Re-Evaluating My Art

Lately my current projects have me re-evaluate my approach to art itself.

No matter how many times I sit back and overview my situation, I can’t help but be amazed at my own personal achievements over the past three years.

10 years ago, the idea of becoming an artist and completing a fantasy story would have been a far-fetched dream.

20 years ago, drawing and writing were nothing more than hobbies as I often created my own stories centred around Thomas the Tank Engine, who was my hero at that time.

( ( Psst, I still consider him a hero even now! ! ! ) )

30 years ago, I was born, having no idea what this beautiful blue world was all about. I always wondered who I was as a person and what I should do in life. Now, I’m comfortable in my own skin, I like who I am and what I do, and in all honesty I’ve never been happier. I know what I want to do in life;

  • to complete my own story
  • to be a successful artist

Ever since I was a toddler I’ve always liked doing scribbles of pictures on paper and even arranging words together to form a sentence. As unsophisticated as they were, it was always rewarding to see the thoughts in my head, come to life on paper. It was only recently I realised that I wanted to turn these hobbies of dreams into the real thing. It was certainly a long time coming but that is the beauty of learning and discovering things about yourself. You never stop learning.

 

Journey as an Artist

My art is getting better by the day and every new picture becomes an enjoyable project. My newest picture of Wiz from KonoSuba is gaining more attention than I expected and it made me re-evaluate myself as an artist.

Throughout the years I’ve been studying the human anatomy as well as looking at other artists for inspiration. Before, I’ve been content with random sketches and scribbles without receiving notoriety, but now I’ve been striving to improve and enjoy more of what I do, and if my works get noticed- I consider that a magnificent bonus! I will admit and say that I always did struggle visualising a scene which was why I usually just drew the anime girl herself without a foreground and background.

As of late I’ve been slowing down on my illustrations, both in the drawing sense and uploading them to public sites like DeviantArt and Pixiv. It’s partly due to the fact that I’ve been susceptible to being ill and catching colds this year. I’m even recovering from a cold as I write this. I don’t seem as bad as I was last week thankfully, I just need to keep taking it easy and go to bed at a reasonable time- night owl. It’s my own fault really for lacking discipline it’s just that I never like to put down my stylus because I enjoy what I do so much, speaking of which…

During my phase of slowing down and putting no pressure on myself, I found that I was enjoying what I’m drawing. My recent Wiz picture emulates my new approach of taking my time with each illustration, no pressure, and figure out what I want the picture to represent. Because I took my time to complete it, it came out exactly how I envisioned it. =)

Luckily I’ve got an abundance of artwork in progress and in spite of my illness I’m going through a period where I’m enjoying absolutely everything. I’m able to figure out what I want to do and how I want to achieve it and hopefully you will enjoy, or continue to enjoy, my future works. =)

 

Journey as an Author

I think it would be fair to say that my journey as a writer is a little more complex. I’ve always liked the idea of being an author but the only books I have read were the Railway Series involving Thomas the Tank Engine and Harry Potter.

For around 10 years I wanted to write a novel about this one character I created by accident, but I always struggled and was forever stuck on Chapter One. It was at that point that I decided to emulate the Harry Potter series and complete 6 books in that time. Yeah. It’s good to plan things in advance like holidays and World Cup fixtures but planning to complete a story is never a good idea. Considering the fact that I was barely able to complete the first book gave me that pressure that I created unnecessarily.

Time after time I would give up and start again…

One day I started to read heaps of manga but more significantly, Japanese Light Novels.

Light Novels were the key to opening my horizons and to improve my writing style and how to convey the plot of my story. Since then my whole attitude towards this story has changed dramatically and if you were to look back to when I started it, it’s unrecognisable. Everything about it has changed with the exception of the main character.

