Oct
26
2009

Anime Review: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (Karekano)

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (or His and Her Circumstances) was the first shoujo I ever watched, and made me appreciate the genre so much that I veered away from limiting myself to mecha, arena-style fighting and other testosterone-filled anime titles. It was made by the same people who created Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gainax… but this one doesn’t have any robots or technological wonders in it, even though the angst is still there in some parts…

The Karekano series is undoubtedly funny, and the romance is more realistic than the tons of “loser guy gets liked by super beautiful girl(s) for no apparent reason”… More than half of the story takes place in school, which is a nice thing and has made me somewhat aware as to how some of Japan’s educational system works.

Having looked at some of the manga that inspired this work, this anime is almost a direct translation – even some of the iconic scenes are displayed almost verbatim, as well as the onscreen text. The use of SD characters in Karekano also adds to the enjoyment, as it displays comedic and ludicrous emotions across more effectively.

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May
19
2005

Never underestimate parking during E3…

So yesterday, I was ready to go to E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but I left the house a bit too late.

And when I got there, I spent two hours circling the damn place looking for parking. Convention parking was fully packed, and all other potential parking spaces were taken. And the traffic was horrendous. The only “available” parking I found was this stupid little lot that charged a flat rate of $50! I was like “what the fuck!” And the funny thing is it was also decently packed as well. I guess if I had the dough to shell out I woulda allowed myself to be suckered into it.

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May
14
2005

Coping with weekend boredom…

Yes, it’s that time of the week again.

It’s been a hot day althroughout, and my face feels like there are molasses sticking to it. It’s not that I don’t have anything to do today, it’s just that there are so few things I can do to pass the time that I’m having a bit of trouble trying to budget my time so that I can make all of it last until Monday.

As you can see, I’ve begun resurrecting the “Tagalog Word of the Day” thing. I figured that this will motivate me to post something everyday, and maybe educate the measly visitors who visit this site about the intricacies (or lack thereof) of the Tagalog dialect.

It’s still kinda sad that the tagalog word that was a big hit in the past was kulangot (which means “boogers”). But starting today I’ll post common Tagalog words instead of the usual obscure ones. Hey, I should at least teach ya how to say normal greetings first before I tell you what “scab” in Tagalog is…

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May
12
2005

Never underestimate or pass up your potential anime picks…

This was a lesson I learned in the last couple of weeks as I tried to deal with Netflix’s annoying habit of sending my queued DVDs out of order (I’ll try to explain this in another journal entry).

Anyway, I had this little trouble of picking out the anime I would like to watch. Of course, the most popular ones are a no brainer (i.e. Evangelion, Tenchi Muyo, Cowboy Bebop, various Studio Ghibli productions, etc), but lesser known ones are what I always considered a hit-and-miss proposition. Granted, I could just easily visit any anime review site and look at the synopsis, but this has also worked against me on a few occassions, where seeing the synopsis turned me off that particular DVD.

So for some reason or another, I decided to queue up three series on Netflix – The Last Exile, Full Metal Panic, and Ninja Scroll TV series. I didn’t particularly read any reviews or synopsis for these DVDs, so I didn’t know what to expect. Well, that’s not exactly true – The Last Exile was ranked highly at AnimeNfo’s top 200 list, and a quick look at the plot was kinda interesting; Full Metal Panic had an interesting trailer in the extras section of a DVD I viewed recently, and even though it’s mecha, it had a unique premise so I thought why not; and Ninja Scroll is, well, Ninja Scroll, so a TV series for a great feature film shouldn’t be too bad, right?

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May
11
2005

The Dreaded Recap Journal Entry….

Sometimes they come back… (Imagine me saying this in a low, raspy voice with a faint hint of phlegm dribbling around in my throat, with the cold wind blowing outside, and a faint wolf howl in the distance, while…)

Okay, maybe that’s going a little overboard ;)

Anyway, are you prepared for one of the looooongest weblog entries I have ever made? Are you prepared to be overcome by an onslaught of incoherent musings while being drowned in a deluge of half-pondered thoughts that would violate your virginal sensibilities?

Hmmm… (checking thesaurus to see if I used any words out of context)

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