This review is for the series, volumes 1-20. There may be spoilers (but I'll try not to include them),I shall give you the most exquisite nightmare.
This review is for the series, volumes 1-20. There may be spoilers (but I'll try not to include them), and there WILL be a lot of pictures!
This series was quite a ride. I can't believe I didn't make it a point to finish it sooner, having only made it to volume 11 years ago. Well, I rounded up the rest of the volumes and buckled down and now I'm done.
First, here's a picture I drew of Kira a long time ago. He's one of my favorite characters, which should be obvious since he's so dark and tall and a delinquent and has a scar in the shape of a bloodstain. Oh, and he's totally hot.
Here's actual Kira, drawn by the manga artist herself:
LOOK AT THE DARKNESS IN THOSE EYES. I'M DEAD.
Your face… your hair… your body… your blood… Must I tear you apart over and over again?
Setsuna Mudo, an idiot boy in love with his sister, is the latest reincarnation of Organic Angel Alexiel. He and his friends get caught up in the war between Heaven and Hell, with their connections to each running deeper than they ever could have dreamed.
Unfortunately, Setsuna is the most annoying boy on heaven and earth. And hell. He's annoying there, too. He's always yelling rude things at people, even when he loves them and they're dying. And he's fond of telling bad guys he'll never forgive them for this or that. Like the bad guys even care! They're evil angels with epic agendas, after all.
The seven vices I love. Envy, destruction, affliction, captivity, famine, chaos, ruin. Yes. They are all sweet poison. Born from my mouth.
However, I do love several of the other characters. Like Kira. And Lucifer (duh). Kurai. Zaphikel. Belial. Kato. Even Alexiel, while not given much screen time, is pretty awesome. Everyone loves and hates each other, making for quite the monstrous love web. The angels are not completely good and the demons... well, the demons are generally bad. But sometimes in a fun way.
(It's no mystery why I like Zaphikel, is it? I mean, that long hair and that priest outfit... HELLO.)
Live as you want. You are never alone.
The storyline is pretty awesome. It's suitably biblical while also being inventive. Angels are warriors, technology is spliced with organic matter, love is forbidden, motives are often unclear, and God is (view spoiler)[a motherfucking crazy asshole, but that's not actually a surprise (hide spoiler)].
The above picture is of Kira and Kato. Oh, and Setsuna's there on the bottom. Bleh.
I teared up at the end. No tears actually fell, but they were there, in my eyes. In the afterword, the author mentioned that she'd written an alternate ending that she decided not to use. I wish I could read it! I really recommend this series if you can get your hands on it.
We will meet again. Somewhere, somehow in the great pool of time.
His embrace is death... The slightest contact, decay... Fear his touch, for this is BAOH.
It's motherfuckin' BAOH, y'all!
Don't fuck with Baoh. He wilHis embrace is death... The slightest contact, decay... Fear his touch, for this is BAOH.
It's motherfuckin' BAOH, y'all!
Don't fuck with Baoh. He will melt you with his acid palm. He will turn his hair into needles that fly into you and swiftly corrode you. He will electrify your ass. He will slice you up with his skin sabers.
Baoh is a fighting machine. Not even highly trained soldiers, or cyborgs, or psi-warriors can defeat him.
But he's also a boy who's been inhumanely experimented on. He's just trying to escape from the evil Judas corporation with nine-year-old Violet, a fellow victim. Professor Hazyeye will stop at nothing to have them within his grasp once more!
This is not my typical genre. Apparently it's something called "body horror." It's gory and action-packed, and there's not even any romance! (Yes, Violet does have a crush on Ikuro, but she's nine and he's seventeen.) The characters have a habit of calling out their attacks like they're in Mortal Kombat or something.
The art is kind of a cool old style, all thick lines and weird eyebrows. It fits the story perfectly.
I recommend this to anyone who likes action, I guess? And weird sci-fi stuff? And over-the-top drama of the non-romantic variety? This is actually a really fun read, and it's only two volumes. The OVA is good too.
Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate this Baoh cosplay I stumbled across? Magnificent!
I'd read this before as a young teenager and carried it (along with all my other V.C. Andrews books) with me through several moves. Yet I somehow retained absolutely no memory of the story.
