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

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Review: Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy, Illustrated by John Manders

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Book Information:

Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy
Illustrated by John Manders
Clarion Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780618339556
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

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

Fergus O’Mara is very clever, but it is too bad that he uses it to get out of work. On his way to go have fun in Skibbereen, he might discover that his cleverness can be put to better use when he meets up with the Night-Demon.

The plot is kind of like the usual legend/ghost story – someone needs to be taught a moral lesson, they go out and they meet spirits, and then they almost always learn their lesson. No matter how much this plot is used, it is always fun and enjoyable to read, and it also teaches children certain kind of lessons. I found the characters enjoyable for this kind of plot. I think everyone will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Fergus, and it’s always wonderful when authors are able to make characters like that.

I also enjoyed looking at the illustrations. They matched the story almost perfectly, and they were all so pretty to look at. It was also easy to read/see the text. :D

Overall, the story is a great read for children and for adults as well. I think your children will really enjoy this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Jim Murphy
$New_Bullet John Manders
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Kinder Scares

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble