Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018

Why You Should Watch Sakamichi ni Apollon before the Lent Season Ends


Are you someone who is into a slice of life with a coming of age story? Someone who wants to know what it’s like in the 60’s era? Someone who is into music? Want to reflect while binge-watching an anime guilt-free this lent (if you are a Christian/Catholic)? Okay mate, you are in the right place, here’s a series worthy of your time this lent and vacation—Sakamichi no Apollon/Kids on the Slope.

Sakamichi no Apollon is a Japanese manga series by Yuki Kodama, it ran from September 28, 2007, to July 28, 2012. An anime television series adaptation was aired last Spring of 2012 with 12-episodes. The live-action film opened last March 10 of 2018.





The story was set at the beginning of summer, 1966. Kaoro Nishimi, 1st-year high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Sasebo in Kyushu to live with relatives because of his father's job situation. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself but meeting notorious "bad boy" Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a real friend. The two main hero might have a bad start but soon develop a cherished friendship, founded with love of music, love, and respect. //No, this is not Yaoi.// Now enter in Ritsuko Mukae, a girl with an important role that will complete the amazing trio.

Before anything else to those of you who don’t know what is lent. Lent is honoring the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ. Later on, you will know, why I personally recommend this series to those otaku honoring the lent.

Now, why you should watch this series? (especially before lent ends again)


1. STORY OF FRIENDSHIP.



The main element of the story is friendship. You will learn two or more (a lot)  about cherishing friends. According to the series, UNLIKE LOVE AFFAIRS, FRIENDSHIP IS FOR LIFE. 



2. SIMPLE YET UNFORGETTABLE ANIMATION



To be honest, the animation is really not exceptional however, it's very adorable and appealing there's is a unique taste in it 

3. REMARKABLE MUSIC. YOU WILL APPRECIATE JAZZ MUSIC WITH THIS ANIME.

Need  I say more? Listen to the music below. It was composed by no other than, Yoko Kanno!




4.  THE TRIO AND THEIR BACKSTORIES.


Why is it always appealing to have a trio as main characters? Anyway, each of our main characters has a very unique backstory and it's amazing how the mangaka manages to merge their characteristics and came up with an amazing masterpiece.  PLUS, SEN AND RITSUKO are Catholic Christians in the story. 

5. THE ENDING | HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER // Father drummer! 

I SWEAR TO GOD, IT HAS THE BEST ENDING OUT THERE! 

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What are you waiting for? Binge-watch this anime now before Easter this year ends! Any concerns just tweet me @vi_geeky


Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018

One-Shot Spotlight: Kimi wa Maru de, Ano Hana no You de


Good day, geeks. I'm still up for all the one-shot manga that I highly what you guys to read. This week's recommendation is Kimi wa Maru de, Ano Hana no You de by Misaki Gotou was serialized by Sho-Comi. It has 3 chapters, equivalent to 1 volume.



The story is about Nazuna Hinagata who falls in love with her senpai, Ichikawa Nao. Unfortunately, it was unrequited because Nao is in a relationship. As time passes, our main heroine finally lets go of her unrequited love to her senpai and aims a different love interest, however on the first day of high school, she unexpectedly met Nao senpai again, the senpai who broke her heart. Will this time be a good ending or not



I dare you to read it. The first chapter was very promising. It has some unexpected twist, very unexpected in a short manga. It was also heartwarming at the same time and worth reading especially if you are feeling melancholic. 

My rating for this one-shot or since it has three chapters, short manga is 7 out of 10.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

One-Shot Spotlight: Massugu Kimi e



We are not done yet with Haruka Mitsui. This gem was published last October 10, 2014, still under The Dessert.


This is a very cute love story about broken hearts and friendship. Main characters are both childhood friends. The main heroine is a heartbroken fella who afraid to love again. It's a story of realizing that the person that we are really looking is just beside us all along or could be more.

Read and you shall find out!



My hands are always up for Mistui-sensei's art. The story is quite a cliche but nonetheless, it was entertaining it was a cute quick read. 

My rating for this one-shot is 8/10


Other works of Haruka Mitsui-sensei: 

- Atashi Kisushita
- Houkago, Koishita

Banner photo credits to https://valeanimart.deviantart.com/


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 08, 2018

One-Shot Spotlight: Banken Hero



Another one-shot gem by Haruka Mitsui. It was published July 24, 2014, under Dessert.

The story is about a clumsy boy who is in love with a very strong independent girl. All he wants was to be a perfect hero who will be a perfect knight in shining armor to her princess. Unfortunately, her princess is not the typical damsel in distress and he, on the other hand, is clumsy could be mistaken as the damsel in distress.


So how will our main hero capture the heart of the main character?

It's for you to find out!



Same as what Daisuki no Yukue, the art is always amazing and dreamy but this time it has a bit of angst and dialogues are funnier than any other Haruka Mitsui's one-shot. The story transition was smooth you'd wish it was not just a one-shot.

My rating for this one-shot is 10/10


Other works of Haruka Mitsui-sensei: 

- Atashi Kisushita
- Houkago, Koishita

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Friday, March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018

One-Shot Spotlight: Daisuki no Yukue


Reading manga is not just a good past time, as a manga reader for almost a decade now, it also serves as my stress reliever, my get-away from reality and inspiration as an aspiring writer.

I always encourage fellow fans to read the manga especially those anime series that was adapted but sometimes I get responses such as, it’s tiring to read. Therefore, this blog series is created. One-shot Spotlight is my mini-series where I will be featuring one-shot manga that deserves all the love and attention.

One way of starting the hobby of reading manga is to read one-shots because it will help you get used to reading from left to right, not only that, you will also appreciate how some mangaka’s are very creative to fit a very awesome story in short form with few pages only.

For the information of everyone, did you know that some major series ongoing today started out as a one-shot manga. Before they get serialized and became an official series, mangas such as Haikyuu, Koe no Kitachi and many to mention started out as a 50-pages more or less story.

So, for the first installment of this series, I proudly present DAISUKI NO YUKUE / ダイスキのゆくえ 

Daisuki no Yukue by Haruka Mitsui was published last December 10, 2014 and serialized by The Dessert.



The story is about a girl, member of the art club who sketches drawing for her club. The boys' volleyball team allowed her to draw them during games and practices as her art practice/project. She admires this one boy who happens to be her classmate too who shows a lot of effort in the volleyball team despite his height disadvantage, our MC was drawn to this hardworking boy. One particular senpai/upperclassman stops her from noticing other volleyball club member and just focus on him, it seems that this senpai likes our MC but who will she choose? Senpai or hardworking classmate? Perfect for the English alternate title, My Love Goes Where?

You go read it for you to know!



I’ve read all available manga online by Haruka Mitsui-sensei and would always be amazed how transitions is so smooth and art is just so pretty. The plot is kind of unique than any other shoujo one-shot. I always go back to this manga if I wanted to read something sporty and fluffy. It’s like Haikyuu with a very fluffy romance. Plus, the dialogues are pretty neat and cheesy.
My rating for this one-shot is 10/10.

Other works of Haruka Mitsui-sensei: 

- Atashi Kisushita
- Massugu Kimi E
- Banken Hero
- Houkago, Koishita

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