The 10 Best Shojo Anime Couples That Became Canon

Watching shojo anime is my Roman Empire, my raison d'etre. As someone who prefers to be in the audience rather than a participant in romantic relationships, gushing over fictional couples is my way of experiencing love. I’ve been an avid fan who has consumed shojo from the late ‘90s to now. Though it’s had its ups and downs over the years, shojo has been seeing a renaissance recently, which means more couples for me to cheer on. As one does for the fictional characters they love, here are my favorite shojo anime couples who made it official.

The Shojo Renaissance From Fruits Basket to A Sign of Affection

Shojo anime don’t always get the same visibility as shonen, so when studios announced reboots of beloved classics like Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You and long-overdue adaptations of popular shojo manga like A Sign of Affection, shojo fans like myself no longer felt like we were inside an echo chamber. Lately, it feels like the industry is finally acknowledging the demand for women-targeted content. Seeing an influx of shojo anime adapted from newer manga and light novels in the last year has been a treat. We’re already off to a strong start in 2024 with A Sign of Affection and The Demon Prince of Momochi House, so witnessing what’s been dubbed in the community as “The Shojo Renaissance” fills me with excitement for what else may follow after these shows’ success.

Heaven Official’s Blessing and the Popularity of Donghua

I’ve asked some of my friends if they’ve ever seen donghua (Chinese animation) and they usually responded with, “What’s that?” I don’t blame them. Until recently, donghua was considered niche for overseas viewers like myself, especially when you consider that it either wasn’t accessible to English audiences or was only available on YouTube, which you’d have to go down the rabbit hole to even come across.

What You Need to Know for Heaven Official’s Blessing Season 2

After waiting 800 years for any news of the Heaven Official’s Blessing (Tian Guan Cì Fu) Season 2 release date, I’m beyond thrilled to see Xie Lian and Hua Cheng grace my screen again with their ethereal beauty and captivating relationship. Their story is far from over, though it’s been a while since we last saw them in donghua (Chinese animation) form in 2020. So here’s your refresher on the series’ origins, what’s happened so far in the story, where it’ll go in Season 2 and when to expect the episodes to drop.

Why Link Click Cannot Be Missed

I’ve sung praise for donghua (Chinese animation) in the past, but one that sits high on my list of favorites is Link Click (Shi Guang Da Li Ren). I had no idea what I was getting into when I first watched the show. At the time I would put any donghua I had access to on my watchlist. By the time season one wrapped up, I couldn’t wait for season two. While I eagerly wait for its return, here are all the reasons why you should check it out. Who knows, it might be your favorite show too!

15 Essential Romance Anime on Crunchyroll from Horimiya to My Dress-Up Darling

Whether you want to fill in the empty void in your life or need something to make your heart skip a beat, romance anime is there to treat you right. I’m by no means a romance expert, but I have watched my fair share of romance anime. I’m here to give you the rundown on the shows you should watch if it’s your first foray into the genre. Even if you don’t fall in love with all of these recs, you might find yourself smitten with at least one of them!

FEATURE: Top 5 BLUELOCK Moments That Made Our Jaws Drop

Sports anime are on the same level as Shonen anime when it comes to hype. Out of all the simulcasts I’m currently watching, BLUELOCK is the one that gets me excited every week. I haven’t read the manga so I went into the show blind, but as soon as the first episode ended, I knew I was in for a ride. So, as one does for anything they’re hyperfixated on, here are my favorite jaw-dropping moments from the show.

Anime Awards 2023 Category Spotlight: "Must Protect At All Costs" Character

Do you ever look at an anime character and think, I need to protect them no matter what? It’s especially true for the characters nominated under the category “Must Protect at All Costs” because, well, we must protect their smiles at all costs. So if you’re like me and can’t choose one character to take home the trophy, join the Protection Squad and see why these characters will go down in history as the most precious beans in anime!

FEATURE: The Telltale Signs That an Anime Character Is 2 Days From Retirement

Anyone who’s watched anime can probably recognize death flags from a mile away. Whether it’s the mom with a side ponytail or the protagonist getting hit by the isekai truck, these telltale signs make it easier to predict (but not stomach) characters who are about to die. Let’s take a look at some characters whose deaths were inevitable given the clues that their respective shows dropped.

