Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spotlight: Aquarion Evol, Episode 10 -'One-Eyed Transfer Student'

When I fangirl over an episode, I can't stop talking about it. And since I've been posting non stop all over Tumblr and Facebook, I figured I just need to post it in here also. :))



One episode. That's all it took for my heart to fall into a whole new different ship. OTP: Jin x Yunoha.

Honestly, I've never really thought much about these two character (just whenever they're on the scene), until this episode. This must've been the most adorable pairing in the whole Aquarion Evol series so far.

The new found cuteness that is in Jin. >.< Fangirl alert.



Before, I was head over heels on Kagura's coolness, but Jin's innocence turn it all around. And when he shoved his hair over her eyes.... I know that things will never be the same again. :3

I'm really digging this ship. And in all fairness, I've never shipped anime characters so hard in just one episode. I can't help it, they're just so innocent and adorable. <3

And THIS SCENE!



When Jin held her… and screamed “Yunoha”…and raised his hands..and the background music as Cayenne’s stun ray gun shot hit Jin’s new found barrier. That was just the sweetest thing in the world!

 I was meaning to post a video of that  moment, 'coz GIFs just won't suffice but I just can't find a video of that exact scene at YouTube with the exact song. I mean, I swear, when that song started playing just when they are starting to talk, I knew it would be awesome.... And when it finally hit its chorus the moment Jin's barrier appeared, that was just brilliance. The entrance of that verse at the exact moment. That was just beautiful. :))




Pride ~ Nageki no Tabi [ プライド〜嘆きの旅 ] by AKINO // Composer: Yoko Kanno 
Sousei no Aquarion Original Soundtrack (Prequel of Aquarion EVOL)

And should I mention, the song used in this scene was actually a OST of Aquarion Evol's prequel (Genesis of Aquaria).... and just replayed int his season. It was just genious. The mood of the song and everything in it just fits that scene like a glove. I don't even care if it was just reused or what. The song was just beautiful. Period. Along with any other OST from that anime. 

This anime's just eating my whole brain right now. Haha. I even forgot for a second there that I'm in a crazy ride with Mirai Nikki's twisted plot (another anime that I'm crazy about right now). It's just so.... I don't know. I even imagined Romeo x Juliet there. The way Jin threw a stone at Yunoha's window, and she emerging from there. And him wanting to talk to her, and her being hesitant about it. Right? It just screams Shakespeare's famous balcony scene. XP. Yeah, right, it's just my imagination playing on me. Haha. But well. If you're an anime junkie, I strongly recommend watching this anime. This was soooo good for my liking. I loved it to bits! :))
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Note: All images are from Tumblr, unless specifically stated.

Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

[WARNING: This is definitely not a spoiler-free post.]

Last Friday, I finally finished reading "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin.And two words: awfully long. This is a book that commands attention - and nonetheless, time. But rest assured that every little effort you put into reading this would all be worth it, because you will definitely be transported into a whole new world of war, politics, and relationships as this medieval fantasy unfolds in your very eyes.

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Back in the last Christmas vacation, I made the mistake of watching the HBO TV adaptation of this novel. I was so curious with the series that I instantly downloaded and watched it, despite my usual rule of reading the book  in which it was based first if there is any. But I think that was a pretty lucky mistake I made there. Before I watched the series, I think I would never pick up and buy a book like this. I was a pretty discriminating reader, and medieval fantasy was not really my cup of tea. But all of it changed, because now, I hereby declare that Game of Thrones landed straight in my "favorites" bookshelf as the first medieval fantasy novel to be included there.

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Let me just tell you that this post is not strictly a review of the book per se, but basically more like a comparison and the good (and bad) things I like about the book and series alike. I mean, really, the series was strictly adopted right at the pages of the books. Watching the series, just feels like the chapters of the book coming to life at my very eyes. Of course, I think it helped that the author himself was one of the writers of the series. It was critically acclaimed, and they truly did justice to the awesomeness that Game of Thrones really is.


THE BOOK & THE SERIES
So here is the plot:

"Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: thegame of thrones." [via Goodreads]

This is the first book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. And judging from the first book alone, I guess this is one of the best book series I've ever read. And at some point, I think the hunger Games trilogy couldn't even compare to it (no mater how much I love HG). With a plot that has sooo many twist and turns, interesting band of characters, a world that was almost believable no matter how foreign it may seem, and a fresh way of delivering it.

The book was written in several point of views (POV). Personally, I prefer books written in this format because it allows you to go deep into the a character's mind unlike the conventional 3rd person way of delivering it. And one unique thing about this book is that it is written, in not only one, but to 8 of its major characters with an additional one in the prologue. And this allowed me to understand each of them more, unlike in the TV series.

