RAVEN! AH RAVEN! HE'S LIKE TURNING INTO THE HOTTEST CHARACTER IN ALL OF MANGA EVER.
---- If you haven't heard yet, we finally have an Alice on the cover....moreRAVEN! AH RAVEN! HE'S LIKE TURNING INTO THE HOTTEST CHARACTER IN ALL OF MANGA EVER.
---- If you haven't heard yet, we finally have an Alice on the cover.
Which means that it's probably the second last volume, and the last one will have THE Alice.
Unless, we're getting more volumes past 20, in which case maybe Jun will do different covers for the last few volumes. I would like that, actually. I mean, I love the covers we have now, but to have like that last volume have all the characters on it, or no characters but something symbolic -- Jun is really good with that -- it'd be nice, you know.
So far, I'm so fucking happy and dying with how the plot is going, and how much development these characters are getting, and how brave and badass they all are. I mean, it's sad, yes, but it's Pandora Hearts, and you get used to it, but it's really good. I'm always shocked with what I get, but when I sit there for a week and think about it, I realize that it makes PERFECT sense, and that it was foreshadowed all along.
Amazing art, amazing characters, amazing plot, amazing storytelling. Jun, please, why can't I have your talent? --------------------
I haven't even read the translations yet, but this is too painful. Everything in this manga hurts. Don't read it.
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"A green girl in the woods just kissed me," he announced furiously. "What is wrong with the world?"
This was a really, really fun book.
Kami is such an entertaining female character. I mean, really, if you don't believe me, just look at my status updates. She does whatever the hell she wants, just the way she wants, but she's also responsible, strong, kind, flawed - and just the type of heroine I would've loved to see in more YA novels. She's so different.
And you know what comes with different and special? That lonely girl in school who has no friends, doesn't get along with anyone, hates being around people because she's so different and no one understands her, and all the popular girls hate her because they're jealous of her quiet beauty, and then some handsome guy shows up:
Falls in love with the lonely and quiet beautiful girl, and then the next 400 pages of the book are about their eyes, kisses and true love.
Don't worry though, Kami is the opposite. She is different. She talks to this imaginary friend in her head, and she knows how weird and crazy that is, but that hasn't stopped her from making friends, running the school paper, going around looking for stories in order to become the greatest journalist, babysitting her siblings, and occasionally cooking meals for her friend's brother, Rusty, who teachers her how to defend herself. She's a girl who knows what she wants in life, and she doesn't let the handsome guy - or handsome guys - get in her way.
Her grandmother is Japanese. Her siblings are named Ten and Tomo -- Ten is ten, and Tomo is addicted to lemonade -- they're the cutest things ever. Her dad is hilarious! Every character has some funny story to him/her - they aren't just random characters thrown in for the sake of the plot, or no plot, if we were talking about YA novels.
Here, the plot doesn't revolve around some stupid insta-love, but there's a mystery in Sorry-in-the-Vale, and there are murders. Our Kami is involved of course, but she's not obsessively running around with a guy who will save/end her life.
Instead, she has an entire team working on uncovering the secrets. Their first few adventures are silly and fun, but they still add something new to the plot. Brennan knows how to work in comedy and still progress plot (unlike a certain other "author"). Even though a lot of what happens in the book can be seen as very depressing and scary, Kami manages to make us laugh. Honestly, if this was another heroine, like say, Bella, Nora, or Clary - this would've been dull and stupid, but Kami's just so fun. I'd love to have her as a friend if she were real.
Okay, I know what's going on in your head right now. Yep, I do. You're probably thinking, that's great, but why the FOUR STARS? WHY NOT FIVE? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? Calm down, guys, I'll try and explain.
Ummm, well, I think that's probably just something to do with me, and not really the book.
See, I thought that with the way this started in the beginning, and with the incidents happening through the middle, there should've been a bit of a different ending - or a different climax. Something more OMFG! than what I got. It took around... maybe, ten pages? I think it was even less, but then it is a short book, so... maybe I'm not being fair. Also, despite the fact that I enjoyed all their conversations (I don't think I ever stopped grinning when I was reading this book), it might've helped if the characters acted a bit more serious at times. Not that they were complete idiots, no, that's not what I meant, but I didn't feel as sad or sorry near the end as I thought I should have. I guess that could just be me and my cold icy heart...
Really, though, when a character dies, I want their deaths to affect me and the people in the book. It just didn't feel as strong.
That's really the only thing that bothered me. I'm sure many of you probably won't feel the same. Great book, definitely read it when it comes out.
I tried to make a serious doodle to get your attention. I hope that got your attention.
If not, that's okay, I just sit here and talk to myself most of the time anyway. Nothing new. So that would be me, if I was like, in one of those extra cute and sparkly anime, but I would be better looking. 1000x improvement on real life, you know?
"But what," says myself, "made you want to make a doodle for this? You make doodles for books you don't like!"
