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Download now (.zip). Mirror #1 (if rapidshare no worky). NSFW, (yesh, there is hentai). Updated 5/1/2007.

I found this doujin (‘Higurashi no Naku You ni’) while randomly browsing the toshokan the other day. I know I’m probably late on the game, so excuse me if you’ve already seen this.

It’s by the same people who made the Eva RE-TAKE, Studio Kimagabuchi and damn, but it’s good. It actually helped me understand Higurashi (which actually got pretty awesome at the last episode)…to an extent. That is, if you ignore the blatant sex scenes that are in it.

Get it while it’s hot, knowing rapidshare this may disappear soon.

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Sorry for the near utter lack of images in this post but selecting images out of a 15 volume series is kind of daunting. So bear with me in the following ‘blocks’ of text.

So I finally finished reading all 15 volumes of the I”s manga today. I’m an utter emotional wreck right now, I can’t think straight plus it’s sometime around midnight here so excuse me if the rest of the review starts making no sense.

I was tearing up at the end of the manga. It truely is one of the most powerful manga I’ve read — not that I’ve read boatloads of manga..

This just blows Ichigo 100% out of the water. It truely cannot be considered similar to that, which I’d done in my initial posting. While Ichigo 100% had tons of fanservice just for the sakes of it, most (and yes, there were times when the fanservice was a tad bit over-the-top but it wasn’t too numerous — thankfully) of the time the fanservice used in I”s makes the plot flow on. It’s an integral part of the story — one that would not be as complete without it.

Another thing, unlike Ichigo 100% there isn’t too much meaningless filler scattered through the volumes. Each arc adds, in its own, a tiny bit to the complex relationship that is woven around Ichitaka and Iori. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill romance/comedy story. This one actually ends. Properly.

This is something that could actually be counted as realistic in many ways. I actually found myself sympathising many a time with Ichitaka, feeling what he felt, thinking what he thought.

I actually read the alternate ending as well. It’s boatloads better than the normal one. It fleshes out certain details more — revealing more of this could be considered a huge spoiler, so I won’t ;).

One thing that I’m a bit iffed about is the fact that Itsuki (Ichitaka’s childhood friend) pretty much disappeared from the series sometime in middle not to reappear, well technically not reappear but she can be seen in the end. That was rather sudden in my opinion and rather rushed too, as if someone said to the mangaka “Hey what about Itsuki, did you forget to put her in?” (in moonspeak of course, I can’t read/speak moonspeak to save my life so you’ll have to do with my poorly-adequate version).

I was actually thinking of putting in random images from danbooru in here but decided against it. I’ve probably already confused many people with that review, there’s no need to fry their brains in the process as well.

Final thoughts: buy, “acquire”, rent…I don’t care! Get it, read it and revel in the wonder that is I”s.

A 95/100 monkey series.

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all of the shtuff

I got back sometime yesterday, managed to stop over in Singapore for a while and picked these up, probably my biggest manga purchase in a while, if not ever. Sorry for my crappy photography.

green haired kids

Hung’s been raving about these. Picked up the first volume to give it a try, getting the other 2 was pretty much a no-brainer. Yes, it’s that good. I actually lent them to my sister for a bit — note: she had never read manga before — and she came back demanding the next volume, which by the looks of things could very well be delayed a while.

big eggs!

RahXephon = awesomeness. 3 volumes? CY publishing (i.e. US5/570Yen per vol.)? Definitely.

toast?

Hey, I liked that alternate bit in the Eva ending, apparently this carries it on. Plus, volume 2 was out the day I walked into Kinokuniya.

they look the same

Eh, I liked Love Hina.

fruits? in a basket? no!

Can’t hurt to give it a try — if it’s good enough, next stop will be the anime.

I’ve yet to read the School Rumble volumes I picked up earlier, still contemplating whether I should review these series.

yuki again
couldn’t pass up a chance to put this up

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iori

I, um, “acquired”* all of I”s yesterday. I”s is a completed manga series from the mind of Masakazu Katsura, he who brought us series like DNA2 (which I’ve yet to read, it’s next).

It’s been great so far. Reminds me a lot of Ichigo 100% which I enjoyed tremendously (the anime series was awful btw). I’m only on the 3rd volume so far, got 12 volumes to go through — 15 volumes in total. It should keep me occupied through the rest of the summer hols.

Storyline is typical of the romance-comedy genre but this series just has a certain charm to it. Pick it up if you ever get the chance. (psst, think inside the box to get a torrent)

Yes there are bikini-clad girls galore. Read it now.

*code for downloaded

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ze front
and ze back

Picked these two up last night in a small bookshop.

Heck, I never knew it sold manga. *adds bookshop to list of haunts*

Plus it was only about (after currency conversion) US$7.50 each which is a pretty good price considering that they go for about US$10 in the US and Singapore (not counting the CY ones). Woot for 0% book tax!

Volume 3 of the School Rumble manga is due to be released on August 29th, can’t wait!

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