I didn’t enjoy Comic Con

Anyone who’s known me for a while will know that I am a relatively frequent attendee at MCM’s London Comic Con and Summer’s Hyper Japan. I’ve been attending Comic Con at least once a year since 2015 and Hyper Japan even longer. Although I wouldn’t call myself a veteran, it would be safe to say that I know what it’s like to be stuck in a building with 50,000 other people, including multiple Deadpools and Hatsune Mikus.

I was actually supposed to post a ‘Con Survival Guide’ I’ve had collecting dust in my notes for a while, but, to be honest, after my experience yesterday, I’m really not in the mood to be recommending anything along these lines.

So, one of the main reasons I go to Comic Con these days is actually for the comics, artists and authors, rather than the fan meets (that have long abandoned, for a few reasons) and, to start with the positives, let’s take a look at the stuff I got.

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A brief update (again)

Just a quick heads up that I’m not posting any time soon. This isn’t because I don’t feel like it (for once), but I have a pretty important university admissions test on the 31st October (ooh, Halloween!)  and I need a bit more practice for it than I originally thought. I have a few interviews almost immediately after too, so I wouldn’t expect new posts at all until maybe Christmas, if not later.

On the topic of the blog, a lot of things have happened to myself and those around me over the last two and a half years and now I’m getting to the point of veering away from my original topic focus (you know, that thing called anime).

I’ll be making a post about this at some point when everything is settled, but I’m be blunt and say that I haven’t actually watched any significant amount of anime in about nearly half a year, aside for the odd episode of something I’ve been recommended, and for the last time, no just because we both like [insert anime I like here], doesn’t mean I’ll love BnHA as much as you do.

2018-10-07 (2)But anyway, I need to get back to figuring out how to draw crazy looking equations on graphs and work out why I keep on getting mechanics questions about pulleys wrong.

(but seriously, how am I supposed to just know how to draw this with just a series of ‘x’s and numbers?)

 

The Hell of UCAS (Applying to Uni in the UK) Part 3: Applying to Uni (UCAS)

-> To read the Part 2 about GCSEs.

-> To read the Part 2 about College & A-Levels

The final part starts down below.

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This is the bit that’s ACTUALLY confusing. At the end of Lower Sixth (or beginning of Upper Sixth), your school will make you set up an account with UCAS, the (arguably) terrible university application system that every university makes you apply through, even though it’s terrible. But first, I’ll explain the other components.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 2: College and A-Levels

So I’m back, as promised, to start talking about the stuff that actually matters when applying to uni.

To read the previous part about GCSEs, click here.

Your last two years of school (should you choose to stay, rather than go into an apprenticeship) are known as College or (for historical reasons) Sixth form; Year 12 (11th grade) being Lower Sixth and Year 13 (12th grade) being Upper Sixth. Most people use these names interchangeably, so I probably will as well. You’ve been warned.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 1: GCSEs

Any of my friends know that I pretty exclusively complain about Maths and Physics work like they’re the only things I do with myself. Well, with the exception of Chemistry, that is all I do at school.

Most of my foreign friends seem to be slightly confused by the fact that I only do four subjects (Maths, Futher Maths, Physics and Chemisty) and they get even more confused when I say that two of my subjects are Maths. I mean, I don’t even like numbers that much…

The UK education systems (there’s more than one. don’t ask) are a bit of a mess, but as I start my final year at school, I thought I’d have a go at explaining at least the parts that I have to deal with while procrastinating on my personal statement.

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5 Things You Should Do in Kansai!

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that (quite a while ago now…) I was in the Kansai area for a school trip, of sorts.

Kansai? Isn’t that that weird accent villains in Japanese kids’ shows speak in? Yes, you are (partially) correct when you say that. The accent itself is named after the region in Japan. For context, that region is the south/west side of the country’s main island with major cities including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Unfortunately this place tends to get overlooked because, quite simply, it’s not Tokyo.

It’s a bit of a shame really, because there really are some gems in this part of the country. Missing it out is like visiting the UK but refusing to go anywhere other than Zone 1 on the London tube map.

I decided to make this list when a friend of mine said that she said she didn’t want to come because she had more interest in going to “places around Tokyo” like Akihabara, “that cool medieval castle” and “that golden shrine” *sigh*…I’ll just start the list.

So, in no particular order…

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Netflix’s Insatiable Made Me Angry (rant)

I’m not one to be easily offended by every other thing, so I wasn’t particularly bothered by the hate people had been giving a new Netflix trailer.

A great gal called Divya G happened to talk about it on YouTube and even decided to do a reaction video to the first episode. When I saw it in my subscription feed, I thought “Huh. Maybe it’s worth watching first episode before I watch her video.”

Let me tell you now that I didn’t even last for half the episode but boy, oh boy, did what I saw make me angry enough to rant…

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