Sensate Saturday: Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku!

Plot Synopsis: Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbours and friends from childhood. Akira is handsome and Makoto is pretty.  Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances…

Plot: The plot is pretty good. I’ve probably read a few series with similar if not exactly the same plot device as it’s core drive, but I can’t remember them right now (still sick and I’m writing this in advance due to holidays), however I enjoyed this quite a bit even if I think I may have read something similar before. Or I might not have, doesn’t matter to me, I enjoyed Otonari Complex quite a bit.

Characters: Akira and Makoto are our two leads and they are pretty awesome, but still wasn’t expecting that to occur. Either way I really enjoyed their characters. So I’ll probably end up reading this series in full one day. Once it’s fully completed probably.

Art: The art is very good, it’s comparable to Shueisha levels of work, if not meeting that standard.

Overall: A great read, definitely worth a shot.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School Life, Interesting Plot, Great Lead Characters, Excellent Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: The Prince in His Dark Days by Yamanaka Hito


This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s The Prince in His Dark Days by Yamanaka Hito!

Plot Synopsis: Atsuko is a young high-school girl who leads a troublesome life. Working a scandalous job for the sake of survival, her reputation is in tatters and she is scorned by her peers. But one day she is noticed by one of three rich boys, Itaru, which she resembles in an uncanny way. Immediately she finds herself whisked away from her everyday life…

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s not super original mind, but it’s pretty decent. I’ve read much better, but I’ve also read much worse.

Characters: Atsuko is a pretty gloomy girl with almost no self-esteem whatsoever. Granted that anyone is bound to be that way with a father like hers, but still it’s very stereotypical. Itaru on the other hand seems to be a decent sort, although he has no idea of social norms. The rest of the cast is decent, but again full of stereotypes.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing special either.

Overall: This is a decent Shoujo Manga, but there are much better options out there.

For those who like: Drama, Slice of Life, School Life.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or lots of stereotypes.