Review: Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee

Book Information:

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
Lee and Low Books Inc.
Published in 1993
ISBN 1880000199
32 Pages

Series Information:

None

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

During World War II, a young Japanese American boy and his family are forced to live in internment camps. Trying to get by in these camps, everyone decides they need something different to do — baseball.

This is a pretty simple book, but it still delivers a small message. :) I love how the author was able to write it in a child’s point of view of how a Japanese Internment Camp was like during this time period. Another thing I like is how different of a plot it is compared to other World War II fiction books — most of the ones I see are about concentration camps or going into hiding in Europe during the war — so it is a nice change. Even in my high school class, I don’t remember going over it that much. :S The descriptions and everything else are very well done, and I was able to feel the emotion of the child who was sent to the camp. ;)

For the text, I was able to see/read the text just fine since it was black text on white paper. As for the illustrations, I don’t really like the style of them, but they do deliver the emotion of the characters better than if it were a style I was used to. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good book, but I can’t really figure out why someone would banned/challenged. Oh, I guess it was banned/challenged because of the slight racism and history America would love to keep hidden from people. Though, I do wish there were fiction books about this period in time. :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Ken Mochizuki
Dom Lee
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780312567484
319 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 06

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Stevie Rae has been keeping things from Zoey, and Zoey’s beginning to wonder exactly what she has been up to. And not only that, A-ya’s pull starts getting stronger. How will their choices on how to deal with these things affect not only the House of Night, but also the whole world?

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, so beware of those. It’s mostly towards the end of my review. ;)

This plot was a little bit more interesting than the other books in this series so far, mostly because there are different points of view. Yes, instead of hearing just from Zoey about how much responsibility she has to deal with, you also get to hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. Also, you get to know a little bit more about Kalona’s past, and it was really interesting to read and find out about that. ;) Oh, and it is getting a little bit more sexual because it describes Kalona cupping Zoey’s breasts in a dream. xD And yes, that’s my warning to you about the sexual themes in the book. *laughs*

Anyways, the different points of view is the only thing that kept me from throwing the books — Zoey’s attitude and personality still hasn’t changed and was really annoying the hell out of me. *coughs* Especially since the authors have once again put her with a lot of boyfriends. -__- I like how the authors started using different POVs because now we get to know more about the other characters’ personality. Like for Stevie Rae, I like how much stronger she is compared to Zoey — she knows she can’t be prefect and doesn’t really try to be. Also, I love reading some of the story in Aphrodite’s view, mostly because her personality seems more realistic. Another thing I like is how there is much less reminding about the character’s personality/history than the other books. :D

Overall, I really like how the POVs bring the plot and side characters into a different light. And the ending is kind of sad with a certain death of someone and kind of “Yay! I hope she stays that way!” :D Basically, though, the ending is pretty good. ;) The series is definitely starting to turn for the better, and I hope it stays that way for the rest of the House of Night series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780312596309
338 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Zoey’s friends are pissed at her at the wrong time, especially since Aphrodite has a vision of her dying alone. And if she dies, a war will break out between humans and vampyres. Will anyone listen to her when all hell is about to break loose?

Things are starting to heat up even more for Zoey in this book and it all blows up in her face. Okay, even though there is a little bit more supernatural than high school drama, there is still too much whining from Zoey for me to really get into this series. It is starting to make me go, “When will this freaking series end?! The main character is starting to piss me off!” :| The plot this time is a little bit more interesting since it goes over Kalona and a Cherokee legend, but I don’t know if it is a real legend. So I like how the authors are merging mythology (Nyx) with Cherokee legend. :) Also, they still have some sexual themes in the book.

However, there still is the little issue of Zoey’s personality and high school drama. I know books need action, but couldn’t the authors think of way to get that action than the, “Wah~ My friends hate me because I lied to them, but I need them to stay alive and save the world from a war”. Okay, I get the saving the world parts, I do, but I hate how Zoey has to whine in order to get her friends back from something she did. Also, she still is very bossy and hypocritical towards everything, especially towards her “friends”. Zoey’s attitude of calling one of her friends “holier than thou” when she is one who says, “I’m going to be their high priestess, so they have to listen to me”. -__- Another thing I find annoying is how she tries to lie again for the reason of “for their own good”. URGH! :| Oh, and the falling in love and calling a new guy her “soul mate” is also kind of annoying. When will Zoey just have one or no boyfriends? :(

Anyways, for the other characters, I love how Aphrodite’s personality is turning out — a little nicer, but they use her “mean” attitude as a comic relief. :D Another thing I like is Darius and how he loves Aphrodite the way she is. Oh, and I like Aphrodite’s cat and how she went up against Stark’s dog. xD Also, the name is creative and fits the attitude of the cat perfectly. ;) A couple of last things for the characters: One, there is a new character — Stark. Two, stop with the beauty obsessed descriptions for the characters. Three stop making Zoey so annoying!

