Category Archives: Manga

Hagaren 2 Trailer

Finally watched the trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist 2. This puts the nail in the coffin that there is going to be an anime that’s faithfully based off the manga. Ed isn’t in his little get-up from the movie and Al’s soul is still bound to a suit of armor, not to mention that the announcer said “Kyoudai no tabi na hajimeru!” (“The brothers’ journey is about to begin!”). Also notice that they just simply called it “Fullmetal Alchemist” instead of “FMA 2” or whatever (lol’d at the announcer’s attempt to pronounce Fullmetal Alchemist in English).

After reading all the discussions regarding this new FMA trailer, I’ve truly concluded that within the anime fandom, the FMA manga is horribly underrated.

lololol didn dey end it with teh movie

Fullmetal Alchemist Chapter 86

FMA Chapter 86

Ed finally meets Pride face-to-face. Okay, not really, since the little bugger’s main body was hiding in the shadows and Mr. Lion King Heinckel was the one that was majorly kicking Pride’s ass (although Pride’s facial expression says otherwise). Oh man, I hope he doesn’t die.

Win on many levels
(Maka from Soul Eater and Edward Elric are best buds! :DDD A really nice joint-illustration from this month’s Shōnen Gangan)

Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist Chapter 86

Tsubasa-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- Chapters 174-175

Finally… Real!Syaoran enters the dream world using Seishirō’s reality-altering feather to recover Sakura’s soul (and we find out that Seishirō was going to give Syaoran the feather anyway and was just messing with him lol). However, Clone!Syaoran warps into that dimension too (and as he was entering the dream world, Watanuki, in yet another short connection to ×××Holic, disappears from it) and demands Real!Syaoran to hand over the feather to him.

After a tremendous battle… Real!Syaoran is now in flames and is on the verge of death (;;), with Sakura yelling “SYAORAN!!!” (notice the lack of suffix? T_T *is a Clone!SyaoranxSakura fan*).

At first glance, it seems Clone!Syaoran definitely has no hopes of returning to the way he was before the seal on his right eye was broken after this stunt (;;) . However… (SPOILERS AHEAD)

Continue reading Tsubasa-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- Chapters 174-175

Ore no Negai~ My Birthday Desires ^^

Here’s a list of some of the things I might get for my birthday (which is tommorrow). I get free-use of $100 (maybe more…), so I’ll be able to get most of these… ^^;; Of course, there isn’t much anime stuff… more manga/light novels and video games than anything else. ^^;;

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Let me heal the suffering in your heart~ こばと。 Kobato

Kobato

Title: Kabuto こばと。
Artist Group: CLAMP
Serialized in: Newtype
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten 株式会社角川書店
Rating: B

Summary:
Hanato Kobato is a very happy and perky girl, who aims to fill a mysterious bottle in order to grant her wish. Aiding her in this task is a grump plush-like dog named Ioryogi. Now she has to heal the suffering hearts of people in order to fill the bottle. However, she has to make sure that she does not fall in love with the person she’s healing.

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TSUBASA RESERVoir CHRoNICLE – TOKYO REVELATIONS OVA *spoilers*

A new Tsubasa OVA animated by Producting IG (the company that animated the movie and xxxHoliC. Yay!) has been officially annouced. It will be about 3 episodes, with each episode included with each new manga volume starting 11/21/07.

1) The Magician’s Message
1st DVD w/ TRC volume 21 regular edition – out Nov 21, 2007, 3360 yen
(includes a storage case for all 3 with a new illustration)

2) The Boy’s Right Eye
2nd DVD w/ TRC volume 22 regular edition – out Jan 17, 2008, 2980 yen

3) The Dream the Princess Saw
3rd DVD w/ TRC volume 23 regular edition – out Mar 17, 2008, 2980 yen

We get to see the Acid Tokyo arc done properly (finally, we get to see the Real!Syaoran and our Syaoran’s psychopathic clone nature in action, animated!), probably with all the blood intact. I’m kind of worried about the character designs though, since I wasn’t very happy with the (sort of) distracting character designs in the movie. I hear they say the art is going to differ from the manga too… not giving me a good feeling.

On the bright side, I’m also confident about the animation since they’re no longer confined to NHK’s broadcast standards. ^^;

Reflections – Tsubasa Chronicle

Title: Tsubasa Chronicle
Adapted from: Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- (Manga)
Production: BeeTrain, Production IG (movie)
Broadcaster: NHK

The story is a crossover using lots of characters from past series made by CLAMP.

