Hello again guys! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to write regularly as promised. I was buried with work and school again, and I was looking for a part-time job too. *sigh* Making money is not easy. Anyways, here are my top pick for the week.
Manga: Card Captor Sakura
Drama: Fugoh Keiji Season 1
Anime: Kimi ni Todoke Season 1
Music: Kono Te Nobashite – Hi-fi Camp
Cardcaptor Sakura is a very popular material from CLAMP. CLAMP produced xxxHolic, Tsubasa Chronicles, CLAMP Detective School and a few other materials. I really like the graphics that CLAMP produces. It’s a really nice well-detailed material with loads of the cutesy stuff!
Anyway, the manga is less popular than the anime counterpart (at least where I live) and I can see the reason why. The anime prides itself with ___ number of episodes. Each episode is made alive in full color which makes the manga counterpart really dull. Nonetheless, the 12 volume manga has basically the same great story line.
Personally, I prefer the manga a notch higher than the anime. The anime has been animated really greatly, but it lacks the depth that the manga provided. Also, the manga has less restrictions with emotions, and while the anime has the puppy-love-ish feel , the manga goes into a more serious mode. More details about this below.
If you guys didn’t know the story of CCS. Sakura is a 4th grader who accidentally opened Clow the Magician’s book of cards setting them free. In order for the cards to not cause chaos, Sakura has to catch them. With the help of Keroberos, a magical being/protector of cards, Sakura catches them. Yuwe, the other protector tests her spirits when she has captured her. Passing the test, Yuwe becomes Sakura’s magical being/protector like Keroberos. Yuwe is actually the alter-ego of Yukito, Touya’s (Sakura’s brother) best friend.
So, onto the romantic connection. Sakura like Yukito a lot. He’s a whole lot older than she is which makes him cool in her eyes. Lee Syaoran, a descendant of Clow who came to compete in capturing the cards, likes Yukito at first, but falls in love with Sakura (I’m like WTH here, you guys are in 4th grade!). Tomoyo, Sakura’s best friend likes Sakura the most, while Touya and Yukito pretty much like each other. As said earlier, most of these love connections are not evident in any way in the anime.
THE VERDICT: I liked the manga better than the anime and I like CCS a lot. I watched it like 10x before during my 6th grade (talk about appropriateness of the anime for my age) which was about 10 years ago. I highly recommend the manga. It’s short and there are some parts which were not discussed in the anime like the fact that Eriol and Sakura’s dad are actually reincarnations of Clow.
Because of this drama, I am obsessed with Fukada Kyoko! She’s so cute. The direct translation of the title is Millionaire Police. The drama is so addicting especially if you’re a sucker for crime stories like I am.
The drama pretty much centers around Miwako Kanbe, the newest police officer. Coming from a millionaire family, she tries to solve each case using luxurious ways. She sets up fake companies, schools, imitates world-class people, etc. Her grandfather is revealed to be a con-man in the past and has acquired all the wealth. Turning a new leaf, her grandfather wants to spend all the money until it’s gone for Miwako’s cases.
THE VERDICT: I like this drama, and it wasn’t boring until the end. However, the forming love between Miwako (it was unrequited btw – Miwako’s side) and (insert name here) never really got anywhere, which is kind of disappointing. I wanted Miwako to be happy!
Kyaaaa!~ Kimi ni Todoke is a enormously awesome anime! Kyaaaaa!~
The story centers around Kuronuma Sawako, often called Sadako for her straight dark hair and gloomy personality. Kazehaya Shota is the only one nice to her, and it’s because he’s been in love with her ever since the first day of class when he met her by the cherry blossom trees. The story revolves around how Sawako makes friends through Kazehaya’s help. In the first season, it ends with Sawako having two best friends and realizing she has feelings for Kazehaya.
THE VERDICT: I really like this anime. I think it’s my favorite shoujo anime so far (I’m betting on liking Paradise Kiss anime too, but I haven’t seen it yet). The graphics are well-made and the story is so interesting. I don’t like the ending because it’s a hanging ending, but there is a second season where Kazehaya and Sawako’s romance progress better (will do a review on it next week). I definitely recommend seeing this anime. Both seasons are done so you can watch all the episodes!