From the White Picket Fence

Married? Check. 2.5 children? Check. House? Check. White picket fence? Does brown privacy fence count? Check.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Devil Beside You - Taiwanese

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Total Episodes: 20
Cast: Ivy Fan Xiao Fan, Kingone, Mike He, Rainie Yang, Tsai Pei Lin

Qi Yue has finally worked up the courage to confess to Yuan Yi. She has had a crush on him since she first met him. Due to a stroke of bad luck and timing, Yuan yi does not see her and walks on by. Walking right behind him, however, is Jiang Meng, the school trouble maker, he not only sees her, but believes her confession to be for him. He decides then and there that he will make Qi Yue his. Not even learning that her confession was intended for someone else will deter him. Now Qi Yue has to try to be true to her feelings for Yuan Yi even though Jiang Meng has decided to make her his. Will Jiang Meng's one sided love be a continuous torment to Qi Yue. Or will she be able to see past his crude personality to tho the kind and caring heart that is buried within? Bigger Problems arise when their parents start to become involved and begin talking marriage. Will they become "dangerous siblings" or will they go their separate ways?

Has it really been that long??!! - Liar Game

Well I have watched quite a lot of drama since I wrote about the first one. I'm just not very good at keeping up with the whole blog thing. Anyway here is the next attempt to try to keep running tab on what I am and have been watching.

Liar Game - Japanese Drama

Genre: Psychological
Total Episodes: 11
Cast: Kitamura Soichiro, Matsuda Shota, Toda Erika, Watanabe Ikkei

Nao Kanzaki is an honest girl. Honest to a flaw. Because of this she is very trusting and is very easily tricked. An easy target if anyone wanted to take advantage of her. One day she comes home to find a package on her frount door. Reading just enough of the note to know that the package is for her she happily opens it. Only after does she discover that by opening the box she has accepted a part in the terrible game called "the Liar Game" to win you must lie and manipulate; both things that she has never done. The goal of the game? Keep the 1 million yen your are given and steal your opponents. Whatever your take you keep. Whatever you lose you must pay back. On the day that Kanzaki finds out who her opponent is he is able to trick her out of her 1 million. Now in order to get her money back and to win the game she must enlist the help of a con-man. But will he help her, or does he have ideas of his own for the money?

Monday, April 06, 2009

Mei-chan no Shitsuji or Mei's Buttler

So, I recently changed my genre from anime to Asian drama. ( OK, I didn't completely change. I still like to watch anime.) At first it was due to a drama that I found called "Mei-chan no Shitsuji" or Mei's Butler. I was amazed and humored at how much like an anime this drama was. From the story line all the way down to the character interactions. This was highly amusing. And Yes, it was differently sho-jo. Wait, is there a different term for that with dramas? any way, here is the popular picture used for the drama.
This is a story of a young girl who, after her family's death, discovers that she is not only an heir to a huge family corporation, but that they will only recognize if she attends a school for the super wealthy and learns how to become a proper lady. At this school each of the young ladies has her own butler. It just so happens that Mei's butler is a "S" level butler, the best there is. Up until now Mei has never lived with money or privilege. This is apparent to all the other girls around her and they do not like it. Mei must find a way to win their respect, learn to have confidence in herself, and put her trust in her butler.
This is a fun drama. I definitely would recommend it for someone who likes sho-jo and also for the humor of seeing live action anime. I would rate it PG/PG-13 due to some mild language and some mild violence.

Two good sites to find links to watch this drama from are: and

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Night Head Genesis

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural

From the day they were born Naoto and his younger brother Naoya were different. They could do things with their mind. One touch and Naoya could tell what the people around him were thinking most often these are bad thoughts. This proved to be very hard on Naoya and often caused Naoto to have to come to his protection. He was able to cause people around him to get hurt. They have never been able to fit en anywhere, and are not accepted by anyone. By the time the boys are young elementary school students their parents can no longer handle them and send them away to a research facility out in the middle of nowhere. On their first day there the boys try to escape only to discover that the forest surrounding the facility has been somehow guarded from escape. Several times the boys attempt to breach the invisible barrier, without success. Years have passed and now they see their chance to get away.

