Diabolik Lovers

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Diabolik lovers, proof that you can put 6 extremely hot vampire bishies into an anime and it still can be boring. I keep watching these damn Otome based animes and I keep just not getting on with them. These guys are always so hot but the main girl that you would play as in the game is always so dull.
This girl, Yui, is the sweet innocent, dull, vapid boring protagonist that just keeps walking into stupid situations. She pretty much is made these vamps play thing and I can't see why any would fall for her. If you were forced to live in a mansion because your father is posted overseas and it supposedly belongs to family then found out the 6 vampire brothers live there, what would your do? Well you’re a young attractive girl maybe you would flirt with the brothers see which one you would pair off with. Sounds well and good but they are vampires and see you as food; they bite you and take your blood whenever they feel like. They hit you, push you about, mock and humiliate you, stating how your only food and shouldn’t act above your station as a lowly human blood bank. They threaten you with rape and to feed off you and no matter your struggles and protests no one comes to help you and you are devoured on a regular basis. Sounds romantic!!!! I mean hot vampire guys are great and who doesn’t like a bad boy but come on there is no way you want to romance cold hearted killers that use you for food, sport and pleasure.

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Well Yui being the dim but innocent girl still seems to approach them. I know most of the games are based on the idea that you’re youthful and innocent feelings can bring forth love and by being so refreshingly pure that you can melt even the coldest hearts. But god this girl is not innocent and pure she is naïve and dumb. You’re treated like food so when you find a sleeping vampire you A) leave him alone or B) wake him up so he gets made molests and feeds off you tossing you to the floor when done. How about you hear a male voice singing and you A) go explore to find the singing vampire, who then teases you, abuses you, feeds off you and leaves you lying in the dirt or B) you ignore it and hurry to your room to stay under the radar. It goes on like this, instead of lying low and trying to avoid being played with Yui just goes up and makes causal conversation with Vampires and then gets upset when they attack her. God I wanted her to just hurry up and get eaten and the vampires kill her. Why can’t these Otome based animes have spunkier heroines is that too much to ask? I’m not asking for a full on Ryoko Matoi from Kill la Kill, she doesn’t need to be a completely strong fighter type that can beat down everyone around her but just a little more Miyaka from Fushigi Yuugi or even Kyoko from Skip Beat an amazingly entertaining and spunky female character.
Read my review of Skip Beat here:http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2010/04/skip-beat-%e2%80%93-a-lovely-easily-watchable-anime-with-a-female-protagonist-that-is-brilliant/

This anime suffers from having a completely none relatable female lead and maybe it still is a victim of the Japanese society and its education of women. It’s no secret that Japanese media is a male dominated industry and still makes decisions based on Japans ideals on a women’s place and the commercialisation of products for women in contemporary Japan. Since the very first girls comics in Japan in the Meji era that taught Japanese girls to act like proper young women this trend has continued in some aspects of the media. So the idea that ideal Japanese girls are pure and innocent still permeates through the media but it’s a shame that something as exciting as a Vampire anime can be so vapid. Even the plot can’t make up for it as it gives no real answers to the past of the vampire boys, their parents and why the resurrection of one mother is so bad.

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After sitting through 6 eps of vampire jail bait and a recap on Yui’s feeling we finally see some story development. So it turns out that the 6 boys have one father and 3 different mothers. No real idea who the father really was and how he managed to simultaneously marry 3 vampires and father 6 sons while also being some kind of government official. It is never made clear if this politician is also a vampire. But one boy Subaru’s mother appears to be locked in a tower, don’t know why or why she asked him to stab her to death. The next two brothers mother is training one Shuu, to be the head of the house who clearly rather be off playing while ignoring the other son Reiji who enjoys studying and would make a better head. Then there are the triplets of one mother, these triplets Ayato, Leito and Kanata for some reason conspire to kill their mother who may be having an affair with her husband’s brother. Why they kill her I have no idea there was no reason, she may have been bad but not kill worthy bad I mean these boys are no princes. Two look like brothers one like the mother but he is clearly psychologically damaged in the fact he always looks half crazed and talks to a stuffed animal but again no background on his behaviour. But alas mother dies her lover steals her heart and in the end uses Yui to resurrect her. Well Yui is certainly more interesting for an episode but the Vampire boys reject the return of their mother band together to save Yui, kill their uncle and then each tell us how they hope you’re ready for a lifetime of pain and pleasure as their food and sexual object.

