Tag: manga

Today’s Tub Manga: Karneval (volume 7)

I can’t help it; every time I open the latest “Karneval” I think, “Holy shit, this is beautiful.”

Even if the story was complete crap, this manga would be saved by how delicious it is to my eyes. But thankfully, the story is not complete crap, but actually really enjoyable. Heh.

We are now way past where the anime ended and things are ramping up. However, volume 7 continues to do what hooked me with “Karneval” in the first place: maintain a perfectly seamless balance of action, humor, battles, intrigue, wit, and emotion. And oh, right, beauty. 😉

I do hope that someday we’ll see a continuation of the anime because I do love the voice cast (and so does the author-the Behind the Scenes notes from recordings in the last pages of previous volumes were a real treat). Until then, I’ll stick with the crew of Circus and enjoy the journey.


Today’s Tub Manga: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (volume 7)

Longtime readers of this blog might remember how much I LOVED “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun” when the anime aired. For new readers: it was one of my favorite shows of the season. So of course I picked up the manga when it was released in English.

What impressed me with this particular volume is that we’re seven books into the series of what’s (mostly) a four-panel comic and it just keeps getting funnier. Don’t get me wrong–I love it and don’t want it to end, but every time I preorder the next volume I think, “How long can this keep up? Won’t she run out of funny eventually?” Because while I’d hate for it to end, I’d hate even more for it to be forced to continue and become drab and awkward.

Judging by volume 7, however, that fear is totally misplaced. The humor keeps getting wilder and more ridiculous and each volume is more entertaining than the one before it.

One thing I can say is that I’m always giddy to get the latest volume. No matter how foul of a mood I’m in or how stressed out I may be when I crack open the cover, by the time I finish that last page I’m all smiles and just wishing for more. (Actually, I’m usually all smiles by page two.)

Today’s Tub Manga: My Brother’s Husband

I really debated on how to discuss this manga or if my discussion was even necessary. But ultimately I wanted to add my voice to all the rave reviews on the off chance I could encourage even just one more person to try it out.

If you are even remotely debating whether to read this manga, DO IT.

I had high expectations and this exceeded them all. I was blown away with how genuinely and honestly very real issues were presented and worked out. Or not worked out, for that matter. “My Brother’s Husband” allows for the possibility that things are just complicated.

Yes, this manga deals with homosexuality. But what I also really enjoyed was the prejudices and misconceptions about cultural differences. Tagame tackles some very sticky issues with deftness and sincerity without the manga feeling preachy or one-sided.

What I probably loved the most is how even though the initial situation seemed somewhat unlikely, the characters and their emotions felt very real. I can’t get over how brilliant and extremely well done this book is. Everything about it feels perfect to me. Now I can only hope we’ll see a volume two sooner rather than later…

New Release Tuesday 3/28/17

I had been getting a little burned out on Servamp after the anime. I wasn’t paying close enough attention and as a result, what was going on just ended up being kind of confusing. Plus the same over-the-top, chaotic personalities that makes many of the characters endearing is also what makes them exhausting.

That said, even though I couldn’t remember what was even going on from volume 8, I really enjoyed volume 9. It had a lot of that dark twisty brokenness that I actually enjoy from Servamp and is all the more extreme against slapstick humor and ridiculousness just panels before. For whatever reason, I finally had a feeling of “catching up” in this volume, like things clicked and I understood what was going on. Finally. Maybe?

I’m glad I’ve kept with the series and look forward to volume 10…

I can’t even tell you how much I loved the shit out of Prison School volume 6. When I first picked up the manga after the anime ended, I thought it might be just a bit too lewd for my pure eyes (ha!).

I’ve gotten over it.

There was something about this particular volume that just gave me that “this is hitting its stride” feeling. It hit a perfect balance of lewdness, ridiculousness, humor, and weird complicated dramatic high school plots. I laughed out loud several times. There was something incredibly (and perhaps uncomfortably) “true” about this volume.

I feel like girls everywhere should read this series–and this volume in particular–and know that whenever you go on a date, that guy you’re with is thinking about dropping his pants and sticking his dick into a plastic bottle. No lie.

Embrace the life lessons of Prison School.

Liebster Award

Thank you, Ka-chan and Joy of Yaoi, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This award is designed to bring attention to little blogs (like this one) with few followers. The general concept is to answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you, provide 11 random tidbits of info about yourself, and ask 11 questions of the blogs you nominate.

