Bunny drop vol 1 & 2 by Yumi Unita manga review

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Bunny drop Volume 1

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Art: I love the art. It’s very similar to other manga’s I’ve read, but what I really love is how clean the boxes are. What I mean by that, is there’s usually lots of boxes on the page, and therefore the art, is squashed, not the case for this book. The cover is GORGEOUS too!

People…PEOPLE! This manga is AMAZING! Only one volume in and I adore it! I love all the characters, particularly our Main characters.

It’s a sweet story with a hint of complex plot, (like families usually are!) It ends on such a cliffhanger. I’m desperate to know what is next! I immediately ordered the next volume.

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Bunny drop Volume 2

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Art: Again very clean and pretty. And I love the cover of this. There seems to be a pastel theme going on. It suits very well.

I am super in love with this so far, and I’m only on Volume 2! The pacing is on point and I adore the characters so far. I love how complex and real they are.

I was surprised that there was a big plot event so early on in the manga, I’d been happy for it to be strung out a bit more, but it was done very well, revealing some, but leaving so many questions. I need to know! MOAR!

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Obviously, I’ll be continuing this series, (and after I’ll be getting the anime because I won’t be ready for it to be over). It’s actually quite short, *sobs*, only ten volumes, so we’ll only be together for a short time. ;-;

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Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

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Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

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Look at that gorgeous cover!

Volume 1

Art: The art is great and I love that there’s more background scenery than I’ve seen in most manga. It’s beautifully drawn.

Well, now I know why this is such a popular manga series. The story packs a punch. I love the characters. Naruto is strong character so far. His motivations make sense. It had me hooked within a few pages.

There was a plot reveal that I thought might be better suited revealing near the end as a cool cliffhanger for volume 1, but it was an awesome scene so I’m not complaining.

Also, for those who’ve already read this volume, Page 92-ish…I ship it.

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Volume 2

Art: Yet again blown away. I love scenery parts, so beautiful.

I’m loving this. I really enjoy that our main character, Naruto, isn’t overpowered and always saving the day. I also like how each character has their flaws.

The female character, Sakura, hasn’t shown much and is almost in the background. I really hope this changes.

Not as fast paced as volume 1,  but I’m a fan of building tension so that’s fine by me.

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Volume 3

Art: The art was, yet again, brilliant. I love the character designs.

I’m not loving Sakura at the minute, but I’ve been promised she becomes awesome.

Sasuke and Naruto are excellent and well rounded. This volume was dramatic and teeeense! It ended on one heck of a cliffhanger. Things are really kicking up now!

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So far, I’m loving this manga. The story and pacing is excellent and the character’s are very well rounded, well, except Sakura, but I’m hoping this gets better.

I’ll definitely be continuing the manga.

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Book haul!

Book haul!

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A sneak peak, or not so sneak, of reviews you’ll be seeing soon on the blog! They are on my to read list after all.

First of all, the only three novels in this haul. These are the 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Rosemary and Rue urban fantasy series. I LOVED the first two books so finally getting my hands on these is a time for awful, excited dancing.

Once again, I’m thankful to Holly Evans, who has an amazing blog, for introducing them to me.

An artificial night, Late eclipses, One salt sea by Seanan McGuire

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Just look how pretty this cover is. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far!

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Now to the mangas!

Bunny drop vol 1 by Yumi Unita

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This is about a 30 year old manchild who, after the death of his Grandfather, takes on his Grandfather’s lovechild.

It’s a really sweet manga. Although what do I know? I’ve only read volume 1. It could be murder and mayhem from hereon. And the cover is gorgeous. I may or may not have stroked it against my cheek a couple of times.

One piece 7, 8, 9 by Eiichito Oda

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I discovered this through the anime, though I didn’t watch much of it because I wanted to read the manga. I already have the first two 3 in 1 volumes which I’ll be doing a re-read of.

This is basically about pirates who gain powers by eating a fruit, the name of which I’ve forgotten. Octopus has great hopes of becoming a pirate one day too.

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto

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Seriously, all these gorgeous covers! This is one of the first manga’s I’ll be reading where I haven’t discovered it through watching the anime. I’m pretty even non-manga readers will have heard of Naruto.

