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Kurosagi & Tantei Gakuen Q

If you have seen the jdorama Kurosagi, this might be of interests to you!

Kurosagi is a drama about a swindler who swindles other swindlers (haha thats a mouth full). Basically, it has a Robin Hood kind of premise to it. I personally really enjoyed it, so I’m definitely looking forward for the movie to come out (March 8, 2008). Below is the movie-music video (with subs); it is the main song for the Kurosagi movie and is also sung by NEWS, which Yamashita Tomohisa, who plays the main character in the movie/drama is in. Enjoy!

Here is a link to the video to the trailer for the Kurosagi movie:

For other crime investigation dramas, I HIGHLY recommend Tantei Gakuen Q (Detective School Q). I just finished watching this drama about a week ago and it is definitely one of my favorites (better than Kurosagi!). Thanks didi for the recommendation! You can watch the drama by clicking >Here<!

The video below is the opening to Tantei Gakuen Q. Usually, I fast forward through opening and closing of any anime/drama but the opening and song were just too good. The song is done by a band called FLOW and the title is Answer. If you like the song, click >Here< for the actual full length music video.

Well..since I’ve already linked everything I might as well continue. The ending song for Tantei Gakuen was also a good listen, so heres there music video for it!

Band name: The Brilliant Green, song: Stand by me


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Another time waster

How are you folks doing? Midterms are on the way! It came unbelievably fast too! Can you believe we’re already going on to our second month of 2008?

It snowed last night… I ended up putting off all my homework until the evening so I spent the rest of my night doing homework for all my classes, which includes a midterm paper -___- I got done with everything around midnight. When I turned off my light and headed to my bed, I got a glimpse of some sort of white/pink glow outside my window. At first, I thought it was fog..but it looked a bit too weird to be fog…to my surprise, my whole neighborhood had been completely covered in snow, and I never noticed. I opened my window to take a picture and the snow overwhelmingly covered my face….

Well, here are some things I’ve found browsing the net (or people like dede and kiryogi link me to) and decided to share. If you have time or a curious bone in your body, please continue reading!

When Google Leaves Town

This video is just really silly. It’s basically a bunch of people acting as large internet companies in a party. It sounds weird, but it’s quite entertaining! My favorite is Facebook because it’s so true.

Game Collector

You know, I thought my brother’s collection was pretty insane..but this is way beyond my comprehension…Click the photo to go to the blog entry.

Home Theater

I always thought having a home theater would be awesome, but I definitely never thought of building something like this! Once again, click on the photo to go to the webpage that I got this from. There are a total of 10 home theaters shown. As much as I like them though, I could do without the trekkie stuff o.O

Fact or Fiction?

Does coffee actually stunt growth? Nope! Are carrots good for your eyes? Yup! Here is a small article on some myths that have been dispelled, although I’ll warn you that the other ones aren’t really that interesting… Click >Here<!

Kid Geniuses

A 12 year old boy has been obsessed with medicine since he was young and has memorized medical books. He claims that he was close to finding a cure to cancer! Or there is Budia Singh, who at the age of 3 ran 20miles! He was the youngest marathon runner in 2006, covering 65km. Sounds interesting? Click >Here<

Maid Guy Cafe in Akihabara

Have you guys heard of Maid Cafes? Well, it’s basically a cafe that has waitresses dressed up as maids/butlers as they cater to the otaku culture referring to the customers as master (-sama) and etc in Japan. Weird enough as that sounds…apparently there are now men who cross dress as the maids in a specific cafe.. Click >Here<for details.

Japanese comedian Jinnai Tomonori- Security Camera

This guy is just hilarious to me. There are a bunch of other clips of his acts and they’re all extremely silly! They’re subbed, so enjoy!

3-D Printing

As it says, 3-D printing! I had a chance to use a device that printed things 3-D during high school, so the technology isn’t THAT new, however, it’s still pretty darn awesome. Unfortunately, this video isn’t subbed, but it’s still pretty rad and innovative. There is the video below, but if you want to see other cool advancements in technology, click >Here<

Batsu Game High School

As always, I have to link you guys to these Batsu Games- the show where the comedians at subject to weird situations and can’t laugh or they get hit. Ah…these shows are just awesome. I love the Downtown and their crazy antics.

If you enjoy these random blogs, click here: “Fun Read” to go to my past blogs which are like this.

I have so much homework..including my paper due tomorrow, and yet..this is what I’m doing :/

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Current Events: China’s Pollution

It’s been awhile since I have done a blog in relevance to current events, so here we go!

Below is data from 2004 (link).

Rank Country Annual CO2 emissions
in thousands of metric tons
Percentage of total emissions[4]
Flag of World World 27,245,758 100.0 %
1 Flag of the United States United States [5] 6,049,435 22.2 %
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 5,010,170 18.4 %
Flag of Europe European Union 3,115,125 11.4 %
3 Flag of Russia Russia 1,524,993 5.6 %
4 Flag of India India 1,342,962 4.9 %
5 Flag of Japan Japan 1,257,963 4.6 %
6 Flag of Germany Germany 808,767 3.0 %
7 Flag of Canada Canada 639,403 2.3 %
8 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 587,261 2.2 %
9 Flag of South Korea South Korea 465,643 1.7 %
10 Flag of Italy Italy [6] 449,948 1.7

As of 2006 China has surpassed the United States and is the leading country in CO2 emissions according to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Although China’s environment has consistently been hostile, it has only become prevalent in the current news because of the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. As stated in an article in the NY Times, “Thursday did not bring good news. The gray, acrid skies rated an eye-reddening 421 on a scale of 500, with 500 being the worst. Friday rated 500. Both days far exceeded pollution levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. In Beijing, officials warned residents to stay indoors until Saturday, but residents here are accustomed to breathing foul air” (link). The polluted air routinely endangers the lives of the civilians and will most likely impede on the performances during the Olympic Games.

According to an article in Japan Probe, “Beijing’s horrifying air pollution has driven 20 nations to have their athletes undertake pre-Olympic training in Japan instead of China” (link). Countries such as Britain, Finland, Germany, the United States and so forth are taking precautions and are choosing to hold training camps in countries other than China.

Major crack downs in China have occurred in order to prevent further environmental damage; they have banned the use of plastic bags, closed down factories, instigated food safety measures and even limiting vehicles on the streets. How legit these are is quite questionable though. Will the factories really shut down? Assuming they do, will they shut down for good or is this just a temporary decision made for the Olympics?

China has a long ways to go before it accomplishes any goals toward improving the environment. However, in China’s defense and in retrospect to the United States and other developed countries, it should have been obvious that China was going to have to endure high levels of pollution. China is currently a developing nation that has been going through radical changes in the past decade toward modernization. Moreover, China holds about 1.3billion people and is the largest country in the world. With just that, is anyone surprised that China only recently surpassed the US in CO2 emissions? Like any other country going through urbanization, pollution goes hand in hand.

There has been no country in history to emerge as an economic power and not create a detrimental impact on the environment and their citizens. Some cities in China rarely see sun, children are more prone to become ill, shorter life expectancies, lead poisoning, and etc; these are few of the dangers that have emerged. Like China, other countries such as Japan, Korea, Russia and the US have all suffered from the effects of environmental degradation for sake of an industrializing. Each of these current powerful nations have endured drastic public health issues, the only difference today is that China’s industrial revolution has come at a time when media is at its’ peak and global warming has become a serious issue.

Due to this, it should be no surprise to anyone that China’s environmental problem is so profound. Pollution in China is so vast that it has caused acrid rain to fall on even Seoul and Tokyo. So my point, since I’m now tired of typing, is that the Chinese environmental issue is obviously something to be concerned about, however people need to realize China isn’t alone when it comes to high levels of environmental degradation and pollutants that result in poor health conditions.

OO..and a discrepancy:

  • According to the NY Times article, the US is still leading in greenhouse emissions.

“Experts once thought China might overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases by 2010, possibly later. Now, the International Energy Agency has said China could become the emissions leader by the end of this year, and the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency said China had already passed that level” (link).

Other things to look at: Kyoto Protocol

So..there were a lot of other points I wanted to get to…but this blog would become ridiculously longer than it already is …plus, I should probably be doing homework or something >__<

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Movie Review: 5cm Per Second, Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru, Letters from Iwo Jima

5 Centimeters Per Second is an anime movie about a distant love.

This story goes through a chain of 3 stories chronologically as time progresses and is very soft spoken. I could watch this story without the subtitles because not only is the soundtrack a great listen, but the artwork alone is stunning. Like Makoto Shinkai’s other directed piece, Voices of a Distance Star, there isn’t really a prominent climax to the story, yet it’s still captivating. I don’t really have much to say about this movie because it’s short and basically flawless. It gets a bit slow at times, but not necessarily in a bad way since it matches with the pace of the story. Overall, this is a cute but tragic story that isn’t surreal.

