Psycho Busters Vol. 1

30 04 2008

Psycho Busters Cover #1

Kakeru has just been possessed and led to a dilapidated house where a group of psychics are taking refuge from the organization that they have escaped from. What I do not understand is why Kakeru has to be forced there when the young female psychic appeared in his room, naked. Weird, I thought all men would follow her willingly after beholding such a sight! But anyway… They did not manage to have more than a mere few peaceful moments when the organization surrounded their hideout. In an unlucky turn of events, a gun trigger was pulled at our powerless and harmless protagonist. Whether it was pure luck or Kakeru’s undiscovered power that saved him we do not know yet, but the bullet was deflected by a falling rubble from the ceiling. What are the chances a falling rubble will stop a gun bullet going for you at 300 mph/s? Zero! Kakeru has got to have a hidden power, just like all the other typical mangas out there. I admit I was was quite put off when I realized this. Yet, I was equally pleased to find out that in the rest of Kakeru’s confrontations with the bad psychics, no psychic abilities from Kakeru’s part helped them won the battles (at least in volume one). On the other hand, it reminds me greatly of another series in which the protagonist relied only on his wits and physical mettle to fight unnatural forces and that is… Mx0.

Overall, I find this title to be entertaining thus far and I am curious as to what power is lying dormant in Kakeru, if any. A solid clue that suggests that Kakeru does indeed possess a power would be the leader of the captivators mentioning that he has found a Category Zero. Another thing that might get you interested in reading this would be that this is actually the same author/mangaka as GetBackers. So GetBackers fans, what are you waiting for?

Humor: 5/10
Plot: 7/10
Character Design: 6/10
Overall: 7/10

Author: 青樹佑夜 (Yuya Aoki)

This title is available in:
Japanese
Chinese (超能力少年)

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I’m Christianly Busy!

28 04 2008

No time!!

Yes, I know I said I would churn out a manga review after some time but I apologize for failing to do so as I have been so busy at my part-time job. No, it’s not the manga translator job, I haven’t got it yet. That will only come in during May. Anyway, I’m now working part-time at Christian Dior! It’s located at Isetan Scotts, the one at Orchard, near the Orchard MRT station. I’m the only male promoter there so if you do see me, come in and say konnichiwa or something. Just tell me you’re just saying hi so you won’t be served by my lousy sales promoting skills.

Anyway, I am really sorry for not keeping my word and the lack of manga reviews. I really hope I can get some time off and squeeze out a manga review. I haven’t buy nor read mangas in centuries! Oh dear, my Japanese must be getting rusty.

I must be off by now, working in the morning shift tomorrow. Aahhh~~ Don’t forget to drop by and say konnichiwa! =)





Translator Position @ Chuang Yi

18 04 2008

That\'s right, I\'m a cute lil\' girl!

Hello, people! How are you? It’s been long since I updated this mansion of mine, yeah? Anyway, I have good news! When I got my holidays after graduating from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, I sent my resume to Chuang Yi in hopes of securing a translator position. While they said that there were no slots available during that time, it wouldn’t hurt to send my resume over, and so I did. At long last, a good news was sitting in my e-mail inbox yesterday night. Like, I’ve been waiting for it for sooo looong! Chuang Yi had just e-mailed me that they would like to commission me for a short two book series that they MIGHT have in May!

However, nothing is confirmed yet as they require me to take a test to see if I’m a suitable candidate, whether be it my Japanese language proficiency or translating style. Man, this rocks! I’d be able to read my favourite mangas and do what I usually do, but get paid for it! Yay! ^_^ Hopefully they will like my translations and commission me for it. =D

And oh, give me just a liiitle bit more time and you’d have one fresh manga review coming your way





NEEDLESS Vol. 1

4 04 2008

NEEDLESS Cover #1

I apologize for the serious lack of manga reviews these few weeks. I am really sorry, as I have too much on my hands that I don’t even have time for reading mangas anymore! Anyway, I really love this title and what really attracted me was its cover art. Look at its drawing quality! There’s something about it that tells you that it’s going to be an ass-kicking, awesome title to read. You know what I mean. Anyway, the review!

Due to the World War III, many areas in Japan are contaminated and ruined beyond hope. Also known as Black Spots, these places are isolated from the rest of the country by huge walls. As time passes, some people started living in the Black Spots and among them, some discovered powers like controlling fire, wind and other supernatural abilities. People who have such powers like them are called, “Needless”. On the other hand, a drug-making company, Simeon, has gathered a group of only the strongest Needless to begin a plan of what they call Needless Hunting. Needless who were hunted each had a part of their body missing. Rumors has it that the drug-making company is actually holding human body experiments in order to develop a drug that could grant immortality.

A boy who was part of a resistance group against Simeon escaped death when Adam Blade, the protagonist, destroyed the mechanical Needless hunter without use of any form of powers. In order to keep its secrets safe, a Needless was dispatched in order to get rid of Blade. But when that failed, the two personal guards of Adam Arkwright, leader of Simeon Needless group, were sent to succeed the uncompleted task.

All in all, the plot is somewhat decent, not great. However, the plot isn’t what I’m reading this manga for, though I’m not saying the plot sucks, it’s decent. But it’s the fighting scenes that I’m looking forward to! The intense blood and sweat battles between Needless! If you love fighting scenes like a true shonen does, then you’ll do good not to miss this title. The fight between Eve, the heroine on the left side of the picture above, and one of the personal guard of Arkwright at the end of volume one was totally ass-kicking! It was an overwhelming one-sided battle but at last they managed to figure out his trick (but readers were not informed, yet). And that’s when volume one ended on me. God damn, I swear I picked volume two right away when I went down to Kinokuniya after that. There’s a few humorous moments here and there in this title, not much, but when it decides to make you laugh, you would. They weren’t just tickles, they were LOL moments.

Humor: 5/10
Plot: 6/10
Character Design: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

Author: 今井 神 (Kami Imai)

This title only available in:
Japanese