top navigation


Wow, I haven't been on this blog in a really long time.
I'm glad to see that people still visit, honestly.

Since the beginning of 2014, I have been blogging on WordPress.
All of my posts from this blog are located there plus much, much more (because I post everyday!)
If you liked reading this blog - head on over to

My new blog consists of the same topics (anime, manga, and gaming) but I've rounded it out and made it a bit more diverse and organized. If there's something you specifically want to see, (such as a review, first impressions post, news, or even just wanna find something new to get into) I've separated everything and made it easily accessible. 

I guess you can say my blog is still a "personal blog" but with a lot less stuff about me and I like it better that way. I actually would love to find some more people to network with. I'm always open to comments and discussion.

Places You Can Find Me:
Blog -
Twitter -
YouTube/Xbox Live/PSN/Tumblr/Instagram/League Of Legends - CarmenTheNinja

As always, Thanks For Reading!
Have a good day!

XBOX One & The Day One Patch

I rarely talk about gaming on my blog anymore, if at all, because it's been pretty dead. If we aren't talking about the actual titles coming out; conversations about consoles get really, really boring & annoying - quickly. 

Microsoft vs. Sony vs. PC Gaming.

I recently read an article that focused on an interview with Microsoft's senior director of product management, Albert Penello.

He was basically asked what Xbox users could do with and without the Day One Update and he said users "will be able to do very little without taking the day one update." As a matter of fact, he said that without it... we can't do anything at all.

So what does this really mean? 
Well, if you're as broke as I am - you're fucked.
I spent most of my Xbox 360 run WITHOUT Xbox Live. I couldn't afford to get a year's worth of Gold while I was in school... then I couldn't afford Gold when I got my own apartment either. When they started games with Gold, I got XBL a little more often because I was excited about some of the games I could never actually afford to buy when they first came out. Despite having them downloaded, installed to my device, & under my Gamertag; when I ran out of Gold - I couldn't even touch most of those damn games.

When you're getting an Xbox One, you just purchased a console that doesn’t work out of the box. Not working as in - no apps and NO GAMES -_-. Not only does it not work out of the box but there's a large chance that you won't be able to get it to work in 24hrs or several days. This goes for people who don't have internet connection to download the patch, but also people who DO have the internet; why? Well, the way the internet is set up, that much traffic (this is just my own estimate) from millions of people trying to download the same exact thing at the same time will have the same issue that Rockstar faced when they launched GTAOnline - too many people and servers going down.

Sony isn’t doing much better.

Sony’s restrictions on media on the PS4 and charging for online play when last generation the PS3 could play all kinds of media and you could play online for free doesn't actually make me shy completely away from the Xbox One. I mean; if you're addicted to RPG's - by all means, PS4 might still be the console for you. I've never really been to much of a big PlayStation fan after PS2, to be quite honest - so I don't care.

I'm a Nintendo girl at heart and they're almost completely out of this argument. Nintendo just works. Yes, they rehash some old titles. YES, they make new games out of old franchise characters. I will admit that using the WiiMote for Skyward Sword was a little, eh, BUT they went for it! It was innovation. Currently, they don't have a crazy amount of titles out for the WiiU but they have focus on specific games, like Wind Waker HD, that have proven they have the ability to give games longevity. Also, we're not even gonna talk about the Thrid Party Titles that are right around the corner (*cough, cough* Bayonetta 2 *cough*). I'm not even sure if the WiiU is categorized as a next gen console since it came out sooooo early but look at all their 3DS titles and how they came out with the 2DS. Nintendo is constantly finding ways to expand and meet the needs of their consumers. You might have thought the 2DS was dumb; I thought it was a good idea with Black Friday and Christmas coming up... an already cheap handheld becoming cheaper that can play all of the 3DS games? GENIUS. Nintendo's partnership with Square Enix for the game Bravely Default? They have so many of the right cards in their hands currently.

I feel like this is becoming a ramble, so let's end this here.

What's my verdict?
If you can afford a gaming PC - buy one or build one. If you’re on a budget - get a 2DS/3DS... or just stick to your current consoles. Xbox 360 still has 100 titles coming out in the future; not sure about PS3.

I'm excited to Preorder my A Link Between Two Worlds 3DS XL, which drops the same day as Xbox One - Nov. 22nd. (PS4 comes out Nov.15th).

Thanks For Reading!

Inori Senpai~ ยบ ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥

Do you ever just search the web and stumble upon something amazing accidentally?

Yea, well that happened to me today on YouTube. I was looking at all kinds of gijinka, cosplay, fanart, blah blah blah based around the internet. Alot of it was work by Jonn-Lock, but some of it was other random Tumblr users linked to speedpaint videos on YouTube. There was a Crunchyroll girl, Tumblr guy, some Google kids, and then... one I've never seen: A really kawaii Internet Explorer girl by the name of Inori Aizawa. I mean, she's sooooooo cute.

Despite being really cute, she has some badass qualities to her that make her a "hero". I don't wanna spoil much because I think the brilliant animation of this quick video speaks for itself but the summary reads, "The dark side of the Internet can be a dangerous and scary place. Will our heroine be able to survive?"

