Review: Fall in Love Like A Comic Volume 2 by Chitose Yagami

Book Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic! Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami
Illustrated by Chitose Yagami
Translated and Adaptation by Mai Ihara
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shogakukan
Published in 2004
ISBN 9781421513737
192 Pages

Series Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 02
Last Book in the Fall in Love Like a Comic Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

More like a collection of stories than a general volume. :)

  1. Heartthrob Vacation
  2. A Small Crush
  3. Happy Ending
  4. Hiroki’s Secret
  5. Nana and Mickey’s Heart-Racing Manga Lesson
  6. Bewildered Princess

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Heartthrob Vacation

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Rena and Tomoya finally confess their true feelings for each other and now they face a new challenge — an overnight trip! Rena wants to “further” their relationship, but what will Tomoya have to say about it?

The artwork still looks pretty cute; and I still love Tomoya’s designs. :D Though, his shoujo manga boy personality is kind of annoying, but I like his dominant side. xD And Rena remind me of myself (the love of smut, not the melting). :P Also the romance scenes are so adorable — made me feel as gushy inside. >.< Please note: This chapter talks about “first times” and sex, but no sexual acts happen (unless you count kissing).

Overall, it is pretty cliche for a shoujo manga, but I still found it pretty cute. :D

A Small Crush

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Shiori, a relative of Tomoya’s, will be staying with Tomoya for awhile. However, even though Shiori is just a child, Rena still gets jealous. Will they be able to spend time together without Shiori getting in the way?

The drawings still look pretty, so no issues there for me. However, I love how the manga-ka drew Shiori — she looks so adorable. :D This story is also pretty typical in shoujo manga, but I find it funny how Rena tries to compete with Shiori. Also, the expressions while they interact with each other are just as funny. It also still has yummy kiss scenes.

Overall, it is a sweet story about jealously, but still shoujo cliche. ;)

Happy Ending

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

Concerned for her grades, Rena’s mom hires a tutor for Rena. When Keiko shows up, it appears that she knows Tomoya. Why does Rena’s tutor know Tomoya?

Awww… Come on, you have to know how this ends up without too much detail, right? Tomoya’s ex equals Rena getting jealous (again). Then you know they have to do something for them to get back together again, right? Like I said, predictable and cliche. Oh, the art is still pretty. ;)

Overall, I didn’t really like the story because it is basically the same as the other one.

Hiroki’s Secret

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

At Parent’s Day, Hiroki thinks his parents won’t be able to make it. However, will he be in for a surprise?

Drawings are still pretty good, and Hiroki is very adorable. Predictable, very. So I won’t go into that many details. It is attached to Tomoya’s and Rena’s stories though. :| However, there is one thing I didn’t expect — for that one couple that formed.

Overall, like almost all shoujo manga, it was pretty easy to know what would happen. :S

Nana and Mickey’s Heart-Racing Manga Lesson

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Mickey teaches Nana how to become a manga-ka.

The drawings are very well done and helpful. Basically they were very short, sort of helpful, and cute tutorials. It was pretty interesting to read.

Bewildered Princess

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 2 out of 5

Saki is very shy, but when she talks with puppets, she is able to talk normally. Takumi, the guy she has a crush on, is in a puppet show with her. However, how will she confess her love?

Art was all right, not as good as the other stories. Also, the plot was very meh, so were the personalities. However, I do like how creative the confession was.

Overall, this story was pretty average and not as interesting. >.<

For VIZ’s part, the stroke around some of the text was too big, so I couldn’t tell whether or not the touch up was done well or not. Also, the text placement was kind of bad. All of the other things (translation, etc) looked okay. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Chitose Yagami
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Review: Fall in Love Like A Comic Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami

Book Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic! Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami
Illustrated by Chitose Yagami
Translated and Adaptation by Mai Ihara
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Elena Diaz
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shogakukan
Published in 2002
ISBN 9781421513737
200 Pages

Series Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Rena, a high school student, has a secret she keeps from almost everybody at school. However, when Tomoya finds out she’s a professional mangaka, she asks him out in order to improve her love scenes. But what will happen when she actually falls in love with Tomoya?

Side Story 1: Tomoya Okita: A Boy Like in the Comics: We all know that Tomoya is love with Rena, but how was he before having Rena? Was he always the shoujo bishie we all know?

Side Story 2: Magical Project: Debut manga of Chitose Yagami. Yuzu is currently going to magic school, but she is not any good at any of the spells. So, when she has to change her pet, Ro, into a human, she tries her hardest. However, he can only change if both of them want it.

This manga and the second volume to this series are the only ones I own by Chitose Yagami, and I have to say that I really love them. The artwork looks so amazing. I love how the manga-ka drew the characters (especially Tomoya) and the romance scenes. The kiss scenes looked very yummy and good. And for the Magic Project side story, Yuzu reminds me of Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. xD

However, the plot is very cliche in shoujo manga, but I still think it is pretty sweet. I usually like my manga with a lot of romance, kiss scenes, and/or smutty scenes; and this manga has most of that in it. Though because of this, it makes it hard to do a review on shoujo manga, since you can’t say too much or you will ruin everything for people. Anyways, I like how Tomoya teases Rena. It’s so cute since Rena usually “melts”. The characters are all pretty funny and energetic, but sometimes it is kind of annoying — not enough to stop reading though.

