‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Genre: Cartoon, Comedy, Sci-fi, adventure

Number of seasons/episodes: 7 seasons (Last one underway) and around 6/13 episodes per season

Rating: 5 stars (If I could, I would give all the stars in the universe to this show)

(Review)

When a pilot returns from a mission gone awry, four Earth teens- Keith, Lance, Hunk and Pidge are sucked into a different world where they have to defend the universe against an evil alien force known as the Galra Empire who wants to take over the entire universe.

Season 1

Lance, Hunk and Pidge are students at the Garrison and their safety is compromised when an alien spaceship lands on Earth. They find a pilot who was claimed to be missing (Shiro) and together, they become Paladins to go to find the Lions of Voltron, enlisting the help of Princess Allura and Coran.

This cartoon gave me serious Avatar: The last airbender vibes! Almost like if you sent the Power rangers after Thanos with an army plus elements from Zak Storm.

My favourites would be Allura and Keith, but personality wise, I would click with Pidge. Shiro being such an older brother was hilarious. I love that Allura is really selfless and brave while Keith is such an emo kid who struggles to talk about his feelings😂 (This is so me)
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The comedy was pretty funny as well. I love that there were obstacles and they couldn’t immediately form Voltron properly. I love that Shiro’s mysterious past ended up helping them. I love that the circumstances force them to make the best decisions despite it being the hardest one.

Good message about hope and not giving up even though all hope seems lost. The ending was a cliff-hanger that hooked you immediately!

Season 2

We see more about how Shiro managed to escape the clutches of Zarkon. We also find out about the Blade of Marmora, a rebellion group wanting to take down the Galra Empire.

Shiro really shows off more of his leadership in this season, showing us that the Black lion indeed did choose the leader of Voltron well. We find out some revelations about Keith as well, getting a glimpse between the brotherly relationship between the two.

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Majority of this season, I was frustrated that Keith didn’t talk to Shiro more, but I really understood that as well, being someone who is unable to talk about my feelings much.

I love that you think the stakes can never get higher, but they always do. Something else always seems to come along and make things worse, as though the universe is waiting for the perfect time to send something to kill them.

At the end of this season, we are introduced to Prince Lotor, Zarkon’s son.

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Season 3

Basically in this season, I fell in love with Prince Lotor 😂 He’s a skilled fighter and charismatic! It’s no doubt you can see why he is Zarkon’s son.
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Keith is forced to take up leadership, but it’s not a very good sight to see. His personality shows in his leadership and it definitely needs work since he rashly makes decisions.

For a show that doesn’t have romance, the characters and story really kept me drawn in.

We learn more about the history of the original Paladins and how they and Voltron came to be.

 

Season 4

Keith struggles in maintaining leadership and being there for the team as he steps up to join the Blade of Marmora.

This season was me mainly missing Keith. (This gif is basically me)

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We follow Pidge’s story mainly, but also see Lotor redeeming himself in this season. The broadened Voltron coalition is working together.

Season 5

This season was me basically screaming that the episodes feel shorter since I’ve fallen in love with the show after the first season and keep wanting to see more of their antics.

Lotor is such a good actor and manipulator, I love him as a villain though. By this point, I really actually liked him (Of course I like Keith more) but Lotor is coming in a close second.

I did feel that they should have kept in more contact with the blade of marmora so that they both know what is going on.

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– Random gif of Lance doing his ‘razzle dazzle’ (I just wanted more gifs so that you don’t get bored reading my review)

 

Season 6

Something seems to be wrong with Shiro and the Paladins work with Lotor to secure the Galra empire.  Allura and Lotor get along in this season, possibly leading to something more. We are introduced to Romelle in this season.

The RPG episode was fun, but I wanted to see Keith too T.T

In this season, we can see why Shiro means so much to Keith after a series of flashbacks.

And it ends with the Paladins finally returning to Earth.

Season 7

We see even more flashbacks of the relationship between Shiro and Keith and how Shiro saw Keith’s potential and despite him being emo and a rule-breaker, he gives him a chance.

Prior to leaving for Kerberos, Shiro actually had a boyfriend named Adam! (I’ll talk more about this at the end of the review).

I love that we get to see Keith’s leadership again and how he’s becoming such a good leader as compared to the earlier episodes! I need a teleporting wolf too😂

The filler episode of the TV show had me dying😂 Seeing the Galra family like that was weird, but kinda nice too?

This season definitely brought the build up needed emotionally! Commander Holt and his wife low-key saved Earth!

My heart was already torn by season 6, and season 7 ripped it out and tossed it into the void. I waited a few days before returning to watch this season because I really didn’t want it to end. I really cried for Hunk’s motivations and story in this season.

Excited and worried for season 8. As someone who loves romance, I actually don’t want to see any couples, TBH, I just want them to focus on saving the universe. (Maybe I’m just salty because my ship wouldn’t be true😂)

 

Talking about ships:

I heard a ton of toxic stuff about the ships in the fandom, but I would like to say that everyone can ship who they want to ship. I respect that everyone has different ships you would ship, even if I don’t like them. So this point leads me to the next part of my post explaining why I’m not a fan of certain ships.

Okay, I mainly ship Kellura (Keith X Allura), and I know that a lot of people actually don’t support this ship and that’s cool. (Here’s my favourite scene for this ship though) This is the least possibility of coming true (but just let me dream).
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Okay, back to Shiro and Adam! Unfortunately (SPOILER ALERT) Adam dies relatively quickly after being introduced and dashes our hopes of having a happy reunion with Shiro. I was actually happy to find out about Shiro’s ex-boyfriend and was one of those who actually wanted them to rekindle their relationship, so I was definitely disappointed. Also I think a death wasn’t the best way to handle things. It was definitely good representation, but probably not the best way to handle things.

Moving on to why I don’t ship Allurance (Allura and Lance), is because it seemed like Allura only payed more attention/ realised lance’s potential AFTER Lotor dumped her and I think Lance deserves better, not saying that Allura doesn’t deserve better, because I love her as a character too. I just feel that they need more development (more than the last season can provide) before this relationship becomes more believable (to me).

I apologize in advance to fans, but I definitely do not ship Axca and Keith because Keith doesn’t even look interested in her (in that way) and we barely know anything about Axca. It just dropped like a bomb without any build up (even the last season won’t be able to rectify it).

Instead, I feel that since we started without ships, we should end it without any ships and focus on the ‘family’ route, meaning that we finish with friendship. Don’t get me wrong, after everything the characters have been through, I want them to be freaking happy, so happy until the whole universe can see it, but I do think that all of them remaining friends would be the best solution. I think they should focus on the friendships forged while they battled the Galra as voltron, I mean the show started off like that and I think ending it like that would be more impactful than a ton of forced relationships

Have you watched this cartoon before? Let me know some of your favourite cartoons in the comments down below!

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Book review: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (3.5 stars)

“Sometimes the loneliest you could be was surrounded by people who didn’t understand you.”

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Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Genre: YA, Retelling, Romance, Sci-fi

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Stella works onboard the Stalwart as an engineer, but she hates the job. When she gets accepted and hired by a private ship, the Rochester, as a governess, she jumps at the opportunity. People are eager to burst her bubble as rumours of hauntings surround the private ship and the young captain is notorious for being drunk. After an attempt on Hugo’s life has been made, Stella is determined for answers.

I really liked the world building, tone and writing style. I also read that this book was supposed to be a retelling of the classic story Jane Eyre, which I had never read before until AFTER I read this book (I really wasn’t kidding when I said I don’t read classic books).

The pacing was on the slow side, but that really helped to build the suspense of the story, however, I did feel that the pacing between the character relationships was a little too fast for my taste. Overall, the story was not bad, but I was not emotionally connected to the characters or the story.

Fans of The Lunar Chronicles and The 100 will enjoy this book.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (4 stars)

(I received a free review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)

“I’m taking back my life, one kiss at a time.”

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Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Release date: 18th December 2018)

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Zae’s boyfriend cheats on her and her parents are arguing frequently, their marriage falling to pieces, Zae’s had enough. She and her friends create a contest, on who can kiss the most amount of boys, no feelings attached.

I really emphasised and felt bad for Zae. Although she is a cheerleader, she’s definitely not the stereotypical one, but one that is true and humane with a backstory.

I enjoyed how the story progressed and spiralled downwards really quickly. The book is also really deeper than it seems. It was a really cute book and I definitely wanted to see more of Zae and Joel because I didn’t want this book to end!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (3.5 stars)

Many people would pass in and out of that car, but that lip print would stay.”

“Jenny would stay.”

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Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Jenny is a straight As student while Chance is a notorious playboy. When their paths cross as they get paired up for their Oral Communications class, they spin a lie, that they have been friends since forever. And so begins a dangerous game of ‘friends’, interwoven with lies as they manoeuvre through the lies, hoping that it will become the truth eventually.

Jenny and Chance are so cute together! I love that they were really extreme opposites in many ways but really ended up being good friends to each other.

