Monthly Archives: October 2011

Poem

Here is a poem I wrote when I was in grade 9, almost 8 years back! It’s childish, amateur and maybe even cheeky, but its mine! Hope it isn’t too bad! 🙂

 

Under the bright blue sky,
On the firm hard ground,
Walked a lady, smiling at the daisies,
Looking at the trees around,

Carrying memories of an unknown,
Looking into a familiar past,
As if looking in a river,
With water flowing noisily past,

Remembering someone, smiling in joy,
Mumbling sweet songs under her breath,
Walking on the ground in the sun barefooted,
Caring nothing for her own health,

The sun set at last, with her still there,
Waiting for it to appear, to answer,
The face of reality and truth,
The face of the angel who lit her soul.

 

 

Anime Review – Shonen Onmyouji

Anime Review

Shonen Onmyouji

 

Story:

Abe no Masahiro is the grandson of the great omnyouji Abe no Semei, who passed his teachings on to his grandson. Masahiro lost his sixth sense and the ability to see spirits. In truth, his grandfather sealed his sixth sense in order to protect him. He doesn’t know about it until he meets Mokkun. While fighting his first monster he breaks the seal and his quest to become the next greatest onmyouji begins.

 

Running time: 24 minutes per episode

 

Number of episodes: 26

 

Plot Summary:

Abe no Masahiro is the youngest grandson of the great onmyouji, Abe no Semei. Unlike his famous and powerful grandfather, however, Masahiro not only can’t perform any divinations, he can’t even see the spirit world! Since his childhood hopes of being a match for his grandfather in onmyouji are crushed, he tries his hand in other trades. Later on in the series, however, we learn that Abe no Seimei had sealed Masahiro’s powers and his potential truly is rival to and perhaps greater than Seimei’s.

Unfortunately, Masahiro also fails at doing well in any of the other trades acceptable for his rank. While he sits dejectedly and without much hope, he has his first meeting with Mokkun, a mononoke, who practically falls in his lap. Masahiro is shocked he can even see Mokkun, as Mokkun is also part of the spirits he shouldn’t be able to see, let alone hear it talk. The furry mononoke resembles a cross between cat/ bunny/ monkey and knows who Masahiro is. Although his name is something else, Masahiro dubs him Mokkun, a name that stays till the end.

The duo become buddies when Mokkun, despite Masahiros warnings follows him everywhere he goes. The journey of these companions, their friendship and their fights against spirits is what chronicles the series ahead.

 

Review:

Based on a manga, this is an anime that would definitely be a part of your collection, especially if you are a fan of historic anime. What this series has is not just a simple chronicle about the olden times or the onmyouji battling spirits. It rather focuses on the onmyouji ways and friendships. A friend in need is truly a friend indeed! The saying is brought to justice throughout the series. Another thing that adds interest is that even though the story is fictional, but Abe no Seimei was actually a great Onmyouji in Japan. Though it is quite an old anime [I believe it was subbed and dubbed in 2008] I watched it this year and didn’t feel the difference. It’s an anime you should definitely follow if you liked other series like Rurouni Kenshin and Black Cat!  On a scale of five, I’d rate it a 4/5! Watch it! And if you’ve got more time and a curious nature, check out the manga as well! :]

 

 

Quote of the Week – To be positive

The best thing in life one can do is to remain positive. Anything and everything can be achieved with a positive frame of mind. To further that belief, here’s a quote from one of the best people ever, Abraham Lincoln.

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we will find the way.”

Think positively, stay focused, and do all you can! Stay Blessed! 🙂

 

Song of the Week – Teri Meri “Yours and Mine”

The song of the week this time around is the song  “Teri Meri” from the Indian movie “Bodyguard”. It’s a sweet melodic romantic tone. Enjoy! :]

 

 

 

Attention Please Episode III Recap

The third episode of Attention Please takes us further into the world of a cabin attendant. It starts off with our Yayoi wondering when they will be able to finally wear the uniform of a cabin attendant. Sekiyama reveals theres only a week left till they are finally given the chance. However theres also a catch. There would be exams before they are allowed the chance and the exams are known for being tough. Misaki doesn’t make a big deal out of it but the wicked trio is quick to point out that in their eyes, shes not fit to wear the uniform either. But as always, Misaki brushes off their comments. Mikami walks in on their excitement and tells them they had better be prepared for the Emergency training in the coming week, which is going to be hard, and then the exams as well, which will be harder. In Sekiyama’s words, Emergency Training is “a week of hell”.

