Break Into Comedy: Wild Ones, Volume 1

Here’s another edition of my little column with a focus on the manga Wild Ones. As I pointed out in my previous column, we get bits of comedy woven into a serious or tender moment which breaks the tension or awkwardness going on in a scene.

Wild Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara is about Sachie Wakamura who is visited by her estranged grandfather with the intention of taking her in after recently losing her mother. What Sachie doesn’t realize is that her grandfather is the head of a yakuza and her mother has kept Sachie in the dark about certain aspects of her family history.

Volume 1 has a lot of zany things going on in the first few pages, but these following panels are what draws my interest the most. Sachie is visibly freaking out after finding out what kind of company her grandfather keeps. She climbs a tree and refuses to get down until Rakuto, a popular guy from her school and a member of her grandfather’s gang gently coaxes her down. She decides to comply with his request to come down, and Rakuto safely carries Sachie in his arms.

Sachie is temporarily distracted by Rakuto…only to remember where she is again and returns to having a heart attack

As you can see in the right panel, you have a tender scene going on between Sachie and Rakuto until you see her freak out again in the panel on the left. Even worse is when her grandfather’s gang members burst in bearing a gun and a knife ready for a “throw down.” Sachie is near fainting and Rakuto is happily being the obedient servant and telling her to “hold on tight.”

I have only read Volume 1 of this series, but I enjoy this panel the most out of all the others. The way Sachie looks at Rakuto in shock or awe, it’s almost as if she is allowing her guard to go down. This feeling is short-lived and she reverts back into hyper freak out mode again as it hits her that she is the granddaughter of the yakuza’s head.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how Sachie attempts to adapt to her new home and her bizarre “family.”

Flats: The Versatile Shoe

Summer is around the corner and nearly everyone is putting their boots in storage. The warmer temperatures allow us to let our feet breathe and see the light of day. When the weather isn’t warm enough to show off your lovely toe-nail polished feet, flats are your go-to shoe.

I enjoy wearing flats. They are the best alternative to high heeled shoes if you want to dress your look up or down, and you want your feet to look stylish without killing them. These shoes are easy to slip on or off, and they look great with skinny jeans, shorts, or a skirt. It has a nice laid back feel to them.

I enjoy wearing high heels sometimes but considering I live in a city where everyone is constantly on the go, I need shoes that will allow me to move quickly and easily without worrying about walking slowly or tripping on my heels as I try to get to my destination quickly.

The flats are one of my favorite simple style shoes to wear. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Depending on what you are wearing, flats are the best kind of shoes for looking and feeling pretty while also stating that you are the type of girl who likes to kick back and relax. I also think flats flatter all feet too. There will be something for everyone whether you want to look fierce in a leopard print flat or go dainty and delicate with a satin pink flat. I hardly think flats will go out of style. It’s the one shoe that will never grow old just like stiletto shoes will never become a fad.

Are you a lover of flats or do you prefer heels that give you lots of height?

How I Loathe Thee: The Search For A Compelling Villain

When it comes to a good villain I like my villains to be complicated, more than the villain caricature of mustache twirling and maniacal laughter, and having a catalyst for setting them off onto the road of evil. These components always have me rapt at attention to both hate and sympathize with my villains.

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Ceres: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Without Her Hagoromo

Nearing the end of reading and collecting the manga for Ceres: Celestial Legend, I realized how much I have come to enjoy getting to know Ceres. Most of the time I find myself eager to learn more about the person sharing Aya Mikage’s body rather than Aya herself. Ceres is the type of woman who is mysterious and complicated. The reader is introduced to a woman who is angry and dangerous enough to destroy anyone who decides to get in her way from taking back what is rightfully hers which is the hagoromo or the celestial robes. But what the reader later learns is there is more to her story than just getting back her robes.

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The Evolution of Mass Effect’s Kaidan Alenko: A Soldier & A Lover

When it comes to Bioware games the draw for playing them are for the story, the characters, and your ability to romance certain characters in the game…if you want to of course. I’ve romanced Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins, Anders from Dragon Age 2, and now Kaidan from the Mass Effect series. At some point I plan on writing a post where I compare these Bioware men and how they rate against each other. For now, this post will focus on my impressions of Kaidan as a love interest. After finishing Mass Effect 3 I realized I have a lot to say about this Alliance military soldier. Any comments I make concerning the romance with Kaidan has been experienced as a female Shepard.

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