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Monday, April 30, 2007

Bambino Episode 1 Hardsub

The hardsub version of Bambino episode 1 has been released by B.O.N. Funsubs, the same group that released the very good soft subs. Download the hardsub bit torrent file here, screen caps of the episode One RAW video and links to download the RAW file and soft subs are here.

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Proposal Daisakusen Episode 2 Hardsub

The hardsub release of Proposal Daisakusen has been released by Lovesong fansub group before the soft subs are out. Great work guys, you can download the bit torrent file here.

This is my favorite Japanese drama currently airing, can't wait for this to download. I have screen shots and synopsis of episode ONE and I'll post some screen caps of this episode after I download it. Time to fire up uTorrent!

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Watashitachi no Kyokasho Episode 3 Screen Caps

Evidence has already started to disappear as Tamako has the court seize the school records. But the bag that she and Kohei found in the locker containing Asuka defaced books is now empty. The principal claims that she doesn't know what happened to the contents and counters that the bag may always have been empty. Tamako and Kohei then argue about the best way to handle things, Kohei believes that it's a school problem that must be solved by the school.
Right now Kohei is the only sympathetic character and he is just too naive, Tamako after abandoning her daughter seems bent on justice now, but is it just a desire for revenge or overwhelming guilt. We get to see a little more of the staff and a few students in this episode.

The RAW video bit torrent file can be downloaded here and henna_juna released soft subs for episode 3 today and you can download them here. Please be sure to thank him for his hard work. I really want to see how this show turns out.

Here's download links and screen shots of episodes ONE and TWO.

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Romeo and Juliet

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Alive and doing very well in Japan, last fall this drama special aired as part of a Shakespeare festival along with King Lear. Now in the spring anime season Gonzo has re-imagined the play for anime, complete with flying horses. Fansubs have just been released for the drama and I had a chance to watch it last night.
The story has been updated and changed around, we see the end at the beginning and the setting is modern day Tokyo. Romeo, actually Hiromichi is played by Takizawa Hideaki (Strawberry on the Shortcake). He’s the son of a suspected murderer who’s on the run, with a hospitalized mother who’s seriously ill. He's forced to quit high school to support his mother and works as a recycler. Juliet or Juri is played by Nagasawa Masami (Proposal Daisakusen, Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu, Nada So So). She's a university student who’s father is the police inspector in charge of capturing Hiromichi’s father.
I really enjoyed this drama special it’s a unique twist on the play and the lead actors are very good in their roles. I’ve liked Hideaki ever since I saw him as the lead in Strawberry on the Shortcake, he’s matured as an actor since then and is really good as the son who’s family has relied too heavily upon. Nagasawa Masami has had a really busy year, movies, a fall series, this special and my favorite spring 07 drama Proposal Daisakusen. She’s very believable as the modern woman who disbelieves in love at first sight, and then goes ahead and does it.

Download the RAW video bit torrent file here. The soft subs by ix Fansubs can be downloaded here.

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Japanorama Season 3 Episode 5 Kaidan

Scary Stories
Japan the most haunted country in the world? You'll have to watch this episode of Japanorama to find out as this episode focuses on horror, a big export for Japan. It's worth watching just to see the host Jonathan Ross and 5 sailor suited schoolgirls tour the Horror Hospital theme park, it's really funny watching other people get scared.

Segments include:
  • Horror Hospital
  • Anime - Spirited Away, Pom Poko
  • Demon Kogure
  • Kwaidan
  • Kuraheko
  • Hideo Nakata - Ring 2
  • Takashi Shimizu - Ju-on The Grudge
  • Junji Ito - mangaka of Uzumaki
  • Kaoru Izima
Links to download this episode as well as episodes 1-5 are here. Screen Caps of Episodes ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR.

Only one more episode to go, this series should be longer.

My Favorite Itoh Misaki

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