The whole class is given one piece uniforms and after changing, assemble in fifteen minutes for the start. Misaki is all excited and deems this as her chance to show her potential. And so begins their training. Another reprimand of Misaki by Mikami earns the instructor this look:

Everyone moves into the plane areas for training. The main topic for the training in the whole week is how to respond in emergencies and how to safeguard passengers. As they demonstrate and go through the whole procedure, Mikami tells them to forget all the manners and polite speech they have learned so far. In these moments, they have to be firm and authoritative. Misaki laments having to forget all the polite words and manners she learned specifically for the job. But when told to demonstrate, she manages to go a little too beyond polite manners. Next, they practice landing on water. Misaki is having more fun than ever on the training and feels like it is all a piece of cake, smiling and enjoying herself, leading to Mikami yelling at her to take things more seriously. But not everyone is having the same happy luck as Mikami.

At the end of the day, everyone is exhausted and tired, complaining about all the labor and work they had to do along with how much they were scolded. Misaki, still in her bright outlook, tells them they ought to try harder since they want to wear the uniform. Here, Asou and her partner walk in on the girls and tell them (apart from Misaki) that they are free to ask for any help as it is a tough period they are going through. Asou and partner try to rile Misaki up but their efforts just backfire on themselves.

Meanwhile the next day, training continues like always and except Misaki, it takes most students lots of time to catch up. Sekiyama especially has a fear of sliding down from the plane. Misaki is as jolly as ever and Mikami is as worried for her as ever. But Misakis bright outlook gets her in trouble with her friends. While Sekiyama feels down for not being able to perform well, Misaki tells her to buckle up and do better or she wont be able to be a cabin attendant but Yayoi cuts her down harshly.

Meanwhile Shouta is preparing for the exam to become a certified engineer and his superior wishes him luck in his endeavor. He also warns him that unless he loves his job, it would become very lonely for him even if he did well. They are sitting chatting in yayoi’s fathers restaurant when yayoi and Sekiyama walk in. They left Misaki behind because she had additional classes. Yayoi chats with Shouta and before leaving, he tells her good luck for the exams and like a high school girl, she becomes all giddy and happy that he wished her luck. She is definitely into Shouta. When he smiles and thanks her before leaving, she all but practically melts down. That night as Sekiyama is walking home while practicing from her book, she sees the leader of the evil trio out with a strange looking guy (Sorry, I just haven’t been able to catch her name yet :P)

The next day brings the same optimistic Misaki. Yayoi tells Sekiyama to ignore her as they need to concentrate on their own performances. When  Misaki does compliment Yayoi on her work, Yayoi ignores her and walks away. After Mikami arrives and is telling the students what to do, the girl Sekiyama saw the last night comes running in and apologizes to Mikami for being late. (Finally saw her name, It’s Hirota). Even if Mikami does not buy her excuse, she lets it slide. Today, the focus is on how to treat a passenger who is ill in any manner. Hirota however, ends up making blunders today which is unusual for her. When everyone is puzzled by the change in Hirota, Sekiyama lets the others in on what she saw the night before. Another problem arises when Misaki and Hirota both slip into the pool while trying to unpack the lifeboat for passengers and start fighting. The incident leads to Misaki receiving another reprimand from Mikami.

Mikami scolds Misaki for being too lenient and non realistic with her performance and not taking things seriously. Misaki argues that its just training but Mikami tells her its better for her to leave if that is the attitude she is going to bring into her training. While Misaki is angry at Mikami for voicing things the way she did, she still does not take the scolding very seriously and decides shes already doing her best. When she runs into Tsutsumi and Captain on the elevator, she thinks aloud that Mikami must have a grudge against her. Captain advises her to think things through Mikamis perspective and then decide. That night, she and shouta run into each other again at the supermarket. They head out to dinner again and Misaki relays all her frustrations to him and tells him, if the engineers do their work properly, there shouldn’t be any need for emergency situations. Shouta calls her out on her stupid logic. She apologizes for her words, but its too late and Shouta leaves once again before his dinner arrives.

Training continues to the last day. Mikami announces the exams would be the next day and that everyone should do their best. While misaki is all happy and looking forward to celebrating, everyone else is dead tired. Alone on her way home that night Misaki runs into Tsutsumi who is stalking someone. Turns out, he is stalking Hirota who is again with a ‘scary looking’ guy. Tsutsumi imagines all kinds of bad scenarios and decides to save Hirota, dragging Misaki along.

