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いっぺん…死んでみる? – Hell Girl’s Catch Phrase

So if your browsers didn’t go nuts, spitting out these random characters, and you do happen to read Japanese, then you should know what this post is actually going to be leading up to. A review on Jigoku Shoujo or Hell Girl‘s manga… you may have already seen the anime that is released in the United States by Funimation, or event the live action drama that came out a couple of years ago, but if that is the case then check out the manga as well. Also if you want to check out the sound of Mamiko Noto’s voice as Enma Ai saying these words, check out Ray’s post a while back. FYI, this is one of the many titles that I have greatly enjoyed, so just as a hint, one of these days when I get around to it, I will review the artbook.

Noticeable differences and similarities between the manga and the anime. The topic is still as serious.. people end up cursing people that they want to curse to hell. Reading it on paper is not as scary as what I remember watching from the three seasons. You get to see mangaka Eto’s thoughts on the side panels as with most manga. The drawings for Enma Ai and the characters are also much cuter and simpler.

Read alikes for this title, if you ever see Vampire Princess Miyu.. the kimono and lone girl is quite similar with assistant form helpers. Miyu is published by Iron Cat in English. Other read alike titles Shinigami no Ballad and Death Note, since they all have the similar omnipotent controlling of life and death aspects.

Dance in the Vampire Bund 1 – Misfired Mockery.

OK, this was what I expected:

But this is what I got instead:

Needless to say, I was not happy with what I got. I know it’s the only the first episode and Shinbo directs it, but the apparent over-mockery didn’t escape my eyes. What the first episode served was to make a snide social commentary about Japanese talk shows with a game-like format and obviously staged events and guests pretending to give a shit or that they are actually as surprised as everyone. All these people serve as icons on TV that fit a certain stereotypes to please the audience mindlessly following everything going on without giving any thoughts or reflections. I got one thing to say:

It IS the internet age now.

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Nyan Koi! Episode 6 – Twins? Twins!

Well, episode 6 really wasn’t anything special.  Not bad, just more of the same.  The cast rounds out a bit more with the introduction of Kotone and Akari Kirishima, the twin daughters of the local (somewhat lecherous yet kindly) monk.  Typical twin story elements occur (mistaking one for the other and etc.)  as Kotone is attracted to Junpei because of his misfortune (maybe she’s a reverse vampire?) and Akari beating him up thinking he is a pervert.

Additionally the story from episode 5 continues with Mizuno trying to figure out if Junpei really feels the way Nagi told her he does, and what exactly his relationships with all these other woman truly are.  That said.. nothing really develops on that front that wasn’t already established last episode aside from two new characters (the twins) to be confused by.   Sadly, Nagi and Kanako have little screen time this episode as well.  I say sadly because they are by far the most interesting characters in Nyan Koi (along with Junpei). They deserve more screen time.

Animation this time around is still great, though some might be upset because of the blatantly censored out pantsu shots.  I wonder what they will do for episode 7 which looks to be the hot springs episode every comedic anime is required to have at least one of.

Episode 6 Grade – B

– DC

Shaft? You’re damned Right Loli Vampire!

From Sankaku Complex

Dance in the Vampire Bund to be Shaft Loli Bondage Anime

…Gothic Lolita loli vampire manga…full of flat loli vampire action in highly dubious situations…

Ray’s Take: Shaft? You’re damned right! You see, Studio Shaft is a bad loli-fuc…Shut your mouth! But I’m only talking about animating loli vampires! And We can dig it!

…Actually, I’m not a loli-con so I can’t dig it. But Shaft doing goth? Real goth? How about ’em Shiboisms, eh?

Mokke episode 1 – what demons do you face today?

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No, it’s not a vastly impressive show that wows people or grabs them, shakes them, and then blow their senses away. But it’s effective, emotional and yet restrained, sad and yet hopeful. What seems weak can actually be strong.

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Yaoi doujin artist arrested.

From The Diet 3 Daily

Sept 26, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Earlier today, the local police arrested Minami Takayama, a 35-year old unmarried women who’s been drawing yaoi vampire doujinshi for 15 years.

The police chief reported that the local branch of the “Shin Mobile Morality Squad” has been secretly tracking this woman’s underground sales of her work to girls and women ranging from 14 to 45; from middle school girls to middle-aged housewives.

“She has been secretly selling indecent materials of sexual activities depicting men on men, men on boys, boys on boys, men to boys, and boys to men,” said Chief Watanabe. “Her work would’ve been acceptable if she were selling them in certain conventions in Tokyo, but she insisted on breaking the rules and the social stigma and selling outside these conventions.

“We think her abnormal behavior has something to do with her 2-year study abroad in America.” Chief Watanabe added.

“Freedom of speech is good, but too much of it can be really bad.” Commented Ms. Yoshida, a local housewife. “Thank my ancestors I refused to deal with her when she came to my house asking me to buy a copy of a ‘new and innovative read’ for housewives. I just said no.

“And I would like to encourage all bored housewives to watch drama, date younger men online, and play with boys from your local middle and high schools. Trust me, it makes the life more interesting that way.”

Police found 10000+ copies of yaoi doujinshi work from at Takayama’s home. It’s reported that her room is full of posters showing male characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist, Kujibiki Unbalance, Prince of Tennis, and others.

She faces 5 years in prison with a stiff 450000 yen fine.

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