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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 ...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

News Round Up: more Flower Grandpas, Night Watchman cast, international F4 reunion & dating HYD couple

This xxx over Flowers trend is officially a never ending story. From the same network that brought "Grandpa Over Flowers", comes the drama, "Flower Grandpas Investigation Unit". Three of the flower boys transform into their grandpa versions. It's currently airing in Korea. More info from dramabeans.

Another foursome update from the upcoming, "The Records of Nightwatchman". They have casted Jung Il-woo (from another reverse harem, "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop", Go Sung-hee and Yunho. This from the producers of "Sungkyunkwan Scandal". The drama will air on July. More info from dramabeans 1 & 2.

The poster and trailer of Lupin III starring Shun Oguri has been released. But there's no signs of Jerry Yan yet who plays a villain. Then I suddenly noticed that there's another F4 member included in the cast! It's Kim Joon! Okay, I definitely have to watch this rare F4 reunion. The movie will be released on August 30. More info from ANN and dramafever.

Kim Joon from Boys Over Flower, Shun Oguri from Hana Yori Dango and Jerry Yan from Meteor Garden

And speaking of F4 reunion, here's another HYD-related union. Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto are actually dating in real life! And here's the kicker, they've been dating for nine years! They might also get married in summer. From dramafever.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Book Review: The Scarab Thief # 1

The Scarab Thief # 1 by C.L. Stone

Kayli resorts to pick-pocketing to support her brother no thanks to their drunk father. But while she was on the "job" she catches the attention of the Academy boys or maybe the other way around? This happens at the same time with "The Ghost Bird Series" and at times the two stories will overlap. Actually, it's a bit grown up version but the totally opposite of the earlier series. The genre is under new adult which means the themes are mature like their outlook in life and more risque situations. I liked it that it's not another TGBS. It was a breath of fresh air. I couldn't take another long story of waiting for the heroine to kiss anyone! One is enough. The heroine and the boys also have their own unique personalities that are totally different from TGBS. I also liked that there's the reverse harem stock characters of twins and the villain. I had an Ouran moment when she tried to guess the twins' identities. I thought a twenty plus book deal is an ambitious but a heaven-sent news to fans, but creating another and a bolder, sexier Academy boys seems too good to be true. But then again this shouldn't be a surprise to us reverse harem fans since spin-offs are a common occurrence in otomes. But I'm not entirely hooked with the story yet. The Academy boys of  Ashley Waters High still holds a special place in my heart. We'll see as the series progress.          

Friday, May 16, 2014

Poll: Kuro to Kin no Hirakanai Kagi Couple

And the winner for the guy to whom Kanade should have an unhealthy relationship with is..the stepbrother, Ikuto! Okay that didn't sound right. Lol. For the first time, I'm happy that there's only 321 people who joined the poll. And I do hope they're all 18 years and above. But I'm nervous that my review for the anime is consistently the most popular! My favorite cool-looking Yukio was close in the heels of Ikuto. While I'm not really into teacher-type, I'm so into the mysterious and dangerous-looking, Chihiro. But sadly, he's at the bottom of the poll. And here's the rest of the votes: 

Ikuto (stepbrother)  128 (39%)
Yukio (former schoolmate)  120 (37%)
Tomoomi (hairdresser) 31 (9%)
Chihiro (teacher) 22 (6%)
Tatsuki (classmate)  20 (6%)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Book Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All The Boys I've Loved Before # 1 (ongoing) by Jenny Han

Lara Jean Song always writes farewell letters to the boys she once liked/loved as a way to close her one-sided, imaginary final chapter before moving on with her life. But suddenly the letters were mailed to all the five boys! 

I first saw this being given away in dramabeans. (The heroine and the author are Korean-American so it figures that a copy was given to the kdrama site). And the sirens in my head went off when I saw the title and read the plot. We have to wait for book two though, "P.S. I Love You", if it will become a full-blown reverse harem. But if my hunch is right, I get this feeling it will be. I'm really dying to know what happens next. 

