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One-Shot for the Weekend – Aki-iro, Kimi-iro

Aki-iro, Kimi-iro / Autumn’s Colour, Your Colour


Manga-ka: Amano Shinobu

Genre: Romance, Drama, Shoujo

Kanako had always dreamed of falling in love; and when she finally does, things don’t exactly go according to plan. Ihara is cold, aloof and rude – but despite that, she is relentless and refuses to give up. Vibrantly coloured by all the moments they had together, it was the autumn their lives changed forever.

The final chapter in Amano Shinobu’s tankōbon of one-shots, Natsu no Kakera.

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Both Chungky and I are so busy we had to collaborate. For a one-shot post. Life is sad.

On the bright side, I haven’t had to leave my house for the past 23 hours to go and take care of one thing or the other, which is a new record since term started so BANZAI!!! =D =D =D

…………………………………………………..………Yep, life is sad.

Anyway, with autumn slowly creeping towards a close, we decided to choose something that would leave a warm, sweet feeling in our hearts to keep the cold away. For Chungky and I, this one-shot would have a double meaning as it reflected a period of our life when we had time.

Aki-iro, Kimi-iro is by one of Chungky’s all-time faves, Amano Shinobu. There’s a very slow, gentle pace throughout the whole story that reflects the whole autumn theme of the plotline. I think it’ll really appeal to those looking for the typical shoujo story of love-at-first-sight without the typical princess character and bitching around. It has a really pure, first love feeling that goes past the usual flighty emotions into something that perhaps, really is love.

Have a good weekend =)

(Due to certain emotional attachments, we shall not be giving it a rating)

 

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One-Shot for a Weekday – Shisei (刺靑)

Shisei (刺靑)/ Tattoo

Manga-ka: Yokobaba Ryo

Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance,  Shoujo, Tragedy

Forbidden to be together in the world they live in, two young lovers remain as one. They find a means to preserve what they couldn’t have, that they will be together their hearts, all in a form that is etched onto naked skin.

Published as a one-shot in 2009 in Melody magazine by Hakusensha.

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Here is a relatively short one-shot for a week-day, it spans about 22 pages. I’ve been going through a lot of short one-shots lately and though there aren’t that many pages, they still manage to make an impression. This is a period love story where a couple is forced to separation because of one’s profession and social standing. It is amazing how people can always find ways or means to be together again. In this case, with a tattoo. A permanent mark on the skin, to represent undying devotion or to say “I’ll never forget you.” As they forge a unity that would mean only in their hearts or distance. Perhaps that would be enough to keep them going, as they hope to be united again; in the future, or in another life-time.

Rating: 3.7/5 

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One-Shot on a Weekday: Nino-hime no Monogatari

Nino-hime no Monogatari | 二の姫の物語 | The Tale of the Second Princess

Manga-ka: Izumi Kaneyoshi

Genre: Drama,  Historical,  Romance,  Shoujo

In the turbulent time of wars, a princess and a vassal are bounded together despite different ranks. Soon they are at the mercy of their fates, and what they decide to do is…?

Published as the main story in an anthology entitled Ninohime no Monogatari, serialised in Betsucomi.

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This was another great read and one which develops in a world of its own. It’s one of the fantastic period one-shots out there with it’s East Asian influences. This is an incredibly long one-shot at 100 pages or so and I absolutely adore long one-shots because since they are one-shots, they leave to make an impression. With 100 pages to utilise, the manga-ka will be able to plan the story accordingly and which this one is epic.

I summarise it as an Epic Historical Fable.

This is real good movie material. It sort of reminds me of Mulan but it stands on it’s own. The story really does feel as if it’s been inspired by some genuine Chinese Legend. We watch how a ‘turnip princess’ grows into a strong woman, one who can be strong even without being part of the Royal family. To conclude this post, who says a cocky guy can’t be likable?

