Want me to review something? Tell Me! :)

Rec PosterIt’s basically as the title says, I am taking a suggestion for a manga series. Leave in the comments a manga series you would like me to review, and I’ll have the post up in about 1-2 weeks. The requirements are simple: the series must A. be complete, B. be less than or equal to 5 volumes in length, C. not be in the 4-koma format, D. be completely translated into English somewhere, and E. not be a hentai (although borderline H is fine). I will only be selecting 1 series to review, but I think this would be a great time to get in some more community participation, have some fun and try and give me a series that isn’t talked about all that much; I find it a lot more fun to talk about series that not too many people know about.

I Just Got a Twitter!!

Image result for twitter logoI just set up my Twitter account! 🙂 If you would like to follow me, you can click the link right here, and go do that to be notified when I upload a new post! I also uploaded my second YouTube video viewable here. I would also like to thank all of my followers up to this point as you guys really encourage me to keep making new posts and to keep on improving and updating my content.

Manga Quality: Viz Media – Standard Release

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I made a video looking at the quality of the Viz Media standard manga release print! It’s my first video, and so it certainly looks and sound amateurish, but I hope you like it. It’s my first venture into video territory, so I hope you enjoy. Depending on how many videos I decide to make in the future will determine whether or not I decide to shell out the money for premium so I can embed videos, but as for now I apologize that it is just a link, but please tell me how you like the video, and if you’d like to see more of this type of thing in the future. 🙂

Manga Discussion: Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink

Kisses Sighs and Cherry Blossom PinkThis Milk Morinaga title is very reminiscent of her most famous work, Girl Friends, but Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink manages to provide for an endearing girl-girl relationship that is just as good, while also showing a few other short yuri stories to give the work more perspective. If you are a fan of yuri, or like Morinaga’s other works, this is probably something you should check out, and because Seven Seas Entertainment has compiled the whole amalgam into one omnibus, the investment isn’t all the much for this title. This is a somewhat short and economical read that has a lot to offer for yuri fans, and if you’re a fan of romance, this might also convert you into a yuri fan as well. The character designs are unique, although it is very apparent that Morinaga is behind the pen, as the artstyle is identical to that of Girl Friends.  If you’re into yuri, pick this up and I’m sure you won’t regret it, and if you’re thinking you might want to get into yuri, this might not be a bad series to start off with since it isn’t all that long, though since you’re more likely to find discussion about the more popular work, I would say Girl Friends is a better place to start. This series though certainly contains a lot of value in a small package, and since there are other stories sprinkled throughout, you shouldn’t find the main story getting stale. Overall, this is a nice and solid yuri series that is well worth the investment.

Initial Review: Your Name

Your NameMakoto Shinkai’s 2016 film Your Name has probably been one of, if not the single, most hyped anime series/film to come out in recent memory. And after having seen the film in theaters, the film lives up to that hype in almost every single aspect. To begin, this film—like all other Shinkai films—looks absolutely breathtaking and that’s not just for a few key scenes, but the level of clarity and detail stays at that awing level for the films entirety; it is simply mind-blowing. The story is also very well orchestrated, and the sheer level of symbolism and foreshadowing are outstanding: every little conversation, word, and background has importance and relevance to the story, and if you’ve ever tried to write a story, you know how difficult that is to include and still have your story make sense. The two character’s troubles, barring the obvious, are certainly relatable and add to drama of the narrative. And while this review has been mostly praise of the film, there are still a few things that I disliked about it, such as some of the character actions being a little bit less than believable, and a couple of moments that kind of, though not entirely, feel a little deus ex machina. These few flaws however, are simply minor grievances, and don’t really take all that much away from the film as a whole. If you’re wondering whether or not the film is good, I would say it certainly passes that margin by a mile, now if you’re wanting to know whether or not the film is number one on MAL good, then I’d say no: I don’t believe Your Name to be the best anime I have ever seen, but nonetheless, the film is truly a fantastic masterpiece that you should absolutely see. This is a Must Watch film that you do not want to miss, and I also award Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 miracle, a Certificate of Excellence. You will not regret checking this film out, and I highly encourage you to seek it out whenever you get the chance.

Manga Discussion: Solanin

SolaninSolanin is a great example of a series that really knows how to hit hard with its drama and atmosphere, while also keeping in touch with reality. Inio Asano has truly done a fantastic job in this short series of illustrating his points perfectly. He has incorporated every emotion into this timeless piece and made it truly something special. The hardships of becoming an adult, adapting to the world, and the constant contemplation of why you exist are key aspects of the story, which while depressing, always seems to imbue a sense of hope and optimism to whoever is reading. This is truly a fantastic story you do not want to miss out on, and one that really reflects the feelings a lot of people have towards the world and others around them, even if those emotions are subconscious at most. Understanding oneself and the world around is something everyone has to go through,  and I cannot give Asano enough credit when it comes to that very simple, yet powerful theme. I award this series a Certificate of Excellence, and the status of Must Read. I highly, highly encourage you to pick it up, especially since Viz Media gave this series such a high quality release. Please read this series! You won’t regret it!

