Bakuman [2008]

Bakuman。.600.850288Mangaka: Obata Takeshi
Author: OHBA Tsugumi
Tankoubon: 20
Magazine: Shuukan Shounen Jump
Publisher: Shueisha

About (MangaUpdates):

Moritaka Mashiro (Saiko), with his superb drawing skill, is invited by his writing genius classmate Akito Takagi (Shujin) to tread the difficult path of the mangaka!! His sights are set on his naive yet earnest joint dream with Miho Azuki, who is aiming to become a voice actress!! Saiko and Shujin team up as writer and artist, aiming to be serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, make a hit, and then release an anime. They bring their manuscripts into editors and set off on the road to becoming pro manga artists!! This is a new-age story of manga success!!


I Say…

For all aspiring artists/writers out there, this is a good read. You can learn lots from Ashirogi Muto and their fellow mangaka slash friends. Although some chapters were quite dragging, the last few volumes were great. From the same duo who created Deathnote, they whipped up a good success story in Bakuman. I learned so much about manga through this manga. How the brainstorming works from mangaka to editor, down to serialization and the panel of rigorous individuals from the publishing company… all of it was overwhelming. One chapter goes through so much, just for the satisfaction and enjoyment of the readers. A mangaka exerts 200 percent effort and enthusiasm every time. Plotting doesn’t come easily, it’s even nerve wrecking. Even when you’re all dried up and your creativity expires, a good plot wouldn’t come. I am planning to write to Shiina Karuho and Yuu Watase, to cheer them on and wish them good health to be able to write more good stuff in the future.

Next to Ashirogi Muto, my favorite character is Niizuma Eiji. He is a genius. Isn’t it hard to come up with a manga on your own? You think of a plot and then you draw. In Bakuman, it was never easy as it sounds.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane [2006]

10322664_871100446237480_2498033517098188260_nAuthor: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2006)

About (Goodreads):

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

And then, one day, he was lost.

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes’ camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

I Say..

The real reason for acquiring a copy of this book has something to do with my obsession for You Who Came From The Stars. This book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, mirrored all of Do Min Joon’s feelings throughout his stay here on earth. Both Edward Tulane and Do Min Joon dared to know love…something they both refuse to acknowledge.

It appears like a child’s book up front and inside yet the emotions seem all so grown-up to me. Pellegrina’s little spell on the cold hearted China rabbit for not giving back Abiline Tulane’s love haunted him everywhere he went. Then again, it was love which ended the miraculous journey and dragged him where it all began.

Kate DiCamillo is one of the best storytellers I have encountered. This book held my heart for quite a while. The ending was such a nice surprise I almost cried :) Thanks a lot, Do Min Joon for introducing a book so unforgettable.

Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru [2013]

The_Liar_and_His_LoverAlternative Title: The Liar and His Lover
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Writer: Tomoko Yoshida, Norihiro Koizumi
Manga-ka: Kotomi Aoki
Release Date: December 14, 2013
Distributor: Toho

Takeru Sato as Ogasawara Aki
Sakurako Ohara    as Koeda Riko
Takashi Sorimachi as Takagi Soichiro
Shohei Miura as Shun Sakaguchi
Masataka Kubota as Shinohara Shinya
Kouki Mizuta as Ono Kaoru
Koudai Asaka as Yazaki Teppei

Plot (Asianwiki):

Set within music field, “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru” depicts a love story between a 25-year-old sound engineer and 16-year-old high school student Riko, who possesses a gifted voice.
25-year-old sound engineer Aki (Takeru Sato) is a member of popular band “Crude Play,” but right after the band decides to make their major record debut Aki quits the band. But, Aki provides his music to Crude Play under the name of producer Soichiro. Aki begins to date Riko (Sakurako Ohara), whose father runs a fruit and vegetable shop. Riko doesn’t know about Aki’s background, but she likes to listen to him hum. Riko is in a band herself, with childhood friend Yuichi and Sota. One day she is scouted by producer Soichiro.


