My Manga Series Rankings

Nisekoi Volume Five Cover

I was planning on creating a blog similar to my Anime Rankings post but it will be based on my Manga Rankings.

I intended to write down a list of my favourite manga volume books like this:

TWO THUMBS-UP

  • Monster Musume Volume One
  • Monster Musume Volume Two

ONE THUMB’S UP AND A PINKY

  • Nisekoi: False Love: Volume One
  • Nisekoi: False Love: Volume Two

ONE THUMB’S UP

  • Omamori Himari: Volume One
  • Omamori Himari: Volume Two

However, when I actually wrote it like this I didn’t like the outcome. I felt that it looked untidy and unsophisticated. In the end I decided to rank the manga by the series instead of the volume books. It does beat my original idea as I intended to link all of my reviewed manga to this blog, but, at the end of it all it doesn’t really matter that much.

Here is the list of My Manga Series Rankings:

TWO THUMBS-UP

Two Thumbs-Up

  • 12 Beast (Vol 1)
  • D-Frag! (Vols 1 – 3)
  • High School DxD (Vols 1 – 4 plus Spin-Off)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Vol 1)
  • Is This a Zombie? (Vols 1 – 8)
  • Monster Musume (Vols 1 – 6)
  • No Game No Life (Vol 1)
  • See Me After Class! (Vols 1 – 2)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Vol 1)
  • Witchcraft Works (Vols 1 – 5)

ONE THUMB’S UP AND A PINKY

Thumbs-UpPinky

  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends (Vols 1 – 9 plus Spin-Offs)
  • Nisekoi: False Love (Vols 1 – 5)
  • Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows (Vols 1 – 2)

ONE THUMB’S UP

Thumbs-Up

  • Citrus (Vol 1)
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary (Vol 1)
  • Omamori Himari (Vols 1 – 9)

SO-SO

Thumbs So-So

  • N/A

THANKS FOR READING

High School DxD Volume One

I won’t necessarily stop reviewing volume books of certain manga series but I won’t plan to review them either.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

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Reviewing Anime, Manga and Film

No Game No Life wallpaper

Konbanwa.^^/

It wasn’t my intention to review my favourite anime and manga when I started blogging, it just sort of happened. I was blogging about how I cope with Autism around the same time when I started to get into manga. It was at this point, I thought, that I could actually add another string to my bow (aka my blog) and review manga. Reviewing my favourite things, such as anime, manga and movies, would be another good way for me to express myself. Most of my friends and family don’t share this common interest with me so I don’t really have anyone to talk about this kind of stuff with. How do I solve this problem? Simple. Share my thoughts through the art of blogging. =)

I didn’t really know how to review a story. Is there only one way of reviewing? Initially I sort of just used my instinct and just spoke about what I enjoyed about that story. I also posted some anime news that I was happy about, especially concerning High School DxD. I could have easily researched previous reviews of anime and manga but I didn’t want to be influenced, so, I just went with my gut instinct. =D

When reviewing entertainment products I did find that I did probably force myself at times, especially when it comes to anime seasons. I felt I had to review every single anime that I watched. Here, I put unnecessary pressure on myself. Because I forced myself I wasn’t as natural as I could have been. It is at that point that I did research some reviews and this seemed to put more pressure on me to get it right. I felt that I ought to try to be more professional in my writing. This detracted my enjoyment of reviewing. It was only after the High School DxD Volume 2 that I had an epiphany… Reviewing manga, anime and films like a pro was never my intention to begin with.

The whole point of my ‘reviewing’ style is to share my enjoyment in manga and film and TV. My intention was to make my style personal rather than professional. After my reviews from High School DxD, I felt that my enjoyment and personality came out more. I actually enjoyed reviewing the latest manga and anime. I never forced myself to bring the words together, they all came together naturally. =)

I already have some anime and manga that I plan to review in the near future, but, I will not force myself to review them. I want to take my time and when I’m happy with it, I’ll share my thoughts on them with you. =) I think, in all honesty, my reviews are more like casual rambles. I feel like I’m a fan just spouting my thoughts on manga rather than analysing its contents.

I also found my own style of rating anime, manga and movies. You can check it out in the blog, My Rating System.

Here is a list of anime that I intend to review

  • High School DxD
  • Locodol
  • Non Non Biyori

A list of manga that I intend to review

  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends – Now With 50% More Fail!
  • Nisekoi: False Love – Volume 4
  • No Game No Life – Volume 1
  • See Me After Class – Volume 1

A list of TV series that I intend to review

  • Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends – Series 1

A list of Movies that I intend to review

  • Iron Man

I originally had a category called ‘Ryan’s Game World’. I intended to review games but I never got round to them. A year has gone by since I started to blog and I still haven’t reviewed a game. I might review the games of Atelier Escha and Logy, Super Mario and Senran Kagura but I’ll see how things go. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Non Non Biyori Wallpaper

I figured this blog would be an appropriate follow up to my First Year Blog Anniversary. I wanted to talk about my reviews in that blog but I deemed it not relevant, hence, why I made a separate blog for this one.

