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!

PandaEatingATaco

Dengeki Daisy: A Half English Title


 

And this is where it all began...

And this is where it all began…

Hello again readers!

DengekiDaisy        Recently my friend told me that she knew of a manga series I had to read called Dengeki Daisy. Now, despite the fact that my friend is a hopeless romantic and a hippie it took me a really long time to relies she was into Shōjo, and so I picked it up expecting some serious action, I got a whole lot of other stuff. As you can imagine, I was surprised at first, and even considered putting it down, but then decided to keep reading anyway. So far I’ve got to chapter 11, and since it’s ongoing, I have no idea if and when it will end. So I told myself a review now is just as good later, even if I have little knowledge of future chapters.

The story is about a 16 year-old high school girl named Teru Kurebayashi. When Teru was young, her brother died, leaving her nothing but a cell phone with the contact ‘Daisy’ in it, saying Daisy would help and protect her with anything she needed. Skip back ahead and Teru is a bullied and has few friends, often teased for being a ‘scholarship student’. One day, she breaks a window, and the school janitor Tasuku Kurosak forces her to be his ‘servant’ in order to pay it off. There some complex stuff that goes on and a bunch of who loves who, but that’s all spoiler related.

I can’t say that I really enjoy the manga, but I don’t hate it either, it’s comedy and use of the word ‘Cracker’ in place of ‘Hacker’ keeps me reading (I hadn’t heard the term ‘Cracker’ used like that for a long time). But aside from that, it just seems like a love story were neither of them are man enough to admit how they feel to the other. Granted, that’s just the first 11 chapters, and it seems like it could get much more complex than what I’m seeing. The author, Kyousuke Motomi, also keeps me quite entertained. She uses humor I don’t normally see in Shōjo manga (for example, Teru gets so concentrated on a test and overloads her brain, so she gets a nose bleed) and often puts little notes to the read every few chapters or so that leaves me laughing, and what she says there occasionally becomes part of the story.  01

The characters themselves are well made; with the exception of a few which I am 90% are just copy/ paste stereotype characters. Each has varying levels of everything, but most are completely believable, including Teru, which leaves a happy feeling in my heart.  Relationships are treated as they would be in the real world (with the exception of when Teru moves in with a teacher she’s known for like, 2 days, because she’s female)  and have both surface and depth elements to them.  For those of you who want to know about the romantic interactions, I think it’s partly viable, but still unrealistic, though the author portrays it well, and this makes up for most of it.

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That face…

                I really love the art in this manga, especially the black and white work (I’m not a big fan of Motomi’s color work; I’ve never liked those Shōjo esque lips though). I feel she truly does bring life to her characters through her art, and that it fits the story really well. It adds a sort of comical but sweet appeal, with exaggerated heights and features, but overall simple designs (I have yet to ever mix up a character through the art, not even for a moment).  Despite the authors disbelief in her art (particularly here flowers) she is truly amazing, and her art is my favorite part of Dengeki Daisy.

              1161_1_FFYGJ_ochibichan_scan_dengeki_daisy_vol1_ch01_052  Overall, I’m not the biggest fan of Dengeki Daisy but I don’t really dislike it either. I found it to be enjoyable, and something to read if I have any free time with nothing else to do. The plot isn’t all that entertaining, being as predictable as it is, though it is portrayed well. I feel almost as if the skill put in some of the characters is wasted on the plot. The actually writing is not too shabby and often quite comical. The art is probably the best part of this manga though, a still that fits well with the Shōjo theme.

Well, that’s about all I have to say about this one, and I even followed a formula this time. Did you guys like it? What do think of this manga and my opinion on it? Did I do it justice? What should I do next? (no really guys, I’m running out of ideas here, I want to do some more small stuff). Will any of these questions be answered?!

Seriously though, formula blog writing,

PandaEatingATaco

 

Hana to Akuma


 Hello good ladies and mentlgen,

At one point during the summer, right before my computer had its memory wiped, I stumbled upon a manga known as Hana to Akuma by Hisamu Oto. I was browsing a site and looking for new manga’s when I saw a picture of its cover and its title. I didn’t expect much, but click the link any way and stared reading the fan translations (This book is currently not available in English, but you can purchases the Japanese ones here.)

The story is about a demon named Vivi, who left the demon world and came to live among humans. One snowy day, after a day in town he finds a baby girl in front of his mansion. He decides to keep it on a whim, calling her Hana after one of his butlers comments that her smile is “like a flower.” 14 years later Hana is still living with Vivi, worshiping the very ground he walks one. Vivi is protective of her, but is scared that if he touches her she will wilt (When a demon touches a flower it dies). Hana is saddened by this, and determined to help Vivi get over this, leaving a flower in front of his bedroom door every morning.

At first the story seems to start slow, it’s a lot of flashbacks, and a lot of explaining. After that though, the story picks up and more characters are added. As the story goes on, we find out more and more about Vivi’s standings in the demon world and his relationship with the demon king. We also watch Hana grow and develop new feelings for her demon friend and his feelings for her. Each character has a comic side, and a personality. They all have goals (some state them bluntly) that are seeable to the reader at one point or another.

  The art express the Shōjo theme of the story, with more of a girlish touch to it. The plot is of course, a romance, but it does contain some action, but not enough to escape the classic girlish theme of Shōjo. The beginning manages to avoid romance and focus on pure comedy, and the comedy is never lost. It comes back often, allowing the series to appeal to more than just the romance lovers. Providing the audience with loveable characters (mainly of the Bishonen type) so giving the audience a chance to choose a favorite.

Overall, it’s a pretty decent manga. If you’re into the supernatural romance, I’m willing to bet you’ll love it. It has a nice ending too; tying up any loose strings and leaving you with a sappy romance feeling (I was pretty touched.) The art was nice, not amazing on some panels, but some panels were quite beautiful, and it was very clean. The plot was a little predictable, but did take some surprising turns.

On another note, Pokemon: Black and White 2 came out Sunday,

PandaEatingATaco