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Ica ~ the World though my Glasses
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Again, my brother recommended this animated series for watch. He and a friend went all out quoting lines from it for a hour, laughing about jokes that only they could understand.
You had that before? You leave out a popular series and suddenly your social life shrinks. I didn't like the feeling - made me remember depressing stuff about my past. Because I didn't want to have that, and run away judging, without seeing it - I decided to check it out.
Must say that I DO judge current American animated series. It feels either like it's for children who had lobotomy, made by a paedophile - or wanting to be funny is full with cretin jokes. Both have horrible graphics in common, the first is mostly done with CGI, while by the 2nd spec is the strong outlined characters on an unmoving background.
Naturally I do have expectations, both go into the 2nd category Simpsons and South Park. I feel somehow that even while a bit strong, they do tend to solve their jokes in a creative way, that I can applaud and enjoy without hesitation.

Now for Rick and Morty... the show is about a twisted kind of Back to the future setting where Rick is a genius scientist who is taking his grandson Morty as a "left hand" assistant onto adventures.
Rick is a brilliant but chaotic pull while not to bright Morty the moral gravity. Naturally there is no balance, and with the grandpa drinking, grandson in puberty gives way to many-many more reasons to throw cretin jokes. I know for some minds this is good relaxation, but it's just not for me.

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Looking back on 2016 I realized that I went on just a pair of exhibitions, and decided to focus on that more this year. So naturally this close to my birthday I took a day off work, and went to the Hungarian National Gallery to check out it's permanent exhibitions. The ticket was surprisingly cheap, and they don't ask for a photo-ticket either, only that you don't use flash, which is nice.
The exhibitions we saw were:
- Art in the 19th Century
I realized this in my teen years, but while I do like art generally, the more recent it is, the more sure I'll not like it. With 19th Century, as long as it's not eccentric I tolerate it. And to tell the truth, I liked the literature inspired paintings a lot, felt like watching a re-make. Copper-art/coins not so much.
- Mihály Munkácsy and the Realism of the Fin-de-Siècle
One of my favourite painters - if there is any (^^). In his time tar and some self-mixed substance was used a lot, which is slowly but surely destroring his paintings. Watching it today will give a different light-shadow picture than 10 years from now.
- Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
This collection is in the Gallery because currently Fine Arts is restoration for another year or so. The collection is not the best, but they do have a little bit of everything.
- Church Adornments - Gothic Art in the Hungarian Kingdom, 1300–1500
- Late Gothic Winged Altarpieces
Though at first we didn't even want to go in, in the end this might have awed us the most.
- Late Renaissance and Baroque Art
Not sure what I thought it would be, but it felt strange. Mostly just portraits of people whose name don't tell me much.

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Heir Lee Gun and post-it secretary Kim Min Young are forced to marry after their drunken one night stand results in an unexpected pregrancy.
Jang Hyuk was paired up once before with Jang Na Ran in Successful Story of a Bright Girl. After 12 years they are back together in Fated to Love You. I don't really like the exaggerative laughing of the heir, but other then that, it's a cute series.

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Being Valentine-Day I was curious if steam would give any recommendations for a good game. And what is the first game that I see? Genital Jousting. I'll not explain what I saw in the short promo video, if you are interested, you can Google it. Just know that my mouth hang literally open. How it can have an overall very positive rating from over 1500 people is a mystery to me.

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My brother recommended to check out Westworld.
It is about a technologically advanced Wild West-themed amusement park, populated by androids called hosts. High-paying guests can include whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts.
The series tries to go into the topic of AI, consciousness, from when do we accept a thing alive, etc. It is not bad at all, can give quite an experience if you are into the feeling, however I already saw quite a few films with the above topics, so it didn't show anything new to me.

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After the musical I wanted to check the new remakes.
There is a jdrama from 2015 with 11 episodes where Light's strange interpretation of justice comes after her mothers murder was not punished due to law regulations and agreement of police and prosecution. At first he feels the crimes one by one, with the appearence of the name Kira he can separate himself from the ideal of Kira, but then slowly comes into the role. This might be the only remake that I saw where Light isn't as pathetic in his death. The series strangely made me remember Breaking Bad, and Walter's character-transformation.
Another great part: Matsushige Yukata plays Light's father.

Then I realized there is also a 2016 remake... or does that count as sequel? Heregoal of Yuki Shien, a cyber-terrorist introduced in the first episode is to make Kira's legend revive again. Two other characters, Ryuzaki, L's true successor and Tsukuru Mishima, leader of the Death Note Task Force are also showed.
Goal of the 3-episode series is to make a bridge between the happenings of the previous films and the Death Note: Light Up the NEW World movie (that I couldn't put my hands on yet).

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Shinya Shokudo is about a restaurant open from midnight till 7 in the morning. There are local guests, and some random ones, they can order what they want, if Master can, he will make it for them. It shows some interesting eating habits, traditions and makes the restaurant just a warm place to connect with others.
The original story is a manga by Abe Yarou. I read just the first volume, graphic is not the top, but the story is charming. Using it as base Japan/Korea found it intersting enough to make a series with 10/20 episodes. The characters are not always the same, but they did keep the main figures. Not to say, the yakuza boss is being played in the Japanese version by Matsushige Yukata. ^^

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This got a bit boring... I found it entertaining till the mix of past and present were somewhat equals, but watching a guy just to feel sorry for him is not that charming. And I get that he is an artist... but so is the girl. And she is a strong women at a time where women didn't have many options. Both past and present have idiotic family members for her, while the guy is watching from afar. Ok, maybe the present one tries to help a bit. But they are handling information so carelessly, it's hard to watch. >_>"

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At last got to watch what happened with the story of the manga and how they turned it into a musical. I already heard some of the lyrics before, but this was the first when I experienced the complete story as a whole.
Well, they left many things out, and Light while strong believer of justice, doesn't seem as clever. The stage actually shows more how he turns into from a beginner sociopath to a full-blown psychopath. Many deaths and characters are left out, which is natural for the short span of the play, but I still felt the lack.
As for the music, there are some catchy ones, but if you want to listen to good ones, I can only recommend the Korean version from 2015 (since then the actor for Light changed, and the new voice isn't the best).
Hurricane - Light/Kira: Kwang-Ho Hong
The Game Begins - L: Junsu
Only Love you More - Misa

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I just realized... in this game there is no bad ending. Out of curiosity I wanted to go with 0%, to see a bad ending. It turns out, there is none... Basically you get raped and will love it, no matter the likeability.
The % is only linked to steam achievements, and depending on the % you get Crimson, Ignition or Embers achievement. The only fun I see in this is, that this is the only game where in 5 minutes you can get with a guy from "you are bothersome" to "wipe my body for me".

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This game resembles Hakuouki a lot. You can have a chance to get together with Okita Soji, Saito Hajime, Nagakura Shinpachi, Harada Sanosuke and Todo Heisuke.
Not sure about the game balance - first I tried with Hajime, and even with just 53% got a happy ending. The male characters seem in love with the girl right from the start, so with just a little effort you can "charm them".
The game still have the same problem as most answer-chooser does. The choises are short, and don't always mirror right what the complete answer will be. So you might think, "Aaah, this is the right answer to this character" and then the answer turns the one liner into a complete different direction. Also at parts I wish for an option, but the game doesn't let you choose, which is quite frustrating.
Even though there is no voice acting, I felt nostalgic just reading the character names.

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I finished uploading the pictures. Same link, as before.
Our program was as below:
Started on the 3rd on September, connecting flight in Düsseldorf, arrived on the 4th September in Tokyo. First stay at Hotel Villa Fontaine - Tokyo-Tamachi.
5th September
After breakfast we went with Shinkansen to Kanazawa. From here on every stay with had was with airbnb. My favourite was this one, in Kanazawa - I slept in the Japanese room, and while the smell of tatami is a bit weird at first, I loved it. ^^ We were a bit tired, so only checked the rose garden close by ate some kitsune udon and then slept.
6th September
Went around Kanazawa, using the Kanazawa sightseeing bus.
Checked the Chaya District first, there I went to the Gold Leaf Museum (couldn't take any pictures there, but can recommend it - with the one day bus ticket, the ticket was quite cheap). Also saw Higashiyama Sugawara and Utasu Shrines.
Then went to Kanazawa Castle Park. Next to it is Kenrokuen Garden - this has a direct connection to Museum of Traditional Products and Craft.
7th September
On the way to Matsumoto castle saw a statue connected to the frog festival, next to it was the Yohashira Shrine, so naturally checked that one as well.
My first castle visit in Japan was the Matsumoto castle. Really awesome building, and I was ready to take my shoes off too. What I didn't expect was how slippery and steep everything will be. There is a warning around the 4th floor, that now it gets 88°... and got quite afraid that I'll not be able to come down with how narrow it was at places. (Note to myself never visit a castle in a dress again, and don't buy anything till I climbed the castle. Also, by any Japanese castle where you need to take your shoes off, you'll probably will need to take it with you in a bag, which is quite a hindrance. ><")
8th September
Travel from Kanazawa to Kyoto. Because of the castle a day before, I had quite a muscle strain (it actually lasted a few days) so moving our quarters was enough for that day.
9th September
In Kyoto went to Arashiyama first. Here we visited Tenryu-ji (the cloud dragon painting here is awesome!!!), Horin-ji Temples and the Shinto Nonomiya Shrine before going into the bamboo forest (? not sure how to call it).
10th September
Himeji castle was first. It is really a pearl, the stairs were not that bad either. And while I enjoyed the view at the top, there was not much inside the castle to look at.
Then got to the back of the castle to the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History. There was a temporary exhibition where I couldn't take photos, but it was about Japanese legendary creatures and monsters. By chance I got to hear about a story from a guide how a noble guy took revenge on his murder, coming back as a calf with human face.
Last was Kokoen Garden. On the way there we saw a group finishing with some filming. Unfortunately the bus was slow, so we could only see them walk away.
11th September
Osaka Aquarium was fun, but had it's downsides. The aquarium's greatest hit is it's Whale shark. The tank is set up that you can have your selfie-chance at more then one window, which is good. Also liked the general idea of going around & down, and see what animals live deeper and deeper in the sea. The jellyfish collection was awesome too. What I didn't like are two things. One is the dimness inside the aquarium, and the other is the aquarium's ship, Santa Maria. Or to be more direct, the course wasn't good. It might not be the direct fault of the aquarium, but their location. An aquarium, just like a zoo should preserve life, but everything around the aquarium is an industrial area. Next to having some Star Wars flashes with the cranes in the background, it was quite a sad sight.
Umeda Sky Building is the best location for an observatory if you are looking for one. The reason it was the best for me is because it was the only place where we could really go to the roof, I mean outside, without windows. Photos will be great for sure.
12th September
Nara came next, as Japan had a national holiday, and nothing else but temples were open. We saw Todai-ji, went to Heijo Palace remains, but it was closed on this day, saw the temples Yakushiji and Toshodai-ji.
13th September
Nagoya castle - shoes could stay on, and it had an elevator. Not sure why that famous symbol is translated as dolphin, because it had scales of gold... but I did find the theft story interesting. An interactive exhibition also allowed you to try your strength to pull one if the castles stones with the other men.
Nagoya City Science Museum is an awesome ground to play. The building is a bio-dome, it's first floor is like a playground for young and old, and next to a planetarium at the top you can generate your own 6 meter high tornado. On the 2nd floor I think saw some T-Rex bones, that made a cameo in a Galileo special (that I saw on the way back on the plane ^^).
14th September
It was time for another day in Kyoto. My favourite place, Fushimi Inari. Just seeing those fox statues made me feel happy, don't know why. The whole place was just pulsing with positive energy. We were unfortunate in that there was some construction, so couldn't go though all gates, but still felt fun - and at the end found ourself in some street full with festival food.
Next came the Nijo Castle. The exhibitions in the building were awesome, but unfortunately couldn't make any pictures there, it was only allowed in the garden.
Kinkajuji is just as it's name states a golden temple. Awesome view, and the park of the temple doesn't fall behind either.
Ryoan-ji is a famous stone garden were you are never able to see all 15 stones. We tried, but couldn't count more then 12.
Ninna-ji might have had the best atmosphere altogether. At places you cross paths with the living quarters of the monks, and even though there is a warning, we automatically became quiet, because it just fit to behave like that. Also LOL for that pink phone. X3
15th September
Osaka castle was good in that it again had an elevator (^^), shoes could stay on too. On the way back then we saw a group of seniors hanging around with their pet wild-fowls.
Back in Kyoto we went to the temporary opened Card Captor Sakura Café. Unfortunately they only served drinks, and that also till 5 PM - which annoyed us a little, cause there was nothing about these mentioned on the homepage.
16th September
Last day in Kyoto. Went to Toji first, then the famous Rengeoin Sanjusangendo. The statues are awesome, and might be the best place if you want to make a resemblance between India and Japan related to Buddhism. There are many temples and shrines around Sanjusangendo - what we could check was Hojujidono, which might not be a tourist attraction... it still was great to check; with the way the monk and visitors were behaving it felt like an active community.
Lastly we went from Kiyomizudera though Yasaka shrine to Gion
17th September
Moving our quarters from Kyoto to Tokyo.

