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I’m Back!

Hi everyone!

First of all, I would like to apologize for my long hiatus since I’ve been really busy with my university stuff T^T It is now my summer break so I can probably update this blog once in a while with some news and reviews about the series that I have watched recently. Thank you so much!

Philippine National University to Host Tanabata Festival

PNU Nami, the Japanese club of Philippine Normal University, will hold its annual celebration of Tanabata Festival tomorrow, August 15 at the PNU Gymnasium. Its free admission is open even to outsiders  as long as they present a valid ID for security purposes. There will be two separate cosplay competitions both for PNU students and outsiders and the winners will receive prizes and freebies from the sponsors. The PNUan who will also bag the first spot in the said contest will be given the honor to represent the university in the upcoming BOA (Best of Anime) Inter-school competition which will take place next month in Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center. On-the-spot drawing contest and other games will also add fun and excitement to the crowd.

tanabata

Several booths, including those that will be set up by other organizations and schools will also be available for those who are looking for some anime and Japanese-related merchandise. People also need to watch out for the song and dance performances of the Nami members.

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, these lovers were separated and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

For questions, details, as well as the mechanics of the games, kindly check the links provided in the text.

Shueisha Announces Tokyo Ghoul’s Stage Play Adaptation

Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga is confirmed to have a stage play adaptation! The report came out after Shueisha announced the news on its 17th issue of Weekly Young Jump magazine. No further details have been released except for the venues which will be in Tokyo and Kyoto.

©Sui Ishida/Shueisha

Tokyo Ghoul was first published on Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2011 and it recently concluded last year. A sequel  entitled Tokyo Ghoul:re has been serialized by Shueisha in addition to Sui Ishida’s prequel story Tokyo Ghoul: JACK. An anime adaptation by studio Pierrot was aired in 2014. The 12-episode series is then followed by Tokyo Ghoul √A. The second season started its broadcast in January this year and is currently ongoing. (Source: ANN)

Diabolik Lovers’ Stage Play Adaptation Reveals Cast Members

 

©Zexcs/Rejet

Another stage play is set to flutter the hearts of fans as the official website of Diabolik Lovers updated its blog with the first set of cast members. Among them are Taiki Yamazaki (Ayato Sakamaki), Shōhei Hashimoto (Kanato Sakamaki), Katsuhiko Ibuka (Laito Sakamaki) and Ayumi Takamura (Yui Komori). The play will run from August 26-30 at the Rikkōkai Theater in Tokyo’s Shinagawa ward.

Taiki Yamazaki as Ayato Sakamaki

Shōhei Hashimoto as Kanato Sakamaki

Katsuhiko Ibuka as Laito Sakamaki

Ayumi Takamura as Yui Komori

The play is written by Guiya Ōta and produced by Yūsei Naruse at Office Inveider. The next set of cast members will be announced in April while ticket information will be released this week.

Diabolik Lovers is a visual novel game developed by Rejet and published by Idea Factory. An anime TV series adaptation was also aired in 2013 by studio Zexcs.

(Source: ANN)

Fushigi Yugi’s Stage Play Adaptation to Run in March

Another stage play is slated to run this month in Japan’s Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club Ex, and this time, it’s based on Yuu Watase’s manga “Fushigi Yugi”. It is scheduled to start on March 19 until 29 and it stars Golden Bomber’s Yutaka Kyan as Tamahome.The play will be told from his point of view instead of the female protagonist, Miaka Yuuki. Others who are included in the cast are:

Risako Ito as Miaka Yuuki

Namiko Ito as Yui Hongo

Ikkei Yamamoto as Hotohori

Toshiyuki Someya as Nuriko

Masato Saki as Tasuki

Yuuta Kogawa as Chichiri

Miku as Chiriko

Yusuke Hirose as Mitsukake

Reo Sawada as Amiboshi

Yu Yoshioka as Nakago

For tickets and schedule, check out their official website!

