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November 15th, 2007

09:30 am - Today's stats report...

Wow. Wonder what all of a sudden possessed the internet? Yesterday the doujinshi sample directories have gotten 88 search query hits for "lovedrop bleach." (And I wonder how disappointed the searcher/s were that there's only sample pages scanned and not the whole of the books? XD)

The Japanese photo galleries are still getting lots of hits; wonder where they're linked from? And I can tell that you guys have been passing around the link to the post where I showed the Leonardo da Vinci war machine, as the pictures are getting tons of hits at the moment. :D

03:18 pm

So I have a Borders coupon and I know the closest Borders has both Samurai Deeper Kyo 25 and Fruits Basket 18. My lunchtime plans were foreordained.

And as I'm scanning the shelves for anything new, I see this manga I've never seen before. It's called Hikkatsu! Strike a Blow to Vivify, and has a picture of a fierce-looking shounen-style teenage boy in a fierce martial-artsy pose. The back reads:
In Earth's distant future, geomagnetic abnormalities make every day a struggle to survive. The human race faces its greatest threat -- not from aliens, meteors or global warming, but ordinary every day appliances! With even the most basic of machines going haywire, one man holds the hope of Earth in his hands: karate student Shota, who can beat any appliance into submission with his Repair Blow technique!
And so I open it up and read a few pages, because who wouldn't?

It starts with a scene from Shota's childhood, where he's in a karate class and gets yelled at by his master for using karate for fighting. Yeah, I know. He's supposed to use it only to make other people's lives better. While most shounen heroes solve this problem by making people's lives better through fighting people who want to make people's lives worse, Shota is inspired while walking home when he sees a man make a TV work by bashing the top of it.

Fast-forward to the present. The machine apocalypse has come and gone. Tokyo is a sort of technological wasteland, with sand drifting in between the skyscrapers. A public-address system warns the populace that a static charge is coming and to get into shelters. A young woman with a bird on her head pays no attention, because a vending machine is holding her ramen hostage. A quick flashback show us that she was RAISED BY PIGEONS, and has left the nest to find the love of her life and raise a family, along with the small amount of money, washers, and other shiny things that the PIGEONS WHO RAISED HER collected for her as a farewell gift, a large portion of which (200 yen) the evil vending machine has just eaten.

Shota is walking by, sees her and her plight, and destroys the evil vending machine with one mighty blow! The girl, who was RAISED BY PIGEONS, falls instantly in love!

Yeah. They had me at RAISED BY PIGEONS. (I see now that there's a note on the back explaining the manga is by the same mangaka who did Those Who Hunt Elves, which probably explains a lot.)

AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I READ MANGA.

Is there any possibility in the universe that I would not have purchased this book?

No
1(1.8%)
Hell, no
1(1.8%)
Well, maybe, if you only had enough money for one book and the other one had Sanzo.
4(7.0%)
That's what credit cards are for
0(0.0%)
Mmmmm, pie
0(0.0%)
RAISED BY PIGEONS
14(24.6%)

Anyone have any insight into why I keep picking 'text entry' when I mean 'checkbox'?




rachelmanija, I sort of think you should have a T-shirt with a picture of Shota's sensei screaming HOW MANY TIMES MUST I TELL YOU NOT TO USE KARATE FOR FIGHTING?!

04:07 pm

A quick update on the MANGA OF CRACKTASTIC I mentioned in my previous post: IT GETS BETTER. Go read that post first, before this one. I'll wait.Collapse )

06:16 pm - *ahem*

In reference to my previous posts:

SECRET FIST OF THE PIGEON!! TORPEDO ATTACK ONE-LEGGED PIGEON!!

07:08 pm - Pictures of the MANGA of CRACKTASTIC DOOOOOM!

I've been talking about this manga all afternoon, and just got a chance to scan some representative pages, so you can see that I AM NOT LYING when I mention things like RAISED BY PIGEONS and RAMPAGING BACKHOES.

If you want to read the other entries first, and trust me: you really do, click on the raised by pigeons tag and read backwards from the bottom.



This way for the CRAAAAAAAACKCollapse )

Conclusion: THIS MANGA IS MADE OF WIN AND CRACK AND AWESOME. BUY IT. BUY IT NOW.

Remember: this is Hikkatsu! Strike a Blow to Vivify by Yu Yagami, published by Go!Comi.
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