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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Ah, it feels so good to have manga between my fingers...after such a long dry spell, too! ^_^ 
25th-Jul-2005 08:45 pm
Golden
Like a starving (wo)man standing before a feast:

Berserk Vol.8 by Miura Kentaro
Escalation. Griffith and his band have won the final battle and ended the hundreds of years long war with Chuder. Naturally, this puts Griffith all the closer to his dream, and he's not adverse to getting his hands dirty furthering his goal in less noble ways. This volume has the great, dramatic scene between Guts and Griffith, where Guts decides he wants to leave and must fight with Griffith in order to do so. Indeed, the homoerotic charge is nearly palatable; Griffith coolly informs Guts that he belongs to him, and Guts wants to leave in the first place so that he can earn the respect of Griffith and be his friend. Moreover, Griffith hints that he cares about what Guts thinks of him and does not want to appear soiled in Guts' eyes. Tangled webs of envy, desire, and, as the Japanese say, akogare. I love this title. ^_^

Hunter x Hunter Vol.3 by Togashi Yoshihiro
More literal tournaments, and I am reminded of Yu Yu Hakusho. That's not necessarily a good thing, but I must admit that I like Gon more than I like Yuusuke. Idiot savants are more appealing than tough guys in shounen manga, particularly if you aren't as funny as Onizuka. Togashi skillfully weaves little bits of background information about the characters as we go along so that the manga doesn't read as one-sidedly as it might. By the end of this volume, we have Gon hunting Hisoka. A dangerous prospect at best but entertaining for the reader of course; Hisoka one very fun villain. In some ways, he reminds me of Tokyo Babylon's Seishiro with his emotionless but elegant brutality.

I"s Vol.2 by Katsura Masakazu
Okay, now this title is *really* looking like a reincarnation of Video Girl Ai with it standard love triangle. Iori is shy Moemi, and newcomer Itsuki is a cheerful Ai. *sighs* As this is one of those slice-of-life, relationship shounen manga, you know that there won't be real progress in the relationships until right before the series ends. And this is a long one. Will I survive the haul or say uncle before the end? I'm not sure yet, but I'm leaning toward the latter already, and that does not bode well. In spite of Katsura's gorgeous art. There are only so many breast and panty-shot riffs that I can tolerate. Already, we're on a summer vacation so let's go to the hot spring storyline. *rolls eyes* How many damn manga have I seen that one in, anyway?

Immortal Rain Vol.6 by Ozaki Kaori
*drools* Why do all of Ozaki's males ooze sex appeal? The long-tressed Rain is looking stunning as ever, particularly when he is overturning trucks and hauling in blimps with his bare hands, and Yuca in his new incarnation is making doeful eyes at Rain and otherwise ratcheting up the tension between them. Even Eury is appealing, alternately innocent and oversexed. Vol.6 also nets us Dora Folk, swarthy, chain-smoking bad guy a la Saiyuuki. Now that Rain and Machika know that the other is still alive and kicking, they'll stop at nothing to be reunited. If you're not reading this manga, what are you waiting for??? This is a Wings title, and its sensitivity and maturity, in spite of the Digimon-like artistic sensibility, will certainly appeal most widely. Get on it already!!!

The Wallflower Vol.4 by Hayakawa Tomoko
Okay, you have to admit that having four boy band wannabes trying to rehabilitate an irredeemable horror otaku is a funny premise, but the feminist in me is really starting to rage. Two, count 'em TWO, storylines involve the four boys lounging around the house doing absolutely nothing while the laundry piles up, mold grows in the bathtub, and the fridge empties...because Sunako is having *coughs* issues. I mean, Sunako works like a slave, cooks all their meals, does all their laundry, cleans the mansion and picks up after them. And then, God forbid they try to help with the chores! *sounds of dishes and windows breaking* It's pathetic. As if a woman's worth is measured in her talent for household chores. The series is supposed to be a comedy, so it's difficult to take anything too too seriously, but the author nonetheless ought to be beaten over the head with a mallet of visionary feminism.
Comments 
26th-Jul-2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Immortal Rain...

Is that an ongoing series in Japan or is it a finished one?
26th-Jul-2005 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm not sure. Last I checked, it was still ongoing, but a recent issue of Wings that I purchased a few months ago did not have it.

