Tuesday, February 24, 2009

News: Chinese Boy with Glowing Blue Eyes

I don't even know how to explain this one. The Sun reports that a young southern Chinese boy has glowing blue eyes and has perfect night vision. It's so surreal and scary at the same time.

A CAT-BOY has stunned medics with his ability to SEE in pitch black with eyes that GLOW in the dark.

Doctors have studied Nong Youhui’s amazing eyesight since his dad took him to hospital in Dahua, southern China, concerned over his bright blue eyes.

Dad Ling said: "They told me he would grow out of it and that his eyes would stop glowing and turn black like most Chinese people but they never did."

Medical tests conducted in complete darkness show Youhui can read perfectly without any light and sees as clearly as most people do during the day.

This sounds like a real-life script from the X-Men series. Only this is not a fake news story. While the doctors are mystified by this discovery, I believe the supernatural world has a role for this boy in the future.

[Update January 2019] Elite Daily has a link about this story. Check out this video on Metatube.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Review: Howling Mad (Peter David)

What do you call a wolf that turns into a man during the night of a full moon? Why, what an amusing concept! So I read to find out.

The book layout was very strange. It starts out with the author consulting an interview with a "were-man." This person tells the author the mindset of a wolf and how he viewed humans ("...I am Self..."). Then he mentions a human named Darlene and how he met her. Now the story begins.

Howling Mad, by Peter David, takes place in two places - a small village in the great northern wilderness (Canada) and in the heart of New York City: Manhattan. Josh, a timberwolf, was bitten by a werewolf. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a metropolitan zoo in New York City. Meanwhile, Darlene is disappointed with her love life. She wants to have a romantic relationship. She works for a local animal rights group. One day, she walked through the zoo and saw Josh a.k.a. "Self" in the wolf cage.

On the night of the full moon, the wolf turns into a man who has no foresight of American culture OR human capabilities. Darlene, startled by this weird discovery, names him Josh. This was not an easy task. Teaching Josh about American culture was similar to teaching a city dweller about life on a farm. Nonetheless, Darlene and Josh start to develop romantic feelings for each other.

Josh faces trials and tribulations as he adjusts to human life and desires to return back to the forest with his pack. Unfortunately, the werewolf and Duncan, his vampire "brother-in-curse," want to kill Josh. Can Josh escape from these two supernatural creatures? Or would there be only one creature left standing?

I found this book in a thrift store just waiting for me to buy it. I was in a state of boredom because the small town where I was residing that night was quite dull. I read it in just two days. There is a lot of humor (who reads about wolves turning into humans? this is very original) and the plot development is excellent. This could easily be adapted into a made-for-television science fiction show.

Overall, I found this book to be exciting and worthwhile to keep in my collection. Full of humor, suspense and plot, it had me wanting to read more. There should be a sequel on the relationship between Josh and Darlene. This is one of Peter David's earliest and best works. I believe it is currently out-of-print but you may find used copies by browsing online bookstore websites such as Amazon and by visiting independent bookstores.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UFOs and the Origins of Ancient Civilizations

Have you ever wondered if extraterrestrial life exists in our universe? Have you ever wondered how did some of the world's greatest ancient civilizations produce vast advanced technologies in writing, commerce, astronomy, and government? Some theorists believe that humans have had contact with an alien-UFO presence since the beginning of time. One connection these societies all have in common is their association with unidentified flying objects (UFOs). They worshiped and recorded their observations of these strange sightings from the sky in texts, sculpture and paintings. Notice the peculiar humanoid creatures and flying objects in the sky? Are these images based upon pure imagination or are these based on actual encounters with UFOs?

I highly recommend watching the History Channel documentary, "Ancient Aliens - Fallen Angels" (Click here to download the video.). This documentary explores the ancient writings and clues which point to some form of extraterrestrial interventions in human history since the biblical era. Do you believe in the existence of UFOs now?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Update: Supernatural 4.15 Resumes March 5, 2009

Yes, there will not be a Supernatural episode tonight. The show is taking a "winter break" and will resume on March 5, 2009 with the 15th episode, "Death Takes a Holiday."

Here is a preview to the upcoming episode:
Dean and Sam are clueless on what they are dealing with when they find a town where no one can die; a woman survives a certainly fatal car crash, a man walks away unharmed after falling off a building and a 6 year-old girl lives after flatlining.

I also feel sad. The storyline does sound exciting. I can't wait to watch it. Stay tuned to the next episode!

Review: Full Moon wo Sagashite (2002-2003)

https://amzn.to/2FpBjJPFull Moon wo Sagashite (2002-2003) is a popular Japanese romantic magical girl anime about a 12-year-old girl who aspires to become a singer before her death. The series lasted 52 episodes and featured the Japanese pop-band, Changin' My Life. The lead singer, myco, was also the seiyuu (lead actress) for the main character, Mitsuki.

Kouyama Mitsuki is diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the throat. The disease is curable but it could cost her vocal cords and her ability to sing. She promises her 16-year-old childhood friend and first love, Sakurai Eichi, that one day she would become a singer. However, her sickness proves this to be impossible, and he moves abroad to America to live with his new parents (adoption). Two shinigamis (a.k.a. angels of death whose names are Takuto and Meroko) appear before her that she only has one more year to live. This news encourages Mitsuki to fulfill her dreams so that she won't have any regrets.

With some divine intervention, the shinigami help her transform into a healthy professional teen-pop singer so that she can reunite with Eichi before time runs out. After her audition, she chooses the stage name Fullmoon because Mitsuki means "full moon" in Japanese, and it reminds her of Eichi, who wants to become an astronomer.

This story was so good and cute (kawaii!). The character development was so rich and detailed that you could understand all the main characters' personalities. You sympathized with Mitsuki throughout the season and rooted for her to achieve her ultimate dream. The supporting cast (Takuto and Meroko) cared deeply about her and overcame their personal weaknesses. The ending will surprise many viewers, and bring about many tears of joy (I must say I was teary in the end because it was unexpected and so romantic). This is a very emotional show that would instantly draw your attention.

Changin' My Life provided most of the songs and instrumentals for the series. The music made Full Moon wo Sagashite a success. I loved the songs so much that I burned a CD for my own personal leisure. The music is light-hearted, romantic and fun to listen. When the series finished in 2003, the group disbanded and myco is a solo vocalist now. I highly recommend this series for older teen and above audiences (especially if you are a Sailor Moon fan!!).

Full Moon wo Sagashite is available on DVD to buy on Amazon (7 DVDs total).

  • Opening Song(s): "I Love You" and "Rock N' Roll Princess" by THE*SCANTY

I have listed a discography of the insert songs by Changin' My Life. I also provided three same videos. The music is so beautiful!!

  1. New Future (Ending Song #1)

  2. Eternal Snow (Ending Song #3)

  3. Myself (Ending Song #2)

  4. Love Chronicle (Ending Song #4)

  5. Smile

  6. Focus

New Future

Eternal Snow


Monday, February 9, 2009

Review: All Together Dead (Southen Vampire #7)

Being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, and preternatural beings have gotten to be nothing out of the ordinary for Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Still, even she has her limits. Betrayed by her longtime vampire lover, Sookie must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life--the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn--but also contend with the long-panned vampire summit in Rhodes.

The summit, which has attracted undead power players from all over the central U.S., is sure to be a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day--and night--Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe...

All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris, is the seventh book in the Southern Vampire series. Hurricane Katrina had flooded and damaged the city of New Orleans. The vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq, survived while other vampires were not so fortunate. Meanwhile, Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic bartender from rural northwestern Louisiana, is trying to cope from the devastating betrayal with vampire ex-lover Bill Compton. She has a new boyfriend, weretiger Quinn, who is handsome, muscular and owns his own special effects company. Although Sookie loves her new romantic relationship, she doesn't know what dark secrets he holds from his past.

