Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YuYu Hakusho Volume 18 ~ review

The final story arc continue on in Volume 18 of YuYu Hakusho manga. Will the friendship between Yuusuke, Hiei, Kurama and Kuwabara crumbles under the pressure of the powerful demons that are now conquering the Demon World? How will the story develop? Here's my review of the penultimate volume of the manga series.

This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven't read the manga and planned to do so, please stay away from this post if you don't want the story spoiled for you.

Just to recap, this final story arc began in Volume 17 with Yuusuke, Hiei and Kurama were each visited by representatives of three powerful demons that are currently fighting for supremacy in the Demon World. Each of them were invited to join the respective group/clan to strengthen their territory that they each conquered and finally take over all of the Demon World. Yuusuke then decided to join his "demon blood-related father" Raizen, Kurama joined the blind demon Yomi, while Hiei went to join Mukuro's group. So what has our protagonists been up to in the Demon World within each group?

There are altogether 9 chapters for this volume, and the first 4 chapters are interestingly different than the others, which set up the stage beautifully for this volume. In the first two chapters, we get to see how's Hiei been doing with Mukuro's group/clan. Although Hiei had been a very popular character in the manga (at least based on the readers poll), we don't really know much about his character, or more specifically his past, and in this two chapters we got the chance to do that. It's interesting to learn and explore his dark past, and even though it was not much, at least we get to know more about his background and the history behind his cold behaviour.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Music Jam ~ Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Alif Satar for October 2014

It's been awhile since I last post about music that I like so let's talk about music now and what music I've been jamming to lately. There's a lot of good stuff out there, so below are some of the music that I keep on repeating on my laptop while working, or dancing to in my car while driving. Just a side note, even though I put 'October' in the title post, it doesn't mean that the songs I'm listed below were released in October. I just want to differentiate this post with my older post about music, hence the month and the year in the title. Make sense? Now let's turn on the music!

Ed Sheeran ~ Don't

Ed Sheeran had released a new music video for a new song a couple of weeks ago called 'Thinking Out Loud' but I'm still enjoying his song 'Don't'. It is such a cool song with interesting lyrics. I've read an article my friend forward to me before that this song is about Ellie Goulding, who he had a fling with (or so he thought) before she hooked up with Niall Horan from One Direction instead. I'm not sure how true is that article though, you could never 100% sure what you read online nowadays. Whatever it is, I hope everything goes well for him and I hope he keeps continuing on making good music.

Check out Don't MV here.

Sheppard ~ Geronimo

When I first listen to 'Geronimo', I thought it was an odd song with strange arrangement. But after awhile, the song grew on me and I thought to myself, "Hey, it is a good song!". It was truly addictive listening to the song and it was not even your typical pop song that usually have that addictive vibe. This indie pop band from Australia had even been signed with music manager, Scooter Braun (the one who discovered Justin Bieber on YouTube), for their US launch. I'm pretty sure we will be hearing a lot from this band in the future. I hope they have great success!

Enjoy Geronimo MV here.

Colbie Caillat ~ Try

This is truly an inspirational song, and it's accompanied by an inspirational music video too. Although the lyrics and music video suits more to girls and women, I don't see why boys and men can't learn something from this song too. Boys and men do face peer pressure to 'fit in' too sometimes but I have to say in these days and age, girls and women face tougher challenges and pressures amidst all these unrealistic ideas on what beauty is. Yes, we all can learn a thing or two from this song. Let our inner beauty shine everyone.

Watch Try MV here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What to watch? ~ 2014 movies: October

October's here, and in a few months more we will be in 2015. How time flies! There are some potentially good movies coming out this month so you better get ready for them. But like I always said, some movies might not be as good as we would expect them to be. It can be quite disappointing especially if you are looking forward to see them. Hopefully these movies I listed below will be good. Without further delay, let's begin.

1. Annabelle

After terrorizing horror fans last year, Annabelle, the creepy doll from The Conjuring, will get its own movie this year. The film will serve as both a prequel and spin-off of The Conjuring, and it is directed by John R. Leonetti and produced by James Wan, who is the director of The Conjuring. John R. Leonetti had served as cinematographer for James Wan a few times before, so hopefully he got a few tips from him on how to make a good horror movie. To be honest, I'm not too convinced yet on this movie but I think I might eventually be interested to check it out in the cinema. Annabelle was released in movie theaters on October 3, 2014.

