TV Tuesday: Anime (2)

Okay, I know it's TECHNICALLY Wednesday, but I meant to post this yesterday and then my computer decided blogger was a site that deserved to be blocked. Blah.

Regardless, TV Tuesday is back! And I'm here to feature some MORE anime. Last time I featured two very popular series, today I'm going to focus on two series that will bend your mind (in both good and bad ways).

Code Geass

This is actually a pretty tricky series to find. The DVDs are very expensive, and I'm not sure where it "officially" available online. But if you just google "Watch Code Geass" I'm sure you can find it. It's an incredibly popular series, and for good reason.

This series takes place in an alternate-universe Earth where the British Empire has taken control of most of the planet. This show focuses on what happens after the British Empire (known as Brittania) takes of Japan, and renames it Area 11. The protagonist of the show is a young man named Lelouch, who is Brittanian, but is living in Area 11. We discover that he is the son of the Brittanian emperor, but he is in hiding and attempting to bring the empire down.

Lelouch is already a brilliant young man. He has a mind that works faster and sharper than almost any other. But he still doesn't know how he can take down the empire and free Japan. But all of that changes when a dying young woman gives him the power to command people, and they cannot refuse him.

Honestly, it took me a while to get into this series. I wasn't hooked until at least 15 episodes in (the whole series is about 50 episodes), but then I was HOOKED hard. Every step this show takes just bends your mind a little more. If you aren't confused by the end, then you aren't doing it right. ;)

But I didn't just fall for the story, the characters are also excellent! At first I had a hard time taking Lelouch seriously. But then after I finished I realized: I don't know if you are supposed to take him seriously. I have come to the conclusion that he was crazy the entire time. He's crazy-brilliant, but still crazy.

All in all, I love this show. And it's definitely one I will never forget. As a disclaimer: this show is rated TV-14 I believe, however there are a couple flashes of female chests and rears. It's more annoying than crude.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica
(AKA Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica)
Watch on Hulu

This series... whoa. This series. How to describe this series? I suppose I should start by saying that the whole series is only 12 episodes long. So even if you end up hating it, it won't have wasted much of your time.

Yeah. That's an AWESOME introduction, Enna.

I guess I should explain by saying that this series is WEIRD. It is probably the weirdest anime I have ever seen. Because you look at that picture and you think it's going to be a typical magical girl show (think Sailor Moon) and then it turns out to be this crazy dark and mind-bending.... thing!

The story centers around Madoka Kaname, a middle school student. A new student (Homura) transfers into her class and sends off some seriously weird vibes. Later that day, Madoka discovers a magical rabbit-thing that offers to grant any wish Madoka has. Really, anything. And in return, the rabbit-thing (whose name is Kyubey) will give her magical powers and Madoka must fight evil "witches." But suddenly Homura appears and chases off Kyubey. Homura practically begs and threatens Madoka not to become a magical girl.

As the story progresses we meet several other magical girls, and watch as Homura continually tries to thwart them. It's very unclear who the good guys and the bad guys are. And the farther along you go, the more you realize that being a "magical girl" might not be as innocent as it sounds.

That's the best intro I can write without spoiling things. I'm not sure if I would classify this as one of my "favorite" anime, but it's definitely one I'll remember forever. My brain felt incredibly tired by the end. And I still think about it sometimes. It's definitely for older audiences, I would say 16+. And I actually recommend watching it in Japanese, because the English version has some occasional strong language. (Plus the English version is pretty annoying)


All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2012

Sorrow's Knot-- Erin Bow

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 368
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In the world of SORROW'S KNOT, the dead do not rest easy. Every patch of shadow might be home to something hungry, something deadly. Most of the people of this world live on the sunlit, treeless prairies. But a few carve out an uneasy living in the forest towns, keeping the dead at bay with wards made from magically knotted cords. The women who tie these knots are called binders. And Otter's mother, Willow, is one of the greatest binders her people have ever known.

But Willow does not wish for her daughter to lead the lonely, heavy life of a binder, so she chooses another as her apprentice. Otter is devastated by this choice, and what's more, it leaves her untrained when the village falls under attack. In a moment of desperation, Otter casts her first ward, and the results are disastrous. But now Otter may be her people's only hope against the shadows that threaten them. Will the challenge be too great for her? Or will she find a way to put the dead to rest once and for all?
Blurb: An AWESOME story, but not one to read if your brain is tired.

Review: I am a HUGE fan of the author's first book, Plain Kate, and so I had really high hopes for this book. I loved this story and the world and the characters. HOWEVER I never really understood what was going on...

This was one of those books (and maybe there's a word for this?) where they never actually come out an explain anything. You are just supposed to piece things together by watching the characters live their lives. And maybe it's just because my brain is super tired from my penultimate semester, but I just could never wrap my brain fully around anything. I found myself CRAVING an omniscient narrator who would explain the rules of the world to me, or a new character to stumble in so that the existing characters would have to explain what was going on to him/her. And even though a new character eventually DID stumble into the world, the existing characters DIDN'T explain anything. At least, not more than they already had. They expected the new character to figure it out, just like me.

Things that I wish had been more fully explained:

1. What exactly is "binding"? Where did it come from? How was it discovered? Why does string have power? Does ANY kind of knot have power?

2. Where do the dead come from? Are the non white-hands recognized as being the dead versions of people who were once alive, or are they just mysterious malevolent spirits? (honestly, I only JUST realized that the dead hide in shadows, and that's why the traveling folk don't come to the forest often. They're trying to avoid shadows.)

3. How is the society organized? I was kind of able to piece together the idea of the cords, but I would have liked to know more about the different kinds and options, what it takes to belong in each.

4. Why aren't there very many boys? Why do only women have power? Has there EVER been a boy with power? Do the boys leave because they DON'T have power, or just because it's the norm for boys to leave?

I THINK that all of these things were in the book somewhere, but they were never explicitly explained. And so I feel like in order to answer these questions I'd have to do a lot of guesswork and fill-in-the-blank. And even if someone were to tell me the answers to these questions now... I still wish I had been able to find them in the story.

With all that said, I did REALLY enjoy the book. Maybe if I had gone into it after having read some kind of author's note or summary it would have helped. OR if this had been a book club book and so I could now TALK to people about it. But as it is, here I am 400 pages later and I'm STILL not quite sure what happened...

Other Reviews (TBA):
  • TBA (Loved it!)
  • TBA (It was okay)
  • TBA (Didn't Like It.)

All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2013
*I am an amazon affiliate. If you purchase this book using my link, I will get a tiny fraction of the purchase, which goes toward contests.

H-hello? Can I come back now?

Um... hello. Long time no see, eh? How have you been? I've been good. Keeping busy, ya know. Yeah...


At the risk of sounding like a needy ex, I think I'm ready to get back into blogging, but also fearful that I've been gone too long. I'm SO out of the loop!

And that's why I need your help. If you're willing, here's how you can help me:

1st: Let me know if you're still here! I'm fairly positive that I've lost all my readers.

2nd: Let me know which book blogs are your favorite. I've completely lost all my Google reader data, and I'm just starting on Feedly. So I need to buff up my reading supply.

3rd: What have you been reading! What's new? What's exciting? What's awful?

I can't promise that I'll be posting A TON, but I am trying to ease myself back into the blogging scene. I've started reading in earnest again, and I MISS YOU! There's been a part of my life missing ever since I stopped blogging. And even though I've picked up some new hobbies there's still a space in my heart reserved strictly for my book blogging buddies.

So help me! Please?

All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2012
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