*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: The Ice-Cold Demon’s Tale is a Charming Classic BL

In the beginning, there was a demon in a cave: Blood, trapped in ice for many decades. In order to break the curse that bound him, he searched for the “tear jewel.” One day, a youth called Ishuca appeared before him. He was suffering from an illness, and had come to the cave to die. Blood was touched by Ishuca’s kindness, and began to feel drawn to him. However, death soon came to Ishuca, and, saddened by the death, Blood began to weep. His tear became the “tear jewel,” and Ishuca’s life was saved through its power.

The two set off on a journey. On the way, Blood was reunited with some old companions, but—since the demons wanted him to return to his old self, and Blood wanted to continue to travels with Ishuca—his former companions became his enemies. Upon confessing his own past to Ishuca, Blood promised never to kill another human. Having completed their journey—and with the aim of finding the jewel that Wild, the jewel-dealer, had asked for—they find themselves at the Toei Cliffs…!?

From MAL

Volumes: 24

Status: Finished

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen Ai, Supernatural

Author: Sugiura, Shiho

 

I discovered this was finished translating (by fans, I love you all!!!) two days ago, after waiting nine hundred years because it kept being passed around from group to group.

I just finished marathoning it for two days, 24 volumes, and I can’t tell you how empty, sad and just overwhelmed, mind blown and how I wish it would have never ended. This is one of the best shounen-ai series I’ve ever read, and that I’ve finally been able to finish it when others like Ze, Dark Descendants, Loveless, Love/Sex Pistols haven’t, is… I don’t even know how to express it.

I just have a lot of feelings right now, but it surprised me, endeared and reeled me in just as much as the first time I read it, and though it didn’t make me cry like Silver Diamond (by the same author) it was equally great.

I cannot extol her as much as I wish I could. 90’s manga is everything to me, most of my favorites come from the 90’s, and even the aesthetic is so appealing to me.

I cannot tell you how many times I laughed with them, how much I grew and learned from Ishuca and Blood, both main characters with so much depth and hearts. Such big hearts, so much to learn from them. I cannot tell you the depth of my feelings, but I will try either way because I feel this deserves it.

I don’t end up feeling empty, like I never want to leave or for it to the end, all that easily, I’m tough to please to that level. I’m pretty skimpy with my 9’s and 10’s too in MAL, because they have to impact me and this story so did.

I’m always surprised by the warmth and feelings this author infuses in her stories. Silver diamond was another heartwarming series that talked about subjects like the heart, mind, what is evil, what is good, and so did this one and just as flawlessly, and in different ways.

I will admit this: I am in love with the author, and with her works. You cannot believe how refreshing it is to see characters develop, grow, and become more and more human, and gain a heart, gain a soul, and with it also develop awareness and feelings of romance. There is no instant in-love between the two main characters (though there is humorous one-sided ones) but it is there slowly, and it isn’t so light you could pass it as “friends”, which I like. It leaves no ambiguity to their feelings, while not having to tread to the smut area (tho mind you, I wouldn’t mind. Blood and Ishuca are truly works of art :Q____ )

I will also bow down to the author and say that her art is amazing, Blood is so gorgeous and sparkles, and is so goddamn striking, just take me away demons if you’re that beautiful 😂

My sense of feeling too full yet empty at the same time hasn’t passed, but let me tell you it is both the best and worst feeling. I don’t think I will be able to reread this one anytime soon, it is so fresh and crippled me so hard, but I will no doubt reread it once I’ve forgotten just how beautiful, how much it impacted me.

If you haven’t read it, let me assure you it’s one of the prettiest BL mangas out there from the 90’s (alongside X 1999), and the plot, story and characters are amazing. You will love them, you will fall in love with them, and you will get impacted each time things go wrong for them, but it is such an awesome journey to make with these two beautiful beings. I couldn’t have wished for a better twist, or ending to this story, and I don’t have enough words to describe why it impacted me without going into spoilers.

