Magical Girl Manga: Stuffed Animal Additions

I really love magical girls, and these are some that TheBetterCup suggested and most of them are connected back to adorable plushy beings. This is a short post, but the manga are so worth checking out. Also fun fact, kigurumi is the Japanese term for a costumed character and is the word commonly used for the animal onesies that have been popular lately.

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This manga focuses on Makoto, a young middle school boy who enjoys (and is quite talented) in creating stuffed animals. Lately, many have been dying by an unknown disease called Sudden Death, where a perfectly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure, and no one understands why. After a case of sudden death hits a crowd surrounding Makoto, he witnesses the true cause of the disease: giant stuffed bears brutally murdering and eating the people. Together with a small stuffed bunny and a strong bat wielding girl, he learns the true nature of the mysterious Sudden Death.

TheBetterCup loved this manga (I think it is her favorite of the group), and I for the most part also liked it (though its not my favorite). The characters and the plot are very unique with the boy being the main protagonist, but a very feminine theme (stuffed toys) as the main theme. It was a great way of mixing this horror bloody murder and cute fluffy beings. It is a seinen horror and has the art and feel of one. Its not as psychological as Puella Magi Madoka Magica or as violently gory as Mahou Shoujo Apocalypse, but it is still pretty dark. We loved it and plan to continue reading it.

 

KigurumiBoKigurumi Boeitai by Hoshino Lily

The plot for this manga focuses on a young girl named Hakka. She, among other students, have been chosen (because of their pure hearts), to help aid in protecting the Earth from strange creatures invading from another dimension and stealing the hearts of people consumed with desires. Each of the three student (2 girls and a boy) are teamed up with a large (and adorable and sassy) stuffed animal to battle the creatures. Though the students don’t fight, they help the stuffed animals transform for battle through a kiss, in which case they transform into handsome young men.

Of course I would like this manga. The art style is so adorable. The people are long limbed, big-eyed, and have large noses. I love it, and this is my favorite manga on this list. The character personalities are fun and diverse, and the plot still manages to make you laugh and leave deep themes. Its like your basic magical girl, but with a new twist to the plot. TheBetterCup also loved this, but she doesn’t like Hakka as much as I did. She may come off as annoying to some, but I found her refreshing. The students don’t do battle, but she always manages to jump in and be active participant. She is not strong enough to fight physically, but she still tries. I like that youthful spirit. We loved this and plan to continue reading the manga.

 

 

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The story follows Mira, the right hand man and brains of an evil organization trying to destroy the Earth. Facing his new enemy, the magical girl Byakuya Mimori, he falls in love with her at first sight. The story follows him as he fails to follow out command to destroy the magical girl and instead help her out in her difficult situation.

I still counted this with the stuffed animal magical girls, because the magical girl’s familiar (side kick creature) is a giant kirugumi like creature that smokes and takes advantage of the magical girl’s poor economic status to get her to fight. This was an awesome manga! It probably would have been a favorite if it lasted longer. The manga is left incomplete  at the third volume because the author passed away. This was another unique take on the classic magical girl, where the main character is the male bad guy that falls in love with her. The art is also super cute. I loved it and wish it could continue.

 

I felt the post was really short, so I am adding some bonus magical girl manga that were also fun to read. They aren’t stuffed animal related, but they were super cute magical girls and thus need to be shared.

Bonus:

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Manaka Hiromi is a high school boy with magical powers helping protect the world from the Devil King. He and his team members (a girl with an awesome and not cute weapon that changes monsters to candy and a boy with an adorable and girly weapon) are unhappy with their magical powers though, especially Hiromi whose power is to turn into an extremely strong but sexy magical girl.

The story is pretty funny, and a good twist on the magical girl/magical boy genre. They are silly characters and for the most part it has an ok manga with pretty shonen art. It was an alright, but we probably won’t continue reading the manga

 

Hope you enjoy,

-Blog Barista

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Heap of Magical Girls (Review pt. 1)

I think it goes with out saying that I have read to much manga in the last three weeks! I have to tests, one tomorrow and one on Friday, and here I am writing this instead. But I just can’t help it! There are so many good (and bad) manga that I enjoyed and really want to share. So here is one of three posts that focus on the manga reviews of this month.

DaisukiDaisuki Desu!! Mahou Tenshi Kosumasu by Minazuki Suu

This manga is about Akikaze Cosmos, a little girl who works in her mother’s hostel. She is mature and responsible and lives with these crazy, older characters that include a silly high school girl, a college drunk (she always wears a witch hat) and a twenty year old pervert (who Aki loves). Aki lives a normal life, in a small town surrounded by a nuclear desert that is attempting to swallow up the town, but one day she becomes a magical angel to save the town and all the people she loves.

