District 9

thumbnail_83643c4b-a6e6-40f8-b991-bf8e716d2d7cI’ve been asked so many times if I’ve seen District 9, that I finally became curious enough to check it out for myself. Usually films about giant bug aliens, is a no go for me. Normal little bugs make my skin crawl, so the thought of giant intelligent bugs, horrifies me to my very soul. Movies like Alien and District 9, really makes me want to sleep with a rolled-up newspaper under my pillow and a can of bug spray on my nightstand.

Curiosity got the better of me this time and I am now reviewing a film, that quite frankly made me dry-heave, a few times. But not to worry, what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger (if insomnia, nightmares and night sweats, are the equivalent to stronger).

District 9, begins with an alien spaceship breaking down within the earth’s atmosphere. Being the friendly hospitable creatures, we are, the humans blow a hole in the side of the spaceship, to have a peep inside.

Inside the spaceship, a race of harmless giant grasshopper aliens, are found. (Later named the prawns, because no one knew what a prawn actually looked like and mistook grasshoppers for prawns. A very sad error to make, if cooking prawn rice). Being awesomely kind-hearted the human governments, decide to give the poor prawns somewhere to stay on earth. Allowing them to build a shanty town, ran by human warlords and for safety’s sake, surround it with a high spiky fence.

After 30 years, the shanty town becomes lawless and a threat, due to warlords exploiting the prawns cat food addictions. Promising the prawns cat food in exchange alien weapons. To eliminate this threat, the Multi-National United (MNU) aims to destroy the shanty town and move the prawns to a new tent town.

While giving the prawns eviction notices, MNU officer Wikus finds a strange piece of alien technology, which he unintentionally activates. Leading to him infecting himself, with an alien virus which causes him to slowly to transform into a prawn. The MNU then take Wikus away to experiment on him. However, he escapes and becomes a fugitive and must hide from the MNU, while finding a cure for the alien virus.

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What an actual giant friendly prawn alien would look like.

Glob, I feel like a crazy lady just writing that description and that’s only the first 20 minutes of the film. District 9 has a lot happening and from my description, you can probably tell, what this film is hinting at. Considering how sensitive of subject it is, I’ll save you from a lengthy interpretation of this film and just say, there’s a slight hidden meaning to its beginning.

My honest opinion of District 9, is that I could take or leave it. It makes a big flashy statement at the start, but doesn’t follow through. It’s as if the creators put all their efforts into making the beginning great, but just got a film irony template from Disney, for the rest of the film (I joke not, it the same formula used in films, like Freaky Friend or The Princess and the Frog). This didn’t completely ruin the film, it just seemed a bit strange. But I suppose the beginning of a film is important, and if a film formula works, why not use it.

What spoiled this film for me, was the main character Wikus, he just wasn’t likeable. He was a complete and utter tool (jerk) and very moronic, making him incredibly annoying. I also think they went a bit far with the grossness, in District 9. I really could have done without seeing a lady munching on a putrefied prawn arm. It just turned my stomach and made me want to turn the film off.

Despite its shortcomings, District 9 did have a few good things going for it. Mainly the design of the prawn aliens. They looked very cool, with their creepy grasshopper anatomy and were very bug like. I can really see why the prawns are so appealing, to fans of these sort of movies.

Distract 9 also plays around with some very interesting alien concepts, like alien reproduction, weapons, technology and how aliens would view the human race. This aspect of the film, was fascinating and for me, is what really saves this movie from becoming a complete loss.

To conclude on District 9, I feel it’s just another okay movie. It really didn’t excite me much. Although it had an under tone of meaning at the beginning, it didn’t follow through with this level of meaning and became rather typical of any other irony/ “don’t be a jerk or you’ll be punished” movie. It did have cool creepy aliens and some interesting concepts, but this didn’t fully make up for its irritating main character. In a nutshell, I wasn’t overly fussed on this movie and I could take or leave it. For that reason, I would rate it middle of the road.

Rating 2.5/5

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Five Flaming Hotties Tag

image63Life got a bit crazy there for a while, but I’m finally getting around to replying to some posts I was nominated in.

The Five Flaming Hotties Tag, is one of the more entertaining tags I’ve come across. Which is why I was thrilled to be tagged twice. So, before I going any further I’d like to thank those that tagged me.

Raistlin0903 Thank you for the tag. Your blog is awesome. I would highly recommend everyone check his reviews out. They’re very entertaining and Raistlin0903 himself is one of the friendliest people you’ll come across on WordPress.

Rodrovich Thank you also for the tag. I love your blog. If you’re into anime, I would also highly recommend checking out Rodrovich blog. They’ve got a lot of interesting and cool stuff over there.