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It’s all so stupid, plot makes no sense these boys have angst but never enough to redeem them or endure them to us. They are fantastically attractive and they look good all vampired up and covered in blood so visually it’s an erotic display but that its. This anime is all visual but nothing else and even my wildest vampire fantasy has me placed higher on the food chain then object, there is nothing erotic being told get ready for dinner hope you don’t mind living for me so I can eat you worthless but delicious girl. I mean this anime is even more disappointing then Shinsengumi vampire anime Hakuoki, I thought that was poor and after I realised it was an Otome game it made sense that the main girl in all her honest and pure innocence became the focus of the Shinsengumi’s interest but it least it had the decency of having a mutual love story and a plot but I digress.
Unless you hard core love Otome games or happy just to look at pretty boys regardless of plot then do watch it but I’d rather watch a silly but fun sports anime or just yaoi at least then I have nothing but buckets of pretty boys and no vapid good natured innocent flower slowing down my plot.

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The Quiet Ones

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This is a surprisingly good horror film and I’m glad I went to see it. I wasn’t really expecting much I went to see it purely cause I’d seen the poster on a bus and thought “oh new horror” and gave it a try. I am normally not that impressed with horror films these days the current crop have left me feeling disappointed and totally unafraid. From Mama’s cgi ghost to The Conjuring’s happy ending horror has been a bit of a bore. I am even finding it hard to find good horrors from the Asian market and I prefer their films. But alas there hasn’t been a Dark Water or Tale of Two Sisters in years. The Thai’s have been coming up with some good stuff like The Victim, House and Body 19 but these are still a few years old.
So horror has left me flat and as one of my fav genres that is a real shame. I love a good scare, decent drawn out frights and an unhappy ending cause nothing ruins a horror faster than “they all lived happily ever after” where is the fear in that, half the fun of a horror is the idea that it’s still out there and can come for you, not in some priest or shaman coming to the rescue. This was why the Conjuring was such as disappointment, not only because it has 2 jumps in its entire running time, it failed to set a strong paranormal presence or a chilling environment and then drifted down the demonic position route to end with an exorcism and a happy family. I mean Mama could have been good but I don’t want to see EVERYTHING!!! Keep some mystery about your creature or supernatural being don’t give me a giant whirling cgi creature and a sad melodramatic plot with a beautiful and touching ended, I don’t want to be moved I want to be scared.
Well The Quiet Ones did a lot better than these previous films. For one thing it was a slow build playing on that line between mental illness and paranormal. When is something a hoax or the real thing? You do spend a vast amount of the film trying to figure out if this is a haunting or just a tortured girl and a man possessed by his own research and theories. The film is supposedly set on true events or this case loosely inspired by events that apparently really happened but were found out to be faked. The plot is simple, Inspired by true events, THE QUIET ONES tells the story of an unorthodox professor (Harris) who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined. (Cited from: http://www.hammerfilms.com/productions/film/filmid/364/the-quiet-ones).

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So as a Brit myself I can attest to their being some freaky old buildings in the UK and ghost sittings have been publicised, were an old country that has seen a lot so I for one assume we must have some haunted sites (I will prove this at the end of April on a Ghost hunting expedition to Fort Horstead in Kent!!). So I don’t find it farfetched that someone would investigate this phenomenon or that an Oxford professor would research it, we love a bit of research and theoretical discovery in the UK. But what makes this a surprisingly good film I suppose is that I had seen so much poor horror I wasn’t expecting anything much but I was surprised to see what we Brits had to offer the Horror genre, after all it was the god of horror cinema Hammer that was helming this movie. Well the acting was good for one thing, Jarred Harris is a brilliant actor and he doesn’t disappoint. The build is slow and subtle mixing a couple of horror troupes like the lights going out and all we see is what the hand held camera of one protagonist sees.
The win comes in the fact that we don’t see much at all and proof that less is more. There are a lot of loud noises; I jumped so many times because of that, some doors opening and the occasional thing flies across the room. But not enough to truly make me go “omg it’s a ghost this place is so haunted, that girl is so possessed”. Really its one man possessed by his own thesis that fails to see that something supernatural may be occurring. You never really see what’s attacking them and it’s wonderful, strange marks appear, a lot of horrible screaming (which made me ask why these people kept running towards the screaming or banging noises if it was me I’d be running in the opposite direction) and two noticeable appearances of something that makes you go. WTF, something is not right. Not seeing the evil works so well its left to your imagination as a plot on cults and a demonic deity arises but it never goes into the troupe of being possessed by a demon and calling in the local priest who just happens to be well versed in dealing with this.

The OMG WTF moment, so brief but enough creep and random to make you go oh oh they are in trouble!!!
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Maybe it’s a British thing but these characters get into trouble and don’t run to the clergy, first they think doctors, then they think, shit were in trouble. It’s not patriotic or family unit focused it’s just a mixed group that are in way over their heads. By the time it’s all going Pete Tong it’s too late there is no one to help them, some evil has been released and it’s bigger than any person. Us Brits don’t need a happy ending, were the makers of realistic film movements and non-mainstream social protagonists and thus not heroes and saviours, just people that can get into shit and not survive. So I was very happy with an ever body dead or mental ending because that’s how it should be. You provoke supernatural forces and they fight back, religion is not always the answer or there to save you.
I overall enjoyed the simple creep factor of this film, the loud jumps, the blurring of mental states and the feeling that no one is getting out of this unharmed and therefor it warns us not to go messing with the supernatural world because it is often beyond our understanding. This film was well acted, totally British, nicely scored and while didn’t always know where it was going it gave us the unhappy ending I’ve wanted from a horror for a long time.

