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Viewing all posts with tag: mangaka: hayakawa tomoko

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). .

Shoujo manga equals love

I’m nearly done reading Akuma de sourou 2. I kind of developed a very strong liking for shoujo love stories. Yes, I’m addicted. You don’t want to put up with dark fantasy shoujo stuff when live itself isn’t as bright as it could be, I guess. Oh well. Ordered the remaining AkuSou tankoubons plus two manga by Hayakawa Tomoko cause I heard she’s a baroque fan too. (More shoujo love stories *_* Her artwork seems to be quite pretty as well.)
I’m kind of disappointed by the ending of Hikaru no Ko. It’s not like it was a deep meaningful story to begin with, but I expected a bit more from it. Hyakumantsubu no Namida also ended in this month’s Asuka issue. I’m okay with that ending. Not fully satisfied, though. I guess all Asuka series have to have happy endings *shrugs* Ha, wonder what the manga of X will be like then ^^;

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Posted on Apr 15, 2002 (Mon, 5:50 pm). .