Anime/Manga Recommendation: Meiji Hiiro Kitan and Meiji Melancholia

Another article in less than a week?

Is this for real? Yes it is, since you’ve all been so understanding and supportive 😀

You surely don’t want to miss this if you’ve been wondering about another series that has protagonists similar to Albert and Candy in Candy Candy. Yes, there’s Love So Life, and maybe Emma too to an extent. But I might have just found another one with a storyline that is more compelling than the other two. Well, I certainly think so 😀

Meiji Hiiro Kitan (明治緋色綺譚) and its sequel, Meiji Melancholia (明治メランコリア) are manga by Rikachi (リカチ). The two titles are serialized in Be Love, a manga magazine aimed for adult women (yes, such a thing exists :D).

The series was completely out of my radar until about a month ago, when one leisure browsing on a stressful night led to a stumble upon this hidden gem.

The art, as you can see from the cover images below, is very appealing. Rikachi sensei is obviously an amazing artist.

However, I must admit that it wasn’t the pretty art that first drew me to the series. Rather it was the two leads, Tsugaru and Suzuko, and that even upon a quick glance at the synopsis below, I just couldn’t stop imagining Albert & Candy in the same setting and scenario.

Synopsis from Aerandria Scans:
It’s the middle of the Meiji Era and our heroine, little Suzu, is sold to the red lights district. However, the rich heir of a dry goods store, Tsugaru, buys her freedom for no apparent reason. She is deeply grateful for being saved, but she doesn’t understand why he paid so much money for her and the only explanation he offers is “we have a bond.”

She tries to unravel the mystery of his feelings and gradually grows from a little girl to a young woman, always by his side. A gentle and slow-paced love story set in the Meiji Era.


Tsugaru & Suzuko

From the synopsis you could probably tell this is yet another age-gap romance. The kind of trope that satisfies my guilty pleasure craving 😀

Actually, this isn’t the only series of this particular breed of romance manga I’m following. There are a few, but none had truly grabbed me as Meiji Hiiro Kitan had.

No doubt this manga has become my new obsession–which isn’t a bad thing, considering how this could spark more inspirations, in the same way an impulsive reread of Garasu no Kamen had reintroduced me to Candy Candy, which later had galvanized me into writing my first CC fic, and a brisk liaison with Emma had led me to pen Awakening.

As it turns out, the tradition still holds. I’ve regained a renewed determination to continue my ongoing stories, and I owe it all to Meiji.

So… Have I managed to rouse your curiosity yet?

If you’re slightly interested and want to know more about the series, or you’re just plain curious about Albert & Candy from the Meiji Era, read along 😀

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Reverie Update and Status

As promised, here’s the lowdown:

There was a bit of a scare earlier that had sent me into a panic attack when the entire site seemed to have vanished into oblivion, swallowed by the blackhole.

Thank goodness all is well now.

But at the moment, the site is still offline.

Changes are coming, and these changes will directly impact those of you who are still waiting for your account to be activated and those who are interested to register, but not so much those with active accounts.

So anyone without active account who still wants to obtain access should continue reading this.

First, I want to address those of you who have registered at Reverie since early March. You’re probably wondering whether you will ever be granted an access. The answer is yes, eventually. It’s not going to be right away, and the process won’t be as simple as it was before. There are extra steps to follow.

What happened?

It turns out there’s a possible breach in the registration system that must be patched up at once. Because of this I have to implement additional precautionary measures to all pending accounts. Please note this means there will be extra steps you need to do in order for your account to be activated, and you must do it correctly as detailed in the notification email. Otherwise you’ll risk to have your account deactivated and purged, and your IP address might be blocked.

In addition, to prevent any future problem, I decided to disable the automatic registration system.


Does this mean you can’t register at Reverie anymore?

That is correct. BUT there’s a way if you still want to gain access to Reverie’s restricted sites, and the procedures are clearly outlined in the registration page.

Basically, you need to send me a private message. The message should contain a brief statement about the request for access, along with your name, email address, and your country of current residence. Providing me with more information than the required ones listed, such as the reason why you would like to get access, is not necessary, but it may facilitate the approval process. Conversely, providing me with inadequate or wrong information may result in your IP address being blocked, and a request made using an anonymous email provider will be denied.

And please, I beg you, do NOT create a duplicate/secondary account should you run into any problem. Instead send me a message with a detailed description of your problem. I might be forced to ban you if I discover you have multiple accounts.

I hate to impose such strict requirements, but considering the harms this potential breach might cause, that it could be used as a backdoor for infiltrating the main server with malwares and viruses, I don’t want to take anything for granted. I hope you understand.

The good news is that I’m almost done with all the works. So expect the site to be back soon, maybe with an update or two 😀


Announcement: Reverie is down

As mentioned a few days ago, there are works that need to be performed on the site.

So, regrettably, Reverie is offline for the time being, and you won’t be able to access any of its contents.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you.

I’ll be sure to post another announcement once it’s back online.

In the mean time, please feel free to linger here and browse through all the materials in your leisure.

Thank you for your understanding.


Candy Candy Anime Rambling: Fashion in the Candy Candy Anime by Lucia R.

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Still here :D and a heads up

Nope, I haven’t disappeared. I’m still here, and plan to hang around here for a while.

I hope the period of inactivity last week didn’t trigger any bouts of anxiety in some of you. Because that’s the last thing I want. My apology if it did.

I was away on a week-long vacation with my family, leaving my laptop behind at home. Before my trip, I had wanted to post a quick update alerting my short hiatus. Alas, several things came up at the last minute, and I had no time to do that.

But now I’m back, and ready to bombard you with more updates 😀

I’m very happy the sequel of ND, Forever and a Day, has been well received. Thank you for taking the time to read it and for all your comments. It’s truly humbling to see that, despite the (ridiculously) long wait, which at times seems like a lost cause, you’re still very much invested in the series. I’ll do my best not to lose the enormous level of confidence you’ve given me by striving to deliver a story that is both well-written and entertaining. In case you’re wondering, the next update is already in the works, and it’s coming along quite nicely.

That’s the good news, and yes, you’re right if you guess there is the not-so-good news trailing behind that. But it’s nothing severe that can make you cry in agony. I promise 😀

It’s just that Reverie will be offline for a duration that could last up to a few days. This means during this time no one will be able to access the blog, including all the unrestricted sites.

I’ll inform you exactly when this occurs as well as update you on the status, so you wouldn’t get caught unaware.

And yes, you can expect a few changes to the site. I’ll talk more about Reverie in a different post.

In the mean time, be on the lookout for more posts to come this week.


Candy Candy Manga Rambling Part VI: The End of the Manga = The Beginning of a Courtship?

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