The rules:

  1. Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game Realweegiemidget Reviewsand Thoughts All Sorts to all blogs involved and including the picture above (Top of Post).
  2. List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
  3. Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
  4. Add some appealing pictures.
  5. Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties.
  6. Post the rules.

thumbnail_45b39658-f03f-4824-9af0-7a8b820b503dI’m just going to jump right into this list and hopefully not sound like a complete sleaze ball. I’ve decided to pick five anime hotties, because personally I think these lists are so much more fun, when anime is involved. But, let’s just face it, anime guys are designed to be unbelievably beautiful. So, to really win a gal over, I feel the character has to have heart and a personality as well. Being kind and cuddly are very attractive qualities in my book at least.

So, without further rambling, I give to you my Five Flaming Hotties:

f2Ban Fox Sin of Greed (7 Deadly Sin)- This is an obvious one. I’ve expressed my fondness of the character Ban, so many times. It would be safe to assume, he would make it onto this list. Being the sin of greed, you would expect him to be selfish and of course greedy. But weirdly he’s the complete opposite. He even try to sacrifice himself and his dream of being immortal and forever young, to save the woman he loved.
The picture I chose, sums up Ban’s personality very well and it’s this scene (Ban and Meliodas reunion), that made me develop a huge soft spot for this character. He’s like an excitable puppy most of the time and shows real passion. But in addition to this, he also has a very deep serious side, hidden under that beautiful smile. He is kind of silly at times (like not understanding how clothes works), but I like that side of him. Also he’s an excellent cook.

f3Uta (Tokyo Ghoul)- Glob, I love Uta’s tattoos and piercings. I have my ear cartilage pierced several times, so I especially love his ear piercings. But enough with the creepy piercing comparing and back to the list.
What I like about Uta, is his sense of humour and relaxed demeanour. That whole hiding under a sheet thing, is something stupid I do for a laugh. It’s childish I know, but it’s the kind of silly cheesy thing I’d find hilarious. Uta also seems so comfortable with himself and very relaxed most of time. Qualities I would love to have myself, but sadly don’t. He does give of a dark dangerous aura, but he is a man-eating ghoul after all, so that’s not surprising.

f1Shuichi Aizawa (Death Note)- An extremely underrated character, but that doesn’t detract from the fact he’s a cutie. Apart for looking adorable, Shuichi Aizawa has a lot of balls (heads out of the gutter, not those sort a balls). Time and time again, he shows an immense bravery and puts his life on the line, for what he believes is the greater good.
He’s also no idiot. He seen through Light’s falsities and smelled a rat. He knew something was not quite right with Light and risked death, to follow his gut feeling to discover the true nature of Light Yagami. That was some impressive interpersonal intelligences, if you ask me.

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Love Levi in his little cleaning outfit

Levi (Attack on Titan)- All those short person jokes and I’m still considerably shorter than Levi. On the bright side, being able to look a guy in the eyes would be nice. All that looking up, really strains the neck and at least if I hugged a guy Levi’s height, I wouldn’t get a face full of man boob (it’s so awkward).
Other than being perfectly sized, Levi is pretty kick ass and very strong-willed. He does seem grumpy and cold, but in my opinion, that’s probably a defence mechanism. There’s just been times, he has shown real heart and genuinely cold people don’t do that. Deep down Levi is actually kind-hearted. Something I always look for in people. (Visually, I find it hard to tell the difference between Levi and Eren)

f4Grell (Black Butler)- I thought I’d end this list with a fiery red hair. Grell is probably one of my more unusual anime crushes. I just love Grell’s way of going on and the fact he doesn’t take things too serious. Grell might be the ultimate stalker fan girl sort, but Glob is he passionate. He seems to never be afraid of expressing his emotions. Something I like a lot.
Although, he is a bit of a psychopath with that chainsaw, he’s also rather sweet and funny. I just love Grell’s playful nature and cheerfulness. Some may find it rather annoying but for me, Grell’s antics always bring a little smile to my face.

 

I wanted to tag/nominate bloggers, that haven’t been tagged yet. But at this point, that’s very hard to do. I think I’ve managed to find at least a few blogs, that haven’t been tagged. If not, my apologies for tagging you again.            

ne’ senpai (a spoil from nesha.)

Kira Scribbled

jiraiyan (Otaku Orbit)

Oishi (AnimeAndFandomLife)

Anime Girls NYC

Rose (Wretched and Divine)

LightningEllen

If I’ve tagged you, don’t feel any pressure to do this tag. I completely understand, if you don’t do tags.

thumbnail_c42681c2-806d-4f69-9a19-dcd26972ae84Now, if you would excuse me. I’ve a bit of a nosebleed to attend to.

