The Amazing Race Philippines: DryedMangoez Edition Season 15

It’s going to be a very happy holiday season because The Amazing Race Philippines: DryedMangoez Edition is back with its milestone 15th season! Woohoo!

And for this anniversary season, it’s the first back to basics season after three gimmick seasons! Yes! Also to celebrate, some refreshed graphics. Wow! But also some interesting tasks and destinations as well. All new to the Philippines (though not to the Amazing Race franchise as a whole, of course. Hee.

(Also, ignore those faces in the opening credits above. This isn’t a celebrity season. Unless you want it to be, then by all means you can see this as a Celebrity Edition, no problem! TARPHDME can be anything you want it to be! Wowow!)

No need to talk about TV5 and the real TARPH here since it really is deader than dead. But TARPHDME is living life to the fullest! So let’s get on with it!

“Naghihintay na ang buong mundo!!! Good luck… ingat sa biyahe… GO! GO! GO!!” Happy 15th! Continue reading

Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 9 – To See Them Again

Keiichiro admires the cherry blossoms and notes that crimes and weirdos tend to increase this time of year. Speaking of weirdos, Zamigo walks past him enjoying an ice ball. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 30 – The Truth of Pandora’s Box

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Martian queen Vernage exerts her power on SoichiStark who is shocked to see she is still alive. He is forced to untransform and then fires back at Vernage/Misora. Ryuga rushes over to intercept the attack. Soichi grins as Ryuga absorbs the attack and is forced to dehenshin. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Netflix/TV5’s Amo a Modern, Gritty Take on Familiar Filipino Themes

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Mild to moderate spoilers.

The Netflix-acquired, TV5-produced drama series Amo by internationally recognized director Brillante Mendoza is both notable and controversial for a number of reasons. It is notable for being one of the first two Filipino productions acquired by Netflix and the first Filipino TV series to be released exclusively on the international platform.

And as a series following a high school student as he gets sucked into the rampant drug trade in the Philippines, it is controversial in the midst of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs that has polarized the country and drawn international condemnation. Continue reading

Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 8 – The Phantom Thieves’ Identities

Tsukasa tells the others about suspecting the Bistro Jurer crew of being the kaitous. Jim Carter pulls up short dossiers on each of the three. Sakuya can’t believe his precious cute Umika would be a phantom thief. Keiichiro is more receptive of the theory, but Commander Hilltop says they don’t have the authority to just arrest them without a warrant or evidence. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 29 – The Opening Bell Rings

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Soichi fills one panel of Pandora’s Box with FullBottles and reattaches it. This is while MidoNanba is conducting an orchestra as Seito forces invade Touto. Sento, Ryuga and Kazumi hurry downtown to face the new Guardians from Seito. Continue reading

First Impression Review: The Hilarious and Heartwarming Absurdity of Welcome to Waikiki

No spoilers. But not really a First Impression as I’ve already watched 11 episodes. =D

For various reasons, it’s been a while since I’ve been excited and engrossed in a Korean drama. Not the least of which being there hasn’t been a series that’s truly caught my attention enough to warrant following the series all the way through as it airs. That may be one reason why I love KBS Drama Specials so much because while they’re excellent stories, they don’t require a long commitment.

But that all changed with JTBC’s Welcome to Waikiki (으라차차 와이키키). Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 28 – The Genius Arrives With a Tank

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Gentoku emerges from the rubble, seemingly unharmed. Nariaki sends him some data and Gentoku uses the Diamond FullBottle, one of the bottles Hokuto had stolen but are now in Seito’s hands. Continue reading