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Top 10 of the Best Moms in Anime

Introduction

So Mothers Day has passed but even so I felt it was necessary to make this list. There aren’t a lot of great moms in anime, usually cause their dead and we know very little detail about them but the ones I’m here to talk about are moms who have proven to the audience that they are fantastic.

DISCLAIMER!

  • Spoilers!
  • Adopted mothers do count

Honorable Mentions

Haruko Kamio (Air), Ryouko Miyazono (Your Lie in April) & Akiko Minase (Kanon)

10. Sukuyo Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)

I feel like people never praise this mom enough. The thing that Kill la Kill hassukuyo mankanshoku highlighted is that Ryuuko has never had a proper family but when she moves into the Mankanshoku household, she’s introduced to a warm, family environment especially during family dinners. Sukuyo proves to be this great mom for all she does for the family and those who eat with them by making them great food and taking care of everyone, as well as disciplining her Matarou in a comedic fashion.

9. Hiroko Katsuki (Yuri!!! On Ice)

hiroko katsukiNo matter what has happened to Yuuri, it’s Hiroko who continues to encourage him with his career in ice skating and maybe even his relationship with Victor considering her reaction during the iconic kiss scene. One thing I find even more precious that goes to show how great this mom is, is the fact both her and Yuri’s father named their inn specialty (katsudon) after Yuri knowing that it’s his favorite food.

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8. Shiho Fujimiya (One Week Friends)

Shiho clearly is very concerned for her daughter who’s memory restarts every Mondayshiho fujimiya in result causing Kaori to distant herself from making friends. We see how she cares from all the effort she puts into Kaori, particularly when Kaori brought friends over for the first time in years. Kaori’s mother is in short a supportive and hardworking mom.

7. Noriko Irie/or as I call her, Mama Irie (Itazura na Kiss)

noriko irieIt’s not only her role as the mother of both Naoki and Yuuki but also being a mother figure to our protagonist, Kotoko. Mama Irie may be incredibly manipulative, bossy and in general someone you shouldn’t mess with, but she just wants what she believes to be best for her children. But what makes her so amazing is the support she has for each of her kids being the one who did support Naoki’s choice of becoming a doctor, Yuuki’s choice of eventually taking over the company and most importantly, helping Kotoko with her relationship with Naoki. Sure she may be overbearing but in the end Mama Irie is an amazing mom with her heart in the right place.

6. Queen Serenity (Sailor Moon)

Okay bear with me considering my memories on Sailor Moon may be a little bit shakyqueen serenity but one thing I’ll never forget is how amazing Queen Serenity is as a mother. When Queen Beryl attacks the moon kingdom and everyone including Princess Serenity die during the battle. Queen Serenity decides to send her daughter to earth to be reborn again and live her life normally. But what makes this more sad is that Queen Serenity was left to die alone but even so what she did for her daughter is truly amazing and goes to show how much she cared for her.

5. Chitose Hibiya (Chobits)

For those who haven’t seen Chobits this is a big spoiler. So Hibiya was married to Ichirochitose hibiya Mihara and together they created persocoms. Unfortunately however, Hibiya was unable to have children but her husband decided to make her a special persocom, Chobits which they named Freya. Because Freya was unhappy, they decided to give her a sister, Elda (who we all know as Chii). Because of Freya’s ability to fall in love, she ended up falling in love with Ichiro but because of the deep pain broke down but of course beforehand, her sister entered her body. To make things more unfortunate for Hibiya, her husband passes away. But what makes Hibiya a great mother is not only the deep love she had for her daughters but also her desire to make sure they’re happy, which is why she made a book for Chii to guide her to happiness and to realization on her true feelings towards Hideki.

 4. Kyoko Honda (Fruits Basket)

kyoko hondaAlthough Kyoko died prior to the series, the impact she has on Tohru’s life proves how amazing she is as a mother. So Kyoko started off quite reckless only to meet Katsuya Honda, fall in love and eventually marry him. Then they both had Tohru but a few years later, Katsuya died and Kyoko broke down feeling completely alone. But when Kyoko realized she had Tohru she brought herself back up and raised her daughter on her own to be the most amazing female role model in anime. Kyoko not only impacted on Tohru’s life but also Tohru’s friend, Arisa who looks up to both Kyoko and Tohru. Kyoko Honda is truly an amazing mother who raised an amazing daughter.

3. Mama Higurashi (Inuyasha)

From the very start, Mama Higurashi has been an amazing mother from the way shemama higurashi supports her family and how many times she had to cover up for Kagome considering all the illnesses she and the family had to come up with. I think what’s even better is in the end of the Final Act, Kagome had to choose between being with Inuyasha or staying in the present with her family, Mama Higurashi being aware of Kagome’s love for Inuyasha, lets her go despite knowing very well that she may never see Kagome again. That is a great mother right there!

2. Sanae Furukawa (Clannad)

sanae furukawaAgain, big spoilers! I think to be able to not only raise a frail daughter but also raise your granddaughter and guide Tomoya is impressive. Sanae is a strong mom who gave up her job as a teacher to be able to take care of Nagisa whilst owning a bakery with Akio. Sanae is the one to come to Nagisa’s rescue when she needs something and supports her family. When her daughter dies, which is unbearable for any parent, what Sanae does it fix things for both Tomoya who is extremely depressed and unable to take care of his daughter and as well as raise Ushio. If that is not a great mother, I don’t know what is.

1. Junko Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

More major spoilers! Junko and Sanae were very close but Junko was just a bit morejunko kaname impressive.. in my opinion. Not only did Junko raise up a strong and wonderful daughter but also the bond she has with her family, including the one she has with Madoka. Junko guides Madoka giving her advice whenever she needs it most, even as a business woman, she’ll always be there when Madoka needs her. In the last episode when Homura is fighting Walpurgisnacht, Madoka decides to go out there and save her, and Junko tries to stop her but Madoka manages to convince Junko and Junko knows she can’t stop her, letting her go. This all ends with Madoka saving the world, becoming a goddess but also ended up being removed from everyone but Homura’s memories. In the end it was the right choice, Madoka’s unselfish personality all came from Junko’s amazing parenting, which is why Junko Kaname is a truly fantastic mother.

Thank you for reading my top 10 list, hopefully you and your mom’s Mother’s Day was great. Should be making a new review very soon. Till next time 🙂

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Nichijou Anime Review

A series requested by you guys… 2 years ago… (this is the last one)

Synopsis: Nichijou is a story about the ordinary yet not-so-ordinary lives of multiple characters, specifically three high school students, Yuko, Mio and Mai and a 5-year-old professor, her robot, Nano and their talking cat, Sakamoto. So pretty much, it’s another slice of life anime.

My Thoughts

Nichijou’s goal for each episode revolves around humour, nothing more and nothing3.gif less. This is most often easily achieved as Nichijou is honestly one of the funniest animes out there, and the humour is either clever or stupid which I find enjoyable. However where the comedy falls short is some jokes easily drag on for too long to the extent of it no longer becoming funny. Regardless though, a lot of the scenes are over-the-top and absolutely epic, Nichijou is not afraid to approach the most outrageous borders and I love it for that.

1The anime doesn’t have much of a story being a slice-of-life anime so it’s nothing significant. I do believe Nichijou was given more episodes then it needed considering this anime is solely revolved around comedy, but that’s not to say I got bored of the series, it never felt tedious to watch. The animations were mostly great especially the more epic scenes. Though the character designs were far too similar to each other having each character share the same face. The first opening is amazing and watching it again made me so happy, it’s unfortunate it got replaced.

The best part of Nichijou though was its characters, all of them were so unique, 2memorable and extremely enjoyable. Our lead characters were all fun and the bonds they share with one another is so genuine and enjoyable, particularly the bond between Hakase (professor) and Nano. The supporting cast stood out just as much and I honestly may of liked them a little bit more than our leads.

Do I like it?: Nearly three years ago I put this anime on my top 10 best animes of 2014, so yes, I do like it. However I won’t deny that although at the time Nichijou was more remarkable considering it was something I recently watch, now it doesn’t have the same impact especially compared to the animes I’ve seen afterwards.

