Year 2015 in Recap

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Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015:

365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took the challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressive than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.

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Times Updated on People on the Poll:

284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Tseng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

Books Reviews:

Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations:

I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like a major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates:

130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuff. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

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Absolute Boyfriend

I actually watched this a longgggg time ago but kept forgetting to work on the review for it. At first, I was really turned off with the whole physical appearances only and felt some stuff was too silly. But the story eventually grew on me.

Main Cast:

  • Hayami Mokomichi as Tenjo Night. He really grew on me over time. I meant the actor who had to portray the robot. I was like omg, typical trying to show some figure show. Yet later, it showed more of his other sides as his personality developed and he wasn’t a robot anymore. Well, he was still a robot, but not in that mechanical sense. Technically, he was created according to Riiko’s preferences, but I totally felt his protectiveness and caring for Riiko.
  • Aibu Saki as Izawa Riiko. I don’t know. Mixed feelings throughout, but her character indeed grew on me. Because I initially felt like her crush on that one jerk was too much. Like I couldn’t see why he was the attractive type or anything. Maybe he was hardworking. But I didn’t think he was attractive at all.
  • Mizushima Hiro as Asamoto Soshi. I sort of have mixed feelings for him throughout as well yet I think I understood where he was coming from. There were many things that he couldn’t understand and have the right to say it out.

Anyway, it was soooo long ago that I forgot the names of the other characters already to discuss in-depth about it. But I felt this story made life even sadder. Serious. Yes, it was always better to live in reality. It seemed normal to go on and face things–even if you don’t want to. Yet I felt human nature is just too unpredictable and sometimes robots are better companions. Yet it was indeed sad to think of it as one day, Riiko (or whoever the person requesting the robots were) would leave this world and the robot companion would continue on with only knowing how to love the supposed human who once requested him. Sad? I think because the story taught us to face reality, but if it was me, I would choose a robot over humans any day. Because people’s hearts change, robots don’t.

Aside from that, the main leads were compatible enough and their stories enjoyable, and touching. I would recommend this for people who are a sucker for romances, lol.