Blogger in the Spotlight: Krystallina from DaiyaManga

Hey Grimms,

It’s time for our Blogger in the Spotlight! This month goes to the talented blogger Krystallina from DaiyaManga. I think many of you will truly enjoy this blogger if you are not already familiar with the site. We’ll get right to it today and I’ll give you three excellent reasons to check DaiyaManga out ASAP.

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Three Cheers!

One: The Slogan Says It All

“Finding the brightest gems in anime, manga, and video games at rock-bottom prices.”

Do I really need to say anything more? Krystallina puts it so perfectly! If you are into any of the above things (mark me down for all three) than DaiyaManga is going to be a wonderful resource for you! I know it has been for me. A blog dedicated to anime, manga, and video games? That’s basically the core of my being!

You had me at anime.

Two: Newbies Welcome

Are you new to the otaku world? Some of the terms can be hard to understand. I remember when I first started really getting into anime, so young and innocent… Until I curiously wondered what this, “Yaoi” term I kept coming across meant. Boy was I in for a surprise when I googled it!

Have no fear, Krystallina is here! If you go to DaiyaManga you will be happy to see a wonderful Glossary compiled with a bunch of different terms and such that you will commonly come across in the anime/manga scene.

A very cool resource!

Three: Oh the DEALS

Krystallina is keeping track of those manga, anime, and video games! Let’s be honest buying this stuff gets expensive quick so knowing when a deal is available is a must! We’ve got to stay on top of this people!

On top of letting her followers know when a deal is happening she also updates her posts to let everyone know when the deal is expired. I find that very helpful. There is nothing worse than thinking there’s a deal going on, getting to the site and being pumped, and then finding out it’s no longer available.

Summary

You’re going to find reviews and fun things like that on DaiyaManga but you are also going to find things unique to Krystallina. I think that’s pretty darn cool! So next chance you get I advise you check the site out. Explore a new blog and maybe find someone whose style you really connect with. Isn’t that one of the cool things about being in the blog world to begin with?

Thanks for checking in with me Grimms! I hope you enjoyed this Blogger in the Spotlight and I look forward to sharing another site with you all next month!

Peace ❤ Love

30 Day Lipstick Challenge: Day 17 Pink Daisy

Hi Grimms ❤

Today I will continue to chip away at my 30 Day Lipstick Challenge. Eventually we will make it to 30 Days and when that magical moment happens I promise to start another ridiculous 30 Day Challenge that I will of course never finish in 30 Days. It’s that just something wonderful to look forward to?

I feel like this will become a GrimmGirl tradition!

Today’s lovely shade of lipstick is brought to you by Mally in their shade Pink Daisy as part of their H3 collection. I said lipstick but it would be more accurate to say lip gloss. Can you believe that I’m adding another lip gloss to the list? This does not happen very often but I have to say I’m really digging this look!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I love a good pink color in spring/summer! I also am really digging the gloss of the whole affair. I kind of think it gives off a bit of a sexy vibe, don’t you? Kat Sade, Seductress at Large… BAHAHAHAHAHA! Something like that at least!

Here’s the thing I love about this color, anyone can pull it off! This shade of pink is a safe bet. It’s going to look good and it’s not a crazy shade that you’re going to be wary of wearing. I mean you just can’t go wrong with a sweet pink! Oh, and once again full disclosure I did use Jeffree Star’s Liquid Velour Matte Lipstick shade Dollparts as a lip liner. 

Interested in this shade? Click the link below!

Mally H3 Lip Gloss Pink Daisy

Liar Uncover the Truth Spring Break Event: I Don’t Like It

Hey Grimms ❤

Today’s Otome post is probably teetering on rant mode. You should probably just brace yourself for that. I wouldn’t say full on rant mode just a teensy bit ranty. I hope you still enjoy it though because I do feel like I’m bringing up some adequate thoughts.

As you might remember a while ago I did a post on my first impressions of Voltage Inc.’s Liar Uncover the Truth Spring Break Event and now that it’s over I’d like to follow up on that. So here are three things that really irritated me about the event.

Number One: WTF MC

I am normally all for this MC. I think we can all agree that in general she tends to be one fierce lady while still keeping her humor. Every once in a while she pulls a stunt that makes us want to scream, “RUN!” (Like when she confronted the Man with Anger Issues by herself) but in general she keeps it cool.

