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Dec
07

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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).

Links:
ANN News Article
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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*


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