Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Searching for a good Shoujo manga is hard. You will always get fooled by premises that sound unique and with potential for great romantic development but most of this premises are completely gone after 3 chapters in order to give way to “generic shoujo route of falling in love”. What I love about Shoujo manga though is that there will always be a handful of series that do not go in this route and actually both fulfill its premise while keeping up with the romantic department. Kimi ni Todoke played with purity in its most absolute value; Dengeki Daisy played on with a “Depressingly hopeful premise” even after 40+ chapters; Tonari no Kaibutsu Kun never forget that grades are very important to Mitty because she’s a nerd; Ao Haru Ride never forgot the important details to the main characters relationship.

After reading Ao Haru Ride recently, I tried to find similar manga that would give me a fresh take on usual cliches and it really took me awhile to find this manga. Really, the number of atrocious Shoujo manga really reaches critical mass. Strobe Edge, LD-K, Sukitte Ii Na Yo. . . OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO GENERIC AND TERRIBLE. I would like to particularly mention LD-K and how it made me vomit on how offensive it was. Anyway, I eventually stumble upon this series, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji or “Wolf Girl and Dark Prince” in english. After going through those dungpiles, this really was a goldmine.

Ookami Shoujo started out wonderfully. Of course I had my doubts (I still have that premise fooling mindset) but what I saw in the first three chapters was amazing. It was a full-on insult to the Generic Shoujo manga territory. Guys were presented as assholes who treat their girlfriends as pets while girls were just dumbfuck stupid and shallow. The thing is, this is how most Generic Shoujo manga are. In Ookami Shoujo, or at least the first three chapters, I loved how they went on with that mindset like nothing was wrong while actually being aware that these people are horrible.

Interestingly though, Ookami Shoujo then turned into a real relationship drama which in turn made this series more down to earth though it did become slightly generic. The main character, Erika, kept on trying to bring this series into the usual generic shoujo route by forcing her pretend boyfriend Sata Kyouya to “go have a nice Christmas date” or “eat my Valentine’s chocolate” but Kyouya will always have a way of insulting her ideas. Which leads me to my most fucking favorite character of this series who I will probably add to my MAL favorite characters soon.

Sata Kyouya is a damn fine, well written character. He’s an asshole, like most bishies are supposed to be, but with actual awareness on how horrible he is. One thing that impressed me with this series that it has really witty writing and most of these are poured in to Kyouya’s dialogue. I still remember one of the things he said in one chapter: “These people aren’t in love with each other. They’re just in love with romance”. That is a fucking genius yet true thing to say. He trolls on Erika to the point of making her cry almost every other chapter and their relationship is fucking terrible AND I LOVE IT.

One of his most asshole-ish thing he’s done was telling Erika that he likes her then proceeding to tell her that “LOL that was a joke”. Erika, being someone who wants things to go generic, really thought it was true even though you can see how out of character the confession was. This proceeded to Erika telling him to die and pouring him with water. How did Kyouya fix this problem? He gave her a necklace and told her “Now you have a collar and you’re mine”. And that in itself won her back to him.

Sata Kyouya is like a horribly gone wrong Bishie mixed with a male-Beatrice mixed with a Senjougahara typed mouth. He’s a cool guy and if I were a girl, my ovaries would explode (oh god what?). The switch of focus in this series really made him shine (and still shining) and I’m just glad that I picked up this series.

There’s a lot of more awesome moments in this series that I didn’t mention and really READ THIS MANGA. There’s only 12 chapters translated so far and actually like Ao Haru Ride, this is a relatively new manga (started 2011). It’ll be easy to catch up so go on read this.

*Also just a request, if you’ve read a relatively new awesome shoujo manga, then please go ahead and suggest it to me because I am itching right now to find a new one.

Ao Haru Ride

I came across this title while I was surfing at a certain forum to look for decent shoujo manga. I haven’t really read any good ones since Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun (that was like a year ago) so imagine the smile on my face when I was finally able to read something decent and not so generic shoujo manga for once.

If I talk about the story, it would either sound like a terribly generic premise or a booohoohoo dorama so I won’t talk about that. And yes I do think the premise is slightly crappy (two lovers separated when they were young blablabla) but what drives this manga is both execution and emotion. And honestly when it comes to any entertainment, these two are the most vital parts.