 

They head upstairs into the building following Hirota and the guy to find her upstairs with four strong, athletic guys checking her muscles and arms and all. This scares Tsutsumi even more. He pushes Misaki ahead to handle the rescue. She goes in all stern and serious, cross armed. Before anyone can say anything or respond in action, she drags Hirota away with her. The guys only follow them to the emergency staircase. Running down, all three get into an elevator. While Misaki and Tsutsumi are scared, Hirota is surprised and asks them what they are doing. Misaki and Hirota almost get into a fight but Tsutsumi tries to stop them. Unfortunately, he is pushed away by Misaki and ends up on the floor. Suddenly, the elevator stops.

 

 

Mikami is sitting in her office contemplating a few things when the Principal walks in. Although Mikami wants to pass all the students, she reasons that it might not be possible. But the principal, optimistic as he is, tells her things are not as difficult as they may seem.

 

Trapped in the elevator, Misaki, Tsutsumi and Hirota call out for help but no one seems to be around to hear them. Misaki and Hirota get back to fighting and this time, Tsutsumi makes a rather weak attempt to stop them. He has a bigger worry at hand. Mother nature has come calling. And the security guard, it turns out, is asleep. Hirota worries they might miss the exam tomorrow if this continues, after all, its past two in the morning but Misaki says it’s still not tomorrow so they needn’t worry about that so soon. Hirota tells her to be more serious or they wouldn’t be able to wear the uniform but Misaki tells her shes the one who is pretending, always saying stuff in class yet being out late on the day before the exam. Hirota tells her she disliked her from the very first day of orientation, where she herself had arrived at the orientation before the others whereas Misaki had walked  in at the very last moment and took a seat in the very first row. Misaki reasons it wasn’t her fault. After all, that was the only seat left so there was nothing she could do. They are about to have another go at each other but Tsutsumi cries out that he can’t take it anymore. Both turn to look at him. He says he really needs… to go to the toilet.

 

 

Meanwhile, morning has come. Everyone is gathered for the exam. No one is surprised that Misaki isn’t there and do not seem to mind either but everyone worries about where Hirota is. In the elevator, Hirota is worried about missing the exam and finally tells the other two what she was doing the previous night. She had joined a gym in this building and the guys were the instructors in the gym. So much for saving the damsel in distress! At the exam centre, attendance is called out and the missing are noted. Mikami says the missing will not be allowed to take in the exam. The reason Hirota started gym was to improve her body as there were many tasks she found daunting in the training where she was unable to lift heavy objects easily. Whats more, Hirota wants to become a cabin attendant and then find a nice guy to marry through her job. Misaki tells her it’s a pretty dream. But turns out, that’s not all there is to hirota. The main reason she is pursuing this job is because she wants to be more self confident. Her family has little money and she is always accepting her elder sister’s hand me downs. Now, she wants to strive and make an identity for herself the way she wants. Misaki is touched by Hirota’s story. It’s the first time shes been honest with her and it reminds Misaki of her own self, where she wears the clothes left by her brothers. Realizing the time, she starts beating on the elevator door, shouting for someone to come open. Hirota points out its already late but she keeps at it. Hirota sees her determination and joins in. Finally someone hears them and comes to their rescue. When the door opens, Misaki grabs Hirota. Tsutsumi is frozen in place.

 

 

The test is now almost finished and only the last group has to perform. Misaki and Hirota reach but Mikami won’t let them take the exam. Realizing there’s no use to asking again, Misaki asks Mikami to at least let Hirota appear, a request which surprises everyone. Mikami does not respond but just then the principal enters, apologizing for being late. Realizing this is a chance to allow Misaki and Hirota to appear in the test, she tells them to go change and hurry back. The test passes smoothly and well. Even the other instructor is impressed. Even Sekiyama gets her good moment and is able to slide down smoothly.

