Tag Archive: manga

A hanging elf! That’s not a sign of plot to come at all! (sarcasm)

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admittedly I still love the opening and ending but dang did the quality fall. Gone is the wit, the salubrious fun and whimsical humor with double meanings. Now all there is, in these two episodes, a strange drop in quality.

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The first Op of Accel World. It’s a good show, with ideals, this will be about my feelings about the series in general. some of the videos will be in poor quality, and I apologize for that.

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Weekend Wrap 05/12/12

Hello once again, Ash here and my break officially started a few days ago on Friday. I’m planning to take it a bit easy this summer, doing tons of gaming, anime watching, and writing. I have plans to finish the first story arc of Xanatos;Deception by July and I also signed up for a couple of summer classes. Other than that though, I’ll mostly be lazying around (though that doesn’t necessarily translate into me posting more).

Xewleer is currently on his two-week break for his own finals, so you all are mainly stuck with me for awhile. I’m hoping for for at least 3 more posts after this one, so please bear with me. Today I am unveiling our newest section: Weekend Wrap. Think of it as sort of a ramblings of our week with highlights into what we watched and a few other tidbits that are interesting or that we feel strongly about. This type of post is mainly for stuff that changes focus every week, where-as our Afterword/Post Script etc sections are more focussed on one topic.

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Real (v.1-10) Afterword

Sometimes fate likes to play you for a fool. Perhaps you were one of the top sprinters in the country and decided to confess to the girl of your dreams if you win national competition, only to have the moment of your victory snatched away by your leg breaking down. Maybe you were best looking and most talented person in class, but one mistake leads to an accident that takes everything away from you. Or maybe you were just someone that no one ever believed in and are stuck where you are because society deemed you were worthless.

REAL is the latest masterpiece by Slam Dunk author, Takehiko Inoue. The plot follows three young men in yet another basketball based manga, though this time the excitement isn’t as much in the game, as it’s in the setting and character development.

Plot summary from Wikipedia:

The story revolves around three teenagers: Nomiya Tomomi, a high school dropout, Togawa Kiyoharu, an ex-sprinter who now plays wheelchair basketball and Takahashi Hisanobu, a popular leader of the high school’s basketball team who now finds himself a paraplegic after an accident.

REAL features a cast of characters who find themselves being marginalized by society, but are all united by one common feature: a desire to play basketball, with no place to play it in. Nomiya, being a high school dropout, has no future in his life. Togawa, being a difficult personality, finds himself constantly feuding with his own teammates. Takahashi, once a popular team leader, now finds himself being unable to move from the chest down.

REAL also deals with the reality of physical disabilities, and the psychological inferiority that the characters struggle against. The characters break through their own psychological barriers bit by bit.

While basketball is a large part of REAL, a larger emphasis is placed on character development– Takehiko Inoue is just as interested in exploring the past of the characters, their inner world, and their attempts to achieve something in life as he is in looking at the sport of wheelchair basketball.

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So finally I have decided to go very mainstream (lol) and go with the Full Metal Alchemist Franchise.

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Soulless v.1 Afterword

About a week ago, I managed to come across the first volume of the Soulless graphic novel adaptation from Yen Press. Over the past few years, Yen Press has been busy making graphic novels out of James Patterson’s works and a few others (most notably Gossip Girl and  Twilight). Well their latest endeavour is based on Gail Carriger’s “The Parasol Protectorate” series, which spans five or so books, the first of which being Soulless. This adaptation is actually in the monthly Yen Plus digital magazine and I’d heard of it since late last year, but I don’t particularly like the idea of digital magazines, so I’ve not read it till I receive the physical copy. My gripes on the whole digital and print issues aside, I was really looking forward to this graphic novel, as I tend to like every series that Yen Press picks up.

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Another week, another post. Back again with another segment on The World, the fantasy project me and Xewleer have been working on and off on since 2004~ish. Today’s topic is a little short story that is in an extremely early development stage (trying very hard to not make this another essay like last weeks) and actually I haven’t quite worked out much of it at all.

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My Impressions of Last Year

I feel that I should say something, it being the new year and all.

Anime-wise, I have a hard time remembering what I’ve seen. While there were certainly things I enjoyed, very little of it will I say that I truly found MEMORABLE. The best things should be remembered, right?

One of the major problems is that I spent a great deal of my time away and in the Ozarks. It was a decent job, keeping up the lands of a condominium owner. I spent it more or less in solitude. I could not download new anime, nor could I properly spend time watching many things due to a lack of interest. This isn’t new to me. I do not feel I should slog through entertainment. It is a literal travesty to be forced to enjoy anything. I don’t want to spend time with things that I find unpleasant, anyway. I find that multiple things are needed to keep me entertained properly, not in the multitask sense, just in the variety sense.

Lets begin

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AOTD – Horror

just freaked myself out by reading 400+ pages of Japanese folk Horror manga. 2-5 pages each story… man… what am I doing to myself? A link to it after the jump, but to a ‘middle’ story. Continue reading