Posts Tagged ‘manga’

More Aigis

February 28, 2017


Another Nep book

October 11, 2014


Didn’t bother unwrapping this one because the room it’s going in is still a mess and it’ll help keep it protected until everything gets sorted out. This is the second and last volume of the Hello New World manga.

Apologies for the delays in the posts I was supposed to make (no one cares about this blog, so no one is upset) but work has been a nightmare. I went on vacation and came back to an organizational change, a new assignment, and a planned assignment coming in a week and a half early. I also had a planned two days of additional training. I just wasn’t able to make time for everything. I think I can get to it this week, though. We’ll see. Should easily be able to make time for it. I’m going to try and do my Summer final impressions and a Nep Re;Birth1 review as planned. I was also going to do my Fall initial impressions, but I keep finding shows I somehow completely overlooked when I chose what to watch (and I ended up not watching World Trigger), so I won’t have that ready to do until after Thursday.

The end of an era (for me)

May 12, 2013

As of this morning, I’ve finished Negima. I know I’m a good year behind, but I’ve been reading it exclusively through the official North American English releases by Del Rey and Kodansha. The English version began in April 2004 and ended in April 2013. This ends a 9-year period of my life.

It’s a little sad, honestly. I don’t think there will ever be another series like this for me. For the last 9 years, this has been my favorite manga series, and I’m sure it will continue to be for some time, if not forever. It’ll always be special to me.

However, it’s not the end of Negima. Starting this month, in May 2013, the Negiho manga series begins its official English run. And maybe Akamatsu will revisit the series at some point. It’s like the final volume said: The future is a blank page!

Right Stuf’s 12 Days of Savings 2011, Final Haul

December 13, 2011

– Haruhi manga 10-11
– Haruhi-chan 4-5
– Spice & Wolf novel 5
– Soul Eater 7-8

– Clannad bundle (Clannad, Clannad AS, Clannad movie)
– Hidamari Sketch S1-3 bundle
– Bamboo Blade
– Cromartie High School
– Green Green Bundle
– This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
– Now and Then, Here and There
– UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie S1-2 bundle

Anime Impulse Buys
– Diamond Daydreams
– Murder Princess
– Nanaka 6/17

Total: $242.22

Other non-holiday buys (that were still on sale)
– UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie S3 1-2 ($3.99 each)
– UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie S4 ($3.99)
– Comic Party Revolution ($11.99)

My first con experience

October 5, 2011

So the reason I couldn’t really get around to the final impressions this weekend was that I finally went to my very first anime convention: Anime Weekend Atlanta.

I love every minute of it. It was all new and exciting. Seeing cosplayers running around, playing games I’d never played before, looking around at all of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, buying some of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, checking out panels, getting autographs and photos with some of my all-time favorite VAs… I felt like there just wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything I wanted to. As a matter of fact, I already miss it. Each day since it’s been over, I’ve had the thought cross my mind that there was something to do at AWA that I wish I could still do right now. I keep looking back at the pictures I took and wishing it was already September of next year.

Anyway, not gonna ramble on forever about how much I enjoyed it. I’ll just post a few pictures and let it be until next year.

First up, autographs. I got autographs from both Vic Mignogna and Brina Palencia. Vic signed my copy of Disgaea 3, where he voiced the main character, Mao.

I also got Brina to autograph the inside cover art for Evangelion 1.01, where she voiced Rei Ayanami.

And here’s all the junk I ended up getting.

And here’s a better shot of the figures.

And here are the trading figures I ended up with after I opened the boxes.

I’m really impressed with that Petit Nendoroid Yuno. I’m gonna have to pick up some more Petit Nendoroids at those kinds of prices. I also really love that little Miya (Amagami) with the cat ears and tail.

Now of course the crown jewels of my selection are the Toradora figures. I don’t have a good photo of those yet because I don’t really have anywhere to put them, but I’m really happy that I finally have a Taiga figure.

So here’s the breakdown on cost for all of that stuff:
– Vocaloid wallscrolls: $15 x 3
– AWA 2011 shirt: $20
– shirt: Cheap as free
– Railgun figure (Gym outfit Mikoto): $7
– Ika Musume figure (Nagisa): $10
– Amagami figure (Miya): $13
– Nanoha figure (Yuno): $10
– K-ON! figure (Mugi): $13
– Fumoffu figure (Ren, student council secretary): $10
– Toradora figures: $75 for the pair
– Factory sealed copy of Arcana Heart (PS2) and the satisfaction that I no longer have to regret not buying it when it came out: $35

Total swag cost: $238

Addtional con costs:
– Pre-reg pass (late): $40
– Gas for three round trips: $40

Total con cost: $318

That’s about what I expected to spend. I’ve already pre-registered for next year for $20, and I expect to spend a lot more then. I’ll probably be trying to flesh out my figure collection with some Touhou and Vocaloid items, as well as possibly picking up some more Toradora. Hell, if I haven’t bought it by then, I may try to pick up the upcoming Taiga Nendoroid while I’m there, once I can see it in person.

