dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
OK, this is going to be mildly rantish.

I was googling MeruPuri just to see what people have written about it, and came across an article that was absolutely bashing it, in a bash that I can effectively summarize as “this is cliché and money-grubbing, intended only for idiot teenage girls who like to read about ideal guys because they couldn’t deal with real life guys which involve real life imperfections. And this stupid intended audience is going to lap it up. Just look at the stupidity of all the beautiful guys falling for one annoying, selfish, unlovable woman. This and Fushigi Yuugi fail to make any sense this way. But hey, idiot teenage emo girls shell out for this junk.”

Longish rantish thoughts turning into shipping discussion )

In other news, during lunch I browsed Hot Gimmick that [livejournal.com profile] catdecember mentioned. It’s sort of like an odd HYD cousin. Please tell me that the heroine doesn’t end up with Ryo (even though I know she will). Because my feminist bells are sort of ringing, as Ryo makes Doumyouji appear meek and well behaved. Feminist oriented thoughts on why Bad Boys aren’t cool )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
OK, this is going to be mildly rantish.

I was googling MeruPuri just to see what people have written about it, and came across an article that was absolutely bashing it, in a bash that I can effectively summarize as “this is cliché and money-grubbing, intended only for idiot teenage girls who like to read about ideal guys because they couldn’t deal with real life guys which involve real life imperfections. And this stupid intended audience is going to lap it up. Just look at the stupidity of all the beautiful guys falling for one annoying, selfish, unlovable woman. This and Fushigi Yuugi fail to make any sense this way. But hey, idiot teenage emo girls shell out for this junk.”

Longish rantish thoughts turning into shipping discussion )

In other news, during lunch I browsed Hot Gimmick that [livejournal.com profile] catdecember mentioned. It’s sort of like an odd HYD cousin. Please tell me that the heroine doesn’t end up with Ryo (even though I know she will). Because my feminist bells are sort of ringing, as Ryo makes Doumyouji appear meek and well behaved. Feminist oriented thoughts on why Bad Boys aren’t cool )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
OK, this is going to be mildly rantish.

I was googling MeruPuri just to see what people have written about it, and came across an article that was absolutely bashing it, in a bash that I can effectively summarize as “this is cliché and money-grubbing, intended only for idiot teenage girls who like to read about ideal guys because they couldn’t deal with real life guys which involve real life imperfections. And this stupid intended audience is going to lap it up. Just look at the stupidity of all the beautiful guys falling for one annoying, selfish, unlovable woman. This and Fushigi Yuugi fail to make any sense this way. But hey, idiot teenage emo girls shell out for this junk.”

Longish rantish thoughts turning into shipping discussion )

In other news, during lunch I browsed Hot Gimmick that [livejournal.com profile] catdecember mentioned. It’s sort of like an odd HYD cousin. Please tell me that the heroine doesn’t end up with Ryo (even though I know she will). Because my feminist bells are sort of ringing, as Ryo makes Doumyouji appear meek and well behaved. Feminist oriented thoughts on why Bad Boys aren’t cool )
dangermousie: (BW: Priyanka by jadeicons)
Finished MeruPuri and my brief 10 thoughts on it follow:

Aram, take me awaaaaaay )

And I keep thinking about Logan and Veronica in Tuesday's ep.

Thoughts on L/V )
dangermousie: (BW: Priyanka by jadeicons)
Finished MeruPuri and my brief 10 thoughts on it follow:

Aram, take me awaaaaaay )

And I keep thinking about Logan and Veronica in Tuesday's ep.

Thoughts on L/V )
dangermousie: (BW: Priyanka by jadeicons)
Finished MeruPuri and my brief 10 thoughts on it follow:

Aram, take me awaaaaaay )

And I keep thinking about Logan and Veronica in Tuesday's ep.

Thoughts on L/V )
dangermousie: (Aram)
I am taking a day or so break from Saiyuki. I love the show, but I watched 25 episodes in a week or so, and while this isn't the most I've ever done by any stretch of the imagination, since this show isn't strongly arced, this concentration is getting a bit too much. Brief thoughts on Saiyuki latest )

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. I've been bit by a manga bug. I've found a manga I can read and like. The manga in question? MeruPuri. This isn't the first manga I've read (I've read all of the giddy angstiness of Mars long before I discovered a hidden anime nut, and I've recently read and enjoyed Alice 19th because I could follow Yuu Watase's style after watching Fushigi Yuugi, as well as reading all of the FY: Genbu Kaiden translated so far), but it's certainly a rare occasion for me, because I find mangas of stories that I haven't seen in anime form first, hard to follow. I am not used to graphic novels and my eyes jump first to the words and try to see the pictures as secondary, and it's not something you can do with manga. I have to force myself to slow down, and look at pictures and read the words at the same time, and to look at pictures carefully. Usually I find it very hard and just give up (e.g. Saiyuki manga is gorgeous, but I can't follow the fights at all).


(Aram and Airi)

But MeruPuri? Is very pretty, the flowery (and appropriate for this type of fairy tale) style of the fictional magic kingdom reminding me of Louis XV (and not just because of Jeile's outfits). It's funny, and light, and a bit mushy. Airi, the heroine, is rather fun, and Aram (the hero) is certainly a bit unusual (is he a 12 year old? A 12 year old trapped in a young man's body? A young man? Both? Neither?). And the men are certainly awfully pretty. It is also short, only four volumes. I started reading it and really wanted to finish it and had to buy it.


(Aram and Jeile)

Plot: Airi is a high school student, a bit too obsessed with normal life and finding a perfectly normal man to marry and have a family with. Unfortunately for her, one morning on the way to school, she has a 12 year old kid called "Aram" appear out of her odd, heirloom mirror. Aram insists he is a prince of a magical kingdom Astale, and has been banished as a result of a spell by his older half-brother Jeile. He is very cute, even if rude and a bit odd, so while Airi disregards his story, she does take him in to at least feed him. Airi lets the kid stay overnight, but in the morning she discovers that the spell has transformed Aram into a young man, because he ages when he is in the dark. And he tells her that only her kiss can return him to his original self (though if he get stuck in the dark, the whole cycle will have to be repeated). And it goes on from there.

And to steal an idea from [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer, I have a Quote of the Day, and this time it's from MeruPuri.

Aram: Don't say I am cute. It's like saying "He can breathe without planning ahead."

More prettiness behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Aram)
I am taking a day or so break from Saiyuki. I love the show, but I watched 25 episodes in a week or so, and while this isn't the most I've ever done by any stretch of the imagination, since this show isn't strongly arced, this concentration is getting a bit too much. Brief thoughts on Saiyuki latest )

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. I've been bit by a manga bug. I've found a manga I can read and like. The manga in question? MeruPuri. This isn't the first manga I've read (I've read all of the giddy angstiness of Mars long before I discovered a hidden anime nut, and I've recently read and enjoyed Alice 19th because I could follow Yuu Watase's style after watching Fushigi Yuugi, as well as reading all of the FY: Genbu Kaiden translated so far), but it's certainly a rare occasion for me, because I find mangas of stories that I haven't seen in anime form first, hard to follow. I am not used to graphic novels and my eyes jump first to the words and try to see the pictures as secondary, and it's not something you can do with manga. I have to force myself to slow down, and look at pictures and read the words at the same time, and to look at pictures carefully. Usually I find it very hard and just give up (e.g. Saiyuki manga is gorgeous, but I can't follow the fights at all).


(Aram and Airi)

But MeruPuri? Is very pretty, the flowery (and appropriate for this type of fairy tale) style of the fictional magic kingdom reminding me of Louis XV (and not just because of Jeile's outfits). It's funny, and light, and a bit mushy. Airi, the heroine, is rather fun, and Aram (the hero) is certainly a bit unusual (is he a 12 year old? A 12 year old trapped in a young man's body? A young man? Both? Neither?). And the men are certainly awfully pretty. It is also short, only four volumes. I started reading it and really wanted to finish it and had to buy it.


(Aram and Jeile)

Plot: Airi is a high school student, a bit too obsessed with normal life and finding a perfectly normal man to marry and have a family with. Unfortunately for her, one morning on the way to school, she has a 12 year old kid called "Aram" appear out of her odd, heirloom mirror. Aram insists he is a prince of a magical kingdom Astale, and has been banished as a result of a spell by his older half-brother Jeile. He is very cute, even if rude and a bit odd, so while Airi disregards his story, she does take him in to at least feed him. Airi lets the kid stay overnight, but in the morning she discovers that the spell has transformed Aram into a young man, because he ages when he is in the dark. And he tells her that only her kiss can return him to his original self (though if he get stuck in the dark, the whole cycle will have to be repeated). And it goes on from there.

And to steal an idea from [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer, I have a Quote of the Day, and this time it's from MeruPuri.

Aram: Don't say I am cute. It's like saying "He can breathe without planning ahead."

More prettiness behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Aram)
I am taking a day or so break from Saiyuki. I love the show, but I watched 25 episodes in a week or so, and while this isn't the most I've ever done by any stretch of the imagination, since this show isn't strongly arced, this concentration is getting a bit too much. Brief thoughts on Saiyuki latest )

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. I've been bit by a manga bug. I've found a manga I can read and like. The manga in question? MeruPuri. This isn't the first manga I've read (I've read all of the giddy angstiness of Mars long before I discovered a hidden anime nut, and I've recently read and enjoyed Alice 19th because I could follow Yuu Watase's style after watching Fushigi Yuugi, as well as reading all of the FY: Genbu Kaiden translated so far), but it's certainly a rare occasion for me, because I find mangas of stories that I haven't seen in anime form first, hard to follow. I am not used to graphic novels and my eyes jump first to the words and try to see the pictures as secondary, and it's not something you can do with manga. I have to force myself to slow down, and look at pictures and read the words at the same time, and to look at pictures carefully. Usually I find it very hard and just give up (e.g. Saiyuki manga is gorgeous, but I can't follow the fights at all).


(Aram and Airi)

But MeruPuri? Is very pretty, the flowery (and appropriate for this type of fairy tale) style of the fictional magic kingdom reminding me of Louis XV (and not just because of Jeile's outfits). It's funny, and light, and a bit mushy. Airi, the heroine, is rather fun, and Aram (the hero) is certainly a bit unusual (is he a 12 year old? A 12 year old trapped in a young man's body? A young man? Both? Neither?). And the men are certainly awfully pretty. It is also short, only four volumes. I started reading it and really wanted to finish it and had to buy it.


(Aram and Jeile)

Plot: Airi is a high school student, a bit too obsessed with normal life and finding a perfectly normal man to marry and have a family with. Unfortunately for her, one morning on the way to school, she has a 12 year old kid called "Aram" appear out of her odd, heirloom mirror. Aram insists he is a prince of a magical kingdom Astale, and has been banished as a result of a spell by his older half-brother Jeile. He is very cute, even if rude and a bit odd, so while Airi disregards his story, she does take him in to at least feed him. Airi lets the kid stay overnight, but in the morning she discovers that the spell has transformed Aram into a young man, because he ages when he is in the dark. And he tells her that only her kiss can return him to his original self (though if he get stuck in the dark, the whole cycle will have to be repeated). And it goes on from there.

And to steal an idea from [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer, I have a Quote of the Day, and this time it's from MeruPuri.

Aram: Don't say I am cute. It's like saying "He can breathe without planning ahead."

More prettiness behind the cut )

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