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by taro
Jan 9th, '12, 05:13
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: D-Addicts who are also Car-Addicts
Replies: 67
Views: 21354

Oo, guess I'll write up a rare post from me, I've got a pretty bad car addiction, here's my list: '83 FJ40 LandCruiser, first vehicle I bought, still have it. Largely stock except for Alcoa MT rims & 33x9.5 MT's, Rancho 9000 shocks, greasable shackles w/poly bushings. '79 FJ55 LandCruiser, gave/sold...
by taro
Aug 3rd, '10, 07:24
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Gegege no Nyobo (Matsushita Nao, Mukai Osamu)
Replies: 85
Views: 62327

Oh, I was mentioning in the torrent thread that I was thinking of wanting to sub this, but it is too big a project for me. I tried a rough draft of ep 1 and there was just too many parts I had a hard time figuring out. WIth a script and someone else working on it, I think I can help! Recruiting! Ple...
by taro
Oct 23rd, '09, 09:10
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: RECOMMENDED JMOVIES
Replies: 519
Views: 338883

Oh man, they're screening this at our film festival this Saturday, but its four hours long! I did watch Kyuketsu Shoujo tai Furanken Shoujo. Hilarious over the top splatter/gore film. It's just so out there! If you're not a fan of the low budget gore genre, then you might not like it, I loved it! I ...
by taro
Oct 23rd, '09, 08:54
Forum: Other Japanese TV Shows
Topic: RECOMMENDED ANIMES?
Replies: 11
Views: 4485

THere's so much! For young romance, no comedy, pretty recent 5 Centimeters Per Second is a masterpiece of atmosphere, art and quiet storytelling. Makoto Shinkai is great at that. All his stories seem to have seperation anxiety.... I really liked Toradora, thats got comedy in addition to high school ...
by taro
Aug 10th, '09, 00:46
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: RECOMMENDED JMOVIES
Replies: 519
Views: 338883

Back in Feb saw on plane, K-20 Kaijin Nijyu Menso. Inspired by the Nijyu Menso character from Edogawa Ranpo. I thought it was an excellent actioner to rival Holywood fare in flash, and was overall a great movie. Action, mystery, bit of romance. I think it might have a US liscencor. I wanted to buy t...
by taro
Jul 6th, '09, 19:08
Forum: Tech Discussion
Topic: New Western Digital HD Media Player - USB-In -> HDMI Out
Replies: 46
Views: 35483

Yup, newer firmware has improved subtitles readability and performance. There are firmware mods also been done that make the WD TV unit networkable, can run as a webserver and it's own torrent machine, read USB optical drives, remote controlable through network! Good stuff.
by taro
May 19th, '09, 07:28
Forum: Tech Discussion
Topic: New Western Digital HD Media Player - USB-In -> HDMI Out
Replies: 46
Views: 35483

There's been problems with playing softsub/external file subtitles & I've experienced it. Good thing is WD is constantly working on the firmware, they have actuall staff that reads and posts in forums and looking at user input, and theres a newer firmware released that I haven't installed yet that i...
by taro
May 19th, '09, 07:17
Forum: Tech Discussion
Topic: What is the best LCD TV nowadays?
Replies: 1
Views: 1865

Re: What is the best LCD TV nowadays?

And their latest ones are LED backlight, energy efficient, long lasting, cool (temperature). As for me, Samsung is the best LCD TV as for its quality and price. It allows you to do whatever you want on the tv ranging from playing games and connecting your pc to watching tv programs and blu ray movie...
by taro
Feb 25th, '07, 03:28
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ueto Aya
Replies: 914
Views: 262391

I haven't seen a lot, but I jut finished Attention Please & liked it a lot. I tend to like the lighter fun doramas. I think she pulled off the role quite well. And that dorama wasn't totally over the top either. Ace wo Nerae was quite over the top, but then so was the source material for that. Guess...
by taro
Feb 2nd, '07, 00:25
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Raw Egg
Replies: 22
Views: 3979

Isn't it recommended NOT to wash your eggs as they are washed & surface treated at processing facilities and that washing at home removes the treatment? You can wash just before use, but unless I remember wrong it's not recommended to wash before storage.
by taro
Jan 9th, '07, 07:08
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Fujiwara Norika
Replies: 17
Views: 11004

