29 Jun 2012

Uta no Prince sama Anime review

English: Uta no Prince Sama
Synonyms: Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%, UtaPri
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011
Producers: A-1 Pictures, Dwango, Showgate
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo, Harem
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

When I first heard about this show, I already had suspected that it was going to be a harem, for I had already watched La Corda d'Oro, which also had a musical theme to it. 
However, the only differences... Uta no Prince-Sama Maji Love 1000% doesn't center around magic, and the talent is all real. The show is pretty predictable as your watch. But if you know that going in, it makes it enjoyable. You’re waiting for those expected moments to happen and can celebrate when they do. Utapri is cheesy too. Though like the predictability, it adds to the show’s charm.

Haruka Nanami who has a dream of being a famous composer after falling for singing idol Hayato. She attends Saotome Academy, ran by a headmaster who’s so eccentric that it would put Albus Dumbledore to shame. There she meets six lovely men all with talent for singing and music. At the end of the year to graduate, one composer must be paired with an idol to pass and win their debut. But Haruka must face her biggest trial when all six men choose her to be their partner.

The cast of characters is definitely a high point. Though, Nanami is much to be desired as the main character. She’s the stereotypical “Oh no! Look how clumsy I am, but I have a huge heart!” This is nothing new in this genre. It would be nice to see a new mold in reverse harem anime where the main chick is actually mean and catty. She meets the men and gets put down. It’s the kindness of the men that help her change into that better person. Nanami does have some redeeming qualities that make her tolerable. For example, she starts the school lacking the ability to read music. But through hard work and effort, she teaches herself to not let her friends down. Her talent is something she works for which is admirable.

The men are honestly the greatest part of the show. The six of them counterbalance each other well. One or two of them aren’t quite as interesting, but they would miss them if they weren’t in the show. First there’s Ittoki, who’s the optimistic one of the group. He pairs well with Nanami and usually can help her convince the group to partake in activities. Ichinose is the boy who has the biggest drive in the plot. The last several episodes revolve around him and for good reason. He has secrets being kept from the rest of the cast.

Hijirikawa and Ren are the next two. They grew up together and are roommates, but act as if they don’t like each other. Hijirikawa is serious and conservative while Ren is quite the flirt. Finally, there are Syo and Natsuki who are childhood friends. Syo’s character is interesting because he’s the shortest. One would think that he would be cute and adorable. But he’s tough and won’t take crap from anyone including Natsuki. Natsuki takes the role of being the one in the group who loves adorable things. But he has a dark side which was both humorous and surprising.

Music is such a big part of this show. Every episode has a character song in it. It’s well written. The metaphors in the song usually push the underlying feelings of the character singing. These feeling might not have a chance to be directly stated, so adding that extra layer adds to the character development. But since it’s such a big part of these characters and their lives, one must be curious to read the manga. I want to know how the music transfers over, and how it transfers to written form.
But if you are a fan of character songs, you won’t be disappointed in this show.

The art and animation is great even if the boys frolic like they’re trying to fling off invisible jellyfish.  The fluidity of their movements is well drawn as well as their facial expressions in the moment. It is subtle aspects and details that can really make an anime. For example, the frays on their clothes actually move. Other shows sometimes make the option to overlook this detail. The end of the last episode when Starish (the boys’ band) performs their debut song has surprises too. Instead of replaying the ending animation again, they added new parts to look for through the end credits. It’s rewarding that they didn’t repeat material.
One big critique lies in Nanami’s animation. She is the only character that doesn’t have light drawn in her eyes. It’s off putting especially since she’s the light to these men.

If Utapri was a few episodes longer, things could have more time to be fully explained. But there’s so much time focused on Ichinose towards the end of the season that the other men are left out. It’s the only bit of insight we have on everyone’s past
Overall, Utapri is definitely not for everyone. It’s not the greatest or most ground breaking anime, but it’s enjoyable. Ladies would appreciate it if they want to have a fun girl’s night together. You can stare at the pretty men and roll your eyes at Nanami. The characters are fun while the music will get your toes tapping.

