Cute as a Button | Comic Review of @AdrianandBlaze Vol 1 (Part 1) + Sketch a Day


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Adrian the pug and Blaze the German shepherd are two adorable pups living in the same neighborhood. They live separate lives and come from different backgrounds, but they’re the best of friends. When impressionable housedog Adrian joins a mischievous stray for a run around the city, he and his companion are captured by the pound. What follows is a day full of perilous adventure, an epic rescue, and a simple escape plan. Both heroes make plenty of friends, but their bond is unmatched by anyone. However, with Blaze leaving to complete police dog training soon, will it last?

Last week, I was wondering how to review my books and comics better. Should I score the impact of the illustration? Comedy? Conjunction and transition? Print? Plot/Story? Because I have the intention of doing this more, especially for personal works for those who inspire to get noticed or improve, especially if it assist in a professional path. Novels, fanfiction, online comics, scripts, etc. And, I just need to read more in general. It is quite valuable. My time is still limited, so I keep using the term “Quick Impressions” and I wondered whether to just drop it. That may be 80 or 90% of the time, and I end up cranking out a few paragraphs to explain something.

Adrian & Blaze is the third comic that I’m reviewing on this WordPress site. I made remarks on a fanfic and a net novel; the other two comics are Zelda and Initial D.

Author and Illustrator Peyton Mitchell, according to her, was just in 9th grade and inspired by Balto when she made this comic. We came across each other by way of social media as we both have a love for the same series: Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (銀牙 -流れ星 銀; Silver Fang: Flowing star, Gin) and its series by Takahashi Yoshihiro. Also called the “Ginga Densetsu” (銀牙伝説; silver fang legend) series. That includes Armor Fighter Gaimu; in his work,s Takahashi has a practice for making a dog the main character. You rarely see a product where the dog is the main character or very heroic these days.

I’ve been in contact with Peyton for a while, and I’m easily impressed by someone who puts determination in a neat concept. Also, we’re both fans of the Kamen Rider series, so we ended up talking to each other back and forth.

On to A&B, and Part 1 covers the first half of the first volume, meaning three chapters. The book is a hardcover and it looks short with six chapters.

Despite the fact that the illustrations has a lot of room for improvement, suitable for a child’s book and with typical mistakes in proportions, this comic is quite adorable and there is attention to detail. When I mean detail, there is for example, a rather good insight on a bad dog shelter. Also, the characters are very expressive to a humorous point, such as watching Adrian getting annoyed or shocked, such as steam coming out of his head.

April, why would you call him a lousy watchdog? ^.^; He’s a pup. April kind of looks like Peyton or maybe it’s the hair?

A&B is overall cute and I actually enjoyed it. Pey said that the story isn’t too realistic, but I don’t see much problem with it. It’s not Alfred Hitchhock and there is a story of a pup being easily influenced, a young German Shepard training in the K-9 program, and a lousy trip to the pound.

The personalities of the animals really reflect Ginga Nagare. Adrian is curious and naive, and there’s a “ward-like dog” who’s something like a prison guard or drill sergeant, and there’s Blaze’s police dog superior Maxwell. You can also tell that the author has knowledge of various dogs, and its a strong point.

I considered reading the comic to niece since she’s getting into that growing psychological point, and needs to find fun in reading.

Also, Pey recently graduated. Congratulations buddy. Class of 2017!

Thanks for the book. Keep it up.


BTW, today’s Sketch-a-day. I guess I’m not that good with dogs yet. Then again, I rushed through it for this article. Also, first time on Kamen Rider.

Freak on Freak | Doggie’s favorite #BLEACH fights (Part 2) #SPOILERS #ネタバレ #久保帯人

Previous Articles:

I know – has it been a year later? Sometimes I can crank out an article or two in a day, and sometimes I cannot. Too much to show and little time.

What are the next BEST fights?

Spoilers (ネタバレ)

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Downhill or DIE! | INITIAL D Vol 1 (Part 1) #頭文字D (and a


Akagi Red Suns vs Akina Speed Stars!

This series has been on my mind for years and I couldn’t decide whether to do comic or animation first. I already had a taste of one of the intense arcade games (title eludes me), so it was just a matter of time that I’d get in the series as I seek out the one of the best motorsports series.

