NOW SHOWING: ♥♥ COMING SOON: Records of The Nightwatchman kdrama on August ♥♥ The Scarab Beetle ~ Liar Book # 2 on August 2014 ♥♥ The Ghost Bird Series ~ House of Korba Book # 8 on Oct. 27, 2014 ♥♥ Brothers Conflict OVA on Dec. 2014 ♥♥ Trick or Alice anime on 2014 ♥♥ Brothers Conflict OVA on Feb. 2015 ♥♥ To All The Boys I've Loved Before ~ P.S. I Still love You Book # 2 on 2015 ♥♥ Uta Prince no Sama 3rd Season on 2015 ♥♥ Meiji Tokyo Renka TBA ♥♥ Juuzaengi ~Engetsu Sangokuden anime TBA ♥♥ Norn9 anime TBA ♥♥ Akatsuki no Yona anime TBA ♥♥ Strobe Edge live action movie TBA ♥♥ Fruits Basket live action movie TBA ♥♥
UPDATED 7/122/2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Anime Review: La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky

La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky - 12 episodes

Koihanata Kanade was invited to Seiso Academy to compete for the national musical competition wherein they have to pit against the cream of the crop of other schools. She was once a child prodigy in playing the violin but she has reached a somewhat of a slump.

I was excited with the number of bishonen and different schools. There are four schools and fifteen bishies but the opening credits showed twelve main boys. Who wouldn't be excited? Out of all the Neoromance anime adaptations, the only project that I really liked is La Corda d' Oro. So I was feeling positive about the spinoff. There was also a reverse harem cohabitation within the reverse harem interschool competition.  Inception! Yes, there was a female photographer in the house and all-girl team but I liked to pretend that they don't count.

But after just a couple of episodes, I have quickly accepted the fact that it's going to be yet another boring Neoromance anime. It was trying too hard to be very dramatic which made it too serious. And couple it with the fact that it has the worst animation I've seen recently. You can literally see the outline of the drawings and they look distorted at times. With these factors it just makes me hate everything that I would normally be relaxed about. We all know that eventually she'll win but I was expecting some exciting twists for each levels of the competition. But no, it was plain compete and win and repeat. Even the typical exaggerated scenes in animes during battles looked cheesy. I'm not sure if the same plot worked for the manga and the otome versions, (I haven't read and played it) but the ending left me wondering is that it? All the dragging episodes just for that ending.

Spinoffs usually have this character templates but maybe because of my frustration on the show they all looked pale, recycled bishonens. The only character who caught my attention for a second was Ritsu Kisaragi. It was when he took off his glasses looking vulnerable. That's it. The only silver linings are of course the music and the cameo crossovers of the characters from the original series.

I was expecting for the franchise to take it on the next level since it's the nationals we're talking about. They're going to compete with the best of the best. Sadly it has the lost the charm of the original title. Thank kamisama for Kamigami no Asobi or it would have been a horrendous spring.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poll: Which reviews do you prefer most?

I think there was a glitch with blogger because I only saw the votes after about a week or two. I was a bit sad because I thought no one was voting! The major chunk went to animes with 414 votes (71%) and followed by mangas with 210 votes (36%) and otomes with 115 votes (19%). The bottom half went to: all of the above 102 (17%), dramas 58 (10%) and books  44 (7%). I promise to post a minimum of two animes or two mangas or a combination of two before I post a book or drama reviews. Deal? I love animes and mangas but I also love watching dramas and reading books so I'll have to squeeze it in between for variety and for my sanity. But unfortunately otomes are not my priority right now since there's already a lot of great blogs dedicated to it and it will be counterproductive to my plan of prioritizing animes and mangas. But who knows I might post every once in a while. Thanks to all you 582 peeps who have voted! Your wish is my command!     

Freshest News: 2 BroCon OVAs, AnY updates and RoTNW teaser

There will be two "Brothers Conflict" OVA to be released. One for Christmas and the other for Valentine's. There will also be new opening and ending songs from Gero and the voice cast. From ANN. I'm equally excited about the OVAs and the songs! Okay, more excited about THE ending song.

The character designs of "Akatsuki no Yona" have been posted. More pictures from Crunchyroll. The official site is also up. 

Teaser # 1 from "The Records of a Night Watchman". Taken via FB.


