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The above image is from the Aqua City Odaiba Shopping Mall in Tokyo, Japan. Seems they added something far better than just some run-of-the-mill Christmas tree. They have a huge Godzilla tree decorated with lights, and it even fires out a plume of smoke.

It's a shame we never seen awesome stuff like this in the US. You know if someone did, Fox News would be screaming about the War on Christmas.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ FoxxFireArt

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Welcome to my initial blog series, Absolute Destiny Whatever (Named after a Twitter hashtag I made up while I was working on a wiki for those that were wondering) where I'll be discussing not only what videogames I've been playing, but also about what else is going on about my life as of late. The holidays came and went and it turned out to be fine despite the year that I had with my family.

Christmas Eve and Day

Unlike other X-Mas Eves, that one was shorter than hell rather than the usual feeling of it being longer than two to three days. Christmas Day arrives and I ended up having some fun as my folks gave me some gifts despite being far from perfect and the lazy-ass job they did with my stocking. (A big ziplock bag filled with candy in a stocking? Seriously? The candy part's what the actual stocking is for.) -__-

Gifts that I Can Remember from that Time

  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. (Link via GiantBomb)
  • A shirt that doesn't suit me (It was purple with light blue text). :(
  • A new stereo/cd player.
  • A box of Old Spice stuff (Which smells very good in my view).
  • An fancy Invicta watch that made the ones from my nearest mall look like counterfeit ones.

New Year's 2013

2012 was quite a ride in gaming, anime and hanging around at the campus lounge and on the internet. I also learned that I have an fearless-like ability when talking to women outside of the school lounge as pointed out by a few friends of mine. (Didn't even need help from GB's off-topic section for that. :P ) However, when it came to my home and family life, it was a bitch and a half. I lost a loved one, another loved one got arrested (too many driving tickets), and the family car was towed in late September, thus royally screwing everyone's plans until my fall quarter, which totally blew despite my good performances back there. I dealt with the negatives of 2012. Now I'm attempting to turn them all into positives for 2013.

That's about everything that went on with me during the holidays, so with a song to welcome the new year , I'll see you around until next time. (Also feel free to comment if you want to share your thoughts on how your holidays went too).

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The way you see the school year play out in anime - Fact (Probably kind of an easy one too guess though, secondary question: The way American's believe the Japanese school year plays out - I tend to lean a bit towards fiction.)

So this one is pretty long, but probably could be even longer, I tried and keep it bare bones and simple just laying out the structure of the school year touching upon the big events and commenting a bit on how that compares to some anime.

First lets start with the school year. The school day I'll try to have up later this week.

You know if this was a gif the next image it cuts to is the girl holding her hair as the wind blows it
You know if this was a gif the next image it cuts to is the girl holding her hair as the wind blows it

Japanese school, as you see in anime, starts in spring. More specifically early April so all of those classic shots of cherry blossom lined streets full of students walking to their new school ready to start the year is what it's like. Opening day varies a bit, but expect around April... 7th-ish give or take 3 days most likely. The first week is pretty much opening ceremonies, orientations, meetings and basic stuff that all students do at the start of school.

After that the next big event is Golden Week. It's a combination of 4 Japanese holidays: April 29th - Showa Day, May 3rd - Constitution Memorial Day, May 4th - Greenery Day, May 5th - Children's Day. This is your last big vacation for a long time so enjoy it. You'll have many people taking off days between to get an entire week long vacation.

Following Golden week it's pretty much regular days until summer vacation. You'll get some schools having sports festivals in this time period. June and July are crazy hot though so whenever you see shots of students sweating and complaining about the heat, it's totally justified.

Summer may be unbearably hot, but at least there's a fireworks festival every other day
Summer may be unbearably hot, but at least there's a fireworks festival every other day

Than it's summer vacation time. It will typically begin around the second to last week in July and goes until the end of August so you'll on average get about 5, probably 6 weeks of summer vacation. So yes it is much shorter then America and you get more homework and you still have club practice, but hey you get more free time then you would during school so it's nice. Obon week is the one week during summer vacation where virtually all school related stuff will shut down as students will travel with their family.

The only thing to make boys cry more then Koshien is empowered Shounen speeches
The only thing to make boys cry more then Koshien is empowered Shounen speeches

Typically summer vacation is also when the 3rd grade students will retire from their club. Some finish sooner, maybe mid July, but most stretch into late July and even August. For sport clubs it all depends on how good you do in your club's respective tournament. Get top 2, 4, 8 (varies for the given level of the tournament) in the city and move onto prefecture, then it's region and lastly national. This is also when the insanely famous and popular Koshien baseball tournament is. If you've seen a baseball anime or manga you probably know Koshien. It's just the name for High School's national tournament and it's popularity rivals professional baseball when it's happening. Some clubs do go beyond summer vacation for 3rd graders, but it's only a couple. The only ones I've personally seen are track, brass band, flower arrangement, chorus and art. The non-sports clubs usually go longer so they can do something special for the culture festival in the fall. So it's a sad and happy time for the 3rd grade students since clubs are such a big deal in Japan when you finally finish it's a major part of your school life coming to a close. It may seem early, that basically only 4 months into the school year clubs are over, but this is so they can focus on tests and getting ready for the next level of schooling.

