Manga Review Ghost Hunt Volume 1

October 2, 2007 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Ghost Hunt | 1 Comment
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The decrepit building was condemned long ago, but every time the owners try to tear it down, ‘accidents’ start to happen – people get hurt, sometimes even killed. Mai Taniyama and her classmates have heard the rumors that the creepy old high school is haunted – possibly by ghosts from the Second World War. So one rainy day they gather at the old school to tell ghost stories, hoping to attract one of the suspected spirits.

No ghosts materialize, but Mai and her friends do meet Kazuya Shibuya, the handsome young owner of Shibuya Psychic Research, who’s been hired to investigate paranormal activity at the school. Also at the scene are an exorcist, a Buddhist monk, a woman who can speak with the dead, and an outspoken Shinto priestess. Surely one of them will have the talents to solve this mystery. 

That’s the summary from the back anyway.  Basically, girl folds to peer pressure and end up in an unsafe an possibly haunted building. Girl and co. are surprised by a stranger. Girl and co. are of course not scared of him because how could someone so handsome rape and murder them. -_-

Well, no raping goes on. At least until the next day when Girl (who I’ll start calling Mai anytime now) goes into the building and…does the most predictable thing.  Trips and breaks a camera and Kazuya Shibuya’s assistants’ head. Now, Mai gets shafted into being Shibuya’s assitant because she broke his assistant and his camera.

Let the wacky hijinx commence! 😀 But not really. After finding out Shibuya’s completely into himself, Mai gives him the nickname Naru (short for Narcissist.) As they finally begin the job Naru was hired to do, they find out the school really wants this ghost gone. They also hired a blonde long haired monk by the name of Houshou Takigawa, a stunningly beautiful Miko called Ayako Matsuzaki, an odd Australian exorcist named John Brown (ugh, so generic) who speaks with Kansai dialect, and the soft spoken spiritual medium Masako Hara from television.

And off the crew go on their marry way to hunt ghosts! In short, the rest of the story goes ‘There’s a ghost here, Uh, no…There isn’t, Yes, there definitely is! No. Maybe…? Wait, no. ect.’ This all being told in a much more entertaining way. Shelves shaking, buildings moving. That sort of thing.  As for the end. Well, I guess you’ll have to read it to find out if there really was a ghost. =p

It was a decent read though, not the most action packed thing, but it kept my attention well. If you like mysteries this would be a nice choice. I get the feeling that there is a little romance brewing in this manga though.


Ohh! Sci Fi goes on the Sci Fi channel! Duh.

October 2, 2007 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Sci Fi AniMonday | Leave a comment
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As I was watching the Sci-Fi channels’ AniMonday block last night I realized something. Well, two things. I don’t really care for Virus Buster Serge and the Sci-fi channel is going to be showing Sci-fi anime.

Now. One would think I would’ve known the latter. I guess I was thrown off by the awesome that is Tokko (which, technically….Sci-fi, yeah.) and the Street Fighter reruns. (It’s not Sci-fi to me.)  You probably don’t see the big deal, but it all comes down to one very simple fact.

Sci-fi = mecha.

I’m not a big fan of mechs. I’ve only really liked three anime with mechs in them. Those being Crest of the Stars, Code Geass and Toppa Tengen Gurren Lagaan, but other than that, not a big fan of mechs. I guess I’ll live, not all sci-fi has to have mechs, righto?

Well, there is always Noein. Even though it’s Sci-fi, it’s still enjoyable.

Death Note Copycat Murder

October 2, 2007 at 1:47 am | Posted in Death Note | 35 Comments

La Dernière Heure, a French daily newspaper in Belgium similar to United Kingdom’s The Sun or America’s New York Post, reports that two identical messages linked to the Death Note manga were left near severed body parts that were discovered Friday afternoon in the forest of Belgium’s Duden Park. According to the newspaper, the two paper sheets both say “Watashi wa Kira dess,” an apparent misspelling of the Japanese phrase “Watashi wa Kira desu,” or “I am Kira (Killer).” This is a catchphrase from writer Tsugumi Ooba and artist Takeshi Obata‘s Death Note, a suspense manga series, in which a high school boy discovers a notebook which allows him to kill people by writing their names in it.

Source: ANN

And so it begins…
Actually it’s long over do. Death Note Copycat killers.

As horrible as it is, I can’t help but laugh. I think the misspelling of ‘desu’ has a little to do with it too. I didn’t put the whole article but the body parts found were two thighs and a lower abdomen of a white male.

Personally, I think he picked the wrong manga to emulate. His style seems much more MPD Psycho.

The question is though…

Who’s going to be the L?

Shigurui Episode 1 ~ A match made in heavan.

October 2, 2007 at 12:04 am | Posted in Shigurui | 3 Comments
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Now, I’ve had high hopes about the Shigurui anime. Hearing it was obscenely gruesome, I managed to sniff out the manga before the anime was released and I absolutely loved it. It lived up to its reputation. As one would hope the anime would. I actually have a rule of thumb when it comes to anime. Anything made by Madhouse (Claymore, Devil May Cry, Death Note) is bound to be good. Maybe not great plot-wise, but at very least beautiful.

The story starts in 1629 at Sunpu Castle. A man, who is literally shaking with fear, pleads to the Daimyo of the Suruga province Tadanaga Tokugawa. I know what you’re thinking. Tadanaga Tokugawa? He’s not a memorable ruler at all. True, but he was a brutal one. Anyway, this man who is growing even more unstable by the moment (this Tadanaga must be fearsome) asks that he let the warriors use wooden bokken instead of real katana’s. When suddenly~ ninja’s attacked.





He reveals a rather sizable wound and commences to pull out the innards. Of course he is providing an example of what happens in a real katana match. Which is how any real man would present facts. Even more amazing is he continues to talk, however not for long. As anyone could guess, he dies.

Later that year as the samurai battle draws near, it seems that people are still ill at ease with Tadanaga’s decision to use real katana’s. Most referring to it as a ‘sad waste of skilled samurai’. So true, so true. But the lords’ orders are law.


I’d say it’s a bad omen.

Meanwhile, as the regional lords continue to enter the castle for the upcoming fight, the first samurai Fujiki Gennosuke prepares quietly with his lady friend. No, not in the much more interesting sexual way. Mie-dono is apparently some sort of fortune teller. Though, not a truthful one. As she tells him he will win even after her vision blatantly shows otherwise.



As Fujiki marches out into the arena under the blazing sun, the nobles are all utterly stunned to learn that he is missing an arm. Aww, and he had been so highly recommended. While they are all distracted, Fujiki’s opponent steps onto the field. (also with his lady friend Iku, mind you.) He is Irako Seigan, and guess what!? He not only has a badly injured foot, but is blind to boot. Personally, I think Irako is at more of a disadvantage. I mean really, it should be one handicap versus one handicap. Unless Irako is godly enough to make up the gap, now that would make this worth watching.

Of course, like every human being, the nobles are interested to see how this freak show will play out. After presenting their sword styles there is nothing but a whole lot of dramatic standing around. Meaning it’s flashback time.




It turns out Fujiki and Irako have a bit of a history together. Not only does this flashback provide the information that Irako challenged Fujiki to a duel at his dojo and broke two of his fingers, but it tells me that samurai are not as glamorous as we make them out to be.

I didn’t really like the episode that much. Yes, the characters were fun to look at. Yes, there was a sufficient amount of blood. However, there was really no action. Even in the sword fight flashback at the end there was really no action. Irako just butted swords with Fujiki and BAM broke his fingers after a bit of struggling. I’ll watch on, but so help me. There better be at least one epic sword battle in the coming episodes.

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