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Monthly Wrap Up: August 2017

August is done. Well in a few hours it will be done. Time is moving super fast and let me tell you… the fall is looking amazing for my bookshelves and my kindle library. But back to August.

Completed books for #ArcAugust

Manga Books (To Be Reviewed)

Novels (To Be Reviewed)

 

Current Twitter Followers: 349 ⬆️ by 37 followers from July <3

Total Posts: 5

Consistency is key. And although I have been slacked on my posting, September I am making an effort to post more despite school, work and side projects. Thee saying goes if its important you’ll make time for it and Motif by Tanya is extremely important to me and I will get it back on track.

Short wrap up this month but I look forward to September :)

 

July Wrap-Up

 


The month of July was big on Manga. I was in a really bad reading slump, so reading novels was not a priority. But that is not to say that there wasn’t a few thrown in there.

Manga 

 

Novels (With Future Reviews)

 

Current Twitter Followers: 312 ⬆️ by 60 followers from June :D

Total Posts:

Beyond Motif by Tanya, life overall was interesting in July.

Vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 🏖was amazing.

 

And a exciting scary turning point happened that has led to a opportunity that I am ready to put my all into. Changes are needed in my career and I am looking forward to the next step :) Also school kicked my behind; it wasn’t my best semester but I have 2 semesters down and looking forward to the third.

Overall guys, the website is going in a new direction, with a lot more posts and interactions (fingers crossed). I’m getting my mind and emotions right. I look forward to this time and I hope you guys do too!😘

Book Review: The Rising of the Shield Hero by Aneko Yusagi, Minami Seira (Illustrator)

One Peace Books Published Dec. 8, 2015 300 Pages
One Peace Books
Published Dec. 8, 2015
300 Pages

Naofumi Iwatani is summoned into a parallel universe, while reading a book in the library. In this world he discovers he is one of four heroes with a legendary weapon destined to save the world from the predicted end. 

But he is the shield hero, who is considered the weakest of them all. And because of that he has no one to turn to, is penniless and is betrayed. Here is the story of the shield hero.

I was surprised at how well this story was written because I really was not expecting much based off the summary. But the story developed really well and Naofumi wasn’t a tool nor did he become one.

What I liked about this series was the fact that it showed the darker side of being a hero, specifically the hero that no one wanted and what it takes to be the hero he wanted. There is growth but it is weird because I wouldn’t consider Naofumi actually going through growth. It was more of understanding and handling things better. However, the surrounding characters did grow, which made the shield hero a much better character.

I liked how there was a personal battle that tied in with the ultimate to save the world. It didn’t take away from anything and the two battles didn’t cancel or belittle each other. The author was able to tie each together and have them seamlessly move in sync. I really enjoyed that. The book wasn’t battle after to battle and I appreciated that.

The artwork was far from cliche. No one character looked like someone else, personalities was defined in the clothing and physical actions of each character and there was care in the work, I was surprised by this read and I am awaiting the next volume.

Overall,

4 Pickles

A Few Memorable Manga Novels

 

 

I have read a lot of manga. For years, it has been my go to reads when I didn’t want to get too heavy in a new novel. After some time, manga didn’t just stay as my in between reads bu now it is a requirement in my book list.

Although I did not post all my memorable manga, these hold a special place in my heart. Their originality in plot and illustration and the emotion each brings out. I love them. And if you get the chance to read them, I hope you love them too!

 

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Manga Review: LASBOSS×HERO by Hajime Katsuragi

Shogakukan, Published March 18, 2013 166 Pages
Shogakukan,
Published March 18, 2013
166 Pages

Sagara Masamune is a manga artist but a very good one. And he has to come to terms that his career is ending. To keep what followers he has on terms, he looks to end the female lead, Nina in the most spectacular way. 

As he works to conclude his manga, he is sucked into Nina’s world. Sagara doesn’t know what is happening but maybe killing Nina will be the way for him to return home. 

This series is one of those series you have to keep reading in order for you to get to the good stuff. I would say volume 3 for this book.

The first two volumes were distasteful. I get that it is supposed to highlight the cliche of manga, especially manga’s with female leads but it was tough to swallow.  But for some reason, I kept going and I am glad that I did.

First and foremost if Ecchi, skin or racy topics bothers you, this is not the manga for you. In the beginning there is a lot of it and once you get pass volume 3 or 4, there really isn’t any.

Sagara is an interesting character because I didn’t feel anything towards him for most of the book. I didn’t think he was a jerk for some of the decision he was making. However, he grows throughout the series and by the end I understood him and his issue as a manga artist.

Nina, is different because her personality was a blank slate. I didn’t see a whole lot of growth to her but that doesn’t mean that something didn’t happen. She changes but it is more subtle than Sagara.

The story elevates so much, you can appreciate the creativeness that is within it. The author really thinks this out. There are twists and turns that are not necessarily predictable and once the mess is over, the plot moves smoothly without you worrying you are going to see something you don’t want to see.

As for the artwork, it could have been better. There was cliche and it was obvious; you really couldn’t see a signature from the illustrator.

Overall, I was pissed because Kiss Manga doesn’t have any more translations and it ended abruptly. But I did really enjoy this series.

