To What Extend Would You Kill Off A Great Character In A Novel?

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right….

Martin Luther

It has been a long time since I reviewed on a manga or anime.
– For no apparent reason actually.
I normally post a topic based on my mood – and yeah, my current mood is NOT HAPPY.
There, I said it.

I got emotional easily when reading a manga or a novel.
This time it was caused by Alderamin on the Sky, a Japanese light novel that was recently adapted into an anime. I sorta like it so when I like something, I’ll look for more information – spoilers in this case.
And what I found was beyond shocking.

I was once a writer but I’m not going to comment from a writer’s point of view.
As a reader, I hate a storyline where the author built-up a main character so much, and then killed it off just to give way to another annoying character to be the protagonist.

Plot-wise, I do understand why some characters need to be killed off. (By the way, the context of this discussion is for the on-going series). Take One Piece for example. When Oda-sensei killed off Ace, that was for the sake of Luffy so he could power up. Even so, he gave us Sabo. Yes, exactly – the equivalent exchange.

Or when Manato was killed off early in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, to give way to Haruhiro to stand out as their leader (since he’s the main protagonist). Anyway, the point is, neither Ace nor Manato was the main character. They were simply side characters needed for the protagonist’s character development.

But Yatori Igsem in Alderamin on the Sky, the female protagonist, died in the 7th volume, and for what purpose? So Ikta Solork would be a better soldier without his right hand? I’m actually ok if it’s solely for that purpose.


However, killing Yatori and making the annoying Princess Chamille as the main protagonist was unacceptable. It is like killing off Asuna in Sword Art Online so the other females in Kirito’s harem will get a fair chance, or getting rid of Erina Nakiri in Food Wars! to give way to a bland character like Megumi to become the heroin.

Unfortunately, some people do think that way.
Yeah, let the best girl died so the worst girl got to live.
Welcome to the real world.

Does it really worth to have such a plot twist?
Authors write for readers.
Novels only survive if the readers are supporting it.

In the Alderamin on the Sky’s case, a lot of readers are not happy. Some have already dropped the series though many are still hanging on to it. To me, one of the reasons for them to stay loyal is because they are clinging to the hope that Yatori will be revived, due to the fact that her body was actually frozen using the cryogenics method.

If that’s the case, then I’ll say the author has really succeeded in maintaining his readers.

Me? I’ve learnt not to hope too much but I will continue to see what does Volume 11 have to offer.

Cockles Hunting

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

~Helen Keller~

One of my most favorite things to do back in Dunedin during low tide – collecting cockles in Aramoana. Why Aramoana? Maybe because the beach is pretty and it was easy to get there.


Normally I would go during summer time, not because of the longer day but because of the temperature of the sea water. Summer – the hot weather – is only in the name. The water would still be freezing cold 😛


Even so, it won’t stop me and others from collecting the cockles. It was really fun. Sometimes we arrived late after the low tide and the water level started increasing. In this case, it was really challenging to collect these cockles. If you’re lucky enough you’ll manage to get a half-bucket of them!


There was one time when we encounter a man walking his dog by the roadside, close to where my car was parked. The dog’s size was super huge. Though most of us are really scared of dogs, some of us summoned the courage not to miss the opportunity to pose with the gigantic dog.


The fun part didn’t end there. The climax of this activity was to turn those cockles into super yummy dishes!



The cockles can be cooked in varieties of ways. The sea water made them salty enough, so be very careful if you want to add salt to your dish! 😛

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works – A Great Piece, Well Executed By Ufotable

Fighting for others, but not yourself, is nothing but hypocrisy.


Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works route just ended. Kudos to Ufotable for delivering the animation awesomely.

As most people know, the Fate/Stay series is super popular. Based on visual novels, it follows three different routes. The first route Fate, was animated by Studio Deen in 2006. The same studio adapted Unlimited Blade Works (UBW) into a movie in 2010.

fate ubw

So how does the Deen’s production differ from Ufotable?

I’ll say, by miles.

1) Quality
Ufotable has a big budget and they did not waste it. The animation was done beautifully and it’s a shame if fans did not watch the series in HD.

