Monday, September 30, 2013

Anime

Last year around this time I started watching anime. I started out with Dragon Ball Z. It randomly happened one night I got home from a football game and was bored and I remembered it from my childhood and decided to get back into it. I got really into it some nights watching twenty episodes a night. I eventually finished the series and it was pretty good but it was really slow and got boring at some points but overall it was a very good anime. After I finished that I began Naruto and finished that and started Naruto Shippuden. I have just caught up with the subbed episodes and I think I'm going to start reading the manga. A manga is pretty much a Japanese comic. I like Naruto Shippuden because it is way faster than Dragon Ball Z. Also lately I have been watching Rurouni Kenshin. It is about a Samurai that used to be a killer but now has a reverse blade because he doesn't want to harm anyone. Also the other night I started watching Samurai Champloo.HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF THE ANIMES.DRAGON BALL ZNARUTONARUTO SHIPPUDENKENSHINSAMURAI CHAMPLOO
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

100th Post Special: Part 1-Top 10 Best Villains

"When the Devil is too busy

And Death's a bit too much

They call on me by name you see,

100th Post Special Part 2: Top 10 Anime Heroes

Last week, I gave you my favorite anime villains. So it only makes sense to turn things around and discuss my favorite heroes.



10) Naruto Uzemaki (Naruto and Naruto Shippuden) Whether you've given up on Naruto like me or you're still watching, one thing is certain: Naruto is a kid you can't keep down. Back when I actually liked the show, I loved watching Naruto beat seemingly impossible odds. Just make him the Hokage already!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gashapon! collection

The first time that I tried a gashapon machine was more than 10 years ago, when street fighters and bomber-man were the much sought after third party gashapon series. What I meant by third party is the non-Bandai and non-yujin series that can be bought for 50cents or 1 dollar a piece at those third party gashapon machines that could be found just outside our neighbourhood mama-shop and stationary shops. Today, these third party gashapon machines still exist in neighbourhood convenience stall, food court etc. (A quick search at wiki will reveal that gashapon originates from Bandai Japan, so unfortunately I will refer to those non-Bandai and non-yujin gashapon as 'third party' ones although they were the ones that really accompanied my early childhood) Today, I decided to share some pictures of my street fighter collections. I have kept them all in a plastic contain somewhere in my room and I fear that they may degrade if I continue to keep them hidden somewhere that is warm with no flow of fresh air. Indeed, most of the figures have already a bit sticky. I guess I will have to give them a good wash... My whole street fighter collection These third party gashapon figures differ greatly in quality. Well, the chun lee at the extreme left looks kind of.... On the other hand some pieces such as the ones shown here are of better paint quality Especially Guy(3rd from left, counting the yellow unknown character). Guy was my prized collection since it has a very good paint quality and is the only one that my elder brother did not have :D The two Ken in the above pictures are actually brought from a stationary shop at slightly higher prices, and it seems that they are not third party pieces. The above collection nicely stored in a mooncake box belong(ed) to my elder brother. You can see that they are a few pieces that I did not have ..., which looks very cool. But then, this whole box belongs to me now anyway... :D Next moving on to the main topic of this post - my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections that I have been keeping since around 7 years ago. If you remember, there used to be this space on the top floor of suntec city mall, where there were seemingly unending rows and rows of gashapon machines. That was when I started my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections. Of course, that gashapon holy land was eventually removed after renovations, where the whole storey became a youth zone. I remember quite a few toy shops closed down after the renovation, in fact only hobby point remained. But then again, today, suntec city mall is undergoing yet a second phase of renovation and hobby point has since moved out.. The bleach gashapon series by Bandai is the really the first Bandai series that I started collecting after I chanced upon the gashapon holy land at suntec city around 7 years ago. It is sad that I didnot managed to collect the whole series. When the first bleach series came out, I still wasn't very keen on gashapon collection, so I just give it one or two tries. However, series after series of bleach gashapon began to be released and at some point I was quite sure that Bandai was going to release all the characters in the future. My interest grew and I especially like the 13 sereitei captains pieces. By the time I decided that I should collect at least each of the 13 captains, most of the first few series has already been sold out... As you can see below, some key member that I am missing includes Aizen, Tousen and Unohana. I tried to buy the whole set from some toy shops but they were all out of stock... Lining up the captains in a line really gives me a sense of achievement. Ukitake, Toshiro, Shunsui, Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei Gin, Komamuura, Kensei, Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri, Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Ukitake(second fav piece), Toshiro, Shunsui (my fav piece) Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei, gin Gin, Komamuura (4th fav piece), Kensei (this is not a gashapon piece, actually a banpresto keychain, Kensei is one my favourite bleach character), Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri (3rd fav piece) Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Next up will be the Rurouni Kenshin Series. Managed to collect the whole series, including the 2 color variants of kenshin ;D Apparently the pink kenshin is rare I have 1 extra aoshi and infact another Kaoru that I kept mint in the capsule :DRurouni Kenshin is one of the few anime series I really like. The following Bakemonogatari series were bought when I visited Japan in 2010. Gashapons in Japan are very much kept in the same type of capsule as what we have in Singapore.

