Since I am such an avid player of HOGs, I thought it would be fun to share with y’all five of the creepiest ones that I have encountered thus far, making them rather ideal for chillaxed Halloween entertainment. These five titles aren’t going to scare the absolute wits out of you, but they all have excellent atmospheres and ambiances to them for this spooky-licious season of frights, and that is what makes them ideal for Halloween.
I gathered a list of twelve anime that I have discovered many people don’t realise came from books. My information is based on the many conversations I have had with fellow otaku both online and in-real-life, both friends and (mostly) strangers alike. Chock this up as a post inspired by a lengthy observation of the community. For these titles, I’m proud to say that I have actually read almost all of the novels from the list and seen almost as many of the adaptations.
This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi is a diverse young adult contemporary novel that revolves around a group of ladies who work at a bookshop called Wild Nights Bookstore. When they discover that the bookstore is about close up shop for good, they come together to and try save a place that has become a sanctuary for each of them in their own unique ways.
Being a voracious reader has always been the core of my personality. Being able to pick up one book after another after another and immediately get lost in the different worlds, cultures, characters’ plights and more has a spectacular element of joy that is extremely difficult to describe with mere words alone. Even so, burnouts seem to be a natural part of being a rapacious bibliophile and every time I find myself in a slump, rather than understanding that it’s a sign from my brain and my body, I get supremely angry and frustrated and so incredibly sad. That is until recently.
This book was positively excruciating to get through. Between the unnecessary and overused convoluted plot twists, the stupidity of the characters behaviours (some of which felt out-of-place), and the grotesquely outrageous objectification of women—I was ready to throw this out of my fucking window and into a trash fire where it belongs.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park revolves around a fruit vendor named Makoto who gets involved in some questionable shite thanks to his mate Takashi, the leader of a large group of hooligans residing in the city of Ikebukuro known as the G-Boys.
Iwa Kakeru! follows four high school girls as they come together to form a sport climbing club with the hopes of being able to compete in the sport on a national level. One of the newest members is a former professional video gamer named Konomi Kasahara who goes searching for a fun, new club that will offer her the same excitement and satisfaction that games (specifically puzzle games) used to give her.
Jujutsu Kaisen is about a teenage boy named Itadori Yūji who’s a typical teenager that tries to be free-spirited while caring for his ailing grandfather. One day while visiting his gramps, tragedy strikes, leaving Yūji to ponder the nature of life and death. Meanwhile, the two members of his occult club from school end up falling into a spot of shady shite when they unknowingly release an ancient and deadly supernatural entity. In order to save his friends’ lives, Yūji will have to undergo a formidable and treacherous Cursed power, placing his own existence in wretched jeopardy.
Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home edited by Adi Alsaid is a young adult anthology of short stories about the immigrant experiences. Each tale is an #OwnVoices story and includes a plethora of identities including first, second, and third generation immigrants as well as folx with Fijian, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Korean, and…
Summer was an interesting season of anime watching for me. While I didn’t get through all of my initial watchlist, I did finish a lot of long-term projects that I had been picking at, most of which were re-watches. In that sense, I actually feel really accomplished with what I completed. Having the opportunity to re-visit old favourites with renewed perspective while dabbling in some unfamiliar titles gave me a refreshing season of entertainment, along with a couple new serials to add to my favourites stack.