updated their review of Glass Mask
Glass Mask by Suzue Miuchi is 46 volumes long in Japan and has never really been brought out in the English-speaking world, although I do remember seeing some volumes of it on sale on my last trip to France. A shame, really, because it's damn good.
It's about a poor girl called Maya...Read Vinniesama's full review
Maya is obsessed with acting; she overworks herself so that she can attend plays and watch dramas, but she doesn't have the money to pursue her dreams. One day, retired actress Tsukigake encounters...
updated their review of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a tricky little show to describe. The more I try to convince my friends that it is NOT your typical cutesy magical girl show... they watch the first episode and still say it's just a normal magical girl series. Well I'm here to tell you that you should...Read Vinniesama's full review
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream...
updated their review of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Tears: None. Heartache: Some.
Well, I guess I'm a horrible sociopath. First Angel Beats , and now Ano Hana ? My heart must be made out of stone.
Ano Hana , though, to its credit, was a beautiful series that knew how to use emotion well. Well, obviously I'm a slight anomaly to this since...Read Vinniesama's full review
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former...
updated their review of Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland is equal parts an over the top mess and equal parts a gritty prison drama, in my opinion. The drama is incredibly overblown, Ganta screams and rants and raves far too often, and it's just dark and depressing on the whole, with eyes being gouged out as punishment after losing...Read Vinniesama's full review
Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an...
updated their review of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi TV
Back last year, when WGFL was first green-lit to have an anime TV series, I was really happy. I didn't know anything about it other than...
a) It was by Shungiku Nakamura, creator of Junjo Romantica. b) It was about two guys who dated in high school but end up working in the same...Read Vinniesama's full review
When Ritsu was in high school, he fell in love with a boy who broke his heart, changing his view of love forever. Now a jaded adult, Ritsu has just transferred to the Marukawa Shoten company in hopes...
updated their review of Pet Shop of Horrors
Sometimes hideous animation and character design, incredibly weird, and highly episodic, but for some reason, Pet Shop of Horrors kept me completely captivated throughout its ridiculously short (4 episode) run. It's not one of my favourite series, no, but it did make a firm impression.
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At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no...
updated their review of Tiger & Bunny
I loved this show. It did have its flaws, yes. Some episodes had some very awkwardly-drawn models and weren't animated very fluidly, I'll give you that, and some episodes did drag a little bit, but you know what I loved about this series? The characters. Every single one of them. Wild Tiger...Read Vinniesama's full review
In Sternbuild City, corporate logos not only cover billboards, but also the costumes of the super-powered heroes that act as its protectors. Veteran and newcomer warriors of justice alike compete in...
updated their review of Last Exile
What a stunning series from start to finish.
Seriously, that's all I can really put into words as to how incredible this series was. I remember seeing Last Exile on DVD once here when I was a bit younger, and I didn't buy it because it didn't seem like my kind of thing. Oh, how I wished I'd...Read Vinniesama's full review
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world...
updated their review of Earl and Fairy
Earl and Fairy is a strange being for me, because I really liked it, yet came a bit unstuck during the last four episodes. Oh, it seems fairly linear with the amber, Lydia and Edgar being sent to the fairy realm and the antagonist, Ulysses, making his entrance, but the way it was paced was...Read Vinniesama's full review
Throughout the ages, fairy doctors served as liaisons between humans and fairies; but in the present time of the 19th century, fairies are nothing more than an old wives' tale. Nineteen-year-old...
updated their review of Pandora Hearts
At first, I wasn't that interested in Pandora Hearts . I started reading the first volume, and its first chapter focused on a rambunctious little rich kid named Oz who runs around his mansion hiding from the housekeeper and teasing his servant Gilbert. Then it took a turn down a rather dark...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 24; Ch: 104
- 2006 - 2015
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally...
updated their review of Future Diary
Mirai Nikki is a 14 volume manga by Sakae Esuno, about a young boy called Yukiteru Amano who is a complete loner and spends most of his days writing down the details of his life into a diary on his mobile phone. Naturally, he has no friends and is teased constantly by his classmates. However...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 12; Ch: 59
- 2006 - 2010
Yuki has isolated himself from his high school student life; even his cell phone reflects his detachment, since it only contains information about his surroundings. In his fantasies Yuki is chosen by...
updated their review of Monster
This manga may hands down be one of the best that I have ever read. And I do not make that statement lightly. I may not have the biggest manga shelf in the world, but what I have read of Monster makes me want to sing its praises from the rooftops. It's very rare in my history of reading manga...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 18; Ch: 162
- 1994 - 2001
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter...
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updated their review of A Devil and Her Love Song
Sometimes, you just have a miserable day and want to escape from it all. In the figurative sense, of course. I was at college one day and had a horrible stomach bug, and I'd arranged my mother to pick me up and take me to the doctor's. It would be an hour before she...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 13; Ch: 91
- 2007 - 2011
Maria Kawai is always very blunt when she speaks, so on the day she transfers to Touzuka High School from St. Katria, a prestigious girls' school, she plainly states she was expelled due to violence...
updated their review of Damekko Doubutsu
Useless Animals is a cute little anime series that isn't too bad to watch. The characters are genuinely cute and adorably silly, and since each episode is five minutes long, getting through the entire series (26 episodes) shouldn't be too much of a stretch.