Rating: 4.5/5


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One-Shot for the Weekend – Onegai, Sensei : Altair no Koibumi

Altair no Koibumi | Altair’s Love Letter

Manga-ka: Taamo

Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Slice of life, Drama

Sueo, a countryside girl, becomes friends with Tsutsui-kun, the lonely city boy. After that, every summer he goes to see her, without fail. Sudenly, he doesn’t show up, for three years! She sends him letters, but he doesn’t reply. What’s going on?!

Published as the 2nd story in the Onegai, Sensei Anthology Tankouban by Taamo.

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This one-shot illustrates that love makes no comprimises, that it is both painful but also spectacularly beautiful. It’s a long one-shot spanning at about 60 pages and it deserves it.

The one thing I really love about it is that it ends in a very melancholy way, it’s so full of emotion. I’m not sure if some would agree with me but I think sadness can really be the most powerful emotion of all. The ending is in fact a “good” ending, but this element of sadness is consciously in the air from the beginning to the end which just leaves this profound impact.

If I were to choose one word to describe it, it would be ‘powerful,’ you don’t symphatise the characters but you feel their emotion. You don’t care about their flaws or what they’ve done wrong and if we were to ever do something for them; it would be to pray for their happiness. It’s one step beyond other love stories with it’s brilliant concept and nostalgic atmosphere.  I was on the edge of tears.

A story where childhood meets love, where no one bears witness to their everlasting devotion, but the night and the stars above. Will Vega and Altair be able to meet in the rain?

Rating: 4.9/5

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One-Shot FTW! Akai Michi (紅い道) / Red Road

Akai Michi (紅い道) / Red Road

Manga-ka: Andou Yuki

Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Slice of life

Kazuka is your average high school girl with the exception of having an irregular personality. She wakes up one morning slightly later than usual to find a red thread attached to her finger…

Published as a one-shot in The Margaret 2009.

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I won’t blame you guys if you’re sick of my one-shots (I am) – chungky’s usually around to balance out our posts, but since we’re trying to keep in schedule with our Betsuender projects… certain amounts of dedication are needed. (By the way, we just released the 2nd chapter of Shirube no Michi, so go here to check it out!) Oh well. I’ll try to make up for that absence with a nice shoujo one-shot this weekend – Akai Michi.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a slice of life one-shot. I forgot how good it always makes me feel – short, simple, and (more often than not) really, really sweet. Akai Michi is no exception; the extremely matter-of-fact way the heroine tackles the whole red string of fate might seem a little creepy at first -especially with that monotone atmosphere that kinda reminds me of Mihara Mitsukazu’s Children Can’t Choose their Parents (that was one really weirdly funny one-shot). However, that ‘creepiness’ was completely over ruled by the ending – it turned out to be a really, really sweet romance story. It brought into question the whole fate vs. free will thing for me; if in the end that red string was something created by fate, or if it was of her own making.

A really nice one-shot to just recline to this weekend!

Rating: 4.6/5.0

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One-Shot for a Weekday ~ Kaze no Yubiwa to Hikari no Udewa

 Kaze no Yubiwa to Hikari no Udewa  | The Ring of Wind and the Bracelet of Light

(風の指輪と光の腕輪)

Manga-ka: Kawase Natsuna

Genre: Fantasy,  Romance,  Shoujo,  Supernatural

Our heroine is a girl who was born with magical power, and can give that power to magic users, since magic users don’t have power on their own. But her teacher sealed her power with a ring and a bracelet. She’s travelling to a sacred temple in order to take off the ring and the bracelet, but on the way, she meets two magic users who saves her from those who attempt to steal her money, ring, and bracelet. Although she’s determined to not trust magic users, she ends up travelling with them…What fate awaits this trio?

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I didn’t have time to post a one-shot for the weekend so I decided to post a one-shot for the week-day. Yes, I’m so very creative. I’ve read a few beautiful one-shots recently but most of which were scary or sad. This is a one-shot for a week-day so I thought I’d better select something more cheery and one with some kind of hope or sense of adventure to give your week-day a boost since they’re commonly associated with work.


Here, I present to you a light fantasy one-shot. While initial thoughts might include something about an angsty love triangle, the story rebutts that claim to produce an atmosphere you wish would never end. What I refer to personally by that, is stories that have that care-free atmosphere which is often found in adventure stories. That feeling you get when the boss has just been beaten or maybe something’s been resolved and you just want the characters to live on peacefully in happiness and watch them live in happiness. This one-shot gives me that very feeling. The story itself focuses on the heroine’s mind-set of not wanting to trust magicians and how these two young men prove her wrong. The art is simple and charming which adds to the easy-going pace of the story. A nice fun fantasy with that feeling of together-ness.

Rating: 3.7/5

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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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One-Shot for the Weekend – Natsu no Kakera

Natsu no Kakera (夏のかけら) / Fragments of Summer

Manga-ka: Amano Shinobu

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

“When Miyuki goes off to the countryside to visit her grandfather in the hospital, she accidentally enters Madoka’s room instead. Although she finds him rude at first, they end up seeing each other every day and get closer. But Miyuki only has a limited amount of time in the countryside. As the summer passes, how will things turn out for them?”

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Hohoho. Just when you guys thought that we’ve gotten lazy or forgotten all about our frequent one-shot recommendation you thought Wrong (with a capital W). I’ve postponed our one-shot feature until today because this weekend is extra special(plus we were trying to fix a lot of things). For the remainder of this weekend, we recommend a one-shot by Amano Shinobu that is released by our Weekend Betsuender project. (Well a part of the world has already entered Monday so make Monday part of your weekend ^_^;)

We hope you enjoy this one-shot as much as the team has(I’m speaking for them here but if they tell you other-wise don’t listen to them). I suppose this post counts as some sort of shameless promotion but oh well.

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There were two short stories by Amano Shinobu in this year’s issues of Monthly Lala and Lala DX and when I went through them, I fell in love with the cute artwork and rather adorable story-lines. I went to find out more about Amano Shinobu’s work and I stumbled upon her latest tankoubon release(2010) which is a collection of five short stories that were published throughout Amano Shinobu’s career in Lala Special magazine. There weren’t any English reviews which is totally understandable so I had to re-enter my search in Japanese and the blogs that I visited gave favourable comment. So, I took the plunge and bought my copy online and I wasn’t disappointed.

Natsu no Kakera is the first one-shot in the collected tankoubon and it’s the type of story you might end up reading unintentionally since it’s a bittersweet story. The story follows the relationship between two people and the limited time they have.  While the initial stages is cute and simple, sometimes things do not always happen the way we want it to be and the contrast between the plotline and it’s simple nature remind us that we should appreciate the things that we often take for granted.

I suppose in many ways the story can be a blessing for the characters. To enter one’s life and grant them some happiness, even though you’ll leave their life one time or another, I think that’s beautiful. I hope you’ll enjoy this one-shot and I hope that we were able to convey that message that Amano Shinobu-sensei has illustrated.

Much Love to everyone. Thank you for supporting us.

We won’t include a rating for this one-shot.

Click here to by re-directed to the Natsu no Kakera one-shot on the Betsuender site.

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One-Shot for the Weekend: Happy Every Day

Manga-ka: Sakuraba Yui

Genre: One Shot, Romance, Shoujo

Megumi doesn’t mind working at her part-time job as a convenience store cashier every day if it means that she gets to see one special customer: her prince. But if she wants him to notice her, she’ll first have to summon up the courage to actually talk to him.

Published as a one-shot in The Margaret in 2009.

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Arawr just left the task of this weekend’s oneshot to me so I haven’t really prepared anything. I haven’t been reading a lot these few weeks, I’ve just been taking my Lala DX 3 everywhere so I can flip through it when I’m bored. As for this weekend’s one-shot, I’ve literally just read something that I really enjoy. It’s not something out of the box but I really did enjoy this shoujo manga very much.

