Tokyo Ghoul: Volume 1, Chapters 1-9

I finally got a chance to read the first volume of Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. This volume contains Chapters 1 – 9.

Warning: This review may contain spoilers. If you have not read these chapters and do not mind getting previews, feel free to keep on reading my super informal review.
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Bigger Manga Volumes

For me, my monthly habit of purchasing manga volumes has practically stopped. Nowadays, I go to Barnes & Noble to just look for interesting series. After finding one of interest, I wait for it to arrive in the library or look for a site that scanned it with fan translations. I am not proud of the latter option, but what can I do on a budget? For nearly the same price, novels contain more pages and I finish them in about a week. On the other hand, I can get through a manga volume within half an hour. As much as I love the stories and re-reading to pay more attention to little details in the art, it is simply not cost-effective. If there were more chapters included in a manga volume, I would be more inclined to buy it. Continue reading Bigger Manga Volumes

Flintstones or Neverland?

I stumbled on this article about a home for sale in Hillsborough, California. The original price was $4.2 million, but since there has been no offers, the price was cut down to $3.2 million.

Neighbors call it the Flintstones House. However, as I looked at the pictures, the rounded edges and orange coloring make me think it matches the architecture seen in the game The Neverhood, albeit without the creepy clay men and monsters.

To you who discovered this post, can you think of another home that matches the “Flintstones House”?

Blending colors

I am writing this as a reminder to myself.

Anything can be created with even the most basic tools.

I have gotten back into the habit of doodling in the paper margins. This has slowly ignited my desire to draw with color. The only problem was I did not have any colored pencils. My last pack disappeared somewhere and I could not find it. Purchasing another pack was no trouble, but this brought me to an interesting question. Should I stick with Crayola or get a more professional set?

My pack of 12 Crayola colored pencils carried me through school and rarely did I ever think, “Gee, I really wish I had gotten the 24 pack.” If I needed a really special color, I would often borrow it from the lucky girl who owned the big art box.

I am not really a beginner, but I cannot be considered a professional. Drawing is a casual hobby that I always believed I could develop since I completed a bunch of beginner classes years ago. Right now, I need to work on my shading and blending technique.

A little bit of research on art supply brands and I concluded that looking at other’s opinions was not going to help me. Instead, I looked for reviews that explicitly compared brands based on vibrant colors and how well the pencils blended. After a good two weeks of reading reviews and checking prices at all the art stores, I settled on purchasing the Primsacolor Premier Verithin 24 Pencil Set. It was expensive compared to the $2.97 Crayola 24 pack at Walmart, but Primsacolor review’s were mostly consistent on how well the pencils blended.

The day I was going to Michael’s, I decided to look one more time for any good Crayola techniques. Lo and behold, I found this Crayola Color Pencil Tutorial on DeviantArt. The person went step by step on how they used these pencils, not known for easy blending, to create a picture with realistic shading and highlights. Motivated that I can still practice drawing techniques with cheaper tools, I purchased the Crayola pencils.

One day, I will be confident enough in my abilities to not feel like higher quality tools are wasted on me.

(Almost) Daily Journaling

It has been one month after I made the commitment to write in my journals more frequently. Luckily, I remembered to add the date to each entry. Turns out I wrote every 1-3 days, which is not bad considering I expected an entry once a week. Overall, I managed to write 16 days out of the past 31. Wow! Looking back on what I recorded and what I experienced, I can confidently say that all those articles and blog posts about the benefits of daily writing were right. Continue reading (Almost) Daily Journaling

Do you hear this?

Do you hear these things in recent music?

I like to listen to radio music whenever I am in a car. Sometimes, I hear a song so many times that I can identify it within the first five notes. Today, a song started to play and I was ready to sing the words with the artist – only to get startled when a completely different voice came out of the speaker. At that moment, I realized that a number of songs begin with a tune that is similar to another song. I realize that there are only so many notes that can be played and musicians will eventually produce the same tune as someone else, whether intentional or not. But recently, it seems like a lot of songs have a piece that resembles another one. (No, I am not talking about The Millennial Whoop.)

Do you hear this?

On a more personal note, I find the style of popular music to be less appealing. This is not to discount the hard work of musicians because there are a lot of good songs being produced. It is just harder to understand because half the time I cannot figure out what they are saying. Despite the singer belting/screaming out the words, the instruments are just too loud. Other times, the singer slurs the words and I am unable to tell if that is intentional or just the way they talk normally. Considering the number of people making jokes about misheard lyrics and a whole site dedicated to listing them, I am confident that my hearing is not going bad.

Another point is that the key change is just jarring. I love a good key change that helps build the song to its climax. However, switching the tune between each verse and chorus feels forced. I hear too many songs that alternate between rap and singing or quiet and belting so suddenly that by the end, I feel like I was listening to two songs instead of one.

Do you hear this?