Archive for September, 2008

Otana ni nuts

September 22, 2008

I thought that I should just continue reviewing a couple of manga, at least the unusual ones. Here come another one that I started to read again( read two chapter before ) and finished reading almost right away.
It is called Otona ni Nuts = Instant teen.

The story is about Natsumi who wants to hurry and grow up to become a sexy teenager, and faster than she could dream of, she actually becomes one right away. The secret lies in the special nuts she got that changes her body. This makes it possible for her to meet with the hairstylist she has been watching along time.
Even though the pattern can already clearly be seen, I don’t think it is any surprise that this is a typical Shojo comic, where the Heroine stumbles upon small problems that makes her cry right away, but also quickly gets comforted by the ever next Hero, which in this case is her childhood friend Asuma.

Like with Far Away, I don’t feel the need to hide the fact of who she will fall in love with,or rather end up with, since it is obvious from the start. Right from the start you will see that Asuma is in love with Natsumi ,like most “we are just childhood friends, how could we love each other” comic.

At some points, I got really irritated with the manga style, since not everything felt purely detailed.
 The best pictures were mostly of the older Natsumi. And towards the end, I got irritated at the story for not using the option that I was looking forward all the time:

Atsuma never got to turn into an older version, which was a big disappointment. He did use some other nuts, which made him switch body with Natsumi. It would have been great to see his grown-up version 😦
Anyway, for you who seeks a really lame shojo manga, with just a little spice, I guess this is the right story.
I haven’t done this before, but if I would give this manga a grading, it would probably be something like : 2/10


From Far Away

September 13, 2008

As I said Earlier, I will tell about a manga I just finished reading, From Far Away.
The manga started at the end of 1992 and vintaged to 2003.
It was published in LaLa by Hikawa Kyouko, who at the moment has
another serie running in LaLa called Otogimoyou Ayanishiki.



From Far Away is about a girl called Noriko Takichi, living an ordinary life in Japan, but after an explosion by some terrorist, she gets blown into another world. There she meets Izark, a beautiful young warrior, who helps her. What she doesn’t know is that Izark is in fact cursed by a legend said to destroy the world, and that the one who will awaken this side of him is the “Awakening”coming from another world,  which would be Noriko. But seeing that the Awakening is just a little girl, Izark takes her with him.Noriko doesn’t know anything of this, as the first problem she stumbles across is an language barrier.
After that they stumble across different adventures and meet new friends and enemys, as their feelings for each other develops and as their destiny becomes clearer.

The story’s feeling is kinda similar to Fushigi Yuugi, with the “girl from another world” way.  And izark is kinda like a Tamahome, except his funny ways and money addiction,lol,  always taking care of Noriko. 










In Fushigi Yuugi, except Tamahome, all of the other guys in it are also beautiful. In From far Away, except Izark and some other, the rest is kinda…ugly,lol. Since I’m a person that easily grows attached to a nearby side character, but to not really have that in this comic was an experience.
I think that is a  reason for me instead clinging to the main character and their love ( I don’t think I’m spoiling anything with saying this, since it is obvious that they will fall in love with each other)  and I’m usually someone who is against cliche loves, but in this manga I enjoyed it a lot, just because their love was very nice.





Even though I had expected more from this manga, it was still pretty good, awakening my desire to continue with my own fantasy manga^^. It is a great inspiration source, or just something easy read for the manga, shojo and fantasy lover. If you are still pretty new with manga, or don’t really like this genre, I guess you should wait to read it,lol. But it is worth to at least check it out :3 
If you wonder about the blond gut to the right, that is kinda the only picture he looks good in,lol. He becomes too obsessed with fighting and his expression always ends up looking mad -.- ( I had some hope for him in the beginning, but that hope died pretty fast,lol.),

I had one favorite guy who really looked like a Bishounen. That was Irk, very cute and wise^^
Unfortunately, he was just a spirit-.-  but still, the part where he came was one of my favorites in the manga. The story about him was beautiful and unusual – don’t think I have read one like that  before.


Anyway, I guess I have said what I can say about this serie,lol. If you have any further question about it, feel free to ask^^


September 12, 2008

I’m on a roll right now, lol, so I was thinking of summarise this week a bit now. Even though I have mostly been to school and also taking it easy with my upcoming cold, but yesterday I made some purchase that still makes me excited to look at ^,^

As I said, I haven’t been up to too much this week, but I can still tell alittle bit about what we did at school. We have been studying more grammar and expression, practiced writing katakana while watching Hisayo-sensei, while she drew calligraphy. We have been practicing speaking with a headset, and because I was early for the lesson, I could watch some children show on NHK,lol. It was so funny, dancing and singing with a lot of little children running around, or just standing still clueless of the situation.
Later that same day, thursday, we had a lecture about japanese society today.
It was mostly basics, and I hope we will have another one.
Today, in  some hours I will have another lecture about japanese art in english. i hope it will go well ^^’

Anyway, now to the main thing: The manga I bought yesterday^^.
I still haven’t fully looked through them all, trying to restrain myself and save some of it for later.

Not much to say about it,lol. Just see for yourself ^.^
I also got a mobile string from LaLa with Nyanko-sensei from Natsume Yuujincho,
and a nice bag from Hana to Yume:3

Anyway, thats all for now. I will try to make some more reviews of some manga or anime. I have been thinking of writing about From Far Away, since it is an unusally manga and i will also probably finish it tonight.
I will end this with a picture of how the magazines look next to each other. This is my new room project aswell,lol = My new Magazine shelf, since the other one is full. I wil probably make it all shojo, so I will put down the rest of my LaLa’s and Hana to Yume aswell + some others,lol ^^

2nd week

September 12, 2008

( This was something I was supposed to have posted last week, but I forgot about it XD *hehe* sorry )


I’m finally starting to get used to the life of a university student and it is though -.-
The thing that still takes away all my energy is the pendling, especially now that we are going to take an even earlier train at 6.15. But a good thing is that I noticed that it was ok for me to read on the train and the PENDELTÅG, something I haven’t been able to do before ( gets motionsickness easy )   We had to read a book to page 178 this week for friday, so I could read it during this time, saved me home studying times= more time to sit by the pc ;p
This week we have been starting with hiragana, which was no problem until I noticed that I have been writing some kinda wrong ( such as naーな and waーわ)
Also, my handwriting needs to be practiced, lol, mine is pretty awful -.-

The View is really wonderful and even though it was blowing cold winds, we decided to eat our breakfust outside after our first lesson ^^
I decided then that someday I will find my way over to that island and just relax there.
Though, It is already very cold outside, so it will have to wait for summer^^

This is also one of mty favorite spots: The library (atleast one of them)
Whenever I have dinner with me, I usually eat it there, or breakfust/luch aswell,lol ^.^