Monthly Archives: January 2013

Shooting Incident During the Otaku Expo 2013

The Otaku Expo 2013 was set to be a 2-day event at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 1 from January 26 to January 27, 2013. The said expo commenced as planned during the first day, but organizers have cancelled the second day of the expo due to a shooting incident earlier today.

Rappler.com cites that the suspects of the shooting incident were robbers. The robbery took place in a small jewelry counter, and unlike most rumors, the robbers were not found to be in costume for the Otaku Expo. The robbery just happened to coincide with the said event.

The suspects used a hammer purchased from the mall to smash the jewelry counter to take the goods. Afterwards, shots were fired to caused mass panic. The suspects blended in with the crowd and so the security were not able to apprehend them. A lockdown was ordered to catch the robbers. However, authorities were not able to catch them. After an hour, the people were allowed to go free again.

Due to the event, people are wondering what security measures would be put up this time.

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Andy’s Personal Note~

I was really fortunate to not have witnessed such an event. I attended the said expo with my family earlier today. We went to the mall as a family for my sister’s dental checkup, and also to canvass for a gadget we’ve been meaning to buy. I took the opportunity to visit the Expo. Although the shooting incident did not happen at the Expo itself, I can imagine how scared the people must have been due to the shooting noise and the lockdown. I hope the management would be able to catch the robbers. I’m really sorry to my fellow anime fans too if you guys are planning to go to the expo tomorrow. Let’s just hope all will be settled soon.

Andy :3

2 KPOP Songs I’m Loving This Week: Mine and I’m Sorry

I did not really listen to KPOP this week except today when  I found two amazing songs that doesn’t scream KPOP at all.

I’m not really a fan of all the bubblepop-themed aegyo girls all the time. I prefer listening to anime ad Jrock music because not only do they have decent and well-thought off lyrics (according to translation), but they also have nice sounds. Last week, I loved SNSD’s I Got a Boy. Not anymore. I’ve moved on and the song is kind of getting on my nerves when I hear it now.

Anyways, as I said this week I found two great treasures that do not sound anything like KPOP except that the songs are in Korean.

The first song is I’m Sorry by CN Blue.

The lyrics are great and I’m seeing a more rebellious side of CN Blue (OMG! Did Jongshin just slam those roses in her face? Kyaaaa~) What I totally love about this video is the song itself. It’s catchy in a band-ish type of way. CN Blue has said before that they’re not idols who sing and dance around, and I just love that! Their songs are always something to look forward too (FT Island too) since they get away from the mainstream KPOP productions.

The second song is Mine by Kim Jaejoong

I totally love everything about this song! The MV, the visuals, the heavy guitar, the hoarse voice – everything! When I first saw it, I was like OMG Visual Kei overload, my fangirl heart is beating too fast! I dunno, but Jaejoong seems to be highly influenced by Japanese music because this is so not KPOP. I listened well to the lyrics so I wouldn’t be mistaken that it’s in Korean. There’s a lot of heavy guitar and Hero’s voice reminds me of Visual Kei band Versailles. I will do a full review of this song this week. It has a lot of elements I wish to analyze!

That’s it for this week! What did you guys like this week?

Andy :3

P.S. I’m listening to Infinite H’s Special Girl now. I like it, but not enough to put it in this post.

Andy’s List: Top 10 Glasses Character (Good Boys)

Time and again, characters with redeeming qualities or especially different physical characteristics make them stand out the most. In Andy’s list, you will see my ranking of these characters.

For the first Andy’s list feature, we have the megane (glasses) characters! Characters with glasses always attracted me a lot. Maybe it’s because I do wear glasses myself. Good-looking guys who wear glasses are extremely attractive to me especially since people with glasses in the anime world are typically stereotyped as nerds. I like geeks and nerds. I know, I’m weird.

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Without further ado, here’s my top ten favorite megane character in the world of anime. Please take note that megane characters do not only have clear eyeglasses, but I included the ones with tints in here as well.

TEN

Aburame Shino of Naruto

Aburame Shino from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is one of the most interesting characters I have ever seen in my life. Besides his mysteriously hot side, he is known for his ability to control bugs of all sorts. While I do think he’s hot enough to make this list, I think his ability to be a house for these bugs is disturbingly gross.

NINE

Uryuu Ishida of Bleach

I don’t want to be mainstream here, but hey, Ishida is one of the hottest megane characters I have ever seen in my life. He’s extremely skilled with his weapon, and he looks a lot like Sebastian Michelis of Kuroshitsuji. What I like him is the way he plays all cool and stuff, but he’s a softie inside. Sometimes he acts like a complete idiot though.

EIGHT

Sadaharu Inui of Prince of Tennis

Sadaharu Inui is a stereotypical megane character with a disturbing twist. He is a geek, true, and he plays tennis through a thorough analysis of the opponent’s data. He is however, a masochist trainer though and he punishes members of the Tennis Club with a strong weird juice that will send you to your death (okay, maybe not, but it’s close). He is extremely caring of his juniors and his chibi version is just adorable.

