Thursday, 21 March 2019

Three games that I am excited for in 2019

I feel like this year is a great year for games, maybe because all of my favourite game series' are seeing new entries this year! Here are the three games that I am most anticipating in 2019. (Minus Kingdom Hearts 3 which has already been released and I am currently playing)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

My first introduction to the Fire Emblem series was Fire Emblem: Awakening. It felt fresh, it was fun, it had a great storyline and it sucked me in. The Fire Emblem games feature strong characters and you can build relationships between characters of your choice. This is mainly done through putting two characters to work together on the map. The gameplay features maps that progress the story. On each map, you have to use your characters strategically to defeat the enemies and reach your goal. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest installment in the Fire Emblem series and it is the first main game to be released on Nintendo Switch. It looks amazing as always. In the build-up to the release of Three Houses, I am going to be restarting/ aiming to complete the other Fire Emblem games I own. These are: Fire Emblem: Conquest, Birthright and Revelation, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Fire Emblem: Warriors. Fire Emblem: Warriors is a blend of Fire Emblem and another series called Dynasty Warriors. Fire Emblem: Warriors features stories relating to characters throughout Fire Emblem history. However, instead of having a map and moving each character, you switch between characters in a first-person perspective and fight masses of enemies with each attack. I was surprised by how much I loved this game.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Top 5 Wednesday: Spring Reads

I have just discovered a group who post blogging prompts for every Wednesday. The prompt for today is spring reads. For this, I have decided to write about the top 5 books that I would like to read for the season of Spring. These are not necessarily related to Spring but these are books that I am very excited for.

The first book that I would like to read is Witch Hat Atelier volume 1 by Kamome Shirahama. This is a manga that I seem to be seeing everywhere! I am not going to lie, the cover is the first thing that attracted me to this book. The picture of the main character is really cute. As someone who loves manga-related art and paintings, this cover instantly drew my attention. Secondly, the title features the words ‘Witch’ and ‘Atelier’, there is a game series following different characters who run an Atelier, a workshop where they would craft food and products out of ingredients that you have found so when I saw this on a manga, I was intrigued. Witch Hat Atelier follows a girl who wishes to possess magic, which I can relate to as I always wanted to discover that I had a superpower. However, along the way she discovers that she is amazing as she is. I feel like this is a great lesson for anyone, you do not need to be magical to help people or to change the world.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

The TBR Purge: Update #1

Since posting about my own personal mission: the TBR purge, here is what has been happening:

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Orange by Ichigo Takano, Volumes 1-5 Review

I went into Orange not knowing much about the story. Within a few pages, I was hooked. Naho receives a letter claiming to be from herself ten years in the future. In it, she finds a list of regrets and actions that her future self wishes she had done. These letters relate to a new student, Kakeru. Without providing spoilers, this story features blossoming love, friendship and the concept of time travel.

I sped through volumes 1 to 5 of this manga. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the relationships in this book, they felt very authentic. I liked the glimpses into the future and the questions I had as I was reading. Takano manages to develop several characters whilst still focusing on the main storyline which I appreciated.

The main issue I had was that the method of time travel did not seem that possible and we did not see exactly how the letter was sent back. This is left to the reader's imagination from the clues that we have been given.

Overall, I really loved this manga. It had so many elements that I enjoyed and the mental health representation was something that I have not seen in a manga before. If you like manga, or would like to try reading it, I would really recommend this series.

Rating: 5/5 stars

TW: Suicide, Depression