Archives for November 2006
Recently there’s been some new developments going on with our favorite ninja shounen hero…
Happy turkey day everyone! ^^ (since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I couldn’t find an anime Thanksgiving picture to post, so I just went with this funny Slayers screencap instead =P) Anyway, I’ll be spending the day pigging out on my cousin’s delicious cooking. But then I have work the rest of the week, since the store I work at is short-staffed this Thanksgiving break. So I might not have time for another post until next week. But until then, to all my American visitors, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday ^_^
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”
– Erma Bombeck
I don’t have time for a long post tonight, so I just thought I’d share something that all you Haruhi fans might be interested in. I bought this desk mat about a month ago at a little anime convention called Mikomicon. Not sure if it’s anything special or rare, but I like it ^_^ Like all the anime desk mats and pencil boards I buy, it’s way too pretty to be used for anything but to display as a poster in my room =P Anyway, the booth I bought it from had a few other Haruhi pencil boards, etc., but I thought this was the nicest one. It cost $25…was it worth it? I’ll let you decide. Oh, and if anyone can tell me what the roumaji at the bottom says, that would be appreciated(surprisingly, I can make out more of what’s written on the chalkboard and whiteboard ^^,,,)
I finally had time yesterday to review my Japanese, and also to study for the JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test) which is coming up in about two weeks. Well, to make a long story short, I’ve been studying Japanese for a little over two years now. Unfortunately, the community college I go to only offers four semesters of Japanese(Elementary Japanese 1 and 2, and Intermediate Japanese 1 and 2), all of which I’ve already taken. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the money to transfer to a four-year college and major in Japanese, but maybe I’ll be able to get some scholarships or something together. But in the meantime, I’m relying on self-study so I don’t forget all that I’ve learned.
I’ve been thinking about it since I started this blog a little over a month ago, and I’ve finally decided that I’m going to do weekly reviews of the Inuyasha manga. First of all, it’s been my favorite series for a few years now, and it’s one of the only manga series’ I’m continually reading(I only have time for so much, and anime usually takes priority over manga for me =P) Also, I don’t hear anyone on Anime Nano(which MAY recently got listed on ^^) talk about it, even though it’s still ongoing like Bleach and Naruto. So I figured, why not? It’ll be something unique for my blog and since manga chapters are way shorter than episodes, my reviews will be short and easy to keep up. I know it’s kind of late to start reviewing it since the series is supposedly going to end soon, but better late than never I guess, and right in time for the 10th anniversary chapter too ^_^ I’m very interested to see how these final chapters will go =) Anyway, I’m going to use this post as an introduction to my Inuyasha manga coverage, and then follow up with an acutal review of the latest chapter 482.
Isao Takahata’s acclaimed Ghibli film, Grave of the Fireflies, aired last night on the Turner Classic Movie channel. But unlike other Ghibli films that have aired on TCM in the past, only the English dub version of this one was shown. This is one of the few Ghibli films I hadn’t seen before; I was avoiding it because I knew it would be extremely depressing and the kind of movie I would have to psyche myself for. But I finally watched it, and I liked it, though it isn’t one I would want to watch over and over, not because I don’t think it’s a masterpiece, which it is, but because it’s such a tragically sad story.
Well, I’ve finally watched half of the Nana TV series(25 out of 50 episodes), so I figured it was time to write a review about it ^^ I have to admit, I thought Nana was a bit boring at first. I’m sure those of you who’ve seen Nana know that it’s more like a Japanese drama than an anime. I’ve never watched any Japanese dramas(since I’m so busy watching anime, LOL) and I usually tend to stay away from major shoujo/drama series’ that don’t have any fantasy in them. But I heard good things about Nana and the story sounded interesting, so I decided to check it out and I ended up liking it a lot. I don’t think it will become a favorite, but I really respect it for being a well-made, unique, and deeply involved series.