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Legend of Zelda: Sin of Sheikari “Prologue”

When evil ruled all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm would call those destined to be Sages, who dwelled in the five temples.

Long esteemed as attendants of the royal family of Hyrule, the Sheikah spoke of many ancient legends. They were an old, secretive people, their crimson eyes and gray hair denoting their heritage and wisdom. It was no surprise then that Impa had foreseen Ganondorf’s attack on the castle and spirited Zelda away to a remote hideout, an abandoned village on the outskirts of Hyrule. The knights, noble and steadfast as they were, wouldn’t be enough.

Perhaps Impa knew there was little of chance of the royal family’s survival without the Ocarina of Time, the key to opening the Door of Time that led to the Sacred Realm. Zelda had given the ocarina to the boy from the forest, a parting gift for his journey to another realm.

He was to return one day, a champion ready to save Hyrule from the King of Evil. The awakening call would summon the Sages, who would lend their power to the Hero of Time and fell Ganon once and for all. Hyrule deserved that peace. Zelda’s prophecies had shown her as much.

Seven years later, there had been no awakening call, just as there had been no Hero of Time.

Zelda etched the fact into her mind as she slipped into her tights. She carefully wrapped her chest and torso, binding it so that she could move more freely in combat. She looked down at her hands, noticing that less than half of her fingers were wrapped in bandages now. Her training was going a lot better, though Impa constantly reminded her she had much to learn if she wanted to survive a fight against a trained Sheikah warrior.

She sighed, allowing the breeze to sweep her hair across her face. It still smelled faintly of wood and fire, something she’d never grow used to. Princesses didn’t wear bandages on their fingers. They didn’t jump from trees or collect bruises from sparring matches with their caretaker.

Yes, it was true she wouldn’t survive a fight with a Sheikah warrior. Her destiny was to lead the Sages in battle, after all, but that was before the Hero’s disappearance. She wasn’t just a princess now, and she’d have to be resourceful, using every single skill at her disposal. To defeat her adversary, she’d only have her magic, the techniques Impa had taught her, and her cunning.

It would all have to be enough.

She plaited her hair into a tight braid, tucking it into her hood before wrapping her head in an enchanted cloth designed to disguise her appearance. To everyone else, she’d have red eyes and a masculine physique, resembling a trained Sheikah warrior. They’d hardly suspect she was anything close to royalty, and she needed that advantage. Yes, the people of Hyrule would need to know she was still alive, but not yet. She couldn’t be recognized until the time was right.  

Ganondorf would be the first to see her face before she destroyed him forever.

She paused before clenching her fists as the memory flashed in her mind. Her father, King Arwulf Ramuleese Hyrule, prepared to banish Ganondorf from the realm. The royal guards surrounded him, each with a spear pointed at his throat, but the dark wizard merely smiled, as if it was an amusing inconvenience.

“You may banish me today, but I will return for my throne.”

There was such malice and arrogance in his voice, as if he was confident no one in the room could defeat him. The guards inched their spears closer, the tips now prodding against his green skin. Still, his gaze didn’t break, eyes the color of gold and filled with hatred. A young Zelda shivered as she ducked behind her father’s throne. The king grunted before speaking.

“You will have nothing, and you will be nothing.”

Ganondorf chuckled, as if completely unaware of the spears ready to end his life in mere seconds. “I have as much of a claim to this kingdom as you do.”

The guards scoffed in unison, instantly offended by the madman’s words. How could such an evil man dare to say such a thing? What claim could someone who wanted the Triforce for nefarious deeds have for Hyrule? He couldn’t be serious! The king rose to his feet, staring down at Ganondorf with nothing short of disgust.  

“A vile creature like you could never rule Hyrule!” he hissed through gritted teeth. “You would only bring the Goddess’ chosen land to ruin!”

Ganondorf’s hateful glare softened into a confident smirk, but he remained completely still. “Chosen land, you say? Would that include the Shadow Temple?”

The king scoffed, shaking his head in disbelief. Zelda scrunched up her nose, also confused. She’d heard of the Shadow Temple. Impa told her the Sheikah guarded it, and the Sheikah were protectors of the royal family. Of course the temple was part of Hyrule! What was this crazed warlock going on about?

“What madness are you speaking of?” asked the king.

