Winter is slowly creeping in

Hello everyone!

Hope the week has been treating everyone kindly ~
I saw my Backlog Attack posts I scheduled long ago started up. Totally forgot about them actually. Hur. Unfortunately, the last one will publish today. With me going back to care for my dad after his surgery, coming back home only to find strep and the common cold waiting for me with wide arms (a longgggggg painful recovery…that mindless video games helped me get through), and now studying the new technologies we’ll be using at work (my test is scheduled this week. It’s a verbal test where I’ll have to shit things out on the fly eep!), I unfortunately didn’t have time to really read as much as I had been hoping :(

Thus I’ll be rescheduling the rest of what I had for February so hopefully nothing crazy like November happens and I pass my test with minimal ulcer appearances…

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My binder with all my powerpoints and readings for my test on Friday. Lala DX is there to act as a comparison :o

The temperature has been falling fast here. Supposedly today we might get snow which is a surprise! But I’m thinking it’s going to be too “warm” for snow so it’ll probably just be sleet. I plan on staying inside for that. I’ve got beef stew (or something that was supposed to beef stew) brewing on the stove and a binder full of powerpoints and readings to study by Friday @___@

I’ll end with a picture of my amazon.jp order ~ Amazon.jp only shipped half of it. I guess it’s going to hold the other half hostage until Emerald is released? ^^;

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Backlog Attack Part III: Day 10

girlsstep

ガールズ・ステップ
Girls Step (Girls Step?) by Uyama Kesuke, Kawanishi Moe

I’ve been meaning to buy this tank for a while now ever since I saw it in Kino around the time I first moved here but for some reason I never got around to it. Even now, the circumstances behind buying the tank was random. For some reason I was at Kino. Think I prob used their bathroom. I’m the type to feel guilty about peeing for free so I think I went upstairs to see if there was anything that caught my eye to buy in exchange for using the facilities. I just happened to be pulling random tanks to see if anything clicked when I pulled Girls Step & remembered wanting to buy this but never getting to it. I guess I must have been feeling lazy that day because I grabbed the tank & said f it, good enough lol

Background story aside, on to the post! Girls Step is about a young girl who falls in love with dancing after watching a performance held by her school’s dance club during an assembly. She particularly looked up to a talented dancer, Ikebe-senpai, and inspired to be as great as a dancer as her. Though Azusa is a horrible dancer (of course lol), she still gives it her all. When Ikebe-senpai leaves to study abroad, the other dance club members say f this & quit. The only reason they were good was because of Ikebe. No point in staying in the club if they don’t have a star (<- ???). Naturally, Azusa is devistated. She loves dancing & wants the club to flourish.
Now it’s up to one dance klutz to save her beloved club from abolishment.

The main premise behind Girls Step is about doing what you love with people who also share the same passion. Azusa works hard to keep the members still in the club motivated while finding new club members to keep the club afloat. Her  determination inspires others to work hard and the girls bond over sweat and laughter.

Since the story is completed in a single tank, the story felt very rushed. EVERYONE IS LEAVING??? 2 pages later: ok we’re good. OMG WE NEED A COACH. 2 pages later: got one. GAH WE’RE ALL ANGRY AT EACH OTHER. 4 pages later: ok we’re friends again. I think had Girls Step like 1-2 more tanks, things could have been fleshed out more and had a better impact on the reader emotionally. But hey, the manga-ka did pretty good w the amount of space she had to work with.

The art was my favorite thing about this tank. I really liked the style used: super cute w little chibis running around. What’s inside is just like what you see on the cover (it sucks when you buy something and the inside art doesn’t match what’s on the cover).
I would have liked to know the separate members in the club more past their unique quirks: gangster, nerd, just there (what was her quirk?), girly girl. We only really get personal w Azusa and Kenny the dance coach who helps the girl get their shit together.

Overall, I’m glad I finally got to read Girls Step. I would have liked the story to have had more time to be fleshed out but it is what it is. Reading wise, it was very easy. If you’re new to reading in Japanese, Girls Step is an good practice read since the sentence structures and conversations are very simple :J

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 9

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初恋キャンバス
Hatsukoi Canvas (First Love Canvas) by Samamiya Akaza

Thoughts:

I remember reading this oneshot in a volume of Asuka a LONG time ago. I didn’t realize it had been given an extension! So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Hatsukoi Canvas while browsing on amazon.jp!

Just like with Sun-kissed, Sakurako is a cinnamon roll, too pure for this world. Literally, you want to hold her to your chest and protect her from the evils around her ^^

The first chapter is as I remembered – Sakurako is self-conscious about her art because people think its cursed. She meets Akiharu who helps her realize that’s stupid. The second expounds a little bit on the relationship progress between Sakurako and Akiharu (don’t expect much ^^ They’re slow bloomers like the leads in Hibi Chouchou) and also shows us more of two side characters that had 3 pages in the original short before disappearing forever. Chapter 3 focuses on the female side character Hotaru and Akiharu’s uncle. The fourth chapter focuses on the youngest character of the group -Yukinojou. The last chapter pretty much cements Sakurako and Akiharu’s relationship x3 It ends enough that you know where they’re going but it’s open in that maybe another chapter could be slipped in if the manga were to get extended again.

Overall, I enjoyed Hatsukoi Canvas. Was fun re-reading it again. And it’s nothing like the weirdness of Torikago Syndrome, if you’re all hesitant to read Hatsukoi Canvas because of her other work. Hatsukoi is just pure shojo – put it this way, I wouldn’t have blinked twice if I saw this published in Margaret. That’s how shojo it is.

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 8

ohisamanikiss

おひさまにキス
Ohisama ni Kiss (Sun-kissed) by Akegami Takara

Thoughts

OMG, this main guy – he’s the definition of a cinnamon roll, too pure for this world. I have never seen a shojo boy blush as much as the main guy. I mean, he was competing with the main female lead to see who was blushing more haha xD

Interestingly enough, in this tank, we have the original short that inspired the extension of Sun-Kissed. However, the female lead takes the stage. This was nice because we see she had a personality aside from blushing. Instead, it’s the main guy that does all the blushing for the both of them haha!

Also included is a short about a chubby girl who tries to work on getting back into shape while studying. I’m similar in that I walk on the treadmill and study too :D

Overall, Sun-kissed was like eating sugar straight from the bag. Super sugary sweet to the point of diabetes xD
I think the only reason it was released under the Cheese label is cuz all the girls told the main guy they’d love to be his fuck buddy.

Guy: ????

Me: ????

Random but o…k?

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 7

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へんてこお嬢様の先生日誌
Henteko Ojou-sama no Sensei Nisshi (The Journal of a Peculiar Noble Teacher) by Funatsu Wase

Thoughts:

I had bought this tank at the same time I got Double Happiness. After the disappointment of Double Happiness, I pushed Nisshi a bit deeper into the backlog pile and read other things. However, we encountered one another again and thus this post :p

I’m happy to report Nisshi is MUCH better than Double Happiness. I failed to mention in my post for Double Happiness, but I felt the manga-ka was better at short stories than long ones. Had Double Happiness ended with the main girl going home to reevaluate her life and maybe time jump to meeting the emperor again, then it would have been good. But the stuff added on – the emperor turning into a little shit, the main girl being dumb, knife wielding mom – just ruined the story (and whatever moral it was supposed to convey to us readers).
Nisshi is filled with shorts. And they all ended just right – no added stupidity to make you want to slap yourself ^^ Instead you’ll probably giggle like an idiot – it’s recommended to read this in the security of your room, else you’ll make people stare at you on the train cuz  you’re grinning like an idiot :p

I’m torn between the pseudo Alice in Wonderland short or the Singer short being my favorite ^^ Both were extremely cute!

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 6

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美女と野獣な聖王様
Beauty and the Beast King

Thoughts:

ಠ_ಠ

W

T

F

DID

I

JUST

READ???

If you ever wanted to see Beauty fuck Beast in his beast form while the evil witch watches and some slimy moist oddly phalic shaped vines join in…then this manga is for you.

One of the worst smut I’ve read in a long time. Everything was just…wrong.

…I’m going to go bleach my soul in hopes of cleansing me of this sin…

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 5

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Torikago Syndrome #2 by Samamiya Akaza

Thoughts:

o___o whoa wtf happened in this volume?? Literally we just hit the floor and the pedal was put to the ground as we just floored our asses through the plot and off a cliff. I’ll tell you what, you want messed up pretty people, I’d say give Torikago Syndrome a shot – but only if you don’t mind the ending was literally us smashing into a wall to stop the high speed pace. You have molesting moms, unexpected siblings and relations, and someone dying, but by their own hand – I was honestly expecting more people to die. Just from how messed up things were.

There are a lot of plot holes aplenty – “wait why was he…?” “that doesn’t explain shit” “where did he just come from??” and “the fuck?”
The afterward from the manga-ka tries to explain some of her thinking but really, this needed a couple more chapters to properly tie things up (sounded like that was the manga-ka’s plan but I guess she didn’t factor that the manga was only going to be 9 chapters?). I mean, we get an ending, but I was so whiplashed at the end, I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy it.

The art was pretty at least!?

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 4

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Torikago Syndrome #1 by Samamiya Akaza

Summary:

When Tsugumi enrolled into his new catholic school, what he was expecting was space to stretch his wings. He was not expecting to be dragged into a sport played behind teachers’ backs – the King Game. It’s an absurd game that pits boys against one another in hopes of gaining special privileges. Even friendship is no match for this game.
No matter how hard he tries, someone gets pulling him back into the game. What is their reason and why Tsugumi?

Thoughts:

Yo what am I reading? Is this a shounen-ai??? Or is holding hands, and rubbing faces in a church sensually a thing in All-Boys Schools? o__O;

My fault again – I knew nothing about this title when I bought it, other than it’s by the same manga-ka of Hatsukoi Canvas (to pop up here soon as part of the backlog attack :J). The cover is what drew me in – love the use of blue.  But I should have known when there were no females anywhere on the front and back cover that this was going to be one of those “pseudo” shounen ais – not real, but there.

(didn’t stop me from buying the tank tho :p)

The plot is weird but interesting. This “King” game is messed up but things are so dramatic, you find yourself burning the pages from the speed you’re reading at just to find out what’s going to happen haha.

There are a lot of questions that I’m hoping will be answered in the next tank since it’s the last one! If anything, the art is really pretty (though when close ups happen, I have trouble telling who is who ^^;)

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 3

new-canvasGensui Koutei ni Sasagerareta Hanayome (The Military Emperor’s Sacrificial Bride) by Adumi Yuu, Serina Rise

Summary:

Keeping the truth of her past unseen, Aleysha will play the part of a princess and be offered in sacrifice to the frigid Emperor Valluram…

“Don’t conceal yourself. Remove your hand, Princess Aleysha.” Naked and exposed, Aleysha stands before the emperor and his icy stare…

Aleysha has lived in the countryside with her late mother all her life. One day, she is captured by the royal guards and learns her mother had stolen a jewel from the queen many years ago. To pay for her mother’s crime, Aleysha is forced to wed Lynizen’s Emperor Valluram – in hopes of gaining peace with the neighboring country. For the sake of unification, Aleysha will have to convince the emperor she’s really a princess. However, she’s at a loss when upon meeting Emperor Valluram, he rejects their arranged marriage – “I don’t need a sacrificial bride.”

Cold and distant, Aleysha is wary of the emperor at first, but as she spends time with him, Aleysha sees he’s more than he appears…and she finds herself drawn to his hidden gentle side…

Thoughts:

Another smutty title. I got it because the guy on the cover had long hair – can’t help that my first anime crush had long hair like that too :p Honestly….not the best title I’ve read. Starts off with the usual, I’m going to shove my fingers up your cooch because I think you have weapons up there…

Her: ah no <3

Him: WAS THAT A GUN I JUST TOUCHED!? IS THAT WHY YOU’RE MAKING ME STOP???

Her: what no you’re shoving your digits into my lady parts. This is literally page 4. I only know your name. Could you at least buy me dinner first?

Him: OHHHHHH NO, I THINK I FELT A KNIFE POINT IN THERE. GOTTA KEEP DIGGING TO MAKE SURE!

And then after that settles down, he’s like, HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT ME TO SIGN THIS TREATY???