Which is probably a good thing, as there are twists and turns galore in this book, and I delighted in just about every single one. This was seriously like a soap opera. Only quite bleak at times.
"It's you I love, only you." And once more, I had to let him prove it.
It was also creepier than your average soap opera. Nenia's review lists all the tropes employed, and by god there are a lot of them.
The writing was actually much better than I remember, although the story did drag at times. But when it dragged, someone would take off their clothes or fall down the stairs and die, and everything would be exciting again. Though this did raise some of my feminist hackles, I was quite surprised when Andrews had her characters push back against some of the sexism and misogyny they endured. In the end it wasn't very effective for them, but nice to read nonetheless.
Overall, this was enjoyable, ever so slightly smutty, and dramatic as hell.
"Do you hear me? Are you listening? No confusion. No fear. For Papa is here."...more
The writing is silly at times but still really good, and I like the art. The male characters take the androgyny cake, the female characters are flightThe writing is silly at times but still really good, and I like the art. The male characters take the androgyny cake, the female characters are flighty as hell, and the relationships among them all border on the incestuous. The plot seems to be all over the place, but I really liked this.
Would you like to see it? I can show you the place... where you lost everything and were reborn.
The best thing about this manga is the artwork. It'sWould you like to see it? I can show you the place... where you lost everything and were reborn.
The best thing about this manga is the artwork. It's stunning, delicate, and detailed. Sure, the characters seem to have problems emoting at times, but the artwork really is beautiful.
Unfortunately, the art is the best thing about this series. Yes, the story is a good idea, but nothing comes of it. There's no information about the world this takes place in or the origin of Alichinos. I'm not sure there's even a plot. It's basically just random things happening, with a backstory or two thrown in. It seemed like new characters were constantly introduced when the main characters hadn't been given enough attention.
There's supposed to be a volume 4 which wraps up the story, but I guess that never got published. I don't know that it would be all that satisfying anyway, as there are still too many threads to wrap up at the end of volume 3.
I'll keep this in my collection for the artwork. If it had been anything less than beautiful, I would have donated this series a long time ago.
Review for the series, volumes 1-12. Spoilers will be marked.
Oh my god.
Okay. Here's the thing. I'm a firm believer that a person can read whatever theReview for the series, volumes 1-12. Spoilers will be marked.
Oh my god.
Okay. Here's the thing. I'm a firm believer that a person can read whatever they want, even the most misogynistic piece of tripe in existence, and still be a feminist.
But this... This manga had me thinking that maybe I should turn in my feminist card.
Yes, I enjoyed this. Yes, it has numerous problems, which I'll talk about below. In fact, this manga is basically one giant problem. Because of this, I would never recommend it to my friends. I would never want my children to read this, at least not without a lengthy talk beforehand. And one afterward.
Let me just talk about the art first: I liked it except for the eyes. Mainly the female eyes. They were too huge and sometimes were drawn with no pupil and looked weird. But I liked that the characters weren't super thin, so despite Hatsumi's servile behavior, she didn't come off as frail.
Now, on to the plot!
So, you have Hatsumi, a nice but not very bright girl with a bit of a people-pleasing problem. And then there's Ryoki, a brainy jerk with control issues. These two don't like each other, but after an incident where Ryoki catches Hatsumi with a pregnancy test (which she bought for her fourteen-year-old sister), he decides blackmail is the way to go. In exchange for not telling anyone about her sister, she will be his slave. Basically, he wants to DO IT with her, and he's not taking no for an answer.
I know. I know.
Now, although I would not be down with this in real life, I love this type of story line.
But like I said, there are problems.
Hatsumi and Ryoki's relationship develops over the course of twelve volumes. Despite numerous obstacles—a vengeance-driven childhood friend, Ryoki's classist mother, and King Jerkface himself, Ryoki—they manage to stick more or less together. Which is great! Young love!
These two exhibit several hallmarks of a classic abusive relationship. Ryoki calls Hatsumi names, bonks her on the head, drags her along when he wants her to go somewhere with him, makes unrealistic demands of her, is insanely jealous and petty, and even slaps her once. Hatsumi is a pushover, but she does express herself quite frequently. It's just that Ryoki barely listens to her, and when he does, he goes on about how annoyed he is. He wants TOTAL CONTROL. He wants to be all she thinks about, ahead of her own family.
