Passion – Eminence Concert

It has probably been a long time since I’ve been to a concert, or one that would interest me. The concert entitled ‘Passion’ by Eminence was awesome. The aura and emotions that surrounded the musicians and flowed through the concert hall seemed endless. I felt captured in their web of music. I was there with my friend, Chong. We met up

Familiar Game and Anime soundtracks was played and 2 classical pieces were snuck in as well. I’ll bring up scans of the booklet in a while. The orchestra’s vision is to ‘inject something bold, dynamic and fresh into classical music’ and of which, to break the barriers between the audience and the musicians, and to revive orchestra in today’s society; particularly amongst youth.

The concert also featured music from games including Chrono Cross, Xenosaga, Super Mario Bros etc. Anime pieces selected come from Laputa: Castle in the sky ,Haibane Renmei, Tsubasa Chronicle and .hack//Liminality.

Now, the instruments and their people playing it. Ayako Ishikawa (she’s really beautiful) and Hiroaki Yura (the founder of Eminence) on the violin. Natalia Raspopova (She’s plays the piano really really well!) on the piano, Joshua Hill on percussion and Zane Banks (He’s only 20!) on the guitar. Yasunori Mitsuda as the special guest of honor playing the Irish Bouzouki <Link>. It was also Mr Yasunori Mitsuda’s first time in Singapore. He said that he had always wanted to take a look at the Merlion :)

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Erotic Manga: Draw like the experts

I saw this interesting drawing tutorial book over at Bras Basah complex today.

Titled “Erotic Manga: Draw Like the Experts” , this is a ‘comprehensive’ guide that teaches artists the basics of creating characters in erotic forms, or that’s what they say. I flipped through some of the pages and I must say, it is a good guide to use as reference, but doesn’t really teaches.

It shows how various artists created specific artwork, different art style etc. There wasn’t really any in-depth step by step guides. I’m glad I didn’t shell out the cash to grab it :)

Only in dreams

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One of the best quotes ever.

“Only in Dreams – You can’t resist her. She’s in your bones. She is your marrow. We see what it means. Reach out our hands. Hold onto hers. But when we wake. It’s all been erased And so it seems Only in dreams.”

Bit of engrish there but yeah :)

This site is getting revamped as well. I probably should use another foundation or create one myself.  

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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I just finished watching Honey & Clover II. It’s a great series, seriously. A anime that portrays the daily lifes of a group of art students. One could easily relate to the characters in the series, maturing and moving towards the light. Just like reality tv series (similar yet different), we often see others with similar characteristics.

The character development in Honey & Clover is expectionally good. Each character given sufficient air time to grow, cry and all that. Besides the emo stuff, there is also comical segments that were really well done and also when everyone comes together and pla. I do feel that I missed out some of these parts, desperately trying to search for it. Yet, sometimes we do look too far beyond, missing out the little details and joys that are right under our noses.

^ Hagu’s cute :)

I do think I relate to Kaoru (Morita’s brother) very well. Unable to let go of the past and head to the light was one of the weaknesses I had. It was a eye-for-an-eye thing, in which I had sunk into so deeply, that there was only darkness surrounding me. It was only till then, that we realize the mistakes we carelessly made.

The live movie has been out in Japan for quite a few months. I hope it gets ported over here, or in the worse case, got to buy the DVD for it :/

Cynthia wrote an entry about the beautiful world she lives in, there a segment about me too!

[…] Jacob is a very nice guy that I think all girls should fall in love with. There were times when he sat near the door in the classroom, and when he sees people from our class approaching the door, be it from outside on inside, he’d open the door for them. Tell me. How gentleman is that? […]

Thanks Cynthia.

But somehow, I think I’m playing a very dangerous game of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

S & SS

^Autumn (Oct) Issue of S

There are many different kinds of anime, manga & game related magazines. The much more well known ones are probably NewType Japan, Megami, Animage etc.

The magazine above, S (I have nfi what it stands for) is one that features artworks, coloring and drawing techniques, anime development work, interviews with creators etc. Each issue also includes a fold-out ‘poster’ somewhere near the start of the issue. Each issue should be released monthy I reckon.

Site link <Link>

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