Friday, April 30, 2010

J's Chimes: Japan In 8 Minutes


    Salutations to Eric Testroete who made this video from their trip in Japan. Know Japan in just 8 minutes featuring most of the attractions it has to offer to tourists from around the globe. This video has inspired me plenty much on photography and how it could actually be made into a lively video just by mading a fast-pace slideshow with them. Makes me wanna make a clip for Singapore too but sure needs the time to go out and travel around Singapore to take these wonderful pictures... Perhaps after my exams.Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

J's Chimes: Blog Theme History


    J's Chimes have evolved over the years but its saddening that I've lost the theme of my website from long ago... Anyway here's my previous Blue skies theme for my blog. This marks the dramatic change for my blog including the hits and posts I've written. This theme clearly represents what am feeling that time because it was the December Holidays and am really feel to revamp the website.


    Tried a Christmas Theme that very same year and it turns out much redder than expected. Whatever the case, it's really striking and blends well with the occasion am celebrating. However, Christmas does only last a day so had to quickly change to a new theme after a few days time.


    A fresh new start begins with greenery as the theme for the New Year. However some issues appear because of the switch of my new computer as all graphics are in 800 x 600 back then. Seriously at this period of time, J's Chimes has revamped many times in order to appear new to visitors out there. And my call was answered with a current theme I am using as of now...


    The current J's Chimes presents a much more classy and authentic look, with support of resolutions above 800 x 600. It is now permanently used as the main theme for my blog in this year. Am currently still considering making a new theme back due to constraints and the many event coming up this year, didn't had the luxury to. However, am still gathering inspirations to creating a new one though lol... Anyway, there you have it. Hopefully am able to find back the old theme for your viewing...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

J's Chimes: Let's Talk Hentai


    A category less talked about on the outside but rants like crazy in the internet and forums, hentai is often associated with adult stuff, fetishes and perverseness. Or is it?Base on research and even on a dictionary, the real meaning of 'Hentai' is actually 'Someone who acts strangely'. In Japanese, 'Hen' means strange so the fact that it's been related to pornographic materials are somewhat strange indeed.


    But looking back at adult anime games, they are normally called 'H-Games' by the context of people outside of Japan. The reason? The Japanese created a slang known as 'Ecchi' to 'Short form' the longer word for saying 'Let's have sexual intercourse' in which I believe you will not say it to your lover too when you have the word 'sex' as a generic term for it. Thus Ecchi sounded so much like the word H, which many people mistakenly believes it's known as Hentai instead... thus the misunderstandings occur...


    Now, such are being corrected with new terms such as Ecchi or 'perverted' in English, Eroge or Galge (Adult Games). However, Hentai is still often used to differentiate between genres. For example, the infamous Bible Black is classified as Hentai whereas animes like To Love Ru or Ladies Vs Butlers are classified as Ecchi animes with plenty of Fan Service. So next time, remember saying the right term for the right stuff...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

J's Chimes: 8 Eye Catching Season's Anime Theme Songs


    This season is packed with many nice opening theme songs for animes old and new. And my current best would be B Gata H Kei because of its song and introduction for the anime. And sometimes you wouldn't mind watching the opening instead of just skipping directly to the anime, which means that the opening theme song is eye catching and worth viewing over and over instead of some in in which you'd only watched it once...


    Another good one nonetheless would be the new season of K-On! and from the introduction, you could clearly see that the animators put in lots of effort for it. I like the part in which the camera circle around them playing their instruments. Not to mention the funny part in which Mio slipped and pull Ritsu down along the slippery pavement... lol.


    A lot of people criticize this anime because of its poor quality animation. However the story and graphics gets better along the way. The reason for such poor quality would probably be the new technology they trying to embed in the anime which anime characters are made using 3D graphics, such an example would be the ending theme of Kiss x Sis if ya want to know what it looks like. But the opening theme for this anime is seriously nice and creative...


