20th Century Boys (Manga)

May 18, 2009

Side Note: I was going to post another figure review soon but the images I took are sub par in terms of the lighting. I JUST ordered an awesome lighting set last Friday, I was inspired by Meronpan’s improvement in lighting when he bought a set. So until that arrives I’m afraid I want to put my figure review posts on hold, should probably only be another week at most. But in the meantime…a manga review!

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Plot Summary
Humanity is facing extinction at the end of the 20th Century for reasons yet to be fully known/understood to the reader. In 1969 a group of boys created a symbol for their friendship and played games of world dominantion and war…however…28 years later the symbol they created is appearing in seemingly random places. These symbols slowly start to string together dark dealings and mysterious deaths of alarming severity. The main character Kenji was a member of this group of boys. Kenji is now an adult and he long ago gave up on all his dreams and currently runs a convenience store with his mother, and watches his missing sister’s child. When Kenji’s old friend is reported to have committed suicide he begins to get involved in a real life version of the game he played as a child.

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Cynical Orange Review (Manhwa)

May 13, 2009

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Plot Summary
Hwang Hyemin is the most beautiful girl at her school, all the boys love her and every girl absolutely hates her. The girls go out of their way to pick on her and she never defends herself. Why? Because there is one boy that she has a crush on, and her true personality is violent and tempermental. She feels that if she showed that aspect of herself he wouldn’t like her, but of course one day she overhears a conversation where her crush states that he doesn’t like her and that there is probably a reason why she doesn’t have any friends…from that day on she stops pretending and acts herself. However, in the meantime a boy from another school named MaHa has begun pursuing her after seeing her at the front gates of her schoool.

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Princess Resurrection (Manga)

April 30, 2009

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I had noticed the figures that were being released from the series Princess Resurrection, and even bought the Happinet Reiri/Riza figure because I love vampire characters. But I didn’t go after experiencing the series for myself, and really didn’t have any plans to. The manga was a complete impulse buy because someone on my forums said they liked the series, I sort of liked the GSC Hime figure (and was debating buying it), and I had some spare cash. All that adds up to me buying the first volume of the manga followed by the next 4 in rapid succession.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Manga Review Blurb

November 28, 2008

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Somehow I doubt there are too many anime/manga fans out there that don’t somewhat know the plot summary of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya but…just in case…real quick.

Plot Summary

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about a high school boy named Kyon (you see the series from his perspective) who as a kid (like most children) loved stories of aliens, ghosts, villains, etc…. And like all children when he grew up he was a bit disappointed to realize that such things do not actually exist. He has long since abandoned such childish fancies and contents himself with a normal life. But in high school he encounters an energetic, beautiful, and angry young girl named Haruhi Suzumiya who still has not given up on experiencing the paranormal in her lifetime! She announces to the class thath she has no interest in ordinary humans and that all aliens, espers, and futuremen should come and see her. Kyon accidentally befriends her and is forced to start a club with her, the SOS Brigade!

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Lovely Complex (Love*Com) – Review Blurb

October 22, 2008

Title: Lovely Complex (Love*Com for short)
Author: Aya Nakahara
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Licensed: Yes (Viz)
Release Date: July 3, 2007
Volumes: 17+

Quick Summary
This series is about Risa Koizumi and Atsushi Otani, Risa is very tall for a girl and Atsushi is very short for a boy. Because of this, they are called the “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo that has a similar height difference. They happen to be in the same class and people seem to find it humorous to pair the tallest and shortest kids next to one another. Risa comes across a boy from another class during summer school that she develops a crush on and since Atsushi has a crush on her friend they plan to help each other become successful in love despite their heights.

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Beauty Pop – Review Blurb

October 12, 2008

Title: Beauty Pop
Japanese Title: Byūtī Poppu
Author: Kiyoko Arai
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Licensed: Yes (Viz)
Release Date: September 5, 2006
Volumes: 9+

Quick Summary

Beauty Pop is a high school Shoujo with a beauty industry theme. In a certain high school there is a group of 3 boys (pictured below, left to right: Ochai, Narumi, and Kei) that have formed a group called the Scissors Project (SP for short). They each come from families that own respected businesses in the beauty industry. SP selects an attractive girl from the school and makes them over in front of the rest of the school. It’s said that a girl that is made over by SP has a 100% success rate of confessing and being accepted by their crush.

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Genshiken – Review Blurb

September 3, 2008

Title: Genshiken
Japanese Title: Genshiken
Author: Kio Shimoku
Genre: Covers a Wide Range of Genres (Drama/Romance/Comedy/Otaku)
Licensed: Yes (Del Rey)
Release Date:
In Japan the manga ran from June 2002 to June 2006. The 1st manga was released in the U.S. on April 26, 2005.
Volumes: 9

Quick Summary
Genshiken is based on a group of college students who are members of something of a misfit anime/manga/video game club; the club is called The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture and for short is known as Genshiken. Their club is unrecognized and often snubbed by both the manga and anime clubs. The Genshiken club has a relaxed atmosphere and explores all aspects of being an otaku…so basically they’re a group of people that gather to simply enjoy each others’ company and discuss their hobbies. Throughout the story we see the club go from focusing on releasing their own doujinshi to being something of a cosplay club. With each new president the club seems to almost take on a new identity of otakuness.

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