Here’s the deal: I’m going away for at least two weeks.
Some people might have heard me over twitter a couple of times already that I’m going on a trip. Well, yea, Tokyo to be more precise but I’m only staying there for four nights and then we’re heading to China where I’ll be spending majority of my time sweating off some fat in our apartment. Sounds lovely~ /sarcasm ( =A)”
FFF, I’m going to miss the nice, cool weather here in NJ cuz Guangzhou is so F*CKIN’ SCORCHIN’ and humid from the flood season.
But other than dreading the weather, I’m really excited to finally go on vacation again. The last time there was a trip (to Sapporo) was last Christmas and I couldn’t go because I still had finals. Instead, only my dad and brother went and they got to go to the hot springs. Needless to say, I was furiously jealous to the point of strangling someone. ^^
Anyways, I’ll be leaving this Saturday and won’t be back until the July 3rd so given how tight our planned schedule is probably going to be, I doubt I can manage blogging like I usually do. Then again, I’ve been slacking lately but it’s only because I feel like doing nothing before going overseas. Haha, yea~ |D
BUT! I will, hopefully
or else, have access to the internet throughout my trip. Not sure if it’ll run slow or not but up until we leave for China, the hotel we’re staying at in Japan has free wifi…so I heard or else. Unfortunately, when we arrive in China, I won’t have access to WordPress at all since the government banned it along with many other things including LiveJournal. Ugh. So yes, I probably won’t be able to read and comment other blogs either. =_=;
Twitter will be fine since I have TweetDeck to sneak around that restriction. At least I hope since I haven’t tried it yet (I heard you need a proxy and I’m like “WTF does that mean?!” D/ ). If all else fails…then you are pretty much not going to be hearing from me until I leave for Hong Kong, which is around June 30th – July 1st or something.
I’m finding this very depressing ( TT____TT ) right now so I’ll get back to the trip details at the end of the post. Right now, if I am able to, here’s what I plan to do with posts!
Short vacation blurbs – If I still have energy by the end of each day when we’re still in Tokyo, I might make a short post
ha, impossible, no such thing as a short Xiao post, lol XD; on what we did that day and upload any pictures I took. Though with jetlag and my attention on the World Cup, this seems unlikely but I’ll see what I can do. ^^;
Vacation post – Planned for when I come back and AFTER I’m over jetlag. I swear, this screws me up so badly, I can’t even walk straight when I step off the plane. @_@;
Working!! – Dropped. Still watching it but just don’t have the energy to chuck out any weekly posts. Will have a spot in my Spring Wrap-up post, though (see below).
SoMT – Postponed until I return. Sh*t, I have so many things to do when I get back and ARGH! SaiMoe is just around the corner! *wrings head* >A<
But I'll definitely resume it as soon as I can and of course, have a little inform post to tell you when it's going to be back. K? K. :3
Spring Season Wrap-up Post – When I come back.
I…am going to go crazy. Just watch. |D;
Includes all the shows I’ve watched till the very last/recent episode (Fairy Tail, Durarara!!, Angel Beats!, KwMS!, Working!!, etc) and…whatever else I usually have in these posts. I dunno, my mind is going whack from all the things I still have to do before I leave so forgive me for talking in circles. *brain is spinning out of control* @A@;;
Bungaku Shoujo OVA 1 post – OMG! The DVD is supposed to be released on the 23rd or somewhere around that time and I’m already leaving Japan at that point! FFFFFFFFFFFF I am so going to download this and work on a post when/if subs come out. And I know this isn’t going to happen, but I wish subbers won’t upload subs until after I get back. I am going to do this review even if it kills me! FOR MY TOUKO-SENPAI!!!! RAWR!!! (>O<)
Planned merchandise post – There will be two of them. One for this set of DVDs I got recently (which will be split into two parts) and another one for the loot I bring back. I just hope I can recognize the bootlegs before purchasing if I see a good bargain when we’re in the mainland. :P
Some manga catch-up – Aha, I’ve had this planned for how long? |D; Yea, not at the top of my list of priorities right now but when everything else is finished, I’ll start to work on this.