Anyway, it was definitely a fun experience and I look forward to going back. Hopefully this time I’ll be able to catch the Touhou meetup when it happens instead of at the tail end when they’re shooting group photos…

P.S. If you’re in this photo and you object to me posting a crappy cell-phone picture of you where I can’t even really make out your face and you’re already in disguise, just… lemme know or something. Whatever. I’m sure no one cares or even reads this.

Seven Seas licenses Toradora and Railgun manga

July 20, 2010


The SHAFT Initiative

April 24, 2010

I just completed a 14-day project I’ve dubbed “The SHAFT Initiative.” The goal was to watch as much anime produced by SHAFT as possible in a short time frame, as well as catch up on related manga.

Prior to the project, these were the SHAFT series I had watched and the corresponding abbreviations/shorthand:
– He is My Master (Joint with Gainax) (HiMM)
– Negima!? Spring & Summer OVAs
– Negima!? TV series
– Negima Ala Alba OVAs
– Negima Magic World OVAs 1-2
– Dance in the Vampire Bund 1-11 (DitVB)
– Arakawa Under the Bridge 1 (Arakawa)

Additionally, these were the related manga series that I had read, by volumes:
– HiMM 1
– Negima 1-25
– Negima Neo 1-4

This is the final schedule of the project:
4-11 – DitVB 12, Pani Poni Dash (PPD) 1-5
4-12 – PPD 6-26, PPD OVA
4-13 – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (SZS) 1-12, SZS Recap, SZS manga 1-2
4-14 – Zoku SZS 1-13, Goku SZS 1-3, Arakawa 2
4-15 – Zan SZS 1-13, Zan SZS Bangaichi 1-2, SZS manga 3
4-16 – Bakemonogatari 1-14, SZS manga 4
4-17 – REC 1-9 (+7.5), Maria-Holic (MH) manga 1
4-18 – MH manga 2-3
4-19 – MH 1-12
4-20 – Hidamari Sketch (HS) 1-12, HS Special 1-2, HiMM manga 2, Arakawa 3
4-21 – HS x365 1-13, HSx365 EX, HSx365 Special 1-2, HiMM manga 3
4-22 – HS x Hoshimittsu 1-12, HiMM manga 4
4-23 – ef: a tale of memories Prologue + 1-12, HiMM manga 5
4-24 – ef: a tale of melodies Prologue + 1-12

I’ll spend the rest of the post detailing my impressions of the series covered during the project.


TOKYOPOP announces Chibi Vampire: Airmail

April 23, 2010

TOKYOPOP announced the license of Chibi Vampire: Airmail, a collection of bonus manga chapters, on their Facebook page today. The release date is August 31st.

9 Days of Vampires (or “How I learned to love Chibi Vampire/Karin all over again”)

February 13, 2010

Okay, I’m officially vampire’d out for a while. I’ve been on a 9-day binge of anime, manga, and light novels focusing on vampires. It was part of an effort to catch up on unwatched fansubs and DVDs. The last nine days have been like this:

Friday – Dance in the Vampire Bund manga 1
Saturday – DitVB manga 2-4
Sunday – DitVB manga 5-6
Monday – DitVB anime 1-5, Chibi Vampire novel 1
Tuesday – CV novel 2-3, CV manga 4
Wednesday – CV novel 4
Thursday – CV novel 5, CV manga 5-8
Friday – CV manga 9-14, Karin Airmail scanlations, Karin anime 1-10
Saturday – Karin anime 11-24, DitVB anime 6

Busy, busy, busy. So yeah, I finally caught up on Dance in the Vampire Bund and I’m now waiting for weekly fansub releases and the official manga releases. I also managed to catch up on Chibi Vampire/Karin, a series that I liked, but put on the back-burner for so long I wasn’t sure I’d ever get back to it again. I’ve already posted my opinions on the Dance in the Vampire Bund anime so far (and my opinions of the manga are much higher), so I’d like to take an opportunity to talk about Chibi Vampire/Karin this time.


The Inaugural Post

January 1, 2010

So. Here we are. One guy with a new blog. I’ve been thinking about doing one for a while, so consider actually starting it to be a New Year’s resolution of some sort, and probably the only one I’ve ever really followed through on. We’ll see if I can keep up with it.

So a little about me. I’m a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, majored in Interactive Design and Game Development. That means I work in video games. Doesn’t mean I’m really good at anything, though. For a few months, I worked with a large game company doing quality assurance on their online payment systems. Unfortunately, a week and a half ago, the office was shut down and the base of operations for that project was moved to California. This leaves me between jobs at the moment.

I’m a big fan of video games, manga, anime, and (more recently) visual novels. We’ll start with a bit of discussion about my favorites.

My favorite video game series is the Disgaea series created by Nippon Ichi Software (NIS).

