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Peach Heaven! Volume 1

While Daiyamanga generally focuses on manga reviews, I also try to highlight some of the (generally lesser known) gems that are only available in Japan. The first manga I introduced, posted two years ago this month, was Momoiro Heaven!

In case you missed it, Kodansha Comics announced the simulpub of Nihei’s APOSIMZ, and the digital licenses of the manga series The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu), House of the Sun (Taiyou no Ue), and… Peach Heaven! (Momoiro Heaven!).

You can read the first chapter here. The first digital volume is already available at all the major outlets like Amazon.

Just goes to show you: don’t give up. Now make sure you support Kodansha and the creators! Especially all you House of the Sun / Taiyou no Ue fans. I know there are a lot of you, so perhaps a physical release — and for Peach Heaven! — isn’t out of the realm of possibilities?

Welcome to Daiyamanga v2!

It’s the second anniversary of this site, and to celebrate, Daiyamanga is now self-hosted!

What does this mean?

  • First, a domain name. Pages should redirect automatically from https://daiyamanga.wordpress.com/ to https://daiyamanga.com … hopefully. Please update your bookmarks, feeds, etc.
  • New theme that I hope keeps the accessibility of the site.
  • Posts have been reorganized. Should be much more efficient to find what you want.
  • Expired deals no longer clutter up the main page.
  • A user rating system on posts. Now you can rate the series I review out of 5 diamonds.
  • WordPress.com followers should have been migrated, but if you can’t see (or are a new visitor) Daiyamanga posts in the WordPress Reader, you need to add it manually.

Being as this is just going live, there are bound to be some bugs and glitches. If you notice any major slowdowns, find the site hard to browse, stumble across a broken link, etc., please let me know. I welcome any suggestions.

EDIT: It has come to my attention that many of you have been having problem commenting. I have adjusted some settings and plugins, so please let me know if you are still having issues!

I also hope now that Daiyamanga v2 has launched, I can get back into the swing of things.  My goal is to have more posts and a little more variety in v2. I hope you enjoy the new Daiyamanga!

It was the best of Final Fantasy, it was the worst of Final Fantasy

Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy

So, evidently there’s some game called Final Fantasy XV. I heard it comes out today. Never heard of it either. It don’t know anything about the two copies expected to be delivered to me today along with a third I thought was cancelled. ♪~( ̄ε ̄;)

But one of the most common questions any Final Fantasy player is asked is, “What is the best Final Fantasy?”

It’s a trap! There is no best Final Fantasy!

So here are some of the highlights and lowlights of each game. What I list may not the absolute best or worst parts of the game, but it should give you an idea of why no game definitely ranks at the top or bottom. That, and otherwise all the answers would probably be “story”, “music”, or “battle system”.

I was only going through the main games plus a few of the major sequels/spin-offs, but I updated this post with a good portion of the Final Fantasy series. Spoilers ahoy!

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My Dream Crate

I recently received word that Loot Crate has been interested in hearing how people would design their own “dream crate” if given the chance. Loot Crate, as you may know, is a monthly subscription box service where you get four to six items for a retail value of $50 or more. Loot Crate also has an anime version, and Crunchyroll Premium members get special pricing. Since this is a “dream crate”, the sky is the limit.

My dream anime crate theme: magical girls. You may be familiar with the concept from series like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, but the genre really includes any story of females with special magical abilities. Don’t mistake magical girl stories as just being for little girls; these heroines’ stories can be enjoyed by young and old, female or male, action fans and romance fans… everyone!

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War of the Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket: Yen Press vs Tokyopop

So I know I said I wouldn’t double dip on Fruits Basket.

Well, I lied.

Darn you, sales! (Plus a review copy.)

So, what are the differences between the two Fruits Basket manga? Is the Collector’s Edition a much-needed upgrade?

Let’s have a battle: Yen Press’ Fruits Basket vs Tokyopop’s Fruits Basket!

Warning: image-heavy post. Click on images for full-size versions. In comparison pictures, the Yen Press version is on top, the Tokyopop version on bottom.

(Yes, I know I mixed up the second and third volumes in the pictures.)

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Seven Seas’ Series Spree

Seven Seas Manga

Seven Seas has made quite a few announcements over the past few days.

First, new licenses for 2017:

Ghost Diary (Kaidan Nikki) – NATSUMEGU Seiju
The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (Totsukuni no Shoujo) – Nagabe
Hana & Hina After School (Hana to Hina wa Houkago) – MORINAGA Milk
Kase-san and… (… to Kase-san) – TAKASHIMA Hiromi
Kindred Spirits on the Roof (Okujou no Yurirei-san) – ITO Hachi, FUMIO Aya, & AMATSU Toi [Omnibus]
Secret of the Princess (Ohime-sama no Himitsu) – MORINAGA Milk
There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor (Floor ni Maou ga Imasu) – KAWAKAMI Masaki
Tokyo Undead – SAIMURA Tsukasa [Omnibus]

Seven Seas is also teaming up with FUJIMARU Mamenosuke of the Alice in the Country of series to make a manga version of The Wizard of Oz series. The shoujo series will be titled Captive Hearts of Oz and be written by MARUYU Ryo.

They are also starting to release their titles as NOOK e-books.

So, are you interested in any of these titles?