Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!

There’s a main reason why the name Usui Takumi is brewing hot in the anime world today.  A new ongoing romantic comedy anime series Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! (The Student Council President is a Maid!) currently airing today on Animax every Sunday at 8:30 am has to do with this.

The anime is classified as “shoujo” which means the anime caters to young girls and women.  This distinction can be easily grasped because of the anime’s romantic flavor brewing between two major characters: Ayuzawa Misaki and Usui Takumi.  The chemistry between them is absolutely hilarious and anime viewers find their love-hate relationship turbulently sweet and fascinating.

Ayuzawa Misaki

Ayuzawa Misaki (voiced by Ayumi Fujimura), is the first female student council president of Seika High School.  Seika is renowned for its boisterous and wild students, once an exclusive all-boys school which makes its reputation even more intimidating and terrifying to young girls.  Misaki, fueled by her determination to put the recently co-ed school into a good light, tries her best to tame wild and hardheaded Seika students.  Her own reforms are relentless and ruthless but at the end of the day they all boil down to Misaki’s best interests for the school.

However, there’s one secret that Misaki has been nursing to herself all this time.  While she poses a dominant stance toward Seika students all throughout the day, she is actually Continue reading

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My Secret

by Mizuno Saaya

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama Opening Theme


This is the opening theme song of the current hit anime on Animax.  Kaichou Wa Maid Sama! airs its new episodes in Japanese audio (with English subs) every Sunday, 8:30 pm.  Also, catch up the last episode before the new one on the same day at 8:00 am (in Japanese audio, without English subs).

The ending theme song of the anime is entitled Yokan (Premonition) performed by heide.

Full Lyrics

dou ka… please!
Can you keep my secret?

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Bullet Updates

A brief rundown of updates about me lately:

  1. I just saw the list of candidate students for graduation – and yes, I saw my name in there but that doesn’t assure me anyway.  Why? I still don’t know my final grade in my Philosophy class (probably by far, the hardest class I’ve been into this semester) at least, not until April 5.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I failed my second exam by one point, and I tell you, it’s disheartening.  Life goes on though, and I’m not being philosophical this way.
  1. I’m currently busy managing the final bound copies of my thesis collection, which is a collection of seven stories.  It’s entitled On Their Own Willful Departures and the title was taken from a line from one of my stories.  Lately, I realized my title was too long to fit the spine (I’m talking about the gold-plated lettering engraved on the spine) and so I have to shorten it too Willful Departures, although the front cover still retains the full title.  I figured out it would be weird to shorten it to On Their Own, and thanks to Mau for making me realize that.  She’s my personal mobile person, the person you can contact with any time of the day.
  1. Holy Week this week so I’m busy going in and out of the monastery.  For those of you who are not yet familiar with my spiritual outgoings, yes, I do serve our monastery here in our place (don’t worry I will blog about my search-in experience soon!).  Just this morning I went to the monastery to prepare for tomorrow’s Easter Sunday.  And I’m quite happy that the head priest actually set the thanksgiving mass for graduate students tomorrow.  It makes me happy, of course, and apprehensive at the same time.  I do hope I can graduate this month.
  1. No more school stuff to do (other than processing my graduation and clearance slips) so that means I got to see lots of movies for the past few weeks.  Some of the movies I’ve seen were:

    The Corleones

    1. The Godfather – Yes, I’ve been rooting for this movie eversince as it’s usually voted as the number 2 best film ever, next to Citizen Kane (which I haven’t seen yet.)  Al Pacino, the calm and collected Michael Corleone really rocked my boat.  I loved this movie.  I’ve read The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo first to prepare myself from this movie.  I’d say the movie live up with its grandeur that was there in the novel.

By the way, I love Sonny Corleone’s character, played by James Caan.

    1. The Godfather 2 – As good as the first godfather movie.  The rise of Michael Corleone.
    2. 21 – The first parts were promising scenes, but I don’t like the ending though.  I got a copy of the book, and I’m currently reading it.
    3. Yes Man – Feel-good kind of movie.  And why not.
    4. Body of Lies – a Ridley Scott movie.  I don’t understand it wholly, but I love it anyway.  Blame it on Leo.

I’m looking forward to other movies as well.  HBO Asia didn’t air The Godfather 3 but my friend says it’s okay because he’d like to pretend that movie didn’t exist.  Something tells me it’s a kind of let-down movie.  But at least now I know why Francis Ford Coppola is a legend.  I also love his film, Apocalypse Now.

