Saturday, July 21, 2007

Suzuka 159 Astonishment

Suzuka 159 吃驚 びっくり

Yamato and Suzuka were strolling around. In his mind, Yamato affirmed himself that he won’t regret because he had thought for a long time before making the decision. Suzuka then stopped her pace and asked Yamato why he said those. Yamato was surprised. Suzuka asked if Yamato was serious and took her into consideration. Yamato told her that he had done that. Yamato then talked about Suzuka’s future, whether she would be a professional athlete and if she had given birth, everything would be affected and things will be difficult. Yamato continued that ever since she told him about the pregnancy, he had been thinking all these things. He said that up to the very end he still couldn’t understand. Suzuka was puzzled.

Yamato continued if those are the definite reasons for abortion and what should he do. He told her that he kept thinking and thinking but he still can’t understand it. Suzuka then asked him if that why he had wished she would give birth to the baby. Yamato told her that he felt sorry but if he put everything else aside, and considered his true feeling, then he sincerely hope Suzuka would give birth to the baby. Suzuka remarked that Yamato was being stubborn that way. Yamato agreed that he’s stubborn. Yamato told her that because of that he had made a vow that he would do anything. Suzuka asked what did he meant by anything and what he could do. Yamato explained that even though he will disappoint his seniors and the university, he would be prepared to work while he studies. It might be hard in the beginning but he wanted to rent a room outside and then work. Suzuka argued how that is possible but Yamato told her it’s possible. Yamato added that even if it’s impossible, he would also do it. Suzuka was surprised. Yamato told her that when he heard that Suzuka was pregnant, he was really very happy. Suzuka looked at Yamato who didn’t lift up his head. After a short moment of silence, Suzuka commented that those words are just one-sided. And then she told Yamato that she’ll give birth.

Yamato was shocked and felt to the ground. Suzuka asked what happened. Yamato replied he’s fine but he was shocked with what she had said just then. Suzuka commented that it was Yamato who wished for her to give birth. Yamato said he did but he thought she would oppose strongly. Suzuka told Yamato that she had also done a lot of thinking. Yamato was surprised. She commented on Yamato’s future, the expectation his senior had on Yamato and then she thought of what she really wanted. She then realized from the bottom of her heart, she wanted the baby. But she was worried with Yamato’s track commitment.

Suzuka then asked how long do Yamato intend to sit there and told him to stand up. She offered her hand and told Yamato to be strong. She added that since they have decided to keep the baby, they would have to face many difficulties ahead. Yamato had a thought and pulled Suzuka. He started running and said,”Good, then let’s go!!” Suzuka asked where they were going. Yamato told her that they are going for another safe delivery prayer. Suzuka looked at him and agreed.

Note: This is what Suzuka replied to Yamato, 「じゃあ‥‥」「私 産む‥‥」, translated as "Then, I'll give birth." Caption at the end: 壁は2人で越えられるはずだから
Literally translated as "Therefore, the obstacle is expected to be overcome by them"

P/S: Seems like Yamato and Suzuka are on the same wavelength regarding the issue. So, isn't it about time to break the news to the parents? And a wedding on the way perhaps?

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Random Thoughts

Mood: Normal

Suzuka 158: A chapter dedicated to Yamato's decision but yet to know how Suzuka will react.
Tsubasa 160: Another darn chapter on Yui history after being freed by Ashura. Only 3 pages of recent and pretty much just Kurogane and Yui. I just hope next week's real action rather than delaying the plot again and again. To CLAMP, just reveal the 2nd curse already. By the way, heard that Tsubasa's having 3 weeks break after chapter 162.
Air Gear 171: Ha ha 171 is sure interesting! we all got fooled by Oh! Great. Oh! Great, you are really great. The person who kidnap Kururu was actually her father. Ikki got so mad and crush-landed on the vechicle and was about to punch Kururu's dad. At the end of the chapter Kururu brought her luggage and told Ikki that she ran away from home. She said she wanted to be together with ikki and the whole emotion got her over-heated. Then, tonnes of parts and utility dropped from her skirt and she worked her way to fix the ATs. Funny chapter. Not something that I want - action (we did get a few pages before the blunder). But it's something out of the blue, of which I should commend Oh! Great. So hope next week, proper AT actions.

Romeo x Juliet 16 : This week is bad, I meant the animation quality. Real bad compared to the previous 15 episodes.
Moetan 2: Another moe-tan character in making. Loli is too much for me.
Zero no Tsukaima II 2 : Episode 2 wasn't a good episode for me. There's no point of having a "resurrected" prince with the power of a ring. Unless, it has a strong connection to the story, it's a waste of episode.

Order at Yesasia took longer than I expected because the ARIA Navigation file is not ready yet. It's released in Taiwan but HK version might not be released until end of month. Sigh.

Update: Kotobukiya Belldandy Goddess Uniform figure is available for pre-order at HLJ now.

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ARIA a success in the making

This is what I called a success in merchadising. In the past, I have commented on how ARIA make use of its popularity in merchandising (link) in comparison to AMG which has 10 years of history(link).

ARIA seems to be in more lucrative business. It makes a good use of ARIA sachou and the three main undines as well as chibi version in its merchandise. The merchadises are not expensive and the market extends beyond girls. The only disappointment is, it mostly caters for local JP market. HLJ don't have much of these items (fun goods) for order. However, there's still way to order them online from official site if you're fluent in JP but I'm not sure if they offer intertaional shipping.

The newest merchadise is the ARIA Ipod Nano case. Considering JP a country with vast market in technology gadgets, the potential of an Ipod case with the an user favourite animation or design could be immense.

