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Thursday, 21 March 2019

March 21, 2019

Week 85 Update: Inefficiency & Sick Too

I've been procrastinating a lot recently and it's really affecting my studies. I always fall behind in my notes so I need to get serious. Whilst I'm only about 1 or 2 lectures behind in my whole semester, it's gonna accumulate. I used to be a person who didn't procrastinate that much but once I was at university, I started being way more inefficient. I need to get back into my old ways of efficiency.

Anyway, this update is a bit late cause I was a bit busy and there's an exam next week so next week's update may be either earlier than usual/later than usual, depending on how I feel. Furthermore I was sick this week (really bad cold, sore throat, stuffy nose, the usual symptoms of the common cold) and it really affected my studies, but fortunately I'm recovering.

On another note, I pre-ordered Grand Blue Volume 8 and Cells at Work Volume 7 since I had a coupon code at BookDepository Australia. The weirdest thing is that I haven't even pre-ordered Volume 5, 6 or 7 yet, but I'll definitely get them when they are good prices or when there's a sale either in BookDepository Australia or another country's BookDepository. Anyway, work hard everyone and try to avoid getting sick (be healthy and eat tonnes of orange).

Saturday, 16 March 2019

March 16, 2019

Anime Review: Oda Nobuna no Yabou ("Boobs aren't fat! They're filled with men's hopes and dreams!")

If you played Samurai Warriors or learnt a bit about feudal Japan, you would know the well-known individuals like Oda Nobunaga, the man who tried to unite the whole of Japan. Well imagine that but he's being depicted as an anime girl, and most of the other individuals are also depicted as anime girl. Wow! No one can hate a gender-bender version of iconic feudal warlords. This caught my attention since we always see that meme where our MC says "Boobs aren't fat! They're filled with men's hopes and dreams", and I delayed it for a while, but since I didn't have too many anime downloaded, I just watched this since it looked somewhat interesting.

Anyway, there's nothing much to say about this other than it's decent to watch. Seeing cute anime girls beating up and fighting as if they are their real life counterparts is pretty funny even if unrealistic. Whilst I do not know whether the anime depicts real life occurrences, I'm sure there's at least some sort of inspiration from real-life events. However, I like how the gender bender version of the iconic feudal characters perhaps show what these guys could have been like if they were female. 
The story overall is nothing too spectacular since it's pretty obvious that our male MC cannot die, and that the "good guys" always wins. However, the art is pretty well done especially in 2012 and there was no short-cuts in the animation. Furthermore the characters are likable and represented their real-life counterparts well - some of them even had similar armor (talk about attention to detail). However one may argue that these characters are stereotypical, but maybe it's how their real life counterparts act like - except maybe the ara ara character :') and of course goddamn lolis (need to make as many people as possible).  If you are also looking for romance, there's essentially just romantic feelings between our main characters, and there's really any other competitions. Too bad the anime ends on a part where it hints that there is more of the story to read about. 

Overall, the anime is decent and if you are bored and you were curious like me in finding out the source of the iconic quote about boobs, I recommend it. If you are interested in anime depicting the Sengoku Period (Warring States period) like me, give it a try. After all, it's gender-bender feudal warlords, what not to like about that. Otherwise, it's not too special and I'm sure there's a lot more anime out there to watch (everyone has those big watch lists).

Overall Score: 7.5/10
Story: 6/10
Characters: 8/10
Art: 8/10
Sound: 7/10
Enjoyment: 8/10

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

March 13, 2019

Week 84 Update: FeelsWeirdMan

It's starting to get really busy since assignments are already started to get released, and I'm a bit behind lectures, but little updates like this won't take too much of my time, so I just did it just before I sleep. I recently bought a pre-owned full collection of Love Hina, since it was the first manga series that I read, and was the starting point of my indulgence in manga and anime. To be honest, Year 10 was when I really started watching anime since I got introduced to it at school. I still remember those times where I exchanged anime with people via hard drives. Nowadays, it's affordable to pay to watch, but if you aren't too fond of that, there's always many avenues to watch anime. Anyway, can't wait to get it and from the photos, they looked like they were well maintained - they have yellow pages, but what do you expect from manga series that are so old (probably 5+ years old). 

