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From Manga To Anime – Vampire Knight

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Title: Vampire Knight [Vampire Knight Season 1]

Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Anime

Rating: 5 Star

Anime Series Reviews: 1, 2

Manga Series Reviews: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-19

Description/Synopsis:

Vampire Knight tells the story of Yuki Cross. The earliest thing she remembers is being attacked on a snowy night by a vampire, and being rescued by Kaname Kuran, who is also a vampire. The story takes place 10 years after that event, Yuki is now the adopted daughter of the Headmaster of Cross Academy. She and her longtime friend Zero Kiryu keep peace at the academy, making sure no problems arise between the Day Class (humans) and the Night Class (vampires). However, the peace they try to keep is fragile, and personal feelings begin to interrupt their duty. It’s based on the manga by Matsuri Hino, which is excellent. If VK is half as good as the manga, it’ll be a great anime. There is some action, but expect more romance from VK.

Anime Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh how I love it.

For the most part the anime follows really closely to how the manga was written and I love it even more for that. However, it does go off script and change a few things now and again. The third episode for example is pretty much their own creation. It shows things that never happened in the manga and moves around and hints at things that dont get mentioned till the end of volume five like Ichiru Zero’s brother. He gets mentioned a couple of times but he was not brought up in the manga for quite awhile. Yagari also gets introduced differently. He just shows up in the manga and he gets introduced in the anime.

Im a little sad to say that the anime is not as well drawn as the manga. I find the faces a bit… odd at times. That being said though it is still very pretty and they went to great lengths to make certain scenes stand out. Like when Yuki remembers things or is having inner turmoil they really play upon the ideas of how that would look visually from the manga. I think some of those sections are my favourite art wise.

The soundtrack for the anime (thus far) is very simple but very well chosen I feel. The music is very dark and it suits the overal mood of the anime very well. The opening and closing songs are also well done. The opening song for this season is Futatsu No Kodou To Akai Tsumi by ON/OFF, and though it kind of has an upbeat sound, I interpret it as more of a song that demonstrates all the struggles they are going through, its up and down and kind of has a just keep going feel to it. The beautifully drawn and Matsuri Hino inspired opening art also feels that way to me. The ending song is Still Doll by Kanon Wakeshima has a very different feel to it. The music is both creepy and dark. It has moments with it perks up with the creepy and then kind of goes down into despair. This combined again with the inspired darker Matsuri Hino VK drawings of Yuki sitting with a creepy bunny with red tear running down her face. This I think is great cause it kind of speaks to how Yuki always feels like no matter what she does someone she loves gets hurt. Still Doll and just Kanon Wakeshima in generally are some of my favourite music to date.

If I were to suggest which language you should watch it in, I would suggest Japanese with English subtitle. Now, I may be a bit bias here suggesting that. The first time I watched Vampire Knight it was with English subtitles and whichever way I see/do something first is generally the way I would prefer it from there on. However, if I try to ignore that fact I think I would suggest it anyway. I don’t think the English voice actors were very well chosen, they just don’t really suit their personalities. I could probably accept most peoples but Kaname’s is just awful. The English voices try to make everyone seem happier than they are and Kaname just doesn’t have that naturally happy upbeat. He should always sound mysterious! Not chipper…

But what really matters in anything you want to invest your time in be it book or series? Is it good. Oh god yes it is. Do you still love the characters in the anime? Yes when they were in Jap with Subs. The anime portrayed them very well and because they stuck pretty closely to manga it conveys the characters correctly. Is there still action and romance? Oh god yes, if there wasn’t then it wouldnt be the same story in the slightest. A romance story that has people struggling back and forth not knowing what do to with each other in amongst a world that is naturally bloody and violent.

I think I would recommend that people start with the anime if they want to do this series. The anime is a bit easier to follow because of how they introduce things and kind of simplify everything, however, if you even remotely like the anime I suggest you start reading the manga. It continues on way after the anime ends and it is just in general is much better.

On a side note, Vampire Knight is where I got my ending line for my blogs. At the end of each episode it says

I’ll also show you a sweet dream

————————————- next night

it stuck with me until I got what I use now. Now go watch the anime!

Till next time…

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 1)

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And so comes the end of hour 1 (as I write this it is about 50 minutes away). Each hour I shall give you updates on what I am feeling, what I am reading and how much. I will also be doing any mini challenges that are happening. So here we go:

Feelings:

I didn’t end up napping. This is going to cost me but as of right now I actually feel ok. Maybe a bit slower than normal but ok.

What I Read:

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Pages Read: 42

Introduction Survey

This is hosted by the main blog. Check out everyone’s entries here.

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

In my head I started singing I come from a land down under. Just encase you don’t get it, Im from Brisbane Australia!

