News & Stuff #4: NYCC Edition

Last weekend I was one of the chosen ones who were able to acquire an NYCC 4-day pass so that is where I spent my days!  There was so much exciting news that came out of New York Comic Con that I wanted to make a video to share some of my favorite upcoming things.  One thing I forgot to include in my video is that VIZ Media is coming out with a Pokemon art book! I cannot wait.  Gimme all the Pokemon things.  Also is it Sun & Moon release day yet?! Anyway, I think Marvel was the clear news winner at NYCC this year but I’m also super excited about the new Shoujo manga that Kodansha got licenses for.  What are you most looking forward to?

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Sweeties Usagi Tsukino Figure

I need to figure out how to use one of those middle man services to order goodies from Japan because this new Sailor Moon figure by Megahouse is something that I absolutely need to add to my collection.  It’s so pink and pretty and it completely matches my aesthetic and celebrates my love of ice cream.  I love that Usagi is wearing a retro diner waitress ensemble and she’s sitting in a little ice cream sundae bowl =^.^= So presh.  It’s available to preorder on the Japanese Bandai website and it should be released in March of 2017.

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Volume #2 Manga Review & Impressions

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing a different volume of the manga!  Since my post is on Tuesday, I’ll be talking about the second volume (Alexa discussed volume 1 yesterday, Cee will talk about volume 3 tomorrow, Cristina will continue with volume 4 on Thursday and Sierra will conclude with volume 5 on Friday). Don’t forget to check out my Sailor Moon Art Collectionmy wish listSailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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  1.  I love that all of the Sailor Scouts are already assembled by the end of the second volume.  It takes a really long time to get to that point in the anime and a huge reason why I’m such a Sailor Moon addict is enjoying the antics of the ultimate girl gang.  I love seeing the girls work together to fight evil and bring justice to the monster who are plaguing them.  The girls are very close and they’re always looking out for one another despite some sisterly bickering between battles.
  2. When Sailor Venus shows up, the girls believe that she is Princess Serenity and Sailor Venus doesn’t correct them right away.  In the anime, this moment was a cliffhanger at the end of one episode but it was immediately rectified within the first minute of the following episode.  I think Sailor Venus is even more mature in the manga than the anime and she has so much experience fighting evil that she’s an important asset to the team.
  3. In volume 2, Sailor Moon already realizes that she is Princess Serenity.  She begins having memories of her past and she also learns that Tuxedo Mask is Mamoru.  She also remembers that he is someone she loved in her past.  Again, this takes forever in the anime!
  4. The girls are able to travel to the Moon and talk with the former Queen of the Moon Kingdom which allows them to learn more about themselves and more about the Dark Kingdom and how they’ve come to Earth.
  5. The end of this volume is more somber than the first volume.  It definitely leaves you needing to read volume 3 ASAP to continue the story of the scouts.
  6. While I do like the anime more than the manga, I have to say how much I love the artwork.  It’s so magical and I could stare at it all day! I like that Kodansha includes color pages at the beginning of each volume (even though the interior artwork is my favorite).  I think they do a good job of trying to convey the transformation sequences and weapon scenes but nothing will ever compare the animation.  It helps to already have those scenes embedded in my mind while reading!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: My Sailor Moon Art Collection

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I posted my wish list yesterday because I was having some technical difficulties uploading my video of my Sailor Moon art collection.  But the good news is that I have it to post today (even though it’s totally Cee’s day and you should head over to her blog to see her post)!  Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Wish List (+ Art Collection coming later today!)

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I filmed a video of my Sailor Moon art collection but unfortunately, it didn’t render correctly last night so that will be coming later today to YouTube.  In the meantime, I’m going to share a wish list here! Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Favorites

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing our favorites within the Sailor Moon fandom world! Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon Book Tag and enter our giveaway!

For the first time in almost 10 years, Sailor Moon will be coming back to North American audiences, through their deal with Viz Media (the company that has acquired exclusive North American rights from Toei Animation) will stream the first four episodes of Sailor Moon.

Favorite Scout: Sailor Venus

Last week I talked extensively about why Sailor Venus is my favorite Scout and I recommended a bunch of books that I think would appeal to her if she had time to read when she isn’t saving the world.

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Favorite Version: Japanese original with subtitles

I only wish I could speak and understand Japanese so I could experience the show as it was originally created.  I’m currently re-watching the series with my husband and we’re watching the dubbed version and while I still enjoy it, there are some differences that I like better in the Japanese version.  I always find it interesting to see which versions of anime other people prefer because there’s really no right or wrong answer to this question despite many people having strong opinions about it.

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Favorite Overall Plot: Season 1

I have to agree with Alexa on this one!  I love seeing the formation of the inner senshi and watching the girls friendship form in their early days.  They really band together to stop Queen Beryl from extracting all of the positive energy in the world but even watching the girls clash with one another as they discover who they are makes for a wonderful story.

