12 of 12 episodes seen
Kamisama no Memochou is the story of Narumi Fujishima, a member of the school's Gardening club with Ayaka. The twelve episode series covers several mysteries that NEET (an acronym for 'Not in Education, Employment, or Training') detective Alice solves together with her 'lackeys' and her assistant Narumi.
The story was so-so, as it didn't actually have a plot. Each episode went in a sort of monster-of-the-week format. However, that didn't take much away from being enjoyable. My favorite thing about this aspect of the series that they connected a lot of ideas from previous episodes in later episodes. But, though this was a clever way to remind fans of things that happened before that they may have forgotten, there were several plotholes. For example, when Alice and Narumi find Meo's mother's cellphone, they never actually mention why the find is crucial to the mystery. That really annoyed me to no end while I was watching.
A lot of supporting characters didn't really develop as much I'd wished, but some key characters, on the other hand, did get this opportunity. Narumi, for example, develops into someone who will fight--maybe even kill-- for those he cares for. He starts at the beginning of the series as an apathetic person who is alright with drifting from city to city, but at the same time, he is also angry that he has to move so much because of his dad's job when said father is only seen (maybe) three times a year. As the series goes on, he comes to be content with daily life with Ayaka, Alice, and everyone else at the Hanamaru.
The sound was quite appropriate at most times. When the mystery of the episode was getting solved, or (as in the very last case) when things were reaching the high point in the episode, the same song was played. It was a sort of creepy lilting tune that didn't sound like anything I've ever heard before. The OP was so-so and I didn't really like it. However, I fell in love with the EN. It was amazing! It made everything so much more exciting and made me impatient for the next episode. A lovely way to end an episode. The overall sound was also good, and the sound effects didn't really distract me like it does with animes that have really obnoxious sound effects. The sounds sort of blend in with the background and become non-obtrusive. This was great.
The art was the best part of the anime. (I think) It was animated by J.C. Staff, and was probably one of their best. The art was inconsistent sometimes, but not in such a way that you would notice it. The city lights were beautiful and the way the buildings were animated was amazing. Alice (like all lolis) was animated with long hair, outfits with a lot of lace in various colors, and a short stature. Everyone else also had great character designs. What I really liked that was no one had abnormal hair colors. The strangest hair color (which really, was not that strange) was probably Ayaka's hair color, which was a vibrant red. I really loved the way Alice was drawn, which probably why I keep mentioning it...
As you can see, I enjoyed this anime quite a bit. The characters melded together with a thrilling mystery each episode was a quite euphoric experience. Each mystery was as compelling as the next and had my eyes glued to the computer screen. I really enjoyed this anime.
Overall, this was one of my favorite summer animes. It had all my favorites; there was mystery, there was action, and to those who didn't quite notice it, there was a squick of romance. I'd recommend this only to those who have quite a bit of patience for all the things that happen in this anime read more
13 of 13 chapters read
Carat! is a pretty funny parody of the typical mahou shoujo manga you see out there. If you want something solid for this manga to be parodying, think Nanatsuiro Drops and all other similar manga/anime.
The story, as I think I said earlier, isn't very unique, but even so, it was pretty enjoyable. The mangaka didn't seem to bother making it their own in the most obvious ways, but when you get farther into the story, some of the things that happen are rather unique. What I really didn't like though was that they kept using some of their jokes over and over again. I guess it's sort of a good thing the manga is so short. I'd hate to read over forty-five chapters of jokes that I already saw in the first thirteen (the manga is really 13 chapters).
The art was very very cute! It was cute enough to befit a magical girl manga, but not so much that I was contemplating tossing my computer out of a window. I really liked how the mangaka drew Kanon's hair when she transformed, since it looked so simple, yet complex. The way the mangaka also drew the basic body parts reminded me of other manga that I liked, which was a plus. I think what I liked most was probably the fact that Alto looked exactly like a girl, and wore short shorts as part of his magical girl outfit. I really wasn't sure if this was intentional or not, but I thought it was...crack-up worthy...
The characters. Were. Awesome.
Actually, they were pretty fun to watch (I say this in the broadest way possible, since this is, you know, a manga, not an anime), and I liked the way Kanon always used her favorite food as a weapon, creating several comical situations. Even the so-called villains were awesome. They were so gawd-awfully stupid and they kept fighting with each other (there were three 'bad-guys').
