Monday, May 31, 2010

More Hot Anime Guys

It was a hard task selecting who would land a spot in my Top 10 Hottest Anime Guys list as I consider personality to be a key criterion in gauging hotness aside from good looks and a great body. And choosing only ten out of the many, many hot anime guys out there proved to be quite a challenge. Now to be fair to the other hot anime guys who didn't make it to my Top Ten, I have decided to feature another batch of ten hottest anime guys (in no particular order). And don't underestimate the hotness of these guys just because they're runners-up, they just might give you a nosebleed. ;)

Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
Ouran High School Host Club

Age: 18 years old
Height: 6'2"
Weight: ?
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Race: Human

Takashi Morinozuka or Mori, as his friends call him, is the strong, silent type and the girls in the Host Club love him for it. He doesn't say much, and this creates an air of mystery around him. Plus he's tall, dark and handsome.

Meet The Ouran Host Club

Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school, Ouran Academy. The Ouran Host Club is where the school's handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies who also have way too much time on their hands. Just think of it as Ouran Academy's elegant playground for the super rich and beautiful.

One. Good looks that attract the public eye.
Two. More wealth than you can imagine.
Three. Chivalry that will never be able to overlook...
...the hideous wickedness of this world.

That's what makes up the Ouran Host Club.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Quotes From The Hitachiin Twins, Ouran High School Host Club

The Hitachiin Twins

The Ouran Host Club's Hitachiin Twins Kaoru and Hikaru, who seem to take pleasure in making Tamaki Suoh jealous over Haruhi Fujioka, have some entertaining quotes between the two of them. Here are the most memorable ones:

To some Host Club clients:
Hikaru and Kaoru: "Let's all play the 'Which one is Hikaru?' game! ...So... can you tell which one of us is Hikaru? ...Many ladies have tried to tell us apart but so far none have succeeded!"

To Haruhi Fujioka after Haruhi commented about not understanding why Kaoru and Hikaru are so popular:
Kaoru: "Apparently you don't understand the merits of having a pair of twins as members of the Host Club."
Hikaru: "Listen up. Having a couple of good-looking guys with homosexual tendencies earns the club high points. It also helps that the two struggle between their attraction and their friendship."
Kaoru: "And in our case because we're twins our relationship is taboo and therefore more intriguing."
Hikaru: "And besides, who hasn't fantasized about twins? Having two loves is better than one, don't you think?"
Kaoru: "It's a young woman's romantic fantasy."

About themselves:
Kaoru: "We were always contradicting ourselves. We wanted to be told apart - We didn't want to be told apart. We wanted people to know us - We didn't want them to know. We were always looking for someone who would finally accept us. But there was no way that would ever happen, not as twisted as we were. We were so afraid of someone breaking through our barrier and hurting us, we kept a strong lock on our hearts to protect ourselves."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Quotes From Kyoya Ootori, Ouran High School Host Club

Kyoya Ootori

Kyoya Ootori, vice-president of the Ouran Host Club and club president Tamaki Suoh's best friend, is probably mainly responsible for the Host Club's success due to his pragmatism and skill when it comes to handling finances. And he is also very intelligent and incredibly witty, which makes him the perfect specimen for gathering quotes. Here are the most memorable ones:

To the president of the Ouran Newspaper Club who was out to get the Host Club's president Tamaki Suoh:
“Let me explain it to you in terms you can understand. You would do well to remember that the Ootori group and the Hitachiin family alone own enough stock to remove your father from his position as President of the Komatsuzawa Publishing Firm. However, we would never do something like that. We are not like you. What we strive for is fundamentally different."

To the Hitachiin twins when they begged him to do something about Renge Houshakuji's plan to spice up the character backgrounds of the Host Club boys:
"Why? It seems like the boss is up for it... Let's just wait and see how things turn out. I bet it'll be interesting. It always is."

Upon being woken up by Tamaki and the other Host Club boys so they could all go to a "commoner" expo:
“For your information, I was up until 5 a.m. you morons, which if you hadn't noticed makes me a little less than happy about being woken up... Okay, enough with the commoner shtick. If you formulaic halfwits feel like wasting all afternoon on worn out old clich├ęs, go right ahead and suit yourselves.”

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quotes From Tamaki Suoh, Ouran High School Host Club

Tamaki Suoh

Tamaki Suoh, founder and president of the Ouran Host Club, may seem like a naive idiot most of the time, but nuggets of wisdom worthy of being quoted and others not so wise but still worthy to be quoted do come out of his mouth at unexpected moments. Here are the most memorable ones:

To Haruhi Fujioka the first time Haruhi, an exceptional honor student who got into Ouran Academy on a scholarship, stumbled into the music room where the Host Club holds its meetings:
"You're a hero to other poor people, Fujioka. You've shown the world that even a poor person can excel at an elite private academy. It must be hard for you to constantly be looked down upon by others... Spurned, neglected, but that doesn't matter now. Long live the poor! We welcome you, poor man, to our world... of beauty!"
To Haruhi Fujioka about his helping her search for her wallet in the school pond:
"A little water never hurt anyone. Besides, people are always telling me that I'm dripping with good looks."

