Monthly Archives: January 2012

Project 52: Otaku Girl (Episode 3)

Episode 1 (here

Episode 2 (here)

Hi people! It’s been a battle for me this past week. I have been a little busy with life and stuff, and I had a sudden gathering with friends that left me feeling woozy today, but I will try my best to finish this post!

This week’s stuff:

1. MANGA: Wish, Watashi no Ookami-san, Gakkou no Ojikan 

2. DRAMA: Jigoku Shoujo Live Action

3. ANIME: Ouran High School Host Club, Beelzebub, Bleach Season 2,

4. SONG/VIDEO: Dadada (Group Tamashii)

MANGA

You guys know I go overboard. I tried reading short mangas this week, but I failed and ended up reading three mangas. Two of them I haven’t finished, the other one I finished in one sitting.

Image from http://passing-fancy.com/blog/2011/07/16/wish-by-clamp/

Wish is a manga from CLAMP (makers of Card Captor Sakura, xxxHolic, Tsubasa Chronicles and such). The story is about the angel Kohaku who went to earth to search for the wind archangel Hisui. Kohaku was saved by Suichirou Kudou from a cat who attacked her. She wanted to grant him a wish, but being a successful doctor with everything he needed, he did not have any wish. The story has great twists and interesting characters, and I like this best for its emotional and humorous mix.

THE VERDICT: RECOMMENDED. I WOULDN’T SAY IT’S THE BEST, BUT IF YOU’RE BORED, BY ALL MEANS READ THIS.

Image from http://www.mangafox.com/manga/watashi_no_ookami_san/v02/c004/1.html

I thought I downloaded a complete version of the manga, but I didn’t and so I am not done with this one yet. This one I highly recommend for people who like RPG and comedy, because it feels just like it when I read this.

The story is about Komomo, a hero with a Level 0 rank. She wants to build a dream house, and that is the reason why she travels to save towns in order to earn money. The demon king, Subaru, quit his demon king duties because he wants to be with Komomo, whom he admits he fell in love with.

THE VERDICT: I LOVE THIS! I LOVE MANGAS WITH A LOT OF COMEDY! 

Image from http://myanimelist.net/manga/1911/Gakkou_no_Ojikan

The manga is on-going so I couldn’t say whether I like the ending or not. Nonetheless, I love this manga. This made me “eeek!!”, “awwww”, “WTH?”, “OMG! OMG! OMG!” and all that excitement phrases I use. This falls under school life romance category, and the twists are really interesting. This made me smile like an idiot while reading.

THE VERDICT: IF YOU CAN TAKE SHOUJO JUST FINE, THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR YOU.

Total Manga Volumes Read This Week: 13 volumes

DRAMA

Image from http://www.dramafans.org/drama/jigoku_shoujo_live_action

Two words: Kazuki Kato. The guy on the farthest left is the reason why I downloaded the drama. If you check Episode 1 of this Project, I already featured Kazuki-kun in the Song/Video part. He’s not only an amazing singer, he’s a really cute actor as well! OMG. Isn’t he just the most perfect person in this world for me?

(*after about 20 minutes of fangirling and daydreaming*)

Anyways, I love the live action. I don’t love the editing of the video, and I don’t love it as much as the anime, but the anime is a fantasy anime, and the people behind the live action did their job pretty decently by selecting good actors and keeping things as close to what the anime should have been.

THE VERDICT: GO AHEAD. JUST DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH KAZUKI-KUN. HE’S MINE.

ANIME

I still have the usual Beelzebub, Bleach Season 2 on Animax, and I decided to go have some Ouran on the side. No need to do reviews here, since you guys already know what these animes are.

THE VERDICT: NOT DONE WITH ANY OF THEM. BEELZEBUB AND BLEACH ARE ON-GOING, WHILE OURAN’S NOT YET FINISHED DL-ing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL THOUGH. 

SONG

I am still obsessed with last week’s Movin’ and I sing it like crazy everyday, but I also love this first opening from Beelzebub. The song’s called Dadada by Group Tamashii. I love this song to bits because it sort of has the rock in it, and the video corresponding the opening in the anime suits the song really well. GYAH!!!

That’s it for this week’s Episode. If you’d like to learn more about the stuff I read, watch or listen, please follow me on Twitter @theworriedbunny and please be so kind to like the official Facebook page of this blog. 

Catch you guys later!

Andy-chan :3

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Indian Recipe: Paneer Bhurji

Just a really quick post for today. Should’ve posted this last week. Was too busy manga-ing and anime-ing so I sorta forgot. 

This is an Indian recipe that I found on YT. If you guys didn’t know, I really love veggies, and this recipe has various veggies in it. 

If you watched the video, you would know that Paneer Bhurji is actually scrambled cottage cheese with various veggies.

List of ingredients:

-cooking oil

-cumin seeds

-onion

-chicken curry paste

-turcmeric

-chili powder

-tomatoes

-green peas

-green chili

-salt

-paneer (cottage cheese) [btw, she said you could also use tofu instead]

-ginger, black pepper, cardamom and garlic (mashed with mortar & pestle)

Cook according to the order of ingredients just like you would a scrambled egg. 

I would give this a try soon. I am planning on actually studying how to cook once the new stove (my parents bought a new one today!) arrives. 

Happy cooking!

Andy-chan :3

© 2012 ieatspicnoodles.wordpress.com  *  Credits to Mrs. Veena Nair of veenaskitchen.com. * Visit her website for more Indian recipes * She’s a really great cook and her English is easy to understand * Hooray! 

 

Project 52: Otaku Girl (Episode 2)

Let me begin by saying that for this episode I might have done too much. If my calculations are correct, I should have finished at least three episode’s worth of materials. I finished a full 15-volume manga, an 11-episode series, various anime episodes and some JPOP and anime songs. I am now becoming more and more of an Otaku Girl. I think I just need some video games to complete the package.

If you did not know, my inspiration is Konata-chan.

Image from http://thestateofhappiness.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/happy-birthday-konata/

Episode 2 Stuff:

  1. MANGA: Spiral

  2. DRAMA: Ouran High School Host Club Live Action

  3. ANIME: Aoi Bungaku

  4. SONG/VIDEO: Movin’ (Bleach) & We Never Give Up (Kis-My-Ft2)

MANGA

Image from http://lovelyduckie.com/?p=2941

I was hunting my usual download site for some manga, when I clicked this tag for Mystery mangas. I wanted really short mangas so I downloaded Spiral. For some reason, I was not interested at first because it was like Detective Conan, which is a really popular mystery anime. However, unlike Detective Conan the mystery is not solved in every volume. In fact, the story just moves around one big mystery and with sub-mysteries connected to it.

The twist at the last volume was also very intense, and I would have never thought about it. Actually I would’ve have. I kind of have a knack for analyzing mystery stories, and I kind of guessed a little rightl about some things. It was a pretty decent manga I think, especially since I spent the entire day yesterday reading it and ended up sleeping in the wee hours of the morning just to finish the last volume.

THE VERDICT: RECOMMENDED  IF YOU LIKE MYSTERY SUSPENSE.

DRAMA

Image from http://mangamarket.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/ouran-high-school-host-club-to-get-live-action-film/

I first encountered Ouran when I watched the entire anime series (which has I think around 26 episodes). I finished the live action version in one go today. I love love love the anime, so it was also no surprise that I love the live action version as well.

I did not like the actors who played the characters as much, and I think there might be more suitable actors in appearance, but for the acting part, I think they all suited their characters well. It is a really fun series, and the set-up is a rich high school.

Image from http://alezaomar.blogspot.com/2011/08/previously-i-did-promised-to-write-on.html

The main character Haruhi is a scholar at the school who had to pretend to be a guy in order to be a host, so that she could pay her debt of eight million yen. She broke the vase of the Host Club. She met friends in the host club and they go on funny adventures.

The only thing I did not really like about the live action is the fact that there were only 11 episodes. It was such a short time for such a long anime series. I would’ve wanted to see how they would interpret some of the anime versions.

THE VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I am hearing rumors of a possible movie, and I am waiting patiently for that.

ANIME

Image from http://animeyume.com/blog/2009/11/27/aoi-bungaku-kokoro-thoughts-and-novel-comparison/

I watched a pretty decent amount of anime this week, but I can’t seem to remember all of them. They were mostly from Animax and I think this includes several episodes of Bleach and Tales of the Abyss (which I have yet to download) so I can freaking start the series because I failed to meet the 7:30 pm schedule everyday.

