Thursday, 31 December 2009

J's Chimes: K-On! Season 2 Confirmed


Due to the popularity of the first season of K-On!, season 2 is well under way so fans will probably be getting it next year. Great news indeed and coincidentally had collected the Yui nendoroid just yesterday too. More details at http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/k-on/.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

J's Chimes: Nendoroid Yui


Received a call yesterday from a toy shop that my K-On! Nendoroid Yui had arrived and ready for collection. Woot! It's a pity I missed the pre-order for the other K-On! characters though and it seem that the only way to get them is to purchase it directly from other shops that have those in stock (But usually are really expensive than preorder...). Probably be collecting today as am pretty excited about it. More pictures can be seen here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

J's Chimes: Zettai Maou


What happens when your dad suddenly reveals himself as a real demon lord and your mum a hero on your birthday? Zettai Maou - Boku no Mune-kyun Gakuen Saga or roughly known as Absolute Demon Lord - My Heart Beating School Saga, is a eroge whereby the protanganist is a descendent of the demon lord and attends a special magical school in an alternative world... Developed by the company named Score and released on Dec 25, this game resembles the game and anime known as Koihime Musou because of the alternative world thingy and the massive amount of characters in the game... More info on the game here.

Monday, 28 December 2009

J's Chimes: History Of Anime


A new decade is coming and taking a look back at the history of Japanese animation so far, animes sure have changed a lot ever since. Here's a video for the animes from 1962 to 2001 that started it all. There are plenty of familiar ones you'd know of and were popular classics. Hopefully there were good ones out for new year too.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

J's Chimes: Anime Kamasutra


What happens if anime replaces the positions of kamasutra? Found this interesting picture at Moe Imouto and seems to be a much more friendlier version of letting people know about such things. Includes Japanese Kanji and Romanji of the names of each positions. Love how they drew the characters as it replaces with cuteness that makes you forgot about what it actually is...

Saturday, 26 December 2009

J's Chimes: EOY 2009


And so the day has come... The End Of Year Cosplay Event 2009 starts today from 10am to 6pm at the National Library Singapore. Here's a little video for more info about the event. Sadly, I will not be attending it because of other commitments (And of course the entry fees...). Hopefully some good soul post their photos on flickr or photobucket for us to view asap...

Friday, 25 December 2009

J's Chimes: Merry Christmas!


J's Chimes wishes all anime fans a very Happy Merry Christmas! May all our wishes come true and hopefully the new year would be a better year for everyone of us. Cheers!

J's Chimes: End Of Year Cosplay 2009


The End Of Year Cosplay Event Singapore will begin tomorrow at the National Library located near Bugis. With special guest Yui Makino for the concert performances, the voice actress for the animes Tsubasa Chronicles and Aria. Tickets would be $12 for entry fees and $49 for the concert. Still considering whether to go or not... need more time to ponder...

J's Chimes: Zettai Kareshi


A live action drama for Zettai Kareshi Christmas Edition Special will be aired tonight on Channel U Singapore. Adapted from a manga by Yuu Watase, this add-on episode about Christmas would be for those ronery people out there during this time of year.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

J's Chimes: A Christmas Edition


It's Christmas Eve and am guessing many are out doing their last minute Christmas shopping. Getting presents ready for tomorrow, a fine dinner or a romantic date out to watch the beautiful lights at Orchard Road Singapore. For the likes of J's Chimes, it's always been an ordinary day to me. Even so to celebrate this festive season, I've decided for a little makeover for this special occasion. And to many of you out there, wishing you a very Happy Merry Christmas!

J's Chimes: Ronery Christmas


Hijacked from Sankaku Complex, looks like its gonna be another ronery Christmas once again without a girlfriend to celebrate for you... :(. In any case, Christmas has become too commercialise that people now tend to even forget or not know what Christmas actually is... Which is a sad thing indeed. Once again it becomes an ordinary day with nothing to look forward to... Hopefully I'd just buy a cake like what this guy did and eat and sob at the same time... Happy Merry Christmas...

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

J's Chimes: New Workstation


Bought a new workstation for my desktop and it arrived yesterday. Woot! Had to spent at least 4 hours to setup my computer again because of the many connections and wires below :( . Whew... Getting ready for the coming year and a nice workstation to update my blog too. J's Chimes is getting bigger everyday and hopefully will continue to posts till who knows when...

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

J's Chimes: Weird And Cold Season End Animes


Though this season animes are good, there are a couple of animes with weird endings and some which are cold and bloody. Some of the animes with weird endings are Kampfer and Nyan Koi! while animes that reached climatic stages with scenes of gore and death includes 11 Eyes, Darker Than Black, The Sacred Blacksmith, etc. Whatever the case, this season anime has almost come to a closure and new animes are coming up pretty much next week or so. Hopefully the genre changes into something better to prepare for the coming new year.

Monday, 21 December 2009

J's Chimes: Aki Sora Is Bold And Ecchi


Recently aired was an anime titled Aki Sora. Adapted from a manga by Itosugi Masahiro, it's made into an anime OVA for some reason or another. This anime surprises me to the extend that I had to lower down the volume in order to keep watching because it can be considered a hentai anime in which I didn't expect until the scenes came out of nowhere. Interestingly, the manga and anime story had a slight difference and the anime female character resembers Horo from Spice and Wolf because the same director created this... In any case, this anime is getting kinda interesting because of the taboo relationship between brother and sister. Kinda complicated but animes are exciting that way...

Sunday, 20 December 2009

J's Chimes: Singapore!


In the latest episode of Seitokai No Ichizon, a surprising and unexpected animation of our country Singapore has appeared in this anime. This has got to be the first anime that has Singapore in the animation, and funny to boot. The way they drew the Merlion, the background and our flag sure is nostagic and interesting. Visit the anime website at http://newtype.kadocomic.jp/seitokai/index.html to know more.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

J's Chimes: Avatar


If you have yet to watch Avatar, now is the time to book your tickets immediately to watch it asap. The visuals are really stunning and nice with an appropriate story too. Seriously this is well worth the money because it also runs 2hr 40mins long. Fans of Warcraft to Starcraft would definitely love this movie because this fantasy world takes your breathe away. In any case, this is a nice movie to watch overall for this end of year before Christmas.

Friday, 18 December 2009

J's Chimes: 30k Hits


J's Chimes have reached 30,000 hits as of date from 7 November 2007. Seriously didn't expect the blog to last that long but it did somehow. Anyway thanks again for visiting this website. Truly without your support, I'd never have the encourage and determination to continue on blogging till the end of days. Hopefully, I'd not run out of interesting things to blog in future... lol.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

J's Chimes: Watch Anime Listen Anime


Yup, love listening to anime songs and such. Would listen everytime I'd go out, especially useful while in buses and trains because it gets too bored after a long journey. Helps to forget about the time for traveling too. Would love to go to a karaoke shop to sing but don't have much friends interested though lol (They probably don't sing Japanese). To enjoy your music, it's best you'd get yourself a nice mp3 player and ear piece so that you'd get the bass and tone you wanted. Different players sound differently and is especially so for the ear pieces so get a good one instead!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

J's Chimes: Mobile Blogging


Sometimes am totally out of stuff to blog and would bring my laptop out to some place to chill like Starbucks to Gloria Jeans to blog and get some inspiration. Pretty free nowadays because of the holidays and would go exploring and such, taking photos and finding new things to do and learn. Hopefully I could save enough to buy myself a Nikon D5000 and since I'd love photography a lot, this would be a great asset to carry around.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

J's Chimes: Digging Up Old Animes


Before I watch animes online or stream videos, I'd bought them at local video shops. The problem with such was that their quality are really bad and not to mention the subtitles. Once you've learn Japanese, you'd realise that it's not to standard. The cover designs for the anime are rather classic too and you'd know that it's a rip off from the original lol. Anyway, had been storing them in my et ever since and have been digging up some old animes to watch recently. Brings back memories. El Hazard The Magnificient World is still one of my favourites.

