Shanghai Kiss

I haven’t updated this in a while so I figured I’ll start trying to update regularly.

I got a chance to watch Shanghai Kiss with my wife a few weeks ago and it’s a fairly good movie.

Just to summarize it, it’s about a struggling Asian American actor trying to make his way in Hollywood. He meets a “young” girl who idolizes him but he keeps at a distance for legal reasons. He still tries to date around but seems to cry whenever he gets laid, possible about feeling bad for the “young girl”. When his grandmother dies and leaves him her house to sell, he has to go back to Shanghai but ends up keeping the house and meets another lady.

I’m trying not to spoil the story for anyone but to be honest, all the other characters seems a bit flat and 2 dimensional. But that isn’t the point of the story, I think the deeper message is about how Asian Americans seem to have a dual identity. We’re Asian Americans, but in Asia, we’re just Americans, and in America, we’re just Asians. Not exactly the best of both worlds here.

Overall, I was fairly pleased with the story. It was an interesting insight on what it means to be Asian American. As a love story, it’s kind of one sided and I kept on thinking how much of a bad guy he would be if the story was told from another point of view. But if I analyze it that way, I think I’d be missing the major point.

Anime Line-Up Spring 2010

As a fairly big anime fan and thanks the internet, I’m able to enjoy anime series as they come out. I remember back in the earlier days, we had to wait for the subbers to release them on VHS, usually about 4 to 8 episodes a time and have to order them, usually only paying for just the VHS tapes, though some places tried to make a profit off of it. Though, now being able to watch anime episodes once a week just like regular television shows had thrown me off a bit, because I hate cliff hangers. I used to wait until a series was over before watching it but I’m now more open to smaller weekly doses.

As a fairly big anime fan and thanks the internet, I’m able to enjoy anime series as they come out. I remember back in the earlier days, we had to wait for the subbers to release them on VHS, usually about 4 to 8 episodes a time and have to order them, usually only paying for just the VHS tapes, though some places tried to make a profit off of it. Though, now being able to watch anime episodes once a week just like regular television shows had thrown me off a bit, because I hate cliff hangers. I used to wait until a series was over before watching it but I’m now more open to smaller weekly doses.

That being said, I’ve started following these shows this season; Angel Beats!, B Gata H Kei, Heroman, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, K-On! Season 2. I’ll quickly review these shows, which I watch on Watchanimeon.com.

Angel Beats!


Angel Beats is an interesting show. The basic premise is a guy wakes up at a school to find out he’s just died, but he has no memories of who he is or what happened. He is recruited by a young girl who leads a small squad of students whose mission is to kill an angel. The angel is also the class president. As bizarre of a scenario that is, it’s fairly interesting, as I already stated. The young girl leading the squad reminds me of Haruhi from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series. A few of the creative talent behind Angel Beats also worked on Air, Clannad, and Kanon, so it has a certain surreal flavor to it. I also happen to love the music for Angel Beats.

The best way I could probably describe this series is that it sort of reminds me of Jacob’s Ladder. I’d like to go further into detail, but I’ll probably expand on that after the series is over.

B Gata H Kei


To be honest, the premise of B Gata H Kei sort of turned me off but being bored and slightly curious, I decided why the hell not. The premise is a young girl who wants to bang 100 guys. While this is probably the easiest quest to embark on, she tends to get nervous and pushes guys away. She sets her sights on her shy classmate and decides that she’ll take his virginity at the same time cast away hers. Sexual hi-jinks ensues and she actually starts to fall for him.

Maybe I’m fond of this series because it reminds me of those old 80’s comedy movies they don’t make anymore. I’m interested in seeing how things pan out.

Heroman


Heroman is the product of Marvel’s Stan Lee and Bones Studio. Rather than take place in Tokyo like 97% of most animes, it’s set in the fictional city of Center City, USA. I’ve always been a bit interested in how the Japanese depicts American life. The basic premise is about a story about a boy and his giant robot taking on an alien invasion. Most people reviewing this series compared it to an old Saturday morning cartoon/thirty minute toy commercial . I think that’s Heroman’s strong point and I’m just enjoying the ride.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou


I think this series is filling the void Harry Potter left. While not particularly fulfilling, it’s a good rebound. A young man enters a magical university wanting to become a high priest but was predicted to become a demon lord. The main theme of the series happens to be misunderstanding which can be pretty comedic.

Well, there you have a quick overview of the shows I’ll be watching. I really couldn’t say much about K-On. If you saw season one, it’s probably going to be more of the same.