Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Anime Amino: The Otaku App

The Perfect Anime (Amino) App

Anime Amino
The Otaku's App
I find myself using this anime app more and more every day. Anime Amino is the perfect place for Anime lover's to get together and talk about, well, Anime! Here people can discuss many things from cosplay ideas to greatest anime ever. Finding your way through the app is easy. It is addicting though. The urge to follow everyone is hard to fight as well. This is of course only available on Apple products.

The Anime Amino Menu

Anime Amino
Discover Others
The app opens up to a news feed. Here you can access the popular stories or see what your friends are posting. You also have the ability to get involved in discussions. One user may ask what your favorite anime is and why. There is one section that allows you check your own profile and any emails or notifications. To get to this you must slide from the left side. Here you have the news feed, discover, discussions, and membership. Since you open up on the news feed I won't re-discuss this one. Discover is where you can locate other users around you. That is right, you can see who in your town is into anime. Maybe you can set up an anime club. Then you have the Discussion area. Here you have the choice to discuss about up coming anime, anime series, advanced critic, manga, cosplay, anime music and AMVs, Japanese culture, Events, and even the Chinese fans have their own section. The Membership area is sill under construction.

Now that we talked about the that, lets get to the Profile section. When you click on your picture you are taken to "Me". This is where you can post a collection, blog, or check up on your discussions. A collection is something you can create that is either about an anime, a character, your latest drawing, an AMV, etc. You can literally put anything anime related that you like here. The blog is just a basic blog area. You just say what is on your mind. You can also link blogs and collections together. You can start your own discussions as well. If you click on your name at the top, it takes you to your page. This is where you can tell people a little about yourself. Most users include the anime and manga's they have completed. If you slide from the right, you also have the ability to save users you like the best. Maybe they always have great collections or they are great to debate with, whatever the reason you don't want to lose their username.

Anime Amino Reputation

Anime Amino
Anime Collection
Anime Amino wants you to keep a good reputation. Reputation is gained in this app when others follow you, comment on your discussions, interactions on other users discussions, etc. Basically it makes you stay involved in the community. You can not direct email or create a discussion until you have 50 reputation points. Reputation can also allow other users to see how well you keep up with the app. Why follow someone who never does anything?

Check out Anime Amino in the app section of your Apple products. You can also visit the Anime Amino website to see what the fuss is about. Hope to see you join soon, if you do look me up: Sabrina Murray.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki (Manga) Review

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki Manga Review

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki
Manga Cover

I love picking up random mangas and then falling in love with them. This is exactly what happened with Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki. It deals with paranormal activities and people being able to use certain powers. Each person is classified differently by their powers. Ao and Nanaki search for these cases and solve them. Although I feel like the ending was left open for another volume or a continuation, but it ended nicely.

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki Plot

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki
Ao and Nanaki

Nanaki is hit by a car at the beginning of Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki. After that he is able to use certain powers. A boy named Ao comes after him and explains he is from and organization called Lock. There other people have the same abilities or completely different ones. They pair up and search out for paranormal activities and solve the cases. Each chapter deals with different stories. Nanaki has to be able to control his teleportation and heavens abilities. He is powerful in a pinch but can not command his powers at will sometimes. Ao is a really mysterious kid. He may look sixteen but he is actually twenty. Nanaki senses something is wrong with him, but will never admit it to Ao. Instead he speaks to Gunji his "boss". He really doesn't tell him anything until the end of the manga. Between puppets, vampires, ghosts, and fortune tellers, the two deal with everything paranormal in this manga.

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki Characters

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki
Nanaki and Ao

Nanaki is a hard headed high school student with new found abilities. He wants to save everyone and find out what these new abilities mean. He is cocky and really into the ladies, although he is not lucky. He mostly stays in trouble. Ao is a quite kid with a mysterious past. He keeps quiet and tries to hold a strong front to everyone. Gunji is the leader of the group and is very calm. He is mature and makes them train often. Satsuke and Kanade are two female Nouryokusha user. Kanade can touch things and see the things from the users point of view while Satsuke has super human strength. The cast of characters are really great. They are essential to the story. Not all of them are explained like Satsuke and Kanade, but as far as teh main characters go, their story is told.

The Nouryokusha of Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki

Nouryokusha are people with the ability to use certain powers. Whether it is teleporting or healing, any power is available here. Ao has the ability to heal wounds and change his special rod into anything he wants. Nanaki can teleport, use heavens ability, an has psychic abilities. Satsuke has super strength while Kanade can know things about a human from touching personal stuff. Gunji is really mysterious. He has powers but he never really uses them. Other poweres include telling the future, living forever, and so much more. Really not alot is explored when it comes to the powers. Nanaki and Ao are the only two who continuously use their powers and sharpen their skills in the manga.

Like I said Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha Nanaki was a great manga. It is not a long manga, but it is not short. With supernatural powers in the story as well as chasing after ghosts, vampires, and the such, you can not go wrong. If you happen to see this manga, then pick it up and read it, you will not be disappointed.

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Overall Grade 9/10

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi (Manga) Review

Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi Manga Review

Yoru wo Utau
Manga Cover

I had never previously heard of Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi. That is until I had started to browse around for some short manga's. When I came upon this manga, the art really stuck out. Plus I liked how it had to do with a mysterious school and a door to the underworld. Not only that, but the characters are quickly to love. Everything about this manga was really good. I have found that shorter manga's are sometimes better.

Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi Plot

Yoru wo Utau
Plot of Yoru wo Utau

In Yuro wo Utau, a rumor has been going around Kuniyuki's school that there is a door that leads to a secret dimension. Teens have been disappearing and the police can not figure out where they are going. Kuniyuki's friend just happened to be one of the kids who disappears. He goes in search of his friend but ends up in the door himself. It leads to a mansion where a girl named Towa lives. She protects the school the best she can, but lately the work is to much. She takes Kuniyuki and another of his classmates, Kashiwagi, as her helpers. Eventually Kuniyuki finds out why Towa is so bent on protecting the people of that school. It is her fault that demons have been released. She has a good reason, but Kuniyuki does not trust her.

Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi Characters

Yoru wo Utau
Towa, Kashiwagi, and Kuniyuki

Kuniyuki is the main character of the story. He really wants nothing to do with Towa, but wants to help his friends and classmates that disappeared. He is quiet to other people, but they mostly leave him alone. Towa is a girl that once went to the same school a long time ago. She was seduced to the other side and became the protector of the school. She remains the same age and only wants to be done with her responsibilities. Kashiwagi is a really quiet student. At first he was watching out for Kuniyuki and got involved. The only reason he got involved was because he has demon eyes. They allow him to enter freely into the mansion at any point.

Kashiwagi may have not had a lot of air time in my article, but he was my favorite character. You should really give Yoru wo Utau Kodomotachi a read. It is only one volume long and has a really good completed and thorough story. Nothing is left out so you do not have to worry about any cliff hangers. Pick it up or read it online, you will not be disappointed.

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Overall Grade 8/10

Friday, November 1, 2013

Yesterday, Yes A Day (Manga) Review

Yesterday, Yes A Day Manga Review

Yesterday Yes A Day
Manga Cover

This was a really cute romance manga. Yesterday, Yes A Day is about a boy who leaves a girl behind to go to a better school. When he comes back, he comes back with new found feelings for her. Although she takes a while to catch on, the two remain good friends. She gets annoyed with him, makes him jealous, and then the two eventually get together. A really good manga, but a really typical love story. Yesterday, Yes A Day is worth the quick read.

Yesterday, Yes A Day Plot

Yesterday Yes A Day
Haruno and Takiji

Takiji leaves Haruno behind to go to a different school while the two are still in middle school. Now it is the first year of high school and Takiji has returned home. Since Haruno's dad works late she spends most of her time at Takiji's grandmothers house (even while he was gone). His grandmother gives the responsibility of watching over him to Haruno. Well Takiji rarely talks and really only talks to Haruno's brother, Subaru. He confesses that he has feelings for Haruno. Subaru really does not seemed that surprised. Finally Takiji tells Haruna by the end of chapter three. She yells at him and thinks it is a joke. She really does not know how to take it. Eventually as memories come back to them from childhood, she falls in love as well. The two end up happily ever after.

Yesterday, Yes A Day Characters

Yesterday Yes A Day
Chapter Two

 Haruno is a hard headed girl. She has been given the task of watching over Takiji. They are both clumsy and very accidental. He rarely speaks while she talks his head off. They both love to reminiscence about the past. Subaru, Haruno's older brother is a bit of a trouble maker. He gets all the girls and really goes through them. Even though, Rui, Haruno's friend, still loves him. She has had a crush on him for a long time. She is a bit more quiet, but still popular like Haruno.

