This was the anime I started watching at Anime LA. In the attempt to get it on sale if I chose to buy it, I marathoned the rest of the series (minus the special episodes) in one day. I decided not to buy it.
Hatsukoi Limited is an anime outside my usual watching parameters as it employs a lot of ecchi (fanservice/sexual) elements which I normally avoid like the plague. Yet for some reason, I adore this anime.
Once again, Del Rey/Kodansha leaves me hanging.
The Muppets was like taking a nostalgia bomb right in the face. It was wonderful.
Hey! Unto you a child is born!
For someone who doesn’t like sports too much, I sure do like sports manga.
It’s another anime! I decided to do another anime review because it’s been a very very long time since I’ve been truly excited about a new anime.
Laurie Notaro cracks me up. It’s dangerous to read her books on the bus or in the break room, because I will end up giggling, snorting, or outright lol’ing and then look mentally deranged. Although on my bus or at work, I guess that’s just par for the course.
Here we have 18 new essays of mishaps and misunderstandings in Notaro’s life. Some of these are expansions of idle mentions on her Facebook page. Most of them are hilarious (some are a little bittersweet, like getting banned from the neighbor’s Christmas party, albeit for amusing reasons). My favorites have to be She’s a Pill, featuring Ambien Laurie (Ambien makes you sleep, but sometimes makes you THINK you’re sleeping–by giving you amnesia–and you are actually awake and doing stuff you probably shouldn’t be doing), and Forecasting World Destruction, which pretty much describes one of my aunts, and I have sworn to never give her my email address again due to the ridiculous, snopes-denounced, chain spam that gets sent to me. Also fun are Laurie and her husband’s attempts to understand their dog, the adorable Maeby, and Laurie’s trip to visit her parents, which is always good for a laugh.
My favorite story from her for all time though is still “The Sims” from I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies), where she makes her Sims self idealized, and her husband, less so, and Bad Things Happen.
In fact, I wouldn’t mind a good laugh so I think I’m going to go re-read that one.
Winner of the Eisner for Best New Series and Best Continuing Series.
I picked this up at Comic-Con after seeing Sharon get so excited about it. She got the omnibus, while I, being more cautious, got just volume 1. Now I wish I had gotten the omnibus.
Tony Chu is a cibopath, which means he can get clues or impressions off of anything he eats. So if he eats a fruit, he can sense if it got eaten by birds, or rained on, or whatever. But when he eats something animal… or human… then he can see who they were, how they died, etc. Needless to say, he tries to stay vegetarian as much as possible.
It’s also a different world, where bird flu has wiped out most of the chickens, and they are now highly illegal and on the black market. People will spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to eat chicken.
The book’s a tad gory, because he does use his power to help him with his detective work, which can get a bit tricky, especially if people find you chomping down the criminal to find out more about him.
But it’s also pretty darn funny. There are little hilarious details, like the porn mags on the floor have titles like “Nasty Grannies” or you can order “Fat” off the fast food menu.
It’s hard to go into much detail, ’cause I don’t like spoiling stuff. But he does meet and get a crush on a saboscrivener, which is someone who can write about food so well, you can taste it. So, if the food reviewer (which is what she does) goes to a great restaurant, you can taste how good the food is as you read the review. However… if she goes to a horrible restaurant… well…
The art’s pretty good; I like Guillory’s style. Tony is Chinese-American, but he’s not stereotypically Chinese, which I think is pretty awesome. It seems the writer and the artist both wanted to do this.
Volume 1 has a nice twist at the end, too, which makes me super excited to read more. Like NOW.
Anyway, as soon as I can figure out the damage to my bank account from Comic-Con and my car accident, I can order the omnibus from Amazon, which will cost the same as ordering volumes 2 & 3, which is what the omnibus covers. This will be done ASAP.
The author said this series will go on for 60 volumes, which means 12 graphic novel collections, or 4 omnibuses.