Monday, May 25, 2009

Puss in Mailbox

It's embarrassing, but I reached my goal

Don't laugh but this is not a joke to me. Today, my mom left the door open and my kitties got out then went into the elevator. She managed to catch one of them but the other went missing (and where am I when all this happen? I was still in bed). I searched high and low all over this 9 floor apartment where we live. After I went crazy looking for my 2 and half months old Moko, I resorted to what my sister told me to do - make a poster. So I did. the result was like the above. Why are there 3 different positions? Position 1 is to show that he's wearing a red collar. Position 2 is a full shot of his body and position 3 is supposed to be his face (but its hard to see 'cause his face is 'pitch' black! muahaha)

My sister told me to include a reward, which I though was unnecessary (come on, it wont hurt to do something without wanting a reward in return). So, the story continued as I went to look for it once again. I bumped into two girls, who're looking for their cat as well. We went on the 'adventure' together but no luck. I left it all to fate and went back home hoping that someone will call me if they see my cat.

As I was surfing the net (after not feeling like doing so for a while), my mobile phone (which was always by my side) gave a very (VERY) short rang. It was an unknown number and its was only a missed call. I had my hope high. I gave the number a call, but terminate it after a couple of rings because I thought it could be a prank call from some kids who saw my missing cat poster. The same number called again and I picked it up. It was music to my ears when the person calling said that he spotted my cat. I told him to hang on to it while I rushed to the scene.

When he said 'mailbox', I thought that my cat had wandered around the parking basement and got tired then rested at the corner where the mailbox were. I never expected that my cat would be IN the MAILBOX!!! Relieved + surprised, the two gentlemen who informed me about my cat tried to pick the mailbox (there's around 50 mailboxes there - its an apartment, what do you expect?). I told them I'd go check whether there's anyone home (based on the address on the mailbox - the person lives at the same floor as I am) but no luck. The 2 gentlemen walked away as I thanked them. Though my cat was still TRAPPED in the MAILBOX, I dont think I should vandalize someone else's property (though who's SMART idea was it to put a CAT in a MAILBOX!!!)

I decided to wait for the owner of the mailbox. It was somewhat embarrassing standing by the wall when my cat is wailing while people were going in and out of the elevator (he's been trapped there without food or water for more than SIX hours, who wouldn't?!). I can't just stand and wait. The structure of the mailbox were kind of loose so I can pull the steel out to make some room for my cat to go through. He's wasn't being co-operative with me. Then I found out that he could move from one mailbox to another (some space for him to slip into the mailbox beside).

I got him out from the second mailbox from the left at the bottom row

Is it really true that black cat means bad luck? I think mine is a pretty lucky one. He slipped into a mailbox which the one on top was unlocked. So now, more space for him to go through. I pulled out the loose structure of the mailbox adding the space from the unlocked one above, I pulled him out with my other hand. It was hard, and I almost gave up because I didn't want to hurt him. I gave him instructions (in Japanese - but I doubt he would understand even if its in English) and OUT he goes!! I was thinking a little bit punishment would be a good reminder, but I was so happy that I hugged him instead (that cat is reaaaallly lucky I didn't wrap him in my wrath).

Home Sweet Home

So, that was the end of The Advanture of Puss in Mailbox. I don't think I'd let ANY of them to go out for a day of adventure EVER again!

p/s: the person who locked Moko in the mailbox was lucky he didn't leave him any thank you 'gift' ^^v

Friday, May 22, 2009

One 'Hell' of an Anime

Title: Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae

Producer: Aniplex & Studio Deen

Genre: Supernatural/Angst

My ratings: ***

After the prequel and sequel came the final part of the Jigoku Shoujo trilogy- Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae. Well, I dont think I need to explain much since most people know how the story goes. A person who holds a grudge and accessed the 'Jigoku Tsusshin' at midnight then enter the name of the person they begrudge will be given a 'wara ningyo' (vodoo doll) by Enma Ai, the Jigoku Shoujo(Hell Girl). If the person pulls the red string on the doll, the person they begrudge upon will be send to hell immediately. However, they too will go to hell after they die.

Yamawaro in straw doll form - kiro no wara ningyoo (yellow vodoo doll)

In Mitsuganae, there are new additions to the main characters. A boy called Yamawaro became Enma Ai's new assistant apart from the regulars Wanyudo, Hone Onna and Ichimoku Ren. Not to forget the obnoxious Kikuri is there too but this time I'm giving her presence a credit for giving the anime a slight humor. A girl named Mikage Yuzuki, a junior high school girl became the host for the jigoku shoujo after Ai entered her body. Because of that, every time Ai need to send someone to hell, she will be released from Yuzuki's body as if she's a butterfly breaking free from a cocoon (I mean literally).

scenes from Jugoku Shoujo Mitsuganae

-In the second frame, Ichimoku Ren was the one holding the mop and the naked boy is Yamawaro

- The next frame was Hone onna with the cocktail drink

- The very first victim sent to hell is the school teacher in the next frame

- In the last row of the first collumn was how Ai released herself from Yuzuki's back, like a cocoon

I'm not telling about the rest of the story, you have to find out yourselves. For me, this is the first and the last time I will watch this anime. I think the first and second series is better than this third one. Most of the time I skipped the time Ai make the deal with people who accessed the Jigoku Tsusshin and how she break free from Yuzuki's body. Its the same every episode. The grudge is getting more and more insane every time which made me sick. There are quite a few of shoujo ai element between Yuzuki and Ai as well as a few other minor characters so this is definitely not the anime for me.

