Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nolan Fever

I've been watching all kinds of Christopher Nolan movies recently. You could say I have a fever. But that would silly as I am quite healthy.

My first Nolan movie was The Prestige. The reason I watched it? Fucking David Bowie. I went in looking for the Bowie. Couldn't find the bastard. It was only at the end, when the credits were rolling, I noticed he was Tesla. Sure enough, (after rewinding), he WAS Tesla. Damn bastard is a good actor.

2010, I saw Inception. It was thrilling and quite creative. A bit too much shooting for a psychological movie (batman had less shooting) but still AMAZING. But now I knew who Nolan was.

I have to admit: I had seen NONE of the batman movies. But I decided to get the famous "The Dark Knight" Movie. It was great. I recommend it to all, even if you dislike action. Then I saw Batman Begins. Also amazing, though I wish Scarecrow had more action.

I saw Insomnia last Tuesday. Another thrilling movie. Absolutely wonderful.

This leaves 2 more Nolan movies to see: Momento and ......I can't even remember anymore.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer Manga Review

So, I finished this manga! It was a medium length manga so it didn't take too long. It IS completed, which I know is a huge incentive for people.

The genre is Fantasy, Shounen, Action, Adventure, and Romance. The story is, without revealing too much, about a boy who wakes up to a talking lizard. The lizard tells him that he is being conscripted to save the world from a magician who plans to destroy the world with a giant hammer. His other task is to protect the princess, who is currently possessing a classmate of his.

However, the boy and princess' host have a secret: They secretly want to destroy the world themselves! Thus, they must keep this secret from the other beast knights (like our protagonist) until the final moment!

That's the overview without getting into too much detail.

Story: 8.
Very good story, though a bit cliched. It has lots of twists and turns and is lots of fun. Definitely very exciting but not TOO exciting that it'd wear you out! Also, it isn't dragged out. In the end, I thought it could have gone longer. Overall, it was a very fun story.

Characters: 9
This is the shining point. EVERY CHARACTER (all 15 or so) are great and beautifully developed. I specially love the princess' host who seems to be an eviler force than the antagonist. I LOVE it! I love the feeling of servitude to an evil girl like her. As for the beast knights, everyone has a great backstory and great personality. Unfortunately, a few characters here and there don't really show up near the end. But the biggest fault is: I can't remember any of their names. It JUST doesn't seem to matter. You remember them by their animals.

Tidbits: 10
-great art
-lots of little interesting facts (like the Akimisic records, spear of longivus, etc)
-attractive storyline

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Japanese Radio

So on the night May 4th, 2010, Japan played a bunch of anime openings and closing. They had the VA for Sakura (CCS) and Shinji (Evangelion). I was banned from /a/ for posting this link but here the songs

I'll post a link here to download the songs presented.

