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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How I Edit my Instagram Pictures

Dear Reader,

Someone DMed me on IG and asked me what I do to edit my Instagram pictures, and LOL let me tell you, I am the laziest Instagrammer out there. Like, I take a pic, run it through an app, and BOOM post. But that’s for my manga account, honestly I still haven’t figured out what to do for my insta_rinnn account, but I’ll let you know when I do.

Anyway, here’s what I use for my manga IG @love_rinnn!

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Camera: I have the iPhone 8 Plus, and I just used the camera that comes with the phone. I usually select the square function, because it’s easier to see how it will look on instagram that way. I know some people will take the photo, and then crop it, but I like to take it as a square because it saves time. Plus, I think it looks nicer.

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Photo Editor: I use the foodie app to add a filter and brighten the photo if it needs it.

The Foodie app is the yellow app at the bottom. Then, I upload the photo I took, and used the YU5 filter. I used to use the YU2 filter, but these days I like the way the YU5 filter smooths out my pictures. If you think your picture needs to be brighter, use the middle button to do any adjustments.

So my picture came out looking like this:

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So, yeah! That’s how I edit my pictures, super easy right? Also, here are some tricks I’ve learned about uploading pictures.

Tips:

  • People are attracted to bright colors, so try to use a bright background. I use white because it’s basic, and matches most any other colors I put on top of it. Like purple or pastel pink.
  • Take pictures in natural lighting, you’ll have to brighten your pictures less that way. Which is what I did in my sample picture, after that all I had to do was add the filter and call it good. Plus, there’s less shadows. Shadows ruining my pictures is the bane of my existence tbh.
  • Don’t be afraid of experimenting and finding the right style for you! IG is about having fun, so have fun and don’t worry about what others think! ❤

So, there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this little post, and feel free to DM on insta with any questions you have! Like always, this post isn’t sponsored, and I’ll catch you guys later! Bye~~

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

 

 

 

 

September Favorites 2018

Dear reader,

So, I’m trying to get back into lifestyle blogging, and I wasn’t really sure what to post? But someone on Instagram suggested I start doing monthly favorites! Which is definitely doable, as I’m always trying new stuff. So, without further ado, here’s what I loved during the month of September!

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Beauty:

I did go on vacation in September for a week in Las Vegas, and it was so hot! I honestly didn’t’ wear tons of makeup, but I wouldn’t have been able to live without my sunscreen. I used the Skin&Lab Dr. Vita Clinic Fre C Sun Lotion, which is a Korean brand of sun screen. What I person liked about it was how light weight is was, and it didn’t leave a white cast nor was it greasy. Major A++ in my book. Even my mom liked it!

On that note, I seemed to like a lot of Vitamin C products this month because I also loved the Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops. It’s a very light serum that brightens your complexion and leaves you skin feeling super soft!

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As for makeup, I really liked the Labiotte Wine Lip Tint in CR01. which is a pretty coral color. I would basically wear eyeliner and lip tint everyday and call it good. But when I wanted to be extra, I really enjoyed using a tiny eye shadow quad from Canmake. I used the Perfect Stylist Eyes 14, which was just some purple and pink and a glitter shade.

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I’m honestly sooo basic. I watch so many makeup videos, and I own a lot of eye shadow palletes, but I end up using like the same three colors over and over again (usually copper, taupe, or brown).

This month I forced myself to do use different colors, and the results were okay (lol). But my go-to colors are still brown and copper.

This is why I’m not a beauty guru lol.

 

Anyway, moving on from beauty stuff.

Fashion:

Lol, I’m not the most fashionable person, because I live in Alaska and I don’t really care (there’s no one to impress here). But I am a handbag person, so for my birthday I bought myself some bags!

My favorite was this cute Michael Kors bag, that’s shaped like a backpack (but it’s a crossbody)!

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I’m super obsessed with it, and I use it everyday. It came in several colors, but I bought it in black for everyday use. 10/10 would recommend.

Books/Music/Media:

So, while I received manga for my birthday, I didn’t really read any. I was so busy in September (and a bit sick), I didn’t have that much time.

But I did read the The Governness Game: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare, and tbh it was so good I read it in two hours. Tessa Dare is such a great writer that all of her stuff is an automatic download for me.

Meanwhile, for TV shows, I was OBSESSED with the Chinese drama Ashes of Love! Deng Lun is honestly so attractive I was drooling the entire time.

As for music, I really like Deja Vu by Wengie, the MV was super colorful, and the aesthetics were on point. I also liked Puzzle Moon by GWSN, which is a super cute song from a recently debuted kpop girl group.

