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review 2017-12-20 16:18
Wedding Peach Vol 1 by Nao Yazawa
Wedding Peach, Vol. 1 - Sukehiro Tomita

In terms of story and originality, this might not be the best take on the magic girl genre, but I still really love this series.

It is a highly nostalgic manga series for me. It is super ridicules, I'll admit. Momoko accepts that she is a magical girl too easily and automatically knows how to fight, and all her magic spell catch phrases, but we can argue that it is destiny and of course she would know all this.

Princess Peach has all the magical girl stereotypes. All the girls are swoon/crazy in love with the sports stars, trying to give them bento boxes, the main character Momoko has a love/hate relationship with a guy who is highly likely to be her love interest. It is super obvious.

Our lovely newly turned magical girl goes through the whole "I like him, no but I can't, he's rude and mean, but deep down he has a heart of gold" thing with this guy. It's so cheesy, and overdone, but I can't help but still like this and think overall it is very cute, makes me feel like a giggly teenager again.

I want to point out that in a lot of stories the love interest like this are usually just jerks/mean, maybe even abusive and that is seen as dark and brooding, romanticized, but the boy in this manga isn't really a bad person, and I don't believe their budding relationship is toxic or problematic. Some people take the "boys are mean because they like me" thing way over the top in real life and in stories as well; I don't feel like this one was over the top, just judging from the first volume, at least.

I've heard people say it is a rip off of Sailor Moon, but I have a feeling people think that of a lot of magical girl manga. Whether or not it is a rip off, I'm not bothered by it.

This volume had sweet moments, moments where I was like "oh, that's cute," but there were also a couple moments where my heart was touched. Maybe I am too sentimental?

It is cliche, of course. People are going to either love it or hate it.

P.S I really want my own Jama P pet.


"Miss Peach! Much Happy!"

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text 2016-12-12 20:59
A Most Magical Girl - Karen Foxlee I absolutely loved 95% of this book–the characters! the historical details! the sense of landscape and setting! all the bits about learning to be who you really are! It’s thoughtful and sharp and lovely. However, I also have some questions about the way Kitty was portrayed, which seemed to use the Victorian trope of the pure, wild orphan child without pushing back much at the social problems that create that condition.
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review 2016-09-22 21:24
Winning love by daylight.....
Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra - Kevin Panetta,Paulina Ganucheau
Pretty good and pretty fun.

It's pretty much, what happens after you stop saving the world and then realize you have to do it again.

My only dislike was the vernacular but that probably has more to do with my age than anything else.

The art was great and if you're a fan of Sailor Moon or any other Magical Girl manga/anime, you'll dig this one too.


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review 2015-04-19 16:28
Aptly Titled
Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 1 - Kentaro Sato

This is pretty easy.  It's mahou-shojo with the Rage Virus.


Take one part Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura, and every other magical girl franchise out there and add to it one part Battle Royale and two parts High School of the Dead.  It's 100% typical of the genre, yet the bizarre elements that make up this comic lend it novelty.


With the references to Battle Royale and HS of the Dead, yes, it is completely gruesome.  About 10 pages into the book a teacher's head explodes.  Even before that though the cruelty of the student body (ala Battle Royale) is being paraded in front of readers. In this world, it's not only the undead magical girls that endanger our heroes.  Oh, yeah and just like HS of the Dead and Battle Royale there's no shortage of panty shots and physics defying boobs, not to mention just gross stuff, like puke, blood and urine, all which make an appearance here.


We start out with our typical high school guy, Kii.  He's bored with his day in day out existence, he smiles in front of friends and teachers, but is filled with dull longing for something more.  He witnesses his former elementary school friend, a petite girl, getting hazed by a couple bullies in the toilets, but decides not to intervene since he doesn't need the inconvenience.  Typical school day.


Until he watches the gym teacher get his head blown off at the school gates.  Suddenly the whole school is thrown into chaos as students are first blown to bits, strewn across the floor with eyeballs, limbs and guts decorating the classrooms and hallways.  A girl with curly blonde pigtails and a lolita dress is wielding some sort of magic wand that blows holes in people.  "Magical..." she says as she wrecks havoc.  


Then the other students, even with their missing limbs and torsos start getting up.  They are now Magical Girl Zombies and out for blood.  Suddenly it's him and a few others (including his elementary school friend) trying to escape the school and realizing that the entire city (or whole of Japan who knows) is being attacked by swarms of deadly, undead, unkillable magical girls.  Girls with buns in their hair, magical weapons and adorable outfits are raining down through a pentacle in the sky.  That's right, a pentacle in the sky.


Where to go during a magical girl apocalypse?  The mall of course.


If you liked High School of the Dead or Battle Royale, you'd probably like this too.  If you love Sailor Moon and other cute things, this may not be your cup of tea.

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photo 2013-10-05 02:40
RISEN (Dark Victorian, Vol. 1) - Elizabeth Watasin
The Dark Victorian: Bones - Elizabeth Watasin
Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread - Elizabeth Watasin,JoSelle Vanderhooft
Charm School #2 Magical Witch Girl Bunny - Elizabeth Watasin
Latest event banner with Artifice and Jim Dastard :)

Things: Approved the new Dark Victorian event banner last night, 'n it's being shipped to me already. :-0 I am pretty pleased with myself with coming up with this nice image of Artifice and Jim---pleased enough that I'm thinking (as long as I don't wreck it, I hope!), of taking this lovely 3x7ft banner stand all the way to Phoenix Comic-Con 2014 in June. wooo!


And when I say 'wreck it', it's a retractable banner, and if not handled carefully I could jam it. Or fall on it, or it can fall on me, or I can accidentally kick a hole in it during the tizzy that is maintaining a table at a media convention. Event hijinks!


Regarding Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread's paper book, that needs a 2nd proof---interior illustrations (and the story itself) look excellent, the over-saturation on the colour cover, not so much (arrgh). Too much use of a percentage of 'dark' made the printer machine go 'whoopee!' and dump black into everything. But I've adjusted all such dark areas to lighter percentages on the cover file and have re-submitted. If my magicks work, 'twill be ready for Comikaze Expo, SOON.

Am behind on stuff I was planning before foot breakage and medications: a third promo card with Elle Black. I'll try and do that, and also get Charm School #1 and 2 issues ready for the digital formatter. Would a print version be ready by holidays? I would think so (scratches head). If I'd done this before (put together an actual graphic novellette), I'd know if this were a no-brainer or not. What is nice is seeing how great the POD printers can handle interior b/w artwork. Then it's just up to me to layout a graphic novel competently.

I'm not talking about the Charm School omnibus, but the series of 48pp volumes (1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc), that would lead up to the omnibus. I'm doing this more for giving new readers an entry point and letting people fill in ye olde floppy comics set (originally published with SLG Publishing).


And then of course, I must return my attention to the manuscripts, Poison Garden: An Elle Black Penny Dread is still hovering at whatever word count it was last, and Dark Victorian: Everlife needs setting up.


Events! (!!!) Doing Duarte Festival of Authors with the lovely Kate Danley tomorrow (!), then Comikaze Expo, first week of Nov with (TBA---I know who it is, but she hasn't said publicly yet ;) ), and Long Beach Comic-Con a week before Thanksgiving week with the most excellent children's illustrator and soon to have her own title published, Kim Dwinell, and my last event for the year, Loscon 2013, which I may actually appear as Just Me at my table, but I'm rather digging sharing my space with fellow writers and creators, it gives me a bathroom break! ;)


A Happy Fall to all~~~^v^



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