Happy Friday, Campers! (I’ve been watching a lot of Stargate SG-1, and Col. Jack O’Neill is the best!) The end of the month brings another splendid round of brilliant happenings from around the Blogpshere! August was such an amazing month as so many thought-provoking and excellently written content was presented across multiple subject matters.
Since there is so much content jam-packed into this post, this will be the only thing I’m sharing today on BiblioNyan. Please do take some time and read over these posts. A lot of heart and soul went into creating all the articles and they deserve tons of love and support! You can check out August’s first blogsphere here.
As per usual, everything is broken down by categories. If you are a blogger and would like to be featured on these segments, please drop me a line in the comments section of this post, or do a pingback to it, and I will check out your content. ✌️ ✌️
The Best o’BiblioNyan:
🖋️ Top 5 Book Serials I’ll (Probably) Never Read
🖋️ Top 5 Japanese Books for Genre Newbies (#OwnVoices)
🖋️ The Superfluous Stigma of DNFing Books: A Discussion
🖋️ Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura – Book Review (#OwnVoices Japanese)
🖋️ American Panda by Gloria Chao – Book Review (#OwnVoices Taiwanese-American YA)
🖋️ Sword Art Online LN #1 Aincard by Reki Kawahara & Abec (Illustrator) – Light Novel Review
🖋️ Calamity of a Zombie Girl ONA Review (Spoiler Alert: It’s TERRIBLE)
🖋️ Are You Human? South Korean Drama – First Impressions: An Intensely Suspenseful Sci-Fi Thriller
🖋️ Self-Care Sunday #7: Combatting Stressful Binge Eating
Books & Comics:
📚 Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks shares an awesome list of books to check out with fat main characters in lieu of watching the extremely harmful hot mess that is Netflix’s latest disaster, Insatiable. The diverse collection of titles has a little bit of something for just about every reader!
📚 Resh @ The Book Satchel gives us four reasons why The Poppy War is the best fantasy novel of 2018! It is an adult fantasy novel heavily inspired by Chinese culture, history, etc., and is also #OwnVoices. I’ve been on the fence about this book myself, but after reading Resh’s list of good traits, I definitely plan on snagging it from the library soon.
📚 Nandini @ Unputdownable Books shares with us her list of content creators to check out from around the book-blogging sphere! So, if you’re a reader interested in discovering more biblio-related blogs, then please do check out her post! There are so many kick-ass creators shared! Additionally, she discusses why she focuses on creating positive book reviews. I found this article to be powerfully pensive. I caused me look at myself as a book reviewer from a different light and learn to appreciate aspects of book reviewing I never truly thought about on such a deep level before.
📚 Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads has written an open letter to review readers that focuses on mob mentalities and how harmful and narrowminded they can make people, as well as how treating a single reviewer’s words as the ultimate be all of books serves to perpetuate the harmful notions about the community, no matter what side of it you’re on.
📚 Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf has written an amazing review for the graphic novel, Songy of Paradise by Gary Panter! One of my favourite parts about this review is that Carries takes the time to discuss the aesthetics and artwork, which is a very uncommon trait in today’s GN reviews.
📚 Jamie @ The Comic Vault has done a character spotlight on Colleen Wing and how she breaks typical Asian stereotypes, particularly within the comic medium. It was a superbly insightful and marvellously written post. I love it when we can focus on characters that don’t follow preconceived moulds of what they should be and instead are shown to be who they are in a genuine representation. He also has an incredible post about Loa and the representation of Hawaiian superheroes that warrants a reading!
📚 Jason @ The Grim & Gritty Age of Comics chats about Spider-Man #24 from 1978 and the history surrounding this hilarious addition to the serial. It is a supremely written analysis that taught me quite a bit about this era of comics and gives me more appreciation for older Spider-man narratives.
Anime, Manga, & Light Novels:
💢 Scott @ Mechanical Anime Reviews had a kick-ass month of content creating with multiple articles to take a gander at. The first is his discussion on how we really can’t have a Big Three in anime anymore. He makes valid points and I’m inclined to agree with just about all of ‘em. He has also written (what is one of my faves for the month) a post on humanity’s obsession with humanising non-human entities. I will admit that it is a facet of storytelling that fascinates me, and I’d love to see it outside of the anime medium.
💢 Cactus Matt @ Anime Q and A has written a spectacular review of WataMote, comparing both the manga and anime adaptation. He asks the important questions that will let you know if this series is right for you, and which format is the best for consumption.
💢 Arthifis @ Arthifis’ Place has written a couple of lovely gems. The first is his review of Vampire Holmes, and how to make this godawful creation more bearable to sit through. His second post discusses the subject of accepting emotional scars, as it pertains to the anime The Lost Village. This was a thought-provoking read for me in a very personal way as I am someone who struggles with emotional scars, and they usually tend to bleed out when I come in contact with powerfully evocative narratives, especially in anime.
💢 Nefarious Reviews has done a magnificent review for the horrid catastrophe that is Angel Sanctuary that was quite an interesting read. They really hit the nail on the head (hopefully I got that saying right this time, LOL) with how it fails and falls apart on so many levels.
💢 Marth @ Marth’s Anime Blog shares with us their thoughts on Persona 5: The Animation and the facets that the series has done rather well. As someone who has been loving the anime adaptation (I loved the games as well), I found the qualities listed in this post to be excellent. If you’re on the fence about watching this show, read this post.
