5 anime that make you scream: ‘JUST KISS HER/HIM!!!’

Hello everybody!

I know I promised to write a review about Hyrule Warriors, but I just started my second Master and I have to read A LOT. That means I have to fill my few free hours after dinner with Hyrule Warriors, catching up with anime and having a social life. As a result, I haven’t played Hyrule Warriors enough to write a proper review about it. It’s awesome though, I can say that! So in stead of a review of Hyrule Warriors, you guys get this random post.

I’m sure you guys know that some series that have those ‘almost kiss-moments’. Where the lead character wants to say ‘I love you’ but doesn’t. Where there is so much romantic tension your chest literally hurts. This blog is about anime that are about just that. When you watch these anime, prepare for sobbing, screaming and face-palming! Note that this is not a top 5, but just 5 anime I watched in random order.

Suki-tte Ii na yo (Say ‘I love You’)
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Summary according to Wikipedia:

Quiet and unassuming Mei Tachibana has spent her high school years without making friends or getting a boyfriend because of a childhood incident that left her believing that people will betray each other sooner or later. When she encounters a popular boy named Yamato Kurosawa, he becomes interested in her, and it is through their tentative friendship and blossoming relationship that Mei ultimately begins to branch out and befriend others.

My thoughts
I like this anime because unlike many others *minor spoiler* the main character gets in a relationship pretty quickly. The anime is more about figuring this relationship out than actually getting the relationship. We also get to know other character’s motives and problems. Really lovely anime!

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
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Summary according to Wikipedia:
Futaba Yoshioka wants to “reset” her life. In junior high, girls ostracized Futaba because too many junior high boys liked her. The only boy Futaba liked, Kou Tanaka, moved away before she could tell him how she felt. Now in high school, Futaba is determined to be unladylike so her new friends will not become jealous of her. While living her new life contentedly, she meets Kou again, but he now uses the name Kou Mabuchi and has a cold attitude. He tells her that he liked her too in junior high, but feels differently now.

My thoughts:
I finished this anime yesterday. And wow, a ride it was! The  beginning of the anime focuses on Futaba’s ‘reset’, but soon after it’s more about Kou and his personal issues. I don’t think there has been an anime that my chest hurt more than this one! Small set-back: this anime was obviously made for having a second season, but as always with anime, you don’t know when that season is going to come or if it comes. So expect an open ending! If you can’t stand the wait, go read the manga (like me!). The manga is still on-going.

Chihayafuru


Summary according to Wikipedia:
Chihaya Ayase is a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. That changes when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player. After becoming friends, he believes that Chihaya has potential to become a great player. As Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan’s best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends as they grow up. Now in high school, Chihaya is reunited with her childhood friend, Taichi Mashima. Together, they form the Mizusawa Karuta Club. With her teammates and friends supporting her, Chihaya strives to become the best karuta player in the world and to one day be with Arata again.

My thoughts:
Chihayafuru! My favourite anime of all time! All right, not your typical love-story anime, since it’s more about karuta. Actually, I believe it actually is a sports anime (but it’s not your typical sport’s anime either). But we get to see so much of the character’s personal stories an motives! Chihaya is wonderfully oblivious about the love triangle that’s going on, which sometimes makes you want to scream. Chihayafuru currently has 2 seasons, airing date of the 3rd is unknown. I’m still patiently waiting, trying not to read the manga to find out what happens next *self-restraint* . The manga is still on-going.

Natsuyuki Rendezvouz (a Summer Snow Rendezvouz)


Summary according to Wikipedia:

A young man named Hazuki decides to work at a flower shop after he falls for the owner, Rokka. Unfortunately, Hazuki can see the spirit of Rokka’s dead husband, Atsushi, who has made a point of sticking around and interfering with any relationship Rokka may find herself in. What Atsushi didn’t count on was being visible to Hazuki.

My thoughts:
If you’re some kind of masochist and you love the feeling of crying your eyeballs out, watch this anime. This anime is also a bit artsy, so prepare for surrealistic-stuff. But really, it’s an awesome anime with a great story, can’t say anything more.

Isshuukan Friends (One Week Friends)

Summary according to Wikipedia:
High schooler Yūki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her and becoming acquainted, Kaori reveals that she loses every memory of her friends each Monday. Despite learning this, Yūki endeavors to become her new friend every week.

My thoughts:
This anime is a bit different than the other anime that I mentioned because the main characters are a bit younger. As a result, this anime is incredible innocent and cute. And the art style is amazing! The only bad points are that the characters are sometimes a bit too oblivious, and that the ending feels rushed. But I just found out that the manga is still on-going so the anime-ending is probably not the canon-ending.

Did you watch any of these? Or are you planning on watching them now that you read this post? What are your thoughts on this genre? Let me know in the comments!

Gotham, a new series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Sometimes I wonder if I have a life because of the amount of books I read and series and films I watch. But then again, I mostly do this during the evening of my weekdays.

I have another new series to talk about. Usually I wait for 2 episodes to write something about it. But just like Scorpion, I’m writing about Gotham just after one episode.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.

Official website

My thoughts:

First things first, I only know the Batman universe from the films, not the comics, so my opinion is based on said films. I loved the ‘90’s films, not so much the newer ones and I remember watching cartoons and a series on tv. I grew up with Batman and Robin and I much anticipated the new series Gotham.

I loved this episode! It’s like watching the muppet babies in the Gotham universe. Everyone is so young! Again, the pace was really high.

