June 2011


Originally posted: Sunday, July 20, 2008 on Blogger

Too Much Love for the DS + Impulsive Buys = Bankruptcy

I love my DS and its game library too much!! In fact, just yesterday I purchased yet another game, so now I have three games sitting on my self that I have yet to play *sigh* Which titles? Heroes of Mana, Trauma Centre 1, and Touch Detective 2.5. The most recent being Touch Detective. And what is keeping me from playing them? FFTA2, which I still have yet to finish. It’s not so much that I am so obsessed that I play all the time, it’s more that I am an impulsive buyer and I can’t resist a good deal, or a rare find. Both Heroes of Mana and Touch Detective had a good price; I bought HoM for half it’s usual price and new, while I found a used copy of TD for 20 canadian. Trauma Centre on the other hand is pretty hard to track down, so when I saw it used, I immediately had to buy it. Well at least I have a very nice and extensive DS library…..

*edit: I just bought yet another game on sale, Sonic Rush for $2o canadian and it’s new. This game is pure sega genesis nostalgia for me, since I grew up with the sega genesis instead of the Super Nintendo. But I did play the Super Nintendo at a friend’s house, so I have fond memories of both systems. (more…)

Originally posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 on Blogger

Basic Information:


Platform: Nintendo DS
Genre: RPG
Difficulty: Easy
Developer: Brownie Brown
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Oct. 2006
Rating: E for everyone
Retail Price: $ 29.99 US ($ 34.99 CAN)


What It’s About:

You play as a student from a magical academy, whose teacher has recently gone missing. One of your classmates gets it into her head that you need to go searching for your teacher, so you follow after her on your own one-person space ships and crash land on another planet. As you go from planet to planet, you happen upon your other classmates who also followed after you and the other student.

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Originally posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 on Blogger

Alrighty, I’ve stated in my previous post that I wanted to do this, so here it is, my comparison of Tohru against other female leads in manga. I will start out with Tohru, the perpetrator, who has strayed away, well at least in my eyes, from the female ideal of a kind female and has become the male ideal of a female. Yes, yes, this is going to be a rant and its subject will be Tohru. =P Afterwards, I will showcase other females; why they should be considered kind, and why they are not weak and submissive like Tohru.

Why I care and why you should too-
Its not just about a fictional character in a manga, it’s about the portrayal of females in general, which are seen by other females and males. And this is very important because the portrayal of females is basically the written rules of society on females. These rules are easily picked up by children, who will either internalize them or rebel against them. I happened to fit with the latter group of children. Furthermore, such characters serve as role models for young girls, if we have weak and submissive role models, we will have weak and submissive females. I truly believe girls should see themselves as active persons, no matter what they decide to pursue in life, be it a motherhood or a career life style. (more…)

Originally posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 on Blogger

I’ve been getting a lot of reading done lately, and I’ve made quite a dent into my pile of yet to read manga. yuppie! This manga in particular has been lying around for quite some time. I just couldn’t read any more Fruits Basket due to Tohru Honda, but I finally gave the manga another shot, so onto the summary!

Summary


Fruits Basket is one of the few manga that has an episodic feel but also an exceptional sense of interrelatedness. This volume begins with Haru looking at a city map and then driving away on his bike (the author made it all dramatic too, so it was really funny but in a bad way since he looked so pathetic…) The scene then moves to yet another verbal fight between Yuki and Kyo, which ends with a bunch of leeks in Kyo’s mouth. Later at home, Kyo learns of the endurance run taking place at school the next day and threatens Yuki, that he better not try to skip it just because he’s getting a little cold.

The next day, the two of them are getting ready for the endurance run, while Tohru frets about Yuki and Kyo, as usual. Since the boys and girls are running separately (I don’t really understand why, but whatever), Tohru has to begin the race with Hana-chan and has to leave the sick Yuki behind. Hana-chan provides some much needed humor with her running, while Kyo and Yuki astound all the boys by running really fast. While running, Tohru happens to see someone with white hair laying on the grass. Thinking that its probably an elderly man in need of help, she runs up to the person, who turns out to be Haru. She is shocked and begins to apologize profusely, but Haru seems to be only interested in the Sohma family. He then pulls on a string he has set up and trips Kyo. Kyo gets anger, since this has interrupted his all important race with Yuki, but when he notices Haru, he seems to cool off a bit. (more…)

Originally posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 on Blogger

I got through Death Note 2 relatively quickly one night when I was stuck in bed because of a migraine. After finishing the second volume, I have started to realize why so many people love Death Note. It is in volume two that the battle of wits really starts and the story begins to become really enjoyable. So without further ado, I will begin the summary!

Summary


Volume two deals with Light as he finally enacts his plan to kill all 12 FBI agents sent to Japan. The first little bit deals with the experiments he does on criminals, using them to send a message to L. By the time L gets the final part of the message, all 12 FBI agents are dead and somewhere Raye’s fiancee says to herself that Raye is dead and Kira killed him.

We are then taken back in time and shown Light’s whole plan and how he pulled off killing all twelve agents. I will not go into details because if I do, then this summary will be just as long as all my other ones. I will say that Light tricks Raye into writing the names of all the other FBI agents into the Death Note, without him knowing why he is writing the names or without seeing the details of their deaths. Raye will realize that Kira is Light, but only as he drops down and dies. (more…)