Gintama Live Action movie + Mitsuba-Hen

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Ruler: Master of the Mask

To start, I have to say that Ruler, had been one of the recent sageuk series that I’ve enjoyed very much. It’s been a while actually since I’ve been able to enjoy a sageuk series at least since Love in the Moonlight. But then again LitM don’t really focused too much on the politics and light enough to enjoy so that’s that. And LitM was pretty to look at so there’s another point.

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When talking about the plot of Ruler, one would have certainly talk about its many characters... no? And to be honest, since I've read many opinions on what they think the series's story was about... I have to say the Ruler's story was not just about Seon, or some says it's Yiseon, or Hwagun, or Gaeun or Daemok. The Ruler's story was actually as it is. It's the story about what it is to become a Ruler. But we'll get back to that last point later.

Crown Prince Lee Seon

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Yiseon/Lee Seon the fake King

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I'm combining both of them since there's already a post on them that already covered enough of them so I don't think there's much left that I could add to it. To be honest, I don't think either of the two girls are lacking compared to each other.

Episode 11

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Episode 12

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Episode 13

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Episode 14

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Episode 15

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Episode 16 aka Finale

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Originally posted on Disqus.... might as well recover most of the meta I wrote here.

Episode 2

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Episode 3

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Episode 4

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Episode 5

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Episode 6

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Episode 7

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Episode 8

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Episode 9

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Episode 10

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( Dec. 13th, 2016 12:37 am)
MOZU: Mozu no Sakebu Yoru, Maboroshi no Tsubasa

Writing this, partially due to a certain post on MDL on what the person stated as the series being a 'disappointment'. To be honest, until now I'm a it bemused at how people would immediately call a series being a disappontment once the ending did not meet their expectations. I saw it before when someone was talking about Triangle, and I saw it now on this short season. Frankly, I feel that the MOZU series were done well. And saying that the screenwriter do bad in setting the pace of the plot would be called a disservice to them.

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MOZU: The Movie

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Finally started watching MOZU: Mozu no Sakebu Yoru...

...and randomly getting Team Batista feels, cos not only Nishijima Hidetoshi starred in this drama.... but Gucchi, aka Itou Atsushi was in this as well. Then Ysurumi Shingo, Shimada Kyusaku... and Tori was in the movie version of the drama continuation. That aside, I love the mystery/suspense/thriller aspect of the drama. Because yes, I love this genre. And the drama adaptaton was very good.

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That aside, I randomly googled other recent dramas Toru did... and some does look like more mystery genres XDD. Also, because of Mozu, I ended up trying to look for drama that had Toru in it as a cop. Which lead me to watching Ishi no Mayu and Suishou no Kodou.

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And you know, funny enough, in a way these 3 dramas kinda ended up being the Police AU version of Team Batista gang in my mind.

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That said, I'm surprised at the quality of these dramas from WOWOW (even when Mozu was also a collab with TBS). In which there's a slight noir quality to the dramas. Have to say I'm looking forward to more quality dramas from WOWOW. But then again, WOWOW used to pick up some of the odd themed dramas in the past. Esp the ones based on manga.

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( Dec. 7th, 2016 12:59 am)
Death Note: Light Up the New World

So my friend told me last week about the launching of the movie as well as asking for ppl to go there in cosplay. Initially wasn't planning to join... but I guess I ended up coming anyway. And I'm not regretting the decision.

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( Nov. 29th, 2016 11:32 am)
Cos I need to post this somewhere...

Revisiting the Kindaichi drama franchise.... I have to say that I do still have some preferences. And not so surprisingly, it doesn't change much. And one can basically sum it all based on the 'era' of the series. Like my fav Kindachi is in this order (most fav to least): Domoto Tsuyoshi > Yamada Ryosuke > Matsumoto Jun > Kamenashi Kazuya. That said, each series had its good parts and not so great.

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( Nov. 2nd, 2016 10:59 am)
Been a while since I've read from this genre... and what way to start with one of the mystery-crime writer that I liked?