  • 073. アナタノオト / ランカ・リー(中島愛)[マクロスF]
  • 072. 射手座☆午後九時 Don't be late / シェリル・ノーム(starring May'n)[マクロスF]
  • 070. 愛・おぼえていますか / ミレーヌ‧ジーナス(櫻井智)[マクロス7]
  • 070. ...だけどベイビー!! / ミレーヌ‧ジーナス(Chie Kajiura)[マクロス7]
  • 069. 天使の絵の具 / リン・ミンメイ(飯島真理) [超時空要塞マクロス 愛・おぼえていますか]
  • 068. ラムのラブソング / 松谷祐子 [うる星やつら]
  • 067. 愛をとりもどせ!! / クリスタルキング [世紀末救世主伝説 北斗の拳]
  • 066. CAT'S EYE / 杏里 [キャッツ・アイ]
  • 065. 摩訶不思議アドベンチャー! / 高橋洋樹 [ドラゴンボール]
  • 064. タッチ / 岩崎良美 [タッチ]
  • 063. 私はマチコ / 今田裕子 [まいっちんぐマチコ先生]
  • 062. 恋は突然 / 堀江美都子 [愛してナイト]
  • 061. 炎のさだめ / TETSU [装甲騎兵ボトムズ]
  • 060. ゆずれない願い / 田村直美 [魔法騎士レイアース]
  • 059. ブルーウォーター / 森川美穂 [ふしぎの海のナディア]
  • 058. おじゃまんが山田くん / こおろぎ'73 [おじゃまんが山田くん]
  • 057. エッちゃん / 増山江威子 [さるとびエッちゃん]
  • 056. やるぞ一発!野球道 / 千葉由美、ヤング・フレッシュ、こおろぎ'73 [一発貫太くん]
  • 055. Beautiful World / 宇多田ヒカル [ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序]
  • 054. 魂のルフラン / 高橋洋子 [新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 シト新生]
  • 053. 残酷な天使のテーゼ / 高橋洋子 [新世紀エヴァンゲリオン]
  • 052. My Secret / 水野佐彩 [会長はメイド様]
  • 051. 氷の上に立つように / 小松未歩 [名探偵コナン]
  • 050. ときめきトゥナイト / 加茂晴美 [ときめきトゥナイト]
  • 049. 夢色チェイサー / 鮎川麻弥 [機甲戦記ドラグナー]
  • 048. ガリアン・ワールド -Run For Your Life- / EUROX [機甲界ガリアン]
  • 047. 失われた伝説(ゆめ)をもとめて / アンディ [機甲創世記モスピーダ]
  • 046. Agape / メロキュア [円盤皇女ワるきゅーレ]
  • 045. すきすきソング / 水森亜土 [ひみつのアッコちゃん]
  • 044. ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 / 熊倉一雄 [ゲゲゲの鬼太郎]
  • 043. ハクション大魔王の歌 / 嶋崎由理 [ハクション大魔王]
  • 042. アンパンマンのマーチ / ドリーミング [それいけ!アンパンマン]
  • 041. 宇宙大シャッフル / LOVE JETS [ちびまる子ちゃん]
  • 040. 冒険でしょでしょ? / 平野綾 [涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱]
  • 039. 銀河鉄道は遥かなり / ささきいさお [銀河鉄道物語]
  • 038. 盗んだハートはココですよ? / 小倉唯 with ぷるぷるいゃ〜ん [怪盗レーニャ]
  • 037. 千本千女の刃毬唄 / 畑亜貴 [刀語]
  • 036. 鳥の詩 / Lia [AIR]
  • 035. My Soul, Your Beats! / Lia [Angel Beats!]
  • 034. DAYBREAK'S BELL / L'Arc〜‎en〜‎Ciel [機動戦士ガンダム00]
  • 033. 焔の扉 / FictionJunction YUUKA [機動戦士ガンダムSEED DESTINY]
  • 032. DREAMS / ROMANTIC MODE [機動新世紀ガンダムX]
  • 031. JUST COMMUNICATION / TWO-MIX [新機動戦記ガンダムW]
  • 030. FLYING IN THE SKY / 鵜島仁文 [機動武闘伝Gガンダム]
  • 029. STAND UP TO THE VICTORY 〜トゥ・ザ・ヴィクトリー〜 / 川添智久 [機動戦士Vガンダム]
  • 028. 勇者王誕生! / 遠藤正明 [勇者王ガオガイガー]
  • 027. ゲームセンターあらし / 水木一郎 [ゲームセンターあらし]
  • 026. 君の知らない物語 / supercell [化物語]
  • 025. 溝ノ口太陽族 / manzo [天体戦士サンレッド]
  • 024. 深愛 / 水樹奈々 [WHITE ALBUM]
  • 023. 魔法使いサリー / スリーグレイセス [魔法使いサリー]
  • 022. 行け!タイガーマスク / 新田洋・スクールメイツ [タイガーマスク]
  • 021. アタックNO.1 / 大杉久美子 [アタックNO.1]
  • 020. ゆけゆけ飛雄馬 / アンサンブル・ボッカ [巨人の星]
  • 019. 鉄腕アトム / 上高田少年合唱団 [鉄腕アトム]
  • 018. キン肉マンGo Fight! / 串田アキラ [キン肉マン]
  • 017. Glossy:MMM / 橋本みゆき [咲 -Saki-]
  • 016. デリケートに好きして / 太田貴子 [魔法の天使クリィミーマミ]
  • 015. バカ・ゴー・ホーム / milktub [バカとテストと召喚獣]
  • 014. Faze to love / 橋本みゆき [ガンパレード・オーケストラ]
  • 013. STORIES / 喜多修平 [ミラクル☆トレイン〜大江戸線へようこそ〜]
  • 012. 夢光年 / 影山ヒロノブ、こおろぎ'73 [宇宙船サジタリウス]
  • 011. Breakin' through / 喜多修平 [PERSONA - trinity soul -]
  • 010. ミッドナイト・サブマリン / HARRY [未来警察ウラシマン]
  • 009. ヤッターマンの歌 / 山本正之、少年少女合唱団みずうみ [ヤッターマン]
  • 008. 鉄人28号 / デューク・エイセス [鉄人28号]
  • 007. ワンダースリー / ボーカル・ショップ [W3(ワンダースリー)]
  • 006. 狼少年ケン / 西六郷少年少女合唱団 [狼少年ケン]
  • 005. できるかなって☆☆☆ / ゆの(阿澄佳奈),宮子(水橋かおり)、ヒロ(後藤邑子)、沙英(新谷良子) [ひだまりスケッチ×☆☆☆]
  • 004. 忍者ハットリくん / 堀絢子、コロムビアゆりかご [忍者ハットリくん]
  • 003. Step / a・chi-a・chi [魔神英雄伝ワタル]
  • 002. がんばれドカベン / こおろぎ'73 [ドカベン]
  • 001. オラはにんきもの / のはらしんのすけ [クレヨンしんちゃん]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Austin Powers and Caddyshack

A quick review of the 3 Austin Powers movies (before the 4th comes out):
-International man: 8
-Spy who shagged me: 6
-Goldmember: 8

Yes, the second one is the worst. The first had a good story and third one is hilarious with good references. Second one has the best girl. All of them have the best music.

Caddyshack is a great movie: good music, great humor, great character. Very rewatchable

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ghost Stories

Ah, one of the few good english dubbed anime.

Basically, in 2001, Japan made a horror anime series starring a bunch of... high schoolers (?). It sucked and ripped off horror films. So when it came to america, ADV made it into a parody anime, rewriting (more like destroying) the entire script. Now its anime with pop culture reference, crude humor, and 4th wall smashing.

Its AWESOME. Funny, clever, and a totally endearing. While the first 2 episodes are quite lame, after that, they are all good (save MAYBE 1 or 2 episodes here and there). The characters are great, the music is great (stolen from Inuyasha, I swear), and the games are grand.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome to the NHK

My, what a powerful anime.

Starring Satou, a useless guy who doesn't work or go to school, we have a tale of all the crazy stuff he does. But what makes this interesting is that its a depressing comedy; a tragedy if you will though it is unclear if it has a tragic end at all.

Now, I feel this is a DEFINITE must see among anime viewers or anyone. It is a sobering tale, showing the hardships of lives, subcultures, and dangers taht everyone faces. While it keeps the humor up and mixes in a little romance, its a realistic story that should teach you a bit more about our world and the people who live in it. Very good!

Of course, there is an element of mystery behind the 'angel who wants to save' Satou. Who is she? Is she good? Why does she want to help? How does she know so much about Satou?

random notes (skip):
Welcome to the NHK, episode 4; sky girls poster in the back at 17:28
Welcome to the nhk episde 5- I’m surprisingly a huge fan of this particular episode. It was funny with the freud piece
Welcome to nhk episode 7, at 17:00 they start playing the song (has lyrics thus)
8- she dresses up so cute. GREAT END; THEY ALMOST KISS

episode 9 of nhk:so depressing about yamazaki. 21 begins cuteness and a song
10: at 4, funny faces. Around 7;55, MEOW. Him stalking her has good music
Feel that NHK ni Yokoso is VERY well written. Makes you question what Satou should do with Misaki: She could hurt him and make him a hikikomori forever. Stop seeing her then? Perhaps Misaki is a lonely girl who just wants a friend and saw satou kun a lot from her room.
11- VERY POWERFUL episode (the end with misaki at least)