I give this a rating of R due to Language, Violence, Nudity and Adult Situations
There are 24 episodes in this series


Genres: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Shojo
Rin Tsuchimi has been living together in the house of his childhood friend, Kaede Fuyou, for eight years now. His parents and her mother died together in the same accident. Since that time Kaede has done everything for him, almost to the point where she forgets about herself. Rin feels bad about this and knows that he should do more to help out, he is the one living for free in the house after all, but Kaede insists on doing it all. In fact she has made it perfectly clear that she loves Rin. Kaede’s father is a businessman and is often gone for several months at a time. He is not at all afraid that a romance will occur between the two of them, in fact he has already given Rin his approval. This would all be fine if Rin knew what it was he wanted with his life, or if the gates to the god and demon world had not been opened ten years earlier. Now the Lord of the Gods and the Lord of the Demons have shown up with their daughters and have enrolled them as new students at Rin and Kaede’s school. According to them, Rin is not only a marriage candidate for either of their daughters but their perfect candidate. Now Rin is supposed to choose whether to become a god or a demon. Oh and did I mention they moved in to the houses on either side of Kaede’s. No pressure.
I give this a rating of R due to Language and Nudity
There are 24 episodes in this series

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
Otinashi Saya is a high-school girl who lives a peaceful life with her adoptive parents, or at least has been for the last year. She has no recollection of her life before. But that is about to change as her destiny is about to be forced into place.
There are monsters in the world Chiropterans to be exact, they feed on the blood of humans. They have the ability to look like humans, but can become a grotesque killing machines when needed. Normal means of destruction seem to have no effect on them. Normal knives, bullets, even explosives, have little effect on them, maybe just slow them down a bit as they heal impeding their healing only slightly. But Saya has the ability to make that different. Her Sword + Her Blood kills them. And her blood is the only blood that can do it.
I give this a rating of R due to violence, language, and adult situations
There are 50 episodes in this series

Angelic Layer

Genres: School life, Romance, Game
High schooler Misaki Suzuhara has not seen her mother since kindergarten. At that time her mother told her she was leaving home due to work and did not know how long she would be gone. Truth was there was a problem with her leg and she wanted it to be fixed before she saw her daughter again. Now seven years have passed and Misaki is in junior high, old enough (12?) to go to Tokyo on her own to stay with her aunt and to visit her mother. On her way there she discovers that many people are "fans of” Angelic Layer, a battling game where electronic dolls called angles are used on special tables to fight out dules. This is also where she sees her first dule with the angle Athena, and becomes very interested in Angelic Layer. With the help and encouragement of an eccentric man, wearing a white lab coat and glasses, Misaki purchases her own angel and names her Hikaru. Though Misaki is new to Angelic Layer she is sure she can create an angle that is small and strong just like the angle she saw when she first arrived in Tokyo. Misaki starts school at the Eriol Academy and makes a few friends there. One of which is a Kindergartener, Hatiko Kobayashi, she is a Deus, a person that contols an angle , and an expert at Angelic Layer, and has an angle that is well know for being incredibly fast. Misaki also befriends Hatiko’s brother Kotaro Kobayashi and his friend Tamayo Kizaki, a girl fascinated by martial arts (both are in her class). Misaki knows that with all of her friends around her supporting her she can become a great Angelic Layer Deus and that Hikaru can become a great angle just like Athena, the Angle she first saw when she came to Tokyo. Misaki hopes that by doing this she will be able to show her mother just how strong she is and how much she loves her.
I give this a rating of PG-13 but only due to occasional language.
There are 26 episodes in this series

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Myself; Yourself

Genres: Drama, Psychological, Romance, Slice of Life, Shojo

5 years have passed since Sana Hidaka left his hometown and moved with his family to Toyko. Now he is a high school student and has returned to take his classes there. Though many things are the same, a lot has changed since he left. While some old friendships remain strong, others will need to be worked on. This is the story of 6 friends, self-realization and discovery.

I give this anime a PG-13 rating due to language and subject matter.

There are 13 episodes in this series.

Air/Air T.V.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Supernatural

Yukito Kunisaki is a traveler searching for a “girl with wings who files down from the sky” as told to him by his mother in a ledged passed down through generations of his family. During his journey he meets a strange girl named Misuzu. Lured to her house by hunger and the need of a place to sleep Yukito is quickly befriended Misuzu and her mother and decides to stay in their small town and look for the winged girl. A story spanning a thousand years begins to unfold around the relationships that they build.