The biggest inspiration for this sudden bout of change is the Light Novel published by YenPress, ‘I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.’ It’s become one of my current favourite novels to read this year and I’m eagerly looking forward to Volume Two this coming August. As to why this has inspired me…

I love to create female characters, be it in art form or in written literature. I find them far easier to create than I do with men and deep down I wanted to write an all-female cast in my story but I didn’t think the idea was feasible enough. That hesitance alone hindered the progress of an idea that I was trying to build on.

However, during my inner turmoil I read this nice little story about an immortal witch who was reincarnated from another world called Azusa. The story was very simple and easy to understand but equally as enjoyable. It was only after I completed the first volume that I realised that the book itself, with the exception of one or two male extras, had an all-female cast!

This revelation struck a huge chord in my head. If the author, Kisetsu Morita, can write a light novel that comprises of an all-female cast, why can’t I?  When that came to mind a ray of endless possibilities entered my head and in the space of only a few months, I’ve not only completed one chapter, but TWO chapters! It may not seem much in the scheme of things but to me this is a humongous achievement.

Being older each day comes with the benefit of wisdom, and it doesn’t just have to happen when you turn a year older, you can become wiser in a single second of a day. I understand now what to do and what not to do… the goal right now is to finish the first book rather than complete the whole series of books. Unlike before the notion of completing my first book no longer feels impossible and I have to give my thanks to Kisetsu for giving me this huge wave of inspiration.

 

I still have a long way to go but it’s a fantastic feeling to finally get things started, both as an author and as an Artist. =)

 

Thank you for reading.

Ryan.^^/

2017 Highlights and 2018 Goals

Hello, how are you? I hope the festive season is being very kind to you.

It’s around this time of year where I talk about my highlights. It gets tougher every year, I reached that stage now where every day is my best ever day. This year I’ve grown mentally stronger, tougher and growing in self-confidence in myself and in my talents. I’ve been going out more times than I ever had, and never have I seen so many films at the cinema in one year. That feat is especially a big deal to me.

I tried many times to let go of my past, sometimes I felt I did but there were some things I hadn’t considered. Perhaps deep down I was trying to convince myself rather than accept that I wasn’t quite there yet. But now, I do feel that I have reached that place. Right now I feel that this is the best month of the year, partly because it’s Christmas, but also because I reached a good place in my life.

To add a few things that happened recently- I looked after my niece a few times with my Mum, I did yoga, I went Santa-Sack shopping with my sister in Manchester and dined at AskItalian with my brother and co for our traditional Christmas Jumper Meal. I also got amazing feedback over my small overview review of Kase-San and Morning Glories which I will expand on further down the page. =)

 

I think perhaps my most significant encounters all happened in anime and art.

My art is slowly starting to take off and becoming more popular. I improved my technique, polished my style and I’m enjoying my drawings much more. I received a few commissions, a donation and a dozen of requests and was rewarded with customer satisfaction. That especially made my job worthwhile. I also did a birthday picture for my Mum of Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney couple. =)

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a writer but I did drawing as an aside. Yet, over these past couple of years I gradually turned my favourite hobby into something much more important.

 

2018

I never do New Year’s Resolutions but I will summarise very quickly what I intend to do next year.

Birthday

I like to celebrate my birthdays as peacefully and quietly as possible but as it is my 30th I decided to try and make an effort. I’m going to celebrate it in a cinema whether it’s playing on the Wii Switch with family or watching an anime like One Punch Man or Non Non Biyori.

Updating my Website

I just want to give my website a revamp.

Twitter Manga Reviews

I found a new refreshing way to review manga and light novels, instead of writing an lengthy evaluation I now write a short synopsis.

So far I reviewed How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom vol 4, There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor vol 4, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia vol 1 and Kase-San and Morning Glories. I was surprised when I got positive feedback on my Kase-San review with the amount of likes and retweets.

I won’t go so far as to say that I won’t review a manga/light novel ever again but I won’t do it any time soon.

Conventions

I am hoping to attend anime conventions and if appropriate I would love to have my own art stall.

Manga Books and General Art

In light of these conventions I’ve been developing and storyboarding my stories with my own characters.