The story was told in simultaneous fashion - happening in three different places in their world: in the seven kingdoms, in the wall, and in the east. There are so many different characters in here, with the Starks of the North (Winterfell) dominating 6 of the 8 major POV characters. And personally speaking, the POVs I liked the most were Tyrion Lannister's (the highly intelligent dwarf lord of House Lannister), and Jon Snow's (the bastard son of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell). I enjoyed delving into their minds, Tyrion's mocking sarcasm and how he accepts who he is and what he look like wholly, while using his name to his advantage everytime, plus how Jon handles the shame and pain of being a bastard and how he always felt that he was an outsider all his life. I don't know why I really felt for them, but seriously, they have some serious connection going on, maybe because they're both outsiders in their own world.

John Snow
Tyrion Lannister

One thing that I also love is how Martin made use of brilliant metaphors during the course of the book. Some of the good examples were when they found a wolf dead in the woods with a stag's antler stuck in its throat. I mean, that was just so brilliant (clue, the two were sigil of two of the major houses in the Seven Kingdoms :P). Plus, that time when Jon together with the others found 6 direwolf pups in the wood, exactly the number of Ned Stark's children plus his bastards. They really are meant to have those wolves!

There are deaths, yes. Tons of them. And some I couldn't even bear to make out. Those caught me by a surprise. Plus the surprising plots, that even add fuel to the already fiery battle for the Iron Throne. The layering of the characters were impeccable, some you want to hate so much but you just can't do it completely (i.e. the Queen XP). And some just annoys the heck out of me, that reading their POV feels like I'm just doing it just to get over it (spec. Sansa). One thing about Sansa though, I was surprised to feel my tears building up towards the very end of the book because of her. I can't give away so much details, but no matter how I hate her, her submission to the fact that her world of songs and everything beautiful was just make believe, and the very boy she loved shattered that illusion just pained me. I could've cried as much, but the story was just too fast paced in that part I shoved my emotions away.

I'm not exaggerating when I said that this commands attention and time. The book was long, yes. But luckily, I managed to finish it despite rough schedules. There were so much things I love in that book, that typing it would seem pretty pointless because that's just basically the WHOLE of it. Haha. I mean, I love the book to pieces, and  I won't mind if the series still extends to so many sequels despite it being so long in its own already.

Oh, and yeah, I almost forgot about the series..I'll just put my thoughts into bullets since I'm beginning to get tired typing (XP) -


What I thought about the TV adaptaion:

  • The musical scoring was brilliant.
  • The actors and actresses were flawless. Specially, Peter Dinklage who played Tyrion. He even won a Golden Globe for this role, one proof that he did an extra ordinary job. Plus, he was the only one who was hand picked by the author himself to play that character.
  • The fight scenes, the deaths, the grotesque almost morbid depiction of slaughter were really believable. There were sever racy scenes (there was, I think, so much nudity, but it was required, and it didn't even lessen the artistry in the whole production, but heightened it even.)
  • The script was impeccable.
  • THE WHOLE PRODUCTION WAS EPIC.
  • Aaaaand! I can't wait for Season 2 to start! :))
So that's it, I think that ends my fangirling over this series in words. XP I'm quite excited for the next one. So long, I'm out. ~ R

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Game of Thrones 4 pc. Boxed Set

PS. I read A Game of Thrones through PDF. I know. Though I really wanted to read it in flesh, I was short in dough and thus, haven't been able to buy much books lately. I accidentally found an Android app in the market: "A Song of Ice and Fire", and started reading it otherwise. I was such a blessing. Last time, I saw a boxed set of A Song of Ice and Fire series at NBS Recto for, I think, more or less P1000 and decided I would buy it. Haha. My weekly allowance was cut, so I'm making an effort to save for this. Waaah, I really love this. I hope I could buy this as soon as I can. Ayeah, so much ramblings, 'till next time! Ja! :))

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Update: As my books cried "Help!" (and other matters that are freaking me out)

Sorry for the lack of post.. it's just that school work and org works are making me crazy I could barely sleep - let alone blog. Haha. (I do read blogs though, when I have the time...) Finals are approaching,  and there seem to be so much to do. 


My title screams "books" but I'm afraid this post is just updates on which books I've been unexpectedly putting on hold, and some I've been trying to squirm myself into finishing despite the busy sched. But when I say that my books are crying for "Help!" I meant it in two different ways. *wink*

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Before anything else, I just wanted to share a cute little thing I found while scouring some school supply shops near our university.

