Music

I love many kinds of music and had went through various change in musical preference. From indie to mainstream. From classical music to jazz. Music is very important for me.

Books

A little bit different from other girls, rather than spend my money to buy clothes, shoes, or cosmetics, I usually choose to buy books instead.

Pharmacy

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. For me the science of pharmacy is fascinating and interesting.

Movie

I'm a movie enthusiast. Particularly for Fantasy, Adventure, Animation and Science-Fiction Movie. It's a nice way to escape the reality for a while.

Anime and Manga

I love to read manga and watch anime ^^

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Hero Academia (Review)

So, I've been missing from this blog for almost 2 years due to relentlessly workloads and various circumstances. But here I am, rising from my grave thanks to this series. My Hero Academia (or Boku no Hero Academia, in Japanese) is one of the rising manga in Japan that has been serialized since 2014. It touched me to the point that I bother to write this useless article.

On a Saturday night 3 weeks ago, I had a free time so I thought it's okay for me to watch anime in streaming sites. My original intention was to watch Yuri on Ice since there's many people that seems going crazy about it. Moreover, it's about ice skating.  I'm interested because it's something that I haven't seen before in anime. But at the website main homepage where they list the newest anime episodes, I saw My Hero Academia and change my original intention.

I can't say that I'm a fan of Shonen Jump, but it's true that I follow many Jump series. From Dragon Ball to Naruto. From Rurouni Kenshin to Gintama. Shonen Jump has many famous shonen series, including one of my all time favorite, Death Note. I've been hearing about My Hero Academia as one of the recent Shonen Jump famous series, but I haven't check it yet. So out of curiosity I clicked and watched it.


My Hero Academia take place in the future where 80% of human population have special powers called "quirk". Due to rise of people with superpowers, the criminal rate is also exploding and the world come into chaos. But this is also make a profession come into the limelight. Heroes fighting villains, saving people, and now become an established position where they are paid by the government based on their performance. This manga follow story of the main protagonist on his journey to be the greatest hero, starting from his high school days in hero course of the elite U.A High School.

If you asked me whether My Hero Academia offer something new to shonen genre, I will say not yet. So far, it gives me "been there, done that" feels. But it's done in an excellent way, you couldn't help to love it anyway. It really has all the best that are offered by a Shonen series. Heartfelt story? Check. Amazing battles? Check. Interesting characters? Check. I had watched thousands episodes of anime, but My Hero Academia managed to snatched my weaves just after a mere 2 episodes.


The main protagonist of My Hero Academia is Izuku Midoriya, a young boy without superpower in a society full of people with superhuman abilities. He idolized the no. 1 superhero, All Might, who always save people with smile no matter what trouble they're in. Dreaming to be a cool hero in the future, he experience setback when it was known that he was born "quirkless". Nevertheless, Izuku keep chasing his dream even when people mock him, told him to give up, and even when his mother thought it will be hopeless for him to become a hero. But a fateful encounter with his idol, All Might, bring miracles to Izuku's life. He was chosen to inherit All Might's quirk, One For All.

The question that change everything
At first, All Might said that people can't be a hero without power since pro hero always risking their life. But one accident where Izuku show his heroic nature make him acknowledged by All Might who eventually told him "You can become a hero". Honestly, that scene touched me so much I end up downloading all the episodes & read the manga right away.


What I like about My Hero Academia is the characters are simple but at the same time there's also layers of their personality to keep your interest in them. Here what I thought about them:

  • Izuku Midoriya
Izuku Midoriya is introduced to us as a sincere, selfless, diligent, timid with great analytical skills and hero fanboy passion. But as the series progress, we know that despite seems timid at first, he actually a strong-willed boy. He's still a crybaby though, but that makes him even more adorable. He become more confident as he progress in controlling his power and we found out the polite boy surprisingly has a brash and abrasive side that comes out when he's in combat.


I really like Izuku since the first time I saw him. He's the kind of boy that make you want to root for him. Many protagonist in shounen manga are all brawn and no brains, but Izuku is a smart boy who usually think before act (except when someone is in danger and need help, his body move without thinking), able to form complex plans and execute it. He has this hilarious habit of analyzing everything too much, which makes him start mumbling to himself a lot.