A Sense of Humour Always Helps

thumbnail_20171115_155713I don’t really like posting drawings without some type written interaction. It seems a bit cold and distant. So, I’ll write something to explain, what on earth I’ve drawn.

Basically, I was having one of those days, where everyone kept asking me, if I was feeling okay because I looked like death rolled over (I wasn’t hung over, I just looked like sh**. I don’t even drink). Since sitting with a paper bag on my head would be creepy. I thought I’d cheer up, by drawing myself as ridiculously ugly cartoon characters.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (2)Yeah, this is pretty much how I feel every morning before have food and coffee. I’m really not a morning person.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (3)This is probably the ugliest style I’ve ever seen, but Glob I love its ugliness. I had to try it for myself.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (4)I couldn’t really do much drawing semi-realistic, so I just gave myself a fat face and messed around with my colour palette. Also, that’s not a teardrop tattoo. It’s just a white patch, that shows up when I get flustered.

thumbnail_20171115_155713 (5)I pretty much thought of the ugliest way possible to draw anime and did that. If it’s not too big-headed, I’d like to said that I nailed it. It doesn’t even have a nose.

Hope you found these drawing as amusing as I did. They certainly cheered me up anyway. I may look like a corpse, but at least I’m a smiling corpse now. Hope they made you smile too.

Gantz:O

thumbnail_f3704dc7-22ba-45ac-afba-cb53f87f1b4eStepping out of my comfort zone again and giving CGI a go. Apparently, a CGI anime, but correct me if I’m wrong about that (Google may have lied to me).

My first impression of this Gantz:O was, why does the title look like it’s in shock? I’m kind of wondering if the :O was intentional. If it is, that’s actually very clever, considering the film has a lot of moments, that will leave you with a shocked look on your face.

In Gantz:O, those who die are brought back to life and forced to participate in the ultimate real life video game. Given high-tech suits and weapons, players must fight an army monsters in order to collect points. Once they collect enough points (100 points), players can unlock bonuses. Including superior (better) weapons, resurrect/revive a died player or gain your freedom from the game. Unfortunately, if a player dies in the game, they die in for good (unless revive by another player, later).

The main character Masaru Kato, is stabbed in a train station and dies. He consequently finds himself in the game and must fight for survival and to earn enough points, to gain his freedom and return home to his orphaned brother.

This is one of the more unusual films I’ve seen and felt more like watching a let’s play than a movie. But in saying that, the film was pretty half decent and fairly enjoyable. The story was what you’d expect from this sort of film. People kill monsters and monsters kill them. Then the boss monster shows up, wipes the floor with everyone and seems unbeatable. It’s pretty straightforward, but still had a few nice twists to keep things interesting.

I must admit, the CGI animation was kind of cool and reminded me a lot of PlayStation. The monster looked remarkably creepy and were very impressive. The players also looked, somewhat realistic and I could definitely see how the female characters would be appealing to the eyes, in their skin-tight suits. Which I must confess, I shook my head a little at. Clearly, someone put a lot of thought into designing those suits and designed them with support in mind. Those suits looked a tad restrictive, but at least there would be little chance of giving yourself black eyes, while kicking monsters butt.

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Bird-Man-Snake: The most disturbing monster I could think of drawing.   

I wish I could say, as much attention was given to the male characters, but they all looked like skinny aliens in their suits. It was very disappointing and very clear who that aspect of the CGI was geared towards.

Although the overall animation was impressive, there was just something off about it. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe to it was just the bad dubbing or extremely expressive body language, putting me off. But I felt, there was just something not quite right, that made it seem slightly weird and off.

As you would expect, Gantz:O is very action focused and has a lot of fight scenes. Considering the players use head exploding guns, these scenes can get very gruesome and involve a lot of blood (Great it you love gore, but not so much if you’re a bit squeamish). Weirdly, the last fight scene has a bit of a terminator feel to it and gets very bright and flashy, giving it that cool futuristic look. However, in contrast with its usual dimly lit scenes, this can be a bit sore on the eyes.

Overall, Gantz:O is a half decent film, with cool visuals. If you can get past the bad dubbing, it’s actually a rather enjoyable and fun film. It does occasionally have weird dialog, but makes up for this with some great spine tingling lines like, “do you feel like you’re in the presence of a god” (deep scary voice). It also has its share of weird, messed up WTF moments, but these just add to the enjoyment of this film.

Gantz:O, has a real video game feel, that not everyone will like. Personally, I thought it looked interesting and kind of cool. Making a nice change from the usual style of films I watch. The only reason I’ve rated Gantz:O as a middle of the road film, is that story wise it was very typical of this sort of film and to me, it doesn’t stand out from movies with a similar storyline.

