Panties? Punches? Power90X? That’s right, my Tantalized Toyboxers! For our latest mega-broadcast, we plummet into a splashing plethora of poorly-protected panties, penetratingly-precise punches, and perfectly power-packed repetitions, ranging across scantily-clad “Agent Aika” original anime and live-action shows, to humor-sprinkled “Gokusen” and blood-stained “Crows Zero II” high-school films, to unbelievable Jackie Chan and Jet Li martial-arts classics, to the heart-pumping and body-building “P90X” exercise program. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go! Let’s start the mega-cast…
Part 1 of 3 > From Stockings to Panties
Guess what? I’m going to talk about anime. Yup, I know. Despite my unexpected and inexplicable sensation earlier this year, that “Anime [is] starting to feel fake“, I still enjoy it. Even if I’m sustaining only 60% of my watching pace compared to previously-obsessed years, I still enjoy it. In other words, at around this time, at the halfway point in the year, I’d previously reach 25 anime titles. But this year, I’ve only completed 15 titles. Not too bad. But not shocking either.
Agent Aika (OVA 1-4, 1997) . Having said that, which anime am I going to discuss? Well, the classic “Agent Aika”, of course! Yup, on 01 April, I completed my 11th anime title of the year. The first four OVA episodes. In a nutshell, a very amusing “Charlie’s Angels”-style spy-transforming roller-coaster ride with lots and lots of upskirt panty flashes to satisfy your eye-candy appetite, hehe. In a smaller nutshell, a thrilling and panty-flashing 3 of 5 stars! So where are my first 10 titles? Ahh, I guess I’ve been too caught up in live-action, Asians, and Aki Hoshino to remember. But I also guess that’s why I’m mentioning “Agent Aika”. This anime has a live-action version too. Stay tuned below!
To celebrate your satisfied appetite, here are 18 delicious images ranging from 1000px-to-3600px from the “Agent Aika” anime. Enjoy!
What do you think? Not bad, eh? Next, we switch gears to the “Agent Aika – Live Action” (2007) extra from the “Agent Aika – Complete Collection” (1997-2008) DVD. Yup, on 01 April, I completed my 7th Asian live-action title of the year. Only three episodes lasting several minutes each. But still a rather amusing ten-minute ride through panty-flashing Japanese entertainment. Well, amusing enough for 3 of 5 stars, haha.
Ahh, so here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Starting with the DVD menu, here are over 50 panty-thrilling shots of the first episode “TRIAL 1”. Beware of the fake porn-laced subtitles!
Welcome! Here’s the “Agent Aika – Live Action” menu.
Ah, the stereotypical corporate conglomerate headquarters!
Hmm, pink undergarments…
The women’s locker room?
A woman changing?
Ahh, of course, a woman changing into the typical “Agent Aika” enemy uniform!
But who is this mysterious woman?
Let’s take another peek to find the answer.
A very revealing peek at her stockings…
Could she be Agent Aika herself?
Or perhaps a corporate spy? From a rival porn corporation?
Let’s find out. Shall we?
Ah, yes, the typical enemy uniform’s white stockings and panties. Feel free to enlarge, haha.
Nice view? Let’s follow her… and her thoughts.
Spy: “Ouch, these panties are itchy. But gotta smile, gotta smile through it…”
Spy: “Is that it? Is the data room for their latest porn release?”
Spy: “Quietly. Quietly. Smile through the itch…”
Spy: “Yosh! The data room!”
Spy: “Quietly. Quietly. Smile through the itch…”
Spy: “What a boring porn data room…”
Spy: “Quietly. Punch her in the head. Quietly. Punch her in the…”
Spy: “Yosh! You never saw that coming, dork, did you?”
Spy: “Hmm, let’s see what you have beneath your panties…”
Spy: “Hehe, a stun gun? Nice!”
Spy: “Okay, now. Where’s their latest porn release?”
Spy: “Think. Think. Smile through the itch…”
Spy: “A-ha! Their entire porn production library!”
