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After School Merch Unboxing

Back to school after holidays, and the stress is starting to sink in with assessment notices already. New timetables too, which is always exciting…awesome days where I finish after two or so lessons (not as awesome as a mate who finishes at 9:05am…) and some terrible days with 5 hour gaps between lessons. Anyway, after all the back to school fuss on a hot 38 degree Celsius day, I arrived home to the long awaited AmiAmi shipment in which would be my long awaited (and delayed) Hitagi GSC figure! That’s my one item in this box :P the rest belongs to Roger and another friend.

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Two more weeks is not enough! >.<’

Well into the latter half of the summer holidays here in Australia, and I’m not keen for school starting at all! Friends and cousins of mine who are at uni (and enjoying their longer summer break) tell me to cherish these high school days and enjoy them as much as I can… They say university work is so much harder. While I don’t doubt that in the slightest, at least they (mostly) get to study subjects they enjoy. I just hope highschool flies by quickly and then I can enjoy the social life of university that I’m so envious of at the moment.

First up, stuff about anime and such (get the stuff readers want covered before I go on a rant). I will not be providing episode by episode coverage on this new season unlike my attempt last season. However, I will provide comments within each blog post.

Here’s my remixed song I forgot to embed last time:

So far in this season’s anime offering, I have watched Gosick, Level E, Freezing, Beelzebub, Infinite Stratos and Kore wa Zombie desu ka. Once I finish the last 5 episodes of Samurai Champloo I’ll check out some of the others (Fractale, Puella Magi Madoka Magica). By the way, Samurai Champloo is badass; epic fights, interesting characters, quality production and lots of fantastic laughs. Out of the 6 new anime I have started, my favourite is definitely Level E. It has the humour and a fairly good sci-fi set up, and even potential light romance. It’s absurdity has a slight tinge of Arakawa in it, which is definitely a plus. My close second favourite is Gosick, simply because it looks to be a decent mystery series, and I’m loving the adorable costumes! Next up would be Beelzebub and Kore wa Zombie… tied. They both are action shounen series, both filled to the brim with craziness, but stylistically different. I’m hoping Infinite Stratos turns out well, as I’m quite a big fan of mecha series. So far, I’m having a hard time seeing the ‘mecha’ aspect behind all the clichéd harem. Freezing, an ecchi action flick with female warriors (akin to Claymore) almost had me turn it off and drop it completely due to its dull nature and 4:3 aspect ratio, but the ending gave a glimmer of interest. Nothing special, and not some super ecchi; but a wimpy boy causing trouble…once again akin to Claymore. So basically, this season is a fair bit better than I expected.

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As you might have gathered, I love all sorts of genres: from typical boy stuff to the cheesiest romance. On a somewhat related note, I watched Disney’s Tangled today, and absolutely loved it. I’ll rate it 8.5/10, with marks taken off for some plot weaknesses/lack of smoothness and the fact that it doesn’t do anything new. It takes a classic fairytale and does a top-notch adaptation for modern audiences. Recently I also saw the renowned The King’s Speech, which is one of the highest quality films I’ve seen. It does basically everything well; 9.5/10. I’m not giving it a ten, but depending on my reaction when I see it again, I just might. What makes me say that is it’s not one of my personal favourites…Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction are examples of tens from me.

It seems I have already hit 500 words, so now I’ll move on to my holidays which I know you are keen to hear about. Since last post, I’ve attended a failed Lord of the Rings movie marathon (people lost patience and decided to watch Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy instead), moved to a smaller room and worked a total of one shift. I really hope that job hunt reaps some results soon!

As you can see, this is my new room. Getting the bed to fit right into that spot there was quite a hassle. We measured it and thought ‘hey, this will fit perfectly!’. But deep down in my pessimistic soul, I know things always sound too good to be true. Turns out, the bed was approximately 2 centimetres too long which logically followed with my dad saying: ‘let’s cut off the bevel from the wall!’. Using my exceptional Year 9 and 10 industrial technology skills, I quickly advised him to cut the leg of the beg to form a sort of support ‘joint’ with the wall bevel (see bottom left of photo). After a bit of time and a bit more sweat and blood, I’m happy to say that it turned out quite well! XD

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Oreimo episode 7, mainly just screenshots

Sorry guys, I’ve had quite a lot going on recently so I haven’t been able to write up several posts. Also, I’m afraid I will be dropping episode by episode blogging on Bakuman. Mainly because I don’t really have the time for it, but also because out of the three I find it the most disappointing. That’s a personal opinion and I’m sure many of you love it (especially those who haven’t read the manga).

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Okay, back to Oreimo episode 7. From the rest of the series and what’s happened so far, we can notice a pattern going on: the series is damn good. Each episode manages to provide character development (or at least hints of it) and hilarious situations. Crossing the halfway point for the series, this episode has Kyousuke in for a little surprise at the beginning.

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We get all the joy of watching arguments between Kirino and her good friend ‘Kuroneko’. Always good to watch the two otaku fight XD.

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Also quite refreshing to reflect back on your own past heated otaku discussions!

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The World God Only Knows ep6: “I’m Ordinary?”

Sorry guys, I seem to have forgotten about this. Shame on me for putting Mass Effect 2, homework and Kaichou wa Maid-sama before my own blog :P along with random trips to IKEA and Officeworks to hunt for a new leather chair…anyway….

The second episode in the Kanon arc is here (a few days ago :P ) and it seems there will be a third, as the pink-haired idol is yet to be conquered. Soon after the episode begins, Keima who is by now the best pick-up artist in the world, uncovers the secrets behind the pop star and works out what makes her tick. After her disappearance last episode, everything is revealed and Keima initiates his strategic approach to win a place in her heart. It doesn’t seem all that hard at first, as she was the one who approached him first this time.

We are shown through the tough schedule Kanon faces, with photo-shoots, drama filming, fan service, interviews and concerts consuming her life, days on end. In the midst of all that, Kanon still manages to think of Keima constantly as the one who paid no attention to her despite her high-profile nature and looks that demand attention from everyone.

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Bakuman Episode 6: “Carrot and Stick”

Last episode cut us off right when the editor Hattori of ‘Jack’ answers Takagi and Mashiro’s phone call about their first ever manga submission, at the mere age of fourteen. We are now introduced into the world of editors, publishers and the relationships between them and the mangaka. In this episode, though we once again do not see Eiji or even Kaya, which is a bit disappointing, we are introduced to Hattori the editor. I was looking forward to this due to the fact that Hattori is a pretty cool guy, and for the most part he lives up to what he appeared to be in the manga. However, I personally am not too fond of the seiyuu voice as I had imagined his voice to be rather different. It kinda sucks when things like that happens, but I guess it’s not as bad as a complete defecation of the character in certain novel/manga-to-film adaptations (lol Hollywood…).

After their conversation with the editor of ‘Yueisha’ (copyright issues again I see :P ) the duo get quite excited, yet at the same time extremely nervous. Rushing back to their proudly completed debut work, they once again had negative thoughts about each of their own contributions yet adhering to their promise of not commenting on the other’s side.

This episode has a few nice touches including some flashback insight into Takagi’s past, which definitely helps the series with the character development it provides. Another interesting scene would be the reading of the duo’s Two Earths manga.

The episode also closes with a bang, a little something I had already forgotten…which is good! Ah, it’s quite cute XD

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