Miss Mayples Afternoon Tea Time

The story opens several years after a devastating war, where incredibly strong 'mechanical dolls' slaughtered many, many people. These robot weapons, which look exactly like humans, are still feared and hated. During a storm, Craw finds one of these 'dolls.' She is nothing like the weapon he would expect, but is instead gentle, cheerful, and very eager to be of use to the people around her. She claims her name is Mayple, and she seems to be programmed as a maid and cook.

Soon, Craw has set up a cafe for Mayple to run, where she can cook sweets and tea for everyone in town. It's going to be a rough road ahead of her, as many townspeople hate her on principle and will not shrink from violence against her. But maybe Mayple, who always keeps a sunny attitude, will be able to find a way through the prejudice and make a place for herself in the post-war world. [tethysdust]

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Authors: Aoi, Kuuta (Story & Art)

And now for something completely different!!

Ms Mayples Afternoon Teatime was a really nice read! Sure, it touches on issues of acceptance, fear of the unknown, and dystopic futures, but it was delightful. The main protagonists - Mayple and Craw-san are really likeable characters. Mayple, as the robot who doesn't really have human emotions but kind of does, is done well. Craw-san is just a nice guy!!

I think what I like about this is that there is no attempt to make it a romance. And it could have been - Mayple wears her maids outfit, looks cute, dresses up other robot dolls. But it isn't about that - it is about family and acceptance. I could see the need for the story with the military - but it felt kinda like it didn't fit in with the rest. It didn't detract, and it was over and done with in a flash, which may have been part of the problem. It was there to move the story to its completion, but it didn't really add anything to the overall story.

Despite that, I really enjoyed it!!
shoes are nice


One of my "resolutions" this year was to review more of the manga I read. It is so easy to read and read, and then just start the next one, not really considering, or mulling over what you have read.

For some that is fine. But I know I like reading reviews, so here is my efforts to contribute to that!

Title: Dokuhime
Genres: Drama, Horror, Romance, Josei
Authors: Mihara, Mitsukazu (Story & Art)

Dokuhime (or Poison Princess) is set in a feudal fantasy world, where kings and queens rule the land. One kingdom is ruled by an Evil Queen. well, I think she is evil. She is self centred, and ego centric, and thinks the world revolves around her. And hurts others to get what she wants. Ok, ok, so in some ways she is a typical monarch... but I digress. This queen maintained power and gained influence through the use of poisons.. selling, creating, and her greatest commodity, which she uses for her own ends, are her Poison Princesses. Babies, and children picked for their beauty and turned into creatures whose touch can kill.

From bakaupdates: It starts with poisonous herbs under the cradle. Then under the sheets. And inside the clothes. Even mixed in the milk that they feed the newborn. This way the child gradually gets used to poisons and becomes the perfect assassination tool - the “Poison Princess” whose every kiss, tear, and even touch bring death. Her only chance of survival is to fulfill her duty as an assassin and find a way to live on in the enemy land she is sent to…if her heart is strong enough.

One such Princess, Lycoris is one such princess. she is sent to kill a king, and instead meets three very twisted brothers. Brothers who, truth be told, are not so disimilar to her.

There are so many complex plots going on through here - about family, about trust, about honour. It is set in a medieaval type period, so torture is consistant. And shown as well. Lots of blood and bits.

Ahhh.. I don't know what to say. Dokuhime is dark - very dark. I don't do stressful very well, and I read this with a tension headache!! But I could not look away. I needed to know what happened next.. (at the time of reading this I still have a volume to go). The art is good. In that shouojo kind of way - big eyes, the princesses themselves wear a lot of lolita inspired clothes, with ruffles, and frills, and the like.

But what keeps me coming back is an intense story line, and great characters. Hal, Mao, and Kait are three brothers whose pain is apparant. Each chapter we learn more about them. It is convoluted, and confusing, but it also makes for great reading. I am hoping for a happy ending for them all, but I don't think I am going to get it. With the blood, and the death, and the pain, and the being ignored by family, and then ughhh *tears* I find it pretty wrenching stuff.

So if you like dark, complex stories, this might be one for you. I can't say that I am enjoying it, but I also really want to know how it turns out.

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so, I have been on a BL manga binge recently. And I have been enjoying it. The interactions (often) go where I want het ones too. But for some reason it is less... acceptable? what I want. ie the "bullying" of female characters is frowned on much more.