Spy: “Hehe, let’s take a little peek at you…”
Spy: “Hehehe, kinky!”
Spy: “Huh? Is that dork waking up?”
Spy: “Stun! Nightly night, dorky!”
Spy: “Yosh! Their entire porn production library!”
Spy: “I’ll be rich!”
Spy: “Ahh, better keep it in a safe place…”
Spy: “Crap! More dorks! Stun!”
Spy: “Oh crap! The security alert!”
Spy: “Where? Which way to go?”
Spy: “Wait! Need more ammo. Need more ammo…”
Spy: “Crap! Let’s go left…”
Spy: “Oh crap! Let’s go right!”
Spy: “Let’s take the stairs!”
Enemy: “She went up the stairs! Ignore the itch!”
Spy: “Need more ammo. Need more ammo…”
Spy: “Ahh, found some…”
Spy: “Found some more…”
Spy: “Umm, where…”
Spy: “Oh crap…”
Spy: “Where the crap am I?”
Haha, to be continued…
Stay tuned for “TRIAL 2”, folks!
Haha, enjoyable? Mindlessly amusing, huh? Did anyone get the panty-shot count? Twelve? Thirteen?
Part 2 of 3 > From Kicks to Punches
Ready? Let’s say “goodbye” to the wonderful world of stockings and panties, and let’s say “hello” to the ultra-physical world of kicks, punches, bruises and blood. While I’ve completed 15 anime titles, I’ve also completed 17 Asian live-action titles so far. Actually, while my watching pace for all live-action titles (including science fiction) is identical to last year, my pace for Asian-oriented live-action titles has shot up to 140% (from 12 to 17 titles) compared to last year! Not shabby at all. So, without further ado, here’s my Asian live-action list… so far.
My 17 Asian Live-Action Titles-Seasons in 2010… So Far
-  +++++ Once Upon a Time in China II (Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung; 1992) – Finished 29 Jun. Double wow! Jet Li and Donnie Yen are spectacular, 5 of 5 stars!
-  +++++ Once Upon a Time in China (Wong Fei Hung; 1991) – Finished 19 Jun. Double wow! Jet Li’s classic is amazing! Such an international epic during the Westernization of China. Despite 2 1/2 hours, punches 5 of 5 stars!
-  +++ Rush Hour 3 (2007) – Finished 13 Jun. Yup, Jackie Chan, entertaining 3 of 5 stars!
-  +++ High-Kick Girl! (Hai kikku gâru!; 2009) – Finished 05 Jun. Not too bad, but too much slow-motion nonsense, 3 of 5 stars!
-  +++ Crows Zero II (Kurôzu zero II; 2009) – Finished 01 Jun. Beware of Shun Oguri, entertaining 3 of 5 stars!
-  ++++ Tai Chi Master (Tai ji: Zhang San Feng; 1993) – Finished 28 May. Jet Li’s mesmerizing 4 of 5 stars!
-  +++++ Gokusen – The Movie (2009) – Finished 17 May. Aww, Yukie Nakama is back for a nostalgic 5 of 5 stars! Check out the official movie website!
-  +++++ Dae Jang Geum (K-drama, 2003) – Finished 13 May. All 70/70 episodes (including my self-defined Season 3 with 20/20 episodes). Aww, such a joyful conclusion to an incredibly and emotionally epic 5 of 5 stars!
-  ++++ The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk (1993) – Finished 08 May. Jet Li’s mesmerizing 4 of 5 stars!
-  +++ Twin Dragons (Shuang long hui; 1992) – Finished 25 Apr. Not bad, a wild roller-coaster ride with two Jackie Chans, 3 of 5 stars!
-  +++ Agent Aika – Live Action (2007) – Finished 01 Apr. All 3/3 episodes, several minutes each. Mindlessly amusing and panty-flashing 3 of 5 stars!
-  +++ The Princess Blade (Shura Yukihime; 2001) – Finished 27 Mar. Ehh, didn’t go anywhere, but entertaining 3 of 5 stars.
-  ++++ Iron Monkey (Siu nin Wong Fei Hung ji: Tit Ma Lau; 1993) – Finished 31 Jan. Donnie Yen’s fun 4 of 5 stars!
-  +++ The Warrior (Musa; 2001) – Finished 17 Jan. Ehh, despite Ziyi Zhang’s beauty, still only 3 of 5 stars.
-  ++++ Jumong – Special (2007) – Finished 11 Jan. Aww, reliving the series with the actors, saddest clips, bloopers, and random behind-the-scenes laughs. Awesome 4 of 5 stars!
-  +++++ Jumong (K-drama, 2006) – Started 20 Sep 2009. Finished 10 Jan. All 81/81 episodes, including the 80-min finale! Such a spectacular and spellbinding journey through ancient wartime Korea, 5 of 5 stars! Check out the wallpapers on my previous Blog 218 > Endless Jumong!
-  ++++ Ran (1985) – Finished 09 Jan. Akira Kurosawa’s classic blood-stained re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, 4 of 5 stars!
Japanese films. Yup, I’m sure you’ve noticed quite a few Japanese, Korean and Hong Kong titles, haven’t you? First, let’s start off with the Japanese posters and wallpapers. Here’s the mediocre film, “The Princess Blade” (Shura Yukihime; 2001). Yumiko-chan is pretty cute with a blade, but that’s about it.
Next, the three-season high-school J-drama finally gets its film finale, Gokusen – The Movie (2009). Yukie-chan captivates the stage once more as the indomitable “Yankumi”-sensei, haha. If you enjoyed the first three seasons, as well as the anime version, then don’t miss this! To celebrate, here are a few posters and wallpapers ranging from 1000px-to-3300px. Fight-ohh!
In fact, here are a few spoiler shots of Yukie-chan with a cameo appearance by Shun Oguri (from “Crows Zero II” below). Pretty cool, eh? Nope, no blood this time, hehe. But feel free to enlarge.
Speaking of Shun Oguri, here’s the blood-soaked star of the fist-flying gut-bashing sequel, Crows Zero II (Kurôzu zero II; 2009). While I gave the sequel only 3 of 5 stars, the gang-battle scenes are stylishly intense! For some “crows” background, here’s my brief review of the original “Crows Zero” two years ago: Blog 168. Meanwhile, here are 12 intense posters and wallpapers ranging from 1000px-to-1500px. In a word, intense.
Next, from fist-flying punches, we come to high-flying kicks! Here’s the third 2009-released Japanese film I’ve seen this year, High-Kick Girl! (Hai kikku gâru!; 2009). Rina-chan is definitely intense! Sadly, with the over-extended slow-motion emphasis on the martial art of karate, the repeated scenes felt like a stuttering burden or distraction from the overall flow of the story, which seemed to lack depth or substance too. Strip out the slow-motion, and it could’ve been a briefer but more-dynamic experience. Oh well. At least, we have some colorful posters and wallpapers! I especially “get a kick” outta the Spanish title “La Luchadora” (I believe that translates to “The Fighter”), haha.
Hong Kong films. Ahh, Japanese films from the irritating to the intense! What’s next? Hehe, Hong Kong martial-arts films, of course! Let’s begin with Jackie Chan’s Twin Dragons (Shuang long hui; 1992). Not bad, but not particularly spectacular either. Although the idea of seamlessly featuring two Jackies might just be intriguing enough to try out! Why not?
Okay, you caught me. I admit it. While it isn’t a Hong Kong film, Rush Hour 3 (2007) features Jackie Chan’s martial arts, doesn’t it? Sadly, despite the entertaining romp from Los Angeles to Paris, the sequel had the slight taste of stale bread. But at least, it was stale French bread, haha. Alas, here are several posters ranging from 1500px-to-3000px to soothe whatever needs soothing.
