So I noticed that Yen Press (one of the all time greatest manga publishers) was releasing ‘Karneval’ this March. The cover looks adorable. Why wouldn’t you want to look further into a book that has a boy-child in ripped clothing, covered in bandages and smiling against a background of butterfly silhouettes?
Phantom Thief Jeanne manga was brought to the English speaking audience in March this year by the fantastic people at Shojobeat, of Viz Media. I was a little slow on the uptake, what with it now being May and I have only just picked it up, but seeing all the gush about the series on Twitter when I saw it sitting on the shelf in Waterstones, well, you know my track record of resistance. Continue reading Anime vs Manga: Phantom Thief Jeanne – review→
You never need look very far to find an anime or manga centralised on a revenge plot, often becoming an orphan or as good as, or a harem, or the poor being thrust into the society of the rich (usually by way an elite academy). Princess Lover upholds all of these values, along with a healthy dose of fanservice. Continue reading Which princess will the princess lover pick? – Review→
Kimi to Boku, by Kiichi Hotta, is a slice of life anime and manga about four boys entering high school. They have been friends since kindergarten, two are twins, one is basically the feminine role of the group, and the fourth is a moody bespectacled lad who doesn’t seem to want to be friends with them, but is obviously just a whiny bloke because he follows them around and encourages them to do things. There’s also a blonde character that joins the troop further in the story.
Doesn’t that sound enthralling?
Well don’t look over the manga shelf just yet. I for one hate the ‘slice of life’ genre, with the obsession on rich vs poor, gender bending, magic, martial art talent and general how-can-we-make-something-explode-soon-or-have-an-epic-five-episode-battle genres there is so many more exciting and entertaining titles out there available. However, though Kimi to Boku is not my cup of tea, it still got me laughing – out loud – more than once in just the first episode.
07 Ghost is essentially a fantasy world about the church and the army, and the infestation of gods in both of them. Some people have a talent that enables them to use ‘zaiphon’, a sort of energy that takes the form of words and can be used to attack, manipulate and heal. However, the plot revolves around two relics of the world, the ‘eye of Mikhail’ and the ‘eye of Raphael’. 07 Ghost begins with Mikhail being lost, but you soon find out main character Teito Klein has it leading to the adventure as to why, when, what it is and who Teito really is.
So this is another story where an insignificant girl who is shy and modest is chosen by the hot successful guy who then looks after her? Nope. Ok, so this is a strong independent woman who completely becomes dependent as soon as the love interest flutters his obscenely long eyelashes? Wrong again.
With a name like maid-sama, even as a loyal otaku, I would join the group that would have pre-judged doubts about Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama (school council president is a maid). However, my 14-year-old Oneechan said about the series as she’s hyped on the anime, so I gave it a shot. I was smitten by chapter one.
Its no secret that I am a fan of the Ao No Exorcist from the review I did a few months ago. I enjoyed Kazue’s art and storyline so wanted the fun to continue, so, I started the manga series.
So we know that the series is great, but must we place allegiances with either the manga or the anime?
However, the anime series is a complete set of 25 episodes, rather than the mammoth ongoing in the likes of Naruto or Bleach. Although, the manga is still being released every few months and has a great deal of story left to tell…
Watching the anime will you give you an action packed, semi-feel good laugh over the weekend, it is definately worth your time. But the manga is also on the Read List. You may think you have obtained a good definition for every character (except that Takara) but everybody changes, develops, evolves, and is shown in a rainbow of different lights. Why would you want to miss that?
I can honestly say that both manga and anime are worthy of being in anybody’s collection. Great art and emotional depth is present in both; personally I think that all fight scenes are better in colour and with sound, but the original storyline that the manga follows requires that sacrifice.
You will be as happy as the son of satan in watching and reading Ao No Exorcist, so be happier and do both.
