These Visual Activities…

To my excitement, I saw them there: Pandora Hearts #8, #14 and #15. I was trying to get them when the setting suddenly changed…into my old school’s lobby. I wonder why there were my two schoolmates, still in their junior high school uniforms, walking there together. One of them just noticed my presence and waved at me, when I opened my eyes. Yes, it’s a strange dream!

People say there’s a meaning behind every dream. Let’s see… The first one is because I just bought these mangas from the bookstore last evening. What a coincidence―the only Pandora Hearts tankobons I could find that moment was these, with Lily and Liam starring each cover :D! Guess I was overjoyed that it was brought into my dream. As for the second one… well I have no idea for that.

Pandora Hearts #11 and #13, featuring Lily and Liam

Anyway, things I do during this holiday (when I’m at home, of course) is mostly visual activities so far: reading manga, watching anime, playing computer, writing, and drawing. It’s no different from the otaku-ish holiday I had before, actually. The only thing I’m worrying about is that these activities are all eye-risking! But it can’t be helped―these are my hobbies, after all. Seems I need to practice not to attach myself too much with these things!

Too Many To-Reads Already!

If I have time for reading a manga today, I will probably read Arisa. Recently a site claims that it has reached the final chapter. And the author, Andou Natsumi, is now working on a new series. To be honest, I enjoy reading the first chapters of Arisa—the mystery makes me feel hard to read only one chapter at a time. But things turn out differently in the part I read last time; the content seems to lose its sense :(… That’s why I didn’t feel like reading it lately. But since I’m on my way towards the ending, I’ll continue reading after all. I’m just hoping it has a good ending…

Aside from Arisa, there are a lot of titles in my to-read list: Tsubasa Chronicles, x Shina!, Law of Ueki Plus, Chocolate and the most urgent…Pandora Hearts! There’s still lots and lots more actually though (sorry for the bad grammar; I’m too excited)…

That reminds me now. If you, readers, know a good manga, feel free to recommend it to me. I know my to-read list is overflowing now, but I will be glad if you can give me a suggestion by posting it as a comment here :D!

My Otaku-ish Holiday

I just finished colouring Kirito’s clothes yesterday. My colouring is almost done now, and I can say that SAI is a far easier colouring tool compared to Photoshop. I think Photoshop is more practical for image editing, so I’ll to use it to make the lineart’s background once I’ve done colouring. You know, I find it really exciting to work on this stuff. Looks like I’ve been in love with digital colouring ever since I learned from the tutorial.

I can still remember the first time I used SAI. I practiced colouring an ordinary black and white image instead of a real lineart, and it ended up by turning into an eyesore :P. I didn’t finish it though, as I couldn’t stand looking at my own messy brush strokes!

Besides lineart colouring, I spent this holiday in watching animes. I don’t know why, but I’m more on animes compared to mangas lately. I finished watching Fairy Tail 3 last Tuesday. I haven’t watched the previous seasons, yet I can consider this anime as one of my favourites. I also watched Hyouka, Amnesia, Sword Art Online and Angel Beats! recently. Their fine animation is amazing ^^.

As what is listed above, it’s been quite long since the last time I read a manga—an online manga, to be specific. I paused reading Arisa and x Shina! (short for Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) for months that I forgot some parts of the stories… Perhaps I have to continue reading them soon or I’ll forget the entire stories—just joking, I’m not that forgetful!

Now that I’m in the last paragraph, seems that this post is mostly related to my otaku-ness… Anyway happy birthday to the author of x Shina!, Tooyama Ema-sensei!

At the State of Freedom

To overcome my one-month hiatus, I was supposed to write this post last Tuesday and publish it immediately. But since there wasn’t enough time, I had no choice other than delaying it till today… Oh never mind, let’s just go to the topic.

National exams are all done, finally! This single word came to all grade nine students’ mind last week: freedom. Yeah, nothing more to worry about—except for the result, since we are free now!

But freedom is not yet everything. The only thing is at this freedom state, there isn’t much for us to do. No more homework, no more exams, no more busy days… Oops, I’m starting to miss our busy school days ;)!

