the usagi incidents

20050530

m-flo loves monday michiru - ADDP



Oh god. I almost came in my pants when I found out a few months ago that two of my favourite artists, Monday Michiru and m-flo were going to collaborate.

They definitely did NOT disappoint at ALL.

This is an exclusive LP house single, meant to be played in clubs. It's house music, pure and simple, and it's refreshing to listen to. It makes you want to shake your ass shamelessly, go clubbing, and get crunk. This is summer music, folks. It feels so good to be able to dance to this.

And it's nice for Monday Michiru to be taking a break from the jazz she's been doing for a few years now, too.

A+ all around. I've noticed the m-flo loves singles this year have been really good.

Singer Songer - Shoka Rinrin



2005 is the year of the alter-ego girl rock band, it seems. First Shiina Ringo ups and creates Tokyo Jihen last year with the members of PE'Z, and now Cocco does the same with the members of Quruli.

I've never been a huge fan of Cocco, though I do like some of her tunes, and I'm a merciless Ringohime devotee. So I'm going to try really hard not to compare both bands. Really hard. >_<

However, I can say that Cocco works VERY well with the guys of Quruli. The single is fantastic, and quite fun to listen to for summer. Very relaxing. Good for roadtripping - that's the kind of feeling I get when I listen to this single.

Their first album drops in June, and it'll be interesting to see if it's just as good as the single was.

Kamiki Aya - A constellation



I'm not usually for Giza artists, but hot fucking damn.

Kamiki Aya has apparently been doing some lives at Thursday Night at the Hills in Osaka since January, and thanks to Al from mm-bbs (who also ripped this debut mini-album which is REALLY hard to find - thanks, Fearless Leader!) I was able to discover this amazing new girl.

Her voice sounds like a mix of Amano Tsukiko and Ban Tomiko (DAI), and a little like Shiratori Maika. Not to mention she looks like Lissa from Suitei Shoujo. Her range is frankly incredible, her English pronounciation quite good (unlike some horrors). Her songs range from the poppy (Shoobie-doobie-ba), to the angsty (Because I Close to U), to the reflective (19 ~since I was born~). I was struck flat on my ass by this girl's voice. She's no Ringohime, but there's a little everything for everyone on this debut mini-album.

I definitely look forward to more releases from her in the future.

Dropped: TV

Dropped: Manga/Novels

Dropped: Anime

Finished: Novels

Finished: TV

Finished: Anime

Finished: Manga

Series:
Yazawa Ai:
Gokinjo Monogatari (7)
Paradise Kiss (translated) (5)

YOSHI:
Deep Love: Host (2)

Watase Yuu:
Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend) (6)

Mitsukazu Mihara:
Doll (translated) (6)
Happy Family (4)
Shigeshoshi (4)

Amano Kozue:
AQUA (2)


Other:
Arcana (2)
Allegro Agitato (2)
Mai-HiME (5)
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (2)




One Volume:
Kayono:
Otokohime to Mahou Lamp
Rei Kai Bi Dan
Shinobi no Onna
Shura to Otome


Yoshi:
Deep Love: Pao no Monogatari

Anno Moyoco:
Sakuran

Hino Matsuri:
Wanted

Kaori Yuki:
Bloodhound
Boys Next Door
Cruel Fairytales
Gravel Kingdom
Kaine
Ludwig Kakumei
Neji


Mitsukazu Mihara:
Beautiful People
Haunted House
IC in a Wallflower
RIP
Chocolate

Other:
Jisatsu Circle
Only the Ring Finger Knows (translated)
Shibuya District Maruyama Neighborhood
Shimotsuma Monogatari






Oneshots:
CLAMP:
Murikuri

Maria-sama ga Miteru:
All Alone on Sunday
Before the Festival
Christmas Gift
The Beginning of the Year
Until Graduation...

Mitsukazu Miharu:
Alice in Underground
Children Can't Choose Their Parents
Cut the Angel with a Scythe
Kyuuketsuki to Boku