Some other random gashapon pieces that I collected when I sometimes randomly give a few tries on series that I like or have watched before in animes... Kagome from Inuyasha, the first anime that really got me into watching anime and stuff! Remembered that I watched in on kidcentral on Friday nights some 10 years ago. Back then, internet was expensive and there was no way I could have watched anime streamed online with the kind of internet speed and cost of internet... This Nanoha and Mio figures are the typical 400yen gashapon that I bought when I visited Japan in 2010. They are now one of my prized possessions. And how can we forget the Gundam next series by Bandai, which was very popular with Gundam fans. Gundam Next is the series that are usually sell out fast. In fact, most of the totally empty gashapon machines are those that contain gundam related stuffs. I simply adore the figures as they have good articulation and paint qualities. I was diligently collecting each gundam next series until I ran out of time and budget. Bandai simply keep releasing the Gundam Next series like nobody's business. Today, I think the series is in its 13th or 14th run in Singapore? ex-S, Knight, mk-V, Char's Zaku Sazabi, Sinanju, Kshatriya banshee, unicorn, delta plus rx78, GP01, GP02, ZetaZeta, Double Zeta, Gundam OO series...

While gashapon series are often sold as sets in some toy shop, I have never brought them in such a way. I prefer turning the knob on gashapon machines and then slowing opening up the capsule to see what I get. Sometimes when you get the pieces that you have been hoping for or the rare variants, it just make you feel happy and worthwhile to have given the machine a try. Of course at times you get repetitive pieces, and there is really no one whom you can trade with..., at least none of my school friends are into gashapon. But I consider myself quite lucky most of the times since I rarely get repetitive pieces. Well, after trying out gashapon machines, it is easy to figure out the trick - remember which capsules contain which character and try to figure out which coloured capsule will be coming out next by glaring into the transparent gashapon machine. Of course this can be quite time consuming and when there are no other people waiting to try out the machines, you cant really do anything although you know that the piece that you are waiting for will be coming out in the next 1 or 2 tries... and you never know when you ever have the chance to pass by the Gashapon machines again, which are usually located in town. Also, there is a risk of the Gashapon selling out if they are really popular. In retrospect, gashapon really brought me a lot of fun, as a child and even as a teenager or a young adult. Be it the third party or the Bandai ones, they have always brought smiles to my faces and become part of my fond memories of my childhood and early adulthood.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grandmother Samples Soup

1. A MEETING WITH THE FARM GIRL



Dream about Mith, country side, farm, where she lives. I can't remember how the dream started, but I came with her to her house, in silence both, through the wildlands, fields, high grass and stuff, trees on one side near the house.

Snow Befallen Crests

1. RIVER ROAD AND VOODOO DANCE



Fras and Phpa are coming. I go to my room. Fras makes a libation of mead. Lecu, who is a customer, follows me. Lucid moment.

Monday, September 23, 2013

One Ok Rock 2013 : Who are You?? Who Are We?? Tour 2013!

The most awaited Japanese Rock (Jrock) band is coming to town! The Malaysia LIVE!



