Monday, January 30, 2012

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! (2011)

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!

the story continued after Season 1 (2010), following a student named Akihisa, who was known as the Baka (idiot) in the anime. he attended a high school where students were divided based on their academic scores. classes were divided into A-F. class A was filled with air-conditioner, cushions, laptops; while class F was the complete opposite. with a teacher's authorization, students may called forth Shoukanjuu (Summoned Beings) and battle for an exchange of classrooms or any approved goals.

there weren't much difference between Season 1 (2010) and Season 2 (2011), it remained funny despite the lack of plot development. its storyline random, sometimes even a serious scene every now and then. summoning came a little later in this season, used for reasons more absurd than appropriate. Akihisa and his friends went as far as uncovering the flaws of the battle just to get by without being caught. all in all, the anime was good, but unfortunately, not as good as Season 1 (2010).

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Women of the Otherworld #4: Industrial Magic (2004)

Industrial Magic

murders targeting supernatural children were at lurk, although Paige had been thrown out of her Coven of witches, she joined Lucas, her sorcerer boyfriend, with the attempt to track down the mysterious killer. Benicio, the head of the Cortez Cabal, also the father of Lucas, got involved when some of the children killed belonged to his employees. Paige was also concerned over the safety of Savannah, a 13-year-old witch whom she took care of. to know more about the mysterious killer, Paige got in contact with Jaime, a celebrity necromancer, and Cassandra the vampire.

4th book into the series, Industrial Magic (2004) was by far the most difficult to read. the first half of the book had me dragged so far into some random wild goose chase, where i found myself skipping lines again. the second half however, was simply engaging! especially when things started picking up pace, pieces stitching together, even the actions became more meaningful. as heated as it was in Dime Store Magic (2004), where Paige first started working with Lucas, Industrial Magic (2004) steered clear of romance. which wasn't a let down as i started to see some growth in Paige, other than being the rebellious witch, often overly protected by her mother.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E (2008)

the story took place in the far future where Earth was an abandoned planet covered with mountains and mountains of trash. the air was too toxic for any life-form, forcing humans to live in space instead. an army of trash compactor robots called Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class) was left behind to clean up. one day, the last Wall-E met with a cockroach and they became friends. he also discovered a plant growing among the trash and brought it home to his truck. some time later, a spaceship landed and an advanced robot called Eve (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) was deployed, with the aim to search for signs of life. Wall-E immediately fell in love with Eve, who also gradually softens and accepted him. when the spaceship came to retrieve Eve, Wall-E clung to the spaceship as they were returned into space. Wall-E followed Eve to the bridge of the spaceship, where the captain leaved the control of the ship to a robotic autopilot called Auto. with the mind of its own, Auto stole the specimen that Eve collected on Earth, not wanting humans to return living on Earth. Wall-E tried protecting Eve when she was declared defective because of losing the specimen.

Pixar did a great job portraying the lonely life that Wall-E had, at the same time building a lovable character for us viewers. even the most impossible love story between Wall-E and Eve made the whole cinema go "aw..." . effortlessly, they earned everyone's empathy by being pure and believable. the animation relied heavily on communicating visually, words and voices only came at the second half, when the humans were involved. it was one thrilling ride, with spectacular scenes to take our breath away! it was so colorful and vibrant, making it all so exciting while we not only watched but also felt what the characters were feeling. who would have thought one would shed a tear or two for a love story between 2 robots?

Friday, January 27, 2012


Sky (Samsung Mini)

outside the door, he was quiet for a moment. she listened to his breathing, heard it skipped as he swallowed. then he made a low rumble of anguish that became a growl of grief. his shoes squealed as he turned suddenly, then slammed his fist against the far wall. a shower of plaster chunks fell to the floor, followed by the slamming of his bedroom door. then another crash, something larger this time, a nightstand or a lamp hurled into the wall. in her head, she followed the path of his rampage, seeing each piece of furniture smash into bits and wishing she could do the same. she felt the pain in her hand striking the wall, lashed out at everything until she was swallowed by exhaustion. yet some rational part of her brain held her back.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shakugan no Shana III Final (2011)
灼眼のシャナ III Final

Shakugan no Shana III

the anime was a continuation of Shakugan no Shana Second (2007), where Shana and Kazumi were waiting for Yuji to make a selection between them, only to discover that Yuji had disappeared, erasing his existence. only a handful of people can remember he was among them. however, letters that he left behind gave them hope of his continued existence. soon Yuji reappeared in front of them as the leader of the Bal Masqué. left with no choice, Shana was forced to confront Yuji on the battlefield.

for the first half of the anime, it took a slow motion of reintroducing the characters back in the last 2 seasons, including both the good and bad guys. Yuji's transformation, being Shana's strongest enemy was clearly unexpected. after being left hanging at the end of last season: Shakugan no Shana Second (2007), the transformation left us feeling slightly overwhelmed, and not in a good way. it didn't make sense how he could just disappear and became the enemy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Women of the Otherworld #3: Dime Store Magic (2004)

Dime Store Magic

instead of continuing the story on Elena the werewolf, the third book of the Women of the Otherworld (2001-2012) series followed the story of Paige the witch. 9 months after the incident of rescuing Elena and Savannah from being held captive, Paige's life returned to anything but peaceful. she received complaints from the Elders of her Coven that she was drawing too much attention to herself by adopting Savannah, the daughter of the sorcerer and a dark witch. she also received a custody petition from Leah, a telekinetic half-demon that betrayed them during the last escape. Paige had to protect Savannah from her powerful sorcerer father, who was proven to be influential enough to control the result.

despite her unpleasant character in Stolen (2003), it was absolutely easy to get hooked with Paige's life. she was nothing like her character in Stolen (2003), controlling maybe, self-absorb maybe, but she was still able to creep slowly into my heart and made me love and sympathize her as she tried to adjust herself with the situation that she was thrown into. the book felt so realistic with the humans' objections towards witchery but unfortunately, also made fun of the modern day Wiccans. the story line was original and engaging. it was interesting to know that witches will only receive their full power after going through a ceremony after their first menses. it was definitely an enjoyable read, passing down enough knowledge and adding in sufficient actions to make it irresistible.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Disturbia (2007)

Disturbia (2007)

Kale was under house arrest for 3 months for attacking a teacher. with his video games all canceled and kept, he fought boredom by spying upon the neighborhood, especially his new neighbor Ashley. after watching a few weird occurrences at another neighbor named Robert's house, Kale suspected Robert to be a serial killer. Kale and his best friend Ronnie began researching for information on Robert and his victims. Ashley soon joined the gang, helping them to investigate. one night, while watching Robert through his binocular, Kale found Robert looking straight at him. things got worst when he found Robert in his house the next morning, flirting with his mum. that night, they saw Robert dragged a heavy bag into his garage with blood on it. when Ronnie broke into the garage with Ashley standing guard, Robert appeared out of nowhere and Kale had to do something to save them despite his house arrest.

for a movie not having excessive gore, Disturbia was a successful thriller solely relying on mood and suspense. even though the story was predictable and familiar, it managed to stay intense and creepy, giving occasional fright to keep us engaged. thanks to his popularity earned through the Transformers (2007-2011) series, Shia LaBeouf may not be a handsome lead cast, he was believable enough. even though the movie wasn't exactly unique and its characters were mostly underused, it was still quite entertaining.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Flower (Samsung Mini)

he put his arm around her waist and leaned down, reflectively she squirmed out of his grasp. he reached for her again, mouth opening to say something. but she turned away too fast for him to do so and headed down the street. after a few steps he jogged up beside her, an unreadable expression on his face. the walk back to the parking lot was a blissfully quiet one. yet inside her head was the exact opposite, thoughts yelling at each other so loud that she couldn't help stealing a glance at him seeing if he could hear them as clearly.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blood-C (2011)


Saya seemed like an average high-school girl who was kind yet clumsy. her father was the head of a shrine, teaching her the art of sword, using a katana passed down by the shrine, named Goshintou. she was faced with various kind of trials, having to defend her hometown from demons known as Furikimono that preyed on unnoticed humans.

first of all, Saya's combination of being both clumsy and talented with sword turned out to be a huge contradiction far from our acceptable or understandable range. the anime pushed this logic so far that made Saya seemed like a fake in front of her friends. for the first few episodes, the sequence of going through a normal day in the morning and fighting demonic creatures at night failed to engage us. as for the remaining anime, it was just sitting back and dragging ourselves through the anime waiting for its climax. the gruesome deaths of many seemingly unimportant characters were interesting to watch, putting the spotlight on people not being who they appeared to be.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Women of the Otherworld #2: Stolen (2003)


when Elena came across Paige who claimed to be a witch, she ignored her warning of humans kidnapping the supernaturals. she couldn't find herself believing that there were other supernaturals out there other than werewolves. however, she was soon forced to confront the truth when she was kidnapped and thrown into a transparent cell that allowed her to be studied by her captors. not only witches, there were sorcerers, half demons, even vampires. the terror didn't start with the amount of supernaturals being gathered in one place, but the greedy humans that did the collecting in thirst of new power and knowledge.

the involvement of humans and organization made the story slightly less interesting than Bitten (2001). the greed towards power and knowledge was a familiar plot used so often that it almost became predictable. fortunately, Elena's world was anything but predictable. as i was aching for action, as eager for rebellion as Elena, things started to favor her. as hateful as the sadistic billionaire Ty was, he made the the book stood out from the typical, focusing his interest and directing a giant spotlight at Elena. Stolen (2003) was like an expanded version following Bitten (2001). while Bitten (2001) focused the story solely on werewolves, Stolen (2003) introduced a wider range of supernaturals, pulling in characters i bet will appear in the coming installments.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Teeth (2007)

Teeth (2007)

Dawn was a spokesperson for a Christian group. during one of their gatherings, she met with Tobey whom she found attractive. secretly they met beside a pond in the forest. they swam into the cave nearby and started making out. feeling uncomfortable, Dawn tried to convinced Tobey to head back. but Tobey became aggressive and wanted to rape her. Dawn fought back with all her might and upon inserting his part into her, it got bit off instead. horrified, she fled. she researched on her situation and realized she had "vagina dentata" (toothed vagina), often told as cautionary folktales warning of the danger of sleeping with strange women.

the plot was undeniably original, unused probably for its absurdity and goriness while being difficult to tackle in many angles. the story started out slow, dragging its way until she discovered her "uniqueness" and started transformed from an innocent Christian girl into some bizarre revenge-seeking thing. it was like some black comedy that only the main character was having fun while the rest of us watched in dread. horror wise, the film could do better other than just giving us viewers some halfhearted visuals with the hope of spooking us. hopefully at least those who sleep around could have a food for thought by watching this film, else it really would have given no impact whatsoever.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Lighting (Samsung Mini)

she stood on the bulky rock, humming in a voice so sweet known to draw gazes on her. shifting closer to the edge, her toes wrapped around the rock as if caressing it. she bounced, ponytail bobbing, cheeks puffing, the she dove. it was sleek, a usual effort she made to blend in with the water. she popped back up, like a seal. she saw him watching, laughed and dove in again. she was the best swimmer he had ever seen, she had to be the best! but swimming wasn't quite his thing. he liked sitting on the rock, bare feet dangling while watching her having her way in the crystal clear lake, basking in her glorious laugh that seemed to float in the air surrounding him.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Natsume Yuujinchou San (2011)

Natsume Yuujin-Chou San

Natsume had the ability to see spirits, a power he inherited from his grandmother Reiko. when Reiko was alive, she challenged many spirits, making them write their name in the Yuujin-Chou (the Book of Friends). Yuujin-chou was a prized item in the spirit world, the owner having the power to control the spirits whose name was written in it. Yuujin-chou was passed down to Natsume, where he released the spirits who came to him for their names. some tried to kill him, but Madara who served as Natsume's bodyguard protected him when things got too dangerous for a human to handle.

despite being the third continuous season of Natsume Yuujin-Chou (2008), the anime remained highly entertaining and ended without a closure as usual. Madara, in both his cat form as well as spirit form, appeared more in this season than the previous. he was absolutely fun to watch, despite ordering Natsume around, blaming him for releasing the name of the spirits, still he would protect Natsume without as much as a second thought during crisis. Natsume on the other hand, had a growing connection with humans, which he lacked in childhood. his growth was indeed a welcoming scene compared to his struggles in the previous seasons.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Women of the Otherworld #1: Bitten (2001)


Elena not only survived being bitten by Clay, a werewolf ex-boyfriend that she never quite gotten over with, she was also the only female werewolf, giving her a very special place in the werewolf world. she struggled to blend back into her human world by escaping the Pack, travelling from Stonehaven to Toronto, and worked as a journalist for a popular newspaper. when Jeremy, the Pack Alpha called, requesting for her aid in the uprising mutt trouble, she flew back to Stonehaven, convincing herself that she owed it to them. as she got herself comfortable fitting into the old patterns of her life without the fear of exposure or judgement, Mutts were coming after her pack-brothers, killing them to get to her.

the first half of the book got me dragged myself through, with so much details on Elena, i even doubted if it would be worth the effort. but it wasn't long before i was completely absorbed into her life. watching Elena struggled with her werewolf-self was awkward, but not half as awkward as it was when it came to Clay. as much as she yearned for a normal life with Philip, her human boyfriend; Clay reminded her of the passion and heat they shared so eagerly. the werewolves were not being exaggerated into immortal-like characters, making them surprisingly believable. the fights for their lives and territory was so heart-wrenching, where some of the pack members were sacrificed though unwillingly. Bitten (2011) was definitely a good read, the character development was so in depth, the plot fresh and engaging, making not continuing my read with Stolen (2003) completely impossible!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Indiana Jones n the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

WWII hero, Indiana Jones was kidnapped together with his partner, Mac, by a group of Soviet agents led by Dr. Irina. the soviet forced Indiana to find a crate that contained the remains of an extraterrestrial being that crashed 10 years ago. after the crate was found, Mac betrayed Indiana n joined the soviets. Indiana managed to escape n came across Mutt, who led him to the legendary skull found in a mystical city. whoever returned the skull to the city would be given control over its power. Indiana have to solve the riddle n find more clues before the skull fall into the hands of Dr. Irina. it was a typical adventurous film, with exaggerated fights n supernatural occurrences, which felt a little old.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Sky (Samsung Mini)

after midnight, the house was still and silent. too still, too silent. every creaking floorboard sounded like a gunshot. in an old house, most boards creaked. she followed him into the kitchen, took out the milk carton and set it on the table, just within reach. he had checked out the lock a week ago. it was just a regular key lock he said, the kind that can be easily picked with a random pin. she never had any reason to open a lock, but she watched and took mental notes anyway. all part of gaining life experiences.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hunter X Hunter (2011)

Hunter X Hunter

after more than 10 years, Hunter X Hunter (2011) returned with a remake. the characters remained but with a slightly changed storyline. the anime followed the adventures of a boy name Gon. he wanted to become a Hunter, knowing that his father Ging was one of the best Hunter in the world and might be still alive. he set out on a journey, met with Killua, Leorio and Kurapika during the Hunter Exam. very few will pass the exam to be recognized as a Hunter. they had to find treasures, defend themselves against weird creatures, and sometimes, even fighting among the candidates.

instead of making a continuous season, they decided to remake the original season. making it more beautiful, more detailed, yet fully reminded us of what we would expect in Hunter X Hunter (1999). but unlike Hunter X Hunter (1999), it focused less on the battles, and more on character developments. since the anime started out right from its beginning, it didn't matter if one didn't watch the original season. but like its original season, Hunter X Hunter (2011) may looked innocent and battle oriented, but in depth it has a darker theme to it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Darkness Rising #1: The Gathering (2011)

The Gathering

Maya lived in a small medical-research town called Salmon Creek, a town built for its employees and their families. Maya was the adopted daughter of a park ranger. a year ago, Serena, Maya's best friend and captain of their highschool swimming team, was drown. a year later, Maya was celebrating her 16th birthday by trying to get a tattoo over her paw-print birthmark. she was called a witch by an old lady out of the blue. when she invited a new boy at school, Rafe to her birthday party, an incident took place and they realized that her drink was spiked.

having found no connection with the Darkest Powers (2008-2010) trilogy, the slow moving plot had me greatly agitated during my read. the love triangle between Maya, Daniel, and Rafe however, reminded me of Chloe, Derek, and Simon. the everyday life of Maya was an interesting read, but having known the direction of where the story was going, it only made me even more impatient by just waiting for the characters to catch on. the truth was only revealed, with Maya struggling to accept, at the almost end of the book. and when it did, the book had come to an end. not exactly what i anticipated after finishing the Darkest Powers (2008-2010) trilogy with huge satisfaction!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Halloween (2007)

Halloween (2007)

Michael showed signs of being a psychopath even at the age of 10-year-old, where he murdered a school bully, her sister and her boyfriend, and her mother's lover. after a long trial, he was found guilty and sent to the Sanitarium under the care of a child psychologist Dr. Loomis. Michael became obsessed with his masks, closing himself from everyone. for the next 15 years he remained withdrawn and Dr. Loomis decided to close Michael's case. later while being transfer to a closure with maximum security, Michael escaped by killing everyone on the way. he arrived back at his old home and started the massacre.

the film wasn't exactly scary nor realistic, but it was gory enough to spook. the child version of Michael however, was much more believing than the masked version. the part where he stalked his prey and be seen with the stalking itself, appearing and disappearing by walking away wasn't quite what we expected. especially the walking away part, which obviously removed all the thrills that was anticipated. despite being the iconic character of the Halloween sequels, Michael was less than what was expected. it was a typical slasher film, with a soulless and mindless man behind the expressionless mask that left us with no impressions at all.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Avril Lavigne: Unnamed Album (2012)

Avril X Lotto 2012 Photoshoot

only 3 months (January 2011) after the release of Goodbye Lullaby (2011), Avril announced that the work for her fifth studio album had already begun, with eight songs written so far. the coming fifth album will be the opposite of Goodbye Lullaby (2011). she explained that Goodbye Lullaby (2011) was more matured and sentimental, but the next album will returned being pop and fun again. she even had songs that she knew would be selected as singles. 2 of the song titles are "Fine" and "Gone". these tracks were originally recorded for Goodbye Lullaby (2011) but never made the final cut. the album production started in January 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Steins;Gate (2011)


Kyouma self-claimed to be a Mad Scientist. he believed that SERN, an international scientific organization was secretly reshaping the world. together with his friend, Daru, they created a gadget to send message to the past. this discovery led to the inventions of more gadgets that altered the past, eventually time-travel. however, Kyouma was the only person who remember the changes because of the Reading Steiner, an ability to retain memories from previous timelines. they were hunt down by SERN at some point that Kyouma was forced to return repetitively to save his lab members.

the anime was separated into 2 parts, the first half was mostly introductions of the time travelling concept, of Kyouma altering the timelines innocently. the second half was where the seemingly harmless alterations catastrophically affected the future, which led to the death of his lab members. despite the light comedy with a mixture of mystery, there were often hints that showed something darker approaching. we were impressed with how the story was told, going into convincing scientific details and delivering an unpredictable plot with tones of conflicts waiting to be resolved. the only downside of the anime was its slow start, the first half of the anime may caused some viewers to give up watching the entire series. but for those who held on, the experience changed so drastically that it would become an overwhelming ride that made all the waiting absolutely worthwhile.

