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Classic Nostalgia Story with Spirited Away

10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Classic Nostalgia Time With Spirited Away

Classic story for all-age audiences, with subtle meaning that using kanji words. The plot may similar with Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, but it has own purpose. It has right pace, not rushed, and thoughtfully made. I heard Miyazaki-san made the story based on his trip with his friends, and see what if he made story of 10-years old girl who aren’t subject of “romance”. He wants something that will be held dear in his young friends’s heart. Surprisingly, it can relate to any ages, as if it part of their childhood.

Since there’s so many references using kanji to reveal the meaning of film, I need to re-watch for two times to fully understand it. But it doesn’t take a good part of this film. Even if you can’t understand the kanji references, you still can enjoy the story.

At the beginning, we see a sullen, stubborn child named Chihiro. But after things gone wrong with her parents turns into pig, her character slowly grow up, becoming determined and brave young girl. This part is really heartwarming for me. In 2009, we see a Hollywood film had similar female character act like Chihiro, but somehow Chihiro feels more grounded and relatable.

Also I love how Miyazaki add some quiet scenes into his film. Most of adventure-theme add too much intense scenes, leaves no time to take a breath, but Spirited Away isn’t afraid to take some quiet, serene scenes so audiences are able to enjoy the beauty of Miyazaki’s works.

To conclude this review, I would say Spirited Away is best classic film that can be entertainment for all-age. It also remind us, to have great animation (particularly in Japanese animation world), you don’t have to put too much fans-service.

Released    : 2001

Studio         : Ghibli

Author         : Hayao Miyazaki

 

 

 

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Watashi Ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me) : The Love Story Of Fujoshi

Kae Serinuma is a fujoshi, a female manga and anime geek who loves reading yaoi (boys love) material and imagining men together in romantic relationships, both fictional and real. When one of her favorite anime characters is killed off, Kae is so shocked that she locks herself in her room for a whole week. When she eventually comes out, she discovers that she has lost a lot of weight. She becomes a beautiful girl that catches the eye of four boys at her school: Yūsuke Igarashi, Nozomu Nanashima, Hayato Shinomiya, and Asuma Mutsumi. Despite learning about Kae’s bizarre tendencies, the four boys, along with another fujoshi girl named Shima Nishina, all fall for Kae and begin competing with each other for her affection, much to Kae’s frustration as she wants them to get along with each other.

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*please note this review is only based on anime version*
Story:
To any hardcore fangirl, this story is very relatable. All that struggle with shipping, attending event etc, you can find in this hilarious anime. The only illogical scene is losing weight after crying over favorite character’s death. Yes we might cry sometimes after seeing terrible sad scenes but it doesn’t made us losing weight. It kinda extreme, actually.
Aside from that illogical scene, I do find this anime is funny,especially episode 3. I play few titles of otome game, and I do admit that I dreamed to be in that situation. But seeing from Kae’s perspective, I kinda agree it can be stressful.
Character:
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Kae is one of best female lead in reverse harem history. She might inexperience with love stuff, but her personality is great, no matter how she looks. In the first episode, we can see her kindness towards her classmates and junior, although the junior is little bit rude with her, but she forgive him. Also in the sixth episode, we could see another example why Kae is beautiful inside and outside.
For another character, like Nanashima and Shinomiya, I can see why most of viewers didn’t like them. They both jerk when Kae is still fat, then suddenly like her when she lose weight. While Mutsumi and Nishina had like Kae since she’s fat, I’m more into Igarashi. He’s being nice to her since beginning, although it’s not romantically, but in the process, he later learn that no matter how she look like, she still the same Kae. And after he realize it, he become genuinely loves her. I love when character can grow up to be better person, that’s why I’m shipping IgarashixKae (most of viewers tend to like Mutsumi).
Conclusion: 
This anime is great entertainment for all hardcore fangirl. If you are a fujoshi, you’ll love all  that guyxguy interaction. Or if you’re tired watching dumb bland female lead in reverse harem, you have to watch this, and see one of best female lead in reverse harem history.
Author           : Junko
Studio            : Brain’s Base
Release Date: October 6, 2016 – December 22, 2016
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle : Survive The Game Or Die

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

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Story Plot:

This movie is full of comedy. From beginning until the ending, I can’t stop laughing until my jaws hurt. It’s been long time since I could laugh like this. Even Marvel films can’t beat this. Every scene in this film feels natural. No awkward scene, no forced slapsthick or whatever that makes the interaction between character feels unnatural.

The story itself speak more about personality development as teenager. You see a boy who have hard time with his famous friend (friendship issue), a girl who spends too much time on her phone (self-absords issue) and a girl who criticize everything (Self-esteem issue). These character, in my opinion, are relatable figure to what teenagers faced nowadays. Throughout the movie, these four teenagers are learn how to face their biggest fear. There’s no the chosen one because every one has their own role. Each of them has strength and weakness when they transform into their avatar, except Spencer. He didn’t have any weakness as game character, but as himself, he has one, and it almost hold him to fight the final boss.

Like I said, every scene is feels natural. Most of jokes are mocking their own personality, sometimes make fun with their new body, so no one will be offended. This is the kind of humor I need. I’ve see lots of comedian, even local one, use racist topics too much to the point they forget that not everyone can accept racist humor.

The Cast:

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I have to admit, I actually doubt The Rock being in comedy film since I only watch his acting on The Scorpion King and Fast&Furious franchise. I even lower my expectation as I walked into the cinema. I’m so ready to cover my face if I find any awkward scene. But what happened next totally amaze me. Throughout movie, I feel like The Rock having two different personality. He successfully channeling the nerd Spencer and charismatic Dr. Smolder.

Other cast like Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and even Nick Jonas has great performance too. I personally love Jack’s performance as he has to act like he is a girl trapped in the middle-aged man, and that scene is hilarious.

Conclusion:

When you read the synopsis saying “..before it’s too late”, literally or not, you probably think of The Chosen One. But in this movie, there’s no such thing as Chosen One. Every character has their own roles, strength and weakness to complete each other.

Jumanji should be best example for any adventure film in the future, to make great characters work together, instead putting all work into one person, just because they’re “special”

 

Release date                 : December 20, 2017 (Indonesia)

Distributor                   : Sony Pictures

Production company : Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions,

                                            Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions 

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Dark City: London, Best Detective-Theme Games Ever!

London is about to celebrate the opening of the world’s largest clock tower, until a headless ghost appears, threatening to destroy London and murder hundreds at the opening ceremony. Investigate the dark alleys and gather clues to hunt down the killer and unlock the deadly secrets hidden inside the clock tower. Can you save London?

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Story:

I have to say, I’m not really happy with the premise but the moment I enters the MC’s mind, I’m overjoy. This games will made you act as if you’re Hercule Poirot. You’re not just collecting clues and intervewing random people, but you have your own deduction board to create temporary hypothesis. I love how 4Friends made this game as if we’re really involve with story. This is why I dislike cliche’ but can love in the process because in every cliche, everyone has different perspective on how to develop it.

I just little bit disappointed with the choice of ending, because I expected it will give big impact, but not. Even in the bonus chapter, there’s only slight different response. Anyway, for some reason, the way the developer gives two options, questioning the suspect’s action is remind me with Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express. In other games, the detective seems have no mercy. We know it’s all about revenge, but we sometimes didn’t see it in bigger picture.

Visual Production:

What a sophisticated visual. I love every cutscenes, the way 4Friends delivers the backstory throughout ink and papers which is new to the developers who usually made fantasy games. Seems like they’re use the hand-drawing and painting style for all cutscenes. It’s like fresh air from 4Friends. So different from Living Legends or Immortal Love, even Edge of Reality. I also love how they choose voice actor, especially for the protagonist. It give life into all characters, and doesn’t sound like robots.

Gameplay:

There’s no random puzzle or HOS. Everything is making story move forward. For example, the scene when protagonist interogate snitcher, we play HOS to collect evidence from him. I really like the new concept in this game. You don’t feel like got dragged by, but everything has purpose. Even all clues that we collect has meaning. Each clues we found, would be presented on Evidence Board, then we sorted it. The Evidence Board may not new feature in HOPA, because I already see it on Enigmatis, but this one is more traditional and really fits with 20th century setting.

Conclusion:

4Friends Games definitely brings detective theme in HOPA genre to the new level. If they keep this up, they might be become the best series among other detective game out there.

Release Date      : December 1, 2017
Developer           : 4 Friends Games

 

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5 Things I Do During Break (Happy (Late) New Year and I’m Back!!)

These past weeks, I’d been experienced emotional roller coaster, countless panic attack and anxiety to the point I suffer from hypersomnia (again). I can’t even count how many days I’d been woke up with feeling scared, breathless, anxious whenever I saw clock ticking. Everyday, I pray the day will passed soon so I don’t have to feel the pain. I’m not saying I’m fully free from depression or any mental illness symptoms yet, but I feel lot better than previous week.

Although I’m in suicidal due to the news of Jonghyun SHINee’s death, but I was able to freed myself by doing these 5 things. I hope you will find this helpful.

1) Writing Journal

Read my post: “Writing a Journal, Ways To Control Emotion” 

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I don’t think I need to talk more about this tiny friend. But one thing you have to know, three days after I notice I start getting another flashback before sleep, I wrote on my journal. I just let everything poured out, not hold myself (if you don’t know, in 2011, whenever I write a diary entry, I suddenly hears a voice said “Oh, you’re such drama queen” and it stopped me to write). Several pages later, I feel slightly better. No more choked feeling or flashback before sleep.

2) Talking To (Very) Trusted Friend

When I was diagnosed on 2015, there’s two people who stay by my side aside from my family. Then I found the third person on 2017. But this third person isn’t supportive enough, unlike the other two. Surprisingly, this third person is one of cause that made me depressed once again. Because of him, I spend several days looked at ceiling until my tears fall.

I was scared to talk to anyone because I know part of it is my fault. Whenever I get close to male and I trust him, I will constantly clingy. Later I found out I probably have athazagoraphobia (fear of forgetting or being forgotten or being ignored). I know I shouldn’t self-diagnosing, but this isn’t first time I become clingy to a person that I trust, as if I’m scared I will be forgotten. It was happened when I was 16, as well. Whenever I feel that person will mad and leave me, I will apologized and beg so that person will stay, no matter whose fault it is.

