Queen (chess): also called queen is considered the most powerful piece, being the one that enjoys the greatest mobility. The woman can move in straight lines vertically, horizontally or diagonally by the number of unoccupied squares she finds. The woman is more powerful than a rook, or a bishop, but it is conventionally considered that two rooks together are more powerful than a woman.

King (chess): it is the most important piece and cannot under any circumstances be captured. The king can move one square at a time in any direction. Whenever the king is threatened with a catch, he is said to be "in check" and the defending player is obliged to resolve this situation in the next move. If it cannot be remedied, it is checkmate.


A murky plot with investigative characteristics that of Black Spot, whose story is set in a setting in which the Belgian forest is the real protagonist: dark, cold and full of mystery.
Villefranche is a very particular town, suspended in a reality of its own, far from modernity. Here people die very frequently, or disappear without returning. Events not entirely natural though.

The dense coniferous forest surrounding the town seems to play a role in these events. The protagonists move right between the village and the forest, starting with detective Laurène Weiss and her daughter Cora. The stories of each character are intertwined with the city, with the forest and with strange phenomena: crazy radio and magnetic waves, a strange fog and, indeed, the forest that seems to have a life of its own.

In the investigation into the strange murders, the detective is joined by the prosecutor Frank Siriani. The investigations thus lead to the discovery of ancient pagan rites, Celtic gods and the past of many inhabitants.


This series based on the popular manga “Shinya Shokudo” was awarded the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award. But I loved it very much because in this series you can see many typical Japanese dishes cooked with passion and simplicity. If you love Japanese food and want to browse the methods for cooking them, I suggest you sit down and watch this series very carefully.

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