I really enjoyed parts of this manga and disliked others. But I would think this would be on the list of anyone who has some time to read some parody. Aaaaaaaand, it's got a boy dressing up as a girl. What's better than that? (jkjkjkjkjk *is shot*) read more
62 of 96 chapters read
The story starts out with Naka Kaburagi, a fourteen year old model who can't seem the get any jobs, mostly due to her inability to look "cute and less like a dangerous criminal". She decides to become like her role model, Umi. Upon running into Umi and picking up one of "her" belongings, she stumbles upon the secret that is mostly a base for the series.
Story 8/10: The story isn't horribly cliched like some things I've read, but has some cheesy parts that made me want to fangirl over. I really liked how the story mostly revolved around the two protagonists and how they slowly became comfortable with each other, supporting one another throughout the ups and downs of the manga. Some parts caused me to just close the tab out of anger, but eventually, I opened it again, mostly out of curiosity as to what would happen next and how the supporting characters would react to this new, "shocking" development.
Art 9/10: The art wasn't perfect, and what initially put me off greatly was the facial expressions. Throughout the 62 chapters I have read, I came to enjoy and occasionally giggle at the funny expressions. The art doesn't completely give the feel of "shojou", but there are some panels that just ooze it. Shojouness, that is. I very much liked how the mangaka drew all the clothing, even some of the scenes that required a lot of deformed persons. Other than that, the art was lovely.
Character 10/10: The greatest thing about this manga, in my opinion, was the character development. The characters have so much going for them, and I couldn't but hate some, but immediately love them a second later. The relationship factors between each character was great and I enjoyed seeing Naka and Umi grow closer and more trusting of each other. Some characters just pissed me off and I just wanted them to drop off the face of the earth. Some of the male characters (honestly, some? Most all of them are!) were really cocky and their interactions with the other (namely female) characters were extremely amusing. The character who I absolutely despise acts, heck, even looks like a pedophile. I won't disclose his name for spoiler purposes.
Enjoyment 10/10: I definitely enjoyed reading this. I loved the romance factor, fangirling whenever Umi did something ridiculously pervy to Naka. Honestly, at this point of 62 chapters and going, I think anyone would enjoy this, even a completely shojou-manga-despising person.
Overall 9/10: The story itself and everything in between sparked my interest. I love anything and everything about crossdressing, so this was definitely a must. I loved it so much I am considering getting every single English volume out. The characters are amazing and I love them all, 'cept that pedophile guy...
I would honestly recommend this to anyone, though some points may seem too inappropriate to a younger audience. I loved it absolutely and to bits, and I am sure anyone else would feel the same way. read more
30 of 35 chapters read
Full Moon wo Sagashite is the sad, yet inspiring story of a girl who has one year to live, as she found out when two shinigami visited her. Upon learning this astonishing fact, Mitsuki decides to make the best of it and try harder to achieve fame as a singer so she can reach her childhood love, Eichi-kun, who is living in America.
When reading any cutesy manga where there's drama and tragedy, I like to keep a box of tissues on hand. But don't worry, you won't need to use these until the second half of the series =)
Story: Now, I've already watched the anime, and the two are not that different. There are several things that are changed in the anime, but other than that, they're the same. I very much liked that Mitsuki had a dream that she wanted to follow, even if for slightly skewed reasons. The best parts of the manga are the funny chapters that are solely filler.
Art: Art? Clean, and very shoujo-y. But in a cute way. I am definitely a fan of Arina Tanemura and her artwork. The tears, the happiness, the anger, the disappointment--all of it is shown wonderfully in this art style.
Characters: I absolutely adored the characters in this manga! They are all very well developed, all with their own histories and drama that they each have to deal with during the course of the series. It's seemingly impossible to do so unless the character was really annoying. Even the ones you initially hate for their spite, you start to feel sympathy for by the end. Except Eichi. I hated Eichi.
Enjoyment: I loved this manga! It was a tearjerker, and I wasn't even the least embarrassed to be crying in front of the computer. There was tragedy, drama, inspiration, and even humor! What more could make you happy? Well, the art style, the ending, and the characters, among several others.
Overall, this is an amazing manga and I would recommend this to any man, woman, or child. At first, one might think that it's just for girls, but it's not. The carefully crafted story and drama and tragedy would surely please anyone :) read more
25 of 43 chapters read
Story: This storyline is not unique, but not common either. Girl's parent(s) die(s) and there are no other relatives she knows. Oh look, a rich grandmother she didn't even know existed! What luck!
I liked the side romance that was happening with one of the characters. 'Stoo bad he's the subtle jealous type bloke (Not going to say who, for spoiler reasons). There were some bits of humour and some bits of drama; especially betrayal. The only thing that set me off was the overall theme, so I'd give it a 9.
