jp kimber sayulita

jp miller

dr pepper jp

conjugation see single plural

68 jeep commander jp

jp lauzon

92 arcticcat prowler

jp organ chase bank

relief band conductivity gel retailers

jp morgan food stamp

jp edwards

image4u jp

communication by jp fourie

2006 170 jp 109

simon maccorkindale screencaps

jp sports 12449 max

hacking wireless access points how to

livedoor jp imgboard

timothy jp gayowski md

jp 1 engine

stephen tyler jp morgan

danville cemetary kilgore texas

jp sarris

jp morgan energy trading

jp myspace

jp patches statue buy a brick

baron parteners

jp holding

nikki kane galleries

blair profiting iraq jp morgan

blue winged macaw

jp morgan chase columbus oh

diane petrich jp morgan

irene corrigan

beeline jp morgan chase

jp case middle school

ww2 german mine sweepers

jp morgan history

jp sport 12449

pacific 10 x 30 jaw crusher

jp 3 3d adventure

distributors of jp chenet in france

jp electronics

nuclear contamination removal

jp cole

jp study air space ventilated walls

david murdock

jp morgan boli

jigs

av girls jp photos

jon vitek jiri

imgboard little loli jp id

jp lure co

jp morgan chase stock

tokyo yahoo jp

jp nissan peru illinois

jp morgan chase houston locations

vulture

jp morgan chase headquarters address

jp tods

jp morgan the entrepreneur

saliva glands infection

jp morgan chase mortgage bailout

jp marlin

payne

gm vss install navigation jp custom

time warner cable contact numbers

rori message jp

stansted

jp holley funeral home in sc

food supply peoples republic of china

jp morgan and ebt account website

apply soffit

jp pancake scottsdale

last minute gig with a difference

jp total jeep

jp court tesoro san antonio texas

1981 xj 750 seca parts

jp morgan website

mel jp 08

spiderman myspace layout

online video anime jp

jp marketing

jp morgan london tel

payable

changing images of man amazon jp

black hits jp

nike store milpitas

svenson jp china

penpals jp 2007

james mcbride easton pa

matt jp morgan partners

looksmart filetype ans

jp cyclews

chase jp morgan banks springfield illinois

jp grocers supplies

injectable

jp pine valley

jp arencibia

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hana Yori Dango (TV Dorama)


GENRE: Shoujo Dorama (Romance, Comedy)
Directed by: Yasuharu Ishii
Actors: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, Tsuyoshi Abe
2005 Katsuaki Setoguchi, Tokyo Broadcasting System


Amazon.com Product Description:
Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and Mimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4's bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school. Makino hopes to pass her days quietly -- without drawing any attention to herself -- but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a "tough weed". She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.

Season 1: 9 Episodes
Season 2: 11 Episodes

SHOPPING:
Hanadan DVDs
Hanadan Art Books & Manga
Hanadan Music
Everything Hanadan

Best depiction. Ever. >>> by skysenshi
Ok, this is the very first Dorama review in this entire site. It took me years to decide. I actually didn't want to put anything that isn't animé-ish in here but I believe the Japanese anime fandom has already -- long long ago -- reached a point that it embraced everything Japanese. I first almost faltered with Gokusen. But I'm giving in because...who can resist Hana Yori Dango??

I have actually reviewed the Taiwanese version's soundtrack back in 2003, and I remember making a few comments regarding the actual series. Taiwan's Hana Yori Dango, by the way, is Meteor Garden. (I'm not quite sure if the Chinese did an on-yomi reading of the title and ended up with that weird Taiwanese name.) There are many differences between the Taiwanese and the Japanese dorama that struck me. The most noticeable is that, despite the better looking actors of Meteor Garden, Hanadan's F4 are actually more accomplished as thespians.

I have my favorites in both series, so I was already thinking that if I were to form the best F4, they would be: Matsujun (Hallo? Is there any other choice for Domyouji??), Vic Zhou (the first time I saw him, I knew he was Rui), Ken Chu (I'm biased, I have been crushing on this dude since forever), and Tsuyoshi Abe (best-looking Akira, hands-down). Mao Inoue as Tsukushi Makino was a good decision. She captures the essence of the manga character with such precision that it really awed me. (I thought Barbie Hsu was too pretty and delicate for the role.)

Casting is Hana Yori Dango's strongest point. Though I did not feel butterflies in my stomach the way I did with the anime and Meteor Garden -- which I'm attributing to my overexposure to the story -- I observed that the characters were so well-portrayed.


Another powerful element of Hanadan was its story-telling. I quickly noted the differences from the anime and Meteor Garden. Apparently, the writers chose to concentrate on unexplored aspects of the manga, which I had never finished. This was a good move since it kept Hanadan from becoming Domyouji-centered, the way Meteor Garden had been.

The Rui-Makino-Domyouji love triangle had been developed so well that I found myself just as confused as Makino. In the anime, I had rooted for Tsukasa Domyouji. In this dorama, I couldn't believe that I actually wanted Rui to have a fighting chance, even if the actor isn't as hot as Vic Zhou. Shun Oguri is really good at being Rui, which is saying a lot, considering my fondness for Matsujun, who plays Domyouji.


What I like best is how relationships were fleshed out, and people get to see what happens to the other members of F4. They actually have lives! They don't revolve around Domyouji and Makino the way Meteor Garden's F4 did. It's really a shame because cutie Ken Chu as Soujiro could have had juicier scenes.

People might also be happy to know that the second season is actually powerful. The intensity stemming from complex relationships remained consistent all throughout, unlike in Meteor Garden where all Makino did was cry to "All By Myself" in every episode. (That was annoying.)

Both soundtracks for Season 1 and 2 are gripping. Season 1's Planetarium by Ai Otsuka is so adorable that I feared it would be hard to match. Good thing they brought in Hikaru Utada for Season 2's Flavor of Life. You definitely cannot go wrong with Hikki singing in the background. Hehe.


Ok, I will be a girl here and rave about the women's clothes. Anyone who has been immersed in the anime would probably agree that its fashion was so so so so bad. It seemed to have caught the tail-end of the most horrible styling phase of the 90s.

So you can probably imagine how delighted I was when I saw Makino's numerous boots. Of course, it doesn't make sense that she'd have a lot of totemo kawaii footwear since she's supposed to be dirt poor. But allow me to suspend my disbelief and just bask in their glory.

I also love how the older women (they're ALL so darned gorgeous!) assemble their outfits. Very tasteful and classy but very far from matronly. It's been five years since this series aired yet the ensembles seem to have stood the test of time.

Individual Rating: Casting 9; Story 10; Characters 10; Sounds 10

Like this post? Subscribe to this site NOW.
Or follow the author's Facebook Page for updates, contests and discussions.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cosmania X


Super late post! This event took place at the SMX Convention Center last weekend, Oct 2-3, 2010. Cosmania X is a celebration of cosplaying's 10th year anniversary in the Philippines. Looks like a lot of people had fun. The place, gargantuan as it is, was packed! Anyway, I'll just let the photos do the talking.

 I really should thank my Lumix ZS3's zooming capabilities.
A short girl like me would have difficulty weaving my way through the crowd while taking photos.

 Hosts of the Cosplay Tournament of Champions

jp morgan chase tower dallas

city hiroshima jp

jp morgan global security office

jp in gove

snakes

linda dowdell jp chase

becoming a jp

jp stingray

jp morgan nonas

ronettes da doo run run

jp morgan chase ny ny

issa jp paranaque

jp rat terriers

jp lann review

makita 9227c sander

jp recordz

jp ourse bags

petco santa clarita

david senior jp morgan chase bank

jp computers nuth

chapter summaries for burmese days

jp ccle

fancy van lighting

jp morgan chase settlement ncfe

jp 4-0

edie

100 tables in jp

lemonade rental milwaukee

dawn fitzgerald and jp morgan

jp corrys merchants

jp sauer sohns

aspiring soccer keepers

jp morgan january 14th 20th 2009

jp morgan chase locations

magical ne jp

what does jp stand for

jp morgan houston tx

alaska waterfowl regulations

jp surbl blocklist

katherine mcphee wedding

jp morgan chase african american advertisments

jp cycle tires

jp robinett

ferrous

jp vizage kit

elfen lied jp

jp wills

jp speed hammer

jp wriggers

bradford

jp psyops

jp aluminum body

non traditional anniversary gifts

yahoo jp

goat mikling supplies

jp morgan chase savings

used d8k stock list jp

aspen sports jp

jp morgan comparison matrix

microscopy

james heffner chase jp morgan oh

jp marsh

jp morgan asset management columbus oh

jp moody san antonio texas

troopers

jp motor cycle breeches new york

ariat wide

contact jp morgan chase

inga yo jp imgboard

nigel lithgow pictures

jp and charlie

jp 3-54

florida jp morgan food stamps benefits

usher here i stand jp retail

bayonne nj world war ii

richard gilbert jp morgan

jp morgan chase houston tx

sql database hosting

jp trailer

f aaa livedoor jp nana

foot princess jp

pasco

powersport jp 800

jp wikipedia

minneapolis departures

scion tc jp body kit

about bloomberg co jp

livedoor jp loli

jp morgan chase mortgages

canadian bank scare california bank folds

jp parts

joe nall jet crash

futaba imgboard jp

 The UP Anime Manga Ethusiasts booth

Fellow OBer, whom we haven't seen in a long while, MarkPoa.

 Geeks playing against each other.

jp morgan san francisco

grahame norris jp

jp bell

monica rodriguez texas

au kiddie jp

jp morgan value chain

ar-15 jp

eta chi dsp

jp morgan chase and company ceo

rori jp mania

jp aviso

secondary finance

jp morgan investment management

robert de medici new jersey

jp tods handbags replicas

wardrobe checklist for tropical holiday

background search jp mcconnachie

eczema

loli pti kir jp

polymer

jp reports

green flash bacteria additive

jp 3-26

pink jp

ana foods jp

art calenders in a box

svenson jp wild

jp 3-0

jp 3-50

capt jp cruise troy ny

illusion co jp

jp morgan chase bank in california

todd abbott

jp and mattie

midway jp

jp murray carbine

amazon co jp html amp css

bulova chronograph steel

jp patches

holbrook heritage hills in ga

jp morgan asset management

jp morgan chase wamu

dina hammad

jp morgan stocks wall street

agent orange spina bifida australia

jp girls

jp stamina pilates

jp 3-35

jp king auction

rverse acces ne jp

dante and virgil inferno

arizona abt account jp morgan

avenged

jp express

jp morgan conferences

aspen jp

amazon co jp jpy

shoulder impingement symtoms

jp loli imgboard

jp morgan energy trading

jp enterprise compensator for ar-15 rifle

caterpillars of ohio

jp airspace ventilation of drainage membrane

jp morgan chase careers

jp morgan surveying

nyu cancer center

jp chang restaurant

jp morgan chase oroho

jp turner company

elolink jp

ringo hiyori rocky chack

jp kake korner

modifying electric wheelchairs

job vacancies jp morgan philippines

jp morgan lng png

jennifer smedley

jp imgboard

crackdown orb locations

jp calderon instinct

pearl ridge shoping center address

jp tech strain gages

night magic powder

ted d arnau joins jp morgan

2002 toyota solara convertible tonneau cover

jp auction

alamo title irving

jp real estate idaho

driver updates for hp officejet j5780

jp morgan chase hsa account

carnival in canary islands

jp morgan chase houston phil conway

oakville

hitachi jp tx300 review

jp pool cues

mail order rc hobbies jp

pork chop hill korean war

jp tabll

jp morgan bournemouth

jp gummies

habbo hacking tool

jp h game cg

soa testing
 Cosplayers in various outfits.

Found this Korean trinket and took it home.
It costs PhP300, approximately $6.8.

What's a cosplay convention without the outfits?

Or the wigs?

jp lizzy

jp north

infectious disease specialists warren county ny

jp morgan hong kong

jp magazine online

vouchers

jp chase bank

how much does reese witherspoon earn

jp cycle metric motorcycle frames

precautions

jp language courses

jp chase bank in tampa

black package jp

spring break drunk video girls

jp y hotel milan italy

skilled sheet metal worker

amazon co jp social role

jp calderan

jp blevin

voyforums pittsburgh radio nostalgia

jp morgan chanse bank holidays

ripken experience

jp homes bruce county

imgboard jp futuba aaa

jp morgan chase freedom credit card

covers

jp morgan chase 2006

jp satellite inc

compare thickening agents in cooking

jp maulden

chase jp morgan bank

your file host jp

jp harrison

horizon roofing

jp morgan chase bank loan department

grip hobby knife

bar jp inc

auditor columbus ohio

jp drains

eva ionesco jp

creative zen stone jp

ipn 200 dwg

jp morgan ebt account

jp tuazon

jp helmets

dinosaur comforter

joven pan remix jp

jp sun com

sega saturn jp import player

tanker trucks stolen out of virginia

amazon co jp kingdom

jp marine

newlywed tv jp

jp sports 25332

jp morgan chinese

mona notum

jp tube and bariatric surgery

jp products inlay table

the medicinel value of narcotic drugs

jp online

magical page ne jp futaba

jp rifles rear tension pin

hp jp slash

mololi jp

jp whitney

what crops are grown in india

f55 aaa livedoor jp htm

jp whitley

prince ali bin al-hussein

zan jp

amazon co jp mark salisbury

bovine tb symtoms

jp morgan foundation

jp photograhy in fresno

jim paccione jp morgan

jp hair design madison wisconsin

jp morgan preferred stock

amazon co jp joy yuki

jp morgan chase equities

timway ban jp e lolink

post op office visit

amazon co jp seible

bachelor bachelorette parties

jp hobby shop

donegal missing persons

jp air alaska

folders

who is jp morgan

jp hoe

jp fuller

jp body kits

jp mogan

scotsman ice machine owner manuel

jp johnson rl koch n

This is how big this convention center is.

I swear, cosplayers have built-in camera detection systems.
How could this girl have known I was about to take their group photo??

 And this dude? How could he have seen me when I was waaaaay below his floor?
My camera isn't a dSLR so it's not big enough to warrant attention.
Plus, I was very far. This was on almost maximum zoom.
Sorry for the blurred shot. I was taken aback when he turned around and waved at the last minute.

Just a souvenir shot, announcing that I was here. =^.^=

Like this post? Subscribe to this site NOW.
Or follow the author's Facebook Page for updates, contests and discussions.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tea Society of a Witch


Parental Guidance Recommended
Hirameki's age recommendation: 17 and above
2004 Hirameki International Group Inc.




SHOPPING:
Tea Society of a Witch Game
All other anime DVD games

Cover Description:
Long, long ago, there was a world in which mages and humans existed in harmony. Deep contrasts in their two cultures, however, caused differences that could not be overcome between the two races. The humans feared the great power of the mages, and hunted them, trying to erase their kind from the earth. God felt pity for their plight and created a world of magic for them, which they could go to in peaceful exile. In this way the mages faded from the Earth, and all contact between the two peoples ceased. Each continued on their own paths, the humans that of civilization, and mages that of magic.

A few hundred years have passed since that time, and the mages are hopeful that, once again, the two races can live in harmony together. In the hope of finding a way to bridge their differences, the mages send out their young acolytes for training in the world of the humans. If the younger generations of the two peoples can find a way of connecting, perhaps the acolytes could gain important knowledge that will enable the two groups to live together again. This year three young wizards will cross over into the world of humans... Two of them are elite, and one a total drop out. Can they reunite the two peoples?

Could've been a great anime. >>> by skysenshi
The cover description is not deceiving you. Tea Society of a Witch really has a wonderful story and interesting set of characters that have been developed quite well...except for maybe a character or two. Like many AnimePlay games, this one has loads of beautiful sceneries that support such an intriguing plot.

I have a little bit of a problem, though. See, this has been sitting on my pile for YEARS. I think age has to do with an audience's attention span because I keep getting distracted by other things whenever I try to finish this. I thank VLC media player for the ability to use 16x playback speed because I certainly utilized that till the very end. I could make do with the chipmunk voices just as long as my exposure to Tea Society is fast-paced.

I actually wish for an English version of this so I can do other things while listening. I remember having the same wish for other bishoujo games. This would have been better off as an anime, but I understand budget constraints when I see it. Still illustrators are cheaper than hiring a bunch of key animators and in-betweeners. So if that's the case, this should have been published in print.

Seriously. People like me prefer either highly interactive digital games or paperback novels (even ones without illustrations or photos). With books, one can lie down and read while never wasting a dime on electricity. Tea Society of a Witch comes with a lovely art book -- complete with character descriptions and sketches -- so I can see more possibilities for it if it were a graphic novel instead.

There's one other thing that bothers me. Apparently, this has a version that's more adult-oriented. I already noticed the rather ecchi scenarios, which I find disturbing because of how the characters look like. The art style makes me feel better about my thunder thighs since everyone here has a small body and thighs that are twice the body's size. The entire game is in SD (super deformed) mode. Because some scenes tend to be provocative, I began to wonder if there are eccentric people out there who actually find SD characters sexy.

Player Status:
Difficulty: Easy
Completion Time: Approximately 1 hour
Highest Level Achieved: N/A
Ratings: Gameplay 5; Battle N.A.; Story 9; Visuals 9; Characters 9; Sounds 9; Replay Value 3

Like this post? Subscribe to this site NOW.
Or follow the author's Facebook Page for updates, contests and discussions.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


GENRE: Adventure, Romance, Drama
Parental Guidance Recommended
2006 Yasutaka Tsutsui (author), Mamoru Hosoda (director), Satoko Okudera (screenplay), Kiyoshi Yoshida (scoring), Madhouse Studios, Fuji TV, Kadokawa Shoten




SHOPPING:
Girl Who Leapt Thru Time DVDs
Girl Who Leapt Thru Time Books
Girl Who Leapt Thru Time Music
Memorabilia, Posters Etc.
All Other Related Items

Amazon.Com Description:
Something strange has happened to Makoto Konno. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backwards. With her newly discovered ability to literally leap backwards in time Makoto finds that tests become a piece of cake, embarrassing situations are corrected and she can have her favorite food anytime she wants. Unfortunately her carefree time traveling has adverse effects on the people she cares for. With every successful leap Makoto somehow alters the fate of those around her. This was not supposed to happen and as she races back in time to fix everything, she notices that her abilities are not limitless but with every successful jump she is one step closer to discovering the most wonderful secret in her young adult life.

Time travel stories are tricky. >>> by skysenshi
For a high school thing, the pacing is really slow. I wonder if this would appeal to our information desensitized teenagers who are so used to getting everything instantly.

As the story progresses, Makoto's life gets interesting. Although I don't really want to be in her shoes. It's hella confusing, not to mention, she always ends up getting physically hurt since she just pops in the middle of things. It later becomes evident, however, how an impulsive teenage girl can abuse the ability to leap through time. There are a lot of situations to undo. But you cannot actually have a reset button without repercussions, neh?

I like the way the mystery unravels near the end of the anime despite my problems with plot holes. Like many time travel stories, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time opens so many paradoxes that plot holes can hardly be avoided. I appreciate the storytelling though. Despite having only three pivotal characters, these three are very effective in delivering highly inspiring scenarios. Furthermore, it weaves a good moral lesson without getting preachy.

I wish someone from my circle of friends had watched this. I so want to discuss the paradoxes herein. Truly, this is an interesting piece for long conversations.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 8; Characters 9; Sounds 9

Like this post? Subscribe to this site NOW.
Or follow the author's Facebook Page for updates, contests and discussions.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

jp morgan monopoly newspaper

hanoi

ukyou ayane jp

jp morgan chase banl india

kool aid x reebok collection

daphne supercoat jp

pima county constable for jp 1

softbank jp

jp luby park pavillion

jp morgan president

jp institute dinosaur games

glenda shrimpton

bile determination in jp drainage

raptor g2 6 channel helicopter

pilates 4500 jp

bar jp inc ocean shores wa

calypso cay orland

amazon co jp wedding etiquette

aim fitness norwich ny

halfmoon jp

jp morgan chase ramdi corp

sb ct4170 driver

jp japanese pharmaceutical

jp morgan chase 401k division

2007 loc jp peter fax

jp morgan chase indianapolis

jc manzano

jp toys

jp morgan chase co review

jp knotts company

jp performance horses mississippi

jp morgan illuminati

imgboard aaa jp futaba

jp morgan chase houston

jp morgan chase mortgage reinstatement

randy cisneros

jp aero

jp 1 block

farrier nc jp brewer

sperry gradient mens 8

jp hewitt tax return advance

harris county jp office

jp motorsports

jp johnie

jp palmeri

child health vulnerability

jp ryon elementary waldorf maryland

vinny ferraro prospect

jp express service

jp rifles

jp 3-40

organic structure

amazon co jp juices

jp morgan india

casa grande jp court

assoc

jp cormier

ubuntu file system encryption

bbsphoto jp

merrell

suntrust and jp morgan

lenders anaheim

jp guitar manufacturers

what does jp morgan own

jp aution

jp construction

brooklyn eagle maine

jp vizage

jp ourse

david mclisky jp morgan bank london

sm bar osaka jp

pokeland theme park jp

job discrimination jp morgan chase ohio

parody

jp movie

amazon co jp import

jp faubert

jp chenot merlot wine

jp greaney

adding

brick and mortar and jp morgan

jp pharmaceutical

jp penneys

heidi miller jp morgan chase

breatles qui vin tres bien

piercing jp

jp morgan chase credit

jp montgomery county texas

qvc jp

Metro Comic Convention 2010


This popular arts convention used to be known as Manila Comic Con. This year, they brought in the Filipino comic artists that previously worked for Marvel and the veteran komikeros.

The Metro Comic Con also celebrates DC's 75th anniversary. Other features included Magnavision's character design contest, a cosplay competition and many other treats for attendees.

My COMM311 class (for my PhD studies) attended this event because we wanted to study the communication environment of cosplayers. Since this isn't centered on Japanese animation and games alone (many of the seminar topics are centered on Marvel, DC and Filipino komikeros), I wrote about this event at skysenshi.com. Visit the blog entry for more photos and the rest of our Metro Comic Con experience.

Like this post? Subscribe to this site NOW.
Or follow the author's Facebook Page for updates, contests and discussions.

Copyright 1997 - 2010. The Kraiders Otaku Fridge. All content, except screenshots, belong to the webmaster.