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From Here to There to Japan One Day

Mar
18

It’s been a long time.

I’m over at http://klaragolez.com talking about everything.The whole different blogs for different things was kinda getting on my nerves, besides I’m one person and why only see one side?

Hope to see you over  there.

May
02

It’s been pretty hectic lately in college and besides we’ve gotten a new zombie-filled Xbox game called Left For Dead and I’ve learned that I’m great at headshots. :) After my craze of Street Fighter a few weeks ago, I wanted to buy Street Fighter II on DVD but alas my local record store didn’t have it and I ended up coming out Paprika, Tales of Earthsea and Resident Evil: Degeneration.

More to come soon!

Apr
05

I’m a great fan of the Street Fighter franchise and it was the first interaction I ever had with both anime and manga, until I unmercifully butchered my sibling’s Street Fighter comics since I liked the pictures. I was caught off guard when it was advertised on television and you be able to estimate my happiness with the release of the latest game. I was going to wait for a few months until it dropped in price but on Mother’s Day when my brother was buying fragrant bouquets of flowers for mom, he picked up a second Xbox controller, Street Fighter IV and the latest Silent Hill game. I can say wholeheartedly it was a FTW moment. :D

Opening sequence is fantastic and it gave me shivers but I had to fiddle around with the second controller trying to get it connect with the console. One bad thing is the difficulty levels on the game, ranging from easiest, very easy, easy, medium, medium hard, hard to very hard. I highly recommend that if you want to unlock all the characters quickly, set the difficulty mode to easiest with a one round thirty second match.

I would think that my brother and I would be pretty proficient with regards to the characters special moves and the like but we had set the time limit to infinity with a two round match, needless to say we got the unmerciful crap beat out of us on the easy difficulty. Taking turns against the final boss called Seth, we spent at least an hour as Crimson Viper who unlocks Cammy, the former brainwashed agent of Shadaloo but we eventually we gave up, since Lost was starting and it was quite late in the evening. When Lost finished, I tried again and discovered the easiest difficulty. I unlocked Cammy and then I unlocked Sakura via Ryu and finally unlocked Dan by playing as Sakura. Out of all the characters I used, Sakura was the only one to defeat Seth in battle as the rest of the I won by default due to the time limit. :)

It’s worth watching in high quality. 

Mar
20

For some reason or another I always seem to get informed about Japanese related events from the same person. :) The IFI is holding a Japanese Anime Weekend next weekend on 28th and 29th of March. I had my entire weekend mapped out as I planned to attend ‘A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition’ at Collins Barracks and eventually weaving my way into the city to attend the festival. I’ve decided not to attend since there’s only one movie that I haven’t seen but being realistic I have to save for my Erasmus, it’s studying in a foreign University for a period of six months. I know that the UL’s Anime and Manga Society is attending the festival and that the society had started to hold free anime screenings at the University on Tuesday evenings but I’m not part of it and I blogged the reasons over here.  

The list of movies helped me to decide to stay at home and not attend the IFI Japanese Anime Festival.

Saturday 28th March

13.10 Naruto

15.00 (Talk) A Brief History of Post-War Japanese Animation

18.15 Sword of the Stranger

Sunday 29 March

13.45 Metropolis

15.45 (Talk) Japanese Animation for Adults

16.45 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Firstly, I despise Naruto. It’s genre of anime I like to call ‘never ending’, One Piece, Bleach, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball are part of this too. I vaguely recall that Naruto was in the top ten of global search engine at some stage so I guess even though I dislike it, it has to be doing something right in promoting anime worldwide. The link for the talk on the Saturday is wrong so I can’t be too critical of it then. Sword of the Stranger is the only anime in the line-up that I haven’t seen. I’m quite intrigued about it and I think I’ll buy the DVD since it’ll be a lot cheaper than the price of a weekend in Dublin.

Sunday’s movies are a bit more retro with mechanical chicks kicking ass being the main themes of the movies. I saw Metropolis on the good channel of RTE Two several years ago at two o’clock in the morning. I think I would have enjoyed it if I was more alert and paid proper attention. Looking back on it now, I can’t recall much but I’m unsure whether I thought it was worth it or not. I did watch it all so I guess it stands as engaging to say the least. I don’t think I’d bother too much with the talk unless I was hanging around to catch the last movie, although I have no idea who anyone would hang around for it. I had to watch the first Ghost in the Shell three times before I could be really grasped by the storyline. I made the mistake of buying Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, watched only once and I have no intention it view it ever again. I’ll go on an Escaflowne marathon followed by a couple of Studio Ghibli’s about a dozen times before I even consider picking it up again.

As far as I can see, all the movies are subtitled but I wonder if they’d be a decent similarity to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time on the silver screen.   

 

Feb
24

The post for the Blog Awards is over at An Introspective Outlook. :)

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Feb
19

 

Dragon
Photo owned by G. McFly (cc)

As you should know, the Irish version of Dragons’ Den is premiering tonight at 22.15 on RTE One, featuring a cash register cleaning system. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the UK version of Dragons’ Den but I managed to catch the end of one episode but when the credits rolled something caught my eye before I switched channels. 

 

Original concept by Nippon TV

 

Nippon TV is a Japanese television station that originally created the premise of Dragons’ Den by inviting investor’s and inventor’s who normally wouldn’t have the chance to meet. Even I was unaware that Dragons’ Den was a Japanese concept which has been copied in several countries since I always heard about the British version. Typing ‘Dragons’ Den’ into a search engine will usually give the BBC’s version top priority with a Wikipedia page listed after it.

Although it’s pleasing to see that on the BBC page of Dragons’ Den they can at least acknowledge, however brief, a credit to the original concept whilst if you take a look around the Irish page near the top of the post no credit is given. However when I search terms ‘Japan’+’Dragons’+’Den’ on the RTE website a listing does come up as a result but it just seems to direct to the ‘About the Show’ page which again doesn’t acknowledge the concept.

Poor investigation by the Irish Times and IFTN.

Somebody obviously didn’t read up on the premise of Dragons’ Den.

Feb
13

This time last week, I bought the Xbox and I’ll say this from the get go that I adore the Xbox. This is the first Microsoft console I partly own but previous to this I never played the Xbox. 

I have no intention of using the Xbox Live software, it lures you in with a forty eight hour free trial to Gold Membership or something, eh…no thanks, I much play on my own thank you very much. If I need to use the internet I’ll use my laptop.

I’ll start with the positive aspects first and work through the list of annoyances for the Xbox.

Positive :D

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  • Layout of the controller is slightly unexpected. The movement joystick is at the top right but the other joystick is used for camera angles in games and the like but I was surprised at how smooth the design and usability of the controller.
  • Turn off the Xbox by the controller, extra lazy but a big plus.
  • Works under a duvet, I was wondering if the wireless would work since any hardcore gamer knows that after a few hours hands can be icy cold whilst the rest of you is snug.
  • Graphic, I’m graphics lover. 
  • The selection of games for the Xbox 360 platform is pretty good.

Negative :(

Electric Boogaloo
Photo owned by I’m Fantastic (cc)

  • I wasn’t expecting the console to be so heavy, it’s heavier than an electrical transformer, no not the action figures. 
  • It sounds like an engine about to take off but for some reason it only really gears up when I play Fable 2.
  • I can even hear it vibrating in the sitting room downstairs which is almost under my room so any late night gaming can be heard. Big minus, it’s no fun if I get caught waking up people too early in the morning.
  • Whatever way the games are configured for European usage, it just doesn’t seem to quite work right on my television. When I play Fable 2 the energy bar of the character which is obviously only slightly important in battles and killing sprees, gets cut off from the top of my view. I managed to fix this a bit since I can set my tv to widescreen mode but trying to read the font size becomes quite difficult.

That’s it! :)

 

Feb
09

I know I’ve been quite relaxed with the production of Chibi Links but I promise to release them more often.

Courtesy of Jen, a snowy Totoro.

The architect in me just adores these retro buildings.

Officials say that cloned livestock is safe.

Anger management.

Meet Hybrid Assistive Limb or Hal.

Enjoy a vending machine smoke.

Feb
05

A few months ago I was wandering a supermarket during the Christmas season looking for sweet treats and I stumbled upon the games section. I was in awe of certain games that had just been released onto the market and I made an Xbox wishlist, bearing in mind that I don’t even own an Xbox. :) 

So here was the list and a reason:

Ninja Gaiden -Stealthily killing people

Mirror’s Edge – Running along buildings and free falling

Gears of War 2- Loved the music in the ad by DeVotchka

Tomb Raider- Great franchise

Fable 2- Shaping the world as you see fit. :)

Last week I really, really, really wanted an Xbox since I’ve never owned anything from the franchise mainly since there was way too many buttons and I feared the RRod. I discussed with a sibling about paying half each but that plan was soon stomped upon when I broke my piggy and was under financial constraints with the purchase of new college books for the semester and many other miscellaneous expenses to do with college. 

Today I trudged around the city trying to look for the best deal since I thought may be able to stretch but I was then heartily reminded that the Blog Awards is happening in a few weeks. I mentally mourned in despair but my sibling then agreed to pay for the console and one game but the best part is that I get to keep it in my room! :) I have to be super sweet for the next few months.

I only have a morning lecture tomorrow so I’ll go room hunting for my tutorials for next week, attend lecture, buy console, head home and have an awesome weekend whilst being in a near soulless state because of my awful cold but I’ll get over it! Hope you have a great weekend too.

 

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Feb
03

I’ve decided to create a second blog for all the happenings that aren’t Japan related. :) It’s called An Introspective Outlook and I hope you’ll drop by.

princess in another castle sorry

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