I was particularly drawn in by the art, it’s really pretty and the manga-ka has her own cute touch. I’ve started to stay away from manga that have more generic art-styles because I’m horrible and I judge a book by it’s cover. You’ll pretty much know what will happen after the first quarter of the story and I think it’s probably one of the most over-used shoujo one-shot scenarios but even though I’ve read tons of them, I’ll always need them.

The story involves the heroine going through lengths just to gaze at her admired person once a day but I suppose this extremism will be forgiven since she’s earning some dosh while she’s at it. It’s about unrequited love but the main hero steps into the light just when we want him to so all is well. The story isn’t dramaticised and maintains this fluid storyline which isn’t rushed. I really love how the hero has almost the exact same reason to work like the heroine, it makes the overall story undeniably sweet and you can’t help but wonder why can’t this happen to yourself(or that’s just me.)

That’s all from me for this weekend, or maybe not but here I go, continuing my performance art research. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rating: 4.0/5

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Mushroom Manga~ Shinkuu Yuusetsu & Kokoro Botan

Hello sweet peas! It feels like ages since I’ve posted something! Arawr suddenly had this blogging-spurt which came out of nowhere. While she took the helm of posting, I’ve been working on the the blog layout as you can see; made a new header and created some gifs which took me AGES(still a newb). I’m trying to fully utilise the trial of my photoshop CS5 before I downgrade and use the ancient CS version(which I hope will be able to achieve 99.8% of the same results with CS5).

I’ve also been slightly pre-occupied with our side-project, Weekend Betsuender – our scanlation team which will debut with a one-shot called Natsu No Kakera by Amano Shinobu. I doubt that we’ll be able to debut soon considering that I’ll be extremely busy with university during the next two weeks.

Announcements aside, here  is my mushroom manga post:

Shinkuu Yuusetsu (真空融接)

Manga-ka: Bikke

Genre: Fantasy, School Life, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life, Romance

In this country, every person has to be matched up with a partner. Partnerships are made around when you turn three or four. The doctors decide who gets paired together. One person acts as the ‘supplier.’ The other as the ‘receiver.’ It is impossible for a ‘receiver’ to continue to live without periodically being given power from the ‘supplier.’ And in the same way, it is imperative for a ‘supplier’ that a ‘receiver’ accept some of the power generated within their body. This ‘power’ can’t be made anywhere other than inside a ‘supplier’s own body… So for the ‘receivers,’ we ‘suppliers’ are completely indispensable….

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I went slightly ga-ga over reading this – correction, I went completely ga-ga. It’s the cutest thing I’ve read in a while though I haven’t been reading that much throughout these few weeks. I believe this is the first time I read something from Be x Boy magazine (or was it Be x Boy Gold?). I’ve seen these magazines constantly in stock in Japan Centre without fail and they cover serialisations in the shoujo, josei, shounen ai, and yaoi genre. So anyway, back to Shinkuu Yuusetsu, this is a terrific manga as a whole regardless of whether it’s shounen ai. It’s a first class piece of work and I’d place it right next to Seven Days – no, actually make that one step above. I really hope this gets licensed because I really need to collect this(not sure whether it ever would since it’s been 4 years since publication. I might have to get the Japanese copy instead).

The story’s concept is what will distinguish this manga from many others of it’s type. It’s an original, and I have never meant that word more than I do with Shinkuu Yuusetsu. If you’re afraid of venturing into shounen ai, this is a chance for you to experience a good one. The first chapter can easily be read as a one-shot. The first couple of pages might seem like a chore to read but it’s all explanation and background information which really in itself is quite interesting. The idea of people relying on each other as ‘supplier’ and ‘receiver’ is genius and the act of kissing to ‘re-charge’ isn’t executed in a gimmicky way just for the reader’s pleasure though I have to say it really is quite cute. Continue reading

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