Manga Monday: Vector Ball by Raiku Makoto

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for a rather interesting series. It’s Vector Ball by Raiku Makoto!

Plot Synopsis: After a series of bizarre incidents in his school, student Kometaki Okaka decided to investigate the cause of it. What he discovers will turn his world upside down…

Plot: The plot of this series is really out there. It is full of really odd gags, least of all being the belly hair song…. Yeah I really just wrote that. I was actually laughing my head off the entire time I was reading, but after finishing this first chapter I found out that the Mangaka axed the series by his own request after 44 chapters. So while I’m really intrigued by the series I don’t know if I’ll continue reading it.

Characters: The cast is just plain odd. I can’t stress how odd this series is. Kometaki was an interesting lead character, if really strange, but that can be said about every character. My favorite side character was Mouryou (spelling is probably wrong, but oh well).

Art: The art was great, it’s not got the high detail level of a Jump work, but it’s still quite good. And it fits this series perfectly.

Overall: If you don’t mind the series being axed prematurely and enjoy really oddball stories, you’ll love Vector Ball.

For those who like: Bizarre Things, Action, Comedy, Interesting Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a series that ends abruptly.

Anime Sunday: Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions

I know I said that the last Anime Sunday would be the last of the Winter 2017 season, but I forgot about this series. So that’s what I covering for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Upon passing a school in heaven, graduating angels are sent down to Earth, where they must learn about humans and guide them towards the correct path in order to become true angels. However, Gabriel White Tenma, the top angel in her class, becomes addicted to video games upon arriving on Earth….

Plot: Yeah, this isn’t the most serious series, in fact it’s pretty much all about comedy. I can’t say I found the series really entertaining, but that is more of a personal issue rather than anything I found particularly flawed in the series. However I didn’t find it as funny as Dragon Maid was, so I can’t say that it was really high on my list. Hence why I may have forgotten about the series…

Characters: Gab is your typical honor student turned graduate who when granted freedom takes it to an extreme. The rest of the cast isn’t really introduced in this first episode, as it’s focused almost entirely on Gabriel.

Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality either.

Music: It’s a comedy series so it didn’t really have riveting musical scores to go along with the plot.

Overall: If comedy is your thing, Gabriel Dropout might be for you. Personally I really couldn’t enjoy it.

For those who like: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life.

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

 

Sensate Saturday: Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun

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.

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

Anime Sunday: ACCA Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Winter 2017 season. It’s my ACCA Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The kingdom of Dowa is subdivided into 13 states, each one granted their own autonomy. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant civilian organization known as ACCA. Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. One of Jean’s jobs is having business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, I frankly wasn’t expecting it to be quite as good as it was. There isn’t any action, it’s all about politics and it was very interesting, especially given the current US president’s very obvious corrupt behavior.

Characters: Jean is a great main character, he plays by the book and is always calm and centered on performing his job. The rest of the cast was quite good too, but my favorite side character was Lilium one of the five highest ranked people in the country. He was very funny.

Art: The art is very stylized, but despite that it was very good. It’s not ufotable quality work, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Music: Very fitting for the series.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch series for politically minded people, if only because it’s very interesting to watch.

For those who like: Political Intrigue, Drama, Mystery, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork, Awesome Music.

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

Manga Monday: Helck by Nanao Nanaki

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Helck by Nanao Nanaki!

Plot Synopsis: The Demon King has been defeated and now the Demon World is running a competition to choose a successor. A muscular, high-level human named Helck has joined the competition claiming that he wishes to destroy all humans. Is he serious?!?

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty hilarious, we’ve got a total twist on the Demon King vs Hero trope and it was great to read. I won’t spoil the twists, but it made me burst out laughing more than once.

Characters: We didn’t get introduced to Helck in this chapter, not really, we get to see him in the background, but the main star of this chapter was Vamirio one of the four highest ranking Demons. She was pretty funny to watch freak out at having a human participate in a contest to become the Demon King.

Art: The art is pretty great, not quite Shueisha level work, but not far from it.

Overall: This is a great first chapter, this is getting my definite approval.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Comedy, Drama, Action, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Dragon Maid Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another new series from the Winter 2016 Season. It’s my Dragon Maid Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: One night, an office worker named Kobayashi comes across an injured dragon named Tohru who had come from another world. Wanting to repay Kobayashi’s hospitality, Tohru starts living with her as a maid…

Plot: This is a comedy series, so get ready for some hilarity. Some of it it is a bit weird, like Tohru’s frequent desire to “clean” clothes by using her mouth as a washing machine. Mostly things are more amusing though. If you are expecting anything serious from this series you will be disappointed.

Characters: Kobayashi is pretty hilarious, especially when she’s drunk. Tohru on the other hand is a riot to watch. We don’t get to meet much of the rest of the cast, but I’m assuming we’ll get to meet them as the series goes on.

Art: It’s good, but not super detailed. That being said given the nature of the series it really doesn’t call for such detail.

Overall: If you want a good laugh or two, Dragon Maid will not disappoint. If you want seriousness though, Dragon Maid will not be your cup of tea.

For those who like: Comedy, Slice of Life, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Masamune-kun Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m doing my first of the Winter 2017 Anime Season Impressions! It’s my Masamune-kun Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: As a child,Makabe Masamune  once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Adagaki Aki , who nicknamed him “Pig Foot” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.

Plot: The plot is pretty intriguing, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting this to be so drama filled when I first started watching it. That being said I should’ve guessed that it would be with the word Revenge in it’s title. I enjoy this premise quite a bit as it’s pretty much every low self-esteem persons goal.

Characters: Aki is a really frosty person, completely blunt and brutally honest. Frankly I enjoy that characteristic as it’s something I try to achieve with my own writing. The blunt and brutally honest part, not the frosty part.  Masamune on the other hand is really narcissistic and that was really fun to watch. The rest of the cast hasn’t made much of an impression on me yet, hopefully we get to learn more as the plot goes on. But frankly I hope this series focuses on Masamune and Aki’s relationship more than anything else.

Art: The art was very good, not ufotable quality, but very good nonetheless.

Music: Fit the show very well, but not very outstanding. Neither amazing, nor terrible.

Overall: This is a show that any low self esteem person might want to watch. Romance lovers will also probably enjoy this series.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Great Artwork, Good Music.

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