IMG617Finally got my hands on a used copy of Forbidden Dance 4. It’s not that it’s rare, but something else always took priority. Thankfully the used copy’s condition isn’t too bad and it wasn’t expensive. It’s also good to finally finish collecting another of my many in-progress manga.

Summary


The anniversary performance for COOL is a day away, but Akira is not back yet. Aya becomes distressed after receiving a cryptic call from Diana, but Tetsuya manages to calm her down. Aya then decides she has to protect COOL for Akira and cuts her hair short to pass as a boy. And since Akira isn’t back for the performance, the members go with this alternative and have Aya dance as one of the guys. Unfortunately, the audience and their sponsor notice Akira is missing and become annoyed, but the COOL members keep dancing hoping to show their talent through their hard work and sweat. Seems it pays off and Akira shows up not long after too! He apologizes and tells Aya to get ready for their solo. Aya is shocked because the solo was suppose to have been removed as the sponsor did not want her dancing with the other COOL members. The solo becomes rather popular and the press announces that COOL has taken their first female member to great success. Bringing the main story to a finish. (more…)

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Originally posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 on Blogger

ShutterBox Volume One: Basic Information


Author:
Rikki Simmons & Tavisha
Edition: English
Publisher: Tokyopop (defunct)
Release Date: October 2003
Retail Price: $9.99 US

Basic Story

(taken from the back cover of volume one)

On the surface, Megan Amano seems like a typical Los Angeles girl, attending college and spending a good time of her afternoons in therapy. However, when Megan dreams, she travels to a place unlike any other– a supernatural and surreal college, one any recent high school graduate would die to attend. And usually they must…for Merridiah University is the afterlife’s premier educational institute. But for Megan a great exception has been made.

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Originally posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 on Blogger

A lesser known 4 volume series; tracking it down was difficult, but I finally managed to find the third volume in a comic shop. But there is a slight problem, this is the second edition, and I own first edition of volumes 1 & 2. It’s a little inconsistent, but the books are the same size, so it isn’t as bad as Viz’s first and second edition differences. =)

Summary


After her fall in the last volume, Diana is recuperating in the hospital, where Aya and Akira come to visit her. Aya meets Mr.Jones again, and he comments on her substitution; Aya is shocked and flustered that he noticed it was her. After the visit, life continues as usual; COOL is practising extra hard for their anniversary performance. Akira invites Aya out, and Aya, although ecstatic, is also suspicious of his motives. And rightly so, it seems he wanted her to talk to an old CEO in order to convince him to sponsor COOL’s performance. The reason? it turns out the old man is a pervert and likes girls, but Aya doesn’t let him touch her up and yells at the old man. Akira is a little annoyed that she blew their chance.

However, during one of their practices, the old man shows up and agrees to sponsor their performance. But on one condition, Aya cannot dance in the performance. It seems that Mr. Seihiro was quite taken with the video Akira gave him, but he sees that Aya is unable to match the power of the other male dancers, which in his eyes throws the whole performance off. Surprisingly, Akira agrees to these conditions, which causes Aya to get angry at him and she throws a bucket of water on him. (more…)

Originally posted: Monday, August 4, 2008 on Blogger

An enjoyable new series that I got into through the anime. I will try to make the summary as short as possible, since I have an issue with keeping my summaries short. ^^;;

Summary


Gakuen Alice stars the perky and spunky Mikan Sakura, who runs away to Tokyo when her best friend, Hotaru does not keep up with her correspondence. Hotaru, who was always a bit strange, had been scouted by Alice Academy, a school for elite geniuses, but as she leaves, she promises to write and visit Mikan. However, after 6 months and only a single postcard, Mikan believes her best friend has all but forgotten her, that is until she hears a conversation between Hotaru’s mother and the principle of her school. It turns out Gakuen Alice (translated as Alice Academy) isn’t what it seems, and Hotaru has a difficult time contacting those outside the school. Mikan is now determined t (more…)

Originally posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 on Blogger

I’ve been getting a lot of reading done lately, and I’ve made quite a dent into my pile of yet to read manga. yuppie! This manga in particular has been lying around for quite some time. I just couldn’t read any more Fruits Basket due to Tohru Honda, but I finally gave the manga another shot, so onto the summary!

Summary


Fruits Basket is one of the few manga that has an episodic feel but also an exceptional sense of interrelatedness. This volume begins with Haru looking at a city map and then driving away on his bike (the author made it all dramatic too, so it was really funny but in a bad way since he looked so pathetic…) The scene then moves to yet another verbal fight between Yuki and Kyo, which ends with a bunch of leeks in Kyo’s mouth. Later at home, Kyo learns of the endurance run taking place at school the next day and threatens Yuki, that he better not try to skip it just because he’s getting a little cold.

