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Waiting On Wednesday (124) Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 3 comments |

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers showcase which books they are highly anticipating. This week I'm turning my spotlight on Shadowshaper by  Daniel José Older.

Expected Publication: 
June 30th 2015 from Arthur A. Levine Books

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future. 

Why Am I Waiting?
Urban Fantasies aren't usually my thing but Shadowshaper sounds awesome and look at that cover, it's so pretty!! Now that I think about it, the plot to Shadowshaper sort of reminds me of a Law and Order episode I once watched which followed a killer who practiced  Santería which I believe is Caribbean in origin as well. No matter, this is one I cannot wait for and June cannot come quick enough so I can read it. 

Since I'm curious, Have you heard of Shadowshaper before? 
If so, Do you plan on reading it?

Sound off in the comments below. I love to read your responses. 
That about wraps up my Waiting On Wednesday for this week. Feel free to leave a link to your Wednesday memes in the comments below, I love finding new books to read. Like what you see? Please share!

Manga Monday (2) Popular Character Archetypes

| Monday, February 23, 2015 | 1 comments |

Manga Monday is a new feature to the blog which will be replacing (or at least existing alongside) Book to Movie Monday. Although I don't talk about them much on the blog, I am actually a huge, huge fan of Anime, Manga's, Graphic Novels and Comics. This feature will sort of be a catch all for all of the above. Some weeks I might just showcase a title, others I might talk about an artist or even (least here's hoping) feature an interview or two. We'll just sort of roll with the punches together. Sound good?

As you watch, read or play Japanese games and anime you'll probably start to notice that the same types of character archetypes pop up time and time again. The most commonly used archetypes among these are known as the “deres”: tsundere, kuudere, dandere, and yandere.

The term “dere” comes from the Japanese word “deredere” (デレデレ) which roughly translated means to be lovey dovey or lovestruck.  By combining this word with other words, we get these new terms to describe love interests in anime, manga and games. 

So let's start with the most popular one of all the Tsundere. 

Pictured: Kagami from Lucky Star
Tsundere ツンデレ -  The “tsun” in tsundere comes from the Japanese word “tsuntsun” (ツンツン) which means to be aloof or high and mighty. Thus they are oftentimes embarrassed or confused by their romantic feelings and they tend to  become even more belligerent and egotistical than normal when in proximity to the objects of their affections. The constant inner struggle for a tsundere between pride and love is the key to how these characters act.

Popular Tsundere Characters include- 
Lulu (Final Fantasy X)
Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Hazuki (Moon Phase)
Chidori Kaname (Full Metal Panic)

Next up is Dandere.
Pictured: Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket

Dandere ダンデレ - The “dan” in dandere comes from the Japanese word “danmari” (黙り) meaning silence. Thus a dandere is a quiet and often antisocial character. Dandere often avoid talking because of their shyness. However, in a group they feel comfortable socializing with, then their shyness factor will very likely decrease if another unfamiliar person is introduced at that time.

Popular Dandere Characters include-
Yakumo Tsukamoto  (School Rumble)
Hyuuga Hinata (Naruto)
Mathilda Alster (Beyblade)
Angel (Angel Beats) 
Korone (Demon King Daimao) 

Pictured: Futami Eriko from Kimi Kiss

Kuudere クーデレ - The “kuu” in kuudere comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cool” (クール). Often cold and harsh on the outside, Kuudere are usually swirling with feelings on the inside. Kuuderes often speak in a calm monotone and seem unaffected by the world around them. They never seem to be overly happy, excited, or surprised—just as they never appear sad, annoyed, or angry. 

Popular Kuudere Characters include-
Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Eucliwood Hellscyth (Is This a Zombie?)
Riza Hawkeye (Full Metal Alchemist)
Raven (Teen Titans)

Last up is Yandere
Pictured: Shion Sonozaki from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Yandereヤンデレ - The “yan” comes from “yanderu” (病んでる) which means to be sick—in this case, in the head. Yandere characters are mentally unstable,  they often resort to  using extreme violence and/or brutality as an outlet for their emotions and show or have no or very little intelligence. Yanderes will kill anyone and everyone who stands in the way of them having their “true loves" thus they are usually portrayed as villains in the story. 

Popular Yandere Characters include-
Kotonoha Katsura and Sekai Saionji (School Days)
Belarus (Axis Powers Hetalia)
Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)
 Rolo Lamperouge (Code Geass)

Want to learn what type of Dere personality you are? Take this fun quiz (link here) to find out!

Well I guess that's about it for this week. 
Let me know in the comments below what you'd like me to cover in the next couple of weeks and also what you're reading or watching currently (if anything). I could use some recommendations!