Sophie-Anne has been accused of murdering her former vampire-husband King of Arkansas, Peter Threadgill. She invites Sookie, who was the only witness at the scene of the murder, to attend a vampire conference with her at the Pyramid of Gizeh in Rhodes, Illinois (outside Chicago) to clear her of murder charges at the trial. The queen has many enemies, such as vampire Jennifer Cater, who served under the king. She meets other supernatural characters and another telepath like herself, Barry the Bellboy, who works for the king of Texas. Although her closest companions fear for her safety and warn her not to help the vampires, it is Sookie's first trip outside the South. She has also become accustomed to the supernatural world.

The night turns into a long suspenseful and deadly one at the hotel. Jennifer Cater and the other vampires of Arkansas (one survived) are found murdered and mutilated in their suite. Someone tried to plant a bomb outside Sophie-Anne's suite. The king of Kentucky has expensive otherworldly bodyguards protecting him from a possible assassination. Eric Northman, a Viking vampire and former lover, saves Sookie by forcing her to sanguinely bond with him. Who wanted Jennifer dead and why was the queen also targeted for death? When Sophie-Anne is acquitted of the murder charges, someone stakes the lone survivor of the Arkansas vampires. Sookie must carefully survive a volatile, dangerous territory before she ends up dead with a stake in her heart.

I was very pleased to finally read All Together Dead from the New York Times Bestselling author from my local library. Charlaine Harris is a terrific author because she has an excellent gift in creating characters' personalities in the most exciting and mysterious ways. Sookie's character almost grows on you. She always finds herself in the most unpredictable and supernatural twists for someone who hails from contemporary small-town Louisiana. Harris does not disappoint her fans!!

This book was also amazing and humorous. The jokes and reactions will leave anyone giggling and chuckling. The characters have unique personalities and talents. I highly recommend new readers read the previous books, especially Definitely Dead, to fully understand the storyline. This book resumes from the sixth book with the death of the King of Arkansas and other characters.

Stay tuned for the eighth book in the Southern Vampire series, From Dead to Worse.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Review: Poltergeist - The Legacy (1996-1999)

“Since the beginning of time, mankind has existed between the World of Light and the World of Darkness. Our secret society has been here forever, protecting others from the creatures who inhabit the shadows and the night. Know only to the initiated by our true name,…The Legacy.”

Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996-1999) was a Canadian/American horror television series that premiered on Showtime (seasons 1-3) and the Sci-Fi Channel (season 4). It spanned four seasons with a total of 88 episodes. Each episode was 60 minutes long.

The show chronicled the cases of a secret society called the Legacy whose origins dated back to the 6th century in medieval England. Their mission was to collect dangerous and ancient artifacts, solve paranormal problems, and protect humanity from supernatural evils. As centuries passed, the Legacy expanded around the world and established branches ("houses") staffed by small teams of paranormal specialists. This series primarily focused on the San Francisco branch.

Dr. Derek Rayne was the precept (head ruler) of the San Francisco house, a castle-like mansion on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. The other house members are ex-navy Seal Nick Boyle, researcher/psychic Alex Moreau, researcher/security Julia Walker, and priest Philip Callahan. Together, they investigated supernatural cases and tried to defend the world against evil and darkness. After the death of one of the members, psychiatrist Rachel Corrigan and her daughter, Kat, joined the Legacy.

The show was originally supposed to be a spin-off of the popular Poltergeist movie trilogy. I remembered watching this series on Showtime and I definitely became hooked. The Outer Limits (produced by the same creators of Poltergeist: The Legacy) was also in syndication during this time so there was audience of paranormal fans. I thought this series held a lot of potential because the storyline was clear, the character development was great, and the cases became more dangerous and complex. It seems there is a stronger fan base and demand for paranormal shows in the Canadian television market than the American television market. Luckily, Supernatural continues to bring high ratings.

