Anime Review: Oshiete! Galko-Chan

Oshiete! Galko-chan is a good anime to watch and pretty cute if you like girls talk about lifestyle and dispelling or thinking about rumors that pertain to them. The unfortunate thing about this anime is that it’s only 12 episodes long that’s only 7 minutes in length. That means that you only get a limited amount of time to know the characters. Sadly, since you only get that limited amount of time to know the characters, the emotional bond that you would sometimes be able to connect to a character doesn’t always happen unless you re-watch the series. I’m hoping that they’ll make the series have more episodes. I’m not complaining about length of time per episode, because if anyone’s ever watched Azumanga diaoh, an “episode” is about 5 minutes in length or so which is why it’s combined with another so that it’s longer.

Oshiete! Galko-chan is mostly an anime that is filled with a lot of dirty humor. From knowing where a girls’ nipples are, the type of panties mean what type of girl you are, all the way to a psychological test to determine how you would make love to someone, is in this anime. Now, I’m not one to cringe at dirty humor. I’m very much like Otako-chan, who does nothing but mess with Galko-chan using rumors and dirty humor, but there’s a limit to how much that I can take. Also, I would like to know more about the characters rather than the jokes if I’m honest. The jokes weren’t really that funny though there were some instances where I cracked up laughing.

It’s an anime that one should watch if you’re wanting to kill time and have something fast, or if you’re someone that likes shows that are like Azumanga Diaoh or GALS for that matter.

As for characters themselves, my favorite is Galko-chan. She’s what some would call a Gyaru, a girl that’s tanned and fashionable from what I understand. People assume from the way she dresses and looks that she’s always sleepy during class because she was out late at night with some dude, when in fact she’s an anime and movie-watcher and sometimes will binge watch 26 episodes just to connect with a friend. She’s a lovely sweetheart who is prepared with practically everything that one might need. Have a sore throat? Talk to Galko-chan! Need some food? Talk to Galko-chan. She’s mostly the butt of a lot of jokes on Otako’s side, but she’s not a dumb idiot. She knows how to get things done.

Otako is…well…very brash and rude. She likes to mess around with Galko-chan using everything that she has. Rumors are hers, the scarier the better since it makes Galko-chan freak out. I honestly find her to be someone that I’d probably not be friends with despite the same kind of sense of humor. Like she tells Galko, she takes her friendship at face value so, she gets cocky and she forgets her place. Gotta be kinder to your friends dude.

Ojou-chan is exactly what she sounds like. A prime and proper young lady whose not all that bright. She misses out on the jokes, or it goes over her head and she tries to get in to the conversation. The girls try their best to make her feel like she’s apart of the group, and they do have genuine fun with her. At the same time, I feel bad for because I feel like she’s always third wheel, despite the fact that she’s a sweetheart and not all there.

There really isn’t a plot, there’s just a rumor, the reaction, and how it ripples. So if you’re not one for mindless T.V, don’t watch mindless anime because that’s basically what it is.

The best reason to watch this is because it smashes apart all stereotypes. You think you know what a girl’s going to be like by appearance? The fattest girl in the show is the fucking fastest runner. That girl that’s really slouched over and speaks slowly? She’s in a band and she likes metal.

What do I rate this? I gave this an 8/10 on my anime list when I first got done watching it. I’d re-watch it and continue watching the series if more episodes came out because I’d love to get to know the characters a lot more and develop a better emotional connection with them. Sometime I don’t want an anime that thinks to hard. When there’s more episodes, I’ll expand upon this review. Till then, I hope you enjoy the show!

 

Day 4 of 30 Witchy Journaling

Merry meet guys, sorry for the lateness of this post I know I was supposed to do it everyday, but life got in front of my face. I hope you don’t mind me doing a double post today and then getting back into the groove on another day!

Day Four: 5 favorite tools of the trade

Eeeeehhh that’s going to be a hard one. I don’t know what anyone considers as tools. In Wicca you have a bunch of them like a wand and a broom and a knife and all sorts of things. In other witch craft practices, almost everything and anything can be considered a tool. Considering I just answered what I use most commonly in my rituals and in my spells, I don’t know if my tools would even count.

Ribbons for ribbon prayers

Oracle Deck

My reflection journal to give me insight on why or why not a spell didn’t work as well as some random insight to myself when I need it.

My athame, since it’s my most commonly used tool besides the wand.

My book of shadows for obvious reasons

and last but not least my book on Zen, for those times where I just need to sit and find a little thing in that book that makes me come back to center and meditate on it.

Hopefully these all work as tools. If not, then I don’t have a damn clue what you’re asking me XD.

Day 3 of 30 Witchy Journaling

Day Three: 5 things in your room that you could use in a spell or a ritual. What could you use them for?

Notebook paper. I can make origami spells in a flash with those or if I need to I have my favorite colored ink pens. Combine those two together and I create sigils or talismans depending on which is which because I forgot what goes where.

Calculator. I know how to do some basic numerology so I can do quick divinations or spells knowing that.

Book of Shadows. Well that’s kind of obvious, but it has my astrology chart in there as well as my numerology cheat sheet. It helps a lot when you need to be able to do things. Every spell you take notes over, every spell that you need to do you’ll find things in there that’ll give you some ideas of what you can use or do for a spell.

Prayer beads. Just because I have a calculator doesn’t mean I know how to keep up with my chanting. Some chants need to be said seven times, some need to be said three. Some need to be said five times, and then another one after that with a different number and it’s just easier to keep count as long as I have prayer beads with me.

Holy Water. The best thing to cleanse objects with. The best thing to have inside the house no matter what besides a small bottle of essential lavender oil.

Day #2 of 30 Days of Witchy Journaling

Day 2: Secular or Non-Secular plus Spells Commonly used

Wow. This is actually going to be a more difficult type of answer. In the beginning of my path, I was a Non-Secular witch. My patron goddess was and still is to this day, Rhiannon. She was there for me when my world was tumbling in and out when I was in high school. My depression and anxiety was swallowing me whole, and she was there with a comforting spell and a gentle hand. She always let me know that she was there for me and she was there with me. The spell that I used was just me writing on my arm in red ink using the witches’ alphabet, pleading with her that I didn’t want to cause myself harm. That this was the only “harm” I would give and she would help me with that.

I also used a protection spell on my favorite pentagram necklace as I went to school. Every full moon I would recharge it with the same spell over and over and over again. It made me braver to go through the doors even though sometimes and some days I just couldn’t even when I did wear it. But I always believed that there was a magical barrier shielding me between those who were intent on causing me harm.

But then I fell out of the faith. I lost a big piece of my soul and I was left wandering. I couldn’t connect with my goddess and I tried to connect with a different god. What brought me peace back into my soul was Zen and Buddhism. Now that I’m trying to get back on the path that I was on before, I have discovered that I wanted to walk the path of peace. Therefore, I started to use pieces of Wicca (The Three Times Rule for Karma and the Witches’ Rede) and Zen (the four noble truths and the 8 fold path) in my practices.

Do I believe in a deity still? That is harder. Since I’m just re-learning my pathway, I will say that I’m still in love with Rhiannon for everything that she has done for me. But I have been hearing the call of Hades and Persephone a little more. I think before I can give a better answer, I will need to re-read my mythology.

So what spells do I use now that I walk the pathway of peace and serenity? To be honest, I haven’t actually done a spell in a long time. Normally I just do my celebrations for the sabbats and call it good. I have done that for an entire year, but lately I’ve been feeling an itch in my fingertips that want me to do more. More with my alter, more with my magic, more with everything. I want to redo my protection spells, I want to start writing my own spells again and just get back into the swing of things. I’ve been out of it for a good long time. It’s about time that I do my own thing again.

Really get into the spirit, whatever that looks like.

Day #1 of 30 Days of Witchy Journaling

Merry meet everyone. I hope you guys don’t mind if I start talking a little bit about my Wicca and what I believe and so on and so forth. Lately, I just been feeling an itch that I need to scratch, but since my alter and my supplies are on a down-low and in need of some heavy maintenance, I’m hoping that if I talk a little about my thoughts about it, the itch will go away some what. Consider this just me rambling and you can ignore it if you want, unless of course you’re interested.

Then by all means follow the little white rabbit. He’s late you know.

Types of Witchcraft and what path are you on?

My path of witchcraft is a peculiar one. When I first began, I began in a traditional Wiccan way. I didn’t really know, nor understand that there were differences in pathways. I knew that there was a cottage witch, a green witch, and a kitchen witch, but that was all I knew. I didn’t know that there were space witches, blood witches, or anything like that.

For my witchcraft, I’m very much an eccentric, I use what I need to use at that time. I don’t have a favorite or something I relate to the strongest because they all resonate within me the same amount. I just discovered them sooner or later in my life. Do I have a  favorite method of doing witchcraft? No, not really. I like them all. But if I was to list them in what I use most to what I use least it would look like this:
Elemental
Literature
Lunar
Paper
Dream

The first witchcraft I discovered was the foundation of all Wiccan and all witchcraft culture and that was to create a circle. To create a circle, you call upon the four elements. Not only do I faithfully call these elements in my work, I use them constantly. When I need to meditate, I meditate on them. When I need to do a minor ritual or spell, I just use them. I don’t bother with a god or goddess unless it’s for a celebration.

Of course that leads me to literature. I’m always studying and reading. I’m always picking up new books to read, rereading the ones that I have, or I’m just browsing through the library, hoping that one day I’ll be able to work in one. A lot of my books are on Wiccan and Witchcraft. Mostly so that I can improve on my ritual spells. I’m not as confident as I used to be when I was younger.

When I do my witchcraft is actually a witchcraft in itself. I’m a nighttime witch. My spells are strongest when I’m doing everything at night. Of course that leads me to astrology and it leads me to the hour of when I want to do the spell that I’m working on, all that jazz. But most importantly, I like to do a lot of my spells during the full moon, unless I feel an itch that I just need to do a random ritual to get something out of me. It happens a lot where I just need to let energy go.

Origami was one of the first things that I used in my spells besides ribbons. I know a lot of people use paper to burn or to tear or to write intention and then release, but I used origami for it was the least suspicious of my intentions and of my spell works. I’m not a closet witch in any sense of the means, but that doesn’t mean I want to go around bragging about it. If asked, or if curious, I’ll tell them.

I have done a lot of dream work in my time as well. One of my best friends always asks me if she can have her dreams interpreted and I always do my best to do that. I also keep a dream journal with me and I write down the dreams that I have. A lot of time, when I wake up, my dreams disappear before I can even write them down, but those that I have written down were terrifying. Interesting. And peculiar. I don’t do dream works as often as I used to since my dreams aren’t showing up or I just don’t write them down.

Sleepover Friday #9: Back from a long hiatus

Merry meet everyone and welcome to Sleepover Friday where I try to summarize what’s going on in my week so that you’re prepared to see what kind of reviews and what not, as well as a minor update on my life. Just so you know I didn’t suddenly die or something.

I know, I have only written one thing in June and I have barely written anything in May. You all knew that I was going to go to an England, Ireland, Wales tour with my college and I had been so excited to try to share my adventure with you guys, but…well…that tour wasn’t the greatest tour. I think I spent more time trying to get away from people than I was trying to be friends with them. Always go with a tour that has a specific thing that is interesting to you. If it’s too general, you’ll get a generalized group and…you’ll get a lot of disagreements in the process, let’s just go with that. So, since it was such a horrible trip and I wasn’t sure when I’d be going to another one, I decided to delete the travel part of the menu. I’ll keep you updated through Sleepover Friday’s any traveling adventures.

But Arjei! I hear you saying, what about A-kon?! It had a lot of people, I found a few good cosplays, but without permission of the cosplayers, I hesitate to post their pictures. But as for the con itself, I had fun only because I was with friends. If I was going by myself, or at least had been exploring the con by myself, I think that not only would I have saved a bunch of money (I’m sorry I shop under pressure!) and I would’ve been a little bored out of my mind.

Now that I can hear a few minds blown. Let me explain what I look for in a con. Energy. Energy is the entire reason I would go for a con. It’s not to shop or to cosplay. It’s not to show off anything. It’s to find a vibe. So far, my favorite vibe of any con that I had been to was Anime Fest back in the early two-thousands. You want crazy? You got crazy. I remember a time where four links were carrying a huge bomb and everyone was shouting “bomb”. Of course security issues are abound with that, but it was fun. I had the best memories from it.

Anime Matsuri is another one. I can tell you stories from two years ago of my first Anime Matsuri. That energy had been up the par crazy town. A lot of it was just cosplaying the right anime/visual novel, but some of it had been from being at the right place at the right time. I swear a lot of things that could happen, only happen because I’m just oblivious.

But A-on wasn’t all that exciting. The panels were decent, the people were kind, the staff certainly didn’t know how to direct people very well unless you went to an information desk and prayed the right person was there. There were a bunch of cosplayers, so many from Alice and Wonderland I couldn’t believe it (then again I was with the queen of hearts so…that’s probably why I saw so many), but I also felt like the energy was…at a down low. I don’t mind a relaxing con, but…not a boring relaxing con.

So after that, what did I do for June? I got busy with work and just re-start from going all over the place. You know, start myself back to square one. Now, I’m up and ready to do some stuff.

