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I am Zoro , Zoro Roronoa. I might look badass and wield 3 swords but that’s actually all I can do .

End.

I was injured a lot as well but I acted badass even though all I can kill are henchmen and midbosses  .

My mouth has no ulcer .

It is so sad that the best series I ever watch which starts with the letter Q is Queens Blade and that is only because it is the only Q anime I watched. It is sadder when I stalled it at episode 2 and never gotten around to finish it. So what’s the reason for the lack of Q series? It is because Japanese doesn’t know how to pronounce Q and hence the lack of title that can start with Q? Or is it because the letter Q looks so stupid hence having an awesome title that start with Q is impossible? Actually , let’s don’t even mention anime title that start with Q because anime title that consist of the letter Q is scarce on its own . Even though Q has some really great conventional words such as Quest and Queen , you will be surprise at the lack of such words in anime title.

So here’s my challenge : name some great anime series that have the letter Q inside its title . It must be a tv series  and the title must also be the official R1 or R2  title and not some translation or synonym  . The reward will be me getting to watch the series because the greatest reward a human can get is the happiness of others so I am willing to be happy just for your sake .

Why? Because the whole fandom is embarrassing . Seriously , how can you feel proud of a fandom where people said outrageous comments like 2D is better than 3D and buy sexy plastic toy while wearing some black rock shooter shirt  shamelessly? How can you feel proud of a fandom that watches and loves series where a bunch of cute girls doing cute things to satisfy one’s desire? How can you feel proud of a fandom where people openly admit that they love gay porn and fap to little cartoon girls? I always laugh when people complain about loli material being ban because when you complain , you aren’t defending your right but rather , show that you dig cartoon children because we all know that only those who are affected will care to complain about such stuff . Those who aren’t interested won’t even spare a thought about it . If people really care about freedom of speech , why don’t they complain about Singapore banning porn sites instead? I would think that that will be a more pressing matter and it  definitely affects more people .

I always thought that some of the defence  of  how anime is not porn are hysterical too. I often see fans defend on how anime isn’t porn while happily watching MOSTLY or even ONLY fanservice series like Ladies Vs Butler or scream when Mio showed her fake shimapan. Not to mention , get really excited by watching cartoon girls doing moe stuff .

Anime isn’t for kids ; I do agree because it isn’t for kids , it is for the twisted mind .  Just look at the amount of anime fans with awkward behaviour . Really , do you like being grouped with them?

That’s not saying I don’t dwell on the dark side( like some star war or something) of the fandom but long story short : I became a fan not because of such which sadly is what constitute the  majority of the fandom or at least the majority of anime fans I know or met.

I just finished Wild Life the manga recently after almost 6 month of hiatus. At first it was dull in a sense of how the hell can it run for 27 volumes but after a while , this feeling changed to how the hell can it finish at only 27 volumes! So what and why causes this change?

I have a really first good impression for WIld Life because the first volume although started off weak  but showed what it is capable of by the end of volume one . However , as the series goes on , it will make you wonder how the series can run for 27 volumes as the rescue animal theme doesn’t look like it can run for so long . Surprisingly though , the animal trivia are really interesting and they can keep you interested till the end of the series. During mid way , they add in some romance element and other educational tibits such as how to buy stock , how to choose meat , how to train your dogs , how to date girls and etc .  It was really interesting and fulfilling because it felt like you are reading an interesting textbook with a plot. It exposes me to lots of things that I  neglect or don’t even know about.

What’s more important is the messages that the manga conveyed. They are simple messages but sometime , these messages are so simple , we totally forgot about them . I especially liked the chapter where animals were killed during WWII due to the fear of them running loose during bombing . It shows the darker side of life and bring our attention to how war destroyed more than humans . The chapter about creating an artificial leg for a Giraffe with crippled leg  is my another favourite. The chapter showed us warmth and hope . Lots of chapters are also dedicated to the importance of keeping the balance of the ecosystem while showing that no one or nothing is useless. You may call these ideals and message overly idealise but most of the chapters are based on real life happening so it just added on the impact and substance of the messages. In other words , these messages are supported with facts and proof so they are strong enough to make us believe in them .

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20020517a7.html <- The story of installing an artificial leg for a crippled Giraffe.

Wild Life brought up the possibility and effectiveness of manga being an educational tool . Even if isn’t educational or what not ,I always encourage people – especially those that hate reading to read manga because it is a great starting point . For one , if you can’t even be bothered to read a manga , how the hell can you digest a full length novel?

To conclude , I will highly recommend Wild Life to everyone because it was one satisfying and educational ride. Although I do agree that some chapters were too far-fetched but 90% of the animal knowledge are well researched and  true. Not to mention , it has everything for everyone . It even include some tasty fanservice scenes(20+  pages in total including title page) and a romance sub-plot . For the shallow people , the female characters are hot . It contains lots of Gar and Gay as well … … Nanoha reference included.

Give it a try , it will grow into you and before you notice it , you won’t want it to end.

That’s a great question! NAPFA ( National Physical Fitness Award) , you will wonder why the need for the second “A” , shouldn’t it be NPFA?

In 1600 B.C. the Phoenician alphabet’s letter had a linear form that served as the base for some later forms. Its name must have corresponded closely to the Hebrew or Arabic aleph.

When the Ancient Greeks adopted the alphabet, they had no use for the glottal stop that the letter had denoted in Phoenician and other Semitic languages, so they used the sign to represent the vowel /a/, and kept its name with a minor change (alpha). In the earliest Greek inscriptions after the Greek Dark Ages, dating to the 8th century BC, the letter rests upon its side, but in the Greek alphabet of later times it generally resembles the modern capital letter, although many local varieties can be distinguished by the shortening of one leg, or by the angle at which the cross line is set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A

What does that mean? Actually , it means  how the fuck do I know why the need to add an extra A !? If NA is the fixed abbreviation for National , then why the hell  isn’t NBA  NABA instead?

So in order to pass NAPFA, we should first understand why the need to add the second “A” because before overcoming your enemy , you must first understand them.

There is no easy way out for learning hiragana except for practice. However , there’s still some trick to it . First , it is good to know the row sequence    a k s t h m n r y – A King Slashes The Hellish Mummy’s Nanny  Righteously Yesterday .

Like how you need to sing out abcdefg to know what letter come next , knowing the first hiragana from each row helps to facilitate your memory for the next Hiragana . However , don’t jump around while learning hiragana , learn it the systematic way , row by row , not column by column or whatever bullshit . Also , there are some easy ways to remember some unique hiragana by relating them to picture or whatever.

– ka is like the chienese word 力 with one slash

– ki is like old man play taiji while facing left and taiji build up “ki”(气)

– ku  is literally the  “smaller than”( < )  mathematics symbol

-ke ,  1 十 , numeric one , chinese ten.

-ko , 口 (mouth in chinese) without joining up or 二 (chinese two)

ら り る れ ろ

ra     ri     ru     re    ro

5 lanjiao 3 with hook , Wah   3 !

ra looks like 5

ri is LJ , the abbreviation for lanjiao

ru is just a 3 with hook

re is good to memorise because you just need to tweak a little and you can get wa and ne, so it is like one bird killing 3 stones. Yea , you read that right , one bird kills three stones.

ro is just 3 .

Other easy hiragana :

-se is like 世

– so is the combination of zc

-yu looks like 中

-yo looks like 上

That’s all , just use something you can relate to and learn hiragana! It is pretty easy , I used at most only 5hours to learn everything , of course not fluently but knew how to write and pronounce it slowly . When time passes , you will get fluent with it . Katakana on the other hand is quite bullshit though but that’s another business altogether. Also , it helps if you have a Chinese background because some sentence structures and Kanji are similar to Chinese. You can  complete Tokimeki Memorial by reading the Kanji using Chinese . I did it when I was 10 .

On how to cheat on a Japanese test: It is easy!  Just buy Coke because a Coke a day keeps the doctor away! Look below for proof!

