Selasa, 9 Mei 2017

Chiisana Kyojin 『小さな巨人』



TBSでは、4月期の日曜劇場(毎週日曜よる9時)で、警視庁と所轄の確執、警察内部の戦いを克明に描く警察エンターテインメントドラマ『小さな巨人』を放送することが決定しました。
日本全国にいる警察官の数は約30万人を誇り、その内4万人もの警察官が“警視庁”勤務となる。それは、警視庁(MPD=Metropolitan Police Department)という名の通り、国の立法府・行政機関・皇族・要人の警護など、日本の首都・東京を守る役目も担う“首都警察”でもあるからだ。当然、警視庁に勤務する警察官たちは、厳しい競争率を勝ち抜いて選ばれた精鋭たちである…。と言いながら、警視庁の警察官は、俗に言うノンキャリで東京都の地方公務員になる。キャリアと言われているのは警察庁で全国の警察を指揮監督する国家公務員のことを指し、年に15人ほどしか採用されていない超エリートだ。この超エリートに歯向かうノンキャリアは皆無と言われており、逆に、警視庁の内部にこそ“平等”という名の“えこひいき”が存在している。
東京では、1年間で約16万件の刑事事件が発生する。その事件を都内にある102の所轄がそれぞれ担当するが、ときには所轄だけでは手に負えない重大事件が発生する。それを中心となって担当するのが、警視庁が誇る精鋭集団であり、東京の治安を根底から支えている「捜査一課」だ。そして、警視庁4万人の現場警察官の頂点に立ち、捜査に関する全権力を掌握する最高の現場指揮官が「捜査一課長」。警視庁の中で、ノンキャリ最高峰のポジションが、「捜査一課長」なのである!
その地位にまで上り詰める方法は、人事。なぜなら、警察とは絶対的な階級社会であり、人事がすべてだからだ。警察では一年を通して様々な階級の昇任試験が行われ、倍率何十倍もの競争に勝ち残ることで階級を上げ、地位を高めていく。だが、試験の成績が良いだけでは昇任できず、さらに重要となるのが加点制度だ。上司から得られる日頃の勤務評価が加算されるため、上司から可愛がられなくては出世できない。そのため、警察官同士での蹴落とし合いや足の引っ張り合いが起こる。そんな組織の中でも警察官たちは“国民の命を守り、正義を守る”という、当たり前の使命を懸命に果たしたいと考えているが、事件は絶え間なく起こり、市民の命が危機に晒されている中でも、出世を望む一部の刑事たちの足の引っ張り合いや、責任の押し付け合いによって、彼らの捜査は妨害されてしまうのだ。
そんな現実の中で彼らは、いったい何を守ろうとしているのか。正義を守るという当然のことが、これほどまでに難しいことなのか。警察官たちは、毎回その問いかけに直面し、怒りに叫び、目の前の事件と、出世や人事問題に対峙し、究極の選択を迫られることとなる。その中で起きる人事を巡る警察官同士の対立や確執は、サラリーマン社会における人間模様と同様であり、警察官も血の通う個性を持った人間なのである――。
ドラマでは、謎解きを重視した本来の警察ドラマとは一線を画した、今までにはない“リアルな警察の姿”そして“人”を描く。
主人公は、実力で“未来の捜査一課長間違いなし”と呼ばれるまでの活躍をする捜査一課の刑事・香坂真一郎。香坂は、捜査一課長を目指していたが万年所轄刑事だった父・敦史のため、妻・美沙のため、そして自分のために捜査一課長を目指して邁進してきた。だがある日、取り調べの際にひとつのミスを犯してしまい、これまで評価してくれていたはずの捜査一課長・小野田の証言により、所轄へと左遷させられてしまう。出世街道から外されてやってきた所轄には、小さな事件でも不器用ながら己の正義を信じ事件に挑む同僚たちがいた――。その姿を目にした時、香坂は刑事としての使命・本当の正義に悩みつつも、自分の“正義”を信じ、“悪”と対峙していくことになる。そんな香坂を演じるのは長谷川博己。昨年、興行収入80億円を突破した映画「シン・ゴジラ」で主演を務め、「第40回日本アカデミー賞」で優秀主演男優賞に選出された長谷川が、日曜劇場で初の主演を務める。
2009年度に日本アカデミー賞をはじめとした賞レースで新人賞を総ナメにし、近年では数々の注目映画への出演やテレビドラマでも主演を果たしている岡田将生が、TBSテレビの連続ドラマに初出演する。岡田が演じるのは、香坂と同じく捜査一課長を目指す刑事・山田春彦。山田は東京大学法学部を卒業後、警視庁に入庁する。本来、東大出身者はキャリアといわれる警察庁に入庁することが多い。 しかも彼の父親は警察庁次官から内閣官房副長官という官僚のトップに上り詰めた人物だ。そんな山田が、ノンキャリと呼ばれる警視庁を選んだことには理由が。それは、現場の総指揮官である捜査一課長となり、ある“未解決事件”の捜査の指揮をとること。組織の中で力を発揮し、最短距離での出世をすることで、自分の理想とする仕事をしたいと考えているからであった。
さらに、このドラマのヒロインとして警察官たちの人事を握る人事課に配属された新人職員・三島祐里役には今、最注目の若手女優・芳根京子の出演が決定しました。今回、芳根が演じるのは、警察犬のブリーダーに憧れて警視庁に入庁したが、警務部の人事課に配属された新任職員・三島祐里役。ドラマ制作陣が取材する中で出会った実在の人物をモデルに作られた役柄。人事の仕事をこなす中で、“優秀な刑事”と“出世をする刑事”とは別物であることや、普段は巨悪に立ち向かう勇猛果敢な警察官たちが人事にも大変興味を持っていることも知る。警察内部の人事情報に精通することで、やがてある決意をするのだが、その決意がこの物語を左右していくことになる。
そして、主人公・香坂の刑事人生を大きく変える捜査一課長・小野田義信には、香川照之が決定。小野田は高卒のノンキャリ叩き上げから、事件現場の最高指揮官である捜査一課長までのぼりつめた実力の持ち主。対立する前捜査一課長・三笠のお抱えである香坂を自分の部下に引き入れたのは優秀な道具と認めたからである。だが、そんな香坂が左遷される要因となる証言をしたため2人の関係に亀裂が生じる。
香坂ら警察官たちが目指す最高峰のポジションは、小野田の手に握られている。小野田は、香坂にとって最大の敵になっていくのか?
実力派俳優陣の出演も決定した。香坂の異動先の所轄で同僚となる現場叩き上げの刑事・渡部久志を安田顕が演じる。渡部は出世に興味がなく単独行動も多いため扱いにくい刑事ではあるが、自身の正義に対して決して揺るがない男。本庁からやってきた香坂と衝突する。また、これまでにも映画やドラマの出演経験がある落語家・春風亭昇太の出演も決定。前捜査一課長で警察署の署長・三笠洋平を演じる。三笠は、同じ警務畑を歩んできた香坂を可愛がっている。現捜査一課長の小野田と捜査理論が異なるため、激しく嫌悪し対立していく。このほかにも、駿河太郎手塚とおる、今年4月期放送のNHK連続テレビ小説『ひよっこ』に出演する注目の若手俳優・竜星涼、舞台界の大御所俳優・木場勝己の出演も決定している。今、大注目の俳優たちが描き上げる珠玉の作品にご期待ください。

