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Monthly Lala 10/2011~

Hello everyone. Greetings from the Host Club and I. I took a long time to prep up this post since I’m back and university and there’s just so much going on…missed our one-shot last week. The December issue of Lala will be out in a few days and I haven’t even got to scanning Lala 11 & Lala DX 11 yet. I’ve got Kuro(black) Lala with me as well so if anyone wants to have a round-up of that please leave a comment below!

I want to take this opportunity to THANK EVERYONE for supporting our first run of the Weekend Ani-Manga Mail!!! The feedback from you guys was AWESOME and I simply can’t thank you all enough! Thank you to Justin too for being our first participant. If your manga/anime list is going dry or you just want more(who doesn’t?), I hope you can give the Weekend Ani-Manga Mail a go! Please click here if you’re interested in participating or check back Manga Weekend to give your recommendations!

My scanner was giving me these weird things so I apologise in advance for any blunders. Let’s start with all the extras from this issue! Continue reading

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Monthly Lala 09/2011~

Been wanting to blog all week but my brain just keeps farting and I just come up with noob drafts. Anyway, behold, my mouth-watering friends – Takashi sparkles on the cover of Lala 9! It’s a very nice wispy cover! Kudos to Midorikawa Yuki! I’ve pierced together Lala 8 and Lala 9 together in the image below to show you lot that they’re actually connected! 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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Monthly Lala 07/2011~

Right. Let’s get up to speed. Here is the Monthly Lala July Issue with Kaichou wa Maid-sama! taking the spotlight with a very summery outlook.

And with every issue comes the every bit of news surrounding the magazine’s past, present and future serialisations. The biggest news for Lala currently is no doubt Bisco Hatori’s  Ouran High School Host Club live adaption. Playing Tamaki will be Yūsuke Yamamoto & starring Haruhi will be Haruna Kawaguchi. I recognise the dude but other than that I’m pretty clueless.  Not sure what to say about the casting but TV dramas never got me hyped up anyway. The only thing I’m currently obsessed with on TV is the U.K’s version of “The Apprentice.” Continue reading

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Manga & Anime: Medium of Freedom

Library Wars|Toshokan Sensō

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These few days I struggled to think how I would write a full length essay. The situation is getting out of hand since my writing skills have not awoken even with my exam approaching. So, as I tried to escape from my exam induced stress, I decided to take a short-term solution by watching Anime. I beg all of you not to follow my example.

Having no idea with what to watch, I settled for Library Wars since I wanted to catch up with the Love and War manga adaptation by Kiiro Yumi. Oh, just a note, the Library Wars Anime isn’t licensed and it should very well should be. It’s fantastic! But what really triggered me to write this post was initiated by the concept of Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa.

What may that be you ask?

The plot is derived from Japan’s statement of intellectual freedom for libraries – which basically means that libraries have the freedom to offer and collect any material, as well as disregarding censorship. The freedom of expression.

The conflict starts here; in the story, the government passes the Media Betterment Act which gives the committee the power to remove and censor any type of media that could pose a threat on Japanese Society. It’s almost like the Gestapo of Hitler Germany. Pretty deep stuff. Joining the side of free expression is no other than the Library Defence Agency, set up by local governments who oppose the Media Betterment Act.

Library Wars|Toshokan Sensō

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Monthly Lala 06/2011~

Hello! How are you?

Okay, well, back to me. Jokes. Here we have the Lala June issue for this year with The Wolf King’s Bride taking the covet role of being on the cover – it seems although they’re always in that pose. Regardless, its pretty!

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Not much new news, but I think this deserves a mention. I think everybody knows already but there will be a special chapter of La Corda D’Oro in the July issue. I am, however a bit skeptical that it’s about Len and Kahoko.

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Lala Monthly Issue 05/2011~

Hello everyone. Here is Lala magazine’s 5th issue this year featuring Kotarou in a Scottish Outfit. Kotarou is from Gakuen Babysitters by Tokeino Hari.

Here we have more information regarding the 3rd Season of the Natsume Yuujinchou anime adaptation, it will be called “Natsume Yuujinchou San,” and it will be airing this July. The 2nd season, Zoku

Also information about Hotarubi no Mori E, visit here for the official website and here for the twitter page.

The 2nd season, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou will receive a re-run starting on April 7th. Continue reading

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Lala 04/2011~

My copy of LaLa 4, just taken out from this HUGE, GIGANTIC BOX AMAZON.JP GAVE ME.