So I have to admit I was really thrown by her shadiness in this event! The premise is that she wants to got on a sweet Spring Break vacation to Hawaii but Oh, SNAP she doesn’t have the funds. That’s when a travel agent lets her in on a deal, if she has a never airline miles stacked up her and a friend (this is a couples only deal) can get a really affordably trip to Hawaii.

I originally thought that she would choose a guy who had extra miles and go from there. That’s not what happens. Instead she decides to rack up mileage points by inviting guys to different places in Japan. First off I can not believe that with the plane tickets and hotel fares she could be spending less money than just flying and getting a hotel in Hawaii but whatever. Apparently this is supposed to be a sound plan.

On top of (what seems to me) a ridiculous get mileage scam she is completely double booking her dates. At one point she invites three guys to the same hotel at the same time without their knowledge and just tries to carry on with all of them!

I’m sorry, but that is totally shady! That’s not the MC I know at all.

Not only is that shady but you know damn well if you went on a trip with someone and found out they stashed three other people around the hotel room to spend time with when they were supposed to be spending time with you, you would be mad. So I’m not letting this slide with the MC.

WTF

Number Two: These Men

Nope.

Noooooopppppe.

NOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPEE!

I could not get over seeing some of these men that I knew were scumbags just hanging around her. It was to weird and I couldn’t get into it. I’m sorry but once you know that one of these guys will literally punch you in the face if they get upset and another one wants to make you into a human doll you can’t just forget that!

I wish that maybe for the event you could chose someone’s route or something so that you didn’t have to see these other douchbags. I mean some of these men (while liars) are totally forgivable… Some of them belong in jail. I’m just saying I don’t need to be cozying up to the jailbirds.

Number Three: Meh

I don’t know if it was the combination of the above to things but I found this event to be super boring. I didn’t even finish it all the way through. Once she started stacking her dates on top of each other and I realized I was about to spend two days with a man who will eventually kidnap the MC I was out. Plus having to use my energy to get cool points was just annoying. I need that for the main route!

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Summary

The event just didn’t have the same flare as the main game. I’m hoping I don’t have this reaction to every event game, but who knows. My experience with this event though has made me more cautious about trying out future events.

If this is kind of the general set up for the event games as far as the men go then I’ll probably pass. I mean I have know interest in getting to know “The Man Who Cheats” any further unless the route includes him getting run over by a bus.

Know what I mean?

Let me know your thoughts below! Happy Otome Monday!

P.S.

I am feeling better everyone! Thank you for all of your well wishes ❤

Ulta Mini Haul: Hello Mally

Grimms ❤

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Saturday. I will actually be enjoying my nieces dance recital today and I’m pretty pumped! I always wanted to do dance as a kid, specifically ballet. It’s never too late though! I bet I could find an adult class or something.

Today’s post is an Ulta Mini Haul posts. I like writing these for you all for two reasons. One it gives you an idea of what’s to come on GrimmGirl even though I’m forever backlogged at least you know eventually these reviews will be coming. Two, I think it’s nice to see people’s staple products. What are the things people buy over and over again? You know what I mean?

I think you get a better feel for the type of products people really like that way. I mean I can review something and be like, “Yeah, that was pretty cool,” but the real test comes when I run out of it. Do I feel like I immediately need to go replace it or am I more like, “meh”.

Inquiring minds need to know.

So with this haul you will see some of the things I consider “must haves” for my makeup needs.

 

Real Techniques Beauty Blenders

I have tried other beauty blenders but I always have these on hand and have yet found a type that I like better! You can find these blenders all over my bathroom! I need them in constant stock.

Mally’s Must Have Collection Box

This is a completely new find. I will admit I had never even heard of this brand before but they’re cruelty free all the way through and my usual brands have been dropping like flies so I’ve been trying to branch out. Sad news for my vegan fans though, this line is not a vegan line. Since I’m branching out I liked the idea of a collection box or what the brand considers their “must haves”.

I mean if I don’t like any of the products that they feel are their top ones than this won’t be the brand for me. This collection box comes with their Evercolor Face Defender (sets your makeup), Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze (eyeshadow stick), Volumizing Mascara, and H3 Lip Gloss in Pink Daisy.

