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Tackling Gintama at Snail Speed

I am the marathon type of manga reader. I prefer reading completed manga or picking up new titles which already have plenty of scanlated chapters. Unless I am very curious about the story development, I usually wait until there are a couple of chapters released to start reading again. Then I focus on finishing the manga or all the available chapters before I read any other. This is not the case with Gintama. I describe my reading style as slow and distracted.

Obviously, I do enjoy reading this tale of silly, easy going, airhead silver curly haired samurai, whose dream is to have a straight hair. If not I would not have been so persistent in reading it. The manga is jammed pack with gags, parodies and puns. Despite accusation of being a copycat and unoriginal because of them, it does have a story of its own and its characters are also very well developed. Hideaki Sorachi had exposed me to as many variety of plots and settings a mangaka can do in one title; amongst others: a video game face off, a naval siege, robotic coup de tat and my favorite, servitude in a haunted ryokan.

Finding Time to Watch Japanese Drama

I haven’t watch Japanese dorama for ages.

It’s not that I haven’t have any chance to sit in solitude in front of my laptop watching streaming episodes, nor the tv to watch bootleg Japanese drama DVDs. I rarely watch TV or anything. I don’t think it’s a good idea to watch while spending time with Chloe. I feel like I would be neglectful. I would be concentrating on the screen and not paying much attention to her. Naturally, she will also be fixated to the screen. The thoughts of Chloe being overly stimulated, being more and more addicted to TV as she grows older and exposing her to inappropriate content are enough deterrent. So no TV other than Baby Einsten for half an hour every day.

Old School Shoujo: Top 10 Manga of my Childhood

I’ve been reading Manga since the early 90s. My mom would not let me buy too many manga, but luckily my cousin had an extensive shoujo manga collection, and I spent many weekends reading in her bedroom. I am thankful to her to this day. Come to think of it, for me reading manga was a gateway to fiction literature. I love reading. I’ve come a long way, and read hundreds of manga; one shots, short series, long seriers, shoujo, shounen, seinen, josei, even yaoi and yuri. In the memory of the good times, I present to you, “Top 10 Shoujo Manga of Childhood.” (In the order that pops into my mind first)


Candy Candy

by Mizuki Kyoko & Igarashi Yumiko
First published in 1975
Classic. The first manga that I’ve ever shed tears reading. I was very young when I read this. When I get around to it, I would like to read it again to see if my perception have changed.
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Ghost Hunt Scare

This week, I have been reading manga with supernatural theme, be it youkai, folklore or ghost story. I am a scaredy cat when it comes to ghost stories, so I make sure when it comes to that type of manga it would be during the day or if it’s at night my husband would be around.

My husband had a bi-weekly church gathering tonight and it was just me and Chloe until around 10PM. After I put Chloe to sleep around 7PM, I had a lonely dinner with only my iPad to accompany me. Somehow, I started reading Ghost Hunt.

Alone. Only the hallway and kitchen light were on. Just in case Chloe wakes up and I need to carry her around the condo to put her back to sleep. Quiet. Only the sound of the clock in the living room.

Favorite Forbidden Love Manga Scanlations: Student – Teacher pt. 2

For years, my forbidden manga lists are the most popular post on Otaku Hime until today. So today I present you ‘Favorite Forbidden Love Manga Scanlations: Student – Teacher pt. 2′. It shorter than my previous list, since I just have not encounter many good titles these days.

I Love Her
by Ikuemi Ryou

Length: 3 Volumes

Summary:

Hana, a 16 year old who’s a bit of a tomboy, is dumped by her boyfriend when she moves to Sapporo after her parent’s divorce. On her first night there, she comes across a young guy who is seemingly too ill to walk. He ends up collapsing on her and is quickly rushed to the hospital. As it turns out, he’s Hiroto, her next door neighbor.

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