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

 

Cloudy Says… Welcome 2015!!

Banner Third DesignHey guys HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you are all well. I’ve been super busy with family matters, video-editing, travel and interludes of exam studying. Today I wanted to give you guys a quick update one what’s going on with the blog, the Youtube channel and the upcoming anime season.

Welcome to all the new followers and subscribers. If you guys are new to LittleCloudCuriousity, my name is Cloudy and this is my blog for Japanese anime, manga and pop culture ^^/ Thank you very much for clicking in today.

ANIME on the BLOG

Many Youtubers and bloggers have been giving their thoughts and opinions on 2014, the best anime, the worst and their general favourites. So I thought I’d take a look back at ALL the anime we saw as well and give you guys a quick list on what I really loved from each season.

Winter Anime- Hamatora Season 1, Nisekoi, D-Frag!

Spring Anime- No Game No Life, Kamigami no Asobi, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Love Live Season 2, Kill La Kill

Summer Anime- Zankyou no Terror, Free! Eternal Summer, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus, Ao Haru Ride

Fall Anime- Gugure Kokkuri-san, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Donten ni Warau, Shirobako, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yusha de Aru, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, Sword Art Online II: Gun Gale Online

As of today, the Winter Anime Season for 2015 has officially begun. Though official anime sites don’t have pilot episodes up for streaming yet, we can expect exciting things this upcoming month. If you guys are looking to check out some of my picks, click the link here.

YOUTUBE

You may or may not remember but this year I started a Youtube channel >.< and to be honest, it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. After a shaky start, I’ve started to settle into the ways of the Youtube world and I’m really glad you guys enjoy my videos. We’ve recently hit 2000 subscribers so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I know I don’t reply to every comment on the channel or other social media but I do read every single comment, I just can’t reply to all of them because life just happens sometimes >.< but thank you for commenting nonetheless, giving your input and suggestions really help me figure out what videos to do.

Speaking of the channel, the most recent series features my little adventures in Hong Kong with family and friends this holiday season. If you are interested in watching or may have missed one, you can check them out in the playlist here. There should be six videos in total, the last one featuring my trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong (which will be uploaded soon).

LOOKING FORWARD

There will definitely be first impressions for as many first episodes I can get my hands on. As well, a poll will go up for you guys to give your vote on what reviews you’d like to see this season. For now, please check out the poll below and vote on what types of videos you guys want to see more of in 2015. Your opinion really matters to me so if you have time and you enjoy my content, please take the time to offer a few clicks.

Two more hauls will be coming on the channel. One vlog will focus on a Girl’s Haul with merchandise for otome, Free, UtaPri and shoujo fans. Another vlog will focus on another fun fandom of mine. As well, I am trying really hard to schedule in time to film some rants for you guys cause there’s really A LOT going on in the anime world every day, all the time.

I have recently been inspired to do street photography again. I went on a photography crawl with a close friend in Hong Kong the other day so when those photos are processed and edited, they will go up on the blog.

SO NOW…

I will be returning to the UK this week and settling into an exam schedule routine when I get back. Videos are coming as soon as I can, as quick as I can film and edit them. Blog posts come as soon as episodes are released. What excites me about getting back to the UK is the Out of the Box that’s coming from a pre-ordered package from Japan so if you guys are curious about that don’t forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more ^^

Always I like to remind you guys that the blog is always most updated above all else, though Twitter comes a close second. The channel runs on its own rhythm though it often cross-references with blog recaps and reviews for popular series. You guys can also check out Tumblr for other fun posts or Facebook for regularly updated posts.

Once again, thank you so much for reading, commenting and dropping into my blog and my channel. I will continue doing my best in the upcoming year to link you guys with the coolest reviews, recaps, merchandise features.

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– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Hey guys, welcome to another Cloudy Says update. I didn’t have much time to write put together a more comprehensive one in the last minute scramble to pack, early essays and evaluations but I hope you guys generally get the gist of what’s going on here. I am NOT stopping reviews or videos, they’ll just be dialed down for the next week or so and of course I’ll try my best to fit all the reviews into the family stuff I’m handling plus get some travel blogging in.

