Sunday, August 30, 2009

I stumble upon this very interesting manga series last week in
It is entitled Fly High. First things first, The Plot. Fly High is about a 12 year old girl named Meru Tachibana. She is really not a girl all her life. Confusing? Well, she is raised by her father since she was months old until she was 12 thinking that she is a boy! Her father is a skilled combater so he wants his “son” t be as skilled as him so he trains him to the mountain. Until Meru told him that she is classified as a girl in their Medical Check up in school so he returned her to her mother. Meru’s mother is so angry about this fact that her father suddenly “abducted” her when she was still a baby thinking that she is a boy. Now,
Meru’s mother wants her to become a normal girl and wants her to restrain her supernatural strength she acquired. She must absolutely not show her true strength in people and must live as a young normal girl in her new school. However, she met this group of students who “rules” the entire school. Imposing fear on all of the student. At first she decided to play along the flow but when her best friend screwed by this group, she decided to battle it out with them…

When I first read the plot, I said, Ok, let’s give this a try. And it did not disappoint me. What I like about it is that it shows that even girls can kick butt! And the fact that she is striving hard for her friends to be free from this group’s “oppression”. Personally, I want to be someone like Meru, physically strong but still have a soft heart. The love story part in shown between her and Riku – a foreign student who is a super genius. Their story is still not that clear on the first chapters of the series but there are some parts that is really exciting. It is still an ongoing manga so I’m super excited on what’s gonna happen next. I recommend this manga especially to the girls and hope you enjoy reading it.

So for me, Fly High is rated: “thumbs up!”


Sunday, August 23, 2009

In shojo manga world, one of the most famous series as of today is shugo chara! Shugo Chara is a story of the life of an elementary student, Hinamori Amu. She is known as a cool and distant girl in their school. The way she dress and act is like a cool girl as well. She is portrayed by many who comes from a good family and has a very prominent life that many see as a reflection of her style. In reality, Amu is actually a very shy girl who doesn’t know how to express her true feelings. She is often discomforted about what the people around her, especially in school, think of her. Until one night,
after reflecting these issues on her real self, she sincerely prayed and wish from the bottom of her heart that she would have the courage to how her real self. Waking up in the morning, she saw three eggs in her room. After some time, the eggs hatched and came out three “Guardian Characters”. These Guardians will help Amu to become her real self as the time passes.
But having three Guardian made a fuss on their world. She was first chase by Ikuto Tsukiyomi believing that her Guardians were the legendary Embryo that is believed to grant any wish for anyone who possesses it. She was then ‘hired’ by the student council on their school who actually have their own Guardians which the students doesn’t know. She was placed as a “Joker” together with the King, Queen, Jack, and Ace of the student council. She as a very special task that only she can do among the other members which is to heal all X Eggs with X Guardians. These are the Guardians of other children that was infected by their negative feelings.

With her Guardians, she can actually transform to these Characters. Ran is her first hatched egg – the one with pink-colored shell and Amu becomes Amulet Heart during the transformation. Ran represents her longing to be honest, confident, and athletic. Ran has a very energetic personality and oftens cheers Amu together with her pom-poms. Her second Guardian to hatch is Miki – the one with blue-colored shell and Amu becomes Amulet Spade during the transformation. Miki symbolizes Amu’s wish to become more level headed, sharp, and artistic. Her third Guardian to hatch is Su – the one with green-colored shell and Amu becomes Amulet Clover during the transformation. Su represents Amu’s desire to be more caring, sensitive, and develop her household skills. Later on in the series it was revealed that she created a 4th Guradian Character called Dia. Dia represents Amu’s yearning to shine and to be noticed by ither people. Together, they become Amulet Diamond during the transformation.

Shugo Chara! for me is like a counter part of Card Captor Sakura. It portrays the struggle of every child in the modern world and is a very good story for children. If you have a child, I suggest you let your child read this manga or watch its anime. It truly is a manga for children. Good characters as well as the bad one are portrayed in the series and is a good eye opener for children. If you are a child, I suggest you read this manga. And if you are an adult, well, it wouldn’t be so bad to go back to our childhood times right?

For me, Shugo Chara! is rated: “thumbs up!”


Saturday, August 8, 2009

One of the most famous, most action-pack, hottest, and one of the greatest manga and as well as anime today is Naruto. Naruto is neck-to-neck with Bleach in terms of popularity and reigning king of shonen manga series in the manga world. Naruto, as the title suggest is the protagonist of the story. In the beginning of the story, Naruto is a student of a Ninja Academy in there town called Konohagakure. His ultimate dream is to become the next Hokage of their town. A Hokage is the leader of the said town, and of course a very good and on of the best ninjas on all town. At his training of becoming a ninja,

he befriends his teammates Uchiha Sasuke and Haruno Sakura. Naruto is portrayed as a lively young boy that is quite dumb and always gets into trouble. Later on, it was revealed that he actually conceals a very powerful nine-tailed demon fox on his body. This is the reason why naruto has a such a powerful shakra on him. He considers Sasuke as his rival because Sasuke is a genius student ninja and has a promising future than Naruto. But later on, thing begun to go upside down.
This manga series is still on going. I won’t go into the juicy stuff of this series because it would be much of a spoiler. I want to introduce this manga because I consider this as one of Manga World’s pride. It really has an amazing plot and keeps the excitement alive. I for one am a fan of this series. If I were to choose between Bleach and Naruto, no doubt, I would choose Naruto. No offense for the Bleach fans but Naruto for me is much more… exhilarating! I highly and absolutely recommend this manga for anyone who is planning to read a new manga. And for any of you who is also reading this, well, “appear!”. :)
*For online manga, links are located on the left side of this blog*

So, for me, Naruto is rated: double thumbs up! with compliments in between. :)