We start with the most important scene from all Batman universes, the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne. And a terrible young Bruce Wayne aka Batman still a little kid, crying over the brutal murder of his parents and a young James Gordon, still a Detective and just started working at the Gotham police department. Promising young Bruce to catch the killer.

We see a young woman, almost a teenager, behaving catlike, jumping and climbing on and off buildings, feeding stray cats with stolen milk. Catwoman anyone?

We see a young psychotic Oswald Cobblepot, his facial charactaristics very familiar, and basically lashing out to everyone calling him penguin as a nickname.

We also get to meet Ivy Pepper, a sweet poison Ivy in her younger years.

A lot of characters from the Batman Universe get there introduction and even more references are being made toward people like the Riddler and Dr. Freeze and my guess is I still missed half of them.

And with the first episode giving us al these characters they need a hell of a story to keep things interested for the rest of the season. Gotham laid all its cards on the table, and although, what I know of the series, it’s not a new Batman story, but revolving more around James Gordon and how he came to be the Commissioner, it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Oh and can we talk about Alfred Pennyworth? I mean, in every depicture of the Batman world you see him as the stiff upper lip butler, the best of the best in British servants and here? He’s like this though bloke from around the block, cussing his way trough things he doesn’t agree with and not the smart, some what docile / senile Alfred we know.

All in all, I really loved the first episode and I’m really curious as to see where the storyline brings us. And if our young Catwoman and young master Bruce get to meet as well.

So, have you seen Gotham? Any thoughts? Did the first episode live up to it’s expectation? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

 

 

Scorpion, a new series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Winter is coming and summer hiatus is finally over. Fall is also the start of many new series. Everything that interests me I’ll watch and I’ll let you guys know about it. Just like last year.

For now, let’s have a look at Scorpion, a new series by CBS:

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Synopsis according to IMDB.

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Official website

My thoughts:

Geeks, nerds, autism, hackers and highly intelligent people are hot at the moment. A lot of series use these characteristics as a main focus in their series. Look at Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, Sherlock Holmes in BBC Sherlock, Chasing Shadows, Numb3rs, the film Hackers, the Net and so many more. We have a huge hackers theme going on in the ’90, with the uprising of personal computers and the world wide web. And now it seems it’s all coming back.

If we look at Scorpion it’s a combination of all of these series above with a bit of McGyver in there as well. And I think it has a lot of potential, but for the love of god, please let the scriptwriters consult with real hackers. The numerous mistakes made in just the first episode are astounding and I’m not even a real IT nerd. But even I cringe at the ridiculous solutions the series presented. Although it’s supposed to be based on real events.

I mean, obtaining a LAN connection between a Porsche and a moving plane? Come on. Or what about destroying a hard-drive in a car door because of the speaker system?

The soon to be named Scorpion team consists of 4 people: Walter O’Brien, the über smart hacker. Toby Curtis, the über smart psychology major who can deduct human behaviour just like Sherlock. Happy Quinn, our über smart hardware / electrician and Sylvester Dodd, the über smart maths guy. Combined they have an IQ of almost 700. They can do everything they want concerning there field of expertise, but forget to eat proper, keep relationships or pay there bills.

But it does have a lot of potential. The first episode had a high pace and you really needed to keep your attention towards the screen to catch everything. I like the main character (although the first couple of minutes reminded me a lot of Hackers), a young boy, hacking into NASA and being picked up by one of the numerous US alphabetic agencies, his brilliant mind being used to develop (what later is explained as a weapons system, killing lots of innocent bystanders.

And one thing I didn’t like was the whole, oh we’re really smart, so we function on a different level. We recognise emotions but don’t know how to act on them. Although, if you look at the end of the episode, that was what needed to create a new human element in this ‘McGyverish’ team.

It is heart breaking to see the little kid being lost in his own mind and our four savvy techies recognising him for what he is, explaining his behaviour towards his ‘normal’ mum.

What I’m trying to say, it’s a lot of stereotype behaviour, and in my opinion, giving a very wrong signal about how these kids are, behave and function. Not all kids / people with a high IQ are beaving like autistic people. A lot of them can function just like you and me, although there interests lie elsewhere.

But even though I think the series got so many things wrong, for me it’s really good entertainment and I look forward to the second episode. Although I get the feeling, if they continue in this path, there won’t be a second season.

What new series are you looking forward to? Have you seen Scorpion? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

 

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Doctor Who Series 8 Reviews – “Robot Of Sherwood” (Writer: Mark Gatiss) and “Listen” (Writer: Steven Moffat)

After some time off to recharge my batteries on holiday, I’m back after playing catch up with a couple of “Doctor Who” episodes.

 

‘Why is he deciding to write a joint review of “Robot Of Sherwood” and “Listen” on the same post?’ you may ask.  Well, despite the differing tone of the stories – one, a pseudo-historical comedy, and the other, a story that plays upon one of our primal fears , they both deceptively leave the over-arching reason for the whole adventure until the very end of the story.

 

“Robot Of Sherwood” sees Mark Gatiss play upon the idea of two legendary champions of the underdog meeting to take down tyranny in their own inimitable style.  Gatiss uses our modern day viewpoint of the too good to be true Robin Hood legend – the laughing hero with his band of Merry Men who resides in the evergreen Sherwood Forest and who opposes the Sheriff of Nottingham – to wrong foot not only our leading man, but the audience as well.