Other:
Baku Ai
Covered in Cinders
Sweet Little Delusion

ANTHOLOGIES/MAGAZINES:
Yurihime Debut Issue

Finished: Movies

Lo's Diary



Summary: After much controversy, including Dmitri Nabokov's filing of a lawsuit alleging Vladimir Nabokov's LolitaAfrom Lo's point of viewAis revealed as a compelling novel in its own right. Choosing Lo's journal (which reveals characters' "real" names) as her vehicle, Italian writer Pera embroiders on Nabokov's Lolita (last name now Maze), fleshing out her troubled childhood. Her little brother is electrocuted ("his hair stands up straight, like Peter Porcupine") and her father takes to electrocuting lizards before he dies, too. The onset of puberty and awakening sexuality is at once destabilizing and a source of new power. When Humbert Guibert becomes the Mazes' tenant, Dolores triesAor so she pretends to herself at firstAto catch him to be her mother's (alternately "Plasticmom" and "Shitmom") new husband. A bitter mother/daughter competition ends with Charlotte dead and Lo taken sexual prisoner by her new stepfather. Pera convincingly describes Lo's confused state of mind as the illicit pair travel America for a year, Dolores saving herself from suicidal despair by accepting Humbert's bribes of candy, clothes and money, while reminding herself that someday "every memory will lose its thorns, and Humbert Guibert will be forgotten." The eloquent Nabokovian Humbert is here rather humorously reduced to a mundane oppressor, a dull and pretentious aging man. Also fun in Lo's version are her filled-in details of encounters with the pair's stalker, Nabokov's sinister Clare Quilty, here called Gerry Sue Filthy ("Filthy Sue"), who eventually offers Lo dubious refuge. Readers expecting echoes of Nabokov's subtle and elegant prose will be disappointed by the journal's authentic adolescent tone, but this Lolita, in her own words, manages to express quite wonderfully the complexities of her experience. The finished edition, which PW did not see, will contain a publisher's acknowledgment by Barney Rosset, a preface by Dmitri Nabokov and an afterword by Pera. 40,000 first printing; U.S. and Canadian author tour. (Nov.) FYI: Dmitri Nabokov will receive half the royalties from the English edition (which he will donate to PEN), and Pera will share her half with her Italian publisher, Marsilio. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Review: Anyone who knows me knows I love anything and everything Lolita. So imagine my surprise a few years ago when I found out that this little gem existed. It gives a voice and power to Dolores Haze that was never given in the original novel, and now Humbert Humbert has been turned into what Dolores was in the first novel: one-sided and one-dimentional. Even with all of the controversy, this novel, for what it is (a Lolita fan's take on what Dolores' story was), is excellent. If you've read Lolita and liked it, please go ahead and try this unofficial sequel/companion.

Final Review: A

Tsubasa 8

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Summary: We find out what really happened to Chun Hyang's mother and the villagers that attached the Ryoushi's castle one year ago, all while the crew are planning an attack on the castle...

Review: They're definitely zipping by the Kouryoukoku arc here - I'm guessing by the end of the next episode or maybe ep 10 they'll be onto the next world. And Yuuko's making an appearance next week! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Murder of Angels



Summary: In this stylish sequel to Kiernan's debut novel, Silk (1998), it's been 10 years since a drug-fueled experiment opened a window on an alternate world of horrors that pushed angst-scarred Spyder Baxter to suicide, and its survivors are still reeling from the aftershocks. Daria Parker has parlayed some of her experience into a successful musical career, but her lover, Niki Ky, is wracked by full-blown schizophrenic episodes in which Spyder beckons her from a dimension beyond death. When Niki follows Spyder's instruction to make a fatal plunge from San Francisco's Bay Bridge, she awakens in a gothic realm of death and darkness where she plays a key role in an intrigue Spyder has engineered to draw out a demonic entity known as "the Dragon." Meanwhile, Daria struggles in the world of the living to retrieve and protect an artifact Niki needs to keep horrors in the Dragon's world from erupting into our own.

Review: I had been waiting for this sequel for six years - and it did not disappoint. However, with this new storyline going, I had NO idea it would be like this. When Niki started having the episodes, I knew something about this volume would be different. I loved this novel but I still don't know how to feel about it as a proper sequel to the original. I'm still figuring that out, and it may take me a few more reads to do so - including rereading the original.

Final Review: A

Related:
Silk (prequel)

Gokujou Seitokai 6

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Summary: Pucchan sasses the Assault squad, and gets himself confiscated and jailed by Nanaho-Fukukaichou! Hilarity and Pucchan's curse ensues.

Review: Yay for more Pucchan-centric episodes! I can kind of see a subtext here - though I may be looking too hard - the theme of growing up and leaving one's childhood behind (Pucchan) is very hard to do, and sometimes can be delayed for the best.

Though,that could be just the Klonopin talking.

