Category Archives: Manga

It’s Easier Than You’d Think.

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I love blogging, and I love certain things that happen to be Japanese; so it would make sense that I write here at the lovely 燃えAlternative right? In this article, I will talk about the pursuit of learning the foreign language that is Japanese from my own experiences a bit.

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Hakaiju Chapter 8 released!

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Another concerted effort by yours truly, resident writer Hss, Sage01, and Xlore.

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Hakaiju – Chapter 7 Completed!

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Yesterday, the completed translation of Chapter 7 was put up on Batoto and a few other sites I’m sure, and it feels great.

The pacing of the story is intense and lives up to the expectations of the suspense genre with ease. Especially with all the multiple-story tall genocidal monsters hunting you down like it’s going out of fashion.

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Hakaijuu – First Impressions and Translation Update!

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Hakaiju is interesting manga that I picked up yesterday focusing on a weird fusion of horror, suspense, mystery, and kaiju.

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An Insight on Storytelling

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With any kind of media, the weight and subsequent value of a good storyline can make or break most concepts. Originality has some factor in this; however a well written rehashed concept is still better than an original concept/soon to be flop because the story can’t hold itself together. It’s a “the worst of the best is far better than the best of the worst” situation that all content creators and their producers deal with all the time. Objectively and alternatively, a bad story made with heart is still better than manufactured “good” story.

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One Shot Wonders – Island

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The manga “Island” comes from a collection of short stories by KOMI Naoshi (of Nisekoi fame) all of which were published in a magazine at some point. In fact, his short story collection is often referred to as the “Nisekoi prototype” from time to time. Otherwise, Island standalone is still a rather interesting one-shot experience.

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One-shot Wonders – Hotel Harbour View

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Not all of us get to choose how we live, even less to the desired end. Hotel Harbour View is story about a man who attempts reign control back into his life by deciding and planning out his own death, just the way he wants it to end.

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My Thoughts on Hatsukoi Kouzoushiki

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Instead beating around the bush and abusing the tag system as per Moe-Alt tradition, I thought that I would partake in the “pure” lily that is the Yuri sub-genre of romance manga and use the tag properly. I can’t say that Hatsukoi Kouzoushiki was really the best start, but we all have to start somewhere!

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My Thoughts on Journey to the End of the World

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Journey to the End of the World or “Kono Sekai no Owari e no Tabi” is a macabre and surreal story about a man’s (you guessed it) journey to the end of the world and the influence his stagnate and dull life has on his sojourns around the globe.

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Chikan Otoko – The Ultimate Feels

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There is a common problem with character-driven stories that is often overlooked. They’re supposed to engage the characters in various trials and tribulations, and by way of these occurrences, shape them into stronger individuals. It sounds simple, yet so many works fail to create memorable characters, instead relying on banal and insipid clichés to make the work seem more than it is.

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