I can understand it! I mean, I would hate it, and given that sexual harrassment is still a major issue, having it as a common story line probably isn't great either. So, it is more ok when it is between two men. (note I don't condone any of this in real life, but fantasy is fantasy).

It is also interesting how even "weak" male characters still have more backbone than weak female characters. I don't want to read about a complete pushover! Another thing I find interesting Collapse )

anyway! these are my first thoughts on my initial foray into the bl genre
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The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko

Can I just direct anyone who likes funny, gentle, romantic stories to this one Right Now??!

This was a surprise find for me - had never heard of it before, the cover art was... ok... but you know me, willing to give anything a go. And this? One word: Hilarious. This is really, really funny.

It is a slice of life about our heroine - Kanako. She is a transfer student, so nearly every story arc in this 3 volume series sees Kanako at a new school. The first story arc is my favourite: it introduces recurring characters (who pop up at new schools, invite her to things, and are in fact, her "friends".)

Kanako is a truly brilliant character - she is funny. she has no need to take the lime light. Her role, as she sees it, is to be the "observer". And observe she does. But! She is strong willed, she is confident, she is a truly appealing character!

I guess with such an episodic story line, there isn't much to "give away" so to speak... but! give it a go! The first two volumes are available through the now defunct Tokyo Pop (I bought mine on and I *hopehopehopehopehope* the third one gets published, and the sequel gets published too. What? A sequel? Worth a read too... and a review for a later date.
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Tiger and Bunny

I wasn't going to watch this show. Nothing about the preview appealed to me in the slightest. Over the top action heros? Fighting in suits? Boring.

The funny thing is, that statement is absolutey correct, and absolutely false. Yes! it is over the top action heros fighting in suits. But it isn't boring in the slightest. From the first episode I was hooked. And the reason --> Kotetsu - Wild Tiger, the main character of the show.

Kotetsu is thick, honest, well meaning, and one of the most endearing characters I have come across in recent times! From the start, you find yourself totally on his side. As others have mentioned, it is wonderful having a character who is not child/teenaged. Kotetsu is in his 30s, a dad to a 9 year old, has a kind of sensible head on his shoulders, and a penchant for destroying buildings.

The other superhaeros (which the exception of Bunny) play much smaller roles, but are still given their own story arcs. And, these were enjoyable too! I have noticed in some other shows where minor characters get their moment to shine the story is weaker, but these still ran along at a cracking pace, progressed the main story AND gave the viewer insight into the smaller ones.

And you know what? We were up to about episode.. 8? and on the second viewing I had to watch it all. I HAD TO! I needed to know what happened, how Tiger and Bunny's relationship developed. I wanted to know what happened with the daughter. Would Tiger realise who was in love with him? Would Bunny find out who killed his parents? Sky High was in Love! would that succeed, and did it fit in with the broader story line. All this and more I needed to know. So I watched until the end.

An unusually for me - I loved the end. I absolutely loved it! It has set it up perfectly for a second season (which I would welcome with open arms) but the if there wasn't one, I would be perfectly happy with it as is. Having said that, there are plenty of plot points I would like to see resolved, and a second season would do this wonderfully.

So, to summarise: charming characters, cracking pace, loads of humour, and lots of fun. I definitely reccomend Tiger and Bunny
I'm a llama again!

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I went on holiday, and so didn't get to read anything while I was away. Since then I have read to my little hearts content. But there are some things I just had to check out when I returned

1) Getbackers - WE ARE SO NEAR THE END!!!!! I am liking what is happening, and I am looking forward to someone taking over Tokyopop's license to finish it

2) Kaich wa Maid-sama - I osscilate on this one. At the start it was something special - shoujou, but with a fairly strong female lead, who didn't spend her time basjing everyone up (the ultra violent female characters in romance type ones drive me nuts). but! I feel like the story is starting to progress, which makes me happy. I admit, that this is one of the series that does not benefit from reading one chapter a week

3) Kuroko no Basket - I got hooked on this before I left. I don't know whyyyyy. There is something about sport manga that just really, really appeals to me. Crimson Hero I constantly check out too.

4) Bleach - Finally! some movement in a positive direction! I don't know why I haven't given Bleach up yet, as there are Very Very extended periods where nothing seems to happen.

5) Natsume - <3 what can I say?? this is one of the first animes I caught up with too.

so! if you were going away and came back, what would you have to check out?