Random Musings – Hana Yori Dango Part 2
Very quick news item:
Source: Yahoo News
Very quick news item:
This past Sunday, the popular music and variety show Utawara, hosted by Matsumoto Jun and Matsuura Aya, had a two hour summer special that featured Arashi, KAT-TUN, and Koda Kumi. What I’m writing about today is the segment that featured Koda Kumi: it was called the 「チビっ子エロかわダンス選手権」 (Chibikko Erokawa Dance Senshuken). Apparently, the show announced that they were holding such a competition and they got 1,419 applications. They eventually narrowed the field down to nine teams and those teams are the ones who performed in this roughly half-hour segment. Basically, each group does a dance to a Koda Kumi song, and they get judged by Wada Akiko, Tomochika Tsuyako, and Machamacha.
Warning: Proceed at your own risk. This post includes links to videos that I would probably label “Not Safe For Work.” In showing those to my friends, the responses I got were “OMG,” “Vade retro, satanas!” and “I have a feeling any chance I had to go to heaven just went down the crapper.”
Some random thoughts in my head for this first day of August:
Thanks to jj, I found out that the guy who made the Suzumiya Haruhi Gundam Parodies of the OP and ED has been up to a lot recently. This person, named plamo on YouTube, has not only made a parody of Touka helping Hakuoro in episode fourteen of Utawarerumono, he’s also made a Gundam parody of the end of the episode two of Suzumiya Haruhi and the God knows… song from episode twelve.
In addition, this guy has created Gundam parodies of several OP and ED sequences including:
Gokujou Seitokai’s OP, Koiseyo Onnanoko
Joshi Kousei GIRL’S-HIGH’s ED, incl.
Magikano’s ED, Magisuki MAGIC
Mai-Otome’s ED, Otome ha DO MY BEST desho?
Suzumiya Haruhi’s OP, Bouken Desho Desho?
Suzumiya Haruhi’s ED, Hare Hare Yukai
And that’s just a portion of all the videos.
I found all of them incredibly entertaining. I love the attention to detail, such as the way Strike Gundam’s Aile Pack comes down after defeating the enemy Gundam just like Touka’s hair floats down after she kills the enemy general. The Gokujou Seitokai OP made me laugh so much and reminded me of how much I liked the opening song.
plamo’s homepage can be found at http://ugougo.gejigeji.jp/. It includes a page for the “cast” of the videos and a page of production notes for each video.
Update: plamo has uploaded a new video, NHK ni Youkoso’s ED, a parody of Odoru Akachan Ningen. It is freaking HILARIOUS. You really have to watch it alongside the actual ED animation to appreciate how good it is.
|A few quick news items courtesy of MOON PHASE:
I’m back now, more or less ok. The short story is that I have a partially collapsed lung, aka. a pneumothorax. It should get better on it’s own in a few days (hopefully).
The long story:
On Tuesday night, I got off the exercise bike and felt some back pains. At the time, I thought nothing of it and assumed it was just muscle strain. The problem persisted through the night and into the next day. Basically, it hurt whenever I took a deep breath and whenever I was lying on my back. Enough alarms went off in my head that I went to see my doctor today. She did a normal check-up and took some chest x-rays. Unfortunately, their office equipment wasn’t that great. And so while she saw some abnormalities in the x-ray, she couldn’t tell exactly what it was. Her advice was to go to the ER.
So I came home, grabbed my stuff, wrote that quick update, and went on my way to the hospital. Now mind you, I’ve never been to the emergency room, so I had no idea what the experience is like. It ended up being better than I thought it’d be, though the local hospital was a lot smaller than I expected. The triage nurse checked me up, I filled out some paperwork, and then I waited. About 45 minutes later, they called my name, put me in a small room, and made me change into one of those hospital gowns. Then came an even longer wait. After the initial nurse who took my blood pressure and my temperature, no one showed up for the next 90 minutes. I had brought this week’s issue of Time Magazine (which has a Nintendo Wii preview incidentally) to read and there was also a TV in the room to keep me occupied. The ER doctor finally came and examined me, and then sent me to get more chest x-rays and a blood test done.
Once those tests were done, there was more waiting until the doctor finally came back. His diagnosis was that I have a partially collapsed lung, aka. a pneumothorax. According to him, it wasn’t something specific I had done as much as it was just because I’m tall and thin (or as he referred to it, “genetics”). From the x-ray, he thought that my left lung had a tear of some sort and some air got out. There had also been some internal bleeding. Usually a small pneumothorax heals by itself as the body absorbs the air. But there’s always the chance that the tear gets bigger instead of smaller, in which case they have to stick a tube inside of me and start sucking out the air. He told me to come back tomorrow afternoon for a follow-up x-ray and to go see another specialist next week for a check-up. There really wasn’t any medicine he could prescribe me except for painkillers (which I turned down).
And so I’m still in pain, but it’s comforting to know that it’ll get better (hopefully). A huge Thank You to everyone for their support – it really means a lot to me. 🙂
As most of you have probably already heard, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIII today. This is the trailer for Final Fantasy XIII that aired this morning on FujiTV’s Mezamashi TV.
Here’s one of those rumor-stories that greatly disturbs me, and I hope it never comes true:
We were recently passed on the information that a Japanese Magazine titled Animage, in their current issue, announced that Fox has acquired the rights to the popular anime series SAILOR MOON and is looking to Joss Whedon to presumably write and direct a live action film. Further, they’re hoping Miss Can’t Keep Her Genitals Inside Her Clothes herself Lindsay Lohan will star alongside Jennifer Garner (as the main villain) in an all non-Asian cast.
Sources: MovieHotties.com: Lindsay is Sailor Moon? and Cinematical: Lindsay Lohan is Sailor Moon?