Anime Review: Bleach (NYL)

Just a note: NYL stands for Not Yet Licensed and implies that it’s not licensed in North America because.. that’s where I live.

So.. you’re an average high school student. You’ve been able to see ghosts ever since you can remember. Every once in a while, they just want you to bring flowers to the place they died, sometimes, they want you to give a message to their undeparted loved ones, and other times… you have to fight with everything you have to save them from evil ghosts called “Hollows” so they can go to heaven. Of course, this does cramp your style as an ordinary high school student, but being a Death God does have its perks.

This, in a nutshell is the story driving Bleach. The manga is currently being published in Shonen Jump and as individual books by Viz.

Animation/Artwork: I’ll give it a C. The animation and artwork are on par with most things, not ground-breaking or anything like that, but not horrible.… [Read More]

Do Not Eat?

So… I’m flipping through one of three American Civ books this evening, in an effort to stave off the evil that we all know as homework… and I find this:

Inside… is one of those little magnetic anti-shoplifting tags. So.. I’m looking at this and thinking, “They don’t put these warnings on stuff like this unless someone actually does it and then sues someone over it. What dumbass opened up a history book and decided to EAT what he found in the pages?”

The world is full of idiocy. I had to share… [Read More]

Moveon’s Failure to Moveon again…

This time, it’s Alberto Gonzales.

The contents of the email moveon is sending around this time:

“I hate to start the New Year with bad news, but the Senate is about to consider Alberto Gonzales’ nomination to become Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft. Gonzales is the White House counsel notorious for opening the door to torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons. Senators should view the Gonzales nomination very skeptically, given this radical history. As part of the upcoming hearings, we can call on Senators to ask Gonzales to unequivocally renounce torture as an instrument of American policy. Join me in asking Gonzales and Senators to prohibit torture by clicking here. http://www.moveon.org/gonzales”

So… I get this email and I read the above linked article, and then I read the following words from the Seattle PI:

“Sickened. Outraged. Deeply troubled. Alberto Gonzales used those words Thursday in an effort to persuade skeptical senators that neither he nor President Bush condoned torture.”

So..… [Read More]

First Day of Class

So, here it is, winter quarter. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since fall quarter ended. First class, 7:30 am. American History. *groan* My instructor, while a kind and generous person is rather… well… how does one put this nicely?

Boring.

Otherwise, this class is going to be so easy that it will almost not be worth taking. But.. here I am. I think I am going to try to transfer into World History before the week is out, but I may get stuck with the class. Cross your fingers for me.

Second class, last class of today (I’m taking another class but it only meets 3x a week) French 101. My instructor is a cute little Asian woman. I was kind of thrown off by this, but then she started speaking. The first half of the class was conducted entirely in French. It came flooding back pretty fast, and I realized why I got the highest score on the French AP test in the country the year I graduated.… [Read More]