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text 2017-05-13 13:56
The Emperor and I - still reading, still enjoying

I love this bit from chapter 13.5 (speech bubbles are read from right to left):

 

 

Kosuke, the guy in the picture, has a crush on Kaho, the series' main character. But all of Kaho's time, energy, and attention is focused on Emperor. This is somehow made even better by the fact that Emperor continues to not be very loving or cuddly. He does seem to have preferences, but they boil down to "everyone but Kosuke" "not Kosuke." Kaho loves Emperor without needing any signs that Emperor loves her in return.

 

Although I did hate the timing of this interlude. Emperor was maybe in danger! I needed to know that he'd be okay! (Don't worry, everything turned out fine. Although I have so many questions about Emperor's existence. Some penguin rules apply to him, but several key things do not.)

 

Oh, and here's a screenshot of Kaho's bird-loving friend lecturing Kosuke on the difference between emperor and king penguins. He had just made the mistake of giving Kaho a toy penguin of the wrong sort! Gasp! (This is from Chapter 16.5.)

 

 

If you can't tell, I recommend this series. :-)

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text 2017-05-12 12:59
The Emperor and I by mato, Chapters 1-6

This is totally going to be my lunchtime reading today. It's strangely soothing.

 

Some notes:

 

- I love that Emperor is just sort of there, this hulking bird that has decided to live with them.

 

- I love Dad. He comes in at Chapter 5, I think, and is initially stunned at the appearance of a penguin in his home while he was away on a business trip. He adjusts quickly.

 

- Chapter 6 has a cat! And mato is just as good at drawing cats as penguins.

 

- I wish tapping on the left side of the screen turned the page (I'm reading on my phone). It looks like only swiping works, though.

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url 2017-05-11 21:18
Read for free - "The Emperor and I" by mato

A family discovers an Emperor penguin in their fridge. The very large penguin decides to stick around and continue being its penguin self.

 

I just read Katherine Dacey's review for this and it sounds weird and fun, so I'll try to remember to give it a shot sometime soon.

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review 2017-02-24 21:42
Manga Review: Kimi ni Todoke From Me to You, Vol 1 by Karuho Shiina
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 - Karuho Shiina

I have never read a manga book before this. It seems surprising, since I watch anime and I’ve always been interested in the stories, but I guess I’ve always thought reading novels would be more satisfying. However, I’m glad I decided to read this one.

 

It’s such a cute story. I finished this book in about three days, even during finals week. I like how the author takes time to really develop the characters and the story. It’s not a fast-paced romance, where both of the main characters instantly fall for each other and can’t live without each other; rather, it’s more real. It’s obvious that they like each other, but they don’t immediately fall in love. Instead, they talk and hang out and get to know each other.

 

Despite the fact that this is paced slower than most stories, I still really enjoyed it. It’s very funny — some parts even had me laugh out loud. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series.

 

All in all, a very good introduction to the manga world.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2303
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review 2017-01-09 19:07
Naruto, Vol. 72: Uzumaki Naruto!! - Masashi Kishimoto

I started watching the Naruto anime years and years ago, but it went on for so long that I was never able to finish, let alone get into Shippuden. Then, Andrew started getting into more anime and manga stuff and agreed to watch the series with me. We just barely made it to the Shippuden anime series before the wonderful Chicago Public Library released the entire manga series on Overdrive. My local branch of the library doesn’t have a lot of manga, so I requested a volume or two once in a while, but didn’t get very far into the manga series, so this release was HUGE. I could read it on my computer and not have to deal with waiting a week for it to ship to my branch. At the same time, Andrew and I cancelled our CrunchyRoll subscription, so we didn’t have access to Shippuden anymore. So, he started reading the manga as well.

 

Without giving spoilers, I’m going to sum up my feelings of the series as a whole — all 72 volumes. It starts off as a bit of a fun story, with Naruto trying to become a ninja and being loudmouthed about how he’s going to be Hokage someday, but quickly takes a bit of a darker turn. They are, after all, ninja and are very often in real danger when they take on their missions. Kishimoto doesn’t hold back when he crafts the story — the battles and dangers are high-stakes and even at 11 years old, the characters fight for their lives. I enjoyed this, because being a ninja would be dangerous, so I appreciated that this series had that level of honesty and genuineness.

 

My favorite parts, however, are the characters. You can tell that Kishimoto loves what he does, because there’s a wonderful playfulness to the characters that drew me in and made me fall in love with them. Each character has their own flaws and personalities, but you see that they are generally good people who care about their friends and their families. They work hard to protect them and when there’s danger, they all come together to fight against it. The series shines when the characters are given a chance to go above and beyond for their comrades, and this series is, in the end, a series about what it means to be friends.

 

Though it’s a long series, I would say it’s worth it. It’s almost bittersweet that we’ve finished it. We spent the better part of the year reading the manga together, talking about new developments and following the characters in their journey. Unlike the anime, which dragged on with filler episodes, the manga is perfect. Some things drag on, but the pacing is overall great for the story. It’s made me laugh out loud and cry, sometimes both at once. And while everything isn’t over-explained in the final volume, all my questions were answered satisfactorily. I loved reading about Naruto’s story and his journey to becoming an adult. There’s a reason why this is such a popular series — it’s really, really good. If anything about it at all interests you even in the slightest, I’d highly recommend getting started on it.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2995
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