In America it's presents, snow and family gatherings. In Japan it's KFC and sexy Santa costumes.
In America it's presents, snow and family gatherings. In Japan it's KFC and sexy Santa costumes.

Ok so summer vacation ended and now it's time to go back to school. During September, October, November and December the moments that stand out are culture festivals galore as well as 3rd grade students starting to prep for tests. Winter vacation starts up around the last week of December and lasts for roughly 2 weeks. On a personal note it's just crazy seeing how little of a deal Christmas is. I mean you could have school or work on Christmas and being from America that notion is kinda crazy. During winter vacation you'll have about a 4 day complete shut down period (like Obon during summer). It's typically December 30-31 to January 3-4 as many students will travel with their families during this time.

Now we are into the stretch run, January, February and March. This time is dominated by pretty much one thing, tests for 3rd grade students. In high school many 3rd grade students don't often even need to go to school anymore after their January final. You also do have Valentine's Day which I guess it's worth pointing out that girls do go kinda nuts over this and you'll have students bring in a giant bag filled with homemade chocolates to give out to friends. It's pretty much like you see with some girls trying to work up the courage to give some to a boy with the majority just giving them out to their friends. Other then that it's again business as usual for the 1st and 2nd graders. 3rd grade graduation will be about 2 or 3 weeks before the 1st and 2nd graders finish for the year and the school year will typically finish around March 24th-ish give or take 3 days. That leads us into the roughly 2 week spring vacation and back at the start.

You know, this might be less pressure then HS and college exams.
You know, this might be less pressure then HS and college exams.

So the idea that the Japanese school year is this long, unending, hard grind I personally find to be a bit of a myth. Yes you have just the 3 "big" vacations (spring 2 weeks, summer 6 weeks and winter 2 weeks), also they have club practice through their breaks, but and a big but, Japanese schools have wayyyyy more activities then American schools. There is always some event, activity, trip, game, special class period, anything really that's just happened, is happening, is going to happen or is being planned for. So in America, where the breaks are a lot longer and you have more free time, school days are just that school all day. In Japan it's broken up with so many different things that it can be more enjoyable, not to mention students can miss a ton of days and it's ok. So this long, unending grind of the Japanese school year while in some sense is true, I find to be a bit of a myth.

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I really, really, really went lazy with this one. As I don't have a schedule or something that forces me to blog on time. I tend led a few slide.
So yeah these are a few things I got but did not blog about or have and just forgotten that I did lol.
First of the Red Thunderzord, I went to a 2nd hand shop in The Hague and the guy running the place had two of these headless zords for €3.00 each. But seeing how I only got 1 extra head I only bough one of them which was the one the looked the best. And now I got two Red Thunderzord's one is used for my ThunderMegazord combo and the others is on display with my smaller merchandise and collecting dust lol
The second is this cool cheap thing, I got this the along with the cheap motorcycle Transformers and I only costed me €1. Its a really cute eyeless knock-off of the Red Comet's Zaku custom! I keep it in the box because it somehow looks cooler. Also the only thing this does is make a crap ton of noise and spinning around. Its fun for a child or dog but for me its better this way ^^

Christmas

Yeah I should have made a blog but chose the lazy way instead. Besides I didn't get the majority of my gifts back then so I would not blog about those anyway :P
My sister and her boyfriend went to London a few day before Christmas and tried to get fun gifts for us all. I asked her if she could find a Sonic screwdriver for me, and she could not find one. She then asked for what's left trying to get a Dalek for me but all she could find was a Prisoner Zero figure and a Weeping Angel. She went with this one and I'm glad because those things creep me out big time! lol Its a fun figure but I'm a bit sad that they did not add a suction cap of sorts to this figure. It would have been cool to hang this up some where :) This is actually considered a gift from both of them and I also got candy and Chocolate in a cute sock. This included Jelly Beans which went bad on the trip over xD And also €10 ^^ 
From my other sister got me a PS2 Dragonball game. I only played it once since I don't really have a tv for gaming so I need to unplug everything once I'm done.
Its better then Bodakai 1 that's for sure :)
My aunt and grandparents got me money too some of which I used to buy this tin and a pack. More of that later lol.
Her boyfriend Silvian got me the Legendary collection even though I wanted to buy it from the money my aunt gave and grandparents gave me.
My dad gave me the first two of these tins which I use for the non- Pokémon / Yu-Gi-Oh cards I still got left in my room. The last one is from my mom who also gave me the current Rosario + Vampire 2 volume and Shonen Jump. :) 
 
Aside from all these gifts I consider the fansubs releases a presents too. I already thanked those people xD

Cards

Yu-Gi-Oh
I had the god cards before but those where on loan and I had to arguably return them to their original owner. Those where the way more expensive Gameboy promo's. I still wanted to get a set for myself and suddenly I saw the Legendary collection which had its own versions. So I ordered it and suddenly my Aunt's boyfriend pays it for me in advance. I got the maps some 3 weeks later during which I got the current Shonen Jump. Which if you haven't guessed yet has another version of the Winged Dragon Of Ra. So now I got 4 GOD CARDS!! x3
I promised myself that I would not open the packs in the Legendary collection but I did any way and it had some awesome cards hidden lol. Anyway I'll only show the rarer cards. First of is the big three aside from the god cards the Blue eyes, The Red Eyes and the Dark Magician! Nothing really special about those IMO The only one I don't have six cards of is the Red Eyes Black Dragon. Next up is a bunch of rare cards from the tin including Majestic Star Dragon. Next up is the a bunch of foil cards I took a photo of without good reason. And there you can see my biggest catch of the Legendary Collection MOTHAFR#GGING JINZO!! HELL YES!!! I'm pretty lucky considering its the secret rare of that particular booster set!! x3. Next are the God Cards again and a close up of my Jinzo :D. After that is the rare collection I got from the Legendary collection. Also I should note that the boosters had two cards I frequently use in decks of the video game versions of Yu-Gi-Oh which instantly became my favourite after opening the boosters! Which are the Dark Elf and one that I did not took a photo of Jirai Gumo which I know are actually bad for my deck but had real good benefits for me in those games lol Anyway instead of throwing away the booster Is carefully opened the boosters and filled them up again with the same cards and a few extra. They look like they've never been opened. :)
Pokémon Cards
These are the special cards of the tins 3 shiny dogs and 3 non shiny promo dogs. All three are cool to look at, and I'm probably going to frame them ^_^
I could not have a better set of foils this time.... SHINY GYARADOS!!! :D and also a cool Leafeon ^^. Bellossom is still one of my favourite grass types :3
Lots of reverse foils indeed :) I think my favourite one in this one is Eevee. But that doesn't change the fact that I got ANOTHER SHINY :D And even a regular version xD Moomoo milk is cool too ^^ Really though Its like I'm just as lucky with shiny Pokémon as I did in the original games xD. Speaking of which.

Game Update

And Yeah I forgot to update..... sorry :P
G1
I could use a K.O Pokémon Green but its hard to find :-\. I've also set my eyes on the macabre Pokémon Ghost Black. If I see the card I will instantly buy it! Otherwise its pretty complete. To bad Red died on me... RIP Mew T_T
 Complete
 Complete



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
G2
Also complete even though Silver is dead too.... I refuse to switch those battery's! Dead is dead no zombie games for me thank you >_>
Lucky me that I saved most of Gold's screen photo's on a blog :) Any way yes its complete!! :D
 Complete
 Complete









 
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Well I still haven't found my damn card game and I'm considering buying a new one!! Anyway two new games here. Pokémon Jade and Pokémon Puzzle.
I guess I would still want to search for the other version ( Pokémon Diamond) or wait a few months and ask a certain friend If I could buy it from him.
Any way I'm enjoying these games. But I have yet to figure out how to save the damn Jade lol
 
 Getting there...
 Getting there...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And lastly something I dreamed yesterday....

A Horrible Dream About The Future

So I went to sleep and I had this weird dream. I was in my Grandparents backyard playing a Pokémon game on a console of sorts. But it was not on the 3DS. No this was on a rounded type of DS. It looked like the blue love child of the PSP and the DSi. Still It was kinda cool. Anyway back to the game, I felt like I had it for a few months and that Black & White was waaaaaaay in the past. Like I'm playing a 7nth generation game..... Let that sink in to you for a moment..... This new generation sucks and 2 generations later..... Yes now you know how I felt when I woke up! Anyway all I remember of the game itself was that I was in Kanto near the Power Plant catching a Pokémon and the Pokémon in question was according to memories of what I got in the dream the evolution of Lickilicky.... I'm also letting that sink in to you for a moment... Piece of unnecessary crap gets another evolution on top of it.... Feels horrible don't it? Well to my memory it looked even worse lol. It had this egg-like form and its whole lower body looked like it was its tongue. So in fact its was a mouth on legs lol. Damn that's horrible!!! Any way I do remember that it felt like I was hunting for Shiny's or something like that :)
 Lets just be happy that they hate each other lol
 Lets just be happy that they hate each other lol
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