The Dark Knight Returns: The best comic I’ve ever read.


What’s up my dear readers?

He comes back form the night

He comes back form the night

Today I want to tell you about a comic I picked up called Batman: The Dark Night Returns by Frank Miller. I have devoted myself to reading, analyzing, and scanning this comic, all for my English class, and since I have literal done little more than that this week, I thought I could post a little bit about it here. Though I’m not complaining, the comic itself is quite good and I enjoyed it each time I read it. It is a story separate from the main plot, and consists of one volume, which apparently has a sequel, which was made much later.

In this rendition, Bruce Wayne has given up on being Batman after the death of Jason, the Robin to come after Dick Grayson and the outlaw of superheroes (except Superman, who works for the government). Gotham streets are filled with crime and the emerging mutant gang, Commissioner Gordon is nearing the retiring age of 70. Two-Face has been under rehabilitation (just as the Joker) for 12 years, and is being prepared for release after a “full recovery of Harvey Dent.”  After putting up with 10 years of doing nothing, Bruce Wayne can take it no more, once again donning the title Batman and entering a world where he is a criminal. Joining him is a new and female Robin, Carrie Kelley, a girl who saves him after he saves her and rebuilds Batman’s moral. Batman finishes what he left, disbanding the mutants and keeping Two-Face from blowing up the twin towers, as well as having a final battle with the Joker, breaking his no kill rule.

Well crafted, I was amazed by the pure Batman in this book, Bruce Wayne was truly conflicted, and I feel as though this explored the darker story of ‘what if Batman was gone?’ The exploration of this was done beautifully by Miller, who was truly able to capture the aspects of each character perfectly. Miller uses even the layout of the page to convey the state of Gotham, or the feelings of a certain character. His language use is beautiful; his art is fantastic, showing a true darkness of the comic itself. The plot itself is wonderful, all except for a random scene in which Batman fights Superman, which I feel would have been better done if it was another character instead, though I can understand why it was done.page142

Overall, this comic is so darn awesome, I don’t even comprehend how to put it in to words, I have found myself reading it several times over, it delivers a powerful message, not just one but many. In fact, I felt my emotions move quickly from place to place as I read, going from laughing to pure shock in an instant. It’s a smooth transition from page to page, which can be extremely submerging and allows this comic to truly be enjoyed. Even things like his choice to use duller colors on a majority of pages makes huge improvements to this book, and it truly shows when colors seem to get a little brighter at the end.

page182I would recommend this comic to every person on the planet (or at least any with some interest in Batman) and would require it for anyone who one day dreams of making comics themselves. Miller does an amazing job of balancing this comic perfectly, leaving the reader with a feeling of pure Batman and the dream of finding the Batman in themselves.

My friend wanted me to mention I went swimming today,


Love so life: so sweet you’ll need a dentist

Good day dear readers!

Two weeks ago I was randomly introduced to the manga Love so Life, a manga which even lacks an English Wikipedia page (I have no idea why either, it came out in 2008…) I stumbled upon it after clicking a random button on a website, and said to myself ‘why the heck not?’ And that is how I lost my free time for 2 days.  It opens up with Shiharu Nakamura, a 16 year old girl who works part time at a day care. Shiharu is an orphan who dreams of one day owning her own day care as she loves to work with children. At the day care, Shiharu often watches 2 year old twins, Aoi and Akane, who have taken a liking to her. When there uncle, Matsunaga Seiji, a 25 year old news reporter and guardian of the twins, comes to pick them up, he asks Shiharu if she will babysit for him, offering to pay her triple what she makes at the day care. She accepts, and their journey begins.

 The plot itself is rather cliché and extremely slow moving, as one could predict, Shiharu and Matsunaga begin to fall in love, but Matsunaga feels the age difference is too much, and Shiharu has no experience with guys. So instead, most chapters focus on the adorable twins or the adventures of Shiharu and Matsunaga’s friends, meaning the plot rarely ever moves forward. This means that over time, it becomes a bit of a pain to wait for these things to happen. However, these small antics are quite heartwarming and funny, therefore it is not a boring wait. This does make it hard to really judge the plot, however, but each chapter is cute and offers a nice story. Overall it’s very heartwarming and calm to read.

The art and characters are truly what speaks for this manga. Each character is well crafted with fitting personalities and designs, each has their flaws, and each their own motives. The author has a way of keeping secrets and revealing their answers with perfect timing, so each builds a better picture of the characters.  This allows for a variety of interaction and a good many flashbacks (not repeated all the time…) creating vivid pasts and interesting relationships.


The art style is very fitting and has its own uniqueness. Though it is not the most professional I have ever seen, it is in fact, beautiful, adorable, and comical. The artist has a special way with a more simple style crossing with the ever so cute Chibi to create a heartwarmingly funny cute fest. She really is amazing at drawing cute things, and coming up with brilliant character designs that truly bring life to her characters.


Overall, Love so Life is probably the cutest manga I’ve ever read and I find it nice to enjoy something so relaxing. What it lacks in good translation and plot it makes up for in characters and short stories.  Anyone who really just wants a cute little bunch of sweetness will love this manga, and those who don’t will probably still find it enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys light hearted Shōjo manga or even just someone who wants something a little sweet.

Speaking of sweet, I could go for some Milka chocolate…


Squid Girl, it’s squidtastic!


             Greetings dearest readers!

A while ago while browsing Netflix I stumbled upon an anime I had never seen on instant play before, it was called Squid Girl. Due to the bad view of tentacles on the internet (*cough cough* hentai *cough cough*)I was briefly worried. But after reading the description and looking at the rating, I found myself watching the new to me anime, and I must say, it pretty Kraken funny  

                Each episode of Squid Girl is actually 3 separate episodes in one, much like Rugrats. The show is about a young squid of a girl named Squid Girl (creative right?). Squid Girl has come to the surface to “Inkvade” and stop the pollution of her home, the ocean. Upon arriving at the surface she encounters the Lemon Beach House, a small restaurant, and decides to make it her base of operations. The owners of the restaurant, the Aizawa siblings, have no problem kicking her out though however, and Squid Girl fights them for it. Sadly, she not only loses, but she manages to put a whole in their wall, and now must work at the beach house to pay for it. The series follows her comical adventures at the beach house as she works both towards paying off her debt and “Inkvaiding” mankind.

The entire cast… With the exception of Squid Girl

I must say I enjoy the pure wittiness of the series, with Squid Girl often facing a direct conflict (often in the form of her mangers, the red head Eiko Aizawa, and her calm older sister Chizuru Aizawa) and causing trouble as she misunderstands the culture of the surface world. Though the series itself seems limited in actual plot, it has its own charms in its short stories which make it extremely enjoyable. It is very lighthearted, and easy to watch on those off days. I find this attractive, and I believe others do to, as it allows for me to not have to get too involved with the plot. In many anime this is important, but it also causes strain because in most cases it puts you on an emotional roller coaster of sorts. A series that doesn’t do this makes a nice cool down for those that do.

Squid Girl does this extremely well, with its episode based plot and all the “Squidtastic” word play. It has an adorable art style, often making good use of chibis and comical effects. The team for this anime shows skill in many ways, art being a huge one. Characters have just enough depth to be relatable too, but are still very swallow in

I can’t tell if it’s Nintendo, mainly because that’s an X-Box controller.

terms of development. This series focus primarily on comedy, and surprisingly, of a less perverted variety. I am proud to say that I would watch this with RetroRob in the room, which is quite a statement. A majority of the jokes focus primarily on Squid Girls cluelessness, and all the trouble that it gets her and her friends into. The rainbow of characters and personalities causes a variety in episodes, and the setting allows for its own comedy (i.e Squad girl “downing” despite the fact she can breathe underwater…) and overall it’s a heartwarming story about a girl and her squid.

I’m not sure where I am right now,


Mei-chan no Shitsuji: I stumble upon odd things.

Hello dear readers!

