Random Venus as Samurai X!

(Thoughts on  Rurouni Kenshin: Samurai X-  The Live Action)

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Himura

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Neh? The title shouldn’t be like that-actually. But then again, what to do? I still have that Kenshin hang over from last Saturday? And today I am going to tirade about the world famous animated series that turned the world sunny-side-up!  Okayyyyy wait. *breath-in-breath-out.

To start with, honestly I only remember Inuyasha as part of my childhood. I used to dislike anime/manga and loved cartoons back then when I was oh-dear-here-we-go-I-feel-like-I’m-super-old… but yes, back then when I was… young-er! 😀  I’m such a late bloomer! I started adoring anime in Junior College when I met Round Table ft Nino through Michelle Phan. Though haven’t focus on a certain story yet (I watch Bleach in random episodes, and so as Inuyasha –via GMA7 and some anime series in the television).

So, now that you know my story, let’s go to the movie then.

The movie was supposed to be shown exclusively in SM cinemas in October of this year when it was first announced by SM Management.  But then after a couple of weeks they pulled it out, due to some movie license issues that they need for the Philippine release.  But the fans became very disappointed. Well, who to blame? The series is loved by the Filipino’s some even grew old with it. So SM turned it back and announced that it will hit in its cinema’s in December and will run only for a week. Which it did. Advanced screening happened on the 2nd of December with a lot of activities like cosplay contest, fan art contest and more. Too bad wasn’t able to get a ticket for that day. Actually, they’ve announced the advance screening late- 2 weeks before show time.  The movie ran from December 5 to 9.

I’d like to thank SM Cinema’s for bringing the movie here in the Philippines. Although, Marketing strategies were quiet not appreciative. I’m not sure what’s in during the advance screening aside from the fun activities, but as the movie runs or even before it ran no poster’s placed at the mall (I am referring to SM Mega Mall). I saw some small ones when I reserved my ticket somewhere late November, but after a few days when I get back to the mall the posters were gone. Also unlike any other Hollywood movies, the movie was not advertised via television. Even on the networking sites the ads were not really strong. I guess if not for the fans, the people won’t be aware about this manga being alive. Even so, still tickets get sold out, even during the advance reservations seats were almost taken (my seat was the very last one at the 2nd level of the cinema), movie goers were countless , the ticket counter ‘s queue was very long .

As a new fan of Japanese culture, particularly in its music & art, I got very excited just like the fans.  Although, to admit I didn’t know the story line. I tried to research and about the story but then I got confused because there are three parts. There’s Arc and something else. This made me realize that being a late bloomer sometimes is NO good! So I depended on the synopsis of the movie then and watched some scenes of the animated series on line.

Synopsis  @ Wikipedia

Review

Cinematography:  Stunning! Bravo! Bravo!  I have watched a lot of Asian Action movies like So Close, Naked Weapon and Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies, and I used be amazed by the vast and flawless cinematography especially in the fight scenes. But this time, it’s even more!  I thought it’d be like those other Asian action movies, but no! It’s more than that! The best- really astonishing!

Fight Scenes: Add this with the cinematography and it’s really Breath-taking! They just did not stick to the story line but also to most of the scenes (Which some or should I say most movies of these days can just stick to the story line but not on the original stunts – like for example.. Twilight? [Okay , twihard fan here actually]). The fight scenes in the animated series came to life and it was woo-  Breathtaking! Love! Did I say more?

Themes(Songs/Music) and Sound Effects : Would it be more ambitious if I also include that here?

Fighting scenes + the music= goose bumps!

Quirky scenes + the music = giggle!

Sound Effects + the scenes = woah!

Actually, music and sound effects accentuates more  a movie. No sound  effects : No movie! And brilliant sound effects are brilliant!

*Insert closing theme here with my teary eyes

And it was One Ok Rock! Have heard them from one of the cielers (aka friends) and as always – she’s got awesome music taste!

The Characters  – (Again, I am not a true-blue Kenshin fan and  this character review is based on my own observation on the movie and some friends who are fans of RK)

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Kenshin (Sato Takeru): He’s gorgeous! Ok wait. I think he gave the character a justice.  This is also according to the fans. My uncle even told me that Sato was perfect. He completed the image of Kenshin Himura, from head to toe, to its personality, specially the delivery of  its famous line’s  one of which is  “Oro?” (*Insert fan frenzy dance and gyah here).

