Archive for June, 2006

Anime – Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden (1st season link) (2nd season link) (Google It) (Wikipedia) by PEACH-PIT (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a normal so-so 2 seasons 12 episodes anime. But it’s still worth my time.

Rozen Maiden (ローゼンメイデン (薔薇乙女), Rozen Maiden) is a manga by the group PEACH-PIT, with an anime series of the same name. It deals obliquely with the pressures placed on children in Japan by telling the story of a student, Jun Sakurada, who cracked under the strain. The series chronicles Jun’s reluctant mental recovery through experiences with the Rozen Maiden, a series of enchanted dolls with a mysterious purpose.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Google It) (Wikipedia) is the sequel to 2 earlier movies. But this time, instead of powerful super high horsepower biggest engine with the best NOS competition, our hero need to learn how to burn his car’s tyre rubber in effective way, and this they called as drifting. There some part of the movie is taken directly from another race car drifting movie – Initial D: The Movie (Google It) (Wikipedia). It’s a must-see.

Sean Boswell, who has always been an outsider. A loner at school, his only connection to the indifferent world around him is through illegal street racing — which has made him particularly unpopular with the local authorities. To avoid jail time, Sean is sent out of the country to live with his uncle in the military, in a cramped apartment in a low-rent section of Tokyo. In the land that gave birth to the majority of modified racers on the road, the simple street race has been replaced by the ultimate pedal-to-the-metal, gravity-defying automotive challenge … drift racing, a deadly combination of brutal speed on heart stopping courses of hairpin turns and switchbacks. For his first unsuccessful foray in drift racing, Shean unknowingly takes on D.K., the "Drift King," with ties to the Yakuza, the Japanese crime machine. The only way he can pay off the debt of his loss is to venture into the deadly realm of the Tokyo underworld, where the stakes are life and death.

Anime – Ping Pong Club

Ping Pong Club (Google It) from Kitty Films (Google It) (Wikipedia) is an anime filled with adult comedy element that will itch your stomach non-stop.

There are six members of the boy’s ping pong club. Two are relatively normal; however, the other four consist of an aspiring sexual deviant, two perverts, and a guy with lethal B.O. Add in a cantakerous girl as a manager, and you have the entire crew.

This series pushes the boundaries of good taste beyond anything the western world has experienced, yet somehow manages to remain vaguely charming. The antics of the ping pong club includes one member’s trademark "Protruding Pecker Serve," molesting cross-dressing members, and the infamous "Turtle Sequence," which is much too horrifying to describe. Full frontal nudity and tasteless jokes abound.

Me was so lucky, to be able to watch this great movie with one of my favourite friend, me refer her as Rean. The DaVinci Code (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a movie based on one of Dan Brown‘s (Google It) (Wikipedia) book with the same title. Romantic scene in the book is removed from the movie and there’s slight differences in story plot. It even more enjoyable if u have read the book.

Adapted from Dan Brown’s bestseller book, the story tells the investigation started by symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and a good looking cryptologist, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), around the murder of a Museum Louvre’s curator. In fact, the unfortunate murdered man was Sophie’s grandfather, and the corpse was founded with a series of symbols and codes, like a pentagram and a Fibonacci number sequence. But police detective Fache (Jean Reno) will begin to chase Langdon, who escapes after receive a warning about the captain’s real intentions. Sophie has with her a kind of key with dots and number 24 engraved on it, which opens to her and Langdon a big complex investigation, that involves a supposedly heretic theory: JesusChristh and Mary Magdalene were, in fact, a couple which give rise a daughter, named Sara. A millenarian sect called The Priory of Sion, has kept for centuries the secret of that matter. A masochist and kind of psychopath albino monk, Sibilas (Paul Bettany), an Opus Dei member, will chase Langdon and Shophie as well, in order to impede that they solve the mystery of Christ and Mary Magdalene, and also the real meaning and location of the Holy Grial. A passionate British researcher (Sir Ian McKellen), will help Langdon in his quest, revealing them several symbolisms at Da Vinci’s master work The Last Supper, traveling to mythical places in the UK, like The Church Temple, where is believed that a group of Templars Knights are buried, and Sir Isaac Newton’s tomb at Westminster Abbey, where are located some of the main keys to solve the Holy Grial’s mystery.

Anime – Ocha-Ken

Ocha-Ken (Google It) is a very very cute little puppy and pussy anime that teaches us one little lesson on each of it’s 4 minutes episode. And there’s an Ocha-Ken game on Nintendo DS!

