Things you may want to know about America

Probably the last post before I leave America, so here goes nothing:

  1. Not all Americans are racist. Some are genuinely interested in people from other countries. Some are sheltered so much they just don’t know how you wish to be treated as a foreigner.
  2. Eventually you’ll run into racist people. Ignore them, they won’t listen to lectures unless they are good people.
  3. Everything with cinnamon is Mexican, so says American restaurants.
  4. Hamburgers and hot-dogs are not all the food they have in America. They have food from every corner of the world, if you know where to look.
  5. Not all Americans are fat.
  6. Like every other place, there are crazy people in America.
  7. Don’t comment on other people’s appearance.
  8. They have a term for everything and get easily offended on sometimes harmless remarks.
  9. It’s a first world country but internet is so damn expensive.
  10. Food is also very expensive compared to other countries.
  11. The high schools are not like Mean Girls. They aren’t like High School Musical either.
  12. Be outgoing. Or at least pretend to be.
  13. America is a big country, so people on the east coast and west coast are totally different.
  14. Don’t get angry when people think everything from Asia is Chinese.
  15. A lot of people only speak one language. Maybe a little Spanish in High school.
  16. According to my European friends, public transportation isn’t as good in America. According to me, at least they don’t have crazy bus drivers who think they are the star of Fast and Furious.
  17. How to be a nice person? Be talkative.
  18. Some people think everybody in the world speaks perfect English. That doesn’t stop them from trying to understand you if you don’t.
  19. If you do speak good English, they think you’re American.
  20. Some people express their love for America in strange ways.
  21. For some, the Civil War is not over yet.
  22. If you don’t like the same thing they like, they’ll think there’s something wrong with you. Seriously, I told them I don’t like salty bacons and they think I’m sick or something. I don’t have to be like you, okay? The world doesn’t revolve around you.
  23. They offer good courses in school. Take them if you have the chance.
  24. Everything with soy sauce in it is Asian, so says American brands.
  25. If you are a foreigner, you do not have to put your hand on your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Standing up and showing respect is enough.
  26. Same applies for the National Anthem.
  27. In a modern American household, you don’t have to do anything by hand except for cleaning the bathroom.
  28. School work is easy.
  29. If you’re from India, you’re not Asian. You’re Indian. So say my friends.
  30. Star Wars is everywhere.
  31. Zoning law requires all houses to look pretty much…the same.
  32. You can be 15 and drive, so be careful crossing the streets.
  33. BBQ. Everywhere.
  34. America is weird, like every other country. Let’s say people are weird.
  35. Texas is part of America. It was independent for a while but not anymore.
  36. California is not perfect.
  37. People are scared of Muslims, but don’t worry, many are very understanding.
  38. Yes, people do have guns in their homes.
  39. Obesity IS a problem. There are many kinds of obesity and some of them have it since birth, which isn’t really their fault.
  40. Eating disorders are a problem too. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, you name it.
  41. Be aware that school shootings is not something that can’t happen to you.
  42. Some think global warming is a myth, same as WWII. Your breakfast was a myth, then.
  43. In some states, the military do recruits in school. They get very special recognition from the general public.
  44. America is not perfect.

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Norn9: Norn+Nonette Anime Review – wait, who’s Sorata again?

Finally I got around to finishing the anime adaptation of the otome game Norn9 Vars Common, and the first thing I want to throw in is this: adapting the game into a 12-episode anime is very daring. But they did a good job.

The biggest risk is probably the fact that it will turn into another OreTsuba, where you have way too many routes and the story doesn’t start to make sense until all the watchers were already scared away. And I think that’s what happened to Norn9.

Second biggest risk is that they anime will have the same nonsensical elements like the game (according to summaries I’ve read.) You need to have the Itsuka Tenma mindset, meaning, ignore everything and just enjoy the show.

Plot & Characters: 6/10

The dudes: Akito, Ron, Heishi, Kakeru, Senri, Masamune, Natsuhiko, Sakuya, and Itsuki

Summary: Koharu has always lived alone, and was told that when she hits seventeen, go board a ship called Norn. The year is apparently somewhere around WWI, but there is a huge modern looking ship in the sky that seems impossible for that era. On the ship are a bunch of teenagers who are espers, brought together by an organization called “The World.” Thus begins Koharu’s journey of self-discovery and saving the earth.

My favourite thing about Norn9 is that it’s ambitious. In contrast to other Otoge adaptations, Norn9 has a huge main plot that underlies all the routes. We also have heroines who are strong in their own ways: the sweet and kind Koharu (for some reason I find her very cute), the badass ninja Nanami, and the no damn given ojou-sama Mikoto. Compared to beetchy Tamaki, deadfish heroine from Amnesia (I call her Maria), doormat Yui, or still-faced Felicita, we have a variety of fun interactions between them and the boys.

Nanami, Koharu, and Mikoto desu wa

The story moves like this: Mystery>Comedy>Romance>Sci-fi>Action>Drama

Click read more to see the rest of the review. I try to keep spoiler level at minimum, but who knows.

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Yume100 Review: Making a young lady’s dream come true

Ever wanted to be a princess surrounded by not one, but a hundred charming princes? Yume100 (Yume Oukoku to Nemureru Hyaku-nin no Ouji-sama), or The Kingdom of Dreams and 100 Sleeping Princes, is a puzzle+visual novel game where you are a princess in this very testosterone-filled world.

Basic Story: you’re basically coming home from work (or school) and voila! This furball butler says you’re the lost princess of a kingdom and he needs you to defeat the “Dream Eaters” and restore peace to the Dream Kingdom. Cheesy, right? Well, the premiseĀ isĀ kinda cheesy, but it’s what every girl dreams of right? Going to another world and becoming a princess and all.

Honestly, it’s your typical “I-came-to-another-world-and-got-myself-a-reverse-harem” kind of plot, but that’s not the main point of the game, really.

This is your new slave—I mean, butler. Photo credit:

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