Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mangaka of the Month~ Arakawa Hiromu

Arakawa Hiromu
(荒川 弘 Arakawa Hiromu)



Place & Date of Birth: May 8, 1973, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Gender: Female

Blood type: A

Horoscope: Taurus

Hiromu Arakawa is a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. Arakawa’s career started with a work titled STRAY DOG, but she is best known for creating the Fullmetal Alchemist which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two television anime series. She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow as she was born and raised in a dairy farm with three older sisters and a younger brother. Arakawa started out as Etō Hiroyuki’s assistant writer for Mahōjin Guru Guru and a friend of Shakugan no Shana author Yashichiro Takahashi. Continue reading

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One Shot for the Weekend – Love Egoist story 3: “Please Please Me”

Title: Love Egoist story 3: “Please Please Me”

Author: Bisco Hatori

Artist: Bisco Hatori

Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, School Life

Summary: A girl enraptured by her popular cold-blooded, male teacher who hides under facade of a caring personality.

Found in Volume 7 of Ouran High School Host Club. Part of a collection of stories under the ‘Love Egoist’ series.


I went through my m.w’s posts so far and I think I’ve been mentioning her quite a lot! This week’s one-shot (actually I’m not even sure whether I’m able to call it a one shot since it’s part of an on-going series of individual plots, the term omake might be more appropriate) is also by Bisco Hatori.

I really admire and love Bisco Hatori’s ability to inject deeper/important values into her work. This story features the relationship between a student and teacher, but it can easily be applied to many other types of relationships involving jealousy. The teacher smokes in the story, giving a more mature touch to the story since it is uncommon to behold this sight in shoujo manga. The re-occuring characters throughout this Love Egoist series are two sisters who interact with the characters of the story freely, if you haven’t read any of the previous Love Egoist chapters you don’t need to. The sisters are like little keepers/guardians of the series telling the morale of the plot at the end of the story. It’s about adapting with change and the people around you, and to find happiness in these conditions.

Rating: 3.9/5



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Millenium Snow Vol 1

Title: Millenium Snow/Thousand Years of Snow/Sennen No Yuki

Author: Bisco Hatori

Artist: Bisco Hatori

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Shoujo, School Life, Supernatural, Fantasy

Status: On Hiatus

Summary: 17-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years. Can Chiyuki teach Toya to feel a passion for life, even as her own is ending?

-Shojo Beat


Winter = snow (usually), so I thought about reviewing a snow-themed manga and, well, what could be more appropriate than talking about Millenium Snow? It’s a manga that portrays snow in a positive light, considering that it’s more common to say you’re looking forward to spring or summer since they’re more vibrant. I’ve read this many years ago before the whole Twilight obsession came into being; and nowadays when I hear/read discussions about Millenium Snow, there is always a comparison. Personally, I find it quite irritating, but that would lead us into a different discussion. Continue reading


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Some Starry Sky~ *Updated*

the lazy bug has gotten me. i’ve postponed many things til this weekend. anyways i was going through my dashboard then suddenly somebody posted a link to an otome game – starry sky in spring. i’ve always been darn curious about otome games, its one of those things u must do in life. LOL. its 3.31am atm and i’m going to bed soon but here’s some screenies. kanata is basically the stubborn one, suzuya is the mature grown up and yoh is tat quiet/loner acid mouth.

kanata u so mean~!

with the responses i used in the game i kept ending up with suzuya.

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Merry Christmas~!

Merry Christmas everyone! Chungky’s probably too busy eating minced pies or something so I’ll take care of this Christmas post =D

When I think about Christmas I think about this video… a video that has historical significance with Chungky and I, so I’ll post it up!

We used to dance to it (Chungky made me) and I didn’t realise they were Christmas trees until somone pointed it out directly. Oh well.

Merry Christmas!

-arawr >=3

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One-shot for the Weekend – Caramel Milk Tea: Kirakira no kimochi

Title: Caramel Milk Tea: Kirakira no kimochi/A Sparkling Mood

Author: Usami Maki

Artist: Usami Maki

Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, School Life

Summary: Narumi tries to make the most of her time before she moves on Christmas Day, but falls unexpectedly in love

The third chapter in Usami Maki’s tankōbon of one-shots, ‘Caramel Milk Tea’.


Okay, so I dug through my resources and went through what felt like a dozen Christmas one-shots (in reality it was just like five or something) and in the end decided that the one-shot for this weekend would be Kirakira no kimochi. Reason being:

1.       It’s a Christmas themed one-shot. It’s Christmas this weekend. I thought I should get into the festive mood.

2.       It’s not the usual ‘let’s go on a date!’ or ‘what present should I get?’ or ‘I’ll confess to him!’ type of Christmas plot.

3.       The rest were just a bit too annoying. This was the cutest I could find. Done.

Anyway it’s a little different in the sense of what Christmas means to the main character. I mean, really, in the real world who would be crazy enough to move on the 25th (can you imagine the TRAFFIC?); but hey, that’s the manga world for you. And this is Japan. Maybe it doesn’t apply.

Sweet, cute; it’s got the general shoujo flow going on so you can pretty much expect how everything’s going to start and end. It has the typical plot development as well – but one that utilises the Christmas theme in a more unique manner.

Hopefully chungky won’t get on my case for writing a four-lined review. Oh well. Have an awesome Christmas weekend! =D

Rating: 3.6/5.0

-arawr >=3

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Manga-Talk: Bambi no Tegami

So for the past 10 minutes, I’ve been wondering how M.W. will run Mushroom Manga and Manga-Talk posts. I was confusing myself and I’ve already forgotten why. Lol. Anyways, I’ve concluded that Mushroom Manga is strictly for recommendation :))). All the other rants shall be included in this post.

