Category: Personal

Visions for A Better Tomorrow – January 2020 “Visions” OWLS Blog Tour

It’s a new year and with it comes the promise of a new beginning for many looking to put the hardships of last year behind them. Like many, I see the new year as a chance to start fresh, both online and in my personal life. 2019 ended on a high note with me finally securing a full time job, giving me a much more positive outlook for the new year. There will of course be some ups and downs, but I’m definitely optimistic about what 2020 has in store for me moving forward.

So, when the lovely Lyn revealed that the theme for our first Blog Tour of 2020 would be visions, I was eager to put my own personal spin on the topic. Initially, I intended to write about the anime series revisions (which explains the feature image), and while I’ll probably plug the series at some point in this post, I felt that a more personal post was necessary this time around.

Happy New Year! Since it is a new year, it’s a new you! This month we will be talking about various pop culture mediums that focus on envisioning “the future.” What type of future do we want for ourselves, our communities, and the world? Also, we will be sharing our goals and plans for the new year. Once again, happy new year!

-OWLS January 2020 “Visions” Blog Tour Prompt

OWLS has grown and changed considerably since it’s inception back in 2017, I remember being approached by the President of OWLS Katrina Sade to join the group that at the time had a very simple goal, “to create a safe space for people to be free being who they are”. We didn’t have a huge platform back then, it was just a small group of bloggers from the aniblogging community who wanted to make a small difference in the world.

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Backlog Diaries: Admitting I Have a Problem…

I’ve kind of been dancing around this topic for awhile now, since like many gamers my backlog is a point of pride and shame. I’m not alone in this, just about every gamer I know has a backlog, that despite our best efforts never seems to get any smaller. In fact, backlogs tend to do the exact opposite.

I’d like to blame sales for my ridiculous backlog, I mean really it’s criminal to let a Steam Sale go by without buying anything and some publishers have taken to hosting release day sales in hopes of boosting their initial sales stats. The system is rigged to promote sales, I know this and yet, I can’t help myself… I am a willing participant yet another Capitalist scheme…

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Some of the games in my steam library

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Blog Updates… I’m not dead yet

Hey Hey Guys, I wanted to post something real quick about the lack of activity these past few days. I’m not on hiatus or anything, but it’s been pretty hectic on my end.

Last weekend I covered Otakon 2019 for MANGA.TOKYO, had a blast, but I’m outlining all those articles for them rn. On top of that I moved into my new place on Sunday and all of my stuff is either in boxes or MIA… so, I’ve been slowly getting everything sorted and it is a pain in the ass.

I spent the whole day at a baseball game for a company event at work… and I’m on my way to a speed dating event rn, but I wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know what’s up.

So, this season, I’m watching Fire Force, which I kinda like, despite my aversion to shounen anime. Hinawa is my new megane bae!

I’m continuing Carole & Tuesday, and the music in this series is amazing! If you’re not already watching it, you need to get on it ASAP!!

Game wise, I’m playing Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly and so far it isn’t my favorite otome game, but I like the mini game and Yamato and Monshiro are cute… so it’s not a total loss. I only really play PBB during my hour and a half bus ride to work in the morning and afternoon, so my progress varies…

I’m also playing the BL game, Chess of Blades, and I love it so far, mystery, intrigue, and a historical setting… it’s everything I crave in one place… But, I only play when I get home (if I have time) so it’s been a really slow go…

Well, that’s it for the updates and stuff… things should be back to normal starting on Monday…

D.N. Angel is the Reason I have Commitment Issues with Ongoing Series

So, it was recently brought to my attention that Yukiru Sugisaki would start reviving her long running fantasy romance manga series D.N. Angel this year. This is the first mention of anything new from the series since the author went on hiatus 8 YEARS AGO! Yes, you read that right, it has been 8 years since the release of volume 15 back in 2011 and what’s worse, this isn’t even the first time the series has been on hiatus and I’m pretty damn sure it won’t be the last… so, forgive me if I’m not shouting from the rooftops at the announcement that the series is finally back from the dead.

Some context… 

D.N. Angel follows Daisuke Niwa a 13 year old boy who is descended from a long line of phantom thieves. Daisuke is kinda shy and pretty average, despite having been put through a rigorous training regimen by his mother and grandfather. Other than that life is pretty normal! On his 14th birthday he finally plucks up the courage to confess to the girl of his dreams, Risa Harada, but homegirl turns him down hard! Full of teen angst and fueld by his broken heart, Daisuke goes home to mope a bit, thats when he gets hit with magical puberty. His body transforms into that of the handsome phantom thief Dark Mousy (my first anime crush). Daisuke freaks the fuck out, thankfully his mom is around to explain that the transformation is completely normal, having affected all of the Niwa men for generations. The change she explains is triggered by the host’s romantic feelings of love, and will keep happening until Daisuke finds someone who can love him and Dark. The rest of the story focuses on Daisuke’s attempts to balance his normal life with that of his secret phantom thief alter ego. To make matters worse, Dark has his own consciousness within Daisuke which often gets him into trouble as they both struggle to coexist. Then Daisuke goes and falls in love with Risa’s twin sister, Riku who absolutely hates Dark after he stole her first kiss… yeah, and I thought I had problems…

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OWLS May “Happiness” Blog Tour: Finding Happiness in the Little Things

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s May and with it comes another OWLS Blog Tour! Last month during our Masculinity Blog Tour we looked at the meaning of the term while also celebrating the amazing accomplishments of women. This month we’re looking at the other end of the spectrum with our May Happiness Blog Tour! If you haven’t already be sure to check out Karandi’s and Jack’s posts from earlier this monthon their blogs!

Happiness is subjective. We all have different definitions of what happiness means to us and we also feel happiness in varying degrees. This month we will be exploring several questions describing our happiness in our fandoms, communities, and hobbies. Why do we find enjoyment watching anime or reading manga? Why did we decide to join the anime or pop culture communities?  Why do we blog about our hobbies or cosplay as our favorite characters? This topic is all about the passions we have for our interests and why they are important to us.

May 2019 Happiness Blog Tour Prompt

I was unsure of how I was going to tackle this month’s blog tour topic, like the prompt states, ‘happiness’ is a subjective concept that takes on different meanings for each person. For some, happiness is being surrounded by friends and family, while for others happiness is the solitude of a quiet nook with warm blankets and a good book. But, what does happiness mean to me? If you ask me one day it’s successfully completing a crochet project or getting a new blazer. Other days, happiness is being able to pay my rent on time or just having a seat on a train.

So, rather than doing my usual OWLS post, I wanted to talk about three moments of happiness I’ve experienced this year.

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Blog Update: It’s Time for a Change!

Many of you already know this story, but if you’re new here I figured this was as good a time as any to tell it again. I started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero back when I was in my last year of grad school. I was working on a Capstone Research project about unintended injury rates among middle school aged adolescents in four South American countries, and I was getting burned out on all the literature reviews and methodology drafting and all the other riveting aspects of academic writing. So, on a whim I opened up WordPress with the intention of starting a blog, mind you, I’d tried starting a blog before (over on Blogger), but I never could manage to keep up with it. So, I figured this would be about the same. I’d write for a week or two and then my blog would fall to the wayside forgotten and abandoned in some dark corner of the internet. I wasn’t thinking long term, I just needed something to take my mind off the stuffy research paper I was working on, and I figured writing about anything other than broken bones and accidental falls was a welcome change.

So, on August 11, 2015 I wrote my very first post, all 92 words of it… my statement to the big wide internet. An introduction, short sweet and to the point, but it was mine. I’m not gonna lie, those first couple of posts were rough. I’ve read through them a few times and there are so many things I want to go back and change, but, I won’t, those posts as cringeworthy as they seem are a memorial of sorts to the me of the past. It’s kind of nice to look back on those older posts and remember just how much fun I had writing them. I didn’t have a lot of followers and my view counts rarely ever hit double digits, but, I still took pride in what I wrote. I still do.

It’s been four years since I started this blog and it’s still mind boggling to me how far Nice Job Breaking It, Hero has come since then. I’ve grown as a writer, as reviewer, and as a person and this site has grown along with me. Through all the ups and downs, the hiatuses, big life events, this has been one of the biggest mainstays. Despite taking a lot of time off from it in these later years, I truly love blogging. I love sharing my thoughts on things that I love and engaging with everyone in the WordPress community. I’ve made some great friends and fellow allies over the years and I wouldn’t trade any of it for all the world. But, I will admit that Nice Job Breaking It, Hero has outgrown the basic free domain and it’s name.

Yes, after giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to make some changes. The first being upgrading the site from the Basic WordPress plan to one of the Paid plans. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers take the plunge and I figure it’s been a long time coming, so I might as well jump on the bandwagon. But, with it comes the second and by far the most important change (at least in my opinion)… I’m changing the name of the blog from Nice Job Breaking It, Hero to Blerdy Otome, the domain will also be changing as well, but, I’ll update that when I take the plunge the new address is blerdyotome.com! This isn’t something I’m doing on a whim, I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time. When I was first considering a name for my blog I was really into TV Tropes, so of course I pilfered one of my favorite tropes for the title of my blog, because I suck at titles. But, more than that, the trope ‘Nice Job Breaking It, Hero’ kind of fit where I was in my life at the time.

The hero has accomplished their goal; they’ve killed the Big Bad, or defeated them forever, or at least scored a major blow against the antagonist. They’ve done what they set out to do…

…but not so fast! It turns out that by the very act of success, they’ve unwittingly made things worse.

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I was still kind of getting my bearings with this whole adulting thing and more times than not I wound up making more mistakes than I’d care to admit. And, it still kind of fits, since I’m still just kind of making things up as I go along, sometimes I make it and sometimes I break it, so that even with the name changing, this blog will still kind of embody the spirit of the old Nice Job Breaking It, Hero name.

So, the new name… Blerdy Otome

I think the new name perfectly defines who I am, I’m a Black nerd and I’m a woman… pretty simple. My focus will still be on otome games and visual novels, like it has been in the past, but, I want to expand my horizons a bit to encompass a wider range of Japanese culture topics and nerdy exploits. So expect more diverse topics in the near future.

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Thank you for sticking it out with me this long. I know I have been a little hectic and erratic lately, but your kind words and comments and things have really meant a lot to me. This blog would not be what it is without you guys and I can’t thank you enough. I’m always trying to improve myself and this sight so if you have any suggestions or want to talk or anything, feel free to reach out to me, I’m def down for it. I’m also going to make a conscious effort to be more active on my social media channels and in commenting on others blogs and things, so expect to see a lot of comments from me coming at you real soon. Like A LOT. Thanks for being super special awesome and I’m excited to share this new phase of my journey with you all. Thank you!!

*I’ll be making the change tomorrow, May 4th, 2019 (EST)!!*

[OWLS Blog Tour] We All Live in a Pokemon World: An Ode to Pokemon III

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, its been awhile since I participated in one of these OWLS Blog Tours. But, when I read the prompt for this month’s tour, I just knew I had to participate.

Here at OWLS, we are pretty thankful that we are able to come together as a community and share a love and appreciation for anime and manga. This month we will be showcasing our appreciation by giving a shout out post to our favorite manga artists, creators, production companies, and writers who produced some of our favorite works. We will be discussing our favorite works by these creators and our reasons as to why we appreciate them.

November 2018 Blog Tour Prompt

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, each and every member of the OWLS team has been sharing things they are thankful for; from content creators to specific series to personal stories, each member has taken this month’s topic and made it their own. Just before me, Flow wrote about two visual novels that left a huge impact on their life, so check that out if you haven’t already! Next on the 28th is Scott, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for that soon!

For my post, I’m going to write about a topic I have written about at length several times before, but is no less important to me… Pokemon!

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I have been in love with the world of Pokemon since I was eleven years old when I received my first ever Pokemon game, Pokemon Crystal Versionmaybe even before that, since I have fond memories of watching the Pokemon anime on Kids WB when I was a kid… I never missed an episode, I was enamored with Ash’s Pokemon journey and the adventures he had each week with Misty, Brock, and his best friend Pikachu. I remember wishing I too could embark on my own Pokemon Journey one day, a dream I fear I have never quite given up hope of making a reality.

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Crocheting While Otaku: My First Craft Fair Experience Pt. 1 – Selling in Person

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s been awhile since I wrote one of these and honestly, it’s because I’ve been trying to keep up with this season’s anime… I know shocker! But, things have finally settled down enough for me to bang out another Crocheting While Otaku post!! This time around, I’m writing about my very first craft fair!!

So, two weeks ago I participated in a small local craft fair called, Art on the Plaza, ironically enough at one of my old temp jobs. There was no table fee, which I’ve found can range anywhere from $50 – $500, depending on the size of the fair, so I figured I had nothing to lose. There were only a handful of sellers, 18 in total and I managed to rope a friend into helping me sell stuff (three days of straight crocheting between the two of us) and we managed to produce a sizeable amount of stuff for the table; she provided some baby blankets and I had a bunch of dolls and plushies I needed to unload, but, it was enough to fill the table…


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Unofficial Hiatus Over!!- Seriously This Time…

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs!! I know it has been awhile since I put out content here on Nice Job Breaking It Hero and for that I want to apologize. Life has been really hectic on my end between job hunting, writing for MANGA.TOKYO, running my Etsy shop, and just plain old apathy towards gaming in general, I just have not had the time to prioritize my blog.

I meant to come back to this blog much sooner than this, but, one thing led to another and now it’s August! 2018 is winding down and I just haven’t been as active as I once was and it doesn’t help that I just kind of dropped off the face of the planet either (not that I was all that great at keeping up with comments in the first place).

But, I needed the time away to reflect, because if I’m being honest, at the rate I was going before, I was getting pretty burned out on gaming and blogging. My heart just wasn’t in it anymore and it stopped being fun, something I never wanted to happen! So, after taking some time to myself I’ve decided to give blogging another go, this time though, I’m going at my own pace.

I started this blog because I wanted to talk about my interests with other people that liked the same things I did, and somewhere along the way it became a chore… So, while my “hiatus” is over, I’m not going to drive myself nuts trying to get reviews out every single day of the week (that is unless I absolutely feel like it). Also, I have a lot of game requests that I have to get through, so bear with me while I bang those out, because they take priority, since the devs took the time out to share their games with me. I’ll also be going back and responding to comments, so don’t be surprised if you see a reply for a comment you left months ago. I saw it when you wrote it, I just couldn’t get to it back then.

Expect new posts to start rolling out next week, I’m going to Otakon this weekend and I’m participating in a crafts fair this week, so my weekend is gonna be kind of busy.

But, before I disappear back into the abyss, I wanna thank you guys for bearing with me these past few months, while I got my stuff together… Your support and kind words really meant a lot to me, especially those of you I talk with on a regular basis.

Why Are All the Black People Slaves?!: A Short Rant about Taarradhin

I was originally going to post this as part of my Melanin Monday segment, but, WordPress decided that my original post was a bit too radical and saw fit to DELETE EVERYTHING I WROTE! But, thankfully despite that I was able to salvage most of it with the help of WP’s nifty ‘History’ feature, so, it wasn’t a total loss…

I want to first clarify that this is not a review, but a critique of Cyanide Tea’s decision to create a game that featured characters of color, specifically Black and brown skinned characters, as slaves in a game that allows the player to romance said slaves. Let me say that again, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF Taarradhin! I will write a proper review some time in the near future, but this post, is most certainly not a review, so if you are expecting a review, come back later. For everyone else, the opinions reflected in this post are my own, so, if you are uncomfortable with discussions of race or slavery, you might want to check out one of my other game reviews or discussion pieces

Before I start this rant, I want to give you guys a bit of background about Taarradhin.

Taarradhin is a Pay-What-You-Want original English language visual novel (OELVN) from Cyanide Tea (Lorelei and Auro-Cyanide). The game was created for NaNoReNo 2014 and features two potential love interests (GxG and GxB) with five endings. It’s a rather short game taking between 30 mins to an hour to complete.

Synopsis

A seven-year drought plagues the entire region surrounding the country of Nishtif, leading people to wonder if their goddess Scheknt has abandoned them. In contrast, young noblewoman Neqtia has lived a comfortable life insulated from hardship and suffering. One of the poorer surrounding countries, Djedi, sends their usual tribute of natural resources and livestock to Nishtif in exchange for the larger country’s aid and protection. Rumors that two attractive slaves are among the cargo intrigue Neqtia. What lies in store for her after the slaves are brought to live at her family estate…?

