Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts

Ikumi and Aldini Eyecatch

It was good to see Soma’s dad again and he kindly prepared the dishes for all the residents of the Polar Star Dormitory. It’s interesting to note that he used to be called Saiba. This is just a guess on my part but maybe his wife’s surname was Yukihira and he used that name once he married her. I heard that in Japan the guy takes on the lady’s family name when married. I really didn’t expect for him to be an alumnus of Totsuki Academy. I wonder why he didn’t graduate.

I did enjoy seeing Megumi, Ryouko and Yuki reacting to Jouichirou’s dish. They all looked really dashing in those Arabian clothes. I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with someone through cooking. If it is possible then Jouichirou will have a group of female fans straightaway. I grinned when Soma misread the glances from the girls. If he can improve his cooking then he will get a flock of groupies in no time. Haha.

Erina’s reactions to Soma’s antics I think were hilarious. I never expected for her to be a fan of Jouichirou though. I immediately thought it was cool but weird. Surely Erina would have made a connection that Jouichirou is Soma’s dad. But, seeing as he went with the name Saiba it sort of makes sense why Erina wouldn’t make that connection.

I wonder how she will react once she learns of the father and son connection. Will she still treat Soma coldly or will she show him a little more respect?

I’m looking forward towards the impromptu Shokugeki battle between Jouichirou and Soma. However, I still think that the Dad will come out on top.

THANKS FOR READING

Food Wars End Card

I was very late in posting this because I’ve only just watched this. Haha. I decided that I will keep posting my thoughts on Food Wars on a weekly basis. I like the new opening and ending songs, I think they’re rather catchy.

I’m impressed with this anime season so far. I enjoy watching the new Non Non Biyori series and I’m enjoying Monster Musume a lot more than I thought I would. I re-watched episode 2 three times. =) I wasn’t planning on watching SHIMONETA but I’m definitely enjoying that as I keep on cracking up laughing whenever I watch it. =)

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts

Satoshi and Fumio Endcard

Oh my. I hope Soma manages to pull through. Understandably I do think Soma is at a disadvantage here. He’s work at a diner for all his life and wouldn’t really know how a hotel would present their dishes. It’s not the question of him being able to cook. It’s the question of whether his dish is appropriate. So far, he has managed to serve less than 10 dishes. That new girl implied that Soma was going to fail as she knew what he was going to cook. I think Erina knew that that dish was inappropriate as well and it was on the tip of her tongue to tell him but opted not to.

Erina is pretty awesome and is quite amazing but it does seem that she was able to serve 200 dishes a little bit too quickly. That dish with the bacon and egg and muffin looks absolutely amazing. It made me hungry just looking at it. I wonder how she will react to Soma’s lack of servings. Takumi and Megumi appeared to be alarmed by this but I wonder how Erina will react? I get the feeling that she won’t be as sarcastic with Soma as she usually is. She already advised him to not serve that dish that he prepared for her in episode 2. I wouldn’t be surprised if she gave him more advice in the next episode.

It doesn’t matter how many insults and sarcastic remarks are aimed at Soma, they will never break him. Erina tried to be sarcastic and he took it as if she was suggesting a tasting contest. Haha. I do wonder who that new girl is. She tried to be intimidating but it back fired. XD She appears to be Erina’s rival. Are they related I wonder.

It looks like that Takumi and Ikumi are both going to be fine. It was amusing how they both confronted Soma. It was especially amusing when Isami revealed the recipes that the Aldini Restaurant use for their cuisine. The two of them clearly care for Soma and it’s always nice to see Soma getting more allies then enemies. He’s not a bad person he’s just ignorant in the high class society.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

High School DxD BorN Anime Review

High School DxD Born

  1. SYNOPSIS

High School DxD is back in the brand new sequel with the word “BorN” attached to the end of the title. Haha. Issei, Rias and the rest of the gang join this party which not only host devils, angels and fallen angels but the mythologies like the Norse too.