4 Pickles 

Manga Review: Girls of the Wild’s by Hun, Zhena (Illustrator)

Published Nov. 9, 2012 320 Pages
Published Nov. 9, 2012
320 Pages

Wilds High has a history as a 42 year old fighting specialist for elite girls all over the world. Each year, they hold Wilds-League, a place where the Wilds girls test their fighting skills. But this year, the school breaks tradition and becomes co-ed and granted its only male student Song Jae Gu a three year scholarship.

The only condition is he cannot leave the school and with two siblings to take care of that isn’t an option. But after meeting Queen, the champion of the Wilds League, his choice to stay at the school becomes complicated.

This series starts off really really good. Its different and love the twists that are added. Song doesn’t really like women and not because he prefers men but because of a situation with his mother and his sibling, women are just monsters to him. Therefore, most of the book he is trying his best to stay away from women and just keep his head down. I personality didn’t like him because he does a lot of sob stories and at a certain point, I was over it. I did provide a different story, however it was annoying after a while.

I wanted more of Queen; for a while she isn’t as prominent as the summary makes it seem and that unfortunate. However, the characters beyond her were perfect. They provided the humor, the serious tone and the realistic personalities. I loved it and stayed awake most of the night reading this.

However, the deeper the manga the more boring it got. The same story was ran over and over and I didn’t mind the fighting but what I mind was the fact that nothing really changed for quite a while.

As for artwork, I enjoyed it; cliche is not a term you can us to describe it. Each character was unique in personality as well as looks and movements. The pace of the story moved until its hits a obvious wall.

Mangasee.com has the series for you to check out.

Overall,

4 Pickles (mainly for creativity) 

Manga Review: I Am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa

Dark Horse Manga April 26, 2016
Dark Horse Manga
April 26, 2016

Hideo Suzuki is a manga artist that struggles with dealing with reality and his inner thoughts. When the zombie apocalypse unfolds right in front of his eyes, Hideo knows that he will be the hero. 

I normally review a manga when I am either finished or really deep into it. But this series . . . I only made it 3 volumes in. Hideo is an idiot. That is the first word to come to mind, when I think of him. I don’t have an issue with the main character being off and unsure of themselves. I don’t have an issue with the main character being average and struggling with that. I have an issue when the main character has no common sense and considers his selfishness as a heroic move.

I was so frustrated with Hideo that I pushed myself to read to second and third volume. Some may say the third volume is too soon to make a decision on the entire series but I couldn’t read it anymore. Which is a real shame because beyond him, I enjoyed this.

Art work was graphic and realistic. It was really gruesome at times; which is fitting for a zombie manga.  I liked what the author did in regards to the zombies. For anyone that actually wants to read it, I can’t say what it is but it is really cool.

Pace of the manga was good; there was movement that wasn’t just filled with constant action. I had hope for this but couldn’t get passed the idiot.

2.5 Pickles

Manga Review: QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 (QQ Sweeper #1) by Kyousuke Motomi (UPDATE)

VIZ Media LLC Published Sept. 26, 2014 208 Pages

VIZ MEDIA LLC
PUBLISHED SEPT. 26, 2014
208 PAGES

Kyutaro Horikita is part of the cleaning club at Kurokado High School. Tall, mysterious and good looking, everyone notices Horikita but because of his dark and silent staring everyone stays away from him.

By chance he finds transfer student Fumi Nishioka sleeping in a room at the school’s old dorms. But before he can get her permanently away from the room, she sees a door only the cleaners can see and enters without a glance back. Horikita realizes Fumi is special but he must find her before its too late. 

The creativity in this manga is out of bounds and I really didn’t do the summary any justice.

The idea that there are cleaners that’s mission is to not only clean a home or place spotless but also clean the heart and mind of an individual of negative emotions is just freaking cool.

When this other world is introduced, the art work is actually creepy. Sending tiny shivers up my arm. It was actually really cool. It was more than just black dots around it was an emotional piece of art that I appreciate on every level.

The story was very detailed for the first volume. But this didn’t take away from the mystery, intrigue, curiosity whatever you want to call it from the characters. I fell in love not with the characters, who showed a range of emotions including humor but I really fell for the story. It is perfect and I hope the last two books will be great.

The reason this manga didn’t get full stars is because there is a cliche in the romance. It is typical turmoil from the main character and I was disappointed in that. But . . . .

I am really sad that I have to wait for book 2 (doesn’t come out until February). I really cannot wait for it.

4 Pickles

 

UPDATE!!!

The third volume has recently been released and it is amazing. I normally do not post updates to a series I am reading but this is fairly important information. QQ Sweeper is a prequel to the series Queen’s Quality. I do not agree with the move because there is only one volume of Queen Quality and it is only available in Japanese -_-

But anyway, the third volume is the turning point to everything. We find out key details about Fumi Nishioka. Not too much about her past but more about her future. The romance is still there but at the moment it is a bit one sided. I am also predicting the worst to happen because Horikita is being selfish and his feelings doesn’t seem to be genuine for Fumi.

There is much more action in this novel than there was in the other two. It was exciting and it had me at the edge of my seat. It was perfect, where as book two was a bit shaky.

Short review, yes, but this is only an update. As stated previously, there isn’t going to be a volume 4 of QQ Sweeper, because it is a prequel :( Queen’s Quality is the next novel in this series. Finger’s cross I can find it in English and the author will continue the series and not leave it off.

5 Pickles