March 31, 2008

Fighting Over the Peach

peach girlTitle: Peach Girl
Story & Art: Ueda Miwa
Volumes: 18
Genre: Shoujo

I didn't really give much attention to Peach Girl at first but my curiosity got the better of me. It's such a cute story that I kind of regret not reading it earlier! Well despite that, Peach Girl is still one of those love stories that girls will generally tend to love while boys will be puking on their seats. ^_^;

Anyway, Peach Girl is about a girl named Momo (Momo is Japanese for Peach) who is so tan, she gets mistaken for one of those "easy girls". She has this one friend, Sae, who keeps ruining her life especially when Momo gets together with her long-time crush, Toji. As I'm not a fan of spoilers, let's just say that Momo gets involved with another guy, Kairi, as the story progresses. She is then torn between the two (uber hawt) men and cannot really decide whom she wants to be with.

I think the story is pretty realistic in terms of the plot: being in love with two people at the same time. This holds true for people of both genders, right? ^^ I cried at some parts because they were really heart-wrenching but then again, maybe I'm just being girly. Or not. (^w^)

I love how the story progresses and how much character development there is. I was so immersed in the characters that I actually was pissed off at Sae, I felt bad for Toji and Kiley, and I understood and sympathized with Momo when she was having a hard time dealing with Toji and Kairi.

Anyway, don't get fazed with the number of volumes. You might think that 18 is too many for a story so simple; I actually wished that it would last longer. I wanted to see more of them! You won't notice that you're reading 18 volumes that much. That much because sometimes, you'd just wish that the story ended when Momo leans toward the guy you're rooting for lol. (Too bad she didn't choose the guy that I was rooting for!)

Erm...well the artwork is nice. Typical shoujo so they all look pretty and handsome X3 I like how Ueda draws the characters' casual clothes...stylish (but Yazawa still has my vote!). I also like how Ueda drew the characters' facial expressions whenever they'd cry, smile, be angry, silly... Really amusing ^_^

The verdict? Read Peach Girl! If you're a guy, I think you'd be able to understand girls more after you read it - especially if you're in their situation lol. It's a lovely story and I'm pretty sure that anyone who reads it will like it as much as I did, given of course that you like these kinds of stories XD

March 28, 2008

Ryuk scares the hell out of me

death note ryukThis is from Akihabara News' coverage of the Tokyo Anime Fair 2008. Oh and that scary thing? That's Ryuk from Death Note if you still don't know who he is. And to think that I even dreamt of having my own shinigami like him that comes with his own Death Note notebook!

(And that's just the small picture. Large one's available at Akiba News.)

Haruhi all over Japan

Haruhi keychainsThese are designs for Haruhi keychains (featured in the recent Tokyo Anime Fair 2008) which will be available in Japan. See the different costumes of Haruhi, Mikuru and Yuki? They represent different regions in Japan - and take note, each set will only be available to the region they belong to.

Good luck to the Haruhi fans who wants all of these really cute keychains! Anyone up to the challenge?

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March 25, 2008

Gundam Monument Unveiled!

Gundam monumentAny thoughts on this 3-meter tall Gundam monument that took two years to complete? Two years and 20 million Japanese monies. This Gundam monument is located at Kamiigusa's train station and was unveiled last March 22, 2008 (duh).

I'm not a Gundam (or mecha) fan so can anyone tell me what kind of Gundam this is? And is it just me or does this Gundam look like a mecha version of John Travolta in his "ahh.. ahh.. ahh.. ahh.. stayin' alive.. stayin' alive.." days?

Bigger pictures:
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Blade of the Immortal -- animated!

Blade of the Immortal animeI can't believe it but it's finally here: a Blade of the Immortal anime! It's coming out on summer (in Japan). Yoshimitsu Yamashita will design the characters. Why mention him? Because he's the animation director of Samurai Champloo so this will be interesting. Well you can already see how the animated characters will look like in that picture above. So yeah...

Anyway, the seiyuu are:

Manji - Tomokazu Seki
Rin Asano - Rina Satou
Kagehisa Anotsu - Hirofumi Nojima
Taito Magatsu - Kazuya Nakai
Sabato Kurui - Masashi Ebara
Eikou Shizuma - Katsuyuki Konishi
Araya Kawakami - Daisuke Namikawa
Makie Otono-Tachibana - Mamiko Noto
Hyakurin - Megumi Toyoguchi
Giichi - Toshiyuki Morikawa
Shira - Shinichiro Miki
Machi - Maaya Sakamoto

Gaaah I can't wait. I really can't wait. Another samurai anime to add to my favorites! Ehem... The official site is up and you can visit it here.

