For the Love of Manga

August 18, 2011

I admit it–I thought manga was for kids. This was perhaps because my only exposures to the cross-cultural phenomenon were 1) pictures of disproportionate and childish looking characters on my friends’ walls, and 2) the description of manga as “Japanese comics”. However, I soon learned that this portrayal of characters is called “chibi” and that manga is far more than mere comic books. I was hooked by my first experience of manga, the opening chapter of FullMetal Alchemist, Vol. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

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Katekyo Hitman Reborn Season 4 Review

September 5, 2009

Finished with KHR, season 4. Again, I LOVED IT!

This time I have more nitpicks than I did with season two, but this idea is just so original. Epic wuv. I’ll outline the plot now:

So Reborn is hit with Lambo’s 10-Year Bazooka. And uh oh…well…no one appears in his place. So to try and get answers, Tsuna accidentally gets blasted into the future and finds out two things. One: In 10 years, Sawada Tsunayoshi will have lost his life. Two: The 10-Year Bazooka is malfunctioning. He’s going to be staying a while.

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Places to Get Anime- Legally, Of Course.

July 31, 2009
So there are a lot of places to get manga: A local library, a store, it’s pretty easy to find manga. But where do you find anime? I have several places I get mine, so I’ll list off a couple of good, legal places right here.
Well…the most well known place is probably Youtube. And I’m not talking about the illegally put up videos either. xD I mean the ones legally put up on Youtube by companies. That’s where I’m currently watching Ouran HSHC, where I watched Code Geass and Ghost Hunt, but it’s generally not the greatest source. Youtube is reliable, but the selection they have isn’t too great. They do have some really good ones though. You can find them http://www.youtube.com/shows
Crunchyroll.com is another legal place to get them, though I find it’s a little irritating that if you’re watching an ongoing anime (…KHR……) they’ll place the first couple episodes, the most recently subbed, and then the ones in the middle are gone. Bam. Poof. Yay. Thanks. I watch the most recent episodes of Katekyo Hitman Reborn there, and I know they have many other ones. A lot of the series are only for paying members though, which makes me go ):<. Like the original Naruto. WHAT? Dx The site is here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
Another site is Hulu, great site since it’s still legal. I mean, it’s not the greatest source (so few anime T_____T) but it’s not terrible either. Still, not the greatest place to go but when it has the anime, it has pretty much every single episode, which is epically awesome. (Contrary to paying for Naruto at Crunchyroll, you can find the entire original anime there as far as I can tell) Find them at http://www.hulu.com/
Of course, you could always just tap them at the source. Funimation puts up new episodes for people to watch at their site, and I know a lot of other places do the same. I watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood at the Funimation site, and it works fine. x3 And I’ve heard they have the whole xxxHolic there, and several others.
Some places you can actually rent anime from are Blockbusters, Netflix…those usual places. The problem I have with this though, is that you generally cannot get an anime unless it’s been dubbed already and then released. Makes it a bit more difficult, but it still works. You can rent an entire season from Blockbusters, though only generally through mail…I tried searching Naruto and none of the stores in my area carried it. Dx Thus I’m not sure about prices. I’m quite sure it would probably be the regular price.
http://www.rentanime.com/ Rent Anime seems to be a good site to get it from. You get a flat rate of about $20 a month, and you can rent as many anime as you like. Of course, if you’re going to be busy I wouldn’t suggest this method, but if you’re going to have lots of spare time maybe you could try it out. The selection looks really good and they have a 2 week trial period.
I would also like to mention I once went to a really great store (perhaps a year ago) at the Cary Towne Center full of anime and manga paraphernalia and lots of anime and manga selection. It was amazing. I never caught the name though, and I haven’t been able to go back and look for it, so I’m not sure if it was shut down or not. You could purchase anime from them, however, so I would just like to get that out there. It was awesome. (There was Ramune. If you aren’t spazzing out, you must not have read that last line correctly. THEREWASRAMUNE. *_____*)
And just a note, you can even get some titles on Itunes. You heard me right. Itunes. This was news to me. o______o;;; though of course, it costs money.

So there are a lot of places to get manga: A local library, a store . . . it’s pretty easy to find. But where do you find anime? I have several places I get mine, so I’ll list off a couple of good, legal places right here. Read the rest of this entry »


Anime Vs. Manga: Pro-Manga

July 22, 2009

Well Nessa pretty much summed up what was going on in her first post so if you have no idea what’s going down go to this post here: Nessa’s First Post. However, if you’re like me, then you’re probably too lazy to read her post as well as mine…so just read mine. XD Anyways, Nessa and I are debating over which is better, Manga, Anime, or…… Manga. Of course Manga is much better than Anime. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m defending Manga.

So why is Manga better? Read the rest of this entry »


Anime Vs. Manga: Pro-Anime

July 17, 2009
Hey! So it’s Vanessa here again, and it’s time for a debate!
…If you can imagine evil music playing in the background, please do.
Anyway…so Kevin Zhu (a new blogger) and I are going to do a debate that animetards and mangatards have been fighting tooth and nail about for freaking ages: Which is better? Anime or Manga? I’m defending Anime, and I’m going to tell you guys why Anime is >>>>> Manga.
So. Why?
Well for one, anime is in full color. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m superficial, but I happen to like that. I think anime is prettier, the art is cleaner, and it makes it more fun for me to watch. It’s sometimes hard to see what’s going on, especially in fighting scenes in manga, and anime doesn’t have as much of a problem as it for the second reason: It’s animated. Instead of being just pictures that can occasionally have problems conveying actions and what on earth is going on, in anime things are just generally easier to see and figure out.
On top of that, there are different dubs and subs of anime just as there are different translations of manga. If I’m super busy- say, I want to watch some Code Geass or something while I’m working- then I can just pick up an English dub and listen. I know this can make you sound lazy though…”Oh, you don’t want to read, you just want to watch TV, psh. : P” But it can make multitasking easier. The key reason I watch anime is so I can continue to multitask.
Truly seeing characters interact, hearing a voice put to a face and personality being wrought into them, is also better. I find I get far more attached to characters when I can hear the emotion in their voice, see their expressions change, and really listen to what they say. You did say, Kevin, that a picture was worth a thousand words, and so a video must be worth way too many words and math. So doesn’t that apply to anime and manga as well? ; )
People generally complain about filler arcs in anime. I certainly know I do >.<;; but it’s not as though manga is without fillers either. Granted, they tend to be shorter and more to the point, unlike the animes where it can take up to 20 or more episodes, but I just want to point out that manga too does have fillers. Pace in anime tends to be slower as well, but I often find sometimes  that manga moves too fast for me. I’ve done a fast read of Naruto before…and I came out blinking, rubbing my eyes, and saying something along the lines of:
“…So…____ fought _____ and then ____ got punted into a wall, so ____ had a flashback and…ugh, what just happened?”
Anime also has an added bonus of epic music. ; )
So that’s my first debate post. It’s all up to opinion most of all, I think, so no one should feel pressured to make a choice over which one they like best. I read manga and watch anime, I just prefer watching anime. Kevin will post his response to mine soon, so tune in. And hey, post a comment down there saying which one you prefer too. x 3
Cheers,
– Vanessa
Isn’t it cute? Don’t get that in manga? >:D

Hey! So it’s Vanessa here again, and it’s time for a debate!

…If you can imagine evil music playing in the background, please do.

Anyway…so Kevin Zhu (a new blogger) and I are going to do a debate that animetards and mangatards have been fighting tooth and nail about for freaking ages: Which is better? Anime or Manga? I’m defending Anime, and I’m going to tell you guys why Anime is better than Manga.

So. Why? Read the rest of this entry »


10 Reasons to Get Into Animanga

July 3, 2009

So I realized (more of reminded) that a lot of people still don’t watch anime, even if a bunch of people already do, and unless I give some reasons, my “WATCH THIS IT’S GOOD OMG” is probably not going to cut it with people. So I’m going to give you 10 reasons to start watching anime, or at least 10 reasons anime and manga are good.

So. Read the rest of this entry »


Just One Week ‘Til Camicon!

May 30, 2009

Hey everyone!

Just a friendly reminder that Camicon, Wake County Public Library’s camicon_pocketfirst-ever anime mini-convention is next Saturday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cameron Village Regional Library!

Join us for  anime screenings, Para Para dancing, karate demonstrations, fan art and cosplay contests, a performance by the Triangle Taiko drummers, prize giveaways and more.  Click here for more information.

We hope to see you next weekend!


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