Entertainment during a cold

Last week both Beng and my brother caught a cold, and despite my valiant effort at staying healthy by downing 1000mg of Vitamin C every day, I caught the bug from them. After attending my personal training session on Saturday, it quickly went from slight fatigue to sore throat, then it’s all downhill from there.

Thanks to the combo of muscle ache and the usual symptoms of a cold, I was pretty much KO’ed till yesterday. For 3+ days I did nothing but sleep and watch anime. Ever since I learned that Bleach was going into its last arc (sob!) I started searching for a new anime to follow. Given my priorities when it comes to anime/manga–the drawing style–it was really difficult to find one that fits. Much to my amusement a lot of them share a common theme–supernatural powers, 15-year old teenagers, and demons. Some have interesting storyline, but the drawing styles were just way too cute. Granted, I’m biased towards Kubo Tite’s style, but I didn’t expect it to be so hard to find one that’s similar.

After much searching, I picked Ao no Exorcist a.k.a Blue Exorcist. Interesting premise…it’s about a 15-year old boy (what did I tell you?) who discovered that he’s the son of Satan, and how he fought against his heritage and became an exorcist instead. I found the protagonist (Okumura Rin) to share the same traits as Ichigo–disdain for rules, hot-headedness, and strong desire to protect friends. I guess that’s what Japanese kids want to be? The anime is very short with only 25 episodes, and oddly does not  follow the storyline of the manga, which is still ongoing apparently. I’m quite disappointed by how the anime ended, so I’m going to check out the manga, which is more highly reviewed. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a really good story and the drawing is beautiful, I just didn’t like the ending.

I also saw an episode of D.Gray Man (what’s up with the name??) and Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchō Tō (what a mouthful!), both also about teenagers and demons. I like the drawing style of Tokyo Majin, but boy it was the most confusing thing I’ve ever seen. The first 3 episodes felt like they’re completely unrelated to each other, and there’s no explanation of how they got their powers, nor what their power really is. For now I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and continue for a few more episodes and see if it improves. D.Gray Man‘s pilot episode was so-so, I’m not too impressed by the drawing style.

So, I’m still on the hunt for one that wows me. In the meantime I’ll continue to be a loyal fan of Bleach and Detective Conan.

And speaking of Bleach, the second official character book, MASKED, is finally being released in English! I’ve been waiting for ages! As soon as I saw it posted on Amazon I placed a pre-order. It’s said to be released on March 6th, I can’t wait!

Also, still speaking of Bleach, I finally caved and bought the 2012 Japan-edition calendar from yesasia.com. It’s like 95% posters 5% calendar really. I was hoping the price will drop further since it’s now February, but no luck. I’m sooo glad I ordered it when I did though, because the very next day, the item is no longer available on yesasia.com. I guess I got the last one!

Well, I’m glad that I had these as entertainment while I’m recovering from my cold, because it’s super boring otherwise. It feels like it’s not going to go away 100% until a few more days, but at least my muscle ache is mostly gone and I can sit down without wincing now.

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~ by huinee on February 22, 2012.

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