You can buy the DVD on amazon by clicking >Here<

My rating: 9/10
Should you watch it? Yes! It’s an absolutely beautiful anime.

To check out other reviews on 5 centimeters Per Second check out the links below:
Rotten Tomato:
Imdb: 8.4
/10
Google:

I don’t really know how to sum this up with my own words, so click >here< to read a summary if you’re interested (it will also link you to the video)!

Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru is a charming Japanese romance. It is a light hearted story that is a bit quirky and not at all corny. The two main characters are lovable and easy going, which made the movie flow smoothly. Unforced and natural, the relationship between the two slowly progresses and comes off realistic. What I enjoyed best about this movie was that there wasn’t any unnecessary drama that made the story annoying. Unlike most other romances, the supporting actors/actresses in this movie weren’t a nuisance but instead created a true college-friendship feel. Although the ending is a bit cliche, it was overall a good movie. This is a light movie with a great cast and a sweet story.

My rating: 7/10
Should you watch it? It’s cute ,quirky and simple romance. If you enjoy those, then yes!

To check out other reviews on Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru check out the links below:
Rotten Tomato:
Imdb: 7.3
/10
Yahoo Ratings: A

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima is a companion movie to Flags of Our Fathers. It tells the story through the the perspective of a Japanese soldier during WWII.

Letters from Iwo Jima is a captivating movie. I’m not a big fan of long movies or war films but this one kept my attention to the very end. Clint Eastwood does an excellent job in developing the characters and allows the viewers to see these men as emotional people and not simply soldiers, uncovering the humanistic side of war. Another great aspect to this film is that it isn’t bias as it reveals war crimes and the mental state that the Japanese and American soldiers were in. Eastwood shows us the greatest contrast of war mentality with the Japanese and American’s, and that is that the Japanese soldiers are told they will fight until their death, even if it means committing suicide. Some cons to the movie were that the American actors absolutely suck and the Japanese actors didn’t seem to have enough emotion during some of the more intense scenes. The ending was also a bit dry and didn’t seem to fully connect to the strong and bold beginning. Overall though, this is one of my favorite war movies as I watched without leaving my seat.

My rating: 8.5/10
Should you watch it? If you like war movies,this is a must.

To check out other reviews on Letters from Iwo Jima check out the links below:
Rotten Tomato: 91%
Imdb: 8.2
/10
Google: 4.6/5

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Movies to see

Winter break officially ends today…. That went unbelievably fast! Time for school again…what a drag. Well best of luck to everyone on their first day of classes back. I have a break at 12:30-1:30 every day, so if anyone has that too, lets have lunch!

I’ve decided to compile a list of movies I want to see, especially because if I don’t write them down, I’ll never remember. Anyone care to join me in watching any or all these? These are a mix of movies that are in theaters or have been released on DVD.

300

3:10 to Yuma

Alpha Dog

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Atonement

August Rush

Bee Movie

Cars

Cashback

Catch and Release

Disturbia

Enchanted

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (I heard this was bad..but I just have to see it)

Fracture

Freedom Writers

Hachimitsu to Clover

Juno

Knocked Up

Letters from Iwo Jima

Paprika

Premonition

Shrek the Third

Sono Toki Wa Kare Ni Yoroshiku ^

Spider Man 3

Superbad

Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru

Tales from Earthsea

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)

The Bucket List

The Great Debaters

War

whoot, thats a pretty nice list!

Recent movies I’ve seen that I really enjoy and recommend are:

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku Go Senchimetoru)- A beautifully made anime that is told through a chain of stories about long distance love.

Ima Ai Ni Yukimasu – This is a cute love story. No highs, no lows, just heartwarming 🙂 (There is also a drama series to this, which I thought was wayyy better, but this is good as well- Link to watch the drama, click here! )

Helen the Baby Fox – It’s about a boy that picks up a baby fox who is blind and deaf. Above is a preview of the movie, but if you click the link that I put on the title of the movie, you can watch it on youtube subbed.

The 3 movies I recommend are in the same genre and Japanese as I have just noticed. Mostly because I haven’t seen a really good movie here in a long time. The Simpsons Movie was awesome..but other than that, I can’t really think of REALLY outstanding movies I’ve sent recently.

I know there are still a bunch missing from my list, so if anyone has any recommendations lemme know!

