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Tons o' Reviews'n Stuff. 
8th-Apr-2009 01:25 pm
Golden
The 2009 Spring Anime Preview at ANN continues. But if manga's more your speed, I have a bunch of recent reviews published elsewhere for you as well:

At Anime News Network:
Psychic Power Nanaki Vol. 1-3 by Ryo Saenagi
Akihabara@DEEP Vol. 2 by Ira Ishida and Makoto Akane (review copy courtesy of Media Blasters)
Love Pistols Vol. 1-3 by Tarako Kotobuki

At Graphic Novel Reporter (of The Book Report Network family of websites):
The Gorgeous Life of Strawberry Chan/The Super Cool Life of Strawberry Chan by Ai Morinaga (review copies courtesy of Media Blasters)
Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Haruhi Kato
You Will Drown in Love by Hinako Takanaga (review copy courtesy of BLU)
Comments 
8th-Apr-2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
...Those manga reviews actually cover a variety of titles I was curious to know your opinion on. You totally nailed my feeling on Love Pistols: it is WTF in manga form, but it's also darkly entertaining for all its batshit insanity. I actually like the art well enough, tho...it's truly bizarre, but sensuous and masculine and expressive. I'm really, REALLY curious how that OVA is going to be.

Hooray for Ai Morinaga'a uncensored gag manga and any success for Hinako Takanaga. (Disappointed by You Will Fall in Love, tho...wish The Tyrant Falls in Love in English hadn't died with Drama Queen, since that's her best work.)
9th-Apr-2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, agreed about Love Pistols. I was really interested to see what you thought of that series, and I wasn't disappointed by the review. :-) It was one of my favorite adaptations to work on (although I only did 1 & 2. 4's my favorite in the series so far, but I only got to copyedit that one), tied with the Yoshinaga Fumi books that BLU did, partly because balancing the crack and the romantic dialog was a fun challenge. The art grows on you like a fungus. She's clearly a really capable artist (especially if you look at her older stuff and how her work has evolved), but has developed this truly odd style.
9th-Apr-2009 02:43 am (UTC)
*laughs* I've loved her work since college. I distinctly remember Frog Prince Shotacon! I even remember reading one of the first chapters (maybe *the* first chapter) of Sex Pistols in Be-Boy magazine back in the day... XD XD XD
10th-Apr-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I don't actually own any of her earlier stuff (just her later, truly strange BL-sci-fi things from Libre), partly because the only one I've run across in BookOff was unfortunately titled "Momoiro Sausage." Between the title and the actual cover image (oh god, shotaaaaaa!!), I couldn't honestly bring myself to hand it to the cashier.

But I may have to locate Shotakon Frog Prince now. :-)
10th-Apr-2009 03:39 am (UTC)
But I may have to locate Shotakon Frog Prince now. :-)

I was a yomikiri in some anthology or another. I don't remember which. T_T No clue if it's been reprinted or not.

Her early stuff was appallingly...normal. ^_~
9th-Apr-2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your scripts were lovely, especially that line in vol 1 about "not getting all the hand-holding stuff and skipping right to a faceful of spunk." Vol 4 is the best? I haven't read past Vol 3 yet! I guess I'm making a stop at the comic store on the way home today. ^_^
10th-Apr-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Alas I cannot take credit for that particular line. :-) I'm pretty sure that was entirely the translator.

The arc in the second half of 3, going into 4, is probably my favorite bit of the series. Although I like Yonekuni & Chairman's romance a whole lot, too, and the second half of vol. 4 (which may be the artistic high point of the series). I'd send you 4 & 5, but we may not have them in stock anymore... But let me know if you do want other goodies!
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