Ganondorf sighed, closing his eyes. For a few moments, he said nothing, and the room went completely silent. It was an unsettling quiet, so unordinary Zelda thought she could hear Ganondorf breathing from across the room. He finally opened his eyes, seemingly satisfied with whatever conclusion he’d needed time to work out.

“I have been accused of many things today,” he spread out his arms, once again ignoring the spears as he gestured around the room, “but I am not mad. I wished to form an alliance between you and my people, yet you draw your swords against me. The Gerudo deserve a place in this kingdom just as the Gorons, Zoras, and others have established.”

The king slammed his fist against the arm of his throne. “You and the Gerudo deserve nothing! None of you pledged yourselves to the Golden Goddesses, the creators of this land! You worship the sand goddess and live as thieves and cutthroats.”

Thievery,” Ganondorf smiled as if the word tasted sweet. “You know much about thievery, don’t you? Yet, between the two of us, you are a much bigger thief, my king.”

The king roared, startling Zelda, who gasped much louder than she intended. Ganondorf met her gaze, those shining golden eyes burying into her. Pulling her in. Inviting her to breathe in his miasma and rage. No! She darted out of view behind her father’s throne, still able to see him but certain the guards were going to end the dark wizard right there, but Ganondorf raised his hands, signaling he meant no harm.

“I will depart from this place,” he said, “but I will also leave behind a sentiment. Light will always cast a shadow, Your Majesty. They are both eternal, and you would do well to remember the shadows.”

Zelda loosened the grip on her kodachi, sighing in frustration. She’d always suspected Ganondorf to be up to something, but it wasn’t until the boy from the forest, Link, had warned her that she built up the courage to alert the kingdom. Courage. Was that was she was missing now?

Link spoke about a different time, a tangent where Ganondorf succeeded in entering the Sacred Realm and becoming the owner of the Triforce of Power. Link wielded the Triforce of Courage, while Zelda wielded the Triforce of Wisdom. With the Sacred Realm turned into a place of darkness, new Sages awakened across the land. Zelda became the leader of those Sages and sealed Ganondorf away forever once Link defeated him. It was why Zelda had to defeat him now before he found another way into the Sacred Realm.

Because the Hero of Time was not going to save them.

Zelda gave Link the Ocarina of Time to aid him in his journey to find his friend, urging him to call upon the Goddess of Time should he face any trouble. She’d hoped he would soon return from where he’d ventured off to, but seven years had passed since then. She couldn’t hope anymore. She had to act.

She had to awaken the Sages herself.

“Seems like you’re going after all.”

Zelda didn’t turn to face Impa, knowing she’d been watching for quite some time. Instead, she continued to equip herself with everything she needed as her guardian observed.

“Hyrule can still be saved.”

She heard Impa sigh and knew she was shaking her head. She’d done it so many times since Zelda mentioned her plan to awaken the Ancient Sages.

“Will they even fight alongside you?” Impa asked. “You said yourself their slumber is meant to be eternal. If the Sacred Realm becomes endangered, then new Sages will be awakened.”

“There will be no Hero in this timeline.”

“You don’t know that.”

Zelda paused, clenching her fists again. It was the same argument time and time again. It had been this way for months now. How long did Impa intend for them to wait? Seven more years? A hundred? No. She had to set off now. She could no longer delay.

“Hyrule has been a realm of darkness for seven long years, and Link never returned,” she said. “I know that I have the power to stop Ganondorf, even if I can’t wield the Master Sword. I will not give up on my people, my father, my legacy.”

“No one said you were giving up,” said Impa, “but you must remember this: when something doesn’t want to be awakened, it’s best to leave it be. There’s a reason the Ancient Sages chose eternal slumber.”

“They were privileged enough to make that choice. I am not.”

Zelda reached for the Goddess Harp, gifted to her by her late mother, and began strumming it. Each note echoed as if being stretched across unfathomable distances. As beautiful, haunting notes filled the air around them, tendrils of green light erupted from the ground, swirling around her like leaves caught in a shifting autumn breeze.

“I will find the Ancient Sages,” Zelda’s voice echoed as the green light tendrils encircled her, obscuring her from view. “One in a deep forest. One on a high mountain. One under a vast lake. One within the house of the dead. One inside a goddess of sand.”

“Fine,” Impa’s voice stayed calm and patient, even in the face of Zelda’s defiance. “It’s clear I won’t convince you, but I have warned you, Zelda.”

“From this moment on, I am Sheik,” Zelda corrected Impa as her feet left the ground. “I will not reveal my identity until I confront Ganondorf.”

“Sheik,” Impa repeated the name. “A member of the Sheikah clan awakening the Ancient Sages. You’re certainly going to catch Ganondorf’s attention.”

Zelda turned to face Impa as she began to finally vanish.

“And when he falls to his knees before me, I will have caught so much more.”

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No Dates? Here’s Why No One Seems to Want You

No Dates

No dates this week, huh?

It can be lonely being single, but why is it so hard to find a date? You’re not that bad looking, you have a great personality, and you’re really nice! So what’s the problem? Well, maybe it’s because no one wants to date someone who doesn’t want them back. Or something. If this sounds like you, then read on for some tips on how to change your dating life around.

It Really IS Them, Not You

Remember, it’s not really about you. They want to date someone who makes them feel good, and not the other way around. If your self-worth is based on whether or not people like you, then no wonder why it’s so hard for you to find love! You must first learn how to love yourself before learning how to share that love with others.

You need to be as attractive on the inside as you are on the outside. Your character needs to shine through in everything that you do, from your appearance and hygiene all the way down to how well-mannered you are when speaking with someone else. Make people want what they can’t have by being an awesome person!

Sometimes, We Intimidate Others

You can’t change your physical appearance much, but you could try being more approachable. Be open to talking with people and smile! You don’t have to go up to everyone in a crowded room or at the supermarket (unless that’s something that makes you comfortable), but if someone seems like friendly company then give them a chance!

If you have already made changes to your life, then share how it’s working for you. People are always more likely to listen if they can see that it works!

It’s Tough Until It Gets Better

Being single sucks, right? Having no dates this weekend AGAIN sucks! It’s not just the fact that you can’t go out on a Friday night and enjoy yourself without getting weird looks from people who think you should be in bed alone scrolling through Netflix (although it does suck to miss out on all of those pizza deals).

And don’t get me started about how much time is wasted when your friends are talking about their relationships or family drama – do they even care if you’re there at this point? But why am I complaining so much? Well because being single sucks! did I mention it sucks? What can we do to make it easier for each other to find dates?! Share below what’s stopping YOU from dating someone awesome. Like myself. Wink 😉

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7 Tinder Pickup Lines You Need to Stop Using NOW

Tinder Pickup Lines to Avoid Using

Tinder is a great app for meeting new people. It’s also the worst dating app out there, and Tinder pickup lines suck!

We all know that no one wants to be rejected, but these pickup lines are just plain rude! Check out this list of the most ridiculous things ever said on Tinder and make sure you never use these lines.

“If you were Google, I’d type “What is your best feature?” in the search bar and press enter.”

Ew! Why would anyone say that? That’s just plain creepy! And it doesn’t even make sense to boot. Don’t use this line on anyone ever again…or at all for that matter. It’s absolutely disgusting!

“Can we get married right now? We can plan the wedding later if you want ¯_(ツ)_/¯ ¯_(ツ)_/¯”

This isn’t cute or romantic by any means; it’s actually really dumb and will probably leave them confused AF.

“Do you have any raisins? No. Then how about a date? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Raisins are gross, so this line is pretty awful too! It’s not funny or cute and will most likely get them to unsmile at best…or block your sorry butt at worst. Don’t use it ever again!

“I want to be the reason you scream “No” tonight.”

This is just plain creepy and will probably make them feel super uncomfortable, if not downright scared!

“Can I see a picture of your feet? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

No one wants their feet shown on Tinder unless they’re in some sort of pedicure ad or something like that…so don’t ask for it because you’ll look stupid and get blocked by everyone who sees this message. It’s also pretty gross since we all know what people do with their feet sometimes (ick). Just leave them out of your messages altogether; most people don’t like talking about them anyway!

“I want to kiss you like the alphabet starts with “K”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

If this is your idea of a joke, it’s not funny or cute. It also doesn’t make sense and will probably leave them wondering how exactly you plan on kissing them that way. Don’t use it again!

“Do you have a bandaid?”

No…why would I need one though? This line makes no sense at all and won’t get you anywhere. In fact, you might get blocked immediately after they read your ridiculous pickup line! Just don’t ask for a bandaid if there isn’t already blood involved!

It’s Tough Out There

Dating is hard, and it’s even harder when you’re looking on Tinder, the worst dating app out there (in my opinion). You can’t always trust what people say, and they might not be who they seem. What are some of your worst experiences with Tinder pickup lines? Let’s share them below!

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Pink Sweat$ “Pink Planet” Album Review

Pink Planet offers listeners one safety net after the other. It’s hard to get angry listening to this album. Thankfully, it manages to charm way more than it offends, though its length may be a turnoff for casual listeners.

Pink Sweat$ (real name David Bowden) harnesses a unique superpower: kindness. From the onset of hearing his lyrics, we know what he’s about. There’s no unnecessary mystique or pontification. He’s a regular guy who wants people to be happy. It’s refreshing and completely needed in today’s musical landscape.

The Review

“Pink City” opens up the album with classic Gospel leanings a la organs and echoing background choirs. It’s an inspiring number with lyrics, “Yeah, it’s hard in the city. Where I’m from, mm. Tryna live, gotta make it. Make it out of the slum.”

“Heaven” is guaranteed to turn even the hardest grimace into a smile with its sugar-coated honesty. One of the standout tracks, Bowden soars when given traditional R&B production. Lyrics include, “It’s more than a thrill. I’m following what’s real. And don’t get mad when they don’t understand.”

Now to my favorite track from the album. Don’t be surprised if you hear me make a cover of “Paradise.” Pink Sweat$ shows he’s versatile when it comes to different musical styles. The acoustic track breezes through all the right places, and I still find myself pressing repeat on it constantly.

Notable lyrics include, “We fell apart too many times, yeah. But we always land back hеre some way, somehow. Whеn I close my eyes, I’m feelin’ so divine. It’s like paradise, paradise.”

“Magic” feels like “Heaven Part 2.” There’s nothing new or remarkable about it. Yes, it continues the album’s central theme, but it doesn’t feel…necessary?

Notable lyrics include, “And I don’t know what you did. But every time we touch, it feels like magic. It’s like magic, oh. I don’t know where we’re goin’. But every time, a cold sweat when we’re right here. When we’re right here, oh.”

We get just a wee bit naughty with “So Sweet” and its groovy guitar and lyrics, “Lay your head upon my shoulder, yeah. And tell mе all about your dreams. Don’t want no space between еach other. I wanna feel you all over me, yeah.”

My goodness! We’re already at third base, Bowden? Slow it down, my love! Otherwise, it’s another short but ultimately inoffensive track. I forgot it as quickly as I heard it.

“Chains” is probably my least favorite song, if only for its lyrics. Otherwise, I adore the melody and stripped back production. Still, I just can’t get behind these lyrics, “‘Cause baby, I’m a slave for you (Yeah, ayy). You got me wrapped up in your chains (Yeah).”

Yeah, you lost me there, buddy.

By the time we make it past the “Interlude,” the album starts to become a blur. “Beautiful Life” and “PINK MONEY” felt like the exact same song, and by the time “At My Worst” arrived I was struggling against a wave of sugar-induced nausea. Still, it’s probably the most quintessential Pink Sweat$ song on the album, so it makes sense.

The rest of the album offers more of the same, a standout being “Not Alright,” a The Weeknd-flavored banger that arrives too late. “Honesty” brings Pink Planet to a fully-realized nap, and I honestly feel conflicted on whether or not that’s a good thing.

Final Thoughts

Pink Planet’s mission is to delight and charm, and it accomplishes both in its first half. With a shorter track list, more variety in lyricism and production, and songs long enough to make a lasting impression, this could have been a much more solid debut.

Nevertheless, it leaves plenty of room to grow, and Pink Sweat$ showcases that he’s fully capable of personal and artistic growth. You don’t need to hear every song on this album to enjoy it, but I do recommend a listen.

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What did you think of the album? Sound off below!

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Is It Brutal Honesty or Just Brutal?

We view brutal honesty as the ultimate honesty.

We tell our loved ones we’re “keeping it real” before we proceed to eviscerate their life choices. Then, they get defensive and rail back on us for hurt feelings. We, in turn, claim we’re just “calling it like we see it.”