We still had to come last Monday, only that it’s at eight instead of the normal time, 06.30. Nothing much we did that day; we just receive an announcement from our teacher about the future schedule. It was supposed to be a sports activity and classroom cleaning afterwards, but they were then cancelled. So we just spent our time for chatting, playing and such. I chose to go to the library with Vallerie.

Soon after we reached there, she told me she had to go upstairs to get the students’ attendance book, if I’m not mistaken (that’s the price for delaying this post, Michelle!). After she left, I took R’s Revolution comic and sat behind a table. It’s been long since the last time I read that one―quite a good shoujo, I should say―so I’ve forgotten some parts. And I don’t know why, but I had no enthusiasm in reading at the moment.

So I was leafing through the comic aimlessly, when Wilson suddenly called. He was on a nearby table, and as usual, with his two best friends: Cindy and Alvian. It then turned out that he wanted me to teach him how to draw manga. He had a thick drawing book and a manga tutorial book on the table. Both books silently told me they had just been bought recently.

I thought that was weird. I never knew that Wilson was an otaku (fan of manga and anime), like I and Cindy are. So I asked him first whether he’s interested with this stuff. He said yes, and he had been like that lately. Then, instead of reading, I spent my time in becoming Wilson’s sensei (teacher in Japanese). I have no talent in teaching, so I just instructed him to draw the atari (first common step in drawing manga) first, and gave Since he was a newbie, anyone to whom he showed his drawing couldn’t help laughing―even he himself!

And thanks to him again, he introduced two new games to me: PokéMMO and osu!. Just hoping they can entertain me in this super long holiday!

Anime Roleplaying on Twitter

I attended the Teachers’ Day celebration at my school yesterday. Well, it’s not actually held at school, since it took place in the hall at the hospital beside my school, which is owned by the foundation. For some unknown reason, I enjoy the last year’s celebration than this year’s. Maybe it’s because last year I was involved in a hand gesture dance performance with Siti, Eric, Andhyka and the seniors, that gave me some delightful memories? While this time I didn’t join any performance, other than the souvenir handover to the teachers? I don’t know the truth, but to be honest, the previous year’s is more memorable to me.

It’s almost noon when the celebration ended, before I went home. I opened my Twitter roleplay account and stopped my hiatus—I paused using that account for a week, due to the second try out. Oh yes. Since I’ve never told about my experience in roleplaying, I’ll say something about it this time.

Roleplaying, shortened as ‘RPing’, is like representing a character by acting as if we’re him/her. Seems that there are several types of RPing in Twitter, and I’m in the anime category. I currently play as Kiyoshiro Yumemizu, the forgetful detective from The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu manga. I usually shorten its title as ‘TGD’, and it’s now becoming my favourite story in Nakayoshi :3. It’s my sister who introduced me to this RP stuff last September.

After doing it occasionally for two months, I find RPing quite interesting to me. By having this account, I gain information about manga and anime more easily. I’m an otaku (a term for those with great interest on something), so besides that I can also communicate with the ones with the same interests with me :D.

Anyway, this afternoon I coincidentally found an amazing video of TGD while browsing for that mysterious mystery manga—I say so because although TGD has many fans, its online scanlations are nowhere to be found and there aren’t much information about the manga on the web. What makes me super glad is that the video shows the animated version, though I haven’t heard anything about TGD’s anime! Big thanks for the one  who uploaded it >.<!

After a Writer’s Block

Wow. It’s been a long time since I did my last post. Actually I’m still new to what is called blogging. And sometimes I was too confused about what to write :(…

A few days ago, I felt relieved as I finally continued my story after a quite long writer’s block, although it’s only in a small number of paragraphs. I’d started this novel when I was at primary 6. But I’ve never shown it to anyone. Speaking of that, I began to love writing narratives since about last year. Once an idea for this novel struck my mind, my handphone is my first aid―I quickly get it with me and type the contents of my new idea before I forget (to be honest, I’m quite forgetful :P). Then there goes the time when I transfer the notes filled with my ideas that I’ve typed on my handphone to the file in my computer. Currently, this story has reached its second chapter.