Art: The wasn't too bad, and I guess I could honestly say I liked it. Sometimes the blushing got on my nerves and I closed the tab I was reading it on. So I am giving that an 8.
Characters: Wow, I've been waiting for this one. I absolutely loved some of the characters and loathed others. Yuzi got on my nerves with romance with that butler dude. Annoying faker, he was. As well as a pedophile. I definitely liked Iyo, whom I wanted to end up with Yuzu. Of course, I sincerely doubt that will happen. That has been given a 9.
Enjoyment: I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. Although I expected more from this story, and I am pretty sure that lingering feeling of disappointment was with me throughout my reading it, it wasn't too bad. That was a 9.
Overall: It was definitely a shojo. I could tell all throughout it. There a mentions of sports, and the like. It's definitely cute. That was a 8.8.
I liked and I'm sure that if you read it, you would aww and some parts and at others, "What the heck!?" Great for someone who has time to read the 18 scanlated chapters. read more
4 of 4 chapters read
Story 10/10: The storyline is pretty good. I liked the ending; it was adorable.
Art 8/10: I think I'd give the art an eight. This was because, though they fit, I didn't really like some of the facial expressions, and that really set me off.
Characters 10/10: The character development was as good as to be expected of a super short manga. I like the main male character, Kirie, who had the most humorous habit I'd ever read about. I also liked that Hatsune was obnoxious, as I am sometimes like that (although not to the degree Hatsune was ^_^).
Enjoyment 10/10: I really liked this! And as much I wish it were longer, in a way, the short ending fits.
Overall 10/10: Absolutely! I liked everything, from the obnoxious behavior, to the conniving characters, and the male characters (=}), and everything in between.
It's a great read for those who have some spare time and like cute stories. read more
2 of 16 chapters read
Earl and Fairy is the story of Lyda Carlton,a fairy doctor, whose claim of being able to see fairies has earned her the title of 'Crazy lady'. Well, not really an official title, but everyone who sees her tends to think that.
Now insert Edgar Ashenbert, a wanted man who's looking for a valuable sword, accompanied by a guy with a warrior inside him and a girl whom we don't get to find much about. Only thing is, to get the sword, he needs to be able to see fairies and solve a riddle. Unfortunately for him, he lacks this fairy-doctor skill.
That's where Lydia comes in to help (not without, of course, her own terms that she'd like fulfilled).
This was a pretty light read, considering the few chapters that have been scanlated. It's not without its good qualities, however. Allow me to list them:
Art: The art style was very elegant and clean, which was rather fitting in front of the 19th Century England backdrop. I found it mildly easy to mimic the style for drawing characters, but not so much the backgrounds. Even though I had trouble replicating the backgrounds, they were simplistic and clean, which was favorable.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed reading this and marveling at the beautiful way the characters were drawn. When an exciting and heart-thumping scene was introduced, it was indeed heart-thumping. Among these were the romantic scenes (though few) between Edgar and Lydia and the fighting scenes.
Story: The story is an obvious plus of this manga. It's not very often you get to find a storyline where there's romance, a mystery, some humor, and even adventure. This manga had all of that.
Overall, I liked it, and it was very good. Not really something I'd recommend to those looking for something fun to keep them busy (at least not until there are more chapters out). Cute and light. read more
92 of 92 chapters read
When I started reading this, it was a time when I was restricted from read Twilight (But Now I wish I never read THAT saga...). Obviously, since it had Vampire in the name, I thought it would be some crackpot vampire/human forbidden love sh*t. I read it and I thought that Ishtar was a great protagonist, so I continued with the series.
And let me tell you, I had no regrets.
The art is great and that's when I got an art preference for manga. The fact that Duzell, the vampire in the series, is completely a background character, I thought that Judal was something else. Sorry this is getting off topic...
Vampire Game is the story of love triangles, cross-dressing, and growing up, all in the life of a princess. The fact that her best friend is a cross-dressing, transforming-into-a-cat vampire is just a plus. =)
If you are in the mood for immature girls, irritated guardsmen, and a whole lot of fighting, read this! read more
19 of 154 chapters read
The story is very cute and I think I liked this almost as much as Vampire Game, which is the very first manga series I ever read. Nanami is very adorable (in a sense...) and the fact that she gets the shrine from a dude who's scared of dogs is hilarious, as I can relate to Mikage in such dislike. The character development is well paced, and the scene with the white snake is hilarious... (Sorry if this is too much of a spoiler ^_--)
If you are looking for manga that has a good plot, beautiful art, and foxes, check this out... ;) read more