己の正義を信じて戦う刑事たち
本庁と所轄の対立の中で対決していく人間たちが、辿り着く警察官としての使命。
そして、本当の正義とは…

Sabtu, 4 Julai 2015

Projek Landasan Berkembar Elektrik (EDTP) Ipoh - Padang Besar




Hi, entri kali ini membicarakan tentang projek landasan berkembar elektrik (PLBE) Ipoh – Padang Besar sepanjang 329 km yang baru sahaja siap dibina sepenuhnya pada Oktober 2014 dan keseluruhan prasana tersebut diserahkan kepada pihak KTMB (selaku pihak kerajaan) pada November 2014. Projek yang bernilai RM 12 billion ini diselia oleh syarikat infrastruktur gergasi negara, Gamuda dan MMC yang bergabung tenaga untuk menyiapkan projek ini dalam masa 5 tahun. Perancangan, reka bentuk, pembinaan, pentauliahan, pengoperasian projek ini diuruskan oleh Gamuda-MMC sendiri dan pakej isyarat&semboyan oleh  dan pakej elektrifikasi oleh   . Projek ini  dijangka membangunkan sektor ekonomi di wilayah terlibat yang berjajaran dengan laluan Ipoh – Padang Besar serta memajukan pengangkutan awam berasaskan rel di Malaysia selari dengan polisi kerajaan ‘Program Transformasi Kerajaaan’ untuk memajukan sektor pengangkutan awam dan sosio-ekonomi negara. Rel berkembar elektrik  yang direka untuk kelajuan maksimum 180 km/j tetapi operator menetapkan 160 km/j sebagai kelajuan operasi untuk tren elektrik baharu ‘KTM Class 93’ yang bakal dilancarkan pada September ini untuk laluan KL – Padang Besar bagi perkhidmatan ETS (Electric Train Service). Perjalanan tanpa henti KL  - Padang Besar ini hanya mengambil masa 4 jam 15 minit berbanding masa perjalanan terdahulu iaitu 12 jam. Orang ramai dijangka akan menggunakan perkhidmatan ini ketika musim perayaan dan cuti sekolah untuk perjalanan lebih selamat dan selesa. Implikasi projek ini bakal mengurangkan kadar kemalangan dan kesesakan jalan raya, memajukan pengangkutan rel, membangunkan sosioekonomi setempat serta meningkatkan sektor pelancongan negara. Pengangkutan rel sangat popular dalam kalangan pelajar dan pelancong yang inginkan kos pengangkutan yang rendah dan menjimatkan. Malaysia masih mengekalkan  spefikasi rel koloni british iaitu lebar tolok landasan ialah 1000mm berbanding tolok standard iaitu 1435mm yang biasa digunakan kebanyakan negara yang membolehkan mereka mengoperasi rel berkelajuan tinggi (HSR). Tren elektrik ‘KTM Class 93’ yang ditempah khas dari negara China, reka bentuk yang dinamik dan spefikasi tren yang bersesuaian dengan iklim dan spefikasi rel di Malaysia 


Khamis, 14 Mac 2013

Tips Merancang Perjalanan (Part I)