💢 Jenn @ AniRambles (The Hell Zone) chit-chats about spooky anime serials and why we love them, specifically the older spookies. Now when I say spoopy, I’m referring to mature, psychological serials of the 1990s and 2000s. The discussion was brought on after she began watching the series Monster.
💢 Karandi @ 100 Word Anime has written a sweet and beautiful review for a series that will make you melt with how sweet it can be: Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori, especially where café food is concerned. This was one of the series I found to be most pleasant last anime season, and one worth checking out if you want a chill, feel-good experience. Karandi has also written a discussion on the value of re-watching things that brought me a lot of comfort. She explains the beauty of returning to serials we love, or even ones we may not care for, and how there’s almost always a take away from that reacquaintance.
💢 OOCentral has created a charming review for the second season of one of my favourite slice-of-life serials in anime, Me and You, and why the second season will bring you as much joy, if not more, than the first. The focus is mostly on characters and their development, and what they can teach us.
💢 Sam @ A Nerdy Perspective brings us a super fun article on some anime tropes that we can’t help but love, and the reasons why they can be so bloody charming! She’s a fantastic human being, and if you’re not following her, you really oughtta.
💢 Sticking to theme of fun, Irina @ I Drink and Watch Anime has concocted an article about the five different sorts of anibloggers. I laughed and related so much. She’s another person you should be following if you aren’t already, more so if you love pensive discussions on things that aren’t commonly talked about.
TV/Films, Video Games, & Entertainment:
📺 Mindy @ Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers has written a hilarious and super engaging post about the South Korean drama: My ID is Gangnam Style. She rants about things she vehemently dislikes and does it with such charming personality that you get swept away by it.
📺 Michel @ Raistlin0923 gives us a brilliant review for the South Korean drama series, Lawless Lawyer, which after listening to him talk about it so passionately, has convinced me to pick it up next! If you like kick-ass acting and highly intense and suspenseful narratives, please visit this review!
📺 Kyrios the Maxim @ Energised and Salty has written a list of ten Asian films that everyone should check out. It is, by far, one of the most marvellous list of films that I have seen in a long time. Having seen most of the ones on the list myself, you really can’t go wrong with their picks! If you like Asian cinema, then this post is a must-read for you.
📺 Kay @ KDrama Kisses wraps up her August watching and succinctly shares what she loved as well as things that fell short in the end. One of the serials on here is Are You Human, which I absolutely adored. If you like K-Dramas, then definitely visit Kay! Her reviews are also some of the very best out there.
📺 The Spooky Red Head has written an exquisite review for the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is one of the finest film reviews I’ve seen in months, and I loved how detailed she gets without giving away too many spoilers. If you are a fan of aesthetically breath-taking films, then read this review and see if this film is a good choice. After reading her review, I know that I will definitely be checking out this Wes Anderson film!
📺 Karandi @ 100 Word Anime has another gem of a post where she talks about the Hero’s Journey (OWLS theme for the month) as it pertains to Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (2013). I’ve played this game and I believe that Karandi has captured the essence of Lara’s journey quite impeccably!
📺 The Comic Vault talks about Adam Cole—a brief snippet of his career and how he is the future of the WWE and sports entertainment wrestling. I openly admit that I’m not a fan of Adam Cole, but I appreciate his dedication to his sport and the impact he is having on wrestling as a whole. A good read for wrestling fans, more so if you like Adam Cole.
Mental Health, & Blogging:
💻 The Luminous Mongoose @ Otaku Essays and Analyses has written a unique post that highlights the different types of hand-holding and their meanings. I’ll confess, I didn’t realise there were so many, and I knew even less about what they signify. This was also one of my favourites for the month because it was so original and different, as well as a complete pleasure.
💻 The astonishingly badass Irina brings us another one of my fave discussions for August, where she examines blogging and social media. It is extremely well-articulated and reading it gives you a sort of introspective experience, especially if you are a blogger, regardless of your subject matter. We all know social media can have a significant impact on showcasing content, but where do we draw the line from actual discourse and interaction, and the supreme hunger for large numbers?
💻 Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch has shared with us ten amazing spreadsheet hacks to help step-up the blogging game! If you’re a organisation monster (like me, woot OCD), then I highly recommend this post, more so if you like creating spreadsheets. Her tricks and trips are quite brilliant and superbly helpful!
Japan & Travel:
🛫 Celia @ Celia in Tokyo takes us to the exciting Harajuku Yosakoi festival in Japan that focuses on a dancing style known as yosakoi! She has tons of incredible pictures and explanations of the dances. She also takes us to bon dancing in Shimokitazawa
🛫 Sam @ A Nerdy Perspective shares with us some of her excursions in Japan, starting with Odaiba, which is a gorgeous artificial island in Tokyo, Japan, which is accessed via the Rainbow Bridge by train. Then she takes us to the folk village of Hida in the Takayama area, which as been described as “an open air museum of a small village containing thirty traditional houses…” and the Japanophile in me adored every bit of it!
🛫 The Flying Tofu travel blog shares stunning photographs of Suizenji! They are so unbelievably calming and beautiful to look at. If you’re planning on going to Japan, definitely make time to pay this place a visit!
🛫 The Asian Circus takes us to Vietnam where we get to experience The Da Lat Hotel, or the craziest house on Earth! The architecture is so wild and I bet it would be extraordinary to see it in person! The photographs in the post are incredible, and I’d visit this post for those alone. But the descriptions and history of this hotel is also a delight to read over.
Thank you for taking the time to visit me today! I do encourage you to visit these content creators and check out the hard work they put into their blogs this past August! Hopefully you’ll find some neat people to follow.