Hello once again ShojoBeat Fans! I've finally gotten back into the swing of updating this journal in a reasonable span of time! So here's to April, where in my state we actually got flurries, but only for two minutes. xD Anyway, April is the beginning of spring, blossoming longer days and if you're lucky decent enough weather to go outside for the evening.
Now, this is a bit of a special journal, brought on by my laziness. BUT, it should be amazing since this is a special Double Update for manga of the month!
The feature stories are: 'Strobe Edge' by Io Sakisaka, AND 'The Story of Saiunkoku' Story by Sai Yukino Art by Kairi Yura.
Description of 'Strobe Edge' by Viz Media: "Ninako’s friend Daiki throws her for a loop when he expresses romantic interest in her. She cares for him, but can she return his feelings? As she tries to sort out her confusion, Ninako realizes that there are many different facets of love—strange and wonderful sides…"
Other series by this author: Call My Name; Watashi no Koibito;Bye-Bye, Little; Blue;Mascara Blues; Ao Haru Ride; Sono Omokage o Shitteru.
Other groups about this series:
:rosepink: Review of 'Strobe Edge' by Phoenixofdarkness62
"Strobe Edge" holds some good and bad points. If you're looking for an interesting twist on the typical one-sided love story; this is it. Ninako is our sweet, if not naive heroine. Ren is her aloft love interest, and everyone else are the group of mostly well-meaning friends they surround themselves with. The art is typical shoji style, but it clean and well executed. The plot is fairly typically, with the usual story arches, and plot points. But the atypical way of showing one-sided love,(not gonna tell you how), gives 'Strobe Edge' a little extra in the presentation of the series.
Now for 'The Story of Saiunkoku'!
:rosepink: Description of 'The Story of Saiunkoku' by Viz Media: "Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki's consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor's bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first!"
:rosepink: Other series by this author: None, other then the light novels of 'The Story of Saiunkoku.
:rosepink: Other groups about this series:
:rosepink: Review of 'The Story of Saiunkoku' submitted by
The manga is based on the series of light novels Saiunkoku Monogatari (彩雲国物語), written by Sai Yukino ( 雪乃 紗衣). The novels and the manga series were illustrated by Kairi Yura (由羅 カイリ), the same game character designer that did all the characters for all the Angelique games. The subsequent anime series for Saiunkoku Monogatari were based on Kairi Yura's original character designs (some of these characters are shown below).
The title has been variedly translated as ”The Story of Saiunkoku”, “Tale of the Kingdom of Coloured Clouds”</i>, or ”Colourcloud Palace”. The kingdom was established after a period of great chaos, with the aid and powers of eight sages who were named after the colours of blue, red, green, yellow, white, black, brown, and purple. The noble houses/clans of the new kingdom, and the provinces they governed, were named after the same colours.
Kou Shuurei of the red clan dreams the impossible dream of a position in the civil service - impossible because women are barred from serving in the civil service. In a strange twist of fate, she gets offered a job in the Imperial household – as a royal consort. Shuurei's family, although of noble birth, is impoverished. She accepts the job, and has 6 months to teach the young emperor, who has expressed a total lack of interest in governance of the land, to be a responsible ruler.
The series has many strengths:-
great character development, so that you grow to care for many of the characters
strong-willed, intelligent, capable and likeable women like Shuurei, Kochou (the brothel-owner), Sairin (head of the Sar Province Merchant Guild)
intricate issues of governance and politics
“dark” issues of betrayal, abuse, murder (don't worry, nothing explicit; past and implied)
beautiful period/ancient costumes and hairstyles
lotsa lotsa lovely bishies :eyebrows:
There are too many, so here are just a few to start with ...
Shuurei – We watch her grow from a spunky, hyper child, to a spunky, a-little-less-hyper adult.
Ryuuki - In the half year since he took the throne, he has avoided all state matters; he is reported to be more interested in bedding his male subjects!
Seiran - Shuurei and her father found him in the snow 8 years earlier, when he was 13 years old, and took him into their home with no questions asked.
Shuuei - a general in the army; one of the emperor's two Irises; a trusted royal advisor.
Kouyu - a man who can get lost within 30 paces; the emperor's other Iris and trusted royal advisor; Shuuei's good friend, even though he denies it.
Ensei - shares a long history with Seiran, in his very troubled past.
Shouka - Shuurei's father; custodian of the Royal Archives; living a double-life. He is easily my favourite character of the series. I can understand why this amazing man is so loved by Ryuuki and Seiran – I would love to have him as my father-figure too!
Reishin - Shuurei's eccentric uncle; Shouka's younger brother.
Kijin - Reishin's eccentric friend; a man so beautiful, he chose to hide his face behind a mask.
The Kingdom of Saiunkoku is a fictitous one, but the descriptions of the structure of the civil service, the imperial court, and even the army, closely resemble those of ancient China. This is reflected in Kairi Yura's designs. The architecture is unmistakenly ancient chinese, and the costumes, though not specifically of a particular dynasty, show influences from the Warring States, the Han Dynasty, and the Tang Dynasty.
Kairi Yura's amazing artwork is drool-worthy – one can almost feel the lovely textures of the fabrics in the multi-layered costumes. I loved the way the clothings wrapped, and draped, and flowed around those long elegant bodies. And practically everybody is soooooo beautiful!"
We have yet another new series announced by Vix Media under ShojoBeat! The series is called "My Love Story!!" Story By: Kazune Kawahara Art By: Aruko.
Description by Viz Media: "Takeo Goda is a GIANT guy with a GIANT heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?"
The new folder will be open as soon as possible so please submit to it!
And a few little things in the group you guys might want to participate in:
We accept member reviews for each series each month. Don't be afraid to send a note with your review, or comment below!
Feel free to submit once a month each month as well to our featured folder!
If you see a piece that you think would be a great edition to our collection; recommend it to our favorites! (please note we only accept ShojoBeat series in our favorites gallery)
It's my goal for this year that EVERY folder in our gallery have at least 3 submissions in them. Just so our gallery doesn't look empty. So, I will award ~10 Points~ to the first submitter to any 'empty' gallery for a series. These series are "Be With You", "Crown of Love", "Seiho Boys High School", "Flower in a Storm", "Demon Love Spell", "Happy Marriage", and "Sweet Rein". The second and third submitters, will each get ~5 Points~. You can only be awarded points ONCE, even if you submit the first piece to multiple folders. You can only be awarded points if the piece is new, and complete (no WIP's, please). Have fun submitting!
That's a bit of a longer update, but I hope you guys like it! Leave me some feedback in order to for me to see how active we are!