Anyway, nothing much going on my with life other than busy university life and chilling with anime, manga and games. The wonders of youth, and times that I must cherish...

Saturday, 9 March 2019

March 09, 2019

Anime Review: Aldnoah Zero Season 1 and 2 (Strong Start, but Poor and Ridiculous Progression)

I heard about the controversy surrounding Aldnoah Zero's storytelling after the first few episodes of Season 1. Interest in Aldnoah Zero most likely stems from Gen Urobuchi, creator of both seasons, but he only wrote the script for Episodes 1 to 3, and the rest was written by others. From the get-go, you can get a bad feeling about how the story will pan out, especially when a legendary writer doesn't write the whole script for the series.

Aldnoah Zero is essentially a mecha-anime involving conflicts between the colonies of Mars and Earth, because Earth is such a beautiful and resource-rich planet whereas Mars is a barren wasteland, and the revolt by Mars citizens was directed at Earth, and so the conflict begins. To be honest, there's nothing much to say about this story. The first season just highlights the process of getting invaded by Mars and their superior technological mech suits. To be honest, the first season wasn't that bad to watch, but it ended on a cliffhanger, which suggested that they were planning two seasons right from the get-go. The first season is enjoyable because we see our main character - Kaizuka Inaho, outsmarting the enemies with superior technologies with logic and knowledge. It's refreshing to see that a character uses strategy to overcome what seems to be an impossible obstacle to beat. It's like in life, nothing is perfect - there is always flaws in something, especially something that is man-made.
Now it comes to the second season of the series. The second series picks up from where the first season ended on, and it was obvious why viewers would be confused/disappointed in what happens. Slaine, our other main character suddenly backflips in killing his oppressor (the Mars Count) and saves him and takes away the injured, unconscious Princess Asseylum. From then on, it's a mess and it was really exciting to watch. We see some smart plays by Kaizuka Inaho, but now it's more of a him using a biotechnological eye to help him. They should have just made him a pirate (arghhh me hearties!) and make him like Snake from Metal Gear Solid series. On top of that, he was given the activation factor of Aldnoah by the Princess, but somehow he can't deactivate/force enemy Aldnoah mechas to stop. It's as if they were lazy and they just used as a reason for the Deucalion to continue operating without the Princess. Furthermore Slain's reasoning to invade Earth is so ridiculous - his reasoning to invade Earth was so that it will eliminate the opposition so that it prevents the possibilities of a future war. Ideally, that would work, but in reality, that's never going to happen. They will always be factions because there will always be different beliefs, even if they are all from the "same side". I guess one could pity and be empathetic towards Slaine because it seems like it was his destiny to always be the loser or the "oppressed". His character is definitely the one you care most about, and it's kinda sad to see him locked up, despite him also saving our protagonists earlier on in Season 1.

Overall, it's a series that will garner mixed feelings. I personally enjoyed Season 1, but Season 2 was a let down for me, because of Slaine's sudden antagonistic shift and how ridiculous his reasoning was to invade Earth. However, there was no compromise on art and that's always good to see cause the series is good to look at. Also, the second season's OP is god tier. If you are a curious individual like me, I reckon give it a shot. You may hate it or like it but at least you can make a judgement on whether this series is good or not.

Overall Score: 7/10 (S1), 5/10 (S2)
Story: 7/10 (S1), 5/10 (S2)
Characters: 7/10
Art: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Enjoyment: 7/10 (S1), 5/10 (S2)

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

March 06, 2019

Week 83 Update: Incompetence

I'm sure everyone has worked with or dealt with someone who was extremely incompetent with their job or their tasks, so much so that you sometimes wonder how they even remain in that position without any backlash or getting fired. Well today I had encounters with such incompetent people. There was a bunch of tutors who were unsure of what they were doing, I'm not sure whether they are incompetent or whether they weren't trained. If they weren't trained/informed of the tasks/requirements, fair enough, but I really doubt that was the case because some of the other tutors were knowledgeable and competent. And what makes it worse is that they are the ones marking my work. How are they supposed to mark my work if they don't have a clue what they need to do? Oh that's right, they probably have the optimal answers, and just tick them off if I satisfied them. What a joke!

