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…

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Urgh

May 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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So with a few weeks of school left, I’m getting all these major assignments in each class which is not only annoying and mean (these people seriously need to collaborate with each other and make their projects due days apart, or better yet, WEEKS apart) but it also has been taking over most of my time. It also so happens that I’m trying to catch up with FMA and be ready in time for the finale in a few weeks. I’m still not very far along but I will simply say that it’s awesome.

I was recently introduced to this Korean pop jazz band called Winterplay and they have a really cool sound and awesome arrangements for covers, including this one of I Will by the Beatles. (Link of original version)


The singer, Haewon, has a really clear voice but can still be low and have that sexy raspy thing going on. And they are fabulous live. (Is it just me or do I find that more Asian artists are better live?) If you liked that, they also have good covers of Billie Jean and Quando Quando Quando. For originals, Crazy Love (beware the crazy love in the video), Happy Bubble and their new one Songs of Coloured Love are really good.

So next week I may not post much or if I do, it’ll be to update how FMA is going. I’m sad it’s ending but at the same time, all good things must come to an end. (Oh Lost…)

And I just want to say:
This. is. PAPER.

Random Quote: What men don’t understand is the right clothes, the right shoes, the right makeup just – it hides the flaws, we think we have. They make us look beautiful. To ourselves. That’s what makes us look beautiful to others. – Martha, Castle

Wow.

May 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Everything Else | Leave a comment
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I’ve had a night to sleep on it and I still don’t know if I’m happy or sad or in any way satisfied with the series finale of Lost.

I’m speechless.

I didn’t cry, but I think I’ll need a few more days before my brain functions normally again.

Just. Wow.

I’ll see you in another life, brother.

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!

Choo choo!

April 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Games, Music, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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The power of a train whistle is extraordinary. Scares away enemies, opens up portals, speeds up your train like crazy…

So with Phantom Hourglass done not too long ago, of course Spirit Tracks would come next. This was a very good game and entertaining and was able to expand on many of Phantom Hourglass’s good points, but nevertheless, it was still basically the same thing. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but for those expecting something completely different, this was not it.

Still, there were plenty of cool things to keep me amused (even if my beloved hammer was nowhere to be seen…)

Let’s set the mood with some music, shall we?

Nostaligic, isn’t it?

Oh. And should I mention there be SPOILERS AHEAD? Okay.

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.

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