Recommended?: DEFINITELY! I think most people can enjoy the humor in Nichijou. Key words are MOST PEOPLE. Like all anime, there’s always gonna be that group that don’t like the shows I recommend, which is completely fine. If you want to watch a comedy/slice-of-life I highly recommend you give Nichijou a go.

Thank you for reading my review and being patient with me! Till next time 🙂

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Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Synopsis: Your Lie in April follows a boy named Kousei Arima who throughout his childhood played the piano for the sake of his mother. But one day his mother dies of an illness leading Kousei to struggle to hear himself when playing the piano. Two years have passed and Kousei never really played the piano again, until he meets a girl named Kaori Miyazono during a date he has to fourth-wheel in between her and his best friend, Watari. His encounter with Kaori changes Kousei’s life as she inspires and pushes him into playing the piano again.

My Thoughts

This is the most beautiful anime I have ever seen, from it’s gorgeous and vivid3 animations, beautiful character designs and the way it uses symbolism and it’s inner monologue for each character (particularly Kousei’s). I at first had a problem with the way the series gives it’s character an upper lip (like Peach Girl), but it’s very easy to get comfortable with (unlike Peach Girl).

1The voice acting fits very well with the characters for both the Japanese and the English dub… yes the dub is quite good so you can go either way and it should be fine. This being a music anime, it only makes sense that the music would be fantastic and of course the performance sequences being completely mesmerizing. The first opening is incredible which really annoyed me when they changed it halfway through the series considering the second opening will never live up to the first one. But I do prefer the second ending to the first ending.

What I love most about the series is the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, as I find4 it amazing the way she inspires him and as they say, you should be with someone who inspires you. It’s not just the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, it’s the relationship between all the characters. Most of the characters are very interesting and are well-fleshed out. I loved the character of Kaori especially as she brought so much light and enjoyment to the series, I just wish they didn’t do what they did by episode 13-14. Now without giving anything away, I do understand why they would do this but even so it ends up pushing Kaori to the sidelines more in the series despite being one of the best characters in the show.

5I do also love Watari as he was an enjoyable character and played a great role as the best friend, but I wish he got more development and the show focused more on him at some points. And when I said “most character” I was excluding one character which was Nagi as she was a character I couldn’t care for and although she receives development, her arc is the most uninteresting thing in the anime and the time she gets in the anime should’ve been given to a character like Watari. I did enjoy every aspect of the story, from its pacing to it’s mix of comedy and drama but one problem I did have is at some points of the series, the drama becomes a bit far-fetched, but don’t worry, this is not something that happens often in the series. But one amazing thing about this show is that it has a perfect ending which is both emotional and satisfying.

Do I like it?: Yes! I love the show as it’s one of the most beautiful animes I have seen in a long time. I love the kind of romance they were creating for Kousei and Kaori and of course, majority of the characters made the series amazing.

Recommended: Your Lie in April is an amazing anime. If you like animes with sob stories like Anohana or animes revolving around music, you’ll love Your Lie in April. I recommend anyone to at least try it as it is a popular anime people have spoken a lot about and it at least deserves for you to say, “I’ve seen a bit of it” if not a “I’ve seen Your Lie in April”.

Thank you for reading my review. I have plenty more reviews and discussions I want to get through for the next couple of weeks so you may be receiving more than just something on Tuesday for a bit. Till next time 🙂

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Koisuru Boukun (The Tyrant Falls in Love) Anime Review

Synopsis: Koisuru Boukun is a yaoi OVA series that follows Morinaga who has been in love with his senpai, Tatsumi. However Tatsumi is an outspoken homophobe who believes “all gay men should be wiped out of this earth”. Despite that, Morinaga did confess to Tatsumi, but Tatsumi completely ignored it. With this, Morinaga’s feelings for Tatsumi are hopeless, however a certain event will either bring them closer or drift them away.

My Thoughts

Koisuru Boukun only has 2 OVA episodes and it feels more like an advertisement to the manga.2 This is an example of how most animes are like an advertisement to its original source which is why “read the manga” endings exist. However when watching any anime, even an OVA, I expect a decent ending, which unfortunately this series fails to do continuing the annoying “read the manga” ending trend.