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Boku kara Kimi ga Kienai Manga review

Synonyms: You can't disappear from me
Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Not available
Genres: Romance, Shoujo
Authors: Aikawa, Saki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shoujo Comic

 I recommend this to those of you who are looking for a non-typical male lead. Simply because he is not like the usual serious-looking, cool guy
Im not sure if its one of your typical manga romances...but out of all the romance stories i've read the plot is not love at first site..or i really hate you, then love type of relationship going on...the male lead always feeling inferior to his older brother falls for a girl who seemingly takes no interest in his older brother; but due to a unrelated occurrence it is then that she falls in love with the older brother cause he saves her from a almost train accident. Yeah.. its a typical shoujo manga.. but I still liked it. ^_^

Hotaru managed to get in the high school where Haruna sensei teaches to see him again! However, on her first day there, she meets a very unpleasant guy who looks just like her beloved sensei...well thats how the story starts. It turns out to be both are brothers. Both fall in love with Hotoharu. Who will she choose?

For the female lead, Kanzaki Hotaru... She's a girl who doesn't hide her feelings for someone. She's kind. She's cute. I don't think she has a strong personality but she's brave. 

For the male lead, Haruna Kousuke... One thing I like about this manga is that Aikawa Saki-san exposed Kousuke's mind. If you'll notice, most of the romance manga, don't give emphasis on what the male lead was thinking, or the male lead doesn't have enough words to say to himself(?) But this guy, when he's frustrated, he don't just sigh. Readers can also read his mind. Not just that, it also shows in his actions. Do you get it? I mean, he don't just put his hand in his pocket. Also, he's not the type of guy who'll wait for the girl to confess to him. He's not as quiet as most of the prince-like male leads. He talks. He talks more. AHAHAHHAHA!!! XD Why do I feel like I'm defending him? XD He's a nice guy. :D

And there is Haruna Kakeru. Older brother of Kousuke and a teacher at school. He is the main reason that Hotaru enters the high school. Apparently according to Hotaru, he is the one who saved her from the train accident. So she develops feelings for him. He initially doesnt feel anything for her but as the story progresses, He falls for her too. 

The story is good.. Not too fast, not too slow. The concept of the story's nice too! The guy behind Haruna Kousuke has a BIG part in it!
The characters are really what make this manga worth reading. Though the plot is somewhat predicable it is still enjoyable. Reading Boku kara Kimi ga Kienai you might not find yourself at the edge of your seat dying to know what happens next, but you will find yourself enjoying the more gentle-paced story of a girl in love with her sensei and the drama that ensues with the series of misunderstanding and unfortunate events.It left me a very deep impression

The art is very amazing. But, there are too much hair covering Kousuke's eyes. :P But I like it that I can still see how his eyebrows look like when his mood changes. :D
What made an impression on me Haruna Kousuke's personality which pretty rare in shoujo manga. So I will definitely recommend it.  

28 Jun 2012

Kristen Stewart Admits: ‘I’m Pretentious'

Kristen sure doesn’t ever act pretentious or look pretentious. So why does she say this about herself? Read on.
Kristen Stewart stays true to herself on screen. The 22-year-old says she knows she sounds “pretentious” by revealing just how choosy she can be when picking roles like her lead in On The Road or Snow White and the Huntsman. But she has a pretty good explanation – here’s why!

“I’m not in the entertainment industry, I don’t do that,” she says. “It sounds so pretentious but it’s kind of the only way I can do that, I’m so not a performer, things need to be … things need to feel so important. That if you don’t do it you feel you’re failing everyone … that you’re depriving the world of something that really mattered to you and really affected you and it’s worth it.”

We told you that her boyfriend Robert Pattinson called himself pretentious as well — these two seem to even think alike!

Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber’s night out

-Random: Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez all partied at the Marmont Tuesday night before all piling into Bieber‘s minivan(!) and travelling together to David Arquette‘s club opening. That sentence is beyond brain blending…

-Congrats to Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who are having twins. But was it their True Blood costar who spilled the beans?

-Talk about a rude awakening! Rihanna was evacutaed from her London hotel at 6 a.m. due to an elevator fire.

-I’ve got nothing against having a drink (or four) when flying, but it sounds like Kelly Osbourne might have taken it a bit too far recently.

-Despite reports, it really looks like Charlie Sheen‘s rep is telling the truth when he says the actor didn’t trash his hotel room last weekend.

-No surprise here: Jennifer Aniston‘s friends are denying those engagement rumours.

-Meanwhile, who knew Justin Theroux had all this goin’ on under his shirt? Yowza!

-Celebrity photographer/professional creepy dude Terry Richardson just posted a slew of new portraits of Lindsay Lohan wearing very little, but at least had the good sense to pull down the ones of her posing with a gun.