FEATURE: 6 Anime Series That Give off Comfortable Autumn Vibes

Snuggling under blankets with a hot cup of pumpkin spice latte calls for an anime marathon. Not just any anime, though, the shows that remind us of leaves changing colors, sweater weather, and an air of mystery. These series don’t necessarily have these aspects explicitly, but they check off the boxes in terms of making us feel comfortable as we’re watching. Let's get cozy and relax with these fall-like anime series.

FEATURE: Your Go-to Anime Character List of Who to Take Trick-Or-Treating This Halloween

October has been an exciting month. We have a stacked lineup of new anime including Chainsaw Man and BLUELOCK, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and Halloween is right around the corner! As someone who loves anime and the spooky season, why wouldn’t I curate a list of anime characters who’d either be a delight or a fright to take trick-or-treating? While I fully support adults who still go trick-or-treating, I only included kids and teens on this list for maximum cuteness. The following characters are sure to get the most candy in their buckets and they’d (hopefully) be willing to share.

RECS: Plug In With The Perfect Weekly Watching Schedule

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you should fall behind on all the anime premiering this season! From the highly anticipated Chainsaw Man to returning favorites like My Hero Academia, there’s so much great anime you won’t want to miss. Are you keeping track of everything or have you missed some of the shows that have already premiered? Maybe a visual of what days certain shows are airing would be helpful in this endeavor. That’s where I swoop in and save you the trouble. Take a look at the weekly schedule below so you never miss a single episode of some of the most anticipated anime of the season!
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It's Just a Phase

Night had settled in by the time Hằng finished hauling in the last cardboard box filled with her belongings into the apartment. Hands on her hips, she let out a huff as she surveyed her new home. The studio apartment, with its chalky white walls and simple hardwood flooring, left its personality up to her. Over the next few weeks, Hằng would slowly transform the space into a writer’s den: bookshelves lined up against an entire wall, a large desk littered with journals, stationery, books, her laptop, and a cup of matcha tea, book quotes enlarged on framed posters, and piles of sherpa blankets on the sofa and bed.

Moonlit Presage

A chime ripples the still night, unheard by those who dance in the garden of dreams. In a rowboat that weaves its way through Lunea’s water canals, a hooded figure sits with a fox that’s curled around her shoulders. The fox’s vaporous form emits a white haze, her eyes golden and glowing. As their destination approaches, her ears prick up. The fox jumps off the young woman’s shoulders, leaving smoky tracks that dissipate before she lands atop the bow. All the while, the bell’s song resonates from around the fox’s neck.

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Everything You Need to Know About Caviar – The Former Food Delivery Service Rival of DoorDash

Many of us enjoy the convenience of food delivery services on days when we don’t feel like making the drive to our favorite restaurants. We’ve heard of Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates, but Caviar goes the extra mile to partner with the best restaurants to deliver premium cuisine straight to your door. They also have in-house nutritionists to put together diet-specific collections so it’s easier for you to find healthy food in less time!

Verizon Business: Shop Unlimited Plans and Get Up to $400 off Smartphones

In today’s entrepreneurial world, a solid business mobile plan with work-dedicated smartphones is integral to the credibility and security of your business and the productivity and work-life balance of your workforce. Right now, Verizon Business is offering an exclusive online deal for new customers: get up to $400 off each new business smartphone (add up to 99 lines). This incredible discount applies to various smartphones, including the latest iPhone 13 series and Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Simply sign up for one of Verizon’s three Business Unlimited Mobility Plans — Start 2.0, Plus 2.0, and Pro 2.0 — and a two-year or device payment agreement to take advantage of the limited-time online exclusive deal!

23 Affordable and Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

The day of love is quickly approaching, aka Valentine’s Day, so get your heart ready for romance and shopping! Here at, we rounded up a diverse collection of thoughtful and unique Valentine’s Day gifts at every price point. From the latest Converse All Star V-Day shoes and luxury apparel to an ice cream maker machine and delectable teacup set, there’s something for everyone — be it for your girlfriend, wife, mother, or best gal pal. But remember: Love is the best gift anyone could receive!

The Best MLK Day Weekend Sales for 2022

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save more while shopping, then get ready for the next major holiday sale during the first month of the year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This year, MLK Day falls on January 17, so expect retailers to host a weekend sale, some of which may start as early as the Friday before the holiday. Whether you missed out on the best New Year’s sales or you want to figure out what to buy and skip in January, here’s your guide on the best MLK Day sales to check out.