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Otaku Tours London

So I’m putting an idea out there to see if it would interest people. I’m a researcher for the Japanese Studies department at Birkbeck University, a London local and huge Otaku.

Myself and another Japanese cultural expert are establishing an Otaku Tour company for London. We love Japanese culture and Anime and know a lot of the hidden jems in London to find Otaku goods, manga, Japanese food and cultural products.

The goal of Otaku Tours is to share these great locations as well as knowledge of Japanese culture especially pop culture. I myself just did a lecture on the Japanese Idol industry to a Creative industry class.

Any feed back would be great, would people be interested, how much would you pay for an informative tour about Japanese culture and places to get your Otaku on. Would you be interested in great Restaurants, exhibitions and drinks with Japanese living in London.

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The Terracotta Distribution Back Catalogue Challenge 4

So I have taken it upon myself to watch every film in Terracotta’s back catalogue. How will I be a UK leading expert in South East Asian Cinema if I’m not totally up to date with what’s being released by the main distributor in the country. I want to nice and up to date for the start of my studies in September 2013.
Next up is Death Bell



Now this is another film I saw when I was living in South Korea and my god is it one of the best films I have ever seen. Now Death Bell struck a chord with me (no pun intended) because I was working as an English teacher and some of my students were the same age as the students in Death Bell. I also knew a lot more about the South Korean education system when I saw the film then most people who haven’t lived out there have. South Korean students have the same demands and pressures put on them as Japanese students when it comes to their education. Students go to school at 8am and then by the time they get to 14years of old the extra classes in subjects such as English and maths keeps them in class till 11pm. South Korean school days are on average 8am to 11pm 6 days a week to compete in the global job market. There is a lot of pressure on them to be the best in their class and if not beatings by parents for poor results and requests to teachers for extra homework are common. Now this broke my heart a little and I have to admit I would go easier on my older students because so much life, energy and passion is gone from them and they are just study zombies with no free time or time to relax and enjoying being a child. South Korea is another of these school systems that when the exam results are released they are put up on boards for all to see each child ranked according to academic achievement and exam results. This is a harsh way for children to find out how they are ranked within their school and who is top of the class and who are not achieving as well as the others. Competition and pressure on these students is so very high and South Korea has the highest suicide rate amongst 14-16 years olds in the world. I’ve seen how depressed these students get and they work themselves to the bone to make their families proud and not feel like a disappointment.

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So when a film came out that was South Korea’s commentary on social pressures on youth culture I was in film buff heaven. This is South Korea’s answer to Japans Battle Royale. This time the film uses the genre of horror and thriller to show the pressures on Korean youth and exam stress as well as their psychological breakdown. Death bell concentrates on a special class made up of the elites in the school that are kept at school during the school break for extra lessons to make sure the school looks great when students from their sister school come to visit. The principle wants his school to be the best and wants to use his elite pupils to show off how well they are doing. We are introduced to the harsh school systems and the pressure of exams. Students pop caffeine pills, desperately write there exams and eagerly stare at the ranking board to see where they place. The film manages to expertly in one seen show just how much pressure is on these students and how hard they work for top results. One student the pressure gets too much and he is convinced he is seeing a ghost. So is there really a haunting or has the student cracked under all the stress. He suffers a complete mental break and we are left wondering if this is because of supernatural pressure or exam pressure.
But before we can go any further into this possible haunting we are then faced with a very much real and horrific series of events. The PA system is hacked and shows a female student locked in a glass tank with a math problem written on it. The student watch in horror as a girl from the class slowly drowns and a voice tells them to solve these tests or more will die. It doesn’t take long to realise that someone is playing a very serious and deadly game. Think Saw but with students, these young people are scared they are too young to be faced with such unyielding violence. These students have been groomed for top careers, to be the educational elite and not to deal with the realities of life they are for a higher purpose. So the students freak out unable to pull themselves together to solve the problems. The class want to escape but unfortunately leaving the school results in death as they find out early on.

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Luckily a few teachers with them take on the roles of leaders to help settle the students and get them to solve the tests to save their colleges. So the bodies start to pile up, students disappear and find themselves in some of the mostly grisly tortures and terrifying situations. Questions are carved into their flesh and the pressure is mounting to not only answer the questions and save their colleges but also try and work out who the mastermind is behind this game. Just when you are so sucked into the mystery you are also reminded that there isn’t just a human horror but a possible haunting as other students sees the ghost of a girl. Just who is she and how is she related to the hideous test these students are participating in.

It is very hard not to spoil too much and write about all the wonderful twists and revelations on this film. The grisly deaths get more intense as does the desperation of the students. You have two horror films here that of the Saw like torture death game and that of a haunted school and a ghost out for revenge. It’s double the threat and the outlook doesn’t look good. I adore a social commentary film and this one make good use of the society it is judging. Liking the tests and pressure of everyday school life to a game of death makes us really see the pressure on these students. It successfully exposes just how intensely Korean students work, the sense of desperation, the force at which they push themselves and the concerning dedication to further education above all else. When this is turned on them and they have to use this to save the lives of those close to them how will they deal, how do they cope with increased pressure and the threat of death, at what point will these student crack, how much can they take.

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The film is brilliant not only for the plot and the message but because of the filming and scoring. The music is amazing really building up the tension and the desperation. Its true scene building scoring and add the wonderful cinematography and use of colours. The film uses lots of earth tones and very vibrant prime colours. There are the deep reds and evergreens, browns and blacks for the insides of the school and the torture rooms but outside is the clear blue skies and a whiter purer world. Flash back scenes and scenes up on the roof in the day light showing our characters as happy and care free are bright to match the brightness of a world not trapped in a classroom.

The film takes something that is an issue in Korean society and youth culture and that is teen suicide because of exam pressure. We find out more about our students and how they cope with their exams and expectations as well as question what the focus for students should be. Does giving up everything in pursuit of good grades and exam excellence really set you up for the real world? Can you still be smart and creative, does taking the time to enjoy life outside of study make you a failure or give you more strength to face problems not found in test papers. Are good exam results and social statues amongst parents worth your life and sanity? Who is at fault, the parents or the teachers? Who deserves the punishment and is this school system actually failing its students because like later in life corruption will always be found and even results can be fixed.

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The Terracotta Distribution Back Catalogue Challenge 2

So I have taken it upon myself to watch every film in Terracotta’s back catalogue. How will I be a UK leading expert in South East Asian Cinema if I’m not totally up to date with what’s being released by the main distributor in the country. I want to nice and up to date for the start of my studies in September 2013.

Second Film up is Return to Burma



Now this film has a bit of a personal touch as I wanted to learn more about Burma, the country where my Mothers lineage is from. My great gran parents left Burma for a better life settling in Malaysia before my Mother herself went on the same journey to England. I knew a little about Burma from my travels in 2007, that it had a military dictatorship and was full of civil unrest and poverty. In November 2007 you may remember the news about police beating monks because of their silent protests but accusing the monks of hiding stashes of weapons. Well at the time many Burmese were trying to escape particularly children trying to get a better quality of life. How do I know this well December 2007 I moved to a small village called Maesai on the Thai/Burma border and did volunteer work for a children’s shelter working to rescue and protect the children coming over the Burmese border. A lot was happening, the area was full of child trafficking, some of my girls had indeed been rescued from that life, the effects of the golden triangle and its opium production and dissatisfied Burmese youths desperate for another life. Without work a lot of youngsters have taken to substance abuse and the bridge between the two countries was a place to find young children sniffing glue trying to get the kinds of high they witnessed their parents on from opium. Now I don’t speak Thai or Burmese so it was hard to communicate as the only foreigner but the children would act their stories, some left with parents’ consent, some taken and some no choice but to leave. Well the Burmese military did not like this exodus of its youth and laid traps on its borders.
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I will never forget the story of a boy named lousu and how he tried to escape via the forest but stepped in a bare trap; he was rescued and brought to the shelter now living a good life. He showed me his scars but he was full of life and energy now that he had some real prospects. All children rescued from Burma are given Thai citizen cards and basic education to give them a chance at a new life. It is also a fact that tribal peoples in Burma like the nomadic Ahka found in China, Burma, Laos and Thailand are not given Burmese citizenship and therefore are not allowed to work making their lives even more difficult. It was a difficult time I have seen and heard things most will never know. I was however able to take a day trip into the Burmese side.

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Now this isn’t the safest idea especially at the time but my passion and curiosity of South East Asian cultures was too strong for me not to. At the time Burma was still a closed country so there were strict rules to follow like surrendering your passport to border control which they replace with a visitors card. This card states the maximum time you’re allowed to stay plus the maximum distance you can travel from the border as places like Rangoon were off limits. What I found was amongst the tourist traps of being taken to gold stores and markets, was delicious food and amazing architecture. The Wat's in Burma are beautiful and I would give anything to go back there and discover more about this Country.

