Dear everyone, as you are aware, this post and event continuation is largely overdue. An unfortunate turn of events that has led this situation, factors include technical problems, mis-communication, a lack of access to the internet and the general world being against us. We’ve been continuously throwing dates around and changing dates, which was not very helpful and most problems are due to the fact that there were a lot of flaws in the schedule which we only noticed after MOB had started. So now finally, we’ve decided to cut MOB short to Round 2 simply being the final round.
We’ve also decided to collate all votes from all polls to determine results. This final round will last until Friday 16th August 2013. Without further rants, here is the final round of posts!
ALL PARTICIPANTS PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE OF THE POLL CLOSURE.
Shounen/Seinen Final Round
Blog post: Similar Brothers, Different Paths
Preview: So I’ve been reading Adachi Mitsuru’s Touch in the past couple of weeks. My opinions on it are more or less public record. The original reason I got started on it was to do a serious rundown of all the baseball series I knew of (since talking about baseball manga without mentioning Touch would be like talking about great basketball players and not mentioning Bill Russell). However, an interesting theme constantly showed up in that manga that I’ve seen in another series, Space Brothers.* Namely, both series focus on a relationship between two talented brothers who take their talents in different directions. And both do a fascinating job of exploring what caused those brothers to walk their separate paths. Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.
Blog post: Manga Review: Gantz
Preview: This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters: “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds: “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the ‘Volunteer Service’ club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl: Yukinoshita Yukino. (Source: ANN) Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.
Shounen/Seinen Final Round Poll
Shoujo/Josei Final Round
Blog: THAT Shoujo Manga Blog
When the anime adaptation for an anime is announced, I generally get super excited, and praise the anime studio for making a smart adaptation choice. The adaptation for a manga into anime means that it will get more fans, the mangaka will make more money, and just everything will be sunshine and roses. Generally.
But in the end. I never end up watching these adaptations to completion. Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.
Preview: I had been a fan of the Nodame Cantabile manga for a good 2 years when, in 2010, the manga unceremoniously ended for health reasons of the author. When this happened, I raged. I had had so many hopes for where the manga was going, what it could do with all the characters and the relationships still underdeveloped, to say nothing of the fact that the main couple had yet to perform together on an international stage together. All this potential greatness was being wasted. And I stewed on that for a while, and I realized that it didn’t matter.* Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.
Blog: Pearl’s Inspirations
Blog post: Love is blind…
Preview: For the second round of MOB, I want to discuss the blindness shoujo heroines go through when they’re in love. It’s painful to read, as a young woman who loves her independence, about young girls who are at a time in their life when they really take notice of boys, and vice versa. It’s normal, and there’s nothing wrong with checking out boys. (I do it all the time and have no shame in saying so.) What’s unbearable is when the female characters un-/sub-consciously lose themselves in the desire of winning/keeping the person of their affections, or after the relationship is established, everything is rainbows and butterflies – the heroes can do no wrong in their eyes and nothing else matters. It’s like once the blinders are on, the heroines cease to have an identity outside of that love. Click Here To Read the Rest of the Post.
Shoujo/Josei Final Round Poll