But is it all even necessary?

At what point does brutal honesty become just brutality? Are we lying to ourselves about what it means to honest with others? I have a few points to consider.

Are Your Beliefs the Absolute Truth?

It’s important to distinguish fact from opinion. Just because you believe something to be true, it doesn’t mean it’s reality. Let’s consider the phrase, “I just tell it like it is.” Exactly what is it? Think about what you believe the person’s problem is versus what they’ve actually told you.

For instance, I had an interaction with a friend recently. I told them I was having a bad day. They proceeded to say “Quit complaining and do something about your life. I don’t want to hear you moan and groan anymore until you do!”

I was actually at a point in my life where things were going exceptionally well. Most of my days went swimmingly. That particular day wasn’t going great. So, where did my friend get everything else from?

Turns out, they were basing their opinion on events that happened to me several years ago. They remembered when I was at a low point in my life and for some reason hadn’t caught up since. That goes back to belief versus facts. The fact was me saying I had a bad day. The belief was my friend thinking my life was in shambles and in need of fixing.

See the difference?

Are You Helping or Hurting?

Brutal honesty usually comes across as negative. I’ve personally never heard someone say, “I’m gonna be brutally honest with you. You’re an amazing, talented person.” Instead, I’ve heard, “I’m going to tell you something you might not like…” followed by an unnecessarily harsh monologue.

Think about it. Is negativity towards someone designed to help? Doesn’t positive reinforcement work better than tearing someone down just to “toughen them up?”

Is your intent to truly help someone or simply get something off your chest? How you say something is just as important as what you say. Do you ever offer praise or encouragement? If honesty is the goal, shouldn’t those aspects also be a focus?

Consider the Relationship Dynamic

Too often, brutal honesty occurs in a relationship that is unequal (or perceived that way). A high-level exec at a company may berate a lower-level employee. Afterwards, that exec might “flower it up” by calling it tough love. However, if the tables were turned, would this be acceptable? Probably not.

If a person perceives themselves to have it “more together” than someone else, they’ll usually feel comfortable giving that person advice. However, would the person who has it “together” be okay with the other person administering tough love? Probably not.

Butal honesty too often gets rooted in a need to feel superior while belittling others. Consider how you’d feel if someone you perceived to be “less than” gave you the same advice you give others.

Why Do You Need to be Unkind?

We live in the age of social media and its perceived cancel culture. Naturally there will be those who resist what they feel is censorship. In a time where facts often get discarded in favor of opinions, we also misconstrue what counts as honesty.

Truth doesn’t have to be unkind. It doesn’t have to hurt or demolish. So, why do some of us gravitate towards the brutality of it? The world is filled with cruel words, especially on social media. We, in turn, believe that we’re helping others by feeding into that negativity by giving our unfiltered opinions.

Except, it doesn’t have to work that way, especially with people we care about. Being able to tell the truth without hurting is a sign of emotional maturity and empathy. People have feelings, and they’re allowed to protect them.

How Do We Gain Emotional Maturity?

It starts with a sense of self. In my book, Life After Low Self-Esteem, I talk about the many methods I used to overcome self-doubt and low emotional intelligence. The good news? Anyone can overcome any of the items mentioned. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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Joyce Wrice “Overgrown” Album Review

Nostalgia continues to overpower us. Overgrown, Joyce Wrice’s debut album, clearly establishes that. Refreshingly, Overgrown consistently succeeds in exploring a theme of maturity.

Interestingly, YouTube introduced me to Joyce Wrice by chance. I wanted to find new indie R&B acts, and she was the first one I stumbled upon. “Ain’t No Need” quickly became a morning staple before work.

So now we arrive at Overgrown, an album determined to transport R&B back to its basics. I’m not mad at it. I’ll be the first to admit R&B needs to be rescued from creative bankruptcy. Joyce deserves props for taking a traditional approach amidst the Trap&B movement.

The Review

“Chandler” opens up with sweeping violins and jazzy background vocal stylings. It’s an opener I’d expect from 2000s staples like Mya, Tamia, and so much more. “Chandler” has a clear goal: transportation. It drops us into a realm meant to be filled with overture. R&B’s sparse production as of late makes it an immediate standout.

