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WOW Words from Pope Francis

The Pope is human, imperfect, unlike our Lord Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean that he is useless in God’s plans for us! Praise the Lord for giving us Pope Francis, and God Almighty keep on helping him in doing his job well too! \(^o^)

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“The Internet…is something truly good, a gift from God.”  Pope Francis

The pope speaks out loudly and clearly, without compromise on a variety of topics such as:

true charity,  women, part-time Christians, the internet as a gift from God, prayer, each child is a gift,  a Church which is bruised,  Peter denies Christ, climate change, we have a Lord who is capable of crying with us….

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Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

And now, here’s my final post for the Three-Day Quote Challenge! Again, I thank Medieval Otaku very much for tagging me! I highly recommend checking out his posts for Day 2 and Day 3 of his shot at this challenge too!

Now, the rules of this challenge!

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Now then, time for the Day 3 Quote…

Day 3 Quote

“I hate hating people. I do hate bad behavior, though.” — The Overlord Bear

For my last post for this challenge, I decided to share some of my own thoughts. I guess I can say that the above quote is something that I have said a lot in my interactions with people after I started calling myself “The Overlord Bear” in the Internet. I’m sure that there will be times when people will question me–and maybe even scorn me–because of my faith in humanity, especially in those who seem like they don’t deserve true happiness. I understand that sort of feeling, though, that “Why give that cruel person kindness?” sort of feeling, for I have felt that way when I was younger and more immature too. But after years of suffering and learning, I realized that we humans are imperfect since birth. And at the same time, I realized that we humans can improve too. Along with those realizations, I also realized that hating humans is counterproductive and not beneficial to fulfilling humanity’s desire for true happiness. We need each other, yes, but we don’t need our imperfections to rule us. I’ll hate your bad behavior, but I won’t hate your existence, fellow fools. I know that you have potential for true awesomeness, and why not be truly awesome, right? 🙂

And as for those who think that there are no rules, our existence defeats that thought. Oh, and I guess the “There are no rules” argument also defeats itself as well. Plus, to those who think that they can make rules, I’d like to say that we humans don’t and can’t make the laws of the universe. We’re just enforcers of the law, enforcers who don’t really understand all of the universe’s laws, enforcers who do a lot of trial-and-error, enforcers who would correct themselves when they know that they’re doing things wrong.

Praise the Lord, and God Almighty help us.

And now, here’s my last set of nominees:

  1. Celeste of Contemplans Profundes
  2. Juliet Lubega
  3. Sachi Ishii

Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Here’s my second post for the Three-Day Quote Challenge! Again, thanks very much for tagging me, Medieval Otaku!

Now, here are the rules of this challenge again:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger for nominating you.

And now, it’s time for the quote…

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Day 2 Quote

“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like Him.” — Mahatma Gandhi

I remember a priest mentioning something that Gandhi once said, which was “I love Christ, but I don’t love the Christians.” Finding this quote reminded me of that. I bet that a considerable amount of Christians would take offense, thinking that they did no wrong. My younger self would probably go into a fit of rage too. But if I find a person who genuinely agrees with the above quote, I will be very happy. God has worked through Gandhi and his feedback on Christians, people who have infamy (maybe exaggerated at times, but still real) because of the very vocal self-righteousness that plagues their hearts. As a Christian, I should know that I’m not perfect. At times, I will fall to weakness. One day, I will die. With this human body of mine, I can’t know everything, and I can’t save everyone. Yes, I can improve, but I can’t do that alone. Knowing my own weaknesses will be a painful thing to the imperfect me, but I’d like to take that instead of “blissful” ignorance. Knowing my own weaknesses inspires me into finding ways to properly repair myself.

Thank you very much for those words, Gandhi. And thank you very much too, God. 🙂

And now, here is my second set of nominees:

  1. Corinne of Corinne’s Writing
  2. Noeybody
  3. Robert C. Price

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Freaking nuts, I found a short hero origin story that impressed me very much! 😀

Writing Away

“Jordyn?” Danny said.

I opened my bright blue eyes to see his hand waving in front of my face. I had been escaping my surroundings in a cushioned library chair in the lobby.

“Hey Danny,” I said with a weak smile. I tried not to look above his head but I couldn’t resist my eyes from wandering there. At some point in time I had started to see thoughts, like I was reading a comic book. Now Danny was thinking about how he would really like to take me back to his place. I sighed. This definitely made it difficult to have discussions with guys. I had begun wearing baggy articles of clothing once I saw their thoughts of me in my tight jeans and low-cut shirts. It had helped, but not eliminated their thoughts.

“What are you up too?” he asked with a smile. His smile made him look…

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Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

I feel like thanking God as well for this wonderful opportunity. And as for what opportunity I’m talking about, it’s this Three-Day Quote Challenge that I’m in thanks to Medieval Otaku tagging me! Reading his work for this challenge got me motivated into doing for this challenge too! Thanks very much, MediOta! \(^0^)

And now, the rules of this challenge!

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Now then…

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Day 1 Quote

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” — Don Bosco

From what I remember, this quote is also remembered as “Idleness is the workshop of the devil.” Essentially the same message, so I don’t have a problem with that. Anyway, I don’t like being lazy just because I’m afraid of pissing off those who expect me to work properly. I hate being lazy because sinful thoughts invade my mind with more effort whenever I’m not doing productive things. And if you ask me, laziness isn’t just lying on a bed or something that your body can lie down on while doing nothing else. Laziness can be doing something that you’re not supposed to be doing at a certain time and place too. There’s a time and place for work, and there’s a time and place for rest. Overworking doesn’t make a person productive too.

And to those who think that laziness is a legit way to true happiness…I’d like to say that you people sure are taking unnecessary suffering there. If you need help, you can ask me. I’m not the best helper, but I can still help. And yes, I know that trying to break out of laziness will be a big pain. I’ve been in that irritating pit a lot of times before, you know. Also, I believe in your potential for awesomeness! You can do it, yo! \(^o^)

And now, time to tag some bloggers for this challenge:

  1. Melanie Jean Juneau
  2. Matthew Burgos
  3. J. Hale Turner

See you again in the den, nutshellcrackers! \(^o^)

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Catholic Humour? Yup

I’m a devout Catholic, and I enjoyed reading this post too, yo. So here’s a reblog. Thanks very much for this post, Mrs. Juneau! ^_^

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Catholic humour almost seems like an oxymoron to the secular world, especially to cradle Catholics who no longer practice. Visions of grim, fasting, penitent saints wearing hair shirts rise up as phantoms from their childhood. yet the truth is the saints are joyful, lighthearted and even funny. Enjoy this sample of Christian and Catholic humour, created by religious people who have learned to laugh at themselves.

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Hangout at the Best of Anime 2015 Convention!

Before this day came, I found myself more willing to go the hangout I went to today because of, well, God, basically. With His help, I found a lot of worthwhile stuff in today’s hangout and thought of good things to do in the future. Bad habits are going to be broken, and good habits are going to be built. The road will be a very difficult one, but I can improve, especially with God’s help. Praise the Lord, and God Almighty help us all!

Now then, I should talk about the fun hangout that I had today!

I'm not very surprised by situations like this anymore. :)

This is the first convention I attended, I think. Also, I’m not very surprised by situations like this anymore. 🙂

Sharp Axe Bob and I, The Overlord Bear, went to the Best of Anime 2015 convention at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia. I was invited by Wacks, a friend of mine, and I decided to accept the invitation. I told Bob about it, and he decided to go too. The two of us informed Mom and Dad too, and I guess I should be thanking them for giving us the chance to have fun in that event too! Thanks very much, Mom and Dad!

So, at the convention, I was with Bob, my friends–Wacks, Gabby, Francis–and Bryan (currently at acquaintance level; also, I feel awkward while calling you an acquaintance, Bryan, hahaha). Bob and I arrived first, at about one to two hours before opening time (10am), followed by Gabby, and then by the other three. We spent a considerable amount of time standing and walking in line, and I started to feel my legs getting challenged. I don’t think I complained at that time, though. I was surprisingly chill as we waited in line, bought our tickets, and waited for the crowd in front of us to advance.

And this Chiyo Sakura keychain/bag tag/whatever-thing-argh-what-is-this-meant-to-be is the first thing that I bought at the convention!

And this Chiyo Sakura keychain/bag tag/whatever-thing-argh-what-is-this-meant-to-be is the first thing that I bought at the convention!

A crowd of people was already gathering when we entered, and we started looking at the open booths there. Obviously, there were a lot anime-and-manga stuff and related stuff being sold. There were a lot of things that I didn’t consider worthwhile, but hey hey, I found worthwhile stuff that I bought and did! For example, that item in the photo above!

And now, say hello to the freaking relatable teenage celebrity, Momo Kisaragi!

And now, say hello to the freaking relatable teenage celebrity, Momo Kisaragi!

Also, there was one thing that I wanted but couldn’t buy: a Shintarou jacket. You know, the red jacket that Shintarou Kisaragi wears.

Look to the right, and you'll see a Shintarou jacket that costs P950. Freaking nuts. I didn't have enough money for that while I was there, yo.

Look to the right, and you’ll see a Shintarou jacket that costs P950. Freaking nuts. I didn’t have enough money for that while I was there, yo.

But hey hey, I guess I can properly get it (and with a big enough size, I guess, ’cause that one doesn’t seem like it would fit me, hahaha!) some other time. Also, I should prepare myself more for work. I’m gonna have to get a proper job in the future.

Oh, and I got this too!

A commissioned sketch of Chihiro Fujisaki, done by Ate Camille! Thanks very much, Ate Camille! \(^o^)

A commissioned sketch of Chihiro Fujisaki, done by Ate Camille! Thanks very much, Ate Camille! \(^o^)

And hey, there was also a booth (one run by a group called AniZone, I think?) where visitors can play some video games. Playable there were Osu!, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, and Project Diva F 2nd! I played a lot of Project Diva F 2nd, and after a round of practice, I managed to get a prize from a raffle after playing (since I had to finish at least one song on Hard difficulty, and hey, even if I didn’t satisfactorily clear them, I finished three songs!), and I managed to listen to some of my favorite VOCALOID songs (like “Nisoku Hokou,” “Kagerou Daze,” and “Karakuri Pierrot”) while I played! While I waited for my second play, though, I also chatted with one of the people working for that booth! We chatted about VOCALOID and music and some other related stuff, I didn’t feel very awkward, and hey, I think me managing to have such a conversation with someone without a lot of awkwardness is impressive! Give a pat to your back, Tobby! Freaking nuts! Your social skills are improving!

Here's the prize I got from the raffle after clearing that Hard mode challenge in playing Project Diva F 2nd! A Kyouko Kirigiri pin!

Here’s the prize I got from the raffle after clearing that Hard mode challenge in playing Project Diva F 2nd! A Kyouko Kirigiri pin!

And speaking of improving social skills, I managed to approach some cosplayers–ones who are cosplaying characters from series that I’m very interested in–and ask for permission to take photos with them without much help from my companions! I felt awkwardness, yes, but hey, I think I can say that I have improved!

Now then, here are the photos with me and them cosplayers!

I took a picture with Kuroha and lived to tell the tale (hahaha)

I took a picture with Kuroha and lived to tell the tale (hahaha)

I think a scream was threatening to break out of me for a variety of reasons (one reason being the desire to fanboy, hahaha) while I held the camera here.

I think a scream was threatening to break out of me for a variety of reasons (one reason being the desire to fanboy, hahaha) while I held the camera here.

Trust me and my P3 knowledge--that is not a gun, but an Evoker. It's shaped like a gun, and it works to cause trauma, leading the user to summon their Persona with the help of a bunch of other magical things in it. And yes, I guess that description still sounds terrifying.

Trust me and my P3 knowledge–that is not a gun, but an Evoker. It’s shaped like a gun, and it works to cause trauma, leading the user to summon their Persona with the help of a bunch of other magical things in it. And yes, I guess that description still sounds terrifying.

