Devil’s Bride

Devil's Bride- The Devil and His 'Bride'

There’s a sale of manga in a bookstores I seldom go to, and i found this manhwa. I’m familiar with the title because of Boy Princess so I decided to buy it. What attracts me to this manhwa is that it has the same ‘vibe’ or ‘aura’ Boy Princess has. The same beautiful drawing and the same not-so-extraordinary-but-surely-there’s-a-twist story. I’d only read the first volume so bear with me.

There’s not a lot to say, really. There’s nothing great with the characters… the Devil wanted to be human, and the human wanted to be with him forever. Nothing stands out. Moving on to the story, I think that creating a living creature has always been enchanting for us, humans. So, with that being said, it drew you in. And if you already read Boy princess, you just know that there’s something in there that will make you regret putting yourself in a situation where you’ll have to think and think about the sadness in this world.

So, I’ll stop with that review first. Since right now, that’s exactly what I’m feeling.

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Shiki

Shiki- Natsuno

I must admit, I really thought the person in the picture is a freakin girl. I mean, look at the pose! The hair! Right? But anyway, this shouldn’t be about that.

I’d only watched the first 4 episodes but I’m really impressed. The first episode already gets you on the edge. The main focus of the episode ‘First Blood’ is Megumi. Right of the bat her character is given a pretty good background story. She’s obsessed with leaving her boring life in the village but her obsession with something else is holding her back. Natsuno, the main protagonist of the story is shown as arrogant and antagonistic, not really the cool yet lovable type. But he’s okay. 🙂

The story is pretty straightforward at the start: new family arrives, strange things happen. But the mood of the story is really dark and creepy. I’m watching it at night and all I can think about is opening the lights. It also give a lot of hints about the Shiki but it never gives too much away, and this keeps the readers wanting more. The only problem is, the ‘epidemic’ part of story is quite slow. I mean, yeah it’s only been four episodes, but it feels like 20. The best thing, on the other hand, is Megumi’s creepy- stalker character. I swear I’d rather be fat and ugly than to have an admirer like her. Creepy. I also like the relationship between Toru and Natsuno. I know the bacground story for Natsuno, as of now, is cliche but it’s still great.

Anyway, so far so good. Definitely worth the download and in the future, my money.

I’ll update this after I watch more episodes. 8/10

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Angel Beats! (Again?! Yup. Once is not enough!)

Angel Beats- Otonashi, Yuri-pe and Kanade

When I first heard about Angel Beats, I was told that the main protagonist, Yuri-pe, looked like Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. True enough, she does. That’s what really attracted me to this anime. I have no idea about the story or what-so-ever and I really thought it’ll be a rip off of MHS, I was just hoping it would be a good one. So, I downloaded all the episodes.

The first episode isn’t really that good. It was like, nonsense for me really. It’s basically about a group of bitter teenagers blaming God for their misfortunes and rebelling because they can’t move on. It’s original but really crap. Then, I decided today to keep watching it. And I must say, I was fucking wrong.

Angel Beats isn’t anything like MHS. Yeah, it’s about a guy who basically lets himself be ordered around by an eccentric girl leader, but it’s not really focused on that. It’s about rebelling and fighting to not disappear because they have a deeper purpose, a lingering regret. The characters are given depth and made realistic by the following episodes. They aren’t just brats who are bitter and the story isn’t crap. It’s sad, painful and inspring. There’s friendship, hope and courage. Though it’s not delivered in a serious way, it’s there; together with humour and action that you’ll definitely love.

It’s a great anime. I’ll definitely crossing my fingers for a second season. Those who can share some news, link them.

P.S. I don’t do new anime reviews, I occasionally do if I started watching it. I’m usually too lazy to download and keep up with anime so… just recommend some.

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0zero9days: Arakawa Under the Bridge (Anime)

Well, maybe there’s one thing. Maybe you could… love me.
Anime Title: 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ
Producer: SHAFT
Status: Airing
Synopsis: The story is about the strange courtship of a successful executive in life called Kou and a mysterious woman called Nino who lives under a bridge. It all begins when Kou almost drowns in a river but is saved by Nino. For saving his life, Kou fulfills Nino’s desire to have a boyfriend. Thus, Kou becomes her boyfriend, but has to live with her under the bridge… (via MAL)

I seriously thought this is drama. So, I was quite disappointed when I read that it’s comedy. After I watched it though, it was actually really funny and entertaining. I know weirdness isn’t new in the Anime world but the type of weirdness here isn’t something you can get tired of easily. It’s a really good anime. But I think it’s too fast…

As for the characters… I love the weird girl. She’s pretty and she’s really weird. Haha. And the guy with all his super exaggerated expressions is really funny.