This week’s anime is pretty dark. I searched for a mystery anime (can you now conclude that I love the mystery genre?) and I downloaded Aoi Bungaku because it has very few episodes. I have yet to finish all, and so as far as I have watched, this is a boring anime for someone who does not like dark anime, and I was surprised that it even has a little Ecchi (adult, lewd content). It is full of symbolisms, and is so confusing especially if you do not know anything about the Japanese literature history.

I will tell you my verdict if I ever get to finish this anime. I like the dark and symbolic anime thing, but if I get even more confused, I might not actually finish this anime at all.

UPDATE (23 Jan 2012): I don’t like this at all. Did not download other eps. There are better anime in the world.. 

JPOP/ANIME SONG

Someone posted this song on Facebook the other day. I saw the word “Bleach” so I opened it. I love songs from Bleach because they always seem very catchy and interesting, and this song is no exception. Take a look at Takacha’s Movin’

Anyway, I have two favorites this week, and the other one is not anime-related. This JPOP song We Never Give Up is from Kis-My-Ft2. I love the melody and the meaning of the song. I did study Japanese for a year so even if I don’t fully understand it, I was still able to pick up the meaning of the song. Judging from my constant anime and manga obsession, I should be good in Japanese after about 6-7 years of doing this everyday. (*sincerely hoping*)

That’s it for this week. See you guys in Episode Three!

Andy-chan :3

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Project 52: Otaku Girl (Episode 1)

If you did not know the rules of this project, you may refer to this post here.

For Episode 1, here are the things I got:

1. Alice 19th (Manga)

2. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Live Action (JDrama)

3. Beelzebub (Anime)

4. Easy Go – Kazuki Kato (anime song from Katekyo Hitman Reborn)

Shall we start?

 

MANGA

Image from http://www.justmanga.com/jmprod/alice19th3

The manga has a total of seven volumes, and I finished reading all of it in a span of four to five hours (That’s how persistent I am, lol). I loved the story of the manga. It’s not a really big manga, and it is very shoujo (anything appealing to or leaning towards girls), but the simplicity of the story as well as the drawing was fantastic! Hooray for the manga this episode!

The story is about Alice Seno, who saved a magical rabbit. She was given a bracelet and was told that she is a Lotis master-to-be. Lotis is a powerful magical art where the words you say have a very deep magic. There are 24 words in all, and even if you know them, you cannot just use them. You have to master how to use them along with your emotions as well.

Alice has a sister, Mayura, and they both fell in love with Kyou Wakamiya. Mayura however, confessed to Kyou ahead of Alice. As Mayura realized Alice feelings for Kyou, she tried confronting Alice, and when she does, Alice wished that her sister would disappear. Her sister was swallowed by the Mara (opposite of Lotis). She must now journey to the inner heart to save her sister, as well as people around her who are affected by the Mara. She is helped by the Lotis guardian Furei who is from Norway and Christopher William Roland who is from Great Britain. In the process, Kyou also becomes a Lotis master.

Mayura is possessed by Daruba, and only the secret words can save her. No one in the Lotis group know the secret words, but Alice, through her love for her sister and her courage, find out what they are. In the end, it’s all bright and happy.

The manga is average, but the story is quite good, and it has that mythological feel in it, which I absolutely love, as I am a fan of mythologies. As I was reading, I was reminded of Rick Riordan and his works, especially the Kane Chronicles.

Some of the graphics were quite confusing, and even the story became confusing at some point for me, but I think that’s because of the words I did not really understand, and the fact that I rushed into the entire volume in one go.

THE VERDICT: Recommended

LIVE ACTION

Image from http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yamato_Nadeshiko_Shichi_Henge

I loved the anime version, so I knew I would absolutely love the live action! Plus, it has Kamenashi Kazuya, one of the best actors in Japan, so I knew it would be great. Not disappointed at all, though I had to spend long nights in watching the video, and I was so sleepy the next few days.

