A Reverse Kimi Ni Todoke?: Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka!!

It’s like love at first sight. The first time I saw this manga, I couldn’t help but click the link and start reading the first chapter.

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Have you seen Kimi Ni Todoke? Or Toradora? (If you have not, where in the world have you been you sad person?) If you liked/love/are obsessed with the two stories I have stated, here is Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka, a story about Chigira Ruiji, a highschooler whose face is pretty…unique. (He has been known to have a face similar to an Oni Mask or Hannya) Ruiji is frequently feared because of demonic appearance and what to make matters worse is that because of his unfamiliarity of social engaging with people normally, he is usually mistaken for either a creep by the girls or a delinquent by the boys. Therefore, he has already accepted the fact that he is fated to be….

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Until one day….a certain girl walks into his life….

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Background: 

Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka is a newly published manga (and by new I mean it’s only a month old!) by Shueisha in the Margaret magazine. You remember, the same magazine that published Hibi Chouchou and Switch Girl. The mangaka is Shiiba Nana whose previous works have been mainly one shot volumes. Although I haven’t read her previous works, I can tell from the storyline that Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka will be a somewhat long ongoing work.

Artwork:

This is the first manga I’ve read by Shiiba Nana. I could tell that she is a very clean and simple artist, not emphasizing too much on her details but instead on character traits, in this case, trying to portray Ruiji kun as a total outcast. Unlike other shojos though, Shiiba-San does not use chibi characters, which makes the story feel more realistic but still adding a few comical facial expressions here and there.

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Plot:

The plot is pretty straight forward. A socially awkwardly guy looking to win over his one sided love interest while also understanding the true meaning of actually “being in love”. The thing that really makes this story stand out however is the main character.
The lovability (that’s not even a word) of Ruiji is off the charts. Although quite timid in understanding our modern romance, Ruiji tries his hardest to fulfill his love life of that of a manga, one full with doki doki moments and lovey dovey scenes.  His kindness, creativity, honesty and determination in the story seems so real compared to other series that try to push these noteworthy quality on their characters.

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And!! Finally a shoujo male who isn’t either :

✘ Rich
✘ Playboy
✘ Posy
✘ Bishounen
✘ Attractive
✘ Stupid
✘ Horny

Or the typical “I like you but I don’t want to hurt the feeling of a girl who likes me and will kill herself if I reject her or is too ill for me to turn away so it is my duty  to take care of her, therefore I will tell you I have no feelings for you and let you go with another guy (who treats you like an angel) until I realize I really love you and come crawling only after being pushed by either a talk from my best friend of brother” kind of guy.

Like I said, the plot reminds me of a male version of Kimi Ni Todoke, but unlike Sawako, Ruiji has to win over the heart of Watsuki Sana who sees him already as a crazy psychopathic demon and learns BY HIMSELF the true meaning love. (Awww, poor guy > <)

Characters:

Our main protagonist, Ruiji, is so so so so (I could say this an infinite amount of times) adorable !! One of the other reason I love him so much is for his high level of respect and esteem for the opposite gender, even towards something he doesn’t understand…in this case love.

In one scene (I will try hard not to spoil it this time!) someone gives Ruiji the saying that the most important reason we “fall in love” is because our need for physical intimacy and to use people to our disposal, where then Ruiji replies that although he hasn’t experienced “love” before, he believes there is so much more than to love than what people try to believe they see. He kinda reminds me of a more shoujo-ish version of Ryuji from Toradora (even their names are SIMILAR! O.o Coincidence?) Although both are great guy, somehow, they’re mistaken as delinquents thus resulting from them being isolated. Man they have it hard!

Another thing that really got me about Kuiji is that he is very relatable to the reader.
We’ve all experienced the time when we had our crushes. We didn’t know how to act and when we tried we either: 1.) failed miserably 2.) made a complete fool of ourselves 3.) creep them out

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The only thing I could say about this manga is….And you are going to kill me for this but….it’s currently only on it’s 5th chapter. So yes, although this is quite early for a review, I couldn’t help but post it. It’s just one of those mangas that you feel good reading through the determinations of a gullible character and watching him work his way up towards victory with his sweet perseverance.