The characters are realistic and the setting is something that could actually happen, or as I am sure has happened. I really loved this manga! Yesterday, Yes A Day was really cute and a great Slice of Life. The two really deserved to be together and though it took them a while to figure it out, they eventually did. I would recommend this manga to anyone who loves romance or slice of life mangas. Yesterday Yes A Day is not a manga you want to skip over, plus it is only one volume long.

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Overall Grade 7/10

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kimi Koi Limit (Manga) Review

Kimi Koi Limit Manga Review

Kimi Koi Limit
Kimi Koi Limit Manga Cover

Kimi Koi Limit is a Yuri Manga. That being said, it is also a shorter manga. The premise of this manga is basically a love triangle. Some one loves some one else, but they don't love them back. That person settles for another and still has feelings for the other one. Sounds like a Jerry Springer episode XD. It was a very cute manga though. The artwork was great and the characters were amazing as well. It is a bit risque at times but nothing too bad.

Kimi Koi Limit Plot and Characters

Kimi Koi Limit
Sono and Hiroko
Like I said, Kimi Koi Limit is a love triangle. Sono is a high school student in love with her classmate, Sato. She finally confesses her feelings, but Sato does not feel the same way. She wants to remain friends, but they lose contact after they graduate. A few months later, Sono is in a relationship with Hiroko. She has already slipped a few times and mentioned Sato and her feelings towards her. Hiroko basically took Sono in after she found her wandering the streets about to die. She had not intended to fall in love, but Hiroko could not resist Sono. All the while, Sono is freeloading at her place. Hiroko just happens to go to the same college as Sato. Sono runs into her eventually. At that time, they reconnect their old friendship. Sato starts to feel a certain way towards Sono as well. Soon they all find out about one another and Hiroko has to let go of Sono.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes romance mangas. It s a cute manga and you get to know the characters so well. I was really wanting Hiroko to win in the end, but she was just not enough for Sono. I also wish the manga had gone on a little longer. It seemed so short, but such a huge story to get out.

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Overall Grade 7/10

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ludwig (Manga) Review

Ludwig Manga Review

Ludwig Manga Review
Manga Cover
Of course I picked up Ludwig to read because it was by Kaori Yuki. I love her artwork and she did not disappoint me with Ludwig. I had no idea what the manga was about except that it was about a prince named Ludwig who was a womanizer. I was in for a nice surprise when I read the manga. It was  based after certain older fairy tales such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood. Only in Kaori Yuki's manga, messed up things always happen.

Ludwig Plot

Ludwig Plot
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Prince Ludwig is next in line to take over his father's throne. His father on the other hand is reluctant to hand over the kingdom to his son until he marries. He is forced to leave the kingdom with his attendant, Wilhelm, to find a suitable princess. Along the way he runs into various fairy tale legends such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and various others. Here is a summary of each Fairy Tale Chapter.

Ludwig and Snow White

Ludwig Manga Review
Ludwig and Snow White
Ludwig's first encounter is with the famous Snow White. Her mother is very jealous of her because her father loves her so much. Yes, so much. Her mother attempts to kill Blanche (Snow White) by having a servant kill her and bring her liver back. Blanche gets away and finds the Dwarves. While her mother is attempting to assassinate her, Blanche uses them as shields. Finally her mother gives her the poisoned apple and she fell asleep. Ludwig wakes her up and takes her home. Ludwig's father takes over her country and even takes her away from Ludwig. Soon Blanche finds out Ludwig's real secret, he is a necrophiliac.

Ludwig and Little Red Riding Hood

Ludwig Manga Review
Little Red Riding Hood
Lisette was a young girl from Wilhelm's village. She always wanted a red hooded cape. She was Wilhelm's best friend until Ludwig came along. Wilhelm always did stuff for her and Ludwig was mad at the fact that she used him. He sets her up by scaring her into to thinking her parents sold her. She goes back to her house and ends up killing her parents. She gets the name Red Riding Hood and follows Ludwig around attempting to kill him. She is a hired assassin by profession.

Ludwig and Sleeping Beauty

Ludwig Manga Review
Sleeping Beauty
Ludwig comes across Sleeping Beauty, or Friederike, during his travels. When she was born her parents invited twelve witches to the shower to give their blessings. There were actually thirteen and the last witch was not invited because they only had twelve plates. Ludwig Finds her and wishes to make her his wife. He finally realizes it is impossible because when she awakes, she will be her proper age... dead. Here Ludwig meets the witch, Dorothea, whom falls madly in love with him. She follows Ludwig around, trying to get him to fall in love with her.