20050529

XXXHolic 2

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Summary: Kimihiro Watanuki thought he had signed up with a bunch of weirdoes, and he was right! He became the unfortunate indentured servant of a woman known as Yuuko Ichihara, who was widely rumored to be the time-space witch. Now his voyage through the worlds of the occult are off and running, as he and Yuuko go visiting fortune tellers and horoscope readers. But can the future really be told? Meanwhile, the romance is heating up between Kimihiro and cute Himawari-chan. Then fate throws Kimihiro’s old rival back into his life. Now Yuuko invites all three to a temple to tell scary stories throughout the night. Is it just for fun or is there some deeper reason?

Review: It seems like Yuuko has reason to pick everyone she does to help work in her shop. This being said, I wonder what the deal is with Himawari - besides the fact that Watanuki likes her? I guess we'll find out.

XXXHolic 1

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Summary: Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he’s just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience! Most of Yuuko’s customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow...

Review: I thought that it's time for me to catch up on blogging XXXHolic since I'm doing Tsubasa too. I love this series - it's definitely one of my favourites of ALL time. I love Yuuko's sassyness (is that a word?), but there's also a great moral value to be learned from all of these little episodic adventures with the customers from Yuuko's store. Poor Watanuki, she totally abuses him. X3


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Related:
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (crossover)
Tsubasa Chronicle (crossover) (anime)

Princess Ai 1 (translated)


Summary: Ai is the only royal princess of Ai-Land, a magical kingdom caught in the midst of a horrific revolution. When Princess Ai makes a hasty escape from her war-torn land, she finds herself in modern-day Tokyo. Confused and in shock, Ai wanders the streets in this strange new land to unravel the secrets that could tear her and her kingdom apart ... The first volume of Princess Ai is a journey to the heights of fame and fortune found in this world and beyond!

Review: Courtney Love was good in Hole. Yazawa Ai was good with her manga. THE TWO SHOULD NOT MIX. I have no idea how to feel about this series. The story was mildly interesting, but just turned into a Japanophile's vision of what a typical shoujo manga would be. -__- Not even Yazawa's character designs (minimally included in the story, might I add) saved this story. I'm dropping it for now.

Paradise Kiss 5 (translated)



Summary: Fashion, glamour, divas and designers put on their best threads and put on a show-stopping catwalk, featuring Yukari in the creations by the always stylish and aloof George. George's unusual and gorgeous creations receive mixed reactions, with more attention going to Yukari's good looks than the clothes she modeled. With his future uncertain, his and Yukari's relationship comes to a crossroads. He has never found himself so enamored with one woman, yet his career might not unfold as he has always planned. Was the somewhat cold reception at the fashion show a preview to the reaction he can expect to his future designs? As George wrestles with his next step following graduation from design school, the rest of the Paradise Kiss crew debate their next moves. Yukari wants to go to school but also pursue modeling, and with exams coming up, it's hard to concentrate with George seeming so distant and upset. As the crew struggles with their post-graduation plans, the New Year approaches. Major decisions will be made and lives will be altered ... forever. What will become of Paradise Kiss?!

Review: Final volume of the series - and I wasn't expecting THAT twist at all. BUT YAY SHE BROKE IT OFF WITH GEORGE. FINALLY. YES YES YES. Awesome ending, would definitely read again and again and again. The translations were a bit off, but at least they were understandable.

FINAL REVIEW: A+

Paradise Kiss 4 (translated)



Summary: The school fashion show is finally here, and it's a last-minute fight to the finish to get the awesome ensemble ready on time. The drama escalates when a stressed-out Yukari literally passes out from exhaustion in George's car. Will she recover in time to model for the show?! Meanwhile, a mysterious female friend from George's past shows up to support him on the big day. Are they just friends ... or something more?! Yukari's not sure who she can trust anymore. All she's 100% sure about is that she wants the Paradise Kiss posse to take first place at the fashion show, no matter what it takes. Will they reign victorious or be forced to taste the agony of defeat?

Review: The second to last of the series really heats up here. Everything is sped up for the fashion show and everything. Poor Yukari - trying to balance school, her modeling with Paradise Kiss, George (though that's her own fault right there). I remember when reading this for the first time being in absolute nervous anticipation for the final volume. George needs to be shot. ds;fjka.

Paradise Kiss 3 (translated)



Summary: It turns out that Yukari is a natural when it comes to modeling. In no time, her career takes off, and soon she's fielding offers from bigtime modeling agencies. But she soon discovers she needs her parents' consent before anyone can represent her. Yeah, like that's ever going to happen! When Yukari asks the love of her life, George, for some professional guidance, he gives her grief - not answers. Does this guy even know the meaning of love? Yukari is beginning to wonder if he's worth her time - or her devotion.

