Manga Monday: Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru

Hey all, this week for Manga Monday I have another Quick Review. It’s Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru!

Plot Synopsis: In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war.

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I was pretty much instantly hooked after this first chapter, hopefully I’ll get to read all of it sooner rather then later. I do want to point out one more thing about the series, it is award winning, so take that how you will.

Characters: Sugimoto is a pretty interesting guy, it’s pretty obvious he’s dealing with serious issues from the war he fought in, despite all that he’s a pretty stable fellow. The rest of the cast we’ve met are pretty much nameless, but they look fairly interesting from this first chapter.

Art: The art is amazing, but once I looked up who the publisher was I wasn’t surprised to find it was Shueisha. That being said it is very graphic, so those with squeamish stomachs should probably not read this.

Overall: This has me hooked, so I’m going to give it the go ahead. Plus it’s an Award Winning series, it can’t be super terrible if it’s received an award.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Military, Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Excellent Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura!

Plot Synopsis: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, the founders of Christianity and Buddhism respectively, are living together as roommates in an apartment in Tachikawa, part of the suburbs of Tokyo. While taking a vacation on Earth, they attempt to hide their identities and understand modern Japanese society. Each chapter shows their lives during an average day, when they are sightseeing, drinking beer, blogging, or playing video games.

Plot: The plot is fairly funny, and although the chapters are pretty small I didn’t mind the gags for once. Maybe it’s because it actually doesn’t make fun of Religion, but the secular world. That being said I only read a few chapters and didn’t go very far into the series.

Characters: It’s Jesus and Buddha, do I need to say more?

Art: The art is decent, although it being a Gag Manga means it can get away with a lot.

Overall: If you want a quick laugh or two, read some of Saint Young Men.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Comedy, Gags, Religion, Awesome Leads.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: I am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa [Quick Review]

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This week for Manga Monday I’m back with a look at a series that made me tilt my head more than once. It’s a Quick Review of I am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa.

Plot Synopsis: The story begins with Hideo Suzuki, a 35-year-old manga artist assistant, whose life seem to be stuck around his exhausting but low-paying job, unfulfilled dreams, strange hallucinations and unsatisfying relationships. He sees himself as a supporting character in his own life, has low self-esteem, resulting in frustration.

Plot: This entire first chapter is really trippy is how I can best describe it, it opens up with Hideo posing in ridiculous poses and progresses into what I think is a bunch of delusious and hallucinations. But damn if I’m not interested. I want to see more of this quirky dude and what the hell is going on in his head.

Characters: Hideo is really the only character, I think, we get to meet. There’s someone else who I think isn’t a real character, but hell if I know at this point.

Art: The artwork is great though, so I’m even more interested in reading this series.

Overall: I am a Hero has been said to be excellent, and while this first chapter is really weird, it’s also quirky enough to pique my interest.

Anime Sunday: Wolf Children

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a movie that I love and think is pretty awesome. It’s Wolf Children!

Plot Synopsis: While studying in College, female student Hana meets a mysterious young man. The two quickly fall in love. This is their story.

Plot: I’m not going to say much, other than that I loved the plot. It was incredibly well done and I was left very satisfied when the credits rolled. The reason I won’t say much is because the plot takes off very quickly, but I don’t like spoiling stories so I’m cutting this section short.

Characters: I particularly love the cast, although it is fairly small it’s so well developed that I didn’t care much about that. Favorite character would probably be Yuki, but I love all the characters.

Art: The art is amazing, but that’s no surprise since it’s done by the studio and director behind Summer Wars another of my favorite movies.

Music: The music fits this movie perfectly. It truly was that good.

Overall: This is a must see movie, it’s easily up there with any other movie I’ve seen and I’ve watched plenty.

For those who like: Drama, Romance, Coming of Age stories, Great Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork, Excellent Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all of that put together?

Manga Monday: Great Teacher Onizuka by Tohru Fujisawa

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I’m back with one of the very first Manga series I ever read for this week’s Manga Monday. It’s Great Teacher Onizuka by Tohru Fujisawa!

Plot Synopsis: Eikichi Onizuka is a 22-year-old ex-gang member and a virgin. While peeping up girls’ skirts at a local shopping mall, Onizuka meets a girl who agrees to go out on a date with him. Onizuka’s attempt to sleep with her fails when her current “boyfriend”, her teacher, shows up at the love hotel they are in and asks her to return to him. The teacher is old and unattractive, but has sufficient influence over her that she leaps from a second-story window and lands in his arms. Onizuka, upon seeing this display of a teacher’s power over girls, decides to become a teacher himself.

Plot: The plot is pretty hilarious, and while I found the plot hook oddly off putting at the beginning, it quickly went away as I grew engrossed with this series. This is easily one of the classic Manga series that everyone should read.

Characters: Onizuka is a pervert, but he’s fairly open about it which I commend, and the rest of the cast is also pretty hilarious as well. I’d mention my favorites, but they are all so good I can’t really pick.

Artwork: The artwork is outdated by today’s standards, but that’s okay because the artwork does wonderfully at conveying the plot and tone of the series. Which is to say it’s as likely to make you laugh as much the plot itself will.

Overall: If you’ve never read Great Teacher Onizuka, go do yourself a favor and start reading it as soon as possible.

For those who like: Comedy, Action, Slice of Life, True Classics, Award Winning Series.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate that?

Shoujo Saturday: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso by Naoshi Arakawa

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This week on Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series that I did a quick review on a while back. It’s Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso by Naoshi Arakawa!

Plot Synopsis: Piano prodigy Kousei Arima dominated the competition and has become famous among child musicians. After his mother, who was also his instructor, died, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital at the age of eleven. As a result, he is no longer able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. Two years later, Kousei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, without any flair or color. He has resigned himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything.

Plot: The plot is a lot more intense in emotion than I first thought a few weeks back, and while it has it’s comedic moments this series isn’t a happy one. I do enjoy the plot, it’s just depressing quite a bit. I won’t go any further than that, but it’s an award winning series for a good reason.

Characters: Of all the characters I actually enjoy Tsubaki the most, because she’s easily the least depressing out of all of them. Watari would be right up there with her, if for such a central character he wasn’t out of the picture so often.

Artwork: The artwork is amazing, and very well done.

Overall: If you enjoy a good tearjerker or a great plot, this series is for you.

 

Manga Monday: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei by Kumeta Kouji

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This week on Manga Monday I’m covering a very dark humor series. It’s Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei by Kumeta Kouji!

Plot Synopsis: This is a dark comedy about a ‘depressed’ teacher whose attempts to commit suicide are constantly foiled by his weird (and lovesick) female students.

Plot: The plot of this series is incredibly dark, and while it has plenty of comedy, it’s still not very lighthearted. If you have (or had) Depression, I won’t say it’s a must read because it may make your Depression worse, but for me I enjoyed it despite my Depression. That being said this is an award winning series and it’s pretty freaking great.

Characters: Nozomu, the teacher, is constantly depressing, while his students are often more light hearted in their humorous antics. The cast is great, and I can’t really pick a favorite because they all resonate with me in one way or another.

Art: The art is very unique for Manga, as it evokes older styles of Japanese art, and it’s quite good. It often serves as a contrast to the dark humor of the plot.

Overall: A great series, but proceed with caution if you have Depression. Otherwise it’s a must read.

For those who like: Dark Humor, Slice of Life, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the Dark Humor part.