Overall, pretty much a simple and predictable manga, but it is still pretty good. ;) The side stories were also kind of cute; and I also love the freetalks since they gave tips on how to make manga. :D

Now for how VIZ did with bringing this manga into English. VIZ did an excellent job on this one, I hardly have any complaints. The only one is the translation for the “squueee” SFX. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Chitose Yagami
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 3 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 3 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Shaenon K. Garrity
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517995
210 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 03
Last Book in the Time Stranger Kyoko Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

Kyoko has found 11 out of the 12 telepaths, but where is the last one? As she tries to find the last telepath, more problems begin to arise. Will Kyoko ever be able to find the last telepath? And what about Kyoko and Sakataki’s feelings for each other?

Side Story 1: Leave it to Chocola: It’s Chocola’s birthday, and she’s throwing a party. However, when the King doesn’t show up, she runs away to Witzig’s gang. When she remembers how the King saved her, will she go back home?

Bonus: Comic Strips: A lot of 4 panel comic strips about the characters, with the last one being a penchi de shakin (something that this manga-ka does to share something personal with us) and freetalk section. ;)

Bonus: Chocola VS Iyo! A Surprising Battle: When the King and Chocola are playing hide and seek, Chocola meets up with Iyo. Together, they show off their skills and even trick the King…

Bonus: Behind the Scenes: Arina and Ryo (both manga-kas) their version on how Chocola VS Iyo! A Surprising Battle came to be.

There might be a few slight spoilers, nothing really major. ;)

The drawings and artwork still look wonderful, so I’ll go on to the plot. ;) It goes from finding only 4 strangers to having 11 found, but I don’t really mind missing the detail for those strangers. :D Everything becomes much more interesting in this volume, and you finally get to see the truth behind Kyoko, Cane-chan, and Ui. ;) And you get to see Chronos; and I love his character design and personality. Another thing I like is Ui’s personality – it is so amusing. :) Also, you get to see Sakataki become more dominant – and you get to see a kissing scene. And the ending feels satisfying and complete. :)

Now, for VIZ’s part. :| They did an average job on it. The art touch-up was still pretty good – nothing really noticeable popped out. VIZ also did okay on the SFX translations and placement of text. ;) However, they had a little problem with the general translation. Or, someone didn’t put the text in the right bubbles. On the page where all the Strangers are, they kind of mixed up the boys. It is supposed to be Leaf Stranger Youju (has leaves in the panel), Wind Stranger Fuuma (has the 140 cm in the panel), Snow Stranger Setsuna (the guy with the dead looking eyes), Fire Stranger Rin (girl with her tongue sticking out), Wind Stranger Fuuma (panel with the bird and feathers), and then Dark Stranger Yami (cat girl panel). Why am I saying that? Because if you look on the next page, the person with the bird is called Toba; then in the comic strips, the silent guy (dead eyes) is called Setsuna and the short guy (who is blowing up skirts) is called Fuuma.

Overall, the story and everything on the manga-ka part was great. However, I’m not too happy that VIZ made such a mistake on that translation.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_BulletArina Tanemura
$New_BulletGoodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517988
210 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

Kyoko has finally started finding some of the 12 telepaths. She discovers that the telepaths are the heads of the Kirito tribes. When she finds 4 out of 12, Ui starts talking. However, will Kyoko be able to survive the emotional blow when Ui reveals a secret?

The artwork and designs for this series are still great, so I won’t go that much into the artwork. :P The details and everything still look good. ;) I love the “kitty mode” drawings, but there isn’t as many as her other manga. :D And also, the new characters’ designs look so good. *___*

Anyways, I’m really starting to love this series. The plot and everything is really starting to fall into place. :) There are finally some nice twists that will kind of try to throw you, but it makes the plot so much better. Also, those twists might be easy to predict even before they happen, but it’s still good. The new characters are also very interesting. Even the side characters are pretty interesting, like Mizuno, Sarai, and Anako. You also get some new information on old characters – like Kyoko. ;) Also, you can tell that there is a lot thought put into the characters, even the minor ones. :D Oh, and there is more romance between Sakataki and Kyoko. \o/

Overall, the story and characters are developing well; and the story is very interesting to read. Oh, and the artwork is very good too. :P

For VIZ’s part, they did a good job on the translation and the art touch-up, but the SFX translations were still a little odd. Also, one of the freetalk sections was a little too small. But overall, they did a good job at bringing this manga into English.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517971
200 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

In the 30th century, Earth has become one nation with one princess – Kyoko. Her 16th birthday celebration is coming up, but her subjects begin to riot because she doesn’t want to do her job as princess. However, awakening her sister from her deep slumber is the only way for Kyoko to get out of living the role of a shelter princess. Though, in order to do this, she must find 12 holy stones and their telepaths.

