Archive for December, 2013

The Breaker Review: A Martial Arts Disciple’s Growth

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About a month ago, I read through a manhwa called The Breaker.  Some of my AIM friends have a lot of love for this series and demanded I get to it as soon as possible.  It took me a while, and sadly I still have only finished the first part of the series, but it was quite a fun read.  The Breaker is my second manhwa, the first being Tower of God.  While both are action manhwa, the two are very, very different series and Breaker certainly feels more like a manga than ToG did.  I say that Breaker’s style is more reminiscent of manga, though truth be told I don’t know a whole lot of manga quite like it.  I guess that part of it is simply the fact that I haven’t read a whole lot of martial arts manga to begin with (only ones I’ve read much of anything for are probably Baki the Grappler and History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi, both of which have their similarities to it but aren’t quite the same deal).  Apparently the early stages of Breaker are supposed to be similar to Great Teacher Onizuka as well, though I’ll have to see just how similar GTO is once I actually do start that.  In any case, The Breaker was quite a good series and I look forward to seeing what New Waves has to offer as well. Continue reading

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Review: The Whims and Escapades of a High School Girl

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My school’s anime club has been watching two anime, one of which is Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, better known as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  While we actually have yet to finish it, I went ahead and watched through the entirety of season 1 during Thanksgiving break.  Indeed, I know I am very late in watching this, but as the cliche goes, better late than never.  Haruhi’s a series that pretty much any anime fan has at least heard about, and while it definitely hit its prime popularity a while back, it’s still quite well-known today.  As I am quite fond of Kyoto Animation works for the most part, I was excited to finally watch through Haruhi after all this time.  While I wasn’t quite as blown away by it as I had expected to be, it was still quite a fun watch.  That said, more than anything it’s The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya that I’ve heard such great things about, so I’m aware that I have not yet seen all that Haruhi has to offer by any means. Continue reading

Toradora! Current Impressions (Chapter 49)

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So I started reading the Toradora! light novels a few months back and figured I might as well give some of the other related material a try, mainly because I didn’t want to get to the source material and then deem any other adaptation to pale in comparison or anything of that sort.  I’m supposed to get around to playing Toradora! Portable since that recently got a translation, though chances are I probably won’t get to that for some time.  I did, however, read through what has been translated of the Toradora! manga and I can certainly say I enjoyed it.  About a year ago (during last year’s winter break, in fact, which is interesting since some of Toradora!’s events take place around Christmas time) I watched the anime on a friend’s recommendation and really loved it.  Toradora! reminded me a lot of Clannad (a personal favorite), though it felt more down to earth and certainly had a very different style.  Toradora! was such a fantastic watch and it was one of the highlights of that winter break, along with Higurashi and Molester Man (which….sounds like a horrible series by its name alone, but if you’ve read it you know as I do just how captivating a story it is).  Fast forward a little less than a year, and I caught up to chapter 49, the last translated chapter of the manga up to this point (besides a special chapter after it, but that doesn’t really count).  Having read a little bit of the novels, I can say that the manga did quite a good job of staying close to that material (it did start before the anime after all).  I’m not quite as attached to the manga as I was to the anime, but that really isn’t the fault of the manga itself. Continue reading

Murder Princess Review: Switching Bodies and Saving the Kingdom

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It feels quite nice to be making another post so quickly after my previous one, and this really shows me that I’m finally, truly, on winter break.  Funny how I’d viewed winter break as this long and glorious period of relaxation to reward me at the end of my suffering through this semester.  Well, half of that is true.  Upon starting winter break, I’m already feeling a bit worried about it ending too quickly and being stuck back in school before I know it, but regardless, I’m preparing myself to spend every minute I can enjoying the free time and catching up not only on my anime and manga, but also my blogging.  In any case, this time around I’m writing about Murder Princess, an OVA series I ended up watching to prepare myself for Pacific Media Expo back in November (so you can tell that I finished this one quite a while ago).  Truth be told, the reason I watched this was because Back-On performed the opening song, Hikari Sasuhou, (which I ended up really loving), and this was the shortest anime with one of their songs so I chose to watch it first.  Putting aside my attachment to Hikari Sasuhou and my sadness that Back-On didn’t perform it at PMX (awesome as the concert was either way), Murder Princess was a pretty enjoyable watch and different from most of the anime I get around to, though being an OVA definitely restricted it as far as development. Continue reading

Angel Beats! Track Zero Review: The Beginning of the SSS

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Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last post, and probably a great deal longer since I read through what I’m going to be writing about this time around.  The last month and a half or so has been extremely hectic for me due to schoolwork, college apps, and whatnot.  It was certainly very stressful and my free time was severely limited, but luckily for me that’s all come to pass.  Well, mostly, I do have one more semester of school to live through and one more class to attend tomorrow (though my work is all done so it’s mostly obligatory attendance stuff) but for the most part, I’m off to the freedoms of winter break, and with that I’ll actually have time to make more blog posts about the variety of series I’ve seen recently (and not so recently).  Anywho, all that aside, this time around I’ll be taking a look at Angel Beats! Track Zero, the prequel light novel to the Angel Beats! anime series.  Track Zero may not be the greatest display the series has to offer, but it provides some nice insight on the background of the SSS that the anime never got a chance to show and it’ll do a pretty good job of giving fans something to enjoy while waiting for the release of the upcoming Angel Beats! game, which I’m extremely excited for. Continue reading