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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..."
A little bit of light manga reading early in the morning. 
30th-Jul-2005 01:30 pm
Golden
And I do mean early in the morning. I woke up before 5:30 am this morning, even after going to bed after midnight. It's that time of the month again, and I can't sleep. (^^;

Just some lighthearted shoujo manga--my brain wasn't in any condition for more:

Descendants of Darkness Vol.6 by Matsushita Youko
My guess is that VIZ Media found nothing to censor in this volume--as there was nothing reprehensible, save for a bit of naughty dialogue. In fact, Muraki's virtual absence made this volume a virtual yawn, and it's no wonder that I don't really remember too much about it from the time that I was enjoying the series in Japanese. In this volume, we have sadistic Tatsumi, foolish Watari, and lots and lots more puppy-eyed Tsuzuki. Oh, and some *maybe* lesbians. What I *do* remember, though, is Matsushita's detailed admonitions about what is and isn't acceptable in fan letters addressed to her. I mean, how could I forget!? "Don't write in pencil." "Be polite." "You must put a return address on the envelope." "Write legibly." "Plain stationary only." GOOD LORD! Gimme a break! How rude of her is it to say all of these things to her readers, anyway? She's even more of a drama queen than Anne Rice. (And that's saying something.) Really, Matsushita. Take your fan letters and be grateful for what the readers have to give. No wonder she doesn't do manga anymore. She was probably emotionally unstable.

Ultra Maniac Vol.1 by Yoshizumi Wataru
The author's very first fantasy-tinged title, I didn't have high hopes, especially after how boring Marmalade Boy got after awhile, but I was pleasantly, delightfully surprised! The story crosses the serious, sraightlaced, and rather unimaginative Ayu with the cheerful, well-intentioned but inadvertently distructive, magic school dropout Nina. Ayu becomes Nina's guinea pig as she practices her magic in the hopes that she won't fail magic classes again next year. Though she's endlessly generous at heart, but her magic does more harm than good, and plotting to bring Ayu together with her schoolgirl crush inevitably backfires. I almost stopped breathing from helpless laughter when a ring that was supposed to stop annoying boys from poking her instead electrocuted every boy who touched Ayu. In any case, the manga looks a lot like Yoshizumi's previous relationship school drama titles; the magic happens rather subtly, but the little spice of magic gives the standard love triangle at the heart of the story a much needed blast of fresh air. Good, wholesome, clean fun. Highly recommended to shoujo fans. (^_^)
Comments 
30th-Jul-2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Really, Matsushita. Take your fan letters and be grateful for what the readers have to give. No wonder she doesn't do manga anymore. She was probably emotionally unstable.

I must say I quite agreed with you on that segment... I've seen it before and my hair stood on ends. Rather weird of her...
30th-Jul-2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* Especially since many mangaka write about fan letters...but *they* gush about how grateful they are to get the letters and how sorry they are they can't write back promptly (which also surprises me but in a pleasant way, as you'd think they wouldn't bother writing back at all). And how many specifications Matsushita had to boot--good grief!!
31st-Jul-2005 03:51 pm (UTC) - Bad
Anonymous
"The use of pencil is strictly forbidden."
31st-Jul-2005 03:52 pm (UTC) - Worse
Anonymous
"Please be polite...I want you to begin with a proper introduction."
31st-Jul-2005 03:54 pm (UTC) - Even Worse
Anonymous
"The following is strictly forbidden:
-free stationary from magazines
-character stuff
-artist's stuff
-notebook paper and loose-leaf binder paper, etc..."
31st-Jul-2005 03:56 pm (UTC) - Are you...
Anonymous
"Free stationary from magazines is really bad paper, and it collects dirt as it goes through the mail. By the time I receive it, it's in a bad way. It doesn't make me feel very good..."
31st-Jul-2005 03:58 pm (UTC) - Mentally unstable? Neurotic? Anal? Or just an asshole?
Anonymous
"If you're going to use fanzine letterhead, please make sure you use the same paper for the whole letter. It's hard to read a letter where each page has different letterhead. Also, many people write to me using pseudonyms. Please don't. There's no reason to hide your identity when you write to me. Finally, I prefer black and blue pens. Please don't use magic markers or felt tips."

--Matsushita Yoko, Descendants of Darkness 6
31st-Jul-2005 04:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Mentally unstable? Neurotic? Anal? Or just an asshole?
Also, many people write to me using pseudonyms. Please don't. There's no reason to hide your identity when you write to me.

*She* better not be writing under a pen name! Otherwise, it's just sheer hypocrisy. Any fan who managed to write a letter that abided by all these rules ought to have gotten a prize for this anal-retentive bitch...
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