Anime Recommendation: Zombie Land Saga

zombie land saga

Age Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy

# of Episodes: 12

“A typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peace these seven girls experience will suddenly be destroyed. By the living dead… zombies. A reality that they never wanted a part of, an amazing and terrifying zombie world. They all share one wish: “We want to live.” These girls will struggle through this saga, in order to achieve a miracle.”


I can honestly say I’ve never seen a zombie-themed media like this before! I’m usually not too big on zombies? Either too spoopy or too cliche, so I usually pass (Shaun of the Dead will always be my only exception, but we’re here to talk anime, not Simon Pegg!).

As you can guess, the main characters in the show are zombies! This isn’t your typical zombie fare—these girls are going to rock the world with their cheerful music! The girls are brought together by a mysterious music director to save Saga Prefecture and put it back on the map! WITH JOY. Of course, since the girls are zombies, things don’t always go….as expected. Can the girls make it big while hiding their true nature? Maybe! I haven’t finished it yet either!

Go log onto Crunchyroll to FIND OUT. It’s only 12 episodes long, so not a huge time commitment, but your view of zombies will be changed forever. They’re just like us! Only…their heads pop off sometimes.  

See more anime like this at our monthly anime nights! Next one is February 4 at 5 p.m!


Lights, Camera, Adaptations!

Hai, frens! It’s a new year and that means… new movies! Keep your peepers peeled for these upcoming YA film adaptations based on some of our favorite books!

**The following summaries are for the books (since some of the movies are still filming and don’t have previews yet) and can be found in our catalog.

Between Shades of GrayASHES IN THE SNOW
Based on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: January 11, 2019

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

A Dog's Way HomeA DOG’S WAY HOME
Based on A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron
Release Date: January 11, 2019

Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that ban pitbulls from their Denver community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel back to the person she loves.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)CHAOS WALKING
Based on the Chaos Walking series, which begins with The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Release Date: March 1, 2019

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

Based on Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis
Release Date: March 22, 2018

Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.

The Sun Is Also a StarTHE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Based on The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Release Date: May 17, 2019

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

There are more fantastic films slotted for later in the year so make sure to check back here in June for more film info!

Happy viewing!




Kingdom Hearts Party: January 21



I can’t put into words how hype I am for that. I’ve been a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series since its beginnings! We always knew 3 would happen eventually, unlike Half Life 3 (sorry guys). BUT IT’S FINALLY ALMOST HERE. IT’S DONE, AND THE DISCS HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND SOMEONE EVEN STOLE IT (and then sold it because people are terrible, beware of spoilers yo.)!

So to celebrate! A little over a week before it comes out, we are having a Kingdom Hearts themed party!

kh party
We’ll have Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far on the projector for people to play in its beautiful HD glory, bingo, buttons and vinyl stickers! Also there will be snacks. Gotta have snacks.

So on January 21 from 6:30–8 p.m., join us in our Kingdom Hearts reverie!

Are you excited? Because I am!

Tara’s Top Ten(ish) Books of 2018

This year was an exciting year in books! I escaped into worlds full of pirates, first loves, broken dreams, zombies, Indian mythology, African magic, song, art, the afterlife, self-discovery, and recovery. It was a busy year.

Tara’s Top Ten (Okay, Thirteen) Books of 2018

Children of Blood and Bone
By Tomi Adeyemi
Place a hold.

What If It’s Us
By Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Place a hold.

A Girl Like That
By Tanaz Bhathena
Place a hold.

children     what if     girl like that

The Cruel Prince
By Holly Black
Place a hold.

Out of the Blue
By Sophie Cameron
Place a hold.

Aru Shah and the End of Time
By Roshani Chokshi
Place a hold.

I Have Lost My Way
By Gayle Forman
Place a hold.

cruel prince    out of blue    aru    lost my way

Dread Nation
By Justine Ireland
Place a hold.

Truly Devious
By Maureen Johnson
Place a hold.

By Brendan Kiely
Place a hold.

dread nation    devious    tradition

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
By Mackenzi Lee
Place a hold.

By Julie Murphy
Place a hold.

The Astonishing Color of After
By Emily X.R. Pan
Place a Hold.

ladys guide     puddin     astonishing

Yes, the list is actually thirteen books. I couldn’t narrow it down any further. If you’d like to see what else I’ve read and how I rated them, you can check out my profile on Goodreads!.

Happy Reading!


Merge Dragons!

It’s that time again for a mobile game review! Lately I’ve been super addicted to the game Merge Dragons! available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.


merge dragons 2
It’s a lovely match-three type game, but not the type you’re used to. It’s not a flat plane where you’re staring at a bunch of shapes and trying to figure out the best way to make combos. It’s a miniature little world with dragons, flowers, and even the dreaded and evil Zomblins!

However, everything in this game is mergeable. You can merge dragons (as assumed by the title!) to make stronger powerful dragons. Merge trees to make different kinds of trees that drop fruit that can be turned into coins! You can even then merge those coins and if you’re good at hoarding, it will definitely pay off!

merge dragons

The graphics in this game are gorgeous and adorable. Though I definitely recommend this for a tablet over a phone if that’s an option. The play style really lends itself more towards a bigger screen! It’s doable on a phone, but you have to zoom in a bit sometimes to tap on the right object!

There are levels available to find better dragons and items.The stamina given to you is really low (7 at a time), but instead of seeing that as a downside, I see it as an upside. It lets you not get too sucked in and remember there’s other things in life you can do. Like pet dogs. Dogs are good.

merge dragons 4

If you want to merge stuff without a mission in mind, there’s a “camp” mode where you get to build a village for your dragons that is self-paced and you can have them build or harvest different items. Just don’t forget about your dog. This part is VERY easy to get sucked into for a while at a time. Maybe set a timer?

merge dragons 1
So if you want something slower paced and delightfully cute, give Merge Dragons! a chance! The art is beautiful, and the mechanics are a common trope but done in a way I personally haven’t experienced!  

Accio, Movie Viewers!

The Vortex will be showing ALL EIGHT original Harry Potter movies on Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December 28. We’ll start the movies playing at 12:30 p.m. each day and watch until we’ve seen them all!

The approximate schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday, December 26
12:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone
3:00 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
5:45 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Thursday, December 27
12:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3:15 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
5:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Friday, December 28
12:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
3:00 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2

There will also be Potterverse trivia (with small prizes), coloring pages, and light refreshments.

So, If you need a way to magically escape from the winter doldrums, join us for a Harry Potter Marathon!

Daisho Con 2018 Photo Dump

Hey guys! Back in late November, the husband and I went to Daisho Con that’s held every year at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells! I love this convention because it’s like Anime Convention: The Beach Episode!

It’s a super good time and I’ll be sharing with you some of the photos of cosplays we took! ❤

When I know what the cosplay is from, the caption will list it! If I missed what anything is, feel free to let me know!