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20050430

Wonder Showzen unaired pilot: Beat Kids

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Summary: The pilot was a series of off-color comedy scenes where kids were dubbed in over strange segments of video. For instance, one sketch showed footage from a slaughterhouse and a hotdog factory while children would say things like "That guy is a weiner smoker - I could smell it on him". Another piece featured a child "news reporter" who was on the scene of a public restroom, and she asked patrons "Did everything come out okay?" And "How did it go in there?" This sketch was called "Beat Kids" and featured a logo of two fists with the word "Beat" tatooed across the fingers of one and "Kids" on the other hand.

Review: Oh man. No wonder they put it on MTV instead of USA. And here's why:
[screen] WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM?
white girl: Lebanon!
asian boy: Lebanon.
white boy: Lack of identity.
white boy: Desire for welfare.
black boy: I saw a picture where babies come from. But I don't wanna talk about it.
asian girl: Carelessness.
white girl: Ignored prayers.
black boy: I don't want to say it so I'll spell it instead: B-U-T.

It should be noted that most of the sketches in this unaired pilot made it into the aired version except for the little girl chasing people for Beat Kids.

Wonder Showzen 5

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Summary: When Mother Nature gets a sex change operation, nature feels the consequences. Can Chanucey save us all? Most certainly.

Review: The little black girl is back for Beat Kids! Funny sketch they had at the petting zoo. Most likely a commentary on furries. Ew furries.

Wonder Showzen 7

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Summary: Wordsworth comes down with cooties! Him turns Wordsworth's misfortune into a fortune and becomes torn between success and the truth.

Review: With the Beat Kids segment with a kid in a Hitler suit and heiling everyone, I'm really surprised this was able to air. Obviously standards have gotten lax. This is perhaps the most off-colour episode to date next to the diversity episode (episode 4). I can't believe I watched this. I'm going to hell.

Wonder Showzen 4

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Summary: Today's Wonder Showzen is celebrating Numbers. When Letters show up, they begin a violent battle to prove who is better. Only love could bring these enemies together.

Review: That little girl was AWESOME. "Who have you exploited today?" and so forth. Beat Kids needs to get its own spin-off for REAL.

Wonder Showzen 3

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Summary: Today's Wonder Showzen is brought to you by the Ocean. The gang discovers a map to the greatest treasure of all: A bottomless chalice of pure liquid imagination. The adventure begins. Then it ends.

Review: And yet another reason why BEAT KIDS is one of the best segments of the show - trip to the horse races.
PROOF:
Kid: "So this is where the dreams are shattered, eh?"
Manager: "Well, some..."
Kid: "This place has about as much atmosphere as a dead man's lung."
Manager: "You think so?"

Also, the sun was a black man. COMEDY GOLD, PEOPLE. Comedy gold.

I rest my case.

Wonder Showzen 6

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Summary: Today's Wonder Showzen is brought to you by the Number One, but Number Two shows up trying to steal the show. Chauncey tosses her, and the Number Two tries every stunt in the book to make it back on!

Review: This is definitely my favourite episode so far. What wins it? The "Trip to the Chicken Dinner Factory" segment. "Chicken Genocide, chicken Darfur. WHERE'S YOUR UN NOW!?" being said by children made me just roll on the floor laughing because it was so awful. I love tasteless humour, and Wonder Showzen never ceases to deliver.

Wonder Showzen 2

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Summary: Today's Wonder Showzen is brought to you by space. Chauncey and Kaitlin go into outer-space in a home made rocket where they discover, then battle God.

Review: Oh god, that Tyler kid is comedy gold. He's funnier than a lot of adults on TV today. "BEAT KIDS" is one of the best segments on Wonder Showzen. I hope they really didn't make him drink dog's blood though. Because um, that's really dangerous. And funny.

Smallville 85 (S4 E19)

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"BLANK"

Summary: When a boy who can make people lose their memories robs the Talon, Clark goes after him but gets total amnesia. Chloe finds out what happened and has to tutor Clark in the use of his superpowers and make sure he doesn't accidentally reveal his secret. While Clark, Chloe, and Lois try to track down Kevin, Clark takes advantage of his "new life" to ask Lana on a date. And Lex tries to turn Clark's memory loss to his advantage by getting him to reveal the secret of the caves.

Review: Kind of a cliche and a gimme for a freak of the week episode (it had to happen sooner or later to further Chloe and Clark's friendship) but still a somewhat good episode if only for Lex really starting on his path to darkness. I mean, come on - using Clark's amnesia to reveal the secret of the caves? That's low. And I love it.