3However I did enjoy a list of things in this series, such as the comedy, although the timing is quite bad, I found its comedy a bit entertaining. This show being a yaoi, has great yaoi fanservice and the relationship between the main couple is quite interesting. The characters are great considering how well their introduced. But one problem I had was the characters still don’t feel completely fleshed out, and I understand its an OVA series adapted from a manga, but I want more from these characters, there are just so many things about them I want to know but I have to check the manga out for it, for example, we never know the true reason why Tatsumi is so homophobic.

I do have up and down feelings with the direction the series takes. Though it starts off 1.gifinteresting making me feel like it’ll add more recognition for the LGBT community, it eventually goes down by the end of episode one only to get really interesting in episode two with it’s drama which was beautifully done. However with it’s inconclusive ending, I really wonder how the story will play out.

Do I like it?: I do like it, but it does fail as an OVA feeling completely empty. I know it’s just an OVA but comparing it to Hiyokoi another OVA adapted from a manga, this one fails as Hiyokoi manages to introduce you to the series and gives you enough knowledge of the characters but of course leaves you wanting much more. Koisuru Boukun feels completely empty despite its two OVA episodes. But yeah, I will be reading the manga anyway.

Recommended?: This OVA is specifically for fujoshis who can enjoy yaoi. Any other audience, I can’t guarantee you’ll enjoy it. When I check out the manga, I’d have a better idea what the series has to offer for its audience as an entirety. But this is an ANIME review, so the manga isn’t relevant.

Thanks for reading my review. Do you agree? What are you thoughts? Well, till next time 🙂

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Yuri!!! On Ice Dub Review

So I ended up forgetting to talk about the voice acting in my review. I will say I love the Japanese dub, every characters voice is perfect. However I only just found out that the English dub exists so I’m here to talk about it.

DISCLAIMER: I have only seen Episode 10 of the dub, since it’s the episode where majority of the characters appear all at once according to my memory, at least. So everything I know about this dub is from ONE EPISODE.

Minami (Trina Nishimura), Sara (Tia Ballard), Emil (Justin Briner), Mickey (J.Michael Tatum), Seung-gil (Oscar Seung), Guang Hong (Howard Wang), Leo (Ricco Fajardo), Lillia (Caitlin Glass), Yakov (Damon Mills), Celestino (Ian Sinclair)

I mentioned all these characters first because we hear from them the least in this episode. But thankfully, all of them sound really good. I couldn’t really pick out any problems with their voices at all.

Mari (Leah Clark) and Minako (Colleen Clikenbeard)

In episode 10, Minako and Mari mainly fangirl throughout the whole episode. Otherwisemari and minako they’re a lot more calmer characters. So basing my judgement on their fangirl sides, Colleen Clikenbeard and Leah Clark both did an amazing performance.

 JJ (Jeremy Inman)

jjI actually love JJ’s Japanese performance and I only just found out Mamoru Miyano did the voice of JJ which explains A LOT. If you didn’t know, Mamoru Miyano is my favourite Japanese voice actor, he always gives it his all in every performance he does, and JJ is no exception. So for somebody to be as good as Mamoru Miyano is VERY difficult considering how high he sets the expectation. But unfortunately, Jeremy Inman fails to. He’s voice acting seems so wooden and he doesn’t sound like he has passion for JJ’s character.

Phichit (Joel McDonald)

Phichit is the equivalent of the YoI fandom, he leads the Victuri ship. He is adorable andphichit to match his personality he requires a more softer, childish voice kind of similar to Kensho Ono’s performance as him. Joel McDonald definitely doesn’t match this kind of voice which is very disappointing. BUT that doesn’t mean he did a bad performance, I actually don’t mind it at all. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and could’ve been a lot better but his voice does somehow work.

Chris (Chris Sabat)

chrisChris is voiced by Chris… haha… funny. So this performance is more hilarious than it is bad or good. Chris Sabat makes Chris actually sound like the stereotypical gay guy and I don’t know if I love it or not. But besides that, Chris Sabat does a good job as Chris.

