How to Not Make Your Manga Suck

It’s inevitable that people will get sick of a certain manga series because the story’s getting too clichéd or there seems to be no significant plot development whatsoever. There are plenty of ways to prevent these things from happening to your manga story.

Fairy Tail

Try to at Least Keep the Story Going

One of the biggest blunders (and at the same time marketing tactic) to keep fans on their toes is adding up a lot of side stories and fillers to make the story longer. Some people have this mindset that if a manga series has a lot of chapters, it’s going to sell like pancakes. While this may apply to well-crafted manga, this tactic doesn’t work for the vast majority.

Battle Royale

Do Not Let a Lot of Characters Die

Some mangakas love to follow the things that the author of Game of Thrones did to his series. It shouldn’t be that way. Not all stories turn interesting if a lot characters die. Almost always, this ploy just comes off as very lazy scriptwriting. Worse, it could come off as an overused tactic to just remove several unimportant characters in the plot. Remember that not all fans like this idea. Try to be in their shoes just for once and you will know how they feel about it. Regardless if the character is just a protagonist or a supporting character, it sucks to see one awesome character die.

Plot Twist

Unbelievable Plot Twists

There are some plotlines that are “too good to be true” and they don’t really go well with the entire manga story. It all boils down to proper scriptwriting and how you are going to transition everything well. If you are a mangaka who is has a minor weakness in this area, it doesn’t hurt in hiring yourself a scriptwriter. Or at least get the entire manga crew to help you out with it.

Factors That Push You into Making a Regrettable Manga Purchase

Like purchasing other stuff like sub-par clothes or shoes online, purchasing the wrong manga is inevitable.

Buying Manga

However, it’s not something for you to get depressed about. In fact, small blunders like this can be remedied. There are also options you can take to make it worth it in the end. It’s a matter of finding ways and not complaining of what has happened already.

Contacting the Seller for the Mistake

There’s nothing wrong in contacting the seller of the manga and asking for a replacement or your money back. To make processes like this smooth, always keep a copy of the receipt and/or the packaging as sellers almost always will ask for a proof of purchase. Keeping a record of the online transaction details are important too.

A caveat: if there is insufficient proof of purchase or the circumstances confirm that it was you who made a mistake, it would be very hard to refund it or replace the volume. This is why it is important that before purchasing, be sure to double check your filled-up order form before submitting.

Selling Manga

Sell It

There’s no use in incessantly complaining about your purchase. Sell it instead. It’s up to you if you plan to sell it at the same price or at a lower price point to get a better chance disposing of the volume as soon as possible. There are many way to get it sold: post an ad on eBay or ask your manga-loving friends if they might be interested in it.

Trade it for Something Else

If it’s impossible to sell it, trade it with another manga. It’s a win-win situation for you and for the other party. Just make sure that you and the one purchasing the volume have agreed to the price the volume (its volume number, title, its state—is it damaged? Does it have a few pages missing?—etc to be sold before finalizing everything to prevent complications.

Refund and Replacing

If it’s confirmed that it’s the mistake of the seller for selling you the wrong manga, then you can ship back the item for a replacement or ask for a refund. Just make sure that the item is still in mint condition and the plastic packaging has not been removed yet.

Quick Movie Facts: Movies with the Most Academy Awards Nominations

For 86 years, the Academy Awards has been annually recognizing achievements in the movie industry. Here are three movies that have received the most Academy Awards nominations:

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel bearing the same name, Gone with the Wind is a historical romance movie which received thirteen nominations. The nominations the film received are as follows: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Recording and Best Music; the movie was also nominated for two honorary awards. Among the thirteen nominations, the movie won ten of them including the two honorary awards.

All About Eve

All About Eve (1959)

Based on the short story The Wisdom of Eve written by Mary Orr in 1946, All About Eve garnered fourteen nominations in the 23rd Academy Awards with two nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. From fourteen nominations, the movie won six namely: Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. All About Eve is the only movie in the history of Academy Awards to receive four female performing nominations.

Titanic

Titanic (1997)

James Cameron’s first highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic garnered fourteen nominations during the 70th Academy Awards. The movie won eleven of them namely Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Song, and Best Original Dramatic Score. Titanic was the second film to receive most wins from the Academy Awards after the 1959 film Ben Hur, which also received eleven wins from The Oscars. In 2004, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became the third film to garner eleven wins from the Oscars.

