Manga or Anime? – Snow White with the Red Hair

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Snow White with the Red Hair has been one of my favorite romance anime for a while now. I love the characters, the slight fantasy setting, and how some episodes focused on Shirayuki using her herbology knowledge to solve problems. I’ve discussed both seasons of the anime at length before, so if you’re looking for a review of the anime, be sure to check those two posts out. There was one thing I’ve never gotten around to doing though, and that was read the manga. I recently watched back through the whole series on a day or so that I wasn’t feeling well, and finally felt the need to see where the story went after the anime ended. In doing so, I also discovered just how much Studio Bones altered and added to get it to the current anime we have now. The story is still pretty much the same, but I can’t deny that there are a few moments in the manga that I find to be much better in the anime. If I had to make a decision right now, I would say that while the manga has the advantage of story, the anime has the advantage of polish. For the purpose of this review, I’ve only had the chance to read up to chapter 34 in the manga, a little bit past where the anime ends. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (5/21-5/28)

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Welcome back to another edition of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I’ve missed the last two weeks worth of news between writing up my last long-form article and taking a short break, so if anything amazingly important happened during that time, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Also, as always, feel free to let me know if I overlooked anything here. It’s been a busy coupe weeks for me, so I wouldn’t be surprised if something slipped through the cracks. In some important news highlights for this week, Crunchyroll has added some new series to their streaming list and Netflix has picked up Locke & Key for a TV series adaptation. I also suggest checking out some of the articles linked below, especially the one from Anime Feminist. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter if you want some more geeky news related posts. Continue reading

[Blog Update] – So close!!

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I have nearly hit my goal of 100 followers before the end of the year and when the time comes, I want to celebrate that moment with you! So I’m asking you, my faithful followers, what would you like to see? A top 5 or 10 list, a get to know me post, or something else? I really have no idea, but I feel I should do something special for the occasion. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below and I’ll pick one or two to post once follower number 100 joins the blog.

Thanks so much for all your support!

~Allison

My Boyfriend Is a Bear Graphic Novel Review

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I’ve been waiting a while for this graphic novel to come out. I saw it mentioned last year I think on Twitter. The announcement was going around and both the title and the cover caught my eye. And yes, this story is exactly as the title suggests. Her boyfriend is indeed a bear, a Black Bear to be exact. It a fun and interesting story that, regardless of its crazy premise, will strike a chord with a lot of women, especially those who have found themselves trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of shitty boyfriends. Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris do a great job on the story and the art, crafting something both hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. This will be a fairly short review this time around, so stick around and let me know what you thought in the comments below.

My Boyfriend Is a Bear follows the life of Nora, who has notorious bad luck with men. When she meets an actual bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had. He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all in this story of girl meets bear? It was just recently published by Oni Press last month and features writing from Pamela Ribon and art from Cat Farris. Continue reading

Waxing Philosophical: The Benefits of Negative Reviews

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I’m back from a much-needed break. Time enough for me to recover some of my motivation to write again. I figured I’d write a quick “Waxing Philosophical” post to get me back into the swing of things this week, with my regular reviews beginning again on Wednesday. For today, I want to discuss something I’ve been thinking about the past couple weeks: the advantages of writing negative reviews. I’ve been known to write quite a few negative reviews on this blog. My dislike of Super Lovers and Sex Criminals is well known on this blog if you’ve followed me for a while, and I wind up finding at least one anime a season to write a negative review of if I have the time. I consider these types of criticisms as an integral part of my blog. But why? Why bother taking the time and energy to watch or read something that you don’t enjoy, let alone spend the hours on top of that to write a review about it? Continue reading

The Changing Face of Paternity in Japan as Told Through Anime and Manga

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Back in 2016, Pause and Select did a video analysis of Sweetness and Lightning and the nature of how it displayed fatherhood. In it, he examines the social conceptions surrounding the nature of cooking and the creation of bentos in relation to the changing image of fatherhood. The nature of fatherhood in Japan is a concept I’ve wanted to write about for a while, and it’s taken me longer than expected to really put together my thoughts on this issue. The research spans years, decades even, going back to Confucianism and pre-Meiji-era thought forms and culture. Pause and Select’s video is comprehensive in it’s analysis of the different kinds of representations of both masculinity and fatherhood in manga and anime, but I want to dig a little deeper. How did this perception change? What can we see in both the politics and wider culture of Japan that points to a changing sense of family and fatherhood? And how is this displayed in current media? Continue reading

Everyone’s Getting Married Manga Review: Volume 1

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I’m always looking for more josei manga to read, and this one has also been popping up on my Twitter feed. I think the last volume of the manga just came out in the US, but this series hasn’t been on my radar until now. I decided to give this one a try and picked up the first volume at Anime Boston a few months ago, and I have to say I will probably be picking up more volumes sometime in the future. So far, it seems like a fairly straight forward story of two people trying to reconcile their relationship goals in the face of their feelings for each other. I wouldn’t say that it’s an amazing story, but I am liking the art and the characters enough to keep reading. There are a lot of times where I feel like I get too cynical of shoujo romances, so it’s nice to take a break from them and experience some stories about people closer to my age and current experiences.

Everyone’s Getting Married follows the successful career woman Asuka Takanashi who has the old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career, she meets the handsome newscaster Ryu Nanami. They both seem to get along well enough, but the last thing Nanami wants is to get married. So the challenge becomes, who will give in first or will they find a way to be together even with their conflicting values? Written and created by Izumi Miyazono, the manga was picked up for US release by Viz Media and imprint Shoujo Beat. Continue reading

Blog Update – No News This Week

Hey guys!

I’m just posting a quick update. If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I’ve been hard at work on the next long-form article. It’s been having a few hic-ups here and there as well as delays due to having to pack up my apartment for a move in the next month or so. I think I need to cancel Last Week in Geekdom for this week just to give me more time to get this ironed out. I’m planning to get it posted by Saturday, but be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates just in case. I also usually like and retweet any interesting tidbits I find there, so you can always check my Twitter in lieu of a full news post.

Thanks!

~Allison

The Young Master’s Revenge Manga Review: Volume 1

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One of my goals for this year and in restarting my use of Twitter was to try and keep myself updated on what’s going on in the industry and better follow new releases from all sorts of publishers. I’ve seen this manga pop up a bunch of times on my Twitter feed from Shoujo Beat, so while I was at Anime Boston, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. Honestly though, I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next volume. It may be that this kind of rom-com isn’t really my thing, but I could see that if I ever decided to read anymore the characters and general premise of this manga would start to get under my skin. I wanted to quickly write up a short review tonight and try and get to the bottom of why I think this way and where exactly this mang may be going wrong.

The Young Master’s Revenge is a relatively new manga — at least in the US — created by Meca Tanaka and published by Viz Media’s imprint Shoujo Beat. It centers around the story of Leo, who at a young age had his pride destroyed by the daughter of a wealthy family a childhood friend, Tenma. After being forced to live abroad in America for a couple years, Leo finally returns to Japan to seek his revenge, especially now that his father’s clothing business has taken off making him heir to a fortune. His plan? Make her fall in love with him and then dump her in the worst possible way. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/30-5/6)

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Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet to find all the news you need to know so that you don’t have to. This week has been pretty full of the discussions and news surrounding Free Comic Book Day. I hope you all had a chance to head down to your local shops and check out some of the cool special issues yesterday, I know I did! In other geek news, we have DC making announcements left and right, especially about its new streaming platform. We also have a surprising amount of discussion and criticism of “Violet Evergarden” going around still, a testament to just how much an impact that series made on the anime community. If you have a chance, make sure you check out the last three categories for some interesting articles and videos. As always, if I’ve missed something, feel free to let me know in the comments. Continue reading