MCM London Comicon 2014 Dealer’s Room Haul

Here are close up pictures of all the merchandise I got from the Dealer’s room at MCM in London this year. Great variety of dealers and tons of UtaPri & Free goods \>v</ If you guys are looking for the vlog… click here!

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Missions of Love Volume 6 and 7 Review

Hey guys, I’m a little behind on Missions of Love with both volumes so I decided to collaborate them into one big review post. Both volume 6 and 7 zero in on the love triangle between Yukina, Shigure and Mami. … Continue reading

Missions of Love Volume 5 Review

Heyhey guys! How are you all? Today we’re going to be looking at Missions of Love Volume 4 which I got a few weeks ago but haven’t had the time to post until now, so let’s get started~ Rating: 4/5 … Continue reading

Cloudy’s Top 5 Manga Art Styles

Hey guys, recently with all my new manga released, I’ve been flipping through a lot of my favourite series to remind myself of the events thus far which really inspired me to do this post on my top 5 manga styles.

5) Clamp- No shoujo artstyle list or discussion or forum exists without some mention of the clamp trademark. Unnaturally tall but slender and elegant bodies coupled with a manga aesthetic that seems so natural and effortless for the reader, clamp is simply timeless.

4) Ema Toyama- Creator of I Am Here and Watashi ni Shinasai!!- Missions of Love; you’ll instantly fall in love with these series from the art alone. Toyama’s style exaggerates the eyes and facial expressions, especially in close up panel shots. Its slice of life high school stories with a feminine touch to it making it very well received with the shojo demographic.

3) Jun Mochizuki- If you’ve read pandora hearts, you know what I mean. There’s a fine balance that you tread when adding subtle detail to the eyes to make them both cheery and creepy at the same time. There’s a sense of warped dimensionality to the plot and the characters are essential to bringing out this dark yet whimsical theme.

2) Yana Toboso- Tobaso’s famous Black Butler series has become one of the most well-loved series out there. Her art style boasts gorgeous landscape art, intricate character costume designs and stunning body figure action choreography making the panels flow seamlessly from one animated panel into the other, she’s truly a master at what she does.

1) Hotaru Odagiri- She is the author of Uraboku or Betrayal Knows My Name. Her artstyle really encapsulates the epitome of shoujo art. Stylistically, the smooth gradient colouring and excessive shading typical to shojo manga but she’s made her characters immensely distinguishable and impressionable. I originally borrowed the series from the library and I’m totally set on buying the actual volumes because the art is just so gorgeous.

Hope you guys liked this post, let me know what your favourite art styles are in the comments! Thanks for reading and I will talk to u guys soon 🙂

– Cloudy
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Missions of Love Volume 4 Review

Hi everyone! Today I’m finally looking at Missions of Love volume 4! A lot happens in this volume and a lot of emotions are thrown out here and there. Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds  After Akira’s constant pursuits of Yukina … Continue reading

Why I Wait for Official Translations

Hey guys! Welcome to another segment of Light Otaku Living!

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I’ve missed writing these kinds of posts and today I’m going to talk a little bit about why I wait for official translations of manga.

DSC_0001b1) Bad fan translations- I know teams of translators make a great effort to translate manga for fans and other readers, I have seen typos and clunky grammar. I do read online manga because some sites really have very good translations but sometimes if the script really isn’t fluent, the story loses its impact and as a reader, I start to lose interest because nothing makes sense.

2) Losing the idiomatic dialogue- Dialogue is one of the most important parts of the story in both developing characters and furthering plot. The most difficult aspect of translating is balancing grammatically spot-on translations and keeping the language in context to the story. When you buy official translations, professional translators, editors and a whole team of people have meticulously checked and rechecked the script to make sure that we get the best translation possible when we’re paying for it.

Here’ an example from Strobe Edge Volume 5. When I went to look for scans online, I found that the translations slightly differed and that the official translated script isn’t as wordy and convey the same if not better dramatic impact.

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Of course I have moments when I just can’t wait and I look up the next volume online but even after reading, the script doesn’t seem as constant because of the way the translations vary from site to site and to the official translation that’s released much later.

3) Worth the wait- Waiting for manga is grueling but book release days are SO EXCITING AND SO MUCH FUN!… until that awkward moment when you’re hugging the new volume in the store happy jumping and the sales clerk is staring at you strangely *cough* Also, waiting for official translations and buying them in the store is a great way to support your favourite manga artist so he or she can continue to write and produce for us!

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4) Collecting the Manga- Of course, one of the best things about following and buying the series is seeing it grow on your shelves. A lot of many follows a general design theme or the cover designs swaps colour schemes every volume so you can slowly collect all the colours of the rainbow! And the best thing about buying the manga is that in a few years when some online websites are taken down, you can still keep your favourite manga with you.

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5) Individual Preference- Part of why I read manga is for the art and for some artists like CLAMP or Ema Toyama, their stories and art are both such favourites of mine, I can’t help but own a piece of their amazing creations. Personally, I like holding a book in my hand, especially when it’s manga. I do have an eReader but the electronic tablet is nothing compared to the weight of the book and the excitement on setting your eyes on real pages of manga. I can curl up in my bed with manga or on the bus or subway. A laptop just isn’t as cozy in bed and it hurts my eyes to squint my eyes for manga on my little phone screen. Reading on an electronic screen just doesn’t entrance me in the story as much as a real manga volume does.

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Thank you guys for reading and I hope I convinced some of you to drop into your local bookstore or comic shop once in a while. If you guys liked this and want more Light Otaku Living, hit the like button or comment below on what I should write about next. Thank for dropping in and we’ll talk soon!

– Cloudy

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Missions of Love Volume 1 Review

“It is time for love. Secret cell phone novelist vs. the most popular boy in school. A mission of love for absolute servitude.” Hi everyone! Today we’re reviewing the Missions of Love manga series. The first volume was released just … Continue reading