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10 day holiday hiatus!

Summer holiday is here, which means I shall be off the grid for 10 days.

My boyfriend and I will be going to Edinburgh, Scotland and then a couple of days in London to visit my parents and brother who live there.

With that said, I shall see you all within I fortnight! Happy Summer!

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Nr. 5! Countdown top 10 favourite anime list!

Originally I had Patlabor set on this spot… But! With the anime I’ve been watching lately I have rearranged my list. Therefore I am kicking Patlabor out of the list (sorry, Alfonso) and replacing nr. 5 with the original nr. 4 list holder.

This anime is one that I believe a lot of people will know. It is a bit of a harem anime (though I never saw it as one). What interested me the most with this anime is that it has mystery, love, humour and magic (plus I really identified with the main character Tooru).

If you are unfamiliar with Chinese Astrology, get ready to learn about with this popular anime….I am talking of course about;

Fruits basket

Fruits basket is the first anime I ever owned on dvd, which is probably why I am a bit biased. The story attracted me a lot because when I was a teen I was very interested in feng shui and the Chinese zodiac (now that I am older that totally disappeared though).

The story

Fruits Basket is about a girl (no parents) who you think is a normal school going teen.

Though what nobody knows is that she actually lives in a tent in the woods because her grandfather is renovating his house and she doesn’t want to burden him (or the rest of her aweful family).

Tooru comes back from work one day to find her tent being covered wih dirt and rocks by a landslide. She is found by Yuki (one of her schoolmates) and his cousin Shigure. They decide to take her in into their home, where she can stay for as long as needed.

But the Sohma family hold a deep dark secret.

Whenever they are hugged by someone of the opposite sex… that person transforms into one of the zodiac signs (including the 13th zodiac sign, the cat!)

Bonus, when they transform back after a while there is one small detail to keep in mind.

Naked men.

The story follows Tooru’s life during the time she lives with the Sohmas. She meets most of the family members (mainly those who are cursed) and tries to help them resolve the curse.

You’ll find romance in the story as well, mostly between Tooru, Yuki (rat zodiac) and Kyo (cat zodiac).

Who she ends up with? Well that you’ll have to see for yourself.

Verdict

This series was something truly fun to watch. So many jokes, so much suspense and love. A show I think is definitely worth to watch.

Also…high school girls.

So here you have my nr. 5 on my favourite Anime list!

Hope you enjoyed, take care and have a nice day!

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Build a Harem Tag!

A harem? For me? Oh my…

Thank goodness it’s only a tag and not real life because a harem is just insane.

As for the tag…. Thank you Raistlin for tagging me! I appreciate you thought of me when you had to tag people who can build their own Harem!

Now time for a little secret. There was a time I watched a lot of reverse harem anime series. I’ve seen quite a few, yet I had to Google some of the terms used within in this tag.

So a Harem Anime is usually about a boy being the centre of attention for multiple female characters, the number can variate between 3 to sometimes even 12 (imagine having 12 women going crazy over you all at the same time). Sometimes the person even lives in the same house with said characters!

Then you have the Reverse Harem anime. Where a female is the object of affection for multiple men!

In this tag I will focus on (as the rule tag states) 5 male characters.

Without further ado… here are the rules!

RULES!

  1. Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!
  2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.
  3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!
  4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).
  5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)
  6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!

THE HAREM!

THE KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR – Oscar from Tenshi Angelique s.1

Oscar is the true romantic version we’ve all read about in stories when it comes to knights. He is respectful, flirtatious, honourable and ready to defend and protect you from harm! On a noble steed nonetheless (he actually rides a horse in the anime). Not to mention he is a redhead. I mean what is not to love about him?

THE CHILDHOOD FRIEND – Charlie Wong from Tenshi Anglique s.2

Charlie Wong is almost a bit like Oscar. He is polite, respectful, but where Oscar is a major flirt, Charlie is a gentlemen (with a dash of flirt). He listens to you, he knows your likes and dislikes and he becomes your best friend. It is like he has known you forever, which is what happens between him and the leading lady in the anime he is from. But unlike most stereotypical childhood friends, Charlie is the lucky one and manages to get out of the friend zone and into the love zone. Which is probably why he is my favourite as this is exactly what happened between me and my boyfriend. Best friends first and suddenly….well…you get the picture.

THE “SIGH, REALLY?” KUDERE TYPE – Saitou Hajime from hakuouki

Saitou, such a distant cold man at first but eventually he shows his true colours. He is a leader, tough and ready to defend those he cares for. He won’t come to your aid though unless he knows you really can’t get out yourself. If you fall he will leave you right where you are. But if you fall and are hurt, he will turn back and become the helpful loving man you knew was in there somewhere.