Ludwig and Bluebeard

Ludwig Manga Review
Bluebeard is a fearful prince looking for his princess. The only thing is, he wears a fake beard to scare others. He is really a very sensitive prince, but the beard gives him the illusion he is strong. He too i in search of a bride. He has been writing one princess but sent her a picture of Ludwig saying it was him. Ironically when he received a picture of her, the face was ripped off in a carriage accident. Ludwig agrees to meet her but only if Bluebeard eventually tells her the truth. The princess has a few tricks up her sleeve as well.

Ludwig and Rapunzel

Ludwig Manga Review
Ludwig finally goes to princess Rapunzel. Here he meets Dorothea again posing as a different person. She has actually imprisoned Rapunzel here after taking her from her parents. She keeps Rapunzel locked away in the tower. Rapunzel has secretly sneaked a prince in from a neighboring country everyday. He is madly in love with her and intends to marry her. Soon he and Ludwig eventually find out why Dorothea locked Rapunzel in the tower.

Ludwig and Maid Maleen

Ludwig Manga Review
Maid Maleen
Maleen and her maid have been trapped in a tower for years now awaiting her father to release her. When Ludwig and Wilhelm finally arrive at the tower they release Maleen and her maid. Ludwig thinks Maleen is perfect for him, but there is one problem... Maleen is dead. Her father's kingdom was overtaken and destroyed years ago. Maleen and her maid both died in the tower.

Ludwig and The Frog Prince

Ludwig Manga Review
Frog Prince Ludwig
Ludwig is now in the company of not only Wilhelm, but Dorothea as well. Curious he places a frog puppet on his hand that he happened to find in Dorothea's belongings. Dorothea explains that he can only get it off with a kiss of the first girl that saw him after he put it on. As he searches for the girl that happened to run into him right after he put the puppet on, Wilhelm is mistaken for a criminal called Iron Heinrich. The two are separated for a while during this chapter.

Ludwig and The Goose Girl

Ludwig Manga Review
Julius and Ludwig
Ludwig's father has fallen in love and will soon be remarried. He has also decided to give the kingdom to his soon to be adopted son, Julius. This news has yet to reach Ludwig and he is still on his journey to find a wife. Julius and his mother have a secret they are hiding though. Julius has hired assassins many times over to kill Ludwig and become king.

Ludwig and Hansel and Gretel

Ludwig Manga Review
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel's mom left them in the woods for dead. When they finally figured out what happened, they ran into a house that smelled good. By this time, they were both so famished that they could not see that well. Gretel was nursed back to health while Hansel was tortured. A witch had killed the previous owner and was posing as her. They get away and take revenge on their parents. They came across Ludwig and became friends, of course they were young children at that point. They are both assassins now hired to kill their former friend Ludwig.

Ludwig and Cinderella

Ludwig Manga Review
Aschen lives with her three older half sisters. They boss her around all day and she loves it! Ludwig comes to her house to stay while he is in the town. The prince in that kingdom is holding a ball and has invited every female to attend. The three half sisters leave Aschen behind with Ludwig. Ludwig takes it upon himself to make Aschen go and meet the man of her dreams. Ludwig soon finds out that the prince is really trying to get a hold of Aschen to harm her.

Ludwig and The Goose-Girl Well

Ludwig Manga Review
Goose Girl at the Well
After hearing that his father is going to be remarried and is planning to give the kingdom to another child, Ludwig makes his way back home. He gathers Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel and now even his mother, yes his mother, to take back the kingdom from the new pests. Julius and his mother, Petronella, have plans to take over the kingdom. While Petronella's reason is a bit more evil and drastic, Julius has a more personal reason.

Ludwig and The Blue Light

Ludwig Manga Review
Blue Light
Ludwig travels to the Kingdom of the Blue Light to save Dorothea's soul. She once saved him and gave her life so he could live, now he is repaying her. He travels to the kingdom made of solid gold to find a spoiled king. He sets Dorothea free from this king and makes her human. Now she can live a normal life and maybe even get the prince to fall in love with her.

Ludwig is a really good version of fairy tales. While they are twisted and brutal at points, this is just a more realistic ending to the happy tales. Kaori Yuki really captured something with this manga. Her art style is really amazing and nothing more could have been done. She knows how to keep the audience's attention with not only her art, but her story. I recommend Ludwig to anyone who loves manga's! It really has a surprising ending and it is even opened for more stories.

