Saturn Apartments. Dosei Mansion. Story and art by Hisae Iwaoka. 7 volumes. Completed. Saturn Apartments is a character-driven sci-fi slice of life set in a future where Earth has become a nature preserve. Humanity now lives in a gigantic tube-like structure that forms a ring around the Earth, 35 kilometers up in the sky. With a … Continue reading Saturn Apartments. Dosei Mansion.
The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún. Totsukuni no Shoujo. Story and art by Nagabe. 5 Volumes. Ongoing. Totsukuni no Shoujo has all the makings of a children’s fable—more Grimms’ than Mother Goose. Once upon a time, in a far-off kingdom, the land was separated into two: the Outside and the Inside. Cursed … Continue reading The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún. Totsukuni no Shoujo.
One year ago today I downloaded the Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector iOS app. This game is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I still check in 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or more times a day to make sure my kitties are cozy and well fed. (See my Sugary-styled yard above.) The gameplay centers around collecting cats by attracting … Continue reading Neko Atsume Anniversary
Black Blood Brothers anime. Released in 2006. 12 25-minute episodes. Completed. This action-packed anime is not scary but rather suspenseful. Violent but not gory. And at times humorous—intentionally so. Two vampire bothers look for a home in the Special Zone—a thriving vampire city. The last descendants of an elite vampire clan, these brothers shake up … Continue reading Black Blood Brothers
March Story. Story by Kim Hyung-Min. Art by Yang Kyung-Il. 5 Volumes. Completed. March Story is a fantasy horror manga full of dark violent imagery. The artwork in this series is astounding. Think highly-stylized 18th century gothic horror. It is extremely detailed. It is violent. It is graphic. It superbly sets the stage for this … Continue reading March Story
Castlevania is a fantastically violent vampire animation. This is a US produced animation. I know nothing about the Japanese video game that the series is based on, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Therefore, I don't care about plot or character deviations. I watch purely for the instant gratification. Then again, I am a sucker for vampire stories. … Continue reading Castlevania
The Record of Devoured Dreams Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun. Story and art by Shin Mashiba. 9 Volumes. Completed. Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun is a nine volume supernatural series that is dark and strange. It has a very Twilight Zone vibe. Nothing is as it seems. The format and storytelling are like The Antique Gift Shop … Continue reading Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun
Anime Reviews of Love is Hard for Otaku and Recovery of an MMO Junkie. Don't think too deeply and just sit back and enjoy the nerdy overload of these two anime. They are perfect binge-watching, popcorn-eating anime. Each has overly simplified and at times predictable storylines, and all too convenient coincidences. If you've seen one rom-com … Continue reading Geek Love
Library Wars (Toshokan Sensou: Love and War). Story by Hiro Arikawa. Art by Kiiro Yumi. 15 Volumes. Completed. Library Wars is a typical boy meets girl shoujo love story in an interesting setting. I absolutely love the setting. This shoujo tale is set against a battle for books in a war-torn library system where government … Continue reading Library Wars. Toshokan Sensou: Love and War.
House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou). Story and art by Natsume Ono. 8 Volumes. Completed. Natsume Ono is an amazing storyteller. Her characters are quietly compelling. Her unique style of art is simple yet striking. The House of Five Leaves brings together an unlikely group of individuals. A shy, masterless samurai. A lonely gangster. A … Continue reading House of Five Leaves. Saraiya Goyou.