So, what can you expect from me?

I’ll be coming out with an anime review for Assassination Classroom. I know, it’s not a new anime, it’s not even an old anime, it’s somewhere right in between old and new. I know that already so many of you have probably seen it and made your own opinions, but I just recently decided to get myself into it. So please look forward to that. Right now I’m on episode five out of twenty-two.

I’m also going to be doing a book review as well. Last month I did a book tag where I told you guys what I thought about books based on a Nintendo consoles. I thought it was a lot of fun and I’m glad some of you thought so too. This time, there’s been so many books that I’ve been reading, I decided to go ahead and do a book review for this month. Now, it’s going to be a book that I had read last month and not this month since this month isn’t even over yet. I hope you guys are looking forward to that as well.

For this weeks sleepover question: How was June for you? What did you do last month? I know it’s two questions, but I felt like they go hand in hand. I hope to see you guys down in the comment section and as always, I’ll see you next time.

 

 

 

Book Tag: Nintendo Style

Merry meet everyone, and welcome to the first installment of Book Tags. Since I am a video game and anime lover, the moment I saw that there was a book tag for Nintendo I knew that I just had to do it. So here are ten questions from the tag that I will be answering. If you want to do the tag, go ahead and do it. The original creator of the tag is from Sam’s Nonsense on Youtube and her link will be at the bottom of the post if you would like to go and check them out. Now then let’s get on to the tag.
1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read. Uh…that’s a hard one because the classic that I wanted to read, I am currently reading now which is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. However, if I had to pick another classic that I would want to read, I think The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerlad. I don’t know why I haven’t read either one of these. I know that you were supposed to read them in Junior High/High School, but my classes never ever touched on classic literature at all. We went with Kite Runner, The Road, stories like that.

2) SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the 1st (can be a 2nd book in a series) This one is the super easiest question I have ever read. The book that I liked more than the first and the third book of the series is called Treason Keep by Jennifer Falton.

I hated the first book, absolutely hated it and because I wanted to torture myself more, I picked up the second…and Treason Keep, the second book in the series, was the best thing I had ever read. I read it, reread it and read it again. When I couldn’t believe how good that book was, I went back and read the first…to be horribly disappointed. I don’t remember enough about the first book to tell you anything about why I hated it. I think it was the fact that every time the main character turned around she was getting kidnapped (I hate tropes like that) or raped (trigger warning for those sensitive to need it) and I was just…fed up. I could not believe how badly the first book was written or the third. If Treason Keep was made as a standalone and you didn’t have to read the first book to understand what was going on, I would say that would be my favorite story. Alas, it is not.

3) Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world. Ooh that is a tie. That is a huge tie. I would have to say that Helter-Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi was the one that really changed the way that I looked at the world. I knew that Charles Manson was a horrible guy, and I knew that what he did to Sharon Tate and the other victims was horrifying. But what the police did? How the case was so fucked up that he could have gotten away if only Vincent hadn’t declared conspiracy? It sent chills down my spine, it made me doubt the police force today to deal with evidence correctly, it made me realize that no one’s going to care about me if I’m murdered. The minute I become a victim, it’s like it all depends on the police’s mood that day and how they feel about doing their jobs. And the more I read into other true crime novels and saw how that hasn’t changed since the 1970’s…I already didn’t trust cops unless I was in danger. Now I don’t trust cops to give any sort of justice because that’s just not what they’re there for.

Also, people who were arrested that were from his cult are being let go from prison after doing their time. I think that’s just as terrifying as the idea, the notion that perhaps one day that’ll happen to Charles Manson. I’m just as scared of the people in his cult, as I am of him. And they’re on the streets now. Wonderful.

4) Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you. I love gamecube. Yes, the games on the system were poor at best, but my favorite Zelda Game came on to Gamecube way before it came on Wii, and just for that it was my favorite system. That being said though, a popular book that didn’t go so well with me would have to be Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s supposed to be a Harry Potter slash Chronicles of Narnia type of book with magic, fantasy, adult themes. I was so pumped to read such a book and instead I get…Quinton the whiner, Alice the needy that becomes a BAMF at the end of the fucking book, and other characters I just…really didn’t care for.

I hated this book if you couldn’t tell. I was not taken in by the school of magic, and I felt like that Chronicles of Narnia feel that you were supposed to get was a rip off of the original novel, disgracing the beauty of C.S Lewis’s imagination. I felt like someone said let me take the two worlds you care about and let me destroy everything you ever knew about them. I wanted to burn the book but it was a library book so I happily returned it.

