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castleclouds
17 August 2013 @ 05:22 am
I've recently started watching this swimming anime, and er, it really reaaaaaally looks like an anime aimed towards fujoshi. LOL. Even more so that Kuroko no Basuke.

And well, I do read shounen-ai stuff, but I'll prefer it if the story is either strictly a BL series or a... serious (?) anime... Not fujoshi bait LOL. I found some of the scenes kind of boring (e.g. changing into numerous swimsuits again and again? What the hell? Okay people may enjoy that but certainly not me). Ah well, to each his own. It's certainly a good series if one is looking for eyecandy and fantasizing material (read: BL). OKAY I admit I'm watching it for the abs and half naked 2D dudes. T_T I don't even know if this is considered a shounen series LOL. The fujoshi bait is like, really really obvious. You'll know if you watch it. =/
 
 
 
castleclouds
23 December 2012 @ 10:03 pm
Aw okay, after reading this chapter... Why did Neji have to die T_T (of all people...)

I've read about people wanting Kishimoto to kill off main characters to err... make it more interesting? More believable? I dunno. But I certainly don't really like it when one of my favourite characters get killed off, aww.

I think most were complaining when previously Pein revived them all. Okay I was kinda happy for that cause I didn't want Kakashi to die (ahaha *guilty*). But apparently people thought it was corny or something. -__-

I don't really mind some of the characters dying, but ahh, not the cool ones!
 
 
 
castleclouds
02 December 2012 @ 11:47 pm
I was looking at discussions on the manga Kuroko no Basuke when I came across a question here, whereby the person asked which of the four semi-finalists of the Winter Cup would emerge victorious.

Well at this point in time, we already know that Shuutoku already lost to Rakuzan, and the match between Kaijou and Seirin is still going on. I kinda hope Seirin wins this (cause Kuroko is my favourite character >_>), and there should be quite a high possibility too, since from the way the story is set up, Seirin/Kuroko/Kagami's ultimate aim is to defeat the rest of the GoM members. But I'm not 100% sure though.

The top reply said that it depends... If the manga is going to end after this Winter Cup, then Seirin should win; and if the manga is going to continue after that, then Rakuzan will win it. The poster also pointed out that there was a question posed in the fanbook asking whether the manga is going to end after the Winter Cup, to which the mangaka replies that it's 50-50. But considering the popularity of Kuroko no Basuke, it's quite possible that the mangaka will decide to continue it even after the Winter Cup... And I think it'll be rather difficult to continue the story if Seirin wins it (since they would have fulfilled their goal already) so... x_x Hmm or unless the mangaka manages to bring out some new characters and introduce a new plotline, hehe.

It's quite sad that every time Kuroko comes up with a new move or technique, it gets countered after he uses it a few times. Argh, what? Poor him. And in the recent chapters (up to 192) it seems like Kagami is always the one who's doing everything. (Hell, even the earlier matches such as the one against Touou, he solo-ed everything again.) Not that I have a problem with him being strong and all, but I thought Kuroko's aim was to show his fellow GoM friends that basketball is all about teamwork? (And hence his way of playing basketball, "Kuroko no Basuke") That was why he quitted Teikou... Right? If Kagami is doing everything by himself then there isn't any difference anymore. I thought that the whole purpose was for Kagami and Kuroko to work together to defeat the rest.

Rakuzan could win this if the manga is going to continue, but it's kinda sad that Kiyoshi can't play anymore. And I hope Kagami would stop hogging the spotlight. He's the type of shounen character that makes me go, "not again..." (like Natsu in Fairy Tail).
 
 
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castleclouds
02 December 2012 @ 05:54 am
If the story hasn't left me hanging, I wouldn't have tortured myself reading traditional Chinese for goodness sake. It always gives me a headache, especially when I'm accustomed to the characters' Japanese names, and now that they're written in Chinese, it takes awhile for me to figure out which name is referring to which character. xD

I was pretty satisfied with how it ended, though the story can get a little draggy at some parts.

Here's a summary for chapter 10 to 12.

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castleclouds
02 December 2012 @ 04:09 am


Synopsis:

Yorozu lives in a love hotel. When a film crew comes to the hotel to make an AV, he has a encounter with Togame, the director. On the first day, Yorozu is asked to be a substitute actor and has his pants pulled down; it was the worst first impression ever! To make matters worse, he's worried about the openly gay Togame getting close to his younger brother, Satoru. Yorozu takes action and tries to keep Togame away from his brother, but...

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I decided to give this a try a few days ago cause the synopsis sounds kinda funny to me. Interesting start to the story xD.

