Secret Santa Project 2014: Infinite Ryvius

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This is my first year participating in this tradition and it didn’t start that well. First of all, I had to give recommendations to someone that had watched almost everything I have and deemed worthy of recommendation. I somehow managed some options and the people of Reverse Thieves lent a helping hand, too. Secondly, when I received my list I felt like a fish out of water, since I got Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days, Infinite Ryvius, Macross: Do You Remember Love? All of them was in various degrees mecha. Mecha is one of my least preferred genres, though. I don’t find giant robots slick or appealing, battles are boring for me and the jargon of moves and who’s attacking who fly over my head.

Due to its famous status and short duration, I picked up Macross. Bad move. Probably because I had no idea of the franchise I was less forgiving to the macho non-sense 25 minutes in the film from that blonde guy. I couldn’t care about anyone. Plus the silly talk about “yuck deculture” had me rolling my eyes. Dropped.

Soooooo… Because I honestly didn’t want to stay with a bad taste, I tried once more. I’ve seen Infinite Ryvius described as Lord of Fireflies in space. I haven’t read this book but a friend liked the anime for its psychological drama and depiction of human nature. That’s how I ended up watching 26 episodes of this series and actually found it pretty good. Thankfully.  Continue reading

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Welcome to the world of webtoons!

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I don’t know about you, but I am really happy that we live right now, in this era, despite everthing going on on a political and financial level worldwide. This is one of the best era for fans of comics! Never before where so many comics available online for free or even for a small fee from every part of the world!

Webtoons are Korean webcomics in full color, an abbreviation of website cartoons. If you read scans and visit sites like mangafox you might have noticed how this year Noblesse was the most read and faved comic. Since this past July NAVER, the most popular web portal in South Korea, offers through LINE’s Webtoon a variety of titles translated in English for free. You can read them through your PC, but the webtoons’ format is honestly way more suited for smartphones and tablets. Continue reading

The story of 900 Lives- a review of The Cat Lady

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If there is a great thing about video games, that’s the diversity of themes and ideas one can use. Even though there are games that prefer to totally reject allegory, it’s interesting to see titles like Silent Hill 2, Dreaming Mary or The Crooked Man that mix real life themes and fiction in surreal, twisted and sick ways. The Cat Lady is another title, somewhere between the mystery and horror genre, that tries to speak on the rather harsh realities of our world. Is the result worthy of one’s time? You betcha. Continue reading

A paradise of aphrodisiacs -a Filthy Figment review

ff Filthy Figments is a project that Gina Biggs initiated and many female artists helped realize: a site dedicated to erotic content (comics and pinups) by ladies, primarily for ladies.

Peeking into its world one can feel comfortable and cozy to enjoy oneself naughtily and to explore erotic fantasies. There’s much passion and joy into this project that is evident in the art, in the neat way everything is organized, in the forums open to discussions and suggestions and in the pin-up section where you can see that, in certain occasions, the artists drew each other’s characters. I, at least, got the impression of talented women getting together and being friendly with each other and towards the reader.

It is an effort worth supporting, so please go and take a look at their web page. Unfortunately, due to wordpress restrictions, I can’t put a link in this article, but with a simple googling you’ll find it easily! Before that, though, I want to highlight some of its content, so you can have a “look from the inside.”

[possible NSFW images; proceed at your own risk]
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The Sky Is On The Banks Of The Red River – a Red River Review

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The cover is from the German edition; I was upset that the English edition didn’t feature this illustration, because it really gives off the series’ adventure spirit and displays the equal standing of the protagonists.

Once upon a time there was a young girl experiencing her first love in the 21st century in Japan. Back in the 14th BC century in the Hettite empire, a powerful queen schemes to place her son on the throne. In order to achieve this a sacrifice is required. The young girl is literally sucked back in time and swept away by the political conspiracies. She’s called to survive to an unknown to her era and lead her way through traps. The third prince will give her a helping hand and will come to depend on her.

This is a title that sold 16 million copies in Japan and was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000.

Red River, for everyone who knows me well, holds a special place in my heart as a shoujo manga. I am very proud of owning all the 28 volumes and when the collection was completed, I hurrayed. The first time I read it, I saw through it in 3 days, devouring almost 9 volumes each day -it was that thrilling to me. A few years later I finished reading it for the second time; although I might frown at certain parts of the story now that I’m a more experienced reader and more aware of feminist narratives, I still feel inspired, so writing about it was in due course for awhile now. Continue reading

Transgender Manga Masterpost

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This is an expanding list of manga with transgender protagonists. Here, the term transgender is defined narrowly as the individuals who were assigned male/female at birth but don’t identify as such. There are plenty of gender bender manga out there but very few that explore the issue at hand seriously, with respect towards gender identity. This list is ambitious of shedding more light to non-comedy, ‘slice-of-life’ trans titles that can be read in English and help trans folk find good representations in this medium. If you encounter a title fitting here, please leave a comment to let me know and I’ll add it.

Many thanks to Niki Smith who pointed out more titles! Also, to Ash from Experiments in Manga for the review of Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora!

I’ll procede with just the titles for those not liking spoilers and after the jump you can read comments for every title and some general remarks.

  • Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) by Takako Shimura (15 vols)
  • Bokura no Hentai by Fumi Fumiko (5 vol -ongoing)
  • Paros no Ken by Kaoru Kurimoto and Igarashi Yumiko (3 vols)
  • Double House by Nanae Haruno (1 vol)
  • Claudine  by Riyoko Ikeda (1 vol)
  • IS by Rokuhana Chiyo (17 vols)
  • Cotton Candy Love by Tendou Kirin (oneshot)
  • Ayumi and Aika from Mermaid Line by Kindaichi Renjuurou (2 chapters)
  • Love Horizon from Densen Complex by Kizuki Akira (oneshot)
  • So I Can Be Myself -A Long Dream– from Mascara Blue by Sakisaki Io (oneshot)
  • Flower from Boku wa, Onnanoko by Takako Shimura (oneshot)
  • Dreams Bloom At Night from Yes, It’s Me! by Yamashita Tomoko (oneshot)
  • Apron and Sunglasses from Please God by Minami Q-ta (oneshot)
  • Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora (oneshot)

Other dubious recommendations:

  • Udagawachou de Mattete yo. by Hideyoshico (1 vol)
  • J no Subete by Nakamura Asumiko (2 vols)
  • Half and Half by Nanami Mao (2 vols)
  • Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare) by Mizushiro Setona (10 vols)

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Devilman: The Demon Bird

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Introduction

Devilman: The Demon Bird (デビルマン 妖鳥シレーヌ編) is the sequel to The Birth (デビルマン 誕生編) and it is the second of the three Devilman OVAs I wish to review. [1] Bolder than its ancestor when it comes to violence, action oriented and with improved animation, it is a worthy telling of Fudo Akira’s adventures.

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