Manga Monday: Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow

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This week for Manga Monday I’m doing the Full Review I promised a while back! It’s Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow!

Plot Synopsis: By night, junior high student Sumimura Yoshimori is a “kekkaishi”–a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got some other demons to battle, most of all a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty 16-year-old neighbor and childhood friend, Yukimura Tokine, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art.

Plot: The plot get’s pretty intense after a few chapters, and becomes fairly interesting. I can’t say I was super pleased that the romance sub plot was largely ignored, but other than that I enjoyed the series quite a bit.

Characters: Yoshimori definitely goes through the needed character development throughout the series, which was pleasant. However Tokine still was my favorite character of the entire series, mostly because she can kick butt by playing to her own strengths rather than brute force like Yoshimori. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, but the main duo were my favorites.

Art: The art didn’t disappoint, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Overall: Definitely worth a read if you are looking for some Action-oriented Urban Fantasy.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Japanese Mythology, Action, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Suijin no Hanayome by Toma Rei

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering the rest of the released chapters of the series I Quick Reviewed last week. It’s Suijin no Hanayome by Toma Rei!

Plot: The plot is pretty screwed up, the Water God is not at all human and that fact becomes very apparent quite quickly. I’d really have preferred to have more content to read, but the series hasn’t been completed, so I only got to read a few more chapters. The attitude of the villagers was appalling, but given that it’s intended to be so I wasn’t too upset.

Chacters: The Water God isn’t human and doesn’t understand them at all. However the majority of the humans we get to meet, except Subaru and Asahi, are just as monstrous as the Water God, if not more so. I don’t particularly like Subaru, but I do admit that compared to the rest of his family he’s not nearly as screwed up. Subaru’s Mother is definitely my least favorite character of the series. I did enjoy the rest of the gods that we got to see.

Art: The art is great though, even if I find most of the characters repugnant.

Overall: It’s not as good as I thought it would be, but given the few chapters released thus far I’m hopeful for the future.

Sensate Saturday: Shuriken and Pleats Full Review

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m doing something I don’t get to do very often, it’s a full review of a series! It’s a follow-up of last week with Shuriken and Pleats Full Review!

Plot: The plot sadly devolves after the first three chapters, which is a real shame because the series could’ve been great, but it looks like the series got axed and the last half of the series is full of rushed plot, Deus Ex Machina and the like. Honestly just read the first three chapters and you’ll be much more satisified with that as an ending, than the last three give.

Characters: Mikage is a decent lead character, but with the way the plot unfolds in the last three chapters it does nothing for the character development we could’ve had. The rest of the cast is okay, but I specifically don’t like the way they handled Rodd, which is a shame. I won’t say why specifically as it’d spoil the series, but it’s a travesty.

Art: The art is the only redeeming point in this entire mess, and it sadly wasn’t enough to save it from the editors or myself.

Overall: If you must read the series don’t go past chapter three. Otherwise avoid this series like the plagued monstrosity it is.

Anime Sunday: Aldnoah.Zero

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This week on Anime Sunday I’m going to try something a little new. I’m going to talk about how I felt about Aldnoah.Zero and if it ended as well as it began.

Plot: I enjoyed pretty much every episode up until the very last one, as it seemed to be a stumble instead of the more graceful landing I was hoping for. The ending ended with pretty much very things resolved in ways that left me a little unhappy. I don’t really know what I was expecting to see, but it wasn’t what we got to actually see.

Art: Thankfully the artwork in this series stayed amazing throughout the entire run and I was very happy with it.

Music: I loved the music from this series, in fact as I’m writing this one of my favorite insert songs from the series came up in the playlist shuffle. The music for this series was awesome and it helps to lessen that stumble I mentioned above.

Overall: This a good series, if you can live with a slightly unsatisfying ending. Everything else is excellent, including animation and music.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

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.