me and sci-fi……………………………..

brainstorming with myself by watching several sci-fi movies: Judge Dredd, John Carter, Hunger Games, Stargate Atlantis, Defiance, Men in Black III, Iron Man 2 & 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and more…
and, yep, after so much, almost nothing surprised me anymore

well, Defiance kinda’ gives me hope, with its intergalaxy nations and language, reminding me of the good old days with Star Trek and the Klingon language
oh, last year’s Prometheus with its green thingy technology jumping over pebble-smooth buttons and the giant bald people
but as i said, none of the concepts are new to impress me completely

until i was forced to watch the whole season of “Infinite Stratos” (Japanese anime) by my boss
different to Gundam, which is a gigantic mobile suit (CMIIW), the machines are only twice the size of its pilot, able to read the pilot’s mind, and capable of changing forms on its own. It also flies and perform detailed actions in battle
what intrigues me is how the IS actually function as tandem to its pilot; how the interface works on connecting the IS to its pilot, how the pilot breathes while airborne, how come the IS could only interface with females, what makes Ichika so special to enable him controlling an IS……

yeah, it REALLY piqued my inner geek -_-;;

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Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) (1988)

Rating: ★★★★★
Category: Movies
Genre: Animation

i’ve heard about these cute things far back and seen lots of picture or merchandise of it
but i actually watch the movie last monday (2007/03/12) at school!! huehehehehehe

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!

an animation movie by the famous Studio Ghibli which also produced the masterpiece “Kaze no Tani no Nausikaa/Nausica of the Valley of the Wind” (1984) and other hits such as “Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies” (1988), “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away” (2001), “Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), etc

“Tonari no Totoro” focused on two sisters; Kusakabe Satsuki (11) and Mei (5). since their mother was sick and treated in a special hospital far from the city, Satsuki moved to an old house in a nearby village along with Mei and their father, a teacher
tomboy Satsuki and cute Mei were quite active, so they considered moving to the urban was just another adventure. despite stories about spirits in their house, they kept on being cheerful and happily ran around

then, one day Mei accidentally met Totoro. Mei intended to say ‘troll’ in Japanese pronunciation, which was actually ‘torooru’, but she mistaken by calling the round, furry creature as Totoro

there were three Totoros; Oo-totoro, the biggest one with grey-white fur and deep, big voice; Chuu-totoro, the middle one with blue-white fur and middle-toned voice; and Chibi-totoro, the smallest with whole white fur and squeaking cute voice
Totoro live in a gigantic kusanoki (champor tree) beneath the dense forest close to the sisters’ house. Mei saw Chuu-totoro and Chibi-totoro marching in her garden, followed them to the forest, and finally met Oo-totoro
Satsuki also met Oo-totoro while waiting for her father with Mei on a bus stop in a rainy night. Oo-totoro kept them company before leaving on a weird cat-like bus, the Nekobasu (Cat Bus ^^), a brown-furred creature with wide grinning smile, lots of windows, and a magically adjusting door
on a hot summer night, Totoro brought the girls in a magical travel in the sky, using an umbrella Satsuki gave Oo-totoro

one day while their father was off working, Satsuki received news about her mother’s declining condition. in panic, she argued with Mei and the younger sister ended up missing. Satsuki ran to Totoro for help. riding the multiple-legged and invisible to others (!) Nekobasu, she sought her little sister, finding Mei crying in the middle of nowhere in the night
Nekobasu and Totoro knew about the girls’ concern. so, Satsuki and Mei were taken to a brief visit to their mother’s hospital without their parents’ notice and went back home

huaaaaaaaaannnnggg
Oo-totoro was so adorable!!!!!!! T__T
Nekobasu was funny too!!!!!
also Chuu-totoro and Chibi-totoro!!!!!!
hiks…………..

well, the story was touching (though not as tragic as “Hotaru no Haka”), the movie was so Ghibli, the soundtrack was unbelievable funny, and most of all, TOTORO!!!!!!! T__T

i wanna have totoro…….