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Monday, June 28, 2010

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan- 12 episodes

While searching for her missing father, Chizuri finds herself taken in by the Shinsengumis. It's based on a historical otome game. The setting is warring late Edo period and the characters are based on historical characters of Japan. Then throw in bishie samurais, supernatural elements and downplayed gender bender. I didn't want to get my hopes too high thinking it would be another NeoRomance clone. I was way off wrong! I don't even know where to start. It's like a noir for otome-turned-anime genre. Ok I'll start with the story. To be honest I'm not familiar with the historical material but they were able to pull off a credible historical story with a reverse harem going on minus the cheesiness. I like the fact that it wasn't trying too hard to sell the reverse harem factor. I thought the 12 episodes is going to be too short but the fast pacing was executed very well. The character designs, the animation and the color palettes are all amazing. I think it's at par with the CG version. The screenshots from the endings of the otome are making me swooooon! At first I can't differentiate some of the characters but as I get to know them I can't get enough of them. Actually the lead bishie Hijikata is my least favorite. Sorry for Hijikata fans. I still can't decide between Okita, Todo, Saito and of course I fell for the villain again, Kazama. I didn't have a problem with Chizuri's naivety and sincerity, because sometime I find it too annoying for some other animes. The anime ended in a very sad note but fret not since there will be a second season this fall. I can't wait to see them in modern clothes. I had a hunch they will have those second set of clothes on the next season with all the art scans out there. There's also two manga adaptations which was a major spoiler for me so don't read it yet if you're not yet done with this. I can't wait to watch the highschool parody too.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Upcoming Mangas

Motokare Walker by Akiko Higashimura

Private Times by Sakura Fujisue

pics from jshoujo

Friday, June 25, 2010

Contest: You're Beautiful DVD

Dramabeans is giving away limited edition and director's cut 'You're Beautiful' DVD with ANJELL poster. You can win by answering this question: Tell us what you’ve done in the name of your k-drama addiction at dramabeans. Deadline is July 1 9pm PST.

Freshest News: Ouran to end, FYGK resumes

'Ouran High Scool Host Club' manga's final arc will start in July issue of Lala. The magazine will also launch "Host Club: The Last Party" campaign to celebrate the coming ending and will give away lots of prizes. More info from ANN.

'Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden' manga resumes in Rinku magazine after a two-year hiatus. More info from jshoujo.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Freshest News: Hakuouki Second Season

Hakuouki aired it's final episode last Saturday with an announcement of a second season this fall. From ANN.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Freshest News: 'Three Dads, One Mom' stars out from military

Jae Hee and Jo Hyun-jae will be discharged from the military service by today and tomorrow respectively. Their last project in 2008 before enlisting was 'Three Dads and a Mom'. More info from dramabeans.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hana no Kishi

Hana no Kishi (Knight of Flower) by Mai Nishikata 2 volumes-ongoing

Ran vowed to be the Knight of the Ohtori family. She has to keep the title from 11 other knights who will fight for it to get it. Okay Ran is a girl. Another gender bender woot! But relax it's not yet confirmed if it's a reverse harem although there's a lot of mysterious bishies out there. Both the story and art are to eye for. I thought it was drawn by the mangaka of Meichan/Love Monster. Thanks to Julie for the tip!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Freshest News: Sungkyunkwan cast, Hakuoki OVA and play, YumePati in event

Park Min Young has been cast to complete the lead of 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal'. More info from dramabeans.

Two short Ova of Hakuouki will be given to those who will purchased the six volumes of DVD in Amazon Japan. It will be fandisc game of 'Hakuoki Zuisouroku 'and 10-minute official high school parody 'Hakuoki Sweet School Life.' There will also be a stage play adaptation of Hakuoki to be shown on October in Japan. From MAL news

Found some preview from YT

Yumeiro Patissiere will also be screened at "Natsu Doki– Ribon–kko Party 5" event in Tokyo (July 30), Osaka (August 6), and Nagoya (August 19). More info from ANN.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Polls: Yamanede Couple

The obvious choice for Sunako of Yama Nede of course is Kyohei! The other guys didn't show any romantic feelings for Sunako. I'm not sure with the manga though as I haven't read it yet. Which version of the couple did you enjoyed most? The manga, the anime , the jdorama or all? Thanks again for the 292 netizens who voted! Here are the scores:

Kyouhei Takano 218 (74%)
Takenaga Oda 30 (10%)
Yukinojo "Yuki" Toyama 29 (9%)
Ranmaru Morii 15 (5%)