What have I done to us?

I know it now. My mind is sick

And dark and rotten and neglected

A thousand whispers from the Devil

For me it’s late, can’t be corrected.

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As soon as I was without you

I realized that all the rains

Are here for me, into they glory…

Apologizing.. it’s in vain.

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I lost a soulmate, lost a friend,

A smile, a kiss, a touch, oh well…

A dark goodbye plays the piano

And memories of you, they dwell.

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Just pray for me, and let me go

And if you see me run-away!

I cannot comprehend the terror

Of what I’ve done, the sky is gray.

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It’s almost spring, the sun is up!

And yet it’s lonely, cruel and empty…

My heart is calling out your name

And tears are joining me.. they’re plenty.

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I do not want you to return. I do not want you to forgive.

It’s pointless. I do not want us to discuss.

But if you wanna ask a question.. just answer

What have I done to us?

Sakura -Japan in the Box-

The Meijiza Theater from Tokyo has a history of 140 years of art performing.

People had enjoyed different forms of acting throughout the Meiji, Taisho, Showa and the Heisei Eras. Kabuki shows but also newer forms of theater are shown to the public. And recently a new idea and an innovative form of acting can be enjoyed here at nighttime.

I am talking about the show called Sakura – Japan in the Box. This performance blends Japanese traditional arts like acting, dancing and playing various instruments with modern pop culture, anime and games. The performance is also being synchronized with projections of different animated pieces. It is meant for local and foreign public, and therefore, little dialogue is used.

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The show is a spectacular game of colors, motions, traditional japanese instruments – that culminate with feelings, absorbtion into the story. The performing act has to be synchronized with the animation shown in the background – therefore a lot of effort was put into the work of the actors and the producers.

This is a story about Sakura – a girl who is living her daily routine without something special attached to it. But one day – an encounter with a mysterious fox changes everything. She is taken on a journey across time and space – she meets the spirits of the four seasons:

– The Spirit of the Spring, Miyabi

– The Spirit of Summer, Choco

– The Spirit of Autumn, Rin

– The Spirit of Winter, Setsuna

The show is a compilation of kabuki, taiko players, shamisen players, sword fights and some beautiful animations that make the story powerful.

Useful links:

Facebook Page

Official Website

Android Game: War And Order

War and Order is an online Android fantasy-strategy game that I’ve been playing for a few days now.

screenshot_20170102-215219It is quite addicting, and it lets you built a city, recruit soldiers, gather resources, battle monsters and other players, get involved in raids and research different technologies to make your civilization more powerful.

The graphics look decent, at the beginning of the game you can build and evolve faster for free but then you will have to spend amounts of time waiting for buildings to be completed or resources gathered. But all-in-all is a very interesting game.

You also have a Lord with different skills that help improve your civilization.

As stated on Google Play, War and Order is a game in which:

Orc Knights, Elf Sages, Dragon Riders, and other incredible warriors are waiting to fight for your empire! Raise a massive fantasy army for HUGE, spectacularly animated battles! Axes fly, dragons roar, and fireballs sizzle as you clash with enemies from all over the world in real-time. Call on your allies to rush to your aid on horse- and lizard-back. Repay them with your undying loyalty as you take castles, slay ogres, and stake new territory as a tribe! THIS is the game you won’t be able to put it down as your screen lights up with constant new battles, chats, and upgrades!

You must battle to become more powerful than any king in history! But you can’t do it alone. It’s up to you and your allies to unite the fantasy races like never before as you conquer an endless world of empires and imagination.

★HOMELAND
• Recruit and train over 30 fantasy soldiers, uniting Orcs, Elves, Humans, and Golems
• Construct and upgrade tons of buildings for new soldiers, buffs, and resources!
• Research new magic and technology FAST for cutting-edge tactics and weapons!

★ALLIANCE
• Friend, feud, and chat with players from around the world in real time.
• Help each other build and expand your cities faster.
• Rally together to take down enemies you could never face alone!
• Share and expand territory to enjoy exclusive buildings and bonuses!

★CONFRONTATION
• Sweep the battlefield in huge real-time PvP matches!
• Build your force to leviathan proportions!
• Engulf other lords’ castles as you expand your territory.

★CONQUEST
• Attack other player’s castles to plunder their resources and climb power rankings!
• Vanquish roaming monsters for their treasures, from man-eating Ogres to massive Dragons.

★EMPIRE
• Take over the Royal City to rule over the realm with unheard of power and privileges!
• Explore unknown lands to find elite resources, ancient ruins, and more surprises!
• Grow your alliance territory for richer rewards and resources!

 There is also a Fan Facebook Page for the game.

And now for my favourite part of these kind of articles, I managed to build a few things and upgrade them. I now have:

Castle – lvl 7 – The core building of the city.

                               Building effect – Gather speed boost 30% / Unlock land 24

City Hall – Gives daily rewards to the player.

Drill Grounds – lvl 4 – A place to train soldiers. If upgraded you can raise the maximum number of soldiers in a single marching army.

                                Building effect – Army size limit 8.6 k

Depot – lvl 6 – The depot protects the harvested resources from being plundered. If upgraded you can raise the amount of resources protected.

                               Building effect – Food protection 260.0 k / Wood protection 260.0 k

                               / Stone protection 52.0 k / Iron protection 26.0 k

Embassy – lvl 4 – You can use the embassy to check the external and internal reinforcement armies. If upgraded you can accomodate more defense armies.

                                Building effect – Ally defense max 28.0 k / Help Times 8+5

Blacksmith – Here you can forge new equipment. If upgraded you can unlock higher level equipment and increase forging speed.

                                 Building effect – Forge speed 1%

College – lvl 5 – The technology center of the city. If you research new technology, your civilization becomes more powerful. There are 4 different types of technologies that can be researched: Resources / Development / Military / City Defense.