    This surreal anime opening is one of my favourites as I love art like this a lot. It is not easy to think of something out of the box like this. Can be in comparison with the opening theme of Welcome To The NHK! anime. It's very artistic and creative and with a melodic song adds in a little mysteriousness of this anime. Seriously this anime is really weird...


    Once again another game turn anime, Hakuouki takes you back to the Edo period of Japan where the Shinsengumi Team is, fighting for justice and righteousness. I absolutely adore this song very much as it fits the theme much. Thought this anime has a lot of Bisounen (Beautiful Males) which girls like, this is one nice anime to watch. Not to mention that such Classic opening is something so rarely seen these days...


    This anime's opening theme is so freaking addictive because of its chorus... You'd just have to watch it though as it's just so Kawaii! (Yup, thats the word...) Yet to really watch this anime but somehow this theme song is getting to me... The freaking actions are just so funny... just like those in Azumanga Daioh anime. Nice opening theme~


    The Epic Anime many people are talking about that tops charts for this season and the latter. The opening theme certainly strikes you hard with its amazing 'view of things'. (For example street lights, buildings, people walking in a very different perspective) This is really 1 anime not to be missed. Not to mention its graphics and animation... Really nice.


    A very much classic and retro opening theme would be Ichiban Ushiro No Daimaou anime. A blend of catchy anime song and animation leaves this anime opening in style.
    Originated from a manga, this is a must watch for this season of animes around. What would you do if you found out that you are the demon king?

    These are the 8 anime opening themes that caught my attention because of its uniqueness. Other opening songs are good too but lacks such appeal or than they are just too predictable and normal, just like any other animes around. Some of which includes Ikkitousen or Seikon No Qwaser. Anyway, you got to see all the clips up there and you'd understand what I meant...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Monday, April 26, 2010

J's Chimes: Exams In Progress...


    By the time you are reading this post, that means that am now in the exam hall of my school taking the ever so stressful exam now... But not to worry about the blog daily posting because had already post plenty of stuff ahead of time so they will all automatically be published at 10am daily, everyday without fail... Hope the exam papers are easy and that may be able to proceed on to my last semester. In any case, tune in for more interesting posts coming in your way since the holidays are coming in soon enough...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Hyundai introduces new Accent in China


    Hyundai has China, the new generation Accent. Sold in that country as Verna, the model brings bold, inspired by the recent i40 and ix35. The style is bold, with jagged lines, but without much personality after approval in siblings. It is believed it reaches the Brazilian market, although it would not confirm. The model is the star of Hyundai to the Hall of Beijing.

    In style, the Accent / Verna shows what we saw in busted: cut headlamps and flashlights, abuse of creases in the body, athletic forms, among others. Inside, two-tone trim, leather steering wheel, air conditioning and other comfort items are good. The engines in China are 1.4 and 1.6 of 106 hp to 121, with manual or automatic transmission (only the latter for the more powerful).Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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New Design : Aston Martin Gauntlet Concept [video]

    Aston Martin Gauntlet Concept
    Aston Martin Gauntlet Concept
    Aston Martin Gauntlet Concept
    Critics style Aston Martin are few. Just can you blame the brand a "too large" coherent range of products with sometimes difficult to distinguish from each other for an untrained eye.

    However, some designers believe they can make a more personal touch to the creations of Gaydon. This is particularly the case of Ugur Sahin Design, which presents a concept version of the Gauntlet "coachbuilt" of the Aston Martin DB9.

    In this dream menu designer, you immediately notice the headlights folded more than usual, the massive grille reminiscent of Aston Martin One-77 as the two paths of the air intake supervisor.

    The traditional side scoop has also been revised to adopt a form that is reminiscent of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

    The back playing with the codes established by the Aston Martin Vanquish and new versions. The exhausts are built to high and grill overlooking a broadcaster. Boomerang headlights evoke without identically reproducing the stern of current English. The roofline is elusive blend with the wheel in a small spoiler.

    The ensemble offers a consistency with the brand, but look like a vague Photoshop a current model. Clearly, the Aston Martin Gauntlet will perhaps not appreciated by everyone, but it is difficult to deny that the creation is successful.

    And no wonder this because Ugur Sahin is a frequent proposals "inspired by". The Turkish designer we had already delivered some time ago a modern vision of the Dino and must always build his Corvette Z03 lines superb.

    It is unlikely to see the Aston Martin Gauntlet one day on the road, and that is unfortunate. Hopefully, however, a rich owner Ugur Sahin Design instructs him to carry on a basic DB9 as Pininfarina have done now with the Enzo Ferrari P4 / 5.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

J's Chimes: Enjoy The Good Moments Of Animes


    Do you have sections and parts of animes you loved so much that you would replay and watch them over and over? For the sake of viewers out there, here are some fun parts you would wanna remember by and loving it... laugh hard at it and getting emotional to it... 1 of such would be K-On! Season 2 where Mugi got all tense up that her keyboard could speak through Ritsu's playing... Love that cute smile and shiny eyes anytime...


    And in the new anime of Kaichou Wa Meido-Sama, Misa wore a Neko Mimi hairband in Maid outfit greeting her ever so curious guy Usui who knew her secret. This eye twitching scene is funny along with Usui saying that Car Ears are Moe~ with a sarcastic look and tone...


    Riko is learning to cook for her brother in third episode of Kiss x Sis. Being a 'Buracon' (Brother Complex), she loves her brother just like her twin sister Ako and engage in much funny sibling rivalries. Cooking becomes a sexy thing of seasoning a normal cucumber into something obscene that even the teacher who passes by is stun by her actions...


    Yamada in B Gata H Kei anime wants to have 100 sex friends in high school and starts off with hunting a normal guy to begin her journey. However, she met with many troubles along the way. Once in a dark room of the photography club, the guy named Kosuda is being preyed upon by her. But it ended up with a accidental touch of flying Bs and Cs of love with a censorship that reads 'Oni Kage' on important parts. Oni Kage means Demon's Shadow.


    And lastly, the ever so lucky guy Rito is being put in an another interesting situation of Ecchi-ness where Kotegawa is seen without her underwear when she falls in front of him... No guy is as lucky as him... But somehow it always ended up with a whack! or dang! here and there...

    There are many more anime scenes and parts that are fun to watch again or replay to get that comedic moment back and laugh out loud at it... It really liven up your spirits though. In any case, the very first anime I'd watch many times over is El Hazard and Dual! which will be talked about in later posts. Enjoy those moments of goodness in animes that get you addicted to anime in the first place and loving it....Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

J's Chimes: Miku 4 Dead


    You like killing witches in Left 4 Dead? Well, this may change your mind.... Some modders make a model skin of Hatsune Miku to replace the scary witch. Oh my God... So cute but yet so deadly. Crying and waiting for you unexpectedly and chase you and tear you to pieces...


    Speaking of witches, the skin is somehow rather detailed though. With a look like that on close up... Maybe you really do want her to chase you...lol. Perhaps a change of the crying music to a vocaloid one would be nice...


    Oh No! You killed Hatsune Miku! Fans will be so sad and enrage... lying there in a pool of blood. Left 4 Dead will never be the same again... Oh ya, you can download it for free here and paste in in your L4D2 game folder just for fun. Yet to test this out yet as I am so don't wanna kill her. But it's kinda fun seeing stuff like this in a game once in a while... Wonder how the Counterstrike skin is for this... Anyway, the new DownLoad Content (DLC) for L4D2 'The Passing' map is out at 24 April at 8am Singapore time already so play till your hearts content....Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Friday, April 23, 2010

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J's Chimes: Meaningful Quotes And Phrases In Animes