It doesn't matter that Ryoki does these things out of insecurity and ignorance. He hurts Hatsumi emotionally just the same. Although he yells and talks down to Hatsumi to express his affection, he talks the same to people he doesn't care about. The negative reviews of this series are not wrong. They're totally justified. And although the manga itself does acknowledge some of this behavior and point out how it's wrong, these instances are very brief and generally lost in the overall story.
I hated Ryoki's behavior, I really did. But somehow, for me, it made the sweet parts that much sweeter. Which is especially fucked up, I know. Because that's part of abusive relationships too. It's just that he really did like Hatsumi. He stood up for her on several occasions and even (view spoiler)[stabbed someone in the face with a pen who was trying to hurt Hatsumi and YES I KNOW HOW THAT SOUNDS (hide spoiler)]. He liked her protests and reluctance and being annoyed by her. They were part of the relationship, how they interacted with each other. Just like him berating her all the time...
Oh my god. I KNOW.
This romance gave me butterflies. BUTTERFLIES!!! Getting butterflies is my main goal when reading romance. So yeah, I don't know what happened here. I've ranted about books for less than what went on in these pages. And while I'm not going to rant about this (frankly, there's just way too much to cover in a single review), I do have some less than positive thoughts on the ending.
(view spoiler)[I was rooting for Hatsumi to choose Ryoki. Not Azusa, not Shinogu. I was getting a little irritated in volumes 9, 10, and 11 because they focused too much on Shinogu and not Ryoki. Also Azusa kept popping up and ruining things. So I was happy when, in the final volume, she finally decided to be with Ryoki once and for all. AND YET. We had 11 volumes of buildup for their relationship. 11 volumes of foreplay. But when they finally have sex, it's a rushed, fade-to-black matter. Afterward, there are no more sweet moments between them. Just a few pages featuring the rest of the characters, and then a super abrupt ending with Hatsumi and Ryoki barely making an appearance. What the actual hell? And then there's a bonus story with Akane and Subaru, which I didn't even care about because I was so let down by the ending. No, Ryoki and Hatsumi's relationship did NOT change for the better, but since they shared several swoony moments throughout the series, I was expecting at least a secret smile or something. Baaahhh!!! Oh, and Shinogu becoming a freaking MONK because he couldn't be with Hatsumi? Damn dude, that's a little drastic, don't you think? (hide spoiler)]
Whew, got that off my chest.
This was a quick read. I got through all twelve volumes in three days. Despite the constant verbal abuse and the drama, I really enjoyed this and I'm keeping it in my collection. I'm fully aware of the reasons I should hate this, and yet this time I really don't care.
People have a right to live in peace. Even when that peace is corrupt?
I first became obsessed with this story in anime form. It was one of those I waPeople have a right to live in peace. Even when that peace is corrupt?
I first became obsessed with this story in anime form. It was one of those I was lucky enough to randomly pick up from the video store. Then I bought it on tape, and eventually on DVD.
This is both sci-fi and fantasy, with a bit of dystopia/apocalyptic thrown in. There is so much to this story, yet so much is left unexplained. I watched it and re-watched it, and eventually started developing theories. I even made a fansite for it with a section explaining all the open ends: Mai and Guren's connection, Enji, Sayo, and a bunch of other stuff I can't even remember because it was so long ago! Yet if you have a question I could probably answer it, because at this point it's not clear in my head what I've postulated about the story and what is actually fact.
Anyway, I love Mai. She's both tough and vulnerable. She can kick anybody or anything's ass, yet she picks flowers and has it bad for the mysterious Darkside (who stands around the anime looking all tubercular for some reason, but he's still cute). Her friendship with Kenzo is awesome, and I like how other members of their gang are always popping up and helping out when they're needed.
The Hozuki family is equally awesome. There's a sadistic one, a good one, a rebel one, and an evil one. Plus the dad. They all play a part in their family corporation. A family corporation with headquarters in space! They own almost the entire world and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Even turn people into GOLD.
I like the old-style art of this manga and the fantastic storyline. It's quite lengthy, yet it reads quickly. Despite its flaws (which really amount to things not being explained in depth), this is a favorite of mine.
This is the place where illusion resides. A place where dreams lie dreaming of reality... and reality has made a pact with dreams....more
Brenda, the lead character in this book, might as well be called Sidney Prescott, because shit just keeps happening to her.
