Tuesday, February 24, 2009

:boxing: HardDoor's Winter Boxing Preview - '08-'09 Edition

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Finally making its arrival, HD's boxing preview (or in this case, more like a "review") for the 2008-2009 winter season is here with the biggest matches, the most important bouts, and/or the most intriguing match-ups of these (nearly past) three months (December to February). Due to the lateness of this Preview, most of the links given are connected en masse to a single post that largely covers their respective month as a whole (especially January). Regardless, a number of top-notch fights are listed below...

Monday, February 23, 2009

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::02.23.09:: Pavlik, Cotto Return to Championship Form

Getting back to "Boxing Bits'" regular form, this weekend was one of redemption for Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Cotto following their humiliating losses last year (schooled by Bernard Hopkins, quitting late against Antonio Margarito's onslaught, respectively). In spite of those experiences, which could have been the beginning of a downward spiral in their careers, they appear to have rebounded

Sunday, February 22, 2009

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::02.22.09:: Winter Review Part 3 -- February Edition (...So Far)

Wrapping up the updates of "Boxing Bits", here are the fights that have taken place in February (...so far)...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::02.21.09:: Winter Review Part 2 -- January Edition

Continuing the big catch-up in "Boxing Bits", here are the matches that transpired in January, which kicked the year off big...

Friday, February 20, 2009

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::02.20.09:: Winter Review Part 1 -- December Edition

HD's been pretty behind on the Winter Preview and accompanying "Boxing Bits", due to a bunch of circumstances, but now it's time to play a little catch-up with what has been happening for the past few months, which has certainly seen its share of surprises and developments. There will be three installments of this series, one covering each month till this point. And so, here is the rest of December's match-ups...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

:anime: -:Speculation Corner:- Macross Frontier

It's been close to a year since the last real edition of "Speculation Corner" (or over a month, if you count the "unofficial" one that tail-ended last year), HardDoor's little space of guesstimation and rumor mill mongering. The record has been, well, spectacularly wrong for the most part, but yet here we are again. There will always be an unlicensed show out there with some dangling strings to it that may (or often, may not) lead to a possible announcement by a stateside distributor in the future, so "Speculation Corner" will always have something to ponder on. And without further ado, we take a look at a major title that supposedly has little to no chance at coming to North America--so we're believed.

Friday, February 13, 2009

:anime: HardDoor's Winter Anime Preview - '08-'09 Edition

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Even in the midst of winter there are a number of notable anime that are making their debuts (considering how late this is coming, most probably already have). While this season may not be loaded with as many potential hits like last season, it doesn't mean that there is a dearth of good shows to look out for. Each season seems to have its own inherent theme or trend, and this winter's seems to be one of "relations", be they sequels, continuing seasons of certain shows, or retellings of them. Around ten of the works listed here are related to previous ones, though there are also a few fresh titles--one a novel approach to robots, another being a landmark approach to how anime is viewed across coasts at the same time. Like always, this isn't an exhaustive of every work out there, just the ones I found interesting or of note. This season's main group is quite smaller than previous times, though that is mostly due to me never seeing some of the returning shows beforehand and simply because I found interest in just this handful. Pardon for this coming so late, due to various circumstances, but let's get to watching nonetheless, shall we?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

:anime: Free Anime Directory Update! ::For 02.10.09::

A few minor updates and a few major ones highlight this round of Directory updates, including the disappearence of one service and the emergence of a new one...