I don’t want to give anything away but I’m working on a short manga story and a picture book. These are very exciting times. I have basic ideas for the monster girls and I have a full completed story in mind for my short manga, I just need to draft it and get to work.

If I’m successful I will be able to complete all of this in time for one of the conventions next year. I won’t rush to complete them as you should never rush art but I’m very keen to get on with these projects and show everyone my work. =)

 

Happy Christmas everyone, see you next year. =)

Ryan.^^/

Attachments, Cleansing and Achievement

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Yesterday I achieved something special.

Ever since I was little I had this thing where I held attachments and had great difficulty letting go. Whether that’s letting go of past memories or physical objects it’s always been a problem. I think Autism does play a part in this but ultimately I became accustomed with this personality trait. All of this was an issue because I attached myself onto these things and I felt these memories or physical objects defined who I was when I was still finding my feet growing up.

Yesterday I decided to sort out my entire room before Christmas and I actually managed to throw out a lot of things that I haven’t used or seen for 10 years. I even gave some books and clothes to the charity shops as they were wasted in my wardrobe. I felt emotional as getting rid of things was not easy but I managed to tame my emotional attachment side and was resolute in my goal and decision.

It’s also worth pointing out as it feels appropriate that I’m only ever sad whenever I recall my younger years and childhood. In turn I’m at my happiest when I’m in the present focusing on my artwork and stories.  Why trap myself in the past where I’m living in the realm of what really matters; the present. With that in mind I decided to get rid of all the sources that link me back to my past. I partly did that throughout the years but I decided to get rid of everything whilst I was feeling motivated.

Yes it was emotional doing it but right here and now I feel cathartic and for the first time I drew my pictures and watched Match of the Day without so much as a fleeting thought.

 

Knowing not to reminisce is one thing but to put that into practice takes time and I feel I probably needed time to let go. I haven’t been able to do that until now. So, from this moment on I will not reflect on my past in my future blogs as that will defeat the object of my achievement. I will do what I’ve already been doing and that is discussing my current news, my art, anime and generally things that are relevant to me.

 

Christmas is coming and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Thank you for reading. =)

Ryan.

 

ps, I also watched the anime film “Fireworks”. I enjoyed it very much. It was another great experience to watch an anime film at the cinema. =)

Doki Doki Festival 2017

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Yesterday I attended the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester which is a convention based on Japanese culture.

Lately I’ve been growing as an artist and for the last few months I’ve been strongly considering having my own stall at local conventions. The thought of this makes me excited and nervous as it’s a new and unknown territory for me. I don’t know the process of this or anything about it. After much deliberation I decided to go along to a local festival to see what it was all about.

It was with great fortune that around that time I discovered Doki Doki and arranged a trip with my brother to this festival. This was a very big thing for me as I rarely organise an outing.

Going into an unfamiliar place like Doki Doki came with apprehension and anxiety. The only convention I’ve been to up to this point was Kitacon but I knew nothing about Doki Doki. All I knew is that it offers Japanese culture like live music, train society and origami and of course art stalls but that was it. How did they represent their crafts? What were the stalls like? What was the building going to be like? I already made up my mind I was going, I was going to go, enjoy myself and hopefully learn a few things.

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It really was a great experience.

I didn’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It really was just like a convention where everyone was having fun with their friends, browsing and exploring stalls, drawing art and listen live music, not to mention Japanese cuisine which was delicious! Yum.  It was similar to Kitacon but obviously the theme was Japanese culture and not just about anime.

Initially I was overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the crowd and the loud music, both which are my weaknesses. Once I got used to the atmosphere, which was amazing, I felt more comfortable and started to mingle in the crowd and explore the stalls on my own. It was a huge bonus that I didn’t get lost, brownie points for me! Haha.

I was more relaxed and comfortable talking to people, a feat which actually surprised me and it’s only through reflection that I didn’t realise how relaxed I was. At past conventions I perhaps spoke and acted like a robot but I spoke naturally and the conversations weren’t forced. Perhaps it’s just me getting used to speaking to people on a regular basis? I don’t know the reason but it’s very good for my confidence.