Normally, I love five minute...Read Vinniesama's full review
Uruno, a failure of a wolf, is currently traveling to find himself a new place to call home; but upon chancing across a rabbit, he attacks it only to realize that this particular rabbit is stronger...
updated their review of The Wallflower
This is one of the funniest shojo manga I have ever read. No word of a lie. And it has one of the cutest stories.
All the guys, Ranmaru, Kyohei, Takenaga, and Yuki... well, they're gorgeous in a rather effiminate way. XD It's also a lot of fun to watch Sunako constantly drive them crazy with...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 36; Ch: 148
- 2000 - 2015
Four gorgeous guys, one fabulous mansion and one challenge - turn the landlady's niece into a perfect lady and live rent free; fail and their rent will triple! Surely this task will be no problem for...
updated their review of Animal Academy
This manga is highly appealing, as most high-school shojo stories are. It is like Gakuen Alice by Higuchi Tachibana - girl goes to secretive school that is especially for children with special powers. However, this lacks the charm and the story GA had...
Neko, our main lead, is quite...Read Vinniesama's full review
updated their review of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
This manga, illustrated and adapted by Akira Himekawa in 1998, came out in English quite a few years ago as part of the 'Viz Kids' range. There are tonnes and tonnes of Zelda manga, and nearly all of them see some form of official English translation. Since Ocarina of Time is my favourite of...Read Vinniesama's full review
Young Link lives in Kokiri Forest with his friends; they all live under the watchful eye of the Great Deku Tree. Being the only child in the village without a faerie companion, Link is often bullied...
updated their review of Pita-Ten
Once upon a time, V was 12 years old. It was 2004, and her mother had taken her out shopping. However, back then there was a bookshop called Ottakar's, and to V's total and utter surprise, there was a little carousel filled to the brim with manga. Manga! This magical commodity she had only read...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 8; Ch: 47
- 1999 - 2003
Misha has just moved in next door to Kotarou Higuchi and swears she will protect him at all costs. Unfortunately, she's not too familiar with the ordinary world, as she is an angel who has lived in...
updated their review of Durarara!!
When the licence for this manga was announced last year, I know of quite a few people (myself included) whose initial reaction was thus: “You're releasing the manga , Yen Press? Why not the light novels!? And why aren't the Baccano! novels out in English when that show is an established...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 4; Ch: 22
- 2009 - 2011
Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo's wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with...
updated their review of Bloodhound
Bloodhound is about a schoolgirl called Rion, who is investigating the disappearance of her best friend Shihoko. She only has two things to go off of - one being a card Shihoko gave her before she went missing, and two, her knowledge that Shihoko was in love with a vampire. Rion heads...Read Vinniesama's full review
Rion is on a mission to find her missing friend Shihoko. Her only two clues are a card given to her by Shihoko and a confession that her best friend was in love with a vampire. Thus she heads down to...
updated their review of Kuroshitsuji 2 Specials
Recently I've been on a bit of a Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) kick, so I hunted down the OVAs for the second season, which are included on the Japanese releases of the DVDs, as a way to entice buyers to get them. There's a strange parallel between the West and Japan. In Japan, anime is...Read Vinniesama's full review
- DVD Special (6 eps)
- 2010 - 2011
updated their review of Deadman Wonderland: The Red Knife Wielder
Earlier in the year I blogged the dystopian horror series Deadman Wonderland . In a nutshell, it was a completely insane show that was written as frenetically as possible and pretty much disregarded by a lot of its fanbase (going by the manga forums I've read). It was a simple concept - kid...Read Vinniesama's full review
Before Senji Kiyomasa was a prisoner at Deadman Wonderland, he was a police officer, using his Branches of Sin powers to put a stop to criminals that stood in his way. After helping an orphan escape...
updated their review of Bamboo Blade
Kendo literally means 'the way of the sword' (or 'Japanese fencing' as my mother would explain if asked), and it's one of the most popular martial arts in Japan at junior, high school, and senior levels. I've done quite a fair bit of kendo, but unfortunately my local group disbanded two years...Read Vinniesama's full review
- Vol: 14; Ch: 102
- 2004 - 2010
Poor, in debt, and living on instant noodles, high school kendo instructor Kojiro makes a bet with an old friend on a practice meet between the all-girls' teams of their respective schools. The...
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- Vol: 10+; Ch: 65+
- 2006 - ?
Roxas is a seemingly normal boy enjoying an ordinary summer break - except he's a being that shouldn’t even exist! In truth he is but a part of the keyblade hero, Sora, who is currently in a...
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- Vol: 8; Ch: 87
- 2000 - 2002
Nineteen-year-old ronin Hideki Motosuwa desires two things more than anything else: a girlfriend, and an expensive humanoid computer (known as a 'persocom'). But with his dead-end job and no...
- Vol: 3; Ch: 15
- 1993 - 1997
Minako Aino is a typical teenager who's great at sports and loves gorging on junk food. But when danger is afoot, she can transform into Sailor V: Champion of Justice! A shady organization...
- Vol: 10; Ch: 95
- 1998 - 2008
For centuries, vampires have lurked in the shadows of England's streets. The Hellsing Organization, currently led by Integra Hellsing, has spent centuries fighting these monsters and keeping their...
- Vol: 12; Ch: 108
- 2004 - 2006
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate...