This Or That: Summer Tag

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I know we’re still in summer for well over a month BUT before we know it summer will be over, so I thought I would take part in this tag today before I NEVER get the chance to!

I found it over on lifethroughtsg which is run by Hayley. She didn’t tag me in taking part but I will anyway. I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend and Sunday. I’ve just had an amazing Lush bath. Enjoy the tag and make sure to take part yourself if you enjoy reading my answers.

1. Ocean or Pool
I like both to be honest for different reasons. When I went to Fuerteventura with Dane for the first time it was also the first time I went into the ocean properly and I actually really loved it! I’d probably choose ocean over pool though to be honest.

2. Beach Vacation or Wilderness
Definitely beach vacation! I’ve done wilderness before but I didn’t like it that much. I found that I couldn’t wait to get back home and I don’t want to feel like that when I’m supposed to be getting away.

3. Watermelon or Strawberries
Neither! Allergic to watermelon and I can’t stand strawberries.

4. Bikini or 1-piece
Bikini! At least you can get a tan on your tummy in one. 😛

5. Lemonade or Iced Tea
Iced tea!

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6. Hotdogs… grilled or over a fire
Either way as long as they’re cooked. 😛

7. Hat or Sunglasses
Sunglasses.

8. Windows Down or AC all the way
Windows open, I want to hear all the sounds whilst driving.

9. Tanning Lotion or Sunscreen
What’s the difference? Anything that keeps me protected from the sun and gets me a tan all in one.

10. Baseball Game or Concert
Concert!

11. Ice Cream or Popsicle
Depends on the mood I’m in really. Usually opt for ice cream though in this country and ice lollies in Fuerteventura.

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12. Fireworks or Fireflies
Fireworks usually but if I could see fireflies for a night I would love that.

13. Flip Flops or Bare Feet
Depends on the mood but definitely flip flops.

14. Water Balloons or Squirt Guns
Squirt guns are definitely more fun. 😛

So those are my answers for the summer this and that quiz! I really enjoyed giving it a go whilst I chilled out after my bath. I can’t believe that in just over a months time we’ll be into autumn weather. This year is going by so quickly!

Tell me, what’s your favourite and your least favourite thing about summer? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

I tag EVERYONE who reads this tag to give it a go! 😀 I’ll also be tagging a few of my favourite blogger beauties over on Twitter too so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely evening.

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Best Friend Tag!

I’ve been a bit quiet the past which, which I apologise for hundreds of millions of times! My reason for it is just because I’ve been too busy and tired after work and just wanted a bit of a break from blogging.

BUT I AM BACK and with a tag that I couldn’t wait to put up on my blog for you guys to read. I don’t know if I speak for many but I LOVE reading posts from bloggers that enable you to get to know more about the person behind the blog. I also love being able to find out more about them through their friends through posts and tags like this one.

Sadly I can’t remember the blogger who I found this tag through and when I tried to locate her blog my computer decided that it was a massive virus and blocked her blog. Oh dear. >.<

But yeah I wanted to do this tag to show all my bloggers what an amazing bestie I have and how much I love her! So we answered the questions to the tag via Facebook messenger and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. 😛

So I hope you enjoy this tag!

1. How and when did you meet?
Gabriella: On a forum in late 2008/early 2009. We used to talk on MSN, which shows how long we’ve been friends!
Nat: As Gabriella said we met on a forum that we do not name! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years next year! :O

2. What’s your favourite memory together?
G: That’s a tough one. I’d say meeting Benedict Cumberbatch together.
N: I’d probably say that day as well! I remember that evening so well, it was amazing.

3. Describe each other in one word.
G: Passionate.
N: Intelligent.

From back in 2010 when MSN was still happening!

4. What’s her dream job?
G: Something to do with acting or writing 🙂
N: A psychology teacher, Japanese translator/Japanese teacher or even acting or singing. ^_^

5. What’s her favourite makeup brand?
G: Oh god. Now that’s a tough one. I don’t think she has an ultimate favourite. She likes a lot of different brands.
N: Ooo I don’t know to be perfectly honest with you… I want to say Barry M but I put this down to her recently staying over and us looking at the Barry M goodies. 😛 Although I own a beauty blog, we rarely talk about make up haha!