Don’t forget to check out any of the MCM Birmingham Convention Vlog or Haul videos that have gone up, as well as drop in for your weekly anime recap or review. Lots of series are hitting the mid-series mark or ending soon so Winter 2014 previews will go up sometime in the next few weeks.

Till then, I hope you guys take care and have a kickass set of exams (for those of you writing exams), and a wonderful holiday =)

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– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says… End of October News ^^*

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Hey guys, how are you all? HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! \*O*/

What’s up with me?

It’s been a really crazy October for me. I’ve been juggling schoolwork with new anime series reviews and vlogs as well. Last week I travelled to London to attend the MCM London Comicon which was AMAZING for me because it was my very first convention in the UK and I really don’t know what to expect. Plus, I ended up travelling alone cause everyone I made plans with ended up with last minute interruptions and bailed BUT traveling alone was a really refreshing, reflective and free-spirited experience that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. I’m an only child so I’m really okay with spending time with myself but I also found making new friends on my trip a lot more encouraging especially when I was hanging around London exhibits or fangirling at the convention tables over cute anime merchandise. Shout out to all my fellow travelers and con-goers who took a picture for me. The one downside of traveling alone is that you always have to ask other people for pictures. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring London in the last week.

What’s new with the blog?

The blog is still going as-is. The recaps and reviews are coming whenever I find time to write and screenshot and publish posts. I know I say I always post something at least once a day but lately I’ve been skipping days here and there but it’s for good reason. Sometimes I’m out with friends, most of the time I’m doing schoolwork and sometimes I’m exploring the city. Since I’m only in the UK for a year, I’m really trying to make the most of it by taking day trips to nearby cities or just exploring Manchester where I live.

**This anime season I’ve decided to officially recap & review five series- Donten ni Warau, Sora no Method, Akatsuki no Yona, Shirobako, Shigasu wa Kimi no Uso, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

Watching but not reviewing- Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, Denki-gai no Honya-san, Yuuki Yuuna Yusha wa Aru

Reviewing from last season- Akame Ga Kill, Sword Art Online II: Gun Gale Online

BUT like in every season, I set up a poll to find out WHAT YOU GUYS ARE WATCHING and take that into account with other series I should check out for First Impressions or reviews… 

What’s new with the channel?

The channel videos are not as frequent as the schedule I set up in the summer. That’s of course because my summers are for myself and during most of the year I have lectures and assignments to attend to. At the time of this post, I’m doing solid video reviews for Sword Art Online II (bi-weekly) and Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works (weekly or bi-weekly depending on plot progression).

**Will Manga Mondays return? YES!! I am trying to find more time to film miscellaneous videos that I personally want to rant about but it’s difficult with my current commitments in school and my personal life. It’s always on my mind though…

**I’m also editing my MCM London Comicon 2014 VLOG which will come hopefully in the next week… The MCM Comicon Artist Alley Haul (Part 1) and Dealer’s Room Haul (Part 2) is also in the nitty-gritty stages of editing so I thank you all in advance for your patience.

We also hit 1500 subscribers!!! So once again, thank you all so much for watching my ramblings on Youtube, liking, commenting, subscribing and supporting. It really means the world to me and I can’t express how much you all mean to me. ❤

Where can I find you?

I’m not as enthusiastic about updating all my social media handles during the year but THE BLOG will always be updated ABOVE ALL ELSE. Plus, if you’re looking for real-time talk and news, or if you have a suggestion or question for me, the best way to reach me is on my Facebook Page or TWITTER which I check intermittently throughout the day. Also I keep a close eye on channel comments as well so feel free to shoot me a message on Youtube.

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– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Hey guys, how are you all? If you’re headed back to school, I hope your back to school is going well. If you’re headed back to work after the long weekend, I hope that’s all going well too. I wanted to drop in for a quick September update…

As well as everything that’s going on with my travel, I will be uploading three FanExpo Canada photography posts throughout the week as I try to keep up with all the regular reviews. If you’re looking for any of the current seasonal recaps/reviews, check out the “Latest News” tab at the very top of the blog or drop in on my channel for fun rants and other otaku-related vlogs. My Fall anime season favourites and picks will also be up as soon as I get settled in. If things are pushed back a bit late, I apologize for the delay beforehand. I really appreciate all your support with my blog and channel <333

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Cloudy Says… What’s up for summer? Time to vote!