I bought VOLUME 1 from Barnes and Noble where the description is a little bit deceiving:

Only the fearless survive in the white-hot world of street racing, as teams take on dangerous roads in the shadow of Akina Mountain. Behind the wheel of the mysterious “Ghost of Akina” is Takumi, on his way to becoming the greatest racer ever. (Source: Barnes & Noble).

Unfortunately, thanks to cancellation, it seems that only up to the 33rd volume (out of 43) is available. Despite that, and the translation weirdness, I think that I may pick volume 2.

Due to TokyoPop and their editing “magic”, tthe character’s first names are westernized and thus, presumably simplified.

Takumi Fujiwara, despite the B&N description, turned into “Tak”; Kousuke is “Cole”; Itsuki is “Iggy”; Natsuki is “Natalie”; Takahashi brothers Ryosuke and Keisuke are Ry and K.T respectively, and so on. You can sense some closeness. For some reason, Takumi’s father Bunta retains his name. Worse thing they could’ve done was feign the setting. Locations and team names such as Red Suns are kept

Keisuke and Takumi (and I’m kind of alright with “Tak”. A little Korean but it may fit as an annoying nickname?) are in center stage as volume 1 gradually unveils the story behind the GHOST OF AKINA:

The Toyota Trueno, the A86 (the author Shigeno has one too, also named “86” or “Hachiroku”).


Earth to Takumi? Despite working at the gas station, Takumi displays having no clue about Japanese cars as this ripping racer comic has its share of comedy. Actually, Tak-Tak’s ignorance has been a recurring theme in this volume. To his benefit, these cars do have their funny number codes that takes some encyclopedic looking up on spare time. Makes me want to look up my FORD CHRONICLE. And we’re talking some old classic Japanese cars. Toyota, Nissan, Madza, Mitsubishi (in fact, Cole-Kousuke had a…run in with a Mitsubishi in Akina. No? Okay.)

In these days, we’re improving on the internal combustion engines, the use of electric energy (battery), and faster reactions of manuals. Keisuke’s Mazda car has a rotary engine that speeds up acceleration, while the Trueno works on a 4-straight cylinder.

Why Keisuke as a “center”? Because of his deep desire to take on the A86, which is an older model. You could say that’s a bit salty, but anyone desires a true challenge.

There is talk on Mazda creating a new rotary engine – as a hybird work (Auto Express U.K).

I haven’t picked up the name of Natsuki-Natalie’s boyfriend but you could immediately tell from first words that he was was total jerk that was rightfully punched.

Shigeno has a funny design for characters that I can’t explain, but it’s unique and adapted well even in the games and animation. The cars look pretty good.


Takumi vs Keisuke!

Himekawa Akira’s (姫川 明) LEGEND OF ZELDA: Ocarina of Time comic! #ゼルダの伝説

Happy New Year!
Shortly after Christmas, I purchased this beauty!



Originally, it was two volumes from the year 2000; this full edition, both volumes together, was released in early 2016.

Himekawa, a pen name for I believe a pair of artists (or three), have a remarkable talent for giving LoZ series such colorful illustrations. Hime has done various comics, both adaptations of the Zelda games and original shorts. Currently doing Twilight Princess.


Enjoyable so far.

Familiarity with a dash of comedy. It pretty much starts like the OoT if one knows of the game. Link, a child of the Kokiri Forest race, does not have a fairy and is bullied. But we know not to taunt and reject others for no reason, or they’ll end up turning into something great one day. Poor kid. First, there’s Groose, now Mido and his group. The Great Deku Tree is in danger, and Link will eventually leave the Forest to face his fate connected to time and his long-time nemesis.

Instead of the silent hero, we have a very perky Link that renders him a complete child. I only read the first chapter, so nothing much yet. To be honest, I want to take my time.


Doggie’s favorite #BLEACH fights (Part 1) #SPOILERS #ネタバレ #久保帯人

Little time, and too much you want to do.