I say…

To be quite honest, I’ve had hesitations before watching this movie. I’m not so sure if it’s because I haven’t read the manga or I am afraid of disappointment since this is a movie in between Ruroken. But I have to watch. Definitely have to watch because it’s Sato-san :) So I did. After that I think I am going to read the manga until the last chapter, and it didn’t bring about disappointment even though it’s not a Ruroken movie. You could just look up all the movies he did and notice one thing: manga adaptations. All of them came from different genres. For me this means Sato-san can easily step up or down and transform into any character you would want him to be.

Out of 5000 applicants it was Sakurako Ohara who got to play as Koeda Riko. Lucky girl indeed, as she got to kiss Sato Takeru thrice :) Being the focus of the story, she didn’t act like a newbie at all. The sweet image suited everything well. I love her stage presence and all… as far as I know it was her real singing voice. I guess that became her “X Factor” to be chosen as Koeda Riko. My heart stopped for the scene Ogasawara Aki played for her and then she started to sing her own rendition of “Sotsugyo“. My focus on the movie started to intensify from here onwards. Maybe this is what they call “effective acting”. It made me want to read the manga right there and then.

Takashi Sorimachi was hateful enough and it made me laugh that this hateful guy used to be Onizuka-sensei (GTO, 1998). He will always remain Onizuka-sensei to me, though.

The music greatly influenced all moods and emotions of the movie. This movie came with a good soundtrack that you will surely search for right after. I just did, and it is currently playing as BGM, in writing. Being in my favorite scene, the acoustic version of Sotsugyo became the most “abused” song on the track list as it brings back all the “feels”.

I haven’t read a single negative review about the movie, and it made me think where all the hesitations [to watch the movie] came from. It was a good one. Make sure to hang on and finish the roll of credits. The best is yet to come. You’ll know why!

Strobe Edge [2007]

Strobe Edge v10 - CoverMangaka: Io Sakisaka
Tankoubon: 10
Magazine: Betsuma
Publisher: Shuiesha

About (mangaupdates):
Having no experience in romance, the vibrant Ninako curiously explores the meaning of what “love” really is, and is surprised to feel a colorful range of emotions as she grows closer to the school heartthrob, the quiet yet gentle Ren, who also happens to be involved in a longtime relationship. With every intention of keeping her head held high, Ninako prepares to face the mental pain of this one-sided love that she had allowed to take root, facing a series of trials that would either contribute to her growth as a headstrong woman, or break her as it did with other girls.

However, is this really a one-sided love? Or had something been silently sown in the most hidden part of Ren’s heart?

I Say…

I think I may have a bit of hang over from the latest Toni Gonzaga movie that I kind of guessed this story will get messed up in the end. What I meant with saying messed up is that the heroine, not ending up with the person she loves in the beginning of her own story. You see, I give up a fraction of my own idealism every time I read. I always want stories to end the way they should. I don’t have anything against happy endings, they’re beautiful… but not all happy endings are beautiful. Every ending has to be realistic to be beautiful, right? That’s my mind, speaking. Sorry about that.

Since it took away my precious sleep, I might as well make a great, positive response to Strobe Edge. Not to short, not too long. The turn of events are good, just my ideal shoujo manga. This can be in the league right next to Crazy For You and Kimi Ni Todoke (both done by Shiina Karuho btw). You get a lot of those heart-squeezing moments, yet you choose to go on and on. I wanted an unexpected pair to emerge, but that didn’t happen. (SPOILER) I just love Ninako’s reply to the much-awaited confession that almost never happened… her heart and soul was all out and her innocence added up a bit humor.

I became a high school kid for a few hours… and now I can’t sleep. It’s all because of Ren, maybe. This is even better than G2B!

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Auto Focus [2001]

Auto Focus coverManga-ka: Aya Roppongi

Tankoubon: 5

Publisher: Hakusensha

About (mangaupdates):
A girl with a strange mother who brings home a new father and stepbrother. She loves photography, and her new stepfather is a photographer. They begin living together and have to overcome many difficulties.

