The Shocking Death of L

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 24:  Moment That Shocked You The Most in An Anime

I love twists and turns in plots.  I like it when I guess them correctly, but I especially LOVE it when the plot develops in a completely unexpected way, especially if it’s way better than my own prediction.  Perhaps the moment that shocked me the most in an anime is L’s death from one of my favourite series Death Note by mangaka duo Ōba Tsugumi-sensei (大場 つぐみ) and Obata Takeshi-sensei (小畑 健).

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L is my #1 favourite character in Death Note.  I think that he’s the hero of justice in the series, albeit a shady one at that with more than a bucketful of eccentricity.  Nonetheless, nobody could deny that he’s a genius with principles in the right place.

So imagine my shock (I know I’m not the only one) when he actually DIES.

This moment. . . . (tears all my hair off)
This moment. . . .
Oh no!

I was speechless when I first watched this scene.  Then I laughed nervously.  Surely, the series creators won’t just kill him off.  Surely, L planned this from the very beginning and he’d emerge again–alive and well–triumphant in the end.  I hung onto this sliver of hope.  As you may already know, I was wrong. (sniff, dabs eyes)

No! Don't close your eyes!!!
No! Don’t close your eyes!!!

I’ve never hated Light so much until this moment.  Even if he was a completely twisted evil lunatic, I couldn’t help but admire his superb intellect and almost unbeatable maneuvers.  There are many times that I even wanted his evil plans to succeed, just to see how L’s team responds.  Both L and Light are chess masters in this deadly battle.  I couldn’t help admiring both of them.  Then Light succeeds in killing L.

Although Light didn’t murder L directly, he’s still the mastermind as he used shinigami Rem’s weakness to make her do all the dirty work for him.  Rem cares deeply for Misa, and Light made Rem believe that L poses a threat to Misa’s life.  Rem falls for it, and ended up sacrificing her existence as a shinigami to kill L, believing that she’s saving Misa’s life.  What a nasty piece of work you are, Light! (grudgingly:  Although I admit that you’re a genius. . .but still. . .)

EVIL~
Pure EVIL~ Kono yarou!

Just look at his freaking evil face, as he holds the dying L in his arms.  But at least, L finally knows for certain that Light is indeed Kira.  L finally discovers the real Light before he dies.

But still I hung onto the hope that L’s not really dead.  Then his two successors, Near and Mello, take over the mission of capturing Kira.  My hopes are cruelly shattered.  I finally began to accept that L is REALLY dead.  It’s a really shocking moment that left me torn.  On one hand, I think that it’s a genius turn of events because it’s completely unexpected, emotional and dramatic.  On the other hand, I think that L’s death is equivalent to killing the hero of the story (although he’s not really the “hero”, if you know what I mean).

Nevertheless, I still think that Death Note is one of the most gripping stories out there.  It just shatters the boundaries between what you think is good and evil.  Now you know that L’s death is the moment that shocked me the most in an anime.  What’s yours?


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Can You Hear My Love Against The Sound of the Pouring Rain?

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (perfect 5 grins)
I featured this lovely song Amaoto (雨音 / Sound of Rainfall) by seiyuu Ono Daisuke (小野大輔) before but it’s within one of my episode translations (ET) of his popular radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~ with Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史).

Amaoto is one of Ono Daisuke’s best songs that I’ve ever heard.  It’s such an impressively beautiful song in both melody and lyrics.  Whenever I hear the piano intro, my heart just goes doki-doki, then I listen to the lyrics and I just can’t help but sigh and feel all romantic inside.

I prefer it when Ono Daisuke sings simple yet beautiful ballads like this, rather than those flamboyant cosplay-ish dance songs with lyrics that just fall flat.  I think that these slow, romantic songs suit him better.

Amaoto has recently been stuck in my head again, and I just can’t help but view it as a coincidence for the coming Valentine’s Day this week.  Indeed, this song will be a theme song for my special Valentine’s Day DGS ET this Saturday.  O-tanoshime ne, my dear fellow DGS fans.  Watch & listen Amaoto below.


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Isn’t it a beautiful song?  Just perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Makes your heart kyun-kyun, doesn’t it?

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Ono Daisuke in Mausu Promotion (Japanese)
Dear Girl ~Stories~ in animelo mix (Japanese)

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The Unique Valentine’s Day of Japan

In exactly a week from now, the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.  This is a widely-recognized occasion for lovers or for those people who just want to share love and be filled with love.  Valentine’s Day in Japan is unique by itself because it’s not only a romantic day, but also a stressful day especially to females.

This is the day when females give chocolates in order to confess their feelings to the guys special to them.  If you’ve been watching shoujo-romance manga & anime plus romantic J-Drama, then you know what I’m talking about.

The video below does a good job in explaining the uniqueness of Valentine’s Day in Japan.  It briefly explains the reason why this chocolate-giving tradition started.  It also gives important Valentine’s Day terms like honmei choco, giri choco, and tomo choco; explaining what each term means and the difference between these types of chocolates.

These are pretty basic stuff, so if you’re already a Japanophile, then I’m sure you already know these things.  But for those of you who are still scratching their heads about Japan’s different Valentine’s Day tradition, I think the video below is a good way to start.


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So are you ready for Valentine’s Day next week?  Would you adopt Japan’s Valentine’s Day tradition?


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Dear Girl ~Stories~ 40: Long-Distance Relationships

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Title: ニコニコ市場で一瞬電王超え [Niconico ichiba de isshun Den-Ou goe / Passing through the (Kamen Rider) Den-Ou at Niconico market]
Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (perfect 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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This is the 40th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  Last episode was their 1st New Year Special with fellow seiyuu Yasumoto Hiroki, Sugita Tomakazu & Nakamura Yuuichi.  Together, all of them are called the “DG5”.  HiroC & OnoD continue to greet their listeners a Happy New Year, reminiscing about their experiences hosting DGS so far.  OnoD especially has become quite emotional that HiroC tells him off by telling that he’s embarrassing.

They do the Futsuu Sto Corner (Futsuu Story/Ordinary Story) where they read & discuss letters sent to them by their listeners.  All the letters congratulate them for the release of their CD.  The first letter, however, comments that OnoD sounds like a “hentai” (pervert) in the CD.

OnoD: I prefer to be called “hen” (weird) than a “hentai” (pervert). For me, it’s a compliment.

The 5th letter requests them to make a DGS DVD, for which HiroC remarks that public appearances for earlier seiyuu are not standard.

Afterwards, OnoD promotes his upcoming single, Amaoto.  They play a snippet of the song.  I think it’s a lovely song. I prefer it when OnoD sings ballads, rather than those flashy cosplay-ish dance-ish songs.  Here is a video of Amaoto.  What do you think?

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A “FROZEN” Way of Thinking by Botanical Artist Makoto Azuma

Strange how the universe works.  After watching a Japanese documentary on cable TV about Japan’s trend of building more ecological super-cities (sorry, I forgot the title) where botanical artist Makoto Azuma was featured, I read this post about him from one of my favourite blogs Spoon & Tamago titled “Flower Bouquets Frozen in Blocks of Ice by Makoto Azuma”.

In the documentary I watched with my dad (my daddy sure loves a good documentary), Makoto-san was working with his bottled flower art designs.  He says that his bottled flowers are the future of interior art designs.  At least, that’s what I remember.

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