"Uh no, dear," I reply to myself, "I made doodles for A Monster Calls, remember? I loved that one. And I love this one."
I smile to myself in the mirror, stretching my face into the prettiest smile I have ever seen on myself, and my lips start hurting.
"The ugliest smile, you mean," the annoying other voice in my head says, who seems to like to speak the truth a little too much.
Okay, sure. Now I'll stop with this because I don't know where to take that story about me and myself, and my face actually hurts from smiling and trying to put myself in the mood. *stops smiling*
I really, really love this book. I love it so much that just thinking about it makes my face and my head and my heart hurt, it brings back the memories and the feelings and it makes it very painful and sweet and just unbearable. I better make this review quick before I break down and cry or something.
So Monkey Beach is a book that I think you all should read. Everyone should read it.
It can be very confusing, and very dark, and very sad -- oh god it makes me so sad so sad so sad SO SAD -- but then there are these lovely scenes that make you smile until you want to fucking cry because it's just beautiful.
"Look at you," the man said, thumping him back down and holding him at arm's length. "I heard you had settled down, but I didn't believe it." "Jesus," Dad said, leaning over like he'd been punched in the stomach. "Jesus." "You okay, Al? What's the matter? What?" the man said. Dad put his shaking hands over his face and stayed bent over, shuddering. It took me a moment to realize he was crying. "Go away!" I shouted at the man. "Get out! Go away!" "Stop it, Lisa," Mom said. "Al?" the man said. Jimmy came running into the hallway. "Daddy?" Dad wiped his face and said, "It's okay, it's okay." I pushed myself between them and glared up at the man. "You go away." The man knelt down and smiled at me. "You know who I am? I'm your uncle Mick." "No, you're not. Uncle Mick's in jail." The man burst out laughing. After a minute of silence on everyone else's part, he said as he stood up, "You thought I was in jail? Why the hell'd you think I was in the big house?"
Ahh, bless Lisa. And Uncle Mick is one of my favourite characters. It's so so hard not to love him, and oh dear god, Lisa and Uncle Mick give me pain and pain and pain and feelings. So much, so much, so much. I don't want to spoil much for you guys, but I could honestly insert so many scenes here because they are too good, and some are so heartwarming and I just want to get in the book and spend time with these characters. And others are so sad you'll cry yourself to sleep.
There are many stories in this book. Not just the story of Lisamarie, but her parents, her relatives, the people of Kitamaat Village, and you get this look into what Indigenous people have dealt with, and continue to deal with, and it's all done so well in a sort of subtle way that demands you to pay more attention because this book is tricky and so so so layered. It's really a masterpiece. It's not easy to read, I can tell you that, but it has become one of my favourite books. The story is told through memories, and it can jump back and forth and back and forth and back and forth until you sort of forget what is going on, but don't worry, it's structured so that Lisa of the present shows up a few times, and then things make sense and no sense and you get emotions and feelings and anger and love and sadness and OH FUCK, CAN YOU JUST READ THIS PLEASE? I WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT.
I know it can be hard to read, I know, but once you get to the end, all you'll want to do is read the book again so you can catch the things you missed the first time, or catch where Lisa might've told you something that wasn't exactly true. Or... catch where one person or another might've been hiding one thing or another or might've said something a certain way and ... meant something else.
Lisa is such a great character and I worried about her constantly through the book and I just love her. Her relationships and bonds and isolation nearly broke me. LIKE TWO MONTHS LATER, I'm still kind of tearing up trying to write about this. I wrote my paper on this, and I had to stop every few minutes to just sort of sit back and tell myself not to cry. Even after ten pages on this book and going through so many scenes a few times to write about them, I'm still not okay. STILL NOT OKAY. God, my head is starting to hurt because I'm trying NOT TO CRY.
I NEVER CRY.
But gosh, it's hard, okay, it's really hard. Whenever Lisa was hurting and grieving and trying to make it through life and hide what happened to her or what she knew would happen, I just... really wanted to disappear because I couldn't do anything, and neither could she.
See, Lisa can see ghosts. She notices that whenever she sees ghosts, or when a particular red haired little man appears to her, bad things follow. So like, here's this little girl, who sees these spirits and ghosts, and she tells her parents, and her parents are like, "Lisa, it's just a bad dream!" But it's not the parents' fault that they're denying this, telling her that the ghosts are dreams was their way of protecting her, and knowing what her parents and their families have dealt with, it makes sense. She goes to her grandmother, who has experienced loss, and who does not have all of her culture either, and she wants to learn about the spirit world from her, and -- Okay, I don't really want to spoil. That's all I'm gonna tell you, but it's not even about the ghosts or the spirits, it's the stories of these people and Lisa and--
Goddammit just go read the book okay, I'm getting really upset about this book again. (less)
I'm getting a little confused, but the twin girls are really entertaining. There's also a bit on the Katana woman (which I think might be a man, but I...moreI'm getting a little confused, but the twin girls are really entertaining. There's also a bit on the Katana woman (which I think might be a man, but I'm not sure - damn manga).