Yep, so as far as my regular posts goes, Katanagatari and DtB: Gaiden won’t be out until next month and I’ll be home by then so those are no problem. I’m still waiting on the last episode of Bakemonogatari, which doesn’t look like it’ll be out anytime soon. Seriously, this is ridiculous, SHAFT. =_=#
The Black Rock Shooter OAD is going to be released in the first weeks of July, I heard? Will be looking forward to that though I won’t blog it.
And uh, yea. I plan to do some marathoning when I get back as well. Kuroshitsuji and maybe FMA if I’m still alive…after all this. ^^;
Alright then, here’s the summer lineup preview…
Such a bland season. Was expecting better but whatevs. Gives me more time to focus on other things I won’t have time to do by the time school starts (NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!).
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi and Shiki are probably going to be the only two shows that I’ll likely stick with to the very end. As far as Ookami goes, lulzy, Ryouko is Taiga all grown up. Yada, yada, been there, done that. \P
I’m sure it’ll be a fun watch but what I’m looking forward to most and what I’m going to love most is Ringo-chan since she is voiced by my beloved Kanae Itou~ <3 lol, she's totally the type of character I love as well. Small and cute, red-headed, best friend-obsessed to the point of being their mother type, devious beneath that innocent hood and of course…KANAE ITOU!!! I need not say more. *content* (￣∇￣)
Other than that, I’m sick of the pathetic trait that always tails the main male protagonist in these stories. It’s getting boring and it sure as hell isn’t funny to push guys into these stereotypes. If it weren’t for MiyuMiyu behind his role and the rest of the great voice cast, I’d probably watch this with a “meh” expression all over my face (except when Ringo comes on). *grumpy* >:/
On Shiki, saw the promos for it early on
and first reaction was “Higurashi-wannabe”. The animation freaked me out a bit and still does but I’m up for some horror every now and then. Especially since Umineko failed me last year. Good thing this isn’t done by DEEN but I’m really not familiar with Daume’s productions at all. They did Peach Pit’s DearS, which I refuse to watch.
Don’t really know much about the author, Fuyumi Ono, other than her “Twelve Kingdoms” series which I’ve heard was pretty good and have yet to read. Anyways, maybe this will get me into her works. Who knows?
Am I going to blog these two shows? NO.
Good and done then.
I’ll be checking out at least 5 other shows but I doubt I’ll continue to watch past the first episode. Only few reasons why I would bother is to hear the seiyuus (Yukari Fukui in Highschool of the Dead, Takahiro Sakurai and Nana Mizuki in Kuroshitsuji II, and ZOMG, GACKT (kyaaa~) in Shiki), to see how bad it is (Campanella) OR to see how one or two might unexpectedly turn the first impressions tables. I mean, if Arakawa came out as what several people considered their “best” out of Spring 2010’s anime, then there’s got to be another one among this lineup that will surprise the crowd. Or am I painting this too brightly and Ookami really is going to be the only thing that’s decent this season?