Some people might think Izuku is just a lucky boy since his encounter with All Might is the event that make it's possible for him to become a hero. The others might also think that it's better to have someone more powerful to get One For All rather than a quirkless boy like Izuku. But honestly that's just motivate me to cheer for him more. As All Might said, received something because you're lucky and being given something because you're recognized are different. Whether Izuku can prove that he's the worthy one to wield One For All is a challenge that pops out not only in reader's mind. When I write this review, the story is precisely discuss about this topic since the one who originally suggested by many people to inherit that power is the best student called Mirio Togata, a 3rd year student in U.A. So, I'm pretty sure the mangaka (Kohei Horikoshi) will present us with satisfying conclusion about that.



  • Katsuki Bakugo

The deuteragonist of the series is Katsuki Bakugo, Izuki's childhood friend as well as his former bully that violent, arrogant, and aggressive.  I think the relationship between Izuku and Katsuki is fascinating and will spark many different opinions between people.


At first, I terribly hate Katsuki, mostly because his aggressive behaviour & casual remarks for Izuku to pray he will have quirk in his next life and suggest Izuku to jump off the roof (indirectly suggesting suicide, most probably because he speak without thinking. But it still so ewww, I want to smack him for this). Although Katsuki's other pals comment that he's being harsher than usual, I still think that kind of behaviour is inexcusable. Kohei Horikoshi actually plan him to be an airhead character that inadvertently hurting others without any malicious intent. But since he felt that will be lame, he make him into a detestable character instead.  He promised to handle Katsuki's character with care and as the series progress, we will see more about Katsuki's psychology and come to understand him, bit by bit.

Katsuki is the case where too much talent, power and enormous praise from other people inflate his ego and propel him towards the wrong path. He is smarter and stronger than anybody in his school since he was a kid, making him having too high opinion about himself and belittle other people.

This is especially the case in Katsuki's attitude towards Izuku, which in his opinion is the least amazing of them all since Izuku was born quirkless. That's why it's irritated him when Izuku show genuine concern about him, thinking Izuku look down on his ability and leading Katsuki to bullied Izuku for years. Overall, I think Katsuki is an insecure teen with superiority complex who lived his whole life for validation from his peers, unfortunately without any self-actualization.


It's funny that despite his past as a bully, in U.A he is the one who often get teased by his classmate, shocking Izuku. Now Katsuki are surrounded by fellow students with high ability that he start evaluating himself, even briefly intimidated by Shoto Todoroki's strength. All of that make Katsuki's realized that he still have a long way to go & motivate him further to become no 1.

I was worried that Izuku - Katsuki relationship will become like Naruto-Sasuke relationship (both relationship have similarity: intense rivalry where the main protagonist admire the deuteragonist's strength & the deuteragonist jealous with the main protagonist's spirit & great progress), but it seems that's not the case. It's fascinating how Katsuki's behaviour might seems villain-like for others, but his determination to become a top hero is unwavering and greater than most people. Hence, he wouldn't be seduced to join the dark side like what Sasuke did. I still very much hate the fact that Sasuke turns into villains, even had goal to destroy Konoha in the past. I don't think Katsuki will fall into that kind of dark path though.

By the way, although most people will be appalled by Katsuki's attitude in chapter 1 of manga/1st episode of anime, I think 119 chapters later many people will start seeing Katsuki in different perspective.

  • All Might
Toshinori Yagi, more commonly known as All Might, is the "Symbol of Peace", the greatest hero that both Izuku and Katsuki's admired since childhood. Some people who love Japanese anime might dislike All Might since his character design pretty much resemble American superhero. The fact that he has hero-mode and normal-mode is source of comical relieve in the anime and manga. In his hero-mode, All Might is colorful and has dramatic flair (like comes out with big smile and loud laughter, shouting "It's fine now. Why? Because I'm here"). In normal mode, he's less dramatic. 

All Might is the one who chose Izuku as his successor. He is Izuku's mentor as well as a teacher in U.A high School. I love his fatherly attitude to all students of U.A, such as when the battle training and when he's presenting the awards for the winners of U.A Sport Festival. 

