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Manga Review: One Punch Man Vol 2

Hey all, Dani here.

It is time for another review post, and once again I am continuing my series of reviews for the manga I have been reading since last year. What can I say, my fiance got me into reading them. And they are great for readathons and for increasing your books read for yearly reading goals. Plus the stories are generally rather interesting and the art is very nice to look at as well.

Today I am back to talk about the next volume in a series that started out as a web comic that parodied stories such as Dragonball Z, where there are characters that are seemingly massively overpowered. Of course, I am talking about One Punch Man, so let’s just go ahead and jump into the review.

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Summary

A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! He’s easily taken out a number of monsters, including a crabby creature, a malicious mosquito girl and a muscly meathead. But his humdrum life takes a drastic turn when he meets Genos – a cyborg who wants to uncover the secret behind his strength!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

So, I read this volume at the end of December 2017, and it just increased my enjoyment of this series. My fiance was watching the anime, and at first I was just doing blog work on my computer, but I kept getting distracted as the show kept drawing my focus. Soon enough I was watching it and ignoring my computer and the internet.

And it isn’t the fight sequences or super powers or anything of that nature that makes me interested in this series. No, it is honestly mostly because of main character Saitama. I love how bored he is when it comes to all the monsters he takes on, especially when you consider how worked up he gets about normal things, like discount days at the grocery store.

What gets really fun with this volume is bringing Genos in to the story. Watching him try to convince Saitama to be his mentor and train him to be just as strong was pretty entertaining. But it is also clear that having Genos around could make Saitama’s life a little less dull.

Oh, and can I just say that I love how when there are fight sequences in the manga, there are so many elegant details but then Saitama is just so simple as he pretty much stares blankly ahead. It is so clear by the images that he is just bored by what is going on around him. And it makes sense, seeing as how he defeats anyone he encounters with just a single punch.

So I just enjoy enjoy this series, and I look forward to reading more of the volumes in the future.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of this second volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 4

Hey all, Dani here.

So…I forgot to post my Manga Monday review last week. I’m sorry. I was at work on Monday when I realized that I had not spent the time pre-writing up my early week posts, and by that point there was no way I would get the post up for that day, especially since I had to edit my mom’s final paper/project for the college course she is taking through work. She is not really a paper writer, but she tries really hard to do well. Thankfully she has a daughter who has a degree in English and a library degree, so I’m like a one-stop reference shop for her. I edit her more important papers and then she buys me food. It is a nice system.

Anyway, last week I was planning on having my review up for One Punch Man Vol 2, so I’m just pushing that one back to next week…because I’m trying to get through all of the My Hero Academia volume reviews without posting them every single week, so I’m alternating them.

Actually I need to read more volumes of One Punch Man as well. I’ve only read 3, and there are 13 out here in the US. Right now my manga focus has shifted over to The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which I’m really enjoying, so reviews for those will be coming in the future too.

Okay, enough rambling. Let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The U.A. High sports festival is a chance for the budding heroes to show their stuff and find a superhero mentor. The students have already struggled through a grueling preliminary round, but now they have to team up to prove they’re capable of moving on to the next stage. The whole country is watching, and so are the shadowy forces that attacked the academy…

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so here’s the thing: I thought that the sports festival story arc was rather interesting. I enjoyed watching it on the anime, and then getting to experience it again when I picked up the manga was really cool. I got to spend more time studying the panels and seeing the details for each character and how they are using their Quirks. It is part of the reason I don’t at all mind that I watched the adaptation before reading the source material. (Though, for the record, I am now ahead of the show so everything is back to the way I normally prefer: book then adaptation).

The team up aspect of this round of the sports festival was really cool too. It was intriguing to see how certain teams came together based on character personalities, Quirks, and ranking. One of the things that I adore about Midoriya is that he has been studying heroes/villains/Quirks for so long that he analyzes everything–sometimes past the point of overanalyzation. But that sometimes works out for him. So watching him process the pros and cons of his classmates and who he should team up with was fascinating.

So pretty much I am really enjoying the way this series is going. The characters keep developing more and more, and we keep learning more about each of them. We get to see as they learn to use their Quirks in new ways, and we get to see their relationships develop and deepen, and sometimes we get to see their struggles. They are facing a lot rather early on in their education/training. I hope this series at least goes a little past them graduating and becoming full heroes, even if that is a short term spin-off or whatever.

