I Luv Halloween!

Wow, it’s been fffaaaarrrr too long since I blogged something, and well in the spirit of Halloween, which I’m quite fond of, I thought I’d post this first video of I Luv Halloween and a link to where you can read the I Luv Halloween manga. This is from writer Keith Giffen and artist Ben Roman. Keith Giffen is a veteran comic book artist and writer who is best known for his critically acclaimed work on Justice League and Legion of Super Heroes. Keith Giffen is currently working on several projects for DC Comics and co-writes and illustrates Dominion for Image Comics. He also rewrites Battle Royale and Battle Vixens for TOKYOPOP. Ben Roman always loved to draw, he never considered a career in art until he moved to Los Angeles in 2003. ANd well, I’m in love with him. Ha.

Anywho, this is not for the kiddies, so please watch if only you’re interested in cartoon gore. I simply love it not only cause i’m sick and I like stuff like that but the artwork is AMAZING in the manga and well, it’s just bad ass. There’s not much I can say to do it justice to please, watch and read for yourself.

Oh, and reading is a must, that’s how i first discovered it and that’s always the best way to get the true feeling, as it was orginally intended. Not that the animation isn’t cool…it’s just, I can’t help but like the original manga version.

You can read the manga here (but you should go buy it too!): Tokyo Pop


Vagabond and Takehiko Inoue

AHHHHHHHH!!!! I just fell in love and found a new obsession for manga!!! Takehiko Inoue is a genius artist and story teller!!! My tattoo artist Lewis Hess recommended this manga, Vagabond, of which I’d heard, but not yet read.

The story is about a ronin named Shinmen Takezo, who is later known by Myamoto Musashi. Turns out, he was a real man in feudal Japan born in 1584 and was famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Inoue takes his legendary and somewhat unknown story and tells in a way you just must find out for yourself. And what beautiful artwork!!! Some of the pages are water colored or painted and it’s just amazing what detail he can put into it. I just can’t explain in words, you’ll simply have to experience it yourself! Highly recommend! ItIf you are at all interested in samurai, or even japanese culture, this is a MUST. Just look at his wall painting with nothing but black paint…

I found translated chapters online and I couldn’t resist. I of course want to spend money on the books but with the amount of volumes at this point I’d have to spend some money to read everything published so far.

If you want to read them, and you should, go to One Manga and you can read up to the latest book and the’ll keep updating with more, this is also where I read my Naruto and Bleach. Since finding it here, I’ve sat and read the 251 chapters they have available within a few days or so. Every shred of free time I had to devoted to reading it. That just shows how amazingly engaging it is.

Bleach-Turn Back the Pendulum-SPOILER

Ahhh…just read 1-9 of Turn Back the Pendulum of Bleach

…which follows chapter 315: March of Death

Holy crap. I hate how they always have to stop it RIGHT at the beginning or middle of something HUGE and recap all the god damned characters! Well, it’s a love hate thing, I love how now I get to see the history of characters like Aizen, Shinji, Hiyori, Tessai, Urahara, Mayuri, and a slew of other characters only briefly shown or mentioned in the series. I’m stoked to get to know the background of how the Vizards came to be, especially Shinji and Hiyori…two of my favorite characters in Bleach.

So, what’s going on? Aizen obviously is involved somehow with how even the Vizards even came to be seeing that they were all prominent soul reapers and even captains! I can’t wait to see what shakes down out of this as far as thier history. Haha, and Shinji…he has long hair!! I love his mod cut waaay better. haha. And I love that Hiyori is pretty much exactly the same.

Now, I love that I get to know more about the characters but hate that I have to wait until its done to see what happens with the big battle between the Soul Society captains and the Espada AND the fight between Ichogo and Ulquiorra.

Oh, I just can’t wait! I hate waiting…I just wish I knew japanese and maybe I’d get to read them that much faster…

anyway, can’t wait to see what comes up next for Bleach!

Naruto Chapter 402-SPOILER
May 30, 2008, 9:44 pm
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I just read chapter 402 of Naruto. This is probably the only series I’ve the most obsessesed about besides Blade of the Immortal.

Anyway, chapter 402 concludes what’s been going on between Sasuke and his brother Itachi and all the mystery surrounding Itachi and his actions against the Uchiha clan and the Leaf village.

NOT expecting it at all…and really not expecting that Sasuke was now going to turn on the Leaf because of the history. I was very surprised to find out what the leaf had been up to and the history behind the village and the first hokage. WOW, Masashi Kishimoto never ceases to amaze me and has kept me reading and a very loyal fan for years. His story telling and just AMAZING artwork just keeps me drooling for more.

Well, anyway, I’m kind of sad now because I know Naruto and the rest of the good guys in the Leaf aren’t going to understand or even try to understand why Sasuke is now turning against the Leaf and all out hell is going to break out I’m sure. I can’t wait! But I’m also very sad at the same time for Sasuke. He’s been lead to believe one thing his entire life, and now, withing a few days it’s turned completely upside down…so can’t really blame him for the turn he’s making. I really still don’t trust Madara though…he’s a nutball it seems…especially when he’s fighting. I LOVE his character, but he definately can’t be trusted no matter what…Itachi didn’t trust him, and Sasuke shouldn’t either. I do tend to believe his story about Itachi and the Leaf’s history…but still, he’s a squirly one for sure.

So while Naruto will always be my favorite character in the manga, Sasuke is definately bringing up second in my favorite charas of the manga. I mean, can’t be helped when the last however many chapters have been dedicated to Sasuke and his need for vengeance against Itachi. Well, besides him just being him, Kishimoto has done a great job of complicating his character and situation.

Anyway, like always, I can barely wait for the next chapter to come out to sink my teeth into. I hope this story never ends…and looks like for now, it’s a far way off from ending. Which makes me giddy as a ninja school girl.