No, this isn't fan art or even fan made - it's from THE REAL PEOPLE OF MICROSOFT.
It was made by Microsoft Singapore to celebrate Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2013! 
Embedding isn't allowed so you can just click here.

Also check out her Facebook Page!

Inori Aizawa
(If that birthday looks familiar; dude - that's when Internet Explorer first debuted to the public!)

They really went all out for this character and I appreciate it. I mean, nobody really uses Internet Explorer... most people are hooked on Chrome but as a "promo" this could definitely bring back some old users and new users to see what all the excitement is about. I mean, look at this post made from the Facebook page:

It's a clever marketing scheme imo. The link says download but it loops right back to the Facebook page with this cute, chibi reminder:

The kicker is the little "Not Convinced" link. From what they are saying, the new Internet Explorer will be faster than Chrome but also much safer. Do I doubt any of this? No. I'm not saying IT WILL live up to these standards but Internet Explorer has been in the shitter for a while. With the Xbox One coming out soon, Windows Phones, All of the touch tablets, and Windows 8 - I think it's safe to say that fixing up Internet Explorer and optimizing it to run smoothly with Microsoft's own devices and software is a smart move. I mean - You're running Windows 8 but launching up Chrome? *head scratching* If they can pull this off, which.... I don't know why it would be so difficult, this could be big. 

I don't really know stuff about technology though. I stick to phone specs and maybe tablets at most. Everything outside of that is foreign to me lol.
Thanks for Reading!

Crunchyroll MANGA

Last week, I heard about Crunchyroll deciding to add manga to their website. How? Well Crunchyroll has partnered with Kodansha! I was soooooo excited but I really kinda... forgot (oops...) with all the Halloween festivities happening, but thanks to Twitter - I found out that it opened today!

It's not much there, but I'm sure that in the coming future they will add much, much more to their archive. Who am I kidding, though? They have enough there for you! Titles include: Attack on Titan, Space Brother's, FairyTail, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Fort of Apocalypse, and more. Some of these are from currently airing anime's or anime's that just ended a season like Attack on Titan, so you can get your fix until the next season airs!

For Free Users - only the newest chapters will be available; ads will be there.
Premium Users - Recent Chapters, ad free, Back Catalog for each manga - Chapter 1 to the most recent chapter.


If you're like me... this is great. You get manga the same day as Japan, you get to support the company's, and you get quality translations.

I can't stress enough how a shitty translation by fans can sometimes completely ruin my experience, because I have to go on another site and try to find a better version & by then, I'm slightly annoyed. (I mean, you get used to it, but you know...)

The only downfall I see of this is, many manga sites run by fan translators may get shut down because... that's basically pirating. Most sites are going by the "Fair Use Clause". I hope it doesn't happen anywhere in the near future because Crunchyroll only has 12 titles up. I only really read 3 of these titles so... yea.

Here are the titles if you are interested!

Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama
A dramatic action-adventure where humans must battle mysterious giants for survival. Currently one of Japan’s most popular manga, it has recently inspired a hit anime streaming on Crunchyroll now.

Fairy Tail” by Hiro Mashima
A guild of wizards-for-hire use their skills in an age of magic and wonder.This ongoing manga series, created by Hiro Mashima, has also been adapted into a popular anime series.

Space Brothers” by Chuya Koyama
Award-winning manga about two siblings struggling to fulfill their childhood dreams to become astronauts. Inspired an anime series now streaming on Crunchyroll as well as a live-action movie.

UQ Holder!” by Ken Akamatsu
From the creator of “Negima!” comes this fantasy set in a future where the existence of magic has transformed the world and a boy named Tota must leave his home village on the path of adventure.

Mysterious Girlfriend X” by Riichi Ueshiba
A tale of addiction and lovesickness revolving around a strange bond between classmates Urabe and Tsubaki. Also inspired a popular anime series.

A Town Where You Live” by Kouji Seo
School, relationships, and comedy are combined in this manga about a girl who moves from the city to the countryside.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches” by Miki Yoshikawa
Two students – a boy and a girl – unexpectedly swap bodies and must uncover the secrets of the “Seven Witches” at their school, who each possess a different power. Recently adapted into a TV drama.

As the Gods Will - The Second Series” by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (story) & Akeji Fujimura (art)
What seems like just another boring day at school becomes a deadly and surreal game, and student Shun Takahata must find out who is behind it.

My Wife is Wagatsuma-san” by Yuu Kuraishi (story) & Keishi Nishikida (art)
One day, a girlfriend-less student wakes up 10 years in the future to discover he is married to the prettiest girl in school. How did it happen and where is their relationship going?

Fort of Apocalypse” by Yuu Kuraishi (story) and Kazu Inabe (art)
Accused of a crime he did not commit, a young boy is sentenced to life in prison only to find himself at the center of an outbreak of zombies!

COPPELION” by Tomonori Inoue
20 years after a nuclear meltdown devastates Tokyo, three girls who were genetically engineered to be immune to radiation are sent into the mysterious disaster area to search for survivors.

The Seven Deadly Sins” by Nakaba Suzuki
In this comedic fantasy adventure, a princess goes on a quest to reassemble a disbanded group of knights when her kingdom is taken over by the evil Holy Knights.

Thanks For Reading!