I also really like that the author challenges the black & white mentality of her characters, and of us as readers, about characters and where the story is going, and let me tell you: it is worth it. If you haven’t read it, make yourself a favor, and do it. I promise this: you’ll love them too, and there’s no better feeling in the world.

Happy readings everyone, and if you have read it, talk it with me.


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*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Ace of Diamond is The Best Sports Anime Ever

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With a stray pitch that completely missed the batter, Eijun Sawamura loses his final middle school baseball game. Frustrated by this defeat, Eijun and his teammates vow to reach the national tournament once they are in high school. But everything changes when a scout unexpectedly invites him to Tokyo’s prestigious Seidou High School after seeing the potential in his unusual pitching style. Encouraged by his teammates, Eijun accepts the offer, ready to improve his skills and play at a much more competitive level of baseball.

However, now surrounded by a large number of skilled players, Eijun struggles to find his place on the team. He declares that he will one day become the team’s ace, but that’s only if fellow first year Satoru Furuya doesn’t take the title first, with his breakneck fastballs that earn him a coveted spot on the starting roster. With the addition of these talented new players to an already powerful lineup, the Seidou baseball team aims to become the best in Japan, facing off against a number of formidable foes that stand in their way.

from MAL

Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Written by Takeshi Konuta
Music by Frying-Pan
Studio Madhouse, Production I.G
Episodes 126 + 5 OVA

If you don’t agree, come fight me!

/shots fired at everyone

Just kidding xP

(I don’t consider Yuri on Ice sports anime like Daiya, Haikyuu and other shows, but it’s definitely one of my top animes of all time, it just doesn’t get the sports anime award 😛 )

This is one of hardest posts I can tackle. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I find it the hardest to write about something I ABSOLUTELY adore, love and cherish. It’s so close to my heart I can’t even articulate, I can’t even, tbh.

I’m just going to elaborate why I love it, and why it’s my fave sports anime ever.

First would be that this is an underdog story, and I love underdogs. There’s just something that makes me really root for them to achieve it, I get SO invested, I want them to be able to do it so BAD. This is why I feel so elated or cry when things go bad, or they’re able to pull back up to fight it out again, I’m just like YEAH DO IT BB, I BELIEVE IN YOU, I SUPPORT YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE /SOBS GROSSLY AT EVERYONE THAT PASSES BY

/coughs

Okay, so maybe I get too emotional…But fuck that, cause stories and characters ARE supposed to make us feel, if they don’t then they have FAILED.

^This is a good lead-in to my next point. It makes me super emotional, I go through happiness, frustration (as my Rant post about it can demonstrate here), crying and hopelessness, and devastation, but I thrive on this. It means I AM invested, and nothing like a good sports anime to make you so invested from the get go. If they cry, I cry; if they smile, I smile; if they laugh, I laugh. I am their puppet, take me away! 🙏

It is no joke that I cry starting from Episode 1, Eijun + friends all crying together?, with drama and angst to spice it up? RIP me and my feels, I bawl always. Especially when the friends confess some feelings, I’m just DONE. Don’t watch anime with me, I just cry and screech okay lmao 😹😹

Along these paragraphs I forgot what point I was at, but I don’t care, I’ll just continue listing them.

Eijun gets nothing handed to him, nothing is easy, if he doesn’t half-kill himself he gets zero chances, and it makes me both scream at everyone about the injustice, but also respect and admire the fuck out of my boy. He is everything I wished I could be: determined, motivated, passionated, fiery, optimist, never gives up, sunshine personified, and unparalleled. From the first moment he gets on Seido he does not even enter the MAIN team, he has to duke it out to even get accepted, and then on the second string. He busts his ass to get all achievements, and I love it. This does also mean I get super frustrated because nothing is ever easy, I just want to see him succeed so bad 😭😭😭😭

It’s realistic, from the characters strengths and weaknesses, to their ability on the sports itself, aside some magical canon’s ( /looks at Furuya) that happened once, this is strictly 100% true and realistic, which I give it lots of props. This doesn’t mean that the show doesn’t have any spark, or doesn’t hook you. Man, the animation, the shots, the way the camera moves, the FUCKING AMAZING SOUNDTRACK, they all cause a super tense, anxious and AMAZING scene after scene. I’m always sweating when watching my boy pitch, and the rest of the team batting and stealing houses. There are no guaranteed wins here, who you root for to win does not mean it’ll happen. Just be prepared with tons of kleenex, because you’ll need them just like I did /pats poor soggy pillow

There is no throwaway secondary or tertiary characters here, everyone has their own distinctive looks, personalities and their limelight. Don’t be surprised to see characters you think are background fodder to turn out important to Seido, and to other teams, because it’ll be.

The art is so so good, I love that 90% of the characters are distinguishable by features alone, tho some do look like they’re in their 30’s and not in their 16’s 😹😹

^This leads me to Miyuki and Chris-senpai, the two hotties and bishounen from the series, bless their presence and existence in this show. Plus their voices are hot, mama mia /fans self

You can ship all the characters, it’s okay and fine, enjoy it. They’re all so tight and close, but at the same time have that divide that a good fuck would just clear up /coughs and clears throat

I unabashedly ship Miyuki with Eijun, RIP me, and their interactions make me live, as you might have noticed from me gushing about an amazing fanfic, The Trajectory of Laughter. Prepare kleenex if you decide to read it, RIP U and me /sobs silently.

The soundtrack hypes me up, just listening to it as I’m writing is both making me want to rewatch the show, hyping me and also reminding me of so many great scenes, sobs grossly. Just go listen to it, it’s even better in context of the anime. If you don’t get hyped and ready to fight all that comes in your way as you listen to it, then your blood is dead smh.

The sheer size of it, there’s so much to watch, yet it never feels enough, plus all the episodes are so short, or maybe they only feel like that because they’re so good /softly cries

The animation, direction, art are just super stellar. Every shot has impact, does its job when it has to be comedic or softer, yet when the scenes have to be about raw tension or vulnerability they’re fricking amazing. I’m super whore for good camera work, it’s everything in a show, it’ll determine how you feel and how much impact a scene will have, and Daiya has it in fucking spades, it could sell some and still be king of them. Definitely super A+++++ work from the studio and director, coupled with the composer and voice actors, it’s just unrivalled. Or maybe that’s just me as a huge fan xPP

Now does this show have flaws? Of course, it has. One of them is, there isn’t a third season out yet, or announced, so I’m frigging dying in my pants for it to be announced. That’s it. 😈😈

Nah, one flaw is… if you aren’t a sports anime fan then look elsewhere, this is 100% pure fiber sports anime, just like how I love and eat with a spoon for breakfast. The character growth, the story, everything, they all revolve around baseball, but let me tell you the character growth IS SUPER STRONG in this show, so if you LOVE characters, then still check this out, for realsies ❤

There’s not much else I can say cause I just don’t have enough skills, words or praise to throw at this. Maybe beware that there is a heavy dose of drama and angst, but just in the right quantities to really hit you in the gut, it never becomes melodramatic or turn into a soap opera, worry not!

And these are all the reasons why to me Daiya is the best sports anime ever, for me, and nothing has been able to rival it 😻😻

I challenge you all to watch this, give it 3 episodes, if you don’t get hooked, interested or curious, then I guess we can’t be friends anymore.

Kidding xD

Or am I? 😈😈😈😈🔪🔪🔪🔪💣💣💣

You can find where to watch this on Because Moe.

Have you seen this anime yet? Did you love it as much as me? Or did you not like it and want to fight me now? Come on, I’m curious so tell me all!


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Impressions: Ten Count

When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is Mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition?
From Kitsu

Our MC and uke-kun, Shirotani, has misophobia and surprise surprise, this series treats it with respect and realism. That’s right, no magical dick here to heal diseases, cause it doesn’t work like that! 👏👏👏

In fact, there’s a rawness and darkness, no punches pulled as we see both the damages it has caused to him -his hands are completely fucked up, full of wounds and bleeding/cracks – but also how he sees the world. When the filth/darkness spreads, you can both see and feel how it impacts him.

