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Manga Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

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I have been a fan of Jojo for a few years now, I started out reading Stone Ocean, the 6th arc back when it was still coming out.  When I realized that there was a much larger back story involved I went back and read all of it.  Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure starts out with the story of Jonathan Joestar and and Dio Brando and the rest of Jojo revolves around the family line of the Joestars. With out giving to much away, the Joestar family takes in Dio after his fathers death and try and raise him like a son, but Dio being the asshole that he is, spends most of his life with the Joestars trying to beat down Johnathan and generally doing horrible things.   The Joestar family owns a relic called the Stone Mask, which after a bloody fight between JoJo and Dio, something strange happens when the Stone Mask is hit with blood.  Eager to learn more, Jonathan studies the mask to discover its secrets, but it is Dio who discovers them and uses the mask to ultimately try and destroy the Joestar line once and for all.

Their are 8 arcs currently:
Phantom Blood
Battle Tendency
Stardust Crusaders
Diamond is Unbreakable
Vento Aureo
Stone Ocean
Steel Ball Run
Jojolion

Mangaka: Araki Hirohiko
Published: 1987-2003 in Weekly Shonen Jump, 2004-current Ultra Shonen Jump
Yeah, that’s right, this manga has been going non-stop since 1987, which is important to remember if you start reading, the 80s where a long time ago and the art shows that.

Where to read it? Well, the 3rd arc is published by Viz, but stupidly hard to find.  I don’t normally recommended Manga Traders, but to be able to read Jojo in order you have to download it from them.  (yeah, those idiots over at Mangareader can’t put the chapters in the right order)

Anime review: DOGS Bullets and Carnage

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DOGS: Bullets and Carnage
OVA 4 episodes. Run time about 15 minutes each.

I watched the first two episodes and I giggled like an idiot. The OVA is based off an ongoing manga about a group of assassins. Yes, I giggled while watching people die, so sue me. With each show being only 15 minutes, I know I am missing some greater story that those who have read the manga know, but from what I gathered, even without reading I can still understand the story and enjoy it.

Anyway, without giving away to much, in the first episode we meet Mihai, a former assassin for a mob family. He is returning to the city because of a note telling him that the boss has been killed. This wasn’t the one I was giggling at, it is dramatic and very nice, I mean they manage to give you not only a background for Mihai and the other main character, but also give the watcher closure at the end… sorta.

The second episode we realize we have in fact met Badou before, but he is an idiot. The lovable idiot type, but he manages to get himself in a bit of a bind after gathering some information about one of the cities mob bosses that is rather…embarrassing. Mihai is back, and along way we learn the names of the other people, who are going to be in 3 and 4, Naoto and Haine. Badou is the reason I was giggling while the dying and maiming was going on.

Over all, there is death, blood, and drama. Nothing really gory, but if you don’t like people getting shot in the head you might be uncomfortable.

Utawarerumono (Game and Anime review)

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Hot… I… I am burning…. My whole body… my throat… burning… Water… Please, someone…

A man, struggling to retain consciousness, noticed two girls. The older one explained how her grandmother is treating him while the younger one curiously watched. Before blacking out, he managed to thank her.

Utawarerumono is the story of a small village and its transformation by a masked man without a past.

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Toriko (Quick Review)

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The world has entered the gourmet age! — Follow Toriko, a gourmet hunter, and Komatsu, a 5-star chef, as they gather rare, delicious, and often dangerous ingredients. Humor, action, and tons of foods you’ll wish were real…

While the manga may be 140 chapters in, the show is still just getting started. So, if anyone is looking for a new summer anime, that can’t be marathoned in a day; this might be a good option.

First 6 episodes currently available on Hulu!

G-On Riders (Review)

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G-On Riders is a magical girl parody series created in 2002. It parodies a great number of “otaku fetishes” incuding maids, sailer outfits, nuns, loli’s, glasses-wearing girls, and so on. It even takes a shot at Tuxedo Mask from Sailer Moon!

 

 

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Brave Police J-Decker (Review)

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Brave Police J-Decker was created in 1994 and is the fifth in Sunrises “Yusha” (or Brave) series. As a few of it’s predecessors had somewhat darker stories to them, J-Decker did a full return to a lighthearted comedy story.

 

 

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Horror Manga by 伊藤潤二 [Itou Junji] (Review)

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This isn’t a review of any single manga but rather an overview of all of Itou’s work to date. If the title of this post didn’t get through to you, this guy primarily does horror manga — with a few exceptions, most notably his Cat Diary (which I have yet to find anywhere…) Anyway…

If you are squeamish at the thought of mechanized methane-powered zombie sharks, a beautiful girl everyone loves (to kill), or simply twisted (physically and mentally) human beings, turn back now.

 

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Brave Command Dagwon (Review)

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Brave Command Dagwon was created in 1996 by Sunrise, a popular toy and anime producer. Dagwon is the seventh title in the Sunrises “Yusha” (Brave) series, it premired alongside Gundam Wing. Dagwon and Wing are both well known for their appeal with female audiences for their bishonen main characters.

 

 

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D4 Princess (Review)

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D4 Princess was created in April 1999 and consists of 24 “half episodes” each 13 minutes long. A very light hearted comedy that touches on several strong emotions.

 

 

 

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Review: Summer Wars

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This movie is a good cyber-thriller, if you can bear with some of the Japanese culture references. It’s like Terminal Error on a global scale. There are some plot holes, granted. But they don’t ruin the movie. If you try to overthink this film, you’re going to have problems. It’s typical of Japanese animated films. If you can accept this film’s flaws, it’s a solid flick. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a decent cyber-thriller.

Mini-review by SkyHawk of Confabulatory Perspicacity