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I’m a bad person.

You guys, I’m a terrible person.  What’s the point of me having a blog if I never write anything?  Yeah, this blog is starting to die, and I’m pretty sure my other blogs have already returned to dust in their graves.  Whatev.  Here’s my first of several updates.

First off, I found Densha Otoko–the entire series, including the specials and movie–brand new and unopened for 40 dollars on Ebay. 





That’s insane!!!!!  That show usually costs like 23 times that much brand new!!!  Dude.  It was the deal of the century, and I had to get it.  Like, I’m having doubts that it’s actually professionally pirated or something, but, if that’s the case, then it’s really SUPER PROFESSIONAL.  Like, you have no idea.  The discs and case look original.  And they come with JAPANESE SUBS.  



Greatest TV Show of ALL TIME.




Several times.  I’m so excited.  The only thing that might point to them being professionally pirated is the fact that they are also completely region-free.  Which isn’t a bad thing.  So whatever.  I’m happy.  

I feel kind of terrible though because I’ve already watched the series 1 and 1/2 times-ish since I got it, and I didn’t even tell you.

😦  Sorry.

As it turns out, the Densha Otoko movie SUCKS.  Yeah.  It sucks major BOOKS.  Like totally.  You have no idea.  I realize I had a bias from watching the drama going into it, but it just sucked so bad.  The girl is kind of pretty, but she’s old.  And the guy sucks compared to the Densha Otoko in the drama.  The whole thing just did NOT get me as emotional as the drama–I couldn’t feel it.  And they left out SOOOOO MUCH that was in the drama.  Like, I don’t think there was a single character in the Drama that I didn’t LOVE.  And like half the characters and subplots were cut out for the movie.  Yeah.  It sucked.  End of rant.

When I was in the living room the other night watching the series special, though, something interesting happened.  My mom got up from her nap and came and sat down while I was watching it.  She actually sat through the whole thing with me.  Since there were no english subs, I had to make feeble attempts at translating.  It was pathetic, but fun.  

Um, can you feel the randomness?  I’m watching Bleach as I’m writing this so that’s why I’m all over the place.  What’s next?…

Ah.  I also found out that I really like the director of the person who does Densha Otoko.  I’m kinda watching Nodame Cantabile on the side, which he also directed,  and it turns out that I like that drama for the same reasons that I like Densha Otoko.  Weird.  Maybe that’s why I like the Densha Otoko drama but not the movie.

Speaking of Nodame Cantabile, I just bought that entire series and Tiger and Dragon from the same place on Ebay.  They’re in the mail right now 🙂  I can’t wait to watch them.  I got Nodame Cantabile because, well, I like that show.  I got Tiger and Dragon because I’ve made feeble attempts at watching the first episode in the past but always failed.  When I found out that Itoh Misaki (of Densha Otoko fame :D)  is in that drama, I decided to go with Khatzumoto and everyone else’s gut instincts and buy it.  I hope it’s good.

That’s about it for now.  Stay tuned for the next episode of randomness.

BTW, here’s a picture of my library of authentic Japanese language materials so far (apart from some random manga laying somewhere else):


The current state of my library.

The current state of my library.


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Kanji Beast です。


Kanji Beasthood

Kanji Beasthood






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That was what happened Saturday night when I finished Remembering the Kanji by James Heisig.  Yeah.  I know.  It’s exciting.  In fact, I almost peed my pants.  Booyah.  Fo Rizzle.  2042 kanji = I am a Kanji Beast.  Flip yes.  RAAAAARRRRRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!  ~~WSHICCICJCCICICICICCI!~~  <–that’s the sound of a snarl.  RAR.

Alas! It was an unnecessarily long 5.5 month struggle.  If I would have only been a patient little Gelfling and done a reasonable/small fixed amount of Kanji everyday instead of random, monster-sized chunks of Kanji every few days/weeks, I would have been done A LOT sooner.  Whatever.  Lesson learned.  I’m going to apply that to sentences and only do a certain amount each day.

Anyways, sorry for the late update.  I couldn’t wait any longer so I postponed RTK3 and started sentences yesterday :D.  I’M LEARNIN’ REAL JAPANEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!  I’m pretty excited.  For starters I’m getting my sentences from Tae Kim’s grammar guide, the Japanese in Mangaland books, and Khatzumoto’s Dick and Jane comics (<—these are hilarious).  I already encountered an RTK3 kanji on the first day of sentences, and today I encountered a Kanji that isn’t in it either of the Heisig books.  Sounds like I’m already well on my way to Kanji Dragonhood!  And if I learn more Kanji outside RTK3?  Maybe I’ll skip the dragon stage and go straight to Kanji Titan!

And, finally, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve discovered a new Japanese musical group/band: Halcali 🙂  Four of their songs have pretty much been the soundtrack of my life for the past week or two, so I figured I curse you with them, too.  The first one is the first song that I heard by them, and it was my favorite for a while.  However, the second one actually gets better each time I listen to it (seriously), so I’m thinking it’s giving the first one a run for its money.  Whatev.  Enjoy:

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You guys should enter this contest and check out this guy’s website.  This is too good to be true.  I remember hearing the little train station jingles when I was in Tokyo.  ~*sighs*~ the nostalgia.  To be able to call that back at a moments notice = a dream come true:

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ワールド リポート

Do you guys remember the podcast stuff I told you about in my last post?  Well, the ワールド リポート video one from iTunes Japan actually has a website.  They have transcripts of each video podcast!  Just thought I’d tell you about that in case you’re interested.  Um…yeah, about posting.  I should have another post-ish coming in a week or so 😀  Sorry about the major lackage in the posting department.  I’ve been busy with college, trying to finish RTK, and chinese food.  Whatev.  TTYL.  Lol…

PS.  I feel like a tard, but do you any of you know how to type the little dot to separate certain words (in katakana, etc.) when you’re typing Japanese?  I can’t figure it out for the life of me…

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“If you don’t know what to do, Update it.”

(…I said that in my singing voice, BTW…)

I can’t believe I’m not done yet!  I’m so impatient–I just want to start learning real Japanese already!

…just had to get that out of my system 🙂 Thoughts like that have been plaguing me 4EVER.  But, thanks to some cool kids over at Twitter, I’m feeling all better now.  I just pretty much stopped learning new Kanji for a while (a week/a bit more-ish) because I was frustrated and overworked with school.  I’ve started learning again now though since the folks over at Twitter had some AMAZING encouragement waiting for me.  So, enough of the sappy stuff.  The end is in sight.  I am approaching the next stage of Kanjibeast!  Soon, those puny little Kanjis will all bow before the mighty Kanjiwulf!

Anyways, I also think I forgot to mention something in my last post where I talked about the podcasts.  If you’re into this sort of thing, I found a few Christian podcasts on iTunes Japan.  My favorite one is one that has the words Bible in rainbow colors over a white backdrop for the picture.  I don’t really know the name.  I think it’s 礼拝の聖書メッセージ(説教)〜音声ポッドキャスト 毎週更新–if that helps.  I can’t really read it.  I can Heisig quite a bit of it, but that’s about it.  But it’s easy to find.  Just look for the bright colors.  Even if you’re not into the Bible or whatever, still listen to the opening part of the podcast.  It’s so cute!  They have this cute music and voice that comes on to introduce it.  Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.

That brings up another thing.  For the past few weeks/month I kind of left the world of drama and (mostly) anime for news, news podcasts, and other podcasts (like the JUNK one).  I really can’t understand anything.  I can pick up a few words, word endings, and sounds, but it’s mostly strange to me.  I think I’ve hit a wall that I won’t be able to pass until I graduate Heisig and start sentences because I just don’t have enough vocabulary.  And the vocabulary that’s used in the news and random podcasts isn’t as reccurring (if that makes sense) as the vocabulary in anime.  

So, here I am, happily marching down the hallway, completely oblivious to everything around me (in many ways).  Suddenly, I decide that I’m tired of listening to podcasts so I put the music on random shuffle.  You know what comes on?  The ripped track of the second episode of Bleach the anime.