A "Help Me!" Bookmark
I bought the bookmark for only 25 pesos and what a cute treat it has been. :)) It comes in a set of four, with different colors, but I decided I don't really need that much bookmarks now. Maybe next time, I'll buy it in set and send gifts for my bookworm friends. :))


It was clipped in my copy of HM's Norwegian Wood which is sitting idly atop my books and planner. Funny really, whenever I see the hand sticking out of that book, it's like Naoko is calling me and saying "Help me!" inside it. Haha, creepy. If you read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about. Unfortunate as it may seem, I still wasn't able to finish the book despite how beautiful it is because of my hysterical schedule. PlusI'm saving whatever little time I've got for reading into finishing the awfully-long Game of Thrones. 

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On a negative note, though in my dorm-bedside sit some books that I flick through every now and then, these two books (aside form Norwegian Wood) are still in my "currently reading"/"on hiatus" shelf. Well, I've been trying to fit them in, but I guess there's just too many books in my so little time.

Looking for Alaska by John Green; How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton

I know I've already finished reading Looking for Alaska in PDF, but I just can't deprive myself of reading it in its full flesh ever since I impulsively bought it in National bookstore a few months ago. I was jumping in and out, wherever chapter they may be, into my favorites parts (particulary anything related to Dr. Hyde's classes) highlighting the last chapters. And since I am basically reading it again, I swore to myself that after everything that I have to do... I'm gonna read it more properly.

Same goes with How to Walk in High Heels. Well, this books is basically just a 'how-to" in everything that concerns a girl.. haha, so it really helps that you can read it anyway you want, chronologically or not. Oh, bless you Camilla Morton for making things easier for me. I flipped into several pages already, and I can say that I've already learned buckets: from choosing which music to soothe the ambiance, to choosing heels, on putting make up, on donning my hair, and several other things that may prove useful in the near future. I just love how this books screams "GIRL!" form the moment you laid eyes on it, continuing to when you flap open its pages. Someday.... hmm, sometime near in the future, I'll be able to finish you I swear!

AND TO NOTE: I am less than a hundred page to go in finishing George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.. so I can peacefully head out to reading A storm of Swords without that guilty feeling of just-watching-the-series-and-not-reading-the-book thing... :)) Weeeh! It was an awfully long novel, I tell you.

PLUS! Of course, just wanna update...THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE IS FAST APPROACHING! I can't believe it's March 2012 already. It seem just yesterday *char* when I first dreamed of a movie adaptation, and now, here it is, almost less than a month to go before its official showing date. I can't wait! :))

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Well, if you don't think what I've been talking about in the last few paragraphs are random jibber jabbers, I'm pretty sure the following are just ramblings, complaints, and stuffs. :P As I was saying, and I repeat: SCHOOL WORK IS MAKING ME CRAZY! And yes, it does. My major subjects are squeezed tightly this sem, and I can clearly feel it especially now that the the sem is nearing it's end.


Assignments to be worked on when at home, quizzes in all subjects almost everyday, projects yet to be passed and completed, reviewing when you have the time (which in most cases, you don't) and take home final exams to be worked on. Gosh. This is responsible for all the consecutive sleepless nights I've been having, camping with a cup of coffee (or may be two) on hand, plus food to last the night. My eye bags are becoming darker and more puffy than ever, but thanks to my ever so blessed eyeliner and concealer, they don't seem to make much of a difference, or the people around me are just so used to seeing me so groggy and haggard all the time they don't even care. XD Haha. And sometimes, I think my blood pressure is bordering in anemia, again.*sigh* This one instance, I felt like fainting... but then I pulled it together. :|

Piles of school books to be read... and some org docs to be worked on.
And it doesn't help that I also have this major responsibility in our student organization . I'm acting as the current VP for Finance, and since the chapter year is ending, financial documents must be organized, receipts must be filled up and issued, plus the reconciliation and aggregation of accounts to be made. I am needed to assist the one preparing our financial statements, and untill the FS are issued, I can't say that I'm out of the job.

And so yeah, because of how toxic my life is becoming these past few days, I'm doing everything I can to cheer myself up. Haha. I've been writing in my diary non-stop to console my down-spirited self, and been writing motivational quotes in it ever since... I even increased the number of quotes pasted beside my dorm bed for further self boost!


That was a  page in my diary that I wrote while I was reviewing for my exams and was on the verge of tears because I can't comprehend a single thing I've read. Haha, funny when desperation gets the best of me. I remember writing it at almost 2 am and I still haven't read one last chapter and I can't understand it and my exam is 7 am immediately after I wake up. Lol, that freaked me out. But oh well, I guess we all have a way to cope with stress. And this happens to be mine.

Well then, this is becoming awfully long so I guess I must end this post now. I think I won't be able to post for the next couple of days, but I do hope that this is enough to compensate them.. haha (though I'm just pretty much rambling myself out of here). Byeee.... I'm out. :))

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