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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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By ayreesa

Trivia: The 2nd episode of OHSHC is actually Christmas in the manga.


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Sorry no updates for now, I've been very busy this Christmas. Enjoy the holidays!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Five

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"Five" by Furukawa Shiori 7 volumes-ongoing

Hina is the first girl who made it into the special class filled with nerds, geeks and the five bishies. She becomes the "princess" among the five guys. It' s like "Ouran High School Host Club" with anything goes story in each chapter but not as funnier. Well, I hope it picks up. It even used similar devices like hosting, lightning phobia and a lot more. The art is like a cross between "Lovely Complex" and "Hot Gimmick" and has a contemporary feel on it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Freshest News: Hana Yori Dango Special (Manga)

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"Ore no Hanashi o Shiyō ka?", a two-installment special of "Hana Yori Dango", will be in print starting this January. The 70-page story highlights Hanazawa Rui in a lead role.

source: ANN

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Freshest News: Neo Angelique Abyss

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"Neo Angelique Abyss", the fifth installment of "Angelique" anime series, will premier on Japanese boobtubes this April. It is based upon the game to which the female player together with the four male Orb Hunters fights the demonlike Tanatos. Kairi Yua, the artist of "Saiunkoku Monogatari", also designed all the characters in all the "Angelique" game franchise.

Source: ANN

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Diamond Head

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"Daiamondo Heddo" ("Diamond Head") by Misushiro Setona 5 volumes

Nanao is a transfer student in Mehabia Catholic School. There she meets the Judicature Club, a club that conduct hearings and issue verdicts on students' disputes. The story is well written with mystery, comedy, romance and a heartbreaking drama. =( The art seems inconsistent with the characters looking weird at times or maybe that's the point that I missed.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Freshest News

Penguin Revolution Manga to End in Japan in December
The seventh and last volume of "Penguin Revolution" manga will be on sale this December 22. The 40-pages finale will be released through Lala, while volume 5 of the English version will come out in January through CMX manga.
"Southern Island LLC", distributor of "Fruits Basket" merchandise has gone bankrupt. The last "Fruits Basket" collectibles will be auctioned on December 11 at Ebay which includes Kyo Sohma Blue and Grey, Kyo, Shigure Sohma, Tohru Honda Busts and Statues, Assorted Figures, Yuki Sohma and various bobble head, plush, and stuffed characters.
Source: Anime News Network

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Reverse Harem Pictures???

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"Vampire Knight" by Matsuri Hino

I read the manga to see what's the hype about. This is from the same creator of "Meru Puri". Forget kissing. Blood sucking and licking has never been so sexy. Nope it isn't a reverse harem, but couldn't resist sharing this reverse harem-esque picture. If it's from the same mangaka then I pray it becomes a reverse harem. "Vampire Knight" will be animated soon. Wee!



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"Ai wo Utau yori Ore ni Oberero!" (Blue Roses) by Mayu Shinjo 5 volumes-ongoing

Oooh bishies! Guess again! Those are girls and the brown haired person is the guy. I have been trolled by the picture into reading it! Akira pretends to be a girl to be able to join a girlband while Mizuki pretends to be a guy to gain entry to the all boy's school. I'm not too sure to what direction the manga is heading to but I'll be keeping my eye on this one.

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"MidnightChildren" by Mayu Shinjo

I just saw this picture while browsing the homepage of Blue Roses' mangaka. I have no idea what the manga is about except that it's about a girl who lost her memory. Just released this year, I hope a scanlator group picks it. UPDATE: I found the group who is currently translating the first chapter!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Never Give Up!

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"Neba Giba!" ("Never Give Up!") by Hiromu Mutou 13 volumes-ongoing

Kiri vowed that she would strive to look like a princess for Touya. Problem is, she looks like a prince and Touya is more of a princess-type. Kiri faces a lot of obstacles in pursuit of love but nothing can stop her even from enlisting as a male model in order to protect him.

