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One-Shot for the Weekend: Obake Life

Obake Life | オバケライフ

Manga-ka: Takahashi Ichirou

Genre: Comedy,  Horror,  School Life,  Shounen,  Supernatural, Romance

A girl who can see spirits opened up a manga and read “Those who read to this point in my manga will die without fail on the same day”. Terrified, she tries to break her curse, with a jumpy spirit who wants to marry her…? 

Published as a one-shot in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2008.

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It is very unlikely we would ever come across a one-shot placed in the genres of horror, comedy and romance. Being shounen manga, I guess that makes it slightly more likely since they can be quite bizarre. Shounen manga with romance? I’ll definitely give any one of those a try.

Okabe Life didn’t disappoint. In fact, it tied all the themes together but they were ‘mild,’ but not weak if you know what I mean(you probably don’t). It saw a reasonably good balance. The whole story was play-ful in a comedy way but it wasn’t to the extent where it was a parody of horror manga. Oh, and the male protagonist is quite the ball of awesome, I love how much energy he has, I might consider an engagement.

It’s not mind-blowingly epic, but it’s so absolutely likable! This is the first time where I REALLY wanted a shounen one-shot to continue into a series. It just has so much potential to do so. I’m probably saying this since I loved how the romance theme finished the story!

Have a good weekend!

Rating: 3.9/5

 

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Natsume Yūjin-Chō San Episode 01 & Thoughts

Natsume Yūjin-Chō | Natsume’s Book of Friends | 夏目友人帳

Season 3 – Natsume Yūjin-Chō San | 夏目友人帳 参 : Episode 1

Director: Omori Takahiro

Original Creator: Midorikawa Yuki

Animation Production: Brains Base, Aniplex

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Supernatural, Comedy

Rating: G – All Ages

Cast:

Kamiya Hirohi as Natsume Takashi

Inoue Kazuhiko as Nyanko-sensei

Ishida Akira as Natori Shuichi

Suganuma Hisayoshi as Atsushi Kitamoto

Horie Kazuma as Tanuma Kaname

Kimura Ryohei as Satoru Nishimura

Kobayashi Sanae as Natsume Reiko

Suwabe Junichi as Matoba

Sypnosis:

Third season of Natsume Yuujinchou. Since he was young, a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi has been able to see spirits, but keeping this ability a secret has now become a heavy burden for him and has made his life difficult.

This begins to change when Takashi inherits his grandmother’s “Book of Friends”. He discovers that she, Natsume Reiko, shared the same ability as him and starts to understand why he was always targeted by both good and bad spirits.

After learning the true meaning behind the Book of Friends, which allows him to manipulate the spirits listed within its pages, Takashi undertakes a journey with his bodyguard, the infamous spirit Madara, to free the spirits of their contracts with Reiko.

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Welcome back.

An episodic post! This was one of my summer challenges, to write consistent episodic posts. I’ll go through the entire episode briefly(like a summary) along with my opinions along the way. So, there are spoilers, be warned!

You can read Arawr’s 1st impression rant here. Continue reading

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One-Shot for the Weekend – Monster and Child

Monster and Child (モンスター アンド チャイルド)

Manga-ka: Okino Maho

Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Tragedy

A sad tale of a young boy (later named Vita) who comes into a solitary vampire’s life and changes him forever. The vampire, Rubiel has been craving for the end of his life, as his family have all fallen for insanity.

Published as a one-shot in 2010

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So I was at the bookshop just the other day and went over to the tween section. As usual, I was spammed with the sight of all this black and red books about – well would ya look at that! – vampires. It was all blood here, lust there, cross here, 592 pages there, whatever. And just so you know, the negative phototropism typically exhibited by vampires are only observed in creatures like cockroaches and larvae and bluebottles and maggots and all those little critters you’d rather smack and kill with your heavy Twilight book.

Honestly quite tired at this point about all the black and blood drenching the bookshelves, I turn back to manga and try to think of some nice vampire manga. I have faith in the manga/anime world – Shiki is probably the only vampire story that doesn’t make me feel like the undead. So I went through some of my previous one-shots, and found Monster and Child.

That Mr. Vampire is blatantly labelled ‘monster’ from the get go instead of being some smexy man is good enough for me. He’s got the usual depressing angst-y past like the everyday vampire, but he can actually lighten up. Instead of wallowing in what had happened before, he starts celebrating life bit by bit with the appearance of the human child. And despite all that had happened after, he was still able to move on with the lessons that he learned from the child who couldn’t even speak.

Not much different from the usual vampire story, but the change in perspective is so refreshing I could almost give it a 5/5.

But nawh.

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Have a good weekend! =D

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Anime Amped – Yumekui Merry (夢喰いメリー)

Similar to how we have Mushroom Manga for mangas we want to recommend but are too lazy to review, we have Anime Amped for the same purpose. But for animes. We hope to amplify the anime out into the wide wide world; and with that I present to you our first Anime Amped post.

Yumekui Merry (夢喰いメリー)

Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding people’s bodies. Ever since then he’s been having a weird dream about a war with cats. One day he meets a mysterious girl, that, after being picked on by crows and fallen from a tree, goes to search for her lost hat. Later that day, Fujiwara finds himself in a daydream, being attacked by the same cats he fights at night.

Genre: Action, Supernatural

Status: Currently airing, planned for 13 episodes

Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, produced by J.C. Staff. Based on the manga by Ushiki Yoshitaka.

Rated PG13

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It recently came out this Winter 2011, but I do see quite a lot of potential in Yumekui Merry, also known as Dream Eater Merry. When I saw the promotional picture, I wasn’t that interested in it since it looked like the typical wimpy anime. It’s only been 3 episodes now, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it so far.

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