Whatever, I just want to know what happens next.
They should work together more often. I want to see more. MORE. (less)
2/7/2012 I still think Volume 0 was the best volume ever. The rest of the series is now sort of meh to me. I think as a series, the rating sits around...more 2/7/2012 I still think Volume 0 was the best volume ever. The rest of the series is now sort of meh to me. I think as a series, the rating sits around 3.5.
When I first read this, I couldn’t find the right words to put into a review. When I did find some words a few hours ago, and I typed it all up, my computer ate it.
So now I’m in a bad mood.
Here’s my third attempt at a review. It’s gonna be filled with pictures, because I’m tired of trying to find words for this. It’s a manga. They’re mostly pictures anyways.
When I heard about this from Tiffany (the scarecrow), I immediately thought of puppies. Don’t look at me like that. What do you think of when you hear DOGS? Puppies, right?
Well, unfortunately (fortunately for me), this isn’t about puppies.
Guns, swords, knives, violence, lots of action, kickass females, madness, horror, some humor and very well dressed characters. Seriously, their outfits are so awesome. And the art is beautiful.
Reading this volume, you probably won’t notice (well, I didn’t) that there’s a whole different dystopian world here. Miwa doesn’t really draw backgrounds. Everything looks very black and white. I do love the art in this one very, very much, but later on in the other volumes, the backgrounds become less and less... and it starts to get a little irritating. There will be a lot of empty white space, and some font here and there. I guess that makes us focus more on the characters, so it might be Miwa’s intention. It would kind of make sense, since he started this with four different characters, and gave us bits of their past and present. It’s like he was saying, don’t worry about the world just yet – look at these people instead!
There’s Mihai (oldest of the group), an ex-assasin, Badou (orange haired), an information gatherer, Naoto (the girl), an orphan raised by a swordsman, and Haine (white haired), a strange young man looking for an entrance to the ‘Underground.’
Miwa starts off zoomed into the character’s lives, and slowly zooms out to show us the whole picture. Which, uh, we still don't know much about because there are no more chapters. I’m still waiting, Miwa. Still waiting. If you don't release a chapter soon, I’ll be coming down to Japan to deal with this myself.
Anyways, this whole picture thing we were talking about. There’s this society of some kind. There are levels. An upper level, a lower level, and then a level even lower than that, which is what they keep calling the ‘Underground.’ That’s where Haine came from. And that’s what he’s looking for again. I don’t know how he got out, and why he doesn’t remember where it is – like I said, there’s loads of stuff we don’t know yet. Maybe Miwa does this for a reason, I don’t know.
The characters are what really pulled me into this, though. And if I would recommend this to anyone, it would be because of the characters. They are amazing. Now that there’s more to it, a hell lot more, I’m desperately waiting. I’m waiting Miwa. Waiting.
Seriously, you must read this for the characters. MUST.
Hmm... how about more pictures? Yes? Yes.
Badou, the nonstop smoker.
When Badou's out of cigarettes, he goes insane, and no one can stop him:
He’s a really good guy though, and always helps out his friends. Him and Haine make a great team.
No, really, they’ll make you think otherwise, but those two together = awesomeness abound.
Haine is terrified of women. He doesn’t go anywhere near them. I don’t mean this in a funny way, he has some very good reasons, seeing the kind of hell he went through as a kid.
Out of the villains – I’m not even sure if they are the villains, they’re probably just victims like Haine - my favorite has to be Giovanni. This kid is messed up. Like, really messed up. A bit like Haine, actually.
The twins. Two crazy little girls who... like nothing more than chaos.
Magato, I'm absolutely sure, is a psycho.
This one I can't tell you about, but I think it's nice to look at. [image error]
Ooh, I don't think I mentioned Naoto yet. Ah, Naoto. I love her.
Naoto was saved and raised by the same man who killed her parents. She doesn't have any memory of who her parents were, what they looked like, why they were killed, or why she was even running away on that day. She's fueled by hatred, and the only goal in her life is to kill the man in front of her.
Now go read this.
Just a small little warning. There are parts in this manga that are very creepy, and scary, and disgusting, and would want to make you cry, or hide in your blankets, or just... die. Depends on you, I guess.
If you get to this part in the manga (it's in the later volumes), um, well... good luck. (less)
"You're real," he said, as he stood panting on the porch. "You are, aren't you?" He started to laugh at the foolishness of talking to a House, but the smile went from his face as a voice, so soft he was barely certain he heard it, said: "What do you think, child?"
I wish I had read this when I was younger. I know my younger self would've absolutely gone nuts over it. That's all right though, I got to read it now, and anytime I come across a ten year old and they ask me about books, I'll make sure to get them to read this.
It's funny, adventurous, and very chilling. The illustrations add a wonderful touch to it.
Before I say anything, let me make clear: THIS. WAS. AWESOME.
... I don't know how to rate it ...
4.4? How's that?
See, there were parts in this one th...moreBefore I say anything, let me make clear: THIS. WAS. AWESOME.
... I don't know how to rate it ...
4.4? How's that?
See, there were parts in this one that I liked better than the last one, but... that ending in the last one killed me, which makes it a much stronger book. Yeah... 0.1 isn't much, but honestly, what else am I supposed to do? 4 just feels too low, 4.5 won't be fair to the first book -- OH! Wait, I think I got it! I'll bump the last one to 4.7, and leave this at 4.5. Yes, I think I will do that.
Okay, so that up there should tell you all you need to know about this book. Should you read it? Yes. Should you be even asking me if you should read it? No.
Now, I'm sorry, but I really have to tell you to get lost.
No, I don't hate you or anything, but I just don't want you around. First of all, if you haven't read this book, there will be spoilers. So go do something else - anything else, but don't read the rest of this review.
Because it's not going to be a review.
THIS IS NOT A REVIEW.
Shoo now. Bubye! Here, before you go -- just so you don't feel bad -- take some chocolate with you.
Okay, now you can go. Bye, love! Be safe!
(view spoiler)[If you're still here, I'll say it again: This is NOT a review. This is just me talking with myselves. Okay? Okay.
Me: So... is it just me, or were you a bit disappointed with this book?
Myself: Why were you disappointed now?
My other self: You get disappointed over everything. Just because something turns out a little differently--
Me: Be quiet, I was talking to Myself. I think I have a very good reason this time--
Myself: What's the reason now?
My other self: Can I take a guess? It was Elend, wasn't it? *rolls eyes*
Me: Yes, it was ELEND. But not just Elend. Vin too.
My other self: *continues to roll eyes*
Myself: This is just like when you got annoyed with Winry, Lenalee, Aerith, and that Clary person. All you want is for characters to kick ass. If they're not kicking ass, you don't like them.
Me: THAT IS NOT TRUE!
My other self: Why do you lie to yourself?
Me: I'm not lying to you - me - myself - I mean, myselves. Okay, yes, maybe I do get a little annoyed when there are useless characters around -- but so what? If a character is useless, they shouldn't be in the story. Why do I have to waste my time on a character that doesn't add anything to the story--
Myself: Did you even read the damn book? Elend is a freaking KING. How is that useless?
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Me: I wasn't talking about ELEND! But now that we are talking about Elend, let me explain. I feel like... Elend is turning into a bit of a Mary Sue.
My other self: Isn't the author a man? Is Elend a girl? Did I miss something?
Me: Okay, Gary Stu.
Myself: You called Lenalee a Mary Sue, Clary a Mary Sue, and probably even Winry.
Me: I never called Winry a Mary Sue! But... now that you mention it... she could be one...
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Me: Would you stop doing that? It's starting to hurt my eyes.
My other self: They are your eyes! *rolls eyes*
Me: That's why I'm telling you to stop it!
Myself: Try to stay on topic, please.
Me: Oh, right. Thank you. Okay, back to the beginning. Elend is just a normal little guy, he's a bookworm, he's a love interest. Suddenly, in the second book, he becomes a king, and I really don't think he fits that role. But that's okay, because Sanderson manages to make him sort of, kind of, start to fit that role. That was all right, I liked it. It's just that...
Myself: You're not making any sense.
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Me: Okay, okay. See... Elend feels like... he just sort of forced himself into the plot. Mistborn 1, we had Kelsier's crew - who were all thieves. We understood how their minds worked, how they worked, and by the middle of the book, we're used to them and their Allomancy. All of sudden, Elend comes in. He's a nice change, and even though I absolutely hated that Vin fell for him so instantly, the rest of the book was about other matters and I could ignore that bit. Even then, though, we're given a bit of Elend perspective, and that felt out of place. Like, hey, what's Elend doing here? Shouldn't we be more worried about the crew? About Kelsier? About VIN? But whatever, I ignored that too, because I thought Sanderson just wanted us to feel something for Elend -- in case someone like me wasn't moved by his sad little story about that Skaa incident.
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Me: Now, second book, we're getting more and more Elend perspective. I thought, hey, that's fine. We're getting other characters too, like Sazed, Breeze, Straff, Zane - it's supposed to be this way. Then I started to spot something...
My other self: *rolls eyes* You always try to act all smart. I'm pretty sure it was VERY obvious.
Me: Vin always worried about protecting Elend. Zane constantly told her Elend was different, that he didn't understand the mists like they did. Elend always thought of how strong Vin was, how proud he was of her, how powerful -- blah, blah, blah...
Myself: I thought you'd like that. There's always a guy protecting a girl, and now it's the other way around -- you should be happy.
Me: I was! I liked it in the beginning. I liked the fact that Elend was just a normal guy, with no powers. He was surrounded by Allomancers, but he wanted to prove his worth, he wanted to show everyone that he could be THE KING. It was all about who he was, and what he could do with just his mind and his ideas -- brilliant, right? And then... and then... he learns how to fight, which is GREAT, and then he starts acting all commanding, which was OKAY, and then... and then...
