Friday, March 27, 2009

New Book: Hiroshima Diary

I just bought this from Booksale a while ago. It's a very nice book. Very dramatic and scary. It describes what happened during the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 through the eyes of Dr. Michihiko Hachiya. He himself was wounded during the assault.

I've read only up to the second day but the events that are unfolding are so horrible that something like this should never ever happen again. The results are just devastating.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gundam 00 Episode 24

This was truly a nice episode. Very dramatic and absolutely amazing. A little cheesy perhaps but that's what makes it great.

Louise and Saji got back together. Billy and Leesa were reunited happily. Marie and Allelujah are happy. Lyle finally got his revenge. Tieria and Regene are linked with Veda.

Happy! All that remains is Ribbons' death. Go Setsuna!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More kanashii

Boohoo. Tieria's physical body is dead... but his mind is within Veda...

Ali al Saachez is dead.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Very sad. Gundam 00 is turning out be very dramatic. It's one of the best animes I've seen so far. It actually shows the reality of war, that even lead characters are mortal and can get wounded; and that their loves can die. Obviously, this series is better than SEED and SEED Destiny. Seiji Mizushima is one good director.

So many people have died: Anew Returner, Bring Stability (1st clone), Divine Nova (1st clone), Regene Regetta, Neil Dylandy, Sergei Smirnov, Patrick Corlasour, Christina Sierra, Lichtendahl Tsery, Wang Liu Mei, Hong Long, and Nena Trinity. Lasse Aeon is wounded. Ribbons Almark is so heartless... Pwn him! I feel so sorry for Lyle. Poor guy. First his family. His brother. And now Anew. :S

The Grey King

This is the fourth installment to Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series. Here, Will Stanton goes to his Aunt Jen in Wales to recover from a previous sickness. Here, he meets Bran, the raven boy, and Cafall, a white dog who has silver eyes. The three of them go on a quest to retrieve the harp of gold and wake the Sleepers, giving the assurance of victory to the forces of the Light.

It's a really great book and Wales is just breath-taking. I've actually taken an interest in learning the Welsh language. It has a different alphabet from the English alphabet. It's quite fun to read the Welsh names like Ceiswyn or Brenin Llywd.

In this book, I liked the character of Bran. He's different from others because he is an albino. He has white complexion, white hair, white eyelashes, and tawny gold eyes like a raven's. (The name bran is actually the Welsh for raven.) Bran, in this story, is the son of Queen Guinevere and King Arthur. Fearing that her husband would banish his own because of her affair with Lancelot, she reluctantly asks Merimman Lyon to bring Bran to the future (that is, the present). She leaves him there to the care of Owen Davies.

Bran lived a secluded life, partly because his father did not want him to know anything about his mother's connections. Owen was worried that the child would not be able to understand why his mother never came back. Bran is kind of aloof because of the way he is being treated at school. He is labeled a freak because of his condition and called names such as Paleface and Whitey (which reminded me of Toshiro from Bleach). I think he's a really nice character, very cute. Nee?

This installment was nice. A good read for 35 pesos. The series are just getting better. Susan Cooper is not one to disappoint.

Friday, March 20, 2009

New fanfiction: Sunny Love

It's a GaaraHinata story. My first in that pairing. It's for Crimson and Cassie. :D

Naruto finally meets his father!

At last, the most-awaited meeting of the full-pledged Narutards has come. Naruto has finally met his father, the Fourth Hokage. It's a bitter-sweet meeting, since it's going to be their first and last, but one that will surely touch hearts. My favorite picture from this week's chapter is the one above. Yondaime is proving to be a great dad and all...

All for now.

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

This series is awesome! Susan Cooper is one great writer. She writes with a beautiful, unique style with minimal flaws, especially in the Welsh part. Other than that, this woman is "dope", as Randy Jackson might say. I think that she has a bit of Tolkien and Lewis in her. That magic and wonderful imagery is alive in your mind as you read every line. Truly fantastic.English and Welsh folklore keep the stories alive with allusions to King Arthur, Pendragon, and the Holy Grail.

The story revolves around the Old Ones, a race of creatures who strive to defeat the forces of the Dark. One of them is Will Stanton, the lead character in most of the stories. He is the last of the Old Ones. As the seventh son of the seventh son, Will must find the six signs, the manuscript with the cipher to the grail's runic signs, a harp of gold, and the crystal sword. In these quests, he is aided by both ordinary and extraordinary humans. Merimman Lyon, one of the Old Ones, is one of Will's helpers. The Drews children - Jane, Simon, and Barnabas - also help him in the quests. Together, they struggle to vanquish the Dark forever.

If you're looking for a more extraordinary story than books about vampires and werewolves, give this series a try. It will surely keep your imagination alive.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The 46 laws of anime

I found this very nice list at It's actually very true... :D

Fourty-Six laws of Anime:

Originally compiled and edited by Darrin Bright and Ryan Shellito

1. Law of Metaphysical Irregularity
The normal laws of physics do not apply.

2. Law of Differentiated Gravitation
Whenever someone or something jumps, is thrown, or otherwise is rendered airborn, gravity is reduced by a factor of 4.

3. Law of Sonic Amplification, First Law of Anime Acoustics
In space, loud sounds, like explosions, are even louder because there is no air to get in the way.

4. Law of Constant Thrust, First Law of Anime Motion
In space, constant thrust equals constant velocity.

5. Law of Mechanical Mobility, Second Law of Anime Motion
The larger a mechanical device is, the faster it moves. Armored Mecha are the fastest objects known to human science.

6. Law of Temporal Variability
Time is not a constant. Time stops for the hero whenever he does something 'cool' or 'impressive'. Time slows down when friends and lovers are being killed and speeds up whenever there is a fight.

7. First Law of Temporal Mortality
'Good Guys' and 'Bad Guys' both die in one of two ways. Either so quick they don't even see it coming, OR it's a long drawn out affair where the character gains much insight to the workings of society, human existence or why the toast always lands butter side down.

8. Second Law of Temporal Mortality
It takes some time for bad guys to die... regardless of physical damage. Even when the 'Bad Guys' are killed so quickly they didn't even see it coming, it takes them a while to realize they are dead. This is attributed to the belief that being evil damages the Reality Lobe of the brain.

9. Law of Dramatic Emphasis
Scenes involving extreme amounts of action are depicted with either still-frames or black screens with a slash of bright color (usually red or white).

10, Law of Dramatic Multiplicity
Scenes that only happen once, for instance, a 'Good Guy' kicks the 'Bad Guy' in the face, are seen at least 3 times from 3 different angles.

11. Law of Inherent Combustability
Everything explodes. Everything.
First Corollary - Anything that explodes bulges first.
Second Corollary - Large cities are the most explosive substances known to human science. Tokyo in particular seems to be the most unstable of these cities, sometimes referred to as "The Matchstick City".

12. Law of Phlogistatic Emission
Nearly all things emit light from fatal wounds.

13. Law of Energetic Emission
There is always an energy build up (commonly referred to as an energy 'bulge') before Mecha or space craft weapons fire. Because of the explosive qualities of weapons, it is believed that this is related to the Law of Inherent Combustability.

14. Law of Inverse Lethal Magnitude
The destructive potential of a weapon is inversly proportional to its size.
First Corollary- Small and cute will always overcome big and ugly. Also know as the A-Ko phenomenon.

15. Law of Inexhaustability
No one EVER runs out of ammunition. That is of course unless they are cornered, out-numbered, out-classed, and unconscious.

16. Law of Inverse Accuracy
The accuracy of a 'Good Guy' when operating any form of fire-arm increases as the difficulty of the shot increases. The accuracy of the 'Bad Guys' when operating fire-arms decreases when the difficulty of the shot decreases. (Also known as the Stormtrooper Effect)
Example: A 'Good Guy' in a drunken stupor being held upside down from a moving vehicle will always hit, and several battalions of 'Bad Guys' firing on a 'Good Guy' standing alone in the middle of an open field will always miss.
First Corollary - The more 'Bad Guys' there are, the less likely they will hit anyone or do any real damage.
Second Corollary - Whenever a 'Good Guy' is faced with insurmountable odds, the 'Bad Guys' line up in neat rows, allowing the hero to take them all out with a single burst of automatic fire and then escape.
Third Corollary- Whenever a 'Good Guy' is actually hit by enemy fire, it is in a designated 'Good Guy Area', usually a flesh wound in the shoulder or arm, which restricts the 'Good Guy' from doing anything more strenuous than driving, firing weaponry, using melee weapons, operating heavy machinery, or doing complex martial arts maneuvres.

17. Law of Transient Romantic Unreliability
Minmei is a bimbo.

18. Law of Hemoglobin Capacity
The human body contains over 12 gallons of blood, sometimes more, under high pressure.

19. Law of Demonic Consistency
Demons and other supernatural creatures have at least three eyes, loads of fangs, tend to be yellow-green or brown (but black is not unknown), and can only be hurt by bladed weapons.