SEVEN

Loki of Fairy Tail

I like the celestial spirit Loki over the Fairy Tail member Loki. For some reason, the latter just seems so plain and boring and he never attracted my attention before, but when Loki the Lion appeared for the very first time, he just seemed so.. spirit-like (so to speak). His hair is a whole lot bigger (bigger is better?) and his eyeglasses have a new shape. I often draw his chibi form on scraps of paper. It’s just so cute.

SIX

Heiwajima Shizuo of Durarara!

Shizu-chan as Izaya calls him, Heiwajima Shizuo is the most violent man in Ikeburo. It’s his past that makes you want to hug him so tight! From his blonde hair, to those sexy bartender outfit and the purple-tinted glasses, Shizuo is just once cool dude. His complex of wanting to kill Izaya the second he sights him and his protective older brother status makes him even cooler.

FIVE

Mido Ban of Get Backers!

Mido Ban is the other half of the Get Backers team. I like him better than Ginji (although Ginji is extremely kawaii) simply because he has a feel similar to that of Shizuo. Also, his evil eyes have a power I wish to have – controlling people’s nightmares. I’d imagine using it on all the bad guys!

FOUR

Edogawa Conan of Meitantei Conan

With over 600 episodes, the forever young award also goes to Conan. The extremely cunning detective with an eye for everything is one I also wish to be. I always wanted to have such amount of logic I could pass for a detective. And of course, Shinichi is really cute too. The only question is, how long has it been since he was a child? Is Ran already like 30 or so years old now?

THREE

Maes Hughes of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

Maes Hughes makes it to my top three. He is an extremely funny character with a deep obsession towards his family and devotion to his friends. You might say he’s a bit too curious which led him to his end, but I like pristine and good characters.

TWO

Tsukishiro Yukito of Cardcaptor Sakura

Yukito is one of the first megane characters I have encountered during my childhood. I have seen Card Captor Sakura about 10 times and it’s always Yukito I watch out for. He’s extremely kind and nice (like me?), likes food a lot especially sweets (like me again) and he transforms into a cool white-haired angelic creature (ummm.. okay, so not like me now). His angelic smile just brightens up any dull gloomy day.

ONE

Ootori Kyouya from Ouran High School Host Club

Those long fingers.. that stare.. those eyeglassess.. that strong nose line.. I don’t know if you would see anything wrong with Kyouya. He’s obviously the most perfect character ever!

 Kyouya’s hotness doesn’t just spring from his looks. He is extremely intelligent and well-organized (I like this in a guy ♥), a total controller of situations (so when things don’t go his way, he looks really insanely cute), a caring friend, sort of a sadist (yay!), extremely sly and cunning, he’s tall (hooray again! i’m super tall too), incredibly rich (owning private police, hospitals, among other corporations), and so many other perfect things! There’s no way in hell a guy like this exists in the real world.

Cool and all, Kyouya still has a cute side to him too. He says everything he does is for his benefit, but he puts his best foot forward to help someone in need.

Did your favorite character make it to this list? If not, please leave a comment on who you think should be on this list and I will try my best to fangirl over him as well. More lists to come in the future!

Andy :3

By Episode: Kamisama Hajimemashita (Episode 13| FINAL)

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The last episode of KamiHaji is nice, but quite disappointing. Nanami realizes that she’s running away from a place that she considers home. When she gets there, she dances what she practiced in the previous episode, kagura, a dance to dispel miasma. She does so gracefully and successfully dispels evil and turns everything back to its normal, pristine state.

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The festival also is a success since there are a lot of people who came to celebrate. In the very end, Tomoe kisses Nanami saying that he wants to the contract from his heart.

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Although I find the ending heartwarming, it’s quite disappointing that KamiHaji has come to an end. After research, I found that KamiHaji is an ongoing manga. Here’s to hoping for a second season sometime this year!

Andy :3

My Tomoe’s mad face. (^///^)

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By Episode: Kamisama Hajimemashita (Episode 12)

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Episode 12 is a lot more complicated than other episodes. Here you have Nanami hearing bad things about the shrine from townspeople. To make it appealing, she decides to hold a fall festival. To present something, she scavenges Mikage’s storage room, but did not find anything useful. She did however, slightly open a box, which I do not know what contains.

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Mikage’s deity friend is revealed to be the cause of Nanami’s many tests. In this episode, he/she wanted to test her again and scatters a thick miasma in the air of the shrine. Nanami tries to dispel it, but to no success. The idiot Tomoe tells Nanami she is not needed in the dispelling while he and Mizuki tries to do it. Nanami takes it into heart and leaves the shrine.

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The next episode is the last episode. I’m really curious about whether Nanami would stay as a deity or not. I also feel that there are still a lot of unresolved things that needs to be given point. Whatever is gonna happen in the next ep?

Andy :3

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