I originally wasn’t going to complete this because I’m kind of a hermit, but I really wanted to thank the blogs that nominated me and try to interact a bit more. >_<

So, Nyankoto’s from Joy of Yaoi‘s questions:

1. Have you ever read yaoi manga or watched yaoi anime? If so, what did you think? If not, what’s stopping you?

Yes, thanks to your recommendations! Hahaha. Now you’ve created a monster and I’m a total fujoshi.

2. If you could adopt a fictional or fantasy animal, what would it be and why?

A Mokona? Maybe Pu from “YuYu Hakusho”? I guess I like round, squishy-looking things.

3. What’s your all time favorite anime? If you don’t watch anime, you can give a movie or tv show, I guess (or, even better, go out and watch some anime before coming back to answer this question 🙂 )

While I think “Cowboy Bebop” is the *best* anime ever, “Gintama” is actually my all-time favorite. No matter what the situation, there’s a Gintama episode for it.

4. If you could have your superpower of choice, what would you pick?

The knowledge/understanding of any/all languages.

5. What family member are you closest to, and why?

Probably my mom. We have to be close; we work together and live together so we spend way too much time in each other’s company.

6. Are you working towards a goal that’s important to you? What is it? If not, do you have one in mind that you have plans for in the future?

No, I gave that up.

7. What do you like about blogging?

It gives me an outlet when I’m mentally narrating aspects of stuff I read/watch. Like I’m not just talking to myself. Ha!

8. What do you dislike about blogging?

Occasionally feeling obligated to do it. Even though I don’t think anyone reads it, I still feel like I need to at least do my seasonal openers and summaries.

9. What is your favorite type of post to write (you can reference a specific post or two as examples, if ya like)?

The very rare, “This is what I love right now” post. It’s not just going through the new shows of the season, it’s stuff I genuinely love while it’s airing and miss when it’s not and I want to share it with people.

10. If you could pick one person in the world to read and enjoy your blog, who would it be?

… I really don’t know. I always operated under the assumption no one reads it, so I never thought of someone I wanted to read it. Yikes!

11. What’s the most important thing to you?

My family.

Now, Ka-chan‘s questions:

1. If you could meet any fictional character in real life, who would it be and why?

Can I say the Gorilla mangaka Sorachi-sensei? He does appear as a Gorilla in his own manga & anime…

2. What form of social media do you use the most?

Twitter probably, thought not as much as I used to.

3. What’s your favorite beverage?

Coke or green tea.

4. What is the most recent anime (or any show) that you watched?

Just finished the latest episode of “Gate” and now “Ushio & Tora” is on.

5. Do you have a favorite animated movie? What is it and why?

“The Last Unicorn.” I grew up with it and I have the entire movie memorized.

6. If you could have any anime character as a sibling, who would it be and why?

Gah…this is a hard one…my real brother is already kind of like an anime character. Maybe I’d take Naru from “Barakamon” as a little sister because she’s so freakin’ cute and hilarious.

7. What would you title the story of your life?

RIght now it’d be “Four More Hours.” It’s an inside joke in our family restaurant that we always have “four more hours” to go.

8. What is your dream job?

Bathtub tester.

9. Favorite dumb pick-up line?

Haha I honestly don’t have one. I think all pick-up lines are hilarious but I can’t actually think of any right now.

10. What is something that never fails to make you feel better?

Gintama or the final disc of “Shura no Toki.”

11. What kind of weather do you like the best?

Right now I’ll say COLD. Because I’m tired of sweating my ass off!

Thanks for your questions…now for eleven random facts…hmm…. *thinking, thinking*

1. Tomokazu Sugita was the first seiyuu whose name I bothered to learn. He’s my first voice actor love. Ha!

2. Junichi Suwabe is my second. 🙂

3. My dog has more twitter followers than I do.

4. I was addicted to otome games until I discovered Fire Emblem: Awakening.

5. I’m addicted to Fire Emblem: Awakening.

6. I hate to exercise.

7. My best friend is a plush rabbit.

8. I bought the entire Kuroko no Basuke manga in Japanese…even though I can’t read Japanese.

9. “Kaze Hikaru” is my favorite shojo manga and I wish everyone would read it.

10. I can’t remember the last time I slept a full night without getting up at least twice.

11. I have a dakimakura with Hijikata on one side and Gintoki on the other.

Whew! That was harder than I thought!

Okay, I know this is breaking the rules but…I’m a rule-breaker. 😛  I think anyone I would nominate has already completed the sequence at least once…so instead I’m going to leave a list of a few blogs I’d reallllly like you to check out and who I’d nominate if they hadn’t already been nominated several times before:

Zackary Rabbit – somebunny’s creation



Pantastic Panda

and of course be sure to check out Ka-chan’s Anime Reviews and Joy of Yaoi. 🙂