Very Lord of the Flies meets Mean Girls but well done and kind of creepy. Gotta love manga for pushing the limits of utter hatred, humiliation, and hu...moreVery Lord of the Flies meets Mean Girls but well done and kind of creepy. Gotta love manga for pushing the limits of utter hatred, humiliation, and human interaction. Great art, intriguing story, even if the main heroine is kinda of angsty and flighty. (less)
While it still kept to its core of historical mystery, I was half sad and half proud of this volume for not continuing to be a typical CSI mystery series, and instead talking about historical mysteries and keeping the series neatly within the era's context.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that this volume surprised me by being so different from what I expected. Instead of more suicide-mystery victims, we got something far more intriguing.
I wish I found interesting things like ciphers in my used books. Instead I get pictures of Brad and his 10 pointer.
"Jen loves Brad." everybody.
And now its leaving me longing for the next volume. A pre-order date? Anyone?
I was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surpri...moreI was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surprising amount of depth to some of the characters and features a storyline I like.
Prophecies are my weaknesses at times. So is foretelling.
It's nice to see a lot of Mami and more of the gentler Kyouko that only appears near the end if the anime. Seeing Kyouko's interactions here with Yuma definitely helped me understand more her relationship with Sayaka later on as its clear, from the anime at any rate, that Yuma is no longer going to exist one way or another. In many ways Kyouko's interactions towards Yuma, her caring for her and her wish to protect her, provide the best context for which to understand her personality and actions within the anime.
It also makes her failure with Sayaka so much more tragic as she becomes yet another person the Kyouko cannot save. She sees Kyouko as Yuma, and perhaps that's the worst part of it all. There's failure and love all mixed up in there along with emotional displacement and pure, undeniable loneliness.
And yes I'm going to use this argument for all further discussions of the "pairing".
Don't you dare get me started in that people. This is a series about friendship, deep friendship I'll grant you, but it never crosses the line into sexual love of any kind. Lets be clear on that.
All in all, I really liked this. It was intriguing to read about the others and their backstories, considering we see so little of them in the anime, and was a nice little manga that made me long to watch the series all over again. 4-4.5/5(less)
Tanemura's Gentlemen's Alliance series is definitely one of my top favorites, and I've come to adore the art. I thought I'd never lov...moreI love artbooks.
Tanemura's Gentlemen's Alliance series is definitely one of my top favorites, and I've come to adore the art. I thought I'd never love a mangakan's art as much as I did with Matsuri Hino's, but Tanemura's carefree happiness balanced with the darker side of things have utterly captured my heart.
If you're a fan of the series of the mangakan, don't hesitate to pick this up. It's beautiful and Tanemura's comments are just hilarious. One of the best things about her work is her comments, no matter the subject. Well worth the price and the shelf space.
There is a distinct style to [author:Arina Tanemura|311365's work that I think most fans, myself inclued, recognize. Tanemura writes pretty stereotypi...moreThere is a distinct style to [author:Arina Tanemura|311365's work that I think most fans, myself inclued, recognize. Tanemura writes pretty stereotypical shojo with a mix of romance and comedy. At first glance, anyway. But there is something about it, beyond the laughing-out-loud-on-the-floor-dying jokes, the gorgeous artstyle, and the often angsty romance storylines we see on the surface of Tanemura's works, that makes her one of my new favorite writers/mangakans recently.
And I think it has a lot to do with the themes she brings to her writing. While she's often writing about romance, love, and friendship, there is one theme that keeps coming up whenever I read her writing in any form. And, to me, that is the sense of belonging her characters keep looking for. In the stories I've read by her, there is a consistant need to belong that her characters show. They want to belong to one person, a group of friends, but most importantly, to themselves. They don't just want acceptance of their love and/or friendship from others, but from themselves most especially; something, I think anyway, is one of the hardest things to manage in this workd, especially, as in most of Tanemura's writing, when you're a teenager.
Mistress Fortune, the manga and its protagonist, are no different. Kisaki, after all, doesn't want to just belong to her crush and have him accept her love or be a part of the psychi organization she works for, but also wants to be a strong person for herself and her own powers. She wants the love from both those places, but strives to better, instead of allowing them to love her as she is, lesser powers and all.
In many ways, her desire to be loved by her crush is also indicative of her dual personality, Kisaki and Mistress Fortune. She wants Giniro to love her as a partner in both senses, and in both places; hence her continual efforts to bring him into her world and thus fully exist in it. Loving Giniro is kind of a metaphor, in my mind, to loving herself. If he can accept her two sides, then she will have to too.
Enough English major talk.
All in all, Mistress Fortune is a lovely, though short (only one volume! Sads :( Though Tanemura does indicate in her comments that there is always room for more stories), addition to any manga-lover's collection (new or old to Tanemura's work) with an adorable story, beautiful art, and comedy that will have you laughing and remembering why shojo is absolutely fantastic. 4/5