Monthly Archives: February 2011

Animé Character of the Day: RAN MOURI

When I was a kid, I wanted to be many things. Being a black belt in Karate was one of them. Way back in high school, I remember walking home from school, passing by that Karate club on the second floor of a glass-walled building. And while they were doing their daily routines, my friends and I used to stop by and watch them from afar. I remember going to the second floor of that building alone just to watch them up close, and oh how elated I was while daydreaming to be in that same room, doing the same stunts with those cool people. The class ranged from grade schoolers to high schoolers, so I thought I’d be a perfect fit.

Unfortunately though, that dream was reduced to one of the residents of my gargantuan heap of what ifs. There are just things we can only dream of and not have no matter how strongly we want them. But my fascination for the Karate martial arts never faded one bit. I still admire people with such high ranks in the martial arts because they exude strength and technique. They can always defend themselves when presented with danger. And they can always defend others, putting them out of harm’s way. They can achieve something that ordinary people can only try and surmise. They can be real super heroes. I am yet to meet a black belt in Karate, and the thought of that day coming sends a quiver of excitement down my spine.

In the advent of my strong inclination to anime, I started liking male protagonists of shonen because I just don’t have patience with the silly female protagonists of shojo and their unrelenting tomfoolery. Perhaps because anime came late into my life (I was already in College then) that sappy female protagonists usually escape me. Until I knew Ran Mouri.

Ran Mouri (毛利 蘭, Mouri Ran) is the main female protagonist of the anime and manga series Detective Conan (名探偵コナン, Meitantei Konan), one of my favorite animes of all time. She’s in high school and the beautiful girl friend of the main protagonist Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective. Although she’s a lady whom you could consider prim and proper, she’s got something up her sleeve that even males her senior don’t have. She’s captain of her school’s karate team, and she has won several tournaments and brought home countless trophies. At first glance, you’d never think someone as sweet and charming as her would be as strong and powerful. She’s very strong to the point that she can break a stone with ease.

During detective missions, since her father is also a detective, her skill in the martial arts always comes in handy. She sweeps bad guys off their feet and knocks the living daylights out of them. She doesn’t need a weapon to combat heartless kingpins and their cronies. All she needs is a trigger to demonstrate her fighting prowess. In one word, she’s the epitome of awesomeness.

She believes that “courage is a word of justice. It means the quality of mind that enables one to face apprehension with confidence and resolution. It is not right to use it as an excuse to kill something.”

You should watch the anime or read the manga to appreciate her more.


Japanese name: 毛利 蘭
(Mouri Ran)

English name:

Rachel Moore

Age:

16-17

Gender:

Female

Height:

5’2″

Weight:

Unknown

Date of birth:

Unknown

Relatives:

Kogoro Mouri (father)
Eri Kisaki (mother)

Nicknames:

Ran-neechan (Conan)
Ran-kun (Agasa, Megure)
Ran-chan (Kazuha)
Angel (Vermouth)

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The Glorious Veins

Did a little research about this band while their playlist is blaring in the background. Found out at iSTORYA.NET that their drummer is actually a Cebuano. Awesome, right? And it turns out they’ve been in the business since 2008 (based on the timeline of that forum post in iSTORYA). Well, we know how it is in the music scene or pretty much in any business. It takes a good gall to go out and form a band, knowing it’s a rough ride ahead considering the innumerable hopefuls sprawled in the planet. For those with a penchant for rock music, we know that there might conceivably come a moment when this band would rise in the same glorious levels as The Killers or Death Cab for Cutie, or even higher.

Of late, they have ten new songs, which are all original, from their self-titled album. Another reason for us Filipinos to be proud of. Go Wiggy! Go Cebuano! Go Pinoy!

GENRE: Disco flavored Postpunk Bluesrock from Mars = ROCK

MEMBERS:

Lee Grasso – Bass
Wiggy Colmenares – Drums
Paul Pangman – Vocals
Matt Howels – Guitars

CURRENT LOCATION: New York, USA

Listen for yourself.

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Little Daily Things Over Occasional Grand Gestures

Ask me how my day was.

Hold my hand with your family or friends around.

Look into my eyes when you say you love me.

Give me a greeting card with your own composition, not a copy from Hallmark.

Don’t just give me flowers. Put a sweet note along with it.

Say sorry even though it’s not your fault.

Stop whatever you’re doing and comfort me when I wake up from a horrible nightmare.

Politely open the door for me rather than just flinging it open.

Walk on the curbside to shield me from potential hazards in the street.

Take off your jacket and put it on me when it’s cold.

Treat me special not only on Valentine’s Day.

Carve my name in your heart, not in some tree.

(An Original)

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My First Otaku Fest Experience

Here’s a video I made about yesterday’s Otaku Fest in UP Cebu. ^^

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UP Otaku Fest 2011

So I invited some friends to go with me to the annual Otaku Fest at University of the Philippines Cebu yesterday. Much to their dismay, they didn’t make it and missed just about a big slice of their life. (Kidding!)

Anyway, so I went alone, and I didn’t realize how enjoyable it is to be with the company of myself until our intimate date the day previous. When they said “you cannot be lonely when you love the person you’re alone with,” guess what? They meant it. Though I mostly talked to myself while roving the verdant grounds of UP, the sensation was surreal. I felt like a tourist who was actually in Japan.

In case you’re asking, otaku is a Japanese word that refers to people with obsessive interests in anime and manga. Yeah, I’m all that and a bag of chips.

Here are the photos I took. If the photo is not captioned, it means I don’t know the character either because I haven’t seen the anime or the character is from a shojo anime, a kind of anime I don’t normally watch. Feel free to comment if you know any one of them. 🙂

 

Capt. Jack Sparrow won the Crowd’s Favorite Award for the Male Category as well as Best Solo Cosplayer.

More photos below. ^_^

 

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