[Drama CD] Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan Part 2

[Posted @ 4:10 PM]
Please support the original by purchasing from amazon.co.jp. Here's Part 2, enjoy!!!!

English Title: Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu Drama CD Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan
Japanese Title: 春夏秋冬ドラマCD 逆襲の赤ズキンチャン
Loosely Rranslated As: Little Red Riding Hood's Counterback
By Zaou Tashi + Eiki Eiki.

Cover of Drama CD, Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan

CD Tracks;
01. 出会い [Rendezvous]
02. 衝撃 [Shock]
03. 揺れる思い [Jolted Feelings]
04. 不安 [Insecurity]
05. 仲直り [Reconciliation] <- Basically the casts of the Drama CD talks about the making and stuff, not sure what it's all about lol.

Main Seiyuu Cast;

01. 川澄綾子 Kawasumi Ayako as Matsuzaka Natsuki [Also Seiyuu for Sakuraba Aoi in Ai Yori Aoshi, Saber in Fate/stay Night, Himemiya Chikane in Kannazuki no Miko, Misaka Kaori in Kanon]
02. 能登麻美子 Noto Mamiko as Takashima Fuyuka [Also Seiyuu for Miyazaki Nodoka in Negima, Todou Shimako in Maria-sama ga Miteru, Kikugawa Yukino in Mai HiME/Otome, Tsukamoto Yakumo in School Rumble]
03. 田村ゆかり Tamura Yukari as Shiraki Haruka [Also Seiyuu for Kurusu Tomari in Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~, Takamachi Nanoha in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Sugiura Midori in Mai HiME/Otome]
04. 新谷良子 Shintani Ryoko as Shouya Akiho [Also Seiyuu for Senou Aoi in Mai HiME/Otome, Sakuraba Milfeulle in Galaxy Angel]
05. 川上とも子 Kawakami Tomoko as Reiko-sensei [Also Seiyuu for Soi Fong in Bleach, Kurata Sayuri in Kanon]
06. 那須めぐみ Nasu Megumi as Ayano-sensei [Also Seiyuu for Kashiwagi Sae in Peach Girl]

Track 03. 揺れる思い [Jolted Feelings] ;

Continuing from track 2 in Part 1 of the post.

... As Natsuki's about to slap Haruka, Haruka stopped the blow and they decided to continue their fight somewhere else because people were watching. Meanwhile, Akiho and Fuyuka were at the rooftop enjoying each other's company as they were able to understand each other's plights. Akiho pointed out that Fuyuka has to clear things up with Natsuki but Fuyuka replied she's a little scared ... Suddenly they were interrupted by voices in the background. It seemed like Natsuki and Haruka decided to take their 'fight' at the rooftop and their fangirls were following them. Both Fuyuka and Natsuki noticed each other. Natsuki's pissed that it's true that Fuyuka's with Akiho and yelled at her for pestering Fuyuka and told her to leave Fuyuka alone regardless of whatever plan she's up to with She-Panther [Haruka]. Fuyuka tried to explain but Akiho stopped her and stood in front of her. Akiho told Natsuki that it had nothing to do with Haruka ... it's only that she had fallen in love with Fuyuka.

Everyone went, 'EHHHHHH!???!'. 'You like Fuyuka ...? Don't you already have this fella!?', demanded Natsuki, shaking the frozen Haruka lol. Akiho calmly explained that it's true but from the start it's been Haruka who's been closing after her. She added that Fuyuka and Haruka's different, Fuyuka's more like a girl, more matured, understanding, has boobs lol, gentle and mild, to say that she changed her feelings, it's not unexpected. Natsuki had no choice but to agree while Haruka was whinning out for Akiho lol. Besides, Akiho said that she heard that both Fuyuka and Natsuki had not 'consummate' their relationship yet so it's not of Natsuki's business that she's courting Fuyuka. Taunting Natsuki, Akiho added that if she likes someone she will make her hers quickly, just like this ... making her purpose clear of kissing Fuyuka. Just then, Reiko-sensei and Ayano-sensei were alerted by the noises the fangirls made, found out that Haruka and Natsuki were in a 'fight' at the rooftop and went to stop them.

Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 7. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 8. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 9.

Natsuki lunged forward and slapped Akiho, declaring that Fuyuka's hers and she would never give Fuyuka to Akiho. Haruka's pissed that Natsuki slapped her Akiho as Natsuki pulled Fuyuka towards her ... then Fuyuka punched Natsuki lol. Fuyuka yelled out that Akiho's fault but all because of Natsuki's wishy-washy attitude that she couldn't figure out what's Natsuki's feelings and had to ask for Akiho's advices. Understanding the situation, Reiko-sensei and Ayano-sensei sent the watching fangirls away and closed the door. Akiho told Fuyuka not to get so worked up and explained she had did the earlier action on purpose, but then the truth's out, Natsuki IS in love with Fuyuka. Akiho continued to question why Natsuki kept her distance from Fuyuka if so. Natsuki explained that she used to fall in love with one of the screaming fangirls of hers, the girl also replied that she likes her so Natsuki thought that they could go out seriously together.