(via ANN)

Five Most Epic Battles in Naruto

To commemorate all those years that I’ve spent reading and watching Naruto, I decided to make some lists regarding our favorite shinobi from Konoha. Perhaps you have already heard, but the serialization of the manga is going to end next month, November 10. And while I’m still in denial about the whole matter, I will try to write some posts about Naruto. And I’m going to start it with my top five favorite battles in Naruto Shippuden (before the start of the Fourth Shinobi War) that left me at the edge of my seat.

#5. Sakura and Chiyo Vs. Sasori (From Season 1, episodes 20-27)

I decided to include this one in my list since I wanted to give credit to Sakura and Chiyo for their victory against the first Akatsuki member who was killed in the series. Their teamwork worked out in the end though both of them sustained grave injuries. A short background story about Sasori’s life was also shown in these episodes which made them even more interesting. This part also showcased Sakura’s development as a kunoichi and a medic ninja. Kudos also to Granny Chiyo for her exemplary skills despite her age.

#4. Danzo Vs. Sasuke (Season 10 Ep. 208-211)

Danzo proved how powerful he was against Sasuke and with both of them possessing the power of Sharingan, the battle was incredibly gripping. The episodes revealed the true power of Danzo and the ten sharingan that he embedded and concealed on his right arm. Sasuke also exhibited his immense strength against a mighty opponent, even managing to defeat him at the end.

#3. Sasuke Vs. Itachi (Season 6 Ep.135-138)

Intense, gripping and emotional—that is how I’d describe the battle between these Uchiha brothers. We all know how strong Uchiha Itachi was, and even at the finale of their fight, he still obviously prevailed against Sasuke even though he died. Aside from the epic clash between them, bits of flashbacks when Itachi murdered the whole clan were also shown. You see, Itachi deserves an award for his perfect portrayal of a villain. (And dang, up to now, his death still makes me go teary.)

#2. Jiraiya Vs. Pain (Season 6 Episodes 129-133)

As the leader of Akatsuki, we knew just how difficult it would be to defeat him, even if his opponent was one of the Sannin. In this battle, we got to see the real power of the Perverted Sage, and learned how he was connected to Pain (Nagato) and Konan. The whole fight was action-packed, especially when the Six Paths of Pain were introduced. Jiraiya was definitely worthy to be called a legend, but I still can’t replay the last part without tearing up. WARNING: You have to prepare a roll of tissue for this scene. 

#1. Naruto Vs. Pain (Invasion of Pain Arc Season 8 Episodes 159-175)

This definitely has got to be the number 1 in this list! This arc lasted for more than 10 episodes and involved many other characters in the battle including Hatake Kakashi and Tsunade. (I also got somewhat traumatized when I thought Kakashi would also die in the series. The consecutive deaths of Itachi and Jiraiya haunted me.) A more powerful Pain attacked the whole village which was destroyed in an instant. And just before everything got worse, Naruto turned up to face the Akatsuki leader after his training at Mount Myōboku. And that was when the epic battle began.

And there you have it! I know I missed a lot of other amazing fight scenes in this list (cause Naruto has tons of that), but I will try to make up for them in case I have the time to write a continuation for this. Words are probably not enough to describe how epic those episodes are, so you guys better check them out and see for yourselves!

Now, which of the battle scenes in Naruto Shippuden do you like the most?

NTT Solmare Corp. Releases “Shall we date?: THE NIFLHEIM+”

NTT Solmare Corp. released another otome game, a new addition to  their long line-up of dating sims. It’s called Shall we date?: THE NIFLHEIM+and the story takes place at Niflheim—the dark, gothic and gloomy world for the dead. The game is for FREE and the graphics are fascinating enough to pique the interest of many fans of Japanese visual novels.

STORY:
Welcome to the world of Niflheim, the darkest and coldest kingdom for the dead, ruled by the King Jean!
This is the story of the Princess, who has awaken from a millennium of sleep by three men (Orlando, J.J. and Philippe), and tries to find her true love, being demanded by King Jean to be his Queen.
Who would he be her everlasting partner? Could the King be the one she can trust and promise, “till death again do us part?” Or, maybe the other?
Let’s find out!