Ring in 2022 With the Best New Year’s Sales at Macy’s, HP and More

What’s better than bidding 2021 goodbye come the new year? Shopping all the year-end and New Year’s sales from your favorite brands and retailers! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save more money in 2022, get ready to shop the biggest and best deals in January. But before you dive into a shopping spree, learn what the best things to buy and skip in January are so you don’t have any regrets. From Macy’s to Amazon, below are all the best New Year’s sales in 2022 you don’t want to miss.

Pet Gift Guide: 15 Paw-fect Christmas Presents for Dogs and Cats

Pet parents will find any excuse to spoil their furbabies, so with Christmas almost here, now’s the time to find the best gifts and deals for pets that’ll either make them bark or purr. It’s never too late to shop for Christmas gifts, especially when retailers are still dishing out holiday and seasonal deals before the year ends. For inspiration on what to get your pup or kitten this Christmas, here’s a roundup of pet gift ideas for every budget.

Get the Latest Verizon Business Deals — From $400 Discounts on Apple iPhones to BOGO Deals

We live in a B2B society that can’t operate without the steady drum of technology. And with holiday sales on the horizon, business owners and professionals are looking to make some affordable purchases to keep a steady workflow, like upgrading the internet service to the highest broadband speeds or shopping for smartphones designed for work use. That’s why Verizon Business tailors their services specifically for businesses to provide better productivity for employees, customer satisfaction improvement, and minimal stress on all sides. If you’re a business owner who’s been looking for a new smartphone (iPhone 13 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max), internet plan, or even TV service, we’ve got all the best deals from Verizon Business to meet your digital business endeavors and save you money before the year is over.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the Whole Family for 2021

With Black Friday in full swing, the holiday season has become a joyous (and chaotic) shopping affair for everyone. And by everyone, we mean Mom, Dad, grandparents, siblings — the whole squad! We totally understand if you haven’t started shopping for Christmas gifts. For shopping inspiration, peep our holiday gift guide for ideas. Explore top brands like Macy’s, Michael Kors, Justice, and more for holiday gift ideas to give to loved ones while also snatching up exclusive, limited-time deals that won’t appear at any other time of the year. So, let the holiday shopping begin!

Get Gigabit Internet Speed With Verizon Fios and Save With Exclusive Online Deals

Shoppers already have their eyes on early Black Friday deals this month, but plenty of retailers and brands have ongoing deals right now. Among internet service providers (ISPs), Verizon Fios is offering online exclusive deals until the end of November. By providing fast and reliable internet via a fiber-optic network, Verizon Fios changes the way you surf the internet, stream shows and movies, and play competitive online games. Below are the exclusive online deals that you don’t want to pass up.

How To Earn a $500 Discount With Verizon Wireless BYOD Deals

Looking for iPhone deals but bummed that it’s not Black Friday yet? You’re in luck because Verizon Wireless discounts are still going strong! Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a popular offer where you get to keep your current phone but earn rewards for switching or signing up with Verizon Wireless. Tablets and smartwatches are also eligible, so let them join in on the fun! If you like gift cards with a huge sum of money loaded onto them, cast your eyes on the current BYOD deals at Verizon Wireless below.

Veterans Day Deals 2021: Retail Discounts and Free Meals for Vets and the Military

Veterans Day lands on Nov. 11 every year and is a federal U.S. holiday that honors the men and women who have made heroic sacrifices for America while serving in the military. As a show of gratitude, restaurants and retailers offer exclusive deals to veterans as well as their families and caregivers. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, select brands are even extending their veterans discounts to all year long! For all the best Veterans Day discounts and freebies, take a look at the list of participating restaurants and retailers below!

Early Black Friday 2021 Deals From Best Buy, Walmart, and More

Have you been scouring ads and retailers’ websites for news on Black Friday sales? You’re not alone! Rather than wait until the end of November, you have a few opportunities to start your holiday shopping and saving. We’ve rounded up all the early Black Friday deals happening now, including major discounts on TVs, toys, smartphones, home essentials, and more. Check back for the latest updates as retailers drop early Black Friday deals in the weeks leading up to the official Black Friday start date, Nov. 26.