Initial Review: Oshiete! Galko-chan

Galko-chanA short, fun little series that’s just a fun time to watch: Oshiete! Galko-chan is quite entertaining. Since this is a short series, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about, not only that, but the episodes are also mostly divided up quite a bit, and while it doesn’t quite have the same feel as a 4-koma adaptation would, if you’ve seen any of those this is similar to how those are. The series mostly is about the interactions between the three main characters: Galko, Otako, and Ojou, all of whom are supposed to be representative of a specific clique or archetype, as are all of the other characters. The names are also pretty telling as to who each character is supposed to represent. The series is also unlike a lot of other series and talks about subjects that most other series stray far away from, and that is one of the reasons it was a little refreshing. It’s a nice fun comedy that was enjoyable the whole way through, not to mention that it was easy to digest since the episodes are short, at only 8 minutes in length. Overall, while not being particularly outstanding, it was certainly entertaining to watch. As such, I would give this series that recommendation that you watch it, as I’m sure you’ll at least find it enjoyable. While it isn’t particularly amazing, it is definitely worth checking out, and since it’s so short, there isn’t much of a reason not to.

Manga Discussion: Sankarea

SankareaIf you’re looking for a pretty standard shounen rom-com sort of series, then Sankarea might be something you want to check out; other than that though, it isn’t anything all that special. While the romance was at least something I was able to root for, this series didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary, nor did it really have anything interesting to say. The series fit very nicely with the other shounen series without doing all that much to innovate and so it isn’t anything all that exceptional. I wouldn’t go into this series expecting anything amazing, and if you’re not into shounens at all, I might tell you to shy away from this one. While I wouldn’t say the series was boring or unentertaining, I wouldn’t say it was anything more than just kind of okay; just managing to hold my interest enough to get me through the series in its entirety. If you’re a big fan of typical shounen romance stories though, you might thoroughly enjoy this series, unfortunately, I am not one of those types of people. I would really only recommend it to those who enjoy those series, and to people who think the premise (a guy with a fetish for zombies involved with a girl who happens to be one) is interesting, but other than that, you might wanna pass on this series. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that there are certainly better series out there, and so I give it a:

6 out of 10.

Also, I still have yet to receive a short manga recommendation from you guys, so if you’d like to hear a review of a series you just love, head over to this page and leave a comment. 🙂

Manga Discussion: Love in Hell

Love in HellA lot of potential with too short of a runtime; that’s how I feel about the series Love in Hell. This series had one of the most interesting worlds I’ve seen in a manga series, and while that may be because I haven’t read some of the larger and more well renowned series (Berserk and One Piece  to name a couple), compared to the anime I’ve watched (which is a lot) it still comes out near the top for having an interesting world. It not only has a great world that could have been explored so much, but the characters are also incredibly likable and interesting themselves. The dynamic between the two mains, Koyori and Rintaro is incredibly fascinating to watch. The series also had some very interesting character dynamics going on throughout the series, but due to the short length, they were never really explored in-depth. Unfortunately, this series only has a three-volume run, and while it does have an ending, I would have loved to explore not only the world, but the lives of the characters so much more. And while there is a second series that came out, after taking a few snapshots of it, it just doesn’t look the same. So, unfortunately, this series is just one that could have been great to me, and if it had maybe eight or ten volumes, would certainly have been up there for one of my favorites. With all that said, I still think this is a series you should check out, but sadly because of the series regrettably short length, I give it a:

7 out of 10.

Also, I still have yet to receive a short manga recommendation from you guys, so if you’d like to hear a review of a series you just love, head over to this page and leave a comment. 🙂

Manga Discussion: Inside Mari

Inside MariKeeping me on the edge of my seat the entire read through, Inside Mari was a fantastic and interesting ride. This series is a very unique take on identity, and to some extent, a study on the way people deal with the problems in their lives. While I can’t go into too much detail due to spoilers and the way the narrative flows, I can say that one of the main themes has to do with societal expectations of an individual; this is especially pointed out by the contrast between two of the characters of the story. The study on dealing with problems is also intermingled with that specific narrative, and only further emphasizes the first theme. This is a series I would highly recommend on the physiological aspect alone, and while I can’t really say why I say that without spoiling the series, it is something I can see just about anyone enjoying, even with the couple of annoyances the series has (such as how some of its sequences feel rather repetitive). This series is written by the same author as The Flowers of Evil, Shuuzou Oshimi, who also happens to be working on the currently ongoing series, Happiness; so if you like either of those, you might find yourself comfortable here as well (this series also had a similar feel to the works of Inio Asano, so if you like his writing this might be a perfect series for you). The ending of this series is very well done and incredibly well orchestrated from the beginning; he knew exactly where he wanted to go from the very beginning. As such, I consider this a series that you should certainly take a look at, especially if you’re in one of the groups I already mentioned. The gripping story, and beautifully written characters combine to make a fantastic series, even with its minor annoyances; and so, I would give it a:

9 out of 10.

Also, I still have yet to receive a short manga recommendation from you guys, so if you’d like to hear a review of a series you just love, head over to this page and leave a comment. 🙂