A-ha! Now let’s talk about a genuine Hong Kong masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in China (Wong Fei Hung; 1991) featuring the legendary Jet Li. I definitely loved the dramatic 19th-century cultural juxtaposition of Chinese traditions struggling against intruding Western ideologies and technologies. Not unlike Jackie Chan’s comedy film “Shanghai Noon” (2000) where a Chinese Imperial guard must struggle with “Wild West” Western laws and outlaws. But Jet Li’s classic film wields a more serious, searing and spectacular perspective, also wielded by its just-as-spectacular sequel, Once Upon a Time in China II (Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung; 1992). Wow, can’t wait to see “China III”, yeah.
Finally, since I couldn’t find any decent large-scaled posters or wallpapers featuring the other Jet Li films I’ve seen this year, like Tai Chi Master (Tai ji: Zhang San Feng; 1993) or The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk (1993), here are a couple of web-popular Jet Li photos. I think Kris-chan will get a kick outta these. If she hasn’t already, haha. Feel free to enlarge.
Sorry, no panty shots this time. Itchy or otherwise.
Part 3 of 3 > From Zero to P90X
Are we there yet? Last but not least, let’s leap from the cinematic world of kicks, punches, bruises and blood, to my personal odyssey from obesity to agility, from pudgy to power. Consequently, here’s the article I posted elsewhere on 11 June 2010, republished below. Enjoy!
From Zero to P90X
Hi, You may not believe this, but 11 years ago, I weighed 150% of my present weight. In other words, I’ve lost 33% (70 pounds) of my total body weight (210 pounds) since then. How was that possible? Well, my transformation hasn’t been a “walk in the park” by any means. I stumbled along the way. I fumbled to find a routine that worked. But finally, something stuck. To help guide the way, I’ve attached my recorded daily weight over the last 11 years.
Disgust & Decision in 1999-2001.
- Let’s rewind back to May 1999. Back then, at 210 pounds, my weight category not only exceeded “overweight” (Body Mass Index of 25-29.9), but reached “obese” with a staggering BMI of 30.1. To get a better idea, try to visualize a 38- or 40-inch waist on a 5′ 10″ frame.
- Suddenly, that month, reality smacked me in the face. Whether or not a family event or comment triggered it, I don’t entirely remember. But just as suddenly, I cut back on the multiple servings of junk food and sweet drinks per meal. From that alone, I slashed 20 pounds over the latter half of 1999.
- At the start of the following year, January 2000, I finally invested in a top-notch heavy-duty treadmill. Yup, I started walking. Together with my smaller meals, walking on the treadmill (while watching DVDs) trimmed away another 20 pounds over the next two years.
Fear & Focus in 2001.
- Without warning, in Oct 2001, an in-law’s heart attack and recovery shocked me into getting a physical checkup for the first time in probably ten years. Guess what? Despite dropping 40 pounds from my maximum, the results of my blood test were horrible — hemoglobin A1c, triglycerides, cholesterol and so on. Terrible. If I didn’t do something, I’d live a diabetic life. If you don’t know your numbers, I suggest you find out too.
- Consequently, by refocusing on my eating and walking habits (as well as recording my weight every morning), I shed another 10 pounds, down to 160, by the end of 2001.
Anxiety & Apathy in 2002-2007.
- Unfortunately, from January 2002 through July 2007, a series of traumatic job transitions and family issues caused my health routines to waver and falter.
- Across these five years, my weight swung down and up three times, as low as the 150s, and as high as the 170s, like a tedious roller-coasting ride.
Confidence & Compliments in 2007-2010.
- Finally, once these external issues resolved themselves and faded away in March-April 2007, I concentrated on my physical health and image again. Without tracking them before, I planned my breakfasts, lunches and dinners to hold no more than 1000 calories each. Not only that, I dusted off the treadmill, found some good DVDs, and started walking on a near-nightly basis once more.
- Out of nowhere, in July 2007, a flattering compliment from a female friend encouraged me, inspired me, and ignited the brilliant idea to walk even faster. For example, in August 2007, my average walking speed maintained a decent 3.5 mph (3 miles in 51 minutes). Over the next five months, I sprinkled in more and more 5-7 mph bursts until I elevated my treading average to 4.5 mph (3 miles in 40 minutes). By the end of December, my weight dropped down to 150, my lowest ever since college.