Salam...selamat berblog dan bertemu kembali, hari ini 15 Mac 2013...yeah! dah tiga bulan aku ‘melepak’ sejak peperiksaan SPM 2012 melabuhkan tirai. Tak lama lagi, keputusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia akan dikeluarkan secara rasmi pada 20 Mac 2013...wah! pasti semua warga lepasan SPM 2012 berasa gementar oleh sebab kami dah buat terbaik utk masa depan kami. Baiklah, merujuk tajuk di atas, saya akan memberikan cara merancang perjalan sebelum dan semasa mengembara ke tempat yang jauh khususnya di bumi Malaysia ini. Arkib ini adalah berdasarkan pengalaman saya mengembara hampir setiap tahun bukanya pendapat peribadi. Jadi, kebanyakan tempat perlancongan yang sering dilawati oleh rakyat Malaysia ialah Pulau Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highland, Melaka, Terengganu&Kelantan dan Johor Bahru. Tempat ini menjadi destinasi pilihan perlancongan kerana ia memiliki permandangan yang indah dan tempat yang menarik di samping suasana yang mengasyikkan. Sebelum anda memulakan perjalanan, anda patut merangka suatu tentatif perjalanan atau journey planner...anda perlu tetapkan masa lawatan dan waktu makan serta peruntukan untuk penginapan, makan&minum, bahan api, dan barangan cenderamata serta tabung kecemasan.Selain itu, senaraikan tempat-tempat yang menarik yang boleh anda lawati semasa mengembara dan rancanglah masa perjalanan dan waktu rehat untuk menjamin keseronokan pengembaraan. Waktu rehat yang baik ialah waktu tengahari. Anda harus menyelidik dan mengenali tempat yang bakal dilawati melalui carian Internet jika anda mengembara ke destinasi tersebut buat pertama kali. Hasilnya, anda dan keluarga tidak kekok apabila berada tempat yang asing dan mudah megetahui kedudukan destinasi perlancong di samping menjimatkan masa. Anda juga harus memilih tempat penginapan dahulu sebelum tiba di destinasi bagi mengelakkan kepenatan selepas perjalanan jauh dan pembaziran masa. Anda boleh menempah bilik penginapan melalui Internet atau menghubungi pihak hotel. Ingat! pilih bilik yang sesuai dengan bajet dan kapasiti ahli keluarga anda, selalunya bilik penginapan ekonomi yang selesa boleh didapati di kawasan pantai atau kampung dan pinggir bandar. Bagi perancangan perjalanan, pastikan kenderaan anda berada dalam kondisi yang baik sama ada kebersihan kereta, keadaan tayar, isian bahan api kereta dan sebagainya. Bersihkan kenderaan anda dahulu dan letakkan wangian dalam kereta bagi megurangkan tekanan semasa perjalanan. Bawalah sedikit bekalan makanan&minuman untuk dimakan semasa berehat di tempat perhentian. Ketika memulakan perjalanan, pastikan barang keperluan seperti pakaian dan barang peribadi dibawa dan elakkan membawa barang berlebihan. Bersederhanalah dalm pengembaraan. Sebagai Muslim, kita disunatkan mengerjakan solat sunat musafir. Penggunan alat GPS atau peta amatlah diperlukan untuk menuju ke destinasi yang hendak ditujui. Bertanyakan arah jalan kepada penduduk tempatan mungkin menambahkan kekeliruan kepada anda. Gunakan jalan alternatif yang tidak sibuk untuk menjimatkan masa. Bagi yang ingin ke Terengganu&Kelantan, dapatkan info cuaca dan trafik dari sumber yang releven...musibah boleh berlaku bila-bila masa seperti banjir, kemalangan, dan kesesakan lalu lintas. Jalan Raya Timur-Barat iaitu laluan Baling- Grik-Jeli merupakan laluan paling mencabar dan agak merbahaya di Malaysia oleh sebab jalan bengkang-bengkok dan berbukit serta digunakan oleh kenderaan yang lebih besar. Ia adalah satu-satunya jalan yang menghubungkan negeri utara dengan negeri pantai timur. Malah. Tempat ini memberikan permandangan yang cukup indah dan suhu yang sangat nyaman. Apabila anda tiba di destinasi yang ditujui, eloklah anda merasai makanan dan budaya tempatan dengan bersinggah di pekan-pekan besar seperti Bukit Bunga, Tanah Merah, Jertih, Kota Bahru, dan K. Terengganu. Jarak dari Kedah ke Kelantan ialah 270km mengambil masa 3 jam lebih. Daftar masuklah di tempat penginapan yang anda tempah jika anda berasa penat dan luangkan masa rehat dengan tenang. Bawalah ahli keluarga anda bersiar-siar di sekitar pekan dan tempat rekreasi berdekatan serta kenali masyarakat tempatan. Bagi aktiviti beli-belah, anda perlu mengenalpasti tempat yang popular membeli barang dengan harga yang berbaloi seperti Rantau Panjang, Wakaf Che Yeh, Bukit Bunga, Jertih, dan Kota Bahru. Keluarga saya sering memilih tempat penginapan yang berdekatan dengan pantai, jadi mudahlah kami melakukan aktiviti piknik dan riadah dan tak perlu berkereta utk perge ke kawasan pantai. Bersiar-siar di pantai memang suatu aktiviti yang menyeronokan dan dapat menenangkan jiwa di samping bersama dengan masyarakat tempatan. Kawasan bandar berdekatan boleh dijadikan tempat persinggahan anda utk menikmati juadah dan budaya tempatan serta membeli-belah barang.

