This is a collection of around 3 weeks daily
no wait, i wasn't being lazy, i have been working my ass off since the vacation (cough)
so here we go
A Christmas event (karaoke) me and like 14 of my friends have been preparing for quite a while
unfortunately, i didn't get to go because the night before i had a sore throat, and the next day a cold that kept me in bed
TES, according to the pictures, they had a gift share, and this is what i wasn't able to give out
the direct translation of the text i wrote literary means to throw away your dignity
meaning to be open, like 'really OPEN' (´・ω・｀)
and yes, little while before, the dog i took care of as for like a part-time job
I guess you don't wanna open this blog post and the first thing you see is my face so i moved the order for this one
anyways, i wasn't able to continue dog host because my dad was pissed about floor being scratched by their nails (´；ω；｀)
too bad for the products i bought for taking care of dogs, cause i thought i was gonna able to continue it
the reason why i started this is i can able to continue programming for the site while earning some cash to keep the site running
and also, because i love dogs
however, in the end i gave these products for free to my first client
if you were to ask me "you want coffee or tea?" i would definitely say tea
me liking tea has been decades but only recently i purchased full equipment to be a 'real tea drinker' (イェー～）
from left to right: green, black and oolong tea
due to last time i didn't go, so i organized another karaoke
let's start off where we had lunch -> 回転寿司！rotating sushi (a very popular sushi serving method in Japan, but very hard to find it in America, even-though we do have tons of sushi restaurants)
so basically you can pick up whatever you want from the rotating platform, and the price will be counted by the number and color your disks
of course you can order things directly from the waiter like regular restaurants
day view of manhattan
just a demonstration of one of the pages from the karaoke book, you may be able to see the page number if you enlarge the image
they have two books (japanese) like this, total thousands of pages
unlike some modern ktv places that have digital touch machine where you can easily navigate and find songs with other useful settings
this place still uses the traditional (although not that old) way where you have to find song off the book and enter the number yourself
the reason why we came here is this is the only place we can find tons of Jap songs (as it's opened by Japanese people) _(:3 ⌒ﾞ)_
night view of manhattan
supper -> カツ丼 (breaded pork on rice) (in-front of me is udon)
just a day ago, we went to play badminton
lunched at a north korean style hot pot place I usually go
--> (playing badminton) for 5 hours -->
ever since the winter break started, i have been staying home programming for our site
so the lack of doing sport resulted me next day muscle aches (although same thing has been said by the six that went with me)
lastly, dinnered at a BBQ place, plus one friend that bumped in later, 8 of us had to squeeze into one table
and we were battling for cooking spaces, but it was fun
almost forgot to mention, i wrote 2 free plugins(scripts) recently
not a bad download amount for couple days in one site since release (consider it took more than 1 day to be approved)
and i'm quite glad since some of them replied my support topic and thanked me for my work (´・ω・｀)
Originally from a light novel
Majority of the scene plays took place in VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)
The first thing I have to say about this Anime is the world setting is definitely fantastic. (´・ω・｀)
The fighting system broke the traditional scenes with the MMO setting
For example, battle in regular anime, if the main character's heart is stabbed, or if the body opens up a big wound
it will definitely weaken him, and in most cases the end of the fight (in real life: death)
but Sword Art Online (SAO) as a game can represent this element in HP, brings battle into its full potential
and they don't just limit on this one factor, e.g when their hand is cut they lose it (although it can be restored later if the character still alive)
also weapons, armors and food, even pets are breakable.
not to mention potions, skills, poisons like paralysis that often used by the cheaters in the Anime
together they bring battle into next level
If you have read my other reviews, you know I don't write plot summaries
in fact I avoid to tell the plot story as much as possible, so that those who haven't watch it yet won't be spoiled
while my review is focusing on the details and important elements that made up the show hoping it can also give those who already watched it a meditation (・ω<)
The 25 episode length definitely didn't give the animator enough time for fillers
Course of events seems bit rush, especially the first part of the anime when they try to clear the world of sword art online
It quickly skipped through many floors leaves viewer a bit empty feeling
Other than beating the game, the most important scenes of part one no doubt is the love chemistry between our main char Kirito and Asuna !! (≧∇≦)/
The love scenes of them falling in love and getting married at first is heart touching and later sadden the viewers when they got separated
which makes me feel deeper connected to the character's feeling as Kirito later returned back to MMO Alfheim to rescue Asuna
P.S. the way I watch anime (in this case I finished it in 3 days) has boosted up my feeling since my plot memories are still fresh
The most important moment in my opinion is when the raider team was having trouble with a boss
and both of them were called back to front-line after a short vacation, when Kirito heard about the danger of the boss they were about to face
He wanted Asuna to stay in the base and await for his return, but she refused and replied
"If I stayed, waited, and if you didn't come back, I would suicide"
These lines really moved me
So I decided to rework the structure of my reviews, now I will include a rating and talk on the leading element of the Anime
In sword art online, I think the most appealing factor is their setting
Although as a computer science major, I feel a little awkward when Akihiko (the scientist behind the game)
who locked up all ten thousand players and give them death penalty by sending strong signal to the brain for dying in game or disconnect from the server
the reason is, being a crime in this large scale should bring international top computer pro to hack into the server
or track down the source and disable that functionality locally
Apart from the things I have already mentioned above
The makers really made very good use of the setting of the world of game
PK (player killing), item, party, guild, boss, level etc system
These elements are indispensable and bring more color into the show that created many different user types like
the bads: guilds that focus on killing other players for their money and items, cheaters who try to force players who fell asleep in the public into dual
the neutral: players who have adapted to the life style of the game and want to live a normal life there
the goods: the raider team which both our main characters are in, who try to complete the game so that everyone can be released from this world
and the smiths who work hard making/fixing weapon and armor to support those in the front-line
The contrast of Asuna being the guild raider team captain who known as Senko（閃光） Asuna in the first game
and later being imprison in a cage like a bird who has no strength to fight is a quite interesting concept
And I think most of you would agree that the setting and story of first game is better than the second game
almost forgot to mention, going back to the marriage system, they even have kid, yes "KID!!" ｷﾀ━━━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━━━!!
The creation of the AI (artificial intelligence)program Yui and she considering Kirito and Asuna to be her papa and mama bring many joys to the Anime
P.S In sword art online, I was exciting to see the society and their friends' reactions when they both get married but that never happened
this is one of the pity for a rushed series
Design / CG ★★★★★
Here comes another change I did for this review and will continue to be (hopefully, positively) for the future reviews
Since a good design needs good CG to maintain, and same for the reverse case
also these two elements are very close related, I have decided to put them together to talk about it
It's very easy to notice the main character's change of cloth/armor as he advanced through the dungeons
With the fabulous look of costume, weapons, united guild costumes, number of monster designs and beautiful environments
together with the awesome CG to bring them all alive, no doubt they deserve full star rating (・∀・)ﾓｴｯ
I personally love watching the scenes where Asuna sticks to Kirito in bed (FFF tan(misery sound echo in the air): burn! burn! BURN!
Music / Sound ★★★★★
Despite there ain't many memorable BGMs, the sound effects (especially battle sounds) has filled this small vacancy
The OP/ED songs are very nice too
OP 1 crossing field by LISA
ED 1 Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ) by Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
OP 2 Innocence by Eir Aoi 藍井 エイル
ED 2 Overfly by Luna Haruna 春奈るな
P.S 戸松遥 does the voice for Asuna (she is one of the people that I like who keeps the jobs of CV and singer, after Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
This is the longest review I have ever written, hope you enjoy it (-ω☆)ｷﾗﾘ
below are sub'ed and raw anime torrents
today after a doctor appointment, went to the bookstores in the city
It seems like due to Japanese yen price drop or whatever reason, magazines and some books have price reduced by 15%
so I went to check the latest release of Dengeki(電撃) G'S like usual and found that each one has a note under the plastic wrapper
it prints "The attached figure can not be sold in the US due to law restriction"
unfortunately the store doesn't allow photo taking, else I would take a picture
here is this issue's image taken from their site
now, I can guess the reason why it can't be sold in the US is not because it is a little buster's naked figure
but the naked figure looks like a child
(you probably know the majority Japanese drawing styles make characters look like low age range (especially genre: loli) which caused quite some problems with other nations (we being one of them) who take child rights seriously)
anyhow, even the store drop the price for this particular magazine for 20%, I still didn't buy it (see how important the attached gift is for magazine buyers)
Dinner： ramen + beer (because they have a special price when purchased with ramen) + nikuman (肉まん)
here are the stuff I bought today
Due Defect unit of my previous setup, decided to pull the trigger on this upgrade (also small treat for myself for the new job)
Here are just some day one impressions
When talk about tube amps, people generally say they are warm and smooth, it gives me an impression that it is best for midrange frequency
You know me, I like Japanese music and Anime, it is full of female vocals
they are very rich in the high frequency spectrum, to the point sometimes even piercing trebles
For that reason I was hesitating for not picking a solid state amp, after hear numerous good things about Schiit products I decided to give it a try
The Valhalla is not tubey at all, neutral, it preserves the brightness of my HD800
Of course early input means it hasn't completely burn-in yet, but as of now it suits me very well and I don't need any tube rolling
As for the Bifrost, there is not much to talk about other than delivers cristal clear details, very good sense of sound stage
note that this setup has high amount of output, and it is designed specifically for high impedance headphone like my HD800 (600 ohm)
And I forgot to mention the DAC and AMP are all made in USA while the headphone is hand made in Germany
Down for some photos
Went to the cinema last week with friends to watch this awesome movie
while the a lot of content of the movie has not much to say, it is those irregular type of storyline, where you can't really tell what happened at every detail but I can tell you, the story itself gave me a big impact
the story is a continuation from the last two movies or the Anime series (since they are almost identical) =============spoil part============================ the plot starts after Madoka changed the theory of the universe where soul gems will disappear in the end instead of turning every magical girls into witches, Homura calls this phenomenon "haname madoka"
Incubators, however, wanted to observe this phenomenon, homura who appeared to be the only one who knows about this, when her soul gem is about to disappear, they isolated it from all matters ultimately, their final objective is to capture and have control over "haname madoka"
on the other hand, Homura created a completely clone of the city where she met Madoka within the seal of course with her being existed in that city (since being able to see Madoka once again is her wish) after found out Incubators' conspiracy, she forced herself to turn into a witch, wanted to forever be locked in that isolated space being a witch so that she could protect Madoka
her friends who have been lured into that seal, after knowing the truth, broke the enchantment so that "haname madoka" could reach her (those who have been captured by the isolated space including madoka's family and her teacher, and a new character "bebe")
here comes a turning point, when everyone thought this was going to be a happy end right there Homura held the hands of Madoka who reached out to her, and again, like what Madoka did, changed the theory of the universe, but turning herself into "evil" =============spoil part end============================= These changes of mind scenes in plot really creates a big impact to the audiences
As for the music, I have noticed that they have arranged few old BGMs and the songs are awesome, expecially the ending song (君の銀の庭 by kalafina) as I listen to this song right now, all the scenes come back to me in my head (memories, whoa)
Here is the sad part, Homura's ending is so that Madoka will not be forever alone and will not be forgotten by everyone and Madoka's ending was to end Homura's forever loop of trying to save Madoka Both of them tried to save each other, but both endings, sadly, they can not be together
I got a call few days ago from one of the bookstores I usually go to
said they will be closing down the store so all manga are on sale now (hard to do business these days hey
btw the sale is 30% off everything
So today after exam I went to buy a camera that I wanted for a while and the bookstore (they import Taiwanese edition manga)
new Camera test
Sakura Hime Kaden 1~5,7 missing 6 (added to my missing list lol)
Also asked them to keep the One Piece complete volumes (up until now), probably gonna go grab them tomorrow and maybe something else too
I will post an update tomorrow
this is my current bookshelf (two layered books)
Title translated into English would be:
Originally from manga, has an Anime
A recommend for those who like warm movie
Being a movie, there are a lot of scenes got cutoff, I think the length of a movie is too short to tell the warmth of this work
That's why I like the Anime better
The insert song really sucks
They use the same ending song in the movie as for the Anime, quite an aftertaste
It is a good song, especially the lyrics
Title in English is translated "Children who chase lost voices"
was debating between 4 and 5, maybe i should make a 4.5 lol
while i was reading the staff list in the end, i noticed Makoto Shinkai (Director) pop up in multiple sections
hard worker hey, his works are really decent and meaningful
The story is pushed by the nostalgia of living people to those who passed away
Character&Creature Design ★★★☆☆
For characters, I guess it is more toward public(the masses), people who used to watch Anime may feel it's not detail enough
For creatures, well, fair..
