Posts Tagged ‘manga’
Title: Fairy Tail
Author: Hiro Mashima (of Rave Master fame)
Publisher: Del Ray
Volumes: 17 in English so far (27 in Japanese–ongoing)
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Anime: 2 seasons, 91 episodes in Japanese so far (FUNimation presently dubbing the English release)
Fairy Tail (no, that’s not a typo!) is one of the many magic guilds in the Kingdom of Fiore. They’re a bit of the Bad News Bears of the guilds, in that they’re often a laughing stock among the magic community—usually because of the mass destruction caused by its inhabitants—but are actually at the top of the league when given the chance.
Meet the main focus of the guild for this series:
Lucy Heartfilia – Celestial Spirit Magic (basically a summoner) – Lucy is a newcomer to the scene who saunters into Magnolia Town hoping to gain entrance into the Fairy Tale Guild. Lucy is caring, and very confident in her looks.
Natsu Dragneel – Fire Dragon Slayer Magic – Natsu is a typical male action hero: courageous, kind, hot-tempered and a bit of an idiot. He is one of the strongest mages at Fairy Tail power-wise, but due to his temperament and wild magic, his lack of control keeps him from being in the top tier (and often causes the aforementioned mass destruction!).
Happy – I’m not quite sure what exactly his magic is; I do know he can grow wings! – Happy appears to be a flying and talking blue cat, and happens to be Natsu’s best friend. He is knowledgeable, but can often be a bit cheeky.
Gray Fullbuster – Ice-Make Magic – Gray is Natsu’s main rival, but a part of “Team Natsu.” As opposed to Natsu’s hyper personality, Gray is very laid back—except when it comes to arguing with Natsu, it seems. Loyal and cautious, Gray also has the habit of unwittingly disrobing (yeah, I did just type that).
Erza Scarlet – Requip Magic (armor/weapons that can take different forms) – Erza is one of (if not the) most powerful mages in Fairy Tail. If I were to go full-dork, Erza’s alignment is definitely lawful good; she is honorable, smart and strict.
Fairy Tail does not have a main plot, and instead goes through story arcs. The art is detailed and perfect for this series’ format. But for me, the characters are absolutely what make the series so much fun. There is a fair amount of fan service, but honestly it’s so goofy that it’s hard to be offended even if it’s not your thing.
Title: Tsubasa –Reservoir Chronicle–
Publisher: Del Ray
Volumes: 28 (completed)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Crossover
Anime: 2 seasons, 52 episodes (completed)
[Forgive the long review, dear blogee—the following paragraphs encompass several works, and take some time to explain!]
I’ll tell you something about myself: I hate starting a series with no end in sight. So when the last volume of Tsubasa came out recently, there was finally an end to the six-month+ long cliffhangers (imagine the happy dance, if you will). Of course, I didn’t learn about my extreme aversion to cliffhangers until after I had already started in on the series many a year ago. Frankly, even if I had, I probably would have started reading it anyway; after all, it’s CLAMP!
I trust you’re familiar with the Japanese power-quad mangaka (comic artist) group? No? Run, don’t walk, to the library and grab any of their previous series: Chobits, X/1999, Tokyo Babylon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Clover, Magic Knight Rayearth, RG Veda—just to name a few. Each series offers gorgeous art, compelling storylines and characters you’ll never forget.
In fact, the characters are so memorable, almost all of them show up in Tsubasa! The two main characters, Sakura and Syaoran, star in—as you may have guessed—Cardcaptor Sakura; one of CLAMP’s most popular series, and a steadfast member of the magical girl genre. Although this Sakura and Syaoran look exactly the same as in CLAMP’s previous series, it soon becomes apparent they do not occupy the world we’re used to seeing them in.
However, their attachment to each other has reached across universes; something you’ll find is a common theme with characters from other series. When Sakura loses her memories and is put into a catatonic state, Syaoran visits the Dimensional Witch, Yūko (from CLAMP’s parallel series, xXxHolic), and pleads with her to save Sakura. Two other original characters, under varying circumstances, show up at the same time and place to make a request of their own. However, no wish can be granted without giving up what they cherish most. In order to fulfill the trio’s wishes, they must journey to various dimensions, in order to regain Sakura’s memories and restore her to her former self.