Ahad, 27 Mei 2012

女性との会話に自信がない場合 [If you do not have confidence in the conversation with the woman]


[Japanese]

女性とデートをして会話に自信のない男性は結構います。口べたな男性もいるので、意外と悩みになっているようです。
この場合、何しろ相手の女性の話題を中心に会話をしていくということを忘れないようにしましょう。そうでないと、自分の話題をだらだら話してしまい、ますます面白くない会話になっていくこともあります。
女性の趣味などに関しての話題にすること。そして、趣味などに対して聞いてしまってもいいのではないかと思います。
それでも自信がない場合は、デートコースを考えることです。例えば人というのは恐怖や感動、喜び、楽しさ、悲しさ、このような感情を共に共感することが一番心がつながります。そこで、自然な会話も出てくるものなのです。
ですから、強烈な感情ほど共感するといいわけです。例えば遊園地ではジェットコースターがあります。お化け屋敷もあります。これらは恐怖の共有ができますよね。
そ れから、感動する映画を観ることで感動の共有、恐怖映画は恐怖の共有、そのほか楽しさの共有ができるところなどデートコースによって同じ共有ができるので す。それにより、自然は会話ができるようになり、相手に親近感がわき、緊張もほぐれます。このことから会話がスムーズになっていくことも期待できますよ ね。
このように会話に自信がないのであればデートコースをちょっと考えてみてはどうでしょうか。きっと仲良く話せるようになると思います。

[English]

Men without confidence in the conversation is fine with women and dating. Because men unvocal, it seems to have become surprisingly trouble.
Do not forget that in this case, that continue to the conversation around the topic of women in the other anyway. Otherwise, the story would doodling the topic of your own, you may become more and more interesting in conversation.
With respect to the topic of women, such as hobby. And I think whether I not it be nice to hear, such as a hobby.
If you do not have confidence is to think of course still dating. For example, it can be called human empathy both fear and excitement, joy, joy, sadness, a feeling like this is the most heart leads. Therefore, it is a natural thing to come out conversation.
So, excuse about intense emotions and empathy. There is an amusement park roller coaster, for example. There is also a haunted house. So you can share these of terror.
Then, by looking at the share of excitement, inspiring movies, horror movie share of fear, it is the same that can be shared by such date course where you can share the joy of other. Thus, nature will be able to converse, I feel close to the other side, you also loosen tension. So you can expect that the conversation is going smoothly made from this.
Consider: What if the course date if there is no confidence in the conversation this way. I think friends surely be able to speak.

Sabtu, 19 Mei 2012

Kepintaran Emosi



Kita sering diperingatkan supaya jangan mengikut perasaan marah. Nasihat ini sememangnya masuk akal kerana marah yang melampaui batas (disebut sebagai "baran") pasti memakan diri.
Malah, bagi orang dewasa, emosi marah yang tidak bertempat terbukti menjadi punca keretakan rumah tangga dan ketegangan di tempat kerja. Kerana marah jugalah, ibu bapa mungkin tidak bertegur sapa dengan si anak atau si adik sanggup memutuskan pertalian keluarga dengan abang atau kakak kandung.  Demikianlah bahayanya marah yang keterlaluan.
Pernahkah anda bertanya: Jika marah itu buruk dan semata-mata memudaratkan, mengapa Allah cipta emosi marah di dalam setiap insan? Mengapa mesti kita dibebankan dengan sesuatu yang menjadi punca perselisihan faham sesama rakan taulan dan keluarga?
BENARKAH EMOSI MARAH BURUK SEMATA-MATA?
Sebenarnya, ada hikmah emosi marah ini dicipta oleh Allah Maha Kaya. Bayangkan, suatu hari anda berjalan kaki di jalanraya sambil membawa sebuah komputer yang baru anda beli. Tiba-tiba entah dari mana, kedengaran bunyi enjin motosikal datang dengan deras. Belum sempat anda menoleh, komputer anda yang baru saja dibeli diragut dari genggaman anda dengan begnya sekali! Nah, apakah perasaan anda saat itu? Marah bukan? Anda marah kerana hak anda dirampas. Emosi marah inilah yang akan mendorong anda untuk bertindak. Mungkin anda akan menjerit minta tolong, mungkin jika anda tahu tae-kwon-do, anda akan spontan membuka langkah ketika itu untuk mendapatkan harta anda kembali. Seterusnya, anda akan ke balai polis untuk membuat aduan. Semuanya ini kerana anda marah.
Bayangkan jika anda seorang insan yang tidak tahu marah langsung dan sentiasa ceria dalam apa juga keadaan. Tentunya anda akan membiarkan sahaja apa yang berlaku ke atas diri anda sebentar tadi. Malah, ketiadaan rasa marah juga bermakna, anda tidak akan berbuat apa-apa jika ahli keluarga, jiran, atau sahabat anda dicabuli haknya. Hatta jika orang pijak kepala pun, anda akan tersengih juga!