    In almost all Japanese animations, there are bound to be meaningful or unforgettable quotes and phrases that will surely catch your attention. In the case of Suzumiya Haruih No Yuutsu, Haruhi's weird introduction is often remembered: 'I'm Haruhi Suzumiya, from East Junior High. First off, I'm not interested in ordinary people. But, if any of you are aliens, time-travelers, or espers, please come see me. That is all! ' (In episode 1)

    And here are 7 meaningful quotes in which had gathered from various animes in which i think is kinda relevant, at least from anime point of view:

    Akira - By Kiyoko
    The future is not a straight line. There are many different pathways. We must try to decide that future for ourselves.

    Chrono Crusade - By Chrono
    I want...to change things. I want to believe that anything can be changed. The moment I met you, a new world opened up for me. You see, after wandering in the darkness for so long, a light brought me happiness. It's all thanks to you.

    Fruit Basket - By Tohru Honda
    My happiness comes from the kindness of those around me.

    Gundam Seed - By Kira
    If I have the power to make a difference, why not put it to good use?

    Tokyo Mew Mew - By Ichigo
    A lot of things have happened, but it was good to find a new friend.

    Welcome to NHK - By Satou
    You're not going home a loser.

    Zoids Chaotic Century - By Colonel Schubaltz
    That's some good advice. Maybe I should write that down, frame it, and stick it up on my wall.

    Sometimes its best to watch animes attentively or watch it twice in order to grasped what you've missed out or what they are trying to say. You might even get to understand certain things better or some jokes more funnier than ever. For example, I really can't stop laughing in Baka Test even after watching it more than once. Phrases and quotes thus become clearer and understood... Of course there are many more good quotes from all various animes so you may wanna keep a lookout on those now...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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J's Chimes: Relationships Break Friendships


    Sometimes, things portray out in animes about slices of life do happens in real-life or should I say, in the reality that we are in. Though not many people would agree to this because it is fiction and created by an author's imagination, the truth is that some of which could be a life lesson in real-life which we can learn from. Such examples would be when one of your best friends or so has a relationship, the probability of contacting or meeting with each other will decline. No doubt the one whom you may spend the rest of your life is important (Which I think it is because its sad not to have one), but friends are important just as well. Although animes tend to bring things overboard, it is often wise to translate it into another meaning that fits well into the reality that you are in, and then balancing them both so you could live life to the fullest...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

J's Chimes: Sexy Translations


    Sometimes Fansubbing fails and if you've read my previous post here, you should know why. But at times, subs can be thought of as obscene and funny that deviates from the actual meaning the anime wants to portray. Such an example would be the one above.


    Thinking it in another manner, it almost sounded like the sister is teaching her younger brother or a sister something about adulthood. Yeah man... stretch it firmly~


    Looks like they're preparing for a sound beneath the skirt where the microphone is... Are they broadcasting something obsene through the PA system?


    If you can't find a suitable adult toy to pleasure yourself with, how about making do with a fresh fish just caught from the sea... same results whatsoever~


    I wouldn't dare go close to that if I were you... It sounds so.... ya know...


    I can only say this in a less sexist way... In terms of fruits, I say a banana and 2 rambutans... yeah...


    Oh my God... No wonder ya have blisters all over your hand... Must have done it hard and long...


    Your balls have gone on a journey...


    it's not a secret anymore with more than a thousand viewers everywhere watching this anime...


    Wow... wouldn't you love wild Cousin Yui?


    Sailor Moon says its ok for such a taboo relationship...


    It's a guy's job to trust into any hole...

    Fansubs are generally getting better nowadays with better education and the increase of people taking up Japanese classes resulting in a demand for better quality. Which ever the case, we all should appreciate the work of such fansubbers who would go through all the trouble of recording, renting, buying the anime and translating it for the benefit of our viewing pleasure. So next time ya see a failed translation, you know what to do...Source URL: http://maryelizabeth-winstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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