Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dissidia 012 X FF Versus XIII



First off we have Dissidia 012. Surprisingly, this is the prequel to Dissidia. Additional characters are a win-win here. Lightning from FF XIII, Kain Highwin from FF IV and Tifa Lockhart from FF VII are just a few of the good candies offered by Square Enix upon release. Hopefully, there's Zack Fair, Angeal, Vincent, Genesis, Seifer, Rinoa, Yuna, Rikku and Paine. (I can wish can I lol) Best quote "It's possible that I no longer meet the qualifications to fight for light. But I swear that here, I will protect you until the end. (Warrior of Light to Cosmos) I should say the true protagonist for this story haha.



Now this is what I'm talking about. A real nice FF storyline finally. Gawd, FF XIII really is a major let down. Beautiful architecture, ambiance, epic orchestra music, flawless swordplay that transcends is only a speck of what is to be expected from this epic proportion of what is called FINAL FANTASY. Finally, something worth of the name in a very long while. Darker genre of the fabled story, protagonist in suits. (Well Squall counts I think) and a Female Protagonist on par with Lightning and Yuna, Tough yet can be delicate at times. This is one superb game I wanna play so badly, storyline-wise as well as gameplay. Hopefully this one does exceed expectations period.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kanashimi Wa Yuki Ni Nemuru


Well, this has got to be one of the best songs by Alan till date. The simple yet beautiful acoustic, strings and orchestral feel accompanied by Alan's most breathtaking voice makes this first track an easy hit. Loosely resembles once a December yet retains that standard evident style of Alan's. The second track starts off slow and mellow with piano arrangements. Just when you least expected, the soft Tibetan Wail kicks in which does coincide perfectly into the track. It takes a while but you will eventually find it in you to appreciate this wonderful track.



Track list
01. Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru
02. Nanomaki Tane
03. Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru (instrumental)
04. Nanomaki Tane(instrumental)

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Alan – Kaze Ni Mukau Hana


Wow been a while since I've listened to music by Alan. I have to say this single which I thought of as an album initially has its flaws as well as luster. Oh yeah, the Tibetan wail is back as Kaze ni Mukau Hana starts, complemented with elements from Diamond and Ballad that is clearly evident. Sadly, this sounds a little Ayu-ish at some point. Koko ni Iru is something new, beautiful indeed. Li Hi Tabidachi, yet another ballad. Kinda lacking in my opinion maybe because it would have suited FictionJunction Wakana. Both Erhu versions rock needless to say. I have always appreciated the Acoustic counterparts of Alan's songs. The live performance is a let down for me since the music seems to overpower Alan's voice instead. Nobody knows but me sounds not bad in Chinese. The let down is My life in Chinese which does indeed pale in comparison to the Japanese counterpart. First impressions, 7 / 10



Track Listing
1) Kaze ni Mukau Hana
2) Koko ni Iru
3) Ii Hi Tabidachi
4) Nada Sousou (erhu version)
5) Kizuna (erhu version)
6) Gunjou no Tani (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
7) Megumi no Ame (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
8) Natsukashii Mirai ~longing future~ (alan 1st concert -voice of you- version)
9) Nobody knows but me (Chinese Version)
10) my life (Chinese Version)
11) Kaze ni Mukau Hana (Instrumental)
12) Koko ni Iru (Instrumental)

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Friday, October 15, 2010

The 18 Martial Arts /十八般武藝 MV







Love this MV, I think he could have sticked with this plot and go all out if he had more budget. Cutting all the comical introductions from Love in Disguise, making it more dramatic, epic fantasy like similar to the Myth. It would have been much more awesome. Still Love in Disguise is not bad and deserves credit for that.



The 18 Martial Arts /十八般武藝



Lee Hom's 14th Studio Album. Most of the songs get a thumb up from me. Not too much of the overpowered chink out in some previous albums, with exceptions of Do you love me. A softer side of the genre, the theme songs is mellow and relaxing. Track 5 ~ Bo Ya cuts the Strings is definitely my favorite track for this album.

Track list ~
1. Dragon Dance
2. 杜 U ♥ Me [Do U ♥ Me]
3. 十八般武藝 [The 18 Martial Arts]
4. 你不知道的事(電影『戀愛通告』主題曲)[All The Things You Never Knew (Love In Disguise theme)]
5. 伯牙絕弦 (電影『戀愛通告』概念主題曲)[Bo Ya Cuts The Strings (Making of Love In Disguise theme)]
6. 柴米油鹽醬醋茶 [Firewood, Rice, Oil, Salt, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Tea]
7. 美 [Beauty]
8. 需要人陪 [Need Someone By Your Side]
9. 天涯海角 [Ends Of The Earth]
10. 你不知道的事(宋曉青版本)[All The Things You Never Knew (Xiao Qing version)]
11. 自己人 [One Of Us]

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Love in this world



Khalil performed this in Love in Disguise, seriously and it rocks oh yeah, oh love love love love love.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

School Days Bad End 2010 Version



The anime with the main protagonist that I hated the most. Still this needs to be shared.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Love in Disguise


Wow!! took me like forever just to find this movie. Never had the chance to watch it in the Cinemas. Couple seats lol, sad. Anyway, this movie is pretty much cliché in a sense. A Super Famous pop star portrayed by Alexander Wang Lee Hom who fell in love with a guzheng soloist portrayed by Crystal Liu Yi Fei. Disguised as a regular joe from some province in China, he infiltrated the institution to get closer to her.

The plot is really cliché. Predictable till the very end. Nevertheless, most of the elements and scenarios are nicely attached to make it work down smoothly. From the music point, it's really surreal with magnificent visual imagery arts of calligraphy that blends in pretty well. The theme song is pretty heart warming. Chink-out is used as the basis for most parts of Lee Hom's performance in which he is pretty much renowned for. There's even Fang Da Tong who made a cameo and later on performed in the movie.

Some of the conversations are pretty much boring. Some parts are unclear based on the intonation. Fortunately, the comedy sense compensates for that. Overall, it's a nice movie to watch with your love ones. Trust me, even though this movie is like 98 minutes long, it takes forever just to get through it lol.

Credits to Hanif18
Password ~ www.indofiles.org
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Sections
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Tetris vs Contra

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Unlimited Blade Works ~ Impressions


Unlimited Blade Works. Before the release, no one made a big fuss about it. EVA 1.11 and EVA 2.22 gain so much popularity due to the original movie that closes with a freaking horrific ending that caused so many fans to send hate mails to the creator only to make him do a remake that spawns hope to the hearts of die hard and new fans. OK, enough about that. Fate / Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works. A few notes taken and will be stated below.

1) If you have not watched Fate/Stay Night TV Anime, watch it first. You will be very very blur if you have not watched the TV series. Well most of you will be screaming, damn the plot is uber confusing. It's too fast paced, the ending doesn't make sense. WTF? So fast, ranting on and on till it ends.

2) This is not a continuation from the end of the TV anime, nor a retold story (Watch TV reproduction of Fate/Stay Night) and you'll know what I mean. This is the Unlimited Blade Works Route, one of the 3 routes you can choose from the original game. The TV anime's plot is based upon the first route. If you want to further understand the story, play the game. Oh yeah it's a visual novel game with H elements (play at your own risk).

(WARNING SPOILER AHEAD!!!)
Now then, the back to the main discussion. I'm telling this from the perspective of a guy who did played the game and watched the TV series. So, my views may be either similar or pretty much different. The game starts off with one of the most notable chants from Fate/Stay Night, probably the most famous chant ever lol.

体は剣で出来ている。
血潮は鉄で 心は硝子。
幾たびの戦場を越えて不敗。
ただの一度も敗走はなく、
ただの一度も理解されない。
彼の者は常に独り 剣の丘で勝利に酔う。
故に、生涯に意味はなく。
その体は、きっと剣で出来ていた。

"I am the bone of my sword.

Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.

I have created over a thousand blades.

Unknown to death.

Nor known to life.

Have withstood pain to create many weapons.

Yet, those hands will never hold anything.

So as I pray, 'Unlimited Blade Works'."

A solid intro with beautiful words. Fans would describe it appropriate, suitable, nicely done. First timers would say WTH is this? I say it's just right to start this off which does represent what the title suggest. You don't need any flashy intro with people narrating (Kotomine perhaps). Those words alone carry a heavy meaning behind. Anyone who has played the game would understand and connect to the emotions running through Archer when he uttered those famous lines from the chant.


Those who did watched the anime would see notable differences. The expressions are more genuine and each character's action are pretty much redefined. Normal actions such as walking and running are refurnished. Some actions are input with 3D cell shade.

The good part starts off with the Lancer X Archer dual. The battle sequence are better off with additional fight scenes and combos in between. The narrator aka (Kotomine) narrates about the The Holy Grail, the battle between 7 servants and masters and the ultimate prize in the end. First timers would be screaming WTF, that lancer dude just thrust the shiro guy and he's alive? Most of the sequences are key elements from the game and anime. Yes, it's pretty fast paced. The movie throughout depicts the decisions made to get towards the true ending of the game. The different decisions made will result in a different route. Thus this leads to Archer's decision that varies from the original main storyline due to the decision you make during the start. The movie fore-shows this very fact.

It saddens me to see Saber in less action. Then again it compensates with Rin showing more Tsundere expressions, epic battles with the best of the best, Lancer's great character, Shiro's just that good for a human and Archer still rocks even if he was the Antagonist.


Likes
1) The whole plot stays true to the Original. Good decisions made in order to get True Ending,

2) Battle sequences remastered, more After image present.

3) Berserker uses his trademark finisher (Thumbs up)

4) Gilgamesh is more active, Gates of babylon rules and Enkidu utilized

5) Gilgamesh is in casual attire.

6) Shiro is the real deal here. He seriously proves himself very capable for a human lol.

7) Archer and Shiro has high durability due to Avalon

8) The final battle is drop dead epic

9) Lancer is the man ~ Seriously, he is the man.

10) Excalibur pawns all


Dislikes
1) Really does stay true. No surprises if you have played the game.

2) Less Saber

3) Enuma Elish didnt even get screen time

4) Caster's love is unrequited yet again

5) Rider dies just like that

6) I'm not a huge fan of cell shaded swords, so yeah sue me lol.

7) Illyasviel von Einzbern gets a real gruesome death

8) Berserker gets defeated that easily WTF

9) Matou Shinji is alive

10) The mana transfer scene

Blood and Gore elements are definitely input into this, honed with the amount of detailedness in some respective scenes. Dislikes are obvious but inevitable since all key events must occur in order to reach the true ending (esp no 7 from dislike). The mana transfer was really sad since I expected the same thing from the game haha. Sadly this scene was altered to suit the audience. Enuma Elish didnt even get screen time lol. Sad, yet inevitable. Another disappointment.

It is noted that Archer did not die from Gates of Babylon while defending Shriou. This can be backed by the high durability he and Shirou possesses due to AVALON implanted in them. Since Archer is technically the future Shirou and Shirou did not return AVALON to Saber, this explains the high endurance of both characters in battle. Also this can thus conclude why Archer was defeated by Berserker in the TV anime. Since returning Avalon (Arthur's lost scabbard) results in Archer's endurance level reverting back to normal. Luck also plays a part and Archer does have poor luck. It is also to be noted that Unlimited Blade Works or UBW for short acts as the ultimate counter measure on Gilgamesh.


Shirou had a hard time fighting Gilgamesh a servant in reality. But once he summons the reality marble aka UBW, all penalties on Shirou are lifted. The cost for creating the weapons is greatly diminished and the speed at which they can be created is also increased. Moreover, Gates of Babylon has a slower summoning rate thus alowing Shirou an advantage to close in close combat to fight Gilgamesh thus defeating him (consumed by the holy grail) using Excalibur and finally Kansho x Bakuya with the decided blow to the right arm of Gilgamesh who did not managed to use Enuma Elish. Also the ending is noteworthy as the True ending of the game where Saber returns yet again and Archer departs, leaving a warm smile to Rin. Archer also uses a huge variety of arsenals at his disposal including Rho Aias, Caladbolg II, Hrunting and even Gates of Babylon (Fake). I must say I did enjoy the movie throughout except for the fight between Saber and Assassin. The fight scene from the TV Anime was indeed much better. The ending theme is quite decent. First Impressions ~ 9.6 / 10. A truly must watch for Fans of Fate/Stay Night.

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I'm addicted to korean songs Nuuuuuuuuu

Well technically I'm addicted to this two. For some both MV's are good.



Love the piano opening for Untouchable ~ Merry go round



4 boys fall for the same girl, how cool is that lol (2AM ~ I did wrong)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

10 Years of Hits


16 years ago he debuted, 6 years back this hit rocked the world. Today, it rocked my world. Missed the chance to download this many times since my old comp broke down lol.

Tracklist
1. When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating, Overstreet, Paul
2. Life Is a Roller Coaster - Ronan Keating, Alexander, Gregg
3. The Way You Make Me Feel - Ronan Keating, Adams, Bryan
4. Lovin' Each Day - Ronan Keating, Alexander, Gregg
5. If Tomorrow Never Comes - Ronan Keating, Blazy, Kent
6. I Love It When We Do - Ronan Keating, Alexander, Gregg
7. We've Got Tonight - Ronan Keating, Seger, Bob
8. The Long Goodbye - Ronan Keating, Brady, Paul
9. Lost for Words - Ronan Keating, Frank, David
10. She Believes (In Me) - Ronan Keating, Barry, Paul
11. Last Thing on My Mind - Ronan Keating, Keating, Ronan
12. Father & Son - Ronan Keating, Stevens, Cat
13. Words - Ronan Keating, Gibb, Barry
14. Baby Can I Hold You - Ronan Keating, Chapman, Tracy
15. I Hope You Dance - Ronan Keating, Sanders, Mark D.
16. Somebody Else - Ronan Keating, Hector, Wayne

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Utada?

Wait is this really Utada? Noooooooooooooooo, it ain't her. Well, not bad. She sounds almost, almost.