Thanks for the 300 followers in Google Friends Connect! This is tad late by the way as it's now currently at 307 but in Ran Ryuuren-speak, more soul friends please! :) 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Manhua Review: Mushroom College

Mushroom College by Shiu Wan - 4 volumes

It's the start of classes again at Mushroom College and handsome guys popped into Lin's life. But she must not get sidetracked as she had already set her eyes on to her idol. Sigh! Only two chapters are available and hasn't been picked up for a long time. I noticed that the art style from its' time (eight years ago) is similar with other mangas of the same timeline. Do you still see styles like this at the present time? I find the cat eyes distracting and I also like the cute mushroom club names. This really got me wondering of what will happen with the guys.

This is a Chinese comics or manhua and not to be confused with Korean comics or manhwa. And I only learned the difference just now. I didn't notice the difference in the spelling and meaning before.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

News Round Up: Pia Carrot otome, Reverse Harem no Jutsu & The Ghost Bird giveaway

"Pia Carrot" dating game gets reversed. It's now a girl about to work as waitress in a restaurant filled with bishie co-workers. The otome game is entitled, " Pri Pia ~Prince Pia Carrot~ " and will be released on October 23. More info from ANN. This news reminds me of the reversal of genders in "Sakura Taisen Kanadegumi".

This is old news but the Naruto fandom was rocked by the Reverse Harem no Justu. More info Naruto Wikia. I'm a fan of Naruto but I'm so behind now with the anime. But back when I first started this blog. I posted the Kakeshi's clones as Kakeshi harem. I never thought that it will actually be put in use in the future. 

Get a chance to win all the six paperback of The Ghost Bird Series plus Thief by joining the author's giveaway. And it's autographed by the way.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fantasy Royal Rumble: UtaPri, BroCon and KamiAso

My first post of a fantasy battle between Uta Prince no Sama and Brothers Conflict needs to be updated. It has now become a royal rumble with the addition of Kamigami no Asobi. Is this going to be a trend now in reverse harem? I hope so! So who's your favorite group?

Anime Review: Kamigami no Asobi

Kamigami no Asobi Ludere Deorum- 12 episodes

Yui Kasunagi is transported to a mysterious garden together with gods from different mythologies. There's the Greek Gods: Hades, Dionysius and Apollon, Japanese Gods: Takeru and Tsukito, Norse Gods: Loki, Balder and Thor and oh yeah an Egyptian teacher, Thoth. The gods are tasked to get closer to humanity through interaction with their human classmate, Yui.

I loved the premise of teaming up different gods from different mythologies. I'm really into Greek and Roman mythologies back in college. I also loved the fact that my nickname, Iris, is a Greek goddess of the rainbow. But sadly the plot didn't offer much. It did succeeded though in providing eye candy-- handsome and scantily clad gods and colorful animation -- and funny school misadventures. I thought featuring one or two half-naked god/s were going to be the standard fare but it stopped after fourth or fifth episode.

The anime also reminded mo of a lot of previous reverse harem shows. There's the Ouran floral character intro cards. The Heart no Kuni no Alice faceless students. And of course, who would miss the Brothers Conflict idol-style ending song.

The character designs of the gods are all very, very attractive and their god forms are sigh-inducing except for Loki's. It doesn't look flattering at all. But that's not the worst. Could I just say that for the record, Melissa is the ugliest mascot/sidekick ever. I'm sorry Melissa! I could say though that this is the first time I've seen a magical boy transformation Apollon-style.

It's good that the gods have personalities to match their pretty faces. I also liked the fact that they're not fighting unreasonably over Yui. But I wonder if some of the characters will have a more intimate connections with her in the otome. If we're just going to talk about appearances, I think Thoth is really, really hot! But surprisingly my heart goes for Takeru. I don't like short guys, but his sweet side won me over. Aww!

Is it just me but I have this feeling of being claustrophobic. You know being locked up in a garden with faceless classmates and with just them for company for the entire school year. And sorry for being spoilerish there's no villains either. But then again if you're going to be cooped up with those bishie gods it's okay I guess. Oh wait...I just realized that it is literally a reverse harem garden. Get it? A reverse harem in a garden. Love it!

I liked how it ended. Nothing extravagant, just them looking all so adorable. In a nutshell, it's all style no substance but still delightful to watch.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Freshest News: Strobe Edge live action and more

Shoujo manga "Strobe Edge" will be adapted into a live action film. From ANN. First "Akatsuki no Yona", now "Strobe Edge"! More shoujo manga adaptations please! I agree with the comments in the news that we kind of wish it's an anime instead of live action. 

