tiger and bunny - looking to the future

Tiger and Bunny: The Rising - Some Info and Thoughts (Some Spoilers)

Wow, I haven't posted here in a while. But today is a perfect opportunity for me to update this blog, as I watched Tiger and Bunny: The Rising this morning! I wasn't supposed to watch it today, as I had papers to write, but since I got up early and could make it to the first screening, I decided that I might as well. And it's a good thing that I did, because it brightened my day!

Since I have some time to spare, I thought I might as well share some information and thoughts on the movie. A disclaimer, though - while I am studying Japanese, I'm not fluent yet and am somewhere in the intermediate level, so I could only understand maybe 60-70% of the movie (and not word-for-word, at that), and I attribute part of that understanding to the visual cues. I'm sure that the remaining 30-40% that I couldn't understand contained some important dialogue. I might also possibly have misunderstood some scenes, so if you've watched the movie, feel free to correct me.

Also, this post will contain some spoilers, but I will try to separate them as much as possible.

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4KOMA – ENTRY #01 - OUR T&B COSPLAY 4KOMAS NEED YOUR VOTES!

My friends and I joined a local cosplay 4-koma contest, and we made it to the top 10. The 3 winning entries will be picked based on who gets the most votes, since they've already passed the judges' criteria. We did our best to create humorous 4-komas but we're up against entries that already have thousands of, or almost a thousand, likes. Perhaps we don't have good persuasion skills, but then, T&B also doesn't seem to be that popular here. We're hoping to reach out to T&B fans to see our entries. Thus, if it's no trouble, and if you'd like to help us out, could you please like or share our entries? We'd really like to make it to the top 3.

This is the entry I submitted, which is about Scarf-tan meeting the Heroes and secretly being a fujoshi:

 
4KOMA – ENTRY #01 

And this is my friend's entry, which features Kotetsu and Barnaby bantering as usual:

http://www.cosplay.ph/microsites/cosmania/wp/?p=806

All you have to do is - if you're liking via Facebook - to click the "like" button on the upper left corner. You can also click "share" to spread the word, as shares also count as likes. Thus, you can vote multiple times by liking on FB and, say, sharing on Twitter, your blog, etc. We're not sure what the prizes are for this contest but we'd really like to spread the T&B love. So if you like our entries that much, could you please share the post on your page, website, Tumblr, and/or Twitter accounts as well?

Thank you!            
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Soon, it will be over

Reality is hitting me hard: I am graduating soon. I'm having finals this week. Some subjects such as Philo and LS are over and done with, and I am going to miss my profs.

My life as a student will officially be over in a matter of days.

In a matter of days.

And I still don't know what to do with my life!

There are so many possibilities out there that it's just so hard to choose. I'm also inundated with questions. This company or that company? Work or study abroad? This scholarship opportunity or that? What industry/field to enter? When to start work? Will I survive the corporate world or, even broader than that, the real world? How drastic a case of culture shock will I experience? What will people say? Will I be happy and successful?

I feel pressure (possibly real, possibly imagined) everywhere: from society, from family, and even from some of my friends. (Thankfully, my really good friends aren't pressuring me, while at the same time, they naturally wouldn't want me to be a degenerate.)

I really don't want to graduate yet. I enjoy being a student; I really do. At least, even if there are times that I'm so stressed out that I just want to curl up and forget about the world, it's not forever. There are summer, Christmas and semestral breaks for me to recharge. There are always fallback solutions when I screw up. School isn't all there is to my days.

I don't think that that will be the case when I start working.

In a few days, I will be free, as many people say. They speak of the end of college as if it is a good thing. I, on the other hand, am not looking forward to any of it. Sure, the fact that we won't have to do anything for about a month sounds good, but - I don't know - that period of time just seems like one last hurrah for me.
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Translations of Arakawa-sensei's messages

Hello, everyone. On fm_alchemist, bob_fish shared some screencaps of the new sketches from Arakawa-sensei. Well, they're technically a few months old, since they surfaced sometime late last year, but I still say they're new as they haven't been released anywhere else. bob_fish was looking for someone who could translate the messages on the pics, and since I felt like practicing my Japanese (which, I fear, is growing rusty again - and no, I am still not good or fluent in it, though I hope to be), I decided to try translating them.

My Japanese isn't that good (but I have an electronic dictionary to help me out), so please bear with me. :) I'll translate the pics one at a time, and to the best of my abilities. If I may have made any mistakes, please correct me.

Oh, and also, the messages read pretty much like a stream-of-consciousness piece. Sentences may not be related to each other, okay?

As of 2/18/2011, 7:15 pm, Manila time, I'm done translating all the messages.

