This Week's Favs: December 8

We're getting closer to Christmas and I'm still not listening to any holiday tunes or watching any movies with jingle bells in them.

I got my tree up, though, which is enough for me. I guess living in a place where snow only even tries to fall once every five years kinda destroys my Christmas spirit a little. Or maybe it's just because I'm getting older...

This week basically consisted of me playing one song on repeat for a couple days straight, finding an awesome new punk band, and crying (on the inside) because one of my favorite shows of the season is coming to an end.


Shall We Dance - Block B

This was my JAM this week. I'm not even joking when I say that I had it on repeat constantly all day Thursday. While this track got released back at the beginning of November, I only just got around to listening to it now and oh man. It's great. If you're looking for a swaggy, danceable track, this is definitely something to try out. Block B is infamous for their edgier releases and, if the fashion isn't edgy enough, the beat definitely fulfills that description. Give it a listen and get ready to groove.

Shinwa Houkai - Hello Sleepwalkers

Hello Sleepwalkers is a group I was introduced to thanks to one of their songs (Goya no Machiawase) being used as the OP track for the first season of Noragami. Like The Oral Cigarettes, I checked out the rest of their music and quickly fell in love. Hello Sleepwalkers has that harder punk rock vibe that I grew up adoring, so it's a pretty natural fit. Shinwa Houkai is one of my favorite tracks that I've discovered so far, though I still have a lot to listen to from the group. The mixture of the male and female voices and the interesting musical riffs in the back really make listening to it a fresh and amazingly unique experience.


Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Net-jee no Susume)

The last episode of this show's first season just came out this week and it's taking all my energy not to be super sad. This turned out to be one of my favorite animes this season. I was always itching for the next episode. The characters are just all so relatable and realistic, going through common troubles and figuring things out as they go. I think the best part, though, is that, unlike most animes, the main characters are actually adults. They're in their late 20s and early 30s, which is really refreshing and honestly a lot easier for me to relate to now than high schoolers are. Overal, it's a cute slice-of-life show that's been a joy to watch.


Found lots of cool art this week, but these three were definitely my favorites. There's a great scene of a group of Cheepchis, which are basically like the chickens of the Battle Chef Brigade world, a reimagining of Tweek and Craig from South Park if they were grown up and in the military, and a fantastic shot of the three main characters of The Adventure Zone's Commitment arc. As always, click the images to see the artists' original posts.