But just when the girl knew that Natsuki's serious, she became afraid and avoided Natsuki all together. From then, Natsuki realized that people's 'like' has different levels. After that, meeting Fuyuka, from the start Natsuki thought that Fuyuka's cute and wanted to tease her. As time pass, as they hung out together more, the 'like' became more ... But Natsuki knew that Fuyuka had only began healing from a previous 'scare' and if she were to be passionate in her actions, she feared she might be hated by Fuyuka and was confused. Fuyuka's touched by Natsuki's words and thought to herself that the more each other like each other, the more insecured they become and fear to touch each other. They were harbouring the same feelings but both afraid to move a step. Akiho grasped that everything's fine now and told Haruka to leave them. Haruka's still confused about everything lol and asked Akiho what's all about.

Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 10. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 11. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 12.

Akiho explained that the Big Bad Wolf fell seriously in love with Little Red Riding Hood and thus couldn't bare to 'eat' her up ... something like that lol. Haruka still don't get it lol. Akiho then apologized to Haruka about scaring her that she likes Fuyuka, Haruka agreed about the scare. Akiho added that but then she trusted Haruka to be understanding about it and assured the only one she likes is Haruka. Haruka's delighted about it and replied that she did trusted Akiho earlier and that's why she's fine lol. Akiho teased Haruka that it doesn't seem so from Haruka's 'stoned' and whinny expressions earlier lol.

Track 04. 不安 [Insecurity] ;

Picking up from the rooftop, Fuyuka apologized to Natsuki and confessed she's afraid too and only merely waited for Natsuki to take action. So then, Fuyuka affirmed to Natsuki she likes her ... and it's the 'carnal desire' kind of 'like' she declared LOL. Fuyuka continued that isn't that desire expected? ... because of 'like', she would want to know everything of Natsuki and to touch her everything ... to the extent of wanting to be one with her and grasping tightly to her side, never letting go. Natsuki smiled and replied that she wanted too. Kissing Fuyuka, Natsuki too confessed she likes Fuyuka just like wanting to be one with her. With their feelings sorted out, they giggled and Fuyuka once again invited Natsuki to her home on Saturday and she's alone at home too. Natsuki happily agreed to go and Fuyuka breathed a sigh of relief that their 'like' were the same.

Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 13. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 14. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 15.

Fuyuka learnt that although there were many different levels of 'like', one should not be wishy-washy, merely wait and be afraid to make the first step but be able to pick the courage and convey the feelings to the other party. Fuyuka teased Natsuki about looking forward to a 'fun-filling' scene this Saturday and left Natsuki going 'EHHHH!??' probably confused cos she's supposed to be the lead!? LOL. Natsuki even used the more feminine/neutral 'watashi' instead of her boyish 'boku' here lol.

The manga ended more funny, an extract from the first bed scene between Fuyuka and Natsuki on Saturday, Fuyuka surprisingly is the lead [in Yaoi terms, Seme lol] and Natsuki's the bottom, [Uke! lol] held against the bed. Fuyuka was like in 'heh heh heh' mode assuring Natsuki that it's alright because she did some reading and research about it and Natsuki went 'EHHHH!??!', confused lol.

Hope you enjoyed this Drama CD as much as I do, hopefully, more of such Drama CDs in future XD. Cya.

[Signing off @ 5:15 PM]

YES 933 Bao Chang Hui 2007 @ Millenia Walk

[Posted @ 10:36 PM]
EDIT: Photos of YanZi & others at Millenia Walk updated at the bottom of the post, please scroll down!!!

Been exercising lately ... since there's not much to do online already lol.

Won't be around tommorrow cos ;

YES 933 Bao Chang Hui 2007


933醉心龙虎榜街头爆唱会]将在8月25日(六)晚上7点在Millenia Walk举行.
933 Zui Xing Long Hu Bang Jie Tou Bao Chang Hui will be held on 25th August [Saturday], 7 PM at Millenia Walk.

Yes, I'm going there and no I'm not going to KKnM’s Chara-Fest 2007 lol, I don't think I'm hooked on any stuff yet ... okay I DID consider purchasing some figurines after I saw this LOL. Which Shizuru-sama fan's heart won't leap after seeing that!?!???!!!

Anyways, I think I'll be queuing there like a loyal YanZi fan at 11 AM or earlier, depends la. If you're a YanZi fan, well, cya there!

Campus SuperStar 2


Oh YanZi will be going to the Campus SuperStar 2 recording after this event ... so if you're rich enough, take a cab home and catch it on TV? LoL.

EDIT: Juz came back from Millenia Walk, watched Campus SuperStar 2 LIVE on Channel U and went to bath hahaha. Here's some photos;

It started to rain when Mi Lu Pin started singing lol, then became even heavier when it's Chen Diya's turn but after YanZi went on stage, rain stopped, thank clouds!

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YanZi sung two songs, 'Wo Huai Nian De' and 'Ni Guang', before that she sung the theme song, 'Yi Ren Yi Ban' for movie, 881 with Eric Ng and Wu JiaHui. Very nice~~! Haha.

[Signing off @ 11:05 PM] [Signing off @ 11:50 PM]

[Drama CD] Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan Part 1

[Posted @ 2:35 PM]
Yo, kinda feeling sick last weekend and early this week, Support the original by click here to purchase 春夏秋冬ドラマCD 逆襲の赤ズキンチャン [Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu Drama CD Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan] loosely translated as 'Little Red Riding Hood's Counterback'.

English Title: Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu Drama CD Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan
Japanese Title: 春夏秋冬ドラマCD 逆襲の赤ズキンチャン
By Zaou Tashi + Eiki Eiki.

Cover of Drama CD, Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan

CD Tracks;
01. 出会い [Rendezvous]
02. 衝撃 [Shock]
03. 揺れる思い [Jolted Feelings]
04. 不安 [Insecurity]
05. 仲直り [Reconciliation] <- Basically the casts of the Drama CD talks about the making and stuff, not sure what it's all about lol.

Main Seiyuu Cast;

01. 川澄綾子 Kawasumi Ayako as Matsuzaka Natsuki [Also Seiyuu for Sakuraba Aoi in Ai Yori Aoshi, Saber in Fate/stay Night, Himemiya Chikane in Kannazuki no Miko, Misaka Kaori in Kanon]
02. 能登麻美子 Noto Mamiko as Takashima Fuyuka [Also Seiyuu for Miyazaki Nodoka in Negima, Todou Shimako in Maria-sama ga Miteru, Kikugawa Yukino in Mai HiME/Otome, Tsukamoto Yakumo in School Rumble]
03. 田村ゆかり Tamura Yukari as Shiraki Haruka [Also Seiyuu for Kurusu Tomari in Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~, Takamachi Nanoha in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Sugiura Midori in Mai HiME/Otome]
04. 新谷良子 Shintani Ryoko as Shouya Akiho [Also Seiyuu for Senou Aoi in Mai HiME/Otome, Sakuraba Milfeulle in Galaxy Angel]
05. 川上とも子 Kawakami Tomoko as Reiko-sensei [Also Seiyuu for Soi Fong in Bleach, Kurata Sayuri in Kanon]
06. 那須めぐみ Nasu Megumi as Ayano-sensei [Also Seiyuu for Kashiwagi Sae in Peach Girl]

I did promised to review and at the same time summarize this Drama CD, basically it's very similar to the three chapters in Yuri Hime 5, 6 and 7, a little bit from the front part of Part A and back part of Part C of 'First Kiss' chapters from Yuri Shimai 5 and Yuri Hime 2.

Track 01. 出会い [Rendezvous] ;

The first part of the track can be read together with Lililicious scanlation of 'First Kiss' Part A because basically the conversation's between Reiko and Fuyuka were extracted from there but in the middle of the conversation, it's taken from the backpart of Part C of 'First Kiss' chapter which was not translated as yet. The track started with a story-like opening, 'Somewhere, there's a She-Wolf who fell in love at first sight with Little Red Riding Hood. At first, Little Red Riding Hood's terrified of She-Wolf ... as time passes, unconsciously, she fell in love with She-Wolf. That's why it's a serious matter ...' - Cue Drama CD title -

Takashima Fuyuka went to Reiko-sensei for advice regarding the 'She-Wolf', Matsuzaka Natsuki. Reiko-sensei jokingly asked what did Natsuki did to her, 'Sexually harassment? Stalking? Steal your underwear?' lol. Fuyuka actually replied honestly that even though Natsuki did all what Reiko-sensei listed LOL. Fuyuka's troubled that she wouldn't be able to live a normal school life because she was both 'respected' and hated by people and Natsuki's fangirls respectively. Even so, Fuyuka admitted that she does feel comfortable with Natsuki and wondered if the feeling she had for Natsuki's only friendship or even something real. Reiko-sensei replied that she doesn't negate that the feeling might be the latter and she understood Fuyuka's hesitation. But sometimes at some point of time, true feelings will show up so she adviced Fuyuka to trust her own feelings and go for it. It was then implied in this track that Reiko-sensei and Ayano-sensei were 'together' at that point of time =).

Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 1. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 2. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 3.

