Manga Review | Futaribeya by Yukiko

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Dear Reader,

So, I was on the lookout for cute yuri (Girls Love), and I saw Futaribeya at my local B&N, which I was drawn to immediately. The cover is pink which is my favorite color, and it’s super pretty and girly with flowers and lace. I really love the art! I’m a sucker for aesthetics, plus the pastel pink and cute girl’s spoke to me.

The story starts with Sakurako Kawawa who has moved into the dorm. Her first time away from home, and the beginning of her high school experience. Then, she meets her roommate, Kasumi Yamabuki. Who is super pretty, but kind of an airhead. The two become quite the duo, as they navigate school and living away from their families together.

I honestly thought this was a duology, but after looking it up it seems there are currently six volumes out in Japanese, which will also be released in English later this year. I’m super hyped about it, because I’ve become super attached to our two main characters. I can kind of see myself in both girls, Sakurako who is smart and responsible, and also Kasumi who is hard working, but also a little bit clumsy.

I would totally go back in time and redo high school if my experience was like theirs! Honesty from what I’ve read so far, the series is super wholesome and kawaii. I’m always blown away from the aesthetics. Their hairstyles are always on point, their outfits are soooooooo cute!

They also make friends with their classmates and dorm-mates. The series is slice of life, so really not much drama ensues, which I appreciate. Slice of life is one of my favorite genres, because I kind of like seeing people’s normal everyday life. Like Horimiya, which you can read my review on here. 😄

The days of youth, sweet and exciting haha. Of course, I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave you guys with this!

Reasons to check it out:

  • Aesthetics
  • Girls being supportive friends 💖
  • Cute plot
  • Really, it’s a feel good manga!

So, my only complaint would be the panelings, because I’m not used to reading straight panels. It’s a bit confusing sometimes, but I got used to it. Honestly the story and characters are soooo cute, so I can live with it~

Catch the series here:

Amazon, B&N

9/10 stars!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this mini review! Check out my Instagram on the side bar if you want to see more cute manga pics!

Love,

Rin

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J-drama Review |Wedding Bells for Otaku?

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Dear Reader,

So, I posted a picture on my Instagram stories about a short one episode drama called “Wedding Bells for Otaku?” that I was going to watch. Several people DMed me about it, so I thought I’d make a little review blog about it, and share this cute story with everyone!

The story begins with our heroine in the middle of a battle field. . . No seriously, when they said love is war they weren’t kidding. Our beloved otaku, Fujita Haruko (Kuriyama Chiaki), must battle her way through the scary and perilous 婚活、aka marriage hunt. Where people go to group meetings to find a potential marriage partner, usually via a dating or marriage agency.

We eventually come to find out that Haruko is a BL Mangaka, so for those who don’t know what BL is, she writes manga about Boy’s Love, or romantic relationships between male characters. With the support of her trusty sidekick and asisstant writer, aka the super cute Tachibana Kiriko (Sano Hinako), she attends many different kinds of marriage hunt parties. Which makes her all kinds of uncomfortable. . .

Ah yes, that familiar look of dread and anxiety. Me too. Me, too. I really like Haruko, because even at 34 she’s still out there trying to find her destined one. She never really focuses on her age, she’s getting left behind by her peers, but it’s not really about her age, just the fact that she’s lonely, and spends her days drawing about characters that always get a happy ending. If she’s destined to be alone, so be it, but she wants to at least try. Which is so cute!

However, her main dilemma comes back to the fact that she draws BL, which men don’t find attractive at all. She goes on all these dates, but gets rejected time and time again. With this profession, will she be able to find love? Of course! I wouldn’t recommend a drama with a sad ending. . . or would I?? I’ll leave the rest up to you!

Rating: 9/10! It was cute and cheesy, I almost wish it was longer, but honestly it was also the perfect length!

Find the drama at viki.com: Wedding Bells for Otaku?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you late!