The next day, the two of them are getting ready for the endurance run, while Tohru frets about Yuki and Kyo, as usual. Since the boys and girls are running separately (I don’t really understand why, but whatever), Tohru has to begin the race with Hana-chan and has to leave the sick Yuki behind. Hana-chan provides some much needed humor with her running, while Kyo and Yuki astound all the boys by running really fast. While running, Tohru happens to see someone with white hair laying on the grass. Thinking that its probably an elderly man in need of help, she runs up to the person, who turns out to be Haru. She is shocked and begins to apologize profusely, but Haru seems to be only interested in the Sohma family. He then pulls on a string he has set up and trips Kyo. Kyo gets anger, since this has interrupted his all important race with Yuki, but when he notices Haru, he seems to cool off a bit. (more…)

Originally posted: Monday, June 23, 2008 on Blogger

I finally finished reading Magic Knight Rayearth volume 2. I’ve been trying to finish reading it for over a month. This volume is almost as quick paced as the first, expect that there are moments in this volume that are slowed down. Usually moments involving character interactions, fight scenes are as quick paced as they were in volume one.

Summary


Volume two has the magic knights off searching for the legendary mineral Escudo. And as usual, it starts off exactly where the previous volume finished, the magic knights spot someone in a tree and are preparing for attack. But Mokona jumps up on the lad and gives him a hug. This convinces Hikaru that this person is not evil, because Mokona would not take to someone with an evil heart. The young man introduces himself as Ferio, a swordsman, who is also looking for the legendary Escudo. He warns our heroines that magic and anything magical is useless inside the forest. Fuu then strikes a bargain with him; if he becomes their bodyguard, they will show him the way to Eterna Fountain. Ferio accepts and they are on their way. Along the way, a monster impenetrable to weapons attacks the group, and Ferio works especially hard to save Fuu. She seems to develop a crush on him, and blushes everytime Umi suggests she like Ferio. Once the group comes out of the forest, the witch, Alcione, stands waiting for them and attacks Umi who is the first to reach the exit. (more…)

Originally posted: Saturday, May 24, 2008 on Blogger

Manga Profile: Dream Saga

Here I am again with another manga profile; this time its on Dream Saga, a cute and short series by Tachikawa, Megumi. I’ve been doing only manga profiles so far, because in general, I prefer manga to anime. Hope you enjoy this profile as well. =)



As always, to the left, is the first volume of Dream Saga, it features the leading character, Yuuki. All volume covers follow this trend and have Yuuki in various outfits on the cover. Its not break-taking, but it’s still a nice cover.


Basic Information:

Title: Dream Saga / Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara

Author: Tachikawa Megumi

Volumes: 5

Publisher: Kodansha (in Nakayoshi)

NA Publisher: Tokyopop (defunct)


The Story


The story of Dream Saga is steeped in Japanese mythology and as you read along, you’ll probably learn a few new things if you are not acquainted with it already. The main myth that is involved in the tale of Dream Saga, is the myth of the Goddess Amaterasu, who is the world’s sun. In the myth, Amaterasu hides herself in a cave because her brother, the god of the sea, is becoming increasingly violent. The other gods decide to throw a party in front of the cave entrance in order to stir her interest and persuade her to come outside again. (more…)

Originally posted: Friday, May 23, 2008 on Blogger

Manga Profile: Planet Ladder

It’s time for another manga profile, this time its on Planet Ladder, a short but somewhat confusing series. It is comprised of seven volumes and is translated by Tokyopop. I’ve read all seven volumes, so this profile is written with all volumes in mind. I would also like to warn everyone that this profile contains spoilers, so if you don’t want the manga spoiled for you, don’t read :)



To the left, is the alluring first volume cover. It was this beautiful cover that inspired me to try Planet Ladder for myself. The beauty of Planet Ladder’s cover just beckons you to give it a try.


Basic Information

Title: Planet Ladder

Author: Narushima Yuri

Volumes: 7

Publisher: Sobisha (Crimson Comics)

NA Publisher: Tokyopop (defunct)


The Story


Planet Ladder’s story is one that is rather confusing, yet after a second reading, it begins to make more sense. I find that its unique terminology is often the root of all this confusion. For I often find myself asking “what in the world is a collasper/ect…” Going with the previous example, the collasper is not explained until the very end of volume one and within a bonus section where the author showcases some of the weapons and items in her manga and explains what each does. I find the story telling would flow much better, if little boxes were present in the manga to give a quick explanation of any terminology or items unique to the manga, rather then them being explained at the end or in following volumes. (more…)