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Ramblings of a Maniac

Hi, there!  This is one of  the newest members of MangaCast, Julie. Some of you might be familiar with my blog, Manga Maniac Cafe.  Ed graciously agreed to allow me to pepper this manly focused blog with a few girly touches.  While I enjoy blood, guts, and gore as much as any reader, I feel that some of my favorite titles are being neglected.  Hopefully you'll be interested in expanding your reading horizons and give some of the titles I'll be reviewing a try.

I'm a bean-counter by day, but a manga maniac once I leave the stuffy confines of my office.  I'm fortunate enough to have a supportive spouse who doesn't complain (very loudly) about the piles of graphic novels crowding the house.  In return, I turn a blind eye to the comic boxes competing for space.  I also have another blog, Show Your Pony, and if you are suffering from insomnia, I suggest you check it out.  It's all about walking, trotting, and cantering around in circles.  For a splash of excitement, horse show adventures are mixed amongst the more mundane posts.  I believe my parents are my only regular readers, and that's only to make sure I haven't fallen off  of my horse and injured myself.

Well, sadly, that's about as exciting as it gets here in economically challenged Michigan.  Until I get a review up, I'll leave you with a list of some of the best manga that, sadly, nobody seems to be reading.  Check them out if you get a chance!

by: 清水玲子

Moon Child
by: Reiko Shimizu

Rated: Teen
Price:  9.99

This is about mermaids. From the moon! And a boy, who’s really a girl. And the end of the Earth if she doesn’t hook up with her chosen mate. But she really digs Art, who’s too dense to realize that he’s a she. If she gets together with him, really bad things are destined to happen.  Yes, when I stop to think about it, I get a headache, too! Beautiful art and a compelling story will soon win you over, though.

VS バーサス
by: 山田圭子

VS. Versus
By: Keiko Yamada

Rated:  Teen
Price:  9.99

I’ll be the first to admit that this title isn’t for everyone. Reiji is about as unlikable as they get. In-your-face drama set in the competitive environment of a music school, this gives new meaning to “tempermental artist.” Four volumes in, and I’m totally hooked!

Dokebi Bride
By: Marley

Rated:  13+
Price:  9.99

Ah, another title with a lead character who can’t get along with anyone. Poor Sunbi! Her grandmother, to protect her from the legacy of shamanic powers that run in the family, withholds her knowledge of the spirit world. Now that she’s passed on, Sunbi is alone in Seoul, living with her estranged father and his new family. Worse yet, she can’t even tell the difference between humans and ghosts! This is a great series that is steeped in powerful emotions as we follow Sunbi and her efforts to tame her powers.

By: 七海慎吾

By: Nanami Shingo

Rated:  13+
Price:  9.99
Broccoli Books/Action/Fantasy

I didn’t like the first volume, but by the end of the second, I was addicted. What a sad, melancholy series. Love sure isn’t empowering in these pages! Will their hopeless emotions ultimately destroy Atsuma and Sumire? A futuristic setting with incredible art.

By: 尾崎 かおり

Immortal Rain
By: Kaori Kanzaki

Rated:  16+
Price: 9.99

The first volume may read like a Trigun clone, but the series quickly develops its own charm. Chiaki is a spunky lass, and she and Rain make a great couple. Long delays between the latest volumes are agonizing.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
our offices are full of girls. it's sad for the guys who try to exert their manly force....

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Mar. 15th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
We should make a trade for their Manly Force!! :D

Or run some infiltration and start a MM4MM coup d'état! Oh yeah, I just watched The Departed, I'm ready and armed!!

Mar. 16th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Wait... what offices? I'm a girl!
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
BTW, welcome Julie!!

I really need to read Dokebi Bride one of these days.
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