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There are people complaining about Yuki, MC of Gakkou Gurashi, being a retard and how they wish she will die in the future. They dubbed her as an annoying character who makes no contribution to the team.

To her defense, even in her denial mode, she knows how hard the others are working hard to protect her. She knows how Yuuri’s suffering mentally from trying to get things together. She knows how Kurumi keeps their area safe from the zombies regularly. She knows how Miki is trying her best to support them with her own methods. All these was done to protect her heart from breaking further, while giving the 3 of them a reason why they have to continue to survive.

It was because of all their actions she was able to carry the team during their times of despair later in the series. She won’t remain in that state for long, but once she woke up she will act as the delusional Yuki while helping the team move forward. Adding to that is her uncanny intuition and perception, which she used subconsciously in her delusional state and actively once she woke up.

This here is the scene of when Yuuri suffered a mental breakdown and Yuki decided to rescue Miki and Kurumi herself, even if the odds were against them.k021


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The news is about a week old but Seven Seas has acquired several new licenses which includes the Strike Witches franchise.

Source: http://www.gomanga.com/news/press_065.php

I have yet to write a review for the series but one thing’s for sure, if not for Girls und Panzer, I would not have given the anime series a second glance. Overall, I did not regret picking it up (though the girls not wearing pants/skirts over their underwear still felt weird to me). Below are the details of the Strike Witches manga Seven Seas picked up. The rest of the post are copied and pasted from the link given.


Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident (Story by Humikane Shimada, art by Ningen)

Strike Witches is a highly popular dieselpunk franchise that spans manga, light novels, video games and anime. The series reimagines World War II as a confrontation between the allied human forces and an invading alien menace. Most of the battles featured are fictional recreations of actual World War II dogfights, but in this alternate history, teen girls with advanced weaponry and magic powers perform aerial combat against alien aircraft.

In addition to the ongoing Strike Witches manga series, the franchise has been adapted into light novels, as well as several TV anime which aired in Japan and are available in North America from FUNimation. In 2012, an animated feature film was released entitled Strike Witches: The Movie.

It has been nearly 20 years since the last Great War, and while smaller skirmishes are still taking place over the world, peace has been mostly achieved. In 1937, Fuso Empire, Sakamoto Mio is about to join in on the fierce battle against the Neuroi alien invaders. She’ll have to prove herself amongst all the other cadets if she’s to become a full-fledged Witch. Mio will soon have that chance, as a long, brutal war against the Neuroi awaits her and her fellow Witches.

Volume 1 of Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident will be released in August, 2014. Volume 2 will be released in October, 2014.


Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us (Story by Humikane Shimada, art by Shin Kyougoku)

The year is 1944, and the battle against the Neuroi has ended…for now. The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, “Strike Witches,” has accomplished its goal of protecting Britannia from the alien invaders, and riding their presence in the embattled Gallia. Now that the battle is over, they’ve been disbanded, and many of the Witches have decided to go their own ways.

From the war-stricken Gallia to the deserts of Africa, this story follows the girls of the 501st as they rebuild, relax and unwind from their trials of the previous war. Though, danger is always lurking in the night, as a mysterious Neuroi-human hybrid foretells of another impending invasion. Just who…or what is this girl and can the Strike Witches overcome this adversary?

The complete release of Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us will be released in June, 2014.


Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches (Story by Humikane Shimada, art by Atsuto Shinozuka)

The Strike Witches of the 501st weren’t the first to take to the sky, nor would they be the last. One-Winged Witches covers the story of Wilma Bishop, taking place along the English Channel in 1942, and one year prior to the Second Neuroi War. As this tale unfolds, more will be revealed about key characters and essential details of the story that is told in Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky and Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us-only from a unique character perspective not seen before.

Join Wilma Bishop, sergeant of the Isle of Wight Detachment Group and ace Strike Witch, as she shows new recruits what it’ll take to earn their flying stripes, and take down some nasty Neuroi in the process!

Volume 1 of Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches will be released in January, 2015.

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On a whim, or out of curiosity like my wordpress and tumblr, I made a facebook page: Yamakuji

There was a small discussion of choosing between Yamayurikai and Omikuji between my co-admins so we ended up combining them to Yamayuri-o-mikuji. Shorten the name and there you have it, Yamakuji, since the original name is quite a mouthful.

Content of the page will be ranging from anime, manga and light novels to anything under the sun although we’ll concentrate on the things related to the former. We will mostly provide information we want and voice our opinions on various things. It can be an old anime when you’re still a kid. It can be an upcoming one which everyone is anticipating. Those with pages/blogs do help us spread our name around. We would appreciate it a lot. If you want a 1 to 1 share that wouldn’t be a problem since we encourage the exchange of ideas and people normally have diverse opinions on certain things.