I hope you enjoyed the read, even if it was a short one. =)

See you next time.

Sayonara,^^/

Ryan.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume One Review

Nisekoi False Love Volume One

For some reason I had a sudden urge to review Nisekoi, the same time when I was writing my thoughts on Monster Musume Vol 4. With that, I gave into my urge.^^/

 

 

  1. SYNOPSIS

Fate works in mysterious ways especially when Chitoge and Raku meet for the first time. You will probably think, “oh, a classic shoujo moment when Chitoge bumps into Raku with a toast in her mouth!” Nope, none of that cliché stuff is involved. Their first greeting came in the form of a crash landing where Raku was acting as Chitoge’s P.E. mat.

No pun intended but the two literally got off on the wrong foot. To make matters worse, their respective families are Yakuza[1] gangs who are at odds with each other. The two leaders from the two Yakuza families negotiated a truce and were successful, but… with the request of the two leaders Raku and Chitoge had to enter into a “false” relationship to keep a war from breaking out.

It is most inconvenient for Raku. Our main hero is hoping to find the source of his promise, which lies with his memento (aka, his pendant). One day, he’s hoping to find his childhood sweetheart who holds the key that will fit the lock of his pendant.

 

 

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • School Life
  • Shounen[2]
  • Slice of Life[3]

 

 

  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

This Shounen manga is quite different in many ways. The main plot is heavily build on romance with the main male breaking the mould. He’s not dense when it comes to the ladies, he’s into romance, and, he’s a good cook. In other words, he is the modern man… in a Yakuza world.

I like Raku. He’s a little rough around the edges since his upbringing is in a Yakuza environment, so, having a little temper and being blunt is not all that surprising. Still, I think he was a little harsh yelling at Chitoge though. If he hadn’t then I don’t think she would have hit him hard. She’s the type who will give as good as she gets, perhaps giving harder. However, by doing this, we find out the type of person she is quicker, so this was necessary. =D

I feel for Raku though… he’s head over heels in love with Kosaki, yet, he has to grin and bear his own situation. He can’t really confess to Onodera for fear that this will cause a war. He can’t exactly confide in her either, not with Claude breathing down his neck!

I can see why the Yakuza dads did what they did. It does make me wonder though if they could have agreed a truce in a different way. Oh well, what’s done is done. This situation does remind me of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two families who loath each other but the boy and girl go out with each other, with one difference though… Raku and Chitoge can’t stand each other. So, in a way, that comparison is invalid! Haha.

The key backbone of this story does literally lie with Raku’s childhood and his ancient pendant. Raku made a special promise with a girl when he was younger. He kept his pendant as a keepsake so that one day, when he meets this special girl, she will use her “key” to literally unlock Raku’s pendant. If that pendant never existed, then, I don’t think we would have a story to tell. It does make me wonder who this destined girl is. Will we ever see her? The young man is certainly determined to see her again, so it makes me think that we will.

I also have a feeling that Onodera will play a huge part as I think she is somehow linked to Raku’s pendant. I also suspect that she may harbour feelings for Raku. On what level, I don’t know. But having a picture of him in her room and getting flustered with her “key” does make my mind boggle with endless questions. I can easily say “she’s that girl from ten years ago!” but I feel that it’s too early to speculate.

At this moment in time Kosaki is my favourite character and I think she will make a very dashing girlfriend. I like very polite and gentle girls like Onodera and I’m not usually keen on happy-go-punching girls like Chitoge. Chitoge does have a nice side though; I just think that she’s in a similar situation to Raku. Due to her upbringing in a Yakuza environment she’s bound to be a little rough around the edges, so, I can easily overlook her violent tendencies. In some ways, she’s funny. Her headband is especially cute; it really does make her look like a rabbit.

 

 

  1. BONUS

We have short bonus chapters. We also have a biography page about the author with a picture showing his hair looking like spinach. =D I think it’s supposed to be spinach? Regardless, he’s fun to look at. =)

 

 

  1. CONCLUSION

This is a very funny romantic manga with many awkward moments, in a funny way. Raku has many good qualities but he does have his quirky points, due to his Yakuza connection. The romance is executed soundly. Two people, who don’t want to be other each other, are doing their best for the sake of their families. Raku, who wants to be with another girl, has to endure his pain and be part of a “false” relationship. In a way it’s like a sort of love triangle but not quite. We don’t know how Onodera feels about Raku and if her feelings will reciprocate Raku’s. I have a hunch that it won’t take too long to find out.

Oh! The art is nice too. I especially liked the comedic reactions of some of the characters. They are funny and cute.

