07-GHOST Vol. 1

8 06 2008

Tate Clyne had escaped from his military training school after a failed attempt to attack a commander from the military whom he remembered was the very one who killed his “Father” in his orphanage when he was younger. He succeeded in his escape but not without receiving a hit from the commander. Wounded, Tate fled the military school on the air bike to a nearby canyon, where a group of priests were having fun racing air bikes. It was then that Tate fell through the sky and crashed onto one of the most coarse priest you will ever meet.

And while Tate was recuperating in the church, the military was searching for him, determined to nab him. They made use of Mikage, Tate’s best buddy, to infiltrate the church but there was someone else in him. He was there to capture, or worse, kill Tate.

This title has action, something which I enjoy. But I can’t say I am really enjoying the action in this title. Maybe there’s too little or maybe it’s just not my style, I don’t know. The storyline is moderate, not excellent. It certainly needs a better plot to get me hooked. There’s also hints of shonen love in this title, but nothing much really. I’m hesitating to buy the second volume and I’ve read this since long ago. You can see how not tempted I am to continue this book. But I might.

Humor: 4/10
Plot: 5/10
Character Design: 6/10
Overall: 5/10

This title is only available in (as far as I know):
Japanese

Author: 雨宮由樹 & 市原ゆき乃 (Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara)

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Accepted @ Chuang Yi!

13 05 2008

Well, well, my apologies for not announcing this sooner but I have been commissioned a few days ago by Chuang Yi to do a short two book series! I didn’t do too well for the mini translation test but I guess they still wanted to try me so here I am! Anyway, I don’t know if I am supposed to reveal what title I am doing but they didn’t say anything about it so here it goes. It’s BlackJack NEO. If I am not wrong, it is a very, very, very, very old manga that got re-drawn by another artist or something. The style of the drawing is not like the usual anime or manga that you see but no it isn’t bad at all.

I haven’t finish reading reading the book so I can’t really do a review on it yet. And for those who wants to read the manga, DON’T READ IT ONLINE! Hahaha, wait for Chuang Yi to publish it (it’s in English, BTW) then you BUY IT AND READ. Do give me your support! Haha! Hope I can do a good job out of it. But it’s really taking its toll on me since I have another part-time job as well. I am currently doing the translations when I am on the train to work and back. And sometimes, even when I am having my break at work. I’m so hardworking, haha.

Anyway, a little while more and I have to be off to work! Do stay tuned for my updates and manga reviews to come! Support it when it comes out arh! ^^





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)





DEVIL Vol. 1

20 03 2008

DEVIL Cover #1


An eternal being, known as the Pale Vampire, is the source of a virus that mutates infected beings into superhumans, or monsters, with special powers. Those whom are infected with this virus are called “Devils”. Decoppa, a 15 years old geek, unluckily happens to encounter one of them which could spawn and control spiders. After being surrounded and cornered by hundreds of the creepy crawlies in a fast food restaurant and robbed of his girl, he has decided to fight back instead of running away all the time. Decoppa realized that monsters, like humans, are mere living creatures, and that they too can be killed. Depending only on his intelligence and his environment, Decoppa defeated the spider Devil and proved to himself that even mere humans can kill Devils without use of any special abilities.

This manga is a little different from the others, in the sense that the protagonist and the heroine only appeared in the later half of the book. I was so sure I was in for some kind of cool fighting action between Devils and Devils but to my surprise, the Devils were killed by a science and mathematics geek. But hey, I’m not saying it’s a bad manga. Looking at a mere human defeating monsters with science, wits and mathematics provides a variety and is more awe-inspiring than looking at monsters fighting their own kinds. What I really like about this manga is the fighting action between the geek protagonist and the monsters. It’s full of action, so if you like action like me, I’m sure you’d like it too. As for the art in this manga, all I would like to say is I was attracted to its cover art and bought it with no hesitations, no regrets! Just for a little bit more information, the author/mangaka of this manga is the same as the one who drew Air Gear. I heard Air Gear is good but I haven’t read it though. It has an anime series, if I am not wrong, so I’m probably going to give the manga a miss and watch the anime instead.

Humor: 4/10
Plot: 5/10
Character Design: 7/10
Overall: 6/10

This title is available in:
Japanese
– Chinese (Heard from a friend, but I can’t find it on Chuang Yi’s website, maybe it’s by another publisher, *shrugs*)





Bloody Monday Vol. 2

19 03 2008

Bloody Monday Cover #2

Fujimaru’s younger sister, Haruka (oh I forgot to mention he had a cute little sister?), was abducted by the group of terrorists, leaving Falcon no choice but to help carry out their evil deeds. Meanwhile, Fujimaru’s father, Takagi Ryuunosuke, sought help from an old friend in order to analyze a base sample extracted from the deadly virus outbreak in Russia. This was when the killer appeared again to assassinate the scientist, pushing an extra murder charge against Ryuunosuke. Fortunately, not all odds are against Team Falcon & Friends. Their high school teacher’s, Ms. Orihara Maya, alibi went crumbling down when the team discovered a flaw in her alibi. However that alone does not prove her to be part of the terrorist organization. Thus, in a quest to find out if their teacher is truly an ally right from the beginning, or a dangerous enemy spying on their every move, Fujimaru has decided to look for clues in the high school teacher’s apartment.

If volume one did not manage to hold your interests (which I doubt so!), then I hope volume two will do a better job. I strongly advise you to read Bloody Monday if you haven’t already! Volume two is when the plot is thickening and things are getting more and more exciting, I believe this is when I got truly hooked to the manga! I curse Kinokuniya for not having volume four even though it was out since such a long time ago! Curse them, curse them, curse them all!! *ahem* Anyway, let’s get going, shall we? In this volume, Falcon does hacking in ways that you’ll never even imagine! With his father driven to a corner, his sister abducted and a possibility that an ally might actually turn out to be an enemy knowing their every step, how will Falcon save his friends, family, and consequently, Japan from the evil clutches of the unknown terrorist organization with his computer knowledge and hacking skills?

Good news to people who are living in Singapore as Books Kinokuniya Singapore is selling this title, otherwise you could import it online at Amazon Japan!