Tuesday, 24 October 2006

live-action Death Note

one big resentment about the movie... and i attribute it to the movie makers wanting to appeal more to the general population...

they didn't tell us the real reason why Light wanted to use the death note... AKA complete world domination... to become "god" of a new world order...

they made it seems as if he was doing it for the good of everyone by killing off those that weren't brought to justice or served enough punishment for their crimes...

but i think many would agree that part of the reason Death Note appeals to people is that instead of the "hero" character that most stories have, this one has an "anti-hero"; one that instead of wanting to do good everywhere he goes, is more interested in himself and him the "all-mighty"...

i should say i'm glad i haven't started reading the manga yet... or i might be hating the way the movie differs from the manga... i've only watched 3 episodes of the anime and already i have much to say about how different the movie is from what i've watched...


at least the movie got me more interested in the anime... especially with the anime being in such a slow pace... i haven't even see the whole face of L yet!

in any case...

a little trivia for those that have watched both the live-action movie and anime of Death Note...

did u realized that the same seiyuu voiced for the shinigami Ryuk in both??


thot that was a nice touch...

Monday, 16 October 2006

Fall Anime 2006 Part 2

i'm late, but anyway...

here's part 2 of Fall 2006...

more KIV (keep-in-view) series here than part 1 which contains mostly my sure-watch series...

Pumpkin Scissors
latest GONZO series, set in post-war time, where military group "Pumpkin Scissors" is assigned to gather information and clear up all the left-over damage caused during the war. although they seems to be doing much more than their assigned duties, since their female captain juz happens to be an adrenaline-fueled justice avenger. add in mysterious male lead and it's all set to be a decent series.

hmm, others have said that it has a FMA feeling to it, but since i haven't watched FMA myself, i can't comment on that. but i do like war-time story plots, attributed to my gundam (Wing & Seed), rahxephon and zegapain obsession.

the plot itself looks decent enough, art and animation is very good, especially the fighting scenes. so all in all, probably nothing to stop me from finishing til the end.

Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion
futuristic japan is taken over by the Britannia empire, and is known as Area 11. angst main lead is bent on fighting against the empire and obtains power from a mysterious girl, which he uses in the ep1 to order the empire troop that was chasing him to shoot themselves. (eewww!)

not forgetting to mention the best friend that for some reason, surprise surprise, seems to be with the Britannia empire military. how will the two friends fight it out? what is the ulterior motives of the best friend in being with the enemy military?

did i mention that CLAMP did the character designs?!!! straight from the heart, that's really my main reason why i'm watching this. thank goodness the plot isn't half as bad and the mechanics looks pretty promising too.

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
no summary cos i haven't seen it yet. but from the trailers i've seen, it looks pretty good.

i can't believe no one is subbing this yet. this has gotta be the only one out of all the rest that i haven't seen yet i'm dying to take a look.

because of rurouni kenshin, i'm really interested in the whole bakumatsu era. youtube.com already has the raws, but my japanese lang is not good enough to pick up most of the terms.

argghhh!!! someone please sub this!!

Shonen Onmyouji
young onmyouji-in-training can't see the spirits which he's supposed to be fighting against, making him quite embarassed considering that his grandfather is the famous Abe no Seimei. one day, he meets the shikigami that used to belongs to his grandfather. with the shikigami's help, he began to see the spirits again, and from then on, start his official training.

i like this one, maybe cos of it's set in olden day japan, which i like very much. once again, i'll credit that to too much rurouni kenshin. i watched and read RK at least 2 times.

it also has another similiarity with D.Gray-man in that it's sort of an "exorcist"-type of show. in any case, this is definitely a keeper for me.

Sumomomo Momomo
ahaha... another brainless show. but this one is really funny, and even better than Yamato Nadeshiko. slightly more ecchi than others, but still, that's where all the funny parts come in.

fighting girl bent on getting a guy to make babies with him so that they can produce the strongest kids to carry their bloodline and their fighting style. guy is not only uninterested, but is terrified of fighting, and instead, aspires to be a policeman.

did i mention that this show is hilarious? it really really is. so please do check it out.


KIV series...
KIV meaning, the possibility of dropping them a half-way, or even after a few episodes are high...

1st KIV anime is this remake of the highly popular 2002 version of the original Kanon. after 7yrs, guy returns to a city where he spent his childhood. enters girls whom he seemed to have met in the past. and of course, he gotta have partial amnesia and forgotten some childhood memories that connects him and the girls he meet.

well, like i said, i'm getting slightly tired of the whole female harem routine. and kanon just fit nicely into this genre. however, because of all the big fuss it's making in the anime world, i'll probably watch a few more episodes to see how it goes.

probability of dropping series: high

Asatte no Houkou
2 female leads, one a young woman, the other a young girl, exchange their ages when they pray to the same rock shrine. the link between the 2 leads is the guy who is the young girl's brother, and used to date the young woman before leaving her to take care of his sister.

another ep1 where all the main characters were introduced and a brief background was given on why the male lead left the young woman. bordered on slow and almost boring. however, i'm slightly interested to know the developments of the 2 female leads since the end of ep 1 was when the two just exchanged their ages.

probability of dropping series: medium

Busou Renkin
male and female leads fighting against enemies called Homunculus (made from alchemy) with their own alchemy, the Kakugane. male lead he tried to save female lead from being attacked by a Homunculus but was killed instead. in replace of his heart, he was given his own kakugane by female lead.

from viewpoint of the manga, it was quite a disappointment, given that the mangaka is Watsuki Nobuhiro who gave us Rurouni Kenshin. but i watched ep 1, and it wasn't half as bad. but also because they haven't gotten to the draggy and really ridiculous middle part of the story.

still, i might keep going on this series if the jokes and funny parts are still acceptable.

probability of dropping series: medium

Ayakashi Ayashi
lots of supernatural fighting happening in japan during the Tenpou era (1830-1844). special group of people, which includes the male lead, having the ability to fight against spirits coming from the spirit world. male lead also seems to be part of a group of people that are discriminated by the higher-end society in the show. *shrugs* typical.

not that good for a first episode, mainly cos it was quite draggy. another introduction episode is how i would round this.

but since it's taking a much coveted timeslot on sat, it is rumored to be quite a lengthy one too (maybe a year or so), and there are high expectations for it to do well. at least the art animation is good. something to look forward to when all else fails.

probability of dropping series: low

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love-
moon princess comes down to earth for exchange program and lives in same house as male lead as his sister is the ambassador assistant. the two may have met when they were kids, though the guy doesn't seem to remember.

another female harem show, though this one doesn't repulse me as much as Kanon did. both leads don't look like the angsty types, so there might be hope left for this.

probability of dropping series: low


well, this sums up most of the Fall anime i'll be watching for the next 3-6mths. might pick up a few others along the way, but as it is, i'm quite loaded with what i have now, plus the long-running ones like One Piece, Nana, Bleach, etc.

with such a packed Fall season, i'm expecting Winter 2006 to release lesser series, especially since most of the fall series are 26-episodes long. we'll have to see when the time comes...

Thursday, 12 October 2006

Fall Anime 2006 Part 1

ok, part one of a very long list...

it'll be too draggy to put all in one entry... plus, i'm not fast enough to come up with a complete list at one go...

Kin-iro no Cordo ~primo passo~
based on a popular RPG game, the story revolves a school music competition. while the female lead is not musically inclined, she is given a magical violin (by a little fairy no less) that allows the user to play it beautifully, and forced to join the competition.

bishonen-galore, the art and character designs are up to standards. lots of shojo moments, and since it's based off a love-stimulation game, focus is not only on the female lead and one male lead since there are a few others to choose from. i am also reading the manga which is currently serializing in LaLa. will definitely be a keeper.

Marginal Prince
another bishonen-filled anime. this time, based off some cell phone dating-simulation game for women. story revolves male lead that is sent overseas to study art in a all-guys' school that is virtually hidden from the world in a small island. enters stories of all the beeyoootiful guys in his school.

not much happened in the 1st episode except for all the character introductions, and plot is still unknown to me. will haf to review more episodes. but given the amount of cute guys, it'll definitely be a keeper for me.

Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~
as all female harem anime, male lead transfers to new school, where he interacts with the girls he meet and of course, falling for the most unreachable one that, of course, every guy already has their eyes on.

ok, this is probably the surprise one in the list. i never expect that i'll like this. given i'm actually getting tired of the female harem routine. not that i dun still watch them, but i'm more into male harem now.

mwahaha, looking at my choices of anime now. my first 2 shows are already male-harem oriented. but this is actually good... will be sticking by this for awhile to see how it turns out.

young exorcist male, together with his fellow exorcists, goes around fighting against the Millennium Earl and his akumas, created from human spirits he captures.

OMG! i'm regretting not read the manga yet, cos this is really good! the 1st episode already had me hooked through and through. although i might be biased since i've juz finished Trinity Blood which has a similiar plot. in fact, i much preferred this to...

Death Note
yes, as much as i prefer D.Gray-man, Death Note still has its draws.
ambitious guy, who wants to be the new "god", sets to bring a new world order as he pens names in a shinigami notebook that can kill anyone whose name is written on it.

what is it with people and complete world domination??

not much to say, cos it's probably one, if not the most, anticipated anime to come out during fall 2006. the 1st episode wasn't as fantastic as i imagined though. well, it's still only episode 1, so things much pick up after that. looking forward to yamaguchi kappei's L character to appear.

fyi, the movie version is due out in sg next week. WOHOO!

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge
4 beautiful bishonens, in order to get free rental on the mansion they live in, takes on the ultimate task, to transform the landlady's niece from ugly hag to beautiful lady. well, technically, the female lead is not ugly, she juz needs alot alot ALOT of work to be done on her. which is where the bishonens comes in.

every season, there is bound to be a few brainless anime that will appeal to closet bimbos like me. this season, the 1st one up is yamato nadeshiko. quite entertaining, and i love all the SD scenes. i'm expecting more laughter as they continue to transform her into a lady.


now for some that i've watched which i think is not worth watching after the 1st episode, and definitely not for keeping... yes, it's just me, so if you like it, that's really just you...

Lovely Idol
this, is a total waste of time. girls trying, struggling to break into the idol world. not much plot. the songs are not as good, and most of the girls are juz plain too weepy. uuggghhh....

it could be also factored to the idol thingy. reminds me too much of the many stupid idol contests. american idol, sg idol, project superstar, star idol, etc. eewww...

Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru
guy dress up as a girl to attend a girl school. enters lots of other girls literally flinging themselves on him, not knowing that he's in drag.

ok, so this is not Strawberry Panic. but judging from the character designs, it already looks like as a strawberry panic in disguise. even the characters looks similar. i'm not into shojo-ai, so that's probably why i dun like it. even if it is not real shojo-ai to begin with since the lead is in fact a male.

Sunday, 8 October 2006

clear skys


change in wind direction (FINALLY!) has brought clear clear skys to singapore... i'm sure everyone is glad that we can finally see our high-rises clearly even at night...


so much for my multi-billionaire suing proposal yesterday...


anyway, 1st week of fall anime just ended... i've d/l at least 10-13 of the new anime series that have juz started... will go thru them and see which ones are worth the watch...

summary will be up later...

Saturday, 7 October 2006

if i were a multi-billionaire...

if i were a multi-billionaire...

i would start suing our neighbouring country...

i will sue them so much, they wouldn't even have the money to buy matchsticks to burn their land...

i will sue them so much, that the only way they can even light a fire is by using the most ancient methods....

so they pretty much have 2 choices; either by rubbing wood against wood, or striking 2 rocks against each other...

if i were a multi-billionaire, i would so so SO sue them...

FYI, the PSI as of 2pm, is 91...

at 10am, it was at a freaking 130... ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY!!!

i've been experiencing headache, eye irritation, throat irritation and juz plain displeasure at the whole haze thing... i can't go outdoors without complaining to everyone i meet how bad the haze is... and repeating it over and over again...

things had better start improving soon...