NOW SHOWING: Uta Prince no Sama Revolutions ♥♥ Hana Moyu jdrama (unconfirmed reverse harem) ♥♥ Dream Knight web drama (unconfirmed RH) ♥♥ COMING SOON: To All The Boys I've Loved Before ~ P.S. I Still love You Book # 2 on May 26, 2015 ♥♥ A Secret Proposal (Falling for Sakura Book # 2) on June 30, 2015 ♥♥ Meiji Tokyo Renka anime movie on July 2015 ♥♥ A Secret Affair (Falling for Sakura Book # 3) on September 2015 ♥♥ Akagami no Shirayuki-hime anime on summer ♥♥ The Scarab Beetle Series Book # 3 Accessory on summer ♥♥ Diabolik Lovers Season 2 anime on fall 2015 ♥♥ Hakuouki SSl TV project on fall ♥♥ Dance with the Devils anime on 2015 ♥♥ Akatsuki no Yona OVA TBA ♥♥ Kamisama Hajimemashita OAD TBA ♥♥ Trick or Alice TBA ♥♥ Norn9 anime TBA ♥♥ Fruits Basket live action movie TBA ♥♥ UPDATED: 5/11/2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

News Round Up: English Amnesia screenshots, Julietta Suzuki in US and Kiera Cass in the Philippines



Idea Factory International have released screenshots from the upcoming English version of Amnesia: Memories. The otome will have English subtitles and Japanese audio and is set to be released on August via PS Vita and Steam. Check the rest of the pics on ANN


Julietta Suzuki, the creator of Kamisama Kiss, will makes her first appearance in the US to attend the Anime Expo in July. There will also be a raffle for five fans to get a chance to have tea with Suzuki and Shoujo Beat editors. More info on Official Shoujo Beat.


Kiera Cass will be coming in the Philippines on September. This will be her second booksigning in my country. More info on NBS Facebook page.

Monday, May 11, 2015

News Round Up: Hakuouki SSL TV project and play, English Code Realize otome and more!



The spinoff, Hakuouki SSL ~ sweet school life~, will have a live-action television project this fall and a stage play adaptation this winter . The projects will feature the same cast. Check the full deets on ANN and official site.



Here's the ad for the Hakuouki: Reimei Roku (Hakuouki Daybreak Story". This is the sixth Hakuouki musical which will run from May 23-32 in Tokyo and June 10-14 in Kyoto. More info on ANN.


The seiyuu for the heroine of the Meiji Tokyo Renka film have also been announced. Sumire Morohoshi (Ichigo of Aikatsu, Hinami of Tokyo Ghoul) will voice Mei Ayazuki. From: ANN.


Aksys will release the English PS Vita version of otome, Code: Realize~ Guardian of Rebirth, this fall. The steampunk game features famous literary and historical figures such as Arsene Lupin, Abraham von Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Impey Barbicane and Count Saint-Germain. 

Synopsis:
Restricted to an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of London in fulfillment of a promise to her father, lonely Cardia lives day to day isolated from the world. Her body carries a deadly poison that rots or melts anything her skin touches, prompting the locals to call her a “monster.” 
Her last conversation with her father two years ago, telling her to stay out of sight and never fall in love, is the furthest back she can remember. One day, her quiet solitude is interrupted as the Royal Guards break in to capture her. It is then that Cardia meets Arsène Lupin, a chivalrous thief, who helps her escape the soldiers' clutches. She soon finds herself on a journey with Lupin to locate her father, who holds the answers to her mysterious condition. The two are soon joined by four more interesting and handsome gentlemen…
Source: ANN / official site


Warner Bros has won the film rights to YA novel, The Selection. CW has been trying to launch it as as TV series back in 2012 and 2013. More info on Deadline.

