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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Shirley You Jest


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britannicamoore



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:36 pm Reply with quote
REAL was one of the next manga I wanted to buy, but I couldn't find a copy this weekend.

I've been wondering about Tokyopop myself, when i went to the store there were at least 10 new titles on the stands I didn't see a week and a half ago. I thought they were cutting back?

Good job as always.
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HitokiriShadow



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:49 pm Reply with quote
I personally found the first two hunts in Gantz to be so-so and thought it "got good" with the Buddhist Temple hunt (which I think will start around volume 5). But if you are expecting depth to suddenly appear... you'll probably be disappointed. It is what it is (glorious violence with some sex and nudity for good measure) and I think it does a pretty good job at that.


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"Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican's dirty work,


That's all I needed to know. I'll be staying far, far away from this one.
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darkchibi07



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:02 am Reply with quote
Bwahaha, I give it a YES and a HELL YEAH on Strawberry Shake Sweet as well, and I'm glad someone took the time to give it some spotlight treatment! Cool

Now supposedly there's another volume of it coming soon in which I heard one of the future chapters spoiler[Julia and Ran actually kissing each other. And with that moment Julia ended up crying and nosebleeding in joy!] Awww, now I wait for the everlasting moment for some anime production company to actually make an anime series out of this. Crying or Very sad

On another note, it would be interesting for Shizuru Hayashiya to do a spinoff of Zlay specifically. That doujin someone made that dealt with them in relation of that hairdresser in Strawberry Shake Sweet was very amusing especially with the girl-on-girl kisses in the style of Yakitate Japan. Laughing
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here-and-faraway



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:17 am Reply with quote
Cute title for this week's column. I'm waiting for someone to give a clever rebuttal along the lines of "Stop calling me Shirley!"

I'm glad the book got a good review. I really loved Emma and have been eagerly awaiting this title.
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loka



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:36 am Reply with quote
Carlos wrote:
where else are you going to find a lead girl with a pervy dirty-old-man attitude?


Lucky Star ?
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kadian1364



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:36 am Reply with quote
It may just be one person's opinion, but Strawberry Shake Sweet sounds like an honest to goodness romance story (yuri or otherwise). In a genre where titles like Shuffle! and Strawberry Panic rule, this might be the alternative romantic narrative more to my liking. But why the fixation of naming titles with "Strawberry"? Strawberry 100%, Strawberry Panic, Strawberry Marshmallow, where's the love for the world's other wonderful fruits? "Pineapple Tango" sounds like an equally tasty tropical drink and a series name I'd be interested in reading/watching. Smile

HitokiriShadow wrote:
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"Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican's dirty work,


That's all I needed to know. I'll be staying far, far away from this one.


I know what you mean. Seriously, would it hurt for these synopses writers to even try to describe a story like it wasn't taken straight from The Book of Most Cliched Archtypes, Shallowest Characterization Techniques, and Other Overused Story Tropes? Either that, or I vastly overrate creativity. Rolling Eyes

EDIT: Strange leftover tags...
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sunflower



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:23 am Reply with quote
I got my copy of REAL in the mail today, and the art is just so good. I'm still reading the beginning parts because I go back and stare at how he did this and that, but I think I'll love this series.


The vampire series, Vassalord, confused the heck out of me. Was there some kind of story? I don't know, I couldn't tell, and after that I didn't want to read beyond the second chapter. This is only for people desperate for another vampire story with mxm subtext.
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Patachu
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:04 am Reply with quote
kadian1364 wrote:
Seriously, would it hurt for these synopses writers to even try to describe a story like it wasn't taken straight from The Book of Most Cliched Archtypes, Shallowest Characterization Techniques, and Other Overused Story Tropes? Either that, or I vastly overrate creativity. Rolling Eyes


Sadly, it's because they know it'll sell better that way.

For each one of us who has the brains to see past a badly written blurb, there are ten other idiots who are ready to start drooling like Pavlovian dogs when they hear the keywords "gay undead robot vampire-hunting clergy."

(could be worse though, could be "loli maid princess terminally ill childhood friend")

sunflower wrote:
The vampire series, Vassalord, confused the heck out of me. Was there some kind of story? I don't know, I couldn't tell, and after that I didn't want to read beyond the second chapter. This is only for people desperate for another vampire story with mxm subtext.


Subtext? Seemed more like supertext to me. Laughing
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UtenaAnthy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:27 am Reply with quote
I really want to read Strawberry Shake Sweet now, sounds like a fantastic series, and don't call me Shirley (my actual name is Viscount Bartpants Jewelledcat the Infinity Loop).
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marie-antoinette



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:15 am Reply with quote
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if it did, it'd be headed straight into the hole of pure failure (i.e. an F grade) where other overly serious vampire stories go to die.


Now what could that be talking about? Razz

I actually am somewhat interested in REAL, despite it not being even remotely like the series I usually read. I have this book that has interviews with various mangaka however, and Takehiko Inoue was on that it covered and it made this series sound interesting.

It's the only one here that really stands out as something I'd buy, but that may be a good thing, all things considered.
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Jedi General



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:40 am Reply with quote
Clever title, Carlo. Smile

TRSI just shipped my copy of Shirley. I'm very eager to read it now thanks to Carlo's good review. Then again, I was expecting a good review, since Emma is such an excellent manga.

I received and read my copy of REAL last week. The art, while great, isn't nearly as gorgeous as the art in Vagabond, and thus far the story isn't nearly as good either. But, it was just the first volume. Inoue is a great storyteller, so I expect that it will get better later. The second half of the volume showed, if you'll pardon the pun, some real promise. I'm looking forward to the next volume and beyond.

Finally, there's Gantz. I never got past the first episode of the anime, but that was back when my tolerance for the grotesque was much, much lower. Anyway, since I'd heard that the manga is superior, I decided to check it out. If there's any word to describe the first volume, it's engrossing. (Sorry, I couldn't resist making another pun. Anime smile + sweatdrop) It feels funny saying this, but I enjoyed it. It got completely sucked in my the plot and the cliffhanger ending allowed the series to get its hooks in me. I've already ordered volumes 2 and 3.
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kirbyboy102



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:53 am Reply with quote
"Here at Shirley We Jest, we have the most Shirley Temple Memorabilia." -Oscar Wildcat, Queer Duck movie

That title just set off that quote in my head.
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DavidShallcross



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a mysterious branch of the Unitarian Church

Would that be the Unitarian Church of Transylvania (a real church with about 66,000 members)?
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darkchibi07



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:18 am Reply with quote
UtenaAnthy wrote:
I really want to read Strawberry Shake Sweet now, sounds like a fantastic series,


The fact that some of the girls actually proclaim themselves as lesbian (without this annoying thick layer of subtext or other crappy gimmicks that's SO prevalent in other series), and it doesn't take place in some all-girl Catholic school gives Strawberry Shake Sweet a unique flavor for the yuri genre.
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Andrew Cunningham



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:58 pm Reply with quote
HitokiriShadow wrote:
I personally found the first two hunts in Gantz to be so-so and thought it "got good" with the Buddhist Temple hunt (which I think will start around volume 5). But if you are expecting depth to suddenly appear... you'll probably be disappointed. It is what it is (glorious violence with some sex and nudity for good measure) and I think it does a pretty good job at that.


I occasionally think it verges on being a deliciously cantankerous condemnation of modern youth, but that's about the only depth you can really ascribe to it. But few books come close to it in the trashy excess department.
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