Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Wow , I never thought I would be posting again since I was frikin bored XD Ok , 2nd post of the month =D
Dōjin Work (ドージンワーク, Dōjin Wāku) is a Japanese four-panel comic strip written and illustrated by Japanese manga author Hiroyuki. The story revolves around a young girl named Najimi Osana who is about to make her debut into the dōjin creation world with the help of her experienced friends. Aspects of what it is like to be a dōjin artist are common themes throughout the story. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat on November 28, 2004, published by Houbunsha. Since then, the manga has also been serialized in two other magazines published by the same company named Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Forward. An anime adaptation aired on the Chiba TV television network in Japan between July 4, 2007 and September 19, 2007.Summary:
Najimi was always puzzled at what Tsuyuri does , so she decided to ask and see it for herself. She was schocked that Tsuyuri was doing doujinshies , and thought it was perverted. But that changed when she saw how much it made at the Comic Festival. Her greed for money made her start drawing doujinshies and now is struggling the everyday cliches , struggles , and problems on being an artist. Along the way , she meets Justice ( Her Childhood Friend) , Sora ( A little girl who Justice is attracted too) , Hoshi (A guy who has an intense crush at Najimi after meeting her) , and Nidou (Najimi's official rival at doujin making). Each chapter has a crazy storyline that will put you to laughs , and if it doesn't ......your not from this planet...are you?
Not much to say XD This Manga is for those tired of those action , romance , and serious type storyline mangas out there. This if for those who need laughs for a change , those who need laughs all the time , and for those who really need a laugh.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
^-- Yuizaki Hiyono And Ayumu Narumi (Very pretty to look at)
Two years ago, the famous detective Narumi Kiyotaka disappeared, leaving behind only the words, "I am pursuing the mystery of the Blade Children." Now, his younger brother Ayumu is accused of murdering a fellow student, and begins to discover people with connections to the Blade Children all around him. The Blade Children were born cursed, and Ayumu may be the only key to saving them, but first they want to test him, by trying to kill him with everything they've got. All the while, it seems that Kiyotaka is manipulating events for his own unknown purposes.
^---- Hiyono-chan is on the side with Narumi-kun and
the middle are the blade children: Eyes Rutherford (Silver hair),
Kousuke Asazuki (Pink hair), Rio Takeuchi (the small little girl),
Ryoko Takamachi (The girl next to Kou-chan) and lastly but the
sexiest Kanone Hilbert(the one waving :: drools ::)
^--- All the "Blood Children"... Well the important ones so far.
OKAY LAST ONE I PROMISE THIS ONE WAS FOR HOTNESS.... XD
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
M×0 (エム×ゼロ, Emu x Zero?) is a Japanese comedy manga series by Japanese author Yasuhiro Kanō (author of Pretty Face), about a school that teaches students how to do magic and the crazy antics of a normal boy who was admitted under special circumstances. It was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 1, 2006, published by Shueisha. The first volume of the series was released in Japan on November 2, 2006.
M×0 centers around a young man named Taiga Kuzumi who has a hot-headed temper and is able to hold his own in a fight. During an interview to determine if he can attend Seinagi Private High School (私立聖凪高校, Shiritsu Seinagi Kōkō?) that he had plans of joining, Taiga is asked what he would do if he could use magic. "Take over the world" is his reply and it is quickly followed by an outburst of laughter from a very cute girl. Upon confronting the girl, she realizes how rude it was of her to laugh at his answer and tries to apologize, ultimately grasping his hands with tears in her eyes. After that point, he does not remember much else about the interview, but one thing he cannot change: he failed to enter the school. Blaming the girl for his failing to enter the school, he goes to Seinagi to confront her about it, when a teacher mistakes Taiga for a student ditching class and pulls him through some type of strange energy barrier that surrounds the school. Without realizing what has just happened, he has set foot on a school dedicated to teaching its students how to use magic, though the shock of his first encounter with it freaks him out so much that he tries to get away from the teacher as fast as he can, effectively convincing the latter that he is a suspicious person.
After a confrontation where he is hit with a rather odd spell, he is able to tie the teacher up and run away. Unfortunately, he gets into some more trouble with some upperclassman and during this time is surprised to have found the girl from the interview attending the school. His main priority is then changed from merely survival in a strange land to finding this girl and conveying his feelings of romantic attraction to her, which have most suddenly become clear to him.
Before long, however, he runs into the same teacher from before and has yet another fight with him. All the teacher wants to do is erase his memory of the school in order to keep the place a secret from the outside world, but Taiga still has to tell the girl how he feels. During the fight, despite not knowing any magic whatsoever, Taiga dodges the teacher's attacks and by some dumb luck subdues the teacher once again, completely incapacitating him. At this point, who should appear but the girl he's been searching for, who screams out to her father who was just beaten by Taiga. Angry at what he's done, the girl, whose name is Aika Hiiragi, uses her own magic and blows him away.
Later on, due to various circumstances surrounding strict rules of the school, Taiga is admitted into the school but with only one difference from all the other students: he can't use magic. He must now try to survive in a school of magic and try to fool the entire school that he's a powerful mage at the same time.
Following the advice of Dr. Herschel Agasa (Dr. Hiroshi Agasa), Jimmy hides his real identity, lest the men in black find out that he is alive. When Rachel asks for his name, Jimmy spots books by Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo and comes up with the name "Conan Edogawa." Agasa says that "Conan" is a relative of his, but was too busy to take care of a young child, and suggests that "Conan" go live with Rachel, and both Conan and Rachel agree. Rachel's father, Richard Moore (Kogoro Mori) is an incapable detective. Conan always solves mysteries in his stead. As Conan appears to be just a boy, police don't pay any attention to him. Conan instead uses Detective Moore by putting him to sleep with a "anesthesia gun-watch" and pretending to be Moore by using a voice changer disguised as a bow tie. To maintain his cover, Conan goes to Titan elementary school (Japanese: Teitan Elementary School (帝丹小学校, Teitan Shōgakkō)) and has made friends with three children at the school, George Kaminski (Genta Kojima), Mitch Tennison (Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya) and Amy Yeager (Ayumi Yoshida) who form the self-styled "Junior Detective League" 少年探偵団 (Shōnen Taitei-dan, 少年探偵団) (Detective Boys in the Japanese anime and manga). Although Conan feels profoundly self conscious playing with them given his true age, the foursome have numerous adventures of their own and the trio have proved capable assistants to the detective for their age.
Jimmy was able to find out that Gin was working for a criminal organization, known as the Black Organization. In addition to Gin, other major members of the Black Organization that appears later in the story include his partner Vodka, Vermouth, Kir, Chianti, Korn, and a mysterious "boss" who has only been mentioned so far. Jimmy also meets the inventor of the APTX4869 and former member of the organization Shiho Miyano (codename "Sherry" within the black organization), who was also turned into a child after she took her own drug to escape the organization, and then lives with Dr. Agasa under her new name Ai Haibara.
Detective Conan: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target
Detective Conan: The Last Wizard of the Century
Detective Conan: Captured in Her Eyes
Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven
Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street
Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital
Detective Conan: Magician of the Silver Sky
Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depths
Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem
Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Black Lagoon (ブラックラグーン, Burakku Raguun) is the name of a Japanese manga and an anime TV series created by Rei Hiroe. Black Lagoon premiered at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2006 and began airing on 8 April 2006 in Japan, the series airing its final episode on 24 June that year. The second season (called Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage), started airing in Japan on the 2 October 2006 and ended on December 18, 2006. It has been licensed for release in North America by Geneon Entertainment with a release date of May 22, 2007.
Just irritated from having all those bad days at the office , Rokuro wishes that somehow he could escape that..without being fired of course. His company finishes some plans for a nuclear weapon to be delivered to the client but they are unsure of who to deliver it.They decided upon further brainstorming... pick a low employee to do the job and picked one person = Rokuro. Rokuro felt so glad about this...but little does he know that something bad will happen and it did. While traveling , having entrusted the plans ..he felt glad that something just changed his life, then all of a sudden they attacked. They forced Rokuro to give the plans but refused , because of the refusal they took Rokuro with them. After a lot of things happening.. when his company's president offered him home.. he discarded this once in a life time chance and now is the member of the infamous Black Lagoon gang with Dutch , Revy and Benny. They are a mercenary group in the island of Roanapur , where all the toughest , ruthless , merciless and skilled killers and mercenaries alike live , exiled from the rest of the world with their underground businesses and transactions with death itself.
This manga is mostly violent and blood scenes all go about. If you despise that , you can go for another manga to your liking. I see a lot of the present problems in society this days whenever I read this. How companies betray their own countries , betray their own employees and even discarding them as mere tools for their own greed. That people will do anything for their own lusts and desire ... killing , betraying , creating weapons and more of the violent ones.
If you love insane killing ... u can go and watch this one and you'll be happy ^_^
Friday, September 14, 2007
Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, known in Japan as Magical Teacher Negima! (魔法 先生 ネギま!, Mahō Sensei Negima!) is a manga and anime series by Ken Akamatsu (known for his best selling title Love Hina) that contains a large amount of fan service/ecchi scenes. The manga is currently being published by Kodansha and serialized in Shonen Magazine in Japan. Del Rey Manga is publishing the English translated version. The anime, produced by XEBEC, aired in the first half of 2005 and is being released in the US by FUNimation Entertainment. Additionally, two OVAs have been released, produced by Shaft and GANSIS, who had produced an alternate retelling of the series, Negima!?.
Negi Springfield is a nine year old wizard (He starts out at 9 and is 10 years old as the story goes on) from Wales who dreams of becoming a Magister Magi (Approximate Latin translation: "Mage Master"), special wizards who use their powers to help normal people using covers such as working for NGOs.
