I love the political repercussions to the previous arc. It's definitely proof of the series' utilization of history, and it just generally makes me ha...moreI love the political repercussions to the previous arc. It's definitely proof of the series' utilization of history, and it just generally makes me happy.
Now if only I didn't have to deal with cliffhangers!
When I first started Red River, I thought it was going to be like another certain time traveling manga/anime series I follow.
But Red River e...moreWhen I first started Red River, I thought it was going to be like another certain time traveling manga/anime series I follow.
But Red River ended up being very different from Inuyasha, and focused more on both historical accuracy and the romance angle between Yuri and Kail. Its setting is also in the Hittite Empire, a place I know NOTHING about, and I respect the dedication done throughout the series, so far, to keeping it mostly accurate to that time.
(That being said, I don't know much about that time, but from my general impressions, as well as a warning to stay away from the actual history of the time, I gathered there was significant amount of historical incorporation.)
The romance is pretty shojo, and while it moves fairly quickly, it doesn't fall into insta-love standards, and is constantly being questioned and redefined by the characters-most of which occurs because of the time-travel and Yuri's status as someone from 20th century Japan. Its nice to see characters act like adults and question their right to be together due to the circumstances that surround them, even if I'm seriously yelling "JUST KISS ALREADY" every volume :P
The character interactions are definitely wonderful, and the mangakan takes the time to create relationships and friendships that are complex and deep, and don't become these side-shows to the romance between Yuri and Kail.
The politics are especially interesting in this series, and I like the incorporation and questioning of concubines and queens that goes on. In spite of the amount of magic that goes on, and it's really insignificant, this series is definitely on the side of history, and really tries to incorporate things like armies, chariots, etc... that keep it true to the setting its situated in.
All in all, while Red River made me initially compare it to Inuyasha, it turned out to be its own thing with an emphasis on history and politics that made me respect it, and a romance that had me swooning from page one.
Even if it didn't include a certain something that I love about Inuyasha.
The In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eye...moreThe In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eyes.
I like being punny
While I enjoyed most of these, I think I really would've like it more had it featured a more balanced ratio between the small quantity of short stories and the large amount of excerpts. Not knowing who these characters were or having any background made me feel isolated for quite a few of the stories in here. There were a fair few, Jessie Harrell's story about Eros for instance, that I did enjoy, but on the whole I felt like a third wheel.
It's a weird analogy, but I'm using it.
Nevertheless, it's a nice collection for the those who know the authors' various works, or who want to get a taste of them.