2.5 stars. It was cute, with some nice ideas. Mostly kids who particularly enjoy the magical school genre (it's its own genre now, right?) will probab2.5 stars. It was cute, with some nice ideas. Mostly kids who particularly enjoy the magical school genre (it's its own genre now, right?) will probably enjoy it.
I did enjoy parts of it, but mostly I was a bit underwhelmed, and a lot of characters besides Gilly felt like they were there just to pad out the cast. I'll probably check out the second book in hopes of it upping the quality....more
-Himeko ups her stupidity by at least five levels. -Daichi is far too perceptive for his own good. Please sh**spoiler alert** Volume 3 bugs me because:
-Himeko ups her stupidity by at least five levels. -Daichi is far too perceptive for his own good. Please share even just a fragment of your brain with Himeko. -Due to Himeko's complete stupidity, she gets herself into a lot of needless trouble, and perfect Daichi is always there to bail her out in the nick of time. I really dislike heroines who get themselves into trouble and then can't get themselves out; it's always the romantic interest. (Even in a romance series, even in an older one like this, it is and always has been way too prominent.) -They're busy doing that young teenager budding romance thing, where they're both too immature to realize it, and so spend all of their time together aggravating one another. -Hibino is a horrible rival in that she's completely delusional and lacks even the slightest levels of self-awareness. This would be forgivable if she were at least funny. (Hint: She's not.)
All of these elements by itself aren't too bad, although I tend to dislike all of them. When they're all pasted together into one volume, things become overly cringe worthy.
If I remember the series from when I read it a long time ago, then I believe most of the characters do see development later on, but right now they're all intolerable.
Also: Why the hell doesn't Himeko think to keep a small pocket mirror that she can pick up and carry with her whenever she needs to transform? Oh, that's right, because she's an idiot. Also, because then the author couldn't use "no mirror crisis!" as a plot element....more
**spoiler alert** In volume 2, Himeko gains a confidant in the overtly perceptive love interest, Daichi. Speaking of love, the romance is upped a litt**spoiler alert** In volume 2, Himeko gains a confidant in the overtly perceptive love interest, Daichi. Speaking of love, the romance is upped a little too, though we're still just looking at the groundwork being built.
The plot deepens a little more, with perhaps actual, real, consequences for Himeko's idiotic decisions (seriously, what were you thinking against a man with a gun.)...more
Rereading this series before I give away my copies.
I like neither "doppelganger causes problems for people" nor "let's give powerful magic items to stRereading this series before I give away my copies.
I like neither "doppelganger causes problems for people" nor "let's give powerful magic items to stupid main characters!" stories, and Hime-chan's Ribbon is essentially a combination of both those concepts. Luckily, the story is light-hearted enough that it doesn't stab too strongly at these two weak points of mine (though there is plenty of cringing and facepalming on my side). Also, Himeko usually remains positive and energetic, along with being uncompromisingly tomboyish, a nice trait in a culture where it's still generally looked down upon. This makes it difficult to dislike her (though not enough to want to smack her when she comes up with outrageous solutions to her problems.)...more
I wonder if the author hates fat people, as a couple of semi-important characters from Georgia or 'bouts are introduced to us as being rather portly aI wonder if the author hates fat people, as a couple of semi-important characters from Georgia or 'bouts are introduced to us as being rather portly and then, in practically every single other scene from there on, we are reminded that they are fat, gluttonous people, the author making sure to frame each description as negatively as possible. We're given little else to feel about them, even though they do have actual agendas besides being fat, but we take away, at the end of the book, that they were fat people.
The actual mystery itself was pretty damn mediocre. There are more interesting books in this series....more
I will just flat out say I really dislike stories where someone who has died gets brought back to life**spoiler alert** Spoilers.
No, really, spoilers.
I will just flat out say I really dislike stories where someone who has died gets brought back to life by the end, and everything is hunky dory. It doesn't matter if it's a story for adults, or children, or Snow White. I don't care if it's magic that does the trick, and how hard everyone worked to bring about this particular happy end.
It cheapens death.
Plain and simple.
It's not *unforgivable*, but it will probably make me frown pretty hard at the end of the story, while everyone else is happy that things are back to the status quo! It's also not too bad if someone is brought back to life, but to sad and/or bitter (or bittersweet) consequences. But not so much "Hey, I'm dead for most of this book, and it really makes the people in my life suffer, and there's depth and actual things to contemplate...but then magic! at the end, and now I'm a real boy again!"
It's not a bad book, and I'm sure many people prefer the happy end more than I do, but I wasn't too impressed with the end results.
I probably would have rated the book two stars because of that, but I gave it three because the adventure and friendship parts of the story were decently done.
I really only like characters coming back to life as a part of gameplay in video games. Yes, please. Having a complete game over after just one death all the time would make longer/harder games not very fun to play....more
**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars for the overall story.
(view spoiler)[Mokona is God. (hide spoiler)] Middle school self thought this revelation was ridicul**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars for the overall story.
(view spoiler)[Mokona is God. (hide spoiler)] Middle school self thought this revelation was ridiculously goofy and asspullish, and adult self definitely still agrees. I mean, just look at him.
From what I remember of it, I think I have to say the anime version of the second series of Rayearth is definitely superior to the manga version, though I'll have to rewatch it to be 100% sure.
Due to Clamp's insistence that their two halves of Rayearth follow a three book format, they more or less completely screwed themselves over in terms of pacing. Like the first half, things happen at breakneck speeds all throughout, and we aren't given enough insight into the mass of characters besides much of a glancing one. Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu almost take a backseat to things this time around, with Eagle more or less running the show as Most Important Character. In volumes 2 and 3, Chizeta and Fahren are pretty much inconsequential and feel like they're there more for padding (and possibly comic relief) than anything else, while that padding could have been put to better use focusing on the girls and their relationships with the other characters. I'm pretty sure they all had bigger roles in the anime.
Volume 2 is pretty silly in terms of how expository much of the dialog is, which generally makes for...well, really bad dialog, unless the author is particularly clever with turns of phrases. (And let's face it: Ohkawa Nanase has never written particularly good dialog). Various characters just repeat the same thoughts (regarding Cephiro's pillar system) over and over, which is interesting enough (I mean, the pillar system *is* the whole driving conflict behind this arc of the story), but when there isn't a whole lot of contemplation going on other than this, it gets rather old. Not to mention every time it's mentioned, we're given background shots of Emeraude who, while tragic, was also *boring*. So instead of exploring anything very fresh, they're hanging onto the story of the previous arc, which centered around a boring character, nobody says much that's very interesting, and a bunch of characters (everyone not named Hikaru and Eagle) are basically irrelevant now.
As with every volume since volume 3 of the first series, almost every battle scene with a Mashin is fairly incomprehensible. Giant robot action scenes crammed into tiny panels (and too many action lines and magic effects) don't work too well in still art.
Also, I just remember really liking Nova, who doesn't exist in the manga.
Still, I cannot deny that Magic Knight Rayearth will forever remain rather dear to me, due to stupid nostalgia and whatnot. I'm now old enough to admit to myself that it really wasn't all that great, actually, but...I'm okay with that.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** The last of the first part of the series ends at pretty much break-neck speed, as, if you were to think of Rayearth's story in terms**spoiler alert** The last of the first part of the series ends at pretty much break-neck speed, as, if you were to think of Rayearth's story in terms of an RPG, basically 75% of a game gets summed up in just the remaining 33% of the manga series. And it also ends incredibly suddenly, even if they already had a second series planned ahead of time. There's no time for catharsis, just "Here's the end; enjoy, kiddos!" Middle school self was undoubtedly shocked and heartbroken at the turn of events at the time, but myself now is pretty much just "Well, the art was definitely pretty all throughout, at least."...more
Rereading, as this year is apparently Rayearth's 20th anniversary.
Middle school-self thought Magic Knight Rayearth was one of the best things in the wRereading, as this year is apparently Rayearth's 20th anniversary.
Middle school-self thought Magic Knight Rayearth was one of the best things in the world at the time. Very much adult-self now can no longer agree with middle school-self, but eh, nostalgia. Also, dat art. The art for Rayearth was probably some of CLAMP's best art....more