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- 01/04/14--21:02: _Lovely Photos Flori...
- 01/06/14--11:55: _Floridian Scenery o...
- 01/10/14--10:44: _Orlando Trip Photos...
- 01/10/14--12:09: _AnimeKida: The New ...
- 01/12/14--16:29: _Rainy Day Miami Bea...
- 01/15/14--16:36: _Three Family Photos...
- 01/16/14--17:28: _Experiments with th...
- 01/20/14--11:27: _A lot of Random Stu...
- 01/20/14--12:18: _View Outside My Hou...
- 01/22/14--11:25: _Tsukiyo Tensei DA A...
- 01/24/14--20:41: _Interview with Arte...
- 01/24/14--21:11: _Bright, Bright Miam...
- 01/27/14--13:41: _Random Photos of Mi...
- 01/27/14--14:00: _Back to Miami Beach...
- 02/02/14--14:39: _Last Miami Beach Ph...
- 02/04/14--18:28: _Dororo by Ozamu Tez...
- 02/04/14--20:10: _Vagabond by Takehik...
- 02/05/14--17:51: _The Twin Knights by...
- 01/01/14--15:22: Father, Time Poem by Teresita Blanco
- 01/04/14--21:02: Lovely Photos Florida Keys Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/06/14--11:55: Floridian Scenery of Miami Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/10/14--10:44: Orlando Trip Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/10/14--12:09: AnimeKida: The New Otaku Social Media
- 01/12/14--16:29: Rainy Day Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/15/14--16:36: Three Family Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/16/14--17:28: Experiments with the Camera Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/20/14--11:27: A lot of Random Stuffs Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/20/14--12:18: View Outside My House Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/22/14--11:25: Tsukiyo Tensei DA Artist Feature
- 01/24/14--20:41: Interview with Artemis Hunter
- 01/24/14--21:11: Bright, Bright Miami Beach Day Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 01/27/14--13:41: Random Photos of Miami Beach by Teresita Blanco
- 01/27/14--14:00: Back to Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 02/02/14--14:39: Last Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
- 02/04/14--18:28: Dororo by Ozamu Tezuka 5 Stars Worthy Manga
- 02/04/14--20:10: Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 5 Stars Worthy Action Manga
- 02/05/14--17:51: The Twin Knights by Osamu Tezuka Cute Manga Sequel Review
by Teresita Blanco
by Teresita Blanco
by Teresita Blanco
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by Teresita Blanco
Copyright Teresita Blanco
You do not have permission to use my poems without my express written consent.
Lovely Photos Florida Keys Photos by Teresita Blanco
Today, I wanted to show you some lovely photos that I took. They are from the trip that took to the Parrot Keys. It was in the Florida Keys. Anyhow, the first photo is that of the Everglades. The place is visible on the way to the Florida Keys. There they have signs that warn you of alligator crossing. In any case, this lovely photo deserves 5 stars rating.
This photo is simple enough. It focuses on a bike behind a car. I was playing around with the zoom when I took this photo. It is a good thing that it was a bright day. This allows for faster shutter speed. 5 stars for me, yay!!
In this photo, we see the beach by the road side. A lot of families simply call it quits and hang out around this area. You know, camping or whatnot. Around the top, you can see a reflection of my mom. She was the one driving the car. You did not imagine that I was taking photos while driving the car? Anyhow, this photo gets 5 stars rating.
The next photo shows a family inside a boat. They seem to be going fishing. The water was very calm that day. Anyhow, my photo gets 5 stars.
The next photo shows a house and the street. Everything looks peachy indeed. I hope you like this photo. It has a small town kind of look. 5 stars.
In this photo, we see a pink house for sell. It is a motel of sorts. I photographed it while the car was passing by. The place seems a bit rundown. I wonder if someone actually bought the place. In any case, this cute photo gets 5 stars.
Here is another lovely photo. It shows a big tree and some wooden houses. The houses of the Florida Keys looks very old fashioned. I would totally move to the place if only it wasn't such a boring place. 5 stars photos.
In the next photo, we see the same scene as before. This time, we have a wider view of the place. If I remember, it was raining a lot that day. 5 stars for this lovely photo.
Here is another photo. You can appreciate the rain. I movies you can see the rain cause they add milk to the mixture. Most of the time, you can hardly ever photograph the rain. Lets move along shall we. 5 stars for me.
