Sunday, September 17, 2006


It's been another week of courses for me, and for the past month I've been averaging only 2 days per week in my office, due to 2 CPE courses over at the National Institute of Education, 1 GSI Safety management course at Seletar camp, and one last minute insertion for a Problem solving & Decision making course over at FTC. The last 2 were last minute insertions while the CPE courses were part of my quota for the year. Additionally, I will also be going for the Basic Intelligence Officer course next month, which trains battalion S2s. It's a good break from work but now I need to catch up on lost time, especially with the overseas trip coming up in 2 months time. I'm still disappointed because I will miss my Japanese Language Proficiency Test 3, which takes place internationally on the same day and happens only once a year. While, work still comes first and I'd have no choice but to take next year's exam. I'll still carry on with the next level's courses and lessons though.

Me and mabel caught the korean horror movie "The Host" yesterday, as I've heard from certain friends that the effects were done by a US company of Hollywood standards. And sure enough, the movie features outstanding CG which were better than anything I've seen in Asian cinema. However, I didn't really enjoy the movie very much. Here's a mini review from me, so do stop reading as it contains several spoilers, should you want to watch this movie while it's still screening in most theaters. First, I'm not particularly impressed by the main character of this movie. Argubly, his daughter should have been the main star instead. The protagonist, however, is a character with not much charm and even his screen dad claims theres something wrong with his head. There's nothing which he does in the movie which attracts the audience. Well, maybe 2 events, when he tries to save the people trapped inside the caravan and the ending of the movie when he gave the finishing blow to the monster. Other than that, he can be indirectly blamed for the death of his father and the abduction of his daughter. And even after his daughter's "death", he was only that depressed on could even complain of hunger while inside the hospital's custody.

Ok, main character aside, there were still a few mis-cast characters, such as the WHO representative who looked more goofy than a cartoon character, and the sudden inclusion of a street refugee who became the hero of the day. I've got a lot of nit picks when it comes to the plot, and the pacing of the story too. There are just too many loop holes in the movie, and too many unanswered questions which I thought were not very logical to begin with. Eg: What was the monster anyway? How did it grow to such massive proportions? Why weren't the korean military doing anything about the monster after the first attack? Instead the infected family was the one who did all the investigations! Why did the USA lie about the virus? What was the agenda they had for introducing Agent Yellow? And where the hell was the military again at the end of the movie? They had police to go against the rioters but no military to guard the Han river?

And the brain surgery the main character under went.... what was that all about? As you see, too many plot holes. And the pacing of the movie was draggy at so many scenes I concluded that the producers had to do this due to lack of funds for more monster CG scenes. End of the day, my advice is to wait for the televison broadcast or just rent the VCD/DVD. The idea of the movie was good, just that the execution could have been done much better.
The Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers movie opened country wide in Japan yesterday! Story: It is an occurrence of 20 years ago. Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace were fighting with U-Killersaurus which goes to the earth in the universe. After intense fighting, U-Killersaurus was sunk into the offing in Kobe and sealed with Final Cross Shield. However, they used up the power of light by Final Cross Shield, and it became impossible to change to Ultraman. The present after that. Mebius is fighting with monster and alien on the earth. However, the alien union which is going to revive U-Killersaurus was approaching the earth.

Mebius is the youngest of all the Ultra brothers and has a lot to live up to. He is chosen as the new protector of the earth. This series is set in the same universe as the original timeline, when Mebius first appears to fight a monster, it is mentioned that this is the first time an Ultraman has appeared in 25 years. Under the guise of Mirai Hibino, Mebius joins Crew GUYS, the monster attack force of this series. And because it's Ultraman's 40th anniversary, this movie is dedicated to all the Ultraman fans, with the return to the big screen of the original Ultra Brothers: Ultraman, in his Type A face no less as a hompage to the orignal series (see below for explaination), Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Taro, Ultra Seven, and Zoffy.

Ultraman's face mask have changed since the beginning of the series. The first, called A type was shown during the first few episodes. His face was uneven and looked much like an alien. The second type, called B type was made much smoother and he looked much better. The final version, called C type, is the one we're most used to. It's difference with the B type is that the mouth is made wider and chin less sharp.

I rushed over to Mike's store at Lucky Chinatown last week during my Japanese lesson break time (ahh the perks of having a car), and collected my S.I.C Volume 34: Kamen Rider Ibuki and Zanki. Refer to last entry for my list of must-gets this month. Hopefully I would be able to save up enough to collect my Berserk Garo end of this week. I've packed most of my other figures ready to be shifted to the new flat, which renovations is due to start next week.

It's still pretty much a dull week so far, but things will definately be looking up soon enough. Our designer is going to confirm our quotation for the flat this week, and work is scheduled to commence next week. We'll start the hunt for the other furniture and accessories soon, and perhaps the electronic appliances as well. So much commitments, but at least we've got most things planned out. Well, most things, yeah. :) Let me end of the entry with one of my fave Ultraman commercials of all time. It's an oldie, but definately a goodie.

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