After a week with constant crying, panic attack, even asthma attack, I finally talked to the two people I trusted. One is my best friend from college, one is my ex-boyfriend (sounds weird, huh? but he’s only male outside of my family who understand my situation). The result is surprising me. I stopped self-harm, as I’m getting calm with their soothing words. I spend everyday before New Year by texted them, talked about how I feel. There’s part of me that feels happy knowing they’re still care about me, no matter how busy they are. They’re still best person I have in my darkest time.

3) Talking To Parents

This is the hardest part, I know. But you know what? When the whole world against you, your parents always have your back. You can try it by writing a simple letter. When I was 13-14, I was in rebel stage. Whenever my parents start scolding me, I would turn my back and shut my door. I was immature back then. And I found the best way to solve argument is writing a letter.

Slowly, I opened up to them about my condition. That time, my condition is worse, I lose appetite and energy to do anything. Now, if I looked lifeless, unable to eat and my eyes get swollen, my father will ask, ” Are you upset with someone?”. He will ask several times, then hug me. The last thing I could do if that happen is crying out all feelings I hold for days or weeks.

Talking requires lots of courage, but I guarantee, once you do it, you’ll realize who’s your real supporter.

4) Watching Anime or Movies 

One of best way to distract myself from problems is watching something I like. Usually I watch Criminal Minds or NCIS, but lately I feel like these show didn’t help, so I switch to anime. I watch several titles, and there’s one title I watch multiple times: Ouran High School Host Club. I start my morning routine by watching Ouran High School Host Club every single day (until today), even when I typing this, I have Episode 17 as background. LOL.

This series made me forget the cruel things that happened recently. How could I forget the enjoyment of watching anime? I used to watch Doraemon every Sunday when I was kid, sometimes I watch Power Rangers after that. Then I remember the reason why I lose interest on anime for past 2 years: Depression

I also watch a movie with my friend few days ago and had sleepover at her place which is fun, because last time I had sleepover with her was a week before I resigned. After watching anime and movie that I like, slowly I feel better and have no flashback before sleep.

5) Going To The Spa

One of my favorite relaxing time is spa. I have one favorite place, it is Chikara Women Spa.

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In 2014, I wrote my first experience in here. When I went here for first time, I chose Beauty package, but yesterday I chose Max Relax. The package include Body Massage, Relaxing Face/Totok, Hair/Scalp Treatment.

Before I get a job, I usually going to spa once in three months. So if I going to spa on December, I will go back again on March. But it’s been a year since last time I went to spa for good massage, so yesterday I was thinking, ” Maybe today is time for me to relax,”. And after getting massage, I can sleep peacefully.

For point no. 5, you don’t have to do it, not everyone has luxury for this, some can’t afford and others don’t have time. You can change it with reading book or drawing, or anything that you feel as relaxing.

That’s all 5 things I do before I fully comeback to blogging. It’s brand new year, and one of my goal is being more productive with writing and Youtube.

Let’s make 2018 great year!!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

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New Walkthrough! Face The Real Ghost in Danse Macabre: A Lover’s Pledge

As the costume master, it’s your job to help bring the theater to life, but this opera is more than you bargained for. When a strange specter starts interfering in the last dress-rehearsal, it’s up to you to stop it! Can you save the lead actress from a terrible fate, or will you join haunted troupe as a permeant cast member? Find out in this chilling hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

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Game        : Danse Macabre: A Lover’s Pledge

Developer: Eipix Entertainment

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Taking Break (See You Next Year)

After four months of trying to get back to the blog and Youtube, I started to feel tired. Mentally, not physically.

Why?

I feel like I’ve giving myself pressure to post three times a week. I even try 30 Days Gaming and 30 Days Blogging on the other blog. Apparently, I can not commit to writing every day because I also take care of behind-the-scenes work and Youtube channels. For my own work, I use an apps that can help scheduling my work. As for Youtube, because I upload every day, I use the feature schedule. For Shining Jewels blog, some reviews are scheduled, especially for game review, because I can finish 1 game in 1 day. So overall, Shining Jewels has no problem.

But for Diary of Brunette (my Indonesian language blog), I have to think harder. For those of you who don’t know, the most common symptom of the depression is the loss of interest. I used to love reading books. Everytime I go to the mall, Gramedia always be the first destination. But since I got  depressed, I’m too lazy to go out. Even now, I’m going out only for monthly shopping or movies. My passion for adventure is gone, and has not come back to this day. This condition makes me stressed out in managing Diary of Brunette.

I also plan on rewriting my repeatedly-rejected-novel-script (LOL). The problem is, my time management is messed up. I just realized, if I do something related to money or fame (example: book publishing, participate in the writing competition), I will stress because I want it as perfect as possible. And it made me can’t fully enjoy the process.

So, after this, I want to take a break from blog and Youtube for two-three weeks. I think that’s enough time to take care of myself and plan for the next year.

Thank you for anyone who read this post. I hope this post is not sound very negative.

See you next year, guys ❤