Fall Savings Guide: All the Best Deals From Major Retailers Like Macy’s, Verizon, Best Buy, and More

As we settle into the cold weather and prep for holiday festivities, major retailers are just getting started with fall sales. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered all the best deals in one convenient place so you save time and money! Retailers like Macy’s, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, and Old Navy have limited-time deals running in October and the beginning of November. While you won’t find Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here, you can take advantage of the fall deals below so you stay ahead of the savings game in the meantime!

Frighten up Your Home With These 15 Spooky Fun Halloween Home Decor Ideas — All Under $23

If you love Halloween, then you’ve probably already set up Halloween decor inside and outside your home. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat (no tricks)! This fall, get creative and inspired with budget-friendly Halloween decor, whether it’s something you buy from the store or create at home. From milk jug ghosts to a mega spider web, Halloween decor ideas aren’t just spooky but also fun to put up around the house. So get ready to be frightened (in a good way) with these 15 Halloween home decor ideas!

Shop Old Navy’s Fall Fashion Sale and Save Up to 50% Off Your Entire Purchase

Now that fall has officially started, it’s time to replace summer outfits with cozy sweaters and hoodies. If you haven’t already gotten started on your seasonal shopping spree to refresh your wardrobe, dive in with the Old Navy Fall Fashion Sale from Oct. 4 to 11. Old Navy is giving up to 50% off all orders, including new arrivals. Below, check out all the latest apparel styles curated for the fall — and enjoy a whole bunch of Old Navy discounts, too!

Get Instant Savings and Cashback Rewards at Sam’s Club This Fall

Sam’s Club Plus Members: Get ready to save big this fall with cashback rewards and instant savings! Holiday shopping is sneaking up on us, but before we jump into the major holiday sales, Sam’s Club is offering members over $3,800 in savings, where select items are up to 25% off. Members will also earn 2% in cashback rewards on qualifying orders. These deals won’t be around forever — you have until Sept. 26 to stack up on as many savings as you can. If you’re wondering which items are the best ones to grab during Sam’s Club’s fall savings, check out our recommendations below, along with tips on how to save!

27 Family-Friendly Activities Available at the Great Wolf Lodge — The Largest Indoor Water Park Resort in America

If you haven’t already heard about Great Wolf Lodge by now, you’ll want to book your stay after learning everything there is to know about America's largest indoor water park resort. Summer might be over according to the calendar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it last a little longer by enjoying family-fun activities such as water slides, a bowling alley, an arcade, and so much more. Whether they’re for toddlers, kids, teenagers, or adults, Great Wolf Lodge’s activities and attractions will keep everyone out of the hotel room and into endless fun!

Your Savings Guide to 2021 Fall Fashion Trends

Goodbye bikinis, tank tops, and shorts — and hello cozy sweaters, preppy blazers, and shades of red and orange! As the temperature cools down, our wardrobe is in need of an upgrade or a swap to thicker clothes that’ll keep us warm. If you haven’t already started shopping for the fall, now’s the time to do it! We’ve put together a fall fashion guide that suits every person’s budget, whether it’s under $20 or under $200.

IPBB vs. Fiber Internet: Find Out Which AT&T High-Speed Internet Plan Is Right for You

Internet-plan shopping can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You might not be familiar with the technical lingo, and you definitely don’t want to sign up for an internet plan that costs more than what you need from the service. If you’re considering AT&T as your internet service provider (ISP), then lucky for you, we’ve got your back! We’re here to explain all the ins and outs of AT&T Internet — both the Internet Protocol Broadband (IPBB) and the fiber kind. From a primer on IPBB and fiber internet to a breakdown of current AT&T internet plans and the best overall value, here’s everything you need to know about AT&T Internet service offerings.
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The Heike Story is a Beautiful Modern Retelling of a Historical Epic

Every anime season always has one underrated gem, and for me this past fall, that gem was The Heike Story—a historical anime adaptation of the epic prose, The Tale of the Heike. Having studied Japanese history in college, I was curious to see how the story would translate into anime form. Once I finished watching it, I came to a conclusion: The Heike Story is not a show—it’s an experience.

Obey Me! Mobile Game Gets Official Manga Adaptation

The world of popular romance simulation mobile game Obey Me! One Master to Rule Them All is officially getting a manga adaptation! Titled Obey Me! Comic, the manga launched on the MangaPlaza trial page, NTT Solmare Corp’s newest digital manga platform, and is part of the site’s pre-registration campaign. If you want to check out the first two chapters, they’re available in Japanese via the Comic CMOA website, as well as on Mag Garden Kansai’s website.

How Ranking of Kings Reframes the Hero's Journey

Who doesn’t love an adventure story with fleshed-out characters, an engaging plot, fascinating world-building and underlying themes that tie everything together? So far, Ranking of Kings checks all these boxes. Take a look at Bojji—how can you not love and support a protagonist like him? Seriously though, Ranking of Kings works its magic on the portrayal of characters and their motivations. On a surface level, the show is a fantasy adventure with the Hero’s Journey as the traditional narrative template. But every episode has revealed that characters’ archetypes are more complex than they initially appear.

Travel Back in Time with Japanese Historical Anime

We’ve seen our share of isekai packed with fantasy lore and sci-fi shows with technologically advanced societies, but what about anime that allows us to travel to the past and vicariously experience a time period before we were around? History buffs and anime fans alike will find plenty to love in historical anime about Japan, where stories take place throughout history, like the Edo Period and the Taisho Period. Some have more accurate depictions of their settings than others, but know that these shows are teeming with Japanese tradition, culture, language and historic events.

How Hyouka and Its Characters Turn the Mundane Into the Extraordinary

If anyone has ever told you that you’re overanalyzing things, they haven’t met the characters of Hyouka—and I say this in the most endearing way possible. Hyouka is a special show, not just personally, but also visually and story-wise. It centers around the phrase “life is what you make it” and asks, what does leading a normal life really mean? The show doesn’t directly answer, but it does play around with the idea that leading any life, no matter how dull or exciting, is better when you’re connected to friends and family.

Vampire Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, MARS RED and Vanitas

Sharp fangs, red eyes, pale skin and lots of blood—vampire anime, anyone? Whether you’re a ride-or-die JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fan or you became instantly obsessed with The Case Study of Vanitas, vampires in anime are here to stay. While some aren’t always as terrifying as others, you can still expect to find some variation of the vampire tropes that we know and (mostly) love! RELATED: Funimation Has Sports Anime: RE-MAIN, Yowamushi Pedal and More So if you’re feeling spooky despite Halloween being months away, we’ve got a handful of vampire anime shows in our catalog that are bloodthirsty for your attention. I’ll see myself out now… Let’s take a look!

Obey Me! Guide: The Demon Brother Dating Sim, Explained

Mobile dating sims have been all the rage lately, including the popular Obey Me! — One Master to Rule Them All. The game has garnered so much popularity that it recently released an anime of the same name, streaming right here on Funimation! Given the title, you’re probably wondering what Obey Me! is all about. Before you jump to conclusions, we’re giving you a rundown of the dating sim that involves seven demon brothers who are based on the seven deadly sins, and angels and humans who have been forced into the Devildom through an exchange program! Do we have your attention now? Here’s your explainer on Obey Me!—both the game and the anime!

The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent Is the Perfect Slice-of-Life Isekai

In the world(s) of isekai, we’ve been recently blessed (pun intended) with The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent—a show that, rather than focused on epic action and revenge plots, hones in on good vibes and wholesomeness! But that only scratches the surface of why this show is the perfect slice of life isekai. Originally a novel series that received a light novel and manga serialization, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent features a female protagonist (whose name basically translates to “saint”), an ikemen harem, and a nice balance of comedy and romance!

Why Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a Must-Watch

It’s been a fantastic year for anime movies, whether you’re into everything from gripping period dramas to demon-slaying adventures. Later this month, the breathtaking, emotional Josee, the Tiger and the Fish joins their ranks and arrives in select theaters. And you cannot miss it. The film, which tells a loving coming-of-age story that captures the emotions of youth, arrives from July 12-14 in the United States (English dubbed on July 13), and on July 12, 14 and 17 in Canada. Here are a handful of reasons why Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is worth your next watch, from the pedigree behind the film to its perfect summer vibes. Let’s jump in!

Anime Cinematography & Capturing Incredible Storytelling Through Visuals

I enjoy watching anime for many reasons, but what I really love is when an anime’s art and scene direction elevates the storytelling in a beautiful and nuanced way. Directors who take creative liberties in setting the tone or conveying a message for certain scenes have my utmost admiration. Whether it’s camera framing, lighting or character blocking, these artistic decisions transform scenes and give a whole new meaning to the story, world-building and characters. I’m no film expert, but I do want to share my appreciation for some of my favorite shows by picking apart one scene where I believe the art and scene direction works exceptionally well.

Aniplex Online Fest 2021 Returns July 3 with Programs, Concerts & More

Get ready to celebrate anime this summer in style with Aniplex Online Fest 2021! The online event returns on July 3 at 6 p.m. PDT on YouTube, which means it’s completely free to watch! Sally Amaki, a bilingual Japanese idol from 22/7 who’s popular among English-speaking fans, and actor and personality Maxwell Powers, will host the jam-packed event and bring all the excitement that comes with Aniplex’s incredible slate of anime.

Tokyo Ghoul Creator Officially Launches New Manga, Choujin X

Calling all Tokyo Ghoul fans! Mangaka Sui Ishida has announced on Twitter that his newest manga series, titled Choujin X, has officially been serialized! The series was originally announced in November of last year. Ishida shared an image that offered a sneak peek of the characters and the grimdark tone of the story. There was no official release date at the time of the announcement, but after months of waiting, fans can now read the first chapter of Choujin X on MANGA Plus and Shonen Jump!

Looking Back on 15 Years of Ouran High School Host Club

“Kiss, kiss, fall in love!” If you just got hit with a wave of nostalgia after hearing those lyrics play in your head, welcome to the Ouran High School Host Club (ba dum tss). With a lovable cast, unforgettable opening and ending theme songs, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartfelt moments, we’re celebrating this iconic romantic comedy for its 15th anniversary. That’s right; it’s been 15 years since the anime first premiered back in 2006! Feel old, yet? Since its debut, Ouran High School Host Club has secured a comfortable spot on the revered list of classic anime. Despite being a satire on shoujo manga stereotypes and clichés, as well as otaku culture, most of the show’s jokes and commentary still hold up to this day.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Movie Announced, PV Revealed

Today is a big day for My Hero Academia fans! Not only has the first episode of My Hero Academia Season 5 premiered, but we got our first batch of info for the upcoming third movie in the franchise! First up, the film’s title was officially revealed! My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes’ Mission is the name, and the film will arrive August 6 in Japan. Once again, studio Bones will produce the anime.
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6 Dessert Spots in Orange County That Will Make You Put Down Your Phone and Pick up a Spoon

A Roundup of Summer’s 6 Sweetest and Trendiest Treats in Orange County Nothing is sweeter than digging your spoon into an ice cream croissant or sipping a fluffy milkshake through a turquoise straw under summer’s embrace. These days, dessert spots are popping up at every corner and luring those with and without a sweet tooth to try something new, delicious and trendy.

The Experts Have Spoken: It’s Not Summer ‘Til You’ve Added These 4 Drink Recipes to Your Bar Cart

Going to the bar for a specially-made drink is one of the reasons why you’re not just sitting at home with a cold beer in your hand. But, there are instances where you would rather enjoy a glass of whiskey or vodka without the buzz of bartenders and customers. If you’re someone who has a shaker stored in the kitchen cabinet and your throat and creativity are parched, then you’ll want to check out this list of spiked specialty sippers—made and served by you!

Eat Your Way Through These 8 Palm Springs Foodie Spots—You’ll Drool Over #5

A foodie travels near and far for the best and trendiest food spots in order to not only satisfy their stomachs but also their Instagram feed. There is no doubt Greater Palm Springs has plenty of mouth-watering yet aesthetically-pleasing plates for the hungry! The desert oasis invites innovative, culinary ideas that, as a result, hit all of the notes on your flavor palate while keeping your Instagram fed.

Craft House Is Giving a Southern Classic a California Kick With Its Knife + Fork Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

There’s no shortage of delectable dishes that hit the spot whenever you’re in Orange County’s melting pot. One day you’re eating tacos and the next you’re curled over a hot plate of Southern comfort food. For a little bit of everything, Craft House presents the ‘Knife + Fork’ Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. A year-round staple, the Southern-rooted dish turns heads when it leaves the kitchen and hits the table.

