Bloody Mary

I just wanna say, this particular manga is the closest thing to a Boy’s Love manga I have ever read that was made by Shojo Beat (SB)  magazine entrants. I won’t say I’m an expert on all things SB, but I have read my fair share and I must say…this plot is cuttin’ it pretty close. I mean, just look at the manga’s cover art! Come on!

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Plot

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Maria is your run-of-the-mill high school student…or is he? Enrolled at a parochial school, Maria, descendant of a very powerful exorcist, must fight vampires who are after his blood every time he leaves campus! He carries a cross that turns into a holy weapon detrimental to creatures of the night. But as luck would have it, one night the vampires get hip to his bluff. Maria doesn’t even know how to use it!

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Meanwhile, Mary a.k.a. “Bloody Mary” is a vampire who seeks his own demise religiously and quite literally has a death wish. He hates his lust for blood.

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But Mary is special, in that he’s not like other vampires. He is not susceptible to many of the perils that afflict vampires. He can walk in sunlight, his reflection shows in mirrors, etc. Mary is almost normal…or can at least pass for normal.

For centuries, Mary has searched for Maria’s descendant in order to die, only to find him and realize he has no powers of exorcism!

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Thus a pact was formed. Due to Maria’s strong desire to live, he enlists Mary’s help in return for eventually granting the vampire’s deepest wish. Mary is to become Maria’s bodyguard and use him as a source of sustenance until Maria learns how to use his ancestral powers and fulfill his promise of death to the tired vamp.

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It’s a great read and Maria’s sadistic streak makes for some hilarious situations! You should totally give this manga a try!

Til’ next time. Toodles!

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House

Perusing my manga collection in search of my muse, I came across a title that I thought to blog about. It’s a cute little manga called “The Demon Prince of Momochi House”!
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The story and art was done by the awesome Aya Shouoto-san. I just want to say, I really love her art style, in a shoujo manga love sort of way, lol.
As most shojo beat manga, the story centers around a young girl who eventually gets mixed up with a group of bishies!
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Plot
Our protagonist, Himari Momochi, ends up inheriting a house on her 16th birthday. However, rumor has it, the house is haunted! Coming from an orphanage, she believes this house will be a new and bright beginning for her, but upon arrival, she sees the place trashed and occupied by handsome squatters!
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Violently showing her ownership of the mansion, she becomes their new landlady, much to their chagrin. What she doesn’t know is, the house is on a barrier between the natural and supernatural world. Though she is meant to be the guardian, the leader of the squatters by the name of Aoi Nanamori, has assumed her role.
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The three beautiful men all try to discourage her presence there (for good reason as you later find out), going so far as to try to scare her away from the mansion! But Himari is one strong and determined chick! In pure shojo fashion, Himari will whip them into shape. These men will find it hard to make Himari give up the only link to her family!
It’s a great read and I totally recommend you pick up your copy at the nearest chain bookstore!
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Ao No Exorcist Gets Second Season!

OMG!! I am so excited about the new Ao no Exorcist season! I am a total Blue Exorcist fan girl and this is like the best thing EVER!
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For those of you who don’t know, Ao no Exorcist is a story revolving around a set of twins. Both are the spawn of Satan, but only one inherited powers from good ol’ dad. And get this, the brothers are adopted by a man of the cloth of all people! Being raised in the beginning of their life by old man Fujimoto, Okumura Rin, the demon twin, and Okumura Yukio, the human twin, began training as exorcists.
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Yukio retains an IQ level bordering on the insane, whereas his poor older twin is left sorely lacking in that regard. Seems like the younger brother stole all of Rin’s intelligence huh?
All throughout the anime, Rin struggles to pass his exorcist classes. Rin grows to be jealous of his brother Yukio who was light years ahead of him academically, already having reached the rank of Middle First Class and well on his way to becoming a Paladin. The younger twin also just so happens to be Rin’s Anti-Demon Pharmacology professor in Cram School! Despite all of the monumental setbacks, Rin strives to become the best exorcist he can be while wrestling with his out-of-control demonic powers.
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Now that’s out of the way, my thoughts on the first two episodes of season two are as follows…
The animation is just as superb as the last season. I see no marked change, which is a really good sign. Not like some other anime titles where the new seasons took on a different style that happened to be worse than the original. The backgrounds are also pretty awesome!
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I think it’s cute that Bon’s family has that distinct Kansai accent. And Bon looks so much better to me without that Mohawk, don’t you agree?
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Shura also gets a lot more screen time this round too! She wasn’t seen as much in the first season, so that is totally awesome!
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It starts out with action almost right off the bat. I had initially thought Rin was going to have become a tad more mature, but sadly, that isn’t really the case. Everyone seems to have a problem with our cute half blood, including his little brother. I hope eventually they get over their personal problems, especially since Rin never really hurt anyone. The second episode starts showing a bit more intrigue in the plot, I can’t wait to see how it goes! I can’t wait for episode two! Until next time guys!
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Bungou Stray Dogs

Hello guys! It’s Tonisenpai again with another super late update! (Ducks rocks thrown by angry fans)…OTL And as for the featured image, I know there’s a watermark on it, but it was one of the best images that gave the whole lineup of characters, names included, to give you a good view of most of the cast. Now, without further ado…
Bungou Stray Dogs has just about ended another wonderful season! I would be remiss if I would not discuss this wonderful anime with you guys, so here goes…
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The manga’s anime adaptation was created by our beloved anime company Bones, the creators of the famed anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Season one starts off with the main character, Nakajima Atsushi, who was an orphan unfortunate enough to be kicked out of the orphanage and onto the streets. Dressed in rags, penniless, and contemplating theft, poor Atsushi-kun wanders along the shores of starvation…or is it the local river?
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In the water, he notices someone casually drowning (how does that work?). At risk to himself and against his better judgment, the orphan boy saves the man, only to find out he a crazed detective with an unhealthy obsession with committing suicide named Dazai Osamu.
Dazai, ever the strange individual, invites the kid to a free meal to be paid (unwillingly) by his partner Kunikida, also from the same agency. During their outing, Dazai informs Atsushi of a dangerous tiger that is wandering the streets, wreaking havoc on the surrounding population and that they are in hot pursuit of the creature.
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This revelation leads to a series of plot twists that reveals the culprit and brings about Atsushi’s eventual induction into the paranormal detective agency.
I really love this anime a lot. Dazai is one of my favorite characters. There are times when he gets serious and his past is shrouded in mystery, but he mostly serves as comic relief for the majority of his screen time. His relationship with Atsushi is the cutest thing, as he is forever protecting his kouhai. Eventually finding out about a price on his head and dodging kidnapping attempts from the Port Mafia, Atsushi needs all the protection he can get!
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Atsushi’s personality fits right in with the weirdos at the agency, what with his penchant for degrading himself and finding everything about himself worthless. But despite their strangeness, they are a close-knit group and act like a family.
The fights are epic, the artwork is beautiful, the music is awesome and the plot twists will throw you for a loop (they sure did for me)! I guarantee you’ll love it if you haven’t seen it already. I can’t wait for it to be translated over and buy the DVD set! I recommend both seasons for your viewing pleasure! Until next time!
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