-Jessica Simpson tweeted a photo of daughter Maxwell yesterday, and it’s pretty damn adorable.

-God bless Channing Tatum, who was somehow convinced to participate in a flash mob dance to “It’s Raining Men” for the Today Show.

-Meanwhile, I’m going to see Magic Mike tonight. It’d be totally wrong to bring a stack of singles to throw at the screen, right? I wanna make it rain!

-Speaking of preview screenings, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man last night. I liked Andrew Garfield just fine in The Social Network and Never Let Me Go, but lemme tell you, halfway through this film, you can actually feel yourself falling for this guy. He’s vulnerable yet tough (even before the spider bite), and oh so awkward. There’s a scene between him and Emma Stone where they’re adorably, clumsily planning a date, and I think the whole theatre was cringing/watching it through their fingers. Expect a lot of dumb plays on the word ‘amazing’ in the reviews, but it really did win me over. Meanwhile, here’s some goofy pics of Andrew playing basketball in NYC, and here is video of him and Emma answering fan questions.

-Ke$ha continues to live up to our very, very low expectations by getting the words “Suck It” tattooed on her inner lip.

-Here are some more photos of Angelina Jolie on the set of Maleficent.

-Matthew Fox looks totally cray in the new Alex Cross trailer.

Photos of Kim Hyun Joong at Today's FC MEN Game

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Dragged Into Immigration Debate

Singer Justin Bieber and actress Selena Gomez were the subject of a “who’s the immigrant and who’s the citizen” pop quiz -- in Congress on Wednesday. Rep. Luis Gutierrez used the couple, among other sets of celebrities, to point out issues with Arizona’s immigration law, reports MSNBC.
The Democrat from Chicago targeted the recently upheld “Show Me Your Papers” law, which requires police officers to ask for proof of citizenship if they have reason to suspect the person is in the US illegally.

"Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers," Gutierrez told Bieber, who hails from Canada.

He also paired basketball players Tony Parker and Jeremy Lin and reporters Ted Koppel and Geraldo Rivera. Parker is French, while Koppel is from England.

Ladies who lunch: Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift keep it cute in pastels for girly catch-up in Malibu

Great friends Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift looked sweet in pastels as they went out for a girly lunch in sunny California today.
Selena kept it casual in tight-fitting khaki green trousers and grey suede studded boots, while Taylor went for a retro look in a sleeveless pink shirtdress for their rendezvous at Paradise Cove in Malibu.
The two young superstars laughed and joked as they headed out for a catch-up, 19-year-old Selena looking fresh-faced despite not leaving the Troubadour club until 4am on Tuesday after partying the night away with boyfriend Justin Bieber at Katy Perry's film premiere.

The actress was effortlessly stylish in a loose white T-shirt, as her singer companion wore signature vintage-style accessories including a brown plaited belt, low-heeled yellow sandals, a floral headband and sunglasses.

The girls seemed to be enjoying the time out from their busy schedules, even making time to stop and chat with fans and have their picture taken.
Selena seemed casual and relaxed following her Hollywood night out, the checking her phone as she and Taylor wandered through LA.
Perhaps Selena, 19, was after some career advice from 22-year-old country singer Taylor, who has enjoyed a stratospheric rise after series of country hits.

After concentrating on films over the past two years, Selena is hoping to make a bigger impression with her music.
So far, her biggest hit in the US has been a No 21 single with Who Says last year.
She wore glamorous Katy Perry-style kitsch to the premiere, in homage to the stylish singer, teaming an Emilio Pucci feathered dress with red heart-shaped sunglasses and Jimmy Choo sandals.
The Wizards Of Waverly Place actress shone beside Justin, whose pink jacket complemented her outfit as they arrived at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
She and Justin rarely make red carpet appearances together and even tried to sneak into the premiere of Part Of Me as a duo without being spotted.
While Selena was happy to pose on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere, her boyfriend wasn't so keen.

Miley Cyrus Flashes on First Red Carpet With Liam Hemsworth Post-Engagement

At Wednesday's Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards in Century City, Calif., Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth made their first joint red carpet appearance since announcing their engagement last month.

And 19-year-old Cyrus, naturally, wore yet another eyebrow-raising ensemble: A skintight black mini-dress featuring unmissable cutouts, plus platform shoes, and newly straitened hair.
"It's called Zimmerman," the former Hannah Montana star told reporters. "It's from Australia. I love a little built-in corset, every girl does!"
Cyrus gushed that she was happy to be the supportive wife-to-be that night for honoree Hemsworth, 22. "I just wanted to wear something simple because tonight is all about him . . . "I'm super stoked for him. He's really happy and it's great!"

Although she wouldn't give any details on their future wedding, Cyrus, did explain what drew her to Hemsworth, whom she's been dating on and off for about three years. "I like when men work hard, I think it's important," she explained. "I always work really hard so it's good to have someone who is as passionate about what they do and wants to be great at what they do instead of just being OK. We always strive to have our 130%."

Hemsworth's Australian background doesn't hurt, either. "I think there's a masculinity about [Australian men] that's like growing up in the South, like I did. It's very respectful and they are a little bit more respectful."

Added Hemsworth of their engagement: "We're very, very excited, very happy!"

Avril Lavigne donates musical instruments to kids

Singer Avril Lavigne has donated musical instruments to a children`s hospital in California.

Lavigne went to the Mattel Children`s hospital in Ucla, California, last month and took some musical instruments along with her for the children to learn while they recover, reports contactmusic.com.

The 27-year-old singer and her musician pal Evan Taubenfeld helped teach their young proteges the basics.

Lavigne shared her excitement on Twitter.

"EvanT giving impromptu guitar lesson (at) UclaHealth Mattel Children`s! We just donated instruments 2 them (sic)," she tweeted.

"Thank you EvanT for helping The Avril Foundation donate instruments (at) Ucla Health Mattel Children`s," she added.

Lavigne had earlier visited the facility in April, and had met the kids in the wards and even performed for them.

26 Jun 2012

Angel beats! Anime review

(This review is requested...
Thank you for suggesting it..I enjoyed it..
Sorry, I took some time to review it as I was busy with other things..
Anyway, here comes the review.. hope you like it)

Warning: I dont think its a big deal but I saw blood in some scenes
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 22, 2010 to Jun 26, 2010
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, Key, P.A. Works, Mainichi Broadcasting, CBC, Movic, Visual Art’s, Sentai FilmworksL, ASCII Media Works
Genres: Action, Comedy, Supernatural
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

As this review was requested.. I started watching it with out knowing anything about it, not even the story line and it really took me by surprise.
I have to admit that I first started watching Angel Beats because of two main reasons: the pretty visuals, and the presence of guitars. But once I began watching the show in earnest, I found a lot more here than I expected. Angel Beats is a show that keeps me guessing, and consistently tugs at strings I didn't know existed until they were pulled. 

Basically, Angel Beats is about an afterlife in which a group of dead students refuse to 'move on' to the next life, because they have some sort of peace to make with the world and themselves. There's a unique mix of common school life against the supernatural. It's a setting that I found to be original enough; I also expected it to be a simple tear-jerker, but that isn't the case. 
Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri's claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn't go as he intended.
Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.

The story is revealed irregularly; some episodes teach you various things about the world, while others spend their time screwing around. I had fun watching those anyway, but I can see how others would think it's a waste of time. 

Angel Beats has a duality about it. One part of it is comedy - most of it is well timed, and on several occasions, had me laughing out loud at my screen like a nutcase. The English-speaking, nonsensical TK doesn't even need an introduction anymore. Even the slapstick comedy is quite well done, and usually timed with unfitting music which (for the most part) heightens the comedy. 

The other part would be the melodrama. Most of the important characters have a back story to them, which are revealed piece by piece. And, as to be expected, many are torturous, depressing tales. These stories aren't your stereotypical 'my puppy died' stories; in fact, I've found that most of the stories that have been revealed are all original in some way or another, and interesting as well. Their common theme seems to be 'regrets' - especially those of teenagers struggling with family, society and life in general. 

The greatest problem that many people make an issue out of is the transition between the two previously mentioned parts of comedy and drama. Sometimes, the parts can seem fragmented and poorly transitioned. But I only noticed this after I heard the criticisms and look for such inappropriateness. I'm a fan of such shows that mix in different types of enjoyment. Angel Beats also isn't a stupid show; I never felt that my emotions were being toyed with in a rudimentary or heavy handed manner. 

What I'm trying to say is that while this may seem contradictory and schizophrenic to some, overall, it seems to be a fairly successful blend to me. I found I actually liked being proven wrong about my guesses as to 'what kind of show this will end up being'. And I know that many scenes will evoke familiar memories from other shows, but really, this show deserves to be considered as it is, by itself. 

Coming to characters, this one's tricky, as many of the characters' back stories are still veiled. Some characters seem to follow the usual anime tropes, but they work. I definitely felt more interested in a character once I learned more about their past. 
The art is beautiful. Beyond what we've come to expect, the animation is amazing (especially for the concerts), and the lighting effects give the show a slightly washed-out, surreal look - which I'm sure was the intended effect. 

Topping it all off and decorating the whole package is a very clean, crisp presentation, and music that can move you from the first time you hear it. The rock concert scenes are some of the finest I've ever seen, with spectacular animation and crisp lighting effects. The music alone made me re-watch the concert episodes over and over. The art is also very pleasant on the eyes, with soft but vibrant colors and simple but effective character styles. 

After having finished this series, I needed to add a short addendum - because it helped me realize the potential problem of this series. In short, it's a little messy. If you watch the final episode, you'll probably come to realize the main theme of the series (the entire first half of the final episode is dedicated to it). But when you do, you start thinking of ways in which certain story elements could have been developed and presented a little better. 
I can't help but compare it to Clannad, a series that expertly manages the drama and the waves of emotion from the viewer. It's almost like the show is psychic, and knows exactly when to say or show something in order to get the maximum emotional impact and reaction. Compared to that, Angel Beats is more than a little awkward; in particular, the final scene - it just didn't hit me as hard as I thought it should. I was affected, but was distracted at the same time by the clumsy dialogue and the sense of too many unexplained factors. 

All in all, I'm very glad I spent time with Angel Beats, and will surely miss its presence. At the same time, it pains me to think of how much better it could have been if the show didn't feel so rushed.
I guess in the end, your enjoyment of Angel Beats will depend on whether its various aspects strike a chord with you or not (pardon the pun). For my part, I'm glad to have found a series that keeps me guessing, interests me with its premise, dazzles my eyes, while making me laugh and sniffle in the same episode. 

This one's definitely worth your attention, at least until you're absolutely sure you don't like everything about it. Check it out. 

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Brave movie review

Longtime readers know that I'm a huge fan of the Disney computer animation division known as Pixar. I love their whimsy, their attention to detail, and their ability to pull on my heartstrings. I'll put in a good word for all of their films, from the highly well-regarded "Toy Story" series to the unfairly underpraised "Cars" movies. Pixar has kept up the good work with their latest offering, "Brave".

Set in medieval Scotland, "Brave" tells the story of Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald, in an excellent voice performance), daughter to King Fergus (Billy Connelly, in another excellent voice performance) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson, in a voice performance so excellent I wonder if it can qualify for an Academy Award).

Elinor wants Merida to behave regally, but Merida wants to be free and go on adventures. Merida goes on and on about her distaste for royal life, which irks me because it's such a privileged life. She's never wanting for food or clothing, nor is she treated meanly or forced to labor. She even has two loving parents, and we all know how rare that is for a Disney movie.

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie review

Starting in Africa, where they were left in the second feature, Alex the Lion (Voiced by Ben Stiller – Tropic Thunder, Zoolander) decides on his birthday that they all need to be home back in New York where they belong. His buddy Marty the Zebra (Voiced by Chris Rock – Death At A Funeral, Grown Ups) seems to convince everyone they need to find the Penguins that abandoned them (with their witty and sarcastic leader Skipper voiced by the film’s director himself Tom McGrath) and use their now super plane to get back to New York.

On their way to Monte Carlo – where the penguins rule at a Casino with the wildly crazy chimps as their buddies - Gloria the Hippo (Voiced by Jedda Pincket Smith – Collateral, The Nutty Professor) and Melman the Giraffe (Voiced by David Schwimmer – Friends, John Carter) fall deeper into their romance with each other.

Enter the villain Captain Chantel Dubois, a mean and sadistic animal police catcher who prides herself by mounting her prey on her wall. Guess what species she is missing – A lion. This was incredibly voiced with such cleverness and French accented flair by the brilliant Francis McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous). She even sings in French too! She is the reason the whole gang join the Circus – by accident. 

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, The Dictator) is back as Julian as well as Andy Richter (Late Night With Conan) as Mort and even Cedric The Entertainer (Ice Age 2, Intolerable Cruelty) is back as Maurice. But with some great new and extremely funny charters created by Martin Short (Father of the Bride, How I Met Your Mother) as the incredible self-deprecating Seal Stefano and Bryan Cranston (Drive, Little Miss Sunshine) as the prickly Russian Tiger Vitaly, everyone plays their part learning what a circus team can really do and how friendships are important.