Like Clara, who starts this whole adventure, we want to believe in the hero who will ride to our aide, so it’s easy why a man who wants to run away from this role, in the Doctor, would find a man like Robin difficult to beldoubting The fact that we are carried into an adventure with the familiar, such as the contest for the Golden Arrow, and the Who-inspired devices such as time travelling spacecraft and robots designed to look like knights make the audience associate more with the Doctor’s stance of the whole situation being too good to be true – something that is thrown back in the Doctor’s face twice. (By Clara when she refers to the fact that the Doctor is an impossible hero and Robin when he recounts the Doctor’s own legendary status).

 

“Listen” sees Steven Moffat return to using our childhood fears as the catalyst for this story.  The man who has given us the ultimate “Grandma’s footsteps” in the Weeping Angels or monsters in the shadows in the Vashta Nerada  now returns to a fear that was previously touched upon briefly in “The Girl In The Fireplace” – that something exists underneath your bed.

You never think of the Doctor being afraid of something of this nature.  After all, he has faced down a lot of big, bad monsters in his 2000 years, but the story shows, but his behaviour in the opening when he has a debate with himself about creatures who can perfectly hide as a defense mechanism borders on the disturbing and sets the tone for the “A-story” of the Doctor obsessively looking for an answer to his theory by attempting to search through Clara’s timeline and, instead, accidentally interfering in Danny Pink’s past which creates ripples in Clara’s “date from hell” with Danny and creating a potential future timeline for the Pink dynasty with the future Colonel Orson Pink – his face looks familiar – taking family stories of time travel as the inspiration behind his accidental time shot to the end of the universe.

The “B-story” for this episode is the aforementioned first date between Clara and Danny which manages to be a screw up before the Doctor’s apparent intervention. However, as we should know by now from Steven Moffat’s stories, time is wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey with the Doctor and Clara’s actions in the past by visiting the young Danny in the children’s home inspiring the older Danny to join the Army, which in turn provides his mysterious back story and his attitude to Clara’s earlier teasing.

Whilst it may seem like Steven Moffat has simply used “Blink” as his template – mixing childhood fears and time travel – he cleverly uses the tale to not only act as one of the planks for a potential companion’s back story but to add another layer of mystery to the Doctor’s own mythos.

The over-arching theme of both stories though is the Doctor himself.  In “Robot of Sherwood”, the Doctor is eventually described as a hero who ran away to fight tyranny whilst “Listen” uses Clara’s reminder of the “Doctor’s Promise” as a means to inspire the young Doctor to become that hero.  There is a second example of the Doctor being inspired by Clara’s actions in his early timestream between the two stories. “Robots” also shows the Doctor bringing a spoon to a swordfight as his non-violent method to subdue Robin, whilst “Listen” uses Clara’s knowledge of the Doctor’s methods to inspire that non-violent methodology by her giving him the gift of Orson’s and Danny’s toy, ‘Dan Dan The Soldier Man’, a soldier without a gun for a man who becomes the ultimate soldier without a gun.

 

The direction for both of the stories very much suits the style of the tale that is being told.  Paul Murphy transports us to the Robin Hood myth with rich colours and an “evergreen” feel to the story to match the light-hearted setting in “Robot” (complimented with what is, in my opinion, Murray Gold’s best score for Series 8), whilst  Douglas MacKinnon marks his return to the series after resurrecting the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors and the latest incarnation of UNIT by giving us a story that genuinely unnerves the viewer with a darker colour pallet predominant throughout the episode – even to the point of setting Clara and Danny’s date at night.

 

The casting is also markedly different between the two stories with “Robot” having a large ensemble whilst “Listen” is, appropriately, smaller and more intimate given the nature of the story.

 

In the former story, Tom Riley plays upon our idea of the idea of Robin Hood to present us with a character who owes more to the likes of Errol Flynn than more recent incarnations such as Russell Crowe or Jonas Armstrong.  It’s easy to understand why the Doctor can be more than a tad annoyed with his constant laughing and showing off.  After all, despite his attitude to the contrary, is this not the Doctor from the last couple of personas – all brash and full of youthful swagger?  As a result, it could be uncomfortable for a less accessible version of the Doctor to be confronted with what he’s lost.

Of course where there’s a Robin, there has to be his Merry Men and the gang’s all here with Will Scarlett, Alan A Dale, Friar Tuck (portrayed by Trevor Cooper who previously appeared in the 1985 story “Revelation Of The Daleks”) and Little John.  There is also a surprise as part of the story involves the loss of Robin’s one true love, Marian… only to find that she has been helping the Doctor in Nottingham Castle with the Doctor and Clara repaying Robin’s heroism by returning her to him.  Who says that “Twelve” doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body?

Ben Miller makes a great appearance in the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham.  There has to be license for a touch of the over dramatic with this role – after all, he has to compete against the likes of Alan Rickman, Keith Allen and Nickolas Grace who have all given fantastic interpretations of one of England’s legendary bad guys.  Miller ensures that he is menacing, whilst being menacing enough to be a threat to the Doctor, Clara and Robin.  It’s almost as if the Sheriff took his inspiration from the Master in the 1983 story “The King’s Demons”.

However, where Riley and Miller really score is in maintaining the mystery throughout the story as to whether they are flesh and blood or constructs of the spacecraft – wrong footing the audience throughout.

In “Listen”, the only guest cast member is Remi Gooding in the role of Rupert (aka Young Danny) Pink. Remi holds his own alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the trio seek to confront Rupert’s fear of the monster under the bed. Remi’s performance is very natural selling Rupert’s fear whilst not being the child version of a screamer and allowing the character to have fun at the Doctor’s expense, alongside Clara, especially when he points out the Wally doesn’t appear in every book in existence.

All three leads get their chance to shine in the course of both episodes.

Peter Capaldi shows that his grumpy incarnation of the Doctor is adaptable to the story in which he appears – as the Doctor should. He gets the chance to use the grumpiness and aggression to have the mickey affectionately taken out of him in “Robot” as he competes against Robin in the hero stakes with Lord Locksley laughing in the face of danger whilst Mr Attack Eyebrows glowers at the opposition, whilst the Doctor uses his grumpiness as a bravado to appear brave in “Listen” so he doesn’t have to face his own fears.

Alongside this, Capaldi adds a layer to the Twelfth Doctor that we haven’t seen since the episode “Twilight” – the Doctor showing fear (in this case, fear enough to drive him to obsession to vanquish it and his own personal demons).

It will be interesting to see where he takes the character forward in the future – whether the Doctor remains the angry old man of the universe or becomes humanised by his adventures.

Samuel Anderson only appears in “Listen”, but he uses his screen time well to add to the mystery of Danny’s back story. Whilst Series 7B was devoted the mystery of the “Impossible Girl”, Series 8 has a more homebound mystery of Danny’s experiences in the Army and how they shape the person he is now. Anderson sells the mystery by making the character of Danny spiky when it comes to his military past and uncomfortable in relating to Clara.

Alongside this, he portrays Orson equally as well selling the fact that the character has been trapped at the end of the universe with only his personal bogeyman to accompany him, parallelling the Doctor’s own fears.

But it’s Jenna Coleman that really gets her story..e to shine in both episodes as Clara. In “Robot”, she manages to make Clara an effective comedic foil showing her exasperation to the Doctor and Robin’s squabbling, whilst using her initiative to extract details of the Sheriff’s plot and using her knowledge of the Doctor to get Robin to help him at the end of the story.

In “Listen”, Jenna builds upon Clara’s character by using her abilities as a schoolteacher to act as a caring figure for Rupert and the young Doctor whilst accepting no truck for the Doctor’s irrational behaviour to the point of calling him an idiot. Jenna also manages to show the potential damage that Clara’s controlling nature can do by not hearing out Danny’s experiences in the restaurant scenes.

However, I have to admit that, in some ways, the character of Clara is becoming at risk of the same complaint that has been levelled to the sonic screwdriver of being too closely bound to the resolution of the story. Granted, this may be plot driven throughout the series as hints regarding the challenges to Clara’s and the Doctor’s friendship build pace – especially when real life and “Doctor Life” collide in the forthcoming episode “The Caretaker”.

Whilst there are also links to the “Missy” and “Promised Land” arc (certainly in “Robot”), it’s good to see two adventures that compliment each other in giving us an examination of our hero.  That said, I’d be daft not to think that the writers and Peter Capaldi himself will have some surprises in store before the end of Series 8.

Fangirling over a new book.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Today a quick post about myself and fangirling over a new book, a specific book to be precise. I’m talking about the new book written by Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin.

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Robin Hobb is my all-time favourite fantasy author. I’ve been reading her books about 15/20 years. And wow, that’s a really long time. I’ll give you a shortcut to one of my other blog posts I wrote about her and her books to give you an idea what they mean to me: farseer trilogy

I know I used a Dutch cover picture in that review, but that’s because I used to read the books in Dutch. You can’t expect a 10 year old to read English that well.

But enough about that. Me fangirling. I love books, I buy books, I devour books. There isn’t a single room in my house without books and that includes the toilet and bath chamber. I have my book cases but there are still stacks of books everywhere. I usually read several books at the same time.

Sometimes because I can’t hold interest in a particular book for too long, but I still want to read it. Sometimes because I’m listening to the audiobook, but sometimes because it’s too heavy to take the actual book with me. And sometimes because I want to keep the actual book clean and neat, usually because it’s autographed.

A couple of days before my latest trip to London, my all-time favourite author, Robin Hobb, did a book signing at Forbidden Planet (together with George R.R. Martin) and as usual I missed it with a couple of days. But from prior experience I know Forbidden Planet sells autographed copies after the signing. So one of my missions was to get my hands on a signed copy.

Traveling through London I saw huge posters hanging at tube stations, mentioning Robin Hobb’s new book and it couldn’t have made me prouder and more ecstatic.

And finally I got the time to visit Forbidden Planet and get my hands on that book. It made me feel a bit like Gollum. He, the book is all golden and shiny and it’s my precious… (Admit it, you read that in Gollum’s voice, hell I wrote it down in Gollum’s voice).

Now the thing is, I didn’t immediately started reading it. I was still traveling and as I said before I want some books kept neat. It landed between a good stack of clothes in my suitcase, waiting for me to get home.

But arriving home, still I didn’t immediately started reading it. And there’s a reason for that. I read fast, really really fast. The upside is I can read a lot in a small amount of time, the downside… well, the story finishes too early for me. Until a couple of days ago I couldn’t contain myself any longer and I took my beautiful hardcover copy of Fool’s Assassin to bed with me. Yeah I read a lot of my books either travelling or in bed before I go to sleep.