If you like superheroes or books/series in a school setting, then this is a series I would definitely recommend.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of My Hero Academia Vol 4 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Another month has come and gone, and it was a pretty good month for reading and books. Since Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon just ended this past weekend, I am doing my readathon wrap up in this post instead of a separate one.

First up is my list of books read over the month of April. As always, if I have a review of the book up, I will include a link to it in case you missed it or you are new to the blog.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (5 stars)

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy (5 stars)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (4 stars)

Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins, Issue #6 by Matt Coville (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 1 by Kore Yamazaki (5 stars)

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (4 stars)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (5 stars)

Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (4 stars)

So, for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I did just all right, starting and finishing two books during the readathon. It took me most of the day to complete my first read, mostly because Signy Cullen came to visit and we hadn’t seen each other in well over a year so we did a lot of talking. And after finishing my 525 page first book, I wanted something shorter and faster to read, which led from reading the amazing fantasy book by Adeyemi to the mysterious book by Ernshaw. It was a quick, though a bit predictable, read at 305 pages, so overall I had a pretty good time.

There is one other readathon update I need to put in here and that is my fiance’s report. He decided to join me and read a backlog of manga we’ve been collecting. So in both books read and page count, my fiance totally beat me for the day, and I am so proud of him. Here is his wonderful stack of now completed manga.

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Now it is time for my book haul and monthly OwlCrate unboxing.

The Harry Potter pencils are great, my fiance rather enjoys the coffee, and I am happy to have another beautiful pillowcase. Hopefully I’ll be able to read Ace of Shades very soon.

Finally, it is time for my May TBR. I decided that I wanted to try something different, and copy something that I saw another book blogger do recently. This time around I asked my fiance to go into my library and choose 4-6 books for me to read in the month of May. So, needless to say, this should be an interesting month of reading.

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This seems like a pretty cool TBR…though I’ll have to add a couple books…you know, like the latest release from Rick Riordan.

Anyway, that’ll be it for today. I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

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Manga Review: One Punch Man Vol 1

Hey all, Dani here.

So, as I was going through my written list of all of my backlog reads that I wanted/needed to write up reviews for, I realized that a large number of them were manga. My plan for the next couple months is to review one of the volumes each Monday…so welcome to my first Manga Monday. Based on the schedule I wrote up, these reviews will last me until the end of August, and that’s if I don’t skip weeks or read more manga. But since I like using manga, especially for readathons, I predict that this will just be a regular segment on my blog for a while.

Pretty much right now it is looking like Manga Monday, What I’m Reading on Wednesdays, and a whole bunch of randomness on Fridays, but I’ll likely also slip in some more book reviews on Tuesdays or Thursdays since I have a bunch of those as well.

Anyway, let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I started out just half-watching the anime of this manga while my fiance was watching it and then I slowly got pulled into the story. So now I’m picking up the manga series to read as well. This sort of thing seems to happen to me a lot. Because of my fiance I’ve gotten into My Hero Academia and One Punch Man, as well as Overlord. We have watched Blue Exorcist as well. Even with having already watched them, I really don’t mind reading the same story over again. I pick up more details and I can imagine the characters’ voices in my head while I read. Plus, it is just really cool to look at the artwork.

This is such an amusing story. Saitama is not the typical protagonist and I actually enjoy that. I mean, I get that that is sort of the whole point of it. Saitama doesn’t look like he should be a hero, and then he defeats every enemy he faces in only one punch. And I actually also really enjoy that he didn’t start out that way. He didn’t get superpowers from some sort of chemical accident or magical event or anything like that. No, he trained his body and his mind, and honed them both to get where he is now.

Plus the detail in the fight sequences is fabulous. Seriously, I stared at the art for a couple minutes, just taking all of it in. I’m going to enjoy reading these, especially with Saitama now taking Genos in to teach how he got so strong/became a hero.

Pretty much if you like superpowered type reads and are okay with a series that sort of pokes fun at them at the same time, this is probably a good choice for you. If I remember correctly, this series was originally started online as a parody or satire of the genre, and it ended up gaining enough popularity for a manga series and then an anime series (though I wish there were more episodes of the anime; it was fun to watch).

Where to Buy

You can buy your own copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.