Monday, 14 December 2009

J's Chimes: Season End


As 2010 approaches, this season animes are coming to a closure and many of which are already at their climatic stage. Hopefully the coming season animes will be good too for the next coming year... Anyway, am kinda surprise that had watched so much animes up to now. Probably more than a thousand if I do say so myself... Anyway, watch them asap before the next line of anime comes late December this year.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

J's Chimes: Manga To Anime


There have been a lot of mangas that turned to animes in recent years and popular ones like Naruto to Bleach have been continuing ever since. One current anime that catches my eye would be Kimi Ni Todoke which has been aired this season and would be approaching its season end pretty soon. This anime tells a story about a girl who is rumored to have supernatural powers that could harm people but in fact, she's a person with a good heart and was later brought out by a guy she meet and soon fell in love with. One of the nicest romantic stories I watch. Visit the website at http://www.ntv.co.jp/kiminitodoke/ for more info.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

J's Chimes: Zombieland


Left 4 Dead fans will gonna love this movie Zombieland which currently shows in cinemas now. A couple of similarities have been spotted in the movie and the game itself. The most obvious one would be the poster design of this particular movie with L4D. Similar scenario settings include a highway traffic jam and theme park as in the Dark Carnival Campaign in L4D2. The supermarket, and of course the weapons which includes the uzi and shotgun. Overall it would be a nice movie to watch and would rate a 7.8/10 for the overall. Check the website at www.zombieland.com for more details. All fired up to play Left 4 Dead 2 now lol...

Friday, 11 December 2009

J's Chimes: SOYB 2010


Besides the upcoming EOY Cosplay Event, Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore is also organising SOY'B' or Start Of Year 'B' Cosplay Event on the 30th January 2010. Entry Fee ranges from $3 for pre-order to $5 for entry on that day itself. Last year's location was a bit of a let down because of its location wise and few cosplayers around. Hopefully it'll be better next year. For more details, visit the website at http://soy-japtsubasa.net/event/.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

J's Chimes: Manga Mania


I was an avid manga reader during my younger days. Even till now i still read mangas but in a different way than before. That's because of storage problems with this much stack of books to keep. Thus would wrapped them up with ziplock bags to prevent ageing of the books. But now I read my mangas online in websites like onemanga.com, mangafox.com or mangavolume.com since they are free with translations to boot too as I suck in reading it in chinese. My very first was Love Hina and soon after got addicted and reading other genres then. With e-mangas, storage problems are totally non-existence other than your hard drive.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

J's Chimes: Cosplay Truth


The thing about cosplays are to showcase your talents and displaying your costumes to people. They also act as tributes to cosplayers favourite animes which they watxh and like. Sometimes reality can be an ugly thing and if you're 'not in a perfect condition' to cosplay, many people will start critising through forums and such. Sometimes these are the barriers that kept me from making my Gundam Zaku Costume like will I be able to meetup with people's expectations or will it be good and such. My designs are up but the making part would be tedious and might not turn up well for events. Currently still pondering what to do...

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

J's Chimes: Hatsukoi Or First Love

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The song first love or Hatsukoi is yet again used in the recent anime Sora No Otoshimono ending theme for episode 9. Forgot who sung this song but definitely not the one by Utada Hikaru. It was pretty popular during the days when was young and even had a cantonese version of it in a Stephen Chow's movie.

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The previous anime that uses the song Hatsukoi as the opening theme is none other than Boys Be. Released in the year 2000, this is a classic that I'd frequently watched with my VCR a couple of times when young. Went hunting for the song after than and after much pains finally found it... One of the best romantic animes that time. Makes me wanna watch again now...

