I Actually Passed the Driving Test

This post will be a bit more personal and a bit less anime-related than usual. I’ve put behind a battle that was various months long, with many self doubts, anxiety and negative emotions along the way. I’m talking about driving school. It’s still a shock that I’m even able to write this, but yesterday I passed the driving test from the second attempt. From the second attempt, just as I passed the theory segment and first aid as well. “Nobody said it was easy…” “…no one ever said, it would be this hard.” This Coldplay quote can basically sum up my more than 8 month long time at driving school. I enrolled into driving school in the crazy days after I received my shocking results of the high school finals and when Croatia got through to the World Cup final. It was a time when I finished Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Continue reading…

When anime inspires you to… cook (part 2)

That’s right – part 2. The first post from this mini “series” that I never actually thought of as a series but maybe really is a series was about cakes. Toradora cakes to be specific. Then in this post I shared with you some of the drawings I was making for school. Now we are talking about cooking once again and this time its not a dessert. It’s onigiri. Onigiri Onigiri, or rice balls are a simple Japanese food often used as breakfast or in bentos. They are essentially a triangle-shaped ball of rice filled with stuffings. Usually they are decorated with some nori paper and seeds on top. I’ve seen them across various anime. Most notably, I can recall Aisaka Taiga making onigiri during the Toradora OVA episode, and Hinata Miyake wearing a T-shirt with an onigiri on it. While I’m not sure how well Hinata Miyake prepares her Continue reading…

The sadness of finishing anime

I hate anime. It gives me so many happy moments, it makes my life better in so many ways. I watch certain series week after week, get invested in the story and characters. And then things just… End. And I’m left with a huge void in my heart. And yet I keep coming back for more. Only to experience this sadness again. I’m writing this just after finishing the last episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization Part 1 and, as you can probably tell, it has left me feeling quite sad. 6 months 6 months. The number of months that had passed since Alicization Part 1 had started, and the number of months that will take for Alicization to return. A lot of things have happened in these 6 months. Both in my world and the SAO world. But on Saturday there was always an episode of Alicization to watch. Continue reading…

Rambling about AMVs

I’ve recently started a YouTube channel where I plan to post AMVs. AMVs are likely to be the main focus of the channel, but I won’t rule out making some other types of content, perhaps turning some of my blog posts into videos. The amount of videos I will post all depends on my avaliable time. Turns out being in university while running a blog at the same time, plus all other life activities takes a lot of time, so since I started the channel I’ve only uploaded one video so far. But I do have ideas for more. And I did start some new stuff. Things have just been a bit slower and there has been less time than I have expected. I think posting a video each week will be tough. But 2 per month is duable I think. Note that I always want to make each thing Continue reading…

When anime inspires you to… draw

As a child I loved doodling stuff into notebooks and writing down my imaginary sports results, entertainment shows, and similar stuff. But by high school I more or less stopped doing it. I “grew up” you may say. Fast forward to Summer 2017 and I suddenly got hugely into Japanese “cartoons”. So much that I even felt like drawing again and improving my skills. I watched various tutorials on how to improve, I practised drawing loads of eyes in different ways. But most of the tutorial videos reached a similar conclusion – good drawing skills require A LOT of practice. I guess you could only call it a small phase but I did give it a go. It resulted in a Fumikage Tokoyami drawing with some weirdly colored clothes. I would show it if I had the picture around me right now. Design theory But that wasn’t all. The last Continue reading…

I survived the exam period

Hello, lovely people! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But after almost three exhausting weeks of studying for exams, I finally have a bit of time to relax before the next semester starts. And that means time for new posts, new videos and much more anime watching! This will be a bit of a personal post and I don’t exactly know where I’ll go with it but I guess I want to make it an update of where I’ve been and what was I doing… Work hard, work hard and work hard Basically it was a lot of hard and frustrating studying. Frustrating because I was never good at subjects like physics and maths and hard because it’s really not what I wanted to do as I never really cared about such subjects either. Add to that the economics, the hard electrotecnics and the English, and you get a lot Continue reading…

Sub vs Dub

I feel like it’s time for me to talk about one topic that has totally never been talked about before. A question that was totally never asked by anyone in the anime community before: Sub or dub? Dubbed anime Story time. I actually started my otaku career by watching dubbed anime. Death Note, Psycho-Pass, Erased, Your Lie in April – all of them are series I’ve seen dubbed. Almost joining that list was Toradora. But fate had intervened. Your Lie in April has left my heart shattered. It was actually my first ever romance anime. Wasn’t it just a happy start? Hell no it wasn’t! Filled with this huge sadness I wanted to watch something that would heal my heart. A cute romance, and preferably, without a tragic ending. I picked Toradora and I started watching the first episode dubbed. But something was bothering me. The main character’s voice. It Continue reading…

When anime inspires you to… cook

Today is one of those days when I’m home alone. And when that is the case, I sometimes get to experiment in the kitchen. I search for some simple but cool recipes my skills and available ingredients would allow me to prepare. And I love that proud feeling I have when the meal I make ends up with a great taste. Today I wanted to make the ramune candies, which I’ve seen in 3-gatsu no Lion. They looked so easy to make, and so few ingredients were needed. I bought cornstarch in the store. I thought that was the only ingredient needed that I didn’t have at home. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. It turns out powdered sugar was also missing. A shame, but I’ll make those ramunes soon. I’ll probably make them for Christmas. But this wasn’t the first time I “tried” making something I’ve seen in anime… My Continue reading…

How I rate Anime

Ratings. The first thing on my mind when I see this word in the context of anime is myanimelist. This is probably because that’s the only place where I actually rate anime. And really it’s the only place where I’m looking at anime ratings. At times they are one of the factors I use to determine if an anime is worth watching. Sure enough, they can be too high or too low, depending on the show, but they sort of give the general idea of how good the series is. In most cases at least. At first I decided not to rate each anime I watch, because I thought I will too often think about the score I would give. I thought I will give it too much importance. Later on I changed my mind and realized that rating shows really isn’t that deep. There is really no need to Continue reading…

I was at a gaming fair

Reboot InfoGamer, held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is “one of the biggest games shows in the world”, according to their official website. And my university was kind enough to take care of the transport and ticket costs for our one day visit. I was looking forward to this day a lot because I’ve seen Bandai Namco would be featured. This gave me some hope that they will present Jump Force. It turns out my hopes were actually fulfilled. Trying out Jump Force Since it was announced that the Hunter x Hunter characters Gon and Hisoka will feature in this game, I knew I wanted to buy it. And when they announced Kurapika will also be one of the playable characters, it’s fair to say my hype levels were quite high. Seeing I could actually try this game out made me so happy. Unfortunately, the version I could play Continue reading…