If you guys did not know, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is a story of four handsome boys living in a mansion. They are actually renting the place. The owner of the mansion gave them a task of transforming her niece, Sunako Nakahara into a lady, and in return, they would get free rent. The transformation seemed impossible, because Sunako is drawn to dark things like skulls, dead creatures and blood. She is just creepy. In the process of transforming her into a lady, one of the guys fall in love with her. Guess who played that guy? Yup Kazuya-kun!

I love the live action, and this in fact, inspired me to do this project. I watch a lot of Korean dramas, but I love the more exaggerated features of a Japanese drama, and because I found my spark again, I probably would put off the list of Korean dramas I would be watching.

THE VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. DO NOT MISS THIS DRAMA. IT IS TOO AWESOME.

ANIME

Image from http://myanimelist.net/anime/9513

OMG, this is my top anime favorite for 2011. The episodes ended on Animax last Wednesday, but the anime is not yet done, so I wanted to know what would happen next, but I might wait for Animax to air Season 2, but I am not really counting on it since Animax also stopped airing Fairy Tail, which has about 100+ episode now, and they stopped around the 50th ep.

I found a site where I can download all the anime I want though, and I am going to download the coming episodes of Beelzebub and of Fairy Tail as well.

This is a comedy anime. What attracted me most was the baby, Berubo, who is just so cute, and the story is so interesting. I am currently hunting down a manga version of the anime (if there ever is one). I will let you guys know if I get to read anything like that.

THE VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LAUGH UNTIL YOUR GUT BURSTS

ANIME SONG

Image from http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/kazukikato/lyrics/easy-go/home::24890.html

I love, love, love Kazuki Kato, and it is impossible to hate any song of his especially with the voice he has.

The song Easy Go is the third [?] sixth[?] not really sure opening song of the anime Katekyo Hitman Reborn.

Here’s the official music video

And here’s the Katekyo Hitman Reborn version

I have never seen the original MV until now, but Kato looks hot as expected so it’s not really surprising to me. I have been following this artist for more than two years now, and I first encountered him in the Prince of Tennis Live Action Concert a.k.a. Dream Live 3. I am a huge fan of his character Atobe, and his portrayal was so close, I fell in love with his talent!

Anyhoo, I have been listening to him and girl band Scandal mostly these days. I will do a full feature in Featured Asian when I have the time soon.

THE VERDICT: RECOMMENDED. I actually recommend his other songs more. I love his ballads, as it exposes his full talent more. He is one of the top singers in Japan, and his songs rank high in the Oricon charts so def check him out!

That’s it for this ep! I am so excited for ep 2, and I am now scouting for what I would feature next week!  I think I might finish another manga, but I don’t think I would finish any anime or Jdrama soon. Yay! Yay! Yay!

Catch you guys later!

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Project 52: Otaku Girl

Hey guys. I am so sorry I have been MIA lately. School just got back and I was not prepared for it. I had to rush all the lessons that I needed to teach.

Anyways, another reason for me not really posting lately is that I have been searching for something worthwhile doing this year. So, I decided to unleash the inner otaku in me. I was looking for something that I could do every week so that in one year, I can look back and say I accomplished so much in this part of my life. It’s nothing serious. I just want more chapters in my kind of boring life.

Finally, I found what I want to do for 52 weeks. I wanted to be an Anime fan! These are the rules for Project 52: Otaku Girl:

1. Read a minimum of six volumes of manga per week.

2. Blog about the read manga volumes. 

3. Watch 2 episodes of Anime per week.

4. Blog about the watched Anime when it is done.

5. Watch two episodes of a live action drama or Jdrama per week. 

6. Blog about the live action drama or Jdrama when the entire series is done.

7. Look for one anime-related or J-drama video or song.

8. Blog about the video or song.

9. Blog posts would be every Sunday or Monday.

So those are the rules. They sound like they are a lot of work, but considering the amount of time I spend on the internet, I do not think this is impossible. In fact, this week alone, I finished a 7-volume manga, ten 1-hour episodes of a drama, watched anime all day (Saturday), and listened to so many Anime songs that I lost count. And I did all this even with the busy schedule at school. 

I hope you guys can share with me what you are planning to do this year. I am planning on branching out to other countries in Asia in my following posts, so don’t think that I will be focusing on my Anime fantasies. Watch out for an Indian recipe this week and an edition of Project 52: Otaku Girl tomorrow. Hope you guys are doing well. 

Love lots,

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