Manga Gekiyuuchi: similarities to Fight Club?

I’m a huge fan of the movie “Fight Club” from 1999, it’s a truly great movie you should have seen, but don’t spoiler yourself before you watch this movie. Before I’ve seen the movie, I’ve known absolutely nothing about the movie itself and after the movie was finished, I was glad about this fact. So if you haven’t seen “Fight Club”, don’t read any further, or you’ll spoil yourself.

The manga Gakiyuuchi is about bloody street fights. The protagonist lost a good friend who committed suicide, but in High School he sees a video of an illegal street fight and one of the fighters looks an aweful lot like the friend he lost. Since he wants to do something, he enters the world of street fights himself in order to search for his friend.

Now what made me thing this manga resembles Fight Club? This one sentence in Chapter 16:

But it doesn’t change the fact that the only time when I feel alive is when I fight.”

This sounds exactly like something that could have been said in Fight Club when those men are fighting to be able to feel themselves living. This is so similiar, when I came across this quote I was actually thinking if this manga is probably even inspired by Fight Club. On the other hand: there are probably countless of mangas and movies with a similar topic, so it’s very unlikely, but this really caught my eye, because it really sounded as if this was staight out of the movie. All right, this is just a scanlation, so it’s been translated by amateurs and who knows? The translation is probably not even that close to what has actually been said, you know, word-wise (the meaning can be the same).

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi season 2 Episode 2

Just… how can Onodera still deny his love for Takano, after he kissed him passionately in the car unable to do anything but cling to him? Well, at least I can underdstand Takano now, because Onodera is obviously so deeply in love with him, why would he stop? But giving the cake away was a shame, although I don’t really understand where the birthday present vanished to after they left the elevator. It’s magic!

Ok, what elese happend? Yokozawa – again. Seems like Takano feels entirely different about the whole thing with him than Yokozawa himself, because he looks like he damn well enjoyed his time with Takano and wants some more of him, so he tries to scare Onodera away. Too bad Takano wants Onodera, who also wants him, but refuses to say so. Nevertheless, I was really wondering why Takano and Onodera aren’t an item by now, because they should be.

Oh wait, the story is over once they get together, we can’t do this yet, we have to stretch it out. Well, don’t get me wrong, it’s normal there’s a lot stretching in manga and anime, it just annoys me when the characters obviously whould have moved on to the next stage, because Takano and Onodera sould be together by now, it’s just Onodera being a bitch what’s stopping them. Not Yokozawa, no, Onodera is the main hindrance.

Oh yeah and next week sidestory…

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Season 2 Episode 1 – and it continues…

Well, that ^ was my first impression. Lovely, isn’t it?

Now I have to explain myself, because beforehand I said I most likely won’t watch it. Yeah, but this was before I knew there’s hardly anything to watch for me this season. I’ve never seen any Fate-stuff and I’m kind of stuck in the middle of Shana II, so I can’t/don’t want to watch Fate/Zero and Shana III and this pretty much kills off the two most hyped animes this season (probably this year).  The only thing left for me to do, is hope for the best and watch Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Season 2.

You know, I liked the main story… aside the fact that Takano forced himself on Onodera and sexually assaulted him, but all in all I think it was pretty decent. It was ok, nothing groundbreaking, but ok. The problem I had with the first season, were the side stories and the annoying part is that the sidestories themselves weren’t even this bad (although they don’t exist in the manga),  it’s just that 12 episodes ware too short for 4 Storylines. Only half of the episodes covered the main storyline, resulting in a complete mess and jumping back and fourth  between multiple setting isn’t exactly the best thing either. So for the second season I was hoping they will stop with the sidestories, but my hopes were crushed during the first 2 minutes when the Opening was playing.

As for the first episode itself, it didn’t really start off as good as season 1 did, mainly because the content didn’t make any sense. No, I’m not complaining that Takano pretty much raped Onodera when he was drunk, I’m not even questioning this anymore, you don’t need a brain for the yaoi-part (oh the irony, because this is exactly what I don’t like in yaoi). What I’m talking about is the fact that Onodera got a promotion or something and pretty much does the job Takano did before.

No, no, no, NO Who in his or her right mind, would let a complete amateur and newbie do this important job? Especially, if there was a very capable person doing it  before, who pretty much rescued the Magazine with this epic epicness of epic in editing and managing a Manga-Magazine. It’s way too much for Onodera, he’s struggling so much and the fun part is that we don’t even get an explanaition for this mess, Onodera only makes a guess and it’s most likely wrong anyway. So what was this for? To be able to throw a party with two people, get Onodera drunk and rush through all the drunk-blabber-cliché stuff to end the episode on a fuck?

Isn’t this great?

LOVEY DOVEY – first thoughts?

I’ve seen Lovey Dovey and decited to take a look. The only problem: after I read the description,  I really didn’t want to read the manga anymore, so in the end I decided against it. I can quote the part that made me stop being interested in this manga, because this is what you call stalking:

For 10 years Saika has done everything she can to get close to her love Keishi. She followed him to the same high school, joined the same committees, and even changed her outward personality to become the right match for Keishi.

Bakuman Season 2 Episode 1 – Ashirogi Muto are back

Finally! Bakuman is back.

Since I read the Manga, they can’t really surprise me, but hey, this is Bakuman, I’m going to watch it no matter what. And it was nice seeing Mashiro and Akito back in color. And Hattori, did I ever mention I’m totally in love with Hattori? He’s an awesome character, I just like how much he cares for Ashirogi Muto. It’s like he’s the one who was blessed to meet them first and the one who helped them the most on their way. Of course, he did several things Ashirogi Muto didn’t like and they found ways around it, but in the end he had a great influence on them in a very positive way.

And now he’s gone. Left Ashirogi Muto in the hands of the young, inexperienced and overly energetic Miura who’s more like a tornado than an editor. Just great, but it moved me how much Hattori would have liked to stay as their editor. On the other hand, the reaction Ashirogi Muto had when they were told about the editor-change, was pretty rude. Miura most likely understood that they liked Hattori and he even knew beforehand that Hattori would have liked to stay by their side as their editor, but still… running out of the apartment to say your goodbye to your old editor is pretty rude when the new one is sitting right there.

Well, Ashirogi Muto always had their own mind and like I said: Miura knew beforehand that this won’t be easy for the young Manga-ka. They’re very young, they’re emotional, it’s ok I guess.

The other highlight of this episode was Eiji getting drunk on juice. That was just plain awesome. Hiramua is also a freak, sure, but Eiji is still something else, I can’t help but really like him. he completely lacks any common sense, behaves more like a child, but can be pretty serious here and there, too. The most important part is, of course, his extraordinary talent when it comes to manga and I’m not just talking about his ability to draw them, but also about his sense about manga in general. Having read all the manga from the entire Team Fukuda, he knew who was going to be published in Jump with a series, just because he has a great understanding about the potential of a good manga. This is pretty much why he’s been a fan of Ashirogi Muto all the time: he noticed their manga was good, but he also noticed that there’s a lot more potential in those two and that they can create something great in the future.

So, yeah, the stage is cleared now, this episode was more like a reintroduction and the changes that had to be made and starting next episode, we’re going to dig right into Mashiros and Akitos daily life as professional Manga-ka… while they still attend High School.