2) Story/Plot
While Fate/Stay plot is pretty much fixed, Ufotable invested a lot in character development and gave a proper background to most of the characters. It played with the emotion and made you understand more about those who involved with the Holy Grail War.

3) Ending
Ufotable chose to follow UBW True Ending, where Rin and Shirou both went to study magic at Clock Tower in London. And it did not stop there. They explored Rin’s and Shirou’s life after the war, and what decision Shirou had come to.

They also added a nice bit where Rin brought Shirou to visit Saber’s grave (who was the great King of Britain) for him to properly say goodbye to her.

There were also cameo appearances by Waver Velvet who was currently known as Lord El-Melloi II, a great professor at Clock Tower (you need to watch Fate/Zero in order to know who Waver was) as well as Luvia Edelfelt.

4) OST
The combination of Aimer, Kalafina and Lisa for opening, ending and insert songs. What else do you need?

Whilst this route can be watched as an independent series, I highly recommend to watch Fate/Zero (also produced by Ufotable) prior to this. Why you ask? Fate/Zero unfolded a lot of things you need to know about the Holy Grail. It was set 10 years before the 5th war took place. And since UBW route follows directly after Fate/Zero, there were a lot of references to the previous series, especially stuff related to Emiya Kiritsugu (since he had the most connections with the characters: Emiya Shirou, Saber, Kotomine Kirei, Ilya etc).

However, once you’ve watched Fate/Zero, you’ll find that not all issues were resolved in a single route. Take UBW for example. Ilya died without knowing the truth as to why Kiritsugu abandoned her. The dagger used by Kirei to kill Tohsaka Tokiomi, and was later passed down to Rin did not make it appearances in this route (but it was used by Shirou to kill Kirei in the Fate route. Yeah, talk about karma..). Till the end, Sakura Matou did not know that Rin was her biological sister (but this was revealed in the Heaven’s Feel route).

In conclusion, I’m happy with Ufotable adaptation of UBW. The pacing was great, the story was nicely told, the fight was realistic, and Shirou’s monologue was brilliantly represented. And most of all, it brought out the best of Rin. She is definitely the best girl in this series!

p/s: Heaven’s Feel movie by Ufotable will be released sometimes later. Let’s hope Ufotable maintains its great job ^-^

Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1 (Novel)

There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…

~Yuuki Asuna~

I’m a big fan of Sword Art Online (SAO). Though I’m not really happy with the way Kawahara Reki downgraded the heroin from amazing to just being Kirito’s girlfriend, as well as adding other females to Kirito’s harem, however, story wise, I have to give credit to Kawahara sensei.

I watched its anime. It seemed a bit rush. So I read its novel, SAO – Aincrad Part 1 and 2. A lot of details were left out from the anime, especially on Argo the Rat. She’s the information broker, an important figure however she only appeared briefly in the anime, on episode Red Nose Reindeer.

The anime is still entertaining to watch. It just that I wish for more. The first novel started from 74th floor. The second novel only consists of side stories about Silica, Lisbeth, Yui and Sachi. I really wanted to know about the players early lives in Aincrad. What happened after the first floor boss fight.

SAO Progressive holds the answer.

SAO progressive 1

It covers three stories.

Aria on a Starless Night – This part covers in details how Kirito first met Asuna. It was actually in a dungeon, not during the floor boss meeting as portrayed in the anime. The story then progresses to the floor boss meeting, the deal Diavel made with Kibaou and Argo to buy Kirito’s Anneal Blade sword in order to prevent him from taking the last attack and ends with Kirito holding the title ‘Beater’.

The Reason for the Whiskers – After the first floor had been defeated, Kirito went on a quest where he learned the truth behind Argo’s whiskers which earned her the nickname ‘The Rat’.

Rondo for a Fragile Blade – Kirito and Asuna once again partied up together to solve the mystery of sword thieving committed by the first Aincrad blacksmith. They did not stop there, and later joined up with Agil and the rest of the front liners to beat the boss of the second floor.

