Virtual Jellyfish

A personal blog on some of my interest. Anime, Comic, Manga, Novel, Game, Cosplay, Comic Convention and random things in life.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Book Review - Kino no Tabi (Kino's Travels) Book 1

Reading novel and other short story has been a hobby of my right next to PC or console games, I will keep a web diary or weblog to share among some of my favorites.

Written by Keiichi Sigsawa, this has been a peculiar favorite among eastern reader community. The story tells of the adventure or mis-adventure of a young traveler named Kino and her sometime annoying talking motoride, Hermes.
The series has gained so much popularity that is has been animated into a 13 episode series, plus a full length motion picture for the cinema as well as 2 Playstation 2 game.

With influence by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's
Le Petit Prince, in the story Kino would travel from country to country and encountering people and custom . Some plain, some controversal but always interesting and ironic to life in the real world.
Take one of the story in this book, titled "On the Rails". Kino was riding her motoride on an old abandoned railway track when she come up to a old man on a push cart. The old man was commissioned by the railway company to polish the rails for future and have been working for the past 50 years.
Kino met the next old man further down the rails, but he was ripping up the iron and wood of the rails. It turn out that he was commission by the railway company to destroy the rails since it has been abandoned, this old man have been working on the rail for the past 50 years.
Lastly a third old man was encounter much further down the rails, this old man was busy building the railway from the polished but discarded iron and wood by the side. It is learned that he has been working on the rails for 50 years.
Did you learn the moral of the story?

But unlike Le Petit Prince, this novel series is not suitable for very young readers. You will find topic ranging from prejudice, murder, to even cannibalism and irony that would be lost on most young readers. Recommended for a readers with a mature mind.

Each novel will start with a single quote and I find the opening quote to be fitting for first of the series.
"The world is not beautiful. Therefore, it is.."

Official Site Here

Some might find the artwork to be familar, that is because all artwork (at least for the novel and PS2 game) are done by Kouhaku Kuroboshi of PS2's Summon Night fame.
As a bonus, here is link to several chapters that I translated into english a couple years back.
To the Abhnation.

Friday, June 09, 2006

First, let me introduce myself. My name and short description I am sure you can easily obtain from my profile page, so instread I am gonna talk about what I will be doing here on this blog.
I must admit this isn't my first blog, I have 3 other blogs, 2 of which I would consider dead but for archiving here are the link to all three of them.
You will redirect to the mainsite and will need to manually enter my name into the "Go Hompy" field to visit it.
My first blog, I used to work at eGamesGlobal as a game supervisor. For convenience sake, I use the account provided to me during my shift as a personal blog. I particular like the ability to customize the theme, avatar and the unlimited upload space on this blogsite. Alas my account is banned when I left the company, a great pity.
But at least all the photo and comic I uploaded is still there for access.
This is my second blog, it is written in chinese and hosted in Taiwan. Not much is going on over there, since I find the system to be rather confusing at time. Although the place is still online but it is hardly active, the good thing my second blog is you can find rare photos of my room and my Midori hand puppet. :D
This is my third blog and I still update it several time a week. The reason I open up a fourth blog is is rather privileged, only member of GoPetsLive is allow to view blog of another member. I don't think many people would be interest to sign-up an account just to view a blog, since I am no Willian Hang or any other celebrity.
I love the free virtual pet the system provide to all member, not only you can feed and play with it but you can also dress them up or make your original pet item and sell it for real money among the community.

Ok now to ther propose of this blog. Blogs to me are public diaries, sorta like a report on what I have being doing, feeling or a particular view on something.
Expect to see alot of review on games I have playing, service I have been using, discuss on a Movie, Anime or Comic. Convention report will be rare and far in between since over here there isn't many Comic or Cosplay convention going around.
Photos will also be avaialble whenever it is appropriate.

Welcome to a peek of my life! I hope you enjoy reading what I have in mind.