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Melanin Monday: Why We Need Quality Representation- A Short Rant

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s Black History Month once again and with it comes the revival of Melanin Monday, the post series where I talk about the representation of Black and brown characters in pop culture. While I mainly focus on the nerdier side of the pop culture spectrum, from time to time I will cover more personal posts about my experiences as a Black nerd.

This started as part of Black History Month 2017, but you guys liked it so much that I decided to keep it going, albeit rather sporadically. However, for the month of February I will try to post one of these every Monday.

This week I didn’t really have anything planned since this post coincides with my OWLS Blog Tour post, and I am notorious for waiting until the last minute to do anything… So rather than focus on a particular form of media, I’m just going to talk about the importance of representation in general… as a rant.

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Blerdy Girl Crafts Special Valentine’s Day “Bae & Me” Doll Promotion

*This isn’t a post in the traditional sense, more of a plug/advert for my Etsy side hustle!*

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate with a pair of custom dolls of you and your favorite character! For a limited time only, from February 1st – February 14thI will be taking orders for custom couple doll sets! *Below Pics are just for reference, you can pick whatever character you want*

Each doll set will consist of two dolls, one made in your image and one character of your choosing (please keep it restricted to humanoid characters). Both dolls will be dressed in matching couples outfits specific to the character chosen (ie. if you pick a Haikyuu character, both will be dressed in team specific jerseys). However, if you’d like to have your “Me” doll dressed in something else, I will try to accommodate. So, when placing your order, PLEASE include as many details as possible (images are appreciated)!


Doll Details

When placing an order, consider the following details:

“Me” Doll

*If you can include a picture, it would really help me out a lot*

  • Body Yarn Color
    • Five skin tones: Chocolate, Toast, Tan, Beige, and Cream

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  • Hair Yarn Color
    • I will leave this up to you, I have a wide range of colors, so go ham, but limit it to just two colors for my sanity.
  • Hair style (ponytail, loose, long, short, bob, mohawk, twists, braids, etc BE SPECIFIC)
  • Clothing (either Matching Character Outfits or Casual Clothing)
    • Casual Clothing includes: Jeans/T-shirt (long or short sleeved), Dresses (short/long), skirt/top set (Specify colors)
    • Additional Accessories (Will Cost More): Hats, Ties, Bows, Bags, Weapons, and Safety Eyes.

“Bae” Character Doll

*If you can include a picture, it would really help me out a lot*

  • Character Name
  • Medium (anime, manga, TV, film, etc)
  • Outfit preference (Is there a specific outfit you want them in? Jersey? Uniform? Etc.)

These are custom amigurumi dolls, made with acrylic yarn and stuffed with polyfil fiber, roughly 6 inches tall. I specialize in faceless dolls, but if you’d like safety eyes added please let me know.


How To Order

Rather than making a specific listing through the store, these will be special by request custom orders, so message me/DM me with the details of your order and I will set up a Private Custom Order Listing for you over on my Etsy Store, Blerdy Girl Crafts.

Cost & Shipping

I usually charge $35 USD for Character Dolls and $30 USD for Custom Generic Dolls, but for this special I’m charging $45 USD for the Set (plus shipping)! I will take international orders, but remember, I am shipping these from the US, so shipping rates and customs costs will be applied accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns just drop me a line and I’ll get back to you within the day!


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Super Special Awesome 500 Follower Collaboration Extraveganza w/ Two Happy Cats!!

Righteo, hey hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, today I’m bringing you guys a super special awesome collaboration post! A little while ago I hit my 500 follower milestone here on WordPress and I was playing around with ideas for what I could do to celebrate this momentous occasion when I saw that my blogging twin Steph over at Two Happy Cats had also just hit 500 followers over on her blog… that’s when I got an idea… a deliciously wonderful idea, why not do a collab/joint celebration?!

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For those of you that don’t know, Steph and I started blogging around the same time, I think our anniversaries are just a few days apart, so I like to think of her as my blogging twin from halfway across the world. We struck up an instant friendship, bonding over our love of otome games, boy’s love, and of course Junji Ito!! So it must have been fate that we hit the big 500 follower milestone around the same time, and it seemed only fitting that I celebrate with one of my favorite bloggers around! If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you check out her site, she covers a wide range of topics, from otome games to anime to boy’s love to personal pieces, she is just a phenomenal blogger and friend!

For our super special awesome 500 Follower Collaboration, Steph and I decided to write up questions for the other to answer, so we each came up with six questions, I’ll be answering her questions here and she will be answering her questions over on her blog!

Let’s get this party started!!


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Year End Wrap-Up: Taking a Step Back to Pallet Town

Well, it’s the end of the year and time for another reflections post… but, honestly, 2017 was a shit show from start to finish and I’m glad to see the bitch die… I mean, fuck 2017… wait, that’s not right either, *ahem* let’s try this again…

With 2017 winding down, it’s time for me to look back on the year, and reflect on all the things I learned these past 12 months. (Nailed it) I’ve been running Nice Job Breaking It, Hero for a little over two years now and in that time I have seen many changes in my life, both personally and professionally. Of course not all of these changes were positive, I had quite a few setbacks this year, but I still managed to come out relatively unscathed.

