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The Various Ways To Answer The Age-Old Question

Person: Hey, how are you?

Option 1: Currently dying
Option 2: Pining to the nth degree
Option 3: Binge-watching like there’s no tomorrow
Option 4: Dying and resurrecting
Option 5: Shipping people
Option 6: Getting no sleep because fictional characters have taken over my life
Option 7: Sinning like it’s going out of style
Option 8: So very tired


Me: I’m fine

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Takashi Miike (1960 - present) is a highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over seventy theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly. He has since gained a strong cult following in the West that is growing with the increase in DVD releases of his works.

Miike has garnered international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes of extreme violence and sexual perversions. Many of his films contain graphic and lurid bloodshed, often portrayed in an over-the-top, cartoonish manner. Much of his work depicts the activities of criminals (especially yakuza) or concern themselves with non-Japanese living in Japan. He is known for his black sense of humor and for pushing the boundaries of censorship as far as they will go. (x)

My favorite movies from each year since I was born

All the kids are doing it, so I guess I’ll give this a shot. Given the blog I figured I’d go for an Asian cinema edition. Realized I really didn’t watch much between 2007 and 2012 for whatever reason. Also that Leslie Cheung has one of the strongest filmographies of all time.

1988 - Akira
1989 - The Killer
1990 - Bullet in the Head
1991 - Cyber City Oedo 808
1992 - Hard Boiled
1993 - Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
1994 - Chungking Express
1995 - The Phantom Lover
1996 - Viva Erotica
1997 - Happy Together
1998 - The Bird People in China
1999 - Audition
2000 - Battle Royale / JSA
2001 - Suicide Club
2002 - Infernal Affairs
2003 - Tokyo Godfathers
2004 - Dumplings
2005 - A Bittersweet Life
2006 - The Host
2007 - Mad Detective
2008 - Love Exposure
2009 - Mother
2010 - 13 Assassins
2011 - Guilty of Romance
2012 - Lesson of the Evil
2013 - Rigor Mortis
2014 - Killers (Maybe? Not a great year)
2015 - Assassination
2016 - Himeanole / I Am A Hero

Is Nagisa from Danganronpa based on Nagisa from Assassination Classroom?

As I’ve been watching Assassination Classroom, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that Nagisa Shingetsu (from Danganronpa: Another Episode - Ultra Despair Girls) is probably meant to be a darker take on Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom).

They do, after all, have a lot of in common.

  1. They both have blue eyes and blue hair with spikes that stick out of both sides in the back (although the exact shapes are different).
  2. Both of them were shunted off to the lowest-level class that their prestigious school offers due to being “problematic students.”
  3. Both of them struggle with parents who viciously push them to “do better“ and “don’t disappoint me/us” in reference to grades/school.
    • The parent in question is the mom for AC Nagisa, but it’s the dad for Dangan Nagisa.
    • The parent in question is also highly abusive if their expectations are not met, and both of said parents view this abuse as “motivation.”
  4. Although both of them contain a darkness that makes them capable of killing, they both struggle with the act itself due to the moral implications.
  5. They both have one-sided “love interest” relationships with green-haired girls.
    • This one is admittedly a little thin, given that Dangan Nagisa likes his girl (and she only uses him) whereas AC Nagisa simply doesn’t notice how much Kaede likes him.
    • Said green-haired girls possess dark secrets and are not whom they seem to be; in both cases, the secrets relate to who their family is.
  6. They’re pretty close to the same age; Dangan Nagisa is about 11-12, AC Nagisa is about 13-14
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So with a smile on my face, I walked right up to him. Completely normal, like walking to school. That’s when Takaoka-sensei first realized he was about to be killed. Startled, he lost his balance. Everyone startles when they’re about to be killed. Even Koro Sensei. With his center of balance shifted to the back, I grab his shirt, pull him down, and go in for the kill. He can block a blow from the front, so I circle around behind him, and sure enough … 

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@kaylabow No need to feel sorry! I was really hoping for someone to ask me about NK lol so thank you for asking <3

North Korea and Malaysia’s diplomatic meltdown

North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak accused North Korea of “effectively holding our citizens hostage” and held an emergency meeting of his National Security Council.

The United Nations called for calm between Malaysia and North Korea and urged them to settle their differences through “established diplomatic practice.”

The moves underscored the dramatic deterioration in ties with one of North Korea’s few friends outside China since the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13.

Malaysia said the assassins used VX nerve agent, a chemical listed by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Police have identified eight North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder, including two of the three believed to be hiding in the embassy - a senior North Korean diplomat and a state airline employee.

The only people charged so far are a Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman, accused of smearing the victim’s face with VX. He died within 20 minutes.

North Korea’s foreign ministry issued a temporary ban on Malaysians leaving the country, “until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved,” state-run Korea Central News Agency said.

“In this period the diplomats and citizens of Malaysia may work and live normally under the same conditions and circumstances as before.”

For more info: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN16E0FE

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The Subway Sarin Incident was an act of domestic terrorism which took place on 20 March, 1995, in Tokyo, Japan. The terrorists were a group from the religious cult known as Aum Shinrikyo. They released sarin on multiple lines on the subway during rush hour, in a coordinated attack which killed 12 people, grieviouly injured another 50, and caused temporary vision problems for approximately 1,000 more. The terrorists had used liquid sarin which was contained inide plastic bags hidden wrapped in newspaper. They then pierced the sarin before leaving the subway and letting the sarin to leak into the subway. Sarin is an odourless and colourless gas which was developed in Nazi Germany in the 1930′s.  Nearly 200 members of the cult were arrested and convicted with the attack and a number of other terror attacks and assassinations. 13 of them are currently on death row.