Aria the Avvenire: Farewell Again

I don’t follow manga and anime as much as I used to and I don’t planning on anime/manga blogging again, but there are certain things that I still want to write about. One of these things is Aria the Avvenire, a three-episode OVA series to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first airing of the Aria anime. Aria is one of my favorite manga and anime series. Both the manga and anime adaptation ended in 2008, so I was really surprised that in 2015 they decided to come out with this OVA series, along with one special manga chapter to go along with it. I finished watching the last OVA episode recently, and I can’t help but feel a bit sad that the series is finished again. It is farewell once again to this beautiful series.

Aria the Avvenire

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The End of Bleach

I don’t blog manga and anime anymore, but here I am giving some quick final thoughts on Bleach, the popular and long-running Shounen Jump manga that ended this week. I’ve followed the Bleach manga since when I was still in college study in the late 2000s, and it’s sad to see the series, which in its heyday contended with Naruto and One Piece for popularity, go out with a whimper in such a half-ass hurried manner. Tite Kubo could always design his characters very well, but it looks like his creativity ran out when it came to the story. The whole Yhwach story arc at the end was pretty bad, as it consisted mostly of throwing out new characters and everybody getting random power-ups which somehow almost always disappointed. The hurried-up ending certainly didn’t help. I think many would agree that Bleach was dragging its feet ever since Aizen’s defeat, and the series probably should have ended at that point. At least the series up to the showdown with Aizen was pretty enjoyable though.

That’s just my two cents.

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Gakuen Datenroku – Final Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a manga “review” on this site.. This post is for Neon Genesis Evangelion – Gakuen Datenroku, which is one of the many NGE-based manga series. I’m not too sure why I picked up this series since I’m not that big of a NGE fan. I blogged about this series from late 2008 to early 2009, but stopped because I couldn’t find any new chapters for several months. The manga ended serialization in December 2009. I finally read the last chapter a month or two ago and it looked like the manga got canned and ended prematurely. Still, I thought I’d put a conclusion to my own coverage of the series with a final thoughts post, so here goes:

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Review: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō

It’s been a while since I finished reading Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō. For those who don’t know, YKK is a sci-fi, slice-of-life manga by Hitoshi Ashinano. It was serialized in Afternoon magazine from June 1994 to February 2006 and collected a total of 14 volumes. YKK is the type of manga that is well-loved by some but is completely uninteresting to others. In case you’re wondering, I’m one of the people who loved it. I’ve been meaning to write a review for this series, but never quite got around to it until now, so here it goes.

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Review: Love Hina

For the last school term, I spent most of my break time at school reading manga, since I can’t really do homework without my textbooks or my personal computer. Other than reading the series that I already follow, I also spent time reading Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu. I wanted to check out Love Hina because its name keeps popping up whenever there’s a discussion about harem romantic comedies. It took the entire school term to finish all of the chapters (since I was only reading during breaks), and I’ve decided to write a short review for this series:

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