May Days

So what have I been doing these days?  Well, honestly, I spend an entire day sleeping, reading or teaching a kid to read.  I don’t have summer classes this year so this is a full-blast summer vacation.  Sometimes, I’m busy watching the CSI show – and now I wanted to be a forensic scientist.  Laughs.

Seriously, this summer is by far one of the most uncomfortable summer I have for the past years – mainly because I am so anxious for the next semester – I’m going to be a senior.  So it’s very thought-provoking.

I just turned 20 last May 08, and it adds a little bit of pressure on my part.  That means I have to be more responsible in anything that I’d venture in the future.  And extra careful.

So that’s it! I drop by once in a while.  And I hope I can review some of the books I’ve read over the summer soon.

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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

2009 Summer! April Kick Starts

All right! in a few days – it’s the month of April, and this means that it’s summer! It’s time to chill, sleep, and read few good books for leisure purposes. I’ve been waiting for this – the semestral break last year was too short for me and I needed a loooong break.

This summer, I intended to read a lot of books. I got a few here that I haven’t read because I was really busy doing some academic stuff for the previous months. I’m afraid the books might be too good enough they might disturb my studies.

Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist - Brotherhood

I’m delighted that I’ll be joining an annual retreat with my church mates next month – makes a change since I need to get in touch with my ‘spiritual self’. Laughs. Much anticipated.

And there’s Animax – and for the month of April we’ll have Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood and Tears to Tiara premieres.

And I also have a part time job, tutoring some kiddo here how to read. I think this one doesn’t hurt so I said yes.

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For this month I planned to

  1. watch Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood
  2. watch Tears to Tiara
  3. watch the full length movie LaMB
  4. download Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Karin and Boku no Hatsukoi Kimi ni Sasagu updates
  5. get myself fat.

This is my wish list for the month of April

  1. USB DVR-R/RW external drive for my netbook
  2. an HP printer, I really need this for next semester
  3. new clothes and new pants
  4. envelopes to organize my readings
  5. a cork board to organize events, notes, and reminders – makes sense huh? I’ve been meaning to buy this ever since the start of the year
  6. new shoes – sports shoes
  7. and more books

February Wishlist and Monthly Goals!

You’re right when you think that it’s not yet February until next week. But since I’m totally excited with the ‘next month’ sort of, here is the usual list of my monthly goals.

Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black

But first things first. The month of January in year 2009 brings a lot of sweeping changes in my life. All right, I don’t want to sound so mawkishly sentimental, but it did. Well, anyway, to digress, there were lots of papers to pass in this month (as usual, the research papers, essays and critical analysis of the stories, novels, movies and the like). January is also the month for Dimples birthday bash (a classmate of mine) and we went to Mintal to celebrate (the Ichigo gang). On my Animax schedule, however, there’s that premiere of new anime shows like Ghost Slayers Ayashi and Darker than Black (gash, I love this one!).

Now, the love month of February is now fast-approaching, and here I am trying to figure out what would be the best monthly goals to achieve in this red-letter month. As usual, I’m going to update my post every now and then, and hopefully, I could come up with more poems this month, as the ratio is one successful poem after 50 attempts to do poetry (1:50). Yes, that’s painstakingly what poetry is all about. Hopefully, this month I can read some interesting books because I’ve been reading the required books for these past few months. I sometimes wish I needed a break. But summer is still three months away and within that long span of time surely there would be unforgettable experiences to undergo.

The red-letter month brings in the premiere of the anime Red Garden and Nodame Cantabile on Animax. Of course, I’m keeping

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

myself crossed for the episodes. Laughs. Not to mention, I have to finish my short story for my fiction class. I’m still on the 5th page, but the story is getting nowhere – it has gone stagnant and I can’t seem to advance the plot again. Totally problematic, and hopefully I could fix it soon.

Here’s my detailed list of must-haves this month (such petty wishes):

  1. USB – the USB I bought last year is out of my league. I don’t know what happen, but it certainly caught Trojan horses somewhere. So I need to have a USB this month, since I’m dealing with lots of papers again and I have nowhere to save them except my ipod. Huhuhu.

  2. Hard disk drive – yep, for my netbook.

  3. lots of hangers – didn’t I tell you that I’ve frequent washing clothes nowadays? Yes, big deal, so I need hangers for my personal convenience.

  4. new shoes – probably any good, tough pair of shoes in Bankerohan, or somewhere in Uyanguren.

  5. stamp pads – I’ve been wanting this for a long time. Anything cute though.

So bye for now, and cheers!

Honey and Clover Manga

I finished downloading the manga Honey and Clover, but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for the continuing chapters in season 2. Probably, the Shoujo Magic hasn’t finished scanlating it, well, no wonder, it is hard to translate such difficult series.

However, if you have the full copy of the season 2 (and so on) scanlated manga, please let me know! I only got three chapter- scanlated copies of the volume two, that is from chapters 10-12, but since it is still ongoing (whatever happened, please do continue Shoujo Magic!) I’m still waiting here!

I love the Honey and Clover manga. And I’ve also seen its season 1 and 2 anime version that premiered on Animax. However, I haven’t seen yet the live action series (or is it movie?).

I made a summary out of the season one Honey and Clover manga because I love it so much. If you planned to read the manga and wishes not to get spoiled here, DON’T READ BEYOND THIS because it might Continue reading

That Anime Fever

I couldn’t appreciate anime more in any day than during this summer. Since I’m staying home this break I didn’t do anything “cerebral” or some sort. Well, you must understand, I’m trying to take back those sleepless nights last semester, where most of them were spent from pouring myself over stacks of books that rubbed my brain raw. Well anyway, students like us deserved a good, nice vacation after such traumatic experience, and now I found out that watching TV, reading books of my own choice (I think that should be emphasized) and sleeping in between those times really help me during the break. Watching anime is also a great leisure activity. *laughs.

