The Duke

marc nelson, rovilson fernandez, eunice olsen

marc nelson, rovilson fernandez, eunice olsen

One of the coolest TV shows that I’m currently enjoying is entitled The Duke, hosted by Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Eunice Olsen. Of course, the boys (Marc and Rovilson) are quite familiar to me, because they represented the team Philippines in the AXN’s Amazing Race Asia Season 2. It’s a men’s magazine show – and most of the topics concerns men, but girls are welcome to eavesdrop, hahahha. Seriously, the topics that they featured in the show are interesting and entertaining – metrosexuals, battle of the sexes and fashion features. Last week, the topic was all about metrosexual and I like the discussion, hahaha. And they also feature a famous figure in their duke-of-the-hour segment.

It’s a funny mix of lifestyle, fashion and an exploration of what makes a man “a duke”. 🙂 Cool. It’s the latest AXN original production.

Hitokiri Battousai

Hitokiri Battousai

Hitokiri Battousai

If you ask me what’s my all-time favorite hit anime, then you wouldn’t really find it surprising if I say it’s Rurouni Kenshin. Also known as Ruroui Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (lit. ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story’), Wandering Samurai or just plain Samurai X for short among English subs, this anime is adapted from a Japanese manga and the story is set in the time of the Meiji era. I love this anime because of its amazing plot structure, creative background story and the superb animation. I first saw the anime in AXN in original Japanese language (there was English subtitle then) and I was readily hooked to it that it’s excruciating to miss its anime episode.

The manga was originally written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, and over time there have been lots of novels and fan fictions inspired from the manga. The anime adaptation was produced by Aniplex (like Fullmetal Alchemist, Girl from Hell, Blood+) and Fuji TV. It was also through Fuji TV that the anime was aired throughout Japan. The anime was animated by Studio Gallop and Studio Deen one after the other.

The story centers about Kenshin Himura, a former assassin (hitokiri) who vows to never kill anyone again. Thus, to atone for the murders he did in the past, he becomes a wanderer who readily helps those people in need with his reverse-edge sword. In Tokyo he meets the beautiful Kamiya Kaoru and saves her from imminent danger, in which Kaoru, who is a master of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu, invites him to stay in her dojo because Kenshin didn’t have a steady place to stay. As time goes by Kenshin and Kaoru meet more characters like the Sekihotai former member Sanosuke Sagara (who later becomes Kenshin’s sort of right-hand partner) and an orphan Yahiko Myoujin – both of which stayed in the same dojo with Kenshin. Together, they battle again injustice, and all of them also establish a firm friendship with each other. And not to mention – love. Aargh.

My favorite character is Kenshin of course. But if I have to choose another, I would choose Shinomori Aoshi, the leader of the Oni Gang, or perhaps the superb Saitou Hajime. I love that episode when Saitou and Kenshin fought with each other. It so cool!

Early Edition and my Modern Day Super Hero!

Now that I’m over the Psych TV series, I am currently hooked with Early Edition!

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

I love Kyle Chandler who plays the character of Gary Hobson, a guy who mysteriously receives a fictitious Chicago Sun Times newspaper every morning through an orange cat. Yes, and you think that’s normal? Oh well, it’s just that the newspaper that he gets every morning is actually published a day advanced, which means that it is sort of ‘a future newspaper’. That’s a nice plot, I say. And not to mention Kyle is soooo handsome and appealing, and that actually hooks me to watch the series everyday. The TV series’ original run was on CBS, but I’m currently watching the series through AXN.

The good thing about the show is that it isn’t hard to get into the plot because the back-to-back episodes are self-contained stories that would tie up the whole plot. You only have to know about Gary Hobson, the tabby cat and his friends and a couple of ideas on what’s going on.

I love Chandler’s character every time he tries to prevent terrible future events as much as he can. It’s definitely jeopardy for Chandler. And after doing something for these terrible future events, the newspaper headlines change because of what he did. The bad thing about saving the world is that he’s too much preoccupied of saving other people that he doesn’t have time anymore for his personal interests, like having a steady girlfriend or something like that. Lucky he has friends like Chuck Fishman and Marissa Clark to support him.

Still, Kyle Chandler is my modern day superhero!