And I only read the first couple of chapters, but I missed Fitz and the Fool and Molly and Burrich and all my favourite characters. Although it’s a bit adjusting because of all the names (like I said, I’m used to read these books in Dutch) I now can hardly wait to read another chapter before sleeping and I find myself waiting until a decent time to go to bed.

I hope many more books will be written in this particular series and I hope some of you who aren’t familiar with this series will pick it up and start reading it from the start. You won’t be disappointed.

Ok, is it 10 pm yet? Can I go to bed now to read another chapter?

What are your reading habits, do you geek out or fangirl over a long anticipated book by your favourite author. Have you read the books written by Robin Hobb? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Review – “Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition”

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Cast your minds back a year ago, Dear Whovians and Geeky Folk.  Matt Smith had recently announced that he was leaving the role of the Doctor and his successor, Peter Capaldi, had been announced live on international television.  The fans were rapt in anticipation of what the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary celebrations were going to bring and the less said about “Trailergate”, the better.

A year on and with a new incarnation of the Doctor at the helm, the BBC have decided to give us one last treat from the fiftieth anniversary in the form of a Collector’s Box Set packaging together the celebration into one glorious bundle in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.  (The latter of which I bought).

So, what do you get for your hard-earned currency?

Disc One brings together the final episode of Series 7, “The Name Of The Doctor”, with the Behind The Scenes material released as part of the Series 7 Box Set, “The Time Of The Doctor” red button episode starring Paul McGann and the fiftieth anniversary retrospective “Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide” which was originally shown on BBC3.

Disc Two features the fiftieth anniversary episode itself, “The Day Of The Doctor” starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt.  Alongside this is the “Behind The Lens” material, “The Last Day” red button episode, two trailers for the fiftieth anniversary and the “Tales From The TARDIS” material which featured on the single disc release from last year and two new special features.  “Script To Screen” gives an insight to the script readthrough sessions for “The Day Of The Doctor” whilst the humorous cinema introductions presented by Strax and The Doctors make their home entertainment debuts.

Disc Three contains Matt Smith’s final episode “The Time Of The Doctor” plus the “Behind The Lens” material, a Deleted Scene and the “Farewell To Matt Smith” feature hosted by Alex Kingston which featured on “The Time Of The Doctor”‘s solo release earlier this year and “A Night With The Stars: The Science Of Doctor Who” hosted by Professor Brian Cox with some… ahem… assistance from the Doctor.

But, it’s fourth disc that made me really happy as it featured the UK debut release on Blu Ray of Mark Gattiss’s wonderful docudrama “An Adventure In Space And Drama” along with the mini documentary “William Hartnell: The Original” which was transmitted straight after “Adventure” and the special features which were presented on the DVD release, “Behind The Scenes”, “The Making Of An Adventure”, “Reconstructions”, “Title Sequences” and a collection of Deleted Scenes. Alongside those special features, “Doctor Who At The Proms 2013” and the hilarious “The Five(ish) Doctors Rebbot” are presented on Disc Four.

Whilst there have been, understandably, some cries of foul play and rip off due to the amount of material that has previously been released to buy, the additions of the previously unreleased material, alongside the fact that this package brings together all of the anniversary material into one beautiful little bundle, made this Collector’s Edition a worthwhile purchase.

However, if you want to get this box set, you will need to be quick as this collection is a limited edition.

A worthy collection for the Whovian.

Blu Ray version:
Amazon (UK)

DVD version:

Amazon (UK)

BBC Shop

 

Hot cute girly geek (and mum) went to London.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Although I have been back for a couple of weeks now, I still want to tell you about my epic trip to London. Because I changed jobs and had a shitload of holiday days left at my old job I was able to book a pretty much last minute vacation to London.

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It happened that my mum had some holiday days left as well and we decided to go together. It’s been a couple of years that we went together on a holiday and we both love London.

Now, the thing is we don’t have the same interest. We do however share a couple of things we wanted to do together. For instance, I love going to a theatre, visit museums, spend half my day in Forbidden planet, while my mum basically loves shopping, which I hate. We do share a love of Doctor Who and Sherlock, although I’m a bit more passionate about it then she is.

We booked a hotel and train tickets and it also happened to coincide with my best friend’s trip to London with Theta, and of course we planned a quick get together.

After getting up really early on Thursday my mum and I boarded the train which took us from our home town to Rotterdam and from Rotterdam to Brussels and our final train to London. I love traveling by train, basically because I hate flying, but also about the no weight restriction and I always, always take extra stuff with me from London.

We tried booking into our hotel near Paddington station, but unfortunately the rooms wouldn’t be available for another half hour. So to Costa we went. I love Costa, I survive on Costa, and I need Costa in the Netherlands. Screw Starbucks with overpriced fancy coffees, I want a ridiculous large tea and chocolate goodies please!

I won’t bore you with the details but our first plan was already made, Covent Garden! And I had a particular mission in mind. In 2012 I met a guy who had a Doctor Who stall at Covent Garden and he was so nice to me, we chatted about Doctor Who, gave me huge discounts and was interested in a charm bracelet I made. I went back a year later, but he wasn’t there and I learned his stall isn’t open in the weekends. At that time I brought an Adipose I made for him with me and dropped it at the store he was affiliated with. This time I did find him and asked about the Adipose and he actually got it! He was so happy that he could thank me for it. But I also had a little sneaky plan. I brought with me some hats I knitted and he is interested. I’m currently waiting for a reply about actually selling my hats in his store. Oh and I bought some epic pictures for my wall.

We went to Leicester square to see if I could get tickets for Doctor Who, but it was sold out. I found another cinema which did had tickets and I went to the theatre to get a ticket for Richard III. It was sold out, but they told me they would release 7 tickets the next morning for a reduced price at 10 am.

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We were both pretty much knackered and decided to turn in early. On Friday I got up early to wait for a chance to get a ticket for Richard III. I got at the theatre around 8.30 and Just 1 guy was waiting for tickets as well. I had a pretty nice wait with this Scotsman and we talked about theatre, Doctor Who, museums and traveling. Luckily we both got tickets since we were 1 and 2 in line.

My mum and I planned on a visit to the Tower of London. We both wanted to see the poppy flowers they ‘planted’ there to remember the victims from the First World War and the Tower has always been on my list of things to see. It turned out to be a bust. For some reason I felt a bit unwell (actually a lot) and I didn’t see much.

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In the afternoon a trip to Forbidden Planet was on the menu and although my mum liked it, she pretty much found the only empty chair in the store to sit and wait for me geeking around and piling her lap with all the goodies I wanted to buy. Amongst others a signed book by one of my all-time favourite fantasy writers Robin Hobb!

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After a quick rest and a quick dinner I went to see Richard III. Wow, amazing, epic, brilliant, wonderful, molto bene! I will be doing a separate post about this play otherwise this one would be too long. But I loved every minute about it and I was amazed and blown away by the performance of Martin Freeman and his fellow cast members. Unfortunately he didn’t do any signings that night, but I did see him up close.

Saturday morning, Theta!!! What better way to meet up with your bestie in London is at Speedy’s cafe! We geeked out, including squealing and extensive hugging, much to the amusement of the staff hiding in the kitchen cheering us on. We exchanged presents, had a wonderful breakfast and took some geeky pics!

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We had some shopping planned and I got news that there was a Tardis at Parliaments square. Unfortunately I was too late, but Theta had planned a trip to Leicester square and texted me about the Tardis standing there. I left my mum to her shopping and rushed over to take some epic pics with the Tardis and a Dalek. I met a fangirling mum and daughter who loved my bag and I even leant her my sonic screwdriver to take some pictures.

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I made a quick stop at Waterstones Oxford Street to buy yet more books and we enjoyed an early pub dinner so we were on time to see Doctor Who at the cinema! It was amazing to share it with fellow fans including the buzzing of several sonic screwdrivers and such.DSC_0255 And no Doctor Who episode is complete without Jelly Babies!

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Sunday we planned a trip to Camden market. I’ve never been there and I heard it was pretty amazing, and it was. I found a cyber-shop who had the most amazing Matrix t-shirt, which was unfortunately way out of my price range, but I did manage to buy a new Sherlock shirt.

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I also got to introduce my mum to Byron burgers. I love Byron burgers, and now she does as well.

Monday was our last day and since we would be leaving after lunch my mum wanted to do some more shopping and I went to the National History museum. Note to self, not a good idea on a bank holiday. I really loved it, but boy was it crowded.

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We ended our 5 day London trip the only way you can, with an afternoon tea!

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And that was it. Of course I did way more things than I described, and I saw more epic things, and I’m already looking forward to going back in December. I miss London already.

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy (and mum).

Nintendo Updates!

Some important dates for Nintendo gamers are coming up in the near future! This is quite bad for me because I don’t have a job at the moment. Sigh, poor wallet, I guess I just have to skip some meals this month *priorities*.

Hyrule Warriors (Wii-U)
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This Dynasty Warriors/The Legend of Zelda spin-off game is already released in Japan. I’m really looking forward to it! Also, check out this awesome scarf that’s in the Limited Edition!
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– Europe: September 19
– Australia: September 20
– North America: September 26

Super Smash Bros 3DS

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I’ve been a fan of the Smash Bros series since Melee, and I think off all my Wii games, I played Smash Bros Brawl the most! The new installment will have a lot of female characters: Zelda, Sheik, Samus, Zero Suit Samus, Peach, Lucina, Palutena, and Rosalina. You can pick both genders for the following characters: Animal Crossing Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Robin. I really look forward to this installment of the game! I even got so crazy I pre-ordered this 3DS-XL version (which includes a pre-installed version of SSB3DS). And then… stuff happened. Read further to find out what! Oh yea, there is a rumour going on that there will be bundles available which contain 2 copies of the game (for a slightly cheaper price). That will be great if you want to play together with you brother, sister, friend, or partner!
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– Japan: September 13
– Europe: October 3
– North America: October 3
– Australia: October 4

3 Special 3DS-XL versions (US only)

The US was feeling a bit left out since the Limited Edition Super Smash Bros 3DS-XL version was only announced for Europe. But now they don’t have any reason to complain, since they will get the Limited Edition Super Smash Bros 3DS-XL both in red and blue (although the game is not pre-installed), a Persona Q 3DS-XL, and a NES-themed 3DS-XL. Damn you US.

– Super Smash Brothers 3DS-XL: October 3
– NES 3DS-XL: October 10 (GameStop exclusive)
– Persona Q 3DS-XL: October 10 (GameStop exclusive)

Bayonetta 2 (Wii-U)
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To be honest, I haven’t played Bayonetta 1, but my boyfriend did and it looks pretty darn cool. And check this awesome limited edition box (which also contains an artbook). The limited condition as well as the normal edition contain a disc with Bayonetta 1 (which was exclusive for PS3 and Xbox360), and since my boyfriend ordered the limited edition I think I’m going to play both games.

– Japan: September 20
– Europe: October 24
– North America: October 24
– Australia: October 25

Mario Kart 8 DLC (wii-U)


Last month Nintendo made some major updates available for the latest Mario Kart installment, and gave away free Mercedes DLC. No, I am not making this stuff up. We are now able to pick 3 different Mercedes carts (for the experts: the GLA, the W 25 Silver Arrow, and the 300 SL Rooster). But, we were in for a surprise! We were also able to pre-order 2 very awesome DLC packs, which will be available in a few months. The first pack is the Legend of Zelda Pack and adds 3 characters to the roster, namely Link (!!!), Tanuki Mario, and Cat Peach. It will add 4 new vehicles, including the Blue Falcon, and it adds two cups (= 8 tracks), which are called the Triforce Cup and the Yoshi Egg cup. The second pack is the Animal Crossing Pack and will add 3 characters, namely Animal Crossing Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser. It will add 4 new vehicles and 2 cups, called the Animal Crossing Cup and the Super Bell Cup. Both packs will cost 8 Euro’s or Dollars seperately, but you can also buy them as a bundle for 12 Euro’s or Dollars. If you buy both packs, you will be able to pick between 8 different colours for Yoshi and Shy Guy.

I am extremely excited for this. This is the first time we will be able to play as charcters in Mario Kart which are not related to the Mario Universe, and I did really not see this coming. To be able to play as a character from my favourite franchise (I mean Link, duh) in Mario Kart is really amazing. Also, 16 extra tracks! That expands the game with 50%!

– The Legend of Zelda Pack: November 2014 (worldwide)
– Animal Crossing Pack: May 2015 (worldwide)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
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I did not want this game. I did not understand why it was necessary to remake Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. But that was before these games were announced. NOW I NEED THEM. I can’t wait until November! There is also a limited edition steel box, but as far as I know, those are only announced for the UK. There is also a pre-order bonus (a small figurine of either Mega Groudon or Mega Kyogre), but it’s not really clear to me in which countries they give those away (sorry!). Also, remember the Smash Bros bundle I was talking about? I really hope they’re going to sell bundles with the 2 versions of this game too!

– Japan: November 21
– North America: November 21
– Australia: November 21
– Europe: November 28

Super Smash Bros U (Wii-U)
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This game will contain the same characters as the 3DS version, but will have different arena’s and will have a different soundtrack. Also, if you register both the 3DS version and the Wii-U version on Club Nintendo, you will receive a CD with the full soundtrack! The Wii-U installment will be released in December. No further details about the release date are known.

The ‘New’ 3DS

So I just told you guys I pre-ordered the Limited Edition Smash Bros 3DS-Xl right? 1 week after I did that, the New 3DS was announced. This beauty has a C-stick and 2 extra shoulder buttons. The angle for 3D view is bigger, and there are some technical improvements too (like bigger RAM and stuff). Some games (like Xenoblade) will be exclusive for the New 3DS. It comes in a ‘normal’ edition and an XL edition. So yea… I cancelled my Limited Edition 3DS-XL and decided to wait for this one. Although it hurt my heart a little. Oh yea, New 3DS is the official name. Nintendo doesn’t learn fast it seems (to clarify, when Nintendo announced the 3DS, it wasn’t clear to a lot of people that the 3DS was a next-gen handheld, since the name didn’t differ much from the previous handheld, the DS. Nintendo made this mistake again when they announced the Wii-U).

– Japan: October 2014
– Rest of the world: Somewhere in 2015

So yea, Nintendo has a lot in store for us! I hope I can find the time to write a review of each game I just mentioned. Are you guys planning to buy any of these?

Guardians of the Galaxy, a film review.

 

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As I said in my previous post, I’m back I and I thought it would be nice to write a film review for a film that is surprising box offices all over the world by how popular it is. I am talking about Guardians of the Galaxy of course. Oh and beware of major spoilers ahead.

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First things first. I am not a comic geek, so that means I can’t give you detailed insight into how well the comic is adapted into a film. I’m sure there are plenty of reviews to be found online going into such a thing. This is merely me geeking out about the film and why you should see it.

Synopsis according to IMDB.com:

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

My thoughts:

Well, that synopsis is telling you absolutely nothing. And as I am typing this I am listening to Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1. A must have for lovers of this epic Marvel adaptation.

I have the perfect target audience age to watch this film, as it starts in the early ‘80s where a young Peter Quill (It’s Star-Lord, just so you know) is abducted by aliens as his mother just died in the hospital. Where his father is, we don’t know and we get a small hint at the end of the film.

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We fast forward into present day and on some desolate planet we see a grown-up Peter Quill (Star-Lord) putting a strange device on his belt attached to vintage looking headphones. Yes kids, this is how we used to listen to music before we had mp3 players and smartphones. A portable cassette player.

Ok, can you be nostalgic at the age of 30? I mean, this whole movie is just one big nostalgic trip for me, with epic ‘70s and ‘80s music, references to old TV shows (ALF!) films (Footloose with Kevin Bacon) and plastic troll dolls with rainbow coloured hair. I don’t know whether to be super excited to see all these references or feel really old at the age of 30. But for me it was epic and pure enjoyment to see such thing.