Spanish Guitar, Little Bees and 3 Other Reasons Not to Miss Our Santa Ana Social Hour

Ready to spice up your spring with hot plates of Mexican cuisine? Join us for LOCALE Social Hour at El Mercado Modern Cuisine on Thursday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m.! For only $10, you get to kick off the fiesta and indulge in mouthwatering appetizers and refreshing drinks, one being a complimentary cocktail! Not only that, but there will also be live music to accompany your delicioso meal! Here are five reasons why we’re counting down the days to this lively social hour.

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Book Club: INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older

Join us for our September book club discussion of Infomocracy. This is the first book in the cyberpunk political thriller series, The Centenal Cycle, and is about the corruption of political power through Information, a powerful search engine monopoly. It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections.

Children of Ether Balances Quality and Representation for Diverse Anime

Every season of anime brings something new to the table yet at the same time continues to hammer fanservice, stereotypes, and plots ruined by genre into our heads. We’ve seen the same characters, stories, and settings – though anime studios tweak them just a bit so they’re not carbon-copies of hit shows such as Sword Art Online or Attack on Titan. While some anime fans enjoy the same old tropes, others are searching for unique and refreshing content.

WonderCon 2018: Making and Publishing Queer Comics Panel

WonderCon marked its 32nd year during the 2018 convention March 23 to March 25, inviting con-goers, cosplayers, press, and industry professionals to gather at the Anaheim Convention Center. Con-goers had the freedom to attend special presentations, panels, signings, events, tournaments, and the exhibit hall. Among the panels that occurred on March 24, one called “Making and Publishing Queer Comics: A Workshop” presented a discussion about how queer cartoonists publish their comics to the world.

REVIEW: Warcross

Living in Manhattan, New York proves onerous for Emika Chen, who’s been struggling to pay rent. Aside from working part-time as a waitress, Emika also works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But, like most jobs out there, the bounty hunting scene is competitive. Warcross — a virtual reality game created by Emika’s idol, Hideo Tanaka — is also a way of life for those who play to earn money.

Speculative Literature Foundation Director Opens Gateways for Diversity in SF/F

The road to publication is often met with challenges, and for some writers, those challenges are harder to overcome. In order to dedicate time to their craft, writers often apply to writing grants, but not everyone wins them easily. Speculative Literature Foundation Director Mary Anne Mohanraj knows just how frustrating – and intimidating – the application process for writing grants can be.

REVIEW: The Bloodprint

A superstitious and patriarchal group called the Talisman has been suppressing knowledge and subjugating women in Khorasan. Led by a man known as the One-Eyed Preacher, the cruel movement continues to grow, bent on world domination. Taking a stand against the Talisman are the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women with powers born from the Claim. By speaking words of the sacred scripture, these women call upon magic to aid them in their fight.

REVIEW: Rebel Seoul

Lee Jaewon managed to escape his delinquent past in Old Seoul, but not without some scars to take with him to Neo Seoul. As a talented pilot in the military academy with hopes of becoming a worthy soldier of the Neo State, Jaewon succeeds in landing a pivotal role for the government’s secret supersoldier project. He meets his partner, Tera, who is a soldier and test subject specially trained to pilot God Machines (GMs) — massive and deadly robots built for endless warfare.

Anime Expo 2017: C3 & Queersplay Open Discussion Panel

Of all the panels that graced this year’s Anime Expo, only a few focused on POC and LGBTQ+ communities. Chocolate Covered Cosplay (C3) and Queersplay met last year during the Cosplay Senpai program and decided to join forces at Anime Expo for the “C3 & Queersplay Open Discussion” panel, which took place on July 2. Panelists and attendees exchanged personal experiences on cosplaying as members from marginalized groups.

An Interview with Come Back Home’s Small but Diverse Game Development Team

Come Back Home is an indie game about a young girl, Anaaya, who discovers her village has disappeared overnight after returning from a fishing trip. She must piece together the clues and find out where her village has gone. I was given the opportunity to interview CBH’s development team, which consists of director Xiao Yang, producer Jonathan Ampiaw, and developer Che Shian Hung, students at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer Awakens the Dreamers in All of Us

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” Dreams, nightmares, myths, and legends come to life in Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer through beautiful prose and epic world-building. Lazlo Strange, an orphan raised by monks to become a librarian, falls deeply in love with the mysterious city of Weep. While he fawns over fairy tales and magic, other people ridicule him for his bizarre infatuation.