Holy.  Moley.  I could understand like 60%.  WTHeck?  I quickly put on RahXephon, another anime that I hadn’t listened to in a long time.  Same thing.  My understanding seems to have skyrocketed.  Or maybe I just notice my understanding more?  I think it may have to do with that whole idea of taking a break in another language that Khatz talked about.  For me, news podcasts were like another language.  When I returned, wow.  That was incredible.  

Granted, that still implies ignorance of the other 40%.  And believe me, when I say ignorance, I mean complete ignorance.  Cluelessness.  But it’s still a great feeling to finally see how much I understand.  

I think I’m forgetting something…oh yeah!  Kanji!




Fillin’ in nicely, ne?

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Mother father.  I forgot.  I’ve been holding out on y’all.  Snaps, I knew I’s forgettin’ sumthin’ in the last post!

Prepare for the drum roll:

*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!(this is the drum roll)!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*…

…DA-DA-DUM! (<——grand finale)


The Matrix

The Matrix

It finally came.  This movie has been on back order for me since around Christmas/New Year’s-ish, and it finally came.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I love this movie so much.  Like, Morpheus and Neo are cool and all, but they could totally make a movie just about Mr. Smith.  He’s awesome.  

The sad thing is, this movie came in the mail over a week ago, and I’ve been too lazy to blog about it or anything else (sorry >_<).

Anyways, I’ve already watched it somewhere around 3-4 times-ish, and I’ve ripped the audio and listen to it on my mp3 player iPod.  Yeah, I’m pretty psyched.  The only problem is that, surprise, surprise, the subs aren’t exact (sad face), so it’ll be sort of useless once I start sentences.  Whatev.

Wake up neo…the matrix has you…

I can’t wait until I can say that and quote the rest of the movie in Japanese :)

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I’m not emo, I promise.  Perhaps you can forgive the melancholy nature of this post’s title.  I have been neglecting so many things now that second semester started.  The laundry.  This blog.  Friends.  Japanese.  And, most of all, Kanji 😦 😦 :(.

I am still only at 1575:




…And it’s not getting much better.  With my insane amount of homework and reading, I just don’t have enough time to even keep up with reviews, much less learn new kanji.  I mean, the reading is fun, I guess.  I’ve met a few nice chaps named Booker T., Beowulf, and Chaucer (his middle English double-entendres are quite hilarious…).  Unfortunately, I just attended the Beowulf’s funeral (again, 😦 😦 :(:( 😦 :().  Once I achieve the rank of Kanjibeast, I will don the name Kanjiwulf in honor of the late great warrior.

I’ve been using Anki for my classes though.  It seems like it’s going pretty well, although the overall success of the process remains to be seen.  I’m having a bit of trouble formatting questions from the information and deciding what I should and should not memorize.

So, right now, I’m shooting for finishing the beast by the end of February, but that’s being really, really generous.  I barely have time to do reviews every day, much less learn new kanji.  There have been quite a few days where I skipped reviews one day and opened up Anki the next day with 250+ reviews.  Snap.

Also, I’ve officially divorced the RTK forum.  LOL.  It was fun, and once in a while I’m bored I look at what’s being discussed, but I just can’t maintain the obsession any longer.  I figured that a recent ignorant post on my part that spawned another off-topic religious/political debate might be a good opportunity to leave, so I did.  Harsh things were said by both sides (including myself), and that was awkward.  Whatever, no hard feelings. 

I don’t know if any of you have seen Alyks’ amazing list of recommendations for movies, manga, and anime, but I have (see link on right).  And it’s AWESOME.  The only problem was that I couldn’t find a majority of the manga anywhere.  All I could find from retailers online were random Chinese versions (although, this difficulty that I  had is very likely the result of my own stupidity).

But then I found this. is the bomb.  Just like Grendel’s mom, it’s got it goin’ on…  They’ve got all kinds of raw manga that you can download or read online for free.  They have several of Alyks’ recommendations.

And tha’ll do ‘er, folks!  

PS. I don’t know if I already told you, but I got a new laptop!  Score.

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