This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!
Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.
Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.
Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.
For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.
It’s the last post of 2017, I’d like to think the next year is going to be good, but that seems unlikely with all the stuff that’s gone down in the last year. At least we’ll have stories to let us get away from reality, right? I’ve got another Quick Review for this Manga Monday. It’s Fuku wo Kiru Nara by Shimano Yae!
Plot Synopsis: Yuusuke, an average office worker, meets with his friend at a reunion — only to realise that the fashion world has left him behind. Now, with the help of his sister Tamaki, Yuusuke steps into the world of trend and charisma…
Plot: This is a surprisingly decent series, or it might just be my fever raddled brain telling me that. Take these past two weeks of content with a grain of salt. Either way I enjoyed reading this, although I’ll probably give it another whirl when I’m not so sick that I can’t remember which day of the week it is.
Characters: Yuusuke is a pretty average college grad who is now working the daily grind, or as they call them in Japan a Salaryman. Tamaki on the other hand seems to be a pretty awesome female lead which I think she is? I can’t tell, and I’m not going to spend the brain power on determining that distinction over at the moment. Sorry you’re going to be getting some ramblings from me while I write with my cold going on. Either way they are interesting characters, and I prefer Tamaki over Yuusuke, but hopefully he gets it together in later chapters.
Art: The art is very good, easily reaching Shueisha levels of work.
Overall: A great read, although if you want action and adventure you’re going to want to skip this series.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fashion, Great Plot, Awesome Lead Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Isekai Houtei Rebuttal Barrister by Kawamoto Homura!
Plot Synopsis: Yuuto Shiba is a 29-year old who, despite his desire to be a barrister, is a complete failure of a man. In a fit of drunkenness, he gets hit by a truck and dies. In the afterlife, he is brought into the world of Luanolde, and is tasked with implementing Japanese law into the country’s system of law.
Plot: The plot is pretty typical for “Transported to another world series” up until Yuuto means god. Than things start to change in a pretty interesting matter. I was pretty quickly hooked after that, and while I won’t spoil the why, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Characters: Yuuto is a pretty depressing guy, despite all that he’s also pretty interesting. He never gives up, despite failing the bar exam five times as one example. The rest of the cast is small thus far, but I’m hoping we get to see more people join the main cast.
Art: The art is pretty good, not quite Shueisha levels of quality, but darn close.
Overall: For those who like series dealing with the law Isekai Houtei seems to be a must read.
For those who like: Drama, Parallel World Stories, Fantasy, Law, Interesting Plot, Fascinating Main Character, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m doing another Quick Review of a series I stumbled across a while back. It’s 1001 Knights by Sugisaki Yukiru!
Plot Synopsis: A tale of mystery and magic. Naito and Yuta Fuuga are twin brothers with very different personalities. While Naito is elegant and good in school, Yuta is athletic and often winds up in fights. Despite this, they maintain a close relationship. When their father turns up missing, both must travel to Dubai in search of him
Plot: This first chapter leaves a lot of unanswered questions, which is great because I love having plenty of things to grab my interest. That being said it is just the first chapter so far. I’ll get to reading up to the latest chapter soon, but for now the plot is excellent from what I can tell just from this first chapter.
Characters: Naito and Yuta are interesting, if only because I have a younger brother myself and we are almost completely the opposite in terms of personality and interests. Arthur on the other hand is a shady figure who I really don’t get yet, hopefully that gets resolved soon. So far I’m enjoying this cast.
Art: The artwork is excellent, and it’s a purely Josei style artwork. So it’s not as soft as Shoujo works but not quite as hard as a Seinen or Shounen series. That being said I’m enjoying the hell out of this so far.
Overall: Definitely going to say give this series a try, so far I’ve enjoyed it and there are plenty of unanswered questions for us to learn more about as the story goes on.