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sunflower



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 11:19 pm Reply with quote
This story is fantasy and only has to make sense within the confines of the world that the mangaka builds, and I think she builds it rather well. I've found that the series is a bit like Fruits Basket though in that the humor, while never gone, soon gives way to a much darker story, one that does explain why it's titled as it is.

I'd recommend this to fantasy lovers who like a mix of angst and humor, enjoy fantastical worlds, don't mind mild m/m interactions, and don't mind a Tohru-like hero (one who saves everyone from themselves.) There's a great sense of family in this series that makes it warm and fuzzy too.
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Julia-the-Great



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 11:51 pm Reply with quote
I saw this in the store awhile back and considered getting it, but did not do so. This review, however, has sold me on it. I'm definitely going to be picking this up in the future!
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neocloud9



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 11:55 pm Reply with quote
Huh, sounds fun. Smile
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AOKO1412



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:32 am Reply with quote
this is one of my best manga ever !!! Smile

it is really interesting
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LKK



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:20 am Reply with quote
I spent a long time pleading with Tokyopop to license SD. Now that we finally have it here in the States, I'm glad word of this great series is getting around.

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And as long as you do not take the plot premise of Silver Diamond too seriously, that is exactly what this epic, ongoing manga series is: fun. And lots of it.

"Fun" really is the best single word I know to describe SD.
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banshee196



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:03 am Reply with quote
I always look forward to a new volume of SD. The plot moves a little slowly but there's so much character interaction and world building going on that I don't really notice. I adore Koh, and Chigusa's cluelessness when it comes to Rakan is always amusing. I love this series!
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phoenixphire24



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 1:43 pm Reply with quote
Sounds fantastic! Something for me to pick up the next time TRSI has a sale or I get a coupon from BN.
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belvadeer



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 1:53 pm Reply with quote
Well finally a story where a snake gets some respect Anime hyper

But a Pac Man turned snake is how you'd describe Koh? Yeesh
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caporushes



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 4:18 pm Reply with quote
Aaah I've been such a big fan of Sugiura's ever since I read Koori no Mamono no Monogatari, and it's such a treat to see her work licensed here in the States. I really like her art, honestly, as well as her characters. Definitely a big fan, and I was absolutely thrilled that the translation got such good treatment.
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escahime65



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:41 pm Reply with quote
I love this series! Definitely funny, but sweet and serious too. I just happened to buy this manga pretty much at random at a bookstore and now I can't wait for vol 5.

My favorite part is when Koh tries to give Chigusa love advice without knowing what is going on. And don't forget "sexual harassment". Wink
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Elisian



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 8:03 am Reply with quote
I really enjoy this title so far, however I must say occasionally cliche' doesn't even come close to giving full cliche credit to this title....
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HJSoulma



Joined: 06 May 2009
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 1:11 am Reply with quote
....so, um, impossible to find much? ;____; It seems like other than volume 4, it's all out of print already. I can't find volume 3 anywhere in the *state.*

CURSE YOU TOKYOPOP

CUUUUUUURRRRSE
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Razel



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 5:38 am Reply with quote
For the record, Rakan is a "sanome" not "soname".
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irishninja



Joined: 15 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 10:23 am Reply with quote
HJSoulma wrote:
....so, um, impossible to find much? ;____; It seems like other than volume 4, it's all out of print already. I can't find volume 3 anywhere in the *state.*


Amazon and Right Stuf are there for you. Smile

Those links go right to the search results for the series, btw. Enjoy! Smile
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vashfanatic



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:43 am Reply with quote
So is this series simply BL, or does it have pornographic elements? Because it sounds like fun, I'm just not into graphic stuff.
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