Announcement: Geographical Realignment

November 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Thoughts | 2 Comments
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Come on over already!

Well, that’s it. The new site is finally up! What are you waiting for? Head on over to aprilius20.com. That’s where I’ll be posting from now. All old posts, and 99% of the comments have been sent on ahead. There are still some bugs and issues to work out, such as which plugins to get, Japanese text being reproduced as ‘???’ (Really need help on this one), etc, but it’s more or less fine. This site isn’t dead, though. I’ll have to figure out what I want to do with it. I guess it’ll stay as a sort of historical monument, haha.

Love is thicker than even the extra cheese on a pan-crust pizza

March 9, 2009 at 1:18 am | Posted in Thoughts | 2 Comments
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[be]witched

(be)witched

Found this excellent picture floating on the internet, for everyone who hopes Lelouch is still alive and kicking. So what if you can’t read Japanese? It’s a marriage certificate! What more do you need to know other then that the dream couple of Code Geass has finally been united in matrimonial/contractual bliss?

So say I but here’s a translation anyway:

Most of it’s pretty obvious, no?
Top left panel: Photo/Portrait
Panel above Lelouch: Husband to be
Panel above C.C: Wife to be
Panel to the left of Lelouch’s name: (How to read),  Full Name, D.O.B
Panel below that: How I met Her (Him)
Four lines to the right [note: essentially a dialog between the two]:

Lulu: Shinjuku Ghetto – unexpected encounter – flight – danger – contract
C.C: There are limits to how emotionless one should be, Lelouch.
Lulu: Shut up, witch.
C.C: Oh, are you just covering up your embarrassment?
[strikethrough by Lulu]
Lulu: No!!

The panel below all that shows their ‘occupations':
Lulu – Demon Lord
C.C – Witch
And below that, it’s basically ‘etc’ to the above[another mini dialog]:

C.C: Ashford Academy High School Pizza Club Director
Lulu: Look, why are you the Director?!

And finally, the lovely couple’s signatures^-^

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Also, seeing as my previous post シー・ツーの憂鬱 (The Melancholy of C.C) has gotten itself a sizable number of views (perhaps due to the lovely picture there), I thought that I’d better translate it into (brief) English as well:

I had a strange dream again. The characters were Lelouch and C.C from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and… another new character. End of advance notice.

C.C entered the Command Center of the Black Knights. She was searching for Lelouch, but found someone else there as well- someone frightening.

C.C: “Lelouch, I thought you’d be here. I have some business with you… Lelouch, who is this?!”

What she saw before her  was… a combination of herself and Princess Euphemia. She could not, would not, acknowledge it as a human being.

C.C: “Lelouch, what is this thing!”

Lelouch, who was reading a book, noticed her and put it down on a table. He stared coldly at C.C.

Lelouch: “I suppose you don’t like it, C.C”

C.C: “Do I even have to say it? Who do you think I am?”

…actually, I adlibbed everything up till now. Although I have no idea what they said to each other, I have a general idea of what C.C was thinking:

C.C: “I knew it all along. Lelouch said that we were friends… that he only has me… all… probably… lies, I suppose. For me to have trusted this man who only loves himself…

Fin. Quite a stark contrast with the happily married couple in the picture above, eh? Well if C.C ever gets tired of Lulu, I’ll happily take her in…^^;;

What better than a trap while we wait?

January 10, 2009 at 11:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Here’s a temporary post to kill time while I wait for the rest of the photos from the Genting trip to reach me. Recognise these girls?

Look closely...

Look closely...

Look closely enough, and you’ll see that they’re guys, not girls. Even worse, that ‘girl’ in the Qi Pao (Or at least I think that’s one) is none other than… Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass. I don’t know what the fangirls are thinking, but I’d wager that half of them would be screaming like rabid dogs- no, scratch that. It’s likely that they’d all be screaming- half in delight, and half in torment.

No idea about the fanboys, though. All I thought was, “Ah. This is  pretty amusing. Hold on- where’s Suzaku? That’s odd- he’s not in the pic. I don’t recognise the guy on the bottom left, is that him? But Suzaku has brown hair…” No screams here- sorry to disappoint.

It looks like Lelouch is hugging C.C’s Pizza Hut doll. Then again… could it be? Yup, it looks possible… so Lelouch’s face has been grafted onto C.C’s body? Which would mean that Rolo (bottom right) has been grafted onto… Nunnally, and that blond knight has replaced, uh… Kallen, perhaps? Still, who exactly is that ‘girl’ in blue?

Update: Interesting discussion going on here… some people think that the ‘girl’ in the blue dress is Lelouch, while the one in the Chinese outfit is Xing Ke… I can’t really decide- both seem possible. So just who is Lelouch now?

Image Source: Sankakucomplex

Requiem for an Emperor

October 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Thoughts | 3 Comments
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The Emperor and his Witch

The Emperor and his Witch

I finished watching Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 yesterday, after three sessions of four episodes sometime last week, the subsequent fifteen on Wednesday, and the final five yesterday (Here’s a summary of the finale). It’s been great, really, notwithstanding the news that director Taniguchi Goro came out saying that he couldn’t finish the show the way he wanted to due to ‘scheduling difficulties’ *cough*, and a, to some extent, expected ending reminiscent of Death Note‘s.

So what do we have here? Nothing, I think. I am left in a temporary void. I’ve been waiting for the second season for ages, and it’s gone almost as soon as it fell into my hands. Have to blame my own insatiable greed for that, I guess. What other show do I await now? Nothing. I have two Code Geass games in storage, but now that the second season is over, I really don’t feel like playing them anymore. Emperor Lelouch vi Brittania is dead. So is anything related to Code Geass, at least for me.

It’s odd… in the beginning, I didn’t like R2. I think I can blame the character of Rolo for that. He was a put-off, for some reason. No matter. It just got better and better, although I couldn’t help but notice how rushed everything was. Quite surprisingly, the one character I never thought I’d come to dislike was Nunnally (Come to think of it, I’ve never cared much for her), especially since she was so easily duped by Schneizel. Suzaku, that idealistic death-seeking tairyoku-baka was someone I could never stand, what with that irritating mouth of his constantly spouting crap like “I’ll change Brittania from the inside”, but he eventually earned my forgiveness with his participation in Lelouch’s Zero Requiem plan.

Speaking of which, damn that plan. Why why why?!! I suppose it had to happen- it was after all, probably the one way almost everyone could be made happy, with the exception of Lelouch’s sister Nunnally, and Suzaku, who got his just rewards by having to live out the rest of his life as Zero. These kind of endings just come to you, I guess. It’s like Death Note, where a world with Light as supreme ruler, although appealing to the Light fanbase, just isn’t a shocking/entertaining enough conclusion to a superb series.

The ending does remind me somewhat of God Emperor of Dune, where Leto Atreides II turned himself into a living god and purposely directed the hatred of the universe towards himself for humankind’s own good. I can’t help but wonder if Taniguchi was influenced be G.E.D during production of the show. Back to the point (Was there really one, for that matter?)…

I wish. Yes, I suppose that’s the reason I’m really writing this post. I wish that Lelouch had somehow gotten the code for immortality, and will spend the rest of his neverending life with C.C. I wish that he could have remained Emperor. I wish that he is not a mere voice in C.C’s consciousness. I wish that the world wouldn’t hate Lelouch. I wish that… Sunrise will never, ever make a sequel to R2, despite everything I’ve just said, no matter how odd that sounds.

The title of this post is Requiem for an Emperor, and so it shall be. What better than the second season’s second ending theme, わが臈たし悪の華 (Waga Routashi Aku no Hana, full lyrics here) by Ali Project?

