September 27, 2011

Manga Pages: Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori volumes one and two

Reading Shinohara Chie‘s twenty-eight volume epic, Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori is a hell of a way to bust my shoujo cherry. I have very little experience with shoujo manga—the ones I tried to read I found disorienting and hard to follow. I could be wrong, but my experience with shoujo has given me the impression that the stories move at a much faster pace than most shounen and seinen manga, and that visual orientation between panels takes a backseat to the beauty of the characters shown in the panel, often accentuated by intense flowery backgrounds. Those things are mostly true of (what I will henceforth refer to as) Anatolia Story, although there aren’t many flowers.

An aspect of Anatolia Story which particularly interests me is how the story is intensely physical. Particularly, the main character, Yuuri, spends a lot of time getting grabbed, carried, groped, injured, and thrown around, to an extent that is clearly purposeful. The intensity all begins after Yuuri’s transportation to ancient Anatolia, but there’s an emphasis on physicality right from the first page.

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August 12, 2011

Narrative Conceits: Upotte!!

Tennouji Kitsune‘s Upotte!! is among my favorite currently-running manga thanks to its endearing narrative conceit: guns personified as cute little girls. “X personified as cute little girls” is a common plot archetype in manga, but as always, the execution of that archetype in a work determines its success. Upotte has a unique execution that will appeal to some and alienate others.

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August 9, 2011

Moatilliatta Scans: Nekogami Yaoyorozu Chapter 1

Mediafire: Download

(For those who don’t wish to download the chapter, it’s been uploaded to Mangafox.)

I started a scanslation group! But it’s really just me and whoever I can get to translate stuff! In this case, jennkei translated the first chapter of Nekogami Yaoyorozu after I went around begging for someone to do it. Thanks Jenn!

I have no idea if we’ll do another chapter, nor whether Jenn would be interested at all. I certainly don’t want to do any more typesetting. My hope is that when this chapter is uploaded to all the manga reader sites and stuff, it will spark interest and attract another group to pick up the series.

Nekogami Yaoyorozu is by FLIPFLOPs, a former Touhou doujin circle gone pro. I found out about them from researching the Nekogami anime, and it just so happened that they became my favorite doujin circle. With their being pretty popular for Touhou and with Nekogami having a current anime, I’m pretty surprised there wasn’t anyone trying the manga. (There’s already 4 volumes out!)

I like the anime, with its amazing vocal cast and pretty colors, but the manga clearly shows where the anime was weakened by stuffing in unnecessary scenes and killing the pace. I’m very interested in reading the rest of the manga, whether I’m involved with it or not.

By the way, if you’re a scanslator reading this and want to pick up the series, I’ll totally be your proofreader if need be. That part I actually have fun with.

July 27, 2011

Manga Pages: Yumekui Merry chapters 1–3

Until I’ve passed the anime’s plot, I won’t be able to read Ushiki Yoshitaka‘s Yumekui Merry without thinking about its adaption. The anime disappointed me quite a bit, to the point that I ragequit near the end (I do plan to finish it sometime, though). The manga makes me happy and sad because it doesn’t suffer the same problems as the anime, which means it also shows how the anime could’ve been better.

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January 18, 2011

Manga Pages: Soul Eater Not! chapter 1

I’m not dead! I’ll be slowing down, though; I was on a manga binge when I started this blog, doing a post every three days, so I’ll be cutting back significantly with two posts a month—still better than dead, right?

Ookubo Atsushi‘s Soul Eater is one of my favorite manga, but it’s no secret that it’s gone downhill since entering the third major arc. Anime Kritik theorized that Ookubo had generally stopped caring about his story, and before he could take another breath, Soul Eater Not! had been announced.

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October 24, 2010

Way of the Reader: Magazines vs. Tankouban in the West

Like most American manga fans, I was introduced to the medium through tankouban; and also like most of them, the only other way I can read manga is through scanslations. Reading manga this way, one usually goes unaware of the magazines that series come from. This leads to an interesting difference in the way that manga is consumed as a whole, and it’s a difference I’m becoming familiar with as I progress in manga fandom.


Jump SQ!


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October 20, 2010

Manga Pages: Franken Fran chapter 43

Alright! New Fran! Kigitsu Katsuhisa‘s Franken Fran is my favorite currently-running manga, and even though I said I don’t plan on blogging anything release-by-release, I’ll gladly post on Fran every month just for fun—forgive me if I don’t have much to say about it.

What a cute protagonista!

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October 19, 2010

Art-chitecture: Taboo-Tattoo chapter one

These past 4 days, I’ve been searching unsuccessfully for new manga to read. I like action series with cute girls, so I looked for works in that vein, but time and again I was confronted by failures in illustrating action. Finally, I stumbled across Taboo-Tattoo by Shinjirou, an exciting new series that works to show exactly where all of the others failed.


I'll be using this fight from the first chapter as my sample.

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October 14, 2010

Manga Pages: Deus x Machina chapter 12

I don’t plan on blogging anything release-by-release, but what a pleasant surprise to see chapter twelve of Karasuma Wataru‘s Deus x Machina finally done! As the subject of my first post, this series is somewhat special to me, and I was sad to see that the scans halted just as things were getting good. In a funny twist of fate, Horobi no Michi finally released the chapter just days after a new scanslator called Riceballicious took the initiative himself. Because I saw Riceball’s scanslation first, the images in the post will be from his version.

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October 11, 2010

A Welcome to New Visitors

My name is Se Dice Bisonte, and I’ve been having fun with Is That You, Moatilliatta? for about a month now. ITYM? was accepted onto the Anime Nano blog indexer after my last post and received its first traffic, so it’s been revealed to the world, and I welcome the world with open arms.

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