Overall, the plot is much better than what it was in the other books, but Zoey is more annoying in this book than in the others. I wish that the book were more centered on Zoey’s friends than Zoey and her growing powers. Also, I would like this book more if Zoey’s personality was better and more likeable, and if there was a lot less drama. So, I love the plot, but hate the main character — that’s why I’m giving it a low to middle four stars.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
Shide Vicious Reviews

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780312360306
307 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 03

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Stevie Rae is struggling to hold onto the last of her humanity, but Zoey has a plan to bring her humanity bring. However, the problem is how to get her friends, who are currently pissed at her for lying, to help her with this plan. And if that’s not enough, vampyres are starting to turn up dead — and the evidence is pointing towards the People of Faith.

Like I said in the last review, after I finish reading/re-reading all the books, I’m dropping this series. I just can’t take how the main character is developing. Anyways, there might be some slight spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the other books in this series.

As usual, Zoey is faced with more challenges: Stevie Rae about to lose the last of her humanity, friends becoming enemies, enemies becoming friends, having three boyfriends, and adult vampyres are turning up dead on the House of Night campus. There is a little bit more supernatural, but there still is the high school drama and a lot of teenage (Zoey) whining. Now things are starting to get a little interesting now that there is a little bit more supernatural action and personality changes in some of the characters. :) Also, Zoey is now more of intimate relationship with most of the “boyfriends”, and there is one sex scene. Don’t worry too much about it, though, it is not detailed — just a lot of kissing and cuddling afterwards. However, it still feels like the authors squished all of this into a less than 400-page book. :(

Anyways, some of the characters are starting to change for the better, but the main character is starting to change for the worse. I’m starting to like Aphrodite even more because she has courage and starting to have more feelings. ;) For Neferet, even though I already kind of figured she was evil, I like that she’s starting to show more of her true self. :P Also, I love how sweet Heath is becoming, and I think Zoey is stupid to let him go. As for Stevie Rae, I like that she’s back in this book. :D Oh, and I think I will love Darius as well. :P Now that the series is starting to move along, I don’t really like Erik because now he is much more jealous and possessive — and not in the good way either. :| As for Zoey, urgh, her disbelief or surprise over her friends being mad at her for lying is so annoying and irritating. Even though she is the one who lied, she whines and complains that her friends are pissed at her for everything. -___- I definitely find her personality to be less than stellar, and her constant way to avoid cussing is also very unbelievable. Her personality is not developing at all, if anything, it’s degrading to something even more irritating. Also, the authors still describe the characters with beauty and handsome, and centered on a world of people who’s beautiful and handsome. :|

Overall, I love how the series is going toward more a supernatural theme, but the main character is starting to get on my nerves. In each book so far, the authors have decided to waste space with re-stating things that we already from other books. Like about the cats, when Nala sneezes on Zoey, and general information about the characters. With all of these things, I consider this book an every low four star.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
What to Read After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162414
181 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

As the relationship between Alice and Kyo becomes more apparent, Mayura is becoming even more jealous of Alice. Mayura is now very close to being devoured by Darva, a powerful Mara. Are Alice and Kyo powerful enough to go up against Darva?

Okay, there might be some slight spoilers, but nothing too major. :)

Let’s start off with a warning first, there is some fan-service/naked scenes with Mayura and maybe Alice. It’s not that bad, so don’t worry too much. You only get to see the top part of Mayura (her breasts with the nipple shown) and her bottom, but nothing more than that. And for Alice, it’s mostly hidden with bubbles and other things. xD

The development is still pretty good and going at a normal pace. You are finally getting to learn about the Maram’s leader/ruler, Lotis Masters, and other things a little bit more. Also, there is a new side to Frey that I haven’t seen. It’s really sweet, especially this one scene with Frey and Alice. ;) *GRINS* Alice is also starting to get more courage and not as weak as before, so it is starting to get interesting there as well. Though, with how the manga-ka adds the curse, it kind of makes her seem a little more weak. However, I feel a little sorry for Alice that she can’t confess to Kyo because of the death curse, especially since she finally got the courage to tell him.  :(

Anyways, the plot kind of went down hill with the routine jealously scenario that seem to be in all shoujo manga. Even though the jealously is the kicking point of where Mayura decides to turn against Alice; use the Maram words; and become closer to being devoured by Darva, I would have liked something a little bit more different to kick-start the main part of the plot. Oh well, that’s shoujo manga for you.

Despite the typical jealously of shoujo manga characters, the characters, designs, and art are still well done. I especially love the new characters — Chris and Stewart — and how they interact with each other. Oh, and I love the manga-ka drew the kiss scenes too. :D So overall, it is still pretty nice to read, you just have to get over the nudity (if you don’t like nudity in manga) and the typical jealously of shoujo manga. :S

Now for VIZ’s portion of the manga, they are doing a better job at art-touching, but it is still kind of noticeable of where they edited out the kanji in some of the places. The translations and everything else still look great. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162308
183 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 03

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 3 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice, Frey, and Kyo finally managed to find Mayura, but is she really back? This sibling rivalry reaches a new new height when Mayura, a Maram Master, and Alice, a Loits Master, are pitted against each other. Whose “words” will win out in the end?

