August 2012


  The second last volume! I always find it a bit surreal when I’m so close to ending a long running series. This volume’s cover is also quite nice. It’s very simple, but the colours are very pretty.

Summary


Mokuren experiences a miracle with the help of the Earth and with her dying breath asks Shion not to give up because the dream is too beautiful to remain just a dream. When Alice comes too, she awakens beside Rin, who proceeds to kiss her and then asks her why she didn’t push him away as he is Shion. (more…)

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In response to simpleek tagging me in her post, I’m participating in the Anime Blogger Interrogation Game.

Rules
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  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives.You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions. (more…)

So continuing on from my last post, this post is going to be an extension of that. Instead of just characters, I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of manga and anime that are quite popular, but I don’t like. Like last time, I’m going to be using MAL’s rankings to determine popularity and once again, I will only be looking at the top 500 in each category, and I will only list manga and anime I have at least watched a few episodes or read a few volumes. I’m also going to split this into two parts, so people know if I’m talking about the manga or the anime and where exactly it ranks in each category.

Manga

Surprisingly, most of the manga near the top are actual stuff I’ve read and enjoyed so this has been quite a delightful surprise. (I guess because ranking are determined by average score rather than sheer numbers of who read what and added them onto favourites like with characters, it is much more balanced). Nonetheless, there are still a few manga which I personally feel are overrated (in the literal sense that I think their average score is too high):


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Reflecting on Shojo Corner’s post about popular characters that starsamaria didn’t like, I though it would be interesting to make my own list with my own thoughts. Reflecting on that further, I thought it would be an interesting idea to expand this into a two parter: first my own thoughts on characters I don’t quite see the appeal; and then a follow up post about manga and anime series that are popular, but I simply do not like at all and don’t quite understand the appeal behind them. As for gauging popularity, I’ll be using MAL and their rankings to gauge if a character is popular. So these are all chosen from the top 500 and are all characters I am at least somewhat familiar with.  Also, I’ve listed them below in order of popularity because I thought that would be fitting.


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So I finally got around to watching the anime adaptation of Skip Beat. I won’t be delving in details because overall there isn’t much to say outside that it was a very faithful adaptation that only cut of a few scenes from the manga and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the manga’s story get animated. What I did not expect was to get so addicted to the story again. I marathon the anime and after finishing it yesterday, I’ve been getting urges to re-read the whole manga again. I don’t know what it is about this series, but it’s down right addicting for me. More so than anything else I’ve ever read. Even my all time favourite manga Basara didn’t cause such a reaction in me (but maybe that has something to do with the lacklustre anime adaptation than the quality of the manga itself). I’m kind of worried about starting Tokyo Crazy Paradise because I don’t want to get addicted so quickly again, but on the other hand, watching the anime has definitely reawakened my curiosity about Ms. Nakamura’s other manga. (more…)

Quite the deceptive cover given what goes on in this volume. Although I guess it does capture the later moments between the two. Not one of my favourite covers either. It’s ok, but it doesn’t really stand out like some of the others.

Summary


Alice begins her painful recollections after being pushed and probed by Haruhiko. When she awakens, she is now, more than ever, convinced Shion did not love Mokuren. Haruhiko tries to convince her that he did, but Alice refuses to believe it, pointing to the kiche mark still present on her forehead. Resigned, Haruhiko asks her to at least ask Rin about it.

Meanwhile Rin begins to move his plan forward. He has Majima set Tamura up to be arrested by the police for Rin’s kidnapping and stalls Mikuro, while Majima is suppose to pick Alice up. Unfortunately for Alice, she is left alone at this crucial moment as Haruhiko happens to have another heart attack (presumably because he jumped to get to Alice as soon as possible after him and Mikuro ran into Rin) and Miss Ayako takes him to the hospital. Meanwhile her brother, Hajime, leaves to talk to Rin’s mother, who is worried after hearing about the kidnapping stunt Rin pulled. So when Majima arrives, he has no resistance and easily convinces Alice that he’s a police officer and he wants to take her down to the station for questioning. (more…)

Ok, I’m kind of biased here as I’m a big fan of Robin. I love her personality. That said, I do think it would benefit One Piece to show off some of its more under-represented characters. Namely Robin, Franky, and Brook. These three, especially Brook and Robin, seem to always get the short end of the stick and it’s especially jarring when Oda does it in favour of Zoro or Sanji. I love Zoro. He’s my second favourite right after Robin, but him, Sanji, and Luffy are dominating panel and fight time too much in One Piece. Case in point:

Zoro jumps out of nowhere to take on Neptune right when Brook was finally about to see some action.

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