It's an interesting setup, but I was shocked after the first few chapters or so because for a moment I didn't know what was going on with the story, LOL. Basically what happened was that Yorozu thought that Togame (the gay director) was after his little brother because the director seems overly friendly to him, which made Yorozu suspicious. (He thinks Togame is a gay pedophile just cause he's gay...) So when he saw that Togame was drunk, he took the opportunity to help him back to his room and slept beside him wearing only his underwear, letting the director think that they did it in the morning. And that was his ploy to keep Togame away from his brother; he hoped that Togame will go out with him (to take responsibility for his actions or something), and by doing so Yorozu requested Togame to stay away from his brother, reason being he doesn't like it or is jealous. This part was kinda confusing to me for a moment, especially when Togame woke up in the bed next to Yorozu. I was like, what the hell actually happened?

Yep and so this marks the start of their "relationship", and Yorozu was planning to dump Togame after awhile, perhaps when Togame has lost interest... And it was kind of obvious to Togame that Yorozu wasn't really interested in him, due to the lack of calls, texts and whatsoever. Nothing like what a real lover would do. So he finally decided to distance himself from Yorozu after seeing Yorozu at a festival with another girl and a couple, assuming that they were on a double date, cause he thinks that Yorozu would be better off falling for a girl instead of a guy (since he wasn't completely gay... Lol but I'm not even sure if Yorozu was gay to begin with in the first place).

After Yorozu found that Togame was deliberately avoiding him, he starts to realise his feelings for Togame. And so, the exciting parts all begin from here. *drumroll*

But damn, I could only find scanlated chapters up to chapter 9. It was like a friggin cliffhanger for me.

The rest of the chapters can be found in another site, translated in Chinese, which I'll talk about in another post.

 
 
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castleclouds
02 December 2012 @ 12:17 am


Synopsis:

Graduate student Souichi Tatsumi is demanding, violent, tyrannical... and a homophobe. So, it's unfortunate that his best assets are a beacon to the homosexual eye: his ass and crotch. Unfortunate, indeed--for both him and his underclassman -slash- lab assistant, Tetsuhiro Morinaga, who is hopelessly in love with those assets despite the threat to his own personal safety.

Morinaga longs to tell Tatsumi how he feels, not to mention other longings... but, given Tatsumi's personality, Morinaga has a better chance of winning the lottery.

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I found this one to be very funny, kinda lighthearted with a bit of drama here and there.

First impressions when I looked at the cover picture of the manga was uhhhh. His glasses look weird (LOL). The art style didn't impress me at first but I thought I should give it a try since the reviews for this were rather good. Most people said that it resembles the Junjou Egoist story from Junjou Romantica, though I didn't really read that part when reading Junjou Romantica as I was skipping to all the Usagi x Misaki parts.

But Koisuru Boukun didn't disappoint me, I found most of the scenes quite sweet, some in the funny kind of way, and some bittersweet. (The sempai's actions were particularly funny) The art gets better as I read on, ahhh and thinking of the glasses, the Souichi guy looks much better without them. And with his long hair he looks kinda attractive, keke. I think he did like Morinaga starting somewhere in the middle of the series, but he just keeps vehemently denying it (and very fiercely too) until the end of the series. It just seems very embarrassing for him to admit it, given his uhh homophobic nature.

Contains some smut here and there, and overall a storyline better than most of the shounen-ai or yaoi series out there.

 
 
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castleclouds
01 December 2012 @ 11:52 pm


Synopsis:

With a group of friends, 16 year old Kizuna stalks the city at night, flirting with middle-aged men and coercing them out of their money. The thrill should be enough to satiate her, but Kizuna remains unsatisfied with her everyday life… until a beautiful woman named Inoue Yuki, a fellow resident of “Birdcage Manor” approaches her with a job proposition- to model in the nude for her cousin, a painter and fellow resident named Yuusei Asai!

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鳥籠荘の今日も眠たい住人たち... The English title for this is "The Sleepy Residents of Birdcage Manor". I guess that's because Yuusei paints in the Birdcage Manor and that's essentially where most of the story takes place.

I like the art style here, it's the same artist that drew "Seven Days". The story kind of gives me a similar feel to "Seven Days" too, slow but with lots of emotions involved. The pace is just alright, not too fast but not too slow either, and 3 volumes is just about the right length for me.

The story is beautiful and all, but I'm just a little bothered that at the end of it all Yuusei hasn't seem to have forgotten Minako yet. I know it isn't easy for him, since he loved her so much to begin with, but I would have liked to see him growing to love Kizuna more than he loved Minako. And yet at the end of the series he couldn't promise that for Kizuna. Actually, I would have liked Kizuna to choose Yuki instead, but well from the way the story is setup I knew she wouldn't.

Kizuna doesn't really give a very good impression at the start, but I've grown to love her character throughout the series. She's strong emotionally, and has this unwavering determination to make Yuusei see her for who she is, and not just as Minako's shadow. She tries her best, although sometimes jealousy did get the better of her and she does things that makes Yuusei angry. At least she does make Yuusei see as herself, a unique being, at the end, though I still get the feeling that he's still hung up on Minako.

