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09 January 2006 @ 11:21 pm
Movie and anime diary~  
Last week I went to see Memoirs of a Geisha.

Thing is.. I've heard good things mostly, but I heard a really bad review right before I went to see it. But.. I LOVED it! I don't know why anyone would say that it was a bad movie.

It was a bit weird to have most of the background conversations in japanese, and all of the foreground conversations in english. LOL They really should have done the whole thing in japanese, with different actors. I thought all of the actors did REALLY GOOD jobs, but their japanese was horribly accented when they did use it (like even simple things like "onee-chan" and "arigatou") and they definitely couldn't have pulled off better japanese, lol.

But all in all, I thought that it was a really good book adaptation, and a really enjoyable movie! I highly, highly recommend it to any of my friends that's into Japanese culture at all, even though it's a fictional story. I recommend the book also!!

On the other hand, I also saw Chronicles of Narnia. My attention started wandering, and I didn't like it much at all. ^^;;; Weird, since I LOVED the books! But you can't win them all, ne? I thought it was boring, unimaginative, and didn't handle the pace of the story well. (The pace reminded me of the recent Harry Potter, which I wasn't too impressed with either)

I have been very very obsessed with Yakitate! Japan recently, also. ^^;; I caught up with the fansubs. I also started in on Bleach again, and am liking it a lot more this time. I'm actually looking forward to the musical now. ^-^ Not surprisingly at all, Orihime is already my favorite character. (If you've known me for a looooong time, this won't be a surprise to you either ^.^)

I also watched and loved all of Paradise Kiss. Except for the special oav last episode thing. ^^ I finally got over Yukari's seiyuu being someone I associated with an anime character that I despise, yay!

Manga-wise, I want to start reading Purple, which runs in Cookie. I keep trying to read the new chapters of Nana also, but it's way too advanced for me still. -_-;; And I'm a little lost on the story since I skipped a LOT. Wtf happened to my favorite relationship? O.o I read a doujinshi the other day, but it took me over an hour because it doesn't have furigana. -_-;; But practice is practice is practice! I have a new japanese-study partner I think I might start studying with soon!! ^__^ Whee! Oh yeah, and classes..... ew, gotta sign up for those again. I will begin proper classes in April, it looks like.
Current Music: Kimeru - LOVE BITES
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on January 9th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Are you going to take classes at the place that girl on your flist was telling you about? where are they exactly..?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 9th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think so. ^^ I'll tell you about it tomorrow when you and Miyu come over. You're coming with her, right? (2 pm) Classes start this week, but I can't afford to pay for them, so I'll have to wait for next semester.
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Hopeless Dreamer: Kame - Manga - Hyasakusaku on January 9th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Well, if they wanted to have the whole thing in Japanese, he would have to use Japanese actors (since the main girl is Chinese). But I really loved the movie a lot, too. I think it was called "Saiyuri" in Japan, wasn't it?

Yeah I hate the douji's dont have, like, furigana, omg. x_x;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 9th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they changed the name in Japan. Not sure why. O.o;;

I think they should have used japanese actors. But it was definitely still a really good movie! ^o^
Ariel/Kaori: Uke!!!kokoro_no_uta on January 9th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think the problem with Memoirs was that Zhang Ziyi did it. She's chinese, and everyone was ticked that she played a japanese role....^__^;

I love Zhang Ziyi, so, I'm gonna see it anyways
Inez: ishida-kunltgmars on January 9th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I need to read Memoirs before I watch it. And I need to reread Narnia before I watch it.

AND ICHIGO OWNS MY SOUL. I was worried that I'd be disappointed by Tatsuya (anyone who isn't sex-god Ichigo trying to play OMFG I LOVE YOU, ICHIGO is potentially disappointing), but he makes a good the reason I'm still single Ichigo. ^^

I need an Ichigo icon. >_>;;
jean_kun on January 9th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Memoirs yet, though I'm glad that you've enjoyed it! Isn't Michelle Yao in it too? So they dubbed some in Japanese, but kept the rest in English? That's interesting!

Oh! Yakitate!! Japan is definitely a keeper anime! Though I haven't seen that or Bleach in so long XDD Have you seen the BleachMyu? I've only seen about half of it (not live, unfortunately) but it's pretty interesting the way they do things ^^ Anyway good luck with signing up for classes!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 9th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
For Memoirs, only background stuff was fully in japanese. In the beginning, there was a lot, but the movie was primarily in english. ^^ But then they threw in random japanese words like "arigatou" all the time. o.o;;

Yep, I saw Bleach myu live last summer. Didn't know much of anything about Bleach at the time, I just saw it because of the actors.
EMPEROR, MASTER OF DEATH: Laughmonarchist on January 9th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
I adore Yaki. It's freaking hilarious and I just love it. As for Bleach, Captain Ukitake is my favorite - then the incredibly nerdy Ishida. I just really have a thing for anime boys who wear glasses (Tezuka being #1).
C L O V E R: katamaridamacy + bouncing tennis ballidyllica on January 9th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh how art thy wish I was in your boots right now. LOL I really want to see that movie and try watching Chronicles of Narnia in New York, you know...there's a black market there. I feel so country right now. LOL
But I fell asleep watching several scenes. I was like "meh...WTF?"
And Yakitate! Japan I love. I just love...it.. And Paradise Kiss, its okay, but its not my favorite.


Mentioning of classes reminds that I need to do my homework and hopefully get accepted to colleges.
Jey: NANA | RenxNana - Love Mechynoi on January 9th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
I have the same thoughts about Memoirs.

What was your fave relationship in NANA?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
{Nana spoiler below--------------}

Hachi and Ren!!!! I'm so confused as to why she's not with him anymore!!!! ;o; Why is she with Nobu now? ;o;
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ひかり~ちゃんhikarichang on January 9th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
haha yakitate!! japan makes me hungry =3= ... azuma and his awesome skills TOT BLEACHHHHHHHHH!!! hahaha for some reason you remind me of orihime (well the looks XD at least) and weirdly enough she's your favourite character too XDD cosplay her!!! hehe~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm definitely going to!!!! I already have the hair, height (okay, I'm taller), and boobage! XD
imillienimillien on January 9th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Actually the story is not fictional. It was based on real person life. Since she didn't wrote it herself but told it to the author (they meet in US and were friends or something) it was probably changed a little and also there is the whole time perspective but main facts stayed the same.

^_^ I just knew that once you get into Bleach you will like Orihime. She is too adorable, cute and cool not to. It was her actress from the musical that didn't give her justice AT ALL.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
It's not fictional? Waaah, I need to read the book again!!! =D
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Sherrysherryillk on January 9th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, Yakitate is so much love! You should try reading the manga -- SnoopyCool has done 145 chapters or so but the anime has caught up so quickly that it'll overtake it soon. :\
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm going to leave the manga until the anime ends! That way I won't ruin any of the plot ahead of time! ^^
明珠: __soleil 3 raitokiku_cha8_8 on January 10th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Bleach gets really interesting later on... I just watched episode 60 (I only read up to volume 10 which is somewhere around eps. 23 ^^;;) and got a huge spoiler...I'm still sad of what happened... ;_;

but it's getting really interesting! :D All the captains have been introduced
And I still have to pick up Nana one day...
Chiakichiaki777 on January 10th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Yes, JaPan is hilarious.... mmm Umeeeee.

Keep practicing, you'll learn the language well enough to read soon. I'm managing, and I lack skills in reading Japanese by a lot.
Omega: Clover greenlildevilyouko on January 10th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
I thought Memoir of a Geisha was really wonderful. I had three people who wants me to go see it with them. ^^; It's kool though, it's definitely something I would want to watch again in theaters. ^___^
Naveed: Hitsugaya PWNDhitokiri_naveed on January 10th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
"I have been very very obsessed with Yakitate! Japan recently, also."

MUWAHAHA Suwabara is teh smex!! And the Kanmuri! =D Both in their own weird little way. XD XD XD