Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I love I said before I read anything from tabloid to thesaurus and everything in between you can imagine. 

 After reading so many stories, yes, especially reading stories, I thought Ending doesn't matter anymore. 

In Book. Novel. Manga. or Comics.
When I was young, my rule in reading is to know the final verdict or the so called ending. I'm so excited and always looking forward on ending, that's is why I read every novel in one sitting. Of course it always made my day if its turn out 'happily ever after ending' (that's  usually what I hope for). Then I matured a little, I became focus on the events, scenes or in the story itself rather than the ending. It doesn't matter if it has a tragic or happy ending. What matter's most is how it was beautifully written by the author. How the author made me react in every scenario and played with my emotions. I laughed, cried, scared, nervous, screamed, happy, or sad,   and that the real fun of reading. 

However today, I am a bit different, I stopped reading a book when I reached the climax (what climax???!!) of the story, well I guess after the climax, or the problem was settled. I'm good. I can drop it already. And I always did. 

My attitude of 'ending doesn't matter anymore' got a notch higher this time. I realized that I pick every novel because of the premise, plot or conflict that made me intrigue  and how the character will solve the problems and face their challenges. Then after all things had been said and done and after the characters react and solve their problems, for me nothing else matter. Yes, nothing else matter, everything will be all right. I don't have to read the next chapter. 

Well maybe I just don't like endings or goodbyes so I'll leave it like that. I stop reading after all the issues were solved and everyone(characters) were fine. Next volume and chapters after the resolution would only be supplementary, a sequel, and a never ending story to satisfy the readers. But for me -

 I'm satisfied in a well written plot. No matter how cliche the plot is, if it's well written then it is a million worth reading.   

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

When I'm not spazzing over Kdramas, or spacing out over anime, you can surely find me in my library reading mangas/manwhas (my virtual library, where all good e-books also have virtual dusts because left unread and untouched -tsk) . And now! I'm currently hooked over this shoujo manga titled - DENGEKI DAISY!!

Dengeki Daisy 

Author and artist : Motomi Kyousuke
Status in Japan: Ongoing - 14 Volumes
Scanslation Status: Ongoing

Summary :

"If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting... time after time."

It follows a story of Teru, a smart girl who lives alone with a cellphone
and a contact with "Daisy"as a memento from her late older brother. She communicate with "Daisy" through cellphone and Teru finds "Daisy" as her security blanket and often emails what is going on with her everyday life. On the other hand, through an unexpected incident, Teru ends up working with the weird and delinquent school janitor slash programmer, Tasuku Kurosaki, who comes up and treats her as a slave. 

Manga Sneak peak
credits to  Motomi Kyousuke and Scan Groups: Ochibichan, Mabushii Scanlations, S2scans 

The story goes on and eventually, this two, seems closer than before. So after reading this short sneak peak you end up questioning yourself, who is DAISY? What happens to Teru and Kurosaki?

Well, you're lucky because you can read and download this Manga here at Manga Traders: Dengeki Daisy
Other download link: Dengeki Daisy at MediaFire

Inked with Love and Passion,

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Though I missed it, I was so thrilled when I first heard of this new film of Mr Miyazaki's!
The Wind Rises is an adaptation of Miyazaki's most recent color comic as well as a novel by Tatsuo Hori, about the man who designed the Zero Fighter airplane which was used in World War II.

Watch its trailer only here at  The Wind Rises (1st Japanese trailer)
and The Wind Rises trailer 
"When I write music, I read the script again and again until I find the most touching point." - Joe Hisaishi

Born in Nakano, Japan, he started violin lessons aged 5. He attended Kunitachi College of Music in 1969 and studied music composition. After graduating, he worked with many contemporary musicians and explored his own musical styles.

Hisaishi is best known for his collaborations with Hayao Miyazaki's animation. In 1983, when Hisaishi met the director Miyazaki, they collaborated on the animation, Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, which was a huge hit. They became friends since then and he composed most of the scores for his Miyazaki's films, such as Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. He composed more than 100 film musical scores!

For Hisaishi, composing music for films depends on two things: One is to understand the script, the other is to understand the director's sense of rhythm.

"Different directors will have different tempos for a certain scene," he explains.

Just like every Miyazaki's fan, I have come to know Hisaishi in Studio Ghibli's animation. His music gives life to every film and he is also behind every animation's success. 

