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This Ends a Chapter in my LIfe

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 22 July 2007 07:01 (A review of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows)

eh... It's alright. I think the main reason I'm so attached to it is that I've been reading it for such a long time and it finally came to end. It's been a fun ride but it's over (movies aside). It would have been perfectly fine with me despite the way everything became all fanservicy at the end...
except for the fact they killed ****. Wasn't too happy about that.

There's really not much more to say. You obviously aren't a newcomer if you are reading this and if you are wow you're stupid. At the end you are either gonna really dig the ending or pretend you didn't like it.
J K Rowlling really gave to the fans at the end. It's been a marvelous ride but I'm glad it's over.


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The battle ends here!

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 16 July 2007 03:37 (A review of Death Note, Volume 12)

Throughout the whole time I was reading it I was tense because this was the last volume of Death Note, after this there'd be no more. Throughout the whole experience of reading it I'd get really angry when there'd be a big explanation and the end seemingly at hand, because I'd be only half way through the book and there's no way it'd be ending so soon. Which drove me nuts.
There's ALOT of talking and talking and backtracking on what really transpired as opposed to what was thought to have happened and really really long winded explanations as a result. In fact much of what the last volume covered was what transpired in the meeting at the warehouse where everything came to culmination. It couldn't have been that long but the pacing made it seem that they were there talking and waiting for days on end. And then it happened. And as result other things happened, and then it ended. Then I promptly threw the book down in a fit of rage. Then after cooling off for a few minutes I pick it back up and started laughing. Of the ROFL variety. This came at the realization that considering what Death Note is all about this was the only logical ending that can be expected from Death Note.

My only gripe, other than the fact that it tended to lose steam quite often, was that on a certain page a character refers to their connection to "T"
As far as I know there was never anyone in the series called T. But I'll let it go because I didn't see it happen anywhere else.

I kinda wish they would have made more of those gag comics that they had in the end of the first volume. I think that all the disgruntled fans of Death Note could have used a cute comic at the end.
But I did like the summary on the back very much. "The battle ends here!"
I don't think it could have been put more succinctly. Especially since I tend to ignore the summaries on the back anyways since they have this tendency of spoiling things.


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School didn't make it sound this cool

Posted : 10 years, 3 months ago on 22 June 2007 03:13 (A review of Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu)

Very rarely do I finish reading a Tezuka book feeling disgruntled and not surprisingly this was just about the absolute opposite of this book. I recall in the Phoenix books there was this whole bit about Buddhism being bad and all (as opposed to the native spirits in Japan) but that has little or nothing to do with this book at all.
If others remember Tezuka for his Astro Boy and cute animals, there's no need to look any further because there's some moments in here that make Bambi look as wonderfully not depressing. It has all the cutness levels in the animals but all the Tezuka goodness. In the first few pages alone an adorable rabbit jumps into a fire in order to provide sustenance for a man.
The title being Buddha I assumed that it would chronicle the life of Buddha, but instead the first volume seems like set up for later volumes as it focuses more on events prior to Buddha's birth. The players are all introduced and pieces are in motion for the rest of the series. Driven primarily on characters I can only assume will play a much bigger role in Buddha's life later on Buddha, or Siddartha, is only seen as a baby for a few panels and for the most part was just a fetus in the womb.
My only sadness is that someone I thought was a main character dies rather suddenly at the end. This tends to happen alot when I read Tezuka. Plus the whole mother/son relationship was a bit too close to seem healthy but eh...
Note, there's alot of nudity in this. Tezuka drew the women to be very boobilicious. And lots of nekkid men too, complete with their symbols of manhood. Lots of nekkid people in general but that's to be expected considering the setting. Thankfully his (in)famous gags are at a very low level and weren't as jarring as the Yamato section of Phoenix, in fact it was a little welcome because I was wondering where the Tezuka humor was.
All in all Tezuka doesn't dissapoint and I can only wait eagerly as I find the other volumes of this epic series. I always thought of Buddha as a jolly fat guy but there's something more to it. I'm glad I didn't pay too much attention in class eitherwise I might have spoiled things for myself. An amazing series, it's one of those things that when you are finished reading you are left with a feeling of "DAMN! I just read something amazing." It would be a travesty if later volumes let me down after such build up.


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Comparing the Tokyopop and Del Rey

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 12 May 2007 02:25 (A review of Parasyte: Vol. 1)

So I finally got around to reading Parasyte and boy... It's leaps and bounds better than the original Mixx (Tokyopop) edition. I always thought the original covers were a bit on the sucky side and the book design was kinda sucky too. But luckily the Del Rey edition is first and foremost UNFLIPPED. And it has a different color scheme. I think the red and black scheme makes it look a little bit cooler. And it looks like they are gonna change the color scheme for subsequent volumes. And they are combining some of the volumes together, which was another thing that stood out immediately. The size of the book. There's only six chapters in each of the Mixx (Tokyopop) editions but the first volume of the Del Rey edition has nine. And at least the table of contents page wasn't like how it is in the volume I'm looking at right now where the font is all weird and giving me a headache to read.