Well, as much as I’ll be busy when summer starts, I’ll be looking to the first impressions from all you fellow bloggers so don’t disappoint me, k? Let the show do that. 8D
In other current news, KYAA~! I just ordered Good Smile Company’s Angel Beats! petit nendoroid set 1 and god, am I so grateful that it’ll be released in October instead of September cuz now, not only can I bundle it with my Touko nendoroid but also because Hobby Search is having this 50% off shipping campaign for all orders placed from 6/16 to 7/11 so heck yea, I stayed up till 1 AM just to make sure I got everything right! *crazy fangirl* XDDDD;;;;;
But really, these are adorable and I’m really liking the petit nendos GSC’s releasing. My first petit nendo set was the first Bakemonogatari one and I just love it to pieces. It’s currently sitting on one of my desk shelves, still in it’s box since I don’t feel like taking anything out until I have the ALL the complete sets. The second one (consisting of Kanbaru, Nadeko, and Mayoi) is going to be released at the end of this month and it’s going to be shipped with my Dengeki G’s Festival exclusive Tenshi/Kanade petit nendo. Kyaa~! I can’t wait! x333
Haha, to tell you the truth, I think I’m becoming more fond of trading figures than I am of complete figures. In my opinion, they’re more worth it since you get multiple characters for the price of one instead of a 1/8-scaled figure for what costs at least $10-20 more. Of course, if they ever decide to make a figure for a character I really, really love (like GSC’s Hitagi here or that Yujin figure of Amulet Clover/Amu that will never happen *BAWS* TAT), I’d definitely consider putting it at the top of my to-buy list but ONLY if it comes out good.
Seriously, my collection has expanded quite a bit since I started last summer (with just four humble SC! trading figures) and I only have…what? 10 complete figures now? Only 2 or 3 of them which are actually scaled figures while there’s like 40+ something trading figures. I’m not really complaining or anything but I kinda wish sometime in the next-year future, they’ll release a scaled figure that I would really, really love to have. Especially anything that’s Key-related. Seems that Wave has received rights to CLANNAD’s Kyou and Tomoyo (both of which are gorgeous, yes, BUT WHERE IS MAH NAGISA?!?! Put the beach queen lines aside for a second, Wave, and make me one! >:( ) while Alter got Little Busters!’s Kud and Sasami but, price aside, their Sasami didn’t make me jump for joy like I had hoped. It looks good but I’m satisfied with my Cospa’s Sasami, which I think has the better expression, so I don’t need the Alter one.
lol, look at me ramble on and on. Never realized I haven’t had fun like this in a while. xD;
Well, anyways, now I’m turning my attention to Nendoroids (oh dear) ever since I got my Nanoha and Fate nendos a few months ago. They are still boxed cuz there is not enough space in my room to display them so they’re stuck in the basement storage until I move out (puu =3=).
I don’t have much I want to collect, though. Just a few select ones and the Vocaloid and Touhou series. In any case, I guess it’ll be a while before I can add another scaled figure to my collection. There’s a lot on my wish list but not a lot on my want list that I’d rush out to order them.
…AHA! I’ve got it! The solution to all my Key problems. Make petit nendoroids sets for all of them. YES, ALL OF THEM. Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, and in the future Rewrite, cuz then I’ll be able to have ALL the girls without fussing over why they won’t make figures for the less popular ones. I mean, I doubt there will be a lot of orders for a Shiori figure (poor Shiori) but who can resist the charms of chibis, eh?! x33
So yes, if you can’t make figures or nendoroids, then give me puchi sets. They’re affordable, they’re all from one company instead of all over the place, and you can swap parts to make them look weird. 8’D
Yesss…FUND IT, I SAY!
F U N D EEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTT!!!!!
K, so set 2 here:
I’m guessing is going to be released in December since that’s how they spread it out between the Bakemonogatari ones (every other month). lol, I’ve heard more people anticipate this set than set 1 and I’m not surprised. Cuz there’s male, Kamiyan-voiced Otonashi in here. You wouldn’t believe how popular male figures are among collectors. We’re practically starving for them. xD;
That being said, I hope there really is a set 3. Many think that they’ll put TK in there cuz he’s so popular and I’m like “Sure, why not?”. I like TK, I’m just not as avid a fan as everyone else is. ^^;
And alongside him, maybe there’ll be Hinata and Iwasawa since they’re major characters to the plot? I hope so. I really want a Hinata cuz he’s such a sweetheart. <3
So with that, I think I’ve said pretty much all what I had to say for blogging.
