Tuesday, 27 December 2011

A Mother's Love: Greatest Sacrifices

Last night I called my mother and suddenly had the idea to write this post. I miss my mother so much.(sob sob)

Alright, back to the topic on hand.

Today's topic is about mother's greatest sacrifice in animes' world. Actually, there are many good and bad mothers in animes. Here are a few examples:

Good mothers:
1.Juri Kuran
2.Trisha Elric
3.Masaki Kurosaki
4.Kushina Uzumaki
5.Kyoko Honda
6.Nana Sawada
7.Youko Hazama
8.Chizuru Toomi

Bad mothers:
1.Ren Sohma
2.Marianne Vi Britannia
3.Hayate's mom from Hayate no Gotoku!
4.Precia Testarossa
5.Yasuko Takasu

and many more.

You probably noticed that the 'good mothers' usually already dead in the anime. Some of them only appear during flashback. For example,  Juri Kuran who died 10 years prior to the anime/manga Vampire Knight. Also, in Fullmetal Alchemist, Trisha Elric's death becomes the motivation for her children to learn more about alchemy so that they could bring her back to life, which eventually lead them to their journey after unsuccessful transmutation attempt. Nevertheless, today, I'm going to talk about sacrifices made by mother (in anime) to keep their children alive.

Juri Kuran from Vampire Knight
Juri Kuran
Juri is the mother of Yuuki and Kaname and is the sister of Haruka and Rido. As a pureblood vampire, Juri  live for almost 3000 years before she died. She married her brother Haruka (a custom that is common for pureblood vampire to intermarry within siblings). She is a good mother and wife. She has cheerful and gentle personalities.10 years before the story started, she sacrificed herself in order to save her only daughter from having the same fate as the other pureblood whose blood is always being misused by the senior council of vampire. She put a spell on Yuuki which sealed her vampire side and turn her into normal human. However, this come with a great sacrifice for Juri would have been dead after completing the spell.
Juri with a child Yuuki
Sacrificing herself for Yuuki
Juri always wished for her child to have a happy life as a human. Her last words is for Yuuki to not be angry with her for sacrificing herself and sealing Yuuki's memories and life as a vampire.

Masaki Kurosaki from Bleach
Masaki Kurosaki
Masaki is the mother of main protagonist, Kurosaki Ichigo. She is also the mother of Yuzu and Karin, and dear wife of Isshin Kurosaki. She is a caring, gentle and lovely mother. Tatsuki stated that whenever Ichigo saw his mother, he would give her a big smile, even if he was crying before. Masaki died while trying to save Ichigo from running to river bank. Ichigo at that time, saw a hollow that masked itself as a girl. Unable to identify a living person and a soul, Ichigo run towards the river bank to save the girl. Masaki go after Ichigo and this leads to her dead when the hollow, Grad Fisher, having more interest in killing woman, killed her instead.

Masaki with a young Ichigo
Masaki saved Ichigo which resulted in her death

Kushina Uzumaki from Naruto
Kushina Uzumaki
Kushina is the mother of Naruto, and the wife of the fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. To stop the Nine-Tails' attack, Minato was forced to bring it to Kushina and Naruto's location. Despite her weakened state, Kushina used her diminished chakra to restrain the Nine-Tails. Kushina then volunteered to have it sealed back into her body so that it would die with her. Doing so would also save the lives of Minato and Naruto; her thanks to them for giving her such a happy life. When Minato suggested to seal the remaining Nine-Tails in Naruto, Kushina objected, in fear of having her only son live a horrible and lonely life because Minato would be dead in doing so. She loved her husband and newborn son very deeply and was not afraid to sacrifice her life to stop the Nine-Tails even throwing herself between the beast and her son when it tried to attack him.


That is all from me. See you again next time.

p/s: All pictures that is used in this posts are not mine.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Animes: Not Just For Children

First of all,Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends.
Yup,today is 25th December.Christmas Day ^^

Hehe...

Okay,enough about the 'hehe..'.

Today,my topic is 'Animes: Not Just For Children'.
I love watching animes.

Many people asked/said to me 'Oh my gosh,you're already a university student and yet you still watched animes?'.
My answer was 'Animes actually for people of all ages.In fact,the Japanese people created animes that can be watched by different age groups'.

First,take a look at Doraemon.I bet all of you watched Doraemon.Oh,for those who don't know  Doraemon,he actually look like this.(See picture below)
Doraemon (the blue one) and friends
Doraemon for me,is a universal anime.It was made for the whole family to sit in front of television and watch it together.In fact,the anime itself contain many moral values such as we should be independent and do not be lazy,which greatly depicted in Nobita mannerism.Doraemon actually is a 22nd century cat (he actually had ears before being bitten by mouse,thus he developed great fear towards mouse) robot that is sent back by his owner Sewashi to the 20th century to help his great-grandfather,Nobita,from bad misfortune that, in the future drowning Sewashi's family with great financial problems.Doraemon has a pocket from which he produces many gadgets, medicines, and tools from the future.Those gadgets are used to help Nobita mainly to get out of trouble.

