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

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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

Thumbs-Up

  • 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

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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

Witchcraft Works Volume Three Review

Witchcraft Works Volume Three Cover

  1. SYNOPSIS

The first stage of Honoka’s seal, the “white stuff” has been broken and has been unleashed in the form of a powerful maiden who goes by the name “Evermillion”. What will happen now that Evermillion has surfaced? Can Honoka keep Kazane in the dark or will she be able to sniff him out before it’s too late?

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Supernatural
  • Seinen[1]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

My oh my, that Evermillion sure is powerful, to be able to destroy a building and cause a landslide in a matter of seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is actually the most powerful character in the series, perhaps more so then Kazane herself. Kazane’s reaction was funny. I seriously would not want to get on the wrong side of her. I like Evermillion already. My initial thoughts were that she looked and acted like a wicked witch from a fairy tale. However, up until now this hasn’t been the case. I especially like the way she told Honoka off as he kept on doubting Kagari’s ability, which caused her to be petrified by Medusa.

Those kissing on the cheek scenes were lovely and my favourite part of this volume.

I did cringe somewhat when Kagari made Takamiya the School Council President by abusing her own authority as “princess”. I did laugh but I cringed through embarrassment as I felt empathy for Takamiya. If I was in his position, I wouldn’t know where to put my face. Haha. Touko was the only one in the council team that didn’t show any animosity towards Honoka when he was made the President. I actually thought that Ayaka was going to kick her out of the team as I got the impression that she didn’t like Touko very much. I’m glad she stayed part of the council.

Oh boy, Kasumi… she’s very brave to try and take out Ayaka. I think the tranquiliser would have worked if Ayaka hadn’t had a connection with Honoka. I do wonder about Kasumi’s obsession with her brother though, it’s quite extreme. I didn’t like the way she shouted at her mum though. Granted, the mum’s sensitivity is cute but I don’t think shouting at her was very nice. Honoka was right to scold her.

I laughed hardest when Ayaka spotted the teddy bear carrying a tied up Honoka. Something like that should have been more dramatic with sound effects, but yet, it felt very casual. To me, that’s what makes it more hilarious. What I especially found funny was at the end page when Ayaka bribed Touko to hand over her seat as vice president.

Medusa is quite an ok character, she seems fairly laid back. Probably a little bit too laid back at times. Her underlings, Tanpopo and co, are severely weak. I don’t even know why they bother to get involved as you just know they’re going to lose. Ayaka doesn’t even see them as threats, thus choosing to ignore them, even when they went out of their room. I don’t even see them as villains, even if they are tower witches.

…oh dear. Kazane has finally discovered that Medusa and her underlings are living in Honoka’s house.

I’m really looking forward to the fight of Ayaka with Medusa’s form to fight against Kazane. I reckon that’s going to be a clash of two power houses right there. I also get quite engaged with Kazane’s intensity, it’s like she’s roaring when she shouts. She’s the type who wears her heart on her sleeve and is very expressive, quite the opposite of her daughter in fact. Anyway, I think I’m right in thinking that Medusa indirectly blackmailed Ayaka into combining their bodies together…

My reason is that Medusa knows that the first stage of Honoka’s powers [Evermillion] has been released. If Kazane finds out then that means that Honoka could be sealed and Ayaka wouldn’t want that, and I don’t think Honoka would either. Plus, Medusa, being the tower witch, will probably grass Honoka up since she actually witnessed Evermillion’s appearance. So, in order to keep Medusa quiet, Ayaka probably offered herself as Medusa’s vessel. I wonder what’s going to happen there. It’s going to be good, whatever may happen next.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Witchcraft Works Thanks for Reading

I’m really enjoying the manga version of Witchcraft Works; I especially like the back pages and facts about the story. I’m not sure if I prefer the anime version or manga version at this moment, I just think that they both have their own charm. During Evermillion’s appearance I pictured her theme music that was aired in the anime. I find it really catchy and exciting; it gives you the vibe that a strong character has made his/her presence known. It suits Evermillion very well. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

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

Witchcraft Works Volume One Review

Witch Craft Works Volume One Cover

It’s easy for me to get carried away with this review since I’ve actually seen the anime and have bought the official soundtrack. However, I will restrain myself and focus primarily on this book… promise! =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

Honoka Takamiya is a student of Tougetsu Academy who is docile, has no special talents and is severely anti-social. However, since that day, a new world opened up to him that he never knew existed. Since then his body had become a target and it is up to Akaya, the school’s idol, to protect his life at all costs. If you dare cross her path, you better prepare yourself to be burned to cinders!

