Monday, 10 December 2007 23:51

Kaibutsu Oujo (Manga, 2005)

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So here's the question. You get killed saving a hot blonde EGL, only to be resurrected as one of her servants; whereby you're expected to protect her from all the bad things that go bump in the night...and I do mean every single monster conjured by the human psyche. Oh, and you're only semi-immortal, requiring daily sessions of feeding on her blood to stay alive. What do you do? WHAT. DO. YOU. DO?

Hiro just found himself in this situation and he's still not too sure. Fortunately for him, he damn near fits the definition of a harem anime protagonist, and can barely think at all. Also fortunate he doesn't qualify as the main character...that honor is reserved for the aforementioned blonde EGL, who happens to be a princess of the monster world, heir to awesome powers when she matures, in the middle of a fight for succession to the throne, and probably one of the most intriguing characters to step out of anime in quite some time.

Thursday, 26 January 2006 23:44

The Outer Zone (Manga, 1990)

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A couple years back, on one of my rare visits to a used book store, I stumbled across a manga series I’d never heard of before. It wasn’t the name that caught my eye - it was the face on the cover. An elf girl, with green hair - except over her left eye, which was covered by purple locks. She had enough cute to catch my eye, and the whole miss-matched hair color was enough to make me decide to find what I could of the rest. Originally, I’d been planning to try selling the series on eBay as a rare manga - never know what you might get, right? After about half an hour of searching through the hopelessly unsorted manga stacks, I managed to unearth a total of seven volumes, 5-10, and 12. The series, I finally noticed, was called The Outer Zone. Having collected what I could find, I returned to the hotel I was staying at and decided to take a look before I sold them. I discovered, to my pleased surprise, that the series was in truth a sort of cross-over between The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone - hence the series name, I imagine.

Thursday, 22 December 2005 07:42

Vampire Game (Manga, 1996)

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While at Barnes & Noble catching up on the issues of Hellsing that have come out since the last time I checked, I saw a graphic novel with a rather cute girl holding an equally rather cute cat-like critter. As if that wasn't enough, the title of said novel was Vampire Game, making it something to automatically reach for, as I browsed through the isles. Now, admittedly, at first I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the copy that I grabbed. However, as is always the case when I visit a book store, the stack of potential books to purchase were quickly stacking up - and by quickly, I mean that by the time I actually found the graphic novels that I'd come for, I had about seventeen books, and only $40 to spend. A few minutes of sorting and deciding later, I'd cut myself down to just Hellsing, and this little gem.

Monday, 19 December 2005 00:07

Psychic Academy (Manga, 1999)

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Several years into the future psychic powers have started appearing throughout the world at a level of abundance and power that rivals stories like the X-Men. Research into these powers has become split between the apparently world governments sanctioned Aura Development Center, and other more private schools such as Japan's National Psychic Academy. Enter Ai Shiomi, little brother to Zerodyme, savior of the world who has been identified with extraordinary potential and has been transfered to the National Psychic Academy to help him realize it.

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