Me: Well, how can you NOT expect the ending after that? I just KNEW Sanderson was going to turn him into a Mistborn. He wasn't special enough, he wasn't strong enough, he wasn't powerful enough - and Vin always went around thinking, he's just so unique, I love him. He's nothing like Kelsier, he's better than Kelsier. Because he is Elend. Elend Venture. The King. My King. She even goes to save Luthadel because Elend cares about the city, and that it's his city, and his people! Are you going to tell me that there is nothing wrong with that?
My other self: *rolls eyes* So you're mad because of Kelsier?
Me: No! What about when Vin talked to Dockson? She made him say that Elend was a good guy. Almost every freaking character admits in this book that Elend is a good guy -- like we need to be told. I absolutely HATE it when authors do that. I can judge for myself. Just because Sazed likes someone doesn't mean that I'll necessarily like that person. Just because Vin likes someone doesn't mean that I will. It's like Sanderson wanted us to like Elend because he was planning something for him. And now check it out, Elend is a freaking MISTBORN. I saw that coming.
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Me: You know how Vin believed she was the Hero of the Ages? As soon as she thought that, I kind of started to doubt it. I mean, come on, the author isn't going to make it that simple. If the main character knows it -- well, she's no longer the main character now, it seems -- then it's just not going to happen. So she screws up in the end. The innocent, PURE, character turns out to be the better person. Angelic little Elend. Not fair, and not right. In order for one character to be shown in a better light than the other, one has to gain something, while the other loses it. How is that right?
My other self: Isn't that what you said about Jane Eyre too? *rolls eyes*
Myself: That's what she said about Jane Eyre too. *nods*
Me: But seriously, I think Sanderson could've done much better than this.
Myself: Maybe you should wait until the next book to see if you are actually right or not. And Vin didn't lose her powers... I don't think...
Me: No, I don't think she did, but she made a huge mistake, and now I'm sure the next book will be about them trying to fix things. Vin will probably be blaming herself for it, while Elend goes around playing the hero.
Myself: You really can't know for sure. Don't go judging a book by the book that comes before it.
Me: I know, I know... but now I'm all scared because I don't want to be right. What if Elend turns out to be the Hero of the Ages? I wouldn't like that, I really wouldn't like that. Elend, that one little bookworm dude, forced himself into the plot and is now completely going to take over! I don't like it! I DON'T LIKE IT! I REALLY DO NOT LIKE IT.
Myself: Calm down - it's probably not true. Maybe Sanderson will show Elend struggling with being a Mistborn, and he'll slowly develop him into someone you'd like.
Me: AND RUIN VIN INSTEAD? NO! Besides, I looked through the preview of the next one, and Elend is so amazingly good with his Allomancy. He can Soothe more people than Vin EVER could, and his Pewter or whatever is SO strong because Elend is so special.
My other self: So basically, this is all because you don't like Elend. I knew it.
Me: NO! I don't like what Elend is turning out to be! Look, Kelsier was all awesome in the beginning, and Vin was his student, so it made sense that she wasn't as good as him. Then she became BETTER than Kelsier, and everyone was like, omgosh, check it out, Vin is like, so much better than her master! And now we're getting Elend. Elend, who was basically a nobody, is going to surpass them BOTH because he's such a normal, pure, and innocent guy. NO THANK YOU. Why does he have to change? WHY? Why can't he stay what he was? Is that not good? And is Vin no longer going to be the main character? I love Vin. I love Vin so, so, so, so much! I don't want Elend to take over! I'll be very sad!
Myself: Before you start getting depressed, why not READ the next book? Then you can know for sure, and if you didn't like it, and if you WERE actually right -- then you can go ahead and cry for the rest of your life.
Me: WHAT IF I DO END UP CRYING FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?
My other self: *rolls eyes*
Myself: But you don't know if it WILL happen. Don't be scared of--
Me: BUT WHAT IF?
Myself: You're not going to listen, are you? Just end the review.
Me: BUT THIS ISN'T A REVIEW!
Myself: Well, end whatever it is.
Me: I can't do that! You're a part of me.
My other self: Hey look - someone's reading!
Me: OH NO! Didn't I tell you not to read? DIDN'T I? There's nothing here! BE GONE! RUN AWAY!
Edit: After reading the second one, I feel the need to bump this up from 4.5 to 4.7. Don't ask questions.
This is a world where you wake up to ash...more4.7
Edit: After reading the second one, I feel the need to bump this up from 4.5 to 4.7. Don't ask questions.
This is a world where you wake up to ash falling from the sky, and go to bed with your doors and windows closed, hiding from the swirling mists outside.
When a book starts with ash falling from the sky, you simply have to read on to find out why.
I really don't know what to say about this book. That's usually the case when I like something too much. I don't know where to start.