Overall,Doraemon can be watched by all group ages,and people of all walk of life.It's not just for pure entertainment,for it have many moral values that can be absorbed by people,especially children.I'm happy and proud to say that I grown up watching Doraemon and,until now,I still watch Doraemon.

Second,for those who said that anime is for children,please think about it again.Why did Sunrise bother to produce Gundam Series if the children couldn't understand why the characters in the series fight?
The answer is simple,the series is targeted for teenagers and above.Don't you dare saying to me 'My 7 year olds little brother watched Gundam and hope to be a newtype/coordinator/innovator'.I'll brainwash you,for sure.

Since Gundam have many series,let me pick a famous example of Gundam series,which is Gundam Seed.Why did I write 'I'll brainwash you'?That is because the plots in Gundam Series are really heavy and not understandable by children (even by a 13 years old girl,which is me at that time).The questions of humanity and war always being brought up in the series.

Gundam Seed is the first Gundam franchise set in the "Cosmic Era" in which mankind is divided between normal Earth dwelling humans, known as "Naturals", and the genetically altered humans known as "Coordinators", who live in space colonies.

The story of Gundam Seed,which set during the Bloody Valentine War,begins in the neutral space colony Heliopolis, where secret development of advanced mobile suits for the Earth Alliances,Naturals' war effort is being conducted. The colony is attacked by ZAFT forces, the military of the Coordinators, with the objective of stealing the new units. During the incursion a teenager Coordinator named Kira Yamato, upon seeing his friends in danger, pilots the GAT-X105 Strike mobile suit to fend off the invaders but the colony is critically damaged in the ensuing fight.The story goes on and Kira meets his childhood bestfriend,Athrun Zala,who sided with ZAFT,as a mobile suit pilot.In order to save his friends from Heliopolis,Kira decided to stay with the Archangel,a battleship owned by Earth Alliances and fight his fellow Coordinators and Athrun Zala.

Main Characters:
Kira Yamato
Athrun Zala
Lacus Clyne
Cagalli Yula Athha
The plot gets thicken as Lacus Clyne,Athrun Zala's fiancee,whom Kira saves before, fall in love with Kira.Lacus helps Kira by giving her Freedom Gundam later in the episode.Archangel and its' crews break away from Earth Alliances and joined Orb Union,a neutral colonies who doesn't stood by ZAFT or Earth Alliances.Kira later found out that he actually the only Ultimate Coordinators that exists,created by his own blood father,Ulen Hibiki.He also found out that he has a twin sister,a natural,who became the adoptive daughter of the representative of Orb Union.His sister is the girl he met at the first episode,Cagalli Yula Athha.Athrun and Cagalli became closer as the series goes as Athrun finally betrayed ZAFT and stood by Orb Union.

Any more and I'm giving you spoiler,so I won't continue my spoiler on the story.You need to watch Gundam Seed by yourself to understand the story.

Gundam Seed also has its sequel,which is Gundam Seed Destiny.The timeline is 2 years after the final battle in Gundam Seed.It involves around a Coordinator named Shinn Asuka whose family is killed during battle in Orb Union.He developed hatred towards Orb Union and its' policies.Gundam Seed Destiny introduces many new characters such as Shinn Asuka,Lunamaria Hawke,Rey Za Burrel,Stella Loussier,Meyrin Hawke,Meer Campbell and the mastermind of GSD,Gilbert Dullindal.

Main characters (new):
Shinn Asuka
Lunamaria Hawke
Rey Za Burrel
Stella Loussier
Meyrin Hawke
Meer Campbell
The plots are heavier in GSD than in GS.Because there are many new characters so,each character has his/her own history.One of the interesting character there is Meer Campbell.She is a Coordinator who has the same voice as Lacus Clyne.Gilbert Dullindal took advantage of this and asked her to impersonate Lacus Clyne,whom she greatly admire.Meer however is full of energy and flirtatious.She took a liking to Athrun Zala,who,unknown to her,had already break his engagement with Lacus.Athrun Zala also went to ZAFT and is promoted as FAITH,a special soldier who can act at his own will and consideration during battle.
Cagalli in GSD however,is not a strong and hard-headed character as her in GS.Maybe this is because of her role as representative of Orb Union.The most irritating moment for me in GSD is when Cagalli is forced to marry Yuna Roma Seiran,the son of a greatly influenced politician in Orb Union.Luckily Kira managed to kidnap her before the wedding.