Damn ninja cutting onions again! I really love Izuku and All Might disciple - mentor relationship
All Might give advice to Katsuki and Izuku.


  • Shoto Todoroki

When I thought that the main rivalry in this manga is between Izuku and Katsuki, here comes Shoto Todoroki which become the 3rd rival. He hasn't really prominent yet in Season 1 of the anime, but he is one of the main focus in Season 2. Hailed as the best in class 1.A, even Katsuki was briefly intimidated by his strength. He is a character in My Hero Academia with one of the most interesting backstory (although somewhat tragic).

Shoto Todoroki's quirk, Half Cold Half Hot
Shoto Todoroki is my favorite character and I want to thanks Izuku for helping Todoroki to see that he is not his father.
It's going to be interesting to see the rivalry between Izuku, Katsuki and Todoroki to become the strongest. I personally really like their rivalry that push each other to become better. It's a bit unfortunate he didn't do his best when he battled Katsuki (he still unsettled about using fire power like his father, really understandable), I wonder who will win between them at full power. Having said that, the 3 of them still far from their full potential and I can't wait to watch their improvement.












I want to talk about Tenya Iida, Uraraka Ochako, Eijiro Kirishima and other characters too like Shota Aizawa, but I'm afraid this post will be very long so I will stop right here.

If there's something from My Hero Academia that I wish to be better, it's about the villain. I would like to have a strong villain with interesting goal. The biggest villain in this series so far is All For One, but his true motive is still unclear. All For One's successor, Tomura Shigaraki, is an interesting villain but his story hasn't really live up to his potential.

Tomura actually has an interesting backstory. During his childhood, he suffered from an incident where no hero came to save him. Additionally, people who passed by never offered to help him, because they assumed that a hero would take care of it, leaving him to be ignored.  I think if the story explore more about the shortcomings of a society that too rely heavily on heroes, it will be more interesting. But so far Tomura is just a childish villain and his hate for heroes still appear too shallow. It will be interesting to see what will he become in the future since All For One is All Might's archenemy, consequently Tomura will become Izuku's archenemy since both of them are the chosen disciples.







I wish the villain is someone like Shogo Makishima in Psycho Pass, someone with an ideal that you can't really deny. In Psycho Pass, Shogo Makishima want to liberate people from Sybil System since it's making human society become mere "sheep" that aren't able to think by themselves. I honestly swayed by his ideal since I also thought Sybil System took people's freedom to think and act (I really think it's dumb how people create Sybil system in the first place to control society). But his method of using violent to give shock value to open people's eyes about the shortcoming of Sybil System is evil and I can't agree with him on that.

In regards with this, in My Hero Academia there's a villain called Hero Killer Stain. He actually has an interesting ideal where he believe heroes must not desire rewards or compensation, and that people can only have the title of hero when they commit the ultimate acts of self-sacrifice. He kills many heroes because he believe heroes nowadays are fakes who pretend to be hero. He's actually interesting but he soon defeated by Izuku, Todoroki and Iida. But maybe the mangaka still preparing another big story where he will appear again since he is now in the same prison as All For One. There's possibility those 2 villains will team up.

That's all I can say about My Hero Academia. Overall this manga and its anime has potential to be very big and to become the next flagship series of Shonen Jump. If you want a light series with heartfelt stories, interesting characters and amazing battles, this series is for you.

Have you read/watch My Hero Academia? What do you think about it? Comment below and let me know.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Taeyang, Rise Live in Concert Jakarta, 14 February 2015.

So 5 months ago, I did the most random thing in my life so far. Out of the blue, I decided to join my friends to watch Taeyang concert in Indonesia. I still don't get how or why this was happened since at first only 2 of my friends want to watch it. Seriously, it's just 2 in the beginning but it ended up with 7 people went to watched this concert. ^0^. Ha ha ha. Not mentioning that several of them temporarily became "sasaengs" and went as far as following Taeyang from his arrival in Soekarno-Hatta airport. Maybe the story of how they succeed to made their car went beside Taeyang's car, even got Taeyang to open his window and smile at them, also made the other excited & look forward for the concert.