20. Law of Militaristic Unreliability
Huge galaxy-wide armadas, entire armies, and large war-machines full of cruel, heartless, bloodthirsty warriors can be stopped and defeated with a single insignificant example of a caring/loving emotion or a song.

21. Law of Tactical Unreliability
Tactical geniuses aren't...

22. Law of Inconsequential Undetectability
People never notice the little things... Like missing body parts, or wounds the size of Seattle.

23. Law of Juvenile Intellectuality
Children are smarter than adults. And almost always twice as annoying.

24. Law of Americanthropomorphism
Americans in Anime appear in one of two roles, either as a really nasty skinny 'Bad Guy' or a big stupid 'Good Guy'.
First Corollary - The only people who are more stupid than the big dumb Americans are the American translators. (Sometimes referred to as the Green Line Effect.)
Second Corollary - The only people who are more stupid than the American translators are the American editors and censors.

25. Law of Mandibular Proportionality
The size of a person's mouth is directly proportional to the volume at which they are speaking or eating.

26. Law of Feline Mutation
Any half-cat/half-human mutation will invariably:
a) be female
b) will possess ears and sometimes a tail as a genetic mutation
c)and wear as little clothing as possible, if any.

27. Law of Conservation of Firepower
Any powerful weapon capable of destroying/defeating an opponent in a single shot will invariably be reserved and used only as a last resort.

28. Law of Technological User-Benevolence
The formal training required to operate a spaceship or mecha is inversely proportional to its complexity.

29. Law of Melee Luminescence
Any being displaying extremely high levels of martial arts prowess and/or violent emotions emits light in the form of a glowing aura. This aura is usually blue for 'good guys' and red for 'bad guys'. This is attributed to Good being higher in the electromagnetic spectrum than Evil.

30. Law of Non-anthropomorphic Antagonism
All ugly, non-humanoid alien races are hostile, and usually hell-bent on destroying humanity for some obscure reason.

31. Law of Follicular Chroma Variability
Any color in the visible spectrum is considered a natural hair color. This color can change without warning or explanation.

32. Law of Follicular Permanence
Hair in anime is pretty much indestructable, and can resist any amount of meteorological conditions, energy emissions, physical abuse, or explosive effects and still look perfect. The only way to hurt someone's hair is the same way you deal with demons...with bladed weapons!

33. Law of Topological Aerodynamics, First Law of Anime Aero-Dynamics
ANY shape, no matter how convoluted or odd-looking, is automatically aerodynamic.

34. Law of Probable Attire
Clothing in anime follows certain predictable guidelines.
--Female characters wear as little clothing as possible, regardless of whether it is socially or meteorologically appropriate. Any female with an excessive amount of clothing will invariably have her clothes ripped to shreds or torn off somehow. If there is no opportunity to tear off the afore-mentioned female's clothes, then she will inexplicably take a shower for no apparent reason (also known as the Gratuitous Shower Scene).
--Whenever there is a headwind, a Male characters will invariably wear a long cloak which doesn't hamper movement and billows out dramatically behind him.
First Corollary(Cryo-Adaptability) - All anime characters are resistant to extremely cold temperatures, and do not need to wear heavy or warm clothing in snow.
Second Corollary (Indecent Invulnerability) - Bikinis render the wearer invulnerable to any form of damage.

35. Law of Musical Omnipotence
Any character capable of musical talent (singing, playing an instrument, etc.) is automatically capable of doing much more "simple" things like piloting mecha, fighting crime, stopping an intergalactic war, and so on... especially if they have never attempted these things before.

36. Law of Quitupular Aggultination
Also called "The Five-man Rule," when "Good Guys" group together, it tends to be in groups of five. There are five basic positions, which are:
a) The Hero/Leader
b) His girlfriend
c) His Best Friend/Rival
d) A Hulking Brute
e) A Dwarf/Kid
Between these basic positions are distributed several attributes, which include:
--Extreme Coolness
--Amazing intelligence
--Incredible Irritation

37. Law of Extra-dimensional Capacitance
All anime females have an extradimensional storage space of variable volume somewhere on their person from which they can instantly retrieve any object at a moment's notice.
First Corollary (The Hammer Rule) - The most common item stored is a heavy mallet, which can be used with unerring accuracy on any male who deserves it. Other common items include costumes/uniforms, power suits/armor, and large bazookas.

