Comparing Fist of the North Star characters

I’ve seen the original 1984 series so I was a bit disappointed when I saw the character design for Legends of the Dark King (2008). I realize Legends of the Dark King is an original manga written by Youkow Osada. It appears the 2008 version stays true to the manga’s character design. I didn’t like it though. The animation in Legends of the Dark King is average. It’s computer drawn and lacks the detail of the 1984 version. The lack of detail also lessens the goriness in fight scenes.

Couple or Trouble

Han Ye Seul in Couple or Trouble
Han Ye Seul in Couple or Trouble

Just finished the k-drama Couple or Trouble from Crunchyroll.  It based on a  Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel movie called Overboard.  I never saw the movie so I can’t compare them.  Anna Jo is a hard-to-please rich bitch who ironically ends up as housekeeper after losing her memory.  Anna’s character is really irritating which is sort of a turnoff.  The pace of the show is slow at times but you’ll be rewarded with a great ending.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Five Star Stories

The Five Star Stories
The Five Star Stories

Someone posted a YouTube clip of this on AN’s forum. It looked interesting and I wanted to see it. None of the characters are who they appear to be. Don’t read ANN’s summary cause it’s a spoiler. I like the character design. I thought it was CLAMP. You’ll probably have to watch this more than once to figure out what’s going on. They save the mecha action for end and it goes quick.

I bought my copy used.  This was an ADV films.  The jewel case is part cardboard with a cardboard sleeve which the mecha peaks out of.  It includes a character guide which I probably should have read.

The Five Stories DVD box
The Five Stories DVD box

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Korean singer Choeun

First_I Will Try
First_I Will Try
I first heard him on the OST for Queen of Housewives. Most of his songs are romantic ballads. His voice is soft and smooth. It was difficult finding his name (조은) translated in English. I see his name translated as “Jo Eun,” “Cho Eun,” and “Choeun.” I went with Choeun as this is how it’s written on his CD. I found his album 슬픈 연가 (Sad Love Story) on U.S. iTunes. It’s mostly ballads and my favorite of the two.

The iTunes widget below plays tracks from “Sad Love Story.”

Queen of Housewives

Queen of Housewives
Queen of Housewives

Just finished the Korean drama Queen of Housewives (a.k.a My Wife is a Superwoman) on Crunchyroll.  It a love triangle comedy involving three couples.  The background is the corporate world and all the backstabbing that goes with it.  I enjoyed the show although there were some lulls at the end.  Actress Sun Woo Sun (pic far left) is very pretty.  She reminds me of Japanese singer Mika Nakashima. Lee Hye Young plays sexy spiteful bitch (pic far right).  She reminds me of young Kim Cattral–I know that’s a stretch.  Actor Yoon Sang Hyun is in this one as well.  I’ve seen him in the Korean drama My Fair Lady.

My rating5 out of 5 stars

High School of the Dead

Saeko Busujima's lacy bra
Saeko Busujima’s lacy bra

I purchased H.O.T.D. after seeing an animated gif on AN’s forum called the “Boob Matrix” (google it).  H.O.T.D. got no love at home from the wife due to the flesh-eating zombies and “tits and ass” so I ended up watching it alone.  It took me a while to get interested in this title.  It’s gory but lacks the finesse of horror titles like Hellsing.  I got interested in the story by the end of the first DVD.  The story ends too quickly and the characters aren’t given time to develop.  The fan service is nice but not enough to earn this title an Oscar.  A+ on the boobs and lingerie.  This is also a great title for gun otaku.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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