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Manga/manwha


Tezuka Osamu: Phoenix vol. 3: Yamato/Space, and Phoenix vol. 5: Resurrection
(the latter in particular is kind of sticking with me. The former was surprisingly creepy.

Tangent: one of the two and a half panels I attended at Anime Boston was The Absolute Worst of Osamu Tezuka, which featured some entertainingly bad stuff, and some stuff that was actually really good. The intro to Phoenix 27somethingsomething, for instance: the female robot who turns into all sorts of random mecha shit in a sexually charged sequence--it's certainly weird as hell and laden with all kinds of...of...things, but it's gorgeously choreographed and animated, and there's a real sense of intent there; I'd love to see it unpacked. Or the massive box-office flop that was Cleopatra--I'd love, love, love to see it with some decent subtitles, by the way--yes, the rotoscoping was hideous and ill-concieved, but the opening past sequence was one of the most lush, colorful, energized pieces of 70s animation I've seen in awhile. And, so, Caesar was blue and there were anachronistic bathroom jokes. This is Tezuka. You're surprised? That was how Tezuka rolled, bitch).


Tezuka Osamu: Black Jack vols. 2-3
(dingos did not eat his kidneys!).


Yamamoto Naoki: Dance Till Tomorrow vols. 3-5
(fuck, VIZ did great work way back in the day; this is such a cool title, the likes of which you don't see anymore--silly, sexy, adult characters with a peculiar blend of cleverness and manipulativeness and heart that always makes me think of the 80s, and that surprising undercurrent genuine emotion that makes it as affectingly romantic as the sweetest, sincerest shoujo. The translation in this thing thrills me--it's so very funny and clever and engrossing. It reminds me of the experience of reading Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku; witty language to match the witty art. I miss that. I wish it wasn't so unfashionable now to actually fucking adapt a translation so that it can convey the spirit of the material along with the literal meaning. Speaking of which,)


Otsuka Eiji, writer, Yamazaki Housui, artist: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service vol. 8
(I don't want to downplay the fundamental merits of this title, which are numerous, but it occurred to me during the con, as I pawed through the library's thousand+ books, more than half of which I'd probably hand-picked, that one of the great pleasures of Kurosagi is the quality of the translation: it's witty and lively and the English is the natural, conversational English of fluent native speakers. That's so uncommon as to really stand out, and I think that's a large part of its appeal. Dark Horse, Carl Gustav Horn, I love your work).


Yozaburo Kanari, story, Sato Fumiya, art: The Kindaichi Case Files: The Mummy's Curse
(OMG [livejournal.com profile] retsuko, you're right, this is the most absurd revenge plot imaginable. Just...just shoot them, Jesus Christ, stab them, poison them, garrote them. Hell, hack them up with an ax; it'd be more straightforward.

By the way, at the Edogawa Ranpo panel at Anime Boston, the panelist, who clearly knew his stuff otherwise, thought the Kindaichi Case Files were actually adaptations of Kosuke Kindaichi stories. Presumably, he hadn't read them, since I think they have even more tenuous a connection to the original Kindaichi than The Beekeeper's Apprentice has to Sherlock Holmes. Not that this matters in the slightest. It was a decent panel, although I knew the subject well enough that I didn't learn much that was new to me, and the audience--a particularly stereotypical crowd of male otaku, all six of them, one of whom repeatedly derailed the panel by sharing his obsession with Nazis--were a little creepy. And dammit, they stank. I felt genuinely uncomfortable in the room because of them).


Nakamura: Skip*Beat vols. 16-17
(I already gushed in [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore's journal about these. You know, the art in these things is nothing to write home about, and the pacing is too slow--less happens in a whole volume than in a single chapter of Nana--but by god, Kyoko is one of the best female characters I've ever run across in manga. The author permits her a really unique kind of inner strength, something I'm just not used to seeing in manga--a sharpness that, once exposed, isn't dulled for anything, not even for the object of admiration).


Yazawa Ai: Nana vol. 16
(but, thanks to an overly enthusiastic scanlations-reading fan, I am now spoiled for a certain major event beyond this volume. Dammit. Oh well, I can't claim I saw it coming, but I can't claim to be surprised, either.

Speculate in the comments on what that spoiler might be, and I will eat your kidneys like a ravenous dingo.

I'm also spoiled for every major character death in Naruto in the last twenty volumes, which also ticks me off, but I admit that being 20 volumes behind the English adaptation and all, I haven't got much grounds for complaint there).


Kye Young Chon: DVD vol. 1
(I hadn't realized this was only volume 1. I'd been meaning to get around to it ever since I bought it for the library last year...a year and a half of the build-up of anticipation did not serve it well. It's okay, I guess? Not my favorite manwha of the year).
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I'd probably update more often if I did these for manga, but my wrists are too crap for my to type that much.


Still watching:

Lucky Star:

Never underestimate the power of an easy joke. And I love Lucky Channel more than my hypothetical future offspring. They never write!


Dropped:

Terra E:

Alas, the art and the voice-acting were not awesome enough to overcome my inability to sit still longer than twenty minutes if I already know the plot. (I'm running into the same problem with Rurouni Kenshin; I've already read the first three volumes of manga, and the anime does take its time...I'm only willing to sit it out for the latter because I know there's another twenty-five volumes worth of story material after the stuff I've seen. Oro!)

Kami-chama Karin:

Okay, it takes more than a cute chibi voiced by Nakahara Mai shouting, "I AM GOD!" to make me sit still for longer than twenty minutes, even when I don't know the scanty plot.


Kinda on hiatus:

Naruto Shippuuden:

An ill-fated back up-hard drive reboot ate most of this. I'll probably download a few dozen episodes and watch them all over the course of a week between semesters of grad school, if they're crazy enough to let me in.


