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Sayonara, 2011 (I hate you)!

I want to be a Akihabara maid. I wish the Mayans would stop scaring us all.

Since it’s the end of the year I guess I’ll share a little on my thoughts about this year with everyone. And don’t worry, it doesn’t concern my everyday life dramas -I’ll spare you on that for now- but rather on what anime, dramas, music, and video games have brought us. Before heading on to the main subjects, let’s look back now on what happened on May.

This might be a bit awkward to talk about it, but it is rather inevitable since this was a big disaster that shook the entire world this year. I remember hearing about it at school in the morning: everyone was talking about it and were sincerely worried about the sort of the victims. But it was only after school that I had the chance to see what really happened with my own eyes – buildings that have crumbled to the ground because of the earthquake, a giant flood that covered everything in sight except for the roofs of houses, men and women crying for the lost of their friends and family…

What was even harder for me at that moment was that I had no idea if my Japanese family members were safe (Fortunately, they’re from Tokyo where nothing happened). The news didn’t help – once we heard about the nuclear crisis in Japan, journalists kept exaggerating the situation and continued worrying those concerned around the world that couldn’t do anything to help. May 2011 was beyond doubt a tough period for Japan until help arrived.

Today, the situation has of course gotten better, but the bitterness is still present. One of my wishes for next year is that the concerned Japanese will rapidly get back on their feet.

After getting that off my chest, let’s move on to something more joyful, shall we?

  • Anime

This year’s anime was rather good this year, wasn’t it? Like always, there were a few disappointments (I’m looking at you, Aoi no Exorcist and [C]) we couldn’t avoid, but everything turned out well. What really marked me concerning anime were the summer and fall seasons since it was the first time I was able to comment, share and add my two cenz on the anime that were currently viewed by a big number of anime-bloggers — you could say I felt a bit at home because I got to join in on the fun with other bloggers.

  • Dramas

While I have commented, impatiently waited, and criticized a lot of J-dramas this year (I am terribly sorry to the people I know on J-drama community sites), I have practically watched nothing that came out in 2011. I have viewed the first episode of Ouran High School Host Club after mercilessly criticizing the choice of cast, forgot to watch the episodes, did the same thing for Arakawa Under The Bridge (regardless of the presence of my Shun Oguri in the cast), and didn’t dare watch the remake of Hanakimi because I was still pissed that there was even a remake.

Now that I think about it, the J-dramas I just mentioned above are all adaptations of manga. Dear me :3

  • Music

After anime, music really had an important place in my list this year. I looked forward to alot of great J-rock groups such as school food punishment and ONE OK ROCK, but their albums this year were unfortunately easy to forget and didn’t ‘wow’ me. Not their singles, of course! I have nothing to say about their singles this year.

In order to widen my repertoire in Asian music, I tried a little K-pop (for the fifth time) since the Hallyuu wave was impossible to miss. I’m happy to say that after a few failed tries of getting into it in the past, I’m now a new fan. IU, MBLAQ, GD and TOP, Super Junior and Girls’ Generation (not too sure) are now artists I listen to on my iPod. I still have yet to understand them in Korean though. Concerning other Japanese artists (I won’t mention all of them :P), I’m rather sad SAWA and Kanon Wakeshima didn’t release anything this year. And as for moumoon, I couldn’t get into their new material this year.

  • Video Games

They could have made a better job with the graphics on Zelda. But then the story was good enough to make me forget.

I was personally very pleased with all the fantastic games that came out this year: Yakuza 4, Final Fantasy, Pokémon and the list goes on and on, however Skyward Sword was the big surprise for me at the end of the year. I shamefully admit that it is the first Zelda game I have ever played…Ever since I can remember, I already knew who Zelda and Link were and how they looked like, but I never had the curiosity to buy the game until an old friend of mine (and living Zelda encyclopedia) kept indirectly pressuring me about it. In the end, I spent a large amount of money just for the collector’s version and I have no regrets. Besides, playing the legendary bishonen Link and swinging a sword around isn’t something so unpleasant~!