6. What is something that annoys you about the other person?
G: I don’t think anything does really? I wish she’d have more confidence in herself, but I don’t consider that an annoyance.
N: To be honest that she doesn’t live closer because I miss her face all the time. Otherwise she’s perfect to me just the way she is!

7. If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be?
G: Japan! Preferably when we could see the sakura blossoms bloom.
N: Gabriella has already said it! Apart from Dane if there is one person I REALLY want to go to Japan with its Gabriella. I also want to go and see the sakura… I think we both need to plan something like this in the future…

Our last picture together, this was from Gabriella’s birthday last year! We are long overdue a new one. 😛

8. Favourite inside joke?
G: Ben and Tommy Cream Pie ice cream. XD
N: HAHAHA oh man I remember when we both thought of that! 😛 Oh man inside jokes… Anything rude and to do with men we fangirl over! Don’t think we can top Ben and Tommy Cream Pie ice cream though! I legit didn’t try and make a picture of that. 😛

9. Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?
G: Natalee definitely.
N: Yeah I always take ages to get ready.

10. Favourite season?
G: Summer, maybe?
N: Autumn for me. I love getting ready for Halloween and Bonfire night. September is my favourite month because of it. I’d like to say autumn or winter for Gab.

11. Favourite song?
G: I don’t actually know. We rarely discuss music.
N: Yeah we’ve never really discussed music much. I’d like to guess something by MCR though. I could be wrong…

Taken from the day we met Benedict Cumberbatch!

12. What is it like being best friends with someone who is obsessed with blogging?
G: I’m all for her having hobbies, especially ones that encourage creativity, and doing something she obviously enjoys so much.
N: Thank you sweetie! I love asking you to write for my blog too as I love having you be a part of something I love doing so much. 🙂

13. Heels or flats?
G: Flats!
N: FLATS! I do own heels and boots but I only ever wore them in my room as I was too scared to wear them out. I remember when we went to see Benedict Cumberbatch Gab wore heeled boots and I was all, “GIRL WHAT ARE THOSE ON YOUR FEET?!” Usually she wore Converse or Vans so I felt like I was witnessing a younger sister all grown up and going to the ball. 😛

14. Comedy, horror, or chick-flick?
G: I’d say comedy.
N: It depends I like a bit of everything. I love my drama films though, especially UK based ones.

15. What is something weird that she eats?
G: Marmite. It’s just gross.
N: Apart from Marmite Gab eats a lot of the same stuff as I do. I can’t think of anything to be honest.

Our first picture together! This was probably from back in 2011/2012!

16. You guys have anything matching?
G: I think we have a matching John Watson jumper? Other than that, I don’t think so.
N: You know what? I was thinking about that John Watson jumper the other day and how much I loved wearing it in the winter! With the brown elbow patches. 😛 I think we probably own some matching Primark/Asda pyjamas too but that’s about it. We need more matching clothes. Yuri on Ice maybe? 😉

So that’s the best friend tag! I had so much fun doing this post with Gabriella! I guess it’s a shame there wasn’t more questions for us to both answer really. I may create another one myself like this in the future to do a year from today? What do you guys think?

So who do I tag to do this post? EVERYONE AS USUAL! I’ll be tagging people via Twitter so keep your eyes peeled for those mentions. 😉

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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The Self Love Tag

I’m sorry my blog has been lacking of a blog post since my haul, but sadly due to being a mixture of busy and Dane taking too long to do his part on a blog post I wanted to get something out there before the end of the week!

We’ve been really busy sadly due to both being off work to chill out together and do work on the house. We have done zero relaxing and chilling and more WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK… 😛

Finally it’s Saturday night, I have some vlogs playing and I’m going to take part in the self love tag, which I found over on Sally’s blog Little Budget’s, which I’ll leave a link to here.

Here are the rules:

Answer all the questions honestly!

