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Posted in: United Airlines fiasco symptom of much bigger problem in America See in context

Is incredible that, in one year, I left a United plane excited for the incredible service I got and now I am thiking twice to use it again.

When I went to Vegas in 2014, I got an unexpected promotion to first class in the flight to Los Angeles and this was wonderful for me considering that the trip takes more than 3 hours and I got sick before boarding the plane. And of course I enjoyed the rest of the trip (except for a delay that almost compromised the trip back to Guadalajara).And in the next year I did not doubt to take the flight to Los Angeles through the same company and , this time I got a little dissapointed because my lugagge stayed one more night in USA.

However I had a good image of United all that time and I was expecting to use it again, except for two details: the absurd lugagge fee they input last year in all american companies and the Trump government. And now this..

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Posted in: 'Ghost in the Shell' for beginners: Japanese film critic’s impressions of Hollywood film See in context

While the movie lacks of "soul", the execution was wonderful, I think the American anime fans overreacted a lot regarding the white washing, considering that the anime "white wash" all the characters in the moment they decide to give them hair and eyes of different colors than black (the standard Japanese guy), I am not sure what would happen if someone in US decides to do a movie adaptation of Sailor Moon; Japan did it on TV and the result was awkward.

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Posted in: Anime voice actress Maaya Sakamoto covers Katy Perry’s 'Firework' in spectacular fashion See in context

Impressive, here in Mexico decided to keep Resse Witherspoon rendition instead of the star talent used for the Latin dub, a professional singer.

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Posted in: Kristen Stewart says coming out is worthwhile if she can help others See in context

I think for she, coming out of the closet should mean that she accepts that she needs to improve her acting skills

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Posted in: J-pop idol group gives lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses See in context

Ebisu pose... so common in 90s anime... I think I saw a lot the next pose back in 2005..

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Posted in: Toyota is latest Trump target over Mexico production plans See in context

Solution for Toyota and Honda: ignore America, make cars for China, keep doing the great work in Mexico!!!

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Posted in: Disney faces 'Star Wars'-size dilemma over loss of Carrie Fisher See in context

Stevie Nicks?.. I am not sure she could nail it? Why not calling Lynda Carter? She could nail it better.

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Posted in: Pony escapes from pet shop in Tokyo's Shibuya district See in context

To Yubaru... by the way Charlot was the name of Charlie Chaplin´s character in his movies. Maybe the owner mispelled the name.


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Posted in: Director Paul Verhoeven bemoans Hollywood's lack of sex See in context

The double morale in the media is the problem, if Verhoeven tries to do a remake of Showgirls right now he will find in front of him a lot of activists denouncing him as using the women as object, yes the PG-13 is the biggest market, but because it attracts children and adults together, a R-rated film has limitations but is profitable using the correct publicity, just use Deadpool as example...

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Posted in: Kyoto temple bans photography at famous autumn foliage viewing spots See in context

Well, for KnowBetter, a lot of tourists means a lot of problems, first, the pics are not so good when the place is crowded and that is one thing the tourism agencies will never show you. Second, some people does not respect the rules of the place and for these fistful of people the rest loses. Finally, there are a lot of guys that only take selfies... they not even try to take the beautiful stage in front of them!!!

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Posted in: Trump goes on offensive against former beauty queen; Clinton calls him 'unhinged' See in context

As a Mexican I can say that we were very dumb to elect Enrique Peña Nieto as our president, but you know, when a donkey gives some hope to ignorant people, they vote for the donkey. Please, American, think about it, I watched Trump and is even worse than Peña Nieto.. is a Donkey, but with the mouth of a serpent and the brain of a gorilla... save the world... do not elect him!!!

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Posted in: Ramen restaurant offering customers virtual dates with idol singers See in context

Just imagine the possibilities... while eating a tourist can have some kind of virtual date with a english spoken lady that suggest him to visit some spots around...

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Posted in: Anime-style mobile romance game stars girls who will never, ever love you See in context

I think the ultimate message of the game could be.... "why don´t you turn off your phone and find a real woman?"

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Posted in: Lotteria to offer massive Burger with Everything on It See in context

This burger looks like the burger version of the Saturday Night Live infinite taco joke...

