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Manga of the Month: Fate/Strange Fake

May 1, 2015

Fate/Strange Fake (フェイト/ストレンジフェイク)
by Ryohgo Narita and Shizuki Morii

It was only a mater of time before I got a proper Type-Moon manga in the Manga of the Month. (I did Take Moon but that is a total joke manga). The only problem is most of the manga based on Type-Moon properties are lesser adaptations of the works they are based on. The Tsukihime manga is far better than the infamous anime but that is faint praise indeed. I enjoy the various Melty Blood related manga but I’m not sure I would put any of them in this section any time soon. Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA is Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA. Yeah. So it is nice to get a full-fledged Type-Moon related manga in here without any guilt.

I will admit that I have only read the first chapter as of writing this post but given Fate/Strange Fake’s pedigree, what I saw of the chapter that has been translated, and the additional information I know let me be fairly confident in making it a Manga of the Month. Just in case it does all fall part in the end I will apologize in advance but so far so good.

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The April 2015 Line-Up (If I Had $1000000)

April 30, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 The licenses have really been piling up this year!

hisui_icon_4040 I still wonder if anyone will get Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth. Maybe I’m the only person who actually likes that movie.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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The Speakeasy #064: Tequila Sunset—Aquarion Evol, Cosplay, Eisners, and AnimeSols

April 27, 2015
Drink #064: Tequila Sunset
Aquarion Evol, Cosplay, Eisners, and AnimeSols

Ongoing Investigations: Blade of the Immortal vol. 31 by Hiroaki Samura, Game of Thrones S5, A Certain Magical Index light novels 1-2 by Kazuma Kamachi and Kiyotaka Haimura, Cosplay Basics: A Beginners Guide to the Art of Costume Play by Yuki Takasou, Rumine, Kashiko Kurobuchi, Aquarion Evol vol. 1 by Shoji Kawamori and Aogiri.

Topics: Goodbye AnimeSols, Eisner Nominees, The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners article

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Tequila Sunset

  • 1 oz tequila
  • orange juice
  • 1/2 oz blackberry brandy
  • 1 cherry

Directions: Pour tequila into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with orange juice and stir well. Top with blackberry brandy and stir lightly. Add the cherry on top and serve. 

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Manga of the Month: My Little Monster (Have You Seen My Love?)

April 14, 2015

My Little Monster (となりの怪物くん) by Robico

narutaki_icon_4040 I think there have been a lot of noteworthy romance manga of late, and this is one of them. It starts off seemingly simple but grows a lot over the course of the series.

Shizuku is single-minded in her pursuit of academic success to the point of ignoring all else. Haru is, well, sort of a mess, with a long school absence, a quick temper, a complicated family situation, and a lack of understanding of social cues. Those factors are what lead Shizuku to visit him on a teacher’s orders. Haru quickly professes his love to her as casually as someone else might say, “I’m hungry.” And for her part, Shizuku dismisses him as acting on momentary feelings, causing Haru to dig in his heels.

It is rather refreshing to have the feelings out in the open so early in this series. While there is still the occasional uncertainty, it comes more from Shizuku not trusting her own feelings and not trusting those around her. Shizuku’s ongoing conflict within isn’t just about Haru either; she makes more connections with others as the story goes on, which causes her to reevaluate her approach to people.

The series also boasts a fantastic supporting cast. Lonely blogger Natsume who feels she can’t become friends with other girls practically steals the spotlight. Perceptive Sasayan who isn’t phased by the conflicts (both wacky and true) emerges as the last sane person. Cool Mi-chan who acts as a father figure to Haru takes everything in stride. And there are many others who come into Shizuku’s orbit.

I like that My Little Monster is about friendship, what that truly means and how to nurture it, as much as it is a love story. At first, it may strike you as the story of a good girl taming a wild guy but it is a lot more. Despite how different Shizuku and Haru seem at the beginning, inside they are actually quite similar.

~ kate

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