TBR/W (To Be Read/Watched) Tag – Untold Questions

What’s this? A tag? TBR/W? I’m so confused… Irina nominated me to do this fun little tag where you get to use your name and pick a book (and in this case an anime as well) for each letter of your name that’s on your ‘To Be Read’ list. It’s a fun way of letting people know what kind of stuff you’re wanting to read or watch in the future and maybe a little on the why it’s on your list and why you haven’t gotten to it yet (or maybe that last part is just because Irina likes to talk a lot…)

Right, so it’s normally a book tag but because you’re such a giant weeb you’re doing it about anime too. You betcha! Ain’t gonna make me feel bad calling me names, I know what I am. Also books can include manga anyway!

Whatever. So what books are on your ‘To Read List’? Bare in mind, I don’t read a lot of non-manga fiction so this list might be kinda lame!

M – The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Always wanted to read Kafka but I’ve always hastened to delve into the kind of literature a lot of people label as ‘pretentious’, I don’t need to end up being the kind of guy who quotes Kafka at people in my every day life! Nevertheless, I am still interested in reading this one day.

A – A Sister’s All You Need (LN) by Yomi Hirasaka

I really enjoyed how simultaneously mature and immature this anime was, so naturally I was curious about the Light Novel, it comes out in English very soon and I’m keen to read it, even if it’ll probably end up being super similar to the anime. Plus it means I’ll be able to find out what happens with the rest of the story which is the real reason I want to start on this.

T – Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

The plot synopsis doesn’t particularly interest me but I’m always curious about books that were controversial or even banned. This one seems to get mentioned a lot and while I’m sure the content will be pretty tame by today’s standards it’d still be interesting to see what courted such controversy back in the day!

T – To Love-Ru Darkness (Manga) by Saki Hasemi & Art by Kentaro Yabuki

(From Wikipedia) “In 2012, To Love-Ru Darkness was reviewed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to see if it violated their newly passed controversial Bill 156. This was after they had received a phone call from a parent who discovered a To Love-Ru Darkness book while cleaning a son’s room. The parent did not like that there was frontal nudity of a female character, including her lower body. At the meeting on April 9, 2012, they decided that while the book did include the aforementioned nudity, it did not violate the new ordinance.”

*thumbs up emoji*

H – House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

I’ve owned this book for about, oh, 6 years maybe and I’ve still only ever cracked the first chapter(?) or so and it’s not that it’s bad or anything (from what I’ve read) it’s just kind of intimidating and overwhelming. One of these days…

E – The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria (LN) by Eiji Mikage

Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s good. And sometimes it does. I don’t know much about this Light Novel but I am intrigued nonetheless.

W – The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind, the first in The Kingkiller Chronicles is one of my favourite fantasy books of all time, in fact it’s the only full length novel I’ve read more than once. So why haven’t I read the second book in the trilogy? Well, a part of it is because it’s been 7 years since the second one came out and we still don’t have the third part! I’m not one of those people who criticise authors for taking a long time but at the same time there is an increasingly large chance we’ll never see Book 3 and I don’t want to commit to Book 2 until the third one is actually out.

I didn’t know your name was Matthew, I just assumed it was just Matt. Don’t get used to it, I don’t like ‘Matthew’, makes me feel like I’m getting in trouble! Besides, Matt was too short, and ‘Cactus Matt’ had too many repeating letters.

Fine, whatever Matthew, what anime are on your ‘To Watch List’? Grr~.

M – My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected (or My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

I don’t know, I just hear a lot of “good” things about this show and so it’s become a fixture of my ‘To Watch List’. The whole ‘romantic’ part is I think what’s kept me from diving in already.

A – Angel Beats

I hear really good things about this show but for some reason it’s quite hard to get a hold of ‘legitimately’ in Australia.

T – Texhnolyze

An older title but one I remember seeing on DVD back in the early 00’s and being intrigued about!

T – Tsugumomo

I don’t know anything about this but it’s been steadily moving up the To Watch List as I hear more people mentioning it favourably. Or maybe it’s just that girl on the poster artwork…

H – Harukana Recieve

Does it count if it’s an anime that’s not even out yet? Probably not, but I’m really looking forward to this show. Like, as much as I complained about Haikyuu I do admit it made the sport of volleyball entertaining and kinetic and exciting! So with Harukana Receive; a female beach volleyball anime we have that plus cute anime girl’s in bikini’s? Only one thing to say to that… “nice receive”.

E – ERASED

This show seems dark, I’ll have to wait ’til I’m in the right frame of mind to watch something like this!

W – World Conquest Zvezda Plot

Don’t know anything about it but the character designs on the poster pretty much sold me!

And that’s it then! Nope, have to nominated some people for this too!

Oh, okay, well who do you nominate? Right, so as always if you’ve already done this or just don’t want to no obligations to do so!
Kingdylbag
TheAnimessenger
DerekL
thebookworkdrinketh

All done then? Indeed! Thanks so much for reading, hope it was illuminating, or interesting, or at the very least not a complete waste of your time!


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13 comments

  1. You had me at Imouto sae Ireba Ii. So little people can appreciate the mature moments of the anime because of the more fun and wild parts that it’s saddening…
    Oreigairu, angel beats and erased are all worth trying. Don’t say I didn’t warn you though, all 3 contain a fair amount of feels…

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  2. House of Leaves actually dissolved my book club lmao. we were all enjoying it but half of us couldn’t keep up because that book is DENSE!! still really good though, even though it took me forever to finish (I was part of the half that couldn’t keep up heh)

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  3. Out of those anime, I’ve seen the entirety of Erased (great aside from the concluding episode), 2 episodes of Angel Beats (it’s since been pulled from my streaming service) and 1 episode of SNAFU (it was alright). I didn’t even get through one episode of Tsugumomo…I think you might like it though.

    I’m a lot more clueless on the books. However, I’m one of those crazies who sometimes reads classic literature for fun (including an online copy of The Metamorphosis, which is why I bring it up) and yet at other times can’t stand it (I had to struggle to get through A Christmas Carol, for instance, even though I made it a goal at the time to read more “classics”). I distinctly recall The Metamorphosis is very short in comparison to a lot of other works, so it shouldn’t hurt to try it…

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    1. “I think you might like it though” haha, I love that I’m already that guy.

      Good to hear The Metamorphosis is short though! Will definitely make it easier to squeeze in between all my harem animes 😛

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  4. *yells yes very loudly*
    *Mom gives weird glance*
    *awkward*
    Finally someone who read Name of The Wind!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH!
    I’ve been waiting for book 3 since FOREVER oh gods! I love that book.

    *calms down*
    I’ve wanted to try Metamorphosis too actually. Nice list CM-san.

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  5. To Love-Ru Darkness – we get nips in that unlike the original

    My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected (or My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) – the romantic isn’t actually too prominent. You should be more on-guard against the rampant cynicism and self-deceiving / unreliable narrator, I guess!

    World Conquest Zvezda Plot – oh, my, those character designs and artstyle is sooooo alluring!!!

    Great lists~

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