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

Holidays, hopefully a good break

Today marked my freedom for the next two or so weeks, with the completion of my final exam of this term. Most people had finished last week, but my assessment schedule was spread out with week long gaps strung throughout. Essentially, I’ve already had a decent break. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Cleaned room about four or five times
  • Watched anime
  • Drew a picture
  • Set my goal for university course
  • Put my soft toys around the room
  • Got a poster with fifteen penguins from IKEA and framed it
  • Framed a Totoro puzzle
  • Had band practice
  • Moved this website to where it is now

As most of my views for my blog  (almost all of them actually) which are from people I don’t know in real life are of posts about anime/technology, I’ll talk about that, since the point of a blog is to get a decent number of views! XD

I’m planning on watching Ouran High School Host Club, Vampire Knight, Phantom, Darker Than Black 2, Break Blade movies and finishing the now overly ecchi Highschool of the Dead. Ouran and Vampire Knight have been on my list for aaaaages, but I never got around to watching/finishing them yet (actually, I managed to stop Vampire Knight at episode 8 a few months back). Highschool of the Dead became a bit too ecchi for my liking, but I’ll finish it off nonetheless as there are only 3 episodes left for me. My friends have told me that Darker Than Black season 2 is pretty decent, except for the ending…which I was told to skip completely (don’t know how that’s possible :P ) . Phantom should be good.

Also, Japan’s Fall 2010 season of anime has started, with many of the series set to kick off in the coming weeks.

The list is quite big, but to me it seems many are quite mediocre. Of those 30 series, I’ll be keeping an eye on:

  • Bakuman: being the only manga I follow, I will definitely watch this. Hopefully it delivers and lives up to the manga! Remember, its BakuMAN, not BakuGAN (the childish thingy)
  • Star Driver: I’ll just be taking a look, since its by BONES (hopefully it won’t disappoint me like Heroman did)
  • The World God Only Knows: My friend is in love with the manga, and I trust his judgement!
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge S2: Enjoyed season 1 a lot, and I’m definitely up for another season of silly random comedy
  • Index s2: Only halfway through the first season, so if I finish that, I’ll probably go onto season two…if I like it enough :P
  • Miyanishi Tatsuya Gekijou: Omae Umasou da na: This isn’t on that list up there, but it looks childish enough for an adolescent teen to enjoy somewhat!
    • Synopsis: “A Tyrannosaurus called Heart was raised by a herbivorous dinosaur. As he grew up, he was scared by other dinosaurs. One day, Heart meets a baby Ankylosaurus and he names the baby “Umasou (looks delicious)”. Umasou started to be attached to Heart and a strange family love develops between the two”

Needless to say, if some of the ones I ignored completely turn out to be well received by the community, I will have to take a closer look.

Regarding buying stuff, I am considering starting up my figurine collection, which is now comprised of  just a few Gundams (Exia, Virtue from Gundam 00). Fairly soon, I will probably be the proud owner of an Azusa nendoroid (Azu-nyaaaan!!!) and Hitagi figure by GSC. Also, I’m considering the Tomoyo WAVE figure, which is now further discounted at AmiAmi…which is another $50 or so. Hmmmmmmm….deciding what to buy is so nerve-wracking! ARGH!!! I probably should be using this money to save up for something like an amplifier or another EMG pickup…

Anyway, I’m off to play some Zelda: Windwaker. I never got around to finishing that game, and thought: why not do so in my holidays!


Winter Holidays!