Review: -___- I want to shoot Yukari's mother. I absolutely hate the Kyouikumama. They try to relive their own lives through educating their children and crushing their spirits with endless tests and over-the-top expectations. And George. #()@&$_@(74-#*(%7-325. Yukari needs to get her shit down and figured out, dammit.

Paradise Kiss 2 (translated)



Summary: Though Yukari never expected it, she is now the new model for the student-clothing label, Paradise Kiss, and part of the fashion world. Her parents didn't expect it either -- in fact, they forbade it. But Yukari continues to see her fashion friends and gets kicked out of her house! Now she needs a place to live, but is not about shack up with George, the designer she just started seeing. Yukari will have to grow up fast if she's going to live alone.

Review: Oh, the horrors of today's Kyouikumama. Miwako is so kind to Yukari, and George so cruel. He's hot but what the hell is Yukari thinking? >_>

Paradise Kiss 1 (translated)



Summary: Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-styled fashionistas calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself flung into the roller-coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends' own exclusive clothing model.

Review: I read this series when it was first released back in 2001 or 02, and I think it's one of the best translations Tokyopop has ever done. If anything, since then their translations have totally gone downhill. So I've decided to revisit this series.

This was the first Yazawa Ai series I had ever read, and ever since I've been hooked on her unique style of storytelling, character construction, and fashion. I still have not had the time to read this series' prequel, Gokinjou Monogatari, but the good thing is you don't really have to read it to be able to understand Paradise Kiss. Thus, Paradise Kiss can be seen as a standalone series. I also love how Yazawa makes a very subtle statement about the state of the Kyouikumama, the Juku children, and Japanese education in general today. It's awesome.



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Related:
Paradise Kiss (anime)
Gokinjo Monogatari (prequel) (manga)

Nana 7.8 (Premium Fan Book)

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Summary: A volume between 7 and 8, also a joke on the names of Nana and Hachi. This fanbook in the shape of a normal tankoubon has the A-Z encyclopaedia of everything in the Nana series, how to dress like Nana, an interview with Yazawa Ai, and more.

Review: A little more pricey than the usual tankoubon, but well worth it. Nice insights on the series, and it did answer a few questions I had about the series thus far. Loved the interview with Yazawa, too. I can't wait for the movie!

Nana 7

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Summary: Misato appears in Tokyo to see Blast's latest Live concert at Lifehouse. The producer of Gaia Music comes to listen. This is the performance which determines Blast's music future. Komatsu feels left out of the Blast circle and seeks Takumi for refuge, while Reira seeks Shinichi for companionship. Things between Reira and Shinichi becomes complicating. Nobu and Komatsu Nana had a talk and finally spoke their true feelings. Komatsu breaks up with Takumi but Takumi doesn't know it was a break up! Nana and Nobu finally got together. Oosaki Nana feels threaten with the existance of Trapnest and begins to show her possessive nature.

Review: Yay Hachi and Nobu getting together! Finally. She treated him so badly when she was with Takumi. =___= What a nice guy, to be able to be putting up with all that shit. But sad Hachi for being left out of the Blast inner circle - though she isn't even in the band. ;/

Nana 6

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Summary: Komatsu Nana decides to work as a part-time salesgirl. She sort of picks up her life and still continues the mini affair with Takumi. After the Trapnest, Trigger in Tokyo concert, Nobu and Shinichi joins the band at their mini party. Ren, Nobu and Shinichi found out about the affair of Takumi and Nana and were disgusted by the way he answered. Nobu got angry and almost started a brawl with Takumi. Instead, it was Shinichi who poured his drink at Takumi. Nobu admits he likes Komatsu but does not have the courage to tell her. Reira takes the offer that Shinichi made and they spent many nights together. Komatsu is torn between Nobu and Takumi and the relationship between the two Nanas seemed to drift. With work, concerts, jammings, love lives, Trapnest and Blast, both Nanas find it difficult to find time to spend with each other, feeling alone and dejected. Blast might have a chance to sign a contract.

Review: #(&*)%@*$@)$& DAMMIT HACHI. Why does she fuck everything up? TAKUMI = NO. NOBU = YES. Are you that dumb? [stabs Hachi] e__e And yay Shin and Reira. That's a rockin' couple right there.

