Manga Monday: Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki!

Plot Synopsis: Gen, a recently bankrupted and now homeless guy, meets an unusual and hungry girl named Hios who can eat anything with her chopsticks.

Plot: This is another Gag Manga, something I typically don’t enjoy, and this was not an exception. It was way too random to make me laugh like it was intended. I’m guessing others felt the same way as this series only lasted for two volumes before ending.

Characters: Gen is an oddball main character, but he is completely normal compared to Hios who is just plain bizarre. I’m unsure if the rest of the cast we meet in this chapter was even going to stick around, but given the short nature of the series I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

Art: The art is decent at least, but it doesn’t make up for the lack of story or plot direction.

Overall: Skip this, it’s just too out there for most people to understand I think.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy.

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

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Manga Monday: Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for the longest Manga, by a long shot. It’s Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu!

Plot Synopsis: The story, as its name indicates, focuses on the adventures and misadventures of a police station where we meet a cast of characters located within the park front of Kameari in Katsuhika Ward of the Tokyo Prefecture in Japan. Among the characters is the protagonist Ryotsu, his colleagues Nakagawa and Reiko, and his boss Bucho, who have appeared the most frequently.

Plot: This first chapter was very slapstick, which is pretty much the same for the entire series. This series ran for 40 years starting in 1976 and ending just last year. So while you may not be really interested in the series as a whole, you ought to give at least a chapter a read just for the fact that it ran for over 1,900 chapters and spanned 200 volumes.

Characters: Ryotsu is pretty much a jerk, while Nakagawa the only other character we get introduced to in this chapter is the standard noob cop, although he obviously comes from a very wealthy family as he’s always dressed up in some ridiculously fancy suit.

Art: The art is very old style, but given that it started in 1976 can you really expect anything different?

Overall: Worth reading at least a chapter, just to appreciate how long this series ran.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy, Slice of Life, Long Running Series.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, especially that last one.

Manga Monday: Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya!

Plot Synopsis: Saruno Amakuni is a 15-year-old student of Junishi High School. As a teenage boy, he desperately tries to find a girlfriend. Being fed up with seeing all the girls fall in love with high school athletes, he decides to join a sports-club himself. He starts looking around at the different sports clubs with the guidance of his friend, Sawamatsu Kengo. They go to check out the weight lifting club (of which there is only one member, a large, frighteningly buff guy), only for Saruno to see a girl that he assumes to be the manager of the club and show off for her. After sufficiently hurting himself, he helps the girl, Torii Nagi , carry some weights off somewhere, and while talking to her finds out that she is actually a manager for the baseball club, not the weight lifting club…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is full of gags, and it gets more than a little bit annoying. Frankly I’m really not interested in continuing to read this series. Maybe it gets better later on in the series, but basing my judgement off this first chapter (which is the whole purpose of my Quick Reviews) I’m not going to count on it.

Characters: Frankly I don’t like Amakuni, he’s a perverted brat who continuously makes a fool of himself. The rest of the cast isn’t that great either, in fact the only semi likable character is Nagi, but she’s pretty shallowly represented in this first chapter so I can’t get a good read on her as a character.

Art: The art is the only good thing about the series, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s published by Shueisha.

Overall: Based on this first chapter it’s an easily skippable Sports series.

For those who like: Sports, Baseball, School Life.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above and/or Mediocrity.

Sensate Saturday: Stella to Mille Feuille by Watanabe Kana

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Stella to Mille Feuille by Watanabe Kana!

Plot Synopsis: Hayama Ginga begins his freshman year in high school by living alone in order to escape his stern father and begin a new life. However, his new life seems to be full of the unexpected…?!

Plot: The plot is okay, but I probably won’t continue reading the series, because I just got confused by Ginga’s actions and thoughts clashing so much.

Characters: Ginga is a really unlucky dude, but it’s also pretty amusing to see him fail so bad at stuff. Tsubaki on the other hand is a much more mature and happy go lucky young woman, although that should be fairly obvious since she is older than Ginga.

Art: The art is great though, as one would expect from a Shueisha publication.

