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Haikyuu, YOI, Career, Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, Jimi ni Sugoi

Really enjoying Jimi Ni Sugoi! It's such a fun series and Ecchan is a really interesting character. more...Collapse )

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Yowakute Katemasu ep4

At the very start I had a feeling of affinity with this series. Jotoku's baseball club sort of mirrors my alma mater's basketball club (UP Maroons), both taking pride in academic accomplishments but sorely failing in the sport that they want to excel in. Somebody should create a basketball version so we can take notes! haha!

Somehow I feel that this is a pivotal episode for Yowakute Katemasu, mainly because I think it has gotten the hang of being a lighthearted "ensemble series". Previous eps were spent establishing specific characters but here, everyone was involved and the moments of silliness and fun were fairly spread throughout the group. I love that we're getting to know them outside of their baseball uniforms and seeing the different quirks and habits and unique qualities of each. We're also getting a feel of the school, and I'm reminded a bit of how it was in High School/College, come exam week. Those were fun albeit grueling days. I also love the analogy that they had with fielding-batting/humanities-science. Leave it to a cerebral school to make those kinds of associations and relate it somehow to practice.

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currently watching: Yowakute Katemasu, Shinigami-kun, Border, Alice no Toge, Kuroko no Basuke
To watch: Gokuako Ganbo, Turn, Believe, Cosmos, Breaking Bad, Almost Human, True Detective
Must continue: Arrow, Agents of SHIELD, Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyouya e Youkoso, Fringe, Arang and the Magistrate

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Review Yakou Kanransha

It has been ages (again) since I've posted anything here. Marathoned (just made the word up) the last 5 eps of Yakou Kanransha today. It goes without saying that it was a tear fest! Anything that has family drama in it can transform me into a puddle of tears. This one goes beyond that even, with a murder mystery mixed in. Lots of issues tackled: friendship, bullying, pursuit of dreams, living in the past (or imagined present), becoming adults and parents, and the ordinariness of violence (or various hurts - physical or otherwise) that can happen in the confines of our homes, behind closed doors. I agree with the portrayal, we may think that violence or murder can only happen to other people or other families - one character said it best: "I used to think that murder was based on having reason or not. But the truth is, it's more about having someone stop you or not". We all have potential in ourselves to hurt others, I agree with that. We just have varying degrees of control or ways to stop ourselves or else we surround ourselves with people who can stop us. We ground ourselves with whatever we can so as not to lose it when we are faced with whatever ugly thing it is that can rise up from our hearts: jealousy, self pity, myopia, the wish to run away from everything. It can be with our beliefs, our values or by effectively communicating with the people around us.
*Sigh* This drama can really turn you introspecting. Some great acting from the cast. I love that in one moment you hate one character to pieces, and the next you are wanting to pat his/her back in compassion. I hated all the shouting however (mostly done by the kids who get out of control) but that in itself made for an effective story telling - there's really no way one can make a tantrum or a rebellious episode palatable or easy to take. In reality it is annoying and noisy, so that was as it should be. Most of the actors made it so that we can empathize with whatever they are going through. Initially watched this because it has Yasuda Shota in it, and he was great. First few eps seemed like he was a really minor supporting role but his character got more involved and intense as the story unfolded. The Mom - Endo Mayumi (Suzuki Kyoka) was brilliant in this.

Do watch it if you can spare time and a box of tissues.
3.5 out of 5
(deducted a .5 because in all honesty I want to laugh and forget worrying stuff when I watch a series :P)

RM,PW SP kyaaaah!

Just finished watching Rich Man, Poor Woman SP. It was the in-between part that told of the back story on how Asahina went back to Next Innovation and how Makoto and Tohru handled the long-distance relationship thing. It's still sweet and nice and frustrating in some parts. Loved it as a whole though. Guaranteed "kilig" moments. :-)

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random musings

It's fascinating how the brain works. How does memory get stored? When do we know when to retrieve it? Can we somehow gain control over its retrieval at all? Is everything that we've seen, experienced, dreamed, imagined, read, written actually stored in our brain? What is the key to it's retrieval?

All these questions are now racing in my head because of this one peculiar incident that happened lately. There was a colleague from another company who had a query which I didn't have the answer to. I recommended that he might can consult one of my friends in the office who had better handle on the possible answer since he's more familiar with the system. I promised to give him the number through text so he can contact him. After hanging up, I completely forgot about that promise since other urgent concerns were raised before me. This happened last March 22. Fast forward to April 3, after I woke up, I did some ironing, and suddenly I remembered about the text that I didn't get to send! Out of the blue, without any external trigger remotely related to that activity. I just suddenly remembered it. Of course I texted "sorry" to my colleague who probably found that insanely weird.
But I couldn't let it go. I couldn't bear the thought of me just being nonchalant about not keeping my word. So had to say sorry. Doesn't matter if he thinks me weird. That could be me:weird. But I'm not the type who just says things left and right, makes promises but really doesn't care. I don't want to be that person. That's not me.
Anyway, enough about the psychology part of that. But I just found it really weird and fascinating at the same time. So it seems that the "to do" part was stored somewhere in my head, didn't get retrieved at the proper time (immediately after I disconnected the call) but was still there and can be retrieved any time, even without any related triggers. Maybe everything we're told or heard or know is already there in our brains, question is, how do we get it, and systematically get it, and get it in such a way that it'll be useful for our everyday life. I mean, what happened was so random. I didn't even needed that information at that specific moment, but I was able to remember.

j-dorama round up

I'm actually watching a lot of dramas this season. Sort of at the testing-the-waters stage. I'm trying out which one will work for me or which one I can enjoy watching to the end. So here goes ...the round upCollapse )
has it really been three years since I posted anything public here?
So much has happened and yet so much has stayed the same as well. I was mostly lazy. I went into grieving for a time when i lost my mother during 2010. I tend to get swallowed up by work or whatever it is that I'm facing at the moment, but I think I want to write again from time to time. about random things, about silly things, about snatches of thoughts here and there. I mostly do that on twitter these days but I don't always want to frame my world within 140 characters.... and... dare I admit it, I missed LJ. The communities, the craziness of the fandoms. It's kind of scary to go back but, hey! This is part of my world too.
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Writer's Block: Bless you!

What are you allergic to?
anchovies in Ceasar Salad dressing
I just watched episode 8 of atashinchi no danshi and i think it's the best one so far. made me laugh, made me cry, made me all warm and fuzzy inside. here are some spoilerish scenes i couldn't resist but capture. continue on...Collapse )