I like rival rights, I like the outlandishly weird, I like the cunning and sneaky, and I sometimes like flashy and beautiful. Sometimes I like a good curbstomp. With long-running Japanese comic BLEACH composed by Kubo Tite (久保 帯人) having ended on an abrupt sour note, I’d like to contribute my thoughts of what might’ve been the series’ best fights. My initial idea was to do either “Top 10 fights” or just “Best characters” but it seems too much for my caliber and time. Plus, I have a bad memory…

But if it’s something kept in that said bad memory, then maybe it’s worth it!
According to Ichigo Kurosaki, the work’s main character, sometimes you got to beat some sense in others, especially your friends. Something along those lines. BLEACH was purely a shounen comic, a work that inclined to boys, with a ton of comedy and a ton of fighting. SO, let’s talk about fights.

And I swear, I swear I will put “Read more” tag on this time.

#SPOILERS #ネタバレ 

The anime ended at the Fullbringer arc, and I will talk about the arc succeeding that.

My plan is to do one or two per entry.

Fun Fact: Kubo Tite was inspired by Saint Seiya.

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Sowa nanzo! Waga SHADOW SKILL OVA! (and Chewbacca Talismans) #我が一撃は無敵なり


A world of Fist and Magic, rather than sword and magic, world becomes the stage of this unique battle fantasy work

The OVA series is animated by ZERO G Room, the core of the director Negishi Hiroshi. Nothing else much is known; I didn’t watch the Epilogue just yet.

Spoke back on this in another entry briefly: Doggie Digest: SHADOW SKILL (obligatory Hayashibara Megumi time)

So, I was watching the campy TV series, and further in, I checked the OVA. Certainly brings me back – those old-fashioned OVAs were totally real! It’s a total flip-flop. The OVA came first actually, starting in 1993, while the more comedic TV series aired in 1996 or 1997. Not to mention a change in character designs.

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OVA Gau is cool here! Still like a boy, but very strong-willed. C.V is Matsuoka Akio, and this seems to be his only signature role.

Matsuo Shin did the designs, and was also in charge of lithography for episodes of Guyver, Patlabor, Full Metal Alchemist, ONE PIECE FILM Z and Gundam IBO. Total veteran. The character designer/original lithography producer of the TV series also directed BASILISK Koga Ninja Scrolls and Afro Samurai. Good series?

Here are the first three episodes, which covers a plot point of the main party members:

  • OVA 1: Sevarr, roughly based on TV episode 2
  • OVA 2: Septia, roughly based on TV episode 3
  • OVA 3: Sui Rem, roughly based on TV episode 7


Elle and Gau

Those two are a bit unrecognizable.

TV series and OVA are a bit of a mixed bag in terms of what’s adapted and how, the background of the characters, designs, etc. For example, the comedy. Lots of comedy in manga, which is more present in the TV series, but the manga is also known for its “shounen seriousness”. When it’s Okada Megumu, everything is ink bold, including the battles. There’s a lot of emphasis on “the fanged beast Elle”, “warriorship/warrior blood”, which I think is more present in the OVA. Also, Gau is also trained severely by Elle in the TV series, like manga. Hell, I almost think she’s trying to kill him ^.^;

Sevarr, Septia, and Sui Rem, and I’m uncertain of their etymology, are titles within the SHADOW SKILL series. In this case, Sevaar (or Sevalle) is a highly ranked warrior, Elle Ragu being the 59th in succession of that title, and Gau Ban wanting to aspire to be one like his sister and the 57th Sevaar Scarface. Septia are beast hunters – that is Kyuo, who lost her grandfather; finally, Sui Rem, the talisman magic enchanters, which is Faury.

In OVA, it’s explained briefly that Gau Ban is an orphan, and he shuts himself away from Elle until the confrontation with Sui Rem Kor Icks.

King of the Moon (Tsuki no Ou) & Septia Kyou


Ohtani Ikue (C.V of Pikachu and Shota, ONE PIECE’S Tony Tony Chopper, Escaflowne’s Merle, Corpse Party’s Sachiko yes, not a lie. On that fxxxxhit) is one of my favorite voice actors ever, and she plays a little girl named Kyou, who was a member of the Phantom Beast Hunter squad. The Septia squad included her grandfather and they were all taken out by the KING OF THE MOON.

If you like chimeras, I think you’ll like the King. I appreciate what they did here. I was disappointed with the King of the Moon episode in TV version. OVA King actually puts up a fight and Kyou struggles to honor her grandfather, holding onto her chain chakrams for dear life until sunrise. OVA Kyou is a mix. She’s strong willed and a bit of a klutz, but she seems more of the latter in the TV version?

