Fine, I am trying hard here, okey. It has to do with something, just wait and read on and you will see. I think. Anyway, I’m back again. How long is it? Three weeks? More? Not counting that game post then. I am in a way better mood now than I was back when I left this world. I can’t say that I am in a stable mindset yet, it is still up and down, and I turn myself in and out sometimes to get rid of some unwelcome anxiety that pops up from nowhere. It’s hard some days, especially now when the heat from hell has taken over the whole country. Temperatures above 30°C for weeks are not normal in this godforsaken place. I can count on one hand the days it has rained this summer. It is not normal. I want it to rain, dammit!
So, hot weather makes Lina grumpy. It makes my brain boil eventually. I am laying like a melting popsicle on the couch lacking the energy to do anything but watch anime and read manga. So, that is what I have been doing for the last month. It is very healing. Not just for a heat struck brain but a brain in turmoil. It is a challenge some days to gather my thoughts enough to put words together to full sentences when I am as bad as I have been. That’s when I watch anime. Dubbed anime.
People, a lot of people, have very strong opinions about dubbed anime. Well, this last month I am very thankful that dubs exist. I have always preferred subs over dubs but my brain have been so bad I haven’t been able to process the elements of speed reading and watching moving pictures at the same time. People who say that dubs shouldn’t exist should just shut their mouths. I am normally a fast reader and have no problem with subs, but at times like these I am eternally grateful that there are dubs so I can just listen and watch and not strain my brain with yet another element.
What have I done then, all this time? Other than watch anime and read manga, which I will get to a little further down, I have been in Stockholm. I was at a huge concert. Public record actually. Awesome it was.
Eminem was just amazing. The energy was electric. The audience was awesome. This is the second best concert I have ever been too (Yelawolf is still the best and that is probably because we had front row on that one and this one we had not. If we had, this would be number one but hey, they are both excellent artists).
What else? Nothing much really. I stay inside mostly. I don’t like people in general and during bad episodes I get afraid of people. Literally. I can go to the grocery store if my husband comes with me. I did go with my kids and my extended family to a theme park built around Astrid Lindgren’s books. That was 1 part fun and 2 part really hard. But i survived that too. You tend to survive if you have to I have realised through out the years. I don’t like to go without my husband though but I had no choice this time.
Another fun thing that happened. My car was broken into. Good thing; there was a witness and the cops got them straight away. Bad part; I got a letter a week ago where they told me they have closed the investigation in lack of evidence and that they can’t prove who did it. There were three guys at the scene. The witness saw it all so she can identify them and one of them had my husbands training pants on him. His fucking training pants! But there is no evidence. Not sure if I should laugh or cry. And then, two weeks later (after the break in, not the letter) my mom drives her car straight into mine. “Oh, I didn’t see it. I’m sorry.” It’s a blue, damn car. It’s hard to miss. I swear to the almighty above.
Back to where I started then. I have been reading and watching a lot. I also have been buying a lot of manga because you all know me; anxiety and buying manga sort of goes hand in hand.
What have I been watching?
Oh man, I am in love with this whole anime. Everybody is my bae. I am not joking, I can’t even dislike the bad guys. Well, maybe a little but still, it is such an amazing anime. I binge watched it in a week. I sent the kids, who are having a summer break right now, to their grandparents just so I could watch. I know, mother of the year. Well, I needed to rest and I chose to lay down with Edward. What can I say, I like them young. Shit, you didn’t just go there Lina? Maybe. Anyway, I have started to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood now but I can’t yet say which one I prefer since I have only seen two episodes so far.
Attack on Titan season 2
Again, a binge watch. I started to watch season two when it started to air but dropped it after two episodes. Not because I didn’t like it but because I am not good with this whole watch once a week concept. And AoT is completely useless to watch once a week because each episode always ends with some sort of suspense ending. I hate to wait, so I rather binge. Now, with season three closing in (and starting), I figured it would be good to be up to date in case I by chance would try to watch this season weekly. I won’t by the way, I am saving up some weeks and then start. Well, season two was great. There is nothing more to say. Stuff happened that should happen. It felt a bit like an aha moment but nothing we wouldn’t expect. There had to be those people. Ugh, I am not good at writing without spoiling but if you have seen it you know what I mean and if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for. Those people are interesting people and I think you might be surprised. I was. At least that it was those particular people. Unless you have been very observant from the beginning. But come on, no one really paid that much attention to them from the start. Or?