THE “I AM MAGNIFICENT” VS. “NO, WAIT I SUCK” TSUNDERE TYPE – Howl Jenkins Pendragon from Howl’s moving castle

Ah, my first anime crush. Aside from mamoru from Sailor moon…and Haku from Spirited Away *coughs*. Howl is a special one indeed. He believes himself to be magnificent and will not give you credit for anything (even if you did most of the work). He will call you foolish, childish, spoiled…basically all the things he is as well. But! Behind that tough exterior is a hurt man. A man who needs love, true love, someone to restore his heart. Once he knows you are the one to do this, he is all yours.

Aside from the fact when his hair turned orange and he had a nervous breakdown about it…so much of a breakdown he actually turnes into a pile of green slime (drama queen much?). His heart is in the right place and he will protect you for the rest of his life.

THE “RESERVED BUT POWERFUL” DANDERE TYPE – Kakashi from Naruto

What makes a man in a mask so incredibly sexy? I bet Kakashi knows, because he never leaves the house without it (or his bed, or his shower…). Kakashi is a strong man. Quiet and reserved. He will kill you if he has to, the man has done it before. Therefore Kakashi is a great example of a dandere. What makes him so desireable in my eyes? Well, his eyes for that matter, not to mention his overall physique, lean and strong like a man should look…instead of those ridiculous bodybuilder high on steroids and proteinshake people out there.

Furthermore Kakashie is honourable and will fight to save those dear to him, not to forget the man has a great sense of nonverbal humour. Let’s just hope he doesn’t wear the mask to hide his bad breath.

Nomination!

It is really difficult to nominate people for this tag who haven’t been nominated already. I shall do my best, but if you have already been nominated, my apologies!

  • Thebookwormdrinketh – I really want to see you do this!
  • Kawaiipaperpandas – yes, I want to know your picks too!
  • Moe404 – I really hope you haven’t been tagged yet!
  • The Animessenger – same goes for you!
  • Chizure – you have been gone for a long time, but I still want to tag you for when the moment comes when you come back 🙂 hope all is well!
Geen categorie · Movie Reviews

Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

H.p. Lovecraft, ghosts, dolls, kidnpping, torture. Just a few keywords to inform you what this movie is about.

You take a mother with two daughters, you let an aunt pass away which means the family needs to move to take care of the house of said aunt. You throw in two dudes with a candy van and voila,

The recipe for Incident in a Ghostland 2018.

I love horror stories though I have a few peeves. Not triggers, but things I don’t really want to see in a horror movie.

Dolls are one of them. Dolls freak me out especially the ones used for ventriloquism. Not all of them, just the ones that look human enough or have those huge round eyes (remember the doll from Goosebumps? Yeah, that was my nightmare as a child).

The movie Ghostland has dolls, many dolls and though they are not the focus point, I had to turn my head a few times.

So what is Ghostland actually about?

Minor Story Spoiler Alert

Two girls and their mother are on their way to the house of the mom’s sister. She passed away and now the mother as inherited the house. During the journey they are passed by a van, a candy van to be specific. The driver of the van waves at them before continuing. The two daughters do not get along with each other. The older sister, Vera, is always annoyed with her (one year younger) sister, Elizabeth, who wants to be a horror novelist. Vera is also pissed at her mother because moving meant leaving her boyfriend behind.

They stop at a gas station, where the candy van appears again, before reaching the house of their aunt. The house is old and dark and filled with dolls. Yup, dolls. From big to small, porcelain to plastic. Even inside a chinese puzzlebox which functions as a mirror. The family is in the house for not even an hour and Elizabeth miraculously gets her period for the first time ever (which basically freaks her out as her pants are covered with a giant red spot.) Unluckily for Elizabeth the horror doesn’t stop there. Two men (a large obese bald guy and a thin man dressed as a woman) break into the house, knock the mother out and grab hold of both Vera and Elizabeth. The fat man takes the two girls down to the basement, sniffs their crotches and drags Vera with him (as she is not on her period).

Elizabeth doesn’t do thing, being too scared shitless with everything going on. She only cries and wails and hides her face each time something happens. The mother luckily appears and kills the thin man and the fat man.

Fast forward to years later. Elizabeth is an adult, a famous horror novelist with a husband and a son named Harlequin (yes, you may laugh).

