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I think there's a story... maybe

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 11 January 2007 02:25 (A review of xxxHOLiC, Vol. 8)

It still has amazing art (no surpises) and is still very episodic with the annoying not so subtle hints of eh... there MIGHT be a story (still no suprise) but at least there's some development with the two main characters but not much with anyone else (still no suprise there).

Other than that fans of CLAMP will still probably like it and lovers of those episodic supernatural stories will not be let down. The art is gorgeous and maybe, just MAYBE there's an over arching plot that will MAYBE be explained. Just maybe. I really hope so, this is my favorite CLAMP work to date and let's just pray they'll finish this one and not give it a half-assed ending.


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Sensual Phrase, Vol. 17 review

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 11 January 2007 02:18 (A review of Sensual Phrase, Vol. 17)

This whole series can be summarized as ultra lite hentai for the lady. Maybe.

It didn't really have a story or great awesome art at the begining. And it still didn't have much of a story at the end. But girls will still flock to it. And maybe guys. I don't really know, but definately girls.


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Woah! Non perverted maid comic?

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 11 January 2007 02:02 (A review of Emma, Vol. 1)

Wait wait a second. A manga about maids and England. And you are saying it's not perverted or anything like the usual connotations of maids in anime and manga these days?! Now THATS something.

Despite being aimed at primarily older male readers, I honestly can't see why any female will have any qualms with reading. It's a love story between a noble guy and a maid. Maybe. I think so.

It is perhaps the most realistic portroyal of maids and England in manga and anime. The only really bad thing about it is the paper it's printed on, kinda sucky, but I blame the publisher for that.

It's a little slow in pacing but there's an Indian guy. He rides elephants and stuff.


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Eyeshield 21, Volume 9 review

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 11 January 2007 01:44 (A review of Eyeshield 21, Volume 9)

It's manga about american football. It's over the top and actually makes football sound interesting to those not interested. If only real football were as it were depicted here. Then american football will possibly be the greatest sport in the world. But it's not. So we have to make do with Eyeshield 21 and enjoy it for what it is. We can't always stop and wonder what would happen if football really were as awesome as this book makes it out to be but then again one has to wonder where Hiruma is getting all of his artillery. I mean this is Japan right? Guns and football? I didn't realize they had those.


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Midori Days: Volume 8 review

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 10 January 2007 04:07 (A review of Midori Days: Volume 8)

This is the last volume of the strange series about a guy who has a girl for a right hand. It had basically every weird love fetish from hand puppets to middle aged men who looked like ten year olds.

The ending was predictible but it only proved to show it's not (that much) different from those other love stories out there. And the journery towards that ending was quite hilarious. The most suprising thing about the whole series, other than the whole girl on arm thing, would have to be that despite the whole premise, the series does steer clear out of the perverted nature of having a girl for a hand and that's a relief. Really passes the time.


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Good memories from childhood

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 28 December 2006 04:03 (A review of Sailor Moon)

I watched as a young child and loved it. But when I tried to rewatch it I was either bored to death or shocked at what they allowed to be shown to kids. I mean come on, guys turning into girls? I didn't get it back then and I don't quite get it now.

But I gotta give it props. It gave me a magical(?) childhood experience and I really did enjoy it back then. Ever now and then I did see something that reminded me of my childhood but for the most part it wasn't it.


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What shoujo should be

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 28 December 2006 03:58 (A review of Rose of Versailles)

This is simply an amazing show that epitomizes all that shoujo should be. Everything in this show is fueled by character emotions and the like. And unlike most shows of the genre today it's not always fueled from the characters undying love for each other or something like that. This is a good thing.

So the story is basically there's a girl named Oscar. She was raised as a man because her father wanted sons to succeed the family name in the military, or something like that. So she protects the Queen from conspiracies and stuff like that for about half the show. Oh wait, did I forget to mention that the Queen was Marie Antoinette? Do you see where this is going... no? Well the story itself takes place in France, namely Versailles (where the royal family lived), for the most part, prior to the French Revolution. !!!! There are plenty of historical figures in this show and I found it quite amusing because historical figures in works of fiction are always funny. You don't need to know anything about French history to understand because the message still comes through, yet it adds a bit.

There's a lot of foreshadowing, sometimes to the point of absurdity, and drama, also sometimes to the point of absurdity. But it is after all prior to fall of French monarchy and it's a shoujo story after all.

I noticed a slight change about halfway through the series, I'm not sure if they changed the director or something, but the show does take a different tone than before, but perhaps that's too be expected since the first half can be summarized as "La La La (Fun?) in Versailles" and then the other half would be "Oh the suffering we have, REVOLUTION!!"

All in all, I enjoyed it immensely. I cannot recommend it anymore. I find laughable anyone can call themselves a lover of shoujo and not have watched this jewel.


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I "tried" to read it

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 26 December 2006 09:16 (A review of Ragnarok: v. 1)

Maybe it's a wonderful book. Maybe it's a great series with lovable characters or something. But I stopped after maybe the second or third page. I've read a lot of things that had a wonderful middle and end part, but if the first few pages can't generate enough interest for me to even finish the first chapter what use is it? Maybe I've read worse but who knows when I can't even get to page five? Even if something amazing happens in page five or something, I doubt it'll be good enough that'll I actually read this series.


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what? BREAD?!?

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 16 December 2006 02:00 (A review of Yakitate!! Japan, Volume 01)

I thought I read it all when I read Hikaru No Go, which was about possibly one of the most boring games ever, but it still managed to be one of my favorite reads ever. So why am I so surprised there's a manga about bread (that spawned an anime of the same name)?

The basic plot is that there's a guy named Azuma Kazuma who wants to make a bread for the Japanese people, aka jaPAN.

It's basically a parody of fighting shows, but done well. At it's heart it is a "fighting show" in the sense that there are seemingly endless tournaments and "enemies" not to mention all these special techniques and whatnot.

Because I've seen the anime before reading it, I was a bit dissapointed because you see, if people in this book eat really good food they have a "reaction" to it. I just find that the reactions are better animated and with sound, but it's just the first volume and there's plenty of room for that to improve to the ridiculousness found in the anime.

Most of the jokes tend to be puns and whatnot and that's where the translation can make or break the quality of book. So far in this volume the translations didn't sound too out of whack and seemed to flow easily enough that it wasn't jarring. And unlike other books, they don't leave the jokes in Japanese and then have notes in the back, which is nice for a change because flipping back in forth in the book can lose the intended impact (and it's a real pain).

If you want a change from the regular shoujo/shounen stories out there, I recommend Yakitate! Japan because it's just insanely ridiculous in a very serious manner. Plus, it's about bread. Everyone loves bread.


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too early to tell

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 16 December 2006 01:34 (A review of Oldboy: Vol. 1)

I was a bit hesitant about purchasing it because it was wrapped and it's a dark horse release and those tend to be on the graphic side, but because I saw it on sale for $2; I figured I couldn't go wrong.

It's only the first volume and it's really hard to see where this is going. I can't really tell if it's going to be good or bad, but I liked the movie and the story has plenty going for it. After all, a guy is seemingly randomly locked up for decade and suddenly released for no apparent reason either, well, to be frank, that's rather interesting.

It could go either way, this series could be good, or it could be bad, but I'll keep reading it because the movie adaptation was simply so wonderfully done I can't help but hope the source material is equally amazing. I wouldn't recommend this series just yet but I'll just see where it's going.


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