Tag 5 people you’d like to do this tag! I’m just going to put it out there, if you read this post you must take part in this tag! 😛

Anyway, on with the questions! 😀

1. What is something that’s getting you down at the moment?

Without going into too much detail about it, my job. It’s not what I want to do in life right now and without sounding like a dick, I am so much better than that. I have an MA for fuck sake and it certainly isn’t in the job I’m currently doing. Alongside that money, which again is down to my job.

2. What is something that makes you happy?

Spending time with my boyfriend and friends and writing for my blog. I know that’s probably classed as two things, but they’re both things that cheer me up no matter what.

3. Name 3 guilty pleasures.

Eating anything savoury, scouting eBay for geeky goodies and picking the ingrown hairs out of Dane’s face. 😛

4. What is something about yourself you want to improve?

I’d like to try and get back into shape again. I was toned as fuck when I first started my job and I looked hella good because of it! Now, whilst I have lost a bit of weight I want to be toned. I miss my minor two pack abs and hench as fuck arms. 😦

5. When was the last time you belly laughed?

Wednesday night/Thursday morning over at a friends house. We were playing games and we just hollered with laughter. It was amazing.

6. What is your biggest insecurity/fear?

I guess failing. I don’t want to end up looking back on my life and thinking, “Fuck Nat what did you do wrong?” I want to have a great job that not only pays my bills but enables me to do things I REALLY want to do. Examples being going to Japan, buying things I really want, paying off our mortgage, etc. As well as that I really do want to start my own family, but right now I’m such a mess that I just can’t and that fucking sucks. I just want to do well in life. 😦

7. Name a song that always cheers you up when you’re down.

Erm… I’m not sure to be honest I have so many! xD Right now the main song from Persona 5 makes me happy.

8. Name 3 things you like about yourself.

My eyebrows as they’re naturally amazing. My hair because it’s lovely, long and wavy. Finally… Probably (I know it’s two) but my boobs and bum. Over the years they’ve just got better and it’s nice to finally have a chest! That and Dane loves my bum, which is something I’ve always hated as I thought it was too big. It’s from him loving it that has helped me love it too. :’)

9. What is an achievement that’s made you proud of yourself this year?

I can’t say as I have one to be honest… I know that sounds dumb but I really can’t think of anything. So far this year it’s been a mix of massive emotions. If anything I know a few are proud of me for reaching out for help about my mental health, but I just feel like that isn’t enough to make myself proud sadly. So right now nothing has made me proud yet… Sadly.

10. Tell us your happiest memory.

Ever? Erm… Quite possibly when me and Dane went to Fuerteventura for the first time and went out together for little adventures in the day. Due to this it makes me really excited for September when we go again!

So those are my answers for the self love tag! Will you be giving it a go? If so make sure to comment on here and link me to your posts! 😀

Until next time all take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend so far.

 

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The Blogger Tag

SOOOOOO sorry that I’m a day late for a blog post, but I got busy with life… And sleeping.

To explain why I never got a blog post written yesterday short and sweet, I was up for work at 4.30am, YES IN THE AM! Got back from work at 1.30pm, stressed out about my PS4 not working and thus had to wait for Dane to come home from work about 4pm to fix said issue. He fixed it around 4.30pm and I was fast asleep. Woke up at 8pm, watching him play some games, watched Soviet Womble videos on YouTube (which in turn is an AMAZING YouTuber and you should check him out here) and fell to sleep about 10pm-11pm. Sleep was legit the reason for no blog post yesterday! 😉

So when I was trying to come up with an idea of what to write today I stumbled across a saved post on my Bloglovin’ account that I’ve wanted to do for agggggges! It is as you can see, The Blogger Tag. I wasn’t tagged to take part in this sadly but I’m doing it anyway, because I am a blogger… And because I can 😛

This tag was found on Life For Me Lately which is run by the lovely Megan! I’ll leave a link to her post here so you can read her answers to the questions. 🙂

Question 1 – How tall are you?

As far as I’m aware I am 5’6 or 5’7… 😛 Not short, but not tall. 😛

Question 2 – Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Erm… *calls Dane and asks if I have a hidden talent* Apparently he doesn’t know either. 😛 I don’t think I actually have any to be honest…

Question 3 – What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Oh God all sorts! I hate when people follow you on both Twitter and Instagram, you follow them back because you’re a polite human being and THEY FUCKING UNFOLLOW YOU! Piss off people who do this because it is just do damn annoying! That and when you follow someone on Twitter you get that annoying automated message bullshit. Urgh go away. 😛 OH and I also hate when people review make up and don’t at least swatch said items. I want to know what it looks like outside of the tube, thank you please.

