Ryu’s Musings – Vinland Saga Omnibus vol 01

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

9781612624204-450x675Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub, Omnibus
Synopsis:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland.

So there are certain genre’s that I honestly feel shouldn’t be touched by manga-ka, and european history is one of those genre’s. The reason is simple, they don’t fully understand the culture enough to write about it. There’s been more than a few disastrous attempts over the years which frankly hi light my point.

However, every now and then we get some amazing series that turns over that preconception and stomps all over it. Vinland Saga is one of those titles, it manages to feel authentic, while at the same time having a manga vibe to it. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Seven Deadly Sins v01

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

seven 1Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub
Synopsis:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth—the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights—too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated … ? Prepare to get swept away by an epic fantasy story and colorful cast of characters that will rewrite the history of manga as we know it!

This is the third title from the ongoing Kodansha Humble Bundle Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Space Brothers v01

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

space1Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Chuya Koyama
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen, Slice of Life
Availability: Digital, SimulPub
Synopsis:

Two brothers looked to the starry skies as children and made a promise … Now, in the year 2025, the younger brother, Hibito, is carrying his out. He is an astronaut who has been selected as a crew member for mankind’s first long-term base on the moon. Meanwhile, the older brother, Mutta, has just been fired from his job and is unemployed, but decides to trust himself just one last time. A text message from Hibito sends him applying to be an astronaut too and shooting for the stars … The official Space Brothers manga is ready to launch!

This is the second title I read from the ongoing Kodansha Humble Bundle!

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Ryu’s Musings – Ajin: Demi-Human v01&02

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

ajin1Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Gamon Sakurai (art) / Tsuima Miura (Story)
Publisher: Vertical / Kodansha Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Volume Print & Digital / Simulpub
Synopsis:

Seventeen years ago, an utterly immortal human was discovered on an African battlefield. Since then, more of these new and unknown life forms began to appear among mankind. These undying beings start to be known as “demi-humans.” One day, just before summer break, a Japanese boy leaving his high school is involved in a traffic accident that kills him on the spot. Then, he comes back to life. A huge bounty is placed on his capture. Now the boy’s attempt to evade all of mankind begins

This is the first of my reviews on titles in the current Humble Manga Bundle. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Bites – Grand Kingdom Beta (PS4)

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

Time for some Beta Talk!

The past week I’ve been playing the upcoming Grand Kingdom game from NIS America, and frankly, despite the issues the game has, it looks promising! However please do bear in mind this is a Beta game at the minute, so the issues I raise here will hopefully be fixed either at launch or not long after.

The beta is heavily restricted sadly, so I can’t really go into the finer details of certain things, such as classes and how the town works and stuff. Sadly for those you’ll have to wait for the full review. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Dreams – Rain (Manga)

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

000aLanguage: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: SUMIKAWA Megumi (Artist) / YOSHINO Takumi (Story)
Publisher: Blade Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Fantasy, Medieval
Availability: Volume (Unlicensed)
Synopsis:

The small country Sunkwoll is in a tight spot because it’s under attack of the great country Zarmine. But the general, Rain, who’s reputed to be an exceptionally gifted swordsman, is against the war and won’t enter the battle. But how is one supposed to wage a war like this anyway?

Please note: This post is spoiler heavy. While it doesn’t give everything away it does discus several key points. However we don’t cover ALL of them, so feel the series is still worth picking up Read the rest…