濁世は鬼 正義は何ぞと
問うまえに抗えよ悪徳の華
偽善の夢視し目には目を差し
生も邪も分かたれることなし

光は絶え胎児のように
君は眠る闇の子宮
孤独こそ愛おしい
唯一の味方となるだろう

ひとりひとり血汐にまみれ
この時代に生まれ落ちた
選ばれし皇子らよ
戦いこそ祝筵

ああ我は麗し 全智
愛の母 君を産む
この乳に育みしものは
地獄の同胞

黙示の印 真理は何ぞと
知りもせず埋もれし隠匿の種
諸刃の剣抜く刃には刃を向け
守るべきものだけを信じて
有るがままに君は君を放て

Eng. translation:

The corrupt world is a monster; “What is justice?”
Struggle against it before you ask that, oh wicked flower
Gaze at the eyes that look to a hypocritical dream
There’s no such thing as being able to distinguish between holiness and evil

Light ceases; like a fetus
You sleep in the womb of darkness
Indeed loneliness is dear
It’ll become your sole ally, right?

Smear them one by one with blood
Being born into this period,
Oh, chosen princes
Indeed fighting is a banquet

Ah, I am a beautiful omniscience
The mother of love gives birth to you
What nurtures you in this milk
Is your brethren of hell

The mark of a revelation; “What is the truth?”
Without even knowing that, the seed is buried and concealed
With a double-edged sword, turn your sword on a pulled sword
Only believe in the things that you must protect
You release yourself as you are

Goodbye, Lelouch. I probably sound like some teary-eyed fangirl. But do I look like I care?

Sleep interrupted. Payment taken.

October 6, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Outings | Leave a comment
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It really isn’t too bad when annoying kids (who just happen to be your relatives, by some sad twist of fate) visit you during the holidays, when you thought you’d have some free time to spend sleeping, dreaming, and wondering exactly how you’re gonna do those assignments you just got, when you have an uncle who requested that they stay with him at the hotel (He’s reluctant to stay alone, for some reason- and no, it’s not related to the fact that he saw someone try to kill herself the last time he stayed at that hotel), thus saving you the trouble of having to manage to little goblins (Only in size. The primary schooler has a bigger shoe size than me, and the 15 year old one is nearly as tall- just look at the amount of food they consume each day) picking at your stuff with those grubby little paws of theirs.

Mom and sis had left for Terengganu on the day they arrived. The invasion force landed sometime after lunch, bearing with them insidious chemical agents (Lemang, pulut, beef and chicken rendang, scary stuff like that, given to them by one of the shop workers) to slow our movements. Luckily I had the excuse of having just returned from lunch, and being quite full and physically devastated from the heat, I retired to my room and narrowly escaped the ‘Feast of Death’ (An exaggeration, there’s no such thing as sudden death from consumption of oily food) which commenced in the kitchen below.

After my long dissapearance, I returned from Sanctuary (My room=.=) to coduct reconnaisance in the nether-realms (Ground floor). The two giants in kid’s skin were loafing in the living room, and the maid was sleeping. She’s not the kind of maid we see in all those Japanese anime (And would like to see in real life), just the Malaysian standard issue. Too bad. Only later did I find out that the others had left for IOI Mall, to stock up on supplies for their return to Wilderness (Pahang=.=). With nothing to do, I went back to composing a fan-letter (Out of character, eh? Not really- it contains quite a few requests for illustrations as well) to this Japanese mangaka (Manga artist) I just discovered while trawling the net, one 粟岳高弘(あわたけたかひろ)[Awatake Takahiro]. Maybe I’ll post it later. Not that anyone would understand it:p

We had dinner at Sri Petaling, some stalls near the hotel. I had some sort of Hakka noodle. It’s an irritating thing about the human physique that when one is hungry and the portions served are small that the food only serves to make the incessant rumbling in one’s stomach louder and more painful. You can literally feel your guts curl. There was this guy walking from table to table playing a harmonica. Pretty much everyone ignored him, but when he came to our table, for some reason Unc (The one staying in the hotel) took out 10 bucks and gave it to the man. Upon which he promptly stopped playing and nonchalantly walked off. Like, what?! He said he “didn’t have change”. Right. Aunt from Kuantan ordered a bowl of Prawn Mee. It came with two big prawns. Guess how much it cost? 16 bucks. Definitely not the kind of price you’d expect from a place like that=.=;

Editor’s note: I nearly died that night. Refer to the previous post, Pregnant Delusions.