I did not like this one so much. The characters are annoying and basic (in an unrealistic sort of way). Its nice to see a main character fall in love with a man that is not the typical love interest, even though he is almost a decade and a half older, a huge pervert, fat and gross. It has an interesting story line, that seems creepy sci-fi, but it loses me with the characters. I definitely won’t continue reading this manga.

GyoushouninMahou Gyoushounin Roma by Kurazono Norihiko

This manga was pretty interesting idea. It focuses on this mysterious girl who is collecting the greed of humans by fulfilling wishes using magical items. She seems like a magical girl: she has the little strange but cute creature, magical charms and items, and seems to be helping people. But the end result, after fulfilling their goals, always seem a little negative. This has a ‘monkey’s paw’ sort of feel.

The main character’s name is Roma. She doesn’t seem to care much about the people, and she may not be human (not too sure). I really liked the plot though. It takes the idea of magical girl and makes a little twist to it, but I am not to sure I will continue this manga.

OnnaMahou Onna ga Kuru by Hagio Nobuto

Another manga I don’t plan on continuing, and actually I really disliked. It had such a good chance of doing well too, but its Ecchi and gross, and it doesn’t take it’s plot as seriously as I would have liked. Sakazaki Riko is a 31 year old magical girl (once known as Magic Girl Collie) who is past her prime. Her power was the ability to become an adult, and when she was a young girl, she used it to help lots of people. Now though, she is an adult and her powers are of no use. So single and skill-less, Riko and her other past-her-prime magical girl roommate are searching for the love of their lives (hopefully successful and rich) before they are past that time too.

I liked the idea of what magical girls do after they get older, but I just wish this was not as silly. I like the comedy to an extent, its just that Riko seems desperate and gross, and very materialistic. If the story line was more serious, and we had less nakedness, maybe it would be easier to sympathize with Riko.
OreMahou Shoujo Ore by Moudama Chokusen

Saki is a fifteen year old girl and rising idol. She learns one day that her mother was once a magical girl, fighting for mankind, but is unable to continue now that she is older. A scary yakuza type guy turns out to be her mother’s old magical girl mascot, and he gets Saki to become the next magical girl. Problem is, magical girls are not that magical and actually have to fight fist to fist, so when Saki transforms she becomes a strong man in a magical girl outfit called Magical Ore.

These magical girl manga keep getting more and more creative as time goes by. I also found this one’s plot had a lot to offer. I am not too sure how it goes as you delve deeper into the plot (as I stopped at chapter 2), but hopefully it is successful. I for one will not continue reading this though. the character bored me (she was annoying), I am not a fan that the boy love interest is in love with her guy form (its funny, but I don’t read shonen ai), and most importantly, there is so much going on sometimes that I get a little lost. So though this maybe did not stick to me, I still think you should give it s try and see if you like it.

HeroOre to Hero to Mahou Shoujo by Sogou

I have seen this one before, and actually I read the first chapter once, but never continued. Now that I try it out again, I really like the story line. This is a web manga about a young man who wants to be a hero. One day he finally gets the chance, but when he transforms into his hearts image of a hero, he becomes a little girl. Reluctant and embarrassed, he continues to fight monsters and strives to become a great hero like he dreams. Along the way he meets other hero (including a high school girl and an old lady) while having to battle monsters and other hero who have gone a stray.

This one also has a interesting story line, and I actually enjoy it. I will continue reading this manga. I like the characters, and I like the art style which looks like sketches. As of now, the story has not progressed to far into the main point of the plot, but I feel like it will go very well.

-Blog Barista

Magical Girls (who are not quite magical girls)

The post for today is one on a bunch of anime I watched recently that seem to fit that magical genre with out being exactly like magical girls. Some have magical boys involved, and most have really unique twists to the basic story line. I didn’t like most of them to be honest, but they were fun to watch.

When Supernatural Battles Became Common Place by Kota Nozomi

screenFor this anime, I watched about four of the episodes. I really liked the art and concept, and I loved the characters (even if they were a little bit on the basic side). For most people, this anime is great in the first half and the second half tends to be either hit or miss. I really liked it though, and felt that it really was a unique story.

The anime is about the five members of the Senko High School’s Literature Club and the class president; each of which have superpowers that awaken in the first episode. Their superpowers become a part of their day to day menial lives until they get mixed into battling others with similar powers.