NIS specializes in strategy RPGs (the ones with the grids, for those not in the know) and Disgaea is their flagship series. It currently has three games and several spinoffs, and the characters from the games make cameos in all of the games released since the very first Disgaea. The most recent entry in the series was Disgaea 3 for PlayStation 3. This quite possibly holds the title of “Daverost’s Favorite Game Ever”, with the only game that can challenge it being the very first Disgaea for PlayStation 2. If you haven’t looked into these games, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The first two have been re-released in their entirety on PSP with additional content and the third should still be easy enough to get a hold of since it’s a PS3 game. Word of warning: These games are hardcore. And I mean HARDCORE. We’re talking a level cap of 9999… that doesn’t really mean anything compared to the equipment you have to build up… which has a level cap of 200… which is done by blasting through randomly generated dungeons.

My favorite manga series is Mahou Sensei Negima!, or Negima!: Magister Negi Magi as it’s called stateside.

Negima is the third series by author Ken Akamatsu. It’s about a young boy wizard who leaves England to begin his real-world magician training in Japan… as a teacher at an all-girls middle school, Mahora Academy. Hijinks ensue. The story starts off in a similar vein to Akamatsu’s previous works, being a harem comedy. There’s fanservice all over the place. The series starts to pick up about 20 chapters in, though, when it starts making a gradual shift to shounen action in the third volume. From the fourth volume’s start of the Kyoto arc on, the series starts picking up shounen steam and becomes one of the greatest shounen series of all time. It’s frequently considered better than any of the Big 3 (Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach), even though it’s less known. The series has a huge cast of well-rounded characters who all get their time in the spotlight, a great artistic style, and absolutely amazing action. It will have you laughing, crying, and going “What the hell just happened? That was AWESOME”. Definitely worth looking into.

My favorite anime is a much trickier subject. Negima’s anime adaptations have been… well… not so good. The first one was faithful to the manga, but had several events out of order and suffered from terrible animation. Animation so bad, in fact, that the animation company had to make an absurd amount of changes for the DVD version just to make the thing marketable. It also suffered from a silly (though admittedly kinda awesome) original ending. The second series started out as a quick summary of the first three volumes of the manga and then branched off into something completely different. The new OADs are faithful, but few in number. There are only 5 half-hour episodes so far. So what’s my favorite? Probably Toradora!

I found this series earlier this year and watched though it. There’s a lot of debate over whether or not it’s good. It starts off with the two main characters, a guy named Ryuuji and a girl named Taiga. Ryuuji likes Taiga’s friend and Taiga likes Ryuuji’s friend. Even though they don’t like each other at first, they decide that teaming up to get involved with each other’s friend is the best strategy. Silly romantic comedy things happen. There’s a huge shift in tone about halfway through the series, though. The comedy takes a back seat to drama. Here’s where the split in opinions happen. The people who don’t like the drama and plot from this point hate the series and the people that do generally think that the second half was the better part of the series. Now obviously, saying that I like this show, you can guess what camp I fall into. I love the show to death and Taiga has become one of my favorite characters. She’s quite the adorable one. I recommend giving this series a shot, but I can’t recommend that you’ll love it to death like I do, or even that you’ll like it at all.

Lastly, visual novels. My favorite of these is the only one I’ve really read so far: Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

This is the third (and fourth) part of the When They Cry series, started by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It has no real relation to Higurashi (other than a character (plot-unrelated) and a handful of joke references), so it’s very easy to pick up without knowing anything about Higurashi. The setup for this one is that Battler Ushiromiya, who has been out of contact with most of his family for the last six years, is attending the annual family conference on the island of Rokkenjima. His parents are there to debate over the inheritance from their father, Kinzo, who is on the verge of death. A typhoon strands the family on the island and as the night goes on, mysterious murders occur where it seems possible that no one could have done it. Could it be the mysterious witch Beatrice from the island’s legend? This is a kinetic novel (no choices) that the author describes as a “sound novel” due to its emphasis on soundtrack rather than graphics. The graphics aren’t top-notch, but the music sure as hell is. This VN has the greatest soundtrack of anything ever. EVER. It’s perfect. The novel occurs as a bit of a contest between the readers and the author. The author takes the readers’ feedback and theories and crafts the next chapter in a way that may help them and may throw them off the trail. Currently, part three of When They Cry, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, is complete after episode four. All of these have been translated by The Witch Hunt. Part four, Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru, has recently released the sixth episode and the translation for the fifth episode was released recently as well. I really recommend trying this one out, even if you don’t try out any of the other stuff I’ve recommended so far. If you check out The Witch Hunt’s site, you can find information on how to try out the entire first episode for free (it’s available as a trial from the author). The first episode itself is amazing (although it starts incredibly slow) and it only gets better from there. Please, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try this one out. Oh, and fun fact: This blog’s (possibly temporary) name, “The Blue Truth”, is a term from this VN. The blue truth is a theory stated as a fact. Unless it is countered by the red truth, an indisputable true fact, the blue truth will stick as a new truth, overwriting whatever the actual facts may be. The process of making a claim and having someone else comment in return parallels the blogging process so nicely that I thought it was a fitting title.

So there are several walls of text. That’s a pretty good start to this thing. I know the place looks pretty rough (and very default) right now, but hopefully I’ll have some time later to tweak it to a more professional level of blogging. Here are some things I’m currently working on that you may hear more about from me soon:

Video games: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Anime: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Visual Novels: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Until then, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll visit again.