Like quite a may other other anime/manga fans I also have a few wall scrolls of some of my favorite series. Once I realized the existence of wall scrolls, whenever possible I opted to buy a wall scroll over a poster because they hold up better over time. My poor posters are all worn at the corners from years of having wall putty placed and removed from the same spots, all of them are retired in a bin now. Unfortunately I frequently come across the dilemma where I can find the images I want in poster form, but not in a wall scroll. The lighting in these pictures isn’t that great because they’re hanging in our basement. That’s where our main living space is. I recently came across a Sailor Moon wall scroll that I REALLY liked and (of course) purchased. It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve been waiting years to find a Sailor Moon wall scroll that I liked. For me this wall scroll is perfect for Sailor Moon, I found that most Sailor Moon wall scrolls had a few more characters than I wanted. Even though I like all the Sailor Scouts/Senshi, I was really looking for a wall scroll of just the main inner senshi (and no Rini/Chibi-Usa). I really like that this wall scroll has everyone in their original outfits and their original transformation finale poses, it makes me nostalgic for the first season on Sailor Moon. Although unfortunately in order to hang up this lovely piece, another wall scroll had to be retired….but I’ll get into my retired wall scrolls at the end of the post.
I originally passed over this series a few times because I figured it was shonen-ai (guy-guy love). I don’t mind if a shonen-ai couple pops up in a series I’m reading, but it’s not a genre I actively seek out. I happened to see somewhere that someone really unexpectedly enjoys the series, and that it wasn’t shonen-ai but actually shoujo. So I picked it up on a whim. It may have been a random review (and I can’t remember where I saw it) that pushed me to take a chance.
Making this list was a LOT more of a pain than I thought it would be! I was thinking I had a lot more anime series options that fell under the “magical girl” category than I actually did. Characters that I used to think were considered “magical girls” probably were a bit too old, and their powers were either more supernatural oriented, or not as magical as I remembered them being. I probably still don’t understand what a magical girl category really is, and there may be more series/characters applicable to this than I considered. But below are characters from my favorite series that I thought were best qualified as the “magical girl” genre. The magical girl genre in general seems to be mostly hit or miss for me. The series I like, I REALLY like, and the series I dislike, I REALLY dislike. Plus…as I made this list I had terrible urges to re-read some of these series, I already got distracted at least once to re-read one of these series and have been resisting the rest until later. My next manga review may have to be a magical girl series
I became interested in Sket Dance when it made a list I found of recommended manga. I REALLY liked the list and added all the series I hadn’t yet read to my “to read” list (Gokusen, Ping Pong, etc..). I REALLY wish I could remember where I saw this list, I believe it was made by multiple manga bloggers and I’m kicking myself that I can’t find it again to link it. Well the last few series were listed under a category of favorite series that aren’t licensed yet…Sket Dance in particular caught my eye. The fact that it was a long running Shonen Jump series with three characters that looked so normal and cheerful…I wanted to try it out. Anything that’s over 100 chapters in Shonen Jump is worth trying for me, not to mention it won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award in 2009 for best shōnen manga. So I started reading the manga online, and after a while I started the anime as well. Sket Dance has opened my eyes to Shonen gag/comedy manga, usually my Shonen series have a battle or mystery focus.
Hey everyone! I know I’ve been terribly quiet lately, but I’ve been reading a lot of manga as well as watching a lot of anime! I have a few series I really can’t wait to write reviews of, so look forward to that! I plan on doing posts on Sket Dance (manga/anime), my top ten favorite Magical Girl characters, Seiho Boy’s High School (manga), and perhaps Code: Breaker (manga)!! I’m also ALMOST done with Persona 4! Expect my first video game review in ages right after I finish! I’m at 100+ hours played with less than 20 hours left to go! (At least I think it’s at less than 20). Afterward I’m going to finish DragonQuest V…if you can believe it I put the game down because I wasn’t sure which bride to choose! In the end I’ll probably go for Bianca because she’s the choice that seems to match the story best.