Monday, January 09, 2012


Beach (Samsung Mini)

after numerous repetitive nights, she was finally tucked into bed and enjoying a deep, dreamless sleep. until a chuckle slid into her sleep and pulled her out of it. as she rose on her elbows, blinking and struggling to remember, a whisper snaked round her, voice unrecognized. she rubbed her eyes hastily, alerted. dull light shone through the windows, the room silent and still. just when she was about to ignore everything and went back to sleep, a rap on the window made her jump. these days, every branch scratching on the glass sounded like something was out there, watching her, clawing to get in. with the air so cool, she knew it must be past midnight. she thrown off the covers and walked towards the window.


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

the Chipmunks and the Chipettes went on a cruise vacation with Dave. they turned the ship into their personal playground, causing trouble to the humans aboard. at one time, they messed up and landed on a deserted island. they were stranded, lost in the wilderness, waiting for Dave to save them. they met with the only human who lived on the island named Zoe, who turned out to be less innocent than she appeared to be. the six was forced to survive the wild by relying on themselves and teamwork.

the Chipmunks remained almost predictable throughout the sequels, with Alvin being the troublemaker, Simon the rational one, and Theodore the childlike figure. fortunately in this sequel, part of the characters were switched half way through the film, which made things fairly interesting! they were also generous with the singing and dancing, which entertain us further. on the down side, Dave and Ian were still a bunch of sad humans to look at. we never did like them, not the cartoon nor in the movies.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Darkest Powers #3: The Reckoning (2010)

The Reckoning

Chloe with her gang formed by a werewolf, a sorcerer, a witch, and herself, a necromancer, finally arrived at a safe house owned by Andrew, a friend of Simon and Derek's father. or so they thought. being an ex-employee of the Edison Group, the group that experimented on genetically modified children, Andrew had more thoughts than what he was sharing. before long, a pack was sent to retrieve Derek, the werewolf. which happened to be the same bunch of werewolves that taunted them during their journey in The Awakening (2009). the people that they thought to entrust their future with turned out to be as dangerous as those they met back in the Edison Group. again, they had to rely on themselves in life threatening situations, to save themselves from the adults.

Chloe's growth was so tremendously impressive that she had me falling for her throughout the series. for being neither overly pretty, or exceptionally smart, she made a perfect heroin! she stumbled her way through being a necromancer, struggled with ways to make summoning the dead more in control than they were over her. like Derek, they were both imperfect, yet so perfectly together! i love the way that the book doesn't circled or get too sidetracked with romance. despite having the series' focus on surviving the moment, their romance bloomed and went the prefect direction that i absolutely adored. the Darkest Powers (2008-2010) trilogy was one of the most engaging series i had read. however, the story didn't exactly ended like expected. it was left open-ended, hopefully meaning there will be more adventures of theirs to read about!

Friday, January 06, 2012

A Pillow Case of Mystery II (2010)

A Pillow Case of Mystery II

after losing 2 out of his 4 wives, Sailun became dispirited with the political world. he brought along his mother and the 2 remaining wives, spending all his time traveling around the country in search for fun. in one of the town, he met with Kwanyau, a con artist, who somehow got caught up in a mysterious murder case. it was originally not Sailun's case, but the moment a pillow came flying in his way, he was forced to look upon the case with the assistance from the pillow-spirit.

like most crime solving series that TVB came out with, it was highly entertaining. adding in humor made it not only fun but engaging. i wasn't a fan of Kwanyau due to her characteristic, but her being with Sailun made it a fun combination to watch. Sailun easily stood out as the story evolved around him, but we were not engaged in him as personally as we were with Kwanyau. although the pillow-spirit played a huge part in the crime solving part of the drama, he and his hints weren't as important as Sailun tried to portray it to be. in a way, crimes were solved as long as he went along with the flow. despite all these flaws, the drama was fun and easy to watch as it progressed from one case to another.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


Trees (Samsung Mini)

if only she had known what was going to happen. but even if she knew, would she had stop searching for answers like she did? would she had accepted everything that was thrown in her face, shut up, and saved all the trouble that she was put through? would things travel the same wavelength and arrived at her feet either way? staring up at the uneven patch on the ceiling, she remembered telling him over and over again, reminding him that whatever that will come, will come. for harsh truth was definitely more tolerable than comfortable lies.