Directors Eric Darnell (Antz, Madagascar 1 & 2 – who also co-wrote this one), Tom McGrath (Megamind, Madagascar 1 & 2) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters Vs Aliens, Shrek 2) along with co-writer Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Fantstic Mr. Fox) spent some time on relationships – a little too much in the middle – but paid it all off with a fast paced, fun and touching ending! Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) score is as always fanciful for this type of project.

The climax is fun – very colorful – and this was one of the better films that used the 3-D to its fullest advantage. Heartwarming is the ending, toe-tapping is the music, neon colors for the eyes and laughter is the ending. So, put on your ‘rainbow wig’ and see this Animated film first.

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Robert Pattinson engaged to Kristen Stewart?

Twilight star Robert Pattinson has reportedly proposed his girlfriend Kristen Stewart with an emerald ring. The 26-year-old actor is said to have splashed the cash on a "beautiful emerald ring" for Stewart and the couple are planning to wed later this year, reported 

"It's a beautiful emerald ring. He's a real romantic and loves to take an opportunity to remind her that she's the one. He gave her a ring because he adores her and wants to marry her," a source said.

"They want their wedding to be authentic, with soul. It's important for him that music be a big part of the wedding. He's writing a song for her and plans to perform it on the vintage Fender guitar she bought him for Christmas last year," the source added.

Photos of Kim Hyun Joong Enjoying Busan's UNDERWATER Scene

Justin Bieber, Usher Vie To Top Billboard Chart

For the past several years, Usher has been helping his protégé Justin Bieber become an international pop star. The pair have collaborated on songs and onstage, but now they are about to have their first battle — on the charts.

Usher's album, Looking 4 Myself, debuted on top of the Billboard albums chart, becoming his fourth #1 album after selling 128,000 copies in its first week. But now it's Bieber's turn: Just one week later, Bieber will be entering the charts with his third studio album, Believe and early predictions are expecting huge album sales.

Do Usher And Justin Bieber Have a Friendly Competition For Record Sales?
According to Billboard, Believe is on course to sell between 410,000 and 440,000 units, which would make it the year's biggest debut to date.

Even though Bieber is on track to beat his mentor in sales, the R&B superstar isn't concerned.

Regarding whether he and Bieber speak about topping each other on the charts, Usher told MTV News, "Actually, we have not had that conversation. We try to calculate when we release so that we support each other. It's like a seesaw: 'You take it this week; I'll take it this week.' "

Usher also said that even though he and Bieber do not appear on each other's albums, he was still heavily involved in each song that made the cut on Believe.

"We talked about many different things when making his album. The coolest part about it is we support each other regardless if I'm on the album or he's on my album or not," Usher said. "Every album, it is that sit-down that we have to have, to go through this record. We talk about the audiences that are there: This song is for this audience member, this song is for this region. And that's always very helpful."

Bieber shared during "MTV First: Justin Bieber" that he still turns to Usher for sound advice.

"He's just giving me the advice of: Always keep the people that were there at the beginning and keep them with you, because those are the people that really care and they want to see you succeed."

Selena Gomez doesn`t want to talk about Justin Bieber

Los Angeles: Actress-singer Selena Gomez says she would soon head back to the music studio to record an album but won`t be revealing anything about her relationship with Justin Bieber.

"It`s not going to be necessarily, `Here`s my tell-all.` It`s going to be more of something that people could say, `It could be that or it could be this or it could that.`

"At the end of the day I only make my music because I want it to be really fun. If I could have people dance to it, relate to it, have a good time, that`s all I want," she told eonline.com.

The 19-year-old says she wants to release her fourth album followed by some touring.

"I want to be able to write about things I have never talked about before and tell a story with this album because I have never actually had time to go in and do that," she said.

Ed Sheeran Breaks Down One Direction, Taylor Swift Collaborations

If you still don't know who 21-year-old British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is, then you might want to bone up. The folkie up-and-comer is already being embraced by some of the biggest pop acts on the planet as he launches a full-on U.S. invasion of his own.

Having already worked with the boys of One Direction on their album Up All Night, he revealed he's going to work with the guys again later this summer as they prep their sophomore release.

What's Up With Harry Styles And Taylor Swift?
"I wrote a couple of songs when I was 17 that One Direction want for their next album," he said, via Perez Hilton. "I'm going into the studio in August to produce the tracks for them."

