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Geek out: Tonari no Seki Kun​ (Anime)

For those of us who have spent years in the classroom. Trying to entertain ourselves while the teacher drones on. And also for those of us who were often distracted by our neighbors during class. This anime is a wonderful and humorous representation of these times.

Seki and Yumi sit next to each other in class. Yuki is a serious and slightly goody goody student who tries to listen to the teacher. Seki is the imaginative and honestly quite talented boy who sits next to her. Yuki is constantly distracted by Seki throughout the series and he often draws Yuki into his hijinks, usually resulting in her getting into trouble.

My favorite episodes are the ones where Seki plays modified versions of Shogi and Go (two very traditional games from the eastern part of the world). His imagination and social commentary (all without saying a word), draw you in and enrapture you.

As the series progresses we see Yuki and Seki grow a bit closer and Yuki seems to give up on trying to change him. I would like to call for a reboot of this show and if there is not enough material, more of the manga as well. Perhaps someday they will reboot it. Maybe one day we could see Yuki and Seki in middle school or even college.


Personal Ban on Sports Anime During Exam Week

It’s exam week and that means procrastination. And nothing encourages procrastination more than binge-watching sports anime.

Why not ban all anime during exam week? Well, you could but I personally find an episode or two of a somewhat calm anime before bed allows me to sleep without constantly thinking about my exams and assignments. The problem with sports anime and even some action anime like Naruto is that they get your adrenaline pumping and then leave you with a cliffhanger… after almost EVERY episode. The adrenaline these shows produce is addictive so you will definitely want to know what happens next. The next thing you know you have been watching anime for six hours and it is now 3am. You haven’t studied and you have an exam at 9am tomorrow morning. Your only options now are an all-nighter study session resulting in a very caffeinated exam taker. Or, you can try to sleep with the knowledge that you have none. And finally, you can set your alarm for 6am so you can trick your brain into thinking that you will get some useful study time in before the exam. But instead, you are just an over-caffeinated university student who crammed last minute while in a half-asleep zombie state.

None of these options are great for your GPA. Which is why I have made a personal decision to cut out my beloved sports anime and some action anime (pretty much any anime that has a cliffhanger every episode). It is painful but my GPA is grateful for my sacrifice.

Geek Out: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Anime)

I just finished this anime about one minute ago…

If you have seen the anime please don’t spoil it for those who haven’t but I can say this anime made me feel deeply everything the characters went through after a major earthquake hit Tokyo.

“Middle school student Mirai Onozawa is dissatisfied with her family circumstances and, in a moment of frustration, wishes to tear everything apart. Unfortunately, these destructive thoughts seem to come true in the form of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake just a few moments later.

When summer vacation begins, Mirai reluctantly takes her younger brother Yuuki to Odaiba, where a robot exhibition that he wanted to go to is being held. However, while they are in the exhibition center, the fury of a major earthquake shakes the Kanto region; helpless, both kids witness the devastating power of this natural disaster as it brings the city to its knees.

In its aftermath, they stumble upon Mari Kusakabe, a motorcyclist and single mother who decides to help the young siblings. Aiming to return to their homes and reunite with their families, the group sets off on a long and hard journey through the decimated city.” – From

I’m still recovering emotionally but it is definitely well worth the watch. I apologize for the lame writing but I am still…. just…. wow….

Until next time,

Stay geeky


Geek Out: Metro Survive (Manga)

Metro Survive is a manga about a group of people who must survive after an earthquake traps them all underground. Centred around Mishima, a maintenance man for a shoddy newly constructed building, going from being a bit of a wuss to a capable leader.

The story is well constructed with a nice twist halfway through. This was my first time reading a survival manga so I have no idea if it follows any overdone tropes, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. The ending is good as well but saying more than that will spoil it.

The characters are amazing. Many of them developed an incredible amount by the end of the 16 chapter manga. The development never seems rushed and the author seems to have thought deeply about how different people may change during a time of distress.

The art is great in my opinion. It is easy to read and doesn’t seem too crowded or minimalistic.

Overall Metro Survive is a great manga and thanks to it I will definitely consider checking out more survival manga in the future.


Note: This manga is fairly clean but there is some violence as well as reference to mature content (though nothing is actually shown).


Geek Out: Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love (Manhwa)

This Manhwa will send you on an emotional roller coaster up to the very last page. It made me laugh and smile yet also made me bawl my eyes out more than anything I have ever read up till now. Yet I am left feeling refreshed by the end of the story.

The plot is basically as follows:

A Manhwaga (the Korean version of a Mangaka), who is the author of a popular online manhwa, loses his sight and becomes blind. Despairing over the loss of his ability to draw and being unable to care for his mother who has dementia, the Manhwaga stops taking care of himself and begins to lose hope. He is then saved by a deaf woman who is a fan of his manhwa. The story follows their life together. Showcasing both happy and lighthearted moments as well as sad and difficult senarios.

The art is pretty good and the Manhwaga uses colour and space well to express and show things to the reader.

The characters are all deep. Even the dog and cat have backstories for goodness sake! Really good ones! You slowly learn about the pasts of all the characters and they seem to get deeper as you read through the story.

I do feel I should warn any potential readers that this manhwa does deal with some serious issues such as suicide and various physical and mental illnesses. I would not recommend this for children or those who are uncomfortable with the topics that are brought up in the story.

However, I do believe that this is an amazing story well worth the time to read.images


Geek Out: Quan Zhi Gao Shou (anime)

Quan Zhi Gao Shou is a Chinese anime. However, if you are thinking “ugh Chinese anime are lame Japanese anime is way better”, in this case you are wrong. Quan Zhi Gao Shou has great art, music, plot, and characters. It is captivating and well made.

If you want to read a synopsis of the show check out myanimelist.

When I first tried to watch this anime I didn’t know it was a Chinese anime the first ten minutes or so confused me to no end. However, once I realized they sounded like they were talking while chewing gum because they were speaking Chinese instead of Japanese I was able to thoroughly enjoy the show.

The action scenes are fluid and entertaining. The main character Ye Xiu has been described as Kirito from SAO’s older and way cooler brother. Ye Xiu is an intelligent pro gamer who was forced into retirement because he refused to do advertising deals. The plot and characters keep the show fresh and interesting.

This review is based on the first six episodes of the show but I got really excited and felt the need to write this Geek Out. I’m not going to bother proof reading this post because I want to go back and see what happens next. See ya next time!chin1x

You can watch Quan Zhi Gao Shou with english subtitles at gogoanime.


Geek Out: 3 Gatsu no Lion (anime)

3 gatsu no lion (March comes in like a lion), is an absolutely captivating show about a boy named Rei who is a highschooler and professional shoji player and his interactions with various people including three sisters who help him out and act almost like family to him.

The anime is slow paced but every episode makes you feel alive. Rei’s history is slowly revealed through flashbacks and every episode it is easy to find yourself hoping and praying for his happiness. The Shogi games are captivating but the show is not focused on how to play Shogi like many sports anime. It is so hard to explain just how much this show captivated me. The characters evolve and have weird but heartwarming smiles and you can feel Rei’s pain, sadness, and happiness as it comes to him.


If you want to learn more about the show or see what other people thought of it click here.

If this sounds like something you might want to watch I would encourage you to give it the two episode test and try it out.

you can find it English subbed at gogoanime.