Otabek (Mike McFarland)

I am not a fan of this performance. I understand that Otabek is generally expressionlessotabek but his voice was never so bland and lazy. I can’t think of anything great to say about this performance which is sad, but it doesn’t really matter as much since Otabek doesn’t talk much.

Yurio (Micah Solusod)

yurioOut of all of the performances, this one is my least favorite. I’m grateful Micah Solusod nailed Yurio’s short-tempered, asshole side but I cannot stand the incredibly forced Russian accent. The forced accent they gave Yurio just ruins everything about this performance which otherwise would’ve been great. At least with Otabek’s voice, it is not something we have to put up with all the time since he is generally quiet and isn’t apart of the main cast. With Yurio however, he is an important character, we’re with him from episode one till the final episode. But again maybe the voice acting is better earlier in the anime.

Yuri (Josh Grelle)

I don’t actually mind this performance. Josh Grelle has done shy, introverted characters yuribefore and usually they’re either great or average. This one is better than average, but is not necessarily great either. One problem people had with this performance was that Yuri doesn’t have an accent since his Japanese but I’m not bothered by that. So overall this is a fine performance.

Victor (Jerry Jewell) 

I saved Victor for last because I have the most to say about him. So how do we describe victorVictor, he is Russian, charismatic but also incredibly adorable, in fact his the most adorable character of them all. The only thing this dub got right was the fact he’s Russian and a bit of his charming traits. I personally think he should’ve been voiced by Vic Mignogna because Victor gives me Tamaki vibes. When I heard Victor’s dub voice, first thing I thought of was Russia from Hetalia, which it is because Jerry Jewell did voice Russia. It was wise of Crunchyroll to choose someone who can perform a great Russian accent like Jerry Jewell but by doing so they fail with every other trait we all love about Victor. Sure he sounds like the charismatic guy he is but he lacks that soothing tone that Victor is suppose to have along with Victor’s adorable side which we all love, which disappoints me most. But he did give it his all which I will praise him for at least, so this is neither a bad or a good performance. And I will get this out of the way, yes Victor sounds like Gru from Despicable Me.

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Recommended Dub?

Overall the dub is okay. Yuri is the only main character who sounds good along with the supporting cast. Everyone else is so-so or just hilarious. I think the part this dub fails at is they try so hard to give their characters accents adding diversity, resulting them to forget about all the other important aspects of each of the characters. I definitely recommend the sub over the dub because it is just near-perfection. However if you don’t like reading subtitles, then I recommend the dub, since it is not horrible and it is tolerable enough. Otherwise, definitely choose the Japanese over the English for this anime.

SORRY THAT THIS WAS LATE! I actually have plenty of reviews planned. Thank you for reading this dub review, I haven’t done one in awhile and I do have an anime in mind that I’m going to do another dub review for. What do you think of this dub? Till next time 🙂

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Yuri!!! On Ice Anime Review

Synopsis: Yuri on Ice is a sports anime based on figure skating. The story follows Yuri Katsuki who is constantly losing in competitions. Yuri is unsure whether to continue ice skating but once a video goes viral of him perfectly mimicking a complex routine by his role model, Victor Nikiforov, Victor flies down to Japan and decides to be Yuri’s coach and help him build his figure skating career.

My Thoughts

Everybody and their mothers have heard about Yuri!!! on Ice. The anime was very hyped3 up and I was the one who hadn’t watched it yet. I watched this anime just recently, especially now that the hype died a bit. But I was always worried the hype would ruin it but it didn’t thankfully. Each episode was very exciting to watch, in fact I don’t dislike any of these episodes at all, I especially love the end of Episode 7. I’ll get this out of the way, I definitely ship Victuri, I am one of those fangirls that got too excited over their relationship and I can’t remember the last time an anime couple made me fangirl that much. Watching Yuri grow more confident and become a better ice skater was such a delight, the anime took so much time to develop him.

1I absolutely adore the individual characters of Yuri and Victor who are both so adorable, Victor especially! My problem though is they have too many characters to the point I couldn’t keep up and the thing is a lot of these characters were interesting and likable but a lot of them also were easily pushed to the sidelines. The characters I got annoyed at though were the triplets, I don’t know they just really annoyed me. Can I also appreciate how the anime doesn’t have a crappy ending, it just ends on a satisfactory level but still leaves you wanting more.