“Falling in Love” continues this idea, propelling us with a slick, video game aesthetic. Featured singer Lucky Daye’s vocals blend with Joyce’s beautifully. The lyrics, “If I’m willin’ to give you all of me. I don’t wanna stay somewhere that I’m not wanted” resonate. They further establish the album’s central theme.

The single “On One” arrives just in time for those mandatory summer evening cruises with friends (or solo). It also sets up an interesting narrative. Lyrics, “We be going back and forth. Acting like you so unsure. But everytime you’re here, it’s like I’m all yours” showcase the fragility and uncertainty that come with love.

Freddie Gibbs offers a classic “2000s featured rapper” vibe. I can’t hate on it, though. It doesn’t really take away from the song, or maybe I’m just desensitized to it by now.

“Losing” is perhaps my favorite track on the album based on its lyrics alone. “I’m loving the idea of you in my head. But that’s not the real you, you could do so much better. Now that I know the real you, I could do so much better.”

Yes ma’am! *Snaps fingers*

“You” acts as a sort of jazzy refrain to “Losing.” I’m a sucker for slowed-down, jazzy production, and this hits all the right spots. It’s criminally short, serving as a sort of interlude, but it offers just enough to still satisfy.

“Addicted” feels like typical Soundcloud fare honestly. However, the track serves to showcase Joyce’s sonic diversity. The lyrics continue the theme of “I know I should do better, but…” which I giggled at. Still, it was mostly enjoyable.

“I know by now I should be better. If I’m speaking truthfully. And honestly, I’m feelin’ kinda lonely. And I had you on my mind like a million times now.”

“Must Be Nice” sounds like it was pulled straight out of the year 2005 and remixed for today. I could have sworn I heard LeToya Luckett make something similar. That’s not a dig by any means! Masego’s vocals massage the track with lyrics like, “If we take time off, we’ll never rebuild, yeah. We cannot construct with different people, no.”

“Think About You” mostly fills up space and isn’t too memorable to me. Even the lyrics, “Take me outta my head. ‘Cause I know love. And it ain’t there. You make me feel it where my heart is,” don’t offer anything substantial. However, it’s a microscopic misstep, and I’d rather stumble in a similar fashion if I had to. The production still slaps, if nothing else.

Then we get to “So So Sick,” arguably the best track on the album. Featuring a slick, jazzy “They Don’t Know” by Jon B sample, this is Joyce Wrice at her best. Memorable lyrics include, “But when I move on and find somebody new. Give ’em all the love that you could’ve had. Had to cut you off, now you got it bad. Now you so sick, I’m with somebody new.” It serves us an updated “I Bet” by Ciara, and I love it!

“That’s On You” slows everything down as we reach the credits. Featuring a mix of Japanese and English lyrics, it’s a great song (among many) to chill and vibe out to. And as someone who’s over the “vibe music” that’s not to be taken lightly.

Finally, we reach “Overgrown,” the title track. A soft, piano-driven ballad, it serves as an understated culmination of the overarching themes of the album: growth & maturity. I was impressed with lyrics, “You will be scared, unprepared sometimes. And don’t you choose to lose your faith. You are loved, you are enough.”

Final Thoughts

Overgrown triumphs as a debut album, a departure from most R&B projects that focus on crushes and heartbreak. Joyce Wrice wants to establish boundaries and expectations from the start. It’s like we’re getting a do-over of the 2000s with all the mistakes we made back then in the back of our mind. I definitely recommend a listen.

Listen to the full project below:

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“The Ancient Magus’ Bride” Returning With New Anime

Time to get swept up by the Elias/Chise romance all over again! The Ancient Magus Bride returns to our screens September 10th.

According to the manga’s official website, we can expect an original anime disc (OAD) concerning the release. The site dubs the feature a “witch daughter-in-law” original animation trilogy. So, expect it to be in 3 parts!

The OAD will be included with the limited editions of the 16th, 17th, and 18th volumes of the manga.

The OAD’s lengthy title reads Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Nishi no Shōnen to Seiran no Kishi (The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy From the West and the Knight of the Mountain Haze). Modern anime titles love making us read, don’t they?

