Monday, August 4, 2008

Lazy Bloggers

OMFG! I just climbed out from under my rock and realised I have not updated this since they invented sliced bread... You would not believe how heavy that rock really is. Seriously!.

I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with waiting for a fine young gentleman to propose, selling my soul to Google, just generally being Snow White to anyone unfortunate to cross my path, my day is passing in a blur from the light through yonder window breaks to I feel like going to bed. I am plotting and planning. but this damned rock is heavy.

I go, my lords and ladies; just I will write something that makes sense soon. Seriously! Until my paycheck dawneth..

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Manga Madness

Call me a tard but I'm a real sucker for a good manga. Hell, my friends know just how much I rave about them. Usually before I do watch a certain anime series not shown or to be shown locally (and sometimes dubbed horribly *coughBleachcough*), I read up on the manga, then judge if it's worth my viewing time or not. And then, annoy my friends until they give up and begin to read it too.

Here's a short list of my favorite manga sites where you can freely read or download them. Note: Once a manga is licensed, the manga scans is usually removed from the site. As a tip, if you really love it, download yourself a copy, so you can still read it. Yes, I am evil. But frankly, licensed manga doesn't really reach our side of the world as fast as yours. And sometimes, even when licensed, the new volumes are horribly slow in coming.

Anyway, enough of the rant. Ladies and gentlement, geeks and nerds and tards, I bring thee, the list.

  1. Spectrum Nexus
~ My first manga scanlation read online would probably Deathnote. I was looking for a free manga scans site when I found this. Instantly I got hooked on Deathnote, even before others here in our country realized about it. Of course I spread the good old Deathnote love and infected at least two people to read it. Anyway, a lot of good, even licensed manga, are available here. You can read them for free, but not all volumes will be available in one day. They use a rotation system which only releases at least 5 chapters a week. Example, this week, they would have vol. 1-5 of Deathnote up. Next week will be vol. 6-10 and so on. You click through each page to view the next. I really love it, but they do not host manga that isn't too popular. For this, I give this site:

2. Manga Volume
~The second site I went to was Manga Volume. It has a good list of scans of manga that is unavailable at Spectrum Nexus. I read A Girls here (surprisingly, I can't find it anywhere else). Click through manga to get to the next page. The only difficulty I had with Manga Volume is that it takes eons to load. But I don't know about that now. It's been two years since I returned to their site...

For the not-so-popular manga, I give them:

3. One Manga
~ After Manga Volume, I found myself in One Manga. A much better counterpart for Manga Volume, not only does One Manga host the not-so-popular manga, the site is pretty easy to navigate as well. One Manga separates its scans per genre, so it's easy to look for a new manga to jump into that is very similar to your interests. Also, you can read a plot summary so you know before hand if you like the story or not. I'm currently really happy with One Manga, especially since they are hosting my current manga obsession: Katekyo Hitman Reborn (TO THE EXTREEMEE!!!!!!!). Same as with every one, click through each page to move on to the next. Downside? It's blocked in my work computer. T_T. And if you are looking for some slash manga (ecchi, shoujo-ai, shonen-ai, yaoi, yuri, etc.), they don't host too many of them. But that aside, I rate One Manga:

hell yeah! five onions!

4. Manga Fox

~ So you want a bit more ecchi do you? You naughty naughty person. *grin*

For the want to read manga at work (shh! don't tell my bosses!), I found Manga Fox. Not only do they have practically every manga like One Manga, they also have "it". Yes. Teh slash mangas!

They don't host every slash there is, but here, you can freely read them online. Like A Love Song in a Nameless Country (a shoujo-ai), which can be downloaded for free at Lililicious, can be read at Manga Fox. No downloads required. Like the above sites, click through each page to move to the next. The only thing that I don't like about Manga Fox is that it updates uber slow. Example: One Manga releases a new chapter every week. If your manga updates every Saturday, you can expect to read the next chapter the following Thursday, right? In Manga Fox, the updates takes even up to a week longer. So if it was released on a Thursday, it will appear in Manga Fox as much as two weeks.

Because of the long wait (and also since I am not that very patient with waiting for new chapters), I rate this:

aww... only two onions...

5. Storm In Heaven

~It was love at first download.

I became a fan of Yuana Kazumi when I found her manga, The Flower of Deep Sleep, while browsing over an anime stand that was moving out. Being a manga fan who delights in new discoveries, (and since Yuana isn't a popular manga artist here) I immediately used my salary from our Class Corporation to buy the first volume of The Flower of Deep Sleep. (To my delight, TFDS is only two volumes, and I was able to ask a good friend of mine, draconianangel, to buy me the second volume as a coming home gift for me. Thanks, Iwi. XD)

Of course, I wanted more Yuana Kazumi. But none of the local stores have it. Of course, they had Deathnote, Naruto, Loveless and even Land of the Blindfolded. But they just don't have a Yuana Kazumi. So I turned to the Net for answers.

Thanks to Google, I found Storm in Heaven.

Don't be amazed with the site's cool layout. They change it frequently, each one cooler than the first. Storm in Heaven is a wonderful wonderful site where you can freely download manga scanlations to your delight. And yes they have Yuana Kazumi! (Hooray! Hooray!) They used to host three of Yuana Kazumi's works: A Million Tears, Skydream Song, and Haru Hana. But since A Million Tears had been licensed earlier this year, it was put down by the site. T_T.

That aside, Storm in Heaven also has a lot of other wonderful manga, my favorites being Vitamin and Kobatotei Ibun. Before they only allow downloads, nowadays, you can also read manga online from them as well. Storm in heaven keeps on giving something new to the palette and for this I rate Storm in Heaven:

hell yeah! five onions!

Discover new manga today! Visit these sites now!

~ Thanks to Anikaos for the onions. They amuse me endlessly. :) ~