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

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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: Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories 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 1996
ISBN 9781421518015
181 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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An omnibus containing four different stories from the manga-ka Arina Tanemura.

  1. Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
  2. This Love is Nonfiction
  3. Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines
  4. The Style of the Second Love

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

Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

Kajika is a Kunoichi (a female ninja), and she has the job of protecting her family’s secret legendary weapon, Kureha. However, someone is currently after this weapon, but when she should really be protecting it, she vows not to be a Kunoichi anymore – and all for the sake of her crush.

I loved the illustrations, as usually, and the designs for the characters looked really cute too. However, there is one part in the second chapter, where little kid Kajika looks kind of drawn weird. I don’t know why it looks weird to me, but it does. Pretty much all the characters had a good personality – even the clueless Kajika was amusing at times. It was just the plot that I really couldn’t bring myself to like that much.

Don’t get me wrong it is an okay plot. However, it is just very average and somewhat lacking in some things, even though there was two chapters to cover this story. Both chapters had the same theme, a clueless girl about who she loves, and kind of a rushed ending. I don’t mind characters who don’t know who they love, or it takes them a long time to know, but it tries my patience. :|

Overall, for this story, I liked the art (except for that one little image). However, the plot is the only thing that kind of got on my nerves. >.<

This Love is Nonfiction

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

Karin is a typical rich girl – pretty, elegant, a little spoiled, and has never experienced true love. But when Yuri, her best friend, sends Karin’s picture to her pen pal, she meets Ryo. She falls in love with him at first sight, but how can they be together when her best friends likes him as well? And how will they fix this mistake in identity?

All of the artwork and designs for the characters were really well done and really cute. :D I especially like some of the outfits she came up – especially the dolphin pendent. The aquarium and fish were also really cute and drawn very well.

Anyways, the plot is something I have seen before, but the manga-ka made it kind of different – and very cute to read. :P I like how she mixed things up with couples, even though you can kind of notice it. Despite being a short story, it felt complete and less annoying than the first. Though, I kind of wish Karin’s personality was a little less spoiled.

Overall, it was a simple, but pleasant, reading. Also, the drawings were so cute. :D

Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines

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

When Takato shares his umbrella with Minari just one time, she falls in love with him. Now, in order to get closer to him, she forgets her umbrella every time it is supposed to rain. However, is this love mutual or one-sided?

The drawings are still kind of cute and wonderfully done – so pretty to look at. I like it when this manga-ka draws gutsy and cheerful girls who seem kind of annoying – makes it more interesting and believable. Also, it’s fun to look at her characters when they go into “kitty mode”. :P

Anyways, the plot is really cute and believable. Believable because what girl (or guy) hasn’t used some of an excuse for the person we love to pay attention to us? xD So, this is one of my favorites in this manga because it is really realistic. The ending also feels complete. ;)

Overall, the drawings were well done, but not as well as her later manga. Also, the plot was simple, realistic, and left good feelings.

(Side note: I don’t like the long English title. :( )

The Style of the Second Love

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

Mana likes her best friend’s boyfriend, but she tries to keep this crush a secret. However, even though Mana already likes someone, Nakamura is determined to make her fall in love with him.

The drawings are not as pretty as the other stories, but it is still pretty average because this one is supposed to be her debut manga. ;) Well, it is better than how I draw, at least. :P Anyways, I love the “kitty mode” drawings. :D

This time the boy (Nakamura) is the happy character, instead of the main female character. Not so sure I like this, since I don’t really like guys that are over energetic or that much of a girl-magnet. ^^; Anyways, the plot is pretty average and kind of boring, and it didn’t feel really completed.

Overall, it was kind of average to look at and to read. >.<

Okay, now time for how VIZ did bringing this Japanese manga into English. I’ll just list them. >.>” 1) The SFX translations could have been a little better. 2) The lettering for the dialogue, etc looks like doesn’t really fit right. 3) Some art touch-up errors, if you look really closely. 4) Translation and sentences looked okay.

(Side Note: I think the stories go something like this for when they were published, in case you are wondering why the artwork doesn’t look the same. 1) The Style of the Second Love. 2) Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines. 3) Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. 4) This Love is Nonfiction. I think that’s the correct order as to when they were published in Japan. ^^;)

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