oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Wow, it's been a while since I've written this up.

Spoilers are confused )

Please no spoilers for xxxHolic unless it's under <span style="color:#333;background-color:#333">spoiler code</span>.
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Spoilers )

Please no spoilers for xxxHolic unless it's under <span style="color:#333;background-color:#333">spoiler code</span>.
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Also contains spoilers through Tsubasa ch. 176!

Spoilers )
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Look, [livejournal.com profile] rilina! I am caught up again!

Spoilers for all of X and xxxHolic through ch. 143 under the cut.

Spoilers have no words! )
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
OMG! OMG! Not enough exclamation points in the world!

Massive spoilers )

So much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rilina for single-handedly getting several people, me included, caught up on this to share in the massive squee!

Because OMG! OMG! SO QUALITY!
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
This has gone from being something I read largely for the art to something I was getting interested in to something that's really quite good right now.

Spoilers )

Really looking forward to the next chapters.
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Er, I read vols. 2-5 nearly two years ago, and only recently picked it up again, so this will be very short on those volumes. Thankfully, I did reread vol. 5.

Syaoran and Sakura continue to be absolutely adorable, and by the time vol. 5 rolls around, the Syaoran-Sakura-Fai-Kurogane-Mokona team have fallen into a rhythm, in which Syaoran is earnest and angsty, Sakura is earnest and adorable, Fai is earnest and somewhat ditzy, Kurogane is gruff but secretly earnest and angsty, and Mokona is just cute and bouncy.

I didn't pick up on most of the xxxHolic references, largely because they're just little blips in the xxxHolic-verse that I didn't much pay attention to.

Tsubasa mostly settles into plot-coupon-esque adventures; Our Brave Heroes fall into a new world, courtesy of Mokona, they look for the feather, they have to defeat someone to win the feather, and then they go on to the next world. There's some villain behind the scenes who also wants the feathers, but not much about him has been revealed yet.

I don't think this will be something that I buy, but it's fun to read and it doesn't tax my brain. I feel like I should be more annoyed by the plot-coupon adventures, but I'm so busy petting the art and looking at the gorgeous linework that I just don't care. Also, did I mention how cute Syaoran and Sakura are?

CLAMP's style has gotten even better over the years, which is something that I didn't even think was possible. I really adore the art in this; it's different from the beautiful black-and-white Art Deco style of xxxHolic, but there's something about the elongated figures with big hands and big feet, the swoops and the curves and the energy of it that I love.

Also, I am a total sucker for the Ashura story (tragic doomed reincarnated love story!), and even though I know having random older CLAMP characters appearing is total fan service, I don't care. I nearly squealed out loud when Syaoran's old teacher appeared.
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Watch me scrabble to finish writing up manga and books!

Spoilers )
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Yay! We have some plot and character development!

Of course, I still have no clue as to what the overall plot should be.

But really, with art this gorgeous, I have very minimal requirements.

Spoilers ahoy )
oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
Lalalala I am so susceptible to CLAMP!

Much like Her Majesty's Dog, I very much enjoyed this, despite the very thin veneer of plot. Actually, I don't even remember the characters' names.

I think I may have read too much manga this weekend.

Or: since there is no such thing as too much manga, I think all the cracktasticness may have addled my brain.

Anyhow, there's a Pretty Blonde Boy, rescued by a larger Dark-Haired Guy. There is a beautiful panel of the rescue in the snow. Pretty Blonde Boy and Dark-Haired Guy become roommates and work together at a drugstore (legal! Not crack!) run by a blonde guy with glasses (hereby known as Glasses). Glasses seems to have some sort of relationship with a tall, dark-haired guy who always wears shades (hereby known as Shades).

When introducing the manga to me, [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija mentioned that the relationships in the series were very subtext-y. Then there was the page in which Shades was nearly licking Glasses' ear, pulling down his turtleneck, and turning Glasses' face toward him. We both decided that that was very much text.

Glasses has some weird jobs on the side, which he frequently sends Pretty Blonde Boy out on. These jobs frequently involve cross-dressing, prettification, and very revealing situations which enable Dark-Haired Guy to come to his rescue.

Oh yeah, Pretty Blonde Boy is somewhat psychic.

Obviously, this is all a ruse to get pretty boys together, but since they are so pretty, I don't mind very much at all. In fact, I feel rather bad for Dark-Haired Guy, who is quite obviously pining away in a very Gothic but non-bloody fashion, since Pretty Blonde Boy has the emotional maturity of a mushroom. I must specify that Dark-Haired Guy does not want to possess Pretty Blonde Boy's eyeballs, stalk him, kill him, torture him, torture his friends, be his twin star, steal his destiny, steal his organic sword (literally! No phallic symbols involved!) or drive him insane. I say Gothic just because it is CLAMP and because the romance between Dark-Haired Guy and Pretty Blonde Boy is pushed forward by things like possession.

While I am enchanted by Dark-Haired Guy's silent angst (he doesn't actually angst, but I imagine that he must angst a whole lot. See above re: Pretty Blonde Boy and mushrooms), I am even more entranced by the love of the two guys with glasses. I think they should get their own series called Framed and have many perfectly innocuous conversations that would be completely devoid of innuendo if they weren't pulling down each other's turtlenecks and licking fingers.

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