If you have never had the chance to watch this series, I highly recommend it. This one is worth buying for your horror collection. The first season has already been released on DVD. It is unknown when the remaining three seasons will be distributed. I have included the opening scene of the series below.

Opening Scene (Season 1)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Review: Emma - A Victorian Romance (2005, 2007)

Emma - A Victorian Romance (2005, 2007) is a historical-based anime TV series that takes place in Victorian-era England. The location is the late nineteenth century in London. Both seasons contain 24 episodes. When two people from different classes fall in love with each other, their romance seems ill-fated. Can the power of love and destiny overcome societal pressures and customs?

First Season

William Jones, a member of the gentry (wealthy merchant) class and heir to his father's business, visits his former teacher and governess, Kelly Stownar, at her townhouse. When he meets her maid, Emma, for the first time, he immediately falls in love with her. Emma, a quiet and graceful young lady, feels the same way for him. Originally from a poor seaside village, Emma was kidnapped as a young girl to be sold to a London brothel. She manages to escape and work odd jobs. When she meets Ms. Stownar, the retired governess takes the girl under her wing as an experiment. She teaches Emma how to do household chores and how to read, write, and other subjects, a task which was unprecedented at the time since English maids came from working-class backgrounds and generally did not receive an education.

However, his family disapproves of him associating himself with the lower classes, particularly Emma. His best friend, Hakim, nonetheless encourages their relationship. William's father arranges his son to court Eleanor Campbell, daughter of a viscount, whose family is part of the peerage (higher classes). Although she falls in love with William, her feelings are unfortunate since William does not love her. How will Emma and William's relationship flourish in a society where a rigid class structure forbids it?

Second Season

After the sudden death of Mrs. Stowner, Emma reluctantly ends her relationship with William and leaves London. She starts a new life in the English countryside by becoming one of many maids in the Molders family estate in Yorkshire. The Molders became part of the new gentry class and immigrated from Germany. Her presence also catches the eye of the highly-skilled and sullen footman, Hans. He holds great respect for Emma's strong, quiet spirit and gradually becomes more protective of her when he notices her in vulnerable situations.

Meanwhile, William proposes to Eleanor to the delight of his father. A marriage to the viscout would bring the Jones family to a higher social class, and the Campbells would in return would become wealthier in an era where non-royal industrialists are quickly gaining more influence. Eleanor tries to win William's heart, but he still deeply misses and loves Emma.

However, Emma and William do not realize that fate will make them meet again in the most unexpected and romantic circumstances.

I LOVED THIS STORY! When I first watched this series years ago, I was very impressed. Kaoru Mori, the mangaka (female artist), painstakingly used historical accuracy in her illustrations and storywriting. Emma, the main protagonist of the story, is easy to sympathize with because she must overcome strict class boundaries and unfortunate events to be with the man she loves. I also admire William's continuous persistence to court Emma as his priority. Societal pressures be damned.

Although this story is not paranormal, it is special in a sense that fate and destiny will make sure things work out between Emma and William. Love is one of the most powerful feelings in the universe. They could have succumbed to societal pressures (William's proposal to Eleanor) or avoided negative outcomes (Emma leaving London after Mrs. Stownar's death). Happiness is more important than money. Before her death, Mrs. Stowner noticed William's pursuit of Emma and supported the relationship. Fate bought the two young people back together where they could live happily ever after.

The music was also fantastic. Kunihiko Ryō composed and arranged the opening theme ("Sihoulette of a Breeze"). The music has a nineteenth-century touch (classical music, bustling street corners) that reminds audiences what they are watching. I also highly recommend the manga (7 volumes total). Here is a word of caution: the anime and manga follow different storylines. The series has been licensed by Rightstuf International.

This series is available to rent and purchase on DVD. Click on the photos to the right for more information.

Opening Theme: "Silhouette of a Breeze"