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Manga Reviewed: Naruto

Title:  Naruto

Author:  Masashi Kishimoto

Why I started reading it?  It’s common, it’s America’s idea of manga, I was young and impressionable.​

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  Fail while smiling obnoxiously.

Review:  Naruto follows a middle school-aged ninja who is alone except for his teacher and has a demon sealed inside his stomach that almost destroyed his ninja village the night that he was born.  It’s surprisingly not angsty until much later.  Naruto will be considered a classic once it finishes, slated for this year.  He has to gain the trust of his ninja comrades and navigate his world all while trying to become the leader of his village and the strongest ninja there.  The theme here is protecting friends and making everyone in the world your friend.   It gradually gains politics, battle action, mythology, psychology, various traumatized pasts, and, eventually, what being a soldier, a scapegoat, a leader, and a friend really mean.

This book reminded me of O-Parts Hunter and Hunter X Hunter because they’re all shonen.  O-Parts Hunter was written by Kishimoto’s little brother and it really shows.  They have similar premises and art styles, as well as character styles.  Both are distinctive and good on their own; they aren’t copying each other.  Naruto has been accused several times of stealing concepts and characters from Hunter X Hunter, which in my opinion is much better, but they aren’t that similar.

Websites of Interest:  Narutopedia; Watch Naruto Free @ Hulu!

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle




Check out Endrias’ review of Naruto!

Jump in the way back machine to check out Oliver’s manga suggestions…complete with visual aid!

Teen Review: Code Geass

Code GeassTitle:  Code Geass

Original Story by:  Okochi, Ichiro

Summary:  In 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month due to Britannia’s deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles. The once proud nation of Japan was now referred to as Area 11. Pockets of resistance appear throughtout Area 11. Posing as a student, exiled Imperial Prince Lelouch finds himself in the heart of an ongoing conflict for the island nation. Lelouch gains his Geass (the power of the king), thanks to a mysterious girl named C.C. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within.

I started watching it because…I enjoy watching anime that involves strategy and Code Geass was all about that.

In a yearbook, the main characters would be voted Most Likely To:

  • Lelouch as the Man with the Brains, Suzaku as Athlete of the Month (Season 1).
  • Lelouch as “Messiah” and Savior of the Weak, Suzaku as Betrayer of Japan (Season 2).

This anime reminded me of Death Note.

~Endrias, Grade 10, Lake City Teen Blogger


Sakura Con – who’s in?

banner_2014This weekend is the 17th Annual Sakura-Con…the Northwest’s biggest anime / manga / all-things-Japanese convention.  Who’s going?

I am!  I have been to every Sakura-Con since 2008.  It’s an amazing three day event that celebrates, well,  all things Japanese…from anime viewings to manga give-aways to panels of experts and authors to Ikebana displays to kimono fittings to auditoriums of game playing.  There’s a huge masquerade ball and even martial arts demos.  Not to mention the ginormous Exhibit Hall of booths selling merchandise and the ever-popular Artist’s Alley.

It’s a fascinating weekend that celebrates the otaku in all of us.

Have you been?  What did you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts of the event and see your pictures…especially if you cosplay!  😀

Ja ne!  Hope to see you there!

Manga Review: Fairy Tail

Title: Fairy Tail

Author:  Hiro MashimaFairy Tail

Summary:  Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels.

In a yearbook, Natsu would be voted Most Likely To: Become a Serial Arsonist.​

This book reminded me of One Piece because they’re very similar in how the plots work and the characters act. Fairy Tail is famous for being a One Piece rip-off, although I think that it’s pretty different when you get to the core of it. They have the same camaraderie theme, but Fairy Tail then focuses mainly on that while One Piece branches off in all sorts of directions.

Review:  Fairy Tail, a typical action shonen manga, follows a girl who wants to become a strong wizard and a strong wizard boy who wants to find his missing dragon dad. They’re both part of a famously destructive, chaotic, and kind-hearted wizarding guild and they make friends and defeat evil wizards bent on world domination and the like. It’s better than it sounds.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle Blogger


Teen Review: Fullmetal Alchemist

Title:  Fullmetal Alchemist

Author:  Arakawa Hiromu

Summary:  As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.

I started reading it because… I like manga in general and because alchemy sounds very interesting.

I kept reading because… I liked the story and I found the characters very funny and each character seemed to have a role to play in the whole of the story.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Edward Elric would be voted shortest and
Alphonse Elric would be voted tallest.  🙂

Six Word Recap:  Edward and Alphonse seek Philosopher’s Stone.

This book reminded me of Harry Potter because the main characters are searching for the Philosopher’s Stone or the “Sorcerer’s Stone” as it’s called in Harry Potter.

Chris, University Teen Blogger

Rae's Manga Blitz: translucent

Title: translucent

Author: Kazuhiro Okamoto

Audience: Teen

Genre: Humor, Romance, Psychological

Summary: “”Eighth-grader Shizuka Shiroyama is an introverted girl, dealing with school woes, bossy peers, and a medical condition, the mysterious Translucent Syndrome, which causes her to periodically turn semi-transparent or completely invisible.  One classmate, the hyperactive Mamoru Tadami, is falling for Shizuka despite her problem, and his dogged determination and unconditional support brings hope into her life.”

Rae’s Review: I love this story. With a simple art style and a slightly heavy-handed narrative voice, Okamoto explores the idea of self (self-importance, self-perception, feeling insignificant, perception of self by others, etc.) in a very literal sense – transparency.  A new mysterious ailment, Translucent Syndrome, is striking individuals randomly.  Strangely enough, when someone gives attention, approval, or love to that person they start to become visible again.  Hmmm…

The lesson here is very “clear” and the author makes no bones about it.  But, the story is interesting and the characters are likeable and engaging.  Shizuka’s best friend (maybe someday boyfriend?) is a riot and just the right amount of light-hearted to off-set the troubled girl.  Each chapter features a new or different character, with Shizuka being the through-connection.

I highly recommend this short series (only three volumes) for everyone, but it’s an especially good read for anyone who’s ever felt overlooked or unnoticed.  Nice reminders throughout of the people in our lives who keep us grounded and love us for who we are.

Wikipedia Says: translucent (manga)

Online Streaming o’ Anime: Nope. Hasn’t been made yet, fingers crossed!

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Rae's Manga Blitz – Library Wars

Library Wars

Title: Library Wars

Manga Author: Kiiro Yumi

Original Story Author: Hiro Arikawa

Audience: T+ (Older Teen)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, Drama, Political, SF (future)

Summary: “In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves—the Library Forces! Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!” Continue reading