secretlygeeky: (your heart's a mess)
Sorry, this will probably be a recurring theme in the blog until I eventually get over hnr (which is?? never???).... *laughs hysterically while 'I Should Live In Salt' by The National plays*

For those who don't get the drill; I talk about shoujo (or josei) manga to get over a recent shoujo manga heartbreak of mine. And yes, I read more shoujo manga to get over shoujo manga. Huh.

I never really had the chance to talk about mangaka Yamakawa Aiji before. I first read her work Yajirobee, which is a really cute 2-volume series about a girl and her hot shoujo (step)dad™. I swear there's more to the story but that is not mine to tell for now.



I read her other work Stand Up! for the first time last night... and I judged myself for not reading it sooner. It's a sweet and wonderfully done shoujo manga about tall girl Furuya Utako (nicknamed Utamaru) who falls in love with her seatmate, popular guy Harada Naoyuki. The synopsis is not catchy enough, yeah, but Yamakawa Aiji never fails to deliver her stories in a pure, charming way that you just know that if this manga was done by anyone else, it wouldn't be the same.


What I like the most about Stand Up! is that all of the characters are really likable, most especially lead characters Furuya and Harada. Utako is just the cutest and Harada, while he subtly teases Utako at first (in a non-degrading or misogynistic manner at all, which is... pretty rare in shoujo, considering), is gentle, non-imposing, and is pretty much the best first boyfriend anyone could ask for. I swear, if a lot more guys were like Harada in shoujo manga (or better yet, in real life), the world would totally be a better place.

With that said, Yamakawa Aiji is certainly a new shoujo mangaka favorite, and will definitely read more of her works in the future. 
secretlygeeky: (oral fixation)
What do you do when a shoujo manga you love lets you down and breaks your heart?

a. Drink two beers? Check. (Technically, I didn't drink two beers, more like three cocktails....)
b. Mope around all day thinking about all that wasted potential? Check. I'm sorry I'm a loser with no life.
c. Read more shoujo manga? Check!
 

I decided to binge read a familiar title that I never really wanted to check out in the past, because I was initially iffy about the storyline.. which was Marmalade Boy!



a few spoilers under the cut for those who haven't read the series )

Not included in the choices above, but reading josei manga is also a great remedy to get over a shoujo manga heartbreak! Josei manga pretty much has all of the things that shoujo manga sometimes can't offer - more mature themes are explored, there's better character development, and more importantly... age-gap relationships are more acceptable! *sobs* I am age gap trash.

Katsuta Bun is a mangaka I recently discovered when I first read her series Chikutaku Bonbon, which I fell in love with (and now own two volumes of the series!!). Her characters are cute and quirky and it just feels refreshing reading her stories.



My copies of Chikutaku Bonbon volumes 1 and 2, featuring the cute leads Iwa and Sango.







I also recently found out that she has a new series! Pictured above is called Mari Mari Mari currently serialized by Cocohana. I flipped through the pages of the first chapter in their website, and I must say I'm very intrigued, and not gonna lie - it's the male lead that drew me in. C'mon, cigarette-smoking, glasses-wearing, dark-haired, quirky guy? What's not to love? It also reminds me of a certain tragic shoujo character... oh dammit I'm so vulnerable. You can read the first chapter of Mari Mari Mari here.

Anyway, looking forward to reading (and purchasing) more of Katsuta Bun's works! They seem like the kind of thing I need in my life right now. Sigh.
secretlygeeky: (love will tear us apart)
Hello all! Just a quick post to say that yes, I'm alive, and I've still got a lot of feelings for Hirunaka no Ryuusei.

Hirunaka no Ryuusei has one chapter left and fans are most anxious to know the answer to the million dollar question: Who will Suzume end up with?


Of course, as per usual, 80% of the fandom's rooting for Mamura. Which is to be expected, considering recent survey results and such. I've long ago tried to convince myself that Mamura/Suzume would have a 90% chance of being endgame due to its surprising popularity amongst fans.

In fact, even with the recent development now, I'm probably fine with a non-Shishio/Suzume ending because the recent chapter was just… so beautiful. I found it so perfect that I'm willing to forgive the flaws in Shishio's character development and the love triangle arc that was a bit painful to sit through. I may just be seeing this through my Shishio/Suzume biased shipping glasses but somehow, there's just something heart-clenching about their scenes together. That chapter pretty much showed the beauty (and tragedy) of the ship. I am still crying over it as I type this.

Anyhow, whatever ending the manga would get, I'm definitely supporting Yamamori Mika! Finally made up my mind recently that I'll be collecting all the HnR volumes. I've currently got 3 in my collection (volumes 2, 5-6), and I recently ordered volumes 9-10 which will hopefully arrive safely in my mail next month -- it was my first time ordering manga online and I got terribly paranoid with my purchase, lol.

2 weeks to go until I either cry of happiness, of heartbreak, or perhaps - both. I'll definitely be crying either way.

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Recently, I was making an inventory of all the manga I've bought that was currently in my room, and was almost surprised to find some manga I didn't remember I owned, lol. I decided to make myself a LibraryThing account so I can keep track of the manga that I have, and so I can pretend that they're actually organized properly and not scattered in various corners of my home.



Most of the manga currently listed are just stuff I have in my room, and stuff I do remember owning, but are misplaced somewhere... Haha. Feel free to check out my collection here.
secretlygeeky: (your heart's a mess)
Whoa, it's been months since I've last written something! I'm beginning to think I don't know how to write a proper blog entry, considering I'm still in the process of getting used to micro-blogging format courtesy of that monstrous excuse of a website called Tumblr. Lol, here I am talking trash about the website, when in fact for months I've been using it as a form of escapism from reality - to the point that I check every hour, every day. It's gotten that bad. ANYWAY.

here i am getting all ranty mcrant thanks to tumblr, geez )

And as for fandoms, I'm only really following a few nowadays, and these past few months I've gotten immersed into the fandom for Hirunaka no Ryuusei, making edits and fanart and all, which made me feel all reminiscent of my iconing days back in LiveJournal. I started following this fandom back when there was still a thorough lack of scanlations, and because I adored Shishio a lot and saw that people liked Shishio and Suzume together, too!

Ranty mcrant part 2 feat. life ruining shoujo manga )

Which is why I have been diverting my attention to Haikyuu!!, a sports anime/manga series about volleyball, and up to this very day I still wonder why I've gotten so attached to this series, considering that I only really convinced myself to read the manga because of this dirty yaoi doujinshi by Junko. I guess it's just that, the entire cast is super adorable, characterization is great, the story arcs are actually short, and as my boyfriend said: they make volleyball look hella interesting - which I totally agree with, considering that volleyball is one of my worst sports ever. While I really love the entire Karasuno team, and initially read the manga for KuroKen and the Nekoma team, Oikawa from Aobajousai really caught my eye - a.k.a. oh no another two-faced douchebag I'll probably love! Yes, he's good at the sport, and yes, he's got a terrible personality - but I really like that he's not a genius at his craft, and that he worked fucking hard to get to where he is now. I have a thing for characters like these. You go, Oikawa, even if you're fucking trash.

Also, the anime has just started last month and it's the best thing that's been happening to me for 8 sundays now! I'm too lazy to post gifs and photos here but if you go check my Tumblr, I've got a shitload of Haikyuu posts that it's probably about 80% of my blog now. I'm surprised no one has unfollowed me because of that - in fact, I've been gaining followers and some of my existing followers like the series too. Hmm. Surprise, surprise.