In addition to working with the British boy banders, he also recently hit the studio with Taylor Swift, as she prepares her follow-up to Speak Now, her smash 2010 release.

"It's such a pleasure to have people like her in the music industry — she has the talent and is so down to earth, head and shoulders," he told Pop Crush, adding that he was surprised by "just how cool she was."

He went on to say that he was taken aback by her maturity when they hit the studio together. "I've never really met acts like [her]. You meet people like Elton [John] who have been in the game for 30-40 years who are wise and old and been at it for a long time — and Taylor's been in it for six years and she's 22," he explained. "And you hear horror stories about younger musicians who kind of go a bit off the rails, but she's so together and so kind of professional and knows what she wants, but ... isn't too harsh — she's just a really sweet gentle person — so yeah, that's what surprised me, is that she was sound."

Sheeran recently dropped his own debut album, +, Stateside, where he landed at #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.

Emma Roberts: I'm Unsure About My New Bangs

Emma Roberts is no stranger to major hair makeovers, but she's not quite sure about her latest 'do.
For her role in Empire State, costarring Liam Hemsworth, 22, and Nikki Reed, 24, Roberts was asked to get bangs. "I don't know what to do with them. I'm still like, 'Ugh, they're in my eyes!' I don't know what to do!" the actress told Us Weekly at the 2nd Annual Seventeen magazine "Pretty Amazing" finalists luncheon in NYC June 18.

Though she's still on the fence about her bangs, she doesn't totally hate them. "I kind of like them -- they're a fun change for summer," the 21-year-old admitted. "I think I'm going to cut them shorter and dye my hair after the movie's over."

Emma Watson walked pink dog for charity

Emma Watson walked a pink dog to raise awareness for a breast cancer charity.

The 'Harry Potter' franchise actress was blasted by critics and fans recently when she was spotted taking a puppy out that sported fur dyed in a bright colour.

But the star has hit back at claims of cruelty towards the one-year-old bichon fries, claiming the dog isn't even hers.

She wrote on her twitter page: 'Ayeye. Just to clarify one more time that I don't have a dog. @PinkDarcyDog is pink because her owner is raising money for breast cancer.'

Groom Dog City owner Stuart Simons assured concerned fans that the treatment he did on the pet was not harmful.

He told website MailOnline: 'Pink is our biggest colour, but I do look after another bichon called Casper who comes in for a blue mohican.'

He said the beetroot-based semi-permanent dye is harmless and that all the dyes he uses are completely animal-friendly.

He added: 'I wet the dog, rub it on like a shampoo, leave it for five minutes and then wash it off. Because Darcy is white, it takes really well. She is a very calm dog, absolutely lovely, and she enjoys her groom.'

Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman In Black tops the Official Video Chart

Daniel Radcliffe has scored his first post-Harry Potter Number 1 on the Official Video Chart.

The actor, who started as the eponymous protagonist in 2011’s two biggest selling DVDs and Blu-rays, debuts at Number 1 this week with new film The Woman In Black. The big screen adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name, which was written by Jane Goldman (Kick-ass) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake), has sold nearly 209,000 copies, relegating last week’s chat topper, The Muppets, to Number 3.

Action thriller Safe House, which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, is new in at Number 2, while Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows is up one place to Number 4. Kristen Wiig’s wedding comedy, Bridesmaids, completes this week’s Official Video Chart Top 5.

New Entries
In addition to The Woman In Black (Number 1), the sixth season of hit US TV show Dexter debuts at Number 8 this week. While the 2012 re-release of classic Dr Who story Death To The Daleks enters at Number 18, and the Katherine Heigl film, One For The Money, is close behind at Number 19. The Roman Polanski-directed Carnage completes this week’s new entries, debuting at Number 28.

You can see the full Official Video Chart Top 40 here.

14 Jun 2012

Kaikan Phrase Anime review

Synonyms: Sensual Phrase
Type: TV
Episodes: 44
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 20, 1999 to Mar 25, 2000
Producers: Studio Hibari
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, Shoujo
Duration: 20 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

I still have a "hang-over" over Nana so I was browsing for some animes thats relevantly similar to it. Came across Kaikan Phrase but had a doubt cause its quite old. But I somehow ended up watching it and have no regrets at all. Its Amazing.
I was so good that I started reading manga after watching anime. I wanted more of it but Manga was a lot of smut. Its quite different from anime. The main focus in anime is on the band and their success while the main focus in manga is on Sakuya & Aine's relation ship and its full smut, so I quit it.
I like Sakuya in the Anime more than the one in Manga.
Yeah both Anime and Manga are little or a lot different.
But I will DEFINITELY recommend the ANIME!!!