Movie Guide: Rom-Com Movies That Will Make Your Valentine’s Day More Fun

Tired of watching tearjerker romantic flicks? Then try watching these romantic-comedy films that will not only make you fall in love but also laugh your heart out this coming Valentine’s Day.

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Woman, which stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is the most successful romantic comedy film in the history of America. Twenty–five years later after its theatrical release, this movie will still make you laugh and love. The movie tells the unique love story of Vivien, a fun and carefree woman who works as a hooker for living and Edward, a workaholic businessman. The two meet after Edward gets lost while visiting Los Angeles for a business trip; Edward pays Vivien to help him find the right directions and eventually hires her to escort him in social events while he is in town. Despite having different social classes, the two fall in love with each other.

This Means War

This Means War (2012)

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy, This Means War is an action-romantic comedy film which tells the story of two men falling in love with the same girl. FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck Hansen (Hardy) are partners and best friends who are part of CIA’s elite operatives. However, after blowing up their recent mission, they have to take desk duties to protect their identities. The two meet Lauren (Witherspoon) in different places and fall in love with her without knowing that the girl they love is the same. After finding out that they are dating the same girl, both wage an epic struggle to win the heart of Lauren.

The Other Woman

The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman is a romantic comedy movie starring Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The flick is about a wife who was cheated by her husband not just once but twice. When Kate (Mann)finds out that her husband is cheating on her twice with Carly (Diaz) and Amber (Upton) who both claim that they did not know Mark (Coster-Waldau) was married, the three team up and hatch the perfect revenge for a cheating husband.

Portable Vaporizer as a Smoking Alternative

Vaporizing, commonly referred to as “vaping,” has become a popular alternative to smoking, whether you prefer tobacco cigarettes or cannabis. If you have been smoking tobacco for most of your adult life, then you’re probably tired of hearing people tell you about the risks associated with smoking. You’ve tried so many times to quit the habit, but failed miserably at every attempt. Changing one’s lifestyle is never easy. Contrary to what some may believe, change is neither easy nor always pleasant, especially when cigarette smoking is concerned.

Smokers who have been trying to quit for years may find the solution they’ve been waiting for through vaping. The advent of the vaporizer has provided individuals with a suitable alternative to smoking. One that is safer and a lot healthier than inhaling smoke produced through combustion.

So What Is a Portable Vaporizer?

Ascent Portable Vaporizers

Before you learn more about portable vaporizers, you should probably have at least a rudimentary understanding of the science behind vaporization. Vaping is the process by which herbs, oils, concentrates, and other substances are heated at a suitable temperature in order to transform the active ingredients present in that particular substance into its gaseous state and release them in the form of vapors. Vaporizers are the machines that allow such process to take place.

The initial designs of these devices are generally bulky and require plug-in units for power. These are known as tabletops or desktop vaporizers, and they are frequently used in homes and hospitals for medical purposes. But as the technology behind vaporizing units became more advanced, the development of smaller and more compact vaporizers became possible. As the industry continues to grow, so did the development of more advanced portable handheld vaporizer units, powered by powerful batteries and equipped with a plethora of features and innovative designs.

A heating element provides the necessary heat to initiate the vaporization process. The heating method used varies between each device. There are three basic heat transfer techniques employed on portable vapes: conduction, convection, or a combination of both.

Combustion vs. Conduction vs. Convection

Smoking uses combustion to produce smoke. This involves directly burning the tobacco in order for it to combust and produce smoke, which the smoker then inhales. The problem with combustion is that the smoke it releases carries with it a bunch of toxic chemicals that can cause serious damage to your lungs. In addition to nicotine, there are other harmful chemicals present in tobacco cigarette smoke, including acetone (may cause kidney and liver damage), acrolein (an extremely toxic chemical), amino naphthalene (proven to cause cancer), cadmium (a highly toxic heavy metal), carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide (a lethal poison), and even lead, which causes brain damage. These are just a few of the harmful toxins that you expose yourself to with each drag.