One Ok Rock Concert

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Baidu

Chinese: "Naruto" movie has been playing the first 365 sets "forbidden technique successor" comic has been serialized 480 words "sacrifice" a weekly update every Friday, then update a set of cartoon animation in Japan Official Special Issue: "The Book of the Pro "" Soldiers of the book "" fighting of the book "" Raymond's book "" by the book "," all of the book "" Kakashi Gaiden "production naruto shippuden episode 91 english dubbed team NARUTO-naru Suites - Script: Masashi naruto shippuden episode 91 english dubbed Kishimoto, Ida Yong Deng character set fixed: Nishio Tetsuya Suzuki Bowen Animation: Studio Pierrot Production: TV Tokyo, Studio Pierrot Play TV: TV Tokyo Running Time: October



3, 2002 - present Episode: 365 sets NARUTO-naru Suites - blast Propagation (Shippuden ) Directed naruto shippuden episode 91 english

Iluka: people die alone, all will disappear. Past or present life, but also the future will disappe

"Naruto" is a Japanese manga artist Masashi Kishimoto's little mermaid movie masterpiece, works since 1999 in the magazine "Youth JUMP" on the series,



the reader response was very enthusiastic. Subsequently, "Naruto" TV animation television in Tokyo, Japan, to become little mermaid movie the most popular anime. Succeeded the original story hidden in the darkness, with the world's most powerful perseverance and effort to do the most difficult and the most densely not declare conceal little mermaid movie cruel things ninja, portrayed as the sun is most proud of the most promising little mermaid movie unlimited career. In this ninja world, every young masters are in the pioneering of their own tolerance little mermaid movie Road. Masashi little mermaid movie Kishimoto with strong colors and bristly little mermaid movie brush strokes to convey to the reader in a spirit: every man's existence is to protect the significance of their own people, even at the expense of life fight. Manic young blood,

Full Concert Lineup for Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2013 Announced!

Fresh news! The FULL lineup for the upcoming 8, 9 and 10 November 2013 Anisong Concert in Singapore has been announced!

(Official news sources: Live announcement made by AFA Channel during AFA Indonesia's Friday Anisong Concert, as well as the freshly launched AFA Singapore website at


[GMing Advice] Learn by doing

One of the simplest bits of advice I can ever give someone who is looking to be a better GM is that you can only get better with practice. Much like painting and sports, practice hones a GM's skills and subconsciously teaches them how to adapt to real-life situations.



Book learning has its place of course, but often the best way to pick up confidence and further develop a personal style is through constant practice. Think of it as similar to being a pilot. Pilots require hours of flight time, as GMs, we need hours of running and preparation until we find what works best for us and our players.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fairy Tail and My Tendency to Avoid Long Series

As you know, my dear readers, I like catharsis in an anime.Somehow catharsis has come to mean a kind of purgation of feeling which is supposed to follow upon watching drama; yet, Aristotle originally meant to mean conciseness in a story, as my Greek professor in college, Dr. Joseph Garnjobst, avers.One of the surest ways for a series to lack catharsis is for it to stretch on and on.Series longer than 27 episodes usually lose focus and contain plenty of filler episodes, which cause me to become annoyed and ofttimes drop the series altogether.For example, without a friend of mine's rabid love of D. Gray Man, I probably would have been fed up with the overdramatization which occurs around episode 60 and left off there.In the case of the original Hunter x Hunter, I have less than ten episodes to go, but have somehow not found the opportunity to just sit down and finish off the show.



From stickfigureparadise of deviantart.com

Friday, September 13, 2013

HOLIDAYS

HOORAY is what I wanna say, but the holidays aren't that much exciting as I thought it to be



Usually I will have a line of things I wanna do listed up in my head, but it looks like I'm better off enjoying it relaxingly and peacefully in my own cozy safe haven. Plus I got so lazy I've been pushing off my blog entries too

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

50 Great Series Finales

Every great story needs a great ending. A story should not keep going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny: it has to have a stopping point. A conclusion. Even the most open-ended endings possible are acceptable if they're done right. The quality of an ending can make or break how a story is perceived and remembered. TV series' do not always tell stories. They can be episodic or plotted and serialized depending on the content. But like stories, great TV shows should have great finales. Something to really cap off the experience and prove that it was all worthwhile. So in this entry, I've selected 50 TV shows I've seen that I feel had particularly great series finales. Most of them are animated 'cause I have not caught up with all the live action TV shows of my time yet. Please keep in mind that this is for TV series', not movies, books, or video games. Those are a similar but different matter. Without further delay, I'll cover 50 great series finales of my (mostly animated) TV experience!



Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too (The New Adventures Of Pooh) - This show did the whole "ending on a Christmas special" thing better than "The Care Bears Family" did. This actually feels like a special episode of the series and was a worthy cap-off to a fun show.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Why I Hate One Piece

Do you like One Piece?



I don`t. In fact, I hate One Piece.

Live Action Anime Movies

When it comes to manga and anime, there's a very, very, very big audience. Whether it be in Japan, America, or anywhere else around the world many people tend to fall in love with these Japanese comics and animation. And you can't really blame them. Most of these stories that are showcased through these two mediums are very good in terms of the story, artwork, animation, music, and even voice acting. There are people who know who voiced who like the back of their hand. And I don't know how many people I know that have been introduced to Japanese music via anime. The same can also be said for Japanese television and movies. So the general point I'm trying to make is that anime/manga has become a gateway of sorts for many things to come out from Japan, and is also a gateway into a world of wonderful stories. And this realm as stated has a very passionate fan base who only want to see their favorites get the publicity and recognition they deserve.



And it's this sort of thought which leads many people to want mangas and anime to be turned into live action movies. Once again, you can't really blame them. Many of the countless stories found in both anime and manga are prime for live action films. It's a topic of debate for a lot of fans on what they want to see get made, and how they'd want to see something done. And movie studios have obviously recognized this. Japan cranks out quite a few live films a year based on anime, and Hollywood has done so as well (although less successfully then Japan). So it's clear that the idea of turning these animated and drawn stories into real life people is becoming quite the norm.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013 The Press Conference

International Guest Cosplayers (Kaname, Ying Tze, Richfield, Angie)



Jakarta - September 5, 2013. Anime and Japan Pop-Culture lovers in Indonesia will be pleased with the return of Anime Festival Asia Indonesia (AFA ID) 2013. This will be the second time of AFA in Indonesia. AFA ID 2012 successfully gathered more than 40,000 fans in its two days event. And this year, AFA ID 2013 will be held in Plenary Hall Jakarta Convention Center for three days in a row, from September 6 until September 8, 2013. Fans can enjoy the performances of talented artists from Japan, films screening and cosplay exhibition. They also can order and enjoy delicious foods from Maid and Butler caf . AFA 2013 is trying to bring the unique experience from the famous Akihabara district to all the visitors.

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

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The anime always had a split personality: the deadly serious OAVs about the were the dark shadows hanging over the relatively light hearted TV series.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ladies rank which male anime characters they think are the coolest

Manga has some of the coolest characters out there, and a survey of female fans has them ranking their top picks from some predictable answers to some not so much.



Ikemen (cool guy) characters are almost always one of the most popular characters in a show, and now they're being ranked by some female fans who know their stuff. Who exactly is the coolest of cool?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie 2: New Actors revealed

Oooooooooooooooohhhhh more news about the 2 upcoming Ruroni Kenshin movies have been announced! Information source from andAFAChan's blog!



Check out the trailer of the first movie here!

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Films Cast Tao Tsuchiya as Misao

18-year-old actress Tao Tsuchiya will play popular female ninja Misao Makimachi in next summer's two live-action sequel . This will be Tsuchiya's first full-fledged action role.

Tsuchiya made her acting debut in the the 2008 film Tokyo Sonata. She said that she adored the works of and since she was a young spirited child. She was so ovewhelmed by the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film last year that she would not get out of her theater seat, so she then decided to audition for the sequel films.Filming began in mid-July, and Tsuchiya has been doing her own action sequences. She will return on location to shoot more scenes from September until the end of the year. In the meantime, she has spending time at the swimming pool, pilates, and running everyday to train her body.Like several of the cast members such as lead actor and , Tsuchiya worked on the historical action television series Ry maden. directed Ry maden before helming the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its two sequels. Tsuchiya said she wants to visit overseas film festivals in the future.The previously cast members :