Manga Monday: I Might Need Help With An Addiction

I can’t remember the last time I watched anime. I’ve gotten behind on everything (including life in general), and I blame this all on manga. Shit, I even thought about skipping work to read manga (didn’t do it). Lately, I’ve been reading manga non-stop. And I’m not looking at overviews of shows, I’m literally just picking shows at random and reading them. Here’s what I’ve read this week:

Half and Half

I felt like experimenting with a one shot manga, and this is what I picked. Basically, two people (a guy and a girl) die right off the bat, but are given life again. There’s one catch: They can’t be far away from one another, and it lasts only 7 days, then someone dies. Needless to say they somehow fall in complete love after one God damn week, which is impossible unless you’re a complete loser who’s never had a meaningful relationship in your life (I can sometimes fall into this category). It was complete bullshit  and utterly retarded. I actually laughed when I finished reading it.

This was kind of dumb, but it was short, so it was fine. I felt it was too short to actually rate…I might give it a 2 or 3 maybe. It didn’t blow me away.

Confidential Confessions

I’m usually a guy who like completely retarded anime and manga. Usually, these manga have no relation to anything serious or realistic. However, that changed when I stumbled upon Confidential Confessions, which was probably the most hard hitting manga that I’ve read ever. Hard hitting meaning, “Holy Shit!”

So what the hell is so mind blowing about this? Well, I decidedly got drunk and then read it, and felt like it was a great manga (honestly, most of it kind of sucked) which seemed like a great idea at the time. I posted it up on twitter, and fangzhao took a shot at it. This is what he had to say:

“Jesus. I’m on the second chapter, and I feel like covering my wrists and neck. It’s really disturbing”

If you’re wondering why he felt like covering his wrists and neck, it’s probably because he didn’t want them to get cut, which, coupled with suicide, is pretty much the main theme of the first story.

That sounds quite depressing.

Oh it was for a time. But it ends on a lighter note (at least compared to the rest of it).

The rest of this manga was kind of dumb. There was a story about a boxer, a story about a high school prostitute, one about sexual harrasment….pretty much all serious issues. It wasn’t bad, but I’d probably give the whole thing a 3 as a whole, except the first story, which I really enjoyed for some reason, probably because I’ve always been kind of intrigued by death, mainly due to the mystery of it all, not because I’m some emo kid who’s weird…..I mean granted I’m kind of weird but I’d like to think in a good way…..most of the time in a good way…….like maybe half…..half the time good way…..anyway.

Baka and Boing

Replace the pictures of the girl with Red Sox posters and you'll have an idea of what my room used to look like.

So I was busy avoiding doing my work that’s due tomorrow by reading some Mahou Sensei Negima, when I decided to click on Baka and Boing, which seemed like it might be interesting. (my work includes coloring with crayons, writing an essay, and filling out a worksheet….[before you think my college courses are jokes, let me tell you that I’m going to have to do about 50 hours of out of class observational studies, and that’s just for 2 classes]) .

After 2 chapters 19 of the available 20+ chapters, my first impressions would be as follows:

It’s a lot like Half and Half, in that two people get get connected by a life force and have to live together, but are going to die in 6 months. Slightly different. In general, a lot better, and here’s why.

  • One, unlike Half and Half, where both people die, in this one, a kid named Taichi is a complete weirdo when it comes to his favorite idol, Kokoro (like his walls are covered with her pictures and he is obsessed….one of those weird ones….like an stalker almost, except he doesn’t stalk). Anyway, she falls off a building and lands on his head. She dies, he doesn’t. There souls get fused by a shinigami. Shit happens.

Honestly, it’s not really that good. I mean, I enjoyed it, but I can see myself getting bored of this real fast.

Akane-chan Overdrive

Again, more death. I think all of these manga have something to do with death (I love stuff where people die and then come back to life…kind like Yu Yu Hakusho). Anyway, this alternates between 2 stories, the first of which is about a dude named Amamiya who falls over and somehow half dies. Basically his soul somehow leaves him and gets pulled into the body of a hot girl in a coma. Misconceptions and more soul-switching ensues as he tries to get back to his original body. I found this one funny, although the ending (or complete lack there of) kind of made me grimace.

The second story includes a father who hypnotizes a kid to protect his daughter, but when he tries to touch her or get close to her, he experiences pain. I found this one moderately amusing as well, and it actually had an end kind of I think. I’d give the whole thing a 4.


This is the funniest manga ever. Too bad chapters come out at a pace slower than a constipated sloth.

Mahou Sensei Negima! & Ai Kora

I was on chapter……idk 60? Anyway, now I’m on 100. As for Ai Kora, I’m pretty much caught up.