Speaking of anime, out of my boredom, I ranked my favorite ones to ten.

At the tenth spot is my all-time favorite Cardcaptor Sakura. What’s good about it is that it has a very excellent original story, and very nice vivid animation. My favorite character is Shaoran, although he’s an archetype, so to speak, but his character has a high degree of verisimilitude.

At ninth spot is Bokura ga Ita, or We Were There if I’m not mistaken in my English translation. I really like it because even though it’s the same pattern all over again, falling in love, breaking up, unrequited love – there is something in it that is expressed in a very subtle way. And the insert songs are so amazing. Even I, as a viewer, did have my own emotional struggle because of the conflict in Yano-Nana affair. And Yano is probably what some girls really like – after all two-thirds of the class is in love with him. The manga series is also cool, by Yuuki Obata.

At the eight spot is La Corda d’Oro Primo Passo which is currently shown in Animax. With its vivid animation and musical background plus fascinating guys, I couldn’t stand the fact of missing any single episodes. Hino is so captivating, I really like her a lot.

Next, at the seventh rank is Fruits Basket. It’s funny in a cute way, and even though Honda-san may appear so innocent and so naïve, she is really lovable. And see? There is always the usual love triangle affair among Tohru, Yuki and Kyo. The manga series is written by Takaya Natsuki.

At the sixth spot is Midori no Hibi (Midori Days). Midori is so cute. The anime is so funny, and worth my time, but later on when you encounter the drama part, you get carried away (maybe this is because you get used to think that this is a funny one, but when you get to the emotional part you ended up being touched by something you are not used to). Seiji Sawamura’s character as a highschool delinquent is a fascinating one, and the very cute Midori is really something to look forward to every episode.

How would you feel if you possessed a certain mystical stone that would increase your abilities a thousand fold? And if you’re an alchemist, you would have extraordinary power to heal all injuries and to have everlasting life. This is the story of Fullmetal Alchemist, at my fifth spot, a quest to find the ultimate Philosopher’s Stone. Edward Elric as the youngest state alchemist is utterly stunning. As you go on watching this anime you would find that there is an underlying message about the science-religion (or morality, for that matter) in it. After all, the power to possess the stone does not only bring good things, but it has the power to annihilate and destroy every single living life there is. I also like Winry Rockbell’s character, her addiction to rebuilding mechanical devices exemplifies her strong personality.

At the fourth spot is Honey and Clover! It’s a very heartwarming story of college students living their college lives amidst encountering emotional struggles and life’s difficulties until they learn more about themselves. My personal favorite character is Ayumi Yamada, the Iron Girl with her excellence in making pottery, and good looks (not to mention long legs). Her unrequited love for Takumi Mayama is one of the dramatic scenes of the anime.

At the third spot is Inuyasha, with its witty, amazing plot – a girl named Kagome traveling to the feudal environment using the old well and meeting the half-demon Inuyasha. The real story begins as they find the broken pieces of the Shikon no Tama, but along the way, there seems to be a lot of touching romantic episodes between Kagome and Inuyasha, and the conflict is escalated with the presence of another character, Kikyou, Inuyasha’s beloved. This is really a must-seen anime for me. My personal favorite character, aside from the main characters, is Sesshoumaru. Maybe because of his strong atmosphere that exudes in his personality.

At the second spot is Blood+ – an anime produced by Production IG and Aniplex, is a story of Saya Otonashii, as she fights Chiropterans and gets rid of them and finds her own self-identity along the way. This anime is a mixture of horror, action, drama, mystery, supernatural, and romance genres all in one, which makes up the anime’s complex and concentrated plot. Saya embarks on the journey to fight the Chiropteran (vampiric creatures) with her faithful servant Haji, some members of the Red Shield, brothers Kai and Riku and other faithful friends. The plot is so amazing that once you get started watching it, you wouldn’t like missing episodes in the future. Some scenes may contain strong violence and language, which is why it’s hard to let other people see it halfway because they might not understand. This anime is so good, that I love watching it all over again.

But my favorite most of all is Samurai X. The whole story is definitely amazing enough for anyone to like. The fight scenes, the language and the animation are perfectly incorporated. Kenshin Himura’s character as a wanderer and as a bloodthirsty swordsman is unforgettable. Some scenes are funny, terrifying and touching. My favorite character, other than Kenshin himself is Saito. He’s kinda disturbing but his personality is so strong for me. It’s a story of fighting for the better good, living a new life out of a dreadful past, learning to love even through circumstances when the haunting memories from the past seemed to still hang around within and being strong in one’s convictions. I love it.


Ways to Pimp up your Summer!

It's Summertime!

Certainly, there are lots of written articles in newspapers, magazines, and even in self-help books that would help you out how to make your summer vacation unforgettable and memorable.This is not surprising though, summer is definitely a time to tone down your cerebral tendency to go insane with the stuffs you did at school.It’s a time to forget the GMO discussions, Cartesian planes, and critical essays for just a while and time to go wild in your new bikini top, go mountain biking in the sloppy hills or bask in the sun to get yourself tanned.

And here I am getting all confused on how to make my summer vacation better than the previous ones.Not to mention something new.

To put it simply, Continue reading