Posts Tagged ‘ Shounen ’

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Review: Prison Breakout and Jotaro’s Successor

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It seems my winter break was filled with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which can never be a bad thing.  Along with having watched through the glorious TV adaptation of JoJo parts 1 and 2 over winter break, I also caught up to the manga material that I hadn’t completed and it was quite a wonderful experience.  The last part I had completed was part 5, which I read through something along the lines of 4 or 5 years ago.  I did read through about half of part 6 (Stone Ocean) in middle school but for one reason or another I never got around to finishing it until a couple months ago.  And it’s truly a shame because Stone Ocean was just as phenomenal as the other JoJo parts and truly has a lot going for it.  As enjoyable as parts 4 and 5 were, they did have more of a side story feel to them and in the grand scheme of things they could probably be removed without having too huge an impact on the story’s continuity (though it would be a shame because both parts do add a great deal to the whole package).  Stone Ocean ties in much more closely to part 3 (Stardust Crusaders) than parts 4 or 5, in large part because many elements of part 3 are actually plot relevant (whereas parts 4 and 5 do have characters and/or character relations that, while in some form connecting to the rest of the story, are largely isolated from the main plot of JoJo in the grand scheme of things).  In many ways I would say that Stone Ocean is the true sequel to Stardust Crusaders and it’s very significant to the series, arguably one of the most crucial parts at that.  While most of my hype for what remained of JoJo was dedicated to all I’d heard of part 7 (Steel Ball Run), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Stone Ocean was more than just a disposable addition necessary to move on to SBR.  In fact, I might even say that I enjoyed Stone Ocean more, though that’s not to say that SBR is bad by any means.  Anywho, enough about SBR, Stone Ocean is the topic at hand and I can save my words about SBR for when I actually do get around to reviewing it. Continue reading

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) Review: The Fabulous Beginning of the Joestar Tale

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So it seems that I’m still very much behind on blogging about the series I’ve completed (as there are a great many I’d love to write about, one in particular that recently blew me away like no other), but I’m slowly catching up (or at least, I’d like to believe that I am anyway).  Like I said before, I’m gonna be writing about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) this time around.  I mentioned that JoJo 2012 is a JoJo adaptation done right, and that it truly is.  I still remember first hearing the news about a new TV anime for JoJo at the time and I was utterly shocked, I simply could not believe the news.  Of course, I was in no position to complain as JoJo had been one of my favorite Shounen manga (interestingly enough, one written as far back as the 80s, at that) and it was finally going to get a full-length, serious adaptation from the very beginning.  Almost a year ago I watched the first 7 or so episodes of the anime with some friends for my birthday, and I was very much impressed with the anime’s take on Phantom Blood.  Unfortunately, with a lot of other series I had to complete at the time, I was distracted quite a bit and didn’t get back to it for a while.  Back around October or November, a friend came to my house and (as huge fans of the manga) we decided to give some more of those JoJo episodes a good watch and we got through a decent bit of the Battle Tendency episodes, and it was amazing as always.  Having gotten through more, I decided that, once and for all, I had to watch through the rest of the 2012 anime and I did just that at the beginning of winter break (which seems very far from me now, and a big sign I’m really slow about my posts….).  JoJo 2012 was a fantastic way for me to relive the nostalgia days of early JoJo with flashy new animation, and it really is one of the best ways for newcomers to jump into the JoJo series. Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2000) Review: JoJo’s Prequel OVA

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So this time around I’m going back to JoJo (and as it happens, I have a few other JoJo posts ahead too, though it might take quite a while to actually get to them), this time focusing on the 2000 OVA.  As I mentioned in my post about the original OVA, JoJo (2000) is the second installment of JoJo’s OVA series that actually covers the material prior to the first OVA.  For some reason, there was a 7 year gap between the two, and this clearly shows in the 2000 OVA’s presentation.  The graphics have a much newer feel to them and even the art style itself is different in comparison to that of the original OVA.  In any case, I enjoyed the 1993 JoJo OVA, though it was far from a perfect adaptation.  As for this one?  I’d say for the most part my impressions of this one are about the same as its predecessor, though I can’t say the exact same things about both.  Both of the OVAs have their different strengths and weaknesses, and while I probably enjoyed this one a slight bit more, it wasn’t by such a huge margin that I would consider it significantly superior to the other OVA. Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVA Review: Stardust Crusaders and The Bizarre Release Order

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So this winter break I’ve gotten around to quite a bit of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and as it happens, the very first thing I finished of it over the break was the 1993 OVA.  I’m a huge fan of the JoJo series and I first began reading the manga a few years ago when I was in middle school, really loving it.  For some reason or another, I got distracted/lazy/a number of other things and just didn’t get around to catching up to it.  I read the first 5 parts and got halfway through 6 but stopped and just didn’t get back to it (which is quite a shame because part 6 and beyond are indeed great as expected of the JoJo name, but that’s for another day).  Much to my surprise, the JoJo anime of 2012 came out and did a brilliant job of covering parts 1 and 2 (again, more on that is also for another day).  I ended up watching through a little over half of the 2012 anime with a friend but didn’t get around to finishing that for some time either, though nowhere near as long as the many years between my part 5 and parts 6-8 run.  Since I got through a good portion of the 2012 anime already, I decided I might as well finish that before jumping into the remaining manga content.  Some of you probably already know that I’m a bit of a picky person about watching order and almost always stick to release order, and to no surprise I did this with the JoJo anime adaptations as well and I think it was ultimately for the better.  That said, I would not recommend others do the same for a variety of reasons, with the exception of those who (like me) are familiar with the manga, or at least parts 1-3.  Since I’ve rambled a bit about my history with the fantastic series that is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, I suppose I should get back to the main topic at hand: What did I think of the 1993 OVA?  Well, it didn’t do a bad job with its material, but it’s certainly not the strongest adaptation out there and could probably be skipped on, even more so with this year in mind than in the past. 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

Soul Eater Review: Human Weapons and Madness

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It seems that an era of manga conclusions really is upon us, as not too long after Deadman Wonderland, another one of my ongoings has also finished.  About a week ago I read the final chapter of Soul Eater, and it’s sad to think that another series I’ve kept up with for a good amount of time is actually all done.  I didn’t enjoy this series quite as much as Deadman, but it’s still awesome in any case and to begin with, those two series are hardly comparable anyway.  Soul Eater is quite an interesting case, as one might describe it as a Shounen action but it’s hard to compare it to a lot of the other popular ones out there and it really does have a style of its own. Continue reading

Deadman Wonderland Review: A World of Insanity and Bloodshed

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Wow, it’s still hard to believe that a manga I’ve kept up with for quite a while is actually concluding.  I think it’s been about…..2 years?  I haven’t been reading Deadman Wonderland from the very beginning, but I did read it chapter by chapter for some time and thoroughly enjoyed it.  After a painful hiatus, I kept up with the series for the next half year until at last, it has concluded.  It’s truly a sad thing when an ongoing manga finishes.  While many ongoing anime have a set runtime, usually something like 12-13 episodes or 24-26 episodes, one can never really be sure about when a manga will end until it’s very close to the conclusion.  Now it seems that I have reached such a conclusion to one of the manga I had kept up with.  It’s truly a sad thing, but Deadman Wonderland had a great run and I truly enjoyed it during the time I read it ongoing. Continue reading