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01 April 2010 @ 06:54 pm
(manga) Ripples  
Title: Ripples
Focus: Tamura Reiko from Parasyte
Owner: Todd (yeerk)
URL: http://nightbringer.net/reiko/

You should visit this shrine because... I didn't mean to go for two Girl Mode shrines in a row, but so many fantastic dedications were made for the project that I'm just getting around to enjoying them all now. Todd doesn't have a background in anime/manga fan sites, but as a first foray into this world, "Ripples" is proof that a dedication to an obscure series can still be just as fulfilling as one to a more mainstream character/title. Parasyte, while having been available in English through two separate publishers for many years, is still a fringe manga title. The character Todd focuses on, Tamura Reiko, is an engaging anomaly. Rather than a human dealing with the parasitic invaders, Reiko is herself a parasite and Todd delves into her story with a comprehensive assortment of articles and essays. Is Reiko perfect? Not by any means, which is where Todd's desire to probe the depths of her inhuman mind really comes into its own. Her story is not a happy one, but it's certainly one worth exploring.

Sections like "Series" and "Parasites" give very accessible information about Parasyte and its scenario. While it is generally helpful to have an understanding of a series when exploring fan sites, Todd has really made "Ripples" accessible to anyone with a desire to learn. You won't get left behind with these articles if you don't own the manga, it's very much the kind of shrine that makes you want to pick the series up if you haven't already. Todd is passionate about Reiko/Parasyte and his enthusiasm is contagious!

"Ripples" challenges its visitors to rethink preconceived notions about humanity, while at the same time inviting them to explore a relatively unknown world. Todd should be commended for tackling his first manga project with genuine passion and finesse.

Highlight: "Mother" which deals with the absolute core of Reiko's character in an expressive and personal style.
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: Apples In Stereo - Told You Once
Todd: Sonic Guysyeerk on April 1st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
lol, I was just talking to Masao about this community last night, and we were saying we hope it doesn't die, because so many great shrines have been featured here. I am shocked, and I can't stop smiling. This was an amazing thing to wake up to. I have been watching Rainy Monday for a while, and have discovered so many amazing tributes. To have a shrine among them is just ...wow, it just feels so good as a webmaster. Thank you so so much, Shiori! Ripples is a site I was really nervous about debuting, because it is so completely out of my comfort zone of games and TV as a website maker, but I am so happy that people are enjoying it.

On a side note, Parasyte is an amazing series that I can't recommend enough. I really hope more people pick it up.
Shiori: a land down undermissdeep on April 2nd, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: Wow.
I'll try to keep this going for as long as I can because, well, I think shrine creators need to be recognised for their work (and by rec'ing sites, I'm able to help visitors find quality sites to visit).

I'm so happy that you're happy. I know you were nervous about Ripples, so I hope this rec proves that you have created a site worth bookmarking - for fans and non-fans alike. Parasyte is a great story and I hope that Ripples inspires more people to purchase the series.

Congratulations, Todd 8D
Toddyeerk on April 2nd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow.
That's awesome to hear.

Varen: 「happy」and it's an instant hitreikane on April 1st, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats to yeerk! I'm very happy that this site got chosen, because I love how analytical and very opinionated it is.
Shiori: anata ni todoketaimissdeep on April 2nd, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Yes, it's a wonderful balance between poised analysis and fan opinion. I really like the way Todd has managed to combine both so eloquently. :)
Toddyeerk on April 2nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Varen! You guys keep making me smile.