This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a really interesting Quick Review for you all. It’s Yuukoku no Moriarty, or Moriarty the Patriot, by Takeuchi Ryousuke!
Plot Synopsis: The story of Sherlock Holmes, reimagined with Moriarty as the protagonist and exploring his motivation in becoming the greatest criminal Britain has ever seen….
Plot: This isn’t a happy story, it doesn’t reimagine Moriarty into some noble hero. However if you ever wondered why Moriarty did what he did, this gives a good guess as to the explanation. I won’t spoil anything further, but I’ll just say I was hooked by the end of the chapter, I might even see about getting my Aunt to read this, as she loves Sherlock Holmes.
Characters: William is our lead character, and the rest of the cast is good as well. I won’t spoil anything, though we don’t get introduced to Sherlock yet in this first chapter.
Art: The art is excellent, easily meeting Shueisha’s standards. Given that this is are published by Shueisha that should come as no shock.
Overall: Yuukoku no Moriarty is quite an interesting read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Densetsu no Yuusha no Konkatsu by Nakamura Takatoshi!
Plot Synopsis: The story takes place in a world after the legendary warrior defeats the demon lord. After he brought the peace to the world, he decides to search for a wife….
Plot: The hero, Yuri, is a really interesting guy, and the way he’s kind of just roped into the situation of searching for a wife is pretty hilarious. The whole thing is a fun read, hopefully the series will continue to make me laugh as it continues.
Characters: Yuri is really clueless, and he knows that. Which makes him more interesting then most main characters I’ve read. The rest of his party, Tasen, Sonia and Maho are all really interesting as well. Though Maho is my personal favorite of the three.
Art: Considering that it’s published by Shueisha, the quality is amazing as per usual with any work published by them.
Overall: If you want a Romantic Comedy, Densetsu no Yuusha no Konkatsu will be right up your alley.
For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review, although this is a very new series. It’s Black Torch by Takaki Tsuyoshi!
Plot Synopsis: As a descendant of shinobi, Azuma Jirou has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, Jirou also has the ability to talk to animals. One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with spirits called mononoke that can take the form of both people and animals…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter was pretty awesome, and while there were tropes aplenty I didn’t really mind them. That being said some will probably be less excited, but personally I think this might just become a great series in the future. I’ll probably hold off on reading the second (and latest chapter) until there are a lot more chapters to read.
Characters: Jirou is a pretty interesting main character, he’s a pretty slick young man who seems to have his stuff together pretty well, although he is a bit arrogant. Ragou on the other hand is pretty snarky, which was fun. I hope he keeps that quality as the series continues, as I always enjoy snark.
Art: The art is excellent, but given that this is a Shueisha publication I expected nothing less.
Overall: Giving this a go ahead, though with the warning that it’s only got two chapters thus far.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Ninjas, Supernatural, Action, Adventure, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Characters, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-Shot! It’s Yogen no Nayuta by Fujimoto Tatsuki!
Plot Synopsis: A tale about a prophecy involving a girl with horns who is said to bring destruction upon the world, and her brother.
Plot: The plot is pretty tense, and I really didn’t expect this to run in a Shounen publication, but it did. That being said it was a One-Shot so maybe it was able to get away with more than a full serialization would. The plot is also really screwed up, so if you have any squeamishness you probably don’t want to read this.
Characters: Kenji is our main PoV character for this One-Shot and his sister Nayuta is our titular female lead. She’s definitely not normal, and is pretty disturbing. The rest of the characters we meet are never named, so I can’t really comment on anyone else.
Art: The art matches this screwed up One-Shot very well, but given the author’s other work which is even more seriously screwed up I found Nayuta to be much more tolerable.
Overall: If you can handle the gore, this One-Shot might be worth a read. Otherwise move on with your life, you really don’t want to read this.
For those who like: Drama, Action, Violence, Gore, Tense Plot.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, especially the Gore.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s 7th Garden by Izumi Mitsu!
Plot Synopsis: Awyn Gardner will do anything to protect the beautiful mistress of the equally beautiful estate gardens he lovingly tends…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter introduces us to Awyn and Mary as well as one other, although her name is a bit spoilerish. I really enjoyed this first chapter, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. It’s full of plenty of action, potential romances and drama.
Characters: Awyn seems to be just a simple gardener, but it’s fairly obvious from the first few pages that he is a lot more than that. Mary on the other hand is just a simple nobleman’s daughter who Awyn cares quite a bit about. It’s also fairly obvious that she cares for him. The rest of the cast is decent, although I hope we get to see more fleshed out characters in future chapters.
Art: Given that this is published by Shueisha the art in this is amazing. Full of excellent linework and plenty of amazingly well drawn panels.
Overall: This is definitely getting my go ahead, I’m looking forward to reading more of the series.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Drama, Political Intrigue, Magic, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate that?
This week on Manga Monday I’m covering a series that I really enjoy. It’s Ao no Exorcist, or Blue Exorcist in English, by Kazue Katou!
Plot Synopsis: The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager possessing abnormal strength and endurance who, along with his twin brother Yukio, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, an Exorcist. One day, Rin learns that he is the son of Satan, the strongest of all demons. Witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin ends up doing what his guardian asked him never to do: draw the demon-slaying blade Kurikara, which restrains his demonic powers, from its scabbard.
Plot: The plot is pretty dark, but it is filled with enough comedic moments to soften the blow of the nonstop drama and action that can easily wear a reader down. That being said if you aren’t familiar with biblical mythology you are going to miss about half of the references in the series.
Characters: Rin is a bit of an idiot, which is a typical stereotypical lead character personality. However the rest of the cast easily makes up for his stereotypes and I really do love all of his classmates and teachers, as they are really interesting to read.
Artwork: It’s very gorgeous and could easily be one of the better series in terms of linework that I’ve seen.
Overall: If you want a dark action filled series, look no further.
For those who like: Dark Plots, Action, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that is amazing, if only it wasn’t on hiatus! It’s D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino!
Plot Synopsis: D.Gray-man follows the adventures of 15-year-old Allen Walker, whose left arm can transform into a monstrous claw and destroy Akuma (Japanese for ‘nightmare’), evolving machines created by the Millennium Earl to help him destroy humanity. As ordered by his master, General Cross Marian, Allen becomes an Exorcist, one of the people who can destroy Akuma for the Black Order, an organization attempting to stop the Earl.
Plot: The plot is fairly dark and serious, and it’s definitely a good read, if the series wasn’t on hiatus so often. It’s as bad as Hunter x Hunter for going on hiatus. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to read one day that the series has been cancelled permanently.
Characters: The cast is amazingly intricate and while some of them are just jerks they all have their reasons for being jerks, except the Earl who is just a creepy guy period.
Art: The art is great, and while it’s darker than most Shonen Jump series it’s refreshing.
Overall: If you don’t mind the fact that this might never get finished you should read it!
For those who like: Horror, Action, Shonen Jump series, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a series that might never be finished.