Question 4 – What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

People who feel the need to go around spreading other peoples business. That shit has nothing to do with you. Also people who can’t say simple things such as please, thank you and excuse me. Just piss off with your impoliteness. 😛

Question 5 – What’s your favourite song?

I can’t just pick ONE favourite… Well I could. The song I’ve added is one I fell in love with growing up and it definitely helped shape my love for French house/electronic music. OF COURSE I love my rock, metal etc too but I love this song so much. One of the guys behind making this song is Thomas Bangalter who is also half of Daft Punk… FYI he’s the dude who wears the silver helmet. 😉

Question 6 – What’s your favourite social media website?

Definitely Instagram! 😀 I love it even more since creating an account to coincide with my blog. If you want to follow me by the way it’s @theremightbecoffeeblog.

Question 7 – What’s your favourite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Usually catching up on blog work, playing Persona 5 (I’m addicted to that game right now) and having some of my favourite songs on whilst I clean the bathroom. I like to dance whilst I clean by the way. 😛

Question 8 – What’s your favourite junk food?

There’s all sorts I love to binge on really… As long as it’s savoury then I’m happy! So usually pizza, crisps and cheese.

Question 9 – Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I don’t have any pets sadly. 😦 I’d love a black miniature schnauzer though!

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Question 10 – What are your number one favourite nonfiction/fiction books?

I’m always a sucker for Sophie Kinsella books, especially the Shopaholic series! Also love a bit of John Green too, my favourite being Looking for Alaska. OH and the Bridget Jones books are amazing.

Question 11 – What’s your favourite beauty product or tool?

Although I only have one I adore the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and I REALLY want more. 😛 I also love the colour changing lipsticks by Barry M too! I want to review them both very soon. Speaking of Barry M I always find their lip liners to be the best as well.

Question 12 – When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I’m forever embarrassed! What do you expect from someone with anxiety? 😛 Erm… Probably one of the last times I was was at work. A colleague made me jump, which in turn made me squeal quite loudly. I stood there for a while smiling and trying to pretend that what happened hadn’t. Oh dear. 😛

Question 13 – If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably Red Bull… I’ve noticed I’ve started to drink that loads lately. Either that or coffee, can’t live without my daily cup of coffee. ^_^

Question 14 – What’s your favourite movie?

Ooo this is a hard one! Either Spirited Away, The Green Mile or Forrest Gump.

Question 15 – What was your favourite lesson in school and why?

It was either drama or English, I couldn’t pick one or the other. I feel like I enjoyed English that little more as I found people thought drama was more of a class to piss around in than actually learn.

Question 16 – If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Either Fuerteventura or Tokyo.

Question 17 – PC or Mac?

Although I would sway more towards PC I would also love to have both (well we do seeing as I own a PC and Dane owns a Mac) because Mac’s are better for editing (both photo and video) software than PC’s in my opinion.

Question 18 – Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? (or kind gesture from a friend)

Dane gave me a quick kiss earlier on this afternoon. Nothing soppy, but nice all the same. 🙂

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Question 19 – Favourite celebrity?

Erm… I don’t know to be honest… I love loads I can’t really pick one. Ryan Reynolds is probably my favourite to be honest but I love so many! Examples being Simon Pegg is definitely one, alongside Amy Lee, Dave Grohl, Johnny Knoxville, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon and more but I can’t think of them right now.

Question 20 – What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

There’s a couple but they’re more YouTube vloggers than bloggers. Inc Ninkcompoop, Lily Melrose and Miss Budget Beauty.

Question 21 – Who is your biggest inspiration?

I really don’t know to be honest… I’m supposed to say my parents and it’s not that they don’t inspire me but sadly my mental health is so bad right now that I don’t have any motivation to do a whole lot right now to even be inspired to do anything… If that makes sense? :’)

Question 22 – What is your favourite blog to read?