I’ll admit I’m not usually an eyeshadow stick sort of girl but I’m excited to try it out!

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

Super pumped about this new purchase. I’ve been trying to find a replacement for my makeup remover ever since I had to let go of my Urban Decay Meltdown remove. As you all may recall I tried PUR’s Melt Away makeup remover and while it did the job I am more of a lotion then an oil fan. So when I found this at Ulta I knew I had to give it a try.

PLLLLLEEEEAAAASSSEEE be good!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade (Granite)

Another staple of mine! One of my favorite ways to do my brows so I need to have this in constant stock, I’ll rock an eyebrow pencil but the pomade is my favorite. Also of course it is in Granite because that’s the darkest color they have and I find it perfect for my skin tone and hair color.

Viva la ceja!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush #14

You’ve got to have a brow brush if you are using pomade! I have in the past used a brow brush from the It Ulta series but I’m not overly attached to it. So when I saw this brow bush in the store I thought, “Eh… why not?”

Mally Ultimate Performance See the Light Concealer

Another brand new product to try! I always have dark circles under my eyes. In general I have trouble sleeping and that just gets worse when I’m stressed so a good under eye concealer keeps me from looking like a zombie. The problem is I haven’t been able to find one that I’m totally in love with. Hopefully this will be the game changer!

Summary 

I’m always excited to try out new products! I hope to have some reviews coming to you soon although as I mentioned before I’m pretty backlogged so I wouldn’t except reviews on these specific products to happen right away. The problem is I keep buying more makeup before I get caught up on my backlogged reviews!

That’s pretty much how I am with everything on this site though so we really can’t be to surprised! Look at my manga, anime, and otome backlog… Don’t even get me started on the work I still need to do in my kdrama section!

I hope you all enjoy your weekends and let me know what products you’re hoping I review soon!

Flashback Friday with Pokeninja 90

Hey Grimms,

I apologize that I have been so off of my game this week! I admit I have been feeling a little off my A-Game. Something must be going around in my neck of the wood because I am just not feeling it! I’ve been feeling sick since the weekend so I’ve had zero time to schedule posts like usual and I have this very irritating migraine on top of everything that just won’t go away!

I’m getting a brief moment of peace though so I decided to do a quick Flashback Friday while I had the chance. I’m still continuing my series on our first OWLS Blog Tour and I hope you all have been enjoying these short bursts down memory lane. Also if you are new to the OWLS scene this is a great chance to see us in our beginning glory. I can’t believe we’ve been going strong for five months!

This Flashback Friday goes to one of my favorite bloggers out there, the undisputed Otome Queen Pokeninja 90 from Nice Job Breaking It Hero. She is head of PR for OWLS so if you’re part of the community you’ve probably noticed our Twitter, Facebook, and OWLfical Website (see what I did there). You can thank her and the rest of our PR team for all of the greatness!

Pokeninja 90’s first post for our OWLS Disruptors Tour was on Cowboy Bebop and the ways in which the characters of the show were disruptors but also how Cowboy Bebop disrupted anime itself. I LOVE Cowboy Bebop so the minute I saw that Pokeninja 90 was writing about this show for OWLS I was beyond pumped!

I hope you all find time over this wonderful weekend to check it out as well! Her post [OWLS Blog Tour] How the Moral Ambiguity of the Bounty Hunter Disrupts the Hero Narrative of Mainstream Anime is worth traveling back to January 23, 2017 I assure you ❤

Enjoy the weekend Grimms! I’m hoping to be more active next week. Thanks for sticking with me!

 

I do not own these images

OWLS Blog Tour: Finding The Strength to Move Forward

Hello my lovely Grimms ❤

I also hope you have a chance to read Crimson’s OWLS article on strength that she posted on the 10th and in the future look forward to Hazelyn’s post featuring Kuroko no Basket on the 15th.

It’s that magical time once again where I grace this blog with some OWLS love. This month’s tour topic is “Strength” and the talented Lyn from LynLynSays once again wrote the prompt.

“Your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength.”

In anime, characters struggle with inner demons or physical weaknesses that make them feel insecure and prevent them from achieving goals. Yet when these characters overcome their adversity, they can finally be able to express who they are or in other words, “Free to be Me.”

