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I finished the first volume of Rurouni Kenshin. I think I'll have to re-read it to make sure I didn't miss anything, but so far it's a lot of fun. I like Kenshin a lot. He's got that double personality/mystery thing about him. On one hand he's peaceful and can be a bit clumsy and startled by various things, but on the other he can kick your ass and take your name with one hand tied behind his back if need be. It's kind of neat. And I like how he has vowed never to kill again. He's beat the hell out of people, broken a few bones, but hasn't killed anyone.  I like Kaoru, too. She's strong, a bit naive, but all around a good character and I'll be interested to see how she grows throughout the story. I'm eager to get the second volume to know more about both Sanosuke and Yahiko. We only got to meet them briefly when compared to Kenshin and Kaoru, so I haven't had a chance to totally form an opinion on either character just yet.

The art is really well done, too. There are several frames that I just stopped to look at along the way. It's got a grace to it, and it just comes off the page in a certain way that it draws you into the story even more.  And the pacing is rather nice. We get a good balance between a quiet character exchange and action scene ratio, so it's not all talking nor is it all beating the crap out of your opponent mindlessly. And the humor is adorable. Considering that Kenshin is dark, I thought that the well placed humor only added and did not take away from the story. It allowed us to see the other sides of these characters,  sometimes even under stress. And that brings me to Kenshin's favorite word that is not a word: Oro. I love the fact that right away he's asked what does that mean, which it seems means nothing.

I know I already mentioned in another entry that I liked the fact that the author, Watasuki, gave brief notes throughout the story about how he came up with the characters. Each one was insightful to how the story is told, how the characters were originally thought up, and how they might interact in the future. And it was done in such a way that it didn't seem to spoil the reader or take away from the story itself. And the humor in each note was subtle and much like the humor in the rest of the volume.

I did like the volume end special, too. While it didn't have anything to do with the actual current story as much, it was a nice look into Kenshin's character. And that section has some of my favorite frames. And of course, how can I forget the glossary at the end? It was nice to have an explanation of some terms and names, and while some of the terms like san, dono, and sensei were already familiar, it was nice to have a bit more information on them, considering the time period Kenshin is set in. I will say that it certainly makes me interested in learning more about Japanese history----well more than I already was.

Now, the only problem I have is this: HOW do I pronounce the names of the various characters? I looked up the names and couldn't find any information, and I'd like to read the manga this time and THEN watch the anime, rather than both. Anime, as wonderful as it is in so many ways, is sometimes like watching a book made into a movie. They're the same characters, it's the same setting, the plot is similar, but it seems so much of the time this or that is changed, when it really doesn't have to be. It's like the screenwriter just decided it'd be easier or better than the original for whatever reason. I think this time I'll read through the manga first and then watch the anime, soooooooo in light of that, can anyone tell me how to pronounce the names so I don't sound like an ass clown?

Speaking of how anime is much like that book to movie thing, is Ranma. Alright, I've noticed a couple differences, but why did they change the complete setting for the beach race? In the manga, it was at the beach, with each contestant carrying a melon to win Shampoo (and the Phoenix Pill for a certain someone), but in the anime it was with skiing, snowmen, and Shampoo-Phoenix Pill prize. Why? It's not really a huge deal, but it just strikes me as odd that they'd change it that drastically. Were they that afraid of melons for being sexual? Or was seeing Shampoo in a swimsuit too much? That's funny, cause we've seen her emerge from the bath tub in all her glory, so it can't be that. I dunno, it was just odd to see that they changed something that really, if you think about it, didn't need to be.

I've decided, when I get my bank statement and balance everything out, that I'll be getting Ranma manga vol. 8, Her Majesty's Dog vol. 1, and if I can afford it, Inuyasha Perfect Collection 5. We'll see. I know my birthday present to myself will be Ranma Perfect Collection 2. It's $42 bucks before shipping, so that's two months of purchases in one. I have until September, so it's not like I'm in a hurry.

In other news, I've been busy on the next chapter of Journey. I'm hoping I can get the rough write done this week and handed off to the beta. I'm also working on some sketched outlines for Forth's Fortune Cookie challenge, the InuE Tanabata challenge, and my Unleash and Inu Vs. The Fish drabbles. I do have preliminary notes on my next Songs of Faith. As you can see, busy! In the works is an original piece, too. I've decided to use Forth's Fortune Cookies for original story ideas, too, along with one that I've been doing research for awhile now on. I'd like to build up my portfolio, so hopefully this will help.

Oh, and I got my latest award from MM.org for 2nd Runner-Up in the Best Drama Category for the Second Annual Maximum Challenge Contest. You can see that one and all of my awards here. You can see the banners I've gotten from all the contests, including the new ones from the iyissekiwa contests. I'd post the banners here, but this journal entry is already long. Anyways, that's what's going on.

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes
Tags: anime purches of the month, awards, banners, drabbles, fortune cookies, journey, original writing, ranma 1/2, rurouni kenshin, tanabata
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