Syaoran, a boy who wants to become an archeologist, and Sakura, a princess from the Clow Kingdom, are childhood friends with a close relationship. On a fateful night, Sakura lost all her memories as a result of a conspiracy to obtain her powers. In order to regain her memory, Syaoran seeks help from the witch, Yuuko. Yuuko tells Syaoran that he has to travel from one alternate reality to another to collect fragments of Sakura’s memory. However, even if Sakura regains her memory, she will have no recollection of Syaoran. Travelling together with them is Kurogane, a warrior who was exiled from his country, and Fye, a magician who wants to escape from his King. With the help of a magical creature, Mokona, they set off on an exciting journey through time and space.

As a CLAMP fan, I quite enjoyed Tsubasa, yes. Or at least, the manga… the anime, however, left much to be desired. (;

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Seto no Hanayome – OUTBREAK OF ROMANTIKKU

Got around to watching Seto no Hanayome and reading the manga, and I have to say it’s one of the most funniest anime/manga love comedies of all time.

ANIME


OP: Romantic Summer – SUN & LUNAR
ED: Asu he no Hikari 明日への光 – Hinoi Asuka


Plot:
A middle-school boy named Nagasumi Michishio and his two parents are on vacation at his grandma’s house, when all of a sudden he nearly drowns in the Seto Inland Sea. Fortunately for him, a mermaid named San Seto saves him. According to the rules of the Mermen, whenever a human discovers a mermaid’s true identity, the said mermaid has to die, the human has to be killed… or the solution that Nagasumi and San choose; Nagasumi assimilating with mermen society and getting married to San. Nagasumi must adapt to the new lifestyle he has to live in, as well as avoiding getting killed by his father-in-law, Gōzaburō, the big boss in of a mermaid yakuza.

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.hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)

.hack//GU+

Title: .hack//GU+
Author: Morita Yuzuhana
Artist: Hamazaki Tatsuya
Serialized in: .hack//The World
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Grade: B-

Story:

The story basically follows a redone version of the .hack//G.U. storyline. Taking place within a virtual MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game ) called “The World (II) ” – a black Multi-Weapon (Adept Rogue in the English games and manga) named Haseo, also known as a very strong PKK (Player Killer Killer) “The Terror of Death”, is in search of a legendary PK (Player Killer) known as Tri-Edge, to find out what had happened to his friend Shino and why it happened. Getting a Flash Mail from an old friend, Ovan, telling him to go to the Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground. Haseo runs into “Tri-Edge” (or, at least, a zombie-like player with a zombie-like version of Kite’s avatar) and after a short struggle, Tri-Edge had Data-Drained him back to level 1, however, this will envoke a power that slept deep within him. The rest of the manga basically retells and details Haseo’s search for Tri-Edge and his meetings with a mysterious group known as “G.U.”.

Continue reading .hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)

So I read Viz’s Shakugan no Shana light novel and manga today…

Sad Shana

So the light novel was still readable, the translation was hopefully and surely solid, and it was highly enjoyable to read the source material bound between real covers without looking in the dictionary every five minutes. The only problems are… the annoyingly large text don’t really care and the unneeded cropping of two of the illustrations.

English in-bed pictureJapanese in-bed picture
Thanks to Darrenm and GyroidFanatic from
AnimeOnDVD.com forums for the pics.

Fawk, I say. FAWK. I honestly see nothing to censor. Are Shana’s panties really that detailed and err… “arousing” for it to be kept in for a teenaged audience? I don’t even think that’s bad for little kids Or is it that Yuji is sleeping in bed with her? Either way, he’s still sleeping in bed with her. (:

I remember the days where Viz would keep in Goku’s wee-wee for all to see in their early editions of the Dragon Ball manga… they really went censorship crazy since then.

This is the only bull I care about. Aside from this and the large text, it’s all fine.

Manga Review – +Anima Vol. 2

Anima Vol. 2

Running Date: 2001 – 2005
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Mangaka: Natsumi Mukai

Story:
Shunned and branded as outcasts, the +Anima continue to search for their place in a perilous world… When Cooro is tricked into helping a nearby town, the +Anima must unite if they are to ever see their friend again. But after crossing paths with a new +Anima, will the bitter sting of betrayal tear this group apart?