Photo from: http://caseymoviemania.blogspot.com
Photo from: http://caseymoviemania.blogspot.com

Kaoru (Takei Emi): I was not quiet stunned with her acting. The lines came naturally, but I don’t know  if it’s just me who looks more for her facial expressions, especially in the very indispensable part (which was awkward for me at first, because the line was quite long for her) Only to realize it was actually part of it  when  a friend told me about that part being very special. I’ve looked over YouTube for a video of it and found one. Well, watching the animated one with those Kaoru lines, for me it was actually great! Because it was the part when Kenshin was about to break his life’s  promise just to save Kaoru. And I think it was the part where LOVE had come to realization.  It is supposed to be heart-melting not awkward!  I think Emi’s expression is lacking in that part there. Also I did not feel the chemistry between her and Kenshin . Nevertheless, I like her pretty face! 😉

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Photo by: http://www.anmtv.xpg.com.b

Megumi (Aoi Yu): Bravo! I was even more thrilled of her with  Kenshin.  I even thought  she’d end up with him! Haha! Her physical appearance gave the animated character come to life  (this is based on the photos I found). Her acting was amazing! Couldn’t say more!

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Photo from: http://kateviardo.tumblr.com/

Jin’e (Kikkawa Koji): Looking at him and those deep-royal -blue -scary -eyes reminds me of the animated character. Him being alive with those blue eyes is even scarier… And so as his acting!

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Photo from: http://makkosadventures.wordpress.com/author/danbacana/

Kanryu (Kagawa Teruyuki): Crazy! He’s awesome! I love how he was able to put  a  humor  in that  bad character.

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Photo from: http://audio-visualstyle.blogspot.com/

Yahiko (Tanaka Taketo): Although I could only count his appearances, his character is stuck in my head. I think it’s about his acting and how he delivers his lines. The Kid’s got talent, baby!

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Photo from: http://powet.tv

Sanosuke (Aoki Munetaka): Woah! According to fans he’s supposedly good looking just like the original character. But for me, he doesn’t have to. His acting skills were amazing! And I think it’s only the physical appearance that had a lil change, but the personality of the character was still there. I like their tandem (Kenshin).

The rest of the cast wasn’t memorable to me. I think it’s about their character, or is it just me not able to watch the original series, so I lost my attention to them?  And because of the movie, I am now retracting the series. Watching some of the episodes, re-reading the story line, and trying to find a book.  Oh, well.. What would I not give for Japan?! XD

I’d also like to add something, an experience worth bragging for. Though I was alone (as always- because my reservation was late and some friends watched it at another SM branch) and surrounded by groups, couples who are fans of RK,  I was really at ease. It was uncomfortable at first because everyone has someone to talk to and you can hear chattering here and there, but when the movie started.. The whole place became so silent. A solemn movie moment…. Finally,  after Twilight! 😀 I laughed and giggled over the quirky parts of the movie, held my breath at every fight scene, gush and gasp over Kenshin and even applaud with the fans after Kenshin’s “I’m Home” line. It was like, hey! I belong  now, acceptable? XD

In an over-all rating, I would not rate it with 5 stars.. Rather the whole galaxy! I thought Twilight’s Epic Finale will top my Best Movies of 2012 since it was the most waited (at least for twihards),  turns out  it’s not! Move a lil beautiful vampire, take the #1 spot gorgeous faced Samurai! >.<

I wish my white-bad-wolf will also soon come to life! And I’d like it to also be Takeru-kan. *-*

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*And wait, isn’t this the longest post so far? And the first review ever! *starts praising herself. 😀 So really, post your comments. Would really be glad to read them! 😉

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Grand Pop Culture Fair 2012

Philippine’s two of the largest event organizers colab for the biggest pop culture fair in the country!

Are you ready?

October 13,2012-JPop day

The best first day ever! Filled with cos-players and anime and everything fan dying for. And I’ve just realized- its expensive to be a fan girl – neh? XD

I got my self some stuffs from the booth’s. Also I met this very talented girl named Au-di at the On-the-spot Art Commission indie

Scandal Notepad, the L’Arc poster, Personalized L’Arc and hydeist pins, Au-di’s skecth compilation and bookmark, 2NE1 personalized hair clip, and an anime poster

artists’ booth and totally fell in love with her works! The Sketch compilation is so inspiring! 😉

There were also games and contests like the JPop dance cover and singing contest which gave me a good great laugh. And believe it or not, even the official event tarpaulin’s were auctioned to the fans and collectors!

Sorry I forgot to ask for her name, but she actively smiled at my camera when I asked her for a photo with the poster. I think she finds one of the members beautiful too.. 😉

I couldn’t also help but smile to this pretty “Oh’ing” moment with a booth rep. I was scanning through the bag tags and saw no shadows of L’Arc (as usual fan girl XD ). I then asked if there are any L’Arc~en~ciel items, the lady didn’t think twice and as fast as the  millisecond ticked she scan through the posters while saying “Nag-iisang poster nalang po!” (means: there’s only one poster left). I thought- hmm.. rate this lady from 1 to 10, ten being the fastest reactor of all the rep’s – I’d give her 11! haha.