Yes, certainly nice to look at. If you liked GTO, find Naomi. She plays the female lead as a kind of female Onizuka. The Cat's Eye movie you get to see her (& two other actresses that I've seen a lot of in the past but names escape me) in tight shiny black leather outfits. Neither of these are inten...
by taro
Jan 9th, '07, 06:57
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Raw Egg
Replies: 22
Views: 3979

Ways I eat raw egg: as mentioned mix with shoyu on top of hot rice. Haven't done it in a long time, but yum. Curry rice, make a little crater, drop in egg, mix in a little Japanese worchestishire, oh yeah! Sukiyaki dipping sauce, mmm, richness. Sukiyaki just isn't the same without it! Friend mixes i...
by taro
Dec 16th, '06, 04:33
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE JDRAMAS (ask for suggestions here)
Replies: 4475
Views: 1486920

Well, just from the words, Sengoku Jeitai came immediately to mind. I can't say it was an awesome movie though. And it's not exaclt a period drama. It's got Jeitai from present Japan being time slipped back to sekigahara.
by taro
May 16th, '06, 22:36
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Which manga would you want to see 'drama-tised'?
Replies: 275
Views: 54359

If done well, that would be a great title. From what I've seen of the anime there isn't anything so outrageous that would be difficult in live action. Need good acting though, it's driven by situations and characters. Who would be Haruhi? From her role back in Kinpachi Sensei brings Ueto Aya to mind...
by taro
May 11th, '06, 18:01
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Which manga would you want to see 'drama-tised'?
Replies: 275
Views: 54359

Seeing how Shimokita Glory Days is being done with AV idols, someone in another thread I think mentioned they should do a L/A dorama of Golden Boy. The perv in me would love that. Would prob have to follow the anime story line more, the manga gets too extreme. They'd have to find a good comic actor,...
by taro
Feb 27th, '06, 21:57
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: [Movie Discussion] Shinobi
Replies: 137
Views: 31906

You might want to give some spoiler warnings, although the ending doesn't really come as much a surprise. I thought it was interesting because there is no really out and out evil bad character. Although what's his name, Tenzen was pretty bad. But he was being something of a realist, going with the c...
by taro
Feb 24th, '06, 21:17
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: [Movie Discussion] Shinobi
Replies: 137
Views: 31906

Finally got it to play on my Philips. I quite enjoyed it. I dare say it is much better than Azumi 2. It didn't have quite the hyperkinetic action work of Azumi 1, but the story was much more coherent, simple, & decently told, and ended well. The CG and effects for the most part were good and worked ...
by taro
Jan 27th, '06, 00:06
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: what in Japanese Culture U dont like?
Replies: 125
Views: 18681

There is a difference between the city & country. Tokyo is crowded. People rush around, push around, its the way it is and is kind of by necessity. But if you ask for help, people will help. A lot of people are busy so won't help directly, but they'll at least point you in a direction to get help. A...
by taro
Jan 26th, '06, 23:00
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: RECOMMENDED JMOVIES
Replies: 519
Views: 338883

Available on US DVD, picked it up a couple weeks ago. Pretty good movie, had a bunch of us laughing, esp in earlier parts. It kind of looses some of its loopy steam near the end. I'm a bit dissapointed in the quality of the US DVD though. Subtitles are hardcoded onto the video, translation is differ...
by taro
Dec 17th, '05, 00:19
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Things I noticed from Jdramas.
Replies: 253
Views: 86684

It always rains when your sad. You always get sick after being out in the rain. Anemia is rampant in Japan. High heels in Japan are terrible, the heel always breaks off. And if it's raining and you have no umbrella it's guaranteed to break. But if you get rescued by a guy & spend the night at his pl...
by taro
Dec 15th, '05, 01:52
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Music Recommendations
Replies: 404
Views: 226092

I haven't been keeping up, but just recently discovered High and Mighty Color. A pretty new band out of Okinawa. They do an interesting meld of styles. They really took off after the addition of the cute lead vocalist, a cutey not unlike Mochida of ELT, but I think she sings better, and moves margin...
by taro
Dec 9th, '05, 02:07
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

Perth is Australia right? If you really have the desire, you could. I think Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada have working vacation visa agreements with each other. It's where they grant you a visa to work in their country for one year, quite easily. Once you spend the year though, you have to l...
by taro
Oct 5th, '05, 02:05
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

I actually thought the exact same thing for the first one. Even the way he was bothering Jinkama was kinda similar. Jinkama was the best! The scene when Densha was trying to compliment her, that had me in stitches! I didn't notice that second one. while watching Densha Otoko, some interesting things...
by taro
Sep 28th, '05, 01:30
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Gokusen vs. GTO
Replies: 94
Views: 19098