I mean, who doesn’t remember sitting in front of the radio, listening to a music program, your tape in the cassette recorder and your fingers on the record button, creating your own mix tapes.

But to go back to the film. Peter Quill (still Star-Lord) has some groovy moves as he steels a futuristic looking orb and let that be the one thing just about everyone is after.

He double crosses the guy that abducted and raised him, trying to sell it, only to encounter a very green looking Zoe Saldana playing Gamora and Rocket and Groot.

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Rocket, a genetically engineered walking, talking and shooting raccoon (although he has no clue what a raccoon is) and Groot. Descended from a race of walking flora and resembling a sentient tree. And he talks, well, talks. He can only say ‘I am Groot’ but the moment you spot him, you have a soft spot for him. He is Rocket’s conscience and muscle man and he has an important part to play towards the end of the film. (Fun fact: Groot means big or huge in Dutch).

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As there is a price on Peter Quill (Star-Lord, yes we know) and Rocket and Groot are bounty hunters they try to catch him. But alas, they all get arrested for shooting and fighting in public, together with Gamora and land in a maximum secured prison.

Gamora turns out to be not so nice a person and the adopted (stolen) daughter of Thanos who turned her into the perfect killing machine, so most of the prisoners want her dead for killing their families.

Inside the prison we meet Drax (and he looks amazing, beautifully done.) A really big muscled man, looking for revenge.

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In the end they team up and escape the prison. Gamora knows someone who wants to buy the orb, so they venture onto the next planet.

In the meantime, Gamora’s sister (also adopted), played by the beautiful and ultimate companion Karen Gillan (what might the Doctor say about her new looks, not to mention Rory). She plays Nebula who wants to team up pretty much with the winning team at the time.

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Basically it’s one big epic fight over the Orb, Ronan on the one hand who wants the orb to destroy a whole planet, Yondu who wants to kill Peter (oh god yes, we know Star-Lord) for betraying him, and the good guys to prevent everything and save the planet Xandar.

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And throw in lots of humour, cool music, lots of great references to the ‘80s era, strange looking aliens, space ships, an amazing cast and beautiful decors and graphics and you have me sold.

In the end, of course the good guys win and they take the name Guardians of the Galaxy. Please wait until after the credits for a special bonus scene as Marvel does with all its films.

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And of course… dancing baby Groot! The cutest thing ever!

You have to watch this film, watch it, and go to the cinema, as in now. Just go, you won’t be disappointed. I want to go a second time and maybe I will. And this is definitely one to add to my DVD collection.

Have you seen it? What are your thoughts, did you like it?

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Disclaimer: Picture credits to the official Marvel website: http://marvel.com/guardians

Hot cute girly geek is back.

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Guess what, I’m back!!! Technically I never went away, but these last few months have been crazy and it felt like my life was a rollercoaster.

I will explain a bit what happened and then I’ll go back to writing regular updates on my blogs for all the geeky stuff.

Ok, work first. I am a social worker and for the past seven years I’ve been working with drug addicts and homeless people. I love my job and I love my clients and the work itself. But even though the economy is picking up again, working in the mental health department in the Netherlands isn’t a good place to be today. Next year our general care and health system is changing and due to that change a lot of companies are afraid they won’t be getting enough money to take care of the people. And as a result a lot of people have lost their jobs or are about to lose their jobs.

I for one didn’t want to wait for that to happen and because of some other work related stuff (which I won’t mention), I decided to look for something else. In the meantime I’ve also been looking into changing careers and see if there was any opportunity for me to become a teacher, which is also a passion of mine. And of course I was looking into becoming an English teacher. And I even looked into getting a job in the UK and moving there. But because I only have a secondary school grade in English to show for, no University would have accepted me, and the same goes for jobs in the UK. You need to show you’re able to understand the English language. That’s why I have been studying to get my Cambridge CPE grade. A 10 week crash course to prep you for the exam.

And my boss had the bright idea to give me another course at the same time. So since April I have been managing multiple courses, and looking for new jobs.

I’m pleased to say I passed the exam for my English CPE and I am overjoyed with that. And to make things even better, after multiple interviews with different companies, I started my new job last Monday.

I now will be working as a Social Worker with disabled people, both physically and mentally, chronically ill people and people who have autism.

For me it also means I can cut back on my hours and have more time at home for myself, being chronically ill myself. And they don’t even mind that.

My new job is so much different than my old one. The people are nice, everything is arranged for us workers, you have plenty of time to develop yourself and I absolutely love it.

Of course I will miss things from my old job and some of the clients and colleagues, but after seven years it was time to go.

And due to changing jobs I also was able to book a holiday for me and my mum. We went to London for 5 days and we had a blast. Not to forget, I got the change to hug my bestie Theta, who was visiting London with his brother at the same time. And I saw the TARDIS and a Dalek and went to see Richard the III and the premiere episode of Doctor Who in the cinema and it was epic. Keep a look out for a London blog soon.

So that basically was my life the last couple of months. Job hunting, being stressed, learning, exams, taking care of a friend who crashed for a couple of weeks in  my house as well and things have settled down now.

I can look forward to learning loads of new stuff at my new job (I’m a knowledge geek), and a new trip to London in December, and even cooking a traditional Christmas dinner for the DCC!

Oh and I almost forgot. I contacted an artist who is now looking into changing this blog, yay! And I have a new guest blogger as well.

Thank you for being patient with me and I hope to hear from you guys and I look forward to going back to writing again!

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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