I would give this anime a rating of PG-13 due to language.

There are 12 episodes in this series.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Games Day

Well I did it, I went to Games Day with Mike. We started out at 6am thinking the drive is a 4and 1/2 hour drive and we would gain an hour since we pass into the Central time zone. We wanted to be there by 10am. What we did not count on was 1. Stops for coffee. 2. Stops for bathroom breaks (caused by coffee) 3. Traffic; once you hit the Chicago area it gets really backed up. Apparently it doesn't matter that it is the weekend. 4. Getting lost. apparently no amount of having the directions helps, if you don't stick to them. *sigh* completely my fault. We passed the street we needed I think only twice, but we still managed to get there an hour later than we had hoped for. Oh well, Best laid plans of mice and man.
I have to say it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. And WAY more NOISY. But I did get to see all of the entries for the golden daemon first hand. That was Neat! I am Amazed at the talent that is out there. I know Mike is a good painter. But there are definitely some great painters out there. There is a category called young bloods. It is open for painters age 16 or under (i think i got that right). From what I saw of them it wont be too long before there are even more amazing painters out there!
Mike entered 6 of 10 categories and made final cut in 2. One of which he won the Bronze, , the other he got honorable mention. Now Mike's paintings were good! It's just that some of the other entries were just that much better. Each category had anywhere from 10 to 30+ entries in it and there were very few that were poorly done. It is amazing to see these pieces right in front of you. It's also amazing to see the techniques that people use to make their mini stand out from the others. Colour pallets, highlighting, shadowing, light-sourcing, and the freehand. That in its self is a talent all its own. We must have walked around the cases looking at the entries at least 3 or4 times. I tried to take pictures, but the lighting there and plexi-glass cases do not mix.
There were all sorts of tournaments and whatnot going on everywhere. Games Workshop had some tables set up so that you could bring armies and play out some battles, there was a huge line to have a turn playing their new online game (we didn't try), some painting seminars, paint and takes, and a bunch of other things. Mike took in a seminar on new GW products, while I took in the quiet of not being in the main room and my new PSP game "The legend of Heroes". I didn't get too far into the game but it seems like I'm gonna like it. We also took some time and did a build and take that was offered. Ok, so I took some time, Mike had his done in like 5 min I think mine took like an hour or two. Which wouldn't be so bad, but it still sucked! *grin* Anyway we had a great day together.
We had also planed out this trip to be a business trip for Minis Realm. So we made t-shirts to wear for the day and business cards to pass out. I think we were successful. We not only passed out 60 business cards, but when mike got his picture taken for the bronze, he was wearing his t-shirt (not that you can really read it or anything. But we know he's wearing it!) At the end of the day we went out to Outback to splurge...I mean celebrate for dinner. It was really nice we were able to walk to the restaurant from our hotel. I think we were in bed by 9pm. It was definitely a long day! But I'm really glad I went. It was fun to watch mike grin like a kid in a candy store all day. Days like that don't seem to happen often enough.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where to watch Anime

It occurred to me that I have never posted where I watch the anime I have posted. Although you can find some of it just by searching on youtube I have found that it is so much nicer to go to sites that have lists of anime series already compiled. That way you do not have to go searching for each individual episode in a series. Some of my favorite sites that do this are:

All of these websites have an alphabetical list of series that give you links to each episode. Once you click on the link you can watch the chosen anime. Some of the video players allow you to enlarge the video to full screen, others don't. And occasionally the links do not work at all. In those cases, you sometimes have to dig around yourself. I have found that most of the anime can be found on one of these sites.

Of these sites Veoh is a nice one to download for free. It will install a shortcut onto your desktop that will allow you to run searches, download, view a library of what you have downloaded, and view both downloaded and streaming video. Veoh is also nice because it looks up more than just anime. You can find T.V. shows and Movies there as well. All you need is Internet access. As for the others I just go to their websites and search on the titles and episodes I am looking for. Most of the time I can find what I want at one of these sites. Anyway, if you have decided to do some viewing of your own I hope this helps.