Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Week in Comics for 8/28/13

This Week in Comics!

The list includes the different variant covers and Graphic Novels/Trade Paper Backs (TPB), Hardcovers (HC), and Softcovers (SC). Let us know if there is a title we missed, enjoy!


30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 8

In this case, I had to do some soul searching. I narrowed it down to two possible couples, but one of them just barely edged out the other. In second place, we have Takasu Ryuuji and Aisaka Taiga. They are fantastic together, and Toradora is an amazing anime. That being said, there is one couple that I really liked over all the other possible couples I've seen. If it weren't for this pairing, the show that they are from would be pretty boring. In fact, I would say that I kept watching this show specifically for their interactions. That fantastic couple is



KRAFT LAWRENCE AND HOLO (SPICE AND WOLF)

'Secret' #3 And Other Comics Of Note, August 28th

Nobody does intrigue quite like Jonathan Hickman, and Secret is rapidly becoming the best example of that. A full review, plus looks at this week's #1s and other notable books from DC, Dark Horse, and IDW.



Essentially, Secret follows a private security firm as they stumble onto something ugly, much uglier than they imagined. One can't really talk about the plot in detail because it's so intricate that you really need to go in cold, but Hickman mixes together revels and opening up new questions as the book goes along, while simultaneously deepening the characters. The opening of the book is not what you think, at all, and it tells you a lot about how this series works.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Economics, the anime (Spice and Wolf)

Even if economics isn't your thing, if you're a fan of girls with fox ears and bushy tails then Spice and Wolf might still work for you. It's a two-season light romance out of Imagin and released for North American audiences by Funimation (like more than half of all anime these days, I think). It was good enough to keep watching (or I wouldn't have kept watching it) and if you're into romance or economics you'll really like it. If you're into both, then you probably make more money than I do and should just get out of the house and take a girl/guy/both out on the town, maybe make some real romance instead of shutting yourself in and watching a formulaic anime about trade practices in a renaissance-ish guild system. Just saying.



So plot-wise it's pretty simple. This guy, Kraft Lawrence, is a merchant. More in the Dungeons and Dragons sense than the Wall Street one, even if sometimes it felt like a lesson for kids on commodities trading.
Issue #19August 6, 2013North Republic Industries



THE INDUSTRY STANDARD IS OUR FORBES

Friday, August 23, 2013

Okay, even Grumpy Shizuo would like this one (Robotics;Notes)

Hello again!! Shizuo's still gone, I think he said he was going to Koyasan to visit an old friend Oo. Anyway, I went and looked back through Shizuo's more recent posts, and Spice and Wolf totally deserves a higher mark. Four out of five from me, anyway.



Celty said I should pick something I think Shizuo would actually like this week, so I'm going to talk about Robotics;Notes, because it has intrigue, romance, and for Shizuo, giant robots, explosions, and a death toll. It actually feels a little bit like it's trying to please everyone. It has characters that fit well into stereotypes, and there are the young love elements, but there's also a big overarching plot and mystery. I think it works really well.

* ~Maid-sama's Otaku Stuff~ *

I have a pretty decent collection of what I call my 'Otaku Stuff'~



* ~MANGA~ *

Maid-sama's Anime

Anime I have watched;



* Wolf's Rain

Manga Review: Spice and Wolf Vol. #08

Spice and Wolf is a wildly popular light novel series that has spawned off an anime, an Internet radio show, and a manga series. While its European medieval setting is typical of high fantasy, this series hasa unique bent to it. Rather than swordfights and magic, the plot focuses on economics, trade, and peddling in a way that skillfully blends adventure and romance.



Yen Press has recently released the eighth volume of the Spice and Wolf manga, and you can read on for the review. (For my reviews of previous Spice and Wolf releases, .)