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Cross Game Vol. 3 May 18, 2011

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Another rivetting volume of Cross Game continues my conversion into a fan of sports manga or, more precisely, that drawn by Mitsuru Adachi.

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New manga 28/4/11 April 30, 2011

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20th Century Boys rolls on. Interesting, rather than exciting, I felt. Still it’s enough to keep me interested, but now that the big secret of the Friend’s identity has been revealed, I’m less gripped than I was before. Still, I’m intrigued how the plot is going to resolve itself and what the Friend’s motivation was (if it’s just that ‘he’s evil’ I will be sorely disappointed). I have faith in Urasawa though. No matter how sprawling this has become he manages to keep hold of it and everything and everyone has a purpose, so I am hopeful of a big payoff. If it’s anywhere as good as Pluto, I’ll be happy ^^
Meanwhile, Cross Game continues to be AMAZING!! I think I’m going to write a separate post on vol. 3 so will save my thoughts for then.

New loot: Cross Game Vol.2 January 18, 2011

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I LOVE this series already. Have a soft spot for sports/coming-of-age tales. Maybe because they’re full of experiences an lessons I wish I’d had/learned as a teen?

Spring 2009 anime choices April 28, 2009

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The new Japanese TV season kicked off a few weeks ago, and there’s plenty to choose from. Other life commitments (shock, horror!) have restricted how much TV I’m able to keep up with these days, so of this season’s anime, I’m prioritising the following:

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. As if I wasn’t going to watch this. Not only a retelling of one of my favourite anime series (and a supposedly more faithful to the manga apparently) but featuring a (fantastic) new Yui single as the OP. Four episodes in it looks gorgeous, though with plenty of deja vu and that stupid American voice over the eyecatches (which sticks in my head >_<). Expecting the plot to start hotting up soon.

K-ON! A Kyoto Animation slice-of-life tale of four high school girls? I feel obliged to watch this. Three episodes in thus far and it’s charmed me enough. Plus I can’t get the ED out of my head.

Eden of the East: First ep blew me away. Lovely comforting character designs by Chica Umino and a really intriguing storyline. Can’t wait to see how this pans out. Great OP and ED sequences too, and, bizarrely, an OP by Oasis. Never thought I’d see the day.

Those are the three I’ll be making the effort to keep up with. I kind of also want to watch Cross Game — mainly ’cause of the Mitsuru Adachi factor — but while the first ep was entertaining, I’m not sure it grabbed me enough. On the other hand, Touch (which I’m still in the middle of watching :P) was a slow-burner, so maybe this is something best marathoned later.

Hatsukoi Limited also intrigues me, but I haven’t gotten around to watching any of it yet, and chances are I won’t get a chance to now. I still have to finish Toradora and Ef ~A Tale of Melodies from last season after all.

Drama-wise, I’ve two episodes into the live-action adaptation of Mei-chan no Shitsuji from last season. Not quite sure what’s just started airing. Any recommendations?