“InuYasha Kanketsu-hen” review

17 Feb

Series: “InuYasha Kanketsu-hen,” or “InuYasha: The Final Act”
Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: Still ong0ing as of right now, but I believe there’s 26 total.
Synopsis: This is the last series of InuYasha, picking up from where the series long ago started off.  InuYasha, Kagome, and their friends finally have the fated showdown with Naraku and decide what will become of the Shikon Jewel.
Opinion: 3 out of 5 stars

To my huge surprise, I actually haven’t heard of the recent release of InuYasha until early January. Before any of you get all high and mighty about how InuYasha is an insult to Japanese anime, it was my gateway anime and thus I believe that I should pay homage to the series that sucked me into this addiction in the first place.  That being said, this season has a much better artwork.  The earlier seasons of “InuYasha” seemed 2-D and lacking in color, while this has a more fuller look with shadows and everything.  Finally, the InuYasha series is getting somewhere since they have nothing better to do other than to hurry up and defeat Naraku, so there aren’t as many annoying filler episodes.  Yes, some of the episodes are still dumb and we could probably do without the over-exaggerated fight scenes, but I still have a touch of nostalgia upon viewing this series.

A look back on 2009

15 Jan

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?: Saw Rocky Horror live, broke up with a boyfriend, went to college.

2. New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year?: Lose weight (as always).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:  No

4. Did anyone close to you die?:  Yes

5. What countries did you visit?:  None other than the good ol’ USA.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?:  A better self, and hopefully a better boyfriend.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory and why?:   December 23rd, because that’s when a part of my soul died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:  Surviving the first semester of college and finding the strength to live through my first break up.

9. What was your biggest failure?:  Not being independent enough.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:  Usual heart problems.

11. What was the best thing you bought?:  Junior’s Cheesecake for my boyfriend.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?:  All of my friends.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?:  Him.

14. Where did most of your money go?:  Clothes.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:  Love

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?:  Thousand Miles

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?:  Sadder

ii. thinner or fatter?:  I think a bit thinner

iii. richer or poorer?:  Poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?:  Studied more, been more independent, working on my story more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?:  Thinking.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?:  Saw Sherlock Holmes with a friend and slept over at her house.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?:  Was in love, and after our break up, more so than I ever  could’ve thought.

23. How many one night stands?:  None

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?:  Castle, Vampire Diaries, Heroes, and Law & Order SVU.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?:  Yes

26. What was the best book you read?:  Jude the Obscure and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:  Apocalyptica.

28. What did you want and [receive]?:  College acceptance letters, a cellphone charm.

29. What did you want and not get?:  3.4 GPA, more time with my boyfriend.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?:  Honestly couldn’t tell ya.

31. What did you do on your birthday?:  Can’t remember.  Wow, I can’t remember my 18th birthday.  I think I spent it with my boyfriend.

32. What one thing would have made your year more satisfying?:  Having more independence so I didn’t have to break up with him.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?:  Casual dressy.

34. What kept you sane?:  Friends, TF2

35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most?:  Johnny Depp

36. What political issue stirred you the most?:  Nothing.

37. Who did you miss?:  Him.

38. Who was the best new person you met?:  Everyone in Satanic Mechanics.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:  That it’s true that you never know the value of something until you have lost it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Change is hard, I should know, I should know, I should know.”

“A Millionaire’s First Love” review

30 Dec

Drama: A Millionaire’s First Love
Genre: Romance
Episodes: None; it’s a movie
Synopsis: Kang Jae-kyung is your typical spoiled rich kid: he’s arrogant, drives sporty cars, and doesn’t get tied down by anything.  As his 18th birthday approaches, he’s set to inherit his grandfather’s fortune, but that comes with a price.  He will have to transfer to a new school in the country side and graduate.  Until then, all access to his penthouse, cottage, and credit cards is denied.
Shortly after having a hard time adjusting to the country life, he meets Choi Eun-whan.  They don’t hit it off automatically, but time shows that they are naturally drawn to each other.  When Kang Jae-kyung discovers something huge about Choi Eun-whan, it changes him completely.
Opinion: 3 out of 5 stars

Review (may contain some spoilers) : I’ve watched a couple dramas in the past that centered around a girl who’s sick and an arrogant boy who falls in love with her, and this movie definitely doesn’t deviate from the cliche storyline.  While the acting wasn’t all that bad, I found myself staring at my computer in a confused state more than once.  The plot moves way too fast for my liking and certain things didn’t make sense.  When reading the summary of this movie, I was excited to see it, and although the ending was an almost-tear-jerker for me, I wished that this standard sick-girl-drama would give something more.  However, I recommend this drama for anyone who loves a good romance story, loves going “awwwww,” and possibly wipe away a few trickling tears.  I do not recommend this movie if you don’t like chick flicks.

