Anime 2012 Q1 & Q2

New anime

Another

AnotherAnother (アナザー Anazā) is a mystery horror novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji, published in October 29, 2009. A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized from May 2010 to January 2012. The anime series came soon after airing January 10 to March 27, 2012 with a total of 12 episodes. The live-action film will be released August 4, 2012.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Kyōmu Densen” (凶夢伝染 Nightmare Contagion) by Ali Project
2. “Anamnesis” by Annabel

Sakakibara Koiichi is a middle schooler transferring back to his mother’s old school. Things are not what it seems in the odd Class 3-3. The unfortunately named Misaki Mei, Sakakibara’s classmate, is ignored by everyone and treated as if she doesn’t exist! Soon enough, his classmates began to drop like flies, facing gruesome, senseless deaths.

In 1972, a student named Misaki died partway during the school year of Class 3-3. Devastated by the loss, the students and teachers of the class agree to carry on as if Misaki was still alive. Eerily, she was even present in the graduation photo. The tradition repeats itself every year since: whereby a dead appears as one of the students of Class 3-3 (but no one know that person is dead), but a living person is treated as non-existent (to account for the “extra”). If this is not done, students and teachers of that class dies off one by one.

What a chilling yet riveting who-done-it mystery series! It was quite eerie throughout the series. Realizing who was “dead” at the end was such a kicker! The opening theme song is just a tad wacky and out of sync enough to match this series.
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Anime 2012 Q3 & Q4

New anime

Campione!

Campione!Campione! (カンピオーネ! Kanpione!) is a light novel series by Jō Taketsuki, which was adapted into manga in 2011 and later into anime series in July 6, 2012 with a planned 12 episodes.

Opening Theme:
“BRAVE BLADE!” by Megu Sakuragawa

Ending Theme:
“Raise” by Yui Ogura

Sixteen-year-old Kusanagi Godou is sent on a trip to Sardinia, Italy to return a stone tablet to a long-lost love Lucretia Zola. His life quickly takes a turn when he is caught in the middle of warring gods, and ends up killing Verethragna, the Persian God of Victory. Unknown to him, an old curse surrounds the killing of gods by mortals: whereby the mortal who kills a god gains the abilities of the killed god and become known as Campione.

He obtains Verethragna’s 10 forms: Bull, Ram, Camel, White Stallion, Goat, Boar, Raptor, The Wind, The Youth, and The Warrior. He is protected by his knight in the form of Erica Brandelli, wife #1, and member of the Copper Black Cross. As he returns home to Japan with his new-found title and powers, he not only enmasses “wives” (Yuri Mariya, wife #2, is a Hime Miko, Liliana Kranjcar, wife #3, childhood friend of Erica and member of the Bronze Black Cross, Ena Seishuin, wife #4, and the strongest Hime Miko of Japan) but enemies (in the form of humans, “kings” and gods alike) and war scars too.

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Experiencing Ueno

Finding Hatchbori

Disovering Kyoto

Day 7: April 4, 2012 Wednesday

Melodrama aside, I was actually sad leaving Kyoto…and exhausted. As we neared Tokyo, we caught sight of Mt. Fuji – separated by a glass on a moving bullet train!

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji – through the looking glass

The train pulled into Tokyo Station at 5pm. Back on familiar ground. We were back on familiar ground. How quickly the surroundings become comforting. We took the Keiyo line, switched to the Hibiya line and reached our next stop, Naka-okachimachi station. Taking the subway was no longer a scramble of coins and map. We were well-prepared.

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To the Melanies, Dexters and rugby coaches of the world

What is it about these “talent” shows that keeps me watching only the auditions? And when the “real” competitions begin, I lose interest.

It must be the circus.

In fact, it is better than the circus.

It is the inability of people to see themselves for who they are. Their arrogance. Their ignorance. Their shamelessness. So riveting!

It does take all kinds of people to make the world go round.

I am tone-deaf (with a music background. I’m beginning to sound like “one of them”). They are just plain deaf.

This is what makes it so entertaining. Amusing. Cringe-worthy.

They argue and deck it out with the professionals. Those who know what they are saying. The “authorities.” Otherwise they won’t be in this business.

That’s the ugly part.