Have you read any of it? ^_^
26th-Jul-2005 02:09 am (UTC)
No.

You got me curious, though :P... and I checked it and mmm. I`ll probably try to get my paws on the first volume this week (being a TokyoPop publication, I might be able to get it much easier than Viz stuff)...

But I`m always fearing of getting into long and continuing series...
26th-Jul-2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Be sure to read through to Vol.3 before passing judgment on the series, though. Take my word on that. ^_~

I believe that it is only 6 or 7 volumes thus far, and Wings titles tend not to be heinously long as a rule, so I wouldn't worry too much.

It's those mainstream Shounen Jump and Shounen magazine and Shocomi titles you have to watch out for...
26th-Jul-2005 04:40 am (UTC)
See you tommorow at Borders around 12ish!
26th-Jul-2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Look for me around the cafe.
26th-Jul-2005 11:55 am (UTC)
If you're not reading this manga, what are you waiting for???

A raise. ^_^;;

I'm really loving Hunter x Hunter (how the hell do you say that, anyway?), and I'm not sure why. Still waiting on Berserk 8 - Dreamland's been processing it for over a week now...
26th-Jul-2005 11:59 am (UTC)
A raise. ^_^;;

*chuckles* Ah, yes. As for myself, I like Immortal rain so much that I sacrifice other titles that people would probably choose before it, such as Fullmetal Alchemist.

I'm really loving Hunter x Hunter (how the hell do you say that, anyway?), and I'm not sure why.

It would be pronounced in Japanese "Hantaa hantaa." ^^;

Who's your favorite character in the series?

Still waiting on Berserk 8 - Dreamland's been processing it for over a week now...

Ah, so you read Berserk, too. ^__^ I love the twisted love triangle between Guts, Griffith, and Casca.
26th-Jul-2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Who's your favorite character in the series?

I'm not sure - Hisoka is just delightful, but I enjoy Killula and Gon as well. I think the fact that I can't pinpoint just one character is part of why I'm enjoying it so much.

Ah, so you read Berserk, too.

Oh yes - it's probably my favorite title currently being released, and I have to fight with my husband over who gets to read it first. Good, good stuff, and terribly twisted. Griffith is just so amazingly sociopathic, but nobody else seems to notice.
26th-Jul-2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken, I''s goes on for more than 30 volumes of pretty female characters in tight clothing and panty shots. Hardly something I think would interest you^_^ Far better to check if there's an artbook or something. Though I did see scans of this mangaka's new full colour manga, and boy buy "hentai" is not the right label. More like the fanfiction term PWP.

I might have to check Berserk. I think I remember seeing it in Thai.
26th-Jul-2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
I''s goes on for more than 30 volumes of pretty female characters in tight clothing and panty shots. Hardly something I think would interest you^_^

*giggles* Actually, it only runs for half that--15. And I did like Video Girl Ai, especially in the beginning.

Though I did see scans of this mangaka's new full colour manga, and boy buy "hentai" is not the right label.

Really? Katsura Masakazu has done something new? Are you thinking of Robot?

I might have to check Berserk. I think I remember seeing it in Thai.

*dance dance* Do, do! You might get hooked on it. XD
26th-Jul-2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
15? Are you sure? I remember seeing entire rows of it in a Thai bookshop.

Katsura Masakazu has done something new? Are you thinking of Robot?

I'm not sure. I just saw the scans. About a girl tormenting a boy sexually before gareeing to have sex with him. the panels look like they were lifted from a porn vid or a boy's twisted imagination^_^

*dance dance* Do, do! You might get hooked on it. XD

I hope not since the mangaka has gone the way of fanfiction writers and declared his manga to be on hiatus.
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26th-Jul-2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Check this link: http://www.livejournal.com/users/chibiyuuto/35176.html?style=mine#cutid1

Clamp's new interview on a tv channel, I think.
26th-Jul-2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, rare for them to put in an appearance like that. They're so reclusive that they don't even like having their pictures taken.

Perhaps going utterly commercial means that they have to sell their faces too if they want to survive on that level of success. The irony. :P
26th-Jul-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
With the amount of publicity they're getting in magazines and newspapers all around the world, I'm not surprized they've finally made a tv appearance. I swear some of the articles make them sound like movie stars^^
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