                As you may know, I have been in a Pokémon frenzy for a while, but have also found myself addicted to a manga. For those of you unable to read the large title, it is called Mei-chan no Shitsugi, which, as far as I know, translates to Mei-chan’s Butler. As you can imagine, the crossing over of these two in my mind has left me with some strange dreams (Including one where we fought with Butlers, and when viewing their states I found one had a special ability in bed). But this is in fact, not important, as neither has much in common with the other.

  Mei-Chan no Shitsugi is a story about Shinonome Mei, a 2nd year in middle school. When she was younger, she remembers being saved by a man in a suit, with a pin in his coat who claimed to be her butler, after she had gotten lost. She lives with her parents, who own a noodle shop, in a poor house. No one believes that Mei was ever saved by a butler, especially her friend Kento Shibata, a pretty boy whom she is close friends with. One day while at school, Mei is told her parents have died in an accident. Now an orphan, Mei’s world is changed when the butler with the pin, Rihito, comes to Mei and tells her she is actually the heir a very rich family, and that he has come to take care of her. But there are dangers that come with being a member of such a rich family, dangers Mei will never have dreamed of.

This manga has a lot of sheep…

This starts off as a standard awkward romance manga, where the character is thrust into a totally different lifestyle and has no idea how to deal with it. The instant Mei see’s Rhito she states that he is “Just her type”, falling in love with him despite the fact that he is in his early 20s, and she is only 13. As the story goes on however, we find out more of the reasoning for each character, and learn of their intentions (except Rhito, I still have little idea of what he really wants). The setting changes over time as well, with Mei leaving her home town behind to go to a prestigious all-girl boarding school after an attempt on her and her friends. The plot amazes me, not because it’s unique, but because it’s well crafted, as the characters are well crafted, giving the story more depth. There is a certain tension as well, never a dull moment, one character always facing a problem, often dragging down the others with them. This leads to a funny but romantic and dramatic story, with action sprinkled throughout.

By dark I mean worse then this, but it’s a sad moment…

The themes in this book however, seem less appealing. They are often dark, and depressing, sometimes even illegal, so much so that each chapter has a mature content warning, despite the fact that what is often warned about only appears in 1 or 2 chapters. The character seem almost awkward in such a dark scene, Mei is an extremely innocent and clumsy girl, but despite this she is extremely brave, and will fight for what she believes is right. Shibata is the opposite, smart but scared, he will do anything for the people he loves, even put others in danger. Rhito is mysterious, and dark, he is well aware of everything he does, and a dedicated to being a butler. These characters balance each other out, but also create their own inner chaos. This leads to both comical and heart wrench moments, and allows for a more human feel among each character.

Miyagi Riko shows skill as a writer and an artist. The art in this manga is truly amazing, each detail seems perfect, and Miyagi seems to have a way of communicating threw both art and words very well. Even the little author blurb at the beginning of each volume is often used to explain some process of making the volume, and often gives insight to what the author was thinking. I honestly believe the composition of this manga makes it run very smoothly and causes it to be quite addictive, even if just for the amazingly drawn Bishōnens.

Did I mention there were PANDAS?!?!

Over all I am very addicted to this manga, I find it enjoyable and very plot heavy, but not for those who focus solely on action or the innocent. I enjoy it very much and look forward for an English release of both the manga and the live action Japanese TV drama (which I have yet to watch, but the actor for the live action role of Sebastian from Black Butler is in it). But if you like drama, romance and comedy with dark undertones, then you’re going to love this.

Well, back to the manga for me!


Pokemon Best Wishes, Season 2: Episode N: It’s a real name

Good evening dear readers!

I like to report that I am still going through my Pokémon obsession, and set off on an investigation of what to do next. After a bit of research I stumbled upon Pokémon: Best Wishes Season 2 Episode N, which is still currently airing in Japan, meaning I’ve been watching as much as I can subbed, all 9 episodes.  The first thing I noticed was the huge notification on the screen not to sit too close to the T.V and only watch anime in a well lite room (I followed neither). This was a reminder of the seizer incident, which was honestly a mistake that could have been easily avoided by more than three people watching it, (I watched it and man, if your eyes didn’t even hurt a little there is something wrong with you). I found it particularly interesting that this is still brought up even now though, as I do believe Pokémon has learned its lesson.

