An Introduction to Yonkoma (4Koma)

Ever heard of the Yonkoma or the 4Koma? It’s actually a type of manga bearing 4 panels on each page or chapter. They sometimes run in a right-to-left horizontal style or in a hybrid 2×2 style. The variation depends on the publishers and the drawing style of the mangaka.

Most 4komas are created for gags and comedy, and they consist mainly of the basis of the story (Ki), the foundation of the story (Sho), the climax (Ten), and the conclusion (Ketsu). They are mostly published first in newspapers, manga magazines, graphic novels, and the like. Some of these 4koma series are later reprinted, but sold in a single volume.

Some Popular 4komas

Below are some titles of popular 4komas that have been published in Japan and overseas.

Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

This is a slice-of-life and comedy 4koma series written by Kiyohiko Azuma from 1999 to 2002. The manga was later turned into an anime series with a total of 26 episodes. It tells the everyday life stories of ordinary high school girls and their two teachers. One of the protagonists, Chiyo, is a gifted child with intelligence that’s highly advanced as compared to her classmates.

K-On

K-On!

This is a story of ordinary girls forming a band while balancing their studies and extra-curricular activities. The 4Koma also had an anime series, which gained instant fame worldwide. The known characters/protagonists are Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Tsumugi, and Asuza.

Kanamemo

– Kana Nakamichi is an orphan who decides to work in a newspaper delivery service to start a new life. The people who worked along with her are all girls, and together they experience different daily situations while balancing school and work.

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Hetalia: Axis Powers

– A story that features personifications of countries with a mix of political and historical references. The series started as a webcomic then later gained fame when it was serialized into a manga and anime.

Movie Facts: Most Loved Disney Animated Films of All Time

Walt Disney Animation Studio is one of the most successful producers of animated films in the movie industry. Since 1937, Disney has been producing exceptional animated flicks that have touched the lives and hearts of viewers. Here are some of the most loved animated films of all time which were created by Disney:

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo tells us the tale of a clownfish named Marlin who is in pursuit to find his kidnapped son Nemo. On his search for Nemo, he met Dory—a regal tang—and together they make a team to find Nemo. The movie was well-received by the audience; it tells us how immeasurable a father’s love is for his child. Finding Nemo also imparts to us that whatever the circumstances are, you’d always find a friend to help you get through it. The animated comedy-drama adventure flick was a box office hit and was named as the highest-grossing G-rated films of all times before Frozen overtook it.

Up

Up (2009)

Another well-loved animated film of Disney Studio is Up. Up is a comedy-drama adventure movie which tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, an elderly widower and Russell, a devoted young wilderness explorer. To fulfill his dreams and his promise to his wife, Carl tied thousands of balloons in his house and set out to explore the wilds of South America. Up is one of the most loved Disney films because it teaches us not to give up on our dreams; it also makes us realize that true love really exists. As a matter of fact, a greater number of viewers empathize with Carl and his wife’s love story than that of Twilight’s.

Frozen

Frozen (2013)

Frozen is Disney’s highest-grossing animated film of all time; the movie has also won a lot of accolades. Inspired from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen recounts the tale of a brave princess named Anna who embarks on an epic adventure to find her errant sister Queen Elsa, whose power have made their kingdom suffer an perpetual winter. The movie shares to us that true love isn’t just between man and woman; it’s about the family.

Forming an All Women E-Sports Team

Women E-Sports Team

Sounds impossible? Not really. There was never a record stating that e-sports organizers ban women to join in prestigious gaming tournaments. So if you and your girl friends are planning to attend a local, national, or international gaming competition (whether it’s either PC or console), then here are some things for you to take note before heading into the gaming arena.

Don’t Get Intimated by the Men Majority Audience

When it comes to e-sports competitions, the majority of audience and competitors that you will usually encounter are men. Don’t get intimidated and feel isolated due to them belonging to the opposite gender. Just give it your all to bring your team to victory.

Female CS GO Team

Each Member Should Know the Game

Since you are planning to compete in a gaming tournament, everyone should know the game and how it’s being professionally played. In e-sports, slow players are not really an asset to have in a team.

Have Flexible Strategies

Competitions are fierce—that is why you need to be flexible in your strategies at all times. In a tournament, opponent teams have the tendency to change their plans to trick or distract your team. You need to be ready with a lot of options if you want your team to win.

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Have Extra Team Members

Have extra team members with you in case one of your members fail to show up. Having backup players will ensure that your team won’t lose a match by default.

Note: Some game tournaments might no longer allow teams that have disqualified members to compete further. Before getting yourself substitute members for the team, be sure to check the rules and regulations of the game tournament before registering.

Dog Facts: Types of Working Dogs

Centuries ago, a dog’s main purpose of existence is to help humans with their everyday tasks. They pull carts to market, herd the sheep or livestock, hunt birds, and guard territories. Today, most dogs are just kept for companionship and they certainly are good in keeping us company. They entertain us, play with us, and help relieve our stress. Our pet dogs may not be forced to help us with our tasks, but it is still good to know if your dog actually belongs to the working class. Here are some types of working dogs:

 Herding Dogs

Herding Dogs

Herding dogs or pastoral dogs are still used in some parts of the world. They help ranchers and shepherds move their livestock. The most common breeds of herding dogs are the Collie, Kelpie, Shetland sheepdog, Komondors, and Cannan dogs. Aside from helping herders move their livestock, herding dogs also protect them against wolves or any other danger. These types of working dogs are known for their agility and strength.

Bird Dogs

Bird Dogs

Bird dogs or hunting dogs are dog breeds that help fowl hunters retrieve their game. Some of the most popular breeds of dog in the USA belong to this group, including the Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, English Setter, and Poodle. Bird dogs are very energetic and happy-go-lucky. They are the easiest type of dogs to teach the fetching game to because retrieving stuff is innate to them. Bird dogs are also very intelligent, loyal, obedient, and playful.

 Trackers

Trackers

Dogs have an exceptional sense of smell, and some of them are specifically bred to help hunt fowls using their nose. Among the dog breeds that have a brilliant sense of smell are the Beagle and Bloodhound. Despite having no formal training in tracking, a tracker dog can easily do that because tracking is innate to them. When a dog is tracking something, he will usually be gone for a long period of time until he successfully found the source of the scent he was following. It is not a good idea to unleash these breeds of dog because they will definitely run into the woods, chasing any scent that catches their fancy.

Common Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Most Humans

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“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always, have to mix love and hate.”
Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst)

There are absolutely many reasons why a lot of us think that dogs are way better than most humans, and unless you completely hate them, you certainly have your own reason to justify why they are more agreeable than some people. Dogs have been part of man’s existence long enough for them to be named as man’s best friend. As a matter of fact, they were the first animals to be domesticated and kept as hunting companions and as pets. According to a rough estimation, at present there are 700 million to 1 billion dogs which make them the most abundant predators on the planet. As many as they are, the reasons why they well-loved are also infinite. Here are the most common reasons why dogs sometimes are better than humans:

They do not judge you.

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.”
Cesar Millan (dog trainer)

People might say a lot of negative things about you and would judge your behavior and appearance, but your pet dog definitely won’t. Your pet dog loves you unconditionally and it doesn’t matter how you look, talk, walk, or dress—they’ll love you anyway. It is very easy for humans to throw names at you but believe me; you won’t hear a word from your dog. Instead, your pet makes your day brighter and your burden a little lighter. Whatever your story is, your dog will still love you.

Different Dogs

They are neither racist nor sexist.

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
―M.K. Clinton (author, The Returns)

Some people might say the nastiest thing about one’s color or gender but again with dogs, they will love you no matter what. They’ll still greet you with warm hugs and wet kisses every time you go home from school or work, they’ll still make you feel important and loved without taunting your color or sexuality. “Who cares if you are Asian or African or bisexual? You are my pal and I love you whoever you are” is probably what all pet dogs think of. So why are dogs way better than most humans? They absolutely know how to love unconditionally without looking into a person’s color or gender. Can humans do that? I really hope we could.

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They are loyal.

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.
― Roger A. Caras

Your family might betray you or your friends might leave, but your pet dog certainly would stick with you until the end of time. Remember the story of Hachiko? That is most perfect way to explain a dog’s loyalty to his human friend. Hachiko waited at the train station for his friend to return for nine years before he too passed away. Even at your lowest point, your dog is loyal to you and won’t leave your side. Through ups and downs, your pet dog can be your greatest companion in life.

