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Paprika [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Paprika [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Satoshi Kon
Price: £6.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but it's a bit ... odd., 9 Feb. 2010
The simple way to put this is, a bunch of scientists in Tokyo have invented a machine that allows for dreams to be recorded and altered. after some of these top-secret machines are stolen and people start to have the real world blurred between reality and dreams. This makes them nearly jump off of buildings and jump into cars. The title character investigates to find the source of these problems etc...

Paprika is beautiful and the English dub isn't half bad, however it is just so random and strange sometimes that you are completely thrown off of the plot trying to figure out what just happened.

Basically, if you pay attention, and can endure the weirdness there is a really great adult anime in here.


Rosetta Stone Version 3: Japanese Level 1 with Audio Companion (Mac/PC CD)
Rosetta Stone Version 3: Japanese Level 1 with Audio Companion (Mac/PC CD)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent, but has some issues., 30 Jan. 2010
Being someone who has tried many a methods of learning a language, I found that learning a language can be extremely difficult without a tutor (with a group or not). but Japanese is such a Niche market that I found I would have to travel 200 miles just to get to a tutor. so after seeing an ad on TV, I took the plunge with Rosetta stone. And it has been nothing but smiles since, give or take a few niggles.

The software itself is excellent and you really DO feel immersed in what you are seeing. the pictures are high quality and clear, while having a native speaker pronounce EVERYTHING for you (there is no guess work here) is excellent. another thing I didn't expect is to be taught how to use Japanese characters, all 46 regular ones and a few of the 15,000 (although you only need 1,000)irregular one. the software can display the course in the Japanese characters, or the English interpretations (Romaji). so that part saved me a whole lot of money and time.

However, all is not perfect. sometimes, you only have to be distracted for one slide before you are completely drowned in the speed the program moves at.Unfortunately, another little niggle is that the advertising is slightley misleading. because the program is so media heavy, this is not for those with a weak computer.

overall, the program is excellent and is the next best thing to having a tutor (at a severely reduced fee). Arigato Gozaimasu Rosetta Stone!


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