Forces of Destiny: April 2018 ComLINKS

*This post is part of a link up started by Jenmarie over at Anakin and His Angel. Each month she has a different galactic topic for us to explore and write about. This month we’re talking about our favorite episode so far from season 2 Forces of Destiny!

“The choices we make, the actions we take, moments both big and small- shape us into forces of destiny.” // Maz Kanata, Forces of Destiny Introduction

Disney just released new episodes for Forces of Destiny! I honestly love these adorable little shorts because they offer us inside looks into the characters we already know and love! I especially love that Disney has focused on the female characters of Star Wars for this show. I think that it’s so great that we can show little girls (and big girls!) that it’s totally cool for them to love Star Wars!

 

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Disney released this series last year, and they just recently added some more shows for season 2! It was really hard for me to pick a favorite, but I decided to go with episode 2, “Unexpected Company.” First, I loved this one because it features my fave girl Ahsoka Tano again! It also showed the awkward relationship between Anakin and Padme, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. The best part of this episode, however, was the last 30 seconds.

Padme: “You know, you and Anakin make a good team.”

Ahsoka: “Thanks…. I could say the same about the two of you.”

Padme: (looking very guilty) “Thank you, Ahsoka.”

Soooooo….. Ahsoka knows?! Honestly it totally made my day knowing that she does!

That episode was my favorite, but I wanted to give an honorable mention to “The Path Ahead.” It’s an episode featuring Luke and Yoda. No female characters are in this episode. So why would Disney decide to change up their show, which was to feature the women of Star Wars, and have an episode with only male characters?

To show that Star Wars is for everyone. We don’t need to have a special show just for female characters and a special show just for male characters. Forces of Destiny isn’t a girl’s show. It’s a Star Wars show. And Star Wars is for everyone. Girls, boys, grandparents, business owners, gamers, musicians, scientists, politicians, teachers, mothers, fathers- everyone. Star Wars is for fans who’ve been around since 1977, or fans whose first Star Wars movie was The Last Jedi.

Star Wars is for everyone.

Have you watched Forces of Destiny? Which episode was your favorite? And I’d love to hear how you feel about Star Wars being for everyone! Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert!

I first saw an ad for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra playing the film score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last year. I wanted to go so badly, but I was going to be out of town during the show. I was so disappointed! So when I saw that they were doing it again with the Chamber of Secrets, I knew I had to get a ticket!Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

I decided to go all out in my Hufflepuff uniform! I hadn’t been able to debut my new robe or cardigan yet, so I was very excited for the chance to do it! I’m usually a pretty shy person and don’t like to be noticed with my outfits, so I was a little nervous that I was going to be too extra.

But my fears were instantly put aside when I arrived! Lots of kids (and plenty of adults) were dressed up in the Hogwarts best! Wands, robes, scarves, and ties were seen everywhere! I felt really confident in my outfit, and was really happy that I decided to go all out! I definitely learned that if you love something, don’t be ashamed about it! Have fun, be yourself, and experience the magic!

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Me and my Potterhead friend Whitney!

 

I would totally do this again! Since I’ll be moving to Arizona this summer, I’m already stalking the Phoenix Symphony to see when their shows are!

Have you been to one of these movies in concert before? What did you see? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

6 Reasons Why Slytherins are Amazing

Or perhaps in Slytherin, You’ll make your real friends, These cunning folks use any means to achieve their ends. // The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is part of a series I’m doing on each of the Hogwarts’ houses! You can check out Hufflepuff here (Ravenclaw and Gryffindor coming soon!)

Slytherins get a lot of bad rap- mostly because of our boy Draco Malfoy and many of the Death Eaters. Oh, and maybe because He Who Must Not Be Named himself was in that house. But a few bad apples don’t ruin the whole bunch! I’m here to tell you 6 reasons why Slytherins are super awesome.