Monday, 7 December 2009

J's Chimes: Framing Up


Can't get the posters ya want for framing up in your room? Scrolls or wallpapers costs a bomb? Make your very own using the old fashion way... Buy a stack of Photo Glossy Paper and a good printer to do the job. Sometimes its always best to D.I.Y. stuffs in your own room. Previously did a Hatsune Miku Clock and now since its the holidays, its best to put creativity to use. Adore this picture very much and currently hanging at the back of my desktop. Notice that most of them are Tony Taka's works as I really like his drawings.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

J's Chimes: Bolder And Darker


Kampfer is a story about girls wielding 3 different types of weapons; Zauber, Schwert and Gewehr, from the powers of the bracelet given to them by the moderators. However, the main protoganist who is a guy, receives that power too but turns into a girl when using it. With that they would need to fight against the enemies. Kampfer is a comedic and ecchi anime that's addictive to watch but begins to move into the more bolder (Ecchi-ness) and darker side of the story starting episode 9. I didn't actually expected that Kampfer would become an anime as have been reading the manga before that. Came to me as a surprise as Kampfer only have a few chapters out that time thus the anime has turn into another direction away from the manga. Love the anime nonetheless and so watch it asap before the last 2 episodes are out. Visit the website at http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/kenpu/.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

J's Chimes: Nendoroids


Nendoroids are particularly one of my favourite models around and would display them in transparent cases like this beside my computer. My very first one was Hatsune Miku and soon after I fall in love with this series because its so darn cute. It's about impossible to chase the entire series as more than 100 different types have been produced and you've got to spend at least $5k to follow through all its releases...

Friday, 4 December 2009

J's Chimes: Model Collections


When the new models come in, the display cabinet gets a bit cramp. Thus would often clean and re-arrange the display cabinet to make way for new stuff and retiring the older ones. Started collecting models since 6 years ago and it has certainly grown.


The Top level models are some of the older models around sometimes out of sight because of the height of the cabinet. Includes animes from Magister Negima, Onegai Twins, DOA, Fate Stay Night etc. The Fifth level are some that I would adore much and thus displaying it at the best of the locations to view. lol. Love the Getsumen To Heiki Mina and Queen's Blade a lot.


The Fourth level are some of the best models I like too. From Hatsune Miku to Nagato Yuki and other Figmas and Revoltecs behind in which I would not want display out of its box.
The Third level consist of almost all of the 1/8 and 1/7 scale models in which I had. Particularly like the BOME series models and others around. Includes Evangelion, Full Metal Panic, Tenjo Tenge, etc.


Last but not least the Gashapons and cold cast models are located at the second and bottom level. Loved gashapons during the early years but then I realise that it looks kinda small and messy displaying all of it together so had mostly retired them.

And there ya have it. My Display Cabinet of Scale Models and Gashapons. Bought lots of Merchandises in regards to anime and this is one of my hobbies. Tune in for more stuff that I collect in the next post.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

J's Chimes: Kentucky Fried Chicken


Even the famous chicken is given a new look at different outlets around the world... Well somehow or rather, someone will definitely twist it a little... Like KENPACHI FRIED CHICKEN! Lol, ya gonna love this and it rings a tune too. Speaking of which, Bleach anime is currently still on filler once again so it is much advise to read the manga instead as it's nearing the final fight between Ichigo and Aizen. Read it or you'd probably had to wait for another filler or 2 and another year to completely finished watching Bleach anime... Seriously.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

J's Chimes: New Illusion Game Awes


Stumbled upon this new upcoming 3D galge game by the Illusion company in Japan and it awes.... seriously. The previous games like Sexy Beach 3 by the same company didn't even come close to this so-called next generation type of gameplay and graphics which the models looked so darn real... Ronery guys will be so happy with this new game. The problem with this new game is that you'd need a powerhouse computer to run as smoothly as in this video to enjoy it...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

J's Chimes: What If Animes Become Live Action


What if animes become live action? Well there are some that turns out well like Death Note to 21st Century Boys and Liar Game. Others may completely ruin the image of the anime like the recent Dragon Ball Movie and such. Often in animes that we got to feel the emotions and settings in its storyline but such is less portrayed in Live Action Drama Series to Movies. So in the end animes are still the best... lol. Bet anime fans will say the same too...