Download it here!

Join Crunchyroll’s Naruto Contest!

To celebrate the birthday of our beloved shinobi from Konoha, Crunchyroll is giving the fans a chance to win exciting prizes!

Source: Crunchyroll

MECHANICS:

  • Share your favorite Naruto memory, or tell what Naruto means to you! You may use one image and fewer than 300 words. (NOTE: The image may be a photograph, digital or traditional artwork, but please do not use official art or work that is not your own!)
  • Ten finalists will be chosen among the entries who will all receive one-year anime memberships to Crunchyroll, as well as a copy of the Naruto Deck Building Game.
  • From the selection of finalists, THREE winners will be selected.

PRIZES:

GRAND PRIZE:

  •  Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution 3 Collectors edition Samurai Costume Naruto Figure
  • Crunchyroll Exclusive Ninetails T-shirt in your size
  • Naruto Shippuden Official Character Guide book (Japanese)
  • Signed Classic Naruto Poster
  • Make Out Paradise Throw Blanket
  • Naruto Shippuden Card Building Game.

TWO RUNNERS-UP: 

  • signed Naruto posters;
  • and various Naruto goods. (All are signed by the voice of Naruto Uzumaki, Junko Takeuchi!)

Winners will be chosen on October 24 at 11:59 PM PST. 

*ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN THIS THREAD.

Tropical Storm “Mario” Hits the Philippines

Credit: Yahoo! Philippines (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

The Philippines is once again hit by another tropical storm as several provinces in the said country are currently being placed under the state of calamity. PAG-ASA (Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) has issued a rainfall warning in various parts of Luzon as follows:

YELLOW RAINFALL WARNING: (possible flooding)

  • Tarlac and Nueva Ecija

ORANGE RAINFALL WARNING: (flooding is threatening)

  • Quezon, Pampanga, Zambales, and Bataan

RED RAINFALL WARNING: (severe flooding expected)

  • Bulacan, Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Batangas

Public storm warning signals are also raised in the following areas:

Storm Signal #1 

Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur and La Union.

Storm Signal #2 

Cagayan including Calayan; Babuyan and Batanes group of islands; Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Abra, and Ilocos norte.

With a maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 100 kph, Tropical Storm Mario (International Name Fung-Wong) is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday morning. However, PAG-ASA also warned the affected areas of landslides and flash floods. Cainta, Rizal and Dagupan, Pangasinan are also put under a state of calamity. Classes have already been suspended in affected cities while La Mesa dam’s water level has already risen above the spilling level of 80.15 meters. (Source: Yahoo! News Philippines)

Meanwhile, MERALCO posted an update on their official Facebook page with a list of areas where electricity is switched off due to flood.

FLOODED AREAS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

Manila = Tondo (Gagalangin), Tondo Proper (Bao, C-2, F.Yuseco, Gen Lukban, Juan Luna, Raxabago, Solis
SFDM = Bgy Mariblo, Paraiso
Valenzuela = Pag-Asa Subd, Serrano Subd, Silangan Park Subd, Upper Serrano, Arty Subd, Manotok Subd, T. Manuel Subd, Don Pedro vill, Elysian Subd, Skyline Subd, Sta Lucia Subd
Malabon = Marcelo Cmpd, Goldendale Vill, La Trinidad Subd,
Navotas = San Rafael Vill
Balintawak = Cypress Vill, Kaingin Vill, Parkway Vill,

For inquiries and assistance, kindly call the following hotline numbers:

Taken from President Aquino’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/noynoyaquino

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Everyone, please be safe! Stay updated and prepared at all times to prevent any injuries or damages. Go to your nearest evacuation centers and asks for assistance by dialing the numbers posted above. Fortunately in my place, it hasn’t flooded yet though it’s been raining nonstop since this morning. Here are the websites of our government agencies that you might want to check for further updates and information:

PAG-ASA

NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council)

MMDA

MERALCO