There are e-cigs (electronic cigarettes) out there that are sold as portable dry herb vaporizers. However, these devices simply combust the substance and is no different than lighting a joint or a stick of cigarette. A common misconception is that e-cigs and vape pens are the same as a portable vaporizer. Not really. If you consider the technical aspects of these devices, you will see that e-cigs and vape pens have cylindrical shapes with parts specific to the design. Portable vaporizers are more adaptable when it comes to the technology manufacturers can incorporate in them. Portable vapes are also larger than vape pens, but significantly smaller than tabletops. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Portable vapes utilize either the conduction or convection heat transfer method, with the more expensive models incorporating both.

The conduction process involves heating substances through direct contact to a heated surface. It presents a high risk for combustion when used on dry herbs, but is effective with essential oils and concentrates. The key to avoiding combustion is to carefully watch your vaping temperature. If the temperature is too high, you run the risk of burning your load. Manufacturing conduction vaporizers is easy and relatively cheap, so the price tags on these babies are quite affordable as well.

On the other hand, the convection heating method, utilizes air to transfer heat from the source to the substance being vaporized. This is achieved by way of superheated air being blown through and around the substance to trigger the vaporization process. The herb is not in direct contact with the heated surface, so combustion is less likely. The downside is that convection vaporizers take longer to warm up compared to the conduction method. And vapes equipped with this technology have a higher price tag attached to them.

Which Type of Portable Vaporizer Is the Best Choice to Buy?

Just Vaping & Chillin'Whatever you might have read or heard, there is no single best vaporizer out there. Asking what the best vaporizer to buy is like asking which food or which brand of shoes is the best. Choosing portable vaporizers is all about personal preferences. What you think is the best for you may not be the perfect choice for others. There is a wide variety of top quality vapes available on the market; what you need to do in order to make an informed decision is to perform some research about the makes and models you are interested in.

The key to choosing a good portable vaporizer is to approach it like when you are buying a smart phone or a tablet. Figure out your options and learn about the different features that come with the device. Ask yourself which you would prefer; conduction or convection. Of course, the answer to that question will largely depend on the type of loads you will be vaporizing—dry herbs/flowers, essential oils, or concentrates. Appearance is another consideration you need to think about. Do you need to be subtle? There are portable vaporizers out there that are disguised as asthma inhalers.

Moreover, battery efficiency and charging times are also major deciding factors when it comes to portable devices like vaporizers. You need to be able to use your device for longer periods, otherwise the term “portable” loses its essence, don’t you agree?

Finally, when purchasing a vaporizer, you need to consider where you are buying it from. There are many online retailers and merchants that sell good quality vapes. They may also have special offers that could save you a few bucks upon purchase.

Organic Skincare Products – Separating the Legit from the Fakes

Like any other popular consumer product, organic skincare products are now being sold in two versions—the genuine and the knock-offs. Some unscrupulous individuals take advantage of the great market these products have and use it to fool other people just to earn some money. It can be very frustrating for consumers to find out they’ve been scammed and that the product they bought doesn’t really deliver their expected results.

It’s time to separate the legit from the fakes. Follow these simple tips for judging whether a particular product is the real thing or just an imitation.

Organic Products for Beauty

Look at the Packaging

One of the first indicators that a product is fake is poor-quality packaging. Does the print look faded? Are there some words misspelled? If you see these, then it’s an obvious fake.

Proof of Authenticity Stickers

Sometimes, organic skincare products (soaps, lotions, etc.) bear a holographic or shiny sticker, which serves as proof of their authenticity. This is an indicator that the product is legit and made by the real organic product manufacturers.

Products for Organic Skin Care

Price Difference

Most organic skincare products are cheap because of the ready availability of raw ingredients and materials. If you find that the price is higher than the average organic products sold in the local market, then you are probably looking at a knock-off or a product mixed with artificial ingredients. In the same way, you should also be wary of products that seem overly cheap, as a much lower price could be a tactic to lure you into buying a fake product.

Questionable Dealers

This mostly has to do with online shopping. Wherever possible, do not buy your skincare products online, especially if you’re shopping for organic skincare products. Remember that the only proof of legitimacy they can provide are probably pictures, so it’s a major gamble on your part if you’re going to do business with them.

