Haven't updated the LJ with recent reviews posted elsewhere for quite a long time because, umm, I forgot. Right~ Sorry 'bout that.
Anyway, since I've been posting reviews published at multiple venues, I think it's high time to state what should be obvious: This stuff is for editorial press.
That means that I am paid to write these reviews according to pre-established guidelines. These guidelines range from simple word count targets/limits to whether or not I'm allowed to pan (a.k.a. write negatively about) books. As such, you should never assume, when it comes to reviews posted elsewhere, that this is how I would write when left to my own devices--or even, for that matter, what I would write about, period! In practice, it's nearly impossible to fully untangle the critic's position from the publication's position, even when the publication tries to draw distinctions (as they often do). Hell, even The New York Times
has on occasion told Paul Krugman to rein in his political criticism!
So. Yeah. Bear that in mind. Now, to the reviews:
At Graphic Novel Reporter
(part of The Book Report Network
family of websites):Seduce Me After the Show by Est Em Lovers and Souls by Kano Miyamoto
At Anime News Network
:Naruto Vol. 42-44 by Masashi KishimotoBattle Royale -Ultimate Edition- Vol. 1 by Koushun Takami and Masayuki TaguchiD.Gray-man DVD Season One Part One
(review copy courtesy of Funimation)Hot Gimmick -VIZBIG Edition- Vol. 1 by Miki AiharaThe Key to the Kingdom Vol. 4-6 by Kyoko ShitouSkip Beat! Vol. 18 by Yoshiki Nakamura
(review copy courtesy of Viz Media)Battle Royale -Ultimate Edition- Vol. 2 by Koushun Takami and Masayuki TaguchiSilver Diamond Vol. 1-3 by Shiho SugiuraHoney Hunt Vol. 1 by Miki Aihara
(review copy courtesy of Viz Media)