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Too bad the Shojo Beat imprint lacks coherency. 
29th-Jul-2005 07:24 am
Golden
Besides the obvious Shuueisha/Shougakukan/Hakusensha shoujo manga connection, there really is little to unite the titles being released under Viz Media's new "Shojo Beat" imprint. I mean, we have serials from Ribon, Hana to Yume, and Cookie just to name three, and all three publications have different target age groups! (I suspect they will eventually phase out the "Shôjo" imprint entirely.) For example, despite the "Teen" rating Viz Media gives some of the new titles, they would be most appropriate for six year olds! Covering their asses, maybe? Lest our innocent little girls get corrupted by evil Japanese comic books? *sighs*

In any case, I'm chipping away at my English language edition pile, though it is downright frightening how quickly I've fallen behind the releases, and I've gotten two more of the initial six SB releases read:

Full Moon O Sagashite Vol.1 by Tanemura Arina
I read this volume back a few years ago in Japanese but never got any further with the series, so this is a nice refresher. Disappointingly, Viz Media's translation leaves much to be desired, and at times the phrasings are awkward. The rest of the time, it's just totally unmemorable. Which is a shame, because this is a delightful little manga for little girls, much in the tradition of vintage shoujo that involves a transforming heroine who goes from blah to popstar. What makes this title just a half-cut above the average is, firstly, gorgeous, lacy art that is bound to appeal to girls who dream of becoming princess, and, secondly, the fact that heroine Mitsuki is dying. Of a throat cancer. And she dreams of singing. So, the deal is, two Shinigami will help her accomplish her career goal, provided that she agrees to go quietly with them at the end of one year. Anyway, this title has plenty to recommend itself for childen but far less for adults. Give this one a pass unless you think the child in you or the child you love needs the escape.

Tokyo Boys & Girls Vol.1 by Aihara Miki
From the creator of Hot Gimmick, but you'd never know it from the storyline or artstyle, which at this stage resembles something drawn by Kamio Yoko or maybe older Fuyumi Souryou. In any case, one volume down, and it already is more appealing in several ways than Aihara's latter work. The heroine Mimori is far less of a dishrag than Hasumi, and there's absolutely no hint whatsoever of her in any way apologizing for the dickwad of a childhood friend that tried to have her gangraped (!) or the "boyfriend" who thinks he can rule her life. Funny how spunky heroines have fallen out of fashion, these days. *sighs* Anyway, this is typical high school drama and romance, with the heroine negotiating her relationships with classmates and boys--one decided playboy who wants her, and one wimp turned tough guy who wants revenge on her. The usual. Reasonably entertaining, but certainly not revolutionary.



In other news:

MANHWA!!!!!!!

Spent a sleepless night browsing through the haul, and there are some beautiful things, oh boy! I have over 400 volumes of Korean manhwa (about 3/4 Korean and 1/4 English) in my horde now. *does a happy book collector's dance*
Comments 
29th-Jul-2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Lest our innocent little girls get corrupted by evil Japanese comic books?

Well some of those things almost imply that people have the sex!

*look of moralistic horror*

^_~


Right now I'm just trying to figure out how you managed a dance without tripping over all those books.....
29th-Jul-2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well some of those things almost imply that people have the sex!

*snorts* Not Full Moon O Sagashite! We are talking clean, clean, CLEAN. And it's less violent than Pokémon. ^^;

Right now I'm just trying to figure out how you managed a dance without tripping over all those books.....

I actually have very small feet and excellent balance. *executes and elegant dance step* XD

*laughs* Well, you saw the shelves, right? They've been looking even worse lately. ^^;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
29th-Jul-2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
We are talking clean, clean, CLEAN

Oh. Boring.

^_~

I actually have very small feet and excellent balance. *executes and elegant dance step*

Ah! ^_^ Somehow I could almost see that..

I've been accused of having small feet, 9.5 and narrow width, I would say it's more like a neat elegant size..

Well, you saw the shelves, right?

Packed full and three volumes deep! Scary ^_^
29th-Jul-2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Oh. Boring.

*snorts* That's right. You've been reading the scandalous shoujo manga. Perhaps you should check out Doll by Mihara Mitsukazu. That seems perverted and twisted enough to be right up your alley. ^_~

Ah! ^_^ Somehow I could almost see that..

Really? ^^;;; Surely you jest. I can't dance at all, actually, though I do have pretty good balance, thanks to a relatively low center of gravity. My feet are short and wide, the left flat and the right high-arched. Totally weird.

Do you dance at all?

Packed full and three volumes deep! Scary ^_^

Well. Only two layers deep. My shelves are nowhere big enough to hold *three* layers. I could only wish. XD
29th-Jul-2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you should check out Doll by Mihara Mitsukazu. That seems perverted and twisted enough to be right up your alley.

OOooh! Must look ^__^

Do you dance at all?

*sighs*

No, not really.. I probably could, and would be pretty good I think, but I've always been too self-conscious to do any dancing in public anyhow..

Strange really, a nude beach sounds far less intimidating to me than a dance club *^_^*
29th-Jul-2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
OOooh! Must look ^__^

Doll (not to be confused with "Dolls" by Kawahara Yumiko ^^; ) is a pretty standard theme--androids who serve their masters' whims. But the stories are good, mature and reasonably well-written.

Strange really, a nude beach sounds far less intimidating to me than a dance club *^_^*

Really? They both seem equally intimidating to me. Exposure of two different sorts. *snorts* Not to mention that my dancing is by no means attractive, and neither is my body. In both cases I'd just be praying that I'd blend into to the crowd. ^^;
29th-Jul-2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
In both cases I'd just be praying that I'd blend into to the crowd

Yeah really, don’t think I’d want to be the center of attention at a nude beach ^_^ On those few occasions when I have been dragged to clubs, I’ve always stayed firmly planted at the table with glass of Coke in hand.. I really hate those places, they seem so totally alien to me, all sorts of strange mating rituals going on....

A nude beach would really be iffy, since my skin can change on a daily basis.. I mean really, if you’re going to be naked in public you want to look your best *^_^*
29th-Jul-2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Well, to be perfectly honest, I've never been to any sort of nightclub before in my entire life. The primary activities involved--dancing, drinking, socializing--have never really appealed to me at all individually...so why would I want to do all of them at once!? I'm nnot even particularly comfortable at big family get-togethers! Wasting my youth away...*coughs*

I mean really, if you’re going to be naked in public you want to look your best *^_^*

I suppose. Except that I operate under the assumption that my "best" is pretty horrific. *sings* Wrinkle, wrinkle, little scar, etc. I'd have to have some serious plastic surgery at this point to fix it all. >_< But there's no way I'm shelling out the big bucks on that when my money is better-spent elsewhere. Though, to be perfectly honestly, there is no such thing as a perfect nude body, at least if my experiences in the bathhouses of Korea are any indication. ^^;
29th-Jul-2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm nnot even particularly comfortable at big family get-togethers!

Me neither!! Actually I think that’s probably worse, at least in those clubs no one pays attention to you.. Well, no one pays attention to me anyway >_<

*sings* Wrinkle, wrinkle, little scar

*dies laughing*

Of course there are perfect nude bodies!! It just requires a little work with Photoshop or the like ^_~

Well I can have very nice fresh clear looking skin (good for public exposure), or, if my immune system gets really mad at me, I can start appearing like I’m breaking out in smallpox or something, at least on my lower back >_< Oddly enough, sun exposure is supposed to be beneficial for that, so in theory the best time to be nude under the sun is when I look my worst *sighs*
29th-Jul-2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Actually I think that’s probably worse, at least in those clubs no one pays attention to you.. Well, no one pays attention to me anyway >_<

*groans* At the most recent one, certain people wouldn't leave me alone! Some of the older women were wearing this entranced look when they saw me; I think they were so shocked by how much weight I had lost or something. So I was an object of attention. *grr*

Of course there are perfect nude bodies!! It just requires a little work with Photoshop or the like ^_~

Which requires more computer know-how than I have. ^^;

Oddly enough, sun exposure is supposed to be beneficial for that, so in theory the best time to be nude under the sun is when I look my worst *sighs*

I heard that only applies when the air is dry also--which we rarely get in this part of the world in the summer. :P
29th-Jul-2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
heard that only applies when the air is dry also

Really? *sighs* We never get dry air here.... Of course, doctors have told me both that a little sun would be good for me, and to stay out of the sun completely >_< Really though I wouldn’t go to a beach without being totally sunscreened. Intentional exposure would be much more controlled to prevent burning..