Picked up:

Hataraki Man:

This anime is my new boyfriend. Or something. It hits the same sweet spot as Tramps Like Us, only with less fist-shaking because I like the status quo boyfriend, dammit; the status quo boyfriend might actually remain the boyfriend. And it's shorter. Moyoco Anno has been vaulted into the lofty realm of josei manga-ka that I sort of worship and why aren't there more comics available in English about career-oriented women in their twenties? I don't want chick-lit prose novels, dammit, I want comics. And an acceptance letter from grad school.
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[8:42pm] ceru: you see, Naruto (the character) is basically the anime Jesus
[8:42pm] ceru: who heals with the power of beating people up until they stop acting like assholes
[8:42pm] mikke: sounds right
[8:42pm] ceru: he will redeem all mankind, one shounen tournament fight at a time
[8:42pm] Dommi: so he's goku
[8:42pm] ceru: but blond
[8:43pm] Dommi: (that's right, i went there)
[8:43pm] Dommi: goku's blond sometimes
[8:43pm] ceru: Naruto is blonder
[8:43pm] ceru: Naruto is a dumb blond
[8:43pm] Dommi: true
[8:43pm] ceru: and I adore him to bits
[8:43pm] ceru: plus, his supporting cast can have all my babies
[8:43pm] ceru: all of my babies except for the ones I'll be having with Naruto
[8:44pm] ceru: they can have all the ugly babies
[8:44pm] ceru: the pretty babies I'll save for naruto
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::insert squealing and flapping hands here::

Sakura being smart and skilled makes me so happy.

Cut for spoilers. )
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I was less bored by this episode. The overall arc is stupid, but there is some decent drama in the Iruka/Mizuki thing. And yay for the Ino/Chouji/Shikamaru scenes, too.

145 QES )
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The story for this arc makes no sense, but I've noticed these episodes looked pretty nice. Primo icon material all over the place. Lots of hilarious or dramatic, striking images. Someone is having fun.

Vaguely spoilery. )
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All caught up. And I want more. Now.

Everybody is so hot and so badass, now! Especially Naruto. And Neji. Neji is pretty. But especially Naruto.

Proof I'm a complete wuss: )
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132 )

133 )

134 )

Does anybody know where I'd need to start in the manga to pick up after 134?
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Y'know, I kind of hate Sasuke right now.

Angsty chibi flashbacks be damned. He SET FIRE to Naruto. If you took all the times Sasuke has been a prick in the preceding hundred and twenty-seven episodes and put them all together, you still wouldn't have as much assholery as Sasuke has displayed in these two.

The flashbacks are drama like whoa, and I'm totally caught up in it--Itachi's strange behavior and his ambition, his hatred of the clan, and Sasuke's frightened observations from the sideline are all pretty compelling, and I feel bad for chibi Sasuke and for Itachi, even knowing what he's going to do.

But it isn't selling me on Sasuke's abominable behavior right now. I don't care about Sasuke's revenge. I want Naruto to break enough of his bones that they have to carry him home in another bucket.

Naruto 124

May. 13th, 2005 12:31 am
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TOO FUCKING AWESOME.

I thought those shapes speeding through the forest were ANBU, come to save them. This is so, so much better. Go Sand!

The last two episodes were just stellar. I was beginning to feel like they were dragging out the Tayuya/Kimimaro/whatsishnamescaryhornhead fights out too long, but Lee and the Sand have put the kick back into it.

::goes back to watch more::
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Sasuke-in-a-bucket: sssssssssssssDING!
Kimimaro: Ah, my dim sum is ready.
Naruto: Hey, Sasuke, let's go home!
Sasuke: hahahahahahaha. No. ::runs away::
Naruto: Doh.
Kimimaro: Keel you, bitch.
Rock Lee: ::is totally awesome and saves Naruto::
Tsunade: Well, Lee's surgery was a success, and he can start rehab tomorrow.
Nurse: Uh...he ran away and took your booze.
Tsunade: Shit! My booze!
Kimimaro: Keel you, bitch.
Rock Lee: Wait, hold on, just a sec, 'scuse me, sorry, I have to take my meds. Doctor's orders.
Kimimaro: ......
Rock Lee: ::chugs sake, goes all Jackie Chan Legend of a Drunken Master::
Kimimaro: ...wtf.
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Oh my god, I love that dog. He's the cutest thing in Naruto, and that's saying something.

Plus, one of his attacks is peeing in people's eyes from the air. XD


~edit~

Whoa, mad props to Kiba's seiyuu for actually sounding like you'd expect someone to sound when they've just been stabbed in the gut. Japan has scary voice talent.

~edit edit~

I WANT A NINJA DOG.

Naruto 115

May. 9th, 2005 02:45 pm
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Neji: You guys go on ahead. I'll take care of this guy.
Naruto: But...
Neji: ::gives Naruto a long, meaningful look:: You have better eyes than I do.
Audience: Heh heh. Just kiss already.

My appreciation for Neji has gone up tenfold. Chouji, too. Sasuke is going to have a lot to answer for, when all this is over...
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OMG.

::is very teary::

Naruto is highly skilled in the art of flashback angst. Shikamaru and Chouji surely did make a good team.

And those chakra butterflies were really pretty...
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In which:

--Naruto is once against the sweetest guy in Konoha, except maybe for Lee,
--Tsunade brings dignity back to the office of Hokage,
--Shikamaru proves that wearing a uniform really does make you hotter,
--Puppy. Puppy puppy puppy puppy! Arf!
--Shizune demonstrates the efficacy of having a medical ninja on a mission, and
--it turns out that Sasuke was not paying attention in D.A.R.E. class.


Howzaboutit. Sasuke-in-a-Bucket. ::marvels::

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