrieve a secret magical jewel that’s embodied within Kagome, she ends up accidentally shattering it into a bajillion pieces. These are dispersed across the country. Kagome and Inuyasha begin travelling the country, helping people along the way, as they search for the shards, hooping to gather it before it can fall into the hands of an evil villain named Naraku.
Great Teacher Onizuka
One of my all-time favourite anime and manga serials, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, is such a feel-good, laugh-out-loud series about growing up and following your heart. If it sounds cheesy, well, it really fucking is. But that’s the best part about it! The show revolves around 22-year-old virgin Eikichi Onizuka, who used to be the leader of the most notorious biker gang. Now, he’s ready to become a teacher and help kids as he embarks on a simultaneous journey to fall in love and get laid. While the series is laced with crude humour, foul language, and some questionable animation, I love the themes of self-respect, self-love, never giving up, and many others. It’s so inspiring and, believe it or not, at times emotional. It is the adaptation of the shōnen, comedy-drama, slice-of-life manga originally written by Tohru Fujisawa.
Supernatural: The Anime Series
I bought this for Sir Betrothed for his holiday present as he is a BIG fan of the original TV series. Well, it is a badass show and difficult not to be a fan of. But when I saw the anime, I knew I had to get it for him. We started watching this last night and it’s glorious for so many reasons. The animation was done by famed studio MADHOUSE and features Japanese voice actor Hiroki Touchi (Dean Winchester) and Japanese musician Yūya Uchida (Sam Winchester). The English voice actors are Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Andrew Farrar. The episodes consist of tales that mirror episodes from the first two seasons, as well some episodes based on spin-offs and prequels.