Ocha-Ken is a really short anime about tea. It’s about a little green puppy with tea-leaf ears named Ryoku whose nose always tells him when there’s tea made JUST right to be had. He has a lot of different-colored dog friends who also seem to love tea and coffee. This first episode, "Have you been making tea lately?" is about how hard it is to make the perfect tea, not too hot, cold, thin, thick, but just right. When Ryoku smells that perfect tea, he calls all his friends and they go over to Hana, the purple dog’s place, where they see she’s being a great hostess. Tea is the best, isn’t it? When you’re drinking it, maybe you, too, can see the cute little tea puppy! "Have you been tired at the end of the day lately?" the narrator asks. "Let’s relax with Ocha-Ken!"

Okay, so it’s hard to talk much about a 2-minute show about tea and little dogs, but they’re REALLY CUTE! The official page seems to have lots of info for different Ocha-Ken things, so they must be so popular tea-mascot things that they just decided to make an anime about. I’d love one of the plushies that they have! 😀

Black Cat (Google It) (Wikipedia) from Gonzo Digimation (Google It) (Wikipedia) is superb anime with really great storyline and animation! Worth the watch!

There used to be a legendary assassin called “Black Cat” who had many people. He was supposed to be killed because he had betrayed the secret syndicate, “Cronos”. They hired Train to become a bounty hunter to kill him.

He runs after his ex-buddy, Creed, with Sven who has grasper eyes, Rins who is good at disguise, and bio-weapon Eve.

Amazing Nurse Nanako (Google It) (Wikipedia) by Save our Nurse Project (Google It) is a comedy ecchi with cloning story that was supposed to be a full-fledged anime, not just 6 episodes of OVA >_< Me had not enough~!!!

In a mansion on a military base somewhere in Japan lives a mad scientist, two martial arts masters, an old witch (literally), and the woman who works tirelessly to feed them and keep the house clean. She’s also constantly thretened with being turned into the subject of one of the doctor’s experiments, and forced to train in feats of strenth and endurance. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the doctor is watched over by powerful forces in the military and the Church, both with their own mysterious goals. Where does Nanako fit into this, and why is she the subject of so much attention? Who knows.

Initial D: 4th Stage (Google It) (Wikipedia) continues the Initial’s story, and it even hasn’t end, there’s "To be continue" in the end. We shall continue our journey with Project D (Google It) in 5thb stage, perhaps.

Takumi Fujiwara and brothers Keisuke and Ryousuke Takahashi have formed "Project D," a racing team aimed at bringing their driving skills to their full potential outside their prefecture. Using the internet, Project D issues challenges to other racing teams and posts results of their races. Managed by Ryousuke, the team has Takumi engaging in downhill battles with his AE86, while Keisuke challenges opponents uphill. Among their rivals are the Seven-Star Leaf (SSR) and Todo-juku. Joining in the fun is Takumi’s father Bunta, who breaks out of retirement with his Subaru Impreza WRX Type R Version V.

X-Men: The Last Stand (Google It) (Wikipedia) continues the X-Men (Google It) (Wikipedia) saga, but unfortunately, it’s too short, rendering me wanting more after watched the show. Nevertheless, it’s a superb great action movies.

Take A Stand

In X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, the climax of the “X-Men” motion picture trilogy, a “cure” for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers to fit in. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto), who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test – triggering the war to end all wars.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND reunites the stars of the first two X-Men films: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a solitary fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable adamantium claws and an animal-like fury; Halle Berry as Storm, who can manipulate all forms of weather – and fly; Ian McKellen as Magneto, a powerful mutant who can control and manipulate metal; Patrick Stewart as Xavier, a telepath and the founder and leader of the X-Men; Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, a mutant with incalculably powerful telekinetic and telepathic abilities; Anna Paquin as Rogue, who absorbs the powers and threatens the life of anyone she touches; Rebecca Romijn as the shape-shifting Mystique; James Marsden as Cyclops, whose eyes release an energy beam that can rip holes through mountains; and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, who can lower his body temperature and radiate intense cold.

Also reprising their “X2” roles are Aaron Stanford as fire-manipulator Pyro and Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, who can change his flesh into organic steel.

Kelsey Grammer joins the X-MEN: THE LAST STAND cast as one of the “X-Men” universe’s most beloved characters: Dr. Henry McCoy, also known as Beast.

McCoy is a highly intelligent geneticist, a mutant endowed with superhuman agility and physical prowess. As the subject of one of his own experiments, McCoy mutated further, growing blue, bestial fur.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND stays true to the tone and story arcs of “X-Men” and “X2,” while expanding the characters, continuing the balance between spectacle and reality, and, especially, deepening the emotion and relationships.

In doing so, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND raises issues that resonate today: Is conformity an antidote to prejudice? Is it cowardice to give up individuality to fit in and avoid persecution? Is the personal right to choose inviolate? Is great power a blessing or a curse?