Sunday, July 22, 2007

Vote for your favorite Hana Kimi Hottie!

Just curious :) Please vote for your favorite Hana Kimi hottie through the poll to your right and leave comments here why if you like :)

Hana Yori Dango Season 2 Episode 1 Final Part

While studying in a library one day, Makino encounters Junpei, who asks her to join her in his modelling stint, where Junpei encourages her to have one photo shoot with him for kicks. The photo, however, shows up in an international magazine which is widely read by everyone, even by a certain boy in New York.

In a surprising turn of events, Makino receives a red notice one day, which could come from none other than Domyouji. This, along with the encouragement of Rui, leads Makino to be ever more determined to visit Domyouji in New York. That is when we are lead back to the scene with the thugs. Makino's knight in pointy shoes is none other than Hanazawa Rui, who has decided to accompany her in New York.

By some miracle, Makino encounters Domyouji at the hot dog stand. She is thrilled, but apparently, Domyouji is not. Makino is devastated but she is still doggedly determined to find out what's wrong so she goes to his school to find him. A conversation with him and an unexpected turn of events leads her to believe that perhaps, Domyouji has really forgotten about her. The remaining members of F4 try to talk some sense into him but to no avail.

Meanwhile, back in school, Makino deals with all the bullying and Junpei is there to help her through the ordeal.

*** spoilers below ***

There is, however, more to Junpei than meets the eye. It turns out that Junpei himself had ordered the red notice and that he planned to use Makino as bait to bring Domyouji back so he could extract his revenge for all the evil things Domyouji had done in the past. Makino, whom Junpei's gang has strapped to a pole in some abandoned shack, retaliates and manages to escape Junpei's gang where Domyouji's sister is there to rescue her. Domyouji's sister and Makino talk over a scrumptious meal, where Makino confesses how much she misses and loves Domyouji. Domyouji's sister is heartbroken.

The episode reaches its shocking ending when Nishida hands Makino an invitation to Domyouji's grand birthday party. At the event, Domyouji's mother makes an important announcement - Domyouji is to be engaged - and not to her, but to a girl by the name of Okawahara Shigeru.

Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun star in Hana Kimi

What could possibly be better than a hilarious JDrama with Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun starring on it, and a couple of other good-looking guys? Absolutely nothing.

Hana Kimi is about a girl named Ashiya, who wishes to place a smile back on a high-jump record holder who goes by the name of Sano (played by Oguri Shun). After an incident with thugs, Sano had quit high-jumping, and Ashiya feels responsible for what happened.

The catch? Sano studies at an all-boys high school in Osaka. Determined to achieve her mission, Ashiya cuts her hair short, leaves her family in the US and goes to Osaka posing as another male student, hopeful that she can rekindle Sano's desire to do the high-jump, and return him his happiness.

With a high school whose only requirement for those applying is to be good-looking, a flurry of competitions against the three dorms of the school, and the stubborn loner ex-high-jumper, what has a girl like Ashiya gotten herself into?

This is exactly the kind of Jdrama that could act as Ikuta Toma's springboard to popularity, as he plays Nakatsu, a hilarious student from Dorm 2 who finds himself falling for Ashiya in some weird way and despising himself for it. Ikuta Toma is both hilarious and endearing in this show, as he has some rather touching scenes in the show. Oguri Shun's performance was as perfect as ever. As the versatile chameleon he is, he is able to act as the serious loner, with a heavy burden on his shoulders, but can also play scenes as the kissing drunken fool, who had one too many Nara pickles. Ashiya, played by Horikita Maki, is a good choice for the role, as she can pass as a boy, without losing her feminine identity.

The other characters in the show are not to be forgotten, as their contribution to the drama is essential. They provide more color to the show, from the boy with the third eye, the playboy, the drama king, the overly zealous Taekwondo leader, the questionable nurse... the list goes on. This show must be on your playlist.

I'll be having episode synopses in the later posts :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

More Funny Japanese Videos

Before there was "Jackass", funny Japanese videos were born. Here's another batch of funny videos.

Silent Library with Ernesto Hoost

The name of the game is simple. They have several different consequences on pieces of paper, then they have to draw a card. The person who gets the skeleton card receives the consequence. Wasabi rolls, Bad Smell Air, slapping machine, Balloon, Nose Hair picking, Hitted Hip... and get this - "Old Man Nibbles Tenderly" You gotta watch it to find out just how hilarious and CRAZY it is! Oh yeah, and they need to keep quiet about it because they're in a library.

Human Tetris

Here's what they need to do. The contestants have to fit into a moving block with a certain cut shape. The thing is the shapes are very difficult.

More funny Jap videos soon! :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Shia LaBeouf Through the Years

Here it is, a post dedicated to the Transfomers lead star, Shia LaBeouf, pronounced "Shy-a La Buff". Most of you probably know him when he was still little, from the Nickelodeon TV Series, Even Stevens, where he plays Louis Stevens, Ren's "annoying little brother". This 66-episode show is a family/comedy show about the quirks and misadventures of the Stevens family, and Louis particularly gets into a lot of mishaps that he tries to solve them in his crazy way.

He also starred in 1 episode stints in several TV shows like ER, The X Files, Suddenly Susan, Touched by an Angel, Freaks and Geeks, and lent his voice to an episode of The Proud Family.