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Hey guys how are you all?

Today we’re back with another update. There’s been a crazy storm of new anime in the last two weeks because of all the new seasonal stuff coming out.

I haven’t exactly decided what I’m going to stick with this season and there’s so much I’m having trouble deciding. As per usual, here is a poll of the selections. Everything in the poll is everything I’ve watched (not necessarily posted first impressions). If you guys want me to check out a particular show or make sure I review one of your favourites, hit as many selections as you like and vote because I have changed my list of seasonal shows due to popular demand or lack thereof.

What I’m currently watching this season…

*Finishing from last season – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Coming soon with CuriousCloudy…

I will be going to ConBravo 2014 this year. Just on the Saturday though. Hopefully I can get some vlogging in and meet some other fun Youtubers. I’m also planning on going to FanExpo Canada 2014 in late August and covering the convention for all four days.

We haven’t done a HAUL in a while but one will be coming soon at the end of the month! As well, with my birthday coming up in August, hopefully I can do another Out of the Box feature with a NEW NENDOROID on its way here. If I have time I want to plan some seiyuu feature posts.

Random Things I’ve been up to…

– Reading Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

– Reading the Latin version of the Hobbit

– Getting really addicted to sour gummy candies

–  I recently finished a Korean drama called The Heirs. Starting to watch Emergency Couple now.

Thank you guys so much for all your support and lovely comments on my channel thus far! I’m gonna keep doing my best with video editing and improve my vlogs so I hope you’ll enjoy everything coming soon!

More from me at… Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Pinterest

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– Cloudy

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Blogging vs. Vlogging… Youtube Month 1 Mark

Hey guys, how are you all?

It’s been roughly a month since I started doing videos on Youtube. I still don’t think I”m entirely accustomed to the change but thank you very much to everyone who has been with me here and supported me in my first few Youtube videos. Today I wanted to rant a bit about the differences between blogging and vlogging and my thoughts on both mediums.

Originally I was pretty Fuko Ibukiadverse to Youtube – 1) because I totally did not want to be in front of the camera 2) because I only had a very vague idea of what video editing entailed. After a long long long process of deliberation in which the decision was thrown into a volcano, taken out, chopped into pieces and put back together with fairy glue,  I decided to try making videos.  If you guys watched my very very first video, the rendering process made the quality horrible and I had no idea what to say or what to do. For the first few videos I was totally uncomfortable looking at the camera and some close friends even pointed that out to me. The videos were intended to bring out my opinions and thoughts on certain topics within the Otaku culture because while littlecloudcuriosity offers a great space for me to voice my thoughts, I’m always caught up with the weekly episode reviews and I never get the chance to insert a lot of rants. Even when I do post rants, they are either lost in the huge pile of seasonal reviews or I never get around to even writing them because I’m trying to balance my seasonal reviews with schoolwork.

Mio LaptopBlogging and Vlogging are those similar but different kinds of things. Blogging is a more literary medium and while you can incorporate visuals are audio, it’s nothing like the immediacy of a video where someone directly talks to you. A blog post definitely takes less time to upload but a vlog is rewarding in itself because the editing process is much more tedious. The copyright standards on Youtube are a challenge in itself. Last week I got a copyright flag for some anime music I used in my first Anime North 2014 vlog which is why I ended up taking it down, re-editing and re-uploading. Doing videos in my room is easy, vlogging on the go, trying to keep a camera straight and centered on my face is hard. All in all the AN 2014 vlog was a huge learning process and a great way to wrap up the first month.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not writing this post to complain, rather, the opposite. I’m writing this to show you guys, honestly, what this process has been like to me. I don’t think I’ll ever be super professional with video-making (I really should have taken more film courses in university LOL) and I don’t expect to become a Youtube sensation over night but it actually gives me happy feels to know my videos bring me closer to all of you =’)

