Review – Manga Moods

While browsing through Comic Quest in a local mall for any word on Hayate the Combat Butler, I saw this little book stick out, and the impulse buyer in me had to have it.


The super-energetic smile on the cover just begged me to buy the book, and after a quick look through, I did so, with 100 Pesos off the price too.


Manga Moods is a small novelty book (which actually costs more than one volume of manga) containing “40 faces + 80 phrases” with illustrations by Saori Takarai.


One can take the book as a mini-artbook of sorts, as nearly half the book contains a portrait of a character with a particular expression, while the other half of the book is the “mood” the character has and a couple of phrases in Japanese too.


While some of the illustrations didn’t completely match the feeling it was supposed to covey, they are all cute in their own way, and, dare I say, moe?


If one examines the illustrations close enough, many of the lines aren’t totally smoothed out, giving a feeling of roughness. Though it sounds weird, the art style complements the simplicity of the book. Combined with the relaxing colors, it’s a rather pleasing read, if only for the pictures themselves.


Manga Moods is by no means some must-have. In fact, I highly suggest that you divert funds to something more important, but as a whole, it’s a cute little book with cute art that can put a smile on anyone’s face.

By the way, sorry about the fingers. There wasn’t any other way to hold down the pages (bulldog clips can damage the pages).

ANN News Article
Order from Amazon

8 Responses to “Review – Manga Moods”

  1. 1 Joker
    December 2, 2007 at 3:36 am

    Nice detail: “Please turn the page” @ the shy girl 😀

  2. 2 Snacks
    December 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Hey, nice. o_o Who did the art?

  3. December 2, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Aww, what a cute book! =)

  4. December 2, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Snacks, it’s by Saori Takarai. I’ve never seen any of her other work outside of this, unfortunately.

  5. 5 shinji
    December 6, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Nice booklet, i guess i have to check this out at comic quest.. anime stuff is really draining my pockets hehe

  6. December 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Nice review!

    If you like Saori Takarai’s artwork, please also check out “Manga Sisters,” a similar small, full-color hardcover book that she illustrated with her sister, Misato Takarai.

    Full disclosure: I am the director of the company that published “Manga Moods” and “Manga Sisters.”

  7. December 23, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I’d want to try and get a copy of her other works, but I can’t find any other ones at all. It’s a shame most of this stuff doesn’t get brought over to the Philippines.

  8. 8 Cat
    May 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    awww!!! omg i wanna get this book *tries to grab book through the screen*

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Canned Dogs

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Hunting the Elusive

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.


Blog Stats

  • 283,544 hits

%d bloggers like this: