Bakuman: Dear Artists/Writers – Slice of reality!

Bakuman. Story by Tsugumi Ohba and Art by Takeshi Obata. Published by Viz Media. 208 pages. 2010. $9.99 Just how many noticed the past fall season? Anime Diet has been pretty heavy in discussing Bakuman which had its anime run Fall 2010. (Mike’s 1st post, 2nd post, 3rd post) Now I am finally bringing up … Continue reading Bakuman: Dear Artists/Writers – Slice of reality!

As the End Nears, the Fall 2010 Roundup Edition! (Star Driver, Bakuman, Squid Girl)

Howdy, folks. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, and since this here site has reviewed, well, anime…so let me go ahead and get the ball rolling with my thoughts on the near-ends of Star Driver, Bakuman and Squid Girl! More to come later, too.

Fall 2010 Roundup, Pt 1: Oreimo, Star Driver, Bakuman

This has actually been a pretty decent season for anime so far, at least with shows that are interesting (meaning: intriguing enough at least to make me pay attention) to watch. Nevertheless, most of the shows also are far from perfect despite being enjoyable. Let’s take a look at six shows so far…

NYCC 2012: Conversations with Gen Manga’s Nagumo

Nagumo is a Japanese mangaka of Let’s Eat Ramen (ラ-メンを食べよう). This is a title that is included in Gen’s monthly magazine. The first two chapters are included in issue 8. Being a foodie manga fan, I fell for reading this slice of life story of a girl exploring her passion for a food outside her … Continue reading NYCC 2012: Conversations with Gen Manga’s Nagumo

NYCC 2012: SJ Event at NYC’s Kinokuniya

It has been a while I’ve been to a Kinokuniya anime/manga themed event, but last weekend in conjunction with New York Comic Con.  Shonen Jump Alpha held a New York City Fan Meetup on Friday from 5-8 pm at the Midtown Japanese bookstore. Participants were able to receive pins, a Shonen Jump Alpha 2013 Yearbook, and a … Continue reading NYCC 2012: SJ Event at NYC’s Kinokuniya

Plight of mangaka-avoidance of deadlines.

Something to be commended.. is the enthusiasm for mangaka to continue on drawing, due to a love/passion for their craft. Like a geisha perfecting their skills with years of relentless practice… of course in this case, the editor is going to end up pushing the mangaka in their grueling schedule to meet deadlines. Avoidance of … Continue reading Plight of mangaka-avoidance of deadlines.

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Episode 5.. Envy and misunderstandings makes this a slightly gripping episode.

All right.. I got my wish for a supporting couple to be shown, but guess what I don’t believe I like this pairing as much either. >_< The new couple is on Yoshino (mangaka) and Hatori (editor) with Yuu (assistant) linked somewhere. They are all friends from childhood. Though the back story is that Yoshino … Continue reading Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Episode 5.. Envy and misunderstandings makes this a slightly gripping episode.

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Episode 1 satisfies my fangirl cravings for more!

Fuwwaaaaaa… lovey dovey.. okay, getting over my fangirly feelings out the way. I haven’t touched a new anime in a while, and decided to check out Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi, which is translated as World’s Greatest Love. This is Spring 2011’s shonen-ai title, so unless you are a guy who appreciates bl-romance titles. Then this is … Continue reading Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Episode 1 satisfies my fangirl cravings for more!

Rounding out the year with manga..my picks for 2010.

In terms of American manga publishing, it is consistently playing the catch up game with translating/publishing either Japanese or Korean graphic novels that would satisfy readers. Though there are the OEL, which does have fans as well, my strong preference is for Japanese manga. Now 2010, has been an year of publishers closing shop left … Continue reading Rounding out the year with manga..my picks for 2010.

Waiting for Haruhi; or, My Anime Series Can’t Be This Original!

The howling critical reactions (and counter–reactions) in the anime blogosphere about the fourth episode of Oreimo have prompted some further thought, as a follow-up to wintermuted’s last essay and my own thoughts on Oreimo 3: have many of us gotten so desperate for anything surprising in anime that we will grasp onto even the barest … Continue reading Waiting for Haruhi; or, My Anime Series Can’t Be This Original!