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I didn’t get the updates done on time because I got hooked on my phone, so I created a new page on the site to show the apps I got hooked on. Please give these apps a play or read when you can to support the creators of these apps. I hope to get the chapters done for Lent week, so fingers crossed people.

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the hunt continues once again

I didn’t get the updates done on time because I really forgot after getting hooked on a phone game (Got a new phone, so more memory to get new game apps). Anyway, I found the time to go to Half Price Books, so here are three new manga for the collection. Oh, and I might put up the list of anime I own soon, since it has come to the point I need to keep track of what I have.

 

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Black Butler volume 1 by: Yana Toboso

Chobits volume 1 by: Clamp

Love Hina volume 10 by: Ken Akamatsu

 

Wednesday Story updates & recommendations

Manga Hunter here with a Wednesday Story update and recommendations. It has been a long time, since I made new recommendations.

Murder Trail

Chapter 10: Envy Part 10


Light Novel Recommendations

The Noble Girl Who Had Her Engagement Broken off, Today as Well Pushes the Prince Off From the Tower by: Shimozuki Rei

I, Hanabelle Cantar, was the fiance of this country’s second prince, Remnass-sama.

That is until today.

Just now, I just had my engagement earnestly broken off by the Prince.

Yes, yes, today is the day that I have been eagerly awaiting all this time.

My wish was to become a Librarian in the “Tower of Books”, Biblio Tower.

Since I’ve had my engagement broken off, I should be free now right?

……So why, is Prince Remnass coming to the tower to see me?

He’s a hinderance to my reading, so I will give my all, to have him allow me to humbly push him out.

(summary from Ainushi Translation)

I Obtained a Stepmother. I Obtained a Little Brother. It Appears That Little Brother Is Not Father’s Child, but a Scum King’s Child, However, Don’t Mind It Please ( ´_ゝ`) by: Ten

It seems that stepmothers bullying stepchildren is the standard.
But my stepmother is super gentle, super beautiful, and super smart. (°▽°)
It was because my stepmother is super beautiful that the sex-crazed scum King fell in love with her at first sight and forcibly got her pregnant.
That ended when the Queen got angry, and stepmother was given to my father (the sickly feudal lord of a bordering territory).
But even though my father is sickly, he’s super excellent and super kind.
It’s the border but it’s people are warm and kind.
I’m super happy that I got a beautiful and kind stepmother and a sibling that I always wanted!
Welcome welcome!
Just forget about that scum king and let’s all be happy!
That’s the kind of story it’s supposed to be (wishful thinking)
It can’t be helped if we get extremely lost along the way ( ´_ゝ`)

(summary from Novel Updates)


Manga Recommendation

Angels of Death by: SANADA Makoto & NAZUKA Kudan (licensed by Yen Press)

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(image from Baka-Updates)

13-year old Rachel awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories, or even a clue as to where she could be, she wanders the building, lost and dizzy. In her search, she comes across a man covered in badges. He introduces himself as Zack and he wields a grim-reaper like sickle. A strange bond is struck between them, strengthened by strange, crazy promises… These two, trapped in this strange building, don’t know why fate has placed them there. But they will work together desperately to find a way out…

(summary from Baka-Updates)


Online Comic

My Maria by: Michi (licensed by Tapas)

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(image from Tapas)

Everywhere is hell and New York is the worst place of them all. Besides the very few who are rich, the rest suffer from starvation. Some people work as cleaners to survive and that’s exactly how Maria makes her living. After every job, she then prays for the ones she’s killed.

(summary from Tapas)


That was a lot of recommendations, but please enjoy these works when you can and definitely support the creators, licensors, and translators of these works when you can.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower review

Thursday, January 18, 2018; I watched the premiere of what I thought was going to be a Studio Ghibli film, but it turned out to be a new movie making company that was inspired by Studio Ghibli: Studio Ponoc. Ponoc means midnight, which is the end of a day and the start of a new day; a perfect name for a new company that is starting over with a new generation for lovers of Studio Ghibli. When Studio Ghibli stopped making movies in 2014 (I believe), the people of the company wanted to continue the legacy, so Studio Ponoc was started. This movie (I believe) was the first motion picture of this company, which I hope touched the hearts of the young and old.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

A Studio Ponoc movie

(The start of a new day)

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(image from MyAnimeList)

To be honest, I kept forgetting the name of the movie when I entered the theatre and even the person who was scanning my ticket had to correct me. I even mistook what the plot of the movie was about, but that changed when the movie began to run. It starts with excitement demonstrating the beauty of the art of the scene like the explosion and the detail that went into the flying broom. I felt like this part was oddly like Howl’s Moving Castle’s action scenes, especially when I saw the creatures that were summoned by the antagonist. It was a good opener and made me forget my phone game that I was updating at the time.

When the main character Mary was introduced, I thought she was the little girl, Mae (might have misspelled this), from Totoro, but I have to remember that this is a completely new story and not a crossover. Her character in my opinion was well thought out. She had a complex about her red puffy hair. I can understand her frustration with puffy hair, since my hair is the same. Thank goodness for straighteners…oh nearly lost my train of thought. Anyway, she is a clumsy character, but has a pure heart and is eager to help anyway she can, but since she is clumsy, things don’t always go her way. I admit that I found that flaw annoying at first, but I bet some of us were like her when we were younger. Always making mistakes, but having our heart in the right place. As the movie continues, Mary is proven to be honest and determined when it comes to the people around her and in the end, makes a decision that will forever help her move forward and look pass her complex.

Other characters introduced in the movie, help Mary improve as a character like her aunt who encourages Mary, even just a little, to help others. I would go into more detail about her aunt, but I might accidentally blurt out a spoiler, so let’s continue with other characters like Mary’s friend, Peter. He’s the only other child that speaks with Mary, so it was obvious he would be a key to Mary’s growth in the movie. Their first meeting wasn’t exactly completely friendly, since Peter made the mistake of insulting Mary’s hair. Once again, I shouldn’t say too much, but I guess I should mention about the cats next. The cats are little sweet hearts and the black one is the one that has the most effect on Mary. When the black cat was riding the broom with Mary, it reminded me of Kiki’s Delivery Service.

The antagonists (won’t mention who they are) are not really all that bad. It was just a difference in view when it comes to their world of magic, which has a mix of science in it too. Actually, how they explained magic was pretty unique, since I never thought that potion making could be considered as science. Kind of explains the Mecha stuff I read about in fantasy light novels. It almost made me believe that magic was possible in reality (electricity).

As for the setting, it had an English feel and according to the interview at the end of the movie, the creators visited sites in England (I believe) to get the setting of the movie just right.  They didn’t just really with what they saw in pictures, but on what they see in reality and from their imagination on how this place could be even better. Speaking of setting, in one part, when Mary flew into a cluster of clouds, it reminded me of Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away mixed together. It was truly exciting. There was also another part when she rode on a deer up a rock side and it really reminded me of Princess Mononoke. So much reminders were triggered watching this.

As for the Witch’s flower…I guess I shouldn’t spoil it, but know that this flower is what truly started Mary’s adventure and without it, she wouldn’t have been able to grow in character and discover what is important in her life.

When the movie ended, there was an interview with the director and another member of Studio Ponoc. I have to say that my memory of their names is pretty hazy, since I have hard time memorizing names, especially Foreign names (I hope this isn’t offensive). I am writing this from memory, but look online to know all the people involved in making this movie. Anyway, they gave a background of the movie and how it was made and even gave a reason why the company after Studio Ghibli came to be. It was a nice touch to an ending and yet a beginning.

In conclusion, I found the movie heart warming and somewhat nostalgic, but I wish there was a twist in the ending for Mary, since I felt the movie needed a little more, but it is good for the younger generation and I hope this movie is remembered as time goes on. I hope others will support Studio Ponoc when they can by watching Mary and the Witch’s Flower and many others in the future.