"Ranma 1/2" is the greatest manga series ever made!! Volume one is no exception as it tells the beginning of how Ranma and Akane both met each other a"Ranma 1/2" is the greatest manga series ever made!! Volume one is no exception as it tells the beginning of how Ranma and Akane both met each other and how Ranma's gender switching situation becomes one of the most greatest comedy sequences ever put on manga.
This manga is highly recommended for anyone who loves both comedy and action and is sure to remain a true classic for many years....more
“Peachboy” is one of the classics from Rabbit Ears’ “We All Have Tales” series and is probably the most dramatic and heartwarming story out of the who
“Peachboy” is one of the classics from Rabbit Ears’ “We All Have Tales” series and is probably the most dramatic and heartwarming story out of the whole series since East of the Sun, West of the Moon. With Sigourney Weaver’s tender narration, along with Ryuichi Sakamoto’s mesmerizing music and Jeffrey Smith’s beautiful illustrations, “Peachboy” is an instant classic that cannot be beat!
Sigourney Weaver’s narration is so tender and soothing that she helps reinforce the intensity of this story, especially during the scenes of the emotional loss for the parents who lost their children to the ogres. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music brilliantly captures the Japanese influence of the story making this story dramatic. Jeffrey Smith’s illustrations are beautiful as they brilliantly capture the essence of the Japanese characters. The image that probably stood out the most would be the image of Momotaro himself as he has a small and distinguished looking mustache and wears a traditional green Japanese outfit with a red belt that makes him look more heroic.
Parents should know that the scene with the ogres might be a little scary to younger children. The ogres are drawn so realistically that smaller children will definitely be frightened and what will frighten children even more is the fact that these ogres had kidnapped many of the village’s children when they were young. This part of the story might scare young children as they will probably think that the ogres will kidnapped them at the middle of the night and parents should explain to their children that this is merely a fairy tale and that most of the creatures in this book (except the dog, pheasant and ape) are imaginary.
“Peachboy” is a fantastic tale from Japan about the true power of friendship and courage and children will easily watch this video over and over again. I would recommend this video to children ages five and up since the scenes with the ogres might be too scary for smaller children.
When I first saw "The Fisherman and his Wife," I thought that that was the scariest Rabbit Ears story ever, until I stumbled upon "The Boy Who Drew CaWhen I first saw "The Fisherman and his Wife," I thought that that was the scariest Rabbit Ears story ever, until I stumbled upon "The Boy Who Drew Cats."
This story is about a young boy who have always drew cats, but then his village is attacked by a demon and the boy soon realizes that his gift of drawing cats might be the very thing to save his village from the demon.
William Hurt's narration is intense and brooding, giving the right eerie feel to this tale and Mark Isham's Japanese influenced music gives the right brooding mood of the story. David Johnson's illustrations are both beautiful and intense, especially of the image of the demon itself. This book will surely excite you and frighten you at the same time!...more
"Ranma 1/2 Volume 2" is just as good as the first one. This time, Ranma has his hands full when he deals with a transformed Ryoga and meets up with a"Ranma 1/2 Volume 2" is just as good as the first one. This time, Ranma has his hands full when he deals with a transformed Ryoga and meets up with a famous pair of martial arts skating champions.
Anyone who is a true fan of the Ranma 1/2 series will definitely enjoy this volume as it is full of good humor and action. ...more
Third volume in this fantastic series is better than ever!! This time, Ranma meets up with a Chinese Amazon girl named Shampoo who ends up liking himThird volume in this fantastic series is better than ever!! This time, Ranma meets up with a Chinese Amazon girl named Shampoo who ends up liking him too!
Once again, this series is full of humor and great action that will keep anyone reading these graphic novels for a long time....more
In the 29th volume of Ranma 1/2, Ranma gets into all kinds of trouble from eating noodles that are so terrible that it feels like you just died to tryIn the 29th volume of Ranma 1/2, Ranma gets into all kinds of trouble from eating noodles that are so terrible that it feels like you just died to trying to get off an island full of love struck men.