 

Anyway~ those were my favorites from September! As always, the products listed were not sponsored (I mean I wish they were), and also, leave me a comment down below about your favorites from the month of September!

Thanks for reading my word vomit, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

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Links:

Skin&Lab Fre C Sun Lotion

Labiotte Wine Tint

Klairs Vitamin C Drop

Canmake Eyeshadow

Ashes of Love

The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

 

 

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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Travel Blog: Florida 2018 Highlights

Dear Reader,

So, it’s been a minute! I was planning on posting this much earlier in the year, but as soon as I got home, I got very ill (with strep throat, mono, and then bronchitis *sobs*). Anyway, here are my highlights from my Florida trip!

On the night of Christmas Eve, my friend and I flew from Anchorage to Fort Myers. It was a super uncomfortable trip (remind me to never fly with American Airlines again), but we arrived on Christmas Day.

Her family brought us donuts, and they we drove from Fort Myers to their home about 30 minutes away. It was really nice to go from snowy Alaska, to sunny Florida! The condo they live in has a pool, so be basically went swimming everyday!

Over the next couple of days, we went just chilled out, and went to the beach a lot! We also went shopping, and the mall we went to had duck pond! Something you would never see in Alaska because our malls are mostly inside.

I had a really relaxing time in Florida, everyday was filled with good food and adventure. The beach was really fun, and I also got a slight tan. Although, I will say that the state was having a bit of a cold spell while we were visiting. Which was okay, because basically anything above 65 degrees F is warm in my book.

One day, it was in the 80s, and we went to the beach (pictured above). I thought it was great, so I dived right in, and my friend even went into the deeper water, but we were the only people swimming. Many people came to sun tan, but no one else was in the water. Which was chill with me, but we got a kick out of it anyway.

Sadly, New Years Eve was upon us. We went and got our nails done, ate pizza, and watched all the fireworks! It was really fun, but I was sad when 2018 came because my trip was halfway over.

I was NOT looking forward to going home. Even if my hair hated the humidity, I personally hate the cold.

Anyway.

After New Years, we went to the manatee park! We had gone the year before on a warm day, but sadly we didn’t see anything. This year we went on a cold day, and we saw a lot of cute sea cows! I would share a picture, but all I got were videos… Which I have no idea how to upload onto this site, but whatever.

After a few more days rolled around, we made plans to go to Orlando, where I was catching my flight back to Alaska. Wah, wah, wah.

But here is where the highlight of my trip takes place. WE WENT TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO GUYS.

I went to Harry Potter World TT_TT It was beautiful. We waited in line for the Harry Potter ride for like an hour, and it was rough. It was the first ride we went on, and we got there when the gates opened. All of the rides had super long lines. I mean super.

But I’m pretty happy. I had a ton of fun, and I made lots of memories with my friend and her family who is also like my own. I was sad to leave.

Anyway, that was my Florida trip! I was in Florida from 12/24/17-1/6/18, and it went by wayyyy to fast. I’m sad, but also happy I went. Even if I did get sick for two months after I got home.

Well guys, thanks for reading! In you want real time updates, go follow my personal IG @insta_rinnn. I also have a mangagram account @love_rinnn. Until next time!

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

 

Diary Entry: Travel Announcement

Dear Reader,

So, I’m off to Florida in exactly one week! I really, really love reading or watching people’s travel blogs/vlogs, so I wanted to document all of my adventures here! I went to Florida last year, and I kind of wish I had recorded my trip in someway. I’ll be posting some travel essentials, travel blogs, and of course my playlist~

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Also, I haven’t done much this week expect study, and take finals. I got all A’s and B’s this semester, so yay for that! I was actually pretty stressed out. I bought the last of my Christmas gifts, and I’ve just been chilling out since then.

Yesterday, I picked up my childhood best friend from the airport. If you read my Fairbanks trip blog, she was one of the people I was visiting. We made a yummy salmon dinner, and then tomorrow I’m taking her to our adopted grandma’s house, where she’ll stay until Thursday. I would stay and visit too, but I have work (she lives in the town over, and it’s about a half an hour drive).

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So it will be a pretty uneventful week. I will admit that I’m really excited for my vacation, I’m pretty much already packed. The weather in Alaska the last few weeks has really sucked, I just want to go somewhere and enjoy the beach and sun.

This trip has pretty much been the one thing getting me through the winter, so I’m really hyped. It’s been a long semester.

Anyway~ That’s been my week! As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!

Bye~

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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