-------------------------HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Just a few more hours until it's 2016 here in Chicago. It's been a long while since I last wrote an entry (obviously), so here's my 2015 summary and review.
What to start off with? Well, convention-wise, it's been a busy year. Almost every month, my friend MonkeyWerks
& I have been going to various conventions, and most of them being out of state. Because of that and due to me given so many work hours from my part-time job and some personal problems, I had difficulties on working on new content. Despite all that, I still had a good time. I mean, I finally got to travel to places I've never been to, such as Toledo, OH (for Glass City Con), Detroit, MI (for Youmacon) and Wisconsin Dells, WI (for Daisho Con). Then there's also one day comic cons over at Milwaukee, WI & Madison, WI (for Mighty Con).
Our plans for 2016 won't be as hectic as this year's, I think, but hopefully we'll still have a good time.
Late August, my dog (a chihuahua) of 13 years passed away. It was so sudden and to watch her die before me really broke my heart. The past few months after was a bit difficult, and I would still think of her occasionally. I really miss her, & I hope she knows that we all loved her.
I think to help kinda ease the pain, I turned more into music. I got back into the Korean pop scene. My latest obsession these days is this new male hip-hop group called Monsta X
, and my bias is the main rapper, Jooheon
. Not sure as to what it is about this group that I became wayyy into them; I don't think I was this obsessed with EXO when they first came out, lol. But yeah, I really really love this group; love their songs & the mixtape singles that Jooheon would bring out; watched their performances and show/web shows they would be featured in. ...Would be so awesome if I can see them live or meet them.
...Speaking of concerts, I saw Babymetal
and One Ok Rock
live. Both concerts were AWESOME! I even got to meet One Ok Rock after the concert; got a signed CD from them, shook their hands & took pictures of them. Babymetal will be returning to Chicago in May, so I'm pretty excited to see them again. Also, EXO
is having a concert here in February, so I'm really hoping I'll manage to get tickets.
Anime has taken a backseat during the last half the year. But I did get into a series called "Shokugeki no Soma
". At first the fanservice kinda turned me off (seeing it from short clips), but curiosity got the best of me (since my friend reads the manga), and I decided to watched the 1st episode. GOT HOOKED INSTANTLY. Real funny show with pretty good animation. Like OMG, they made food look GOOD.
Had quite some gaming purchases this year on both Steam & console... despite most (if not all) being placed on backlog. Finally bought myself a 3DS (the new 3DS XL "Hyrule Edition" to be precise) and I've been taking it with me to my convention travels since then. Pretty fun connecting to the Street Pass... so many people with 3DS!
Got into the closed beta testings for the international version of "Tree of Savior
" and the NA/EU version of "Blade & Soul
", which have been the 2 MMORPGs I was anticipating for awhile. "Tree of Savior" seems like it still needs a bit of work, where as to "Blade & Soul", I really enjoyed & loved it. No word on the full release of "Tree of Savior" yet, but launch for "Blade & Soul" will be on January 19, 2016. So can't wait to play it again!
...So yeah, I think that's pretty much the gist of 2015. Had its up & downs, but it was still a fun ride. So here's to 2016! Hope it will just as fun & exciting, and with much success!
...UNTIL NEXT TIME