When I first got this book, it wasn't really a great time (school, fixing up schedule, buying textbooks for all my classes, or waiting for them to arrive, blah, blah, you know all of it). I ended up reading bits at a time, and every time I had to stop reading to do other things, I'd have questions jumping around in my head. Why the ash? Why the mists? Who exactly is the Lord Ruler? What is the Lord Ruler? What are those creatures? Why can't I use Allomancy? What would happen if I swallowed a Toonie?
Because of all those questions, one day I just had to sit down and read the rest all in one sitting. I stayed up until 6 am. Well, that was one reason, another was because Anila told me about a certain thing that happens that changes everything. When I got to a thing happening, I'd think to myself... is this it? Is this it? Then after a few minutes, I'd decide, nah, not shocking enough and certainly doesn't change that much. Don't get me wrong, they were all quite gasp worthy, but not the right one.
By the way, Anila, thank you for warning me about that thing. I didn't know exactly what it was, and even though my guesses about some other characters were sort of close, I didn't in any way expect the thing.
At about 4 am, the thing happened, and I gasped so loudly I think I woke up half the house. Maybe it wasn't really a gasp... it was more like a gasp-scream. Or more like a gasp-shriek? Eh, doesn't really matter. What matters is that I just closed the book for a half an hour or so and sat there, and just... cried... rivers of tears.
It was sort of like this:
Except not as beautiful because I'm not Riza, and because I rubbed my eyes so much that I shoved all my mascara and eyeliner into my eyes, which caused them to sting, and then get all blurry and... yeah...
In fact, the next day, people asked me if I was okay. They kept watching me, maybe checking to see if I'd suddenly fall over and start crying again. It was just so... painful and unexpected and not fair. Even remembering it now makes my heart bleed. Really. I'll pull out my heart and show you if I could.
The rest of the book I read cursing the remaining characters. Nobody understood my pain. NOBODY.
I'm kidding. I mean, just about the characters. The rest is true. It was still painful.
THE AWESOME Vin Kelsier Sazed Breeze Spook Ah, hell, ALL OF THE CHARACTERS!
THE AWESOME II The dialogue. Oh, I laughed.
THE AWESOME III The Allomancy. The Mistborns. The Mistings. The whole dropping a coin and shoot off into the air.
The Inquisitors! God, they are so creepy.
THE AWESOME IV
Sanderson doesn't give a damn about trying to impress you with his writing. He doesn't bother shoving fancy sentences in places where they're not needed (hey, Clare, you should listen to this). He doesn't go on and on about descriptions because he probably knows it's our job to imagine the rest. He's going to tell you a story the way he wants to, and you just sit back and wait for that -- sorry, I'm going to mention that thing again -- thing to happen. Just wait and be awed at the right time.
I love Vin. I really do. She's a character I can really understand and sympathize with. She's been hurt by the people closest to her, and that has made her shut herself in from everyone around her. She'll get suspicious of everyone, she doesn't trust anyone, and she always keeps her eyes open for ways to escape with her life. I guess in a way, she kind of thinks that she's by herself out in the world and she must do what she can to stay alive. That is true most of the time, and it takes her a long, long time to actually trust Kelsier and the rest of the group.
My problem isn't with that. I understood that completely, and I wouldn't have liked it if she instantly felt safe with Kelsier or anyone from the group. Vin needed the time to start trusting people.
My problem is with Elend. Let's pretend this is him.
Not ELEND the character, just Elend when he suddenly becomes a love interest. Elend is funny, cute, smart -- or as Anila said, ADORKABLE -- but... well... why would Vin, who is EVERYTHING I mentioned earlier, like someone this instantly? Why... just why? This is Vin we're talking about, VIN! Don't tell me because he was so adorable. Vin wouldn't care, she shouldn't care, she should've been thinking, "Who the hell is he? A spy? What's he doing here? What's he up to? Does he think I'm up to something? Does he suspect me? SHOULD I BE RUNNING AWAY?"
Instead, we find her getting annoyed that he isn't paying her attention.
Felt a little out of character for me. Especially since she went there as a spy so she wouldn't want to attract too much attention. How they both suddenly ended up loving each other... I still haven't figured it out. Maybe Sanderson has a good reason for this. What do I know?
THE CONFUSED-ME-SO-MUCH-BUT-I-LOVED-IT-SO-MUCH The journal/diary entries or quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I knew they had something to do with the past and the whole Empire thingy... darkness... thingy -- Look, I don't know what it is because I haven't found out yet! But god, it was so confusing. Each chapter, I tried to see if it was a clue to something happening in the chapter, or the chapter before... and really, couldn't get it. At some point, I just started to look at it as a separate story, and then you find out where they're from... and then things make sense, but you get even more confused.
I love that! Oh, and just to brag a little here... I was so so so right about a certain somebody. (view spoiler)[ The Lord Ruler and his little metal rings. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, and even though it didn't make sense, I thought there had to be a way. (hide spoiler)] ---- CONCLUSION You need to read this now, and I need to read the second book now -- it still hasn't arrived at the library -- and I need to find out where that ASH and MIST comes from now, and what that Deepness (?) is now, and ... squirrels are cute.
Well, it's full of stereotypes and some might find it racist, but if you don't mind that bit, it's quite funny.
I recommend watching the anime though, because they speak in accents, there's music, and there's color. Not that there's anything bad with the manga, but anime is much more fun. There's some history in it too, but you'll have to pause your video every now and then to be able to read it.
Go watch it now. It's funny as hell, and episodes are only five minutes long.
More Canada (they just make me laugh) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwSzCs... Japan: Oh, no, I'm suddenly concerned for Canada's well being. Russia: *evil* Yeah... I'm concerned too. Canada: Ma-ple... leaf...
---- And I think I need to do another proper review because this series just keeps changing. And I love it.
So a few things:
- This volume is not my...more---- And I think I need to do another proper review because this series just keeps changing. And I love it.
So a few things:
- This volume is not my favorite. It doesn't really show what Pandora Hearts is about. - Nothing is what it seems. Nothing. No, seriously, NOTHING is what it seems. - If you're reading this online, you'll have to put up with the not so accurate translations and spellings. It gets better later on, though. - The art evolves. It becomes so pretty, you might faint. - Don't google any characters while reading this. You'll spoil yourself. - Watch out for bunnies. -------- 3/27/2012: Oh. My. God. Am I stupid or what? Yeah, I'm stupid. After 70 chapters - SEVENTY CHAPTERS, I just realized, NOW, that each chapter is called Retrace #. THAT MAKES SO MUCH SEnse!(less)
19/09/2012 EDIT 2: I've stopped reading this. I don't know if I'll go back to it. Maybe if Lavi comes back.
EDIT: I'M SORRY. I WAS WRONG. IT'S NOT GETT...more19/09/2012 EDIT 2: I've stopped reading this. I don't know if I'll go back to it. Maybe if Lavi comes back.
EDIT: I'M SORRY. I WAS WRONG. IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER.
As a series, I'd give this a 3.
I started this manga sometime after Fullmetal Alchemist. And... well, I loved that to pieces. I remember thinking at the time that D. Gray-man went right into the plot in a few chapters, and that to me was awesome. Fullmetal Alchemist took a bit of time, it was interesting, but it wasn't until about volume 3 or 4 that I was really pulled in.
I mean, here, we see the villain, the Earl of the Millennium in the first volume, and he's all like, "I'm gonna destroy this world! I have a plan and it's starting NOW!"
To which I was like, "YES! I LIKE YOU! You're not gonna waste time, huh?"
Little did I know that... he didn't mean now now, he meant like... 150 chapters later. I also honestly believed that the female cop appearing in the first chapter, Moore, was going to be one of the main characters. Jan too, the little boy. I liked them, I really liked them. It turns out, you never see them again. They were just... there to introduce us to the whole Akuma thing, I guess.
So... that's why this got 5 stars from me when I first read it. I didn't really know where the story was going, but since I came from FMA and most things in that manga were in some way all connected, I thought it was the same for this one.
It's kind of not...
Let me explain without spoiling anything. Reading this volume again, I realized that there are only three important things:
- Cross Marian sending Allen off to Black Order and not accompanying him. - Mana - The Earl
Yup, that's it. The rest could be cut out. The three important things could have been put in somewhere else. They come up in the rest of the manga, here and there, but most of it goes somewhat like this:
- Allen arrives at Hogwarts the Black Order. - Allen makes friends. - New characters! - Mission. - Recruit more Exorcists! - Find Innocence! - Oh no, we're in trouble, we gonna die! - Character #1, Innocence level up -- Akuma defeated! We win! - Oh no, we're in trouble! We gonna die! - Character #2, Innocence level up! Akuma defeated. We win! - Oh no, we're in trouble! We gonna die! - Character #3, Innocence level up! Akuma defeated. We win! - Oh no, we're in trouble! We gonna die! - Character #4, Innocence level up! Akuma defeated. We win! - Oh NO! Generals in trouble! Find your teachers! Go, go, go! - Looking for Cross Marian. Oh NO, Akumas attacking! - Innocence shit that makes no sense. SAVED! - Looking for Cross Marian. Oh NO, Akumas attacking! - Innocence shit that makes no sens-- I'm sorry, I can't type out more of this anymore, and I don't want you reading the same thing again and again. Point is, THINGS happen, characters get powerful. Plot advances at 0.01% each time.
Just telling you the truth. I mean, if the same stuff happens more than three times, you can pretty much guess that none of the characters are really going to die, right?
So, yes, there is plot in there. And if you really like the characters, reading that stuff is probably fun. To someone like me though, if I wanted to go through THAT up there, I'd just play a video game. Level up characters, acquire strength, blow up shit, save friends, then beat the bad guy because I'm super strong.