Some people might judge you, hurt you, criticize you, and hate you but your pet dog won’t, and that is the reason why Charles de Gaulle, the former president of the French Republic has once said that the more he gets to know men, the more he finds himself loving his faithful dog. People may lie, deceive, betray, and leave you but your dog certainly won’t and that makes pet dogs better than most humans.

Game Emulators to Widen Your PC Gaming Experience

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It’s understandable that from time to time you will be splurging on all the different PC games that have been released in the market today or go back to old games just to relive your childhood and teenage gaming years. A lot of times though, you’d end up with games that have been designed to only use the keyboard and the mouse. Have you thought that maybe you want to use a joystick or game controller with your own gaming PC? Do you sometimes have the urge to play old NES or Atari games just because you miss the old times of good old-fashioned gaming? Can’t afford to buy yourself a Nintendo DS or 3DS for you to play the latest Pokémon games? To satisfy all these gaming cravings that you have, PC game emulators are the solution.

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What Are Game Emulators?

Game emulators are software that allow PC users to play games from different gaming platforms/consoles (e.g. Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Playstation 1, et cetera). Majority of these applications can be downloaded online and they can also be found on app stores (like Google Play) if you wish to play them on your smartphone. For PC users, you just only need the software, the image BIOS (some of these emulator software have them already), and a copy of the game (mostly called as ROMs) that can be downloaded separately from numerous sources.

The advent of these applications has made it easier for many gamers to get their nostalgia fix. It also saves you quite a lot of money as you no longer need to shell out cash buying bulky and outdated gaming consoles just so you can play your old games.

The Bad Stuff

Ok, so PC emulators are enjoying an upsurge in popularity. While we’re approving of this trend and the convenience the bevy of software provides to gamers who want to try games from other platforms or consoles, it does not hide the fact that they are considered as pirated content (though it really depends on the country and its regulations regarding the matter). Downloading or getting emulators is like downloading pirated software from torrents—same thing to the game or ROM files (also not limited to the save files of the specific game).

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But admit it—you just want to play some cool and good old games again. To be on the safe side when it comes to this (regardless of how many websites that provide these apps and game files), it’s better to keep the files to yourself and not distribute them anywhere else. Doing so might embroil you in copyright-related legal cases if you’re caught.

Specifications and Requirements Matter

Like any type of PC game that you purchase and install in your system, emulators and game files have PC Requirements that need to be followed if you are to use them. Those that require only 2D graphics are alright on netbooks and other low-end PCs. Games that have 3D graphics mostly require high PC requirements in order to play them properly. Nintendo 3DS and Playstation 2 emulators require high PC specs and requirements in order to play them well sans the crashes and framerate drops.

Bookworm Facts: Common Signs That Show You Are Not into Books

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Books may be everything to bookworms but for those who hate reading books, they would never run out of reasons to justify why they disdain them. It’s quite surprising that many of us have never learned to love reading books despite the fact that we have been taught all our lives about the importance of books. As a matter of fact, an alarming survey has revealed that 42% of college graduates have never ever read a book again after leaving college. Books are haven to avid book lovers, but for those who hate them it could be the opposite. Do you hate books? Here are some signs that show that you definitely not into books.

You consider reading books as a waste of time

One of the arguments that a non-reader will say when asked why they hate reading books is because they consider it as a waste of time. No, they don’t like sitting in one corner just to open a book and start reading it; they have more sensible things to do other than just that. Reading is boring, that’s what they’ll tell you. They’d rather go out and daydream or clean their messy bedroom than read books. The only time they’ll read books is when they are required to make literary analyses, book reports, and homework. And believe me, they hate every minute of it.

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You think that books are a bad investment

For people who don’t like to read, it’s not surprising that they think of buying books as a waste of money. They never understand why bookworms can easily spend their money on books; they can’t eat it, right? Money for them, should be spent on food, clothing, shoes, and gadgets. The only books that they’ll ever buy are textbooks, and even then, they certainly have a hard time parting with their money while purchasing those. Do they have a choice? No, they need it to get higher grades.

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You would rather wait for books to be adapted into movies or TV series than read them

Books adapted into movies or TV series are becoming common now. From Nicholas Spark’s Message in a Bottle to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series to Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series and many more, it seems like Hollywood wants to turn a whole bunch of books into successful movies or TV series. And despite the fact that the literary versions are way better than film adaptations, people who do not like reading books will definitely settle watching them on the big screen or TV than read the novels. They’d rather wait for popular books to be turned into a flick than spend a day or two reading the paperbacks. Besides, buying the book is quite expensive compared to a cinema house’s ticket.

Some people may never learn to love books, but we can never hide the fact that they are important in making us a little bit wiser every day. Books will be forever part of our lives whether we like it or not. So if it’s still possible, try to change your opinion about books and learn how to love them.

Worried About Your Large Tummy? Here Are a Few Lingerie Shopping Tips You Might Find Helpful

Just because skinny women rule the pages of fashion magazines, and the Victoria’s Secret catalog, doesn’t mean that only stick figured girls can don the latest lingerie fashion trends and look awesome doing it. Full figured ladies can pull off wearing sexy lingerie by finding the perfect style, fabric, color, and size that will maximize their best features and de-emphasize some of their imperfections. Part of looking sexy is being comfortable and confident with whatever you are wearing. If you feel sexy and comfortable with your lingerie, then you’ve already won half the battle, sister!

Large Tummy

The fact of the matter is most women know if they are wearing the wrong type of lingerie. It just doesn’t feel right. And if you feel awkward with what you are wearing, it will show just like it will show if you feel hot and sexy. Your man will sense your sizzle and, well, you probably have an idea of what happens next. The point is, the first step toward finding the best lingerie that suits you is being comfortable with what you have in terms of body features and characteristics. Don’t go wishing you have Kate Moss’ body so you can wear this or that type of lingerie. Accepting what you have and knowing what your limits are is crucial to finally feeling comfortable with wearing the kind of lingerie that will make your significant other focus his attention on you instead of the game on TV.

Plus Size Model

All women, including those on the heavier side, want to feel special, sexy, and desirable. And lingerie is all about just that, allowing women to feel their best. Women who have large bellies should consider the fabric and material of the lingerie. Avoid wearing those that are tight-fitting and clingy. Materials such as PVC, leather, and Lycra are not ideal for full figured women as they tend to emphasize on the curves that you really want to conceal. You should opt instead for loose fitting lingerie styles with free flowing design. Materials like satin or silk are not just comfortable, they also drape well and can help draw attention towards your other features.

Look for lingerie designs that will play down the negative aspects of your body but bring out all of your best features. The key to perfecting an elegant and sexy look is to draw attention away from the areas of your body you don’t like and accentuate the characteristics that you do find attractive. For instance, if your breasts are your greatest attribute, then opt for bras that will put some emphasis on your cleavage. On the other hand, if you are “all about the bass” (yes, the song!), then don some lingerie that will feature those perky puppies.

Babydoll Lingerie

Another aspect of the lingerie selecting process you need to consider is the color. Every piece of lingerie you wear should have the same color. Multicolored outfits only work for peacocks; you are a beautiful woman with class and flavor. Stick to darker colors when picking out your lingerie; black, navy blue, burgundy, and brown are a full figured woman’s best friend because these colors can make you appear slimmer. Just remember that when it comes to lingerie, the simpler the better.

How to Choose Lingerie That Compliments Your Figure

Choosing Lingerie

Not all lingerie styles work for all body types. There are bras and panties that are designed for a specific figure. Although a particular lingerie may look good on you, there are other styles out there that can really bring out your best features and make you feel like a goddess, or at least feel like a lingerie model on fashion week. It is important to know which style works well for you and which ones don’t, so you can focus on designs that will maximize the positive aspects of your figure and downplay the negatives. Contrary to what fashion magazines have led you to believe, most women don’t have bodies like Adriana Lima or Kate Upton.

Believe it or not, there are women’s lingerie styles that will look great on you whatever your body type is. You just have to know how to pick them out. You need to realize one thing however, even though part of the reason why you want to get yourself a nice lingerie is to look hot and sexy for your significant other, you should always remember that you are doing this for yourself above all else. And if it so happens that your guy finds you irresistible in the lingerie you picked out for yourself, then good night. And have a pleasant evening.