Kaikan Phrase revolves around a famous Japanese rock band called Aucifer. After the break up of their old band, guitarist Yuki & drummer Santa decide to form a new one. They recruit bass player Towa, young guitarist Atsuro, and after much persuasion, vocalist Sakuya. Together they form Lucifer and they struggle to make it in the music business, and also to stay together. As well, they have to deal with personal issues, such as parental objections, and watching their old bands succeed ahead of them. Sakuya is the most troubled band member, as he has to deal with his tragic past, and his relationship with teenaged lyricist Aine. 

The real life band called "Aucifer" was actually formed to promote the anime. It looked to be disbanded afterwards as Aucifer went inactive in 2003. They also created another band called "e.mu" to promote the rivalry in the story. The creators created two bands and promoted a rivalry to promote an anime series.

Probably one of the most troublesome main characters I've ever come across is Lucifer's vocalist, Sakuya. At first, he didn't even want to have anything to do with the band. The rest of the band members are pretty much at a loss when it comes to understanding him. The main reason why they even bothered with him in the first place was because they fell in love with his voice.
The reason for Sakuya's usually sour demeanor is revealed gradually in scenes where he and Aine get into conversations about the past.

Santa is the drummer for Lucifer, formerly the drummer for a band called "Climb." He left the band to create Lucifer when he discovered his girlfriend, Climb's vocalist, having an affair with one of Climb's other band members. When he left, Yuki, the guitarist, left with him.
Out of all the characters, Santa is the most vocal about their dream to reach the top. He has a lot of pride, and a positive but short-tempered attitude.
He probably has the hardest time dealing with Sakuya's sour personality, so different from his own. But in the end, he does try to form some sort of friendly bond with the lead vocalist of Lucifer. 

One of Lucifer's two guitarists. He and Santa were friends from the start, and is usually seen hanging out with Santa.
Yuki is designated as the leader of Lucifer. He has the calmest personality, usually thinking before he acts, and also the one who usually stops Santa from doing anything rash. The voice of reason.

Originally the guitarist for Lucy Lane, which disbanded since the rest of its members, composed mainly of college-bound students studying for exams, needed more time for their schoolwork and only saw music as a side hobby. He is now the second of Lucifer's two guitarists.
Atsuro, who was also brought up to become a college-bound student, finds himiself torn between the life of education planned for him by his parents, and the life of music that he finds himself obsessing over more and more.
Atsuro's sister also plays a big role in the early stages of Lucifer. She supports Atsuro even when his father decides to disown him from the family.

Towa, originally the bassist for a looks-only band called "Neon," and now the bassist for Lucifer. To many girl fans, and possibly male fans too, Towa looks awfully feminine o.o;. Blond hair, pink lipstick...? Eheh.
Towa ran away from home a long time ago to try to make his life as a musician. At the time, he left without a word to his family. He is oftentimes seen as an outsider, living alone in his own apartment, independent, and very solitary. He's more of the typical musician who seems to be meandering along, when in reality he does have dreams for the future - he just doesn't say them all out loud. 

I'll give the characters an outstanding. Each one of them has different characteristics that would make different kind of people relate to them. Nobody stood up annoyingly or overly dramatic. Even the female leads character was done just appropriately.
But there are a bit of differences between the anime and manga itself. In the anime, it gives more focus on the band Aucifer. In the manga, it gave more focus on the relationship between Aine and Sakuya. In the opening and beginning themes, they have real life actors portraying the characters.

The visuals are fine.The art was good for it's time but sometimes, details were lacking and movements weren't very fluid. It was quite enjoyable. 
You actually get to hear the music, it's good but not the best. I liked the song "C no binetsu" very much. Its the third opening song for the show.  I just cant get that song out of my head.
The voice acting is surprisingly good, except for the horrific Engrish. Each character’s seiyuu matches their personality well, and has enough of a diverse vocal range to match the melodic charm of the band.
If you really liked the manga and want to know more then go for it, if you really like the Music genre and a bit of romance on the side, go for it. If you hate slow relationships, don't watch it
Obviously I had a fun time watching it. Time well-spent! 44 episodes were just not enough for me.

Anime opening titles:
(C no binetsu)