Overall: An okay read, but I’ll not be continuing to read past this first chapter.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Funny Female Lead, Great Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with my first look at the Summer 2017 season’s offerings for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya  is accidentally struck by lightning and killed by God. As an apology, God allows him to be reborn into a fantasy world along with a single special request. Touya uses his request in order to bring his smartphone into the new world with him.

Plot: It sounds cliche and stereotypical, and it sort of is, but despite that it was a fun adventure and I’ll probably be shamelessly watching the entire series as I highly enjoy the original Web Novel. This first episode covers the first few chapters of the web novel for those out there who may have read it, introducing us to the world where Touya is brought to and a couple of his new companions, Elze and Linze. This looks like it’ll be adaptating multiple arcs, so maybe this series will be more than a single cour? I hope so, as I said I’ll be shamelessly watching the entire series.

Characters: Touya is a remarkably easy going young man, and while he may have just died he’s awfully calm about the whole thing. Elze and Linze were two of our heroines, and they were pretty fun to watch interact with Touya. Honestly though this first episode didn’t introduce many characters. God was pretty funny though.

Art: The art isn’t ufotable quality, but it wasn’t even close to Studio Deen bad, so I’m content.

Music: The music was pretty light and outgoing, which matches the series really well. I wouldn’t say it’s really memorable though.

Overall: A great first episode, in what hopefully will be a multi-cour series. Definitely a watch for any Isekai/Tensei genre fans.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Manga Monday: Sakigake Otokojuku by Miyashita Akira

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a rather ridiculous Manga. It’s Sakigake Otokojuku by Miyashita Akira!

Plot Synopsis: The genius principal of the private school, Edajima Heihachi, was a war hero during World War II. He trained his students to play an active role in politics, economics and industries in Japan and all over the world, though the way of training is highly anachronistic. Staged in a private boys’ school that teaches ōendan to troubled teenagers. The students are trained to “revive the Spirit of Japan” and mainly engage in fighting courses.

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty freaking ridiculous and while I’ve been told that the series has a Genre Shift later, the first chapter is almost nothing but gags. I don’t have a problem with Gag Manga in general, but they can get grating after a while so knowing that it doesn’t just stick to gags is good. I’ll probably read the entire series eventually, as it’s been completely translated a while ago.

Characters: Tsurigi Momotaro is our protagonist and he fits right in with the rest of the Manga. He has a quote in this first chapter that I wholly agree with. “There’s no place for logic in Otokojuku.” It is pretty much the entire theme of this first chapter.  Edajima on the other hand is completely over the top in his reactions to criticism. I enjoyed both of them immensely.

Art: The art is pretty standard for the era it was written in, which was 1985 when it first ran. That being said it was pretty awesome with tons of detail and shading, and since it’s a Shueisha publication I expect the art will stay pretty uniformly awesome during the entire series.

Overall: If you enjoy Gags and Martial Arts, you’ll enjoy Otokojuku.

For those who like: Action, Comedy, Drama, Gag Manga, Hilarious Plot and Characters, Excellent Artwork.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Critical Failures I by Robert Bevan

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m going to cover the first book in a series that I found slightly amusing. It’s Critical Failures I by Robert Bevan!

Plot Synopsis: What if you and your friends got to live the game for real? What if you and your friends were assholes? After relentlessly mocking their strange new Game Master, Tim and his friends find themselves trapped in the bodies of their fantasy game characters, in a world where the swords, the magic, and the gastrointestinal issues are all too real. They learn hard lessons about tolerance and teamwork, and a new meaning for the term “dump stat”. Ha ha. Just kidding. They don’t learn anything…

Plot: Yeah that pretty much sums up the plot of the book, which was very amusing and took the transported to another world genre in a completely different way than typical.

Characters: The entire cast is amusing, although I have to say that Kat and Julian are my favorite characters due to the fact that they are complete noobs when it comes to the tabletop RPG scene.

Overall: This is a funny book if you’ve ever played a game of D&D, but really if you are a gamer you’ll be amused by this. If you can get over the potty humor at least.

For those who like: Fantasy, Dark Humor, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Magic, Interesting Plot, Hilarious Cast of Characters.

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