Cloudy Says… Come along with me~

Hihi, how are you all?

You’re probably thinking “WHOAAAAAA CLOUDY’S BLOGGING AGAIN!!!” … well, not exactly.

In 2013 I started LittleCloudCuriosity because I wanted to connect with fangirls and fanboys all around the world. At the time, I was in a dark place. I felt lonely. I had no direction. I felt immensely isolated from the world. Blogging brought me out of that dark place. It was my first step out of that tower. Many of you who have followed my recaps, reviews and rants in those years will know that I singlehandedly recapped dozens of anime in every new season. New blog posts would be published daily and for a while, it was both thrilling and addicting to follow the fast paced world of anime. Anime reviews were my life. When I started my Youtube channel, I was even more driven to deliver new content and reach out to more viewers and fans all around the world. At the time, I was in the process of finishing my Bachelor’s degree, moving cities, applying for my Master’s degree and honestly wondering “What the heck am I going to do with my life?” Frankly, I just didn’t have the financial funds or time to continue managing a blog and channel growing faster than I had ever anticipated.

Make no mistake, even during my break from LittleCloudCuriosity, you, the viewers and subscribers have never left my mind…

Fast forward to the spring of 2018 where I have been on general hiatus for QUITE SOME TIME NOW…. I have decided to pick up my fangirl pen again… but not EXACTLY here.

I contemplated starting a side blog or side channel for a very long time. At the time, I could barely manage my main platforms, let alone fathom any side content. Today I am writing to you because I would like to introduce you to a secret blog that I have written and managed (casually), for the last two years or so. I have consolidated two separate lifestyle blogs into one blog called SunriseToStars. Here’s the link.

There, you will find a variety of posts that feature content from other fandoms and hobbies of mine, outside the anime world. I haven’t given up anime. I just write about a lot of other things too. I hope you can understand. Blogging has always been a hobby very close and dear to my heart. My current dream is to become a copywriter or a publisher in a book or magazine company. As such, I have decided to start building a portfolio of sorts, to showcase different writing styles and topics of interest. This doesn’t mean I won’t write about anime. Anime posts will be shuffled into the blog along with Korean drama and Chinese drama reviews, first impressions rants, travel features and song translations.

Cloudy… will you ever go back to your channel?

Honestly… I don’t know. I’ve contemplated taking down my channel. I’ve contemplated continuing my channel. I’ve mulled over these details and over and over again. Making videos was one of the most exciting hobbies I had ever taken up, but it is also time consuming and mentally taxing. I don’t think I quite have the talent for it to be completely honest ^_^””  Here again, is where I ask for your understanding. I’ve grown up a lot since the inception of LittleCloudCuriosity and the priorities in my life have also shifted a lot since I started my Youtube channel. The channel will be there whenever I want to dive into videomaking again. For now, I’m focused on travelling, writing and teaching English in South Korea. I don’t want to make false promises so I’m being honest. I hope you can come along with me on the new blog. After all, I never would have stuck with blogging if it wasn’t for all of you, the readers. SunriseToStars is a new chapter in my life and it’s also a terrifying new step for me because I’ve been on this platform for so long but change is a necessary part of life, sometimes for the better.

To anyone and everyone who has ever read a post or watched a video from CuriousCloudy, I ask for your understanding, I’m sorry, thank you, and from the bottom of my heart… I love you all.

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Signed,

Cloudy AKA Pris

 

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5 Tips for Making Friends in Other Fandoms

Sora and ShiroHey guys how are you all?

Today I wanted to do Light Otaku Living post that features five friendly tips for making friends in other fandoms because I remember my middle school and high school self being really apprehensive in making friends. I just wasn’t social at all because I felt so content and comfortable in my personal fandom bubble. In fact, later in life I realized it’s much more fun to engage in fandoms such as anime, kpop, comics, movies and the like when you’re surrounded by people as passionate for the medium as you are. This post was inspired by my best guy friend who’s a little bit anxious about making new friends because he’s transferring programs to a new university in the Fall. Like a lot of anime fans, he’s a bit awkward when it comes to meeting new people. So I hope you guys will find today’s tips helpful and encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone to try something new.

KALMIA Illya1) Don’t Hate – It’s not weird, it’s just different from what you’re used to. Just because you don’t understand a fandom or its fangirls and fanboys, doesn’t mean you should immediately hate on it. Some fandoms are definitely overhyped and others are under-hyped, so take the time to be patient with people you meet and try to get past the mindless squealing and excited fangirling to really hear someone out and understand what they’re fangirling about when you realize their fandom is different from yours.

 2) Ask Questions – You know how you spent about forty hours memorizing random facts on your favourite anime voice actor or all the music show dates for your favourite Kpop groups? Chances are someone else is as obsessed with information hoarding as you. If you hear them mention a name you don’t know or a show you’ve never heard of, ask them to elaborate and chat up the conversation in that way. I don’t know about you but any conversation that lets me show off all my knowledge on all my favourite things is a conversation I’d like to keep going.