I did eventually reach my limit and ended up becoming light-headed, which increased later, but I was determined to make the most of it so I ignored my own alarming radar and continued to bask in the Festival. =)

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I managed to talk to all the artists. They gave me a lot of advice about being an artist, how to start up and how convention works. Since yesterday I’ve been feeling very inspired and highly motivated about my own art work going forward. For years I have been searching for my own ‘purpose’ and at last I think I’ve found that in the form of an anime artist.

Everything happens for a reason and I truly believe that I could cope having my own stall at a convention. It wasn’t easy but I did well yesterday and I don’t see any reason why I can’t handle having my own stall. I’m still growing as an artist and as a person but I feel that I can see my goal. I’m going to keep doing my best, keep producing art the best art I can and see what happens. =)

 

Thanks for reading,

Ryan.^^/

November Updates

It’s now November. As soon as Halloween finished everyone started to advertise Christmas, which I wholeheartedly approve. =)

 

General News

I don’t really celebrate Halloween as passionately with Birthdays and Christmasses but I did try to get into the spirit when I played board games at my Brother’s Halloween Party. It’s always good fun but I do find myself confused with the rules. At one point I was so focused reading the rules that I accidentally knocked over my J2O all over my Brother’s cards. Whoops!

It was my Mum’s Birthday last Saturday and for her Birthday I got her Disney Crochet Patterns book and a Beauty and the Beast picture that I painted for her personally. I’m thankful that she likes it because it took me a long time to draw and colour it. It was especially difficult because Disney is not my style so it was tough to adapt, but with great fortune I managed it. =)

I watched Kingsmen: The Golden Circle at the cinema with my Brother and afterwards visited the Hard Rock Café to have drinks. That evening did take a toll on me because it was very busy with lots of people, both inside the café and around it because of the Little Mix concert.

I did embarrass myself at the bar by asking for a marshmallow J2O. Why I did this is still a mystery. Putting that aside indulging in that calming yet active atmosphere was a good experience. I wouldn’t want to go out every week but I would certainly like to come back one time to the Hard Rock Café. =)

 

Fun News

During my breaks of writing, drawing and looking after my niece I’ve been indulging on my Nights of Azure game, the second instalment, Bride of the New Moon. I’m really enjoying it. It feels a tad weird not seeing Arnice or Lilysse in it but it’s still good nonetheless.

Thanks to the previous games of the Atelier Series and the first Nights of Azure I have a firm grasp how to play the game. I have good idea the location of the plot, how to strengthen weapons, how to enhance specific items and so on. This time I bought the normal edition for the Nintendo Switch so the efforts it’s probably not as rewarding as it might be for the PlayStation 4, trophy wise, but I find it more rewarding that I’m able to progress through the storylines without online tutorials. I’m figuring everything out for myself and I can enjoy the story and gameplay without worrying about achieving the trophies in the process.

Playing it for the Switch is beneficial as I can play it anywhere. I know there’s the Vita but with Nights of Azure I’d rather play it on the Switch with a controller than on a handheld like the Vita.

In hindsight I probably should have bought the limited edition which comes with extra goods, like the DLC, but that’s not really important. What’s important is my enjoyment of the game which I’m enjoying very much.

I’m doing other things besides Nights of Azure. I’m playing Senran Kagura PBS for the PS4 and New Game! for the Vita. I practice Yoga every day and I’m reading manga/light novels before bed. I’m currently reading How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom volume 4 and just made it to chapter 5. As soon as I’ve finished reading that I’m going to read In Another World with my Smartphone volume 5. I considered reviewing all volumes from 1 to 5 in one swoop but that would be too much of a hassle so I may settle to just reviewing the newest volume if the mood strikes me. =)

 

Art News

I’m taking some time from my schedule to study some art books. I have confidence in my ability right now but studying fantastic art and artists will not only help me improve but it will inspire me more and give me clearer ideas for my future illustrations. Luckily I have ideas I’m already working on but I really want to take my time with them.

