Monday, May 6, 2013

Sorry, Sorry


By Super Junior. I think, one of their most catchy songs. It's fun, and has a nice beat. Kind of sounds classy to me, too. They're singing about how they're sorry for falling crazily in love. A funny thing to be sorry about. Super Junior is a South Korean band.

It's been really nice and warm the last couple of days. Today's been the warmest, getting up to 86 degrees. Interesting to go from the high 60s a few days ago, to low to mid 80s. After today, I think I saw that it'll be in the mid 70s. Perfect weather.:iconsleepygreeceplz:Feels like summer is coming early.

Watched the Great Teacher Onizuka 2012 finale on Sunday. It was awesome!:iconfrancisplz:A little sad/scary at times, but very well acted and it had a good ending. Next Sunday, I'll start watching the special. Wonder what that one's about. 

In the finale, Onizuka found out that he had a brain aneurysm, and if left untreated, he might not live long. He was told to, for the time being, take it easy. It could rupture at any time. He tried to be especially careful, but ended up getting hit in the head multiple times. For one of those times, a heavy banner fell on him. He then was hit a number of times while trying to protect his students from Sho's 'friends'. Sho was one of the new headmaster's sons. He thought his mother's word was absolute, and anyone who disobeyed, needed to be 'eliminated'. His mother had taken over the school in order to restructure it, and have more students become successful and get into prestigious universities. She monitored the students with security cameras, both her sons watching other students and reporting back, had like an army of hall monitors, etc. The better the behavior a student had, the higher their grade. She gave them laptops to keep track of what will boost their grades. With teachers, she gave them those same laptops with a different point system. The more points you get, the higher the salary. She was scary for everyone. She said she'd fire any teacher who opposed her. And, with any student that did so, they'd be expelled. In the end, Onizuka taught her a lesson. Sho's friends triggered his aneurysm, and he spat up blood, then collapsed. He slipped into a coma after the hospital performed emergency surgery. But, miraculously, he woke up and immediately knew something was still going on at the school. He walked out of the hospital, and drove his motorcycle into the headmaster's window. Catching and throwing a grenade outside in the process. The grenade was from Sho who was threatening his mother and the principal that he'd blow up the school. Of course, after Onizuka saved everyone, his friends dragged him back to the hospital. I loved this series. Was reluctant at first to watch it.
Started watching Tsubasa Chronicle a week ago. It's done by the same group who did xxxHolic, called CLAMP. In fact, their 'worlds' converge occasionally. I know the last episode of xxxHolic was like a joint one with Tsubasa Chronicle. I was curious about it at the time, but forgot soon after. I was looking for an 'old' anime, and thought I'd give it a try. It's pretty good so far, and makes you think. Much more 'artsy' than xxxHolic was, in my opinion. Although, xxxHolic was artsy at times. 

During an excavation at the mysterious ruins in Clow Country, Syaoran discovers his childhood friend, Princess Sakura, appear on the site with wings that disperse into many little feathers. As the feathers disappear to different dimensions, so does Sakura's memory. Syaoran attempts to save Sakura and restore her memory, by traveling to another world to find a solution. While there he meets Yuko from xxxHolic (and the rest of the characters from her shop). She tells him that he must give up her previous memories of him, as payment for helping him. Once he agrees, she tells him that he'll have to travel through different dimensions to collect Sakura's feathers. Helping out with the quest is Kurogane, an exiled ninja from Japan Country, who wishes to return to his world. Fay, who desires to jump between each world never to return to his own. (They haven't said what 'world' he comes from.) And Mokona, who helps them travel between worlds. So, his companions are all from different worlds. Makes it interesting.:iconchibinitalyplz:

This weekend I went to Red Lobster to celebrate my book being published. I always feel weird about going there, because I don't eat shellfish.:iconhongkongplz:But, they have an amazing variety of things besides that. I got the maple-cherry glazed grilled chicken, wild rice pilaf, and some really good mashed potatoes. It was all perfect!:iconitalyplz:Had a mocktail with it. It was a non-alcoholic version of their Berry and Mango Daiquiri. Really tasty stuff! For dessert, I had their chocolate chip lava cookie. It was so good!:iconchibispainplz:Was a nice celebration! 

Also, since yesterday was so hot, we went to Dairy Queen. They didn't understand that I wanted a simple sundae.:iconchibiswedenplz:Mind you it was in a chocolate dipped waffle cone 'bowl', but they had that suggestion on the menu. The only thing that ended up kind of odd, once they realized it was on the menu, was they used that weird hardening chocolate stuff used for the waffle cone. Instead of regular hot fudge syrup on the ice cream part. Made it harder to eat. But, was still good.

Tokage and Kaichou wa Maid-sama were both pretty good today. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (manga version) actually had an update today!:dummy:This time it was about Iwai going out shopping by herself, and Kiri just so happened to be in the same area doing errands. Iwai found out that her hair hadn't grown the night before, and told Kiri she didn't need her usual daily haircut. Which was kind of surprising, since it grows profusely every night at midnight. Anyways, she bumped into an author. This time the author was a little kid, and Iwai thought she was lost and needed to find her father. So, she went searching with her, and all the while feeding her, giving makeovers, and trying things on. The girl had enough, and told Iwai she was a professional assassin. Kiri saved Iwai just in time. Luckily, he heard her scream, and knew who it was. Next time, he'll battle her. She apparently has some special gloves and knives, that may have been used for dissecting people before. Knowing from the last chapter, Iwai and Kiri are now together as a couple. They're cute together. 
Today, I went over more compounds for . 現実性 or げんじつせい (genjitsusei): realistic, practical, feasible. 真実性 or しんじつせい (shinjitsusei): fidelity, truth, authenticity, credibility. 実生活 or じっせいかつ (jisseikatsu): real life, everyday life. 実地試験 or じっちしけん (jicchishiken): practical test. 写実的 or しゃじつてき (shajitsuteki): realistic, graphic, true to life. 超現実的 or ちょうげんじつてき (chougenjitsuteki): surrealistic, surreal. 非現実的 or ひげんじつてき (higenjitsuteki): unrealistic. 果実店 or かじつてん (kajitsuten): fruit store. 確実度 or かくじつど (kakujitsudo): certainty. 実働 or じつどう (jitsudou): actual work. 実入り or 実入 or みいり (miiri): crop, harvest, ripeness; income, profits. 果実 or かじつ (kajitsu): fruit, nut, berry. 口実 or こうじつ (koujitsu): excuse, pretext. 

Almost done with editing my drawings for the meme. Read an online article in Japanese from Asahi. It was about a new 'River Jazz Boat' tour in Osaka. It goes from mid-May to the end of the month. It's to promote the history of jazz in Osaka. People can bring their own instruments, and jam with the pros. Meanwhile, they get to take in the great views from the boat looking around Osaka. It sounds like a lot of fun. 

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