The story line is hard to understand sometimes and the reason for a person to send another person to hell can be very vague. This is not an anime you want to watch if you wanted to get your mind off something. The message this anime trying to convey is heavy and to be able to understand it a person need to think critically. It's actually very good seeing that it reflected the world we lived in today. I only recommend Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae to those who are looking for inspiration or need a food for thought. The moral values are there, its just that this anime is not for fun. Be prepared to be angry with the characters ^^v

disclaimer: I do not own any part of the Jigoku Shoujo trilogy.

p/s: reviews and comments are for leisure purposes. Happy Reading ^^v

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Workaholic Blues

Title: Hinotori Hataraki Man

Creator: Moyoco Anno

Genre: Drama/Slice of Life

My Ratings: ***

This anime main character is 28 years old woman named Matsukata Hiroko. She's an editor for a magazine called shukan JIDAI and is a total workaholic who will go into a 'working man' mode (working man is a direct translation of 'hataraki man') to get her job done. She is very passionate about her career. However, because of her busy schedule, her life is turning upside down. Her boyfriend of 4 years, 28 years old Yamashiro Shinji were as much as a workaholic as she is. This has created a crisis in their relationship.

Matsukata Hiroko

This anime portrayed the struggle of a working women and also shows the support of people such as Matsukata's desk-editor and her co-workers as well as her boyfriend. Overall, its an 'ok' anime. The humor is not really there, conflicts aren't that heavy, nothing much about the romance (accept that its clear that Matsukata Hiroko is in a relationship). There is no fantasy depicted unlike the usual anime theme. I would recommend this anime to those who is not a hardcore fan (those who like to watch drama, this would be good). All in all, I didn't regret buying this anime (since I bought it half-price anyway) and I dont dislike it. The message is quite clear and direct to the point.

disclaimer: I do not own any part of Hinotori Hataraki Man except for the picture of the DVD (and also the DVD in the picture) that I bought with my own money ^^v

p/s: The review is for leisure purpose and only my POV. Thanks for reading ^^v

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Whoever Said School is Boring?

Title: Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu (Ouran High School Host Club)

Creator: Hatori Bisco

Genre: Romantic comedy/shoujo

My Rating: *****

Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu revolve around Fujioka Haruhi, a 15 year old girl. She entered the prestigious high school under a scholarship but because of her family low income, she could n't afford to buy the school uniform so she wear slacks and polo shirt instead. Because of her appearance (short hair, flat chested and wardrobe malfunction) she was mistaken for a boy. She stumbled across the Third Music Room which serves as the Host Club in the school when she was looking for a place to study. There, she met six good looking ace students (all male and came from rich and influenced family) who are the club members. She accidentally knocked down an antique vase costs about 8 000 000 Yen when she was trying to get away from them. Ootori Kyouya, who acts as the manager of the host club calculated the damage and the only way she could pay them back is to serve as their servant.

Things took a turn when the guys; Suou Tamaki (the president of the host club a.k.a otoosan/father), Ootori Kyouya (the manager/financial advisor a.k.a okaasan/mother), the Hitachiin twins Hikaru and Kaoru, Haninozuka Mitsukuni a.k.a Honey and his cousin Morinozuka Takashi gave Haruhi a change of school uniform (basically its Tamaki's doing). Tamaki thought that Haruhi have a charater to be a host. Haruhi agreed to the idea in order to pay back the debt she owed the club. The first to discover about Haruhi's true gender was Kyouya, followed by the twins, Honey, Mori and lastly Tamaki. Overall, the anime shows about how their friendship grows and how Haruhi affects the boys' life and vice versa. Its obvious that the main love attraction would be between Haruhi and Tamaki, but the Hitachiin twins also discovered romantic feelings for her. However, the youngest of the twins, Kaoru gave up his feelings for Haruhi because of his brother, Hikaru. Anyway, the anime didn't end up with any confession from anybody.

From Far Left: Morinozuka Takashi, Ootori Kyouya, Suou Tamaki, Hitachiin twins, and the shortest is Haninozuka 'Honey' Mitsukuni.

Sitting Down: Fujioka Haruhi

From my point of view, this is a good anime. Its very humorous, very relaxing and the storyline is easy to understand. Most of the time, a heroine of an anime would be a cry-baby, girly or weak and somewhat a 'damsel in distress'. Haruhi does not have that kind of personality, that is why I like her character. The supporting characters also have different kinds of personality which give the anime various prospects. There's a little essence of shounen-ai and shoujo ai, but its a very subtle one for humor purpose only. I think its a very fun anime to watch and I enjoyed it very much ^^v

disclaimer: I dont own Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu and any other images related to it (except for the DVD photo that I took myself. THAT really belonged to me)

p/s: All the comments are for leisure purpose and just my point of view. Thanks for reading ^^v

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Confession of an Animeholic

Before I start with my reviews on the anime DVDs, I think I should start with a little bit of my anime history. To begin with, I was a late bloomer (hoho, in anime that is). Back when my friends were obsessed with Naruto, Saiyuki and other anime, I was still interested with kiddies stuff like Crayon Shin Chan (still am), Doraemon, and Mojako. But I was always into Japanese stuff. I love the language, the food and also the culture. Up until I was 16, the number of anime that Ive watched can be counted with only one hand.

Which anime caught my eye? Rurouni Kenshin! That was when I accidentally switched on the television and couldn't get my eyes off of it. From then on, I never missed any episodes. Gradually, I begin to love the anime songs. I remembered when a friend of mine who had long into anime before I did said to me through the phone; "If you starting to like the anime songs, you'll fall in love with the anime soon". And she was right. Ever since that day, my love (or some people would put it harshly as 'addiction') had increased rapidly. I love reading manga, watching anime and listen to the anime songs.

So far I have collected at least 40 anime series and at least 60 manga in less than 3 years. In total, I have spent more than RM700 to buy all the DVDs that was in the posting before. And here's the catch, I bought it all with my own money!!! Never once I borrowed from anybody (accept the fact that my money was the allowances I get monthly >.<>

Some people might think I'm weird or stupid or anything (and they can have their own opinion) but I think my investment on those stuff is worth it. Why do I say so? When people think anime is for kids, well they're not. The content are not really suitable for kids under 13 and some contents are only suitable for those over 18. Depending on the genre of the anime, it can really change our mod. Sometimes when I watch an anime, I was laughing at the first part of the series and cry at the ending. Though its just animation and merely fantasy, anime can leave a big impact on people, not just me. So shed the shallow minded thoughts about anime and try watching one. I suggest to start watching the lighter genre with daily life drama background like Ghost Hunt, Itazura na Kiss or Slam Dunk!

I don't think I will stop loving anime in the near future. Anime had been a great help for me when I needed to relax and have fun. I do go out with friends and soend time with my family. despite the claim that I am an otaku (people who have no life other than indulging themselves with anime and manga). I didn't fail any subjects (so far) even though I spend my waking ours thinking about anime. I memorized all hiragana (Japanese alphabets) thanks to watching anime and I can also understand a little Japanese. If someone think that anime is a total waste, they are totally wrong.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Love of My Life

These are My Anime DVD collections... But the number of anime that I have watched are MORE than this...

The First 3, from left: Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu *****, Gakuen Heaven *****, Kyo Kara Maou *****

First Line, From Left: Junjou Romantica 1& 2 *****, Itazura na Kiss *****, Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu ***

Second Line: Nabari no Ou ****, Sukisho ***, Antique Bakery **", Angel's Feather OVA**

Third Line: Tactics ***, Slam Dunk the movie ****", Moryou no Hako *, Ayatsuri Sakon *

Last Line: Hataraki Man ***", Monochrome Factor ****", Fruits Basket ***, Kyo Kara Maou OVA ****"

First Line, From Left: Ghost Hunt *****, Lovely Complex *****, Yamato NadeshikoShichi Henge a.k.a The Wallflower ****, Midori no Hibi ****

Second Line, From Left: Loveless **", Slam Dunk ****", Mushi-shi *, Jigoku Shoujo & Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori ***"

Last Line: Gensoumaden Saiyuki ***", Weisz Kreuz *, Gintama ***", Tennis no Oujisama a.k.a Prince of Tennis ***

These are those that are also in my collectionbut I haven't got the time to watch it. So during this holiday, I'm going to finish it all...

From Top Left: Kyo Kara Maou season 3, Natsume Yuujincho & Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae

From Top Left: D Gray Man 1, 2 &3, Nodame Cantabile & Devil May Cry

Starting with this one...


p/s: Wonder what's up with the colored crystals? hehe... Just for decoration purposes only...It would be bland with the black background which is the Japanese table in my room ^^v

p/s/s: Next Chapter - reviews for all the anime I watched!!!

P/s/s/s: Wonder why I put * at the end of some of the anime titles? Its the rating I gave according to my taste. The highest is ***** and some marked " which means half a star ^^v

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hole in Head

There's still two papers left for my final exam and its the hardest ones. One of it of course language in ICT, which part of the reasons why I started this blog...well, as people can see so far what the subject acquire in this blog is quite fun and interesting. But, the exam is not at all!!!so, I'm trying hard to get as much of information into my head by understanding all the notes I've printed out for the exam...At 8.30 am tomorrow, I have to put down all the notes and by 10.30am I will walk out from the exam hall and no turning back.

So right now, I'm going to stop writing and focus on reading. Yes, reading. If only I can absorb all the information like a sponge...I think there's really a big hole in my head 'coz nothing I read gets into my mind >.<