Title: Sword Art Online
Type: TV Series, 25 episodes
Year: Jun 24, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Sword Art Online is a sci-fi action anime based on the light novels written by Reki Kawahara, illustrated by Abec.
2022, Sword Art Online or SAO has just been released. An online game where players control their characters or avatars using the Nerve Gear, a VR Helmet that stimulates a person’s five senses via their brain. However, on its first day out from beta testing period, the players soon discover that they cannot log out. The creator of the game, Akihiko Kayaba, makes an appearance shortly after to announce an ultimatum: If they die in the game so would their bodies in the real world, and if they wish to be freed from the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game and face the final boss. As some players are mortified by their deadly predicament, some are determined to finished the game, like Kirito and Asuna, who are both determined to win and be free.
Succeeding episodes take place in the world of ALfheim Online, a successor to SAO developed by the company who took over the maintenance of SAO during the crisis. In ALFheim online, Asuna is being held captive, still unable to logout and hospitalized in the real world, this urges Kirito to save Asune by fighting alongside new allies in ALfheim to rescue her.
This is seriously one of the best I’ve watched. Especially, since I’m an online gamer as well. Although less with the exaggeration of emotions but hey, if you experience such a crisis where if you die online, you die for real, I’d say I’ll be pretty much traumatized myself for more than 2 months I guess.
Anyway, I love the story between Asuna and Kirito. Their relationship transcended the online to real life. Their love for each other and their desire to meet in the real world gave them a hope to hold on to, which some of the players didn’t quite have. This hope became a beacon that saved them.
Their love has proved that they can take on anyone, even a world.
Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show is about an unpopular girl from Palos Verdes, California who struggles with her identity, especially after an accident that is misconstrued as a suicide attempt gaining her the stigma of "That Girl" who tried to kill herself.
Starring: Ashley Rickards, Brett Davern, Beau Mirchoff, Nikki DeLoach, Jillian Rose Reed, Molly Tarlov, Desi Lydic, Jessica Lu, Greer Grammer and Mike Faiola
The comedy sitcom is based on a social outcast Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) who, after receiving a "carefrontation" letter, had an accident, mistaken for a suicidal attempt. With the misconstrued accident, she gained the stigma of That Girl who tried to kill herself but embracing her unfortunate situation, she was able to turn things around and skyrocketed herself to being popular to the student body through her blog. After losing her virginity to the popular Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff) , Jenna continues a secret relationship with him due to his embarrassment of her. Jenna later then begins to develop a relationship with Matty’s best friend, Jake Rosati (Brett Davern) who, unlike Matty, wasn’t afraid to be a dork with her. Jake fell in love with Jenna oblivious to Jenna’s lingering love toward Matty. Towards the end of the second season, Jenna’s nemesis, Sadie (Molly Tarlov), spilled the beans to Jake about Matty and Jenna’s past relationship that made him break up with Jenna. Matty went to Jenna’s house to comfort her but ended up kissing. Jake, realizing he had made a mistake breaking up with Jenna, also went to her house and witnessed the kiss. The scandalous scene was followed by a fist fight between Matty and Jake at school and their eventual make up has put Jenna to the position of choosing between them. Jake or Matty?
Awkward is Awesome. The cast definitely fits their role perfectly and while it seems like cliche story about an outcast character, their superb mirroring of the hard reality of being high school outcast is greatly accurate that made them standout and worthy of cheers and praises.
I started it two days ago, and finished it last night. Personally I think this is the kind of comedy that everyone can truly relate to. I do believe that everyone of us is awkward in our own ways. Some of us are just good in hiding it, while some are terribly overt that made them the easy pray for society. Plus, as I’ve interpreted it, the message they imply to teenagers is not always about changing the society because frankly as ideal as it sounds, it seems virtually impossible and the only way for us change it completely is by starting the change within ourselves. Instead of walloping in sadness by how different we are from the rest, why don’t we try embracing our own uniqueness? Feeling sorry for ourselves is only aiding the society in pushing us to kill ourselves. It’s time we move our asses and turn things around for us. No one is ever truly going to accept us, if we don’t learn to accept ourselves first. Just be yourself, be AWKWARD and who knows? It might lead you to the bonus of finding your match made in heaven.
Suddenly It’s Magic (Official trailer)
Directed by: Rory Quintos
Starring: Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales
I love romantic-comedy films, international though and often times I get disappointed by the local romantic-comedy films so I’ve developed a sense of knowing-in-advance whenever a local film like this would show up.
But this trailer is restoring my faith to the local cheesy films and I’m finding it hard to believe that because first of all, I’m not very familiar with any of Mario Maurer’s films and secondly,Erich’s "I do" was for me, a flop. But upon watching this trailer, it actually looks good so I’m having hopes for this one.
Maybe I’ll watch it. I don’t know. Could it be magic?
