The End of Sylph…Kinda

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Translation from Natalie.mu:

The Final Issue of Otome Monthly Magazine Sylph Goes on Sale; 3 Titles Finish, Others Move to New Web Magazine

The September Issue of Monthly Sylph (KADOKAWA) went on sale July 22. This issue marks the magazine’s final release, with the cover donning the message “THANKS!”.

Korabo Mijikashi Tsudoeyo Otome (Written by Kagami Eri’s with collaboration from Animate Café), Fortissimo (Written by Harada Sayaka, Scripted by Kanse Atsuko, Illustrated by Udajo), and Home, Honey Home (Written by Ushio Ayane, Illustrated by Kumoya Yukio) concluded in the September Issue. All other continuing serializations will move to Sylph’s new online magazine: Pixiv Sylph. On the magazine’s final pages were messages from the staff commenting on the publication’s final release.

Sylph first started publication on December 2006. Originally on a quarterly release schedule, Sylph was later released bimonthly until 2010 when the magazine went to a monthly publication. With its slogan “Heart Racing Otome Comics”, the magazine focused on the manga adaptations of Otome games and original stories aimed at female readers. While the print version of the magazine has ended, the magazine will live on in digital format.

Pixiv Sylph Lineup:

Choujin – Futsutsuka na Oyako de wa Arimasu ga
Namako – Dramatic Irony
Enoki Rika – Tsuki wa Sasete ne
Izawa Meguru, Tagura Tohru – Koji Koi
Morihashi Bingo, Koko Suwaru – Kono Koi ni Mirai wa Nai
Tsubaki Kaori – Shinigami ni Totsugu Hi
KUJIRA – Saku-chan to Nozomi-kun
Omiomi – Kimi ga Shinanai Hi no Gohan
Ayumura Yuki – Katakoi Miboujin
Maeda Tomo – Kamitsuki
Hanata Rin, Hidou Ren – Starmyu (Revival Serialization)
Pepu – Shiro Ari (Revival Serialization)
Shimada Chie – Jigoku no Enra (Revival Serialization)
Kagami Eri, collaboration from Animate Café – Korabo Mijikashi Tsudoeyo Otome (Revival Serialization)

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Weekly Reads for 6/25/17

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English reads:

St. Dragon Girl

Momoko is a girl who specializes in martial arts. Her childhood friend Ryuga specializes in sorcery. Together they protect Ryuga’s cousin from spirits.
(you don’t know how many times this bit was repeated in almost every chapter of this 8 volume series -__-)

From reading the side bars, St. Dragon Girl originally appeared episodically in various magazine issues before it became regularly serialized – thus why the continuous reminder of who Momoko and Ryuga were.

Nothing much to say. It was an ok read. Sometimes Momoko or Ryuga would get hellah annoying (Momoko with her insecurity, Ryuga with his blunt/playboy attitude) but it was never enough I had to put the manga down and burn it haha

I liked that other characters got some screen time instead of focusing solo on the leads. Was a nice change of pace :J

Overall, wasn’t a bad read. Something to read if you’re bored. Momoka kicking butt was pretty cool (you don’t see too many female leads training in martial arts too much) but she did at times fall pray to the “oh no I suddenly find myself unable to fight back oh what ever shall I do?” cliche where Ryuga would fly in, throw a talisman, and look cool doing it.

Sucks we’ll never get the sequel that follows Momoko’s child.

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Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Tank 1 Bonus

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Bonus novella: A Heart in Love

Whoops! Almost forgot to post this baby too. Included in the first tank of “There is No Future for This Love” is a novella concerning how two characters as different as Masaki and Yuuji ever crossed paths into the broship/unrequited love that exists in the current manga.

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Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Chapter 5

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Chapter 5: Equivalent Exchange

Last full chapter in tank 1, folks!

The chapter continues where chapter 4 left off: Yuuji pinned against the door, Tora asking him if he likes dicks. When Yuuji doesn’t respond, Tora provokes him by inching closer and flicking Yuuji’s lips with his fingers. Yuuji eventually wakes up and pushes the other guy off him: THE ONLY THING THAT CAN TOUCH THESE LIPS ARE MY LIPSTICK, GOOD FOOD, AND MASAKI’S BODY PARTS!

Either Yuuji is strong or Tora is a little bitch, because Tora goes flying. He looks up at a trembling Yuuji and decides they’ve gone far enough – he’s seen Yuuji’s reaction and the truth is now out. So how about some coffee?