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Overall Grade 10/10

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Summer Wars (Anime) Review

Summer Wars Anime Review

Summer Wars
Summer Wars
I was not sure what to think of Summer Wars. I really still do not know how I feel about the movie yet. If I had watched it in Subtitles I feel like I would have appreciated it better, but sadly I watched it in English.

Summer Wars Plot

Summer Wars Plot
Summer Wars revolves around a high school boy named Kenji Koiso. He is a very intelligent teen. His classmate, Natsuki Shinohara asks him to travel with her to her grandmothers 90th birthday. While he is there, a message comes through and asks him to solve a mathematical code. Not recognizing it, he solves the code and goes to sleep. He actually ends up solving the code to the OZ infrastructure. Being known as the avatar that destroyed OZ, Kenji must find a way to save it. He gets help from Natsuki's family.
Suddenly, Natsuki's older cousin comes back into to town. His name is Wabisuke Jinnouchi. He is the creator of 'Love Machine,' the creature that is taking over OZ. He comes back to spend time with his family and ends up helping Kenji take down his creation.

Summer Wars Characters

Summer Wars Characters
Characters of Summer Wars
There are really a lot of characters in Summer Wars. I am only going to mention the ones crucial to the story line.
Kenji Koiso is the main character. He is a very intelligent student and very handy with programs. He is very clumsy and always seeming to get into unnecessary trouble. His friend, Natsuki Shinohara, us the other main character of the movie. She is the popular girl type and is on her way to visit her great grandmother. She is in love with Wabisuke which is her older second cousin. He creates "Love Machine" that ends up taking down OZ with Kenji's help. He was forced to leave his home several years ago and only recently came back. Kazuma Ikezawa is aNatsuki's younger cousin. He is actually a very powerful character in OZ called King Kazma.

Summer Wars the World of OZ

Summer Wars the World of OZ
The World of Oz
 Oz is basically a virtual reality world in which games, show, telephones, computers, well everything is connected. It is a like an ultimate Internet area. If OZ shut downs, everything shuts down. The world of Japan is basically living off of OZ. Here avatars are created that would best suit your personality.

 Summer Wars was not all it was hyped up to be. When ever I asked somebody about this anime, everyone said it was great. Even all the critics and magazines say it was great. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a good, so I figured Summer Wars would be as well. To me, it really was not good. Like I said it could have been because I watched it in English, but I really do not think that is what it was.

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Overall Grade 5/10

Darker Than Black (Manga) Review

Darker Than Black Manga Review

Darker Than Black Manga Review
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Reading the first Darker Than Black, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was a popular anime, but I did not know what about. I must say, I was impressed with it. Darker Than Black makes you think about what you would have to give up in order to gain incredible power.

Darker Than Black Plot

Darker Than Black Plot
Darker Than Black revolves around a girl named Kana Shinoh. Her father has recently died, and she is still struggling with the death. That is until one day she sees her father in the busy streets. Unknown to her, he has become a Contractor. She begins to follow him to learn what happened and why he will not see er. She ends up being saved by another Contractor, Hei. The real reason why Hei is helping her, is because he needs to find out what happened to his sister. Will Hei and Kana find out the truth behind Kana's father and the mysterious sister of Hei?

Darker Thank Black Characters

Darker Than Black Characters
Characters Hei and Kana
Hei is the main character of Darker Than Black. He is also called BK201 and the Black Reaper. He is a very strange Contractor with the ability of Electricity. Kana is the other main character of the manga. She is just a normal human being only trying to find her father. Musik is a mysterious character that Hei hopes will lead to his sister.
The other characters of Darker Than Black include Krang, Shizuma, Kanon, and  Dale. They are all part of the Wiegenlied. Shizuma and Dale are both contractors, Shizuma with water power and Dale with mud like abilities. Krang and Kanon are Dolls. Krang has the ability to resonate items until they crumble. He is the leader of Wiegenlied. Kanon is a medium and can only use this ability through mobile phones.

Darker Than Black Contractors

Darker Than Black
Contractors are humans that have visited either Hell's Gate or Heaven's Gate. Doing so gives them super human powers. Each power is given out individually to humans who can take on the task. For this they give up the ability to feel emotions. Using their powers makes their eyes turn red and they have to give a payment. The must pay a price to use their powers. Either it be by eating a small round object every time or wearing ears while using the powers, a price will be paid. Hei seems to be the only Contractor with the ability to feel some emotion.