And is it just me or are their inconsistencies with the author's name? Is it Hitoshi Iwaaki or Hitosi Iwaki??? I think that's the big question. Del Rey has it written as the former and Tokyopop chose the latter. Since I can't read Japanese I have no idea what the correct romanization is but I'm going to assume it's the one Del Rey chose to use.

Another thing that stood out, this time it came from the fact that it was unflipped. "Lefty" is now back to his original "Migi" which means right. And that makes sense since he is on Shin's right hand NOT THE LEFT! None of that confusion that arised from [Link removed - login to see]">the cover of volume three of the Mixx/Tokyopop edition. And there's actually some translation notes! And some names changed for localization in the Mixx edition are back to normal in the Del Rey one. For example did you know that Tamara Rockford was actually Tamiya Ryouko? Yeah, that confused me for the longest time because I was like... Wasn't that name something else??? But I guess I must have been stupid to think that the localization name was the original, no matter, it didn't really hinder me that much. Reading it unflipped certainly is a strange and different experience. This is the first time I can actually read it both in the flipped and unflipped state, it's usually one or the other. Things most certainly flow a bit differently flipped. And I think it's a nice touch that they also added this thing, I'm guessing from the original Japanese run, where readers asked the author questions. So now you get a vague idea of what Iwaki was thinking at the time.

I mentioned before that there was no localization of names and that there was actually a translation notes in the Del Rey edition. And I think I like the translation in general of the Del Rey edition. I really don't pay attention to these things usually but in the Mixx edition where it says editor and stuff it seems Stu Levy (the CEO of Tokyopop!) did quite alot. In most of my other Tokyopop books he is just listed as the Publisher but here it says he was one of the translators, the editor, and the graphic designer. This must explain the suckiness of the covers.


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Lots of Build Up...

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 8 May 2007 03:08 (A review of Death Note, Volume 11)

I want to say it's freakin amazing, but to tell the truth it just feels like a hell of alot of build up to something amazing... I seriously can't wait for volume 12.


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Princess Tutu Vol 1 review

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 25 April 2007 02:45 (A review of Princess Tutu Vol 1)

So there's a Duck, who turns to a girl, who turns to Princess Tutu so she can save the Prince who has no heart by getting all his heart shards... or something like that. There's a cat teacher who wishes to marry incompetent students and an anteater. And alot of ballet. I'm not sure what Ranma 1/2 has to do with it other than the whole girl turning into a duck thing but it's pretty out there. But cute. If you just accept the weirdness and just let you play out you won't be disappointed unless you have no heart or something like that.


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Ballet Anime???

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 25 April 2007 02:40 (A review of Princess Tutu, Vol. 6: Abschied)

Seriously, if you aren't watching Princess Tutu, then what are you doing with your life? It started out a little weird and it ended with a really big bang, like stars colliding and stuff, only with ballet. Plus the music is amazing, but that's a given since all the music, minus the OP and ENDING, is taken from ballets, operas, and the like. A satisfying and conclusive ending leaves you wanting more yet you know it ends there.

Don't push it aside because of its cute appearance. There's something in it even for the most manly of men. I mean going en pointe and wearing tights TAKES ALOT OF BALLS.


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Phoenix, Vol. 8 Civil War (PART TWO/Robe of Feathers) review

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 25 April 2007 02:23 (A review of Phoenix, Vol. 8 Civil War (PART TWO/Robe of Feathers))

Compared to the other Phoenix titles I just felt this one to be one of the more weaker ones. It just kept on dragging and dragging along. I kept hoping that if I kept on reading the ending would blow me away but unfortunately that doesn't happen. The long awaited reincarnation scene did surprise me a bit although I just didn't feel all hyped up when I usually do when the Phoenix makes an appearance. At least the Robe of Feathers thing at the end did a show a bit of an interesting way of telling a story but it's too short and a bit predictable. At least there aren't any lame gags like in Yamato.


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Not what I was expecting

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 11 March 2007 12:42 (A review of Lost World Volume 1: v. 1)

Expecting something like Ode Kirihito is a big mistake. It's so painfully geared toward kids that I found it rather boring. Go read Tezuka's other work like Phoenix instead. Even Astro Boy seems alot more mature compared to this.


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Initial D review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 14 January 2007 07:53 (A review of Initial D)

In my eyes, Initial D can do no wrong.


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