Anime – One Outs Review

DISCLAIMER : This review is just based on my personal opinion on an anime as an anime fan myself..It’s totally based on my own amateur knowledge which I’ve accumulated by watching most of the anime that I owned, check HERE..

One Outs, outlined with the game of baseball in the Japanese league of sort, is filled with the essence of mind-reading, gambling, and also the very tactical strategies used on the pitch..

Quote from ANN and/or Wiki,

Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meets Toua Tokuchi, a 134 km/h (83 mph) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called “One Outs”.

At Kojima’s urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons. His contract, the ‘One Outs contract’, differs from the usual, though, in that he gets 5,000,000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.


*Taken from Google Images*

The protagonist, Toua Tokuchi, a self-declared professional gambler, caught the eyes of Hiromichi Kojima of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons baseball team to invite Tokuchi to become the pitcher..

The owner of the Lycoans, Tsuneo Saikawa (often called as Saikawa Owner), isn’t impressed at all because Tokuchi is not a professional player..So Saikawa offered Tokuchi a contract called “One Outs contract”..


*Taken from Google Images*

The contract didn’t offer Tokuchi any basic salary of sorts but he gets 5-mil yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50-mil yen for every run he gives..

So the story sets in from there and Tokuchi fast became the ace pitcher for the Lycoans, leading the Lycoans to neck-to-neck wins and also draining millions of yen from the Lycoans’ owner..

Tokuchi is portrayed as a somewhat self-centered, laid back person whenever he’s on the pitch but at the same time he’s doing all the assumptions, calculations and mind-reading game when playing with other teams..


*Taken from Google Images*

Indirectly, Tokuchi somewhat plays the manager-role in the Lycoans team as well and led them to wins..

Saikawa Owner is pretty much the constant antagonist in this anime, alongside with some other characters from other playing teams..

One Outs is very interesting because for one, baseball is already pretty exciting itself, together with the mind-reading and the counter-measures taken by an amateur player in the context of the professionals, it’s pretty much sexciting that makes you ask for more..

One Outs, originally a manga series by Shinobu Kaitani for the Business Jump from 1998 to 2006..

The anime adaptation by Madhouse Studios began airing on 7th October 2008 in Japan, aired almost every week for 25 episodes until 20th January 2009..

If you are not an avid follower of anime, you might not know that Madhouse has a good reputation in providing good quality anime, namely Death Note, Trigun, Summer Wars, Sakura Wars, and Card Captor Sakura, just to name a few..

Toua Tokuchi, voiced by Masato Hagiwara, who also did the voiceover for Bae Yong-joon in “Winter Sonata” in the Japanese dub..

Interestingly, the voice behind Saikawa Owner, Kenji Utsumi, is the voice behind ShenLong in the Dragonball series..

It’s opening song (OP) is “Bury” by Pay Money to My Pain..The ending song (ED) is “Moment” by Tribal Chair..


*Taken from Google Images*

Based on ANN’s rating, 88 out of 254 voted ‘excellent’ and it gave One Outs a median rating of excellent as well..

Although the rating is not something to be fully depended on but it’s a good reference if you are not familiar with anime titles or which are the recommended ones..

As for my rating, I would give it a mind-blowing 9/10 for its excellent tactical baseball and it’s something that one have to repeat some scenes few times to really get to understand its essence..

Definitely recommended if you wan something out of the norm and not just only normal boring sports anime..This anime is totally win!

Blackberry Torch 9800 Maxis10 Review – Overview

Time flies and it’s been 2 weeks since I got the Blackberry Torch 9800 under the Maxis10 programme and my review will come to an end with this post of an overview of the BB Torch 9800..

I’m going to do a slight comparison with iPhone, not technically but how I choose my smartphones, and some other not-so-big technical glitch about this BB Torch 9800..

First of all, let’s go to the size of it..


*Taken from Blackberry.com*

Height (closed) – 4.37 in / 111 mm
Height (open) – 5.83 in / 148 mm
Width – 2.44 in / 62 mm
Depth – 0.57 in / 14.6 mm
Weight – 5.68 oz / 161.1g

Well save your time from the measuring tape or ruler..The size of BB Torch 9800 when it’s closed is almost the same size as Bold2, just slightly longer by about 1-2 mm..

Although it’s a slider phone, the thickness is just exactly the same as Bold2..If you have no problem with Bold2, you got no problem with Torch 9800 at all..

The weight feels slightly heavier than Bold2 due to its solid casing on the slider..

When it comes to the keypad, it’s quite flattened as compared to Bold and Curve..One need some time to get used to it and I’ve achieved that in about 2 days..


*Flat keypad body*

Not to mention it might be a bit small for people with big thumbs..

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Goo Goo Dolls – Name

Goo Goo Dolls, a familiar name in the alternative rock scene back in the early 90′s and is still going strong til now..

They weren’t quite a name until their very breakthrough success in this song, “Name”, a single in their 5th album “A Boy Named Goo”, released in 1995..

