Posted in Food, Reviews

Food Fight! Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken vs Japanese Karaage vs Taiwanese Large Fried Chicken

As far as comparisons are concerned this isn’t really as fair as you would think. All three types of fried chicken present here are in different forms.

Korean fried chicken is served as whole pieces of chicken with the bone while karaage is boneless chicken fried pieces and the Taiwanese fried chicken here is a large fried cutlet with bone but flattened. I guess I could have even tossed in General Tao/Tso into this comparison but it’s too wide spread for me to pick a sort of definitive restaurant that specializes in it.

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Posted in Music, Next Music From TOKYO, Video

Next Music From Tokyo vol. 14 tour

Next Music From Tokyo vol. 14 will have shows in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. As always, the lineup is filled with diverse music from five very different groups from the indie/underground Japanese music scene. The Montreal show is on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Le Petit campus. Trailer below.

Check out videos from each of the bands below.

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Posted in Books, Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians – book trilogy review

After watching and enjoying the movie I wanted to read the book by Kevin Kwan to see how it compared. I quickly found out there were three books comprising a trilogy. I wondered to myself if I really wanted to commit myself to that many books with each being over 500 pages long. Eventually I ended up buying a box set of the three books anyway.

The first book (Crazy Rich Asians) is more interesting than the movie that’s based on it. If you liked the movie I think you’ll like the book because there is, of course, more detail, especially in regards to all the social/cultural aspects of the super wealthy in Singapore and side characters. The first book mainly focuses on Nick’s side of the family but there is also more on Rachel’s background near the end of the first book that sets up the second book (China Rich Girlfriend), which is pretty much mostly about Rachel’s side of the family. The third book (Rich People Problems) returns the focus back to Nick’s side of the family when his grandma’s health becomes an issue.

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Posted in Music, Video

Kpop girl groups – Favorite songs & dances

It just so happens that some of my favorite Kpop girl group songs also have equally great and distinctive dances. The sad thing is most of these groups have disbanded and some of them never achieved the popularity they perhaps deserved.

After School – Because of You (2009)

Girl’s Day – Expectation (2013)

Spica.S – Give Your Love (2014)

Fiestar – You’re Pitiful (2015)

EXID – I Love You (2018)

More videos…

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Posted in Games, Trailers, Video

Suzuki Ryohei should portray Kazuma Kiryu in a Yakuza live action film

Kazuma Kiryu is the main protagonist of the Yakuza / Ryu ga Gotoku video game series. Although there has already been a Yakuza live action movie made, I wish a new live action movie would be made starring Suzuki Ryohei. He possesses all the essential characteristics such as a commanding voice and chiseled physique to portray Kiryu. In fact, after watching him in My Love Story! I feel like the main character he plays, Gouda Takeo, could very well be a teenage version of Kiryu in some wacky alternate universe. Takeo does good deeds like helping out strangers just like Kiryu in side missions. Both look intimidating with their deep voices and mean looking faces that scare the people they help. They both have a strong set of morals. They both have a bromance (at least in Yakuza 0). Suzuki totally embodies each character he plays with tons of charisma and would make for a great Kiryu. Other films that show Suzuki’s impressive physique, athleticism, comedy chops and fighting prowess are Hentai Kamen and Tokyo Tribe.

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Also I hope to see Kiryu as a fighter in Virtua Fighter 6 (if Sega ever bothers to make it).

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After the Rain – live action movie review & anime comparison [Recommended]

koi_wa_ameagari_no_you_niAfter the Rain / 恋は雨上がりのように / Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (2018)
Director: Akira Nagai
Writer: Jun Mayuzuki (manga), Riko Sakaguchi
Cast: Nana Komatsu, Yo Oizumi

On a flight back home, I was surprised to see Japanese films available and this one was at the top of the list since it was in alphabetical order. I had never heard of the movie but recognized the two main actors so decided to watch it.

The story centers around a 17 year old high school girl, Akira (Nana Komatsu), who has a crush on her 45 year old manager, Kondo (Yo Oizumi), of the restaurant where she works. But what initially looks like a cringey wish fulfillment setup is actually more about two individuals who have both lost their passions and how they end up helping each other rediscover them. The original source material is a manga and an anime adaptation already exists. I ended up watching the anime later which made for an interesting comparison.

Normally my reviews are spoiler free but this one will have some mild spoilers since I’ll be comparing it to the anime.

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BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul – concert movie review

BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul is a concert movie that had limited theatrical releases. The screening I went to was sold out, which should not have surprised me. But luckily, I still managed to get a last minute ticket. Although I don’t follow k-pop much, especially boy bands, I was vaguely aware that BTS was one of the more popular boy bands.

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