Her: *throws the welcome mat in front of her spread legs*

Him: HMMM, I ADMIRE THAT. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I WON’T SKIP THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JIGGLE YOUR BREASTS AND SHOVE MY LONG SLONG INTO YOU AND MAKE YOU SCREAM LIKE A WEEDWACKER

Her: *thumbs up

After the hip jumps…

Him: NOT SURE HOW I MANAGED THAT, WHAT WITH MY CLOTHES AND SHOES STILL ON – LITERALLY GLUED TO MY ASS THESE SKINNY JEANS – BUT HELL YEAH. ALSO I WILL NOT SIGN THE TREATY BECAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO READ IT BEFORE SECRETING ALL OVER THE PLACE, YOU’LL SEE THE CONTRACT HAS 2 SENTENCES: “I promise not to take the rich ppl’s money. Fuck teh poor ppl.”

Her: damn! Wish I had checked this out before I let you finger me! Well, nothing left to do but clean the mansion, because you’re too mean looking to have anyone do that for you.

Him: YESH DO THAT OMG YOU’RE NOT A REAL PRINCESS! NO PRINCESS KNOWS HOW TO CLEAN THE TOILET WHO ARE YOU?

Her: shit…uh, a princess that does chores?

Him: MY PENIS WILL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT

Her: ok ok! I’m not a real princess

Him: KNEW IT *inserts penis

Her: WTF!? I just told you I’m not the real princess!

Him: I KNOW, BUT THE BEAST MUST BE COMPENSATED FOR GETTING YOU TO TELL THE TRUTH

Her: wut?

Him: ALSO I LOVE YOU

Her: aww :)

And yeah, all of a sudden, they love each other. Then you have this stuff where she’s like, the king’s other daughter…and the robbery was a lie…and the real queen is a ho…and yeah. I’m not sure what happened. I feel like a lot of transitional details were missing because we were literally jumping all over the place o__O; It ends happy so…?

At least the art is pretty?

Backlog Attack Part III: Day 2

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Bara Kangoku (Abigaile) no Kemono-tachi (The Beasts of Abigaile) by Naki Ringo

Summary:

Due to past circumstances, Nina Tsukishiro moves to Ruberia, a small island off the coast of Europe, to live with her uncle and aunt. Legend has it that long ago, beasts roamed the island, terrorizing the inhabitants. To protect themselves, the people planted special roses that were said to smell like human blood but were poisonous when consumed. Thanks to the roses, the beasts were driven away and the people were able to live in peace. The name of that rose became the name of their little island – Ruberia.

No one has seen these beasts spoken of in the legends, so they’ve been cast off as nothing more than a fairy tale. However, Nina ends up meeting one…and gets bitten by him!! His bite transforms Nina into a beast as well. Now a Ruuger, Nina has been taken to the inescapable island facility, Abigaile. Trapped, what awaits Nina on Abigaile and what does the future have in store for her?

Thoughts:

Wow, this felt like a throwback to when I’d wake up in the mornings to watch girl power shows like Sailor Moon, Escaflowne, or even Powerpuff Girls. You have your spunky heroine with a strong sense of justice, the prince-like guy who she likes but we all know she won’t get with him because he’s nice and also probably gonna end up being a little turd for a bit cuz drama, the grumpy main guy who is an ass to the main heroine so she’s like, go fuck yourself, and he’s like, don’t tell me what to do, the jealous love interest who may turn out to be the main girl’s bestie, an evil organization, and a lovable cast (of transvestites) mixed together to create The Beasts of Abigaile. Honestly, I was just hit with nostalgia the whole time I was reading the manga. Even the art reminds me of old school a bit ~

Right now with the first volume, we’re just getting introduced to everything. Probably the next volume will start giving us answers, like what a Marking is or what an Omega is (Poe!!). I’m really excited to continue my adventure with the Beasts of Abigaile ~ :)

Before I leave, here’s a cute short from the manga-ka’s tumblr (click here for her tumblr), just so you can see the adorable-ness of Poe!:

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1st panel:
Nina: “Let’s walk to class together”
Poe: “Poe”

2nd panel:
Nina: “Say ahhh!”
Poe: “Poeeeee!”

3rd panel:
*sound asleep*
Poe: “Po…Poe…”

4th panel:
*kick*
*smack*
Renji: “WHAT’D I DO???”