Nana 5

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Summary: Oosaki lived a happy family life with the Komatsus for a few days. They went to watch Trapnest's concert. Ren Hanjo notices Nana (Oosaki) and his heart began to flutter. Yasu agitates Oosaki and she calls Ren. They both met up and patch up the one-year ago relationship. Trapnest heads down to Tokyo with both Nanas going home. Takumi from Trapnest appears at the apartment playing mahjong. Yasu's secret was revealed! He used to be with Trapnest's Reira who Oosaki now considers her a formindable rival in vocals. Komatsu loses her job and had a one night stand with Takumi. Blast is offered a slot to perform at Lifehouse again.

Review: Ugh. Am I the only one who absolutely despises Takumi with a passion? .__. She's so much better with Nobu anyway. And Yasu with Reira...I can't imagine it. That's just a mindfuck right there. But I like him. He's got a shiny bald head.

Nana 4

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Summary: Komatsu Nana found out the truth about Shoji's two-timing affair. She accecpts it sadly and does not want to see Shoji again. Oosaki Nana comforts her at night. Life goes on and Blast is offered a slot to perform at Lifehouse. They rocked the whole pub that night. Misato came all the way from Oosaki's hometown to support Blast and spend some time with Oosaki Nana. Komatsu Nana got jealous as she thought she would lose her good friend like she lost her boyfriend. She vent her angry at Nana who surprisingly did not retort back. However they patch things up and Nana (Komatsu) learns Oosaki's deepest secret from Misato - Ren Hanjo from Trapnest used to be Oosaki's boyfriend. Things perks up when Komatsu receives two free tickets to Trapnest Trigger Live concert (first row!) in her hometown. Both Nanas head back to Komatsu's home.

Review: Ohohohoho. Jealous Hachi. The scenes fighting with Nana and Misato and acting jealous were A+, would read again, a credit to Yazawa. I still think there's some kind of homoerotic subtext going on between Nana and Hachi and Misato. Or something. Wee! :D

Nana 3

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Summary: (all summaries from wire-d.net/seven) Nana (Komatsu) starts with her new job at the 70s' furniture shop. She decides to help Nobu and Oosaki to find members to set up Blast again. Shinichi turns up for the audition and was accepted by Nana (Oosaki) who found his style of playing similiar to Ren. Meanwhile, Shoji and Nana (Komatsu)'s relationship began to hit the rocks due to Nana's insensitivity. He meets a Sachiko and begins liking her. Yasu appears in Tokyo saying he can find another law firm in Tokyo and continue being Blast's drummer. Shoji begins his unfaithful relationship with Sachiko.

Review: I never thought Shoji was good for Hachi, quite honestly. -__- Though Hachi's insecurity about things certainly did not help. But yay for shin joining the band - loli boys rock. Again, you get this feeling of fate involved with Hachi talking about a Sachiko she made up out of her imagination, and then a real life one appearing and getting involved with Shoji. I wonder what Yazawa means to say with that?

Nana 2

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Summary: Starts with Komatsu Nana's phone. Shoji just told her that he's offered a place in the college and just being Nana, she immediately left her job to pack up for Tokyo. Travelling by train, she met Oosaki Nana and talked for about 2 hours due to the snow blocking the route. When Komatsu Nana met Shoji, she forgotten about the other Nana and each gone with own way. They met again when searching for an apartment and decided to share the cost of the apartment they both liked and became room mates. Nobu appears near the end with song he composed. Nana (Oosaki) gave her first performance in Tokyo. (from wire-d.net/seven)

Review: Pretty awesome volume. You really get this feeling of fate involved with Nana and Hachi. And you also get some kind of homoerotic feelings from them too, even though they're both admittedly straight. Which is cool. I like how Yazawa can integrate those feelings into a manga without invalidating them just because of one character's supposed sexual preference or another.

Shoutbox!

Go ahead and use it. I've never had one before, and it looks fun. :)

20050528

Music: Mainstream

Rap/R&B/Hip-Hop:
Amuro Namie - Want Me, Want Me
Crystal Kay - Koi ni Ochitara
LISA - Melody Circus
Nakabayashi May - Crazy Crazy Crazy
m-flo loves Monday Michiru - ADDP
m-flo loves Emyli and Yoshika - LOOP IN MY HEART / m-flo loves Wada Akiko - HEY!!
Utada - Exodus 04

Rock/Alternative:
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
Tokyo Jihen - Kyouiku
Tokyo Jihen - Shuraba
Amano Tsukiko - Koe
Zwei - Hikari
Zwei - Dragon


Pop-rock:
Rie Fu - Rie Fu
Nakashima Mika - MUSIC

Pop:
Hinoi Team - Ike Ike!