It took me a long time before I get used to their physical dilemmas. You can only read this if you can endure a long reading without makeout sessions in each chapter. This element seems to be a must in shojos or smuts but in it's absence in "Never Give Up" you will really feel that their feelings for each other is pure. I also have this favorite side story when young Kiri wants to hit her mom with a bat.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ouran High School Host Club PS2

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桜蘭高校ホスト部 is a dating game of what we non-Japanese call as "Ouran High School Host Club". The game also features the characters of Jean-Pierre Léo, a long-time French friend of Tamaki, and Himemiya Sayuri, a childhood friend of Haruhi. It was released exclusively in Japan. Now if only they release English version as well...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Meine Liebe

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"Gin'yuu Mokushiroku Meine Liebe" or "Meine Liebe" (German for 'my love')

Tanbi Musou (Beautiful Dream) Meine Liebe GBA
Meine Liebe Yuubinaru Kioku (Graceful Memory) PS2
Meine Liebe II~Hokori to Seigi to Ai~ (Pride, Justice & Love) PS2
Meine Liebe (Season 1) 13 episodes
Meine Liebe ~Wieder~ (Season 2) 13 episodes
Meine Liebe ~Eien naru Musou Kyoku~ (Eternal Dream Music) 4 volumes by Rei Izawa

If it's a dating sim or RPG and you're the female character with a lot of boyfriend candidates, chances of creating reverse harem animes or manga as a promotional franchise is high. For example: Angelique, La Corda d'Oro and Haruka 8. Or so I thought.

The Game: Meine Liebe series is created for GBA and PS2. The object of the game is to hook up with one of the guys. I have the GB and emulator sitting in my hard drive for a like a month now. I've been procrastinating because it's a hassle to play in Japanese although I've found a site that has the game translation guide.

The Anime: There are 5 Strahls in the academy being groomed as future leaders of their country. They dwelled too much on internal conflicts of each character and the hero complexes all for saving the future. I couldn't get myself to watch the second season after the agony of watching the first. As handsome as they all are, the anime is so severely serious that you'd forget they're bishonens. This would have been better if they made this into a reverse harem.

The Manga: Good news: This one is a reverse harem and the guys are charming here. Bad news: Shallow plot. Girl, (Erica) is in search for her brother who might be one of the Strahls.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

La Corda d'Oro Special: A Summer Encore

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"Its a flower that blooms only one summer night"

The concurs participants all gathered for a summer training camp. This is just an extra stuff after the concours. Nothing special for a 'special'. As usual all the guys get a fair amount of quality moments with Kahoko.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saiunkoku Monogatari II Episode 7 and harems

The latest subbed episode of "Saiunkoku Monogatari" has finally been uploaded by Sweet Secret Fansubs. The other group, Four Leaf Clover, will be releasing the next episode anytime soon.

"Saiunkoku Monogatari" is the only reverse harem that is currently airing in Japan amidst onslaught of harems for fall such as "Da Capo II","Prism Ark", "Myself, Yourself", "Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun" and "Clannad". Correct me if I'm wrong since I haven't seen them yet. But the point is we need more reverse harems! Sorry, just rambling.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ouji Sama No Tsukuri Kata

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"Ouji Sama No Tsukuri Kata" ("How To Make A Prince?") by Momoyuki Kotori 2 volumes

Yuri was tasked to turn the four devilish students into princes while masquerading as her brother. The art is too cute but the story is not. Who knows if the second chapter can squeeze in a miracle. It badly needs one.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Uwasa No Midori-Kun

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"Uwasa No Midori-Kun" (No official translation yet "The Legendary Midori-Kun", "The Infamous Midori-kun", "The Supposed Midori-Kun", "The Much Talked About Midori-Kun" by Ikeyamada Go 6 volumes- ongoing

Midori lives in a small remote island. Her childhood friend who taught her soccer returns and becomes a catalyst in making her enroll to an all-boy school in Tokyo to play soccer. They cut down to the chase and goes straight to business and I was like this O_O?! It manages to stay cute and scandalous at the same time. And unlike gender benders this girl haven't heard the words: bind or bandages or vest. I'm not sure if there will be 11 princes after her as written in the picture above, but as of last count there are 9-10 bishonens. The art is cute and I love the vivid covers and the strategically placed inserts on the magazine. Another unconfirmed reverse harem but I got excited that I can't wait to post about it. Nintendo DS also released "Uwasa Midori-kun!! Natsuiro Striker" game last September in Japan and there's an unknown bishie in the the cover.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Day of Revolution

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"Kakumei no Hi" ("The Day of Revolution") by Mikiyo Tsuda 2 volumes

Kei Yoshikawa founds out that he is actually a girl only after 15 years has passed. Gender benders in anime/ manga usually entails magical or physical change. In this case there is no cross-dressing or hocus-pocus involved, blame it on genetics. I don't want to divulge any further than that since it's only two volumes short. And for it's shortness I felt like the character's motivation is weak. I had mixed emotions relating to the character in the confusion of his/her supposed gender. Nevertheless it was fun.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Penguin Brothers

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"Penguin Brothers" by Ayumi Shiina 5 volumes

Hina is the newest school transferee. She learns soon enough that the students are divided. They see the world in "Black" and "White" with no gray area in between. But they'll be in for a surprise on how her sense of justice, brute force and simple-mindedness can upset or restore (?) the balance. Another manga that I can picture as a funny live action with just the right tinge of drama. I love the natural pace of things. It doesn't seem rushed and although there are unresolved questions I felt good and satisfied with the ending. Nothing fancy but I simply enjoyed this one. Like "Hana Yori Dango" I was also hesitant to label this as revere harem as there are also a few supporting female characters. But I justified it on the recurring emphasis of the main characters on the covers by mangakas.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Gentlemen's Alliance †

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"Shinshi Doumei Cross" ( "The Gentlemen's Alliance †" ) by Arina Tanemura 8 volumes-ongoing

Haine Otomiya cleaned up her act and entered Imperial Academy to follow the boy she loves, Shizumasa Togu. She used to be delinquent out of resentment to her father who "sold" her off. But Shizumasa has changed from the boy that she fell in love with since childhood.

I was spacing out in the first few chapters. Maybe because of the abrupt scene transitions or maybe it was just me. Then I was caught off guard with all the surprises and mini-stories. The harem will slowly appear and by far, this is the weirdest mixture of harem with disqualified member/s. It doesn't look innocent as it looks. Aside from their ready for cosplay clothes and ribbon fetishes (serialized in Ribon), there's a very brief flashes of yuri, loli and for the first time I was all thumbs up for some BL action! The story behind the title is amusing. I wonder what will happen next.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Not a Reverse Harem 1.5

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In relation to this post.

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"Blood+" 50 episodes

Saya is the last trump against the vampires but she doesn't have any memories of her past. The title encompasses what this poignant story is all about: family, life and death. Bloodline. Blood thicker than water. Bloodthirsty. Bloodshed. While it's not a full-blown reverse harem, I find the love angles even more bittersweet. Exasperating at times and yet bittersweet still.

Okay so it's a supernatural anime but I just don't get how they resolved the language barriers through magic realism. The clash between red against blue reminds me of "Death Note" and then...colas. There'll be a live action version but based on the movie "Blood: The Last Vampire" with "My Sassy Girl" lead actress as Saya.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saiunkoku Monogatari Special

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Interview with the seiyuus of Shurei and Ryuki shown between episodes 17 and 18 from the first season. They did a short skit too. Shame on me for learning about this just now. You can live without this but you'll watch it anyway ayt? The second episode isn't available yet. Now everytime I think of Ryuki the voice actor pops in my head. >.<

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tokyo Crazy Paradise

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"Tokyo Crazy Paradise" by Yoshiki Nakamura 19 volumes

Tsukasa was raised as a boy for her own protection by her police parents. But when her parents died she impulsively brought her brothers to the aid of her Yakuza classmate, Ryuji Shirogami, of all people and becomes forever indebted to him. The story has a good start but becomes boring with some fillers and then picks up to an adrenaline-pumping scenes one after another. There are a lot of characters that I wished were excluded to concentrate on developing the important ones like Akira etc. This can be a great anime to watch with all the gangster action interwoven seamlessly with romance and comedy. The ecchi is essential to the story too. LOL! The time is 2020 in Tokyo, but the fashion and hairtsyles are so eighties. Girls in gender-bender roles are always politically speaking as less endowed but after seeing Tsukasa...I'm taking back my words.

Not A Reverse Harem 2

Guys falling in love with the female protagonist? Check!
Gender Bender? Check!
But wait this is a boy that magically turns into a girl! This would also be a reverse harem if not for that one crucial detail.

