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! 😛

TV Shows I’m Loving At The Moment

Now I wouldn’t exactly call myself a coach potato but I feel like this is pretty much an accurate term for me lately. As of late after both me and Dane finish work we either sit and play games online with friends or binge watch various TV shows. Mostly the later though…

There just seems to be so many TV shows out lately with new series that we need to watch! There’s so many that almost everyday we have a new episode to catch up with. This sounds worse than it actually is… 😛

So come and have a read about what TV shows me and Dane have been binge watching lately. You never know, you may just get some inspiration for what you can watch yourselves. 😉

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race – S9 (Netflix)

I’ve been a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race for as long as I can remember and as soon as a new season comes out I always make sure to keep up with the episodes. Spoilers are one of the reasons why, but it’s mostly due to wanting to keep up with which queen(s) are doing the best. I’ve always watched the show with Dane, which is really nice to be honest! I didn’t think he would be interested in giving it a go due to what it’s all about, but he loves it! My favourite in this season so far is Nina Bonina Brown. This being said though I’m not a massive fan of season 9 so far… It just seems like the queens don’t give much of a shit, or give too much of a shit. No one is really standing out right now for me. I just hope someone does soon! I want another Jinxx Monsoon! She’s my favourite queen! For the first time in the UK this is available on Netflix as and when a new episode airs. I used to have to look online for videos to watch when it came to getting my RuPaul new show fix!

  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – S1 (Crunchyroll and Funimation)

Out of all of these TV shows being mentioned in this post this is definitely one of my favourites. I’ve mentioned this show on my blog before. It’s about a dragon who is pretty much adopted by by a human and who falls in love with said human. More dragons come to the human world, another one who comes to live with them and others who live with other humans. It’s a very funny show and heart warming at the same time. I’ve started to read the manga of it and it is amazing!

  • Attack On Titan – S2 (Crunchyroll)

Both me and Dane have been waiting what feels like forever for season 2 of Attack On Titan to come out! We both love the show and we’ve been worried that the next season would never come out. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now and it’s amazing. Dane pretty much knows the basics of what is going to happen due to reading the manga. I haven’t yet read the manga for Attack On Titan and I’m unsure when and if I will. If you loved the first season of Attack On Titan then make sure to watch this season!

  • 13 Reasons Why – S1 (Netflix exclusive)

On this list this has to be my favourite one on the list! As soon as me and Dane watched the trailer for this on Netflix we knew that we would want to watch it! It’s based off a novel of the same name and the show is said to be loads better! The show is about Hannah, a girl who has committed suicide and records 13 tapes explaining why she killed herself. It’s an emotional roller coaster and to be honest it made me feel really low at the end of it. It’s an amazing show though and one I recommend everyone to watch as soon as possible! I might pick the book up in the future to read if I fancy it. This is a Netflix exclusive so if you want to watch it you need to have a Netflix account… Or you can be naughty and find it online to watch.

  • K-ON! – S1 and S2 (DVD)

Like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid this is another one of my favourite TV shows on this list. Dane recently became interested in watching K-ON! and popped it on for us both to watch one day. Since then we have been hooked and it’s definitely become a massive new love for us both. We haven’t finished watching season 2 yet, but I’ll be sad when we do however. I was going to buy Dane all of the seasons on DVD as well as the film on blu-ray but I left it in the end. I’m sure we’ll buy them on our week off together next week. I’ve bought all of the manga of K-ON! and I’m loving it so far!

  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge – S1 (Crunchyroll and Funimation)

This is a show I have loved and then been bored with… Which is strange! Dane has felt the same way about it as well. We usually stop watching things we get bored with, like anyone would be to honest. The only reason we have kept on with it is because we have watched so much of it already. It just doesn’t feel like it is going anywhere right now and we’re about 10 episodes in. I was going to buy the manga of it to read but I am so bloody glad I haven’t… This show just doesn’t feel like it’s going to have a decent outcome. This being said it is good… But I don’t recommend it. I would recommend all the other shows on this list more!