The Devotion of Suspect X by Higashino Keigo

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.

When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there’s something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.

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Salvation of A Saint by Higashino Keigo

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied—she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.

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A Midsummer's Equation by Higashino Keigo

Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as "Detective Galileo," has traveled to Hari Cove, a once-popular summer resort town that has fallen on hard times. He is there to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation, which has sharply divided the town. One faction is against the proposed operation, concerned about the environmental impact on the area, known for its pristine waters. The other faction, seeing no future in the town as it is, believes its only hope lies in the development project.

The night after the tense panel discussion, one of the resort's guests is found dead on the seashore at the base of the local cliffs. The local police at first believe it was a simple accident-that he wandered over the edge while walking on unfamiliar territory in the middle of the night. But when they discover that the victim was a former policeman and that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin to suspect he was murdered, and his body tossed off the cliff to misdirect the police.

As the police try to uncover where Tsukahara was killed and why, Yukawa finds himself enmeshed in yet another confounding case of murder. In a series of twists as complex and surprising as any in Higashino's brilliant, critically acclaimed work, Galileo uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.

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Decided to just post this here. Because I rather not set this loose on tumblr and have the nuclear apocolapse on all over again. Knowing the tokutumblr and their extreme factions.

Can't remember if I made any posts before about the Gaim first half of Full Throttle, so putting this here. Regardless, it took me a long time to get back to this. Heh.

Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle

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Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden 2: Duke / Knuckle

I had a plenty of thoughts when watching this, last night. But I can't remember all now so might as well summarize.

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( Sep. 28th, 2016 01:41 pm)
So... on 22 Sept, Shin Godzilla was officially released in Malaysia. So naturally, being a toku-fan as well as quite an avid kaijuu fan; I just had to watch and support the movie. XD

Shin Godzilla

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( Sep. 14th, 2016 01:10 pm)
So, last weekend I went on a bit of movie binge for the 2016 Japan Film Festival (JFF). The random amount of freebies I get was astounding! End up watching Chihayafuru (both parts) as well as Creepy and Bakuman. The rest of this post might be spoilery a bit.

Chihayafuru Kami no Ku & Shimo no Ku )


Creepy )


Bakuman )

Picture set

Beautiful Mind & Good Doctor

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( May. 2nd, 2016 09:34 pm)
Was in the mood, might as well do more...

Oh My Ghost!

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Descendants of the Sun

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( Mar. 16th, 2016 01:32 am)
The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers

No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal; total domination. Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But it assumes even greater importance when a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker with the message that he must go to Bakura-or risk losing everything the Rebels have fought so desperately to achieve.

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Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover

It's been six months since Return of the Jedi, and the Rebel Alliance has become the New Republic while the Empire is in the early stages of splitting into rival factions. Luke Skywalker is now General of the Rapid Response Task Force, a small fleet that the Republic sends as needed to patch up the front and execute special missions. Their current assignment: to track the forces of a theatrical and megalomaniacal Imperial warlord with the unlikely name of Lord Shadowspawn to his home base and bring him to justice. This base turns out to be on Mindor, a former vacation world devastated by repeated meteorite impacts.

When Luke tracks Shadowspawn's forces there, he gets drawn into a trap, as do Han, Leia, and Rogue Squadron who come after him, and Lando Calrissian and the gang of Mandalorian mercenaries who come after them. It turns out that a dark presence has been waiting on Mindor to make its move with a scheme that threatens not only Luke's life, but his very soul...

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The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder, Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained "witches," and a showdown with an invincible foe.

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( Feb. 15th, 2016 08:54 am)
The Fight for Justice by Luke Skywalker by John Peel

Luke Skywalker always felt a call from space, and eventually learned the ways of the Force and became a Jedi Knight. Now, Luke tells the inside story of his battle with the evil Empire!

Captive to Evil by Jude Watson

Princess Leia makes regular entries into her data pad, a palm-sized computer hidden in her belt. In each entry she recalls all the details of her intergalactic capture and rescue--and how she really feels about Han Solo and Luke.