2/19/2011, 10:30 am, Manila time (GMT +8): I added some clarification re: "lovers," because people have been asking.

Okay, here goes!

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Fic: The Sound of Silence (Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini)

I feel so accomplished today! I actually finished a fanfic!

Title: The Sound of Silence
Author: crystal_tiara
Fandom: Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
Pairing: Implied Hazuki/Youko, but this isn't a pairing-centric fic
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, introspective
Warnings: Spoilers for the entirety of Ryuusei no Gemini, and Hazuki's backstory
Disclaimer: I don't own Darker than Black or any of its characters; BONES and Tensai Okamura do.
Summary: "Mina Hazuki grew up in a house that reverberated with silence." A vignette divided into sub-vignettes on Hazuki, expounding on what little hints were dropped regarding her backstory.

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The 2010 Awards

Okay, this might just be the first in a series of year-end blog entries, as I might write a few more entries if I feel like it.

My friend Richmond and I have been filling out this meme since 2007 or 2008, and so, in the spirit of tradition, I'm filling out this meme once again, since the year is about to end anyway. I think Richmond might have added or modified some questions, though, so that explains why this may seem different from the usual version of this meme (if you've seen this before).

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And now for some breaking news

Too much studying has taken a toll on my mental well-being: I've been studying like crazy since Friday but I've been feeling rather lethargic. My mind is swirling with thoughts, too. And if you think I've manage to accomplish a lot, I'm way behind schedule, at least according to my (admittedly unrealistic and rigid) self-imposed to-do list. But I just couldn't resist blogging about this little bit of news:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-08-07/fullmetal-alchemist-special-side-story-manga-in-september

That's right! We're getting more FMA - well, a side story, at least! Rumor / fan speculation has it that it's going to be Roy-centric. Personally, I think it'd be more fair if it focused on as many characters as possible (especially those whom we didn't hear much from after the Promised Day), but as a Roy fan, sure, a Roy-centric side story would be a nice treat. (Especially if it will give some kind of resolution or acknowledgment to Royai.)

♫♫ You know that I love you, Roy / Hot like Mexico, rejoice ♫♫ :D
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Fic - "Of Promises and Natural Laws"

YESSSSS! I finally put a plot bunny into writing! I shall try to write - and, hopefully, finish - my Miles/Olivier fic later.

Title: Of Promises and Natural Laws
Author: crystal tiara
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Characters: Mainly Winry and Riza, but also Roy, Ed, Grumman and mentions of Al and Mei
Pairings: Roy/Riza, implied Ed/Winry and Al/Mei
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, fluff, friendship, romance, introspective
Warnings: Spoilers for Chapter 108
Summary: "Even people like her could enjoy the now despite being bound to future promises and past memories." Riza and Winry talk about happiness and the future.

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さようなら,ハガレン: Thoughts on FMA 108

Earlier this week, a few pages from the final chapter of FMA were leaked on the Internet. Even though I told myself that I'd wait for a scanlation of the entire chapter to come out, curiosity got the better of me and I ended up spoiling myself. But then, I'm not as averse to spoilers as other people are, so I didn't mind.

Finally, the scanlation came out yesterday. Here's my 520 cenz on the final chapter, with a few insights on FMA as a whole. Sorry, I think that this is going to be very long. Of course, be mindful of spoilers!

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Attempts at translation

In an effort to be somehow productive during the summer break, I've sort of taken up translating as a hobby. It's not like my Nihongo and my Mandarin are stellar - in fact, I think my Mandarin has gotten a bit rusty, and it's not like my Nihongo improved drastically after staying in Japan for only a few months - but more like I want to improve in both languages by brushing up on what I already know (but have most likely forgotten) and learning new words and sentence patterns. With the help of my trusty electronic dictionary (one of the best things I bought during my exchange program), I am trying my best!

So far, I've tried translating a few Miles/Olivier and Royai comic strips that I found on Pixiv and a few fanart sites, a few song lines (which probably doesn't really count, since I didn't translate the entire song), a few 4-koma posted on hagaren_manga recently and two songs. I only translated those comic strips on Pixiv for fun, and I don't know if it'd be right to post those works so I'll just give you translations of "Ame no Hi wa No Thank You" (a.k.a. Roy and Riza's catchy and cute image song from the first FMA anime) and a song about Zhuge Liang (which my friend Adela asked me to translate - I'm sorry for taking so long to translate it! =_=)

Maybe I will continue translating stuff for fun, but don't expect me to be a regular translator who'll be taking on requests just yet. Like I said, my Nihongo and Mandarin aren't the best, and for now, I am only doing this for practice. I still have a looooong way to go.

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