  • Peter Kay’s Car Share – S1 and S2 (BBC iPlayer)

This is one I haven’t really watched with Dane. He’s not particularly interested in stuff like this and although I’m not a MASSIVE fan I do love this show! It reminds me of the summer I was at university studying my MA and when Dane practically lived with me for 3 weeks whilst my family was away on holiday. It was lovely and pretty much a test drive for what it would be like if we lived together. So when season 2 came out recently I had to watch it as soon as possible! As the title suggests it’s about a car share. He drives and his colleague keeps him company in the car. You see their relationship grow from just colleagues to friends, to possibly something more. I was disappointed to learn after watching episode 4 that that was it… No more episodes for season 2. I mean what the fuck Peter Kay?! I say this due to how the last episode of season 2 ends. I can’t say anything without giving away any spoilers, but it’s a mixture of really shit and the perfect cliffhanger. Both season 1 and 2 are on BBC iPlayer at the moment so go and check them out if you’re interested.

  • Eromanga Sensei – S1 (Crunchyroll)

This is a new anime to be added to Crunchyroll recently and it’s one people either love or hate due to what it’s about. I’m watching it for a mixture of reasons. 1. The main female character is so fucking adorable and 2. I like the fact that she’s a manga cartoon artist and that her brother (the main male character) is a manga/light novel writer. These are both the sorts of job roles and creative talents I give my characters when I write. The part about the show that is riling people up is the fact that the two main characters are siblings (well adopted siblings…) and they’re meant to have a relationship together… Awkward… This aspect doesn’t appeal to me at all but the story line otherwise really does. It’s only 2 episodes in at the moment so I’ll see how it goes, but so far this relationship side hasn’t really shown. A few creepy bits have though… Otherwise it’s pretty funny at the moment and I’m enjoying it.

So those are some TV shows I’m loving right now! I feel like I have a show a day to catch up on, which is really sad but it gives me something to look forward to after work I suppose!

It’s not on this list but I’m currently watching Sirens, which aired on Channel 4 6 years ago! WOW I FEEL OLD!!! What TV shows are you loving and binge watching right now? Are you watching anything that’s on my list? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely Easter and are equally having a lovely week.

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Wish List Wednesday – Home

I was going to do a WHOLLLLE post about the garden soon and show off some inspiration about how I want to do the garden, but I wanted to write a wish list Wednesday post up this evening, so I thought why not do it now?

Me and Dane are both taking a week off next week together to work on the house together. Just any little bits and pieces we want to finish off and in June we should be doing up the garden!

There will be all sorts on this wish list from furniture, pictures and even some home appliances! So get yourself a cup of tea and have a read. I know I have a cuppa whilst I write this and I’m binge watch K-ON! with Dane. This list is obviously from both of us but I’ll be the only one writing, unlike my last wish list Wednesday list which was about Nendoroids both me and Dane want. You can read that post here.

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  • IKEA FLEKKE Day Bed – £349.99 (link)

Me and Dane are planning on putting a sofa bed into our spare room/office so that one of us can sit on it whenever the other is on the computer and for when we have guests over so that they have somewhere to sit. They recently brought out this specific bed in a dark brown colour, which makes us happy! It’s not cheap at nearly £350 but it’s so worth it! I’d want to get loads of pillows to pop on this as well as some cute plushies to jazz it up a bit. As there is storage underneath we could use that for all sorts of things which is great.

  • The Range Borneo Luxury Egg Chair – £249.99 (link)

I WANT an egg chair for the garden, I don’t know why but I do. They look so snugg to cuddle up on with a book and just chill out. This is of course what I want to have by the back door, or even on the grass by the shed… When we get the shed built. This one isn’t cheap however but it’s the nicest one I have found so far. We would of course look for a similar one but at a much friendlier price. 😉

  • B&Q Fresn Iridescent 3 Lamp Plate Spotlight – £30.00 currently reduced to £23.00 (link)

I’ve been after two of these spotlights for the upstairs and downstairs hallways since we bought the matching shade of these (which is here) for our front bedroom. Now they’re on offer, we have some cash spare to splash AND they’re on offer we may as well get them on our week off and get them fitted! Will mean we can get rid of the old ones that were here when we moved in.

  • Complexwish Sprited Away Print – From £8.09 (link)

I LOVE Studio Ghibli films and I especially love Spirited Away. It’s one of my favourite films so whenever I see any prints in relation to the film I more often than not want to buy them. This print is gorgeous to be honest and whilst I have a lovely one by Josie Sexton, I WANT MORE! I would pop this print in a frame and pop it up behind out bed. I’d probably get quite a big version of this print so that it fills the gap behind the bed. Either that or I’d end up putting it up above the fireplace in the living room.

  • Homebase La Hacienda Icarus Fire Pit – £53.28 (link)

Both me and Dane have always wanted a fire pit and now we have our own place we can do just that. We wanted to buy one last summer but never got around to it, so as the weather gets warmer we’ll be buying one of these babies for long and warm summer evenings in the garden. Homebase had loads when we popped in on Saturday and for the price this was one of the best ones we saw. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on it!

So that was our short and sweet wish list for home related matter! I do apologise that it wasn’t longer but there isn’t a whole lot we need for the house, we just need little bits and pieces now really.

I’m sure when it comes to it I’ll be posting some garden inspiration on here. I’ve been using Pinterest to gain some ideas, but so far nothing is really helping…

Do you have any home related items on your wish lists? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely evening.

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Happy Easter!

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I can’t for the life of me remember if I’ve ever written and wished my readers a happy Easter… Well no time for the present!

It’s late Easter Sunday now and me and Dane have had a really lazy day together. It was Dane’s birthday on Friday so we did contemplate doing a long weekend full of outings and nice things that he’d want to do for his birthday. Alas we didn’t really do that today.

As I did last year I baked Dane a birthday cake. Last year I made him a Deadpool cake and this year I decided to do an Easter nest cake to coincide with the Easter weekend. It turned out better than I planned and I loved making it. I’ve only had once slice so far, but I intend to polish off the last piece Tuesday on my day off of work.

Today consisted of playing retro games on my PlayStation 1 and 2, which was a lot of fun! Played some oldies such as Crazy Taxi, Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

I sadly didn’t get a copy of the Easter egg Dane bought before he smashed it and ate some, but we got a picture of mine! I haven’t eaten it still… It looks so cute and too nice to eat. 😥 I did however tuck into some Mini Eggs. Has to be done!

I also had myself a relaxing bath after starting out Easter Sunday dinner, which Dane finished off with a bit of assistance from myself.

For the first time ever I made my own roast potatoes and guess what? They turned out just as I hoped they would, if not better according to Dane! I’ve not made us a proper Sunday roast yet but I plan to give it a go very soon for my family. Me and Dane decided recently that for Christmas this year we’ll spend the day at home together and cook our Christmas dinner together. I know that’s a long way ahead to think of but it’ll be here again before we know it!

This Easter has been amazing and definitely one of my favourites. Not only was it Dane’s birthday, but we also spent a lovely long weekend together. We went for a birthday lunch with Dane’s parents, I baked his birthday cake, cooked our alternative Sunday dinner and we went to the Nature Centre in Birmingham together too and got to see the red pandas playing together.

It’s definitely been a weekend I’ve needed. The week after next we have a week off together to do fun things, as well as do some little finishing touches to the house. I honestly cannot wait.

Times like this remind me of how much I love Dane and just how much he means to me… Which is the world.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have had a lovely day, and weekend as a matter of fact.

Have you done anything special? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time take care all and I hope you enjoy the rest of the day.

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Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – Review

Boy has this review been a long time coming! Well any review lately considering I haven’t written one since February… Oops… If you’re curious why this is the case then make sure to go and read my latest post. It’ll all be explained there.

As the old saying goes, no time like the present and before I go to bed I am going to quickly type up this review! I’ve been thinking about what I’ve wanted to say on it for ages and after a lovely relaxing bath with a Lush bath melt and this on my face I know exactly what I want to say.

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I picked up the Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask by Elizavecca at the start of this year on my birthday. I had seen TK Maxx selling it online for months and at a bargain of £9.99 and I never bought one. I always left it thinking I would find one in one of their stores to pick up, but I never did. I’d always have a look for it as well whenever I went in! Of course I eventually found it and it was definitely worth the wait!

This face mask has been spoken about and raved by various beauty bloggers and I can see why. Not only is it a great mask for the skin but it’s really fun too! If you haven’t heard about what this face mask does I will of course be telling you in this review… As well as showing you.

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First of all I’ll quickly go into detail about the packaging. As you can see from the first picture it comes in a cardboard box but the product itself is in a round pot. My box has a sticker on it that tells you all of the information about the product in English, but various people I’ve read and watched talking about this product haven’t had any English directions on their packaging. I know you can pick this up from Amazon so if you do that just be aware yours may be all in Korean. You can always Google search what to do, or even look it up on YouTube.

There are some fakes of these floating around so be careful when ordering online, or even picking up in store. Elizavecca products have a special sticker on their products that say “ELIZAVECCA ORIGINAL” and an original number you need to scrape off to reveal. Snazzy, huh?

It doesn’t state how much product you actually get in the tub but it does say that it lasts 12 months from the product being opened, which seems good to me!

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Inside the pot itself you have a thick plastic lid that keeps the product protected as well as a white spatula for applying the mask to your face. I love that the mask comes with this tool as it makes it so much easier to apply to the skin!

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The plastic lid is vital for this product as it needs oxygen to get it to activate and work. This means you have to be quick when applying this to the skin. The longer you leave the plastic lid off the more oxygen will get to the product, which could leave you with a ruined face mask. Not what you want if you’ve spent a tenner on it!

As you can see from the face mask it is a dark grey colour and looks airy, almost like a mouse affect. It reminds me of a thick gel when applying to the skin and has a lovely cooling feeling, which will be great for hot summer evenings.

On the directions it states to apply evenly onto dry skin. After a while the mask will bubble up to twice it’s size! It states that it’ll do this in 6 minutes. After this time you are to apply a tiny bit of water to the mask and massage for 2 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.

I like to apply this face mask before a bath or shower so that it makes for it being washed off easier.

I decided to take some pictures when I applied this mask, after 3 minutes, after 6 minutes and after massaging the mask with water for 2 minutes. I didn’t bother getting any after pictures as there isn’t a noticeable difference. I will go into more detail about that though. By the way, please excuse any silly faces I made when taking the pictures. How could I not when I look like a rain cloud? 😛

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After application

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3 minutes after application

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3 minutes after application

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6 minutes after application

 

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6 minutes after application

 

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After massaging for 2 minutes

As you can see from the pictures the mask does bubble up in a short period of time! I have to say when you first apply it to the skin and it starts to bubble, it’s really itchy! My nose always feels tingly and like I need to constantly itch at it. This is because the bubbles in the mask are popping and working to draw out any crap in your pores and skin.

Although this doesn’t show any visible evidence of doing anything to the skin, I do find that my skin feels lovely and soft after use, especially on my cheeks! I find it gives my skin a lovely boost of hydration too, which is what I needed throughout the chilly months at the start of this year.

I’ve used this face mask on Dane before as he wanted to give it a go himself. He was sort of my little guinea pig in seeing how it works on blackheads on the nose. Neither of us noticed anything different from before we applied the mask to when we washed it off, which was a shame. But even Dane said it made his skin feel lovely and soft which I was happy about.

Overall what do I think of this mask? I think it’s a fun addition for any face mask lover to add to their bathroom cupboard. I love using this once a month as a fun treat during a relaxing bath. I love Korean beauty products and I knew when I heard about this one that I would love it! Elizavecca is a great Korean beauty brand to try so keep your eyes peeled for her products in TK Maxx, they go for amazing prices in there!

If you want to pick up one of these masks for yourselves then that may be easier said than done. Whilst I even struggled to find mine I eventually did. These used to be available on Amazon quite a lot but sadly it now looks like the fakes have taken over. Make sure you’re not buying the fake mask! You’ll know it’s fake as that one has GREEN packaging whilst Elizavecca’s has GREY packaging. Same goes for the product itself. It will also have a completely different label and picture of the pig on the front.

What do you think of the bubble clay mask? Will you be giving it a go, or have you already? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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Y U NO REVIEW?

I legit made this meme just for this post today! Oh what a sad loser I am. 😛

So regular readers are probably wondering why I haven’t written a review since my Barry M liquid lipstick one in February (link here if you wish to read it), well I’ll tell you.

The main reason I haven’t written any for a while is due to my lips and how fucking sore they have been the past two months. I have mentioned in previous posts how I have had really sore lips and how it was cold sores, alas this wasn’t the case.

After months of trying to get appointments at my doctors and various tubes of lip balm I FINALLY got an answer for what is wrong with my lips, as well as some medication for it.

I have angular cheilitis which is basically another term for sore and dry lips. HOWEVER mine is so bad it has turned into an infection and I’m not using fungal cream to get rid of it. Urgh. I can’t complain though, at least it is starting to heal… Well I hope anyway!

Sadly it appears to have been caused by stress, so I’m hoping when it has healed and gone away that it won’t come back. I am constantly stressed at the moment, which in turn sucks. 😦

So this is why I haven’t been able to review lip products, but it has also prevented me from reviewing any face products due to either not feeling comfortable taking pictures for posts, or I’ve worried about using certain products in case they caused the sores to flare up and get worse. Example of this being face masks, which I have wanted to review for AGES now.

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I know this sounds like a huge excuse but the sores on my lips are pretty ugly to look at and due to them I haven’t felt all that confident in my looks lately. Both me and Dane recently discovered Snapchat on an evening out with some friends when they were showing us all the pictures they had taken with the filters. We now love playing with the filters together when we’re at home. We don’t use it otherwise to be honest. Due to being able to hide behind these filters most of the pictures I have shown off online had been of me as a bunny.

I have just honestly lost my confidence in my appearance since these sores came on my lips… Not that I had loads of confidence to begin with. I mean, how do I know someone isn’t thinking, “Urgh what the fuck is going on with her lips? She got herpes?” or even as cringey or crude as it may be for some to read, “Fuck she’s sucked some infected cock if she has sores like that on her lips!”

No this is not even the case and although I doubt most will be thinking these things, some will! People do think things like this.

The sores may also make me look unclean, which I’m definitely not! I’m a cleanaphobe and I like to try and stay as clean as possible, especially if it means I’m leaving the house. I have a wash everyday and if I don’t it’s because I’m not well enough to or I feel like crap. These days are VERY rare.

So that is the main reason I haven’t been reviewing anything lately. I like to take pictures with me wearing/using the products most of the time and due to the sores it has put me off taking any pictures and thus not reviewing anything.

I know I don’t have to show my face when reviewing certain things but I like to do just that to be honest. I like to show off how a lip products looks on my lips and the same goes with showing off how a face mask looks too. I don’t see why more bloggers DON’T do just that to be fair.

As well as not feeling and looking all that well, I haven’t really had much time to write review(s) due to the shifts I’m currently working and I haven’t felt all that great mentally… But that’s for another blog post.

This one I have pretty much rambled! Until my lips are good again I won’t be able to do any beauty reviews, HOWEVER I will be trying to write some reviews for films, anime and manga.

I want to try and make my content more geek and nerd themed because that is who I am and I don’t want to just become a beauty blogger. I want to get the hashtag going for geeky and nerdy bloggers too!

If you’re one of those make sure to drop me a hi over on my Twitter account @maybeecoffee so we can chat all things geeky and awesome!

Sorry again for the ranty post, but I just wanted to set the record straight as to why I haven’t written any reviews lately.

On that note! What would you like me to review? Lip products? Face powder? Perfume? Lush? What? Tell me and I’ll see what I can get up on my blog soon.

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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