Looking forward…

Black Bullet Episode 9 (17)As I’ve made more and more videos, however, I actually enjoy hopping in front of a camera to talk every day. I enjoy making jokes with you guys. I love reading your comments. Yes, I do read each and every single comment I get because Youtube sends me a notification. It’s a bit easier to hop in front of a camera and just talk now (even though  I sometimes end up doing like 5 cuts for one line cause I botch it up so badly). I think I’m a pretty bad actress which is why comedy scenes don’t come up a lot in my videos and I’m a lot more eloquent with back space, copy and paste. You guys don’t know this but I cut out a lot of “um’s” in -editing process. Even I get tired of my own “um… um…” XDD

I am working out a way to keep a fair balance between what goes on here on my blog and what goes on on my channel. I don’t want my channel to take over a lot of the seasonal episode reviews even though a lot of subscribers would like to see me review anime in video mode. I have already taken a look at the summer season and with all the manga and games that are being adapted into an anime, I have at least 8 shows I need to review, almost 10 shows to watch regularly and about 12-13 shows that require First Impression reviews. I think I will split up the reviews here and on my channel. With some shows, it’s easier to rant about in person while others require some in depth analysis that only formal writing will bring out the force of my thoughts. I guess I’ll take it one step and one day at a time.

Again if you guys made it to the end of the post, you are a trooper. This post was pretty text heavy after all…

kill-la-kill-mako-eye-gogglesThank you guys very very much for following me here or on my channel. There would not even be a Youtube channel if t wasn’t for all of you guys. I have just reached 200 subscribers so thank you so much for all your support. I will continue to do my best with new content, reviews and rants. Here’s to looking forward =) Ganbarimasu!

– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Heyhey how are you all? I hope you’re well. We haven’t really had an update for a while now so I thought this would be a good time to check in. If you’re a new follower on littlecloudcuriosity, welcome! Cloudy Says posts are basically updates from me to you so you can keep tabs on what I’m planning in the next few weeks. Tonight I’m headed to the Just Kidding Films talk at the University of Toronto and I’m super excited. I’ve been following JK Films on Youtube for years now and tonight’s is their first time visiting. YAY

Lately I have been super swamped with midterms and assignments and extra curricular club activities that I feel like I haven’t been too hyped about blog content. Plus Internet at my apartment in Kingston is just so bad I’m ready to bash the router. Stupid winter power outages…

Anyway, this week is my reading week/study week and I’m hoping I can up on some chillax photography to showcase my latest Out of the Box post. To be honest, there hasn’t been a lot of new merch out so I keep scouring the Internet for interesting things to show u guys. How do you guys feel about Asian Snack Features? Like strange new flavors of pocky or weird sorts of snacks that I just happen to come across. Think of it like Snacking with Cloudy and it’ll be a great way for me to share some of my favourite anime marathon noms with you guys.

Despite multitasking like a hundred things at once I’m still trying to keep up with the latest anime episodes every week. Kill La Kill and Tokyo Ravens seem to be heating up intensely alarm last season. As for this season, Nobunaga the Fool, Nisekoi and D-Frag! are going pretty strong.I have also been diligently following Hamatora cause it’s just so awesome and I will be posting a full review of the series when it finishes. The same goes for Pupa which I decided to keep on my watch list cause the episode wraps up in the time it takes for me to eat a piece of chocolate. A new Out of the Box feature will be out sometime this week so keep an eye out for that as well!!

Also, I recently got word of my international exchange application and I’ve been offered to go to Manchester, England in September for an entire year!! I am super excited to see what they have in store for me in Europe and I can’t wait to share some of my travel photography with you guys as well. That’s still a little ways down the road but if you guys have any travel tips for me for England, I’d appreciate it a ton!

I hope you guys liked this update and thank you guys so much for dropping in. I’m going to look around for new stuff to post but for now you can expect steady anime reviews coming out every week. Hopefully my blogger’s block goes away soon!!!

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-Cloudy

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