I also mentioned in my last Ao No Exorcist review that I wanted to know who the damned was Takara. WELL…
If that tiny hint isn’t enough to make you switch to manga, then you aren’t a Blue Fan anyway… So you should watch the anime ;D
Recommendation: Watch the anime, and then read the manga to continue the story further. ♥
Bleach, the art by Tite Kubo, never hit my radar, until it became a small commotion on Twitter. Something about the anime coming to a close (after six billion episodes) and maybe perhaps a live action film coming out? I think. Don’t quote me.
Anyway, it was being talked about, but I had no idea what it was. Given synopsis: A boy, Ichigo, is transformed into a magical girl Shinigami after making a deal with the incubator being slain through the heart to save his family. Things go a bit complicated seems he is super powerful, and then the adventures begin.
A young boy barely gracing his teenage years is the sole survivor of an aristocratic family in Victorian London. Already the beauty in that image will gain a substantial audience. The artwork by Yana Toboso complements the storyline beautifully, with frills and lace and detail all over the page. And this bold respect for the era is not lost in the anime either. Everything is recreated with the eerie perfection that seems to fill Kuroshitsuji. Continue reading ANIME VS MANGA Kuroshitsuji aka Black Butler – review→
D-Gray Man, by Katsura Hoshino, is about some kid with a funky arm that can kill Akuma, a glowing eye that can see Akuma and a face tattoo that means Akuma. But what are these Akuma? They are the cursed spirits of humans dragged back to earth by loved ones who can’t let go and made into robots. It’s kind of like the Sonic the hedgehog storyline, only religious (What with the fat bad guy and the robots…)
Currently has a billion (103) episodes and (212) chapters. I am basing this on the first 5 of each. (I don’t have all day to watch it all).
The first episode and first chapter is almost word for word… up until the explanation of where that Akuma comes from. For some reason they change what happens… and yet do it in a way that doesn’t need to modify the speech. Personally the Manga won for the sheer tragedy and irony more so the Anime depiction, but the anime story was a little more heartbreaking.
So after the first episode I was thinking “This anime adaption is going to be pretty awesome,” and then epi 2 comes on… and it’s actually chapter 5. Where is chapter 2? For those of you who haven’t read chapter 2 it is freaking awesome. It shows power! I like, maybe even love, manga and anime that have some weak protagonist that suddenly goes BOOM and has some all powerful attack… than in the next episode doesn’t even scratch the enemy because everyone gets a level up. But that first initial boom is exciting. And chapter 2 is all over the boom. Well technically chapter 3 is, but you need chapter 2 to understand.
The other reason I was annoyed they skipped chapter 2 and 3 was because it held the storyline on WHO THE HELL the kid, Allen Walker, is. Where he came from, why he has the arm, the eye and the tattoo… all those questions that take an entire series to answer is clearly given in the first effing book… but do they show you? NO! damn anime interpretations.
They do respect the manga though; all characters and funny chibi moments are crafted exactly. There was a clever part in episode one, where in the manga an illustration appears, and they use it in the anime as well but in the form of a book on the desk.
The plot itself is quite intriguing; they are looking for some shiny ‘innocence’ of God stuff that will win the day yatta yatta but it means they get to travel the world and everybody dies for each other. Adventure and emotion= the perfect mix. It looks set to have some fantastic scenery, from London streets to Italian Villages on hills.
The artwork in both is very refreshing; it has a clear style like most popular anime/manga that isn’t too angular or blurred to look at. I like clear lines and good colouring, it allows you to relax and lose yourself into the atmosphere, and with D Gray Man you can do exactly that.
The recommendation is to both read and watch. If you do one then you will easily get into the other! They are equally entertaining. If you haven’t heard of/started D-Gray Man then I say to get into the manga first. Personally, I think manga is more mature and goes further into character development, and also the fight scenes are a little dry in D-Gray Man, so looking at manga is enough to get the power respect for them.
