Category Archives: Series

Kimi ni Todoke – The Rebuilding Phase

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Aw, I missed these reaction faces.

I did something that I should not have done. A few days before this chapter came out, I found a link to one of the Japanese raws for the series. I ended up looking through that with no real idea what the characters were saying, and that got me a little worried. What was Sawako crying about? What did this mean for their relationship? When I finally read the translated version, I found out that things were nowhere near as bad as I’d thought. The thing that really got Sawako upset was how Yano and Kent have been acting, and while her relationship with Kazehaya was discussed, that part of the discussion wasn’t as sad. However, after everything that happened there’s still something bothering me. Do you know why I decided to check out that raw scan?

It’s because I was scared. Read the rest of this entry

Rosario + Vampire – Can We Panic Now?

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The top half of this page was done with silhouettes. It was still too disturbing to show.

WOW.

Five minutes after reading those last few pages, I realized I had completely forgotten everything else that happened in this chapter during that time. See, I always considered Rosario + Vampire a series that has steadily grown up over time. It started off silly and formulaic, and then became the mature, complex series it is now. However, at no point in that growth did it ever feel like a series that would bisect a main character. We’ve seen some freaky things in this manga, but nothing on this level. Not even the first time Akuha did this, since it was a flashback and the character was tough enough to survive. Read the rest of this entry

A Certain Scientific Railgun – Hitting Where It Hurts

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Kuroko can be very cruel when she wants to be.

“Not Recommended: Anyone who found Shirai Kuroko frustrating”

WHY? WHY DID I SAY THAT?

This is one of those moments you think might happen, but you doubt it actually will for whatever reason. Having Kuroko and the others lose their memories of Misaka is the sort of thing you would expect to have more buildup than this. They were just walking around and click, memories gone. I didn’t think it was possible, but the current Queen of Tokiwodai has become less likable than the former Queen of Karuta. Read the rest of this entry

The World God Only Knows – The Endgame Approaches! Can Keima Take Ayumi Home?

Hello,

Today we take a look at the manga series The World God Only Knows, in which the end of the last Goddess hunt has quickly been approaching.

This has been one of the more difficult captures of the series, since most of Keima’s rules seem to have rapidly broken down around him. Yet he still maintains that sticking to a plan is the best way to complete the capture, which I had a lot of trouble believing until now.

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Bleach – Nation Mourns Whats-His-Face

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Maybe if he had some practice with the damn thing...

How many times have I brought up how little I know about Bleach? I don’t know, but it’s definitely less than 486 times. Well now we have a chapter where almost everyone reading is having the same reaction I usually have to major events. Sasakibe’s recent death came right out of nowhere, and it strongly gave the impression that it was done to allow one or two plot developments later on, rather than for any emotional response. Sure, that happens all the time in stories, but the audience shouldn’t know you’re doing that. Death is supposed to be tragic, not something to move the story out of convenience, so no matter why someone dies, the default response should be one of tragedy. Read the rest of this entry