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Saiunkoku Monogatari – Review

Saiunkoku Monogatari (aka SaiMono to its fandom) literally translates to Tale of Kingdom of Iridescent Clouds.

SaiMono started as a series of light novels by writer Yukino Sai (illustrated by Yura Kairi). It was turned into manga and anime in 2006/2007. My first encounter with SaiMono was through the anime.

SaiMono is a fantasy josei (adult ladies) anime, set in a fictional kingdom called Saiunkoku that was loosely based on Imperial Chinese empire. The story opens with the introduction of Kou Shuurei, daughter of the Royal Archivist in the capital city Kiyou. Shuurei was approached by the Emperor’s advisor to enter the palace as the Emperor’s concubine for three months. Her mission was to reform the truant and layabout Emperor into a competent and capable monarch. In her quest, she and the viewers, were introduced to the denizens of the palace and the world of Saiunkoku in general. Read the rest of this entry »


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I tot I heard an Atobe – Bleached Grimmjow

I was watching Bleach with half an ear when I thought I heard PoT’s Atobe Keigo. Blink blink! I did! I did hear Atobe. Turns out, one of Bleach’s character, Grimmjow is voiced by Suwabe Juniichi.  The same as Atobe’s voice actor. Seems like both Grimmjow and Atobe share more than voice. Both seems to have their brand of personal honour and what they considered fair play. Not to mention both have attitude to go with their ruthlessness. Even their insane laugh … I seem to have similar reaction to Grimmjow as I did Atobe. I didn’t like them at first and I should dislike them. But by the second time Grimmjow reappeared, down to his ‘final hour’, it’s hard not to like him. He managed to single-handedly defy Aizen, rescue Orihime, pulled the wool over Ulquiorra … Gotta admire his sass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monster – Anime review

Monster is a TV anime series of 74 episodes long. It was adapted from seinen manga by Urasawa Naoki. It started with Dr. Tenma Kenzou, a brilliant and promising neurosurgeon, who saved a young boy’s life against the director’s orders. That was the start of a headlong plunge into a nightmare, from favoured prodigy to pariah. It cost him his fiance, the privileges and position he had enjoyed in the hospital. When the heads of the hospital were murdered, Tenma became the prime suspect. To complicate matters, the boy he saved appeared to be the murderer.
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Favourite character patterns

With the resumption of Inuyasha, I’ve slowly left PoT fandom and swung back to Inuyasha. Hence my obsession is likely to shift from Tezuka back to Sesshoumaru.

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve thought about the types of characters that attracts my attention and keeps it. This is in part an exercise to understand my personal preferences as well as to help me write better fiction or design better characters for my fictional worlds.

My obsessions (as in interest that lasts longer that the time I watch it) with male anime characters chronologically:
(I’ll have to limit it or this thing will run for ages, so no females or non-japanese cartoons or other media)
1. Yue (Card Captor Sakura)
2. Sesshoumaru (Inuyasha)
3. Tezuka Kunimitsu (Prince of Tennis)
4. Shi Seien/Shi Seiran (Sauinkoku Monogatari)
5. Lan Shuei (Sauinkoku Monogatari)
6. Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist)

What do these fellows have in common? … Litgeek would summarise it as the strong silent type. Let’s less how true it is.
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Tezuka Kunimitsu – screen caps

I haven’t written anything about Tezuka in a while now. So, here’s to more procrastination on my hitting the textbooks … Tezuka screen caps. Tezuka moments that we don’t see most of the time.
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Prince of Tennis Character Names

I got a bit annoyed at westernisation of Japanese names in Prince of Tennis. I’ve always prefered the Romaji as pronounciation guide to haphazard approximation of their English spellings, like adding unnecessary ‘h’, dropping ‘u’, to contracting ‘oo’ to ‘o’, etc.

So, to save myself some future searching around, I’ve decided to list character names by kanji, hiragana (which I can read and translate to romaji) and romaji, and maybe meanings of the kanji too. From the Kanji names, you could pretty much figure out how the names can be contracted to give them ‘nicknames’. Such as Momoshiro, consists of two characters, momo and shiro. Momo translates to peach. Shiro, some have translated to city. I need to check the kanji, but I remembered Tsukishiro (CCS’s Yukito’s surname) was translated as tsuki-moon and shiro-castle.

I’ll be updating this as and when available. If you find any error or have anything information to add to this page, please leave a comment. Thank you.

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Tragic Hero Archetype – Tezuka Kunimitsu

Tezuka lost 3 matches; against Atobe in Kantou Tournament, against Sanada in National Finals Tournament and against Echizen Ryoma in unofficial match.

Tezuka vs Atobe is one of the most moving matches in the series.  It was a battle between captains. Atobe started the match with the intention of winning it at all cost. This includes exploiting his insight into the fact that Tezuka’s, although given a clean bill of health by his doctor, had an old injury on his left arm joint. Tezuka was warned against playing long matches or use his signature Zero-shiki dropshots. Read the rest of this entry »

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