Insane…

August 22, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Pictures | Leave a comment
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… does not even begin to cover it.

And I haven’t completely disappeared… although I did come close.

The first thing you see when you reach the convention center. Is that an awesome start to your day or what?

My trip to California and Las Vegas was awesome. Insanely awesome. And also quite insane.

Let me try and explain.

As I mentioned before, I was going to Comic-Con for the first time with my sister and brother-in-law. I arrived in the Bay area a week before the convention which included the Distant Worlds concert and mainly ‘prepping’ for Comic-Con (aka catching up on shows. I obviously was (*ahem* AM) not only behind on the anime I follow, but other stuff too). We were too late for to get the 4-day pass and had to settle for Friday and Saturday passes. We thought those two would be the best days anyway, which in many ways was still true, but Thursday was apparently pretty epic… But anyway, we left Thursday night for San Diego and we had already gone through the Comic-Con schedule to see which panels we were planning to go to.


Oooh.

And boy were there a plethora of them to choose from. Eventually, we narrowed it down to our top 3 for the busy time slots, with 2 backups in case we couldn’t get into various events. As I said, this was our first Comic-Con and we had no idea what to expect. We knew there would be tons of people but even if we did know the numbers at that time (which I don’t think we did, but it’s about 125,000), there’s a big difference between imagining a number of people and walking through it.

And needless to say, we were overwhelmed.

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Wow.

June 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Anime, Manga | Leave a comment
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I did it.
(And I need more original post titles…)

I’m just about caught up in the anime (I’m at ep 58) and I finished the manga, which as luck would have it, finished this week. That is definitely the fastest I’ve gone through a series.

And I am speechless.

I would write more right now but… I actually should have been studying for my exams this week (whoops) so I have to do some of that now. But I just want to say that was great. And incredibly happy ending, but great. (But not enough RizaxRoy! Come on!) I was also a little worried when they were halfway through the battle at the second-last chapter but then I realized the last chapter was over 100 pages long so I was relieved. I was afraid it was going to be a rushed ending, but I was pleasantly surprised.

But seriously, I’m going to miss these guys.
Hiromu Arakawa, that was one great series.

“A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain something without sacrificing womething else in return. But once you have overcome it and made it your own… you will gain an irreplaceable fullmetal heart.” – Fullmetal Alchemist

Catching up (slowly)

June 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Anime | Leave a comment
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So slowly…

Oh noes!

This was a pretty busy week so I’m only at episode 15. I’m also reading the manga concurrently (at about the same spot as where I currently am in the anime, around 33) so that may slightly slow me down too but I don’t think it’s too much of an issue. At this pace, I might just barely make it in time for the finale but I’ll see what I can do…

Please don’t eat me?

Anyway, this is also the point of divergence from the first anime (episode 14 actually) and I’m a little confused/surprised they’ve added characters from another country into the story. With them being in the new opening and ending themes, they’ll at least be around for this arc and to me that seems like this arc won’t be very important… unless Xing will have an important role (perhaps a war?). I figured if there was going to be a war, it would be internal, so this new level of complications is weirding me out a little. I just don’t know where this is really going anymore.

Since most of this is basically a recap, there’s not too much to say here other than this series is AWESOME. One thing that is a little weird is the different animation, where the characters seems to have gotten chubbier and they have different-coloured outlines? It’s hard to explain. Either way, I kind of got over that, even though they still look fairly chubby.

So this will mainly be a picture recap of sorts…

Cats and a messiah…

May 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Anime, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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Alright, so I didn’t end up watching House of Leaves yet but I did get around to Senko no Night-Raid and Uragiri, which are both getting quite interesting. I am a little surprised that Senko had something of a filler episode when it’s only 13 episodes long… I’m not sure what that’s about yet.

But anyway, we’ll get straight to it this time!

Also, possible spoilers ahead.

Sigh…

May 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Music, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews, Videos | Leave a comment
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My IB exams are over (the only IB course I took was standard level math) so while my heart goes out to those with at least 10 IB papers to write, I’m annoyed that I still have another 7 weeks of school. The only benefit to being full-IB is getting out of school by the end of May and right now, I kind of wish I chose that route. But only kind of. (Because the IB sucks.)

And seriously. Who FORCES you to write a math exam in pen?
I understand it’s to better see the writing after scanning the papers but we know for a fact ours weren’t getting scanned this year. So why?

Anyway, I think I’m gonna continue my recent method of posting several show reviews in one post since I like it and it keeps me slightly more on track than usual. However, since I’m covering 4-5 shows, it still may be better to split this into two posts, so here’s Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Hakuouki.
But before then, I’ve also been trying to get caught up on Fringe (particularly because of the musical episode that came out a week or 2 ago) so of course, a song caught my eye.

