Asatte no Houkou anime

4 06 2010

Oh dear, no new posts in ages!!  This is Laserwolf, making a post!  Just what have I been doing?  Well, I have read the whole manga series of Fullmetal Alchemist, 24 volumes in Japanese, since my last post, but since the manga is almost over (might as well finish it before making a post) and since Segue already has a post on that series (albeit the anime rather than the manga) I decided to wait until I had something different to talk about.

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Clover manga

30 03 2010

Clover 3.5/5

When does manga cease to be pop art and start to be fine art? When is something more likely to be remembered for its presentation than its story? When you read CLAMP’s manga, Clover, that’s when. With a story that is largely throwaway, but an artistic style that propels it to the top tier of its medium, Clover is likely to be remembered as beautiful but vacuous. Join me, Panda Masamune, as I explore this unique piece of work

Title: Clover

Author: CLAMP

Publisher: Kodansha (Japan), Dark Horse (US)

Medium: Manga, Sequential Art

Number of Volumes: Originally 4, now sold only as 1

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27 03 2010

Greetings.  It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Panda.  I see that Laserwolf apologized for her long absence in her last post, which means I need to apologize even more!  I do have my reasons though… three of them to be exact.

The first is pretty simple to explain.  I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, and that cuts into my anime/manga time.  For me, books, anime, manga… it’s all the same hobby.  I just love stories.  The thing is, this blog is specifically about Anime, Manga, Graphic Novels, Webcomics, and Video Games–which is broad enough.  Neither Laserwolf nor I want to expand the focus any further.  That’s not to say that books aren’t worthwhile though!  In the past two months, I’ve read through all of the Raven King Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead (highly recommended for those who like the Robin Hood Legend) and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (actually not as bad as you’d think… except the second book).

Second, it was winter.  Why does that make a difference?  Well… the computer room in my current place is in the coldest room in the building, and the desk is really uncomfortable.  So I can only stand to be in that room for a certain amount of time each day, and lately, I’ve needed to use that time for practical things like job hunting.

But all of that is an excuse.  It’s the third reason that is the most important.

This blog started out as an idea I had in the middle of the night, which I immediately communicated to Laserwolf and Whitey (the silent staff member).  Our intention was to review every piece of graphic media we came across, whether it was good or not, and draw life lessons from them.  I still think it’s a good idea, but I didn’t spend enough time figuring out how I wanted to do it.  A couple of months ago, I saw some improvements that could be made–revamping our review format and advertising our site.  I wanted to wait to write another review until I could do those things, but those two things take time, which is something that I didn’t have.  Hopefully, that will change soon, and Segue will be able to reach the potential that I first saw in that middle-of-the-night moment of inspiration.

Yakitate!! Japan anime

12 03 2010

Greetings from Laserwolf! And my sincerest apologies.  The site has not been updated for a long time.  I would like to say that will change but I cannot guarantee that I will be able to post more frequently in the near future, nor can I vouch for my counterparts.  Let’s just say we’ll do our best.

I am here to tell you about an anime which captured my heart and made me laugh more than any other series.  Not only that, it made me very hungry.

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Tomodachi Collection

4 02 2010

Hey everyone, Laserwolf here to tell you about a game that I enjoy playing in Japanese.  The design is very similar to Sims.  However, since I have never played Sims (seriously) I can’t tell you which I think is better.  In any case, this game is a good time waster and a fun way to study Japanese.  The game is currently not available in English, but since DS systems are region-free, you can play the Japanese game should you be so inclined.  I have left detailed explanations of what I consider to be the most important things in the game so anyone studying Japanese should not be too intimidated.

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Crimson Heart Prince manga volumes 1 – 6

27 01 2010

Good evening!  It is I, Laserwolf, to tell you tales of a manga featuring demons and angels and high school students.  Also featuring: lots of romance!  But is it worth reading?

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Rust Blaster manga

18 01 2010

This is Laserwolf, here to talk to you about the manga Rust Blaster.  What could be more intriguing than a one volume manga with a name like Rust Blaster?  And what do you suppose it could be about?  The cover art is a dead giveaway – it’s about vampires.  But where do rust and blasting come in to this?  The truth is, if there is a reason for this name, it is nowhere to be found in the story.  Please enlighten me if you know.  And now to talk about the manga…

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Orphen manga

7 01 2010

Panda Masamune here.  I don’t know what it is about Orphen that makes it so enjoyable.  It might be that it has excellent art.  It might be that it is based on a light-novel series (which usually makes for better stories).  Or it might just be that I started reading this the same day that I finished the atrocious first four volumes of Rurouni Kenshin.  For whatever reason though, I enjoyed this flawed gem maybe a little more than I should have.

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Merry Christmas!

24 12 2009

Merry Christmas!  Here’s a great anime-themed webcomic for all of you.

Blue Exorcist manga (volumes 1 and 2)

21 12 2009

Laserwolf here.  Once again my curiosity has driven me to buy manga based on its cover.  The truth is, I often wander manga sections and if something catches my eye I buy a copy there and then so that I don’t forget about it later.  This is one of those where I was quite glad I bought it, and had to go out and get the next volume.  Unfortunately there are only two volumes out, but I would like to read more.

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