I feel I get better with every picture I draw. I can visualise the content of my pictures much clearer, and that makes me very happy.

 

I’m going to attend the Doki Doki Festival over the weekend. This will be quite a big event for me as I arranged the trip to go there with my brother. It’s the complete unknown and I am somewhat apprehensive about it but ultimately I think we will enjoy it. =)

Thanks for reading.^^/

Ryan.

September Updates

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Hello everyone, I wanted to share my latest updates.

2017 is certainly moving through the seasons rather quickly, at least for me. I see this as a good thing as I’m choosing to enjoy life rather than worry about the flow of time. =)

 

I have watched three films at the cinema in the past month and that is rather adventurous for me. I watched Spiderman Homecoming twice and the anime film, Your Name.

I’m used to watching Marvel films at the cinema but I’ve never watched an anime film on the big screen before so admittedly I was apprehensive. When I was invited to watch the latter I did panic and didn’t think rationally but in the end I decided to go and watch it. I’m glad I did. Your Name isn’t my kind of genre, I don’t usually like drama-twisting plots or tear-jerking moments but it is a beautiful film with a lovely story. The graphics and sound were especially spectacular. I wouldn’t watch it again but watching this on the big screen was a very memorable experience.

Sometimes you have to ignore the roadblocks to reach the end of the destination and that was what I did and what I will always continue to do. Some days are harder than others, and this was one of those times. ^^/

 

My personal projects are going very well and I will unveil some of them over the next few weeks. I really enjoyed drawing requests and I found it rewarding knowing that I’m making people happy with my pictures. However I stopped accepting requests because I wanted to focus on drawing illustrations for myself.

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • Sketches: I have a lot of messy and clean sketches to share which I have completed over course of the months. I will eventually share them online.
  • Anime Girls: I’m cracking on with the “Anime Girls” theme and have several near completion. Aletta and Kuro from Restaurant to Another World, Rem and Hestia, and Arma from In Another World with my Smartphone. I’ve also sketched Grayfia from High School DxD but that still needs tweaking and won’t be finished for a good while.
  • Original Characters: Following Cherub I created a batch of characters. These will take a while to complete because I want to study the profiles of each lady before I publish them online. I am in the midst of inking another Gaia illustration so that will probably be done in the next few weeks depending on my schedule.
  • Comic: I’m very excited about this experimental project and I can’t wait to unveil it. =)
  • Akeno: I’m working on a picture that features Akeno Himejima. I’m in the process of deciding on a background. I’m also excited about this picture.

 

I’m really enjoying all of my projects but none more so than my comic and Akeno. =)

 

I hope September treats you all kindly, thanks for reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

My Birthday 2017

It was my Birthday a few of days ago and I had a wonderful day.

I received nice Birthday messages, thoughtful cards and wonderful presents. The highlight of the day, I must say, is when my two year old Niece said to me “Happy Birthday Bro” because she calls me Uncle Bro. She’s very sweet and clever.

I don’t like a huge fuss or be the centre of attention I just like to spend a quiet peaceful day with my family. I woke up very early so I spent some time in my summer house editing one of my stories whilst listening to the birds singing. During the day I played Mario Kart with all my family and we then stayed up to the early hours watching One Punch Man. It’s fortunate we’re fans of the show and was worth the lack of sleep, haha.

A tad off subject but just thought to bring up something I recently learned about myself, how I used to fear failure.

This fact is important because it explains my thoughts, my obsession with being perfect and having a spotless record in every academic subject and emotional stress that extends back to my childhood. It’s only these past couple of years that I became more laid back and started to accept my weaknesses and being open to making mistakes. Yoga and Art helped me to make peace with my fear that isn’t really such a fear anymore, more of a dislike.

