Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
There's a better quality one on Tokyo Toshokan, but there's nothing much to see really. I mean half the footage was ripped from the first season's OP and it's only 15 secs long. So we get 7.5 secs of new footage featuring Nagisa glomping Tomoya rather aggresively and Ushio hiding behind a door.
At least it serves to drive home the message that NAGISA IS GOING TO DIE!!!!
Off the top of my head, the only spring series that I remember having Rie in it is Macross Frontier. There might be others but I’m not checking so that I can be pleasantly surprised later on. With Kimikiss having just ended and Hayate as well as KimiAru coming to an end this weekend, the only Rie shows that I’m following will be Mnemosyne and whatever's coming up. Of course there’s Burst Angel and Azumanga that’s currently on TV but I only watch them on and off.
Rie mentioned on her blog that she’s been plagued by pollen and heavy rains recently. Just a few days ago, she had her umbrella blown out of shape outside the Nippon Broadcasting System building (she co-hosts ミューコミ, a late night radio show, on Thursdays).
Random picture from around her birthday back in January. Lucky cake...
And Nekomimi Rie from her birthday concert.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Me: You were sleeping just now.
Nikuman (who had slept only 1.5 hours the previous night): Yeah, for a bit at the beginning. The action scenes were good.
Me (staring at the screen as the cast list rolled): I never knew Ohara Sayaka was in this.
Me: Never mind.
Nikuman: Why didn’t they kill the thing locked underground?
Me: The Evas were cloned from that.
Nikuman: They could have killed it after cloning the Evas.
Me: I dunno.
Nikuman: Why are the angels attacking humans?
Me: I dunno.
Nikuman: Who’s the guy at the end?
Me: He’s an angel.
Nikuman: So the angels came from that planet?
Me: I dunno. That scene wasn’t in the original.
Nikuman: So how did the original end?
Me: I dunno. I think everyone died but no one knows for sure.
Nikuman: So I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the plot?
Me: Ya, I think so.
That said, it’d not actually as bad as I have just made it out to be. Since this is just the 1st installment in a series of four movies, there’s still plenty of room to flesh out the plot and explain some mysteries. And there were already hints in this one that they’re going to finally unravel the mystery behind the angels and Human Instrumentality. Some clues that weren’t in the original include the revelation that Lilith had made some kind of deal with Nerv, and that Shinji is being deliberately driven towards Rei by the Nerv commanders. Can’t wait for the next movie.
Btw, I just saw this on ANN. This is like reading about Kyoani giving us an instant Clannad remake with enhanced CG starfishes instead of the After-story or Tomoyo H-OVA.
And if you're lurking around on my blog, Nikuman, i'd appreciate it if you said hi or something so i know whether i can badmouth you in the future.
i thought about it over a lunch of curry chicken and came up with this:
Once there was a cookery,
Which served nothing except curry.
It smelled so bad like *censored*
Thus it was called The Pookery.
Obviously, the cousin refused to submit that for homework, so back to the drawing board we went. She was rather adamant about keeping her homework squeaky-Odex-level clean, and i can't write poems unless it's vulgar. We were at an impasse. (Not really, since i could have just left her to die but i thought i'd be nice to kids for once.)
Then, a brainwave hit me. Why not just pinch the lyrics for Dango Daikazoku? It's clean and wholesome with a sophistication level befitting a 7 year old and, most important of all, her teacher would never know it was plagiarised. Well, if the teacher recognised it, he/she would probably break out into a fit of "puhi-puhi"s and award a grade of AAA+. I definitely would.
So did the teacher get a Clannad-gasm?
No... because we ended up submitting a poem about a little slime climbing a lime. Ya, totally wasted, i know. But i got the English "translation" done anyway, so here it is. It's set to the TV ver. Dango Daikazoku tune.
Dumpling Big Family
Dumpling, Dumpling, Dumpling, Dumpling,
Dumpling Big Family.
These 2 lines were censored away
For implied dumpling orgy.
Everyone, everyone get together,
Very big family.
Stupid Baby Dumpling is always surrounded by happiness.
Grandpa and Grandma Dumplings are plagued by drowsiness.
Best of friends, the Dumplings
They link their hands and dance round and round the place in a gigantic ring.
Building Dumpling City on Dumpling Planet
Everyone surfing on the Net. (Sorry, couldn’t make the original line rhyme.)
Mr. Bunny’s in the sky, waving a bunny hand down at them;
The Moon is so big, “Oh God damn!”
Very happy things
And not so very happy things;
Everything is found in this thing.
i tried to limit myself to a 7 year old's vocabulary. So how's it? Good? Any suggestions on how to fix that line about the Internet? =p
Monday, March 24, 2008
Step 2: Cut out a strip from the catalogue length-wise like so. Try not to use the pages with the discount coupons bcos you never know when you'll be eating at KFC. The width i'm used to is about 2 cm. You can make it wider, you'll just get a "taller" rose. Btw, you can use a longer strip to get a bigger rose, but that is the longest we can go with our KFC catalogue.
From now on i'll be referring to the Left and Right end of the strip so keep the orientation of your strip the same as in the picture, unless you're left-handed, in which case you might want to reverse the Ls and Rs. It's not a must though, some steps are just easier to perform with the master hand. (But the off-hand might be good once in a while too, just to spice things up.)
And the front view like this. Step 4: Now roll the the Left end inwards like a popiah. if you don't know what's a popiah, you can roll it like a chee chiong fun, or a cigar, or a swedish "klämma" with surströmming, potatoes and red onion on a "tunnbröd" with butter besides a glass of milk.
Strange that after rolling it like a popiah it now looks like a Cornetto ice cream cone. Step 5: Wrap the strip that is dangling out of your Cornetto cone around your Right thumb. Your thumb will serve as a "mould" for the petals from now on.
Side view looks like so, with a stalk sticking out. But i'm sure you would have noticed the stalk by now since it's just the remnants of the cornetto you've been holding with your left hand the whole time.
Step 9: Take your last bit of strip (about 2 cm or so), and wrap it tighly round the stalk so that it stays there, preferably permanently. You could tie it up with a piece of wire or staple it down, up to you.
From the top.
And the side.
Mini preview of what a bouquet would look like.
Cost of an entire bouquet of 999 roses? Zero dollars.
Perfect for upcoming birthdays/anniversaries/valentine's/Mother's day when you're short of cash. I've no idea what would happen if you gave those to a guy though. And now i feel so sorry for making fun of Tanaka Rie's photography. i threw up blood to come up with those out of focus pictures. Need more EXP.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I've no idea what to say abt the last ep except it doesn't feel like the show has ended. This particular Key adaptation feels rushed and incomplete. "Anticlimatic" would be the word to describe this. Sigh... All that unrealised tear-jerking potential.
Kyou & Ryou's story got screwed, Tomoyo's arc got screwed... Sigh... The only characters who got proper arcs were Fuuko and Kotomi. Fuuko! Of all people!
Sigh... The tear-jerkiness probably peaked in ep9 at the end of Fuuko's story. Kotomi's arc was rather bah, probably cos i screwed it for myself by listening to the drama cd which spoiled the teddy bear suitcase at the end.
Tomoyo's "arc" was a footnote. Sigh... All i can remember of Kyou's story is the PE storeroom and her Haruhi impersonation during the basketball match, but then again the match was part of Nagisa's story wasn't it?
Sigh... i feel cheated.
But looking on the bright side, i did get loads of Kyou-service so...
*Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap*
Sigh... How long it has been since that other anticlimatic ending...
By the way, i'm changing wallpapers from this...
Martial Kingdom 2 (天下霸图 贰). It's a Taiwanese game. Got it for RM7. Tujuh ringgit. Of course it's the not so original version. I've been hunting for it in local stores for months, but it appears no one is carrying it. Managed to find MK 1 in the most challenging local computer store though. Bought that one for 19 bucks. (Forgot my membership discount card or it would have been 16 bucks.)
Gameplay wise this game is very similar to Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital, only with an Wuxia (武侠) setting and minus the wacky humour. Basically you manage a pugilistic sect in Ming Dynasty China and beat the stuffing out of other sects.
Most of the game consists of watching your disciples scurrying about performing menial tasks like woodcutting or growing vegetables. You can't slap them or strap them to the torture table though, which is a pity.
Kind of fun for a simulation game, but the gameplay can be a bit slow, especially the turn based battles in MK1. On average each battle takes me about an hour to play through. Imagine the boredom when the enemy has 5000+ hitpoints but you're dealing only 100-odd damage each turn even with 10 characters gangbanging him. I haven't played MK2, but i sure hope they did something about this.
So that'll be my wallpaper until someone decides to translate Muvluv. Or until someone decides to animate Nagisa and Ushio's glorius death. Oops, spoiler. =p
Btw again, i cursed myself when i saw the RM7 version of Blue Blaster. Oh well, at least i got the nice box and the instruction manual full of typos.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Who decides to live out her remaining days as a combat meido...
Occasionally cosplaying a meganekko...
And providing lots of fanservice.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I had a laughing fit when i saw that headline, and i haven't even watched more than half an episode of the drama. Oh well, i kind of enjoyed true tears after all (poor Noe) so maybe i'll give it an ep or two when it comes out like next year or something. Maybe if they got kyoani to animate it....
They're better off animating the Tomoyo After H-OVA.
Tanaka Rie's FFXI avatar in Dancer gear. 赤いバラの飾りが可愛い☆ﾐ
I spent the whole day marking high school English exam scripts and couldn't finish up Mahoromatic. (Stuck at ep8) Marking 80+ scripts in one day sucks. Penalizing them for every nitty-gritty mistake was strangely therapeutic though.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I learnt to make delicious milk pudding!! =)
I can't post the recipe here though or i'll get sued worse than if i got odexed.
And that's not the only thing i got. I have managed to add the following titles to my DVD collection:
Maria-sama ga Miteiru (Features Notomami, Itou Shizuka, Ikezawa Haruna, etc. I heard a new season's coming up or something so i thought i'll take a look. Anyway it has lesbians so it can't be too bad.)
Black Lagoon (Toyoguchi Megumi. Action galore.)
Code Geass (Yukana, Koshimizu Ami... Table humping... 'nuff said.)
NHK ni Yokoso (I dunno who's in this one actually, but it looks so wacky i just had to give it a try.)
XXXHolic (Ohara Sayaka, Itou Shizuka... It's by Clamp. My last experience with their work was X the Movie donkey years ago. Just for reference they did Chobits and Cardcaptor Sakura too. Another one with an upcoming season i think.)
Mahoromatic (Kawasumi Ayako!!!! Btw, i dreamt abt her while i was in KL. Dreamt i met her at the supermarket and she drove me home. She was so sweet... =p I think i'm going mad from all the milk pudding and mango sorbet i've been eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner.)
Appleseed Ex Machina (The 1st movie had Matsuoka Yuki but i dunno abt this one)
Vexille (??? Bought this on a whim.)
The Warlords (Chinese movie starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and that Kaneshiro Takeshi. Notice this is the only title in which i can name more guys than girls. Freaking bloody movie full of manly tears. Kaneshiro's sissy-boy face looks bloody out of place in that movie though.)
And there goes all of my salary for the month of February. If you haven't noticed, quite a bit of those are Odexed. =) I think i'll eventually end up with a tonne of Sunrise and Gonzo DVDs. Sadness.
I'm still in Johore btw, won't be back for a few more days. Finally found an internet connection, so i'm updating.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
That link is to the Taiwanese site since the boss of the Truly Asian branch didn't have a site of their own. I think she is just lazy.
And i'm helping out with R&D Ice cream btw.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I decided to type it out since that Higurashi video with the lyrics is too bloody. Ok, it's nothing compared to say, Mnemosyne, but a machate vs baseball bat duel is still pretty distracting when you're trying to sing along.
Watched the 2nd ep of Mnemosyne a few days back. Rie doesn't appear in this one, but Mimi (the other Rie) was feeding Rin (Noto Mamiko) vodka mouth to mouth so i guess it's not a bad episode. And Rin had to dig a thumbdrive-like thing out of her informant's, urm, orifice, which was interesting. i don't think thumbdrives were around in 1991 right? i still remember playing games on 5.25 inch floppies. And i have like 10 times more RAM now than i had hard disc space back then. Listening to Mimi rant about that PC with the 16 bit 40MHz CPU, 128 Mb RAM and 300Mb Hdd sure cracked me up.
(I went back to watch that digging scene again. It's not like i'm interested in the anatomical excavation or the naked boobs or anything, just checking if it really was a thumbdrive. No, it wasn't.)
Talking about the 2 Ries, Kugimi won Best Supporting Actress at the Seiyuu Awards for her role as Nagi. Haha, the real heroines of Hayate no Gotoku are Maria and Ayasaki Hermione you see. Nagi is a supporting character. And i still can't believe Choco Coronet won for Best Actress. I was rooting for Nodame... I wouldn't have minded if Hirano won best singer for Sora Ga Ai Deshou or Chala Head Chala though. =p
One more thing. There was a Misuzu look-alike in Clannad 19. One of Sanae's students. She appeared at about 15:55. It might have been Kawakami Tomoko who voiced her too, haha. I would make her do it if i were in charge. I mean she did go down to record 2 lines as The Girl anyway.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Rie's rendezvous with her lesbian lover yesterday. The cafe was recommended to her by Ikezawa Haruna. Ok, i lied. That's her cousin, Minori. (No not that Minori.) Anyway, my point is good genes run in the family.
Btw, Ikezawa seems to be some kind of foodie who likes recommending restaurents to people. This is the 3rd time this week thatRie has thanked Ikezawa for her recommendations on her blog, referring to her as Ikezawa Haruna-sama at one point.
Rie at the date with her cousin. Photo taken by the cousin. If you look at the background you will notice that they swopped seats to take the photos. Just thought it's a very girlish thing to do. The photo of her cousin looks a bit overexposed but this one looks fine though. Which might say something about Rie's photography skills. =p
This is just a random pic of Rie telling you to bring out your pink Zaku Gunpla and Suigintou figures for the Hinamatsuri.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Zunderella was squatting in deepshit alright. She didn't have enough money to cover the Taxi's midnight charge so she's going to have to get on a cab before the twelfth “DONG!” or walk all the way home.
"I have to go!"
Actually she could have asked the prince for a lift and the parting scene could have been all romantic like the one with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. But since Zunderella is a sticker for fairy tale traditions, we're getting this shitty scene. Blame her if you want.
"But I don't even know your real name yet!"
"But I told you already!"
"What? You’re a Dong??"
"NO!! ARGHH!!! I give up! I really have to go! Bye! Ciao! Sayonara!"
"NANNY NANNY POO POO! YOU CANNOT CATCH ME!"
"But I’m still holding on to your silicon padded push-up bra that i accidentally ripped off as i was clinging on to you for dear life while you swung from chandelier to chandelier fending off the shape shifting monsters with your toothbrush and you maintained the squatting posture throughout that action sequence!"
Zunderella probably did not hear that last one, for by the twelfth “DONG!” she was already safely inside a taxi and on her way home.