Definitely one of my fellow geeky bloggers! Either Raiin Monkey or The Mini Mermaid. I just find a lot of their posts that they write I’ll always find something I love, especially on their wish lists.

Question 23 – What is your favourite high street shop?

I don’t know really as I don’t buy clothes much anymore really… I find I sway from different stores and right now I’m loving the bikinis New Look are offering! I usually end up buying pieces from Topshop though. Either way I don’t have a favourite. If there’s a store I’m loving right now it’s Killstar!

Question 24 – Are you in education or do you work?

I’m working, full time sadly. 😛

Question 25 – One thing you are proud of?

I’m proud of owning my own home. It’s so fucking hard to do right now, but me and Dane have formed a great little team and we have our lovely home to leave and come home to everyday and that makes me happy. I’m also proud of what amazing best friends I have! Aside from the house I’m also really proud of my blog. I love it so damn much and I try to work on it as much as I physically can. It’s getting better as each month goes on and that itself makes me happy.

YES! That was The Blogger Tag! I tag everyone who reads this post to give it a go. Of course if you do I want you to leave your blog  links in the comments or over on my Twitter @maybeecoffee so I can come and read your answers.

I hope you’re all doing well and having a great week so far. What a shame about the weather though huh?

Until next time take care all!

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The Geeky Girl Tag

Good morning all I hope you’re well! It’s nearly the weekend now and I thought it would be nice to do a tag post so that newer readers can get to know a little bit about me. As well as that a couple of weeks ago I hosted my first Twitter chat which went better than I could have hoped! It was geeky themed, so what better tag to take part in than a geeky one! 😀

I found this tag  over on Marvel Steph’s blog. You can check out her answers on her post here.

So on with the tag!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
Got to be my iPhone 6. It just does so much stuff and I use it for so much of late including blog related work, shopping, talking with friends. What more do I need to say really?

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
Urgh a Harry Potter question… I’m not a Harry Potter geek, not because it isn’t any good but just because I’m more into my Japanese related stuff, a big example being Pokemon. Whenever I’ve taken tests though online for fun I’m either Hufflepuff or Gryffindor.

3. Who is your favourite Doctor?
Urgh another question about something I have no interest in… I’m not a Doctor Who fan at all! It’s really not my thing. The only episode I have ever watched was the Adipose because they’re just so damn cute! 😀

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
I’d want to go and have tea and cake with the K-ON! girls and then watch them play some songs! ^_^

5. What is your gaming system of choice?
It differs really, I mostly use my 2DS but I play my PS4 and the Xbox One too. 🙂

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
I’d want to be able to disappear, like Simon’s power in Misfits.

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7. What is your favourite fantasy world?
I love Bioshock so much for Rapture. It just looks so chilling and haunting but with a beautiful side to it. I also love steampunk fashion behind it. I love when Infinite came out because it gave a new environment to the series, and another gorgeous one at that.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
I don’t think I’d be any to be honest… I like being human. 😛

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9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
STAR WARS ALL THE WAY!

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
Movies:
1. Deadpool.
2. Shaun of The Dead.
3. Star Wars.
5. Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
TV Series:
1. Stranger Things.
2. Black Mirror.
3. The IT Crowd.
4. Dexter.
5. South Park.

11. List your top 5 favourite video games.
1. Anything Pokemon.
2. South Park: The Stick of Truth.
3. The Lego games.
4. Minecraft.
5. Heavy Rain.

So that was the geeky girl tag! :DI tag all my fellow geeky blogger girls to take part! Please make sure to link your posts in the comments so I can read your answers. ^_^

Until next time take care all and have an awesome weekend! I know I will be, I’m seeing cKy tomorrow. 😀

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I’m Hosting My First Twitter Chat!

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Oh and it is so damn exciting! AHHHH!

GirlBoss Network recently put a tweet out there on their Twitter account (obvs!) asking for people to come and host chats for them. Of course I dropped them a tweet and asked if I could take part soon if not in the future. They said in the future at the time but the next day I got a message on Twitter asking if I could host this Sunday!