So anyone aside from me looking forward the the Blade of the Immortal anime?

March 20, 2008

Speed Racer Character Posters

Yeah... I'm pretty much bored with nothing much to write about right now. And yes, FOUR POSTS today! Well this post and the post before this are still pretty much anime (and video game)-related since they are live-action adaptations.

Anyway, here are the character posters for the upcoming Speed Racer movie. Personally, I don't think I'll watch this. I'm afraid that it'll just ruin that part of my childhood where Speed Racer belongs to. I do have to admit though that the movie's Mach 5 is pretty cool.

Ah yeah, blabbed too much so here are the posters. Click them for the hi-res. Oh and is anyone planning on watching the Speed Racer movie?

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Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Cast

So.... These are the list of main characters for the 2009 Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li movie. I like who's playing Vega (Vega's my SF crush) and yeah, I hate to reiterate but, Kristin Kreuk needs more thighs!

Ehem... Thoughts?

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Neal McDonough as M. Bison

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Taboo as Vega

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li Chris Klein as Charlie Nash


Spring 2008 Anime List

da capo II second seasonSpring is here so once again, it's time for a new anime line-up! I've no time to write a decent one-liner to describe each series - I'm terribly sorry for that - so I just provided the links to their official sites (where it's possible, of course).

Any one of these you're looking forward to?

April 2
Junjo Romantica - link
Kyou Kara Maou R - link

April 3
Alison & Lilia - link
Kure Nai - link
Macross Frontier - link
To Love Ru - link
xxxHolic: Kei - link

April 4
Amatsuki - link
Itazura no Kiss - link
Kirarin Revolution Season 3 - link
Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk - link

April 5
Blassreiter - link
Blue Dragon: Shichi no Ryuu - link
Da Capo II Second Season - link
Kamen no Maid Guy - link
Kanokon - link
Zettai Karen Children

April 6
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 - link
Nabari no Ou - link
Neo Angelique Abyss - link
S.A - Special A-Class - link
Wagaya no Oinari-sama - link

April 7
Monochrome Factor - link
Soul Eater - link
Vampire Knight - link

April 8
Crystal Blaze - link
Himitsu: Top Secret - link

April 9
RD Sennou Chousashitsu - link

April 10
Kaiba - link
Toshokan Sensou - link

April 11
Golgo 13 - link

April 12
20 Mensou no Musume - link
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki - link

No dates yet
Chi's Sweet Home
Gyagu Manga Biyori 3rd Season
Nijiyuume no Musume
RD Senno Chosashitsu
Telepathy Shoujo Ran
Uchi no Sanshimai

(Will update this when I see a new anime or release date. Promise!)

New Yotsuba and Fuuka figures!

Finally! A Yotsuba that isn't articulated! I am so getting this when it gets released. Unfortunately, there's no price, release date nor any other detail yet.

Yotsuba and Fuuka figure

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Any other takers?


March 14, 2008

I'm hungry right now...

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...and there are a bunch of food that I want to eat:

japanese dried snack Katsukari onigiri sushi

And for dessert:


Do you like any of these? What are your food cravings?

March 12, 2008

Prince of Persia movie

So... Another video game will be made into a movie: Prince of Persia. I never really got into the game so I never finished any of the Prince of Persia games so I don't really know what to expect when this movie finally comes out.

Anyway, this will be another movie under Disney, Mike Newell and Jerry Bruckheimer's respective belts. They will start filming on June, I think, in the sands of Morocco.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is due to be released on June 16, 2009.

Oh and these are the production photos that have been released so far:

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March 8, 2008

Lucky ☆ Star cuteness

I haven't really watched Lucky ☆ Star yet (loser, I know...) so the only character I'm familiar with is Konata (Jeff's waifu). But even if I'm not familiar with them, that doesn't mean that I can't like the characters, right? They are super cute especially in these figures that were shown during the recent WonFes. These are only a few of them - the ones that I personally like lol.

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If you want to see more Lucky ☆ Star cuteness, visit AkibaHobby.