The Manga Geek

I love manga of any form. I am willing to read any manga that people recommend to me. I have started on several manga and unless I can't find it or it is not finished (and I've caught up) I will NOT start on another manga series. With that said, I will read other books besides manga but during the year while I'm in school I'll stick to manga. When I'm on break from school or on a holiday I will take the time to read more books. I also like several TV shows as well. I belong to the fandoms of House M.D., Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Sherlock, Supernatural, and The Adventures of Merlin. Think that's all for now. Have a fantastic Day!!! :)


My Books from Childhood

The Invasion - Katherine Applegate The Visitor - Katherine Applegate The Encounter (Animorphs) - Katherine Applegate The Message  - Katherine Applegate The Predator (Animorphs Series #5) - Katherine Applegate Animorphs #6: The Capture - Katherine Applegate The Stranger - Katherine Applegate The Secret - Katherine Applegate The Beginning (Animorphs, #54) - Katherine Applegate

I remember reading this in my years of elementary school and I LOVED them. The plot was interesting, the characters were memorable, and the story was unpredictable that I had no idea how it was going to end or where this series was going. These kinds of books I LOVE!!!!!!


The plot is pretty basic and good for a series for kids. Aliens are using human bodies to take over and it's up to human kids with the power of alien technology to stop them. What's not to love?


*sniffs* Why aren't most books this creative and well written? Man, this is so good that I was sad that it ended.


It is a really easy read and not that difficult to follow and if you're into aliens and a lot of action, this is a good series if you're a young reader.


The characters are sooooo memorable and so likeable that I just absolutely LOVED them. The best part of that is that what happens to the characters is totally UNPREDICTABLE and NOT EXPECTED. This I like. I really appreciate books that keep you interested and guessing about what's going to happen. For one thing, Jake and Cassie, who are OBVIOUSLY a couple DON'T EVEN GET TOGETHER in the end because they grow too far apart from the war.




HOLY COW!!!!!!!!


A couple that was obvious from the get-go doesn't even get together in the end? That is really rare, especially in children's books. That was totally unexpected and fascinating at the same time. I love turns like these, even as I kid I still was shocked but still loved it because it was totally NOT cliche. There was also Rachel's death, which was totally unexpected as well. I felt so sad that she died and I was totally NOT expecting that, and the effect that it had on the characters was just so deep that you could feel their sorrow once she died. Why did she have to die?????? *sniffs* Rachel you will be missed.


There was also other drama that went on in this series and it made me think 'Wow, this is pretty dark for a book series for kids'. Especially the drama for the characters, for example you have Rachel's inner conflict between her bloodlust violence and her kind and caring side. There was also Jake's depression that kept appearing after some things happen. Not to mention the struggle within Tobias between his human conscious and his mind as a predator.


The more I think about it the more I realized that this is some hard core stuff for a kid's series. It's like, "Man, this series can get dark for a book series for kids." . . . wait a minute didn't I already said that? Oh well.


Anywho, let's talk about the characters.



Jake - Jake is an incredibly likeable leader. He's not perfect, he makes mistakes and those mistakes have significant consequences that he learns from. His leadership during the war causes him to mature quickly and become a dependent leader. However, there are some flaws with this character, he gets depressed a lot. And I mean A LOT. His depression causes him to give up his leadership position and lose trust in Cassie after she allows his older brother Tom to escape. The war affects him greatly and he changes from it. This is a good changeable character. He doesn't always improve or get better. I'd dare say that he almost changes for the worst when the war comes to an end. He's more ruthless and doesn't question himself in making decisions for the best of the team.


Cassie - Cassie was one of those characters that I tolerated the least. I'm not saying that I hate her at all, I just got a little impatient with her at times. She is likeable as well. She is the one that keeps the group together. She's kind, yet has doubts about the morals of the group. Although she is very against violence, she does a lot of planning and is very reliable even though she is a 'tree-hugger' or nature loving. Sometimes it got in the way but she was still very likeable.


Rachel - She is one of my favorite characters in the series. I like this character, she was involved with gymnastics, but also liked to go to the mall and shop. She's attractive, confident and bold. Not to mention very smart. (NOTE: This is how a heroine SHOULD BE DONE!!!) This shows that a female character doesn't have to be "not girly" to be a badass. Her character change is so awesome that I loved every minute of reading about her. When she gets involved with the war she becomes very violent and always eager to do battle. I really loved it when the author added Rachel's dark bloodthirsty nature to appear because of her obsession of the war and violence that followed. It was really interesting to see her like that. Especially her inner struggle, she loved power yet became concerned with her change. *sigh* Still love her.


