The prodigal blogger returns, kinda

Hey guys, after a long year away, I’m making my return, sort of. I started up a youtube channel. Check it out and keep watching as I try to find my feet there. Links are below. I’ll try to link the videos to my wordpress for a while too. All the feedback you guys can give will be welcomed and ideas for videos will also be good.

Turtlelostinspace: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClbvvBvccewPBd1YqmSYL_A

Turtle

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Reflection: Maoh: Juvenile Remix, volume 5

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For anyone who hasn’t heard about his series or read my previous posts about it, Maoh: Juvenile Remix is a series about a city which is struggling to come to terms with modernity. In the worst possible way. Basically, an American company teamed up with the city’s mayor has forced people from their homes and businesses to shut down so that they can build what they call the ‘New Urban Centre’. The citizens are left feeling the blunt as hundreds are made unemployed as they watch their livelihoods be ripped apart. Feeding off the anger of the people an organisation called ‘the Grasshoppers’ has risen up lead by a young man called Inukai. Inukai aims to destroy the project at any means. Unable to accept the actions of the Grasshoppers, the series’ main character Ando becomes conflicted as he cannot justify the actions of either side.

 

Synopsis:

We kick volume 5 off with members of grasshopper lighting the elderly couple who Anderson has been working for house on fire. A mob gathers to watch Anderson and the couple die, only to see him walk out of the flames carrying the man. Ando and Junya appear on the scene and after some confrontation with the mob they enter the burning house to rescue the woman. Ando uses his ventriloquism power to turn the mob against itself, giving them time to escape.

Meanwhile, Semi’s job of protecting the Mayor becomes more challenging as countless assassins have been sent to kill him. Semi tries his best to protect the mayor, killing his way through his hotel, but in the end it is all for nothing. Another assassin has been waiting for the mayor in his room and using a power of his own convinces the mayor to kill himself by jumping from the top floor of the hotel. Semi comes face to face with this unknown ‘suicider’ and has to fight to resist illusions that have been set onto him by this man.

Following the fire Ando accepts that he can no longer sit back watch as innocent people are put in harm’s way and do nothing. He decrees that he will defeat Inukai using his ability. A short time skip then occurs and he rejoin Ando a month later on the trail of Inukai and planning how he will confront him. Just as he is about to give up Ando discovers that Inukai will be at a Grasshopper rally in six days and decides that this will be when their battle will begin.

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My Opinion:

I knew this series had some good potential. The first four volumes were really nothing special, but everything is starting to kick off now, and I can’t wait to see how Ando is going to confront Inukai at the rally. The story lines are all starting to be drawn in together with Ando and Semi once crossing paths once again. Junya has finally had an impact on the story, up until now he was just kind of whining and annoying. The illustrations in this volume are amazing, especially the fight scenes between Semi and the other assassins. Also, the character designs of the people in the mob at the fire was very good too. All in all, I was very happy with volume five and I’m looking forward to the next one.

 

Turtle

Reflection: Btooom! vol. 2

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Where volume one introduced the basic story and concept behind this series, volume two has brought in some more of the key figures in the story and given readers more of a backstory.

 

Synopsis:

Chapter Seven starts this volume and introduces the character of Kousuke Kira. From what is portrayed of his character I think it’s safe to assume Kira is Btooom’s equivalent of Kiriyama in Battle Royale. Although the title of chapter seven refers to Kira as ‘The Boy’, I can’t help but to feel ‘The Sociopath’ would be a far better title. Through his back story we learn that Kira was abused by his father so much that it eventually drove him to the point where he murdered and raped three women. Did I mention that he’s only fourteen? Accompanying the Young Kira is his father, Yoshihisa Kira, and their lawyer, Souichi Natsume.

Meanwhile, Sakamoto and his wounded companion, Kiyoshi Taira, continue their search for a supply crate, leading them straight to Kira. A battle ensures between Sakamoto and Kira, eventually culminating in Kira’s defeat. In the end Sakamoto spares Kira’s life, leaving him tied to a tree with no BIM or supplies.

Sakamoto and Taira barely have time to eat their instant ramen before they hear another explosion nearby. Following investigation they spot a dead body floating in the river and another, partially rotted body, next to a tree. The volume ends with Sakamoto once again coming face-to-face with the unknown, and heavily armed, schoolgirl from the first volume.

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My Opinion:

The battle scene between Sakamoto and Kira is fantastic. The illustrations are brilliant. And the story is just straight out addictive. I’m looking forward to reading on and luckily I already have volumes 3 and 4 bought, so I can.

 

Kill list – up to volume 2:

Yoshiaki Imagawa – Killed by Ryouta Sakamoto

Misako Houjou – Killed by unknown character

Yoshihisa Kira – Killed by Kousuke Kira

2 unknown characters – Unknown killer

 

Turtle

Where did I go?

Hey everyone, I just wanted to put up a short post to apologize for completely disappearing over the last few weeks. Not going to go into much detail, but It’s just a lot of stuff that has had to take priority over this blog. I hope I can start putting up the odd post again now. I’ll continue my series of reflections on Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion which I know a few people were interested in. Also I’ll finish off Abandon the Old in Tokyo which I started about a month ago. After Abandon the Old is finished I’ll sort the next volume of Maoh: Juvenile Remix out and at long last get cracking on Btooom! which personally I am really excited about.

 

I’ll see you all back here again soon. Sorry for leaving just as I was getting going on a new series, but I’ll be back soon.

 

Turtle