I give this, One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky. (My Rating System)

Thumbs-Up Pinky

 

 

 

 

 

THANKS FOR READING

Nisekoi Thanks for Reading 1

This really is easy to read. It’s interesting to note that the Nisekoi: False Love anime has announced its second season. I wonder if they will be able to cover enough of the manga materials. By reading some of the feedback on various anime sites, quite a few fans are asking the same questions. To me, it will depend on how many episodes this season will entail. Will it have 24 episodes, or, will it have 12 episodes? Perhaps it will be the latter this time around?

I’m becoming more and more tempted to write a full review of Non Non Biyori and Locodol. I’m also really keen on reviewing High School DxD. I’ll watch the Blu-ray, back to back, when the time is right. =D Coming up next will be Monster Musume Volume 4. =D

 

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] Yakuza are a syndicate similar to Mafia or triads.

[2] Shounen translates to “boy” in Japanese. A Shounen manga is where the target audience are boys.

[3] Every day mundane life.

Grudges

ImageGood Friday! ^^/

 

Are you the type of person who holds grudges? I was, I had many in fact.

 

Growing up was painful in many aspects, especially if you can’t communicate well. I sometimes would say things that were rude and not realise that they were rude. Or, I said things I knew were rude but I didn’t know how to explain myself. I was a bit scared to explain why I said things in case I was being judged. I didn’t want to do anything that was deemed as “wrong” or do anything to tarnish my ‘polite gentleman’ reputation known to everyone.

 

It did feel that I was often judged because of the things I said. I would receive a stern telling off for being “rude” and “ignorant” and generally having no manners. I was always fighting a losing battle and not being able to explain my actions was extremely painful and it somewhat scarred me. Later on in life I received harsher warnings and criticisms if I made a mistake or messed something up that put everyone out.

 

So, I ended up having a grudge against many people, especially my teachers. From my point of view they showed no interest in trying to understand my needs. Or rather, they thought they knew me but really they didn’t know a thing. I felt they were being cruel for no reason. It was always a losing battle. I would sit back and let them tell me off for being “rude” because I knew if I attempted to explain, or I would be accused of “answering back”.  It always a ‘heads you win, tales, I lose’ situation.

 

They looked from their point of view and never tried to look from mine. Did they think that I wanted to be rude? How did they think I would feel when they were constantly reminding me of my mistakes? It’s not like I ever intended to be rude or deliberately get things wrong. So, why did everyone have to yell at me for doing something or saying something unintentional? Many emotions and many thoughts ran amok through my mind.

 

I think really, because it was an SEN school we were bought up to be polite “ladies” and polite “gentlemen”. When we greeted anyone, we were expected to shake hands as it was the “right thing” to do. But realistically shaking hands would only happen during formal occasions not on a daily basis. All in all I think that they were trying hard to make me into a “man” that they lost sight of me as a person. So, if I said anything “rude” or did anything “wrong” my teachers were quick to let me know.

 

As you can imagine, I had little confidence when I left school. I was scared to have my own personality and make friends with people in case I was judged or I said the wrong thing. This is where some of my grudges came from. I had a grudge towards many people as I felt I was never given the freedom to be myself, instead, I had to act in different ways to meet certain people’s “expectations.”

 

Now I’m a lot older I realised, naturally, that there are many people with many colourful personalities. So, why could I not have my own personality? My confidence sky rocketed towards the latter part of my Uni days and I like to think that I have an identity that I call my own. Many different people accepted me for the person I was and this made me feel more confident about myself.  I gradually relaxed more and made some friends. =)

 

It still felt bitter though, because I felt that I did miss out on making friends in my younger days.  Not now though. How I am right now has nothing to do with my past self. I’m in a good place and I have no need to bear grudges against the “scars” of my past. We can think about the past, we can consider what happens tomorrow but we all actually live for the moment. So that’s why I’m no longer caught up with living in the past. I am here, right now, sharing this story with a smile on my face. I’m in a good frame of mind.

 

It’s important to bear in mind that people who misunderstood me did not necessarily act out of malice, but out of ignorance and lack of consideration. That’s how I see it.

 

Ahem-

 

I’m not thinking about the past (at least until I was writing this blog, haha) I’m thinking; which food shall I eat now? Which new Anime shall I watch now? I hope Date A Live is available on Crunchyroll. Should I re-watch D-Frag? I fancy writing some notes of my story. I partly fancy drawing a fanart of Kirisaki Onodera from Nisekoi: False Love. I also want to watch the Simpsons on Sky One. Haha.

 

What do I feel like doing now?

 

That’s the question I always ask myself, and it’s the question that I’m asking myself right now. =D I felt like writing this blog so I wrote this blog in the given moment. But this moment is going to turn old in ten minutes time. So that’s why I never think about the past or future, I just live for the now. =)

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Easter is finally here. =D I’m going to have a hot cross bun for dinner, will you? I wonder if the Easter Bunny will bring me chocolate this year? I guess I’ll find out next week. Haha!

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Easter.

 

Namaste^^/

Ryan