Having recently watched (and been largely baffled by) the "New Kyoto Arc," I was a little trepidatious about the two-volume "Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration" manga that Watsuki did kind of in conjunction with the first live action movie.
It works better if you read it the way he describes it in the author's notes, which is basically an AU version of the story and characters, with some things that work and some things that don't ( Collapse )
Hmm... I think that I may have figured out the reason for having Random Blond (additional?) Gein as one of the opponents in what I'm fairly sure is Kanryuu's mansion. If the RK movie is going from "You are carrying a sword! Clearly you must be Battousai!" "Sessha wa... okay, yes, fine" to Sano to Jineh to Megumi to Gatling guns to Saitou... yeah, you don't really have time to include "And now we will spend twenty very talky minutes on each Oniwabanshu member, with extra time for Aoshi to explain that he has mad kodachi skills."
On the other hand, you do need fight scenes leading up to the Gatling gun, and you need somebody to be able to kidnap Megumi. Ergo, Gein. And apparently Camo Guy from the Jinchuu Arc as well.
(on a not-unrelated note, I shall be VERY CRANKY if they go the route the manga went and have Kenshin and Sano take Yahiko with them to rescue Megumi, while Kaoru stays behind to heat up the furo and make a complete muck of dinner. Seriouly; the kid has had maybe a month, tops, of kendo instruction at that point; it's the worst example in the entire manga of Watsuki-sensei utterly screwing up the characterization in order to have his author-expy character get to go do cool stuff. The anime fixed it, so hopefully the movie will go with the version that actually makes sense. /soapbox)
Ok, does anybody else find it slightly odd that the hero of "Kyoukai no Rinne, Takahashi Rumiko's newest manga, looks like what would happen if you crossed Inuyasha with Gilgamesh Wulfenbach (here shown in convenient paper doll format, hee) and upped the red in his hair to somewhere between "Kenshin" and "radioactive"?
As part of a project, I'm helping to put together a list of manga that might interest folks who read romance novels. Which means that I am looking for recommendations from... well, anybody who has them.
Things I'm looking for as I put together suggestions are manga where the romantic relationship(s) form(s) a key component of the story (and where there's a happy ending). For example, "Fruits Basket" is on the list, "Ouran High School Host Club" is on there... we're also hoping to find some science fiction and historical manga to recommend. And, um, things not set in or involving high schools.
The really tricky part is that, while there are tons and tons of things you can find to read, the recommendations need to be for things you can find in print (ie, licensed in the US/UK). It could, of course, be something that just got licensed and is about to come out, but it can't be something that's not licensed at all yet and thus only available through scanlations, be they ever so spiffy.
So, any suggestions? What are your favorite manga relationships/ relationship-focused manga/ favorite manga couples?