 

There is a meeting to discuss whether all students passed or not. Misaki takes this opportunity to look for Shouta and say sorry for her behavior and words last time, which she now realize were cruel. He watches her going back with a smile. The next day, Mikami reveals they have all passed. Everyone is jubilant. Hirota actually passes Misaki a genuine and happy smile. They are not yet friends, but Hirota has accepted Misaki and now trusts her. Mikami hands out everyones uniform. While everyone changes and arrives back, Misaki is late yet again.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the ride through episode three! ^_^

Mood Today

Mood of the day:

Pretending not to care… but actually wanting to cry… 😥

Some events are always there to haunt you at one end or the other, making it impossible to pretend somethings never happened, not when they weigh hard on your consciousness. And sometimes the people around you are such that they do not make it easier either…

Song of the Day:

Lambi Judai by Reshma

The lyrics are about lovers who have been separated and the girl is singing the song telling her lover she could never possibly live without him in this separation, even if it were just a matter of days.


Ode to a Friend… :)

Dearest,

It’s been five years since we’ve known each other. Five flat years; not too long, not too short in many aspects [There are times I still wish we were together back in the days of classes], yet in some ways, it was a lifetime; because it was long enough for us to make wonderful memories of a close friendship… Since the very beginning of our college years, we’ve been together on and off, shared common interests and spent some really fun quality times together. All in all, no matter the number of fights we had (And we did have some! :P), the number of things we disagreed on or the time we spent apart, it was a wonderful experience and one hell of an adventure. I’ve been angry at you, hated myself, loathed so many things yet today, when I recall our past and think of you, the only moments that come to mind are when we were at our best together. To me, you were a wonderful close friend, someone I turned to with my stupid questions when I couldn’t talk to anyone else and someone I could always rely on.

Thanks for all the wonderful times we had together, sorry for all the fights we had where I was too stupid and many many best wishes for the future. You will always be a cherished and remembered friend. And of course, I’ll keep nagging you every now and then just to make your life more interesting! 😉 May we always be great friends and I hope there’s always a place in your heart for me!

Once again; all the best for the future. May all our lives be full of wonderful surprises and joyous times and every moment be a moment worth cherishing…

P.S. The words may not be much, but they’re from the heart!While I wasn’t the best of friends, I hope I was good enough… 🙂

Attention Please Recap – Episode II

 

The second episode starts with an introduction into expressions! In true class fashion, Mikami is telling them how to behave with guests and what the proper decorum for them as a cabin attendant is. As usual, someone is asleep in class!

 

Mikami tells everyone to stand up and then orders them to smile. The result is 20 most awkward smiles ever! Misaki especially does not see the reason why everyone has to smile since “theres nothing funny around anyway.”

 

After a grueling further class, where they practice words and pronunciations, where Misaki is further reprimanded by Mikami, Misaki thinks Mikami is out to get her thanks to her outburst at the end of the last episode and wonders why she even did what she did. It’s a perfect way for her to manage her frustrations and let them out so they don’t bother her. However, Mikami walks in on her and she gets another reprimanding lecture and this time, they almost have a fighting match with each other!

 

Misaki and friends decide to drop by the coffee room where they run into the famous trio from their class. In a polite but condescending tone, the trio manages to practice their pronunciation and words from Mikamis class while also delivering insults to Misaki. She, however, is least bothered as always. While her friends are actually worried about the difficulties in class and whether they will be able to perform well, Misaki brushes it all off. She just isn’t born to take stuff seriously. One of the instructors notices her throwing out trash in the can as if she were playing basketball, the instructor rushes in to reprimand her, but it has little effect and only aggravates the instructor herself. The instructor goes straight to the Chairman with her complaint. The chairman is as optimistic as ever.

 


Tsutsumi and Captain are in the cockpit of the new plane the engineers are working on and the captain points out a few pointers to the head engineer. Tsutsumi, in true flattery fashion, praises the Captain but the captain tells him to stay quiet for a while. Shouta is checking the whole aircraft and its electrical functionalities and reports back that there are no errors. Here again, we see shouta in the cockpit, looking expectantly at the sky and looking wishful.

 

Misaki is tired after class but that doesn’t stop her from flocking Asou san when she is just returning from a flight. Praising Asou san and her companions looks and works, Misaki asks for an autograph. Yayoi is surprised at her friends sudden and non characteristic behavior. Turns out, the autograph is for Yayois Dad. She did it all so she could get an extra meal! Today, Sekiyama also stays with them for dinner.  Here they introduce the fact that Sekiyama’s father is a pilot. Before the night is over, Yayoi and Misaki teach Sekiyama how to eat Soba. Being from a prim n proper background, Sekiyama finds it odd at first, but then soon follows their suit.