Confused? Don’t worry, CLAMP tells the story much better than I do. If you’re apprehensive about reading Tsubasa without first going through all their previous material—don’t be. It’s definitely not essential to be a guru in all things CLAMP in order to enjoy the series. Although you’ll miss out on all your fangirl/boy squeals when your would-be favorite characters show up in the group’s travels (X/1999’s Sorata and Arashi? I don’t normally partake of the fangirl colloquialisms, but *squee*!!—read the series; you’ll understand why it’s a big deal). My only complaint with the series was that it was a bit hard to follow at times. Likely reading it all at once would remedy this—yet another reason to love finished series!
As you’re reading through Tsubasa, don’t forget to keep up with its sister series, xXxHolic. It follows Watanuki Kimihiro, who, despite his somber appearance, is typically quite energetic, though not in a happy-go-lucky way. Possessing the unwanted ability to see spirits, Watanuki stumbles upon Yūko’s wish-granting shop, where he promptly finds himself employed in order to work off his wish of one day being normal. The art has a very dark and smoky vibe, which I absolutely adored. The spastic Watanuki and the life-loving, sagely Yūko make a great team for a great read. So far 16 volumes are out in English. It’s unknown when the series will be completed, but I’ll keep gobbling it up anyway!
tl;dr (too long; didn’t read): Everything CLAMP makes is awesome, so by Transitive Property, Tsubasa is awesome!
Have you read Neko Ramen??? funny funny stuff!
I really wish cats ran more restaurants. Hmmmm like the Quiznos down the street. I just think that would make my life just a little bit awesomer. :::dreaming of cranky fun kitten-run sandwich shoppe:::
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE THE MANGA GUIDE TO CALCULUS THAT I WOULD PROBABLY INTERRUPT TAYLOR SWIFT TO PROCLAIM THIS BOOK’S AWESOMENESS (hmmm Kanye West references just aren’t as funny as they were five months ago…). This book is designed to be a text book– meaning it gives examples, theory and exercises– yet it surprised me to also be a bit of a page turner. Noriko, a young women with crazy mood swings, has just started her new job as a Reporter for the Asagake Times. However, she is horribly disappointed when she discovers she has been a assigned to a teeny tiny branch office and will probably not be covering any hard-hitting issues. Instead, Noriko’s boss, Mr. Seki, insists that she will only reach her journalistic goals by learning about functions, derivatives and taylor expansions. What?! so while I was busy wondering if Mr. Seki and Noriko would ever hook up, I was also learning calculus?! neat.
The plan for tomorrow night’s Anime Club is what we like to refer to as Food Night. This time around we’ll be featuring a couple of last year’s FN activities like the ramen noodle eating contest and we’ll most certainly have a chopsticks race of some sort. New for this year, we’ll be making our own candy sushi, and showing off a few select dishes pulled from The Manga Cookbook.
The Manga Cookbook, one of our newer YA non-fiction books, is full of great recipes and ideas for all the hungry manga lovers out there. It even has instructional tidbits on how to properly use chopsticks, and set the table in a traditional Japanese fashion, not to mention a list of some the more uncommon ingredients and tips on where to find them.
I’m wondering if Naruto Rolls go well with Ramune? Guess there’s only one way to find out…
Tomorrow night. 5:30. Fairmount Library.
Sunday’s 2nd Annual Anime Fest at the Figge was a great time. The place was packed with teens from all over the area. Enjoy these pics of the winning artwork and characters from the cosplay fashion show.
3rd place: Setsuka by Sari Moore.
2nd place: We Are United by Clayton Summers
1st place: Twin Mimi by Victoria Meyer
3rd place winner–cosplay fashion show
2nd place winner–cosplay fashion show
1st place winner–cosplay fashion show
The winning artwork was selected by the teen librarians and Figge representatives. The cosplay fashion show was judged by the teen audience. All winners received gift cards to Hobby Lobby. Congrats to all the participants!