Hello Wonder Kitty!

Frustratingly, we have to wait until August 25th to see Wonder Woman. Sigh...
Fortunately I was able to purchase some advanced tickets and as a gift, I received this rubber strap:

It's Kitty-chan cosplaying as her favourite Amazon,Wonder Woman.

There were two different prizes, so I had to buy two tickets. I'm sure I'll be able to find a date.

The second present is a reproduction of WW's first appearance in All Star Comics.

After a quick word from Jim Lee, our Wonderful heroine is showcased. This is a sneak peak, if you want to see the whole thing, you'll either have to buy a ticket or track down the issue on ebay for 18,000$!

There's also an ad for Season One of WW on Blu-Ray. At 200$, that seems a tad pricey.

Several weeks ago, there was a handy dandy Wonder Woman guide available in the cinema.

And this is the latest flyer to come along:


Here's a sneak preview:

Based on all I've read while still remaining spoiler-free, this promises to be a great flick!

Speaking of advanced tickets for movies featuring strong female leads, I also bought a pair for
メアリと魔女の花 or  Mary and the Witch's Flower.

The premium with this ticket is an original piece of artwork. Sweet!

 Here's a trailer:

 Here are some photos I've scammed from flyers and movie magazines.

 If it is as good as Arietty, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.


Not So Innocent.

Last night I saw a new J-Horror movie by Takashi Shimizu (most famous for Juon or The Grudge) entitled Kodomo tsukai or Innocent Curse.

To give you some perspective, here's a teaser...

and a trailer.

Anyone who's ever worked with 4-year old kids, realizes just how creepy they can be and how capable they could be of murdering their abusers. Add in a Pied Piper who controls the little urchins and it just enhances the creepiness. I'm not going to reveal the secret behind him, but he did remind me of Gorgan from the Classic Star Trek episode, And the Children Shall Lead

The kids even attacked me, fortunately I escaped in time to go see the movie.

This movie has everything, creepy kids and their mentor, a circus, clowns, a dummy, a horrible gaijin, a plucky day care worker, an intrepid reporter and an eerie earworm. It's a ton of fun and due to the director's clout and its success at a few film fests, I have no doubt that this movie will be released overseas, though most likely it'll be remade in a whitewashed version.

Here are a bunch of photos I scammed from a promo site.

These two child actors were really good. Chances are pretty good that they'll either become great little actors, or be traumatized for life.

 Ring around the director.

This is Mugi Kadowaki, the plucky Day Care Worker with a haunted past.

These cats play an important role as well.

It looks like I'm going to have to haunt the UFO Catcher machines and seek out these straps!


Aqua Terrace.

On Saturday, I wandered over to Hillside Mall in NishiGaoka and visited the Aqua Terrace Aquarium there.
For 800 yen, you gain entrance to the facility and I was all prepared to be duly unimpressed. Very happy to be proven wrong. I'll start with this picture of a lizard because I want it to show up as my thumbnail since it was the best pic I had snapped.

The first creature you meet upon entry is this Horseshoe Crab.

I didn't take notes, so I won't be able to enlighten you on the names of the fishies and creepy crawlers, so I'll remain somewhat mute and just let you enjoy the denizens of the deep.

I dipped my mitt in the Touch Zone and little fishies nibbled my pinkies.

In the Reptile Zone! (Amphibians too.)

For some reason, some of the exhibits are guarded by little green Army men!

Most of the displays had quirky little extras to them.

From here on in, we have entered the Fantasy Zone!

 An oopa-loopa (Mexican salamander, aoxoltl).

Surprisingly, there were several living paintings (like Harry Potter portraits with fish).

 I found Dory!

And Nemo!

Whoa! Stormtroopers!

Pinky and the Brain!

A very cool Koi Pond!

Above, the carp are just swimming around placidly.

Then I bought some little fish food pellets and chaos ensued!

The next several pictures are colourfully lit.

Hard to see, but there are a few Chin-Anago (mini phallic sea eels).

Here's a cute little song about them.

As we exited, we were lucky enough to see some Owls!

We were lucky enough to be there when a staff member fed the Tawny Owl some meat. I asked her what kind of meat and she replied, "hiyoko", which is chick. (Please note, I am not referring to a disparaging name of a female, but rather an actual baby chicken).

The other owl just stared enviously.

And there were a few other creatures under glass so they couldn't escape and do you bodily harm (or you do bodily hard to them).

As we finished our hour-long tour of the Aqua Terrace, I felt that we really got our money's worth.


As you can see, my daughter looks just like me!

Happy Father's Day everyone!


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