Pumped with Reiko-sensei's words of advice, Fuyuka believed that it's a sign of 'GO!' for her lol, that's why, she decided not to run away from Natsuki anymore. Fuyuka then went to look for Natsuki, Natsuki greeted her, proceeded on to hug her at the same time exclaiming Fuyuka's cuteness, expecting Fuyuka to push her away and reprimand her. But that never came lol, shocking Natsuki. Moment later, Fuyuka merely asked if Natsuki's free tomorrow as it's Saturday and invited her to her home to play. Excited that it's the first time to Fuyuka's house, Natsuki wondered what to bring to give a good impression on Fuyuka's family. Fuyuka said it's okay because her family will be out tomorrow and there'll be noone home ... !! 'I'll be waiting for you tomorrow', Fuyuka ended LOL, that was like so suggestive that their classmates were feeling the UP 'sensations' lol. So on Saturday, Fuyuka sent her family off and laid her battle plans not to run away from Natsuki and her feelings and accept all of Natsuki! With that, Fuyuka's ready for Natsuki! LoL.

Despite all, Natsuki bought some cake over and they went on to Fuyuka's room where they had very very normal time of eating cake, drinking tea, flipping through Fuyuka's baby photo albums and lastly watching a THREE HOUR DVD movie. With that, Natsuki left when the sky's dark at Fuyuka's reluctance. 'W-wait a min! Two people in love, in the privacy of a room and only both of them in the house, isn't something SUPPOSED to happen!?', Fuyuka exclaimed LOL. 'N-not even a kiss, what's the meaning of this!? Even though I had prepared with determination myself for you, Natsuki, what are you thinking!?', she added lol. Fuyuka's will began to waver as she began to think that the person who's serious was only her ...

Track 02. 衝撃 [Shock] ;

Continuing from track 1, the next day, Natsuki's entertianing her fangirls while Fuyuka's suffering from insomnia from worrying and thought to herself that Natsuki treated all the girls well and maybe with her, she only thought of her as someone in the same plight and hence treated her well. Thinking deeply into her thoughts, Fuyuka recalled that she hadn't been touched by Natsuki often recently and wondered if Natsuki's getting sick of her. A shriek from a fangirl the opposite direction jolted her out of her musings, seemed like Shiraki Haruka [See Expressions of Love scanlation in Yuri Shimai 2 from Lililicious] who's as popular as Natsuki with the ability to grope girls' boobs at a terrifying speed also known as the She-Panther had arrived. She-Wolf, Natsuki and She-Panther, Haruka, I assumed were nemesis from the start, started calling names, with Natsuki calling Haruka 'Flat Chested' and Haruka calling Natsuki 'O-shaped Legs' to move outta each other's way lol. As the fangirls were screaming supports to their XX-samas, both Fuyuka and Shouya Akiho sighed at her troubles and her partner's stupidity respectively.

Fuyuka then realized that she's looking at the rumoured lover of Haruka. Akiho smiled at Fuyuka and greeted her. Surprised that Akiho knew her name, it's seemed like they were in the same situation of being respected and yet hated by fangirls of Natsuki and Haruka who were both popular idols. In mist of the quarreling between Natsuki and Haruka, Akiho suggested that they go to the rooftop for some peace and quiet. In Fuyuka's mind, she's wondering if Akiho and Haruka are really lovers or merely just rumours like herself and Natsuki. With that, Fuyuka blurted out her question, 'Is it really true that the both of you 'did' it?' LOL. Flustered by Fuyuka's directness, Akiho wanted to reject but seeing Fuyuka's seriousness, she admitted. Excited, Fuyuka asked when they did it and how? LoL. Akiho replied that why the time she knew what's happening, it's done LOL. [The manga even provided the flashbacks of Haruka's 'May I touch your boobs' to 'Eating Akiho out' scenario lol]

Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 4. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 5. Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu - Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan 6.

As Fuyuka's marveling about it, Akiho asked about Fuyuka's relationship with Natsuki and Fuyuka related her situation to her. After that, Akiho consoled Fuyuka by stating that friendship and love were tough between same-sex relations. Sometimes things get complicated when the love seemed to be one-sided and the other just need support. Fuyuka confessed that that time her 'like' and Natsuki's 'like' were different and wondered that the distance between them is irreversible ... Just then, the bell rang, by then Akiho and Fuyuka had a friendship bonded between them as they had something in common to talk about. A few days later, Natsuki's feeling the distance as Fuyuka's not around her often. One of the classmates told Natsuki when she's looking that Fuyuka's out with Akiho and that recently they have been together frequently. Pissed, Natsuki went to Akiho's class to look for her, Haruka replied that Akiho's not around and asked why she's looking for her.

Filled with jealousy, Natsuki claimed that Akiho's suspiciously with Fuyuka and demanded Fuyuka's whereabouts. Haruka's honestly clueless about the situation. Natsuki then blamed Haruka for Fuyuka's disappearance, Haruka retorted back about her Akiho and vice versa. Haruka added that Natsuki's getting way too worked up just because Fuyuka was gone for a while and sarcastically wondered if it's because their relationship's not 'secured' with trust. Royally pissed, Natsuki grabbed Haruka's collar in anger, Haruka realized she hit the jackpot. As Natsuki's about to slap Haruka, Haruka stopped the blow and they decided to continue their fight somewhere else because people were watching.