Negi's reason for becoming a Magister Magi is to find his father, Nagi Springfield, the legendary mage also known as the "Thousand Master" who many believe to be dead. Though the name Thousand Master was cast into doubt in book 3 (Anime Episode 9) when Evangeline flashes back and he states he only mastered a few spells. Later, it is exposed that while his power or ability seem to be among the greatest in the magical world, he regularly uses an 'anchoko', or crib sheet, since he apparently does not bother to memorize the spells themselves.
After graduating from the Merdiana Magic Academy in Wales, he is given a duty as a cover in the real world, and training, before he actually becomes a Magister Magi. That duty is to become an English teacher at Mahora Academy in Japan. The task will not be easy, however, as Negi will become a teacher to a Middle School class of 31 older girls, each very special in her own way. The series details his time and adventures in Japan as he gains acceptance and respect from his students, helps them in their problems, and faces magical threats from inside and outside Mahora Academy.
His main relationship is with Asuna Kagurazaka, his student and roommate, who dislikes him initially but later accepts him as a friend and becomes his partner, helping find clues about his father and his life.
The series, while initially appearing to be another bishōjo work like Love Hina, has progressed into a mix of bishōjo, shōnen action, fantasy, horror, romance and comedy. Akamatsu stated that he specifically wanted to do something "different" than Love Hina. Negi himself is prepubescent, and many of his scenes with Asuna are specific subversions of the "awkward romantic scene" tendency of bishōjo manga, quickly diffused and only played for laughs. In addition, many of the girls are able to fawn over him in a childish sense without any romantic expectations from the reader.
In keeping with this style, Negi himself is seen as a contrast to Love Hina's Keitaro and other typical male leads of bishōjo manga. He is hardworking, capable, and treated kindly, but due to his appearance and age (well below most of his students), he feels completely non-threatening and finds it difficult to be taken seriously as a teacher; many of his students treat him as a cute little kid, if not a playmate.
The Class of 3A (formerly 2A)
Teacher: Negi Springfield, is the teacher of class 3A (formerly 2A) of Mahora Academy Middle School. (more information will be added.)Students: There are 31 pupils in his class, all girls, all attractive in their own way, each with their own distinctive personalities & some who aren't even human!
Student Number 1: Sayo Aisaka, the hapless and meek yurei (yurei: more facts about this subject) . More often frightened than frightening, Sayo haunts seat #1. She is invisible to virtually everyone and her presence goes unnoticed until Negi absentmindedly counts her during a class vote.
Student Number 2: Yuuna Akashi is an athletic girl who plays basketball and is a friend of Makie Sasaki, Ako Izumi and Akira Ookouchi who are also in sports clubs. She loves her father who happens to be a professor. (It is unclear if the professor works at the Mahora Academy.)
Student Number 3: Kazumi Asakura, the resident class reporter. She likes to get the inside scoop on everything that goes on. Always has a camera on hand. She is also one of the few girls in the class to know of Negi's secret, which she found out while investigating who proclaimed their love to Negi. She is currently staying silent about it, and is occasionally seen plotting with Chamo. Another note: Kazumi is 1 of the 5 girls in the class who have big breasts and has the fourth largest breasts in the class.
Student Number 4: Yue Ayase, the cool slacker. Despite being talented, she hates studying and keeps being in the bottom of the class grades. She is a member of the "Baka Rangers", the nickname for the five lowest scorers in Negi's class (she is the "Black Ranger"), and is a member of the Library Exploration Group, often hanging around with Haruna and Nodoka. She is a strong supporter of Nodoka, and encourages her to develop a relationship with Negi. She is also one of the few girls in the class to know of Negi's secret, which she found out all by herself by figuring it out the clues and strange incidents since Negi arrive & she was the one who call Kaede, Ku Fei and Mana for help when the Kansai Magic Association headquarters was attacked by the people who kidnapped Konoka at Kyoto. She is sometimes seen drinking tomato milk. Some passages in the Del Rey translation imply that she may also be Konoka's cousin.
Student Number 5: Ako Izumi, a shy athletic girl who likes to play soccer. She also works as a school nurse's assistant. Has a scar over the back of her waist and is a friend of Makie Sasaki, Akira Ookouchi and Yuuna Akashi who are also in sports clubs. She is also the coach of the boy's soccer club.
Student Number 6: Akira Ookouchi is a very athletic, shy swimmer in the swimming club and is a friend of Makie Sasaki, Ako Izumi & Yuuna Akashi who are also in sports clubs. She resembles Motoko Aoyama of Love Hina.
Student Number 7: Misa Kakizaki is one of the three cheerleaders in the class. She is a friend of Madoka and Sakurako and loves to go shopping every week, and hates carbonated drinks.
Student Number 8: Asuna Kagurazaka, the irascible dunce and leading female character, and bearing many similarities to Naru Narusegawa. Often in conflict with people. Asuna has a crush on her former English teacher, Mr. Takahata, whom Negi replaces. Asuna is in fact an orphan, who was allowed into the school for free by the school dean, yet Asuna still tries to pay for her schooling via a paper route. Much to her chagrin, she is a member of the "Baka Rangers", the nickname for the five lowest scorers in Negi's class. She is the "Red Ranger". She has Heterochromia iridis (Heterochromia iridis: image:iris_sectorial_iridis.jpgthumbright180pxan example of sectorial heterochromia iridis...[follow hyperlink for more...]) and her eyes are blue and green. This is considerably more noticeable in the anime, as while in the anime the two are quite different colors, the eye colors are fairly similar to each other in the manga version. (See Note on Color Changes) Asuna is the first to find out about Negi's secret when she saw him saving Nodoka from falling down the stairs. Negi and Asuna had a very shaky relationship from the start but later improved with Negi being a little brother to her and Asuna being a big sister/guardian to him; their relationship seems to, very occasionally, show hints at eventually developing into a less platonic one. Asuna is the first person that Negi made a probationary contract with. Her artifact was supposed to be a giant sword, but turned out to be a giant fan instead; she nevertheless wields it with gusto and effectiveness. The only time the sword was seen when Asuna was worried and tried to save Negi from the sharks in chapter 61, which means emotions play a role to her summoning the sword. She has immunity to most magic against her such as the effects of a love potion or a petrification spell. Asuna may have met the Thousand Master as a child before which may explain her strong magic immunity.
Student Number 9: Misora Kasuga is a tomboy in the track & field club. She sometimes wears a nun's uniform.
Student Number 10: Chachamaru Karakuri, a robot (created by Hakase and powered by Evangeline), though only a select few actually seem to have noticed (even though her metal robotic parts stick out very clearly, such as her rabbit-ear-like antennas and mechanical head screw!). To date, only Evangeline, Chamo, Chisame, and Satomi have been able to identify her without having it pointed out to them. She also stands out as being about the only friend Evangeline A. K. McDowell has in the class. In fact, the two are so close that Chachamaru takes care of Evangeline whenever she gets sick. This is not simple friendship, as she has been designed by Eva as a specific magic partner. Chachamaru behaves cold and emotionless most of the time (as she is an android), though she spends most of her free time, on her own will, taking care of people and animals (she is looking after a pack of stray cats). She is also in the Go (japanese chess) and Tea ceremony clubs, but only because Eva is in those clubs too.
Student Number 11: Madoka Kugimiya, is the serious one of the three cheerleaders in the class. She is their leader and the one making sure that the other cheerleaders (especially Sakurako) don't get into any trouble. She likes Gyuudon Noodles, Silver accessories and is a fan of Avril Lavigne (Avril Lavigne: more facts about this subject) but hates playboys, and is mildly obsessed with her husky voice.
Student Number 12: Ku Fei, the energetic and joyful kung-fu fighting Chinese girl. She is much like Love Hina's Kaolla Suu (though less childish). She's a member of the "Baka Rangers" where she is the "Yellow Ranger". She says that she can't concentrate much on her studies as she "takes most of her time" to study Japanese language. She hates being used as test subjects for Chao's and Satomi's inventions. She is also one of the few girls in the class to know of Negi's secret when she, Mana and Kaede helped Negi, Asuna and Setsuna rescued Konoka at Kyoto.
Student Number 13: Konoka Konoe, a gentle and caring girl who lives with Asuna and Negi. If anything, she's the mediator within Asuna's and Konoka's dorm room, being both Asuna's best friend and Negi's biggest supporter. She is also the school dean granddaughter. A fan of fortune telling, she has much magical potential, having come from a family of powerful mages. Her father is the chief of the Kansai Magic Association, who married her mother, the school dean daughter, in an arranged marriage in order to ease tension between the Kansai and Kantou (where Mahora Acedemy is located and the dean lives) Magic Associations. (This is because Kantou mages use western type magic from Europe, and this angered Kansai mages who use eastern type magic from East Asia, because they see Kantou mages forgetting traditions and being more western). She is the fourth person that Negi made a probationary contract with and has the ability to heal wounds. She has strong affection for Setsuna, and this often makes their friendship seem more akin to a romantic relationship (it sometimes seems that the friendship, indeed, has that potential).
Student Number 14: Haruna Saotome, the local rumor-monger and a frequent companion of Yue Ayase and Nodoka Miyazaki. If there's a rumor going around in the class, she's almost always at the root of it all. Also, as a member of the Library Exploration Club, she seems to have made it her mission to get Nodoka together with Negi - whether Nodoka wants her help or not.
