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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.

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.

Yankee-kun to Megane-chan: Why I Switched from Drama to Manga

Yankee-kun to Megane-chan was originally created as a manga and recently adapted to a drama. I just discovered it the other way around. I needed a break from reading too many manga too much the other day. I browsed mysoju.com, and chose to watch Yankee-kun to Megane-chan drama because of the interesting title.

Synopsis from drama wiki:

Shinagawa Daichi used to be a good student who has now become a delinquent, while class president Adachi Hana was a delinquent who is now trying to move on. Her secret is discovered by Shinagawa, but she involves herself trying to correct his ways.

I have a good first impression of the Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (yannmega) drama, it was quite hillarious. While Narimiya Hiroki’s acting is a bit to the cheesy side, but Shinagawa Daichi’s character that he was playing is entertaining. The real star of the drama, in my opinion is Naka Riisa. She plays her role as Adachi Hana, a nagging class representative very well.

Seinen Wednesday 2: The Path of the Assassin (Hanzo no Mon)


By Koike Kazuo and Kojima Goseki
Genre: Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen
Scanlation status: Completed
Read Online: Homeunix Manga

From Dark Horse:

Path of the Assassin, called Hanzo no Mon in Japan, is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty it was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the shogun who would unite Japan into one great nation. But before he could do that, he had to grow up and learn how to love the ladies!

As the secret caretaker of such an influential future leader, not only does Hanzo use vast and varied ninja talents, but in living closely with Ieyasu, he forms a close friendship with the young shogun.

Forget the high tech loaded, gun slinging, sword swaying, over imaginative action Seinen. Today, I am going to introduce you to the art of war the ancient Japanese way. The Path of the Assassin is a must read, especially for historical manga fan.

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