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Shoujo anime overload

This is such a great season for shoujo anime fans! The TV anime adaptation of Ouran Koukou Host-bu is excellent, I like it a lot more than the manga (which I thought was rather boring when I was still reading LaLa) because it’s so explosively fast-paced and funny. And colourful and heart-warming. Aww. I’m usually not that fond of comedy but this I like, yes.

And Bokura ga ita! One of the few Betsucomi manga I like. So far I’ve only seen the first episode of the anime adaptation but it seemed pretty well done.

There’s NANA, of course, which I’m still following, of course, because the anime doesn’t disappoint at all, of course. The runner-up for this year’s most hyped shoujo title must be Nakahara Aya’s Lovely Complex because of its movie adaptation. I hope I’ll get to see the film soon (most definitely when the DVD comes out), for now I’ll have to be content with the cool furoku in Betsuma *_*
(And then there’s also the HachiKuro TV anime II and the HachiKuro movie. Great year for Shueisha, ha.)

I’ve also been watching Jyuohsei, the adaptation of the same-titled manga by one of my personal mangaka goddesses Itsuki Natsumi (♥).

And then from autumn on, there’ll be TV anime adaptations of Kin’iro no Corda (another bishounen title running in LaLa, I’ll only get to see it if I survive the cuteness and sheer silliness of Ouran Koukou!!) and Yamada Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (which I, admittedly, don’t like all that much as a manga).

Speaking of the latter: one of my favourite Betsufure series, Life by Suenobu Keiko, received the Kodansha Manga Award. So happy!! I felt even more glad when I read some of the members of the jury’s notes explaining they’d voted for Kawahara Kazune’s Koukou Debut and that it was a tight decision between those two titles in the shoujo category. I was a huge fan of Kawahara’s Sensei! but Koukou Debut turned out to be such a huge disappointment to me that I’m sort of twice as glad Life got the award ^^; But no really, Life‘s such a brilliant series. It embodies so much of ‘classic’ shoujo, the drama, the emotions, the style, I’m glad it’s been getting all this recognition!

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Posted on Aug 3, 2006 (Thu, 5:01 pm). .

Visual kei-inspired shoujo manga

Hayakawa Tomoko (who is a fan of baro’s Bansaku)’s manga series Yamato nadeshiko Shichi Henge is on the cover of this month’s Betsufure. I wonder if I should buy it… but then again, I have just gotten five new manga mags and I won’t finish all of them till next month anyway. I’ve also noticed that Ikezawa Satomi’s Othello is running in Betsufure, too. Another series that has visual kei references…

In other manga mag news: There’ll be a 40-page Akuma de sourou yomikiri in Betsuma 8 featuring Takeru’s and Kayano’s little brother ^-^ Definitely looking forward to that one^^

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Posted on Jun 25, 2002 (Tue, 5:21 pm). .

Hayakawa Tomoko

I just wanted to write a few lines on Hayakawa Tomoko, shoujo mangaka, visual kei fan, Bansaku follower. She’s cool. Her early short stories are quite cheesy (I bought the tankoubon just for the visual kei cover boys ^^;), Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, a series currently running in BetsuFriend, is very good though. I’m not that far into the story yet, but everything I have read so far is very much enjoyable. No whiny or too-tough-to-be-true heroine you’ll end up hating withing the first three pages, but a gothloli who prefers dead things to living beings and darkness to light. A girl who hides behind her hair and in her room. But also a girl who secretly gets nosebleeds from looking at the bishounen around her and who is so damn pretty without really noticing it. Definitely recommended. I wish there were more shoujo manga like that.

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Posted on May 15, 2002 (Wed, 5:50 pm). .