I’ll get this out of the way, I do really love the opening, I don’t need to go on about it4 because everyone else has. The ending sequence is pretty good and so is the OST. The animations although very good and the ice skating sequence as mesmerizing and beautiful as they were, the anime definitely recycles their animations and I’m not usually one to notice it but this anime made it obvious and that just seems cheap. Also I love the character designs for all the characters particularly Yurio who had such a graceful appearance despite the asshole character I love.

 Do I like it?: Yes, yes, yes!! Yuri!!! On Ice is the best anime I’ve seen this year… so far. I loved every episode and I am weak for yaoi ships so that just added a lot. Though I do think the anime would’ve been a million times better if they had a whole Dirty Dancing “Time of my Life” little dance sequence between Yuri and Victor in the last episode…

Recommended: As much as I love Yuri!!! On Ice, it’s easy to pick out who wouldn’t. Though Yuri!!! On Ice has a lot going for it, it’s definitely an anime for the yaoi lovers or in general for anybody who enjoys sports animes like Free!

What do you think of Yuri!!! On Ice. I am prepared for any fangirling or rants, so let me know. Till next time 🙂

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Natsu no Arashi (Season 1) Anime Review

Synopsis: So Natsu no Arashi follows a thirteen year old boy named Hajime Yasaka who is staying at his grandfather’s house over the summer. He one day goes into this cafe and meets this girl named Sayako Arashiyama (a.k.a Arashi). A man comes into the cafe to take Arashi back to her relatives by force but Hajime saves her and runs off. He eventually discovers Arashi is a ghost who died during World War II in 1945 and he can connect with Arashi to travel through time.

My Thoughts

The anime caught my attention since its made by Jin Kobayashi who created the manga to 2.gifSchool Rumble which I have talked about time and time again, being my favorite anime. Natsu no Arashi is a fun and entertaining series and it is funny even though sometimes the jokes drag on particularly the “pass me the salt” one which got annoying, like can someone give the man some salt! Anyway, there’s also plenty of drama and honestly I loved it, it’s intense and surprisingly although it’s not really accurate it’s still confronting when it comes to the topic of World War II which I find to be the most fascinating yet terrifying part of our history. However with the drama during the last few episodes it only felt out of place.

1.gifThe characters were all a lot of fun and were each entertaining, likable and well-developed. However I wish they involved the character, who is nicknamed “Shades” more into into the story since he’s a funny and interesting character. I also do appreciate the way they treat Jun’s character rather than taking an overly cliche route with them. I do like the bond between all of the characters, particularly the one between Kanako and Yayoi, Hajime and Arashi and Kaya and Jun.

I absolutely love the opening theme and its already stuck in my head. The ending song is3.gif also really good which says a lot because a lot of ending songs are not that appealing unlike this one. The OST is pretty good they have some similar ones to School Rumble but one OST that stood out was the one that plays in the intro to almost all episodes. The anime is only in Japanese, but the voice actors all did a great job however my only problem is Yayoi’s cry in the one episode that bugged me. I love all the character designs which is great cause most of the characters in some way resemble a character from School Rumble. My favorite character design was for Arashi and Kaya since they both look stunning. The animation is either average or really good however it stood out to me when they copy the anime, Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei’s style which makes sense since their both made by Studio Shaft but they ESPECIALLY imitated Zetsubou-sensei’s “I’m in despair” thing.

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Do I like it?: Yes, definitely. The anime though not as good as School Rumble, was still entertaining and most of its drama was fantastic. I will watch Season 2 and potentially discuss or review it but don’t expect that any time soon.

Recommended?: It is not the greatest comedy but its enough to keep you entertained and interested. If you like School Rumble or other comedy animes you’ll most likely enjoy Natsu no Arashi, so I recommend it.

Thanks for reading my review? Do you like this anime, will gladly hear your thoughts? Also be posting something for tomorrow and Thursday. Till next time 🙂

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