A new threat has emerged from this party and they are called the Chaos Brigade and Loki, from the Norse mythology and son of Odin is spearheading the vengeance and war against everyone who is relevant to the plot.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Harem[2]
  • Romance
  • School

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I think what I really liked about this series was the growth in certain characters, especially Akeno and Koneko. I think they really needed to grow as they were carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders, especially in family matters. Akeno resented her dad and didn’t want to use her Fallen Angel powers and Koneko didn’t want to use her Nekomata powers.

All of these problems were all family related. However, Issei helped them get over their problems and now Akeno is on amicable terms with her Dad and can unleash her Fallen Angel powers without restraint. Koneko now displays her cat ears and can use her Nekomata powers and has completely softened up with Issei, to the top where she sits on his lap and sleeps in the same bed as him. I think Koneko had more of a growth than Akeno did. In the previous season I did see a starting progress with Akeno being “accepted” for whom she is but the route is completed here. But, with Koneko, it seemed that she started and finished the progress all in this season.

I’m not sure if I would say that Issei and Rias grew as people but I am certain that their worries and doubt will make them move forward in the right direction. I view growth as how people get over their worries and self-doubt. In my case, I’m no longer self-conscious over the fact that I’m autistic, and since then, I’ve been living a life with no worries. In this case, Issei is over his “weakness” of worrying how girls perceive him and Rias is over the worry of Issei calling her by her real name… because he did. Even though that step was little in comparison to Issei’s, to her, it will feel like a big achievement. So, I deduce that they have in fact undergone humongous progress. =D

Issei also got over worrying about Raynare so that’s a major bonus for him.

I think my favourite moments in the show included the fights and when the ladies show their affection towards Issei. I got really pumped up every time Issei powered-up his Balance Breaker to beat the likes of Diodora and Shalba and tamed Loki with Thor’s hammer. He survived that dog’s attack thanks for Ravel’s Phoenix Tears. Her role in the anime was short but very significant. I hope to see more of her in the following season. My favourite fights included the one where they all fought Diodora and his Evil Pieces and where Issei fights Rias as he’s fighting to save her rather then beat her. That was a nice metaphor in my opinion.

The fights weren’t always serious, like the one before the fight against Diodora. Issei used his new Booblingual technique which allowed him to communicate with boobs… I never thought I would hear myself say that. Haha! I wonder if Issei can develop an advanced technique involving Boob Translation? I would most certainly like to see him go one step further.

I’m glad that all the girls managed to get their own time with Issei. Rias’ progress with him was the most significant in my eyes as it was a huge weight off her shoulders. I think it’s only a matter of time when she becomes Issei’s life partner. She shared a kiss with Issei as did Asia and Akeno. Issei’s date with Akeno was definitely one of my favourite moments in the show and I like how Koneko has become relaxed with Issei to the point of sitting and kneeling on his lap like a kitten. Xenovia had her moments with him every now and then.

Rias, Akeno, Asia and Koneko have all had character growths and progress with Issei in this season so I think Xenovia, Irina and possibly Rossweisse will get their chance in the next season. We haven’t really learned that much about Rossweisse except that she’s cool and has a cute ribbon at the side of her head. =)

I think the little things that I didn’t enjoy so much were the more intense parts of this show and the new characters being introduced. Things like the characters going berserk in battle, Asia being kidnapped, Issei going on a berserk and Rias being brainwashed and sent to the Dimensional Gap. Whilst I got pumped up at those moments I was also nervous. I couldn’t really keep up with all the new characters being introduced one after the other. I found that I couldn’t really remember who they were, expect Rossweisse. I remember Rossweisse straightaway because she is beautiful and nice. Haha.

I think Rossweisse is the best new character of this show. She is gracious and beautiful. I have no idea why she can’t land herself a man at the present time but the same can be said to all of the girls in this show. Then again, a lot of them are being reserved for Issei’s eventual harem so I like to think that’s why Rossweisse hasn’t found a man yet, because she is probably meant to be part of Issei’s harem.