"Animated films require much more detailed musical elements because the characters' facial expressions are less vivid. I need to add colorful music to reflect their characters," he says.

Though I like his works even outside anime I am still leaning towards to my all time favorite and considered it the best - Spirited Away soundtracks.

Be mesmerized in his works year after year after year only here at : Joe Hisaishi Works.   

Thursday, July 25, 2013

After blogging since February last year, I have now four followers!!
Waaaah!! Thank You two moons for following me...

and to all who followed this blog E.Ryan.,Mark, and Kenn,

I have now four! F-O-U-R!!! FOUR! again Four! 

Kamsahamnida..Arigato Guzaimasu..HUHUHU.
It may sounds pathetic, funny, weird,
I really make it sound funny but I'm so happy...
and feel grateful.

So how about you,want to follow me?


These people are the ones who tried to take my name tag.. /tremble tremble ㅠ.ㅠ -



Source: @krungy21
Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara 

Whatever style and color.

 Dara will always, I mean it, look young and beautiful and gorgeous and hot all the time. 

credits to the rightful owner of images

 2NE1's comeback this month looks palm-y, summer-y and I feel a reggae-ish vibe from it but (what do I know?!) you know Kpop… teaser images will probably fail you.

And I love the color. - Orange!

Dispatch via Naver

So who's that new gorgeous blonde in town? 

Dara @ 2NE1's music video for Falling in Love.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

“(This movie is) for the people who used to be ten years old and the people who are going to be ten years old.” – Hayao Miyazaki  

Spirited Away is a story of a young girl, who was lost in the world of spirits and her adventure in this magical world change her from a sullen and immature child into a fine young girl.

This is my all time favorite of Miyazaki's film and I am not going to review this movie because I know that it has been reviewed zillion times of those people better than I am, from bloggers/film lovers to professional movie critique and this film has nothing but tons of praises for its perfection.  When I first saw this film I was amazed by its unique story and magical spirits. But seeing it almost everyday, because of my 2 year old niece,who loves to watch this movie over and over and over and over again, it never ceased to make me awe. 

Each time I watch it there is a gem, I pay attention not only on the story but its elements, from rich detailed background to musical scores. Each corner of every frame is all drawn by meticulous loving hand. This is truly a masterpiece beyond compare.
Detailed art background
Musical scores of Spirited Away was composed and conducted by Miyazaki's regular collaborator and award winning musical director,composer, and  conductor, Joe Hisaishi, and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic.

Each music is calming and soothing to the soul. Maybe I am crazy but every time I'm in a long travel, I always played the "Sixth Station", the background song in the train to Geneva's house. I never get bored in my journey but instead I love every passing moment and it feels like I'm in the train too... in spirits world! How magnificent music can be. Music can be therapeutic, emotional, inspiring, and healing. It can even change your mood and setting in no time! I even played the whole album!    

OST Tracklist

One Summer's Day (あの夏へ, Ano Natsu e)
Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)
A Road to Somewhere (とおり道, Toori Michi)
The Empty Restaurant (誰もいない料理店, Dare mo Inai Ryōriten)
Nighttime Coming (夜来る, Yoru Kuru)
The Dragon Boy (竜の少年, Ryū no Shōnen)
Sootballs (ボイラー虫, Boirā Mushi)
Procession of the Spirits (神さま達, Kamisama-tachi)
Yubaba (湯婆婆)
Bathhouse Morning (湯屋の朝, Yuya no Asa)
Day of the River (あの日の川, Ano Hi no Kawa)
It's Hard Work (仕事はつらいぜ, Shigoto wa Tsuraize)
The Stink Spirit (おクサレ神, Okusaregami)
Sen's Courage (千の勇気, Sen no Yūki)
The Bottomless Pit (底なし穴, Sokonashi Ana)
Kaonashi (No Face) (カオナシ, Kaonashi)
The Sixth Station (6番目の駅, Roku Banme no Eki)
Yubaba's Panic (湯婆婆狂乱, Yubaba Kyōran)
The House at Swamp Bottom (沼の底の家, Numa no Soko no Ie)
Reprise (ふたたび, Futatabi)
The Return (帰る日, Kaeru Hi)
Always With Me (いつも何度でも, Itsumo Nando demo)
Youmi Kimura (木村弓)

It also has an additional Image Album tracklist with 10 songs and I am so proud to say that I have a copy of these 2 albums.