I actually just want to meet up with some friends after my class in EF which coincidentally near with Tennis Indoor Senayan, venue for Taeyang live in concert. I did wish to watch that concert though. I love Big Bang, even though I'm not very much a fan of Taeyang. My knowledge about his music is limited hence I only knew some of Taeyang songs from his 3 albums. But I always had this affection for him. Not only he's a good singer with beautiful voice but also he was Team A (now officially debut with name WINNER) mentor in WIN. That's why I have this strange affection towards his songs, Wedding Dress and Only Look at Me, since team A cover it for their first battle.

Taeyang picture taken by my friend @gichims.
So my friends & I were almost late to enter the venue since we just decided to watch this concert in last minute. As soon as we sat in tribune left, the concert started. Taeyang looked handsome in his gold pants. When I saw that pants in photographs, I think it's too much but it turned out to be really pretty. The seats in VIP zone was not full, too bad it's half empty. Probably because the VIP price was so expensive (2,5 millions rupiah) while the view is not really good, it's actually quite far from stage. But other sections were fully occupied & it's not tampered Taeyang enthusiasm throughout the concert. Moreover, Indonesian VIPs are cheering him so loudly.

Taeyang picture taken by my friend @gichims.

Taeyang picture taken by my friend @gichims.
So far, I enjoy this concert more than I enjoyed Bigbang Alive Tour concert. The fans are enthusiast yet they scream at the right moment, not like when I attend Bigbang concert in 2012 that made my ear ringing. I can hear Taeyang's beautiful voice clearly & the encore was long I feel like I was the one who became tired, not Taeyang. Ha ha ha. He's stunning & really a great performer.

By the way, there's an accident at his concert in Malaysia where Taeyang pants accidentally torn. That's why I and my friends were joking that we came to see "Taeyang's ripped pants" in this concert. Anyway, it's not happened. Ha ha ha. His pants was secure & not torn in place that my friend want. But he stripped & showed his abs like usual (not like I care about that though. I love Taeyang for his voice. He he he). By the way, rather than fangirling at Taeyang, several of my friends choose to fangirling over Kwon Twins instead, made me laughing at their antics. LMAO. Here are several fancams taken by my friend:

Intro + Body


I Need A Girl


Ringa Linga


Superstar


Eyes, Nose, Lips


Overall I enjoyed this concert, satisfied without regret. Thank you for my friends that out of the blue persuaded me to join their crazy antics & making this as my Valentine date. By the way, Taeyang is so sweet because he gave us free chocolate after the concert end as Valentine gift. I was touched. First, I wasn't spending Valentine Day alone & then there's this hot guy gave me Valentine gift. Lucky! Thank you Taeyang ^^, you are the 1st Concert that I watch this year. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ant-Man (Review)

If there's something that I hate from superhero movies nowadays, it's their need to make everything go bigger. From bigger blast, bigger destruction, bigger action scenes. In short, there's this need for every superhero movies to make it looks like the earth is in peril & need to be saved. Well, Ant-Man movie is (thankfully) not like that.

This movie, at heart, is a movie about relationship of father & his daughter. Michael Douglas played Hank Pym, A former S.H.I.E.L.D agent and also a scientist who found a formula that allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength. He's the former Ant-Man that had used this formula frequently in the war as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent, but his relationship with his daughter, Hope van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lily) is estranged due to the dead of his wife. On the other hand, there's this thief named Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) that desperate to find work to support his daughter & be a good dad. To make a long story short, Scott Lang become the successor of Hank Pym as Ant-Man.

What I love about this movie:
  1. It's different from other superheroes movies that I've watched
  2. The actors. Their actings are good. I love Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. I especially love Michael Peña as Luiz. He's so funny. Ha ha ha
  3. This movie is playful with lots of humor.
  4. It's touching to see father's love to his daughter in this movie. I always love movie about family's love.
What I don't like:
  1. The music & music score. It's so so & it's not give me memorable impression.
  2. As with almost all superhero movies that I've watch, I feel the villain in this movie lack in depth. 
From the eyes of many people, Ant-Man might be not your traditional superhero. His signature superpower is changing his size, and also ability to communicate with - wait for it - ant, which are not as flashy as Captain America, Thor or Iron Man. In this world where when you said superhero you imagine things like Superman (with his super-strength, super-speed, & vision powers), Ant-Man stands out because he doesn't have those things. But it doesn't mean that a movie about Ant-Man is not interesting. In my opinion, this comedic heist movie is funny, playful & enjoyable.

