Oton

July 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , )

Japanese: おとん
English: Oton (Or, Father)
Author: 猿渡哲也 Saruwatari Tetsuya
Amazon JP: Volume 1

Description:

Oton is a volume of shorts by Saruwatari Tetsuya that tell the story of Miyazawa Seiko, the father of the main character Kiichi in Tough. There are four short stories in here and the first three are about Miyazawa Seiko. The fourth is about Kiryu, another character from Tough. Manliness and badassery abound, be prepared for some good old face-punching and references to actual events in the real world in a way that only Saruwatari Tetsuya can deliver.

Review:

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Blaster Knuckle

July 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , )

Japanese: ブラス・ナックル
English: Blaster Knuckle
Author: 技来静也 Wazarai Shizuya
Amazon JP: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

Description:

Take yourself back to the 1880s where the KKK is thriving and the African American community lives in fear. The African Americans don’t fear the KKK simply because they beat, rape, and kill them. No. They fear the KKK because the KKK eats them. They are the aptly named man-eaters, a kind of mix between werewolves and vampires. They consume human flesh, can shapeshift into various forms, and are practically immortal. Only one man, an ex-heavyweight boxer named Victor Freeman, dares to stand up to them. Equipped with a small arsenal and a set of modified brass knuckles, can our hero defend his people and avenge his past?

Review:

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Boichi Shorts

July 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , , , , )

It is high time I posted here again, and it is high time I talked about Boichi. Honestly, he is one of my favorite authors in the world of manga. Like, actual favorite. Not, holy-fuck-he-draws-people-with-their-heads-being-blown-up favorites. I know my little corner of the internet here won’t get him too much publicity, but I will give him everything I can.

Boichi is mostly a one shot author, though he does have an ongoing series in Young King OURS called Sun-Ken Rock. I have yet to sample it, but the artwork looks excellent and well up to Boichi standards.

Speaking of that, if you’ve never seen any of Boichi’s work here are a few pages to wet the proverbial whistles.

I’ll start off with his weakest but by no means bad short.

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Original! Reinforced Urayasu Family v01

March 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm (Gag, Review, Shounen) (, , , , , )

Original! Reinforced Urayasu Family v01 Cover

Japanese: 元祖!浦安鉄筋家族 (Ganso! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku)
English: Original! Reinforced Urayasu Family
Author: 浜岡賢次 HAMAOKA Kenji
Amazon: Japanese

Description:

Ohsawagi Kotetsu and friend Doitsu Jin, as well as all of their friends and family from Reinforced Urayasu Family are back for even more trouble in this sequel. Jin, Kotetsu, and the rest of the kids are moving into the 3rd grade, and they’ve got a new teacher who’s willing to beat them in line. Be prepared for some insane antics, fecal matter, fart jokes, fat kid battles, and much, much more zany fun.

Review:

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The Wicked Eye Flies to the New Moon

March 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , , , )

The Wicked Eye Flies to the New Moon cover

Japanese: 邪眼は月輪に飛ぶ (Jagan ha Gachirin ni Tobu)
English: The Wicked Eye Flies to the New Moon
Author: 藤田和日郎 FUJITA Kazuhiro
Amazon: Japanese

Description:

The mountain gods have sent down a punishment to the people of Japan. An owl by the name of Minerva. All who fall under this owl’s gaze die, their eyes spurting out blood. One man stood up to the owl, a famous hunter by the name of Uhei, however just as he was about to loose the finishing bullet, he was interrupted by the American army taking the owl into their care for study.

Thirteen years later, an American warship crashes into a Tokyo harbor, and all the men on board are dead, their eyes bleeding. The owl has been freed, and it now rampages throughout Tokyo, killing at random and in mass amounts. The American government has decided that only Uhei can help them. So they send the Delta Force and CIA out to see just how the bird can be brought down…

Review:

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Companion v02

February 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , , , )

Companion v02 cover

Japanese: ツレビト (Tsurebito)
English: Companion
Author: 吉富昭仁 YOSHITOMI Akihito
Amazon: Japanese

Description:

The story of Companion follows a high school girl, Mako, into the afterlife. To be more precise, the space between life and death. Mako finds that there’s more to being dead than simply going straight to heaven. There are people who must take you from death to the gate that leads to the afterlife. They are Companions.

Review:

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Companion v01

February 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm (Review, Seinen) (, , , , , )

Companion v01 Cover

Japanese: ツレビト (Tsurebito)
English: Companion
Author: 吉富昭仁 YOSHITOMI Akihito
Amazon: Japanese

Description:

The story of Companion follows a high school girl, Mako, into the afterlife. To be more precise, the space between life and death. Mako finds that there’s more to being dead than simply going straight to heaven. There are people who must take you from death to the gate that leads to the afterlife. They are Companions.

Review:

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MANga of Taste

February 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm (General)

Welcome to MANga of Taste. Zindryr’s premier manga review site! Well, at the very least it will be a manga review site at some point. After I’ve put a little effort into it and actually worked out a format and etc, and etc, and etc. But whatever.

I wrote a lot about what I hope this site will be in the About page found in the right hand menu, so, go there.

The short of it is, I’ll be posting reviews about generally unknown manga here on this blog to try to spread the word and see if I can’t get them some more attention. I’ll be hopefully posting daily updates for the first week or more to try to catch up to the series that I’ve already read, and then I’ll try to be on a more weekly schedule. I imagine the weekly posts will be nice and long, so prepare for that.

Whenever I make it to the weekly posts anyway.

I should be posting up my first review very soon here. Looking forward to hearing what people have to say about it.

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