That's all for Track 1 and 2, I'll continue Track 3 and 4 summaries next week ...

I really enjoyed the Drama CD, lol especially Kawasumi Ayako portrayal of Natsuki, just sooo cute~~. It's a fun and light hearted Drama CD, not much tension, fun fluff, more in the 2 other tracks.

Random updates; to prove my support for imports, I've began to import from amazon using vPostUSA lol, wow, it's the first time I used their services ... and probably start importing more as Seven Seas releases their Strawberry Line series towards the end of the year. Start selecting some nice shoujo-ai DVDs in my collection, I ordered Kannazuki no Miko DVD Box set [It's not licensed by ODEX! LoL] from amazon already, coming in early next month~ Can't wait~!

Here's the poll results;

Blog Poll for 29 July 2007.

Majority's from the 13-17, and 3 under 12?! O_O lol, thanks for supporting my blog =).

I've been watching the Japanese Drama for this Summer too, like 'Life', 'Papa to Musume no Nanakakan', 'Hanazakari no Kimitachi e', 'Renai Shindan' and 'Yama Onna Kabe Onna' XD, so please vote in the blog poll of the fave theme song you like for Song of the Month, September!

[Signing off @ 4:50 PM]

Singapore Fireworks Celebrations 2007

[Posted 2:34 PM]
Went out to Marina Square with M, M's BF and LC last night to watch fireworks at Marina Bay/Esplanade ... very nice, I get to video it on my handphone and uploaded the first part of it on youtube and the second part just now so it'll take a while for youtube to process it, it's just like 15mins but very enjoyable.



Hope you enjoyed it on video as much as I do lol, sorry for the voices and mine ... too excited, I just kept talking to myself hahaha.

Oh I'll be posting up the review and summary for 'Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu Drama CD Gyakushuu no Akazukin-chan' 春夏秋冬ドラマCD 逆襲の赤ズキンチャン by Zaou Tashi + Eiki Eiki Part 1 later =).

Cya!

EDIT: Part 2's up now, just click on my youtube nick there to see the other one.

[Signing off @ 2:40 PM]

Happy 42nd Birthday, Singapore!

[Posted @ 5:40 PM]

XD!! XD!!

... just another 20mins and the LIVE Telecast of the National Day Parade will be on Channel 5 heh ... those non-Singaporeans can still catch it ... online =), click here to go in the site.

So what's so special about this year's NDP? Well read here lol, I think this year's NDP is to be reckon with =).

Eh I sung Stefanie Sun Yan Zi's 'We Will Get There' aka 一起走到 In Mandarin ... but I can't seem to upload it now .. so I'll update it later k? It's up now =), kinda lousy.



Once again, Happy 42nd Birthday, Singapore!

[Signing off @ 5:52 PM]

[Manga] Yuri Hime S Vol1 - Honey Crush Chapter 1

[Posted @ 5:00 PM]
Regarding the post about ODEX, let's not venture there anymore ne? More focus on shoujo-ai/yuri manga/game/drama reviews, translations and other stuff ... safe =).

Wanted to start reviewing on the stories in the Summer 2007 issue of Yuri Hime S Volume 1 but then Dynasty Scans already released one of the stories from the magazine and planning to finish the whole issue so I figured I won't do it anymore lol. But I really liked one of the stories from Volume 1, 'Honey Crush' by Tsubaki Asu also mangaka for 'He Is My Master' and the two main characters graced the cover of the issue =).

Since the first release's not 'Honey Crush', I'll just sneakily review this on-going series in Yuri Hime S =).

Disclaimer:

I do not scan, so I don't claim credit for it, so please do not ask me where I got my scans. PLEASE.

Click on the scans and a new window will open and bring you to the larger and clearer version.

Please do not hotlink on forums, just paste my blog url and direct them to the Manga Page section, thanks.

Honey Crush 1. Honey Crush 2.

The story starts with a girl named Amemiya Mitsu [The girl in the sailor uniform aka seifuku] who fell in love with a girl, Misakura Madoka [The girl with long hair in the background behind Mitsu] who's not from her school. Mitsu couldn't gather the courage to talk to her and could only watch from afar after school. She yearned she could be nearer or at least be a friend to her dream girl and loathed the fact that she's a girl and obviously girls do not confess to girls lol. Blissfully engrossed in the beauty of Madoka, Mitsu met with an accident which leaves her ... dead lol. However, it seemed that her spirit's still on earth, flustered, Mitsu realized that she had to attain nirvana but ... how?

Honey Crush 3. Honey Crush 4.

