Category Archives: Asian Watcher

The segment features movies, TV series, anime, shows, and videos of people around Asia.

By Episode: Danganronpa Ep 4

Plot Summary: In Hope’s Peak Academy, 15 students who are considered “super” in their own ways are admitted. Monokuma, an electronic bear, appears in the gym offering a way out of the tightly-secured school. However, the rules are to kill and find out who the killer is or stay in the academy forever.

Episode 4: Weekly Shounen Despair Magazine: (Not) Normal Arc

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Monokuma opens the second floor to the students. There they see a library and swimming pool. There are gender-specific changing room that can only be accessed with the ElectroIDs.

“Normal” things happened. Fukawa Touko is revealed to have a crush on Togami Byakuya. Naegi witnesses a sauna battle between Oowada Mondo and Ishimaru Kiyotaka who becomes the best pals the following morning.

Monokuma got bored so to motivate another killing, he gave them a time limit, after which he would reveal an embarrassing incident in their lives if he doesn’t have a murder.

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The following morning, Fujisaki Chihiro is found crucified in the girl’s changing room. The words “Bloodbath Fever” are seen in the wall.

They investigate. For some weird reason, the posters are unmatched and a coffee stain from the carpet disappears.

Togami tells Naegi that he believes this to be the work of Genocider Sho, a famous murderer who crucifies victims and writes Bloobath Fever in the crime scene.

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Thoughts: I think this anime gives way too much information. I knew something was going to happen in the changing rooms. I get the part that the changing rooms were exchanged since the posters are unmatched and the coffee stain was gone. The anime was good in concealing the murderer from me this time though.

Student Count: 12

Any suspects? I have mine~

Andy :)

By Episode: Danganronpa Ep 3

Plot Summary: In Hope’s Peak Academy, 15 students who are considered “super” in their own ways are admitted. Monokuma, an electronic bear, appears in the gym offering a way out of the tightly-secured school. However, the rules are to kill and find out who the killer is or stay in the academy forever.

Episode 3: Kill or Live: Not Normal Arc

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The trial begins and people give out statements in order to figure out who the killer is. There are many, however, who suspect Naegi, as Sayaka died in his room.

Aoi and Sakura stated they saw Sayaka take the kitchen knife when she went to get something to drink in the kitchen.

Kirigiri defends Naegi by stating that the door in the shower was taken apart using tools. Naegi did not need to do that since he knew how his door is broken. Also, only the girls shower rooms have locks. The killer did not know that the room he/she is in was a guy’s room so naturally he/she used tools to open the door to kill Sayaka.

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The murder message 11037 made it clear for everyone who the killer is. Read upside down it read “Leon”. The class convicts Kuwata Leon, the super baseball star. His manner of disposal of evidence can also be done by someone with good aim (hitting the incinerator from afar).

Leon is sentenced to death by hitting with a thousand baseballs from a machine.

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Thoughts: I figured out who the murderer is in episode 2, because they gave away too many clues!

Student Count: 13

This arc was too easy.

Andy :) 

By Episode: Danganronpa Ep 2

Plot Summary: In Hope’s Peak Academy, 15 students who are considered “super” in their own ways are admitted. Monokuma, an electronic bear, appears in the gym offering a way out of the tightly-secured school. However, the rules are to kill and find out who the killer is or stay in the academy forever.

Episode 2. Kill or Live: (Not) Normal Arc

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Monokuma explains the rules of the rooms to Makoto. Makoto’s bathroom door has a bad door handle that only opens when you lift it properly.

Sayaka exchanges rooms with Makoto, explaining that it would help calm her down. The next morning, she is found dead in Makoto’s bathroom with a kitchen knife in her abdomen.

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The Monokuma gathers the students to gym, explaining that a class trial will be held after a few hours. In the class trial, if the culprit is found, he/she will die. If the class convicts the wrong person, everybody else but the culprit dies. Enoshima Junko protests and is killed by Monokuma with spears.

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They look for pieces of clues. Makoto watches Sayaka’s motivation DVD with all her idol members being murdered.