Loveless 4

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Summary: Ritsuka prays for Seimei's soul, and faces off with Soubi about his general treatment of people. Yuiko gets bullied, Ritsuka sticks up for her, and everyone gets punished. The Breathless team visit Ritsuka at school, telling him that Nanatsu no Tsuki has dropped them as a fighting group and a new one will be coming to challenge him soon. Soubi treats Ritsuka's teacher (over to see his parents for a conference) rather cruelly summoning rebuking from Ritsuka that's only silenced when he shows him pictures of the Iriomote Wildcat that Ritsuka, in a fit of childish rage, ordered him to get.

Review: This is turning out to be one of my favourites of all time now. I really love how Yun Kouga doesn't shy away from things like gender identity issues and bullying. No one really talks about bullying that much - only its effects (nevada-tan the killer for example), which is a HUGE problem in the Japanese school system. I love how they handled this issue, and how Ritsuka pretty much stopped short of ripping the offending side's heads off. We also got a look into how he's been physically and mentally by his mother ever since he lost his memory two years ago when Soubi tries to get him to physically punish him for his cruelty to Ritsuka's teacher. Excellent episode.

20050428

That 70's Show 174 (S7 E21)

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Summary: Eric discovers that he received an incomplete in a high school gym class, so he goes back to his alma mater only to discover that his new PE teacher is none other than Casey Kelso.

Review: A good, non-serious episode. It seems like seasons 5-7 have been having more than their fair share (compared to previous seasons) of serious stuff - Donna and Eric's wedding (or rather, failing thereof), Jackie and Hyde getting together (yayayay), Kelso knocking up Brooke, graduation, etc. It's been a nice change but once in awhile I like to have the silly episodes. Best part of the episode was the Miss America-like competition that Hyde and Jackie make Fez and Kelso do to decide who gets the room. Awesome. Only three more eps left for this season and then Eric and Kelso leave. It's the end of an era. >_>

20050426

That 70's Show 150 (S6 E22)

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Summary: When Eric accidentally sees Donna's wedding dress, he unintentionally rips it. But he only makes things worse in an attempt to rectify the mistake. Kelso, Hyde and Fez get a canoe and Red is forced to find a sentimental wedding gift for Eric for his wedding.

Review: Oh jeez, you can totally see things going downhill for Eric and Donna here. Kelso just proves he really is an idiot. Laffs all around.


Season 4: 21

Season 5: 2 10

Season 6: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Season 7: 9 12 21 22 23 24-25

20050425

Azumanga Daioh

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Summary: (animenewsnetwork)Azumanga Daioh is about high school life through the eyes of six girls with unusual personalities: Chiyo (the 10-year-old genius), Osaka (the resident airhead), Sakaki (the shy one prone to cat bites), Tomo (the loose cannon), Yomi (the short-tempered one) and Kagura (the resident jock).


Review: Yes I was totally behind on this series. I just finished eps 21-26 last week. I love Azumanga Daioh because it goes to places that other anime wouldn't - the pedophile Kimura, cats continually biting Sakaki. It was pathbreaking with its simple animation and 4koma-adapated dialogue. Nothing is sacred for Azumanga yet it'll delve into more serious topics like high school exams with ease, comforting the watcher of what is to come in Japanese society. A classic if there ever was one for the 1990's.

Final Review: A++

Anchorman (2004)



Summary: Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Applegate), Ron is willing to play along at first-as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons... it's war.

Review: People seem really divided on this film: either they love it or hate it. What you definitely can't do with this movie is take it seriously - which people were trying to do. -__- Enjoy it for what it is - 14 year old boy type fart and sex humour. It's a nice way to get your mind off of your issues for an hour and some minutes and laugh. If I'm down, I always pop this into the DVD player and laugh for awhile.

Final Review: A

X-Files (S4 E5)

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Summary: After an FBI raid on a doomsday cult called the 'Temple of the Seven Stars', Mulder meets Melissa, a cultist who claims to have known him in a previous life during the American Civil War. Scully believes the woman is a delusional schitzophrenic but Mulder allows himself to be drawn into her fantasies.

Review: The woman who was the schitzo totally amazing in this episode. Just..wow. I was blown away by the multiple personalities. Duchovny again showed his talent with his own hypnosis session as Mulder. asl;dkfjsadf WHY DID THIS SHOW HAVE TO END? ;_;

X-Files 86 (S4 E13)

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Summary: While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy until he returns. She however, decides to start living and goes on a date with a man who believes that his tattoo talks to him and is telling him to stay away from other women.

