Monday, July 29, 2013

Random Post - Manga Gets

A side-angel shot, to minimize the glare.
And a strait-on shot.

I was really excited today to get a package in the mail full of all the manga I've been lusting after for 2.5 months since I left Japan. I thought I'd share some pictures here, so you can experience some of my sparkly-sparkly euphoria second hand :D

I can't really decide where to start! The two I'm most excited about are The Hana to Yume, in the top right corner, which is a special edition featuring ~20 one-shots all with the theme of the month, "Age-Gap Romance" !!! and two books to the left of it is a novel called "Lonely Combat," basically it's a Japanese version of the book "Lolita," this one features a middle school teacher in his 40s who's obsessed with one of his students. On the back it says in English "Lolita yes, touch no!" lmao. Should be interesting.

I also took a picture of this flower. I've been seeing it a lot lately and thought it looks quite a bit like the blue daisy on the covers of most volumes of Dengeki Daisy. I'm pretty sure it's not actually the same species of flower, but it is beautiful. Interestingly, these flowers only seem to grow in really... broken? places. Underneath bridges, in really run down parts of the city, or in between cracks in the sidewalk. This picture is of a clump of these flowers that grew in the lot of an abandoned building in a pretty dangerous part of the city near where I work. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most beautiful of all?



7 comments:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cichorium
    Here you have this beautiful flower ;) And yes, it's true that places that it likes the most are rather neglected :)
    And about flower from Dengeki Daisy it looks more like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linum_narbonense
    for me ^^ but who knows? :D

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    1. Wow, incredible! You know a lot about flowers!

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  2. Whoa, nice haul :D And you have the one about the guy with no head! What's that like? I keep thinking it looks like something I'd like, since it seems unique and the dresses are like in Hana to Akuma (lol) but I've never actually read a chapter.

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    1. I like the story but don't like the art. The clothes are pretty well drawn but the heads/faces are so weird sometimes. It reminds me of the fish-people on spongebob squarepants, lol. The chapters are episodic; occasionally one chapter will carry over into the next, but for the most part each is a self-contained mini-story. There isn't much progress or anything, but the characters do reveal a bit more about themselves in each chapter and the king is always treating what's-her-face kindly. It's definitely not Hana to Akuma level in terms of the characters and plot, but still one of my favorites in Hana to Yume right now. There's also a side-story-chapter of it in the issue I just got of "The Hana to Yume" which starts of with what's-her-face telling her maid that the other day she was discussing the importance of rain with the king the other day, and the king said "Yeah, that drought recently was really bad" and when what's-her-face, who married in from another country and wouldn't know about the recent weather, looked it up in a book she found out that the drought he was talking about happened 30 years ago (he's 167 I think). Lol there's some funny stuff like that in this series.

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    2. Omg the spongebob fish people XD; The art gave me the impression that the artist is very young (although I have no proof really.) Anyway thank you! I might check it out if I get the chance :)

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  3. Seeing this collection, as well as the two words "Age" and "Gap" in the comments just made me go OwO <3!

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