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Now I love Nana but that is a reread so I have to say the book I am currently reading! I loved the cartoon as a kid.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Since I worked before and was not staying at home the week before this event I don’t actually have anything other than cereal. I don’t think I have milk though. I am going to have to do a food run at some point.

Tell us a little something about yourself!

I volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary for my tafe course and its the reason I am sleep deprived before this even started. I love it though.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? 

I did do last years one and I don’t remember much other than being tired before it started, and I have already failed at that. Oh well better luck next time!

 

Till Next Time…

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From Book To Movie – Mockingjay Part 1

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Title: Mockingjay Part 1

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I absolutely loved everything about this movie. I am going to assume everyone reading this review has already seen the movie or read the book so this will be your one and only spoiler warning. Towards the end will contain spoilers, you have been warned.

I don’t know about you guys, but when they announced that this last movie was being split up into two parts I was so happy. Some people where annoyed by this because they think that every series ever is now splitting things up into sections because Harry Potter did it, but I don’t think this is just a way to milk the series longer. The last book was not the best one, it was by far the worst in the entire series. You kind of felt rushed the entire time and it did not flow correctly. Lots of new random capital kind of things happen and when I read the book after the first movie came out my first thought was that there was no way they were going to fit that books story into one movie when the book was barely long enough to tell it correctly.

And I was so happy with what I got. I went and saw the movie in its opening week, and after the first few days I had heard from people who had not read the books that it was the worst movie so far and a lot of them did not like it. How pleased I was to find that I think they are all wrong and I actually think its my favourite so far. The first part of the book was slow because it has a lot of build up to the second half, so to those expecting fighting non stop like in the first two be aware that that is not what you are going to get. This part of the movie deals with how the first two games have affected everyone and the lead up to bringing down the capital in the next part.

There were very few changes to the overall story in this movie compared to the book. I have always loved the changes where they show things that are happening in the capital and the other districts that you didn’t get to in the books because Katniss was not there a lot of the time. I enjoy seeing the effect. I also loved the talks between Coin and Plutarch and their reasons for while they let Katnis do all the things she does like go back and visit district 12. I was sad that Finnick was not in their as much as I wanted him to be, but the moments we did get were both sad and touching at the same time. I also loved the inclusion of Effie throughout the movie and little comical tidbits. The part where Plutarch is telling her her door is not locked and she can come and go as she pleases but still acts as though she is in prison is great. It has always bothered me that her father is never mentioned considering that he was such a big part of everything she does, but I get why he is not there. Another thing we got that I was not really expecting was that they humanised Coin a bit and made us see her in a more lighter and sadder way. She still has to die so I am interested in how they are going to make that come full circle.

The things that were the same were all exactly what I wanted from them. Katniss was so so broken is was amazing, and the fact that the wig made her look a little ‘wrong’ I think made the effect better. I couldn’t not see the wig though. I also loved every moment with the cat, when it gets shoved into the bag was amazing. I think the entire theatre laughed there. I loved our moments with Haymitch as well even though he is notmy most favourite person anymore. When he shows up at Katniss’s horrible propo, and then when she breaks down with him after she realises what they are doing to Peeta because she keeps fighting back.

I think the part where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree was the best part of the entire movie. Jen did an amazing job. She doesn’t have a voice that I would describe as one that the birds would stop singing so that they could listen to her, but it was powerful and really captured the moment. I don’t know if I like the lyric change of ‘necklace of rope’ to ‘necklace of hope,’ but I suppose it was a little bit too obviously about death for the younger people if they started sing about necklaces of rope in a hanging tree, and a necklace of hope can have the same meaning so I guess it still all works. When we cut from Katniss singing to… district 5? singing the words with her heading to blow up the damn despite the fact they all know they are going to die if they do it was so well done. I also liked how Katniss singing was spliced into that final communication with the capital and Peeta looks a mess then hears her singing and starts crying and then warns them about the attack. I think this was a nice touch because Peeta had always loved to listen to her sing.

We can all take a guess as to where the movie ends. I really thought it was all over when they bashed the back of his head and everything black. I suppose that would have been a really nasty cliff hanger for those who don’t know what is coming however so they gave us a tiny bit more with much struggling and being tied down.

And there we have it folks. I loved this moving, actually really want to go see it again and I have been listening to The Hanging Tree on repeat since I saw it. This movie seems like it is going to be a far better presented and developed ending to the series. I think waiting a year might just kill me even if I am not ready for that level of sadness is my life.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Daughter Of The Forest

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Title: Daughter of the Forest [Sevenwaters 1]

Author: Juliet Marillier

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 560

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever. 

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy.

Wow. Its been a really long time since I have read a fantasy book that had me so caught up in the story it was weaving.

The writing style was really refreshing and interesting, and it just oozed with the feeling that it was one of those old fables or stories. In this story we are presented with our main character Sorcha and her seven brothers in a kingdom surrounded by woods, and one day their father bring homes a new queen who turned out to be evil and turned her brothers into swans who turn back into men on the solstices. Sorcha managed to escape the curse and the fey or fairy folk tell her that she can get her brothers back to their human for good if she makes seven shirts out of a needle type of plant, all by herself, and never makes a noise until her task is complete. Because of this, most of the book is mostly happening with thoughts rather than dialogue, and I really loved this aspect of it.

Now the fey. I have a love hate relationship with the fey. I love the fact they were in the story and how Sorcha was part of their world and she could hear the trees talk to her sometimes and they mourned for her when she was hurt during some of her many, many trials. However I bloody hate the fey because I love Sorcha. They dick around with her so much and put her through so much hell and you know that it only barely matters to them and only because she is a pawn in their bigger picture.

I loved her relationship with her brothers in the beginning, but as the story continues and we reach the end of the book I started to dislike them. She went through so much for them and at the end they treat her like she isn’t even there most the time. I will cut some of them some slack though because they went through stuff too, and not all of their endings were great.

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without the romance. Red is our love interest and oh gosh I love him. The two of them come from completely different worlds who hate each other but they come together anyway. Slowly, building the trust and love. Gah, just so good. I almost died at the end. Sorcha leaves Red behind because of her love for her brothers and I wan panicking I tell you. If they didn’t end up together in the end I would have died, but luckily Red leaves his world behind to be with her. I was a very happy camper though I felt sorry for Red.

I think ever lover of fantasy should pick this series up. I started the next book the second I finished this one. Because of how it ended, I was also very interested in how the story was going to continue because I don’t think it will be through Sorcha. One of her brothers perhaps? Also anyone who loved old shows/movies such as The Storyteller, The Dark Crystal, or Willow should give it ago. Be warned though, there are dog deaths and cruelty in this book, and some of the content is seriously disturbing.

Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books – Day 2 Challenges + Update

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Blah, I have barely read anything! Oh well, here goes the update anyway:

Day 1

Pages Read: 27

Books Completed: 0 (Clearly)

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Your challenge is simple: create a list of titles you’re looking forward to reading. They can be upcoming titles in a specific season, titles that have been on your shelves, it’s up to you!
For more info check out the blog host.
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AYearAThon – May Wrap Up

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Now I know you may be thinking, Jazz, your last update was day one. What the hell happened to the day in-between the first and the last day? 

Well I meant to update you all. I really did. But then I got super busy on Tuesday, getting myself a new kitten (who can argue with that).

Wednesday I was so tired I couldn’t read cause said kitten kept waking me up during the night and I cannot read when Im sleepy, it just puts me to sleep.

Thursday and Friday I didn’t finish work till really late so didn’t have time before I went to bed.

Saturday I finally got some reading done but didn’t see the point in updating for the second to last day.

And today, Sunday, I didn’t get much done because I had to take said kitten to the vet because she literally played so hard that she pulled things in her leg Saturday night, and because I was freaking out cause she kept crying and limping, I again didn’t sleep. So yeah… This read-a-thon was kind of a dud. I did finish a series though! Yay me. Now onto my final tally:

Pages Read: 1090

Books Read: 

  1. Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
  2. Faking It by Cora Carmack
  3. Finding It by Cora Carmack
  4. Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Books Unfinished:

  1. A Shade Of Blood by Bella Forrest

If you partook in this too send me a link to your wrap up so that I can see how you did!

Till Next Time…

 

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Bout Of Books – Day 1 Challenges

All you have to do is give one or more recommendations based on the formula “If you like ____, try ___.” The specifics are entirely up to you. You can give a recommendation based on an entire genre, an author, a title, a random subject, whatever! The winner will receive the book of his/her choice ($15 or less) from The Book Depository!

For more details, check out the Official Post.

Luckily for me I did a similar thing not that long ago for a Top Ten Tuesday.

belgariad1-pawn-of-prophecy-front-cover 1. If you liked the mini TV Series Merlin I think you should read the The Belgariad Series by David Eddings. Old and Magical.

 

 

 

9780752881676 2. Though I havent actually watched this movie, I think if you enjoyedWuthering Heights you would really enjoy the book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Setting is similar and it also has its sorrows.

 

 

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daughteroftheforest 4. If you liked the old The Storyteller series I think you will really love The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The story teller gave us stories that were out of this world and things of legend, and this book is one such story.

 

 

Be sure to link me to your posts! I want new things to read too.

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AYearAThon – May (Day 1)

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Update!!!!!!

Now I am actually really quite proud of myself. I didn’t push myself to really read, I just did it very relaxed like and I read way more than I thought I would. I had a short work day, so that didn’t affect me very much, but I also had a family dinner with my boyfriends family cause it was his sisters birthday, so that ate quite a lot of time. I am not working tomorrow/today though so I get to charge it then!

Monday Day 1

Pages Read: 261

Books Read: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

 

Till Next Time..