They say not to judge the book by it's cover. But the very cute and girly cover gives justice to it's contents. I don't know maybe I just haven't read this type of romance for ages. It's a light reading with sweet vibe. Not too angsty or over-the-top melodrama. Just the right amount of chill. I also love her relationship with her sisters. I always imagine what would it be like to grow up with sisters.  The writer is going to visit our country in June and I hope I can make it to the event. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book Review: The Ghost Bird Series

The Ghost Bird Series - Books 1-5 (ongoing) by C.L. Stone

The very shy and loner, Sang Sorenson moved to a quiet, suburban neighborhood, well more specifically because her mom wants it that way. All her life, she's been told that life is dangerous and that men will do nasty things to her. She never had made any friends but all of a sudden she's gotten her hands (almost) full of friends from the mysterious Academy. And might I add, they're all boys. 
Book 1 - Introductions - I have this talent of not really digesting the plot and forgetting about it so later on I'll be really surprised with the plot twists. And oh boy, I was in disbelief with the number of boys. When I thought my expectations has already been set, another boy is introduced, and then another and another and so on and so forth. But my excitement for the abundance of boys was eclipsed by the very slow pacing. 

Book 2 - First Days - I. Hated. Sang. I was jealous of her! I couldn't relate at her at all and I just find it so incredulous that she gets to do those things with my I mean 'the' boys. They deserve better. But the series picks up for me at the ending of the Book 2.

Book 3 - Friends vs Family - Now I was totally into it. I have now reconciled myself as Sang. This was made by someone who is purely into fangirl fantasies! And later on I read the author admitted that it is a self-indulgent story. No worries! I don't mind at all!

Book 4 - Forgiveness and Permissions and Book 5 - Drop of Doubt - Sometimes I get impatient with the story which is of course is the pivotal element. But I hate to confess that I live for those heart-stopping encounters. I admit I sometimes cringe at some of the scenes but I guess it depends on who you might be rooting for. To each her own. I was excited and sad at the same time, when I reached Book 5 because it's the last book and I don't want to be left hanging.

I don't have a favorite book--yet. All the books have it's own charms. But I find myself rooting for the types I usually don't fall for in a reverse harem-- the glasses-boy Kota and the flamboyant Gabriel. I started liking Kota when we got his POV. He's supposed to be level-headed but he's human too and just like the rest of boys he's gone crazy over her. I loved Gabriel's witty lines since the first day they met. His character seems to be harmless and not all over Sang. But I only realized I was secretly into him when I finally read his feelings in the spoiler sheet on CL Stone's site. You have got to read those! I literally squealed with all spoilers, most especially when I found out how Kota meets Song for the first time. I like how some characters have grown like North but disappointed with some like Nathan.

The author is planning on making 20 books out of the series. I've got this apprehension at first with the number of boys. How will she make it work? Now I know. It makes perfect sense. Instead of making this end right away, she's taking sweet time for us to slowly savor the story. She has made effort to make all the characters shine. I think the challenge of reverse harem in a Western world setting is that there's a lot of burning questions. This situation is a totally new concept. I liked it how she slowly tackled them as Sang tries to question herself. I also liked the circumstances she created to get away with the reverse harem set-up. I really thought at first that The Academy is a supernatural school and the boys have magical powers. Like telepathy perhaps since Sang thinks they can read each other's minds. Thanks for the all the people who recommended this series! This is really addicting. Now I'm now off to reading The Scarab Beetle Series.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Anime Review: Capriccio - stile Arcana Famiglia (OVA)

Capriccio - stile Arcana Famiglia (OVA)

Jolly creates a potion which would have serious yet hilarious effects. It's such a fun episode! And the only hint I can give is that you'll see all of them in a new light. Dante really shined in this OVA.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

News Round Up: KamiAso OVA, Storm Lover stageplay and more

Kamigami no Asobi will have an OVA. No other information available yet. From MAL.

The otome turned manga Storm Lovers will get a stage adaptation. It will run on May 3-11. Check out the official site. Taken via D3 twitter account.

I found this from Danny Choo via his twitter. It's for a Japanese mobile game app, Boyfriend Beta. I have no other information except to let you marvel at the sheer number of bishies. XD

Mystery wallie from Margaret. Can anyone translate please? Thanks!  Thanks anon! It's from Mairunovich! I've read a few chapters of this before and I didn't recognize her at all. I need to read this again!

This is from the manga, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji,which was recently announced of getting animated. Can anyone confirm if it's a reverse harem? Wallie taken via Betsuma.