If you want a not-so-serious heist movie to make you laugh, touch your heart with warm family love & enjoy your day, I recommend you to watch it. But if you're the type that like to see car blows up, building wrecked, glassess shattered, & earth crumble, you might be a little bit dissapointed. Damage in this movie is relatively insignificant compared to the high stakes and city-shattering destruction that take place in most of other superheroes movie. But overall, I really like this movie I might watch it again.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Focus (movie review)

I watch it just because I have free ticket from my friend. I search about this movie on the internet and people say that it's a heist movie, similar with Now You See Me. That's why I get curious and end up watch it.


This movie is so so. It's not bad, but it's not good either. It could have been a good movie if they make the story more interesting. One of my main question when I watch it is, "Why do they make this movie? What for?". Because yes, this movie has no purpose whatsoever. What is it trying to told us? Nothing. It's just a showcases of many tricks and tricks without meaning. It's still an enjoyable movie though.

Kingsman the Secret Service

Honestly, I have a high expectation for this movie. First, the actors. This movie boast ensemble casts with high profile such as Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, even Mark Hamill. Second, it's a movie about spy and I love spy movie. Moreover, it's a movie about spy in suit. How cool is that? It's no wonder that at first I thought it will be a serious spy movie so I'm surprised when it's turn out to be a comedy.


What I love about this movie:

  • The actors. Their actings are good.
  • The music score. I love Henry Jackman's score so much.
  • The premise, the action, the equipments are all cool.

What I don't like:

  • Its highly stylized violence. I've watch Kick-Ass, so I'm familiar with it. But that doesn't mean I'm a fan of it. Generally, I don't like violence in a film. That's why I seldom watch war movies.
  • Some of the scenes that was mean to be a comedy are tasteless.
  • The villain use omkara pendant. Omkara is a sacred symbol in my religion so I was uncomfortable to see the villain use it. But it's okay though... I will also feel uncomfortable if the hero use it.
Overall, I enjoy this movie (I watch it 2 times) & will still recommend you to watch it. 

Shaun The Sheep Movie

As you might know from so many post here, I love animation movie & Shaun the Sheep is one of my favorite animation. So it's not surprising when there's a movie about it, I decide to watch it without many hesitation.


The story open with how Shaun was really frustrated with his monotone daily routine in the farm. That's why he want a holiday and prepare plan to make it happen. Sadly, all of his plan went wrong, initiating a series of hilarious events.

Overall, this movie is good. But I think it's not really different with the usual animation of Shaun the Sheep on TV. The only difference is the duration was longer. It's funny so you will laugh a lot in the movie theater, particularly for children. When I watch this movie, there's so many children in the theater and their funny laugh was also one of the entertainment source for me. Am I weird to said such thing? He he he. By the way, I don't really recommend this movie for people who do not like Shaun the Sheep animation on TV but I would really recommend it for your kids.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Imitation Game (Review)

I love movie. I love history. I love cryptography. I love to hear inspiring story about real people in this world. And I love Benedict Cumberbatch. Owing to those facts about me, it's not surprising that I really enjoy this movie. There's so many people recommended this  and it really met my high expectation.


The Imitation Game is a movie about Alan Turing, a genius mathematician, pioneering computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, marathon and ultra distance runner, that help to solve the Enigma Code during World War II. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. People said that his involvement in solving Enigma Code shorten the war for about 2 - 3 years. That's why I really curious about him and his story.

Overall, this movie is great. For a historical movie, it's not boring at all. The production design is really nice. The acting are superb. I also love the music score of this movie. The only thing that make me a little bit disappointed is the accuracy of history that was depicted here. They include many things that didn't happened in real life to add more tension and drama in this movie. But still, it was one of the best movie that I ever watch and left good impression. I recommend all of you to watch this movie. What do you think about The Imitation Game? Comment below and let me know ^^.