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Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Chapter 4

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Chapter 4: The Butterfly and the Tiger

Remember when Yuuji said he wanted some makeup in chapter 3? Welp, Boy is a man who follows through on his plans. We start the chapter at a department store where Yuuji is looking around the cosmetics section, overwhelmed by all the colors and items for purchase. Before he can grab the nearest lip gloss and run for it, one of the sales ladies comes up and asks if he needs him. With three chapters worth of continuous lying under his belt, Yuuji shoves his fear into his gull bladder and smoothly says he’s here to buy a present for his little sister but has no idea what he’s looking at because he’s a man and men don’t know these things and nothing suspicious here. He throws in a smile and some shojo sparkles to dazzle the sales lady into thinking this is not suspect and not to question when asked about his sister’s description, she’s told the sister looks exactly like Yuuji, complexion, facial structure, and all.

Lady: the sparkles have blinded me to your lies. This way sir. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

(I’m greatly amused how Yuuji thinks: pssft, please. Sister? Bitch I’m totally lying. I just need some help telling the difference between blush and eye shadow ( ‾ʖ̫‾). Like Yuuji, it’s ok. We get it.)

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Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Chapter 3

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Chapter 3: The Blazing Forest

Chapter 3 starts with the club members reading Yuuji’s novella: The Liar Butterfly. As he waits for them to finish and give feedback, he’s nervously squeezing his hands to the point where his fingers are almost about to go clear through his palms.

Yuuji: maybe I shouldn’t have based my story on a boy butterfly wanting to be a girl…or named the butterfly Yuuji…or his love interested Masaki…shit

Upon getting to the last page, club member “girl I still don’t know what her name is” smiles and tells Yuuji this is his best piece yet.

Yuuji: FUCK YOU THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION I HAVE A DISCLAIMER ANY FACTS MATCHING UP WITH REAL LIFE ARE PURELY COINCIDENTAL IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH oh I mean thank you.

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Backlog Attack Part III Remix: Day 2

今日からオマエは俺の嫁
Kyou kara Omae was Ore no Yome by Kawahara Ren

Main girl Kohaku goes to a school where the classes are divided into two groups: Kings and Princesses. Basically it’s pretty much separated based on gender expectations. If you’re a King, you’re learning how to be man: how to handle finances, manage businesses, provide for your family, and be successful. If you’re a Princess, that means you’re a girl who is learning how to be supportive to your future man: learning how to sew, dress pretty, and make a sandwich. No hard thinking for you, little lady!
If that sexists shit wasn’t enough, this school also has a course where Kings and Princesses are paired to learn how to be couples. Like, we’re talking everything from learning how to make a baby (they have movies and powerpoint presentations…yah), to support a family, how to keep the magic popping, and aftermath of pregnancy on the body.

Kohaku was trying to break stereotypes by being a King. However, when her father loses his job and all their money, she ends up given the following condition: become a Princess and be her rival’s wife for that couples class, and she’ll have a place to stay (not sure where dad is staying but fuck his unemployed ass I guess). With no choice, she accepts the conditions.

Honestly yo I was not expecting any of this at all. Like damn, in this day and age, this was blatant. If the manga were a comedy and were making fun of the gender stereotypes, that’s fine. But no…this shojo was serious.
No math or science for the ladies because their place is pretty much in the kitchen.
(seriously, aside from how the pair looked like as a couple, there were no tests that I noticed for the Princesses. The Kings had tests and were ranked but nothing for the Princesses).
The hell kind of message are you endorsing Mag Garden Avarus?? Isn’t your demography majority women?? D:

That aside, the read was ok. There were a few moments that got you chuckling (Shigure reacting to Kohaku thinking babies were delivered by the stork, the reversal 50 Shades of Grey) but story-wise I don’t feel like anything was accomplished. Mostly it was Kohaku being angry (understandable) and tsundere (not understanding Shigure is in love with her) with the rival Shigure being apathetically clingy/jealous (yeah weird combo). Random plot twist happened in the last chapter that threatened to shake them up but come on this is a shojo (I think?). They resolved the issue and are now together ~

One thing I liked was that Kohaku did go back to joining the King course. She’s also taking Princess classes just because why not.
So that’s something haha.

Oh forgot to add but the ecchi stuff was a little weird. Like, wtf Shigure. Did you just ask Kohaku if she’s every masturbated why?? /:u

  1. Overall, the manga was ok. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. The art was nice.?

 

Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Chapter 2

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Chapter 2: The Liar Butterfly

Chapter 2 starts with Yuuji in his room, staring at a piece of paper. He pauses, lets out a sigh, then chucks the paper in the garbage. Or at least he tries. The crumpled paper bounces off the trashcan and rolls on the floor, like fuck you buddy, you get your sweet cheeks over here and send me off gently. Yuuji must be a man that can’t stand a mess because he actually does get up and put the offending paper in the trash receptacle as intended. Returning to his desk, the jar holding Masaki’s cigarette catches his eye.

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Tid-Bits: There is No Future for This Love Chapter 1

Been awhile since my last attempt at writing summaries. Not sure how this will go but hey, we’re already buckled in and the car is about to enter the highway so too late to turn back now! 8D

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Kono Koi ni Mirai wa Nai or There is No Future for This Love is a bit different than the usual Sylph title. Well, actually…shit, now that I think about it, lots of the new stuff in Sylph has been different – 15 year old widows, pseudo-daddy lovers, institutionalized bishies, people in their 20’s going back to high school…

Yeah, things have definitely changed lol, but I’m not complaining ~ Makes this interesting :p

My first thought of There is No Future for This Love was this must be gender bender. Why else is there someone who dressed like a dude now wearing a dress. But then I was like, wait, is the main character a woman dressing as a guy or a guy dressing as a girl? Then I actually sat down and read each issue of Sylph to get a better understanding of what the plot was. My question was answered reading chapter 1 lol – but now another question arose: why did everyone want this one guy’s D. Even Sylph advertises the manga as one with supreme drama, all surrounded around one man’s penis:

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Me: welp, now I gotta read this.

Join me as I try to figure out what magical properties this man’s sperm shooter carries.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers ~

kingdomheartsiconGah, I didn’t realize posts I had left in draft had been scheduled and posted! Ah well, too late to go back and fix that error :p

Hello everyone! How have you all been? Life has been putt-putting for me. The usual dance of work, social stuff, and being a lazy potato sprout. The weather is changing and sadly it is almost time for summer. I can already smell the painful scents of human bodily fluids baking in the oven known as the subway platform…

But with summer means it’s time for me to ghetto urban garden again! I tried a go at it last year and it was surprisingly successful. Winter took out almost everyone though (since light does not touch my apartment, putting the plants in my apartment would have been akin to a slow torturous death) so I get to start anew ~ Surprisingly, my chamomile made it through winter! One little bright green stalk, with little blurbs of white flowers greeted me when I looked the other day. I liked how the plant looked like a middle finger – screw you I ain’t dying!
My lavender too held on which was really weird. I assumed that one would have been the first to roll over and succumb to winter’s cold embrace. And then there’s the mint, but mint is my spirit plant – they don’t know when to give up. Plant them in water or hack them down, they’ll just shoot right back up and grin at you.

This year I learned to buy my pots and soil from the 99 cent store down the street. Home Depot’s pots were hellah expensive. Plus it’s a long walk for me to carry them all home (how I do miss having a car ;___; darn city life). The 99 cent store pots were dirt cheap (probably all the BPA), the size I needed, and the easy to transport back to my apartment. The dirt too was a good size that I can drag behind me on my little cart.

I’ll take pictures later but right now I have chives and lemon balm growing in one long pot thing, and cilantro growing in another long pot thing. Another pot has chamomile seeds I dumped for lols. A final pot has apple seeds that were growing from an apple I had been eating for lunch. I almost had a little apple tree growing at work but someone smashed it (hopefully on accident!) so it died horribly ;___;

I just bought some oregano and thyme the other day that I’ll shove in another long pot, and two things of parsley for the other pot. I’m debating if I’ll get basil again because basil is such a weak bitch :/ One thing changes and it’s on the floor, crying for mommy. My coworker who suddenly started to grow things too had some left-over basil seeds and gave me a few. I’ll probably grow them at work since they’re there and I have some empty pots there I can use but we’ll see if I get some for my garden. I love basil but it gets old patting it on the back and telling it things will get better just because a cloud came and blocked the sun for 3 minutes…

I want to get rosemary too because I love the smell but rosemary can also be a little turd…plus I’m still mourning my poor rosemary that died at work. It had almost died once but came back fighting. Then work turned the heaters on one day without telling us and I came back to find his dried up corpse, face affixed in disbelief and horror.
(the ledge my little rosemary was on was right next to the heater)

Me: D: ahhh! SECTION THIS PLACE OFF. IT’S NOW A CRIME SCENE!

And I think that’s enough of me talking about plants :p I’ll leave off here with that and update later with something less dorky haha xD

 

I’m going to have two Tid-Bits posts following shortly after this one (I recently got a Sylph manga and I’m interested in finding out the mystery behind the allure of one’s character dick. Everyone wants it and I want to know why) and then it’s to comments before heading out and smelling that stank!

Take care :3