Yumeka’s top 10 (non-Pokemon) video games

Even though it’s not my main hobby, I do enjoy playing video games now and then. As some of you are aware of, I’m much more of a video game connoisseur than what you’d call a “gamer” – there’s a handful of games and game series I enjoy, but I only pick up a new one once in a while and I certainly don’t play all of the very popular games. Pokemon has been my main game of choice for years, and I play it so much more than other video games that I consider it its own separate hobby. But there have been many other games that have made an impression on me over the years, and surprisingly I never really thought about which ones have been my all time favorites. So now it’s time to do that!…

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Another batch of pictures (a.k.a, a filler post)

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Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to post this week due to school, doing some work for a friend, and other obligations. Next week is looking pretty busy too, but as always, I didn’t want to go too long without posting something. So I put together some fun anime and related pictures I’ve found around the Interwebs lately…

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Fandom and the death of adulthood

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Some months ago The New York Times published an article that I found quite intriguing and surprisingly applicable to anime fandom despite being seemingly unrelated to it. It’s called “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture” and it involves a film critic for The Times discussing how American society has changed over the decades in terms of what it means to be an adult; he cites popular TV shows, movies, and books that reflect how the old view of adulthood – being part of an authority-following, gender role-centered society – has been losing popularity in favor of a freer and more rebellious idea of adulthood, most notably one that embraces childhood and supposedly childish things rather than cast them off…that sounds like anime fandom to me!…

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Even more anime lateral thinking puzzles

This is the third installment of a series of posts where I come up with anime-themed lateral thinking puzzles for you guys to solve – well, technically I don’t come up with them myself as much as take already existing puzzles and give them an anime twist ;) I wrote the first post in 2011 and the second in 2013, so it seems like they’re becoming a two-year tradition! But anyway, for those who aren’t familiar with them, lateral thinking puzzles are basically riddles where you have to use critical thinking and logic in order to solve them. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of things, so what better way to present them than in anime-style!

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A beginner’s guide to competitive Pokemon battling

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Like many Pokemon players, I started playing the games as a kid in the late 90s, before the competitive metagame existed. I first started taking note of things like EV training and IVs in the Diamond and Pearl era, but when I looked up information about the competitive side of Pokemon, I got scared away by all the mathematical equations and fan-made jargon I’d find on sites like Bulbapedia, Smogon, and Serebii. It wasn’t until Black 2 and White 2 came out in 2012 that I really wanted to give competitive Pokemon battling a try…and it turned out to be easier than I thought! As of now I’ve put in almost 600 hours of gameplay on my copy of Pokemon X, and 150 hours on my Omega Ruby, breeding competitive pokemon and trying them out on the Battle Spot and local tournaments. It does take a lot of time and experience to get good at it, but you don’t have to do any complicated math or spend hours and hours of tedious grinding in order to put together a decently competitive pokemon team, especially in the current 6th generation of Pokemon games that have made breeding and training the right pokemon much easier. So I wanted to put together this very beginner-friendly guide for any Pokemon players that are interested in trying their hand at the competitive side of the games…

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My top 10 tips for anime blogging

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Having been around the anime blogsphere for over eight years now, this is a topic I’ve been constantly thinking about – what can one do to make their anime blog successful, or at least attract a decent number of readers? As I’ve said before in other posts, I believe it’s important to blog first and foremost because you enjoy it, and not solely because you want lots of readers. Of course, having fun expressing yourself and having readers is ideal XD I certainly don’t have the most successful blog in town, but I do have a somewhat decent readership, which is what most anibloggers strive for at the least. So what are the strategies I’ve learned over the years for getting readers?…

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First impressions of the winter ’15 anime I’m watching

Death Parade

I really tried to find anime from this season that I wanted to watch, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into more than a couple…

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Photos of my Frozen collection

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If you’ve seen some of my tweets (or a couple of blog posts) during the past year, you’ll know that I’ve been obsessed with Disney’s hit movie, Frozen. I can always gauge how much I like something by how much money I’m driven to spend on it, and since I first saw Frozen, I’ve amassed quite a collection of merchandise that I’ve been wanting to share…

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My 5 favorite anime of 2014

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It’s once again time for me to look back on all the anime I watched this year and decide which 5 were my favorites. Some years it’s easy for me to pick, other years it’s not so easy. I actually didn’t watch quite as much anime in 2014 as I did in previous years due to being busy with work, school, and other hobbies, so it wasn’t too difficult to narrow down my favorites this time…

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Fall ’14 anime reviews: Amagi Brilliant Park and Sword Art Online II

Fall 14 anime reviews

Only two series I was watching finished this season, so I can easily fit them into this one post (Well, technically I did finish Fate Stay Night UBW and Mushishi Zoku Shou 2, but the former I’m going to review when its second half finishes airing next year, and my opinion of the latter hasn’t changed since my past reviews of it). The others I’m watching are going to be two-cour and continue into next season, which means I’m going to be overwhelmed with reviews in spring XD Oh well…

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