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More ANN Reviews (Six books, five publishers, only two review copies. *sighs* ) 
20th-Aug-2008 07:25 am
Rose
Just a quick head's up for those of you who don't frequent Anime News Network. The following selection of manga reviews written by Yours Truly have been posted there over the past week or so:

Manga:
Ultimate Venus Vol. 1 by Takako Shigematsu
Kamichama Karin Chu Vol. 1 by Koge-Donbo
Bride of the Water God Vol. 1-2 by Mi-Kyung Yun
Soul Rescue Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno

Novel:
Death Note: Another Note, the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by NISIOISIN

Just for grins (for people with too much time on their hands): Which two books do you suppose were the review copies? Can you tell? And if so, how?
Comments 
20th-Aug-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
There's a reason Aya Kanno's most recent manga has all been Shinsengumi/assassin/manly man-themed. ;) I love that she gets to have the two sides of her career duke it out in Otomen! And I, for one, think her art just gets better and better. (Yes, I do love the shiny!)
21st-Aug-2008 02:22 am (UTC)
There's a reason Aya Kanno's most recent manga has all been Shinsengumi/assassin/manly man-themed.

And what would that be? (I think I'm missing the joke here... ^^;; )
21st-Aug-2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Ahaha, no joke. I was referring to the first line of your review. ;) She basically did two brief girly shoujo series and then started doing the manly, gory (but still shoujo) stuff... that's where you get the Kitahashiri Shinsengumi, Kotetsu no Hana, Akusaga. Then with Otomen, you have the two sides of the coin so to speak... with the uber girly and the uber macho bits.
21st-Aug-2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Ah, okay...though I'm still not sure why you think she likes "manly-man" themes. Even if she's publishing rejected submissions to Shounen Magazine with Hana to Yume instead (which is kinda what I was imagining when I wrote that first line in the review), that doesn't explain why she prefers shounen tropes to shoujo ones. ^_~

(Sorry, massive headache. The disconnect might be in my own head. >_< )
21st-Aug-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Well, just 'cos presumably it's more along the lines of what she intended to draw in the first place. Perhaps, after a while, her editors decided (to some extent) to let her just go with it.

Apologies if my random theorizing makes no sense. I clearly get (over)excited whenever anyone talks about her. Someday I will learn enough kanji to read all of her interviews that I've been hoarding, I swear. xD
21st-Aug-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
A Kanno Aya fangirl, huh? That's a new one. ^^;; Is this a fandom that I've just not had the *ahem* privilege of encountering before, or are you a fandom of one over there?

(Have you ever picked up anything by Enomoto Nariko or Kunieda Saika? I need someone to squee with me over them. :P )

P.S. Just watched the introductory video on the Otomen website. Yep, I *definitely* see Kanno's career...err, what's the word?..."arc" there.

Edited at 2008-08-21 04:08 am (UTC)
21st-Aug-2008 04:29 am (UTC)
It was a fandom of one or two for some time but has definitely gotten bigger in recent memory. It'll be overflowing soon, as Viz sets out to release Akusaga later this year as an appetizer to the Otomen-in-Shojo Beat main course.

And you've told me about Kunieda before. One of my friends/translators actually gave me the new 2-in-1 Libre release of Future Lovers during Comic-Con, and though I want to read it (the new cover is gorgeous and I've heard so many good things), the fact that Deux will be putting it out here makes me just want to wait on it. In any case, I too will be fangirling about her in a month or so, not to worry.
21st-Aug-2008 10:44 am (UTC)
One of my friends/translators actually gave me the new 2-in-1 Libre release of Future Lovers during Comic-Con, and though I want to read it (the new cover is gorgeous and I've heard so many good things), the fact that Deux will be putting it out here makes me just want to wait on it. In any case, I too will be fangirling about her in a month or so, not to worry.

Heh. Yeah, well...it doesn't hurt to mention her again. Trust me. ^_~ Mirai no Kioku is not her best work by any means, so I worry. BL seems like it's is kinda there to pay the bills for her. Sample here from my more ambitious blogging days for anyone that's curious: http://kethylia.livejournal.com/110621.html

But let's put it this way: I was obsessing over her non-BL work at exactly the same time as I was obsessing over Yoshinaga Fumi's non-BL work (Antique Bakery), and if I had to pick between Kunieda and Yoshinaga, I'd choose the former. (I'm still bitter about how I spent 2002-2003 telling everyone how great Antique Bakery was and having it fall on superciliously deaf ears. Mixed metaphor! And then three years later everyone telling me how gurrreat it is...dude, by that time I was soooo over talking about it.) The problem in Kunieda's case is that most of her non-BL was published by Shueisha, 50% at least has been out of print for a decade in Japan, and hell will freeze over before Viz...urk.
21st-Aug-2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I will try to find some Kunieda stuff next time I'm at the bookstore, promise! (She and Yoshinaga were the two mangaka we talked about when we first met at Onna...!)

That said, Yoshinaga is far from over in my book, what with Flower of Life and Ooku (!!) and Kinou Nani Tabeta? But then, she's been my #1 mangaka obsession for some time now, so hey.
21st-Aug-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Nah, I still like Yoshinaga; just over talking about *Antique Bakery.* I'm one of those people who has trouble keeping passions burning, and man, I was reading that back when it was still in serialization in Wings! Ditto for early Flower of Life. Love the humor, though lately I feel like she's skimming the surface of the characters' emotions in favor of wackiness.
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