"Oh my Goddess" about a boy that accidentally calls the "goddess hotline" and gets a goddess to come stay with him as her granting of his one single wish. Her sisters then come along for the ride to convince her to leave the nerd.
This was one of the first manga’s that I owned, found in a second hand bin in Black Cat books in Edmonton when I was in high school. Ahh nostalgia. Honestly I can only say the comic was better than the anime, the details in the comic (especially if you get the graphic novels the art quality by about the second novel) was really nice, especially during the arc where they show you Keiichi’s hobby “Minibikes” Beyond that it’s a small scale classic herem anime. You’ve got the girl who will love Keiichi (usually because she doesn’t have a choice and is too innocent to know she can tell him to piss off) the “mean” and sexy older sister and the innocent and spunky younger sister. Now-a-days they’ve split off into a combo of 5 girls but this one used to be one of the classics. Unfortunately for all the nostalgia. Still pretty damn bad. Getting a 4 DUE TO Nostalgia. 4/10
Gone are the days when schoolbooks were made up of pages and pages of text. Today’s textbooks are just as likely to be filled with glossy, colourful images to engage and entertain students. This Thai textbook publisher, however, has come under fire for apparently sourcing an image from the internet to use on a book …
A.K.A This is what happens when you don’t properly pay your graphics designers and either hire:
a) Uncaring people who are underpaid and this steal images to save time for shitty pay
b) Vindictive people who are underpaid and intentionally trying to get you in trouble because they didn’t sign a proper contract that would leave them at any kind of fault when this shit gets caught.
My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”
After the destruction of “The World” in 2015, CC Corporation rebuilt the game using data from what was previously to be another game. “The World R:2” was then released in 2016. A newcomer to the game, Haseo, is instantly PKed and then revived by a mysterious man known as Ovan. With the problem of PKs occupying the game, Haseo soon after receives help from a female Harvest known as Shino. Amidst curiosity and confusion, Haseo is lead to joining the guild known as the Twilight Brigade. The guild that searches for the legendary object known as the “Key of the Twilight”. Set before the .hack//G.U. game.
Honestly all I could say about this show was that it Felt Long.
.hack//sign is honestly better and that’s all this is, a remake of that, the main character Haseo is the most annoying person ever. Same with the main female character. Simply watching this show legitimately turned me off from playing the game.
Mylene Hoffman, a beautiful cyborg spy with the codename “009-1” lives in an alternative world where the cold war never ended, continuously on-going for 140 years.
Eh, it’s ok, animation is a product of its time but it’s about as deep and compelling as a puddle. Parts of it were kinda interesting but the gratuitous “how many tits can we get in here” kinda makes me roll my eyes unable to continue.
Marco is a young boy who lives with his family in Italy depression period in 1881. With his father busy caring for those too poor to pay his Mother leaves to earn money as a maid for the family. She mentions in letters that she is ill and suddenly the letters stop coming. With his father and brother too busy working Marco is the only one able to find his mother to discover what happened to her.
Since it’s ranked 81 on the top anime of our time I feel kind of bad giving it such a low rating but I think really it’s only failing is that it’s a product of its time. It was created in the late 70’s early 80’s where this particular animation style was popular and personally, I’m just not that big of a fan.
Overall the story is interesting enough but there is an awful lot of “MARCO” “MAMA” “MARCO” “MAMA” “MARCO” “POLO I mean MAMA!” which is also a thing that was popular back then that also just is a personal pet peeve.
It’s definitely a classic to give a shot but it’s no Ghibli
A young wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia. He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, he is suspected to be a hacker of the Crimson Knights, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way. As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a ‘guardian’, which promises him protection from all harm. Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out, and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.
I believe in order to get to the understandable end of this show you do have to play the game, and I remember playing a version of .hack// but I never finished it (my file got corrupted ironically enough) so I can’t remember how this is supposed to end.
The show was long and interesting at points but very drawn out and you’re always feeling like you’re missing something (which if you don’t play the game and watch the special DVDs with the game then in reality, you are missing some big plot points.)
It’s interesting, it has a GREAT soundtrack but overall, not all that great.
This used to be called Dusk but now it’s called “Legend of the Twilight”??
Shugo and his twin sister Rena, two new players in The World, (a future online roleplaying game) are caught up in an unknown agenda. Unstoppable monsters have started appearing and players that encounter these monsters fall into comas in the real world. Playing the limited edition characters, Kite and Black Rose, and wielding the mysterious twilight bracelet, the two siblings must figure out what is going on and stop it before the damage escalates.