2. Gone Girl

I'm really interested in this movie's plot. It's about a guy who is suddenly put under the spotlight as the nation follows the search of his missing wife. But as the authorities investigate the matter, more secrets come out and many suspicious eyes targeted at the grieving husband, and more are convinced that the husband is not as innocent as he seems to be. But did he really got anything to do with the disappearance of his wife? It's a mystery film and that's what I like about it, I'm eager to find out the truth behind this tragic incident. The movie also received critical acclaim, and that makes me even more excited about it. Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens and Carrie Coon, this film adaptation from a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn was released in cinemas on October 3, 2014.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Maze Runner (film) ~ review

I've been waiting for this film for quite some time, and now that I had watched it, it's time to finally review it. This movie review is spoiler-free, so for those who haven't watch the movie yet, not to worry, you won't have the movie spoiled for you.

The Maze Runner is a science-fiction, action film based on the book of the same name by James Dashner, and starred Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Blake Cooper, among others. The movie is about a teenage boy named Thomas who woke up and find himself trapped in a center of a giant maze with no memory of his past life. Together with the rest of the boys in the maze, Thomas must race against time to uncover the secret of the maze and find his way to freedom.

First of all, let's start with the story that this movie is trying to tell. Is it good? Personally, I really like the story a lot. It is entertaining, it keeps me guessing on what's coming up next (yes, I haven't read the book), it has the right atmosphere of despair and desperation but at the same time not too dark that could make it not suitable for younger audiences. It has a mystery element in it too and I'm enjoying my journey trying to solve the puzzle and mystery of the maze with the characters. Based off a book, the movie certainly find its ways and shortcuts to explain certain key points from the book (you can actually notice it eventhough you have not read the book). While overall the plot is quite easy to understand, the movie certainly doesn't take its time to properly explain certain things. But don't worry, even though you feel like you were left off some minor plot points, you can still enjoy the movie and it doesn't impact your enjoyment of watching it either, well at least it didn't impact me, so hopefully it won't impact yours too.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ladies' Code Tribute ~ Rest In Peace EunB & RiSe

I believe all K-pop fans would have known the unfortunate event that befall Ladies' Code, one of the beloved K-pop girl group, which is the deaths of its two members; EunB and RiSe, due to a car accident. Whether you're a fan of the group or not, you would have to admit how tragic the news was not only to South Korean music industry, but also to K-pop fans worldwide, and certainly had left many in shocked and tears.

Image: EunB (left) and RiSe

A little background on the group for those who are new to them. Ladies' Code with members Ashley, Zuny, Sojung, RiSe and EunB, is under the management of Polaris Entertainment company in South Korea. Some of the members were already in the entertainment industry before the formation of the group such as Sojung who was a finalist on the talent show The Voice of Korea, and RiSe who participated in Miss Korea 2009 as representative from Japan. Debut in 2013, the 5-member group gained popularity with their debut song, Bad Girl, which was the lead track for their debut mini-album, Code#01. They follow that with the release of their first digital single, Hate You. Not long after that, they made another comeback with their 2nd mini-album, Code#02 Pretty Pretty, with the music video for Pretty Pretty featured a more fun and quirky concept than their previous releases. In 2014, they had released two singles; So Wonderful, an 80's influenced song, in February; and Kiss Kiss in August, which saw them gone back to their fun and quirky style like they did with Pretty Pretty.

The tragic accident happened in the early morning of September 3, 2014 when the van carrying the group along with their manager and a stylist crashed into a protective wall. Further investigation by the authority revealed that the van's back tire had fall out from the vehicle, and due to the rainy condition, had caused the van to skid and crashed into the protective wall. EunB passed away as a result of the accident while the rest were injured and rushed to the hospital. Sojung and RiSe were under critical condition; while Sojung condition stabilized later on, RiSe on the other hand succumbed to her injuries and passed away several days after the accident.

This sad event is certainly hard for family members and friends of both EunB and RiSe, so let us pray that they will be given strength to go though this, and my deepest condolences for their tragic loss. Hopefully Sojung, Zuny and Ashley will be strong too and may they get well soon.

Rest in peace EunB and RiSe.