12- 4:23, I’m scared shitless. I mean, weird people and people say this episode proves its not comedy. 20:10 is so AWWW worthy.
13-aww, its so sad and good. But the very end is touching on how everyone cries
14- nice song at 16 or a bit before
15- 17:14 HEALER

Nhk 16- 5:30, Misaki meows. Mia is hot but the episode brings a nice lesson
Nhk 17: 16:30, the way people talk about hikimoris is pretty kickass and makes you wonder why the world is so mean to them. Fuck up your president!
18- embarrassed misaki at 7:53. Minut before eyecatch, I’m raging because of the pres who is tricking them again
Nhk is very depressing but very realistic and shows you the truth behind life. Makes you an adult. Welcome to the NHK: a depressing look about subcultures and life in general. A must see for ALL adults even with its controversial topics such as lolicon, suicide, and scams.
Welcome to NHK episode 19- deep reasoning behind why people don’t change their lifestyles: scared. After eyecatch, interesting galge
20- OH SHIT. Yamazaki shows the chick all his galge and she says “baka” at 18:48. Its clear she likes him but he has to reject her since he might have to leave her in a mnth
22- at 9:35, I'm about to cry because Sempai's story is so sad but of course, it brightens up soon enough. But Misaki's story is sad too
23- at 9:35 or so, Satou reads the newest contract which surprised me! Heartbreaking choice. Oh god, the very end is so intense with Misaki going back to her hometown.
24- beginning as great music. 17:20 "i'll listen to anything, no matter how boring"- that's so 'aww' inspiring. but he trolls her with this Freudian dream. Cute end since Satou is teaching Misaki now

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Princess Tutu

I just finished a highly rated shoujo (mahou shoujo or magic girl to be exact) anime and it was pretty good. Its about a little duck who becomes a girl who becomes Princess tutu. That's TWO transformations in 1. For the most part, it runs slightly different from other mahou shojos. Unlike most where the entire plot is to collect items or to fight enemies over and over, this anime constantly pushes a plot, meaning missing one can seriously hinder the plot. However it DOES follow the typical shoujo plot a BIT: she DOES collect heart shards for half the anime and the other half she repeats the same "save this person" drama. But what makes this acceptable is:
1. Its all a ballet: She fights by dancing
2. She only does this copypasting drama for... maybe 5 times... and it always ties in to advancing the plot.
3. There is a great inner struggle in all the characters

And the most interesting part of Princess Tutu anime is that THE ENTIRE ANIME IS A BALLET. the music is ballet, the plot is set up like a ballet would be (you probably can guess the end; especially if you know how REAL fairy tales tend to end), and the themes are of a ballet.

Random notes:
Princess tutu 6- its intense. There are negative consequences for returning his heart. Is it right to bring him back to normal? Very interesting and awesome. Brings up the question of “does he really need his heart if only makes him suffer?” Wow, reaching epic so soon.
Princess tutu 7- clearly a very deep example of magical girl
8- fakira was so nice 11:00. 18:20, fakir is so badass. 19:30 HOLY SHIT, just llike a real ballet, it has such intense themes like stabbing oneself’s heart. A real ballet : can’t tell her emotions, stabbing eachself, battles of emotions
Princess tut 10- 15:17 AWWWW, Fakira hugs the duck. 21:07 is pretty funny with fakira and ahoge
12- at 6:58, Fakira smiles at Duck, so cute. 17:18 Duck panties!. Oh god, naked duck is great, watch until 19
princess tutu 13- end of season 1, beginning of season 2
14- Mute’s smile at 7 is so cute
15- at 21, peka’s hair is cute
16- freiya is cute
20- at 17, dark muteo is great
21- at 7:30 or so, the cat jumps into the bag. 18:17:F UCK YEAH, that kid got blown away
23- at 15:30, the prince is so badass
24- the bird muteo is great 15:30 or later