Renge3) Be Observant – This one is actually one of my most useful tips. Whether you’re at a club, an event, in class or at a convention, being observant is one of the most important things to keep in mind. When I first met one of my best fangirl friends, we were both attending a screening hosted by my university campus anime club. I noticed two keychains hanging from her purse from one of my all-time favourite anime series. I struck up a conversation with her and this year, she’s my new housemate. You never know where you could find and make new friends for life.

4) Don’t make Assumptions – It’s my understanding that there is a stereotype over all fandom Geeks and otaku. A lot of us fangirls and fanboys have been horribly caricatured as shut-ins who can’t have functioning lifestyles and proper conversations. Don’t assume fangirls or fanboys in your fandom are better than fans of another fandom. Similar to tip number one, keep on open mind and get to know each person as an individual rather than simply judging them based on what fandom they obsess in.

Nagi no Asukara5) Relax – Approaching people is hard, but take a deep breath, roll back your shoulders and stride confidently up to that person. You may surprise them and yourself when you find the courage to speak up. Don’t be afraid to bring up your fandom in introductory conversations when someone asks you about your hobbies. It’s not mandatory to immediately put forth the fact that you’re into so and so fandom but it also shouldn’t be something you intentionally try to hide. Like it or not, your fandom is a part of you, and really if you’re spending over twelve hours a day watching anime, listening to kpop, googling facts and engaging in this fandom, I hope you’d be proud of it and let it shine into your everyday self.

So I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found something relatable. These tips are based purely on my personal experience engaging in different kinds of fandoms from different cultures, not only in anime or Kpop but also various genres of music, dance, literature, photography and other topics. Yeah, I’m an obsessive person.

Haganai Yozora and SenaThe bulk of these tips are also inspired by what I believe is a healthy way to engage in fandom culture while balancing it with a perfectly social and healthy lifestyle. I didn’t include this in the list but you can also make new friends online now over MMO games and forums that engage with individuals all over the world as well as on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other similar sites. If you’re really nervous about face to face conversations, start with a simple reply to someone on Twitter or just shoot someone a message. Interactions don’t seem as daunting over the screen and you can slowly build up your confidence to approach other fangirls and fanboys in conventions or clubs when you feel ready.

Thank you guys so much for reading!! I hope some of these tips were useful for you guys and if you did, you could always reblog on WordPress or share this on Twitter and Facebook ^^ If you have any tips of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for dropping into my blog and I will talk to you all very soon 🙂

– Cloudy

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The Sunshine Award!!

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share the Sunshine award with you all. I’ve been nominated by the Sky Corps on Twitter AKA (Nick) from the Anime Corps. If you guys don’t know of them check out their blog cause they are a whole team of anime enthusiasts covering so much new stuff every season!!

The Sunshine Award is “an award given to ‘bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere’”sunshine

Here are the rules…

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Write new ones and nominate others you feel deserve the award =D
  • Post that shiny award button on your blog!! 😉

Now, here are the six questions they’ve asked me… I decided to answer them in vlog form so they could go up on my channel and my blog.

  • How many times have you rewatched your favourite anime? How would you say the show feels after the second or third time watching it?
  • If you made your own anime, which genre would it be and why?
  • Which of the media typically associated with our interests (i.e. anime, manga, light novels, visual novels, etc.) is the best for telling an interesting story?
  • What manga or light novel would you want to have an anime adaptation?
  • Are you an avid manga or light novel reader? If so, do you prefer reading from a physical book or digitally from a tablet or computer?
  • What was it that made your all time top favorite anime so special for you? Story? Characters? The Cast? Studio? Animation? Why is it your top favourite anime?

Now… time for some new nominees… I hope this award isn’t only anime exclusive but I’ll try to keep it within the anime fandom. I’d like to nominate…

Ogiue Maniax Great insight and analyses. Your classy critiques always provide me with a refreshing interpretation to any series.

Love-colored Sky I love your enthusiasm for the games you play. Your detailed summaries and reviews really give me a good grasp of the story for games I haven’t bought or played.

Here are my questions to you guys…

  • What motivates your enthusiasm for your blog?
  • What is the biggest trend you see in current anime, manga or visual novels?
  • What character, either in a series or game, do you find yourself constantly relating back to?
  • Which anime series has the most memorable soundtrack for you?
  • If you made your own anime, which genre would it be and why?
  • What are you currently watching (anime), reading (manga or light novel) or playing (visual novel)?

Thanks for reading and once again, thank you to the Anime Corps crew for nominating me and thank you everyone who supports my blog and my channel!! <333

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– Cloudy