Image Album track list

  1. Ano Hi no Kawa e (あの日の川へ, lit. To that Days' River) – Umi (3:54)
  2. Yoru ga Kuru (夜が来る, lit. Night is Coming) – Joe Hisaishi (4:25)
  3. Kamigami-sama (神々さま, lit. Gods) – Shizuru Otaka (3:55)
  4. Yuya (油屋, lit. Bathhouse) – Tsunehiko Kamijō (3:56)
  5. Fushigi no Kuni no Jyūnin (不思議の国の住人, lit. The People in Wonderland) – Joe Hisaishi (3:20)
  6. Samishii samishii (さみしいさみしい, lit. Lonely lonely) – Monsieur Kamayatsu (3:41)
  7. Solitude (ソリチュード, Sorichūdo) – Rieko Suzuki and Hiroshi Kondo (3:49)
  8. Umi (, lit. The Sea) – Joe Hisaishi (3:22)
  9. Shiroi Ryū (白い竜, lit. White Dragon) – Rikki (3:33)
  10. Chihiro no Waltz (千尋のワルツ, Chihiro no Warutsu, Chihiro's Waltz) – Joe Hisaishi (3:20)
As I watched this film again, I was spellbound as much as by any film I consider great. With this, I want to say my gratitude to Mr. Joe Hisaishi and Mr. Hayao Miyazaki for their passion, love, and generosity. 

With all my heart, Thank you for this wonderful gift.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

 Let’s take a minute to appreciate Kazuo Oga, the painter who helped create the forest in Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro.

These are the stunning and beautiful art backgrounds by Kazuo Oga on each animation film of Hayao Miyazaki. You could lost in every art piece. Kazuo Oga (男鹿 和雄 Oga Kazuo, born 29 February 1952 in Akita Prefecture, Japan) is an art director and background artist for many Madhouse Studio and Studio Ghibli anime films, Oga worked with major directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Osamu Dezaki. He also published two artbooks and directed a short animated film. (Wikipedia)

 Together with musical scores playing on the background. I considered every piece to be heart-warming, thought-provoking, and worth reflecting upon. These background musics, are my companion in my search for tranquility and peace of mind. The music gives me rest and serves as a reminder of a lot of things. This is a wonderful playlist, heartwarming, heals your soul, and as if you're in a beautiful world.  It's my background song whatever I do and whenever I am.

Songs used in the video:
Album - Title
Piano Stories Best '88-'08 - A Merry-go-round of Life Piano Solo Ver
Piano niyoru Anime Eiga Shudaika-shu - Ai wa hana kimi wa sono tane
A Wish to the Moon with 9 Cellists - Kaze no Torimichi (The Path of Wind) (from My Neighbour Totoro) []
Piano niyoru Anime Eiga Shudaika-shu - Kimi wo nosete (from Castle in the Sky)
Piano niyoru Anime Eiga Shudaika-shu - Meguru kisetsu (from Kiki s Delivery Service)
A Wish to the Moon with 9 Cellists - One Summer's Day (from Spirited Away) []
Hisaishi Meets Miyazaki Films - Princesse Mononoke - Ashitaka And San
Hisaishi Meets Miyazaki Films - Princesse Mononoke - Theme Song
Piano niyoru Anime Eiga Shudaika-shu - Toki ni wa mukashi no hanashi wo (from Porco Rosso)
Piano niyoru Anime Eiga Shudaika-shu - Tonari no totoro (from My Neighbour Totoro)

 credits to the rightful owners

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lately I've been hooked on anime movies and series as my source of entertainment. Though there's certain things that do bug me, such as obvious plot twists, dry jokes and over-exaggerated characters, there are still things that I thoroughly appreciate - which may be why I have watched nothing but children anime for (roughly) 6 weeks.

These are the animes that I've finished in a span of 6 weeks.

Cardcaptor Sakura
Genres: comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
70 Episodes
Plot Summary:
Cardcaptor Sakura begins when ten-year-old fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards called Clow Cards from the Clow Book, created and named after half-English, half-Chinese sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own personality and characteristics and can assume alternate forms when activated. The guardian Beast of the Seal Cerberus emerges from the book and tells her it is now her responsibility to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it to seal it away.

Aren't we all love Sakura and watch her capturing each Clow card and falling in love with Li Shauran? If you want heart-warming, uplifting mahou shoujo goodness, then Card Captor Sakura, being at the pinnacle of its genre, should not be missed. It provides some excellent set-pieces and mature themes, takes you on a serious adventure, and leaves you feeling like a thoroughly entertained child - I mean - adult.
Continuation of this series is on its 2nd movie:Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie 2: The Sealed Card

Genres: comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
167 Episodes
Plot Summary:
This anime series tells the story of a 15-year-old girl named Kagome who gets sucked through a portal in her backyard and finds herself in a fanciful version of feudal Japan full of demons and magic. In this new world, she finds that she is the chosen bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel with great spiritual power.The jewel, however, has shattered into countless pieces which must all be collected. Through a series of confusing events, Kagome releases the legendary half-demon InuYasha, the enemy of her ancestor, from his imprisonment in a tree. He makes an unlikely partner for Kagome, but even still, the two will now travel together, despite not getting along particularly well, so that Kagome can collect fragments of the magic jewel. Others friends such as Miroku the priest and Shippou the fox-demon join the two in their travels to help Kagome find the jewel shards and to keep her and InuYasha from killing each other.
Watch online Inuyasha

Inuyasha The Final Act 
26 Episodes
Plot Summary: The story continues from the last moment saw on Inuyasha's original anime. Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, Miroku and Shippou are now in the definitive quest to beat Naraku and the evil he has created and absorved, they don't lose hope since their future depends on it, but the path isn't easy nor short so they will go trough life threatening situations and must put their friendship and love on the line with wisdom to know who their friends and foes are to succeed.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 
Genres: Action, Demons, Shounen, Supernatural
2 Season (52 episodes)
Rikuo Nura, is 3 parts human and a quarter Demon, lives in a house of spirits with his grandfather, The current clan head of the Nura youkai. Rikou is set to be the next clan head, despite the fact he dislike his demon side. He soon come to terms with his demon blood and decides to take his position as young master of the Nura house. However there are those who will certainly not allow it to be easy.
Watch online Nura:Rise of the Yokai Clan

Gakuen Alice (Alice Academy) 
Genres: Comedy, Magic, School, Shoujo
26 Episodes
Plot Summary: In a small country school, Sakura Mikan and Imai Hotaru are classmates and best friends - in their own way. Ditzy, emotional Mikan seems ill-matched with aloof, emotionless Hotaru, yet they are together all the time... until Hotaru gets called away to study at the strange and forbidding Alice Academy. In her anguish at being left behind, Mikan finally decides to follow her friend - and doing so, she makes a strange discovery.

Fruits Basket 
Genres: comedy, drama, romance, supernatural,demons
26 Episodes
Plot Summary: Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo and 27 year old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family (both close and distant) hold a curse; if they are hugged by the opposite gender, they transform into animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Everyday is an adventure for sweet Tohru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyo), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Sohma Family curse is certainly no laughing matter... it also holds horrible cruelity and heartbreak.
Watch online Fruits Basket

Ouran High School Host Club
 Genres: comedy, drama, romance, slice of life
26 Episodes
Plot Summary: Haruhi is a poor tomboyish student at a school for the ultra-wealthy, able to attend because of a scholarship, and unable to even afford a uniform. One day, she stumbles across the decidedly peculiar but very popular Ouran Host Club. She tries to leave, but accidentally breaks a vase, and unable to pay for it, she's told that she'll have to stay and do odd jobs. That is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a club member. Not realizing she's female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She's an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being average almost to a fault, doesn't know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
Watch online  Ouran High School Host Club

Skip Beat!
 Genres: comedy, drama, psychological, romance, supernatural
25 Episodes
Plot Summary: Kyoko followed her true love and childhood friend Sho to Tokyo so she could help him reach his dream of becoming an idol. She cleans, cooks, works three jobs and does nothing for herself because she loves him so much, but gets nothing in return. Still, she remains by his side. But then one day she goes unannounced to his agency with a delivery, and overhears him talking about her; he reveals to his manager that he only took her with him as a maid, and that he doesn't care for her at all. Upon hearing this, Kyoko doesn't just sit around and cry. She cuts and dyes her hair, changes her clothes and attitude and thus begins her journey to join showbiz and have her revenge against Sho.
Watch online Skip Beat

Genres: comedy, romance, slice of life, school life
25 Episodes
Plot Summary:Despite Ryūji Takasu's gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryūji goes to school and is happy to find that he gets to be in the same class as his best friend Yūsaku Kitamura and crush Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into "the school's most dangerous animal of the highest risk level" — Taiga Aisaka — who just happens to also be in his class, and is a good friend of Minori.
 Watch online Toradora!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama 
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
27 Episodes
Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment. Training, studying and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid cafe in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular and somewhat impassive Usui Takumi takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.
 Watch online  Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)
(Still watching)
Genres: Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
43 Episodes
Onizuka is an ex-biker and gang leader who has one goal, to become the greatest teacher. He learns of the power and respect possible as an intern teacher, using his strength and connections to get his students to respect him. Now, graduated, he gets a job at a prestigious private school to handle their 'problem class' that made the past few teachers quit. He must handle a different sort of trouble when the trouble makers include some of the smartest kids in Japan who prefer a more cerebral approach to torturing their teacher. Onizuka must slowly win his students over and deal with their mistrust of teachers while handling the distrust of his fellow teachers.

Next in my anime watch list and I'll try to watch and reminiscence if I have time and write a review of these animes .
  • Akazukin Chacha, 
  • Magic Knight Rayearth, 
  • Yaiba
  • Vampire Knight 
  • Hell Teacher Nube
  • Clannad
  • FullMetal Panic
  • Hana yori Dango
  • Midori Days
  • Evangelion
  • The Vision of Escaflowne
I also started watching full high school life animes, which at start got me bored and dozed off because of no bloody-heart stopping-rising adrenaline-fight scenes, but later on I've come to love it. I can relate to every female in this types of stories where girls are having fluttering love of high school/jr. high,  when kissing and holding hands could still make us blush and later realize the real aspect of what we called love. Add the freaking fun side of every characters who always make me laugh and in my enthusiasm I downloaded some of its lovely sound track and opening/ending song.

The best thing about the anime are the straight forward fights and easy to follow storyline.The reason I watch anime is it just sends me to a whole different world where possibilities are endless. Also, some shows really do inspire me and motivates me to get back into things that I dropped before. Like inline skating, when I started watching Cardcaptor Sakura it inspires me to try skating again (though skating was only a part of Sakura's routine to school).Learn to skate was my dream when I was a kid well, watching CCS really inspired and motivated me to go above and beyond. Like I'm really starting to challenge myself and skate - wherein I've always thought were too hard for me to learn.

A lot of shows are just awesome because they show people that something that people might think is impossible to accomplish, but the truth is, its possible to do if you just work at it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I've been looking for ghost stories (locally and internationally) for entertainment purposes and to share it with my friends and office mates when I discovered this Korean comic ghost story. It really touched my nerve. I've read that it has been reposted a zillion times on Facebook and message boards everywhere.

The first hit on Korean Horror comic is "SHERDOG", an MMA forum, netizens,including me are looking and reading.

Enjoy! Just click and scroll down.Read and make sure the speakers are on! 

You can read this on the link below
Korean Original Version
English Version

Monday, July 01, 2013

For the past few weeks, I was so busy with my new life style (Veganism), my new sport (Inline skating), my new diet (again?) and reading reviews of best Japanese animes (and watching it!). Haven't written anything in a long time!

Then this last Saturday, June 29, I went to flea market, bought a pair of slippers, and when the vendor gave me the slippers wrapped in an old newspaper, (vendors usually used paper to wrap item rather than plastic bag)and first thing  that caught my eye was the picture of a familiar group... and it's no other than-Big Bang!! And when I unfolded the broadsheet, it's a whole article about Seoul!!(Seoul love...and this love won't let me go by Rey Rivera)

Face of Big Bang and famous places in Seoul  that wrapped my slippers - an article from broadsheet Philippine Star  

OMG~ is this to remind me that I am forgetting/neglecting something? I haven't touch my keyboard and write anything! I haven't write anything about my "soul mate" South Korea these past few weeks. My "Soul Mate" missed me...T^T.

I just get so selfish and took all the luxury of time for myself.  I spent lots of "me" time and enjoyed every minute of it! Gee I have so much fun~ and I forgot everything.hihi..

Now I'm working on my schedule and trying to squeeze in some special time for my "Soul Mate". Yelp!