Manga Monday: Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji

Hey all, I’m back with my first Manga Monday in a while, and it’s a Quick Review for a really old series. It’s Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji!

Plot Synopsis: The series takes place in the (then) futuristic year 1999. Professor Amamori discovers a 10th planet in the Earth’s solar system, which he names La-Metal, while at his observatory in Tokyo. Its diameter is 9 times that of Earth. Amamori notes the planet has a highly eccentric orbit and, as it emerges behind the distant Pluto, Amamori realizes that La-Metal is on a collision course with Earth. He calculates that the planet will impact Earth on 9 September 1999, at 9 o’clock, 9 minutes and 9 seconds.

Plot: So yea this series was written way back in 1980, and was serialized in an actual newspaper (rather than a magazine). It’s definitely one of the earliest series out there, but it’s related to the authors previous work Captain Harlock.

Characters: Yayoi, our heroine, is an incredibly mysterious girl, who just happens to know things for reasons even she doesn’t know. Hajime, the male lead, on the other hand is a spunky kid who has a huge interest in anything related to space.  The rest of the cast is very eccentric as well, although that might just be me projecting onto them because of the artwork.

Artwork: Speaking of which, the artwork is definitely some of the earliest I’ve seen, and frankly I was a bit appalled at how off the art was until I learned that this originally ran in two different newspapers, instead of a magazine like most series do today. This means that the lack of detail you see in these chapters is totally intentional to save ink. It also leads to some really hilarious art. Characters look like totally deformed monsters sometimes.

Overall: This is worth a read, if you can get over the sometimes awkward looking artwork.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Seinen Series, Mystery, Early Manga.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Sensate Saturday: Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun!

Plot Synopsis: Class-president Teshigawara Sakura tries to get the new transfer student Samon Shosuke  to join a club or found his own as he is always alone in class. He got off the wrong foot with the class after claiming that his favorite Hobby was “summoning Demons”. Samon becomes interested in her after he learns of her being a “good person” including her image as an Angel. So he invites her to the roof to talk about something. Thinking he is about to confess his love she gets excited. At least at first….

Plot: The plot was fairly interesting, I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be so interesting before reading this first chapter. Hopefully we get to see lots more comedic action as the series progresses.

Characters: The lead pair are both fairly interesting, with Teshigawara being the epitome of a goody goody two-shoes, and Samon being pretty apathetic and uncaring towards the world as a whole. I hope to see them both grow as the series goes on.

Art: The art wasn’t quite as detailed as I was expecting from a Shueisha publication, not that it was bad it’s just the art style wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

Overall: I’m interested to see if this gets better, or if it just continues the same antics without really going anywhere. Hopefully it’ll be the former, because if it’s the latter I’ll probably stop reading it.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Action, School Life, Fantasy, Magic, Great Lead Characters, Interesting Plot, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

TNT: Qidian International

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m going to voice my thoughts on the new venture by Qidian. It’s all about Qidian International!

Qidian International?: Yes, the Chinese Web Novel publishing website launched an English Website with a bunch of their novels free to read. It’s pretty amazing and is a huge benefit to the community, although there are some problems.

Problems?: Well for one some of the translators aren’t keeping to their posted schedules, which is disappointing, but doubly so since it’s now on an official website by the Chinese Publisher. Also the website itself has some major flaws in my opinion. While you can log in, and currently this feature is behind an invitation code that is randomly being given out. and track what chapter you were on, the chapters themselves are all on an infinite (read: a single page that gets longer as you scroll down) page. Each chapter isn’t in their own distinct and separate page, which is a major disservice to everyone.

Why is it a disservice?: Well if you are like me and read on an older tablet or phone, you probably experience your browser app crashing every once in a while. Sure the Log In and Track feature is nice, but for those of us who don’t want the hassle of keeping logged in when the browser app might crash and automatically log you back out, it’s a pain in the butt. Frankly I’d love to continue reading the series that moved to Qidian International, but until they implement a single page for each chapter with links to previous and next chapters at the bottom and top of the page, I’ll have to avoid using the website.  Hopefully this happens soon. If you are like me and want this feature please send them a suggestion to their email suggestion@qidian.com!

That’s it for this Translation Necessary Thursday!

Video Game Tuesday: That Berseria Scene

Hey all I’m back, and I’ve got the promised discussion that I talked about in my Berseria review. It’s all about That Berseria Scene. Major Spoilers after the jump, so proceed at your own risk. It will ruin the game for you if you haven’t gotten significantly deep into the story.

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Launch Imminent

Hey all, I’ve finally gotten my new computer, however due to my old computer being a 2008 Mac Pro (I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did) I’m having to wait on some specific cables to get my data off the computer. Because some of that stuff is stuff I’d rather not redo, or replace unless I absolutely have to, I’m not going to be resuming my writing until I get my data off the computer.  As for my Game and Book reviews, I’m waiting till the end of Pesach (Passover) because I have a free source for Microsoft Office, but said source is observing Pesach and I’m going to give them that time.

I also injured my right hand index finger while on the way to the local grocery store.  I was trying to open a gate whose lock was broken, and I cut open a chunk of skin on the finger pad. It’s not terrible I only got a bit of skin layers and there probably won’t be any permanent issues, but I’m currently typing without using said finger. It’s highly inconvenient and I’d like to give it another week to heal. However I anticipate all of these taking only a week. So unless my plan to get data off my Mac Pro fails miserably (and as far as I know it shouldn’t, but you never know) I should be back up and running by next Thursday. I thank you all for the understanding and giving me this time. I hope you all will enjoy reading my content again.

As a final tease, I’ll be give you the names of my next few game and book reviews.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

Snake Eyes (Demon Accords Book 11) by John Conroe

The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox.

As one last question and I’d really like to get any feedback on it via comments, would people mind if I eased back into the writing gig? I have been gone for more than a month and while I could dive straight back into the writing daily posts, I was given advice to take it easy for a while. I’ll probably be doing 3-4 posts a week, hitting Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in one week, the rest of the weekday content in the following week.

Update on Hiatus

Hey all I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog. I finally got my new computer ordered and it’s being shipped soon, however I don’t know when exactly it will arrive this month. I will be back and I hope to do so in the next couple of weeks, but as of right now I can’t give a specific time frame other than it will be by the end of the month at the latest barring any issues that I can’t control, i.e Shipping and the like.  I hope to be back soon with new stuff to cover and I hope you all will be back once I am. In the mean time check out my reviews of books and games at gameindustry.com, there are some great stories there as well.

Temporary Hiatus

Hey all, It’s with great sadness that I must inform you all that I wont be able to write any posts for this blog for a while. My Mac Pro is giving up the ghost after nearly 9 years of use, it freezes constantly and I haven’t been able to fix it thus far. I’ll keep trying of course, but I’ll also be trying to build a completely new computer for myself. Hopefully it will be by the end of March, but it might be a bit into April before I can resume writing these daily blog posts. I’ll try to keep writing some book reviews with my old iPad, but it would be a very frustrating to try to write daily blog posts on that, and the quality wouldn’t meet my standards so I won’t attempt to do so.

If you have want to see some writing in the mean time, my game and book reviews on gameindustry.com will be going up still, I have a few in the queue and they should be going up in the next few weeks. The book reviews will only be for print and ebooks however as I can’t load any audiobooks without my computer functioning properly.

So until I get back to writing the daily blog posts I ask for your forgiveness and I hope to have you all come back in the near future to continue enjoy my columns. Thanks for your understanding!