October 26th, 2014

Late September - October Shoujo Manga Haul


These are my recent shoujo manga pick ups~!

Goong Vol 16 - siiiiiiiiigh definitely my most favourite volume ever!!!! It's soo beautiful and there are just so many things happening, as always in Goong, in one volume. Soooo the book is already smoking on the first few pages. They finally did the deed! xDD Mind you, it was beautiful. I really like Park So Hee's art. She draws Shin and Chae Kyung perfectly. And that beautiful precious moment of them suddenly falls into pieces when Chae Kyung runs into a car accident. It was awful. Shin's face was heartbreaking as he was looking at the woman he loves so much, bedridden, unconscious, and  has scars all over her body. He almost threw up at the thought that he could have lost her in that instant. It's really sweet though how this accident tigthens their relationship more. They're so into each other... I can't. I have no words to what this series does to me.

Bride of the Water God Vol 16 - Apprently the series has now ended at 23rd volume! Wow I didn't even know this was ending. Man, I can't wait till this series is complete on my shelf! 7 more books to go!!! woohoo. That could mean 3-4 years of wait T___T Anyways there's not much major progress I could comment on about this volume. Mui still feels miserable that he turns back being a child whenever Soah is around, and that he can't find a way to tell Soah about it because he knows she will blame herself which will then eventually leads to unnecessry drama. So he opted out. Goddess of destruction, aka Mui's mother, comes down to Earth in pursuit of Soah's life. She reminds me a whole lot of Goong's Shin's queen mother who will do anything for her family even breaking apart the woman's life who her son loves so much and would even sacrifice his life for her.

Missions of Love Vol 9 - So the issue with Yukina's kindergarten's sensei is resolved in this book. He does not particularly likes her because of her face, which obviously became a trauma for her all her life. Rather, he does not like the way she looks at people, scaring them around. It reminds him of his childhood years and he wants to change that for her so she won't be hated. It's funny too that he put band aid on all the spots on Yukina's body that had Shigure's hickeys LOL. Shigure has to seriously stop teasing Yukina like that. I can't take it. So much feels.

Happy Marriage Vol 8 - Hokuto and his father finally meet. Though it had a weird, awkward atmosphere, but there was definitely no hostile feelings between them anymore. Now that Hokuto has someone he cares deeply about and is happy, those feelings of hating for just about anything succumb to much a more important feeling he has now. Love. Still, he is definitely one of the workaholic shoujo/josei men I've known. Like really, falling asleep in your bathroom????? Hokuto, just go to bed. You're making your wifey worry!

My Little Monster Vol 4 - Well, Haru and Shizuku's quest to finding love is still on. I like that even though Shizuku tells him she likes him a lot, school is still a number one priority for her. Haru is going nuts at the thought that Shizuku and Yamaken are spending lots of good time together at cram school while he's not there, and so he asks....... rather, demands Shizuku to quit cram school if she likes him. LOLOL Sorry cutiepie. It aint gonna work on Shizuku. You don't test her feelings for you like that. Ever. =P It's funny too that Yamaken pokes fun at Haru about it. These two.
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Jumping on the Skip Beat bandwagon!


I didn't get the hype before around Skip Beat. I read few pages and gave up on it a long time ago. When I posted a picture of my shoujo manga collection, somebody asked me why I didn't have Skip Beat in my collection, and told me I had no idea what I was missing out on. She was right.

I can't believe all these years I've been missing out on how beautiful of a series Skip Beat is. The plot gets better the further I read, and now I can't stop myself from reading more. I am glad I bought all the volumes in one go, so I could marathon it. Like wow, what have I seriously been doing all this time skipping Skip Beat?? Really.

The story is about Kyoko who leaves her hometown in Kyoto and moves to Tokyo to support the man she's literally willing to give up everything, even her life for. To Kyoko, childhood friend/famous Japanese singer, Sho was everything. He is the man of her life. She sees nothing wrong in Sho. He is perfect. He is god. She likes and hates anything that Sho likes and hates. She lives for him. That has been her purpose in life for 16 years. Until one day she comes and visits Sho in the studio and hears him talking shit about her. She overhears how Sho talks and looks down on her when she is not around. Much worse, he actually has a woman around her to screw with. Kyoko snaps and all those pent up feelings she's had all her life has started coming out of her and swears to Sho that he will definitely regret the day he tossed her away and treated her like a useless human being. And that was the very last time she let the feeling of love overwhelmed her. She swears to herself she's never gonna open that pandora box again that had love in it. Ever again.

What I enjoyed alot about Skip Beat was that I got to see Kyoko grow from this person who didn't have a dream for herself to someone who now has a mind of her own. With 33 volumes out so far, I'm glad I got to see her do her baby steps in finding who she really is and what is she capable of. What started out as something she'd only do as a revenge, became something she now treasures and sees importance of. Acting. The showbiz world. Ren's presence in Kyoko's life has definitely helped her in what she is today. He gives her genuine advice that she seriously reflects on. And this is what I like about Kyoko the most. When she likes something, she becomes very passionate, putting all her heart and effort into it. If there was one thing I didn't want Kyoko to change of is that passion she has to get serious on something that deems important to her. She swears up and down that she doesn't want to open that pandora box she had tightly sealed, but Ren slowly creeps up around the corners of her heart, giving little jabs on it, breaking the wall she has worked so hard to build around her.

TBH, although I ship Kyoko and Ren, my heart somehow gets swayed towards Sho. He is a jerk, yes, in the beginning, but in a way, Sho has been pampered by Kyoko all this time. He took that for granted and saw her as someone who would just follow him wherever and whenever he would float his boat. He didn't know what he lost until he really lost her. And now that her interest has shifted to another guy, worse is it was to a guy he's been having inferiority complex with, his feelings for Kyoko are shaken and he slowly realizes now is probably the time to take back what supposed to be is "his". I liked how he thought it excited him that Kyoko sees him as a great opponent to beat because that means Kyoko's field of vision is only him, and so he'll take advantage of that. But of course we all know how her field of vision is getting wider and wider, and slowly shifting to someone else. Gaaaah~ I am seriously in love with Skip Beat! 
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