First of all, allow me to apologize for the silence. I think I hinted at it in the Magical Girl Raising Project Episode Twelve review, but I took a break until the end of December for the holidays and to spend time with my son. But now that we are preparing to head back to school, I can write a little something for all of you today – though it’s not much!
The massive Boxing Day sales in my part of the world convinced me to invest in a small tablet – specially the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. Now that I’m settling into writing my thesis, I wanted to create a nice little resource where I can reference my manga and my sources easily. So after buying a 16GB microSD card as well as Amazon and Google play gift cards, I set about to making my tablet into a lovely little electronic library.
Kindle…is a little addictive to say the least.
Within forty-eight hours, I have fifteen volumes of magical girl manga on my tablet.
I would have more, but both Sailor Moon and Sugar Sugar Rune are without ebook versions.
But that’s okay. I’ve still managed to grab a few books, including Tezuka Osamu’s Ribon no Kishi (“Princess Knight”) and the sequel The Twin Knights, CLAMP’s CardCaptor Sakura (the first two omnibus volumes) and Magic Knight Rayearth (the first omnibus volume; I’m getting the second one this weekend), Tokyo Mew Mew by Yoshida Reiko and Ikuni Mia, and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (“Phantom Thief Jeanne”) by Arina Tanemura.
Then there’s something-something about the brilliant British comic series The Wicked + the Divine, but since this is a magical girl blog, I’ll save that for another day.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to be reading Phantom Thief Jeanne. I came across the work all the way back in 1998 – I went to a small Japanese bookstore by my house, were they sold a modest selection of manga magazines, including Ribon. Since this was back in the 90s, this was way before the Tokyopop manga boom and Toonami’s burgeoning popularity. I didn’t know any Japanese back then (though I still have a lot to learn now), but that didn’t stop me for being enthralled with large, expressive eyes of heroine Kusakabe Maron, who is the reincarnation of the legendary Jeanne d’Arc. I had no idea of what was going on, but that didn’t matter to me. This series has remained in my memories since then. And while I could probably read it in Japanese now (like I’m doing with Sailor Moon and Maho Shojo Madoka Magica), I’m glad that it’s available in English courtesy of VIZ media.
I’m just on volume two (I’ve purchased all five volumes) and I like what I see. Jeanne is probably one of the more feminine heroines I’ve encountered (she’s into rhythm gymnastics for crying out loud), and she’s definitely sassy. But she’s also a very relatable heroine – she isn’t perfect and she definitely has her issues. Her reasons for becoming the Phantom Thief are not all altruistic ones. But she makes things interesting and she’s human. I love that she doesn’t allow herself to get swept off her feet (at least as of volume two). I’ll have a more in-depth review as soon as I’ve finished the series.
With the Little Witch Academia on the way soon, I’m excited to watch this series and review it. There’s supposed to be two cours, so that’ll be awesome. In the meantime, allow me to get back to the thesis and manga reading! I will be back soon!