Hm, I managed to ramble about my life somehow. I should really do something about that problem before it’s too late. Oh well.

Hope you don’t end up like them tonight. Happy New Year!

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Day 7 – Favorite anime couple

Day 7 and my head hurts…I want to skip to favorite villain already so I can express my love for them. But I’ll stay quiet and continue to find gifs of them for the time being.

About today, I’ve decided that I’m going to show my top three favorite anime couples. And yes, I shamefully know its not my first ranking.

Poor KondoAren’t I cute- OHGODWRONGGIF. Never mind.

Let’s…go on, shall we?

Number 3: Chihiro and Haku from Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.

When I first watched this movie, Haku used to creep me out…

This was my first Miyazaki movie, how nostalgic… I only remember bits and pieces of it today unfortunately.

Yes, they are children, at least for Chihiro, but I really enjoyed the complicity between them in the movie. I see them as an innocent couple: Such as the little boy/girl that used to play with you at the park; But I can’t consider them as a romantically involved couple. Besides, the challenge for today wasn’t precise~

I love you, Mr. fluffy-kins  Puff the Magical Dragon!

Number 2: Niwa Daisuke and Harada Riku from D.N.Angel.

I had to wait till the final scene, the final seconds just to see them finally kiss.

D.N.Angel is one of my most preferred shojo manga (but not anime D:). Daisuke and Riku are adorkable since their traditional roles as boy and girl in shojo manga are reversed: Daisuke is the timid boy and Riku is the straight-forward, boyish girl. They’ve been through so much that when you see them finally together, you go all: Awww…

<_< That doesn’t look like an innocent kiss either. Kids these days!

Number 1: Noda Megumi and Chiaki Shinichi from Nodame Cantabile.

I adore them so.

If you’ve never been interested in josei, I recommend you this wonderful one-sided love story between two musicians: One messy, stalker-ish woman and one prideful, stuck-up man. I giggle uncontrollably when they have their comical moments to the point it scares me.

Typical love.

If Nodame and Chiaki can work it out, I wonder if Sa-chan and Gintoki can work?

GET OUT OF MY LIFE YOU STALKER!

Guess not.

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Day 5 – Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

Day 5 is finally here.

Concerning the challenge for today, I’ve always compared myself to other anime characters when I watch anime. Right last night I was watching Durarara, and I thought that my personality was similar to the main character, Mikado Ryugamine. Otherwise known as the shy and innocent (it depends on sometimes) character. But Mikado isn’t the character I feel I’m most like, a part of his character is just a small part of my personality since I’m, of course real (I will never say that again. It hurts).

Here is the anime character I feel I’m most like:

My Naruto bishie~

Shikamaru Nara from Naruto is the character I feel I’m most like. I’m not saying I’m intelligent, but his calm and lazy personality is definitely something I can relate to. For this challenge, before ultimately deciding on Shikamaru, I searched on the net for anime quizzes that could figure out who I mostly resembled and came up with these results:

Bijou from Hamtaro:

Anise Tatlin from Tales of the Abyss

and Fuu Hououji from Magic knight rayearth:

Fuu

Funny thing is, I resemble her at 60% and Kenshin Himura at 40%.

As for a character that I wish I were, that is a bit hard to answer, since I don’t want to be someone already there. But then I thought about my childhood: everyone in their childhood wanted to be a certain someone, so who was the person I wanted to be? My answer:

Guess who between the beauties?

The character I wished I were was Sailor Mars. The sassy character, very pretty, outspoken and a magical girl. What more does a girl want?

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Day 4 – Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed

And here is Day 4!

Most of my friends aren’t anime fans or aren’t as obsessed about it as I am, which is very unfortunate, seeing that anime is a big part of my everyday life. My friends are the ones who believe that anime isn’t interesting and that there’s no point in being attracted to it. They also think that every anime has violence and sexual situations: The big and ugly stereotypes that we anime/manga lovers cringe when we hear others say that.