“Kuroshitsuji” review

29 Dec

Anime series: “Kuroshitsuji,” or “Black Butler.”
Genre: A bit of mystery, comedy, action all in one
Episodes: 24 (completed)
Synopsis: In a manor house on the outskirts of Victorian London, butler Sebastian Michaelis serves Ciel Phantomhive, the 12-year-old head of an English noble family.  He carries out any task required by his master with ease & perfection, because of his secret demonic lineage and Faustian contract with his master.
Opinion: 4 out of 5 stars

My personal review of the series (may contain a bit of a spoiler, but I won’t give the ending away) :  I really liked this series visually.  Since the setting is during the Victorian era, Ciel Phantomhive can be usually seen adorned in that gothic lolita outfit that I grew to love over the years of me being an Otaku.  The artwork of the series is great, and the scenic desigsn don’t disappoint.
I figured that the plot and the characters were sort of standard.  Ciel Phantomhive is being served by a demon butler, so naturally whatever Ciel wants, Ciel gets.  There are a few surprising twists that I wasn’t expecting, but the comedic relief characters tended to get old and sort of irritating to me (although they do have their own secrets!)  I recommend the series if you want to see a sort of darker anime series, but aren’t a huge fan of dark anime series.  I don’t recommend this series if you love lighter animes, want to laugh a lot, or need some super-gory scenes to make you happy.  This anime series keeps a good balance between edgy dark and light-heartedness.  If you don’t know where to stream the anime, leave a comment and I’ll post a good website.

Elementary, my dear Watson

26 Dec

This picture is of the moon, believe it or not.

WARNING! SPOILER ALERT FOR THE MOVIE SHERLOCK HOLMES. READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I was really excited to see the movie “Sherlock Holmes.”  I knew it that it wasn’t going to take any of the stories, but rather have a fanfiction movie, if you will.  Maybe it’s the Otaku Gal in me, but I could draw a lot of parallels with it and the anime “Full Metal Alchemist.”  Even though “Sherlock Holmes” could just be the realistic version of “Full Metal Alchemist,” I couldn’t help but notice the similiarities…*shrugs*.  Lord Blackwood fills the position of the Fuhrer: he comes back from the dead (Fuhrer is a Homunculus), performs black magic (alchemy), and infiltrates Parliament (military).  In the scene where Sherlock Holmes discovers that Lord Blackwood is targeting specific areas in the city so that a pentagram is drawn over the city and he could perform his black magic, it’s similiar to Edward Elric discovering that the pentagram-like alchemy symbol is being drawn over the entire city to destroy it.

All in all, I thought “Sherlock Holmes” was an excellent movie.  I highly recommend it, even if you haven’t read any of the books.  The acting was great, and the scenic design didn’t disappoint.  With that being said, happy holidays!

A New Beginning

23 Dec

Today I broke up with my boyfriend.  Strange thing is, we’re both still very much in love with each other.  Why the break up?  Because I became too dependent.  I want to be free like a butterfly, and just as beautiful as one so that I deserve to have a great guy like my boyfriend.  We’ve been dating for four years, and today was our anniversary.  I’m giving myself a year to regain my sanity and see if I still love him.  If I do, should I go back to him?  If he finds happiness without me, then I’ll be happy that there’s another girl out there that is better for him.  If he doesn’t, maybe I will come back to him.  Maybe not.  This will be the hardest year for us…a year apart…and maybe forever.

This picture was taken at the Natural History Museum in D.C.  They have a butterfly garden, and this monarch was so pretty.

Sorry that this post is life drama.  I just needed to write a bit about it.  Have a happy holidays.

Happy Winter Solstice!

21 Dec

The most beautiful things in the world always get trampled by mankind…

It’s Winter Solstice!  And what better way to welcome the holiday with nothing other but snow?  We got buried today in a ton of snow.  Approximately 26 inches last I heard.  “It’s a December record around here!” the headline news point out excitedly.  When I woke up early Saturday morning, I was in awe of  the crystallized wonder that had accumulated outside.  In a couple of hours, however, mankind with their menacing and merciliess shovels and powered snow plows hastily shoved the snow into a huge pile up on the sides of the road.  The blanket of snow was no more.  Now it towered over as melting mountains, holding out to the best of its ability as salt is thrown on them and the sun keeps a close eye.  I was planning to take this shot earlier in the day, where the snow was smooth and the bench was sitting there, being buried in the snow.  But when I finally got outside about an hour later, my neighbor’s kids have made their mark as they used the bench as a safe zone for their snowball fight.  So much for priceless wonder.

Anyway!  So much for an introduction 😀  Hi, I’m Lucy, just your ordinary Otaku gal.  I’m currently a student at College Park and am currently on the path of becoming a nurse anesthetist.  I’ve always been meaning to make a blog, but I never really had a particular topic in mind, because I love many things.  I love reading, writing, gaming, cooking, and taking horrible pictures.  Like everyone else in the world, I would love to be nothing other than perfect, but I know that’s quite an impossible acheivement.  So what’s my blog going to be about?  I decided it’s going to be about life.  Not always my life, but life in general.  I will most likely be talking about the newest anime series I became addicted to, or my cooking project gone wrong.  And if you’ve survived my ramblings so far, congradulations!  Hopefully we’ll get along.

~Lucy