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Friday, November 28, 2008

Juvenile Orion

Juvenile Orion "Orion no Shounen" by Sakurako Gokurakuin 5 volumes-complete

Mana Kirihara returns to her hometown and enrolls to Seika High. She unconsciously draws in 5 guys who have unique powers of their own. She learns that she has become part of the thousand-of-years-long secret war called "Aquarian Age".

This is the spin-off of the male-oriented trading card game called "Aquarian Age". The introduction of the characters is such a draaaaag but the premise has a lot of potential. Each of the character has a kick-ass power and the villains looks cool as well. I'd love to see this as an anime. There is an anime and live version of "Aquarian Age" but no hints if there'will be for "Juvenile Orion".

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

This picture is aptly titled "Feast of Beautiful Creatures" from "The Wallflower".

Monday, November 24, 2008

"Hot For Teacher"

"Hot For Teacher" or "Sexy Teacher" or "Who Slept with Her?"

The exclusive Catholic school for boys gets racked with a scandal involving the new, vamp teacher and three students. Check the other alternative title. No fancy storyline, a few laughs here and there and packed with naughty innuendos. If you're more than 18 years old and you just want to pass time without racking your brains, then you might want to check it out. The actress is really oozing with sex appeal and although there's only one bishie, Kim Tae Yo is too much to handle. This is a Korean film that was released in 2006.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen♂Paradise Graduation Ceremony & 7 1/2 Episode Special

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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ Sotsugyoshiki & 7 to 1/2 wa Special

The story jumps back between episodes 7 and 8 to show Sano's version. He won't be the same Sano we knew. Two new characters also appeared in this timelime. The clue for one of the character is that he/she appeared in the Taiwanese drama but not in the jdorama. The story ends with the graduation of the three dorm leaders in continuity with the series. Oh how I missed Hana Kimi! The funny gags and the overacting of the ikemen and especially the formidable chemistry between Shun, Toma and Maki.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Freshest News: Shugo Chara Doki in CR and Star's Lover Update

By ayreesa

"Shugo Chara Doki!" is the latest addition in the animes that will be streamed in Crunchyroll an hour after it airs in Japan. They will release the English-subbed videos for free a week after the paid-users sees them. Crunchyroll will also stop accepting licensed videos from users starting January 8. Click here for more info from ANN.

Choi Ji Woo invites Shin Hyun Joon, her former partner in "Stairway to Heaven", to appear in a cameo role in her newest drama, "Star's Lover". Click here for more info from coolsmurf.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Love Revo

Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!! by Yuuki Fujinari 3 volumes- ongoing

Sakuragawa Hitomi weighs 100 kg. She tries to lose weight with the encouragement of five new transfer students. This is one of the otome-based manga being published in Comic B's Log. The story seems fast-paced and random to me because I don't have a background of the game. I wonder how she'll look like after shedding off the pounds.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Updates: Heart No Kuni no Alice OVA delayed, Boys Before Flowers and Star's Lover filming locations

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Quinrose, the game developer of 'Heart no Kuni no Alice~ Wonderful Wonder World~', posted on its' website that anime version of will be delayed until further notice. Click here for full story from ANN.

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F4 and Goo Hye Sun goes to New York early this week to shoot "Boys Before Flowers" with the Big Apple as the backdrop for 10 days. Click here for full story from coolsmurf. Pic above is on location in Korea.

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After filming scenes in Japan last month, "Star's Lover" starts shooting in Korea last November 12. They'll also shoot scenes in Seoul National University where Yo Ji Tae works as lecturer. This is the first time that this prestigious university will allow their campus to be for used commercial purpose to boost their PR. Click here for full story from coolsmurf.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Polls: Favorite Baaaad Boys

*warning: spoilers alert and danger zone*

I was inspired by two muses to ran this poll a couple of weeks ago. First, by the US elections fever. Why not the root for the bad person instead of the right and good candidate . And second, by Edward's line from "Twilight", "What if I'm the bad guy?". So what, I don't care! If you noticed I'm partial to these breed of anti-heroes. Almost all the guys in the list are my favorites but let's hear it from the netizens. I only included the bad, worst and beautiful boys who despite of their nature became interested to the heroine. Can love redeem them?

The most favorite bad boy is cunning Kyoya of "Ouran High School Host Club" with 69 votes (52%)!!! The 2nd and 3rd spots were a close fight between the two neko guys -- Easter Company's pawn, Ikuto of "Shugo Chara" with 53 votes (40%) and the the rebel with a monster, Kyo of "Fruits Basket" with 52 votes (39%).

