Anime Secret Santa 2010: Preliminary

20 11 2010

This is my first year participating in the Anime Secret Santa.

Choices I received are: Bamboo Blade, Elfen Lied, and K-ON!!,

The former two are from my list as “plan to watch”’s, and there’s no way I’m watching K-ON’s 2nd season.

This leaves Bamboo Blade and Elfen Lied. I’ll be watching the former, since it has such an awesome ED (STAR RISE). I heard Elfen Lied has an amazing OP, but I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for that series just yet, so I’ll place a rain check on that one.





Extravagant Spending Averted

27 10 2010

Some people want to hop on board to the bandwagon of the new gadgets and gizmos of the modern cloud-computing lifestyle where life revolves around the internet and staying connected, possibly keeping entertained with digital libraries of books, video games, videos and apps.

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Dat Evangelion allusion in the movie: One Hour Photo

12 10 2010

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It’s been 7 years or so now, since Neon Genesis Evangelion got referenced in the movie “One Hour Photo”. I only got around to watching it, today, so don’t judge.

Now I read somewhere that Robin Williams is an Evangelion fan (oh, also it says so in wikipedia), and I think that’s awesome, because that would make it so that it’s a cool guy who like a cool series, and that is awesome. But did he SUGGEST adding in this symbolism? There’s a 1 in 3 chance, which is pretty darn good.

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As you can see, the one taken in this screen capture (all these screen caps  is of an action figure the EVA 05 thru 08 model. This puts us in a perspective, for those who have seen the Evangelion movie “Death & Rebirth”. After this point may be spoilers because I’ll be contemplating how the EVA 05 action figure might be a microcosm for the character… or rather the motivation of Sy, the photo guy, in the film. So, after the break: SPOILERS.

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Films for Bridging Cultures

18 09 2010

Today, I went out to watch a film called Harimaya Bridge.  True to its name it’s a film about bridging cultures specifically of the America and Japan type, although it isn’t the first film to do so. Another film in its category: Big Dreams Little Tokyo. (Click Here for a review by DarkMirage)

Harimaya Bridge dealt with generations, cultures, and family (For a synopsis go elsewhere). While Big Dreams Little Tokyo went more pragmatist and dealt with social, business, and intellectual opportunities. But for both films the sensation is when the paradigm shift yields favorable results. In Harimaya the paradigm shift occurred when he was able to see what was in front of him and link them treasured moments in his past to overcome his contempt in order to learn to share the dreams and accomplishments of future generations instead of clinging to the past.

While Harimaya Bridge took place in Japan, Big Dreams Little Tokyo took place right here in America, Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Unlike with an older generation, this movie concerns a newer generation and explores a not so apparent relationship between knowing another culture and one’s success in life. The appeal with our generation on this one is that we’re fresh out of college/high school and we’re looking to strike it rich, we’re looking for jobs, maybe we want the pride and glory of entrepreneurship without the willingness to actually work with it or be patient about it which leads to a great deal of frustration.

Culture bridging films are great, and I think as pointed out in Big Dreams Little Tokyo, unless it’s a hell of a book, then it probably won’t sell. So why not make it a movie? There may have been more movies about bridging cultures, maybe not with Japan and the US like the ones exemplified in this blog post, but with just these two, they’ve covered a large spectrum of ideas. They’re very hard to come by, however— a good one, that is.





Romance of the Three Kingdoms, or as I like to call it “ROT3K”. A Guide for the modern audience.

4 09 2010

My experience with the Three Kingdoms as a kid was a intriguing one. I never took much interest. Growing up as Thai descended from Chinese, I often saw the Three Kingdoms and its influence as a sort of relic. In places I would go, Chinese restaurants and homes, there would be a statue of a long, bearded man with a red face. These statues would range anywhere from about 1/4th scale to 1/3rd with life-sized or larger-than-life ones being viewable in museums or Chinese historical sites. This was the statue of Guan Yu. Never having come to my attention as to why he was revered, I had posed the question lately, to my Aunt, the answer “His Integrity”. Having read most of the 1st volume, there being 4 volumes each with over 1000 pages (you do the math), I have come to learn that, yes, Lord Guan was highly respected, even in the novel for his integrity and loyalty to his brother “Liu Bei” also known as “Liu Xuande”. [More after the break] Read the rest of this entry »





How furikake has changed my life forever

23 08 2010

I’ve worked at a Thai restaurant before, here in the states, and I’ve seen customers pour soy sauce over rice, and though “who does that? oh.. right”. A few years later, I found out that soy sauce was something that’s forbidden in Japan, along with placing chopsticks vertically stood up on the rice bowl {resembles incense sticks (also placed in rice, but uncooked) used to mourn the dead}

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Twitter: some thoughts

16 07 2010

It’s been about a year since I’ve started using twitter, and according to tweetstats my tweets per month have increased a great since since.

I’ve tried to convince many people to use twitter, but what has resulted is that they either don’t, or they start an account follow ten people and tweet once and then leave. That’s right around when I *palm face*.  Read the rest of this entry »