S’up, Honoo here doing some invasion, posting here for teh lulz. :P
and I’m too lazy to introduce myself here heh heh heh.
Nah, it’s just that I thought I had something to write, so here I am doing it…
Thanks margafred for the invite.
So yesterday I went to Kinokuniya KLCC yesterday to pick up three tankoubon I ordered on 18th of August (thank you dude for the money, my salary is not in yet, bugger). For this series I already have the first tankoubon I bought earlier, but ordered the two just to be sure I can have it the next time I go there :P
The other book was Taguchi Kenji’s DCD (Diamond Cut Diamond) Vol. 1 but I haven’t finished it yet, too tired to read it haha. Maybe I’ll cover it after I’m finished with it…
Okay so here goes nothing… Oh, my translations might sound a bit insensible so please suggest better corrections for me XD.
By the way I’m using info from here so if any of you are Japanese-literate please help me with translating of the details down below.
Also to be warned: I love spoilers and I LOVE TO SPOIL, you’ve been warned :P
ポップコーンアバター （Popcorn Avatar) by Koichiro Hoshino
The Devas (divine beings) and the Asuras (demonic beings) of old have reincarnated in the modern era. Pairing in the battle for world domination, with the girls channeling their powers to their partners, the Avatars.
Wada Kurando (和田蔵人)
The main male protagonist. High school 1st year. Troubled by an accident involving his younger sister and rejection by his anguished mother, he currently lives at his grandmother’s house. Due to that accident he possesses a gloomy attitude.
One day in mid-winter he becomes involved in the struggle to protect the world, together with Lisa.
Lisa Vaayu (リサ・ヴァーユ）
Heroine of the story. High school first year. An Englishwoman raised in Japan. Her appearance is that of a teenage girl with long, blond hair tied to a ponytail with a black ribbon. However, beneath that appearance she is actually the modern-day incarnation of Vaayu, the Deva who governs the wind.
She is quite aggresive, some people around her thinks she is a sadist. She wears a cheerleader outfit in battle.
During her childhood days, she was often teased and bullied due to her appearance with the blond hair. This is when she met Kurando for the first time, which changed her personality to what she is now ever since.
I first saw this title a few weeks ago lurking somewhere on Kinokuniya’s shelves but I just couldn’t remember that at that time it sparked quite a bit of curiosity in me that I wanted to seek more info on it. Later when I made another visit there I remembered that I got interested in it, and luckily I had quite an amount to spend (on just one), so I did. But since there’s 3 volumes on the shelves I decided to book the remaining two and collect it later with another tankoubon I’m ordering.
I ashamedly admit I got interested in the series after looking at the first volume’s cover which consists of Risa and Kurando. Fulfillment of requirement 1 complete: a dude and a girl. Okay. Bonus points to Lisa because I went “dayum this is one hot babe.” (which is the real reason my interest in it spiked way off the roof XD)
Lisa’s (and indirectly, Kurando’s) backstory was a surprise… it’s revealed that she and Kurando once met when they were still children, and at that time she was frequently a target for bullies… oh yeah, what’s that again? Racism? But yeah, didn’t really expect she’s such a depressed girl in contrast to her current personality – which mirrors that of the Kurando she knows now. So yeah. Crybaby Lisa becomes Genki Lisa, while Genki Kurando becomes Emoboy (well excuse my way with words) Kurando.
I’m interested how far the relation between those two will go as the Deva versus Asura battles go on. It was really interesting to see Lisa going deredere (if only for a bit) when Kurando visited her at home when she was down with a cold – which is quite funny considering Lisa is an incarnation of the Hindu wind god, and one of the causes that can lead to a cold is being outside for extended periods of time with very few clothing on and the cold winds blowing (see the funny thing here? She’s the goddamn Vaayu for goodness’s sake XD) something that I noticed she always does, what with wearing cheerleader outfits LOL.
I guess here is where I stop, heh. I hope I can buy more of this (… or *ehemehem* ) to find out more… if I have money to do so XD I feel glad I noticed this though. :D