I always try my best to convince them that anime isn’t as bad as it looks: I’ve tried comparing it to when rock music was popular among teenagers a long time ago and that most parents would not accept it. Look at how rock music today has evolved: It’s everywhere and, even if it’s not liked by most people, the general view people had on it changed.

It’ll be a while before I succeed in convincing them…

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Club-to-death angel Dokuro-chanis the anime I’m ashamed I have enjoyed. It has every big anime stereotype known to men such as violence, sexual situations and randomness without any ‘intelligent’ plot. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from watching it. And loving it.

This image has not been modified in any way. Seriously.

…Err yeah.

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 03That wasn’t pretty to watch.

It may seem like a bad anime, but it was very fun to watch. The characters were all agreeable, even if Dokuro-chan was a bit annoying… >_>

I might be embarrassed to talk about it in real life, but when the day comes that my anime-hating friends will be able to accept my hobby in some way, I won’t hesitate to show them this anime.

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro Chan.gif

Can’t wait ’till Day 14~

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Day 3 – Your anime crush

Since it’s officially Day 3 where I’m currently at, I’ve decided to already add Day 3 to the list.

This “Day” was difficult for me since I’m known by my anime-loving friends as a bishie addict (meaning someone who adores handsome anime/manga males). So to choose randomly out of my long list of bishonen just one male was impossible.

To make this Day easier, I’ve made a top five! >:D It was still painful for me, but I’ve managed somehow to cope up with it. Please bear it with me~

Number 5:

This wouldn’t be a bishie list without him.

My third childhood crush, Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho (just after Ash from Pokemon and Son Goku from Dragonball Z). The, um, most feminine male who is in my top 5.

I don’t remember how he came to be one of my first anime crushes, but he was the first one to become number one in my list. Even today I still can’t get over him and I keep promising myself to get at least an anime goodie with his face on it.

He doesn’t seem too happy about being number 5…

Number 4:

Takeshi Yamamoto. Hard choice.

Every girl that has watched (or read) Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn knows that there is a large choice of bishonen in the anime. I could of made it easier for me to put them all in the list, but it wouldn’t be an intelligent decision in my opinion.

Tsuna, Gokudera and the others share some big space on my list, but my favorite out of them is Yamamoto, since he’s a very carefree and happy-go-lucky character. I didn’t choose him for his appearance, but for his personality that brightens the worse of situations in the anime.

I’m gonna watch Reborn! after this.

Number 3:

If he was real I would kidnap him without hesitation.

Yu Kanda from D.Gray-man. The first time I saw his character in the manga, I was like, “Hey! That’s my FMA Original Character as a boy!” it wasn’t love at first sight but more like curiosity. I wanted to learn more about him and the cliffhanger at the end of the first volume didn’t help me at all. Lucky for me a good friend (and fellow Tyki addict) lent me the other volumes. I already fell for his character in the second volume.

I’m not a fan of cold characters such as him, but… it happened.

Goodness! I’ve only been talking about the manga. I haven’t watched all the episodes of the anime yet…

Number 2:

Try to resist this Gintama fangirls. I dare you!

Gintoki…He’s the funniest character I’ve ever known. In his awesome moments, I always swoon over him to the point I embarrass myself. The worst thing is even in his stupid moments my love for him keeps growing.

He’s number two thanks to his indescribable character…well, not indescribable, but one second he can be his lazy, evil, straight-forward or girlish(consisting of being unable to sleep because of a nightmare or cross-dressing as a big-chested girl named Paako) self and the other second very heroic and appreciative.

Other fun fact: He’s the only character (other than L) over 20 years old in my bishie list.

Number 2 isn’t bad, isn’t it?

Number 1:

Number 1Most of the posters in my room have his face on them.

Number one, ladies and gentlemen, is none other than Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist (my favorite manga). The only one who has remained in my favorite number one for more than five years! Even if he’s hot-headed, a show-off and, short, I adore him for constantly showing his human side in the anime/manga.

Ten years laterEdward at age 18~

And there you have it! I can finally breathe again. I’m amazed I’ve even done that. Time to dance!

Next one soon?