In Florida, you see mostly ducks. However, in the Florida Keys you see a lot of wild chickens. They are a lot smaller and cuter than the commercial variety. Anyhow, this cute photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a view of the Parrot Keys Hotel. It was a pretty boring place. At least the pools, was well acclimated and had a salty taster... for all it was worthy. Anyhow, this photo gets 5 stars.
Before returning home, my family stopped near a mangrove beach. A lot of families where basking in their waters. From time to time, you heard a weird buzzing from the billions of Dragonflies that gathered there. Yeah, there was quite the little plague. 5 stars for this lovely photo.
The last photo shows a sky view of the Mangrove forest. I hope you liked the last featured photo a lot. 5 stars for me.
Floridian Scenery of Miami Photos by Teresita Blanco
Above, we see a Stormy Miami Beach photo. Needless to say, we had to turn tail and run, considering the bad weather. Well, it certainly happens sometimes that the whether gets messed up. In any case, this cute photo taken by me deserves 5 stars rating. Man, it is hot today.
The next photo looks simple enough. It shows some shinny bricked ground. Things look so pretty and glisterish after it rains. I think you can sorta half see the acid rain killing the palms. This refreshing photo gets 5 stars rating.
Here is another lovely photo. It shows more of a further away view of the previous scene. You can sort recognize the area I chose to photograph. Then again, the yellow tape does not inspire much confindence. In any case, this cute photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo we see more of the FIU lake. That day, they where doing a lot more construction. You can see the worker's hat and lunch thingy on the floor. Indeed, I always found that view quite welcoming, even on rainy days. 5 stars.
Here we see some interesting shadows casted by a few fences. I got a B+ for this photo in my photography class. I hope you folks like it. Anyhow, these are the photos for now. 5 stars for yours truly and stay tune.
Orlando Trip Photos by Teresita Blanco
This post shows a lot of cute photos that I took in my last Orlando Trip. This one too was for Mardi Gras. We arrived pretty late. We simply where focused on going to Mardi Gras. There was no sense in going to the parks, plus the lines where nonexistent around 5 PM. Plus, the rides where still operational up until 8 PM. So, strategy wise, it worked pretty well in our favor. Anyhow, the first photo shows some random guys crossing the street. I took it while waiting on the red light. Don't worry, I was not driving and taking photos. In any case, this little number deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo shows a loop on the Roller Coaster. This new ride goes all over the park. If I remember correctly, Universal was building a lot of new rides when I was there. For that reason, there was hardly anything fun to do. Anyhow, this cute photo too deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo focuses on people going round the Roller Coaster. I think it was a pretty decent photo. I gives you a great view of all the trills or whatever you get from a spook ride like this one. I never rode one, nor I plan on ridding a roller coaster ever again. In any case, this lovely photo deserves 5 stars rating.
Above, we see some tacky flowers. One would imagine that the main focus of the trip would be the rides. Still, it does not hurt to stop by and smell the flowers from time to time. Except when bees are hungry. Anyhow, this cute photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a generic view of the Country Walk. At night, it gets filled with clubs and performances. It is the true park for the adults who visit the place with their little kids. 5 stars for this photo.
Above, we see a generic View of both Universal and Islands of Adventures. From both places, I always preferred Universal Studio. At least the rides there do not make me lose my lunch. I hope you like this cute photo. 5 stars for me, yay.
The last photo shows a water fountain with some coins. It is a simple photo. Still, it has some interesting shapes. Anyhow, it deserves 5 stars rating.
AnimeKida: The New Otaku Social Media
article by Teresita Blanco
Recently, Animekida converted itself to a social media. Now, in addition to streaming free legal anime, it also acts like a social media. Unlike other social medias, anime kida has not take that dark sinister turn, that Facebook or Pixiv has taken. In AnimeKida, mangaka artists retain full ownership of whatever anime picture, odd youtube video, music montage or whatever they make. They also have the ability to upload as much of their own work, free of charge. They do not have a 1 gigabite allowances that piscaweb has.
Currently, the website is closed up. You need to log in or join to peep into the wonders that live within. What makes this website so special, now are its members. All the members within this social media are die hard otakus. Currently, the female members outnumber the male members 10 to 1. For some reason, female otakus seem to prefer AnimeKida over facebook. Animekida's owners have been advertising that fact to attract more men into the website, to even things out.
Many of the members have told of their annoyance or paranoia with facebook. Many a times, it happens that you post a picture of yourself dressed as Naruto or Ichigo and then you have a hard time finding a job, or you get fired. Like we all know, the bosses, your parents, the CIA and Titan Drop are all over facebook, spying on you like the jerks they are. There is simply no more privacy in Facebook, who like the rest, has sold out now that it has become profitable. Animekida has become an alternative to those who are fed up, or bored of Facebook.
Currently, Animekida has no commercials. The days of centry, lefty and righty are over. From what I heard, they are now more into growing their website to get sponsors or maybe some donations (like Wikipedia). This makes AnimeKida more user friendly, since it is not clouded up with commercials.
Animekida is not too jerky about member interactions. As long as you do not become an internet bully or a serious weirdo, if you catch my meaning, the owners will not kick you out of the website. The owners try hard to maintain a friendly, productive environment.
In facebook, they make a big deal about what kind of groups and clubs you can make. Here, you can ask the owners to make a group celebrating your awesomeness. They are also in the process of integrating all the known fandoms into one anime website. So, if you are a fan of something, you may find others who share your interest. They also give you battle trophies as you do actions that pertain to your fandom.
I forgot to mention that membership is free. You do not need to pay a dime, nor a nickle to join. If you do not feel like giving your true email, just make up one when joining the website. Unlike other joints, Animekida will not pester your with daily newsletters of things you do not even remotely care about. They understand the user, and what the user wants. They are also open to help you in any way possible, even with non animekida related concerns, like if you need advices in managing your own internet website or if you need a cosigner for your loan (nah, I am just kidding). Needles to say, they are not too jerky about shameless self promotion.
Taking everything as a whole, Animekida makes for a wonderful otaku anime social media. A social media made by otakus for other otakus. Neat, that should be their slogan... Truly, Anime Kida's new form is 5 stars worthy. I hope that you visit this new otaku social media, when you have the chance. I promise you, you won't regret it.
Rainy Day Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
Not even the weatherman can stop Miami Beach residents from visiting their sandy beaches. I remember that day, how windy it was. The water was warm and from time to time, the sun shone. Families brought their cute lil kids to the water. That day there was an unusual low tide. It made it interesting for those who simply wanted to soak their feet. This brings us to the first of a few featured Miami Beach photos. Above, we see some random people entering the water or exiting it. It gives you a good appreciating of the motley crew that loves Miami Beach. This photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, you can see a better view of my camping ground. In those days, we used to have a big crew coming with us to Miami Beach. We would pool all our resources together to make the outing more fun, and a bit cheaper. In any case, this photo gets 5 stars.
In this photo, we some people sitting enjoying the waves. The reflection in the water works pretty well. Anyhow, 5 stars for these tourists.
By now, a serious storm was passing coming. While waiting for the rain, I saw this family packing up. I thought the group looks interesting enough so I took a photo. The other beach goers are simply ignoring the bad weather. Anyhow, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a guy passing buy. He was enjoying the low tide of the day. I thought he looked interesting enough, so there you have this photo. 5 stars for me.
The next photo shows a mother with her baby. You see this kind of scenery often in Miami Beach. Both do look cute together. 5 stars.
Some time passed, and then came two girls to see the mother and the toddler. Everyone likes cute babies. I liked the arrangement of this the group a lot. 5 stars worthy.
Three Family Photos by Teresita Blanco
Well, here we see 3 photos that I took a few years ago. They have a pretty interesting arrangement. The first photo shows one of my cousins trying to do her homework. I thought she was making the cutest of expressions, so I took a photo. I hope you like it. 5 stars for me, yay.
In the next photo, she is drinking her soda while trying to decipher her math problems. Indeed, she was quite the lovely cutie. 5 stars.
The last photo shows the living room with the TV on. The lighting look interesting so I took a photo. Well, that's it for now. I hope that you found these photos a bit humoring. Like I always say, I do deserve 5 stars rating.