Recently , I watched two movies , Future X Cop and Ip Man 2 and they make me ponder the state of Chinese Cinema . Before going deeper into both movie , I will like to share some of my thoughts for Chinese film. The Chinese film Golden Age to me is definitely the 70’s  till the end of the 20th century. After that , we will only get the occasional Internal Affairs and Red Cliff .  Other than that , Chinese films are underwhelmed by the big budgeted Hollywood.

Before the 21 century, there are 3 types of Chinese films that allowed it to gain its golden age status : Kungfu/Wuxia action films , Gangster films and Mo Lei Tau comedy . The gangster film loses out because Hollywood can make bigger gunfight and bigger explosion while the Mo Lei Tau comedy was deemed to be too low-brow and cheap to gain any recognition . With that,  only our hand to hand combat action film remains better than the western counterpart. Though that’s like saying  a professional  pianist is better than a green horn one; we have been doing these kungfu film since the black and white era and have thousands of years of kungfu culture to support it so how can we even lose at it?! This point led to the discussion of Future X Cop and Ip Man .

Ip Man is a revisit to the Kungfu films . Yes , it is true that the Kungfu films are the shit in the 90’s thanks to stars like Jet Lee , Jackie Chan and others , however , there is a lack of these films during the 21th century . This is due to the mentioned actors expanded their career in Hollywood and the advent of CGI . With CGI , fight scenes can be great even without real martial arts . The Hong Kong cinema coped with CGI pretty well in the late 90’s and early 00’s with acclaimed movie like Storm Raider and Shaolin Soccer . However , CGI is a competition of technology and budget , the one with more of them wins . With that , Hollywood created movie like Terminator 2 , Matrix , Spiderman and such while refining the CGI usage to a matured level while Chinese Film struggle with cartoonish special effects and finally lose out . When comparing to their western counterpart , the CGI just look cheap and jarring so the result wasn’t too much of a surprise. The recent Future X Cop just strengthen this fact. It is like why should I watch Future X Cop when I can watch Iron Man 2? They are providing the same service and one is way more superior than the other!

Now , Future X Cop sucks , it really sucks . However , I must praise it because if there are no movie like Future X Cop to become the stepping stone for the refinement of CGI in Chinese films , the technique will stay stagnant and it will just lose out more. But then again , looking at those CGI , I lamented at why the hell do they waste their time and money do make this crap and not do what they are good at instead? So it was quite complicated , should Chinese films remain stagnant with their CGI and stay by the old formula that may become obsolete  any day or should they do otherwise? That’s for producer to decide and for me to find out.

Now on the other hand , Ip Man is great . It is simple ,touching and exciting at the same time . However , as much as I enjoyed the film , I hate to say that this won’t last long .  The kungfu films formula haven’t change since the Bruce Lee era. The basic premise follows: A great kungfu master with exceptional moral imparts and impacts people with their spirit and Chinese culture values. They are often being oppressed by a bigger power – mostly Japanese or Westerners due to the occupation by  both of them during the early 20th century .  Then they will fight the greater power in some form of martial art fights to impart Chinese culture and the importance of respect .They often played around with the ideas of underdog and how Kungfu is more than brutal fights for their theme . Jackie Chan added more to that by having interesting stunts but the premise more or less remained similar(Though he did try and succeeded with innovative plot as shown in Shijuku Incident and some other films of his).

The above mentioned formula is a winning formula but it will fail one day . Why? Did you noticed how those actors are all in their forties?  How can it keep on going when such talents are one in a million? Not to mention , the idea will get old one day . It might still be a joy to watch  Fearless and Ip Man thanks to some biography of well known real life Martial Artist and awesome choreography  but how many more Kungfu masters are there for you to depict and how exciting and innovative the choreography will get when the same premise is rehearsed a million times? The Jackie Chan formula is a long-lasting one though but there is a problem , it had been so many years and there is still only one Jackie Chan . If Martial Artist stars are one in a million then Jackie Chan will be one in a billion so how long will his formula keeps out? Not long  I guess.