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Posted in: Beyonce takes U.S. by storm with new activist role See in context

And then I could suppose that if Coldplay had a better halftime show and no Beyonce and Bruno were in the show the show will be anyway panned due to be racist... right?

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees See in context

The only one who really had a chance this year was Will Smith or the actors from Straight Outta Compton, but being sincere, this year was not so good for afroamerican actors and films, one thing is racism, another is the lack of good afroamerican films. If the next year no latinos are nominated, should have Gael Garcia or Sofia Vergara right to boycott the Oscar event?

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Posted in: Movie set in Japanese 'suicide forest' slammed by U.S. critic See in context

Thankfully that night at the bar, she meets a handsome American travel writer from Australia,... can you explain me how an Aussie becomes American by going to Japan?

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Posted in: Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo See in context

The anticapitalist union of Forever Alone guys... while they are angry to not have some couple to spend Christmas Eve sex..

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Posted in: Nile Rodgers: 'le freak' still chic -- and in demand See in context

You can say Disco is a waste of time but thanks to disco, several music was created like new wave and the electronic music genre... I can afirm that thanks to disco, current japanese music has it base.. for better and for worse..

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Posted in: Pachinko is ‘recreation for morons,’ magazine claims See in context

I think the pachinko players are mutating to boring grandpas and grandmas that only went to spent their extra time and money to a bunch of morons that are putting the pachinko situation even worse. I think in a future Pachinko will have problems to get public, by one side those bored grandpas and grandmas will die and the younger people will not want to spend money on Pachinko but on other kind of entertainment instead, like videogames, at least the sense of pertenence that implies to buy a console, a screen and some games allows the player to think that losing money on games is better than screwing everything on pachinko..

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Posted in: Japanese band’s music video is like a psychedelic sushi nightmare See in context

is that really Orange Range?.. the quality of their music tumbled down so fast!!!, I still remember Chest, was really silly, but it has a wonderful arrangement...

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Posted in: Grandparents seen as cash cows in Japan See in context

Japan is having a way to see that old phrase of millionaire grandpas... rich parents and disgraced kids. The way the japanese people are treating their parents shows the sequels of those spoiled kids that only wanted to work to get their stuff (furitas) and not for making a future, now we are seeing the second part of this problem, that, in a future, will be very hard to sustain.

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Posted in: 'Rurouni Kenshin' comes to picture-perfect life as photos of stage musical’s cast are released See in context

It seems that all anime is drawn to be easily picture by the Takarazuka troupe rather than men.. (well.. except Dragon Ball)

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Posted in: Yakuza cancel Halloween trick-or-treat event for kids See in context

those yakuzas have honor, no parent would want his kids to see someone killed three times before touching the floor..

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Posted in: Kanazawa: 7 things you must do See in context

One thing the traveller will never miss is the Kanazawa Station Dori.. is one of the most beautiful entrances I ever see in a train station emulating the trees of Kenrokuen in winter (while Kanazawa is really freeze, Kenrokuen Garden has the branches of the trees protected by nets in order to keep the form and avoid the snow to breaking them down, another good reason to head to Ibaraki in winter)...

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Posted in: Ore no Yome - the cafe where maids pretend to be your spouse See in context

next cafe idea will be the maids pretending to be moms... so they can fill the gaps of the old japanese people..

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Posted in: Vampire Cafe: Tokyo’s best undead dining in Ginza See in context

While no one shines with the sunlight the place looks cool..

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki hints at a possible collaboration with Babymetal See in context

Being sincere Babymetal is the first japanese band that make me pay for their songs since I went to Japan in 2015.. I could look forward to see that colaboration with Yoshiki... hell...yeah!!!

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Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests See in context

Is easy, put a japanese traditional clothes exhibition... then add some chinese and korean communities... Nationalism roots evoked... racism made!!!

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Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo See in context

Good for them, hope they can be happy, while the theme of having children is a little hard, while both of them can have them, so there could not be much problem to build a family.

In this case of the homosexual marriage, the hardest point is for the men, they can not have children the natural way, so they can declare they are a marriage to adopt child, so this is where goverment say no-no... but slowly they are winning that right... while the children have the liberty to choose who to love, I think there should not be problem about it...

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