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Oumagadoki Doubutsuen Manga Quarterly Review 2

I’m not even»

Gin no Saji Manga Quarterly Review

Gambling is a path to nirvana»

Dr. Frost Manga Quarterly Review

Since I suck at altering coloured images, all the images in this post are unedited. Including blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ok

Blah blah blah»

Oumagadoki Doubutsuen Manga Quarterly Review

(I just upgraded my computer to Windows x64 (because Windows x32 can`t handle 4 gigs of RAM), so now it`s time to REINSTALL EVERYTHING and LOSE ALL OF MY DATA LET`S GO YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH)

Whenever you eat sushi, cute fish-girls die»

RRR Manga Quarterly Review

“He didnt want nothing to happen to Henry Freeman because Henry Freeman was John Freeman saw Combines start to run like monsters to humens and Henry Freeman and saw Henry Freeman and humens run like brave to Combines.”

John Freeman got quiet then dropped wepon and said “I have to kill fast and bullets too slow”»

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Manga Quarterly Review [Completed]

[It’s July 1st! Canada Day! The Birthday of Canada, even! Well, at least as a dominion of Britain…]

“How would you like to have a little… fun tonight?”

And then they played Yu-Gi-Oh»

Buyuden Manga Quarterly Review

Blargh, behold blog’s brand-new blurb – boring book beginning by ‘B’…

But why do so many recent MQRs begin with B?

We may never know. As a good friend of mine used to say to me…

Story after the jump»

Light Wing Manga Quarterly Review

[Announcement: Since I love MQRs, here’s two more: Angel Beats and Sukunai.]


I hate your comment systems. I hate your new site design. I hate your way of posting that uses weird pop-up pictures, fancy captions, and stupid comment integration systems. I hate your complexity and your deprecation of my beloved one-click link-adder (now, I have to MANUALLY TYPE IN THE <a> tags). Why? Because some of us have slow internet, and that means that we have to refresh FIFTY TIMES to see the comment form pop up, and another FIFTY TIMES for that comment to register. Can’t we just have a SIMPLE system? Nobody CARES about being ‘fancy’ or ‘sleek’ or ‘cool’. Look at Windows Vista. Look at Windows XP.

The stupid thing is, I’m the only one who hates you. And I don’t really hate you because your blog system is awesome. But to conclude, I’d just like to say that…

And that’s how the moon was formed»

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Manga Quarterly Review

Here, I’ll give you an excerpt from the Wikipedia article for Methylethanolamine:

“N-Methylethanolamine is an alkanolamine and toxic flammable corrosive colorless viscous liquid. It is the biochemical precursor of choline. With both an anime and an hydroxyl functional groups…

Wait, what»

Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door Manga Quarterly Review

(Heh, I started this post in November…)

It’s like, last spring, my jokes were pretty good (being new to blogging and having like ten thousand jokes under my belt), but after using 9,999, they got bland at around fall. Now, I think they’re better, but SINCE NOBODY COMES HERE I CAN’T TELL ;___;

What an emo post»

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Manga Quarterly Review

[Announcement: since some pictures are rather large, I’ve shrunk them to 768px width; clicking on those pictures will bring you to a full-size version. Thanks.]

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu; a.k.a. ‘the Baka, the Test, and the Long Japanese Name that I Can’t Read, and Also You Just Realized that I Didn’t Actually Translate the Title All that Well’, is about a Baka, a Test, and a Long Japanese Name that I Can’t Read, and Also You Just Realized that I Actually Copied the Title Pretty Well.


Why did I say thanks»

The Great Merchant Kim Manduk Manga Quarterly Review

“How did she know I was gay?!”

“It definitely isn’t because she knows I have a husband!”»

Stardust Memories Manga Quarterly Review [Completed]

[Announcement: New tags! ‘Completely Unedited’ for a post with no edited pictures, ‘Screencap Collection’ for a lazy post with only pictures, ‘Alternate Storyline’ for posts that don’t actually show the real storyline, ‘Laziness’ for SWOT, and ‘Manga Skipped Review’ for…]

When a manga has been already completed (not an animu though), I’ll just skip the plot details and move on to a summary. Just so that, y’know, I won’t have to BLEACH GODDAMMIT

On that note, this has been completed, around seven years ago :V

I guess it’s not a Feeteor

Ranging from eight (well fine, five) to four times eight pages each, Stardust Memories is a collection of 13 short stories, embodied in manga form. Needless to say, the volume of space used for such a pictorialized narrative is far less than that allocated to the traditional short story, making Stardust Memories even more brilliant in scope.

Each short story is completely different from the next, but all of them deal with problems and encounters in scientific advancements and technology (be it the landing of extraterrestrial superheroes to the shipwrecking of human spacecrafts), and their effects on human emotions and morality.

The brilliance of Stardust Memories, similar to many other science fiction short stories, is not in its projections for future inventions, nor its grandiose depictions of human expansion, but in the innate moral consequences a wide range of problems can impose upon individuals.

Unlike most manga of these days, Stardust Memories make you think, like /really/ think, about the world and the human mentality. First released in 1995 by an almost pure-science fiction writer, Hoshino Yukinobu, Stardust Memories will most likely remain an item of thought for decades to come.

At least he’s immortal now

This manga also caused me to have nightmares for a few days – not really at the moral dilemmas but mostly at what the hell that thing I don’t even

Finally, Stardust Memories really needs a re-read. You can’t just read through this once. Exempli gratia, during the 9th chapter (I’ll spoil this, cause it’s only eight pages anyways), people are firing nukes at asteroids that are gonna hit the Earth. Right after one is destroyed, another one appears, causing someone to conjecture that someone may be aiming the asteroids at the Earth. However, the captainreplies with: “Luckily for us, we’ve got a huge stockpile back on Earth.”, ending with the remark “…Could it be? Perhaps the real target of the meteorite is…”

I didn’t get this for some time. Think about that for a while.


