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A Decade of Reverse Harem

Reverse Harem Garden actually turned ten last September. Sorry, for the late post. But be warned, to compensate for the late post this ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Freshest News: Fruba anime cast voice DVD

In commemoration of Natsuki Takaya's 20th anniversary as a mangaka, Hana Yume will be releasing anime cast voice special DVD of Fruits Basket's final chapter and illustrations of famous works. More info from Crunchyroll

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Upcoming: Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi

The for adults-only otome Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi will be adapted into an anime for early winter next year. It's about a shut-in who develops unhealthy relationships with 4 men. More info from ANN.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shima x Dan: My Life with Boys on an Island

Shima x Dan: My Life with Boys on an Island - oneshot by Yutori Houjou and Kako Mochizuki

Minato transfers to an island with population of 157 with 5 boys along her age. And she's the ONLY girl in the island along their age. I'm inspired to create another tag for this cliche: the "marriage game"! Think Arcana Famiglia and Hanasakeru Seishounen. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Freshest News: Millennium Snow resumes, Brocon manga

Bisco Hatori resumes Millennium Snow in the next issue of Lala on December 10. More info from ANN.

Monthly Slyph launches "Brothers Conflict" 4-panel manga version with super deformed characters. More info from ANN.

Monday, October 8, 2012

To The Beautiful You

To The Beautiful You 16 episodes

Goo Jae-hee (Ashiya) enters the all-boy Genie High School to help Kang Tae-joon (Sano) jump again. She was able to blend in pretending as a boy and even making friends with Cha Eun-gyeol  (Nakutsu).

This is the second reverse harem Japanese manga after Hana Yori Dango that gets adapted first into tdrama, then jdrama and finally a kdrama. Yes, in the same orderly fashion. SM Entertainment decided to remake this after the success of idol-based Dream High in 2011. It's a great move that it took a year for the drama to air because the summer of 2011 was filled with 3 gender bender dramas: Ouran High School Host Club jdrama, Ikemen Desu Ne Japanese remake and another Hana Kimi jdrama remake.  After a year of rumors they have hired the same director of Boys Over Flowers and casted idols Sulli Choi from f(x) and Choi Min Ho from Shinhee. I thought the rest of the cast would from idols too. Aside from the main leads, the only idol from the ikemen bunch is the lipgloss-toting Hwang Kwang Hee from Ze:a.

I haven't read the manga but it's no surprise that this will deviate much for a fourth remake (the jdramas had 2). I'm not going to be nitpicky and detailed about it. But the very crucial difference is that they turned Sano's character from cool, indifferent guy to the very emotional, affectionate and jealous Kang Tae Joon. Just like the Korean version of HYD, Hana Kimi gets upgraded with over-the-top everything: very large campus, colorful uniforms and interiors and the very spacious nest for the lovebirds.

News outlets in Korea have a knack for finding the most unflattering stock photos whenever casting are announced. I really thought the leads were ugly. Sulli has boyish poker face but when she smiles *boom* she's a101% girl. I find Choi Min Ho's acting when he's being sweet and nice a bit forced. Lee Hyun Woo is perfect as Nakatsu! On a side note, kdramas always give their characters a second hairstyle and Lee Hyun's cuteness doubled up when he had the clean cut.

I love the awkward heart-stopping, squeal-inducing situations they put our characters into and the misuse of brief moment of insanity when Kang Tae-joon and Cha Eun-gyeol give it to their feelings and hugs/kisses Jae Hee. The only downfalls of the drama are that there's a lot of stretched and boring scenes and I still find the scenes between Cha Eun-gyeol and Jae Hee lacking. Sorry, I'm really biased. I really love Nakatsu. I'll miss Squeasy-squeashy. I think I'll finally watch the second Japanese Hana Kimi to fill my TTBY withdrawal.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hello October

Monthly wallie from Hisaya Nakajo. I'm not sure if it's Hana Kimi though but the guy looks like Nakatsu. But the wallie is named 'Momo'.

Calendar wallie from Miki Aihara. Is this an all star bishies or from 5-ji kara 9-ji made or from a new manga? I have no idea but they all look so hot in black suits.

Let me know guys if I'm wrong with the above pics.