Manga Monday: Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki

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.

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Manga Monday: Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for the longest Manga, by a long shot. It’s Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu!

Plot Synopsis: The story, as its name indicates, focuses on the adventures and misadventures of a police station where we meet a cast of characters located within the park front of Kameari in Katsuhika Ward of the Tokyo Prefecture in Japan. Among the characters is the protagonist Ryotsu, his colleagues Nakagawa and Reiko, and his boss Bucho, who have appeared the most frequently.

Plot: This first chapter was very slapstick, which is pretty much the same for the entire series. This series ran for 40 years starting in 1976 and ending just last year. So while you may not be really interested in the series as a whole, you ought to give at least a chapter a read just for the fact that it ran for over 1,900 chapters and spanned 200 volumes.

Characters: Ryotsu is pretty much a jerk, while Nakagawa the only other character we get introduced to in this chapter is the standard noob cop, although he obviously comes from a very wealthy family as he’s always dressed up in some ridiculously fancy suit.

Art: The art is very old style, but given that it started in 1976 can you really expect anything different?

Overall: Worth reading at least a chapter, just to appreciate how long this series ran.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy, Slice of Life, Long Running Series.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, especially that last one.

Manga Monday: King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto!

Plot Synopsis: 18-year-old Koreeda Kazuki is a genius hacker whose only real skill lies with computers. Into his aimless life steps Sakai Daisuke, a wealthy man who makes him a proposition he finds impossible to refuse: that he will become Koreeda’s investor on the condition that Koreeda use his abilities to help him “conquer the world.”

Plot: The above synopsis makes the plot sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but this first chapter was still pretty darn interesting. Frankly I’ll probably end up reading this series once a big stock of chapters is accumulated.

Characters: We are really only introduced to Daisuke and Kazuki in this first chapter, although we’ll probably see more people who weren’t really introduced in this first chapter later on. That being said Kazuki and Daisuke are pretty interesting, Daisuke is a seriously driven person and Kazuki even though he’s essentially penniless is still an incredibly smart kid. I like them as leads quite a bit.

Art: The art of this first chapter is pretty great, not quite Shueisha level quality, but darn close.

Overall: This looks to be a pretty interesting series so I’m going to continue reading it, eventually.

For those who like: Seinen, Psychological, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Plot, Awesome Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya!

Plot Synopsis: Saruno Amakuni is a 15-year-old student of Junishi High School. As a teenage boy, he desperately tries to find a girlfriend. Being fed up with seeing all the girls fall in love with high school athletes, he decides to join a sports-club himself. He starts looking around at the different sports clubs with the guidance of his friend, Sawamatsu Kengo. They go to check out the weight lifting club (of which there is only one member, a large, frighteningly buff guy), only for Saruno to see a girl that he assumes to be the manager of the club and show off for her. After sufficiently hurting himself, he helps the girl, Torii Nagi , carry some weights off somewhere, and while talking to her finds out that she is actually a manager for the baseball club, not the weight lifting club…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is full of gags, and it gets more than a little bit annoying. Frankly I’m really not interested in continuing to read this series. Maybe it gets better later on in the series, but basing my judgement off this first chapter (which is the whole purpose of my Quick Reviews) I’m not going to count on it.

Characters: Frankly I don’t like Amakuni, he’s a perverted brat who continuously makes a fool of himself. The rest of the cast isn’t that great either, in fact the only semi likable character is Nagi, but she’s pretty shallowly represented in this first chapter so I can’t get a good read on her as a character.

Art: The art is the only good thing about the series, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s published by Shueisha.

Overall: Based on this first chapter it’s an easily skippable Sports series.

For those who like: Sports, Baseball, School Life.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above and/or Mediocrity.

Manga Monday: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Gotouge Koyoharu

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kimetsu no Yaiba by Gotouge Koyoharu!

Plot Synopsis: Tanjiro is the oldest son in his family who has lost his father. One day, Tanjiro ventures off to another town to sell charcoal. Instead of going home, he ends up staying the night at someone else’s house due to rumors of a demon nearby in the mountains….

Plot: This is not a happy series, I’ll say that right now. If you want a happy comedic series this is definitely not going to be one of those series. I enjoyed it, although I probably will put it lower in my backlog to read rather than higher up due to the plot.

Characters: Tanjiro is a pretty interesting main character, he’s sensible and a general all around helpful person. I’m interested in seeing how that changes over the course of the series. Nezuko, his younger sister is also pretty interesting, although she doesn’t say a whole bunch in this chapter. The rest of the cast is interesting, but I won’t say who my favorite side character is yet.

Art: As you might expect from a Shueisha publication the artwork is excellent.

Overall: If you can deal with the decidedly not happy plot, this might be just up your alley.

For those who like: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Drama, Action, Adventure, Dark Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Pochi Kuro by Matsumoto Naoya

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Pochi Kuro by Matsumoto Naoya!

Plot Synopsis: A human girl falls into the demon realm and can’t seem to communicate with the local demon, Kuro, who found her. Humans are rare in the demon realm and many would love to eat a human…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, especially since Kuro and the girl can’t seem to communicate at all except through gestures. We never do get her name though in this chapter. I assume we’ll learn it later.

Characters: Kuro is a pretty hilarious male lead, as it’s pretty obvious he’s got no idea what to do when it comes to “cooking” a human. The girl is also pretty funny, although not being unable to understand her is a pit disappointing for us readers it does add to the humor of the chapter.

Art: The art is great as one would expect from a series that’s been published by Shueisha.

Overall: This looks to be an enjoyable and humorous series, definitely worth a read if you are looking for some laughs and a good plot.

For those who like: Fantasy, Drama, Romance?, Great Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Robot x Laserbeam by Fujimaki Tadatoshi

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a series from the creator of Kuroko no Basuke. It’s Robot x Laserbeam by Fujimaki Tadatoshi!

Plot Synopsis: When a high school boy who’s been nicknamed “Robot” due to his unemotional demeanour and lack of social skills encounters golf for the first time, his life takes a dramatic turn.

Plot: The plot isn’t quite as ridiculous as Kuroko, where Kuroko is constantly surprising people due to his lack of presence. That’s actually a good thing. Because, at least in this first chapter, everything that was shown is actually possible by normal people, given enough practice with golf. I can actually personally attest to that, as while what Robot does is not easy at all, it’s possible. I’ve been told by pretty decent golfers, including my step-father whose gotten a hole-in-one on one of the toughest golf holes I’ve ever seen and that includes really famous professional courses, that my own form is pretty good, but that I had trouble with the control of power. Most people have the problem the other way around, easy to gauge power but keeping your form in the correct stance is difficult.

Characters: Robot is a pretty emotionless guy, and while he’s noticeable unlike Kuroko they both are pretty awkward in social contexts. Tomoya, Robot’s friend is a pretty decent guy as well, although his form is pretty terrible, which Robot comments on.

Art: It’s excellent which considering who is the Mangaka and the publisher that should come as no surprise to anyone.

Overall: This is a must read for any Sports Manga fans. It might be a bit less action intense than Kuroko, but it’s still good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Anime of this series in a year or two.

For those who like: Sports, Golf, Excellent Plot Fantastic Characters, Amazing Artwork.

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