5) Wii: A new favorite book. My new favorite book happens to be The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I love traditional horror stories and ghost stories. I grew up with urban legends that’d make your skin crawl and I grew up loving stories that were told orally more than I ever loved stories that were written for me. Especially a well told horror story just made for telling it around a campfire. Murder stories where people are gutted or chased after with a chainsaw never cuts it as a real horror book to me. Give me a story that tells of a house that’s haunted, a curse that will plague those who’d see the said Woman in Black, and it also tells a tale of what loss and devastation does to a person. That is my horror.

6) Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start. This one is hard to answer. I have a bunch of favorite mangas (or is it manga?) that I would consider my favorites. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata is a classic, but I think that another series that would be well talked about would be the Godchild/Cain Saga series by Kaori Yuki.

Death Note tells a story of a man that finds a notebook of death. Anyone’s name written down in it will die of a heart attack unless specified. This is a suspenseful thriller that leaves you wondering if you’re rooting for the good side or the bad side.

Cain saga/Godchild series is a Gothic murder mystery about a boy that is trying to solve murders that involve his family. Kinda like Black Butler only more gruesome, less hysterical and boy oh boy brutal. I would recommend reading Cain Saga first before reading Godchild as that is the continuation of the story.

7) Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba. Ironically enough, Jack Randall from the Outlander series, but if that’s cheating then I would choose Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. I don’t think I need to say anything on that matter.

8) Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic. The Golem and the Jinji by Helene Wicker. This fantasy is actually not technically new, it’s been out for some time, but to me this is a classic. It’s historical fiction, with fantasy elements and it tells a story about a Golem and  Jinji and what their lives are like trying to fit in a Jewish society back in the 1890s.  This book is completely underrated, only published in 2013 and I believe that this will up to be a classic literature piece.

9) Samus-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read. I…do not like Science Fiction in the slightest. Guardians of the Galaxy I only like because of the humor, the well timed jabs and honestly the music. I love the writer/director that is doing those movies and I hope he continues doing them. That being said, I’m a horribly, horribly picky reader when it comes to this genre because I don’t like it. However, I will go and say that The Rot and Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry was the best set of books that I have ever read. I know it says novel, but…this series is the most realistic young adult novel that I have come across in some time that talks about the Zombie Apocalypse like it’s actually an apocalypse rather than some sort of plot device. Seriously, it’ll make you sad that kids have to learn how to survive in this story.

10) Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect. I’m not this person. I’m not the type that goes out and buys books for the edition that it’s in, or the type of condition that it’s in either. I buy books to read and enjoy and that’s all I care about. I know a lot of book readers will gasp at the mere concept that I, a fellow reader, am not at all interested in collections like that, but the thing is, is that I’m so picky as it is. I don’t buy a physical book anymore unless it deserves to be on my shelf of honor. You get on my self of honor, I read you till you fall apart and then I buy a new book so that I can continue to devour the same story over and over and over again. I’m not the type that will go out of her way to spend thousands or millions of dollars to find a book edition.

I’m not a librarian guys and even if I was, that’s work related.

11) Donkey Kong: A book with original characters. I…honestly don’t know what this is asking of me. A book where I feel like the characters are their own people and therefore should be loved as such? Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Is this question asking me about a book that I’ve read that isn’t fanfiction? Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I’ve been reading way too much fanfiction and just recently got back into reading books again and this was one of the first books I read. I would have chosen another, but…um…that book is technically fanfiction of a book that’s no longer underneath copywrite so….yeah.

12) Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want.
Legend of Zelda Breath of Wilds. Yes. I do not own a switch and I’m quite happy to hear that the Breath of Wilds is on a Wii U. Now don’t get me wrong, I heard some awful things about a Wii U and I don’t even know if Breath of Wilds would even be a good start for me to want to buy the system. In fact, I’m willing to wait till the Switch goes out of style after a new console comes out so that I can get the game and the Switch and be pleased with my purchase. Kind of like I’m waiting for the PS4 to go out of style a bit before I decide to pitch my money. I just recently got a PS3 and am playing Kingdom Hearts on it.

 

Alright, I hope you guys enjoyed the first installment of the Book Tags! Don’t forget that I do books every second or third week of the month, ( I know this is a week late I’m so sorry about that) so keep on a look out for tags, reviews, and rambles that will come periodically. As promised, here’s Sam’s Nonsense original link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTkPzCsi-9g I hope to see you guys again!