In 2001, he starred as Ronny Van Dusen in Hounded, the headmaster's son and rival of Jay for a scholarship, then as Eddie Walker in a family drama, Tru Confessions, a film adapted from a novel with the same title. As Eddie Walker, he acted as the twin mentally-disabled brother of his fame-aspiring sister, Trudy Walker. He appears again in comedy movies, this time in Holes (2003), as Stanley Yelnats IV, who was wrongfully placed in a juvenile facility, which he attributed to his family's supposed bad luck streak. The juvenile delinquents are punished by being forced to dig holes every day.

Even Stevens released a movie where Shia again played as Louis Stevens. The movie revolves around a Survivor-like theme where the family is stranded in an island and are forced into two groups when Louis supposedly angers the gods of the island. They later on realize that there is more to the predicament than meets the eye, and that they are just pawns in a new reality TV show. Also in 2003, he stars in more popular films - Dumb and Dumber and Charlie's Angels. In the latter, he plays Max, a Motocross champion whom the angels have been tasked to protect.

In 2004/2005, he starred in 2 very popular, kickass shows: IRobot, and Constantine. While he only plays a small role in IRobot, and gets just a couple of screentime trying to defeat the robots gone wild, he gets a larger role in the latter movie. In Constantine, he is John Constantine's apprentice in demon-expelling.

Then, he plays in a more serious show, a golf drama, The Greatest Game Ever Played, where he is Francis Ouimet, a young American who wishes to participate in a US Open amidst the prejudice of English society.

He goes on to play other roles in the year 2006, and finally stars in Transformers, which is arguably his shining moment. Earlier this year (or for some people in other countries, later this year), you might have seen him in a thriller Disturbia, where he is a teenager placed in House Arrest, who finds out some deadly secrets about his next-door neighbor.

Over the years, we have seen his natural comedic sense as well as his ability to star in more serious, intense roles. His talent, versatility, and friendly, unassuming manner are qualities I am certainly something looking forward to in more movies to come. In 2008, expect to see him in the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, which will definitely be a good watch.

I wish you all the best, Shia! You deserve it!

And here is a teaser to the 4th installment of Indiana Jones. Go pompadour Shia!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

More to this Movie than Meets the Eye

Let me tell you why I agree with the majority of the movie-viewing public that this show was awesome.

1. The movie had a plot. Oftentimes, these action flicks don't have much of a plot going on, which is why I had doubts about how great this show really was. The plot was awesome. There wasn't anything intellectual about the plot or anything deep about it, but this show really explained how these autobots and decepticons came to this earth and you are totally immersed in their mission to save planet earth.

2. It's believable. The reason why I shy away from sci-fi flicks is that everything is so unrealistic and so outrageous. Here, they actually base their existence on something plausible, connecting it to historical events, like the Mars landing and the Hoover Dam.

3. Mind-blowing special effects. Every autobot had their own way of transforming to and from a car, all those explosions, fight scenes - mind-blowing!

4. Great actors. I love Shia LaBeouf. I loved him since Even Stevens. He's natural, has this geekiness to him that makes him really cute. I absolutely loved him in this show. I might dedicate an entire post just about him later on. Megan Fox was also great, she kicked ass esp. riding that tow truck with Bumble Bee. And Josh Duhamel was also very kickass as the captain and he added intensity to the film. Oh yeah, and he's hot.

5. Tear-jerking moments? Okay, I'm gonna admit. The Bumblebee - Sam moments brought some tears to my eyes. Sorry, I'm a sucker for these sentimental moments. It's so great how they add emotions and "humane-ness" to the autobots.

6. Funny moments. Every good show has its funny moments. Shia provided just enough humor in the show, not too much that the show becomes corny. He's a natural comedian. The autobots trying to hide in Sam's house was so funny.

7. Kickass robots. All hail Optimus Prime!

8. Kickass kickass kickass!!! Oh and did I mention, Kickass?!?!

9. And isn't it a cherry on top of this very delicious banana split that Linkin Park's What I've done covers this show?

I'm gonna go to a second-hand car shop very soon and hope to God that an autobot chooses me. Please please please!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Akihabara at Deep

So I'm currently watching the Akihabara at Deep series, mainly because Toma Ikuta stars there, and I must say this show is quite... unique. Seeing Akihabara for the first time in TV makes me want to go back to Japan and visit Akihabara, it looks like a very interesting place to go to!

The show basically revolves around otakus and their world - Akihabara. The story starts with three specific otakus - box, page, and Taiko, each with their own shortcomings - Page, played by Kazama Shunsuke, talks to people mainly through his computer and has self-confidence issues (part of the fun of this show is listening to him find his voice and stutter). Box, played by Toma Ikuta, is a good-looking man who ironically has a hard time dealing with women. Taiko, played by Hoshino Gen, mysteriously freezes sometimes. It's quite hilarious seeing his head up in smokes and his eyes all crazy looking. Likewise, they also have their own strengths which, together as a team, help them accomplish things. Later on, they meet up with 3 more otakus and together, they solve the Akihabara's problems and more importantly, their own quandaries.

I have yet to finish the series, but it's interesting, that's for sure.

This is a funny scene where the 3 otakus try to track down Akira: