“Beach Day” for Grade 12’s

Grad Week started today and the seniors called it the “Beach Day”. Grade 12’s got wet, enjoyed the sun and enjoyed splashing water to each other. It was a really good lunch time although not everyone had the opportunity to throw a water balloon to someone.

Thank you so much for all the Grade 12’s who participated in this Grad event. Please continue to participate in other Grad week activities.

Check out some cool photos below.

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Exam Schedule is OUT!

Hello Tigers! It’s that time of the year again where you need to study for your Exams (Diploma or Final Exams). So take a look at the schedule for the June Examinations. If you do not know your schedule yet, don’t worry coz we’ve got the schedule for you! So here yah go. Take a look at it. STUDY HARD Tigers!

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Feeling some Sorrow, some Warmth…”Angel Beats!”- [Anime Review]

Note: This review is written by a very biased person. Feel free to dissent.

Angel Beats! is a 2010 action/fantasy anime series made by the famous game producers:

Key(featured works: Clannad, Kanon, Air, Little Busters!…) and

Aniplex(featured works: Fullmetal Alchemist, Gintama, Guilty Crown, Puella Mgi Madoka Magica…).

The original story is by Jun Maeda, who made a ton of storyboards/scripts for sad anime and dating adventure games(or gal-games for short…).

The anime series consists of 13 episodes, see episode list for Angel Beats!.

Story surrounds where the protagonist Otonashi, an ordinary young man, wakes up in a strangely quite world with zero memory. In there he meets Yurippu, who tells him that this is the world where all the dead enters. Yurippu is the leader of SSS, a team composed of young people who strives to against “God”. They believe that, by fighting the “Angel”, they can  take over that world and ultimately, change their own fates. Otonashi then decides to join the SSS, and he finds out what they are really fighting against…

 

 

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Under this=Review+Comments, Spoilers Alert!

 

 

 

This anime is all about stories of young people who had regretful lives.

 

Yuri had all her siblings killed by robbers, losing all her happiness from the world in 30 minutes.

 

Iwasawa killed by her drunken father, unable to continue her  dream of singing.

 

Hinata fell into drugs after a defeated baseball game, where his hope was lost…

 

Yui born with a body of vegetable state, lived her entire life on the bed and died on the bed…

 

Yuzuru(Otonashi) died on a train accident, on the way of his Doctors’ licensing exam…

 

 

 

All these flashbacks have created a huge stream of feelings, at the same time well-integrated with the action aspects of the story.

The misery of each character brought lots of tears in my ears while watching this show. After watching it twice, the characters’ individual journeys have made me felt sympathetic towards to…their stories are vigorously tragic and are, most importantly, full of REGRETS. Otonashi, however, have lived a fulfilled life in which he dedicated and brought salvation to others. He entered the “after world” simply by accident, therefore creating changes in there. Otonashi suggests that, maybe the purpose of the after world they are placed in, is for them to complete their dreams and goals that they were unable to fulfill during their original lives. He also recognizes that the “Angel” is not “Angel” at all: she is just an ordinary girl name Kanade, and is like everyone else. With her aid Otonashi began to help everyone in the world reaching their dreams and goals, so they could depart from the after world and “reincarnate” –to begin a completely new life on Earth. In other worlds, if you have no more regrets, you will disappear from the after world.

Though Angel Beats, being a Key produced anime work, is indeed amazing, there are still quite some improvements to be made. First of all, we look at the conflicts aspect: WHO IS THEIR ENEMY? This can be an open-ended question…In the beginning the tension of the story focuses on the battles between the SSS and the Angel, lots of gunfights/sword battles going on. But turned out that Angel is not their enemy? Now what? Oh crazy shadows appear and trying to consume their souls. No problem, the team works so hard to get rid of them, and then there’s Kanade(angel) slaughtering the enemies like…I don’t know how to describe that…

Anyway, no epic final boss, just by taking down a room full of computers and you call that an exposition? Definitely debatable. At least to me, that is not of satisfactory.

Secondly, the romance aspect. The story has, too much, highlighting the past events and the setting itself(the secret  of the after world?). Romance was suddenly introduced on episode 10(which is almost the end of the story) between Hinata and Yui all in a rush. Hinata confessed to Yui, AND THEN YUI VANISHED AWAY. Are you trying to create tragedy there, Maeda? I feel that there can be a better elongation in that episode…anyway, that was heart felt, but sort of generated a sense of discontent for me.

 

The most surprising transition in AB is probably the relationship between Yuzuru and Kanade. So Yuzuru, you are actually in love with the Angel! And it turns out that the heart donated after his death actually went to Kanade after(wait, so how did Kanade enter this world? I thought your heart should make some differences…)! This all happen to be revealed in the last episode…rushing the romance again. With all the feeling of longing, Yuzuru just happened to fleet into the after world, which he wasn’t suppose to…There are many things to complain about(laugh), but this part where Yuzuri addresses his feelings towards Kanade is very touching. It is very sad, from Kanade’s quote: “No, Yururu…If I say my true feelings now, I will probably disappear–“

 

And so did they get their #happily_ever_after? You tell me! The ending is left ambiguous…

 

AB Trailer with English sub:

 

 

 

 

 

I will finally shut up after some rankings:

Story: 4.5/5

Characters:5/5

Animation:5/5

Art: 5/5

Music: 5/5

 

Overall: 24.5/25=98%(under my biased view!)

 

This anime is enlisted in my personal anime hall of fame Top 3 😛

 

 

WATCH IT.

[Anime] Breaking free from the wall! Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan [Review]

“No matter how much you pray, nothing will change What changes this moment is the determination to fight” “Those that can accomplish their goal Are those that can discard for their goal”   Didn’t the birds break out of their egg shell in order to fly, not to crawl on the ground pathetically? For what reason do you possess those wings?  Isn’t the sky in the birdcage a little too tiny     ============================================================================   WARNING. This anime is recommended for persons of and over 16 years old as it contains a degree of violence.   ===========================================================================   Because this is a relatively popular series, please understand that some information is necessary to be disclosed for the author to conduct an adequate commentary(before you rant at me XD).       In other words, spoilers alert!           Attack on Titan is a 2013 anime adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s manga series. The story is set in an imaginary world where humanity is cornered by an overwhelming predator/enemy–the “Titans”(or :Eotans). The Titans are creatures of enormous size and power. Even worse, they have the ability to regenerate itself under sunlight. Their only weakness is the area behind their neck. Desperate and despaired, humans built three walls: Wall of Maria, Wall of Rose, and Wall of Sina to protect themselves from the invasion of Titans.     After having 100 years of peace, a major incident occurred in year 845(note: the timeline is made up by the author in the story). A 60-meter tall Titan appeared out of nowhere right in front of Wall of Maria(taller than the 50-meter Wall) and brought an army of Titans. What’s worse than so, an Armoured Titan followed along and broke through the gate with mere force, allowing all the titans to enter the Wall and devour the citizens. The protagonist of the story, Eren Jaeger, also got his own mother eaten by a Titan. At that day, Eren swore to eliminate all Titans in the world in order to revenge.   The Mega Titan…   Armoured Titan   Eren’s mother being killed       The major characters in the story shall be introduced:   Eren Jaeger: The story’s protagonist. His father is an authorized scientist who studies the Titans. Eren dreams to explore the world outside the Wall ever since he was a child. He has a very strong will and always speaks out against what’s wrong and ridiculous. Having witnessed his mother’s horrible slaughter by the Titans in year 845, Eren is determined to fight the Titans and exterminate every single one of them by his own hands. Eren has a very strong will that allows him to overcome his physical limit and challenge the dangers.   Quotes:  “From the moment we’re born, all of us are free. Those who deny it, no matter how strong they are, have nothing to do with it. The fiery waters, or the lands of ice, it really doesn’t matter which… those who’ve seen them have gained the greatest freedom in the world.” “”If you lose, you die. If you win, you live. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!”       Mikasa Ackherman: The story’s heroine. Eren’s childhood friend and family member. She values Eren more important than anything else the the world.  As an orphan, Mikasa was adopted by the Jaeger family. During the Year 845 Titan invasion of Wall Maria, the Jaegar’s was brutally destroyed. With Eren’s mother devoured and the father vanished, Eren becomes Mikasa’s only family member left. Mikasa is a mighty warrior who can stand against mant Titans by herself. However, when it comes to Eren, she loses her cool and acts recklessly.   Quotes: “The world is merciless, but also very beautiful.”                  “You don’t stand a single chance to win, unless you fight.”           Armin Arlert: A childhood friend with Eren and Mikasa who also suffers great losses from the Titans. Though Armin is physically weak, he demonstrates intellectual qualities that greatly influences the story. Even in the midst of a battlefield, he shows kindness and sincerity that provides hope to his friends. He often looks down to himself due to the fact that he is vulnerable facing the enemies, but everyone recognizes his contribution. Armin is an excellent strategist whose plans are often executed in military combats and audience may discover his significance as the story progresses.   Quotes: “People who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.”                  “Clueless people who care about saving their own skin will unwittingly set humanity on a path towards  self-destrucion!”                         Trailer with English subtitles

        Opening with English subtitles. I urge you to watch this. It is the most fascinating anime opening video I have seen in a while!
    With mystery and suspense left at the end of the anime series, Attack on Titan is likely to be having a season two somewhere near future. The story is very powerful as the cruel nature of the world is revealed through the great sacrifices all the warriors made. Though many believe that humanity must progress by risking their own lives, more believe that they can merely hide behind the walls and live passively by themselves. In their journey, the Titans have overwhelmed the humans with immersible power, in which many fear and in turns, back up as they become too reluctant to even pick up a fight to their foes. This results in unbelievable damage in their battles against the Titans. Another significant concept is human selfishness. Throughout the story some human individuals only care about their own good even in the times of emergency. Conflicts take place as Eren realizes their enemies exist not only beyond the walls, but also inside the walls. Surely the Titans are to be feared, but what’s even scarier are the human greed and arrogance. The most inspiring theme is probably “the will to pursue freedom” to me. Eren and Armin always want to see the world beyond the walls. From the books they read(which is forbidden by the monarchy) they learned that the outside world is much wider and dynamic than the tiny, pathetic land humans have. The protagonists believe that it is wrong to simply living like livestock at the mercy of Titans. Rather, they dream to take some jeopardy and explore the world. The uniform design of Survey Corps: “Wing of Freedom” symbolizes this concept. What touches my heart is the critical scene at a battle against Titans: Eren was unable to stand up and trapped in his own illusion. Here, Armin cried out for him and asked him “Why did you want to see the outside world? Why is it that people die for that reason? Wake up!”. And Eren, finally awaken from the darkness in his dream, responded: “Why…? Because…I’m born to THIS world!”           Enough of my long mumbling. Here is my subjective ranking of this anime:   Music: 4.5/5 Animation: 5/5 Characterization: 5/5 Art: 4/5 Story: 4.5/5 Total: 23.5/25=94%   If you are interested in other forms of media, the manga series(ongoing) is also a great choice. Along with the novel series Attack on Titan: Before the Fall(which is the story before Eren’s emerge, a prologue of Attack on Titans). What’s more fascinating, a live movie and an animation movie will be coming up in this Fall and Winter(correct me if any information appears to be false, also, release dates are always subject to changes by the production team)!

Grad Week News

Hello Tiger Grads, so Grad is next week that means that we’re going to have a Grad week next week as well. (A lot of “week” word here) Anyways, so here’s the schedule

Monday – Beach Day (wear a beach outfit, don’t wear bathing suit okay?)

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Tuesday – Toga Day (uh, wear toga since it’s toga day?)

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Wednesday – Tight and Bright day (wear something bright – show us your true colors)

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Thursday – Throwback Thursday (let us see your old you)

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Friday – Commencement Day!

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Easter Long Weekend Movie Picks

It’s Easter weekend which means that we have four days off from school. So if you don’t have anything planned for your Easter weekend here are some movie picks by Tig Mag.

 

1. Divergent

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Synopsis: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

– Written by IMDB

 

2. Rio 2

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  • It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

    – Written by TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

  • Blu and Jewel have three kids and while Jewel tries to teach the children to live off the land, Blu lives like he did in America. Linda and Tulio who are now married go to the Amazon to bring a bird they nursed back to health to its natural habitat. While there, they think other birds like Jewel and Blu live there. So they go on TV and say they will find them and when they do, it will help get the area declared a preserve. But a logger not wanting that to happen tries to stop them. When Jewel learns of this she wants to go there and see if there are any other birds like them. But Blu who is a city bird doesn’t want to but he decides to go to make Jewel happy.

    – Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

 

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

– Written by IMDB

 

4. God’s Not Dead

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College student Josh Wheaton’s faith is challenged by his philosophy professor, who believes God does not exist.

– Written by IMDB

 

5. Muppets Most Wanted
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While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

– Written by IMDB

30 Hour Famine Executive Position Application

Hello everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying your spring break! It’s April! We’re two months away from our summer vacation.

Just a reminder for those of you guys who wants to be a part of the Executive position for the 30 Hour Famine next year, applications will be opening next week! This year we are changing things up a bit.

 

1. If you are applying for the position. You need to send your up-to-date resume.

2. List extra-curricular activities that you are currently involved in.

3. Statement of interest. (In less than 500 words, please state why you want to be a part of the 30 Hour Famine Executive)

 

There are four open positions for the Executive team! So what are you waiting for, apply now. Use Google Drive to save paper and come on it’s more accessible.

Deadline for submission will be on April 9, 2014. No exceptions! Share your application to j.tomas1@share.epsb.ca and d.truong5@share.epsb.ca.

Good luck!