So, England is suffering from adverse weather and Christmas is coming up. I was desperately trying to find some snow or Christmas-y themed sort of manga when I stumbled on Bambi no Tegami by Takano Ichigo. Is there Christmas? No, but the heroine lives on this hill with tons of snow, and – well, Bambi makes me think of Rudolph the red-nose reindeer.

Bambi no Tegami is about a girl who’s stricken with bad luck but one day she casts a spell from a magazine (I found this weird) to obtain 3 months worth of good fortune. Soon she meets this mysterious guy and he helps her blah blah blah and then her best girl-friend reveals that she loves the heroine’s crush and then we have a bit of drama. Oh, and the heroine had a reindeer in he past named Bambi and the mysterious guy remind her of Bambi because he has comforting quality – I found this sweet. The story is quite rushed and the story-telling isn’t a good as it could be, and well, the main reason for this post is that I wanted to share these pretty illustrations of the manga:

It’s snowy and Christmas-y and there’s a guy and a gal, which suggests love. What a wonderful Christmas will that be! Well, I’ve got nothing to add now so til next time! Hopefully I’ll find a really nice snow/Chritsmas-y manga next round. Why is my skype not working :x?


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Lala DX Issue 01/2011

Hello hello! The weather wasn’t as cruel today so I ventured out to do some Christmas shopping. It wasn’t snowing, it was raining! Hopping from department store to the next, leaving Japan Centre, Regent Street my second final stop to get myself a copy of Lala DX. It was £12.70 – more pricey than Lala Special or Lala 1.

Anyway, Maid-sama is on the cover of this issue of Lala DX with a ski themed illustration. I’ve concluded that Maid-sama is out to take over the world:

In this issue you can find a drama CD of Harukanaru Toki No Nakade (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time) and two post-cards with the illustrations  by Tohko Mizuno of the same series.

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Mushroom Manga! Sengoku Strays & Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu

We can’t possibly review everything we read, yet there are some manga that we just feel we should share with the rest of you. So! We came up with ‘Mushroom Manga’ – manga that we’ve come across and decided to recommend, but are much too lazy to give a proper review.

Moving on, for our first Mushroom post, I present…!

Sengoku Strays

Manga-ka: Nanami Shingo

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen

Kasane is your average kendo-obsessed girl, when a brush with a mysterious sword sends her back in time to the Sengoku Era. Stuck in an unfamiliar time and place, Kasane also has the poor luck of winding up right in the middle of the turmoil that surrounded Oda Nobunaga’s rise to power!

This is really just a personal favourite of mine that I found a couple of days back; I’d understand if a bunch of people didn’t share my sentiments. What makes me really enjoy it is probably the characters; I really like the protagonist, Kasane (quite similar to Himoto Sora from Shitsurakuen, when I think about it); she’s cute, she’s cool and best of all, she’s not completely useless from the start – which really is just one out of the several appealing factors.

What I’m really looking forward to though is how the relationships are going to develop. After all, since it’s a historical manga you could find spoilers if you read up Oda Nobunaga’s history (something I’ve seriously been tempted to do) so the only thing left is pretty much character development.

By the way, if you find yourself completely overwhelmed by the coolness of Nobunaga’s character, don’t look up for his real face. It really kills the mood.

Well, it did for me, anyway.

I wouldn’t say Sengoku Strays would fit the bill of mainstream shounen manga like Bleach or Naruto – but I think it could potentially fit somewhere along the popularity rankings of Kekkaishi and Soul Eater.


Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu

Manga-ka: Maki Youko

Genre: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural

Hotate is a 10 year old girl who was living at her grandmother’s house since her mother died. One day her grandmother tells Hotate that she can’t care for her anymore because of her age and that she’s going to have to live at her uncle’s house. After moving to her uncle’s house, she attends a new school, but things aren’t easy because of her special ability to see the dead. Can she make friends with students in her new class? And what’s the secret behind the bond between her and her uncle…?!

If the art looks familiar, if the story sounds similar, if it pulls your heartstrings the same way, that’s probably because Maki Youko is the same manga-ka for Aishiteruze Baby. It was completely unintentional that I stumbled across Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu, yet once again I found myself completely drawn to it.

I remember how I wouldn’t shut up when I first read Aishiteruze Baby, and this time was no different. The story is cute, innocent, has just the right touch of drama and mystery, and the dash of romance nicely fills up the background.

This shoujo isn’t just for a shoujo audience – I think even  shounen fans can appreciate this; that is, if they look for more than just swords and fists and buildings being blown up. It’s probably because Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu has more of a seinen feel in terms of plot – it’s just the execution that makes it shoujo.

– arawr >=3


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One Shot for the weekend – Four-Season Color of August

Title: Four-Season Color of August

Author:  Akizuki Sorata

Artist: Akizuki Sorata

Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Summary: Sakinomiya Hazuki decides to go the beach before she moves to a new home, and along the way, she catches and hat that flew by. She almost falls when a boy helps her. He introduces himself as Komatsu Yuuto, but the little kids, Haruki (Spring) and Fuyumi (Winter) call him Natsu-neechan (Summer) because he comes to play with them in the summer. She introduces

herself, but the boy gives her the nickname , Aki (Autumn), because her original name was too long. They play together throughout the summer, but will they want to split up when it’s over?

Collected as an omake(extra) in volume one of  Akagami No Shirayuki-hime.


I’ve always found the transition of seasons rather solemn when I think about  how nature keeps progressing – leaving things behind and never looking back. This one-shot re-creates that exact same feeling, making it bittersweet to remember fond memories but reminds us that to forget, is above all, the most sad. It encourages us to constantly look forwards into future, because we can frankly be very surprised.

Overall rating: 4.3/5


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