Posted in: Manga Reviews

Manga Review: Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband, 極主夫道

Aight, so listen to this idea!

YAKUZA AND WE ADD AN APRON ON IT.

Yes, that’s what I thought as well but, this bad boy can fit in so much cliche jokes and it is worth to detox from the amazingly too serious world around us.

Yup that’s him, the Yakuza who became a househusband. I kinda want to be a househusband if anyone is offering?

Anyway back to the review, this won’t be in-depth as it is a light manga, and by that, I mean something with a ridiculous plot only made to pull out some laughs.

So in short this yakuza turned into a househusband and is doing all the household chores, shopping, and so on in his special yakuza style.

To add to this peaceful scenery, we add a roomba, a cat, anime fan wife, and friendly old neighbor ladies who take him places. Be warned if you are into this kind of humor you will enjoy it.

Selling Point of the Manga:

Simple laughs and simple life of a former yakuza member. Nice artwork with a lot of enjoyment, something that will relax you and take you in the dark world of the former yakuza, now househusband.  Why would I recommend this manga?

Why wouldn’t you recommend someone to laugh?

Simplistic plot, with interesting character design, something that is kinda a stereotype in Japanese culture (about yakuza), mixed in with the most common household chores that go crazy wrong. If you would love to just relax for a bit and have a laugh this might be the manga for you.

Posted in: Manga Reviews

Manga Review: Shuumatsu no Walkure – Shuumatsu no Walküre – 終末のワルキューレ

Fresh emotions swirl through my head as I am writing the first manga review on my new blog. What an astonishing read this story was so far and I can’t wait for its continuation.

Right now I finished 35 chapters and I must say, after The God Of High School, I thought it would be long before I find a manga so connected with history and mythology, a fusion, no a battel between the perfection and humanity.

With plain yet well-known characters(at least to history buffs like myself), with a plot that’s as basic as your average kindergarten drawing (and please do leave your hate in the comments to explain to me the unique and never seen before the plot of gods fighting humans for humanities survival), this manga managed to get me addicted.

The artwork is basically perfect for me, I love the serious design, in some way it the shadowing and kind of darkish feel around the images reminds me of Conan the Barbarian from my youth, but not so explicit, at least when it comes to nudity.

To think that this would be the first manga I review on this channel, as a huge fan of romance and slice of life, this was a surprise to me too. But here goes nothing. I will try not to spoil things, and I will try to pour all my heart into this review, like the many others I will write and post on this blog.

Maybe I am too harsh on the plot, it isn’t like it’s the most unique one, but the characters are really well written. The snippets of backstories that we get from them are enough to make a nice connection between us and the characters.  It’s not all black and white (even tho it is mostly black and white manga).

Story:

As sad, pretty simple, the gods want to destroy humanity, they decide upon that every 1000 years if they will kill off everyone or let humans do whatever humans do. This time it is a bit different as one of the Valkyries managed to convince Zeus to have a Ragnarok to decide humanity’s fate. Pretty much the bored gods thought it would be fun so they were like
“Fine, we’ll kill them in a ring.”.

I won’t spoil more but just so you know there is a list out anyway so here it goes:

 

With so many cultures and mythologies around the world, I am a bit saddened that not all can be represented. As we see the Slavs, the celts, the Mayans are left out when it comes to the gods side of the team, but we got some representatives on the human side.

 

Characters:

It is a more battle focused manga so don’t expect to cry or something, you’ll just feel a lot of raw emotions of fighting, not really my thing, but I do enjoy this one a lot.

What they lack in plot, they do make up with short backstories that sort of cover the things we want to know, but as always in seinen mangas, the story is second to the art and fighting scenes. I think if you’d make an anime out of this it would be hard work for the animators to cover everything.  Just look at The God Of High School, that turned out brilliant, yet it had to cut so much of its story for the fighting scenes.

Anyway, the characters, although not deep, they are relevant, every single one of them has it’s own important part. But again IT IS A SEINEN MANGA, WITH FIGHTING BEING ITS THEME SO DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH.

 

Artwork:

 

Must I say more to this? I mean look at the details, look at the power of this scene! It’s truly amazing what some people can do, I wish I was able to draw like that. Maybe one day I will.

 

 

Summary:

Love fighting? Do you like to watch “What if” alternative history videos on youtube? Wanna see your favorite gods fight your favorite historical person? Is rap battle of histories not enough for you?

