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So in a moment of weakness, I bought volumes 1-6 of Gentleman's Alliance + (newest series from Arina Tanemura, manga-ka of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon o Sagashite). After reading it, I was really hoping to talk spoilers with [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11. But she hasn't read all of it yet. Not her fault at all; she's got tons of stuff to read and she just finished the bar. But argh, I wanna talk about it with someone! Has anyone read it?

General, non-spoiler-y comments (which by volume 6 is EXTREMELY difficult, btw):

So pretty! Tanemura-sensei's one weakness is character designs, but her artwork is so lovely it almost doesn't matter. I had been rereading Wallflower before starting Gentleman's Alliance +--that manga-ka also has pretty artwork, but she almost never draws detailed backgrounds. In contrast, every page of Tanemura-sensei's manga is drawn and screentone-ed from cover to cover. And's it's all GORGEOUS. It's the visual equivalent of drowning in roses.

Tanemura-sensei notes somewhere in her comments in volume 5 or 6 that this is the first series that she hasn't planned all the way to the conclusion; she's not totally sure how it's going to end. And you can really tell--not that the plot is loose, but you as the reader don't have as much of a sense of who the heroine will 'inevitably' end up with, for example. This causes a lot of dramatic tension. It's a good trend.

There is a LOT I could say about Maora, most of it spoiler-y. Maora is such a great character. One note: she has a pet that she CALLS a mini-sheep. Apparently Tanemura-sensei has never seen a sheep in her life, because that thing is NOT a sheep. It looks vaguely like a fuzzy baby octopus sitting on top of a tiny ottoman. I kid you not.

In response to a question about animating it, Tanemura-sensei says there are no current plans, but who knows? And adds that she'd kind of like to see it dramatized. And now I am totally in love with the idea of a live-action TV version of Gentleman's Alliance +. TOTALLY IN LOVE. JAPANESE TV PRODUCERS, PLEASE PICK UP THIS PROJECT.

And a final random now: Tanemura-sensei has a blog now! She mainly seems to post little drawings and photos of her cats.
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So in a moment of weakness, I bought volumes 1-6 of Gentleman's Alliance + (newest series from Arina Tanemura, manga-ka of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon o Sagashite). After reading it, I was really hoping to talk spoilers with [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11. But she hasn't read all of it yet. Not her fault at all; she's got tons of stuff to read and she just finished the bar. But argh, I wanna talk about it with someone! Has anyone read it?

General, non-spoiler-y comments (which by volume 6 is EXTREMELY difficult, btw):

So pretty! Tanemura-sensei's one weakness is character designs, but her artwork is so lovely it almost doesn't matter. I had been rereading Wallflower before starting Gentleman's Alliance +--that manga-ka also has pretty artwork, but she almost never draws detailed backgrounds. In contrast, every page of Tanemura-sensei's manga is drawn and screentone-ed from cover to cover. And's it's all GORGEOUS. It's the visual equivalent of drowning in roses.

Tanemura-sensei notes somewhere in her comments in volume 5 or 6 that this is the first series that she hasn't planned all the way to the conclusion; she's not totally sure how it's going to end. And you can really tell--not that the plot is loose, but you as the reader don't have as much of a sense of who the heroine will 'inevitably' end up with, for example. This causes a lot of dramatic tension. It's a good trend.

There is a LOT I could say about Maora, most of it spoiler-y. Maora is such a great character. One note: she has a pet that she CALLS a mini-sheep. Apparently Tanemura-sensei has never seen a sheep in her life, because that thing is NOT a sheep. It looks vaguely like a fuzzy baby octopus sitting on top of a tiny ottoman. I kid you not.

In response to a question about animating it, Tanemura-sensei says there are no current plans, but who knows? And adds that she'd kind of like to see it dramatized. And now I am totally in love with the idea of a live-action TV version of Gentleman's Alliance +. TOTALLY IN LOVE. JAPANESE TV PRODUCERS, PLEASE PICK UP THIS PROJECT.

And a final random now: Tanemura-sensei has a blog now! She mainly seems to post little drawings and photos of her cats.

wow

Jun. 20th, 2006 12:05 am
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I emailed Bill Whittle--and he emailed me back!

My life may just be complete.

I applied for the Tokyopop thing as a reviewer...I am not overly hopeful about my chances, but better to apply than regret not applying, right? My writing sample was my synopsis/review of Love Hina, lightly edited (the one I did for [livejournal.com profile] colgateanime) on the theory that sending in a sample review makes sense for a reviewing position, right?

It's midnight. I have work tomorrow. I should already be asleep. Later, all!

P.S. Week and a half until Portcon. Where will you be?
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Happy Fathers Day, y'all! My sister is 'celebrating' by doing my dad a favor and driving him to Bangor. Mom tried to tell me that since Erica was up late last night, I should take over giving him the drive. Um....no. (Note: Erica JUST walked in here and asked if I wanted to come. My response was, "Here's the thing. I never want to see Dad again. So, that would be awkward")

Had the last PCM 'meeting' last night. Two weeks, ah! It wasn't a real meeting--in previous years it's been the scheduling meeting but Julie had each department head do schedules for his/her department this year, so it was only bag stuffing. Well, 'only' bag stuffing--it's pretty intense. (Don't laugh until you stuff 1500 bags). Then we went and ate Chinese food.

