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Levitz9



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:28 pm Reply with quote
Good on you, Rebecca! Welcome to RTO! I look forward to your coming reviews.

Nisekoi seems intriguing. I don't really have any romantic comedies on my shelf (I missed the boat on Love Hina, Strawberry 100%, and I''s), so I should probably look into it.
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gedata



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:30 pm Reply with quote
I dunno, this new RTO seems a lot nicer compared to the one of old. Not bad at all though.
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Touma



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:51 pm Reply with quote
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Borrow it from a friend or a library. Sweet Rein is sweet and charming, but it isn't quite good enough to buy

I want to borrow it but none of the libraries in my local network have either volume. I do have access to a system called Prospector which covers a wider area. I will give that a try.

Thanks for the recommendation.
I like the column.
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marie-antoinette



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:29 pm Reply with quote
YAY, RTO is back! The new take on it looks nice - not too different from Carlo but different enough to have its own feel to it.

I may check out Nisekoi, since I have been enjoying the anime, though I'm not sure I'll still enjoy it once it goes from being a love triangle to a harem.

And I definitely need to pick up Kagen no Tsuki in French at some point, since I have always wanted to read it. I still don't understand why no one ever picked that one up, since Ai Yazawa is amazing and it's pretty short too.

Happy Go Lucky Days also sounds interesting, enough that I may check it out despite my general aversion to digital manga. If it turns out well, I may find this section to be the best new addition to the column, since usually I don't pay as much attention to digital-only licenses.
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Blanchimont



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:30 pm Reply with quote
Nisekoi being a lengthy series I'm a bit worried about Viz dropping it down the road, based on past experiences.
Though I'll probably give benefit of doubt and get it at this point. I am following the scanlations of it so wouldn't affect me that much even if they did, but still...

As for Kagen no Tsuki, a translated version can be found out there.

@Levitz9 About two of the titles you mentioned, Strawberry 100% and I''s, the first one was dropped by Viz during it's run (Viz published 14 volumes, the total manga is 19 volumes), and the other was censored by Viz.


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Alan45
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:38 pm Reply with quote
And here I thought I was the only one to read cereal boxes for lack of anything better.

Good luck with the column. Any idea why it is called "Right Turn Only"??
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BinBouGami1234



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:18 pm Reply with quote
I like how you just have a simple review as opposed to the for and against, but I like rating systems. Still, I think that this is an improvement.
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lys



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:26 pm Reply with quote
"Right Turn Only" is based on the right-to-left reading direction of Japanese manga, isn't it? I usually forgot and have to think about it for a minute though.

Rebecca, I'm so glad you've revived this column! I really enjoy your manga reviews, and I'm excited about what you're doing with the shorter-per-book format. And as another fan of random old books no one's thought of in a hundred years, I appreciate how your approach to manga mixes both a literary and a pop-culture perspective :D
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Princess_Irene



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:45 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I'm glad you're enjoying the new incarnation of the column.

Touma, I'm guessing Prospector is a statewide search? If you can't get it that way, your local library can also probably access Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - I use that a lot.

Lys: another fan of elderly books! I've been reading the Ruth Fielding series (circa 1913) and just found a section where the typesetter got the order of the lines reversed. It felt like treasure. Smile
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Snootymatt



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:47 pm Reply with quote
Really glad RTO is back!

I love your reviews Rebecca particularly your Higurashi/Umineko ones (anymore coming soon?)

Looking back i really liked the For and Against layout of old. Obviously you are fantastic at writing long review as you can go into a lot of detail. But for a short RTO review i feel it works a lot better if you use a For and Against rather than a general review. The For and Against format was worked really well as it gave a structure and forces you to say what did and didn't worked, which is imperative. The danger in doing such a short general review is that you can focus too much on telling the story and end up saying it is generally good/ok without much detail.

Just my two cents and probably only down to personal preference!

Overall i think you did a great job and I'll continue reading all your reviews no matter what!
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zeonozero
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:59 pm Reply with quote
Looking forward to the new RTO column

I don't mind the recommendation system, although I'm not going to lie, I kept looking for a bolded letter after reading the review haha
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WWAanimefan



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:31 pm Reply with quote
I love what you have done with the column. Quite informative. Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:54 pm Reply with quote
Adding reviews of digital manga is a great development.
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Snootymatt



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:01 pm Reply with quote
Really glad RTO is back!

I love your reviews Rebecca particularly your Higurashi/Umineko ones (anymore coming soon?)

Looking back i really liked the For and Against layout of old. Obviously you are fantastic at writing long review as you can go into a lot of detail. But for a short RTO review i feel it works a lot better if you use a For and Against rather than a general review. The For and Against format was worked really well as it gave a structure and forces you to say what did and didn't worked, which is imperative. The danger in doing such a short general review is that you can focus too much on telling the story and end up saying it is generally good/ok without much detail.

Just my two cents and probably only down to personal preference!

Overall i think you did a great job and I'll continue reading all your reviews no matter what!
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Faiga_Raisa



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:42 pm Reply with quote
I like the new face of RTO. Will look forward to new columns.
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