[ANIME] PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA

Summary: There exist familiars who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in return that girl must then become a magical girl and fight against witches, evil creatures born from curses that are responsible for murders and suicides. A schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar named Kyubey and a magical girl named Mami Tomoe with offers of becoming magical girls. Another mysterious magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from agreeing to the contract.

“Remember this… and take it to heart: kindness sometimes leads to even greater tragedy.”

  • Other names: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
  • Studio: Shaft
  • Genre: Dark fantasy, horror, magical girl
  • Episodes: 12
  • Status: completed

“It’s not what you thought i1fe88af96511cad349bdb92202b91ad4-image-354x500t would be,” said friends who recommended this show to me. In 2011, Madoka Magica was advertised as a “high school girl show” before its release. But after 3 or 4 episodes, it turned out to be something completely opposite. Madoka Majica took Japan by storm that year. Of course, if you watch the show much later (like me), there is less of the surprise factor since you know what to expect. Still, Madoka Magica with its amazing plot and art is so mind-blowing that I hope to share some of my thoughts here. (Side note: There’s no spoiler in this review. However, I do talk about the central themes that are revealed later in the show. If you want to enjoy the anime WITHOUT any source of expectations or preconceived opinions about the, I suggest skipping this review and going straight to the show. And come back to read later! (´∀`•) )Read More »

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[NOVEL] BLUE MOSHIKUWA BLUE – FUMIO YAMAMOTO

Summary: Souko at the age of 23 decided to get married with the amiable and liberal Sasaki who works for an advertising company, instead of the hard-working and loyal cook Kawami. Years later, Sasaki Souko meets her other self: Kawami Souko, the life that she gave up when she was young, is arm in arm with her former lover Kawami. Longing for a change, the two exchange lives for one month. In the search for new experience and meaning of life, Sasaki Souko has greatly disrupted the balance of her fate…

Her mouth tastes unpleasantly acrid and bitter. It is the taste of freedom she ever wished for.

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One small thing to note is that all of the quotes here are my own translation because I don’t think this book has an English version yet (what a pity). They also made a drama adaption for the book in 2003. Blue Moshikuwa Blue is a perfect fun read for a lazy Sunday morning.

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[LIGHT NOVEL SERIES] BUNGAKU SHOUJO – NOMURA MIZUKI

Summary: Bungaku Shoujo series centers around Konoha Inoue, one of two members of his high school’s literature club, which he joined shortly after entering school, though the story begins when Konoha is already in his second year. The other member and president of the club is Tohko Amano, a third-year girl who loves literature. Tohko eats stories by consuming the paper they are printed on, and Tohko often asks Konoha to write her short stories as “snacks”.

“Why are you eating the parts that I balled up and threw away?”

Hinosaka.Nano.full.1238261This series of light novels got so popular that they have manga and anime adaptation, and art book. But the very first time I read them, I thought they were a little too much. The language was a little exaggerated, and the characters were unreal. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t expect everything to be real. In fact, I love unreal. I love mangas and books with mind games, strategy games, fighting scenes, exaggerated love story, etc. However, I wouldn’t expect such dramatic adventures from a series that starts with a two-member high school literature club. What makes Bungaku Shoujo worth reading, rather than real, is the ability to create to characters that any reader can resonate with.Read More »