Wow, two posts within a week! Talk about activity! xD Lately, all I’ve been blogging about are summaries like Shounen Oujo or things about Comic Sylph. While nice, I wanted to mix things up a bit. Thus I’m posting about what I’ve been reading this past week. I’m always curious to see what others are reading too so I’m hoping you readers will also comment about what titles you have been following :3
Here is a preview of what I’m going to talk about :3
And as a special bonus, I have some WTF Search Term Hits near the end for those of you who come to my blog solely to see what kind of creeper hits I’ve been getting xD
Sora Kara! My Nanny! by Hidou Ryouji Volume 1 – 4
Meet the world’s worst baby sitter☆
This story takes place in a small port town called Adorpur, located in the kingdom of Saint Dean. One day, a lone figure comes FLYING (literally) into town! This youth has been dispatched to care for the three brothers of the Baggins Estate while their parents are away. The kind-hearted nanny is named Victor and he can take to the skies using his umbrella! Together with plenty of love, courage, and his freaky magical powers, this nanny is here to care for his charges!
Yes! I finally did it! I’m now current with the magazine releases!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m now up to date with 2 series in Sylph! I know, it’s amazing. I, I feel like crying because I’m so overcome by joy.
You all have no idea how much I love Sora Kara! My Nanny! It just…has that right…umph for me! The second I found out Sora Kara was a parody of Mary Poppins, I knew this was going to be good. I mean, how many manga have you read where they turned Mary into a dude? Yeah, exactly. I don’t even know if there are any where Mary be sporting a hotdog wiener between her legs besides Sora Kara. But if there is another male Mary Poppins running around, let me ask you this: does he summon demons to help him babysit? No, yeah, didn’t think so. That’s because he sucks. Only Victor summons demons from hell to watch his kids. Why? Because why not.
And it’s not just the humor that makes me love Sora Kara. The characters are adorable x3 Save Allen. It took awhile to warm up to this little 10 year old. I have a feeling had Victor and Leo not come into his life, Allen would have grown up to be a serial killer. There’s just something…off about him. Thankfully the power of love and shit has diverted him from his true calling…for now.
Er, sorry for the diversion. σ(^_^;) We were talking about the characters – yes, they are love. From Victor’s bungles to Leo’s I’M DAH MAN personality to even the caregivers who only appear in the background, Sora Kara’s characters are so entertaining. It’s fun to watch how the Baggins children change for the better (especially in Allen’s case) with the introduction of their new nannies. Not only do the children change, but so do Leo and Victor in the later volumes. Seeing Victor crying and saying IT’S CUZ I WANNA BE A NANNY was just so precious (and hilarious because he lost control of his powers and summoned a bunch of demons in front of everyone xD). Even Leo with his sad backstory found peace thanks to Victor and the children.
Gah so much love for Sora Kara people. SO MUCH LOVE!!!! It’s bursting out of my chest and oozing on my computer screen! That’s how much I enjoy Sora Kara! If you ever get the chance to read it, DO IT! DO IT FOR THE GENDER BENT MARY POPPINS! DO IT FOR THE SINGING AND DANCING! YES THERE IS SINGING AND DANCING!!! IT’S LIKE DISNEY…ONLY JAPANESE. DO IT…FOR YOUR SOULLLLLLL!
If you like Sora Kara! My Nanny, you might like:
- Gakuen Babysitters
- Love So Life
- Baby & Me
- Aishiteruze Baby
- (*note I haven’t read any of the above but I plan to)
- Bunny Drop (I’m only on the beginning volumes; I heard later volumes get weird when they paired certain characters together)
- Hiso Hiso Silent Voice (it’s not crazy like Sora Kara! but it does have comedy and indirect child rearing…if that makes sense xD)
Boyfriend by Yamada Daisy Volume 1 – 3
“Protagonist Hijiki is hoping to make a fresh start at her new school. On her first day, she meets a rude boy named Hourai. However, it turns out Hourai is actually putting on a front. Due to a turn of events, Hijiki starts to get close to Hourai. The more time Hijiki spends with Hourai, the more she gets to see the boy behind the mask.
Can the power to overcome challenges in life help her in love?”
Yeah, you’re reading this right. I read a manga meant for middle schoolers.
AND I LIKED IT!
I bought Boyfriend oh so many years ago but never got around to reading the last volume. I wouldn’t say it was due to disinterest. Rather, I blame my random habit of quitting something when I’m almost at the end. But like everything, after sometime has passed, I’ll feel the urge to complete what I started. Yeah, real wtf. You may notice my quirk popping up from time to time when I blog xD
(Basically what I’m trying to say is I got the lazy bug, stopped, and now years later I want to know what happens in the end!)
What I liked about Boyfriend – it’s cute, it’s simple, and I can read it w/o much difficulty anymore (as compared to my newbie self when I first tried to read the series). I like the main character, Hijiki, even though she has the habit of crying a lot. Tears aside, I admire her determination to try and make friends and also to win the heart of her love interest.
What I didn’t like – the pacing of the story. The best way I can describe the flow is this: imagine yourself getting randomly punched in the nuts. You’re just walking along when all of a sudden a hairy fist comes out and clocks your balls. You clutch your jewels and fall to the floor in pain. When the initial pain of having your manhood roughed up passes, the first thing you think of is, wtf just happened!? That’s how I felt with Boyfriend. You’ll be cruising along with the plot when all of a sudden shit hits the fan omfg problem resolved next chapter. You’ll blink and thing, wtf just happened!? Part of me thinks had the series been longer the pacing wouldn’t have been too bad. But I like that Boyfriend is a short series because it doesn’t overstay its welcome. It gets what it needs done (albeit in a crazed and rushed fashion) and leaves.
Oh, and another thing I didn’t like were the parents. Almost everyone sucked, save the pregnant stepmom with the mean right hook and the grandma. Who the f punches his own kid when having an argument with said child then throws his son’s friend into a bookcase, causing her to bash her head into a shelf??? Then two pages later goes welp my bad sorry about that! Also, who goes WHY DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFER SCHOOLS after your kid basically confesses all the problems she was having at said school, to the point where physical injury was inflicted on her by her classmates? (thank you mom for punching him in the face).
In the end, Boyfriend is a cute series to read if you have time on your hand, and you didn’t read Sora Kara! My Nanny first (yeah, I’m pushing that shit like a pro, dude!). Maybe cuz I’m secretly girly on the inside and I love cute girly manga because I had no problem stomaching the sugary sweetness that is Boyfriend xD
If you like Boyfriend, you might also like:
- Can’t think of anything at the moment xD Any suggestions?
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Gasp, something not manga related! Dah HELL? Yup, be shocked, my readers. I engage in activities other than reading large amounts of manga/Comic Sylph xD In reality, I used to be quite the reader back in high school but college and my time working at Waldenbooks sort of damaged my reading spirit. I’m thankful reading the Divergent series has gotten me back into the love of reading :3 (albeit I’m recovering at a slow rate but it’s progress nonetheless!). Recently I’ve been sniffing around the library and I’ve checked out two books: “The Gathering” and “The Calling” from Kelley Armstrong. Here are my thoughts (after the summary):
“ An ordinary town . . . full of deadly secrets
Strange things have been happening in sixteen-year-old Maya’s small Vancouver Island community—from the mountain lions that have been constantly approaching her to her best friend’s hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations. There’s also a sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.”
Wow, now that I’m reading the summary, I realize that the book was nothing like what you read in the above. Talk about embellishing details xD
I’m sad to say I’m not too impressed with “The Gathering.” For a series about supernatural shiz, there was like…no supernatural shiz save one scene. ONE SCENE. And that was it. The rest of the time, we’re just rolling along next side to Maya as she does stuff to make the situation more dramatic than it should be. Reading her story was quite painful. Had this book not been confined to a bathroom read, I don’t think I would have finished it xD
I think my main problem with the story was Maya. I didn’t understand her personality. She’d change to whatever was necessary to create turbulence for that particular moment, which didn’t work for me ^^; Maybe that’s why I liked the character Rafe. At first I was like, wtf dude, because he kept switching gears as well. But then when he told Maya off towards the end of the book and to pretty much get over herself, I took a shining to him. Even Maya was like, I’m not a douchebag, you douchebag. *reflects on her actions* Oh gawd, I am a douchebag. Damn.
The other characters…I don’t really have any opinions on them. I feel a lot of them are hiding secrets but I can’t say much since all the characters save Daniel and Rafe were pretty much kicked into the corner except when needed. Story wise…I can’t say much either because there really wasn’t much until the end. The beginning and middle consisted of Maya doing stuff…actually it pretty much consisted of Maya talking about Rafe. A lot. Sprinkled in between her talking were events that hinted at supernatural but never really went there. All in all, Book #1 felt like it was setting the stage for the drama that would unfold in Book #2. I’m halfway into “The Calling” and it’s FINALLY starting to get interesting (because we’re now learning about the supernatural shiz). I just find it a little disheartening that it took 1 and 1/2 books to finally get the plot rolling though .___.
If you like “The Gathering,” you might like:
- The Mortal Instruments series (because it has that chick x bff x random dude love triangle thing going on…as well as taking place in a supernatural setting)
- The Dark Guardian series (it’s got the “shifter” thing like what Maya has…although these books focus more on the girls salivating over their male love interests than doing shiz o___O;)
- …don’t know ^^; Twilight?
WTF SEARCH TERM HITS!?
in nise no chigiri is mana a girl or boy?
….you mean this person:
Are you serious…she wears a skirt…she’s the female lead in an otome game…SHE HAS BOOBS!!!!
anime sex change games
pandora hearts girls naked
…why are you doing this to my fandom, pervert? oTL
doogy plug / doggy plug
o_____o I, I have no idea what this even means…
hentai manga girl pee in a urinal
WHAT IS WITH THIS URINAL SHIZ!? DID I EVER SAY THE WORD URINAL IN MY POSTS YET?? (*makes a mental note to include the word “urinal” in my everyday vocabulary*)
vampire in my room манга
saitou gray man
lol I misread this and though it said, (Hakuouki’s) Saitou, gay man
Saitou: I don’t play games like that, bitch.
brothers conflict occupation
a romance manga where the boy is wearing bandana
and that’s it ;D
don’t cry, for i will return mangafox
Lol, wtf xD That’s probably the name of a manga but the hit makes it look like mangafox is seeing her lover off lol and he’s like, don’t cry baby. I’ll be back for ya.
I just like the fact the person put stupid xD
hentai momomo’s panties
funny bieber gifs sexual // bieber gifs fuck
OMFG WHY!?!?!?!?!? There are people who actually want to look at him like that!?
dirty mind xd
in the hakuouki game does everyone end up with chizuru
Yeah, even YOUR MOM!
And that’s it! Here is one of my next reads. My friend just got it and demanded I need to read the series as well xD It’s called Jiu Jiu:
So…what have you been reading? 8D