Seto isn't getting a lot of screentime again, huh?

Seto isn’t getting a lot of screentime again, huh?

And as for socializing, I shouldn’t forget my companions! Gabby’s still a pretty chill guy, even when I was complaining a lot because of my tired legs (I’m sorry for the noisy complaints too, Gabby!). Wacks, well, he still has that laziness and loudly coarse attitude and sense of humor. I think I can see more of his street smarts too behind all that coarseness, though. And hey, I guess he’d be vocal about it if he didn’t want me hanging out with him, no?

Ah, and Francis and Bryan. Among my companions, they’re in the bottom of my “Most Interacted With” list, but they’re chill people, I think, even if certain interests of ours aren’t the same. Oh, and speaking of same and different opinions, even though I still like the Kagerou Project, I think we do calmly agree that its story’s presentation isn’t very great in stuff other than its music (although I’d still read the light novels and manga, ’cause I’ve got more patience for the series)…and that the TV version of Mekakucity Actors’s act09 opening animation is a substandard piece of work. KagePro’s performance also inspires me to make something that surpasses it. You still won’t be forgotten, KagePro and its production crew!

Oh, and I shouldn’t forget that thing that I need to do for a certain thing that Francis and I are working on…

And wait, better not forget Sharp Axe Bob! I think we’ve been getting closer as we interacted during the day! Well, we talked about some parts of our lives. Like school. And he seemed to be aiming to take pictures of and with cute female cosplayers while in the convention. Hahaha…well…I guess I just made this awkward…?

Anyway, yeah, it was a freaking fun day! I saw improvements in myself! Even if I didn’t spend a lot of time being together with all of my companions while in the con, and even if Gabby, Bob, and I left the con first (at around 3pm, and then we went to the Manila International Book Fair area ’cause Gabby needed to buy a book there), I found lots of fun, and I guess my companions found lots of fun too, even if we weren’t loaded with lots of money, and even if I found myself really annoyed at my tired legs during the later parts of the hangout. I think certain companions of mine enjoyed certain musical performances in the convention as well…

From right to left: Me, Francis, Bryan, Bob, Wacks, and Gabby.

From right to left: Me, Francis, Bryan, Bob, Wacks, and Gabby.

Now, I’d like to thank my companions at the con very much for hanging out with me! Thanks very much, Wacks, Gabby, Francis, Bryan, and Bob! You have helped Tobby improve! I hope that I have helped you improve too, dear companions!

Well, now that that’s done, time to get some rest, and then get back to doing chores and work and other important stuff! And again, I’d like to praise the Lord, and I’d like to ask God Almighty to help us all as well!

And hey, see you again in the den, nutshellcrackers! \(^o^)

Eyesight Test (Eng-Subtitled Vid and Lyrics Transcript)

シリョクケンサ/Shiryokukensa/Eyesight Test

Music and Lyrics: 40mP (a.k.a. Iname Toru) [NND MyList, YT Channel, Twitter]

Singing: GUMI

Movie: Tama [NND MyList, pixiv profile, Twitter]

Mastering: madamxx [NND MyList, Twitter]

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English Translation and Romaji: The Overlord Bear

Also, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback regarding my translation, especially from those who have a decent grasp on the Japanese language, so that I can make more accurate translations in the future. Continue reading

Hearted Doll (Eng-Subtitled Vid and Lyrics Transcript)

ハーテッド・ドール/Hearted Doll

Music and Lyrics: Yuzy [NND MyList, Twitter]

Singing: Hatsune Miku

Instrumental Mix: yasu [NND MyList, Twitter]

Movie: Mafuteru [NND MyList, Twitter]

Romaji and English Translation: The Overlord Bear

— This song was written for and first featured in Mafumafu‘s album, Yamiiro Night Parade (Darkness Night Parade)and the official Mafumafu version PV of this song can be viewed in Nico Nico Douga as well.

Also, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback regarding my translation, especially from those who have a decent grasp on the Japanese language, so that I can make more accurate translations in the future.

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