I’m speaking with the assumption that Issei will get all the ladies by the end of the story but I’m more than certain that it will be a harem ending. We shall see. Oh, I really like Ross’ battle skills. I think Ross becoming Rias’ rook will be a blessing. Odin’s loss is Rias’ gain. =) I decided to call Rossweisse Ross now as typing her full name is giving my sore fingers. Haha.

High School DxD being High School DxD finished in a unique way… Issei appearing on a TV show singing with children the “Boob Dragon Song.” Haha. You have no idea how much I cracked up at that part. To me, that was a great way to end the show. It was light-hearted and fun. That and Issei woke up with all five girls in his bed. Being a devil is not all doom and gloom, just ask Issei. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Rias Eyecatch

I speculated for a while why the word “born” was part of the title. Was somebody going to be re-born? Was it a metaphor? Or, was it just a title with no hidden meaning? So far I choose to believe that it’s probably the latter as I can’t really relate the title to anything that has happened in this show.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twelve Thoughts

Megumi Yokai Endcard

I was gutted when everyone favoured Shinomiya’s dish. I really wanted to see him be cut down to size, but, his dish was too good. As expected of a top pro chef. I do understand his background a little better and I can see that it has made him the way he is today, but, I still don’t like him. However, after trying Megumi’s dish he will move forward in his own way.

It was pretty funny when all the judges were debating what yokai Megumi would be. Hinako is as funny as ever. If yokai Megumis ever get released then I would most certainly be keen to buy them.

Megumi put a lot of thought into her dish and considers who she’s preparing the dish for. She really is a sweet person. I suppose, realistically speaking, it would have been unrealistic for her to beat Shinomiya, even with Soma’s help. I’m glad she’s no longer expelled as I was somewhat nervous that we will not see her again.

It really is all thanks for Soma. I know Soma hit that wall in frustration but if it wasn’t for him then Megumi would have been expelled once and for all. Still, he didn’t feel sorry for himself and he joined Megumi and the rest of the Polar Star Gang in Rousuke’s room. Haha. Perhaps Soma needed a “loss” against a pro like Shinomiya to gain a humongous motivation to improve as a chef.

When I think about it, this Shokugeki battle is a win for everyone. Megumi gained confidence in her self-esteem and cooking strives, Shinomiya now realises how to become a top chef and Soma is going to be motivated to improve. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Eleven Thoughts

High School DxD Born

I still don’t really understand why or how Rias is being mind-controlled or is in a confused state, I just know that she is. However, she does look pretty cool in her own Balance Breaker armour. I think that shows how deep her feelings for Issei are, by wearing his own armour. I think there’s a metaphor there somewhere that her red hair is connected with Issei’s Sacred Gear. I’m not altogether sure what it is though.

Issei was looking at the prospect of fighting Rias all wrong. He’s not fighting to beat her he’s fighting to save her. Granted, his emotions and mind are in a confused state so he probably won’t think rationally. I’m glad he didn’t hesitate to save Rias. However, I do think it would have been cooler if he said something like, “If it means that I’m the enemy of the underworld and of the devils, then it’s a price to pay to save Rias and see her smile return.”

Alas, Issei will probably never think of a quote like that as Issei was just being Issei. Haha.
Is it really possible for a devil to become a Fallen Angel? Maybe Fallen Devils exist? They probably don’t as it doesn’t sound right. Haha. I wonder what Ajuka did to Issei. Did he give him a power-up? It’s probably something like that Fafnir object that protected Asia.

It’s nice to see Kuroka again. She clearly cares about Koneko even if she has become a criminal. I was really expecting a fight to break out but in this case there wasn’t enough time for Issei to duel with Vali and Kuroka.