WonderCon 2017: She Changed Comics Panel

WonderCon took place on March 31-April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. On April 2, the “She Changed Comics” panel was part of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund series. Featured on the panel were Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl; Odd Duck; The Plain Janes), Hope Larson (Batgirl, Chiggers, Compass South), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy and Red Sonja), and moderator Betsy Gomez (CBLDF Editorial Director).
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Ways to Declutter Your Mind

Stress has become a word that is easy to throw around nowadays. Too much homework? Stress. Too many deadlines? Stress. No food in the fridge? Stress. Whether you are a student, an employee, or a parent, there are bound to be stressful moments that temporarily block your path toward a happier life. Different people handle stress in different ways — not everyone is the same. If you can handle your stress pretty well, then maybe you can gloss over these helpful tips in relieving stress and see if you’ve been doing any of these to maintain a stress-free life. But if you are someone who lets stress push you over the cliff, then you will definitely want to keep reading.

Epic BGM Playlist: Study Grind

Midterms, finals, repeat — this is the endless cycle most college students go through during their undergraduate studies and studying has never gotten more intense. Many people have different ways of studying whether that’s in silence or with subtle music playing in the background. There are also people who don’t even listen to music subtly while studying, but blast it full volume so that they can block out other unnecessary and distracting noises.

An Untold Story

Everyone has a story to tell – you just have to find someone who’s willing to share. Most of the time, the stories that are left untold are the ones worth hearing about. These kinds of stories hold world-shattering secrets, guilty crimes, and unspeakable desires. For these reasons, many of us are not granted an audience for those stories. We’re left with the same, generative conflict or plot that doesn’t have its own voice even though it’s a story.

The End of a Hero’s Long Journey

Nov. 10, 2014 marked an emotional day for many of us who have been following a young and ambitious man’s journey toward reaching his lifelong dream. His name is Naruto Uzumaki, a heroic icon of Japanese shounen manga and an inspiration to thousands of people who have read the series since it first got published in 1999. The series is written by Masashi Kishimoto, and after 72 volumes in 15 years, the story of Naruto finally ended.

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Hipster Coffee Shops for Your Studying Needs

The term “hipster” has various definitions depending on how the individual sees it. “Hipster” can be used to describe someone who rejects all things mainstream. It can also describe places that are not commonly visited, places such as coffee shops that are low-key, unlike Starbucks. For college students, finding study spots is crucial, especially during midterms and finals weeks. Studying on campus can become boring and the ambience may not suit your needs anymore.

WonderCon: SoCal’s Annual Gathering of Nerds

During the weekend of April 3-5 the streets of Anaheim were teeming with people dressed as superheroes and other notable characters from famous comic books such as Marvel and DC for WonderCon 2015. The event was located at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is right across Disneyland, so con-goers visiting the area for the convention could make a spontaneous trip to the theme park if they felt like it. A somewhat smaller version of Comic-Con, which is annually held in San Diego during the summer, WonderCon gives nerds an early chance to dress up and geek out with one another.

Sweet Tooth Lovers Unite: Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Colorful macarons, spongy cupcakes, variously flavored chocolates, and soft-serve ice cream – all of these sweet delicacies were found at the first annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show. Held Jan. 25 at the Pasadena Convention Center, this event not only gave out generous free samples but also a chance for everyone to meet YouTube baking stars, watch demos from the stars themselves, and try out a few classes to enhance one’s baking skills.

Jupiter Ascending: A Fantasy, Sci-Fi Love Story

Released the weekend before Valentine’s Day, “Jupiter Ascending” beckons fans of Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum to watch a riveting and romantic love story unfold while in the midst of a galactic battle for a royal family inheritance. With multiple genres such as fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and comedy, “Jupiter Ascending” is a gift to those who enjoy a little bit of everything, especially with a complex plot.

Playlist Picks: '80s/'90s Comeback

Listening to an overplayed song on the radio can sometimes become a strain to our ears. While the song may be catchy and addicting to listen to at first, we can all agree that there is a limit as to how much we can love a song that gets played over and over again on the radio. So we search for a sound that’s refreshing and new or simply blast a throwback song just because it never gets old. Well, how about a sound that throws us back to the ‘80s and ‘90s but is produced during this day and age?