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Postby jon_jinn » Sat May 19, 2007 11:11 am

is anyone willing to do a review for Blade of Immortal? i'm currently following this series, but i'm not that far through. i would probably do a review, myself, if i was further into the series. it's not complete yet so i'm not sure if a review would be possible...
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Postby uc pseudonym » Sat May 19, 2007 12:55 pm

Our general policy is to not do reviews on unfinished series (excepting for moderators doing very popular series and updating them as necessary). I've read Blade of the Immortal so far, though, so if you have any questions I can probably answer them. Otherwise, there won't be a review until the series is finished.
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Postby jon_jinn » Sat May 19, 2007 1:23 pm

i'm not worried so about the content, myself. but the reason i want to do the review is to let other members know how awesome the series is. Blade of Immortal is truly quite a work of art. a piece that i have, for a rather long time, not given the credit it deserves.
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Postby uc pseudonym » Sun May 20, 2007 2:01 pm

I wondered if that wasn't the case. Unfortunately, BotI will acquire no readers via CAA's database for the moment, given our policies. But since it does deserve them, for anyone reading the thread: it's an excellent manga with a solid story, realistic characters, and wonderful fight scenes.
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Postby Fish and Chips » Sun May 20, 2007 9:46 pm

Blade of the Immortal, eh? I've had it on my title list for awhile now. Should look into it over the summer, perhaps.
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Postby Kisa » Thu May 24, 2007 7:29 am

Ashley wrote:Heh, I literally have so much manga (about $700 worth) that I don't have space for it back home. It takes up a good 2/3rds of my bookshelf at school.

Hehe I know what you mean, mine takes up two shelves that can hold two rows each in front of the other... craziness.... most of my books are manga!
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Postby rocklobster » Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:49 pm

I believe Land of the Blindfolded has finished, so I'll repeat my request for this series. I heard it's really good for shojo.
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Postby ilikegir33 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:48 am

Is the Akira Toriyama manga "Cowa" open for review?
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Postby uc pseudonym » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:49 am

Yes, it is. I can't remember if that one has been licensed, but either way provided you have read it a review would be accepted, for a small series such as that.
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Postby ilikegir33 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:41 pm

It's unlicensed at the moment. I wish it was...T-T
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Postby Fish and Chips » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:46 pm

Writing off a 20th Century Boys review. Just refreshing the series in my mind in case I forgot some details.
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Postby ilikegir33 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:16 pm

Just sent review for Cowa!
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Postby jon_jinn » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:02 pm

could i make a review for the manga, BECK? thanks.
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Postby Pepper Kittie » Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:59 pm

Can someone take me off the list for doing a review on Pita Ten? My friend who owned it moved, so I don't have access to it anymore. I don't want to do a review unless I'm really familiar with the series and can do my best, so I'd rather if someone else tackled this one. Originally I thought she'd come back when I was on break but that didn't work out ^^; I don't think it's a series I'll ever be able to buy, seeing the salary poor college students make (negative money, ha ha.)

However, can I do a review on Yume Kira Dream Shoppe? It's a brand new manga I just got by Aqua Mizuto. It's really funny, because the book itself said that it'd be in stores September 4th, but I just got it today on the 1st. Guess it came out early, though it's already run in previous issues of Shojo Beat. It's a 1-volume work of short stories. May I do the review on it? Pweeze? *large, sparkly anime eyes*
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Postby uc pseudonym » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:03 pm

We actually no longer have a dibs system. If you want to do a review go right ahead, though you can ask if a series already has a review pending (in this case I think it doesn't). So don't worry about not finishing the other review. We understand that stuff happens.
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Postby Haruhiko » Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:21 pm

Could someone review D.Gray-Man? I was interested in buying it today, but given its T+ rating, I was a little skeptical. Could someone help?
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Postby uc pseudonym » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:45 pm

D.Gray-Man is still currently running, so it cannot be reviewed (though it has enough of a cult following that it might fall into the same category as Bleach or Naruto). The series isn't particularly offensive as far as violence or sexual content. There are pseudo-religious elements, but they aren't particularly concerning. What are your content concerns?
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Postby Haruhiko » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:21 pm

uc pseudonym wrote:D.Gray-Man is still currently running, so it cannot be reviewed (though it has enough of a cult following that it might fall into the same category as Bleach or Naruto). The series isn't particularly offensive as far as violence or sexual content. There are pseudo-religious elements, but they aren't particularly concerning. What are your content concerns?


Sexual content, nudity, and language are my main concerns.
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Postby jon_jinn » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:50 pm

i can confidently say that D. Gray-man contains next to no nudity or sexual content. as for language, i think that Viz did its job in toning down the swearing to only about 5-7 curse words per volume. and i can assure you that you won't find any s-words or f-words in any of the D. Gray-man volumes.
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Postby Haruhiko » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:45 am

jon_jinn wrote:i can confidently say that D. Gray-man contains next to no nudity or sexual content. as for language, i think that Viz did its job in toning down the swearing to only about 5-7 curse words per volume. and i can assure you that you won't find any s-words or f-words in any of the D. Gray-man volumes.


Alright then, I'll probably pick it up one of these days. Thanks!

Also, given the other manga's I've read, do you think I'd like it?

I've read:

Death Note (9/10. Amazing)
REBORN! (8/10. Great. Could be better, but its good)
Black Cat (8/10. Also, very good)
Dragon Ball (2/10. Hated it)
Fullmetal Alchemist (7/10. Only read a little bit)
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Postby uc pseudonym » Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:21 pm

That depends on your preferences as a reader. What did you hate about Dragonball Z? Do you care more about plot or characters? D. Gray-man has a large cast of characters, but plot-wise it's pretty mundane shonen. In your list it is probably most comparable to Black Cat, but I have not read that extensively so I hesitate to say anything further. It's also similar to Reborn, but with less comedy of a different variety.
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Postby Haruhiko » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:29 am

uc pseudonym wrote:That depends on your preferences as a reader. What did you hate about Dragonball Z? Do you care more about plot or characters? D. Gray-man has a large cast of characters, but plot-wise it's pretty mundane shonen. In your list it is probably most comparable to Black Cat, but I have not read that extensively so I hesitate to say anything further. It's also similar to Reborn, but with less comedy of a different variety.


No, no, no. Dragon Ball. No Z.

Hmm....alright. I'll check it out, but I may or may not get it. Thanks for the help, guys.
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Postby uc pseudonym » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:59 pm

Haruhiko wrote:No, no, no. Dragon Ball. No Z.

There isn't much distinction. The entire franchise stems from the creative work of Akira Toriyama (excepting the GT anime). All of the manga ran under the title "Dragon Ball" (though not in the Viz version) and that distinction exists only in the anime. I tend to add the Z out of habit.

Or did you mean to say you've only read the first 16 volumes (the part covered by the anime labeled without the Z)?
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Postby Haruhiko » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:27 pm

uc pseudonym wrote:There isn't much distinction. The entire franchise stems from the creative work of Akira Toriyama (excepting the GT anime). All of the manga ran under the title "Dragon Ball" (though not in the Viz version) and that distinction exists only in the anime. I tend to add the Z out of habit.

Or did you mean to say you've only read the first 16 volumes (the part covered by the anime labeled without the Z)?


Err...I've read the first volume. It was too perverted and there wasn't enough going on for me to stay interested in the series.
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Postby Haruhiko » Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:57 pm

I have four more I've been wondering about. As stated before, my biggest concerns are sexual content, nudity, and language.

I'm considering Shaman King, Gintama, Busou Renkin, and Dr. Slump. I'd like as much help as I can get concerning each of these.

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Postby MasterDias » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:07 pm

Language will vary in online translations.
In Viz's version, it ranges from fairly toned down to practically nonexistant.
That aside...


Shaman King - a few brief male butt shots, the series draws extensively from world cultures/religions and references things like spirit mediums and channeling, I wouldn't take it too seriously as it's in a pretty fantastical context, but your mileage may vary.

Gintama - don't think there's any nudity, but I believe there is a number of innuendos played for laughs. I haven't read this extensively.

Busou Renkin - Nothing really, but one of the male antagonists/anti-heroes likes to fight in skimpy underwear and wears ridiculous skin-tight outfits that freaks out the cast. If you are interested in this title, I would also suggest Watsuki's earlier series Rurouni Kenshin. Most fans consider it a generally superior work.

Dr. Slump - Minor kid nudity (that's probably been cut from Viz's version). Probably some jokey innuendos and such. I didn't really read it extensively either. But by the way, if you didn't like early Dragonball, you probably won't like this, as it's also by Toriyama and the tone and style are really similar to early Dragonball.
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Postby jon_jinn » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:26 pm

Haruhiko wrote:I have four more I've been wondering about. As stated before, my biggest concerns are sexual content, nudity, and language.

I'm considering Shaman King, Gintama, Busou Renkin, and Dr. Slump. I'd like as much help as I can get concerning each of these.

Thanks, everyone.


dude, this is a thread for manga REVIEW REQUESTS. if you're curious about a manga's content, then make a thread for it in the manga mania section or something...
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Postby Haruhiko » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:14 pm

MasterDias wrote:Language will vary in online translations.
In Viz's version, it ranges from fairly toned down to practically nonexistant.
That aside...


Shaman King - a few brief male butt shots, the series draws extensively from world cultures/religions and references things like spirit mediums and channeling, I wouldn't take it too seriously as it's in a pretty fantastical context, but your mileage may vary.

Gintama - don't think there's any nudity, but I believe there is a number of innuendos played for laughs. I haven't read this extensively.

Busou Renkin - Nothing really, but one of the male antagonists/anti-heroes likes to fight in skimpy underwear and wears ridiculous skin-tight outfits that freaks out the cast. If you are interested in this title, I would also suggest Watsuki's earlier series Rurouni Kenshin. Most fans consider it a generally superior work.

Dr. Slump - Minor kid nudity (that's probably been cut from Viz's version). Probably some jokey innuendos and such. I didn't really read it extensively either. But by the way, if you didn't like early Dragonball, you probably won't like this, as it's also by Toriyama and the tone and style are really similar to early Dragonball.


Alright, then. Thanks for the help.

And about Rurouni Kenshin, I am picking that up soon. I read the review for it here and didn't ask, as it seemed to sum it up pretty good.

So, I'll be skipping Dr. Slump, then. I'll check out Gintama and Shaman King soon, and I might try Busou Renkin as soon as I'm done with a few of my other series.

Again, thanks a lot.
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Postby uc pseudonym » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:09 pm

jon_jinn wrote:dude, this is a thread for manga REVIEW REQUESTS. if you're curious about a manga's content, then make a thread for it in the manga mania section or something...

I think asking here is acceptable. Mini-reviews such as the ones Master Dias provided help people to choose series, which is the same purpose as the database. Particularly with certain things not functioning at the moment, I think this thread can be used to help accomplish the original intent of this aspect of CAA.
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Postby jon_jinn » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:18 pm

uc pseudonym wrote:I think asking here is acceptable. Mini-reviews such as the ones Master Dias provided help people to choose series, which is the same purpose as the database. Particularly with certain things not functioning at the moment, I think this thread can be used to help accomplish the original intent of this aspect of CAA.


that's fine. sorry if i came off a little harsh. i wasn't trying to...:sweat:
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