SAO Progressive basically is a story about how the bosses for each floor is defeated, which is not covered in SAO – Aincrad. The second volume (English) has just been released and it is on its way to me ^-^

As far as I know, there is Volume 3 as well. I don’t what Kawahara sensei is planning but I hope he would write for each floor, though that might take forever 😛

Seraph of The End (終わりのセラフ)S1 – Not Just Another Vampire Story

“…I was looking west. That’s where Mika’s gotta be, right? In the vampire city. I heard the place they held us was somewhere underneath Kyoto… Someday, I swear… I’ll go get him back.”

~Hyakuya Yūichirō~

There are heaps of vampire stories out there. No, I’m not really a big fan of vampire. But to me, Seraph of the End holds its own charm.

I guess what captivated me the most was the focus of the story. About the relationship of two brothers, though not blood-related (yeah, some even called it ‘bromance’ :P).

It is a dark fantasy story but amusing. The protagonist, Yūichirō or Yū for short, followed the characteristics of a shounen MC. Strong, nice but an idiot.

owari no seraph

The setting of the story took place after the trumpets of the apocalypse caused the death of most humans, except for children under 13. In the midst of calamity, vampires arose from the underground, took control of the human world and kept these children as livestock, where the kids had to ‘donate’ their bloods in return.

Unlike the other vampire stories where the bitten human would be turned into one, these vampires are very reluctant to reproduce. Hence only vampire nobles were given the authority to turn a human into a vampire.

Among the livestock was a group of children from Hyakuya orphanage. One day Hyakuya Mikaela planned to escape from the vampires together with Yū and the rest of his so-called Hyakuya family. Unfortunately his plan backfired. Most of his family were killed by Lord Ferid, a vampire noble. Mika sacrificed himself to allow Yū to escape.

Angered by the event, Yū who was rescued by the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, vowed to avenge the death of his family. However it was later revealed that Mika was still alive and had been turned into a vampire against his will by Krul Tepes, the vampire queen.

Mika, convinced that Yū was being used by the humans, was very determined to save him from them. Fate reunited these two brothers. Yū, after learning the truth, was also determined to save Mika from the vampires and turn him back into human.

yu and mika

The first cour of the anime has just ended. The second cour will start in October 2015. The manga is still on-going with a lot of questions unanswered.

Hyakuya Sect performed a human experiment on the children they sheltered. As told by Yū’s demon, a tenth of him was not human. That was the reason why he was ‘saved’ the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Mika was also turned into a vampire for the same reason. It was said that the human had involved in a forbidden research, Seraph of the End. What the research is about, is still a mystery. But the key to this answer is definitely Mika and Yū.

At this point of time, it is hard to say who the bad guy really is. The vampires claimed that it was the humans’ greediness that brought the world into its current state, and hence decided to get rid of them. The humans, on the other hand, led by the Hiragi family, also had an ulterior motive and were constantly breaking laws by performing forbidden research on humans in order to gain more power.

This is the story about family, brotherhood and friendship, with power struggle mixing in between. The direction its taking seems promising and up until now, the story has not disappointed me yet. Enough to make me invest my money in its volumes (Volume 5 (English) was just released, and Volume 6 is scheduled to be released in September, with Krul Tepes on the cover).

If you love a shounen dark fantasy story with less romance (but more on bromance :P), this is for you. The story was great, the animation was done brilliantly and the musics were awesome! After all the musics were composed by the musically genius Sawano Hiroyuki ^-^

Book Depository – Free Delivery Worldwide

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

~Benjamin Franklin~


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I was introduced to BookDepository by a friend. Before this I purchased manga volume from the Mighty Ape. But since I’m no longer in New Zealand, I need to find a cheaper way to buy my favorite books without having to worry about the shipping fee.

And yes, BookDepository is the answer.

I received my first purchased manga from the site within the estimated time frame. The condition is good. And I had received the other four as well, also in good condition.

book depository

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“When Marnie Was There” – A Touching Ghost Tale

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

~Elbert Hubbard~

Recently I had a chance to watch Studio Ghibli’s latest release ‘When Marnie Was There’. My thoughts on the movie? It was beautifully done. Definitely worth watching.

I’m a fan of Studio Ghibli’s movies, though not as hard core as watching anime series. A few of its productions were outstanding, some were good, and of course there were some ‘meh’ ones.