The main protagonist is Jurai Ando, the only young man in the literature club and a big ‘chuunibyou’ (which means eighth grader syndrome and is someone who still acts like a child, so basically a big nerd). He is the most excited for the powers that he and his friends get. Because of his nerdiness, he is a great leader and strategist. The only problem is: he got the worst magical power. The “Dark and Dark” is a cold and useless black flame that he can light in his hands and that does about nothing. The other five main characters are all females with much more useful powers such as creating and destroying existence, stopping/speeding up/slowing down time, controlling five elements, and so much more.
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Show by Rock by Geechs

73674lThis anime was a completely different kind of magic. I really went ham with this one and watched almost all of the episodes with out stopping. Its not that this is the best anime on this list, but I enjoyed how ridiculously funny this anime was. The art is extra adorable and I love the characters (for the most part), especially the males from Shingam Crimsonz who are the comic relief for the whole story. The concept was also pretty unique. This was based off of a rhythm video game that had these little three dimensional animal creatures playing the instruments. The anime did a great job incorporating this aspect, making the game story line and the anime story mesh well, and even found away to make something so ridiculous kind of good.

The story is about Cyan Hijirikawa. She is a freshman in high school who loves music and wishes to join the music club (but is way to shy to do so). One night, while playing a rhythm game (*wink wink*), she gets sucked into her smart phone. She ends up in this world called Midi City, where music is almost everyone’s passion. She learns that she is meant to help protect that world from dark monsters and then through a series of events joins a lower (moslty unknown) agency. As a part of the Plasmagica band, she and her new found friends perform together in the music scene while discovering the secrets surrounding the world’s problems and how to get Cyan home.

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The Rolling Girls by Yosuke Miyagi

Rolling☆Girls_Haruhichan.com-Visual-02I saw the concept art for this anime about a year ago and was super excited to check it out, but sadly it was my least favorite. Its an interesting idea, but I felt that the first episode kind of struggled to get my attention and make me want to continue. Weirdly enough, I honestly felt put off by the color scheme too.

This anime is set 10 years after the “Great Tokyo War” in Japan. The country is now split up into city-states and constantly fight each other. The vigilantes who fought in the war became hired as ‘warriors’ that representing their city-states in territorial disputes. The main character Nozomi decides to travel around Japan fulfilling requests and searching for heart-shaped jewels, that can make a person possesses unlimited power.

I think the only thing I can say about this anime is that out of all of the ones listed here, it has the BEST fight scenes! I mean, they are really well made and extra bad-ass and still very girly.

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Gatchaman Crowds by Toshiya Ono

a32d4b90c43b863b2c25c72febea11e1The final series has to be the coolest one on here. The art is cute and pretty basic (like a shoujo) but with bad-ass cg robots mixed in. It felt like a good mix of kawaii and awesome. I really liked the story line as well. It has the basics needed for a magical girl, but also really sci-fi like at the same time. The characters were so so though. the main character is overly optimistic and basic, but her weird quirk with stationary and never being very surprised with how life works makes her likable. And then the other characters are mixed with some weirdos (that I loved) and some that I didn’t (that little panda -_-).

The series is about a group of teens (and some aliens) who have been recruited as Gatchamen (warriors who fight other aliens with special robot suits powered by their souls).

The newest member is the main character, Hajime Ichinose, a 16 year old, quirky, high school girl. She usually disobeys orders and despite seeming irresponsible, her unique point of view helps her be successful.

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Well guys, that is about it!

-Blog Barista

 

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Earth Defense Club Love! by Takahashi Natsuko

By now, anyone who has seen our posts should be able to tell that TheBetterCup and I have an interest in magical girls and that genre in general. It is not that it is our favorite, seriously we gave a lot of negative comments to the many of the shows. But for some reason I feel drawn to it some how (probably childhood memories). Anyways, we came upon this anime that was released January 6, and by god let me tell you how wonderful it is. Just promise me that when you decide to watch it, you will go in and not take it to seriously, if you do you will feel upset in the end (many people have done that so far). The purpose of this anime is to make fun of magical girls without being overly serious, without any form of boy love, and without too much ridiculous fan service. You go in knowing the intent, you will definitely find it funny. This was also made into a smart phone game (that seems to be the fashion lately).

Plot Line:

Wombat is the magical creature that gives them their magic. He uses the teacher to be less noticeable (does not work).

Wombat is the magical creature that gives them their magic. He uses the teacher to be less noticeable (does not work).

The story is about these five ordinary and lazy high school boys that meet an alien that looks like a pink wombat. The wombat offers them magical powers to complete their destinies of protecting the earth, but they do not accept right away. Together they become the Earth’s Defense Club (against their initial wishes), and they protect the Earth with the power of Love! They fight people who have become loveless monsters.

Characters:

tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo7_400tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo4_400Yumoto Hakone- The main protagonist of the show and leader of the Earth’s Defense Club, Yumoto is your typical air headed and happy-go-lucky main character. He is a lolita type boy that loves cute things, food, and animals (no surprise there). He is the red one in the group, and his powers are light based. He transforms into the Sparkling Prince; Battle Lover Scarlet. He seemed to accept everything very easily, though he was surprised to learn that Wombat was an alien. He is very adaptable, thanks to his carefree personality. His family owns the Kurotamayu bathhouse where the boys hangout. Yumoto is a first year (freshman) and the youngest of the group.

tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo3_400tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo6_400En Yufuin- En is the lazy character between the group. He does things at his pace/leisure and tends to be the one who questions everything the most. He seems to think deeply about very weird an strange concepts (again questioning every thing). He is a third year (senior) and is best friends with Kinugawa. His go lazy and go with the flow attitude then leads to him to accepting everything, but only after trying to avoid the responsibility at all costs. En is the blue character in the group and his power is unsurprisingly water (which is blue and goes with the flow). He transforms into Flashing Prince; Battle Lover Cerulean. FYI he was our favorite character between the bunch.

tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo9_400 tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo2_400Atsushi Kinugawa- The smart one in the group, Kinugawa wears glasses, makes great grades, and tends to be the more serious one in the group. He is also best friends with En, childhood friends with Kusatsu (student council president and lead antagonist), and is also a third year (senior). He comes from a very rich family and though he notices how weird things seems, it does not bother him to much. Kinugawa is the green one in the group and his power is air (matches his soft and gentle personality). He transforms into the Piercing Prince; Battle Lover Epinard.

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tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo5_400 tumblr_nhtmltqfnD1tk6djfo8_400Ryu Zaou- Ryu is the lady’s man character. He is both obsessed with girls, and popular among them. Because of his personality, he ends up totally ok with the idea of being a magical boy because of how well he looks in is outfit. He is a second year and best friend of Io. Ryu is the pink character of the group, and his power is fire element (to match is passionate personality). He comes off a little narcissistic, but still a good guy. He transforms into the Thrilling Prince; Battle Lover Vesta.

Artwork:

I know I usually complain about ridiculousness of anime character designs and color coding, but since it is a magical boy genre it is totally fine. Except for a few hair colors, the guys are actually not that extreme in looks, and they follow all the magical girl troops to a satirical T. I really liked the way they were drawn (especially the blue one).

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TheBetterCup says ‘they sing better then the pastry people’.

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Chikuwabu-bu

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What do I love:

tumblr_nhsrsz8TDQ1u1btt3o2_400They question the whole thing from the beginning and even run away from the alien creature when it asks for their help (think of all the young magical girls who just accept right away). tumblr_nhvn52rAZx1sqbbypo1_400They are forced into silly outfits that they cannot take off, they say embarrassing things that they don’t want to say, and they don’t take anything they do seriously (random names for attacks). I loved the fact that their key catchphrase for transformation was ‘Love Making!’ and that their weapons are called ‘love sticks’. We could not stop laughing the entire time we watched.

tumblr_nhsrsz8TDQ1u1btt3o5_400 Even the monsters that they battle are funny too. The whole first episode opens up with two of the characters describing chikuwabu which is this piece of wheat food in udon that is basically nothing at all (something you never eat on its own and is just there). Then there is this boy in their class that is being all sad because he is basically as average as he can get and super unnoticeable. Finally he opens his lunch box to eat and all that is inside are two giant chikuwabu, and he just loses it. he becomes a giant, yankee/yakuza tumblr_nhvn52rAZx1sqbbypo4_400chikuwabu monster. The only things the boys worry about when they see him is that he’s chikuwabu (not that he is a dangerous monster).

I think that the protagonist is a little annoying, but I am pretty sure that was on purpose. I feel like all of this is following magical girl troops to be funny (including having an airhead, main character, leader who is super into all of this). They also sing the opening and ending (seems to be something only anime with only male characters do).