Thoughts: Holy mother of God! I did not expect Sayaka to die! That model Enoshima too! I am starting to like this anime more and more.

That Monokuma is starting to look like the stuffed animals in Kampfer.

Student Count: 13

Andy :)

By Episode: Danganronpa Ep 1

Plot Summary: In Hope’s Peak Academy, 15 students who are considered “super” in their own ways are admitted. Monokuma, an electronic bear appears in the gym offering a way out of the tightly-secured school. However, the rules are to kill and find out who the killer is or stay in the academy forever.

Episode 1. Welcome to Despair High School

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The main protagonist, Naegi Makoto wakes up and finds himself in a classroom secured with metal bolts. He goes to the gym and finds 14 other students, one of whom he attended middle school with, Maizono Sayaka. The 15 “super” students meet Monokuma, a highly sadistic remote-powered stuffed bear stating the rules of the school.

The only way to “graduate” from the school is to kill someone and not be discovered. For a few days, everyone decides to wander and look for an exit. When the Monokuma got bored, he motivates everyone by allowing them to watch a DVD with something horrible happening. In Makoto’s case, it is his family dying.

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Thoughts: I noticed similarities to many anime series and drama series I have seen before. For one, the theme of this anime is kill or be killed, which is similar to Battle Royale. In BR however, they are forced to kill within a time frame. In this anime however, they are given the chance to participate by killing or by finding out who the murderer is. You can also see similarities to Liar Game, except you are not being conned with money. In Liar Game, you have to outwit your enemy by deceiving them and I think that is what is about to happen to this anime.

Similar anime where you are trapped also include Sword Art Online and Btooom. I am guessing Sayaka is not as weak as she appears to be. I think she might be a serious competitor for Naegi in the end.

Student Count: 15

I might follow this anime. It has a good plot.

Andy :)

Movie Review: Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru

Last week, I blogged about how I am loving Ai Otsuka’s song here. The source of this love is because I watched the movie Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru. 

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Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (Just loving You/Heavenly Forest) is a 2006 movie. Originally it was a manga (very short; highly recommend it!), but it was turned into a movie. 

I love the casting of this movie. Tamaki Hiroshi (Nodame Cantabile) played Makoto, an introvert. Shiruzu was played by Miyazaki Aoi (Nana). They played the parts so well, especially Aoi-chan!

The movie tells the story of how Makoto and Shizuru became friends. Shizuru was extremely childish but interesting. She was short and only ate doughnut biscuits. She’s like an elementary school kid. She kind of forced Makoto to become her friend. They discover a beautiful forest. Makoto, who loved photography, decided to practice taking pictures. Shizuru becomes interested in photography too and asks Makoto to teach her.

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Makoto realizes he likes Miyuki (Kuroki Meisa). Realizing this, Shizuru helps Makoto get closer to her, even though she loves Makoto too. One day, Shizuru decides to enter a photography contest and asks for Makoto’s help. The shot she wanted to create was a kiss in the Heavenly Forest. Makoto agrees to do it. After they got the shot, Shizuru disappears.

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After two years, Makoto was contacted by Shizuru who was now working as a photographer in New York City. Makoto comes, but finds out that Shizuru has already died. She died of a genetic disease that develops as her body matures. Shizuru, wanting to be a lady Makoto acknowledges, did her best to be a beautiful lady. The scene ended with Makoto witnessing Shizuru’s exhibition, where he finds a lot of his stolen photos, the kissing scene photo and a big picture of Shizuru all grown-up and beautiful. 

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WARNING: This story is a tear-jerker!

I love the actor’s acting, especially since I have seen both actors in movie roles completely different from this one. Tamaki-kun was so cute as a clueless guy here and Aoi-san is just so cute, I want to bring her home and pet her!

The movie pretty much adhered to the manga, with a few added scenes. It’s pretty much the kind of romantic movie the Japanese creates – emotional and powerful.

Have you guys seen this movie? You are seriously missing out if you haven’t! 

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