Over all, Darker Than Black was really good. Mostly only because there is a sequel. The first series is only two volumes long and does not explain that much. Not much is explained until the second series. It seems to be a more up to date version of X-Men.

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Overall Grade 7/10

Monday, September 9, 2013

Gravel Kingdom (Manga) Review

Gravel Kingdom Manga Review

Gravel Kingdom
Manga Cover
I love Kaori Yuki's art style, so of course I had to e read Gravel Kingdom. I really did not know what to expect from this manga, but I felt like I had heard the names before. Her character names in Gravel Kingdom are really similar to Angel Sanctuary. This really didn't bother me though. She always has great art and a great plot to make up for anything that may not seem right.

Gravel Kingdom Plot

Gravel Kingdom
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The Kingdom of Time is placed in an ever growing desert. Within this desert is a cursed people called Sand Biters. They lure humans into the desert and kill them. A young prince, Kirameki, is about to be given the throne against his wishes. He only wants to be like his guard and best friend Kanai. His childhood friend, Worry, is about to become the reincarnation of the water goddess, Serifita. To save her and to be able to see her again, Kirameki must take the throne. The only problem is, Saga. He is his half brother and true heir to the throne. Saga comes from no where and has his own plans to take over the throne and take vengeance on the kingdom.

Gravel Kingdom Characters

Gravel Kingdom
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Kirameki is the main character of Gravel Kingdom. He is the young prince and a bit rebellious towards his fate. He is hard headed and protective of his loved ones. Kanai is Kirameki's servant and best friend. He vows everlasting protection to Kirameki. Worry is a childhood friend of Kirameki and was sold by her parent to the holy place as a priestess. Saga is Kirameki's half brother and has a lot of animosity towards the kingdom. He takes revenge for his dead mother.

Gravel Kingdom was a good short story to read. The story could have gone on for longer but I understand why it was short. Kaori Yuki always gives a great manga to read, even if it a short one. He short stories always seem to be lacking a good thick plot. They mainly only stick to one story and that is all. I would recommend reading Gravel Kingdom if you are a Kaori Yuki fan.

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Overall Grade 8/10

Rustblaster (Manga) Review

Rustblaster Manga Review

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I had no idea what Rustblaster was about when I started to read it. I only wanted to read it because it was by Toboso Yana (Black Butler). I just love the artwork that Yana produces. The main plot is really not about them being vampires at all. It seems to be another manga about working together to achieve  goal. I feel as though I have read a lot of those here lately.

Rustblaster Plot

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Rustblaster about a vampire academy called 1000 Year Academy. Vampires go here to train and become real vampires, but they do not drink blood. They try to assimilate into the human culture. Each Vampire has their own Lineage Weapons. The only one who does not is a vampire named Aldred. He actually has a special weapon unlike any other. He has a human as a weapon. A spear was created a long time ago and sealed in a body to protect it. The vampire that can control the weapon can not have a Lineage Weapon. The true vampires threaten the academy's existence by breaking the gates to their world. Al must stop the true vampires from coming into the real world and destroying all he holds dear.

Rusbtlaster Characters

Rustblaster Characters
Aldred is the main character of Rustblaster. He is a very hyper young adult and only wants to protect his friends. He is also the leader of Team 6. His followers are Kodachi, Lydi, Faye, and Rengokuin. Kodachi is a female vampire who can incinerate her foes. Lydi is young female vampire with the power to use force fields. Faye is a male vampire with high regards to his leader Al. Rengokuin is not only the comedic relief but also the tech of the group. Kei is the only human in which is in the manga. He is the key to the spear that Al uses. Six and Seven are actual vampires that try to break down the gates. They are very powerful and have weapon similar to Al's.

Rustblaster Vampire Wars

So what is the whole deal with real and half vampires in Rustblaster? A long time ago vampires entered into the human world though the gates that the academy protects. Of course they came to feed off of the humans. When humans started to notice this, they began to kill vampires without hesitation on whether it was a child or woman or man. They fought them back and sealed the gates. Only the half lings were left. The ones who live side by side with the humans. They protect the gate.

The story was good and honestly Rustblaster should have been a longer manga. I feel as though the story would have not been rushed at that point. The plot is quick and not filled with a lot of details at first. The battles are short and some of the characters seem pointless at times. When the end of the manga arrives, though, everything comes together.

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Overall Grade 8/10