What else have I been watching? My memory is as bad as ever so I might miss something but I have started to rewatch Beelzebub. I will always rewatch my darling daddy Oga and baby Beel. It still is my number one and it will take a lot to push it down from the top. I hold that anime high. I wish the manga was licensed in English. I haven’t read it because it isn’t but I am seriously thinking about buying it anyway. One of a few manga I can consider own in a language I don’t master and I probably never will be able to either. It’s that or I try to find it in German and learn the language. Oh, that is actually fully doable. German isn’t too different from Swedish.
I am not totally out of the loop with the season either; Banana Fish, Free! Dive to the Future and Grand Blue are the three I will try and watch each week. I might not manage every week but they are rather easy to watch so chances are I can do it. The most heavy of the three would be Banana Fish. If it follows the manga there will be a lot of politics and underground gang war and sex slave trafficking. It is a rather heavy manga and I hate to see it treated lightly and just like a bishonen, boys love anime (yeah, I have seen those tendencies among some people and I don’t like it. I might write a post about this eventually.) Free! will always be Free! and that is a good thing. The boys have become men. Well, almost anyway. As for Grand Blue. I say naked men and you say… Of course Lina, we understand why you watch GB. What can I say, the first thing you see are a butt naked guy having a drinking party with his buddies. They are naked all the time and I mean all the time. Anyway, hot, naked boys diving in the ocean. I totally approve.
I have probably forgotten something but never mind that, let’s just move on to the manga.
What have I been reading?
I have read loads of manga. That and maybe mostly manhwas. I have had some sort of craving for korean webcomics. I can’t say what it is that makes them so special. Maybe it is because they are more down to earth realistic? They are more toned down. I don’t know but I have binge read and binge bought a load of them. I’m just gonna give you some titles and you can look them up for yourself. They are of course all awesome. Again, I will probably forget some…
Rans Magiska Värld – Ran to Haiiro no Sekai
I have written about this amazing manga before. It is well worth to mention again just how amazing it is. It is so beautiful and the story is really spellbinding. It’s not published in English yet, but good news people, it has been licensed in English and the first volume will be released in November I think it was.
Oh the beautiful princes of the far away kingdoms. The politics and the war mongering. There are so much drama in this love story. It is surely not for anyone but I love it. A prince takes his eloped sisters place as the bride of a prince in the neighboring kingdom. A highly political wedding, as most weddings are in that place and among the kingdoms. This isn’t really the place for a review, I am just supposed to tell you what I’ve been up too. Anyway, I was so happy when I found a set of the first six volumes at an internet auction site here in Sweden. Unread, perfect condition for only 20€. A bargain. I ordered the last three volumes at Archonia. They are not easy to find, not even Netcomics, who has published them, sells them anymore. Need I say I am mighty satisfied. Boy Princess is one of my favorite Boys Love manhwa.
Yeah, I know. I have said it many times; never read the manga before you have watched the anime. Still I had to go and read the manga. I actually watched the first episode of the anime and then decided to pick up the manga. I binged the manga. 19 volumes took me 5 days. I was so emerged in it I even forgot to eat at one point. I am gonna say this straight away, I didn’t care too much for it until I reached volume 11 or 12. If I didn’t have access to all 19 volumes at once I would probably never have gotten past volume one. But, this is a manga that has all the tropes I want in a good manga; politics, mafia, gang wars, drugs, sexual abuse; it’s all there. So, I kept on reading. The supposed love story was secondary. In the end I came to adore it. I just borrowed it but I might actually buy it now that it will be republished again.
I have probably read more manga but this is getting long now and you have probably gotten tired of my rambling. These three series are the long ones I have read and finished during this month; Boy Princess is 9 volumes, Ran is 7 and as mentioned above Banana Fish is 19. All else I have read is just chapters of stuff like Killing Stalking (yes, I know I wrote on Twitter that I was done but I couldn’t help myself. I still think it is a bad move from Koogi to make their relationship into something romantic-ish. Idk, I have bad vibes about where it is going. It should have ended by now. Never mind me, I should stay away from stuff that annoys me, Killing Stalking being one of them.) or one volume manga, most likely boys love. I also have some series I am in the middle of like Phantom Dream, Samurai Drive and Dokgo. Dokgo is absolutely amazing. It’s a webcomic about a delinquent who is avenging his dead twin brother. There’s so much violence and plotting, and it is just so good. And no, it is not boys love. There is however a slight possibility that I am a bit in love with Hyuk. (guy to the right) That guy is insane but oh boy is he insanely hot. Especially when he beats the crap out of every delinquent he gets his eyes on. Well, I recommend it to just about anyone who likes action and violence and awesomeness.
Well peeps, to get back to the title of this post. Slim is not back because slim got fat during this last month. Well, I never was slim but damn, I eat way too much when I got constant anxiety attacks. I have lived on ice cream and Fanta, and occasionally cookies. Very healthy. Anyway, I’m out!