Time for Lala 4! Excitement! Excitement! I’ve been looking back at my older magazine posts and I was quite disappointed by the quality of the pictures I shared. This time round, I added extra effort to improve the quality(You can tell a big difference compared to my previous posts xD). In fact, scanning my magazines may be a good idea right about now since it might take the equivalent effort but meh.

I hope you enjoy this post, I made sure I included every single serialisation in this issue for more viewing pleasure! I think I deserve a golden star sticker like those they give elementary children!

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Lala Issue 03/2011~

*Spoilers Alert*

Good day! Hope y’all had a good week-end. I know I did. In fact, I don’t even have classes on Mondays anymore so I have an extra-long weekend. Who’s J-worded? Here are some photos of Lala 3. Highly anticipated for it’s special Ouran chapter! Also, if you’re an avid fan of Mishounen Produce, it’s final chapter is in this issue. Also, I made the photos clickable now, so you can view these pics in higher resolution, just a little bigger.

This was the freebie/furoku of Lala 3, very cute no? Continue reading

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Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama! Vol 1 – *Updated Version*

Title: Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!

Author: Fujiwara Hiro

Artist: Fujiwara Hiro

Genre: Shoujo, School Life, Comedy, Romance

Status: Ongoing

Summary: The class president has a little secret she’s keeping from the sexy bad boy in school… As President of the Student Council, the overachieving feminist Misaki really socks it to the guys in an attempt to make the former all-boys’ school attract a more female student body. But what will she do when the sexiest boy in class finds out Misaki’s after-school gig is in a maid café?! It’s love at first fight in this shojo romantic comedy–with a whole new look at the battle between the sexes! –TokyoPop

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‘Seduction of a Feminist.’

When I first read Maid-Sama, I quite enjoyed it; in fact I really liked it, so much that I almost loved it. Now, however, I’m left with a little sour taste in my mouth that you might get after eating something delicious.What I’d applaud is the relatively original idea of using maid-cafes as a central theme in the story, it’s quite refreshing and it’s done wonderfully so that we don’t get any tacky and perverted outcomes that are so associated with this culture. Instead, I think Maid-sama actually helps us to appreciate this ‘exotic-ness’ of maid-cafes and its relative businesses.

Cliche events are what you are going to encounter in Maid-sama – in terms of originality, it isn’t the best. On the other hand though, shoujo manga has pretty much explored everything that could possibly happen in the ‘normal’ school life genre – school festivals, summer fireworks, someone get’s a fever etc. However, there are plenty of dreamy fantasies for you to gaze in awe and read over. This manga is designed to make girls squeal and maybe even shout as opposed to feeling warm, fuzzy, blushing red, or something sweet. I think it’s actually a little over-rated. There aren’t any real deep motives in the story so far and I think it jolts up in popularity because of this reason. Sometimes people just want to have a laugh.

My biggest doubts are created from the strong link between Maid-sama’s equally popular predecessor Special A. I find so many similarities between the two – mind you, in shoujo manga it’s hard not to find similarities between different stories – but I think the core issue for me is regarding the main characters of both mangas. I just find them incredibly similar – even in terms of character design – that it sort of puts me off. I found some sequences a bit, well, let’s just say there was a part where I just wanted to hide myself under a pillow out of embarrassment in a bad way(as did some parts in Special A).

There’s not that much intricate detail in the art and compared to many other shoujos out there. In that aspect, Maid-Sama will not actually stand out. As I’ve mentioned above, I compared the art to mangas like Special A – minus LOTS of exaggeration and having a much CLEANER look. If it were like cooking a dish it would be – adding just a pinch of serious-ness, taking out the guts of flashy details, and voila, you have Maid-Sama! It might not have that extra detail but it’s lighter and fresher in a good way.

It isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but a more original idea compared to other mangas in the school life genre. Funny moments and a blossoming romance is what I’ll say if someone asked me what kept me reading. If you want a good laugh and read about a hot growing romance from  a well-executed shoujo manga, do check out Maid-Sama. It has all the ingredients of a good shoujo. Also, if you like/love or detest Special A, you’ll also like Maid-sama.

Take note I didn’t take the Omake included in volume one into account.

Rating

Plot: 3.7/5

Art: 3.8/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Execution: 3.7/5

Overall rating & any additional comments: 3.8/5.

Chungky: I’ve updated the review with additional comments especially regarding the content which I found lacking in the previous. Apologies.

Click here for first version of this review.

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