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Saiunkoku Monogatari – Review

Saiunkoku Monogatari (aka SaiMono to its fandom) literally translates to Tale of Kingdom of Iridescent Clouds.

SaiMono started as a series of light novels by writer Yukino Sai (illustrated by Yura Kairi). It was turned into manga and anime in 2006/2007. My first encounter with SaiMono was through the anime.

SaiMono is a fantasy josei (adult ladies) anime, set in a fictional kingdom called Saiunkoku that was loosely based on Imperial Chinese empire. The story opens with the introduction of Kou Shuurei, daughter of the Royal Archivist in the capital city Kiyou. Shuurei was approached by the Emperor’s advisor to enter the palace as the Emperor’s concubine for three months. Her mission was to reform the truant and layabout Emperor into a competent and capable monarch. In her quest, she and the viewers, were introduced to the denizens of the palace and the world of Saiunkoku in general. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monster – Anime review

Monster is a TV anime series of 74 episodes long. It was adapted from seinen manga by Urasawa Naoki. It started with Dr. Tenma Kenzou, a brilliant and promising neurosurgeon, who saved a young boy’s life against the director’s orders. That was the start of a headlong plunge into a nightmare, from favoured prodigy to pariah. It cost him his fiance, the privileges and position he had enjoyed in the hospital. When the heads of the hospital were murdered, Tenma became the prime suspect. To complicate matters, the boy he saved appeared to be the murderer.
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Genius on a whim

So, I broke my glasses.

That same night, I went to make new glasses.

Three days later, I went to pick up glasses. It was no good. I had to redo my lenses.

5 days later, I went to pick up glasses second time. On a whim, I decided to watch a movie and have dinner at that shopping mall. I bought tickets to Wolverine.

I have an hour to kill, so I went to video store where they have a sale on Japanese and Korean dramas. What the heck. I’ve been watching anime, but I haven’t watched Japanese drama since Heaven’s Coins in late 90s. So I bought 2 series.

One of it is Tantei Galileo. All I can say is … It’s not something I’ll regret. I’m in awe of a writer who can craft such beautiful plots. The movie left me breathless. It broke all the rules of murder mystery genre. It was beautiful. It’s not without flaws, but the sheer audacity of a writer who sidelined his protagonist and gave so much focus and development to the antagonist … he has my respect. The movie, in contrast to the series, is darker, more conflicted and angsty. I did miss the lighter humour in series, but the movie is very touching.

I like the series for the clever and ingenious application of laws of science. It tries to explain certain impossible and paranormal phenomena through science without dumbing down to incoherence and magic. There’s good humour and it’s not above poking fun at the stereotype eccentric professor and feisty rookie detective. It even has the tacky formulaic scribblings, pose and cartoony laughter more suited for an anime, not a live-action drama.

The movie, on the other hand, has very little to do with science that the series is built on. It focuses on logic, human relations and human psyche. It’s understated, subtle and devious.

I am rarely moved to recommend something. Especially when I believe that my tastes tend to be a little off alignment with my peers. But if you want an intelligent and unusual entertainment, by all means, check out Tantei Galileo and see for youself.

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Captain’s seat #2 – Oishi Syuichirou

Oishi became temporary captain of Seigaku during Tezuka’s rehabilitation in the Kantou tournament and Junior selection camp. Here, we get to see a change in leadership style exhibited by Oishi and how it affects team dynamics. At the beginning of his stint, Oishi lacks the self-confidence to fill the very large hole left by Tezuka. Their partnership relies on each other to inject balance in the team management and leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prince of Tennis – Tezuka Kunitmitsu

I have originally thought to write about various story telling and character design aspects of Prince of Tennis (see previous Post), but as I was rambling on, I realised I was writting a lot (I mean really a lot) about Tezuka. So, I’ve decided to snip out Tezuka specific sections and start another post just on Tezuka. So some parts are sort of fragmented since it was suppose to flow in the previous post.

I’m just writting whatever thoughts that happens to occur to me after finishing the anime and halfway through the manga. As such, there is no timeline and I do tend to jump around as I build connections between events as they occur to me. Mostly, I’ll be referring to anime version. I’m looking at story elements, what works, what doesn’t, what appeals and what disappoints. These are my personal opinions of the moment, not fact or intents of the mangaka, Konomi Takeshi. If it sounds fangirlish, well, it’s because I’m currently in Tezuka zone till further notice. *wink* But all said and done, I try to keep it objective and analytical.

This post is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t finished watching/reading Prince of Tennis, I suggest you stop now and come back later.

Tezuka Kunimitsu - 14 years old

Tezuka Kunimitsu - 14 years old

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Prince of Tennis – General

I just finished Prince of Tennis anime and half-way through the manga. So I thought I might write something about what I liked about it. It’s not intended as a review and may sound fangirlish, but I’m going to kill my inner editor for a few hours and hope I can write something interesting or insightful.

I’m just writting whatever thoughts that happens to occur to me after finishing the anime and halfway through the manga. As such, there is no timeline and I do tend to jump around as I build connections between events as they occur to me. Mostly, I’ll be referring to anime version. I’m looking at story elements, what works, what doesn’t, what appeals and what disappoints. These are my personal opinions of the moment, not fact or intents of the mangaka, Konomi Takeshi.

This post is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t finished watching/reading Prince of Tennis, I suggest you stop now and come back later.

Seishun Gakuen Tennis Team

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