It’s that beautiful time of month again! The first half of November is officially over (almost) and there were so many brilliant things that were being put out across the Blogsphere! I’m impressed and feeling so excited to share them with you today. As per usual, it’s all broken down via categories.
Books & Comics:
📘 My buddy Jason has written a beautiful tribute for Stan Lee, who was an extraordinary person who humanised superheroes in the way that we know and love them today.
📘 The Comic Vault chats about Katana and how she represents the female samurai. As a Japanophile, it was a splendidly fun and insightful read for me. Comics fans go check it out.
📘 Vicky has written up a spectacular review for the #OwnVoices Japanese, young adult fantasy novel, Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. The novel is jam-packed with lore and cultural facets from various periods of Japanese history with great writing.
📘 CW has a new blog up, called The Quiet Pond, and her review for the novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the finest I’ve read. I also love the new aesthetics of her review style. Its ingenuity is so charming!
📘 Ivy shares with us a beautiful review for the #OwnVoices Chinese young adult fantasy novel, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. If you like #OwnVoices Asian lit, specifically YA fantasy, then this is a title you don’t want to pass up!
📘 Rain brings us a succinct yet splendid review for the #OwnVoices Chinese epic fantasy novel, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Their insights and commentary on what worked well is fantastic.
📘 Jenna does something unique and intellective with the #OwnVoices Japanese contemporary novel, Convenience Store Woman by sharing her reactions and responses to the novel as she read along. It is honest and quite thought-provoking. I recommend you check it out if you’d like to read a different sort of book review!
📘 Kaleena chats about ten reasons to love the science-fiction genre! I adore this genre and it’s one of my all-time favourites. Her reasons are articulated so wonderfully and really helps unfamiliars understand the draw and power of science-fiction storytelling.
Anime & Manga:
💦 Jon has written one of the finest reviews for the cyberpunk anime series, Psycho-Pass that I have ever read. He chats about so many facets that make the series a masterpiece for many years to come. Fans of Ghost in the Shell franchise will adore this one.
💦 Marion brings chats about the anime series March Comes in Like a Lion and how it’s examination of the characters’ emotional states via their lives and struggles is the biggest strength for the show. It’s so wonderfully written and contemplative.
💦 Sam chats about her love for the hilariously accurate anime, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku with a delightful review! If you haven’t seen the show yet, read Sam’s review to see why you should.
💦 Karandi talks about the misanthropic protagonist, particularly in anime, and how they are usually met with mixed opinions. Her examples and overall exploration of this topic is brilliant and a must-read for all anime fans.
💦 Otaku Central shines a spotlight on the animation studio, Madhouse with some of their work and how they are more often than not quite emotionally evocative. It’s one of the reasons why I, personally, admire this studio’s work so much.
💦 Nick has shared one of my favourite reviews for the series How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. He discusses the character development and storytelling and why it is worth watching the series for these distinct qualities, even if you aren’t a fan of fanservice serials.
💦 Rose reviews one of my favourite anime for the entire 2018 season, After the Rain, and I absolutely loved this post! It’s short, but super charming and conveys the qualities that make the series so appealing rather remarkably.
TV/Cinema, Sports Entertainment, & Video Games:
💻 Mel has written a heart-wrenching post about figures in the Korean music industry who have passed on. It is such an important post, and one that will move you dearly.
💻 Kay brings us a lovely review for a historical Korean drama series called 100 Days My Prince. If you’re in the market for a new historical series to check out, then this review is for you! She also brings us news of a new streaming service that will be dedicated to Chinese dramas. Hopefully this can alleviate the gruelling ache from the sudden shut-down of Drama Fever.
💻 Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan discusses the marvellously moving and intense film, Letters from Iwo Jima. It’s in depth and highlights many aspects that make is such a masterpiece, such as the acting and the inherent themes the films is portraying.
💻 The folks at Geekout South-West have written an incredible review for the latest Netflix Original Series, The Haunting of Hill House. If you’ve had reservations about picking this up, read this review to see why it may be worth a shot!
💻 Mindy takes us back to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which is a game that originally released on the Nintendo 3DS! I remember how excited I was for it and reading her review has made me so nostalgic! If you like Animal Crossing go read this thing!
💻 Mr Toffee brings us news of some devastating cancellations from the Final Fantasy XV series. Fans, like me, who were eagerly awaiting some of these expansions, are left horribly disappointed with the state of things.
💻 The Comic Vault returns once again to chat about how NXT UK is shaping the future of British wrestling. British Strong Style is probably one of my favourites when it comes to wrestling, with Pete Dunne being my number one. He’s an impressive dude! I appreciate this post every much because it’s filled with information that veteran fans and newbie fans can enjoy and learn from.
🛫 Celia takes us all the way to the Kyū-Furukawa Gardens in Nishigahara, Tōkyō! It’s such a breath-taking post with stunning photos! If you’re going to be heading to Tōkyō soon, then you may want to add this to your visit list!
🛫 Sheryl also takes us into nature with her visit to Ashikaga Flower Park. It makes me want to visit Japan in the Spring SOOO badly, but also at night because these lights are gorgeous!
🛫 Jennifer heads over to Ikushima-Tarushima Jinja! It is one of the most beautiful locations that I’ve witness via blogging yet, steeped in tradition and classic architecture.
🛫 Mirror Purple takes a small vacation to Hong Kong! It’s a beautifully big city that I hope to check out one day. If you are interested in travelling here and want an honest and candid experience of the trip, visit this post!
That does it for the mid-way Blogsphere Highlights! I shall return at the end of the month with more content from around the community for you! If you’re a blogger and if you’d like to be featured on these posts, of if you follow any amazing blogs that you’d like to spotlight, please let me know in the comments section. Thanks.