It’s called Freezing by MoZella. I think it’s a really cool song because it has dark-sounding verses but quite a bright and happy chorus. Plus her sexy, raspy voice is quite awesome. I was looking at some of her other songs and I like her vibe: it’s the kind of music that you’d hear at a hip clothing store or on various commercials (maybe because they have been on various commercials? lol). It’s mellow and yet has a good beat. An awesome find. Also great acoustically.

On to the shows!

Just great.

May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Anime, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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Yeah. Just great.

Well, school has taken over my life and will continue to do so for the next week at least with one (slash two) of my exams coming up. This has also resulted in me not having much time for shows, but I will say a little about another show I’m considering sticking with, which is Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru. And isn’t that a mouthful. But I just want to say that it’s gorgeous. Sure, it’s considered shounen-ai but even if you’re not into that, it didn’t look like it was that overly done or anything in the first episode. I think also the fact that the guy likes the other guy “only” because he loved his previous incarnation who was a girl makes it less shounen-ai-ish. But then again, I haven’t read the manga and I’ve only seen the first episode so there could (and probably will be?) more to this. Either way, it is still shounen-ai so it will either be a “will they or won’t they” situation or their love will be obvious but neither of them will act on it. While we didn’t see too much use of supernatural abilities/weapons in the first episode, the opening definitely hinted at more so I’m excited for that. This definitely has a Vampire Knight feel to it but I’ve yet to determine whether that’s a good or bad thing. Still, it has its looks, supernatural-ness and voice cast going for it. (Which VK did as well…) But seriously. Takahiro Sakurai, Jun Fukuyama, Marina Inoue, Daisuke Ono, Mamoru Miyano, and Akira Ishida in the cast? I’m not even sure you can go wrong with this.

Either way, here are some gorgeous screens!

Three in one!

April 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Anime, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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So here’s three shows in one post! I don’t feel like too much happened in any of them so it felt better to put them all in one post. Perhaps surprisingly, they were all quite enjoyable.

Yay!

More…

Kaichou wa Maid-sama – Take 2

April 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Anime | Leave a comment
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This looks pretty badass, don’t you think?

First of all, I’m really annoyed that all my recent screenshots have that black line on the side. And I could crop it off but I just can’t be bothered. (Sorry!) But anyway, I was quite underwhelmed after the first episode, so hopefully this episode will be better.

It’d better be better or Misaki might kill you! (Who’s you…?)

Ready?

Kaichou wa Maid-sama Ep 1 – blah

April 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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April Fools! (If only…)

Before I begin my rant, did you have an interesting April Fools Day? There were some interesting pranks on various websites, like Gamefaq‘s usual hidden poll answer (… it’s getting old). I liked WoW’s matchmaking service. It has a pretty funny intro video and a couple funny options such as “I am a lonely wizard looking for a mighty ally between level 90 and level 99.” Unfortunately, the joke stops there. It says it keeps loading stuff but it loops (yes I checked lol). Still, it lives up to WoW’s reputation for great April Fools pranks. (They’re one of the few that I actually remember years later.)

Two others that I liked were Koticku and Japanator going Americanator. It was quite an elaborate prank with many posts relating to the cause and it was very cool. Some of the articles were meh but combine them all and they are quite awesome and funny, especially the recommendation for Jersey Shore and an X-Men/Twilight crossover. I lol’d quite a bit at the crossover.

There were quite a few game-related ones (and I’m sure that’s not even an extensive list) that I was pretty surprised. Maybe I usually don’t see all this because I’m quite gullible so I choose to avoid all news on that day? Hmm.

Anyway, get ready for some fairly major ranting.

Wow.

February 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Pictures, Videos | Leave a comment
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2-0 Canada vs. US in the second period! WOO!

Yesterday was a great day for Canadian athletes! (particularly the men!) Three golds in one day! I unfortunately missed the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom and the speed skating men’s team pursuit but I was able to watch the men’s curling and that was a great game. Go Canada!

Last Friday was my mom’s birthday so my sister in California sent her some ‘flower’s from Edible Arrangements!
I’d say this one is my best picture. (Sadly, I took a bunch of pictures but was unsatisfied with the results)

Beautiful and yummy.

And what’s even cooler this time was that there were white chocolate-covered strawberries too! Apparently this was a new addition (or something only available to some of their products) so it was a delightful surprise. The dark chocolate ones were yummy too but I have a sweet spot for white chocolate (pun intended).

And, I guess as usual by now, I have a new song that is maybe not quite willingly but pleasingly stuck in my head and first it was Reason by Fonogenico (which would also make sense since it’s the ending theme to xxxHolic which I just finished) but that changed the moment I heard another one of their songs: Rhythm.


Lyrics and mp3 link can be found in the video’s description. Having never heard the band before hearing the softer ballad-like Reason, this was not the type of song I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised. I love the jazziness and it’s just so catchy and has a really lovely melody. I don’t think the quality of the Youtube video does it justice so I really suggest hearing/downloading the mp3 version. And then when she starts scatting near the end, it just blew my mind. Awesome.

So I finished xxxHolic…

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