To me, what interesting about the story was the revelation of Marnie. The story began with Anna, a lonely, asthmatic girl, who was sent to a small village with clean air to improve her health condition. There she saw a mansion that captivated her interest.

The mansion had been abandoned for years. So when she met Marnie in an empty house like that, it was not hard to guess that Marnie was a ghost. This was where the story got interesting. Who was Marnie? Why could only Anna see her?

when marnie was there

At first I thought it was just a cliche ghost story. Marnie might be a girl who was killed in the mansion, and was looking for someone to reveal the truth about her death. I didn’t realize how far off I was from the truth!

The truth about Marnie was far more beautiful. The whole story was not about solving Marnie’s mystery but how it healed Anna’s wounded heart and gave her a new perspective of life.

Simple but not boring. Thrilling and entertaining.

Rumor has it that this might be Studio Ghibli’s last movie. Let’s just hope that this won’t be the case. We still need more beautiful stories like ‘When Marnie Was There’.

An Ideal Manga/Anime Heroin

“Listen well, Sōma, the secret to becoming a great chef is… meeting a woman that will make you want to give all the food you make to her…”
~Yukihira Jōichirō~

Reading heaps of manga and watching a bunch of anime made me question this a lot: what kind of heroin would I be rooting for?

A hero is normally (by Jump standard) over powered from the beginning. It’s hard not to admire this type of character. But a heroin is a different story.

Take Shokugeki no Soma for example where the story has two main female characters: Nakiri Erina and Tadokoro Megumi. Erina is portrayed as someone who is very gifted in cooking, nicknamed as the God’s tongue and hence a bit cocky. She is whom Soma wants to defeat the most.

Megumi on the other hand is a nice girl with a low self-esteem, a great cook but always failing because she’s panicking a lot, until she meets Soma and finally gains self-confidence.


In its first character popularity poll, Erina ranked 2nd whilst Megumi is 3rd. A lot of readers were not happy how Erina could rank 2nd given her tsundere personality and a lesser scene time than Megumi. Many thought the vote was influenced by her beautiful character design.

Honestly in my opinion, her personality is what makes her stand out more. People (at least me) would remember her more than Megumi. If I were to describe Megumi in one word, I’ll say she’s boring. She’s a nice girl, yeah, who struggles to find her way in the academy but that’s so cliche. What’s new? She’s just like every other ordinary girls.

While it is true that we haven’t seen much of Erina, who has a less character development for now, but she’s started out strong. That’s normally how a great mangaka would do when introducing a character that will play a greater role in the future. Oda sensei does this a lot (and not to mention his female leads are somehow peculiar – Nami and Robin). I’m pretty sure we’ll see more of Erina’s background story and her awesome cooking skills.

Let’s take another look at a similar setup: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru – Yukino Yukinoshita vs Yui Yuigahama. Yukino is an “Ice-cold Beauty” with a twisted sense of thinking whilst Yui is another ordinary cute, cheerful character. I would definitely root for Yukino simply because she’s different.

Are nice, cute, cheery characteristics ideal enough for a manga/anime heroin to be? As a female myself, I hated that concept. I want a heroin who is likeable, but at the same time not boring and forgettable. I prefer a female character who can compete with the over powered hero, not just as a cute supporting character.

To be honest, a lot of potential great stories I discarded from watching because the heroin is either boring, a bit “slutty” or rely too much on her fan service or cuteness: Dungeon ni ai wo motomeru (Goddess Hestia) for example.

But I guess that’s how it is. Having this type of cliche heroin is a trend. A factor to gain popularity (although to me sometimes this factor just ruined the story). Like the Fate/Stay Night series. Both Saber and Rin are awesome characters but Sakura? Another pretty face with a lusty personality that has to be there as one of the leads.

Well, maybe it is just me who could not understand the greatness of this type of heroin?

Aldnoah.Zero Review – When A Great Story Got Butchered In The End, Will There Be A Peace Of Mind?

Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.

Aldnoah.Zero – the currently popular mecha anime which has just ended. The show was split into two cour, 12 episodes each. Why did I watch the show in the first place? An overpowered main character from the get go, with a stoic, emotionless attitude who pulled a crazy stunt all the time. Definitely my cup of tea. What else could I ask for?