She gets a call from Vera who apparently has been so severely traumatised by past events the mother keeps her locked up in her house (the aunt’s original house). Elizabeth drives to her mother to visit her and her sister. Mother and daughter have a great time while Vera is being mentally haunted by the trauma. She screams, attacks others and even hurts herself. She tries to convince Elizabeth she is being attacked and that mom isn’t telling Elizabeth the truth about her.

Now at this point I thought for a moment that the mom was behind these weird attacks on Vera. I mean why would you lock up your own child instead of going to an asylum? Why stay in the house where you and your daughters were attacked and almost killed? And why is Vera being attacked and not Elizabeth who did shit during the attack?

Well these questions were quickly answered…

Huge spoiler alert!

It’s all a dream. Yup, you heard me. Elizabeth wakes up from her dream world and is still 15 years old, still in her aunt’s house and her mother is still dead. Vera and Elizabeth are being kept as dolls by the two men (though one is more of a retard than a man). It’s unknown how long they have been in yhe house, but probably not very long. Both are beaten up pretty badly, Vera more so than Elizabeth. It’s Elizabeth’s turn now and the yhin man dresses her up in a doll dress and puts make up on her. Prior to this, Vera warned Elizabeth toobey and not cry and definitely not move should the big man choose her to play with. Yes, it is that sick.

I won’t go into details but this scene disgusted me a lot.

Elizabeth finally gets balls and manages to attack the fat man. The two girls escape the house and manage to make it to the road where they are spotted by a police car. Alas they are not saved. The thin man followed them and shoots both cops before taking the girls back to the house. Elizabeth goes back into her dream world state… (you can tell I am annoyed with this). In the house Vera gets picked to get tortured now but both girls are saved for real this time as a 3rd cop arrives (he was notified through radio when the cops first encountered the girls). He kills both men and the girls are saved for real this time.

Conclusion and rating

This movie gave me mixed feelings. The story was good, though massively disturbing, and the whole plot of Elizabeth making up a dreamworld to aviod having to face reality was realistic. I was very annoyed with Elizabeth’s behaviour of not fighting for her life (now before you start the hate, I know very well we all react differently in these type of situations. I was mainly annoyed because I did fight. So seeing someone not fight, triggers me to think about what could have happened if I hadn’t fought).

One point that bothered me most were the acting skills. And only the skills of the actress who portrayed the adult version of Elizabeth. This lip botox filled chick delivered a very unconvincing performance. The mother was brilliant as was young Vera and young Elizabeth.

As for the rating. It isn’t a bad horror if you like disturbing, torture and psychological movies. Story wise it deserves a positive grade, therefore I rate it a;

6 out of 10

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Death Wish (2018)

Death Wish is a remake of the 1974 Death Wish movie.

Top two actors in this movie are;

Bruce Willis and Vincent D’onofrio.

Now Vincent is a legend. I’ve seen him play Wilson Fisk in the Netflix series Daredevil and man, this man is such a talented actor.

He might be hard to recognize in this movie (having hair and eyebrows this time instead of none at all like in Daredevil). He also might not be the lead of the story, but his character is very important and he does his supporting roll so well, you just got to love him.

On to Bruce, because let’s admit it, the man is also an icon. I must have seen a ton of movies where he plays the lead, though as always I feel the man is very typecasted, probably due to his looks 😉 but it doesn’t matter. The man acts, delivers and does not dissappoint.

In Death Wish, Willis plays Paul Kersey. A Doctor, a father and a husband. Overall Paul is a normal man, he works hard, he loves his wife and daugter, he has a beautiful house and a good relationship with his brother (played by Vincent D’Onofrio).

But as in real life, a small thing can cause a man to follow the path into the dark side (or light side depending on your opinion). Paul because the victim of a terrible tragedy and instead of letting the law and police handle things, he takes matters into his own hands.

Plot spoiler alert

Paul is at work when 2 victims of a shooting are braught in. Paul isn’t allowed to do the surgery as it turns out the victims are is wife and daughter. His wife dies but his daughter goes into a coma. Paul is set on finding out who did this to his family and he goed pretty far in taking justice into his own hands.

Whilst continuing the search for his wife’s murderers, he takes on other criminals, incognito. Well-known drug dealers, robbers, rapists. No one is safe.

The media portays Paul in two ways, a hero and a criminal. Not everyone agrees with the way this unkown man handles things.

But Paul is new to this world of guns and sneaking about. He gets hurt quite often and makes mistakes. The local detectives are on his tail but this doesn’t stop Paul from finding what he was looking for and dealing with it.

In the end the detectives find out who has beem dealing with all of these criminals and decide to look the other way. Which I really did not see coming and I loved it!