So if your just looking for a fresh new manga with an honest and heartwarming male protagonist,  give Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka a try and I promise you, you’ll be waiting for the next update just like me XD

Until next time…..Nyaaaaaaa~ °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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Blast from the Past Thurdays #2 !! Marmalade Boy~

Wow! It’s already been a week! How time flies! Today we have one of our old favorites here which is actually a manga that inspired Taiwanese and Korean dramas to adapt mangas into live actions series. (That’s right! Your “Devil Beside You” and “Boys Over Flowers Ramen” were inspired from this series right here!) Without further or do, I present to you….Marmalade Boy! *O*/

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Marmalade Boy is a melodrama-comedy manga about a girl named Miki who discovers that after her parent’s trip to Hawaii, they have decided to get a divorce and remarry. Nobody likes their parents remarrying to some stranger right? Neither does moving sound pleasant. Well, as you can tell, her parents decide to do both, but here’s the catch, they decided to swap partners with the couple they met on their trip. (I know what your thinking, what the heck??!) Miki isn’t taking this too well. As keeping up with confusing family affairs, school work,  and tending to a previous relationship with her best guy friend wasn’t enough, now she has to deal with Yuu….her newly-turned cunning and mischievous stepbrother.

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Background:

Marmalade Boy is a manga written by Wataru Yoshizumi (Handsome na Kanojo, Ultra Maniac) published by Shueisha in 1992. The manga ran with Ribon magazine, one of the top shoujo magazines of the generation, comparable of being the “Shonen Jump” of the shoujo genre. Mangas that you might have read from the magazine include Full Moon o Sagashite, Aishiteruze Baby and the current Zekkyou Gakkyuu. Because of it’s high popularity, Marmalade was adapted into a light novel consisting of 10 volumes, anime, live action film, anime film, live action tv series, and game. And as I have stated above, it was the first manga to start the trend of Asian dramas using manga as the source of their media series.  (Although I wouldn’t recommend the live action series to the manga because of it’s lack of content and how they altered the characters too much)

Artwork:

A notable trait in this series not only of the shoujo artwork in 20 years ago (sparkly eyes, skinny physique, pretty looking boys) but of is it’s reflection on attire and fashion in the early 80s-90s generation. Girls wearing overalls casually topped with bonnet hats or headbands and guys with high waist trousers having their shirts tucked in along with a sweatshirt wrapped around their shoulders. Reading through the story along with examining the mangaka’s remarkable attention to detail in clothing made me feel like I was living in the particular era. And what do you know….I went down to the store and bought the first dress skirt I could find after seeing it on Miki.

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Plot:

Now, reading Marmalade Boy, I couldn’t help but think of it being similar to a soap opera or drama series. A normal girl, having normal friends and enjoying her normal life….until a shocking events shatters her “ideal” normal conduct. We have Yuu, a attractive young male who just happens to walk into her life like a real life prince charming, and then it turn out he isn’t and blah blah blah. You get the picture. That’s how I initially thought it would turn out. Just like an everyday life situation with a few drama situations inserted in between. BUT NO! It was so much more about it. Marmalade boy might start off as your typical real life turned fairy tale scenario but as the series progresses, you begin to realize how REALISTIC the story is. The characters begin to become more alive and human. You realize that they have their ups and downs, their strengths and their weaknesses. Relationships and unexpected connections are sewed together, giving a more overall feel of why some characters are in the story in the first place, and truths are—ironically—being both uncovered and hidden. The romance part is very sweet and subtle, which makes the reading experience filled with refreshing and just innocent heartwarming moments.

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In my heart, Marmalade Boy will always be known as a classic. It became one of the first mangas I have ever collected in complete takoban volumes, and although the books are located somewhere in another dimension of my closet, I will always have the distinct pastel style drawings in my head.

Characters:

A running gag in the series other than Miki’s awkward household situation is the difference in her character to Yuu’s. Miki, being a non-attrative, somewhat tomboyish girl clashes with Yuu a “Marmalade boy” as Miki would call him; pretty looking, and sweet only on the surface, yet bitter on the inside. I’m pleased to say that Marmalade Boy did an excellent job with sharing background stories throughout their cast of characters. Although the story did revolve around the main characters Miki and Yuu, the side characters such as Miki’s best friend Meiko also has a painful past which she is reluctant to share with both her best friend and the readers. Thought various chapters, we slowly see the story along with it’s characters being more and more open, going through hardships, all the way to discovering the true meaning friendship. Another character that is worth mentioning is Ginta, Miki’s previous love interest. His involvement in the story has provided both a metal drive towards the main characters as well as act as a sort of comic relief to the already drama-ish outcomes. Though his character is seen first as an annoying bastard (you will agree with me once you read it), he learn about his weaknesses and negatives as works his way to become a better man bit by bit. We also have Arimi, Yuu’s previous girlfriend who starts out as the main antagonist of the story, but again, as the story unravels, we understand WHY she is acting the way she is and through her OWN resolution she becomes a more sincere and respectful character.

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I really would like to emphasize the latter because I believe that some mangas have the main characters changing the perspectives of the characters of the story a bit too much that it leaves the side characters as well….just useless and not important. For Marmalade boy, it’s different. We learn about the emotions and ambitions of the characters and watch them as they try to discover who they truly are by struggling and failing, then picking themselves up and improve on their OWN ACCORD, not by any 1st, 3rd or whatever party that might be present.

Overall, I believe that if your looking for a manga that really portrays strong emotions, lots of plot twist (trust me, there were alot XD), a melodramatic feel and a storyline that gives even importance to their side character, then by all means, go search Marmalade boy on Google right now!! ^O^/

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On our next installment, I’ll be reviewing an old shonen manga that I made me actually start getting into the martial art genre! I’m pretty excited for the series, as I also have a complete manga volume set of this stuffed somewhere in another dimension of my closet. (I’ll be sure to find it someday. :P)

And until then………Nyaaaaaaaaaa~  =^..^=

Blast From The Past Thurdays! : Power!! aka Girl Got Game!

DISCLAIMER: Whew ! I decided to start on a weekly “past” series review in addition to the weekly/biweekly/monthly/bimonthly/yearly(wait what??! O.o) reviews that I normally do. Hope that this Category not only interests you in reading an amazing past manga work, but also remind you of the creative stories that had once made us laugh and smile with enjoyment. 🙂

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I’m really excited to review this manga, because not only is Shizuru Seino one of my favorite mangakas, but because this manga is just that ALL-IN-ONE set that you never seem to get tired of. Power!! Is packed full of romance, comedy, school life, sports, gender swap, and just random silliness. This manga has not only shown me that love can prevail against any complications, but also that no matter how old a manga is it’s comedic effect never fades.

Background:

Power!! is a manga published by Shizuru Seino, known for mangas such as Junai Tokkō Taichō! (Love Attack!) and Heaven! Power!! was published in the Bessatsu Friend from 1999-2002. That’s right we’re bringing back a manga that was written over 13 years ago!

Critically acclaimed mangas from the magazine include MARS, L-DK, Peach Girl and Life. The manga has been licensed by Tokyo Pop, which finished their release in 2005.

Artwork:

Whether it’d be her use of exclamation points on her manga’s titles or her strong “tomboyish” way of drawing (creating the most muscle crazy female leads you can ever imagine), Shizuru Seino has always been very distinct and confident in her style. Creating tough, macho girls, along with either a jock or delinquent male protagonist is her forte. No whiny heroine waiting for her prince charming here! Think wonder woman pairing up with teacher Onizuka (GTO).

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Plot:

If you ever watched the movie She’s The Man, then you know where I’m going. Kyo Aizawa is a high school girl who just wants that simple girly life. A boyfriend, wearing a knee high (or as anime attire have it as “almost seeing your panties” high) skirts, and just enjoying highschool! And does she get that? Nooooo. You know how your parents tell you they want to give you a better life that they ever had? Well…Aikawa’s dad takes it to a whole new level. Not being able to attend the NBA’s because he tore his Achilles’s heel, Aizawa’s father forces her to attend Seisyu, an academy holding one of the top ranked boy’s basketball teams in the country. With her hair cut short and her dream uniform tossed aside and replaced with a jacket and trousers, Aizawa attends the school as a boy.

There she meets Chiharu Eniwa, her quite “tough-front” roommate and one of the best players in the basketball team. Aizawa’s and Chiharu’s relationship start off rough at first, but through humorous and absurd events, the two begin their crazy adventures.

As the series progresses, we stumble upon the complications of Chiharu dealing with his feeling for Aizawa (he still thinks she’s a he XD), Aizawa’s adaption to learning to become a male basketball player, her difficulty of adjusting to a boy’s team as well as her risk of being exposed with every turning event.

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Characters:

Let me just point out first that all the characters in the series are hilarious!! It’s like a gag reel of Slam Dunk or Kuroko no Basket. The side characters appear frequently and try to serve as support for Chiharu and Aizawa’s relationship but always end up being their obstacles instead.

Another key character I would like to mention (my personal favorite in the series) is Kensuke Yura. With his photographic memory and one of the ONLY characters to realize the obvious,  he is basically a shoujo version of Kaede from Slam Dunk. *imagination activate!* Without spoiling too much, I would like to leave a side note that not only is Yura extremely cute on all possible corners, but he has some of the best “I didn’t know” moments ever.

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Conclusion*:

✧ Hilarious non-stop laughing story with the most ridiculous characters you can ever imagined.

✧ A light and cheerful plot if your looking for a stress-free read with a balance of romance and gender benders thrown in between.

✧ It’s complete! So you don’t have to wait for updates! You can also find it at your local bookstore if your interested in buying the tankobon volume.

And there you go! Our Blast from the past Thurdays! I was debating what manga/anime to open with my very first “sceduled” post, and I finally came to a conclusion after seeing the manga stashed at the back of my closet. (Trust me, you do not want to see what kinda crap I keep in there @__@)Hope you guys give Power!! a chance and until then….Nyaaaaaaa!! (=^-ω-^=)