Monday, February 28, 2011

Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 7

Noooooooo! I can't stand it! I can't stand looking at Kazehaya like this! Why? Doushite? Aaarrrrrgh! I hope things change soon. I don't think I can sit through six more episodes like this - it's much too painful. Waaaaah! I wish Kuronuma wasn't so dense. Poor, poor Kazehaya. :(

Durarara! Opening & Ending Themes

I have one new addition to my anime OP/ED video collection with lyrics. Vote for your favorite!

    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    My Anime Theme Song Video Collection

    Speaking of the theme songs of Kimi ni Todoke, I've also compiled videos of the opening/ending songs of several other anime shows with the lyrics to each. Check them out, and don't forget to vote on your favorite! :)

    I'll be adding more compilations to my anime theme song video collection in the future so be sure to check back. :)

    Kimi ni Todoke OP/ED Theme Video Collection

    Today I added Kimi ni Todoke to my video collection of anime opening and ending themes. There are four songs in all - two opening themes and two ending themes. I included the videos and lyrics to all the songs. Here is the link - Enjoy, and vote for your favorite!

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Kimi ni Todoke Opening Theme Acapella

    This is so amazing. Found this guy's acapella rendition of "Kimi ni Todoke" by Tomofumi Tanizawa, the anime's first opening theme, and it almost gave me goosebumps listening to it. This is a must-watch, or more accurately, must-listen for Kimi ni Todoke fans.

    For those who haven't seen Kimi ni Todoke yet, here's the original song:

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Kimi ni Todoke Live Action Movie

    I read somewhere when I was first researching about Kimi ni Todoke that it had a live action movie but wasn't really all that interested about it because my experiences with live action versions of anime haven't been so good. To put it bluntly, all the live action adaptations of anime I've seen have sucked. Then I saw these trailers for the live action movie of Kimi ni Todoke and it completely made me want to watch it. They actually chose good-looking actors! The guy playing Kazehaya is so cute especially when he smiles! I just hope he can act. (The video contains three trailers. I like the third one the best.)

    It came out September 25, 2010 in Japan. I wonder if the English subbed version is out yet.

    Update 2/24/11: Just found out that the English subbed version will be released on March 11, 2011. I can't wait! :)

    Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 6 English Subs

    Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 6 is a must see! I won't write any spoilers, but take my word for it, - there is a major development in episode 6. Really major. :) Hmm... I wonder how this story will end. Wikipedia says season 2 will have only 13 episodes so it's already halfway done. I'm most certainly going to read the continuation in the manga when the anime ends. Kimi ni Todoke has just pushed Ouran High School Host Club off the number one spot as my most favorite anime of all time. :)

    Kimi ni Todoke manga covers vol. 1-3

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Peach Girl is Horrible!

    Ack! I watched the first episode and a few minutes of the second episode of Peach Girl, and it is horrible! The characters are lame, the story is lame, everything is lame! Oh my God! It really sucks! I'm dropping this one like a hot potato. Oh wait, the hot potato would be insulted to be compared to this awful awful anime!

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 6

    Aagh! I've just finished watching all 25 episodes of Kimi ni Todoke season 1 and episodes 1-5 of season 2, and now I can't wait for episode 6 to come out! Wikipedia says it's going to be aired tomorrow though, so it should get fansubbed in English some time after that. I am just dying to find out what'll happen to Kazehaya and Kuronuma after that "incident" with the blond guy. I won't give out any spoilers though. Hehe.

    This is what I don't like about watching anime that's still ongoing. Pretty soon you've watched all the back-episodes and have to wait one whole week for the next episode to air. Geez, talk about failing the marshmallow test. Waiting is driving me crazy!

    Last scene of Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 5
     Oh, wait... does the picture above count as a spoiler? Gomen, gomen! :D

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Valentine's Day in Japan

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! :)

    Have you noticed that in romance shojo animes, Valentine's Day is always a highlight? The girls make a big fuss about making their Valentine's chocolate from scratch, and then get all red-faced when they give it to the guys they like. I had always wondered why anime always showed the girls giving chocolates and never the boys since in my country it's the boys who give flowers or chocolates on Valentine's Day.

    When I started reading manga I found out that in Japan, Valentine's Day is an occasion where girls give chocolates to the boys. The girls even prepare two kinds of Valentine's chocolates: honmei chocolate and giri chocolate. They give honmei chocolate to the guy that they have romantic feelings for and giri chocolate, or obligatory chocolate, to guys that they don't have any romantic feelings for.

    Why is that, I wonder? :)

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    My Thoughts on Kimi ni Todoke

    Kimi ni Todoke is the story of a girl named Kuronuma Sawako who desperately wants to fit in with her classmates who are all afraid of her because she looks like Sadako from "The Ring" and she's bad at interacting with people.

    Nasty rumors about her being able to see ghosts and bringing misfortune to you if you look in her eyes for more than three seconds, among others, circulate in her school, and she wants to be able to clear up this misunderstanding but doesn't know how until she meets a guy named Kazehaya Shota.

    I admit, I'm a sucker for anime where a lonely girl finds happiness and love. The first episode of Kimi ni Todoke alone had tears streaming down my face like a river during a typhoon. It opened up so many wounds of my own feelings of being different and not being able to fit in when I was in high school. I found myself wishing that my Kazehaya Shota had come then and spared me the heartache and misery. But enough of that. I want to get back to watching episode two.

    Anime 101: The Basics

    I love anime. It has even gotten so far as to me preferring it over live-action movies and TV shows. The thing is that among my family and friends, I am the only one who truly appreciates it. After a while, I realized that almost all of them have misconceived notions about anime being solely for kids, and so I decided to write this post. :)

    Definition of Anime
    Anime is commonly defined as "animation originating from Japan". In English-speaking countries, it is also referred to as "Japanese animation". Just like its live-action counterpart, anime is also divided into many different genres such as romance, comedy, action, suspense, horror, drama, etc. This categorization is called "genre by topic".

    Anime By Demographic
    Another way to categorize anime is by demographic, meaning its intended audience. This is also a helpful tool for finding which anime would suit your taste. The basic anime genres by demographic are:

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Honey and Clover: So Sweet & Touching

    Honey and Clover is one of the sweetest and most touching anime that I have ever watched. I couldn't stop the tears from flowing at the end of the story, but I wasn't crying from sadness. Instead, a warm tingly sensation was spreading from my heart all throughout my body.

    I love the way the characters responded to the challenges they encountered. At the end of it all, they came out better than when they first started. Honey and Clover is definitely going to become part of my list of favorite anime. :)

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    My Thoughts on Honey and Clover

    I love romance comedies! And that's exactly what Honey and Clover is... It's a romantic comedy plus a bit of drama. I'm now watching the ninth episode and it's beginning to get really interesting. I have to admit though that I didn't really get "hooked" by Honey and Clover until after the sixth or seventh episode, and I found the first couple or so episodes quite confusing. I couldn't figure out what the story was about! Now I'm beginning to understand the characters and their eccentricities a bit more and I'm really looking forward to watching the rest of their story.

    And I have to add that the soundtrack is also very good. It's the kind of music that I would want to listen to on a lazy Sunday afternoon while relaxing at home.

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Chapter 57

    Yes! Chapter 57 of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! has finally been scanlated by Potato-otaku! I can't wait to read it. Actually, I watched the anime before reading the manga and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Since the the last scene in the anime is in chapter 32 of the manga, I decided to continue reading from there. That was how I got hooked. Now I'm going to review on the events of chapter 56 before reading chapter 57. I read the previous chapter such a long time ago that I can't remember what happened. Hehe. Anyway, here's the cover of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! chapter 57:

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    The Year of the Rabbit: Rabbits in Anime & Manga

    Momiji from Fruits Basket
    Kung Hei Fat Choi! Tonight is the eve of the Chinese New Year and we're having fresh Chinese lumpia to celebrate. Yay!

    The Year of the Rabbit begins tomorrow and it got me trying to recall anime and manga with rabbits in them. I immediately thought: Fruits Basket! Well, the story of Fruits Basket IS about the animals of the Chinese zodiac so of course it would have a rabbit in it. Hehe. Unfortunately for anime rabbit fans out there however, I couldn't think of any other anime or manga with rabbits besides that. I CAN think of quite a few anime and manga with cats in them, but that's another story...

    Anyways, Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
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