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

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  • 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

My Anime Rankings

Locodol Anime

I decided to create this blog to explain how I rank different anime. If you would like a reminder on how I rate shows just see the link here, My Rating System.”

I don’t compare anime with each other I just rank them base on how I feel about them. For example, I would normally rate Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun with a One Thumb’s-Up, but as it has made me laugh a lot I bumped the show up to One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky. There are some anime in the One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky that I don’t like as much as the others. I like Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! and Cat Planet Cuties! more than The Testament of Sister New Devil. I like those shows more than One Thumb’s-Up, but not quite enough to give them two. As a compromise I’ve gone half way by giving One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.

I decided that I’m not necessarily going to review every single anime that I have watched or am currently watching. With some of them I don’t necessarily have anything to say except that “I think it was good” or “I thought that was ok.” I enjoyed the anime World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman but I don’t really have anything to say about the show at this moment in time. I enjoyed it and I liked the concept of the characters remembering what they did in their past lives. However, I don’t have anything to say about it. I just liked it. I may write a review about it in the future but not anytime soon.

Here is my ranked anime list.

TWO THUMBS-UP

Two Thumbs-Up

  • Amagi Brilliant Park
  • Date A Live
  • D-Frag!
  • Heaven’s Lost Property
  • Heaven’s Lost Property Forte
  • High School DxD (Review Part One)
  • High School DxD New
  • High School DxD BorN (Review)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Review)
  • Is This a Zombie? (Review)
  • Locodol
  • Motto To Love Ru
  • Mushibugyou
  • Naruto
  • No Game No Life (Review)
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Sabagebu! Survival Game Club!
  • Strike the Blood
  • To Love Ru Darkness
  • Witchcraft Works

ONE THUMB’S-UP AND A PINKY

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  • Accel World
  • Bleach
  • Campione!
  • Cat Planet Cuties! (Review)
  • Date A Live II
  • Demon King Daimao
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Fate/Stay Night
  • Freezing
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
  • GJ Cub
  • Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! (Review)
  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
  • Haganai
  • Haganai: Next
  • HENNEKO – The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
  • Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
  • Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians
  • Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor
  • Invaders of the Rokujyouma
  • K-On!
  • KanColle (Review)
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • Maoyu
  • Monogatari Second Season
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Review)
  • My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
  • Nakaimo – My Sister is Among Them!
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Nekomonogatari Black
  • Nisekoi
  • Nisemonogatari
  • No-Rin
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W
  • Oreshura
  • Queen’s Blade Rebellion
  • Rail Wars!
  • Rio Rainbow Gate
  • Rosario + Vampire
  • Rosario + Vampire Capu 2
  • Servant x Service
  • Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION
  • The Comic Artist and His Assistants
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer!
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil (Review)
  • The World God Only Knows
  • The World God Only Knows Season 2
  • To Love Ru
  • Triage X (Review)
  • Trinity Seven
  • Tsukimonogatari
  • Unbreakable Machine-Doll
  • Walkure Romanze
  • World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman

ONE THUMB’S-UP

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  • A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Aiura
  • Arata the Legend
  • Attack on Titan
  • Bakemonogatari
  • Battle Vixens – Ikki Tousen
  • Black Lagoon
  • Black Lagoon – The Second Barrage
  • Chronicles of the Going Home Club
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Infinite Stratos
  • Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks)
  • Love Live! School Idol Project
  • Mai Hime
  • Mai Otome
  • Mangirl!
  • Medaka Box
  • Miss Monochrome – The Animation
  • Muromi-san
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Nyankoi!
  • Onee-chan ga Kita
  • Problem Children are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?
  • Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-
  • Samurai Girls
  • So, I Can’t Play H!
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Spice and Wolf Second Season
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Toradora
  • Wanna be the Strongest in the World
  • Watamote
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  • Yusibu

SO-SO

Thumbs So-So

  • Himegoto
  • Photo Kano
  • Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Wonder Momo

THANKS FOR READING

No Game No Life wallpaper

From now on when I review anime I will add the link of this blog to each one. I will put it under the conclusion heading of the review and right next to the “My Rating System” link. I don’t know if I will do a separate blog to list my ratings for manga, films and games. I’m happy at the moment just doing this.

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime Review

The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime

  1. SYNOPSIS

Basara is finding it difficult that his dad remarried, worse yet, his family has welcomed two step-sisters, Mio and Maria Naruse. Whilst he continues to try and adapt to this sudden change Jin Toujou, the Dad, announces that he is going overseas to work. If these events weren’t bad enough Basara then discovers the true identity of his step-sisters who are actually a Demon Lord and a Succubus!

