Aug 24, 2007

Comments to My Blog

I appreciate all comments to my blog, however, I will only publish comments that are constructive. I did receive a comment about the anime series "Kiba" which I liked up to the point in which the commenter criticized me personally. I am entitled to my own opinion as is each and every person. Because I felt this person gave valuable feedback and a valid review of his or her own, I will publish their comment below sans the inappropriate off-topic and non-productive personal criticism. I, also, would invite that commenter to continue the conversation with me, but to please remember to keep his or her criticism to the anime or manga and not of me personally. I would encourage this commentor to be similarly courteous with writing comments in other people's blogs and on forums.

The comment:
Hmmm... i dont think that is a fair review, i thaught it was a decent anime and is way better than a lot of crap out there. One thing i liked about this series is, unlike a LOT of animes, the main character is not a complete happy-go-lucky pussy and really does not like to take a lot of shit. I think the ending was particularly good also. Animation and Music were mainly the weak points for me but the art work was very solid throughout and i found the characters to be quite realistic and well thaught out. I would give Kiba a 3.5/5

My response back to anonymous:

Yes, I agree with you that Zed is a very likeable anti-hero and his character was the reason this anime was barely watchable :).

About your personal, comment -- I don't get paid to write a blog, so this isn't my job. I do this for fun and to communicate with fellow anime lovers like yourself :).

Aug 6, 2007

Manga Review -- Last Book of Jing: King of Bandits, Twilight Tales

The last the Jing: King of Bandits, The Twilight Tales manga finally came out recently (sometime in July). The Twilight Tales follow Jing in his teens. The previous volume of this manga series came out over a year ago, so I don't remember what happened previously. I do remember, though, that the second series begins with "Seventh Heaven," the story used for the OVA that came after the anime series.

Anyhow, this last volume was like any other Jing manga, strange. As usual the prose is poetic and the landscapes are surreal. This time Jing steals the Holy Suit, which takes off and flies him and Kir to "The Capital of Clothes and Ruin" where they meet the very petite Princess Picon (a liquor aperitif that is bitter-sweet with a hint of orange -- source: Apparently, this destroyed land was a place where highly sought after clothes were made. Now there are zombies about that are controlled by the clothes. And the weirdness escalates ...

I didn't feel as though this was the end of the Jing stories, so I hope that there are more when Jing's in his late teens or 20's (third series please). I'd like to see him go back for that girl he fought at the end of first series and promised to come back for. They could marry and then continue on with stories of their adventures, or maybe the adventures of their children. Eventhough the Jing manga are esoteric, I still enjoy them a great deal, especially the detail that goes into creating the strange landscapes and characters. 5/5