Manga Monday #26: “Blood Lad” by Yuuki Kodama

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Looking for a new supernatural manga? Blood Lad has all the vampires, demons, and werewolves you want!

The manga series ran from 2009 to 2016 with seventeen volumes. The anime had a short run during the summer and fall of 2013.

The story’s not all dark and serious like I originally thought. It has its hilarious moments.

A Vampire Who Loves Humans

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Count Dracula’s descendant Staz T. Blood receives news a human girl has been seen wandering around his demon territory. Good news for him: he loves humans!

Staz is absolutely obsessed with human pop culture. He owns a vast manga library, plays humans’ video games, and collects action figures.

His meeting with the human Fuyumi is cut short when a monster plant devours her. Now, she’s a ghost in an unfamiliar world.

Staz travels through the human and demon worlds searching for a resurrection spell to return Fuyumi back to a fully-fleshed human. If he doesn’t find the spell on time, she’ll fade away into non-existence. Fuyumi drinks Staz’s blood to remain visible in her ghostly form.

The closer Staz gets to returning Fuyumi to human, the more he learns about Fuyumi’s close connection to his monster world.

The rest of the plot gets tangled in deeper conflicts. Staz discovers the only person who knows the resurrection spell for Fuyumi is his suspicious older brother Braz. In exchange for the spell, Staz must do Braz a dangerous favor.

Fuyumi, Bell, and The Executioner of Hell

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As I progressed through the series, I kept hoping Fuyumi’s character development would, you know, develop! Fuyumi has a sweet personality, but she lacks a backbone. She has an interesting character role, but it barely changes her.

Luckily, Fuyumi’s dainty self is mixed in with more energetic female characters.

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There’s Bell Hydra, the dimension traveling witch. She loves getting in Staz’s way. Has a little crush on him too.

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The underworld executioner is Liz T. Blood, Staz’s little sister. Despite being a hardcore kid, she’s hugely jealous of Staz.

You see, Staz was born with greater power than Braz. Braz grew obsessive over Staz’s power and placed him under deadly experiments to test his strength. He eventually manages to seal Staz’s true power away. Only he can unlock it.

Braz still checks up on Staz even though his little brother can’t stand him. It’s a strange relationship.

Liz only wants Braz to stop being so obsessive over Staz so they could share memorable big brother-little sister moments together.  All she wants is his time.

 Reading to The End

Many things are going on in this manga. Something insane happens on every single page!

All Staz wants to do is turn Fuyumi back to human. But no, there’s more, there’s always more.

I must see what happens at the end of this series. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard much about it when it came out. It’s a fun action manga.

Have you read Blood Lad? Comment below your thoughts about this manga or any supernatural manga recommendations! 

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Manga Monday #25: “A Silent Voice”

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Bullying sucks balls. Seriously, all you want to do is have a great time at school, but some doofus with issues wants to make your life miserable.

Movies, TV, and books emphasize how serious bullying is in schools and its effects on its victims. Even manga is taking a part in it.

A Silent Voice takes on a realistic look on bullying, the consequences, and forgiveness.

Shoya Meets Shoko

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 New student Shoko Nishiyama comes to Shoya’s class. Shoya Ishida realizes she’s deaf and takes advantage of it. He constantly teases her and throws her hearing aids out of the window. Shoya’s friends don’t mind, they think it’s hilarious.

All this time after enduring Shoya’s bullying, Shoko still wants to be his friend.

It’s torture reading through the bullying scenes. I was waiting for Shoko to stand up for herself and slap the crap out of Shoya!

No worries, karma catches up with him in the end.

One day, Shoya’s bullying hits its limit and Shoko transfers out of his school. Shoya’s friends turn their backs on him. Shoya doesn’t believe he has done anything wrong until he discovers his mom must pay a hefty price for Shoko’s new hearing aids.

Finally, the guilt settles in.

Six years later, Shoya sees Shoko again and decides to make things right. However, he fears Shoko will never forgive him for what he has done to her in the past.

Would You Forgive?

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I would’ve never hung out with Shoya again. I’d forgive him, but I’d have moved on with new friends.

Would you forgive Shoya if you were in Shoko’s shoes?

Shoko and Shoya eventually patch things up and become good friends. I praise Shoko’s strength to forgive and Shoya for finally taking full responsibility for his actions.

A Silent Voice is a wonderful original story touching on serious social issues.