Review: Oh wow, ever since I saw this episode I wanted the Oroboros tattoo Scully got. It was really a nice character change for Scully to let herself go with this murderer. Scully is people too, and it was nice to see it. I also liked how she asserted her independence with Mulder, saying, "It's my life too." Yay woo.

X-Files 83 (S4 E10)

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Summary: Mulder has a series of dreams about girls being buried with hearts cut out of their nighties - reminding him of a profiling case with a child molester he put away years ago, and also a possibility of what might have happened to his sister.

Review: Duchovny shines in this one with his penchant for the dramatic here. I can't describe it - it was such a job well done. You could really feel him as Mulder here, and the man who played the child molester also did a fantastic job in his role - it was really creepy. Episodes like this throughout all nine seasons always confirmed my love of the series and brought me back for more.

2LDK (2003)

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Summary: Nozomi and Lana share an apartment in Tokyo. They have both auditioned for the same role in a movie, and know that the shortlist has been cut down to just the two of them. As they wait the night before finding out who will get the role, their personality clashes erupt into an all-out battle.

Review: Oh man. Miike does it again. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to kill my neighbour. The fight to the death scene between the two women in the end was so beautifully exectuted that it was like watching it right in front of you, in real life. I was surprised that this got a US DVD release when the MPAA is still bitching about Battle Royale - if anything, this is just as violent. If you're looking for something with both wit and senseless blood, 2LDK is the movie for you.

Final Rating: B-

Cutie Honey (2004)

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Summary: Kisaragi Honey's father was murdered a year ago by the crime syndicate Panther Claw, who starts to wreak havoc all over Tokyo. Joined by reluctant friend Nacchan and a mysterious man in a racing car who knows all about the AI SYSTEM, the Soldier of Love and Purity, Cutey Honey, is on the scene!

Summary: Words can't express how much I loved Anno Hideaki's adaptation of this. Everything was perfect. I love Anno's work as it is (Shikijitsu, Love and Pop, Evangelion) - but this was a real departure from his other film forays so far in that it was just so whacky and silly. It really shows that Anno's flexibility and diversity and ensures his success in the Japanese movie scene for years to come.

Final Review: A++

Loveless 3

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Summary: Ritsuka angsts over his identity and sexuality, Soubi gives him a cell phone, Yayoi enters the picture to try to date Yuiko even after rejection. Training begins.

Review: Fantastic episode. I loved how they dealt with Ritsuka's issues with his sexuality and identity - a perfect manga adaptation. Other companies adapting manga should definitely take note. It seems that even if there were slightly cliched/cheesy moments (the rose-borders?), this series gets better with every episode. I'm thinking of doing my Japanese sexuality term paper on the manga now since it seems so different than all of the other yaoi things out there. I need to finish reading though - I'm painfully behind.. ~__~

Tsubasa 3

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Summary: Syaoran finds one of Sakura's feathers in his cloak and returns it to her. We meet Sora and Arashi, and see some of the other characters in the Hanshinkoku world. Also, Kurogane discovers his kudan and fights a lot.

Review: I miss the puppet show - like everyone else who's read the manga, that was perhaps the best feature of Sora and Arashi entering the plot in Hanshinkoku. ;_; Otherwise, good episode. They're going at a slow pace, too. That's kind of double-edged in that it's good they're going slow, really delving into things and bad in that it might be a REALLY long series. Like 100+ episodes. I also just got wind of a movie (different from the XXXholic one, it seems, though done by the same people). Hmmm. Lots of goings on there.

20050421

Showdog Moms and Dads 4

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Summary: Lourdes' Katie performs poorly in the ring, Brandon and Ryan's Liberace breaks his leg and needs surgery, Moira recounts her first childhood trauma with a dog, Kyra and Chalcy have seperation problems, and George and Connie squabble about money issues and their dogs.

Review: Poor Liberace! Such a tiny puppy. ;__; The whole episode was really emotional. Lots of crying and bitching and whatnot all around - especially when the dogs were crying it was really hard to watch.

He is My Master 2

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Summary: Leaving it to this blog for a summary.

Review: Okay, I'm dropping the series. I actually got bored. During a GAINAX production. WHAT THE FUCK. I love loli humour, but this just gets ridiculous. :/GAINAX, when did you get boring? FOR SHAME.

Damekko Doubutsu 1

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Summary: A bunch of people in furry animal suits and their adventures in the forest.

Review: This anime is a furry's wet dream. It was obnoxious. It was cliched. All it's missing is the YIFFING. EW. DROPPED LIKE IT WAS HOT.

Speed Grapher 1

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Summary: Because I could barely understand wtf was going on, I'm letting Blu Wacky handle the summary here.

Review: Again, what the fuck is wrong with the anime this season? It's a solid half and half hit-and-miss for the series this season, it seems. I didn't get this one, and I had to just close the damn file halfway through. Thanks, Gonzo, for the confusing suckage. If I want stuff like that I'll watch Paranoia Agent - which was MUCH better done.

Futakoi Alternative 1

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Summary: Alternate version of Futakoi. Twins blow shit up all episode and whine.

Review: I want that 23 minutes of my life back, please. The idiocy. Even I can only take so much! I love the premise of twins and cute twins (omg is this loli?) blowing shit up (yay violence!), but this...was..bad. >>

DROPPED.

Smallville 84 (S4E18)

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"SPIRIT"

Summary: Dawn Stiles, the haughty contended for Smallville High prom queen, is irritated when Chloe is nominated. But as she settles on Clark for her new date, Dawn crashes her SUV into a kryptonite-filled ravine, releasing her spirit and granting it the ability to possess the bodies of the living. Leaping from body to body, she has Martha dance wildly, Lana try to kill her ex-boyfriend, and Lois ask Clark to the prom. When Chloe is the winner, Dawn prepares to set the school on fire in revenge, and only Clark can stop her.

Review: I was sure it was going to be another Isabelle subplot ep but I was wrong. ;/ Well. It had some elements - Jason helping his mum? WTF. I never thought that would happen...;-; But uh, otherwise, Dawn-as-Clark was pretty great. Even if it was only like, 3 minutes on screen. Sadly though, this episode apart from aforesaid parts, sucked the big one. Smallville lately has been. ;/ I don't think I'll be missing it too much when in Japan starting in July.

20050420

Salyu - Peaty



Salyu's third solo single doesn't disappoint, but could have been done a little better.

With something that's a little different for Salyu's smoother, softer melodies, this one is far more bouncy but per usual in her delicate way. I have no idea what "Peaty" is supposed to mean in this context, but I still love the song. But to be honest, it's not one of her best. It felt a little forced, if anything. The b-side, "Suna", is more to her usual style of soft interwoven melodies. It's still nice to listen to when you need a little cheer instead of decompressing with her softer material.

It's been more than 4 years since Salyu released her album as the idol "Lily Chou-Chou" to accompany the movie release of "Lily Chou-Chou no Subete". She's changed a lot through her solo work, even though she kept a lot of the staff that worked with her on the Lily Chou-Chou project. She showed her flexability with Ilmari in 2003, and released two other singles last year. Each had its own style and grace and that's probably why Salyu is such an great artist - much like Shiina Ringo, she tries many different melodies and styles to her work without fear. Even though "Peaty" is not my favourite single, I still admire her for trying new styles fearlessly.

I look forward to "Suisei" and her first solo album, "Landmark" releasing in two months.

Final Rating: B+

Favourite track(s) from this single:
-Peaty

Related:
Salyu - Suisei
Salyu - Landmark

LISA - Melody Circus


Artist: LISA
Title: "Melody Circus"
CD-type: Album
released: 20 April 2005
price: 3059y

This is LISA's 1980's cover album. That says it all, so I'll go right into my review.

Personally, I've always loved LISA ever since she was in m-flo way back in the day. I have supported her through the good and bad, and I always will. But this album...did not work for me at all. Actually, ever since the last single I wasn't really feeling her work. The only two songs I like on here are the covers of "Time After Time" and "Every breath you take". Then again, I'm totally NOT an 80's fan and would love to forget the decade in terms of music. So it didn't work for me. A bonus was that a DVD comes with the first print of all of her PVs so far including some never-before-seen live stuff from her concerts. That was actually pretty cool in itself because there were a few PVs of hers I hadn't seen yet. But then again, this is with the first pressing only and will no doubt sell out soon.

If you're an 80's fan, I think this album would be more for you. If you're not an 80's fan - STAY AWAY and stick to some of LISA's original stuff like "Juicy Music" and "Gratitude".

The X-Files S1 E1

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Summary: Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fuelled by a lost memory where his sister was abducted by aliens; she is a scientist and prefers to look for rational, logical explanations.
Their first case takes them to Oregon, to investigate the unsolved murders of several High School classmates, whom "Spooky" Mulder believes have been experimented on by aliens.

Review: I remember watching this pilot when I was 9 years old when it first aired. I particularly like how Carter was able to go and extend it through out all 9 years of the series. This episode is definitely a cornerstone for the entire series.





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