Heat! It's hot out! I'll be tired of it by August, but after weeks of rain, the heat is most welcome.

Since I was down at Julie's store, Weekend Anime, I broke down and bought some manga ^.^ I ramble, briefly )

Um, speaking of manga, did everyone see this post? Write for Tokyopop! I would apply but I'm not really much of a writer.....

I should probably get offline and stop tying up the phone line >_< Later, all!
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I've done a lot of talking about anime and manga tonight already....anyone who wants to can go to [livejournal.com profile] colgateanime and post a comment about the Fruits Basket anime and/or the MeruPuri manga, since I posted those summaries tonight....but I feel like a tiny bit more. Anyone curious about what I thought about the manga I bought yesterday (why yes I have read it all....)? Maybe not, which is why there is such a thing as an lj cut. Anyway....

I go on a manga-buying spree, you hear about it )

Whew! Okay, I'm done now. Did anyone actually read all of that? Maybe not...ah well, what is LJ for if not for rambling? (And angsting, but I've been in a good mood lately). However, it's getting close to midnight and I do have work tomorrow, so I had better get to sleep. Later, all!
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Wait for it, wait for it....

Again, I'm sure you'll all be *so* surprised by this.... )

In other news...um, not much going on. Mom has a new sorta-boyfriend who seems nice enough (he's got an interest in China which is kind of cool). She had him over for dinner tonight and made yummy Thai fried rice and beef with broccoli, and fresh spring rolls. Now she's talking religion with Eric while I relax and don't have to socialize by hiding in my room, *sweatdrop* Well, I AM an introvert....

Manga mini-report: Furuba 13=much Ayame and Momiji love. Aww.... The T/K romance keeps getting cuter, and I'm kind of proud of Yuki. Also, it wasn't until the third time I read it that I realized we had probably 'met' (not really) Ren for the first time! (Ren is Akito's mother).

Full Moon 5=Izumi! I was struggling not to ship Izumi/Mitsuki at one point....anyway, the ending is very ?!?!?!? My main feelings are (a) What??? What's really going on here? (b) I totally should have seen the pattern from KKJ (c) I want to know what this really means; I have never been more tempted to read scanlations in my LIFE (but don't worry, Kris, I won't)!

Lalalala, my life is boring. I have to go write other things now, so later, all!

Music Meme

Mar. 3rd, 2006 11:40 pm
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Just for fun.

Music Meme )


Watched 'Kamikaze Girls' last night. Very cute! I still like the book better....but yes, the movie is is good. Must get the soundtrack! I'm also tempted to hunt down some of the music from the J-Pop singer who plays one of the leads.

I should get to bed...later, all!

P.S. OMG Kris you MUST READ VOLUME 4 OF DEATH NOTE! There are.....some major developments. At least I know how they manage to keep it going for so long now.

it's here!

Nov. 28th, 2005 09:21 pm
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For various reasons, I felt it was time and I could afford it...and it arrived today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have my very own copy of Photoshop Elements! Yay! Look for new icons soon (probably).

I also have been reading some new manga--for example, the first volume of 'Her Majesty's Dog'. Okay, the title sounds a little sketchy, but it's really pretty cute. How can I describe it; um, it's kind of like a cross between Tokyo Babylon (without the shonen-ai, unfortunately) and Inuyasha (although I've never seen Inuyasha so take that with a grain of salt). Also Kare Kano 6 and 7, which continue to be so cute! Although I discovered we can't blame Gainax for everything, as the infamous 'symbolic hat scene' does in fact originate in the manga.

Kris--I've *started* editing ch. 7, but Thanksgiving got in the way, lol. I'll finish it up this week

Work is getting insane as we hit the holiday rush. Joy. Ah, well....

I'm off to redownload brushes. Later, all!
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Paradise Kiss=good but depressing (Border's doesn't have 3 but I read 4 and 5, which are the last two). In fact, really good, really depressing.

Wolf's Rain=also good, also depressing. Apparently everyone hates the ending? But come on, did we actually expect to see some flowers-and-light paradise after the dreariness of the series?

Full Moon o Sagashite anime=LOVE. Only watched the first episode so far (I needed to cheer myself up after Wolf's Rain) but it's cute! The artwork isn't as good as the manga, of course, but the cuteness factor!

Work=too boring to talk about. Mom thinks I should switch jobs because I get so annoyed with the people sometimes, but central Maine isn't the best place to find work, so I think I'll stick with it for now.

I'm tired...but I think I'll watch one more episode of Full Moon before bed. Later, all!
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If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want, either good or bad. I promise not to come after you with a dead goldfish called Dave, either way. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you!!

Work was eh today, but I did read volumes 1-2 of Paradise Kiss. I *really* like it! The beginning is a little abrupt, but you can really see Ai Yazawa's style (and sense of humor) in it all. I hope more of her stuff is brought over. Oh, and speaking of anime news, here's some good news. I think this is a good sign.

Alright--Wolf's Rain, Ouran High School Host Club, and bed. Later, all!

P.S. Remind me never to try to teach my mom *anything* about computers, ever again. I never thought that AIM could be so hard to understand....

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