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Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure by Greg Rucka

Han Solo and Chewbacca return in an all-new adventure!

In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han and Chewie must fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.

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Anyway, here's the accompanying motion comic clip

That said, I really don't get why the series even called the 'Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' series. Because apart from the beginning and end of the novels which depict the characters (besides Luke) at the present time period prior to TFA, all the main stories were all revolving around the original trilogy timeline... while trying to shove in settings that don't quite fit or connect to the events in the original trilogy. You might as well just skip this series and just jump to Before the Awakening, Perfect Weapon if you're looking for more stories set around TFA. Or having any pre-TFA vibe. Like I wouldn't even mind a pre-TFA novel where it don't involve a flashback of an event 30+ years ago instead of the present. I mean I'd even read a story on how Han and Chewie went on Rakhtar smuggling business. Or have a story about Luke while not featuring Luke by focusing on how did the Resistance managed to retrieve Artoo and how the rest of the rebels AND Leia were worrying about him! Or have a story on how Leia had been trying to lead the Resistance without Luke and Han by her side. Anything's better than this!


Not gonna read Lost Star any time soon. Unless I needed to gather enough emotion to become a Sith.
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back by Ryder Windham

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

An Empire grows stronger. A rebellion is threatened. A young apprentice learns from a wise master. An identity is revealed. The journey takes a dark turn.

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Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry

It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission and Darth Vader scours the Galaxy for Luke Skywalker, another sinister figure emerges. Cunning and ruthless, leader of a powerful crime syndicate, he will pit himself against Vader for the favor of their mutual master...the dreaded Emperor.

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Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
by Ryder Windham

A rebellion makes its most desperate move. A galaxy hangs in the balance. A new Jedi rises. A circle is completed.
The journey ends.

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I separated this one because I don't like this book so much. But since I've finished reading it I might as well commented on it.

Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster

Luke Skywalker expected trouble when he volunteered to follow Princess Leia on her mission to the planet Circarpous. But he discovered that hidden on the planet was the Kaiburr crystal, a mysterious gem that would give the one who possessed it such powers over the Force that he would be all but invincible. In the wrong hands, the crystal could be deadly. So Luke had to find this treasure and find it fast....

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Star Wars, a New Hope the Novelization by Ryder Wyndham

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

A young Jedi is discovered. A rebellion grows. A deadly weapon unleashes its power. A master confronts his old apprentice. The journey begins a new chapter.

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Rebel Force series by Alex Wheeler

#01 Target

The Death Star has been destroyed. But back at the Rebel base, the celebration is over. The Alliance has intercepted a coded transmission, indicating that the Empire is determined to discover which pilot was responsible for the destruction of the Death Star. New security protocol is in effect: The details of the Death Star mission are now top secret, and no one is to know that Luke fired the decisive shot.

But that's hardly the Alliance's only problem. Almost all their finances were lost with the destruction of Alderaan -- and they are out of money. Their last hope is to access the secret accounts on Muunilinst, the former home of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and the financial heart of the galaxy. So Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, and the droids head for Muunilinst. The Empire's top assassin will be waiting for them

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#02 Hostage

The deadly assassin contracted by the Empire, X-7, is closer than ever to discovering the identity of his target. He's already infiltrated the top levels of the Rebel Alliance and gained Leia's trust. But he still hasn't been able to get Leia to give up the classified information he needs. After all, Leia Organa is unbreakable: the youngest, toughest member of the Galactic Senate, and after its dissolution, the fiercest opponent of the Empire. She's survived kidnapping and torture under Darth Vader, but she's never had to do anything more difficult than her latest mission. She is going home. And X-7 knows it will be the perfect opportunity to destroy her.