Soundtracks:
LOVELESS

Music Videos:
Tokyo Jihen - Shuraba
LISA - I, Rhythm
HALCALI - Tip Taps Tip
Utada Hikaru - Passion
Hirai Ken - Pop Star
Zwei - Fake Face
Tsuchiya Anna - Change Your Life
Kimura Kaela - YOU

Live:
Tokyo Jihen - Dynamite In!
Kimura Kaela - First Tour KAELA4YOU
Best Artists Award 2005: Nakashima Mika and Ito Yuna

Special:
Ito Yuna: MTV Advance Warning

Music: Indies

Loveless Anime Drama CD 1: Brainless

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Summary: Taking place right after the first two battles with Breathless, the gang, complete with Shinonome-sensei and Yayoi, go up to the mountains for some onsen fun, only to be confronted with UFO-like lights that only Soubi and Ritsuka can see, while confronting Breathless in the caves...

Review: Cute adventure and good story, though I'm still not sure how the whole UFO-lights/Breathless meeting worked out. I'll have to listen to that a few more times, since my sentoki tango is really off (that's usually why I watch the show with subs - the vocabulary of the fighters isn't in regular conversational speech u__u). Also, it was really nice to hear Soubi being nice to Shinonome-sensei. And whipped!Soubi in the first track? Fucking genius. :D

Loveless Manga Drama CD 1

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Summary: Basically the vocal cast later to become the cast from the anime, reading out the first volume on CD.

Review: The manga drama CDs came with issues of Zerosum and were never individually released, which I was able to find luckily through the loveless media community on lj and on winmx. This CD came with the January 2005 edition of Zerosum. I was so happy to find out the manga drama cast later became the anime cast. All of the seiyuu fit the characters SO well, and on this CD, it REALLY stood out. Especially the woman who does Ritsuka's voice - I don't think I've ever heard such good voice acting aside from Sakamoto Maaya.


Manga Drama CD Tokuden
Manga Drama CD 2
Manga Drama CD 3


Anime Drama CD 1: Brainless
Anime Drama CD 2: Faceless
Anime Drama CD 3: Soulless
Anime Drama CD 4: Voiceless

Related:
Loveless (manga)
Loveless (anime)
Loveless: Anime Soundtrack (music)

20050525

Loveless 7

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Summary: Soubi's battle with ZERO continues, getting savagely hurt until ZERO's only weakness is exposed: their inability to notice temperature change and lack of sufficient capilaries to aid feeling those changes. Soubi wins but not by much, nursing his left hand which ZERO's fighter Natsuo drove a nail through. Ritsuka is anxious at Soubi's whereabouts, noticing that he hadn't answered his phone. Sensei is a crybaby after taking some of Soubi's insults after the fight. Ritsuka finally orders Soubi to tell him the whole truth about things whenever he can, after lying to Ritsuka about his injuries...

Review: Good episode, and it's nice to know that ZERO had a weakness. @__@ Otherwise even Soubi, the best of fighters would have been done for. And what's this "we haven't connected yet" bullshit about? S:LDFjkasfd. Also still no word on how the series is due to last past 13 episodes. It'll be interesting to see how things go, since they're moving through the manga pretty fast.

Sifl and Olly 5

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Summary: We're Sifl & Olly" / Interview: Grout, Rex Morgan Night Golfer / Calls: Bears Attack, Mexican Jumping Bean Bag, IRS / Rock Fact: What Strange Ritual Do The Beastie Boys Perform To Stay In Shape? / Song: "Weird Day" / Precious Roy's Insta-Jerky / News: Olly Won't Do The News / Calls: Waffles In The VCR, Im So Short, In Florida..., Needs A Scarehooker / Chester: Pegasis / Rock Fact: What Hidden Talent Does Celene Dion Hide From Her Fans? / Bad Plants / Song: "Fake Blood"

Review: Why am I not surprised that Chester chases the ice cream truck ALL OVER TOWN? But lol he didn't know there was ice cream in there. .___. Poor Chester.

Sifl and Olly 4

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Summary: Breakfast Serial / Calls: Box, Tongue Twister / Rock Fact: What Is The Secret Link Between Baywatch & Bjork? / Song: "Claire Danes" / Precious Roy's Pirate Crippler / News: Cheeze Boy / Song: "Beat Boxing" / Star Wars Calls / Chester: Bacon In The Morning / Rock Fact: What Female Pop Singer Left 300lbs Men In Pools Of Their Own Blood? / Star Worlds / Song: "The Star Wars Song"

Review: Not the best episode, but Chester singing the ending song was A+.

