Writing Updates 11/13/14: NaNoWriMo (What Else?)

NaNoWriMoSo, obviously NaNoWriMo has been keeping me a bit busy over the last couple of weeks. I got off to a slow start with it partly due to a wedding I was in the first weekend, but I pushed myself to go beyond the daily minimum when I can, and as of last night I was a full day ahead! I’m going to lose some of that lead today and tomorrow, I think (stupid job) but it’s nice to have that buffer, so I won’t be scrambling too much if I have a couple of bad days in a row.

I have been working on my other novel that’s in its first draft stage still, though minimally, with only a few more pages added in the notebook. I want to keep poking at it through the month, though, since I really love the idea I came up with for that one, and I don’t want to lose my motivation and momentum with it.

On The Fandom Post, my contribution to the 10 Years Later anime series was put up. I wrote about the anime Beck (or Mongolian Chop Squad, as it’s also known), a show I really enjoyed when the DVDs were coming out, all the way back when I was in college. Take a look to see what I thought about rewatching it, or look at the other Ten Years Later posts.

Writers, what have you been working on?

New Reviews: Kamisama Kiss volumes 10 & 11

Kamisama Kiss volume 11 by Julietta SuzukiI fell a bit behind on updating on new reviews — sorry!

Over the past week on Fandom Post two of my reviews went up: Kamisama Kiss volume 10 and Kamisama Kiss volume 11. Though I have some minor recurring issues with this series (plot, what plot?) I think it’s one of the better recent shojo manga and I’m generally filled with no small amount of delight while I read it. Check out my reviews (linked above) to see everything I had to say about them.

A new batch of books should be on its way from The Fandom Post, so I should have more reviews going up in January. New reviews for this blog will come, well, eventually.

Review Recap: Nura, Mameshiba (And a Request)

This week I actually managed to get two reviews written and posted (I’m getting back into the swing of this, I think). The first was for the second volume of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. While still not my favorite shonen manga of all time, I think it’s starting to grow on me. I’ll be reviewing the second one, to see if it still sticks. You can read my review on The Fandom Post.

The second review was for a comic I read a while ago, but I put off writing about for some reason: Mameshiba: On the Loose! This is a VIZ Kids comic based off the little bean dog merchandise. It’s cute, but definitely, definitely for children. This review is on Suite 101.

Also, if you go to the Suite 101 Graphic Novels/Comics page, you’ll notice that I’ve been named Topic Editor. Fun! Except I’m really the only one writing in there. This is an extra downer since the topic includes subheadings like Classic Comics, which I know next to nothing about. If there are any of you writers out there who would want to write for the Graphic Novels/Comics section (or you know someone interested) you can apply through Suite 101 (I have no say in whether you’re hired). If you have any questions you can leave a comment or message me.

Recent Manga Reviews: Kurozakuro and Blue Exorcist

I haven’t made this kind of post in a while, probably because I’ve been busy and my review writing has slowed down. But here are a couple that I’ve gotten up recently.

Kurozakuro by Yoshinori NatsumeFirst is my review of Kurozakuro volume 2 over at the Fandom Post. (Chris Beveridge no longer works with Mania, instead writing on this website, and all of his reviewers followed him.) I haven’t read the first volume of this series, but this one was interesting. Monster designs are boring, though, and where the heck did all the female characters go?

The next review I wrote was for Real Otaku Gamer: Blue Exorcist volume 1. This supernatural manga has a fun but predictable story, but the real high point of it is Kazue Kato’s character designs and background art. I have some images up on the review if you want to check it out.

I’m just about finished with my review for Kurozakuro volume 3, and after that I’ll have a series of short reviews of mostly Yen Press material. After that, I’ll likely be reading the Arina Tanemura manga that’s been staring at me. (I mean, literally, the girl on the cover has huge eyes, they’re boring into me.)