The Pacific

I’m also looking forward for the back-to-back TV premiere of The Pacific on HBO every Saturday, 9pm.  Also, a couple of anime shows like Romeo and Juliet and Maid-Sama on Animax, and more TV premiere of movies like The International, Ghost Town, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Bedtime Stories, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Race to the Witch Mountain, Valkyrie, Killshot, Superhero Movie, Crossing Over, and many more – movies that I missed because I was too preoccupied with my studies.

  1. Blackout madness – Blackouts make me nuts these days.  A series of power interruptions here in Mindanao that usually last in 5 hours is kind of devastating for me.  Blame it on the energy crisis and El Niño.  It’s so hot these days.  So when a blackout strikes, I either sleep or pour myself over stacks of books.  Something productive to do on what seems like unproductive hours.

A “Heaven-Piercing” Anime

Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann

Okay, I admit I was not fond of the genre “mecha” in Japanese anime culture. But that’s going to change now.

Mecha, linguistically taken from the word “mechanical”, is a distinctive genre in Japanese anime that is about walking vehicles or robots, usually controlled by human pilots. This division in anime zooms in to the use of advanced technology in a futuristic place, so the setting of plot accounts for its fantastic and futuristic elements. Mecha anime is also classified as shounen anime, such as Gundam Seed Destiny that caters to male audience, but there might be romantic and funny touches that females might also like and thus, some of these anime shows are classified as shoujo, like Fullmetal Panic and Vision of Escaflowne.

I’m fond of computer games nowadays, role playing games more often than not, so it was easy for me to appreciate the mecha genre in anime now. Human-sized robots, humanoids, or human-controlled machines are popular subjects for games these days, and I’m one of those who really enjoy them. Probably because of the real time strategy feature in them.

If you love a game that’s a spin off from a much popular anime, then you’ll surely love Gurren Lagann too. Classified as a mecha, Gurren Lagann also has a game developed by Konami, in Nintendo DS platform. The anime is currently aired on Animax Asia but its original run was on April 2007, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi based from the manga written by Kazuki Nakashima. It’s also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which literally means “Heaven-Piercing Gurren Lagann.” It was animated by studio Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami.

It’s currently aired every Monday at 12:00AM or 5:30AM and encore replays every Sunday at 4:30PM. Well, I usually visit the TV Guide to get hold of some anime schedules because I don’t want to miss an episode. If that’s the case then there’s always anime on the internet. What’s good about the anime is the fact that it’s able to blend adventure, comedy, drama and mecha in one show. Hurrah!

Emma: A Victorian Romance

Emma

Emma

It was a pity that I didn’t have the chance to finish watching a Cinderella-like story of Emma: A Victorian Romance in Animax.  It was first aired on the channel when I was still in high school, and because the evening schedule wasn’t just fit for my schedule, I didn’t have the chance to watch the later episodes.  The storyline was great though, very heartwarming but still, it’s no good to think that still I haven’t had the chance to watch it.  I only watched a few good earlier episodes.  I also watched the continuation of the anime via YouTube but I was too broke at that time.  In short, I just don’t have the chance.

Now that I’m starting downloading a few manga copies of my own choice I stumbled upon the manga version of Emma and I was perfectly happy to download and finally finished the whole story! I was so delighted, it was a very good story, mind you, and sometimes I think about the romantic story in my serious, so-called reflection moments.  Ha! I just like the character of William Jounes and I also like Hakim too! I think Hakim is much more appealing to me, though his ‘girls’ are kind of disturbing.  Then again, I think I’ll prefer Will.

The story was about the maid Emma, who came to work with the retired live-in governess and widowed Kelly Stowner. One day, William Jounes, who was Kelly Stowner’s former student, visited her.  There he bumped into Emma, and fell in love with her.  But William is the oldest son of the noble family of Jounes, and her father Richard already decided that his son would marry Eleanor Campbell, who was a daughter of a viscount.  And then, the conflict starts here.

But I’m not spilling out the whole story here though, I would like you to read it yourself because it’s a very nice manga.

Probably by far, the most dramatic page in the manga.

Probably by far, the most dramatic page in the manga.

The manga series was written by Kaoru Mori.  I would like to thank Iihan Translation Group for coming up with a good manga release such as this and Stoptazmo as well for the distribution.  I’m so happy and would like to thank personally the people who were involved with this manga project especially to

the translators whispers and mogura;

to by_request for a good editing job;

to squeeks and jedi_vader20 for the distribution;

to the quality checker boke;

to !waha.06×36 for providing the raw volumes;

and to the scanners winny and anonymous!  I saw your names in the manga copy that I have.  Thanks a lot guys, you rock!

The manga has a total of 52 chapters in 7 volumes, so its not really painstaking to read it.  Besides, it’s all worth it.

Midori Days!

Midori Days

Midori Days

Oh, today, I’ll blog about one of my favorite manga that I’ve finished reading last summer – Midori no Hibi, or to put it simply, Midori Days.  The main character Midori Kasugano, is in love with the high school delinquent Seiji Sawamura – nicknamed, “Mad Dog” Sawamura, and extremely famous for his “Devil’s Right Hand”.  Now, what would happen if Seiji’s precious hand becomes a miniature Midori?  Well, that’s definitely what the manga is all about.

Seiji Sawamura (voiced by Kisho Taniyama in Japanese version, and Drew Aaron in English) is a high school student who is known for his amazing fighting skills, but he is not really totally what I call ‘juvenile delinquent’ – he’s just the kind of guy that fights off other bad guys who oppresses the weak.  He uses his ‘devil’s right hand’ to fight the bad guys off, but this hand is also the main reason why he couldn’t find a single girlfriend.  He has gone through 17 years without one, and at the start of the manga (as well as the anime) this is thoroughly exemplified.  Physically, Seiji appears to be a cool, hot guy oozing with sex appeal, *laughs, it’s so ironic how bad guys ends up like that in manga.

Midori Kasugano

Midori Kasugano

Midori Kasugano (voiced by Mai Nakahara in Japanese, and Kether Fernandez in English) on the other hand, is a student of Ogurabashi High School which is a different school from Seiji’s.  She has a crush for Seiji for three years, but unfortunately, she is too shy to let him know.  She just watches Seiji from afar.  She wishes to be with Seiji someday, which actually happened when she became Seiji’s right hand.

The story started with Seiji being rejected by a girl he was courting, and went home depressed because he couldn’t find a girlfriend for himself.  Thus, at home he was daydreaming of having one, and surprisingly, he saw that a miniature girl has appeared in his right hand!  Midori readily confesses her love for him, and Seiji was initially delighted about this – not until he realized that this isn’t the kind of relationship he dreams of – going out with his right hand.  At first he was really harsh with Midori, especially because he couldn’t use his ‘devil’s right hand’ anymore, but as the story progresses, he develops a kind of attraction for her.  While the miniature Midori was in Seiji’s right hand, her real body is in state of coma at her house.

Seiji Sawamura

Seiji Sawamura

Other characters include Takako Ayase (voiced by Reiko Takagi in Japanese, and Mollie Weaver in English) a girl who originally hates Seiji because of his offenses, but later on falls in love with him, Rin Sawamura (voiced by Atsuko Yuya – Zoe Martin), 21-year old sister of Seiji who happens to be a former leader of a street gang, Kota Shingyoji (voiced by Rie Kugimiya – Sebastian Arcelus), Midori’s friend since childhood who has strong feelings for her, but in the later part of the series, he develops feelings for Seiji, Miyahara Osamu (voiced by Hirofumi Nojima – Sean Elias-Reyes), underclassman of Seiji who looks up to Seiji, and who ends up being rescued by Seiji himself, Shiuchi Takamizawa (Yuji Ueda – Joshua Popenoe) a doll maniac who envies Seiji because of the doll-like Midori, and Shiori Tsukishima (Yukari Tamura – Michelle Medlin), a 10-year neighbor who’s in love with Seiji, etc.

There is an anime adaptation of the famous manga written by Kazurou Inoue, in which the original 85 manga chapters are squeezed in the 13-episode-anime.  Lots of scenes and characters are lost in the anime though, but I still think that the anime version can still stand on its own.

The manga is published by SS Comics, the same publisher as Inuyasha, but my copy is scanlated by the Snoopy Cool Scans and I want to thank

the scanners snoopy and xabin;

the editors burgundyteens, mangalurker, and casmos

and the translator nihongoman.  Great job, great stuff!

Blood+!

Blood+

Blood+

Blood+ is one of my favorite shows in Animax. This one’s an amazing anime because of the superb special effects and the theme songs – they go so well with the plot’s atmosphere and the whole ideology (sort of) of the anime. I sometimes watch the encore run in Animax (since the semester’s not yet over I missed episodes in between) but I already watched the whole series when it was first premiered on Animax here in the Philippines. In 2006, the anime is ranked no. 41 in TV Asahi’s Top 100 Favorite Anime Series. Cool eh?