So now they can either nurture another Kungfu star and keep the formula going or try another winning formula . Both of them take the same amount of time to succeed but the latter is of course more lasting . However  it will be more risky and take more tries to warm up the audience as shown in Future X Cop .

Of course , there are still some occasional gems like Red Cliff and such but compare these to the more widespread and frequent Hollywood/Western productions, how will the Chinese films keep up with it is still unknown . They are now coping with their interesting plot and rich histories and culture but how long will this last is still something that we odd to be careful of .

With that , I will end my thoughts . As for Singapore films , let’s just say that we are too young to be worth anything .

How to rattle off anime news and get away with it without supplying any source or hold any responsibility when they are wrong? Just say that they are rumours!

Man , I am so smart.

So without further ado , let’s talk about some anime news which may or may not be featured on ANN . Please take these news with a pinch of salt because I myself don’t really know whether my source is reliable or not .I will also share my thoughts to make this post look like I am not just copy and pasting stuffs . My thoughts in bold.

Rumour #1: Mahou Sensei Negima manga will be ending this summer. Chapter 294 is stated to be the final chapter .

I don’t care really .

Rumour #2: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl anime will be going into its final arc! It is stated to end during this July.

I gave up on it after  the Orange Island arc.

Rumour #3: This is most likely a fact . Edenof the East 2nd movie’s DVD and BD will be release on 4 August 2010 . The limited edition will be 10,290 yens and the standard edition will be 7,140 yens.

The BT version will be 0 yen.

Rumour #4:KimiKiss’ “sister” work , Amagami will be animated by AIC.

By the way, ANN had already posted about it but I doubt anyone will know or even notices it anyway.

Rumour #5: Ouran High School has a petition on Shomei.tv(the site where fanboys and girls vote for anime remakes/season 2 and hope that it will come true)  about Ouran High School Season 2 and it has gathered almost 10000 votes for a second season so rumour said that Ouran High School Season 2 will be produce soon .

No one knows , no one cares. Actually  everyone cares but I thought that no one knows , no one cares rhymes well. This is most likely untrue though as petition sites are bullshit but people can still hope right?

Rumour #6: This should be a fact and ANN had already posted it but again , no one seems to notice it . Madhouse will be producing a new film call To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku(Originate from a Light novel)  .

In order to let everyone jump onto my bandwagon , I will now announce that this film will be good . There , I am the first one who said it and if it ever becomes horrendously bad , I bet no one will remember this tiny post of mine but if it turn out to be epic , I will definitely re-link back here.

That’s all, bastards .

You know what’s bullshit?! Ants , ants are bullshit . Before going into why they are bullshit, let us definite a certain kind of personality . What do you call someone who can’t dance but dance on top of the building and fall down to their pathetic death regardless? Retards and egoistic bastards . So what do you call ants that love to die in your water pot when they can’t fucking swim? Fucking ants of course! Calling them retards and bastards are like calling shit from bull bullshit ! It is too obvious for you to waste your breath!

I don’t know why , I seriously don’t know why . I have this  big red pail full of water like some big ass comforting spa where naked ladies bath  with me in my bathroom but ants don’t want to die there . They always fucking choose the nasty looking water container filled with drinkable water to die in !WHAT?! WHY!?

I also have one huge cans of overdue yet big and attractive sweets for them to die in but they don’t die there , they rather die in some drinkable , full filled and precious water just to piss me off!  I placed my container in mid air and unreachable table   but they just fucking love to die in it not matter how hard it was to reach! It is like dying to die !

That’s why ants are bullshit . The simple fact that they make me waste a whole lot of drinkable water just because of their dead bodies makes them bullshitter than bullshit. Before calling me a pussy for not drinking water just because ants die in it , let me tell you that those fucking ants come from shithole and dirtied  their bodies with shit . Hence when you drink that water , you are drinking shit! I rather being call a pussy than drinking shit laden water.

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