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.
This week I’m back with another Quick Review for Manga Monday. It’s Grand Blue by Inoue Kenji!
Plot Synopsis: A new life begins for Kitahara Iori as he begins his college career near the ocean in Izu city, full of excitement for his new life. He will be moving into his Uncle’s diving store “Grand Blue.” There he finds the beautiful ocean, beautiful women, and men that love diving and alcohol. Will Iori be able to live his college life dream?
Plot: The plot is really sort of sparse in this first chapter, it starts off pretty similarly to a bunch of other series, but quickly devolves. In fact as soon as Iori encounters most of his uncle’s clientele playing Strip-Baseball-Scissors the chapter goes off the rails. It was amusing at first, but it got old pretty quickly.
Characters: Iori is probably one of my least favorite main characters I’ve read yet. If only because he quickly succumbs to peer pressure and starts playing Strip-Baseball-Scissors and gets hammered… The rest of the cast isn’t that great either.
Art: The art is great however, and probably the only saving grace this series has. The ridiculous faces are pretty hilarious as well.
Overall: This might be a fun series to read for those who like to read about drunkards, but otherwise it’s a series to avoid.
For those who like: Drunkards, Strip-Baseball-Scissors, Diving, Great Artwork.