Monday, December 12, 2005

I told you so!


Dear losers stalkers friends:

Thanks for supporting End the Apathy. Although I have come to love this blog, it is now time to go back to where I truly belong, and that is, hosted blogging. >D

Terminally Deranged is back, so please change your links and I hope you continue to read my unhinged entries.

Also, if you have an LJ account, please add my Friends Only Journal.

Over and out.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

My conscience is bothering me.


I'm listening to the Hanakimi Drama CD right now.

Never in my life have I so fervently wished that I can understand Japanese.

Scripts, scripts, scripts!!! I need scripts, gaddemmit!!!

And.

Agendum for today: Resurrect Terminally Deranged.

Yes. Really.

After lunch, that is.

But yes!!! I will do it!!!

Yup.

I will.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hanakimi Love.


Just finished reading Hanazakiri no Kimitachi e or just Hanakimi for short.

If you've been stalking me in my sleeping blog, Terminally Deranged, you'd know that I'm absolutely crazy about this manga series.

Beautiful.

Sano's so hot.

Just beautiful.

Thank God for the extended ending.

Beautiful.

OMGOMGOMGSano'ssohotOMGOMG.

Just oh so breathtakingly beautiful.

Not to mention that Sano's too hot.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Moving on, moving on


Watched Walk the Line today. I actually wanted to watch Narnia, but my watch wasn't showing the right day, so I thought it was only December 8 today, and when I got to my dad he had already bought the tickets.

It wasn't a complete loss.

Walk the Line was totally great. If you had to choose between HP4 and Walk the Line, I recommend the latter. Not that they're in the same level at all. In hindsight, HP4 wasn't so great, it was passable. Anyway. Walk the Line, people. Oh, who am I kidding? Of course everyone would watch Potter although Walk the Line has "Oscar written all over it."

Anyway, I'm on Pandora right now, and I'm finding it great. Too bad it doesn't offer Japanese rock. At least, not yet. I hope they get to International Music soon. You people should try it. It's a great way to discover new music.

And, I got the last results for the assessment. It seems I might be qualified for the English Honors Program. I still have to confirm that by phoning them, but, hey, it's a possibility. And I shall be able to register maybe on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Yep, yep, life is moving along.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bitchcakes. XD


You know what I want? What I really really want?

I want bubblegum. Not chewing gum. I'm sick of gum that won't even do the simple act of being blown into a bubble.

And. Bitchcakes. zOMG. Bitchcakes.

I love you, Neil. Gosharootie.

zOMG! *Kills Skippy*

Apart from that, I feel like absolute crap. Absolute crap, I tell you.

Bitchcakes.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hey, stranger.


I'm just really happy that I got to talk to a very old friend who left the Philippines when I was 10 years old.

I was just wtf at his voice. At first I thought it was a wrong number. I mean, at first I heard no trace of that voice I used to know. But after awhile it started becoming familiar again.

Hurrah for friendship!

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Took the ENL today, and I hope everything gets done already so I can register for classes. The only problem I see with that is that there's so few classes and a lot of the GE subjects are now closed. *sigh* But at least I'll be in school.

And I took the opportunity of being alone in school (my Dad was always with me the previous times) to get lost for awhile. I discovered that the school isn't really that large, but that's just how it is when you've been around a place long enough.

So, um. Oh yeah! I finished reading Anansi Boys last night! Review tomorrow because the book totally deserves it.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Happy 2nd month...


I got the results for the assessment today! So, I have to take one more test, that's English as a Native Language. With Math, well, I'm just qualified for Math 120 or Math 125. That's still okay, as both of the subjects are UC/CSU Transferrable. But I also did pretty well in Math, just not exceptional enough for them to ask me to take another Math exam.

So, another test! Let's hope I don't miss the bus!

And, as today is the December 4th, it's my second month away from the Philippines. It feels like a lifetime away.

But let's not get depressed now, especially when I'm being taken away by a lot of Jrock.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I pwn you all!


Well, my Friendster horoscope did say something about attempting to do the most ambitious thing on my list today.

And the most ambitious thing was to clean my room.

You are not allowed to show that look of disbelief in your face. WIPE IT OFF IMMEDIATELY!!!

Well, I'm proud to say that my room no longer resembles my room. I don't want to sleep in it coz I'll ruin the sheets. (I'm trying to post without using any smileys, so...)

The horoscope also said something about my boundless energy helping me through it. There are a lot of adjectives you may use to describe how my ATP gets me through the day; boundless isn't one of them. I almost gave up in mid-hanging of coats. Add to that the fact that I was reading Beck while looking for Atlantis deep inside one of the piles of clothes.

Conclusion: I need to do the laundry.

What else? It has been a remarkably busy online day. Blame Livejournal and this.

And... random, random, random. Masafumi Gouto (Who's he? I'm not in the mood. Go find out.) actually looks cute when he's shaved and has cut a bit of his hair. I've been seeing him all the time with his growth of facial hair and er, head hair, and it's nice to see that bespectacled guys still hold an appeal for me. Um. *dies*

Friday, December 02, 2005

Is this love? Hahahahaha!!!


Before the real post, found this in Neil Gaiman's blog and got excited, frustrated, excited and mind-boggled all at the same time.

...

All right. Found out I could join after all. Now I'm merely excited. But gods damn it. Why do the kiddies (age 16 years and younger, according to the guidelines) get the better prize? Sod it.

Now I just need the inspiration.

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Okay. That thing in Neil's blog really shattered my equilibrium right there.

Let me take a deep breath (babe... If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King... shutupTomoe).

Alright. If anybody was wondering, the words inside the parentheses, minus shutupTomoe of course, are a part of the lyrics to Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos, and yes, it does refer to the Neil Gaiman.

Ugh. Now look at that. I can't get to the point at all.

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Anyway, (forget about Neil for just two seconds, Tomoe!) I believe I said last entry that I would talk about the assessment tests that I was finally able to take after much heartache and gnashing of teeth.

So, I said that last Wednesday, I missed the bus, but fortunately there was another testing schedule later that evening, 8:00, and my father took me there, reciting a litany about my attitude towards time until I screamed for him to shut up. No, actually, I did something more evil than that. I asked him if the sermon could wait until I was done with my exam and by the time I was done he wasn't so angry anymore.

I really don't want to say this, maybe not until the results are in so I won't be totally humiliated if I turn out to be wrong about all my strutting, but, the tests were easy. Really. I was just mistaken about which test I should've taken. English as a Second Language (ESL) was right enough although it was also easy and I couldn't understand why I had Hit in the USA by Beat Crusaders (opening theme for Beck) playing in my head all through the exam. but with Math, I took Elementary Algebra and all the while while taking the test, I had to stifle the urge to punch my fist in the air. I should've taken Intermediate Algebra so this post would have me crying and wishing to be an English Major.

(Gosh, we're wordy today.)

So, that's it for the Assessment. They did tell us that some people might be asked to retake tests to really ascertain their level. I really want to take English as a Native Language (ENL) and Intermediate Algebra, but I'll probably miss the bus again.

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I started downloading Beck manga because I'm crazy. And I wanna buy an electric guitar, gaddemmit!

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I started refiddling with my Livejournal account, and... I was thinking of leaving Blogger for LJ. I can't help it. LJ's so much better than Blogger. For one thing, there's the LJ cut, so you people who aren't interested in Neil Gaiman can just skip over that part and read about me being conceited about the assessment exams. And the fact that Blogger doesn't support animated gif's. I need my animation. Really.

But these are just plans, actually. Although I would still link to this blog, coz I've come to love it as well. I was even thinking of putting the entries here up as an extant version of Terminally Deranged. Mostly, the plan is, when I finally get moon-wave/soleil up and running again, I'll put up a friends-only blog in LJ, so I can say the more private stuff there (e.g. stuff about kicking my former Physics teacher... private joke, people).

So, yeah. Better break off now before this turns into a novelette.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad


(Shall talk about the exams later, this is more important.)

(Excuse my writing, I haven't written a decent review since... I can't even remember.)

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad is an anime based on the manga by Harold Sakuishi. It tells the story of a 14-year-old boy named Tanaka Yukio who discovers music as a way out from the bedlam that was his existence.

Koyuki, as our hero is called, lives the typical adolescent's life. He's perpetually bored. He listens to pop music. He peeks at the girls in the swimming pool. He has a crush on an older girl named Ishiguro Izumi, who was the only person who would notice him when they were younger. All this changes when he saves a weird-looking dog, named Beck, from some mean kids then meets the dog's owner, Minami Ryuusuke who, Koyuki learns later on, used to play with Eddie Lee of now legendary rock band, The Dying Breed.

Through Izumi, he's initiated into rock music and even learns to play the guitar. He displays genius in this area, and is pretty soon playing and singing for a rock band named Beck (yes, after the dog) with Ryuusuke on lead guitar, Taira Yoshiyuki on bass guitar, Sakurai Yuji on drums and Chiba Tsunemi on vocals. Beck earns a lot of fans, but the horizon doesn't always seem clear as the band pushes against Eiji, Ryuusuke's former bandmate who's willing to use any dirty trick it would take to be succesful, Eiji's band manager Ran, who's a hotshot and thus uses his influence to slow down Beck's success, and add to that the mystery behind Beck the dog and Lucille, Ryuusuke's bullet-ridden guitar.

And of course, let's not forget, the love angle. Koyuki has had a crush on Izumi-chan since forever but then he meets Minami Maho, Ryuusuke's younger sister. Trouble, indeed.

The first thing you notice about Beck is the music. I find it extremely hard to fast-forward through the opening and ending themes as I usually do with every anime. The music just grabs you and commands you to bang your head and raise your fist in the air like some rock junkie. And Beck is always filled with music. From the live houses to the restaurants, to band practice, or even to Koyuki's room. It's OST is definitely worth buying, because of the great rock you'll find there.

The story also progresses nicely, and is exceptionally done, considering that this anime is only 26 episodes long. The story spans about three years long and 26 episodes doesn't sound long enough, but surprisingly, they manage to pull it off quite nicely.

Beck also has very interesting and real characters. From Koyuki who morphs from boring teenage boy to guitar genius, Chiba who is too surprising and too funny for words (OMG, who would have thought he's Class Head???!), gambling-man Ryuusuke, intense and mature Taira, loyal Saku, to mind-boggling, bad-girl Maho. The characters are distinct enough, but their personalities don't just rule them, if you know what I mean.

Admittedly, the English is in this anime is still cringe-worthy, and sometimes even giggle-inducing. Ryuusuke and Maho supposedly grew up in New York, but their accents still don't cut it. Most of the songs they sing here are in English, so expect Engrish all around. But once you get over that it just keeps getting better.

All in all, Beck. Rocks. Yeah. If I were rating this I'd give it 90 stars, because the Engrish damages it a bit, but hey, nothing's perfect. Beck's one of those things that make me wish my singing voice is more suited for rock, and that I could have my guitar back for practice and maybe even a spark of genius (wishful thinking). Definitely worth watching. I'm surprised it isn't that popular yet, coz it has all the elements that make an obsession: Anime + hot guys + rock music + more anime.

(You people have no idea how close this review was to turning into a fangirl post... Tsk, tsk.)