Artbook / Guide Book Review Poll

I decided to open a poll for which artbook I should review first since I’d like to know what people are interested in. If you have other suggestions you can look at my complete list of artbooks owned here, the list also links to information about the books themselves.

I conveniently left out some books from this poll because I really wanted too keen on reviewing those! Anyway if you’re interested go and take a vote!

*Edit: To avoid confusion, I’d like to note that some of these are guide books, fan books or design works so they’re not art collections (The Penguindrum artbook is sorta a combination of both). The Valvrave fan book and Tsuritama visual fanbook in particular contain episode guides, character designs, staff interviews etc. Design works books are more focused on original character designs and prototypes. So please keep this in mind when voting.


Manga Review: Terra Formars Vol.1

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Title: Terra Formars Vol. 1
Story by: Yu Sasuga
Art by: Ken-ichi Tachibana
Original Publisher:  Shueisha
English Publisher: Viz

Synopsis: In the 26th century, mankind has made efforts to make Mars a habitable planet. A team dubbed as BUGS 2 is sent to Mars to exterminate the cockroaches who were originally sent to aid the terraforming. Unfortunately for our heroes, their targets have evolved into humanoid cockroaches who possess the violent desire to crush all humans

It’s easy to dismiss Terra Formars as something that’s just pulpy sci-fi action. It’s silly, weird and sometimes pretty stupid. However, what it lacks in plausibility it makes up for with its ability to stir the reader’s most primal emotions. Yes, Terra Formars is a crazy, bloody and adrenaline pumped action series, but it also deliberately reflects on human nature and the struggle for survival.

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Hachimitsu is Going Through Official Changes

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Hi! Anyone who has been following Hachimitsu over the years is well aware that I can be very all over the place, switching formats, tone and what not.  I haven’t been updating the same way I have back in 2011 or 2012. It’s not that  I’m less interested in anime, but I have been feeling the futile struggle of the lone anime blogger– constantly questioning the purpose as to why I even review anime to begin with.

I’m writing this post because I want to be fair. I want to be fair to the people who have followed this blog and left comments. I want to be fair for you people who still care about what I write about Japanese animation!

So here’s a quick rundown:

  • No more episodic posts! - Yes, no more episodic posts! If you want to see my thoughts on a particular episode, just follow me on twitter.
  • Are first impressions posts still relevant? – I’ll leave it to my readership to decide.  As much as I feel like these posts are more like filler posts based on vague assumptions gathered from 24 minutes that’s 1/12th or even 1/24th of a show.  Do you guys still like these posts?
  • Manga reviews! – I love manga and I draw comics of my own so I feel like I have a bit of an advantage here. The truth is that I find manga to be a much more varied medium than anime. It also feels a lot more personal because so much of the creator’s biases and preferences are evident.  I’m hoping to cover more official English releases.
  • Artbook reviews! - Another passion of mine is collecting artbooks, I only have 15 or so books but my love for them has been growing strong over time.
  • No more Adsense! - Back then I used to think having an ad would keep my hosting fees sustainable.  Surprise, surprise: that’s not true. To be honest, removing it has been a relief. I’ve contemplated over this on twitter and the possibility of a Paypal donate button has sprung up a couple of times if only to sustain hosting costs. Is it a good idea? I’m not sure. I’ll leave that in the near future to decide on. What matters is producing good content to read, fruitful posts that are interesting to read and encourage discussion!
  • New Headers! – Finally, I have a bunch of new headers for you all to enjoy. Zakuabumi has already guessed 5 out of 7  on twitter and I’ll be reviewing a manga of their choice! I’m giving this chance to my readers too.  From what shows are these headers from? Guess 5 out of 7 and I’ll review a manga of your choice! This is a first come first serve basis so I’ll only be choosing one! So leave a comment if you feel up for the challenge (?)

I hope these changes will revitalize Hachimitsu. I have been a little disillusioned with the anime community which has led me to believe how much of a futile endeavor this might have been. But still, I won’t give up on Hachimitsu just yet. My love for anime blogging (and anime) is still there.

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