ARIA

Posted June 25, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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For the time I spent whoring the internets and lurking in anime blogs, I never failed to see a good review of Aria The Animation and any of its iterations.

During those times, I chose to ignore Aria concluding that it’s “just another moe anime”… I was wrong.

Considering the story is intended for young schoolgirls, the show has a lot of adult fans as well. I usually see raves of this series mostly in good editorial type anime blogs, though there are also episode reviews in episodic anime blogs. At least it’s not in rabid fanboy blogs that is full of fanboy reviews.

What’s interesting is, even if the show drags in a very slow pace like the calm waters of Aqua, it’s not that boring. There’s always something interesting popping in every corner and in every episode. You get to see and feel how the characters and their relationships develop, and how they enjoy their lives in Aqua.

As the first season got licensed, I got the urge to see what Aria is all about. At first, my feelings and interest for the show was wavering. But as it went on, I grew fonder of the show and felt depressed at the end of the first and second seasons.

Now that the story recently came to a close, I really don’t feel like finishing ARIA the ORIGINATION, because it’s depressing to see good stories end.

Windows Classic

Posted May 30, 2008 by mjsnoozer
Categories: Computers, Random Blarrghs

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Yesterday, my professor brought his laptop in class. I saw his Windows classic GUI then I realized that same type of people sets up their desktop gui the same way, and the funny thing is… their desktop setup similarities are beyond coincidence.

Oh yeah… this what I observed within my school’s population, though I’m 75% sure it can apply to other PC users as well.

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GANTZ Phase 2: A Very Long Night

Posted May 19, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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I’m a fan of the GANTZ series, loved those service shots and its amount of gore… plus, it’s kinda fun hunting monsters every night with a powered-up suit with a neat set of weaponry and vehicles. It’s like playing a video game in insane mode, with one life.

Well, I’m not going into more details about GANTZ since It’s not really the main point of this post.

I think I started reading GANTZ around 2 years ago… started with 13 volumes in circulation, and following up the rest weekly in YJ. After that, it went into a break because Hiroya Oku needed to give way for “Me-Teru no Kimochi “. The second phase, started in November 22, 2006.

The Second phase started in Osaka Arc, where the group, (now with Kato as Lead and Kurono dead) was suddenly transported into Osaka where they meet another group of hunters. Then, blah blah moar explosions, moar killings, new hot girl character, f*cked up moments and new OMFG Weapons. And oh yeah, there’s this new IMBA guy and teh GANTZ Mecha.

Then, the drift is… remember how I said they do hunts every night?

They are still in Osaka scenario (which is only ONE night) for more than a f’n year! (Nov. 22, 2006 remember?)

Haha, that’s it… RILY

Spring, Summer etc.

Posted April 18, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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After days of worrying about my Class Cards, which I passed all of them. I can finally whore the internet anytime. But before that, I guess I should write a few things on what I was doing in the past few weeks.

As the earlier post said, I was stuck playing all of the Ace Attorney Games, aside from that, there’s a spin-off game featuring Miles Edgeworth that will be released sometime in the future.

School really wasn’t hectic this term, except that I spent more dilly-dallying than studying.

My PC was dead so was using teh slooooow laptop. even though Firefox 3 is not a whore anymore… Lappy is still sloooooow.

And I just finished most of my Spring offerings and and reviewed some series a few seasons back, and here are my thoughts. (really long lol)

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Ace Attorney Series

Posted April 3, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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This kept me from writing here in the last few weeks.

Ace Attorney, at first glance is a game that looks sucky but doesn’t turn out to be sucky at all… who wants to be a lawyer anyway?  In this game you play as someone that even lawyers hate, a lawyer with a murder case.

Casual gamers might find this boring due to being text-driven, and use of logic instead of reflexes.

There are a lot of interesting stuff I found in the Ace Attorney Series. First is, the English localization was quite interesting because the localization team put a lot of internet memes as references, ORLY and sparta to name a few.

