Welcome to the mid-month Blogsphere highlights post! I have noticed that since I began doing these posts back in May, they have gotten progressively larger, and this only makes me more excited about them because y’all are just kicking more and more asses at being amazing creators!
If you’re new to these segments, you can check out the original post here. As per usual, everything will be broken down into respective categories depending on the content of the posts. There will be one small change this time around—and only for this specific post—because life has gotten somewhat hectic around here.
Unlike my regular Blogsphere highlight posts, I won’t be providing extra information on each individual post listed. The past two weeks have been a bit intense for us as we have had to adjust to brand new schedules as well as some health-related surprises (nothing serious or dangerous, I promise). As such, I just didn’t have the time to give each post the special attention that I normally do. I’m bummed about this. It’s always so exciting to be able to talk about the things listed! I promise that with the September’s second post, things will return to normal.
If you have a moment or two to spare, then definitely visit these fine folks and the fantastic content that they have created. It varies from books, films, and video game reviews to discussions on communities to mental health and travel and even recipes!
Books & Comics:
💭 The Comic Vault chats about Daredevil and depression in this post that is very insightful and well-written.
💭 Bina @ WOC Reads has done a superb interview with Nisi Shawl, who is the author of the neo-Victorian, steampunk novel, Everfair, and it shouldn’t be missed at all!
💭 Nandini @ Unputdownable Books has written a couple of book reviews for South Asian middle-grade fantasy novels that fans of Rick Riordan should definitely go visit. The first is Aru Shah and the End of Time, and the second is The Serpent’s Secret.
💭 Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads has written a discussion about the desensitisation of murder in young adult literature that goes in depth about a subject rarely talked about!
💭 Mindy @ Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers has shared with us some of her mental health struggles while chatting about a webtoon she recently read. It’s such a powerful, intimate, and wonderful post that I cannot recommend enough.
Anime, Manga, & Light Novels:
💫 Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf has written a lovely review for Not Simple by Natsume Ono, which is a seinen manga series. It’s a succinct and straightforward review about a story that deals with heavy subject matters.
💫 Karandi @ 100 Word Anime has written up a Friday Feature that focuses on the representation of bullying in the anime medium. It’s spectacularly written and very thought-provoking.
💫 Amelia @ A Girl and Her Anime has written an excellent review for Mahō Shōjo Ore that all otakus should read.
💫 Remy @ The Lily Garden shares up a discussion about yuri romance, specifically where forceful romantic developments are involved. It’s a great exploration of a big part of the genre that is both problematic at times, but also a big part of the appeal for many watchers/readers of it.
💫 Tessa @ All About Anime & Manga talks about the film Wicked City in her review, especially the many ways it surprised her and how it may not be a title for every watcher.
💫 Ya Boy Jack @ The Aniwriter brings us his top 5 most anticipated serials on his watchlist, and it’s a list of shows that I feel have tons of potential to be great. I have seen one of the titles mentioned in the list—Honey and Clover—and it was one of the best slice-of-life anime I’ve ever seen!
💫 Kyrios @ Energised and Salty chats about ten different anime that everyone around them seems to love even though they didn’t really care for these serials.
💫 Irina @ Drunken Anime Blog has written a phenomenal piece highlighting the use of metaphors in anime narratives and how they can be tricky business sometimes. I found the originality of this post, as well as her thoughts on the subject, to be very pleasant to read, more so as an individual who adores metaphors.
💫 Kenneth @ Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers shares his experience at CrunchyRoll Expo and discusses whether he thinks it’s worth the investment to attend! If you’ve been on the fence about going to this con, then you should pay Kenneth a visit here.
💫 Scott @ Mechanical Anime Reviews has written a post detailing his thoughts upon his second viewing of Perfect Blue. As someone who thoroughly loved the film for the psychological brilliance that it was, Scott’s post really helped me understand some elements I missed my first time watching, and only worked to enhance my appreciation for the themes exhibited in Perfect Blue as a whole.
💫 Aria @ The Animanga Spellbook does a wonderful comparison in her chat about Golden Kamuy and Angolmois, and the different ways it creates culture clashes. Does it work? Does it not work? What should you expect? Go read this incredible article!
💫 Ty-Chama @ Watashi wa Bucho shares their top five guilty pleasure anime that I know a lot of people will relate to or have in common. I know I did, for most of them! It’s a fun and engaging article!
💫 Ayano @ Kawaii Paper Pandas talks about Happy Sugar Life and the aspects of the series that dive into mental and psychological manipulation. It’s an astute and pensive post that I believe is quite wonderful.
TV/Films, Video Games, & Entertainment:
🕹️ Krystallina @ Daiyamanga shares their first impressions of the NES-SNES Classic console that was released fairly recently. It is detailed and one of the finest reviews that I have seen about it thus far.
🕹️ Camillea @ Camillea Reads has concocted a deliciously wicked list of films that will steal you away from your books momentarily. If you’re a film watcher and in search of the next good piece of entertainment, consider visiting this list!
🕹️ Michel @ Raistlin0903 reviews the 2018 film, Peppermint. I love the way he chats about things he really liked and some of the things that weren’t absolutely mind-blowing. He reviews films quite regularly, and his blog is one you need to be following if you’re a film watcher.
🕹️ Z. Raja @ The Rainy Raja talks about binge watching and reading, and how beautifully beneficial they can be to an individual. As someone who binges shows regularly as part of a self-care routine to combat anxiety, this post resonated with my soul.
🕹️ Mirror Purple reviews the My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) live-action film adaptation of the popular shōjo manga series, going in-depth about the good and bad, and why, regardless of not being super fabulous, it still warrants a watching.
🕹️ Nandini @ Unputdownable Books puts down her books to do a comparison of The Hobbit films with The Lord of the Rings films, and how one desperately fell short while the other one was a masterful homage to one of the finest pieces of literature ever crafted. There are spoilers for both the films and the books, so read at your own discretion.
🕹️ Valerie @ Let’s Book It! has created a list of 5 great K-Pop boy band songs that I think are pretty neat, and helpful to anyone out there looking to get more into this genre of music, but a bit clueless as where to begin (like me).
Mental Health, Travel, & Food:
🥩 Mara Waka @ Geeks Travel in Japan has one of the most peculiar and wonderful posts that I have read in years, discussing what it means to be a daydreamer, the pros, cons, and overall the effect it can have on an individual and their lives. As someone who craves creativity and creative outlets of various sorts, I felt so empathetic with tons of points in this post. It’s so intelligent and remarkable.
🥩 The Otaku Lounge shows us snapshots of life in Japan amid the rice fields of Fukui, and how it’s greatly different than living in metropolitan places. The pictures are stunning and the experiences shared very enlightening.
🥩 Fravitch @ Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food has brought us a mouth-watering recipe for sautéed beef with green beans and ginger. It’s a healthy, gluten-free meal that will immediately make you hungry! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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. 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 ping-back to it, and I will check out your content.