Remember though I am a D Gray Newbie, I saw an image of Allen on Tumblr and he looked badass, which makes me think the anime might get pretty awesome. It’s just I have to psyche myself up for 103 episodes, but I just started Bleach and I am about 600 episodes and a 1000 chapters behind on that… another mammoth commitment is just not want I want right now.
D-Gray Man looks to be something exciting and has enough silly chibi moments to outweigh the serious sounding storyline. The characters are funny and broody, so everybody will find someone they like.
ANIME VS MANGA = DRAW. (the equal kind, not the manga kind ;D )
Hair darker than a ripe strawberry blow exotically in the wind. A beautiful fluid artwork staggers as the shot is harassed by a pair of inflated breasts that bulge from a striped blouse. The internet doesn’t have enough memory space to state the amount of fan service in Highschool DxD; so will write this review without mentioning it… well it isn’t really possible to not mention it at all seems the anime is built around being a perverted high school boy.
If you look past every line of dialogue returning to fondling breasts (all of which are at least double Ds at this school) the anime seems to be about something resembling seriousness. Devils and fallen angels get in the way of Hyoudou Issei getting to these breasts. But they are also the ones that get him the closest. All in the first episode. Lucky Issei. there is an insinuation that he has an innate power called a gear but that isn’t for first episode explanation. As always there will be a grand allmighty power reason why he is the loser with the harem. That’s just the way it goes.
I recall Bamboo Dong on Anime News Network describing the sound of the movement of bosoms like a water mattress, but it could also be compared to Jelly getting slapped with a sponge.
However, if this anime doesn’t have your required exposure of male fan service with the skirt flying up, the magical girl transformation into electrical tape bras and the shower scene then no fears Dave, as the boys also watch a hentai tape that is also shown with a scantily clad girl using her power to sit on a guys face…
What great entertainment… is that really what guys dream about? Not my cup of tea. Any of it. Not even when Issei wakes up naked with the ‘most beautiful girl’ in school also naked in his bed.
So as I say if you CAN look past the flashing and the underwear and everything that goes with it then you may see hints of a promise that means an interesting anime with power, the expected harem of every male leading anime and flashing lights covering weird symbolic circles.
26 years ago, Misaki, a popular high school girl dies, but the students decide to carry on as though she was still living until graduation. A strange notion to entertain but this is the beginning of the story. ‘Creepy’ is how the narration explains it, ‘but nice.’
“If only it ended there.” A serious note from the unseen male speaker during the beginning of Another. The music is at first overshadowed by the beauty of animated water and a strange slow montage of big anime eyes and a myna bird. It fits dark and depressing but has a beauty about it. When the credits finally start it’s as though funeral music has been turned into disco music, I feel a little nervous but I want to dance; a complete binary of emotions collide in just that first taste.
Another is not for the faint of heart. If the mass of broken dolls and curious choice of imagery during the credits is not enough to keep you on guard then you will duly be shocked by the serious and menacing looking dolls that parade in the cuts between frames. One such edit made me emit a laugh like gasp loud enough for my housemate to turn from her own laptop. I’m sure this will be explained eventually but this anime starts with you in the dark and it will keep you there.
As is the best form of anime [in my opinion] Another is styled with angular but realistically proportioned art; which make the broken doll forms all that much more scary en mass.
The way the students react around our male protagonist, Kouichi, we know that he must be somehow related to Misaki- BUT HOW? Already the anime has gripped you into wanting more, and barely 10 minutes has passed. The beauty, the medium paced storyline, the broken dolls, and the abject fear brought on by well placed chimes in a mocking lullaby tune have all conspired to make an anime that is both entertaining on your own and can scare a room full of people.
I’m not saying I’m SCARED as such. But the clever use of music and dark tones make a good ambience of horror during the play; anime can often use bold colours even in the dreary mock-ups of horror and life. I am also not saying that Another is unique, far from it. But just because something isn’t unique, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what it is and respect it.
When a doll finally appears in the anime (and not as a sudden cut) it is in the hands of a girl named Misaki, who already catches the eye of Kouichi as he notices her school logo is the same as the one he is about to start attending. The creepiest of all music follows her every step, so if the very obvious name hasn’t kicked you yet there is no doubt that she will be the main focus. Oh and she has an eye patch.
The beauty of the artwork deserves repeated applause; the characters may be like most anime, but the scenery is so perfectly drawn, even in the decrepit and dying state that is the nature of the anime the realism cannot be denied. The school windows alone look like a photo of my college, the rust on the hand rails, the leaves in the courtyard, the drains running along the floor, they are all amazingly detailed and in such high definition that I cannot fault them.
I’ll let you watch the anime to find out that Kouichi’s name is associated with death at his new school and be disturbed by broken dolls in every turn and the rather morbid class that seems to be in constant grieving.
Don’t fear the darkness; Another is definitely worth the courage for the promise of secret mysteries and pretty artwork.
Kill me Baby was a strange title to come across; it didn’t give away much in the form what the series was about so I had to read the synopsis. When you read the words ‘high school,’ ‘assassin,’ and ‘constant pain,’ it is easy to become intrigued.
Watching the opening credits I was bent in laughter so hard that I almost missed the adorable face of chibi animation in a cape and alien octopi that strangely looked like they were made of jelly. Purple Jelly.
Even though the chibi animation style is not one I liked to watch regularly for an entire anime the storyline is amusing enough to disregard personal art taste. The art is also very close to it’s manga origins and has a lot still shot scenes, but due to the nature of the short plotlines and multiple short episode it is fitting for the anime and suits the cuteness that it is obviously trying to obtain. As usual, the main character also has a squeaky “kawaii” tone to her voice. I have a housemate with an annoying voice so I am able to block out irritating sounds at will, but I understand those who do not have this power. But stiffen that upper lip as the assassin’s script is worth her high-pitched partner.
“This is for when someone grabs your shirt. Hit them so fast they can’t react. Send them to heaven in one hit.” It is a nice thought that Heaven is so accepting, usually it would be to send attackers to hell, but I suppose an assassin would have a more optimistic outlook on sinful behaviour.
The recurring joke is that SonyaChan, the assassin, is always using her reflexes and skills to ‘accidentally’ hurt the main character, YasunaChan, who only wants to be her friend but is always getting too close or deliberately tries to make Sonya use her skills. Also, Sonya seems to be afraid of nearly everything, from cockroaches to ghosts and her ninja assassin skills usually are exposed for humorous effect every minute if not more.
For a simple, and almost lazy, anime Kill Me Baby is such a wonderful chill out anime that you can watch when you need a laugh without fail. It is in a much higher league than Shin Chan and I am definitely putting it into my top 5 favourite anime for pure comedy reasoning… even without knowing what it is all about and only watching it for 20 minutes. :3
follow up review from my post a couple hours ago..
So my addictive personality has made me read to chapter 60 of Vampire Knight in one evening; and I must say…
WHAT IS HAPPENING.
Suddenly changing EVERYTHING in a single chapter I am no longer reading a high school drama of blood-stained memories and triangular love; it has evolved into a serious and desperate battle of emotion and multiple thousands of years of delusional power.
Oh and the Discplinary Committee haven’t patrolled or done anything useful for weeks, in fact, they are in the centre of the trouble and causing blood spillage and heartbreak all over the page.
It might not be the same manga I fell in love with this morning but damn it I still love Aido.
I mean I still want to read the rest and find out the fate of everyone…
Kaname you beeeeeetch I was team Zero >:C Yuki…. how could you do this, K could have a harem but who loves Zero?
Following the story of Yuki, a member of the disciplinary committee for Cross academy, we find out she is actually a guardian of a secret between two different classes.
Akin to the best anime/manga/drama series there is a class of “elite and beautiful” ‘humans.’ Except in the case of vampire knight they are not human. [OMG SPOILER] From the first page you discover the blood covered fangs of (surprise surprise) vampires trying to coexist with humans.