Summary: (Chapter 6 – The Secret of Beehive Manor – Part 1):
The first chapter of this volume starts off with an introduction to the conflict. Lady Beena’s (she’s dressed like a bee, living near a village that raises beehives. Get it? Beena. Funny, huh?) son presumably turns into a beastly +Anima. Our heroes, Cooro, Husky, Senri, and Nana are on their marry way. Nana complains about how they’re always camping and that she wants to sleep in a bed for once. Cooro says that he likes camping and Husky adds by saying it doesn’t cost anything either. Continuing to piss Husky off, Nana says that she wants to go to Astaria, the biggest city in the country and because the king lives there. She tells Husky that she wants to marry into a wealthy family. Husky says that’s something a stupid girl would want.

Cooro notices the fragrant scent of the flowers on the trees. The gang then notices some wooden boxes in the road. Cooro opens one of them up and it turns out they were beehives! The bees chase Cooro, who used his wings to fly away, all the way to the roof of a house in an unknown village. Some men were suprised to see an +Anima.

After agreeing to take some honey to Lady Beena’s mansion due to him knocking down one of the beehives, we see some sort of person stalking him in the bushes along the way. The rest of the +Anima are looking for Cooro and run into the same men he met. Turns out that the only reason that they made Cooro deliver the honey is because they were scared that they might’ve got eaten by that “monster” that lived in the mansion. About a month ago, one of the villagers who was delivering honey to the beehive saw a monster. He told anoth villager, who then heard something most unnerving: “Gil… such bad manners.” The yound master… had became an +Anima. They figured it was okay for Cooro to go since he was an +Anima. But… Husky disagrees.

“Are you saying that because he’s a +Anima… IT DOESN’T MATTER IF HE’S EATEN?!” The +Anima go to save Cooro. On their way, they meet the “stalker” that we saw earlier, but he gets away because Nana thought he was cute, that it was probably a villager who thought it was odd for +Anima to be traveling by the village, and she doesn’t want the villagers to dislike +Anima more than they do now.

Meanwhile, Cooro arrives at the Behive Manor and is greeted by Lady Beena. He is told to wait there… while Lady Beena tells her “son” that his dinner is ready.

Thoughts:

This volume was enjoyable, but it really wasn’t all that great. Esspecially since half of this volume were “extra” chapters consisting of a “parallel universe” that Natsumi Mukai did before the series was serialized. I enjoyed those chapters, but I felt that half of the quality was downgraded since half of the chapters had nothing to do and contribute to the main storyline of post-serialized series.

The story isn’t something to awe about, just the usual subject of being discriminated because of being different. Nothing to hate on just because it’s “usual” (See? This is the point Mukai-sensei was trying to get across!), they really pull it offf nicely without getting into it too seriously like all the other things that come across this subject.

I loved the artwork of this series. Everything was so crisp – a nice balance of cute, seriousness (when need-be) and detail (too bad I don’t have a scanner right now to show you how pretty the artwork is). Other than that… the series is average, really. But I could see why it was popular. The series ending at it’s tenth volume (presumably with an unfinished story, I think…) is a turn-off to keep reading though. But hey, it makes my selves look pretty.

Anime Review – ハヤテのごとく Hayate no Gotoku! / Hayate The Combat Butler! 02

Episode 02 ~ “A New Start with Nagi Sanzenin’s Mansion” 三千院ナギの屋敷と、新たなる旅立ち

Stupid, Un-Comprehensive Summary:

Don't EVER punch Mr. Santa Claus
“Remember… you punched me in the last episode!”

Hayate is found sleeping in the clouds as he sees Santa Claus. Santa asks if he’s done with with life. Hayate says Santa saying thatas if he is dead… Santa says he is dead. Hayate shrugs it off and says he doesn’t care because he doesn’t have any family to grieve for him and no house. A kidnapper trying to act as if he was a tragic hero? Santa says even though it was in his mind, he punched Santa in the last episode. And even though he never succeeded, what he was trying to do was criminal. Hayate starts to beg for forgiveness.

Continue reading Anime Review – ハヤテのごとく Hayate no Gotoku! / Hayate The Combat Butler! 02

Shakugan no Shana II (first post relevant to anime is about Shana… yay!)

Shakugan no Shana... II? So, at the beginning of April, I heard that there was going to be a second series of Shakugan no Shana coming out somewhere in fall. At first I thought it was an April Fools trick (it being the beginning of April and all), but I’m certain that this is real news. Check the official site if you don’t believe me.

In my opinion, the ending of the anime begged for a second series, despite how awesome it was. But THAT’S JUST ME. This is completely awesome, another ’07 anime to look forward to. 🙂

Speaking of Shana, just a heads-up: Viz is translating the Light Novels and manga now, and Vol. 1 for both will be up for grabs on April 17. About only $10 for each, so buy when you can.