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Fantasy
  • Harem[2]
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • School
  • Seinen[3]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I noticed that there are quite a lot of anime these days that have “heroes” and “demon lords” as the focus of the story. These themes and settings appear to be popular with Japan. I’ve seen quite a few anime that involve heroes and demon lords such as Yusibu, The Devil is a Part-Timer and Maoyu. I thought that this show is going to similar so I didn’t really watch it straight away. Once I did, I was hooked.

Mio keeps reminding me of Rias Gremory from High School DxD. I know they’re completely different characters but I do think that their circumstances are similar. Mio is the demon lord whilst Rias is the younger sister of the current Demon King. Mio’s hair is red, Rias also has red hair. Mio has recently established a master-servant pact with Basara and Rias has sort of done that with Issei. Both of these anime have severely cheeky moments time, and it’s mostly involving Mio.

Maria was sneaky when she reversed the roles of the master-servant pact between Basara and Mio. I say sneaky but it could count as a clever plot, depending on how you look at it. From that point on Mio became Basara’s “slave” but because she didn’t kiss his hand she suddenly started to suffer from the “side effects”. Basara often has to make Mio “submit” by…well, calming her down. Or, if you look at it another way, he was satisfying her cravings. She probably wouldn’t have to go through this if Maria didn’t set up this pact by using her succubus powers. Still, it’s pretty entertaining to watch and it doesn’t happen all the time, just every now and again. =)

The master-servant pact is most unique, especially when it’s not done correctly. A tattoo of some sort of a heart with a line appears around the neck. It only appears whenever Mio is stressed and Basara must make her “submit” to calm her down and to make the tattoo disappear. Basara’s childhood friend, Yuki, didn’t want to be outdone, so she went through the exact same procedure as Mio. Talk about a healthy competition. Haha.

Moments and innuendoes but it also has a lot of exciting action. One of the fights took up an entire episode and that was good to watch.

I enjoy the fights. In my opinion the goodies, Basara and co, are strong but they always seem weak when they’re fighting their opponents. Whenever Basara squares off against Zolgia I always get the distinct impression that he will never come out on top. So, it seems like the goodies are always at a disadvantage but they manage to win either through luck or through sudden bursts of adrenaline.

I did have my suspicious about Maria from episode 8 onwards. I wasn’t sure if she was involved in some sort of blackmail or if she was acting as a double agent. It turns out that she was blackmailed into helping the enemy because her Mum was held captive. I’m glad she turned out to be part of the good side in the end. =)

I liked the ending of this show. It was rather unique. Basara left Zolgia to kill the ultimate enemy. I refer to him as the ultimate enemy as I forgot his name. Haha. I’ll probably remember once I’ve uploaded this blog. Haha. Anyway, I’m glad Zest didn’t die and I think she will probably be the next lady to undergo a master-servant pact with Basara in the next season. I think Kurumi will also undergo this master-servant pact next season. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

I’m really looking forward to the next season, The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst. Right at the end Jin Toujou confronts the current Demon Lord. I’m a bit gutted we didn’t see that fight, I reckon it would have been really good. Judging by the post-credit pictures at the end it looks like Basara actually fights the Demon Lord. I like his green fringe as well. Does this mean that the Demon Lord actually beats Jin? Does he actually kill him? Eep, I dread to think. I’m also interested to see what role Chisato will play. I think she is the most mysterious character of the show because she appears be very wise yet very discreet.
What I liked most about this show is the bonds between Basara and his “family.” Basara, Mio and Maria show that you don’t have to be blood related to be siblings or to be family. Now, it looks like Yuki is part of Basara’s family too. That’s a nice touch to end the series. I wonder how long it will be until Zest comes back to Basara’s house?

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

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THANKS FOR READING

Mio, Maria and Yuki

It was announced a few weeks ago that Seven Seas have licensed the manga of this and are going to release the first volume some time in 2016. I’m looking forward to this. =)

I’m probably going to continue this trend involving heroes and demon lord as I’m going to write a review of Yusibu very soon. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[3] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume One Review

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume One Cover

  1. SYNOPSIS

Sadao Maou is going to conquer Japan, but for now he will settle for working part-time at a fast food store. In another world he was the Demon Lord but he had to retreat from a hard fought battle with the hero of justice to planet Earth. If Sadao’s problem wasn’t enough the hero of justice, Emilia Justina, has followed him all the way to Tokyo in order to take him out.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Shounen[1]
  • Supernatural
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I’ve been waiting for this manga to arrive for months and was not left disappointed when it did. The first I’ve noticed besides the cover is the texture of the book. The manga I buy are usually glossy, but the cover of this manga has a matte feeling to it.

I found this manga to be really funny.