To Mitsukuni Haninozuka about Mitsukuni's denying his love for sweets and cute stuff and acting tough in order to meet other people's expectations of him as the next head of the Haninozuka martial arts clan: 
“Do you think you could tell me what true strength is?  I may be out of line, but hiding your true self and putting on airs doesn’t seem any different than running away to me. I would think that embracing the things you truly like and being able to enjoy them is worth more than anything. To just be yourself… I believe that’s what true strength really is.”

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weiss Kreuz (Knight Hunters) Anime Summary and Review

(Warning: This post may contain spoilers.)

I had started to watch Weiss Kreuz today but didn't get past the third of twenty-five episodes. I couldn't get over the really bad voice acting. Yes, the English dub sounded terrible but I hate having to read subs so it's bye-bye Weiss Kreuz a.k.a. Knight Hunters. Then again I probably would've at least given subs a chance if the story was really good. But it wasn't. It felt forced and the events seemed too contrived. I don't know... it just didn't "flow".

From what I gathered from the first two episodes, Weiss Kreuz is about a group of assassins for hire. These assassins, all men of different "genres", cover up their activities by being florists during the day. (I say "genres" because it feels like they intentionally engineered each guy to appeal to a different group of viewers - there's the innocent young boy, the older somewhat apathetic man, the seemingly emotionless guy who also happens to wield a sword ala samurai, and the generic one you don't notice too much.) All the girls in the neighborhood swoon and fawn over them because they're so handsome and cute, and they have no idea that these guys are really assassins. How's that for contrived? Then there are the events that unfold...

The samurai guy visits a mystery lady friend in the hospital where a little girl mistakes him for her brother who she hasn't seen for some time, and later on the samurai guy discovers that this girl's brother has been killed by the man they were ordered to assassinate. This lady friend he had visited in the hospital was a victim of a hit and run and the samurai guy happened to see the face of the man in the car that hit her. Later on he happened to stumble into that man on an unrelated assignment. Too many "coincidences" for my taste.

The only good thing I could find about the anime is that the main characters are hot guys, which is such a waste really. I would not recommend watching Weiss Kreuz unless you find yourself totally bored with absolutely nothing better to watch.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gungrave Anime Summary and Review

(Warning: This post may contain spoilers.)

I finished watching Gungrave today, and I liked it. Oh, the ending was beautiful... so heartbreakingly beautiful I brushed away tears from my eyes and forgave the gaudy outfit and ludicrous name of Beyond The Grave, the anime's main protagonist. I also found the final episode of the anime quite artistic, almost poetic. And then there was the fact that almost all of the characters were men, with the two main ones being hot as hell. Oh, I liked it indeed!

The story of Gungrave begins in the middle, with the resurrection of Brandon Heat whose name is now Beyond The Grave and his fight with his best friend Harry MacDowell who is also the current leader of the crime syndicate known as Millennion. Then the story goes back to Brandon's youth and follows him and Harry as they rose from being petty thieves to the top of the biggest crime syndicate of all, and details the events that led to their falling out and Harry's eventual betrayal.

There were some instances in the anime where I would get annoyed at Brandon for being such a loyal obedient puppy. But in the end, that was what made him stand out. I would have preferred him to talk more though. He was always so silent. Well, I guess it was supposed to make him seem mysterious and sexy... and it kind of worked to some degree.

The fight scenes were good, although at times I wondered how so little people could get hit with so much gunfire going on. There was blood and violence, but not so much as to make you want to puke. Overall, I would recommend giving Gungrave a look over. It was quite entertaining.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Backing Up My Anime Collection

I was organizing my anime collection and getting ready to create back ups for it last weekend, and I realized that I had filled almost 500GB of my hard drive with anime even after deleting the ones that I didn't want to keep. Can you imagine how many DVDs that is? More than a hundred! I'm going to need more than one hundred DVDs to back up my entire anime collection! Furthermore... At an estimated burning time of ten minutes per DVD, it's going to take about sixteen hours to finish backing up my whole collection! Oh... my... god! Of course, I can always just back it up on an external hard drive (I think copying files from hard disk to hard disk would be faster than burning them onto a DVD), but lately I've been hearing quite a few people saying that their external hard drives conked out and they've lost all of their data. And I've read that DVDs are more reliable. Anyway, I better get started on it as soon as possible. I've already divided each title into folders of less than 4.4GB each which is the capacity of a standard DVD. Now I just need to buy one hundred blank discs and I'll be all set to burn, baby, burn!
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