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#03 Renegade

Deadly assassin X-7 has infiltrated the Rebel Alliance. Trained by ruthless Commander Rezi Soresh, X-7 is the best there is: he feels nothing and sees everything. Now, he's gunning for the ultimate prize: Luke Skywalker, the pilot that destroyed the Death Star. The seemingly clueless kid from Tatooine proves more resourceful and difficult to eliminate than X-7 could ever have imagined. Surrounded by friends and allies, and with a connection to the Force that grows stronger every day, Luke seems all but impervious to the usual tactics. But X-7 isn't done with him yet. This time, he knows how to bring Luke down. He'll shatter the trust that holds the Rebel Alliance together -- and manufacture the ultimate betrayal.

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#04 Firefight

Deadly assassin X-7 has never failed to complete a mission--until now.

Unmasked and unarmed, he narrowly escapes from the Rebels with his life and little else. His cover may be blown, but he's not returning to Commander Rezi Soresh until his target has been eliminated. This time, he has a new plan. He'll gather six of the best pilots in the galaxy-all of them roguish mercenaries who care nothing about money-and turn them loose on Red Squadron. He counts on his pilot's mercenary instincts to keep them in line. But one of them has a secret that could cost X-7 his victory

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#05 Trapped

Old secrets make new trouble for our heroes as they try to track down their latest enemy.

When valuable prisoner Lune Divinian disappears from his cell on Yavin 4, Luke is determined to find him. As the only link to X-7, the assassin sent to kill Luke, Div is the only hope to staying a step ahead of the Empire. Across the galaxy, X-7 has escaped from Imperial custody. Caught between the past and the present, X-7 must fight the only battle for which he's not prepared: the battle with his identity. But his desperate confusion makes him more dangerous than ever. A chance encounter and a figure from the past bring X-7, Luke, and Div together for a final showdown that will reveal everything—or destroy them all.

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#06 Uprising

It was supposed to be a simple mission to the palace of Nyemari. Quick, covert, easy. But before the Rebels can get off the planet, Luke receives a mysterious--and deadly--message from former Imperial Commander Rezi Soresh. Though Soresh's assassin, X-7, didn't manage to kill Like, Soresh hasn't given up on vengeance.

Luke must surrender himself, or Soresh is prepared to kill a ship full of innocent travelers. Luke has no choice: to save the hostages, he must follow Soresh's directions. Even if they lead straight into a trap.

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Just decided to dump everything together. And compile all the Rebel Force set review all in one post. Never thought I could love the series so much.

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( Jan. 15th, 2016 10:40 pm)

Journey to the Star Wars The Force Awakens : Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci & Jason Fry

Prior to Force Awakens, General Leia was approached again by the droid PZ-C04 to try to finally start on recording her memoirs. Finally relenting on the request, she started recalling about a mission called Operation Yellow Moon where she acted as a moving target in order to gain more time for the Alliance in order to prepare for the future battle on the second Death Star.

The main story sets prior to the beginning of the Return of the Jedi. While still worrying about the fate of Han Solo, news of a second Death Star was heard. Not wanting to remain idle, Leia started to suggest a dangerous mission to redirect the Empire's main force away from the battlefield. During that mission, she learnt a valuable lesson that she felt all of them needed to keep to heart.

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Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning

The deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine by no means spelled the end of the Empire. In the aftermath, the New Republic has faced a constant struggle to survive. Now a new threat looms: a masterpiece of Alderaanian art—lost after the planet’s destruction—has resurfaced on the black market. It conceals a vital secret—the code used to communicate with New Republic agents undercover within the Empire.

When a dispute at the auction erupts into violence, the painting vanishes in the chaos. Han and Leia are thrust into a desperate race to reclaim it. As they battle against marauding TIE fighters, encroaching stormtroopers, and Tatooine’s savage Tusken Raiders, Leia’s emotional struggle over the specter of her infamous father culminates in the discovery of an extraordinary link to the past.

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Two books... and slightly longer reviews. Then again it's because most of my gushes on those other novels ended up on my tumblr where I shamelessly shared random excerpts from the novels.

Then again I'm mostly going to start these kinda reviews on the books that REALLY captured my interests. XD


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