As you know, a few weeks ago I finally got my hands on the last volume of the manga series “Are You Alice?” , I was quite excited to have it since that would mean that I will finally resume the series. You see the series got really complex and I was really confused each time a new volumes was releases. I needed to read the previous volumes and even there it was more like “WTH is going on?”, so I decided to put the series on hold and wait to have all the volumes on hand, this way I could read it from 1 to 12 without having to wait one or two months between each.
Not sure of how it will go, how consistent it will be, but I will try to post my impressions of manga that I read (in physical copy only) volume by volume. I will try to keep the spoilers as minimum as possible.
As a descendant of shinobi, Jirou Azuma has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, he also has the ability to talk to animals. One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with spirits called mononoke that can take the form of both people and animals. However, their meeting is cut short when they are attacked by a hostile mononoke who is after Ragou’s power. Continue reading “[Manga] Black Torch”→
Inspiration, we can find it everywhere, it can be a movie we saw that gave us story idea or a book we read that push us to write a post about it, we take this inspiration, turn it into an idea and then create something with this idea. A lot of creator created their series that are inspired by other fictional story. Sometimes Inspiration and Adaptation walk the same path.
In this post, I will share with you some of my favorite anime or manga series that were inspired or are adaptation by western fictional work
Spin-off series of the manga and anime series Gangsta.written by Kohske (Gangsta. author) assistant Kamo Syuhei. This series follows Marco Adriano, before he join the Christiano family, when he was part of the first Destroyer squad.
He want one thing, make a big clean-up and get rid of the dirty noble that are tarnishing his country, William James Moriarty it ready to do everything to make his dream happen. Some Sherlock Holmes’s adventure see through eyes of this greatest enemy Moriarty, where the famous detective become the antagonist.
As a descendant of shinobi, Jirou Azuma has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, he also has the ability to talk to animals. One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with spirits called mononoke that can take the form of both people and animals. However, their meeting is cut short when they are attacked by a hostile mononoke who is after Ragou’s power.
I finished reading the second volume some time ago but I got extremely lazy and then night shift happened and my time to write blog post suddenly disappear. Now the night shift is over (not totally as I’m writing this) and that I have a bit more time to put on my blog, I thought that I could give you my impression on this second volume of Fruits Basket another, sequel of the beloved shojo Fruits Basket. You can read my first impression on the series here.
The one thing I love with this series is discovering the new characters while trying to figure which Sohma are their parent, it makes me smile to meet the kids of characters that I loved. Of course to truly enjoy this sequel, you need to have read the manga and not only watch the anime series produced by Studio Deen. I love element of the original series is included in the sequel, like the mention of the curse (“Seriously, I’m not a cat. Even if you hug me I will not transform” ) or the famous bear episode at the summer mansion.
In the first volume we met, Mutsuki (Yuki and Matchi’s son), Hajime (Kyo and Tohru’s son), the twin Riku and Sora (Haru and Rin childs) and Kinu (Hattori and Mayuko’s daughter) We also meet some character outside the Sohma family but still close to the original cast like Michi (Kakeru’s daughter) and Rukiko (Mokoto Minagawa’s daughter), we even can see how fine Saki’s little brother, Megumi, grew up, he become a really handsome teacher (he is Sawa homeroom teacher).
In the second volume the Sohma parade continue as the story goes on.
**Spoilers Ahead, Proceed With Caution**
Sawa is now part of the student council and do her best to help, she even makes friend and eat with them during lunch time. She seems okay even if there is a constant reminder of her mother is with her. If I hate Ren, Akito’s mother, in the original series, I hate Sawa’s mom on this sequel. The thing she says to her daughter are just awful and are the reason why Sawa feel so insecure and was always looking down on the floor she think that if she doesn’t see anyone, no one will sees her and everything will be fine, but we doesn’t have any indication on why her mom is like that, we don’t even have her mom name yet.
The first new character to be introduced in the second volume is Shiki and just by his look we can tell that he is Akito and Shigure’s son, he look so much like his mother and he seem as weak as she is/was. Sawa meet him on her way to do some errands and somehow end-up with him to Kinu’s (and Mustuki, Hajime) house cause that’s where he was trying to go until he feel too tired to walk due to the hot weather (really like his mom) At first this encounter doesn’t seemed to mean much, even if Shiki tell Sawa that she is reminding him of someone, but as the chapter end, I had a feeling that Shiki already new Sawa, in fact I have the feeling they all know her. The last page of the chapter introduce a new character who seem really bored by life.
In the other chapter, Mutsuki propose to Sawa to work to his uncle’s boutique, they are short-handed and Sawa looking for a part-time job, everyone seem to know Mutsuki uncle, Ayame, which is quite hilarious if you ask me, he seem to be as extra as he was in the original series. This lead us to met three new characters, Chizuru and Hibika who are Ayame and Mei (the girl who was always dressed as a maid in the original series) kids and Rio who is Saki’s son. Shiki, Rio and Chizuru are friend and all goes to the same school. Chizuru is the really bored one and he doesn’t seemed to fit in the family since Hibika is was fabulous and extra as their parent she really is the female version of Ayama and she love to dress people as much as her mother, fantastic poor Sawa.
The last Sohma character to be introduced in the second volume is Mina Sohma who is Momji’s daughter, she is so adorable and outgoing. She seems really happy to meet Sawa who was dragged to Kinu’s house by Sora. Sawa pass a lot of time to that house and house that become like a sanctuary (like it was for Tohru) for her since she doesn’t like to be at her home, where she pass most of her time fighting with her mom when the latter is there. After meeting Mina, Sora and the young girl take (kidnap) Sawa to a batting practice. There she receive call from her mom and we could sense from the message let by her on Sawa’s voicemail that their relation just get worse, to the point where Sawa think she would be better without her (and I don’t blame her). The chapter end on Sawa being invited to the Sohma summer mansion, a Shiki being flustered when he learn that she might come and a Chizuru really amused by the situation.
The volume end on a flashback of Mustuki from when he learn about the malediction that hit the family.
There much thing going on in the volume regarding the character and you can feel the dynamic is really different from the first series. While Akito was feared by the cursed, her son Shiki is loved by everyone except his grandmother Ren. I told you that I hate her, like really hate her to the point I wish her a painful death. There is a panel showing Akito protecting Shiki’s from Ren and we see drop of blood from Akito’s face. I still don’t know what is going on and why I have the feeling why Shiki and Sawa are somehow linked. I feel like they already met, but Sawa probably forgot, like she forgot losing her student pass when she collided with Hajime’s little brother.
I hope the next volume come out soon, I’m really curious about what will happen next even if I’m a little bit worried about the fact the third volume will be the last one of the series. I hope we will get a proper end. Not on the same level as the original manga ending, but at least a little bit more information about why I feel like the Sohma knows Sawa.
I don’t remember when and how I come across this Fruits Basket sequel and I seriously don’t really care. Fruits Basket is one of the few Shoujo manga I enjoyed, in fact I love that series, the personage were interesting and I enjoyed seeing them growing, becoming more mature as the story was going. Therefor I was really pleased to see a sequel for this story, a sequel about the child of the once cursed Sohma family
I read the few first chapter available online at that time and I like was I saw, the main character, Mitoma Sawa, reminded me of Honda Tohru and seemed as sweet as the female lead of the popular shoujo manga. This convince me to look for the physical copy of the series once they would get publish and translate (note: living in the province of Quebec and having as native language french, I read my physical manga in french, only the physical when I looked for scanlation it pick the english one). I was quite happy when I found the first volume and was eager to read it and see how the story was, hoping to not be deceive.
While I can’t say much about the story and I seriously don’t expect anything like the prequel serie, I like that first volume. Meeting the character and trying to figure who was the kids of who was fun even if most of the time it was quite obvious. Sohma Hajime look at lot like his father Sohma Kyo, same apply to the twin Riku and Sora who are the child of Hatsuharu and Isuzu “Rin” Sohma. I was also please to see Hanajima Megumi, Saki’s younger brother, as teacher, He is the homeroom teacher of our main female character.
Reading this first volume brought me a lot of good memory, I couldn’t help but fangirl over Hajime, he reminded me so much of his father who was (and still is) my favorite character from the original series.
This sequel makes me happy, and I can’t wait to read the other volumes even if it will be a short series of three volumes
Did you start reading it?
If yes, what are your thoughts so far about the series?
It’s been awhile I haven’t post about any Gangsta. chapters. One, the mangaka health is no super stable, therefore it’s normal to not get chapters every month. I’m always happy to see a new chapters out, but I also want Kohske to take care of her health before everything, we can wait. Two, it’s a bit my fault, the chapter are released about a month ago, it’s just that I didn’t bring myself to write about it, prioritizing other posts…Sorry