Cloudy’s Favourite Anime Soundtracks

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well…

Last week was really hectic for me. I had a family emergency and truth be told, I don’t feel completely myself but I decided to film a music vlog for you guys… I didn’t think much for this vlog and simply wanted to share my favourite soundtracks with you guys. I find that the instrumental tracks always help me de-stress or unwind when I’ve got a lot on my mind. Below is the video as well as some sample tracks from each soundtrack for you guys to get a better sense of what I’m talking about…

Nagi no Asukara – 母の手

 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – 弟みたいな存在 (Piano Solo)

 

Fate/Zero – Let the Stars Fall Down

 

Pandora Hearts – Lacie

Pandora Hearts – Will

 

K Project – K’s Theme

K Project – Mikoto Suoh’s Theme

 

Zankyou no Terror – Von

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

 

 

 

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HONG KONG HOLIDAY HAUL!!! (2014)

Hey guys! I hope your holidays are going well! Today I have a really fun mix of things in honour of the holidays. Hong Kong is one of the best places to go shopping for if you’re into collecting Japanese merchandise. There’s stuff from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Vocaloid, No Game No Life, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Type Moon (Fate), Pandora Hearts and Moomin. All this merchandise was collaborated in different areas and stores throughout Hong Kong such as Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Check out the video for vlog commentary and live shots as well as the pictures below for close up pictures. There will be TWO MORE HAULS coming after this!! Stay tuned for more here on the blog or over on my channel =D Till then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful winter <3333

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

June Mini Haul!!!

Hatsune Miku Cherry Blossom Mug from the Anime Center in Tokyo, Japan

Totoro Plushies from Tsim Sha Tsui HK’s Studio Ghibli Store

“Pinched” cell phone keychains and straps

Zannan Titan Plushie

Cloudy’s Top 5 Strongest Female Heroines

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Hello everyone, I’m a little behind on world events since I’ve been caught up in my blog bubble and my schoolwork all last week and all weekend but I really wanted to a write a post to honour International Women’s Day last Saturday. I’ve been brainstorming me these for a while now and these are just my top 5 strongest female characters…

WARNING – SOME SPOILERS BELOW!!

Fuuko Ibuki

“This uncute appearance…I didn’t want you of all people to see me in such a state. But…this time I will protect you!” – Lizzy

5) Lizzy from Black Butler- At first Elizabeth Midford doesn’t seem like anything past your noble lady and I really hate how she was portrayed in the anime as a two-dimensional ditz. In truth, as seen in the manga, Elizabeth is actually very capable and talented especially in fencing and she will not hesitate to use those skills when it comes to protecting the one she loves. She is 150% devoted to her fiancé, Ciel Phantomhive despite his somewhat standoffish and workaholic ways and she strives to become his firmest pillar of support in life. Even though she and Ciel are really only teenagers, Elizabeth already has an internal grasp on the aristocratic and political burdens of her marriage to Ciel but she is willing to shoulder his burdens out of love all the while looking as cute as she can in her best dress.

“Of what worth is a king who fails to protect the powerless?

Saber

4) Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero- Who would have guessed that legend of legends, the King of Camelot and all of Britain, was actually a girl? Saber makes the list because of chivalrous code of honour, selflessness to take on the burdens of others and her utter devotion to her kingdom. As the strongest Class of fighters in the Holy Grail War, she’s usually a lone wolf but she grows much as a character when she learns to cherish the bonds of love and friendship with her Master and other participants of the war that she may encounter. Saber is stubborn when it comes to her ideals and will stick by them even when others condemn or mock her for them. Her selflessness allows her to empathize with the weak while her pride as a king reminds her of her duty to Britain. She is truly one of the noblest kings.

“I dream of the day when I can see your dear smile again.” – Homura

3) Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica- Homura is one of the most complex characters I have ever encountered in the anime world. In the very first timeline, she is meek and shy, but by meeting Madoka, she begins to understand the meaning of friendship and selflessness. Seeing Madoka become a magic girl to save the world in the first timeline, Homura also becomes a magic girl to protect Madoka. Homura’s powers to pause, rewind and manipulate time stems from her wish to turn back time to save Madoka from a magic girl’s grim end. She repeats the time loop over and over again, hundreds of times in order to find a way to save Madoka. She becomes obsessed with Madoka enough to discard her life as a human and a magic girl to become the antagonistic force to God Madoka in hopes that she will one day meet Madoka again on even plains. She represents the best and worst in human beings – do we do things out of selflessness or selfishness? Homura’s emotions towards Madoka have become so complex that she herself probably does not even understand the extent of them, making her an intriguing character overall.

“This world is very cruel… but it is also very beautiful.” – Mikasa

2) Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin- Mikasa lost her family to bandits when she was a child, on the verge of death, she was inspired by Eren to stand up and fight and to win. She’s immensely attached to Eren and her love for her extends so far as to follow him right into the military where she becomes one of mankind’s most powerful and talented soldiers against the wrath of the Titans. Mikasa’s shining moment comes when she believes that Eren has already died and she’s ready to give up her life, but her memories with Eren inspire her to continue living in his remembrance. Even when Eren is persecuted by the military for being a traitor to the titans, Mikasa is ready to give up her life to fight for his. Mikasa reaches third place in my list because she exemplifies mankind’s strength and also its fragility.

“There is no future for those who have died… and what of those who did the killing? Is happiness to be found in a future that is grasped with blood-stained hands? Is that the truth?” – Lacus

Lacus Clyne (1)

1) Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny- No one finishes Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny without falling for Lacus’ charms at least once… or twice. Lacus is a songstress and symbol of peace during the Cosmic Era where different factions are constantly at war with one another through the use of mecha mobile suits. Despite having grown up sheltered in this war torn era, she is fully aware of the political tensions between PLANT, ORB and Earth. She emerges as a pacifist who works towards a peaceful co-existence between the Naturals (who are regular humans) and the Coordinators (a more evolved species of human able to pilot the Gundam). Although Lacus does not enter the battlefield personally per se, she is forever a support to her friends and even treats her enemies with kindness. She initiates a stalemate in the war and coordinates much of the postwar discussion to establish a stable peace among the different peoples.

“Shall I take you away, to the place where dreams come true…” – Nagisa

Nagisa Furukawa

*Honorary Mention goes out to Nagisa Furukawa from Clannad and Clannad after Story- Although Nagisa does not go through any death defying, humanity-testing quests of strength or skill, she is still an admirable character in her world. Having been born sickly and physically weak, Nagisa has been forced to repeat a year in her high school. Still, she is neither bitter nor resentful of her lot in life but faces her studies with a determination to make the best memories during her time at the school. She becomes an inspiration and source of hope to Okazaki Tomoya who has been jaded by his family situation. In After Story, Nagisa displays an overwhelming amount of bravery and resolve to bring Ushio into the world despite the very imminent possibility of death due to the strain of child birth.

Well, there you have it. My top 5 strongest female heroines. I hope you guys liked this post and like I said at the beginning, these are just my personal picks. If you have your own favourite kickass heroine you would like to share, comment below because I would love to read about her. It is always so hard to narrow down a top 5 of ANYTHING so I hope you guys enjoyed reading this!

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Out of the Box: Character Keychains Haul

Hey guys, today is my rubber straps haul feature characters from two very different series but both of which are on my list of favourites. The first is the Fate series with Saber and Gilgamesh while the second is the Free series with Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuouka. The pinched straps and key chain designs seem to be quite popular lately and I think I’m going to start collecting more of them. They are currently restocking on AmiAmi.com where I got these ones. I love rubber straps because they are the best to hang on your phone. I am SO obsessed because they’re pretty resistant to the elements, bumps, light scratches and quality Japanese anime goods are always really solid. You don’t ever have to worry about one of the chain links breaking or straps untying, they’re all very durable and retain colour even after a few weeks hanging off your phone or bag.

20140130_005553cI usually go for the straps with the headphone jacks attached because the headphone stub is removable and you can turn the strap into a keychain anytime if you always have actual headphones plugged into your phone. my only slight issue is that the two Fate character straps seem slightly thicker than the Free ones adding just a bit more weight and bulk to it, but usually the trade off for style is worth it.

I haven’t gotten the newness of the straps to take the others out but I couldn’t resist playing with Haru… Lately there hasn’t been a whole lot of new merchandise I’m loving online. I’m waiting for the Spring Anime to really deliver after a dull Winter but I did get some new mini figures in Toronto because my favourite stores are stocked up. More Out of the Box features to come– I hope you guys liked this, thank you for dropping in and I will talk to you all soon!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

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