                                 Building effect – Food boost +20% / Wood boost +20% / March queue +1

                                / Recruitment Speed +0.5% / Max recruitment +20%

Barracks – lvl 6 – A place to train soldiers.

                       Unlocked units – Elf Acolyte / Mounted Knight / Novice Mage / Elf Archer

                       / Longbowman / Dragon Rider / Basic Swordsman / Orc Warrior

Hospital – lvl 6 – Heals wounded soldiers. If upgraded you can raise the maximum wounded limit and healing speed.

                                 Building effect – Max wounded 6.0 k + 500 / Healing speed 12%

Castle Wall – lvl 7 – The castle wall can make defense golems. Upgrade to raise the max amount of defense golems and city defense.

                                Building effect – Max city wall defense 2.1 k / Max golems 0 +100

Farm – lvl 6 – Produces and holds food. If upgraded you can increase the production output and capacity.

                               Building effect – Food output 1.0 k +210/h / Food capacity 10.5 k +2.1 k

Training Grounds – lvl 5 – If upgraded you can increase the number of soldiers that you can recruit at once.

                               Building effect – Max recruitment 25 / Recruitment speed 1.5%

Medic Tent – lvl 1 – Houses wounded soldiers. Upgrade to increase wounded capacity.

                               Building effect – Max wounded 500

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Forest Music

Close your eyes for a moment after reading this article and enjoy the music while imagining what I’ve written here.

Just like in an RPG game, just imagine an ever-green large patch of big, old trees, with nothing but fresh air surrounding them and colorful flowers.

The sight so splendid that it gives you a sense of finding heaven on an old, forgotten planet.

Species of plants that seem unreal, and elves residing in tree-houses. Birds, violet frogs, fire-red insects, orange butterflies, white cubs playing in the fallen leaves. A sky so clear that you could lose yourself into its infinity…

And everything dances calmly on this music mix. Music was composed by Derek and Brandon Fiechter.

Happy New Year!

Finally.. the dreadful year called 2016 has ended.

Go away.. we don’t need you.. and we will definitely won’t miss you. And therefore we embrace the challenging content that the new year is bringing. The first day of the year was spectacular. Spend time with my beautiful and awesome girlfriend. We hit the city, saw the fireworks from the old center of my natal town.

A sense of peacefulness, good music, scented oils, candles, some drinks and some good foods and a lot of hope for this new year. I have so much to do, so much to give. I will try to write more, especially poetry and reviews. I will try to go to bed everyday with some new knowledge. I definitely have so much stuff to learn. And very important is to love. Love my girl and my family. The past and the toxicity that kept me from being true isn’t an option anymore. I don’t need that shit. No more.

Happy new year. Let’s do this right this time 🙂

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Merry Christmas 

It has been a long and hard year this year for me. But unexpectedly things got better in these final months. I hope everyone has their wishes fulfilled, their problems solved and their days brighter. Only best wishes to everyone reading these words. My good intentions are with you, wherever you are. Keep looking ahead for joyful and awesome days. Merry Christmas! 

Another: Episode 1 -Beginning of the End

So… This is a part of an older project of mine that I had in mind. Besides writing reviews to an entire anime series – I wanted to watch each episode and talk about it.

I have a list of 60-something watched anime and I need to re-watch them all, and also new series and start writing about them. Details, spoilers will be presented ahead – so a friendly suggestion – do not read articles of episodes you plan to watch.

another_novel_coverAnother – an anime adaptation after a Japanese mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji, published on October 29, 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten.

The story focuses on a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara who, upon transferring into Yomiyama Middle School and meeting the curious Mei Misaki, finds himself in a mystery revolving around students and people related to his class falling victim to gruesome, senseless deaths.

A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized between May 2010 and January 2012 in the issues of Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace. Both the novel and the manga have been licensed in North America by Yen Press. A 12-episode anime TV series produced by P.A.Works aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27, 2012, with an original video animation episode released on May 26, 2012, and a live-action film was released in Japanese theatres on August 4, 2012.

A dark, sad story, with great characters and a great soundtrack.

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The first episode “Rough sketch” – “Sobyō” (素描) was released on January 10, 2012.

Following the cliches of other horror works – like Higurashi no naku koro ni – there is a disturbing story that took place in the past. Another tells the cruel fate of a girl named Misaki who was a student 26 years ago. Shorty after entering the 9th grade she died in an accident. Shocking as it may seem – the other students behaved like she was still alive – and so it was born the so called “curse” of class 3-3.

The protagonist – Kōichi Sakakibara moves to a town called Yomiyama to live with his grandparents and his aunt Reiko Mikami. Unfortunately – he gets sick and a few weeks he spends in a hospital reading horror novels and hoping to regain his health.

One of the days – some students from his school – Yomiyama North Junior High – Izumi Akazawa, Tomohiko Kazami and Yukari Sakuragi, visit him. Their first discussion brings a note of tension – which is completed by the environements depicted in the first part of the episode, cruel, dark tones, vivid colors, the state of Sakakibara and the mystery surrounding their “interview”. From the beginning you can realize that something very wrong is happening here.

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Another scene that makes everything undoubtebly  strange is Sakakibara meeting Misaki Mei for the first time. She seems lost, she is very quiet and talks weird. And she loses herself like a shadow in the hospital’s basement where the morgue is.

The first day at school brings some aspects that seem odd. Class 3 is the only class that is ignored by the rest of the school. And after asking out about Misaki Mei – he finds out that others claim that they do not know what he is talking about. This aura of mystery surrounding this girl – makes Sakakibara seek her presence.

The ending of the episode gets again tensionate as Misaki tells Sakakibara that his class – their class is very different from the rest of the school – it is very closed to death.

[to be continued…]