Title: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day)
Type: TV Series, 11 episodes
Aired:Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011
A group of six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko “Menma” Honma, dies in an accident. Ten years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has withdrawn from society and lives as a recluse. One summer day, the ghost of an older looking Menma appears before him and asks to have a wish granted, reasoning that she cannot pass on into the afterlife until it is fulfilled. Since Menma does not remember what her wish is, Jinta gathers his estranged friends together once again, believing that they are the key to resolving this problem. However, hidden feelings, internal conflicts, and lingering feelings of bitterness from Menma’s parents result in complications for the group as they struggle to help not only Menma move on, but themselves as well. (Wikipedia)
How nostalgic. I both hate and love that feeling right now. I don’t know why though…
I started and finished it today. Watching this Anime, it reminded me of my childhood friends. Though all of them are still very much alive, it reminded me of them because us too, have drifted apart as well. I can’t recall my childhood very well but after watching this, I can’t help but start to feel there may have been something that caused us to be far apart from one another too. Fingers crossed, I hope I’m just being emotional. Even to this very day, I still try to bring back the good old days whenever I get the chance but so far, no luck.
Anyway If you haven’t seen this (which I doubt), I think you should watch it. It’s powerful in it’s own way.
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer ,Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote
Dark Shadows is american comedy film based on the 1966 Gothic soap opera of the same name. It is a story of a man named Barnabas Collins who was cursed to be a vampire by a jealous lover/witch named Angelique Bouchard, who is also responsible for the death of his true love, Josette Du Pres. He is then imprisoned for over 200 years for refusing Angelique’s love for him and was recently awaken in the present. By that time, his descendants were failing desperately to keep the canned fish family business so Barnabas took it upon himself to aid the family, and by an unfortunate twist of Fate, it was Angelique, who somehow managed to defy time, has been killing the family business as a competitor. Also, Barnabas found his reincarnated love in the family’s governess, Victoria Winters/Maggie Evans.
I wasn’t that interested when I first heard about the film but when I found out that the director is Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp along with Helena Bonham Carter, I immediately thought, “This film is a must see.”
Like any other films from Tim Burton, it was visually entertaining, with fitting actors for the roles and the costumes are with class and elegance. The film was intended or rather defined as a comedy film. However, there were less comedic scenes than expected. It was disappointing but still, the film was very good.
Regarding the casting, I think they did an excellent job. The actors they’ve chosen were on-point and fitting for the roles. Most especially, Eva Green. She played her part perfectly as a conniving, sadistic and lusting witch. As always, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were excellent. The two of them will always be my favorite actors.
Apart from the three, my favorite actor in this film would have to be Chloe Moretz. Although her role is the ever cliche, distant and rebellious daughter/teenager, she did her role perfectly without going over-the-top like most young actors do. Her craft in acting is definitely superb.
The most awaited part of the movie was definitely not the confrontation on the last scene or the rekindling of the love of Barnabas and Victoria but it was the passionate, insane and incredibly funny sexual intercourse of Barnabas and Angelique. The scene was the highlight of the film. It was mad and brilliant, something only Tim Burton could think of.
Title: Angel Beats
In the afterlife, a group of teenagers who could not accept the life they had formed a battlefront to rebel against God for being fated with such a cruel life. Together, they battle against a girl they call “Angel” to finally be able to confront God.
I’ve recently finish this Anime. I’ve heard about it during it’s airing year but I’ve been busy those days so it never occurred to me to watch it. It was just last week when I remembered it because of a photoset I saw in my dashboard.
I can’t believe I’ve missed this show for so long because the story is just incredible. The story is well written with creativity and it pretty much has everything. My only problem in here is that some of the characters didn’t get enough screen time. The show didn’t have much sidetrack episodes to show the life of the other members.
I would love to see why Noda was so smitten with Yuri or find out the mystery about T.K.
One of the most memorable moments in this Anime is definitely Yui and Hinata’s romantic scene. Although it was brief but the whole time of it was enough to suffice the lack sweet moments.
In the final episode, I was kind of disappointed to know that Yuri and Otonashi didn’t end up together. Although it was pretty obvious but still, I would have loved them to end up together.
But Kanade and Otonashi is fine too but there are two more things that bother me like a lot. (1)Who is Kanade? As in who is she really? I get that she’s also just a human but why does she have Otonashi’s heart? And about her regret of not being able to say thank you to him for giving her the gift of life, I get that it is what’s been keeping her from finding peace, does that mean she was his little sister? (2) When Otonashi regained his memory, he found peace about being able to save lives. That wasn’t his true regrets, his true regrets is about Yuri’s life. He can’t let her carry those regrets alone but when Yuri found her peace, why didn’t he disappear too? Please enlighten me about this two dilemmas, otherwise I may not be able to disappear peacefully too when the time comes (Haha) can anyone tell me?
