Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TV Drama Series and Films Based on Shoujo and Josei Manga

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Can't get enough of your favorite series? Or are you looking for some Asian drama/movie to watch with additional material in case you want more?

This is the master list. For more information (poster, actors/actresses/number of episodes/different versions), click each parts.

Part 1

  1. Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flower) by Kamio Yuko
  2. Hanazakari no Kimitachi (Hana Kimi) by Nakajo Hisaya
  3. Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) by Tada Kaoru
  4. Hachimitsu to Kuroba (Honey and Clover) by Umino Chika - Josei
  5. Bokura ga Ita (We Were There) by Obata Yuki
  6. L-DK by Watanabe Ayu
  7. Koizora by Haneda Ibuki (Original Cell phone Novel by Mika) -Actually, Seinen
  8. Chihayafuru by Suetsugu - Josei
  9. Kin Kyori Renai by Mikimito Rin
  10. Full House by Won Soo Yeon - Josei

Part 2

  1. Kimi wa Pet (You're my Pet) by Ogawa Yayoi - Josei
  2. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
  3. Goong (Princess Hours) by Park So Hee
  4. Akuma de Sourou (Devil Beside You) by Takanashi Mitsuba
  5. Switch Girl by Aida Natsumi
  6. Ao Haru Ride by Sakisaka Io
  7. Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei-chan's Butler) by Miyagi Riko
  8. Fujoshi Kanojo by Shinba Rize - Original Light Novel by Petanbu - Josei
  9. Paradise Kiss (ParaKiss) by Yazawa Ai 
  10. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Wallflower Evolution) by Hayawaka Tomoko

Part 3

  1. Lovely Complex by Nakahara Aya
  2. Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I Gave My First Love To You) by Aoki Kotomi
  3. Koukou Debut (High School Debut) by Kawahara Kazune
  4. Kyou Koi wo Hajimemasu by Minami Kanan
  5. Orange by Takano Ichigo
  6. Skip Beat by Nakamura Yoshiki
  7. Hotaru no Hikari by Hiura Satoru - Josei
  8. Mars by Soryo Fuyumi
  9. Senpai to Kanojo by Nanba Atsuko
  10. Gokusen by Morimoto Kozueko - Josei

Part 4

  1. Nodame Cantabile by Ninomiya Tomoko - Josei
  2. Sumika Sumire by Takanashi Mitsuba - Josei
  3. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) by Hatta Ayuko
  4. Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You) by Shiina Karuho
  5. Sukitte Ii na Yo (Say You Like Me) by Hazuki Kanae
  6. NANA by Yazawa Ai - Josei
  7. Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories) by Ikuemi Ryo
  8. Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend) by Watase Yuu
  9. Strobe Edge by Sakisaka Io
  10. Aozora Yell by Kawahara Kazune

Part 5

  1. Oboreru Knife (Drowning Knife) by Asakura George
  2. Peach Girl by Ueda Miwa
  3. Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai by Makino
  4. Cat Street by Kamio Yoko
  5. Otomen by Kanno Aya
  6. Mary Stayed Out All Night by Won Soo Yeon - Webtoon
  7. Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru (The Liar and His Lover) by Aoki Kotomi
  8. Dame ni Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai (Please Love Me) by Nakahara Aya - Josei
  9. Taiyou no Uta (Song of the Sun/Midnight Sun) by Bandou Kenji - Actually, the manga was based on the movie.
  10. Sprout by Nanba Atsuko

Part 6

  1. Heroine Shikkaku (No Longer Heroine) by Kouda Momoko
  2. 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made (From Five to Nine) by Aihara Miki - Josei
  3. Bara no Tame ni (For The Roses' Sake) by Yoshimura Akemi - Josei
  4. Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru (I'm in love with my sister) by Aoki Kotomi
  5. Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) by Unita Yumi - Josei
  6. Marmalade Boy by Yoshizumi Wataru
  7. Parfait Tic! by Nanaji Nagamu
  8. Otoko no Isshou (Her Granddaughter) by Nishi Keiko - Josei
  9. Suppli by Okazaki Mari - Josei
  10. Ai Ore! by Shinjo Mayu

Part 7

  1. Shitsuren Chocolatier (Heartbroken Chocolatier) by Mizushiro Setona
  2. Good Morning Call by Takasuka Yue
  3. Himitsu no Akko-chan by Akatsuka Fujio
  4. The Embalmer by Mihara Mitsukazu
  5. P to JK by Miyoshi Maki
  6. Clover by Chiya Toriko
  7. Cheese in the Trap by Soon Ki
  8. Orange Marmalade by Seok Woo
  9. Hapi Mari (Happy Marriage?!) by Enjouji Maki
  10. He Was Cool by Gui Yeoni

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blog Tour: We Go Together

We Go Together by Carla de Guzman   
Genre: Romantic Comedy  
Release date: January 19, 2015

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28355389-we-go-together

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/We-Go-Together-Carla-Guzman-ebook/dp/B019TCM1E2

SYNOPSIS: What happened to Beatrice and Benedick? They used to be in love. They used to be together. But something got in the way and its turned them into angry, bitter rivals that can't get along, much less work together on a project that could change everything for Bea and Claudia's little paper company. 