So I was an object of attention.

I got pretty lucky at the last family get together.. Apparently being faced with the reality that I really did finish my doctoral program, no one wanted to talk to me.

*sighs*
29th-Jul-2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Intentional exposure would be much more controlled to prevent burning..

*nods* Like two minutes at a time. ^^;;;;;;

Sometimes I "prime" myself that way. Or I did, before I was on this medication. When I tan, though, it takes more than a year to fade.

Of course, doctors have told me both that a little sun would be good for me, and to stay out of the sun completely >_<

Get the feeling that they don't really know? >_<

Apparently being faced with the reality that I really did finish my doctoral program, no one wanted to talk to me.

I was really surprised that they had this reaction when you talked about it at the time. I would've thought they would have at least feigned interest, if only for politeness' sake.
29th-Jul-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
It's surprizing only when you haven't faced the same situation, Rythia-chan.
29th-Jul-2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
I would think that families that don't even *pretend* to talk to each other would even see each other, period.

(And then there's my mother's family, which talks on occasion but never visits or holds get-togethers. Polite, English-like distance.)
29th-Jul-2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Get the feeling that they don't really know?

*sighs*

YES. It’s all experimentation, try this and see if it has any effect..

I would've thought they would have at least feigned interest, if only for politeness' sake.

I know, really.. They couldn’t even manage that. The only one who was actually interested and enthusiastic was my sister’s husband’s brother, the gay uncle who’s frequently excluded from his family’s gatherings...
29th-Jul-2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
YES. It’s all experimentation, try this and see if it has any effect..

*groans* I know. I've gone through, like, three different acne topicals, and they've all done some variation of burn holes through my face....

I know, really.. They couldn’t even manage that.

I mean, even the white supremacist brother--doctor in the family = more evidence of our supremacy!! *cringes*
29th-Jul-2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
even the white supremacist brother

Brother in law! Brother in law! No shared genes ^_~

Well for all I know he does say that to other people as supposed evidence, he just doesn’t like me....
29th-Jul-2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
Brother in law! Brother in law!^_~

Of course, of course. I sometimes forget to make those distinctions verbally, as it doesn't matter much in my family, for a number of reasons. ^^;;

No shared genes

*coughs* Actually, you probably share, what?, 90 something% of your genes with him...and everyone else walking the planet. ^^;
29th-Jul-2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh well, no family specific kind of genes anyway.. Hmm.. Also 90%+ shared with chimps too as I recall. Actually I think it was more like 98 ^_^
29th-Jul-2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Actually I think it was more like 98 ^_^

That sounds about right. *scratches armpit*
29th-Jul-2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
*waves*
Here! Lots of dry air here! So dry in fact that you'd have to drink a litre of water afterwards^_^
29th-Jul-2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, yeah!! Hmm.. More like two litres maybe. So is there a lot of nude sunbathing there? ^_^
29th-Jul-2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
Well, the locals don't do any sunbathing. We leave that to the crazy foreigners^^ But nude sunbathing is done on private beaches only.
29th-Jul-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
When I get to be the benevolent dictator of my own little island nation, all the beaches will be clothing optional.. Probably most other places too ^_^
29th-Jul-2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
When I get to be the benevolent dictator of my own little island nation, all the beaches will be clothing optional.. Probably most other places too ^_^

*snickers* Well, that'll definitely keep the population size and tourist industry in check.
29th-Jul-2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. Well it probably would scare away fundamentalists of various faiths (nude=hell).. The summer months will almost certainly see a flood of college students though!

Oh, and in the capital city, the government offices will be off on side streets, and main square will be dominated by the library and the art museum ^_^
29th-Jul-2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
The summer months will almost certainly see a flood of college students though!

Yeah, but there probably won't be as much tourist revenue from them. Nothing like having your country infested by semi-bum young people. ^_^;
29th-Jul-2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
I think it's scary how many dictators are on Rythia-chan's Flist XD
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