How I Keep Track of My Manga Collection

I have… quite a lot of manga. When at the shops I’m always scared about doubling up so I recently started up an Excel sheet to keep track of my manga.

And it’s been working well! It’s helpful especially to see what I may have already ordered and am waiting on, and my boyfriend can easily tell me which ones I should avoid buying (due to someone getting them as a present for me).

The manga that I’m reading as I collect the volumes as they come out include:

Black Torch – which I really like so far! I love the main character and his dynamic with the mononoke he’s tied with. They’re funny, prettyily drawn and I love a good action and fantasy story!

Jujutsu Kaisen – obviously.

Fire Punch – honestly I started this manga just because the covers are really pretty.

The Witch and the Beast – I randomly found this one and it’s a hidden gem! The art is beautiful and the story world and characters are super interesting. My only wish was that it got to be longer.

Blue Period – I started this manga around the same time the anime started which works well to keep myself engaged.

My Hero Academia – again, obviously.

The Way of the Househusband – the best ex-yakuza househusband and wife combo.

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Anime Tattoos and My Squeamishness

I’ve talked on my blog before about how I think tattoos are super cool, but I’m terrified to get any. Recently though, there have been many tattoos added to my list of ones I like and I thought I’d share them!

Manga Tattoo Ideas

I really like the above Nishinoya and Maki panels! They’re such powerful moments from the two of them and the poses and art is beautiful.

Small Tattoo Ideas

I’ve seen a few people with Aizawa’s goggles as tattoos, and they’re a nice small tattoo! I also just like Organisation XIII from Kingdom Hearts and think these two designs would be cute small designs.

Sword Tattoo Ideas

Having swords surrounded by flowers going down them is so pretty! It makes for good customisation options too.

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Would You Rather? Demon Slayer

Would you rather:
Be a Breath of the Beast user?
OR
Be a Breath of the Mist user?

Would you rather:
Have your sword made by Hotaru Haganezuka?
OR
Have a different type of weapon (like how Gyomei Himejima uses a spiked flail and axe)?

Would you rather:
Become a Demon?
OR
Become a Hashira?

Would you rather:
Be trained by Shinobu?
OR
Be trained by Urokodaki?

Would you rather:
Have Giyu’s crow?
OR
Have Zenitsu’s bird?

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My Nendoroid Wishlist

Nendoroids are so cute, but so expensive. Because of this I currently don’t own any. I did pre-order the winter costume Bakugou nendoroid though because I adore his design! I’m so excited about him arriving next year.

I named this post ‘My Nendoroid Wishlist’ but it’s more of a collection of some of my favourites that I’ve seen.

With this in mind, let’s start!

The Sabito figure looks so good. The details are beautiful and his mask and shirt looks amazing. Shinobu’s butterfly cloak flowing is so beautiful! Giyu with his crow is so cute and his outfit is so good – it contrasts against his hair colour and style well.

Look! The Itadori figure has his Cursed Energy/Black First! Megumi has his black dog shikigami! How cute! Nobara has her hammer! She looks great!

This Dabi figure does his piercings very well (this is something a lot of other figures I see lack). His hair looks so good too, and the blue fire’s structure is quite cool!

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5 Facts to Know About Demon Slayer

1. Demon Slayer began its run on 15th February 2016. It finished on 18th May 2020 and has 23 volumes total.

2. The author of Demon Slayer’s name is Koyoharu Gotouge. At the age of 24 she participated in the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013 with her work Kagarigari (a demon slaying one shot).

3. The worldwide box office total for Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was over US$500 million, making it the highest grossing film of 2020.

4. The direct translation of the title from Japanese to English is closer to ‘blade that slays demons’ than ‘demon slayer.’ The direct translation focuses upon ‘blade’ rather than a ‘slayer.’

5. In February 2021, Gotouge commented that her next project will be a science fiction romantic comedy.

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My Acrylic Stands!

I have some acrylic stands that I love a lot.

I have:
A cute Giyu and Tanjiro with their swords.
A Megumi and Itadori/Sukuna stand.
A lovely Aizawa acrylic (he was a gift given to me and he’s honestly probably my favourite one).
A Bakugou one (badly photographed by me hahah).
A Shinobu one.
And super cute Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Insouke stands I display as a set (they each are also meant to have an additional little piece that has their name on it in front of their character on the stand but I liked their look without it. Don’t worry though, I’ve kept the pieces in case I change my mind later on!)

Do you have acrylic stands? Any favourites or ones that you want to get?

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Why is Nezuko Different from Other Demons?

*Manga spoilers ahead for chapter 126 onwards*

Nezuko is called ‘The Chosen Demon’ because she is able to walk in sunlight. But why is she the only demon to ever exist with an immunity to sunlight?

Well, it’s most likely because of her lineage.

It’s implied throughout the series that Tanjiro and his family are connected to the first Breath of the Sun user, who is also the first ever breath user. They all wear the same earrings, have a similar scar on their forehead and look similar. Plus, someone like Tanjiro with ‘red hair’ with ‘red eyes’ is said to be a ‘child of brightness’ and this is something considered lucky in families that work in fire, and are consistent traits with those who previously had potential to be a Breath of the Sun user.  Because of this connection Nezuko might have a special bodily constitution that allows her to walk in the sun.

However, Nezuko has been burned before by the sun. Why did she only develop this ability as the manga progressed?

Perhaps the reason she can withstand sunlight then is because she protects humans instead of eating them. She got burned in the sun to save Tanjiro, and this act of selflessness and self-sacrifice for her brother is something that has never occurred in another demon – so she might have gained this ability.

Or maybe it’s because she is the only demon to never have consumed human flesh or blood and instead sleeps to restore energy. This would mean that all demons can withstand sunlight, but because of their desire for human flesh and blood they can’t. (How ironic this would be for Muzan.)