You have this Demon Lord who has been causing havoc in this magical world where his attempts for further domination has been thwarted by the hero, Emilia. He somehow has been transported to Planet Earth along with his right hand man, Ashiya. After some information gathering he decided that he will conquer Japan. But, to do that, he must conquer all of the McDonald- ahem- McRonald fast food stores. To do that, he has to become the store manager. To do that, he must become a full-time employee. Yep…he is currently working part-time at this fast food store. Haha. In order to get to the top, he must work his way up from the bottom… it doesn’t help that he has to live in an apartment where he rents from a “scary” lady. Haha.

With the way he’s been talking I wouldn’t have thought that he was actually the Demon Lord. He acts more like a young man who is caught up in his own imagination. He’s acting like a law-abiding citizen where he’s struggling for cash and has to live off basic food, alongside Ashiya. Unfortunately for him, the hero Emilia, who now goes by the name Emi Yusa, has somehow followed him to Earth. She is now living on Earth whilst working in an office. She looks very smart in her outfit. =)

I love how Sadao and Emi adapted to life on Earth. Their conversations are awesome.  Even though they come from a fantasy land they’re completely acting like normal human beings. The humour comes mostly from the dialogue. One of my favourite lines from Sadao to Emi is “You’re talking like a mob boss.” I thought that was really funny.  In some ways, it’s like Sadao and Emi’s roles have been reversed. With Emi speaking ill of Sadao all the time you would have thought that she was a demon in disguise. There were moments where she didn’t act heroic, namely when she was sobbing outside of Sadao’s apartment. It went to the point when he felt sorry for her enough to let her crash in for the night. He even gave her some money after she dropped her purse somewhere…

I’m impressed at Sadao’s professionalism at work, especially when Emi confronted him in the actual shop. I think Chiho is really cute. I like her pigtails, her big eyes and her facial expressions. She seems like a sweet girl and very humble but I can tell straightaway that she has an eye for Sadao. I wonder who is attacking Sadao and Emi? Did someone travel from the magical land as well that hasn’t been introduced yet?

Chiho ended up going on a “date” with Sadao. I’m really happy for her. I really like her dress and hairstyle. You can tell she went all out to make herself nice for Sadao. I liked it that they held hands and they started to talk in some restaurant, just like a proper couple. It does make me curious about Chiho. She spoke with Sadao about the voices in her head relating to these earthquakes, and to her relief, he believed everything she said. I wonder if she has supernatural elements as well. Perhaps that’s partly a reason why she is drawn to Sadao. That and her Dad was the one who spoke to Sadao and Ashiya when they first arrived in Tokyo. Emi got a threatening call from this anonymous person. No doubt it was the same person, in my mind, who caused the earthquake and shot those bullets towards both Sadao and Emi.

Normally I would shake my head in disapproval if a guy can’t read the signs that a girl is into him. However, I bear in mind that he is the Demon Lord who is still adapting to human culture. It’s natural that he won’t get that Chiho is into him, and not necessarily because he’s a man. Ashiya and Emi seem to recognise a love-struck maiden, so perhaps it’s just Sadao after all. Haha. Chiho was just about to confess when Emi interrupted at the worse time. Or best time. It depends how you look at it. An uncomfortable discussion occurs between Emi and Chiho and of course, another earthquake happens. They managed to reconcile eventually, thankfully.^^/

It was really funny when Emi had to sign an I.D. reference for Sadao and Ashiya. I can’t say I saw that coming. It’s moments like that that makes me see this manga as more real life than a fantasy.

Emi’s past, when she is Emilia Justina, is quite emotional. It seemed as though she lived a normal life with her Dad, but she is special because her Mum is an Angel. At some point the people of the church came and took her away. This is so she can build up her strength and fight the Demon Lord. Her tongue and personality might be a little sharp but I find myself sympathising with the hero even more, especially when I started to learn about her past. I’m pleased as well that she actually made a friend.

I really, really enjoyed this first volume. The cameo chapter at the end was especially funny. Emi humiliated Ashiya by giving him food. Normally this is a token of gratitude; however, in this instance it’s very humiliating for Ashiya. This is because he can’t afford to buy much food for both him and Sadao. It’s still nice of Emi to give him some food though, even if she is putting on a front…

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up. ^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Chiho Sasaki

I found out recently that Christopher Awdry has indeed finished with writing the Railway Series. To my understanding this was confirmed in the film premier to “The Tail of the Brave.”  Alf Fortnam, widow of Hilary, Christopher’s sister, confirmed it… There have been many speculations about this for a while. It was the first book in the Railways Series to have “The End” written at the end of the book… I’m gutted by this as I do enjoy Christopher’s own style of writing Thomas. However, it’s all probably for the best.
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] The target audience of this manga is boys. Shounen means boy in Japanese.