The 4th and 5th spots goes to long-haired bishies and music lovers: two-faced Yunoki of "La Corda d'Oro" with 30 votes (22%), host of Erebros, Nyx of "Neo Angelique Abyss "with 21 votes (15%) and the twisted Sa Sakujun of "Saiunkoku Monogatari" 20 votes (15%).

Obnoxious Domyouji of "Hana Yori Dango" took the 6th place all for himself with 18 votes (13%).
Tied in 7th place are 'supervillains' : treacherous Sasame of "Pretear" (manga version) with 17 votes (12%), the very dangerous Nakago of "Fushigi Yugi" with 16 votes (12%) and the weapon artifact, Jet of "Neo Angelique Abyss" with 16 votes (12%).

Tied in 8th place are the gifted bishies: deceiful Seiga of "Saiunkoku Monogatari" with 13 votes (9%) and bipolar Toogu/s of "The Gentlemen's Alliance" with 12 votes (9%). In 9th place is vengeful Suefumi of "Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Maihitoyo" with 11 votes (8%).

Tied in tenth place with ten votes (7%) for each, are fifteen-year-olds perverted Tsukasa of "Uwasa no Midori-kun" and Amiboshi in sheep's clothing, of "Fushigi Yugi". In eleveth place is the demon lord Akuram of "Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Hachiyo Sho" with 9 votes (6%).

Tied in twelfth place are 17-year-old highschool students: Arikawa of "Harukanaru Toki No Naka de Maihtoyo", who fell on wrong side of a Haruka world and sadistic Ryoki of "Hot Gimmick", with 7 votes (5%) each.

Tied in 13th place with 6 votes each (4%) are bishies with a dark past: unstable Azusa of "Hot" Gimmick" and megalomaniac Arios/Leviath of "Angelique: White Wing Memoirs".

Tied in 14th place are guys who can't escape their family ties: ruthless Urumiya of "Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden" with 5 votes (3%) and Yakuza boss Ryuji of "Tokyo Crazy Paradise "with 4 votes (3%) .

This poll ran for 12 days with 132 votes. Thanks for participating. :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Update: Boys Before Flowers Sneaks

From coolsmurf:
Filming forBoys Before Flowers started on 5th November with their first scene filmed at Incheon International Airport. Goo Hye Sun, Kim Hyun Joong, Han Chae Young plus others all took part in the first filming. The scene for that day saw Kim Hyun Joong and the rest at the airport, sending Han Chae Young off, with Hyun Joong and Han Chae Young locked in a heartwarming embrace.

Update: Star's Lover Photoshoot

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From coolsmurf:

The poster photoshoot for Star’s Lover took place yesterday afternoon with the female lead Choi Ji Woo who is playing a top female star in the drama, decked out in an elegant evening gown. Yoo Ji Tae who plays a lecturer while Lee Ki Woo who plays a rich family’s son were decked in appropriate outfits.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Otome Magazines

I've noticed that Comic B's-Log's covers seems to gravitate to reverse harem. After I let my curiosity took over me, I felt like a I hopped into a rabbithole. There's actually magazines that caters to female gamers featuring BL and otomes and related franchise.

Here's a description of the magazines taken from Lijakaca's site:

"B's Log: This magazine comes out monthly on the 19th and comes with either a CD or DVD-ROM with music or demos and wallpaper and stuff. It covers otome and BL games, and some RPGs as well. It’s also the biggest size mag, around 11”x14”.

Dengeki Girl's Style: This mag is released every two months on the 10th - next one is Aug 10th. Same kind of stuff as B’s Log, no CD or DVD IIRC, but sometimes has extras like pamphlets.

Cool-B: This mag comes out every two months on the 4th of even months, and focuses more on BL games, but they do have stuff on otome games.

Cool-B Sweet Princess: This is an ‘add-on’ mag to Cool-B that only comes out twice a year or so. It focuses on otome games and not so much BL."

The future of reverse harem is promising after seeing tons of new and old titles than can be spawned into mangas and animes and vice versa. Here are some of B's Log covers with otome-turned-mangas.

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"Ayashi no Miya

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"Drastic Killer"

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"Otokomae Ikusei Katei!

Another otome blog that I find very helpful is AoTan's Blog. From these two sites you can also check their blogrolls.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lovely Baby

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"Lovely Baby" Shin Yumachi 1 volume-complete

Kohinata An suddenly becomes the manager of her grandma's all-boy lodging house when her supposed guardian is hospitalized. This is the mangaka's first project. Although I'm not familiar with her other works, the art looks like it's just a draft and I'm not sure if she tried to slack work by covering the other eye with bangs. The start of the story is random and rushed but after the second chapter I'm hoping it will surprise me with a good twist or ending.