This is easily one of the funniest volumes of Ranma 1/2 yet!...more
“Three Samurai Cats” is an ancient Japanese folktale about how three samurai cats come to the Daimyo’s castle to defeat a savage rat with the last sam“Three Samurai Cats” is an ancient Japanese folktale about how three samurai cats come to the Daimyo’s castle to defeat a savage rat with the last samurai cat giving the rat a taste of his own medicine. Eric A. Kimmel’s hilarious retelling and Mordicai Gerstein’s colorful drawings combine greatly to make a great and funny story from ancient Japan.
Eric A. Kimmel’s humorous storytelling of an ancient Japanese folktale is extremely inventive and witty as the last samurai cat uses a nonviolent stragety to defeat the rat at the end of the book. I found the part where the rat kicks the fierce samurai cat across the room to be extremely funny since the samurai cat looked funny when he crashed to the ground. Mordicai Gerstein’s illustrations are colorful yet scratchy, giving the story a humourous edge. One of the illustrations that really stood out the most for me was the image of Neko Roshi giving an intense look after he had just woken up when the rat yelled out “help!” when he was stuck in the rice ball. Neko Roshi’s eyes look huge like when a cat sees something that terrifies it and his hair also stood on its end.
“Three Samurai Cats” is an excellent story about how violence does not always solve the problem and how clear thinking can always win the battle if you allow the right moment to come. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the younger children might not understand the Japanese vocabulary, such as daimyo and docho.
I have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma .” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon anothI have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma ½.” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon another manga series called “Vampire Knight” (not to be confused with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series) which is created by Matsuri Hino and it is about how a young high school girl named Yuki realizes about the existence of vampires at the private school, Cross Academy, while attending to her duties as one of the Guardians of the academy. “Vampire Knight Volume 1” is a truly awesome volume for vampire and manga lovers everywhere!
Oh my goodness! I would have never thought that I would read a manga about vampires and get totally hooked into the story and the characters! Matsuri Hino sure knows how to make the characters in this volume both interesting and full of “wow” entertainment! I think that all the characters in this volume are awesome, but my favorite characters would have to be Yuki Cross, Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran. Let us start with Yuki Cross first. Yuki Cross is a truly spirited and innocent character that has the bubbly personality of most of the anime heroines you see on TV. What I really loved about Yuki’s personality is that she is one devoted girl who takes pure pride with her work as one of the Guardians of the academy and I also loved the fact that she is a true believer of pacifism as she wants vampires and humans to live in harmony. But Yuki is not the only character who makes this volume truly worth reading as Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran are also awesome characters as they are polar opposites from each other. Kaname is the polite yet mysterious elite vampire who seems to have romantic feelings for Yuki, even though we do not know why exactly which fits his mysterious personality. Zero on the other hand, is your typical bad boy and kick butt guardian that anyone who love bad boys would love! I also loved the relationship between Yuki and Zero as they have the typical love/hate relationship that seems hilarious to me! Matsuri Hino’s illustrations truly define what “beautiful” as every character, especially the elite vampire students look hot and beautiful at the same time and yet have mysterious looks on their faces, especially of the image of Kaname who has spiky black hair and an extremely mysterious look on his face that will make you wonder what he is really planning behind our little backs.
For fans who do not like seeing blood in books, this volume contains some bloody images, especially of the images of the vampires sucking the people’s blood (making this volume receive the infamous “older teen” rating).
Overall, “Vampire Knight Volume One” is definitely a manga that any vampire or manga fan will cherish for many, many years and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of the “Vampire Knight” series after this volume! To see who this book is recommended for, I will just recite what the rating for this volume said at the end:
“Rated T+ for older teen, ages 16 and up due to sexual themes and violence.” ...more
I will admit that I actually saw the anime series of “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya way before I read the manga series, so everything that has beenI will admit that I actually saw the anime series of “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya way before I read the manga series, so everything that has been going on in the manga series is way different from what I have seen on the anime series. In this volume of “Fruits Basket,” Tohru meets a new member of the zodiac who is a little boy named Hiro. But unfortunately, Hiro does not seem to like Tohru since he believes that Tohru is trying to take Kisa away from him. Also, we hear about Arisa Uotani (Tohru’s best friend’s) side of the story as she tells us how she met Tohru’s mother Kyoko and why she worships her so much.
Let me tell you, this volume was sweet amazing at the same time! Natsuki Takaya certainly did an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this manga series as it is really intense yet heartwarming at the same time. I love it when we are continually learning about each member of the zodiac and I was so interested in meeting Hiro in this volume, however I will admit that I did get a little annoyed with his harsh attitude towards Tohru who was only trying to be friends with him. However, after hearing Hiro’s sad story about why he acts harsh, I did feel kind of sorry for him and I hope that things go well between him and Kisa. I also loved the way that Natsuki Takaya explained Arisa’s side of her story and how she met Tohru’s mother Kyoko. In the earlier volumes, Arisa’s relationship with Kyoko was a bit vague, so we did not really get a good insight about why Arisa worshipped Kyoko. But in this volume, we get a full story about why Arisa loves Kyoko so much and her tale was pretty sad since she was once a juvenile delinquent and was looked down upon by everyone. I think that this part of the story about Arisa was truly heartwarming and it helped me learn more about Arisa’s past life and why she became good friends with Tohru. As usual, Natsuki Takaya has done an excellent job at illustrating the characters, especially of Tohru and Kyo as they seriously look like a cute couple!
Be forewarned, this volume has many heartbreaking scenes, including Arisa’s terrible life as a juvenile delinquent and Hiro blaming himself for a terrible incident that happened years ago. You will literally start crying when you read their side of the story since my heart started aching when I read their stories. But luckily, they have a person like Tohru who is there to make them feel better about themselves and that is why I love Tohru so much because she can make anyone feel better about themselves no matter what their situations are.
Overall, “Fruits Basket: Volume 7” is definitely worth checking out for “Fruits Basket” fans and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series! ...more
Alright! I have finally been able to read the eighth volume of the fantastic “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and I really enjoyed this volumeAlright! I have finally been able to read the eighth volume of the fantastic “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and I really enjoyed this volume! This time, in this volume, Tohru, Yuki, Kyo and Momiji discovered that Haru has gone “black” and he ends up tearing the classroom apart. It turns out that Haru had just broken up with his girlfriend and it is up to Yuki to intervene. Meanwhile, Tohru meets another new member of the zodiac who is called Ritsu and apparently she discovers that Ritsu is a lot like his crazy mother at the hot springs!
This series just keeps on getting better and better every time I read about what happens to each character! This volume is a whole lot lighter than the last volume as there are rarely any heartbreaking scenes (well maybe except for Haru’s breakup with his girlfriend, but that part of the story is extremely brief). I will admit that I get really excited whenever Haru gets extremely angry or as described by everyone else, turns “black” because it makes the story so much more interesting and I was actually surprised to know that Haru actually has a girlfriend that he cares about. I also loved the introduction of Ritsu because he is such an interesting character and the way that he just starts panicking out loud about what he did wrong was pure comic relief for the story and even though I think that Ritsu should calm down just a little bit when he gets into his panicked stage, I cannot help but laugh at his fits of panic! I also think that this volume is the turning point in Yuki and Ayame’s relationship with each other as it was apparent in the earlier volumes that Ayame and Yuki did not get along at all, but I loved how they were trying to understand each other in this volume and how they wanted to bond with each other.
This review was a little short, but I did not really have a problem with this volume since it is so lighthearted and the characters were truly enjoyable in this volume and now I am still looking forward to reading more about these characters in the “Fruits Basket” series! ...more
Now I have finally read the ninth volume of this fantastic manga series, “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya and boy was this volume impressive and cuteNow I have finally read the ninth volume of this fantastic manga series, “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya and boy was this volume impressive and cute! In this volume, Yuki goes to meet the new members of the student council, but he will soon realize that the new members of the student council are no ordinary students! Also, Arisa meets a mysterious yet handsome young man at the restaurant she works at and it seems that she is madly in love with this man! And let us not forget, that Saki Hanajima has her own story to tell about her past life and we also get a glimpse in Kyo’s past life with his real father.
Oh my goodness! There are so many things happening in this volume of “Fruits Basket” that I do not know where to start! Alright, let me start off with the story arc about Yuki and the new student council. In this volume, we meet a new character named Kakeru Manabe and he is the vice president of the student council and he is quite an odd character as he seems to be a bit overly confident and friendly which is actually a good thing. Personally, while I think it is good to see the new members in the student council, since Yuki expressed his desire to be in the student council in the earlier volumes, I thought that it was not really necessary introducing a new cast of characters in this volume because the “Fruits Basket” series pretty much stands up on its own with its three leading characters, which are Tohru, Kyo and Yuki and introducing these new characters sort of slowed down the story a bit. I really loved the short story on Saki, Tohru’s gothic friend, because it was mentioned in the earlier volumes that she was kicked out of school because she caused trouble at her last school, but we never really found out what she did and this volume actually expands on that side of the story much more. I also loved that during Saki’s story, Tohru and Arisa were there for her when she did not believe in herself to trust other people after the horrible incident at her old school and I was actually sad for Saki because it was sad seeing her so upset about trying to fit in school without everyone harassing her about her “special” abilities. What I really loved about this volume was that we sort of get to meet Kyo’s biological father and at this point, I do not like Kyo’s real father since he seems like a hateful character, especially towards Kyo. But I really loved the way that Shishou (Kyo’s master and father – figure) stood up for Kyo and was willing to protect him at all costs!
Be forewarned that there are some sad scenes in this book including Saki’s troubled past and Kyo’s real father’s hateful feelings towards Kyo that would make anyone cry. I actually was a bit upset at learning about Kyo’s rough life with his father because I have really grown attached to Kyo and all the horrible things that he has been through, he does not deserved to be treated so badly, just because of his curse.
Overall, the ninth volume of “Fruits Basket” was extremely powerful and it will definitely blow away any fan of the “Fruits Basket” series! ...more
Okay, I have finally read the tenth volume of the “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and I really enjoyed this volume! In this volume, Tohru andOkay, I have finally read the tenth volume of the “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and I really enjoyed this volume! In this volume, Tohru and the Sohma family all go to the Sohmas’ family summerhouse and are having a great time having fun, however their fun comes to an abrupt halt when *gasps* Akito comes for a surprise visit! Meanwhile, we are also introduced to Hatori’s side of the story about what happened between his lost lover and himself. Will Hatori ever find his true happiness again?
I really enjoyed this volume in the fantastic “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and more secrets are exposed in this volume that might change the characters’ worlds forever! At this point, I really love the relationship that Tohru has with the Sohma family as the Sohmas accept her as part of their family since they let her come with them to their family summerhouse and that just makes me really love the Sohma family even more! I also loved that there are more moments between Kyo and Tohru as they talk about their parental issues and I just love the fact that Kyo just easily talks about his life with Tohru in such a casual manner that it makes me think if there is really something special between Tohru and Kyo! I also love the moments between Tohru and Yuki also as it seems that Yuki really does have a crush on Tohru and I love the sweet moments between them. The story about how Hatori copes with losing his girlfriend and finding a friend in Mayuko Shiraki, who is Tohru’s teacher, is really emotional and I got the chance of learning more about Mayuko in this volume and how she was involved with Hatori and Shigure and I hope things go well between Hatori and Mayuko.
As it is with nearly the entire “Fruits Basket” series, there are some sad scenes in this book including the death of Kyo’s mother and the sadness that Hatori suffers when he lost his first girlfriend. Anyone who also had a situation where they lost a loved one might be in tears when they read this volume.