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Ranma 1/2- Ranma's father promised his mother that he'll be raised as "man amongst men". But while training, Ranma fell on the Spring of Drowned Girl. From then on Ranma becomes a girl when doused with cold water. His curse can be reversed temporarily by hot water. He got his fair share of harem and reverse harem, but Ranma had a lot more of unwanted male pursuers in the manga than in the anime.

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Tenhsi na Konamaiki or Cheeky Angel- Megumi wished to become "man among men" but the genie pretended to misheard it as "woman among women". He will revert back to his original form only after 10 years and so before that time arrives he have to endure against the advances of raging adolescent boys.

Thanks to Tartza for the recommendation. Sigh! I don't know what happened to my previous guestbook. That's why I have a new one.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

My Fantasy Harem 2

These are the always-laidback-but-dead-serious-when-they-mean-business types. They also understate their bishonen-ness by wearing glasses, hat and mask. Beneath the looks they're strategists and always act as a mentor or leader.


Kakashi Hatake from Naruto
When will we ever see his face?
Hobbies: Reading adult novels and being fashionably late
Powers: Sharingan, Thousand Years of Death, Chidori, summoning dogs and my favorite Kakashi harem erm clones


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Kisuke Uruhara from Bleach
What happened to him in the past?
Hobbies: Shopkeeping, making secret underground tunnels
Powers: As Founder of Shinigami Research Institute he's a genius with inventions that were almost always outlawed. Zanpakuto: Benihime, bankai is still unknown.

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Bekko from Zombie Loan
My jaw dropped when I saw his makeover at the finale and it run for like under 10 seconds.
Hobbies: Greedy manager of Z-Loan, giving donations to zombie's families and planning trips to promote teamwork
Powers: As Ferryman his power is still unknown. Does his ping-pong prowess counts?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Girl Got Game

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Power!! (Girl Got Game) 10 volumes by Shizuro Seino

Kyo Aizawa was conned by her own father into entering school as male student just to play bastketball. Think "Hana Kimi" in a parallel universe. There are a lot of funny situations but then again so does the so-so moments. I don't find this romantic at all because Aizawa tends to get beaten up including on supposedly sweet scenes. It doesn't help that the art is shonen-esque looking either. Read this only after you forget the aftertaste of "Hana Kimi" or vice versa.

Girls dressing up as guy among a group of guys are easy target for reverse harems. In the ending of "Girl Got Game" the guys even joked Aizawa that she has her own harem. But I made up some personal rules before labeling it as reverse harem. Her real identity should be exposed to the major male characters involved and the guys who fell for her male alter-ego should also continue with their feelings. Without closure who knows if they might have some yaoi thing going on.



Friday, October 19, 2007

Penguin Revolution

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Penguin Kakumei (Penguin Revolution) 5 volumes-ongoing by Sakura Tsukuba
status: currently reading


Another gender bender story but this time it takes you to the fascinating world of show business. I love the flow of story so far. Fujimaru always had the ability to literally see the talent of aspiring and established actors. But as much as she wants to pursue a practical dream of becoming a public official she's being seduced towards the backstage. The idols starts as penguins and work their ways up to crows and if they're really good they can become one of the coveted 10 Peacocks (Like 10 Ranks of Espada in Bleach the higher the number the better). So that's the peacocks, crows, penguins... Do the math. That's how much nosebleed you'll get in the future volumes hihihi But as early as now it's as wholesome as "Fruits Basket".

I was already halfway when I realized that I've read the wrong manga! I was actually looking for one of my reverse harem candidate, "Penguin Brothers". BTW, this is also still an unconfirmed reverse harem, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Monday, October 15, 2007

MeruPuri

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MeruPuri or MeruPuri: Meruhen Purinsu (MeruPuri: Marchen Prince) 4 volumes by Matsuri Hino

Airi is set to finding her fated person. She even had her dreamy marriage life all mapped out. Then her big plans gets disrupted by a shotacon~magical boy. Talk about shojo in reverse in contrast to popular shojo sub-genres: lolicon and magical girlfriend.

The storyline had a lot of potential but sadly, it was wasted with half-baked conflicts. It became a romance for romance's sake. Kissing should be considered a crime here. I don't mind (x10) the excessive mushiness but the story could have been better. The art, the boys and the frivoulous court clothes were all lovely.