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Favorite Episode: I Want a Boyfriend: The Cruise Ship is a Trap

I haven’t watched the series in years but this episode is one that Andrew and I watched last weekend and I loved everything about it.  The title of the episode is hilarious and I love the competitive vibes between Usagi and Rei.  I’ve always liked Rei a lot because I feel like she challenges Usagi and despite her tough demeanor, she cares a lot about the people in her life.  Plus I love that Usagi transforms herself into a reporter to get about the couples cruise ship and there’s a wonderful message the episode sends at its conclusion.

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Favorite Villain & Least Favorite Sailor Scout: Black Lady / Chibiusa

Black Lady is an evil adult version of Chibiusa and while she isn’t my favorite villain in the overall series, she is the villain who’s character design I enjoy the most.  Black Lady has Chibiusa’s pink hair worn in Sailor Moon’s signature style, and she wears a long black dress with slits.  She has gorgeous jewelry and she’s basically a style icon for any pastel goth.  I think Chibiusa is a better villain than guardian (she always got on my nerves so I was surprised to learn that she’s Japan’s favorite character!)

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Favorite Non-Scout Character: Artemis

I love Artemis! He’s so funny and his relationship with Sailor Venus always amuses me.  He pushes her to be better and to follow her dreams but he also makes fun of her at times and he himself is pretty lazy.

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Favorite Scout Accessory: Transformation Brooch

This is a near impossible question because part of the reason I love Sailor Moon so much is because of the extensive collection of accessories she uses to aid herself in punishing people in the name of the moon.  If I had had had to choose I would go with the Transformation Brooch because it’s the first item that Luna gives her, allowing her to transform into a Guardian.  She even wears it as part of her civilian uniform.

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Least Favorite Relationship: Sailor Moon / Tuxedo Mask

Many people may disagree with me on this point but I think Tuxedo Mask is kind of the worst.  He always shows up when Sailor Moon is fighting, does absolutely nothing, and then leaves her to finish the battle.  Some people may argue that he’s showing her emotional support but I just disagree.  He antagonizes her in their civilian forms, his disguise is a joke and also he’s like, creepily older than her.  He’s not a terrible character, I just don’t like them together.  I definitely appreciate the friendship aspect of the fandom much more.

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Art Gallery: Anime ‘Captain America: Civil War’

If there was ever a mash up that I didn’t know I needed, it’s this Anime version of Captain America: Civil War.  I obviously loved the live action film wholeheartedly (I’m having trouble ranking my favorite Marvel films but it definitely sits within the top two spots for me) and anime, especially the animation and art style are up there in my favorite art styles so this mash up really speaks to me! All of the artwork is done by Bin1 Production and it mashes Captain America: Civil War with The Idolmaster.  There are mild Civil War spoilers in the artwork so beware if you haven’t seen it yet.  My favorite character drawn below is the female version of Spider-Man holding Cap’s shield<3

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Art Gallery: If Disney Princesses Were Anime Characters

This past weekend my fiance showed me the most adorable artwork that appeals to me on every level.  I immediately asked him to send me the link so I could post them here because heart eyes.  Artist Maryam posted a series of portrait style illustrations of Disney Princesses if they were anime characters.  The girls still look very much like themselves and their clothes haven’t changed but they’re flawless beauties with enlarged eyes and I could look at these forever.  Mulan might be one of my favorites because I love the cherry blossom in her hair but I also really love Belle and Sleeping Beauty. Which one is your favorite?

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Wish List Worthy: Cardcaptor Sakura Clothing Line

Living Dead’s newest collection is based on Cardcaptor Sakura and I am over the moon about it! Clothing is a huge part of Sakura’s life and I love that there are so many styles based on many of the outfits she dons in the anime / manga.  My favorite dress in the collection is the Cardcaptor skater because it’s based on the most iconic of Sakura’s outfits.  In case you haven’t noticed, I kind of love the color pink and I really love the bow on the front and the little angel wings on the back on the dress.  My favorite pair of leggings are the Star Wand leggings because I love the soft pearlized pink coloring and Sakura’s Star Wand is my favorite that she uses.  There are plenty of other beautiful styles as well but I’m hoping to at least get one of these to wear to an anime convention in the future! The full line can be viewed in Living Dead’s online store!

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Luggage

I came across the cutest Sailor Moon luggage, carry ons and passport covers ever and I’ve been swooning over them ever since.  The accessories incorporate everything I love about fashion.  They’re pastel colored, they’re detailed with bows, and even the inside lining is covered in moonsticks.  My favorite of the sets are the bags styled after Sailor Jupiter because mint green and pastel pink are my aesthetic.  I’m really hoping I’ll be able to buy these online without spending hundreds of dollars for it on eBay! Japan always gets the best merchandise.  For even more photos you can see everything on the Sailor Moon Collectibles website.

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