Bullying sucks. Don’t be a bully or karma will haunt you.

A Silent Voice Movie

A Silent Voice has made its movie debut in Japan in 2016.  Check out the trailer:

The movie will come to America as a limited release on October 20, 2017.

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Comment below if you’ve read the manga or have any related manga recommendations. 

 

Manga Monday #24: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”

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If you think Puella Magi Madoka Magica is anything like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura, you are gravely mistaken.

Don’t let the cutesy pretty manga cover fool you! This manga series is seriously dark.

To Be or Not To Be Magical

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Madoka Kaname starts another regular day at school until she meets new student Homura Akemi. She has seen her before.

In Madoka’s dreams, Homura repeatedly saves her from a creature with an incredible offer. These events begin to manifest in real life.

Homura is on an important mission: destroy Kyubey. This little creature appears to Madoka offering her magical powers in exchange for a wish. Unknowingly to Madoka, this wish will cost her cherished life.

Madoka is an incredibly kind girl with low self-esteem. With her strong desire to help people, being a magical girl would make her dreams come true. Either she remains a normal middle schooler with an average life or become a powerful fighter burdened with a tragic fate.

Madoka’s friends Nami, Sayaka, and Kyoka have made their wishes and became magical girls. Sure, their wishes came true, but with nasty consequences. They serve Kyubey under an unbreakable contract fighting countless battles until their deaths.

Sounds fun? I think not.

Overall, be careful what you wish for.

Worth Reading?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica takes a heart-wrenching twist to the popular sugary mahou shoujo (magical girl) story. Most manga under this genre makes you feel good in the inside, but Madoka Magica punches you right in the stomach!

Personally, I recommend this series if you’re searching for a new take on magical girl manga.

Don’t read if you’re not interested in crying yourself to sleep.

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 Which manga girl manga have you read? Feel free to comment below! 😉

Manga Monday #23: “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama

 

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Should I catch up with the latest episodes or not?

That was the first question I had in mind when I heard the latest Dragon Ball series was on air (with a female Saiyan too). I haven’t watched the shows since Dragon Ball Z aired on Toonami over twenty years ago.

I finally decided to start all over by reading the original 1984 Dragon Ball series.

While reading, I’ve discovered some interesting facts:

  1. The seven dragon balls have names.
  2. Oolong was a villain.
  3. Yamcha and Bulma dated.
  4. Goku has no clue about females.

The Dragon Balls’ Names

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The names goes as followed in order of the number of the stars on the balls:

  1. (unknown)
  2. Arushinchu
  3. Sanshinkyu
  4. Suishinchin
  5. Oschinchu
  6. Liushinkyu
  7. Chiishinchu

The collected dragon balls summon the great dragon Shenron to grant one wish. The balls turn to stone and scatter all over the world after the wish is complete. They can only be used once a year after Shenron’s summoning.

In the first Dragon Ball volume, Goku mentions his grandfather gave him Suishinchin. Bulma reveals to Goku she has already gathered Oshinchu and Arushinchu.

While Goku only seeks adventure during the dragon ball quest, Bulma plans to use the balls to wish for a boyfriend.

Funny to say, Bulma doesn’t need a wish once she meets the desert bandit Yamcha.

Bulma & Yamcha

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Before Bulma was in a relationship with Vegeta, she briefly dated Yamcha.

Yamcha desires marriage, but he’s afraid of girls. The further along the dragon ball quest, he and Bulma gain an intimate relationship.

I wonder why they didn’t remain a couple. If they did, then Trunks wouldn’t have existed and the entire Dragon ball universe would’ve taken a different turn.

Oolong Was a Terrorist?

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However, Oolong was not entirely bad. All he did was pose as a scary demon and kidnap the village girls to take care of his house. He can be a bit pervert, especially with Bulma, but she always evades his advances.

What’s a Girl?

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Goku’s reactions towards girls are hilarious! He thinks girls have tails and boobs were butts on their chests. Goku’s biggest surprise:  they don’t have balls.

Sure, Goku’s only a little boy, but you would think he would’ve known a little more about females before meeting Bulma.

Worth Reading?

Overall, Dragon Ball is a great shonen series filled with memorable adventures and characters. Please do read the original series first if you’re familiar with the Dragon Ball universe. How everything started will surprise you.

Author Akira Toriyama has written sixteen volumes of Dragon Ball before hitting off with Dragon Ball Z.