I hope Issei and Rias make it back in time to the real world, that is, when they stop fighting.^^/

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eleven Thoughts

Magical Cabbage End Card

I’m pleased that Shinomiya accepted Soma’s Shokugeki challenge, well, due to the interference and intimidation of Dojima. I had a feeling that Dojima would somehow get involved. I didn’t know Megumi had a particular dialect. She sounds cute though. It made me think of Marika from Nisekoi as like Megumi she slips into her natural dialect whenever she is flustered.

It’s rather unfortunate but fair that Hinako is not a judge as she would be biased towards Megumi. I wonder how she kept on escaping the rope. Perhaps she’s a ninja. Haha. She’s supposed to have a fearsome reputation but all I see is a fun and carefree side of her. She never fails to make me laugh. Tying her up was a bit harsh though.

I do feel for Megumi. It must have been a shock to learn that she was going to be the main chef and Soma was going to be her support. I can understand why Dojima made that move. If Megumi keeps on relying on Soma then it will do more harm than good. At some point she will probably have to stand on her own two feet, especially in the kitchen.

Thankfully Soma managed to snap Megumi’s nervousness away, well, clap her nervousness away as he clapped his hands into Megumi’s. He also slapped Megumi’s back to calm her down. I think the two had good chemistry whilst cooking. Soma had a good idea what Megumi had in mind to cook and prepared the ingredients in advance.

I think the highlight of this episode for me was definitely when all the judges envisioned themselves as Magical Girls, or rather, Magical Cabbage. And Hitoshi was a bird mascot. Haha. I think I’m sensing a bit of a Sailor Moon tribute. Hinako, Fuyumi and Dojima are the Sailor Girls whilst Donato is the Tuxedo guy from Sailor Moon.

Megumi’s dish looks really lovely, but will it be enough to beat Shinomiya? I think she just very well might.

Shinomiya claims that he was deliberately holding back because he didn’t want to be mean, but personally, I think he’s being arrogant. I think he’s underestimating Megumi and he’s making something basic rather than he’s special dish. In his eyes he probably doesn’t need to be at his best to beat a “student.”

I’m disappointed that we have to wait for another week until we find out what the judges decide.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Ten Thoughts

Triage X anime

Well, that’s it for Triage X.

Admittedly I was expecting more of a conclusion to the current story/plot as it was the final episode. It was a fun episode to watch but I do feel slightly underwhelmed as I feel that there are still a lot of situations that haven’t been resolved. Arashi said it right at the end, when he said that nothing has been resolved. Is this a hint perhaps that Xebec are going to produce a second season in the future?

I wonder why this show had ten episodes. Producing half a season is one thing, but they didn’t even do twelve episodes, they did ten. The manga have sold more than ten books in Japan. I haven’t read the manga but I do imagine that with the amount of volume books that they released I reckon that at least 20 episodes could have been produced. I sort of get the impression by the flow of the episodes that a lot of materials from the manga have not been animated. I could be wrong but that’s what my instincts are telling me.

I’ll talk more about the show itself in my overall review, but for now, I’ll just focus on the episode itself.

I’m pleased to know that Suzue is not in danger. I wonder when she will recover. It was quite humorous when Hinako and co were talking about girls getting abducted. It’s as if they thought of them as horror stories. It’s interesting to see Hinako talking about the possibility of alien abducting beautiful women to create a harem. Of course it’s all fantasy within a fantasy but I do wonder how she would feel if Arashi decided to have his own harem. Would she “share” him willingly? For now I think that’s out of the equation as I don’t think Arashi is interested in romance, let alone a harem.

Speaking of romance, it was rather amusing to see Hitsugi banter with Mikoto about going after Arashi. Mikoto was very slow to understand what Hitsugi was talking about. I’m not sure if I should feel daft or not but I think I’m beginning to understand more things. It seems like Mikoto and Hitsugi both had the D99 drug in them as well as Arashi. Up until now I thought Arashi was the only one who had the D99 drug to survive death.

I would have liked to see what happened to Kyoji and Goryu afterwards. I really thought that they were going to be on the receiving end of those mind broken ladies. It appears that they’re running all over town and becoming urban legends. Plus, there’s that sudden situation with Miki and Inunaki. I’m a bit gutted for Miki as I would have liked to see more of her.