 

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  1. Slytherins are ambitious. If you need something done or want something desperately- the Slytherins are your friends! They aren’t going to let something they want slip through their grasp. They’ll work their tails off until they get it. Nothing is too hard for them!
  2. Slytherins are cunning. The snake isn’t the mascot for Slytherin house on coincidence! Slytherins cook up plans that are almost fool-proof every time. They can read between the lines and find the loop-holes in almost everything. Slytherins aren’t going to let a few snags get in their way!
  3. Slytherins are resourceful. They aren’t wasting time or money willy-nilly because they can’t make up their mind. They’re going to plan out what’s needed and find the best deals to make it happen. If you’re having a party, you’ll definitely need to look up your nearest Slytherin for help. They’ll make sure it’s the best it can be (remember they’re ambitious!), but also make sure it’s not going to break the bank if it doesn’t have to.
  4. Slytherins are leaders. Slytherins are the ones you can look up to. They’re the ones taking the ship by the wheel when everyone else is floating in the breeze. They’re going to stand tall for their beliefs- no matter what. You might even call them traditionalists! They’re that solid rock that we all need in our lives.
  5. Slytherins have charisma. People are drawn to Slytherins. They just have something about them! They have big personalities that make people appreciate what they have to offer. They’re going to draw people in.
  6. Slytherins are disciplined. Once a Slytherin makes up his/her mind about something, they’ll stick to it. Starting a new workout plan? The Slytherin isn’t going to quit three days into it. Trying to get on the honor roll? The Slytherin is going to study every day for it. Looking for a job promotion? The Slytherin is going to be the best employee he/she can be. They’re not quitters.

 

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Obviously, these traits aren’t just for Slytherins! There are plenty of charismatic Ravenclaws, disciplined Hufflepuffs, and resourceful Gryffindors. The Sorting Hat listens to your desires, so you can be in whichever house you feel like is the best fit!

What house do you belong in? Do you have any other ways that Slytherins are amazing? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Fandom Fashion: Po-Zu Rey Boots- Why You Should Definitely Be Buying These (Even if You’re Not a Star Wars Fan)

If you’re a Star Wars cosplayer (especially if you do Rey), you’ve probably debated on purchasing the official Rey boots from Po-Zu. I’m currently working on putting together a Rey cosplay (TFA/Scavenger), and decided to splurge on the Po-Zu boots!

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And boy am I glad I did!

I cannot say enough good things about them! I was super nervous because I was ordering internationally. If they didn’t fit or something was wrong, I was going to have to fit the bill to return/exchange them, and I didn’t want to do that! Especially because they do have a pretty hefty price tag. I was really careful to measure my foot exactly like the instructions said. I also read the reviews A LOT.

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When I finally hit the purchase button, I was even more nervous! But they showed up in about a week (which is amazing since they come from Europe and I live in Hawaii- the USPS can’t always deliver me a package from the mainland in that short of a time period!). The box was gorgeous, and the shoes were packaged so nicely! They were even more beautiful in person.

Then came the moment of reckoning! I put the shoes on and they were a perfect fit! I tried them on with regular no-show socks, and the fit was amazing. I haven’t tried them on with thick socks, but they will still be able to fit because I had wiggle room. Plus, I’m going to be moving to Arizona this summer, and planning on cosplaying with them there (and crossing my fingers to join the Rebel Legion!). I don’t want to be sweating in them, so the regular socks will probably be my go-to.

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The fit was perfect, but the comfort level was off the charts. I have never worn a shoe that was as cushion-y as these! I definitely could walk around a convention center, hike up the stairs on Ahch-To, and battle with Kylo Ren and not feel sore! I was worried that the shoe would be a cosplay-only shoe, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be living in them all fall/winter!

You might be thinking, well I’m not into cosplay and I’m not wanting to have any galactic boots, so why should I get these? One of the coolest aspects of these shoes isn’t that they are screen accurate, comfortable, or just plain awesome. It’s that they are ethical and natural! These shoes weren’t made in sweat factories by children. Also, none of the materials used are harmful to the workers in the factories. Because of the care and concern put into these shoes, the price is higher. But these aren’t shoes that you’ll throw away after a season. These are shoes you’ll be able to wear for years. They won’t end up with the millions of pairs of shoes that end up in landfills. And since they’re natural, when you do decide it’s time to part with them (which will probably be never for me!), you’ll feel better about it!

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The company also makes casual Rey shoes (inspired by her tabards), tennis shoes with porgs, Rebel/Resistance shoes, Chewbacca boots, and Rey’s Jedi boots! Men can grab some screen accurate shoes of Finn and Poe, stormtrooper boots, and Star Wars designed tennis shoes as well. And most of these shoes come in children’s sizes too (which are less expensive, so if you have small feet you can save yourself some money!).

You can still join in on the fun without Star Wars themed shoes though! Po-Zu has lots of other “regular” styled shoes that you can purchase!

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Have you purchased these boots? Or any shoes from Po-Zu? I’m definitely planning on getting some more in the future! Let me know which ones I should get in the comments!

 

 

 

Spoiler Free Review of “Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad” by Christie Golden

It’s all for the glory of the Empire, honey, and don’t you forget it. // Dahna, Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

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As evil as the Galactic Empire was, I absolutely love reading about it- especially from the perspective of those working for it. I guess it feeds into my Dark Side a little bit! So when I saw this book at Target, I decided to give it a go.

I’ve never once played any real Star Wars video games (unless we count Lego Star Wars on my Gameboy Advanced!). I don’t even own a video game system. (I know- I’m a disgrace to nerd culture.) So I was a little worried I would be completely lost while reading this. I also never read the prequel for the original Battlefront game. But you definitely do not need to to have played the video game, or read the prequel for the first video game. I thoroughly enjoyed the book without any of the background knowledge.

The story was intriguing, and seeing the “special forces” of the Empire was a lot of fun. If you like reading about spies, you’ll also enjoy this book! At times it seemed like the story was a bit slow (especially at the beginning), but as you got into it the plot thickened and got a lot more interesting.

After I read the book, I did decide to go and watch the cutscenes (or “movie”) from the video game. It’s basically the in-between times of the game-play with the story-line. It definitely added perspective to the story! Even if you are like me and don’t play video games, I highly recommend doing this! You can watch it below, but be prepared that it’s almost 2 hours long. You can also watch the “up next” video which shows some set-up to The Last Jedi.

Iden Versio was definitely a favorite character of mine. Her character was developed in a way that made you sympathize with her (which you don’t always feel when reading about the “bad guys”). The book also makes watching the cutscenes more emotional!

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

6 Reasons Why Hufflepuffs are Amazing

You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, And unafraid of toil; // The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Today is an unofficial (but official on social media) Hufflepuff pride day! It’s also the first day of spring which seems pretty fitting to me! (Although, as a Hufflepuff, I’m more autumn-leaning!)

Hufflepuffs don’t seem to get a lot of respect, and they’re often pinned as the weak ones or the “leftover” house. When I took the test on Pottermore, I was honestly sorely disappointed to get Hufflepuff. I would have gladly taken anything else. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I really was a Hufflepuff, and we Puffs are pretty awesome.

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Here’s why:

  1. Hufflepuffs are loyal. Insult a Puff (and while they may be a little upset for a while), they won’t hold it against you. They’re forgiving and understanding. We tend to look for the positives in people. We’re not going to let a silly misunderstanding, a lack of judgment, or hormones change how we feel about you.
  2. Hufflepuffs are hard-working. People often see us as just hanging around the Herbology greenhouses or stuffing our faces with cookies. While we might do this occasionally, we are driven people. Give us a task that we enjoy, and we will spend all of our time, resources, and mental strength on it. We don’t do things halfheartedly.
  3. Hufflepuffs are creative. This is true about all of the houses really, but I think we Puffs are pretty good at it. Since we see the world in a different light, we can use our imaginations at a whole new level. Who is the person daydreaming in class? It’s most likely a Hufflepuff. Who’s that person frantically jotting down that story idea on the bus? Probably a Puff. Who’s spending their weekend working on a new piece of art? You got it, probably a Hufflepuff.
  4. Hufflepuffs are kind. This goes along with being loyal- we’re going to stand up for you no matter what. We look out for the little guy. We make friends with the ones who don’t have any. It’s almost like we have a radar for those people who might be unloved. Need a friend? Hufflepuffs are there for you!
  5. Hufflepuffs are cozy. We’re not the party-ers. We’re not the daring adventurers. We’re not running around like crazy trying to get things done. In fact, you’ll probably have to push and prod to get us out of the house to a big gathering. Most of us are introverts, which mean we recharge by being alone. After a long day at work or school, we’re going to be found reading a book with a cup of tea. We’re going to be on a walk in the woods. We’re going to be snuggled by the fire. It doesn’t mean we don’t like loud gatherings, but they can be overwhelming. So if you need someone to just sit quietly with you, look up your closest Hufflepuff.
  6. Hufflepuffs are good listeners. We’re usually not trying to be the center of attention. If you’ve got a problem, we’ll listen. We might not be able to solve it, but we’ll definitely be there for you. We’ll give you a shoulder to cry on. We’ll smile and nod. We’ll make you a cup of coffee to warm your soul.