Second, puns in the character’s names, which I will not explain here since you can find it in the internets.

Third, the story. each case can be seen as a story by itself, but you’ll later find out that it’s actually a piece of a very big picture.

Fourth, a legal system where the witness, the prosecutor or the judge is most likely the murderer.

Fifth, Cool Lawyer Artifacts and Powers. Phoenix’s Psyche-Locks and Apollo’s lie-detecting bracelet thingy.

Sixth, hot girls. except Wendy Oldbag.

Seventh, GAR Prosecutors. Edgeworth and Godot. except Payne that is.

Lastly, Gumshoe, Maya and Pearls antics.

Since I finally finished Apollo Justice a few days back, I guess I’ll play as a doctor now in Trauma Center. Intense Court Sessions, done. Intense Surgeries, here I come!

Shounen Romance Rules

Posted February 10, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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After writing those “Action “Shounen Rules, I am writing another part of the “shounen cliche” series: Shounen Romance. (Harem included)

Now, I think about it. Valentines is also coming up. So, this is a great topic for the season.

I really don’t know which series set the bars, but in my manga reading experience.. the oldest one I’ve read is I”s a great manga by Masakazu Katsura, and is the post header image.

Ok, I know this is not complete. I may have forgotten or doesn’t know some things, feel free to comment for corrections and/or additions.

Note: First draft is an emphasis to the characters first. Will add more in the near future.

Edit: Kinda started the plotlines part, and edited some of the grammar mistakes I can find.

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Golden Rules of “Action” Shounen anime/manga

Posted January 20, 2008 by mjsnoozer
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This is part one of my “shounen cliche” series. I already have Action Shounen and Shounen Romance, and I’m thinking of writing about Shounen Sports too.

I usually say shounen crap here, shounen crap there, just for the sake of argument, though I read some myself. (yes, I don’t watch) It’s just that I really don’t like those rabid fangirls that squeals here and squeal there saying <insert character here> is uber cool, not knowing why <this character> is cool and not even knowing what “uber” means.

Most of the anime/manga fans grew up with Dragonball or <insert action shounen series here> so, we all have “shounen action fan” blood with us.

But, most of current series are merely DBZ iterations or follows the DBZ formula or basic shounen anime rules. they just change the setting to ninjas, exorcists, basketball players, boxers etc.

I’m really not sure who set up the standards in action shounen, though in every angle it’s pretty much DragonBall.

So it turns out that Naruto is Goku that became a ninja and instead of his hair turning blond, (hey, his hair’s yellow in the first place) he grows tails instead, and BLEACH is just a fashionable DragonBall with swords, youkai instead of alien monkeys and random mexican terms.

Note that older action shounen series deviate from these rules btw. Most of them just follows a common enemy throughout the series, and instead of arcs, it is divided into generations. (sons, grandsons etc.) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Hokuto no Ken are examples. While others are in one goal per one or two episode format like City Hunter or Detective Conan. But old action shounen series can be classified as seinen this days due to their graphic nature. (Though some still mistake seinen series as shounen like Cowboy Bebop). So, how do we quickly differentiate Shonen and Seinen? Both has fanservice right? and of course boob shots in onsen or bath episodes.. check the boobs, if it has nipples it’s seinen, if there’s none it’s shonen.

Extra note: older series tend to do the one story per 1~3 episode format and does one big arc (4~up episode) as season/series enders.

Here are the rules I compiled, not entirely complete, but I guess most of it catches the basics. I provided examples from modern shounen series so that you can visualize it.

Edit: Cleaned the article because it’s sooooooo effin’ messy.

Another note: I increased my Shounen knowledge during my break and read a lot of popular and uncommon titles as well.

Moar notes: you must hate me for having lotsa notes.. but it looks like my layout is screwed in Firefox and IE. (I use Opera lol) some words are hidden in the background. If a sentence doesn’t make sense, there are usually words hiding on the far right though some are grammatical errors.

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