I’m glad I got to see Hinako. It was cute when that top part of her hair was swaying in jubilation at the thought of going to the cinema with Arashi.

I really liked that little skit at the end when Arashi chased down that dealer. The first thing I would have done to slow the man down was shoot the tires in his car. However, Arashi shot that gas thing which somehow managed to slow the car down. I don’t really understand the mechanisms of cars but I do know that Arashi managed to slow the car down through accurate shooting. Still, he looked really lonely when he was walking on that express runway. He must have been hot as well in that bike suit.

There was that part during the credits where, if I were to describe it, looks like a James Bond moment where a circle would follow him until he “shot” the camera. Haha. It looked like that. XD It looks like someone might be trying to shoot Arashi from a distance. I could be just reading into it but maybe that’s an indication of the next series, that is, if there is going to be another season of Triage X.

All in all I enjoyed watching this episode even if there are still things left to be resolved.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Triage X Episode Nine Thoughts

Triage X anime

I was a little bit fooled at the beginning as I really thought Mikoto was captured without explanation and was made to wear a Princess Leia outfit. But as soon as Hitsugi and Hinako were sitting on Arashi’s lap I knew it was going to be a dream. I didn’t actually think Hitsugi would go after Arashi as I thought she just kissed him on the spur of the moment. Then again, it was only a dream so I won’t be too concerned about that, I just thought it was more humorous to see Mikoto all flustered. Haha. It was just as funny to see Hinako flustered at the thought of more competition over Arashi.

Hitsugi looked cool in her fight against those twins. Now that her conscious is clear she looks much stronger than she ever did in her previous battles. I did wonder if she was really going to kill those twins but it looks like that they managed to escape just in time. I wonder who this princess is.

Oops, it looks like Suzue has been injected with the Platinum Lily drug, but how bigger dose did she take, I wonder? I kind of figured that she would be up to something important as she was a target for Syringe and Tobishiro’s group. I’m not really certain what Suzue’s looking for. I know it’s something to do with this Public Server but for what reason?

I didn’t expect Gyoji to be ruthless with Suzue as well. I thought she was just a loyal soldier for Kyoji and doesn’t really show emotions but I saw a more confident and ruthless side to her. Did she insert the drug into herself and she changed personality or was she just playing bad/neutral cop? I also didn’t expect her to promise to “reward” her co-workers. I can’t make up my mind if she was out of character or not as I didn’t think she had it in her to be like that.

I bet Gyoji is going to get punished terribly. Not only did Arashi manage to save Suzue but those broken girls have escaped from that room and are now on the loose. I have a feeling that they’re all going to go straight to Kyoji and Gyoji and they’re all going to literally pile on them both.

It’s a shame that it’s the last episode next week as I have been enjoying this series. I wonder why it’s 10 and not 12.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

High School DxD BorN Episode Nine Thoughts

High School DxD Born

So, it turns out that Asia was actually “killed” by this fella called Shalba Beelzebub. I got pumped up here when Issei went on that huge berserk and actually killed this Shalba chap. I didn’t really think Issei should kill anyone but I didn’t mind him killing Shalba as I do feel that he deserved it, especially as he killed Asia. He beat and killed Shalba but using the Divide Dividing that he borrowed or stole from Vali.

I was really concerned when Rias went after Issei in an attempt to calm him down and make him return to his original body. I was especially worried when he hit Rias. However, I did have my faith in her. I knew that if anyone was going to calm Issei down, it was going to be Rias. It looks like that it was her tears that touched his face and her sad voice that made Issei’s mind click. It was a lovely moment. Their hugs were nice too.

That new girl, Orphis, implied that there was some sort of dark matter magic that was sealed within Issei. It seems like it was that material that made Issei dream bad dreams of Raynare. It looks like that Orphis removed it and that was what helped Issei recognise Rias and return him to his normal state. All was well as Asia wasn’t really killed but somehow sent to that Dimensional Gap by teleportation. It was a good job Vali saved her and managed to supress Issei’s rage.