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • School Life
  • Seinen[1]
  • Slice of Life[2]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

For some reason I have quite affection towards girls who are emotionless and I believe they’re affectionately known as Kuudere.[3] XD I think they’re cute because they show their affection through their actions rather than through facial expressions. There’s always a charming mystery about those types of girls too and Ayaka is no different. Her personality blends well with her looks and her kickass fire abilities. It’s a nice touch that she’s invincible. Well, I’m just assuming that she’s invincible at this point as she is clearly hard to kill. Witch or not no one should be able to survive those spike stabs and come out unscathed.

But, I then question… how did she get those bite marks? Honoka was bitten in the neck but somehow she was able to transfer Honoka’s own injuries to herself… Perhaps she did it through magic (since she’s a witch and all) or, maybe, they have a connection that hasn’t been revealed yet? Why is she assigned to protect Honoka and his “white stuff”? Could he be a witch? At this point I can’t see how that can be possible, it seems as though it’s just the ladies that have the power. In theory, if Honoka does have powers you would think that he would be a wizard.

I immediately like Honoka and Ayaka’s contrast in their relationship. I feel like somehow Honoka is accustomed to the company of females. There’s no evidence in this matter, it’s just my own hunch. He’s becoming quickly familiar with Ayaka, even if he is a little bewildered by her actions. Haha. I especially like the contrasting relationship on how the girl (Ayaka) is protecting the boy (Honoka). I also like it how Ayaka literally dwarfs Honoka. I do like the look of small guys and tall girls, it’s oddly fascinating. Haha. However, despite this contrasting relationship, this doesn’t deter Ayaka’s femininity. In fact, on the odd occasion she would emit a field of flowers. =)

What is this “white stuff” that Honoka has? Is it a powerful tool? Is it powerful magic? The tower witches are after it, so it must be some sort of powerful magic. I don’t feel too worried for Honoka though, by what I’ve seen all the bad witches seem to be completely useless. It goes to the point where I can’t take them seriously. XD Are the tower witches weak or is Ayaka too strong? It’s probably a mixture of both.

I actually don’t see Tanpopo and her gang as baddies, but more like tools. I think they’re underlines of some villain mastermind and they don’t necessarily mean to be bad. I just see them too meek and funny to consider them as villains. I see them as wannabe baddies, like Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons.

I find this to be a very intriguing story so far. It has magic, tall girls and a lot of humour. So far the humour is coming from all the witches, mostly Tanpopo and Ayaka. In some ways it’s hard to tell when Ayaka is joking or being serious because she is incapable of showing emotion through her face. There are occasional glares and twitches from her eyes though, as illustrated when Touko greeted her warmly. Ayaka requited the greeting with a cold response. Haha. I wonder why Ayaka was hostile towards her.

Honoka is a nice dude to the point where he is a borderline pacifist. He doesn’t defend himself when he gets beaten up and won’t attack either. He seems to be a bit too dependent on Ayaka at this point. I get the impression that he’s used to getting rough ends of treatment, both verbally and physically. I do think that with the right tutelage, as he became Ayaka’s apprentice, he will learn to defend himself.^^/

I do like this style of art. It is somewhat similar to my own in the respect of body proportion. I think it’s very good to compare other art styles as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously. I like the colour themes and how he shades background characters. Looking at art makes me wonder if perhaps I’m too critical of my own work. I will always strive to improve my own illustration style. =)

  1. BONUS

We have a lot of very interesting facts which includes a certain mention of a girl. The author revealed that he was going to call the girl Pikachu but didn’t since that would cause a lot of trouble. Haha.

What I found most interesting was Honoka. It appears that he was originally supposed to be a girl and that he and Ayaka were going to have a Yuri[4] relationship. It appears that now the author has deemed it fit to change Honoka’s gender to a boy. It actually does make sense to me as due to his personality and quirks his feminine side was more prominent then his masculine side. Plus, Ayaka referred to him as her “princess” even though he’s a dude. Haha. It’s kind of sweet in a way. That doesn’t make him any less of a boy though. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

I really like the unique relationship and the role reversal between Ayaka and Honoka. I think it’s a sweet yet slightly complicated relationship. I say relationship but nothing romantic has blossomed between them… yet. 😉 The illustrations are eye-catching (no pun intended) and it makes me want to read more. Why is Ayaka so mysterious? Why are the tower witches after Honoka’s “white stuff”? I’m probing many personal questions that I look forward to being answered in the future volumes to come.

Two Thumb’s-Up. (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

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I’m looking outside of my window now and, even though the sun is up it’s actually raining pretty hard… I enjoy contrasting weathers like this. =)

What do you think of the header? I somehow had the urge to do it. If I gave it some more time then I could have made it better. But, I think it’s as good as it is and I’m very pleased with it. =)

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

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

[2] Every day mundane life.

[3] Kuuderes are cold and emotionless, but they slowly soften up to their love interest. Ayaka is more on the emotionless side and is not really cold. She is hostile to her enemies though.

[4] A lesbian relationship in anime or manga.