-Blog Barista

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Kamigami no Asobi

So I cannot explain the excitement I felt, when I learned that a new anime revolving around mythology was coming out this year. Last night at around 1 in the morning, my sister and I decided it was about time we saw episode 1. And let me tell you, it was hilarious, not on purpose, but none the less it was funny.

I do not want to spoil the entire show, but just in case SPOILER ALERT. 

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So to begin with, the cartoon has very nice animation and very pretty scenery. The characters are all cute, and each of the male characters come from different mythologies. There are the Greeks: Apollon the sun god, Hades the god of the underworld, Zeus the god of all gods and head of the school, and Dionysus makes an appearance later and he is the god of wine and pleasure. There are the Norse: Loki the god of mischief, Baldr god of light and purity, and Thor god of thunder who also enters in later. There are the Japanese: Tsukito god of the moon, Takeru god of seas and storms, and Akira the god of the sun who comes into the anime later on. And the Egyptians show up only briefly: Thoth god of wisdom and a teacher in the school, and Annubis god of the dead.

The characters have very extreme personalities that are just like most basic anime personalities exaggerated to the extreme. They are still lovable, but they do not have the depth I was hoping for. I do not know how others expected this anime to turn out, but even though I knew it was a reverse harem that should not be taken seriously, it still had so much potential.

The story opens up with a strange scene where the gods are in battle and a young girl is attempting to stop them. This scene most likely shows a future event. At the end of the episode you learn who the characters are. But let me tell you, there is a huge shock when you watch Apollo go through the magic boy transformation, almost exactly like sailor moon.

O_o Fabulous

O_o Fabulous

Then the audience is shown a regular school girl at school and walking home with her friends. Her name is shown to be Yui, the main character and the one who was trying to stop the gods. She is actually pretty cool, mostly in comparison to the basic female personality of of this genre. She is calm and does not have the extremely childish or easily pushed around anime girl characteristic. She is skilled as a swordsman and is unsure of her future since she is about to take the entrance exams. Her family owns a shrine (obviously) and she accidently finds a magical sword that transports her to a garden. At one point, after meeting each of the male charcters, who were almost all rude or sexually inappropriate, she actually reacts and gets angry at Takeru. She also stands up to Zeus and tells him no when he told her that she was brought here to help the gods connect to humans again.

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She was obviously afraid and her little chibi reactions are great cause it gives her character a personality.

 

My sister seeing the above scene, said "Be careful girl, he rapes."and I laughed for ten minutes straight. Zeus shows to her his transformation skills, which all mythology enthusiasts know he is very talented at changing and that is most cases if he does transform while in the presence of a beautiful youth, he is about ready to 'woo' them, or kidnap them. Take for instance Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Leda, all youths who Zeus abducted.

My sister seeing the above scene, said “Be careful girl, he rapes.”and I laughed for ten minutes straight. Zeus shows to her his transformation skills, which all mythology enthusiasts know he is very talented at changing and that is most cases if he does transform while in the presence of a beautiful youth, he is about ready to ‘woo’ them, or kidnap them. Take for instance Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Leda, all youths who Zeus abducted.

The ending was another surprise where each of the male gods sang the ending song together. They, also, had a lot of fan service with the characters half naked in beds together. It is actually very funny with how exaggerated it felt. The golden apples at the end are allusions to the golden apples found in three Greek myths. The golden apples are found in Hera’s Garden of the Hesperides where a grove of trees bore immortality-giving golden apples. The golden apples are also found in the myth of Hippomenes and Atalanta, as well as the story of Paris, who had to choose which goddess was most beautiful. The golden apples can also be found in Norse mythology as a source of immortality to the gods. The apple can connect back to discord in general, and opens many doors of interpretation that I should not bore you, the reader, with.

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In general, I am not a fan of the anime, but that does not mean it is bad or wrong to like. I have seen many reverse harem anime in my time, and I expect that this one will be very much by the book. Hopefully it will prove me wrong.

-Blog Barista

 

I Have Reviews for Both of the Below Suggestions:

If you really wish to see an amazing anime influence by mythology and religions check out Hoozuki no Reitetsu by Natsumi Eguchi.

If you really wish to see an amazing anime influence by mythology and religions check out Hoozuki no Reitetsu by Natsumi Eguchi.

If you really wish to see an awesome manga that is influenced by mythology check out Olympos by Aki.

If you really wish to see an awesome manga that is influenced by mythology check out Olympos by Aki.

 

 

 

Hades from Olympos (Left), Hades from Kamigami no Asobi (Right). Is there really any comparison?

Hades from Olympos (Left), Hades from Kamigami no Asobi (Right). Is there really any comparison?