Yeah, read this manga. If you want something lovely-dovely like me most of the time, wait for my next review.

All in all, it is a fun read, that might, in the end, have a twist to all of it, dunno why, but I sense there is something hidden. It is a great fighting manga, and I would recommend it to any fan of fighting and history mangas.

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Posted in: Book Reviews

Book Review: The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl

It’s Book Review Friday and we have a special one on our list for today.

What is it that makes this book special you ask?
Well, it’s a heartwarming book that will bring laughter to adults and children alike. It is indeed a book for kids, but it has a few deep messages hidden within it.  Roald Dahl wrote many interesting books for kids, but to be frank I find this one the most interesting.

This story begins one night, just as Sophie a little orphan girl watches the stars before her sleep. She tries to fall asleep in her cold bed, but the moon shines bright through her open curtains making it hard for the tired Sophie to fall asleep. The scared Sophie gets up and without making a noise she ties to close them, only to catch a shadowy colossal figure with huge ears, who appears to be holding a suitcase and a weird trumpet. She would never assume that this creature would bring a change in her life she never dreamed of. And the story starts, we are following their journey in this magical world of giants and humans.

It may be hard, although not impossible, not to fall for the lovable giant who speaks in a strange uneducated yet very amusing way or for kindness. You can just sink in and understand him even if he speaks like a broken machine.

My favorite part about this book would be through the humor, the brilliant range of jokes and gags that happen throughout the book. Things easily get out of hand during the humorous discussions between the BFG and Sophie, the little girl who saw him one night. The story follows her and BFG through their adventure to stop the other giants from harming humans, or as the BFG refers to them “human beans”.

One such misunderstanding is the following :

  “I’m not sure I quite know what that means,” Sophie said.

“Meanings is not important,” said the BFG.
“I can’t be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.”

The book is filled with language jokes like those that would make most of us giggle while reading them. It’s also fascinating that the story has some dark elements to it, which are represented by the evil giants. There is also a great discussion about the human race and murder between them, take a read if you would like if not just skip it:

“Giants isn’t eating each other either, the BFG said. Nor is giants killing each other. Giants is not very lovely, but they is not killing each other. Nor is crockadowndillies killing other crockadowndillies. Nor is pussy-cats killing pussy-cats.

‘They kill mice,’ Sophie said.

‘Ah, but they is not killing their own kind,’ the BFG said. ‘Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind.’

‘Don’t poisonous snakes kill each other?’ Sophie asked. She was searching desperately for another creature that behaved as badly as the human.

‘Even poisnowse snakes is never killing each other,’ the BFG said. ‘Nor is the most fearsome creatures like tigers and rhinostossterisses. None of them is ever killing their own kind. Has you ever thought about that?’

Sophie kept silent.

‘I is not understanding human beans at all,’ the BFG said.’ You is a human bean and you is saying it is grizzling and horrigust for giants to be eating human beans. Right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘But human beans is squishing each other all the time,’ the BFG said. ‘They is shootling guns and going up in
aerioplanes to drop their bombs on each other’s heads every week. Human beans is always killing other human beans.’

He was right. Of course he was right and Sophie knew it. She was beginning to wonder whether humans were actually any better than giants. ‘Even so,’ she said, defending her own race, I’ think it’s rotten that those foul giants should go off every night to eat humans. Humans have never done them any harm.’

‘That is what the little piggy-wig is saying every day,’ the BFG answered. ‘He is saying, “I has never done any harm to the human bean so why should he be eating me?'”

‘Oh dear,’ Sophie said.

‘The human beans is making rules to suit themselves,’ the BFG went on. ‘But the rules they is making do not suit the little piggy-wiggies. Am I right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘Giants is also making rules. Their rules is not suiting the human beans. Everybody is making his own rules to suit himself.”

The thing that fascinated me the most about the character BFG is that he is a monster amongst everyone. Like a giant he is feared by humans, as a none human-eating giant he is mocked and hated by the other giants, so he is a soul between two worlds where no one likes him that much. Left out of everything would be the right term to describe him, which is, I am sure, not the best situation to find oneself in. I wouldn’t wish that for my worst enemy since this is one of the hardest things to go through, feeling alone but not being alone.
Yet this book, this books message is to not judge a book by its cover. As scary as or as strange someone may look you may never know what he/she or it is actually like before you get to know them.