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Psychic Power: My new love for Mob Psycho 100

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Hello! Sorry for being absent the past two weeks. I’ve been social, which left me little time to write. However, I’m free tonight and we can get right back on schedule! Before I begin with Mob Psycho 100 I have an exciting announcement to make.

One Punch Man WILL GET A SECOND SEASON! I’m so excited! I really enjoyed the first season of the anime and it had all my favorite seiyuu in it too. I’m looking forward to the second season coming out soon.

Now let’s talk about One’s other series Mob Psycho 100. One of my favorite things about this series is how Kageyama wants to use his powers to help. He knows he’s powerful, he knows that he could use his power to control others when he doesn’t. Kageyama wants to get through middle school and figure out his future like other kids his age, but he doesn’t get the chance to have the normal life he wants due to his psychic powers. What I really love about Kageyama, he doesn’t angst about them or blame them when something happens. He really doesn’t want to hurt anyone with them which is the reason behind why he has such a tight leash on his powers. He’s a great character among others in the series.

The characters in the series bring their own personality and powers which works well with Kageyama. The different variety of characters add their own flavor to the show and Kageyama’s life. There’s his teacher Aratake Reigen, who’s really a con man, that uses Kageyama’s powers without him knowing it. While he does try to pass off Kageyama’s powers as his own he’s a nice guy that does care about him and gives him advice if Kageyama needs it. Another character that stands out is Ritsu, Kageyama’s little brother, who hides his own problems from his sweet older brother. However, I have to admit that one of my favorite characters have to be Musashi Goda, the leader of the Body Improvement Club, that Kageyama joins. Musashi and the other members of the club are so cute! They help Kageyama try to improve himself, helps him save the previous club, and encourages him so much. They even help other people in the school too. I’m happy that Kageyama has people like that on his side.

Along with the characters, the story line adds an additional charm to the show. Each episode has the countdown of how far Kageyama’s has to go before his powers explode due to the stress he goes through during his day. It can relate to what happened earlier in the episode or the series that comes back in another episode, so it makes it easier to remember people that have been introduced from before. Those people have a way of tying in to the overall storyline of Kageyama trying to be a normal middle schooler, but it doesn’t shy away from issues faced in middle school like peer pressure or the stress of figuring out the future. The story lines might come off as simple of the surface, but it becomes bigger when something happens that will lead into another episode or reveal something new about a character.

It’s little things like that which makes Mob Psycho 100 a very enjoyable show. If you have the time check it out!

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Preview of Psychic Power: My new love for Mob Psycho 100

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Hello! We’re back with a new show that I’ve been watching. The show is called Mob Psycho 100, it’s about a young man called Shigeo Kageyama who has psychic powers, but he doesn’t want to use them very much. He knows how dangerous they can be so he tries to keep his emotions on a very tight leash. However, when he becomes very emotional his powers come out. He does try his best to keep it under control despite the different stresses in his life. Kageyama has a part time job where he works with Arataka Reigen, who fools people into thinking that he’s the powerful psychic, but cares a lot about Mob. This show is created by ONE the same mangaka that did One Punch Man, so I really looked forward to watching it. If anyone wonders why the art looks different Yusuke Murata, the mangaka from Eyeshield 21 did the art. I like ONE’s style though and I enjoy the story too.

Due to me not keeping up with my schedule I’m going to post a small summary about Mob Psycho 100. Next week I’m going to talk about how much I love this show.

Until then, see you!

Play Ball: Diamond no Ace Chapter 2 (read through and thoughts)

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Hello everyone! I’m back with my Daiya read through! Sorry for taking so long to update this, but I’m hoping to try and get myself on an updating schedule that I can use. Alright so when we last left off our sweet protagonist Eijun Sawamura has been introduced to the amazing baseball school Seidou and is going to face the almost pro player Azuma Kiyokuni with troublemaker Miyuki as his catcher. Now let’s begin chapter two!

-The chapter starts out with the recap of what happened in last one with Eijun getting ready for his match with Azuma with Miyuki as his catcher. It’s nice to see that despite his earlier bravado he’s still a bit nervous about pitching. It’s so cute to see.

-I really enjoy the way Miyuki riles Azuma up, but goes over to help Eijun when he gets nervous. I feel like Miyuki knows more about everything than what he’s letting on.

-It was cool to see the way Eijun could switch his play in mid swing. He already has a good eye on how he plays even though he hasn’t had any proper training yet. I know it’s to give Eijun room to grow, but I still like being able to see him that he has more to learn.

-I know Miyuki likes to joke as a way to help calm Eijun down and that’s something I really like about him. I like how he’s a jokester, but he wants Eijun to do his best. It’s like he’s helping Eijun get over his nerves, though in his own way. It’s sweet to see that he’s doing it in his own way and he can see Azuma come down too. Another plus for Miyuki.

-In his own way Miyuki showed Eijun that he doesn’t have to try and come up with the plays all on his own. I think because Eijun spent so much time focusing on his old team that he didn’t focus on himself. I only started, but Eijun looks like the type of character to care more about everyone around him instead of himself. While in turn Miyuki probably cares more about himself with little people he cares about here and there.

-After Miyuki talked to him, Eijun found another strength he has. He also learned something new in the process.

-Eijun’s face when Miyuki calls him partner will always be the cutest. It’s almost as if he hasn’t had a partner before and now he has one with this pitcher he just met. Then he gets upset afterwards and it’s one of the many reasons why I love Eijun.

-The match continues on with Eijun learning how to throw different balls to throw off Azuma. Each time he throws one Azuma can’t hit it. The look on Miyuki and Rei’s faces were great. They’re going to really support Eijun in the future I can tell.

-During the match Eijun and Miyuki starts using signals to each other. Eijun is starting to trust Miyuki little by little in this match even though he didn’t like him very much at first. I think that’s going to happen a lot between them.

-It’s only his first unofficial match, but Eijun’s potential is coming through. His special move might be a fastball since it looked like that was something he subconsciously held back due to the members of his previous team. He didn’t want to overshadow them. Eijun continues to be very sweet.

-I like that Rei could see his potential and knew he would be a good fit for Seidou. She continues to be very awesome to me, especially with the way she describes how Eijun didn’t know he had the potential to be great, until his last match when it came out by accident. I hope we can still see her in the future.

-When Eijun figured out his own pitch and the amazing face he made was very cute. I know I mentioned it a lot in this review, but he’s a very cute protagonist.

-It was nice to see Eijun’s confidence once he knew Miyuki had his back. He was able to throw his pitch much better than the first time around.

-In the end he won his match and learned something new about the skill that stayed dormant in him. Between Rei and Miyuki it finally came out. It can only grow from there.

-However, now Eijun has to make the tough decision about telling his friends that he won’t be going to school with them. It’s going to be a very hard thing to tell them.

-While Rei didn’t push him to go to Seidou, she pretty much knows what his decision is going to be. Something that will happen next chapter.

I’m really starting to enjoy the series. I’m looking forward to reading about Eijun and Miyuki’s growth together as a team.

Next chapter starts Eijun’s next chapter.

See you then!

Play Ball: Diamond no Ace Chapter 1 (read through and thoughts)

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to start my reading of Daiya no Ace or Ace of Diamonds! Yes, I’m still reading Haikyuu every week along with One Piece, but I saw pictures of these characters around tumblr and other places of social media that I’m on that I was curious about it. I am a big fan of sports anime. I’ve watched Free that I enjoyed very much along with Kuroko no Basuke and Prince of Stride that when I saw Daiya no Ace I decided to pick it up. It’s pretty cute! I really enjoy it so now I’m going to talk about my reactions and thoughts while I catch up on it. I’m already in love with a character called Ryosan and his little brother, but I want to know more!

Okay so we’re going to start with Chapter 1.

-The chapter started and I’m already in love with Eijun Sawamura. He’s so positive, upbeat, and he cares so much about his friends. I find it funny that he’s so passionate about the game that he slapped the other team. It got him into trouble, but it looks like this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this judging by his teacher’s reactions.

-I already started reading, but it stinks that his middle school is going to be knocked down. I’ve only read the first chapter though it looks like being passionate is something that Sawamura does a lot. It makes me want to know more about him. I do like characters that are passionate about something I think that’s really nice.

-His team and classmates are so cute! The way they support each other is really sweet. I’m a sucker for classmates and friends that have each other’s backs through thick and thin. It’s something that I find very sweet. It also looks like they’ve been friends since childhood too. Another trope that I enjoy very much, but that’s for later.

-Of course Sawamura doesn’t have good grades. That’s something I sort of expected, though once again that’s another character type I enjoy. The super sweet guy who’s into sports, not really into his studies. Not everyone can be super smart and cool too! His family looks like they’re really funny and supportive of his decisions too.

-I like the way Rei Takashima is introduced. She’s a scout for the Seidou high school in Tokyo and she looks like she’s very businesslike. I’m sure she’s probably been called bossy, but she knows what would be good for Seidou and goes after it. That’s something that I love to see in female characters the drive to succeed and help their school succeed too. I like that she has a keen eye for success too.

-Sawamura’s dreams to continue playing baseball with his friends is super sweet. Can Sawamura be even sweeter? His reaction to the training camp is so funny!

-The training camp and the explanations for it is really good. It looks like this is a school for students who are very serious about going pro or playing baseball. Sawamura’s reactions are the best and the way that Takashima explains everything too. She really cares about the school it’s so cute.

-There goes Sawamura jumping into things without thinking. I could understand that though I didn’t like the way the pitcher was bullying the other player.

-Miyuki! I’ve seen a lot of pictures of him and I’m already loving him. That smile looks like he’s a troublemaker and I love troublemakers.

Okay I’ll stop there for the day where Sawamura faces off against the pitcher that he ticked off due to that quick temper.

See you next time!

A Few Changes to the Blog

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I won’t be going a long hiatus I was just thinking about making some changes since I started writing again. I think I’m going to be posting more about my life after college and some of my experiences since I’m not a student anymore. I’m going to be doing Fan Friday, but I really would like to do something daily with my reactions with manga I’m reading. I also want to do a re-read of One Piece (that’s one of my favorites) so I think I’m going to be doing that with Daiya or Diamond no Ace. It’s a sports manga I started reading about baseball. I’m all caught up with Haikyuu (and crying about each chapter every week) I was thinking I could post my thoughts and reactions to Daiya.

I’m going to get back into fiction soon but I’m not sure if I want to do it on Wednesday like I did before, but I know I want to get back into posting my original stuff daily. I might do Second Chances daily since that’s more like writing a journal entry and New Home monthly since I have a lot of things I would like to plot for it.

I was also thinking of putting up an editing post soon since that’s what I did in college a lot, though I’m wondering if I should go through paypal or set up a Patron that way people can support my blog if they want to and have different services they can choose from such as another manga review post (since I’m thinking of doing Daiya one day and a re-read of One Piece on another), but I might hold off on One Piece because reading Daiya won’t take me too long.

So those are the changes coming soon to the blog. I can’t thank you enough for still coming to this blog to check out my stuff. Thank you so much!

Geek Friday: Get that Ball! (My new love for Haikyuu!!)

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Hello! Welcome to another Geek Friday! Today I’m going to talk about a manga that I’ve fallen in love with this week and that’s Haikyuu!! This manga is about a volleyball team at Karasuno High School and the lives of the players, students, and different schools. I’ll be honest I didn’t expect to get so invested in a manga about volleyball players, but I have! I love so many things about it! Don’t get me wrong I love my slice of life manga, though I normally go towards romance when it comes to slice of life. I’ve watched Free, which I’ll talk about next time, and I started Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko’s Basket), but there’s something about Haikyuu that gets me so pumped!

While I love many things from the show I’ll narrow it down to three things that stand out to me every time I read it.

  • The schools

One of my favorite things about Haikyuu are the different types of schools and the way the students have characteristics with it. Such as Karasu in Karasuno means crow and the students from that school have some similarities to crows along with the way Hinata, one of the main characters, can jump so high it looks like he’s flying. The same happens with Nekoma that has the word Neko in it which means cat. The students of that school has cat eyes and Kuroo, their captain, lands on his feet. Each school is unique with their different students, coaches, and reasons why they all want to win that I love it so much!

  • The characters

Another thing I love about the story is the characters! Every character has their own strengths, weaknesses, reasons behind their motivation for joining the team, and many more. The story starts out with Hinata Shouyo, a short guy that’s motivated by a player called the small giant, which pushes him to join Karasuno’s high school volleyball team. He’s such a ball of sunshine and doesn’t hide how much he loves volleyball or being part of a team. However, that doesn’t mean Hinata doesn’t have things he worried about or doubts. The same with Kageyama Tobio who’s learning to play with a team after he pushed his team away in junior high. Then my favorite Koushi Sugawara who’s a third year that’s going through his own problems with having Kageyama come in that shares his position with Kageyama as setter.

Currently I’m at the part where they run into Nekoma high school and it’s been a pretty exciting read. I’m really interested in seeing how everything turns out too since Suga and Daichi, the captain, are going to be graduating soon. The characters really carry the story and make it interesting. I’m learning to try and do this with my characters. I hope I can lead my stories the same way too.

  • The story

I know it’s a story about volleyball and the trials of high school, but it’s really entertaining to me. Everyone has something invested in their team, school, and dreams. I love the way that they encourage each other on their teams. Each character has something that makes it easy to relate to. While I love my epic battles in space or mages coming together for a common goal, there’s something about slice of life that makes me happy. It’s something that I can relate to and it makes me cheer for the characters even more. I know on the outside it’s a story about a volleyball team then when you read it there’s more to it than that. No there’s no epic space battles, but you don’t want your favorite team to win or that one character to get what they need and for that one character to feel better. The story is good and will keep you entertained too.

I love it and I never expected to fall so deep in love with it, though I don’t mind. I always saw it around there were different pictures of the characters too that I wanted to know what it was about.

I’m glad I did! If you like sports manga, slice of life, and wonderful characters check out Haikyuu!!

Geek Friday: Do you want to join my crew? (My love for One Piece)

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Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite mangas. I know I have a lot, but this one I love very much and is in my top ten. The manga I’m talking about is One Piece! When it first came on at 4kids on Sunday mornings I didn’t like it. There were so many things cut out and changed that I didn’t know how amazing it is! I started watching it after my brother showed me a video of this amazing fight between Monkey D. Luffy and Rob Lucci, one of the enemies in the series, and it was great!

It was from there that I caught up with the manga, which was over 400 chapters at the time, and I enjoyed it so much! There are so many things in One Piece that I enjoy so much! There’s the way that everyone joined Luffy’s crew that’s called Strawhat. It was all in their own way and it was very heartwarming too. I really enjoy the variety of everybody on the crew from Luffy, their captain, who cares so much for his friends and family and he’s a rubber man. Zoro, the swordsman that is an awesome fighter, but can get lost in a minute. Sanji, the cook that always fights with Zoro and loves the ladies of the ship.

Chopper, a reindeer that ate the fruit of their world that made him human and became the ship’s doctor. Franky, a cyborg that is also a shipwright and I love the way he can be so energetic. Robin, an archaeologist that’s looking for the world’s history and ate the fruit that can cause multiple hands to grow out of their body. She can make multiple hands too. Nami, the navigator that makes sure they can lead them and can’t forget her love of money! Brooke, the musician who ate the fruit that gave him a second chance of life as a skeleton. I love that he has an afro, can play music, and is a skilled swordsman.

Of course, I can’t forget the amazing captain Usopp! He’s a sniper and has helped to fix the Merry, their first ship, many times before. He’s an amazing artist too. He may be a coward, but he can also be one of the bravest people there is and make sure that nothing happens to their crew.

These are only generalization of the crew because if I really go into why each one of the Strawhats differences work so well in their crew this post would be much longer. That’s one of my favorite things about One Piece, how everyone from these different backgrounds can come together and work so well. It has to be the first show I’ve watched where I like everyone in the main crew! Then there’s the amazing world with the Devil Fruit, these pieces of fruit that tastes very bad, but gives the person amazing powers.

Luffy, Brooke, Chopper, and Robin all ate a different fruit. Luffy ate a fruit that made him a rubber man, Brooke ate a fruit that gave him a second chance of life, Chopper ate a fruit that made him human, and Robin ate a fruit that gave her the power the sprout different limbs anywhere. If anyone eats a fruit then they can’t swim in the ocean. That’s one of the downsides of eating it, but the powers are really amazing.

I love the way One Piece shows different things too such as government cover ups with the recent arc, prejudice in the Fishman Arc, accepting others and changes in the Enies Lobby arc, and many more. Some people don’t like the art or the length, but those are things I enjoy!

It just reached it’s 800th chapter this week and it ended in a very nice way. I can never guess the way the story is going like I can with other things, it’s very refreshing. It keeps me guessing because I never know what’s going to happen next. I know the length scares people, I assure you it’s nothing to be afraid of. You can break it up into parts and read it like that, that’s what I did. It was a well worth read.

I really do recommend One Piece. There’s action, adventure, heartache, heartwarming scenes, and everything in between.