YANG PERLU DIELAK IALAH MARAH MEMBABI BUTA
Oleh itu, jelas marah adalah emosi yang ada buruk dan baiknya. Masalah timbul bila kita tidak tahu mengawal marah. Akibatnya, marah beraja di hati dan kita bertindak mengikut marah yang meluap-luap dan akhirnya membakar diri.
Jadi, bagaimana mendidik anak untuk mengawal marah? Setiap usaha perlukan tujuan atau objektif yang jelas supaya kita tahu hala tuju kita. Seperti semua usaha kita yang lain, bak kata pujangga "Mulakan sesuatu usaha dengan hala tuju yang jelas" ("Begin with the end in mind"). Objektif kita bila mengajar anak mengendalikan emosi marah ialah:
- Mengawal marah bila perlu
- Meluahkan emosi marah secara positif
LANGKAH PERTAMA MENGAWAL MARAH
Langkah pertama dan paling penting untuk mengajar anak mengawal marah ialah menyuruhnya mengambil wudhuk pada masa itu juga. Katakan dua orang anak anda bertelingkah di hadapan anda dan mula bertindak kasar, leraikan serta-merta dan katakan dengan tegas (tanpa membentak): "Ummi / Ayah nak Man dan Mat ambil wudhuk sekarang. Ummi / Ayah akan tunggu di sini. Kemudian datang jumpa Ummi / Ayah dan kita boleh bincang. " Jika mereka enggan, ulangi beberapa kali sehingga dibuatnya. Kemudian tunggu mereka datang. Ini berlandaskan sunnah Rasulullah S.A.W. sendiri yang menggesa kita untuk mengambil wudhuk demi meredakan kemarahan yang melanda diri menerusi sabdanya,
"Sesungguhnya marah itu dari syaitan dan syaitan terbuat dari api. Dan api itu hanya bisa dipadamkan oleh air. Oleh karena itu, jika seorang di antara kamu marah maka berwudhuklah. "
(Riwayat Abu Daud).
LUAHKAN MARAH SECARA POSITIF
Seterusnya, bila kemarahan anak anda sudah agak reda, ajar dia untuk mengendalikan emosi marah secara positif. Caranya mudah, iaitu:
Fokus kepada mesej yang perlu disampaikan; iaitu bukannya tidak boleh marah langsung, tetapi mengawal marah dan seterusnya bertindak secara rasional. Katakan kepada anak anda "Man, perasaan marah ini Allah jadikan ada hikmahnya. Memang patut kita rasa marah bila ada sesuatu yang tidak kena. Asalkan marah itu kena pada tempatnya. Tapi tidak wajar kita meluahkan rasa marah dengan menyakiti orang lain seperti memukul, atau menjerit dengan mengeluarkan kata-kata yang tidak baik. Ada cara yang lebih baik untuk meluahkan rasa marah kita." Pilih kata-kata yang baik begini bila menerangkan situasi kepada anak anda. Jika perlu, pisahkan anak-anak yang bertelagah dan bincang secara individu (berasingan) terlebih dahulu sebelum berbincang bersama-sama. Ini membantu meredakan keadaan, lebih-lebih lagi jika anak-anak terbabit rapat umurnya, di mana tahap kematangan lebih kurang sama. Ajar anak untuk meluahkan emosi marah dengan kata-kata positif, supaya tidak mengeruhkan lagi keadaan. Umpamanya, bila dilontarkan dengan kata-kata yang kasar atau kurang sopan oleh kanak-kanak lain, ajar dia untuk berkata "Saya marah sebab awak cakap yang tidak baik kepada saya." Atau "Saya marah kerana awak ambil pensil saya." Atau "Saya marah kerana awak tidak pulangkan buku kesayangan saya." Ajar dia untuk menyatakan ayat ini dengan suara tegas ( secara asertif) tanpa menjerit. Ajar dia untuk meninggalkan tempat di mana ketegangan berlaku sebelum keadaan semakin kusut, jika perlu. Bagaimanapun, jika sering berlaku pergaduhan di antara dua orang anak anda, anda perlu menyelidik lebih lanjut punca ketegangan ini. Tidak mempedulikannya hanya akan memburukkan keadaan untuk jangka panjang. Anak-anak meniru apa yang kita buat, bukan apa yang kita katakan. Pastikan anda sendiri tidak bertindak secara kurang rasional apabila marah sedang memuncak.

INGATLAH WAHAI IBU BAPA
Kasih sayang tidak memadai
Doa tidak mencukupi
Ilmu keibu-bapaan tidak datang dengan sendiri
Timbalah ia bersungguh-sungguh seikhlas hati
Agar anak menjadi insan yang hebat dan pandai berdikari

Isnin, 19 Mac 2012

King of Thorn いばらの王


King of Thorn (いばらの王 Ibara no Ō?) is a science fiction manga series by Yuji Iwahara. It was published in by Enterbrain in the seinen magazine Monthly Comic Beam between October 2002 and October 2005 and collected in six bound volumes. It is licensed in North America by Tokyopop, with the final volume published in November 2008. The series is about a group of people who are put in suspended animation to escape a mysterious plague that turns people to stone, and upon waking there appears to be only eight survivors in a world run wild—including a teenager, Kasumi, and American, Marco Owen. The survivors soon discover that the entire ruin is filled with strange, dinosaur-like creatures and other monstrous aberrations of nature. Thinking that a great amount of time passed since their arrival on the island, soon the survivors discover not only that their sleep was indeed too short to label such dramatic changes as natural occurrence, but also that the situation in and of itself is far greater than they could imagine. It has been praised as a "gripping" survival story with art that effectively conveys tension and action.

A feature anime film adaptation produced by Sunrise and directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama was released on May 1, 2010.[1][2]

Film

An anime film adaptation produced by Kadokawa Pictures premiered on May 1, 2010 in Japan and was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on October 27, 2010 and worldwide in November 2010. The film was directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama from a script written by Katayama and Hiroshi Yamaguchi, with characters designed by Hidenori Matsubara and monsters designed by Kenji Andou.[1]

The film retains the same characters from the manga, but it takes major liberties when it comes to the plot and storyline. All of the main characters' backstories are drained down and their different storylines are changed from their counterparts in the manga. Zeus, who is a major antagonist in the manga, does not appear in the film. Alice, the young Russian girl, does make an appearance, but is deceased in present time. The film also has a different ending from the manga.

The ending song for the film is "Edge of This World" by Misia.