I fixed the entire problem of EP38 in MS paint... Like a true man.

I fixed the entire problem of EP38 in MS paint… Like a true man.

Back to the anime, it focuses mainly on Iris, Ash, and Dent looking for Reshiram in the white ruins. On their way, they run into a mysterious man, N. N can somehow understand what a Pokémon is feeling and is against the use of Pokémon in battle seeing it as abuse. N later joins the group, but only after they run into team Plasma. The biggest thing that happens is in episode 8, Charizard comes back! Not even in a cameo, or for just one episode, no, Ash’s Charizard is now part of the actual rotation. This one of the only reasons I started watching this series, but I stayed because I found it quite enjoyable.

       The art has in fact improved, everyone but Ash seems to have a more complex look, more professional, and the coloring has most definitely improved since the show first aired in 98. The subbed also seems to have much better voice acting, made obvious to me at first when I wasn’t annoyed anytime either Ash or his friends talked as I normally am in the new dubbed series. The plot is like that of most Pokémon series, minimal, but is still there. Another exciting feature is the revival of ‘Who’s that Pokemon?’ Everyone’s favorite game show! I have to admit, due to all the answers using the Japanese names, I got them all wrong, but I got the weakness right!

Overall watching this series brought back many memories, and was not nearly as disappointing as I thought it might be. I honestly believe the show would become much better if Ash was replaced, leading to a lack of confusion as to why he doesn’t age and the constant view of “He belongs with Misty!” It would honestly allow for people like myself to feel at peace with Pokémon, knowing they weren’t butchering the characters of our childhood.  Though I’m sure it’s just wishful thinking…

I need to get some more hobbies…


Pokemon White: I play stuff


Hello dear readers!

How are you and your wonderful faces? I myself am doing quite well, having tasted the wonder known as victory after a grueling day of pure defeat. It took me a week, but I was able to do it, I defeated Pokémon White (Well, at least the main plot, you can’t really all out win a Pokémon game after all). Now, this is surprising to me not only because a) I normally just play to get the cute Pokémon and therefor ignore the plot and B) Because I didn’t think I’d like the game much in the first place.

You see, I grew up playing Pokémon Red on my Gameboy color and learning that was the only way too play (though later I fell in love with Emerald and Gold), leaving no interest in the new generations and their ‘ugly’ new Pokémon. In fact, upon first seeing gameplay I thought that Black and White both looked pathetic, but man, I was wrong. My boyfriend gave me his old copy after I had watched him play, asking all sorts of question. I was excited because it had been years since I had played a Pokémon game that wasn’t just an emulator. I started to play, and I became hooked.

The starers, can you guess which one I chose?

The starers, can you guess which one I chose?

The game opens like all the others, the game’s first female professor, Professor Juniper, tells you a bit about the world of Pokémon, and asks your name and gender. Though after this, the game shows quite a bit of progression from its predecessors, upon entering your game world, you and your friend Cheren are waiting for your other friend Bianca to show up so that you can choose your starter Pokémon. After receiving it, you and Bianca battle in your room, tearing it to shreds (but don’t worry, mom doesn’t care). You then began your journey, entering the wonderful world of the Unova region. On your journey you meet Team Plasma, a gang that has it’s heart set on ‘saving’ Pokémon by forcing their trainers to release them (with words, of course), and the mysterious (and amazingly attractive) N, who not only speaks to Pokémon, but seems to want you.

The plot of this game seemed to add a lot, seeming as I normally tap A when most people talk in other Pokemon games (I can only handle listing to team rocket rant for so long…) and I took a good amount of time to read what was being said in this game. I enjoyed feeling like there was a real story in this game, and that I was truly a part of it. I liked that I could choose my answer sometimes, and the way I wasn’t simply “That annoying kid whom happens to be uber tough” all the time. Honestly, the fact that characters actually interacted with each other and you the way they did made the game so much more enjoyable.

Gameplay seems to have improved greatly too, little things like the ability to use TMs more than once and the lack of HMs that need to be used make for much easier move combos, to larger things like triple battles. The overall gameplay mechanics seem to have changed very little, buttons still do pretty much what they used too and you still need to press  B to run, though the menu has become easier to use, and using items has become much less time consuming, especially if one wants to use the same item more than once.  The new Pokémon are both cute and creative 90% of the time, which is honestly not too bad.

Fanart that depict the characters best...

Fanart that depict the characters best…

I have yet to try many of the games online features, as I use WPA security, and DS lite is not compatible with such. Though I have traded, as soon as I could I received a Charamander from my friend, and later and Eevee. I have found trading via inferred to be easy and fun. Overall I very much enjoyed the game, and look forward to playing it more.

I fell asleep on my floor halfway through writing this, sorry,


Akira: something I watched in the desert

That’s a lie, it’s rated R now, but still, would be funny

Good day dear readers,

                Recently, I went with some friends on a road trip to see their family. After a long weekend in a land of pure flatness, I found something amazing in the house I was staying in. In the bottom corner of their movie cabinet was an entire section dedicated to anime. It wasn’t a huge variety, but it was more than I own.  After a brief conversation with the owner, he recommend I watch Akira, which, up until that point, I had heard a lot about but had yet to actually see it. I sat down to watch and was told ‘If you don’t know much about anime, you won’t understand this opening.” It opened with a shot of Tokyo exploding.

Akira is about a Neo-Tokyo; set in 2019 the story shows a view of a Tokyo after WWIII and the story of a biker gang that lives there.  At first, it seems evident that poverty has stricken much of the area, and a resistance is rising against the government. The story follows a teenager named Shotaro Kaneda, who leads a biker gang called ‘The Capsules’, and his rival friend, Tetsuo Shima.  After a fight with their rival gang ‘The Clowns’, they run into a boy named Takashi, who stops Tetsuo with a telepathic force, knocking him off his bike. After a run in with a secret government organization (who decides to take Tetsuo to the chopper, without the weapons) Kaneda goes off, seeking his friend and running into the lovely lady Kei.

When I first picked up the movie case I searched for the year it was made, 1988. I am not as familiar with anime of this era, but I recall watching several anime from the 90s, and I found that in terms of art, Akira seemed to be way ahead of its time.                Katsuhiro Otomo does an amazing job at using the technology of the time, producing beautiful animation and breathtaking scenes. I have told by many it was revolutionary, a true advancement, and though I was not around at the time to compare that, I’ll take their word to be true. The art is truly graceful, even the scene where someone’s insides become their outsides holds its own disturbing beauty (If you have a weak stomach, don’t eat before watching). The flow is smooth and there seems to be a lack of many ‘static’ scenes which so often leave with the feeling of ‘Why does that person in the background have no soul?’ It truly is a beautiful movie to watch.

The plot has its own charms. For a majority of the movie, I was asking myself who ‘Akira’ really was, and when they finally explained it, I wanted to know what that meant. By the end I had figured it out, and I began to understand the plot as a whole. I was truly able to ponder it, and ask myself what it was Katsuhiro Otomo wanted me to take from it, if anything. It kept me enthralled and interested, and left me satisfied. The ending itself is not direct, it is very much left to interpretation, but it does it in a way that lets you know what will probably happen, it’s very much intentionally so. The movie ends with a question, a question and something else (watch the movie to find out what that is). I honestly was very happy I stayed up late (therefore woke up tired) to watch it.

Characters were something I paid close attention to in this movie, I was doing an experiment of sorts. I was curious to see if I could justify the actions of the character by who the character was, if it made sense for them to do something by how the author had portrayed them to me.  I found that the characters did this well, each one had a defined personality, with individual characteristic and appearance. I can honestly state I was able to keep up with characters and their motives, each showing true depth and development.

I really enjoyed Akira as a whole, and plan to one day buy it myself. It truly is a masterpiece, and something any anime lover should add to their arsenal.  I hope you all go down to your video store (or open Netflix in another tab) and pick it up (add it to your queue). The beginning is wonderful, the middle is awesome, and the ending is amazing, and I honestly can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. It was not perfect of course, but I was too busy watching what I liked to pay attention to what I didn’t.  If you have any opinion about it, I’d love to hear it.

I’m going to try posting once a week again,


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