But enough about me Return to Burma hit a nerve and made me relive a whole period of my life. Return to Burma is from the point of view of Xing-Hong, an immigrant labourer in Taiwan. He saves his money after hearing that Burma is holding its first elections and believes that a new age of prosperity is coming so buys a plane ticket home. Unfortunately it’s not the way, finding a job is hard and the youngsters are despondent. Most want to work abroad in places like Europe they long for a better future. To Xing-Hong credit he doesn’t want to neglect his home but continue to try and support its economy. This is a sombre documentary focusing on the youth and how dissatisfied they are. You can also see the effect of having a military rule has on a country and children play with guns pretending to shot and kill each other. They play war in the dirt roads no wonder so many tried to go to Thailand to get a better life. Burma like so many of these countries that have been plagued by tragedy and their government ruling them through strength and terror longs to be more. Burma like places like Cambodia have been neglected yet when you look past the low poverty line you find such rich culture.
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This is the beauty and the melancholy of this film while Xing-Hong discovers a country not as he imagines he finds a family to return to and people who are friendly. You see both the despondent nature of the youth wishing for a better life but also the culture of Burma snippets of traditional life and art that are magic to those not from there. An anthem of prosperity and joy plays throughout an uplifting tune sung by all and a complete juxtaposition to the reality of Burmese society. The most perfect example of the beauty and juxtaposition between traditional Burma and modern Burma is scene of monks passing under a beautiful archway. This is a country with a rich history and culture with strong religious beliefs and amazing architecture that also hasn’t found a place in its society for the new youth cultures, the new workers those that dream of a modern world. I still believe there is hidden magic in Burma and maybe opening itself up to tourism will create more work for the youth culture I just hope it doesn’t come in the form of a McDonalds!!!
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The Terracotta Distribution Back Catalogue Challenge 1

So I have taken it upon myself to watch every film in Terracotta’s back catalogue. How will I be a UK leading expert in South East Asian Cinema if I’m not totally up to date with what’s being released by the main distributor in the country. I want to nice and up to date for the start of my studies in September 2013.

First film up is Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack
The plot is pretty simple to start, 3 friends on holiday before graduation head to the coast and are plagued by a rotten fish smell at their summer home. They soon discover and small mutated fish with legs that they kill and throw out. Thinking this is the end of it turns out to be a mistake as a shark with legs is lurking and goes on the attack. They escape its attack only to discover legion after legion of legged fish are leaving the sea and their fight for survival has only just begun!



Things escalate pretty fast at first the fish being a curiosity to the public then a menace as they disrupt transport and infrastructure. The movie breaks into two storylines; Koari our brave and noble female lead takes the first flight back to Tokyo on a mission to save her Fiancé. Meanwhile back at the summer house slutty Erika is dealing with the mess in her own way by ignoring it favour of fooling around. In true horror staple don’t have sex, you meet a horrible end and Erika’s is truly awful. Turns out a scratch by the mutant fish spear like legs turns you into a rotting overinflated living corpse, swollen and grotesque, producing a vile smell described like human corpses and rotting fish. But then starts a conflict between Erika and friend Aki. Whose nerves have been shattered and feeling abandoned and betrayed has started to lose the plot culminating in a harsh character assassination on Erika before beating her in with an ashtray. But this isn’t the most horrific part as things begin to get truly horrific and out of control.
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This is not a film for the faint hearted and the escalation of the grotesque is truly something. The movie is an adaptation of a Junji Ito manga and he is the man that brought us Uzumaki and Tomie. I have in fact many years ago seen these films and they are quite something. They merge the horrific and grotesque with the insane and unpredictable. You either love these films or hate them and since I enjoy a bit of horror, macabre and the aesthetics of the grotesque this work and his previous movies have appealed to me. Gyo however had me really thinking hard whether to turn away, its one thing to see a swollen mutating girl spew gas from her mouth and arse it’s another to see girl merge with fish carcass leg structure as weird tubes are forced into her mouth and anus. This is the worst kind of forced fellatio!!!!

The reason I did enjoy this movie is that it has a strong plot, there’s a reason to what’s happening and a natural evolution to the events of the film. I’ll try not to spoil the plot too much as it’s a clever and in depth one but I know I can get carried away when describing things. The basics are crazy scientists creates bacterial gas that can be used as a biological weapon. Experimentation takes place on a remote island then abandoned. Fish get infected but it’s not truly a mutation instead the gas, a rotten mixture that smells like corpses and may have developed a mind of its own, has used material found in the sea to make legged structures attaching itself to the fish. And there you have it walking fish; if only it stopped there this movie would be very different and if it had been an American film then the military would have saved us all. No such luck as the fish hosts decompose and explode the scaffolds are left behind so that the next thing infected can get strapped into them and power their crazy rampage.
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Oh yes this movie goes from gross to disturbing to just mind blowing oh god insanity. There should be some test on scientists so they’re not allowed to experiment with mutant gas that rots, mutates and sends people crazy. By the time the fish are dying there’s so many infected people that the scaffolds just uses their strange tubes to combine them hence the mouth and arse rape of hideous bloated people. Despite all, friends Aki and Erika’s disagreement comes to a head, Aki resents Erika for being slim and pretty and getting the boys even though Aki has too low self-esteem to overcome. As Erika suffers Aki feels a sense of superiority finally not the fattest one in the group, nothing like a tough situation to bring out the best in people and to learn who your friends really are. Aki sees her opportunity to get her revenge on Erika for feeling fat, left out and boring but doesn’t take the time to listen to Erika that despite her behaviour sometimes and Aki’s attitude about herself she wouldn’t have hung out with her if they weren’t friends. This is a test of friendship that fails as Aki soon finds herself in trouble and no matter how much she begs Erika has forsaken their friendship.

We are left with Kaori who has teamed up with a cameraman she met on the plane called Shirakawa. They fight their way through Tokyo escaping sharks and Giant squids only to discover crazy scientist has turned Kaori’s fiancée into a prototype walker powered by the gas, a more mechanical lab based version of the evolved scaffolds running lose in Tokyo. Kaori isn’t one to give up, convinced there must be some humanity left she chases after her mutated infected Fiancée Tadashi. Now you can tell this film was never going to have a happy ending, no miracle cure or military force strong enough. There’s no way you can fight against an evil cloud of disturbing gas that infects and destroys all in its path. This is pretty much one of those films where you can safely say it’s the end of the world. As the human scaffold corpses, rotting, abominations they are start to merge together its pretty much lights out for humanity. But only in a film so disturbing would it end with a view of the gas swirling into the sky making beautiful patterns and colours and when asked about the smell the reply “I’m already used to it”.

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As I’ve said this film isn’t for the faint hearted but it’s also not to be mocked or ridiculed. It has its fair share of controversial material but I don’t feel anything was done just to shock and offend people. Everything seen was shown for a reason mostly to help us the viewer understand the mechanics of the scaffold and the workings of the gas. The film wanted us to see the horror of bio bacterial weaponry and how ill prepared humanity is. The film shows us the harsh realities of how people behave when in crisis and the harsher truth that people easily get used to things they shouldn’t and that something horrendous soon becomes the norm. I may not be eating fish for a little while which will be hard as I’m pescaterian so I’ll be sticking to foods that don’t mutate like vegetables. I will however recommend this film to anyone who does like a horror that not only disturbs you visually and mentally but also is so surreally engaging you are left wanting to find out more. I for one have more questions and want to see how the world copes with this epidemic. I do enjoy a bit of the deconstruction of people both physically and mentally and this film does this well.

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Top 5 Movie Musicals

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1 – Repo the Genetic Opera – The best musical film ever and a cult classic. I don’t know how this film didn’t get the response or praise that it deserved it’s a mater piece. I mean a musical done in a horror comic book fashion set in a post-apocalyptic rock opera about a repo man harvesting organs for an evil corporation. I mean it’s sexy, violent and has great songs and great performances. Comic style panels explain how an epidemic of organ failures devastated the planet in the future. The mega-corporation GeneCo emerged as a saviour. GeneCo provides organ transplants, in addition to cosmetic surgeries. GeneCo is legally able to repossess defaulted organs. Clients who default on payments will be hunted down by Repo men; skilled assassins contracted by GeneCo to recover defaulted property by any means necessary. Its lead is the fabulous and talented Anthony Head aka Giles from Buffy or Uther from Merlin.
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Now if you though this wonderful example of British actor was amazing before wait till you hear him sing it’s one of the most sexy experiences and me being a horror fan even more amazing since he sings songs about things like killing his victims. Other cast members include Alexa Vega (spy kids) as his 17 year old ill daughter who doesn’t know about her father’s secret identity, Sarah Brightman of stage and star of musicals such as Phantom of the Opera.
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There’s also a wonderful performance by Paris Hilton parodying herself, an idol so obsessed with plastic surgery that she goes to new extremes to get a new face. The film is shot beautifully with amazing costume designs and gorgeous cinematography. It really is a mouth-watering example of cinema with songs that get stuck in your head.