Last year, I dubbed 2017 my Mt. Silver Year and at the time I wasn’t aware of what an uphill battle it was going to be. Much like the Mt. Silver from the games, this was my toughest challenge yet, but through pluck and sheer determination, I made it to the summit and honestly, there’s still so much more out there to explore and do! But, in order to reach the next summit, I first have to take a step back and start anew, that was one of the hardest lessons to learn this year. You can’t just keep adding paint to an already full canvas, in order to gain some prospective a fresh approach is needed. And so, I dub 2018 my Pallet Town Year….

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These past few years I spent my time building my foundation, experimenting with various colors and hues, some worked, others, not so much. I’ve learned from those experiences and now I think I’m finally ready to create something new, not for likes or views, but for me. Not saying that that wasn’t what I was doing before, but somewhere along the way, I lost sight of what I wanted and now I mean to reclaim that “spark”. But, before I can start in on that new blank canvas, I have to take a step back and evaluate all the wonderful things that happened this year.

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I’ve Kinda Been Neglecting My Blog, Again…

Hey Hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there, it’s been awhile since I posted anything on this blog (my failed attempt at completing the 30 Day Haikyuu Challenge aside) and for that I really don’t have any excuses, I just didn’t feel like writing. I’ve been running this blog for 2 years now and I finally hit that point where I don’t get that itch to write everyday. Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning this blog, I’m just not really playing games as much as I used to and while I still love them, I’m not going to force myself to play a game for the sake of writing reviews. Been there, done that, and it’s no fun.

So, when the mood strikes me, I’ll write a review, if you have a game you want me to check out or review, I strongly urge you to utilize my contact page (I do read all the emails). However, please be patient with me, I work full time during the week at a real estate firm and in my free time I am crocheting dolls for my Etsy Store or procrastinating writing articles for MANGA.TOKYO (I just picked up Blood Blockade Battlefront season 2 for them). Plus, I have shit going on in my real life that needs attending to… *ahem* I mean, I’m out here trying survive adulthood, a difficult task to say the least.

Since, I don’t want this post to just be about my lack of actual content, I will commit to writing at least two posts this week. Now, whether they’ll be reviews or not is still up in the air (chances are one will be), so keep your eyes peeled for those.

I’m also playing around with the idea of doing a post series featuring my various crochet projects, give a bit of insight into my process…. Would you guys be interested in that?

 

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero is 2 Years Old!!

I am terrible with dates and anniversaries, so imagine my surprise when I received a WordPress notification that my Blogiversary was on August 18th and not the 11th like I thought… whoops.  The 11th was actually the day I made my first ever blog post, so it’s still a pretty big milestone in my book! Though, this post is super late (August is almost over)…

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I can’t believe I managed to keep this blog running for two years, and I am super grateful to to each and every one of you folks out there for sticking with me through all of the ups and downs. I always say this, but you guys are the real MVPs here at Nice Job Breaking It, Hero and I am in awe of the outpouring of love you guys have shown me over these past two years. This blog is a labor of love, I put my heart into everything that I write and it’s humbling to know that so many people appreciate my thoughts and opinions. I appreciate you all taking the time to not just read my awkwardly random ramblings, but for also all the likes and comments, I may not always respond, but just know, I look forward to them all…

Since this is my 2 year anniversary, I feel like I should have something spectacular planned, buuuuuuut, I was never one for planning things out, I’m more of a night before kind of gal…. So, I don’t exactly have anything special plan, though I guess this is a good enough time as any to announce that I’ll be doing the Haikyuu Challenge in September (thank Mel, she graciously brought it to my attention over on Twitter)! Thirty days of Haikyuu goodness, to celebrate my birthday month (and Tsukki’s B-day), so be on the look out for that next month. As for right now…. I guess I could share my blogging story and highlight some of my favorite blog posts.


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I’m Still Alive, Tired, But Still Kickin’!

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Hey Hey All You Wonderful Heroes and Travelers (gosh, it’s been awhile since I said that), I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much! This post signifies my official return to blogging, I meant to come back sooner, but, I quite liked the break so I wound up staying away much longer than I planned. Though, granted, I was still pretty active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve also been crocheting up a storm for my Etsy store, Poke’s Amigumuri Pals, and on top of that I’ve been out and about, exploring and growing, which left very little time for blogging…. but, I am back and I hope to resume blogging as usual next week. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few Kickstarter campaign posts and some demo reviews (hopefully I can get them done before Otakon).


What’s New

  • My Blogiverary is on the horizon (August 11th), apparently, I’ve been blogging for two years, though, I could have sworn it was much longer than that… I plan on doing something special for that. What that special something will be, I have no clue, but whatever it is, it will be epic!!
  • I opened up my very own Etsy store, Poke’s Amigumuri Pals for all my amigurumi (crochet) dolls. The store specializes in faceless dolls (but, I can give them faces if someone is dead set on it). I am open to commissions and custom orders, so if you have a game character, anime character, or whatever that you want to own in doll form, just shoot me a message and I can work with you!
  • Most of you guys should know that I am a writer for the anime news site, MANGA.TOKYO, which also contributed to the blogging hiatus (just a bit though). I’ve written a few articles for them so far, and there are more on the way (just gotta find the time to crank em out), but the real news is that I’ll be covering the anime convention, Otakon as press for the site this weekend! This is my first time doing something like this, and while I’m nervous as hell, it should be a lot of fun, so I’m looking forward to it!
  • Added a Ko-fi button to the sidebar, because this blog is a labor of love, I don’t receive any money for anything that I write here (though occasionally a dev will throw me a review copy of a game) I come out of pocket for everything, so if you like what you see consider donating. But, it’s optional, so don’t feel obligated in any way!

