October 2012


Well tonight is All Hallow’s Eve and what better way to celebrate than with a Top 10 List. Everyone loves those right? xD I was originally going to do a top 10 horror manga list, but I haven’t read that much horror manga yet, so I decided instead to do a character list. So here are my top 10 favourite characters that are either demons, spirits, undead, or other creatures of the night:

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Thanks for all the feedback from the debut feature everyone! I’m going to keep the general format the same (so three parts for each manga), but the feature is going to be broken down into smaller parts so that it isn’t so overwhelmingly long. How many parts? I’m not sure. I’ll see how long each write up is, and adjust it accordingly each time. Sometimes I have more to cover because there are lots of things to talk about in a given chapter, other times a chapter remains relatively tame and there isn’t much to point out. So far, the chapters aren’t slowing down the punches (except in perhaps one case), so there is a lot to cover for each manga. Stats are going to be moved to their own separate post as well and will now come up every few chapters as a sort of summary of all the ongoing story elements. I hope this will make this feature easier to read and more enjoyable. :)

Black Bird

  • Ah yes, nothing like beginning a new chapter with more unwanted groping from Kyo.
  • And if you didn’t get it last chapter, Kyo makes it very clear now: Misao is his, no other monsters can touch. What’s this, what about Misao’s choice? hahaha, woman choosing their sexual partners? What a laugh! This is the stone age, not some feminist paradise, get those ridiculous ideas out of here.

That’s right Misao, don’t get upset that he doesn’t even think about your choice, but that he wants you cause you’re the magic bride.

  • As usual, our dear heroine sulks, but it’s not cause Kyo is an irredeemable jerk that doesn’t consider her feelings. Nope. It’s cause Misao is certain Kyo only wants her cause she’s the magic bride and sex with her is like nirvana for demons or something. (more…)

Recently a new eshop RPG was released called The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave and it has a demo for those curious about the game. The main hook of the game is that you generate these denpa men via “radio waves”. This quirky little feature caught my attention and I decided to try the demo to see whether there was any real substance to the game. And I was pleasantly surprised because on top of the quirky feature, there was a fun turn-based RPG. The demo also surprised me because it was quite long and it lets you transfer over everything you finish in the demo into the main game when you buy it. I think this is really nice and I hope more demos allow this sort of functionality.

This is how the capturing aspect of the game looks.

That said, while the game is quirky and very cute, it is at its core a turn-based RPG and if someone does not like those, they probably won’t see much appeal in this game. It’s very simple, with one Denpa man asking you to help him reach a tower to save his sister. The battle system is also in first person (think Dragon Quest IX with characters only showing up when they attack or cast spells). However, if you do actually like RPGs like me, I do think it is worthwhile to check the demo out. The best feature is definitely the idea of capturing denpa men generated via radio signals. I thought it was a very neat idea and I liked trying to find different kinds. Although, I think by radio signals they mean wireless internet signals because I only got a couple of denpa men when I scanned around the house (as there are only a couple of wireless signals from nearby houses). Either way, I quite enjoyed the demo and since it’s only 10$ on the eshop, I think the price is quite fair for what I did see of the game. It’s definitely going on my “to buy” list. I can’t quite purchase it right now because I’ve got Pokemon Black 2 occupying my gaming time, but once I have less to play, I am definitely going to be picking it up.

–SW

Alright,it’s the first edition of Substandard Shoujo Spectacle. I’m still not exactly sure of how I want to do this, so this is still pretty much in the experimental phases, but hopefully after a few of these I’ll figure out how I want to go about this. I sort of broke it into three parts: one which is all sarcasm and snark, one where I actually rate just how bad I think the chapter actually was, and one with an overall ranking based on how offensive the manga was (for me personally). I didn’t just want to leave it all snark because I felt that would be a little unfair as some of these aren’t actually that bad. Shocking, I know! Or at least aren’t totally irredeemable garbage, well maybe except for one or two of them. And when I was going through snark mode, I couldn’t really point out the good parts, so I broke it down into three parts. Two that are total snark fluff and one with my real thoughts about the chapter. It feels kind of strange to do it this way, but I couldn’t come up with a better solution. Maybe I should just be listing the bad things and any tropes? Would that be better? Or is the snark entertaining? I’ll let everyone be the judge.

Black Bird

  • We’re off to a very good start it seems! There’s a girl on the cover, who looks to be in pain with an injury on her shoulder while the dude holds her looking pretty smug about this. Why yes, abusing your lover is oh so satisfying, is it not?
  • After that lovely cover, Black Bird doesn’t lose any time in making sure we know that girls want guys. Like really really want them. Misao, our heroine, states she wants a boyfriend, twice, when asked what she wants for her birthday tomorrow. My my, isn’t she eager.
  • When she gets her chance though she doesn’t take it. How odd, you’d think for someone so determined to have a boyfriend, she would jump at the opportunity and ignore a bad feeling. What should I make of this development? Ah, but that doesn’t stop her from sulking and calling herself stupid. Cause, you know, it was stupid of her not to jump at the chance to get a man.
  • We are then introduced to the premise: all sorts of monsters want a piece of Misao. Literally. Either she’s going to get eaten or raped. How original. I mean the forced demon bride thing isn’t totally overdone. Nope. Nor has it been done elsewhere and in a better way.

