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Saturday, January 10, 2009

I Want My Yuna Ito!

One of my new resolutions this year is to keep myself up to date on the JPOP music scene & it hasn't been easy.

I've been trying to look for Yuna Ito's album but nobody seemed to know who she is. So I walked into the CD shop & I told the girl I wanted Yuna Ito. And she shoved this to my face.

But I've got Ayumi already. I'm looking for Yuna Ito.
How about this?

That's Hikaru. I've got that one too.
How about BoA? Good Japanese singer! Very popular! Can explode!

But she's Korean! And I don't want to explode.
Oh ok! I know what you want!

WOW. Like I really want this right now. NOT.

Friday, January 9, 2009

ROM: A Comic Book Revisited (& UPDATED)

I thought that since I was going to revive my passion for comic books this year (as part of my new resolution to have my life back once again), I'd revisit the earlier comics that I bought a long, long time ago.

These were the random comics which I bought back in those days when I decided to start collecting comics. Believe me, I didn't have a clue then. I was practically grabbing anything that looked suspiciously like a comic book from one of those Wahid/Majid & Sons bookstore at Wisma Hopoh. You know, the ones that smelled of heavily lubricated hair coconut oil & did money exchange as well. I'm surprised they didn't cut hair too.

Comics were cheap back then. You can buy one for RM1.90. And one of the worst comics that I'd ever bought was this.

Just in case you're confused, ROM is the robot guy, not that green monster. I think if you grew up on a Japanese diet of Ultraman battling similar fire-breathing monsters, you'd find this one quite nostalgic.
With all due respect, I mean I know it's not easy to create a comic book & keep it floating in the market. But this ROM dude has got to be one of the most ugliest robot that I've ever seen.

I mean it looks like someone put a milk carton box over his chest. What's up with that? Leave him alone!

And I don't think that you'd call this the best artwork in the entire history of comic book.

The artwork looks like its something that came out of a sweatshop. You better finish comicbook quick or we not feed you! Stop wasting time with details! We losing money!

And this, has got to be one of the ugliest people ever drawn on a comic book page.

I was thinking whether the decision to have them bald was for economic reasons. Less time to do hair, finish the book faster. Otherwise, these baldies really had a much worser case of stress than balding Singaporean guys.

But I guess, it's something that has fallen INTO & OUT of fashion & INTO fashion again.

Well, all I know is that comic book was just bad news. Who, in the right mind, would have bought it? Oops, I actually did.

Please, don't make this into a movie. Pretty please.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Epitome of Cuteness: Seiko Matsuda

Growing up 20 years ago as a scrawny teenager, I missed out on a lot of things. Not that I was scrawny, but because of the times that we lived in. You see, we of that generation were an underpriviledged lot. There were no MTV Asia. No Internet. No music downloading. No YouTube. So sad. Very the sad.

But somehow, even then, we knew about the existence of a new kind of music - JPOP. It was strange; bubble gum pop, squeeky clean & super kawaii cuteness. Their music was just full of enthusiasm & life that we couldn't help ourselves but got sucked into the vortex. And one of the super duper pop idol of that era was this girl with the infamous Japanese Dracula fangs.

Yes, do not be fooled by her innocence. Her super kawaii cuteness will make your blood pressure drop drastically, or, it might go up depending on how you take it. Just watch this video & you will agree.

Seiko was just an unknown little girl who won a SONY singing competition. Then they made her into a star. But she was not just any star. She started a whole new trend of acting cute which seemed to last till today. That's why you see a lot of people taking photos like this.

The one finger cuteness pose.

The Double Happiness Fingers pose.

3 Finger also got (photos & idea ripped off from geminigeek)

Acting cute ultimately became a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

They would even do it in the remotest of the Vietnamese villages.

Then as appalling as it was, grownup men started joining in.

And then it got more even more ridiculous.

And then everybody did it.

OMG. Look at that guy at the bottom.

I think you see the point.

But then somehow along the way as I grew up, & as Seiko-chan grew older over the years, we sort of drifted apart.

But recently & coincidentally, I checked YouTube the other night, & there she was, back in action again. Although the super kawaii cuteness is no longer there, I think it has morphed into a kind of elegance. She's still a delight to watch.