Slowly Chuggin’ Along

I’m one of those, 9-5 office workers now, so the bulk of my blogging and crocheting gets done either during the commute to and from work or when I get home (right before I conk out for the day). That being said, I’m still going to be a bit slow with updates, but I’ll do my best! Just bear with me for a bit longer.

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I’d like to thank all of you for your love and support over these past few months, shit really hit the fan for me at one point, and while everything isn’t smooth sailing, I can honestly say that I am happy and a lot of that has to do with you guys! Every comment, tweet, message, and email means a lot to me (yes, I do read them, even if I don’t respond), so thank you guys for being so super special awesome!!

Don’t Do It: Where I Stand on Piracy in the Otome Community

This post has been a long time coming, and while I have been relatively silent on the whole thing, this is something that needed to be said. Now, there are two reasons I have been quiet about this and they are as follows: One, I know some of the purists out there will find my stance a bit “controversial” (mind you I legit made air quotes when I said that) and I didn’t want to deal with the backlash from that when I was just getting my start… believe it or not I am sensitive about that sort of thing. Two, I was a pirate myself and I had no desire to draw attention to myself by making any claims one way or the other, again in order to avoid backlash…

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Before you guys start sharpening your axes and grabbing your pitchforks, I’ll have you know I am reformed and believe me, I have the bank statements to prove it! So, I more or less have a pretty strong opinion about people pirating games, however, you should note that I am not a purist in any sense of the word, so my stance is double sided. I am prepared for a bit of backlash with this one and honestly, you’d be pretty hard pressed to change my opinion on this topic since I have literally been on both sides of the debate. But, I do encourage you all to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section, however, keep the personal attacks to yourself. I am not against telling someone to *clears throat* “Go fuck themselves”, and that’s literally all the warning I plan on giving, because I do not tolerate personal attacks. 

*Disclaimer: This post contains my thoughts and my opinions about piracy and such I tend to use rather colorful language when discussing things I am passionate about, be warned that there will be a bit of swearing involved in this post. I could have censored this post, but I didn’t! 

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Melanin Monday: I’m Black, I Like Anime, and Other Nerdy Things… So What [Part I]

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a  bi-weekly post series that I started for Black History Month, where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc., but you guys loved it so much I decided to continue it! The series has since expanded to cover discussions and my own personal stories about being a Black nerd, because being Black and being an otaku/nerd is all a part of what makes me, well, me. 

I thought about this week’s topic for awhile, but unlike the previous weeks, I just couldn’t think of any snappy topics or lists, so I decided to go with something I knew I could easily write about… me! I know, I know, seems pretty shallow, but hear me out, I actually came up with the idea for this post after reading all of your comments on my previous Melanin Monday posts. (Yes, I read them, which is why it takes me so long to reply.) While I appreciate all comments and criticism, I was most surprised by how many Black nerds and otaku shared their stories with me about being Black in the otaku community and I’m not gonna lie, reading your comments really made my day, because you guys get it, you all get my struggle! I wish I could give you all a hug and thank you personally, because outside of my tenure at Howard and the internet, it’s not often that I meet fellow Black folks that openly admit to watching anime…

I was going to make this a one off post, but the longer I wrote the more I realized I had more than one story to share, so this will be a series within the Melanin Monday series… Series-ception! In this week’s Melanin Monday post I wanted to write about my early experiences being a black otaku, of course this isn’t the whole story, I’ll save those bits for future posts. I just wanted to share my stories the way so many of you have shared your stories with me, so this post is dedicated to all my fellow Black nerds and otaku!

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I Date Hot Guys on My iPad: A Love Affair with Virtual Bishies

This post has been a work in progress for over a year, but I could never quite work out how write it out, until the other day when I went to play a game in my backlog and I actually groaned… can you believe that?!

Lately, I’ve been so caught up with all the schedules and reviews, that I’ve kind of lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place: because I love otome games and I want to share that love with the world. Ha ha, it sounds silly when I write it out like that, but it’s been a long time since I really, truly enjoyed playing a game. It’s gotten to be such a chore really, buying games, playing them, writing the reviews, editing… somewhere along the way, playing otome games became a routine… *shudders* it became work and that’s something I never wanted to happen! Sure there have been games that I genuinely liked playing, in fact I played a game the other day that brought back a little of that old spark, but the magic that I had when I first started playing otome games has been gone for a little while now.  So, it’s high time I reminded myself why I fell in love with otome games in the first place, before I wind up resenting them altogether.

Let me warn you guys now, this post is more for me than it is for you guys, I really needed to remember what it was that drew me to otoges. So this won’t be one of those pretty posts that I fuss over endlessly until the wording is just right and expect a lot of “…” so if you’re still with me, I want to write about how I got into otome games…

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Year End Wrap-Up: Starting 2017 on Mt. Silver

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On the summit of Mt. Silver

I can’t believe  it’s been over a year since I first started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero and it has been such an amazing journey, full of so much growth! In my first Year End Wrap-Up post, I dubbed 2016 my New Bark year, because this time last year, I was just starting my blogging journey here on WordPress. I was new to all of this, back then I was racking in a cool 10-20 views a day… and let me tell you, it was discouraging sometimes. There were days when my site didn’t get any views at all! Ya’ll I wanted to give up so many times, especially when Grad School was kicking my ass, but I didn’t! I fought every step of the way, I wrote, I networked, I put in the time and the results blew me away!

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[Announcement] Home for the Holidays…

As many of you know I am home for the holidays and if you didn’t know, you should really follow me on Twitter, because that’s pretty much all I’ve been talking about (Yuri on Ice aside)… Anyhow, I’m telling ya’ll this because I’m not going to be very active for the next week or so.

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Since I don’t get the opportunity to go home very often, I’m going to use this time to hang out with my family. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t be blogging… I am currently working on two new post series for the new year and a ton of new content for you guys to enjoy in 2017! So, don’t worry, everything will be back on track in January. *ahem* There will be no new Fangirl Moment posts until January 6th, 2017 and there won’t be a new Last Week Today post until January 1st, 2017!

However, I will be posting two end of the year recap posts, on December 30th and 31st so look forward to that!! I’ll still be around on WordPress and Twitter, so feel free to drop me a line if you want to chat… just don’t expect any reviews anytime soon, since I am still playing catch up!

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero has 200 Followers… Woot!!

So I received a notification from WordPress telling me that I now have 200 wonderful followers!! 200!?

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This blog has only been around for a year and I never imagined that I’d reach 50 let alone 200 Followers! Guys, I still remember the days when I only had 5 followers and I barely had any daily views. I remember feeling discouraged and there were moments when I actually wanted to just quit all together. So when I saw that 200 of you lovely folks really like my blog, it really made my year! I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words and support, because without you guys I dunno if I’d have the heart to keep this whole thing up and running like I do!

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So in honor of this momentous occasion, I’m going to give shout outs to the four wonderful bloggers that were there in the very beginning! These special bloggers were there with me from the start and I can’t thank them enough for their support and love!!

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[Announcement] I’m all out of wack this week!

First don’t worry, this isn’t going to be bad news! I just have a lot on my plate so I wasn’t able to keep up with my blogging schedule like I wanted to… So as most of you know I have been working on revising a research paper I helped write (with two classmates) back in May for my Big Graduation Research Capstone.

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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero is 1 Years Old Today!!

Hello Heroes and Travelers, I have a huge announcement to make… Nice Job Breaking It, Hero is 1 years old today!

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It was one year ago today that I started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! When I started this blog, I was in my final year of graduate school writing my umpteenth infectious disease research paper…

I’m finishing up my final year of my Masters in Global Health, which means I do a lot of research writing. Mostly about infectious disease, health policy, advocacy, and other public health stuff. Don’t get me wrong I love the health field, especially mental health in developing countries, but sometimes you just need a break! So I started this blog as a way to appease my inner procrastinator. I often get really distracted when I have assignments, the bigger the paper the worse it is, so I came up with a brilliant plan! The idea was that as long as I was going to procrastinate on that important research proposal, I might as well do something semi-productive….I mean procrastinating is fine as long as I’m writing about something.

(Excerpt from my Blogger Recognition post)

I started this blog on a whim, so I never imagined that one year later, not only would I still be writing posts for this blog, but that my little exercise in procrastination would have grown so much! If you have been with me since the beginning, you know that Nice Job Breaking It, Hero looks nothing like it did back then… not even close… To be honest this blog was all over the place back then, there was no rhyme or reason, I just posted what I wanted when I wanted. But, I stuck with it and eventually it became the controlled chaos it is today and I couldn’t be more proud of it! But, this isn’t the end, far from it… both me and the blog have more growing to do and I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes me in the future!

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I just got Zero Time Dilemma

Okay so I’m totally bragging right now, but I just bought Zero Time Dilemma from my local Gamestop!!! Apparently they only shipped 2 copies and I got the last one!! But, unfortunately they only had the Vita version, so I won’t have the complete series with the Nintendo DS/3DS…. But, I got it! Finally my Vita has fulfilled it’s usefulness!!

 

[Update] Jobs, Game Clubs, and Blogging

Hello Heroes and Travelers! After two 14 hour bus rides, I’m back from my trip home! My little bro’s graduation was awesome and it was nice to spend time with my family over the 3-Day weekend! Since then I have been busy, remember the job I told you guys about? Well, I was offered an even better position at the same place, and after a short follow up interview last Thursday…I got it!! The new position is a bit longer than the last, and I’ll actually be running statistics and compiling reports of the project’s data as it comes in from participants…Which is really very exciting for me!

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In more exciting news, I, along with three other WordPress bloggers (Cas, Cat, and Anny) have formed a Gaming Club! We basically choose a game to play as a group and then set a completion date. Upon completion we sit down and discuss our thoughts and feelings about the game on LINE. So far, the group has played through two games (One Billion Rupiah Girl and Starry Sky in Spring) and we just started Norn9, though I’m not gonna start playing that until later on in the summer…. Anyway, I’m telling you this because we would like to spread the word about our group and maybe even recruit some new members…

You can find all the info you need about the group on our blog That Game ClubFeel free to drop us a line there, through the Club’s email: thatgameclub@outlook.com, or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Wait, Are those Guys Kissing?!: My Yaoi Journey- Part I

So, there’s something that I have been meaning to get off of my chest for awhile now and it is important that I say it now.

…I…like…y…i….

Ah, there I said it, I feel so mu-, oh, you didn’t quite catch that? I’m sorry, let me say that again then… ahem…

I…kinda…sorta…maybe…okay ilikeyaoi!

What’s that? You say you still can’t hear me? Okay, this time for sure! Are you ready?

*clears throat*

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Rambling About…Conventions: Katsucon 2016- Day 1

So this weekend is Katsucon! What is Katsucon, you ask? Well Katsucon is an annual fan run anime convention held in National Harbor, MD….and it’s super fun! This is the third year I’ve been to it and I am super excited!