Even then though, I'd have some idea where the story is going, or what kind of trouble the characters are in, whether they could make it out or not, whether I should keep playing or go level up some more.
DGM leaves you in a mess. In the middle somewhere, I honestly had no idea what the hell was going on or why the characters were where they were, or why they were doing whatever the heck they were doing. The plot just sort of ... disappears. However, after reading through the first half and liking some characters, and also still being curious about the mysterious bits that were given to us before, I kept reading on because I wanted to know.
If I never found out what that thing behind Allen was, or what Lavi and Bookman's real job was, or WTF was up with Kanda and the flowers, I'd be pretty pissed.
Good News: You do get to know! HURRAY! YOU GET TO KNOW!
Except... then there is other shit going on, and it gets even more messed up.
Good News: IT GETS MORE INTERESTING! YAAAY! And then you wait anxiously to find out what happens...
I like the beginning of this manga. I love where it is now. I did not like the middle.
Those are my honest thoughts.
Click on the spoiler if you want to see what I really did not like. (view spoiler)[
Somewhere in some chapter, someone says that Lenalee could have the Heart Innocence, which is ... important or something. Basically, she's needed for the plot. After that we constantly see her, being sad, depressed, but giving everyone smiles. She loses her powers, she gets pitied by all the guys, everyone loves her, and everyone tries to protect her. She just cries, smiles some more, gets her innocence back, gets all powerful, beats up some really strong Akuma, and everyone is like, "Omfg, she's so strong!"
Wonderful. Really wonderful. But... uh... can we get back to that thing about her innocence possibly being the Heart Innocence? I thought that was, like, you know, IMPORTANT.
I don't know if it's because I don't like Lenalee, but I feel there is so much space given to her, and it's NOT NEEDED. I can't believe that I actually complained about Winry. Maybe this is something that is just common in manga, but please excuse me while I go into rant mode.
When you bring in characters, you better know their place. When you decide to give them time and space to make us get to know them, you better do that for a reason. When you leave out important plot points to show us a character's pretty face, you better do THAT FOR A REASON. When you give us pages, and pages, and fucking PAGES of ONE character, YOU DO THAT FOR A FUCKING REASON.
Lenalee is sad. She is trying to be happy. She loves her friends more than anything in the world.
Lenalee is sad.
Lenalee is really sad. She's quite strong, though. These are her reasons for being sad. *reasons for being sad shown*
Lenalee is sad. She just lost her Innocence.
She needs to be taken care of. She lost her Innocence you see, and she doesn't know how to get it back.
Lenalee is sad. Here's her face, crying so beautifully.
Lenalee is super depressed. Like always, she's trying to be happy. Everyone loves her.
Everyone is in trouble. All the people that Lenalee loves are going to die! Lenalee can't do anything to help them because she doesn't have her powers!
Everyone is dying! No one can help! It's all up to Lenalee! She doesn't have her Innocence!
Yeah. Kay. I know.
Lenalee got her Innocence back! She's super strong. She beat the bad guy! SHE DID IT!
Wasn't that wonderful? She saved everyone! Isn't she your favorite character now?
So... what about the rest?
What do you mean?
There was a reason to all that, wasn't there?
The Innocence stuff. It's pretty much what happened to the other characters... but, well, what was this for?
To show you Lenalee, of course! My readers want Lenalee.
... so... it wasn't relevant?
Of course it was! It's still D. Gray-man! It's still about Akuma and Innocence and the Black Order!
But... I mean, what does that add to the plot?
She's stronger now! Lenalee is stronger now! Lenalee is so BADASS -- Plot? What plot?
Okay, maybe I'm not being fair here. This sort of happens with other characters too. Like, poor Lavi for example. Maybe I didn't notice that one much because I actually like him, but he's basically there with Bookman for some job. They have to record... something. See, when the focus becomes Lavi, I expect info on that stuff... but we don't really get much of it. It's just shows us that... he shouldn't really care about the Black Order or the other Exorcists, but oh no, he does. He likes having friends, but he shouldn't! The rest.. is all about his Innocence leveling up and what not.
Questions: How come Lavi has an Innocence? Where did he get it? How did he join up? They had to track down Lenalee and bring her to the Order because that one Innocence worked with her, but Lavi? What's with him? I think they said that Innocences (?) are only compatible with a few people, and those few people are always recruited to the Black Order. Bookman and Lavi joined up for the sake of History, so... how did that work? Did Lavi always have his little hammer weapon thingy? 'Lavi' is his 49th alias or something... was he always acting as an Exorcist?
What I'm trying to say is that there are character who are supposedly important to the plot, but the parts that are important about them aren't really explained much. It's kind of a weird thing about Kanda, though. If I remember right, we weren't told much about his past, or how he came to be in the Order, but his story is probably the most important one. Yet it surfaces only around... maybe volume 17? Why didn't we go into this stuff sooner? WHYYYYY?
I don't know if I have the right to say this, seeing as I've only read like... two mangas, but I feel like this whole story was structured wrong.