Category Archives: Manga Related

Just When I Thought…

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Just when I thought I felt like giving up on Bleach for its recent lack of … amazing-ness… Tite Kubo threw something at my face:
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… really? REALLY?

Just when I thought I was feeling like giving up on Naruto for at least a year so I can finish the arc in one sitting instead of torturing myself to labour through it weekly, Masashi Kishimoto decided to give me a surprise gift:
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… what… REALLY?!

I have renewed hope for next week.

Onemanga bites the dust

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Lately, there’s been a lot of legal pressure placed on manga viewing sites. It went completely unnoticed by me until Mangafox was told to take off manga of certain genres due to problems with Google ads. They had a big sweep of certain genres and licensed manga, Onemanga followed shortly after. Mangahelpers members were then prevented from providing RAWs of certain mangas on their site (the last one more understandable). I thought it would end there.
Now, Onemanga admins have decided to pull the plug on the beloved site due mounting legal pressure from manga publishers. They will be gone by the last week of July. It’s sad really. Sigh, Onemanga shuts down. Never thought this would happen back when I stumbled on OM a couple of years ago.
I completely understand that manga publishers have the complete right to tell manga viewing sites to get rid of licensed manga, but to push manga viewing sites to disappear completely is totally wrong in my opinion. Unlicensed manga should stay on. It’s thanks to scanlators, scanlation, and mangaviewing sites that mangas can have an audience and fans in countries other than Japan even before they come to those countries in book form. It’s thanks to those that mangas have become popularized, ensuring sales in foreign countries. I, for one, don’t buy a manga unless I have read it online and seen how good it is. (Another input: scanlators usually have better translations than manga publishers). The move made by Mangatoshokan  is therefore the best in my opinion, considering the situation.
Well, another good thing comes to an end. RIP Onemanga. You’ve introduced me to many mangas and helped me grow my love for them. I will miss the good, manga viewing times.

Maundy Thursday/Our Happy Time (movie)

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I’ve been feeling sick these past couple of days so I’ve been stuck in one place just watching movies. I’ve managed to get my hands on the Korean movie Maundy Thursday also called Our Happy Time. Let me tell you, its one hell of a tearjerker, or maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for romance stories that aren’t all fluff and rainbows.

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 Maundy Thursday is about a suicidal professor, Yu-Jung, who is coerced by her Aunt Monica to help her councel a death row inmate in an attempt to distract her niece. She meets the convict, Yun-Soo, charged with killing three women and raping one of them and who happens to spend each day hoping for his death to come. These two who had given up on life find something to wake up for each day and await the coming week with hope and fear.

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I found out about this movie through reading Sahara Mizu’s version of the original novel which was Korean by the author Gong Ji-young. Fresh off reading the manga I was pretty much already teary eyed, so when I started watching the movie I knew what I was in for. Near the end, even though things are implied but not yet happening ,I was already crying waterfalls. I think that the movie pretty much overwhelmed me, especially those final moments. While Sahara Mizu’s version was praise worthy, I think that seeing live people go through it (albeit it’s only a movie) just struck my tear glands hard.

Kang Dong-won, who plays Yun-Soo, gets a hard time about his acting just because he started off as a model and has a rather androgynous look going on as a style (though he has a rather boyish face for the most part in the movie), but I feel that he’s done an amiable job with Yun-Soo’s character. There’s scenes where he acts like a jerk and times when it seems like he’s truly happy for the first time in his life though expresses it awkwardly, and there’s those hard to watch moments when he’s down right the most pitiable character there is. There’s range, but I guess he still has room to grow as an actor. As for Lee Na-young, who plays Yu-Jung, she’s a pretty good actress. There’s a scene where she’s crying and laughing like a crazy women at the same time and I’m like “Wow…” She has an almighty attitude for a lot of the movie which suits the character, though its a pity that we didn’t get to hear her sing despite the fact that’s what attracted the young Yun-Soo to her character in the past. These two each had their moments where they stand alone and made me go reach for that tissue box.

I think the director did a good job with the film. It’s a very talky film, not much action, but those moments where they just sit and talk are the “happy times.” The movie had started off with Chopin’s Tristesse and I was already o-m-g-ing. Probably the most perfect song for this not to mention scores extra points since its one of my favourites. I feel that while this is a romance film that will probably attract the girly girls in general, others can be drawn in by the topic of death sentences, which is a big, big part of this film and its pros and cons are explored a bit not only through the eyes of the main characters but also the people connected to the process. In my part, its a pretty weighty subject and the movie has done a good job with creating a situation where its just plain wrong (though of course there might be people out there who think otherwise).

Now if you love a good non-fluffy, tearjerker romance film go for this. However, as a caution if you don’t like blood then probably skip this. The film’s about a suicidal chick and a death row inmate, there’s scenes of blood here.

D.Gray-man Update

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Finally came  back from my much needed holiday to find something waiting for me.

Holiday time in Japan therefore Akamaru Jump is published which happens to include the latest chapter of D.Gray-man.

Different feel in the art aside, I’m glad just see the newest installment. Also, in the end it is revealed that the series will be moving from Weekly Jump to Jump SQ, a monthly magazine and will restart in December.

Good news to the fans since the series will continue. Guess we’ll have to wait till December though. I’m okay with it being monthly. The story will be more spread out, giving it more time for the scenes and story telling. Though, with what has been revealed things can only go at a fast pace. Goodness, so much revealed yet I’m still hanging at the edge wanting to find out more.

D.Gray-man back… possibly?

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Okay so I don’t have a link to a japanese site that OFFICIALLY says it but apparently, if you head over to MangaHelpers, where they keep track of rumours, a post in 2ch about D.Gray-man’s possible rererereincarnation has been verified. Also posted in exorcists_order LJ community.

D.Gray-man is scheduled to have an appearance on Akamaru Jump around August 17th. It will have 50 pages with a colour page.
The good news? D.Gray-man is not dead… yet.
The ominous news? Akamaru Jump is a seasonal publication. It only comes out on weeks with holidays.

So yes, D.Gray-man will be featured next month, but after that? Not so sure. Will it return to Weekly Jump? Maybe. If it doesn’t end in the next chapter, then there’s a small glimmer of hope.

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NEWS: Manga Updates

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On a sad note, Meister by Kimiya Kaji has ended after only 10 chapters.

A waste since this series was actually not actually too bad. There were many characters and each could have had big character development. Unfortunately, such an early end couldn’t have done that. I’ve always welcomed sports mangas. This one was no different.

On a much brighter note though, D.Gray-man by Hoshino Katsura will be continuing on March after being put on hold since November last year due to a health issue.

Hoshino had put D.Gray-man on hold in the past due to “health issues” so this manga’s schedule has been quite erratic. This is quite surprising since pictures of her online had shown her to be quite young and healthy looking. Though I’m just glad it will continue. D.Gray-man is one of my favourites and there was so much excitement in the story before it went on hiatus.