Sunday, July 19, 2009


Hi. I've been posting for a bit the last month, but it's been a while since the last official blog post, with pictures and updates of Mabel and Rena. Well, I've been in a writing mood lately, hence the lengthly Transformer review, the article about finding passion in work, as well as the last 2 posts on the Leader Class Optimus Prime toy as well as Rena's latest video. I've been neglecting the normal updates and talks about what I've been up to, so hopefully with this post I can go back to the weekly regime of blog updates. Some of the factors which have prevented me from updating as frequently as usual are of course work and Rena, who was ill last week. She had a slight fever, and wasn't as lively as before, although she could still play and smile. We were a little worried due to the H1N1 situation, and decided to play it safe and give the doctor a visit. Well, she hated the medicine but thanks to it she made a speedy recovery.
Aside from taking care of Rena during the weekends, the weekdays have also past by relatively fast. I haven't been spending too much on games and toys of late, although I did get that Optimus Prime and a few other Kamen Rider figures along the way. No new games so I'm still stuck on Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, with nearly 80 hours of game play clocked, but still plenty of things to do and upgrade. The game is getting a little boring due to the hack and slash nature and the cumbersome method of unlocking new missions and parts, but it's still a good game for Gundam fans. Wanted to get either Prototype or Infamous, but they were pretty expensive at the shops which I happened to visit. Will have to put them on the waiting list for now.
I recently bought and watched the DVD of 20th Century Boys. The movie is part of a trilogy based on the manga by Urasawa Naoki. The plot (wrom wiki) goes like this: In 1969, young boys Kenji, Otcho, Yoshitsune and Maruo build, in an empty field, a hideout they name their secret base, in which they and their friends can get together to share manga, stolen porn magazines and listen to a radio. To celebrate the event, Otcho draws a symbol for the base, that would represent their friendship. After their friends Yukiji and Donkey join the gang, they imagine a future scenario where villains would try to destroy the world, and in which the boys would stand up and fight; this scenario is transcribed and labeled "Book of Prophecy".

The series itself opens in the late 1990s, where Kenji is a convenience store owner, finding solace in his childhood adventures as he takes care of his niece Kanna and his mother. After Donkey is reported to have committed suicide, Kenji stumbles upon a large cult led by a man known only as "Friend". The cult has a plan to destroy the world on New Year's Eve of 2000, (referred to in the latter half of the story as the Bloody New Year's Eve,) and the events that are currently unfolding are suspiciously close to the plan documented in the "Book of Prophecy". Kenji begins to recruit some of his older friends, including Otcho and Yoshitsune, in an attempt to stop "Friend".The series spans several decades, from 1969 to 2017, which in the chronology of the series, becomes 3FE (3rd Year of the Friend Era.) The series makes two distinct timeline cuts during the story; one from 2000 to 2014, and one from 2014 to 3FE. Several parts of the series are also told in flashbacks to previous events as the characters attempt to unravel the mystery of who "Friend" is and how to stop his plans of world destruction; most of the children's backstories through the 70s and 80s are told in this fashion.And after watching the first movie, I went online and read the entire manga. All 22 volumes of it, within a week of late nights. The story is amazing, and the plot interwoven into the entire manga series. Lots of unexpected twists and turns along the way, making the manga full of suspense and surprises. So far, the first movie follows very very closly to the source, from the characters to the plot, and even the dialogue. Sure, they have to cut some corners to fit the plot into 3 movies, but so far it seems really faithful and that's a sign that the movies will serve to please the fans, old and new alike. For those yet to see the movie, please do so and better yet, read the manga!

As of the last update on Kamen Rider Decade and the Shinkenger series, I'm still downloading them, but only watching Decade. I also downloaded the Tomica Heroes Resue Fire series, but I still hate the designs and will leave them for rainy days. On the other hand, Decade is done with the 9 main worlds and is moving towards other worlds, including the Showa riders (Black is coming real soon), and even the Shinkengers' world. Yes, a cross over! First time ever, this year's rider and sentai are forming a team together. Even if it's just for a 2 episode period only, this marks a first and hopefully we get to see more such cross over productions soon.

I'm finding time to work on another video production, this time will be a more directed effort to capture different shots of Rena, but mostly it will be a fun video again. I've already selected the song, and will spend some time on the transition and textual effects while collecting photos worthy of putting into the video. Will take some time though, so be patient! Mabel's also deep into planning for Rena's 1st birthday celebrations (yes, in fact she started way before you can imagine), and we're making arrangements to make the event as memorable as her first month celebrations. This time though, it will be bigger and definitely not at our place. We're also planning for a few upcoming excusions, to the zoo for example, so hopefully we'll get to take some good shots and post them on facebook or here. Until next week, check back again or add my on Facebook at!

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