Best Anime of Summer 2013

Ok, ok, I know this post is way beyond late because we’re already in the midst of October, but bear with me. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about anime and I felt it was about time to catch you guys up with what shows I’ve finished.

Photo from crunchyroll.com

Photo from crunchyroll.com

If you don’t know this anime just by looking at this picture, then I am virtually slapping you through your computer screen. This mighty fine piece of epicness is Attack on Titan, or Shingeki no Kyojin. I’d argue hands down that this show literally took the crown for “Best Summer Anime”… EVER. Usually when I hear a show has a lot of hype I’m normally that person that tries to stay away from it for the time being, but with the amount of positive feedback I kept hearing about AoT, it was impossible NOT to watch it. And I’m really glad I did.

So quick synopsis: The setting is this post-apocalyptic world where humanity resides behind three walls – Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. And for a century, humankind has lived peacefully behind these walls. Outside these walls are these giant creatures called titans and they eat humans. One ordinary day, a titan breaches Wall Maria and that’s where the plot begins.

The anime follows a young boy named Eren Jaegar who joins the Survey Corps (think of this as our marines) because he has this insane motivation to kill all the titans and journey outside the walls. He experienced his mother being eaten by a titan, so he will stop at nothing until he achieves his goal. He also has his best pals, Mikasa and Armin by his side and the three of them join the Survey Corps and kick titan ass. Yeah, buddy.

That’s about all I can say without giving too much away. This anime is LOADED with suspense and action. I can’t tell you enough that every episode is just filled with crazy ass titans and humanity fighting for its life. If you’re into that whole zombie phenomenon, you’ll enjoy this. (Not that there’s any zombies in this, but it’s the concept of surviving.) So, seriously, CHECK THIS OUT! You can watch it on Hulu and Crunchyroll. Season 1 just ended, so you can literally just start the series today and be caught up with the rest of us in no time.

On another note, I was surprised to see that this series became SO popular among my dance friends. In my head, I never really mix the two communities together so it was pretty bad ass to see my dance friends so engaged in this anime. I couldn’t be more proud. 🙂

Photo from crunchyroll.com

Photo from crunchyroll.com

So after watching a thought provoking and intense show like Attack on Titan, I wanted to keep my mind rolling with that same intensity and I landed here. This anime is called Sunday Without God and it’s beautiful and AMAZING! It’s not all action packed like AoT, but this show definitely gets you thinking and knows how to pull at your heartstrings like no other.

So quick synopsis: God has abandoned humanity so now humans can no longer die or procreate. He did however create these humanoids called Gravekeepers that’s sole purpose is to send the deceased off into the afterlife. The story follows a young girl named Ai. Her mother passed away years before the story takes place. She was the town’s resident gravekeeper so after she passed away, the position was bestowed upon Ai. No one in her town has died since her mother, until one day when a mysterious man named Hampnie Hambart comes into town and shoots everyone.

As I’ve said, this anime isn’t all action packed and intense like AoT, but this anime will definitely keep you on your toes. The story plays so well into your pathos because each character has a deep storyline. I think what makes this story so moving is because it deals with such a heavy topic like life vs. death. Overall, I definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a more down-to-earth, thought provoking show to watch. The show is only 12 episodes long and you can watch the entire series on Crunchyroll.

There was obviously a lot more titles shown this summer, but these are my two favorites that I recommend for those of you who are looking for a new anime to watch or want to get into anime. The Fall 2013 anime line up is in full effect and I’ve seen some good shit so far! Stay updated with my blog for my next post about what shows to watch this anime season.

Until then, loves!

-Ally

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Day 16: Another Pic of Yourself/Life Update

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

So I have no idea why this blog challenge insists on posting so many damn pictures. I mean, where the hell is the “challenge” in that? So I’m gonna make it more interesting and just rant about how I am today. 😀

Well… I hope that’s interesting to you. 😛

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TA-DA! Itsaaa me. And Miku! I was planning on seriously doing a selfie but Miku jumped in the picture and I couldn’t turn my best friend down! I mean, look how cute she is!