Scene where Gau and Elle meet Kyou in the bar is like manga. Gau pushes back the bullies, but I don’t think Kyou was that much of a crybaby?

Friend Dark Witch FAURY and names

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Sui Rem Fia Arcana: “Shadow Skill, you are deserving of my vengeance.”

You know I love revenge.

There are many weird names and titles in this series. Vai Rou and Scribe Lowingrin for example, and I could be totally wrong with their spellings. However, I like both of those characters 😉

Weirdest thing is the form of the characters names such as Faury. Her full name is “フォウリンクマイヤー・ブラズマタイザー”. Faurink Maya Plasmataizer. Subtitles describe “Plasmataizer” as a title or nickname. English dub of tv series, produced by ADV, refers to her as the “Enchanter”. Her other name was Fia Arkana or Fear Arcana (Title Kanji: 恐怖の呪符), which she used as an assassin. OVA 3 is based on her rivalry against SHADOW SKILL. According to the rules of Sui Rem, when their master dies, they must change their name and hunt down their master’s killer.

While TV series Faury looks more like a manga counterpart with the long hair, I really like this OVA version too (with bowl cut? Thinner hair?), bringing out the dark heart of Faury. It’s scary, and C.V Mizutani Yuko sounded good as bewitching, speaking a monologue about “light and darkness”.

That freakin’ Seki Tomokazu voiced Dragneel, the half-brother of Faury. The scene where they meet is equivalent to the manga. I think it’s a better image of provocation where Faury seems to struggle with the idea of fighting her friend, Elle.

I’d like to add that Faury’s Sui Rem incantations (or chant) to evoke her talismans are just great. It usually starts with her name and demanding the identity of the talisman, then the talisman talks. Probably up there with Fudou and other Yugioh characters in later series. It’s also referenced in Super Robot Wars by Excellen Browning (same C.V). I’ll bring that up another time.

フォウリンクマイヤー・ブラズマタイザーが符に問う。 答えよ。其は何ぞ
“Faurinkmaiser Plasmataizer asks of you. Answer me. Who are you?” ([name] funitou. kotae yo. sowa nanzo?)

我は炎 赤き炎 真紅に燃える赤い刃となり変わり―我が敵を裂く!!
WAGA HONOO! AKAKI HONOO! [shinkou??] ni moeru aka yaiba to nari, waga teki o saku! (I am Flame. A red flame! Change into Crimson flame of a red sword and cut enemy)

I also like “Flash” – Waga Senkou (我は閃光!). Tv series dubbed version is interesting too (Ie: “Reveal thyself!”). Although, the talisman voice is…it sounds like the Sui Rem will burn your city down. Thus, “Chewbecca Talisman”.

I’m going to have to touch on SHADOW SKILL some more with Epilogue and the TV series. There’s plenty of terms, spells and skills to talk about too!


Doggie Digest: SHADOW SKILL (obligatory Hayashibara Megumi time)



(My strike has no equal!)


Web Archive: SOTSU – SHADOW SKILL (japanese)

Encyclopedia: (Japanese)

Ragu = spaghetti sauce.

Character name with red hair = Elle Ragu

The Sevaar, or Warrior in Training, has the mightiest kick! Now here’s a literally “Ass kicking” action show/comic.

Blame Okada Megumu, who is also the creator of Saint Seiya EPISODE G, for this shounen series that I thought had to do with ninja. But the transition to the Seiya universe shouldn’t be a surprise: SHADOW SKILL is one with the “youths mature into a warrior fantasy” genre and marks Megumu’s debut. You can also expect that anorexic character design with the awesome hair.

I believe that I’m supposed to watch the four OVAs first, although retro OVAs are sometimes cursed. They may or may not deviant from the core work or/and they just leave a ton out, and the ending leaves you seemingly with a cliffhanger or just in dark despair. Also, OVAs are often compiled into “movies” when dubbed (ie: Sonic the Hedgehog, Yotoden). The manga wasn’t licensed, but OVAs and TV series were dubbed.

Titles (order, weakest first): Valle (ie: Gau Ban), High Valle, Sevaar (ie: Elle Ragu), High Sevaar.

Op & ED are cool

Today was a very rare calm down kind of day so I can’t talk much about it now.