Bea isn't going to let Ben ruin her mood. Ben isn't backing down from Bea's barbs without a fight. But why is Claudia telling Hiro that Bea is head-over-heels in love with Ben? Why is Hiro convinced that Ben is in love with Bea? Set in Washington DC, this book is a modern adaptation of WIlliam Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

My Rating: 3/5

Beautiful Cover, right?

I also liked the cover for her other books especially Cities. Though I haven't read it. I got an e-copy of We Go Together for the tour.

Apart from I wanted to help Filipino authors and that pretty cover, I was  interested in this book because of the Shakespeare modern retelling even though I hadn't seen or read Much Nothing Ado. It also hasn't been long when I read Just One Day collection of Gayle Forman, and it made me want to read more of Shakespeare.

I had no idea about the Much Ado About Nothing which wasn't any problem at all, but it did make me research about it midway the story. The story of Ben and Beatrice, Hiro and Claudia is a light short read that will make you wonder what happened between Ben and Bea during their college, like the summary says. But I also think that it is a bit downfall of We Go Together.

The start of the story was light, and it was also interesting to see Bea's crush on Claudia's brother, Leo and the friendship between the two. Bea was refreshing, and I like her even though it was a little hard to root for her without knowing what exactly Ben did to her. I don't understand why the character in the book assumed she's lesbian. Ben, on the other hand, is definitely a likeable character. I also like Claudia, but I can't say the same with Hiro. Their love story was as intriguing as Bea and Ben's, but the conflict between them stole spotlight from Ben and Bea. Hiro was an asshole. (Sorry. I just have to say it). Don, well, Don is...I don't have anything to say about him. It was like he was just there to mess things up without any particular motivation.

I thought Claudia would have more say in the story since there was one part where it was her perspective. We Go Together is told from Bea and Ben's perspective with italicized flashbacks most of the time. I don't particularly like or hate it, but I think it was effective. A little distracting at times but still entertaining.

Bored? Looking for a Shakespeare inspired story? Or a light short read? Or just romance story for your guilty pleasure? Try We Go Together. It will only take a page or two for you to be absorbed in some place else. 

Be sure to enter the Giveaway below! And check her other books: Website You can buy her print books directly from her (You can contact her in Twitter, @somemidnights or in her website).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carla de Guzman is an author, occasional illustrator, full-time traveler.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy June First

Even though it's already June 2 here. I know I should be writing or sleeping instead, but I wanted to write this post before the excitement sizzles.

What am I excited about? You might have already read this in wattpad though.

First, new D. Gray Man anime: D. Gray Man HALLOW. It will be aired on NTV starting July 4th. Can you hear me screaming? The manga also came back this year. How long has it been? 8 years? That's a lot of time. But I'm really excited for Allen, the anime, the merch. The drawings look awesome. Maybe I should my name back to Lenalee Walker in Twitter in July.

Check out the PV:

Second, there's a new anime that I'm really excited about. (The last anime I've been this excited was Gintama 2015. Sadly, it is over, and they didn't animate other sorta filler stories. Just all the serious ones.) Yuri!!! on Ice. I know with the recent increase (because figure skating is already popular in Japan) popularity of figure skating, there is bound to be a new fs anime. My first fs anime is Ginban Kaleidoscope. But YOI is a male figure skating anime. I wanted to elaborate more, but I've already written a comprehensive, slightly rant about it in Tumblr. 

The PV looks rad and promising.

Third, I finished revising Ugly Little Feelings, and I submitted it to Swoon Reads. (I'm more worried about this than excited.) You can it read for free (click the picture for the link). I'd love some feedback. <3

Because falling in love isn't always beautiful. A love story in Tokyo.


Reiko's university life is supposed to be smooth and all planned out--graduate, enter law school, and pass the bar. Her future career is her top priority, and serious relationship is the last thing in her mind after her breakup with her longtime boyfriend.

But a blind date changes that when a younger art student, Akira, offers her an exclusive, convenient relationship.

Lastly, I'm finally back on my other WIP about Sena which I had been thinking about since 2012. I contemplated whether to go back and start rewriting Did You Just Melt My Heart, but that story needs a lot of more planning. And I'm half way done with my first draft for Sena. Then I'll be plotting the Nessy Series. 
I've also been thinking whether I should watch Daiya no Ace since it's also a baseball anime, but I get my daily dose of baseball already with NPB. I also want to try watching some MLB, but I don't know where to start and time difference plus we have no TV channel that airs the game. I wouldn't get into NPB if I hadn't accidentally seen a live game between Tohoku Rakuten and Nippon Ham Fighters in NHK. I only knew Tohoku Rakuten and Carps from Yuzuru and Hanshin-Kyojin from Lovely Complex. I just wanted to do some research, but it's baseball. There's a game everyday except Monday. Now, I'm rooting for Giants just like Reiko in Ugly Little Feelings. I would have chosen Carps too because of Yuzu, but the second game I saw was Tigers vs. Giants, and Sugano was the pitcher. They had me at Sugano and Kobayashi. Then Sakamoto.

Anyway, have a productive and lovely June. <3

By the way, I'm still looking for beta readers or critique partner. Hit me up if you're interested, so we could swap first chapters and talk a bit.

Wait. Cardcaptor Sakura has a sequel anime!!

Wait. Wait. There's a third book of To All The Boys I've Loved Before!!!

These news were a little outdated, but I haven't post about it so... I'm sure you can feel my excitement.