Pokemon X.Y Vol 1, 2 by Hidenori Kusak and Satoshi Yamamoto manga review

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Volume 1 

Art: Very good and clean. I like the shading used and the boxes aren’t all squished.

I bought these because they’re Pokemon and fully admit, I may not have bought them otherwise. The reason? They are very skinny. 96 pages skinny.

“How are they going to give me a good story when they’re so short?” I asked myself.

Very well is the answer.

I really like the introduction and premise of the set up and I like the group of characters and just the fact that it is a group, rather than one main character is fun. Despite only being 96 pages, it didn’t feel too rushed. (I’d still want more though. #greedy.)

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Volume 2

Art: Still as lovely as the first volume. The pages feel rough though, but that’s just a me thing.

This book completes setting the scene, who our bad guys are ect. Again, love the group of main characters we have. A really diverse set of characters. So many questions to answer and exciting things to happen.

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I was genuinely surprised by how good these volumes are. Mainly because of how few pages each book is. The story moved very smoothly and I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Bunny drop Vol 3 & 4 by Yumi Unita manga review

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Volume 3

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Art: Still as pretty as ever, perhaps even more pretty. I love the extra shading on certain pages.

The cuteness and awww factor was cranked up a few notches because I found myself grinning like a loon and going aw a lot.

Daikichi Kawachi is growing so much as a character and I love it. A few more minor cast characters are introduced into this one and I love them to pieces. It really makes the story well rounded.

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Volume 4

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Art: Excellent as always. Love the backgrounds.

Daikichi Kawachi why you so adorable?! All these reviews are just going to me babbling how much I love them. I’m so sad there’s only 10 volumes. ;-;

I can’t wait to see what happens next, I feel in the next couple we’re due some major plot shenanigans.

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Hopefully, the next plot event will happen in the next volumes. I loved these two just as they are, but it’s only 6 volumes until the end, so I also want closure on plot aspects.

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Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

Book haul!

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

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

Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

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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Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

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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Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

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Adventures based on the best-selling video games! All your favourite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Art: In the first 3 volumes, the art is very good and very typical of other manga’s, nothing that sets it apart or wows me, (more than great art does anyway.)

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The pacing is super quick, Red, our main character, zooms through dramatic events at the speed of light.

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Pokemon adventures Volume 2 

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The same issue as Volume 1. They move through plot arcs way too quick. There a multiple in them and, honestly, I would happy with the entire volume focusing on one or two of them so it could stretch out and have a more climatic pay off.

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Pokemon adventures Volume 3

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Now this is what I’m talking ’bout! The first half has great pacing. It follows one main event happening and builds up the tension.(And then the last half goes back to its bad ways). I still would’ve liked the entire volume to focus on that, but, hey, there’s hope for improvement in the series.

Something I like to is the character development of other’s than Red, particularly Blue, (who is Gary Oak in the anime?)

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Pokemon adventures volume 4

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Well. WELL. I was not expecting that. This is brilliant. Excellently paced with a great twist that runs for the entire book. It focuses on that one storyline. I LOVED it.

It ends with me desperately wanting the next volume something other 3 didn’t quite leave me feeling.

And I’m even more in love with the characters!

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The anime is much better paced, but I think I like the character development better in the manga so far. (I still love the anime though. Netflix, why you only got one season?!!)

It just seems to plop you into the story situation, and zooms through it so quick, that I’m dizzy and didn’t get a chance to sink into the story. The pacing is the biggest problem. This changes in volume 4 so hopefully this marks an improvement!

 

 

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