Experiments with the Camera Photos by Teresita Blanco
This batch of photos I took for my photography class. In that lesson, I had to learn how to take far away and close up photos. There are 15 in total. So, you will see a lot of those kinds of images in this post. The first one is a view from outside my home. It was taken from the window that leads up to the stair. I will never get the logic behind putting a window in front of a stairs in a fashion that if you trip, you end up falling off the second floor... But alas, I am now rambling. Let us move right along, shall we. This cute little photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In the next photo, we see a foreshorten dragon head. It is part of the stand that support my dragon swords. There is really nothing too special about those swords. Rather I find them interesting to look at. In any case, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo is pretty self explanatory. It simply shows one of those swirly candy sweets. Man, I need some coffee because I am falling asleep even as I write this. And this is me having fun. Imagine if I was doing something boring like asking some bimbo about her evil cousins. In any case, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
Here too is another simple photo. This one was taken back when the little corner bakery used to make good flans. Now, they can barely bake any edible bread. Well, you know how it is with the economy. Still... In any case, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a primary school a block away from my home. You can see the American flag waving behind the sun. Overall, it has a pretty interesting lighting. Truly, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo was taken inside the bus I ride. I take it to go to Biscayne Bay. It gives you a good view of what it feels like to be inside. Well, lets move right along, shall we. 5 stars for me.
In this photo, we see a closeup of a candle. I took this photo because it looked pretty interesting. Very nice, indeed. 5 stars for this photo.
The next photo shows some sweet candy that I like. The pose is similar to the candle photo. I hope you like it. 5 stars.
The next photo shows some jewelry. I never wear this kind of tacky stuff. Still, I found it to be worth photographing. Anyhow, this closeup photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a closeup of my cute teddy bear. His eyes look so dreamy. I hope you like this interesting looking photo. 5 stars for me.
Well, the next photos are some variations of the same theme. 5 stars.
This one focuses more on the golden jewelry. 5 stars.
This photo also includes the Virgin Mary figure at the end of the rosary. 5 stars for this lovely photo.
Well, here we have the last photos for now. This one focuses more on the Virgin Mary. Truly, it deserves 5 stars rating. I got more photos coming up.
A lot of Random Stuffs Photos by Teresita Blanco
Here are some more random photos taken by me. Most where taken in order to showcase in my photography class. Yes, I took a few lessons, mostly on photoshop.The first photo shows a light bolt behind a candle. Well, lets move along shall we. 5 stars worthy.
Above, you can see my reflection in the water faucet. You can see the rest of the mini bathroom in the reflection on the faucet. Anyhow, this photo gets 5 stars rating.
In the next photo, we see my mother. I was trying an experiment with the shutter speed to create motion of sorts. So, this is how the photo comes out with low shutter speed combined with the flash. Anyhow, this cute photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, I managed to make the knife appear see through. Even, I must admit that it is an interesting lens effect. Still, the background arrangement did look rather stupid. Mea Culpa. Still, it is a 5 stars worthy photo.
This is the last photo of its kind. It was the last one where I experimented with motion. I hope you like it, even a lil bit. 5 stars
The last photo shows two figurines talking on the phone. I thought it was a pretty interesting photo. I am just about done for now. I am currently trying to post all my good photos., just to have some original content or whatever. 5 stars for me.
View Outside My House Photos by Teresita Blanco
Well, the title is pretty self explanatory. I went outside my home in search of inspiration and from all the photos I took, only 3 where worth looking at. Its not much... but I hope you like them. The first one shows a fence. It is just a fence... yeah, 5 stars worthy.... heck even I can't say this with a straight face. Alas, what else may be done, when TV sucks.
Here is another interesting looking fence. You can see a bus about a few meters away. Eh, let us move right along, shall we. 5 stars.
Here is the last photo for now. It is another fence. They are just about the only thing worth looking at where I live. Pitiful... if you ask me. Still, there are some things that cannot be helped. In any case, this last photo gets 5 stars rating.
Tsukiyo Tensei DA Artist Feature
Reviewed by Teresita Blanco
Today, I wanted to feature the amassing Tsukiyo Tensei. She is a mangaka artist from Deviant art, currently affiliated with AnimeKida. When she is not drawing, she makes the world a better place by making certain that our food does not have any evil chemicals. She is one of those Food Safety People, well bro said it was something with food, we don't quite get how it works, I forget the official title. In light of our mutual hobby and friendship, I decided to feature her. Tsukiyo has been in deviant art for about 6 years. Her art has improved a lot since she first began.