Student Number 15: Setsuna Sakurazaki, a kendo expert trained in the Kyoto Shinmei (God's Cry) Style. Originally from Kyoto, she is a childhood friend of Konoka and often acts as her protector. At times, her devotion to Konoka and Konoka's open affection towards her is suggestive of a more romantic relationship (and the friendship, indeed, seems to have that potential). However, she rarely communicates with Konoka, as she believes that she should be her "protector from the shadows" so to speak. But the truth is she is has angel wings since she is half human, half bird, fearing that Konoka and everyone else would hate her. But Negi, Asuna and Konoka, who were the first to find out, still became her friends even after finding out who she was. The only people who know about her secret is Asuna, Konoka, Eva, Chachamaru and Negi who all agreed to keep it a secret. After the Kyoto incident, she has become more open, even being with Konoka. Occasionally goes on exorcisms with Mana Tatsumiya. She is the third person that Negi made a probationary contract with. Interesting note: the kendo style that Setsuna use is the same style used by Motoko Aoyama of Love Hina. This has led fans to believe their might be a possible cross over between the series since both are created by the same author, Ken Akamatsu.
Student Number 16: Makie Sasaki, the delicate and feminine rhythmic gymnast. She has a strong liking to Negi and is friends with Yuuna Akashi, Ako Izumi & Akira Ookouchi who are also in sports clubs. She's a member of the "Baka Rangers", the nickname for the five lowest scorers in Negi's class, standing out as the second lowest scorer (only Asuna does worse than her). She is the "Pink Ranger". In several readership polls, she has been consistently been voted the most popular girl in Class 3-A.
Student Number 17: Sakurako Shina, the most cheerful one of the three cheerleaders in the class. She also has high liking to Negi. Together with the Narutaki twins, the three look like hyperactive kids. She loves to karaoke and her pet cats, Cookie and Biscuit but she hates black stuff that appears in the kitchen especially what the cats bring in. She is also in the Lacrosse club.
Student Number 18: Mana Tatsumiya, the mercenary miko. She works part time at a shrine within the academy as a priestess & employs guns with spellbreaker bullets as her tool of exorcism. She is also one of the few girls in the class to know of Negi's secret, when she, Fei Ku, & Kaede help Negi, Asuna & Setsuna rescue Konoka at Kyoto. She is also in the Biathlon club. Another note: Mana is 1 of the 5 girls in the class who have big breasts & the 2nd largest breasts in class.
Student Number 19: Chao Lingshen, the top student of the entire year group. A Chinese girl, she is in a lot of clubs and is particularly into cooking. She is best friends with Satomi Hakase & both enjoy using Satomi’s inventions on Ku Fei.
Student Number 20: Kaede Nagase, the gentle and calm yet strong and tall girl. She resembles Mitsune Konno from Love Hina. In her free time, she goes ninja-training in the mountains, using real ninja weaponry and even having true "magical" ninja powers (such as the art of the doppelganger). She is a member of the "Baka Rangers", the nickname for the five lowest scorers in Negi's class. She is the "Blue Ranger". Kaede is one of the rare girls who know Negi's secret (though he doesn't know at first, as she noticed it secretly) & helped Negi, Asuna & Setsuna rescue Konoka at Kyoto with Mana & Ku Fei. Another note: Kaede is 1 of the 5 girls in the class who have big breasts & has the 3rd largest breasts in class.
Student Number 21: Chizuru Naba is a gentle and loving, yet strange, girl. She resemble Mutsumi Otohime from Love Hina & even acts like her. She is kind person to everyone, volunteers at the daycare in Mahora City & is in the Astronomy club. She is also roommates with Ayaka Yukihiro & Natsumi Murakami. Another note: Chizuru is 1 of the 5 girls in the class who have big breasts & has the largest breasts in the class.Student Number 22: Fuka Narutaki, the elder of the Narutaki twins. She's the class prankster, and always seems to be looking for some way to get into trouble. More often than not, she winds up getting Fumika to help her out as well. Together with her sister & Sakurako the 3 look like hyperactive kids.Student Number 23: Fumika Narutaki, the younger of the Narutaki twins. Truth be told, she's almost the complete opposite of Fuka. Her hobby is cleaning, and more often than not winds up going along with Fuka's pranks, trying to tell her sister that it's a bad idea the entire way. Together with her sister & Sakurako the 3 look like hyperactive kids.
Student Number 24: Satomi Hakase, the robotics expert. She is best friends with Chao Lingshen, and created Chachamaru with her help. She & Chao enjoy using her invetions on Ku Fei. She is also a member in the Robotics & Jet propulsion society of Mahora university.
Student Number 25: Chisame Hasegawa, the grumpy computer geek, with a double life. She is serious in public, however in private she dresses via cosplay fashion and takes glamorous and sexy pictures of herself that are posted to a website. In the manga, she is the most popular of the internet idols. She particularly dislikes Chachamaru Rakuso, Mana Tatsumiya, the Narutaki twins, Ku Fei, Lingshen Chao, Evangeline, Kaede Nagase, Zazie Rainyday and Negi, considering them to be crazy (as they are quite eccentric-looking). Actually, she is afraid of being crazy herself because of her hobby, but denies it herself. She does look like Love Hina’s Naru Narusegawa with her glasses on. The only person who knows about her double life is Negi. Unfortunely, not only did he found out about her secret, he even accidently embarrasses her to the entire class no thanks to his magic (he sneeze at her which blow all of her clothes off in chapter 12) & she vows one day to get her revenge for what he did.