The abbreviation of its title is HSH and this is my first novel. I write this story in Indonesian, only that the title is in English. Before I was thinking that I would work on this idea in the form of manga. But then I changed my mind and turn it into a novel. The genres for HSH are comedy and drama, with a little mystery. It tells about a girl, approximately a year younger than me, called Ashley. One day in a weekend, for many times she’s tricked by her family, which consists of both her parents, her older sister, Kathy, and her younger brother, Rob. I was surprised that when I entered grade 7, I found out that the name of a new student in 7B is similar to the name of Ashley’s sister :D. So, for some reason, Ashley’s family tricked her until finally she became very angry. She could no longer put up with their weird but annoying behaviour, and then she went away and left the four of them.

Besides HSH, I’m also in the mid of my way in making a one shot manga, which I planned to be the first comic that I make seriously unlike when I was still small. So, when I was stuck in HSH, I leave it for a while and try to continue the one shot. I’ll be back to HSH again when I got another idea of what to write there.

I just realized that besides drawing, I love making stories too, both in the manga form and in the novel form ;).

Drawing is My Life

I know that many many times in my life, I’ve admitted that I love drawing so much. But I never feel satisfied (hehehe :P). Today I want to tell you about my interest in this activity and how much I love it.

It’s normal that our drawings aren’t as nice as the professional artists’ when we’re still beginners. So are mine. I’ve owned this hobby since I was small. I even can’t forget that I used to draw on the walls inside my old house. Although at that time my drawings were still very bad, still, I did that confidently (?). I can’t remember well why didn’t I choose to do them on a piece of paper or even in a sketchbook instead of by dirtying those walls (plus, they’re painted white! Just imagine how dirty would it be… ^_^;). Maybe I was too lazy to look a suitable one for that :P… Of course, I drew on the walls when none of my family was there with me. But once my mum caught me when I was doing that (actually it’s done on a side of a wardrobe), she immediately scolded me. Starting from that day, I was no longer dare to draw on the walls inside my house or on the other unsuitable places. It’s proven that a couple of years later, when my family and I have moved to our new house, I stopped doing that bad habit.

I notice that as time passed, I kept on trying my best to improve my talent in drawing. Before, I could only draw some basic stuffs such as dogs, cats, trees, houses, people out of several lines with a circle as his/her head (I believe that you know what I mean), etc. Then when I was in kindergarten 2, I began to draw people more well and lively. I even began to make comics in my drawing books, although the contents were still unclear and they’re nonsense -_-. Moreover, my sister often laugh at them while she was reading them (in contrast that she wasn’t at the funny parts of the comics :D). I bet it’s all because of their unclearness. I also used to stop and cancel my comics as I didn’t have any idea for making the continuation of them, and start a new one (or even more @_@!). And that cycle kept on going on, since at that time I was very easy to get bored with my own stories.

Eventhough I like to draw comics since a quite long time, I hadn’t had a plan yet to be a cartoonist when I was still small. Perhaps I used to love it only, but I didn’t have any will to publish them. My mum, who’d ever seen them, sometimes asked me, “Why don’t you just be a cartoonist when you grow up and publish these?” But I always refused. It’s because I felt ashamed for my stories to be published. Anyway, I didn’t make the comics seriously. I just did that for fun.

I reckon that it all started when I was at primary 3. At that age, I watched a TV anime series entitled The Law Of Ueki. The reality is, that anime (also for the manga) is categorised under shounen demographic, or in other words, a manga for boys. But I really love it since the first time I watched the TV series. That anime is fantastic until it somewhat inspires me to be a cartoonist. The next year, I started to read its comic series and also a shoujo categorised-comic magazine called Nakayoshi. After that I felt as if I was encourage more to be a cartoonist, like what their authors were. Until I finally changed my mind―before I didn’t wish to publish any of my comics, but since I read them it turned out differently :).

By the way, as what I’ve mentioned before, the comics that I made in the past were nonsense that when I read them again nowadays, I can’t understand them :P…