Archive for November, 2006

State of Arts: Comic/Manga Movies

Whenever a movie or TV series is released that is based on a Manga or comic in the recent years, people cannot help but ask, “Do we really need another manga/comic adaptation?” or “are we so out of material that we have to make another comic/manga adaptation?” Yet, even as we continue to raise these questions, the entertainment industry continues to churn out adaptations based on comics/manga (not to mention movies and TV series that are “remakes”, e.g. The Departed, Batman, Superman, Battlestar Galactica, etc.). So have we really ran out of original material for movies and TV?

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Kanon 2006 08: 狐とおでん (Fox and Oden)

It seems that the beginning of the end of Makoto’s arc is happening in this episode, with the introduction of Amano Mishio, Yuuichi recalling his past with Makoto, and Makoto’s weakening. Considering that I have watched the Toei version but have not played the game on Makoto’s arc, I’m interested in what that would happen in KyoAni’s expanded version, but I’m also saddened by the end of her arc approaching. Auu…
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Jigoku Shoujo Live Action 03: 愛してる… ご免なさい… (I Love You… I’ll Kill You)

Midorigo no Yume (A Dream of Babies)

Wow, 2 Jigoku Shoujo entries in 4 days. (Author’s Note: I was going to post this on Friday night, but I left the word document in my office XD ) Jigoku Shoujo is probably turning into my favorite series this season. ^_^;;; The first 3 episode has all been sweet (as in sweet revenge), and I have enjoyed the show immensely. So far (well, it’s been only 3), none of the episodes have ambiguous plots, where the victim and culprit are ill defined or where the grudge is minor. Although I feel pity for the bad guy’s family in this episode, I totally enjoyed his painful end.
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Death Note 08: Potato Chips That Kills

Compared to last week’s episode, there was quite a bit of plot development and action in this episode. Unfortunately, the animation suffered a bit as well. Ryuk looks positively weird in a lot of the scenes, not just because of the action involved or that he was suffering from Apple withdrawal. L and Light had a few scenes where they look slightly off as well, though not too noticeable. However, the rest of the episode look pretty good still, so I guess they put most of the budget of this episode into special and video effects and the dirty magazines. j/k Seriously though, I really thought the dirty magazines were drawn better Ryuk in this episode.
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Joe Hisaishi Concert part 4: Program List + Impression

It was 8:10ish pm, and I was sitting in my seat in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Center waiting impatiently for the concert to start. The light finally dimmed, and a slightly smiling Joe Hisaishi appeared on stage. He walked to center stage, shook hands with the Concertmaster, bowed to the audience, and took his place at the conductor’s stand. He went into a ready stance, knees slightly bending, hands in front of him with the ready sign, and I held my breath. He moved his hand, with the smile still on his face, and the orchestra began to play a piece that I wasn’t familiar with. I didn’t know what to expect, but his music carried me along, and for the rest of the night, I immersed myself in his music.

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Figure News: Hazuki from Tsukuyomi ~Moon Phase~ by Griffon

So… freaking… CUTE!!!111oneoneeleventwelve *explodes*

*Whew* now that that’s out of my system, everyone know of my tsundere-nekomimi-vamp-gothloli-imouto fetish. j/k

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Joe Hisaishi Concert part 3: Immediate Thoughts

I just got back from the concert, and would like to put some words down. This will be short, since I’m really tired, and the full impression will come out this weekend.

The concert was 2 1/2 hours long, and they played 16 pieces, 4 of which were piano solos. I much prefered the orchestra pieces than the piano solo ones, and I’ll talk more about it later. Also, since they did not give out or sell programs for the concert, I’ll have to go through my collection to really identify the pieces that were played tonight, which I probably will do tomorrow night. I think I have most of them down correctly (yes, taking notes during the concert), but all except one pf piece is eluding me. If anyone was also at the concert, please drop me a line, and we could compare notes. 🙂

Anyway, the concert was really enjoyable, even though there are some songs that I didn’t really like. But then, this was the first Joe Hisaishi concert for me, and since I got a really nice seat, it was an amazing experience. Words are failing me, and therefore I will retire for now, and hopefully be able to write a better article tomorrow.

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