Obviously, many of these traits can be found in other houses too! I know super kind Slytherins, Ravenclaws who love to listen, and Gryffindors who are so creative! The great thing about your Hogwarts house is that you can have all of these traits and belong to whatever house you’d like- because the Sorting Hat always takes your opinions into consideration!

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Sorting hat scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’d love to know what house you belong to! Do you think there are some other ways that Hufflepuffs are amazing? What are some characteristics that make YOU amazing? Comment below!

(And don’t worry if you’re not a Puff- I’ll be blogging about ALL of the houses in the future!)

 

A Tribute to Star Wars: Rebels- March 2018 ComLINKS

*This post is part of a link up started by Jenmarie over at Anakin and His Angel. Each month she has a different galactic topic for us to explore and write about. This month we’re talking about our favorite scene from Star Wars: Rebels Season 4!

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*WARNING: Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 spoilers ahead*

I was definitely late (very late) to the party when it came to Star Wars: Rebels. I don’t have cable, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay the money to buy the show on Amazon for a kids’ cartoon. But after watching The Last Jedi, I decided to give The Clone Wars a try (I just really needed something to tie me over until the DVD release!). It was on Netflix, and I figured if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be out any extra money. And then if TCW was good, I would purchase Rebels

I’m so glad I tried it. The Clone Wars started out a little slow (and the animation was a little weird to me at first), but I ended up loving it! (And becoming a major fan of Ahsoka Tano in the process.) Since I knew Ahsoka appeared in Rebels, I decided I would pay for the show. And just like with TCW, I am so glad I did!

I binged watched all 4 seasons (except for the last part of season 4) in about 3 weeks. I laughed and cried all the way through it. I loved watching Ezra grow as a Jedi, seeing Sabine find out who she really was inside, laughing at Chopper’s sarcastic beeps, watching Zeb build relationships with the crew, seeing Hera’s compassion, and watching Kanan grow as a mentor. Seeing Ahsoka become an even stronger person than she was in TCW was also amazing!

It’s hard to pick a favorite scene in season 4 because it was such an emotional roller coaster. I can still barely think about Kanan’s death without getting that emotional jerk in my heart. What really got me was right before he died, when his eyes became clear again. He could physically see Hera one last time. (Sorry, is someone cutting onions here???) Honestly, I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest.

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Fast forward to the finale and seeing Ezra sacrifice himself like he did made the tears flow again. But that last scene with Sabine and Ahsoka? I squealed with delight. And the kicker? And seeing little Jacen Syndulla, Spectre 7? I about fell out of my chair. That moment was the icing on the cake for an incredible run for this show.

So yes, this is definitely more than one favorite scene. But I think it’s impossible to narrow down to just one favorite!

Now that Rebels is over, I feel like I’ve lost some very good friends. (But the good news is I now own the entire series so I can visit them anytime I want!) But I’m really looking forward to see what new shows and ideas Lucasfilm and Disney come out with in the future! I would LOVE to see something with Sabine and Ahsoka, or even seeing Jacen as a member of the Resistance!

I’d love to hear about your favorite Rebels moment in the comments! Or let me know what Star Wars show you’d love to see in the future!

We will each be challenged- our trust, our faith, our friendships, but we must persevere, and in time, a new hope will emerge. May the Force be with you, always.

-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Spark of the Rebellion)