Over all the whole anime is funny. It’s a good start. Definitely watching it until the end! Update this after the 5th ep.

0zero8days: Angel Beats! (Anime)

Welcome to the “Like-hell-I’m-dead Battlefront”!

Anime Title: エンジェルビーツ
Producer: Aniplex
Status: Airing
Synopsis: In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the otherhand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers. (via Anime News Network)

I saw a trailer in a site called Metanorn and it looked really cool. So anyway, I decided to download it after I saw the review. At first, it didn’t look anything new. The story IS original and that’s a plus point. But, it was nonsense at first really. Stealing lunch meal tickets? By singing in the stage?! But yeah, there’s a lot of nonsense but it’s unpredictable and really interesting.

I think I was talking, *ahem* typing, in circles but what I want to say is, I’m definitely watching it again. The characters are pretty cliche but I think there’s more to them. Yuki is really like Haruhi from MHZ. Her hair, her face and even her actions! They’re like twins or something. Not a minus point though. And as for Angel, she’s very very interesting. I wonder what the twist will be?

I’ll update this after I watch the 5th ep.

0zero7days: Nightmare of the Funeral March (Manga)

Nightmare of the Funeral March

Good day. Welcome to Aries. This shop sells antiques and knickknacks. It seems you’ve found what you’re looking for…

Manga Title: Nightmare of the Funeral March / Sousoukyoku Naitomea/ 葬送曲ナイトメア
Manga-ka: Aki Arata (Art and Story)
Status: Completed (Not completely scanlated) Two Vol.
Synopsis: The owner of Aries, a strange antique shop, is Baku, a mysterious boy. The costs for the mysterious items there are the guests’ nightmares. This is a story of Aries, a shop where only people drown in their dreams can enter… (via Aerandria Scans)

What attracted me is the title. Kinda like the movie “Death in a Funeral,” I haven’t watched it but the title is really attention grabbing. Hmm…. so basically it’s about this mysterious kid who’s a conductor of a colony (or whatever you call it) of an insect (of what, I have no idea) and something happened to him that caused him to have 3 or 4(?) other persona. The chapters features different people and by more than 5 chapters, the story had developed quite nicely. This manga has a really good art and an addictive story.

Scarlet Carnival is also scanlating this one and there’s no new updates yet. I’ll be updating this post after I get updates.

So far, it’s been great and it receives  1/2.

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Alternative titles:
コゼットの肖像 (Japanese)
Cossette no Shouzou (Romaji)
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (French)
Petit Cossette

Other Information:
Genres: drama, horror, psychological, romance, supernatural
Themes: ghosts, gothic

Plot Summary:
Eiri works at his uncle’s antique shop, and one day stumbles across a glass. Upon touching the glass, he receives visions from what he finds out to be a girl, Cossette, haunting the glass. She’s been searching for over 250 years for someone who could see her, and now she needs his help.

Review:
This anime had been i=on my mind for a long long time. I’d read a lot of synopsis and I was thinking that it would be a good anime. It was. But not the way I expected it to be. What I thought was, the protagonist, Eiri, would try to find the objects connected to Cossete’s death and that would be free her. Frankly, I don’t know if it’s a good thing that it’s not the way I imagine it. Anyway, i like it but I it felt weird when it was fantasy-like rather than supernatural. What I mean is, there were parts like this:
Cossette Screenshot 2

I hope you get what I mean.

So, for the story, I think that it’s good. The main story is about finding true love that will save herself. But I just think that it’s kinda stupid how the “things” that was present during that time are harboring a grudge against the guy. I mean, come on! That’s crossing the line of fiction. So, Cossette is going to have Eiri killed just so the “things” wil have peace. Duh. She’s the one who needs peace not those “things.” As for the characters, Cossette is literally little. She looks like a 12 or 11 year old for F’s sake! That’s so lolita! And Eiri is neurotic. The girl who likes him is nosy. Arg. What I do like about the characters and the story is that Cossette fell in love with him and wanted things to stop.

In the anime, almost every scene is dark and gloomy, it’s also made in silhouette-style. The setting is either his antique shop or some random street. Not that I mind.  I also don’t mind the fact that a lot of things aren’t explained and that no development where made whatsoever. And if there was, well, it was so little. And seriously, it was a good anime worth watching. Something’s not right though. i just don’t know what.

Score: Story- 8 Characters- 7 OST- 7 Anime- 8
Over all: 7.5 or just simply 8.

Recommended if you like supernatural and fantasy with drama and if you don’t mind cliffhangers.