Death note vol 1, 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

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Another one that will be completely new to me. Apparently this has notebooks in it, which was enough to get my attention because they are my addiction. But these so called notebooks also kill people? ha ha ha…MWHAHAHA!

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Look at those pretty black page edges. ❤ ❤ ❤


Alright and that concludes the book haul. Can’t wait to get reading! \o/ I plan on doing a manga vs anime post series, but I want to get further into my chosen manga’s first.

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What books have you bought recently? Read any of these? Going to?

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Battle royale 2: Requiem film review

BR2_DVDCover_TartanAsiaExtremeUK release date: 23/8/04

Runtime: 152 minutes

Directed by: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shugo Oshinari

This is the sequel to Battle royale, (Which is based on a book. You can find reviews of those at the bottom). It’s a Japanese film with subtitles.

Now, I liked the first Battle royale, (loved the book!), but this one? it’s ridiculous and I don’t mean the ha ha kind.

It’s pretty much a shambles from start to finish. I think they made this off the back of the popularity of the first one.

There’s no plot and what plot they attempted to have withered away in a barrage shooting scenes. I think at least 50% of this film is shooting. Which is drowned at with the worst music. My poor, poor ears!

And the characters are SO dramatic! I’m going to use the word again. RIDICULOUS!! Especially the teach. (What was up with his eyes?!)

It is nothing like the first film even though it tries to make the barest attempts at being so. Personally, it’s an insult to the book.

The blathered on about winners and losers, evidently to shove a message down your throat. (No idea what because I’m pretty dense.) If you’re going to do that at least wrap it in a good film.

There are so many better ways they could have tackled this sequel. Major disappointment.

To sum up, Chaotic, RIDICULOUS, No plot

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6

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Battle royale by Koushun Takami book review

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Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!

“Top of the class” now has a whole new meaning . . .

Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of 42 junior high school students are taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided with weapons and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing.

I first discovered there was a book after watching the film. It’s translated from its original language, Japanese. So special mention to the translator, Yuji Oniki, who did an excellent job.

On receiving the book, I wondered, (after cooing and hugging it for several minutes), whether it was going to be good at being over 600 pages long and not just drawn out?

Well, I can answer that question now.

It is brilliant and is worth every page. In fact, I loved it so much I was sad that it ended! From the blurb, you can imagine what type of book this is going to be. It was criticized in Japan for how violent was.

I thought I would grinning evilly during this book, choosing my favourites and being delighted when the ones I didn’t like got killed off.

That is not how it went. Koushun Takami is brilliantly EVIL.

I love how this book is written. From the writing to how the POV switches. There are 42 students. You can imagine it being difficult to work out who is who. Particularly for me, as I’m not used to Japanese names.

After the first 32 pages of this book which are incredibly overwhelming and make you dizzy with names, this book picks up majorly.

So, if you’re going to give this book a try, hold out until after those first 32 pages. You won’t regret it.

Anyway back to POV switches and how cruel the Author is. We have a main, main characters, but the book often switches to a POV of a student even for just one page. I loved those little switches and they were done amazingly well.

Takami manages to make me feel in love or at least feel sorry for, the character within a few sentences. Even the ‘bad’ characters. The point is I felt for all of the characters.

Takami is brilliant at weaving information of the characters in a quick way that doesn’t hold up the action. Along with giving you enough physical description of a character too. One character was description was cold eyes and slicked back hair. This was enough as his actions built up the rest of him.

So yes, this is why Koushun Takami is an evil mastermind because he is brutal on squeezing every ounce of emotion from you. I expected to spend the book cackling manically, frightening the people around me, but, no, I spent the book feeling incredibly sad and moved.

I devoured this book in two days and, while it gave a good conclusion and closure for me, I still didn’t want it to end, (because I enjoyed it so much!)

Since then, Koushun Takami hasn’t written anything, but I’m holding onto hope because I loved this book and would love to read more about him. Maybe a letter from a crazed fan would help?

(P.S. Check out the map. It’s great fun trying to figure out where all the students are.)

