Sharing my old Bleach thoughts…

Because charlmeister is a fellow Ichi-Ruki fan, I want to share here (and with her) what I wrote about Bleach, Ichigo and Rukia at the end of the Deicide arc (Chapter 420). It was posted in my old blog (viktorialouise@LJ) last September 22, 2010.

I am stunned to learn that there are only a few Ichi-Ruki shippers. I’ve always thought that this pairing is the most famous and the most probable to come true should Kubo end the manga with a romantic twist. As of the moment, that wish of mine is far from ever happening. But I am crossing my fingers…

Anyways, here’s what I wrote before:

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Ichi-Ruki Fanart

Took me almost five hours to finish coloring and adding a simple background. I still don’t know how to color according to lighting effect. That I need to study further when I am not feeling lazy anymore. Hihi! But I do love how this artwork turned up.

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Bleach and the Ichi-Ruki Fan

I have always been an Ichi-Ruki fan. I even wrote a blog entry back in September of 2010 in my old blog @ LJ, romanticising the Bleach story – trying to connect Rukia to Ichigo in every possible way. I think I wrote it because I was heartbroken when I saw the last panel of the arc “The Last Getsouga Tenshou” – Rukia faded away in front of Ichigo. I thought it would be the very last time I’d see them together.

So when the Fullbringer arc ended and brought them together again, I thought I’d see a story that would bring them a lot closer. However, that didn’t happen. Rukia became a vice captain and though Ichigo became the hero of Soul Society, welcome to visit it anytime, he also gained a new power – a Quincy’s power.

Shinigamis and quincies are at the opposite sides of the spectrum. How will Rukia and Ichigo be together now?

And as of the moment, the back story of Shiba Isshin is being tackled. A shinigami, former captain of Gotei 13 squad 10, mentors of Rangiku and Toshirou… Isshin fell for his savior, a quincy named Kurosaki Masaki. What will this story unravel for Ichigo’s current state? Will he be a shinigami or a quincy? Or will he be the creature that Aizen created?

I am anxious as to what these new developments will do to Ichigo. It seems like he is getting further and further away from Rukia and the ending I am hoping to have. I know that Bleach isn’t really a romance story but there were arcs that seemed to be swaying to that. Plus, Kubo kept on teasing Ichi-Ruki fans about how he likes these two. I don’t know…

With growing frustrations and all, here’s a fanart I just finished fifteen minutes ago. I have been planning to draw a chibi version of this panel for the longest time. Finally, I had the sketch completed. I hope to finish coloring this tonight.

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Karuta, Arata and Chihayafuru

To be honest, I just decided to watch this anime because of the beautifully drawn characters. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the story, its characters and its main theme – Karuta.

Like most of Chihayafuru’s fans, I have no idea what Karuta was until Chihayafuru aired. According to the anime, it is a card game where speed, memorization and sharp listening skills are needed. It’s a one-on-one game where players are given a set of twenty five cards that they are to lay strategically in front of each other. They are to memorize the placements of the cards and once the first verse of each card is read, the players race against each other to tap, touch, or swipe away which card contains the second verse.

You think that’s easy? Well, the type of Karuta in the anime is Uta-garuta. Its cards contain waka (now called as tanka, English translation: Japanese poems) from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, which is a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred poems by one hundred poets and was compiled by the scholar Fujiwara no Teika during his stay in the Ogura District of Kyoto, Japan between the 12th and 13th centuries. A waka is a five-line poem of thirty one syllables, arranged as 5-7-5-7-7. So, to be a Karuta player, one has to memorize all the poems in the said anthology. Most of all, one should be able to read hiragana because the poems are written in that manner.

Reading my simple explanation of the card game, do you think you’d be interested to watch this anime even without seeing what the lead characters look like? I personally would not be interested. My first thought when I read about this anime was, “I think this would be boring.” If I hadn’t seen the beautiful lead character, Ayase Chihaya, I would not have given this anime a shot. Thankfully, I saw her because if I didn’t, I might be having one of my greatest regrets right now. I might not have seen Wataya Arata, my current anime crush ♥

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Work in Progress: Chihayafuru and Arata

I’ve been meaning to write something about Chihayafuru since last year. However, I didn’t have the time and I can’t seem to find the right words to describe what it is for me. Plus, I wanted to post my “sort of review” of this anime along with a fanart. So, now that I am half way to writing that review cum summary, here’s the almost halfway fanart of the reason why I like Chihayafuru. I hope to finish this artwork by Sunday.

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Very much appreciated…

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This is a fun surprise after the one I had a week ago – a nomination for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Wow! Thank you, NorthMelbourneMum, for this unexpected nomination. I never thought I’d receive any recognition for anything I write in this blog especially because I rarely write sensible entries here. Anyhow, this nomination is gift and an inspiration for me to write more often.

According to NorthMelbourneMum, there are rules in accepting this award and those are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Numbers 1 and 2 are done. So here’s number 3:

7 Things About Anne Celestine:

  1. I am a CPA and had been a financial analyst for a decade already.
  2. I used to write poems and fan fictions. (It’s not that I suddenly stopped. I just lost inspiration to write.)
  3. I am a hopeless romantic.
  4. I am a loyal friend – my-friend’s-enemies-are-my-enemies kind.
  5. Lastly, I love KPop, Korean dramas and animes. I’m currently watching Ohlala Couple (Korean drama) and the animes’ Chihayafuru Season 2 and Hunter x Hunter.

Drum roll please! Here are my nominations for Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  1. Dramabeans
  2. Abandoned Factory Anime Review
  3. Reflections of a Book Addict
  4. Reflecting Lights
  5. Daily Mr. Sao

Unfortunately, I only have five nominations. I haven’t lurked enough in WordPress yet. Anyway, again I would like to thank NorthMelbourneMum. It feels great to be appreciated 🙂

Change… Is it for the better?

It’s been awhile since I posted something. Again, work life is hectic. Plus, even if I have a lot of things to share with you, my thoughts are jumbled that I could not sort them out easily and write them here. I needed some time to organize them and make it into a comprehensible story. Now that I have managed my thoughts, let me share with you what has been happening to me inside my little box aka the office.

The management group also known as the shared services group (finance, human capital, business development, etc.) transferred to a new city, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. This transfer was discussed by the ManCom group (aka the bosses) at the start of the last quarter of 2012. It was a news that we all didn’t like. When I said “all” that means the rank and file staff up to the middle management group. Most of us live in the north area of the metropolis and we used to work in the south. We resigned from our previous jobs and applied to this new company coz it’s nearer our homes. Work for the past three years was fun and very rewarding until the transfer…

This transfer suddenly brought uneasiness. We are suddenly taken away from our comfort zones – Quezon City is my comfort zone, believe me. While work is still fun because of the people we work with, the past few days, it has become tiring. I personally am getting tired of the daily travel and the heavy traffic I struggle to drive through every day for the past three weeks already. I left my previous job because of the distance from my home, the horrible traffic I encountered every day and the sweat-shop-type of labor I was doing for that firm. Now, I am facing the same dilemma with my current job except for the sweat-shop-type of labor issue.

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Movie Review: Life of Pi

Quite a procrastinator, that I am, thus this review is already more than a month long overdue ^,^

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The Life of Pi. The moment I saw the preview of this movie I have decided to watch it, hectic schedule or not. For how could my interest not be piqued when I saw two creatures, from the opposing ends of the food chain, trying to survive together in a small life boat in the midst of a vast ocean? Intriguing and so fascinating, don’t you think?

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