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[Hynavian] Claymore Extra Scenes Review

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The last of all 4 Claymore Extra Scenes (ES) is out and now fans can finally look forward to Chapter 74 when it debuts in the first issue of JUMP SQUARE. I’m glad that all the side stories have come to an end and am anticipating the main course in November. To keep myself busy while waiting around, I’ve decided to sum up all 4 Claymore side stories. I’ll state a brief summary for all 4 extra scenes and then move on to evaluate them. As it was requested by others in my last article, I have to state the below… 

Spoiler alert!!! Read at your own risk!!!

[Hynavian] Suzuka: A fairy tale ending in a modern setting?

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Fans of the long running manga series Suzuka would have heaved a sigh of relief as Suzuka came to a neat closure with chapter 166.
Chapter 166
I remember first watching the anime some time this year before the start of this semester’s hectic school life as I was really bored with my 3 months holidays. The series caught my attention due to a couple of factors. I had foolishly mistook it as a sports-based anime (Boss, please forgive me!) when I first watched it as there was an emphasis on a female protagonist who was performing high jumps consecutively. The “sports school”, the whole “track and field” backdrop and the many athletic characters that appeared gave me added misconceptions that it would be an anime based on sports. Truth was that I have never watched an anime that managed to integrate sporting events into becoming part of the anime plot. Suzuka managed to do so and hence I picked it up.
The 2nd factor that got me interested was the discrepancy between the title and the characters in the anime. Though the anime was titled “Suzuka”, it appeared that the plot focused more on the male lead (Akitsuki Yamato) instead of the female lead (Asahina Suzuka). In my opinion, the anime did follow the manga closely and it did allow me to pick up the manga chapters that followed after the last anime episode. I did some marathon reading and managed to catch up to where the latest chapter was then and hence joined in the greater pool of Suzuka fans as we waited patiently for the periodic release of chapters.
Suzuka: My short Summary…
The male protagonist, Akitsuki Yamato, moved to Tokyo and stayed in his aunt’s Asahi’s Heights Bath House (a dorm for females) where he coincidentally became the neighbour of Asahina. It was love at first sight for Yamato as he was mesmerised by Asahina when he saw her practicing high jump earlier. Coincidentally they attend the same school, and coincidentally they were in the same class.
From the start, we see a pathetic Yamato trying his utmost to please and to win the heart of Asahina who was terribly mean to a goody Yamato. Yamato joined the school’s track and field team, strained himself physically as he wanted to keep up to Asahina’s expectations, constantly apologised to Asahina even when he wasn’t in the wrong, got slapped, shouted and was given the cold shoulder by Asahina but he never gave up. (Makes me wonder whether I can find such a “nice” guy in Singapore)
A goody Yamato begging for Asahina's forgiveness
A nice guy like Yamato (who could withstand girlfriend abuse) was well-liked by the other female characters too. Female characters like Sakis, Yui-chan and Honoka entered the scene and made the relationship between the 2 main protagonists worse than ever. However, with the manga titled “Suzuka”, Asahina ended up as the overall winner in a BGR situation as it would not make sense to promote a character who would be a loser at the end of the day. Asahina then left a heart broken goody Yamato in Tokyo for a year while she studied overseas.
Fans of Suzuka started biting their fingernails when it came to the later chapters where there was news of Asahina being pregnant with Yamato’s child. The whole manga appeared to be falling apart at that point of time as the probability of a plausible ending appeared to be low. At the previous RIUVA BK round table meeting, Crest and I were “analysing” the mess the goody Yamato had gotten himself and “commenting” on the possible actions that Asahina could possibly take but we dropped it and went on to talk about MxO as we saw greater plot development in that series instead. Though the next few chapters were predictable, I’m actually surprised that the mangaka managed to pull off a happy ending by fast-forwarding time to a year after Suzuka gave birth and to end it off with a wedding for the 2 main protagonists.
Suzuka has provided the many hours of joy and laughter and more moments of frustration as readers get agitated over the lack of progress in the relationship of the two protagonists. A mishap would happen and the relationship of the 2 would “downgrade” back to stage one when they’re almost nearing the final stage. However, all ends well as Asahina’s nasty attitude became better and I heave a sigh of relief for the goody Yamato. Though Suzuka may at first seem to be just a story of the lives of 2 young adults in high school (what’s so nice about reading the lives of 2 losers?), Suzuka would be a good bet if you’re looking for no particular genre or has some time to spare as it has a little of everything, ranging from some sporting action, fustrating love triangle relationships to comedy.  
A picture reunion of all of our favourite Suzuka characters
Of course the ending was not “perfect” but it’s the best that one can get for a manga setting that is set so close to mirroring reality. No Cinderella carriage or a prince on white horse. Instead, a goody male protagonist and a truckload of good pals at a wedding church is the best way to end things the modern way.
My favourite avatar in action once again!
This article was written to prove that Hynavian’s life does not revolves around Claymore only. Feel free to agree or to disagree with what I have mentioned :)

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Figure Review: Shii Arisugawa and Hot Specs! Abridged Version

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Holy shit, I wrote a long review on Shii Arisugawa but as I was going to post it, I hit the refresh key by accident and it vanished. Because of that, I shall redo it in point form.

A Moment’s Laziness Can Ruin a Lifetime of Genius

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Umizaru is so good, I bought it twice. Yes, not READ it twice, but actually BOUGHT it twice. I now possess two copies of every volume from one to 12. I’m quite a sucker for manly rescue series like this and Yomigaeru Sora but surely any human being with a maturity above that of a two year old would appreciate such stories.

Manga: Speed Grapher the Manga… GONZO without the GONZO?

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With the recent local licensing of SG the manga, I picked up the two volumes and had no expectations. After all, it’s common fact that anime turned manga are always crap. But I was wrong.

Tomozo, the mangaka, was commissioned to produce this manga by GONZO I think. According to him, he did it because he had no good ideas for his original works, so he just went for the money. Surprisingly, he did a fabulous job.

Which is your boy/girlfriend?
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