I’m a mixture of excited and nervous. I’ve never hosted a Twitter chat before so I’m nervous about not doing things I should be, or that my questions will be lame. Of course I am excited to take part in a chat that I’m hosting.

I love taking part in Twitter chats, especially blog related ones. It’s lovely to be able to talk and discover new bloggers through the chats. Of late I haven’t taken part in as many chats as I used to, but I intend to change that as of this week!

So, MY Twitter chat? What’s the topic going to be I hear you all ask? Well it’s going to be geek and nerd themed, OF COURSE!!!

I’m going to try and think of some questions from tonight now that the chat topic is set in stone.

The chat will be hosted for an hour and starts at 12pm this Sunday (20/04/17) over on my Twitter account @maybeecoffee

If you’re wondering what the Twitter handle is for GirlBoss Network, it’s here @GirlBoss_Net

So yeah I thought I’d share this exciting little bit of news today instead of a usual blog post!

If you have any questions to ask about the Twitter chat I’ll be hosting then please ask away in the comments down below or over at my Twitter account (@maybeecoffee).

I hope everyone’s weeks are going well so far! Me and Dane both have a week off work to get on with some finishing touches on the house, including the garden, hanging up some pictures, blah, blah, blah. OH and whilst I was mowing this grass this afternoon it started to snow… 😛 It only went sunny AFTER it was finished. TYPICAL!!!

I’ll soon be writing a post about the artwork I have in the house, I’m so excited for that!

Would you guys like me to do a house tour next week if possible? Make sure to let me know!

Until next time take care all and have a lovely evening… Hopefully snow free! 😛

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His N Her Manga Collection and Q&A

As regular readers will know, me and Dane are both massive fans of manga and our love of it is only growing more as we start and end another manga series.

I was writing and aiming for this post to be up on my blog around World Book Day but sadly due to life and how busy it can be, I never got around to finishing and publishing it on my blog.

BUT no time like the present and I’ve accumulated more manga since World Book Day which is amazing of course! I of course have included Dane into my manga collection as with both of our books combined we have a great collection so far. I also did some questions for both me and Dane to answer in relation to manga. So it’s kind of like a his and her manga post today! I hope you enjoy it.

Manga We Own

Dane:

Attack on Titan – Vol. 1-20

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall – Vol. 1-5

Attack on Titan: No Regrets – Vol. 1 and 2

Berserk – Vol. 1-6

Death Note – Vol. 1-6

One Punch Man – Vol. 1-10

Natalee:

Azumanga Daioh

Nana – Vol. 1-21

Nichijou – Vol. 1 and 2

Paradise Kiss – Vol. 1-3

A Silent Voice – Vol. 1-7

Sword Art Online: Progressive – Vol. 1-4

Wolf Children

Your Lie in April – Vol. 1-11

Manga We Want:

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall – Vol. 6

Attack on Titan: Lost Girls – Vol. 1 and 2

Berserk – Vol. 7-38

Masamune-kun’s Revenge – Vol. 1-3

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – Vol. 1 and 2

Nichijou – Vol. 3-6

One Punch Man – Vol. 11

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

Sword Art Online: Progressive – Vol. 5

Dane Questions & Answers:

  • What was the first manga you read?

Admittedly I have gotten into manga much later than I could or should have. My first manga was (is) actually Attack on Titan. After watching countless anime I watched the first season of Attack on Titan and couldn’t wait for the next season so I began reading the manga.

  • What is your favourite manga to date and why?

Easily Berserk. I have seen and heard about it in the past but always thought it was a manga that was “edgy” for the sake of being edgy. Granted the first arc of the manga does show Guts to be an edgelord (someone, especially posting on the internet who uses shocking annalistic speech and opinions that they themselves may or may not believe to gain attention and come across as a more dangerous and unique person) but he is kept likeable and grows over the course of the manga.

The world of Berserk is a dark one, the manga is very explicit in this and does not shy away from some truly WTF moments. It is not for everyone. It begins with Guts getting freaky with a crazy demon only to kill it mid coitus which is a great way to show what is in store for you. This is one of its greatest assets the fact it is not afraid of going balls to the wall with its story, there are some truly great characters and events that will make you smile and sometimes you will be cutting onions outside in the rain whilst miraculously keeping the book and everywhere but your face dry.

One of the other assets that make this manga worth people’s time is the superior artwork that goes into it. Kentaro Miura is a master when it comes to bringing his panels to life, the character design and the detail (particular the full spreads) are just sublime and you have to see them to believe. Every artist has their moments where some things don’t look quite right but Miura can be excused when he does things like this:

Seriously, anyone should give this article (http://www.exprofundis.com/the-art-of-berserk/) a read because it helps break down the inspiration behind some of the art and showcase some of the best images.

The manga was not my first experience of Berserk. I had tried to watch the anime on a few occasions but never got into it. I have always found it difficult to watch most 90s anime because it doesn’t always gel with me. After giving the 90s season another go I surprised myself when I had a thirst for more, so, like I did with Attack on Titan I began reading the manga. I also heard about the three films which cover the golden age arc, which is the same arc as the 90s series. To me the CGI in those films works really well and I enjoyed those adaptations the most and really makes you wish they carried on making more. The problem is neither really follow the manga chronologically, the 90s anime has a few minutes of the black swordsman arc to go into the golden age arc and obviously the films skip the whole first chapter. So what you are left with is no true adaptation of a brilliant manga.

This then leads me on to why you should stick with the manga for the time being: The 2016 Berserk anime series. Since the first season has finished airing it has been greenlit for a second season. It was amazing to hear that we would finally get to see the full story of Guts in animated form. Only to be disappointed with a horribly directed and crudely animated shit show. The story was mostly there, even some moments which fans expected to be censored or cut (If you dare Google rape horse). I won’t go into too much of a critique but it had some good moments but was overshadowed by some really bad moments. It showed promise and I hope that the studio receive more time and money to give Berserk what it deserves.

  • Any online websites or phone apps you suggest for reading manga on?

If you really can’t get the physical books to read I would recommend the manga rock app. It’s free, has decent scans and is what I used to read Berserk and some works by Junji Ito.

  • What is a manga you regret reading and why?

I don’t really regret reading any not in that regards. I have looked at some and thought “nah I can’t be arsed with that” but never have I spent the time to read one and thought why did I bother.

To answer the question in a different manner I would say I regret reading some of the short stories Junji Ito has created. They leave you with a sense of uneasiness I haven’t felt from a book before. He is the master of the full spread shock and horror. The stories are some of the most unique I have experienced too, the creativity astounds me and leave you eerily excited to know the outcome but you are always left with a gaping hole because horror stories hardly ever end well.

  • What is a manga you can read over and over again and why?

All the manga I am currently or have read is still in production so the stories are incomplete. I have Death Note but that is on my to-do list. So the only manga I can legitimately say is Berserk as I am currently on my second run after finally purchasing the physical copies.

  • What is a manga you would suggest people read when first getting into it?

Attack on Titan was a very easy manga for me to get into, it has a decent story and is mature enough to keep me entertained. It is also one that lacks the typical tropes I have found with Japanese media; the fan service, unnecessary cute characters, sweat drop and so on. I don’t mind those things generally but sometimes I feel they remove you from the immersion in a story and western viewers may not appreciate too much of it.

  • Is there a manga you think is overrated?

I cannot allow myself to say a manga is overrated because I have not experienced enough to judge. Although I will bash something in my own time I would feel unfair to claim something I have little exposure to. Especially as I can understand liking something that the general public would see as weird or too nerdy just because it’s different.

  • Is there a manga you think is underrated?

Anyone who has read Berserk I hope will understand why people like it, even if they don’t themselves. I don’t think there are any that I have seen which don’t have a cult following or a new anime adaptation due out.

  • Would you read any of the manga Natalee owns? If so which one(s)?

I would definitely give Your Lie in April and Nichijou a read as I have already taken a quick look and they have peaked my interest. Nana and Paradise Kiss aren’t really my thing, both are most likely brilliant in their own right (the anime for Paradise Kiss kept me interested enough) but it’s just not my thing.

  • What’s a manga you love but hate the anime of?

Berserk, as mentioned above. Hate is a strong word for it though.

  • What is the next manga you wish to buy and read?

I am currently purchasing as many Berserk manga as possible but it doesn’t really count as one I am due to read as I already have caught up to the latest chapter.

I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest so I genuinely don’t know.

Natalee Questions & Answers:

  • What was the first manga you read?

The first manga I read was Elfen Lied. I had wanted to read manga for years but I never knew which one TO read. After watching the anime over a handful of times I knew it was time to find the manga to read. Physical copies are hard to come by in Japanese and I don’t think they’re available in English so I resorted to reading it online.

  • What is your favourite manga to date and why?

This is a hard one because I love all the manga I have completely finished so far. I honestly can’t answer this question with one manga to be honest. I would like to say A Silent Voice as the story is so realistic and one that has really pulled on my heartstrings. It left me thinking too which I loved. This being said I also loved Elfen Lied and Nana, although Nana isn’t officially finished yet.

  • Any online websites or phone apps you suggest for reading manga on?

I have used a phone app in the past but I can’t remember what it was called. I hated it. It wasn’t the app itself but just the way I felt about it. I can’t remember the website I used when I read Elfen Lied. I just Google’d it to be honest when I wanted to read it.

  • What is a manga you regret reading and why?

I don’t think there’s a manga I regret reading to be honest with you. I usually check out the anime before reading the manga so I’ll always know if I’ll like the storyline or not. I don’t regret reading it because I haven’t bought it, but I do want to get Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid but the artwork doesn’t look as nice as the anime does… I could see myself regretting buying that one for example.

  • What is a manga you can read over and over again and why?

Definitely Elfen Lied as I love the story. I especially love how different it was to the anime.

  • What is a manga you would suggest people read when first getting into it?

Something light and quirky is always a good choice. Azumanga Daioh is one of the first I read and it’s an easy one to read and very funny! I suppose any anime you have watched and fallen in love with you should read the manga because the chances are you’ll love that more!

  • Is there a manga you think is overrated?

From what I’ve seen it’s definitely got to be One Piece. I haven’t read it and I don’t even know what it’s about but fuck it takes up most of the manga books in shops such as Nostalgia Comics in Birmingham and Forbidden Planet’s all over the country. I’m sure it’s amazing and all but there’s just so many volumes! Same goes to Naruto as well.

  • Is there a manga you think is underrated?

I want to say anything by Ai Yazawa but this being said I don’t think she’s underrated. Paradise Kiss is a classic alongside Nana, which isn’t even finished yet and very much sought after these days by Ai Yazawa fans alike. I’m saying it’s underrated because of how long the hiatus of Nana has been now. People have probably given up now on ever knowing what happens in the end. I however have a little bit of faith left in me. I hope we find out sooner rather than later what happens.

  • Would you read any of the manga Dane owns? If so which one(s)?

I don’t know to be honest… I’d love to read Attack on Titan and One Punch Man but I would worry they’d involve too much action for my liking. Surprisingly I love this in Sword Art Online: Progressive but I don’t think I would like it in Attack on Titan and One Punch Man. This being said I love the anime of both of these, especially the action behind them!

  • What’s a manga you love but hate the anime of?

I recently started watching the anime of Paradise Kiss to coincide with me reading the manga and so far I’m preferring the manga a hell of a lot more! I just find that there are huge chunks missing from the anime which sucks! The same can definitely be said for Elfen Lied too, which leaves the ending in the anime in a really poor manner. There is so much more to the story than the anime lets on which is extremely frustrating. I definitely recommend reading the manga if you love the show. It’s shit loads better!

  • What is the next manga you wish to buy and read?

I don’t want to buy it because I wouldn’t be able to read it BUT I really want to print off all the Elfen Lied manga and pop them into a folder so I can physically read them. I would want to do the same for other manga that isn’t available in English.

Besides that I want to try and have a look at Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid before reading to see if I’ll like it and Masamune-kun’s Revenge as I recently started watching the anime which I’m really enjoying. I can see the manga being just as good to be honest.

So that is our lonnnng manga post! Do you like reading manga, or have you just started reading manga? Make sure to let us know which series you’re reading or have read! We’d love to hear from you all.

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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