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November 2011

Bakuman 157 – Reversi’s Reversal

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I’d like to put the disclaimer that although I will try to keep these posts as spoiler free as possible, it’s difficult to discuss chapters without properly referring to or even discussing previous events that occurred within the series. To that effect, I will post this disclaimer on every Bakuman chapter post, and put the reading jump below that so for those who are just browsing the homepage have no exposure to the written text unless the post link is clicked. I will also try my best to edit out any dialogue or text from the scanlations so as to also not reveal any unnecessary information.

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Bakuman 156 – All nighters

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I’d like to put the disclaimer that although I will try to keep these posts as spoiler free as possible, it’s difficult to discuss chapters without properly referring to or even discussing previous events that occurred within the series. To that effect, I will post this disclaimer on every Bakuman chapter post, and put the reading jump below that so for those who are just browsing the homepage have no exposure to the written text unless the post link is clicked. I will also try my best to edit out any dialogue or text from the scanlations so as to also not reveal any unnecessary information.

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Outburst #013: WORLD ORDER

By | Impressions, Music, Outbursts | One Comment

Introduced to me by heywire, 「WORLD ORDER」 is an unconventional “music and dance” group from Japan led by former mixed-martial-arts master Genki Sudo and boy are they great to watch. Their latest music video, “2012” is, again, hypnotic and wonderful to listen to. This most recent installment, however, acts more as a mood-setter, not sporting the same melodic head-beating that was induced with their previous “Machine Civilization,” thus making it a refreshing and welcome addition to 「WORLD ORDER」 ‘s ever-growing repertoire and discography.   Read More

Outburst #012: Nice guys finish last?

By | Introspective, Outbursts | 3 Comments

If you think I’m referring to the YouTube video made by KevJumba and NigaHiga, you’re wrong (partially). The video is greatly entertaining, that must be said, and fully resonates with those of us who have less testosterone-oriented complexions. I’ve somehow managed to waste several hours clicking through their videos, as well as their closely linked buddies (WongFuProd, Daniel Choi, etc). I might be a little late to the YouTube star scene, but I have found equal enjoyment in watching their videos (though some are slightly too eccentric for my taste). I don’t want to talk too much about the video in particular since you can view it here, but I took the time tonight to quickly scribble this post down as a self-reflection of an experience I had this afternoon that left me feeling as if I had come out with less after having displayed an act of niceness. The story goes like this…

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Bakuman 155 – So the race begins (for real)

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Before I start, I’d like to put the disclaimer that although I will try to keep these posts as spoiler free as possible, it’s difficult to discuss chapters without properly referring to or even discussing previous events that occurred within the series. To that effect, I will post this disclaimer on every Bakuman chapter post, and put the reading jump below that so for those who are just browsing the homepage have no exposure to the written text unless the post link is clicked. I will also try my best to edit out any dialogue or text from the scanlations so as to also not reveal any unnecessary information.

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Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop)

By | Animation, Anime, Impressions, Review | One Comment


Usagi Drop
 is a breath of fresh air from the copious amounts of fanservice, placid character structures, and excessive moe that permeates anime series of recent times. It’s a rare series (from my limited knowledge) that touches upon issues in a serious and honest manner, while simultaenously having the ability to subtly include right amounts of lightheartedness and humor that prevents the series from adopting too heavy an atmosphere. There exists a synergy and expert balance rare in such a form that weaves an empathizing and heartwarming tale.

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Outburst #011: Bakuman (Manga)

By | Experimental, Impressions, Manga, Outbursts | No Comments


My Japanese cousin came to visit the United States this past spring and was one of the first opportunities I had to communicate with him about my newly developed interest in Japanese culture. My outlet to J-Culture has been mainly through anime and J-pop, but it came as a shocker when my cousin informed me that the more popular forms of media entertainment in Japan were manga and light novels, rather than anime.

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Outburst #010: Returning from the battlefield

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It’s been about two weeks since I even logged onto this site. Battling exams and projects is no easy task (especially during times when they unnaturally and unfortuituously line up within the same day or week). Staying up late in libraries (then sequentially in my room), rushing back and forth between classes/group meetings, and eating for no more than thirty minutes were only some of the many inumerable tasks that seemed to be at hand. Luckily, I emerged from the rubble with several lessons learned and new determinations, now with hopes of attempting to regain a normal posting schedule as well as throwing in something new for a change. With all that said and done, do I still need my “excuse note”?

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