Next day, Sekiyama brings a beautiful black suit dress for Misaki. The trio witness it and ridicule Misakis clothing habit once again leading to an almost fight between Yayoi and the head of the trio. Misaki stops them and accepts the gift from Sekiyama and remarks how annoying women are when Mikami heads in and points out to her that she is a woman too. In class too again today, Misaki fails miserably at performing any tasks. She hardly remembers any details well either.

 

Tsutsumi finds the wicked trio during lunch where they are studying and gives them a few pointers and they all go gaga over him. Shouta and his boss witness the scene from afar. Wanting to further impress his new friends, Tsutsumi heads over to Shoutas boss and makes a few irrelevant pointers about the inspection they recently did, which Shoutas boss calmly hears but aggravates Shouta. Leaving there after lunch, Shouta passes by Tsustumis table and points out his ridiculousness.

 

That night, Misaki runs into Shouta at the department store. They both head over to the same restaurant (Misaki follows him) and end up chitchatting. Midway however, Misaki touches upon a sore subject and Shouta leaves his dinner and walks out.

 

 

Next come the exams for the cabin attendants. The exam passes smoothly enough even though Misaki does not know many things and just breezes past in her usual manner. After the exam, she runs into Tsutsumi in the cafeteria and ends up drinking his coffee. They both sit down to chit chat on both serious and casual topics. Misakis scores on the exams are ridiculously low so the instructor tries to get the chairman to remove her but the chairman points out she still has the chance to retake the exams.

 

Misaki runs into Asou heading towards the dry cleaners with her uniform but before they can chit chat much, Asou’s superior summons her back. Misaki volunteers to drop her uniform off at the dry cleaners and after much hesitation, Asou allows it. While on the way to the dry cleaners, Misaki catches herself with the uniform in a mirror and decides to try it on. Before she can change back, she is thrown out of the bathroom because it is cleaning time. At first she is awkward and nervous outside, but wherever she walks, everyone bows down and greets her. She heads out to the main airport terminal and is overjoyed at not being caught. Asou however, heads to the cleaning room to reclaim her uniform and is told it was never submitted for cleaning. Knowing shell be in trouble if the news gets out that her uniform was lost, Asou finds Tsutsumi and asks if he knows where Misaki is. However, word gets out around and soon the whole institute finds out what Misaki has done. Having fun out in the terminal, Misaki misses class too.

 

Asou reports to her superior who tells her to find the uniform and has to put up with bullying and ridicule from her coworkers. Misaki is rushing back to catch class but is caught by customers on the terminal who want her help for their tasks. With no way to refuse, Misaki helps them out. Here Misaki realizes all the real life situations and sees different cabin attendants and airport attendants responding to them. Yayoi and Sekiyama, worried for their friend, rush out to find her but not even Shouta has seen her.

At the terminal, Misaki encounters a Chinese girl who cannot speak Japanese and is having trouble finding the right terminal to board her plane. Though they have trouble communicating with each other at first, they turn to writing and understanding each other’s words and that allows Misaki to guide the woman to her needed destination. Misaki feels happy and content now that she finally understands the meaning behind Mikamis words in class. It’s here that Yayoi and Sekiyama find her.

She is reprimanded by Mikami and the Chairman but Asou prevents her from being severely punished though she tells Misaki she will never forget this. Misaki feels truly sorry for her actions and repeatedly sounds her apology. After reprimanding her, Mikami asks her how she felt when wearing the uniform.

That day when Mikami is heading home, she and captain run into each other in the lobby and they have a chat while waiting for the elevator. It is also here that Captain mentions some other old girl and asks Mikami if she “remembers her.”  Mikami gives a non committal response. Misaki meanwhile is on the roof where Shouta finds her. She recounts her day and tells him how happy she was that she was able to help that woman. Shouta also voices his thoughts to her openly for the first time.

The next morning, she wakes up with her alarm. She passes instructor and Chairman in the corridor and they both look shocked and pleased to see her. Today, she has come wearing Sekiyamas gifted suit. However, beneath the elegant coat, there’s this:

 

Mikami tells her at this pace the day she wears a uniform will probably never come. But Misaki is determined that it would. Everyone is impressed by her speech and tone, even Mikami. But like before, Mikami calls out to her and tells her she’s due for extra lessons thanks to the classes she missed.

 

And that is how the second episode ends! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed! ^_^

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