Overall, “Fruits Basket: Volume 10” is a truly emotional volume that anyone who has lost a loved one will easily love this volume! ...more
I have finally read the eleventh volume in the popular “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and man was this volume way more intense than the otheI have finally read the eleventh volume in the popular “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and man was this volume way more intense than the other volumes I have read! In this volume, Tohru is finding out about the Sohma family’s many deadly secrets about themselves that would put her world into jeopardy. Also, to add on to the startling secrets of the Sohma family, an enraged horse comes after Tohru! Could this horse be apart of the zodiac and why is it chasing after Tohru? Also, Kyo finally reveals his true feelings for Tohru to Akito, but will he risk Tohru’s life in telling Akito the whole truth about his feelings for Tohru? And finally, Akito finally reveals his dastardly plans for the Sohma family that will make their lives miserable for the rest of their lives!
Wow! So much has happened in this volume that it will take me a long time to go through almost everything that has happened in this volume! First of all, I think that this volume is the huge turning point for the entire series because not only do we realize Kyo’s true feelings for Tohru, but we also discovered what will become of the Sohma family’s future and Akito’s true identity! In the earlier volumes, it was vague about what Akito’s true identity is, even though it is hinted that the Sohma family fears him, but after reading this volume, I was just so shocked beyond words about Akito’s true identity because I never seen this one coming, although it would explain why everyone fears Akito so much. I also loved the way that Kyo briefly stood up to Akito in confessing his true feelings for Tohru because it showed his softer and maybe vulnerable side to himself that I rarely saw in the series up until this point and that part of Kyo made me really love his character even more. It was also interesting yet frightening at the same time that we get to see Akito’s frightening nature as he will hurt anyone, especially the Sohma family, if he does not get his way and it kind of makes me hate his character because of the terror he inflicts on the Sohma family.
Be forewarned that there are some really intense scenes in this volume, especially the scenes involving Akito who practically plays horrible mind games with the Sohma family and even hurts them if they do not do what he says. Anyone who does not like reading about certain characters harming another person might want to steer away from this volume, unless they want to know Akito’s true identity and what will become of the Sohma family.
All in all, “Fruits Basket: Volume 11” is a very emotional volume that will have everyone either in tears or wishing for more to happen in this fantastic series! ...more
Alright, now I have finally read the twelfth volume of the “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and it was a pleasant read. In this volume, a wholAlright, now I have finally read the twelfth volume of the “Fruits Basket” series by Natsuki Takaya and it was a pleasant read. In this volume, a whole new school year is starting up and Yuki starts meeting the new members of the student council including Kimi a girl who is beautiful enough to capture men’s hearts and Naohito, who already sees Yuki as a rival in the student council. Also, Tohru goes and visits her grandfather who has fallen ill and her grandfather reveals some secrets about her father that Tohru tried to shut out of her life and Tohru visits Shishou to ask him about how to break the Sohma curse.
As much as I liked this volume, not much was going on in this volume, other than the parent/teacher conference that the students had and boy the conference between Shigure and Mayuko was extremely hilarious! I also loved the fact that Tohru is still trying her hardest to find out the cure to the Sohmas’ curse and by this point, Tohru truly does care about the Sohma family, especially Kyo and I loved the fact that she is stepping up to the challenge. It was also really interesting seeing the relationship that Haru and Rin have with each other although Rin was acting suspiciously distant towards Haru and we are not sure why yet, but hopefully I will find out once I read the next volume of the series! It was also interesting learning about what Tohru’s grandfather thought about his son’s marriage to Kyoko and I really love Tohru’s grandfather! Tohru’s grandfather seems to be the only person on Tohru’s father’s side of the family who truly loves Tohru and I am glad that he supported the marriage between Kyoko and Tohru’s father’s marriage to each other.
There was not anything wrong with this volume, except for one curse word and that was the “s” word, although it was only uttered once and it was only during one scene, so if anyone does not like reading curse words, then they might want to skim over this little scene between Rin and Yuki arguing.
Overall, “Fruits Basket: Volume 12” is a great volume that truly makes a turn of events in the “Fruits Baskets” characters’ lives and hopefully, there would be more twists and turns coming our way! ...more