There’s also the beauty of show.

I see the drive. Passion. And from time to time a voice, the voice, shatters the pandemonium.

Most of these people, who have an ounce of talent, just want a chance. A chance for a better life. Not just for themselves, but for their family.

Like Rachel Crow. She’s got spunk and cheeriness. She didn’t resort to strutting her feathers to wow the judges. She has exuberance, life, sincerity and a voice.

Like Melanie Amaro. Like Caitlyn Koch. Like Dexter Haygood.

One’s things for sure, it pays to be nice. Humble pie should never be served by a stranger.

This is a lesson to be taken to heart. By everyone, in all walks of life, no matter your standing in life.

Always be nice
Always be kind
Always be humble
Always be as unassuming as dormice (mouse)

Do unto others as you would yourself
And things would resolve themselves.

Anime 2011 Q1 & Q2

New anime

Beelzebub

beelzebubBeelzebub (べるぜバブ Beruzebabu) is a manga written and illustrated by Ryūhei Tamura. It was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 2008 volume 37-38, then serialized in 2009 and is ongoing. An OVA was announced in July 2010, while the anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot aired from January 9, 2011 (Sunday) with a scheduled 12 episodes.

The opening and ending theme are:
1. “DaDaDa” (だだだ) by Group Tamashii
2. “Answer” by no3b

The story is an action-packed, supernatural, comedic series starring protagonist Tatsumi Oga, the “strongest juvenile delinquent” in a school filled with delinquent.

During a trouncing of thugs by Oga at the riverbank, he finds a man (a transporter between worlds) floating down a river and pulls him to shore. The man promptly splits in half and a baby boy emerges. The baby is the son of the Great Demon King who the transporter, Alain Delon, has chosen based on his prowess as an “evil” human. Later, Baby Beel chooses Tatsumi as his guardian and care giver when the heir to hell’s maid, Hildegarde, comes to retrieve him. It then becomes Tatsumi’s quest to find a replacement caregiver for baby Beel. But first, he has to find someone from school more evil and stronger than him.

Watched the premier episode in Japan with no clue what it was, but found it extremely interesting and adorable. Didn’t realize that these new series are aired at the weirdest hours, most likely for insomniacs. Definitely will continue with the series.
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Anime 2010 Q3 & Q4

New anime

Amagami SS

Amagami (アマガミ Gentle Bite), is a dating simulation game developed for PlayStation 2 released on March 19, 2009. The anime adaptation  Amagami SS begun airing on July 1, 2010 with a planned 24 episodes.

Opening and ending themes are:

1. “i Love” by azusa DOWNLOAD
2. “Kimi no Hitomi ni Koishiteru (キミの瞳に恋してる)” by Shizuka Itou
3. “Kitto Ashita wa… (Surely Tomorrow…)” by Rina Satou DOWNLOAD
4. “Kitto Ashita wa… (きっと明日は…)” by Rina Satou
5. “Anata Shika Mienai (I Only See You)” by Hiromi Konno
6. “Anata Shika Mienai (あなたしか見えない)” by Hiromi Konno
7. “Koi wa Mizu-iro (恋はみずいろ)” by Yukana
8. “Koi wa Aserazu (恋はあせらず)” by Ryoko Shintani

Tachibana Junichi, a second-year high school boy, is put in an uneasy situation during Christmas due to a past incident. This Christmas will be his last chance to ask out a graduating senior Morishima Haruka, a popular senior student with many adoring fans.

OR he can ask out one of several other classmates. There is class representative Ayatsuji Tsukasa, a seemingly kind and friendly hard worker but is really a manipulative and cunning person. There is Sakurai Rihoko, a girl with a huge appetite, Tanamachi Kaoru his childhood friend, Nakata Sae and Nanasaki Ai.

Pick any or pick all, what’s there to lose? A guy can only wish.
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The Next Best Thing

Instead of Niagara Falls in New York, eight hours away from Jersey, we went to the Paterson Great Falls State Park in Jersey, just a mere 30 minutes away. The view wasn’t as spectacular, but I still got the spray of mist from the falls and the fear of heights came rushing back too. I did see a few people making out in the small park in front of children too, mind you. Joisey. It’s gone to the trash of Jersey Shore.
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Anime 2010_Q1 & Q2

New anime

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge (荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ) is a manga series written and illustrated by Nakamura Hikaru since December 2004. It has since been adapted to anime and is scheduled to air from April 4 to June 27, 2010. The series has been renewed for a second season in Fall of 2010.

