Archive for the ‘Manga’ Category

Kurohime: love and redemption

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I visited OneManga on a whim, chanced upon Kurohime, and read it also on a whim. It’s been a month or so since I have been as engrossed as I have in any medium. The start of the manga wasn’t too impressive; in fact, both the art and the starting premise somewhat remind me of Claymore: a life of a child was rescued by a powerful and older lady, and this impresses upon him so much that he attempts to follow the path of justice’s warrior. Raki somewhat ended up like this.

Kurohime and her different forms

Kurohime and her different forms

In his quest (after ten years) he finally discovers the woman who he has pledged love, devotion, and his life to. She has, however, changed: as punishment for trying to battle the gods, she is cursed to live without the memory of what happened ten years ago, and without love as well. It is only when she will discover true love by herself that she will become the powerful magician of ten years ago. Without this love, however, she will forever remain an adult in a child’s body.

Her name is Kurohime, and there is much reason to dislike her. Her attitude is that of the basest form of utilitarianism: she tries to manipulate people until they serve their purpose, and then she throws them out. One would often wonder why Zero (the male protagonist) accompanies a bitch like her and still remains to serve her with compassion, love and sacrifice. But he does, and such was Kurohime’s impression upon him ten years ago that he decides to live in righteousness and justice.

Having said that, the manga is indeed shounen. Unlike shounen, however, quite a lot has already happened within just the 19 chapters available scanlated. I won’t spoil what happens, but the plot reminds me of Gurren Lagann, with the nobility of people, the transforming power of love, and the enemies becoming progressively harder and harder. It’s not Monster or written by Naoki Urasawa, but it has a surprising amount of depth for a shounen series. It’s also extremely entertaining, with a fair share of well-structured women. 🙂

P.S. I will be gone for a few days: I will participate being immersed among the marginalized of society. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it there. I’ll see you then. 😀

Major post: a brand new theme, senescence and death, my love for Nogizaka Haruka, and the life of an otaku!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

I have a new theme, if that isn’t obvious yet. This is primarily because of mellow_bunny‘s efforts: he designed my new theme from scratch based on what I wanted. Since I wanted a theme based on the color violet or permutations of it, he dutifully created my theme based on that sole desire, which is what I have currently. I love this theme a lot more than the vanilla Chocolate Candy theme I had for two years. It truly gives some sort of personality to this blog of mine, and I’m happy about that: thank you very much, Michael.

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Pylons of procrastination

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I have refrained from spending anything on books last week: it was because I just bought Skullcandy headphones as well as a bevy of novels the week before that. I was relatively successful in that period of fasting, despite my desire as a bibliophile, to purchase more novels: I had already spent a significant amount of money, so I had promised myself to regenerate my lost savings before I went on another binge. In fact, I firmly believed that I could have done so for about a month as I still had a backlog of novels to annihilate. (more…)

Hatsukoi Limited: thoughts on reading, first loves, and life in general

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Before I log on to my blog, I always try to put my thoughts in paper first. I’m sad to say that this week has been pretty hectic to the extent that I have only written some scribbles each day for four days. Since I vehemently refuse to do anything related to academic work today, I simply decided to integrate the scribbles. I’ll hopefully come up with a coherent post. (more…)

The entelechy of ‘reverse traps,’ and the 7th Philippine Toy Convention

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I went to the 7th Phil. Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention yesterday. The event was actually far from our place, and I had a sore throat. I decided to go there, however, because it is most probably my last year of stay here in Manila and conventions occur only once a year. I actually enjoyed the convention a lot because it was the first time I was able to meet with other members of our anime organization; I also had friends who accompanied me in my search for good but cheap merchandise. Finally, I was able to purchase two CDs of the brilliant green and some very cheap books (not comic books, but non-graphic ones), so I didn’t go home empty-handed. (more…)

Existentialism and its discontents: for those of us who do not believe in God

Monday, April 28th, 2008

To be entirely honest, I did not expect to want to write about something today. I wrote about the impossibility of deriving meaning from Code Geass just yesterday (under my pyrexia I also cursed), and I have also completed a blog post two days before that. Honestly, I haven’t been as productive as this since the latter half of last year!

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I searched Danbooru for god, and this is what came out
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I really need some pep talk right now …

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I don’t have work, and neither have classes formally started, but I can’t still get back to anime because the Internet connection that once worked without a hitch for about three months went back to its old ways once again. This really sucks for me, as I wanted to watch Reideen until its most recent sub as well as start on RahXephon. I really planned to watch it (even years ago) but I just didn’t find the perseverance to stick to more than the first episode of the series (just like Honey and Clover, but look at where I stand towards it right now). I have no other interests except reading manga (both erotic and non-erotic), but I even have a hard time doing that with the ugly weather (both geographic and internal in nature) I’m experiencing right now. In short … life really sucks right now.

I plan to get back to anime in a very short while but I don’t how I’m going to do that with all the misfortunes stacking against me. Some helpful words would be highly welcome … and just give me a little more time. I won’t stay like this forever, because even I’m finding myself abhorrent when I just play DotA the entire day. I simply play DotA now just to have something to do. Just some games ago I made The Butterfly on Pit Lord. I just wanted to try it. Just because I had nothing to do at home … and DotA is a great waste of time.

PS. If someone can donate an airconditioner to me I’d be highly thankful … and I really need jounetsu in life. :V

Some manga suggestions, please…

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

This is practically the first day of summer class where I totally got lazy. I cut class, almost got late for an exam I didn’t really study for, and almost wasn’t able to submit the requirements needed for the day just because I was so engrossed in some popular manga being serialized right now. I’m not proud, but I actually have no regrets (and I was able to guess my way into answering some questions correctly with the help of a kind classmate who didn’t cover up her answers ^_^!). I read Mx0 before the exam for three hours straight before stopping at the latest scanlated chapter, 32. After the exam I read Rosario+Vampire and loved the dynamic (seemingly cliched as it was) between Moka and Aono as well as the cute succubus who totally fell head over heels in love with him. Mx0 was great in that the love triangles are finally going to start blooming and it’s up to the girl the guy loves to finally decide if she loves him as well. I meant Kuzumi and Aika. I want to read more of this manga but unlike Ichigo 100% it isn’t completed as well, so I’d like for some suggestions as I am not really fond of anime anymore but am besotted with good manga. I’d read Claymore but it hasn’t ended its run yet, and I usually avoid reading manga currently being serialized because I’d be stuck in the predicament (as the one I am in right now) in which I wait impatiently for the next chapters to come out. I don’t want that stress, but Ai Kora, I forgot to mention, also is among the better manga I’ve read.

There’s so much manga and so little time to study … what to do, what to do …

Maison Ikkoku – again?

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Maison Ikkoku
Awesome. Just awesome.

I don’t often exhibit brevity in my posts, but the Maison Ikkoku manga was awesome, even more than its anime counterpart. The transition from friends to true lovers was more visible, and it helped that there was a confirmation of love for both parties. Of course, if you’ve read the manga, you’d know who I was talking about; if you hadn’t, however, you should read it right now. The scenes that were unsuitable for showing in television also helped in moving the plot forward as well as making it more smooth: this is, however, only a highly personal taste of mine. All in all, this work of Rumiko Takahashi was simply a masterpiece.

Something that should have had happened a long time ago …

Sunday, February 4th, 2007
Yakumo slapping Eri
Take THAT, bitch.