Measuring The Bust

First of all, you need to update your bust size. Have your bust measured at your local boutique or lingerie shop. Just because you’ve been wearing C-cups for years doesn’t mean that it’s your accurate bust size. When it comes to lingerie, bras in particular, ensuring proper fit is as important as the style or the fabric. Finding the right fit is already half the battle in making yourself look sexy and comfortable. You can measure yourself at home by grabbing a measuring tape and consulting a lingerie magazine for proper measuring instructions and lingerie size charts.

Choose a bra that will enhance or maximize your bust area. If you have relatively small breasts, then you should consider bras with padded cups and underwire to effectively add some lift to your breasts and make your cleavage more pronounced. If you are well endowed, then choosing a bra that features molded foam will help you bring your bosoms under control, so to speak. Cleavage is a good thing, but you know what they say, having too much of a good thing is bad. Your goal is to maintain a cute and sexy cleavage, and to avoid making it look like someone’s bottom.

Pick out a lingerie design that will compliment your midsection as well, especially if you have a slightly robust tummy. Lingerie that covers your midsection and diverts attention towards your legs and chest area is the perfect option for you. On the other hand, if you want more curves in your midsection, you should go for fitted lingerie and corset tops to enhance your curves. Choosing lingerie is all about knowing what you need in order to enhance or compliment your best features.

When choosing cute and sexy knickers, make sure that they flatter, or butter up, your hips and bum. Nothing looks sexier than a woman with nice hips and a curvaceous booty. Ask him, he’ll agree for sure.

Women’s Lingerie: Choosing the Right Fit for Your Figure

Womens Lingerie

Every girl and woman wants to look good in a nice pair of bra and panties. Even though lingerie is technically underwear and not meant to be shown in public, it’s still nice to know that you look cute and sexy in them. However, not all lingerie styles and designs are made for every figure. Not all women can get away with wearing flimsy demi cup bras like a Victoria’s Secret model. Contrary to what the label might say, bras are not one size fits all. Well, not if you want to feel comfortable while wearing them and trust that they can provide adequate support for your breasts.

Cute Lingerie

There are a lot of classy and cute lingerie out there. Sure, it looks great and super hot when models wear them in fashion magazines and on TV. But it’s a whole lot different when Photoshop and special effects makeup are not involved. Every woman’s body is different. When you choose your lingerie, you need to remember that a stick-figured body only exists in magazines and TV land. You need to consider your own figure, and body type, in figuring out which bra style and design suits you best. Wearing sexy lingerie is only half of the solution if you want to look great. You have to feel sexy and comfortable with what you are wearing as well.

The first thing you need to do is determine what your body shape is. Are you top heavy, bottom heavy, or balanced? Top heavy women are generally larger in the chest and mid section than in the hips and thighs. This is what is known as apple shaped. Bottom heavy, otherwise known as pear shaped, are women with a curvy bottom. Meaning, their hips, thighs, and bum are slightly larger than their mid and chest area. You need to figure out which body shape you have before moving forward in choosing a lingerie style that is perfect for you.

Padded Push Up Bra

When picking out lingerie, you need to focus on those that work well with your figure. Before you go on a shopping spree for your lingerie boudoir, you should have an idea of which bra and panty style suits your shape best. Top heavy women should look for lingerie that draws attention to their breasts and away from the mid section. Women with this type of figure shouldn’t have any problem finding bras that can maximize their awesome cleavage. Bottom heavy ladies, on the other hand, should find lingerie and clothing that can play down larger thighs while putting emphasis on their curves. Women with a balanced shape should look for styles that add curves to their figure. Padded push up bras can help create an illusion of larger breasts, while ruffled panties can add some curves to your hips.

When you pick out a set of lingerie, make sure that you feel comfortable in it. Don’t force yourself to wear pieces that you really don’t feel good in. Keep in mind that in order to look sexy, you need to feel sexy. Your attitude has a lot to do with how you carry your clothes and how you project yourself to others. You can’t look your best if you feel like a ragdoll rolling down the stairs.