This is a RAGE post for the mixed bag of romance manga out there
|Another manga digest by the pervy anaaga. I wanted to write something special for Metanorn’s Fourth Anniversary, but alas I am a total n00b when it comes to coming up with new ideas. So all I did was writing about bunch of manga… That I hate. And why I hate them of course. This is all my RAGE, so please tolerate some of my !nt3rn3T language lek dis, not to mention my crappy grammar, which will be edited for making it readable but still all I did was type type type type all my RRAAGGEEE!|
Title: Black Bird
Author: Sakurakoji Kanoko
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo, Smut, Supernatural
Status: Ongoing | Volume: 5 | Year: 2007
Publisher: Shogakukan, VIZ Media
Summary: I’m pretty sure every single soul on earth has heard of Twilight. Some find it glorious, some find it magnificent. And for those who managed to erase its existence from their minds, I hate to do this, but I’ll have to make them remember. Let’s start from the plot. It’s nothing special, really. Well, sort of. Our female protagonist falls in love for a male who happens not to be a human being. Let’s just say he’s a superior supernatural creature that we mere human beings can’t even be compared with. They stay by each other’s side while trying to tackle the obstacle that is impossible to be tackled – the difference of kinds. Not to mention other characters who pop out of nowhere trying to separate these two, but that doesn’t really matter, does it? It’s all about breeding of two different species. Make impossible babies possible! So, you know what? Someone made a manga out of it…
Thoughts: Ok, that’s not really what Twilight is all about, but that part of Twilight is what I want to talk. When I was still in the middle school, I was a Twilight fanatic. There, my biggest secret. I’m so ashamed about it. Anyhow… After I managed to regain my sanity and re-read it with more seriousness, I notice that Twilight is just bad. Thinking about it more, I realized that it could’ve been better. I mean, there are gazillion stories that have the same formula as Twilight right? And some of them are pretty intelligent too! Then what makes Twilight so bad?//Keep reading
Title: Finder Series
Author: Yamane Ayano
Genre: Action, Drama, Mature, Smut, Yaoi
Status: Ongoing | Volume: 7 | Year: 2001
Publisher: BIBLOS, Libre Shuppan, June
Summary: Ah, good old Viewfinder. Everybody loves this yaoi. It’s like the yaoi bible for those who seek great angsty relationship between a journalist and a Yakuza. Yep, that’s what Viewfinder is all about. Our journalist Takaba Akihito happened to catch a scoop on our fabulously gay yakuza Asami. But what is a yakuza if he doesn’t know about his own news? Asami caught Akihito then did lots of penetration into Akihito. And other objects too, but that doesn’t really, um, matter right now. Other characters appear too, usually trying to break the relationship between the two. But of course, all Akihito wants is Asami
Thoughts: Personally, I like this manga. Viewfinder art is just beautiful. The characters are not that realistic, but they look somehow believable. They’re manly; even the uke is. The sex scenes are worth to be drooled over. They’re just uber HOT. I literally re-read Viewfinder’s sex scenes for more than three times because they’re just that great. Yamane Ayano-sensei really knows how to please the fans with her beautiful artwork and the angsty story. Viewfinder is a great manga for one’s yaoi collection. As the owner of the first three books (and planning to buy the rest), I know. It’s worth it.//Keep reading
Title: Ayashi no Ceres
Author: Watase Yuu
Genre: Conmedy, Drama, Mature, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Shoujo, Supernatural
Status: Complete | Volume: 14 (Tankoubon), 7 (Bunbokan) | Year: 1996
Summary: lulz, this manga. It actually got an award. Well, I can see why it got an award, but still… Anyhow, Ayashi no Ceres is about a girl named Aya (duh) who’s being possessed by her ancestor Ceres (duh). Ceres is a vengeful MILF who can’t get over her sheeyat and demands Aya’s family to return her heavenly scarf (or something like that). But since Aya’s family is too into capturing Ceres, things get messy. Not to mention the sis-con Aki, mysterious bodyguard Touya, and some random (not really) guardian named Yuhi have hots for Aya. But of course, there’s more to this that meets the eye. As the story progresses, Aya delves further into the dark lineage of the Mikage family, a doomed family that’s destined to hate their name stained with blood… Or something like that. *shrug*
Thoughts: Like I said before, this
So Bad but Didn’t Make It
|Here are some manga that almost made it into the list but didn’t because of reasons given:|
1. Vampire Knight
This shit sucked my money. I take back all what I said about this manga in my first post. The second half of this manga just sucks. It’s being dragged just to prolong it. Seriously thinking whether the characters are mentally ill or something because their lack of communication is beyond terribad. Everybody’s full of pathetic angst. The only reason why it’s not in the top three is because I already reviewed it. Just end already, goddamn it.
2. Kitchen Princess
Man, it had a great start. Then things start to get messy in the middle. Dying people… In a culinary manga! Just one, actually. The death of that certain character marks the turning point of this manga though. It shifts its focus from culinary into some crappy dorama that can be read in other 999 shoujo manga and watched in 1000 movies. This manga is saved by its recipes. I like rainbow pudding.
3. Watashi ni XX Shinasai!
Smut. Smut smut smut. Smut smut smut smut smut smut. Yep, that’s about it. It had its interesting premise with Yukime’s unique personality and interesting plot (which turned into total smut obviously). But yeah… Interesting plot became too repetitive, and now it’s pretty boring. What bugs me is the fact that it’s being dragged even though it has been showing hints of “ending.” Since it’s not going to end anytime soon, there might be a chance that this manga will get better… But if it’s going all Vampire Knight on me, I will burn this manga from my mind.
4. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle/XXXHolic
It pains me to have these two manga in the nomination list because I’m a CLAMPtard and love every single one of their works. TRC and XXXHolic have lots of mindfuckcs that will either 1)impress its readers 2)make the readers give up on CLAMP. And let’s be honest here, most of the readers have had enough of CLAMP’s mindfucks, not to mention the downer endings. Also, these two are too intertwined within the CLAMPverse, and the new CLAMP fans will have a hard time understanding TRC and XXXHolic. Saved by my bias and some intelligence in the manga. I like XXXHolic ending. Don’t judge me.
|And, that’s all! There’s more of course, but if I put all this will be an endless post. I know this is not great, but I hope you guys enjoyed it. And, don’t forget to read those manga! Teheh.|