Student Number 26: Evangeline Athanasia Katherine McDowell (a.k.a. Eva), the only Western/Caucasian girl in the class. A cold and devilish small girl, she is actually a criminal witch/vampire nicknamed the "Dark Evangel" and a thousand other names... or so she would have a person believe. She may looklike about 10 but she’s really over a hundred years old! She rarely ever says much in class, but what she does say tends to lean towards an attempt to seem as evil as possible. However, she DOES have a soft side, which she rarely shows. The only people who can truly say much about Evangeline would be Chachamaru & Chacha Zero. She enjoy playing Go (Go: A board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters) & is in the Go & Tea Ceremony club. As an interesting note, Mr. Takahata wrote "Ask her advice if you're in trouble" on Negi's class roster. (See Note on Evangeline in Translation Notes) Eva ostensibly hates Negi, although it is due to the fact that his father rejected (indirectly) her love & 15 years ago, he put a powerful curse that seal her magic powers & prevented her from leaving Mahora Academy as punishment for being evil. However she was able to leave the academy once when she & Chachamaru help Negi, Asuna & Setsuna rescue Konoka at Kyoto thanks to the dean who was able to find way to trick the powers that prevented Eva from leaving the academy. Another way for her to leave, is if the entire electricity power at Mahora Academy is shutdown since this power is powering the curse that’s been sealing her magic & preventing her to leave. The only way for her to end the curse is if somebody who is powerful like (Negi father) to lift the curse or she has to completely drink Negi blood (which contain very powerful magic which was passed down from his father) inorder to be free from the curse. Given that the identity of Negi's mother is unknown, and given Eva's past with Negi's father, there is a possibility (albeit a very, very remote one) that Eva might be Negi's mother. It is unlikely since Eva was curse 15 years ago & Negi was born 10 years ago.
Student Number 27: Nodoka Miyazaki, the shy book maniac. A member of the Library Exploration Group, and helps in the book store, she spends so much time in the library that people outside the Library Exploration Group refer to her as "Bookshelf girl", "Library Girl", "Book Store girl", etc. (the Del Rey translation often gives it as "Librarian-chan"). When Negi first arrived, she always had hair falling in front of her eyes, though her current hairstyle usually leaves enough of an opening in her hair that one (and only one) eye & later both eyes can be seen, created by wearing a short ponytail. After Negi catches her after she falls down some stairs, she develops a liking to Negi, which seems to be reciprocated & rather interesting since she dislikes boys .Interesting note, she is very much like Love Hina's Shinobu Maehara, by the same author, Ken Akamatsu. Nodoka is the second student Negi make a probationary contract with. Her magical artifact is a "Diary" that shows the thoughts of any person she speaks the name of, and has saved Negi and company on more than one occasion.
Student Number 28: Natsumi Murakami, is a sweet yet shy girl who is an actress in the theatrical club. She loves acting but one thing she hates is herself & how she looks because her body is not ‘mature’. This is made more worse since she is roomates with Ayaka & Chizuru who both have mature bodies & bigger breasts.
Student Number 29: Ayaka Yukihiro, the rich and snooty class representative. More often than not, she winds up being the only thing keeping the class in order, due to Negi's inexperience with handling large groups, which winds up with betting rings opening up whenever she's distracted, more often than not because she's fighting with Asuna (which in turn winds up being what the betting is on). She and Asuna seem to hate each other, with the two often getting into fights, but it eventually comes clear that they merely have a very weird friendship that neither is willing to admit to. She is madly in love with Negi, though she stands by the position that she's only interested in Negi because he "needs a mother figure". She tends to be aggressive in pretty much everything she does, which tends to wind up with her being misunderstood. However, she's very good at hiding her own past (such as her younger brother who died at childbirth, which may explain her fixation on Negi). She also roommates with Chizuru Naba & Natsumi Murakami & is in the equestrian & floral club. Another note: Ayaka is 1 of the 5 girls in the class who have big breasts & has the 5th largerst breasts in class.
Student Number 30: Satsuki Yotsuba is the only girl in class whose fat. She enjoys cooking and is in the cooking club. She also runs a nikuman business with Lingshen, and is the school dining officer. Despite her overweightness, she is still rather cute.
Student Number 31: Zazie Rainyday is very mysterious student. Nothing much is known about her, as she rarely talks. What is known is that she is in the school's magic club, thanks to Takamichi's notes. She has dark skin, and has two particular face paint marks: a large teardrop under her left eye, and a vertical line crossing the right side of her face. She is always seen with her pet bird.
Love Hina (ラブ ひな, Rabu Hina) is a manga and anime series by author Ken Akamatsu. The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen in 2001 and the "Best Manga, USA Release" at the 2002 Anime Expo. The manga consists of 14 volumes. The anime is 25 episodes long and is supplemented with Christmas and Spring movies and the Love Hina Again OVA. There are also two novels from Love Hina, both named Love Hina: the novel (both written by the series' anime screenwriters, volume 1 by Sho Aikawa (as Kurou Hazuki), volume 2 by Hiroyuki Kawasaki), which have been released in Japan and have been released in the US by Tokyopop, the US publisher of the manga.
The story is a comedy of the shōnen genre about a clumsy young man with an unparalleled amount of personal drive despite having horrible luck. After failing to get into Tokyo U (the college of his dreams), he visits his grandmother's onsen only to discover it has been turned into a girls' dorm. After his grandmother gives him the deed to the building, he has the tough job of being landlord, studying to get into Tokyo U, and dealing with the girls living there, who never pass up an opportunity to humiliate him.
The series falls under the harem comedy genre as well due to the familiar set up of one boy living with a group of sexy but unusual women. One distinguishing feature that sets this series apart from the average harem comedy is that, for a very large portion of the manga series, Keitaro is disliked by the girls. Whereas many of the same genre initially or very quickly place the main male character at the center of the girls' lusts, Keitaro is not only initially disliked by the girls, he suffers for a rather prolonged and extended period of time.
Personal Insights and Reflections
The series taught me a lot of things. Just how loyal are we when it comes to love? Do we keep our promises to the end?And do we think about our future in times of turmoil? This manga has a lot to offer. Laughs , Romance , and the occasional panty shots . All packed into one cleverly planned manga by Ken Akamatsu. For me the manga is saying that we have to be careful in making our decisions in life , love or studies it may be. And how scarce are the opportunities that come in our lives. People take them for granted and slowly see the sun setting.....
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Its a good read, especially if you like shojo and slice of life kind of thing. The chapters are pretty short and its worth the time you spend on it. After all, the manga has a theme that can relate to most of us, that is.... the struggle we go through to find who we are and the pain and suffering that defines our future.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The collected volumes or tankōbon of Weekly Jump titles in Japan are released under the Jump Comics imprint.
Weekly Jump targets young males ("Shōnen" is made of the kanji that mean 'few' and 'years', and is a Japanese word for 'boy'). It features manga with lots of action and adventure, often featuring young, male protagonists with special powers and/or abilities.
Weekly Jump was launched by Shueisha in 1968, to compete with the already-successful Shonen Magazine and Shonen Sunday. At its highest point in the mid 1990s, Weekly Jump had a regular circulation of over 6 million. In the last few years, its circuation is about 3 million. Weekly Jump manga titles have also been translated and redistributed in countries where the magazine itself isn't published, such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand.
There were a few games made based on the magazine and the series in it. There were two Famicom Jump games (Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden and Famicom Jump II: The Strongest Seven) for its anniversary, on the Famicom, and lately Jump Superstars and Jump Ultimate Stars on the Nintendo DS
Also published in Japan is Akamaru Jump, special issues featuring one-shot manga released during Japanese holidays. A number of current and former Jump mangaka get their start in these issues, most notably Hideaki Sorachi (Gintama), Akira Amano (Reborn!) and Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto).
In 2002, Shueisha announced a partnership with Viz Communications (now Viz Media), a purveyor of anime and manga in the United States, to distribute a monthly version of Shonen Jump in that country and Canada. The Shonen Jump issues, like the Japanese issues, are read from right to left, because if printed the other way, pictures and words would be mirror-imaged. In its first issue (January 2003), it sold almost 300,000 copies beating their old rival Raijin Comics out of business, making it the top-selling Manga book of any kind in the U.S. for that time period. Shonen Jump also runs a line of graphic novels, including those that have run in the American Shonen Jump, but also other titles that ran in the Japanese Shonen Jump but not the American version. These manga are put in two manga lines Shonen Jump and Shonen Jump Advanced
In the magazine's text, the U.S. Shonen Jump uses circumflexes instead of macrons to mark long vowels. The manga in the magazine doesn't always reflect this (e.g., the preview for Whistle! used macrons). In 2005, Shonen Jump adopted a policy of editing dialogue and art of serialized manga to make it more suitable for younger audiences and still appeal to older audiences as well. This policy has still received criticism from long-time readers. Manga translated by Shonen Jump that are not present in the magazine have fewer edits and are released sooner. Even more recently Shonen Jump has started focusing more heavily on Naruto even so much as releasing 5 Chapters in one book.
The list below has every manga released in the American edition of Shonen Jump that did not run in the japanese version but instead ran in monthly jump:
Beet the Vandel Buster (originally Monthly Shonen Jump, currently on hiatus)
Claymore (originally Monthly Shonen Jump, in Weekly Shonen Jump until start of Jump²)
Dragon Drive (originally Monthly Shonen Jump)
Kurohime (originally Monthly Shonen Jump, will return when Jump² starts)
Legendz (originally Monthly Shonen Jump)
Ultimate Muscle (originally Weekly Playboy, tied to SJ release due to legacy of original Kinnikuman)
Yu-Gi-Oh GX (originally V-Jump, tied to SJ release due to original Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Yu-Gi-Oh! R (originally V-Jump, not out in stores)
The years next to the series are when the series started to be published in Shonen Jump.
Bleach (manga) (2007)
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (2007)
Hikaru no Go (2004)
One Piece (2003)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World (2005)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (2007)
YuYu Hakusho (2003)
With the end of the publication of Monthly Shonen Jump with the July, 2007 issue, four series from the magazine are going to be published in Weekly Shonen Jump until the start of Jump², a new monthly shonen magazine. The series will be alternated throughout the month to allow for similar publication like in their former monthly magazine. (Italics = Published in America under Shonen Jump label):
Gag Manga Biyori (2000)
Rosario to Vampire (2004)
Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) (2006)
Official Shonen Jump Website (English) : http://www.shonenjump.com/
By BIANCA BOSKERAugust 31, 2007
Wide-eyed superheroes, latex-booted heroines and wild-haired supervillains might seem like unlikely international goodwill ambassadors, but Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes they will be just that. The politicos are gambling that manga and anime -- distinctive forms of comic books and movie animation, respectively -- and the diehard fans who dress up as their favorite characters in homemade costumes to attend conventions (the practice is called "cosplay") will spruce up Japan's image abroad. It's a risky bet.
Manga got its start in post-World War II Japan when cheap entertainment was in short supply. But it wasn't until the late 1980s that Japanese comics gained notice abroad. Now the U.S. market for anime is worth approximately $4.35 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization. Annual manga sales in North America have more than doubled since 2002, totaling $200 million in 2006 according to research firm ICv2.
The Japanese government wants to capitalize on this growing popularity. Japan's cultural diplomacy has generally focused on more traditional Japanese art forms, such as kabuki and noh theater and okiyo-e woodblock prints. These days it's doubling down on cartoons.
In June, it awarded the first International Manga Award. Recognition went to four non-Japanese cartoonists from Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong for their help in advancing manga abroad. Grand prize: a government-sponsored 10-day visit to Japan. This autumn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce an Anime Ambassador program to boost interest in anime films overseas. Tokyo anticipates spending at least 20 million yen ($175,000) a year on this new "manga diplomacy campaign."
But while Japan's use of manga and anime relies on their proven market appeal, the content and fan base of these trendy products make them ill-suited for Japan's public relations campaign.
Perhaps the biggest problem is the highly sexualized nature of the form, which can be exceptionally seedy, if not illegal. Earlier this year, 13 manga comics, including "Rape Me in My School Uniform" and "Pedophile's Banquet II," were labeled "harmful books" by the Kyoto Prefecture for featuring excessive sexual acts involving girls under the age of 13.
Anime and manga also tend to perpetuate negative images of daily life in Japan. Madeleine Rosca, one of the International Manga Award winners, notes that the cartoons did nothing to sell her on the country. "Japan comes across as a bit scary culturally—terribly formal and deeply strict," she explains. "Most of the stories we get tend to be stereotypes showing heavy workloads and strictness, and a super-adherence to tradition."
Nor are the cartoons immune from the politics that color Japan's international relations more generally, and especially with its neighbors. As Ming Wan, director of the global affairs program at George Mason University, cautions, there is a limit to how much Tokyo can push its cultural products before manga and anime are viewed as government propaganda. This is especially true in China, where some already see Japanese manga as a tool of indoctrination. An article published by the Chinese paper Global Times in June 2006 accused manga of trying to "retell history" to cover up Japan's war crimes and infect Chinese children with Japanese values.
And there's a certain weirdness factor. The nearest American counterpart to anime-inspired costume play may be Star Trek and Star Wars conventions, whose participants also dress up as their favorite characters. Those gatherings have entered the broader cultural consciousness more as a source of late-night television humor than as a viable goodwill export.
Despite these drawbacks, at Ani-Com Hong Kong, a comics fair held in late July, it seemed that Sailor Moon, Detective Konan and the other stars of Japanese cartoons have been making friends for Tokyo. Cosplay competitors at the convention said their attraction to manga and anime had developed their interest in Japan. Many had taken up study of the language, and others were saving up to visit manga's homeland.
If capturing the youth "vote" is the goal, Tokyo may be on to something. At the Hong Kong convention, a group of five 18 year-olds dressed as ninjas from the Japanese video game Tenchu posed for photographers. "Arigato!" they called to their fans, brandishing their fists and samurai swords. "We love Japan!" But will their parents?