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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Yuri on Ice!!! Is Gaining Momentum #anime #sports #review #popular


Welcome to BRB, everyone!

As promised, I’ve written my post about the new anime Yuri on Ice, which has become crazy popular, but with good reason.

* Wikipedia: Yuri!!! on Ice (!!! on ICE?) is a Japanese sports anime television series about figure skating. The anime is produced by MAPPA, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurō Kubo, with character designs by Tadashi Hiramatsu, music by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba, and figure skating choreography by Kenji Miyamoto. It first premiered on October 5, 2016.

As everyone’s well aware, there is a Wiki page for damned near everything on the planet, so here is the one called link: Yuri on Ice Wiki

And here is the link to the actual website: http://yurionice.com/en/


Actually, there are several good reasons why this anime is so popular. The animation is fabulous—beautifully executed—colourful and realistic. The second is the music. Being a pianist and music lover, I find the soundtrack very uplifting. In fact, the characters, even though they suffer ups and downs, are also inspirational in their own right.

Yuri on Ice has a simple plot—Yuri Katsuki is a Japanese figure skater that suffers defeat at the Grand Prix Finale ice skating competition due to a lack of self-confidence. While at the competition, he runs into the one skater he has always admired and loved, Russian champion Viktor Nikiforov. Embarrassed, he can’t face Viktor and returns home to Kyushu, where he contemplates retirement.  One night he copies Viktor’s routine at the local ice rink. His friend’s daughters capture the whole performance on their iPhone and post it to the Internet. Without Yuri’s knowledge his performance goes viral, and the next day Viktor’s on his doorstep with an offer to coach him. Then a short while later a young Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky shows up to challenge Yuri to an unprecedented Grand Prix series.
Adding to the athletic aspect, the romantic thread between Yuri and Viktor helps to strengthen their emotional attachment to the sport as well as each other.
There are countless anime that have suffered botched plots, underdeveloped characters and, in many cases, a bad ending. You know the type I mean. That moment when you stare at screen and say: "WTF was that!?" And it's thanks in part to the studios rushing to get the product out before the mangas series are even complete. But, hopefully, it won’t happen in this case.

With endearing characters, great music, a hint of romance, humour and a simple but perfectly executed plot, I think Yuri on Ice will remain a huge favourite well into the future. I can't wait to see how the series ends! Five stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Haikyuu!! The Crows Have It! #review #sports #anime #Haikyu




Welcome to BRB, everyone!

I know someone out there is probably wondering why, aside from books, I post reviews on mangas, movies and animes. Well, I love writing reviews and I'm an author, and whenever I happen to come across a really good story, I think it should be shared. And it shouldn't matter who wrote it. 

I’m not big into sports stories, regardless of the medium. Period. So my list of “I would definitely watch again” is meager at best. My favourite sports are boxing, hockey and volleyball, the latter two of which I played in high school. Setting aside real life, I’ve started to watch a few sports animes: All Out (rugby), Yuri on Ice (figure skating), and Haikyuu (volleyball).
You can’t get any better than a story that makes you want to cheer one moment, swear the next, and then twists your stomach into an anxious knot. And Haikyuu wins hands down. That doesn’t mean Yuri on Ice is bad, it’s also a fantastic show, but for different reasons, and I will publish a post about it later this week. As for All Out, I have mixed feelings at this point. 
Haikyuu!! is the tale of a once powerhouse volleyball team that had gone to the nationals, but has now become the underdog. Shōyō Hinata, a junior in high school, who is short of stature, has enthusiasm for the sport like no one else around him. When he joins the Kurasuno High School team, he runs into his rival from middle school Tobio Kageyama. Once adversaries, now the pair must learn to work together. For Hinata, he believes that Kurasuno will win no matter what. And it’s his tenacity and drive that helps build a great team.
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This story is well executed with a continual flux of highs and lows that leaves the viewer seriously questioning what will happen next. The author and artist Haruichi Furudate has done an excellent job with character development; each has just enough back-story, which is gradually revealed as the character evolves. Adding to the strong plot and unique cast, the show has an awesome soundtrack, and the perfect amount of much needed humourous moments. If you’ve ever played any sport or you're just willing to try something new then Haikyuu is for you! 


