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One-Shot on an Impulse – Pinocchio Dreams

Pinocchio Dreams (ピノッキオは夢を見る)

Manga-ka: Fujitsuka Yuki

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi,  Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy

Fubuki’s dog, Chloe, gets hit by a car. Kio spots her and tells her to come with him to save Chloe. After Toba Daisuke, who is famous to weirdo, saves Chloe, Fubuki finds out Kio is a robot! She is shocked and creeped out but they eventually become friends. 

The final one-shot in the Kara no Shounen(Empty Boy) anthology by Fujitsuka Yuki, published by Hakusensha. 

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It’s been a long while since we’ve posted anything, but I won’t go into details about our MIA-ness until I feel like blabbing so. Allow me to release upon anyone of you, a post I wrote on impulse, as well as a homage to our most frequent and fun posts – the one-shot recommendations. So how did I get inspired to write about this one-shot? It has to do with a game that some of you might heard of and that is, the League of Legends(which I have been quite obsessed with, although I’m totally into Diablo 3 at the moment). My favourite ‘champion’ or character, to make things simpler, is called Orianna – the lady of clockwerk. So each ‘champion’ or character has a lore and Orianna has a very sad story in which she is a product of her creator’s effort to replace his real daughter called Orianna. It’s a tragic story, but how does Pinocchio Dreams compare?

Well, the only relation is that both stories feature a character that is created through advanced technology. I’ve always been enthralled by the idea of robots learning and attempting to be more like humans, its melancholic yet so soft and gentle(not Orianna though, she’s a killing machine). It’s about a conscience that grows from childhood innocence into a character with much stature and care though they risk being insensitive which often leads to confusion. But, sometimes, the mere act of thought, the act of thinking, is enough to touch one’s heart. Pinocchio Dreams really unleashes a wave of emotions within me. Emotions that I would compare to ‘sympathy’ or ‘pity,’ but really not the words to describe so. It’s positive, full of heart and love. It is hopeful and sweet, melancholic. Like life, its fleeting, yet it is timeless, because those feelings that are experienced, will be remembered for a lifetime.

“It’s the thought that counts right?” – Kio, from Pinocchio Dreams

Fujitsuka Yuki is a great mang-aka, her art is unique and distinguishable, girly and manga-y(not sure myself what that means), yet they convey all the character’s emotions, and her story-telling beautiful. I have written about another one-shot from the same anthology before – Sunny Spots Typhoon, and I highly recommend the entire anthology. This one-shot is one of the best I’ve read and I love re-visiting it, over and over again. This one-shot was first published in Lala DX in 2006 and after being compiled in the Kara no Shounen anthology, Fujitsuka Yuki included a short little continuation which is just bliss.

A rather lengthy rant for a one-shot. Have a good week, and perhaps, we will meet again soon.

Overall Rating: 5/5

-chungky

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Lala DX 09/2011~

Okay, this sneak-peak post is way overdue. I meant to complete this in August. August was actually a big fail since M.W only churned out SIX posts. Ah well…look out for Monthly Lala 10 soon. I need to get going with these posts since I’ll be travelling soon, so no scanner. I’m hoping to introduce a new feature post on M.W so please stay tuned…

This issue of Lala DX is like, the ultimate love issue for most of the serialisations(the ones I actually go through)!!! Lots of Kisses! It’s about time since I’ve been coming across all these serialisations ending with no love. Haruka takes the cover this time round, Tohko Mizuno is a very busy manga artist y’all. Continue reading

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Lala DX 07/2011~

Hello, peeps. Or peepz if you’re feeling rather excited, maybe even funky? I hope I bear a great post, for which I will now birth. And you, my dear friendoid, will be ready to receive. I was going to release this weekend’s one-shot post instead but heck, this post took me so long to conceive I’m going to release it now. Forgive me for all the references to pregnancy, I am not pregnant, someone telling me they’re buying dinner bears more joy for me. Jokes.

ANYWAY. Here we have the very exciting bi-monthly magazine, packed with awesome-ness-ness that is Lala DX 07/2011. The pleasure is yours. Hyuck, hyuck. There isn’t exactly any news that we haven’t heard of, just more emphasis on Natsume Yujincho and Hotarubi no Mori E.

Now, let’s go boogie, woogie, woogie down on why this issue is so special. First of all, my favourite shoujo manga(it’s kind of slipping dramatically off that title now though) – Akagami no Shirayuki-hime by Akizuki Sorata is featuring on the cover. And the freebie is a Akagami no Shirayuki-hime mini file! If you’re a HUGE AnS fan, I cannot emphasise just how much you will need this. The illustration is gorgeous and you know what? We have no idea when there’s going to be an AnS freebie again and this might even be the LAST. It is highly unlikely that there’s going to be some production of merchandise for us to buy since it isn’t on the ground of popularity with manga such as Ouran High School Host Club. The AnS fan club will need this to survive the winter, and the summer. Continue reading

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Lala DX 05/2011~

Hello Dearies! I’ve decided to add some(I said some but it’s really only gonna be about 1-3?) scans in my magazine posts to heighten your viewing pleasure. Also, I understand that some of you out there would like to use the illustrations or what not since that’s what I love to do. Anyway, here is Lala DX 05/2011 with Haruka 5 by Tohko Mizuno gracing the cover. I scanned the cover myself so you get a high resolution picture.

Freebie time! I still have my Ouran Bookmarks from Lala Special which I haven’t used yet, such nice collectibles!

Haruka 3D Book-Marks! Click for a larger picture:

I didn’t scan or take any photos of the colour pages at the beginning since they were nearly identical to the ones in Monthly Lala 05/2011. I just took photos of each featured story again^_^. Continue reading

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One Shot for the Weekend – Sunny Spots Typhoon

Title: Empty Boy/Kara No Shounen: Sunny Spots Typhoon

Author: Fujitsuka Yuki 

Artist: Fujitsuka Yuki

Genre: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Summary: Kusakabe Kaoru is the prince of the school that all the girls want. But he has a secret that he doesn’t want any one: Since his mom’s death he’s been a house-husband and takes care of his three younger siblings and dad.

Collected in a tankōbon of one-shots by Fujitsuka Yuki.

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A very sweet and touching story that brings the reader’s attention to hardship, family values and ultimately to be appreciative of our lives. It flows with an easy-going and lighthearted pace which encourages the reader to smile in appreciation rather than be bogged down by its themes – themes that are often presented in a depressing manner in other similar mangas. I’ve read quite a few  stories that share the main plot of Sunny Spots Typhoon, but in this case it’s executed beautifully.

Overall Rating: 4.7/5

-chungky

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