A Cat is Fine Too

Curious of what the fuck people were talking about whenever they mention this, I read the manga, which is apparently hentai despite having no nudity or anything remotely ecchi besides the implied ending, which I found quite funny. I’d say it’s more strictly comedy (unless I read the wrong one or something). As I literally just stated, I found it funny, albeit slightly confusing (I feel like there might be a prequel or background story, but I don’t care enough to find out.

Mysterious Girlfriend

I literally just picked this up now. I didn’t start reading it. I chose it by complete random, read the summary, and decided I will probably like it.

I thought I read one or two more titles, but they were probably short ones and I forgot to write them down/forgot them completely, so whatever. If you’ve read these tell me what you think. If you haven’t write a completely random comment that has to do with boobs. Or don’t I don’t care.

An a side note, I have finally actually started Aria. The first episode was boring as fuck, but then I found the second episode to be much more enjoyable. My guess is that once more characters are introduced, this will become better and better.


25 thoughts on “Manga Monday: I Might Need Help With An Addiction

    • If I were you, I would have already quit on the friendship, or at least taken advantage of me (not in a sexual way, but for money or something…oh wait, I’m broke).

      Also, way to back up your statement with things like details and reasons. Your statement leaves a lot to be desired. I expect a sequel to that statement to answer the questions you created. Much like LOST is going to do when the new season starts TOMORROW!!!!

  1. Where is the coverage on Xblade chapter 22 lol? I think it’s out in English.

    Anyways, out of all these, I’ve only read half and half. It didn’t exactly blow me away either. Neither did Suzuka (also from Seo Kouji), but some reason I’m reading Kouji’s current series Kimi No Iru Machi and I don’t know why.

    Aria isn’t for everyone. For some people it’s probably about as stimulating as watching paint dry. I love it though (especially the good chapters/episodes).

    • Gaahhh damn. I had a post started on chapter 22 too! I must have forgotten to put it in…..oh well, honestly, nothing much happened in that chapter…..I mean, actually pretty important facts were given regarding the restricted area.

      I can see Aria becoming something I’ll like, so I’m going to stick with it. I’m also now going to start reading Kimi no Iru Machi, just because.

  2. I think the first… arc(?) of Confidential Confessions is good because it’s just so relevant. Everybody has, at one time or another, felt those kinds of feelings – maybe not to that level, but “superficial friends” and “meaning of life” are things I can relate to. Though it’s still one disturbing manga. Too much emo and too little… non-emo.

    I tried to read more of the manga, but… yeah, it sucked afterwards.

    • Completely sucked after. And yea, everyone’s experienced those emotions at some point (depression and stuff). Anyone who disagrees is full of shit.

      It was still kind of disturbing, but I can put up with disturbing pretty well.

  3. im prolly gonna start reading the berserk manga…. because the anime was so awesome and i heard there is so much more in the manga… other than that i read bleach manga… and i dabble in a few others… but def more anime than manga

  4. I read Half&Half. And I don’t think I would have pick up any of the manga you mention above… They look like shoujo type of manga and I avoid shoujo.

    BTW, you should check out JUDGE since you love DOUBT.

    • They were sort of Shoujoy, but only really half and half and confidential confessions. I can see why you would avoid shoujo type, because honestly, they weren’t really that good (honestly, anything with that type of art style I try to avoid….like the round eyes, and stringy hair….just don’t like it much, unless it’s yuri, then I might like it….key on might [change might to will]).

      Consider JUDGE picked up.

      • Judge definitely has better art.

        and I remember not doing my job for 2 days because I dedicated those days to catch up on Naruto. I should probably do the same thing for One Piece

  5. I feel fortunate i enver got into Manga, never read one line, never browsed it in the bookstore, nada. I’ve actually been reqatching alot of old series as of late. Even started up Samurai Champloo again while I lay half asleep on my couch with a soggy bowl of frosted flakes next to me. Sadly, i’m not a bachelor. I should be though.

    • I would rather not be a bachelor. I say that now, but if I get into a relationship, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll be bored with it after two weeks, so I’m probably better off.

      Frosted Flakes: I load them up with sugar (like…two cups of sugar), and then eat the flakes. Left over is the milk, with sugar in it. I scoop the sugar so that I have half a spoonful of sugar, with the rest milk. I just let you in on the best secret ever. Try it once, become addicted. There is no turning back.

      Samurai Champloo is the best. Well, third best if you go by my top ten.

  6. lol, I picked up mysterious girlfriend the same way you did, ie. completely randomly …know what else I picked up randomly(but unlike mysterious girlfriend is actually awesome)? beelzebub, check it out 🙂

      • Oh, ok, I’ll have to get back to you on that. And by back to you, I mean pretend that was said by someone else, and by someone else, I mean glothelegend, who thinks mysterious girlfriendo X is awesome?!~?

        ok is it really? hmm, I guess I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt then.

        btw, summer wars is an awesome movie.

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