For this tour, we will be exploring anime characters that have overcome adversity due to a personal insecurity or physical weakness. It is these types of characters that many anime fans may identify as role models because fans are able to feel empathetic towards these characters’ struggles and insecurities. –LynLynSays

Today I will be viewing this prompt through the eyes of Clannad and Clannad: After Story. If you are unaware of this anime you might want to skip this post because in order to do it justice I will be revealing some serious spoilers. So if spoilers aren’t you thing I will catch you after you have watched the show!

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Okazaki Tomoya 

“You shouldn’t stop like that. If you can move forward, then you should.” – Nagisa Furukawa

I have mentioned before that during high school I struggled with depression and anxiety. It was very serious. In February during my junior year of high school after my Mom was able to stop my suicide attempt I was hospitalized in the Psych Ward on a 72 hour hold.

Like Tomoya I felt very hopeless.

Tomoya meets Nagisa and this has a profound effect on how he sees the world. I was fortunate enough to find someone like that in my life as well, Adam Daniel Luing.

Much like Nagisa did for Tomoya in Clannad he provided me with hope. It was scary at times to be around someone who was so good. Who thought I was worthy of anything when I felt so unworthy of everything.

Adam was there for me everyday no questions asked. When I came back from the hospital he didn’t make me feel guilty or ashamed about it. He hugged me and told me, “I love you and I’m glad you are here today.”

That’s it.

From that point on he would tell me he loved me everyday and I would say it back. No matter what there he was waiting. I feel like Tomoya and Nagisa formed a very similar bond. Tomoya was directionless before he met Nagisa much like myself. I had no idea what I was going to do after high school to be honest because I wasn’t sure I would live to see graduation.

Adam did so much for me just by existing. I wanted to be there for him to. I wanted to help his dreams to become successful even if I wasn’t really sure what mine were.

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We will all face times of joy and pain. This life requires that we push forward through both.

Tomoya develops similar feelings for Nagisa. It begins with him doing all that he can for her play to be a success but develops further after they get married and she decides she wants a child.

He wants to make those things happen for her because he loves her. The sense of strength Nagisa provides Tomoya may seem insignificant on the outside but it means everything to Tomoya. I feel very similar when I think of Adam. As I began my road to recovery I felt this ember inside of me. I wanted to be there for Adam in the same way he was there for me.

Just knowing Nagisa was waiting to greet him gave Tomoya the strength to walk out of the front door. I can relate to that in my relationship to Adam. No we never dated but he was my friend and we meant the world to each other, that I have always been sure of.

In After Story the unthinkable happens.

Nagisa dies during childbirth and no matter how much Tomoya wants to help her he can’t. After her death we watch Tomoya try to find the strength to move forward after the loss of Nagisa. Just facing each day is a struggle and I can relate to that.

On top of that Tomoya feels and added sense of guilt. Nagisa dies trying to give birth to their child. If he had never agreed to have a child with her maybe Nagisa would still be alive. Survivor’s guilt is a terrible thing. On the outside we can understand that death is natural. If it was Nagisa’s time then it was Nagisa’s time. If it wasn’t childbirth it would be something else.

 

Like Tomoya the unthinkable happened to me.

On April 17, 2007 Adam died during our track practice. He had an undetected enlarged heart and on that day it finally stopped. His heart was literally too big.

I too felt a sense of guilt. Adam did sports year round but he only did track because of me. He had played baseball throughout childhood but I talked him into running track. I thought it would be something fun we could do together. It’s not rational but like I said before Survivor’s Guilt is a terrible thing. I couldn’t help but think if he had been playing baseball this wouldn’t have happened.

On that day I saw a look on his face that I had never seen before. For the first time in all of the years we had know each other he looked at me for help and even though I wanted nothing more than to help him I couldn’t.

He wanted life and I couldn’t give that to him.

He died and I couldn’t bring him back.

Even if I tried I could never explain to you how this lost felt. It was awful. Everything just seemed… pointless.

Tomoya finds strength though and so did I.

 

This life is what Adam wanted. Ushio was what Nagisa wanted. How could I throw away this life that Adam wanted so desperately? How could Tomoya ignore the daughter that brought Nagisa so much happiness? In the end both Tomoya and I only had only one choice to repay the kindness that our loved ones had brought to us.