Why is there always so much more drama coming from attempted peace than ensuing war?
In simple terms, humans attend school in the day, and elite class attend at night. No-one from day class knows that they are slathering away over beautiful vampires. Or that each time they walk past the vampires are slathering over the smell of blood…
To keep it all dandy there are two students; Yuki and Zero, which keep the peace and act as wardens to keep the gushing girls away from the intoxicating ‘beasts in human form.’ They make up the Disciplinary Committee.
If you are thinking “Not another high school based manga…” then slap yourself; immediately. It may be done frequently, but it isn’t overdone [well…] the age of characters relate to the readers either in I KNOW EXACTLY HOW SHE FEELS RIGHT NOW; or I remember that feeling, back in the day. [I’m already in the latter ;^; oldie.]
The members of the Disciplinary Committee, Yuki and Zero, have both had bad experiences with a ravenous vampire in the past, and as a result became ‘adopted’ by the Cross Academy Headmaster. As the only two students who know about vampiric existence let alone that the night class consists solely of aristocrat vamps they make sure that co-existence is possible. Yuki was in fact saved by one of the students, Kaname, who is special even among vampires, when she was attacked so obviously she is in love with him. Zero hates vampires as, unfortunately, a gorgeous and strong vampire wasn’t there to save him.
Then something happens to Zero.
And then some naughty things go on between the Disciplinary Committee duo.
AND THEN they are asleep in class. Seriously, there is always someone who physically Sleeps in class in anime, is it that normal a thing or is it just heightened drama?
I think the moment I fell in love with Vampire Knight manga was on the first page, where the poetry and sadness came through of an unknown voice talking of blood on snow. Yes, I am that morbid, but it was beautiful. The story itself is complimented with the delicacy of the artwork. Matsuri Hino’s hand style is wonderful and has been added to my ever increasing list of talents I am envious of. The eyes are soulful, even for vampires, and the hair is done so well that it’s how I tell which character is which [For I am devouring the manga at such velocity the names keep slipping from my short term memory before I have computed them to long term.]
Zero; who is part of the disciplinary committee along with Yuki, is a wonderfully broody character with a thirst for vengeance [there’s always one] and will quickly put at your heart strings.
But for the hardier of us there is kaname Aido, a feisty vampire that should be everyone’s favourite but gets bullied by everyone and seems to be at the centre of trouble/attention simultaneously. As the series goes on he goes from cutesy to a little pathetic and endearing, if you don’t want to hug him by book 4 then YOU are the monster, not the vampires.
I realise there is an anime, and it is now on my WATCH THIS list [my life revolves around lists *sigh*] but alas, I have a dissertation to complete before Christmas.
If you are stuck for ideas for gifts for anyone who likes one or more of the below:
Manga in general, of any calibre.
Hierarchy and Parliament
Two guys one gal
Three guys, one gal, one woman, a billion vampires/fan-girls
Rule enforcers who break rules
Disciplinary Committee being explained every chapter.
Submitted to Reader Review Section for NEO Magazine.
“If anybody has obligations [against the party] then they can issue complaints in writing after the Party is over, I will be happy to read them.” It is not odd to find hyperactive anime girls with a quirky humour, they are everywhere. What should be commented on is the commitment of the artists that have her moving like a hyperactive girl, Haruhi bounces and trembles with excitement as she speaks which brings a fun sense of over-the-top reality to her likeable character.
The script for the narrating character Kyon is both comparable to natural thought and is a delusion of grandeur. It takes a simple thing and multiplies it with a near quantum physics ideology to breed an amazing trail of thought. The film is easy to watch on the dialogue alone, the elegant artwork is just a bonus.
The plot is strange to a new to Haruhi Suzumiya universe visitor (like me) but I can’t see this film being anything but interesting and one for the fans out there to enjoy.
It could be worth an evening with ice-cream when you feel like chilling out and laughing, but perhaps understand the Haruhi Suzumiya concept beforehand.