I Say…

Reading all 5 volumes was a huge struggle. Adults usually drag kids into really tough situations. I just kept on guessing if Miwa will choose Riku over Wataru…and in case she does, how will they live through it? Very Marmalade Boy, serious yet less painstaking and confusing.  

For photography enthusiasts, this might turn out to be an interesting read. A little  basic photography was incorporated by Aya Roppongi. The artwork is very nice too, their expressions felt so vivid and almost life-like. I like the image of Wataru very much.

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My Chinito Boss [2013]

Author: Tsina Cajayon
Publisher: Lifebooks
Year: 2013

AboutMy Chinito Boss:
She’s clumsy. He’s impatient.

She’s Ms. free-spirited hipster girl who doesn’t care about her looks. He’s Mr. Arrogant who always looks smart and awesome in a suit.

She believes in happily ever after. He doesn’t believe in true love.

She’s his secretary and he’s her new boss.

She loves him. He loves her…not.

Mabilis pa sa instant coffee ang pagkahulog ng puso ni Sam sa bagong boss kahit pa madalang pa sa patak ng ulan ang mga ngiti nito. Ngunit, hindi niya inakalang ang lalaking magiging laman ng kanyang mga panaginip at pangarap ay siya ring magiging simula ng kalbaryo ng buhay niya. Wala sa hinagap niya na ang tall, chinito and expensive Korean boss at pinaka-rigid na lalaking nakilala niya ay twin brother pala ni Hitler.

They went to Seoul, Korea for a business proposal and to find out about her descendant, her identity, ang free round trip ticket at ang tungkol sa demanding, arogante at masungit na si Jae-Sun Choi na isa palang miyembro ng Kkangpae (깡패) o Korean Mafia.

I Say…
It was so fast paced but still enjoyable. Did they edit too much? The chapters were cut too short, I think. From secretary to brand manager to becoming the heir… it happened way too fast. It would be great to know a bit more about Sam’s family and Jae Sun Choi. How exactly did Greg became connected with the Kkangpae who wished to kill Sam?

Sam sure is weird. If you receive trip tickets to Korea, would it be bad to grab the opportunity if it’s free? Well, she is a bit weird but very lovable. I am betting on her patience. Well, if I have that kind of boss, might as well! I just keep on imagining Lee Min Ho… even though his eyes are way too big to be ‘chinito‘.

The cover art may be a bit weird and not that attractive plus all the typo errors (yes even in native tongue there are plenty of typo errors) made me re-read sentences, but this little book is feel good and romantic as can be. You can’t really judge as book by its cover.

Campus Royalties [2013]

Campus RoyaltiesAuthor: Purpleyhan
Year: 2013
Publisher: PSICOM

About (goodreads):
Royalties? Princes and princesses in the 21st century? Tapos sa campus pa? Oo, maniwala man kayo o hindi. Kilalanin si Steff, isang “princess” kahit ayaw niya, at ang babaeng ipagpapalit ang lahat para sa pinakamamahal niyang strawberries at chocolates. Anong mangyayari kung may makilala siyang “prince” na sobrang charming pero walang ginawa kundi pagtripan ang buhay niya? Lalo niya bang isusumpa ang pagiging prinsesa o unti-unti niya itong magugustuhan? Well, this is not your typical prince and princess story. It is a story involving Kingdom University—ang school na may royalties.

I Say…
It’s not exactly the most beautiful book ever written, but the humor will get you hooked. It’s your typical romantic comedy and belongs to the easy read types, not too much conflict, Very light and entertaining.

I can’t imagine a campus so fan crazed! I am glad Kingdom University is fiction! Lol. All they did was stalk couples, play paparazzi and be in the scene through accessing the underground website. And seriously, is there only one girl worth looking at? Is she even human to be that perfect? Lol again. Campus Royalties gave me a good laugh and the “kilig” was there all throughout. You’re a monster if your heart won’t melt with a serenade or a special song sang on stage just for you!