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May 9, 2010, by , posted in Blog

A little late this week, sorry. Too many assignments to do. -_-

Bleach #402
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Wtf is he going on about?

I’ve always liked Bleach’s incantations. Its like Naruto’s handseals for jutsu or the long start up for Dragonball. Sure the incantations don’t make sense, but you know the longer and more detailed the incantation, the better it is. They even assign a number as to how good the kidou is.

Anyway, this chapter had a nice playoff of power between Urahara and Aizen, though the dialogue was a miss for me. The whole “I’m in control” “No, I’m in control” style of dialogue, particularly with Aizen’s “I’m a god” way of talking doesn’t sit right. Maybe it works better in Japanese. Who knows. But its nice to see Urahara still use his tricks when he’s fighting serious.
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Naruto #493
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Real deep. Speaks to my soul.

How much soul-searching, character developing, jutsu/power training can Naruto go through? Like really? Hopefully it doesn’t end like the Team Gai fight in Shippuuden “To beat our clones, we just have to get stronger!”

It also seems like everyone in Naruto has a sad, tragic story in their past. All the tragic stories end up meaning nothing if there’s too many of them. Get to something important or progress the storyline please.
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Full Metal Alchemist to end

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So Full Metal Alchemist is going to be ending soon. FMA has been a consistently good shounen manga since 2001 and garnered TWO anime series based off of it (one because people complained the first was so shitty). FMA was the third most popular manga in Japan last year, behind One Piece and NANA and just ahead of Naruto, so its ending is significant to alot of people, particular in the downturn of manga sales in recent years.

But does having a foreseeable ending make FMA better? If we were to compare it to something similar, like say LOST (an American TV Show, for those who didn’t know -_-), a few similarities can be made. After the third season of LOST, the series had begun to stagnate and many felt it wasn’t going anywhere. But then they announced the series would end in 2010 and began writing the series with the ending in mind and the series became watchable again. While I haven’t read or watched FMA yet, I have heard that it does seem to be going somewhere right now and its making a fair few of my friends excited.

Currently Naruto doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon, with Naruto back in some kind of training and no foreseeable showdown between Naruto or Sasuke coming soon (which should be the way to end the series). I think Naruto is kind of flailing right now, there’s only so much character development you can have with a single character, particularly in training phases. Bleach is a little unpredictable right now, as all the major players have arrived on the scene and the series could end soon, but thus far there’s been no indication or hint of that happening. In fact, I have a feeling Kubo will extend it further with some kind of Aizen shenanigans. And from what I’ve heard, One Piece similarly doesn’t seem to be ending.

One of my favourite shounen series was Eyeshield #21. The series had very good pacing and character development, which was largely helped because there was an end goal, the Christmas Bowl, which had to eventually occur in the series. Its also one of the reason tournament style shounen series do so well (Yu Yu Hakushu, Flame of Recca and even Dragonball Z at times). They force story progression down an albeit limited path, but it doesn’t really feel like it stagnates at any point.

So does a shounen series need an ending to be great? I think so. We can say that Naruto, One Piece and Bleach were great at times, but we can’t say the series was great. In two months time though, I think we’ll be able to say FMA was one of the best series ever made.

K+Eatout Recap

May 5, 2010, by , posted in Events

Karaoke + Eatout is one of the staple events of the anime club, as it combines the passion of singing music with the hunger and fun of good (and sometimes not so good) fooding.

A little bonding while waiting for people to arrive.

Yappa had this great idea of having two eatouts, so a few of us with some time to spare met up a little early for some lunch. Since it was yappa’s idea, he got the pleasure of choosing our lunching locale. Yappa led us to Arisun, a seemingly Chinese restaurant. But upon entering, we activated a trap card and realised the place was actually Korean (which yappa had planned all along).

Chinese?

Korean!?

Flashin’ the peace sign.

Yappa in the King seat.

After lunch, we headed down to Echo Point, which would be our K venue for this time around. In the past, we’d used K-World on Elizabeth St (in fact, most anime clubs used it), but after a certain fire bombing incident, the quality of K-World started to go down and so we migrated elsewhere. Our last karaoke event was at Mizuya, which is a restaurant/karaoke place in one. Its one of the more classier places, but you end up paying for that class with money. We decided this time around to try Echo Point, which is probably on the wrong end of classy, but its pretty cheap and has JoySound.

The point is in the corner of the sign apparently.

For those who don’t know, JoySound is a Japanese song selection system. It tends to have quite a large selection of Japanese songs to choose from, and a decent amount of english songs, though its english range isn’t as up to date as I’d like it to be.

Waiting outside.

Being a veteran of many karaoke outings, I have come to learn a few important lessons about karaoke, which I will divulge here:

More bonding.

A bit too much bonding…

Group effort!

Someone is letting the team down.

If you follow these simple steps, everyone should leave the karaoke venue happy!

Afterward, we ended up wandering down to Miso in World Square for dinner. Miso is operated by the same people who do Makoto and Musashi, and they’re all high quality for their price range. Miso also makes really good Katsu, which always gets a thumbs up from me.

Eatout is an often overlooked part of the whole K+Eatout experience. At karaoke you have a laugh and make a fool of yourself, but its at eatout you realise that the people around you aren’t actually insane. Well…most of them anyway. Look for the review of Miso in a later post!

Is he crazy or isn’t he?

Elusive picture of Tsu

Emily loves peace.

Anyway, with cracked, strained, broken voices and stomaches full of rice and other nice things, we called it a night and headed our seperate ways…to the train station. And then we went our seperate ways again at the station! So ended the second K+Eatout of 2010.

Photos by Bubby and Sleet

Then and Now

May 4, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

Then:

Now:

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Some things change, but some things stay the same. Like ice cream. Everyone loves ice cream.