Before Mitsu knew it, she's in front of Madoka's house and later in Madoka's room ... where she witnessed Madoka changing her clothes lol. Spurting blood from her nose, she sighed, 'It's okay if I died this way ...' LOL. Mitsu began taking down notes of her beloved Madoka and decided that she wouldn't rest well without knowing more about Madoka and so she started her life as a/an invisible spirit! with Madoka. Taking baths with Madoka, commenting her boobs' size, watching her change and sleeping on the same bed, Mitsu felt really blissful. One day, Mitsu by accident found out that she could make people even though they can't see her, feel her presence/pressure if she touches one. With a really lol sinister smile at her new found 'powers', Mitsu chased away all Madoka's admirers. Life's good as a spirit, Mitsu felt, Madoka's now hers and only hers.

Honey Crush 5. Honey Crush 6.

However, later the teacher announced that a transferred student to their class and she's Nohisa Kyouko who later turned out to be Mitsu's competitor for Madoka's love. It seemed like Kyouko knew Madoka as they were neighbours when they were younger. Still deeply in love with Madoka, Kyouko claimed that they even swore marry each other. Madoka then remembered Kyouko and unexpectedly dashed Kyouko's heart by then realizing that the Kyou-chan she knew was actually a girl LOL. Briefly dashed, Kyouko came back by seriously stating that her feelings for Madoka will not change and confessed she likes Madoka.

Honey Crush 7. Honey Crush 8.

Mitsu of course protested and Kyouko surprisingly could hear/see Mitsu but then quickly realized that Mitsu's a spirit. Mitsu was agitated by the turn of events, blaming herself for being too careless in thinking of chasing away guys but not girls lol yet Mitsu admired Kyouko's courage to confess to Madoka even though they were girls. Meanwhile, Kyouko's pissed off that Mitsu kept sticking to Madoka like glue and to gain 'first blood', Kyouko asked if Madoka knew anyone from the school [Mitsu's school] opposite them.

Honey Crush 9. Honey Crush 10.

Madoka replied no lol. Mitsu was depressed and reminded of the fact she's nobody to Madoka and Kyouko rubbed the fact in by flashing the statement at her lol. At the changing room, Kyouko's about to witness Madoka in lingerie view when Mitsu appeared and blocked the view LOL.

Honey Crush 11. Honey Crush 12.

Kyouko got back to Mitsu later by saying that Madoka and her used to kiss alot when they were young and Madoka confirmed that lol. Smirking, Kyouko stated that she also took Madoka's first kiss LOL. Kyouko later asked if Madoka had kissed anyone else, Madoka replied no and Kyouko suggested they kiss ... this time the 'adult' way.

Honey Crush 13. Honey Crush 14.

Mitsu protested violently by pulling Kyouko's shirt, hitting her head and ... pulling her cheeks making Madoka giggled at the sight LOL. Pissed and unable to stop herself anymore, Kyouko chased after Mitsu planning to perhaps hammer her lol. A while later, Kyouko managed to grab hold of Mitsu and told her to give up on Madoka because only a live person could give Madoka happiness. Kyouko started lecturing Mitsu that it's up to Madoka to choose who she wants to be with and if Mitsu kept obstructing, Madoka will never find happiness and if Mitsu really wish Madoka for the best ... however before Kyouko could finish, Mitsu started bawling that she knew but couldn't stop herself. Looking at the crying Mitsu, Kyouko began comforting Mitsu and apologized for her frank words. Mitsu then confessed that she seriously really likes Madoka.

Honey Crush 15. Honey Crush 16.

Kyouko understood Mitsu's feelings and replied that she too likes Madoka and feelings are not easily changed. Just then, Madoka walked up to them with a GUY beside her ... and introduced HIM as her BOYfriend lol. It was then explained that while Kyouko and Mitsu were away, Yamada-kun and Madoka met by coincidence and after chatting, realized their feelings for each other. Off Madoka went on her date with Yamada-kun leaving the stunned Kyouko and Mitsu crying their hearts out and blaming each other lol. I love the conversation between Kyouko and Mitsu at the end;

- Madoka left smiling with Yamada-kun on a date -
Mitsu: 'While I'm away, an unknown boy ...'
Kyouko: *Shocked beyond words*
Mitsu: 'It's always been me in charge of chasing the admirers away, now how are you going to repay me!?'
Kyouko: 'Get your facts right! If not for you obstructing me just now, I would had been with Madoka already!'

LOL they're both so cute, I'm expecting them to end up together in the end ... since their friendship!? ... see you in the next issue! XD such a tease. It's a really unexpecting twist ... lol, once rivals in love ... turn to lovers next time?

Expect more of such reviews/summaries in the upcoming weeks, from selected Yuri Hime series like Taishi Zaou & Eiki Eiki's works, ChiRan's works and Hiyori Otsu's works. I'm thinking of reviewing 'Hatsu Koi Shimai', I know it's licensed by Seven Seas, well think of it as promoting the title like I did with 'Strawberry Panic!' and hopefully more people will like and buy the title =).

Ohh, looks like Seven Seas updated their site with release dates of the newly acquired titles, see here, 'Hatsu Koi Shimai' aka 'First Love Sisters' and 'Voiceful' Volume 1 are in the December 2007 line up XD but it might be a tentative date ... yet I'm really looking forward to December ... uh not to forget November ... 'Strawberry Panic!' manga! ... heh ... and October ... kyaaaahh~~!

Oh yeah, Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~ Volume 3's out ... and seemed to be up in Takashimaya's Kinokuniya ... YAY, probably going to town this weekend or something =).

[Signing off @ 7:00 PM]

Why ODEX Fail

[Posted @ 3:10 PM]
First and foremost, I'm not a intensive anime watcher but I've been at least watching certain genres of animes online for about four years which was relatively short as compared to other veteran anime bloggers/watchers out there who seemed to watch all genres of anime titles. Neither do I possessed wonderful command of English nor racked up numerous achievements academically with worldly knowledge to comment or critic. However, I just to share some of my personal opinions which hopefully may help ODEX's infamous reputation instead of merely bashing ODEX up and down like 'YOU FUCKING SUCKED!' end. Well, not like ODEX's gonna read this post or what but I just wanna let this 'crap' out which was swirling in my mind for the past week.

Oh ODEX, take this as a National Day gift from me to you =).

1. High Pricing for VCDs
ODEX sells their VCDs, a box of 12-13 episodes at S$29.90, frankly speaking, I've never even heard of ODEX until they started the 'I'm so gonna sue your pants off' scare like a year ago [yes A YEAR AGO!] and I've since stopped downloading anything online via BT so I'm not sure if ODEX can still sue me for illegal downloading or what haha. Anyways, a VCD at S$29.90? You gotta be kidding me and the price doesn't seem to drop till early this year when they finally started to realize that there's something called the 'DVD'. The one and only anime title set I bought was 'Kiddy Grade' at S$10.00 and I even asked the shopkeeper if it's really S$10.00 cos if not I'm not buying it as it's not worth any more than that price, yes it's that bad.

So what if ODEX's pricing is cheaper compared to the US and Japanese counterparts? THEY are MOVING ON, and I'm assuming ODEX's still in the 'Let's try to clear as much stock of VCDs we have before we upgrade to DVDs and make them buy it again muahahaha' mindset which totally pisses me off. It's the same gimmick with some music record companies, they release a normal album by an artist and then a few months later they release another normal album + special DVDs and finally a deluxe album + exclusive DVDs + photo shots. Let's face it, the main objective of any commerical company is not to satisfy me, you whiny brats, but to maximize profits.

2. Dubious Subtitles
It's only a few days ago that I watched the poor 'Kiddy Grade' VCD which was sitting in my shelves for probably half a year lol, unwrapped. MediaCorp Arts Central broadcasted 'Kiddy Grade' on National TV before and I assume they used the DVD version since the quality was okay, I mean my TV's not the best but it's okay to a non-picky quality person like me. So I'm really not covering 'Holy shit, the quality's like SHIT!' But the subtitles ... the most important probably next to quality to a Non-Japanese speaker like me, is indeed questionable, I won't say it's lousy or sucks, because it's really tough to translate some lines really. Some may argue how about we compare it with fansubs, reality check, fansubs are NOT always correct, so you Non-Japanese speaker so-call anime watchers out there, don't think you're so good just because you compare fansubs with ODEX's subtitles. But that doesn't mean ODEX can crap their way out as they have ample experience in this industry and even had ORIGINAL translations in their hands, I mean it's like failing a paper with the answer sheets beside you!

I used to watch 'Inuyasha' on Arts Central and sometimes with my very limited knowledge in Japanese I'll go, 'What the hell, the subtitle's weird! It doesn't flow that way!' The beauty in fansubs is that they will try to stick to the original meaning as close as they could without jeopardizing the whole meaning. Like having the Japanese word in Romaji in the subtitle while giving the extra 'Note' somewhere on the top on the screen explaining the meaning and stuff like what they did in Manga. Not to mention the pleasant font fansubs use for easy reading pleasure and some fansubs go the extra mile with different coloured fonts for each characters so that anime watchers know who's talking. Seriously, if ODEX can do all these stuff, it will solve the point mentioned above about the pricing, I don't mind paying if I can see the effort and the worth, I'm sure other anime fans don't either.

3. Defensive Attitude
Famous statement from ODEX in regards to their video quality;

'Perception Problem.'

