And I'm back!!! Time for some more R&R!!! Before I go any further I'm gonna add a list of all the named characters in Kabaneri. I've watched up to episode five, and only about four people have had their names said aloud, and that's a really long time to wait to know the names of characters. Lotta K's in this bunch.
Ikoma - Our hero boy. Built the piercing gun to kill the Kabane, and by episode 1's end, is one.  Mumei - KOTIF's Mikasa, but even less likable. Ayame Yomokawa - Really likes pink. Ponytail. Kurusu - Ayame's bodyguard. Dick. Takumi - Ikoma's BFF. Fat. Kajika - Ikoma & Takumi's friend; side ponytail. Yukina - The Kotetsujo's new engineer. Pink hair. Sukari - A steam smith who looks like a girl. Blond. Kibito - Cute, buff, samurai man.
So, I need to let it be known before I do anymore of these R&R's: I have not watched a great deal of anime since I started liking anime. The tropes wore on my nerves and for a good while I felt like newer projects that were coming out were very uninspired and boring, and so I haven't really been keeping up with the anime scene for about two years - outside of major hits like Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill, which ironically were the two anime that solidified my anime abstinence last year. So, I was greatly surprised when I saw a preview of KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS on Facebook of all places and was intrigued enough to watch. The action sequence immediately sucked me in and held me with the same vigor that the monster in the preview gripped a woman's hair, and since I've been looking for something to review on here, this seems like a good place to start!!!
I honestly don't remember when I first found out about this series, but I'm glad I did! My low days were wonderfully tempered with the beauty of this story and the characters and the art and the everything! A Bride's Story is definitely one of the most interesting graphic novels that I've read in a long time. It's set in a time in a part of the world that no very many people know about or understand, and although it's not meant to be educational in that sort of way, it is still immensely intriguing and satisfying to read. If you've ever wanted to look at marriage and the structure of the family in different parts of the world, then this is definitely a series that you can add to a collection. If you're looking for a light, fluffy read, it scratches that itch as well. It's just all around an incredible series.
As a big promoter of diversity in literature, film, and TV, I get so so excited when I hear about a new book coming out that features a culture that not many get to hear or read about. The cultures of the Asian continent are one such division on the world's cultural spectrum that very few understand outside of kung-fu movies or porn fantasies. Many times when the word "Asian" is used, the word is typically referring to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean pop culture, but there are so many different kinds of Asian people in the world. So when it was announced that Richelle Mead would be writing a story infused with elements of ancient Chinese mythology, I was eager to get my hands on it.
But, alas, Soundless was a letdown. A slow, boring, letdown. Keep in mind that I only read 6% of this books content.
Red Queen was a big slash kinda not really disappointment. This premise of different colored blood and having superpowers sounded pretty sweet when I first heard about it (before I became wise to the farce that is the YA publishing industry), and even though I hadn't heard universal praise for this book I didn't hear anything too negative, either. So, what happened??? P.S. Be prepared to see some of these characters pop up when I start parts 2, 5-7, and 10 of YTS [No.2], because there are a lot of things wrong with this book's characters. The world in which the story takes place sounds very interesting, but the story itself is pretty generic, the more interesting characters are only briefly mentioned, and almost every twist I saw coming.