So Bon Odori has been an annual event, originally held at another venue but relocated due to renovation. It is an outdoor car park adjacent to a shopping mall called Queensbay Mall.
The good thing about it is that we could park at the multi-level car park and have an air-conditioned environment to run to before and after the event. A big disadvantage is that the venue for Bon Odori was all sand and rocks, making it difficult to walk around.
Stalls such as sushi king, drinks, goldfish scooping and balloon fishing was seen but requires coupon for purchase. Related japanese food and goods are not too common so it is not too attracting as we walked pass some amount of visitors in yukata.
On the main stage, performances such as yosakoi dance by two different middle school with japanese language class and a medley dance by a cosplay fanclub were part of the act. As for performers from Japan, a company called DDC from Aichi prefacture flew all the way to Penang for their dance with fan, paper umbrella and large flags, presenting three songs. Instrumental performance by an English foreigner and a group of elderly presented three songs,one of it as ‘Rasa Sayang’ and another classic jpop song which I could not name.
In between, they had tutorial and practice run for the bon odori dance with the public. You can see the leading group are all dressed up in a variety of yukata and the dance move are simple to follow, repeating in similar pattern. The whole sequence of performances were repeated to face another direction before ending at 10pm with a firework display in the end.
All in all, there are still a lot of improvement to be made. For first timers, it was still a good exposure and experience. As for going to the event for the second time, maybe you can consider twice. XP
Chase your dream
This is a story of an overly anxious professional figure skater, Yuuri Katsuki in his slump streak seeking direction of his future while trying to avoid gaining weight for his love of pork cutlet. After his figure skating video went viral, his idol Victor Nikikorof came to be his mentor.
Another highlight of the show is his rival Yuuri Plisetsky, while being a prodigy, enjoy as he realized his weaknesses and continue to change along the series. Many other national representatives along with their own charm and routine is another enjoyment for figure skating fans.
While this series might seem a bit weak as a sports anime, it doesn’t falter with its spectrum of characters and a tinge of bromance.
Recommended for people that likes figure skating or just in a mood for a comedy sports anime that is slightly relaxing.
Everything comes at a price.
Anyone who is a fan of the franchise Gundam would know that this particular series is slightly different from the others, having the main casts in adolescent age range in mutiny, viewers may feel or think that some of the decision and plot progression were forced. Even so, it is still an animation of giant robots fighting with each other at war to protect or fight for something they believe.
As a whole, the soundtrack and action scenes were still satisfying for a Gundam series. Some of the characters are relatable and some deaths are deemed necessary even if a lot of fans out there think that it is a mere waste of time.
Without giving too much spoilers, let’s just say this series is recommended for people who are fond of fighting scenes while hardcore fans of series like Lelouch may need to steer clear as your destination might not be as you’d imagine. If an ending of a series which does not meet your expectation would spoil the whole series, try this with caution.
The miracle of first love
This is a standard middle school romance of a guy named Kotarou (a writer in literature club) and a girl Akane (a short distance runner in track and field club) of how they saw and fell in love with each other.
This story depicts the details of how people interact, act and overcome obstacles of being in a relationship. From a standard point of texting each other to having rivals and confessions by another guy and girl, watch this couple fight yet another trial as Akane’s father gets transferred.
Will the rivalries win? Will the distance separate them apart?
Recommended for anyone that is just looking for a classical romance of first love. Have a cup of tea as you reminisced how you fell in love the first time in your life. In this story, having your first love as the first mutual relationship is a classic miracle in life. Cheers to that!
No matter who we are born to be, we are free to choose and decide
This is a family anime movie of a girl named Hana who fell in love with a werewolf. The main arc of the story depicts the life of their children, Yuki and Ame, an elder sister and a younger brother who are both confused and learning in becoming both human and wolf.
While they have their share of problems in growing up and living along side with the neighbourhood society, enjoy the small miracles and laughters as they grow up to become the person they wish to be.