A quick summary of the story. In 1972, the astronauts of Apollo 17 found a hypergate on Moon, which allowed the Earthlings aka Terrans, to relocate to Mars, built a civilization and referred themselves as the “Martians”. Dr Rayregalia found an ancient relic, a highly advanced technology, on Mars known as Aldnoah, where he was accepted as the rightful heir of Aldnoah and became the Mars – later known as Vers – Emperor. The longed for the Earth’s resources broke the first war between the Martians and the Terrans, until there was a temporary cease-fire.

In present time, Princess Asseylum, went down to Earth to create peace between these two planets but was “assassinated” by Martians spies, caused the cease-fire to be breached. As expected, the princess was alive, and found by Kaizuka Inaho, the main protagonist, and this was where the story began.

The focus of the first cour was to protect the princess, whose life was targeted by her very own Orbital Knight, Count Saazbaum, who held a grudge against the Vers royal family. Apart from Inaho and the Terrans, there was also Slaine Troyard, a Terran trapped on Mars and became a man-slave, who was obsessed in protecting his beloved princess.

The second cour’s focus was slightly shifted. It was now to rescue the princess from Slain-e-ism, as well as to restore peace between these two planets.


Now, let’s get to the point. Why do I think the story is great?

  • Technology vs Intelligence

      The Martians, who were very proud of their Kataphraks, built using the super civilization Aldnoah technology, was brought down one by one by a single high school boy, Inaho, who was still a trainee soldier. The Terrans did not have Kataphraks that could even match the Martians’, but Inaho cleverly analyzed the Martians’ weapons and exploited their weaknesses during their fight.
  • Plot Twist

      The first cour ended with an unexpected plot twist, and hence a great cliffhanger. Through out the first 12 episodes, we were made to believe that Slaine would be an ally to the Terrans. His joined forces with Inaho was one of the best fights in the entire show. Though he was “betrayed” by Inaho, who at that moment considered him as an enemy, I still had a high hope that they would fight side by side again. Not until Slaine shot Inaho in the head out of jealousy and sided with the enemy at the end of the first cour.
  • Good Guy Turned to Darkside

      The second cour took place 19 months after the end of the first cour. Slaine had completely turned into a badass. Though Slaine gained much hatred now, it was admirable to see how a Terran like him, considered to be a lowly creature by the Martians, crawling up to the top using cunning tricks and strategies, and finally gaining control of the proud Orbital Knights.
  • Decent Love Story

      Though it was an action-packed mecha fight, there was a love factor involved. It wasn’t really hard to see that Inaho and Princess Asseylum had fallen in love with each other. In fact, that was what drove Slaine to madness, an unrequited love. It was also refreshing to see Inaho, back from the “dead”, who previously had shown no emotion at all and fought the war because he was drafted to, finally put his heart before him. He went into war just to save the now captured Princess Asseylum from Slaine.
  • Great OST

      I’ll say Sawano Hiroyuki did a very great job with the soundtracks. They were completely awesome!
  • Aldnoah.Zero-Second-Cour-Airing-January-2015

    So, where did the show go wrong?

    In the final episode of the second cour. Yes, after all the hypes built for the last 11 episodes, it took only one episode to ruin a great story. Here are my points:

  • Easily Changed of Heart

      Slaine, who was seemed beyond redemption, was so prepared to destroy the Earth, suddenly had a change of heart after listening to Princess Asseylum’s announcement, or rather her “capability” to turn against Slaine with her bold announcement. Like, seriously? *facepalm*

      Slaine went into a self-destructing mode after “saving” the other knights by asking them to surrender, then he saw Inaho and decided to fight him for one last time. Slaine who was a formidable foe to Inaho, was easily slain.

  • Upgraded Sleipnir Was Not Put To Full Use

      Inaho upgraded his Sleipnir for his final battle against Slaine’s Tharsis. Since it looked really awesome, I would expect the battle to be EPIC. But nay, it was just an okay fight. It felt like Luffy KO’ed Doflamingo with just a punch. All barks, no bite.
  • No Death in the Terrans’ Camp After Death Flags Were Raised in Episode 23

      Oh there were deaths, of course, to the no-name Terrans who appeared for only 1 second? But nothing happened to the main characters. After so many tear-jerking scenes in episode 23, the Terrans’ main forces came back alive. Unscathed! Unfortunately for the Martians, so many great orbital knights died.
  • No Resistance From The Orbital Knights

      There were so many Martians who wanted to conquer the Earth, suddenly agreed to the “world peace”? During the first cour, they had no trouble disobeying the Emperor’s order. Why become such loyalists now? And so did the Terrans HQ higher ups, who were so determined to terminate Princess Asseylum, but then easily trusted her?

      Hail to the world peace.

  • Undeveloped Characters

      If they were not Inaho nor Slaine, there won’t be much character development for them. Only existed for the plot purposes. And their greatness were basically told from the other people’s point of view, not through their actions. Even Princess Asseylum existence in the second cour was mostly for display.

      Oh actually, they did develop a sideline character, Count Mazureek, for a bit, but after that he was wasted. I thought he would play a better and greater role, but nah.

  • Some Random Character Won The Ultimate Prize

      This was one of the biggest flaws, or should I say, the biggest joke, in Aldnoah Zero. How could someone who was introduced in the last 3 episodes, married the princess in the end? Okay, I get it. It was a political marriage. Princess Asseylum had no choice. In order to restore peace, she had to sacrifice her feeling for Inaho, and married a royal blood. But the biggest question was, why Klainkein? It would make sense if it was Count Mazureek considering the fact that the writer put an effort to develop his character, but Klainkein?

      Klainkein who????

      So what was the point of having Inaho showing a little bit of emotion, ceded his artificial engine to his brain, sacrificing himself while ignoring her sister’s feeling, all for the sake of saving his beloved princess when he was only reunited with her for a few minutes in the entire second cour? Even then, it was his robotic side that communicated with Princess Asseylum. What was the point of confessing their love and giving Inaho her necklace, just to NTR-ed him later on with a guy who might not even know how to fight? To me, Inaho’s purpose in this second cour was not to save the princess, but Slaine. InahoxSlaine, anybody?

  • Was Slaine Soul Saved In The End?

      Inaho had a chance to kill Slaine for good, but he did not do it. Simply because Princess Asseylum asked Inaho to save Slaine from his misery. He was reported dead and blamed to be the mastermind, where as the matter of fact, he was alive and put in prison. He was made to live so he could repent.

      I love the idea of redeeming a bad guy, but I dislike the execution. Slaine, after what he went through and became, deserved an honorable death, at least in my opinion. Let he redeemed his mistake in the most respectable way. The way Hijikata Toushirou sent off Itou Kamotarou to his death in Gintama, in the most respectable manner after the latter realized his mistake and regretted. Even Darth Vader died honorably.

  • There were still so many questions left unanswered but I’m not gonna go there. The series tag line “Let justice be done, though the heavens fall” really suits the story, literally. Forget about Piso’s justice because it didn’t applicable to the context at all. It simply meant a happy ending (justice) for the Martians and the Terrans, except Inaho, Slaine and Princess Asseylum (where the heavens truly fall).

    Overall, despite its rush, unanswered plot holes and unpolished ending, I would still say Aldnoah Zero is an entertaining show to watch.

    p/s: All pictures were taken from the internet. Credit to the owners! ^-^

    The Sweetest Confession

    Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

    ~George Santayana~

    It does not have to be a love story to give the greatest impact of confession. Oda-sensei proves and does it in his greatest shounen manga, One Piece.

    A boy who was at the brink of death due to an illness. A man who betrayed his own brother, as well as the marine to find the cure for the boy. A strong bond was developed throughout their short journey together.

    The man managed to get a devil fruit which can cure the boy’s illness at the cost of his life. Knowing that there was no escape for him, he hid the boy in a treasure box while making a promise that they would meet again at the next town.

    The boy who was hated by so many people because of the disease he carried, had finally met someone who cared for him wholeheartedly but soon witnessed that man taken away from him forever.


    And the confession was made slightly before the man was shot to death. Sweet, but sad. Definitely one of the best moments in One Piece.