Monday, July 25, 2011

Eden no Ori

Eden no OriIf you've ever read Lord of the Flies by William Golding, you may enjoy reading Eden no Ori. Also known as Cage of Eden, the manga has a storyline and characters roles similar to Lord of the Flies. The differences between the two are that the manga, being a manga, provides fanservice with its many high school female and male characters and sets the danger to the island to an all time high with deadly prehistoric lifeforms.

What I like most about Eden no Ori are the many mysteries that come with the island. Why are there prehistoric lifeforms? Did the characters travel back in time? If so, how and why did it happen? If they didn't travel back in time, was the island always there? Is it natural or was it man-made? Which characters will survive on the island and what role will they play later in the story?

I have plenty more questions regarding to the manga but they will have to wait until the scanlators or Kodansha USA finish with it.

Recommended audience: Teens

Author and Artist: Yamada Yoshinobu
Release year: 2008
Volumes: 13+ ongoing
Licensed by Kodansha USA

Friday, July 22, 2011

Oresama Teacher

Oresama TeacherI like reading shojo manga, but it gets a bit boring when you read enough to know what will happen next. But! It's refreshing when a shojo manga like Oresama Teacher appears.

Meet Kurosaki Mafuyu-- she's an ex-delinquent entering a new school and hopes to make a lot of female friends, but she can't seem to stay out of fights and help the most scary teacher Saeki Takaomi at her school who happens to be her next door neighbor and her... childhood friend? (Their past is a little odd but sweet.) She ends up befriending mostly male delinquents like she did in her past and at some point was convinced by her teacher to uphold justice at the school by disguising herself as a male student and a rabbit.

The characters in Oresama Teacher seem to focus more on friendship than love, but it's interesting to read how Mafuyu gets closer to the other characters.

Recommended audience: All ages

Author and Artist: Izumi Tsubaki
Release year: 2008
Licensed by Viz Media

Thank you panda scans for releasing the latest chapters every so often!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tetris DS

Tetris DS is the DS version of the classic game of Tetris.
Players can play in a variety of new modes, such as push, touch, catch, and more! The standard version of playing is still present, of course, with the blocks dropping down faster as you level up.

Wi-Fi communication is available. Players may play against other players in different modes.

Rating: 10 out of 10
Development company: Nintendo

Recommended audience: All ages
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