To sum up, Brilliant writing, Brilliant characters, Brilliant story

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Stars: 6/6

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47 Ronin film review

UK release date: 26/12/13

Runtime: 118 minutes

Directed by: Carl Rinsch

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano,Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi

Note: This is available on Netflix at the time of this review.

I like the concept, but the execution wasn’t good. I liked the film enough that I was disappointed by the mediocreness of it. (Totally a word. Yes it is. Shh!)

It’s a really pretty film and I loved the Japanese mythology elements, but they really weren’t used to their full potential and neither were the characters, particularly the villains.

I felt the way the villains was very cliche and their reasons are never fully explained. A real shame. Some of the ideas weren’t explained clear enough which left me feeling annoyed.

It well made, but really slow. Seriously Keanu Reeves just strolls around the screen and talks in a really slow voice. The character he was portraying was quite dull and even the interesting stuff was apparently not a big deal which sucked!

I was also disappointed Mika, (Ko Shibasaki), I would have liked to have seen her have a bigger part.

The last half an hour is where it’s at. It’s brilliantly paced and a satisfying ending, (because it couldn’t have ended any other way.)

It’s one of the better films on Netfilx and good enough to watch, but I wouldn’t buy the DVD.

To sum up, Fun use of mythology, very pretty, well made, Dull

Dad’s opinion: It was alright.

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6

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Battle royale film review

UK release date: 14/9/01

Runtime: 113 minutes

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Takeshi Kitano

Note: This film is available on Netflix at the time of this review.

On watching this, one major thought came to mind, The Hunger games had to have been at the very least inspired by this. There a lot of similarities. Seriously.

I also discovered that the film is based on a book! I so want to read that. If there isn’t an English version then I’m going to have to learn Japanese. I’m betting it’s a much darker, brutal read than The Hunger games.

This is a Japanese film, (who are, let’s face, masters of horror and all things violently bloody), so that means you’re going to have to read subtitles unless you understand Japanese, (in which case I’m super jealous!)

I liked this film, but felt as if they decided they wanted to make a film where teenagers basically killed each other. There wasn’t a deeper plot than that. At least, if there was, it was never shared with me.

It’s entertaining enough, but has hardly any tension and I don’t worry for any of the students because it’s over before I get chance to.

There’s a big cast, which I love learning all the little stories, but it isn’t weaved together well. It sort jumps from one to the next. They did do a good job of making feel sorry for them all, even the ones I hated. Except one, you’ll know who.

The ending, which was a little anti-climatic, doesn’t match with beginning. Unless I completely missed something.

I never feel worried for our main characters either and don’t feel as if they have to make any hard choices.

The glimmer of possibility is there, but never fully realized.

To sum up, Entertaining, Half finished plot, Anti-climatic ending

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes, it’s one of those kind of films you have on in the background

Stars: 3/6

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Ghost in the shell 2: Innocence film review

UK release date: 28/10/05

Runtime: 100 minutes

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Tamio Ōki, Yutaka Nakano, Naoto Takenaka, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Hiroaki Hirata, Masaki Terasoma

Based on the manga and is the second film in the series. Although it’s stated they are not direct sequels. I would disagree with this. You need to watch the first to have any chance of making sense of this film. It’s easier to follow, although still complex and I would have probably given it a 3/6 if I’d have reviewed it.

This film is very, very beautiful, but very, very confusing. You have a choice to watch it in either dubbed or subbed. I watched it in its original language with subtitles. I watched a little in English and the voices are OK, but what they say doesn’t match up to the subtitles..

There were occasions that I was confused who was speaking, made even worse because sometimes there mouths don’t move. I’m quite sure this is intentional, but it isn’t explained well.

The animation is gorgeous and I love the way they use light in this film. At the start there is a very basic story, but it quickly becomes more complicated. There are a lot of complex and thought provoking themes in this film.

Unfortunately most of it went straight over my head. I got the gist, but I spent most of the film confused and wondering when I’ll be informed what is going on.

I struggled to connect the sequence of events together and why what happened, happened. This made the film almost maddeningly slow for me. I genuinely had no clue what was going on. It was only how beautiful the film was that made me watch all the way to the end.

To sum up, really challenging, (and confusing), themes, beautiful animation, strange sequence of events

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6