This is the first manga that I've completed. I've finished "Hot Gimmick" earlier but I'm still waiting for the subs of the couple of volumes I've skipped.







Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hua Yang Shao Nian Sha or Hana Kimi

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Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu 15 episodes based on Nakajo Hisaya's manga, "Hana Kimi"

Hana Kimi vs Hana Kimi

From what I've read in the reviews before I believe this is more faithful to the manga which is about a girl disguising as a boy in an all-boys school. But I confess I prefer the jdorama "Hana Kimi". Probably because the Taiwanese drama is the first adaptation and the jdorama had the advantage of improving or for better term, improvising the material. I'm biased that I got tired with the pacing. I really should read the manga. Bottomline, if you want to watch both then watch this first.

Yi Quan or Sano's character is more expressive with his feelings but was not given justice by the acting. I know they're all in their twenties but he's the least believable high school student.

Ella who plays Rui Xi is much more convincing to pass as a boy than her Japanese counterpart. She always make this weird, ungraceful faces to make her less of a girl and I thought Yi Quan is 'prettier' compared to her. But gradually as the series progress I noticed that she looked liked she lost weight and appear to be more and more of a girl. Ella is member of the girl group S.H.E who sung the kitschy opening song . In their music video you'll see her as she really is.

Now I know that I love the Nakatsu character whoever actor is playing it.

Season 2 were junked just this Septmeber. This one's a premature reverse harem since it ended with a cliffhanger. Could the success of "Hana Kimi" jdorama which also ended in September had something to do with it?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hot Gimmick

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Hot Gimmick 12 volumes by Miki Aihara

Hatsume lives with her family in a housing complex filled with gossipmonger tenants. Life gets tougher as the naive and shy girl is overwhelmed with the neighborhood boys' attention. The mangaka exhausted all the typical complications in each guy who is interested in her. The story is predictable yet the repackaged result was so addictive that I can't put the manga down or rather I can't tore myself away from the mouse. It lived up with it's unusual title. I had mixed emotions to which guy she should choose! The art is beautifully done but without color I sometimes get interchangeably confused with Azusa and Ryouki without his glasses. But I'd really love to see this on live action over anime. "Hot Gimmick" will also remind you of a certain Asian drama. But even if it materializes to TV, it may suffer censorship or even heavy storyline changes as this is intended for mature audience. (almost all the main characters are underage btw *coughs* you get the general idea)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Angelique

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Angelique OVA-3 episodes
Broadcast Date: Mar 17, 2004 to Mar 23, 2005

From the same creators of "La Corda d'Oro" and "Harukanaru Toki no Naka de", "Angelique" is the most successful adventure dating game by Neoromance that spawned animes, mangas, novels and spin-offs. It is also considered as the very first otome game.
The queen candidates, Angelique and Rosalia, are given a comsos to cultivate with the help of the uber-handsome guardians. I guess to truly understand and appreciate this you should be familiar with the game to which I'm not (I stopped playing a long, long time ago). This is a prequel to the game so you'll be left hanging.

Related:

Angelique: Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoire (Angelique: White Wing Memoirs) OVA 2 episodes Mar 25, 2000 to Jun 27, 2000
Angelique: Seichi yori Ai o Komete (Angelique ~From the Sanctuary with Love) OVA-3 episodes Jan 25, 2001 to Jun 27, 2001
Koisuru Tenshi Angelique ~Kagayaki no Ashita (Beloved Angel Angelique ~ Radiant Tomorrow) sequel to spinoff- 12 episodes Jul 8, 2006 to Sep 30, 2006

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Legend of Basara

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Legend of Basara- 13 episodes- based on the manga "Basara" by Yumi Tamura

The story is set in the future that resembles the Dark Ages. It is about Sasara, a girl who just wanted to protect her village from those who are in power. Sasara will learn the dangers and cruelties of fightings and amidst that, she will find her love. Beware, this is not your usual romance fare as this is also an action-adventure anime. The quality of animation in the nineties doesn't quite give you the futuristic feel. But nevertheless, the twists are like from a soap opera executed effortlessly. Just expect the unexpected. This one would leave you wanting for more. Seriously, I'm having second thoughts in this anime to which is better: to give spoilers or to be very vague.



Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lady Georgie

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Redi Jōjī (Lady Georgie) - 45 episodes based on the manga, "Georgie" written by Mann Izawa and drawn by Yumiko Iragashi status: dropped

Georgie learns that she is an adopted daughter and that both her brothers have fallen in love with her. She flee Australia to look for her real father and her lost love in England. I've only seen a couple of episodes of the dubbed version in our local channel I guess around 5 years ago. It was a jolt in my head when I suddenly remembered the story and I have to look up for the title as I've forgotten it. This might be one of the earliest form of reverse harem. The manga debuted in 1982 while the anime aired the following year.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

Not a Reverse Harem

The protagonist is a female? Check!
The supporting cast are predominantly males? Check!
Romance? None!
Almost a reverse harem, but not a chance. Here are some of the successful titles that didn't bank on the universal theme of love.

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1. Gokusen- (abbreviation of Gokudo no Sensei,which means Gangster Teacher)


Yamaguchi, a Yakuza heiress, fulfills her dream and becomes a teacher to delinquent highschool boys. Though there are some characters who are in love with Yamaguchi in Kozueko Morimoto's manga, it wasn't distorted in the anime and the live series at all. I was disappointed with the doomed 'Shinkumi' pair that I didn't even finished the anime and the drama. I'm now trying to finish the anime and then maybe the dramedy.

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2. Azumi

Azumi is raised with her childhoods friends to become assassins. It is based on Yu Koyama's manga, but the original storyline are girls being trained to become killers. Being a slasher noir slash historical film, it is not surprising which prevails in the sequel "Azumi 2: Death or Love". I've seen this way,way back and I was amazed to found that her friend/love interest was played by Shun Oguri. Not only that, check the pictures below. These are Shun Oguri's six degrees of separation among reverse harem and non-reverse harem characters.

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3. Juni Kokuki (The Twelve Kingdoms or Record of 12 Countries)

Youko Nakajima is a highschool student brought to another dimension and learns that she is actually a queen from this mysterious world. The premise is like "Fushigi Yugi" but as far as it goes they're at the opposite ends of the spectrum . Yuoko is actually only one of the many characters in Fuyumi Ono's novel where it was based from. I'm currently watching this and I've already set my mind not to be personally involved with any character so as not to repeat the "Gokusen" incident. (Sob!)

My Fantasy Harem

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As for the moment these are my dream team. They're all from reverse harem series. Their character descriptions are in white since some are spoilers.
1.Senya- His real name is Sa Sakujun from "Saiunkoku Monogatari". He's pure evil but for the first time he had a reason to live when he falls in love with Shuurei. And in own twisted way, he will die for Shuurei as well. I want to see him again in season 2.
2.Ryuuki- The emperor from "Saiunkoku Monogatari". He's childish and spoiled but he's very perspective and responsible. He's very cute when he acts crazy and bold over Shuurei.
3.Rimudo- One of the celestial guardians in "Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden". He transforms to Uruki, as a woman to control the wind. He's very protective to Takiko not just because he's a guardian to a priestess, but because he is just a man and she is a woman. I can sense another ill-fated lovers. :)
4.Shin- The Plant Leafe Knight from "Pretear". He's so cute that I have this urge to squash him.Mwahahah!
5.Yunoki-The flutist from "La Corda d'Oro". Beneath his perfect and friendly smile, is a calculating character. The only one who understands what he truly feels is Kahako. I thought he is just a boring bishonen but I found him so irresistable when he shows his true colors.
6.Hayate- The Wind Leafe Knight from "Pretear". I find it cute at the way he disguises his feelings or rather fools himself by being cold or rude towards Himeno.
7. Nakatsuki- The very funny and cute guy in "Hana Kimi". His love for Ashiya is so unconditional that he will still love her even if she loves another guy or even if she's a guy. He looks out of place with the long-haired beautifully-drawn guys.Tee hee!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango Returns

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By ayreesa

Hana Yori Dango- 9 episodes based on manga "Hana Yori Dango" (Boys Before Flowers) by Kamio Yoko.

