Catching up

March 12, 2008

So this is my first post after moving my former blog, ~ lurking in the shadows ~ (on Blogger, here) to WordPress. I got the idea for it about a week ago, then like 7+ j-pop blogs got deleted from WP so I decided against it, but after Kawaiirrhea figured out what was causing the shutdowns (Pony Canyon downloads), I decided to just go ahead because I don’t have any Pony Canyon downloads on my blog (and as of now I don’t plan on ever having any). I like WordPress better than Blogger, so…
There’s also a new name. I kinda was getting tired of the old name, and since I’m moving this anyway, why not? xD Resonant Blue was the first thing that came to mind…named after Morning Musume’s upcoming single.

As my first post here, I should catch up with everything I’ve missed lately. I’m going to attempt to keep this blog up-to-date, update it much more, and write some posts that have some actual content besides just quick news posts. xD

(my g key’s broken, and while I’m copy-pasting the lowercase g it’s too much trouble to keep copy-pasting the uppercase and then having to go back to the lowercase…so that’s why I might have random fail moments in terms of capitalization)

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Kinokuniya purchases

February 23, 2008

My friend went to NYC for a couple days this week (Wednesday-Friday I think- it was vacation week for the public schools, so she had it off while I was stuck at school) and so while she was there, she picked up a few things from Kinokuniya for me.

At first I was debating what to ask her to buy, I heard somewhere that they have Hello! Project photobooks but she isn’t a Hello! Project fan (she knows what Morning Musume is due to my random ranting, but that’s it) and I didn’t want her to have to ask about those since that would without a doubt be awkward for her. xD I also wanted something Prince of Tennis, but the only specific thing I could think of off the top of my head was the 30.5 illustration book and I didn’t know how expensive that would be…which would be necessary because I had to give her the cash beforehand.
So this is what I ended up with:


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ugh since when has Friday night been ‘early’ for Jump chapters?

September 28, 2007

people have been saying stuff like ‘wow, it’s early this week’ when Jump chapters came out on Friday night.
Seriously, since when has Friday night been early?
I was so used to them coming out on Thursday, and maybe even Wednesday if we were lucky, then they started coming out on Friday instead.
It took me forever to get accustomed to that, but now I’m so used to the main manga (One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, PoT, Eyeshield 21…) coming out on Friday afternoon…and now they’re starting to come out either really really late on Friday night (last week PoT was out at around midnight IIRC) or Saturday morning. A couple of weeks ago, the chapters weren’t out until Sunday morning. =/
And even though it’s still the same amount of time between chapters, it feels like FOREVER cause I’m still half-expecting them on Friday afternoon. >_<
Oh well, eventually I’ll get used to them coming out on Saturdays…

Oh my god, Konomi. (PoT CHAPTER 359 SPOILERS)

September 22, 2007


I mean, seriously. I have a tendency to think about things in a chapter as they happen, instead of waiting to read the entire chapter first…which is HORRIBLE in a chapter like this. xDDD
I mean, the chapter starts out with a view of the scoreboard, where Inui/Kaidou vs Yanagi/Kirihara was 5-1 (Seigaku forfeited) and singles 2 is 5-0, with Rikkai in the lead. Then it shows Niou absolutely PWNING Fuji! D:
So here’s where I basically took a moment to stop and freak out.
I mean, Seigaku’s about to lose the fucking Nationals, in 3 straight matches. DDDDD:
So not only was I freaking out about the possibility of Seigaku losing the very last match of the entire tennis season, which would force the third-years to retire…
…but I was also freaking out because it’s SO UNLIKE KONOMI to jump from Inui/Kaidou pair losing at the end of last chapter to match game for singles 2. Especially with Fuji losing. And especially when Fuji losing means Seigaku losing to Rikkai and everything.
So I came to the conclusion that PoT is definitely ending when it’s Shounen Jump run ends. Because otherwise there’s no way Konomi would go that fast in the finals…he usually writes really long matches, and being the finals, this should be no exception. If the series was going to continue in tankoubon format, he wouldn’t have to rush things like this.
So then I was really really sad about everything, and still freaking out, and then I turned back to read the rest of the chapter, hoping Fuji could somehow make a comeback.

But then…
Then Niou takes the wig off, and it’s like ROAR I’M REALLY KIRIHARA IN DEVIL MODE…ok, at that I kinda figured something was up. xD

Btw, he looks uber weird with all the bandages…but anyway…

So then it turns out FUJI is the one pwning NIOU. xDD

So, yeah….seriously Konomi, don’t scare me like that! D: I really thought Seigaku was going to lose the Nationals!

Ok, so basically what this means is this:
Niou’s gonna make a comeback, because a one-sided match isn’t that fun, but he’s not going to be able to win…Seigaku has to win these next two matches, singles 2 and doubles 1, so then it’ll be a showdown between Ryoma and Yukimura.
Doubles 1 is Marui/Jackal. It’s got to be. I can’t see them putting out Yagyuu/Marui or Yagyuu/Jackal, it just doesn’t really work. O_o
There is still hope for a tankoubon continuation. =D At first in this chapter I figured Konomi was rushing it so much it’s definitely ending, but that turned out to be Inui’s dream…so there’s still a chance that it’ll continue in tankoubon format…

I hate Friday evenings.