Just like any other makoto's work, the CG is incredibly good
Easy to follow through, pretty well done for the length of a movie
BGM good, but not incredibly noticeable
The ending song is pretty decent as well - "Hello Goodbye & Hello" by Anri Kumaki
The lyrics of the song is also pretty matching the story
Unfortunately by the time I tried to purchase the ticket, the other 2 days were alrdy sold out
So I only went one day, altho I don't have time to go 3 days / 4 days with special offer (even tho many of my friends bought the 3 days' pass)
now, about the comic con, well, the first impression is... massive people !!
a lot of people think of Japanese manga/anime when they hear comic con, some places call it anime festival
in this place is a mix of Japanese and American stuff (I would say the Japanese stuff being the majority), and the pictures I took are all (mostly) Japs
anyhow, let the pictures do the talking
in the end I also took some pictures of new york city night views and the things I bought
English title: Place to Place
Originally from a manga
Good for people who want to pass time and relax
Daily scenes filled with jokes/netas and main character's cute appeals
It seems like the female main char is already dating the main male char since the start of anime
Chibi version characters, average amount costumes
I personally like the setting of main character pops up cat ear and tail occasionally
Not any noticeable BGM, Below average cute themed OP/ED
(there is an issue with gallery image phrasing, please right click and open new tab to view the images for now)
Just bunch stuff in no particular order
newest iPhone 5 (funny thing is right after we ordered it, apple announced 5S
And whatever happened, my whole family just switched from free phones to smart phones (my parents use samsung, me and my sister use iphone)
some of you were curious
so i took some screenshots from the KTV events
Ice skating in the park in the city, the contrast between nature and the city is beautiful
A squirrel is having a sun tan
An American anime shop
Korean style dinner
Did a temporary part-time in a Manga store
Japanese food (sakura blossom) festival
We waited more than half hour in line for yakisoba (fry noodles) and it was sold out
so we bought okonomiyaki (vege-pancake) instead
By the way, that just reminds me of a moment from K-ON
there was once they went to the mountain lives, and Tsumugi was so looking forward to the yakisoba
but when they got off line it was sold out too
just some recent purchases
love the gift clock came with the magazine
at last, here is a beautiful sun-set picture from today's festival
So today is the first day of classes of fall
Looking back to the things I have done in the summer, hmm
Basically: work, website, dentist and some game time
(You may wonder how dentist can consume that much time, the answer is, I got two root canals and bunch other treatments
which cost me like 15+ visits to the dentist, and still haven't finished yet, sob sob)
Follow by the school start now I have to be a full time student with two part time jobs
Which is going to be pretty hard for me, hmm
Recent purchases? It's been a while since my last update, of course I have bought bunch stuff but they all scattered with my other collections, can't find them lol
Below are images of the new car that my parents bought: Toyota RAV4 XLE 2013
and here is their old car, which eventually become mine now: Toyota Corolla (I think it's a 2000 build, old hey)
Originally from novel of same title
This is a very good survival, and environmental type movie
It also makes us rethink our environment today
The Earth suffered great disaster (there isn't any detail about the disaster, maybe the book mentioned it a bit)
anyways, it is not about when the disaster happening, it's after the disaster
no more crops, plants, people started to eat people because of starvation
The story is about a journey of a father and his son heading south and to the coast trying to survive
CG/Music/some scenes ★★★☆☆
Story ★★★★★ The story involves reenact human history, yes the same stuff as on our textbook therefore we know how it happens and ends, but the ways they are done by the Anime is very imaginative and surprising For example, the fight scenes of main battle in the second season - reenactment of the Invincible Fleet Naval War: Musashi as mercenary of England VS Blessing fleet of Tres Espana P.S pretty funny for Toori (main char) running around naked most of the time (even in International Meeting with national leaders)
General ★★★★★ Again, excellent battle system Just like the first season, fast moving plot Although again, the story setting is very hard to understand unless you read the novel or do some research BUT, very very informative