Type: TV series, 26 episodes
Year: October 9, 2011 to April 15, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy,Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Mirai-Nikki is a story about an introvert boy named Yukiteru who prefers to write a diary in his cellphone than interact with people. His only friend is Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space, one who he believes to be only a fabrication of his mind. But one fateful day, Deus Ex Machina gave him a cellphone known as Future Diary that can now predict 90 days ahead. Deus also summoned him along with eleven others, who are also diary holders and told them that they will be competing with each other in a survival game to determine who shall take over his place as a God. In order to win, the contestants must make use of their future diaries to eliminate one another. For the introvert Yukiteru to survive, he must make an alliance with another diary holder from his class, a girl named Yuno.
Will he find a Dead End on his diary or a Happy End?
I just finished this last night and I have to say, this anime is by far the most thrilling anime I’ve ever seen. Most anime shows are very predictable with it’s sappy, funny and action filled episodes but this is my first encounter of an anime show that dared to to be different from the rest. Although I’m aware that there are others that is as thrilling, or more thrilling (know any?). When I first watched this, I did not know what to expect so the pilot episode completely caught me off-guard. It literally, scared me. I was having second thoughts if whether I should proceed to the next episode or not. But the fear and thrill of it was too enticing not to continue.
This anime show definitely got me thinking because of it’s thrills and surprises. One of those are the characters. They are not what you would expect. I’ve been surprised once or twice when I’ve witnessed some actions that I never thought that character could do or have gone through.
(Gasai Yuno, that insanely abnormal girl)
One of my personal favorites among the contestants is Fifth. This pint size, elite killer may not have the strongest diary but he can definitely, almost outwit everyone. He actually succeeded in killing First (Yukiteru) if it weren’t for Ninth who had to gave him the antidote.
(Fifth, he’s almost as insane as Second, Gasai Yuno)
It has a fair amount of comedic scenes but it does not stay there for too long. The love story in this anime is not half-bad either considering the extent it has shown. The notion "The things you’ll do for love" definitely applies here in an exaggerated andinsane amount.
The ending was very unexpected. It was a cliche slightly happy ending, which I think is good because throughout the show, the thrills and suspense will definitely set your mind to expecting the worst and possibly scarring you for life. However, the ending was a cure from all those insanity that makes it all even.
Since this is my first encounter of such anime, over-all I find the whole show very unique and satisfying. It actually reflects the reality of what people can do for power when given an advantage such as a future diary. More than that, it also reflects the psychological effects of events to a person. It shows how a person can change when given with ill-fate.
Some are cruel for a reason, some are vicious for their ambitions, some are treacherous for a purpose and one is insanely in love with the only hope they have from their cruel fate.
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders.
Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, arrives at a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. facility during an evacuation. The Tesseract, an energy source of unknown potential, is activating itself, and opens a portal through space, delivering the exiled Norse god Loki to Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract, and uses his abilities to take control of the minds of S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, including Dr. Erik Selvig and Agent Clint Barton, to aid him.
With the impending invasion Loki plans using the Chitauri, an alien race that seeks to conquer the galaxy, Nick Fury, plans to re-activate the project Avengers, a group of special people with unique skills and abilities, as a countermeasure.
Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk and Thor must team up to against this invasion for the fate of the earth now lies in their hands as the Avengers.
Yesterday, we watch this film and it is pure awesomeness. The story was great, the cinematography was excellent. The fight scenes are awesome, detailed and practiced real well. Among the cast, I think it is Scarlet Johansson (as Black Widow) who had performed the most athletic and action packed scenes. Which by the way, she did superbly with grace.
And having her show her skills was a great way to introduce what a member of the Avengers can do and proving that her character deserves a spot in the team.
The cast are, as expected, on-point and perfect for their characters. They’ve embodied and portrayed the roles as it should be with a slight push of boundaries to showcase their acting even more. Especially Robert Downey Jr. who I think everyone expects to stand out a little bit with his humor and he did. Thankfully, not too much to make it seem like it’s one man film.
I was surprise to see Cobie Smulders in the film especially since I’ve only known her to be comedic from How I Met Your Mother as Robin Scherbatsky and thank God she has a lot of screen time. She was really good, she did an awesome job. She was, wait for it, Legendary.
The special effects and camera tricks were great as it should be and as expected for such a film. It didn’t look cheap at all. It was very believable and it wasn’t over-the-top. Even for Hulk it didn’t look over-the-top.
Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Starring: Rachel Mcadams and Channing Tatum
So I just finish watching it. Today would be, finally, the first time I saw it. (what a loser huh?) I’ve really enjoyed it, it was a great movie (which I think you already know, but I’m really just blogging this to express because it was that great for me.)
The story, the cast, the cinematography were all great. I didn’t get bored for a single moment. And as expected, Rachel did beautifully, even almost better than how she did on Morning Glory. Almost. She was great as always.
And Channing was surprisingly better than I expected. It eases me to know that he’s not just face for the camera.
I was a little disappointed with the ending, because I was hoping for more drama at it but then I remembered it was inspired from a true event so I figured it wouldn’t have looked great and realistic if they exaggerated it any further.
All in all it was a beautiful movie.