Dog Facts: Dog Breeds that Make Excellent Watch Dogs

It is a natural ability of dogs to sense danger and protect their adoptive human parents. One of the many advantages of owning a dog is that it makes a good guard. With dogs around your house, intruders won’t easily enter your territory. Dogs also warn you of unusual objects or happenings. They are certainly a good addition to your family because they can act as your stress-reliever and they can also act as your protector. Here are some dog breeds that are known to be exceptional guard dogs:

German Shepherd

German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd is a favorite dog breed among the police because these dogs have certainly proven themselves as great protectors. They are strong, fearless, obedient, and highly trainable. This dog is breed is also very intelligent. In fact, the German Shepherd was ranked the third most intelligent dog breed by researchers of Stanley Coren. German Shepherds are gentle and calm, but when they sense danger or threats to their family or home, they quickly respond. These dogs are overprotective of their pack and adoptive human family.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

The fifth smartest dog breed in the world, the Doberman is also preferred for police or military roles. They are very fast and they are the perfect watch dogs if you have a big property that needs to be protected. Because of their speed, they can easily catch intruders attempting to enter your place. Dobermans may look intimidating and highly aggressive, but they are actually very obedient and good-natured. Doberman Pinschers are also loyal, brave and attentive.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Dog

The Rottweiler is known to be ferocious when it comes to guarding his territory. This dog breed was originally used for herding livestock and pulling carts. Rottweilers are intelligent, loyal, obedient, and highly trainable. They may act cold with strangers, but when they are properly introduced, they quickly become friendly. These dogs are very aggressive in protecting their pack.

Other dog breeds that make excellent guard dogs are the Bullmastiff, Giant Schnauzer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Puli.

The Positive Benefits of Reading More Books

“Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armor for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home”

-Glenda Millard

Technology has definitely made a great impact in our society today. Before, people have to think of ways just to keep themselves from getting bored; today we have gadgets and apps to keep us entertained all day long. We have to wait for weeks and months before we get word from our friends and loved ones who are living on the other side of the world, while today, we can simply call or text them to know if they are doing fine. Reading books has also been a very popular pastime before but today, it seems like only few know the real value of books. Why do we need to read books? Here are some positive benefits of reading books:

vocabulary

Your vocabulary would expand at a much faster rate

Reading books helps you improve your vocabulary. With books, you get to encounter words that you have never heard of; it also helps you internalize those new words. Instead of reading the whole dictionary to find new words, reading books is the easiest way for you to enhance your vocabulary. Why do I need to increase my vocabulary? Having an outstanding vocabulary can help you make a good impression either when you are looking for a job or even friends. An articulate person also always seem smarter than the rest of us. And no, they don’t even need to graduate with flying colors; a person who can express themselves well will always look a bit smarter than the rest of us.

brain activity

Your brain’s connectivity is enhanced

Reading books keeps your brain active and strong. The comprehension and concentration that are required when reading books enhance your brain’s connectivity. Activities such as reading that stimulate the brain help reduce the risk of developing conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Compared to watching TV, reading books make you think, focus, and comprehend—all these help your brain exercise. Reading books doesn’t only expand your vocabulary; it also makes you smarter by keeping your brain active.

You can travel around the world without spending money

This is actually my favorite reason why you should love reading books. Books have the power to make you travel not just around the world but from present to past (and the future!) too. Yes! Books are veritable time machines! Who says I am centuries late to have witnessed Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address, Queen Marie Antoinette of France getting beheaded, or American soldiers celebrating the end of World War II? I read books and I have been a secret witness to the glorious past. Do you want to travel to the far corners of the earth or back in time? Read books.

A book is more than just a written work consisting of pages replete with words. They improve your vocabulary, stimulate your brain, and make you travel around the world. Can you think of any gadgets or inventions that can get you all of these positive benefits that reading books have? I doubt.

Lingerie Facts: The Origin of National Lingerie Day

What’s so special with April 24th? Could it be your mom’s birthday or your wedding anniversary? We might have different reasons why April 24th is special for us, but to make it even more special, let’s join women across the states in celebrating the National Lingerie Day! Haven’t heard about it? Well, there are actually a lot of us that do not know that National Lingerie Day existed. It’s not as popular as Thanksgiving or Christmas but if you are a certified lingerie addict, then you should definitely mark April 24th as a special occasion on your calendar.