"Youth Over Flowers" has another second group to also fly out of the country and guess what it's the flower boys of "Reply 1994!" Grabage oppa is busy with other commitments so he wasn't able to join. So what do we call this reverse harem spinoff meets ex-reverse harem flower boys? From dramabeans.

The premiere of  "The Record of Night Watchman" will be moved to August 4 as the kdrama "Triangle" on its' timeslot will be extended for two more episodes. From dramabeans. Aww that's sad, I'm already excited to watch this. 

Enter the raffle contest and win a free physical copy of "Falling for Sakura". Deadline is July 31.

Book Review: Falling for Sakura Book # 1

Falling for Sakura Book # 1 by Alexia Praks

Sakura is a Japanese-American girl that was adopted by the very rich Princeton family. As children she was bullied by her stepsisters while all her seven stepbrothers were indifferent to her. Several years later, Sakura now 23, gets to meet her siblings again in a long, overdue reunion. Warning! This is intended for older audience.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wallies: Uwasa no Midori-kun

Here's some wallies from football-themed manga, "Uwasa no Midori-kun" to commemorate the Fifa World Cup. Check out for more wallies after the jump. I'm not a football fan but I'm curious if anyone of you are and if yes who are you rooting for?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hello July and Happy Birthday Cancer!

Get the wallpaper from Hisaya Nakajo's website. Up until July 31.

Grab the birthday wallie from Starry Sky. Available until July 7. 

I have also created a tab above for all your suggestions. Just click on Suggest a Reverse Harem

News Round Up: Akatsuki no Yona to be animated, TATBILB movie adaptation, English Ozmafia and more

The shoujo manga "Akatsuki no Yona" will be animated. It's about a princess who escapes after her father was killed by someone very close to her. From ANN. (I have read this but haven't had time to pick it up again and a lot of people have been suggesting this. Okay, this is now on my priority list to read.)

The film rights for young adult novel, "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" has been bought. More info from Deadline. Taken via Jenny Han's twitter.

The otome game, "Ozmafia", will get an official English version. It's mafia meets bishified scarecrow, tinman and lion. More info from Crunchyroll.

In relation with the F4 reunion I've posted before. Here's the extended trailer of "Lupin III" with Jerry Yan. Still no glimpse yet of Kim Joon.

After the success of "Grandpa Over Flowers" and "Noona Over Flowers", here comes "Youth Over Flowers. From dramabeans. Can't track how many over flowers have been spawned? Check the full list here.

This is an old news but here's another couple that ended up together thanks to reverse harem. The stars of "Ooku~ Eien~ Emonnosuke Tsukayoshi Hen", Sakai Masato & Kanno Miho, started dating after the film was released and eventually registered their marriage license last year. From Tokyohive.

You can also win all the full volumes not just episodes of the book, "Spearwood Academy", by matching the songs with the boys here. The contest will run until July 28.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Event: Jenny Han In the Philippines

photo from NBS
I've mentioned in my book review of "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" that the author, Jenny Han, will be coming in the Philippines this June. I was really halfhearted about it. Take for example when Kim Hyun Joong and Lee Min Ho came into our country. I could buy the tickets or make extra effort to attend the free meet and greet but I didn't. F4 and Jerry Yan went several times in our country and yep still no show for me. This time I decided to go since I won museum tickets which is near the event location and it's about to expire on the 29th. So it was hitting two birds in one stone.

I was with my youngest son and when we got to the mall during opening time. I noticed the activity area was suspiciously empty. Then we spent the morning in the nearby museum. Before we took our lunch I found out that the event will actually happen inside the bookstore. I checked the place and there were already people seated on the chairs and on the floor. Majority of the crowd were teenage girls. So we ate out and got back an hour before the event. 

I remembered on the FAQS that you can bring your copy or buy the book on the event itself. I was planning on buying the book on the day itself as I don't have a physical copy yet. But as I scanned the displays all the books are there except for that book I specifically came for. I asked for help from the customer service and it was indeed already out of stock. I was panicking. So we walked passed through two malls to get into another bookstore and found out it's also out of stock. I even asked the girl to call the other nearby bookstore if they still have a copy and still a negative. My last hope was the non-affiliated bookstore and it was still a fail. 

We got back in the event and the small space was already packed. There goes my hopes of rubbing shoulders with the author. I didn't bought the other titles as I'm not about to make an emotional purchase. I'm just not ready to commit myself to read another trilogy with my current reverse harem backlog.

So I stood there for like almost an hour and waited for it to start. My son was busily playing the ipad on the floor. I enviously eyed the girls in their TATBILB paperbacks. It was like highschool all over again.  Girls were squealing when they see their girlfriends. Amidst all the group of girls, there was this one girl giving her cute boyfriend a smack on the lips. Then a group of tough looking girls in TATBILB  shirts came in. Yes with the same cursive font of the book. (I want the shirt!) Then a nerdy girl was passing flyers and she's with little Miss Perfect in her flower crowns. Oh yeah, they're both wearing customized Jenny Han shirts. There was also this girl who came in late and casually squeezes in the middle of the the crowd while the smaller girl at the back shoots daggers from her eyes. Everyone was cool except for me whose as busy as a wallflower with the rest of the adults.

It started 30 minutes late. When Jenny Han arrived the girls pushed to the front and I got myself  in the sidelines. There was an interview first and the audio was pretty bad in my place and I couldn't hear half of it. But the most important part was that she had officially closed the reverse harem deal. There's going to be the third guy on the sequel, "P.S. I Still love You". She also mentioned that this was based on her real life experience of writing letters to her crushes and Kitty was also based on her sister. That's what I can remember for now. The rest of the interview was about the other books. Sorry I'm the worst person to blog an event ever! But some interesting things that were unforgettable:

1. She worked on a bookstore before that was used in the movie, "You've Got Mail". I loved that movie. I can still remember the kid spelling out, F-O-X. I also have this dream of either a. working on a bookstore and b. opening a small, quaint bookstore/cafe.
2. During the Q & A , one the fans asked about her first love since she's fond of writing about first loves. There was a shy, awkward expression from Jenny. She still thinks about his highschool form but no she left out the name.
3. There was also a game where Jenny asked for the names of the five guys from TATBILB and my mind went blank! Shame on me!

Jenny (yes we're on first name basis ya know) seems very intimidating in her pictures but in real life she's so sweet and very warm. I feel like she's an older sister to her fans. I laughed on how she tweeted earlier that day that she giving out virtual hot cocoa to all the fans lined up outside. And her sister asked her why are you giving out hot cocoa in this weather which is true since we're a tropical country. Then Jenny retorted that it was like thematic cocoa just like in TATBILB. Please correct me if there's some special significance about cocoa in her other books. These friendly banters are as real as the Song sisters. So cute!

She also gave out advanced copies of her "Ashes to Ashes" book and TATBILB notebooks as prizes. She also gave copies to the early birds who came a day before at 11 pm! As I was situated near the entrance, a lot of adults were asking the security guard on how long does the book signing usually takes and the guard answers them helpfully as if it's always the first time. He had this spiel going on that it may take to a maximum of four hours and it depends on how slow or how fast the writer signs the books. I also realized that a lot of the adult came to chaperone their kids. Me on the other hand, I was the adult who came with her kid who's acting as her chaperone. Lol. Also another realization, even if I have miraculously purchased a book from a different bookstore, I didn't register to get my number for the book signing. /Facepalm.

Even though my plans were a total disaster. It was a  whole new experience for me that I got to enjoy. I t makes me wish to be young again. I want to be like this young girls who read books, blogs about books, attend book signing, blogs about book signings...Well my time has passed but I'll always have a memory of me of as a young girl who dreams of first love while reading Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dream and rolling in her bed. And several years later I got to marry my first love. :)

If an opportunity presents itself again in the future I'd love to take it.  Here are some pointers of things to remember when attending a book event. Well this is more for my personal reference if in case I get amnesia and forget this ordeal.

1. Re-read the details before leaving your house. It said inside the bookstore and not in the activity center. Registration started at 10 am and I was already there but prancing around somewhere else.
2. Do not buy the book on the event itself. I repeat do not buy the book on the event itself.
3. Come early to get a lead in the queue and a good spot for taking pictures and enjoying the event. 
4. Have a very patient companion who can take your spot while you take your turns in the comfort room or in buying food.
5. It's going to be a long and tiring day. It will take the whole day if you're that dedicated. So dress comfortably, carb up and get caffeinated! Bring books or cards or what-have-you to pass the time. 
6. Take notes or better yet record the whole event. Make sure you got your cameras, powerbank, batteries, memory card, back up cameras etc. 

This happened last June 21 at Makati City. Jenny Han had another tour in Cebu City a day after. I don't have decent pictures but you can check the official pictures from National Bookstore. But if you really insist here's a picture of me outside the bookstore and my ambush shot of Jenny Han after the jump. Hurray for my first ever reverse harem-related event!!!