[Netgalley] Manga Classics: Jane Eyre

I just had to check out another. This might be my last manga classics in awhile because I can only read so many (lol)

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Jane Eyre is one of those classics that I’ve only heard of but never really got curious about. I’ve read Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte but aside from that one book, I hadn’t really heard of this author’s name before Continue reading

[Netgalley] Manga Classics: Les Miserables

More manga to feed the soul (lol). So it’s been awhile since I last checked out a Manga Classics, possibly because I just haven’t been in the mood to read much. But recently I was bored and I thought I’d do some reading (and by some I mean a lot)

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I decided to check out Les Miserables for a couple reasons. One is that I’ve seen this book all the time in the bookstores, have wanted to check it out, but it’s size always left me passing it up. Second is that I was really curious about the novel and Manga Classics has been a good way for me to learn about the story while still not knowing everything. Continue reading

Skip Beat: 38 volumes of fun, craziness, and healing

Today I decided to share one of my favorite shoujo manga that makes me laugh like a maniac. As if I didn’t do enough of that already…

Skip Beat! is a 38 volume (and ongoing) shoujo manga by Yoshiki Nakamura that is licensed by VIZ media. It follows the life of Kyoko Mogami, a sixteen year old girl who follows her crush Sho to Tokyo to help realize his dreams of becoming a celebrity. Working multiple jobs, Kyoko supports Sho and the home they “both share”. Completely devoted, she doesn’t see that there’s something more sinister at play here.

Of course, all of this changes when Kyoko visits Sho on location and overhears a conversation where he confesses that he was only using her as a maid! Enraged by his betrayal, Kyoko vows revenge and thus her determination to enter showbiz is born. Continue reading

Whispered Words: I fell in love with my best friend!

If you know me, I’m a big fan of yaoi but recently I’ve been meaning to check out something different and a yuri/romance filled manga title seemed to fit the bill.Whispered Words is a nine-volume series by Takashi Ikeda and was published in a three-volume English translation by One Peace Books. I’ll be talking about the first volume only, which is 472 pages long!

Murasame and Kazama have been friends for a year, ever since Kazama transferred in, and accidentally revealed she likes girls. Immediately isolated and treated as a pervert, Murasame took it upon herself as class representative to befriend Kazama.

A year later Murasame finds herself in love with Kazama and unable to confess her love. Why? Because Kazama only likes cute girls and Murasame with her tall physique, black belt status, and poor sense in fashion is anything but cute. Continue reading

[Netgalley] Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

I received a free e-copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Scarlet Letter is an adaptation of the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts and tells the tale of Hester Prynne who has committed adultery and must now bear a scarlet A upon her clothes for her crime.

When I first started reading this story, I was wondering if I would be able to understand it. Often times I find myself completely confused with classic novels because they use too much symbolism and stiff language. The story comes across just fine as we follow Hester who is shunned by her community after they find out she’s committed adultery. Nobody knows who her husband is and even a villager mentions that me might have died at sea but still they condemn her and her child of sin. Continue reading

Kobato: There is a place I want to go

Hey guys!

So as I was trying to figure out what to read next (pff! as if my TBR pile weren’t enough), I saw a very pink, cute, and bright book with the title Kobato in yellow text on my shelf. I suddenly felt like emotions were pouring out of me and I decided to reread it…again.

If I had to place this title anywhere on my top manga or top romance manga or favorite canon OTP lists, it would either be at the #1 or #2 spot (only bested by Skip Beat). Why? Because this series is AMAZING, especially considering it’s only 6 volumes long!

Kobato tells the story of a girl named Kobato who is on Earth with her talking stuffed dog companion Ioryogi, on a quest to fulfill her wish of going to a place, however, in order to do this she must first obtain a bottle! And in order to obtain that bottle (because it can’t just be any bottle), she must pass an aptitude test that Ioryogi oversees.

From page one, this manga really knows how to get a reader. We learn that Kobato doesn’t exactly have common sense as she acts like a homeless person when she’s tasked to do what any normal person would do at the park, and gives crows a buffet when tasked to dispose of some trash. And yet there’s something about her enthusiasm, her hard work, and just her character in general that makes it hard to hate her. She’s practically the definition of sunshine!  Continue reading

And all the feels come back [AZ Manga]

As I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble, I found myself instantly drawn to a small orange book (no it wasn’t Icha Icha…) and the sans serif white font displaying the title Aldnoah Zero 1 brought an influx of memories.

