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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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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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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Rurouni Kenshin Manga (v.1-4)

16 12 2009

Ten years after the beginning of the Meiji Period in Japan, a wandering swordsman happens across a failing dojo.  Despite the fact that he looks weak and doesn’t appear to like fighting, he is actually a superhumanly powerful swordsman.  He now uses his sword to defend people and defeat every single opponent that comes his way.  And that’s about it.

Today’s English anime market is much different than the market of seven to ten years ago.  Nowadays, two people can be anime otaku and never have seen the same shows, but before, if you found another anime fan, you could be sure that there were a few “classics” that they had seen.  These included titles like Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha, Trigun, Gundam Wing, Rurouni Kenshin, and a few others.  However, I (Panda Masamune) was a little bit of a latecomer to the scene.  I saw Gundam Wing when it aired on Cartoon Network, but I had to track down all of the rest when I became an anime fan in 2004.  Some of the “classics” stood the test of time, and some didn’t.  Today, I am going to review the first four manga volumes of Rurouni Kenshin—one of the titles that didn’t.

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Pandora Hearts (manga and anime)

10 12 2009

Hello again.  This is Laserwolf writing to tell you all about what has been consuming a lot of my time lately.  A series I didn’t know anything about until I decided to judge it based on its covers (pretty pretty).  Luckily for me, the inside of the manga was even better!

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