Sakura Hime Kaden – Chapter 01December 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Sakura-Hime Kaden | 11 Comments
Tags: Arina Tanemura
…Is it fair to already cheat on all of my past Arina Tanemura loves and call this my favorite series from her? No? It’s too soon, isn’t it?
*sigh* Well fine. But after being an Arina Tanemura fan for a few years now, I feel like I’ve fallen in love with her manga all over again. We have something a little bit different, but with plenty of old sparks from some of her more “classic” series…and…yeah. I already fell in love with the raws, but seeing that wonderful dialogue just made my love complete!
So I have to thank Chiibi for translating and allowing me the use of her scanlation (scans provided by Yuuki Himura).
I suggest people don’t read my post until after reading the chapter, because I freely talk about everything in the chapter. (Though since I’m late I’m sure most people already read it)
I already did my first impression, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise how much I love this series so far. Of course, it might surprise you how much I love it…which is a lot.
I was overjoyed to see the connection to Kaguya-hime in this series since it just came to me as a random thought. To find out that Kaguya-hime was actually somehow connected…made me happy. I like getting things right, but I also have a small sort of fascination with Kaguya-hime, at least as much as I can without ever fully reading the story. I only get what I know from anime mostly.
So after reading the chapter I sat down and at least read the article on Wikipedia about the story Kaguya-hime comes from, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I pretty much knew all of the story, except for the end (after Kaguya returns to the moon).
Hearing all of this is reminding me a lot of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, except instead of Sakura being a reincarnation of Kaguya (like Maron was of Jeanne) she’s a descendant. The fact that it remains me of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is what has me most excited about this series.
It’s not exactly a big secret that KKJ is probably my least favorite Arina Tanemura manga (I still love it of course, just not as much as her other works). The problem is that I always thought KKJ was a really good idea for a story, but since it was Arina-sensei’s first long manga, it might not have developed in exactly the right way. Plotlines got wrapped up a little too easily (like Noin becoming good, being forgiven, and then not really being important at all). It could have done with being longer.
So having Arina Tanemura tackle another historical (though fictional this time) figure has me all giddy. We know she can spend the time to properly develop every single plotline now (she did it in Full Moon and in ShinKuro to the extent that she made a special to wrap up what wasn’t explained in the final chapter).
And in this manga we have some characters that…quite honestly don’t remind me of others in an Arina Tanemura series. Was any boy mean quite like Aoba? Sure there’s been teasing and pervy boys, but Aoba is pretty darn rude (in a fun way). And Sakura really doesn’t remind me of anyone else either. Maybe Mitsuki a little with her naivety, but she’s a lot more easy to anger than any other Arina Tanemura heroine.
Though I guess for Sakura, her un-princess-like qualities make her remind me a little of Kyoko. Two princesses that don’t act the way they’re supposed to. Except Sakura’s not really selfish at all. She’s already a fine princess, wanting to protect everyone.
Ah, but I’m rambling so much. I apologize for my massive unorganized text. Because the post is a little late (and the chapter is so long), I’m going to just collect my thoughts in rambling rather than random picture-comments. Certain people who also blog SHK got to it before I did, so I really feel like it would just be reading the same thing again.
I think I already said all that I can really say though. It’s a classic Arina Tanemura series. Nothing that new, but that’s just fine for me. The main reason I read Arina Tanemura’s manga is for fluff, humor, and pretty art. As long as I get all of that I’m good.
Of course, as the series goes along, I become more attached to the characters, but since we’re only in the first chapter, I’m not feeling too atached to anyone yet. Yes, Sakura is cute, (and Aoba is fun~), but that’s just an attachment on the enjoyment level. I’ll have to learn more about the character to feel attached (though I’m feeling pretty good about Sakura already).
As far as an anime goes…part of me would like to see it (especially when it comes to the sword action), part of me wouldn’t. See…the reason I was so pro-anime for ShinKuro was because it was a story without any magical girl elements. There’s really no need to change anything and I’d just have fun watching a (hopefully) loyal adaptation. I know that recently I talked about the problems with an adaptation being too loyal, but for ShinKuro I really just wanted an animated version of the manga.
However, this being a slightly different mahou shoujo series (taking place in the past and all) I get the feeling that some company will want to jump at it too quickly. And while differences aren’t bad, I just want to avoid another KKJ. It’s something I’m especially fearful of with the manga’s seeming similar to me.
Now then…as for where the manga will go. If Aoba wasn’t the prince, I’d say that’s where our love trianlge would be right there. Since we only have one guy so far I’m kind of guessing that we might get a goofy guy to be a romantic rival (except, you know, not really), but I’m hoping for some girls going after Aoba (or really, just one).
One thing I’d complain a little about in Arina Tanemura’s manga is that it’s usually about boys competing for a girl, which is fine and all, but I want a little bit of a change. Especially when there’s a prince and all that involved, I think it’s more fitting for another girl to be thrown in there.
Of course, I’ll probably be happy either way. As long as Sakura keeps on pwning demons (and being cute). Heck, maybe there won’t even be a love triangle and it will just focus on the story and Aoba and Sakura developing a relationship. That would be nice (but like I said, I’m happy no matter what).
Shots of Sakura smiling in such a cute way certainly doesn’t hurt this series either. I’m going to be adding my favorite smiling~ image to the Sakura Hime Kaden banner I’m making (first one after I change back my theme).
So to wrap this up, Sakura Hime Kaden has exactly what I want from it and more (Kaguya-hime~). Sakura’s badass sword, cute blushing on both sides, cuteness in general, a determined girl, and the cliffhanger was classic (predictable, but classic). Oh and I’m always up for some tsuntsun on both sides of a relationship.
Yup, I think judging by a lot of the elements in this series, I’d say we have another classic Arina Tanemura series in the making.
And if it’s just Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, but better…than so be it. I’ve always wanted that anyway~! So…is chapter two out yet?
*shame* What a lousy first post for a new Arina Tanemura series. *fangirl shame*
Oh yeah, there’s one more thing. Sakura looks like a loli.
It had to be said.
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