Oh my God. I have been doing this for more than five weeks now. It seems like I have gone through a lot of mangas, anime, Jrdamas and songs for the past 5 weeks. In fact, I haven’t even finished watching some of the anime I started and I keep skipping to a new one as soon as I read a good review about it. Anyway, thanks for sticking by my blog to see what awesomeness Japan has to offer.
Here’s the stuff for this week.
1. MANGA: Daa Daa Daa
2. JDRAMA: Kurosagi
3. ANIME: Nurarihyon no Mago
4. SONG/VIDEO: Rolling Star – Yui (Bleach)
Daa Daa Daa is also known as UFO Baby. I watched the anime version as a child, but I did not have the chance to actually finish it, so when I saw that there’s a manga version, I did not hesitate to read it. I can’t say much yet because I have just read a few chapters, but I think this baby is going to be totally awesome. The reason why I was so into Beelzebub is because I loved this anime first.
The story is about two students. Miyu was left by her parent to the care of Kanata’s family because her parents had to go to NASA to do research. Kanata’s dad had to leave urgently because he had to go to a special monk training. One day a UFO crashes in their house. The baby and his sitter stays on earth until they can repair the ship. To make things worse, the baby starts calling them mom and dad.
THE VERDICT: Love this! But I think I love Beelzebub more now. It is more eerie and evil. (The more dark, mysterious and evil it is, the more I like it).
Image from www.x7cinema.com/2011/02/eiga-kurosagi.html
I finished 11 45-minute episodes in two nights. That’s how great it is. I also discovered the great acting of Yamapi-kun (main character) and next to Daito Shunsuke who played Kyouya in the live action of Ouran High School Host club, Yamapi-kun (full name Tomohisa Yamashita) is my favorite. He’s a really great actor. He captured the character of Kurosagi really well.
Kurosagi (The Black Swindler) is a story about Kurosaki, a guy who swindles from swindlers. According to the story, there are three types of swindlers: Shirosagi (white swindlers), or people who swindle money through business scams and stuff, Akasagi (red swindlers) or people who use feelings to swindle, and Kurosagi, who feeds on Shirosagi and Akasagi. When he was 15, Kurosaki’s father was swindled by a Shirosagi, and he murdered his family and committed suicide. However, Kurosaki survived. He then went to Katsuragi, a guy who sells information and swindling plans, more commonly termed as a “fixer”. Kurosaki’s aim is to finish off Katsuragi, but in order to do so, he needs experience in swindling from Shirosagi and Akasagi, so for now, he uses Katsuragi as a stepping block.
I can’t say whether there’s a big difference from the manga to the live action, because I haven’t really finished the manga yet, but I can definitely say that even if it does not live up exactly to its manga version, this is still one awesome Jdrama. Also in this drama, you would find Hirokita Maki, the girl who played main lead in the Japanese version of Hana Kimi. I wasn’t really able to follow that certain Jdrama, but I have seen Maki-chan in many other Jdramas and movies and she’s one of the best actresses in Japan.
THE VERDICT: I totally recommend this baby to you too! I will be featuring the movie version in next week’s episode. I have yet to start watching it, but I think it’s going to be totally awesome too.
Side note: BTW, if you’re wondering where I have been watching or downloading all the Jdrama and anime, I will be featuring the websites this week in an Anything Asian edition. Watch out for that. You can also check out the links on the very bottom of this blog page.
I haven’t finished Sorcerer Hunters yet, but I haven’t finished downloading all the episodes, so I can’t really finish them yet. I might try this week, but for now, I am addicted to Nurarihyon no Mago.
I first watched this at Animax last year, but I was unable to follow it, due to the crazy airing time (11PM, Thursdays, WTH?) and I can’t seem to catch the weekend replay versions, so when I found out that I can watch this by downloading, I immediately downloaded and watched. I finished around 12 episodes last night and I am still downloading the rest of the 26 episodes of Season 1. Yep, there is still a season 2, so I will definitely look for that as well.
If you guys didn’t know, Nurarihyon no Mago is an anime based on the manga (I just found that out now too) of the same title. It is a story of Rikuo Nura, the third generation candidate to handle the Nura clan. Rikuo is human, but he inherited from his grandfather, the Supreme Commander of the Yokai, a quarter of Yokai blood. Every night, especially when provoked by an injustice especially towards his clan members, he transforms into his Yokai self – a more mature and more powerful version of himself.
This anime is totally awesome, especially because I have a bias towards characters in ancient Japanese clothes, and with white hair too. White haired guys with reddish eyes are totally evil, and I love them.
THE VERDICT: Highly recommended. It is fairly new, and the story is pretty interesting. Kind of in the likes of Samurai X.
I still watch Bleach at Animax these days and I love the new opening song. This video is the live version, and it is not so different from the non-live version. Yui-chan is simply awesome, I guess.
I have heard this song before and even watched the official MV, which unfortunately for me, is not on Youtube anymore. I love Yui, and there are many anime songs which Yui sang, and I love many of them. She sang the first opening for Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, and it is an awesome song.
I love the fact that this song is appropriate for Bleach. It is so cool, and it suits the coolness of all the Bleach characters, especially Ishida ♥!
THE VERDICT: Love it!
That’s it for this week’s episode. Check out the new menu named Otaku where you would find the links to all the episodes of this project, along with a short detail of all the stuff there is in each episode.
Catch you guys later!
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