the otaku side of me

the rave about rave

May 25, 2011
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In spite of my busy schedule, I really take time to watch anything Japanese. It seems I feel my stress ebbing away as soon as I hear a different language. My brother happen to have a treasure of an external disk where he unearthed a collection of this anime, albeit until episode 20 only. But still- this is better than nothing.

So we watched RAVE. He mentioned that this was the earlier work of the manga author of Fairy Tail- since I liked Fairy Tail, I gave it a try. 2 episodes after- I figured the author liked to recycle, characters. There were a number of characters in Rave that also appear in Fairy Tail. Case in point: Plue.

All along I thought he was just a random character in FT but no! He seems to be the ultimate guardian here in Rave. Also, Jellal! Talk about casting the bad guy twice! Well, maybe Jellal is the younger version of the antagonist in Rave.

But as opposed to FT, the progression here is so ssssllllooooowww… With FT, a lot of things already happen in a single episode: fights get finished, resolutions happen, so on and so forth. But here- oh man! A single fight takes a couple of eps! Have I been too used to fast development and not appreciate the beauty of well, slow development?

I’m hoping I can resist just reading the ep recaps and actually watch the remaining 40+ eps for this anime. Here’s to crossed fingers!


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what happened?

May 14, 2011
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Seriously, this movie really just made me question my sanity and/or comprehension skills. Honestly, I wasn’t sure whether I was watching a korean movie or a japanese one. It felt like a korean movie, just with japanese audio. Anyways, Cyborg She was a good watch(?) I’m still unsure whether it really is a good watch. Everything was just so all over the place.

Who did he fell in love with? And did the cyborg her really feel something? And so ok, she came back to the past and he fell in love with her and he had an accident and the future him asked a cyborg her to go back to the past to save him but they died anyways and far off in the future she gets her memory and goes back to the time that he was still alive and marries him? And then what? Time travel is forbidden cause it has ramifications right? But no! This movie seemed to take all that and classify it as ‘not a consideration’.

Girl: It’s really me. Well, not really. I’m another person but I have all her memories and I feel her heart. And anyways, I was the first one you really saw!

Guy: Ok, I’ll just close my eyes and believe! You look the same anyways! But wait- did I really grow old to be that old and ugly?


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want watch

May 5, 2011
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Omo! The Scheduler is crying! 

I think this picture/person alone is enough reason for me to want to watch 49 days. I hope this show ends already and that Scheduler will have a happy ending… Only then will I actually watch! hahaha

It’s been a long while since I saw a korean series and I must say I’m kinda missing it. This season’s lineup is kinda reminding why I got so addicted to kseries.

Now this series, I think I will really watch! Yes, I am such a Hong sisters fan. I will forever be their fan and will always have a bias with their series. Oh and Cha Seung Won is here!

Ever since Princess Hours, I’ve been a fan of YEH. So if I have time to kill- I will also find time read the recaps of this series. And if this turns out well, I just might watch it.


marathon

May 2, 2011
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It’s been a long while since I had a marathon with my brother. I kinda lost interest in watching animes because they almost never end. But then again, Fairy Tail is an anime that has the power to pull me back to anime-watching. And it did not fail me.

I started watching this anime a year and a half ago. Never had the time and interest to watch the other eps. Well until my bro downloaded the eps. We started with ep.17 all the way to 40. Still a long way to go though…

Either way… it was fun watching anime again. It’s really funny how characters always have ‘latent’ powers that only come out when their friends are in danger and that everyone has a backstory that will haunt them in the present. Still… this is fun! More, more of Fairy Tail!!!


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Mopped

April 28, 2011
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Why did I choose to buy this DVDs?

Not that I don’t really like this series, I think I could have picked a better one. Sure I really liked Keiko’s performance as Riko in Buzzer Beat, but as Momoko- what the?!

Mop girl was actually ok; just not very intriguing as a series. Sure she could go back in time to help dead people not die. But relationally there was just no spark! Can’t I have a decent love story when I really need one?

With all the going back to the past, I’m still confused if Otomo-san actually found out that it was his girlfriend that saved Momoko. Honestly, the one episode that I really connected with is the last one. I actually thought he died… but no!

Boring…


a little thai movie

April 18, 2011
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Ok, had he P’Shone only said these words at the beginning, then life would have been happier. But of course this is a movie so we had to go through the hard way.