It's sometimes hard to not get agitated about situations like this. If it was some random one-time encounter, sure I wouldn't think too much of it, but I need to see these people every fortnight and they are in control of my marks. Anyway, I have been a bit busy recently since assignments and practicals started for me, but I will definitely keep up to date with the posts (hopefully lol). Also, Grand Blue Volume 4 and Goblin Slayer Volume arrived today, and I can't wait to binge read Grand Blue when I have some time off.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

March 02, 2019

Anime Movie Review: Summer Wars

Ahh the wonders of youth, full of bliss. What am I talking about? I'm still in my early twenties, but I'm sure many people about my age already start to reminisce about our high school years. Furthermore, if you were at that peak age where MMORPGs like MapleStory and WoW were popular, you would understand that desire to go meet with your friends after you finish school was so exhilarating. Summer Wars kinda provoked that sense of nostalgia, in the sense that the characters are high schools playing an online virtual reality game, more specifically an online reality world where you "roleplay" as a character. You can possibly that it relates to VR games nowadays like VR Chat.

Original series like these are perfect in the form of a movie. Having it animated as your typical 12 episode cour would have proved disastrous at least in my opinion. Summer Wars involves Kenji Koiso, our main character who's a brain wiz with a gift for mathematics, and not surprisingly also a moderator of the massive virtual reality world. However, one day he did an "oop-sie" (influenced by pewds) and essentially gave admin powers to the virtual reality world to an unknown character, who seems to be bent on seeing the world burn. As one should know, series like this will always have the protagonist win out at the end, and I'm not unhappy about that. Personally, it was nice to see our protagonists actually lose out at the start. Whilst a battle may be lost, the war can still be won. However some viewers may find it a bit cliche, and the story is occasionally slow at parts.

Anyway, the more important aspect of this movie is the haunting and important message that it delivers. In this virtual reality world, every aspect of our technological is linked to the system. Essentially the character in that virtual world is as important as the person who owns the character in real life since every information and technologies is linked to that virtual character profile. Think of it as a profile/service where you link services such as your bank details, payments etc. From this movie, it just shows how disastrous such a system could be if there was one bad fruit in the basket. Whilst the movie is perhaps exaggerated like the water systems and nuclear bombs are controlled by this system, it's not far off from where we are now in terms of how we carelessly and perhaps mindlessly link services together or divulge personal information online. A good example is Facebook, where one is lazy and sign via Facebook, and unwittingly give information to Facebook about our likes, dislikes, where we go, etc. It's really scary, and whilst one should not be stressing about it, it's important to keep that thought in the back of their minds.
Overall, the movie was really enjoyable. I don't usually watch anime movies, since they are rarely in the movie theaters near me, which is a pity since I have to watch it via other sources. If you like a simple and chill anime that gives a simple yet serious message, this is perfect. It is imperative that old folks and youngsters alike must understand the dangers of divulging too much information online and the dangers with mindlessly linking services with one another, especially when it is not necessary.

Overall Score: 7.75/10
Story: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Art: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Enjoyment: 8/10

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

February 27, 2019

Week 82 Update: Soreness

I am recently trying to lose some belly fat since I gained a lot of weight due to no exercise and tonnes of junk food eating, and it's affecting my posture (sore back) and my health in general. It's really hard to start exercising to lose weight, but I'm trying out different methods slowly and trying not to over-strain myself since it's university now. Anyway, I recently purchased Goblin Slayer Volume 4 and Grand Blue Volume 4 from BookDepository since they were at a really good price by using a VPN. I'll probably make a tip on how to get the cheapest prices for BookDepository but that won't be anytime soon.

Anyway, I'm busy with university already and I'm kinda nervous of the workload, but I think I should be able to persevere through all this. One must have resilience to survive in life after all. Until next week, adios.