Being the completely sane and non-emotional wretch that I am, I immedi`ately nabbed the copy and purchased it without checking the price, which I probably should have done…

Aldnoah Zero is a mecha story about a young Martian Princess named Asseylum who is due to make an appearance on Earth in the hopes of strengthening ties, however, things turn for the worse when she’s ‘murdered’ on the day of her visit. Taking the opportunity to attack Earth, Martians descend in a race to see who will stand at the top, uncaring of all the death and destruction in their wake.

Meanwhile, Earthlings are left to defend themselves from Martian’s superior technology and destructive power. Continue reading

Olympos by Aki

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Just wanted to let you all know that school is now out and I am now an official bum again, much like I was in the summer (except that with a job), and that I’ll be reviewing stuff again consistently until January 😀

OlimposAnd first up on the list is Olympos, a two volume story by Aki.

The story revolves around Ganymede, a handsome young boy who is stolen by the sun God Apollo on the day of his coming of age festival. Brought to Zeus’s miniature garden, Ganymede is granted immortality by Apollo and is surrounded by beautiful things, however, all Ganymede wants is to escape.

Unfortunately for him, the gods don’t lie and when Apollo tells him he’s never leaving the garden, it means he’s never leaving.

As the days pass, Ganymede realizes that there is no way to escape, just as Apollo had told him from the start. Resigning himself to his fate, he loses hope in ever leaving the infinite garden of flowers, even when Apollo send one of his subjects to “help” Ganymede regain his hope.  Continue reading

Time Killers [Part 2]

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I’m back for part two of Time Killers 🙂

Yesterday we left off with A Guide to Princess Clothes, with my wishing things would be much better as the book progressed. For one, the art style has gone back to what I consider the ‘Kazue Kato’ style. It’s not completely like what you’d find in Blue Exorcist but it’s something close to it, and as we get further into the book the style seems to get closer and closer.

The stories I have left to talk about are Highway of Life Stray Star, Nirai, Master and I, A Maiden’s Prayer, Astronerd, and The Miyama-Uguisu Mansion Incident. To be honest I can’t wait until I get to the last two!

Let’s begin 😀

Highway of Life, Stray Star

This is a uh…strange story, haha. I don’t even have words for this…Unlike the two previous stories, Highway of Life, Stray Star goes back to black and white, and a style that’s more Kazue Kato.

cb982a5c68ee6a2bf7fa2ef947e031abIt starts off with the main character Miyake who has just beaten up some person in an alley, however, the beating seems to have gone too far. The guy is limp and Miyake runs from the scene of the crime, believing he’s killed the guy. Next up enters Hikaru, a little girl who is apparently Miyake’s daughter…except that she doesn’t call him Dad, she calls him Miya…and she wants to do lovey dovey things with him…when she’s older…

Yeah…

Anyways, I actually had to go back and reread this one like 4-5 times because this relationship between the two baffled me. Even the two side characters (Hikaru’s caretakers? Miyake’s acquaintances?) mention the two of them looking nothing alike. It could mean something, it could not.  Continue reading

Time Killer [Part 1]

Hey guys!

Before I start on this review I’d like to say Happy Halloween! To those that celebrate, and to those that don’t…well, Happy Halloween either way 😛

I’m actually one of those people that don’t do anything special for the occasion and treat it like any other day (aka. I continue being a bum). Anyways, because it’s Halloween, I felt like I should upload something and so I got to reading a manga and decided to share my thoughts!

It’s not anything that screams Halloween but it is a fantasy book and that’s close enough 🙂

Today’s read is Time Killers, a short story collection by Kazue Kato, who is also the creator of Blue Exorcist. The titles in the book are The Rabbit and Me, Tomato, A Warrior Born of the Red Earth, Usaboy!!, A Guide to Princess Clothes, Highway of Life Stray Star, Nirai, Master and I, A Maiden’s Prayer, Astronerd, and The Miyama-Uguisu Mansion Incident, making this a total of 11 stories.

I actually bought this book a while back but hadn’t gotten around to reading it completely. I do remember reading the first story but that’s about it. It’s a book you can definately relate to Kazue Kato and looking through it I’m slightly afraid I’ll make connections between these characters and those from Blue Exorcist. For example, the cover features an array of characters from the collection but all I can think are Yukio, Shiemi, and Kuro.  Continue reading