Recommended for people that enjoys a slight fantasy twist of a slice of life animation, enjoy heart-warming moments and the different directions where adolescent goes.
Come and find your waifu– quote by keychain seller
I attended PAM 2017 this morning, reaching around 8.15am. There were no ticket queue but quite a long queue for entry. I bought a RM15 day ticket and waited around 10 minutes pass 9 to enter.
The crowd was not that bad till around 11 and I managed to walk around the exhibition area a few times before leaving at 12.
There are still lots of merchandises that I didn’t manage to take pictures of like the pillow, bolster, touch n go sticker, tumbler, figurines and the popular AFA shop.
Cosplayers were among us other than the designated corner by Canon Camera where they let you take a picture with them.
Overall, it was a nice experience other than the last hour where it becomes too hard to walk around or look at some merchandise.
Recommended only for those who are patience and truly interested in anime. Main focus of goods and the audience is still more on guys so be warned that it doesn’t smell good with lots of sweaty guys around. XD
It felt like nothing happened, but I knew it did.—–The purple hairband
Chihiro, the main protagonist that happens to move to another place following her parents was found to be trapped in a ghost-like town after night fall. As she struggles to survive in that world with a little help from Haku (the male character that can turn into a dragon), witness Chihiro’s growth from losing her name to become Sen into a proper working staff under Yubaba. A little crybaby like her with her parents turned into pigs, Chihiro must find a way to return to her own world.
This felt like a growing-up / adolescent movie that teaches us the different attitude and ways of the society if you read deep into the characters. For a starter, just enjoy the magical experience from Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. I hope this could show you the excitement and entertainment that many of us shared as a hobby. Cheers!
Recommended for all walks of life and be impressed by the unique God and Spirits in this movie~
This is a movie of a boy Kenji that was invited by his senior, Natsuki as her part timer boyfriend on her trip back to her hometown. From the sight of her huge household,you can expect a whole level of family unity as they face a terrible artificial intelligent running amok in OZ (a virtual world connected by internet). While they try to stop the AI before it causes more destruction to their reality, the head of the household is something you should look out for.
It’s a movie under 2 hours so feel free to watch it on a relaxing weekend. This is more of a family orientated animation so feel free to watch it with your siblings or even parents. The strong point of this story, other than the animation and vivid characters, it will make you want to root for them even though you do not know any of the words or what it meant.
Recommended for those who liked Studio Ghibli movies but yet not into anime series, some examples include Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. May you have a fun summer as I am =D
A fun thing is a good thing
Uchouten Kazoku [Summer 2013] was one of my favorites slice of life, comedy, drama, fantasy series about the tanuki and tengu society. After a sad ending of having the father of Yasaburo being eaten by the end of season 1, one would be surprised by how much more plot development it could bring in this season 2.
New characters such as Tenmaya and Nidaime was added to this already eccentric pallet of characters, made even more minor arcs of how and who they are at nature, contributing to its all-well-rounded finale. For those who have not seen season one, I highly recommend you to do so to fully understand and enjoy this series.
Recommended for those who liked Kyouso Giga. Unlike general anime, if you’d like to try something peculiar yet interesting series or anything out of your usual genre, this might be the one for you.
PV (promotional video) of season 1 is posted below, if you like what you see, give it a shot =)
A-1 pictures no bakaaaaaaaaa~~!!!!
Eromanga Sensei PV
From a light novel writer brother living under the same roof with his sister (technically without any blood relation) that is an illustrator and a shut-in, experience the harem that every guy (somehow a lie) would imagine~
Following OreImo premise, enjoy this slice of life with a tinge of borderline fan service! Anime harem formula= Brother loves Sister+ rival yellow head + rival purple head + summer yukata + swim suit beach episode + I still like you the most ending
Recommended: For people that enjoyed Harem/OreImo. If you happen to like Working! from the same studio, don’t expect it to be that similar. If you don’t enjoy slice of life anime, steer clear! You have been warned XD