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2 - Les Miserable – One of the biggest triumphs in musical history the stage version is amazing but the movie stands apart as a wonderful example of cinema. Not only does it has some of the most amazing cinematography in years it an unbelievable epic of storytelling, set design, performances, costume and music. In 1815, convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released on parole by prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe) after serving a nineteen-year sentence. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne (Colm Wilkinson), but steals his silver during the night. He is caught by the authorities, but the Bishop informs them that the silver was given as a gift, giving him even more, securing Valjean's release. Moved by the Bishop's grace, Valjean breaks his parole vowing to start an honest life helping others under a new identity. Javert swears he will bring the escaped convict to justice.
Eight years later, Valjean has become a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. Fantine (Anne Hathaway), one of his workers, is discovered to be sending money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen), who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen) and their daughter Éponine (Natalya Angel Wallace), and is dismissed by the foreman. In a desperate attempt to support her daughter, Fantine becomes a prostitute. She is arrested by Javert after she attacks an abusive man, but is saved by Valjean, who has her hospitalised. Later, Valjean learns that a man believed to be him has been arrested. Unable to accept that an innocent man is condemned, Valjean reveals his identity to the court before departing for the hospital. There he promises a dying Fantine that he will look after her daughter. After escaping from Javert, Valjean finds Cosette and pays the Thénardiers to allow him to take her, and promises to be like a father to her. I knew Hugh Jackman was going to be good but he blew me away with the strength of his performance as well as Anne Hathaway who broke my heart with her performance. Now the weak link I thought would be Russell Crowe but alas I really like him in this Javert is my favourite character. Russell was great he played the character wonderful he was intense and yet broken, he was a little weak when he sang ‘”stars” but I loved the gravely quality to his voice when he did the confrontation.
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What I loved about the movie was how claustrophobic it could feel it never let you escape from the harshness of these characters lives you couldn’t turn away as their plight was there up close for you to witness. This made Hathaway’s “I dreamed a dream” all the more heart breaking cause as you saw her break and fall to despair you had nowhere else to look than into the eyes of a women whose world had betrayed and destroyed her and it stole my breath away and broke my heart.
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I love Les Mis it’s a story of hope and human triumph in the face of adversity, I love a tale of overcoming the harsh reality of your life and finding a higher purpose so this film really applied to me plus some amazing songs that will always be classics no matter what.

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3 – Singin’ in the Rain – An absolute classic one of the greatest musical and proof you don’t need to be modern and or full of special effects to be a great movie. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer, dancer and stunt man. Don barely tolerates his vapid, shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. Lina herself is convinced they are in love, despite Don's protestations otherwise. One day, to escape from fans, Don jumps into a passing car driven by Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). She drops him off, but not before claiming to be a stage actress and sneering at his "undignified" accomplishments. Later, at a party, the head of Don's studio, R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell), shows a short demonstration of a Vitaphone talking picture but his guests are unimpressed. To Don's amusement and Kathy's embarrassment, she pops out of a mock cake right in front of him as part of the entertainment; Kathy, it turns out, is a chorus girl. Furious at Don's teasing, she throws a real cake at him, only to hit Lina right in the face.
Later, after weeks of searching, Don makes up with Kathy after he finds her working in another Monumental Pictures production. She confesses to having been a fan of Don and Lina's all along and they begin to fall in love. After a rival studio has an enormous hit with its first talking picture, 1927's The Jazz Singer, R.F. decides he has no choice but to convert the next Lockwood and Lamont film, The Duelling Cavalier, into a talkie. The production is beset with difficulties. By far, the worst problem is Lina's grating voice. An exasperated diction coach tried to teach her how to speak properly, but to no avail. Cosmo then comes up with the idea to dub Lina's voice with Kathy's, and they persuade R.F. to turn The Duelling Cavalier into a musical called The Dancing Cavalier, complete with a modern musical number called "Broadway Melody".
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This is one fun and light musical maybe that’s why I love it so it’s about friendship and having a good time with the people you like the most and it will be a classic. To this day everyone will always know Singing in the Rain and the sight of Gene Kelly splashing through puddles as he sings it. It’s also a very funny movie marking an important change in cinema when sound was brought to motion pictures and the very real problems that lent to silent screen actors. One of the funniest things I’ve seen to this day is Lina trying to act and speak into a microphone with the world’s most annoying voice. I love the songs in this film I regularly like to sing “good morning, good morning” it’s the perfect cheer up song for mornings. This film is and always be a classic film at 60 years old it holds up today.

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4 – Chicago – I love this film for some reason it just adore it. It’s great fun with catchy songs and filmed really well. In Chicago, circa 1924, naïve Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) visits a nightclub, where star Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) performs ("All That Jazz"). Roxie is there with Fred Casely (Dominic West); a lover she hopes will get her a vaudeville gig. After the show, Velma is arrested for killing her husband and sister after finding them in bed together. A month passes, and, after Roxie admits she wants the relationship to go on a long-term basis, Fred reveals to Roxie that he lied about his connections in order to sleep with her and abandons her, hitting her when she protests. Roxie, enraged, shoots him three times, killing him. Roxie convinces her ever faithful husband, Amos (John C. Reilly), to take the blame, telling him it was a burglar and that he needn't worry, he'll get off. When the detective brings up evidence that Roxie had been sleeping with Fred, Amos abandons his lie and says Casely was dead when he got home ("Funny Honey"). Roxie is sent to Cook County Jail.
Upon her arrival she is sent to Murderess' Row, under the care of the corrupt Matron "Mama" Morton (Queen Latifah), who takes bribes and supplies her prisoners with cigarettes and contraband ("When You're Good to Mama") while awaiting trial. Roxie meets Velma, and learns the backstories of the other women in Murderess' Row ("Cell Block Tango"). Roxie decides that she wants to engage Velma's lawyer, the brilliant and amoral Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) ("All I Care About"), and convinces her husband to talk to him. Flynn and Roxie manipulate the press at a press conference, reinventing Roxie's identity to make Chicago fall in love with her ("We Both Reached for the Gun"). Roxie becomes the new infamous celebrity of the Cook County Jail ("Roxie"), much to Velma's disgust and Mama's delight. Velma, desperate to get back into the limelight, tries to talk Roxie into opening a vaudeville act with her once they get out of jail ("I Can't Do It Alone"). Seeking revenge for an earlier mocking, Roxie haughtily refuses, and Roxie and Velma become locked in a rivalry to outshine each other.
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Now while I’m not a big Renee fan and find her very flat chest rather off putting I adore Catherine Zeta Jones and thinks she beautiful and talented. I just love the power play between them the trying to outshine each other. There is something very sexy about this film just all those perfect bodies dancing and singing, the “Cell Block Tango” is just a wonderfully filmed and choreographed number.
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It has catchy songs and that’s what’s important about a musical if you come away singing the songs you know it’s been a good film and performance.

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5 – Rocky Horror Picture Show – Another cult classic and timeless film that has one of the best entrances of a character in film history. No one will ever forget Tim Curry appearing from the elevator in his transvestite gear, amazing. A criminologist narrates the tale of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, a newly engaged couple who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy late November evening. Seeking a phone with which to call for help, Brad and Janet walk to a nearby castle, where they discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. Brad and Janet watch as the Transylvanians, servants and a tap-dancing groupie dance the film's signature song, "Time Warp".
They are soon swept into the world of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a self-proclaimed "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania". The ensemble of convention attendees also includes servants Riff Raff, his sister Magenta, and a groupie named Columbia.
This film has always a classic to anyone non-mainstream, it’s a representation to all of us that don’t want to live by normal social conventions and celebrate our differences. This film is for all those who consider themselves alternative for the society outsiders who refuse to change themselves to become more “normal” and fit into boring conformism of mainstream society. This such my world, I’m a geek, alternative, have a different sense of aesthetics (which explains why repo was 1 on my list) and pro-gay, transgender, gender non-conformist rights and not conforming so of course this is a film for me. I want to celebrate the bizarre and macabre plus the “Time warp” is a great dance that no party is complete without.
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My Slash, Bromance and Gay Tv and Movie List

I am trying to compile a list of all the Tv shows and movies I slash as well as some good shows with canon gay couples that I enjoy. If like me you are trying to find new shows to watch that have that slash element then I hope this list helps you.

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My Yaoi, Shonen ai, Boys love Slashable anime list

I am going to try and compile a list to every anime I’ve seen that has a slash pairing in it. Some of the pairings are to my taste and may not be the same characters you slash, some are my OTP’s and some are total guilty pleasure pairings. I have watched a lot of Yaoi, shonen ai and slashy series so want to help others find all the gems out there and have a wealth of fanfiction, doujinshi and good shows to watch. I think I’ll trying naming all the anime with boys love in it and then go back and put in all my pairings, first I’ll list the yaoi and shonen ai anime’s then the ones that are just slashable. So here goes my ultimate Boy Love anime list!!!

Yaoi/Shonen ai Anime’s
Ai No Kusabi
Ai no Kusabi 2010
Aoki Okami Tachi no Densetsu
Boku no Pico
Boku no Sexual Harassment
Fuyu no Semi
Haru wo Daite Ita
Hey! Class President
Hyakujitsu no Bara
Kairaku no Hoteishiki LEVEL-C
Kizuna
Koi Suru Bo-kun
LESSON XX
Okane ga Nai
Papa to KISS IN THE DARK
Pico to Chiko
pico ~Boku no Chiisana Natsu Monogatari~
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Sensitive Pornograph
Sex Pistols
Angel's Feather
Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai
Enzai
Fujimi Nichome Kokyo Gakudan
Gakuen Heaven
Hey! Class President
Hokago no Shokuinshitsu
Ikoku Irokoi Roman Tan
Junjo Romantica
Junjo Romantica 2
Kire Papa
KIZUNA ~ Koi no Kara Sawagi ~
Koi Suru Bo-kun
Kuroshitsuji II
LOVELESS
Mirage of Blaze
Mirage of Blaze OVA
Osakana wa Ami no Naka
Patalliro Saiyuki
Princess Princess
Seikimatsu Darling
Seiyo Kotto Yogashiten ~Antique~
Shiritsu Araiso Koto Gakko Shikko Bu
Sukina Mono wa Suki Dakara Shoga Nai
Be-boy Kidnapping idol
Tight Rope
Gravitation
Zetsuai/Bronze
Kimura
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Slashable Anime

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