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Manga / Re: Krozam's Manga Diary
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:13:33 am »
Sup People, Tis Zarich, Most of you new ones might have seen me just with a passing comment. I have the approval of Krozam to write reviews, so here we go, Tonight, written in the wee hours of the Californian' Morning...

Sugar Dark: Umerareta Yami to Shoujo by Mebae. Art by Ooiwa, Kenji

Before I start the review let me ask you a question. When you walk down the street, and see a Dark Alley, a Graveyard, or just the world at night, what do you see? Does your imagination go wild? What do you see in the dark?

Sugar Dark is about Muol, a 16 year old soldier sent to spend the rest of his life digging graves for the crime of killing his superior. Muol then meets a mysterious girl named Meria (or Melia, I will be using Meria for this review), who walks the graveyard at night. Every day he digs graves and every night he converses with Meria. But, who...or what is meant to be buried in the graves?

But really, the Romance between Muol and Meria is just a Red Herring. Behind these two is the classic story of Good Versus Evil, Progression and Tradition, Man and his greatest Fear, the creature that can never truly be killed no matter what. The creature that appears where ever there is no light. The Darkness.

Now, creatures hidden in the darkness appears in many forms of media. In Doctor who, they are the Vasha Nerada, in biblical texts it is the devil. In Sugar dark, this isn't just a creature hiding in the shadows. They are the Shadows, creatures of pure darkness that used to rule like gods that commanded mankind in history. What else do you think the DARK ages were about?

To the actual manga, the two story lines intertwines well and the manga itself has many elements of different genres as to do make it hard to say what actual type of manga it is. It has elements of Military, Horror, Comedy, Guro, Action, Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy all rolled into one package. The manga series is just giving pictures to the actual book Sugar Dark, the winner of Kodakawa Shoten's 14th (iirc) Sneaker Award, an award that has also graced LNs such as the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The art itself is well done. Ooiwa Kenji, whose art can also be seen in mangas like Welcome to the NHK, does a great job blending Manga art with semi realism, creating a dark atmosphere throughout this whole manga. Kenji shows that he doesn't screw around with art, when he going to make something frightening, he will.

Sugar Dark only has three characters with actual names. There is Muol, the soldier, Meria, the mysterious girl who only appears at night and Karas, a mysterious child-like person with Goat pupils and only appears in the day. These Characters are all interesting and leaves us room to guess who or what they are as the story progresses as we start out not knowing really who these people are. Though we do get to know Muol more at the start as he is our MC in this story. The only other character to talk about is the man who owns this cemetery, a short man with no nose, sort of reminiscent of the Crypt Keeper.

Sugar Dark came with a bang. At first I only picked it up due to the similarity to a great fantasy manga I have read numerous times, Shina Dark. But as the days and weeks passed by, I read it for the story, the characters, the atmosphere, everything. This manga is one of my favorites, my only qualm is that it is 19 chapters. But, unlike a lot of stories, it closes. It actually has an ending. So if you are in well, any mood. Read this manga, this review is not doing it justice.

If you want music, I can't really recommend any as nothing fits the whole atmosphere for the whole story.

Games / Re: Best Caption
« on: October 20, 2011, 12:29:27 am »
Hanofist Wins this one

Games / Re: Best Caption
« on: October 01, 2011, 08:23:28 pm »
Yeah, sorry. I had tests 'n sickness 'n stuff
so here you go:

Games / Re: Best Caption
« on: September 23, 2011, 04:33:51 am »
..."Give me three good reasons on why you shaved my pussy."

I think "Give me one good reason why you shaved my crotch!" might work better.

I was meaning cat. So it could have any any tho

Games / Re: Best Caption
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:43:36 pm »
Not my best, blame the Headache

Manga / Re: Krozam's Manga Diary
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:55:50 pm »
WTF?? The latest Negima chapter is absolutely terrible! A long and epic arc was practically ended is a very abrupt and anticlimatic way. :( My initial reaction:

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Really? Good. I actually,  really hated the Magical World arc truth be told. I know that itw as like set up since like the start with Asuna's flashback dream in the Kansai Magic Association Arc but yeah..

Visual Novels / Re: Your Favourite Visual Novel
« on: August 21, 2011, 11:46:44 pm »
I would say Katawa Shoujo Act1. The unique characters interest me a lot and even tho its only part 1 of an unreleased VN I like it a lot

Games / Re: Guess that anime line~
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:10:09 pm »
Well I can give a hint that it was...sorta subbed by Doki. Tis all

Games / Re: Guess that anime line~
« on: August 14, 2011, 08:51:28 pm »

Games / Re: Guess that anime line~
« on: August 13, 2011, 08:55:17 pm »
"So love isn't an Antidote..."

Games / Re: Guess that anime line~
« on: August 13, 2011, 08:46:46 pm »

Music / Re: What Are You Listening to Right Now?
« on: August 11, 2011, 06:16:00 am »
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I'm obliged to post something non-anime but still japanese. How about Japanese Black Metal with Mariachi Trumpets?

General Discussions / Re: Share a joke...
« on: August 11, 2011, 06:11:39 am »
I'll just post a random one that isn't really a joke and uses a lot of stereotypes.

So an Irishman, a British man and a Scotsman walk into are

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General Discussions / Re: Share a joke...
« on: August 09, 2011, 11:16:49 pm »
I think i'll do a medium one one

A General and his Cadet were on a moving train. Sitting across of them was a Women and her Beautiful eighteen year old Daughter. The train went through a tunnel and while the train was dark there was shuffling sound and a loud, Audible Slap. Once the train got out of the tunnel the mother exclaims "The Cadet tried to kiss my daughter!"

What goes through the General's mind is Wow, the Cadet steals a kiss and I'm the one getting slapped for it

What goes through the Daughter's head is The Cadet tried to kiss me but accedentally kiss my mother

What goes through the Cadet's head was That was Fun, I got to Kiss the back of my hand, Slap the General and here comes another tunnel!

Games / Re: With Who...
« on: July 31, 2011, 02:37:48 am »
This one is so friggin Easy.

Marry: Sakai. hardworking and cool. Also my favorite Hoshizora Character
Fail Date: Meme. I don't do Older Women.
Sex once. Tsumugi. Just 'cus I've already seen her route in the eroge

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