Books I and II are basicallBrenda, the lead character in this book, might as well be called Sidney Prescott, because shit just keeps happening to her.
Books I and II are basically the same thing, with several cheap, not-so-thrilling thrills, jokes about murder, not-jokes about murder, random phone conversations, and a lame "twist" at the end. Like, I have no idea why there was even a sequel, they were so similar. Having read them both, I now have some advice for Brenda.
1. Get some new friends. The ones she has pretty much suck. They keep trying to kill her, after all. And the ones that aren't are strangely okay plotting murder with her. 2. Meet some new guys. Both Ted from Book I and Jake from Book II suck. Either Brenda is really bad at picking guys, or her cousin Halley is some sort of siren to be able to steal them away so easily. At least when the guys tried to come back to Brenda with their non-apologies, she told them where to stick it. However, she then tried to frame Ted for murder. So maybe they deserve each other? I don't know.
3. Don't trust Halley. What the hell is up with this girl? She not only stole Brenda's boyfriend in Book I, she also stole Brenda's friend Traci's boyfriend. And then in Book II, Halley was dating Ted, but then she stole Jake from Brenda. WTH??? She blames her behavior on her parents' divorce. While that is certainly a lame excuse, she has issues of some sort, obviously. And she is utterly confused as to why Brenda doesn't like her. She's a classic manipulator. 4. Get some new parents. Brenda's parents never listen to ANYTHING she says. They constantly take Halley's side when the two girls fight or argue, and always reprimand Brenda. They don't even try to understand her. Halley basically gets to do whatever she wants and act however she wants. Not only that, but Brenda had to move out of her room, presumably her childhood room, and into a smaller one, so Halley could move into it. Thanks, Mom and Dad. You're the best.
I guess we're supposed to feel sorry for Brenda, and in some ways I would (if the books weren't so crappy), but in other ways she's a complete idiot. Actually, everyone in this book is basically an idiot or a terrible person. Their dialogue is so boring and terrible. However, the story arc is pretty simple and standard, so this would probably make a decent, albeit crappy, horror movie.
These books take place on and around Halloween, but the atmosphere is far from Halloween-y. In the first book, there's a couple jack-o-lanterns and a party at the end. In the second, there's trick-or-treating and a decorated house. That's all.
I can see why I gobbled these books up as a teenager, but they have absolutely NO meat to them. Maybe I'll preserve what's left of my childhood and refrain from reading any more R.L. Stine books if I come across them.
It'll be interesting to see what I think of this now as opposed to my astonishingly resilient high school self. Back then I wasBuddy read with Karly!
It'll be interesting to see what I think of this now as opposed to my astonishingly resilient high school self. Back then I was like, coat hangers? NBD.
I first read this when I was seventeen. Just picked it off the shelf at Borders because I somehow knew it was an important/famous book (maybe I'd seen the movie? I don't know). I was really naive, but I must have been really good at, like, disassociation, at least when it came to books, because back then, although I knew there was bad (bad, very bad) stuff in this book, it didn't exactly shock or disturb me. (I also had no idea what was really happening in Lolita, FYI. And obviously my parents didn't monitor what I read).
Quick story: In chemistry class one day, my friend was talking about this book she was reading and how shocking it was, and although I had never read her book, I said, "Nope. This one is worse!" And she was like, "Haha. No it's not." So I brought her my copy of American Psycho and she read it and brought it back and said, "You're right. It's worse."
Anyway, rereading this thirteen years later, it disturbed me much more than the first time around. I had to take a few little breaks while reading this, most of the time because of the really long paragraphs and boring materialism, but at least once because of some pretty heavy racism, which I didn't even remember from the first time around.
The descriptions of the murders were frightful, really. Probably more graphic than anything I've ever seen in a horror movie. I mean, god, what if they'd included that rat scene in the movie? (They didn't, did they?)
So besides being a murderer—which, let's face it, is pretty run-of-the-mill these days—Patrick Bateman is also shallow, materialistic, racist, and misogynistic. (And I happen to think he has sketchy taste in music.) He just checks all the boxes.
Despite this book being highly disturbing and offensive no matter who you are (I hope), I liked it. I even found it funny at times.
But if I never hear the term" hardbody" again, it'll be too soon....more