List of ARIA merchandise :
Clothing: Undines uniform, gloves and hat, T-shirt, company T-shirt, towels
Stationery: Stickers, mini note set, memo pad, clear tag, seals, postcard set, straps, emblem stickers
Holder & Case: DVD CD File, CD receipt box, coin case, tote bag, card case, Ipod nano case.
Collective: Greeting cards, bookmarker, fastener accessory, music box, necklace, rubber keychain, key holder, liquid porch, JP fan, plush doll, phone cards
PC items: PC handrest, dust cleaner, desk mat, underlay, liquid mousepad
Tech: Protable calculator, clock, desktop-tile clock
Dining: picnic box, bowl plate, cup and tray, liquid tray, mini-cup, magnetic cup
Misc: oil-asorbing paper, relax-check card and door plates
(Not to mention there's figures and artbooks too)


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Anime & Manga Horizon Policy

Some people have been asking me the policy of this blog since last year. I didn't compile any as I didn't think it was necessary until recently. These are the 4 policies which I observed, so breaking them would ensure your comments deleted. In times to come I might add, but for the time being, these 4 are adequate.

Anime & Manga Horizon Blog Policy

1. Do not ask where to download or read the manga and anime.

2. Do not provide links to other site that offers the manga or anime

3. Zero tolerance to rude, offensive, swearing post in comments.

4. Do not plagiarise from this site. Copy & Paste is Plagiarism. Copy & Paste from someone who Copy & Paste from this site is still Plagiarism. Pharaphrase without reference to the site is also Plagiarism.

P/S: I add the policy post to the side bar and comments are disable from this post. I'll remove this post in the next few days. Link to policy will remain on side bar.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Suzuka 158 Prayer

Suzuka 158 願事 ねがいごと

Megumi and Saotome joined Ayano san family and Yamato eating buckwheat noodles. Saotome commented that it's still better to have the noodles otherwise there's no feeling of end of the year. Miho remarked that Saotome's after free lunch again. Megumi thanked Ayano san and helped her to clear the table. Yamato had an eye patch on right eye and several handyplasts on his face. He looked at the clock, showing 9.40pm. Saotome asked Yamato why he's feeling down while she was drinking beer. Yamato replied he's not. Miho told Saotome that Yamato had a date with Suzuka to visit the shrine. Saotome then remarked that Yamato's anticipating the arrival of his beloved Suzuka. She also commented that Suzuka won't have to leave if it wasn't for what he had done (traveling in secret). Yamato rebuked saying that she's noisy and drunk. Miho commented that Suzuka and Yamato will be together in the same club so he just need to bear for a while. Yamato replied in agreement.

Suzuka arrived and Saotome rushed to hug Suzuka, saying long time no see. Saotome remarked that Suzuka's pitiful because she had to live at her home because of Yamato. Suzuka replied that it was her fault as well. Yamato frantically told Saotome not to exert so much force on Suzuka (because she's pregnant, Yamato's quite mindful). Saotome remarked that Yamato was jealous even because of Saotome and said that Yamato really love Suzuka very much. Yamato replied it wasn't and Saotome continued to tease him. Suzuka then noticed Yamato's injury and asked what happened to his face. Yamato said that he'd tell her on the way and the left.

They arrived at the shrine vicinity. Yamato told Suzuka that he had a fight. He said that he had dinner with Kinugasa and both Miyamoto and Arima came afterwards. He later had a fight with Arima on the way back. Suzuka asked why and if Arima had said something bad about him. Yamato replied that it's just bickering. Suzuka asked what's he thinking and what happened if he was injured. Yamato, with a grin, replied that he ended up with injuries but he also managed to threw two to three punches on Arima. Suzuka remarked that it's nothing something to be proud of. Suzuka added that Yamato and Arima's relationship was really bad. She said that they don't have to quarrelled and ended like that. Yamato commented that it's a special case. Suzuka was puzzled but Yamato suggested going to the shrine.

Yamato and Suzuka prayed at the shrine (should be around 12am since it's hatsumode). Suzuka had a peek at Yamato and saw him praying earnestly. After that, Suzuka commented that Yamato took some time in praying. Yamato said that it's about something important. Yamato then asked her, "Don't you want to listen to my prayer?" Suzuka replied no. Yamato then suggested having something to eat, saying that Suzuka should be hungry. Suzuka replied that she had eaten before meeting him.

Suzuka then told Yamato that it looks like it's better to go for abortion. Yamato wasn't shocked and looked rather steady. He told her that Arima had said that as well. Suzuka was surprised and asked if Yamato had told Arima. Yamato said that Arima was quite concern with his competition against Yamato at university. Yamato continued that Arima didn't say that directly but the meaning was the similar. Arima was serious back then and thus Yamato also answered seriously. Yamato said that Suzuka was pregnant and he didn't know how to face the university matter before he came to a conclusion. Arima had said that he would choose abortion without hesistation as his priority is in track. Arima also said that what happen to Suzuka had nothing to do with him. Yamato told Suzuka that it was because of that he gave Arima a trashing. Yamato continued that he would definitely get angry for what Arima had said and Arima should'nt be forgiven. Yamato added that although track is Arima's priority but his own priority is... Suzuka interrupted Yamato and said that she wanted to listen to his prayer afterall. Yamato then told her that he had prayed for Suzuka to have a safe baby delivery (朝比奈....元気な子産んでくれますように ....って)
Suzuka was surprised and asked if he was serious. Yamato added, "for that reason, I willing to pay the price for it.. this is what I had prayed (そのためなら オレ 何でも するって..願いした)."

Caption at the end: No worry, no uncertainty, no proposal, just a prayer for safe delivery!!! Altough it's stupid but compared to all, the most beloved is Asahina.

P/S: Indeed Suzuka had thought of abortion but Yamato decided to have the baby. I wonder if they would have an argument next chapter or they will tell their parents.

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