LOL, is that it? Is that what you just got to offer? No other words? All ODEX do was just to be defensive, no wonder noone likes you! Instead of being defensive like a typical Singaporean company, why not embrace that mistake you made and turn it YOUR way? Gain RESPECT, admit mistakes, we are humans, we make mistakes that's why there's such thing call the 'Human Error'. Explain why, be transparent, listen to your customers, instead of hiding in that nut shell of yours, it's no wonder I never heard of ODEX till a year ago. Good example is the Seven Seas Entertainment thingy, lolicons over the world were overjoyed when 'Kodomo no Jikan' was licensed, but halfway, Seven Seas dropped it because of the excessive content in Volume 3. Lolicons over the world were extremely pissed and pressed for reasons, what can be worse than being boycotted by almost half the world? Seven Seas acted fast, set up a blog, described and list out their explanations for the drop. Not sure if you guys were satisfied with the answers and reasons, for me, I don't personally care cos ... I'm not into Lolicon.

Anyways, let's say if one day Seven Seas announced that they dropped 'Strawberry Panic!' ... Seriously, you have a fucking pissed Singaporean up your asses and you better have a WONDERFUL reason why, lol. But then I reckon Seven Seas will still give me a smile and recommend other great titles to my genre ... instead of just retorting, 'Stuff it in or leave', attitude. Back to ODEX, what the hell have ODEX been doing for the past few years? Nothing, besides counting their cash I reckon. The only interactive action ODEX did was the focus group thingy some Singaporean anime bloggers went and gave their comments. But then holding a focus group is not good enough and there seemed to be no results in the outcome except for more cases of people been sued. The website is still dead but I'm sure it got even more hits than it was alive LOL. Hope the website will be up soon and probably do some explanations and it better be good than just 'Oh downloading is illegal, we're going to sue you!'. Fine, *SLAMS MONEY DOWN* Then, what about the improvement of your products?

4. Licensed Anime Titles? Where The Hell Are They?
Look at the list of anime titles ODEX claimed to have licensed. So, how could I don't see most of them proudly stacked in VCD/DVD stores around? I only see some of them, most of the stores just display a few selected titles like Bleach, Naruto, Gundam Seed and a handful of others. What happened to the others? I'm especially interested in the progress of 'Bakuretsu Tenshi Infinity OVA', 'Fate/Stay Night', 'Girls' High School', 'Hitohira', 'Negima!?', 'Ouran High Host Club', 'Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru', 'Romeo x Juliet' [<- NOT EVEN FINISHED AIRING YET!?], 'School Days' [<- LOL], 'Strawberry Panic!' [<- Really, Screw This Up And We're Through]. Instead of having an always updating website, please at least tell us when these titles are out, you think by just listing it up as your 'Licensed Titles' means it's done? What, gotta wait 2-3 years for the release of VCDs? Then another 1-2 years for the release of DVDs? You gotta be kidding if you think we will wait for you, imports, here I come.

5. 'Third' Business - Suing Anime Fansub Downloaders
Oh yeah, there's been a uprise of cases in the crackdown by ODEX in destroying lives of many student anime fansub downloaders. With the most recent one, 9-year-old was caught illegally downloading Japanese anime online.

Extract From The Article;

'The student added that though he had seen some warning posts on online forums about illegal downloading, he thought it 'wasn't that easy' to be caught.

He said: 'I heard from friends that if I downloaded anime using a particular peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, it would be difficult to track.'

Peer-to-peer file sharing allows users to download files in small information packets from multiple users, instead of a single source.'

Apparently, poor kid got the OPPOSITE information lol, it's EASIER to track using a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, remember Napster and KaZaa? And yes tracking downloading is very easy, with the help of your service providers of course =), as if they're going to pluck a household from air. Is ODEX trying to reap the losses or rather money back because we wouldn't buy VCDs from them or from the goodness of my heart, threatening educating the public by punishing some scapegoats to hang in front of their door steps? Instead of suing the pants off poor students, why not use that time/money to gain RESPECT from the anime watchers community? People do not respond good to threats these days, so what if Singapore's still a 'FINE' city? Use your brains, what good do it have in long term if you lose the RESPECT from us now? It might be good use with the Singapore Government but doesn't mean you do good in that aspect, you're a commerical company not a Government for goodness' sake. One good thing, congrats, you made your point, downloading Japanese anime online is illegally. Bad thing, you're supressing good paying customers with your fucking attitude and quality, goodbye.

Overall, ODEX, you lost me as your happy paying customer, think about your actions and don't even try to gain respect with your old ODEX name. Btw, what's the meaning of 'ODEX?'. I sincerely hope you consider changing your company name, gain more experience in dealing with consumer behaviour and come back in a few years time with a humble attitude. If ODEX can do that, I will surely revert to purchasing from ODEX, because it's always better to buy in Singapore than import, practically, the pricing should be lower. BUT, if you continue to do the five points I mentioned, seriously, the happy paying customers will convert to deal with imports, like me. You think you monopolize the anime industry?

Think again.

Armed with my new credit card, I can do whatever I want online.

Take that, ODEX. We don't need you, YOU need US =).

[Signing off @ 5:25 PM]

PS: I'm not much of an anime watcher now ... no thanks to ODEX and well lost of interest + no shoujo-ai titles, moving more to safe zones like Manga and playing Maple Story.