Rating: 2.5/5

Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

Anime Confessions

thumbnail_02ee777f-bee6-4634-8e90-120a9e6a325bI know I said I wouldn’t do this post, in case it started world war 3 in the comments. But someone pointed out, that WordPress is a much nicer place then the average forum and they’re right. Everyone here is a hell of a lot nicer and probably wouldn’t get nasty, if they disagreed with anything in this post (Unlike those forums, that are scary as hell and filled with trolls). I also really wanted to do another anime post, but couldn’t think of a better idea for a post.

For anyone that doesn’t know what an anime confession is, it’s where you share things you would normally hide about your enjoyment of anime. To make this post a proper confession, I’m including all things related to my love of anime. So, like cosplay, Japan, anime games and things like that.

Without rambling on any longer, I give to you my anime confessions:

True anime preference, is probably a good place to start. I actually like older anime better, usually 80s and 90s anime.  I also prefer anime aimed at guys, it’s a lot more fun and interesting.
To escape being called a tomboy, I’d normally say I preferred psychological, supernatural and Ghibli anime.

My whole teenage years and anime. I did a lot of cringey embarrassing anime related things when I was a teenager, so I’m putting the whole thing on this list. I could probably make another list with those things, but I’ll save you the pain of cringing and give you the top 3- Doing that cringey anime pose for photos, thoroughly researching everything to do with Japan and imitating certain anime characters.

thumbnail_e2984b48-af3d-41c1-8dd3-5251acdc921dWhen I had a pixie haircut, I purposely styled it to look like Ciel Phantomhive’s hair. It looked so awesome. I also cosplayed as Ciel Phantomhive, a lot at that time.

When my hair started growing back, I tried to styling it like spiky anime boy hair. Sadly, gravity would not allow my hair to stay spiky.

I use to be a secret anime fan. Basically, because here anime is mistakenly considered as weird porn. Thankfully now, I’m pretty open about loving anime and learnt to get around being called a creep, by saying I watch anime that’s like Studio Ghibli.

Grave of the fireflies broke me. I can’t watch it or talk about it without becoming a sobbing mess. The sub version is even worse, Setsuko little voice broke my heart. It’s the saddest anime I’ve ever seen, which is why I normally refuse to discuss or watch it with anyone.

I sing along to the opening, even if it’s in Japanese. I know very little Japanese, so Glob knows what I’m actually singing.

There are a couple of anime, I’m a bit obsessed with. Mainly Black Butler, Wolf’s Rain and Death Note. Like most obsessed anime fans, I watch endless amounts YouTube videos about these anime, look at and creating fan art and listening to their soundtracks (a lot).

thumbnail_84161abe-b0df-42e5-8f08-227f7b766219The real reason I disliked Tokyo ghoul (anime) so much, was that I felt it pushed the hate the world mentality, too much. That and watching all that coffee drink, made it depressing as hell. (Also, the manga is so much better).

I have used google translate, to translate my name into Japanese. Didn’t like the results, my name sounds like curry.

Durarara annoyed the hell out of me, when it showed Ireland 20 years ago and made the place look like it was stuck in the 1800s. That was so not cool, we aren’t that backwards for glob sake. Also, not a fan of the pacing in that anime. It’s death march slow.

I use to be really into Nintendo DS. I had a dirt load of games, including most of Professor Layton games (my favourite), Harvest moon, Pokémon games and Animal Crossing. I only stop playing Nintendo, because the 3DS gave my migraines.

thumbnail_69c2772b-407b-47dd-a963-a3e5f7924078Chibi are so darn cute. If I could get away with it, I would decorate my room with Chibi. I love those little chubby anime characters.

I feel so sorry for Grell (Black Butler). I know a lot of people see Grell as a really annoying character, but Sebastian treats her like dirt and talks to her like she’s a mangy flea-bitten dog. Part of me just wants Sebastian to show Grell some love. But then I remember Sebastian is horribly emotionally manipulative and reminds me of a charming sociopath or serial killer. So, I’d much rather see Grell introduce Sebastian to the nastier side of her chainsaw.

My Ban (7 deadly sins) obsession might have gone too far. I’m actually considering getting a huge Ban poster, to go beside my huge poster of the beautiful Daryl (The Walking Dead).

When I get really bored and hungry, I try making food I seen in anime, as well as food from Cooking Mama and Harvest Moon (without using grass, of course). Harvest moon food never turns out right.

My playlist includes 4 versions of Unravel (the original, music box, English and character group version). I don’t like Tokyo Ghoul, but glob I love that opening.

Well, we’ve made it to the end of this list. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list and it hasn’t made you cringe, too much. Feel free to express your own anime confessions in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.