Aside from her manga, she does commission works, for a modest fee. Recently, she drew for our website all the main characters, in color. Like you might have guessed, color is not our cup of tea. My bro ended up making everything look like an impressionism painting. Which was impressing, in addition to being a bit of an eyesore. Long story short, we returned to black and white. Anyhow, the characters that Tsukiyo drew for us came out really pretty. You can see them in our http://animekida.com/ website.
Lets see, aside from making original work. Tsukiyo enjoys making fanarts. Most of them are from the Black Jack graphic novel by Ozamu Tezuka. I read the graphic novel Black Jack. It was a pretty interesting medical drama. I can see why Tsukiyo liked it so much. If you are interested in commissions, fanarts or whatever, please visit Tsukiyo's deviantart page. I would greatly appreciate it. Indeed, she is a 5 stars worthy artist, worthy of recognition.
Bright, Bright Miami Beach Day Photos by Teresita Blanco
In this post, we see a bunch of photos I took while hanging out in Miami Beach. The weather was just sublime that day. It was windy with a scorching sun. The perfect heat and cool combination. Being summer and all, there was an increase in tourism. Anyhow, the first photo shows an Asian guy photographing his little girl. You see their kind with cameras in all tourist attractions. His little girl looks very cute. In any case, this adorable photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, the father is preparing the wife and his daughter for his family photo. The ruckus they are making is calling the attention of some of the locals. Anyhow, this cute photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, the wife or the husband probably said something funny. Both seem to be laughing at a common joke. Its cute how the lil toddler is looking at the scene. This cute photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see the Asian family taking their photo. The kids are making the V gesture. My teacher thought they where the biggest cliche she had ever seen. Indeed, this cute photo deserves 5 stars rating.
Well, here is the second family photo. This one is better defined than the last one. They all seem very happy. I think they want to arrange a marriage between the lil girl and the son. I mean, they are the center focus of the photograph. In any case, this photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see two fathers with their babies. The wife is taking a photo. They both look very cute. 5 stars worthy.
The next photo shows a maiden smoking. I am not too big on smokers, still they were quite the cliche kind of weirdoes. Anyhow, this photo gets 5 stars rating.
This one is more of a panoramic view of Miami Beach. You can appreciate all the lovely colors of that day. Its a very warm photo. It deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a cute baby girl with a pink hat. I saw her passing by so I took a photo. I think the arrangement worked pretty well. Truly, it deserves 5 stars rating.
This photo too was well liked. It was a pretty interesting way to look at stuffs. It gives you the feel of how it must be to wear one of those. In any case, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
Here is another lovely photo. This one has two women with a camera. You guys know how I like to photograph people with cameras. The guy watching them kinda creeps me out. This photo gets 5 stars rating.
This is just a simple baby photo. It was the baby of one of mom's friends. 5 stars.
In this one, a girl got thirsty while in the sand so her mother gave her water. I thought it was a pretty interesting photo. And also kind of funny. This cutie gets 5 stars.
In this photo, the mother is photographing her girl in the sand. The couple looks quite funny trying to set up the photo. 5 stars.
Here the kids were debating about what to do with the girl inside the sand. She was taking a bit too long to get out. This adorable photo gets 5 stars.
After the girl got out, the group started digging a hole. On the background, you can see the mother photographing something or other. It makes for an interesting photo of sorts. 5 stars worthy.
In this photo, a couple asked a chick to take their photo. As usual, the novice photographer is striking a stupid pose. I seen like a million folks taking a photo in this manner. This lovely photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see a cutie smiling. I thought the light was just right for this photo. Anyhow, this deserves 5 stars rating.
In this last photo, we see the red baron flying over Miami Beach. Its more of an interesting looking kite. Still, the angle makes it seem bigger than what it actually is. In any case, this last deserves 5 stars rating. I hope you like this really long post of sorts. I think I am going to take a nap.
Random Photos of Miami Beach by Teresita Blanco
Again, we have more Miami Beach photos. Its amassing the number of variety you can get from a
single place. Frankly, I photograph around the same spot because I am really lazy. Still, even
for a lazy SOB like me, you gotta admit that I have one or two photos worth looking at. In any
case, above you see the first photo. By then, I was experimenting with the color features of
the camera. This one is more in Serbia than in black and white. It sorta gives an old look to
the entire scene. In any case, this cute photo deserves 5 stars rating. Yay, for me and for
you as well, for putting up with me.
