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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Three Dads and a Mom




"Three Dads and a Mom" or "One Mom and Three Dads" 16 episodes

Song Na Yung's husband died before he could see their baby. Alone and pregnant, Na Young is taken care by her husband's three best friends. But unknown to her one of the three is actually the biological father of her baby.

It's funny at first but I lost interest after about episode 3. It's too long and after all the postpartum and baby blues, all the chemistry went to the drain. Still their sacrifices are inspiring and I enjoyed Jo Hyun Jae's and Shih Sung Rok's characters as the otaku and policeman. I'm really not a big fan of soaps in general. Our country imports a lot of kdrama and I've found out about this when I saw the trailer in our local channel. This is the very first kdrama that I've finished.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Check the updated post here,

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By ayreesa

Wee it's been a year already!

Holy Grail

My most favorite when I started watching animes was "Fushigi Yugi". Over the years I kept on looking for animes similar to "Fushigi Yugi" but I couldn't find one because I didn't know what I was looking for and my only resource then is AXN-Asia and Animax. In January 2007 (9 years after Fushigi Yugi) I picked a random title from Memento's site. I have no idea what the anime is about. All I care is that I want to watch an anime that is short and has an ending and it was "Ouran High School Host Club". Kirimi's statement is a phenomenal line that will later produce 180 posts, almost 50,000 hits and counting. It also paved the way for me to read mangas and watch Asian dramas. I couldn't also believe the only drama that I've watched "Meteor Garden", prior to Ouran is also a reverse harem. There's something about a girl and a love dodecangle of swoon-worthy bishies.

Big Bang Theory

I've always wondered who coined the word 'reverse harem'. Hands down "Ouran" popularized the buzzword in 2006. But the contenders of the first cookie-cut reverse harem with one girl surounded by three or more guys are Yuu Waatase's "Fushigi Yugi "and Yoko Kamio's "Hana Yori Dango". Both mangas debuted in 1992. "Fushigi Yuugi " in May, while "Hana Yori Dango" in October. For the anime versions FY first ran in 1995, while HYD aired a year later. Animes preceding this two may be considered reverse harem retrospectively. I think these two officially set the trend in stone and no earlier anime may equal the cult following and franchise these two earned. I'm also thinking that reverse harems probably evolved (aside from branching out from harem) from stories wherein girls have multiple suitors or love interests spread out in different timeline like "Candy Candy" (1975) and "Georgie" (1981). They're kinda like grandmothers of reverse harems. For otome games, the first generally acknowledged is "Angelique" which was first released in 1994.

Devices

Statistically there are a lot of girls over boys, but all it takes is some common cliches and creative storytelling for a reverse harem recipe. There's the guardians, all-boy clubs, girls disguised as a boy or the only girl student in an all boy-school, stepbrothers, girl in an all-boy dorm or house and more. In some cases, they don't use these devices and guys with no connection or relation to each other fall for our heroine. Of course, the guys will represent a character stereotype as further explained by Kirimi like the prince type, twincest etc. More bishies, more variety.

Ze Future

I decided to create my first and only fansite after I've seen all the reverse harem animes listed in wikipedia (They deleted it BTW but here's how the list looks like) and I couldn't find a resource. After each manga or drama that I've finished I tell to myself oh well it's time to start reading the manga versions of the animes but up to this day I've never done it yet. Because every day I discover some old and new titles. I didn't know that it had been around for such a long time and it must be getting more popular as we learn new projects. In case you've noticed I havn't started any otome review yet. I really appreciate those who frequently visit this site, who recommended titles and who shared their thoughts since I first started this. Keep on supporting this site and hopefully the animation studios will also realize that we need more reverse harems!

P.S.

Why Reverse Harem Garden? Hmm.. Let's see "Boys over Flowers", "For you in Full Blossom," "Meteor Garden", "The Wallflower"...The uber-abundance of roses in "Ouran High School Host Club" and sakuras in "Saiunkoku Monogatari". And to sum this all up here's a cheesy haiku that I wrote in the banner before:

red rosebud blossoms
bishonens by the dozens
love blooms in eden

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Hustle High

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By ayreesa

H3 School "Happy Hustle High" 5 volumes-complete by Rie Takada

Hanabi's all-girl school merged with an all-boy school. She's her classmates only hope in facing the boy's student council. The heroine is tomboyish but she turned out to be a loveable character. The story is about the ups and downs in a relationship. There's no major conflict or drama or anything. They fight over silly petty things like any other first highschool romance which makes it unassuming. I havn't had a great laugh such like this for a long time. There's also a PG-13 disclaimer from the mangaka.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Underground Kids

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"Gakuen Onmitsu Torimono" ("Underground Kids") 1 volume- complete by Nana Shiiba

Kimi hires the services of the school's secret organization because she think someone is after her. This is an earlier short of Nana Shiiba of "Animal Jungle". Same cute art but I like story of the "Fake" extra better. I wonder if the last part has "I'll protect you" theme.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Freshest News: Hana Yori Dango Korea

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Kim Hyun Joong is officially part of Korean 'Hana Yori Dango' but not as Hanazawa Rui but as Domyoji Tsukasa. The producers said "that they might switch his role around with regards to his personality". He'll start taking his scenes next month while simultaneously promoting SS501's newest album. Joong is currently included in the variety show "We Got Married" opposite Hwang Bo and is also recovering from sleeping pills overdose.

source: coolsmurf

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Freshest News: Shugo Chara!! Doki

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By ayreesa


The sequel "Shugo Chara! Ninenme" or "Shugo Chara Second Year" will air this fall. According to ANN it will air in October 10 while from sites I'm seeing October 4. Check fall and winter tags.

UPDATES:

The official name of "Shugo Chara" sequel is "Shugo Chara!! Doki" and will start airing this October 4.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Freshest News: Hana Yori Dango Korea

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By ayreesa

According to Group Eight, “The Korean version of Hana Yori Dango will make it’s debut by end-December on KBS 2TV in the Mon-Tue timeslot as a mini-series. We will not disappoint the expectations of fans and will offer something totally different from the Taiwanese and Japanese drama adaptations.”


source: coolsmurf

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fall Animes 2008

There's no follow up news from "Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World" yet. But I found two 'reverse harem' looking animes. Both are based from light novels and I think both have a heroine named Lydia.

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Hakushaku to Yosei" is set in Victorian era. Lydia is a "fairy doctor" who joins Edgar J. C. Ashenbert, the "Earl of Blue Knights", and his team on a quest. It premiers on September 28.


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"Tytania" is a space opera about a soldier who escapes and rebels against the Tytanian empire. I think this is going to be some kind of a sci-fi shonen. It airs starting October 9.

If my hunches are wrong, you didn't get it from me. XD Click on the titles for the official sites.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jitterbug

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By ayreesa

"Jitterbug" from "S no Yuiitsu M no Zettai
" 1 volume-complete by Rei Toma

Akane's mom died and she suddenly finds herself with a father and three brothers. This is the second story in the five oneshots of Toma Rei. I like all the stories that I can't decide which one I like best. She's good in bringing out the emotions from such a compressed time. That's why I think she'll fare well with a longer series like "Boku wa Kiss de Uso o Tsuku."

Monday, September 8, 2008

Freshest News: Star's Lover



Choi Ji-Woo of "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" makes a comeback (in a potential reverse harem) "Oh! My Goddess" to be aired this December in Korea.

Synopsis from Dramawiki: "Lee Ma Ri is a famous actress that is actively pursued by four men. The four men come from different backgrounds and have different aspirations. One is a literature graduate student who dreams of becoming a writer, another is a famous photographer, the third is the heir to a major chaebol family, and the last man chasing after Ma Ri is a young executive who works at a media corporation."

Update: The working title has been changed to "Star's Lover".

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Boku wa Kiss de Uso wo Tsuku

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"Boku wa Kiss de Uso wo Tsuku" ("By Way of A Kiss, I Lied" or "I Lied with a Kiss") 5 chapters-ongoing by Rei Toma

Meiko always stays in the library. While dozing off, someone stole a kiss from her. Who among the four witnesses is the culprit? I hate reading new mangas especially if it's really promising because waiting is a sweet torture. You'll be hooked from the very start so take your time and savor the characters, art and scenarios of each page.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Freshest News: Hana Yori Dango Korea and Hana Kimi SP

There's still no news about the cast of the Korean 'Hana Yori Dango'. The producers are facing casting issues and whatnot that the broadcast date has also been tentatively moved to spring of 2009.

source:coolsmurf

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Meanwhile the broadcast date of Hana Kimi special has been announced. The 2 hours and 15 minutes long episode will air on October 12 in FujiTV. The complete title is "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen♂Paradise Graduation Ceremony & 7 and 1/2 (Seven and a half) Episode Special".

source:unleashthegeek

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Freshest News: Vampire Knight Guilty

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TV Tokyo streamed a twin promotional videos of "Vampire Knight Guilty". It also features brand new theme songs from the same artists of first season, ON/OFF and Kanon Wakeshima. The sequel will air this October 6.

source: ANN

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

C♥C♥C



"Chu♥Chu♥Chu" or "C♥C♥C" (Kiss Kiss Kiss) Tsubaki Nakashima 2 volumes-complete

Honey is a middle school student who's always passed up as elementary kid. Then she meets vampire Robin who transforms her to an adult every now and then. This would have been under the previous post (for almost a year now) but as I've read the recent chapters the second and third guy have entered into the spotlight. The story is a mixture of Bisco Hatori's "Millenium Snow" and Matsuri Hino's "Meru Puri" with silly smuttiness. Next thing you know someone will create a manga that has "Ouran" meets "Vampire Knight" plot. LOL.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fourth Wheel?

The third guy in each picture haven't appeared in the story yet. May or may not be reverse harem.

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By ayreesa
Nosatsu Junkie


"Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta"


"Rakuen Route"


"Gokujou Danshi to Kurashi Temasu"

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"Cashgirl"

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day Weekend


Summer break is over and for some countries like US and Japan it's back to school again. This month is also special to me since I'll be celebrating my birthday and first year of this blog.