It does make me question Vali’s allegiance. I thought he was a villain but this episode suggests otherwise. It turns out that his true goal is to beat the Great Red, who lives in the Dimensional Gap. He looked pretty badass, I must say. He doesn’t seem to be interested in fighting though. He just ignored everyone and continued flying in that Dimensional Gap thing.

I was confused a little bit. Orphis’ true purpose is to bask in silence and if that’s the case why doesn’t she just seclude herself in the mountains with no one else around? Perhaps I misunderstood something.

I am getting confused at the new characters that keep on appearing and I found that I can’t remember their names. I can remember Rossweisse as she is pretty and she is nice who is rather insecure and sensitive about not having a boyfriend. I can’t understand why she can’t get a boyfriend as she is a beauty. Then again, the same can be said to all the other girls in the series but quite a lot of them will be with Issei in one way or another so they don’t count. Haha.

All ended well minus Issei’s arm. It looks like his Boosted Gear didn’t transform back completely.

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Eight Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Issei used some of his wits in the battle with the pawns and has shown that he doesn’t just rely on power. He said himself that he shouldn’t just rely on power. But… how can someone communicate with boobs? I then remind myself that this is High School DxD and no one can read the female minds, well, the boobs like Issei can. Haha. He looked like a competent leader too and dictated the battle due to boob-reading. Haha. What is that technique called? Booblingual I think. I.E., Boob Translation.

Xenovia kicked butt with her two swords. Issei giving her, well, lending her the Ascalon sword has really paved off. It does seem like the stronger the emotion the devil has, the stronger they get. It was true for the case of Akeno and Rias. Because Issei promised Akeno to take her out on a date she grew humongous motivation. Rias grey humongous power as well when she was bantering with Akeno and together they took down the Queen and two Bishops.  Good for them. It was a really good idea on Koneko’s part but I can’t help but fear for Issei. He’s going to have to deal with an excited Akeno and a jealous Rias when this whole ordeal is over. XD

Ugh, Freed is back. Why does he keep coming back? I know his appearance is significant and all but I still don’t like him. XD I thought he went through a humongous power up, yet, Kiba solo’d him. I did get pumped up when listening to Freed’s speech but got even more pumped up when Diodora gave his speech. I thought Freed was bad but Diodora is a really horrible individual. At least with Freed what you see is what you get but Diodora hid his evil side behind his smile.

I’m somewhat confused with Raynare’s involvement. Did Diodora make Raynare into a Fallen Angel or did he simply plan to kill her and give her power to Asia and make Asia his Bishop? It seems like he’s planned a lot of events even before the first season of High School DxD. I feel sorry for Asia on one hand but on the other hand I think everything has worked fine as she’s having a happy life with Issei and Rias. Anyway- I was really pleased when Issei literally beat the living snot out of him.

I did expect Diodora to put up a better fight seeing as he’s a King rank and all. Then again, maybe Issei’s anger gave him a huge power-up enough to beat any kind of King. I’m glad he didn’t kill Diodora as two wrongs never make a right. Issei proved to be the bigger man by not killing him.

And Asia kneels down and prays to God and no doubt she will get one of those electric shocks to the head. That appears to be an on-going gag in the show. But wait, a light shines over Asia and she disappears! What on earth was that! Issei and Rias busted their stomachs to save Asia and she just disappears? Maybe, just a little theory in my mind… Irina was a human but then became an angel. Perhaps, Asia grew a stronger holy power and has transported to Heaven and will eventually come back. But, maybe, she’ll become an angel instead of a re-incarnated devil.

I wonder when Asia will come back. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if Raynare actually comes back alive herself. It seems like she’s very important in this season and the more she keeps on being mentioned the more I think that she will come back alive. If she does I personally believe that she will be re-born as a better person. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.