September 21, 2007

Because I’m always up late refreshing MangaHelpers every 5 minutes waiting for the week’s Shounen Jump raw chapters to come out. D:
Ugh, they’ve been getting later and later lately…a couple of weeks ago the raws weren’t even out until Saturday afternoon!
I remember back in the good old days when Naruto would typically come out on Thursdays. D: And I’m assuming the other SJ manga with it, I wasn’t into anything else back then…

I really really really need to know what happens in the next chapter of PoT…

It appears to be confirmed…

September 5, 2007

Ok, any last bit of hope I had about the PoT finale being a rumor just died.
Looks like it’s confirmed.
Now, there’s still a bit of hope that it’s just the serialization ending…but…

Someone on the Weekly Jump LJ community said this:
“And so the countdown begins: 11 issues before Ryoma Echizen hangs his racket forever!”
…and I think a part of me died inside.
Seriously, if I read more comments like that (especially the ones where they’re like “no big loss, really”) I might actually cry. And I don’t want to, considering I’m in the dorm at Nobles and I don’t want to cry in front of my roommate about something she wouldn’t understand…now, if my roommate was that girl downstairs that loves anime (and PoT, whee), I wouldn’t mind so much, but…xD
I really hope it’ll continue in tankoubon format…I mean, I know I’m gonna cry at the end no matter what, but I’d rather cry at like an emotional good ending (like the third-years graduating) than an uber crappy rushed ending. xD
Cause seriously, a couple people on weeklyjump think otherwise, but 11 chapters is not enough for Konomi to finish it off nicely. Three and a half matches left, plus Ryoma has amnesia plus he has to beat his dad (and maybe Tezuka, but then again Tezuka losing to Sanada might be good enough) plus the third-years have to graduate and stuff like that…AND THERE HAS TO BE AN EPILOGUE OF SOME SORT. XDDDD Lolz, well not really, but I’d love to see one~

Let’s just hope for the best and wait and see what happens~

So…Prince of Tennis is ending soon…

September 1, 2007

Well, this news killed my good mood TWICE today (yes, twice. >___>), and after the second time I figured I should at least post something about it…

And if you’re too lazy to click the link…

According to Ritual scan and Heiji-sama from Mangaverse, Jump will be putting an end to:
– Prince of Tennis
– Belmonde
– Hero Studies
starting from issue #48. (on sale 26th of November)

AND new series are expected by more established authors such as:
– Shinya Suzuki (Mr. Fullswing)
– Mizuki Kawashita (Ichigo 100%)
– Takeshi Obata (artist for Death Note, Hikaru no Go)
and a series by Shiibashi Hiroshi, who recently had a most superb one shot called Nurarihyon no Mago.

Last year we had these kind of rumours too, when Obata and Takei were about to start Blue Dragon and Jumbor respectively; so I’m inclined to consider this true. Also because a LOT of new artists just aren’t sticking; and that likely has Jump reaching back to past glories.

I really don’t care about most of that, but…

According to Ritual scan and Heiji-sama from Mangaverse, Jump will be putting an end to:
– Prince of Tennis
starting from issue #48. (on sale 26th of November)

It’s no secret Prince of Tennis is almost over. However…they’re rushing it…which isn’t good…
I guess instead of letting it end naturally, Jump’s cutting it…you’d think for a long-running series like PoT they’d at least let it end naturally…but there’s no way it’s ending naturally with only ~3 months left before it’s over…there’s too much left to finish up…even if it ended right after the Nationals (well, not that it’d go into another plot arc anyway, but I figured it’d have a couple of chapters after the Nationals), it’d still be rushing the Nationals matches…we still have three matches to go plus finishing up doubles 2…I really don’t want to see a rushed ending for this…
well…this is the first time anything I’ve been following weekly has ended…well, Hitomi no Catoblepas is ending, but that’s new and even though I was interested in it I wasn’t really too into it…
I’m pretty sad I only managed to get into Prince of Tennis so recently, when it’s about to end and everything…I’ve done that so many times it’s not even funny…for once I’d like to be able to say “I read this manga weekly before it was even popular!”…for Prince of Tennis I guess it was the other way around, I caught it after it hit it’s peak and when it wasn’t as popular anymore…so that’s why I’ve been trying to read new manga lately, but that’s failed…Hitomi no Catoblepas was cut, Belmonde’s getting cut…
I always figured for a manga/anime, once it ended in Japan, I’d still have the English version to follow…but honestly, I don’t think I want to follow the English version of Prince of Tennis that much…the dubbed anime sucks, and the English manga is full of so much crap…I keep noticing stupid mistakes, like on the back of one of the volumes they called Jirou “Jin”, and then “Takashi ‘Taka’ Momoshiro”…

so, yeah, this ruined my uber good mood this morning (hey, it’s Saturday, that’s enough to have me in a good mood, not to mention the PoT box set #2 came and everything) when I first saw it on the community, then after a day of reading fanfiction and listening to music and pushing this to the back of my mind, someone posted it on MangaHelpers and it ruined my mood again…

I’m seriously cursed with the bad luck of getting into series after they’re either past their prime or already over…usually the second option, actually, considering most of my manga is just the English version so it’s usually already over in Japan…so I think I’m gonna start some shounen series soon that aren’t quite new, but aren’t really uber uber huge hits…

recommendations, maybe?
then again, I think the only people who read this blog are the j-pop fans, and probably won’t be able to help that much…

On the bright side, the raw for Prince of Tennis 356 is finally out…not that that’s much of a bright side compared to the bad news here, but…