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Christmas on July 24th Avenue

It’s our first holiday season as husband and wife. Aww. I know. We are a lazy couple. We are planning to laze around until tonight’s dinner and Christmas Eve service. We just rolled around our bed watching reruns of the Master Chef two final episodes as my mother in law’s maids were cleaning our condo. When our pizza delivery arrived, we moved to the living room for lunch.

Christmas on July 24th Avenue

We finished lunch and James had a food coma. He gestured me to scoot over and started snuggling on the couch with his head on my lap. I flipped through the channel and caught the beginning of ‘Christmas on July 24th Avenue‘. I thought watching a Japanese Christmas romantic comedy at this moment was kind of cute.

Hollywood’s Manga & Anime Adaptations

It is widely known that Hollywood had taken interest in turning anime into western movies. So far they are doing a pretty bad job at it. Dragon Ball and Speed Racer are far from good. They were mediocre. Many fans were surely disappointed.

Where did they go wrong, I wonder?

There are many things that makes an illustrated story a manga; not a manhwa or comic. The same thing goes with anime, which is totally different than its western counterpart. The essence of anime and manga goes way beyond art style and graphical technology; themes, plots, characters and storytelling style. Culture and mindset clearly plays a big role shaping them.

Beck Live Action Movie: Boy Band Round Up?


According to Anime News Network, Harold Sakuishi’s Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad is going to be turned into a Live Action movie. The filming will start in July under the direction of Tsutsumi Yukihiko, who also directed 20th Century Boys Live Action. It is scheduled to open in fall 2010. The movie will focus on Ray (Minami Ryusuke) instead of Koyuki (Tanaka Yukio), who will be played by Mizushima Hiro and Sato Takeru.

Wait… What? Who?


Ikemen#1 Mizushima Hiro as Ray
Mizushima lived in Switzerland in his younger years. I am sure his proficiency in English help him won the roll.


Ikemen#2 Takeru Sato as Koyuki

OK… Are you serious?
Let’s check out other members of the band.


Ikemen#3 Nakamura Aoi as Saku
He is the only cast member under the age of 20. I guess the baby face appearance of the casts fit them in their characters whose age are obviously younger than the actors.

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