Blugh, it’s a chibified version of the .hack//sign game, they even cheaped out and didn’t bother to design new characters. making the “Black Rose” and “Kite” some elite edition characters in order to just reuse them. I dunno I’ve never been a fan of “chibi shorts” especially when they use a show that’s supposed to be somewhat dark and complex in order to cute it up.
Soda and I were still not talking and I was still staying with Nett but that didn’t mean I wasn’t working on making my own plans so this whole trip wouldn’t be a bust, so I went to Yokohama today with an old student.
It was I think my second time there, but the first time I was only at the shore and we only went to a restaurant on the dock and that was it. So I didn’t really “see” Yokohama and only knew we were in Yokohama at all because someone told me we were.
Met up with B-san in Shibuya at 9:30 and then headed over to the last stop past Yokohama. It was still part of the district, just closer to the “China Town” part. We got the all day pass for that line for 860¥. Since it cost 470¥ to get there normal the 860¥ was worth it there and back alone. But we also rode the train once more which guaranteed our moneys worth. I always forget that “all day train passes” are a thing whenever I travel around Japan. I tend to just use my Suica card and not think about it.
We went to the Doll Museum which cost 800¥ to get in but spent a good chunk of time there. Lots of dolls from around the world and throughout Japanese history. It was definitely creepy but interesting.
At the end there was a cool exhibit of the “Landing of John Perrie to the shore of Yokohama” because I guess this year is some anniversary of that. It was a huge model of the ship, all the little boats leading to the shore, and a procession of the people from the boats up the shore to talk to the shogun. All the people in the display were maybe only the size of a very large piece of rice but the detail was amazing, little kimono’s and different positions, different little things they were doing. It’s like each little person there had their own little story to tell if you looked for it. It was amazing.
After that we head down to China town and hit up an all you can eat Chinese food buffet. I tried a little of everything but didn’t really fancy any of it. It was enough to fill me but I’m sad it had like zero desserts. Was 860¥ which would be about the same for any of the restaurants there. Maybe we picked a cheap place or something? I think my tastes when it comes to Chinese food is just to western so I tend to just not like Japanese style Chinese food.
Then we went to the trick art museum which was about 800¥ as well. It was kinda cool, but in the last room where it was a “Find the differences in these copies of famous pictures” I just got absolutely nackered. It was about 4ish and B-san noticed I was yawning a bunch so we left and road the train 2 stops away to this shopping warehouse. I thought it looked haunted, but it was all super posh stores inside. We read the map and both had no idea what the hell “Sundries” were, so we searched a few shops which claimed to have them, and came to the conclusion “Sundries” is the polite term for “Junk”. I had an ice cream but B-san wasn’t feeling well so she didn’t.
We walked over the Cosmos World Yokohama and road the big ferris wheel for 700¥ I wonder if they have a night rider pass for that place, because I’d like to go back, but not if it’s like stupid expensive for everything. We walked over to… I think it was like the “Royal Queen shopping center” something like that and had subway because I wasn’t very hungry and B-san wanted soup. Then it was back home, I caught a good train because apparently just as I was getting on, something had happened. Because Nett got an e-mail from her boyfriend after I got in saying there was a 4 train backup and he was just sitting on the tracks waiting for things to clear to get back home. I guess all the lines got backed up somehow something serious although I’m not sure what would have caused that big of a holdup since there wasn’t an earthquake.
It was a pretty good day and after that I was feeling a bit better towards talking to Soda as well who was doing his best to apologize and promise to make things up to me.
Before I had come back to Japan Soda and I had made a lot of plans of things we were going to do. I wanted to go to some amusement parks and to take a trip to Kyoto with him.
The two years I had been in Japan I had just been working and barely done any touristy things with him at all, so now that I was there JUST for vacation and he didn’t have any work either I wanted to spend time with him and to see the sights. I’d even saved enough money that I could pay for everything if that was his issue.
But his issue was that he was trying for a new job being a web programmer, and was in an obsessed study mode.
We’d gone out a little bit but only to our regular haunts for the first week and always only for a few hours so he could get home and study. When he’d canceled our trip to two amusement parks so he could stay home and practice coding all day for three days straight while I went out with other friends instead and was telling me he wouldn’t come to the Kyoto Trip (that I had booked and paid for the both of us to go already) I’d snapped.
It turned into a screaming fight where I threw my things into my bag and just left to stay with my friend Nett.
I was upset because I had done this whole trip to spend time with him before I came back to work and we’d go back to never seeing each other, the Canada trip hadn’t been that great so I’d put hopes on the Japan one to be better but once again Soda kept putting such strong time restrictions on everything that anything I planned kept getting canceled.
