Tuesday, 26 August 2014

No comments for AGES means I gotta deal with it

Comments section is now linked with Disqus because I guess the old system was broken? Maybe?

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Hilarious spice and wolf hiatus update

This is all I have written down for Spice and wolf volume ten-

Novel 10-
The gang travel by boat to the island kingdom of Winfiel, where Lawrence follows written instructions given to him by Lud Kieman from Kerube to meet with certain salesman in order to gain access to an abbey which may hold the wolf bones Holo is after.

The kingdom is on the verge of financial ruin. This is evident by their failing nobility and their nearly worthless currency. To make matters worse the worlds most powerful economic alliance, the Ruvik Alliance, are taking interest in the abbey our gang want to visit in what may be the first signs of taking control of the kingdom.
This bloke from the Ruvik Alliance escorts them up to the Abbey which ends up a 3 day trip by horse.
During the day or so Holo and Lawrence just chill out. Their banter involves him burying his head in her chest apologetically because he failed to find information that day, and there was another one before that where he and Holo shared a bed with her lying on top of him.

The bloke cannot find specific details which is relevant for lawrence, but is interested in using him as a means of breaking down the power that the kingdom of Winfiel has over the all important abbey.
I am burnt out from this series to the point I hate it. Reading it became a chore. Im now reading the Howls Moving Castle series which i will not be reviewing, yet find to be so uplifting. Its nice to read for the enjoyment of reading again. :)

Monday, 16 June 2014

REVIEW: Oh My Goddess!- the complete manga series

Like all good things that turn sour, I used to love this series. It had so much promise. Alas with each passing volume things never really kicked up a gear. The characters never grew and just stayed being the same. things became stagnant and pretty much stayed that way. The timeline is messed up. One could argue that the series took place over about 6 years, and yet everyone was still doing pretty much the same things they were doing originally, apart from Chihiro and Keiichi who ended up working together in their own garage. Even then K1 was officially still at Uni. What about Tamiya and Otaki? They were far older than Keiichi and were what, still at uni? See this is the problem with this manga. It was like the Simpsons in that there was no real aging or character development.

during my transition from loving the series to loathing it, I once came to a compromise and thought the series was split into 3 different universes. Fujishima was constantly evolving the series and altering its mood and changing previous events to fit the more recent stories. These 3 versions, or universes, were an 80's version; the first 3 volumes, a 90's version; ending before the introduction of the angels, and the cannon story; as the lack of angels in early volumes was a bit of a head scratcher.
Fujishima had a chance to shake things up around its peek at volume 20, but in my opinion it failed. From here on the story becomes dull, stale, boring and somewhat pointless.

Volumes 1-3 feel completely off compared with the rest. Technology is another issue. The series is always somehow set in the year the chapter was released, making it seem as if technology moves on extremely quickly in the space of what must be no more than 6 years. I'm talking about everything from CRT's, LD's and Betamax to more modern appliances.

I got confused with Keiichi's school terms at Nekomi tech. I mean how long can one be at uni for anyway?

By far the worst thing about this series is the reason why everyone was sucked into this series in the first place; the relationship between Belldandy and Keiichi.
As a reader you would always be wanting to see their relationship flourish but we never saw that.
We thought we were seeing Belldandy falling more and more in love with Keiichi as the series progressed, until the end when apparently she loved him before she even MET him. This was stupid.
Also, it was confirmed towards the end of the series that a spell was put in place over K1 and Bell's love for each other. Fate was literally repelling their love for each other, despite the fact it was apparently super strong.

On hindsight what was the point in this series? You cant say it was about Bells and K1's relationship as it was hardly EVER mentioned or touched upon. The relationship may have been the drive to continue on with reading the series, but now its over and nothing was accomplished from that, why was it the drive to read on? What is the hook? The comedy? The story? What story? All the story did was have good characters that never really grew to be stronger. Theres nothing to make me feel like re-reading the series again. And I mean it I probably wont.
I have sold my entire manga collection. I really feel this series was a waste of time and money.

Dark Horse released the series originally in a flopped format. I waited until 2006 when they started re-releasing the series in an unflopped format, which was a lot more uncut from the original. This trend they also aligned with their current releases, which were volumes 21+ from 2006. I bought these but I never read them until I caught up. They literally just sat on my shelf until volume 20 was re-released in 2012.

4-10. Progressively great artwork (that gets worse again from volume 20) but otherwise piss poor.


Anyone who hasnt done so already please read Love Hina instead! Its far shorter, tighter, has characters that grow, a better love relationship between the main characters, a better payoff at the end of the series and works to an accurate timeline.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

REVIEW- The Wind Rises

A Hayao Miyazaki film. Evangelion director Hideaki Anno is the voice of the protagonist Jirō Horikoshi.
This film centers on the engineer who designed the plane used in the kamikaze attacks during World War II. It was a terrible film. The story was drawn out wayyyyy too much and there wasnt even too much of a story to tell in the first place! It was kinda depressing but still very captivating, and it had the usual Grade A Ghibli visuals. I think the word 'Meh' justifies this film a lot.
I also think its a bit creepy that Ghibli were romanticizing the story of a guy of whom would surely be a war criminal IRL.
This is Hayao Miyazaki's last film and he is now retired (thank god). Working with Hideaki Anno in this film, Miyazaki gave Anno permission to be the director of a possible Nausicaa sequel should Anno ever wish to make one. 5-10


Also, Captain Hastings was in the film-
Captain Hastings

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