Rating

The reason why I loved this movie was pretty much because of the character Paul Kersey. I guess at some point in our life we wish we could have taken matters into our own hands or serving justice ourselves.

I rate this movie an 8 out of 10

Anime reviews · Geen categorie · Toy Review

Transformers toy review; Fanstoys FT-24 Rouge

Now this may not be the type of review you might expect to find on my blog.

You read it right in the title, this is a Transformers related review, but not about a movie or a series. It will be about a toy.

For those of you who are Transformers fan or have seen the show back in the 80s/90s. You probably recognise this character as Arcee. First appearance in the 1986 Transformers the Movie. She is one of the most well-known female autobots (there are more but lets face it, at the time girls were not the target audience and apparently that was reason enough not to include many females in the show).

There have been more than one 3rd party (not official toy brands) that created Arcee as a toy. Yet this particular 3rd party, known as Fanstoys, was the one that people were anticipating the most! The Fanstoys FT-24 Rouge. (Not pronounced as roak…you dimwits…)

Issues

Now that people have finally gotten their hands on this figure a lot of issues were brought to light.

Not about the way she looks, her paintjob or accessoires. The issues are regarding her mobility, but most importantly her transformation into car mode.

Those of you who have Transformers figures, whether its from a 3rd party, a k.o, or a Hasbro / Takara masterpiece figure, you all know the importance of a smooth transformation from bot to toy.

It starts with Arcee’s right leg which is practically unmoveable at the hip. It comes to the point where you have to practically almost yank it out in order for it to come lose and from then it’s fine and poseable.

But then we get to the actual transformation. And……. I have to admit….I stopped.

After 5 minutes.

It was too flimsy, I was too afraid I’d break it. I couldn’t move certain things without causing paint to get scraped off the toy. I left it alone and transformed it back to her bot mode. I gave my boyfriend permission to do it because he is an expert when it comes to this. So we shall see how that works out.

Until then…

She will be put on the shelf next to all our other Transformers and will stay there as a figure. Forever.

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Nr. 6! Countdown top 10 favourite anime list.

This anime is probably one of the most well-known anime. If you haven’t seen it, chances are you have heard of it or know someone who has.

The series first aired in Japan in 1989 and in Europe near 2000. Now this show is actually a sequel, and originally also based on the manga.

Imagine aliens, who look like humans but have insane strength and power and when reaching their ultimate peek they turn into even more majestic looking humans.

I am talking of course…..

About Dragonball Z !

I remember coming home from school and this show would be waiting for me. I was one of the view people in my class who watched it (let alone watch any anime or play anime games, my schoolfriends sucked).

From episode 1 I was hooked and I mean hooked! I would draw the characters, shout along whenever someone said ‘kamehame’. …good times!

Dragon ball Z is about a young man named Goku. Goku is not human, he is actually from an alien race called Saiyan. Originally in the prequel show, Dragon Ball, he was sent to Earth in order to destroy it. But he gets into an accident and suffers memory loss causing him to forget his original goal, thus he is raised on Earth as a human.

Back to Dragon Ball Z. Goku is married to Chi-Chi, together they have a child called Gohan and Goku lives his life by engaging in tournaments or stopping villians from destroying the planet.

The first season of the show focusses mainly on Goku meeting his brother Raditz, who was send to Earth and check on his brother as to why the planet still hasn’t been destroyed.

The meeting doens’t go too well as Goku ends up dying (which is always awesome when the main character dies within the first couple of episodes). Raditz and Goku arw both destroyed by Piccolo, another alien but a friend of Goku. Raditz warns them that two more Saiyans are heading to Earth in order to destroy it. With Goku dead, Piccolo and most of Goku’s frienss start to train in order to stop the new Saiyans from destroying Earth.

Meanwhile Goku (who is still dead) travels through Snake way to visit King Kai, where he will train in order to get strong enough to help with the battle. He is later brought back to life by the Dragon Balls.

“Just cause I am dead, doesn’t mean I am not alive!”

Dragon balls are magical objects (orange coloured balls each painted with a certain number of stars). You need seven in total in order to be able to make a wish. After the wish the Dragon balls scatter across the planet, ready to be found again.

“Hold on to your balls!”

So to conclude, Dragom Ball Z ran for a long time with many seasons and storylines, some more ridiculous than the other but always very much loved.

It is definitely worth a watch especially if you were a kid born in the 80s and had a 90s childhood.

One of my all time favourites!

Hope you enjoyd this blog, have a great day and as always….take care!