To live.

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Nagisa wanted Tomoya to live and move forward. I know that this is what Adam wants for me as well.

Even in my darkest and most illogical moments I am able to remember that Adam wanted this life. He wanted it and I couldn’t give it to him. The only thing I can do is live. So everyday I experience things that Adam hoped for but will never have. He wasn’t able to graduate, go to college, get married, have children, or anything like this but I can.

This has given me strength and propelled me forward. Like Tomoya it is the love of the people in our lives whether alive or passed that gives us the ability to take that next step, even if it is painful. We look up to the stars and know that we can continue. They are our greatest source of strength.

I hope you all found meaning in this post. I would like to take this moment to say that if you have ever felt suicidal please speak to someone about it. In death there are no second chances so please talk to someone about what you are going through.

Lots of Love ❤

 

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First Impressions: Low The Delirium Of Hope

Hey Grimms!

I know Wednesdays are usually the days that I do some sort of Otaku geared review but you all know me by this point. It’s not uncommon for me to just kind of roll with things. I mean that’s the best part of writing for my own blog! The schedule I have is really more of a guideline and when something else sparks my interest that guideline goes right out of the window.

So what sparked my interest?

The graphic novel Low written Rick Remender with cover art by Greg Tocchini is what sparked my interest I tell you. Recently my friend Tony gave me the first volume because they thought I would enjoy it.

* Shameless Promotion Time *

Tony happens to be a pretty kickass artist so if you’re ever looking for some cool things to check out you should go through his Instagram @Imtonylol (click on name) you won’t regret it!

* Back to the Topic At Hand *

So Tony gave me Low Vol 1: The Delirium of Hope and from the moment I saw the cover art I was pretty sure I had a winner on my hands. I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but damn. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Can we just take a moment to give Greg Tocchini I resounding round of applause for this artwork?

After I was done eyeing up the cover I flipped it around to read the description. Once again I was intrigued!

“Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy, to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart, in conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you’ve ever seen before, as writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Captain America) and artist GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale of mankind’s final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea…” –Image Comics

 How are you all not immediately searching for a copy of this after hearing this plot?

I was more than a little pumped to finally get some time to sit down and read the first volume.

First Impression

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I need to finish this series!

The artwork throughout Low is flawless and the storytelling is no joke. I personally like a bit of a darker side to the stories a read and Rick completely delivers on that end. If you like stories filled with sunshine and unicorns this is not the story for you. This story is dark. Things happen and the line between right and wrong isn’t always clear. The characters are complex, flawed, and most importantly human. They’re paths are not going to be cut and dry because humanity isn’t cut and dry.

I am a sucker for a strong female lead and Low certainly brings that with their character Stel. I don’t want to give anything away but as far as first impressions go she is a total badass. She is described as an optimist but I wouldn’t classify her as some dowey eyed character that just hopes for the best. Her optimism is her source of strength. Even when everyone has fallen to despair she is able to draw on her optimism to move forward. Even after facing things that would break anybody down she is able to stand. If that isn’t strong I don’t know what is.

Rick’s style of writing and storytelling reminds me of Neil Gaiman and his Sandman series. I say this a very high form of complement. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and The Sandman series is one of my favorite stories. The reason I find them similar is that Neil has away of telling a story and unseating you. Making you feel slightly uncomfortable while still pushing you forward. You want to see what happens next but the reactions of the characters are so raw that you can’t help but feel slightly apprehensive.

What is going to happen next?

Its stories like this that really stick with you and I have to give Rick credit for being able to write so convincingly. I find myself disgusted by the society that has been created through humanity’s lack of strength but at the same time I’m rooting for them. I want humanity to be saved even if they seem beyond saving. Even though it seems hopeless I want there to be hope.

This story has me hooked.

Final Thoughts

I will be collecting the rest of this series ASAP. I need to see how Rick completes the tale and I simply cannot get enough of Greg’s artwork. I am also considering doing a volume-by-volume review of this series.

What do you all think about that? Any interest?

Finally if you would like to check out this series for yourself click on the link below.

Low: The Delirium of Hope

See you later Grimms and don’t forget to comment below with your thoughts!