I've also updated April Fool's post.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Event Review: E. Lockhart in Manila


I have listed the "The Boyfriend List" under my 'To-be-Read' list in Goodreads. The title was a dead ringer for reverse harem. It's been on that list for like forever. Imagine to my surprise when I saw National Bookstore's Instagram post that the author, E. Lockhart, will be visiting Manila! I bought the first book two weeks before the event and due to some major changes in my life which is back to employment I didn't found the time to read the book at all. You may have noticed by now, that I only post on Sundays and Mondays. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

News Round Up: DiaLov 2 on Fall, KamiKiss 2-part OAD and more!


The sequel of "Diabolik Lovers" will premier this fall with the title, "Diabolik Lovers More, Blood". The cast and staff have also been announced. From: ANN


The upcoming OAD project of Kamisama Hajimemashita comes in two episodes. The first episode is temporarily titled KamisamamKako ni Tobu (God, Leaps into Past), while the second episode is Kitsune, Koi ni Ochiru (Fox, Falls in Love). The episodes will be bundled with the mangas which will be shipped on August 20 and December 18 respectively. More info from ANN.


The cast and the performer of the ending song of Akagami no Shirayuki-hime have been announced. Check out ANN. The singer for the opening song have also been previously announced. Also on ANN.


Meet Olive of the upcoming otome, Angelique Retour. From: Huldukatt 



Here's the English promotional video of Amnesia. From:ANN


The otome visual novel, Hakuouki, is now available in iOS and Android devices in the United States and Canada. It includes a new chapter, "Tea Ceremony" with six new characters. More info on ANN.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Ruby Oliver Quartet


Ruby Oliver Quartet by E. Lockheart

Book 1: The Boyfriend List: (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver)

Book 2: The Boy Book: a study of habits and behaviors, plus techniques for taming them

Book 3: The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver

Book 4: Real Live Boyfriends: yes, boyfriends, plural, if my life weren't complicated I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver

Ruby Oliver is a fifteen year old girl who has penchant for vintage clothes and fishnet stockings, loves animals, a vegan and a magnet to boy drama. She lost her bestfriends. She was dumped by her boyfriend. She's now a school outcast and they all think she's a slut because of that boyfriend list. Did I forget to mention that she's also seeing a shrink?

This is a young adult series but there are mature themes that are not suitable for very young readers.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News Round Up: Meiji Tokyo Renka update, HYD musical, English Amnesia game and more!



The cast for the upcoming film, Meiji Tokyo Renka, have been announced but with the exception of the heroine. Read the details on ANN. | Official site


The manga, Hana Yori Dango, will be getting a musical adaptation. The staff will hold a countrywide audition for the lead role of Tsukushi. More info on ANN. | Official site



Otome, Amnesia: Memories, will be released in English by Idea Factory International through PS Vita and Steam. Get the deets on chic-pixel via Lijakaca's retweet. | Official site



Check out the character designs of Randy, Oscar and Marcel from the upcoming anniversary reboot, Angelique: Retour. From Huldukatt via Angemedia.


Read Julietta Suzuki's answers to fan-submitted questions on Funimation.

Also added wallie on Hello April! post.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Anime Review: Kamisama Hajimemashita Second Season


Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) - 12 episodes

The second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita continues with Nanami's misadventures as a land deity. The story can be divided into three arcs: Nanami attends the annual gathering of the gods. Nanami goes to Mount Kurama and Nanami goes to the New Year shrine god. And the suspicious-looking guy from the OVA is officially introduced as the villain of the story. 

We can add another one or maybe two supernatural character/s that is/will be smitten to our human god. There are also a lot of new colorful characters that will double the fun fare. The character count with an all-white hair and matching white brows and lashes have also increased: Mizuki, Okuninushi and Suiru. And I'm really wondering why Nanami is not bothered by that pantless monkey!  

For me, the first season is more on Nanami's feelings for Tomoe. In the sequel, it shifts to Tomoe's feelings towards Nanami. The ending is so sweet! It's making me smile now as I type this. I think what makes the two endearing is that it's not full-on lovey-dovey. They're always constantly bickering and when they let their  guards down to show their true feelings, it's priceless!

Kamisama has this anything-goes-vibe, feel good rom-com but if you look closely it is carefully calculated. There's another story building up in the background. There are a lot of kitsune (fox) stories but I just find Kamisama refreshing and cut above the rest. Even though it's about the supernatural stuff with engaging plots and twists, it was executed with grace and simplicity. It pulls you in like gods and monsters are the most natural thing in the world. Aside from the story, all the elements perfectly fit together to create a wonderful experience. The character designs with lovable personalities.  That weird, old intro voiceover. The dancing opening sequence. The same singer from season one. The first season ran for thirteen episodes. I wish the second season also ended in the same odd number.

And now for some random crossovers. There is a scene where Tomoe impersonated Nanami. I swear I heard the sound effect that happens when Naruto does a shadow clone or more specifically when he's about to do the sexy jutsu. I think it's because Tomoe was going to do a sexy trick on someone. XD But then again this might be all in my head. Meanwhile the ending of the story is so very Fruits Basket. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Anime Review: Akatsuki no Yona


Akatsuki no Yona ("Yona of the Dawn") - 24 episodes

Yona is a spoiled and naive princess of Kouka Kingdom but her world is shattered when her father dies and she runs for her life. She goes on a quest for the dragon warriors in order to protect the people she loves.   

The manga ruined the anime for me. Don't get me wrong. I've said this a million times and I'll say it again; the problem for me is that the anime lost its magic when you already know the story. Nothing beats watching the story unfolds for the very first time. Still, it was good to know that the adaptation is faithful to the original story. If you haven't read the manga, don't worry you haven't missed anything crucial. The only difference that I can remember is the first episode. It's not quite I remember it. I'm not going to discuss the storyline. You can read my review of the manga here. But I really enjoyed watching the fights and my favorite heart-stopping scenes from the manga. I was also hoping that the anime will cover beyond the chapters that I've already read. I'm undecided if I should continue reading the manga or to just wait for the second season. There's no official news if there'll be one, but I have a feeling that there'll be! 

Reliving Akatsuki no Yona in a TV format brought new realizations. I just realized now that the shield and sword are most probably Hak and Suwon. The sword and shield thingy just didn't make a mark on me in the manga. My hunch is that Suwon is really a good guy is getting stronger. 

Ever since I've started reading novels again, I've discovered the terms: 'special snowflake' and Mary Sue and in this case it's the dragon blood to blame. The harem members are confused with being drawn to her and they blame it on the blood connection. I kept referring to the foursome before as guardians but they aren't. Instead of the usual priestess searching for the guardians, it's a princess searching for the dragon warriors. I don't remember the yellow dragon having the awakening in the manga. I wonder why? Hmm..could he be a traitor or something? (Oh my god! I just read a spoiler for the reason of the non-awakening...Argh!) Also for some reason, Yun's feather in the anime is so distracting! It never bothered me in the manga before.

I was also expecting that they'll tweak the lend-me-your powers-for-a-very-vague-quest. It is still the same passiveness if she'll take over the kingdom. Well, maybe that was indeed how it's going to play out and it will eventually lead to an all-out war in the future.

I love the songs but the opening songs struck me the most. It's not common that we get an opening song that is purely instrumental and I like how it sets the mood and the video shows a story. Then the second opening suddenly surprised us with a very modern song which is a complete opposite of the first. Well-played!

Now that Yona of the Dawn has ended, we wait for another red-haired heroine, Snow White. What's next, Dawn of Arcana? (I still haven't completed Arcana. Is this a confirmed reverse harem?)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool's Day!




Dance with Dogs!




Grimmmafia!



From Diabolik Lovers. Check out the twitter account. Something's happening over there.




It's also Monde's birthday today!

UPDATE 2: May 11 Check out Ponytale's post for more Otomate spoofs.


Code: Realize


Hakuouki