Tuesday, March 25, 2008

AppleSeed EX Machina

When I told people I like anime, many presumed that I watch lovey dovey school girls anime or maybe Bleach or Naruto. Wrong... I don't really go for those fantasy or horror ones either. Anime I like are mostly fast-paced, action-based sci-fi stories, but no Gundam please! I tend to lost interest or get bored fast, can't stand long-winded, multi-chapters anime, so I prefer short OVAs or movies. My favorite anime character is Rei from EVA... when I tried watching the series... couldn't complete it! =P
The first time I discovered the fabulous anime creations of Masamune Shirow was when I watched Appleseed 2004. That was an eyes opener for me! The CGI is fantastic, adrenalized explosive actions! The vehicles/mecha designs are way too cool!

Appleseed 2004

Searched the web & discovered Ghost in The Shell series is to my taste too. So after three years, when an Appleseed saga was announced, I couldn't contain my patience for it to be release. Last weekend, I spied the DVDs on the shelves of a video shop... Appleseed EX Machina! Rejoice! Gleefully, I grabbed the two-disc collector edition. ^.^

Appleseed Ex Machina 2-disc collector edition

And once again I returned to the utopian city of Olympus. This continuation of appleseed is much better than the older one. Total Sexcitment! xD

Appleseed official site & trailer: http://www.warnervideo.com/appleseed/
Review: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/appleseed-ex-machina

Olympus & E.S.W.A.T. in action

Heroes & Heroine

Oh... I fall in love with Deunan & Briareos again! xD
Deunan - Sexy female warrior, high-spirited, so confident, so cool! ^.^
Briareos - Gallant, courageous, heroic, big cutie wabbit! =P
As I already have a figurine of Deunan, now I wanna a figurine of my cutie Wabbit Briareos! xD
What if I go cos-playing as Deunan with my pet monster as Briareos?

Me as Deunan? xD

Monday, March 10, 2008

10,000 BC

8th Mar. Saturday - Sometimes when choosing to watch a movie, I ignore totally whatever reviewers or critics wrote about it. I mean, we're all individual, no? What others may like or dislike might not be mine. Reviewers... bet many are wannabes of famous movie critic. Most time, I'm selectively blind to their words. And critics are supposedly harsh to whatever comes their way. I suspected that even if a genie gives one of those critics a wish, bet that critic will even write harsh comments about that genie... & of his own wish! Or if the world is ending, critics will proclaim that it's ending the wrong way or whatever... Bleah! =P

So, despite all the bad reviews about the movie 10,000 BC, I went & watch it. Glad I did coz I love it! This is how I feel about the movie & couldn't care less about what others said. You can keep your opinion to yourself. xD

10,000 BC movie poster

Got my tickets at Golden Village cinema at Plaza Singapura. Before the movie started, I wandered down to basement 2 & saw an eatery selling sausage. Drool... love sausages... am such a sausage person(no dirty jokes please!). So at Bratwurst Shop, I tried out their Spicy Beef & Pork sausage. Bought a set which comes with soft drink & soup. Love their minestrone soup, lots of veggies in it. The sausage came in a toasted roll with mustard & sauerkraut... YUMMY! xD

Me & my yummy sausage meal

Tummy filled, went up to the cinema & encountered a saber-toothed snarl. Oh... nice little kitty is hungry! xD


Movie started... screen shots time!

Prehistoric romance Hollywood style

Historical inaccuracies... who cares...

Prehistoric Terrors!

One thing in any action movies which make me rolling my eyes are rescue scenes... why the hell must they stop & talk immediately after rescuing the victim/prisoner?!? C'mon man... the enemies are nearby & time is crucial! Hey you stupid movie director, not enough work for script writers is it?!? In any crucial moments, your bloody hero/heroine ALWAYS have to pause & talk!?! STFU & run, sneak away, hide or do something useful instead of yacking away like some @#$%!* idiots! Your stupid heroes/heroines deserve to die! Historical inaccuracies, fine... Stupidity, NOT GOOD! Hahaha! I'm over reacting, but still, I hate it when they pause & yack, yack, yack! =P

Other than those stupid rescue scenes, I love the movie. Historical inaccuracy be damn! You want historical accuracy? Go watch a documentary. Yayaya... I know the trek that goes from freezing mountain to humid jungle to dry hot desert, in what seems to be a scant few days is totally unrealistic. And I also know pyramids or the mighty Egyptian civilization may not exist yet in 10,000 BC & some featured prehistoric animals are out of their known geological habitat or period, especially those flightless terror birds. Some reviewers refer to them as prehistoric ostrich... WRONG! See? That's why I don't really trust reviewers' words when it involves prehistoric movies. I love prehistoric animals & have the DVD set of Walking with Prehistoric Mammal by BBC. Terror birds as they're commonly known, belong to the Phorusrhacid family & biggest of them all is Titanis walleri. Mammoths are NOT elephants, saber-toothed tigers are not tigers, belong to different family. Google for them if you wanna know more. Hahaha... guess I simply love 10,000 BC coz of the romance between the lead actor & actress plus those prehistoric animals action scenes. A rather too simplified shallow-minded view of a movie? You drink your tea & I drink my coffee, ok? =P

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox

I'm not very much into Japanese anime except some & needlessly said, I'm not well informed about Korean anime. Love fantasy stories. So when I saw a DVD of a Korean fantasy anime titled 'Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox' in a video shop, me got intrigued. Before Yobi, I'd only watch one Korean anime, 'Wonderful Days' which I like very much. Since the Yobi DVD cost only $12 anyway, thought I try my luck with Korean anime again & boy, am I so glad that I bought it... It's truly worth it! ^.^

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox DVD cover

Alright... I'm slow on this... almost by a year! Yobi was released in May 2007, but who cares. I'm glad I discovered it as I enjoyed it tremendously... actually mesmerized by it is more like it. xD

Screen shots from Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox:


Certain things in the movie made no sense to me, but those doesn't make me enjoyed it any lesser. I believe those are mainly based on Korean myths & Korean audiences will have no trouble with them. Don't ask me what's an UFO & ETs are doing in a fantasy story. Couldn't be bothered as long as the story is beautiful & animations/CGI are well done. The animations/CGI in Yobi are comparable to some Studio Ghibli's productions which I'm a fan of. At the very least, IMHO, Yobi is something which beats Disney anytime.

Story line & review: http://twitchfilm.net/archives/010279.html

After watching this anime, I'm in love with Yobi especially when she's in the form of the five tails white fox. She is so adorable! So cute! Anywhere selling a soft toy of her? I'm so wanting one now! xD