House 22 (S1 season finale)

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"HONEYMOON"

Summary: House insists he can handle things when Stacy (guest-star Sela Ward), the woman he once loved, asks him to diagnose Mark, the man she married. When Mark's tests come back normal yet symptoms show that his brain is dying, the puzzle may be one that even House can't solve. While Wilson worries about House's emotional well-being, the team is blown away by his over-the-top demands. As House struggles to put his emotions aside and solve the case, Cuddy adds to his dilemma and offers Stacy a reason to stay.

Review: Oh wow. Really good episode. I can't get that across enough - perhaps the last two episodes were the best of the season. Poor House - so conflicted. He always gets the shaft in some way or another. Excellent ending to season 1. I love how they played "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (one of my favourite songs, ever) with him at the end - that's officially House's character theme song now, I think. :) And it looks like they're adding Sela Ward to the cast next season (since Stacy's joining the hospital staff as general counsel?), which should bring some very interesting character interactions between House, Stacy, and Cameron. Whatever the case is, I can't wait for the season 2 premiere this fall and the DVD set that's forthcoming.

20050523

Sifl and Olly 3

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Summary: Functions of the Family with Paul Rogers / Calls: Eddie From Jersey, Olly's Mom (Cigarettes) / Rock Fact: What Sultry Artist Mysteriously Appeared To Frontline Soldiers During Desert Storm? / Song: "She's A Carrot" / Precious Roy's Sasquatch Feeder / News: Extreme Cooking (Donut) / Calls from the Car Phone: Landlord (Windmill), Baby Robot / Chester's Dreams (from the car) / Rock Fact: How Does The Pope Get His Daily Dose Of The Beastie Boys? / Hidden Passage (from car) / Hitch-hikers / Song: "Just What I Needed" (Originaly by The Cars)

Review: Both the Precious Roy and Calls From The Public segments time and again prove they're the best segments on the show. Bitchy!Pregnant!Sifl was AWESOME, and the fork confused about its sexuality win.

Honey and Clover 4

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Summary: The love quadrilangle between Mayama, Ayumi, Rika, and Shuuchan continues. Hagu has yet another panic attack, Takemoto is depressed over Christmas, with everything culminating in a giant blowout Xmas eve party where everyone gets drunk and has fun.

Review: Jeez. I haven't seen such complex love relations for a LONG time. But the good thing is that at least it's easy to keep everyone straight: Ayumi loves Mayama loves Rika loves Shuuchan. And poor Hagu! Will we ever get a more solid answer on why she has chronic panic disorder? Must say the Xmas party was pretty funny, though. :D

Suneohair - Waltz



Suneohair have been the darlings of the indies scene for awhile now. Even though they're signed to Sony. I recently got into them thanks to Honey and Clover. Suneohair's voice is very soothing, and is quite honestly one of the only male vocalists I can handle listening to because it's not whiny or annoying like most male vocals the world over.

This single is the ending song from Honey and Clover. It's very fitting to the entire feeling of the show - liquidy slow, relaxing, and just in general very mellow. If you're looking for music to listen to during really hot summer days, Suneohair is a great artist to try.

Sifl and Olly 2

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Summary: Waking With Ruby / Song: "Answer My Phone" / Rock Fact: Which Female Lead Singers' Life Depends On A Rare Gem? / News: Olly Did Anita Zest / Answer to last Rock Fact *Note: Although the audio part of the answer is fine, the on-screen question says "What Mysterious Coincidence Links Prodigy to Pink Floyd?" / Precious Roy's Pet Piercer / Song: "World Music" / Calls: Counterfiter, Devil Daughter, Abe Lincoln / Chester Donut / Rock Fact: Are Rumors True That Sugar Ray Can Fly? / Hidden Passage (Lincoln Background) / Interview: Tooth Fairy / Song: "Tooth Decay"

Review: Poor Chester. Poor Chester's Pet Fax Machine. Liam Lynch is a genius - why in the world did they end this show? I love Sifl and Chester best now. And you'd never think that sock puppets would be so expressive.

Tsubasa 7

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Summary: The gang arrive in Koryoukoku, a country that looks a lot like medieval Korea, where they meet a girl named Chun Hyang and evil overlords that are quite cruel to the villagers. Syaoran moves to stand against them, but Chun Hyang's the one who suffers...

