This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Hana Michi Otome by Hamasin!
Plot Synopsis: When Mikoto was little, she first heard the voices of plants. She also gained flower markings on her face and body, as a sign of her connection to them. Unfortunately for her, she was brutally teased and bullied, both for the markings and her claims that she could hear flowers talking. By the time she was in high school, Mikoto took to wearing clothes specifically designed to cover everything, but she still couldn’t escape her classmates’ bullying. One day, a strange and exuberant transfer student, Aozakura Yuji, appears and takes an interest in Mikoto. He’s determined to start a flower arrangement club, but with a twist: he wants to photograph beautiful girls arranged with flowers…
Plot: The plot sounds more like some poorly done Harem Anime, although we haven’t met any girls other than Mikoto in this first chapter. That all being said I actually was interested in the plot, because it resonated with my own past experiences receiving bullying, although I wasn’t marked by flowers except the constantly runny nose from allergies.
Characters: Yuji is a pretty straightforward male lead, and I frankly am seriously happy with that. Mikoto is the much more reserved character, but with her past that is to be expected. We haven’t really met any other characters in this first chapter so I can’t comment on anyone else.
Art: The art is pretty awesome, I’d say it was a Shueisha publication if I didn’t know better, but it’s actually published by Square Enix.
Overall: Frankly I’m interested in seeing if the romance of the series actually gets good. So I’ll be reading this series more once a really sufficient stock of chapters piles up. That may take a while though.
For those who like: Romance, Drama, School Life, Interesting Plot, Great Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Aphorism by Kujo Karuna!
Plot Synopsis: Naraka High School is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school’s halls…
Plot: This series is pretty interesting, and while I know that the story is looking to head to a pretty overdone trope in recent years, I’m still hooked. I won’t go into details, because it’ll spoil you. That being said it did keep me intrigued and I don’t tend to enjoy this type of plot.
Characters: Rokudou is our main character and he’s a pretty standard male lead, not anything more than average. But he’s still got me hooked because of his actions in the chapter. Aira, our female lead, on the other hand is a much more interesting if only because she’s much more outgoing and outspoken than her male counterpart.
Art: The art is great, I was expecting this to be a Shueisha series, but it turns out to be yet another Square Enix publication.
Overall: This is definitely a more interesting story than it first appears to be, give it a shot. You might just end up getting as hooked as I did after this first chapter.
For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, School Life, Excellent Plot, Interesting Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m doing another Quick Review! It’s Inukai x Tribe by Harada Anjyu!
Plot Synopsis: In this world, there are those who look like humans but are actually beings with supernatural power. In order to respond to crimes committed by these kinds of people, an organization that employs some of their number has been established.
Plot: The plot was pretty good, although I’m thinking I read the original One Shot that got the series serialized. That isn’t to say it’s bad, the One Shot is wonderful, but I don’t know how different it will be from the actual serialized series. Despite that I was genuinely intrigued despite the often gruesome nature of the artwork. That might just be my love for any and all Mythology though.
Characters: The three main characters we got introduced to in this One Shot were pretty great, my favorite being the Kitsune girl (whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment.) The other two were interesting though.
Art: The art was great, and sometimes rather graphic but I didn’t mind that all too much because of all the Japanese mythological monsters drawn out.
Overall: Giving this a tentative go ahead, I know I’ll be reading the rest of the series soon.