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.

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!

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.

I get it now!

March 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Recommendations and Reviews | Leave a comment
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I thought I basically understood before, but after finishing Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, I really understand the meaning of the title now. And I would hope so, otherwise that would really suck.

This game was quite good. In many respects reminded me of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, and I would even go as far as saying that 358/2 Days is the Crisis Core of the Kingdom Hearts universe. And this is by no means a bad thing. In fact, it worked quite well, but more so with Crisis Core. 358/2 Days had CC’s main flaw and a few others.

But before I go any further, I just want to say a couple words (literally) about the recent manga chapter in Bleach: YES ISSHIN.

That is all.

So…

We tried.

March 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games | 1 Comment
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We really did. And I daresay we were close. Close but no cigar.

Last week I went to California to visit my sister and relax during my March Break but really, when it came down to it, I went so we could play Final Fantasy XIII together. I arrived the day it was released and my sister pre-ordered it so we were all set. But apparently a little over a week (and our sleeping habits) just didn’t cut it. We knew this would be a long game, as it was proclaimed the longest in the Final Fantasy series, and at first we had no expectations of finishing it, but then the end was starting to come into sight, and that was when we began to delude ourselves into thinking we could actually pull this off. We had fairly easily gotten ourselves through the first 10 chapters of the game and with only 3 left, we thought we could do the rest in the last 2 days of my stay. What we didn’t consider was the sheer length of chapter 11 as well as the expected time to be spent there grinding a fair amount. With about five different areas of basically travelling through various expanses, we assumed we could grind a bit at the first place and then skip our way through, still getting most of the treasures. This worked until the fifth area, where we began to get our asses kicked. Quite hard. We were still able to survive battles but at almost double the target time, and that’s when we knew this was not going to work out anymore.

So we gave up and spent the last few hours I was in Cali playing Rock Band. With GLaDOS. (Oh if only this was a triumph…)
But at least we tried?

Now I’m just annoyed that one, we won’t be able to finish the game until the next time I’m in Cali, which is this summer. However, this does give my sister time to level and do the mission sidequests on her own time so we will definitely be able to finish it this summer. And two, we went from thinking “There is no way we can do this” to “OMG we can do this!” and back to “There is no way we can do this”. The fact that we were so close (we think) that we could taste it and then it was snatched away from us is what makes this unaccomplishment that much worse. It’s like those athletes who are milliseconds away from a gold medal. No, we weren’t that close, but it felt like we were.

Sigh.

But I might as well mention some things about the game I liked/disliked now. It makes me feel a little better? (There be spoilers. And since it’s more or less ranting, it will be long)
Continue Reading We tried….

BREAK

March 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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Aren’t breaks awesome? Spring break has started for me (after a crazy term. I really need a break right now) so I’m off to California next week! My sister just got a PS3 and I’ll be coming just in time for the release of Final Fantasy XIII so you can guess what we’ll be doing for the next week or so. (This may or may not affect my posting something here… we’ll see.)

But before that, I have to pack, and this is one of the songs on constant replay during my packing. I mentioned it in a previous post but it’s so amazing that it deserves its own feature. Here’s Dynamo of Volition by Jason Mraz.

Did you catch the Nintendo reference? lol

I’ll admit I’m trying to memorize this and I’ve got the first half down. Time well wasted? I think so.

Speaking of FFXIII…

No Sebastian…?

February 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else | Leave a comment
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WTF?

Okay. We kind of saw this coming. Since how the end of the first season diverged from the manga, we were all wondering how they’d deal with a second season. And now we know. I was hoping instead they would disregard the last few scenes from the end of the first season and keep on going somehow… but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen. I can’t say I’m not annoyed because a second season usually means a continuation and not another story in the same world which would be a spin-off. So unless they make crazy amounts of connections to Ciel and Sebastian, I am going to be quite frustrated. And I understand that the manga hasn’t gotten that far or at least enough for another 24-ish episode season so over 50% fillers would be necessary… but it’s Sebastian. Who doesn’t want more of Sebastian? Frankly, I don’t care if it’s a filler. Sebastian is ♥.

On the other hand, they were definitely smart with the cast. Nana Mizuki? Awesome. Takahiro Sakurai? Quadruple awesome. (Yes I quadrupled it. He’s THAT awesome. Being Cloud Strife helps.) Still, will this be enough to sway the hordes of Sebastian fangirls?

Only time will tell but my suspicion is not quite… not quite.

Random Quote: I’ve read so much manga that at times my mind works in comic panels and dramatically expressed chibis. I’m both ashamed and amused by this.
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January 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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Exams are over.

Finally.
I had a pretty weird schedule. A bunch at the very beginning then a 3-day break before my last exam on the last day of exams. I guess it could have been a lot worse, but hey. I would have rather had that break after finishing my exams. And those 3 days were pretty useless because all I really did was sleep. So as to avoid that voice in my head that would be nagging “You could be using this time to study!” if I was doing something… less productive.

Anyway, somehow in all of this, I found a new song to get stuck in my head. It’s Abracadabra by the Brown Eyed Girls. I happened to stumble upon them after looking at some Wonder Girls stuff (apparently they’re touring with Justin Bieber now which is… interesting to say the least.) But anyway, another k-pop song for your entertainment. I prefer the dance-only version of the video because the dance is much cooler than the semi-random guy sleeping around. Still, it is pretty suggestive so if you’re under… 12, you may want to just listen to it.


As catchy and sultry as the song is, it seems a little weird to me with lyrics about a boyfriend having an affair, but whatever.
Total sexiness. lol.

In other news…

The insanity…

December 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games | Leave a comment
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You know something is wrong when you spend about 70 hours per week at school.

That’s what most of December was for me. (well, not this last past week. That was my week to catch up on all my projects due all throughout December.)

But the school musical is over now! It was so awesome (it was Grease) with no major screw-ups so that was even better. But it’s sad that it’s over now, my last musical in high school…
(needed to avoid writing HSM voluntarily…)

So obviously, not only have I not had the time to write anything, I’ve also not had time to find much to write about.

But here’s some random cool stuff anyway…

Gah

November 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Manga | Leave a comment
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Haven’t had too much time to do anything other than school-related things recently so there’s not too much to say. I will say that I did manage to ‘finish’ The World Ends With You but seriously there’s a lot of stuff afterwards. I got through most of it but Tin Pin Slammer hates me. Or maybe I just suck. I’ll just push my luck and say both. That aside, it was a really good game. I was so into the story and as angry as Neku when crazy things happened. Sure, some of it was angsty and cheesy (Correction: it was full of angst and cheese) but it was still crazy in its plot-twisting and diverse array of characters. I’d also love to find a game script, but there doesn’t seem to be on on GameFaqs… I’ll guess I’ll have to look elsewhere…

In the mangaverse…

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