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[edit] Plot

King of Thorn is a science fiction survivor drama.[3] For its most part, the story is viewed through the eyes of the two protagonists, a Japanese girl named Kasumi and, British, Marco Owen. Kasumi is introduced as one of only 160 people in the whole world who were chosen as candidates to experiment a cure against the deadly Medusa virus, a mortal disease which was running rampant in the world. Such an event is not met with joy by Kasumi, who is forced to enter treatment and cold sleep without her twin sister Shizuku, whom she cares much about.

48 hours later, however, some of those put in hibernation abruptly woke up, only to find the facility where they were supposed to be treated in a total state of decay, invaded by a lush jungles of trees and especially strange vines covered in thorns, which appear to have something of a mind on their own. Not only that, but the survivors soon discover that the entire ruin is filled with strange, dinosaur-like creatures and other monstrous aberrations of nature. Thinking that a great amount of time passed since their arrival on the island, soon the survivors discover not only that their sleep was indeed too short to label such dramatic changes as natural occurrence, but also that the situation in and of itself is far greater than they could imagine.

[edit] The Medusa Virus

One pivotal role in the series is that covered by the Medusa virus, a mortal disease so named after the Medusa from Greek Mythology, the Gorgon whose eyesight could turn anyone and anything into stone at a mere glance. The virus itself is extremely virulent, infecting its victim's cells and causing seizures while drying up the body, turning the infected into a solid, stone-like corpse.

While perceived as a terrible malady by the world, in reality the Medusa virus is not a virus at all, being a shapeless presence brought to Earth from outer space. It landed in Siberia during a meteor shower, by chance near a young boy and his pet deer, enough to instantly infect both him and his animal. Unknowingly bringing the concentrated thing to his home, he infected his whole family and his sister Alice. She unknowingly uncovered the true nature of Medusa when her imaginary friend, a cat-boy hybrid, came to life by erupting from her back. Terrified by the death of her family and the fact that the newborn creature devoured her brother's deer, she trapped it in her house and set it on fire, thus spreading Medusa all over the world through the fire's smoke.

It was then that the people affiliated with Venus Gate, a religious sect, showed themselves and approached Alice, believing her ability to turn imagination into reality to be a gift from the heavens. Experimenting on her and Medusa, during that time they assumed a hacker named Zeus as their security specialist, though in doing so they doomed themselves when he, pursuing his crazy dreams, developed an artificial way to force dreams into suitable hosts and, thus, fabricate mind-created realities at will to accomplish his plan to force the world into a primal survival game to amuse himself.

[edit] Characters

Kasumi Ishiki

Voiced by:Kana Hanazawa

The main protagonist of the story, which for most part is told by her point of view. One of the 160 people around the world lucky (or rich) enough to be chosen as potential cure testbeds for the Medusa virus, she left the world leaving behind herself her twin sister Shizuku, who was also victim of the virus, though until the end encouraged Kasumi to accept such an opportunity and be cured. She was the first of these people to be awakened and the first to find the ruin that struck the medical facility they were treated in. A shy and gentle girl, she was notable in that she was the only one who actually supported the thug-looking Marco when the survivors started their escape, something that eventually turned into a crush, though ill-advised by more than one of the other characters, who saw Marco as dangerous and untrustworthy.
Occasional glimpses are offered on Kasumi's life prior to her being chosen: she was quiet and reserved, the foil of her twin sister in mind, though identical in body, save for the fact that she wore glasses. These flashbacks show that Kasumi was enormously attached to Shizuku, to the point of borderline obsession, which in turn not only fueled unstable thoughts, such as wishing to die in the same way at the same time, but also gave birth to suicidal tendencies that manifested themselves when Kasumi, while bathing, tried to take her life by slitting her throat with a razor, unable to accept the idea of living in a world without her beloved sister. At such time Shizuku was nearby and saved her sister, though their bond was greatly shaken.
Only at the end of the series it was revealed that Kasumi was dead all along: before parting, she and Shizuku shared a brief moment together on the cliffs near the castle that housed the medical treatment facility, and during this instance Kasumi, still unwilling to be the only one to survive, wished for the two of them to die together by jumping down the cliff. Rejected by Shizuku, during the ensuing struggle she was accidentally thrown over the edge and died, an event that unleashed her sister's Medusa powers and, with them, the chaos that would envelop the island and the world itself. The Kasumi the reader sees during the entire story is in fact a Medusa-produced entity created by Shizuku, who wished for her sister to be alive no matter what, even at the expense of the world.
Marco Owen

Voiced by:Toshiyuki Morikawa

A fearsome-looking man with a muscular frame and many intimidating tattoos all over his body, he is the male main character of the series. He is an expert hacker, so much so that he was able to crack through the CIA's computers – and those of Venus Gate, something that had him arrested and incarcerated for more than half a century (during the events of the manga, he still had 60 years to serve in prison). While a prisoner he was approached by the NSA, which offered him complete parole for his crimes in exchange of his help in dealing with the Medusa affair. Becoming a de facto spy for the United States, he was sent as a patient to the gathering at Venus Gate labs, the same where all the other main characters were sent, in order to assert the objectives of the gathering, gather evidence on the mysterious Level 4 labs of the island, and also to pursue a personal vendetta against his old friend Zeus, who framed him for crimes he did not commit before vanishing. He was trying to accomplish what he was sent to do when the Medusa outbreak and Shizuku's awakening occurred, and in the ensuing chaos he was left unconscious. Thus, he was able to present himself to the other survivors as one of them.
During most of the series Marco acts tough, and his overall appearance and mannerism leave the other survivor highly suspicious of him, especially when they discover that he never had the Medusa virus in the first place. Nevertheless, given the fact that he is the most skilled of them all, Marco is silently accepted as the leader of the group, at least until he goes on his own to try to find Zeus. He was also the first of them to encounter the ghostly apparition of Alice, and on more than one instance was seen arguing with her. Also, he himself was suspicious of Kasumi after seeing video footage of her twin sister Shizuku trailing after the wave of monstrous beings that erupted from Level 4.
During the climax of the story he died once, killed by Zeus's artificially created beast soldiers, though his corpse was later found and resurrected by Alice, a deed for which she sacrificed her life. He was thus able to face Zeus head-on by literally hacking into him and, finally, completely erasing him for good. What happened to him and Kasumi after they saved themselves is left to the reader to speculate, though apparently their feelings for each other were mutual.
Katherine Turner

Voiced by:Sayaka Ohara

A pretty woman in her late twenties and the worst Medusa case among the survivors, being the most infected one of them all. Since their encounter she acts in a motherly way towards Tim, the youngest of them being only a little boy. Before becoming infected, Katherine was an alcoholic and was prone to abuse her son Michael, until he was taken away from her and placed in foster care. This events shook her greatly and left her with bitter disgust for herself, prompting her to try to be a true mother for Tim as she wasn't for her son.
Later in the story, the Medusa infection in her completely consumes her body, which starts to crumble apart during an assault of monstrous creatures. On the verge of death she deliberately stabs herself, triggering the Medusa inside her and becoming what she believed was the figure of an ideal mother, a harpy-like creature. While still capable of recognizing Tim and the other survivors, she herself was nothing more than what Katherine's heart and memories were at the moment of her death. Nevertheless, she still showed the same attachment to Tim and fought against the monsters threatening him, though she was greatly wounded and was left with the boy to recover. Later captured by Zeus' soldiers, she was set free during the end.
Peter Stevens

Voiced by:Shinichiro Miki

Peter Stevens was an engineer and doctor, the creator of the cold sleep capsules used by Kasumi and the other people gathered by Venus Gate. Despite his success in creating stable prototypes of the capsules, a sudden crisis of the electronics market left him without financial support, until Venus Gate expressed interest in his project and hired him and his colleagues. Again backed up, Peter succeeded in developing cold sleep capsules and gained access to most of Venus Gate's labs, though he never clearly understood what the mysterious Level 4 was for. However, after developing the capsule he was suddenly withdrew from the project, which was in turn passed to Level 4 and left him bitter with resentment, so much so that his only obsession became to retrieve his cold sleep capsule from Venus Gate. He apparently succeeded in discovering the Level 4 data, though in doing so he was discovered and took prisoner, after which he was infected with Medusa.
While awoken with the other survivors, Peter turned traitor on them when he took Kasumi with himself (this being a mind-planted instinct forced by Zeus) and searched for the laptop containing the downloaded files. He paid this search with his life when the room where he was suddenly crumbled on him, killing him shortly before. Nevertheless, as he was infected with Medusa, he managed to come back to life as a twisted being filled with insects and cockroaches. Taken prisoner while trying to get back his original, first cold sleep capsule, he was killed by Zeus when he tried to attack him.
Alexandro Pecchino(The Senator)

Voiced by:Kousei Hirota

An elderly white man and a politician who bought his place among those chosen to be cured, he was gruff and cowardly, always putting his well-being before that of others. He was the first one to notice that Marco Owen was a dangerous criminal by seeing his tattoos, sparking a brief but intense confrontation which fortunately ended thanks to Peter's reasoning and Kasumi's pleas. He was devoured alive by ferocious, over-sized eels while the group was traveling through an underground flooded tunnel.
Timothy Laisenbach(Tim)

Voiced by:Akiko Yajima

A very young boy, possibly no more than six years old, infected with the virus. Quite resilient and mature despite his age, he formed a tight bond with Katherine, seeing her as if she was his mother, though calling her auntie in the process. Due to him being so young, his role is relatively minor, though sometimes he proved himself to be a precious asset to the team. Also, on more than one occasion he was briefly possessed by Alice, whose presence forced Tim into a zombie-like trance. He was later caught with Ron and forced to undergo a metamorphosis to turn into a beast soldier, though the process was halted halfway by Marco and left him with furry hair, elongated canine teeth and a fur-covered arm with claws, which made him similar to Zeus' beast army and thus allowed him to control one of their dragon-like mounts. He was one of the survivors at the end of the story, again reunited with the harpy-Katherine.
Ron Portman

Voiced by:Kenji Nomura

A black man hailing from the United States. The most physically strong of the survivors, he was something of a fatalist, frequently lamenting on how hopeless the situation was and how useless struggling to survive would be. Despite his lack of optimism, he nevertheless tried to escape with his life, though he refused to enter Level 4 and was left behind, his leg injured. He was the first to witness Peter's revived, insect-filled Medusa form, at whose sight became frightened and ran away, struggling by himself against the perils of the ruined facility. He almost drowned when Marco, oblivious of Ron's presence, drained the facility's main shaft from a massive flood, and later reunited himself with Kasumi, Tim and Katherine. His fatalistic approaches gone, this time he stood firm with the conviction of protecting not only himself, but also those with him, which prompted him to rescue Katherine despite her being on the verge of death.
Captured by Zeus with Tim, he too was to be transformed into a beast soldier, though when saved by Marco he remained mostly human, save for his hair, which turned pink.
Alice