It is quite late, so I'll continue to edit this post with the last part in Tokyo tomorrow.

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18th September
Met with some friends by Hachiko and did a little shopping, mostly Mandarake, Don Quijote and Book off.
19th September
We went with train from Tokyo to Chureito Pagoda with the goal to see Fuji... but due to bad weather only saw fog. Later whenever we went high enough the rain covered Fuji, so till the last minute we couldn't see it.
20th September
Akihabara - looked just like I imaged. Saw the movie of Ikuta Toma, TOP Secret.
21th September
Ueno Park: Tokyo National Museum & Toshogu Shrine
22th September
Harajuku - went to Takeshita Street and tried to check out the Oriental Bazaar, but it was closed due to holiday. We went there the next day again.
23th September
Though the Yoyogi Park went to the Meiji shrine. Most of it was under construction, but we were fortunate enough to see 2 pairs for a wedding. ^^ Then got to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Unfortunately Fuji-san was still shy, so we couldn't see it.
24th September
In Ikebukuro went to the KIT-KAT Factory, then in Sunshine City got to the Pokemon Center.
25th September
Went to the Imperial Palace Garden first, then Asakusa to check out Asakusa Kanon. Saw the Rainbow bridge, original size Gundam, went on a ride with the Ferris wheel
26th September
Most of the day went with packing our stuff together. At night went to the Tokyo Tower with a friend. He then invited us to an izakaya to have some drinks. I still dream with that peach drink & sashimi! *.* Tried an okra dish too - I understand the hype, but just no.
27th September
Our trip back. As soon as I landed in Hungary, wanted to go back... now have plans to do so in 2018 again. ^^

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Toyama Kasumi just changed schools. As a high schooler she tries to find something that gives her the same heart-pounding thrill as the stars did for her as a child. One day she finds a star-shaped guitar and becomes determined to form an all-girl band.

There were a few things I didn't like. The main girl is overly hyped. Made me tired to just watch. Many times we see the girls walk from behind, looking up to their skirts. I personally felt like I was playing Yandere Simulator, trying to find a good angle for a pantie-shot. ~.~"

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This begins to get really cute when the reaper meets her idol in real for the first time. The guys motivation changes okay, but felt a bit hectic for me. Other then that, fluffy and cute.

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At last I got to this point, and started to upload my pictures. You can find them here - it's about 1/3 of all that I want to upload.
What you can see now: Dusseldorf airport, Tokyo Tamachi station; on the way to Kanazawa; Kanazawa (rose garden, tea district, castle garden, Kenrokuen Garden); Matsumoto castle & surroundings; Kyoto Arashiyama (Tenryu-ji, Horin-ji, bamboo garden, Nonomiya shrine, Seiryo-ji); Himeji castle, prefectural museum of history & castle garden, Osaka aquarium & night view. Next update will probably happen this weekend. If anyone is interesting in something more in detail, ask away!

