Infinite Stratos: Family Photos

The Orimura siblings' photo album

Important events for Chifuyu Orimura and her younger brother, Ichika.
From the anime series Infinite Stratos

Novel Review: She Is Not Invisible

She Is Not Invisible book covers

In Marcus Sedgwick’s “She Is Not Invisible”, sixteen year old Laureth Peak’s father, a famous author, vanishes while on a research trip, leaving behind a cryptic notebook that delves deeply into coincidence and obsession. With the only clue to his disappearance in hand, she and her seven year old brother travel from London to New York to find him. The thing is, Laureth is blind, so she must rely on her sibling as they frantically search for the truth.

At just over two hundred pages, it won’t take long to get through this easy-to-read, fast-paced mystery, and when it’s over, it may have one reconsidering how one views the world, be it the nature of coincidences or the life of the blind in society. Best of all, these ideas don’t feel heavy-handed, making them much more interesting.

On the other hand, there is a touch of sci-fi present that feels out of place, even if it is sort of in line with the author’s ideas. It shakes the suspension of disbelief just enough to be distracting and could have been handled better. The book also lacks a bit in the action department since the story is essentially about two kids in the big city, but their journey is still enjoyable.

Laureth herself is a believable heroine, both strong and scared like any human being, and her interactions with her beloved little brother are amusing and heartfelt. Indeed, they are characters one hopes nothing but the best for.

Overall, “She Is Not Invisible” may not be the most action-packed thriller in existence, but that’s perfectly fine since its ideas are more interesting and will likely stay with the reader for much longer.

Recommended

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Gretel and Hansel pose with their weapons

They’re not kids anymore. Hansel & Gretel are ready to take down evil witches.
From the movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Anime & Manga List Updates – July 2014

Nine series for the Anime list and four for the Manga List:

Anime
.hack//Legend of the Twilight
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
GJ-bu
Hatsukoi Limited
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
Photo Kano
Super Seisyun Brothers
Servant X Service
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

Manga
Ane Pani
Denpa Kyoushi
Super Dreadnaught Girl
Working!!

Many thanks to the reader who provided me with a list of series that I was missing! I can’t believe that I completely forgot about Service X Service. I also missed out on GJ-bu when it aired, so I’m watching it now. Good stuff!

If others know of more, post a comment or contact me.

Kamisama Dolls: They Who Control Gods

Kyohei Kuga, his sister Utao, and their Kukuri the kakashi

Kyohei Kuga and his younger sister Utao can control the wooden god, Kukuri.
From the anime series Kamisama Dolls

Recently, My Sister Is Unusual OVA sub available

Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. (Recently, My Sister is Unusual) title card

The English subtitled OVA for the anime series Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. (Recently, My Sister is Unusual) is available for viewing online, so check your favorite unofficial anime streaming or download site.

For those unfamiliar with the 12-episode series, it’s about a high school girl named Mitsuki Kanzaki who suddenly gets an older brother when her mother remarries. On top of that, she is then partially possessed and forced to wear a chastity belt by the spirit of a dead girl named Hiyori who cannot reach heaven until she fulfills her earthly desires. Naturally, such desires involve getting very close to said brother. Hijinks ensure.

The OVA itself focuses not only on them but also on the Torii siblings, Shoutarou and Moa, who serve as secondary characters, which is a nice change of pace. Their story is less chaotic and supernatural but just as entertaining. A must-watch for fans of the series.

Tales of Symphonia: Ready for Battle

Genis Sage and Raine Sage pose for battle

Raine Sage (right) and her little brother Genis support one another in combat.
From the anime adaptation of the videogame series Tales of Symphonia

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