Small(ish) Update

Hi guys, just wanted to do a small update, just to tell you what I’m currently reading, watching and doing for the next few days.

I’ve been reading The Diviners by Libba Bray for the last few days.  It’s a mother of a book, 578 pages long, with one of the most interesting settings I’ve read in my life.  I’ll definitely post a longer review once I’m done with it!  But for now, here are some pictures I took so you can admire the beauty that is this hardback:

Also, I’m editing my review for the Assassin’s Blade and thinking about maybe doing one for Crown of Midnight later on.  I have A LOT to say about that sequel, trust me.

Speaking of Throne of Glass, up next on my tbr, after The Dream thieves of curse, is Heir of Fire! Is my heart ready? Am I still gonna read it? Absolutely. Will I die a cruel emotional death? Probably.  Still, I’m super excited to finally meet Rowan and ugly cry over the love of my life, Chaol Westfall.

What am I watching? I don’t really watch series. Actors make me cringe, especially the ones in those extremely popular series, so I tend to stick to anime only.  Though I’ve been binge-watching Parenthood with my sister during the holidays and it’s strangely addicting.  Back to anime, I’m mostly watching slice of life; Tsuritama, Princes Jellyfish and Durarara!! are some.  I’m thinking of doing a review on each of them with cool gifs and everything! I just wanna dork out. Leave me be.

Last but not least, I’ve recently been spending a lot of time on my booklr account.  Booklr is just a fancy name for a tumblr account that focuses exclusively on things book related.  You can go follow me if you like at justabookeater for more book photography and rants.

That’s all for now love, see you soon!

Camila

 

 

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Death Parade Review

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Anime: Death Parade / デス・パレード

Genre: Psychological / Drama

Creator: Yuzuru Tachikawa

Producer: Madhouse

Rating: 9/10

Where to watch: Sub / Dub

I’m a huge fan of Madhouse productions ( Hunter x Hunter? Death Note? No Game No Life? Flawless.) and when I saw that Death Parade was coming out, I had to jump on that bandwagon.  The story revolves around a very peculiar character called Decim and his role as a bartender in a mysterious bar called Quindecim.

  We also have Chiyuki, a woman who has no memory of her life or how she even got to the bar where Decim is.  Throughout each episode  we unveil a piece of the mystery that befalls this shady setting.

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From the very start, I was hooked. The opening is lively and fun and it makes you want to dance.  I never skipped through the opening just because it was so great.

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Good OP = Happy Camila.

However, the sparkle and glamour is misleading. This anime is dark with a deeply rooted psychological plot.  It treats serious themes such as death, grief and the truth about human emotions.  I personally learned a lot from watching all the situations they present you with.  But they do well at making it intriguing for the person watching by adding games. You heard me, games.

From darts, to billiards; from bowling, to Old Maid. It has a bit of everything.

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(some examples of the title screens!)

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In each episode, we’re introduced to a brand new pair of people who like Chiyuki can’t recall anything from their daily lives or how they got to the bar.  There they meet Decim, who serves them a drink and lets them know that until they play a game and someone is declared a winner, no one is allowed to leave Quindecim.

The character design is very unique, with a wide variety of eye and hair colors.  And their personalities are just as colorful as they are.  THough it’s subtle, you slowly get to know the quirks of each character shown on screen. The only reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 was because I sincerely believe that there is more to be shown of this world. But I was satisfied by what we did see.

One thing I loved about the entire anime was the color palette.  There’s this harmony going on with every scene, the colors just play along really well, combining super bright hues with darker ones.  It goes without saying that the animation is freaking flawless. The attention to detail is ridiculous and I was just mesmerized through and through.

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Beware of the feels for they are strong in this one! I cried so hard at the end, I was so overwhelmed by my love for these characters and their stories that I just straight up sobbed for half an hour when I was done.  I sincerely hope you all love it as much as I did and do.

Safe journey and welcome to Quindecim!

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Camila