There’s nothing quite as visual media to show how a character sees the world, themselves, especially when making full use of imagery. Something that doesn’t exist or can’t be seen on the naked eye, can be represented in a strong way like this.

From the moment they meet, as Kurose saves Shirotani’s boss from being flattened by a truck, he sees clearly through Shirotani. Kurose immediately says he has mysophobia, and pushes him to try to get treatment. What would be farfetched isn’t by the discovery that Kurose is a psychiatrist, and so he really just wants to help him lead a better life.

But is that true? Is that really it?

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*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Goodnight, Punpun Goes Beyond Caricature

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Punpun Onodera is a normal 11-year-old boy living in Japan. Hopelessly idealistic and romantic, Punpun begins to see his life take a subtle—though nonetheless startling—turn to the adult when he meets the new girl in his class, Aiko Tanaka. It is then that the quiet boy learns just how fickle maintaining a relationship can be, and the surmounting difficulties of transitioning from a naïve boyhood to a convoluted adulthood. When his father assaults his mother one night, Punpun realizes another thing: those whom he looked up to were not as impressive as he once thought.

As his problems increase, Punpun’s once shy demeanor turns into voluntary reclusiveness. Rather than curing him of his problems and conflicting emotions, this merely intensifies them, sending him down the dark path of maturity in this grim coming-of-age saga.

From MAL

Written by Inio Asano
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Seinen
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)

Punpun is not a bird, he appears as a bird to the viewer, as does his family, but they’re not birds and that’s not how the people around them see them. Aka, they’re people, but they’re just presented as caricatures. In a way, it makes the domestic violence and problems appear simple at first, until you realize what a mindfuck this series is ,and how depressing it truly is.

Warning: this is one of the darkest series I’ve read, and needs more trigger warnings than you might realize at first.

I discovered Oyasumi PunPun thanks to Deviantart, back when it was used (is it still used??) and wondered why there was a cute girl with a bird. Might say, lured by the cute, fucked by the dark. Props to Inio Asano for that!

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Impressions: A Guy Like You

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Go Siwon’s dreams are constantly visited by the clever, beautiful Kang Jinha. In the dream, Jinha keeps on mentioning this “incident” that happened between them but Siwon can’t remember anything! And how can it feel so real? Luckily for Siwon, hints about the “incident” start to appear and Siwon is able to regain his memory bit by bit. How will their relationship change at the end of it all?

From MU

The lovely Happy did a post about this, and so I decided to read it, you can read her post here.

The first thing that stood out for me was the art, gorgeous scenes with the two main characters. Also Jinha is too gorgeous for this world, also I’d like him to step on me when he gets angry because /coughs

Considering this is a webtoon, the quality is just amazing. The coloring is one of the things that super stands out. This has more quality than some games. Heck, I’d love to see Waje work on a game, the art is beautiful, the coloring slays me in, and the guys can get it any time of the day. Plus Waje does terrifying expressions as well as beautiful, bless 🙏🙏👌

Jinha flashes hot and cold, which I usually don’t like, but there are always this sense that he does it because he has reasons behind it. Not just to make some drama, et all.

Before I go and detail some spoilers, for you all that don’t want them, I just want to assure that this is NOT like Killing Stalking. I know friends say Jinha reminds them of a softer Sanwon, but considering is a psychopath that likes killing and inflicting pain, I think it’s NOT TRUE.

Jinha has been in love with Siwon way before, and this push and pull of theirs starts from Siwon not remembering what happened between them. While Jinha does have a temper, and legit terrifying expressions, he’d never hurt Siwon physically. In fact, Siwon hurts Jinha far more than Jinha ever does, so /shrugs

Now for SPOILAAAS ALERT

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