I think it’s quite a feat. that I geniunely care for a story with “long lost lovers finally reuniting” as it’s theme. The way the author managed to execute  such a story with such refinement amazes me. Maybe it helps that both characters were pretty “normal” (the emphasis on “cool guy” or “bishie” is toned down) in the beginning of the story and I didn’t have to roll my eyes as much.

The story then turned into a “I will be the one to change this bad boy into a good kid” type of story. I thought it would fall to pieces. I thought “oh god it’s turning into generic crap” when the first few chapters started. But then the author did her magic again and it turned such story into a very emotional character arc. I think I let up a tear in one scene. The author is pretty good at drawing out emotions and again the sense of refinement prevailed yet again. It didn’t turn into a “Boohoo HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND MY PREDICAMENT” type of melodrama but one where you really sympathize with the character.

Now 16 chapters in, I must say, this manga is REALLY REALLY REALLY good. EVERYONE GO READ AO HARU RIDE.

Tonari no Kaibutsu Kun gets an anime adaptation

From ANN

OH GOD. OH GOD OH GOD. KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Well down goes one of my Top 5 manga that I want turned into an anime. Now if only Dengeki Daisy would get an announcement.

As an added bonus, Say I love you (a rather generic shojo manga but still good) also gets an adaptation. Shoujo adaptations rarely come by and seeing 2 get greenlit on the same day. . . SHOUJO FANS REJOICE!!!!!!!

Update:

It will be produced by Brain’s Base with the Kimi ni Todoke director and the Baccano/Durarara screen writer at helm. IT’S LIKE GOD HEARD MY PRAYERS!!!

*Making a category as early as now since I’m 100% sure I’m gonna talk about this when it comes out. 

[Remembering Love] – Kimi ni Todoke

Well Trzr23 put us all up to this so might as well put my own Remembering Love post. Coincidentally, I have been rewatching quite a number of anime from Brotherhood, Haruhi and Kimi ni Todoke. I have an easy time explaining my love for Brotherhood and Haruhi but Kimi ni Todoke was different. Thinking about it, why did I like this series so much?

Besides the RAW emotions it manages to bring out of me, whether it was “DAAAW Sawako”or “Die in a blazing fire UMMMEEEE“, Kimi ni Todoke stood out of all the other shoujo series because of one simple thing which is . . . well simplicity.

Everything Kimi ni Todoke does is basic. It takes off all the stupid gimmickry and just focuses on either its romance, comedy or drama. It’s incredibly pure too, which most series lack these days. When you describe shoujo, Kimi ni Todoke is the epitome of it.

Take for example, the three episode arc wherein Yano and Yoshida started doubting that Sawako likes them because of a rumor. Everything that happened in those three episodes was incredibly normal for a high school setting (something most series tend to forget) and it really developed those three’s friendship. Some people would call this “dragging” because  it’s stretched but I call it “pure development”. They didn’t use cheap tricks (well there were misunderstandings but then again completely normal), they just went with the flow on how high school friends would sort things out.

The main couple of this series is obviously Sawako and Kazehaya. The development of their relationship is painfully slow, looking at it by episodes, but thinking about it, it didn’t really take them that much time to finally realize they like each other. It’s like subjective and objective. There’s some things you can’t see when you’re too close (like the lovebirds budding relationship) and there’s some things you can’t see when you’re too far (how slow their relationship feels but the time is actually fast (especially by the second season)).

With these points of view in mind, Kimi ni Todoke becomes a really lovely anime; one that stands at the top of shoujo romances. It’s really sweet remembering my love for this thing (or all the UMEEEE rages).

Things are gonna be slightly slow in this site but I am still alive.

I’m probably not gonna make another one Remembering Love post (Trzr23 suggested 3-4 posts) though since as fun as rewatching is, it’s TOO time consuming. Toodles to the other still on board with this project.

How to play best Karuta player

Wanna be like her?

1) You need to have asdfgh7ypi memory (If you’re not in that level, gettout of here)

2) You need to be able to make cards fly.

3) You need to make the cards pierce the wall. Paper would be enough though.

4)You need to have an accent

5) You need to watch CHIHAYAFURU

*FYI I AM SO TOTALLY BLOGGING THIS