Tobias - He is your typical quiet loner kid in the group. He was a bully target and tired of his human life. When he gains the power to morph he stays as a hawk because he went over the 2 hour limit. The conflict between his humanity and the predator of the hawk was interesting to read and kind of a new thing in kid's books. He had to hunt and kill to survive yet he had difficulty in keeping his human conscience. I thought that the romance between him and Rachel was very genuine. It wasn't perfect but they tried as best as they could and I honestly liked their relationship much better than Jake and Cassie's. The part in the series where Tobias is actually Elfangor's biological son which explains why Elfangor's death had more of an impact on him. It wasn't important or relevant to the series but still a nice twist.


Marco - He is my favorite male character in this series. He is a bit of a sarcastic person that always throws jokes around. He has a sense of humor but he's also cautious, ruthless yet calculative and strategic. His involvement with his father being depressed with his mother's "death", who is actually Visser One, is pretty genuine as well. He's hesitant to join the Animorphs because of his concern for his father and I think that his character is very well done.


Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill (more commonly known as Ax) - He is a very interesting character when it comes to alien characters. His curiosity and enthusiasm in Earth's culture was fun to read and I loved his sense of humor that the Animorphs didn't find funny. His character was really likeable and he was a fun alien. He was arrogant but also loyal to his human friends.


The other aliens - I think that the alien designs in this series was brilliant. The aliens were unique and had interesting characteristics. The Yeerks, the Taxxons, the Hork-Bajir, and the Andalites. They were so interesting and so well developed that I loved the series the whole way through. The only downside is that these books are easy read. I remember reading at least five books per day minimum. But this is just a nitpick for me. It’s still fun and a great sci-fi adventure.

My first manga series part 3

Digimon Tamers, Vol. 1 - A. Hondo Digimon Tamers, Vol. 2 - Yuen Wong Yu Digimon Tamers, Vol. 3 - Akiyoshi Hongo, Yuen Wong Yu Digimon Tamers, Vol. 4 - Yuen Wong Yu, Akiyoshi Hongo

Among the first four seasons of Digimon I would say that the third is the most forgettable of them all. I found not very entertaining and more complicated than it needed to be.


Let me first say that the setting is just odd and, for a lack of a better term, just unnecessary. Apparently, the world in the first two seasons was just a fake world, or a world that revolves in a game. While the world in this book is reality and Digimon are nothing but creatures in games.



Uh . . . what?


Why would you-



You know what? Never mind. Let’s just move on.


The characters are not really that interesting. Takato is your typical nice hero and that’s about it. There’s not much depth to him except for him being a fan of the Digimon games. He’s not really that interesting and his digimon partner isn’t really that memorable either. In fact, I found him quite annoying. He doesn’t listen, is VERY childlike and just gets into trouble.


Henry and Terriermon are just bland and forgettable. There’s not much to them except that Terriermon wants to fight but Henry does not.


Rika and Renamon are okay. Rika is a loner who sees Digimon as nothing but data and has no desire to bond with her digimon but just wants to make her stronger. She does change throughout the series and begins to care for others but they don’t give her a backstory or anything interesting about her. There isn’t really a reason why she is the way she is.


The only character I found more memorable is Impmon because he has an attitude and is given somewhat of a backstory. He was friends with two young children and then they forgot about him and so he has no purpose. He wants to digivolve and become stronger.


I would complain about the villains but I forgot about them and the only thing that stands out in Tamers is the fact that the human merge with their digimon in the mega form.


Don't get me wrong, it's not bad. It's just kind of dull and forgettable for me.

My first manga series part 2

Digimon Zero Two, Vol. 1 - Lianne Sentar, A. Hondo Digimon Zero Two, Vol. 2 - A. Hondo, Lianne Sentar, Yuen Wong Yu

This Digimon manga is not as good as the first one. The jokes are very out of place and unbelievably corny. The villain is bland and forgettable.  The characters are okay but are not given as much personality as the characters in the first Digimon manga.


Except for the characters that were already introduced in the first Digimon series, the characters here are completely forgettable. It's pretty obvious that the manga tried to do what the first Digimon series did with its characters. They tried to give them distinct personalities that would identify the characters. Like one would be smart, one would be the leader, one was sincere, and one would be a loner. You know, traits like that. The difference between this manga and the original series is that the original series took some time to develop the characters (albiet little time and not a lot of development) but you got to know them and could relate to them. The characters in this series are not that memorable. In fact, the only ones I remember is the villain-who-turned-into-a-hero character, Ken and Yolie because she's the only new girl.



The only way that Digimon Zero Two can have any justice to it is to watch the show. It, at least, attempts to give the characters some personality. But that's just a nitpick. It's just a bunch of action that wasn't really investing and surprisingly really fast. While the other one took at least five volumes to tell the story, this one uses two.


Isn't that . . . odd?


So yeah, this one is okay at best. The show is definitely better but it's okay.

My first manga series part 1

Digimon, Vol. 1 - Akiyoshi Hongo, Lianne Sentar Digimon, Vol. 2 - A. Hondo, Akiyoshi Hongo Digimon, Vol. 3 - Akiyoshi Hongo, Stephanie Sheh Digimon: 5 (Digimon (Tokyopop)) - Akiyoshi Hongo;Tokyopop

I'm not gonna lie, it's been years since I read this series. This Digimon series was pretty impressive when I was a kid. Besides InuYasha, this was the manga that got me started in manga in the first place.


Even though the books weren't nearly as good as the television series the story is pretty good and the characters were pretty enjoyable as well. (From the looks of this manga, I'm willing to bet that the manga came after the TV series) When I read this I noticed the comedy in this series was either really cheesy to the point where it didn't make any sense or it was just plain stupid. One example was when the 'Digidestined' (as they called them) find telephone booths on the beach and they made cheesy jokes (one of them said 'the phone ate my quarter and burped') that I not sure if they were intentionally stupid or the sense of humor is really bad.


Not to say that the jokes made this series terrible. There were very little jokes in this that it didn't distract from the story.


Now the plot is pretty basic. A couple of kids enter a strange world, meet their digimon partners, are destined to save the 'Digital World'.


It's pretty much an 'Alice in Wonderland' story except with a couple of kids and their digimon partners. The only thing that bothered me were the plot holes in the story. Like for example, the phone booths, or the other human items in the Digital world. I always kept wondering, "How did they get there?" or "What do they have to do with the story?" Which, for some reason, are never answered. I know I'm nitpicking but things like that bother me, especially if they are not relevant to the story. Anyways on to the characters!


The characters are your basic group of kids: (I'm sorry if I spell the names wrong)


 - You got your leader - Tai


 - You have the friend who is like the second-in-command but also the 'lone wolf' at the same time - Matt


 - You have the love interest of the leader, which is not actually stated but somewhat hinted (more in the anime than the manga, and more towards the fans who support the couple) - Sora


 - You have the computer genius who is probably the most intellectual in the group - Izzy


 - You have the solicitous nerd (solicitous is probably not the right word, worry wart is more like it) who is super afraid of everything that's going on around him but very reliable - Joe


 - You have the sincere one who is the emotional one (you know, the one who wines and cries a lot because she's out of her comfort zone) - Mimi


 - You also have the youngest and most curious of the group who is innocent, playful, curious, and a bit of a trouble maker at the same time while still being likeable - T.K.



Well what else can I say? They are just kids that are stuck in a world that is not familiar with them. They make mistakes, they get into trouble, they fight, they stick together and accomplish many things as a team and they each learn qualities (it's more like having a characteristic that makes them and their digimon unique and powerful) about themselves that make their digimon partner grow stronger.


Tai - courage


Matt - friendship


Izzy - knowledge


Sora - love


Joe - reliability


Mimi - sincerity


T.K. – hope


Kari – light



OK so I'm a geek remembering all that stuff but so what? I liked it when I was a kid and I still find it enjoyable. Not as enjoyable but it's still good.


Anyways, their digimon partners are pretty cool as well. The character designs are well done and very interesting when interacting with their human partner. The digimon are unique and were very interesting and likeable characters.


The villains were a lot of fun too, well the later ones were anyway. They were also pretty dark and nasty for a kid's book but either way they were also interesting to watch.


Yeah, this was a good series very enjoyable. Even if it is for kids.