Cleanup Weekend

26 02 2017

Well technically, not a whole lot of clean up was done this time, but I guess some stuff were indeed cleared from the house/storeroom, so I suppose it is still something. More on that later, if I still remember to write about it when that time comes =P

As usual, let’s start with work stuff. As it was a shorter work week for me since I took a day off as part of spreading out my rolled over leave so it was still a relatively acceptable week in that sense. It also marks the first official week of moving to the new platform for issue tracking and I suppose people are still getting used to it. Actually I am also adapting to it since it has been a while since I last used it, and how it is being used here is also slightly different, but I suppose I am mostly used to it already. There should be some work waiting for me to clear when I head back tomorrow, assuming that the stuff was completed while I was away. Guess I will catch up on that and see what else awaits me for the week ahead. After enjoying a long weekend, I don’t suppose I am looking forward to a full working week in the days ahead, for reasons I would prefer not to share here just yet. =P

For the blog stuff, of course by this time (it’s considered late for my weekly update), I have already scheduled the entries for the coming week and as with how most of the year has gone so far, I will continue to tap on my old reserves to make up the numbers once more. Nothing particularly special I guess. Lol, and I think this trend would probably continue until the fighting game titles of the year begin to release, or that there will be more eSports tournament matches for me to look at. Backlog wise, I suppose I am indeed clearing stuff at a rate slower than last year, but I find it more relaxing these days since I am really trying to watch it for leisure purposes rather than for the sake of meeting “targets”.

Now, for the topic related to the title, I spent some time during this artificially created long weekend finding some stuff which has been “buried” for like a decade, in preparation for something which I have to attend in a few weeks’ time. It wasn’t a pleasant time digging up stuff from the storeroom, as you can imagine there would be quite some dust around these things and it is actually quite warm in that small space. Ah well, and along the way I realised there are quite some stuff which can be thrown, either “expired” or no longer usable. To some, this is probably a much delayed spring cleaning which probably should have been done some time ago, but well, I am not exactly hardworking enough to deal with these stuff if there was no pressing need to.

Hmm, I guess that’s all for this week. Nothing too interesting again I suppose, not that it comes as a surprise or anything. This also marks the final update of the month. See you next time then.

Lucky 7 SP

25 02 2017

Lucky 7 SP

Japanese title: ラッキーセブン Special
Number of episodes: 1

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

A special episode for the fairly well received series, it is not really a direct sequel per se, but it does happen after the events in the main series. The core cast of the agency are all gathered once again, and needless to say the entire (2 hour) episode will be focused mainly on a new case that they have stumbled upon with their new client’s request.

In my opinion, it still pretty much follows the style and formula that have been used in the main series so if you are looking for something different in these aspects, then you are probably not going to find very much. For those who like the kind of interaction between members of the agency, there will be quite a number of occasions where they will come into play.

The case can definitely be made much shorter in my opinion, especially when the bad guy eventually was taken down rather “easily”. To be honest I was kind of disappointed on how things played out in the end. Somehow, it lacks something essential and made it look like quite… lame. I guess the (few) action sequences are still fairly good, maintaining a standard above most other Jdrama series I have seen, but it only forms that little bit in the entire episode. Definitely not enough to save the show if you get what I mean. Perhaps that’s why the viewership rating for this special episode isn’t that high.

From how the episode wrapped up, anything goes should they want to make a sequel in the form of another series, special episode or even movie. But judging from the reception this time round, perhaps such plans will not be materialised any time soon (or I could be wrong).

TOKYO Airport

24 02 2017


Number of episodes: 10

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

A drama focusing on airport operations, with particular focus on the air traffic control officers and their work. At least for me, this is something new which I have not watched before and I am sure there will be quite a lot of official jargon used related to their work since it only makes sense to have a systematic way of communicating with pilots and staff from various countries.

Of course, there will be more drama elements included into the series to make it more exciting since merely showing normal operations all the time may get a little dull after a while. I suppose these scenarios were also thought out with the help from the relevant authorities so that it can remain relatively more realistic and making sure that the ‘solutions’ used are not absurd. Nice to know a little more about airport operations through a relaxed manner such as this.

One difficulty that many viewers may have is to get accustomed to the English with Japanese accent as the communication is done in English with appropriate shortforms and way of expressing information in orderly and concise manner. Perhaps the cast’s accent is heavier as they probably don’t converse in English as much, but I am pretty sure having this accent problem is not limited to Japan alone, hence making the communication done in pre-determined format is all the more important. Well after a while I got used to the accent, so it probably isn’t too much of an issue with the real staff.

The cast also performed much better than I had expected, based on some of their past roles. They really look like a team on many occasions even though we all know it is scripted. Good to know that they can have such performances. Hopefully that won’t be the last I see of this. Somehow, the series seemed to go by fairly quickly and I finished it before I knew it. Probably has something to do with getting to know some of the new things during the initial phase that made it feel faster than it should. At least, I was trying hard to grasp the accent and also to see the entire radar. Hah. Not a too bad series since there’s at least something new to see and learn. Pretty good experience in that sense then I suppose.

p.s. the comedy puns made by a certain character in the show is indeed… … Lol. And nice job recreating all the rooms and scenes. =D