The Blood+ anime is directed by Junichi Fujisaku, and was based on the 2000 anime film entitled Blood: The Last Vampire. I still haven’t watch that anime film yet, I could have compared it to the anime series – I only manage to take a glimpse of the female character and I prejudging-ly say that I prefer the anime. Laughs.

Diva and Saya

Diva and Saya

I’ve also read that there are three manga series inspired from the same anime, but I haven’t got the chance to read them. Well, if you know any site that scanlates manga or a site that provides you free reading of the manga online – please please let me know. I want to compare and contrast the two, and see them as a whole. There are also two Japanese light novel adaptation of the same anime.

The 50-episode anime series was produced by Production IG (like Fullmetal Alchemist) and Aniplex (like Girl From Hell) and the anime is widely distributed through Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI). Here in the Philippines(South East Asia), it was aired through Animax, Sony’s anime satellite channel.

One of the best points of the anime series – the theme songs. For one thing, the entire musical score and few of the soundtracks of the anime were made by the celebrated music geniuses Hans Zimmer and Mark Mancina. These includes Haji Plays J.S. Bach, you know, that scene when Haji plays that cello piece, and the hair-raising Diva’s voice that intensifies the mood of the anime. The anime’s opening and ending themes are all produced by Sony Music, and very excellent too, because all the anime theme songs are totally fit for the episodes. The opening theme songs are Aozora no Namida by Hitomi Takahashi, Season’s Call by Hyde (totally hot!), Colors of the Heart by UVERworld, and Raion by Jinn while the ending theme songs are the following – Kataritsugu Koto by Chitose Hajime, Cry No More by Nika Nakashima, This Love by Angela Aki (my personal favorite!) and Brand New Map by K (I find this guy so appealing!). I managed to download all these theme songs (thank God!) and I posted most of the lyrics here in my blog (some of them with corresponding translations).

The story centers about Saya Otonashii, a high school girl with amnesia and an anemic one. She is just your typical and ordinary girl, but she holds a very terrible past that she forgot, and little by little it all comes back to her. It gets worse when she is attacked by a chiropteran (monsters that feeds on human blood) wherein the same horrible creatures kills her stepfather. She finds that her blood is the only thing that defeats them, and she is ultimately the only one who can all these nonsense murders. This is where Saya decides that she is going to embark in a journey with her sword and her faithful chevalier, Haji.

Along the way, she rediscovers her real identity, and she faces lots of challenges. The anime also incorporates artistic elements such as flashbacks, allusions of war, and the science-morality dichotomy.

Helping Saya in her quest to fight these bloodsucking creatures are her stepbrothers Kai and Riku. Kai is very cute, I like his character – you know- the typical guy-next-door but a totally compassionate guy. You can’t deny she’s in love with Saya, but because of the battle he has to postpone his feelings and just prefers to stick behind her to support her emotionally. Riku is the younger stepbrother of both Kai and Saya – very carefree and emphatic young boy. But he is killed by Diva in the middle of the anime series. All three of them are adopted by their stepfather George Miyagusuku, who dies in the earlier part of the anime series because a chiropteran attacks him. George Miyagusuku is also part of the organization, the Red Shield, and David is her personal protector of the same organization. Her chevalier, Haji, always goes with her no matter where she goes. Saya’s chevaliers are Haji and Riku.

Diva

Diva

The main antagonist is Diva, along with her chevaliers, Amschel, Solomon, Karl, James and Nathan. Among these chevaliers I like Solomon most. Aside from the fact that he is so hoooot, he is soft-spoken and she falls in love with Saya. Their human allies is the Cinq Fleches Group, headed by Van Argiano (that guy who always eat sweets in a hair-raising sexy way). The Schiff also works alongside with them, but then later, this group breaks away and sides with Saya’s group.

In the whole anime series, my favorite characters are Kai Miyagusuku, Saya Otonashii and Diva’s chevalier Solomon. There are the must-see characters that makes you go ga-ga. They are the reasons why before, I go home every weekends. I just could get enough of them, you see.

Again

By Yui

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Opening Song

Edward Elric

Edward Elric

Last night, I watched the premiere of the new Fullmetal Alchemist franchise entitled Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood and it was amazing! I was so astounded with the effects, and as usual, I’m delighted for Col. Roy Mustang presence, as ever.

The opening song for this most anticipated anime is entitled Again, and this was performed by Yui. I posted here both the romaji lyrics and the English translation.

This is the lyrics guys. If you have any suggestions, just email me at kyrillevin@gmail.com. Cheers!

