Dancing on the Blades: Yuri!!! on Ice (episode 2)


My body is ready for episode 2!!!

Episode 1 passed by with a lot of fanfare. It was well-received by fujoshis and fudanshis, as well as a real-life skater, and even Japanese BL mangakas alike. Tumblr exploded with tons of fan art and screencaps of the show, fanfics from Archive of Our Own doubled.

This show is totally on the right track so far. Following up an action-packed episode 1, looks like it’s not going to tone down the yaoi hints, and I’m totally loving it! This show certainly outgays itself every episode!!!

The anime airs on TV Asahi, around 2:20 AM in Japan (that’s 1:20 AM here in the Philippines). I’m still at work around this time *sobs* so by the time I get home, I’m already a couple of hours late for the fanfare. Oh well. That’s life.

Stop blabbering, me. Let’s review episode 2, shall we?

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Dancing on the Blades: Yuri!!! on Ice OP and ED


My soul and my body has been completely taken over by Yuri!!! on Ice. The next few posts will be about me blabbering about it like an idiot, so I’m apologizing in advance. Since I already posted the summary+review for episode 1, right now I’ll be talking about the opening and ending songs, which are both lovely. It’s hard to resist not to analyze and break down the details of these two as they are really made for the show. It tells us a fuckton of stuff and not just entertain us with character antics that may not be shown in the show itself.

If you want to watch and/or listen to it first, here’s History Maker (OP) by Dean Fujioka, and You Only Live Once (ED), by Wataru Hatano.

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Dancing on the Blades: Yuri!!! on Ice (episode 1)


Dudes on ice. OH YESSS.

The first time I laid my eyes on the trailer, Yuri!!! on Ice blew me away. At long last, we now have an anime about ice skating!

To be honest it did not occur to me that an ice skating anime will be aired in my lifetime, or more importantly, that I need an ice skating anime in my life (lol). But then again, anime has been churning out its share of weird and quirky shows based on some sport: Air Gear (some sort of roller blades), Let’s Go (about RC toy cars), Yu-Gi-Oh! and Chihayafuru (card games), among others. So why not ice skating?

One of the nicest things when this show was announced is that this is about male skaters. Oh yesss. I’m a woman, and to be honest, I want more shows aimed towards women (and girls). It’s about time that studios churn out more stuff other than sappy shoujo and josei anime (read: more shounen-ai and yaoi!!!)

But I’m straying from the topic. I thought, one of the possible challenges in making an ice skating anime is the time, effort and expense that must be done. Animating such detailed and flowy moves can be quite tricky and time consuming on the part of the animators, and expensive on the part of the producers. Upon writing this review there had been four episodes already (and the fifth one is probably aired already), and yet you can clearly see the slow decline of the animation quality. I’m sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s start from the beginning.

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The clock is ticking

Took a leave Tuesday last week, and I will be back at work this Saturday. So far nothing productive has been done, but I’ve taken my sweet time on sleeping, reading, watching, eating. Rinse, repeat. Nothing beats doing things without the rush.

My goodness! I was sucked in a black hole more popularly known as Reddit. Spent countless hours reading articles and following different subreddits.

Also spent a lot of time reading blogs and watching videos about my newest obsession: fountain pens. It’s a vicious cycle. And I’m not even regretting it.

Met up with my high school/college friends on Friday, because I haven’t seen them for years. It was a good reunion–and highly addictive at that. We wanted to meet again and go to oh-so-many-places; we promised to meet at least once a month. One is already a mother, one we weren’t able to reach (and if we did, it seems like the husband is a strict one and might not let her go out for too long–what the actual fuck is this the Spanish Era or Middle Ages or something), while the other two (and me) have schedules that are wildly irreconcilable, so the next meeting will be a challenge. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m still 4 episodes left from finishing NGE, and depending on its Gainax Ending (tried my very best not to look at that hyperlinked page to avoid spoilers) and my reaction to it, I might watch the other offerings of the franchise, just to understand the gist of the story. I’ve heard that the ending is a little fucked up so I’m just bracing myself for the worst. Lol.

After NGE, there are still a lot of series waiting: Utopia Season 2, Black Mirror, Gundam Wing. I’m also reading a book. And my mother wants to go out on Wednesday (of course how can I say no?) Sheeeeeesh.

My personal planner has been languishing in my makeshift desk. I haven’t touched it since I arrived last week. Can’t personalize it as much as I wanted to: my order of a new fountain pen + cartridges + washi tapes haven’t arrived yet. It’s been three days. I’m running out of patience. If it happens that I  have to pick up my order on the nearest branch (of the delivery company they used), I might never buy on that online store again (my fingers are crossed).

Only 4 days left before I go back to work, will I have enough time for all of these things? Let’s see. :-/

Memories of 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, or the Gospel of A New Century – part 2


Are you mocking me? Do you realize the intensity of headaches you gave me while watching this at 4:00 in the morning?!

“This is what an anime should be,” that’s what I thought while I was watching the first few episodes of NGE (22 to be exact, in two sittings). Oh boooy, so good. I’m totally relishing those beautifully drawn and animated scenes, the astounding level of detail, heck, I was shivering from so much excitement though my face looked so deadpan while watching it (must. act. adult). No episode was boring for me. Every episode had my panties in a knot and and my breath on hold. Can’t even blink, damn it.

The story is so ingenious. Though you might be dissing on the last two episodes, you cannot deny that this is an absolute work of art. The  story, the pacing, the concept, the characters, they’re flawless. It’s a novel concept unheard during its time. Though the anime left me with so many questions (which I have to watch the rest of the installments for hope of understanding the ending, or maybe I’ll never will), I can truly say that I was satisfied overall.

That last 2 episodes eerily reminded me of ErgoProxy, another anime that left me stumped on my seat after (I still didn’t understand its ending until now, to be honest, and I’ve watched it like 4 years ago).

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Memories of 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, or the Gospel of A New Century – part 1


I think you already know what I’m referring to.

Never knew that it was the literal translation of Shin Seiki Evangerion, more popularly known as Neon Genesis Evangelion. I checked it while typing this review, and it dawned on me that the literal translation makes more sense to me, and definitely in tune with the religious and pyschological elements it purportedly incorporates into the anime.

I am not ashamed to say that this was the first time that I’ll be seeing this anime ever since it was released in 1995. It arrived in our country, dubbed in our native language, in 1998. I was a third grader then. I still have the hangover from Magic Knight Rayearth, I love it to fucking bits, and after the initial airing, it had a single round of replay for both first and second season when they decided to pull the plug on it, and replaced it with NGE. I was furious. Totally furious. And I decided to ignore the anime well enough until now.

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[Half-assed summary] Thank You My God


Title: Thank You My God

Mangaka: Hideki Kawai

Complete: Yes || Chapters: 6 (+ extra)

Genre: Yaoi

Nico ran away from home, leaving his mother and younger brother Will. After suffering from hardships and even almost dying, he eventually settled in a small town in Brazil, but not without the help of some kind people there. Three years after, Will suddenly appeared on his doorstep, convincing him to come back home. He refuses, and won’t tell Will the reason why. 

This manga was a tad dramatic, but good thing it ended nicely. I was expecting some sort of incest-y story, but boy I was wrong. So wrong. And it was good.

Nope, this is not a religious story. If it was I wouldn’t have included it here.

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