I can’t believe I’m over halfway done with this 30 day blog challenge. I meant to note that in yesterday’s post, buuuut I forgot. Oops.

I really love doing these challenges because it’s making me work towards something. Even though at the end of 30 days nothing will physically happen, I’m still going to be super proud of myself for sticking it out and accomplishing something… even if it is just writing blog posts.

Anyways, I had a pretty good week! In literally just one week, I rewatched the first season of Legend of Korra AND I started and am caught up with Attack on Titan. Yeah… I just have a lot more time on my hands now that I’m single. So uh… if you wanna hang out with me… let me know… I need human interaction, damnit.

First of all, KORRA! Ah, need I say more?! Watching it gave me the feels all over again. It’s such an AMAZING series and the fact that it’s on cable television from a big network like Nickelodeon just never ceases to amaze me. The Avatar and Korra series are seriously Nickelodeon’s prized jewels. There’s no other show on that network that even COMPETES with the level of content, characters, and fight sequences like these shows do. Honestly, the Avatar trilogy is probably what’s keeping Nickelodeon from dying out. Oh and the Kids’ Choice Awards too, I guess.

Btw, my current OTP is Korra and Mako. And in case you were wondering… hell yeah, I’m gonna be looking up some dirty fanfiction. You know how I do.

Now onto Attack on Titan. Can I just say I’ve officially been mindfcked at least 10 times watching this show?! And there’s only 16 episodes out! And by mindfcked I don’t mean that the storyline is hard to follow, I just mean that this show is just beyond epic. EVERYTHING from the character development, the artwork, the music, the plot, etc. This shit is TOP NOTCH. And I honestly haven’t been keeping up with any recent anime, so I really lucked out on this one. Attack on Titan was like the talk of the town at this year’s Anime Expo, so I decided to see what the fuss was about. Sure enough, I was not let down. If you’re looking to get into anime or if you need a new anime to watch, I definitely, DEFINITELY recommend this one. You won’t be disappointed. I seriously stayed up til 5 in the morning two nights in a row just watching episode after episode. It’s THAT good.

Other than that, I’ve just been doing my usual routine. Staffing at Boogiezone has proven to be the best remedy for me, as well as a great stepping stone. In case you don’t know, I currently intern and staff for Boogiezone Utopia in Torrance, CA. It’s more than just a dance studio… it’s really a dance community where passionate people can mingle and train together. I love hosting the community classes. It’s been such an honor getting to meet and take class from some of the best choreographers. And the best part is that I get to interview them at the end! Well what do ya know… my journalism skills just came in handy!

The best part of staffing/interning at Boogiezone is that I truly get to do what I love, in an industry that I’m striving to be apart of. It’s such a win-win situation for me. Plus, I’ve met so many awesome people so far. I’m really starting to feel like my life is going somewhere special.

The last thing that I’ve been doing is that I recently got back on that work out grind and healthy eating. Let me tell ya, this is proving to NOT be an easy task. I mean, working out is fun, but eating healthy is just so difficult for me! I don’t know why! Like, I’ll make good choices sometimes, and then all of a sudden there’s a bag of hot cheetos. Like wtf?! Where did that come from? Oh yeah, your inner fat kid just insisted on stopping by that 7-11 to buy that. Damnit.

Again, in case you’re wondering, I don’t go to the gym. I work out at home. 🙂 I watch Cassey Ho’s channel “Blogilates.” She’s an amazing Youtube fitness guru and I highly suggest you watch some of her stuff. She will destroy you.

But then you’ll be so hot and sexy afterwards, so it’s ok to get destroyed! ❤

And that’s about all I did this week. I’m going to a Disney audition tomorrow morning so I’m going to TRY not to stay up all night watching anime or Youtube videos. The keyword is TRY.

I’ll have that Ryan Higa vlog up soon on my Youtube channel, I promise! I’ve just been really distracted with Legend of Korra and Attack on Titan. Lol. Oops.

Oh and I’m really serious about waiting outside the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend to find some Youtubers at VidCon. Soo, feel free to join me! 😉

-Alice