I have been slacking on costume making recently because I found myself busy reading manga!
I finished reading many series this past couple of weeks because most of them have less than 5 volumes. But then I came across an older series titled Tsuki no Shippo (or Tail of the Moon in English). This series has 15 volumes which I initially thought were too much for me to read. I don't usually pay attention to ninja stories but before I knew it I already got hooked.
I had been sooooo addicted to this wonderful story that I finished reading it in 3 nights. It was a really awesome and lovely manga - definitely one of my favorites! I experienced a lot of emotion just by reading it. It made me laugh, cry, flip out, and kept me on the edge of my chair. There are lots of drama too. I was very satisfied with the way things turned out.
I like all the characters, even Ranmaru <3. I just couldn't bring myself to hate him even though he is a major villain. I like that he's an charismatic and multi-dimensional character. I actually felt bad for him in the end. I gotta love how Ueda Rinko drew Ranmaru. KyAAAAaaaaaaa~ It made my kokoro go doki doki. I'm such a sucker for 黑長直 (black long straight hair). XD
I love the historical backdrop of ninjas in the Japanese "Warring States" of 16th century so much that I went on to read many other articles about the people and events in this Era. I mean
I studied Japanese history in high school but I've never given much thoughts about the time of samurai and ninja and conflict across the land before.
I've read this manga twice now, and it was just as good the second time around! If you ever want to read an amazing historical fiction with comedy and drama, I definitely recommend Tsuki no Shippo!
Alright~ I have spent enough time on reading manga. I should go back to the sewing table before I start reading another manga series again.
My next project is Hana/Geisha Luka. I know I previously mentioned I wouldn't make this. But James said if I make this he'll get high score in his GMAT exam! And while I'm still in the mood for historical Japanese stuff, this kimono-inspired silhouette seems somewhat fitting. I'm planning to debut it at the New York Comic Con in October.