I am alive, and I’ve returned with a new TC’s Treasures post. Since the last time I wrote this column, I decided to do an overhaul with the way I do this post by creating sub-categories of my favourites I encounter. I’ve broken them down based on type by animes, beauty products, books, food, films, games, mangas, music, and technology — all with alliterative names. This will help keep these columns organised, and if I happen to not have a favourite in that sub-category, then it won’t be on that post. So here are my recent favourites in the new format!
Rezina recommended the Too Cool For School’s Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper several weeks ago, and I had recently visited Time Squares Mall and bought them here. These blotting paper are so cool, and I love how it’s infused with green tea, which just makes it better than regular blotting paper. Also, I agree with Rezina that the case is really functional. It’s like a small make-up case, made of plastic, so it’s sturdier than the cases made of cardboard.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is about the women who suffered from on-the-job radiation poisoning in the early 1900s in the United States. These women came down with many radiation-induced diseases, and they found out that their employers had withheld the information about the poisonous material, so several of them came together to sue and receive compensations. These brave ladies paved the road for the worker’s rights, and I was completely blown away by their stories. This was a super easy read. The scientific and legal part of this story never went over my head, but the book rather focused on the human-interest side of things. I had no idea about this event in history, so this book really opened my eyes. By far, this is the best non-fiction book I’ve read this year.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus is the best young-adult fiction book I’ve read this year so far. This is basically The Breakfast Club meets murder mystery — a group of five archetypal teens have detention together, but one of them ends up dead. This whodunnit novel really made an effect on me to where I read it twice back-to-back. Quite a few of the characters develop well in the novel’s progression, and the mystery of whodunnit did keep me on my toes.
I finally got around to playing Gyakuten Kenji 2, and I thoroughly enjoyed the game. The third case is definitely my favourite, and I did like how all the cases were connected. Playing this game reminded me why I love this franchise for their wacky and lovable characters, intriguing court and investigative cases, and the zaniness that works well!
Even though I had already played the original release, I still bought and played Hakuouki: Kyoto Winds because I wanted to basically “re-play” the game with the new character routes. Plus, the additional characters and plot points that made it into the game make it feel more definite. Of the new characters, Iba Hachirou is my favourite, and I am really glad to see Nagakura Shinpachi and Yamazaki Susumu have their own routes! I can’t say I enjoyed the fact that this was only half a game, though. I hope the second half gets released soon in English.
Back in February or March time-frame, an article about Dunkirk caught my eyes. Being a huge World War II history buff, I was very interested in this film, and I saw it last month in the theatre. This film was a good showcase of what had happened during the Dunkirk evacuation. Despite the battles and the evacuation scenes, this was a very subdued movie showcasing how humans react in crazy events. The cinematography of this film was also top-notch, and I was thrilled to see that Hans Zimmer was the composer!