Savage Garden by Lee Hyeon Sook

After the controversial Flowers of Evil , I am soooo eager to read Savage Garden. The title implies wild beastly behaviour and maybe some more incestous relationships?! Probably???!  *eyes gleam*

Turns out it’s  NOT. It’s about a girl Gabriel who impersonates her dead friend’s identity to study in a prestigious boys school where it’s filled with brats, not one, but lots of them. It’s your typical gender bender story with the usual yaoiness and love confusion thrown in here and there. There are some hot scenes in the first few volumes,  between Gabriel and one of the brothers – Euan.  I wish her identity was discovered by Euan and figured how disastrous it would be for Euan to discover his usual taste turns out to be a girl. Hahaha.

Thanks to JanimeS, I get to read this series.  Its enjoyable in the beginning but ends up flat on your face. Am disappointed with the ending or maybe I’m just bias.  It’s as if the mangaka rushed through the ending, probably another new series in the making ? Hopefully.

Haru No Katami by Chitose Hajime

One of my personal favourites. This ED is jussstttt so perfect to be the ED of Bake Neko (one of the 3 spooky stories) in the anime Ayakashi Japanese Horror, befitting this tragic story. Every time I listen to this song, I’m so immersed in her voice. The way she sings is just totally special.

On a side note, out of the 3 stories, Bake Neko is very unique in itself, a different kind of animation is used which gives it a more colourful  and rich background.  I’m not good at describing the animation but the preview of it can be seen in this ED.

p.s. Haru No Katami appears at the end of each Ayakashi episode, but it suits Bake Neko ending best.

Kurobara Alice by Setona Mizushiro

Being a Setona sensei’s fan, I always watch out for her new series.  Kurobara Alice has a good combination of romance, tragedy, vampires and weirdo factors. It’s about a group of vampires dying to breed and looking for the perfect mate.  The setting of the story begins in old English era and moves to modern Tokyo, how Dimitri the main lead, and his troop looks for their partner.  The whole mating process is not the usual vampire ‘i bite you and you become one’ ,  it’s actually much more interesting although can be kind of confusing in the beginning.

I just hope the ending for this series don’t turn out of this world as her Nightmare After School (another strange series) left me feeling  kind of disappointed. I just had so high hopes for this series, especially when the story and artwork has greatly improved from her earlier series.  You can check out the series at Aerandrias. Its thanks to them that I read the 1st chapter and is totally hooked!

Celine

In the sea of guccis, pradas and louis vuittons bags, this brand Celine is hardly seen around. Is it the simple and plain design that discourages one from spending too much in a Celine?

Well, the latest spring summer 2011 bags collection definitely do catch my eyes, especially this bag. It’s beautiful, light, almost so light that you question whether it will sag after putting a laptop and other stuff in it? Will it?

In the meantime, I’m settling for this hard-to-find gorgeous mustard yellow colour block iPhone case that comes in lux lambskin. Just don’t ask me what am I going to do with it when I change my iPhone alright?

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Old Manga

Hmm..just when I feel like writing something, WordPress is slow. What a bummer >.<

My love for manga has not waned yet…Looking back, it’s been almost 5 years since I first watched my first anime Inuyasha (sailormoon isn’t counted since it did not kick off any addicition) and started seriously reading Bleach. Now, after such a long span, I’ve actually accumulated quite a number of series and am wondering what to do with them, esp. since i’ve outgrown them – Naruto, Bleach, Deathnote Tactics, Vampire Knight, Koukou Debut to name a few. They took up so much of my space tat i’ve got to sell or get rid of them at one point. There goes my savings *poof*

And those i am still holding on includes Nana. Urghh..when is Yazawa sensei going to recover?  I do wonder what is she down with, does anyone else has a clue? Nana may be one of those unfortuncate series that is on hiatus for a longest time. Either I’ve not been reading enough shoujo but I can’t find any series that is angst and more adult enough. Yaoi series, yes, quite a number but definetely not shoujo.  And did I mention why I’m such a sucker for Nana? Yes.. that’s the reason.

Manga Sites on Hiatus

Am depressed..a few of my favourite shoujo and yaoi sites seem to have gone on hiatus or closing down forever.  Not sure whether is it this that is causing everyone in the not so legal industry to be jittery or whether everyone just happens to grow up and become busy with real life.   I kind of miss getting my daily fixes from them, especially when my favourite series are involved. Ouch.