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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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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