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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.

Seinen Wednesday 3: Kaze no Yojimbo

Let’s take a break from Manga and divert to anime this week.

Kaze no Yojimbo is one of the first Seinen anime series I have ever watched. Thinking back, it might be one of the titles which converted me into a fan of the seinen genre.

By Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery Seinen
Aired: 2001

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kaze no Yojimbo (trans. Bodyguard of the Wind) is a 2001/2002 Japanese animated television series based on Akira Kurosawa’s chanbara film Yojimbo.

The series follows George Kodama into the small town of Kimujuku. The wanderer quickly realizes he is an unwelcomed visitor and becomes caught up in a violent conflict between rival crime syndicates.

Got Milk? Seikon no Qwaser Uncensored (Definetely Not Safe For Work)

Ever wonder why a non hentai anime video is tagged uncensored? It sure did triggered my curiosity. Must be some juicy one with tons of fan service. Seikon no Qwaser is just that and more. More boobs that is.

Derivation of typical plot – check.
Maidens encounters a hero who will save the day, the world and end the conspiracy with his super power. Of course the girls will get involve and play a role in assisting the hero.

Abundance western names and terms that no Japanese can pronounce correctly – check.
Aleksander Nikolaevich Hell
Theotokos of Tsarytsin

Cool super power – check.

Big bouncy boobs – check.

Some more big bouncy boobs – check.

And some butt too.

Violation the big bouncy boobs – check.

The violation of the boobs; and other things too – check.

Higashi no Eden / Eden of the East

Higashi no Eden – Eden of the East captivated me from start to finish. Conceived by Production I.G., the anime has an intriguing conspiracy mystery of Ghost in the Shell, minus some violence and the futuristic stuff, plus good humor and subtle mild romance. The series has maturity and the plot has content.

The anime starts off with the chance encounter between Morimi Saki, a student on graduation trip and Takizawa Akira in front of the White House. Naked, with only gun and a cell phone in hand, Takizawa had forgotten everything about himself.

The cellphone in his possession connects him to a 24 hour concierge, called Juiz who beckons to his request, including commanding the Prime Minister of Japan to randomly say ‘uncle’ on National TV. The cellphone is also charged with 8.2 Billion Yen of electronic money, which as Juiz informed, has to be spent towards “noblesse oblige’ or noble obligation. With the companion and encouragement from Morimi, Takizawa embarks on an investigation to uncover who really is and the mystery behind the cellphone.

Piano no Mori (Movie)

I’m guilty of slacking and not keeping my blog up-to-date. Even worse, although I had been reading a lot of manga, I left out anime, Japanese drama and movie from my routine. Whoops! So I did a little bit of catching up.

My first pick of anime to watch today was “Piano no Mori.”

“Piano no Mori” tales about friendship and rivalry between two elementary school students; Kai, the trouble making prostitute son and Syuhei, the pianist family prodigy. The two boys are bonded with their love of playing piano and mysterious piano in the forest. Just as I am attracted to Nodame Cantabile, I am very much smitten with the musical aspect of Piano no Mori. I once studied the art of piano playing and I can relate to many things in the story. Even though the story is based on two boys, it is quite mature and can be enjoyed by all ages.


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