It has an opening and ending theme:

1. Esuko Yakushimaru’s “Venus and Jesus”
2. Miyuki Sawashiro’s “Think up a title yourself” (タイトルなんて自分で考えなさいな, Taitoru Nante Jibun de Kangaenasai na)
3. SuneoHair’s “Upside-down Bridge”  (逆様ブリッジ)

Ichinomiya Kou, has only one rule in life, “Never be indebted to anyone.”  He lives by this rule until he almost drowns from an accident. He is rescued by a strange girl who believes she is an alien living under a bridge. She refuses his money to repay his debt, but instead, asks to be his lover. Unable to reject this request, Kou/Ric (his new name short for Recruit) begins his new life under a bridge and meets weird individuals who later are known as “denpasan” – for people living under the bridge.

The humor is dry, but the message hits home. The characters are weirdly interesting and the anime is very much priceless.
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Chilling – but not really

After our, I mean my, big clean out, I just veg-ed out today. I started the day im-ing with daddy while painting my nails green.  I even did a frenchie on it! Then I spent the rest of the morning blogging.

Hubs was out in the city, trying to renew his passport at the embassy.  No such luck.  Wasted the morning because he didn’t have a certified copy of his IC. He came back in time for lunch, in time for me to pick him up and stop at McDs. I am not the biggest fan of the fast food chain, but I really wanted to do everything bad today – including eating artery clogging food and washing it down with battery water.

While I chomped down on my burger and oily fries, hubs was scarfing his down – as he has another errand to run: fixing the alignment on the Acura. He replaced all four tires when we were in Toronto for my sister’s wedding.  The car has a mind of its own now in steering us to the right side of the road. Back to the shop it goes. Anyway, I sat at home, ate my heart-attack-waiting-to-happen-food and watched the return of InuYasha. Sit boy!

Since I couldn’t sit still, I started “cleaning” up things in the house. I put away the mail, paid the bills, shredded a few spams and I even tried to rearrange the study.  No such luck.  I need more time than I had. Instead, I went into hubs’ other closet and started ransacking it. Next week – I’ve got my project all planned out for me.

By the time dinner rolled around, I felt very much like sleeping, although the hunger pangs and rumbling clearly would have kept me up. Caught up with House and more anime.

Catchup

Time to play catchup with our TV programs.

Didn’t watch the premier of House and Fringe until last night.  Crazy season!

Heroes is just getting irritating now. But I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the imbeciles trying to kid themselves into believing that they are really that awesome and smart.

Still missing an episode of Glee from 2 weeks before.

TV dramas down. Now for the animes. Boy oh boy… am I lagging. Just watched last week’s Bleach today.  There’s a new episode tonight.

No wonder I’m four-eyed and in need of sleep. Not because I’m doing something important, but because I can’t get over my addiction and affair with the idiot box.

Hubs seem to think that we don’t have enough storage space for all the megabytes the cartoons are taking up. That’s why we are “working” overtime with the viewing. If only there are more night time hours than day times hours in one day, then our problem will be easily remedied.

We were supposed to go away this weekend. But it will be raining in the tri-state area. I guess we’re either warming the couch or hitting the museums.

Things are also slowly falling into place with travel arrangements for the wedding dinner in KL for December. The three of us finally messed the travel agent up so badly that she got us what we wanted. She couldn’t tell one sister from the other – according to her, we ALL sound alike.  She even mixed up the hubbies and the emails. Last night, I received cheh’s travel itinerary. I had to forward it to her. My younger sister got my itinerary two days ago. I got my new itinerary sent to the correct address today.

So after the circus, my younger sister and I realize that we are traveling on the same flight. At the end of the day, I called the travel agent up to see if it is possible that the four of us sat close to each other.

That would be tomorrow’s mayhem when I tell the agent I want aisle seats while my sister wants the window.  The seating is three rows of three seats in the 777 aircraft.  Good luck finding us our seats!