Nothing says romance like a guy who thinks of you as his possession.

  • Ah, how romantic, Kyo swoops in to save the distressed Misao and proclaims, “Misao is my bride”. Nothing as romantic as some man you barely know or remember coming in and stating you are his bride without even asking you. *swoon* (more…)

So I got my copy of Black 2 not too long ago and I’ve been absorbed in the game for these past few days. I don’t know what it is about Pokemon, but I find the games down right addicting. Even though I readily admit that the basic premise of the games has stayed the same, I still cannot get enough of it. So here is a collection of my initial thoughts on the first ever official Pokemon sequel (and yes spoilers ahead, if you haven’t played and don’t want the particulars spoiled, don’t read further): (more…)

“Mini Mendacious Moments” is a feature about small moments (a page, an opening sequence, a character design, or something a character said) in manga, anime, or games that simply makes me pause and just wonder why something so silly, bad, demeaning, or pertaining to a double standard was even mentioned or briefly touched upon. Being such a small and blatant moment, in-dept analysis will not be given, rather, this is more for snarky me to share my snarky commentary.

You know, I’m not one to complain about big boobs in manga and games. I actually don’t mind it too much and I think there are worse things out there for artists and story writers to do to their female characters. If the female character is tough and independent, but happens to have rather large chest (not grotesquely big mind you, I find those disturbing and just not sexy at all), I’m perfectly fine with that. Hey, why not let her be strong and interesting and sexy. Nothing wrong with that~ But for the love of all that is good, if you are going to emphasize a female character’s breasts, please please please at least know how to draw them. For an example of how not to draw them, let us turn to Flame of Recca:

Those are suppose to be boobs? They sure don’t look like boobs.  (Chapter 145, page 5)

Pro tip #1 – Breasts do not stand erect like that. There is something we like to call gravity, I’m sure you’ve heard about it.

Pro tip #2 – Shirts do not work like that. They are not glued to one’s skin, nor do they magically encase themselves around one’s boobs. I think I should know, I wear them everyday and my boobs don’t look like that. Unless you are drawing a character in a plug suit, there is no way the breasts should be so well defined in clothing, especially since the rest of her clothes/robes are obviously rather loose.

Pro tip #3 – Maybe you should google some images of normal women wearing normal shirts. That way the boobs you draw actually look natural and people don’t snicker at your lack of basic knowledge on human/female anatomy.

Pro tip #4 – I don’t know about anyone else, but boobs that look like two lemons cut in half and glued onto the torso of a female character do not look sexy. Mission failed.

Well then, that’s all I have to say about that. Carry on!

–SW

I stumbled across a blog called Moe Sucks and it is a delightful blog. Don’t let the name fool you, the blog isn’t about mindless hate, but actually about the blogger poking fun at all the bad sorts of tropes that routinely make their way into anime. The writing is witty and clean and I always enjoy reading the posts. One of my favourite features from this blog is called Harem Hill, where E Minor (blogger of Moe Sucks) takes the worst of the worst harem anime and just pokes fun at all the shit that goes on in each episode by awarding points to determine the worst of the worst. It got me thinking, wouldn’t it be interesting to do that with shoujo? I’m mostly a shoujo sort of person (even though I do watch and read pretty much everything) and instead of just being disappointed about all the bad stuff that happens in shoujo, wouldn’t it be an interesting experiment to try to have fun with these awful stories and at the same time keep pointing out that these aren’t just single instances but actually pervasive problems in the medium? Well that’s what this new feature is going to be about. I’m going to take a handful of shoujo manga that have a certain kind of reputation and go through each one, chapter by chapter, pointing out anything that catches my eye and just poke fun at it. I hope in this way I can improve my knowledge of problematic tropes in shoujo while still keeping a sense of optimism. Anyway here are the possible candidates for this new feature: (more…)

Having recently finished Ocarina of Time 3D, the ending and how it relates to the Zelda timeline has been on my mind. Now I know Nintendo has already released an official timeline, but I still think it’s fun to form some theories on one’s own. So that’s what will being going on here. Also, I’m a fairly recent convert to Legend of Zelda, so I haven’t played many of the games (and I’ve finished even fewer of them), so please keep that in mind when reading. If I make some kind of claim that is disproved in a subsequent Zelda game, this is why. ^__^;;;

Before we begin, I think it is worthwhile to have a link to the ending, so that everyone can refresh their memory:

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