Bitter Blood, Episode 1 (Recap)

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I think it’s been a while since a jdrama has really captured my attention. Granted, it’s probably because I haven’t been doing the “try one ep” thing at the beginning of each season. (I haven’t been doing it for kdramas, either.. but there are a lot of people doing recaps for those, so I don’t even have to watch anything for a while… Oops?) This first ep for Bitter Blood actually looks to be gearing for a pretty good series. Cross fingers!

(Also, erm… this was supposed to be a “high-level” recap… but I started detailing some stuff more towards the end. No promises on continuing on this series… or even continuing with this much detail… but I’m really happy with the first ep.. so….!)

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Thoughts before the final episode of Last Cinderella

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(so i admit i’ve been watching this series. perhaps i’ll talk about it more later, but for now…)
the short bit, as i’ve posted in other social networks:

i love tachibana. but i hope it’s hiroto. and if they air tachibana, tell me they have an alternate ending we can access. OR AT LEAST… if they air tachibana, tell me that it wasn’t because of the poll. if they choose tachibana, let it be that it was their decision from the beginning.

some lengthier thoughts that probably will be incomplete because it’s past midnight, i’m tired, and i have to work in a few hours:
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Sore demo Sekai wa Utsukushii, Chapter 1

I’m actually really glad I randomly picked up this title, when I saw it at Kinokuniya. It’s still a fairly stereotypical shoujo, with the bickering between the main couple, who happens to be an older female with a younger male. He’s royalty, but, on the up side, he actually knows how to run his kingdom and the lands he took over. I was getting ready to post this earlier, but I wanted to post a translation of the first chapter on my translation blog. (No, I will likely not continue translating the rest of the series.. but, we’ll see.) So, on to the story…
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Last Game, Game 2

People who know me probably already know that I would love this manga. It’s fairly straightforward so far, so I don’t know how long they can keep this going without jumping the shark or losing the flavor. It’s the type of story that I usually expect to end with one volume, but we’ll see…

Also, I’ve just realized that this series was being scanslated, and at a fairly quick turnaround. It’s rather amusing just how much more widely available titles are these days. I still remember the days when you couldn’t find any info on any manga. XD;
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Last Game, Game 1

Yanagi is standing near a railing – whether it’s a bridge or a building, I can’t tell – with Kujou, reflecting on the good fortune of his background, brains, looks, and charm and how, despite that, he has not been able to ‘win’ on any sort of competition against her in the last 10 years. “Let’s play a game,” he tells her. The last game, he thinks.
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