Review: It looks like they're starting to speed things up - as next episode they'll be leaving Koryou soon. However - one HUGE change from the manga here which I'm not happy with - they made the Kudan leave and stay primarily in Hanshinkoku. Which kind of nullfies the entire fight with the Ryoushi's son in this episode since everyone's supposed to be retaining their Kudan. #$()%#@(% Bee Train/CLAMP better explain themselves. Also, production values in terms of animation definitely dipped this episode. Come on guys. We don't pay you to sit on your asses and make shitty animation.

20050522

Sifl and Olly 1

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Summary: (taken from tvtome.com) The Sifl and Olly Show is a show about 2 sock puppets named Sifl and Olly who run a low-budget TV show out of their apartment. The duo host a variety of segments throughout the show.

Segments include:
Calls from the Public - Sifl and Olly would take calls, either with a question or comment; from their fans, landlord, or even Olly's mother.

Interview Time - The interviews rarely went without a hitch. Usually Sifl had forgotten to book the star or spent all the money on some lame scheme or product. The interviews then were either substituted with another lesser interviewee or Olly would dress up as the person.

Rock Facts - Sifl and Olly would ask a question, either before commercial or during the show pertaining to rock history. The answers were usually made up and non-sensical, but Olly made it clear that Bjork was off limits.

Rock! - Pretty much self explanatory, Sifl and Olly would break out in song.

Precious Roy - In order to help finance the show, Sifl and Olly would sell merchandice that Precious Roy himself made. Olly would go crazy during his sales-pitch. They would then take calls from people who have already bought the products. The segment would end with Precious Roy making a comment on the item, but due to his loss of senility, he usually says something totally out of the blue.

A Moment with Chester - Chester, Sifl and Olly's friend, would come on and do an interview.

Letters to Chester - As a follow up to 'A Moment With Chester,' they introduced this new segment. In it, Sifl & Olly read the letters and Chester responded to them.

It's Almost the End of the Show - The show usually wrapped up with Sifl and Olly doing a musical number.

Episode 1 includes: Interview: Stealth / Rock Fact: What Mysterious Coincidence Links Prodigy to Pink Floyd? / Song: "It's Okay (Cindy's The Hostess)" / Precious Roy's Lice Monkeys / Calls: Loser Elvis, Broken ATM Card, Landlord (Monkeys) / Chester: Tap Dancing Tribe / Rock Fact: What Strange Power Links Mariah Carey To Marine Life? / Interview with Champs 1 on the Moon (Asparagus) / Calls: Problem in the Bathroom, Test Cheater / Song: "Rock & Roll Show" / (Dub version of theme at end credits)

Review: I've decided to revisit the entire sifl and olly series. Why? I've finally been able to get my hands on the episodes, since they've never been released to DVD except for the third season. When I was 13 and this premiered on mtv, I religously watched until it was cancelled/ended three years later. It's an incredibly funny show, and I love Liam Lynch and all of his projects to death. Quite honestly, it's funnier than a lot of the stuff on US TV right now. Sit back, relax and let's go into the world of Sifl and Olly.

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That 70's Show 105 (S5 E2)

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Summary: In punishment for Donna going away to California, Donna's Father transfers her to a Catholic School. Meaning that Donna won't see Eric. So Eric goes and talks to Donna's Father, But then Eric sees Donna in her School uniform. Eric and Donna catch Hyde and Jackie kissing in Erics basement. Donna tells everyone about her first day of Catholic school. Hyde and Jackie feel they should tell Kelso. But then they feel they should do what they want.

Review: One of my favouritest episodes ever, since I'm really hardcore into Hyde/Jackie shipping. :) It was a dream come true to see them making out. XD I'm so totally lame, right? Also Donna in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform = WIN.

That 70's Show 113 (S5 E10)

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Summary: When the kids gets their SAT scores, Donna's high score leaves Eric feeling stupid. As a result, Red convinces Eric to buckle down and stay away from Donna until he retakes the test. Meanwhile, Kelso discovers he may have a bright future and Jackie pushes Steven towards a college career.

Review: This is one of those turning points in the series were you can start to see where things might go. Even if it doesn't seem like it, you need to see this episode to understand where things from here go.

That 70's Show 136 (S6 E8)

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Summary: Red is "unpleasant" with Fez who has volunteered to drive him all over town; Eric claims he is working till 1 AM which makes Kitty and Donna give him sympathy and sweetness, when really he is playing cards; Brooke finally gives in and goes on a double date with Kelso and Hyde and Jackie, much to the dismay of a "in-love" Roy.

Review: Poor Fez. He gets so much abuse. :( And Eric. If I were Donna I'd kick his ass too. Boys are such dicks.