To be truth,there are many more irritating events that makes you want to kill the plot writer of the story.I'm happy to see Kira still doing fine with Lacus as Cagalli and Athrun relationship already strained when Athrun departed to ZAFT and Cagalli is rumoured to be having married Yuna.Poor Athrun.The plot writer made him look very pitiful in both stories.Not only he lost his mother during the Bloody Valentine tragedy and his father in later episode in GS,he also lost the person he loved which is Cagalli during GSD.Oh,not to mention he lost his beautiful fiancee to his bestfriend in GS.Really,a pitiful guy.

The rest of the story you can watch them by yourself.

So,I bet you notice the complexity of the stories,didn't you?Dare to say animes are for kids anymore?

Not only Gundam Series,there are many animes that are complex and hard to digest,even for me.

For example,take a look at Neon Genesis Evangelion,Ghost In The Shell,and etc.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ghost In The Shell

Some animes like Naruto and Bleach are quite easy to understand as the plot always centered at the good guys versus the bad guys.

Naruto
Bleach

It goes the same with mahou shoujo (magic girls) anime like Sailormoon and Cardcaptor Sakura.
Sailormoon


Cardcaptor Sakura
Then,there are also anime about sport like Slam Dunk which tell about basketball and The Prince Of Tennis.

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is a story about a boy Sakuragi Hanamichi,whose love is rejected during junior high school by a girl who likes a basketball player.Furious,when Sakuragi go to high school,he beat everyone who says the word 'basketball' in front of him.One day,a girl named Haruko Akagi recruited him into the school basketball club.Sakuragi,fell in love with the girl and agree to join the club.There he met Haruko's brother Akagi Takenori who is a strict (yet funny at certain circumstances) who loves basketball very much.Akagi dreams to enter national game but Shohoku never get it way pass the regional game.Sakuragi also met Rukawa Kaede,a popular high school basketball player,who is quite and handsome,and harbour jealousy of him because of Haruko's affection towards him.Their team also consists of a short player,who can move fast in the court,Ryota Miyagi.They later joined by ex-delinquent Hisashi Mitsui,who was a MVP player during his junior high.Together the team worked very hard to enter national game.

Main characters:
Sakuragi Hanamichi

Rukawa Kaede
Takenori Akagi
Ryota Miyagi
Hisashi Mitsui
Haruko Akagi
 Slam Dunk is a good anime to be watched,especially if you want to begin playing basketball.The anime is like a free tutorial.The plot is well-written and the characters are handsome and beautiful.The manga also very good but since it can't move,I prefer the anime better.Okay,how about you take a look at my favourite character and team in Slam Dunk. XD
Kenji Fujima
Kenji Fujima is the coach/player of Shoyo High School basketball team.They are number 2 in Kanagawa region the previous year,losing to Kainan .In the current storyline,Shohoku beat them with 62-60.Kenji usually sit on the coach bench and only play on the court if the circumstances asked for it.He entered the court quite late during their match against Shohoku (if a bit early Shoyo would have win).Kenji is really popular with girls. XD
Shoyo basketball team

Okay,now,moving on to The Prince Of Tennis.
The Prince Of Tennis
The Prince of Tennis is a story about a young tennis prodigy,Ryoma Echizen who came back to Japan from US and joined the Seigaku Tennis team as a regular member after defeating other regular members.Ryoma is a strong player and never lose his matches except to his father,a retired tennis player who was named 'Samurai Nanjiro' during his active days and his school tennis captain,Kunimitsu Tezuka.Together with his team,Ryoma went to the final match with Rikkai Junior High in Kanto game,defeating them,and became qualify for national game.Again,they have a final match with Rikkai after beating other schools like Higa,Hyoutei,and Shitenhouji,and won the national championship when Ryoma beated Rikkai's captain,Seiichi Yukimura.

Main characters:
Ryoma Echizen
Shusuke Fuji
Kaoru Kaidoh
From left to right:Kaoru Kaidoh and Takeshi Momoshiro
Kunimitsu Tezuka
Eiji Kikumaru
Sadaharu Inui
Syuichiro Oishi
Takashi Kawamura
Picture aboves are from Seigaku (Seishun Gakuen) Junior High School Tennis Team.Although they just a junior high student,they can easily beat high school student and from the anime,I think their talents and skills are beyond exceptional.And not to mention you won't find many of the special moves they created,in real-life tennis.Oh yeah,and the anime has a lot (really) bishounen characters (oh,I really love it >.<).

My favourite characters are Kuranosuke Shiraishi,Choutarou Ootori,and Seiichi Yukimura.
Kuranosuke Shiraishi,Shitenhouji tennis team captain
One word for him: Ecstacy.
Kuranosuke is a perfectionist who likes taking care of his health and playing tennis with his teammate.They are representative of Kansai region,and from Osaka.I like it when Kuranosuke speaks Kansai-ben( a kind of accents,usually used by people living in Kansai region in Japan).He's totally dazzling.He's a strong player and a reliable captain.

Choutarou Ootori
Choutarou is a second year regular member of Hyoutei Junior High tennis team.He plays double with his senior and bestfriend,Ryoh Shishido.They are called 'Silver Pair' and have a strong bond as a team.Choutarou is the second tallest in his team and is very kind.Apart from tennis,he plays piano and violin very well.I like Choutarou sweetness and mannerism.He is a selfless guy who is willing to sacrifice his own spot as a regular for Ryoh Shishido.Besides,he also a hard worker.Anyway,he's really cute and innocent. (>.<)Wish I can find someone like him in the future.

Seiichi Yukimura
He's the captain of Rikkai Junior High School and nicknamed the 'Child of God'.His skills in tennis are without flaw and he's the strongest player (after Ryoma,because Ryoma beated him) in Japan junior high school.Along with his teammates,he led Rikkai towards national game.During final,he played against Ryoma and lost to him after a long tiring game.He's kind and gentle outside the court.But,once he's inside the court,hell will break loose for his teammates (and opponents).He also like to taunt his teammates while being innocent (scary,huh).

Now,what do you think.Animes' world is quite complex,huh?

I believed if before this you thought animes are for children,now you already change your state of mind.

Anyway,have a blessed day.
^^

credits:pictures doesn't belong to me

Sunday, 11 December 2011

SCANDAL

Today I want to talk about SCANDAL.
Oh,please don't get me wrong.I'm not going to talk about some scandal here.I'm gonna talk about my favourite Japanese girl's band,SCANDAL!

From left to right:Tomomi Ogawa,Haruna Ono,Rina Suzuki,and Mami Sasazaki
SCANDAL is a Japanese pop rock band.The group consists of four members: Haruna Ono (main vocalist and guitar), Tomomi Ogawa (vocal and bass), Mami Sasazaki (vocal and guitar)and Rina Suzuki (vocal and drum).
The group was formed in August 2006, and started performing at Osaka Castle Park shortly after their formation.They quickly gained popularity,and after their overseas concerts in France,United States and Hong Kong,they became popular amongst overseas Japanese popular culture fans.They were also nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 51st Japan Record Awards.

HARUNA
Name:Haruna Ono
AKA: Haru
Instruments: Guitar
Position: Leader,main vocalist,guitarist
Born: August 10, 1988
Years Active: 2006 - Present

TOMOMI
Name:Tomomi Ogawa
AKA: Tomo
Instruments: Bass
Position:Vocalist and bassist
Born: May 31, 1990
Years Active: 2006 - Present



MAMI
Name:Mami Sasazaki
AKA: Mamitasu, Mamilious, Mami, Tasupo, Sassa.
Instruments: Guitar
Position: Lead guitarist and vocalist
Born: May 21, 1990
Years Active: 2006 - Present
~Has the best guitar skills among the girls


RINA
Name: Rina Suzuki
AKA: RINA
Instruments: Piano/Keyboards, Drums
Position: Vocalist and drummer/pianist
Born: August 21, 1991
Years Active: 2006 - Present
~The youngest among the group

They are beautiful,don't you agree with me?

 Singles:
-Space Ranger
-Koi Moyō
-Kagerō
-Doll
-Sakura Goodbye
-Shōjo S
-Yumemiru Tsubasa
-Shunkan Sentimental
-Taiyō to Kimi ga Egaku Story
-Namida No Regret
-Scandal Nanka Buttobase
-Pride
-Haruka
-Love Survive
-HARUKAZE

I fell in love with SCANDAL when I was searching for some video clips to download.At that time,I remembered the song in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood,Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL.I found many videos of them while performing the said song.I was 'Wow!This band totally amazing'.I need to find more about them.It's not easy to find a girl band nowadays since J-Pop and K-Pop industries are totally overloaded by girl's dance groups like SNSD,T-Ara,Kara,etc.New dance groups keep popping out every day.You can no longer count the number of girl's band by using your finger.

I really like SCANDAL.They are amazing.They can play instruments really great.In fact,I think their song are much better in terms of lyrics and melody than any other boy's band.HARUNA has powerful voice.Even while singing on stage we can clearly hear her voice.TOMOMI has the high-pitch and 'chipmunky' voice that goes together with HARUNA's deep voice.She's also the most energetic in the group,dancing around while carrying her huge bass.MAMI,must be the best female guitarist I ever see.Trust me,you need to see her playing guitar and you will be amazed by it.RINA,with a smile that always painted on her face,is the best female drummer.She played it well,really.

I hope they will continue their success.And I hope people will give more attention to SCANDAL.
Have a blessed day~^^

Source:jpopasia.com
p/s:All photos does not belong to me