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The line for badges was super fast this year, thank God! Last year I was in line for over 2 hours!

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The badge made everything worth it in the end!

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: 2016 Blog Plans and Schemes

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So I always have trouble writing outlines, now this a problem I’ve had since elementary school. Usually I just free write, without any prior planning, in a lot of ways that’s kind of how this blog is, I just write. So I decided to change things up a bit. First I want to explain a little about the types of posts I currently have on the blog.

Housekeeping…In the Here and Now

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Reviews-There are three types of reviews that I write, for now all reviews will be located under the “Games” section on the top menu…

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Even Laptops Need Vacations 

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So as you can probably tell from the title, my laptop is out of commission for awhile….The poor dear has a bit of a fever, so it will be in the shop for an as of yet undetermined amount of time.


…which sucks because I was in the middle of writing two reviews, but it’s okay I’ll survive. I still have my IPad, but writing on that takes twice as long, so I only use it for emergencies and games….so, with that being said, I’ll use this opportuninity and the fact that I recently quit my job to catch up on my backlog of games!


So if I seem a little quiet, it’s because my laptop is taking a little R&R.

Year End Wrap-Up: Starting 2016 in New Bark Town

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I smell adventure on the horizon…

So with 2016 less than a day away and the start of my final semester looming on the horizon, I thought it was the right time for a year end wrap-up….

First, I wanna say thank you! This is my first year blogging and I am super grateful to everyone for embracing me with open arms. I’m not so great with this sort of thing, my writing tends to be rather direct and to the point, but I want to say THANK YOU for reading my awkwardly random ramblings about otome and Pokemon, and whatever else popped into my noodle this year… I’ve said this before, but none of my friends care about otome/otoge, so it’s super special awesome to have found a community of otoge fans through my blog. You guys have really made me feel welcome! I have had a lot of fun learning, talking, blogging and reading this year.

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THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!

So enough of that mushy stuff, lol…This is the final step of my masters program, so next year is going to be full of new beginnings! So for me 2016 will be my New Bark Town stage. For those of you who don’t follow Pokemon or just don’t remember Johto, here’s a refresher:

New Bark Town is the hometown of the protagonist in the second and fourth generation Pokemon games (that’s Gold, Silver, Crystal, Heart Gold, and Soul Silver). It’s where I started my Pokemon Journey so many years ago and it remains a place of anticipation and excitement for me even as an adult.

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I am ready for whatever is coming in 2016, to be honest I don’t anticipate the New Year to be perfect, that’s why I keep a my Potions and Revives handy. But, I am ready to give it my best shot, even if I sometimes make things worse, I’ll keep pushing ahead, ‘cus, that’s what heroes do…So here’s to breaking it in 2016, and every year to come…Sometimes you have to break it to make it…

So About Blogging…

I still have a lot of games and things in my backlog, so expect more Rants, Reviews, and, Ramblings in the future! (Maybe I’ll buy a PSP Vita when I get home, so I can finally play Code: Realize!?) Blogging has been so much fun and I can’t wait to keep it up in 2016!

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See ya’ll in 2016!!!

Happy Holidays!!

Like the big kid that I am, I am at home in Georgia for the holidays…I love coming home! I have three younger brothers and I miss the noise and craziness of home when I’m away. So every year I come home around this time of year to recapture some of that craziness….and for the delicious food my Mom makes!

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So far I have played Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon with my brothers (I hate to admit that they are way better than me). We took a trip to McDonald’s the other day to get the Hoopa event pokemon too… I love seeing them and I will miss them dearly when I have to go back to school….

So what do the holidays mean to me?

Family! No matter how big I get, I will always find time to come home and see my family. It’s important now more than ever, since two out of my three bros are going to be attending college in the Fall, and the youngest is on his way out too…might as well pin them down while I can!

So to everyone out there I hope your holiday season is full of family, food, and GAMES!

So I kinda sorta like yaoi…and by “like” I mean LOVE!

Before I start singing the praises of the genre here is a brief overview of some BL/Yaoi basics….

Yaoi 101

Yaoi, aka Boy’s Love (as defined by wiki) “is a genre of fictionalized media focusing on romantic and sexual relationships between male characters, typically aimed at female audiences.” Yaoi is a more sexual off shoot of shounen-ai, which depicts more tame male-on-male relationships. Most BL and yaoi focus on men, with little or no female presence within the plot. Male characters are plentiful and fit into one of two categories: Seme or Uke.

Semes

Semes usually, but not always display masculine characteristics. These men are referred to as the “tops” and are the dominant participants in the relationship. These characters are often more aggressive than their partners and are the ones who “give” during sexual intercourse. These men are usually strong, well built specimens who appeal to both men and women, and are often seen pursuing their prey uke.

I generally like confident and imposing semes, but that’s just me. It’s even better when the seme has a cute side that only his uke gets to see. There is something sexy about a man blushing that gets me all hot and bothered…now put some glasses on that seme…

Ukes

Ukes on the other hand are the “receivers” or bottoms. They are often more feminine in appearance and physically smaller than semes. These characters are often more reserved than their partners, rarely pushing the relationship. Most BL is told from their perspective giving insight into their thoughts and feelings, making them more relatable to the reader. Seme/Uke roles can be both permanent and impermanent with some couples choosing to reverse roles within the relationships (I personally like this). Also age has no bearings in who is a seme and who is an uke. Semes can be younger than their partners and ukes can be older and vise versa.

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