Love,

Rin

Halloween-ish K-Pop Playlist!

 

Dear Reader,

As Halloween is upon us, and because I have no blog scheduled today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite spooky or supernatural themes kpop songs! Hahaha–yes I know I’m right on top of things. So anyway, here we go!

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Janus by Boyfriend – if you like angels and demons, we watch twins Youngmin and Kwakmin as they handle rejected, like two sides of a coin. Tbh, this is one of my top ten kpop songs, and I wish more people knew about it and Boyfriend!

 

Full Moon by Sunmi – before she was a Siren, she was a Vampire. Full moon came out while she was still with JYP, and it’s sold gold.

 

Growl by EXO – okay, I know they’re just dancing in a basement (parking lot whatever), but I always imagined they were werewolves in this MV, so I have no regrets in including it🤷

 

Married to the Music by SHINee – just some classic monster throwing a party lol.

 

Error by VIXX – are cyborgs considered holloween-y? I’ll say yes, but either way this song is a bop.

 

Black Tinkerbell by Chocolat – okay, the rest of the world might have forgotten about Chocolat, but I most certainly have not. The song is about a jealous Tinkerbell, so I’m gonna say fairies are definitely Halloween worthy.

 

You and I by Dreamcatcher – so this is kind of witches meet dimension hoping meets haunted house, and tbh I’m here for it.

 

Hobgoblin by CLC – this is probably the most hip-hop song on my playlist, but CLC is soooo underrated. If you’re looking for something mischievous checkout their MV!

 

Like a Cat by AOA – spies, werecats, must I say more? (okay I don’t think they were aiming to be werecats, but we love it)

 

Okay guys! I hope you enjoyed the songs on my playlist, and have a spooky week everyone!!

Love,

Rin

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Review |Horimiya by HERO x Daisuke Hagiwara

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Series: Horimiyahorimiya

Author: HERO

Artist: Daisuke Hagiwara

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance

Published(eng): Oct. 27, 2015- present

Status: Ongoing

Catch it here: AmazonRightStuf

At first glance, the ultra-popular Hori-san seems like a frivolous high school girl, but in reality, she’s plain, pragmatic, and family-oriented. On the other hand, the bespectacled Miyamura-kun comes across as an average, gloomy high school fanboy, but he’s actually an attractive young man who has a bad-boy streak and is covered in piercings and tattoos. When these two unexpectedly similar classmates have a random run-in outside of the classroom, a bubbly, sweet tale of school life begins!

Dear Reader,

So, today I’m bringing you a review on Horimiya! My cute babies!!

I would definitely say that Horimiya is my favorite high school romance manga, and I was actually still in high when the series started coming out in Japanese. I would check whatever manga reader I was using at the time, to see if the next chapter had come out yet, and sometimes it would take the fan translator a while to upload so I was always left in suspense.Image result for biting nails gif

Then, one day, Yen Press copyrighted it, and I was forced to wait for every volume to come out just like all the mortals. That’s okay though, I like being able to support the author!

Anyway, Horimiya is a cute Slice of Life manga about Hori-san, a responsible older sister, and Miyamura-kun, an emo boy (what? he is🤷) who dresses like a nerd at school.

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Hori-san is actually very cool and chic at school, but at home she dresses and acts like a middle aged mom (my aesthetic too tbh), because she is helping her parents raise her younger brother while they’re busy with work.

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I like Horimiya because the romance doesn’t happen to quickly, everyone know’s that Hori and Miyamura are going to end up together (I mean I hope), but the series takes it’s time bringing them together. Also, all the side characters are super cute! And they actually serve a purpose (aka, the best friend, a potential love rival), while not being annoying about it.

We get to watch Hori and Miyamura gradually realize their feelings for each other, and experience jealous, while also being “just friends.”

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Miyamura even adopts Hori’s younger brother as his own, and the three of them become a cute little trio!

Oh, I will add that while Hori’s parents are absent a lot, at least they’re in the story. Like, Hori’s dad! Who likes to tease the pair, but is also very protective of his daughter.

Honestly, the whole series is super light, fluffy, and wholesome. I wish my high school experience was even 1/10th this nice honestly! Also, I wish they would make an anime of this already! There is a small OVA series based off the original webcomic (Hori-san to Miyamura-kun), but I need a full on 20 episode series people! *long drawn out disappointed sigh*

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So, to conclude.

Reasons why you should check the series out:

  • Cute couple, who start off as friends!
  • Nice side characters everyone will love 🙂
  • Cute art~
  • Complex characters
  • Nice family dynamics
  • and more!

Hope you liked my short review! Check out my IG for more kawaii photo’s @love_rinnn Thanks for reading ❤

Love,

Rin

 

 

 

 

Review | The Water Dragon’s Bride by Rei Toma

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Series: The Water Dragon’s Bride

Genre: fantasy, shojo

Published (eng):  April 24, 2017 – present)

Status: Ongoing

Catch it Here: VIZ Media | RightStuf | B&N

The Water Dragon’s Bride volume 1 features story and art by Rei Toma.

In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she end up being sacrificed?

**PSA: This is not a sponsored post, but it would be nice if it were! Links provided are for your leisure.

Dear Reader,

So. Today I’m bringing you my first manga review. Currently, there are only 6 volumes out in English, but the next volume is set to drop soon! Honestly I really, really enjoy this series. The story, the art, everything about it is so cute! We have Asashi, a strange red haired girl from the present, thrown into the past (or maybe a different dimension, not 100% sure, but ya know).

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So, then, she meets Subaru, who is a cute little village boy. Sadly, even though he does his best to protect her, his mother– in an attempt to save his sister, sacrifices Asashi to the Water God.

Luckily, the Water God is kind? Well, he’s an ancient relic who doesn’t know what to do with a bride, let alone a child…😅 Anyway, our first impression of him is that he’s an old dude who doesn’t know anything about humans, so he comes off as kind of cruel, but he’s a god, so it’s to be expected.😱

Even though he doesn’t understand humans, he grows fond of Asashi, and decides to spare her. They have a rocky start, but as he learns more about humans, her grows to like her, and even saves her from a fever.

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I personally really like the Water God, especially as the series progresses. Although he becomes more human through Asashi, and more empathetic, I kind of like his initial character. He’s really secluded, bored, and cold– which means he’s lonely, watching the humans from a mirror in the god’s world.

However, I will say “poor Asashi.” She’s really young, separated from her family, sacrificed to a god, and made an outcast by the villagers. Although, you really grow respect for her, because she keeps trying. Even though she dreams of home, she makes the best out of her situation and survives. wdb 1.JPG

Really, the true hero of the first volume is Subaru for always trying to take care of and save Asashi, not just from the clutches of the Water God, but also from his own mother–and the nasty villagers. He’s really a good friend!

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So, I won’t go any farther, because I don’t want to spoil anything!

Reasons to check the series out:

  • Cute art
  • A super cute protagonist
  • A fantasy world that will take you away from you’re everyday life
  • An attractive Water God, who is mysterious and alluring
  • A brave hero
  • And a fun story!

I hope you enjoyed my little review, and I’ll catch you later! Make sure you check out my manga IG for more kawaii photos @love_rinnn Thanks again!

Love,

Rin

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The Christmas Tag | Love , Rin

Dear Reader,
I was looking for some Christmas related things to post about on my blog, and I found this tag! It looks like lot’s of fun, so let’s get into it!
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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Home Alone! Kevin is so cute, and smart too! And I don’t know if you’ve seen the YouTube conspiracy theory, but apparently his mom was the rich one in the family! She’s a fashion designer, and I love that!
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Usually in the morning, but I’m going to be in Florida this year so were opening gifts on Christmas Eve!
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I lived in the Philippines, we went to my mom’s cousin for Christmas every year, and it was a blast! We have food, and danced all night!
4. Favourite festive food?
Turkey.
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5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I think being able to spend time with your family is the greatest gift of all (lol, I don’t remember any physical object that’s stood out to me.)
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
From Bath and Body Works, my fave scent is Winter Candy Apple!
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Personally I always listen to Christmas music and draw! Other than that, we usually go to church service.
8. What tops your tree?
A star!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A pony, because I’m basic.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The gift of giving! I kind of like buying stuff for others rather than for myself~
So yeah, there’s a get to know me tag for you! Thanks for reading this post everyone, happy holidays!
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Love,
Rin

My Favorite K-Pop Christmas Songs!

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Dear Reader,

I know quite a few people who follow me on social media really like kpop, but I wonder how many kpop Christmas songs you know? Here are ten of my personal favorite, which I am forever grateful for, because it’s a break from all the American songs I’ve heard ten million times.

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So, let’s go!

The Cube Family Christmas Song! It’s a little old, we got B2ST, Apink, 4Minute, and even G.na! among others lol, but to me this will always be OG Cube Family TT_TT

Starship Planet – Snow Candy! This is my favorite Starship Christmas song! God, I miss Boyfriend. And we got K.Will too, and so many other talented artists!

EXO (M) – Miracles in December. I’m crying, I miss OT12. You have no idea, Lulu, Kris, Tao. This song is so beautiful, and I miss them so much. Excuse me while I go cry in my corner…

TTS – Dear Santsa. Not gonna lie, I didn’t realize there was an English version of this. I’ve been listening to the Korean version, I was kind of shook when I searched it to add to this playlist.

Orange Caramel & Nu’est- Dashing Through the Snow in Highheels. Yeah, if you know me at all you, you know I stan Nu’est, ergo, enjoy this masterpiece!

JYP Nation – This Christmas. Yeah, OG JYP, must I say more??

Taeyeon – This Christmas. This song came out a few days ago, but I’m adding it to my library anyway! I really like the calming melody, and Taeyeon’s voice is majestic!

Starship Planet – Christmas Day. This years Starship christmas song! It’s really good! The best one they’ve had since 2013~

f(x) – 12시 25분 (Wish List). Hello, I stan f(x), and you should too! Jk(but not really), in all seriousness this is a dreamy song, and I’m still screaming over it years later~

SHINee – Winter Wonderland. This is a Japanese song, and it’s so good! SHINee are true kings.

TEEN TOP – Snow Kiss. I love Teen Top, they are so goofy and silly. This song is the cutest!

So there you have it, my top kpop christmas songs! I feel like this playlist made me look like the biggest SM Entertainment stan, but I’m really not 😂 I hope you liked it~ Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Love,

Rin

 

Manga Tag

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Dear Reader,

I feel like I should blog at least once a week, but because I’m in the middle of finals– not much else is happening in my life, and I highly doubt you guys want to read a diary entry about my life in a crisis, so here’s a tag I found on Youtube! 

I have a manga IG, which is the one on my side bar, and I thought this tag looked fun! Without further ado, here’s my answers, enjoy!

1. What was your first manga?

Skip Beat! My friend bought it for me in middle school as a birthday gift. At the time, I like manga, but I was a poor child who couldn’t afford to own my own lol.

2. What was your most expensive manga?

I don’t own any “expensive manga” because I usually just buy regular single volumes. Horimiya is $13.00 so I’ll go with that 😬

3. What was your least expensive manga?

A local book store was doing a backlog sale, and all books were a dollar each. I bought two volumes of Vampire Knight for that lol

4. What is the most boring manga you own?

Ghost Diary? I bought it because the cover was really pretty, and I like girls with pink hair, and she had a cool eye patch. However, it was pretty boring, and the story was hard to follow. Oh well, I still like the cover.

5. What is your favourite manga (series)?

Vampire Knight. I know everyone hates Yuuki and Kaname, I mean let’s face it they’re both pretty awful, but for some reason that makes me like them more!

6. What is the most relatable manga that you own?

Horimiya, I’d have to say. Hori-san pretty much raises her brother, and I can relate to being the older sibling who takes care of the younger one.

7. What is one manga that you own that is based off of an anime? (Not the other way around)

I don’t own any manga like this, most of the manga I own have anime’s based off them, not the other way around.

8. What is your rarest manga?

Vampire Game by Judal. Tbh, I’ve never seen anyone else with that manga. No one talks about it either, but a friend bought it for me in high school as a Christmas gift, and honestly I have no idea where she got it…

9. One of your reprinted manga. (Printed in the past but printed again by another company).

Again, I don’t have any manga like this. At least, not to my knowledge?

10. The most popular manga series you own.

I see One Count a lot!

11. What is the most damaged manga you own?

I have a random volume of Hana Yori Dango that’s pretty beat up. I don’t know where I got it either, it may have been gifted to me?

12. Which manga has the most amazing art?

I looove the art from The Water Dragon’s Bride, especially the water colored covers!

13. Oldest published manga that you own?

I’m going to go with the random volume of Hana Yori Dango I own, because the original was published in the early 90s.

14. Newest published manga that you own?

The Water Dragon’s Bride, vol 3!

15. A recent manga that you purchased.

Horimiya vol 3! I’m finally getting around to collecting them!

Well, that’s a wrap! Good luck to all the other students out there prepping for finals! Catch you later, bye-bye!

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Love,

Rin

NU’EST W – W. HERE Mini Album Review

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Dear Reader,

I’ve been a fan of Nu’est since I was fourteen (has it been that long ? (╥_╥) I feel old lol), and I’ve watched them fall, and now rise, and I’ve never been prouder to be someone’s fan! They’ve really worked hard, so I wanted to dedicate a post to them! Unfortunately (it’s bitter-sweet really), Emperor Hwang is promoting with Wanna One, so he couldn’t participate on this album, but I’m still giving him an honorable mention.

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So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the songs~🌸

1. 하루만 (haruman)

Translated as “Just One Day” I see this as their love song to Minhyun with lyrics like “you left without a single word, what can I do about that?” Minhyun had to leave to be in Wanna One but “give me a little bit of time, just one day” and “stay by my side, just for today, I feel like I’m going to go crazy, but I’ll bear it, because you will return.” I felt so sad hearing this song, I miss Emperor Hwang too, but he’ll be back, one day.

It’s a slow song, with a romantic melody, fun beat, and dramatic drop beat!

Find the full lyrics here!

2. Where You At 

 

I think this is my favorite song on the album, I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard it, because it was so different from any of their older stuff, but it quickly grew on me! Now I listen to it all day everyday.

Plus, the lyrics are extremely nice and I relate, “while you weren’t here, my heart longed for you, now it’s bruised, black and blue” which is how I felt when they were away from fans while competing on Produce 101 Season Two, and also how I feel with Minhyun promoting with Wanna One. “I’m wandering here and there, looking for you
I run around, searching but I’m still only in my room,” seriously–me too.

The song is a calm melody with longing lyrics, and a boppy beat.

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Find the complete lyrics here!

3. Paradise (Ren Solo)

I felt like this was a song for fans, everyone knows how much Ren loves and appreciates his LOVES. So yeah, I mean it could be a song for someone special, but I know we’re special to him too, so I’ll just stick to that. “When I’m thinkin ’bout you, yeh yeh, you are my Paradise!” Oh thanks, what a precious bean 💖

The song has a heartfelt melody, and a flowing beat! Perfect for the times when you feel happy and want to listen to an equally happy song~

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4. Good Love (Aron Solo)

HAHAHA, this song is so American, it’s perfect for Aron! I don’t know why, but it’s so hard to find reliable translations for Ren and Aron’s songs! But either way, this was another song about appreciating someone, and how he loved the person in the song, and needed them, hence, he’ll give us “good love.” Which, is so sweet! Paradise and Good Love are tied for me in terms of best solo!

Good Love is a poppy song with a happy beat! Please give Aron some love, and give the song a listen!

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5. With (JR Solo)

This song is so emotional, JR is the rapper of the group, but he sang a lot in this song. Plus there is a choir in the background, and I was just so blown away by this song. I really felt this song was to Minhyun, because JR sings “I saw you shedding tears at the back, I turned away because I felt too cowardly to approach you.” Which, when Minhyun was the only one to make it into Wanna One, he cried so hard because he felt bad no one else made it in, especially JR because he was the most “promising” trainee. So, this song made me really emotional, and JR is such an angel that I can’t even.

The song is a slow and soft melody that will make your heart ache. You can really feel his feelings in this song, and you will ache with him.

Find the full lyrics here!

6. 지금까지 행복했어요 (Baekho Solo)

Ugh, this song is so good. (TW// death of family member) Baekho’s dad passed away this summer, and Baekho was surrounded by a controversy, which I’m going to say why, but this must have been a hard summer for him. The lyrics read, “I am not alone, you really don’t have to worry about me.” And “with how much of a child I always was, did I ever make you cry with my childish ways?” You can tell this is the song of a child to their parent, which I can empathize with as the oldest child of my family.

The song is a soothing song, with an angelic voice that will make you miss a loved one, or home if you live away from them.

Find the full lyrics here!

Bonus: from the Love Paint Mini Album

Daybreak – MinHyun feat. JR

Okay, technically this is JR and Minhyun’s song, but Minhyun did all the singing and JR did all the rapping, so we can all pretend this was Minhyun’s solo! I miss MinHyun a lot, but he’s promoting with Wanna One for the greater good, and I’ll just cheer him on until the end!

 

So, what’s my rating of the album? 10/10, of course! Seriously, all of the songs were really good, and they’ve worked so so so hard over the last six years, I’m so happy they’re finally experiencing popularity.

Buy the album on iTunesGoogle Play or find it on Spotify!

Thank you giving my loves a chance, and reading this fangirl rant! As always, see you next time~ Bye!

Love,

Rin

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Travel Playlist: Fairbanks 2017

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Dear Reader,

Whenever I travel, I always have jams to accompany me. I primarily listen to kpop and jpop, some j-rock, and some american rock. This trip I primarily listened to kpop and jrock. So, here is the music I liked while in Fairbanks.

Anna Tsuchiya – 黒い涙

I had just finished rewatching NANA the anime before leaving for my trip, so I had the soundstrack stuck in my head. Kuroi Namida is currently my favorite song!

BAND-MAID – Daydreaming

I discovered Band-Maid recently, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Their music is so good, and their style is sooooo pretty and elegant, I feel so blessed by their existence.

BAND-MAID – Choose Me

Like I said, BLESSED.

BABYMETAL – KARATE

I was actually watching this PV when BAND-MAID was recommended to me. This is also a pretty good song!

B1A4 – Rollin

Love this song! B1A4 is a group I’ve been following since middle school, so give them a listen. They don’t usually do songs like this, but it worked out really well, and I enjoy it!

HyunA – Babe

HyunA is queennnnnn, so give her a listen. This is officially my favorite song by her (actually every song by her is my fave, but ya know lol).

Li Gikwang – I Know What You Like

I love Beast (aka Highlight), so I always listen to the individual members solo songs as well. If you’re looking for a good bop, this is the one for you!

BTS – DNA

Ha, while I have many qualms about their fandom, I really like BTS as musicians. So I’ve been listening to their latest song a lot, and it’s pretty cute!

So, there you have it, all the songs I enjoyed while staying in Fairbanks, and on the plane. I hope you enjoyed it, and it gave you some recommendations while on your own trip! As always, thanks for reading!

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Love,

Rin