Category Archives: Manga

First Impressions “A Centaurs Worries”

Also known as “A Centaur’s Life”, is an anime that follows a group of friends in a world much like our own except for the fact that there are several different races in a broader sense. The races include: Angel folk, Demon Folk, Cat People, Centaurs, Mermaids and a few others. Each race has unique physical attributes but are all equal in the eyes of the government. The history of the world within the anime and manga is nearly identical to our own except that evolution changed and went a different route than in our world.

It is a “slice of life” anime that follows high school students in their everyday life and sometimes shows the world around them and political struggles. The center character as you might have guessed is a Centaur named Hime, along with her best friends a demon girl, a goat girl and a snake girl. They live fairly normal high school lives with friends, events, confessions and other things typical of teen girls.

I really enjoyed the manga as I have a interest in the “Monster Girl” genre to begin with but this series is makes it seem so normal while bringing up a lot of real world social issues that make it a gem among newer series for sure.

Have you watched this series or read the manga? Who is your favorite character or what is your favorite race? Let me know what you think in the comments!

New series I am looking forward to

There are so many new anime series that have just come out or are coming out that I am very much looking forward to. Here is a list of the top 4 series I am excited for after having been a fan of the manga:

  1. First Love Monster: This series is about a high school girl who is normally spoiled and coddled, she is rescued by a young man who is the first person to scold her and so she falls for him instantly. This story has a lot of quirky characters and a few twists that complicate this first love.
  2. The Morose Mononokean: This story has spirits and demons and mysteries under the surface concerning the main characters. There is humor and seriousness that has a fairly good balance.
  3. Sweetness and Lightning: A father and his daughter live day to day after losing their wife and mother. They meet a young girl who starts helping them with learning how to cook more food and to open up more to others. There are lots of cute scenes and lots of yummy looking foods so don’t watch if your hungry!
  4. Orange: This series is alot more complicated and serious in my opinion than the others. It centers around a group of friends who receive letters from their future selves in order to try and prevent a tragedy concerning one of their friends. Lots of emotions run high in this story but it is a beautiful story where friendship is very important.

~Ranma 1/2~ Don’t get wet!

Ranma 1/2 was the second series I was introduced to that was created by Rumiko Takahashi the first being “Inuyasha”. There are 38 volumes of manga, over 150 episodes of anime and even a few full-length films. I always thought this series was very comedic and silly but also had a few serious moments here and there that made you closer to the characters. Warning, however, there is lots of boobies all throughout the series, it is mainly about a boy who gets turned into a girl if he gets wet with cold water so…yeah he has no shame. 6_6

The story revolves around a boy named Ranma, who fell into a cursed spring along with his father on a training mission. The aftermath of them falling into the spring Ranma turns into a girl any time he is splashed with cold water, and his father turns into a large panda. They come to live with another family the Tendo’s who own a dojo. Ranma is betrothed to one of the three daughters, and it is decided the lucky girl is tough as nails Akane who seems to think Ranma is irritating and a clod. The hilarity ensues as multiple love triangles form, and each person has their own curses and past.

A large part of the plot is the various types of martial arts each person uses to fight with. Some of the moves are wacky but none the less interesting. Lots of rivalries occur between the characters, and the fights are always entertaining and fun. Check it out and let me know what you think about this series!

Chobits~ “The one for me”

Written by CLAMP and consisting of 8 volumes of manga, this series also became a 24 episode anime. Usually I like either the manga or anime a bit better but with this series I thoroughly enjoyed both versions. I liked the art work and cute story. It’s silly and filled with awkward moments but just as much so with serious and somewhat sad ones.

The story revolves around Hideki Motosuwa who goes to Tokyo to study at a prep school so he can eventually get into a university. He is young and enjoys many things that most young men do (you can guess). He lives in a society where many people have “Persocoms” human like computers who are capable of anything you program them to do. He wants one very badly but knows he is simply too poor to be able to ever afford one. One night as he is walking home he comes across what he thinks is a dead body wrapped up and laying in the trash…thankfully he realizes quickly its a persocom and takes her home to see if he can get her to work. Sure enough he is able to turn her on and we are introduced to Chi who at first can only say that word. He has to teach her how to speak and what things are which is frazzling sometimes especially when she finds his “magazines”.

The two grow and learn many things together, Chi is special and not like other persocoms but what is it that makes her different? You meet many other supporting chracters that all have their own story and problems and a few of them may know about why Chi is different.

I really love this series and find Chi so cute! I would love a persocom like her >_<. I definitely recommend watching this one, I’ve watched it several times and love it everytime. If you like the idea of persocoms there is a game called: “Moe Can Change! Myroid 4 life.” You raise your own android and can shape her personality along with dressing her and playing various events with her. Check it out and let me know what you think!

What do you think about the series Chobits? What’s your favorite character? Let me know in the comments!

References


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chobits

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0326672/

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya is a very special series for me. The series ran from 1998 to 2006 and consisted of 23 volumes , it was the first manga series I fell in love with. I started reading the series when I was a young teen and right away I become engrossed in the story and characters. I obsessively awaited the next volume and the three months between them was not fun. Once I got the next volume I just read all the ones I owned over and over again then had to patiently wait for another few months. The year the box set of the anime series came out I got it for Christmas and spent the entire day watching all 26 episodes in one sitting. I enjoyed the anime series but there are some very important things that are changed and the story only goes through about volume 8 of the manga.

The story follows Tohru Honda and the Sohma family who are cursed by the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac plus one outcast Cat. Yuki and Kyo who are the same age as Tohru are the main characters next to Tohru. A few of the members take Tohru in as she is an orphan and for a time homeless. She finds out about the curse after several unfortunate events and is oddly allowed to stay with the family. Usually outsiders are forbidden from learning the secret and avoided. There is so much to the story and each character is well written. They all have their own problems and are all helped by this very special girl to grow and overcome issues.

I can re read this series over and over again, it starts out light and slowly becomes more serious and complicated as the characters grow. It has comedy, romance, and drama. This series will always be high if not number 1 on my favorite manga list. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

What do you think of this series? Who is your favorite character out of the diverse characters? Let me know in the comments.

Me and My Brothers

Story and art by: Hari Tokeino. The series consists of 11 volumes.

Sakura is 14 and after losing her parents when she was 3 she has now lost her grandmother, leaving her alone. One day she comes home to her 4 older brothers who she apparently lived with before her parents died though she doesn’t remember them at all. Each brother is unique but all dote on their little sister more than anything else.

There is the oldest Masashi who is a romance novelist and is very feminine in his mannerisms and choice of attire most of the time. The second oldest Takashi, a Japanese teacher and a calm gentleman. Tsuyoshi, a “full-time part-timer” who is a little rough talking and acting but is very sweet and bashful when it comes to his little sister. Lastly there is Takeshi the youngest of the four, he shadows his brothers in stature and looks older and intimidating but in reality he is very quite and soft spoken, he also loves gardening.

Sakura gets to know her brothers and has to get used to them being together again. It’s a fun comedy with a dollop of surprising romance and lots of interesting secondary characters. I thought this series was light and silly with its exciting serious moments. Those brothers will go all out for their beloved sister!

If you’ve read it let me know what you thought of it and who your favorite brother was in the comments! 🙂

Ai Ore! ~Love me~

Story and art by: Mayu Shingo there is 8 volumes and a live action film that came out in 2012.

“The Boy (who looks like a girl) Meets Girl (who looks like a boy)”

Mizuki is the prince of her all girls school and the guitarist for a band. After the lead singer has to move away the band has to find a new singer. Enter Akira who is adorable and persistent and…a guy?! Even though it’s an all girls band Akira manages to take the place of lead singer and pushes Mizuki’s boundaries to get close to her.

Even though Mizuki acts cool and boyish she is actually very shy and girly, which is the opposite of Akira who looks adorable but is strong and ruthless when people cross him or touch his things. It’s a humorous and at times awkward love story about odd stereotypical roll reversals. It shows that you shouldn’t judge how people look and instead get to know who they are, it may surprise you.

I loved this manga and found myself laughing and face palming at embarrassing moments throughout the series. Even though Akira is small and girly looking he is very much a protector and a prince. I definitely relate to Mizuki because of her height and attitude and how sometimes its hard to let others take the lead or to trust them. I recommend this series for sure :).

Have you read this series? What did you think about it? Tell me in the comments! ^_^