Back home. Painter Unc drove. His driving is a little scary- tailgater, plus he brakes suddenly. Didn’t dare not pay attention. Painter Unc, Kuantan aunt, Traveler aunt (My source of free holidays), and the maid stayed over in our house. With the two kids absent, it was absolutely gorgeous (Bliss!). However, I think I only slept around 5am. And woke up around 8am. You can probably guess what I was up to. Forced myself out of bed, got ready, and went along with pop (I don’t call him that. It’s just easier to write that way. I don’t look like Archie, do I?) to the hotel again. Breakfast. Most of us had Dim Sum at a nearby restaurant. It’s alright, but not as good as the one on Jalan ipoh in KL… but I digress. Hotel Unc happens to have rather good luck with lotteries (Family history: When he was younger he had an accident while driving- truck tumbled down a cliff [more or less] for several meters, but he survived with minor injuries. Some time later, when a he went along with a friend who wanted to get some financial advice from a medium, the medium told him that he didn’t need any more luck, as he had enough already). Passed a message from my sis: “Help me buy three 4D numbers. Will pay you back.” All had a good laugh at her expense:p

Off to Times Square. I was assigned the role of tour guide, as usual. Shopping festival for them. I got a free shirt as payment for my services:) Next up, KLCC. Decided to walk there. Here’s where the little kid became annoying (Imagine: “Are we there yet?”, without end. It’s right in front of you, damnit!). We got there fine, albeit with a light drizzle. First place we spotted for a rest happened to be Starbucks. Not a place where I’d take such a big group (Eight total), and for obvious reasons=.=; but that’s where we ended up anyway. After drinks and a rest (Not to mention some headaches suffered by those unused to coffee), we went in and got to work: they hit the clothing stores, and I tagged along, relatively uninterested. Painter Unc satisfied his fetish for televisions (He ogled plasma TV’s while the rest ogled clothes).

A little time for myself. Where else? Kinokuniya. The only place I care for in the entire building. I’ve never even bothered with remembering which side of the building the train station is located in. If it goes, so does a major contributor to my daily entertainment (At least until I get myself to Japan once more, where I’ll conduct raids to suffice me for years on end). It’s just sad that they don’t stock doujinshi. Which means no 粟岳. Crap. Something did catch my attention, however… an issue of ニュータイプ(Newtype) with a feature article on Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. Which happened to come with a free Code Geass illustrated clear folder, featuring Lelouch and Suzaku in full regalia (I can just imagine how Ming will go bonkers if I get it). Costs 30 bucks though… I’ve never liked paying that much for magazines. But still, the temptation… (≧∀≦)Gah.

Train to Bukit Jalil. Walked back to the hotel from the station. Took a peak at a night market along the way. Pop came along later, and… let’s see, head count… the nine of us headed out in two cars towards SS2, where we hoped to introduce them to this place called Sri Murni, this insane resaurant that commands a full street of customers whenever they’re open, thanks to their hybrid menu. Well… actually they don’t have a complete menu to begin with, which is quite a pain… you’re reduced to looking at what other people are ordering and upon seeing something interesting, grab a waiter and ask “apa itu?”. By the way, the owner is the brother of another similar establishment, William’s, near the old Lim Kok Wing building. Oh well. As (ill)luck had it, they were closed. Ended up walking around and poking our heads at various menus. Finally settled on this restaurant that specialised in HK desserts and Shanghainese cuisine. Supposedly. Twas pretty good.

Home. Locked myself in my room as the others slept, and watched the movie Millennium Actress by Satoshi Kon, which I’d recently obtained. The director is the guy who came up with the most excellent Paprika, and though this was an older movie (2001), it was wonderful. Maybe I’ll do a review when I’m free. After drying my tears (I tried not to. Failed miserably), it was off to sleep, and……

……woke up in the morning. Walked around, and decided to go back to sleep. When I woke up it was around 11 or noon, and they had all left. Had bread and grilled nuggets for lunch. Well, breakfast too, in a way. I don’t like the word brunch for some reason. And then I went back to bed for the rest of the day. And that, as they say (Like I care if ‘they’ really do), is that.

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