A little thing called love is a fun watch. As a friend put it, ‘it’s so cute it aches’. Yes, this movie is really cute and adorable. But it is also frustrating and sad. I found it cute because of all the ‘high school’ elements. I mean who hasn’t stalked his/her crush during those nostalgic school days? Oh, Nam was so cute in doing all those things and P’Shone acted like any other male out there that seems to have no clue as to what is happening.

It was so frustrating because P’Shone was such a loser. Dude, you could have just talked to her and tell her you like her? Why did you do all that and just let your bestfriend ask Nam out?! That’s just so stupid. And why the heck did you get into a relationship with Pin? I can call you a jerk if you weren’t so damn cute!

So you spend 9 years apart. I can deal with that. I mean you both had to grow and stuff. But man! That was 9 years!!! How could you be so mean to each other?! But hey if everything went well, this movie wouldn’t have the charm that it has.

I forgive you though for making me cry. Yes, I shed real tears when I found out that the rose is actually from P’Shone and that he grew it on his own and that the apple was from him and that he also kept the chocolate Nam gave him. Yes, I forgive you even if I know that it’s impossible to be that ‘white’ in a span of just how many years. I forgive you because at the end of the day I am a romantic. And somehow I’m rooting for Nam ‘cause deep down I’m also hoping that that single boy who made my heart beat would like me in return.

Chos!


good intentions

April 3, 2011
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I had every intention to watch it, all of it. But 2o hours spent on watching a series is just a little too much sacrifice for me. Yeah, I couldn’t watch Secret Garden in its entirety. I wanted to do but I think I’m so into other things lately that spending 20 hours in royal bum entertainment became too much.

What I did was speed through it. What that meant is watch Episode 14- 20 in reverse order. hahaha. I liked it. But since it’s not in Japanese, the enthusiasm level was just not that high. What I did like about it was Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin. She was really kick ass in 1 moment then totally kyay-cute in the next!

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

The other thing I liked about it was his version of what Snow White is all about: ” A member of elite class who supervises 7 dwarfs. After another elite member comes and kisses her, she abandons the dwarfs and runs!” hahaha. Good stuff right there.

Maybe someday, I hope someday I can have enough motivation to actually watch this series. I know it’s good its’ just not in my priority list.

 


hilarious

April 1, 2011
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I tried very hard to laugh without making a sound. It was hard! This movie is really something. It’s one of those sweet-funny-very-highschool-is movies that gets me every time.So, being the researcher that I’d like to think I am- I googled Lovely Complex.

With this, I learned that this movie is actually based on a manga and was already produced as an anime. To further appease my curiosity, I also read a little of the manga. Now I don’t know which I like better- the movie or the manga. I heart Koike Teppe but I think the anime Otani is way better!


No way!

March 30, 2011
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Of all the stuff that happen in this series, this has got to be the one that cracked me up:

“I can’t look at you without hidden desires anymore!!!”

I almost fell off my seat after reading this. haha. Who would have thought you had it in you, Sawako? You didn’t really give Kazehaya a chance to properly react. hahaha! ‘Cause really, ‘there’s no way we could hate you for that’.

I gotta make time so I can catch up with the other eps. How come it’s only until Episode 12?


Pro-pro

March 30, 2011
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“If she doesn’t win and that ball doesn’t get in, I’m seriously gonna strangle somebody!” These were my thoughts during the last minutes of watching  Pro Golfer Hana. I mean seriously, how can a show be so-so exasperating?

 

Sure, I did laugh a lot the first few episodes. Ok, I laughed-out-loud like I was the only person in the room. It is that kind of series; the one that is really just non-sensical. And yes, I also giggled like a schoolgirl in Episode 4.

BUT still- why? I know it’s unfair to demand sense and logic from a dorama but did it have to go as far as selling her house and evicting the entire family?! And how can anyone be as *forgive me for the word* stupid as Hana? Yeah, she’s a pure- hearted girl intent on pursuing her dream; but did she have to be so dense and trusting and so utterly naive?

Yes, I did not like this series very much. Considering that I bought this DVD in Singapore for how many dollars and the subs went all bad after the 2nd episode. But I think it was ok enough because I did finish it in one go. I finished all 13 episodes in 1 night and I slept before midnight!

 

But I still can’t forgive the writers! Why did Riku-san have to be that annoying? And the little sister was weird. How come they allowed her to play the ‘wife’ part? Ack… And the coach!

 

Still, the series has also some good points. I really have a soft spot for fellows that are supportive. His nickname from the family rocked. Ne, ikemen-san?

 


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