Side Story: Hizuki and Sakastuki just lost everything – family and friends. So, they come to the palace and try to find something they are good at, as payment for staying at the castle.

All of the manga-ka’s artwork in this manga is so pretty. Also, you can tell she spent a lot of time and effort coming up with it because everything looks so detailed and pretty to look at. ;) I especially love the side story, with all the characters as children. The drawings look so cute in it. <3 :D And I love how she is able to draw emotions on her characters. ;)

Anyways, the personalities of the female lead is the same as her other manga – happy, gutsy, and a little bit selfish – but I haven’t gotten tired of it since the plot always makes up for it. :) This manga-ka is a very good storyteller, and I love how she is able to bring humor into the plot. So far, my favorite character is Cane-chan. I love how she was able to bring a personality to a cane. ;)

Even though it is simple and almost predictable, it is still a very sweet and funny to read – especially Cane-chan and “kitty mode”. And I like how the manga-ka did a short story about when they were young.

Now, for how VIZ did. :P 1) The telepath translation is kind of weird since in the other volumes (and in this one) they switch between telepath and stranger. ^^; 2) The lettering for the SFX is a little bad, but the translations for them are a little better. 3) I like how they still used some Japanese words for the SFX – like chu and kyaah. :P

Overall, they did a pretty good job with bringing this manga into English. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: ION by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

ION by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Miho Nishida
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by George Caltsoudas
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 1997
ISBN 9781421518008
216 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

When Ion Tsuburagi chants her first name, good things happen to her. However, when she meets Mikado and touches something he’s been developing, her powers start growing into something more. What is the thing she touched; and why is it giving Ion special powers?

I really like Arina Tanemura’s works – I have two other works by her. Her artwork is always quite good. All her characters pretty much show a happy personality  – rarely ever sad, but they hide their sadness under their smile – and this one volume manga is no exception to this.

In this manga, there a couple of places where the artwork could been better, but you hardly ever notice it (unless you are really looking hard). ;) I love all of the characters’ personalities, even Ion’s happy-go-lucky one – especially when she turns into Kitty Ion (so cute). <3 Even Psychic Man’s small appearances were enjoyable. The designs for each character were wonderful, especially Kouki, the student council president, with his hair down. *drools*

Now that gotten the artwork part done, now for the plot. The romance is cliché, especially for a shoujo manga, but it’s still very enjoyable. I like how subtle the supernatural theme (telekinesis) is, and how it doesn’t clash with the romance parts. I kind of hoped she would end up with someone else, but oh well. :P

Anyways, overall, Tanemura put together a wonderfully drawn manga that I enjoyed very much. However, that’s not all, we need to go over how the Translation, Designing, and Art Touch-Up/Lettering people did from VIZ.

The art touch-up was very well done; you could hardly notice the errors in redrawing from where the Japanese was located. Also, I loved the cover design that VIZ did for the English version of ION. However, I wish some of the wording for the sentences and SFX were just a little bit better. Overall, VIZ did a pretty good job bringing this Japanese manga to life in English. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha, Illustrated by A Lot of People (See Post)

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Book Information:

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Anthony Spay, Shawn McCauley, Marcio Abreu, Agustin Alessio, German Nobile, H. G. Young, Gabriel Rearte, Shawn van Briesen
Colors by Andrew Elder, John Hunt
Letters by Jim Campbell
Designing by David Seidman, Christopher Cote, Cause Design Co., Rod Whitney
Main Editing by Jennifer Bermel
(Many other people…)
Silver Dragon Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781937088905
120 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5

Gives information, such as fun facts; recorded attacks; unprovoked fatalities; what their prey are; and other things, to promote knowledge of sharks.

Okay, I’ll start with how they presented the information. I read some interesting information about 10 sharks they thought was the Top 10 Deadliest sharks. At first I didn’t get how they made their Top 10 list, but now, I think they made it based on how aggressive the sharks are in their attacks. :S

Anyways some of information that was interesting was how sharks played a role in World War 2 – with how the pilots landed in the sea, wounded, with sharks. Another interesting piece of information was about the shipwreck and how many people died from the sharks. However, on one of the sharks, it didn’t give any kind of example of any attacks – only ways to avoid sharks. Most likely, the tips would have been better at the end of the book, as a way to summarize the book. >.<

Next, the artwork and coloring was really pretty. I liked how they drew the sharks and made it look like it was really under water. Also, the artwork and panels perfectly matched what was being said in the text. The text was also very easy to read since they were in boxes or circles, instead of the background. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good graphic novel, but I would have preferred the tips be at the end of the book, with the shark having an actual example of an attack.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Wal-Mart, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Joe Brusha
$New_Bullet Anthony Spay
$New_Bullet Shawn McCauley
$New_Bullet Marcio Abreu
$New_Bullet German Nobile
$New_Bullet Gabriel Rearte
$New_Bullet Shawn van Briesen
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble