Random Recommended Stuff
Recommended Reads and Must-Sees
I'm not sure I'll get to review these later on due to various reasons, so I'll just dump them here.
- Anything by Naoshi Komi. His short comics are touching, fun, and they never fail to put a smile on my face after I read them. His work is mostly fantasy and sci-fi, and are pretty different from current mainstream shounen. A pity this guy can't get his big break.
- Me and the Devil Blues. A far cry from my usual tastes, this one's got grit. The story can move a bit too slow for some people, but I find it gripping enough so far. Plus, I love the art. You could say it's realistic, and yet so surreal. I'd classify it as a horror. Or a thriller. Or maybe a psychological graphic novel. It's about a famous (real life) blues musician--who sold his soul to the devil.
- Code Geass (anime). It takes a lot for me to not just type "THIS IS AWESOME" here, but I'll try to manage. Geass has got great characters, a very
awesomeengaging plot, and mecha action. A lot of people have said it's like Death Note with mechs, but I disagree. Death Note had that whole question of morality and corruption by power thing going on. Geass is a lot simpler, but no less awes--I mean, it's simple hero against bad guy, only with an awesomeunorthodox lead. Don't let the art fool you; it's AWESOME!
Emily's Random Shoujo Manga Page
Or as I call it, a damn good shoujo resource site. They've got everything from reviews, to gift guides, to (my favorite) shoujo plot devices. Plus it's got a cute stamp:
Fictional story elements and themes get explained in an entertaining way. A bit of warning, though. It's so entertaining the site will hold you captive for hours. If you don't end up at least a bit genre savvy from visiting the site then I'll be damned.
Badass of the Week
History, myth, and fiction's badasses get featured in weekly articles on a site that's equally badass. Throw in a whole lot of humorous hyperbole and real-life awesomeness.
A popular abridged series--it's an affectionate parody of that anime based on a popular card game. Like the anime itself, the parody is better than it sounds, and should keep you laughing through every episode.