Since I havn't read the manga I can't compare which between the two, "Meteor Garden" or "Hana Yori Dango", made a better adaptation. My inspiration in watching this is that I get to see Ikuta Toma in the sequel. It was dragging at first because I already knew the plot..poor girl getting the red note from F4... yadda yadda...enemies to lovers...but before I knew it I was caught in up in their world again. And I got teary-eyed like three times, when she and then her family have to endure hardships.

Hana Yori Dango Returns- 11 episodes

Makino now had to prove their love against all odds. The drama is heavier. It was an exhausting, emotional rollercoaster ride that I just want to give them a smack on their heads. If not for Shun Ogiri I wouldn't be able to finish it. But still, it was way better compared to "Meteor Garden II" in terms of continuity of the tone and treatment.

I thought this was just another drama that will be locked in an attic in my mind, but to my surprise I kind of missed watching the show particularly the antics of Makino and Dyoumji. It kinda grew on me. Superb acting by those two.
Well we get to see the gang again next year, woot~ probably for the last time~ sniffs~ in the movie "Hana Yori Dango Final".



Hanazakari no Kimitachi e or Hana Kimi

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By ayreesa

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e or Hana Kimi (translation: For You in Full Blossom)- 12 episodes
based on Nakajo Hisaya's manga

Ayashi poses as a boy in hopes of convincing her hero into jumping again. "Hana Kimi" is not just a romantic comedy, it is a hilariously, heartwarming series. I'm planning to watch the whole thing again. It's very rare that I rewatch shows or movies. This is my very first jdorama that I've actually followed through until the end. In fact, this one got me into watching Asian soaps again after "Meteor Garden". The actors are very good and I'm smitten over Ikuta Toma (Nakatsu). He's not on the picture though. I like the way they shortened the wait by producing the shortest yet powerful opening that I've ever seen with a nice, upbeat music by Orange Range. Babyyyyyy!

Meteor Garden and Meteor Garden II

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By ayreesa

Meteor Garden- Season 1 30 Episodes and Meteor Garden II- Season 2 31 episodes
based on the manga, Hana Yori Dango

This is the first live series of "Hana Yori Dango" but set in Taiwan with Chinese character names and a different title. Even with all the variations from the manga, it still followed the same plot and conflicts. Shan Chai is the poor girl that goes up against the F4 and it's ringleader, Dao Ming Si and the rest is history. "Meteor Garden" paved the way for asian dramas in the Philippines back in 2003. I caught the fever as well. It's hard to compare two versions that you've watched at an entirely different time. I cringed now at my unwavering fanaticism to "Meteor Garden" then but it was a first of it's kind that I've seen and I did enjoyed it while it lasted. As I matured (perhaps), one thing that didn't changed is that I still like the opening and closing songs of the first season.


Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden



Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase 6 Volumes- ongoing

This is the prequel of "Fushigi Yugi". It shows the origin of the book and the adventures of the very first priestess, Takiko. I was sad after "Fushigi Yugi" ended and I wished it could go on forever. The OVAS were also disappointing. This time I have high expectations that Genbu Kaiden will be worthy successor or erm a predecessor (im confused now lol) of the Fushigi series. I even bought my very first manga after the scanlations run out. I'm just not too keen with the ending since it's already a giveaway.

Please check updated review here

My Heavenly Hockey Club


Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club (My Heavenly Hockey Club) by Ai Morinaga 3 volumes- ongoing

Hana's hobbies are sleeping and eating but her idyllic world crumbles when she was tricked into joining an all-male hockey club. This is the first time that I've read a manga scanlation and the fansubs are until chapter 3 only. It took me for a moment to realize that I should read it from right to left.^_^;; The plot and the characters are very similar to "Ouran High School Host Club", but I wouldn't mind buying the 2 volumes that I saw the other day in the mall. I'll just wait for the bookstore to run a discounted sale.

Hana Yori Dango

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By ayreesa

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers or Boys Before Flowers) 52 episodes! based on Yoki Mamio's manga status: plan to watch

The same manga also inspired the Taiwanese drama "Meteor Garden" and jdorama "Hana Yori Dango". I havn't watched this as well but they basically follow the same plot. Tsukushi is a poor girl who captures the attention of the notorious F4. The group consists of the most powerful boys in their elite school.