Japanese/Romaji lyrics

Kono omoi o keshite shimau ni wa

Mada jinsei nagai desho

Yarinokoshiteru koto

Yarinaoshite mitai kara

Yume no tsuzuki

Oikakete ita hazu na no

Magarikunetta hosoi

michi hito ni tsumazuku

Ano koro mitai ni tte

modoritai wake ja nai no

Nakushite kita sora o sagashiteru

Wakatte kuremasu you ni

Gisei ni natta you na

Kanashii kao wa yamete yo

Tsumi no saigo wa

namida ja nai yo

zutto kurushiku seottekun da

deguchi mienai kanjou meiro ni

Dare o matteru no

Shiroi nooto ni tsuzutta you ni

Motto sunao ni hakidashitai yo

Nani kara nogaretain da

Genjitsu tte yatsu

Kanaeru tame ni ikiterundatte

Sakebitaku naru yo kikoete imasu ka

Munan ni nante yatterarenai kara

Kaeru basho mo nai no

Yasashisa ni wa itsumo kanshashiteru

Dakara tsuyoku naritai

(I’m on the way)

Natsukashiku naru

Konna itami no kangeijan

English Translation

Isn’t my life still too long

for erasing these thoughts?

I have things left to do

Because I want to try doing them again.

Even though I must have been pursuing

the continuation of my dream

I stumble over other people

on a narrow, winding road.

It’s not that I want to return

to how it was like back then

I’m searching for the sky that I’ve lost

I wish that you’ll understand me

Stop making that sad face like

you’ve been sacrificed

There aren’t tears at the end of sins

I’ve painfully bore them all this time

In the labyrinth of emotions

where I can’t see the exit

Who am I waiting for?

As if having written it in a white notebook

I want to divulge myself more honestly

What do I want to flee from?

…something known as reality?

I’m alive so that I can fulfill myself

I feel like shouting so;

Can you hear me?

Because I can’t be doing it safe and sound

There’s no place for me to return to

either I’m always grateful for kindness

So I want to become strong

(I’m on my way)

I even welcome such a pain

that turns nostalgic.

Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Now that summer has just started, I am totally updated with the goings-on on Animax. Laughs. You could say, it’s really weird, but part of summer is watching lots of anime shows and downloading manga. Yep, just like what I did before.

Speaking of, I am totally excited of the upcoming fullmetal alchemist series, entitled Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood that will be premiering for the month of April. Nothing is much happier knowing that I can surely keep track of the episodes because it’s summertime! It’s kinda exciting this time because this is Animax Asia’s world’s first anime simulcast in the same week, as the anime will be premiering a week earlier in Japan. So FMA fans need not to wait for too long to catch up with the episodes, or wait for someone else to download them in YouTube.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Edward Elric

The manga is originally written and conceptualized by Hiromu Arakawa, and the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the third FMA franchise – the first one is the Fullmetal Alchemist anime adaptation and the second one is the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Like the previous FMA shows, the long awaited Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is produced by the anime studio Bones. It is directed by Yasuhiro Irie.

I’m totally excited of this third FMA shows, and I hope that my onscreen anime crush Roy Mustang (The Flame Alchemist!) would still be there. Well anyway, let’s keep our fingers crossed. If he’s not there, at least, the cute pip squeak Ed would do me a little show.

The most anticipated anime will be premiering in the same week broadcast, April 10, 2009, 8:30 pm. The anime has a staggering 51 episodes. Don’t worry, if you can’t catch up with the primetime show, I’ve read that Animax will have a recap marathon of a month’s worth of episodes on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Tears To Tiara

Tears to Tiara

Tears to Tiara

Along with the new blockbuster anime Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood comes a new anime series that would surely fire up in everyone’s TV screens. Tears to Tiara anime will be premiering on April 06, 2009, 12:35 am for Southeast Asia, Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong, simultaneous to the 1:35 am Tokyo debut. This would revolutionize TV history as Animax Asia is the first one to do this tricky job. This is Animax first ever (and the world’s) first same time anime simulcast.

The anime is produced by the anime studio White Fox and directed by Tomoki Kobayashi (who also directed Chobits, if you don’t know. Oh, I love Chobits!). The story is more like a story in any other online game nowadays – conquering lands maneuvered in a magical and fantastic medieval setting. I suppose other fans out there would find it hard to keep up with the episodes in its 12:35 am telecast (unless they are bloody nocturnal creatures, hahaha) so it’s great that Animax will have recap broadcast for the previous episodes.