NLD eCard

National Lingerie Day started in April 1989; it is a brainchild of the Intimate Apparel Council. The Intimate Apparel Council or IAC is an industry group which is made up of U.S designers, brands, and retailers. They started the concept of celebrating National Lingerie Week in 1989 to “reaffirm the message that intimate apparel is fashion, by having a week-long celebration of in-store promotions, unique prices and fit clinics.” The idea was a success but a few years later it was totally forgotten. However in 2000, the National Lingerie Day gained attention again after a short skit was featured in Saturday Night Live with gift items intended for viewers in celebration of the National Lingerie Week.

National Lingerie Day

A national day is usually staged by commercial organizations such as the Intimate Apparel Council to promote their products and even services. Anyone can actually apply either to the United Nations or their government to have their chosen National day be formalized and it can be approved as long as it is not sexist, racist, or spiteful. The idea of celebrating National Lingerie Day or Week was to make women aware that the intimate industry is still thriving and that lingerie designers and brands are exerting efforts to provide elegant and comfortable lingerie.

Lingerie Hearts

The National Lingerie Day might have petered out a few years ago but it is now starting to gain popularity again. We have social sites like Facebook and Twitter to thank for that; solid lingerie addicts who have never forgotten NLD are also one the reasons why it is becoming quite famous again. Retailers who know about the National Lingerie Day have also made April 24th a special day for lingerie lovers by throwing sales and giving out gift items; some even make nice greeting cards to celebrate the occasion. Lingerie addicts also organized National Lingerie Day-related parties such as all-undies party and other bizarre ideas.

National Lingerie Day Greeting

The National Lingerie Day might be intended to promote an industry, but to make it more personal in your part, try to remember a few things that your lingerie had made to make an ordinary day become special. Lingerie is a powerful piece of garment, we all knew that. It can transform a woman to a femme fatale and enable her to conquer the world by her charm and confidence. Isn’t it enough for us women to celebrate National Lingerie Day? So ladies, let’s now mark April 24th in our calendar and celebrate NLD!

Some Magical Girl Characters Worth Cosplaying

When it comes to anime and manga, one of the genres that stand out from the others would definitely be mahou shoujo or the magical girl genre. This particular genre features girls as protagonists that fight evil and defend what really means a lot to them. Usually the target market for these series is one made up of girls but it gained a lot of attention from other demographics not only in Japan but also in other countries.

Due to its great mainstream popularity since the 90s, this has motivated a lot of young and dedicated cosplayers to portray these characters. Below is a list of a handful of these well-known women with their character descriptions to help you out in picking the right magical girl for you.

Akemi Homura

Akemi Homura – Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Homura is a character in the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In the series, she is both portrayed as an antagonist and a protagonist. She has the ability to travel and stop time and can keep non-magical weapons (guns, rifles, bombs, etc) in her shield. She is about fourteen years of age (though it was said that she had looped through the same month in the series for nearly 100 times) and bears mostly a cold, emotionless expression. She has beautiful long hair and violet or purple eyes.

In the anime, she is mostly seen wearing either her school uniform of the same design as the other main and supporting characters or her magical girl outfit. The latter is drastically less elaborate and colorful compared to those of the series’ other characters. Her shield is small and complex with clockwork gears in its interior. Her personality towards almost everyone is cold and blunt but she bears a very soft side especially to the protagonist, Kaname Madoka.

Akazukin Chacha

Chacha – Akazukin Chacha

Chacha is the main protagonist of the magical girl series Akazukin Chacha. Her human form is portrayed as a little girl wearing a red hood similar to Little Red Riding Hood. As the series progresses, she learns how to cast magic under the tutelage of her mentor Seravy. She gains special items along with her friends Riiya and Shiine, which transforms her into her magical princess alter-ego who plays a very important role in the first half of the anime series.

While transformed, Chacha fights with weapons like her bow, Phoenix Sword, and a shield. She does not cast magic the same way she does in her child form.

Sailor Chibi Moon

Sailor Chibi Moon – Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

Sailor Chibi Moon is considered to be the ninth senshi from the franchise Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. She is the daughter of the series’ main protagonist Sailor Moon (Princess Serenity in her future form) and Mamoru Chiba (King Endymion in future form). Unlike her mother that has blonde hair, she has pink hair and wears a small pink female sailor uniform. Her weapons change and upgrades as the series progress. She portrayed as a nine-year old but she is actually nine hundred years of age.