As far as the trip goes, we… still don’t have a plan as to what we’ll do in Tokyo once we get there (we usually go with a tour guide since there is practically very little English spoken) so most of it will probably be thought up tomorrow or on the plane (as sucky American Airlines has no plug for my laptop so I have nothing better to do). I still have to pack, print out some survival phrases, and whatever else the hell I must do before we leave. Oi. I think I’m going to freak out before we lift off, I just know it. @_@;
But Japan will be fun. I’ve been there before and we went through most of the southern part but could never stay long in one place since it was, well, a tour, y’know. This time, however, I hope my parents will let me spend a day in the places I want to go. I don’t want to follow them to a museum or a shrine since that’s what my brother would most likely want to do. There’s…not that much to do there. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. It’s the exact same thing when we visit places in China. And what’s worse is I’ll have to put up with my parent’s OBVIOUS Chinese bias over EVERYTHING since they don’t like Japan (but they love vacationing there, wth? D/ ).
Anyways, yea, I better start planning tonight and pray to god that I don’t get lost trying to find my way around that city. …But I will. I so willl. |D;
As for shopping…I just want to get something cute. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll find that cheap Miku PVC figure I want or a Miku and Kaito nendoroid cuz they’re so hard to find here already without the price blowing up too high on eBay. If not, I’ll just get food and some keychain. I dunno. *starting to go braindead*
And yesh, I will take lots and lots of pictures…of anything. If I spot an interesting hobo, I’ll probably snap a shot at him, too, and go “lol, let’s compare with New York’s”. *Xiao is so messed up* xD;
This is rather late, but if you have any recommendations on where we should go in Tokyo, please leave it in a comment. I’d greatly appreciate it since we have zero familiarity with the city at all. ^^;
Then in China…well, it’s China. I go visit relatives and follow my dad to wherever he plans to drag us (this is NOT fun). Did I mention we’re going up a mountain to visit someone’s grave? Oh, and we have to climb it, too, I think. And we have to eat lunch there, too. With all the ants and mud and stuff in the way. Ha~ I just love our traditions. /sarcasm x2
But no, I’m making it sound more bad than it is. I really miss going back to Guangzhou and all the good food there (YEA, CANTON FOOD FTW!!!) even if I have to deal with the horrible weather and everyone being so naggy and critical in Chinese. I don’t mind my relatives. I just dislike their condescending attitude sometimes. And their extreme bias…as far as the people we’re going to meet up with goes.
…oh yea, my guy cousins will be there, too. Urgh, I don’t want to deal with them. =A=;
*thinking* I don’t remember if we have a DVD player there but if not, I’ll just tell my dad to buy one along with some cheap movies as well to keep me from boredom.
And apparently, we’re going to visit my dad’s billionaire friend (I’m not lying, I’ve seen pictures) and maybe his billion-dollar project and billion-dollar house and billion-dollar surround sound system. Yes, that’s nice, Dad. As long as I get to eat decent ice cream, it’s all good. :P
Then the last few days, we’re going down to Hong Kong where my OTHER relatives (yes, we have a lot of them) will want to take us out for lunch and shopping. …And I HATE shopping. So I’ll be skipping out on that this time. I don’t want the older women asking me “How’s school~♥?” or if I got a boyfriend yet either. That’s the most annoying thing. -_-;
Biggest problem is that I don’t know how to get around Hong Kong either. But it shouldn’t be as bad since I can speak enough basic Cantonese and people can understand English there. Now’s just the matter of getting someone to go with me. Pfft, not going to happen.
*SIGH* Alright then. So I’ll try my best to stay in contact via whatever that’s not banned by the government (lol, seriously, is there such a thing?). I’ll be updating mostly on my other Twitter account before we board the plane and I’ve set up a new LJ as well just in case I can access it if not for WP. Yea, it’s blank and I don’t know how to operate LJ as well as I do Dashboard but having it up just in case.
And you’ll know I’m alive if I manage to tweet “I’M DDDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!” when I’m in Guangzhou. xD;
K, k,. So if I don’t speak to anyone before or during my trip, enjoy the rest of your June and stay well, everyone! (^.^)/”