Now onto why we chose this name.

Yamayurikai is basically a word made up of three words: “Yama” is mountain, “Yuri” is lily and “Kai” is council thus the name. However, we have taken the council word out of the word thus it is just Yamayuri which stands for Mountain Lily, a real flower.

Omikuji are fortune telling paper slips found at many shrines and temples. Randomly drawn, they contain predictions ranging from daikichi (“great good luck”) to daikyo (“great bad luck”). By tying the piece of paper around a tree’s branch, good fortune will come true or bad fortune can be averted.

This is in view with our aims because like how one ‘randomly’ draw out a the paper slips, the posts the followers will see are at random since the different admins will post different things. The posts may contain good news or bad news, as to the predictions one can get from the omikuji. It can be good news like, “This character will have a figurine soon” to bad news like “This manga is cancelled due to low ratings”. I cannot relate the action of tying the piece of paper to a tree branch’s to anything as of yet.

Thus yes, Yamayuri-o-mikuji or Yamakuji for short. We have yet to produce our own avatar and banner yet since we are a new page but hopefully, we have your support. Much appreciated~

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I came across this post by one of the admins, Roman, of the Sword Art Online page in facebook:

What’s the problem you ask? The problem lies with the fact that Roman equates side stories with fillers. This will lead to many misconceptions among their followers, in particular to those who have not read the light novel series. Roman then counters back, stating that the side stories are kind of like a fillers as, he quoted, they are only needed for later events. He adds in that the fillers (side stories) are not bad or anything and only pointed out they are going to end. In hopes of pacifying the crowd, he states that he has read almost all the volumes of the light novel series, indirectly implying that he knows what he is talking about.

If you have watch or read enough anime or manga, you would know what constitutes as a filler. I am assuming the admins of the page know since they started a page based on a current anime. Furthermore, if one claimed to have read the side stories and said that they’re fillers, you should be ashamed of yourself. The two terms are entirely different due to their objectives. Cutting to the chase, here is a definition of the terms:

A side story in fiction is a form of narrative that occurs alongside established stories set within a fictional universe. As opposed to a prequel, sequel, or interquel, a side story takes place within the same time frame as an existing work. Side stories are common in epic type series, especially war oriented series where it is possible to tell many stories from many different points of view. They tend to be one shot stories with a beginning, middle, and end and focus heavily on character drama while the major action occurs mostly in the background.


Filler episodes are entries in a generally continuous serial that are unrelated to the main plot, don’t significantly alter the relations between the characters, and generally serve only to take up space. They are extremely common in Anime, where nearly every show has 26 or more episodes per season. The producers have to use filler just to meet contractual demands. Filler is usually something entirely original for the anime, but not always; many manga employ filler just as ruthlessly. Sometimes entire filler Arcs are created, most often because the series Overtook the Manga.

One key difference is: Fillers can be safely ignored without any loss of important information. I read Sword Art Online volume 1 and proceeded to volume 3 and 4 thereafter, completely bypassing volume 2 which consists of several side stories. When characters like Yui, Silica and Lisbeth popped out, I was genuinely surprised and confused. That goes to show how important a side story to a novel really is. Dismissing them as fillers are out of the question as they will contribute to the story one way or another. Know the difference you ignorant fools. Do not just follow people blindly and accept whatever they are saying as the truth just because they are admins or leaders of a group.

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Lee Moon Young

You said you wanted to change right?

You didn’t want to be beaten up anymore…

That you wanted to be proud in front of your siblings…

That you wanted to throw a part of you that kept running away…

If you want it, then you can make it happen…


Jae Gu…

the choice was and always will be yours!

If you don’t try to fight…

then nothing will change.

Taken from the webtoon Girl the Wild’s. Click here to read.

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Original Title: イオ; 伊奥; 伊奥冲绳潜水日志; 伊奧沖繩潛水日誌
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Mystery, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy
Length: Volume 10, 55 Chapters (completed)
Author(s): Koio Minato
Synopsis:  Taiyo Nakabiru went to Okinawa on a trip in pursuit of beautiful girls and his wish to go diving. When trying to hit upon a girl, she surprises him by saying that he killed her mother. It appears that she and her two sisters know him, even though he does not remember ever going to Okinawa before. After convincing the three sisters, Nagisa, Shibuki and Mio Miyara, to let him help them out with their work and to let him learn diving from them, Taiyo’s childhood with the sisters slowly comes back to him, and certain strange events involving a mystical white whale begins to haunt them.