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If you’re bored…

Here’s another entertaining blog to go in the “Fun Read” categorry! It feels like awhile since I’ve done one, so as always, if you’re bored/want to waste time/need a distraction, continue with reading/watching!

Washing Windows
This is at a school in China. If you notice, the people washing the windows on the ledges are actually the students.! and they look quite young…Supposedly this builds character and what not…

Sex and Marriage with robots?
I got this link from dede, and thought I’d share it with you folks. As the heading says, sex and marriage with robots! Seems bizarre doesn’t it? Here’s an excerpt:

“At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, “but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” Levy said.”

Dirty Festival
On the Okinawa island of Japan in the ninth month of the lunar calendar, they have this festival called Pahntou (パーントゥ). During this festival, 3 men covered in mud, grass and whatnot go around smearing mud everywhere. If you get smothered in mud by them, consider yourself quite fortunate! Why? because it’s considered lucky! -____-

Bazooka
On a show that performs crazy experiments, one of the segments was this: Bazooka vs. Bulletproof Glass. The only real catch to this segment was to not reveal the glass company. On the first trial, the glass shattered, so the glass company wanted to try again, hence video #2. (Refer to this link for more details: Japan Probe)

Trial 2

Human Tetris (new ep)
This show doesn’t get old for me 🙂 The show this time features Korean K-1 fighter Choi Hong Man. As for the 2nd video, it’s a short preview Russian version! They even stuck to the uniforms! lol, and supposedly there is mention that the show has started in France, Italy, and Indonesia as well! What a popular show!

Russian Version

Do Not Laugh
If you like those Do Not Laugh Batsu Game shows or enjoyed the 24 hour Punishment episode I linked last time, this will be right down your alley! It has subs too! (there are 9 parts to it)

The Vii
No it’s not a typo, I didn’t mean to type Wii. The commercial below is a completely different innovative system made in China! >___<

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Jdorama List

A list of jdorama’s I’ve seen! Yea, it’s quite the list lol, but it dates back to about ~5 years ago. I had this blog pending since the beginning of this month! and it’s finally done! If anyone has any recommendations, do tell =)

My ratings
1 = Boring, predictable story, etc
2 = Tolerable
3 = OK, watched because there was nothing else to watch; entertaining but not outstanding
4 = Liked it a bunch! Really enjoyable 🙂
5 = MUST WATCH! Highly recommended!

(Hani kimi, Nodame Cantabile, Proposal Daisakusen, Summer Snow, Ima ai, One litre of tears)

Jdorama’s

Akihabara@deep – 2
(Not completed: watched 3 eps)

Attack no. 1 – 4

Beautiful Life – 5

Dance Drill – 3
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

Densha Otoko – 2.5

Dragon Zakura – 3.5

First Kiss – 3

Gachi Baka – 1

Gokusen I – 4

Gokusen II – 2
(The story is identical to Gokusen 1, but worst…)

Good Luck! – 4
(To be honest…I remember liking this..but it’s been way too long for me to really judge)

Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) – 5
(I think this was my first drama. I don’t remember it too well, but I remember really liking it lol)

Hana Yori Dango – 5

Hana Yori Dango II – 5

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) – 5

Ima Ai ni Yukimasu – 4.5

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (IWGP) – 4.5
(I just watched the 2hr special, and it rocks!)

Kimi Wa Petto – 2

Kurosagi – 4.5

Long Love Letter
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

My Boss My Hero – 3.5
(Corny as hell…but I loved it haha)

Nobuta wo Produce – 4

Nodame Cantabile – 4.5

One Litre of Tears – 4

Orange Days – 4

Papa to Musume no Nanokakan – 4
(Currently watching; on ep 4)

Proposal Daisakusen – 4

Sore Wa Totsuzen Arashi
No You Ni
– 2
(Currently watching; on ep 9)

Stand Up!! – 4
(Seen up to ep 7, I only stopped watching because I couldn’t find subs for ep 8 and on)

Summer Snow – 4
(But like, Good Luck! It’s been awhile…so I don’t quite remember. I just remember enjoying haha)

Unfair – 3.5

Yamada Taro Monogatari – 2
(Not completed: watched 2-3 eps)

Yukan Club – 2.5
(Currently watching; on ep 3)

Although I say “currently watching,” I’m not really watching that many dramas at once. Some of them I started a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to finish, so in a sense…I’m “currently” watching them…?

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