If you want a female GTO, there's the series Naomi also. One of these days I'll sub it. Not bad show. Fujiwara Noriko is the lead as the unconventional teacher. I stand by the belief that both were equally good and its a tough decision to pick just one. I saw GTO first. When I watched Gokusen the fi...
by taro
Sep 24th, '05, 00:30
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Gokusen vs. GTO
Replies: 94
Views: 19098

Revive an old thread here. The thing is, honor means a lot to both characters, i don't think Yankumi would stoop to trickery. And even if Onizuka got gutted, he'd just spend some time in the hospital & he'd be back. I'm going more on the live-action universe though. Anyway, I liked both series' but ...
by taro
Sep 6th, '05, 22:59
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: J-Drama craze.
Replies: 19
Views: 7119

For school dramas (not necessarily romance) even from just a historical point, you should watch Kinpachi Sensei, any one of the miriad seasons. Prob one of most well known (it's refered to in GTO & other shows) and is also well done. I haven't seen a whole lot, but Beach Boys really stirred somethin...
by taro
Sep 6th, '05, 22:49
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] H2 ~Kimi to itahibi
Replies: 23
Views: 10679

I liked it, and I really DON'T like baseball. I liked how it spanned years, instead of focusing on just one tournament. It caught me off guard when a big tournament came up so early, and the outcome. Made the buildup to the final big event even better. And though this show is about baseball (like mu...
by taro
Sep 6th, '05, 22:42
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

LOL, yeah I was just about to jump on that. Densha Otoko is one of the fastest subs i've seen. Any faster, you need someone sitting with you giving audio translation while you watch!
yt_toshi wrote:I think what kelfon is referring to is the English hardsubbed version, done by Walle's group.
by taro
Aug 26th, '05, 03:01
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Tokusatsu / LIVE Japanese Super Heroes Topic
Replies: 25
Views: 14939

What intimidates me is the "sukeban" speak. I'll have to dig up my couple VHS tapes (official ones!) that I came across & watch them again to see how bad it is really. Still doesn't solve my problem of not having enough money, heh :) I've been wanting to get the Sukeban Deka DVDs for a long time, bu...
by taro
Aug 26th, '05, 02:20
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Tokusatsu / LIVE Japanese Super Heroes Topic
Replies: 25
Views: 14939

I've been wanting to get the Sukeban Deka DVDs for a long time, but can't afford it!
I've also debated fansubbing it, but I'm not so sure I can handle translating the language.
by taro
Aug 24th, '05, 23:58
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

And doing a search on Ito Misaki gives her height at 171 cm. About 5' 7" which is tall for Japanese girl, it's the same height as me, an average Japanese guy. & given posture & heals, the 3.5 inch difference can be made even more! & I think the casting is great, I think were about to see the show br...
by taro
Aug 24th, '05, 23:38
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: "Densha Otoko" Investigation/Experiment (subbed)
Replies: 24
Views: 16415

That's amusing. I found someone that just started torrents of that show, so should be able to find it there! Doesn't have this weeks one yet.
by taro
Aug 24th, '05, 01:05
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese way of English pronunciation
Replies: 52
Views: 19015

Yeah, it's an issue with being immersed & learning a language. You get stuck using the sounds from that language and it gets hard to deviate. Listen to some Americans speak Japanese words. To me, I can't see how they can mispronouce them, but it's because it's natural to me. Immediate examples that ...
by taro
Aug 17th, '05, 02:45
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

Actually to give it a little more perspective, Comiket is THE comic convention in Japan. I think it's held twice a year. Pretty much for doujinshi (self published/underground comics). It's a monster event. The TV show totally did not show the craziness that is Comiket, but I'm sure they could not hi...
by taro
Aug 8th, '05, 23:45
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

I have to admit I felt episode 5 to be one of the weaker ones. I just couldn't quite swallow the stalker being talked out of his obsession, which was portrayed as pretty extreme obsession. Maybe this episode was almost being too serious? I loved the SWAT (I forget what acronym they used) sequence. S...
by taro
Aug 1st, '05, 23:49
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 225222

That Love statue was in GTO wasn't it? /me wonders if it's famous Yes. Yes, it's famous.You see it in countless shows, manga, anime, etc etc. In Shibuya I believe. Hachiko is prob the most famous meeting spot in Shibuya. The Love sculpture is popular for it's obvious meaning. And I have to chime in...