The following day, the headlines of The Recent Thing That You Write On Or Wrap Things With read thus:
"PRINCE SEARCHING FOR BRA OWNER
The Prince is currently searching for the owner of a silicon padded push-up bra. The Prince reportedly accidentally ripped off the bra as he was clinging on to the owner for dear life while she swung from chandelier to chandelier fending off shape shifting monsters with her toothbrush and she maintained a squatting posture throughout that action sequence. The palace has decreed that all must submit themselves for bra-fitting in order to identify the mystery owner. The public is advised to remain at home and await further instructions while the Royal Bra-fitter makes his rounds."
The whole country was now buzzing with excitement. Women, and non-traditional men, all over the land are now dizzy with the prospect of marrying the prince. Do note that nowhere in the announcement was it mentioned that the mystery owner will be marrying the prince. For all they know the mystery owner could be wanted for High Treason, Unnatural Sex Acts and Crimes Against Humanity.
It was now Zunderella's turn to get fitted.
Lili, Lulu, Lala, and of course, Tes, anxiously await their turn. Wily old Tes, aware of the fairy tale convention that the true owner must be the last one to try on the bra, had arranged the line-up such that Zunderella went first and she herself last.
Zunderella's fingers trembled as she reached around to clasp the bra.
It was the moment of truth.
"Too small. Next!", announced the Royal Bra-fitter matter-of-factly. If you're wondering which was too small, he was referring to the bra.
Zunderella's mouth was hanging wide open, probably with shock. She was practically bursting out of the bra that she had fit so snugly into just the night before. How can this be?
Well, unbeknownst to her, she had gained tonnes of Experience Points (EXP) while fighting the shape shifting monsters and had Leveled Up.
Ok, let's speed the story up a bit.
Tes was obviously quite happy that her strategy worked somewhat. But too bad for her, it was Lala who managed to fit into the bra. Not too big a problem though, for the prince is open to the idea of fivesomes, and Lili, Lulu, Lala and Tes entered the palace with the prince and they lived happily ever after.
Zunderella, now rid of her oppressive Evil Stepmother and 3 Evil Older Stepsisters, set out to make a name for herself with her newfound monster slaying skills. She traveled to distant lands, protecting the weak and helping the poor, in the process Leveling Up many times and finding freedom and ultimate happiness, as I had promised earlier.
And that was how the Legend of Zunderella came to be.
Famous as she was, though, one thing about her remains a mystery.
No, it is not her real name.
Her name's Maria.
To this day...
Not a single soul...
Knows why Zunderella squats.
This is what Chihara would look like if she lost 5 kgs. =)
But i like her the way she is now so it's better if she didn't try to diet and look like Aw. If only she would do something about her sickeningly nasally voice.
As i was saying, Chihara came on stage and was going to sing. But there was some kind of technical glitch and the background music wouldn't play. Chihara was like "oops" and shrugging her shoulders on stage when some backstage guy walked up and handed her a set of headphones. She put on the headphones, which i assumed was playing the music, and started to sing. But before she was done with the first line the music came back on.
I can't remember what song she sang but i remember it being very familiar cos i was singing along. And it wasn't one of her own songs. Probably Shimatani Hitomi's or somebody else's.
Later on there was a mass dance kind of thing with everyone on stage in power ranger costumes. Including Chihara and Watanabe. It was like some weird Hare Hare dance.
And I woke up.
Right here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/ann-tv/2008-03-01
For some reason the interviewer kept asking her questions about her singing. Just thought it was weird since her anime roles outnumber her songs like 100 to 1 or something. He did manage to uncover an interesting nugget of Mami info though.
Noto was asked if she sings in her trademark "whisper voice" bcos she has to stay in character and the reply was that's just the way she likes to sing. Her response was kind of amusing. I can't help but laugh when i imagine her in a karaoke box. Maybe we should have a Noto Mamiko karaoke album just like the Lucky Star one. It'll be tough to beat Hirano Aya's Sore ga Ai Deshou in the comedy department though.