Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Asuka makes fun of anime series with pretentious endings. No kidding.

I've actually felt a bit tired this evening. I also didn't do anything of any interest whatsoever today, aside from getting through the Heresy section in Dante's Inferno without too much difficulty, so I should probably say a little something about the other new manga series I read this weekend:

Summoner Girl: Anyone remember Hibiki's Magic, the story about the little girl who accidentally killed her mentor, then had to take a teaching job? This story is nothing like that, except that the main character is a girl named Hibiki who has to take on an adult's problems with her magic. It's cute and creepy at the same time. What's interesting about this one is that Hibiki's magic comes in the form of five elemental spirits with personalities of their own, and they keep popping out of her shoulders to comment on the situation.

Wild@Heart: A complete 3-volume series by Natsumi Ando in one book. I loved her work on Kitchen Princess, so I picked this one up and read it back-to-back with Arisa. It's a pretty typical romantic comedy, where the gimmick is that the boy was raised in the jungle on a remote island and has to learn about human society. The first human woman he ever saw was the main character, Chino, who's the daughter of the explorer who found him. He saw her picture and fell in love. Cute diversion, and it comes in a single bundle for easy reading.

Arisa: Also by Natsumi Ando, this one's a lot darker. It's about twins Tsubasa and Arisa who haven't seen each other in years, keeping in touch with letters. Tsubasa's a gang leader bully-type, and Arisa's the perfect Miss Popular, but when they finally meet in person, Arisa tells Tsubasa that she has dark secrets and jumps out a window. Tsubasa decides to disguise herself as Arisa and go to her school, hoping to learn more about her by pretending to be her. And there's definitely some weird stuff going on at that school.

Saving Life: This one's by Mario Kaneda, who did Girls Bravo. It's about a boy who disowns his wealthy family (for reasons not immediately apparent, but possibly something to do with an arranged marriage and a large debt) and tries to live in an apartment of his own. He's got a childhood friend who takes care of him thanks to an obvious crush, and one of the maids from his house moves in with him as well. From there, the expected shenanigans ensue. Hey, it's by the Girls Bravo guy. What did you expect?

Also, if you've seen any version of Neon Genesis Evangelion and are not reading The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, you need to read The Shinji Ikari Raising Project. I don't think I need to provide a summary at this point.

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