In this photo, we see a Jewish guy reading his Torah on his Iphad. The Torah has gone a long
ways from being written in papyrus. Now, everything is digitized, for better or for worst.
Still, I sometimes wonder... alas, that is the day the earth stood still talk. Anyhow, this
cute photo gets 5 stars rating.
In this photo, a model is getting her picture taken with the beach for a background. A lot of
models start their careers by the beach side. Its their way of showing off the goods. In any
case, this cute photo by yours truly deserves 5 stars rating.
We see a cute couple staring at the ocean. Romantic wise, it works pretty well. 5 stars rating for
Here is the last photo for now. It shows a lovely sunset. One rarely sees sunsets worth looking
at these days. In any case, this photo gets 5 stars. I hope that you liked this current
Back to Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
Well, continuing with our Miami Beach theme, here we have more of these kinds of photos. I am almost done with posting all my good photos to Phi Stars. Afterwards, I will go back to taking photos and writing about other people's 5 stars worthy work. On the meantime, sit back and enjoy the show. The first photo shows a guy photographing his blonde wife. Both do look very cute together. This is one of my best photographer photos. Hehehe. In any case, this photo of mine deserves 5 stars rating.
Here is another photo of a photographer. This one is simply photographing the beach. I seen like a million of such kinds of photos. The expression of my photographer is priceless. In any case, this one deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo shows a cute toddler trying to get his father to get up. I find it funny to see how the lil kid imagines that he has enough strength to force his father to get up. This adorable photo deserves 5 stars rating.
The next photo shows a panoramic view of Miami Beach. You can see a lot of family drama all over the sand. In addition, you can appreciate the fancy kites flying over the water. I really do not know what that sport is called. In any case, this photo deserves 5 stars rating.
In this photo, we see some sandy footprints. By now, you can see the sun declining. In any case, this landscape deserves 5 stars rating.
In this last photo, we see some palms and a part of the hotel. The scenery works pretty well around the edges. Lets us just wrap things up. This photo deserves 5 stars rating. I hope these photos inspires you to visit Miami Beach. My advice, only go out in the day cause ninjas stalk the night.
Last Miami Beach Photos by Teresita Blanco
Above, we see a cute photo of a guy photographing his girl. She has the silliest looking laugh I ever heard. Seriously! Anyhow, this is one of the last photos that I took. Lets move right along shall we. 5 stars.
In this one, we see a Miami Beach hotel. There is like a hundred of those. 5 stars.
Well, here is the last photo. It shows my mother next to the parking lot. The clouds work well and all. Anyhow, this one deserves 5 stars rating.
Dororo by Ozamu Tezuka 5 Stars Worthy Manga
Reviewed by Teresita Blanco
Today, I wanted to review the great graphic novel Dororo. I liked it because it had an interesting concept. The manga starts with Lord Daigo visiting a temple. The temple was infamous for having some statues of 48 demons. It was said that when the sculptors finished making the statues, they were driven insane.
Anyhow, Daigo promised those demons 48 body parts of his firstborn, in exchange for a Kingdom. The demons took the deal. When Daigo's son was born he was missing a lot of body parts. He barely looked human. The father forced the mother to abandon the child.
From that scene on, it switches to the child, called Hyakkimaru, already full grown. You only find out that it is he, when he removes one of his prosthetic hands. The hand served as a sheaf for a samurai sword. Later in the chapter, Hyakkimaru, meets the little bandit Dororo.
Dororo is a renown bandit who becomes obsessed with obtaining Hyakkimaru's sword. Hiakkimaru tries to shoo him away. Since he lost his body parts, demons have been chasing after him. As he defeats those 48 demons, he regains a body part.
The book itself is more about the child Dororo. He lives in a harsh world where the samurai bully the poor. His parents where farmers who turned to banditry to survive. Even the main character Hyakkimaru shows the full extent of the samurai's cruelty. Both being victims of the same society must work together to survive in such a harsh world.
At a certain, the story gets a bit Oedipus Rex. Battle wise, Hyakkimaru was pretty cool. Its a bummer how such a cute looking character can butcher so many people. Chapter wise, I liked best the pathetic flashback of Dororo. It was something else. You know, when he was thinking about his mother and father.
I also liked one with the demon stealing face. A demon chick lured Dororo to her lair. She started raising him as her own. Along the way, she started developing feelings for the kid. There is an interesting twist about Dororo, but I don't want to spoil the ending. In any case, Dororo is a 5 stars worthy manga. A lot of other mangas were based on it, like Berserk and Inuyasha. I think it got made into a movie or something, but whatever.
Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 5 Stars Worthy Action Manga
Review by Teresita Blanco
A few weeks ago, a friend from Anime Kida suggested I read Vagabond. I must admit that it was a really good Samurai or sword fighting show. The story starts with two army deserters, Takezo and Matahachi. It was their first army battle and they survived. As it always happened, since they were trainees, they only had machetes and spears to protect themselves.
The army battle ended badly. With their unit wiped out, they decided to try to return home. Working together, they managed to escape the Refugee hunters. Along the way, they ran into two bandit ladies. The ladies decided to keep them since the mother wanted to marry her daughter.
A lot of gory things happen along the way. Takezo decides to become a Vagabond since he had no were to return to. Instead of returning home, his friend Matahachi decides to ditch his fiancee and runaway with the two bandit ladies.
Anyhow... the manga really gets started after Takezo meets a weird Buddhist Priest back in his hometown. Takezo wanted to return to inform Matahachi's fiance of the strange turn of events. In that chapter, we find out more about Takezo' traumatic childhood. Takezo was forced to leave home for killing a guy at the age of 13.
Matahachi was his only friend. The only person who did not fear Takezo. As a child, Takezo got whipped into shape by his infamous samurai dad. His mother also abandoned him. All those traumas combined made Takezo a pretty depressing wild kind of weirdo.
Long story short, Takezo's guru helped him realized that he deserved to live. How he went about it is a subject of much debate. Frankly, it was far too Machiavellian for a Buddhist monk. Then again, he might have been a Zen Buddhist monk. Zen Buddhist monks like to shock your senses, by bleating you to a bloody pulp. In doing so, you realize the ultimate truth (whatever that may be). His guru also renamed him, Miyamoto Musashi.
Anyhow... this manga has a lot of cool realistic battles. The goryness is a bit over the top for my taste. I found it hilarious how epically Takezo said he would become a Vagabond, like it was a good thing. Overall, the manga is about a guy who wants to become "Invincible Under the Sun". This means that he wants to become the best sword fighter there ever was.
In a Samson kind of fashion, Takezo fights with a club like wooden sword. This represents the rawness and brutality of his sword fighting technique. Truly, if you are into amassing sword fighting, Vagabond is the manga for you. It deserves 5 stars rating.
The Twin Knights by Osamu Tezuka Cute Manga Sequel Review
Today, I wanted to review the Twin Knights graphic novel. This one is a sequel to the Princess Knight. The story starts with a bunch of court women preparing to tale the story of Princess Sapphire. In the second part, Princess Sapphire has given birth to twins. During the celebration, a fight broke out. As it always happened, a fight broke out over who would become the true heir of the throne.
One faction wanted Prince Daisy to take over. The other wants Princess Violetta to rule. The kids are still infants and they already have problems. To solve the problem, King Handsome asks God to intervene. In answer to his prayers, God sent the angel Tink. He was the angel who had previously helped Princess Sapphire.
He left the decision to chance. If he bow fell toward the left, it meant that Violetta was meant to be the ruler. If it fell toward the right, Daisy would be king. The bow decided that Daisy would be king. After it was decided, the supporters of Violetta steal prince Daisy. They dump him somewhere in the forest, with the hopes that he would die.
To keep Daisy's supporters from going berserk, King Handsome decides that Violetta will act as her brother. Queen Sapphire hated the idea that her daughter would be forced to live a double life, as both a boy and a girl. As for the Prince, he was raised by a dear named Papi.
The dear Papi asked the fairy queen to turn her into a human in order to raise the child. However, the fairy would only make Papi human during the night time. Also, should the prince find out she was a dear, it would cause Papi to die. So yeah, its the usual fairy tale scenario, with the usual fairy tale problems. In any case, this manga is 5 stars worthy. I suggest it to all who like cute little fairy tale kind of stories.