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Holmes' lover, Adler was asked to deliver a package, which was later opened and triggered a hidden bomb. Holmes disposed the bomb just in time and found Adler being poisoned by Professor Moriarty, whom Adler sent the package for. Watson joined up with Holmes, who revealed his investigation of a series of seemingly unrelated cases all connected back to Moriarty. they met with a gypsy named Simza and defended her from an assassin sent to kill her. Moriarty warned Holmes that he will continue to kill Watson and his wife if Holmes continue to interfere.

the movie was absolutely engaging! it was less confusing compared to its first sequel: Sherlock Holmes (2010), but like what was expected, the truth and connection will only be revealed at the end of the show. the chemistry between Holmes and Watson remained perfect, a partnership that earned more than enough satisfactory to watch. the life and death situation was so suspenseful that it kept us obediently seated, eagerly anticipating for what was to come.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Cake (Samsung Mini)

he took the stairs as always. the building might change, but his routine never did. they used to race down the stairs until they reached the bottom, panting and giggling, swaying from side to side on their unsteady feet. they ran down the stairs together every morning all through the years, and suddenly, there weren't anyone to run down the stairs with anymore. he paused at the bottom, shook off the memories, straighten his back and walked forward. he moved around a lot, meeting and missing people were nothing new to him. yet it did not make losing her any easier to endure.


Monday, January 02, 2012

Sket Dance (2011)

Sket Dance

Sket Dance was Kaimei High School's campus support club, devoted to solve any problems submitted by staffs or students. but due to its lack of meaningful assignments, the Sket Dance only had 3 members. problems big or small were submitted, such as chasing down a pet monkey, or solving the mystery of why a samurai failed to win any of his kendo (剣道) tournaments. at some point, the Sket Dance was considered threatening to the Student Council, thus they were challenged and forced to disband.

it may appeared to be just another school-based anime, but Sket Dance (2011) was more than what meets the eye. the story was smart and fun, had a refreshing sense of humor while involving some action. the humor in particular, was what made the anime stood out. it was so random that the very next scene might just be the one that had us laughing so hard. which also explained the exact reason that its manga (漫画) won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award (小学館漫画賞) in 2009 for being the best shounen manga (少年漫画).

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Darkest Powers #2: The Awakening (2009)

The Awakening

Chloe was captured by the Edison Group, the same bunch of people operating behind Lyle House. she found out that she wasn't the only experimental subject. there were "successes" that were kept alive, and "failures" that were considered unstable and threatening, thus was later disposed off. Chloe and Tori escaped after an attempt to trick the Edison Group into an abandoned warehouse. they reunited with Simon and Derek, who had werewolf ability to help tracking her down. they had to find Andrew, a friend of Simon and Derek's father, to put the pieces together and find a way to

their journey of survival was so thrilling and engaging that the book was as difficult to put down as its first installment, The Summoning (2008)! Chloe's necromancer ability was rarely mentioned compare to the first book, where more focus was placed on Derek who was a werewolf. for someone described as being ugly, he can turned out to be one sexy character. it was so common for a main male character to be stunning and perfect like Simon; but for once, i was more than happy with the imperfect character Derek was, which caused him to standout easily. Chloe's growth was also visible. she was able to handle more stressful situation compared to being the shy and timid girl in the The Summoning (2008). obviously the story was still at its peak that it is impossible for me not to continue reading the final installment of the trilogy!