Brrrr, it’s started to get chilly in England, Halloween has come and gone and now everyone is on a mad one for Christmas. I’ve really enjoyed this month, I’ve seen friends more, come off some medication that was making me feel bad and we planned and hosted our very first Halloween party in the flat.
Seraph of the End
This series is set in a post apocalyptic world where a deadly ‘human-made virus’ has wiped out the adults, leaving only children under 12 unaffected. During the virus outbreak, Vampires came out of hiding and took Earth back for themselves. Seraph of the End starts when 12 year old Yūichirō (Yui for short) and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela (Mika for short) plan to escape the Vampire run Orphanage they now live in. However they were caught by the vampires and Mika supposedly died while Yui managed to escape, ultimately being found by a branch of the Demon Army and taken in by them. Four years later Yui trains to be a member of the army and seeks out revenge for his family being murdered.
This series is only short (12 episodes in both season) but it’s packed with action, interesting characters with complicated backgrounds and some badass demon weapons. For fans of supernatural anime.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
I won’t harp on about this game in as much detail as I wrote a post about it a few months ago, which you can find here. Animal Crossing is one of my favourite game franchises ever, 6 console games plus this mobile game exist and each are different from the last. AC: Pocket Camp resolves around a camp which you as the player run, you can move in your favourite animals, customise the camp/your camper/a cabin, run errands for the animals, fish/catch bugs/collect fruit, craft furniture/clothes/event items and much more. I always get obsessed when the Halloween event is on, each year it is different but you can craft spooky furniture and clothes to feature in your camp, plus collect exclusive items you can’t get any other time. As Christmas is coming my camp is looking half spooky and half christmassy at the moment.
Instead of carving my usual Jack Skellington pumpkin.. I painted him instead, and gave him a Sally pumpkin as company. First I primed the pumpkins with white acrylic spray paint, I did two to three layers each, then used acrylic paint and sharpies to fill in all the details. I had a cosplay Jack Skellington cat bow tie so I popped that on the bottom of the Jack pumpkin, I’m really happy with how they turned out!
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Set in a world which is divided into four nations, The Water Tribe, The Earth Kingdom, The Air Nomads and The Fire Nation, with each nation representing one of the four elements. Benders have the ability to control and manipulate one of the four elements, with only the Avatar who can master all of them. Deep into the One Hundred Year War, the Fire Nation are hellbent on conquering the world and only one person can stop this and bring harmony to all nations.. the Avatar. Aang was missing for 100 years, only to be found by Katara and Sokka, two members of the Water Tribe. Aang and his new friends must travel the world for Aang to master all elements and save the world from the Fire Nation.
I LOVE this series, I didn’t manage to catch it when it originally aired on Nickelodeon in 2005 so I’m glad Netflix has all 3 seasons listed. Avatar has one of the greatest story developments of any animated series, it showcases real world issues like war, immigration, disability, self doubt and grief in a real way. All characters are memorable, even the ones that only showed up for one episode and each served a purpose. Do yourself a favour and binge watch this show, it really paved way to the complex animated shows we know today.
I gravitate towards authors who aren’t scared to write a story about the worst parts of society, life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows like a lot of authors like you to think and sometimes there isn’t a happy ending to some people’s stories. This is why I love Lucinda Berry. I have read around 6 of her books this year, each just as depressing and uncomfortable as the last. Berry is a clinical psychologist who specialises in trauma and children so her books are very real and the trauma the characters feel are how real people would feel in the same situations. Please check her out if you like uncomfortable but compelling reads!
Honestly, I’m super sad to see Halloween come and go. It’s the one time of the year I feel my interests aren’t considered weird, I can fill my house with spooky items and no-one bats an eyelid, I can go out in a witch costume and everyone just assumes I’m off to a Halloween bash… good times. However it was a super good one this year, everyone was feeling the ‘ol hallows eve spirit and we had a bloody good nightI also had a baking day and made loads of Halloween themed cakes and treats!
Hope you all had a great spooky season, catch’ya next month!