 
 
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castleclouds
01 December 2012 @ 06:01 am


Synopsis:

Skip Beat! follows the story of Kyoko Mogami, a sixteen year-old girl who loves her childhood friend, Shotaro Fuwa, but is betrayed by him. Having spent a large part of her childhood at Shotaro's parents' inn, she learned a great deal about hostelry and other such jobs. Shotaro, not wishing to take over his parents' business, moves to Tokyo to pursue a career in music. Sho, as he is called by his fans, asks Kyoko to leave high school and her life in Kyoto Prefecture behind to help him. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Kyoko lives an unreasonably frugal life and works multiple jobs to support Sho, spending nothing on herself and doing whatever she can for Sho, who eventually becomes ranked seventh of the top twenty most popular male celebrities of Japan. One day, she overhears Shotaro complaining about her to his manager, saying that she is a boring and plain girl. He proceeds to sweet-talk and flirt with his manager, in stark contrast to the cold and demanding attitude he usually exhibits towards Kyoko. Kyoko doesn't shed many tears when she learns that Sho wanted her along only to handle housekeeping duties. Instead, her "Pandora's box" opens and she vows vengeance on Sho. As she is carried away by security, Sho mockingly tells her that if she wants revenge, she had better become a bigger star than he is. And so, Kyoko changes her appearance and enters the entertainment industry, facing many challenges along the way. Skip Beat! follows Kyoko's journey to climb the showbiz ladder as she meets interesting people, troublemakers and friends alike, with hopes of getting revenge on Shotaro, as well as regaining the sense of compassion that she had lost when her heart was broken by him. Along the way she meets Tsuruga Ren, who at first hates Kyoko but later comes to love her. As Kyoko cultivates her acting and friendships, she soon discovers a sense of self separate from her initial plans for revenge.

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Ahh one of my favourites, Skip Beat! I actually started with the anime quite a few years ago, before I continued on with the manga. The plot and setting of the story is interesting, and furthermore Kyoko isn't the usual weak-willed shoujo heroine we often see in shoujo mangas. That's what I like about her! Well I admit when I first started on this manga I was looking for a good romance story, but this one has very slow paced romance with little romantic scenes. (Whereas in other shoujo manga we see the main characters kissing every chapter or so... Skip Beat doesn't even have a proper kiss! The only one was when Sho forcibly kissed Kyoko, and that isn't even the "main" couple. >_>) But putting aside the romance (or lack thereof), the acting scenes are refreshing, and I always looked forward to how Kyoko will react in each acting situation. (like when she auditioned for a commercial with Kanae) Kyoko is always so unpredictable, haha.

Although the story started off in quite an outstanding manner, it feels kinda draggy to me in the recent few chapters. I'll wait for an update after soooooooooooo long and all I get is what? More incomplete explanations of Ren's gloomy past and pretty much nothing happens. -___- That's kinda lame if you ask me. Ah well I hope for all this waiting and draggyness and Ren's cool and dark past that is getting a bit on my nerves something big will happen later and the story will actually progress (which will make me very happy).

Speaking of the two main male leads of this manga - Sho and Ren. I realised that there's much Sho hate going around in the English forums. It's all about him being such a bastard, hurting Kyoko, blah blah blah. Putting those comments aside, I did dislike Sho in the beginning (because he was indeed an asshole), but this dislike kind of cooled down for me now. So I'm kind of neutral towards him. Hell, I wouldn't even mind if Kyoko ended up with Sho (even though the possibility is like 0.00001%), because I'm increasingly getting bored of Tsuruga Ren. For Sho, I enjoy reading Kyoko's interactions with him as opposed to with Ren. They always seem to know each other so well, and hilarious situations always result when she bumps into Sho. One funny scene I remembered was this scene in chapter 142 during the Valentine's Day arc, and also their conversation in his car in chapter 189 starting from here. Oh and in chapter 190, the scene where Sho was eating this rice ball thingy was hilarious as well. Well... I don't know whether I've become biased towards Sho... But I really feel that the Sho scenes were genuinely more enjoyable. And as for Sho's awful personality that got on people's nerves early on - Sho wouldn't be Sho anymore if he wasn't like that, right? Though it doesn't change the fact that his personality sucks and he doesn't really deserve Kyoko... And then again I'm reminded of the countless shoujo mangas/anime or even romance dramas I've watched whereby the girl ends up with the guy who treated her badly instead of the second male lead who treats her much better and loves her much more than the first lead and i'll feel so sorry for him T_T. Okay it's a bit different here since Sho isn't the main male lead in the first place, but you get the idea. :x

I'm guessing Ren is Kyoko's main love interest here. I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again anyway. I had enough of his dramatic dark past! (Okay I kinda went overboard with that statement) I liked him at the start, but it all changed when he started getting all gloomy and emo (due to him acting as Cain Heel maybe?), and now I'm getting kind of fed up with him. Perhaps it's due to my frustration at the slow progression of the story or the continuing dark aura and mystery surrounding him - whichever it is, panels containing Tsuruga Ren don't appeal to me anymore. (Though I know many people who read this manga loves him) Now I don't even care if he ends up with Kyoko at all... Unless I manage to like him again in the future. Hahaha.

I realise I'm sounding kind of harsh on this manga now... Nevertheless, it's a good read overall. Just that it gets a little draggy now. ^^

*Possible spoilers for Chapter 195*
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castleclouds
30 November 2012 @ 01:10 am


Synopsis:

Third year high school student, Shino Yuzuru, is a boy with a beautiful face and an undesirable personality; he is laid back, impolite, and blunt. Soon after he goes out with someone, they dump him once his true personality starts to surface.

His junior in the archery club, Seryou Touji, is a well-known ladies' man. A rumor about him circulates in school, stating that Seryou will agree to go out with the first person to ask him out on Monday, before promptly dumping that person on Sunday. Despite the school knowing this, Seryou remains popular with girls because, for the seven days he dates them, Seryou will make his partner feel absolutely special.

Hearing the rumor, Shino becomes curious about Seryou. One Monday morning, he greets Seryou outside of the school's entrance and jokingly asks him out. However, Seryou takes him seriously, and so begins Shino's seven days with him.

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Seven days is a pure shounen-ai manga that deals more with the raw emotion within. It gives us an insight of both Yuzuru and Seryou's feelings, and how they gradually fell in love over the span of seven days.

I feel that Yuzuru just desires someone who will love him for who he is, and not just how he looks. But he is increasingly getting less confident of himself after getting dumped so many times, the reason being his undesirable personality. He's also unsure of Seryou's feelings towards him, and keeps thinking that the "deadline" of their relationship is in seven days, as can be seen when he wanted to invite Seryou for a movie showing as he had a pair of free tickets, but was disappointed when he realised that the date of the movie showing is after the seven days limit. Despite being unsure of the other's feelings, he decided to pursue Seryou again at the end of the seventh day - something which I didn't really expect. I almost thought Yuzuru was gonna let Seryou go after he asked what time does the dating thing end.

Seryou wanted to fall in love with someone. The reason for the seven day limit is because he feels that seven days are enough to let him know whether he'll for for someone. And he did fall for Yuzuru some time within the seven days. Seryou's famous words "I couldn't fall in love with you. Let's break up." weren't said to Yuzuru, and that's a first. He looked so heartbroken when he thought everything was going to end then and there. Ah but well, I'm glad for the happy ending!

Reviews for this manga were all pretty good; it received many good praises. The art is excellent and it's quite a refreshing style for me. Although I feel that the story seems rather rushed in some parts, it's still a good manga to read on a free day. And well, it's short too, ideal for people who don't really have the time to sit down and read long winded mangas. (I was reading this when I was supposed to be studying... Oops xDD)

 
 
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castleclouds
29 November 2012 @ 04:00 am


Synopsis:

In high school, Ryouko introduces her boyfriend, Otoumi Kou, to her best male friend, Yajima Yukari. Upon their first meeting, neither of them think highly of the other. It isn't until they get to know one another do they realize that their first impressions were sorely off key.

Despite Ryouko and Otoumi's break up sometime later, five years have passed and Otoumi and Yajima remain good friends. Always going out of their way to see one another occasionally, even if it it's not always an appropriate time.

It isn't until Otoumi's graduation does he get a confession from a school mate, Ochiyama, leaving Otoumi heavily confused. When he starts hanging around Ochiyama and even kisses him, Yajima is left confused about his own feelings towards Otoumi.

With the two of them confused, their friendship takes a dangerous and unusual turn. Will they realize the others feelings? or will they be forced to part ways?

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This is one of the recent ones I've read, and I find the story kind of refreshing in a way. The characters don't fall in love too quickly and jump on each other right from the start as with most other shounen-ai or yaoi mangas. Instead, the love between both characters develops at a slow pace, spanning quite a few chapters before they actually took the first step to admitting to their feelings. And subsequently, the story deals more with daily issues of a relationship, such as juggling a relationship and their work lives, as well as insecurities within the relationship. It's kind of realistic in that sense.

This manga is generally quite a good read story-wise, although it got kinda slow towards the middle. But many of those who read yaoi are mostly looking for the... uhh... sex scenes. So... yeah, it probably wouldn't appeal that much if you view it in that way (though it does have a few of such scenes). The story isn't really that exciting, but it was enough to pull me through my boredom when I have nothing else to do.

 
 
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