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Nichijou: Cuteness overload with postmodern humor

June 25, 2013

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How do you deal with those dull, boring, uneventful days in your life? Read a book? Take a stroll in the park? Or perhaps a nap would do? Sometimes we just can’t help but ask for something more; something to give color to our otherwise monotonous worldly existence. Sometimes we’d rather trade our painfully ordinary […]

Subsidizing informal settlers: the PH government’s knack for small and short-sighted programs

June 24, 2013

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On top of Philippine president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s absurd Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, the government has once again come up with a strange course of action; persuading informal settlers of Metro Manila to rent somewhere else by covering their expenses. MANILA, Philippines–Malacañang on Monday brushed aside objections to the government’s offer of P18,000 […]

Movie Review: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

June 19, 2013

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The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is a 2012 anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, and produced by Studio Chizu and Madhouse. This movie bagged a number of awards after its release, and for a pretty good reason: it is easily one of the best shows of 2012. After watching the film, I am once […]

Katherine Ryan: Latest target of the ever-annoying Filipino collective rage

June 18, 2013

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(Note: Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedienne. Made corresponding corrections.) Philippine social media was once again ablaze with rants from angry Filipinos about a certain Canadian comedienne, Katherine Ryan, after she made a joke involving Filipino children in a stand-up comedy show named “Mock the Week.” “We don’t test any of our products on animals. […]

Movie Review: Children Who Chase Lost Voices

June 18, 2013

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a 2011 film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is well known for that beautiful and heart-wrenching anime film 5 Centimeters Per Second, as well as that touching short film Hoshi no Koe (Voices from a Distant Star). Shinkai is well known for bringing sadness and despair (albeit […]

Baka to Test to Shokanjuu: A good source of “mindless” comedy

June 17, 2013

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(So, I guess it’s my first time to review a pure comedy anime. It is important, therefore, to explain my criteria for judgment for this specific genre of anime. Since most pure comedy anime obviously focuses on delivering the most laughs as possible, we cannot really evaluate their plots with the same standard I’ve used […]

Movie Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

June 16, 2013

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shoujo) started out as a sci-fi novel written by author Yasutaka Tsutsui. It was about a girl named Kazuko Yoshiyama, a student who accidentally gained the ability to time travel. However, this post, as can be determined by the title alone, is not about the novel; […]