He kept calling and trying to make it up to me but I was just so angry at this whole trip…
Since Soda had come to Canada I kept my promise to him and returned for a vacation in October. The flight over was a little blleeegghh and I almost missed my Japan flight.
In Edmonton as we were pulling out we hit a sparrow on the nose of the plane going up, so the pilot turned us around to get that checked out. We were fine, but that whole process to an hour and a half which put everyone way behind for their connections in Vancouver. I ran to my connection and they were doing the final boarding. I was the second last one on. I kind of wish they’d bumped my flight because then I could have gotten executive class… OH WELL.
The flight over was uneventful but I’m starting to worry about the amount of flying I was doing as I kept having to get up and walk around the plane and massage my arm because I was getting pins and needles in my arm and leg. I noticed after the LA flight back to Canada that I’ve got a lot more varicose veins in my shoulder and one leg that I think I had before.
I watched Terminator, Slumdog millionaire (pretty good) Okuribito or “Departures” which made me bawl like a baby, Year One which was okay but not THAT funny, and half of the new Transformers 2 which I just… Am really sad with that whole franchise so eh.
Got in and Soda was fortunately waiting for me so we took the trains to his place where I promptly passed out I woke up around 3 am, then again at 5 am and 5:30 and 6 and then 7. I woke up with a bit of a headache, flying always leaves me really ill feeling for a few days.
I was a bit pissed off because Soda had taken all the tylonol I’d left there in my medicine bag. He sometimes liked to just take it because it was so strong that when he drank with it, it got him kind of high. Fortunately I’d brought more but this was a dangerous habit of his that I didn’t really appreciate.
Before I left Japan in March Soda started acting strangely. Suddenly, mere weeks before I was about to leave it finally registered with him that I was indeed going. Possibly a combination of how he rarely actually listened to me and denial it took him until the week of my departure to actually talk to me about if I was coming back or not.
I gave him a condition, if he visited me in Canada, I would visit him in Japan and I would come back depending on how these visits went.
A part of me was hoping a year apart would change us both so hopefully we’d slide away from boyfriend and girlfriend and back to “just friends” because after a year of dating I still liked him but could recognize we had not much in common and he frustrated me a lot.
In mid August to early September he visited me and the trip wasn’t terrible but it was a source of aggravation and when I realized just how bad his drinking problem was.
He’d quit his job shortly after I’d left and started playing the stock market, it was a bit like a gambling addiction for him “losing” and “winning” everyday. Not that this mattered but it put a serious kink in our ability to travel around and see the city when he HAD to be home everyday by 5:00pm when the Japanese stock market opened.
I also was working during the time he was visiting mostly because he didn’t tell me he was coming until the last moment, he hadn’t really PLANNED on coming until I told him if He didn’t come visit me in September like he’d promised to, I wouldn’t come and visit him in October like I’d promised to. So he’d booked the ticket pretty much right after that argument.
Because of his restricted schedule and my job in the end because I didn’t enjoy my job after a fight where he blamed our inability to go see my parents not on his unwillingness to go but my working I quit my job just to force him to go.
That was when I realized his drinking was a major problem when he secretly drank all my brothers beer in the basement fridge.
He’d drank all the alcohol in my apartment, not that Ziggy or I minded, she’d gotten a bunch of various alcohol from various housewarming parties and neither of us drank. I thought nothing of his “Two drinks a night” habit since they were all various micro-brewery drinks that he couldn’t get in Japan. But he hadn’t really okayed taking the alcohol from my brother, he just couldn’t sleep unless he was drunk.
When we came back to my place I refused to buy him alcohol but he’d found a liquor store on one of our walks already so got some himself. And got violently ill on a sixpack of the cheapest skunk beer in the place.
Then did it again…
Because he needed the drink more than he could handle it.
It was actually a bit of a relief when he left and I quickly forgot all about it in the joy of my voice acting cruise that was coming up. But it wasn’t something that I could really let go…
any suggestions for someone preparing for the N5? :D
Study study study!
For me listening was the easiest part but reading and grammar was the hardest. I’d recommend going through Genki 1 which basically covers everything you’ll need to know for the N5 test and it makes for a good self study textbook because it clearly explains everything. Do all of the workbook and extra work in the book too!
Also, I know the test isn’t until December but Language isn’t something you can cram for so start studying now. Aim for at minimum 1~2 hours of study 3 days a week, you want to spread out the study sessions so you’re not cramming in a bunch of stuff on one day and forgetting it the next. Do a chapter a week starting now and you’ll be finished the book before the test, then it’s just review and practice for the last week until the test.