Goo Goo Dolls now consists of John Rzeznik (guitarist, lead/backing vocal), Robby Takac (bass, backing/lead vocal), and Mike Malinin (drums, percussions)..

Ever since their “first-hit” in “Name”, they have been doing great and quite successful especially with the help of “Iris”, another single that shot them to immediate stardom with 3 Grammy nominations in 1998..

Now here is the music video of “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls with its lyrics..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHaBc0sLwE0]

Goo Goo Dolls – Name

And even though the moment passed me by
I still can’t turn away
Cuz all the dreams you never thought you’d lose
Got tossed along the way
And letters that you never meant to send
Got lost or thrown away

And now we’re grown up orphans
And never knew their names
We don’t belong to no one
That’s a shame
But you could hide beside me
Maybe for a while
And I won’t tell no one your name
And I won’t tell ‘em your name

And scars are souvenirs you never lose
The past is never far
Did you lose yourself somewhere out there?
Did you get to be a star?
And don’t it make you sad to know that life
Is more than who we are

We grew up way too fast
And now there’s nothing to believe
And reruns all become our history
A tired song keeps playing on a tired radio
And I won’t tell no one your name
And I won’t tell ‘em your name
I won’t tell em’ your name
Oooh, oooh, oooh
I won’t tell em’ your name
Ow!

I think about you all the time
But I don’t need the same
It’s lonely where you are
Come back down
And I won’t tell ‘em your name

Blackberry Torch 9800 Maxis10 Review – Blackberry OS 6

After showing you the camera quality, here I’m going to show you the new operating system (OS) which is integrated into the Blackberry Torch 9800, the BlackBerry OS 6..

There are 5 significant new features that I can really see in this OS 6, which are..

- Home screen personalization
- Social feed
- New media player
- Faster and richer web-browsing with tabbed browsing
- Universal/Global search

I’ve recorded a video to show you the all-new experience of the OS 6 but I’m really sorry for the second-half of the video..

The focus-point was out of focus when I shot that video hence the blurry screen on the Torch 9800..

While I’m trying to shoot a better video for future improvement, please bear with this video first and here we go..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdOOcmAsu9A]

Detailed explanations if you can’t really hear what I said in the video..

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Kelli’s 25th Surprise Birthday @ Jarrod & Rawlins, Damansara Heights

On 9th October 2010, the day after Jamie’s private surprise birthday dinner, we had another private surprise birthday dinner for Kelli..

This time it was at Jarrod & Rawlins at Damansara Heights in Jalan Dungun..It’s a cosy restaurant with a combination air-conditioned dining hall and also al fresco environment..

Long story short, again no food review in this entry but a simple warning, the sausages and roast pork (siew yuk) is the bomb! Pasta was good too..


*Cupcakes from WonderMilk and name card by Elaine*

The two early birds who were there to set up the balloons..


*Jenzten and Cassandra*

They were in-charge of preparing the balloons and some other party stuff..Then Daphne and I arrived, followed by April and Elaine..

After everyone has arrived, we were feasting on the awesome sausages and roast pork while waiting for Nigel ferrying Kelli from home..

Surprise party is the way to go..Normal parties or hit the club is a bit boring..


*L>R – Daphne, April, Elaine, Kelli*

All photos credit to the loving guy, mastermind, planner, cameraman, photographer of the night, Nigel :D

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Blackberry Torch 9800 Maxis10 Review – 5 Megapix Camera

After a brief introduction on the Blackberry Torch 9800 smartphone, I now will venture a bit into the 5-megapixel camera in the point of view of a normal user, not a professional DSLR cameraman..

BB Torch 9800 joins many other smartphones such as iPhone 4 and some Androids in trying to provide high-quality video recording function and also boost a 5-megapixel camera..

As a Symbian-phone user, I’m always disappointed with its camera quality even when it comes to 3.2-megapixel or 5-megapixel..

I’ve tried with a BB Curve 8520 and also Bold2, both with 2-megapixel and 3.2-megapixel camera respectively..

Other than the video-recording, the BB Torch 9800 photos are not any better than Curve, Bold, or some of the Symbians..

On the BB Torch 9800, you can choose from 11 different modes from Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up (macro), Snow, Sports, etc, just like any other compact camera..


*Close-up mode*

Here’s a sample of photo I’ve snapped by using close-up mode at Snowflakes inside Pavillion..

With some sufficient lighting from the few spotlights on the ceiling, the photo is still a bit grainy (noisy) which is usually due to low-light condition..

That aside, this close-up mode can only be used from a certain distance which I deemed rather far for a macro mode..


*Close-up mode test two*

As we know about close-up (macro) mode, usually it’s to focus at a very near depth (or maybe something in the background)  when it applies in a compact camera..

But for this BB Torch 9800, I can only shoot at a certain range not too close to the object as you can see from my picture above where I’ve tried to snap a close-up photo on a BB Bold2..

On the other hand, I tried it with the Bold2 which doesn’t has any other mode or auto-focus (which maybe has that I do not know of), the photo is much clearer than the one I snapped with the Torch 9800..

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