The past can come back to haunt you
It’s not often you come across a manga where a person has a disability, and this is what drew me to Koe no Katachi. The huge difference in what you usually come across in the world of manga and anime, you know your fantasy worlds, typical high school romance stories and what have you, is a nice breath of fresh air, and after coming across it via tweets when the movie was what everyone was talking about and seeing a couple of clips, I just had to get in on the hype.
And it truly is amazing. Koe no Katachi follows Ishida Shouya, a boy who’s bored with life and tries to add some excitement to it by becoming somewhat of an adrenaline junkie. His fearless actions are adored by his friends even though they aren’t really fans of what he does, if you get what I mean. Nevertheless, they want to be around him. Continue reading “Koe no Katachi”
A tale of two “kings”
Thanks to Twitter, I came to know about this manga and put it on my “to read” list. And it’s quite different to what I expected just from seeing one image of Kuroki. Pretty interesting too if you pay attention to what’s going on from the beginning, unlike me who didn’t until about halfway through what’s been translated so far. Clearly I’m losing out here
So Kikenchitai Danshi. It’s a romance manga set in high school, but it’s quite unique from the get go which was surprisingly good. Our leading lady is Satsuki Kurei who attends a high school close to two all-boys’ schools that are the complete opposite to the other, and are both “ruled” by “kings”. By this I mean one guy from each school basically rules the others in their respective schools, and one is known as the White King and the other as the Black King due to their personalities. I’m sure you can guess that one is more prince-like than the other. Continue reading “Kikenchitai Danshi”
Love can come from anywhere
It’s been a while since my last post, but I haven’t just been studying away; I’ve been catching up on some anime and starting new ones before I get round to reviewing them, but I will try to get more content up quicker for my beloved readers ^^
Here we have Crayon Days. It’s a lovely short and sweet story featuring two people who get closer through their love for art. It’s different because I’ve never come across a manga that features a different kind of school since it’s normally been a standard school or a boarding school, but this is a unique angle for a romance manga.
Our MCs of the story are Ichinose Shima and Akatuski Saji. Shima is a new student at the Tokyo Art School, which is a big change and step for her since she’s a country girl who wants to prove she can be good at art. As for Saji, he’s a famous student known for his impressive art skills. The two have contrasting personalities and artistic abilities; Shima is more child-like and naive which is portrayed through her drawings which seem to lack that depth and emotion people see in art, whereas Saji is the quiet type who’s a perfectionist and shows that depth and emotion in his work. Continue reading “Crayon Days”
Love at first touch?
More like grope, but I’ll get onto that in a bit.
I can’t remember how exactly I first came across this manga, but after a long break from it because it’s ongoing, I went back to it only to find about 20 newly translated chapters. Talk about good things come to those who wait am I right?
Anyway, I started it again from the beginning and I loved Namaikizakari all over again, and how it progressed in the new chapters.
Namaikizari stars Machida Yuki as the MC. She’s a second year at Ryohoku high school and manager of the basketball club. As she’s recruiting first years at the start of the new school year, she encounters Naruse Shou, a rather tall and good looking guy who accidentally gropes Yuki after someone knocks him over. But Yuki bravely continues on acting as though nothing happened, given how she has younger brothers and sisters to deal with and is able to deal with stuff (not this kinda stuff though). Continue reading “Namaikizakari”
No ordinary princess
Another ongoing series, I didn’t like where the story has currently stopped. But from the comments I have seen on MangaHere, the mangaka isn’t feeling well enough to carry on with the series. Get well soon Akatsuki Kaori!
Moving on now, and I do like where this series is headed. Okobore has a princess as our MC, known as Princess Leticia or The Leftover Princess in her Kingdom. Her title comes from the fact she was given the throne instead of her two older brothers, because if either of them became King, Civil War would follow suit. So, her King father decided that the best way to deal with this problem would be to give Leticia the throne instead. A pretty good idea and an interesting backstory. Well done for making that decision Leticia’s dad!
Leticia isn’t an ordinary princess either. She’s a strong-willed person who will do what she can to make people see her as someone different to being the Leftover Princess, and will do what she can to maintain peace during her reign. What’s more, rather than leave it to her guards and what not to handle things, she ventures out into the Kingdom to get a feel for the place she is going to rule as Queen someday, and is educated in stuff no man would think a woman should learn, such as reading maps and what not. Continue reading “Okobore Hime to Entaku Kishi”
A treat for all the Fruits Basket fans out there!
I absolutely love Fruits Basket, and for those of you who have been with me since the beginning will know this from one of my very first (and very dull) reviews I posted back when the blog was called Only Animanga. But times have changed, and I hope my posts have changed for the better and are keeping you guys interested and awake while reading them.
So, Watashi no Ookami-kun. I came across this when I went to Forbidden Planet in London and was checking out what manga they have (and wow do they have a big manga collection!). The synopsis did mention that this is a manga for fans of Fruits Basket, and it didn’t lie. I really enjoyed it.
It’s a very short series though, only four volumes long I believe. Now I like stories of different lengths so I’m not fussed about this because you do find hidden gems in the short series of manga and anime out there, and this is one of them. Continue reading “Watashi no Ookami-kun”
Ninja x Samurai Harem
All I can say first of all is, this was getting to a good point and then boom, the “you are up-to-date with Geten no Hana”. Like come on!! I was enjoying it!
Okay mini rage over. I love Geten no Hana for many things before I even get to the story: Feudal Japan, Samurai, Ninja. I love Feudal Japan and the whole Samurai/Ninja life that came with it, and to finally see a manga which is based in that era, all I can say is Ruby Party I take my hat off to you. If I wore hats. But I love that you chose this setting.
I’d recommend this to anyone who just wants a Feudal Japan based manga, but also warn them that (at the time of reading the manga and posting this) only 8 chapters have been released on Mangahere. Sad times guys. Sad times. Continue reading “Geten no Hana”
For better or worse
Funnily enough I thought of that while watching Kuroko no Basket after someone said it during the intense battle between Kagami and Aomine. Such a good match.
This is the second time I’ve read the manga, and I can say that there are quite a few things I forgot and remember. Hapi Mari introduces us to Takanashi Chiwa, a 22-year-old University drop out (yup not high school for once!) who quickly becomes Mamiya Chiwa within a few pages into the manga. That is, because she meets Mamiya Hokuto, the President of Mamiya Enterprises who “wishes” to marry her. By that I mean, and this made me think of 50 Shades of Grey which I have not and never will watch (I watched Everything wrong with 50 Shades of Grey by CinemaSins), they enter into a contract as husband and wife because his grandfather wanted him to marry the granddaughter of the love of his life. Yes you heard right; it’s an arranged marriage guys, with added drama and twists than you’d find in a standard marriage. Continue reading “Hapi Mari”
When you don’t attend a mixed school…
…or ever interact with the opposite sex. Add some Manga drama into the mix and you have Haji-Otsu.
This was the first time I ever knew about a Manga with this idea, and it got my attention. Like, yes you have separate sex schools in Manga, but how many (that I know of) base it around someone whose perception of guys is totally off the radar?
Our MC is Ashihira Himari, a high school who, yup you’ve guessed it, has never interacted with guys. Blame it on her attending an all-girls school, and/or that she doesn’t have any male family members around the house, from what I remember that is. Anyway, because of her lack of socialising, Himari is unable to speak to guys, walk close to guys, or think about them. The final one seems to freak her out, because she assumes that every guy on the planet eats messily, has never heard of hygiene, is super strong and highly aggressive. Until, that is, she “confesses” to a guy who walks the same route to an all-boys school that’s just opposite the all-girls school, and showed her an act of kindness that one time. Continue reading “Haji-Otsu”
This is the first horror manga which I thought I’d give a try, and I can say that it does not disappoint. Tenkuu Shinpan, or High-Rise Invasion, is set in a world which sort of reminds me of Mirror’s Edge in that it’s all rooftops with the addition of some suspension bridges connecting them. Soon after, it started to remind me of Hunger Games, Battle Royale and Btooom!, and here’s why: main character Honjo Yuri suddenly ends up in this world and realises that it is somehow real, and consists of one goal: to reach the helicopter to leave this world or die trying. The rooftops and suspension bridges come into play as those who end up in this world can only travel via rooftops and bridges to get to said helicopter, and have access to the buildings to some extent as signs prevent them from travelling down further to reach the ground floor.
What’s more, as the image shows, people wearing masks and wielding a variety of weapons are scattered around the world to kill off those who they see alive or don’t try to kill themselves by jumping off the rooftops. Yuri is unlucky as she sees someone get killed by one of the masks as soon as she ends up there, and remembered what advice she received from her brother about running away from strange people. As you can also see, she learns to defend herself against said masks and uses guns in her attempt to survive and reach the helicopter.
Continue reading “Tenkuu Shinpan”