This review may contain some slight spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the other volumes, so beware. ;)

Things are really start to get heated up now that Mayura and Alice are fighting for the guy they both like. Though, it’s obvious to us who Kyo really likes, right? I really like how the manga-ka has made the main guy character (Kyo) clueless about love — instead of the main female character — since I see that pretty much all of the time. xD Also, I like that Alice has gotten a stronger personality. :D

Everything is developing really nicely — artwork, plot, personalities, etc. Also, you get to learn how the Lotis was formed and everything. You also get to see more of  Alice’s and Mayura’s mom and dad — and their personalities. I know I haven’t said this before, but I really love how the manga-ka draws expressions — some of them are really funny. Like when Frey and Kyo fight the byoma or when Kyo throws up, the expressions made me laugh. Right now my favorite characters are Nyozeka and Frey — I love how they interact with each other and their expressions. My favorite scene in this volume is the last page — not saying what it is though. xD

Overall, the development and everything is still good. :P

Now for how VIZ did at bringing this manga into English. The art touch-up is still noticeable, but it has gotten a little better. Everything else looks good still (translation, etc). Overall, they did a better job at the art touch-up, but not by much. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 2 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 2 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Izumi Evers
Main Editing by Andy Nakatani
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2003 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162292
191 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 1 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice is not alone in her mission to find and bring back her sister. Kyo is now a Lotis Master like her, however, they are not the only ones who fight against the darkness. Frey appears and offers them help with bringing back Mayura, but will all three of them be enough to save her from the darkness?

This manga series is a really good page-turner — both the the plot and characters are really interesting. The manga-ka has made an interesting story by giving it a fantasy twist — by using the Lotis words to help people and giving power to hurtful words. Which isn’t really all that different from real life, if you think about it. The plot is really starting to develop, and this volume gives you a little bit more information about the Lotis Masters. ;)

Not only is the plot starting to develop, the characters are as well. Alice is still kind of weak, but she is slowly starting to discover what courage and strength means. :) You will also get some more information on Kyo. :P Also, even the side characters have more of a personality, like why Oishi is mean to other people. However, my favorite character so far is Frey, even though he is really meant as a comic relief. xD Oh, and the artwork still looks wonderful — I love the character’s designs. :D

Now for why there is a Boy x Boy tag. This is also one of my favorite moments, however, it is not really a spoiler moment. :P Anyways, it is when Kyo accidentally kisses Frey. However, their lips don’t actually touch, their faces just get really close together. xD Also, they are in just towels… *drools* :D

Overall, the plot and characters have great development. It was still a pretty good read. ;)

For VIZ’s part in this manga, their art touch-up is still really bad. Also, some of the lines weren’t fully redrawn. There is also one part where they didn’t edit out all of the Japanese and you can see half of the SFX. However, their translation and everything else was pretty much okay. ;) Overall, the art touch-up was much worse than the first volume, but it’s still pretty average. :S

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 1 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 1 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Izumi Evers
Main Editing by Andy Nakatani
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2003 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162155
181 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 1 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice has always been in the shadow of Mayura, her older sister. From a bunny girl, she soon learns that her words hold power, but at what price? She will discover the answer to that question when she tells Mayura to “disappear”.

Yuu Watase is another of my favorite manga-ka. :D I first read her Fushigi Yuugi series at my library in high school, and I loved it. Then I also read some of her Ayashi no Ceres series — also from my high school library. Though, Alice 19th is different from her other works, especially with the main female character. In this series, the main character, Alice, seems to be more meek, quiet, and shy character than Watase’s other works. However, I was able to relate more towards Alice than the heroines in Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres. But, as usual, the guys look really yummy and act cool. ;)

The plot is more like real than you would think — because who hasn’t been hurt by someone’s words? Watase just made that aspect into a power that actually does something to the person, instead of just emotion. However, if the same person tried to save you from the pain of their words, would you truly believe them, even in your most inner heart? I was curious as to how the manga-ka would show a real life problem into a magical setting.

The characters are all pretty likeable. So far the personalities are okay. Also, I think that the manga-ka will show that there is more to her character than what meets the eye — even with the side characters. :)

Overall, I love the plot and think it was creative to make a real life problem into something magical. :)

For VIZ’s part in bringing this manga to English, they did a pretty average to semi-bad job at it. The art touch-up is very bad — you can tell where they had to edit out the edit. Also, instead of putting all of the SFX translations in the back, they did some of the SFX. >.< The translations are also pretty good. The art touch-up was the worse of it all, but pretty average overall.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

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