Saturday, May 29, 2010

龍馬伝 Ryoma-den

Chicago-kun
I had fun trying to figure out what photo would fit this entry. I went with Chicago in his classic "What do you mean you'd rather watch TV than me? I'm so damn cute!"

Like I mentioned before, I've been watching Japanese TV with my parents a lot recently. About 4 times a week. One of the show is NHK's Taiga Drama: Ryoma-den starring the ever beautiful and sexy Fukuyama Masaharu.

I haven't been into the Taiga dramas for a while -I used to watch back in elementary through high school- but when I heard Masha would be portraying Ryoma, I couldn't resist. Yes, I am one of those people who picks what to watch by who is in it. I love Masha!!

The story has been interesting so far. I don't know much about Ryoma, or Japanese history in general for that matter, so I can't comment on the historical accuracy. But I did fall in love with Masha as Yukawa in Galileo and I can honestly say I find him to be an amazing actor. Ryoma is completely different from Yukawa. For one thing, Ryoma laughs. A lot. The way his eyes waver in uncertainty is irresistible.

Part 1 has just finished over here (we're a few weeks back because of subs and stuff) and in Part 2 Ryoma grows up a bit and becomes even more handsome! Yes, I watch this for the plot. (^_^)v

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The problem with grad school

Boston
...is that with all that money you invest into it, it makes you feel that you need to pursue a career in that field to make you feel like you haven't wasted thousands of dollars.

Not saying that I don't want to be a librarian anymore, especially since I haven't even started, but I find the money that went into my degree holding me back from considering other fields that I and my experience and my skills and my heart may be suited for.

My time in Boston, the things I saw, the photos I've taken, the things I've felt and, most importantly, the friendships I have now because of my time there are priceless and irreplaceable and I wouldn't give them up for anything. I honestly believe I was in Boston when I was because I was meant to be there at that time to meet the people that I did.

I have no regrets. I'm just bitter at how much I'm letting money guilt trip me.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

相棒 "Partners"

Growing up, I used to watch Japanese dramas with my mom. She had, and still has, a thing for mysteries, cop dramas and historical fiction and this naturally shaped my exposure to Japanese TV. A particular favorite of ours was a cop series call "Dekakizoku" specifically seasons 2 and 3. It followed a group of detectives at a station somewhere in Tokyo. They were all wonderful human beings with their own quirks and more often than not, solving the case was like a game (though they were very serious when it came to the weight of human life).

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baccano!

Grand Central Station

It seems only appropriate that I use a photo of Grand Central Station to talk about Baccano! In standard fangirl form, I really want to go back to New York just so I can visit the places that have or may have inspired the scenery in the anime. The staff did such an amazing job of Grand Central Station that it makes me feel as if finding other places won't be very difficult.

Baccano! is a difficult series to explain on a general level. 16 episode anime. Currently 15 book novel series.Takes place in the 1930s, 2000s and 1700s. Involves more characters than I'm willing to count, half of whom are immortals, in interweaving story lines which literally span centuries and continents. And it's so much fun.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time passes

Time passes

Much has happened in the past month and a half and I'm not quite sure where to start or how much is too much information, but I'll just start writing and hopefully that will all sort itself out. This gets long so I'll try out this cut thing that I've never tried out on Blogger before. So many new toys.