So far, I’ve read five volumes. It’s time to read the rest!

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Feel free to comment below if you’ve read this manga series or you have any recommendations. 

Thank you!

Manga Update! *Sept 2017 Edition*

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Updated: September 8, 2017

Read any good manga recently?  I came down upon volumes with a vengeance since last month’s dud.

This is what I’ve read so far in this latest manga update:

New Manga

  1. Ai Yori Aoshi by Kou Fumizuki
  2. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
  3. FLCL by Gainax
  4. The Legend of the Zelda: Four Swords by Akira Himekawa
  5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica by the Magica Quartet
  6. Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo

Updated Manga

  1. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  2. Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma
  3. Black Butler by Yana Toboso
  4. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  5. Blood Lad by Yuuki Kodama
  6. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
  7. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  8. Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate
  9. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  10. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki – Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  11. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

Nostalgia Hits!

For those who don’t know, Dragon Ball is the first series before all of the others came out. The story begins with young Goku and Bulma on their first grand adventure tracking down the legendary dragon balls. If they collect them all, Shenron the dragon will appear and grant one wish.

Back in the day, I used to wait for Cartoon Network’s Toonami to watch Dragon Ball Z. At some point, they brought the original Dragon Ball on TV too.

Instead of tracking down where I left off watching Dragon Ball Z by reading the manga, I’ve decided to start at its origins.

Read All the Zelda Manga!

I enjoy reading The Legend of Zelda manga.

About a year ago, I read Akira Himewaka’s manga adaptation of The Ocarina of Time. If you barely play the video games, stories like Four Swords will fill you in on Link’s quests.

Being a Magical Girl Can Be Scary…

The volume cover of Puella Magi Madoka Magica looks cute and friendly until you uncover its dark side you will never forget. The story takes the magical girl genre into a surprising path. Don’t want to spoil much of the story…

I thank my friends for recommending this to me! Wish I’ve started reading Madoka Magica sooner.

Conclusion

August was indeed a great manga reading month and it has given me many manga series to add in my “to-read” list!

The latest manga volumes has been updated in my manga list.

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Read any of the manga listed? Recommendations? Feel free to comment below!

Manga Update! *August 2017 Edition*

The Manga Mecca

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I’m pleased to announce I’ve found a new library with a fresh, breathtaking manga selection in this manga update! The library had manga series I haven’t seen in years (Zatch Bell, Dragonball), based on my friends’ anime recommendations (Soul Eater, Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and a couple I stopped reading after I was distracted by other manga (Black Butler, Negima!).

Below are the new manga series I’ve picked up and read (so far) from my newly-discovered “Manga Mecca”.

 New Manga

  1. Blood Lad by Yuuki Kodama
  2. High School of the Dead by Daisuke Sato

And one teeny update from a series I’ve already started:

Updated Manga

  1. Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina

Conclusion

I highly recommend Blood Lad. Great action scenes and humor fill this supernatural adventure.  Vampire Staz loves everything connected with human culture. He loves to play video games, read manga, and collect fandom memorabilia.

A girl from the human world accidentally steps through a magical portal and ends up in Staz’s demon world. Unfortunately, the girl dies in his world before he can ask her a million questions about her world. Now, the girl’s a ghost and Staz must seek the spell to transform her back to a living human before she disappears forever.

High School of the Dead is The Walking Dead with Japanese high school students fighting their way of their zombie-infested city. Fair warning: there are plenty of panty shots and other obvious fanservice (random shots to please readers) scenes. Overall, this manga series is a captivating “fight for your life” story.

Interested in the latest manga I’ve read so far? Check out the full list with the latest titles highlighted in bold. Make sure to look out of next month’s manga update too!

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You’ve read the manga listed above? Any recommendations you would like to share? Please comment below!

 

 

Manga Update! *July 2017 Edition*

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I have a pretty short list this month due to the lack of new manga discoveries. However, I did create a list of interesting titles I found while I was hanging out at Barnes & Noble.

About 95% of them are not found in any libraries near me (boo). Looks like I’ll be ordering serious inter-library loans in a next couple of months!

Here’s the latest on the manga I’ve been reading so far:

Updated Manga

  1. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  2. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  3. Haikyu!! By Haruichi Furudate
  4. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  5. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  6. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

You’ll find the fully updated manga list here.

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Got any recommendations for next month’s manga update? Feel free to comment below!