First Impressions

I read this manga a few years back but the synopsis at that time was not as complete as this. It is probably along the lines of “Nakabaru Taiyo came to Okinawa in the pursuit of beautiful ladies and the blue sea… But while trying to hit on a cute girl, she told him that her mother hated him… And then a wonderful story of scuba diving, beautiful women and adventure begins!” Focusing on the underlined words, I started reading the manga. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t? Little did I expect that I will be in for a ride that I could not have imagined.

Story and Setting

The bulk of the story takes place in Zamami, which is an island found in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The other places that the characters either visited or stayed in temporarily are Tokyo, Hawaii and Peru, just to name a few. For those of us who are ignorant and think that Zamami is an imaginary island, I beg to differ. It is indeed real and the activities and (normal) events that happens in manga, such as scuba diving and whale watching, are things that occur in real-life Zamami as well

The story begins according to the synopsis, how Taiyo went on a trip and met with the sisters who he has seemingly no memories of though they  remember him vividly. The first part of the manga is pretty technical, where we are introduced to scuba diving and the various components that follows it such as the equipment and obtaining the diving license. They focused on the interactions between the main characters as well, regardless of the fact if they themselves know, or are involved, in the mystery surrounding the islands. Thereafter, from a ‘slice of life with a little bit of mystery/supernatural’ setting, things start to take a full swing towards the mystery, supernatural and tragedy setting. Taiyo and the three sisters soon found themselves in the middle of things that one cannot comprehend. At this point of time, it is also not certain who are the true ‘villains’ or ‘heroes’ nor are we certain of the true motives of the various people interacting with the four of them. The story involves whales and ancient relics as well, which is pretty unique. Add in a mix of government conspiracies and we have the manga, IO


When I first read it a few years back, I thought the art for the backgrounds were well done. If I remember correctly, there were several places that were drawn similar to the real life ones (eg. shophouses). The underwater view was no less spectacular as well. The only fault I find was probably the art for the characters. Sure, there are times where the art was fantastic in portraying the emotion of the characters at that particular moment. However, there was a number of times where the art degraded a little and the characters look weird (to me at least). Some of the colored ones are weird to me as well. Fanservice is not a big deal actually as you will see the girls in bikinis or summer attire most often than not but it is still NSFW as there are instances where breasts are shown and such.


I assume the story is suppose to revolve heavily around the 4 main characters: The male lead, Taiyo and the three sisters, Nagisa, Shibuki and Mio.  Why the assumption? People might disagree with me but I felt the author was pretty biased in the development of the main characters. The ‘main’ heroine in the supposedly ‘harem’ is Shibuki. However, the development for the youngest of the sisters, Mio was the most and it was so good that it left such an impact on me. Maybe it is due to the fact that Mio is one of the characters that is directly related to the mystery/supernatural but even so, I felt that Shibuki needs ‘more character’. As for the eldest sister Nagisa, she really, and I mean really, needs a lot more development. Taiyo’s development on the other hand was good though he still retains his echii side. For the romance, some people will say that the romance between Taiyo and Shibuki is believable and such but I seriously felt it could have been better.  There were other characters as well that were of importance but I shall not reveal them for fear of spoiling future readers. Plus, how could I forget to include a certain white whale.

Final Impression

I enjoyed learning the various things related to scuba diving. This is not a hobby/sport that one can easily write a story with but the author managed to pull it off well. I was initially shocked a few years back when I read the story as I did not expect things to escalate to such a scale, since according to my first impressions, I only concentrated on the underlined sentence. The mystery/supernatural/tragedy part of the manga will capture and hold your attention because like Taiyo, we cannot fully comprehend them and more questions kept popping out thus requiring the readers to have the urge to read on. Seems like a good strategy but alas, there are things that are left unanswered. It is tantamount to say, getting a ‘Normal’ end to a game instead of the ‘True’ end. Still, a ‘Normal’ end is better than a ‘Bad’ (lousy) end so readers will feel somewhat satisfied. One thing’s for sure, I will never look at whales the same again, especially when they open their mouths. I’ll end my review with this quote “If you want a harem, make sure you do it safe”. I’ll leave you to your imagination.

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I apologize if there is going to be a sudden surge in manga/manhwa reviews this holiday as manga/manhwa are easier to complete. I’ll write a game review once I complete Ar Tonelico Qoga and for anime or light novels, it depends..Hmm, maybe I’ll do a short review about the two movies I have just watched, Avengers and Men in Black 3

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