Nezuko could be the only demon to not consume human flesh or blood because she is the only known demon who didn’t have a tragic past. Nezuko’s trauma of her family dying occurred when she was turned into a demon, while other demons had something in their past like illness or abusive parents that influenced why Muzan took advantage of them. This difference could be why she maintained human emotions, why she was able to be influenced by Urokodaki during her 2 years of sleep to protect humans, and why could sleep instead of eating humans. Leading to her gaining the ability to walk in the sun.

Does anyone have any of their own theories as to why Nezuko can withstand sunlight? What theory makes the most sense to you?

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I’d Love to Have Anime Cartilage Earrings

I have four helix piercings and I just think it’d be neat if there was more earrings for cartilage piercings. Imagine a Demon Slayer industrial that’s a replica of Tanjiro’s sword, a MHA triple forward helix that has symbols for Deku, Bakugou and Todoroki, a Naruto tragus that is a sharigan.

I would assume the main reason why cartilage earrings for anime don’t really exist is because you want to wear higher quality metals in these piercings, which can be hard to do for small businesses making them.

If anyone has any ideas though on how to make a high quality metal DIY earrings though or knows a place to buy some please let me know!

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The Purpose of Tengen Uzui’s White Headwrap?

The question has plagued my mind ever since I started watching and reading Demon Slayer: why does Tengen Uzui wear a white headwrap?

Throughout the time I’ve been reading through the manga and since finishing season 1 and watching the movie, I’ve been thinking about if there’s a reason why he wears his white headwrap.

*PLEASE BE AWARE THERE’S MANGA SPOILERS AHEAD*

The thoughts had crossed my mind that Tengen is canonically a very handsome character. Perhaps the author wanted him to wear a headwrap to suit his flashiness? But this didn’t seem like the right answer since when he wears his hair down in the series, he received more attention. He receives so many compliments about his appearance when he is dressed in civilian clothes. I thought that maybe then it helps to conceal attention from himself but as a trained shinobi, I think he could conceal himself well with or without one so this doesn’t make much sense to me.

I then thought that maybe just wants his hair out of his way then while fighting? Yet during fights the warp is shown to be not that durable and his hair falls out of it, and he already keeps his ponytail out of it anyway. And after his retirement he wears his hair down so his hair seems to not bother him. I had been thinking that maybe the ponytail didn’t bother him but the headwrap helped him to keep hair out of his face but this also didn’t make sense, since his post-retirement hairstyle has his hair not tied back/up at all and in his corps outfit he wears a large headband with gemstones arranged in a line framing his face – so it must not bother him.

And it is not a mandate for demon slayers to wear one. It is also most likely not a part of his clan’s beliefs, since he doesn’t wear it after he retires so it’s most likely not a sign of marital status or something of the like.

This really just made me wonder if what the purpose of his headwrap is.

I then looked to his character facts sheet and found nothing about his headwrap’s purpose. I did find however that in his preliminary design Tengen wore bandages that covered a lot of his face. It’s hard to tell if the bandages are also his headwrap or separate, but I thought that his initial design could support the idea that he wears them to conceal his identity since that is a typical outfit trait of a shinobi.

But while doing some research I found out that shinobi didn’t necessarily wear headwraps. Although the popular image of a shinobi is someone wearing all black with little to no features visible this idea has been proposed to be something that was rooted in artistic convention rather than evidence. There is little evidence for such attire of shinobis, and it was more common for them to be disguised as civilians (or even merchants or workers). It’s been suggested the black they’re typically seen wearing is to artistically convey their ‘invisibility’ – an idea borrowed from the puppet handlers of burraku theatre, who dressed in total black to try to simulate props moving on their own. It’s most likely that what shinobi used were attire similar to a samurai but with loose garments tucked into their trousers that were secured with belts.

Shinobi are also thought to have worn a tenugui. A tenugui is a piece of cloth with many functions shinbo could make use of such as: covering one’s face, forming a belt or assisting in climbing. These cloths are a thin hand towel made from cotton. They are usually 35 x 90cm in size, plain woven and usually dyed with a pattern on them. They are used in a variety of ways by people such as a washcloth, worn as a headband, placed as decoration, and used to wrap bottles. Tenugui are also used in kendo as a head covering to function as a sweatband and to provide extra padding beneath headgear. (If you’re interested in reading more about tenugui I’d suggest checking out this website: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/tenugui/).

So perhaps Tengen’s headwrap is actually a tenugui that can be used in varied ways if needed for slaying demons, help give him some extra protection and minimise sweat!

Additionally, headwraps are usually worn for a variety of purposes such as protection of the head and/or hair from rain, dirt, wind, cold, warm weathers and more. Wearing one therefore could be helpful to Tengen since the demon slayers seem to travel a lot and they do very physical work. So he could just taking precautions to project things like his scalp and hair.

In conclusion, I do think the reason Tengen wears a white headwrap during his time in the Demon Slayer Corps is because it’s most likely a character design choice made by the author. But theoretically, it could be a tenugui which would help help cover his face, form a belt, assist him to climb, and other activities that are useful for shinbo. It would also help give added protection to his head and/or hair from elements while on missions and even help minimise sweat while demon slaying.

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My Current Manga Wishlist

Although I do read manga online, I vastly prefer reading a physical book. I think I just find it easier to turn pages then scroll through definitely not shady websites. I thought I’d share my current manga wishlist for volumes I might buy if I find them! (Although currently, all of these I believe are either out of stock or not released yet).

Demon Slayer volume 20-23

Jujutsu Kaisen volume 0, 2-4

Dorohedoro volume 7-10

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