- With even more compliments over the next two years, from January 2008 through March 2010, I accelerated my running average to the same 5-7 mph as my original bursts, taking non-tread breaks on the stationary bike, depending on how I felt. Yup, I’d burn a typical 600-800 calories in about an hour. For two years, this nightly routine stabilized my weight between the low-140s and high-140s. That is, until it dropped even more in May 2010.
Pride & Power in 2010.
- In May 2010, I finally attained my personal goal of 140 pounds (BMI of 20.1), a 33% loss of my total body weight. By comparison, my high-school-senior weight was a toneless 135 pounds. Wow.
- How did I reach my goal? Well, I’ll tell you: P90X. Or Power 90 Extreme. No joke. I think I first heard of the “P90X: Extreme Home Fitness” 90-day program back in 2007 or 2008. Back then, still in my running phase, I’d laugh and say, “Who wants to see a bunch of sweaty guys working out?” But somehow in 2010, I outgrew that excuse and dove into the program. I mean, if ordinary folks can do it, why not me? So I dusted off my P90X discs, and started “Day 1” (Chest, Back, Abs) in January.
- Despite my weight loss, I discovered the hard way that my body retained very little muscle tone. Yup, I needed to recover. In fact, I actually avoided “Day 2” throughout all of February. But I wouldn’t let any more lazy excuses distract me. So in March, despite my nightly run, I returned to P90X every few days or weeks, to endure “Day 2” (Plyometrics), “Day 3” (Arms, Shoulders, Abs) and “Day 4” (Yoga). By mid-April, I carved out a daily 5am routine, and stuck with it. Daily. As I write this article in June, I’ve started “Phase 3 of 3”, completed “Day 65 of 90”, and sculpted myself into the best shape of my life. With 25 days to go. Unreal.
Fitness Beyond 2010.
- Nowadays, I sidestep fast food in favor of my own home-cooked rice-based dishes. With one or two fruits between main meals, my breakfasts, lunches and dinners hold no more than 700 calories each. My closet of snug 38- and 40-inch-waist pants has shrunk to a wardrobe of loose 30-inch-waist slacks.
- Not only that, my body enjoys improved muscle tone, enhanced flexibility, and higher endurance. While playing racquetball several weeks ago, I defeated an unbeatable 6-foot-tall college-aged friend for the first time. Even though he was out of breath after an hour, I stood ready for another hour. Like I said: Unreal.
- My next goal? To conquer this 90-day round of P90X in 25 more days. After that? Well, since fitness shouldn’t stop after 90 days, probably another round of P90X. Or maybe the “Insanity: Total Body Conditioning” 60-day program. Yeah, you heard me: Insanity.
Not bad for a guy who used to swallow two quarter-pound burgers, 20 chicken nuggets and a large soft drink, all in one sitting. Yeah, if I can overcome my fears and excuses, you can too. How far can you go?
Yup, that’s the article. And like I said: No joke. Unfortunately, due to a minor injury recently, I’ve had to pause my progress at Day 80 of 90. So close! But rest assured, in a week or two, I’ll be up and running again. But whatever happens, whether I choose the “P90X” path or “Insanity” route, it still feels unreal. To celebrate, here’s an edited screen-cap of the P90X website, plus 11 high-res 1900px wallpapers. Got it? Like “P90X” developer and trainer Tony Horton says, “Bring it!”
Heyyy, for more “P90X” content, here are a handful of links to check out!
How far can you go?
Well-well, there you have it, my Tireless Toyboxers! Did you survive the mayhem? Thanks for splashing through my mega-cast of poorly-protected panties, penetratingly-precise punches, and perfectly power-packed repetitions! Plus special thanx to Aika-chan, Spy-chan, Yumiko-chan, Yukie-chan, Rina-chan, Shun Oguri, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Tony Horton!
Did anyone get the panty-shot count? Twelve? Thirteen?
Till next broadcast. Peace. Out.
Agent Aika-chan: “Quietly. Quietly. Smile through the itch…”