Posts on Saturdays cover various Romantic series, regardless of art style. This column was previously named Shoujo Saturday, and was more focused on series aimed at women. Similar series are covered here, but I’ve expanded the focus to include series I would’ve previously ignored.
This week for Sensate Saturday I have another Quick Review. It’s Twin Role by Harumi Hitsuji!
Plot Synopsis: Azuma Izumi goes to a school that involves art and music but both sides compete against each other to win awards. Online, Izumi goes under the name Iz and creates the images to music videos created by a user named Kanon who is listed as a 21 year old female. However, this user has a secret! Turns out Kanon is really the new transfer student Sagami Kaoru – the son of a famous musician and someone whom Izumi dislikes at first glance. Kaoru quickly puts two and two together and figures out Izumi is Iz, much to his chagrin and consternation.
Plot: Twin Role really shows how awkward Love Triangles can get, almost hilariously so. I’ve never been a fan of Love Triangles in general, but I have to admit that Twin Role handles it amazingly well.
Characters: Izumi and Kaoru are actually pretty well done lead characters, in fact I was really intrigued by them so I’ll probably continue reading this series when I get the chance.
Art: The art isn’t Shueisha level work, but it comes really close.
Overall: If you want to read a really awkward Love Triangle series that isn’t handled poorly, Twin Role is the best I’ve seen in a long time. For those who want action, look elsewhere, this is a Shoujo Romance/Slice of Life Series.
For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Excellent Art.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka!
Plot Synopsis: Ever since primary school, Nana has never been able to refuse the wishes of her friend, Yuyu, even if they were unpleasant things like matching outfits and hairstyles. She wanted to change…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, actually I’m really intrigued by this series so it’s definitely going to be something I’ll read, as I enjoy the premise of the story being about someone learning to stand up for themselves and making their own decisions.
Characters: Nana is our main character, and she’s a pretty decent lead, although a little whiny. The rest of the cast is good as well, although Shioka is probably my favorite character overall.
Art: The art is excellent, which is no surprise since this is published by Shueisha.
Overall: If you want a story that deals with what it’s like to be pressured into decisions, Nanairo Kakumei is a perfect fit for you. For those expecting action, you will be disappointed.
For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun!
Plot Synopsis: Class-president Teshigawara Sakura tries to get the new transfer student Samon Shosuke to join a club or found his own as he is always alone in class. He got off the wrong foot with the class after claiming that his favorite Hobby was “summoning Demons”. Samon becomes interested in her after he learns of her being a “good person” including her image as an Angel. So he invites her to the roof to talk about something. Thinking he is about to confess his love she gets excited. At least at first….
Plot: The plot was fairly interesting, I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be so interesting before reading this first chapter. Hopefully we get to see lots more comedic action as the series progresses.
Characters: The lead pair are both fairly interesting, with Teshigawara being the epitome of a goody goody two-shoes, and Samon being pretty apathetic and uncaring towards the world as a whole. I hope to see them both grow as the series goes on.
Art: The art wasn’t quite as detailed as I was expecting from a Shueisha publication, not that it was bad it’s just the art style wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
Overall: I’m interested to see if this gets better, or if it just continues the same antics without really going anywhere. Hopefully it’ll be the former, because if it’s the latter I’ll probably stop reading it.
For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Action, School Life, Fantasy, Magic, Great Lead Characters, Interesting Plot, Good Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kako to Nise Tantei by Mitsunaga Yasunori!
Plot Synopsis: Satoru earned a name as a genius boy detective, and the police rely on his reasoning skills. His secret, though, is that he is able to see the ghosts of the dead, and they provide him with the hints that lead him to solving cases.
Plot: The plot is pretty good, especially since while Satoru isn’t a real detective, he’s pretty damn good at acting like one. Honestly it reminds me a bit of Pysch, that USA TV show, except in reverse. Hopefully this series proves to hold my attention more than Psych did.
Characters: Satoru is a snarky individual, which is great. I’ve repeatedly stated that I love snarky characters, mostly because I’m quite the snarky bastard myself. But that’s a story for another day. Kako on the other hand is one creepy girl.
Art: The art is great, but given that this is a Shueisha publication I’m not surprised.
Overall: Giving this my definite go ahead for now, unless later chapters really screw this up, the series should be pretty awesome.
For those who like: Mysteries, Murder Mysteries, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Awesome Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Art.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Furi Fura by Io Sakisaka!
Plot Synopsis: The story centers around Yuna and Akari who have two very different views of love: Yuna is someone who sees love as a dream and Akari is someone who is very realistic about her romance choices.
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is very stereotypical, which given the other works the Mangaka has done isn’t too surprising. It’s lasted longer than some of his other works though so it’s got that going for it. That being said I wasn’t very impressed by this first chapter.
Characters: Yuna and Akari are very different characters, where Yuna is shy quiet and people shy, Akari is bright cheerful and outgoing. Frankly I don’t mind the stark characterization most of the time, but for some reason it bothered me this time. Maybe the series gets better as it goes on, but frankly I’m not interested enough by this first chapter to keep reading the story until I’ve exhausted my considerable backlog.
Art: Io Sakisaka has always had good art, but it wasn’t enough to save previous works, and it’s not enough for me to continue reading the series.
Overall: An easily skippable series, unless you are really desperate for a Romance to read.
For those who like: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Great Art.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’m back with another Quick Review. It’s Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki!
Plot Synopsis: Due to her ability to tame demons, Mel has been persecuted as a witch all her life. One day, she’s summoned to the castle and asked to marry Prince Claude.
Plot: The plot is actually pretty decent, and considering that it’s only a four chapter long series it’s not too bad. I’ve had my interest piqued, and will be continuing to read the series.
Characters: Mel is a pretty neat female lead, she’s stubborn, doesn’t take crap from anyone and follows her own moral compass. Claude on the other hand is a bit of a stereotype, but he’s not bad of a main character. The rest of the is small thus far, Kerye is probably my favorite, a talking bird is always fun.
Art: Typical Shoujo artwork, it’s neither terrible nor great.
Overall: A decent series, it’s fairly short at only four chapters long, I’m giving this the go ahead and will be reading it, eventually (as always).
For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Interesting Plot, Great Female Lead, Good Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I have another Quick Review. It’s Koi-iji by Shimura Takako!
Plot Synopsis: The story follows a girl named Mame, whose family runs a public bath. She has held on to feelings of unrequited love for her childhood friend for twenty years.
Plot: The plot is pretty good, it opens up with Mame attending a funeral with her childhood friend, and the person she loves, but the funeral is for his wife. It’s definitely not what I was expecting when I started to read this series, and I have to admit it’s got me hooked. So I’ll be reading this series, eventually.
Characters: Mame is a pretty decent main character, she isn’t hung up on confessing, something which was very refreshing after all the series I’ve read recently. Souta, her love interest, is a pretty dour guy, but I’ll give the guy a break since he’s a widower with a child and he loved his wife dearly. The rest of the cast is pretty good, although I have to say my favorite side character is Yu, Souta’s daughter. She’s a pretty bright kid.
Art: Typical Josei style of artwork, it’s neither amazing nor terrible. Fairly average.
Overall: The plot is a refreshing change of pace compared to most Romance series I’ve read in the past couple years, so I’m giving this the go ahead, thus far it looks to be an interesting series.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Josei Manga, Great Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters, Good Artwork.