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The boy Gran and his speaking lizard Vyrn live on an island in the sky. One day they meet with the mysterious girl Lyria, who ran away from the Erste Empire military government. While trying to protect her from the soldiers, Gran gets fatally wounded - to save him Lyria shares her powers, and together they summon the dragon Bahamuto (if I understood the name right).

Not bad, per say... but I would reather re-watch Escaflowne.

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I just saw the trailer today, and thought right away it is worthy to check it out. The title in Hungarian is again something else, literally "Calculation Rights", which mirrors the story better.

We have a group of Afro-American woman - 3 in focus - who were working for NASA and handled just like a calculator. Russian success in space though drives NASA leadership to delete segregation - regarding skin colour and female work - issues one by one.
I like how much it's shown what heavy hindrance these segregations really are, and how fast everything can go without them. Also saw a White House event with the cast, and then listened to a speech of Michelle Obama how this should drive people to archive heavy goals, with a big focus on education. The 3 main women in the cast were real people, and had a major role in making things go forward in being first. So applause for that.
On a side note, one husband of the main cast was played by Aldis Hodge. I love the guy since Leverage, so had a huge grin on my face as soon as I saw him.

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I wasn't doing anything special this weekend... still somehow the time went by, without me posting.
As there is no anime from this winter season I began to search for some Korean stuff I could watch. First, I found Train to Busan, a zombie movie, that was partly shown in Goblin by the movie date. Asians sure like to mix parent-child relationship with horror.
There was another film called Tunnel, about a man, who gets trapped in a tunnel after a landslide and due to human errors, politics, reporters, etc. his rescue is being delayed again and again. The human aspect was really well projected here.

From series I checked Drinking solo... the guy was familiar from the remake of One Percent of Something, but didn't like him in either. But I also found some promising stuff like the new drama from Nam Goong Min, Chief Kim; new from Ji Sung Defendant; remake of Hong Gil Dong Rebel: Thief who stole the People, Saimdang, Light's Diary and Star of the Universe.
Nam Goong Min I first saw in Can you hear my Heart, then Girl who sees smells and Beautiful Gong Shim, and after this I can say that he has a wild palette and can play very well.
Ji Sung is the corner of both my and my Mom's hearts, so watching his drama is a must... but as the story smells like Secret, for now I'll put it on hold, and only check it when the complete season is out.
Hong Gil Dong was a drama that I saw among the first Korean ones. I'm curious how the story will be done by Rebel - looks like they'll leave the comedy mostly out.
Saimdang, Light's Diary has both history, and excitement as an art history lecturer finds an old diary and re-discovers the history of a historical figure.
Star of the Universe... a rookie shinigami falls for a singer-songwriter. Fluff all around. ^^

I wanted to watch Voice too, but due to the Lunar New Year it'll only come later. T_T"

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Weather in Hungary is still cold, and we still have snow at parts of the country too - like at my town today morning. And it's cold enough that it stays... the last time it was this cold was decades ago. Feels really weird to loose feeling in my legs due to cold, while just walking. Also feel tired all the time, like an empty toothpaste tube.
Today I was looking forward to the weekend, but then realized how much to do I have. Today the vet visited to give vaccine for Lyme disease. The dogs didn't like her coming to our house, partly Vándor behaves like a bird in panic, and tweets. It's cute how she is looking for help by me and Wendy, trusting our judgement.
When the hectic ended, I began with a photobook I wanted to print out about my travel to Japan. When that's ready, I'll also have the selected photos up, that I'm promising since October now.

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Saw two films from 2016 today, Florence Foster Jenkins and Snowden. Both stories made after real life people.
The voice of Florence was horrible, but she loved to sing and had thus many famous fans from the music industry. Snowden gave top secret information to the media, but he did it with the reason to keep online freedom. While the first makes me happy, art can be enjoyed by all - the second just pushes you to be more paranoid. Still, both are interesting to watch in their own way.

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