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Fire Tripper…. Classic, but poignant!

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

As a short manga story/anime OVA within Takahashi’s Rumic World series, I watched Fire Tripper‘s OVA when I was quite young, and got the chance to read the manga when I was in Junior High School. For a long time Fire Tripper stood out to me as a happy end story, and a series that I liked more than Ranma 1/2 romance complications. This is definitely a pre-cursor to Inu Yasha‘s own ending.

Suzuko is a high school aged girl that finds herself thrown back to a feudal Japan, with her neighbor Shuhei. She meets a warrior known as Shukumaru, and her life is forever changed with this meeting. You can read the complete spoilers to the series on Wikipedia, or even watch the short OVA on Youtube.

People can criticize it on being a very superficial story, but if you ask me, what makes this as a story that stood out in my mind. It is the courage on how characters definitely adapted to where they lived. Giving up a life in a specific time or area takes a lot of courage. But then how can a person mature or grow up? Likeliness of this story ever happening in reality is quite impractical, for for time paradox fans, this is a type of story to see.

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Rin-Ne: Signs of typical, yet fun Takahashi work can be seen.

April 29, 2011 6 comments

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Maison Ikkoku…what a trial!

April 26, 2011 11 comments

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One Pound Gospel pounds a way to your heart!

April 25, 2011 2 comments

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Hold Steady Japan!

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment


Map Graph shared by @idanbo

With news of continuing aftershocks, and a period of one month that has passed for Japan, there has been a momentum of people supporting, and encouraging support. So this is going to be a slight mix of things that I found to be of an encouraging interest on Japanese news, and not all manga related, otherwise I’ll post it to Anime Diet.

These are news tweet I picked up from @stevenagata

Tokyo Tower lights up with the words of Ganbaro Nippon!

Kobe Okura Hotel and Kobe Pirt Tower also lights up words of support, Fight-to Nihon!

Sasaki Hisashi, Editor for Shonen Jump shared this video on Youtube.

AKB48 shares about three videos of nearly all AKB48 girls all saying Gambaro Nippon!

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Manga License Request for Yama-ari Tani-ori (ヤマありタニおり)

April 3, 2011 2 comments

ヤマありタニおり by 日下 直子
3 volumes 2009-10

Just about anything can be written in a manga, and the lucky few like Hikari no Go, or Yakitate Japan that gets translated over into English always leaves a manga reader like me wondering if there is even more of something more interesting to read. I am not even getting into the anime, which is based on Japanese manga and talking about niche hobbies.

So I have gotten back into origami folding, and of course with making new friends, and acquaintances. I found an outlet to talk more about manga with. Origami folding people are pretty nice, and definitely aware of Japanese culture. Recently a friend from the group lent me this manga to look through. It has fulfilled my quota that there is an origami themed manga!

What is the background for this manga? Yama-ari Tani-ori in English is translated to Mountain Fold Valley Fold and they are paperfolding techniques, where the paper is fold on the diagonal on front side and  backside. Its genre is for josei, and it is serialized in Kiss, the same magazine that serialized Nodame Cantabile, and who would happen to own Kiss? Kodansha of course, so with their setting up shop on the shores of the United States. I am at this point hoping that Kodansha would one day remember to maybe bring this over. It only ends in three volumes. The author Kusaka Naoko is an author that is definitely not known in America.

Unlikely friends

So what can I gleam from this volume? It is about a16 year old named Aida Yoshi. He is a pretty shy and quiet boy, who has a passion for folding origami. Unfortunately his school doesn’t have an origami club, so he begin the process of starting a club. Eventually his classmates, Kawashima and Miyamoto joins the club.

Kero... uhhh Ribbit!

The story details some pretty cool origami things, such as folding a gigantic frog. I have seen photos of a gigantic Elephant so folding a gigantic frog is sure to impress. In later chapters, readers would learn that Kawashima is a pretty experienced folder, while Miyamoto is a beginner. Beginners usually fold mushi-gami, so of course Miyamoto is pretty upset by it. This group of three unlikely friends, is eventually led into an origami competition.

Assortment of paper folds

The themes of this manga is youth, friendship and of course origami. Even the author Kusaka Naoko said on Amazon Japan, that origami is a Japanese tradition. When I say the them is on youth, and friendship, Japanese would definitely associate that with schoolboys, and high school. There are some fan service, in the drawing and interactions of characters, that is a cultural difference though. Looking beyond that, as a reader you can see that this is a story with the theme of origami, and for this subtle past time, having a comic would definitely inspire more people to pick this past time.

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Thanks for the sweet memories Leslie!

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been while since you have left, after all this year is your 8th anniversary, since your ultimate departure from life. April 1, what a damn day of recollections. Of course this is told from a EST time, since the demise location is in Hong Kong. So I can only imagine of some moments of remembrances for you held in Hong Kong. All right time does go on, but as a fan just watching moments of your career, just has me thinking of good and bad times. Leslie Cheung  (張國榮).

He’s known as as a singer and an actor, so if you pay attention to Hong Kong Cinema as I grew up with. Leslie has been a big part of my viewing pleasure as I grew up. For lots of westerner audience, they may have seen him in Farewell My Concubine or Temptress Moon, since I know them as having English releases.

There’s just so many great songs that Leslie have produced, but since I have been on a bit of a schedule.. just leave up this clip. There’s English subs for the parts when he speaks, but overall his singing is in Cantonese.This is from a 1997 concert he did, with two songs. “When the Wind Blows.” and “This Life”

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