Latest Read: Defense Devil vol. 5 – Yet another rant…

What rubbish this is in comparison to its predecessor Shin Angyo Onshi.

How trashy can this nonsensical fanservice go? And eyes may be drawn all detailed, but that glittering in Idamarias iris looks just ridiculous.

I did know before it would never be able to live up to SAO, but I did not think it would be this bad.

The fall down the cliff reminds me a lot of Death Note and RalΩGrad after it. Only that there was a diffrent person resonsible for the story and RG was absolute trash, while DD is rather bad average.

Still waste of talent.

Blabbling: Adekan volume 1-4

(Adekan volume 1-4, german release by EMA)

Just another little semi-rant…
These went to their owner a little while ago and right before that I flipped through the pages a quick last time . I noticed, I had almost completely forgotten about most of the first 2 volumes’ content already. Aside that, what remains memorable is this kind of love-hate relationship I have with this title.

You have a main plot with main characters and this main plot is ridden with pretty explicit BL/Yaoi hints and scenes, but at the same time is convulsively avoiding to state explicitly to be either BL nor Yaoi. I mean, they bath together, and look like they just jumped into bed… Oh well. Me definitely likes not at all.

Aside the main plot, which kind of makes me just facepalm, (seriously, I dislike every single one of the main characters), there are episodic side stories, and they really are quite good. Full of the twisted, sinister, warped, extreme nature of human beings accompanied with drawings full of ornaments and detailed and pretty often in a surreal beauty to express the perversion and madness of those distorted one-episode main characters. Especially the story about the “boxes”, the “underwater circus”  and the songstress’ episode was really beautiful to look at. (And most importantly the annoying main characters played a very minor role.)

Aside that, Tsujiki Nao is the very first artist, of whom I’d see rounded panels. Circles, ellipses, half circles, they are really refreshing and nice to look at, giving the overall artwork quite a vibe of its own.

I really, really wished this title would have had the same structure as, for instance, Mushishi. Normaly having a main plot and common thread to link of all the episodic stories a a good thing, but in this case I simply curse the existant one. *sigh*

(German version is a bit pricey, through with 7,50€. But volume 4 even had a color spread.)

Latest Read: D.N. Angel Volume 15

(D.N. Angel volume 15, German Release by Carlsen Manga)

I feel like ranting. Kind of too often recently…

I long sold all the other volumes I had of this series, and this one volume will go to its next owner tommorow as well.

So what do we have? A spirit of a mirror, who… has a bit of a problem and creates problems for two of the main characters. Ok. A possible farewell in the near future? Fine. Two souls in one body, who love two diffrent people? Big drama? Why not.
There were enough points which could seem very interesting (“loosing ones’s self” etc.) but somehow just anything feels hinted at, at best. At the same time it’s dragging itself a lot. Diversion into subplots is fine, but they all seem kind of superficial and not nescessary. What a waste of potential.

Oh and a certain guy on the cover doesn’t even appear here. Not that I miss him, because I ever so disliked the character, but what is the point of this cover…

Volume 9 of this title had been the very first manga book I ever bought in a store and the second I ever bought for myself. That was 2003. Almost ten years later this series leaves me very disappointed and the last sparkle of interest really only lives upon the last specks of nostalgia bonus.

…. But knowing myself, I suppose I will stil continue to read it. Reading a volume of this takes up no more than 11 minutes max anymore and a volumes only comes out every few years, so it’s probably not devouring too much time of my life.

Latest Read: A Quick Quartet Bunch

(several German releases)

Since they went to their next owner (who coaxed me to trying these out via my 15% discount programm) this morning I took a quick picture.
This is going to be more of a quick rant.

Chiba Kozue titles:

– Kimi to Koi ni Ochiru Mahou de (Dich zu lieben einfach magisch): Fluffy, not really realistic, and pretty superficial. Girlish kyaa-females up their middle school age would probably love it.

– Blue (Blau, wie Himmel, Meer & Liebe): Simply boring, just another stupid obvious love triangle. The second part of the summary on MAL did not even happen in the first volume, as far as I remember. Not going to find out what that is supposed to be about, through.

These two titles were still better than Hitoribocchi wa Samishikute (Ich wünschte ich könnte fliegen), that one was really really fluffy, superficial and… Oh well, remembering that even makes me depressed about the little time I wasted on it. Since her panels are kind of rather big as well, they are at least read through quite fast.

 Tanemura Arina had been sitting (and still kind of sits) on a big throne in Germany, but after the absolute rubbish series known by the title “Shinshi Doumei Cross“, her fame was somewhat declining a bit. (Folks obviously didn’t all fall on their head.) This author seems to me like the publisher’s try to find some successor. I suppose, they are kind successfull on that, considering in how rapid a succession her titles are being released here.
I think her titles are somewhat superficial and clichéd. Perhaps 14-year old girls may love them. To do her drawings justice, she does have a very nice sense of colour harmony in her coloured illustrations and draws clean lines and does not use too much screen tones. It has some somewhat “clean” appeal of it’s own. The eyes are really big through. Very similiar to several Ribbon Authors. Aside that her style and narratives are pretty reminiscent of several Ribbon Authors. (Mako Yoko, Sakai Mayu, …). The biggest surprise I had on that was that she is actually not a Ribbon Magazine author, but from Shogakugan.
Not that I care much, I most probably will never touch any of her works again.

Oni Kare: Short Stories Collection of Tsukishima Haru. Another Ribbon Magazine-style title. Interesting enough, MAL didn’t have an entry on it, until somewhen after its release. Dropped it after the second story. Just another average Romance with a clumsy, but honest girl and a Bishonen falling in love with each other… (Seriously, guy from the title story is supposed to be like a demon and still look like one of these clichéd Bishonen, just with a bit more of a grouchy face?)

Blood Lad: This one annoyed me in particular. It is the very first german release I had in my hands that hat the edges of the pages colored (in the same yellow as the cover). The color made the pages stick to each other. Tinkering them apart took about twice as long as actually reading it. And the content seriously was not worth it. -.- The only thing worth mentioning would be the otaku-styled references to known titles, but that was it already. If I want that, I will much rather read Gintama.

Latest Read: Sasameke

(Sasameke 2.5->1 Omnibus Release by Yen Press)

Could also be called “Latest Drop”.

Why having this here? Because I think, I just spotted the most exaggerated (ridiculous) sfx translation ever. And this is even an official release.

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