The Ancient Magus’ Bride received widespread acclaim for its visual presentation as well as story-telling. As of writing, it holds a near-perfect score on Crunchyroll and an 8/10 cumulative score on My Anime List.

Will you be tuning in on September 10th? Which character are you most excited about seeing again? Sound off below!

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“Seven Deadly Sins” Movie Premieres July 2nd

It’s coming! The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light (Nanatsu no Taizai: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi) premieres July 2nd.

However, that’s not all. According to a teaser released from the official website, it’s time to say goodbye to the anime. A new poster released reads, “Farewell, Seven Deadly Sins.”

Original manga author Nakaba Suzuki penned the storyline for the Cursed by Light, which features an all-new story following the events of The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement.

Fans will recall Dragon’s Judgement adapts the New Holy War arc of the manga. The arc sees Elizabeth and the gang racing against time to prevent Meliodas from becoming the new demon king.

Dragon’s Judgement suffered a 3-month delay due to COVID-19, premiering January 6th instead of October 2020. Still, it looks like Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light won’t have any issues. July will be here before we know it!

Are you excited about the new film? Sound off below!

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“The Devil is a Part-Timer!” Returning With Second Season

It’s official! After nearly 8 years, The Devil is a Part-Timer! will return with a second season. It certainly took them long enough. Sheesh!

This includes the main Japanese cast, though if you’re like me you watched the dub on Netflix. No word yet on the English cast returning.

The announcement came yesterday at the “Kadokawa Light Novel Expo” event.

Check out the cast list:

For those needing a refresher after the nearly-decade long wait, the synopsis reads:

“After being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe… only to land plop in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo!

Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution.

And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!”

Excited to see the return of Satan and friends? Who’s your favorite character? Sound off below!

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What to Expect from Your First Therapy Session

Any therapy session can seem daunting. Opening up to a stranger feels like a monumental task, or even downright impossible. So, having a few misgivings about the first session is normal.

Still, your first therapy session doesn’t have to be frightening. In fact, with a little prep work, you can expect a positive experience. Let’s go over what to expect and how you can ready yourself beforehand.

How to Prepare

How do you prepare for a therapy session? The answer varies for everyone. We all have have different needs and expectations.

It helps to start by identifying your emotions. What are you feeling right now? Do you have any concerns about therapy? What do you feel consistently troubles you?

You don’t have to just focus on what’s “wrong.” Think about a goal you want to accomplish after you start therapy. Where do you want to be after, say, 5 sessions?

Keep a running list and read that list out loud to yourself. Tuck it away somewhere safe for you to reference later. You’ll be needing it.

Honesty & Establishing Needs

Here’s the thing. Therapy doesn’t work without honesty. And therapy is something that you’re going to have to work at. Many people hold onto the misconception that simply attending sessions leads to improvement.

I wish I could say it was that simple. Unfortunately, it’s not. There may be times where you have to dig up some uncomfortable stuff. And it will feel EXHAUSTING. That’s part of the process.

That’s why it’s important to communicate and establish boundaries with your therapist. Express what your triggers are as soon as possible. Your therapist will work to ensure you feel comfortable enough to open up to them.

What Questions Should I Ask?

It’s expected you’ll be curious as well as cautious. In fact, any therapist worth their salt expects plenty of questions and concerns.

You may hear words or phrases you don’t quite understand. Ask for clarity and don’t be afraid to speak up. Your therapist wants to help you. You shouldn’t feel intimidated or ignored.

Refer to the list I mentioned earlier and bring it with you if you’re worried you’ll forget any concerns you might have.

What Happens After Your Therapy Session?

Hard part’s over right? You made it through your first session! So, now what?

Now, it’s time to do a mental and emotional check-in. What are you feeling? HOW are you feeling? Identify your thoughts and emotions as clearly as possible.

Consider also how you felt about your therapist. Did you feel a connection? Do you feel like they were listening to your concerns? Not every therapist will be a good match, and that’s okay. You may end up trying out several before you find someone you feel comfortable with.

Develop a Strong Foundation

Many instances of depression or anxiety can be traced back to low self-worth. A positive outlook on life can be achieved through improving self-esteem. My book, Life After Low Self-Esteem, shows how that can be accomplished.

Remember. Therapy isn’t a quick-fix, and it doesn’t have to be terrifying. With preparation and patience, you’ll succeed.