Design ★★★★★ Fabulous weapon designs merge from historical items for instances: Excalibur from England, San Martin from Spain (Tres Espana) and beautiful yet cool character costumes
CG ★★★★★ Nicely done CG to enhance the battle system
Music ★★★★★ Absolutely awesome BGMs, as of now total 2 OST releases together containing 4 CDs total almost hundred sound tracks Most, yes I mean most of them are stunning! Plus I don't really like the OP but the 2 EDs are above average
the day before yesterday went to Mitsuwa, yesterday party at my relative's house and today *title*
First run, did total five runs ( ´∀｀)つ ミ
Later, caught up with the group and went to a Japanese karaoke place
It has huge amount of anime songs and pretty up to date
We ended up sung from the most recent anime songs all the way to the 90ths
End: Total 9 people in one room, most fought for songs, too many people (*‘ω‘ *)
Dinner: Korean package
Also went shopping for manga and dvds
Manhattan night view, very nice holiday feel
Originally from a light novel
Recommend to those who like me love war genre and battle strategies
The anime sometimes popup some event image as mentioned by our main char(monkey) are from the game Nobunaga no yabou (did Koei(the game maker) dropped some money into it for advertise? I don't know)
the wars make my heart pounding and wanting to play the game again (yes I have killed some great deal of time with it before, it also taught me a lot of sengoko histories) unfortunately it's been sometimes since previous version, no new work yet (sob
Unique and interesting course of events while respecting the historical ending of the Japanese Sengoku era
However, our main char who is from the future, and in favor of Nobuna he prevented some bad events from happening, e.g rescue of Saitou. his move should slightly change the history as we later started seeing some unique events
Most famous characters get female forms in the anime and eventually turn into a pattern when you see a cute enemy, then you know she is gonna turn into our side (or our main char's harem?)
Another thing I love is the illustration and design done by Miyama zero (one of my favorite artists)
Fabulous costumes, character designs and art style
Very nice graphic to set off battle scenes, costumes
as well as keeping the art style with detailed motions
Awesome song and BGMs
OP - "Link" by Aimi
and ED - "Hikari" by Mizuta Makino
Just by looking at the enemies that are still there, there is a lot of room for new season
and I will be glad to see if there is one coming
Some of my friends are organizing an event to bring figures out for picture taking
which is going to happen very soon, by then I will have more photos available but the main issue is this figure is huge (the biggest one in my collection)
and as well as my other figures
P.S. should have received this figure a week ago, but due to miss delivery and I just found the notice today so.. (ﾉ´∀｀*)
anyways here comes the photos
The post office lady said: "This package comes from Japan, a surprise present hey"
true that, my friend bought this for me as a gift (thank you friend (*´ω｀*)
Compare with the TV at the back (showing my website)
Just some other figures I have
I will take some photos of my room some other time, since it does not relate to this topic
In conclusion, The figure is very well made (the second most expensive one I have atm)
and features 2 different bows, the arrow and wings came separately, you can to put them on
the right hand is rotatable too (provide different shooting angles? (´・ω・｀)
At last, staying home, cook for myself
here is a picture of my lunch
Well i guess the first blog entry should introduce myself ^_^
Hi there, i'm the owner of eudemon.org and all its child sites
currently computer science major college student
From: China -> Canada -> U.S.A.
Hobby: Anime, manga, game, programming
Languages: English, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese(learning)
First of all, the reviews and ratings are based on my personal opinion
you may have a different view, so please don't throw up and break something if you disagree lol
All the reviews have delays, because i like to wait until Anime finished airing and then watch them all at once
(unless it's One Piece, I know, it's great, bought the manga's too)
Basically I watch Animes of one season earlier than Japan's playback time (sometimes more)
it's just a headache to keep track of whole bunch single episodes every week isn't it? well, not if you have a lot of free time
Comments are welcome
this happened in last week, but the site hadn't configure out yet so delayed til now
went out shopping for sushi materials prepare for going to the park the next day
also bought two new dumbbells
Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.