July 30, 2008


Title: Itadakimasu
Story & Art: Yoshihara Yuki
Volumes: 4
Genre: Josei

Itadakimasu is a smut manga, just to warn you. Regardless of its mature nature, I think Itadakimasu is a really cute story about something that we hear about everyday (and possibly experience too): a relationship between a middle-aged woman and a boy half her age.

The four volumes of Itadakimasu just centers mainly around how they are able to maintain their relationship despite the age gap and the obvious differences. I find it amusing how these two people act the opposite of their ages. Naeko is very childish and perverted while Ouji was given the name "Pappy" since he acts like an old man.

Oh I did forget to mention that Naeko was married before she met Ouji. Quite ironic for her to work in a marriage salon since her first marriage (with her boss, Ouji's older brother) failed.

Itadakimasu is a light-hearted story that focuses on Naeko's anxieties of being in love again after a divorce with no less than a younger man. At the same time, despite the maturity Ouji shows, he still is just a "child" inside. It's a feel-good story, actually and the plot flows smoothly and I didn't feel like it kept me hanging when I finished the four volumes.

The artwork is nice too. The characters are drawn well and their super deformed selves are funny. Even the scary faces of both Naeko and Ouji are amusing. As far as the smut is concerned, there isn't that much hardcore, really. Just naked bodies but the lower regions are left to your imagination. Shinjo Mayu's works are more hardcore than Itadakimasu. What we get here is just basic lovemaking between Naeko and Ouji. That and some ecchi moments of Naeko's.

I would recommend Itadakimasu for those who are into smut, josei and mature shoujo. It really is a good read!

July 16, 2008

Fall 2008 Anime List

Fall 2008 Anime ListClick on the image to see it in its full size. Oh and there's a tidbit about some of the titles under their respective pictures too...so don't forget to read.

Okay, just a rant but I haven't even been able to finish my Summer 2008 anime watchlist and here I see more anime that I want to watch. Bleh. (I need time!!! T_T)

Anyway, among these new lineup, I see some more titles that will further lengthen my watchlist. There's Zettai Shougeki, Today in Class 5-2, Jigoku Shoujo 3, Skip Beat! and ef - A Tale of Melodies.

I'm particularly looking forward to Today in Class 5-2 since I read the manga and I thought that it was hilarious! Kinda like Kodomo no Jikan, but funnier and uhm..not that ecchi. As for ef - A Tale of Melodies, it's apparently the sequel to ef - A Tale of Memories - an anime I share a love-hate feeling with. I'm interested in watching the sequel because maybe it will enlighten me about the story...?

Anything from the list you're wanting to watch?

(I'll try posting updates when I find some.)

Innocent kiss...in the blue?

innocent kiss in the blueTitle: Innocent Kiss in the Blue
Story & Art: Miyasaka Kaho
Volumes: 4
Genre: Shoujo

Finished reading Innocent Kiss in the blue, and what can I say? They could've lessened the number of volumes they printed with the kind of story it has.

I'm not saying that it sucked big time, but it was really dragging. Chise, the protagonist, got raped as revenge for her father. She then met Kaoru whom apparently was her first love. They got together and Chise found out that the one who supposedly engineered her rape was Kaoru. It wasn't made clear though.

I thought that the story would enlighten me about her past but it focused more on Chise loving Kaoru and vise versa. It actually got a little bit confusing since the part where the real culprit behind Chise's rape became muddled. I can't really say for sure that it was Kaoru who ordered his friends to rape her. One thing I know for sure is that Kaoru wasn't the one who did the actual raping.

Anyway, the artwork is just okay. Nothing special about it, typical shoujo ^^; I mean, it's the artwork I practically see everywhere, especially when I'm reading the not-so-known manga. Innocent Kiss in the Blue's artwork kinda gives me the impression that it's a mixture of both Japanese and Korean styles (manhwa)...

Ah well, it's up to you if you want to read Innocent Kiss in the Blue or not. All these are just my two cents ^^

July 3, 2008

Been soooo long...

...since I last wrote here. And it's already July!!! I just couldn't find the time anymore with all the work I've been doing lately. But yeah, expect something here...soon, I guess.

(I hope!)

I've been reading and finishing some manga lately so I'll probably write about those or something. No time to watch anime at all and my backlog's been piling up more and more!

My wallet's going to be empty real soon after I get my pre-orders on October and November: Hayase, Clalaclan, Sanzo, Kureha, Musashi. Musashi is the most expensive among all them, $200, but IMO, he's worth it!

I'm still waiting for my Win-chan and Jeff's Leilei from Figurakuen's OceanMoon which he will be shipping on Saturday. Oh I also got some Azumanga Daioh gashapon - Chiyo, Osaka and Yomi. They're rare and free!

I'm not really sure if I'll be getting a Gundam Shin Musha, but I do hope I can get one soon. What's cool about the Shin Musha is that it's a robot wearing samurai armor. When I saw it, I knew I had to get one. But those Gundam cost as much as one PVC figure, so it was quite a dilemma.

On a final note, check out the awesomeness of the Shin Musha:

Gundam Shin Musha