The Kurasuno Volleyball team is represented by crows; they wear black. A large group of crows is called a murder. I figure that's pretty self-explanitory. 😝

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Too Much Sex? #article #sex #adultfiction #amwriting

Welcome to BRB, everyone!

As an author, how do you know when you've crossed the line? Can too much sex overshadow the story? After reading hundreds of books throughout my life, and writing since I could pick up a pen, I do have an answer for each question, but I'm positive not everyone will agree with me. 
In any business, there are fundamental rules, but the rules in publishing are constantly being pushed to the limit and, in some cases, completely ignored. It seems what's acceptable for one author isn't for another, and if you're a big name, the excuse is you've paid your dues (made the big bucks); you've amassed a certain amount of privilege. So, in other words, if one author has too much explicit content in their book it could wind up labelled as smut where for another author it turns into a best-seller. 
With "erotic romance" the reader expects and accepts that there will be graphic sex in the story and, generally, there will be more of it than in a regular romance. But, even in erotic romance, the author can cross the line, where the book is only about the intimacy, in which case it should be tagged under a different (appropriate) genre. 
As an author, how do you know when you've crossed the line?
For me, it was shortly after I'd published my first two novels (a long, long time ago). I realized that the sex had become the focus. I was more worried about adding enough intimate scenes than character development or anything else, despite the fact I thought I'd written a well-balanced story. This doesn't mean the books were bad, but I'd used the sex as filler, and there was too much of it. Now, things are different. I've honed my skills. I'm able to write a good cohesive story with strong characters and what I feel is the correct, or necessary, amount of sex. 
Can too much sex overshadow the story? 
I have to say, definitely. Unless, that is your goal. Smut is smut. Romance is romance. And there is a distinct difference between the two. According to the Wikipedia: Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." Which is so true. No matter the sub-genre when I read a romance I assume there will be an emotionally satisfying ending at the very least, or else, what is the point. Don't get me wrong, lots of hot and steamy sex is awesome, but it can also provide the most satisfying moment in a romance, especially when the two people finally get together and consummate their love for one another. For me, I find less is more, and that big build up is the best when it ends with Jimmy and Johnny so crazy for one another they can't stop.😍 One of the best gay romances I've ever read had this twisted and upsetting plot, but the last chapter made up for all the emotional upheaval. So the plot and character development do matter, and the sex is secondary.

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Blak Rayne

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Pretty Wicked - Kelly Charron #bookreview #killers

Welcome to BRB, everyone! 

I've been extremely busy as of late. I have spent every spare moment working on paperwork. I run an office, and part of that is doing the books, which means this is the worst time of year for me. So, I apologize for not posting very regular. But the last month was just bad. Anyway, I'm back on track. And to start this week I've got a book review to share. As I've stated before I will read just about anything, and I'm glad this time I chose Pretty Wicked.



Pretty Wicked
Kelly Charron

BCB:

The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen. But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects. Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price. *warning – some graphic content Pretty Wicked is a mature YA novel intended for ages 16 and up.

Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron is an intense psychological read, where the killer takes the reader on an emotionally charged ride. Young, bright, and downright evil, Ryann enjoys giving the police a run for their money and anyone else who dares to try and stop her on her maniacal quest. What is it like to be a serial killer? I have no idea. I can only hazard a guess. Logic tells me it’s a dark, lonely place, as most killers seem to always want that one thing, at least in their mind, they can never have. And the author did a superb job of illustrating this fact. Ryann is merciless, and there is certainly “method in her madness,” the reason she feels a need to prove herself. The book is fast paced and well written; an utterly enthralling read from start to finish. And, for me personally, the ending is the best part. I can’t say I loved Ryann; she brought my worst fears to the surface. But I did come to appreciate her tenacity. When an author can elicit that strong of an emotional response, it speaks volumes for his or her skill as a writer, and Ms Charron did a fantastic job. Five stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne