Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episodes 11 & 12 Scheduled To Air Back-To-Back

Wah! The second season of Kimi ni Todoke, which is only thirteen episodes long, will be coming to an end very very soon. Episodes 11 and 12, the final two episodes (since season 2 started with episode 0), have been scheduled to air back-to-back tomorrow, after the series was delayed one week due to the earthquake and tsunami situation in Japan.

I am really very excited to watch the last two episodes of Kimi ni Todoke Season 2, and also sad that it'll be the end. The last scene of episode 10 was so good, I wanted to laugh and cry and jump and shriek at the same time! Oh my god, I feel warm and fuzzy all over just thinking about it. I will definitely watch it again. :)

For those of you who haven't seen it, here's a screenshot of the final scene of Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10:

Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10 Final Scene

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10

Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10 has finally been English subbed, and a very good episode it is! My heart was going ba-dump all throughout the episode, I almost couldn't stand it! And I kept hoping they would finally understand each other's feelings and kiss already.

And when Kuronuma...
And then Kazehaya...

Kyaa! I'm getting all emotional just by recalling it. But I'm not going to give out any spoilers. Hehe. I'll warn you though, if you plan to watch the currently released episode 10 English sub by gg, that there's an earthquake warning that lasts about a minute at a vital scene. It's quite distracting, but it can't be helped. The safety of the people comes first. If you're curious, this is what the earthquake warning looks like, and it comes with bells and a voice announcement:

Anyways, the only thing I'll tell you about Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10 is that there's a lot of blushing going on. So cute!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kimi ni Todoke Live Action Movie Review

As a fan of Kimi ni Todoke, I was apprehensive at first when I heard that they were making a live action movie adaptation of the anime. My experience with live movie anime adaptations hasn't been so good after all. But like the true Kimi ni Todoke fan that I am, I watched the film anyway. (The movie trailers piqued my interest.) And I am so glad that I did.

The live action adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke was a lot better than all the other live action anime adaptations I've seen. I shall now attempt to sum it up into "what I like" and "what I don't like" about it.

What I like about the live action adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke:

  • The actors are good-looking. Well, except for Pin. Haha. I especially like Miura Haruma as Kazehaya Shota. He's so adorable! Haru Aoyama, the guy playing Sanada Ryu, is hot, too. And the girls playing Kuronuma Sawako and Yoshida Chizuru were pretty cute as well.
    Miura Haruma as Kazehaya Shota
    Haru Aoyama as Sanada Ryu
  • Even though the basic story in the anime and live action movie is the same, many of the specific events are different, and some situations that were in the anime are presented differently in the live action movie. Although I really love the anime, it would have been a bit boring to watch a movie that had the exact same events presented in the exact same manner as an anime that I have already seen.
  • It's so "real". It was like looking inside a real classroom in a Japanese school and seeing normal Japanese teenagers going about their daily lives.
  • The scenery was gorgeous. The movie was filmed in such a beautiful place. I wonder where in Japan this is.
The place where Kazehaya and Kuronuma met
Yoshida's favorite spot to go to when she's depressed
Kazehaya's bike route home

What I don't like about the live action adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke:

  • It leaves too much unsaid or unexplained. (Or is it just that the fansubber's English translation didn't quite capture the essence of the movie? I'm still thankful somebody subbed it though since I can't understand Japanese that well.) I don't think I would've fully appreciated the story had I not seen the anime already.
  • There was hardly any background music except in a few short scenes. And since the camera was a bit shaky as well, it felt almost like a home movie. Or maybe that was the type of cinematography the director was going for...
  • No Pedro Martinez! Haha. Seriously, that puppy played an important role in the relationship of Kazehaya and Kuronuma.

Overall, I would give the live action movie adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke a 8/10. It's a live movie anime adaptation definitely worth watching!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anime Asia Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2

Today I bought an anime magazine for the first time. And I realized that what I thought was called Animegazine is actually Anime Asia Magazine, except in their first issue the "Asia Ma" on the cover was blocked by Ayuzawa Misaki's head. Hehe. (See picture in previous post.)

Anime Asia Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2 features Kasugano Sora of Yasuga no Sora on the cover. I've actually never heard of this anime before, so I'll be checking it out. Other anime/manga featured in this issue are:

Anime Premiere
  • Heartcatch PreCure
  • Nurarihyon no Mago
  • Yumeiro Pâtissière
  • Strike Witches 2
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • Digimon Xros Wars

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • K-On!
  • Toaru Majutsu no Index
  • Kuroshitsuji II

Anime Hitlist
  • Motto To Love-Ru -Trouble-
  • Otome Youkai Zakuro
  • Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku
  • Seikon no Qwaser
  • Mayoi Neko Overrun!
  • Jewelpet Tinkle
  • Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri
  • Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao

  • Void
  • Sugu Rogu
  • Wanted
  • The Conductor

On The Cover
  • Yosuga no Sora

Character List
  • Arakawa Under The Bridge

  • Akikan! OAV
  • Angel's Feather

Most of the titles above are unfamiliar to me, and I am excited to check them all out. Unfortunately, the articles in Anime Asia Magazine need a bit of improvement in my opinion. I like that there are a lot of pictures, but I would like the articles to help me decide which anime or manga are worth watching/reading, maybe by providing good anime/manga reviews. I'd also like to learn more about each anime/manga, like it's target demographic (i.e. shonen, shojo, seinen, josei) and genre (i.e. romance, action, slice of life, comedy, horror, mystery, etc.) to help me know if it'll match my taste.

I really hope the next issue improves on this point because it's the best-looking otaku magazine I could find in the stands here where I live. There were only two other magazines besides Anime Asia Magazine: Otakuzine and Otaku Vault. The first one is kind of small and the second one's cover layout looks kind of cheap like a cheesy gossip magazine or a cheap songhits.

By the way, the centerfold poster in this second issue of Anime Asia Magazine is a cool one: Saito Hajime of Hakuouki in his Western style getup as seen in Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku. But it would have been even cooler had it not been slightly pixelated. :D

Animegazine Volume 1 Issue 1

Animegazine Volume 1 Issue 1 is the very first anime magazine that I have ever owned. It was given to me as a birthday present last month, and I was really happy and excited when I got it.

On the cover of this issue is Ayuzawa Misaki and Hanazono Sakura of Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, one of my favorite shojo animes. The magazine is about the size of a letter-sized bond paper, and it is divided into sections featuring the following anime or manga:

Anime Premiere
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai
  • Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
  • Shiki
  • Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
  • The World God Only Knows
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge

  • Super Robot Taisen OG: The Inspector
  • Otome Youkai Zakuro
  • Psychic Detective Yakumo
  • Durarara!

Anime Hitlist
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
  • togainu no chi -Bloody Curs-
  • Shinryaku! Ika Musume
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan
  • The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
  • Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls

  • Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
  • Onidere
  • Defense Devil
  • Medaka Box

On The Cover
  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

    Characters in Focus
    • Nurarihyon no Mago
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00
    • Angel Beat!
    • Seitokai Yakuindomo
    • Katekyou Hitman Reborn!
    • Fullmetal Alchemist

    One thing I like about this first issue of Animegazine is that it contains a lot of nice pictures on the above-listed anime. I also like its classy layout of the cover and contents. I just wish the articles contained more useful information.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 10 Delayed

    Those of you who are waiting for episode 10 of Kimi ni Todoke season 2 (like me) will have to wait until next week since its airing has been postponed, probably in respect for the situation in Japan right now. It's understandable, of course. And I'm sure even the most die-hard fans of Kimi ni Todoke would respect the delay. But I have to be honest and say that I am really excited to see Kazehaya and Kuronuma again.

    I do, however, sympathize with those living in Japan. And I admire their levelheadedness and discipline amidst the chaos.

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    My Thoughts on Highschool of the Dead

    I just loved Highschool of the Dead! I didn't think I would after watching the first few minutes of the first episode. I mean, the numerous boob and panty shots kind of turned me off and made me think it was just another brainless plotless pointless anime that only succeeds in portraying women as objects. But I decided to watch at least the first episode until the very end since the main character Takashi Komuro was really cool. :)

    Then the adrenaline rush or whatever you call it kicked in. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, bracing myself and screaming with my eyes wide open. I would say Highschool of the Dead is the only zombie show, animated or otherwise, that I have actually enjoyed watching so far. To be honest, it's quite addicting... and delightfully horrific!

    A bit of warning though: Highschool of the Dead is NOT for the faint of heart.

    Takashi Komuro leading the gang in Highschool of the Dead

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    Friday, March 11, 2011

    8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Japan Today

    Japan was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake a couple of hours ago, the worst-ever earthquake Japan has encountered, and tsunamis have been flooding some cities in Japan and sweeping cars and houses like driftwood as a result. Casualties have been reported and many commuters have been left stranded away from home due to the shutdown of Japan's normally reliable mass transit system. Aftershocks, some as strong as a 7.1 magnitude, have continued to rock some cities, terrifying people.

    I would like to take a moment of silence and sincerely offer my heartfelt support to the people of Japan. Stay strong. This too shall pass.

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    Quotes From Kazehaya Shouta, Kimi ni Todoke Manga Volume 1

    Kazehaya Shouta
    Kimi ni Todoke

    The following are quotes from Kazehaya Shouta, Kimi ni Todoke manga volume 1:

    To Sawako after overhearing her talking about him:
    "Hey, how should I take that?"

    To Sawako during their first conversation:
    "When you talk properly, you get your feelings across properly, right?"

    To his classmates when they suggested that he date Sawako for one week as punishment for not completing the test of courage activity:
    "I'll do anything besides that. That's too rude as a punishment game. Kuronuma's a girl, you know."

    To Sawako after she expressed thanks to him for trying hard for her and and listening to her:
    "You know, I think that you probably don't really understand me, Kuronuma."

    To Sawako after he gave her the small bag of candy their classmates prepared for her as an apology:
    "Is it all right if I anticipate meeting you over summer break, Kuronuma?"

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Quotes From Kuronuma Sawako, Kimi ni Todoke Manga Volume 1

     Kuronuma Sawako
     Kimi ni Todoke

    The following are quotes from Kuronuma Sawako, Kimi ni Todoke manga volume 1:

    Thinking to herself during her first conversation with Kazehaya:
    "When I told him my feelings, he understood. When I said I wasn't lying, he believed me."

    To Ayane and Chizuru when they said they'd feel guilty if she played the ghost against her will in the test of courage activity:
    "I have never done anything against my will. I want to get along with everyone, but I'm not being forced to do anything just for that..."

    Thinking to herself after explaining to Ayane and Chizuru why she wanted to play the ghost:
    "They understood my feelings! It's only a little, but I feel like I've changed."

    To Kazehaya when he asked her if she wasn't scared playing the ghost by herself:
    "I like the night a bit especially summer nights. The air, the smell, the sound of insects and such."

    To Kazehaya when he told her to stop looking at him like that:
    "S-s-sorry, I was caught up in the moment! I'll be careful to not look in your eyes for more than three seconds."

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    10 Things I Learned From Kimi ni Todoke

    These are 10 things that I have learned from Kimi ni Todoke, a heartwarming story about a shy, not-too-good-around-people girl named Kuronuma Sawako and the process of her breaking out of her shell.

    1. Be honest to yourself.
    2. Speak your truth. 
    3. Acknowledge and express your true feelings.
    4. Don't let the fear of getting rejected or hurt stop you from loving. 
    5. Know that you deserve to be happy.
    6. Only you have the power to change your own life.
    7. Be happy in whatever you are doing and give thanks for each experience.
    8. Have faith in your friends.
    9. Keep on being the best you can be.
    10. Enjoy each moment and smile.

    Kazehaya Shota and Kuronuma Sawako

      Friday, March 4, 2011

      Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 8

      Words cannot describe how much I love Kimi ni Todoke right now. Just when I was getting frustrated over the "misunderstandings" between Kazehaya and Kuronuma up until episode 7 of season 2, episode 8 comes around and smacks me right in the face. I thought I had already seen the best the show had to offer, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Episode 8 beats all the other episodes so far.

      I love the way Kazehaya, Kuronuma and the other characters respond to the situations they encounter in such a positive way. Kimi ni Todoke is definitely not your typical shojo anime. Although it covers the usual experiences of a high school student, it gives another perspective and adds depth where other shojo anime do not. Thank you Karuho Shiina for writing this inspiring manga. And thank you Hiro Kaburaki for directing the anime so well.

      Until episode 9 comes out, I leave you with these screenshots of Kazehaya looking at Kuronuma in episode 8:

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