Voiced by:Misaki Kuno

A little Russian girl, she was the younger sister of the boy who firstly came into contact with the Medusa virus during the meteor shower in Siberia. It is hinted, and later confirmed by herself, that she was abused by her family, and thus suffered from dissociative identity disorder, using an imaginary friend, a cat-boy named Laloo as a mean to endure her harsh life. She was the sole survivor of her whole family when they all died due to the Medusa infection, and in such a moment she unconsciously gave birth — literally — to her imaginary friend, which emerged from her own body and started devouring her brother's deer. Frightened, Alice locked him up and set her house on fire, destroying her family's corpses and killing Laloo, but also spreading Medusa around the world thanks to the fire's smokes.
It was after the fire that she was approached by Karol Vega, who took her in and used her as a guinea pig for his experiments with the cold capsules created by Peter Stevens. What happened to her was initially left unknown, and Alice was firstly introduced to the reader as something of a malevolent apparition, often smirking cruelly at the survivors' struggles or talking to the massive monstrosity that was Shizuku. Only later, when Kasumi encountered her, she revealed herself to be a mere ghost, a projection of the mind of the real Alice, still locked into a sealed lab deep inside Level 4. Apparently she never aged, and after all the experiments she endured, what was left of her was only her head, her left arm, and a portion of her chest large enough to contain her heart and one lung, kept alive by medical equipment and the sheer power of Medusa. As a tribute to her namesake, she was guarded by a massive white rabbit automaton born from her imagination.
When Zeus' army stormed the lab she was sealed in, she escaped, though doing so put her life at great risk. After discovering Marco's corpse, she burned what was left of her life to resurrect him, vanishing after performing such an act.
Shizuku Ishiki

Voiced by:Eri Sendai

Kasumi's twin sister, identical to her if not only for their hairstyle, the fact that she didn't wear glasses, and her upbeat and cheerful personality. Infected with Medusa, despite being left out of those chosen to be cured, among who there was her own sister, she still greatly supported her and insisted for her to take the chance to be saved from Medusa. However, their bond grew increasingly strained after Shizuku witnessed Kasumi trying to kill herself, and again when, before parting with each other, Kasumi wished for them to commit suicide together, being incapable to accept a world without her twin. During the ensuing struggle Shizuku accidentally pushed Kasumi over the cliff they were standing, and shocked at the death of her sister, awakened her Medusa power.
Transported into Level 4, still overwhelmed by the memory of her sister's death, Shizuku created a countless amount of abominations, initially blobs of quivering flesh, maws and claws which laid waste to the labs while massacring the staff, and only through Zeus' mind-controlling program conceiving the creatures that would populate the ruined island, such as the dinosaurs encountered by the protagonists at the beginning. Also, it is revealed that the monstrous behemoth encountered at the beginning of the manga, and later shown occasionally as the "mother" of the creatures, was Shizuku herself, the beast being an unconscious armor to seal herself from the world.
While often mentioned by Kasumi during the course of the story, Shizuku appeared often, other than in her monstrous form, through ominous apparitions, often Kasumi's delusions or unconscious mental links between the sisters, and only in the end she appeared at the core of her mutated form, begging Kasumi not to uncover the fact that she was only a Medusa-made creation, and that her true self had died. With the death of Zeus, she too ceased to exist, her monstrous body crumbling to pieces and her essence fading away peacefully.
Zeus
Considered to be the best hacker in the world and a closely observed subject by both NSA and CIA, Zeus is the main antagonist of the series and the archenemy of Marco. The two were apparently rivals in their past, until Zeus broke into the CIA mainframe and then framed Marco for the crime, escaping soon after. At some point he was approached by Karol Vega and made security chief for Venus Gate's labs, especially Level 4, for which he created the tight security systems. A deeply disturbed person, he saw war, strife and conflict as a boring, unrealistic form of entertainment, and claimed that humanity as a species had lost its will to survive. Keeping such ideas a secret from his employers, he devised a way to control Medusa carriers at will, applying it to Shizuku when he found she was much more powerful a carrier than Alice herself. His last act as a human being was amusing himself while looking at Shizuku creating deformed aberrations, before turning his own self into data and entwining it with the monster Shizuku would later become.
Zeus was only seen or mentioned in flashbacks during the course of the story until the end, where he presented himself and declared his will to use Shizuku, a never-ending supply of creatures defying the laws of nature, to build up his own army of beastmen warriors and other fantasy-like beings and with them plunder the world into chaos, an endless game of survival for his own amusement. To do so, and knowing that Shizuku would wake up her sister from her induced slumber, he tampered the other survivors' minds, forcing them to unconsciously not run away after waking up, and especially protect Kasumi's life, which was necessary to coerce Shizuku in doing his biddings.
His material body reduced to a rotting corpse, Zeus manifested himself through membranes expelled by Shizuku's tail, and later took direct control of her, declaring the act to be "the birth of a god". This final act proved to be fatal, as he was first weakened when Kasumi and Shizuku encountered each other, and then completely erased when Marco hacked into his data, deleting him.
Coral Vega
Ivan Coral Vega was the Russian founder of Venus Gate, a religious cult which came to see the power of Medusa as a gift from God himself, and which took Alice in after discovering her in Siberia. Though her suffering could be attributed to him and his religious views could have been easily labeled as senseless fanaticism, Vega was indeed left speechless and horrified by the sheer cruelty of Zeus, whose true identity and goals he was oblivious of, and during the chaotic outbreak at Level 4 he sealed himself inside his study, deep in the facility. He recorded the entire story of how Medusa came into being, how it could turn imagination into reality and what really happened in the lab, ending his last speech asking Alice for forgiveness, before killing himself with a shotgun blast in his mouth.
Much later in the story, Vega's dead body would be discovered by Kasumi, Marco, Kathrine and Tim.
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