Back on subject- I had a wonderful day. It’s going to be an upheaval task trying to remember that I’m 29 but then again age isn’t really important, it’s more about how you feel. =)

 

Thanks for reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

2 Years

From time to time I look at my older art and with some of them I think “you could have done that better,” and I’m confident I would. This doesn’t mean I’m not proud of my past works though, I see them as progress to the artist I am now. They remind me how I started and where I was 2 years ago.

 

So much has happened since then. I was excited when one of my pictures received one view but now, since the beginning of the year, I’ve been receiving dozens of requests. It’s the sort of thing I didn’t think could happen, the idea never truly entered my head as a possibility. I’m still amazed by it all, even when I’m receiving requests now. =)

 

I decided to take a break from requests for the time being as I’ve been working on multiple backlogs since Christmas and I’ve also had spells of being unwell perhaps due to tiredness. I have taken a couple of short breaks between requests but have now decided to take a longer break to “recharge my batteries”. I do love my drawings I just think I’ve been a bit over-enthusiastic and perhaps not rested as much as I should have.

 

I hope to produce a picture to celebrate my own personal achievement for the last two years. My initial achievement was being brave enough to share my very first picture publicly but now the other achievement is making others happy with my drawings. =)

 

Thanks for your support, everyone.^^/

May Updates

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Hello.

Here I am, reporting in my monthly update.

Not so long ago I chipped a tooth and booked an appointment to get it checked. I was somewhat anxious as it would be my first ever filing… or so I thought. My Dentist told me my “chipped tooth” was in perfect condition with a tiny scrape at the top. I felt much better after this, I was anxious over nothing. =)

For the past few weeks I’ve been very poorly. I was suffering with bad dizzy spells to the point where I couldn’t draw and lost my balance whenever I walked. On top of that I caught a cold in the process.

I wondered if it was because I had been drinking decaf tea for over a week as opposed to my normal regular tea, so I switched to regular tea… only to experience no sleep that very same night. The dizzy spells seemed to have disappeared though. Haha!

I’m more or less better now I just need to rest more and sleep better. I do feel up to drawing more requests so I’ll resume them this evening. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

PS, I’m learning Japanese, more specifically Kana. I now understand the difference between Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hurray. =)

How Manga Changed My Life

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Over the last couple of years reading manga has become a really enjoyable hobby.

I’ve always struggled with reading since I was little, it’s difficult to put into words but I basically struggled to take in the information of the text which proved to be an uphill task when I was a University student. Luckily I had very understanding tutors who made my education very easy and enjoyable.

Around the time I graduated from Uni I got into manga and I must say I found it life-changing. After years of searching for reading material I found it in the form of manga. Suddenly I went from struggling to read one page to reading and enjoying literally dozens of manga and light novels.

Not only am I enjoying these stories as a fan but they’re helping me in the professional field as an artist and as an author. It may not seem much but it’s a very big deal to me and I’m very thankful that publishers like Seven Seas, Yen Press and everyone else exist to license and publish the manga that we all know and love. I’m also thankful for the Amazon Kindle, because I’m able to read and store so many manga volumes in one little device. =)

To give you a rough idea what I read, I’ll list 13 random Manga/Light Novels I’m currently reading while summarising my thoughts for each of them. =)

 

MY READING LIST

  1. Bloom into You (Seven Seas)

Volumes: 1

Yuu and Touko’s friendship started off simple but it develops deeper when they learn more about each other. They could become a lovely couple without drama but that quip made by Yuu’s Dad could be a hint of troubles to come. I don’t know why he would have a problem of Yuu having a girlfriend but the fact remains that if Yuu harbours those feelings it would put her in a tight spot.

 

2. Dragons Rioting (Yen Press)

Volumes: 4

This story is definitely unique, especially the circumstances with Rintaro. This is one of my favourite manga and it makes me sad a little that it’s never received an anime adaptation.

 

3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (YenPress)

Light Novel Volumes: 7

Manga Volume: 6

Sword Oratoria Light Novel Volumes: 2

The first Light Novel I’ve ever read. I like reading all about Bell’s journey and how he overcomes his mistakes and trials in and outside the dungeon. I especially adore his relationship with Hestia, they’re like a young married couple.

 

4. Kampfer (Digital Manga Publishing)

Manga Volumes: 3

I liked the anime and took the opportunity to read it on my kindle. Although I’m enjoying the manga it is difficult to ignore the quality of the pages, especially when I have to zoom in to read the dialogue.

 

5. Kiss and White Lily for my Dearest Girl (YenPress)

Volumes: 1

So far the contrast of love and hate between Ayaka and Yurine is adorable and I sense it’s gradually blossoming into a beautiful relationship. Ayaka buying flowers for her “rival” is a sweet touch and proves that deep down she cares about her future girlfriend. 😉

 

6. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (YenPress)

Manga Volumes: 2

Light Novel Volumes: 1

An absolutely hilarious story and I like how it’s written in the books. It doesn’t go into detail it just delves right into the plot, and that’s what I especially like about it. If there’s one thing that does disappoint me, slightly unrelated, is how the anime crew didn’t adapt Wiz’s introduction scene. It doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment, just a thought that came to mind. =)

 

7. My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World (J-Novel Club)

Manga Volumes: 3

I’m happy that more Light Novels are being published in English. I’m currently up to the part in volume 3 where Yoriko prevented Aiko from digging her fangs into Yuichi’s neck. This is an easy to read book and like KonoSuba and Re:Zero it has that air of self-awareness of manga cliché that seems to be the modern and current manga cliché.

 

8. Oh My Goddess! (Dark Horse Comics)

Volume: 1

Reading the first book makes me appreciate the era it debuted in, I find the story and the fashion very fascinating. Belldandy is such a beautiful Goddess, if I was Keiichi I’d ask her to stay with me as well! I also appreciate the references made by KonoSuba, especially the fateful encounter between Kazama and Aqua.

 

9. One-Punch Man (VizMedia)

Manga Volumes: 11

One-Punch Man, or as my Auntie calls him, “One Punch Baldy Man,” haha. I got my family hooked on Non Non Biyori and now I got them all hooked on the anime and given time, the manga too. 😉

The concept of this manga is wonderfully different and I find it inspiring as an artist how Yusuke Murata and One met and turned the franchise into a massively well-earned product. =)

 

10. Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan (Seven Seas)

Volumes: 2

Seeing a manga with colourful pages is very refreshing on the eyes. =) The simplicity of the story is nice too. I especially like how diverse and friendly the classmates are with each other, especially Galko and Otako. =)

 

11. See Me After Class (Project-H)

Volumes: 2

I never dreamed that this would ever get a license and I’m delighted that it did. =D This story is very humorous and makes me chuckle every time I re-read the volumes. It’s a tad disappointing that volume 3 keeps getting back-dated but it makes me look forward to it more. =)

 

12. The Testament of New Sister Devil (Seven Seas)

Volumes: 5

I keep on comparing this with High School DxD, I see many similarities yet major differences.

This harem story is visually appealing but one of my favourite moments is when Basara and his group battled against the heroes that filled one whole volume. Fan-service was not needed because the story and climax of that battle was very engaging. =)

 

13. Witchcraft Works (Vertical)

Volumes: 6

I love expressionless girls like Ayaka, I think her kind of characters tend to be funnier when they deal with situations with a monotone face. Haha. I like her relationship with Honoka and I find it fascinating how he was initially a girl before the story came to fruition.

 

MY PLAN TO READ LIST (10 Selected)

  1. Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor (Seven Seas)
  2. Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon (Seven Seas)
  3. Flying Witch (Vertical)
  4. Grenadier (VizMedia)
  5. Hybrid x Heart (YenPress)
  6. Monster Girl Doctor (Seven Seas)
  7. My Wife is Wagatsuma-San (Kodansha)
  8. The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm (Seven Seas)
  9. To LOVE-Ru (Seven Seas)
  10. Yokai Girls (Seven Seas)

Thank you for reading. =)

Ryan.^^/