38. Law of Hydrostatic Emission
Eyes tend to be rather large in Anime. This is because they contain several gallons of water, which may be instantaneously released at high pressure through large tear ducts. The actual volume of water contained in the eyes is unknown, as there is no evidence to suggest that these reservoirs are actually capable of running out. The reason water tends to collect in the eyes is because Anime characters only have one large sweat gland, which is located at the back of the head. When extremely stressed, embarrassed, or worried, this sweat gland exudes a single but very large drop of sebaceous fluid.

39. Law of Inverse Attraction
Success at finding suitable mates is inversely proportionate to how desperately you want to be successful. The more you want, the less you get.
First CorollaryUnfortunately, this law seems to apply to Otaku in the real world...

40. Law of Nasal Sanguination
When sexually aroused, males in Anime don't get erections, they get nosebleeds. No one's sure why this is, though... the current theory suggests that larger eyes means smaller sinuses and thinner sinus tissue (see Law #38 above). Females don't get nosebleeds, but invariably get one heck of a blush along the cheeks and across the nose, suggesting a lot of bloodflow to that region.

41. Law of Xylolaceration
Wooden or bamboo swords are just as sharp as metal swords, if not sharper.

42. Law of Juvenile Omnipotence
Always send a boy to do a man's job. He'll get it done in half the time and twice the angst.

43. Law of Quadrotriscadecophobia
There is no Law #43.

44. Law of Nominative Clamovocation
The likelihood of success and damage done by a martial arts attack is directly proportional to the volume at which the full name of the attack is announced.

45. Law of Uninteruptable Metamorphosis
Regardless of how long or involved the transformation sequence or how many times they've seen it before, any 'Bad Guys' witnessing a mecha/hero/heroine transforming are too stunned to do anything to interrupt it.

46. Law of Flimsy Incognition
Simply changing into a costume or wearing a teensy mask can make you utterly unrecognizable to even your closest friends and relatives.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gundam 00

I've got my eyes set now on Setsuna and the gang. So many things have happened in the series and I have to catch up! So many deaths! So many loves! And, sadly, many lost loves...

But at least it's getting on pretty well although some of the stuff are reminiscent of the past SEED and Destiny series. One example is Anew's death. It's much like Stellar's, only a little more dramatic, I think.

*sigh* I'll watch episodes 12-14 right now, maybe. Heh.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Exiled

Yes, that's right. In our class, there are actually five of us. Or possibly more. Who, you ask? Why, it's Crimson, Cassie, Roger, Angel, and I. Yes, that makes five of us.

I can't really understand why they don't invite us over to their little trip. That's just unfair, isn't it? If we were friends, they would ask us, even though we won't be able to come, right? I just don't get it.

I thought they had forgotten all about Roger's issue. But, as the case stands, I was wrong. They never forgot about it. And that's just a whole load of crap.

Hey, I'm not ranting here for myself. I'm ranting here for Roger and Angel. That simply wasn't fair. It will never be fair. They're just simple, quiet people who have never fought with them. Actually, they were the ones making up all of the fights and issues.

Sometimes, I just want to tell them to shut up and leave. They're just plainly irritating. I guess, maybe, this is the last straw. I had hoped before that they would learn how to forget the issue but I guess not. Yes, this is the last straw. I'll stop dreaming. I'll stop believing in them. Things will never be the same again.

But as for the three of us, we'll remain friends with Roger and Angel. I mean, why not? They're nice people. And it's extra exciting if you're friends with other outcasts. Heh heh. It's the five of us against all of them. Minus two from them, maybe.

Lesson here? Don't judge others. It's not fair. All of us have our own rotten cores, hidden deep inside our hearts. It's not just Roger. It's not just Angel. It's not just Crimson. It's not just Cassie. It's not just me. It's all of us. Got that?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Our Ginger Baby

That's Ginger. She's a mini Schnauzer given by our uncle to us. She's grown up so much since December of last year! She's a nice bundle of energy.

Whenever you pick her up, she'll stick out her pink tongue and begin to lick you. She's so playful!

And she knows how to poo on newspaper now! Yipee!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ooh... Cheesy.

I hate myself when I write cheesy stories. One such story is 'A Lost, Young Love'. I'm melting into a cheese puddle while I'm editing it... Gah. The lines are so cliche and so cheesy. Like Twilight. Argh.

But that's what makes it special. After all, it got 9 reviews. Not bad for something cheesy. Lol.

I really love 'The Prince and I'. I don't know why but I just love the storyline. I suggest you read that if you ever have the time.

Don't you dare read 'A Lost, Young Love' unless you want something really cheesy.

You have been warned.