Apology and a Quiz :D

I know I mentioned I would try to post something before the week ends. Unfortunately, I’ve been quite tied up with many different things this week and that had left with me with not much time to devote on the blog. But I still plan to update All I Want soon, hopefully by tonight or tomorrow. As for Forever and a Day, you need to wait a little longer for that. I need more time to refine it, so please bear with me. This should be the last part of A Not So Ordinary Day. After this we’ll switch to Candy and what she’s up to, being stuck with Aunt Elroy, in Lakewood 😉

In the mean time, let’s play a simple guessing game. Take a look a the picture below. Does it look familiar?

Well, I’m sure you know who they are 😉

Can you tell from which scene is this?

If you claim yourself to be an avid fan of the manga, you should be able to answer this quickly 😀

Bonus points for those who could tell what’s so special about the image.

 

PS – I captured another error with Reverie. Apparently if you try to leave a comment on the restricted section, your comment will be blocked and displayed incorrectly. I’ll try to rectify this ASAP, but this may take a long time. As a temporary fix to the problem, I’ll repost your comments somewhere else and answer your questions there. I’m not sure yet whether I should do this on Reverie or here though.

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Candy Candy Manga Rambling Part VII: A Long Period of Courtship?

If you read my letter 2 rambling, you know that I think Albert is courting Candy through their correspondence. How long do you think their courtship lasts? Going back to the final scene of the manga, we see Albert presenting … Continue reading

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.

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

Happy Friday, all! I’m excited not only because the weekend  is upon us but also for this post, a brand new article published after months of drought. And I’m even more excited to say that it was written by my … Continue reading

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

Here you go, the first update. A short rambling on our favorite subject. Umm… Okay, maybe that’s not completely true. To some of you, this may be a brand new article you’ve never read before, but to some of you, … Continue reading

Reverie Update: Letter 2 – Albert’s Reply to Candy

Happy weekend everyone!

Finally, there’s no more issue with login and registration for Reverie reported.

Yay!!!

You know what that means? We can go back to the fun stuff.

Yay!!!

Sorry for the spill of enthusiasm there. But I’m just happy everything seems to be in perfect order.

And…

I have a treat for you. A real update this time.

Yep. Letter 2 has been posted and can be found here. It’s a short one, so I was able to finish working on it within a day.

In addition, I also did some minor editing and refinement on letter 1 and 10. Plus I replaced the images with the correct ones for Letter 1.

Letter 1, if you haven’t read it yet, picks up right after the final scene in the manga. Well, I’m using the words right after very loosely here, since the actual timing when Candy wrote the first letter is unknown–yet from the content, I can tell it must have happened not too long after Albert’s POTH revelation on Pony Hill since the letter is pretty much filled with her candid thoughts and profound feelings about that, something that manga readers can only entertain a guess upon. Perhaps she wrote it the night after the revelation?

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As for letter 2… Let me say that once again it includes more details (of which I wasn’t aware previously) pertaining to the scene at the end of the manga. The main context of this letter is Albert’s reply to Candy. He answers all her questions (and the readers’ as well) and more.

Apparently, our debonair hero decided to pull off one last runaway stint… Well, sort of…

And he’s insecure and also jealous?  Hmmm… 😕

😀

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Letter 10 – Albert’s Letter to Candy: Scottish Countrymen, What?!!!

Hello everyone,

I don’t have much time now as it’s my bedtime and tomorrow is the usual workday. And I’m half asleep while I’m typing this. (So please pardon any mistake in advance)

But I decided to sneak in bearing more treat for you before I turn in for the night 😀

Another update in less than a week?

Yep. I feel bad for the severe lack of updates. So you could take this as a compensation.

It took me a while to finish translating this particular letter. And that was simply because I had no time. If that hadn’t be the case, I would’ve been able to translate more letter.

I know I didn’t do the translation in the right order. But I will in the next update, starting with letter 2 and so on. As for letter 11 and a portion of letter 10, they were already translated a while back to be included in the manga rambling post.

Anyway…

Letter 10. A very engaging letter I must say. A long one that contains a lot of interesting details.

Did you know that the Andrews weren’t ‘actually’ of noble blood?

And Albert was quite bitter… very bitter–poor man…

But he certainly was smooth in the end when he asked Candy to come with him on a trip 😀

Well, those are some of the details revealed in the letter. I’ll write a separate post to talk more about this.

In the mean time, enjoy reading it–but you can ignore the images as I haven’t uploaded the correct ones (and there’s no note). I’ll do that and add the notes once I have more time.

PS – Shortly, I’ll send the password through email to those who had requested it.