High School Manga Romances Are A Changin’ :No Longer Heroine

We all know about the classic elements seen in shoujo manga: the heroine and hero are childhood friends, the rivals are horrible pricks, and the hero is always there to save the heroine. And you’d think by now most manga artists would have managed to change things a bit and spice it up? Unfortunately, no.

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Subdued Figures Special Column: Where Do You Buy Figures?

My Figure Collection
What my figure collection currently looks like

Since the figures I planned to review had their releases delayed again (*cries over Sakura Nendoroid*), I thought that I’d do something a little different this time! This special column is based around a question I get a lot from my figure reviews: where do I buy them? … Read more

Attack on Titan: Before The Fall Light Novel Review

Title: Attack on Titan: Before The Fall
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Vertical (US)
Original Creator: Hajime Isayama
Writer/Artist: Ryo Suzukaze, Thores Shibamoto
Translation: Ko Ransom
Original Release Date: September 16, 2014

If you’re already knee deep into the world of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series, then you owe it to yourself to pick up the light novel version that Ryo Suzukaze penned and has now been translated into English. If you’re not a fan of the manga series, or basically can’t stand some of the more droll moments, the yelling, or the artwork, you should still consider picking up this story before that one — where the titans are considered immortal, the weaponry to defeat them doesn’t exist, and, of course, Eren and that crew don’t make a single appearance in this novel! But in all seriousness, Before The Fall is an excellent example of using material that you still have to conform to certain tendencies, but you can enhance them to create a stronger experience than you’d least expect.

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Legal Drug Manga Review

Legal Drug OmnibusName: Legal Drug
Genre: Supernatural, Shonen-ai, Mystery
Artist: CLAMP
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten (JP),  Dark Horse (US)
Serialized In: Monthly Asuka
Original Release Date: September 30, 2014

Ah, CLAMP. The doujinshi circle turned all female manga-artist powerhouse and I have an on and off relationship over the years. There’s classic CLAMP that I grew up on and can’t help but at least like, like Magic Knight Rayearth and Card Captor Sakura, CLAMP I love like xxxholic, and CLAMP I wish I could like more like Tsubasa and Wish. For me, fully diving into CLAMP meant untangling the Tezuka-esque universe they’ve created, complete with crossovers and painfully incomplete stories. Still, Dark Horse has done an excellent job in recent years with their CLAMP omnibus re-releases, and it helps an on-the fence waffler like me take the risk of yet again tempering the fire in my CLAMP relationship. The verdict? CLAMP has still got it.

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Leyla Aker’s Battle of The Planets (At Viz Media)

My final NYCC interview (Yes, this is it, I swear!) ended up with me talking to someone very important right next to people turning a contest wheel.

I guess you’ll find out what I mean when you listen to the audio. (That’s me imploring you to listen to the audio version.)

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No Seiyuu No Life: Kana Hanazawa

Hello again ladies and gentlemen, today is the day I do the second edition of this column. It’s still in the planning stage and I still would appreciate some advice if you have some time? Please?

In other news and completely unrelated, as of today I have quit my job. I still have one month to go and I don’t know if I’ll survive but I will definitely try.

Anyways, without further ado, today’s seiyuu of the last two weeks is Kana Hanazawa! Are you surprised?

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