 

It was almost six in the eve when I’ve realized I’ve stayed that long enjoying the program. I was then deciding whether to wait for the cos-play contest or not when I spotted my… gasp! CRUSH! Oh dear! Yes, I’m sure of it. Cause I looked at him like thrice and I did some checks… Yep- hair, the way he dressed and the eeee!!!! face! okay-okay- naf-naf-naf! :))

And if you’re wondering about my decision whether to stay for cos-play or not- nahh… I did not. Got too tired. 🙂

October 14, 2012 – KPop day

Just a perfect sunny Sunday, because my sister sent me a sms with her undying love for Lee Min Ho and her dream of seeing him in person in November. Although I am not a die-hard fan of KPop – anymore.. which leads me to YES, I used to go gaga over Lee Min Ho and the BOF cast, to SHINee and the SS501 and Rain, but still I am a huge fan of 2NE1 and 2NE1 alone! XD

But after attending the second day I think I should be honest, KPOP music is addicted- the beat, the rhythm and the colorful perky music videos. And guess what? Got LSS with Girl’s Generation’s Oh!

The day was filled with hyper fanning activities and games and of course contests. I had so much fun being in the crowd of fan girls and boys  while enjoying the KPop cos-players as they proved to everyone that they are no ordinary fans and followers, because they can imitate their idol’s looks and even the dance moves!

I totally got served with her moves! 🙂

And yes, when I say dance moves – here ,meet this girl who can dance almost any Korean song. And not just the free style dancing. Mind you, it’s the original dance moves from Super Junior to Girl’s Gen’s MV’s- baby she might be a certified super fan girl!

 

 

 

I left early from the event because it was a Sunday. But I made sure that I’ll be taking home something for my heart- L’Arc personalized mug (gee!) and some anime posters.

I do hope that there will be more Grand Pop Culture fair coming up. It might not be the most relaxing way to distress but totally a very inspiring way to shoo the weekday bad vibes away and be a kid again! Big thanks to the organizers to this most amazing idea ever!

[Notes]

Check out this scheduled act’s: http://www.manilashopper.com/2012/10/the-grand-pop-culture-fair-2012.html

Visit this page for more info and details of the event and also to read more blog posts: https://www.facebook.com/events/464674840222266/

More photo’s coming up this weekend. Stay tuned! 😉

 

It’s a happy Monday- isn’t it? =)

Retail Therapy – Roz Bailey

When I first watched the Shopaholic movie, the impression was “bad pussy cat!-with *nods*”.. but when I read the Bailey book? Oh hell! This is worse than I ever thought- I mean the characters. Yep, doubling up shopaholics has never been this crazy!

That spoiled brat, tough, gorgeous, African-american princess paired with an over supportive, desperate actress turned soap opera queen best friend who thought shopping as a therapy from whatever life can bring. These two people are the wildest shoppers I have ever heard of, read and watched in my entire life. And yes, I am exaggerating things with full honesty- hah!

Quirky, Smart and Shopping bags kicker- A must read!

WHY I’M STILL SINGLE? (A Learning from Why you’re still Single by Evan Marc Katz & Linda Holmes

“Because it’s not yet my time to meet that someone who would stick around.”

Why I’m still single? I don’t know. I’m not quite sure yet about the reasons behind why I’m still in the singledom. Yeah, I used to have a boyfriend, but it didn’t work out, for some reasons that are still vague. And to be honest, sometimes the same question bothers me, why the hell I’m still single? I couldn’t figure out any possible answer until Evan and Linda’s book caught my eye.

At first I thought it would teach me on how to catch a butterfly, but turned out it’s not. Instead, the book taught me on how to learn from my previous mistakes and to stay away from repeating them, as well as to learn from other’s relationship flaws.

And to find out and realize, that it’s not that I don’t make an effort to take my best foot forward, neither because I’m not attractive, not because I’m lame when it’s about fun. But because it’s not yet my time to meet that someone who would stick around.

Indeed. I need to work on something with my self. I need to work on too much JEALOUSY, too much INSECURITY, and I need to build up more CONFIDENCE – for me to be battle ready.

Relationship doesn’t only mean holding hands while walking together, kissing, and doing stuffs like that. Relationship means responsibility, trust and honesty. Honestly, don’t judge me, but I’m attracted to this guy, but I don’t have to rush on things and make too much effort to be noticed. I’m still young and I need to take time and make few steps, because I want something WORTH WAITING than WORTH CATHCHING for. Little by little he will notice me because he can recognize me.

When you’re single it doesn’t mean you’re NO GOOD at all, it’s just that there’s SOMETHING in life that you need DISCOVER all by YOUR SELF. And my discovery so far? “Life is so fabulous when there’s NO ONE TAILING you around and telling you to be like Megan Fox, even if you’re HOTTER than her!”

Homecoming (Where there’s always a good man waiting)

Fern Michaels: The Journey

Janet Dailey: Heading Home

Sharon Sala: The Return of the Walker Lee

Deborah Bedford: Rockabye Inn

Love, Passion and devotion. It always feels good to be home. Fern, Janet, Sharon and Deborah made an amazing compilation of love, life and second chances. Written with such talent and passion, these women would not fail you from falling in love again… and again… and again.