I liked the overall story progression and development and felt that this story was really realistic in a way. I definitely related with Jenny and found this book to be a very cute read!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Food Review: VeganBurg (3.5 stars)

Well, just a little background about me, I grew up mainly with a pescatarian diet, nibbling a little on meat (maybe once in 2 weeks or a month) before stopping it ever since I hit 18 (I’m 22 now). I’ve always wanted to become vegetarian, or even better, vegan, but it’s really difficult to become vegetarian, much less vegan in my country since the prices of vegetables and meat are almost similar. Most of the ingredients needed for awesome vegan food are insane over here so I usually just stick to vegetables and mushrooms.

Also, there aren’t a ton of places that cater to vegetarians or vegans. But when I can, I definitely try not to eat too much seafood and try to stay as vegetarian as possible!

So me and my mum finally checked out VeganBurg at Singapore’s only outlet over at 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502.

I’ve always wanted to visit it after reading and researching about the place for having vegan burgers, and so me and my mum finally paid a visit today before heading to the library!

So we reached the shop at around 1pm, it was pretty full, but not that full until we couldn’t get a seat.

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The ambience was not bad, music was mainly pop songs and the noise was actually drowned out by the music, but my mum did find the music a little loud, but I was okay with it.

My mum spent around 10 mins to wait to order ( but it might have taken slightly longer because there was only one counter and it was lunch time, with 3 people in front of her), but the cashier was definitely friendly and nice, smiling and questioning with a bright smile on her face.

 

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So on the top of the picture, my mum got the Char-Grilled Satay burger + seaweed fries + ginger lemonade

I was pretty shocked at her burger since it was definitely how I imagined meat to taste like (FYI, the most meaty thing I ate was like McChicken from McDonalds a few times, other than that, I have never had a meat burger, I always went for the fish instead). The seaweed fries were a little on the salty side (but I love salty stuff) and found it really good since it was thick and crispy. For the Ginger Lemonade, I am definitely not a fan of ginger, but the lemonade masked it really well!

 

At the bottom of the photo was what I got, Creamy shrooms burger + broccoli + orange juice

I wasn’t a big fan of the over-shroominess of the sauce, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE mushrooms, but I did feel that the sauce did make it a little too overpowering but I was okay with the patty. The broccoli was lightly seasoned with salt and lemon juice and it was really refreshing and it tasted really good dipped with the chilli sauce. The orange juice was really tangy and sour, which I really liked.

 

I loved that they also reduced wastage by only giving straws when asked and you could take as many napkins as you only needed.

We waited about 15-20 minutes for the preparation of the food.

My overall rating would be 3.5 stars, I would come back if I were in the area, but not specifically drive or come over to this place just to get the burgers.

For me, if I really turn vegan, I would want to eat food that authentically tasted like vegetables. Because for me, I actually like the taste of vegetables, but not meat. So if I ever turn vegan, I would rather eat a patty that tasted like vegetables since I would probably know what I was eating.

I think for this case, it wasn’t that the food was bad, but my personal preference since that burgers over at VeganBurg were a little too ‘meaty’ tasting for me. But I think it would be great for long time meat eaters who want to try out veganism or to slowly try to transition into a vegan.

Anime Review: Magic Kyun! Renaissance (4 stars)

“The moment you doubt your hard work is the moment it becomes worthless.”

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Anime Review: Magic Kyun! Renaissance (4 stars)


Genre: Magic, Music, Romance, School, Shoujo

Number of episodes: 13 (Completed)

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

Kohana dreams of being a great floral arranger like her mother, so she transfers to Hoshinomori school of magical arts in hopes to be an artista. Upon her arrival, she finds out that she is severely lacking but gets chosen to be on the Summer festival executive committee along with 6 other guys.

The music used were a ton of emotional and uplifting instrumental pieces.

Teika and Kohana look so cute together already! We meet the six other guys, Teika, who sings, Aoi, who does calligraphy, Anjo who dances, Kanato who plays the Cello and always likes to help everyone/big brother figure, Monet who only colours in black and white, Rintaro who is Monet’s cousin and does sculpting.

Kohana is optimistic and you’ll be rooting for her since the very start.

I love the concept of this anime since it mixes art with magic! I like that the first half was more light hearted and introduced all the characters and the 2nd half started focusing on the more deeper and emotional aspects of the characters. I like the darker twist in the 2nd half but did feel that it was sudden, but it was great as well.

I actually wanted to see them become Artista Prince and Princess and hope that there will actually be a season 2!

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

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