Anywho, in conclusion, this really is quite Brilliant. Brilliant execution. Brilliant replay read value. Brilliant undertones, and brilliant writing between the lines.

The one derogative part is in its length. These could be extended to reveal more of the plot, to reveal more of a person to ‘connect’ to. An five-page manga cannot compare to a 20,000 word short story.

Nevertheless, as I have iterated numerous times, I would definitely recommend this. Stardust Memories, in all aspects, really is quite…

Overall Rating: 7/10 (Brilliant)

(still, nightmares!)

Tower of God Manga Quarterly Review

…You must hug a hundred of these.

Note how this isn’t an anime post – I ONLY HAVE TWO MORE FALL SEASON HALF SEASON REVIEWS LEFT (and Shiki/tl;dw but those don’t matter)!

So this guy, Twenty-Fifth Baam, is stalking this girl, Lahel, when she disappears. Being the expert stalker he is, he decides to disappear as well.

When Baam awakes, he finds that he’s in a strange room. Apparently, it’s in a tower; and you can have anything you want, money, fame, power, wisdom, anything, if you reach the top of the tower.

Three of humanity’s greatest treasures – money, mushrooms, and umbrellas with tongues.

Headon, the wabbit-guardian of the first level, reveals that you have to pass tests to get to the Honour Roll next floor.

And so, Baam’s journey begins – to get to the top of the Tower…

…the Tower of God.

Skip to the bottom if you don’t want spoilers. I’d definitely recommend skipping to the bottom. And reading it, of course.

At a second glance, he doesn’t have eyes, but that’s perfectly normal too!

Unfortunately, he’s a perfectly ordinary person, and all he has is a kitchen knife. His first test is to pop a ball while a giant evil serpent is watching him – easily a level twenty test, not something for newcomers.

Apparently, he’s an irregular – one who got inside the tower without being chosen to (as opposed to regulars). Headon chooses the people to enter the Tower, so he hates irregulars, and decided to assign Baam an impossibly hard test.

However, these two people, Lady Yuri (daughter of Zahard, the king of the Tower) and Guide Evan Edrok, give him a Pocket (basically a Babel Fish, if you’ve read THHGTTG) and a sword, the Black March. Using it, he stabs the giant eel in the mouth and pops the ball after speaking to Black March, who is actually blonde, who he had to speak to because he couldn’t pop the ball himself with the sword and his kitchen knife also broke when he tried to stab it into the ball, and somehow speaking to her allows you to pop more balls. Not in that way.

The ball explodes and he gets teleported to the next level – Evankhell’s Hell. Because all floor names ought to rhyme.

The goal of this floor is to get the number of people down from 400 to 200 – basically, kill 200 people.

So America was a hell after all!

Unfortunately, there a bunch of aliens with eight eyes, sharpshooters with bows, demons with four arms, alligators with spears, albinos with briefcases, and a guy with a gun. Why does he have a gun? Why aren’t everyone else using guns? And airplanes? And y’know, modern stuff? And how does that gun guy not kill everyone? Because y’know most of the time guns are better than bows?


Dunno which planet you came from, but o’er here in Canadia candy ain’t shaped like that

Anyways, Baam, Rak Wreckraiser (the alligator with the spear), and Koon Agero Agnis, this blue-white guy with a briefcase are fighting each other, and the three people below are also fighting when suddenly THE TEST ENDS

FINALLY someone with a NORMAL reaction! (he doesn’t fight)

The next part is to make a team of three (Naruto-style) within five minutes – putting Baam, Rak, and Koon together, as well as Ship Leesoo, Hatsu, and Anak (the normal person, crazy guy, and crazy lizard). We don’t care about anyone else ’cause they’re not worth caring about.

Sometimes, ya just have ta lean back and enjoy the artist’s artistic capabilities…

Lero-ro, the Ranker of the test, shows up – he’s climbed to the top of the tower and was given a ‘rank’, just like Yuri and Evan.

He uses ‘Shinsoo’ to blow everyone back. The explanation’s complicated – let’s just pretend it’s reiatsu then, shall we (because all spiritual energy is the same anywho)? :P

He then creates a Shinsoo barrier, and people must walk through it to pass the test.


BUT BAAM WASN’T PUSHED so he doesn’t really need to go through the barrier.

Among those passed is this STUPID WOMAN who almost died, this WEIRD GUY who sleeps in a pillow and blanky all day, and this MONK guy, but they’ll prolly all die within the next chapter.


The next test is complicated, so I’ll skip to the chase:

The goal was to open any door within five minutes, or else you would die. But the examiner doesn’t tell you this – she tells you that if you open the wrong door, you die.

Think of it as Naruto’s test, where anyone who stayed to finish the test passed, even though he didn’t write anything down.


Really, it was quite interesting at the end – Koon thought too much about the hints, and Rak had to gamble to save them; one team was saved by this guy’s faith in god; one team was saved by someone’s own sloth; and only Ship Leesoo managed to figure out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Meanwhile, in another testing district, three people have killed all the rest… (that’s 397 people, btw)

I like it.

Tower of God’s a webtoon/comic, a Korean manhwa; in other words, there are only half dozen (or less; there was one chapter with only three) pages, but each page is super long.

The concept is novel, though I’d like to hear more about where Baam came from.

The art’s great too – it has colour!

I still don’t know how Korean name orders go; anyone willing to help me here?

Gonna end my short shpeal here cause I gotta sleep, but this manhwa is really something I’d recommend you look at, now. Has far more potential than SWOT >_>