Hullo Everyone! I’m listening to Hiroyuki Sawano‘s fab composition ‘Devil’s Symphonic Suite 2nd Movement i-AM‘ from ‘Ao no Exorcist Original Soundtrack 1‘ while putting up this post. Might I say it again, I’m in love Sawano for coming up with such an epic blast of a soundtrack. Yeah, I just had to say it
Anyway, I’ve been hibernating away from this blog and the usual mag updates for prolonged periods of time these days. It’s a case of the input being more than the output. I’m mostly enjoying the mags subscriptions when I can scrounge some free time to read them but no longer have I the time to scan and post updates like I use to. So, I’ll have to make do with babblings on the chapters I find interesting and not post a wall of multiple chapter snippets. But of course, when I can squeeze in time, I’ll go back to the usual mag updates format.
Nonetheless, I’m back to share some eye-candy from Gfantasy Issue 08 and babblings on Kuroshitsuji Chapter 59 and Pandora Hearts Chapter 63. For the lovely peeps who’ve been following tBP’s mag updates on a regular basis, I’m especially sharing scans of the freebie illustrative booklet from COMIC GENE’s inaugural issue. Alas, I wish I could share more snippets from Comic Gene. I might just post some snips from the 2nd issue a little later in the week. In the mean time…
GF’s spotlight this issue in on Pandora Hearts, given the colour page and double colour spread for Chapter 63. There’s also a poster pin-up with Mochizuki-sensei’s new PH illustration included in the issue . Aside from that, Volume 15 is coming out on 27-Jul and the adorkable old man ‘Rufus Barma’ gets the cover spot this time and I gotta say that the art is gorgeous. To be honest, the last few volume covers haven’t been all that exciting but Rufus in red bagged the limelight and he deserved the cover spot for sure. The other PH news is that it appears Mochizuki-sensei has more new illustrations in store for the upcoming 2012 calendar. It’ll go on sale on Nov-12. Fans can pre-order it at the usual online sites.
Retrace 63 ‘Purpose’:
Oh my, what an exposition and development for the formerly unassuming Reo who appears to have fully awaken as the new ‘Glen’. He was in denial for so long and it took Elliot’s death to finally made him step out of the false shell that he has been hiding in. Oz seemed surprise by Reo’s revelation. I guess it’s to be expected as I don’t think it ever cross his mind that someone so meek and quiet could be Glen’s vessel. Gil didn’t even suspect anything but Vincent is a completely different matter. He has been master minding everything from the beginning. But if he thinks that killing OZ and erasing himself would make Gil happy, I reckon that he got on the wrong boat and sail in the wrong direction. Rufus and Break are the other ones that probably suspected Vincent of colluding with the Baskervilles earlier on. So, the Baskerville’s intention is to eradicate the ‘Will of the Abyss’ from the world but the one big piece of puzzle that remains is how does OZ tie in to all this? or even Jack? Was Jack aware of Glen’s motive in the past? And Break’s promise to the ‘Will of the Abyss’ somehow coincide with the Baskerville’s plan. What will he do then? Will history repeats itself once more now that Reo threw the gauntlet at Oz? Mochizuki-sensei is always good and clever with her cliffhangers and this chapter is no exception. I love the development that Reo is getting. Now that the main story is progressing, it does appear that PH is heading towards the final leg. How long will it stretch is anybody’s guess.
Chapter 59 ‘That Butler Compromise’:
My opinion of the current ‘Campania’ zombie arc is that it is mostly comedy and hilarity although Lizzy has gotten some character development and we learn a little more about her childhood past with Ciel. Other than that, I’m finding it quite difficult to see any relevance to Kuroshitsuji’s central plot. Perhaps we’ll see something later on that will tie this mis-adventure at sea to something bigger. But oh, it is the Undertaker’s turn to shine. Fans are of the impression that UT is a weird character that trades information with any one who could give him a laugh, has a side business as an undertaker but obviously, that’s just a convenient cover to fool others. I often thought he has a mysterious, shady side since he was seen as part of Vincent’s crowd. Now, we know he’s something a little more than what the shinigami can handle. I wonder if Sebastian knew something is amiss with UT when they first met. That said, UT’s reveal is fabulous especially with that smexy thigh high boots. I’m rather glad that he isn’t like his ‘anime self’ which I think is rather cliched. Manga UT is way cooler with the sotoba stick (grave marker) as his weapon. Oh so, that’s how he looks like beneath the heavy fringe of hair and hat. LOL! Love the sight of him but I still want to know where Toboso-sensei is taking this arc to. On a side note, Vol.12 will be released on 27-Jul and shinigami Ronald Knox stars on the cover.
The return of Wakamiya Eku‘s one shot ‘SCHONE MARCHEN‘. I’m glad to see more of ‘Schone Marchen’. Be careful of what you wish for because you’ll get the opposite effect and if anyone’s read the 1st short story, things can get rather freaky and ugly. xD
Next Issue Preview
::COMIC GENE SPECIAL::
This little illustration booklet ‘Gene Summit’ came with the 1st issue of Media Factory’s new manga publication ‘COMIC GENE‘. For more info of the titles that are published in the mag, head on over to TZA to check out the short quibs of each manga. I’ll try and share some snippets from the 2nd Issue (Aug edition) because it has one title that I particularly find enthralling and that’s ‘Doctor Mephistopheles‘ by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Kairi Shimotsuki.
On to the eye-candy…
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